"A couple of weeks after our first edition of this paper came out, I received a phone call from an older gentleman named Charles Tharp. All I knew about him was that he was a realtor and one of the first business owners to resume their ad in the Dayton Community News when we started out. He called to offer his services by running a column in the paper titled "Then and Now". He wanted to send in two photos each month, one from 1898 and the other a current one, giving a history of the subject with short bios covering the owners and their occupations. I recall the excitement in his voice as he spoke about Dayton, so I agreed to give the old-timer a shot. Little did I know, my new friend would be winning over our readers for a stretch that lasted 86 months! I am proud to call him my friend."
The above paragraph is taken from an article I wrote about the early challenges we faced in finding news contributors for the paper. Charlie Tharp was a friend to everyone and a stranger to no one. Though his love of Dayton was unrivaled, I can't help but wonder if he really knew how much Dayton loved him. Rest in Peace, my friend.
Leland Bennett, Pastor Tony Hayes of Cornerstone Christian Church and Rick Frank
5th Annual Psalm Festival
Saturday, September 16 from noon until 5
Thanks be to God for the vision and ministry (Psalm 147) started 5 years ago by Rick Frank and his spiritual mentor Leland Bennett, the 5th Annual Psalms Festival will once again bring much joy to the hearts of everyone involved as over 300 area children will be treated to a day filled with fun, games, snacks, drinks, bouncy houses, a petting zoo and prizes. ALL FREE OF CHARGE.
With some amazing support from his family as well as his church family at Highland Hills Church, 9 local churches, countless volunteers and some outstanding Worship Bands, Rick will give area children a day they will not soon forget.
Check out the slideshow below from last year's event and make plans to attend!
As I mentioned last month, October is Fire Prevention Month and I want to spend some time making sure this year's theme, "Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out" really hits home. Many people underestimate the speed and power of fire. Seconds can mean the difference between escaping safely from fire and tragedy. You may have only a few minutes to get out safely once the smoke alarm sounds. Plan two ways out of every room. This can give you the time you need to get outside.
Make a home escape plan. Practice your home fire escape drill with everyone in the household, especially all of your children. Firefighters and fire-safety educators agree that when members of a household create a home escape plan and practice what they need to do and where to go when the smoke alarm sounds, the likelihood of a safe escape increases significantly.
Making a home escape plan that involves drawing a map of your home showing all doors and windows and an outside meeting place in front of your home is a key component of escape planning. To take this even further, sit down with ALL members of your family especially the children. Take the time to go over what they need to do, for example, make sure they can open windows by themselves or be very clear on where every door or potential escape route may be. Be very clear, instruct the children to exit and go to the safe meeting place and STAY THERE, even if Mom or Dad are not out yet.
Becoming separated and not knowing were everyone is can be a nightmare! That is why the Safe Meeting Place becomes so critical. Be sure everyone is accounted for and immediately alert the fire personnel when someone is missing. It may be a good idea to practice being caught on the second floor or knowing little tips like Don't Hide, yelling out so you can be found.
Most people will at some time during their lives have a disability, either temporary or permanent, that limits their ability to move in and around the home. Disabilities can present many types of challenges in evacuating your home in the event of a fire or other emergency. Since most of us spend much of our time in our home, it's vitally important to consider how someone in your home with a disability would escape a fire. Developing and practicing a home fire escape plan is the best way to be as prepared as possible.
When having friends or relatives come stay with you overnight or for an extended visit, you'll want to make sure their time in your home is not only enjoyable, but safe. Practice your home fire escape drill with them. I suggest when you are showing them around your home you can say, and this is a route we would take in case you hear the smoke alarm, and we exit here, and we would meet at the curb over there, and this is the address in case you need to call 9-1-1.
For more suggestions,visit www.sparkyschoolhouse.org. Of course I have lots of pamphlets which can help you make your plan, just stop by the firehouse.
Are you with the “IN” crowd or are you an “Outcast”? This is a situation many of us face every day of our lives. Being an outcast is no fun, including the pain, hurt feelings, and shame that goes along with it. Rejoice! God is here for ALL of us!!!
God doesn’t see “Outcast”; he sees All of his children. Celebrate who you are. Celebrate what makes you an individual! He didn’t make us to be the same. What a boring world that would be. We were made with our own looks, personalities and talents for a reason. It takes all of us to make the world go around. Stay in Faith and be assured you are exactly how God created you. He loves us ALL and forgives us ALL.
