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Volume 42, Number 12

Bellevue CeleBrates 150 years as a City MarCh 15 in a cake decorating con- the Memorial Day Parade by Tina Neyer

It’s time to practice saying “Ses-qui-cen-ten-nial,” the term for 150 year anniversary of a city. We have so much to be proud of in the city of Bellevue, and since our founding on March 15, 1870, our town is the best it’s ever been. From the merchants on Fairfield Avenue to our beautiful homes, we continue to build a unique community filled with caring, can-do people who give of their time to help one another. On March 15 we will kick off our year-long celebration with a ceremony and Cincinnati Reds Vintage baseball game. YOU ARE INVITED to this fun, free event. Join Mayor Charlie Cleves welcome dignitaries from around the region to proclaim Bellevue a great little city. School age children are involved

test, and the winners will be announced just before the baseball game. Stay for the game on the newly renovated field at the Bellevue Vets. The Cincinnati Reds Vintage Baseball team will square off against a team of Bellevue’s best players including council people, school officials, police and firefighters, as well as a few family members from Bellevue’s past. It’s a family affair just like the founders would have loved. In 1870, a group of citizens wanted this special little .9 miles to become a city, so they petitioned the state and became our Bellevue. March 15 is only the beginning. In May, we have a designated Historic Preservation week filled with historic tours, a preservations awards ceremony, culminating with

on May 25. Then be sure to join the fun during Bellevue Days, June 28 through the Fourth of July, with a seersucker bicycle ride through town, Bellevue Day at Behringer Crawford Museum, and an old fashioned picnic, concert and fireworks on Independence Day. We will celebrate with a Gala on October 10. During the year, smaller events will pop up around town, beginning with Historic Happy Hours at various homes and businesses to highlight the history and work that owners are doing to preserve these gems of our history. During the summer Porch Parties give everyone an opportunity to come out and meet your neighbors. Bellevue is a special place and this is our year to shine.

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A Scout is reverent. The twelfth point of the Scout Law, reverent, is one that most people may not associate with Scouting. In February of each year, The Boy Scouts of America celebrates this essential part of its heritage and its future. Cub Scout Pack 17 at St. John United Church of Christ in Bellevue celebrated Scout Sunday on February 23, 2020. The Scouts eagerly participated in the worship service, and they recited the Scout Oath and Law for the congregation. They


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also helped collect the offering. Grandview Elementary School third-grader, Owen Andreassen, read the morning’s scripture. After the service, Pack 17 held its Pinewood Derby race, the most anticipated event for every Cub Scout. Over the last several weeks, the Scouts worked a small piece of pine into a finished

car. They took the blocks through designing, cutting, sanding, finishing, painting, and weighting to present 5ounce high-speed wedges. The races were a huge success, and we had some outstanding designs! Pack 17 serves the northernmost river cities in

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3-6-20 by Mayor Charlie Cleves Making Center Street one-way west The City is in the process of turning the 200 block of Center Street into one-way west. The one-way area on Center will begin at the corner of Center and Taylor, and run just past the Bellevue High School to Lafayette Avenue. The proposal includes leaving parking on both sides of the street on Center. So far, the overwhelming response to this proposal has been positive. City Administrator Frank Warnock and I marched Center Street on a sunny morning recently and passed out a memo explaining the proposal to Center Street and adjoining residents. We did not, however, go into the yard with the large barking dog. I hope the neighbors inform them of the proposed change. We talked to at least 30 or so people in the area, and they all seemed to welcome the proposal. The logic of making Center one-way west is based on safety and efficiency. When the high school begins its day, the traffic flow can be challenging. When school lets out, the challenge repeats itself. And, when there are events at the high school, the challenge of ambulating up and down the street remains. The drivers play the game of stopping in narrow spaces, and letting the oncoming vehicles coming at them pass before they can proceed. We also thought that going west would be more efficient for drivers dropping off students in front of the high school. They can exit on the high school side of the street, and not have to cross the street.

