A nonprofit publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Local antique store find sparks book series for author Heather Grothaus’ Sons of Scotland romance novels

Special to NKyTribune Author Heather Grothaus’s stop into Twice as Nice Antiques and More in Bellevue was done on a whim. “I’m a bit of an Anglophile,” Grothaus admits, “and was hoping to find some English plates to add to my collection.” What she found in the eclectic shop was much more than a faded saucer. “I saw the spine within a stack of other books right away,” Grothaus said....

Consumer tip: National Tune-Up Day coming; perfect time to schedule your annual furnace check-up

By Ryan Houlehan Special to NKyTribune September 25 is National Tune-Up Day, which means it’s the perfect time to be proactive and schedule an annual inspection for your furnace now that summer is winding down. Regular HVAC maintenance not only helps keep your unit operating effectively and efficiently, it also ensures your family is healthy, safe and comfortable through the cold winter months. Being...

Pumpkin Patch Park coming to UC Health Stadium, home of the Florence Freedom, in October

The Florence Freedom have announced that the NASH FM Pumpkin Patch Park will be coming to UC Health Stadium this fall, presented by Amazon.  Pumpkin Patch Park will bring to life a harvest festival atmosphere, plus feature unique attractions in a ‘Field of Dreams’ baseball experience. Amazon is the presenting sponsor of the event and will feature job application stations inside the team shop. Those...

Kentucky by Heart: Sampling small town newspapers shows lots of good things going on around the state

By Steve Flairty NKyTribune columnist Part of the fun of traveling around Kentucky is to sample small-town newspapers along the way. I always enjoy reading about the life of communities in our state, both close and not geographically close to mine. Despite the fact that there is always some bad news, too, it’s interesting to discover the bountiful and varying kinds of positive news items that appear...

Our Rich History: The misadventures of Thaddeus Lowe and the beginnings of modern aeronautics

By Jacob Koch Special to NKyTribune On the morning of April 20, 1861, Thaddeus Lowe (1832–1913) would prepare to set off in his hot air balloon, “The Enterprise,” from Cincinnati as a test run to Washington DC. This was part of a much grander plan, a transatlantic flight. Previously, he had sailed from Philadelphia to New Jersey in July of 1860 using the enormous balloon “The Great Western,”...

The River: Ah, the sweet remembrances, of old river friends and tales to be told; always good to meet up

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 big fellow in the check-out line in the big-box store ahead of me looked familiar, so I blurted, “Mike, is that you”? He quickly...

Villa Mocha holding reception for artist James Billiter whose work is on display through October 10th

Villa Mocha, 2809 Amsterdam Road in Villa Hills, will hold an Artist’s Reception for James Billiter on September 20 from 6-8 p.m. Billiter, a Madisonville native, is showcasing his work at Villa Mocha through October 10th. Billiter graduated from the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning in 2001. It was here that Billiter’s passion for providing...

Cincinnati Cares rallied nonprofits, volunteers for ‘National Day of Service,’ first effort of kind in region

Special to NKyTribune For the first time ever, a “National Day of Service” for Sept. 11 was organized by Cincinnati Cares, a local nonprofit working to improve the region’s volunteer ecosystem. “Our mission is to inspire and empower people to engage in volunteering, and it was surprising to us that Cincinnati had not embraced Sept. 11 as a day of service to remember those affected by the tragic...

Beyond the Curb’s Urban Living Tour taking you to historic Ludlow on September 22; visit 12 properties

Beyond the Curb Urban Living Tour is in Ludlow this year, brought to you by The Catalytic Fund. On Sunday September 22 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. participants get an exclusive peek into the homes and businesses of this historic river city with a growing art and music community. Beyond the Curb is a self-guided tour with a central registration area at Bircus Brewing Co. Tour-goers will check in there and...

People of NKY: Chris Schwarz took a path less traveled to furniture crafting and Lost Art Press

By Ginger Dawson NKyTribune reporter I am a firm believer in the idea that a human being’s first earthly experiences have an indelible, often unpredictable, impact on what follows. These early matters set a tone and forge a path. It’s an interesting thing to see. Sometimes, the path branches off in detours. These, however, are an important part of hitting the main drag.   Chris Schwarz in the...

Kentucky by Heart: Judy and Dan Dourson’s guide books offer unique look at Eastern Ky. plant life

Steve Flairty NKyTribune Columnist For Dan and Judy Dourson, the careful study of plant life is of great interest, particularly of such in eastern Kentucky. The most recent product of their work is now available in two detailed, well-researched guide books: Wildflowers and Ferns of Red River and the Greater Red River Basin and Wild Yet Tasty: A Guide to Edible Plants of Eastern Kentucky. Dan is a wildlife...

Our Rich History: Don Heinrich Tolzmann’s new book, ‘German Heritage Explorations,’ shares his expertise

By Paul A. Tenkotte Special to NKyTribune If you want to learn more about a foreign nation, you visit it. If you hope to learn to play tennis or golf, you find your way to a tennis court or a golf course. And if you desire to learn more about German Americans, you need to read any of Dr. Don Heinrich Tolzmann’s many books. Tolzmann’s latest work is entitled German Heritage Explorations, published...

The River: Amazing thing, the Internet, to connect friends, because, really, it’s a big river out there

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 Within the area upstream from the CLYDE, Chris Henderson, a U. S. Navy Seabee still on active duty, is kayaking the length of the Ohio River. What...

Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame 1869 Red Stockings to host Bluegrass Barons this Sunday at Pioneer Park

The Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame 1869 Red Stockings will host the Bluegrass Barons Vintage Base Ball Club in a doubleheader at Pioneer Park in Covington at 1 p.m. this Sunday (Sept. 8). Honoring baseball’s first professional baseball team on its 150th anniversary, the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame 1869 Red Stockings play according to the rules of baseball in 1869. Pitchers must throw underhanded and...

Teddy bears during the day, star gaze at night at Lincoln Ridge Park in Kenton County Saturday

Kenton County Parks & Recreation will host a Teddy Bear Day at the Park on Saturday, September 7 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lincoln Ridge Park, Shelterhouse #2. Families are invited to pack a picnic lunch, bring a blanket, and grab your favorite teddy bear(s) for fun and adventure. Enjoy storytelling, crafts, songs, games and march in the Teddy Bear parade. Visitors are also encouraged to bring...