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Horizon Community Funds launches ‘Community Impact Fund,’ $5 million to be raised by end of May

Horizon Community Funds of Northern Kentucky is on a mission to bring people together and build a stronger community. To that end, the organization has announced the launch of the Community Impact Fund. With a goal of $5 million raised by the end of May, this fund will address Northern Kentucky’s challenges and needs now and in the future.      “This is the first fund of its kind for our area,...

Kentucky by Heart: Northern Kentucky’s John G. Carlisle; new book of work from Northpoint prisoners

Life’s full of those “just not fair” times when it seems that we’ve followed all the rules, yet have had severe misfortune fall right smack into our laps. The historical record shows as much. Northern Kentucky’s “favorite son” politician John G. Carlisle is a clear example. John G. Carlisle (Photo provided) Carlisle was born in a small Campbell County (now Kenton County) community called...

Our Rich History: Alms and Doepke in Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine was second largest store west of NYC

Part 6 of a continuing series on Cincinnati’s grand downtown department stores. By Paul A. Tenkotte Special to NKyTribune My parents used to speak of the old Alms and Doepke department store at 222 East Central Parkway in Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. It was a mammoth establishment, at its height encompassing 15 acres of floor space, once the second-largest store west of New York...

The River: Steamboating on the AVALON, the last tramp excursion boat, with excitement in St. Paul

The riverboat captain is a storyteller, and Captain Don Sanders will be sharing the stories of his long association with the river — from discovery to a way of love and life. The is the eleventh of a long and continuing story. 
By Capt. Don Sanders Special to NKyTribune Lambert’s Landing, in St. Paul, Minnesota, was the AVALON’s northernmost home for two hot summer weeks. Afternoon rides were...

Lindsey Jaeger’s solo exhibition of her original acrylic paintings at Boone County Public Library

Lindsey Jaeger (née Kiser) will present a solo exhibition entitled “Reflecting Nature: The Art of Lindsey Jaeger” at the Boone County Public Library Main Branch in Burlington. Sixteen original acrylic paintings, created from October 2017, will be on display on the second floor of the Boone County Public Library, Main Branch, located at 1786 Burlington Pike, Burlington from March 9 through March...

Chef John Foster: Enjoy a special night out of course, but make family dinner your favorite routine

I would call it a lazy Sunday, but there is work to do. Meals have to be planned, food shopped for, and dinners are cooked and put away. In an ideal world, where you’re busy all the time,it’s a no brainer to plan ahead. It does take some time, and energy to be this organized, but the alternative isn’t pretty or cheap. As much as I’d like you dining at The Sage...

Valentines Day Celebration honors philanthropist Eva Farris with kickoff of campaign to support NaviGo

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor The Valentine’s Day celebration at the Hotel Covington Wednesday was billed as a way to honor philanthropist Eva Farris as she embarks on her 100th year, but it was much more than that. Charitable contributions from Oakley and Eva Farris have benefited organizations throughout Northern Kentucky, including NKU, Thomas More College, Gateway CTC, the Carnegie...

Turfway Park recognizes NKY’s prominent place in state racing history with Latonia Days; benefits PDJF

 Turfway Park will celebrate its long and colorful history Feb. 23 and 24 with Latonia Days, two days of storytelling, special guests, memorabilia displays, films and photos. The event supports the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund, which assists riders who sustain catastrophic on-track injuries. “We’re proud of our history and our place in Kentucky’s racing heritage,” said Turfway Park general...

Kentucky by Heart: ‘Good Works’ of the Kentucky Colonels remains a tradition state can be proud of

By Steve Flairty Special to NKyTribune I sure got excited several years ago when a trip to my mailbox netted me a large, white and black certificate that had Governor Beshear’s name on it, along with these words neatly printed below his: ”Honorable Steve Flairty is commissioned a KENTUCKY COLONEL.” To this day, I don’t know who made the nomination, but it sure was a gesture I’ll always appreciate....

Our Rich History: Regional African-American inventor and WWI veteran, Fred McKinley Jones, honored

By Lois Hamill Special to NKyTribune The pocket watch had stopped ticking. The little boy took it apart to see what was inside. After he put it back together, it began ticking again. Satisfied with the results, he proudly shared his discovery with his father. Fred Jones was reportedly only five years old at the time. Frederick McKinley Jones, courtesy of The Encyclopedia of Northern Kentucky and the...

The River: Steamboatin’ on the Steamer AVALON in summer of 1959, and what a glorious summer it was

(The riverboat captain is a storyteller, and Captain Don Sanders will be sharing the stories of his long association with the river — from discovery to a way of love and life. The is the tenth of a long and continuing story.) By Captain Don Sanders
 Special to NKyTribune By morning, the AVALON was well on its way toward Louisville, and “Big Cap,” Captain Wagner, was supervising the overall...

Intrepid Urban Farmer: Big event, Garden 2018 — for tomatoes, it’s Burpee Steakhouse vs. Big Zac

By Ginger Dawson Special to NKyTribune It’s that time of year when the big event, Garden 2018, is in its nascent stages.   The seed has been ordered and received.  As usual, I ordered an ungodly amount.   In order to make sense of all of this, I made a master list of my selections.  Tomatoes, of course, are first.  I have different categories that I like to raise to fulfill my different uses: ...

Chef John Foster: The mighty parsnip, a versatile root vegetable that’s both healthy, and delicious

Behold, the mighty parsnip! No, wait, that’s not right. Consider the gentle parsnip…No still not the tone I want to set. People, eat your parsnips, not only are they good for you, they’re delicious! There, that’s the proper introduction to a very sticky subject; root vegetables in general, and the parsnip in particular. Last week it was beets, this week parsnips, sometimes...

Dart Rush, indoor Nerf arena, open at Newport on the Levee; rent blasters or bring own, leave darts home

Dart Rush, an indoor Nerf arena is now open at Newport on the Levee — and ready for epic Nerf battles. The location is the first of its kind in the Cincinnati area, located at 1 Levee Way Suite 2108, Newport. Dart Rush offers an indoor Nerf arena for ages 6+. The experience is designed for the entire family and contains a wide variety of different games such as capture the flag and team elimination....

Bourbon Tourism comes to NKY with launch of the B-Line; includes craft distillers, bars, restaurants

Bourbon tourism has come to Northern Kentucky with the launch of The B-Line, an inviting collection of craft distilleries, bars and restaurants that promise visitors their own unique bourbon experience. The B-Line complements Northern Kentucky’s recent designation as an Official Gateway to the popular and world famous Kentucky Bourbon Trail while providing a boost to the region’s booming tourism...