One Way Kids Ministry is back – Wednesday, Nov. 7
One Way Kids Ministry at First Baptist Dayton will resume on Wednesday, November 7, for children in Grades 1-5. Join us Wednesday evening from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The leaders will be Matt & Alicia Sumpter. Watch this space and our Facebook page for more details.
Submitted by: Gail Myers
The City of Dayton has installed two new chess tables in honor of the Dayton Independent Schools successful chess program. On October 31, the City of Dayton, Dayton Independent Schools, and the coaches and member of the Chess Club gathered for a ribbon cutting ceremony and few games of chess! This is another example of how the City of Dayton and the Dayton Independent School support each other because WE ALL GROW TOGETHER!
Submitted by: Tyler Mobarry
The Campbell County Animal Shelter has been making positive changes over the last few years. They have reduced euthanasia and increased adoptions for animals in their care. This is very hard work and not an easy task. With this change means animals are staying longer. Due to their extended stays they need enrichment activities to keep them from getting bored in the kennel or cage. Many of the items used are normal household items. Find out what items you can donate to help them pass their time. Also you may want to volunteer your time and walk dogs or play with cats. Just getting the dogs out of their kennel and interacting with them helps tremendously.
The shelter is currently full. If you have considered adding a new pet to your home, please come and visit the shelter. If you really want to help but don’t want to go to the shelter, you can find them on Facebook and share their pets up for adoption. There are many different ways you can help the animals at the shelter. It is everyone’s job to help save animals in your community. Give the shelter a call and get started helping. 859-635-2819.
Submitted by: Terri Baker, Animal Control Officer
Lincoln Elementary was full of amazing energy during the last weeks of October with the recognition of KY Safe Schools Week and Red Ribbon Drug Free Awareness Week; as well as some great events including the PTC Fall Festival, our fall Parent/Teacher Conferences, and our 1st Quarter Recognition Assembly.
Red Ribbon Week was a big success with students participating in the daily theme days that focused on saying NO to drugs. Thank you to Mrs. Sceifres and the LES Student Council for their inspiring morning messages in helping everyone to know the harmful effects of drugs.
During our Safe Schools Week we held several anti-bullying activities where students focused and learned how to be their best selves. Our Parent/Teacher Conferences were held on October 25th. Every family was encouraged to attend this opportunity to meet face to face with their child’s teacher(s) to discuss their individual progress. The turnout at this important event was again exceptional!
We held our first student recognition assembly of the year on October 26th as we celebrated the hard work of our little devils’ and their successes in academics and attendance. We continue to acknowledge our Stars and Students of the Month at the monthly Board of Education Meeting and by offering additional special incentives including the Primary Star Student Breakfast sponsored by McDonald’s and the Intermediate Student of the Month lunch hosted by Dayton’s always supportive Hometown Heroes. We are very proud of our students.
The annual PTC Fall Festival was held on Friday, November 2nd. The event was organized by some very dedicated parents and teachers with the purpose of offering a fun family event. The evening was definitely that! This year we were joined by candidates for Dayton City Council and mayor as they volunteered their time to run a game booth! Thank you to our PTC officers, raffle and food donors, and event volunteers for the successful evening. They are busy planning their upcoming holiday events, so please watch for correspondence in ways to volunteer and support this organization.
On Friday, November 9th @ 9 am our district will be holding our annual Veteran’s Day Ceremony at Dayton High School. The entire community is welcomed to attend this beautiful ceremony when the students of our schools will honor the veterans of Dayton.
We appreciate the continued support from our families and community members, and we encourage you to reach out to us with your ideas, questions, and/or any concerns.
Proudly serving the students and families of Lincoln Elementary,
Heather Dragan, Principal Tim Chenot, Assistant Principal
Count Your Blessings, Not Your Burdens
As the calendar turns to November, we start thinking about things for which we are grateful. If we look at the challenges and opportunities that life throws at us every day through the drinking glass analogy – we can either see the glass as being half full, or half empty. Over the years, I have come to find that our minds can easily allow us to look for the bad before we look for the good. In fact, we can look back over time, to our development as humans, to understand why looking for the bad actually kept us alive. Hundreds of years ago, if you walked the earth without constantly looking for snakes, lions and bears, you would quickly become “lunch”. So, it makes sense that we look for the bad first.
