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Congratulations to the 2018 Lincoln Elementary Academic Team. The team finished the season with a record of 14-2. Comprised of 4th and 5th grade students who compete against other area elementary schools, Lincoln's team had a terrific season.
Each Academic Match has two games, and students are required to answer academic questions that are quite challenging. This year's team lost only two of the sixteen games played beating teams from John G. Carlisle, Latonia, St. Agnes Ft. Wright, Newport, Glenn 0. Swing and St. Catherine-Fort Thomas.
The members of the team include 5th graders Kevin Buemi, Peyton Young, Devin Volkering, Mason Fromeyer, Nikki Lynn, and Conner Morgan. The 4th grade members of the team are Anna Carnes, Casey Chenot, Gabrielle Cabrera, Emily Hall, and Max Simpson.
A special thank you goes out to Mrs. Lennea Thomas, Ms. Katie Bush, Mrs. Heather Young, and Mrs. Holly Chenot who all served as officials for the Academic Matches this season. Lincoln Elementary School could not be more proud of this outstanding group of students who represented our school very well. Great job kids!
Submitted by: Karen Fuchs
Academic Team Coach
The Dayton Vintage a men’s and women’s vintage clothing and accessories store celebrated its grand opening with an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony officiated by Mayor Virgil Boruske. The new retail is located at 505 Sixth Avenue, in the Dayton Main Street District. The shop is open Monday - Saturday from 11 AM to 5 PM.
Dayton Vintage is run by Elizabeth Finch, who has 30 years of experience in selling vintage fashions, describes Dayton Vintage as, "A shop focused on a variety of vintage clothing and accessories for women and men from wool, cashmere, and furs to shoes, boots, and purses. The shop has practical clothing for everyday wear, and also hard to find vintage items for people looking for the unique.”
“Working with Elizabeth has been great, and we look forward to having her as part of our vibrant and growing business community,” said Robert Yoder, Dayton Main Street Manager.
Dayton Vintage has been awarded rental abatement and a uniform signage grant from CCAP, the City of Dayton’s Commercial Community Advantage Program. For more information on the City of Dayton small business incentive programs contact Robert Yoder at 859-491-1600, or visit www.daytonky.com/visitors/economic-development/.
Submitted by: Bob Yoder, Main Street Manager
It is baby time. Soon you may see kittens, baby birds, deer etc. Wild babies, for the most part, do not need any intervention. However, kittens we want to know about. Let’s talk about how to handle a baby situation and know if the baby needs help or not.
A baby bird that has fallen from the nest is very common. Most mamma birds will kick them out when its time for them to go and they spend 2 days or so on the ground before they learn to take flight. The parents still come to feed the baby until it learns to fly.
Baby birds are not professionals in the beginning. The ‘wait and see’ attitude is fine if the baby is not in danger. If you can reach the nest safely feel free to put it back. It and its siblings may be back on the ground a few minutes later, but you tried. If cats are prevalent in your area or if the baby is already injured, then a wildlife rehabber is your answer. We only have one bird rehab in our area at this time. Her name is Ginger Rood and her number is 859-384-4022.
Baby bunnies and baby deer are frequently found lying alone with “no mother in sight”. That is the master plan for these animals considered “prey” animals. They are always in fear of being eaten. So they do not lay with their babies. They do not want to draw attention to them or make them have too much of an odor.
If you have to chase a bunny to “save it”, then it does not need to be saved. It is on its own. If they have hair and their eyes are open, they are not in need of your care. Injured bunnies most times do better without us. Mother Nature heals her own animal, for the most part. There is only one antibiotic you can give a rabbit and they can stress and die just from being handled. You can help most by not helping.
Fawns need intervention when they are crying aka “bleating”, the grass has died under where they are laying or they have maggots/flies all over. If you feel a baby needs rescue call Animal Control or a Wildlife rehabber please. I created a Face book Group for anyone interested in becoming a rehabber or assisting wildlife by transporting them etc. it is called NKY Wildlife Rehab. We have a desperate need for bird and mammal rehabbers in our area.
We get calls for baby squirrels, raccoons, opossums etc. Remember unless you are a licensed rehabber or in the process of being one, you can not raise these babies. Never feed a cold baby and never give milk products. If you absolutely have to give the baby something once it warms up, just until you can get it to rehab use pedialyte only. A baby bird would be fed dog food kibble soaked in water. Small pieces behind the tongue every 30 minutes.