We are somewhat concerned about those notorious “unintended consequences” by making the change, but I say let’s give it a try, and if it does not work, we’ll blame Frank and go back to square one. We sent out the memo, have discussed the issue with Police, Fire and Public Services folks, at staff and Council meetings, and posted the notice on our social media. The change should make it safer for our large fire trucks traveling on Center. I know I will hear, “Why didn’t you tell me about this before you did it?” Where is the magic that makes everyone happy. I’d like to find it. One of our goals from the February visioning session was to re-energize the Taylor Avenue business district, or at least make the effort to do that. Changing Center Street to one-way is a start. If you have an opinion about Center Street, feel free to let us know. Covert Run We have had several meetings recently with the cities of Dayton and Newport to discuss how our three cities can work together to alleviate the storm water issues on Covert Run. TV personality Clyde Gray came to the City and introduced VS Engineering. They are working on a proposal. We are trying to remove and control some of the storm water on Covert Run at various points. The road starts in Fort Thomas and goes through Dayton, the County, and Bellevue, and impacts Newport. We want to slow down the flow before it gets down near the Newport and Bellevue High

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School football stadiums. We have also been talking with Sanitation District No. 1 about this issue. They have a lot of data about water flow patterns, and have been very helpful. Related to this subject is that the City of Dayton has some money that it may possibly allocate for a storm water retention system in Sargent Park that is located in Dayton next to Bellevue on Covert Run. Bellevue is also considering options for a storm water retention spot at or near Shady Terrace mobile home park on Covert Run. The City of Newport is looking at all of the water coming down to the same creek from the Newport side, too. By trying a multi-city approach we are hoping to find some grant funds to help us with what seems to be the eternal problem of managing storm water run-off much of which is generated by developments above Bellevue. 150th Anniversary There will be an Historic Happy Hour at 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at 244 Ward on April 9, 2020. The main opening event is the vintage baseball game between the Bellevue Experience baseball team and the Reds Vintage baseball team. This event is set for March 15 and you’re invited. It may have occurred by the time you read this, but if not here is your invite. Sanitation District No. 1

sink hole A rather large sink hole opened up during the month of February at the bottom of Lafayette Avenue. You may have noticed the activity and industrial equipment and trucks there recently. Fortunately for the City SD1 will pay for the repairs to the pipe. SD1 has indicated they will be putting in a gravel road to help accommodate construction at the site. This is on City land. This will help them access the bottom of the hole with the large industrial heavy trucks. Lincoln Road City Engineer Mike Yeager, Frank and I met March 4 on a telephone conference call with SD1 to discuss Lincoln Road storm water system construction. We’ve been pushing this project. Mike’s engineering firm will have the design for the Lincoln Road complete and ready to send to SD1 for approval in the next two weeks. This will give SD1 time to review and consider the plans, and then present them to the SD1 board for approval at the April 21, 2020, meeting. Once it is approved, it will be put out for bids. We are hoping that we will be able to start the job by the middle of June or early July. Hope springs eternal, but we’re on the right track. If we get going early to mid-summer, then we should have the work completed by the end of the year.

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We have taken a common sense approach to try to complete the Lincoln Road project. The original $2.6 million estimate to complete what has already been done will be substantially less than that. The water will be channel to new, existing and covered grates, and the roadway will be slanted away from properties into the storm water system. New larger piping will be installed. Tri-Ed The new leadership and direction of Tri-Ed (a Northern Kentucky economic development entity) has been very beneficial to me. Frank and I have had several meetings with Tri-Ed to discuss everything from economic development incentives and effort to Tax Increment Financing (TIF) districts. We met with Tri-Ed representatives at City Hall recently to discuss some empty commercial office space that is and will be available in the City. We’re pushing to fill up those spaces with jobs. We recently attended a Tri-Ed sponsored TIF program. State TIF officials presented information to participants at the Chamber of Commerce office. The one-hour long program about TIF districts in Northern Kentucky and the state was very informative and helpful. Bellevue has a TIF district that has not been activated. I learned one thing at the meeting and that is I realize how little I knew about all the fine details of the TIF district. While at the meeting, we noticed Bellevue resident and activist Jeremy Worley who works at TriEd at the meeting. We put the heat on Jeremy to help us finds some businesses to locate in Bellevue. It’s nice to work with a Bellevue guy who cares about Bellevue and is in a good position to help us. He emphasized that he is a professional working for all of Northern Kentucky and not just Bellevue, but that doesn’t stop me from working on, oh I mean with Jeremy. Let’s go bowling Some folks in the City do not realize we have a

