At River City Musicfest on Friday, August 31, the concession stand at Gil Lynn Park was officially dedicated to Linda McCoy Gifford. With Jerry always by her side, Linda was a lifetime volunteer of all things Dayton, who spent thousands of hours at Gil Lynn Park running the concession stand and softball leagues in the 80's. The Gifford Family also received a Proclamation honoring Linda, which can be found below:
CITY OF DAYTON, KENTUCKY
A PROCLAMATION HONORING THE MEMORY OF
Linda McCoy Gifford
AS A LIFETIME DEDICATED VOLUNTEER
WHEREAS, Linda McCoy Gifford was a valued member of the community for all her life; and
WHEREAS, Linda McCoy Gifford provided invaluable services as a volunteer for the city; and
WHEREAS, Linda McCoy Gifford was a valuable lifelong member of the Dayton Civic Club; and,
WHEREAS, Linda McCoy Gifford implemented Light Up Dayton and was an integral part of the continuance of this event for many years; and
WHEREAS, Linda McCoy Gifford was an a major contributor and organizer to the yearly Easter Egg Hunt for a number of years; and
WHEREAS, Linda McCoy Gifford was an integral part of the Dayton Kite Festival organization and participation for a number of years; and
WHEREAS, Linda McCoy Gifford organized and manned the concession stand for River City Music Fest, Kite Festival and Easter Egg Hunt in order to raise funds for Light Up Dayton; and,
WHEREAS, Linda McCoy Gifford was a dedicated member of the Park Board on two different occasions and was successfully able to make money towards the purchase of playground equipment for Gil Lynn Park; and
WHEREAS, Linda McCoy Gifford managed and ran both the adult softball leagues and volleyball leagues at Gil Lynn Park for a number of years; and
WHEREAS, Linda McCoy Gifford managed Dayton Jr. Baseball league teams for a number of years; and
WHEREAS, Linda McCoy Gifford managed and coached Dayton Peewee Football Cheerleaders for a number of years; and
WHEREAS, Linda McCoy Gifford was a mentor and friend to the youth of Dayton for many years;
BE IT PROCLAIMED BY THE DAYTON CIVIC CLUB, DAYTON, KENTUCKY: THAT
Linda McCoy Gifford
IS HONORED AS A LIFETIME VOLUNTEER IN DAYTON AND THE CIVIC CLUB SINCERELY HONORS HER MEMORY FOR ALL OF HER EFFORTS;
PROCLAIMED by the President of the Dayton Civic Club, Dayton, Kentucky this 31st day of August, 2018.
Civic Club President
Thank you to the entire Samaritan's Feet organization for not only providing our students with new socks and shoes, but also, Inspiring our volunteers, Engaging our students, and helping all of us GROW! It was a remarkable experience for all involved.
Summer is over, and One Way Kid’s Ministry will start meeting again on Wednesday, Sept. 5. Every Wednesday evening 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! Please note: Sorry, we don’t have staff to accommodate children younger than first grade.
Submitted by: Gail Myers
Seasons are changing!
Soon the weather man will be talking about dropping temperatures and blustery days. With weather conditions like these, we better plan accordingly and get those jackets and hoodies out. We will begin to think of seasonal activities such as taking a hayride, raking leaves, going trick or treating, shoveling snow, or building a snowman.
Did you ever wonder why God ever created winter? Wouldn’t we all be better off without all this snow, freezing rain and cold temperatures?
But God said that He created every season for a purpose. So, yes! Even winter has its purpose. Not only do seasons have their purpose, but times of our lives have a purpose too. That means that there will be times when we will laugh, dance, love others, be loved, and have peace. There will also be times when we will cry, mourn and grieve, give up, or fix something that is broken.
Maybe you’re in a fun season of life right now. You are happy and your family is great, your friends just traded silly wristbands with you, you are doing well in school, and you had cinnamon rolls for breakfast! (What could be better?)
But maybe you’re in a sad season of life right now. Maybe someone you love has died recently. Maybe you are trying hard in school and your grades aren’t getting better. Maybe someone you love is fighting a lot and maybe your friends aren’t really your friends.
What I want you to know today is that seasons will change. Bad times and good times will come and go. You will change. Your friends and family members will change. Your home, school, or church may even change. And your hair, that will probably change too!
But God will never change. If you have a relationship with Him, He will never leave you. He will always be there to help you through. God says that He has made everything beautiful in its time. That means that He can take even the worst seasons of life and turn them into something more beautiful than we could ever have imagined. Our God is incredible! Enjoy the changing of the season!
Submitted by: Melody Dilts
Another successful Readifest is in the books! Thank you to all of the participating community agencies, and volunteers. A special thank you goes to Miss Lisa Seyberth for all of her hard work putting it together. School supplies were distributed for over 300 Dayton students, and almost 40 community agencies were represented.
