Betty Lightfoot, a member of First Baptist Dayton since 1952, celebrated her 104th birthday in February, and a birthday party was held in her honor. Betty will also be receiving recognition from the City of Dayton at the next council meeting on March 5.
Among other good news from First Baptist Dayton, two new members have joined the church through baptism recently. Matt Sumpter and Rhonda Brown are shown on the right, posing with their baptismal certificates and Pastor Harold Pike.
Submitted by: Gail Myers
Avenue Pharmacy has proudly served Bellevue, Dayton, and the surrounding communities since 2002. We started in a small space inside Riverside SuperValu, moved into a larger space within the grocery building, and are now excited to announce that we are expanding again!
We recently purchased the building at 201 6th Ave in Dayton (formerly Smitty’s Bar). After several months of extensive renovations, we will officially open in our new location on Monday, March 18th. We will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and our phone number will remain the same; (859) 491-1700.
After we’ve had some time to settle in at our new location, we plan to host a Grand Re-opening celebration on Saturday, April 27th. At the Grand Re-opening, you’ll have the opportunity to get a closer look at our new home. We will provide food and drinks, and have several drawings for prizes.
We are grateful to the city of Dayton for all they’ve done to facilitate our search and relocation efforts. We are also very thankful for the tremendous support of our customers who have wished us well throughout this process. We are eager to share the transformation with you, and we are excited to continue our commitment to the communities we have grown with since 2002.
Congratulations to Grace Workman in becoming a member of the 1000 Point Club in her time playing with the Lady Devils Basketball Team. A gifted athlete, Grace will move on to the baseball field for Lady Devil Softball after basketball season. Best wishes, Grace!
We have had so much to celebrate at LES over the past month of school because of the many great accomplishments of our students and due to our continued community partnerships. At our recent quarterly Recognition Assemblies, primary and intermediate students were recognized for perfect attendance and for academic excellence (Honor Roll, Sight Word Stars, etc.) for the 2nd quarter of school.
Our students also have shown their hard work in areas outside of the classroom. So many of our students take advantage of the many after-school clubs that our amazing teachers provide for them. Our Academic Team and STLP club continue to be stand-outs in the region; our Drama Club is already working on their upcoming production of Lion King Jr. set for April 26th and April 27th; our Robotics Team continues to prepare for their upcoming March state competition; our student council members meet weekly to plan various leadership projects for around the school; the Kind Hearts Club continues to meet monthly doing kind deeds around the school which include their High Five Fridays.
There are so many great things to help our little devils grow outside of the classroom, too. The community partnerships that we are lucky to have secured continue to bring great opportunities for our students. The Scripps Howard Foundation donated an amazing Scholastic Book Fair to our students last month. All 591 preschool through sixth grade students got to participate in this opportunity, which allowed every student to select two books of choice to take home. Our Reading One to One Program through the Northern Kentucky Education Council continues to bring adult and Dayton High School volunteer readers into our school weekly by providing reading and math mentoring to our students in the primary grades.
We are also so very grateful to our Dayton partners. We would like to give a BIG shout out to Tim and Crystal Hall, owners of Hometown Heroes, for their continued support of our school. This week they walked in with a donation of 50+ hats and gloves for our Family Resource Center and later this month our fifth graders will be enjoying their annual trip to Camp Joy thanks to their $3000 donation from the fundraiser they held back in the fall. We love and welcome our community members to become a part of our school community!
We are extremely proud of our students’ hard work and dedication in becoming the best person they can be. We are also very grateful for and proud of our dedicated staff members and community partners who help inspire, engage and grow EACH Lincoln student.
Proudly serving the students and families of Lincoln Elementary,
Heather Dragan, Principal Tim Chenot, Assistant Principal
Children Will Be What They See
We are excited to announce that Dayton Independent Schools has been awarded an Innovative Approaches to Literacy Grant that will span three years and bring books, resources, technology, and additional instructional support to our students and staff. This is yet again, another step forward as we look for ways to Inspire, Engage, and Grow each of our Students.
Our district continues to put great effort into improving literacy for all students. We just recently finished one of three Scholastic Book Fairs in which each child at Lincoln Elementary, preschool thru 6th grade, received two free, self-selected books. We anticipate at least two more of these free Book Fairs.
