I picked up my grandson for some fishing on May 12. We got 2 tubs of red worms at our local bait shop on our way to the lake. When we arrived at 11:45 there was a shady spot for us to put out our lines. The strong breeze kept the temperature down to a pleasant level, but made watching our bobbers a challenge. My grandson landed his two Bluegills by at 11:50, before I had my line in the water. At 12:15 he snagged a 9 inch Black Crappie. I caught my first Bluegill at 12:30. After the first hour I had 2 bluegills; my grandson had 11 and 1 crappie.
Things slowed down a little after then. My grandson hooked in a 1.2 pound channel cat at 13:25. He said it hit the red worm as soon as it hit the water, and took him by surprise. 14:00 he caught his second Black Crappie. I started to finally catch some Bluegills; however my grandson was still hooking them as well.
We called it a day at 14:45 and compared totals for this trip. Once again he had the most fish and the biggest fish. He caught 25 Bluegills, 2 Black Crappies, and one channel cat. I only landed 12 Bluegills. It was a very nice time pleasant temperature, and some action for a change.
We did have a good time fishing together. A number of family events will be taking place the next few weeks. So it looks like we will get out on the river sometime in June.
Until next month,
“We Didn’t Start the Fire”
Many of us are familiar with the song by Billy Joel, “We didn’t Start the Fire”. It was released in 1989, and is still heard and sung today. It is a song about historical events, good and bad, that would shape the world in which we live. The song begins in 1949, the year of Billy Joel’s birth. The fire that we didn’t start goes much deeper than Billy Joel’s song.
Each of us have a fire inside us that was started by Jesus the day we were born. Each fire is different. Some of us have a fire for business, for friendship, for hospitality, for teaching, for healing, or for one of a million different things. Our challenge is to fan the flame inside us and share our blessings with the world. Sometimes people try to dampen our flame, but the fire is stronger than these discouragers and cannot be put out by one person. This would be like a massive fire with one sprinkler. It simply cannot be done, don’t let them even try.
The Journey of Life is not always going to be easy, as we heard in the Joel song. There will be wars, deaths and violence, among many other things. And you will find, no one is perfect, as we will all have our bumps and bends in the road. In these times our flame may become dim, and barely sparking. Don’t ever give up! In times of trial, jump in, fan and fuel your flame, so that it grows and spreads for the entire world to see! Let others catch fire from us and continue to spread the love of God.
No matter what you are dealing with, do it in the eyes of God. You will not stand alone. The spirit will always stand with you and keep your fire burning.
Submitted by: Melody Dilts
Congratulations to Mrs. Joanne Cozart on her retirement from Dayton Independent Schools. Joanne, the daughter of beloved Dayton teacher Margaret McIntosh, taught at Dayton for 25 years and her life’s mission teaching students with special needs was a total of 37 years. Joanne is also a graduate of Dayton High School. Congratulations on a job so well done, and enjoy the Magic of Disney!
The Class of 2018 is One to Remember!
As the 2017 -2018 school year comes to an end and the 128th graduating class of 2018 grows forward to life’s next journey, I want to take a moment and reflect on the amazing accomplishments of this Senior Class.
In the six years that this class was at DMS/DHS, the following was accomplished:
We greatly appreciate our Seniors living out our mission to be Inspired, to be Engaged, and to be willing to always Grow!
We wish you the very best along life's journey! And as the Dayton High School Alma Mater says:
After we leave your halls,
Pass from your sheltering walls,
Still, while the warm world calls,
We'll think of you.
Proudly serving as Superintendent of Dayton Independent Schools
I know most of you are going to think this information is just plain common sense. However, if I can reach one person and change a habit or an action that can save an animal’s life, it is worth the time I have spent to write this article:
Hot cars and your pet:
Please do not leave your animal in your vehicle during the summer. The heat inside the car will rise to a dangerous level very quick. The animal could suffer a heat stroke and/or death. Also when an animal’s body temperature is raised higher than normal, internal damage to the organs can be done. This could result in medical issues that are not immediate, but may cause failures to occur earlier than normal in the animal’s life, Such as heart, liver or kidney failure. The problems with leaving an unattended animal in the car with the air conditioner on are many. The animal could knock the car out of park, lock the doors, your car could be subject to theft. So just keep safety in mind for you and your pet.
Animals left outside:
Please ensure there is adequate shade and water and that the animal can get to it. Never chain an animal outside with a training collar or choker collar. Never chain more than one animal out within reach of another. They can become entangled and choke. I did have a case where two dogs became entangled and the smaller dog was no longer able to reach the water or shade. It was not choking but was suffering from heat stroke. Make sure the stool is picked up often. The flies that feed on the stool will multiply and begin to settle on the dogs ears, not to mention become a nuisance to you and your family also. It is miserable for a dog to get their ears eaten by flies. The more flies that bite the more open the area becomes and the more flies are attracted to it. It becomes a snowball of a problem. It would be more humane to put the dog in the basement or even better a kennel/cage inside the home. If you don’t want to be out in the weather your dog should not be left out in it either.
