A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Gayle Pille: By any name — Whistle-Pig, Land Beaver, Woodchuck, Groundhog — they are largest squirrels

It’s hard not to love a Whistle-Pig or Land Beaver – or Woodchuck or Groundhog. Yep, they are all the same creature and that critter also happens to be our largest ground squirrel. And you can forget the saying, “How much wood does a Woodchuck chuck,” because Woodchucks don’t chuck any wood. The etymology of the name Woodchuck actually stems from a Native American name, “Wuchak.” At...

Kentucky by Heart: Veteran outdoorsman Caudill teaches survival … and appreciation for things green

By Steve Flairty NKyTribune columnist Nature Reliance School founder and chief instructor Craig Caudill calls wilderness survival “a lazy man’s game.” In what must seem counter-intuitive to many, he explained it this way. “The game of survival is nothing more than ‘calories in, water in…calories out, water out,’’ he said. “You’ve got to make sure you are conserving as much energy...

Financial Lifeguard Christine Luken launches new book, ‘Money Is Emotional,’ today

Seventy-two percent of Americans confess that they are always or sometimes stressed about money, yet 68% of them do not have a written monthly spending plan. Why don’t more people utilize a budget if they are so anxious about their finances? Christine Luken, the Financial Lifeguard, knows the answer: money management isn’t just about math; it’s about emotion. The emotional, mental, and relational...

Our Rich History: The Charles Svendsen Company is classic ‘pursuing American dream’ immigrant story

By Stephen Enzweiler Special to NKyTribune Throughout the history of the Cincinnati area, there can be found colorful and engaging accounts of immigrants who left their foreign birthright and crossed the Atlantic to begin a new life in pursuit of the American dream. The Charles Svendsen Company, located at 84 W. Court Street, as it appeared ca. 1880. (Left to Right): Rosa Svendsen, Anna Moller, Teresa...

Cincinnati Museum to offer Star Wars costumes exhibit; tickets on sale for show opening May 25

Be one of the first to see Star Wars™  and the Power of Costume as dated tickets go on sale Monday. Iconic costumes from “a galaxy, far, far away” are coming the the Cincinnati Museum Center in May. Dated and timed tickets for Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume go on sale at 10 a.m., Monday and are available online, by phone or in person at Cincinnati Museum Center. 
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Scout Luke Schauberger’s Eagle project is box at City of Union Building for flags’ proper ‘retirement’

Scout Luke Schauberger A new flag collection box has been installed for area residents at the City of Union Building. A collection box for flags which are too torn or damaged to fly and need retirement was installed by Luke Schauberger, a scout with Boy Scout Troop 702 in Union. Members of Troop 702 will come each month to collect any flags placed inside. The box is located near the foyer of the...

Chef Foster: Rediscover authentic Irish cuisine as part of this year’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration

Forget green beer and dense soda bread, warmed over corned beef and cabbage drowning in grey water with a side of over starched potato. If that’s your St. Patrick’s vision of Irish food, and indeed the only time you eat it, then that’s pure blarney. The potato has a mixed heritage in Ireland, corned beef was beyond most people’s economic reach, and green beer…well let’s just leave it...

NKU’s athletic trainer Molly Woods getting ready — and getting players ready — for big show Friday



Lakeside Park resident Molly Woods, head athletic trainer at Northern Kentucky University, is on her way to her first Division I NCAA Tournament appearance when the 15th-seeded Norse take on the No. 2 seed University of Kentucky on Friday night in Indianapolis. NKU athletic trainer Molly Woods got hands-on training from St. Elizabeth Healthcare. Woods attended Thomas More College for her undergraduate...

Kentucky by Heart: When it comes to having pun in Kentucky, there’s a lot of low-hanging fruit

By Steve Flairty NKyTribune columnist Note: This column originally appeared in NKyTribune on April 5, 2016 I have always enjoyed playing with words, and mostly in a fun sort of way. Call me corny, silly, or otherwise, but I consider myself a “pun guy.” (Some would say “fungi,” but I’m not sure how to take that.) Until recently, it didn’t dawn on me that my own state of Kentucky’s geography...

Intrepid Urban Farmer: With big swings in temps, who knows when to start . . . a gardener’s conundrum

By Ginger Dawson Special to NKyTribune This winter sure is weird.  This was supposed to be my first year to have time to really get an early crop garden started.  I was ready for it.  I had mesclun (a lettuce mix), two types of radishes, two types of spinach and peas all ready and waiting to go. But when to start?  In the past, this was a fairly easy thing to decide.  I didn’t really have time...

Our Rich History: Celebrating St. Patrick’s day — the Irish in our region; parade one of nation’s largest

By Paul A. Tenkotte Special to NKyTribune The following has been adapted from the entry, “Irish Americans,” by Paul A. Tenkotte, which appeared in The Encyclopedia of Northern Kentucky (2009). The encyclopedia, in its entirety, is now available for free in downloadable PDFs from the nationally-based Project Muse. St. Patrick’s Day (March 17) is one of the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky region’s...

Donna Vitucci to release second book, ‘Salt of Patriots,’ set around Fernald nuclear plant

It’s fitting that April 22, Earth Day, is the release date for SALT OF PATRIOTS, the new novel by Covington author Donna D. Vitucci. SALT is a fictional portrayal of uranium processing during the nuclear industry’s early days, and it settles on the community of Fernald, Ohio, to illustrate the days and dreams of families there during the 1950s. If even the government’s unsure of the dangers...

Cinci Zoo’s Blakely, an Australian Shepherd, fills in as parent to rare, one-month-old Tiger cubs

Three rare Malayan tiger cubs, all female, have been cared for by Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s nursery staff since they were born on February 3 and ignored by their mother. Blakely and the cubs Their care team now includes the Zoo’s four-legged, resident nursery companion and former nanny to several Zoo babies, Blakely the Australian shepherd.   The six-year-old super dog has been...

Chef Foster: Stay as close as you can to the season when choosing fresh fruits for your menu

Quick, what was the last piece of fresh fruit you ate? Crunched on an apple, sectioned an orange? How about berries or banana on your cereal, an apple with peanut butter for an afternoon snack? It’s a simple question, fruit is easy to get, abundant in most grocery stores. It’s even easier to eat, almost always portable and perhaps the original “fast food.” In my mind the one drawback of...

‘Pounding’ out stress and calories just a drumbeat away — call it a dance party with sweat (or perks)

By Vicki Prichard NKyTribune reporter After a particularly grueling work week, Epic Wayts could very easily remain mired in the grip of stress; instead, she goes to the gym, armed with a unique set of drumsticks, and pounds out her frustration, doing bother body and psyche a favor. Wayts, who lives in Southgate, teaches Pound, a fitness program that has garnered its share of media attention from celebrities...