Why do we shun those not like us? All black sheep can become the saving lamb at some time. We are all “Outcasts” in given situations. Some days and some places there will be times that we do not “fit”. Think about WWJD, “What would Jesus do”? Would he shun some and not others? It’s hard to think he would, when we are all his children. To God, there are no outcasts. He gives us courage to reach out to the outcasts so that everyone feels they belong. Remember, God loves us all, outcasts and sinners.
Submitted by: Melody Dilts
My How We Have Grown!
As we start the school year it seems appropriate to remember all the wonderful progress we have made and the amazing things happening at Dayton Independent Schools:
Superintendent of Dayton Independent Schools
Landscaping is all about using the diversity of nature to make your living space more beautiful. It’s a real kick in the teeth to Mother Earth to practice landscaping that’s not eco-friendly, or even worse, landscaping that actively harms local ecosystems. If you want to give thanks to nature for its bounty, you should do everything you can to respect, recycle, and conserve. Here are some tips for the eco-conscious landscaper.
Learn how to compost
Composting achieves two main goals: first, you find a use for all of your “waste” products, meaning you are actively doing your part to recycle and second, you create a nutrient-rich soil additive that will help your plants thrive. Composting is simple. At its core, all composting requires is organic matter, some moisture, and a container to hold it all in. A good composting bin requires some brown matter (dead leaves, grass clippings, wood ash) and some green matter (fresh grass, weeds, plants, and vegetable waste). All you have to do is create a good environment for bacteria and let nature do the rest. Here’s how to get started.
Focus on water conservation
There are dozens of tips and tricks to help you conserve water around your home, from the extremely simple (reuse cooking water or get a rain barrel to help recycle water for your plants) to the moderately simple (mulch as much as you can, as mulch prevents water evaporation and soil drying), and all the way to the mostly simple, but more labor intensive. For example, installing a drip irrigation system - defined as “a low pressure irrigation system in which nozzles are placed at the base of plants and water is applied very slowly. A highly efficient watering system both in terms of water and energy use” - takes some work but is still relatively simple. The point is that most water conservation tricks are pretty easy. Get started today.
Let those yard “weeds” grow
Many find plants like dandelions and clover to be nuisances - ugly weeds that destroy an otherwise beautiful landscape. But if you’re trying to be eco-friendly, getting rid of these common plants isn’t recommended.
For one, bees and other pollinators rely on dandelions as a food source during the early spring months when other blooms are scant. It’s also common practice to use herbicides to rid your yard of these plants without killing your grass. Pesticides and herbicides can wreak havoc on local insect populations - including the bugs that your local ecosystem needs for pollination. Forgo using anything ending in “-cide” in your yard and let (at least some of) the dandelions be.
Give up the gas
Using gas is not eco-friendly - whether it’s in our cars, boats, or lawn mowers and weed-eaters. The burning of fossil fuels is a cause of global warming, which has a negative effect on flora and fauna all around the world. If you want to do your part to reduce your carbon footprint, you should switch to non-gas-powered lawn mowers, like a reel or rotary mower. If your lawn is too thick and unruly for man-powered machines, try an electric model. It’s still not as zero-footprint as a rotary - but it’s miles ahead of gas-powered units.
Many of the gardening methods that help you be eco-friendly also help you save money in the long run. Composting, for example, means you’ll never have to buy another bag of compost or fertilizer again. Saving water helps your water bill, obviously. You’re allowed to practice these environmental techniques for a combination of selfish and eco-conscious reasons - we won’t tell if you don’t.
Photo Credit: Pixabay.com
Submitted by: Clara Beaufort
One of the objectives of VFW Post 2899 is to ensure that our servicemen and servicewomen overseas know that we are thinking of them. With the holidays fast approaching, our Auxiliary would like to make the holidays a little brighter for them. We need your help doing this. If you have a family member or friend from the area serving overseas, our Auxiliary would appreciate obtaining their address so that we can send cards and packages. Please contact Penny Hurtt at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 859-801-9682 with the information. Thank you in advance for your help.
Submitted by: Penny Hurtt
It has been an exciting first few weeks of the school year at Lincoln Elementary. The teachers and staff are so happy to have our little devils back to school!
Our students in grades Kindergarten through 6th grade have been working hard on their MAP tests. Our students take these nationally normed online benchmark tests three times throughout the school year. These important tests help us to track individual student progress while also allowing us to analyze how our students are performing in the areas of reading, mathematics and language compared to students from around the country. The student reports will be provided to parents/guardians at our October Parent/Teacher conference.
