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COMMUNITY NEWS January, 2020 Volume 42, Number 10 859-331-7977 From The mayor

1-9-20 by Mayor Charlie Cleves State of the City I have just completed my first year as the Mayor of Bellevue. It has been the tradition for the Mayor to present an annual State of the City address. I did that at the January 8, 2020, Bellevue Council meeting. I thought it appropriate to share it with you. I want to thank the Board of Council—Ryan Salzman, Steve Guidugli, Sean Fisher, Pat Hogan, Shauna Kruse and Scott Witte—for all of their help and input. We make a great team. We don’t always agree, and we shouldn’t, but we do work together and we seek common ground. Every one of us cares about Bellevue. I want to thank our police, fire, public works and administrative staff. I can tell you I am at City Hall most days of the week, and I know they work very hard for the City of Bellevue. We work together as a team and it is great working with our staff. Police Chief Estepp, Fire Chief Chris Adkins, Public Services Foreman Rick Mallery and City Clerk/Treasurer Mary Scott have many years of institutional knowledge, care about the City, and work hard to serve the citizens of Bellevue. I want to especially thank City Administrator Frank Warnock. He has put together a team approach using communication and collaboration to move the City forward. Please don’t tell him I said this as his


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bald head will swell, but he has done a great job confronting Bellevue’s issues. I think we have accomplished a lot in the last year. I hope you agree. In short, I think we have re-energized Bellevue, and it’s not over yet. We’re just getting started. We have work to do and we will continue the effort. I live here. I grew up here. I raised my family here. I go to church here. My business is here. I make it a point to spend money here. I am here to tell you that I’m all in for Bellevue. Now, I would like to provide a brief run-down of some of the accomplishments that we working together as a team have achieved. Lincoln Road Re-Construction My first priority coming into office was Lincoln Road. Frank introduced me to engineer Mike Yeager to tackle Lincoln Road and other engineering related issues, and he has been fantastic. Mike works for Integrated Engineering, and has a lot of experience in local government engineering projects. Mike is managing the Lincoln Road re-construction project. Surveys have been completed. Data and video from Lincoln Road residents have been reviewed. Design teams have walked the site. Catch basins need to be added. The previous estimated cost of completing the project was estimated to be $2.6 million. We don’t have it. During budgeting last year, we put $100,000 in our budget for Lincoln Road. We think we can up that to $150,000 in next year’s budget that begins July 1, 2020. We believe we can get a substan-

tial match of funds, perhaps $250,000, from Sanitation District No. 1. We think we may be able to get Lincoln Road where it needs to be with those funds. I am hopeful we can begin work in 2020, the sooner the better. There is focus on Lincoln Road now, and we’re moving forward, never as fast as I would like it to be, but we’re trying. Bellevue Entertainment District We established the Bellevue Entertainment District (“BED”) that began Thanksgiving weekend in 2019 which is our annual Christmas Walk event. This was a very successful event. Three television stations and at least a dozen print and internet organizations ran the story. Visitors to taverns and restaurants on Fairfield Avenue may purchase drinks at various locations on the Avenue, and carry them in standardized cups Thursday through Saturday, noon to 10 p.m. They can go into any business that agrees to participate with their cups. The business owners have expressed appreciation for the City taking the time and creativity to set this up. It’s a work in progress, an effort, and we’ll see how it goes. Once it warms up a bit, I think it will take off and be more popular and give folks a reason to come to Bellevue. Our City Attorney, Dave Fessler, came up with the idea. Frank visited several cities that have done this. Really hard work for Frank, right? Initially, the BED was called the Entertainment Destination District Zone. Nope, Frank said it’s

