God bless the Dayton Heritage Museum Board. Since opening in 2013, Tharp Dayton Heritage Museum has been blessed by the hard work and diligence of seven people, all determined to make the museum a destination worthy of the treasure trove of all things Dayton graciously donated by former Dayton realtor and city historian, Charlie Tharp. Every Thursday between 9 a.m. and noon, these individuals can be found archiving, sorting, organizing and setting up displays.
But the crowds of visitors they had hoped for have never lived up to the expectations of those efforts. In search of answers to this problem, it was soon discovered that by having Charlie Tharp's name attached to the building, many Dayton citizens assumed that the museum was owned and funded by Charlie. So being the selfless and amazing person that he is, Charlie agreed to relinquish his name from the building facade for the sake of increased memberships and volunteers, hence the re-dedication ceremony.
On Saturday, January 28, a group of 50+ gathered to help usher in a new era for the museum, and to greet and honor Charlie Tharp for all he has done for us. After a 10 a.m. introduction by board member Tina Neyer, Mayor Virgil Boruske spoke and he thanked Charlie and welcomed everyone in attendance. This was followed by a speech by Campbell County Genealogical and Historical Society member Marvin Record about the importance of preserving Dayton's rich history for our kids and our kids kids.
Among notables in attendance were: Mayor Boruske and all members of city council, Jeff Weimer and Marvin Record of Campbell County Genealogical and Historical Society, Jim Vice of St. Francis Cemetery, local film maker Cam Miller, Robin Gee of Bellevue-Dayton Sun (what a nice lady), and many members of the Tharp Family. Oh......and Slush Puppie!
After the presentation of a plaque to Charlie by board member Elmer Perry, the ribbon cutting by Charlie and Mayor Boruske took place and the crowd returned inside for a tour of the museum. Other activities included: Mug Shots and photo-ops with Slush Puppie, information about membership and volunteer opportunities, a brief History of Dayton and announcement of Poem and Mural Design Contests by Tina Neyer, kids activities by Catherine Hamilton Hicks and a History of St. Francis Cemetery by Jim Vice.
Speaking of membership and volunteer opportunities, it is through these efforts that the museum board hopes to generate revenue and renewed interest in seeing to it that the museum is here for generations to come. Yearly Memberships are only $12.50, Family Memberships are $25 and Lifetime Memberships are $200. Membership and Volunteer forms will be available at Dayton Heritage Museum and the Dayton City Building.
Slideshow photos courtesy of Jeff Weimer
Bellevue and Dayton, KY have been selected by Give Back Cincinnati for the 17th annual Paint the Town on Saturday, June 10, 2017. This will be the second time homeowners in Dayton and Bellevue will be part of Paint the Town. The Paint the Town last took place here in 2011.
Paint the Town is a one-day event during which volunteers from local companies will paint approximately 40 homes in a single day in Dayton and Bellevue, at no cost to the homeowners. Thanks to corporate sponsors that provide funding and nearly 1,200 volunteers who provide labor.
WHY PAINT HOUSES?
Our community is a sum of its total, and our housing is a big part of that equation. Our houses are our homes, a place that we share memories and grow in community with our neighbors. Houses require a tremendous amount of upkeep and things like painting a house can be an overwhelming financial cost for many members of our community. Painting a home can give a renewed sense of pride to the homeowner, improve the image of the neighborhood and serve as a catalyst for community improvement.
While preference is given to homeowners who are physically or financially unable to paint their homes themselves, all applications will be considered.
HOW TO APPLY
Homeowner applications will be accepted until February 21, 2017. Homeowners can apply online at http://apply.paintthetowncincinnati.org.
Applications will also be available at the Dayton City Building, 514 Sixth Avenue, Dayton, KY 41074.
For more information or help with the application, contact Robert Yoder, Main Street Director at (859) 491-1600 ext. 229, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
ABOUT PAINT THE TOWN
Paint the Town is a program within Give Back Cincinnati, a local nonprofit. The annual event paints the exterior of approximately 40 homes in a single day, Paint the Town has been in action since 2000.
In 16 years, Paint the Town has painted almost 500 houses in 17 communities in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. The project has accumulated approximately 80,000 volunteer hours since its inception.Paint the Town has taken place in the following communities: Columbia Tusculum, Price Hill, Northside, Madisonville (twice), Carthage & Hartwell, North College Hill, Covington, Evanston & Avondale, Bellevue & Dayton, Cheviot, Norwood, Latonia and Westwood
Main Street Director
514 Sixth Avenue
Dayton, KY 41074
859-491-1600 ext. 229 (office)
This month, we would like to recognize Christina Marlow (pictured on the right) as the DHS Athlete of the Month. Christina attended Dayton schools her whole life until her family moved to another school district, but Christina wanted to come home to Dayton. Despite the Kentucky High School Athletic Association deeming her ineligible to play sports for a year, Christina chose to stay at Dayton. Since that time, she has worked out, practiced, fundraised, team-bonded, and traveled to every game with the teams she loves. Her dedication to being a Greendevil is exactly what makes her the perfect nominee and winner of Athlete of the Month for Dayton High School. We are all hoping that Christina is found eligible soon to again represent Dayton on her many fields of play! Way to go, Big Chief!
