I would like to take this opportunity to extend my heartfelt thanks to all of the people associated with Manhattan Harbor. My husband Ken Rankle passed away January, 21st after battling cancer for fifteen months. After his death, Mark Stark and Bob Kreiling of Manhattan Harbor extended the generous and gracious offer of providing Manhattan Harbor as the venue for Ken’s Memorial Celebration. They also provided refreshments.
During what was a very difficult time it was such a relief to have their help. Gary “Turtle” Day worked hard to make sure that the parking lot and surrounding space looked inviting. Bob Kreiling and his wife Pat tended the bar, stayed the entire day, and helped to make sure that the restaurant and bar were set up and in great condition before and during the event and helped to clean up after the event. Mark Stark kept in touch from Florida to make sure that everything went well and as planned. I cannot thank them enough.
If I have missed thanking any other employees, I apologize, but please know that we appreciate what you did for us. Ken would have loved it. So many people were involved with set-up and clean-up that they are too numerous to mention. In addition, many friends, family and Dayton citizens contributed food. Hansman’s, Buona Vita and Buffalo Wild Wings also donated food. Some people who did not care to be recognized just came with a platter of food. I don’t even know whom to thank.
Manhattan Harbor was the perfect place to celebrate Ken’s life. Ken was very impressed with all of the improvements that were taking place at Manhattan Harbor and he would have been very happy and humbled to see the many people who came to pay their respects. Our family is so grateful to you for helping us memorialize Ken in such an appropriate and special way. Thank you.
Finally, I want to thank the City of Dayton for awarding Ken with a proclamation and key to the city in February. In January, Ken was told that he was going to receive this recognition. He was incredibly honored and it made him very happy. Ken was a true public servant and his work on council and as mayor brought him much joy and satisfaction. He worked very hard to make Dayton a great place to live. We are proud of his service. He so loved this city and its people. Thank you all.
With much gratitude,
Susan Vater and the Rankle children: Adam, Allison, and Ashley
Last year's Junior class scored the highest average ACT score in the history of Dayton High School... 20.3. Class of 2019 Juniors will take the ACT on March 20th! Please encourage students to be well rested, get a good night's sleep before their ACT test and eat a healthy breakfast. We can once again exceed our highest average. We'll have a special breakfast in our library for all Juniors on the morning of the ACT if they prefer to eat breakfast at school.
The DHS Visual and Performing Arts will be holding our 10th annual Fine Arts Festival on April 12th at 6:00PM. There will be many events: concert performed by the DMS/DHS bands, silent auction art gallery, dinner, caricature drawings, anniversary pendent making, guitar lessons, and much more! Please join us April 12th at the DHS cafeteria.
Also, the DHS band will be holding two combined concerts with our neighbor Bellevue High School. The first concert will be held at DHS on Thursday April 19th @ 6:30PM. The second concert will be held at BHS gymnasium on April 26th @6:30PM. Please join us, as this will be one of our biggest and best concerts yet!
Ryan Kellinghaus, Mr. “K”, Principal
Tune In! Our Kids Need You!
In the book, Thirty Million Words, four strategies for working with young preschool age children are recommended.
I am going to argue that these same four strategies work for our teenagers as well.
Submitted by: Jay Brewer,
Proudly serving as Superintendent of Dayton Independent Schools
First off, I would like to thank the Public Works, Police, and Fire Departments for all the work they did to keep Dayton safe during the floods last month. We understand putting up the floodgates at Clark Street and Fourth Avenue can be an inconvenience, but it’s vital to protecting our city. Among important events this month are:
Also on March 31, the Dayton Main Street Program will be hosting their first Dayton Heritage Dinner at the Dayton VFW at 6 PM. It will be a Kentucky-themed dinner with beans & corn bread as well as sweet & unsweetened tea. Beer and wine will be available at an additional cost. Everyone is encouraged to bring a dessert to share if they would like. Entertainment will be provided by David Hurt, performing as Kentucky’s own Grandpa Jones. The entertainment is free, and tickets for the dinner will be available at the City Building, the Dayton Heritage Museum, and available at the door for $6.00 each for adults and $4.00 each for children. Proceeds from the dinner will be used to help fund Dayton Community Organizations.
Until next month,
Mayor Virgil Boruske
Congratulations to Lincoln Elementary fifth grader Charlie Chambers for becoming the 2018 LES Spelling Bee winner! Charlie competed with the other classroom winners in grades 4 – 6 to win the annual spelling bee. On Saturday, March 17th, Charlie will compete in the WCPO Scripps Howard Regional Spelling Bee at Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy in Cincinnati. Congratulations to Charlie and his parents, Gena Brooks-Patton and Michael Chambers for this accomplishment. A special thanks to LES teacher, Jackie Ellison for serving as this year’s Spelling Bee Coordinator.
Submitted by: Heather Dragan - Principal, LES
The Easter season is upon us; a time for fancy dresses, colored eggs, the Easter Bunny and baskets filled with candy. But there is much more to Easter Day than this. Easter is the day that Jesus arose from the dead. It is a day of celebration where we learned that we all go on to eternal life in the Kingdom of heaven.
Life on Earth is not all there is. We are all here a short amount of time, some longer than others. Our loved ones leave and we are sad and miss them, but we need to remember that Jesus died for our sins paying our penalty so that we would be forgiven. He was resurrected to prove death has no hold on those who repent and accept Him as their savior.
