Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Longtime Fort Thomas Business Moving

A longtime Fort Thomas business is moving a few miles away to Southgate.

River Hills Pediatrics, started by Fort Thomas resident, Dr. William J. Beckmeyer, is moving its location at 602 S. Fort Thomas Avenue to the South Hill Medical Center in Southgate on Alexandria Pike.
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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Team Believe Fundraiser: We Will Fight

The night before Thanksgiving is always a time when old friends convene. This year, you can do that while supporting a local man who has had his life take a different course than originally planned.

A night of fellowship, fun and fundraising that will include silent and live auctions, door raffles and split-the-pot will support Brian Eviston, a 1996 Newport Catholic graduate, who was diagnosed with ALS. The event will be held at The Newport Syndicate on November 22 at 7:00 p.m.

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Live entertainment will include Ben Walz and Stays in Vegas. Dress is casual. Ticket price includes open bar and heavy appetizers.

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ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, is a disease that causes the death of neurons which control voluntary muscles. ALS is characterized by stiff muscles, muscle twitching and gradually worsening weakness due to muscles decreasing in size, which results in difficulty speaking, swallowing and eventually breathing.

"It just changes your every day living. I think that's the biggest thing," said Eviston's brother, Covington Catholic coach Eddie Eviston said. 

"I don't experience it so I don't want to put words in anybody's mouth that's ever gone through it. It's almost like your trapped in your own body. You want to do things, but your body isn't responding the way you're thinking. Obviously as a brother to Brian, it's hard to watch. But at the same time, I know he's going to battle it. His family is going to battle it. He's a guy who was very athletic, involved and active. It's one of those unfortunate events in life that he's dealing with."

Performance Chiropractic Opening Second Location in Alexandria

419 Licking Pike Suite B
Wilder, KY 41071

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Dr. Steve Hannegan has a reputation for sound judgement, steady hands, empathy and experience. He opened Performance Chiropractic in 2011. Patients hold him in the highest regard. He has been described as an honest man full of integrity and his expertise extends beyond just back pain from sports injury recovery to arthritis, carpal tunnel, migraines, sciatica and more conditions.

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Dr. Hannegan produces lasting results and is invested in our community. He was recently honored with an election to the Kentucky Association of Chiropractors (KAC) Board of Directors for District 5. His credentials include a BS in Life Science, MS in Sports Science and Rehabilitation and a Doctor of Chiropractic.


With his Masters in Sports Science and Rehabilitation, Dr. Hannegan focuses on biomechanics and movement. As a former Division I baseball player, he became very familiar with the typical symptom-based approaches to treatment that provided little insight into the cause of an injury or its prevention. He knows first-hand what it is like to be a competitive athlete and has a passion for helping athletes of all ages and sports. He is committed to helping patients understand what is causing their condition, making healthcare about addressing the root cause, rather than merely treat isolated symptoms, to get them back on the field or court as soon as possible.

Dr. Hannegan’s passion, knowledge and enthusiasm has led to the establishment of a practice with a reputation for being patient centered. He spends time listening to his patient’s needs and uses his knowledge, energy and experience to help them recover efficiently and quickly. He seeks lasting results for his patients rather than a quick fix and wants to help people realize their full potential and health goals. With this proactive approach, he helps patients change behaviors to make this something they can integrate into everyday life.


Highlands Students Find Community in Summer Programs

Highlands student Libby Birkley discusses her experiences in the Governor's School for the Arts.
by Robin Gee

Two special summer programs offer students the opportunity to learn more and work with other students who share their passions and interests. Aimed at encouraging students to explore ideas in depth, both programs also help students build networks that can help them as they pursue further education and careers.

Fort Thomas School Board members learned more about the students’ experiences last summer at the October board meeting.

Fort Thomas Residents to Air on The Price is Right

Set your DVR's.

Fort Thomas residents, Denise and Mackenzie Grause, traveled to the set of The Price is Right this summer and their episode will air this Thursday, October 19.