Today, we don’t have predators lurking at every corner waiting to eat us; however, we do have individuals that are looking to bring us down, take advantage of us, or steal our joy. We must remember that, in reality, this is only a small percentage of people. The overwhelming majority of folks out there are wonderful people who are almost always willing to help. We need to seek out the helpers, the ones who bring us joy, and the ones who lift us up. We must remember it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy!
We have so many, many, many wonderful things to be grateful for here at Dayton Independent Schools. There are many wonderful things happening in our schools and in the Dayton community. We are so grateful for the many individuals that help us Grow each day.
This Thanksgiving, let us try and take a moment to count our blessings, not our burdens. Thanks for helping us Inspire, Engage, and Grow!
Proudly serving as Superintendent of Dayton Independent Schools
Two of my biggest passions in life are baseball/softball and helping students raise their Math ACT scores. With more than 40 years on the diamond and 10+ years as an ACT Math tutor, I’ve noticed some incredible similarities. Here are my top 5 tips for my baseball/softball players on how they can translate what they do on the field and apply it to the ACT test.
Tony Miglio is the owner of NKY Tutoring, and is an ACT Math expert working with students all over the United States to raise their scores. To learn more contact him at email@example.com or by phone at 859.835.1900
When life gets tough, it is so easy to give in and give up. Thankfully, we have someone watching over us, guiding us, keeping us safe. All we have to do is stay strong in our faith.
God dealt with the Devil long, long ago, but there are still times when he shows his face in today’s world. He does not appear with his red cape, horns and evil grin. He waits for our vulnerable times, times of sadness, insecurities, negativity, and possibly times of great stress. He waits for times we when we are facing doubt and he tries to separate us from God. No one is immune to the stresses of negativity and temptation. There are always forces to try to take us down. We must stand strong in our faith and know that He is near and will always be there for us. We are all God’s children, and He will not abandon us.
Evil exists in our world because we are humans living here on Earth. God never promised it will be an easy road. There will be struggles, temptation, and disruptions that cause doubt in our lives. We may even doubt our own abilities at times. All of these things come from the Devil planting seeds of doubt in our lives. We cannot give in to him. God has given us the power to defeat anything that is thrown at us. We must never lose faith, no matter how bad things seem.
Doubt will cause instability and stumbling blocks in our lives if we let it. Don’t let the Devil destroy your faith in God. Be thankful this upcoming holiday season for all the good in your life.
Submitted by: Melody Dilts
We had a great October in the City of Dayton, starting with the senior luncheon at the VFW. I’d like to thank Donna and Tiffany for all their efforts in planning the event and gathering all the prizes, Hometown Heroes for providing the lunch, Officer Josh Wilhoit for providing the musical entertainment, and everyone who helped put on the great event.
Next, we had the Dayton Civic Club’s Taste of Dayton, where we showcased the great restaurants in Dayton, our local musical talents, our wonderful retail shops, and local crafters. It was a fun time, and something I hope we see returning in future years.
I’d also like to point out two city projects at Gil Lynn Park. The first is the installation of two Concrete Picnic Tables next to the basketball courts. These tables have inlaid chess boards in honor of Dayton Independent School’s chess club. This group of Dayton students has done a great job competing against other schools in the region. It was great to meet these fine young students and their coaches at the ribbon cutting ceremony. The second was the installation of a sidewalk connecting the Lou Brueggen Walkway Park (The walking path on top of the Levee) to Gil Lynn Park.
On November 13, at the Dayton Independent Schools’ Administration Building we will have a public meeting to go over the draft of our new Dayton Comprehensive Plan. Working with the Northern Kentucky Area Development District, representatives from Dayton City Council, city staff, and the public we have been working for the past year on updating and expanding our comprehensive plan. A comprehensive plan is our effort to establish goals and objectives for development and redevelopment of the city over the next five years. This meeting will be an opportunity for the residents of Dayton to review the work and to provide input on the plan.
The Real Estate Tax bills have been mailed. If you have not received your bill, contact the Clerk’s Office at 859-491-1600. If your taxes are paid through an escrow account, please forward your bill to your mortgage company. Taxes are due on or before November 12, and will become delinquent on November 13. A penalty of 10% and interest of 1% per month will be added after November 12, 2018. The Clerk’s Office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
Lastly, the City of Dayton administrative offices will be closed November 22nd and 23rd for the Thanksgiving holiday. I would like to wish everyone and their families a Happy Thanksgiving.