Submitted by: Barbie Case-Lukens
DHS Athletic Director
We often assume that when a tragic event happens that affects us, we are the only ones who have gone through the hardship. Researching the 1937 flood, I found that mentality nearly non-existent. Even those who had nothing helped to reclaim their homes, their belongings, their neighbors’ things. In Dayton, over 7,000 people were forced from their homes. Hundreds of houses damaged beyond repair. Family heirlooms were lost. These are just some of the facts of an event that happened eighty years ago. Dayton, Kentucky was not the only town that suffered from the 1937 flood, but the devastation that hit the town seemed insurmountable in a population of 10,000.
The Benner family lived at 632 Third Street in Dayton. Stories from the family included how they walked across a frozen river in winters before the flood, the sound of the calliope as steamboats floated lazily on summer evenings. But on January 18, in the midst of rain that began falling 5 days before, Cliff Benner, the father of the family, nervously watched as the water crept up Berry Street, seeking the lowest point as it went. Surely it would not reach the house. Still, he began to make arrangements for his wife, his daughters, and a sister-in-law.
Cliff was no stranger to flooding. Prior to the flood of 1913 that destroyed Saint Francis of Assisi Church, he’d captured the beauty of the place in a photograph. But the beginning of 1937 was different. Ornately carved tables from Germany, alabaster figurines, Limoge and Haviland China, all was packed up hurriedly in the face of rising waters.
Rowboats appeared when the water lapped at the front stoop, the place that Cliff had taken picture after picture of his young family. He’d made sure the photographic equipment and family photos were saved. Precious photos of his wife in the backyard amid chickens, their children gathered on a happy summer day. Not like this January when the sky only took on hues of gray.
It could have completely wiped out the spirit of the city. Instead, after the waters receded people went back to survey the damage. Today, we talk about how much it costs in monetary terms to lose a town. Much of what I have read about the ’37 flood has to do more with the fact that people worked together.
You can find all sorts of information about the flood on the internet and most assuredly in the newspapers this month. And yet, the spirit of the people of Dayton during and after the flood is what means so much to the residents of Dayton today. There was a “Can-do” attitude that fed the rescue efforts.
Cliff and his family went back to their home only to find busted out windows, the house next door tilted on its side, leaning up against the brick wall of their side yard, and a keyless piano butted up against their front door. Mud, more than a foot deep layered in the streets. Power lines were down and generators ran for warmth.
Slowly and often with tired smiles, people cleaned and captured what they could of their homes to once more hear the sound of the calliope along the river.
Submitted by: Tina Neyer
Living our Mission in 2017
As we GROW into a New Year it is always good to set a focus for what lies ahead. We know that each year brings its very own promise and challenges. This year is guaranteed to bring both.
At Dayton Independent Schools, we will continue to focus on living our mission to Inspire, Engage, and Grow each of our Students. In doing so, we must ensure four key themes continue to guide our work. They are:
These four themes come from the work of Larry Brendtro and his study of our American Native cultures and the focus they had for developing their youth. I support his idea that our youth face multiple risks that are related to destructive relationships, climates of futility, learned irresponsibility, and loss of purpose. We must continue to look for ways for young people to develop a sense of their own value by providing opportunities to be of value to others.
I look forward to GROWING with you in the New Year!
We GROW together!
Proudly serving as Superintendent of Dayton Independent Schools
As I write this article New Year's Eve is fast approaching and I sit here smiling from ear to ear thinking about the success the Dayton Civic Club has enjoyed for the year 2016. Wow, what a great community of giving and caring people. We are truly blessed.
For those who attended Light Up Dayton this year, you already know it was a huge success. With the exception of the rain at the monument, it went on without a hitch. We enjoyed over 350 children each receiving stocking stuffers, a present, a book, pizza, drinks and chips as well as unlimited arts and craft ornaments. Our ever so faithful Santa arrived in style with sirens announcing his arrival. Thanks to the Bellevue Dayton Fire Department for serving as our gracious hosts. Santa (Dennis Ashford) was in full form being jolly and bright, Mrs. Claus (Catherine Hamilton-Hicks) was beautiful and elegant, and Rudolph (Cam Miller) was very energetic, dancing the day away. Who knew Rudolph had such talent and energy?