In Other Words: Ideas Should Challenge and Open Our Eyes

I was mortified.

My parents and I sat in the principal’s office. I hadn’t done anything wrong. I was just reading a book - One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest. My mother was upset with the language in the book. My father was uncomfortable sitting there. It was probably because he was a master of colorful language. He drew from a rich palette of language choices. My mother, on the other hand, didn’t like some of those colors.

So there we sat. Me looking down. Dad shifting in the chair. Mom pointing that finger at the principal. The principal nodding. I was assigned another book, but I read Ken Kesey’s book anyway. Why? Because once something is forbidden, it becomes desirable. It was a sad story but the “language” was appropriate because it expressed the anger and frustration of the characters. The novel explored life in a mental institution but became a metaphor for society. It challenged the current thinking.

Now I could never figure out what exactly tripped this series of events that landed us in the office, but I learned that ideas were dangerous. And if ideas in books were dangerous enough to prompt a visit to the principal’s office then I wanted to know more. I wasn’t rebellious, just curious. I was fourteen, eager to learn but not always eager to be taught.

I will never know what prompted my parents to challenge the school.  Maybe my parents did not want to lose control of their child or maybe they weren't ready for their child to be an independent thinker or maybe they weren’t ready to let go or maybe they wanted to protect. I will never know. Maybe they didn’t want to give up their perceived control. Maybe they didn’t want to admit that they were wrong. Whatever it was, my parents were not ready for this particular challenge.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Update on Mayor Eric Haas

Fort Thomas mayor, Eric Haas, suffered a heart attack on Sunday, October 8. He was airlifted to a Dayton area hospital, where he had successful surgery to clear blockages on Friday, October 13.

His wife, Jan, reported that everything went as planned during the procedures.

Haas updated his status, via Jan's Facebook page.
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Highlands Students Learn to Combat Cyberspace Threats

Highlands Principal Jeff Schneider introduces NaviGo Scholars (left to right) Hunter Kolb, Chapin Johnson and Cory Gish. (not pictured: Timmy Sieverding)
The Equifax breach is one of the more publicized attacks that has happened along the information highway recently. More and more companies are discovering they need cyber security professionals trained in detecting and defending their data.

At its October meeting, members of the Fort Thomas School Board met a team of Highlands High School students about to embark on a quest to learn more about the field and the skills they will need to combat cyber threats in the future.

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Fort Thomas Woman Killed After Tree Falls at Lookout Heights Civic Club

One woman was injured and another died Friday night after a tree fell on them at the Lookout Heights Civic Club.

The tree fell, trapping the pair, around 5:30. According to a news release from the Fort Wright Police Department, 32-year-old Heather McNamara died at the scene; 45-year-old Rebecca Wright was airlifted to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center with critical injuries.

RELATED: One Killed at Lookout Heights Civic Club (The River City News)

The incident is considered accidental, police said.

The tree was reportedly old and dead and the incident is being called a "freak accident."

McNamara, was a 2004 graduate of Highlands High School in Fort Thomas.

Cov Cath Trounces Bluebirds For Forgettable Night in Park Hills

Colonels Post Most Lopsided Win Against Bluebirds in School History
PHOTO: Allen Ramsey, Highlands sophomore linebacker Jack Delagrange makes a tackle in the game at Covington Catholic on Friday.

PHOTO: Allen Ramsey, The Highlands students showed up wearing white in the football game Friday against Covington Catholic.

The Blue and White knew the best game of the season would be needed to have a chance against the arch-rivals.

But instead, the worst thing that could happen did as they dropped a 52-0 loss Friday.

Very little went right for the Highlands Bluebirds football team (3-5 overall, 1-1 Class 5A, District 5) against the top-ranked Covington Catholic Colonels (8-0, 1-0). That loss marked the worst defeat in school history against the Colonels in 68 meetings surpassing last year's 37-point loss (63-28). Highlands had won 15 straight in the series prior to last year.

