Governor Andy Beshear and Commissioner of the Department for Local Government Dennis Keene announced nearly $500,000 for projects in four Northern Kentucky cities on Monday morning. The check presentations were held at New Riff Distilling's Newport warehouse. “As governor, it is my job to improve the lives of our families,” said Gov. Beshear. “Today’s grants will improve Northern Kentucky parks and repair and upgrade basketball courts and soccer fields for our youth. These upgrades will further Northern Kentucky’s momentum as a prime destination for business relocation.” Bromley, Covington, Dayton, and Wilder received funds.
Currently, Bromley Park has no central structure. To remedy this, the city will use the awarded $75,000 Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) grant to construct a new shelter, restroom, and concession area. The updates will provide a place for family gatherings, civic events and extra seating for those using the park. “I ride my bike dozens of times every year past the Bromley Park and knowing this grant is making possible a new shelter will mean even more to the people of Bromley. I look forward to the day when this new shelter and concession area are ready,” said State Rep. Buddy Wheatley (D-Covington). “This upgrade will make this park a major asset to our citizens, not to mention a nice rest stop on my bike route.”
Beshear also presented the City of Covington with an $81,755 LWCF grant for the second of three phases in the Barb Cook Park Redevelopment Project in Latonia. With the funding, the city will update basketball courts, shade structures, shelters, soccer goals, picnic tables, trashcans, water fountains and landscaping.
Covington Mayor Joe Meyer said the LWCF grant his city received will help it continue aggressive, ongoing efforts to improve and expand its neighborhood parks. “Thanks to this grant, months from now you’ll be able to drive by Barb Cook Park and see youth in Covington playing basketball and kicking soccer balls, while their families have picnics and relax in the cool shade of new shelters,” said Meyer. “We appreciate the decisions that state officials have made to invest directly in our communities.”
Beshear announced a $91,043 grant to the City of Dayton to revamp the Sargeant Park Trail. The project will construct 2.2 miles of 8-foot wide hillside trails for hiking, walking and biking. The city will also install trailhead signage, bike racks, trashcans, benches and a drinking fountain to increase park usage.
“Dayton is very excited to reactivate this park alongside our partners CORA and Groundwork Ohio River Valley,” said Dayton Mayor Ben Baker. “With co-operation from our state leadership, Dayton is able to bring even more green-space and outdoor activities for not only the residents of Dayton but the entire Northern Kentucky region.”
The City of Wilder received a $250,000 LWCF grant for construction of the Frederick’s Landing Amphitheater. Based on surveys, Wilder citizens overwhelmingly expressed interest in a venue for outdoor performances and social gatherings. The project provides funding to construct a new community amphitheater and modify existing parking lot, sidewalks and underground utilities to support the new structure.
“I am glad to announce that the City of Wilder has received a grant to revitalize Frederick’s Landing,” said Sen. Wil Schroder (R-Wilder). “The amphitheater project will give us a way to showcase live talent while promoting tourism and arts within our community. Those who frequent the landing will be very pleased with what’s to come.”
Keene expressed excitement about the upcoming park revitalization. “It’s rewarding to announce these grants today to improve parks right here in Northern Kentucky,” said Commissioner Keene. “I’m looking forward to seeing the results and added benefits for our communities.”
This article has been published with permission of River City News 2/3/20
Photos courtesy of Scott Beseler
Dear Dayton High School Family,
We had a great month of October! Dayton High School was on fall break from October 14 – 18. Students and staff worked extremely hard during the 1st quarter of the school year and this break was a great opportunity for everyone to refocus and reenergize. Our return to school on Monday, October 21st was the start of the 2nd quarter – report cards were sent home on Friday, October 25th. Let’s continue that positive momentum!
We would like to congratulate our October Students of the Month. Students were recognized at our Board of Education meeting on Wednesday, October 23rd. Congratulations Greendevils!
Aaliyah Horton - 7th Grade
Owen Overman - 8th Grade
Riley Davies - 9th Grade
Joe Klosterman - 10th Grade
Brian Raleigh - 11th Grade
Alexis Heaner - 12th Grade
Laci Davis - Athlete of the Month
Lexie Dyas - Artist of the Month
The counseling office has been hard at work with middle/high school testing, filling out the FAFSA financial aid information with the seniors, and working on setting up a college fair in November. The November date for the College Fair is the 22nd, from 1:00-3:00 in the cafeteria. So far, we have 16 colleges scheduled to attend. Parents are welcome as well! The ASVAB is scheduled for November 4th. We have roughly 15 students scheduled to take it, but anyone is welcome. Any student that is 16 years and above is eligible. If any parent or community member needs to ask questions please contact Ms. Wendeln or Mrs. Erdman. Go Big Green! firstname.lastname@example.org, 859-292-7486, Twitter @MsWendelnDHS
It has been a busy month at the Dayton Youth Services Center. Dayton’s Reality Store held on October 11th was a success. Students in 8th/11th grades were able to experience the challenges of living on a budget while supporting oneself. A very special thank you to Mr. Elmer Perry (Advisory Council Chair) and Owen Primm (Campbell County Extension Office) for their hard work to help make the Reality Store possible. Thank you to all of the volunteers assisting with booths.
