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Kona Ice and schools are a match Chris Mayhew cmayhew@communitypress.com

COVINGTON – Kona Ice’s new Fruit First flavors have already squeezed into every Boone County Schools cafeteria. The Florence-based shaved ice-maker gathered 650 people from 400 U.S. franchises for an annual convention Feb. 9-12 at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Covington. Kona is in 12,000 U.S. schools and has 852 franchises in 46 states. Kona was already in schools before Fruit First was unveiled July 2016 with its reduced sugar product line, Kona founder and CEO Tony Lamb said. Fruit is the primary ingredient of Fruit First varieties in keeping with new federal requirements for food served at schools at least 30 minutes after students finish lunch. Kona is in almost every Northern Kentucky school, Lamb said. “We’re in every single school in Boone County Schools,” he said. Boone County Schools received $40,000 from Kona in 2016. Kona gives back 40 percent of proceeds from its school sales in Northern Kentucky, Lamb said. About 20 percent of proceeds fund Lego robotics student teams in Boone County and an additional 20 percent go to the

Board of Education’s general fund. Princeton City Schools Associate Superintendent Tom Burton spoke at Kona’s convention Feb. 11 about how Kona works as a school fundraiser for the Ohio school district north of Cincinnati off I-75. Kona works at Princeton for a couple reasons, he said. Students do not have to sell anything to raise money for school programs with Kona and participation is voluntary. In 2007, Lamb started Kona Ice with a single truck from which he served shaved ice treats. Crowds showed up in 2008 when word of Lamb’s creation got around, he said. “We went to Boone County peewee football and you got mobbed,” Lamb said. Kona conventioneers were offered sessions about marketing, accounting and social media. A set of new flavor combinations were unveiled at the convention. New Kona flavors are: Passion fruit, coconut lime, blackberry mojito, pineapple, wild berry honey, lavender lemonade, tamarind, bourbon black cherry vanilla, and aprium rose sangria. A new 2017 Chevy Express Kona truck was parked inside the convention center. Lamb said 42 new or refurbished trucks were driven home by franchise owners See KONA, Page 2A

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Buckets of ice and goblets occupy a center spot on tables at Kona Ice’s national convention in Covington for franchise owners to taste new flavors.

Quilter shares passion with community

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Former teacher Linda Whittenburg helps customers learn how to make quilts. “If you give someone a quilt, that’s nice. But when you teach someone to quilt, they have a craft for life and an activity that results in something beautiful,” she said.

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from a plethora of local artists. By the next summer, she had resigned from teaching art and opened the quilt shop full time. Whittenburg continued her passion for teaching art by offering classes at the shop. In describing her philosophy, Whittenburg referenced giving a man a fish versus teaching a man to fish. “If you give someone a quilt, that’s nice. But when you teach someone to quilt, they have a craft for life and an activity that results in something beautiful.” Many people, like Whittenburg, enjoy creating things for friends and family, so when customers come in, they’re often making a quilt as a gift for someone else. Whittenburg really enjoys that aspect of quilting, saying, “The gifts we so often remember or appreciate most, someone made. They put in time and effort to bless a new baby, a young couple at their wedding, the college graduate.” Vol. 22 No. 24 © 2017 The Community Recorder ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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BURLINGTON – Linda Whittenburg grew up sewing and quilting, taught by her mother. It was a family affair, and now, for 25 years, she has passed on that knowledge to anyone who steps through the door of Cabin Arts’ quaint 1850s log home near downtown Burlington. Before Cabin Arts became her passion and profession, Whittenburg was an art teacher at Simon Kenton High School and the School for Creative and Performing Arts in Cincinnati. When the cabin situated directly in front of her husband’s business became available she seized the opportunity. Though the log cabin had been deemed almost unsalvageable, Whittenburg and her husband spent every spare moment restoring it. Finally in December 1992 the doors of Cabin Arts opened to weekend customers looking to purchase arts and crafts


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