Friday, October 13, 2017

WATCH: Highlands - Cov Cath (LIVE STREAM)

Another 36th District Championship for Highlands

Highlands Downs NewCath, 1-0

PHOTO: Allen Ramsey, The Highlands girls soccer team poses with the 36th District trophy Thursday at Newport. That marked the 10th district championship in 12 years for Highlands.
Considering it has now happened 10 of the last 12 seasons, it may seem like a routine thing.

But the Highlands Ladybirds soccer players and coaches will tell you the way it happens is anything but that. Highlands handled the Newport Central Catholic Lady Breds, 4-0 at Morscher Field on Sept. 27.

Your Go-To Guide to Neltner's Farm in Camp Springs

Although it lies not too far off the beaten path, the storybook Neltner’s Farm feels as if it comes from a time long-forgotten.  From its fresh produce to its hand-canned preserves and apple butters, this throwback farm boasts one of the best local Fall festivals in the tri-state.  After more than ten years of holding the Fall Festival, Neltner’s proves what the nearby Camp Springs Winery already knew: the best things improve with age.

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As an active family of five, we’ve been to nearly every pumpkin patch and Fall festival in the area from Blooms and Berries north of the city to Benton Farms south of Florence.  However, Neltner’s Farm in Camp Springs, KY (about four miles off of route 8 past the Dari Bar) really takes the cake, or pumpkin pie, with its offerings and price.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Highlands Teacher Earns Financial Literacy Award

From balancing a checkbook to making a budget to planning for retirement, the lessons of personal finance can stay with students for a lifetime.

At the October meeting of the Fort Thomas Independent School Board, Marlee Barton, a Family and Consumer Science teacher at Highlands High School, was honored for her work teaching students the ins and outs of day-to-day finance.

Named 2017 Financial Literacy Teacher of the Year by the Kentucky Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy, Barton’s project-based approach is what drew attention.

"Marlee’s outstanding work with financial literacy in her classroom is what earned her this award," said Connie Witt of the Kentucky Department of Education. "She is only in her third year of teaching, however, she’s done a great job of incorporating project-based learning, and all of us in education know that’s how students learn best."

Connie Witt of the Department of Education congratulates Marlee Barton, Financial Literacy Teacher of the Year.
Barton, a Highlands alum, said that fellow teacher Elise Carter wrote a letter of recommendation, after her seventh grade students took first, second and third in the statewide financial literacy poster contest.

She said she loves to teach her students practical, everyday finance.

Fort Thomas Woman Shares Personal Experience About End of Life Planning

When Fort Thomas resident Peggy Eberhard’s father-in-law passed away in 2002, she was so impressed by the care he received from a hospice facility in Maryland. She spent a lot of time talking with the staff and learned about volunteer opportunities for when she returned home. End of life planning was a topic that was prevalent and upon returning with her husband Mark to Fort Thomas, Peggy became a hospice volunteer with Hospice of the Bluegrass - now known as Bluegrass Care Navigators. She and Mark both filled out forms for living wills, medical power of attorney and had a long talk about their own wishes for end of life, including who would get his beloved Taylor guitar.  

Little did Eberhard know then that her husband Mark would die less than one year later in a motorcycle accident at age 51. With all the decisions in place, knowing Mark’s wishes was a great relief to Peggy.

Today Eberhard tells everyone she can to have "the talk.”

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Highlands-Covington Catholic Preview

Bluebirds Gearing Up for Challenge Against Arch-Rivals

PHOTO: Allen Ramsey, Highlands junior wide receiver Nate Roberts breaks free for a touchdown against Dixie Heights in the fourth quarter.
In the later years between 2007 and 2015, people debated whether it was still even a rivalry anymore.

Then last year, the Highlands Bluebirds football team struggled to a 3-8 record for its first losing season in 60 years including the second-longest losing streak in school history at seven straight. The arch-rival Covington Catholic Colonels put a punctuation mark on that streak with a dominating 63-26 win in Fort Thomas and ended the Bluebirds' 15-game winning streak in the series.