INSPIRE, ENGAGE, GROW! ..........Submitted by: Gina Byrd
The Dayton Main Street Board is a group of citizen volunteers working to build a vibrant central business district. As the Chairman of the Main Street Board I am proud of the work we have done this summer to advance this goal.
This spring we participated in the Catalytic Fund’s Picnic Table Project where NKY towns and organizations each painted a table to celebrate each individual community. A picnic with all involved was the culmination of this event and our Dayton table brought much needed TV coverage to our 'I 8 in Dayton' promotion.
All Dayton restaurants have participated in the “I 8 in Dayton’ program this summer in an effort to bring attention to our fast growing restaurant scene. It offered diners an 8% discount and a chance to earn a free Dayton t-shirt.
We wrapped up the summer with an old fashioned Dayton Community Picnic. The picnic featured a free concert by Moonshine and Wine with games, popsicles and concessions provided by the Eagles. Even though it was a little damp, with the help of the Eagles this event was a big success.
We are thrilled to be participating this fall in the Catalytic Fund’s Beyond the Curb neighborhood tour event. The tour will involve approximately six Dayton properties. This event is Sunday September 30th, 9-5pm and will bring interested visitors and potential buyers to our city for a fresh look around.
We are presently looking for additional board members, volunteers and interested citizens. We need your ideas and energy. If you would like to see what we're all about, please come to our next meeting on Tuesday September 25th at the old YMCA building where Berry meets the river. We hope to see you there, all are welcome.
One last note, we would like to thank retiring board member Bob Slusher for his many years of service to the Dayton Main Street Board, he will be missed.
Submitted by: Beth Nyman
I hope you had the opportunity to enjoy the River City Music Festival. It was a wonderful two nights of music and fun! I applaud the Dayton Civic Club and all their work to put on such an amazing event to raise funds for Light Up Dayton and to purchase toys for our city’s children.
The Dayton Main Street Board’s I 8 in Dayton program is wrapping up. It was a great promotion that brought a lot of attention to our many great restaurants. I got all my stamps for I 8 in Dayton, as it was fun, and I had a lot of great meals. If you’ve got all eight stamps, you can pick up your t-shirt at the city building.
The Beyond the Curb tour returns to Dayton on Sunday, September 30 from 9 AM - 5 PM. Beyond the Curb is a program put on by the Catalytic Fund to encourage urban living in Northern Kentucky’s river cities by showcasing the wide array of housing options and amenities. This year marks the 5-year anniversary for the Catalytic Fund, and they are planning the biggest Beyond the Curb tour showcasing properties in Dayton, Bellevue, Newport, Covington, and Ludlow. For more info, visit the Beyond the Curb website at www.https://beyondthecurb.org.
Mark your calendars, because this year's Senior Luncheon will be October 9, at 11 AM at the VFW, 828 6th Ave. This year’s Senior Luncheon will be a blast from the past with a 1950s Sock Hop theme. There will be entertainment, games, door prizes and bingo. There will also be prizes for the best costume, so slick back that hair or put on your poodle skirt! This event is open to all Dayton residents 60-years-old and up. To rsvp call the city building at 491-1600.
Until next month,
Our one to one rollout with students, teachers and parents has been an enormous opportunity. Over 340 students and parents attended nine device information and pickup sessions in July and August, including a special session on social media awareness in collaboration with local police departments. More than half of all middle and high school teachers are using Google Classroom and over 80% of our high school students are home users (they’ve taken advantage of the opportunity to use a MacBook at home!). Our student technology leadership program (STLP) and GOTIT team (Greendevil Operations Technical Instructions Team) has grown tremendously this year with 22 high school students solving technology problems for students and teachers throughout the school and at our STLP help desk. We also have 17 eighth grade students taking a yearlong introduction to STLP course with our blended
learning media specialist, Angie Boyers.
Juniors and Seniors will have the opportunity to take the ACT at Dayton on Tuesday, October 2nd. This ACT is referred to as the District ACT and the district is paying the cost of the ACT for all Juniors and Seniors who have not yet met College Readiness Benchmarks. Juniors and Seniors who have met College Readiness Benchmarks may still take the ACT, but pay for the cost of the ACT. As a reminder, the district is picking up the cost for Juniors and Seniors who have met College Readiness Benchmarks to attend Gateway and earn College Credits. We have 25 students attending Gateway for dual credit college courses this year, as well as 30 students attending technical school for programs such as information technology, electrical, auto body, auto tech, welding, health science, masonry and carpentry.
Luke Roth was recognized with a special dinner and ceremony in August by the Boone Masons for achievement at the national masonry competition in Lexington. He earned 8th place among competitors from 32 states! It was only through the generosity, sponsorship and support of the Masons that Luke was able to attend the competition. Please congratulate Luke for such an incredible achievement.
