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Ziggy the nurse shark returns to Newport Aquarium after rehabilitation for spinal deformity

Newport Aquarium has returned a longtime resident and guest-favorite animal to the aquarium. Ziggy the nurse shark has been receiving special rehabilitation from the aquarium’s Animal Care Team in an offsite facility since February. Ziggy is one of the original residents of Newport Aquarium, having arrived before it opened back in 1999. She came with a spinal deformity that slowed her down but never...

Zachary McGuffey was a proud Marine; his real enemy was depression so he helps other vets

By Maridith Yahl NKyTribune health reporter Zachary “Guff” McGuffey always wanted to be a Marine and proudly served four years in the U.S. Marine Corps, 2007-2011. Despite his warrior spirit, his on-going battle is against depression. This fight has turned into his life work, helping other veterans to overcome and find their coping skills and victories. ‘Guff’McGuffey wanted to reach...

Girl Scouts launches new virtual series to highlight local ‘Unstoppable Women,’ starting Sept. 29

Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road (GSKWR) announces the launch of a brand-new virtual series designed to highlight extraordinary local women who have impacted the local community and shaped business and civic sectors throughout the State of Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati. Backed by over a hundred years of excellence, Girl Scouts has a proven track record of fueling the female leadership...

Horizon’s Speed Philanthropy Giving Circle awards grants to The Barracks Project, Covington Partners

Nearly 30 Give Where You Live NKY giving circle members gathered on Zoom last week to give $6,000 to two local charities in a process that took less than an hour. In the end, members voted to give this quarter’s prizes to The Barracks Project, based in Newport, and Covington Partners, based in Covington. The grants continue a year of quarterly meetings in 2020 that will bring upwards of $25,000 in...

Fidelity Investments wins Elizabeth Herald Community of Support Award from Brighton Center

Each year, Brighton Center, Inc. recognizes an individual, business, or organization for their efforts in partnering or collaborating with Brighton Center over time for the good of the community with the Elizabeth Herald Community of Support Award. Fidelity Investments is this year’s recipient. “Fidelity Investments has brought creative, sustainable solutions that are meeting community needs in...

Beyond the Curb: Take the virtual tour of two Kent Lofts spaces in walkable, historic Bellevue

Around 100 years ago, National Colortype Company built a factory in Bellevue. They manufactured signs and signals for roads and many of their employees lived in cute houses close to the factory. That building is still there, surrounded by its charming neighborhood, and is now filling up with new residents who love its industrial chic style in the middle of walkable, historic Bellevue. Kent Lofts,...

Perfetti Van Melle teams up with United Way, Cincy Bell on ‘digital equity’ Community Day for students

Perfetti Van Melle teamed up with United Way of Greater Cincinnati and Cincinnati Bell for its annual Community Day to help deliver internet access to students throughout Northern Kentucky. The company celebrated the support at an employee drive-through “parade” this week in its parking lot. The Erlanger-based company that makes and markets Airheads and Mentos candy, gum and mints for distribution...

Prichard Committee elects Garren Colvin to board, reports results of Top 20 by 2020 campaign

The Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence met this week as a kick-off to its two-week virtual annual meeting, titled “Education Excellence & Equity in a Changing World.” St. Elizabeth Healthcare President and CEO Garren Colvin was elected to the board. During the meeting, Prichard Committee President & CEO Brigitte Blom Ramsey announced the completion of its campaign, Top 20 by...

Asbury United Methodist Church’s 41st annual Craft Fair going virtual this year, starts Oct. 1

A Northern Kentucky tradition for more than 40 years is going virtual with is annual fundraiser — and is hoping for a big success in this pandemic-forced format. Everyone is invited to attend the on-line Asbury United Methodist Church, 41st annual Craft Fair. The online craft fair website will open for business and accepting orders from Oct. 1 through Nov. 6. The website link will be available from...

Horizon Community Funds to distribute $60,000 to four nonprofits, bringing COVID relief totals to $644K

Horizon Community Funds of Northern Kentucky will distribute nearly $60,000 across four nonprofits this week, bringing relief support totals to $664,000 for Northern Kentucky.  The four latest nonprofits to receive funding are:   • Legal Aid of the Bluegrass: $36,812.50  • Oak Ridge Baptist Church: $14,181  • Diocese of Covington: $4,209.30  • Learning Grove, on behalf of local educator...

The outside is open! It’s Great Outdoor Week and there are healthy, safe activities around the region

From families to outdoor enthusiasts, this year’s Great Outdoor Week has something for everyone. Redesigned with safety in mind in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the outdoor sampler will span nine days this year, Sept. 19-27, at venues throughout Greater Cincinnati. At this year’s event participants can explore a Greenspace Gem, bike or hike on one (or more) of the region’s trails or enjoy nature...

NKY Restaurant Relief Fund makes a grant to Unataza Coffee in Dayton, founded by Alejandra Flores

The NKY Restaurant Relief Fund, launched in April, made a new grant to Unataza Coffee in Dayton, thanks to new funding. Unataza was founded by Alejandra Flores, who wanted to bring together her passion for coffee by sharing the high-quality coffee of Honduras in Northern Kentucky. Alejandra Flores Flores launched Unataza in 2015 with a coffee cart at pop up events throughout the Cincinnati region and...

‘Appalachia in the Bluegrass’ concert series returns Sept. 18 with virtual performance by Liza DiSavino

By Hayden Gooding University of Kentucky Though the public won’t be able to take in the 2020 “Appalachia in the Bluegrass” concert series in its intimate home venue — the University of Kentucky’s Niles Gallery — it will return virtually. Tune in noon this Friday (Sept. 18) as folk artist and songwriter Liza DiSavino performs in the series presented by the John Jacob Niles Center for American...

Poetry Unites Kentucky contest deadline extended to Oct. 1; contest on favorite poem open to Kentuckians

Responding to several requests from the prospective contest’s participants, the Poetry Unites Kentucky contest’s deadline has been extended to Oct. 1. The Poetry Unites Kentucky contest for the best essay on a favorite poem is open to all Kentuckians and is inviting them to write about their favorite poem. Eight finalists will be chosen from submitted essays and from those four will be selected...

NKU Go Norse Fund announces campaign to raise money for renovation of softball locker room

Northern Kentucky University’s Go Norse Fund has announced a campaign to raise money toward the renovation of the Norse softball program’s locker room. With a goal of raising $10,000, the campaign will completely transform the softball locker room for student-athletes. The new locker room will also be instrumental in ensuring long-lasting success for the program. Renovations to the softball...