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Fort Thomas Man Arrested In Relation To Fatal Crash on Dixie Highway

A three-vehicle collision that resulted in a fatality on Dixie Highway in Florence in April led to the arrest of a Fort Thomas man yesterday after months of investigation by the Boone County Sheriff’s Office Accident Reconstruction Unit.

No charges were originally filed, but police believed that alcohol and speed were factors in the crash.

Maxwell Detzel, 23, was arrested on October 10, 2017 at approximately 4:00 p.m. in relation to the April collision and was charged with Manslaughter 2nd Degree (Felony), Criminal Mischief 1st Degree 2 counts (Felony), Assault 4th Degree (Misdemeanor), and DUI 2nd Offense Aggravator (Misdemeanor).

He is being lodged at the Boone County Detention Center on a $50,000 bond.

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On Saturday, April 22, 2017, at 9:22 p.m. a traffic collision on U.S. 25 near the intersection of Totten Lane near Florence, Kentucky claimed the life of one of the drivers and sent the two other drivers to the hospital with critical injuries.

Back-to-Back District Championships

Highlands Dominates NewCath, 3-0

PHOTO: Allen Ramsey, The Highlands Bluebirds soccer team captured its third 36th District championship in the last four years with a convincing 3-0 win over Newport Central Catholic on Tuesday at Tower Park.
This game has not meant the end of the season for the losing team since the current format came into play in 2012 because only two teams in the 36th District have a boys soccer team.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Joe Grimme Appointed to Kentucky State Board of Auctioneers

Gov. Matt Bevin today appointed Joseph F. Grimme  to the Kentucky State Board of Auctioneers.

"Joe" Grimme, of Fort Thomas, is an attorney with Fessler, Schneider & Grimme, LLP. He will represent citizens at large and serve for a term expiring June 15, 2020.

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WATCH: YouTuber Takes Video Tour of Tower Park

A Greater Cincinnati man recently took a video tour of Tower Park on his YouTube channel, ErvTV.

Erv Lenzy, publisher of ErvTV, published the digital tour this week. He describes his channel as visiting "lots of Cincinnati and southwest Ohio nostalgia. We visit abandoned places, old homes, and places of historical significance."

Take a look:

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Fort Thomas Ski Birds Membership Drive is Open

It won’t be too long until the ski runs open so the Fort Thomas Ski Birds is opening its membership drive for the upcoming season. The Ski Birds has been around for about fifteen years now and membership generally hovers around 100.

Membership gets you up to 30% off the price of passes at Perfect North. In fact, there are multiple levels of membership - Gold, Silver, Bronze, and Once-a-Week as well as the unlimited Perfect Season Pass. 

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All levels of proficiency can join. In fact, this is a good way to ease into the sport.  Jerod Guilkey, Ski Birds organizer, says that, “A novice can sign up. They have ski lessons to teach anybody how to ski and they have plenty of small hills for beginners.”  And there are a handful of club days at Perfect North too.

Contact Jerod Guilkey at or at 859-486-4092 for more information. 

Fort Thomas Mayor Suffers a Heart Attack

Fort Thomas Mayor, Eric Haas, suffered a heart attack while at his lake house with his wife on Sunday morning, October 8.

He is stable and is expected to have bypass surgery on Friday.

His wife, Jan, updated his condition on Facebook, saying that, "he has excelled in (the hospital's) tests and exceeded expectations. Our family is doing well and we appreciate all of the positive thoughts and prayers."

Monday, October 9, 2017

Fort Thomas Pumpkin Walk and Halloween Dates, Times

The Fort Thomas Pumpkin Walk is being held on Thursday, October 26, from 6:00-9:00 p.m.

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Highlands Middle School to Host Concert in Honor of Michelle Chalk

The concert is October 16 and is open to the public

By Lucy New, Highlands Middle School. 8th grade. 