So, you might be asking yourself, “What’s the big deal about reading?” Great question. Like nothing else, reading alters a child’s academic and intellectual trajectory. Research supports that there is a compelling relationship between time spent reading and reading achievement. If a student at the 30th percentile merely read for an additional 10 minutes per day, they would be reading the same amount as those at the 70th percentile.
As famous author Aldous Huxley writes, “Every man who knows how to read has it in his power to magnify himself, to multiply the ways in which he exists, to make his life full, significant, and interesting.
Let’s work together to make sure that every Greendevil is spending time in school and out of school reading. One of the best ways to make this happen is to model this practice in our homes. One of my favorite quotes is “Children will be what they see.” Do they see you reading?
Proudly Serving as Superintendent of Dayton Independent Schools
Love is in the air as we approach Valentine’s Day and there are many things to love here in Dayton. We certainly love our public works department, as over the past month they have worked diligently at all hours of night and day making sure that our streets are safe from the snow and ice. I’m sure you remember how cold it got and can appreciate the hard work that they perform.
Another thing we can love in Dayton is the many different dining options we have to take our sweetheart out to on Valentine’s Day. No matter what your beau likes, you have many great choices with food at Hometown Heroes, Trotta’s, Divine Waffles and Weck, Buck’s BBQ,, Purple Poulet, and AA Wok! Gotta love that!
And of course in Dayton we love our neighbors. During the last snow storm I had multiple people call me to mention how great their neighbors were in helping to shovel snow and keep their sidewalks safe. Thanks to all those who helped their neighbors out and making Dayton a lovely place for us to call home.
All my love,
Mayor Ben Baker
Our Public Works crew has had a busy month and they have done a great job keeping the streets in drivable conditions, given the amount of snow, ice, and sub-zero temperatures we have experienced. We have received a fair number of calls about constant ice build-up in certain areas of the community. We are exploring all options on how best to remedy or intervene in these situations as they are all different and all deal with private property.
Contracts for Phase I – Riverfront Commons construction have been completed and are being signed. A Pre-construction meeting has been set and construction should begin in the Spring, with weather dictating how quickly the project can get underway. Construction documents for the Riverfront Commons project and Sidewalk Enhancement project are now posted online under attractions.
Please note that all City Council members now have daytonky.com email addresses. These new emails are posted online under Government - Mayor and Council Members.
I met with the Northern Kentucky Area Development District and we have discussed the completion of the City’s Comprehensive Plan. They have fallen a bit behind because of some staffing vacancies in their office. There are still a few sections of the plan that will need to be completed and they don’t anticipate wrapping up the report until sometime in February or March.
We received three (3) banking bids from our RFP. I will begin to review the proposals in February and will have a report to you by the end of the month leading up to the March Council meeting.
The Dayton Housing Authority is accepting bids for the Executive Director position. Resumes are due by 4:00 PM February 8th to the Dayton City Building.
There will be a Planning and Zoning Meeting on February 6th at 7:00PM at the School Administration Building at 200 Clay Street.
Upcoming Meetings: BAR – February 12th Main Street – February 26th
Michael Giffen, City Administrator
My grandson and I got to the fishing show around 3:45, and then we started hunting for our friends booths. We finally did find them up on the second floor of the building. We did ask Mark and Vince some question about baits to use this season. Vince likes Catawba worms for catfish, Mark did not think they worked in the river. We then walked around the other booths nearby to check out all the different things up for sale. Never did get down to the first floor where all of the boats and kayaks were on display.
Finally we got set up to listen to Mark’s presentation around 5:30. His talk was about “TROLLING FOR CATFISH”, which is an up and coming way to catfish on the tournament trail. The big advantage of this style of fishing is you are covering such a wide area of water with your baits. It is good on mud flats in river and lakes, but not so good on rocky bottom bodies of water.
A rig with a rubber coated slinky sinker is required to just bounce or slide your bait off the muddy bottom. He also stressed using a high power trolling motor to help control the speed of the boat. Trolling also requires the use of planner boards to spread out the lines from the boat. He and others use up to six planner boards if that many rods are allowed. To fish this way means there has to be at least 2 persons in the boat to work this complicated system. I will not use this style of catfishing, as I do not have planner boards or a powerful trolling motor. Even when my grandson is in the boat I will be anchoring up to fish.