Domestics/feral/stray kitten season is almost here too. Our county has adopted a new program to help our county shelter be no-kill. This means if there are feral or stray cats reproducing, spraying and causing problems in your neighborhood, we will trap them have them vaccinated, spay/neutered and an eartip and release back into the area.
This keeps new cats from vacuuming (Moving into) the neighborhood and you area cats are healthier (not spreading disease) and no longer spraying, fighting etc because they are altered.
Some kittens can be placed up for adoption, but for the most part, mom keeps them hidden until the prime socialization period is over. This means they will never be sweet, tame, indoor cats your kids can pet. Those kittens will at least be altered with this program. We have had this program in place since October 2016 and we have dramatically reduced the number of cats euthanized. Only terminally injured/sick cats are euthanized now.
Please be proactive and help us continue to save lives. Call 859-572-1211 and we can discuss trapping in your area. If it is an emergency please call me through dispatch 859-292-3622. Your cat can get spayed/neutered for free if you qualify for low income. If you do not qualify it is only a $20 co-pay. You also need proof of residency; this is a grant for Campbell County. If you have friends that need cats done in surrounding Counties have them check with their local shelter. The grant incorporates 5 NKY counties.
LOW COST SPAY/NETUER FOR CAMPBELL COUNTY
There is not a true “Puppy season”; however there is also a grant for dogs to get done thru UCAN. If the mobile once a month transport is utilized it will be $25 for spay/neuter and $10 for rabies vaccine if proof can not be provided. I hope you find this article was helpful. Please spay/neuter your pet!
Submitted by: Terri Baker
Animal Control Officer
Spring has Sprung!
Spring is when everything comes to life, flowers bloom, animals come out of hiding, and our neighbors begin to emerge from their houses. We hibernate like bears during the snowy cold winter months, so it is nice when the weather starts to warm up. We love going outside, sitting on the front porch and enjoying the warmer temperatures.
As Christians, we celebrate Easter each spring, which is a celebration of the death and resurrection of Jesus. Because His death and resurrection means eternal life for us, forever with Him in glory!
Spring signifies a new day, a new beginning, a new start for a troubled soul. Make a promise to yourself to start new and fresh. Make changes to make your life better. Here are some ideas for your Spring Bucket list:
Submitted by: Melody Dilts
The girls track team took a 3rd place team finish at the First Annual Bourbon County Relays! Great job girls, in a meet that was unclassed and truly unique!
The Dayton boys’ Track and Field team brings home the title from the opening meet of the season!
We would like to recognize Megan Downard as the March Athlete of the Month! This is the second time this year that Megan has received this honor and it is well deserved. Megan has earned the honors of the Conference Player of the Year for basketball - as voted by opposing coaches - as well as being named the Defensive Player of the Year - also voted on by opposing coaches. Megan was also voted player of the week at Cincinnati.com and has been named to numerous all-tournament teams. Megan continues to attain all of these athletic honors while still maintaining a perfect 4.0 GPA. Amazing job Megan!
Submitted by: Kati Newsome
First Baptist Dayton is excited about getting some off-street parking. The church has just purchased a house across the street from the church at 512 Dayton Avenue. We plan to tear the house and garage down and develop off-street parking. First Baptist Dayton plans to use this area not only for parking but also for special events like tent revivals, Vacation Bible School and more. This new parking lot will enable First Baptist Church to host many different kinds of meetings for our Northern Kentucky Baptist Association and for city functions.
When we get the area developed, it will open the door to a wonderful and bright future for our church and the many ministries we are now involved in for Jesus. All of our members pause to say Thank you, Lord, for making this property available to us to enable us to reach many more people for Jesus and our church.
Mark your calendars for Vacation Bible School – June 3-8, 2018
Mark your calendars now for Vacation Bible School at First Baptist Dayton, June 3-8, 2018. Starting on Sunday evening, June 3, we’ll meet from 6:15 – 8:30 p.m. each evening. VBS is for kids from age 3 through fifth grade. Friday night is family night and the theme is GAME ON! More details to follow!