We had 52 students in Drug Free Club attend the 2019 Youth Summit at Northern Kentucky University sponsored by the Campbell County Drug Free Alliance - this year’s focus was mental health. Our seniors were able to experience the joy of volunteering for Samaritan Feet (an organization providing new shoes to all Lincoln Elementary students) and served as wonderful role models for the younger students. Thank you, seniors, for your hard work and caring hearts!
The holidays are fast approaching. If you are in need of assistance, please contact Georgia Harris at the Dayton Youth Services Center – 859-292-7486. Please remember, the holidays can be a difficult time of year for many people. Depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues can increase. If you are experiencing any of these issues, please tell someone. If you notice a family member or friend is struggling, reach out to them. The following resources are available 24/7 to provide support. Text HOME to the Crisis Text Line at 741741 or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 for assistance.
The Dayton Food Pantry (at Dayton High School) will be open Thursday, November 7th and Thursday, November 21st from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Appointments: Georgia Harris at 859-292-7486.
Our fall sports are wrapping up and we are proud of our student-athletes. Our Middle School football team took the title in their inaugural season. Just 15 boys deep, they fought, scrapped, and clawed their way to a championship. What a season! There is much to be excited about in the future with Greendevil football.
Speaking of the future, our Greendevil Cross Country teams finished the regional competition with an 8th grade boy and a Freshman girl leading the way. That makes for a bright future on the Cross Country courses! Best of luck to our sole Senior, Trenton Downard, as he moves on to pursue a career in engineering.
Our varsity cheer squad made the decision that competition was in their future. Not only did they compete for the first time ever, they took the title. A huge accomplishment for the girls who dedicate so much of their time cheering for everyone else.
The Greendevil volleyball team finished their season in the District finals with a 16-9 record for the season. The JV volleyball team won the Ludlow Classic with our varsity Devils winning the River City Classic. Lydia Workman was selected to the District All-Tournament Team.
The DHS Marching Band will perform at the MSBA Championships at Simon Kenton on November 9th @ 11:15AM. Please support our Greendevils as they take on 26 other schools in the area! Be on the lookout for the Dayton Bands Winter concert schedule coming out soon! Go Band! It is great to be a Greendevil!
Principal of Dayton & Middle High School
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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 our fall Parent/Teacher Conferences, Samaritan Feet Shoe Project, our Scholastic Book Fair, 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 on continued ways to show kindness to others.
Our Parent/Teacher Conferences were held on October 24th. 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 November 1st 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 will be held on Friday, November 8th. The event is being organized by some very dedicated parents and teachers. There will be games, raffles and plenty of food for a fun-filled family evening. Please plan to attend during the hours of 6 – 8 pm.
On Monday, November 11th @ 9 am our district will be holding our annual Veteran’s Day Ceremony at Dayton High School. The entire community is welcome 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.
Heather Dragan Tim Chenot
LES Principal LES Assistant Principal
Here is a November challenge for you: How long can you be still? This means that you are alone, no noise, no phone, no computer and no distractions. Just you. On top of this – try to empty your mind and think of nothing.....This practice of sitting alone without thought is called stillness. And it is incredibly beneficial for our mental health.
Finding time to be still is challenging, especially as we head into the fast-paced holiday season. During these holiday times, you have so many obligations – holiday parties, family gatherings, shopping, decorating, cooking – the list never ends. Often the last thing you are thinking about is doing something for yourself.
The benefits of stillness are many. They include things such as: reducing stress, improving your ability to let the small things go, anchoring you to being present, bringing greater clarity and perspective, improving your ability to sleep, as well as your overall health. And it might just allow us to be a little bit nicer to ourselves and others.
Along this same line, take time this November to listen to your home. Is it ever quiet? Is it ever still? Often, we leave the TV on all day and never really think about the constant noise it is making. Can we create moments in which our homes are still?
Do something for yourself this holiday season that will ultimately benefit both you and others. Learn to be still.
