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Back to School in the Digital Age by Dr. Robb SmithSuperintendent The ’20-’21 school year is just around the corner, and a different kind of back-toschool prep is in full swing at Bellevue Independent Schools. Teachers are focusing on their immediate plans for remote instruction, while still choosing new books and fun décor in hopeful preparation for that day when we can welcome our Tigers back to the classroom. Administrators are reworking our regular Readifest and Block Party plans into Healthy At School-compliant informational opportunities and virtual info sessions. Families are redefining the work/school/life balance and learning how to build a new “normal” for the immediate future. Though we

face a year of unknowns, I am heartened by the resilience of our school community. With remote learning at the center of our current “normal,” we understand the importance of thorough communication at all levels of the back to school process. In order to best serve our students and our community, we have created the NTI Info Hub to provide all necessary information about back to school planning, instruction, and additional services offered by the district. The new Info Hub can be accessed from the home page of the Bellevue Independent Schools website, and all district updates will be posted on social media and shared via a new e-Communication portal created for our current

Tiger families. In addition to our Info Hub and new communication initiatives, we are pleased to present the new BISD Mobile app, powered by SchoolPointe, Inc. The app is available to download for free via the Apple Store or Google Play, allowing easy access to all our website information in a convenient, mobile-friendly form. Parents can also sign up for push notifications to stay up-to-date on all the latest district news. As always, we are here for our families, ready to listen and support. Though we may not know what this school year will bring, we are certain that our Tigers, and our community, will succeed together.

Bellevue’S gReek tRAgedY, pARt One by Jim and Bev McPhail One of the most picturesque houses in Bellevue can be found at 218 Van Voast. Built in 1892 by Hugh Kennedy, then approaching the height of his business success and social prominence, the house stands as a monument to its builder. Hugh Kennedy’s is a rags-to-riches story. However, it does not end well. Hugh was a Bellevue original. Listed on the first census in 1870, Hugh, age

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7, was the son of William Kennedy, a printer. The Kennedy’s lived on Rhensford Street, at the time a modest area of Bellevue. The site of their house is now parking for the Harbor Greene condos. As a child and young man, he worked in his father’s shop. In 1885 he married Emma Hausman, the daughter of a tailor, and, after a stint as a news agent for area newspapers, set out to make a fortune in real estate. He became a major land holder, on his own and in partnership with T. F. Beyland, another early Bellevue land baron, buying and selling lots in Bellevue, Dayton and Newport.

By the early 1890’s he owned a planing mill in Dayton, supplying materials for the housing boom then occurring in Dayton and Bellevue. Parts of the mill are still standing and in use at the corner of Walnut and 9th . In the mid-1890’s he bought a large tract of land south of Center St. between Ward and O’Fallon Avenues. He named this subdivision Kennedy Heights, it was referred to in this way in directories and official documents until falling out of favor after 1900. Baseball was a huge

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8-7-20 by Mayor Charlie Cleves Diane Witte Park On Saturday August 8, 2020, the park at the corner of Ward and Center streets in Bellevue was dedicated to Diane Witte. My earliest recognition of Diane was seeing her and Rosalie Rothfuss working on the flowerbed at Nagel Park. While there have been numerous people each donating hundreds of hours to keep Bellevue beautiful, the one constant through all of the Mayors and many volunteers is Diane Witte. From the Bellevue Civic Association to the Bellevue Renaissance to the Friends of Bellevue to the Bellevue Neighborhood Association, Diane has outlasted many organizations. I routinely see one of her kids or grandkids (mostly Colin) helping her around town. At Christmas time, I would run into Colin and Diane at 9 pm redoing the planters on Fairfield Avenue. Once the Board of Council agreed to name a park in her honor, Scott stepped forward to take the lead with the design and construction. Scott is on the Bellevue City council and is the head of the tree board. Mary Scott, City Clerk/ Treasurer, applied for and received a $6000. Grant from Duke Energy. Many other people added to the grant with their own donations and the project was upgraded. Scott Witte still had loftier plans and wound up doing a lot of the labor himself for free to get the quality he and most of Bellevue thought his mother deserved. The Witte family is a special part of Bellevue and we appreciate all of their hard work and dedication. Diane leads by example and I hope others can learn from that. Beautification of Bellevue Annie McCartney came up with an idea on how to get more people involved in the beautification of Bellevue. She picked a date, July 22, and asked volunteers to donate one hour of their