Short nosed breeds:
These dogs are “special”. They can not handle half the time in the heat that other breeds can. I had a case of a great owner, which had their Bulldog on the deck with a huge bowl of water and shade. The dog was not active but died of heat stroke. If you have any doubt about your short nosed dog handling the heat, leave it home in the A/C!! This goes for Pugs, Bulldogs, Boston Terriers, Pekinese, Brussels Griffons, and any other breed that snores while sleeping and/or awake.
Summer can be full of celebrations and fireworks. Keep your pets contained. Many dogs get away during fireworks and just keep running due to fear. They get hit by a car, they get lost and sometimes never found. When crowds gather your dog can get picked up by someone not from this area and taken far away. Having your pet microchipped and the information current is a great idea just in case. Thanks everyone for taking time to read my article and keep your pets safe!
Submitted by Terri Baker, Animal Control
I spent the bulk of the month of May working on final changes to the budget and working with the City of Bellevue on the Fire Department’s budget.
A new sidewalk was put in at Vine Street Park as part of our final steps to complete the park. With a grant that Bob received we will look to offset some of the costs of a nice fence at the park as well.
Some members of the Comprehensive Plan Committee spoke with patrons at the Memorial Day parade before the event to collect some baseline data we can use in the report. A more detailed survey is available HERE and we will collect data on this for the next month.
I attended two mandatory FEMA meetings, one in Louisville and another in Frankfort, to collect information on how to submit for reimbursement on some of our preventative maintenance costs associated with the flooding that occurred in late February.
Bob completed the “Service Transportation Northern Kentucky” grant so we will anxiously await the results of that this summer.
With the Memorial Day parade behind us Public Works will settle into their summary routines. We have offered someone the open full-time laborer position and we hope to start him as quickly as possible.
A draft of the budget was distributed to council last week and a first reading of the budget ordinance will be presented at the June council meeting. A pro-forma report has been sent to Van Gorder, Walker & Co., Inc. for review. This report shows a 5 year projections of city revenue and expenses to support the new city building project. We will need to complete Phase I of design before the report can be finalized.
Former Fire Chief, Mike Auteri, has declined the Fire Chief’s position. Both cities have agreed to readvertise for the position.
Manhattan Harbour: The precast for the garage at the Gateway Apartment site is now complete. The developers have indicated to me that the framing of the building should start in June and we will see some rapid growth to the project moving forward.
The Tapestry site is still waiting to close. There will be some ordinances related to the closing of old Dodd Drive that will come up at next week’s council meeting that need to be executed before closing on the site.
There will be a Planning and Zoning meeting on June 6th and a new development phase and site plan at Manhattan Harbour is being presented for review. This project is being led by the group developing the Gateway Apartment site.
Riverfront Commons (Design Phase):
Bidding packet is being finalized and should go out in the next few weeks.
Sidewalk Improvement Project (Design Phase):
Waiting for GRW to complete the electrical portion of the sidewalk designs.
Sixth Avenue Lighting Project:
All the lighting has been ordered and received. The contractors doing the sidewalk prep should start digging the trenches and laying conduit in the next few weeks. We hope to have everything installed by the end of June.
Homeland Security Camera Project:
Reimbursement money has been received and the Grant is closed.
First, I want to congratulate all of this year’s graduates! The students, teachers, and everyone one at Dayton Independent Schools continue to do a great job!
Last weekend, I had the honor of walking in the 89th Annual Dayton-Bellevue Memorial Day Parade. I want to thank the Parade Committee as this was another great Memorial Day Parade! Also, I need to thank our public works department for all their hard work in getting the city ready for the parade.
As you may know, we are currently working on our Comprehensive Plan. A City’s comprehensive plan develops a community’s goals and aspirations in terms of community development. When complete the comprehensive plan both expresses and regulates public policies on transportation, utilities, land use, development, recreation, and housing.
You may have seen some of our city staff and volunteers out before the Memorial Day Parade asking people to take part in a survey for the comprehensive plan. We want your opinion, we have just released an online community survey for the comprehensive plan. If you’d like to share your opinion, we are asking everyone to take the following short survey at www.daytonky.com/survey/ (All survey responses are confidential).
Also happening this month, we will be installing decorative streetlight on the corners of Sixth Ave. and Walnut St, Sixth Ave. and Vine St., and Sixth Ave. and Ervin Terrace.