Life here on earth simply prepares us for the unconditional acceptance and joy that we will experience in Gods eternal kingdom. When a loved one leaves you, try to not focus on the sadness but celebrate their entrance into Heaven where they will have eternal life. We will all be separated in our earthly lives, but will be reunited again in our heavenly lives.
On this Easter and all days to follow, ask for forgiveness for your sins and accept Jesus as your Savior. Easter is a celebration of our eternal destiny. Remember this and go in peace and grace. Never say goodbye, but see you later.
Submitted by: Melody Dilts
Northern KY Music Legends is a non-profit organization created to honor musicians and singers who have made a name for themselves or their bands. This year, local favorites THE LUSTERS will be inducted into the NKY Music Legends Hall of Fame on June 6. Members include:
THE LUSTERS opened for several acts including: Bachman Turner, Molly Hatchet, The Bellemy Brothers, Delbert McClinton, Shooting Star, and Paul Rogers’ Bad Company. In addition to playing the WEBN Fireworks 5 times, The Lusters also recorded a CD titled An American Band. For more info: https://www.facebook.com/Northern-KY-MUSIC-Legends-267932756703943/
The photo below of the band shows Johnny Hartman and Tommy Whalen. They replaced Mike Grosser and Mickey Foellger. John on guitar, Tommy on drums and vocals. The band had played the WEBN Fireworks and after the 1990 World Series they played a party for ERIC DAVIS. It was held at LUMPYS HURRICANE SURF CLUB formerly JANUARYS. The thing that makes it pretty cool is that there were 3 Dayton boys in the band at the time.
BELLEVUE-DAYTON MEMORIAL DAY PARADE
Our 89th Year Together!
Dear Friends......Spring is right around the corner and it is time to start planning for the annual Memorial Day Parade. We call on our many friends and organizations in the Tri-State area to help us make the Bellevue-Dayton Memorial Day Parade the #1 Memorial Day Parade in Kentucky.
In preparation for the parade, we will be holding several Tuesday planning meetings: March 13, March 27, April 10, April 25, May 8, May 15 and May 22. All of these meetings will be held at 7 p.m. at Kersten O-Day Post #2899, Sixth and Main Streets.
The parade will begin in Dayton at the Veterans Monument on Monday, May 28th at 10:30am and end at the Bellevue Veterans Club. There is no required entry fee for your participation - the parade committee depends solely on donations from local businesses, participating organizations and fellow Americans to be able to keep this tradition going.
We are asking you and/or your organization to help make our 89th parade the greatest tribute ever to the men and women who gave so much for all of us. The cost of presenting this tribute to all veterans continues to increase each year and we need both your physical and financial support. Your assistance is greatly appreciated.
Remember, it is only through your help and cooperation that we can continue with this longstanding tradition. If you do not plan on participating in the parade itself, but want to help financially, please send your donation as soon as possible. Once again, we are looking forward to your support and thank you in advance.
Bellevue-Dayton Memorial Day Parade Committee
Please send form and/or donations to: Ann Sparks
California, KY 41007
On the evening of Thursday, March 1st we held our annual LES Literacy Night in conjunction with our Healthy Family Series evening to offer our families a fun night of learning and celebrating in an event titled, “A Carnival of Literacy”. We were excited to have 375 students and their family members join us on this evening. Students shared their published Treasure Books with their families, they learned a variety of family coping strategies, participated in fun carnival games, and were a part of many great raffles. We appreciate the hard work of the Lincoln staff and the families who attended. We look forward to next year!
Submitted by: Heather Dragan, Principal
The Resurrection of Jesus is the single greatest miracle ever recorded in God's Word. We at First Baptist Dayton would like to invite you to join us in some meaningful acts of worship that will help you celebrate Easter and the Resurrection of Jesus in a most powerful way on Easter weekend, March 29-April 1.
Maundy Thursday, March 29, 6:30 p.m. We will partake of the Lord’s Supper.
Good Friday, March 30, 6:30 p.m. Our Good Friday Service wil celebrate Jesus’ death on the cross for us all.
Easter Sunday, April 1, starting 7 a.m.
7:00 a.m.: We have a Sunrise Worship experience to celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus.
8:30 a.m.: A Country Breakfast in our gym for all in our community.
9:30 a.m.: A resurrection Bible Study for persons of all ages.
10:45 a.m.: The Biggest & Best Resurrection of Jesus Celebration of the year.
We invite you…..no, we beg you to choose one or more of these worship experiences and share it with the First Baptist Church Family.
Happy 103rd, Betty Lightfoot!
When you are 100+, every birthday is a special celebration. First Baptist Church helped Betty Lightfoot celebrate her 103rd birthday in February. Betty was baptized as a member of First Baptist Dayton on March 30, 1952, and has been a faithful member ever since. This amazing lady remains active and full of fun and is in church every Sunday. Her son Terry is also an active member of First Baptist Dayton, serving as a deacon, Sunday School teacher and trustee.
Bro. Harold Pike, pastor of First Baptist Dayton says of Betty, “I have never met any 103-year old person who is as alive, alert, vivacious and energetic as Betty Lightfoot. She is an amazing person whom I deeply love and appreciate.”
Pictured below are: Bro. Harold Pike, pastor; Betty Lightfoot with her card; and Terry Lightfoot, Betty's son.
Submitted by: Gail Myers
Dayton Community News