Summer vacation is coming to an end this month and our children will be heading back to School on August 15th. We all need to be extra aware of children walking to and from school.
We have a couple of community events coming up this month. First, the Main Street Board is putting on a Dayton Kentucky Community Picnic on August 11th from 6 PM to 9 PM at the Town Center on the corner of Sixth Avenue and Berry Street. Music will be provided by Moonshine and Wine.
Dayton's River City Music Fest returns on Friday, August 31 and Saturday, September 1. The River City Music Fest is a two-day music festival. Cold beer, good food, and great music. Both days gates open from 5 PM until midnight. All proceeds benefit Light Up Dayton and will help pay for gifts for the children of Dayton.
Dayton author Robert Schrage will be having a book signing for his latest book Lost Northern Kentucky on Saturday, August 11th from 10 AM to Noon at the Dayton Heritage Museum 718 W Sixth Street.
I hope you like the new lamp posts, as we have installed six new decorative streetlights along Sixth Avenue at the corners of Walnut Street, Vine Street, and Ervin Terrace.
Lastly, Beyond the Curb will be coming in September. Beyond the Curb encourages urban living in Northern Kentucky’s river cities by showcasing the wide array of housing options and amenities. This year’s Beyond the Curb will be featuring properties in Dayton, Bellevue, Newport Covington and Ludlow. For more information, please visit www.beyondthecurb.org.
Until next month,
Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
Most recently I went and viewed the documentary that is currently playing in theatres called Won’t You Be My Neighbor. It is the story of Mr. Fred Rogers and how he created a wonderful children’s program that many of us warmly remember. His program was significant for many, many reasons. I believe the reason that we all so fondly remember Mr. Rogers and his show is the simple, yet needed message, that we are all special just the way we are.
Mr. Rogers took on many important issues and helped children process some very complex emotions and feelings. He understood the importance of children having the unconditional love of an adult. Mr. Rogers understood that children need adults – in every walk of life – who care as much for children as they care for themselves. He understood that children need a secure place in the lives of grownups, a place where they can take their own good time to learn. A place where an adult will say, “I am proud of the ways you are growing.”
One of the things I love most about the City of Dayton and Dayton Independent Schools is that it is a true neighborhood school. The city, our schools, and our kids all grow together! It is wonderful to see our youth being valued and supported by so many folks in our neighborhood. We must continue to view our children as our most valued and treasured resource. When we come together in our neighborhood and put kids needs first…great children will Grow!
I will close with a quote from Mr. Rogers, “Love is at the root of everything. All learning. All relationships. Love or the lack of it.” I encourage everyone to go out and love, appreciate, and respect those in our Dayton neighborhood.
Remember, “I like you just the way you are.”
Proudly serving as Superintendent of Dayton Independent Schools
Our county has adopted a new program to help our county shelter become 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 ear-tip and release back into the area. This keeps new cats from vacuuming (moving into) the neighborhood and your area cats are healthier (not spreading disease) and no longer spraying, fighting etc because they are altered.
We do not bring new or extra cats into your neighborhood. We always put the cats back where they were picked up. Relocating is not humane. We realize that there are residents that would not want the cats returned. We are willing to help you understand the program and offer deterrents for your property to help reduce the surrounding cats from coming onto your property. We are also making caretakers more proactive to help eliminate negative neighborhood problems.
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 859-635-2819 and we can discuss trapping in your area. If it is an emergency, please call me via the Dispatch number 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 $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
I hope you find this article was helpful. Please spay/neuter your pet!
Please note correction: In my June article I made a mistake and made it sound like all cats that are spayed/neutered are exempt from citations. That is not the case. If your cat is a neighborhood nuisance we can impose fines for running at large. The only cats that are exempt from citations are the community cats that are marked with an ear tip. Those cats have no true owner, but do have caretakers that provide food.