It’s a bit off of the beaten trail tucked in just off of Water Works Road that runs parallel to Memorial Parkway. It’s called Super Bowl Bellewood. Frank and I went on an Ambassador visit there recently. We were impressed. Sandy Cummins is the manager. She gave us a great tour. We learned a few things. They have about 15 leagues competing there. There are about six high school groups who bowl there. Kids can bowl for free in the summer. They have “cosmic” bowling on Saturday nights. There are two state champions who bowl there. There are at least 11

The facility was bright and clean. They have a full bar and serve good pub food. They also have meeting space for parties, and host weddings and special events. Please support the bowling alley. Frank will be issuing a challenge to City of Dayton Mayor Ben Baker and Dayton officials for a bowling smack-down. They may be scared to take us on, and they might not even show up. They haven’t seen Council person Steve Guidugli throw a strike by tossing the ball through his legs, but they will. Let’s see if they’re up for the challenge, and we’ll get the ball rolling.

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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.

The Coaches

Gary Akers- Basketball Coach, 1973-1979. Girls Basketball Coach, 1980-81 and 1984-1994. Baseball Coach, 1974-1977. Coach Akers arrived in Bellevue from Betsy Lane and Floyd Co., Kentucky in 1968. In the early years Gary served as an assistant in football, basketball, and baseball. In 1973, when

John Gross moved up on the hill to NewCath, Coach Akers was elevated to the Head Basketball and Baseball Coach. His roundballers won 85 games in 6 seasons , 2 Conference titles, and 3 regional appearances. His 1975-76 team won 19 games and advanced to the 9th Region semi-finals after defeating Highlands 8180 in double overtime. (his teams never lost to Highlands in 6 years as head coach) That appearance in the final “4” was the first since the 1949 Regional Championship Team. (and no team since) Coach Akers

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also led the Girls basketball program as their head coach for 12 seasons. Gary’s 1976 baseball team finished 15-7. (first winning season in 10 years) Coach Akers also went on to serve as a highly respected umpire in the 9th region for several seasons.

The Athletes

Steve Ridder- 1977One of the finest all-around basketball players in school history. Steve also was an outstanding pitcher for the Tigers. His career basketball totals are remarkable. 1328 points in 3 seasons, 851 rebounds, and 307 assists. He ranks top 5 in each area. He led his 1975-76 team to the Regional semifinals, the first time a team had been that far since 1949. Going on to Berea College, he continued his basketball and baseball career. After graduation Steve entered the coaching profession, becoming an assistant with the Mountaineers for 8 seasons. In 1989 he was named the Head Basketball coach at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida. Coach Ridder has built a highly successful program and won an NAIA Division II Title in 2000. He is the secondfastest coach in NAIA history to reach 600 wins. (currently 696 wins) He has recently led his team to transition to NCAA Division II. In 30 years at the helm of the program, Coach Ridder was once again honored as he received the 2019 Guardians of the Game Pillar Award of the National

Association of Basketball Coaches. (NABC) John Ahrens- 1977John was a versatile allaround athlete for the Tigers. Everything was possible for John regardless of the playing surface. In football he was an All-State selection for the 1976 single wing State Runner-up team. In basketball he was AllConference and All-Region and helped lead the 197576 team to the semi-finals of the 9th Region. In the spring he played baseball and excelled in track and field finishing 3rd in the high jump and triple jump on teams who finished 3rd and 5th at the State Meet. Lisa Luthy- 1978- Lisa earned 9 Letters in volleyball, basketball, and track. She was All-Region and AllState in volleyball. She led her team to a 3rd place finish in the state tournament. In basketball Lisa was AllRegion and honorable mention All-State. In track, she won a State Title in the 60 yd hurdles (8.60). She was named a High School AllAmerican in track. Ellen Klare- 1978- Ellen participated in volleyball and track and field. The All-Conference performer led her team to an 18-4 record and 3rd place finish at state. In track Ellen led the Ladies to a State Runner-up in 1976. She holds 2 of the oldest girls track records in school history, the 100 in 12.3 (of which she is a coholder) and the 200 in 24.8. Ellen was named a High School All-American. Dave Schaufuss- 1978-