time, and pick a block or an area that they frequented and loved to beautify. She asked for and received help from the City to supply her with 5-gallon buckets, trash bags, litter grabbers, brooms and more. Her timing was perfect because it was cleanup week in the City of Bellevue and we had dumpsters behind the City building all weekend. Thirty people showed up including Jim and Bev McPhail who brought bottled water for everyone. My family picked the 100 block of Fairfield Avenue since it is our gateway to the business district. We were able to get more than half of the block cleaned up with the help of Carlo who lives in this block. Annie only asked each person to work one hour. Great project Annie. Keep up the good work. There are many people involved in keeping up the flowers and landscaping all throughout our city and spend hundreds of hours to keep it looking the way it does. Hopefully, projects like this will get new people to join and become a part of this elite group of caretakers for our city. Lincoln Road The bids for the Lincoln Road project were due in our office by August 7. This gave us enough time to review them and award the contract to the winning bidder on August 12 at our City council meeting. Hopefully the company we chose will be in a position to start the project immediately. I was happy to see that contractors interested in doing our project picked up more than a dozen packets. Darkness shines bright On Saturday, July 25, Ron Sanders of Darkness rolled out the fourth anniversary celebration of Darkness Brewing. Only this year it included businesses up and down the Avenue. To say it was a success is an understatement. Many

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It makes a difference: native forest pests like pine bark beetles are cyclic. They have always shared this continent with us. They have native predators, and native trees have developed some resistance to them. The balance can hold unless we do something unnatural, like suppress naturally occurring forest fires or grow trees in monospecies plantations. Wild native pine stands grace dry, south-facing mountain slopes, stands that burned periodically from lightning strikes. Natural burns killed off pine bark beetles and the weakened trees that supported them, keeping native pine stands low in beetle infestations. Since Smokey the Bear policies (August 19, 1944), however, most fires were extinguished as soon as

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possible by human agency. This saved us, and our property, preserved the scenic view, but has become an ecological problem for the forests. Shifting the advantage from native trees to native beetles, whose populations boomed, caused the death of pines. However, in the past twenty years, both the National Park Service and the U.S. Forest Service have begun to manage native pine stands with fire by letting lightning strikes burn (unless structures or lives are threatened). With the return of natural fire, one advantage has been taken away from the native beetles and returned to the native pines (pines-1, beetles - 0). Unfortunately the creation of pine plantations has thrown the natural system of checks and balances back into crisis! A tree farm is where thousands of acres of one species, usu-

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part of his life. He managed teams in Dayton, Bellevue, and Newport in addition to owning a team in Covington as well the Covington Baseball Grounds. His brother was a professional player. Soon after building his home on Van Voast, Hugh was at the peak of his success. His businesses were going well, baseball was great, and he and his wife and two children were members of Bellevue society. He was a highly respected businessman, and member of the Board of Education. But fate stepped in and changed everything. For the worse. Continued in Part 2. HistoricBellevueKY@icloud.com

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businesses had a very successful day which was badly needed in this time of Covid-19 closures and restrictions. For 95 percent of the time, Gov. Beshear’s orders were followed pretty closely. It was at 9:45-10 pm that some of the partygoers started leaving off their masks without social distancing. Although this was not a City sponsored event, we still have to keep everyone safe. Once 10 pm hit and the live bands and outdoor music ended, the event came back into compliance. My goal is to keep all of the businesses alive in Bellevue until they can get open 100 percent capacity again. This event has helped me achieve my goal. Darkness is a special attraction for Bellevue, and we appreciate what they have to offer. After the event, Ron met with us at City Hall in our weekly staff meeting to discuss how we can do things better the next time. Joe’s Crab Shack We have now had six different prospective tenants we need your help

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BhS AthletiC hiStORY by Coach Mike Swauger

We are proud to continue “BHS Athletic History” it is a monthly feature. All the information and work to produce this column was provided by Coach Mike Swauger.