Ryan Kellinghaus, Principal
Dayton Middle and High School
I picked up my grandson on August 9 around 07:45 and headed for the West side of Cincinnati to launch the boat. We got the boat in the river around 08:20 and headed down river. I tried to net some shad, but had no luck. I had spotted a friend that was fishing in the area; he waved us up to his boat. Then he gave us a load of shad that he had netted, so we thanked him for the fresh bait and were on our way.
Anchored up at the terminal at 09:10, they were not loading anything as we had hoped. My grandson had a hard tap shortly after we had our lines in the water. Then at 09:45 he had a small catfish on the line; it slipped off just as it was at the side of the boat. Then he had another 2 bites, all on the fresh shad. I thought we were going to catch a lot of fish.
The forecast had called for sun with cool temperatures, but it turned out to be a very hot day. At 10:50, I had a bite on a small hot sausage. As I was baiting up my dead line rig my bobber went under, l pulled back but missed it. I re-baited with a small hot sausage then I watched it and once again it got taken under. This time I hooked the catfish. My first catfish in my boat this season! It was on the small side. The blue cat was only 3.75 lbs, and 23 inches. My grandson took 2 photos of it for me, and then the catfish was returned to the river to fight another day.
We moved the boat from one end of the terminal to the other, marked fish but only had two more bites. The fish did not hit the seasoned shrimp, chicken breast or cut thawed skipjack. We called it a day at 12:45 and headed back to the ramp. We finally had some action, and I caught a fish! When we got the boat on the trailer my grandson checked his phone and said the heat index was 92. It may have been bot, but this was a lot better than the last three trips we had this summer.
The Devil Store offers incentives for students at Lincoln Elementary. Students get to shop at the Devil Store after earning 20 marks on their Devil Card. Every child is supposed to wear a lanyard with the Devil Card attached every day, all day except OPA. Most teachers recommend leaving their lanyard and card at school. This process teaches responsibility, which is a trait that we are modeling with our PBIS program. Any adult in the building may give Devil Marks (adult initials) for outstanding behavior. The Devil Store is open at 7:30 AM every morning and a cart comes around on Wednesday about 1:30, so students can receive a quick turnaround.
The incentives available at the Devil Store are vast. School supplies, lip balm, stuffed animals, and healthy snacks are just a few items that have been available in the past. And many of these items can be found at Dollar Tree. Our hope is that you will think about these kids every time you see a real bargain and pick it up so we can have a fully stocked Devil Store for the 2018-2019 school year. Drop off all donations for the Devil Store at the Lincoln Elementary office. Thank you in advance for your donations.
We are excited to start another school year and look forward to our students, staff, and schools growing forward. As much as we are excited and proud of the progress that we have made over the past several years, we must continue to press forward and look for ways to get better. As we look forward to the 2018 -2019 school year, here are a few highlights and areas of focus:
-------Our High School is now one-to-one take home with MacBook Air
-------Both schools are working on PBIS (a national Positive Behavior
-------Both schools are working with the University of Louisville and
-------Our HealthPoint Clinic is open to students and staff on Monday’s
and Wednesday’s and has a nurse practitioner on staff. We will also
continue our dental clinic.
-------We currently have over 50 juniors and seniors either attending
Gateway College to earn college dual credit or are attending the
Area Technical School for career certification.
-------We continue to Grow our membership in our Drug Free Club of
America. We had the highest rate of student membership of all
NKY public high schools last year.
-------Every Lincoln Elementary School student received a new pair of
shoes to start school thanks to Samaritan’s Feet. Our high school
students did a great job volunteering on this day.
-------Three times this year our Lincoln Elementary students will receive
a free book of their choice at a Scholastic Book Fair event.
-------We will continue to grow our staff through focused professional
learning through training in Kagan strategies, Jensen book studies,
and Junior Great Book Shared Inquiry approach to teaching and
-------Our Core Life character building program will continue at Lincoln
-------We will implement new assessments to monitor student mastery of
-------Our teachers will Grow in Google Classroom instruction and
teaching above the SAMR line.
We continue to celebrate:
-------Dayton High School being most recently named by U.S. News
and World Report as a Bronze medal school for 2018.
-------Our Five Star Preschool and Head Start programs.
-------Dayton Independent Schools being recognized as one of Kentucky
Distinguished School Districts.
Proudly serving as Superintendent of Dayton Independent Schools,
It is important that we learn how to coexist with the wildlife in our area. They are not going anywhere. If you trap and remove some, more just move in to the neighborhood and the females will increase heat cycles, size of litters etc.