Proudly serving as Superintendent of Dayton Independent Schools
We have a parking lot! Right across the street from First Baptist Dayton our dream has been fulfilled. The parking lot that we have dreamed of for so long is now a reality. There are still a few finishing touches, but it’s already in use for church services and is being dedicated on Sunday, November 3. As a reminder, this is a church parking lot, and is for use only for church activities and with church permission. Thanks for your understanding.
Submitted by: Gail Myers
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 quick to put the glory on ourselves for the good times, forgetting to say thank you 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 coexists. 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 it takes to spread 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
Dayton, Kentucky to dedicate Riverfront Common’s Trail to World War II Hero, Private First Class Edward Henry Ahrens on Thursday, August 8
At six o'clock on Thursday, August 8th, the dedication of Private First Class Edward Henry Ahrens Trail at Dayton's Riverfront Commons Trail will be held at 6:00 at the trail's beginning at the foot of O'Fallon.
Following the Ahren's Way dedication, there will be a reception at Dayton Heritage Museum, 718 Sixth, to showcase their display about Private First Class Edward Henry Ahrens and their recently acquired model of the USS Ahrens that was built by Dayton, KY resident Robert Pendery.
"On Thursday August 8th, the anniversary of the passing of Private First Class Edward Henry Ahrens, we will remember him and his heroic contribution to our country. To do so on the very shores of the river Mr. Ahrens grew up on is an honor, " said Dayton Mayor Ben Baker.
The following story appeared in our May 16th edition, beautifully written by Dayton native Tina Neyer in honor of Private First Class Ahrens. Thanks Tina for your permission to re-share your writing talent with us today, on Purple Heart Day:
“I guess they didn’t know I was a Marine”
Did his mother call him Eddie, that sleepy-eyed boy who ran the river bank and grew up with three sisters on Second Street in Dayton, Kentucky? He might have been just another factory worker had he not decided to enlist in the Marines. December along the Ohio can make a man want to be anywhere but there when the bitter wind needles the soft skin on one’s face. Imagine that boy, 21 years old and listening to the news on WLW radio, December 7, 1941. The Japanese just bombed Pearl Harbor and Eddie might have given a side glance to see his father’s worried brow. Did Eddie decide that day or December 8th, or did he wait until just before he went to the recruiting office on December 12th? Maybe he talked in hushed tones to his father—Albert, not wanting to upset his mother—Marie, who wiped her hands on her apron not because they were wet but because that’s what she did when worry got the best of her.
Whenever it happened, Edward H. Ahrens from that river town in Kentucky entered basic training on February 3, 1942. What did they see in him to sign him on to the Raiders, an elite team of Special Forces that were the first responders? Did Eddie show strength that comes from tugging steamboat ropes along the bank, or did he have razor sharp aim from throwing rocks at snapping turtles? We will never know, but what we do know is that he landed with Company ‘A’ at Tulagi, Guadalcanal, in the Solomon Islands on August 7, 1942. He was ready. Reports had come in that the Japanese were on the offensive and that Company ‘C’ had realized a fair amount of deaths and injuries as the first wave to hit the beach. Here's how Eddie’s first and last night on that island went as reported by his commanding officer who found Ahrens on August 8.
“That evening, Company ‘A’ took positions for the night west of a cricket ground on the island, as part of the defensive line extending along the ridge. The Japanese later launched a fierce nocturnal counterattack which drove a wedge between the two Raider companies. Isolating the latter near the beachhead, the enemy concentrated its efforts on Company ‘A’ in an attempt to sweep up the ridge toward the residency, a former British government building serving as a Raider battalion command post. The Raiders, however, stood firm. During the savage battle that ensued, Ahrens, in a security detachment assigned the task of protecting the Raiders’ right flank, singlehandedly engaged a group of Japanese in hand-to-hand combat as they attempted to infiltrate the Raiders’ rear. Although painfully wounded in the groin, the gallant young marine killed as many as 13 Japanese (including the unit’s senior officer) and aided materially in stopping their infiltration.”
When he was found, mortally wounded he whispered into his buddy’s ear, “I guess they didn’t know I was a Marine.” Edward Henry Ahrens, far from the sound of a calliope, or the smell of catfish frying on a hot summer day, lost his life, gained hero status and ultimately had a ship named for him: the USS Ahrens, commissioned in December, 1943 while his mother looked on. She held in her hand the Navy Cross and a piece of paper—a certificate of the Presidential Unit Citation earned by the first Marine Division. The ship bearing the name of a dreamy boy from Dayton, Kentucky went on to troll the oceans, serving to protect U.S. shores.
