Happy New Year Dayton! I hope that the holidays were peaceful and enjoyable for you and your family. Throughout the city last month, we had some great events to share the holiday spirit.
The Dayton Civic Club had an amazing turnout for our annual Light Up Dayton event. Hundreds of children got to meet Santa, Mrs. Claus, and of course Rudolph. Our Fire Department also participated in their annual Christmas Delivery, delivering toys and essentials to families across our city. The Police Department also held their annual “Shop with a Cop” event bringing even more joy to our city. Thank You to all of the volunteers and city staff for sharing the joy of the season!
As the new year progresses, our city administration is very busy and we are excited to meet 2019. I have had the pleasure of working alongside our staff in the many projects ahead in the upcoming year which will increase the quality of life in our town in the upcoming years. The Gateway development at the foot of Walnut is rapidly taking shape, and pilings are being put in place at the Tapestry project. We’ll soon see changes in our Central Business District as we finalize work with the state on sidewalk improvements that will add even more walkability and pedestrian safety.
With winter here, our Public Works department is ready to make sure we are safe and have literally tons of salt at the ready as well as trucks and crew to clear our hills and streets. We’re lucky to have the crew we do and as we all know, they’re the best!
I’m looking forward to bringing you even more great news in 2019, and wish you and your family much health, happiness and success!
Until next month,
Mayor Ben Baker
The LES STLP (Student Technology Leadership Program) has been working hard this school year. As a first year team last year, they missed the invitation to state by a few points. Now, they are determined to improve as a team.
Their first competition for this school year was November 19th at NKU. This was a regional showcase. The students created a project called Community Codes. This is a project to help the school and community. The students are improving their technology skills by creating videos to link to a QR (Quick Response) code. Their videos are highlighting an item on display at the Dayton Heritage Museum.
After a visit to the museum, the students worked in pairs to research an item from the museum that they found interesting. After hours of work, their project was ready to share. Community Codes received an invitation to State. They plan to put the QR codes on display with the items. The visitors will be engaged with this interactive feature. Also, be on the lookout for a Minecraft Historical Tour of Dayton. The LES STLP team has decided to enter an online competition as well as improving Community Codes.
Hopefully, their work will encourage others to visit this great resource in the community. The Dayton Heritage Museum has a great group of volunteers. Their hours are Second and Fourth Saturday from 10AM-2PM or by appointment. Be sure to stop by and learn some history about Dayton and utilize the Community Codes.
Submitted by: Cami Young
I have gotten my end-of-the-year reports done. I work for 10 cities in Campbell County, and in 2018 I only picked up 80 dogs. That is down from 118 in 2017 and 119 in 2016. You can help your dog’s chances of not getting picked up. When I pick up a dog, the first thing I look for is a collar and tag. The next thing is a microchip. When possible the dog is returned to its owner. If an owner is not easily located, they are impounded to the shelter. They will receive vaccines and dewormer and get scanned again for a microchip. If your pet has a tag, you may get a call from the finder and your dog may never have to be picked up by animal control.
Cats picked up this year was 145 down from 402 in 2017 and 309 in 2016. These totals show that our Trap-Neuter-Return is working. Before we did TNR totals every year our totals were anywhere from 465 to 190 in the past 15 years. Many of those cats unfortunately were euthanized. Now that our shelter is not euthanizing and my totals have gone down, that is great news for cat lovers!
Our shelter can microchip your pet for only $10. If your pet can’t have on a tag then this is the next best thing. Many people who find pets get them scanned for a chip. Also another great place to search for your pet is online. Social media has helped get a lot of pets back home. I am a member of several Face book groups to try and help owners reunite with their pets. My goal is to keep your pet out of the shelter. Please keep your pets safe at home. Here is an example of some Facebook groups:
Bellevue, Kentucky and Dayton, Kentucky Lost and Found Pets.
Dayton Kentucky Buzz
Dayton, Kentucky-Voice of the Citizens
Northern Kentucky lost and found pets
NKY Lost and Found Pets
Kentucky - Lost, Missing, Stolen or Found pets
Northern Kentucky Pets
Newport KY lost and found pets
Lost and found pets of Kentucky
Submitted by: Terri Baker
Animal Control Officer
A common problem we have in Northern Kentucky is people who move into Kentucky but fail to transfer their vehicles into Kentucky. Worse still, many do this intentionally to avoid taxes and other costs associated with transferring and maintaining a vehicle in Kentucky. This activity is illegal and hurts all Kentuckians.
Kentucky law requires the registration of a motor vehicle within fifteen (15) days from the date the vehicle is brought into Kentucky for use. As part of the registration, a six (6) percent motor vehicle usage tax is levied on motor vehicles based on the value of the vehicle for the privilege of operating on Kentucky highways. The taxes collected from registering motor vehicles are used primarily to maintain Kentucky roads and approximately sixty (60) percent of the tax is returned for local government and school use.