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Marty Mayer- Track Coach, 1979-1998. Boys Cross Country, 1980-1985 & 1988-1998. Girls Cross Country, 1989 & 19921998. Coach Marty Mayer is from Kermit, Texas. At Kermit High School he was a 2-time State Champion in the 440 dash, in a time of 48.1 seconds and ranking #9 in the USA. The Baylor University Graduate came to Bellevue as an English Teacher and Track Coach in 1978. He began an unbelievable career from 1979 to 1998. In 20 seasons Coach Mayer won 11 Regional Track Titles and 3 Runner-up finishes. His

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Hallie Hundemer1988- Hallie earned 11 Letters in swimming and tennis. She was the swim team, earning 7 Letters, selected to the All-Conference and All-Region teams and a state meet qualifier for 5 years. Her 4- year tennis career saw the girls win 2 NKAC Championships. She taught and coached for several years at BHS. Her father was Hall of Famer Will Hundemer. Jenny Swope- 1989Jenny was an All-Conference volleyball player. Her team was 21-6 and NKAC Champs. She went on to become a 2-time All-State performer in track and field. Jenny won a State title in the discus in 1989 with a toss of 112’ 02.” She has served as a member of the Bellevue Board of Education for many years. Jenny Atwood1990- Versatility could well be Jenny’s middle name. She excelled in 3 sports. In volleyball she was AllConference, All-Region, and All-State. In basketball All-Region while leading the team in scoring, and rebounding. In track Jenny finished top 5 at state in the high jump and discus. Jenny returned to Bellevue serving as the school’s Youth Service Director and was appointed volleyball Coach from 1997-2002, winning 86 matches. Jason West- 1992Jason excelled in cross country, basketball, and track. In basketball he cap-

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tained the Tigers during his junior and senior seasons. Jason was All-Region, AllConference, and All-State. He was voted player of the year in Northern Ky while averaging 24 ppg, Marty Kehoe Award Winner, and joined the 1000 point club at BHS finishing with 1056. Jason was All-State in track, a State Champion and school recorder holder in the 3200 meter relay (8:09.32). While playing basketball in college at Kentucky Christian Jason won 2 National Championships and was selected as a member of the All-American Team. David Kiefer- 1992David was outstanding in football and track and even found time to participate in baseball. In football, he was All-Conference, a “top 22” selection, a two-time team MVP, and led his team to the KHSAA State football Runner-up finish in 1990. David played a part in the State Track Championships of 1991 and 1992. He won gold in two relay events at state and is still a school record holder in those events. (400 meter relay in 44.2 and 1600 relay in 3:25.76) Shannon Haggard1992- “Hags” was a 4-sport star for the tigers during his tenure with the black and gold. In football his team was a State Runner-up and won 19 games in 2 seasons. He was elected Captain his senior year despite an injury plagued season. In basketball Shannon was a 3-year letterman and led all of Northern Kentucky in rebounding his senior year with over 12 per game. In track, the standard was set. 4-year letter winner, 2

team State Championships, and holder of 3 school records which were also State Championships: 800 meter run-1:57.1 (which was recorded during his freshman year and at the time it was one of the fastest times ever recorded at the state meet in any class) 1600 meter relay- 3:25.76; and 3200 meter relay- 8:09.32 (which was for several years the state record) Phil Stevenson- 1994Outstanding basketball and track and field performer. In basketball Phil was a member of the All-Region team for 3 seasons. As a senior he led the state of Kentucky in rebounding with 16.2 rpg. By the end of his senior year Phil became the school’s AllTime leader in rebounds with 893. (surpassing his uncle Greg Batsche’s total of 857) and finished with 1106 career points. In track he was a member of two State Championship teams and one Runner-up. He won State Titles in the Shot put (50’05”) and Discus. (153’09”) Phil was named to the Ky track Super Team for the Shot and Discus. He currently holds the school record in the discus at 165’ 6.”