Our Light Up Ceremony at the Town Center was a little wet, but was still well attended as we enjoyed carols from the NKCAC pre-school children, the Lincoln School Chorus and The East Baptist Dayton Church choir. Cassidy Cornett opened the ceremony with a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem, Brian Spradlin gave a wonderful invocation and Ben Baker read “The Night Before Christmas” to all the kids. The Dayton High School Band performed and Mayor Virgil Boruske took charge of the count down on the lighting of the Town Center for all to enjoy! Mrs. Lisa Klette and the National Honor Society served up much needed hot chocolate and cookies for everyone. Unfortunately, due to the weather we were unable to light the Wish Lanterns but will continue with this tradition as weather permits.
Once again, the Dayton Civic Club could not have done this without your help with donations and volunteering. I would like to thank the following who donated either money or items that helped us fulfill all of our needs: Hansman's Corner Market, The Roadmen, Avenue Pharmacy, Riverside Marketplace, Boruske Brothers Collision Center, Smitty's Sports Bar, Woodcraft Mfg., Paula Asch, Amber Serveld, Jeff and Layne Haas, Fran and Jerry Wetterich, Mary Kallendorf, Larry Heitzman, The Trentman Family, The Carr Family, Sandy Trutschel, Shannon Drake, Pat and Bobby Crittendeon, Bill and Ginny Burns, Brenda Wiseman, Rose Forte, Vicki Ballard, Debbie Sickles, Nancy Hundemer, The Dayton Eagles, Donna Thornton, Tom and Melody Dilts, Fessler's aka Pasquales, Marcos Pizza, The Campbell County Library and Half Price Books. In addition, we received a $20 bill in the mail from an anonymous donor; whoever you are, we thank you! Every single donation was used wisely and we thank you all for your support and the children of our community especially thank you.
The following volunteers were once again in full force and without them we would not get through all of our events; Jessica Lovins, Tracey Spradlin, Lisa Seyberth, Becky Mays, Carol Daughetee, Judy Vollner, Polly Hollingsworth, Fran Wetterich, Colleen Carr, Melissa Houston, Jane Hebel, Cindy Moore, Tiffany Gifford, Nathan Gifford, Eugene Hamblin, Jennifer Hamblin, Beth Hauser, Michael Hauser, Maddie Gifford, Kenzie Gifford, Amber Menning, Pat Crittendon, Bobby Crittendon, Ben Baker, Bill Burns, Denny Lynn, Craig Cornett, Beth Nyman, Virgil Boruske and of course my right hand and sometimes my left hand and one of the hardest workers I know Donna Leger. From the bottom of my heart, I thank all of you for everything you do. Please forgive me if I missed anyone, I try to keep track because I appreciate you all so much.
I am looking forward to what 2017 will bring this great group of people. If you would like to join the Dayton Civic Club, our next meeting is January 19, 2017 @ 7:00 p.m at St. John's Church, 8th and O'Fallon. We could always use some fresh new ideas and all of the energy you can give. See you there.
Happy New Year!
Tammy Cornett, Chairman
Dayton Civic Activities Board
As we welcome in a new year, I’ve decided to share My Story with our readers. This is very personal to me, and I had to think long and hard about sharing it with the public. I have decided to do it because we all have a story to tell and share. I encourage all to share your story and search for answers. No one should ever feel alone in their lives. Through sharing, we can all grow in ourselves and in our faith and understanding of the role that God plays in our lives.
My husband and I were high school sweethearts at Dayton High School. We married in 1980 in this city and took up residence here. We did not attend church on a regular basis. We lived it up, going out Friday and Saturday nights and sleeping in on Sundays. In 1983 we decided to start a family. Our son was born in April of 1984 only to live three days before passing away. We were devastated, hurt, and lost. What was happening to us? We had lived clean lives, believed in God and tried to follow his teachings. Why was God taking my son?
We were in a dark place, believing we were being punished by God. We could not understand why this happened to us. In later years, our family did grow by three, and eventually we did grow to attend church. Through growth in our church and our faith, we have learned several things:
Submitted by: Melody Dilts
First Baptist Church of Dayton will start a Prayer Seminar on January 11. The meetings will be on Wednesday nights starting at 6 p.m. and will run for 10 consecutive weeks. We will study the book The Battle Plan for Prayer. If you want to improve the effectiveness of your praying, come join us for this exciting study.
Zeke Pike, a Five-Star high school recruit and a high school All-American will preach at first Baptist Church in Dayton on February 5 at 10:45 a.m. Zeke lost everything important to him when he became addicted to drugs. While in jail, he said he lost everything but God and discovered that God was all he needed. Zeke has allowed God to completely transform his life. Come worship with us on Sunday, February 5. We promise you will be blessed.
First Baptist Dayton will have a new Children’s Club starting in May called TeamKID for kids in Grades 1-5. We will have our “meetings” on Wednesday evenings. Watch for more information in upcoming issues.
Submitted by: Gail Myers