I want to extend my best wishes for a Happy New Year to the citizens of Dayton. Dayton has greatly benefited from our planning as a quality city and our strong partnership with our fine citizens and community organizations.
I also want to welcome our new incoming City Council members Jeff Haas and Jeff Volter, as well as welcome back our re-elected Council members Bill Burns, Denny Lynn, Ben Baker and Joe Neary. Our City Council and administrative staff will continue to provide citizens with quality services and opportunities for economic growth.
I believe that we are on track with our vision for Dayton and we will continue to work on making our vision a reality in 2017.
Best wishes for the coming year,
As the clock winds down for these last 3 hours, 46 minutes and counting toward the New Year, let's count our blessings and think about all of the good things that are happening in the City of Dayton. Our Mayor and Council are working hard in executing the city's plan for growth and continued progress. Our police force is doing a great job of protecting us from crime. Our code inspector now has the tools to attack the blight that affects the value of our properties. Our public works crew is outstanding. Our Fire Department Bellevue-Dayton is second to none. And let's not forget about the "Distinguished" ranking that Dayton Independent Schools has recently received.
But the best thing that is happening has actually been happening for as long as I can remember. That is the community pride and spirit of the people of Dayton. If there is a cause, it will be supported. If someone is down, they are lifted up. Dayton musicians play at benefits for free and Dayton kids are treated like little princes and princesses.
While it is an honor being a lifetime citizen of Dayton, serving as the editor of our hometown paper is just icing on the cake. Thanks to the City of Dayton, Dayton Independent Schools and our loyal advertisers and contributors for helping us bring city news, school news, church news and good news to your door and computer every month.
So with a glass of sangria and a slice of sharp cheddar, I say......HAPPY NEW YEAR!
"Out in the fields, an angel of the Lord appeared to the shepherds who were tending their flocks of sheep by night. The angel announced that the Savior had been born in the town of David. Suddenly a great host of heavenly beings appeared with the angels and began singing praises to God.
As the angelic beings departed, the shepherds decided to travel to Bethlehem and see the Christ-child. There they found Mary, Joseph, and the baby, in the stable. After their visit, they began to spread the word about this amazing child and everything the angel had said about him.
They went on their way still praising and glorifying God. But Mary kept quiet, treasuring their words and pondering them in her heart. It must have been beyond her ability to grasp, that sleeping in her arms—the tender child she had just borne—was the Savior of the world."
It was an honor to participate in a great Dayton Christmas tradition today, all made possible by Rick Frank's Psalms 147 Ministry. Pastor Harold Pike and a few of the members at Dayton First Baptist Church kindly shared their church and joined with others in the community to assemble and fill boxes containing a complete Christmas meal with all of the fixings. Once half of the boxes were loaded for delivery, Fire Department Bellevue-Dayton's Adam Hall took the time to deliver the other 30 boxes of meals.
The Dayton Civic Club would like to thank everyone who volunteered and contributed items or money to make this year's Light Up Dayton event a huge success. A long line began forming at 1 p.m. and just before the starting time of 2 p.m. the huge crowd was abuzz as Santa, Mrs. Claus and Rudolph arrived in style in a FDBD firetruck. Thanks to the hospitality of Fire Department Bellevue - Dayton, 350 kids patiently waited in line for a visit with Santa, Mrs. Claus and Rudolph before getting their choice of among hundreds of toys. There were also craft tables, pizza and drinks provided to the kids.
With 4 large events- Easter Egg Hunt at Gil Lynn Park, River City Music Fest 2, NKY Kite Festival and Light Up Dayton, the Dayton Civic Club is very grateful for the support they receive from EVERYONE in Dayton. EVERY event. EVERY time. Merry Christmas, Dayton!
As we come to a close this year, I want to thank everyone for all of their hard work and dedication that you have contributed to our city. I am so proud to live here and be your Mayor, and I’m looking forward to this coming New Year as we continue to move forward with our economic development projects and ongoing special events.
I also want to thank the Dayton Civic Club for pulling off another great Light Up Dayton event on Sunday, December 4. Watching all the kids come through the line at the fire house to meet Santa, receive great gifts and enjoy a slice of pizza was a gentle reminder of what fun children bring to the Christmas season.