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can potentially be liable for injuries arising from the criminal activities of third parties. While this may not seem fair at first, this responsibility falls under your general duty to provide a safe and habitable living environment to your tenants, as well as local and a handful of state laws. Taking some common sense steps, as well as complying with any specific requirements in your jurisdiction, can go a long way toward keeping your tenants safe, and insulating yourself from the significant monetary liability that can arise from injuries to tenants due to criminal acts. Preventing Crime and Minimizing Liability Some of the most effective steps you can take toward keeping your tenants safe are also the most affordable, and they start with preventing crime from occurring. Maintaining good lighting on the exterior of the building, in parking areas, and in hallways, as well as sturdy and wellfunctioning locks on doors and windows are two of the most basic ways to stave off criminal activity. Many local housing and building codes may have rules regarding security measures such as locks, so be sure you are meeting or exceeding those requirements. It is also advisable to keep any bushes or shrubbery

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Behringer-Crawford Museum is supported in part by our members; the City of Covington, Kenton County Fiscal Court, ArtsWave, Kentucky Arts Council, Northern Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame and The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr. US Bank Foundation.

tAke CARe OF YOuR petS in the heAt! by Terri Baker ACO I know most of you are going to think this information is just plain common sense. However, if I can reach one person and change a habit or an action that can save an animals life, it is worth the time to write this article. Hot cars and your pet: Please do not leave your animal in your vehicle during the summer. The heat inside the car will rise to a dangerous level very quick. The animal could suffer a heat stroke and/or death. Also when an animal’s body temperature is raised higher than normal, internal damage to the organs can be done. This could result in medical issues that are not immediate, but may cause failures to occur earlier than normal in the animal’s life, Such as heart, liver or kidney failure. The problems with leaving an unattended animal in the car with the air conditioner on are many. The animal could knock the car out of park, lock the doors, your car could be subject to theft. So just keep safety in mind for you and your pet. Animals left outside: Please ensure there is adequate shade and water and that the animal can get to it. Never chain an animal

outside with a training collar or choker collar. Never chain more than one animal out within reach of another. They can become entangled and choke. I did have a case where two dogs became entangled and the smaller dog was no longer able to reach the water or shade. It was not choking but was suffering from heat stroke. Make sure the stool is picked up often. The flies that feed on the stool will multiply and begin to settle on the dogs ears, not to mention become a nuisance to you and your family also. It is miserable for a dog to get their ears eaten by flies. The more flies that bite the more open the area becomes and the more flies are attracted to it. It becomes a snowball of a problem. It would be more humane to put the dog in the basement or even better a kennel/cage inside the home. If you don’t want to be out in the weather your dog should not be left out in it either. Short nosed breeds: These dogs are “special”. They can not handle half the time in the heat that other breeds can. I had a case of a great owner, which had their Bulldog on the deck with a huge bowl of water and shade. The dog was not active but died of heat stroke. If you have any doubt about your short nosed dog handling the heat, leave it home in the A/C!! This goes for Pugs, Bulldogs, Boston Terriers, Pekinese, Brussels Griffons, and any other breed that snores while sleeping. Thanks everyone for taking time to read my article and keep your pets safe!


August, 2020 Online at www.bellevuecommunitynews.com hAppeningS Newport : 901 E. Sixth St. 859-572-5035 Zoom Programs Book Discussions via Zoom Online Book Club 7 pm Tuesday, Sept. 1 Bitter Orange by Claire Fuller. Adults. Register. Brown Bag Book Club Noon Wednesday, Sept. 2 Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders by David Grann. Adults. Register. In Their Own Words Book Club 6:30 pm Tuesday, Sept. 4 Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng. Adults. Register. Cup of Crime Book Club 7 pm Wednesday Sept. 9 Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell. Adults. Register. Young Adults for Grown Adults 7 pm Tuesday, Sept. 15 The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan. Adults. Register. Alexandria Book Club 5-6:30 pm Thursday, Sept. 17 Sounds Like Titanic by Jessica Chiccehitto Hindman. Adults. Register. You’ve Been Booked 7-8:45 pm Monday, Sept. 21 The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco. Ages 11-19 and Adults. Register. Real Men Read 7-9 pm Thursday, Sept. 24 Educated by Tara Westover. Adults. Register. Zoom Programs for Adults and Teens

