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The River: Remembering Camp Day — and my first excursion onto forbidden shores of Licking River

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 Forgive me if I repeat myself if I talk about “Camp Day” remembered every May the 19th as the beginning of another glorious summer season...

Madison Avenue Christian Church invites public to celebration of 15 years of community outreach

During the past 15 years, Madison Avenue Christian Church (MACC) has quietly been going about the business of serving the homeless and poor through its community ministry programs. On Sunday, May 19, the church will hold a day of celebration, marking the 15th anniversary of the beginning of the community outreach programs that coincided with the beginning of Reverend Chinnamuthu Simon’s tenure...

No Derby winner among the 13 entrants in Saturday’s Preakness Stakes; Improbable the 5-2 favorite

By Liane Crossley Special to NKyTribune Saturday’s Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore has attracted a field of 13, but there will be no chance of a Triple Crown this season. Kentucky Derby winner Country House is bypassing the race after reportedly showing mild symptoms of illness after the Derby. The morning line favorite at odds of 5-2 is Improbable, whose fourth place finish...

Covington, Rumpke will continue to recycle paper products; Lexington has discontinued it

Covington residents should continue recycling paper products, and residents should rest assured that those products and others are going to mills to be broken down and reused – NOT dumped into landfills.   Rumpke’s paper recycling (Photo provided) That’s the message from the City’s Solid Waste & Recycling division and the company that collects its raw products, Rumpke Waste &...

Villa Mocha, new coffee shop, opens in Villa Hills; Cinci artist Jess Hadley is first to show work there

Villa Mocha is a new coffee shop at 2809 Amsterdam Road in Villa Hills. The shop is owned by a husband and wife team and Northern Kentucky natives, Daniel Richardson and Alison Spears. Villa Mocha offers fair trade and organic coffees locally roasted in Georgetown, Kentucky. The atmosphere is bright and cheerful and very family friendly. There is even a chalkboard and coloring pages to keep the...

Kentucky by Heart: Former slave, Ky. native Wheeling Gaunt defied the odds with an unrelenting work ethic

By Steve Flairty NKyTribune columnist Though making no claims of being a bona fide Kentucky historian, I enjoy researching and discovering people from the state’s past that aren’t particularly well-known, yet have inspirational stories that cry out to be shared. I recently came across an account of Wheeling Gaunt, a man born in 1813 into abject poverty in Carrollton. He was termed, at the time,...

Our Rich History: A heartfelt gift from a little girl was inspiration a Bishop needed to build a Cathedral

By Stephen Enzweiler Special to the NKyTribune On a warm summer afternoon in the late 1880s, a little girl walked up to the front door of the residence of the Bishop of Covington and rang the bell. When the housekeeper answered, the little girl asked to see the bishop. The housekeeper showed her into a quiet front parlor and asked her to wait there. After a while, she returned and showed the little...

The River: Grizzled Capt. Howard Tate taught me a lesson when he challenged me on the ‘Fool’s Knot’

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 It happened on the bow of the DELTA QUEEN while splicing an eye into a busted line that the grizzled, cantankerous, old river pilot, Captain...

Scam Alert: Do not answer or return ‘one ring’ calls — or calls from any number you don’t recognize

A warning from the Federal Communications Commission has prompted the Attorney General’s office to issue a scam alert on “one ring” phone calls, which can lead to hefty phone bills. The FCC says both phone numbers in the U.S. and from international area codes that also use three digits are being used in the scam, which is being reported across the country. The scam is carried out when a victim...

Enjoy Kentucky’s many rivers, lakes and creeks — here are safety tips to avoid health risks

With warmer weather here, more outdoor activities are taking place.    
State officials are offering some safety tips to help Kentuckians enjoy the many rivers, lakes and creeks in which to boat, fish, swim, canoe or otherwise enjoy water resources. 
The Kentucky Division of Water and the Department for Public Health say despite many water quality improvements, there is the potential for human...

Everest trip was a thrilling challenge, but well worth it for Bellevue cancer survivor and DHL employee

By Ryan Clark NKyTribune reporter The song lyrics ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’ have become a popular slogan for DHL Express and the focus of a contest sponsored by the company to celebrate its 50th anniversary. Patrick Shryock of Bellevue can say now, with all certainty, that those lyrics ring true for him as well. Shryock thought about that as he was on a bus, on a three-hour trip...

People of NKY: Gayle Capretto is game for adventure — teaching, traveling, collecting, and on the move

By Ginger Dawson NKyTribune reporter The first time you set eyes on Gayle Capretto you are treated to a vision of color, pattern and a bright openness of spirit that is hard to resist. You immediately want to get to know her. And, what is so obvious is this—she wants to get to know you.   Gayle Capretto in one of her hats. Everything about her is friendly, upbeat and fun. Few people carry this...

Erlanger Historical Society hosting Dusing Family to share history of Dusing Bros Ice House

The Erlanger Historical Society will be hosting the Dusing Family from the Dusing Ice House at our meeting on May 8 at 7 p.m. at the Elsmere Senior Center, 179 Dell Street. Paul Dusing will be the moderator. Ralph Dusing will be sharing the Dusing Family Genealogy, Bernie Dusing will be sharing the history of the Dusing Bros Ice House. Paul Dusing will be doing a power point presentation with many...

Kentucky by Heart: Liberty’s Galilean Home Ministries provides home for children of all ages

By Steve Flairty NKyTribune columnist The compassionate work of the Galilean Home Ministries (GHM), based in Liberty, has been nothing short of awe-inspiring since its establishment in 1969 after Jerry and Sandy Tucker, with a childless marriage to that point and living in Michigan, adopted a baby boy with medical needs and who needed a family. Today, according to its website, the “Galilean Home”...

Our Rich History: Ninth Street Baptist Church is 150 years old and ‘still standing’ — and working together

By Marcia D. Johnson Special to NKyTribune In 1864, the “Bremen Street Baptist Church” in Covington, KY was organized. Its first pastor was Rev. Jacob Price. Many of the city’s black Baptists worshipped there. The congregation was called “Big Baptist,” and later officially became First Baptist Church (African-American). During this period, the only other black congregation was Methodist—what...