Heroism can be defined in many ways, but I like to think that the best definition is a common man or woman performing uncommon acts in an effort to save others. Eddie Ahrens, who grew up in a blue collar family, with little more ambition than to serve his country, fought a battle unlike many other soldiers. My guess is that if he had survived that attack and come back to Dayton, that he would not have spoken about it. For PFC Ahrens and all of the fallen soldiers in all of the wars our country has fought, we must have the utmost respect.
Sweet Action Student Ministry in service to others
First Baptist Dayton is very proud of our students from the Sweet Action Student Ministry, who recently returned from a week serving in Sevierville, Tennessee, at the Smoky Mountain Area Rescue Ministries (SMARM). They painted, cleaned, and moved heavy equipment, sorted donations and much more.
This was their third summer volunteering with the folks from SMARM, and once again they said that our students were one of the hardest working groups they’ve ever had. In addition to their time serving with SMARM, the students also participated in Bible study and worship every day during their trip. Thanks, kids, and congratulations on a terrific job!
First Baptist Dayton youth and leaders recently served for their third summer at Smoky Mountain Area Rescue Ministries. Here they share the story of their work and their worship time.
Submitted by: Gail Myers
Calling All 3 and 4-Year-Olds
Did you know that 90% of a child’s brain develops before the age of 5? Did you know that Dayton Independent Schools has a Five Star Preschool and Head Start Program? Did you know that our programs are FREE to ALL 4-year-olds and for those 3-year-olds that qualify based on financial need or social/academic progress? So, why do we provide high-quality early learning experiences for our students?
Because it Matters…
Screening Days for our 5 Star Preschool will take place on August 15th-16th, 2019. Please call Lincoln Elementary School 859-292-7492 to schedule your screening.
Proudly serving as Superintendent of Dayton Independent Schools
As you all know, summer is approaching and there are some Code issues that the City will be stepping up enforcement on this year to keep Dayton a safe, clean and beautiful community.
For the past year I have been doing Addresses or Building Identification as a secondary charge when a more pressing issue comes to my attention through a complaint or by way of an observation. Addresses are “VITAL INFORMATION” for Police and Fire when responding to an emergency run; a few extra minutes could be the difference in saving someone’s life. We are requesting everyone in the city to please get your address numbers (4 inches) up on the front of your building to identify your address. If you receive a violation in the mail for not having your numbers posted, you will be given 10-14 days to obtain the numbers and have them posted before a citation will be issued. It will be much more economical to post your numbers than to pay a $250.00 fine for not having them posted.
We will also be stepping up enforcement on garbage; the ordinance for garbage is Chapter 50 which will provide the info on proper containers, what you can and cannot sit out for pick-up, as well as setting out large items.
A brief explanation; by City Ordinance you can sit out up to SIX containers for trash pick-up weighing no more than 35lbs each; the containers must be made of durable, water tight, rust-resistant material with handles and a lid to help with collection.
If you would like additional information or would like to read the entire Ordinance, a copy can be obtained at the City Building or you can read chapter 50 on the website. Anyone failing to follow the above requirements for trash pick-up will be subject to a $50.00 fine for each infraction.
We will also continue enforcement on grass for the upcoming season. If you are given a violation or a Door Hangar for high grass and/or weeds you will be given FIVE (5) days to cut your grass. After the five days, the city will issue you a citation in the amount of $250.00. Please keep your yard cleaned up and your grass cut to prevent receiving a violation and/or a citation from the City.
Let’s all work together to keep Dayton a safe, clean and beautiful community!!!
Phil Liles Jr.
Last year when Avenue Pharmacy in Dayton learned that their lease wouldn’t be renewed, owner Sam Colleta reached out to Robert Yoder, Dayton’s Economic Development Director for help. “Robert had a list of available properties in Dayton, many of which weren’t listed for sale, and told us about the Commercial Community Advantage Program,” said Sam Colleta.
Avenue Pharmacy found a new location at 201 Sixth Avenue, the former Smitty’s Bar, but they knew the building would require extensive renovations. This is where Dayton’s Commercial Community Advantage Program (CCAP) would provide gap financing to make this project possible. “We wanted to keep Avenue Pharmacy in Dayton,” said Robert Yoder, “It’s vital to a small town like Dayton to have a local pharmacy to meet the needs of our residents. We were able to provide $30,000 in matching funds for this project. That turned a vacant tavern into this wonderful new pharmacy.”
At the ribbon cutting on Thursday, March 14, Dayton Mayor Ben Baker said, “We thank Avenue Pharmacy for their commitment to serve the residents of Dayton and for their investment in our historic downtown. Having a pharmacy in our downtown is critical not only to the health of our residents, but to the walk-ability of our main street."
