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Our Rich History: The Wyandots — well assimilated — were sadly victims of Indian Removal Act

By Steve Preston Special to NKyTribune In 1843, Cincinnati’s public landing was a bustling place of business and human interaction. These ten acres of land were at the heart of the business district in the 1840s. Shopkeepers and their customers shared the landing with those loading or unloading cargo from docked boats. Other citizens embarked and disembarked from the boats as passengers. Over 5,000...

Free summer concert series coming to World Peace Bell Park, thanks to Southbank Partners

Southbank Partners, along with Woolpert and Sunesis Construction, are hosting a summer concert series at the World Peace Bell Park in Newport starting with the band Revolver on June 21 at 7 p.m.     The Swinging at the Bell series is family friendly and free to the public. There will be seating available. The concerts will start at 7 p.m. and end at 9 p.m. Southbank Partners encourages people of...

Lauren Hill 5K Spaghetti Run at Newport Italianfest canceled; all other activities to go on as scheduled

The organizers of Newport Italianfest regret to announce that the Second Annual Lauren Hill 5K Spaghetti Run that was scheduled Saturday, June 9, has been canceled due to logistical problems. Other Italianfest activities will proceed as scheduled. Held on the banks of the Ohio River on Newport’s Riverboat Row between the Purple People and Taylor-Southgate bridges, the 26th Annual Italianfest...

Keep the Wild in Wildlife: Residents urged to work together to prevent problems with bears

John Hast has a word of advice for anyone tempted to throw doughnuts or food scraps to a bear: Don’t. “We’ve found that time and time again, a fed bear is a dead bear,” said Hast, the bear program coordinator for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. “A bear that is used to human food, whether it’s scraps or garbage, begins to lose its fear of people. And that’s where...

Chef Foster: There’s a place for dry herbs, but with fresh now abundant, take advantage of the season

Ever so subtly the seasons are changing. Yes the trees mostly have leafed out, and I’ve cut the grass more than a few times. But for me, the real changes occur at the farmer’s markets and in my own gardens. My sage and oregano have once again revived from their winter slumber and now threaten to take over large patches of my front and back lawn. Mint, which is always overwhelming has crept back...

Cincinnati Museum Center offers summer camp experiences at Union Terminal and in NKY

There’s still time to sign up for Cincinnati Museum Center’s summer camps. Camps are available for grades K-8 on a variety of topics at Cincinnati Museum Center (CMC) and several off-site locations so there’s sure to be the perfect camp for your kids near you. Summer camps are sold by the week and begin May 30 You’re just weeks away from a house full of kids with boundless energy...

Mutts 4 the Military: Veterans receive a four-legged buddy and the dogs get a new home and purpose

Mutts 4 the Military rescues dogs from high-kill shelters and places them where they are needed the most — with veterans and active duty military personnel. These dogs are vetted, trained, and certified as emotional support companions at no cost to the recipient. We will also help with any future veterinarian bills if needed. It is the organization’s goal to place at least 20 dogs a year with...

Independence native Dustin Vanwinkle serves aboard U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower

An Independence native and Simon Kenton graduate, Airman Dustin Vanwinkle is serving on one of the world’s largest warships, the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Vanwinkle works as an aviation boatswain’s mate aboard the Norfolk-based ship, a Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and one of only ten operational aircraft carriers in the Navy today. Aviation...

Kentucky by Heart: Multi-talented Skeeter Davis — a true story about a Kentucky girl making good

By Steve Flairty NKyTribune columnist Stripping tobacco as a young boy back in the 1960s was never something that excited me, but I had to get used to the fact that we, as a family, would be doing just that every fall in an especially built room inside the outside car garage. I also didn’t get excited about my parents’ choice of music on the radio —- country, and it was the twangy type. But...

Our Rich History: 40-years ago, the Beverly Hills Supper Club fire became Kentucky’s greatest tragedy

By Robert ‘Bob’ Webster Special to the NKyTribune Forty years ago this month, on Saturday, May 28, 1977, the Commonwealth of Kentucky experienced its worst tragedy since the Civil War. The Beverly Hills Supper Club, located in Southgate, Kentucky, was packed with people over the holiday weekend when a fire broke out. Fire erupts from the roof of the structure. Courtesy of Robert Webster Before...

Jamie Vaught: Summer nonfiction reading include looks at Reagan, Nixon, Hillary … and the Cubs

This is the first of a two-part series about recently-published nonfiction books that you may enjoy during your free time this summer. ​​– “Dinner with DiMaggio: Memories of An American Hero” by Dr. Rock Positano and John Positano (Simon & Schuster, $26) is the story of a complicated baseball celebrity who was very private — an intimate portrait of one of the nation’s...

Chef Foster: Alternative methods, new ingredients bring the excitement back to your outdoor grilling

Have you fired up your grill yet? If you’re like most of us, the grill never really got shut down last fall, and with the warm winter we had I know some of you might have grilled just as much in February as you did in October. You now are on the verge of what I call “grill fatigue,” that vague feeling that you’ve grilled every burger, steak, chicken and hot dog in the world, and all you can...

Still searching for Mother’s Day gift? Check out Trinity Episcopal Church’s Annual Garden Mart

If you’re a discerning gardener who won’t settle on just any tomato plant for your garden, you may well have to go to church to find them. That’s where Amy Powell, tomato-grower extraordinaire will be selling her heirloom tomato plants when Covington’s Trinity Episcopal Church hosts its annual Garden Mart on Friday, May 12 and Saturday, May 13. Powell, who has participated in the Garden Mart...

Kentucky by Heart: Temporary jobs help build character while preparing us for our roles in life

By Steve Flairty NKyTribune columnist On the way to enjoying my careers in teaching and now writing, I held many temporary jobs. All were important transitional moves in my life course that led where I wanted to be, but invariably I was thankful that the temporary tag was on each. Those jobs gave me valuable life experiences as well as needed financial support; looking from my current perspective,...

Gayle Pille: Gotta love those hummingbirds — don’t give them sugar-water solutions with red food dye

You gotta love ‘em. Just about every gardener wants them in their backyard. They’re beautiful, they’re fascinating, they’re entertaining. They’re hummingbirds! It’s no wonder that hummingbirds are often referred to as “flying jewels.” They are brilliant in color and captivating in personality. Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Photo by Mike Hollan Northern Kentucky is home to a single...