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Our Rich History: Several presidents have visited Kentucky, and a new book tells that story

By Wayne Onkst Special to NKyTribune When President Trump visited Kentucky this fall, he was adding to the long history of presidential visits to the Commonwealth. For 200 years, presidents have traveled to Kentucky for public business, using the state’s centrally located rivers, railroads and airports. Kentucky has also played an important role in national politics at various times during U.S....

The River: An enjoyable time aboard the BELLE of CINCINNATI 2018 River Hop comes to an end

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. This a part of a long and continuing story. By Capt. Don Sanders Special to NKyTribune Relieved to be up and off the hard main deck of the BELLE of CINCINNATI, I was dressed by 7 a.m. Even with an inflatable air-mattress, the...

Rotary Club of Florence, Steinford Toy Foundation ‘wrapping up’ annual holiday season toy drive

The Rotary Club of Florence and Steinford Toy Foundation will be “Wrapping Up” a successful toy drive for the 2018 Holiday Season ending on Monday, December 10th. Donations of unwrapped new or gently used toys are being received at the locations listed below. Donations will be accepted through the weekend and up until noon on Monday, December 10th at the Hilton Cincinnati Airport located on...

Chef John Foster: Use apples of course, but take a moment to consider the pear, the forgotten fall fruit

The mention of fall and winter fruit conjures images of apples, pumpkins, and cranberries. Fruit vibrant in both color and flavor, and well suited to the dishes that provide warmth and comfort at a family get-together or a chilly night at home. Of the three, apples are probably the most utilized during these seasons, not only for their flavor and texture but their versatility as well. Spanning the...

When ‘sideline’ gig become success: Bluegrass’ Sideline takes stage at Dixie Station Dec. 7

By Vicki Prichard NKyTribune reporter What started as a side project for some seasoned Bluegrass musicians turned into an award-winning band. This week they’re bringing their strings to northern Kentucky when the aptly named Sideline takes the stage at Dixie Station in Elsmere on December 7. A well-pedigreed six-piece ensemble out of Raleigh, NC, Sideline is comprised of a talented group of string-masters...

Mayor Eric Haas and wife, Jan, celebrate wedding anniversary with the emergency team that saved him

Special to NKyTribune Eric Haas strolled into the lobby at the Miami Valley Hospital Jamestown Emergency Center on Thursday, Nov. 8 – his 38th wedding anniversary – grinning from ear to ear. “Hugs for everybody!” he cheered as he embraced anyone he could wrap his arms around. “You guys just have no idea how grateful I am to all of you,” he announced, his eyes welling up with tears. Eric...

Kentucky by Heart: Author Bob Rouse part of what makes Midway one of state’s special small towns

By Steve Flairty NKyTribune Columnist Since I became a resident of central Kentucky years ago, I’ve had a bit of fascination with the small town of Midway. The first town in Kentucky “founded” by a railroad (Lexington and Ohio Railroad Co.), it was also formerly a home for Native-American mound builders. It’s located between the cities of Lexington and Frankfort, thus its name, “Midway.”...

Our Rich History: Early Cincinnati cuisine — cooking over a hearth, game, plentiful corn, healthy fruit

By Steve Preston Special to NKyTribune The harvest time for gardeners and farmers alike has passed, and we’ve enjoyed Thanksgiving feasts. What did the first settlers of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky typically eat? The harvest was a time of great importance and great celebration out here on the frontier. It could also be a time of great trepidation as there were dangers associated with ensuring...

The River: Continuing the River Hop, with great crew of BB’s BELLE OF CINCINNATI and still having fun

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. This a part of a long and continuing story. By Capt. Don Sanders Special to NKyTribune The BELLE of CINCINNATI was quiet except for the distant rumble of a generator toward the stern, inside the engineroom, a deck below. I was...

Braxton Brewing Company’s fourth annual Dark Charge Day event is today in Covington

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor Braxton Brewing Company  celebrates its fourth annual Dark Charge Day with event today in and around the Tap Room at 27 W 7th St., in Covington. Braxton Brewing Company Co-foounder Jake Rouse with the three-year, bourbon tasting collection (photos by Mark Hansel). Braxton co-founder Jake Rouse said everyone associated with the company is very excited about...

Florence Rotary Club kicks off holiday season with annual concert at Lakeside Christian Church

The Rotary Club of Florence will kick off its holiday season with their annual Christmas concert. The concert will be held on Monday starting at 6 p.m. at Lakeside Christian Church, 195 Buttermilk Pike, Lakeside Park. The concert is free to attend, but a goodwill offering of $10 is suggested. “All proceeds from this year’s concert will be split equally between GO Pantry, Master Provisions and Mary...

Chef Foster: Finals approach and nerves and dread, but as professionals, every day is ‘finals’ day

Talk about stress, culinary finals are upon us beginning today through next week. The reality for some of my students is that they’re finishing their programs and moving into their externships. For others, it’s the next step to the next quarter. For all students, it should be the culmination of nine weeks of hard work, and hopefully the validation of the quality of their work. There are many...

Pre-teens Novella and JP Marshall setting stage for careers, performing in Rising Star Christmas Musical

By Maridith Yahl NKyTribune reporter Their smiles are contagious and their energy fills the room. Northern Kentucky siblings, Novella and JP Marshall, are busy kids pursuing their careers. Yes, careers. Both are in acting, dance, and voice classes. Both maintain “A” grades and are on the academic team. There is also dance team for Novella and competitive baseball for JP. Currently, they are both...

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra teaming up with UK Symphony Orchestra for November 28 concert in Lexington

By Whitney Hale University of Kentucky The critically acclaimed University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Maestro John Nardolillo, will continue its centennial concert season with Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 featuring a side-by-side performance with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and French conductor Louis Langrée. The program includes Jean Sibelius’ “Finlandia,”...

Kentucky by Heart: Lifelong musician Frank Messina finds new path as writer of murder/mystery novels

By Steve Flairty NKyTribune Columnist Until recently, Frank “Doc” Messina’s choice of performing arts pretty much focused in one area.  He considered himself a “music guy,” and he mostly made his livelihood either performing music or as a music educator. Today, the 71-year-old Messina has embraced another art, writing, and has cranked out two popular murder/mystery novels, with another...