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Dave was argueable the finest long distance runner in school history. He was the Kentucky State Champion in the 2-mile run in 1978 (9:49.30) as well as runnerup in the mile. In 1978 Dave finished 5th at the State Cross Country Meet. He holds the school record in the 1600 run (4:24.6) and the 3200 run (9:32.8). Dave received a full athletic scholarship to Cumberland College where he was a 2-time All-American in Cross Country and Track. Jack Hurtt- 1978- Jack was a 3- sport star for the Tigers. In football he was a leader on the State Runnerup and State Championship Teams of 1976 and 1977. He was All-Conference and an All-State Linebacker. In that State Championship game with the game scoreless just before half, Jack picked up a missed field goal attempt and ran it back 90 yards for the only score of the first half. Amazingly he was playing the game with a cast on a broken hand. (he missed the semi-finals but convinced the team doctor that he had to play) The Tigers went on to win the Game 21-0. Jack was also All Region in basketball and MVP in baseball. He followed Coach Baldridge to Murray State where he played his college football. Jack’s 11 siblings all played for the Black & Gold.

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• Property Values – independent studies reflect tree-lined streets add 5 to 15% value to your property. • Crime reduction – research shows tree-lined streets have less crime than barren streets. • Cooling – all you have to do is walk around Bellevue or lose a shade tree to know the dramatic effect trees can have on summer temperatures and utility costs. Please call Jody at 2924220 or email her at jody. robinson@bellevueky.org for more information.

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Toxic Workplaces

by Whayne Herriford, MS, LPCC For many people the time spent at work is a major investment. If you’re lucky, work provides you with emotional or mental satisfaction in addition to the economic benefits. But sometimes jobs are actually harmful to people and result in more damage than good. A term that is used to describe this is “toxic workplaces.” There are at least three ways that workplaces become toxic: 1. The organizational culture (the way things get done, it’s policies and procedures or it’s goals and objectives) are dysfunctional and impact everyone who is part of the company. This would include any organization where there is rampant dishonesty towards customers or clients, where there is constant “fixing” rather than attempting to find solutions to problems, where the organization operates in constant crisis mode or where there is no respect for people – both workers and the recipients of the goods or services. 2. A second (and somewhat common cause) is when there are leaders in the organization who act in ways that are unhealthy and that affects other people around them. Think of

a leader who is in active addiction who can affect the day-to-day lives of the people at the job. Similarly, someone with either undiagnosed or untreated mental health disorders who is leading others would create unhealthy or toxic environments for people. 3. For some individuals, work can become an addictive activity. Their sense of self, or the rush of the work or the need for validation can drive people to develop behaviors that are pathological and harmful to themselves and to others around them. Think of people who are so committed to their job or company that they ignore their family or their own needs – the workaholic. These days many people feel tethered to their job with their email and calendar and other applications appearing on their phone 24 hours a day! Toxic workplaces frequently result in a variety of dysfunctional behaviors on the part of people within them. This can include decreased self-esteem, an inability to set good boundaries, obsessive or perfectionist approaches to life, dishonesty and emotional isolation. It is also not uncommon for people to “selfmedicate” the impact of toxic workplaces with substances. As for how to address the toxic workplace, the

not possible try to develop healthy boundaries with respect to what you can affect and what you can’t. If you work for someone who has pathological tendencies do your best to isolate your feelings from their behavior – don’t take responsibility for their actions. If it’s possible and you think it will matter, raise your concerns with a higher-level manager or HR. Look for other activities outside of the job that will give you the satisfaction or validation that you are not getting in the job. If your job is a source of addictive behaviors use recovery related resources to develop a healthier approach to your work. 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 @twc.com or mail to 464 Kuhrs Lane Kentonvale, Ky. 41015