In light of Michelle Chalk’s special passion for the arts, Highlands Middle School will be performing a very special concert to honor her.

This concert will be on October 16 in the Highlands High School’s Performing Arts Center (P.A.C.) at 7:00 p.m. The concert will be the sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students all performing together. It is free to the public and  there is no limit on who could come.

Mrs. Beth Rowland said, “The message is one of hope and not of sadness. And many people either directly or indirectly were touched by Michelle and her kind-hearted nature.”

The purpose is to touch others and make them happy to know Michelle.
“Because Michelle was so passionate about music, singing, and performing and because she was such an important contributor to the choir, I found it only fitting to sing something for her since that was such a big part of her life,” said Mrs. Beth Rowland, Choir Director.

Michelle touched many people’s lives and hopefully this concert will show people that she left her mark on this school.

Michelle Chalk was going to be a freshman at Highlands High School.

Fort Thomas-Based Organization Supports Ukrainian Children's Home, Doctors and Hospitals

Fort Thomas resident James Waite, DMD, travels to Ukraine multiple times a year to volunteer with Good Samaritan Children's Charities.

Last week we caught up with Fort Thomas resident James Waite, DMD, who was in his home away from home—Ukraine. There he he serves as director of the Good Samaritan Children's Charities (GSCC) LLC, which supports the Good Samaritan Children's Home (GSCH) in Naygdobrony and the Christian Doctor's Clinic in Mukachevo.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Highlands-Dixie Heights Notebook

District 5 faces District 3 in Region 2 Playoffs

PHOTO: Allen Ramsey, Highlands senior wide receiver Jason Paul goes in motion against Dixie Heights on Friday. Paul is one of 25 seniors on the team.
The 47-0 domination of the Dixie Heights Colonels on Friday put the Highlands Bluebirds football team in solid position to play host to another first-round playoff game and avoid the scenario of last year.

A 1-2 record in Class 5A, District 5 action last year including a 40-20 loss at Dixie Heights saw the Bluebirds hit the road for the first round of the playoffs for the first time since 1991. Highlands lost 52-32 at Louisville Doss for its earliest playoff exit since then as well.

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Bluebirds Record Shutout at Great Time

PHOTO: Allen Ramsey, Highlands senior linebacker Logan Sparks (22) creeps near the line of scrimmage against Dixie Heights on Friday. Sparks returned after several games out.
For all the talk about not making plays to finish games at the end, the Blue and White knew of a better solution to all that.

That's avoiding those situations altogether.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Johnson Elementary School Hullabaloo Festival THIS SATURDAY

What better way to spend your Saturday than at the Johnson Elementary School Hullabaloo Festival.  This annual PTO-sponsored event not only puts the “fun” in fundraiser but it also raises a significant amount of money that directly benefits the students of Johnson Elementary through technology upgrades, enrichment programs, and cutting edge teaching tools to aid in the learning process.  The Fall Festival takes place tomorrow, October 7, from 10 am to 5 pm at Johnson Elementary School.  Full disclosure, along with Johnson parent Liz Zaebst, this author co-chairs the event; however, the author would DEFINITELY still go even if not the chair.

This year promises to return some of the best features from prior years and to showcase new, exciting, and fun activities.  Rain or shine, there will be a ton to do for everyone.

Children’s Activities:
Multiple bounce houses will be available throughout the day and even if it rains, one bounce house will be set up indoors for use.  All-day bounce-house bracelets are available for purchase, $10 per child.  Additionally, children’s games including ring toss, football toss, and many more games of chance will be setup throughout the schoolyard.  Tickets for the games are two for $1 and prizes will be won throughout the day.
Catapult Fun! 

Also, face painting, glitter hair spray, and temporary tattoos as well as other arts and crafts options will be available for children.

Finally, the pumpkin catapult will be returning this year on the back playground.  This new activity from last year was a huge hit as children (and adults alike) were able to send pumpkins careening across the playground to smash them on a target.  Fun for everyone!