Until next month,
Mayor Virgil Boruske
We each have different gifts we can offer to the city that we live in and love – volunteering, serving on boards, joining the Civic Club, encouraging, leading and caring about each other. These are God’s gifts to us for one another. Instead of foolish pride there is faith, humility, encouragement, generosity, hard work, and good humor. Yes…. good humor. Thank God for good humor.
There is a saying that goes like this: “Don’t ever say anything bad about someone from Dayton, because chances are the person you tell either knows or is related to them.” The same goes for the way nearly everyone acts every four years a mayoral election takes place. In their quest to pick “their guy”, many Daytonians hide behind their keyboards and post absurd allegations and insults on Facebook group pages against the opponent of the person they are voting for.
Truth be told, EVERY candidate who has ever run for mayor (or city council) in this town abhors the way we treat each other every election year. As a result of such ridiculousness, the residents whose candidate loses will reluctantly accept the results of the election. That is until the next election, when the vicious cycle will once again rear its ugly head. This has to stop.
I remember the story about a complaining citizen, the one who never participated in any city functions, and who only came to city events with his family when there wasn’t something more entertaining planned for the day. As he was driving home one day after a Light up Dayton event, he was complaining to his family. He said, “This city needs to give out better gifts. The lines were too long and the pizza was cold.” He went on and on, complaining about virtually everything. Finally, his very observant son said, “Dad, come on, you’ve got to admit it wasn’t that bad considering I have this cool toy that didn’t cost you anything. Why don’t you help next year?”
It is obvious that the City of Dayton has some challenges in the future, and everyone here will need to utilize and give their gifts of time, talent and treasure to help Dayton move forward. I am speaking to each of you. I am leaving no one out. I am speaking to all Dayton citizens either present or absent on any particular day. Each of you has different gifts, and we are going to need to source them all. It’s what all successful cities do.
There are three types of people that may be found in every city. They are the “fair weather fans”, the “fiddlers”, and the “mustard seeds”. The time to choose which type citizen you will be for 2019 is at hand.
Will you be a “fair weather fan” who leaves when the going gets tough? Some have left us recently, unwilling to make a sacrifice or contribute their gifts as we continue to restructure and rebuild. The future looks very bright.
Will you be a “fiddler” just standing around like Nero, who fiddled while Rome burns? Someone who not only refuses to sacrifice or contribute a gift, but will possibly even stand in the way of others running to the fire?
Or will you be a tiny “mustard seed”? A tiny seed planted firmly in the midst of Dayton; so grounded that you are willing to sacrifice your most precious living gifts with a commitment to love your neighbors and city.
Regardless of the results of the November 6 election, The City of Dayton needs mustard seeds for 2019 and beyond. Will you be one? Will you contribute your gifts like never before? If not, the vision and growth of Dayton will suffer every four years. Do what is right; we all deserve better than this.
Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving,
Mike Lenz, Editor
Dayton Community News
Before entering the voting booth on November 6, it is important to learn all you can about each candidate. We have reached out to each of our mayoral and council candidates for a statement on their respective platforms. We really appreciate the efforts of these candidates for taking the time to share this information with you. Below you will find their written replies, which have been posted in no particular order.
Dayton, Kentucky is the place I have called home my entire life. Dayton is my family, my community and my passion. It is where Kathy and I raised our two daughters, and it is where they now raise their families. As I drive around the city of Dayton, I realize that there are many families just like mine; families who want the American dream which is obtainable in our small city. I work diligently to give our city families the same opportunities I have been afforded in Dayton.
Dayton is where I ran a successful business for over 20 years. My brother Vic and I took a small building at Sixth and Ervin and turned it into a successful body shop. While running Boruske Brothers Collision Center, I also served 16 years on Dayton City Council. Using this experience, I ran for Mayor because I wanted to push our city forward. During my four years as Mayor, I believe I have accomplished this. I opened my office at Boruske Brothers to neighbors and concerned citizens with problems, concerns, or issues. As a newly retired businessman, I am able to give even more time to ensure the continuous success of our city.
Public safety was extremely important in my first election and continues to be today. During my four years, I have improved our Police Department. I am proud to say that our city has gone from the 71st to 24th safest city for our size! This accomplishment makes me proud of our city. I plan to continue to work with Chief Dave Halfhill to maintain and improve our ranking. My vision is to decrease this number yearly over the next four years. I am confident that with Chief Halfhill and our dedicated police department this is obtainable.
