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Community News November, 2019
Volume 42, Number 8
Bellevue to Make Nearly $1M in Improvements to Donnermeyer Drive Thanks to Federal Grant
The City of Bellevue will make nearly $1 million in road and sidewalk improvements to Donnermeyer Drive – one of the city’s key transportation corridors – that will make the road and sidewalks safer, more attractive, and more pedestrian and biker friendly. OKI Regional Council of Governments recently approved $792,000 in federal funds for the project between Riviera Drive and Berry Avenue. The city will need to pay $198,000 (20 percent) from its own funds to match the federal grant. “This area has been neglected and underutilized for a long time,” said Bellevue Mayor Charlie Cleves. “Because this roadway is located next to a large underdeveloped area, these road and sidewalk improvements will help create an excellent economic development opportunity in this area of the city.” The primary purpose of the grant, which was funded through the federal Surface Transportation Block Grant program, is to improve safety, walkability, biking opportunities, lighting, signage, and aesthetics, including upgrading the street de-
sign and its driving surface. The grant will cover both the costs to design and construct the project. “This funding will allow the city to upgrade and improve Donnermeyer Drive, which needs to be done, while at the same time allow the city to be creative in re-energizing this area of the city,” said Bellevue City Administrator Frank Warnock. “It’s a win-win situation for attracting new businesses and customers to the area and improving connectivity for residents and visitors.” Warnock said the federal funding for this project could only be used for projects on collector roadways that promote pedestrian and biker connectivity. This funding could not be used for other transportation projects in the city, such as infrastructure improvements needed on Lincoln Road and Covert Run Road. “We would like to bury utility lines under or adjacent to Donnermeyer and we are currently studying the feasibility of being able to do that,” Warnock said. “If possible, that in itself would create a long-term positive impact for this area.” Said Mayor Cleves:
“Donnermeyer Drive could be just as exciting as Fairfield Avenue if we take the time to focus and plan for its future. This is an initial important first step. We have an open canvas to paint the picture we want, and we want to create a Picasso.” Cleves, Warnock, and City Engineer Mike Yeager jointly worked on the grant application after the city council conducted a visioning session earlier this year. “Applications for grant opportunities, along with improving our infrastructure, were among the top priorities from that visioning session,” said Mayor Cleves, who started serving as mayor on Jan. 1. Warnock became the city administrator on Feb. 1. “We will be continuing our efforts to find funding for other transportation projects in the city,” Warnock said. “I’m knocking on doors and I’m not shy about asking for money. Of course, we don’t want to get too carried away because we often have to match these grant funds, but any time we can utilize grants, shame on us if we are not doing so.”
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www.BellevueKY.org for the link or on Facebook at Facebook.com/shopbellevueky! Need some added encouragement? You’ll receive an In Vue swag bag for donating blood. One out of three people will need a lifesaving blood transfusion in their life time. Yes, that’s 1 out of 3! It’s a great way to give back to the community as we get caught up in the festivities of the holiday season. Hoxworth and patients you’ll never meet, are grateful to all those that participate.
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.Mayor’s Message 11-8-19 Bellevue Police Department I recently had an opportunity to review body camera video for two separate incidents involving our Bellevue Police Department. The video and audio technology now is amazing. The body cameras record clear images and the sound is relatively easy to hear. When an officer has to deal with circumstances requiring interaction with a citizen, it’s generally being recorded. I have noticed a bit of a pattern. A citizen complains about an officer’s behavior during interaction, but the camera does not lie, and the recording often proves the officer is professional and polite under difficult circumstances. I am extremely proud of our officers and the professional behavior they displayed in extremely volatile situations in the camera recordings I have reviewed. Everyone involved stayed on task even though one of our officers was attacked with a knife. The attacker started a fire inside of the building to distract the officers as they were about to enter. Our officer was able to disarm the assailant who will now be tried for multiple charges. While this was going on, our third officer put out the fire in the kitchen which took a while since a whole can of lighter fluid was squirted throughout the house. The Bellevue officers involved were Marc Chapman, Michael Lyon and Michael Knight. They were backed up by Dayton officers Gil Marksberry and Zach Goetz. I would buy you guys a drink,
but you are always on duty when I see you. They were confronted with ugly, dangerous circumstances, on an emergency basis. The decisions they made in real time probably saved lives, including their own. I see the officers often, on the street and in City Hall. I have learned that they are highly trained professionals, that they care about what they do, and they have empathy and understanding for the citizens they serve. Sesquicentennial Kickoff Party There will be a backyard party at my house at 212 Fairfield Avenue on November 21st from 6:30- 8:00 pm. Please enter on the Lafayette side of my property. There will be a band so just follow the sound. There will be hors d’oeuvres and drinks. This will be the first Sesquicentennial Porch Party. Because we expect many people to come we moved it to the backyard which is three times as big as my front yard. The new logo and branding will be rolled out at this party. Everyone in Bellevue is invited. Christmas Walk This year the Christmas Walk on the Avenue will be November 29th and 30th from 10:00 a.m. to 6::00 p.m. Every business you enter gives you another chance at winning one of 30 $25.00 gift certificates. One lucky person will win a $250.00 gift certificate. Coincidently Saturday the 30th is also Small Business Saturday. Please support Bellev-
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The city currently is determining what funding source it will use to match the federal grant for Donnermeyer Drive. “The city has a couple of years to budget for this match,” Mayor Cleves said. “We do have funds in the bank we can use for economic-development purposes and those funds could possibly be utilized for projects like this one, which not only generates economic development but helps us rebuild our infrastructure and improve safety.” Yeager said Donnermeyer Drive is an extremely busy corridor that sees more than 7,000 vehicles per day and has a relatively high crash rate. “The purpose of this very important project is to improve safety, improve multi-modal transportation options, and make Donner-
meyer Drive a gateway into Bellevue from the City of Newport,” said Yeager, who works with the city through a contract with Integrated Engineering. “We are trying to make sure that this important business center can be accessed as safely as possible by motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists while improving the overall aesthetics of the public amenities.” Warnock said the city will continue to think longterm to focus on transformational projects in Bellevue. “The area adjacent to the corner of Donnermeyer and Riviera Drive screams of opportunity,” he said. “When I go to other cities, I try to observe best practices, such as walkability, bikeability, and accessibility,” he said. “We want this area along Donnermeyer to be well lit, safe, easy to use, and stroller-friendly and accessible for all the young families who are moving to Bellevue and for our resi-
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dents who have lived here for many years.” Southbank Partners president Jack Moreland said the Bellevue project is an important piece of the puzzle that his organization has been working on for many years to make Northern Kentucky’s river cities more pedestrian and biker friendly. Southbank’s signature project, Riverfront Commons, an 11.5-mile uninterrupted trail that links Ludlow, Covington, Newport, Bellevue, Dayton, and Fort Thomas, is currently under construction along the Ohio River. That trail, which is now more than halfway completed, accommodates walkers, joggers, and bikers and provides access points to the river where people can launch kayaks and canoes and it connects with the residential neighborhoods and business, entertainment, and historic districts in these cities. “Projects like this one in Bellevue as well as the recently announced temporary bike lanes that will be installed in Newport on Saratoga Street, which runs into the Purple People Bridge, and on Fifth and Sixth Streets will only make our cities more connected, safe, and livable,” Moreland said.