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Bellevue residents, If you will indulge me for a few minutes, I want to spotlight a few of our fellow community members. While mostly anonymous in their work, the positive role they play for Bellevue Independent Schools is immeasurable. They are your school board members Julie Fischer, Chris Groneck, Jenny Hazeres, Jenn Owens, and Dan Swope. Elected to four-year terms, the Bellevue Independent Schools board is responsible for our community’s most precious resource and the key to its future – our children and their educational opportunities. Maybe they serve to improve those opportunities for their children, maybe they do it to ensure our community is poised to meet the future with a highly educated workforce able to improve the local economy, or maybe they do it because they believe in the role public education plays in creating better Commonwealth for all citizens. But whatever the reason,

our board members serve with minimal compensation and maximum effort. They spend hours reading materials and digging into reports to prepare for twice monthly meetings. State law requires them to obtain training on finance, ethics, leadership, and a variety of other topics every school year. When changes are made at the state level, such as new graduation requirements, school board members look at their policies and budget to decide how to meet these new requirements. School Board Recognition Month in January is a good time to recognize our Bellevue Independent Schools board members for their work. It’s my hope that you will take a few moments this month to thank them and to learn more about the work of those who bear the tremendous responsibility of ensuring the long-term success of our school system – and of our community’s children. With Tiger Pride, Robb Smith, Ph.D. Superintendent

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the BED. Come to the BED in Bellevue for some fun! Donnermeyer Drive Grant Mike Yeager, Frank and I prepared an application for an OKI grant after meeting with staff to apply for funds to re-habilitate and improve Donnermeyer Drive. The City was awarded a $792,000 grant. This will improve the safety, walkability, lighting, signage, aesthetics, biking and mobility opportunities on this important corridor in Bellevue and includes a new street and surface. It is scheduled to begin in July 2022. This is good longterm planning for the City. Grants OK, one of the first things we did was to focus on bringing grant funds to the City. We met with grant writers to understand options in the early part of 2019. The effort has paid off. We have been awarded about $910,869 in grant funds in 2019. That is unbelievable for Bellevue. The grants came from FEMA, Duke, OKI, Kentucky League of Cities, the state, and from other sources. It makes a lot of sense to at least ask for grant funds to free up tax dollars that can be used for other purposes. FEMA Hillside Slippage Project The issue of hillside slippage was first addressed by Bellevue citizen Tom Gerrein in 2008. Hillside slippage was eventually identified as occurring behind homes on Bonnie Leslie, North and South Sherry, and Taylor Avenue. This project became a FEMA project in 2014. It is now on it’s way, finally. Just recently, the City hosted a meeting to explain the status of the project. Mike Yeager, Frank and I were there to ask 23 households to sign off on an Agreement to Proceed. All 23 households have signed so that we know this is what the citizens want to do. If just one did not sign, the whole project could go down the tubes. This exemplifies the spirit of Bellevue. We’re in this together. These citizens have to com-

mit to pay 13 percent of the costs of the project. That’s a hardship for some of the households. We had to make a very hard decision to remove the Taylor Avenue homes from this project and concentrate on North and South Sherry, and upper Bonnie Leslie because of lack of funding. We had about a $2.3 million allocation for what was a $6 million project. Couldn’t do it. We will re-visit Taylor best we can. Grandview Elementary School Sidewalk Grant City Engineer Mike Yeager applied for a grant to install sidewalks behind Grandview Elementary School. The City was awarded a $100,000 grant through OKI. This will help our children walking to school. This was great news. Bellevue Vets The Cincinnati Reds and St. Elizabeth Hospital makeover of the Bellevue Vets ballfields is unbelievable. The drainage, synthetic infield, press box, lighting, and landscaping all are professional baseball quality. Good job Terry Hatton and the rest of the Bellevue Veterans. Sesquicentennial 2020 Happy birthday Bellevue, we’re 150 years old this year. Shauna Kruse, Tina Neyer, Jill Fessler, Jody Robinson and others have been meeting and working really hard on plans for various events in 2020. Porch parties, a dinner and banquet with music and other events are in the works. By the time this article is published, there will have been two planning and informational sessions held January 11 and January 12 at the Callahan Center. Citizens can volunteer, offer suggestions, get involved. I hope we can all come together and have a great time celebrating Bellevue in 2020. Call City Hall at 859292-8888 and we’ll let the committee know you want to get involved. Code Enforcement The Board of Council held a Visioning Session early-on in 2019, and improvement to the code enforcement effort was a goal

