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Our Rich History: Harriet Beecher Stowe lived in Cincinnati, was member of the Semi-Colon Club

By Andrew Young Special to NKyTribune In 1832 Harriet Beecher, 21 years old, moved with her family into a “spacious” house in the Walnut Hills area of Cincinnati. By the 1830’s, Cincinnati had become the 9th largest city in the country and the largest in the Midwest. Considered the first city built by Americans born in the US, some called Cincinnati the “truly” American City. It strived for...

Chef Foster: Changing our habits key to eating healthier foods, improving our diets — give it a try

It is a constant struggle I know, between what we want and what we need. I’m not talking mainstream concepts, ideas or trends, but the choices we make when we sit down, (or stand, or drive) to eat. I am after all a chef, and while I may have opinions on other more worldly and important topics, I understand that food and its impact on us is my utmost concern. At this point in my career, both at...

Idea Festival-Northern Kentucky to present ‘The Writerpreneur’ on May 11, by Innovation Network

Great ideas can come from anywhere. On the evening of May 11, they’ll specifically be coming from Innovation Alley at Idea Festival – Northern Kentucky, hosted by the Kentucky Innovation Network at Northern Kentucky. Featured keynote speakers include Richard Hunt, publisher with more than 30 years of experience and founder of Roebling Point Books & Coffee, and Jack Heffron, award-winning columnist...

Kenton County Parks teams with BSA Cub Scout Pack 808 for Touch-A-Truck at Middleton-Mills Park

Kenton County Parks & Recreation and the Boy Scouts of America Cub Scout Pack 808 will be presenting Touch-A-Truck at Middleton-Mills Park (by the football complex) on Tuesday, April 25 from 6 p.m. until 8:00 pm. This is an opportunity for children to see, touch, sit in and climb on the vehicles they may have in toy form. There will be a concrete truck, dump truck, backhoe, bobcat, track hoe,...

Sawyer Brown to perform at KY Speedway prior to Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts

One of country music’s well-known bands, Sawyer Brown, will entertain race fans with a special performance prior to the July 8 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts at Kentucky Speedway. Growing out of country-pop singer Don King’s road band, the original group began to take shape in 1979 when guitarist Bobby Randall, and drummer Joe Smyth signed on....

Nine local artists to transform empty Covington property into temporary art gallery with ‘Perennial’

Nine local artists hope to help the Covington community celebrate the correlation of spring and art by transforming an empty downtown property into a gallery for three weekends in May. From May 6 through 27, local artists Chris Gibson, Randy Godawa, Chloe Hauser, Nick Hess, Devan Horton, Mike Meier, Jack Seiter, Denise Wellbrock, and Drew Yakscoe will host “Perennial,” a free gallery event featuring...

BCPL continues series of WW II speakers with Doolittle Raider today; internment camp resident in May

Boone County Public Library continues its spring series featuring speakers who lived through World War II, each with a different story to tell. Lt. Colonel Richard Cole: Last of the Doolittle Raiders appearing today Lt. Cole On April 18, 1942, eighty men took off on a top-secret mission to bomb Japan. The mission was thought to be impossible. These men, led by Lt. Col. James H. Doolittle, came to...

Jamie Vaught: Potential summer reading includes looks at Summitt, Reagan, 2016 presidential run

Summer vacation is just around the corner and most of us are planning relaxing trips to the mountains or beach. With that in mind, here is a list of recently published nonfiction books that you may enjoy.   — “The Final Season: The Perseverance of Pat Summitt” by Maria M. Cornelius (University of Tennessee Press, $29.95) is a story of Summitt’s final coaching season in 2011-12 through...

Kentucky by Heart: The Squire’s Sketches of Lexington flames interest in city’s most noted fires

By Steve Flairty NKyTribune columnist I recently picked up a copy of noted Lexington historian J. Winston Coleman Jr.’s book, The Squire’s Sketches of Lexington (Henry Clay Press, 1972). After reading through about a third of the text, I was struck by the frequent mention of large fires in the city happening during the time period starting in the late 1700s, resulting in the loss of many well-known...

Our Rich History: The rebirth of Rabbit Hash General Store — fire, fame, intrigue, history, survival

By Robert D. Webster Special to NKyTribune Just after 9:00 p.m. on a frigid February 13, 2016, a massive fire struck the historic Rabbit Hash General Store in rural Boone County, causing near-total destruction. Five fire departments fought the blaze well past midnight, struggling not only against the raging inferno but also against the thick ice caused by the 9-degree temperature acting on the hundreds...

StoryCorps arrives April 20 to an Opening Ceremony; schedule your story until May 19 at its MobileBooth

StoryCorps, a renowned nonprofit organization celebrating the stories of everyday Americans, will record interviews in Cincinnati from Thursday, April 20 to Friday, May 19 as part of its cross-country MobileBooth tour. Having collected more than 65,000 interviews from Americans in all 50 states, StoryCorps has gathered one of the largest single collection of human voices ever recorded.   StoryCorps’...

Chef Foster: Spring’s green vegetables provide gateway to diversity of summer produce still to come

April is indeed the cruelest month, as it tempts us with warm weather and visions of what’s to come. Those visions include produce that we can only remember fondly at this point, but it’s oh so close. While I appreciate what we have to work with now: the wonderful greens and mushrooms, spring onions with their crisp clean bite, I do yearn like everyone else for the first tender asparagus and...

Monroe, Ohio, youngster is two millionth visitor to cross Shark Bridge at Newport Aquarium

NKyTribune staff Newport Aquarium celebrated a milestone Thursday with the two-millionth crossing on Shark Bridge. Rory Maynard, 8, of Monroe, Ohio, Thursday became the 2 millionth person to cross Shark Bridge at Newport Aquarium (provided photo). Congratulations to the Maynard family from Monroe, Ohio. Rory Maynard, 8, was looking forward to visiting today, and was surprised to hear he was the 2-millionth...

Covington Board of Commissioners Nominate Devou Park to National Register of Historic Places

On Tuesday evening, the City of Covington Board of Commissioners approved the signing of the Kentucky Certified Local Government Report Form, nominating Devou Park to the National Register of Historic Places (National Register). This is the first step in the nomination approval process. The purpose of the National Register nomination is to recognize and honor the significance of Devou Park at the national...

Kentucky by Heart: The day Thomas Clark helped my son with a social studies question and other tidbits

By Steve Flairty NKyTribune columnist During my years teaching fourth grade, students knew that whatever social studies lessons I taught, I would make direct connections to the state of Kentucky. Not only did I see the practice as educationally sound, but it was also a good opportunity to indulge my Bluegrass passion. When I taught a six-week unit on Kentucky, it often was the highlight of the year...