I have supported the Bellevue Dayton Fire Department by assisting with the updated fire equipment. This includes two new fire trucks, an updated ambulance and defibrillators.
I am proud to say that our property taxes have not increased over the past four years. Our waste fees have also decreased by 23% during my tenure. My vision is to continue to work to ensure that this continues.
The numerous projects, including the revitalization of the Central Business District along Sixth Avenue and the Riverfront Projects, are just a few items that I am proud of during my four years as Mayor. My vision is to see the projects expand and see even more businesses and restaurants join our fine city. It is such a joy to drive through our city and see the energy that these projects have brought to Dayton.
Passion, community and love are the reasons I have served sixteen years on Dayton City Council and four years as Mayor. I would like the opportunity to continue building on our solid foundation by ensuring growth for the city of Dayton and its future generations.
Experienced Leadership and Proven Integrity truly tell my story. I humbly and respectfully ask for your vote on November 6th. Together let us continue to make Dayton a city that we can be proud of to call home.
It’s exciting times here in Dayton Kentucky and we are on the verge of a great future. Over the past 4 years I’ve had the amazing pleasure of serving you, my neighbors and friends, on City Council and it’s with great excitement that I have the opportunity to serve as Mayor for the City of Dayton KY.
With your support we can lead Dayton into the 21st Century! I am proud of my past two terms on council and some of the achievements we made, including:
It was 5 years ago that I laced up my shoes and started walking door-to-door to meet each and everyone who calls Dayton home, and what a 5 years it’s been. We’ve had some successes as well as some challenges and Dayton needs a fresh and new approach to how we operate.
Things are changing in the way that the River Cities are operating. We are having to work together with other cities to understand their challenges and successes, so we can conquer these problems and succeed together. This is different than in many years past when each city wouldn’t communicate, but as John Wooden once said “Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be.”
I have partnered with organizations that bring change and success to our cities, and work with them on a daily basis. Some of these organizations are the Northern Kentucky Chamber, Tri-Ed, The Catalytic Fund, and Southbank Partners. We need to make sure that when projects are available (Riverfront Common Trails, grant dollars, building rehabs, business re-locations), that Dayton is first of mind as a place to work, not an afterthought.
We’ve seen a lot of change in Dayton these past years, change that I am proud to have helped happen. When I first began on council The Avenue had many empty store fronts and buildings that were being neglected. At this time the CCAP program was introduced which gave incentives for businesses to not only fill the buildings but also rehab them to their former glory.
Again, I went door-to-door to discuss this program with our current business owners as well as reached outside of Dayton to bring in the investors that now fill these buildings. As one investor said “I didn’t know anything about Dayton until you introduced it to me.” This investor now has multiple buildings on the Avenue that they are actively rehabbing and filling with restaurants, businesses, and homes.
This is the type of leadership that I will bring to Dayton, one of actively supporting and marketing our town to help growth and revitilzation. We must be proactive in this ever-changing landscape of the River Cities and be ready to compete for these businesses and not sit idle and hope that it’ll come.
I’ve also worked hard with the Fire Department of Bellevue-Dayton over these past 4 years, sitting both of my council terms on the fire board. I’ve worked closely with their teams to understand their needs so that they can effectively protect our lives and homes, and have helped them acquire needed apparatus, repairs to the building, and personnel. It’s my dedication to our first responders that makes me proud to have earned the Firefighters IAFF Local 3751 support and endorsement for Mayor.
As a 20-year professional in the IT Industry I oversee $2.5M in revenue and helped a start-up company as they grew from 4 employees to 150 with multiple locations through the Southeast and Midwest. With my technology and business background I understand what it takes for an organization to operate in the 21st century smart and effectively.
As Mayor I promise to work with ALL of our neighbors and businesses and will bring back committees that will promote community involvement and engagement.
As Mayor I promise to be fiscally responsible with tax dollars and that our “Needs” are filled and our “Wants” are organized and funded.
As Mayor I promise to work with all of council and employees to make sure that we are working for the best of each citizen rather than an agenda.
As Mayor I promise to have transparency and open-door policy be a hallmark of all departments and held to integrity.
As Mayor I promise to continue to work for Dayton’s revitalization with energy and tenacity.
Thank you for your consideration and your support!
Dayton Community News