To help combat the problem, the Kentucky Department of Revenue has setup the “Freddie Freeloader Program” where citizens can provide tips on Kentucky residents who are evading the system by not registering their vehicles in Kentucky.
You can report a tip to "Freddie Freeloader" by calling 1-800-882-8990 or online at https://revenue.ky.gov/Property/Pages/Report-Out-of-StatePlate.aspx. If you have any topics you would like to have covered in this column, please feel free to contact me by email at Tom@NorthernKYLawOffice or by phone at 859-491-7700.
Submitted by: Tom Edge, City Attorney
Students at LES have been doing a lot of reading. In order to learn more about the books that everyone is reading, I created the Book Ornament Challenge. The students were given the option to choose a book that they have read and create a book ornament to represent it. The ornaments were put on the Media Center Literary Tree. I am very proud of the hard work the students used to create the ornaments. I can tell they tried their best! I would like to thank Mrs. Tucker for assisting some students and submitting her own book ornament. Alec Rodriguez, Lily Brown, and Anna Karnes received the most votes and earned a prize. I am looking forward to more book sharing!
Submitted by: Cami Young
Whether you are a pet owner or not, you can help animals in your community. Call dispatch 859-292-3622 for all the reasons below:
Whenever you see a dog running loose:
The dog may have escaped its owner. It could get hit by a car or cause a traffic accident. It could have been abandoned. It is getting too cold to leave any dog outside, running the streets and unsupervised. Community cats are exempt from this.
If you suspect neglect or abuse:
Animals can’t seek out help on their own. They rely on good Samaritans to make the call. Many cruelty investigations just turn out to be a matter of educating the owner. That’s ok. Many people don’t know proper and legal animal care requirements. We can give the owner information, resources and advice needed to bring the problem under control. If the owner is financially unable or unwilling to better the situation, then citations and other penalties for the violations will occur. With that said, remember that State Law requires owners to provide adequate space, food/water and medical care. If you can not afford medical care, you need to surrender the pet or try to find it a new home. It is hard to make that decision, but it is in the animals’ best interest.
If your neighboring dogs are becoming a nuisance:
Dogs that are left outside to bark, dig, get loose, use your yard for a bathroom, tear up your garbage and pursue pedestrians are not to blame. They are only being animals. The owners are the ones responsible. A dog left out in the yard all day barking while the owner is at work, is not a happy dog. He is lonely, cold, bored and has never been taught the boundaries of self control. Perhaps the owner does not know how to teach this? Many people tell me “I can’t leave him in the house he tears it up”. It amazes me that they choose to own a pet, but feel that the neighbors should have to suffer from their choice to have a dog.
Many people can’t believe that their dog barks and is a nuisance. “He never barks”. Studies show dogs bark 2 times at much when left unattended and 3 times as much when left unattended outside. The reason is, dogs left inside can only hear and see stimulus happening close to the home. Dogs left outside, obviously have smells, sights and sounds all over the place. I was born into a dog owning home, have had dogs since becoming an adult, ok I cheated and took many dog behavior classes during my time as a Veterinary Technician.
I use to think my dogs wanted to be outside while I was at work and I felt guilty keeping them crated. However, one was either stolen from my yard or got loose and the people that found him decided he was going to be theirs. I had to take a microchip scanner and police to retrieve my dog (property). We began crating them after that and they became more obedient dogs and better members of our family (pack).
I have crated every dog since. I am no Cesar Milan, but I think he would be pleased with my dog family. I also use this technique with all my foster dogs. We have been able to curb many behavior problems through crate training as well as making dogs adoptable. My point is if your dog is crated safely in the house, your house will not get torn up, the neighbors can not complain that your dog is a neighborhood problem and you set up great pack leader abilities and your dog will respect you more for it.
If you need to reach me, Terri Baker, for any other reason, question or concern, please call Dispatch. 859-292-3622
As a side note, please do not forget to donate, volunteer, or adopt a homeless animal. Families are struggling during this economy and holiday season and are forced to surrender their pets. Check out your local shelters, such as Campbell County Animal Shelter 859-635-2819. Keep your pets home and safe; they are lucky to have you.
I hope to be able to use my boat to go catfishing more in 2019 than I have the past two years. Right now the Ohio River is not fish able again, as it was too many times in 2018. Should the Ohio repeat the conditions again this season, then I will become a lake fisherman.
My local lakes are on the small size so the use of shad is NOT allowed. I will try using catalpa worms next summer if I can find them. There are only a few catalpa trees in my city and I’m not sure if they will have worms on them. I am considering driving to the larger lakes to use my boat. I will have to contact some local folks to help me catfish in those lakes. Hopefully I will be able to have them go out in my boat to harvest some cats for the freezer.