In closing, I urge our citizens to remember to be safe during this holiday season. Please take care of yourselves and enjoy each day responsibly. From all of us at the Dayton City Building, we would like to wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas season.
Mayor Virgil Boruske
At 632 Third Street in Dayton, Kentucky, Christmas was a special time. A new tricycle for Margaret, a doll for Mary, with a buggy to stroll the doll around the neighborhood. The older girls, Louise and Kate got clothing, books, maybe a diary to write down their thoughts. And Elizabeth, she held on to little Rita and was just happy that her husband, Cliff, the man behind the camera, could work as a photographer and provide for them, while she laced the first electric strand of lights on their meager tree.
Elizabeth used the term “Better than sliced bread,” quite a bit. I never knew what that meant until recently when I discovered that sliced bread was a phenomena of the late twenties and early thirties. She would have to wait several more years for that freedom from the kitchen and bread baking that took much of the day. But on this particular day she must have celebrated the fact that her family was together, under a tree. Coal was in the bin and keeping them warm. The market had delivered their Christmas turkey, wrapped on the back porch because there was no room in the icebox.
This family began in 1906. You can see the wedding photo in the background. That picture hangs in my home now. But in 1906, Elizabeth worked for Maschinot Tailoring Shop at the corner of Sixth and Main streets, in the building that now houses the Veterans of Foreign Wars. She would leave work only to find Cliff waiting to walk her home after a day at Benjamin Studios in downtown Cincinnati.
Cliff took pictures of Wild Bill Coty and Sara Bernhardt for posters to promote their shows coming to Cincinnati. He delivered family portraits to the Longworths and Sintons and Tafts around town. He always came home to his family, making extra money to feed his six children, wife and any extended family member who may be living with them at the time. His stamp is on Dayton High School class pictures, wedding party pictures, First Communion photos that tell the story of life in Dayton.
There’s a photo in Tharp Dayton Heritage Museum of Ling’s Bakery that bears my Grandfather’s name. I salivate every time I look at the images of the cases of pastries, tea cakes, cinnamon bread, long johns, peanut rolls…see, your mouth is watering too.
During the Christmas season in 2016, we don’t know where life will take us. However, we can always see where we have been. We have a great legacy to cherish the beautiful bend in the Ohio, the town that was built on more than just a sandbar. The board of trustees at the Tharp Dayton Heritage Museum would like to wish each one of you a very Merry Christmas.
In the new year, we will be rededicating the museum with the blessings of the Tharp Family. The museum will become Dayton Heritage Museum. Mark your calendar now for January 28, 2017, when we will celebrate this move forward, while embracing the past. We hope that Charlie and his family will be on hand, as well as others who have contributed to the museum and preserving the history of Dayton. All are welcome in our little place at 718 Sixth Avenue, Dayton, Kentucky.
Submitted by: Tina Neyer
Tharp Dayton Heritage Museum
A recent study was completed on children who live in a variety of different environments and who come from a variety of different family conditions. The study found that some children hear over 30 million words LESS than some other children, based on their environment.
The number of questions and positive statements children hear from their caregivers can also be very impactful. The study found some groups of children hear 35 questions and 32 positive statements per hour where as other only hear 5 positive statements. How do we change this?
Guess what?!?! It’s FREE!
The attached link is to a video that is two minutes and 49 seconds long. We challenge you to watch it and understand how powerful early childhood interactions and language exchanges can be.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apzXGEbZht0&t=15s (Still Face Experiment)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6czxW4R9w2g (Still Face Experiment with Dads)
For a more information on this early childhood language challenge I highly recommend the book by Dana Suskind called Thirty Million Words. We would love to see everyone SHARE this information with someone who has a young child!
To learn more about all the Dayton community services for children birth through preschool please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 859-491-6565
Respectfully submitted by:
Jay Brewer, Superintendent of Dayton Independent Schools
Brittney Howell, Director of Early Childhood/Special Education
AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE OCCUPATIONAL LICENSE TAX RATES FOR BUSINESSES WITHIN THE CITY OF DAYTON.
WHEREAS, the City is authorized under Section 181 of the Kentucky Constitution and KRS 92.280 et. seq. to set occupational taxes on persons engaged in the business within the City of Dayton;
WHEREAS, the City desires to use the proceeds of such taxes to raise general revenues of the City.
