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Irish Heritage Center founders talk about ‘awakening the Irish’ in the region at Florence Rotary Club

By Pat Moynahan Special to the NKyTribune Maureen Kennedy and Kent Covey founded the Irish Heritage Center (IHC) of Greater Cincinnati eight years ago. They are transforming a late 19th century school building on the east side of the Queen City into a museum, theater, library, tea room, pub and music and arts venue. (left to right) Kent Covey and Maureen Kennedy of Irish Heritage Center, and Pam Goetting,...

Kentucky by Heart: Winchester minister, family touched by acts of kindness by their community

By Steve Flairty NKyTribune columnist Minister Dave Scalf describes himself and those who worship at Christ Church Winchester as “real people,” not in any way perfect. “We’re all just ‘messes who need a messiah,’” he likes to say, and so it makes sense that all are welcome to come and worship at CCW. Embracing that humble mind-set has inspired Dave and his wife, Amy, to open up their...

Our Rich History: Sweet memories of Woolworth’s downtown Cincinnati store, a five-and-ten cent store

By Paul A. Tenkotte Special to NKyTribune F. W. Woolworth Co. was once the largest discount store chain in the entire world. Its five-and-ten-cent stores, recognizable everywhere by their gold-lettering-on-red-background signs, proved to be early mass-marketing success stories. And to many of us, they held special memories. In the 1960s, as I was growing up in Northern Kentucky, my mother would drive...

Atlas Dry Cleaners: Celebrating 80 years of business in July; started by Geisen family in 1937

By Michael Ayers NKyTribune intern Newport’s Atlas Dry Cleaners will be in continuous operation for eight decades come this July. The Geisen family started Atlas Dry Cleaners in July of 1937. It is located at 328 Monmouth Street. The 22 employee staff puts the customer first everyday. “We really do try and put the customer first. A lot of people say that, but we really try to do the right...

Chef Foster: How to preserve our food heritage while trying to keep up with current demand

As I write this column, I sit in a beach house, hundreds of miles away from Lexington on Edisto Island in South Carolina. Vacation — yes vacation — is at hand and with it a change of venue which only serves to reinforce the importance of local food systems and the people that work them. There is no fast food on Edisto, no corporate chains or even local restaurant groups. There are approximately...

Five things that might happen when you plan your own photography trips – and how to avoid them

By Becky Kempf Special to the NKyTribune You photograph the same places everyone else does Three years ago, I went to Europe with my aunt and niece. I couldn’t wait to photograph all those beautiful, iconic places that I had heard about! I was sure I would come back from the trip with lots of award-winning photographs! And I did come back with lots of pictures. Most of them, however, had the same...

City of Union announces food truck lineup for the Union Celebrates America Event and fireworks

The City of Union has announced the list of food and beverage vendors who will attend the Union Celebrates America event on June 30. The Union Celebrates America event will be held at the Union Community Building located at 10087 Old Union Road, starting at approximately 7:30 p.m. The street party event will begin following the conclusion of the Union Celebrates America parade, set for 7 p.m. on US...

Kentucky by Heart: From the real McCoy to Floyd Collins, forgotten Kentuckians have interesting stories

By Steve Flairty NKyTribune columnist When perusing the 15th state’s illustrious history, even Kentucky outsiders recognize such names as Abraham Lincoln, Daniel Boone, Henry Clay, and, of course, Secretariat. All have had a positive national impact and add to its treasured heritage. There are a whole passel of other Kentuckians, however, that are less known today yet certainly made impacts around...

Our Rich History: ‘Squirrel Hunters’ answer the call to save Cincinnati and NKY from the Confederacy

By Steve Preston Special to NKyTribune In 1862, Cincinnati seemed well-insulated from the destruction and violence of the American Civil War. The Queen City was a bustling port city that supplied the Union forces in the Western Theater. Despite rationing and the loss of many able-bodied men to the war effort, spirits were high, and the war seemed a million miles away. All that would change in August...

Chef Foster: During produce boom, the question is how much are you willing to spend on great food?

In the midst of a summer boom of produce, we need to calculate just how far we are willing to go to shop and eat local. Does it matter to you that most locally grown food is more expensive? Are you frustrated that most of the produce we buy at the market doesn’t last for weeks, that is actually has a true expiration date? Are you aware that most of what we grow and buy and eat from our local producers...

Freedom return home for weekend series filled with promotions, including Star Wars, Father’s Day

The Florence Freedom, presented by Titan Mechanical Solutions, return home today for Father’s Day Weekend, presented by Denny’s. The weekend will feature multiple promotions as the team faces the Joliet Slammers for a three-game series. FRIDAY, JUNE 16 — STAR WARS NIGHT (GAME TIME 7:05 PM) Characters from Star Wars, presented by Metzger Eye Care, including Darth Vader, Kylo Ren and Stormtroopers,...

Gayle Pille: Good neighbors being good neighbors — also welcome the Carolina Wrens to mailboxes

Some folks have all the luck. Shelly Sandfoss of Fort Wright recently had the pleasure of watching and photographing Carolina Wrens out her front door, not in a tree, or shrub, or hanging planter – but in her mailbox. Stop all mail delivery and roll out the welcome mat. This isn’t a first for Shelly. Every year she leaves her mailbox lid open spring through fall in case a Carolina Wren, or...

Village Players of Fort Thomas presents theatrical production: Seven Deadly Sins

Village Players of Fort Thomas presents an original theatrical production,“Seven Deadly Sins,” written by local playwrights Tammy Brady, Teri Foltz, A.K. Forbes, Kenneth Klem, Will Lindsey, and Judy Sceifres. Performances for this production will be Friday June 30th and Saturday July 1st at 8:00 p.m., and Sunday July 2nd at 3:00 p.m. These shorts, about the seven deadly sins, show what it means...

City of Silver Grove celebrates the opening of community garden with ribbon-cutting ceremony

Josh Tunning realized that with the nearest grocery store more than four miles away, there was a lack of immediate access to fresh produce in Silver Grove. This prompted discussion about the creation of a community garden in the city. The project was originally presented last winter as part of a capstone project for Tunning, a Northern Kentucky University graduate student. Utilizing a vacant lot owned...

Kentucky by Heart: Community volunteer Nichols sees role as giving hope to those down on their luck

By Steve Flairty NKyTribune columnist I would have to see a whole lot more out of her before I’d ever believe this Versailles woman is a “sassy momma,” as she claims she is. The Heather Nichols I see around town is more like, if not Mother Theresa, maybe her first or second cousin. At least, they figuratively have the same bloodlines. It is at the Journey Provisions store, sitting on the property...