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Coming to America: Enemies, A Love Story by Isaac Bashevis Singer 6 pm Wednesday, Sept. 2 Explore themes of immigration to America. This program is made possible by the Yiddish Book Center. Adults. Register to receive the link. Dungeons and Dragons on Roll20 5-8 pm Friday, Sept. 4 Learn how to play Dungeons and Dragons (DnD) 5e from the safety of your own home. Ages 13 and up. Register to receive the link. Coffee & Conversation 2 pm Tuesday, Sept. 8 We will discuss An American History in Haunted Places by Colin Dickey. Adults. Register to receive the link. Yoga & Meditation with Phoenix Wilson 7 pm Tuesday, Sept. 8 Join us for this on-going class for a clear mind and invigorated body. Adults. Register to receive the link. Still Life Paintings 5-6:30 pm Wednesday, Sept. 9 Brush up on your artistic skills with a series of still-life paintings for you to recreate. Ages 11-19. Register to receive the link. Fab Five and their Fabulous Books 6 pm Thursday, Sept. 10 First in a series of book talks from the Fab Five from the Netflix show Queer Eye. Each month through November we discuss a different book and enjoy a new recipe from Antoni in the Kitchen. This month join us for Karamo: My

Story of Embracing Purpose, Healing and Hope by Karamo Brown, an insightful, candid and inspiring memoir. He will discuss how the challenges in his own life have allowed him to transform the lives of those in need. Series is thanks to the support of ArtsWave. Adults. Register. Book Bingo for Adults 4-5:30 pm Tuesday, Sept. 15 When you cry out “Bingo!” in your own home, you get to choose one book from an array of titles in both Adult Fiction and Non-fiction. Adults. Register to receive the link. Ultimate Trivia 7 pm Thursday, Sept. 17 Grab a paper and pen and join us for a night of Zoom trivia hosted by professional trivia host, Thomas Todd. We can assign you a team if you do not have one. Adults. Register to receive the link. Windowsill Gardening 5-6:30 pm Friday, Sept. 18 Learn how to use old coffee cans as planters so you can start your own windowsill gardens! Adults. Register to receive the link. Yoga & Meditation with Phoenix Wilson 7 pm Tuesday, Sept. 22 Join us for this on-going class for a clear mind and invigorated body. Adults. Register to receive the link. Meme Maker Fun! 5-6:30 pm Wednesday, Sept. 23 Learn how to make quick, and fun memes to add the abundance of silly and funny ones that overflow on the in-

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In Gathering Moss, A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses, by Robin Wall Kimmerer, we meet a professor of botany, authority on mosses, member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, who writes “more than a book about mosses,” says Janisse Ray (Ecology of a Cracker Childhood, Wild Card Quilt), “this is a Native American woman speaking. This is a mother’s story. This is science revealed through the human psyche.” In the chapter, “City Mosses,” she describes these plants as having much in common with their human city dwellers, as “diverse, adaptable, stress-tolerant, resistant to

pollution, and thriving in crowded conditions. They are also well travelled. She writes, for instance, of Grimmia pulvinata , Grey-cushioned Grimmia, or Pulvinate Dry-Rock Moss—a Bryophyte; her writing is charming: “. . . moss doesn’t discriminate between a granite crag in the White Mountains and a granite obelisk on Boston Common.” “Limestone cliffs are not abundant in nature

Grimmia pulvinata, dry rock moss

but there’s one on every Chicago street corner . . . Statues provide all kinds of water-holding niches where mosses abound. . . They bathe the edges of our fountains and trace the letters on our gravestones.” One man called her asking how to kill mosses in his lawn; she told him mosses cannot kill grass, but if a lawn is in deep shade, the grass might not grow, so mosses might move in to take the opportunity; in other words when conditions for moss growth are better than conditions for grass growth. Too much shade, or water, or too low a pH, or soil compaction, will discourage grass and encourage moss.