established by everyone in the room. We did it. The City hired a professional code enforcement officer, a former police chief, Tom McDaniel. Frank and Dave re-wrote the law of code enforcement in Bellevue. The Code Board is now active and meeting on a monthly basis which it had not been doing. A systematic approach has been developed. We seek voluntary compliance, and ask for owners of property to correct the problems. If asking doesn’t work, then it’s enforcement. It’s working. There are numerous examples of improvement in the City that exhibit how a professional systematic approach can work. The Kent Lofts apartment complex is scheduled to begin renting February 1, 2020. We recently toured the building, and it offers an industrial, cool feel with a lot of windows. There are 66 units there and the rent ranges from $825 to $1,975 per month. There are eight pre-leases right now and the building hasn’t even opened. This new complex will re-energize Bellevue with new citizens who will live, play and work here. Bill and Tony Kreutzjans, and Matt Oliges have done a great job re-habbing a dilapidated industrial building that will now be active and known as Kent Lofts. Waffle House The owners have pulled the permit to build the Waf-

located on Donnermeyer Drive. Fire up the griddle. Another option to eat in Bellevue. Word has it they will start construction soon. Bike Racks Our Community Development Director, Jody Robinson, has been busy obtaining bike racks and they have been installed all over Bellevue this past year. We have more to install soon, too. This is a great amenity to offer bikers in the City. Miscellaneous Success Stories OK, I’m running out of steam, but want to mention a few more accomplishments. We passed a short-term rental ordinance to regulate Airbnb-type business so they don’t proliferate and take over the City, and to manage the impact they have on neighbors. The Riverfront Development Task Force has been meeting and we should be making some recommendations to the Board of Council soon. Internally, we established weekly staff meetings. Frank runs them. I attend them to keep an eye on him, but they are important, fun and integral to good government. We talk, debate, communicate, and then I tell them what to do. No, we work together as a team and it’s great working with our staff. We set up a fleet management program, passed legislation to make the City more business friendly such as eliminating bartender registration rules, and fees for tables and chairs on side-

and sidewalks improved in 2019. Downtown on Fairfield looks better than ever. We watched a community garden makeover. The Bellevue Neighborhood Association contributes so much to our City. Communications have greatly improved. There is an annual vision session, the City Administrator writes a weekly report to the Mayor and Council, the website was re-designed, I write a monthly newsletter, Jody sends out press releases. Frank established an Ambassador Program and we visit a business or a school or an institution every month, listening to the concerns and ideas of our citizens who work here and pay taxes. We ate lunch at the Bellevue High School with School Superintendent Dr. Robb Smith, met with Ken Grause of Pilot Lumber, Steve Crawford of Crawford Insurance, John Stiles of the Party Source, Pat Patel of the Commons Building, the Fishers of One-Stop, and others. I know, we’ve got a lot more to do, but we’ve come a long way in a year. In closing, it’s not about the Mayor or City Administrator or individual members of the Board of Council, it’s about working together and getting the job done. Teamwork is the answer. I have to say we have an outstanding team. Get ready for 2020. We’re on it!



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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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Sally F. Meng- Volleyball Coach, 1973-1994. Girls Basketball Coach1974-80 & 1981-1983. Girls Tennis Coach- 19651979. Sally Meng arrived in Bellevue in 1964 by way of North Middleton High School in Bourbon Co. and Transylvania University. She found a home in Bellevue and a family at Bellevue High School and for the next 31 years there developed a labor of love for Coach Meng. Sally was a pioneer and advocate for the advancement of girls athletics throughout Northern Kentucky and the State.