We are off to such a great start with the implementation of PBIS, our new positive behavior system. We also continue our Core Life Character Program as well. We have been focusing on the character traits: respect and responsibility. Students receive marks on their Devil Cards for making positive choices and can shop at the Devil Store once they have their cards filled up! We are so proud of the amazing character choices our students have been making.
We have also welcomed back all of the littlest little devils, our preschool students. All of our preschool staff has worked so hard preparing for the students’ return and it has been so wonderful seeing the kids back and so eager to grow and learn.
Our annual Mumkin Sale at Lincoln will run from September 8th – September 22nd. The money earned from this annual sale goes to providing students with instructional resources, incentives, etc. It is our main fundraiser of the year, so please consider buying a beautiful fall Mumkin from an LES student.
Lastly, we continue to encourage you to read with your child(ren) nightly. The students should have their 1st quarter Accelerated Reading (AR) goal set, so please talk to them about this goal and ask often about their progress in meeting their goal.
Please always feel free to contact us with questions, feedback, your ideas, etc. as we are always looking for ways to inspire, engage, and grow each of our students.
Proudly serving the students and families of Lincoln Elementary,
Heather Dragan, Principal Tim Chenot, Assistant Principal
An update on the Vine Street Park…..at the September City Council Meeting we will be selecting the company to construct the new park, We are also applying for a Campbell County Extension Environmental Sustainability Grant for the planting of trees and a butterfly garden at the park.
We have received authorization for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to begin the design work for the Dayton Pike Safe Routes to School and the Streetscape between McKinney. It’s great that we are now able to get these projects moving forward.
I’d also like to let you know about TreeDevelop Dayton. It’s an initiative to bring more trees to Dayton. TreeDevelop Dayton is offering to plant trees for residents and business owners for only $25. We’re, also looking for volunteers to help plant the trees. If you're interested in getting a tree or volunteering to help plant trees, please fill out the online form for volunteering or the application for a tree available at www.daytonky.com/trees or contact Bob Yoder, Main Street Manager at 859-491-1600.
The Dayton Civic Club will be putting on Kitefest again this year on Saturday, September 30 from 12 PM - 5 PM at Gil Lynn Park. Kitefest will have free kites to the first 500 children in attendance, over 14 local area mascots, princesses, and super heroes. The Mascot Parade starts at 12 noon with festivities going until 5:00. Games, photo booth, craft vendors, food and more. It’s going to be a great day for the family, so come out join us in the fun!
In the mist of Hurricane Harvey I want to make everyone think about “What if?” What if we had a disaster here? A flood, fire, earthquake, tornado, chemical spill etc. could displace mass amounts of animals and/or people. Would your pets be safe? Would you be able to evacuate with all your pets?
If you have 6 cats and 1 small pet carrier then you will be forced to leave cats behind. Everyone’s situation is unique. It’s hard to imagine you may have to pick and choose who gets rescued. Who will fit in the car, boat or emergency vehicle? What will happen to your birds, fish, caged pets etc.
I was deployed in 2005 for animal rescue services to Hattiesburg Mississippi during Hurricane Katrina. Although I am proud to have assisted, it was a very difficult time. No one was permitted to evacuate with their pets. Many pets never found their original owners. Many pets perished. We had to have strong security (National Guard) because people were trying to steal animals. Yes its true looting happens in the animal end too. Our command center was set up close to the Red Cross center. So if we needed to get online or something we had to go over there and we saw the human victims. I remember a little boy telling me they have a dog. He was teary eyed and did not know where it was.
Federal Laws changed after Katrina. The Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards (PETS) Act was passed in 2006. Pets and service animals are now able to evacuate with owners. Keep in mind human life is more important. So if you have an aggressive animal that is not able to be restrained properly, it will be required to stay behind. Also note the PETS act does not include horses, livestock and research or exhibition/zoo animals.
Please be sure your pets are microchipped. This is the only 100% way to identify your animals. Collars and tags can be removed or snag on debris and be pulled off. We have an Emergency Management Plan for animals in Campbell County. The shelter and I are part of the plan. Hopefully we never need to implement it.
If you have considered helping the animals in Texas, my personal favorite group is American Humane. They have the “Red Star” program. They have a large 50 foot stocked semi for disaster deployment. You can become a volunteer, donate or just follow them on their website. I have attended many of their trainings. They are very knowledgeable and a great resource to have for ANY animal issue. Their website is www.americanhumane.org and phone # 1-866-242-1877. If you donate Compassion first animal hospitals are matching donations up to $50,000. You can find all that information on their home page.
Stay safe and keep your pets safe,
Terri Baker, Animal Control Officer