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT ORDAINED BY THE CITY OF DAYTON, CAMPBELL COUNTY, KENTUCKY AS FOLLOWS:
That the following sections shall be amended to the Code of Ordinances for the City of Dayton:
GROSS RECEIPTS (Dollars) AMOUNT OF TAX (Dollars)
501 - 5,000.........................................................[50.00] 70.00
5,001 - 10,000...................................................[75.00] 100.00
10,001- 25,000..................................................[100.0] 140.00
25,001- 50,000..................................................[125.0] 170.00
100,001 - 200,000...........................................[200.00] 270.00
200,001 – 300,000..........................................[300.00] 400.00
300,001 – 400,000..........................................[400.00] 540.00
400,001 – 500,000..........................................[500.00] 680.00
500,001 – 600,00............................................[600.00] 810.00
600,001 – 700,000..........................................[700.00] 945.00
700,001 – 800,000.......................................[800.00] 1,080.00
800,001 - 900,000........................................[900.00] 1,220.00
900,001 – 1,000,000.................................[1,000.00] 1,350.00
1,000,001 – 2,000,000..............................[1,100.00] 1,490.00
2,000,001 – 3,000,000..............................[1,200.00] 1,620.00
3,000,001 – 4,000,000..............................[1,300.00] 1,750.00
4,000,001 – 5,000,000..............................[1,400.00] 1,890.00
5,000,001 – and over................................[1,500.00] 2,030.00
§110.13 Amount of Tax.
The license tax shall be computed as follows:
(A) Every person having coin-operated amusement and vending machines, as defined in this section, on his or her premises shall pay an annual license tax to the city in the amount of ten dollars ($10.00) per machine.
(B) Every person engaged in the business of leasing or renting real property or portions thereof shall pay an annual license tax to the city in the amount of .01 times his or her gross receipts, [or fifty dollars ($50.00), whichever is greater] but not less than the amount of one hundred dollars ($100.00) per year.
(C) Every person engaged as a vendor of fruit, ice cream, sherbet, peanuts, popcorn, candy and other articles upon the street, shall pay a license tax as described in (E) below, but not less than the amount of fifty dollars ($50.00) per year or ten dollars ($10.00) per day.
(D) Every person engaged in the business of selling fireworks shall pay a license tax to the city in the amount of one thousand dollars ($1,000.00).
(E) For all other persons, the tax is computed as follows:
This ordinance shall be in full force and effect from and after its adoption, approval and publication as is required by law.
PASSED by City Council of the City of Dayton, Campbell County, Kentucky assembled in regular session.
First Reading: Oct. 4, 2016
Second Reading: Nov. 1, 2016
First Baptist Church collected items for and filled 132 shoe boxes to donate to Operation Christmas Child. The boxes were dedicated on Sunday, November 20 (above), and have been transported to a regional collection center. Operation Christmas Child is run by Samaritan's Purse. Samaritan’s Purse and its partners deliver the gifts to children in more than 100 countries on six continents.
There will be no Sunday School at First Baptist Dayton on Sunday, December 25, but we will have a joyful Christmas worship service beginning at 10:45 a.m. on December 25. Please join us!
Submitted by: Gail Myer
We want to congratulate Ms. Lisa Seyberth as she is our Inspire, Engage, and Grow Employee of the Month for November.Lisa does an outstanding job as one of our many amazing instructional assistants at Lincoln Elementary School for the past five years.Lisa treats each and every child, as if they were her very own child.This gives our students a true belief that they belong in our school. Here are some of her nominations:
Congratulations Ms. Seyberth and thanks for Inspiring, Engaging, and Growing our Students!
Submitted by: Jay Brewer
Superintendent, Dayton Independent Schools
Be it Christmas, Hanukkah, or Happy New Year, I hope your holidays are hazard - free and full of good cheer! Just a note from your favorite Fireman; remember these important tips this Holiday Season:
Also check on your neighbors and be of good cheer, because they may not be able to get out. Offer a ride or run an errand, as you could do a great deed to make their holiday warm and special. The women and men of your Fire Department Bellevue-Dayton would like to wish all of our friends a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
November was truly a month to be thankful! The sophomore class had an opportunity to visit the Campbell County Area Technical Center and discover the numerous career pathways available. By the time we left, several of the sophomores were excited about the possibility of participating in programs such as health sciences, masonry, computer technology, auto technology and carpentry. After leaving the CCATC, we took the students to visit Thomas More. The admissions counselors at Thomas More escorted our students around the campus, answered dozens of questions, and treated us to a wonderful lunch buffet! The students enjoyed visiting a college campus, and a few of them added Thomas More to their list of “Top 5 Colleges.”