Her accomplishments as a Coach are legendary. When the NKAC sanctioned Volleyball as a sport in 1973, her teams won the first 12 Conference Championships. She would go on to win an incredible 513 matches and 16 Conference Titles in 22 seasons. Her 1977 team placed 3rd in the State Tournament. Coach Meng led the 1978 team to a State finalists grouping with a 30-4 record. It was as they called it “the Meng Dynasty.” Sally set the bar high and paved the way for the development of the Notre Dame, NCC, St. Henry and other successful programs of today. In Basketball her teams won 4 Conference Titles and the 1977 team won a 35th District Championship and finished as 9th Region Runner-up. In Tennis Sally Meng produced 18 singles

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Ken Simms was considered one of the best in greater Cincinnati and the state of Kentucky. He appeared in 4 Regional singles finals, winning titles in 1961 and 1962. In doubles he was a 3-time Champion and two time State Runner-up with teammate Tom Gauspohl. Ken was extremely competitive and hard worker who would play tennis during the break between 2 a day football practices in the heat of August. Rob Rothfuss- 1967Rob was an 8-time Letter The Athletes winner in football, track, Ken Simms- 1963- Ken and tennis. In track he was another one of those won 4 Gold medals for the versatile 3- sport athletes 1967 State Championship who excelled in anything team. (High Jump,(6’00”) he tried. In football, earn- Triple Jump,(42’10.75”) ing 3 letters Ken led his 4X400,(3:29.7) 4X200. team in rushing and scoring (1:31.3). In tennis he was a his senior season. He was two-time Regional doubles also an outstanding kicker Champion and State Runand punter who earned All- ner-up in doubles. ( with Conference honors. In bas- teammate Rick Denker) At ketball again an All-Confer- UK Rob was a 6-time letence selection and 3-time terman and SEC high jump letter winner he averaged Champion and school reover 18 ppg. It was in ten- cord holder. (since broken) nis where the standard was Rick Denker- 1967set. A 5-time letter winner Rick was an All-Conference and All-State tackle in football whose 1966 team defeated the Dayton squad who went on to win a State Title. As a junior his team defeated Highlands 19-14 for the first time in 10 years and last team to do so. On the tennis court the lefty was outstanding. Rick was a Regional Champion his junior and senior seasons and with partner Robbie Rothfuss finished as State Runner-ups in 1967. You won’t find too many offensive tackles who are gifted tennis players. His combination of power and agility was a unique athletic quality. Jim Riddle- 1968- Jim played 4 sports and earned 15 Letters. All-State football and Basketball player. He scored 1266 career points and had the 2nd best single season average in school history at 24.6 and doubles Regional finalists, winning 10 Titles. Coach Meng is a member of the NKADA, Bellevue High School, and Northern Ky. Sports Hall of Fame. A Plaque hangs in the Lobby of the Ben Flora Gymnasium honoring her achievements. The scoreboards inside the Gym honor her life. The Sally Meng Memorial Scholarship is given each school year to a deserving graduate. Coach Meng lost her life in an automobile accident in July of 2010.


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ppg. and set the school record with 43 against Silver Grove. Jim also was a member of the 1967 & 68 State Track Champions. He was also an outstanding baseball catcher and some said he had Major League potential. Jim went on to play football at UC. Bill Nagel- 1969- A dedicated one- sport athlete, Bill was one of the best basketball players in school history. His numbers are quite something. Bill led all of Northern Ky in scoring (29.2ppg) and rebounding (19.8rpg) his senior year. He set a school single game record with 45 against Dayton. (breaking Jim Riddle’s mark of 43 set a year earlier) His 32 rebounds in one game rank among the best in Region history. Bill finished his career with 1159 points in only 3 seasons. He accepted a full basketball scholarship to the University of Florida. Denise LaCroix- 1969Denise had a stellar tennis career on the Roger Klein Courts at the stadium. She appeared in 4 consecutive Regional Championships as a singles and doubles player. As a freshman Denise teamed with Janet Jennings to win the doubles title. A year later the same duo finished as Regional Runnerup. As a junior, with teammate Jackie Schoulthies the Lady Tigers won the title. Switching to singles as a senior Denise won the coveted 9th Region Championship. For many years the BHS athletic association presented the Denise LaCroix Memorial Tennis Award in her memory. Denise was the first female athlete to be inducted into the inaugural class of the BHS Hall of Fame.