Coyote sightings can cause panic. If you want to know if you have coyote in your area, just answer the question: Do you have deer in your neighborhood? If you answered yes, then you definitely have coyote. The coyote helps us by cleaning up dead, dying, sick or injured deer. They also eat rodents, such as squirrels etc. They will try to find easy prey. They do not want to fight, as it takes too much energy and they don’t want to get hurt.
It is also safest to not feed them or provide food accidently. Getting fed by humans takes a wild animals’ natural fear away. They become dependent on that handout and they visit more than they should and begin demanding and expecting food. This means dog or cat food left outside, grills that are not cleaned, garbage that is not kept secure and bird feeders. The seeds from bird feeders fall to the ground and small rodents come to eat. This will attract coyote.
Another item that will bring a coyote closer to your home is a dog in heat. Coyote have the same anatomy dogs do. So if your female dog is in heat you are bringing coyote into your yard, on your deck etc. Don’t allow your dog whether male or female to venture into the woods without a leash. When you keep your dog close to you the coyote view that as an extension of you. You will not be approached by coyote, which have a natural fear of humans.
Keeping yards cleared of any wood piles, debris, old dog houses, and overgrowth will help keep them away. If there are coyote coming too close for comfort you can use air horns, paint ball guns, or just pots and pans to shoo them away. You can bang the pots and pans together or throw one in its direction if needed. Try not to act afraid and retreat into the house. You don’t ever want to make them feel like they claimed the property and ran you off. Sometimes coyote have lost the fear of humans, so you need to put it back. Wildlife has been here long before us, so let’s try to live together.
Submitted by: Terri Baker, Animal Control Officer
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 25th Parent/Teacher conference.
We are off to such a great start with our continued implementation of PBIS, our school-wide positive behavior system. 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. We are so proud of the amazing character choices our students have been making.
Our annual Mumkin Sale at Lincoln will run from August 31st – September 17th. 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. This year there is an online purchase and payment option, too.
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
Experience the cool architecture, walkable streets and vibrant, eclectic neighborhoods of urban living–NKY style! Hey, we know NKY is a great place to live and play–we want to show you, too!
Beyond the Curb was created by The Catalytic Fund to encourage urban living in Northern Kentucky’s river cities by showcasing the wide array of housing options and amenities. The locations of these one-day, self-guided tours typically rotate between Covington, Newport, Ludlow and Bellevue/Dayton.
Since 2018 marks the 5-year anniversary of our Catalytic Investment Fund, we are celebrating with the biggest Beyond the Curb tour yet, including properties in all our river cities!
The Beyond the Curb series gives you an exclusive peek inside some of the coolest residential and commercial properties in each river city. We feature a variety of properties: apartments, condos, historic mansions and single-family residences throughout NKY’s eclectic urban neighborhoods. We even include in-progress rehabs to let you see how gorgeous exteriors can be saved and remade inside to fit your modern lifestyle.
You will also experience the urban living as you discover convenient amenities, local businesses and the strong sense of community that exists in Northern Kentucky’s river cities. You’ll see the pride and dedication local residents have toward their communities – as neighbors turn out to volunteer in all of our featured properties!
Beyond the Curb offers something for everyone, from young professionals and families to empty nesters, as well as those interested in historic preservation, interior design, and most importantly: URBAN LIVING!
THE CATALYTIC FUND
The Catalytic Development Funding Corp. of Northern Kentucky (The Catalytic Fund) serves as a catalyst to accelerate Northern Kentucky’s urban renaissance through targeted investments in real estate development in Ludlow, Covington, Newport, Bellevue and Dayton. We are a private sector, nonprofit organization that connects place, product and people with capital to execute high-impact revitalization projects. Our three-pronged approach includes Financial Investment via our $10MM investment fund, Development Services and Community Vibrancy Initiatives.
The Catalytic Fund was formed to contribute to regional economic development efforts, recognizing that a vibrant urban core is essential to attract new job-creating businesses and support existing businesses’ efforts to attract and retain talent.
Visit The Catalytic Fund website. Like The Catalytic Fund on Facebook! Please contact Jill Morenz at jmorenz@TheCatalyticFund.org or (859) 757-0519 with inquiries.
The City of Dayton will once again host our Senior Citizens Luncheon on Tuesday, October 9th at the V.F.W. hall, beginning at 11 a.m. This year’s event will be a blast from the past. Come as you are OR dress up in 50’s style costume. Starting at 11 a.m. there will be a Social Hour, followed by Lunch, Entertainment, Games, Door Prizes, Costume Prizes and Bingo!
Local businesses have always made this enjoyable day possible for the seniors by donating cash or prizes. If you would like to make a donation, please call 491-1600. Donors will be acknowledged to make our seniors aware of your patronage to this event.
This event is for all seniors 60 years-old and over. If you would like to attend the luncheon or will need transportation to the event, please call the Dayton City Building 491-1600 before Friday, October 5.
Submitted by: Donna Leger
Dayton Community News