Submitted by: Gail Myers
City Administrator Michael Giffen sends council several email updates each month. He is now putting together a more formal monthly report to post on the city website and to share with the public so they can have a better idea of things that are going on and/or coming up in the future. When space is available, this information will be published in the paper, but Michael’s monthly report will always be available each month on our online blog www.daytoncommunitynews.com .
The month of March was filled with a lot of budget work and contained a lot of meetings with various organizations and citizens of the community. Notably:
The Finance Committee is set to meet with The Mayor, Donna, and I on 3/28 to review first drafts of the FY2019 Budget. Van Gorder, Walker, & Company will give a brief overview of our audit at the April Council meeting.
Eight (8) applications were received by the City of Bellevue for the open Fire Chief position. The resumes have been turned over to Mayor Boruske and Mayor Riehl for review. There is no immediate timeline on when the position will be filled.
April Council Meeting
Municipal Aid Projects:
Bids for Sixth Avenue Street Lighting Project:
Bids for Surplus Property: 207 Fifth
Arlington Properties Agreement in Lieu of Taxes:
This is related to the Industrial Revenue Bond Agreement I sent out earlier in the month to Council for review. This deals with the 14 acre multi-family development at Manhattan Harbour that was approved by the Planning and Zoning Board in January 2018.
As it reads, the developer will pay the school 65% of the taxes the school would have received as a result of the project, known as a PILOT (Payment in Lieu of Taxes) every year for the term of the bond and will also receive a lump sum payment of $250,000. The incentive for the school is that it receives $250,000 it can use at its discretion and the project will not be included in the schools formula for receiving funds from the state.
The city’s only involvement in the agreement is that we are acting as the sponsoring agency on the bonds. We are not responsible for the payment of any bonds, nor do we have anything at risk.
Redknot Homes TIF Agreement:
Redknot Homes has been asking for the city to create a TIF agreement for their 19 single-family home project off of O’Fallon, 10th and Walnut. After their initial offer was denied, they have since been meeting with the Mayor, myself, and the Economic Development Committee of Council off and on for the last 3 months.
The group made a final offer, which was agreed upon by Redknot. The next step is for this proposal to come before council for a discussion and a vote. Mark Pottenbaum of Redknot will be at the April meeting should you have any questions of him.
Work is progressing on the Gateway Apartment Site. Arlington Properties hopes to close on the 14 acre development site for their project in April. Paving of phase II of the Boulevard should be completed any week now, weather permitting.
The Planning and Zoning Board (Video of Meeting Online) approved the vacancy of Dodd Drive and portion of Front Street at their 3/21 rescheduled meeting.
Riverfront Commons (Design Phase):
KZF is desperately trying to complete the design for Phase I of the Riverfront Commons Trail, but they are being held up by final State approval. We have a conference call scheduled for 3/29 to work out some details. The USACE also needs to give a final permit before the design can be completed.
Sidewalk Improvement Project (Design Phase):
Recommendations were taken from the Main Street Board on some of the preliminary design work along the avenue with the bump-outs. That information was submitted to GRW, Inc.
Homeland Security Camera Project:
Project should be completed and fully reimbursed in April/May 2018.
Economic Development Sub-Committee Meeting – April 10th (Tentative)
Comprehensive Plan Meeting – April 11th
Submitted by: Michael Giffen, City Administrator
On January 21st, my grandson and I met up with 2 of my pro-catfishing friends at a fishing show in Lawrenceburg. Both men were talking about using a catfish rattler on their catfish rods. One guy uses two on his rod, the other guy uses only one. The theory is catfish are very sensitive to vibrations that help them home in on their food. These rattles are activated by the slightest movement in the water. The catfish notices the vibrations and checks them out, and then the scent trail of the bait will get noticed faster. Hopefully the catfish is hungry and will hit your bait.
I have checked out a number of catfishing groups on Facebook and their comments support that these rattles do work! One of the guys had given me 4 of those rattles last September to try out. Since my grandson and I talked with these guys, I am going to be ordering about 10 more to rig all my rods for the upcoming season. They come in packs of 5-or 6 and are in 4 colors. One company has them in glow in the dark, and that is what I intend to order.
I am serious about catching more catfish this year so I am going to check out what these guys are telling me to do. I am including a photo to show where they told me to put the rattle. It should be right above your hook and below the peg float.
Tight lines to everyone this coming season,
Author of Amazon eBooks, ROD BENDING CATFISH & SHOP TO SAVE
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