Our Northern KY Youth Advisory Board students had a blast at Lincolns Fall Festival while raising money for a great cause It was a resounding success and has spurred brainstorming additional opportunities for our high school students to read, lead and mentor Lincoln students. In 2015 the members of NKYAB created the “John Wooden Memorial Scholarship.” This scholarship is designed to benefit an athlete who is graduating from DHS and continuing his/her education at a 2 or 4-year institution. The goal is to raise at least $500 for the 2017 scholarship. The NKYAB members raised over $90 while painting faces and pumpkins at the fall festival. All of the members who participated enjoyed spending time with the Lincoln students and look forward to working with them in the future.
The holiday season is a great time to remember how much we have to be thankful for. We have been recognized as a distinguished school and district, and we’re on track to receive the same recognition next year! 47.5% of our seniors are now college and/or career ready, and 38% of the senior class has already been accepted to a college or university. We have 23 juniors and seniors earning college credit at Gateway, and 4 students earning college credit at the Campbell County Area Technical Center. Our student success rate continues to improve, our attendance rate is on the rise, and our enrollment numbers continue to grow.
We had 20 veterans in attendance during our Veteran’s day assembly, including Alfy McCracken (Mr. Kellinghaus’s grandpa). It was a fantastic celebration with many highlights, including a presentation of minted pins using Mallory Kubala’s artwork. It was inspiring and brought tears to everyone in attendance. We are reviewing our school improvement plan (CSIP) during December and invite input from parents and community members. These are just a few of the things we are thankful for as we continue to inspire, engage and grow!
Submitted by: Guidance Counselor, Casaundra Newsome
Dayton High School Principal, Ryan Kellinghaus
We hope that everyone made special memories during the recent Thanksgiving holiday. With the guidance of the amazing LES teachers and staff, our students spent the month of November finding ways to show their GRATITUDE for their own family members and members of our school community. We were so inspired by the kids’ sincere desire to show their appreciation for those that care for them, and we also were impressed with their creative ways in which to do this – by making cards, posters, art projects, using kind words, etc.
As we move into this month of December, our focus is now on finding ways to GIVE. During the next few weeks, our students will be involved in a canned food drive for the St. Bernard Food Pantry. The students will create a paper link chain as a visual representation of the number of cans collected. This will help our students to see the difference we can make when we work together for a common goal to help others. Our continued implementation of “Core Life”, our positive character trait program, helps to guide and teach each of our students in learning to live a life of great integrity and strength. December’s Core Life lessons revolve around volunteering, empathy, and goal setting.
We are happy to announce that funds have been secured from various groups to enhance classroom libraries at Lincoln Elementary. Thanks to the LES PTC, Dayton Board of Education, readaloud.org, and the LES SBDM, each grade level will have $1,825 to purchase books for their students. This will definitely enrich our continued efforts with literacy in our great school. Our students continue to work very hard to meet their quarterly Accelerated Reader (AR) goals and these new and engaging books will help to continue to immerse our students in a variety of types of books that seek their varied interests. We are grateful for the continued commitment from others who help to make literacy a major focus at LES.
We would like to invite our students’ families and our community to the annual LES Holiday Program. This program has become a great tradition for our school over the last several years and has significantly grown in interest and attendance. In order to comfortably accommodate all of our guests, we will be hosting this event at Dayton High School this year on Wednesday, December 21st at 9 a.m. Our students will be using their talents to share the holiday spirit to others on this day. Please consider joining in this memorable morning of fun.
We continue to extend the invitation to our community members to come to see the great things that are occurring at Lincoln Elementary School. We would love to show off the hard work of our students, teachers and staff. Contact us at 292-7492 if you’d like to come for a visit or if you’re interested in donating your time, talents or treasures to enhance the learning of our little devils. We look forward to hearing from you!
Heather Dragan, Principal Tim Chenot, Assistant Principal
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