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Kenton County’s Sugar Camp is coming up — but, first, volunteers are needed to help set it up

It’s going to take a whole lot of firewood to keep the cast iron kettles boiling when Kenton County Parks & Recreation’s Sugar Camp gets going in a few weeks! A prep work day has been scheduled for Saturday, February 11 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. to set up camp and gather, haul, split and stack firewood for Sugar Camp. Prepping for Sugar Camp, last year Anyone wishing to help should come...

National financial technology company names Edgewood as top housing market in the country

Financial technology company SmartAsset released the rankings from its third annual Healthiest Housing markets Study — and Edgewood ranked as the top housing market in the country. The study measures market health by the average numbers of years residents spend in homes, home values, ease of sale, and the costs associated with ownership. Check out this table: A healthy housing market is both...

Tharp Museum to be rededicated as Dayton Heritage Museum; ceremony, day of celebration scheduled

NKyTribune staff Tharp Dayton Heritage Museum is changing its name to Dayton Heritage museum. Benefactor, Charlie Tharp, graciously agreed to the change, since the three-year-old museum receives donations and artifacts beyond the original gift Tharp made to the city in 2012. The museum board has realized that the separation from Tharp’s name defines the museum as an independent entity, free to seek...

Gayle Pille: Two species of fox — Red and Gray — live here, moving in and out of the shadows

Red Fox kits by Dave Slaughter We’re lucky. Two of the four species of fox that live in North America call Northern Kentucky home. Both are seldom seen but they’re here, living amongst us like so many other creatures that move in and out of the shadows. The most commonly seen fox in our area is the Red Fox. It is the most widespread of all the fox species, inhabiting the entire Northern Hemisphere....

Kentucky by Heart: Schuhmanns one example of retired folks giving back to their communities

By Steve Flairty NKyTribune columnist I was thrilled to see that two friends from Campbellsville, Fred and Betty Sue Schuhmann, were honored recently by their local Kiwanis Club with the 2016 “Santa’s Helpers” award, according to an article in the Central Kentucky News-Journal. In the article, their friend and the one who nominated the retired couple, Sara Cobb, said: “They are the kind of...

Our Rich History: 150 Years Young, the John A. Roebling Bridge comes to life on a cold, cloudy day

John A. Roebling’s suspension bridge was finally completed and opened to vehicles on New Year’s Day, 1867. This woodcut shows the view from Covington looking toward the banks of the Ohio. Library of Congress. By Stephen Enzweiler Special to the NKyTribune Part 2: Roebling’s Bridge Comes to Life On the cold morning of Tuesday, January 1, 1867, a grand procession of carriages assembled outside...

Chef Foster: Process of making soup not only soothing — it’s therapeutic for the soul

It’s January, so we pull out the soup kettle and go to work. Don’t think of it as actual work though as the process of making soup can be vibrantly therapeutic. One of my most vivid cooking memories occurred when I was deathly ill with the flu, shuffling around the house in my jammies. I felt well enough to have some soup. I had some frozen cubes of chicken stock, some carrot, onion and celery,...

Intrepid Urban Farmer: Recharging, gardening is sure-shot therapy; right now, it’s sit back and wait

By Ginger Dawson Special to NKyTribune A new year ahead.  New possibilities and new directions, not just in gardening, but in life, as well.  Gardening, as always, is my haven.  It’s my place to go to recharge, be curious, learn, work hard physically, and several times over the course of my life, burrow in and lick my wounds.  Last year, 2016, was a particularly busy gardening year.  All kinds...

Keven Moore: It’s time for all of us to show more appreciation for our law enforcement representatives

I don’t make it a habit to divulging my charitable giving or acts of kindness, as I was raised to be humble and quiet when giving. It’s better instead to let the joy of the Lord fill your heart for having the opportunity to help someone in a time of need or desperation.   But I’m going to make an exception this time. It was Law Enforcement Appreciation Day this past Monday and I...

Kentucky by Heart: Pioneering medical contributions of McDowell known well beyond Boyle County

By Steve Flairty NKyTribune columnist Just about anybody who has spent much time around Danville, or is a Kentucky history buff, knows a bit about Dr. Ephraim McDowell. He is credited with operating on a woman on Christmas Day, 1809, and removing a large ovarian tumor, over 20 pounds. It was the first successfully performed ovariotomy. I’m certainly not a historian, but I enjoy reading about Kentuckians...

Kimmy Birrer: Sharing a best birding memory and reminding of the value of vultures in our lives

After an early, relatively unsuccessful morning of driving around searching for Kirtland’s warblers in the jack pines of Northern Michigan, I was more than ready to finally see something after hearing nothing but chickadees calling. I recalled being told of some particular birds nesting in a barn. I found the old building and parked the Jeep on the sandy road. An old moose skull stared at me from...

Our Rich History: The John A. Roebling Bridge — 150 years young this month, THE symbol of our region

By Paul A. Tenkotte Special to NKyTribune Part 1: John A. Roebling, a “Practical Dreamer” On January 1, 1867, the Covington and Cincinnati Suspension Bridge was officially opened to vehicular traffic. Renamed the John A. Roebling Bridge in 1983 to memorialize its chief engineer, the bridge has become THE symbol of our region. Its grand Romanesque architecture draws our eyes both vertically and...

Kentucky Farm Bureau’s Marketbasket Survey shows slight decrease in last quarter of 2016

Fourth quarter results of the latest Kentucky Farm Bureau Marketbasket Survey indicated a slight decrease in surveyed food prices and marked declines in three of the four quarters of 2016. With the exception of last year’s second quarter, price declines indicated by the survey have been realized over the last two years. These prices, which represent the average total cost of 40 basic grocery items...

NKY Unites for a peaceful unity demonstration for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, starts at Mall Road ramp

NKY UNITES! to present second peaceful demonstration for unity.   In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and in solidarity with the diverse people of our community, NKY Unites! will present its second peaceful demonstration for unity.  The demonstration will take place in Florence, Kentucky on Saturday, January 14th from noon to 1:45 p.m.   After its first successful demonstration in Covington,...

Chef Foster: Brussel sprouts, broccoli, greens and root vegetables — it’s always wise to eat in season

At the risk of being pounded by biblical storms and incessant plagues, I wish Mother Nature would make up her mind as to how she wants winter to proceed. Columns about stews and soups and braises have in recent days been shelved to concentrate on cooking in late December’s 70 degree days. Once I decided on a topic, the temperatures plummeted and now people are talking 1-3 inches of snow for this...