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menTal healTh maTTerS Creating Boundries

by Whayne Herriford, MS, LPCC For many of my clients, one of the sources of both depression and anxiety is their ability to establish and maintain boundaries with other people. In therapy, boundaries are the limits or rules we set for ourselves and others in relationships. It’s based on our understanding what we want or need in our lives and how we are willing to allow people to help us fulfill them. Boundaries often are developed during childhood by watching adults in our lives and how they handle things. For example, if children see that their parents or other adult figures in their lives are constantly upset or stressed because they allow other people to interrupt or interfere with their happiness they are likely to assume that is the way to live and will often display similar boundaries with others. Boundaries are also affected by culture, that is some cultures are more open to displays of emotion than other ones are. Personal boundaries are almost always affected by substance abuse because of the impact that has on self-esteem and selfcare. I have also found that ineffective or to stringent boundaries are often present when there is conflict in a marital or other intimate relationship. I have also observed an interesting correlation between boundaries and age. Veterans and Baby Boomers (people born before 1965) tend to be more formal and have more boundaries

around what they openly share or accept from others. As we move forward in Generation X, Millennials and Generation Z there is a great deal more openness about sharing personal information and expecting it in return. I imagine the availability of information through social media has something to do with that. Boundaries exist along a scale from very rigid (e.g. we don’t ask for help, don’t trust anyone, don’t have close relationships) to very porous (we can’t say no to people, we overshare or over-involve ourselves in other people’s issues, or we accept abuse from others.) The ideal is somewhere in the middle where we are open to others input and seek to communicate and have relationships, but we also value ourselves and our needs and don’t compromise what we want for other people unless it’s very important. We also tend to have different boundaries in different situations. For example we may have a job where we are required to be strict about rules and to not allow for any exceptions. But at home we are very open and sharing with our spouse or children. Appropriateness of boundaries has a lot to do with the setting you’re in: what’s ok to say or do when we’re out with friends may not be the same when we’re interacting in a more formal setting. There are also several types of boundaries that can be established: personal boundaries relating to personal space or physical tough; emotional boundaries relating to our feelings;

sexual boundaries that relate to how we expect or accept sexual intimacy; material boundaries relating to money and possessions and boundaries related to time. Whayne Herriford, MS, LPCC is a licensed professional clinical counselor in the state of Kentucky and practices in both NKY and Cincinnati. This column is intended to provide general information to people about mental health related issues and is not for diagnostic or treatment purposes. You should always consult with a mental health professional when you have concerns about thoughts or feelings. If you have a question you’d like to see addressed in a future column, please send it to: The Bellevue Comm. News. email to communityshopper or Mail to 464 Kuhrs Lane Kentonvale, Ky. 41015

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by Jo Anne Warren, Master Gardener, Tree Hugger One reads self-congratulatory essays and reports by “reforestation” agents who laud their deeds in planting seedlings over denuded areas. A good idea we should step back from. Let us noodle on the idea of forestry with some forest words—preserve, reserve, reservation, conservation; park, paradise; national park; forest preserve or reserve; sanctuary; game reserve, bird sanctuary, soil conservation, soil bank. A recent article, “Planting Trees is only a good news story if it’s done right,” by Bibi van der Zee, in The Guardian, addresses the reforestation habit with a simple thought: “In the fight against global warming, we’d be better off preserving natural forests than planting new monoculture plantations.” Another writer, Yves Smith, posts a response to an article by Fen Montaigne from Yale Environment 360, introducing us to an environmental scientist at Tufts University’s Fletcher School, William Moomaw, who has turned his attention to working on natural solutions to climate change, and has become a leading proponent of what he calls “proforestation.” Moomaw writes, “Leaving Trees Alone Might Be Better than Planting New Ones.” [Smith says his reflex response is there are too many lawns in America.] Montaigne focuses

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of converting forests in the Southeastern U.S. to wood pellets that can be burned to produce electricity in Europe and elsewhere. “The most effective thing that we can do is to allow trees that are already planted, that are already growing, to continue growing to reach their full ecological potential, to store carbon, and develop a forest that renders its full complement of environmental services,” said Moomaw. “Cutting trees to burn them is not a way to get there.” Next month: Proforestation—Planting trees is only a good news story if it’s done right.