Pumpkins headed our way!
Adult Activities:

PICTURES: Take a Peek into the Most Relaxing Office in Fort Thomas

Nestled in Highland Plaza just down from Cobblestone Cafe you’ll find a warm yellow door that opens into the calm, light-filled space of Anointed Touch Massage. Owner and founder Tiffany Maple is an absolute delight, making you feel instantly welcome and positive you have come to the right place. Displays of local artwork including watercolors and photography add a sense of place.

Tiffany has always been driven by the desire to help people. Her career began with a BS in Sports Medicine and Athletic Training from UC and an MS in Public Health from Wright State University where she worked as a head athletic trainer. Her interest in massage grew out of her experiences with sports related injury and using massage to alleviate pain, restore and revitalize the body so that it is able to heal itself without physical impediment.   

Anointed Touch Massage offers a variety of massage services all of which are tailored to meet individual needs. 

Deer Hunting Season is Upon Us, Here Are the Laws

With the coming of fall and hunters throughout the county hitting the fields, I thought it may be helpful and informative to review some of the laws related to hunting in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Unless exempt, a person may not hunt or fish without a valid license and must conduct such activity during open seasons.  Among the several exceptions, a resident, owner, or tenant of farm lands, their spouse and dependent children are exempt and permitted to hunt on their own land without obtaining a hunting license.  Moreover, a child under twelve (12) is exempt from being required to obtain a hunting or trapping license and a child under sixteen (16) is exempt from a fishing license.  It is illegal for all others to hunt without a license and the appropriate permits.  Special licenses are available for senior citizens age 65 or older and children under 16 years of age. 

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Open seasons are set every year by the state and information on the open seasons for different game can be found at:   In addition, if you are required to carry a license, a person must also complete a hunter education course and obtain a hunter education card.  Information on courses and exemptions can be found at the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources website at: 

The Fort Thomas Fire Department, Fort Thomas Independent School District, and St. Elizabeth Healthcare Partner to Increase the Survival Rate of Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Push Hard, Push Fast, Pass it On

When someone is in cardiac arrest the enemy is time.

Without fresh blood reaching the brain within several minutes of collapse the chance of a good outcome is not very likely. The American Heart Association has long recognized the value of beginning early and effective CPR when a victim collapses.

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The AHA’s statistics show a dismal survival outcome of only 8.3% that have good neurological outcomes.  The survival rate skyrockets to 31% when the arrest is witnessed and bystander CPR is initiated. Areas of the United States with aggressive community CPR programs have produced the world’s best rates of cardiac arrest survival. Places like King County, Washington have achieved documented rates of 62% survival of out of hospital cardiac arrest.   The AHA has found that less then 50% of all witness cardiac arrests will receive bystander CPR.

In response to the challenge of increasing the chances of a cardiac arrest victim receiving bystander CPR in the Northern Kentucky Region; a true community effort was assembled to fight the problem. St. Elizabeth Healthcare has partnered with the Fort Thomas Fire Department and some bright and talented students from the Fort Thomas Independent School District to teach an entire stadium of high school football fans hands only CPR.

This event will occur on October 6th 2017 in Fort Thomas, KY at the Highlands vs. Dixie varsity football game at David Cecil Memorial Stadium. This event will include a CPR demonstration booth, Hands only CPR instructions, prizes, and a public service announcement along with a live demonstration to the entire stadium.

Studies continue to show that Hands only CPR can be just as effective as regular CPR and is vastly more beneficial than no CPR.  Hands only CPR provides almost no risk to the provider and can be started quickly and with minimal training. All it takes to do hands only CPR is to place your hands in the center of the victim’s chest, and push hard and push fast. We are confident that this event will raise awareness of this life saving intervention.

We hope you will attend the game and learn to: Push Hard. Push Fast, and Pass it on!

By Eric Scherpenberg, Fort Thomas Fire Department