Don’t forget the annual Dayton Yard Sale is Saturday, July 21 and you can sign up by calling the city building or register online at http://www.daytonky.com/yardsale/.
Until next time,
Clothes from Jesus looking for donations of hygiene items
In January, First Baptist Dayton began a clothes closet for those in need. Our member Amanda Long saw the need and serves as its director. The ministry is called “Clothes from Jesus by First Baptist Dayton.” We have added hygiene items to the items accepted as donations to give to others, and are in special need of hygiene items right now – shampoo, soap, etc. Clothes from Jesus is open every Monday and Friday from 5-7 p.m. at the church, 501 Dayton Avenue, to accept donations and to provide clothing and hygiene items to help others. Enter the church from the Fifth Street side. Watch the Facebook page of Clothes from Jesus for details on how you can help or be helped: https://www.facebook.com/Clothes-From-Jesus-by-First-Baptist-Dayton-2025020654446171/.
Gear Up! Get Ready! Game On! Vacation Bible School is June 3-8, 6:15-8:30 p.m.
By the time you read this, Vacation Bible School at First Baptist Dayton has already begun, but that’s OK! Kids are invited get in the spirit today with Game On! Vacation Bible School at First Baptist Dayton through Friday, June 8. We 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.
Mother’s Day 2018: First Baptist Dayton celebrated five special mothers on Mother’s Day 2018. With our pastor Bro. Harold Pike, left to right they are Patty Pratt, Dorise Barth, April Florence, Jane Hebel and Nancy Wingate.
The NKY Chapter of Kentucky Public Retirees will hold their monthly meeting on Monday July 9, 2018 at Golden Coral 388 Orphanage Rd Fort Wright, KY. The meeting will begin at 11: 45 a.m. with lunch and social time. Following this there will have a guest speaker and business meeting discussing the 2018 Conference of Kentucky Public Retirees in Lexington, KY. Meeting will conclude about 2:00 p.m. To attend meetings it is not required to eat lunch and come at 12:30 p.m. for guest speaker and business meeting.
State, local, county, and State Police retirees are eligible to join along with spouses. The retiree must receive a pension from one of the following CERS, KERS, and State Police. Membership is free from month of joining to end of year December 2018 for retiree and spouse. Yearly membership dues are $15 per individual from January to December 2018. KPR has a Facebook page, website, 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.
The new officers will be installed in for July 2018 through July 2020. The old officers will be honored for their services. Any questions can be addressed to NKY Chapter President Asom Ponananta 859- 512-5713 or NKY Membership Chair Ralph Wolf 859-341-0031.
Submitted by: Melissa Artopoeus / NKY Chapter Public Relations
Congratulations to the Dayton High School Class of 2018 on their college, career and military readiness.
Dayton High School's Summer Learning Program is titled the "Globetrotter's Club". Students in upcoming grades 7th - 11th were invited by special invitation during the last week of school (spaces are limited). The Globetrotter’s Club is a free program that will run from June 11 through July 6, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. until 11:15 a.m. Students will be immersed into a new cultural experience through exciting activities and field trips. There will also be three interactive presentations called the Global Classroom, which are provided by the World Affairs Council (WAC) of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. The WAC will bring native experts from three different world regions to discuss life in their countries and to complete crafts native to the area the speaker is from. Then students will have the amazing opportunity to compete for one of the top three prizes by presenting their culminating activity to judges from the WAC, providing an authentic audience for Dayton’s students.
SUMMER FOOD SERVICE:
Dayton Independent Schools is participating in the Summer Food Service Program. Meals will be provided to all children without charge and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. Meals will be provided, at a first come, first serve basis, at the sites and times as follows:
Dayton High School: June 4 – August 2
Breakfast 8:00 – 8:45 Monday – Friday
Lunch 11:15-12:15 Monday – Friday
Lincoln Elementary School: June 4 – August 2
Breakfast 8:45- 9:30 Monday – Friday
Lunch 11:45-12:45 Monday - Friday
Ryan Kellinghaus "Mr. K"
Principal/Dayton Middle & High School
Dayton Schools is pleased to announce Readifest 2018! It will be held on Wednesday, August 8th from 1:00 to 3:00 in the Margaret Erl Activity Center at Lincoln Elementary School.
Readifest is a back to school readiness event that highlights school and community resources available to all Dayton students and their families. Booths will be set up for all participants to visit.
Basic student school supplies will be distributed at the booths. An adult must accompany children. Our CARE Closet will also be available to offer some clothing items.
For further information or if your agency or organization would like to participate, please contact either Gina Byrd, Dayton FRC director at 292-7492 or Sherri Chan, Dayton YSC Coordinator at 292-7486 by August 1st.
Submitted by: Gina Byrd
Dayton Community News