Should the Ohio get into good fishing shape then I would like to try my hand at fishing a local catfish tournament. My big concern is I am not sure my live well is big enough to hold a couple of 15 pound catfish. I do know if 2019 turns out as bad as catching catfish as 2018 then I will be getting rid of my boat. Then I’ll just fish from a few spots I can find along the bank of the Ohio and the local lakes.
I want to wish everyone a healthy NEW YEAR and TIGHT LINES.
Author of KINDLE E-BOOKS ROD BENDING CATFISH & SHOP TO SAVE
It is that time of year that NKCAC is able to assist residents and their families with their heating bills. Please help us get the word out where none of our residents and families will be cold for the winter.
The 2019 Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Crisis Component begins January 7, 2019 and ends March 29, 2019 or until all funds are expended, whichever comes first. The program is open to income eligible households who are responsible for their home heating costs. The Crisis Component of LIHEAP does require a disconnect notice OR a current bill with a past due amount for metered utilities; or for households to be within 4 days of running out of bulk fuel. For 2019, NKCAC will participate in a program that will allow a current bill with a past due amount on your metered utility bill to meet the crisis definition.
Households interested in applying for the program can call the auto- scheduler for an appointment at 859-439- 4004 or 502-991-8390 and follow the prompts OR schedule online at nkcac.cascheduler.com anytime at your convenience. The following is required when making an application:
▪ Proof of ALL Household income (Social Security, SSI, Railroad Retirement, VA Pension can ONLY be verified from Award/Benefit letter issued by Social Security Administration.
▪ Proof of all household members’ income from the previous month.
▪ Current electric bill
▪Current bill or invoice with account number for bulk fuel. (Propane/fuel oil)
Submitted by: Vickie L. Flynn
Health Benefit Assister, Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission
Tel: (859)431-4177 ext.1114
We have made it to the New Year – 2019!
As the New Year begins, like a blossom with petals slowly unfolding to reveal the beauty within, may the Lord let it be a year filled with things that are truly good. May we pray to find comfort and warmth in our relationships. May we find the strength to help those who need our help and the humility and openness to accept help from others when we find ourselves in need. As you make your resolutions for the New Year, go forward with great hope that all things can be possible through Him.
January is named after a Roman God, Janus, who had two faces: One so that he could look forward to the future and one to look back at the past. As 2018 comes to a close and we look forward to 2019, we could all be a little like Janus. We all know through experience the things we did wrong and things we would like to change in the new year. Use the experience of Janus and make changes in the new year to right the wrongs from the old year. Be more kind, be more helpful, share your faith and just be there for your neighbor. I leave you with a prayer for the New Year:
May God make your year a happy one!
Not by shielding you from all sorrows and pain,
But by strengthening you to bear it, as it comes;
Not by making your path easy,
But by making you sturdy to travel ANY path;
Not by taking hardships from you,
But by taking fear from your heart;
Not by granting you unbroken sunshine,
But by keeping your face bright, even in the shadows;
Not by making your life always pleasant,
But by showing you when people and their causes need you most,
And by making you anxious to be there to help.
God’s love, peace, hope and joy to you for the year ahead!
Submitted by: Melody Dilts
If you are a state, local, county government, or State Police retiree receiving a pension from CERS, KERS, and STATE POLICE, this is an organization for you. We meet monthly on the second Monday of each month at Golden Coral 388 Orphanage Road Fort Wright, KY.
Our organization is out there to protect your retirement benefits. We provide a lobbyist who appears before the General Assembly on behalf of KERS, CERS, and STATE POLICE retirement funds and provides advice and consultants to public officials on health insurance, and retiree needs. The group works with AFL-CIO, TENURE, KASE, and KY.NEA and AFT. Dues are only $15 a year for renewal. The first year membership is free from month of joining to December 2019.
Our next meeting is Monday January 14, 2019 at 11:45 a.m. We will discuss the issues presented by KPR to the upcoming legislative session. We will also have a guest speaker with time for question and answers.
KPR has a website, Facebook page, twitter account, and quarterly newsletter "The Kernel" with the latest pension news. The NKY Chapter has their own Facebook page, "The NKY Chapter of Kentucky Public Retirees." Any questions can be addressed to NKY Chapter President Milton Mains email MHLM38@twc.com or NKY Chapter membership chair Ralph Wolf 859=431-0031, Come check us out and bring your spouse or fellow retiree.
Submitted by Melissa Artopoeus
NKY Chapter Public Relations
Our One Way Kid’s Ministry has started meeting again on Wednesday evenings from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Children in grades 1-5 are welcome to join us at First Baptist Dayton, 501 Dayton Avenue, for One Way Kid’s Ministry. We guarantee that kids will have fun while learning about God’s word. Come join us and see! Leaders are Matt & Alicia Sumpter.