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Kindergarten registration is right around the corner, and we at Bellevue Independent Schools look forward to helping the next class of Tigers begin their educational journey. We will be holding a special Kindergarten Registration Event on Tuesday, March 17th at Grandview Elementary from 4:30 – 630pm. Our staff will be there to assist parents with the registration process, and to introduce all of the resources available to our families. While the transition to elementary school is an exciting time for our future kindergartners, there can also be uncertainty about this big, new step. In order to make our new students feel welcome, we have also prepared a fun night of celebration. New families will be given a tour of the school and an opportunity to meet the teachers, counselors, and staff that make up our Grandview family. As par-

ents complete the necessary paperwork, children will be treated to reading time with our high school student volunteers, and a special presentation from current Grandview students. Everyone in attendance is welcome to join us for a free dinner, along with face painting, photo booth fun, and book giveaways. All students registering for Kindergarten for the 2020-2021 school year will need to bring an official birth certificate, Social Security card, and proof of residency to the registration event. Information will be given about updated immunizations and all necessary health exams. For questions regarding Kindergarten registration at Grandview, please call Angela Young, Principal at 859-261-4355 or Ben Zimmerman, District Records Clerk at 859-261-2980 Ext. 612.

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by Jo Anne Warren Master Gardener, Tree Hugger Last month we talked about native species, choosing those to plant, with wildlife, our native pollinators, in mind. An interesting response in one woman’s mind was that, since she didn’t have very much sun in her yard, she was going to cut down a black cherry and a large live oak in order to grow more annual and perennial flowers for pollinators. She might have been thinking “eye level,” but whose eyes? The bees and butterflies and hummingbirds can fly! Their eyes can be up high, as they have wings! Native trees contain some of the most important sources of food for wildlife,



including many Lepidoptera species (butterflies). In almost any list recommending host plants for butterflies and moths, many native trees are included. It is possible and certainly desirable to have plants of varying heights, including groundcovers, both annual and perennial flowering plants, vines, and at the top—trees! If you have ever stood beneath a tree when the caterpillars are falling—a boon for the birds!—you realize that trees provide food for important creatures. Many flying insects lay eggs and feed their caterpillars on certain trees, as trees provide larval food and nectar for 100-500 species, while most perennials provide these services for 30-40 species.

We enjoy blooming annuals and perennials in our gardens, but as a matter of scale, the flowers of trees host many more butterfly, moth, hummingbird, bee and bird species. Douglas Tallamy, in his book Bringing Nature Home, recommends several native trees valuable to wildlife that also have desirable landscaping qualities. He lists species of oak, maple, birch, hickory, beech, tulip tree, blackgum, cherry, juniper, and many others. His research assistant, Kimberly Shropshire, put together a list of woody plants ranked by their ability to support Lepidoptera species (butterflies). Oaks top the list with 534 species supported; next came willow with 456, cherry and plum 456, poplar and cottonwood 368, crapapple 311, and others.

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Although birds preparing for long distance migration will eat berries of exotic species, in order to bulk up, during the nesting season they look for insects, under the bark of your trees—native food for the native species. As Tallamy noted, insects have evolved with native trees for eons and often do not recognize nonnatives. For many insects, a plastic yard ornament would be as useful as a nonnative tree.

Trees are important, not only to butterflies, but to all wildlife. Native trees are the ticket to more birds, butterflies, wildlife of all kinds, and for humans, more enjoyment as we take pleasure in the wildlife supported by native trees. These are also the trees that shade our streets and sidewalks, where you want to walk the baby, the dog, or give yourself a pleasant stroll down to the avenue. Whatever the question, trees are the answer.

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hOly trinity students and the “Jesse lewis ChOOse lOve prOgraM” For the past several years Holy Trinity students have been participating in “The Jesse Lewis Choose Love Enrichment Program.” Founded by Scarlett Lewis in the aftermath of losing her son, Jesse, during the Sandy Hook shooting, the program teaches children to choose love in any circumstances. The program focuses on important character values called “The Four Pillars,” which are courage, gratitude, forgiveness, and compassion. One of the most important lessons that students are taught is that little acts of kindness can go a long way. Students practice this by reflecting in journals, getting to know their fellow classmates deeper, and praying for each other. Students created art projects for each other and for members in their family and

community. A culminating project for students last year was to make their own music video; students used the song, “Have it All” by Jason Mraz. Mrs. Patti Dietz, Holy Trinity’s Choose Love coordinator, sent in the music video to Mr. Mraz, and students are hoping he contacts them the next time he is in town touring. Furthemore, students are taught that they cannot always control what happens to them, but they can control their response to the situation. Every lesson revolves around making good and loving choices. The students are encouraged to be “upstanders,” which means being a friend to others and watching over one another. The program aims to empower children. Each of us has the power to choose loving thoughts over angry thoughts. By practicing how


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to choose love, students are given the tools they need to carry the mission into their daily lives and beyond. Amani Premoh, a current sixth grader at Holy Trinity, agrees that Choose Love has left a lasting impression on her to “always follow in God’s footsteps. Together, through love and kindness, we can have a positive impact on the world. Holy Trinity students have made the pledge to “Choose Love!”