Submitted by: Terri Baker, Animal Control Officer
Next Saturday August 11th, the Dayton Main Street Board is hosting a community picnic. Everyone is invited to Monument Park in the center of town at 6th Ave & Berry Street from 6-9 PM. Moonshine and Wine, a local bluegrass/folk group, will be performing. So bring a lawn chair or a blanket, sit back relax and listen to some live music
There will also be cornhole, Frisbees, popsicles and a food sharing table (so bring that special dish to share with your neighbors). The Eagles, across the street, are going to open their yard and have a beer garden for those over 21. Folks are also encouraged to bring picnic food or grab some take-out from one of the many Dayton restaurants that are a short walk from the park.
So come on down to the park on Saturday for an old-fashioned laid-back picnic, say hi to some old friends and make some new ones. It’s a great opportunity for Dayton to come together as a community.
Submitted by: Beth Nyman
Thursday, August 9th – grades 1 – 6 – 5:30 – 7 pm
Monday, August 13th – kindergarten – 5:30-7 pm
Wednesday, August 29th – preschool – 5:30 – 7 pm
The Fire Board of Fire Dept. of Bellevue-Dayton announced earlier this year the retirement of Fire Chief Michael P. Auteri, who faithfully served the Bellevue and Dayton communities for nearly 30 years. In June, the Fire Board announced that Captain Chris Adkins, a 14-year veteran of Fire Dept. of Bellevue-Dayton, would succeed Auteri as the department’s new Fire Chief beginning July 1.
“I want to thank both cities for their patience as we went through a very rigorous hiring process,” said Board Chairman, Jeff Haas. “I believe that Chief Adkins will continue to take our fire department forward in a positive direction, and be an asset to both cities for many years to come.”
Chief Adkins, who will oversee the fire department’s 16 employees, began his fire service career with the Paris, Kentucky Fire Department in 1998. He was hired by Fire Dept. of Bellevue-Dayton in 2014, where he rose through the ranks of Firefighter/Paramedic, Lieutenant, and Captain. Chief Adkins also served as the department’s EMS Coordinator for six years, and is the first Fire Chief in the history of the fire department to be certified as a Firefighter/Paramedic.
“Our two cities are fortunate to have such a talented individual leading the fire department,” said Board Chairman Jeff Haas. “Chief Adkins is a natural leader - a professional who is passionate about the cities and the fire service,” he said.
Submitted by: Karen Strickley
The next FDBD fire board meeting will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 15 at the Bellevue Callahan Center. THE PUBLIC IS ALWAYS INVITED.
Submitted by: Karen Strickley, Secretary
My grandson and I met my friend Mark at 06:00 then we all headed to a local lake for a drift fishing lesson. Around 06:40 we had the boat on the lake; it was already warm with no wind. Mark showed my grandson and me the way he cuts up his shad for bait. He told us how to watch the rod tips for bites, which is different than having the sinkers bouncing over bottom. 07:00 we got our 4 rods in the water and he was using his trolling motor to move the boat. We had no bites so we moved to the deeper part of the lake at 08:30. He covered the lake from one end to the other. I had one bite but missed the fish. But as luck would have it, three times Mark got a call from one of his friends fishing on the Ohio River reporting about catching blue cats.
At 10:30 we gave up on the lake and decided to head for the Ohio River, to try our luck. We got the boat in the river on the west side Of Cincinnati at 11:30 and headed down river. We got our lines in the river at 12:10; my grandson hooked his first fish at 12:10! It was a channel cat 5 lbs. 4 oz. At 12:15 my grandson boated his second channel cat, this one 4 lbs. 12 oz. At 12:35 he hooked his third channel; this one was the biggest of the day. It weighed in at 5.5 lbs. Then at 12:50 he caught a striper around 2 pounds. So I was busy taking pictures all that time.
At 13:05 Mark caught a channel cat that weighed about 1.5 lbs., while in the meantime my grandson is still catch stripers around a pound or better. I did hook a catfish while my grandson was taking off one of his catches; mine was also on the smaller side.
