The Annual Northern KY Kite Festival was a huge success this year. It was a beautiful day, the wind was cooperative and everyone had a great time. We purchased some great kites this year that were both easy to put together and flew great even with the smallest hands. It was exciting to see. The inflatables were a big hit! Thanks to Cincinnati ArtsWave for the generous grant. If you missed this event, you missed a great time.
I want to thank all of the volunteers who came through for us again this year. For fear of missing anyone, I won’t publish a list. Without such good support from our residents and friends, we wouldn’t be able to do what we do. You know who you are and the Dayton Civic Activity Board sincerely thanks you!
I would like to mention a few Dayton residents who ALWAYS come through for every event we have. There are a lot actually but these 3 in particular go above and beyond Every. Single. Time! Tom Hansel and the Roadmen, Tom and Melody Dilts and family, and Colleen Carr. We love you guys! Thank you!
Thanks to all the hard work and energy from both our Music Fest and Kite Fest we are able to once again have the annual Light Up Dayton. This year it will be held on December 3 at the old YMCA building from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. I would like to touch on a few changes this year. The line to see Santa will be formed outside. Please make sure your children dress appropriately for the weather.
Due to the layout of the building and everything we are having this year, strollers will need to be left outside. You won't be disappointed, as we will again have Santa and Mrs. Claus, stockings filled to the brim, craft tables, Toy Land, free books, a Christmas photo booth ($3.00), hot dogs, popcorn and drinks for all of the kiddies and maybe even a surprise or two.
Immediately following we will proceed to the monument and festivities will begin at 6:00 p.m. We hope you are able to join us at both events.
Dayton Activities Board
Tammy Cornett, Jessica Lovins, Nathan Gifford, Craig Cornett and Tiffany Gifford
On tournament day I got up at 3:15 and we got the hitch changed out and boat hooked up to my car just fine. I believed my partner would jump in and we would head for the park. Instead he said since I had to go slow with my small car instead of a truck, he would meet me there with the other guys. I went the only way I knew how to get to the place.
When I got to the ramp the other guys came up and said they thought I might have gotten lost. We then got the boat into the water just fine. I loaded my gear on board. I then asked my partner once again WHERE were we going. He then informed me 20 miles SOUTH which meant we would be going out in Lake Erie! I was not thrilled with that news to say the least. At that moment we had a light rain falling with lightning all around the area.
When I noticed the visibility was poor at best, I asked my partner HOW we would know where we are going. His reply was the other boats in the group were going to WAIT for us. Our boat had a smaller motor than any of their boats, and as it turned out they DID NOT WAIT for us.
We got lost for a good hour before one of the locals gave us good directions on how to get out into Lake Erie. The 20 miles or so on the Lake was beating with 2-3 foot swells. My rear end and lower back were slammed against the bow deck floor more times than I can remember.
We also did not have a working depth finder which made us blind as to how deep the water was or where the fish were holding. We were given suggestions where to anchor by the other boats in the group. It took some time getting set up with the anchors and such since neither one of us had used this boat before.
On the way back to the dock one of the other boats in the group had a problem. Fortunately we were behind him to help out. His live well lost its water somehow. We had a portable pump we loaned him so his fish would be live at the weigh in.
Later at the weigh-in, a boat SANK right at the dock area somehow. They were able to bail it out and get it up on the trailer and drag it out of there. I had already been back my hotel cleaning up and trying to get a short nap. I had gone down to the motel desk at 3:30 and said give me a call at 5:30 so I would not miss the awards get together. So much for that, as they called me late, so I rolled over and went back to sleep.
So those are just the THINGS that happened to me. I am sure 48 other teams had at least some unexpected things pop up on them. So be ready to ROLL with them as best you can. Below are the rest of my tips, should you ever decide to enter a professional catfish tournament…..GOOD LUCK!
1. Take good rain gear, your best life vest, check your tackle box or bag. Don’t forget your sun screen, drinks and food. If going to fish a lake take a COMPASS! Even if you see land, all too often those bays and shore lines start looking the same. Have a good flashlight if fishing at night or early morning. Now days take your CELL PHONE, have phone numbers of the tournament officials at the launch site on you. This way if you need help returning to the dock, they can give you help getting safely back.
2. Count and recount the number of the legal fish long before you get back to dock for the weigh-in. A team that was good enough to help lead us back to the ramp was in the MONEY! They had caught their limit of 10 catfish. Since they had some work to do later in the day they headed back in to weigh their fish early. Then somewhere before they got to the park they stopped and counted their fish. They really had 13 instead of the required 10 fish limit. I take it they weighed the largest 10 and released the rest. In their excitement about how much money they would win they STILL MISCOUNTED. When they got to the dock they somehow came up with 11 fish, they were later DISQUALIFIED!
3. Fish a tournament on your home waters for your 1st big tournament. Stay on home water where you know some of the HOT SPOTS. You have fished them when the water was high, low, muddy, and clear. You have an idea where to run if the favorite holes are not producing any fish. You know how long it takes to get from the furthest hole to the ramp for the weigh-in on time. You know how much gas you need to cover all the area you want to fish. You know where to get fresh live bait if you need it.