The trip to the fishing show did get my grandson and I thinking about our up and coming season as we drove home in a very cold and steady rain.
Until next month,
AUTHOR OF AMAZON E-BOOKS: ROD BENDING CATFISH,
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Gifted by Grace
We as individuals have our own gifts that we have been given. Some of us realize our gifts and use them fully, some of us haven’t discovered our gifts, and some of us know our gifts and decide to hide them. I encourage you to search your soul for the gifts you have been given and use them to better yourself and our community.
The gifts we have been given can be compared to a car engine. Each part of the engine has a different job. For example, the pistons, the spark plugs, the air filter, and the battery each have a very different job, yet they all work together to make the car run. We are like the engine parts. We have all been given different purposes and talents to get the engine to run correctly. Our engine is our community in which we live. It takes all kinds of talents to make the place in which we grow and live to be successful. I encourage you to find your gifts and put them to use to better our community.
Gift cards can also be compared to our gifts. We receive them as presents and save them for a rainy day. Why wait? Don’t hide your gifts! We forget we have them! Use your gifts and let them shine to help a neighbor out in some way. We can all be a hero in some small way to someone who could use our help. Use your gifts to inspire others to use theirs.
We cannot all be bankers, teachers, politicians, parents, or whatever individual jobs we may have, but we can all be believers. Everyone has a gift, find it and use it. Together we can make the world a better place for everyone.
Submitted by: Melody Dilts
Our fourth graders were so excited to learn about electrical engineering last week! We are so thankful to 4H for coming and providing this experience. Students made lamps out of pop cans, and were able to take them home! These scientists took their knowledge about electricity, and even brought a model of it home!
On Friday, February 1, nearly 50 students from Dayton, Southgate, and Crossroads Elementary came together for a friendly and fun evening of chess. Now that's Growing! A special thanks to Coach Tyler Mobarry! Thanks for building confidence into our kids.
On Sunday, February 3, our community lost a true friend to everyone who knew him. Over the past 10+ years, Bob Slusher stayed active in our city, serving on the Main Street Board while volunteering at all Dayton events. He also organized an annual Trunk-or-Treat event every year so kids would have a safe place to go trick-or-treating on Halloween.
A quiet fellow, Bob was a huge Reds fan who attended many games and never missed an opportunity to attend a game or Reds Fest. In addition to his civic volunteerism, Bob was a very Christian man who attended and was very active at East Dayton Baptist Church.
Rest in Peace, Bob.
"Ask me about 82.9!" This announcement was emboldened on t-shirts worn by staff throughout our school in December, as we celebrated one of many extraordinary student accomplishments! Why is 82.9 such an important number? 82.9% of our 2018 Seniors were college or career ready. We have a higher CCR percentage than Erlanger, Campbell County, Walton Verona, Silver Grove, Pendleton County, Boone County, Grant County, Kenton County, Carroll County, Williamstown, Newport, Ludlow, Covington and Bellevue!!!! It is the highest college and career readiness rate in the history of our school. We will continue to show our pride and celebrate 82.9 days this year as we continue to inspire, engage and grow our students!
Our Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP) students have been elated to partner with Aerial Intelligence Solutions, a high tech aerospace company located near the Veterans’ Memorial on Sixth Avenue. Mike and AIS staff recently visited students, shared drone technology and recorded infrared drone flights over and around Dayton High School in a special project to assist our students with a passion/problem/project based grant proposal. Recorded infrared drone footage was used to diagnose problems in and around our school, such as breeches in insulating material or wet insulation, electrical overheating or wiring, conduit or roof-installed equipment, plus areas of heat loss through brick, masonry or defective exhaust vents. We look forward to continued student projects and partnership with Mike and AIS staff. Please visit their Facebook page to view unique drone footage atop St. Bernard church and stop by their store to find out more about how they are helping customers and impacting our community!
Ryan Kellinghaus, “Mr. K”
Principal of Dayton & Middle High School
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