At 13:30 lighting and dark clouds down river caught our eyes. We headed back to the ramp and called it a day. We were very pleased that we fished the river. My grandson was the man with the biggest and most fish. He caught 3 channel cats and 6 stripers, Mark 1 channel cat and 1 striper, me 1 channel cat. Not bad for the short time we had our lines in the river. Great thanks to Mark for inviting me and my grandson in teaching us so much about how he drift fishes for catfish.
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Rick and I have finalized the draft of our fall paving list and we will be bringing that to you in August.
Northern Kentucky Water Company has given me an update on the long awaited Ervin Terrace water main replacement project. At this time they are finalizing their plans, which still need to be sent off to the Division of Water in Frankfort. Once approved it will go through their board and then into construction. Due to the timing they are afraid the project would be set to begin in November or December so we have all agreed for a start date of March 1st.
KZF is ready to bid out the first phase of construction for Riverfront Commons. I sat down with them on Thursday to go over the bid and set the schedule. Frankfort still needs to finalize the bid packet, but as of now we are scheduled to bid the construction of the project on August 9th. The ad will run for 21 days and will commence on August 31st. We will open the bids down at the school at 4 pm on that afternoon. At the September 4th Council Meeting I will recommend the lowest and/or best bid for the project.
I went to Frankfort for the Industrial Revenue Bond Hearing for the Tapestry project at Manhattan Harbour. I gave testimony on behalf of the city of Dayton and all the criteria for approval were met.
I met with the Park Board, which now has a new member, and we outlined the expectations for the new board format going forward. I have asked them to start thinking about 2019 and the budgetary and improvements they see that will be needed for our several parks so we can start to plan for those items now. The Board will likely start holding public meetings sometime in September and will set a schedule best suited for their needs.
The 2018-2019 Budget was passed at the July Council meeting.
Chris Adkins was appointed the new Fire Chief and we have had some good conversations about the department and their needs.
Manhattan Harbour: The framing of the Gateway project is underway.
The developers of the 265 unit Tapestry site received approval from the State Debt Officer for $35M in Industrial Revenue Bonds for their project. They hope to close sometime this month with construction beginning almost immediately.
The group of developers responsible for the Gateway project are putting together financing for a smaller multifamily project on lots 6-9 on the west end. Once complete we will have a better idea on when the plan is set to break ground.
Riverfront Commons (Construction Phase): Bids will go out for construction for Phase I in August.
Sidewalk Improvement Project (Design Phase): We are starting to set up some meetings with Right-of-Way firms to discuss moving forward with this phase of the project.
Sixth Avenue Lighting Project: The lights have been installed and we are really thrilled with how they look on the avenue. The last light is expected to be installed by the first week of August and the final electrical connection will be made soon after.
New City Building (Design): The Design Committee met for the first time with KZF to begin looking at the information gathered through the administration questionnaire. A small group also toured new city buildings in Independence and Highland Heights to get an idea of what would be needed in our design. The board started to look at building placement on the site. KZF will meet with the administration the first week of August to start to talk about office layout configuration. To reiterate, Phase I of design will lay out the location of the building along with a floor plan and estimated costs to complete the project.
Main Street Board – July 28th
Comprehensive Plan Board Meeting - TBD
Come Inspire, Engage and Grow your Child!
Dayton Independent Schools Preschool Program will hold a screening for any 3 or 4 year olds that reside in Dayton for the 2018-2019 school year. We will hold screenings at Lincoln Elementary on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, August 15th, 16th, and 17th from 9:00 a.m. until noon. Please call Lincoln Elementary at 859-292-7492 to register.
Submitted by: Nicole Ponting
Director of Special Education/Early Childhood Learning
Dayton Independent Schools
Phone: (859) 292-3985
Forgive and Forget
Think back to a time when you have been hurt or betrayed by someone or possibly a group of people. Oh my! It was terrible pain in your heart and soul. You may have felt so broken and hurt that you wouldn’t even consider forgiveness, nevertheless forgetting the burning pain. We have all been there at some point in our lives, for some it might be right this minute.