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tralia have endured a tenyear drought in areas that used to have enough rainfall to support crops and cattle. What does this have to do with TANK? We already pay a tax that supports TANK. It is our opportunity to reduce CO2 bit by bit. Another item that would help our environment is if you would plant trees. Not practical? The Arbor Day Foundation offers to plant ten trees in a rainforest or in a U.S. National Forest if you will pay a $10 membership fee. If you have space, they will send you ten trees

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by Judy Brauer The Bellevue Neighborhood Association (BNA) has created a reimbursement program called Beautify Bellevue. The BNA provides up to $750.00 in grant funds for exterior home and yard improvements. The maximum amount per approved project is 50% of the receipt for the finished project up to a maximum of $750.00. Applications are approved on a first come first served basis. Improvements to your home such as painting the outside, cement repairs, new fencing, roofs, landscaping, chain link fence removal, and any other improvements you can think of will be considered. The key is it has to be visible from the street or the alley. Last year we had a total of seven projects our neighbors in Bellevue completed using this grant. We do have some before and af-

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March Drink Specials

March Madness

$8 Buckets during all tournament games for men and women’s teams. $1.50 16oz.domestic draft beer noon till 8pm $2 well drinks noon till 8pm

We have a weekly queen of hearts drawing every Tuesday at a cost of $1 per ticket and current jackpot is $10,000 and growing daily.

Fish Fry

March 13-20-27 April 3-10 EAT IN or CARRY OUT every Friday during lent. Giving away money $25


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2020 Vets baseball & volleyball youth league sign up Every Sat & Sun. 1pm to 4pm in March $25 per player T ball 4 & 5 year olds Coach Pitch 5 & 6 year olds Kid Pitch 7 to 14 years old Volleyball 6 to 17 years old

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ter photos on our face book page – www.facebook.com/ bnaky. One of the projects might even be in your neighborhood. Your neighbors on Prospect, Bonnie Leslie, Van Voast, O’Fallon, and Ward used the Beautify Bellevue grant. What is required to apply? •Current membership in the Bellevue Neighborhood Association •A completed Grant Application •Verify with the City of Bellevue whether approval/ permits are needed for the project and obtain if necessary •The project/improvements must be exterior work that can be seen from the street or alley •Work must begin 30 days of grant approval and completed within 90 days •Photos will be taken of

nKy puBliC retirees Meeting The NKY Chapter of Kentucky Public Retirees will have their monthly meeting on Monday April 12, 2020 at Golden Coral 388 Orphanage Road Ft. Wright, KY. Meeting time 11:45 A.M. All retirees from state, local, county, and state police are welcome to attend along with their spouses. Criteria for membership a pension received from one of the following CERS, KERS, or STATE POLICE. KPR has a website, Facebook page, twitter account, and quarterly newsletter ‘’ The Kernel” with all the latest pension news. All questions can be addressed to NKY Chapter President Milton Mains 859-512-9881 or email MHLM38@twc.com. Submitted by: Melissa Artopoeus

the proposed project before work begins •Photos will be taken of the completed project •Copies of invoices/ receipts showing amount spent on the project are needed to be reimbursed If you are planning any work on the outside of your home, please call me, Judy Brauer at 513-265-0677 and leave a message. I will return your call. You can also contact me at beautifybellevue@gmail.com. We can see if you qualify and to give you membership information. I can give you the application for the Beautify Bellevue grant and take the initial “before” photo. Those of you not familiar with the Bellevue Neighborhood Association please go to our website www.bnaky.com and check us out. We meet the 4th Tuesday of every month at 7PM. We meet at the Callahan Center located behind the city building. Look forward to seeing you there.

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Bellevue Community News - March 2020  

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