Our kids did a great job in their Christmas play, and they and everyone who attended had a wonderful time. Many thanks to Matt and Alicia Sumpter, who directed the play and to all of the children, youth and the adults who helped with the program and served refreshments afterwards.
Submitted by: Gail Myers
The first half of the school year has flown by! Who could imagine that winter break is quickly approaching? The Lincoln Little Devils have been hard at work learning and growing thanks to their teachers’ great learning opportunities. We look forward to an equally successful second half of the school year.
We would like to invite our students’ families and our community to the Annual LES Holiday Program. This program has become a great tradition for our school over the last several years and has significantly grown in interest and attendance. In order to comfortably accommodate all of our guests, we will be hosting this event at Dayton High School this year on Friday, December 21st at 9:30 am. Our students will be using their talents to share the holiday spirit to others on this day. Please consider joining us for this memorable event.
Keeping in mind that everyone’s lives get a little bit busier this time of year, we wanted to communicate some important events and corresponding dates as the 1st semester of school concludes:
We continue to extend the invitation to our families and community members to come to see the great things that are occurring at Lincoln Elementary School. We would love to show off the hard work of our students, teachers and staff. Contact us at 292-7492 if you would like to come for a visit or if you are interested in donating your time, talents, or treasures to enhance the learning of our amazing students. We look forward to hearing from you!
Proudly serving the students and families of Lincoln Elementary,
Heather Dragan, Principal Tim Chenot, Assistant Principal
Why attend church?
Many people do not attend church regularly. It is a personal preference, with many reasons for and against. Church is not about getting a star for attendance, but about becoming a part of a living thing. This article will give you reasons to attend that maybe you haven’t thought about. I encourage you to make a New Year’s Resolution to attend a church of your choice.
Submitted by: Melody Dilts
Ask Me About 82.9
This week all of our Dayton High School staff members wore a green t-shirt that said, “Ask Me About 82.9.” 82.9 is the percentage of our 2018 Dayton High School graduating class that was either College or Career Ready, as determined by pre-established criteria by the state. I realize that putting one number out there is difficult to put into context whether this is a good, ok, or bad number. So, please, let me break it down.
Our percentage of 82.9 placed us 2nd in Northern Kentucky, behind only Beechwood High School, and tied with Highlands High School in Fort Thomas. The state average was 61% and the average of our 5 River City Districts in Northern Kentucky was 52%. As you can see this percentage score of 82.9% is something that should make our students and entire community very proud.
Our school district has been very strategic about providing a variety of opportunities for students to become College and/or Career Ready. We have aggressively grown the number of students that are reaching ACT College Ready benchmarks, which allow for them to take Dual Credit classes at Gateway Community and Technical College.
The second option is to become Career Ready. There are currently two ways to do this. The first is to complete one of our two business pathways (4 classes) and pass a certification test. The other way is to complete an industry certification at the Campbell County Area Technical Center.
We have a highly motivated and engaged group of nearly 30 students learning at our Area Technical Center. During their junior year, these students arrive on our campus by 6:30 AM and ride a bus to Campbell County High School where they participate in these courses.
We are very proud of this group of students for showing such dedication to Growing! Positioning our students to be ready for life’s next step is an important part of what we do as we Inspire, Engage, and Grow our Students!
Proudly Serving as Superintendent of Dayton Independent Schools
The end of December will end my 20 years of service to the City of Dayton - sixteen years on council and four years as mayor. We have accomplished a lot and I am very proud of the work we have done over the past four years.
At this time I would like to thank City Manager Michael Giffen and all the staff for the outstanding job they have done in my tenure as Mayor. Thanks also to Donna Leger and Tammy Cornett for all of their activities and hard work they have done for the citizens of Dayton through Kite Fest, Easter Egg Hunt, Light up Dayton, and Music Fest.
I want to thank Chief David Halfhill and the Dayton Police Department for an exceptional job of protecting the citizens of Dayton. I wish Fire Chief Chris Adkins the best of luck. He has already shown such great leadership and I look forward to watching his career progress.
Without Jeff Haas, Bill Burns, Denny Lynn, Ben Baker and Jeff Volter we would not have accomplished many of the improvements that have taken place in Dayton over the past four years. Thank you, gentlemen, for all of your support.
I would like to take this time to thank Karen Strickley for her support and loyalty, as well as Sara Bin and Jeff Haas for the thankless job they did on the Fire Department Bellevue-Dayton Fire Board.
Finally, I would like to thank my family and the citizens who supported me. I leave my term as mayor with Dayton stronger and more vibrant. I wish the new mayor and council the best. I look forward to their efforts to keep the city of Dayton moving forward.
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