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helping readerS by Alvena Stanfield Are you or someone you know poor at reading? Here are a few suggestions: It’s not just you. The number of Americans who cannot read, are illiterate, is rising, according to the Modern Language Association. So, how do we improve, if we are poor readers? Easy. Since we depend on TV and computers for news, entertainment and gaming, let’s make good use of the time we spend there. Try this. A TV’s menu includes “features” and “closed caption.” Turn on closed captions. That way, as we watch and listen, we can read the words at the bottom of the screen. Nonsense, you say, well, give it a try. Even though we’re not “reading” during a program, some part of our brains IS reading the bottom of the screen.


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Computers offer the reverse. In the settings we can find “text to voice.” That way, when the words appear on the screen, we hear them through our earbuds or the speakers. Even if a person failed reading year after year when they were in school, listening while watching adds one more learning tool that been built into us from birth. No, not true, you say. Oh, but true. The more senses we use, the more we learn. Smell, touch, sight, hearing each teach us. Also, we get a tiny piece then add, add and add to it. For example, a baby hears then says “Ba.” Before long, the baby says baby, bell, boo. By first grade the child matches the symbol “b” and “B” with the sound. By second grade, the child can read hundreds of words that include “B.” If we miss out on one of the steps of hearing, seeing and piecing together letters into words, words into sentences, sentences into…. It’s never too late. This is also true if you have children at home struggling to read. Snuggling with them reading a beginner’s book is fun. The library even has “wordless storybooks” for the reader who knows the words but not what the story tells. The library staff can suggest great startups for any age. The very first step, though, is to make the time to learn to read or to share reading with another and stick to the plan.

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also be at the program and available afterward to help answer questions. Feel free to bring children with you to this program! Miss Nina, our children’s librarian, will be available with books and toys to entertain kiddos while parents enjoy the program. No need to register. Scent-sational Galentine’s Day 6:30 pm Tuesday, Feb. 11 Galentine’s Day is a time-honored tradition where you and your friends gather to celebrate and love each other. We plan to make this program scentsational as we do scent-based crafts with each other. Sign up fast because spaces are limited. Ages 18 & up. Registration required.

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I’d like to suggest starting the new calendar with a new way for every day – looking back only to learn from misinto the future? takes and to celebrate joys, I know that all sounds a and looking forward to enbit preachy (sorry occupa- counter and engage this life tional hazard) but, if Christ- with the peace of knowing mas came and went without that God is with you and something related to the we’re in this humanity tobirth of Jesus and how that gether – not alone. impacts our lives, can we Yes, it did happen! really call it Christmas? Happy New Year! It’s January now, a great time for a new start. We’ve had the opportunity to ponder with Mary about God contacting the world through Jesus who teaches, peace, love of neighbor, praying for our enemies, and working for a just world for all. Now we have an From the Corner is writopportunity to turn things ten by the Rev. Keith M. around in our lives that head Haithcock, Pastor & Teacher us down a negative road by of St. John United Church of taking the high road of pa- Christ on the corner of Fairtience, love, compassion, field and Ward Avenues in and inclusion. Bellevue, Kentucky. How ever you celebrat- ed and packed up Christmas,


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By the time you read this article your Christmas decorations will all be packed away and stored. It’s usually December 26th when we ask the question, is it over? Will you bear with me briefly to let a pastor bemoan how our society – including the church – has turned Advent and Christmas into a “get ‘er done” event that starts building well before Halloween and barely hangs on past noon of Christmas Day? We’ve dismissed Advent, the season to prepare, refocus, and anticipate encountering the coming of the living Christ in unexpected places and through invigorating ways. Perhaps the question we really need to be asking at the end of the twelve days of Christmas is, did it happen? Did Jesus come, is God with us (Emmanuel)? Do we still seek to follow the star? Have we turned around to live a new way

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For the entire month of January $9 buckets of domestic beer during all UK, NKU, Xavier and UC games for men and women’s teams. $1.50 16oz.domestic draft beer noon till 8pm $2 well drinks noon till 8pm

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After plunge celebration in the main hall 9am until 1pm with live music. Costume contest, door prizes, split the pots, food & beverage.

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Bellevue Community News - January, 2020  

Bellevue Community News - January, 2020