These are all IMPORTANT factors in any tournament. Get a feel for all the things taking place during the tournament: seminars, the fishing, weigh-ins, and awards presentations. The people are a lot more helpful with tips and information at the awards presentations than at the seminars. This is because the competition is over, so the reasons to guard information as to baits and places fished are no longer that important.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!
Author of KINDLE E-BOOKS, Rod Bending Catfish & Shop to Save
After listening to news stories about hurricanes Harvey and Irma, fifth graders at Holy Trinity Elementary decided to take action. The path of destruction caused by these recent storms affected the students. The students were empathetic to all of the people who were touched by these destructive storms and wanted to lend a helping hand. After brainstorming the students decided to hold a school-wide collection. Some fifth graders created and presented a Power Point explaining hurricanes and the destruction they cause. This was shared with the student body in K-5. Posters and donation jars were then distributed to each classroom. To date $778.51 has been collected for this cause. The donation will go to Matthew 25 Ministries.
In good times and bad, God is the reason. We have all had that good day when everything is going our way. We think to ourselves, “This is my lucky day; I am doing everything right today!” While on our bad days, we may place blame and think, “God, where are you?” It is human nature, but it’s not the whole story.
The truth is God is always with us in good and in bad. On good days, He is shining down on us, celebrating with us. On bad days, He is with us, holding us up and surrounding us with comfort to help us make it through the rough patch.
We are all very quick to put the glory on ourselves for the good times, forgetting to say, “Thank you Lord, for the blessings that have been sent our way.” We are just as quick to blame others when things go bad; “Where are you, why did you let this happen to me?” We forget how much worse things could be if God wasn’t lifting and surrounding us with love and comfort. God is with us always.
We live in a world where good and bad coexist. There is confusion and darkness. We must be the light that shines hope. God protects, guides, and shows us the light. We cannot be too proud. One light is all that it takes to spread hope like a wild fire. Share your light, and share the spirit of love of Jesus Christ!
Join us on Sunday mornings… You’ll be glad you did!
Submitted by: Melody Dilts
The Dayton Kentucky Business Association and the Dayton Main Street Advisory Board are proud to announce the First-Annual Dayton Kentucky Holiday Market! The Dayton Kentucky Holiday Market is an up-beat and eclectic holiday pop-up shop, and the perfect place to find your handmade and unique gifts this holiday season. The shop will be located in the Raimey Building (the old carpet building) at 635 6th Avenue in the heart of the Dayton business district
The Dayton Kentucky Holiday Market will be open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, starting Black Friday November 24th through Saturday December 23rd. The hours will be Fridays from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m., Saturdays noon until 8 p.m. and Sundays noon until 5pm.
Since July, 3 2014, the residents of Speers Court Apartments have been blessed with the presence of a compassionate, caring and neighborly retired nun named Sr. Francis. In addition to shuttling fellow residents to and from the grocery store and doctor appointments, Sr. Francis takes note of things that bother residents and has become an advocate for them. With short notice and at the age of 80 (going on 55), Sr. Francis graciously agreed to meet me at Bellevue Frisch’s and I came away from our meeting knowing she truly is heaven sent.
Upon taking her vows of Sisters of Divine Providence in 1954, Sr. Francis’ first teaching stop was right here at Dayton’s St. Bernard School where she spent 9 years. She then spent 2 years at Christ the King in Lexington, KY. She then went on to serve as principal at 7 other schools:
In the middle of Lent in March of 2009, Sr. Francis experienced an inner allocution, and she heard the voice of God telling her, “Build me a house of mercy.” This was followed by a long period of discernment as she was trying to figure out what God was telling her.
In May of 2014, just as she was about to retire from St. Theresa Little Flower School, Sr. Francis received a call from Sr. Fran Moore, Superior of the Sisters of Divine Providence, asking her to visit some public retirement homes and to choose the one to live in that she thought would benefit most from God’s mercy.
After checking out a retirement home in Covington and one in Latonia, she saw they offered activities and events to bring the residents together, resulting in a community spirit where neighbors become friends. Her third stop was Speers Court and she immediately noticed there was nothing to do and all people did was complain about a lack of communication between residents and management. Now she knew what God was telling her to do.
Since moving to Speers Court in July of 2014, Sr. Francis brightens the day of everyone she encounters. And as an advocate of the residents who knows how to get things done, there have been many improvements such as new carpeting and 20 security cameras. There are also crafting times, card games, pot-luck dinners and occasional musicians to entertain the residents. God bless you, Sr. Francis!
Sponsored by St. Bernard and Divine Mercy Churches, our 11th Annual Women’s Harvest Tea will be held on Saturday, November 11 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at St Bernard’s Garvey Hall, located at 401 Berry Street in Dayton, KY. Tickets are $10. If you are interested in purchasing and/or making a reservation, please contact Theresa Breitenstein at 513-325-3529.
Submitted by: Kathy Grimm
Dayton Community News