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Beyond the Curb: River City Living showcases Ludlow condo with big personality

Beyond the Curb’s second episode of Season Two of the popular River City Living home tour video series features a condo in Ludlow’s River’s Breeze community. Each of the colorful accessories that enliven the décor has a story behind it. Owner Charmaine Kessinger loves to be surrounded by things that remind her of family members, trips she has taken or artwork she has discovered. Through...

Virtual Restoration Weekend coming May 21-23; find your comfort spot and join the expert speakers

Due to COVID-19, the tenth anniversary of NKY Restoration Weekend is going virtual on May 21 – 23. Find a comfortable spot and join us for our expert live speakers. Be entertained while discovering answers to your questions. Plus, attendees can sign up to win a free course on wood window restoration or two books by our keynote presenter Scott Sidler of The Craftsman Blog. Visit our website to register...

Villa Hills native Lauren Hudson named the University of Kentucky’s Intern of the Year

The University of Kentucky has named Villa Hills native Lauren Hudson the school’s Intern of the Year. The annual awards recognize the achievements of students who have excelled in their internships within the university over the past year. Lauren Hudson has been named the 2021 UK Intern of the Year (Photo from UK Now) Hudson, a junior neuroscience and biology dual major, was honored during...

Kentucky by Heart: Woodford County’s Spark Community Cafe on mission to provide food for all

Spark Community Cafe provides farm-to-table meals to all patrons, regardless of ability to pay. (Photo courtesy Spark Cafe website) By Steve Flairty NKyTribune columnist Down on the corner of Main and Green Streets, in downtown Versailles, former high school teacher Kyle Fannin sat talking with me in the Spark Community Café. He characterized the purpose of the attractive gathering place. “This...

Our Rich History: West Newport is thriving; surge of longtime, newer residents unite with shared vision

By Josh Tunning Special to NKyTribune Part 72 of our series, “Resilience and Renaissance: Newport, Kentucky, 1795-2020.” Newport, Kentucky has a colorful and exciting past. From its first settlement by James Taylor, to its industrialization in the 1800s, to its Sin City days, and, finally, to what it is today, Newport is a vibrant and growing urban community. More recently, there is one neighborhood...

The River: Life and death on the waterways can be but moments apart, but I don’t regret my choices

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 Captain Don Sanders Special to NKyTribune “I’m going to walk right down to that river and keep on going.” The river has been a personal inviting source of pleasure and escapes...

Summer Camps return to Five Seasons Sports Club; registration open to ages 5-12

Are you and your kids ready to trade virtual classes for a safe, adventurous, active and healthy summer?   Summer camps at Five Seasons Sports Clubs have been expanded and enhanced to provide customizable options for families looking to exchange their kids’ laptops for sports, fitness and fun. Five Seasons Summer Camp 2021 is the perfect option for active and working families in Greater Cincinnati...

River City Living: Season 2 of Beyond the Curb kicks off with charming home on a ridge in Bellevue

The Catalytic Fund’s video home tours were a successful COVID-19 pivot from the organization’s usual in-person Beyond the Curb tours. The twenty episodes in the first season showcased a wide variety of living situations in NKY’s urban river cities, including historic mansions, luxury condos, modern apartments and small houses, all packed with personality and style. Bellevue 1920’s home...

Elsmere Police Officers save infant’s life; it was nerve-wracking but, ‘This is what we train for’

Officer Brian Evans was just on his eighth day with the Elsmere Police Department when he and his partner, Officer Alexis Day, were dispatched to a report of a three-month-old baby not breathing. In less than a minute, the officers arrived at a Heartland Place residence and hurried to the front porch to find the mother holding her unresponsive infant in her arms. “As soon as we arrived, we were told...

Southbank Partners announces Swinging at the Bell Concert Series — first one starts tonight

Southbank Partners, along with a group of local sponsors, are hosting a summer concert series at the World Peace Bell Park in Newport starting with the Pete Wagner Band with Nancy James on Wednesday, May 12 at 7 p.m. The Swinging at the Bell concert series is family friendly and free to the public. Guests will need to bring their own chair or seating. Southbank Partners asks that guests maintain social...

Kentucky by Heart: Appreciating the power, potential of stirring words; a look at debut novel by Rae Craig

I’ve always had a healthy respect for words, and maybe that’s why I tend to sprinkle my oral conversations with “uhs,” thinking carefully when selecting the ones that I use. I see words as powerful, having potential for both good, bad, and longtime consequences. Seldom do I talk politics while on Facebook or other media, but a few times that I did have turned out badly. I’ve lost, or nearly...

Our Rich History: Kentucky inventors, entrepreneurs, innovations; free workshop at NKU’s Grant Center

By John Schlipp Special to NKyTribune Kentucky is famous for its Bourbon, the Kentucky Derby, horse breeding, and historic tourist sites such as Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill. Yet the Bluegrass state also contributes its fair share of entrepreneurial and inventive commercial activity. This was affirmed recently by Site Selection magazine (Volume 66, Issue 2, March 2021, pages 67, 86), an industry...

The River: A half-century of steamboat memories, all the experiences, really are just ‘a moment in time’

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 Captain Don Sanders Special to NKyTribune The last time I saw John Hartford, he was onboard the BELLE OF CINCINNATI performing one of his last public concerts during a charter boat...

Community Action Agencies accepting applications for Low-Income Home Energy Program through June

Kentucky Community Action Agencies are taking applications for an added spring subsidy program for Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis through June 30 or until designated funds are depleted. “The COVID-19 pandemic continues to put strain on households across Kentucky. Families should not worry about how they will continue...

Covington Farmers Market to celebrate International Year of Fruits and Vegetables May 8

The year-round Covington Farmers Market has returned to Roebling Point. The market hosts farmers and artisans from Kentucky and the surrounding Ohio River Valley to sell their locally-produced goods every Saturday from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., rain or shine. On May 8, the Farmers Market will hold a special celebration of the United Nations’ designation of 2021 as the “International Year of Fruits...