I am here to tell you, we are all sinners. We all have ghosts in our closet that we need to be forgiven for. No one is perfect. Jesus went to the cross to forgive us all. He has extreme forgiveness power. We may feel like some don’t deserve forgiveness, but it really isn’t up to us. God has already forgiven them. Nothing says we have to like it, agree or be best friends with them. We don’t have to forget, but we do need to forgive. Forgiveness is something we all struggle with. It takes a very strong person to say, “I am hurt, I am angry, but I forgive you.”
As I said before, WE are not perfect people; we are in no position to judge others. WE are all sinners and have been forgiven for our actions at some point in our lives. Remember this – God will forgive us if we forgive the sins of others. Forgiveness heals wounds, walk with God and set others free. Set yourself free from the pain. The key to opening the door is forgiveness.
Submitted by: Melody Dilts
We want to thank St. Elizabeth Healthcare for providing full sponsorship of our Davis Field Scoreboard. Davis Field is the oldest field still being used for athletics in the state of Kentucky. This new scoreboard is a great update to one of Kentucky's classic fields.
We also want to recognize St. Elizabeth Healthcare for providing new scoreboards for our gym last year. St. Elizabeth Healthcare also provides us with an athletic trainer, at no cost, to look after our student athletes all season. We can't ask for a better partner in Growing our kids!
We also want to thank our Director of Student Support, Ron Kinmon, and our Athletic Director, Barbie Lukens, for their efforts coordinating with St. Elizabeth Healthcare to make this collaboration happen.
Submitted by: Jay Brewer
The school year is quickly approaching and we are so excited for the students’ first day, August 15th, to be here! Our teachers and staff members have been working tirelessly these last several weeks preparing for the students return. Along with many of our returning dedicated and exemplary teaching and support staff members, we are thrilled to have several new and eager members added to our team for this school year. We can promise our students and families that our entire staff is committed to our school’s mission statement: The Lincoln School Community is dedicated to providing the opportunity to develop a positive learning environment, which encourages each student to attain his/her optimal level of achievement.
The new school year not only brings some new faces, but also some new initiatives. Our theme for this school year, which will also appear on the students’ agenda books, is “The Greendevil Promise: I will be responsible and respectful”. This theme comes from our continued work with the program Core-Life and PBIS. Core-Life is an elementary school program designed for building student character and enhancing school spirit, culture, and climate. We are entering our second year as a PBIS school. PBIS stands for Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports. School-wide PBIS is a systems approach for establishing the social culture and individualized behavioral supports needed for schools to achieve both social and academic success for all students. We are dedicated to positively influencing the children to make good decisions while attending Lincoln Elementary School.
We wanted to remind students of their summer learning challenges. All kindergarten and first grade students were given an activity calendar, while our second through sixth grade students were each provided with a grade level picture/chapter book. Students need to have their books read by the first day of school. Those students taking their AR test on their grade level book before school begins will be rewarded with a special incentive during the first week of school. Mrs. Young, our school librarian, is opening the media center/computer lab during our Open House for students to take their quiz. Students may also take their quiz at home. Please encourage your child(ren) to finish reading their book or complete their activity calendar by August 15th.
Proudly serving the students and families of Lincoln Elementary,
Heather Dragan, Principal Tim Chenot, Assistant Principal
Dayton Independent Schools recently recognized Coach Barry Binkley by dedicating the street in front of the high school in his honor. This is where much of the work for his 4 Dayton state championship teams took place. The district also dedicated 5 benches for each of the 5 state championship Dayton teams: 1966 Football, 1983 Boys Cross Country, 1985 Boys Cross Country, 1992 Girls Track and Field and 1995 Girls Track and Field. Congratulations, Coach!
We are currently accepting applications for the 2018-2019 school year. You can apply in person or online. In addition to the application we will also need proof of age and proof of income. If you are interested, or know someone who might be interested, please feel free to contact us at (859)750-7443 and we would be happy to answer your questions and go over everything in more detail. Children must be three by August 1st. We do not require a screening to be accepted. We also help with potty-training.
Submitted by: Summer Johnson
Dayton Community News