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The River: Memphis behind; a brief encounter with young lady and a glimpse of grand Cairo hotel

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. The is a part of a long and continuing story. By Capt. Don Sanders Special to NKyTribune Memphis came and went and was, fortunately, nowhere as exciting as it was on the downbound leg of the trip. Wolf River was as foul as ever...

Chef John Foster: It’s finals time for student chefs learning balance between risk-taking, technique

Practical finals are here, with students bent over their tables frantically working away on knife cuts, sauce work, and plate designs. This is when culinary school gets “real” for most of the kids, their first taste of trial under fire when they must make decisions that affect their grades. And believe me, grades are important to some because they determine ranking, scholarships and a point...

Summer is here and BCPL June calendar for adults includes concerts and plenty of other activities

The Boone County Public Library offers events at its branches and throughout the county during the month of June. A list of scheduled events for adults is included here. A separate list of events for teens and children is published separately. In the Loop Mondays, 10 a.m. Florence Branch, 7425 US 42, Florence, 859-342-BOOK (2665) Knit or crochet in relaxed, friendly company. Learn for the first time...

Robert Hoffer honored with Pioneer Award presented by the Kenton Fiscal Court for servant leadership

At its Fiscal Court meeting this week, Kenton County recognized one of the 2018 Pioneer Award honorees. Robert Hoffer has presented a proclamation for his outstanding community leadership. Robert Hoffer Hoffer has led numerous community organizations during his career, including, but not limited to, serving as Chair of the St. Elizabeth Foundation, Trustee for St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Chair at Notre...

Don Owen: Entertaining and controversial, Furman has few peers when it comes to talking sports

At one time, he was the undisputed king of sports talk radio in Cincinnati, a one-man gang of controversy and polarizing opinions that made him a legend on the local airwaves during the 1980s and ‘90s. Even today, no one stirs up a listening audience like Andy Furman. And the native New Yorker-turned-Northern Kentuckian isn’t about to change his on-air routine, which is now heard nationwide on...

Kentucky by Heart: Historic Keene might not be fancy, but it’s home . . . and always will be

By Steve Flairty NKyTribune columnist For nice rides in the country, I often take Highway 169 in the central Kentucky part of the Bluegrass area from my home in Woodford County to Jessamine County. The grassy and rolling terrain of the area is one of my favorite scenic tours. Small farms with grazing Thoroughbred horses and cattle, an abundance of pretty homes, and historical stone walls along the...

Our Rich History: The Cincinnati German origins of Memorial Day — here’s the connection

By Don Heinrich Tolzmann Special to NKyTribune While doing research for The Cincinnati Germans in the Civil War by Gustav Tafel, which I translated from German and edited for publication in 2011, I came across an interesting reference to Memorial Day. It indicates that its origins may go back to a suggestion made by a Cincinnati German veteran of the Union Army. Lt. Col. Robert B. Beath reported...

The River: Plodding upsteam on Mississippi, seeing waste inferno, sights to dazzle the senses and more

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. The is a part of a long and continuing story. By Capt. Don Sanders Special to NKyTribune Slowly, the AVALON plodded upstream against the surging might of the Mississippi River. Returning to Baton Rouge, we stayed long enough...

It’s the Beatles vs. the Rolling Stones in a tribute band showdown at Covington’s Madison Theatre

The debate over the Beatles and the Rolling Stones has waged for more than half a century. At the center of the argument is the contention that the Beatles were a pop group and the Stones were a rock band: the boys next door vs. the bad boys of rock. So which band is better? Maybe they’ll finally settle the debate this summer when the two legendary bands engage in an onstage throw down —...

Music line-up for Taste of Cincinnati this weekend; note change to start time for Music Bash @ Taste

A diverse entertainment line-up is scheduled for Taste of Cincinnati®, presented by Kroger, May 26-28. Fifty musical acts will appear throughout the nation’s longest running free culinary arts festival on five stages (schedule below). The event takes places on Fifth Street in downtown Cincinnati, from Main Street to the ramps of I-71 and Columbia Parkway. NEW & FEATURED ENTERTAINMENT AT TASTE...

Chef John Foster: Yummmm, nothing like fresh summer strawberries to tempt the tastebuds

The image of the strawberry, bright red, plump and glistening with morning dew permeates early summer like a beacon. It says welcome to the warm weather, the summer vacation of mind and body, a sigh of relief that the cold grey weather has finally gone. The first of many berries that will grace our tables this season it holds a place of dominance that few other fruits can. With the exception of the...

‘Rock stars’ from NKY Hidden Rocks share positive messages, provide inspiration throughout the region

By Kevin Eigelbach NKyTribune reporter In September 2017, Fort Wright resident John Grote’s wife chanced upon a painted rock hidden by a member of NKY Hidden Rocks. Jo Price Craven, left, and Karen Vanover with rocks painted by members of NKY Hidden Rocks (Photos by Kevin Eigelbach). He Googled the group, and found that, according to its Facebook page, NKY Hidden Rocks is “a movement to spread...

Do you cycle? Try DevouCycle, a new bike rental service kicking off at Devou Park on May 31

This summer, there is a new way to explore Devou Park thanks to the Devou Good Project and the City of Covington. Starting Thursday, May 31, park goers can rent a wide variety of bikes from DevouCycle and take advantage of the 11.5 miles of trails in the park as well as other attractions in the surrounding area. DevouCycle is kicking off the new service with a ribbon cutting and celebratory bike...

Kentucky by Heart: ‘Old Photos’ Facebook pages offer nostalgic look back at people and places

A while back, I came across a cool Facebook group page called Old Photos of Northern Kentucky. I immediately got hooked and now visit the site frequently, often posting, my columns there. I see it as an especially “cool” and enjoyable site because the nostalgic images, captions, and individual postings are remembrances of growing up in the area in the ‘50s, ‘60s, and early ‘70s. Community...

Intrepid Urban Farmer: Weird weather begone; Big Top is prepared, ringmaster ready with the plants

By Ginger Dawson Special to NKyTribune Here we are in that interim season in gardening when everything is just almost. The peas, after a delayed germination, are almost getting where I want them.  The radishes and lettuce are almost ready to harvest.  The plants that I have started from seed have been repotted and are almost ready to plant in the garden  All of these “almosts” have me sitting...