For more information on the City of Dayton’s Economic Incentives visit http://www.daytonky.com/visitors/economic-development/ or contact Robert Yoder, Economic Development Director at 859-491-1600 or email@example.com.
Finally, spring is not just here on the calendar but here in the air! Lawnmowers, power washers, paintbrushes, and brooms are breaking out all over. With temperatures warming up, folks will be outside reconnecting with their neighborhoods, cleaning up their properties, tending their gardens, and planning their seasonal plantings.
The Dayton Community Garden on Third Street is already being prepped for the growing season, thanks to a great group of volunteers who’ve continued this project. Contact Allen Smith if you want to join, and if there’s enough demand and volunteers, we can consider additional garden locations.
With spring rains can come rain water issues, as we recently experienced on east Sixth Street and Seventh Street. I have created a new Infrastructure Super Task Force to address runoff issues, as well as many other infrastructure needs around our city. They’re already working hand-in-hand with my Administration team and our great Public Works Department, to help identify and address issues like runoff, public safety, traffic, and other topics that affect our everyday lives. Thanks to the Task Force and Public Works and SD1, the issues on east Sixth and Seventh Streets have been addressed, and the list of other needed projects is growing. You can report any issues to me, my Administration, or to Task Force Members Volter, Beseler, or Neary.
Thanks to our Civic Activity Board and many volunteers and donors, Dayton’s traditional Egg Hunt will be held at Gil Lynn Park on April 13 at 1:00 pm. The event is open to all children (12 and under) who are Dayton residents, and with food and drinks available is always a fun time for all. Louisville might host the Derby as “the fastest two minutes in sports “, but Dayton has “the fastest two minutes in egg hunts!” Stop by and cheer them on!
Spring sports are in full swing at our Schools, and our students are leading the way in many athletic and academic contests. Check the Dayton Independent School District schedule, and attend at least a few of these events to cheer on our kids and show them your support.
The RiverWalk Trail construction should start as soon as the weather permits, and our Safe Sidewalks projects are also on target to begin this spring and summer. These projects will complement our great park system, and give us more options to walk around our city.
Speaking of walking, remember that April is Pedestrian Safety Month. A healthy community depends on being able to move around safely on foot, so we don’t have to drive every time we want to go somewhere in town. Pedestrian Safety is a two-way street; it depends on pedestrians being aware of traffic and their surroundings, and drivers being aware that the right-of-way in crosswalks belongs to the pedestrian. Please be more aware that with warmer weather more people will be out walking, and please follow safe practices to keep Dayton a walkable community.
The construction of the Gateway complex at Third and Walnut is moving along, with interior work progressing quickly. The progress on the Tapestry project on Manhattan Harbour Boulevard (near the marina) is exciting to watch, with more walls and floors going up every day. These two developments will bring around 350 new residential units to our city, with hundreds of new citizens. Marketing of the units has already begun, emphasizing how great it is to live in Dayton KY. Check the city site and Facebook pages as we post some of those materials, as they make me proud to be a Dayton resident.
Your Planning & Zoning Board recently approved 170 more units along the riverfront development, consisting of 2- 4- and multi-family units with beautiful designs that will fit into the existing plan. Completion target is 2025, so the next few years will be an even more exciting time for our city and staff.
We have so many other projects we’re working on, if I listed them all I’d fill a whole page or two!
I want to thank all my staff for making my first three months as Mayor so productive and smooth. We have great employees here in Dayton who work so hard for our city and our citizens. And SINCERE THANKS to all our citizens who are supporting our efforts to make Dayton KY an even BETTER place to live!
Adaptability. How important is it?
Traditionally, most folks attribute success to how smart you are which is measured by your IQ (Intelligence Quotient). Some have also added to this success formula the idea of your emotional intelligence/EQ. This would be measured by your ability to be aware of and in control of one’s emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships. You could also think of this as your social skills. Recently, a third member has joined this success formula and it is your AQ, or adaptability quotient. Your adaptability quotient is measured by your ability to adapt to and thrive in an environment of change. I am not going to debate if one is more important than the other, but I believe that we can all agree that all three of these are important to the success of an individual or the success of an organization.
At Dayton Independent Schools, we are constantly looking for new and different ways to - challenge our students intellectually, aid them with their social/emotional needs, and help them adapt to their ever-changing and sometimes unpredictable environment. Some examples of how we are adapting to meet the needs of our students are as follows:
We are proud of our continued growth and excellence. We will continue to look for ways to adapt to better meet the needs of all our students.
Proudly serving as Superintendent of Dayton Independent Schools
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