ternet. Ages 11-19. Register to receive the link. Virtual Teen Hangout 5-7 pm Monday, Sept. 28 Drop in to this virtual Teen Hangout and see your library friends! Ages 11-19. Register to receive the link. Coming to America: A Jewish Refugee in New York by Kadya Molodovsky 6 pm Wednesday, Sept. 30 Explore themes of immigration to America. This program is made possible by the Yiddish Book Center. Adults. Register to receive the link. Zoom Programs for Children and Families CCPL Roblox Club Online 4 pm Saturdays, Sept. 5, 12, 19 & 26 We play different Roblox games each week on private servers hosted by the library. Register with email address to receive copy of the rules and a link to the server. Ages 8-14. Minecraft Club Online 5-7 pm Monday, Sept. 14 Join us online from the safety of your own home using the library’s server. If you have a Java Minecraft account you can join in anytime. For the server IP or questions, email cgerner@cc-pl.org. Ages 8-14. Take & Make Programs for Adults and Teens Fleece Heart Tied Pillow 4pm Wednesday, Sept. 2 Create your own no sew, heart shaped, pillow. Take & Make bags with all supplies needed for the program will be available a week before the event at Carrico/ Fort Thomas Branch. Ages 11-19. Register. Safety Pin Lapel Pins 3 pm Friday, Sept. 4 Create a fun lapel pin with any design you can imagine. Take & Make bags with all supplies needed for the program will be available a week before the event at Newport Branch. Ages 11-19. Register.

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Ribbon Streamers 5 pm Monday, Sept. 7 Make festive streamers to shake and wave around. Take & Make bags with all supplies needed for the program will be available a week before the event at Newport Branch. Adults. Register. Creating Crystals 4 pm Thursday, Sept. 10 Learn how to easily make crystals appear overnight. Take & Make bags with all supplies needed for the program will be available a week before the event at Newport Branch. Ages 11-19. Register. Canvas Tote 6 pm Thursday, Sept. 10 Use paint and stencils to create a fun canvas tote bag. Take & Make bags with all supplies needed for the program will be available a week before the event at Carrico/ Fort Thomas Branch. Adults. Register.

In-Person Program St. Elizabeth Mobile Mammography Screening 9-11 am Monday, Sept. 14

The St. Elizabeth Mobile Mammography will offer screenings at the Newport Branch. Ages 35-40 baseline screening; over 40 annual screening. Financial assistance available to those who qualify. To schedule an appointment, call 859-655-7400.

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a ramp, persons who need a ramp cannot be included. We just marked 30 years Celebrate ADA & A2A of the Americans with DisWho would have Twenty-one years ago, abilities Act (ADA). This thought we would still be I remember one of my con- act is enforced on all public fighting this virus into the gregants saying to me, why buildings and services – exsummer? I encourage you are we spending money on cept churches. Churches to continue doing the right an accessible ramp when are not required to comply things: keep distance, wear a we don’t have anyone in our with this national legislamask, wash your hands, and Church that needs a ramp? tion. But that certainly does wipe down surfaces. These That question is often spo- not mean that congregations are simple life-saving acts ken about things that cost should not comply. Many of that we can do to love our money. I hope the answer you know St. John Church neighbors and ourselves. is obvious to you – without has an A2A team. A2A, Accessible to All, is a way of life at St. John Church. Not only have we updated our facility, we have updated our website, exterior signage, and are working on plans to update water fountains and add automatic doors where needed. These things all take time, money, and commitment, and sometimes sacrifices. But they are important steps to living out what we value: No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here! Thirty years ago, The Rev. Harold Wilke stood next to President George H.

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W. Bush and received one of the pens, used by the President to sign the ADA, with his toes. He had no arms. But, because of determination in living out the gospel, Rev. Wilke, a clergyman of the United Church of Christ, and others, led the way in our denomination and our nation to include everyone. We must always remember that inclusion for persons with disabilities is not just about facilities and

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