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neider’s patio, weather permitting. Take a break at one of our eateries or grab a beer or cocktail to revel in the ambiance of the day and be one of the first to experience the Bellevue Entertainment District (BED) during its launch weekend. What does that mean to you? Some Christmas cheer! Get your adult beverage in the BED cup at a qualified bar or restaurant and then stroll the Avenue and visit shops while sipping on your drink. In addition to our enticing festive ambiance, our prizes will make you not want to miss visiting every business. Each business you visit you’ll earn one chance to win Bellevue Bucks (historic Fairfield Avenue gift certificates)! We’ll be giving away 30 $25 in Bellevue Bucks and one $250 grand prize in Bellevue Bucks! That’s a lot of shopping and dining! Shop the Fairfield Avenue Christmas Walk from the 200 to 700 blocks to see all your old favorites and many new places. Enjoy the best of the “good-ole days” where you and the holiday spirit are at the forefront.
CongraTulaTionS Daniel Scott, of Bellevue, claimed a $5 Holiday Cheer ticket worth $50,000 at lottery headquarters in Louisville earlier this week. He and his wife Stephanie were hanging out with friends at Loyal Cafe in Bellevue when Stephanie scratched off the $5 Holiday Cheer ticket. On her ticket, she revealed a “package” symbol, which indicated the prize amount is doubled. Located directly below the symbol was $5,000, making it $10,000. Stephanie leaned over to her husband and said, “Please come outside,” she said. “At first I thought something was wrong, that she had gotten a text or something,” Daniel said. Once they got outside, she started scratching off more of the ticket, seeing more of the packages, until they realized she won the game’s $50,000 top prize. The couple walked out of lottery headquarters with
a check for $35,500, after taxes. They plan to use the winnings to take a trip and fix up some things around the house. Loyal Cafe will receive a $500 bonus for selling the winning ticket.
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ue’s businesses. The “small business” owners work so hard to stay open and provide services for Bellevue’s business patrons. Lincoln Road status City Engineer Mike Yeager has gathered and reviewed all existing plans. He and members in his engineering firm have scrutinized the plans, and made an analysis of improving Lincoln Road to control water runoff. A site visit was recently completed with multiple engineers. We now know where all of the infrastructure is located. The videos provided by the residents have all been reviewed. These were very helpful. City Engineer Mike ran a complex water shed model. Actual surveying is being scheduled now. Our goal is to complete the project with a 50/50 match with Sanitation District No. 1 using funding presently available. We are hopeful the bottom line will be in the $400,000 range. South Ward We’ve been to visit South Ward numerous times to review the condition of the road. It’s sliding down a hill, and we’ve got to take action. The citizens who use the road are agitated and concerned. We’ve placed cones on the road for now. City Administrator Frank Warnock has made numerous calls to the state’s “emergency” road aid fund department to try to find some money to help the City of Bellevue pay for an expensive unanticipated road repair. We didn’t budget for this event because we didn’t know it was going to happen. In any event, Frank calls and leaves messages, but he has not received a return call. He says it’s ironic that he’s calling the emergency department, encounters a recording for an emergency, and then no one calls back. Who’s behind that curtain? We’ll keep trying and knocking on more doors to get this done one way or
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the other. Come to the BED The City of Bellevue will roll out its Entertainment Destination District ABC license program the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving. This will allow patrons of our taverns and restaurants to walk with standardized identifiable cups on the Avenue between businesses. For a little fun, we are calling the area—from O’Fallon to Riviera on Fairfield Avenue—the Bellevue Entertainment District; i.e. the BED. We’ve been joking a lot about the endless puns this will generate. Our City Attorney, Dave Fessler, keeps trying to extend the footprint of the BED to his home just off of the Avenue, but we’ve been keeping an eye on him for his own good. Warnock tried to sneak in a path to his house, but we caught him and snuffed that out for his own good, too. I think they’re in cahoots with each other, but I’m the Mayor and they’re not! This program is a work in progress and we want to be prudent, respectful and careful. This is something new and we’re learning as we go. We have looked at what other cities have done in this department such as Owensboro, Maysville, Somerset and others. Our effort is to try to energize Fairfield Avenue with fun events and programming. We want our merchants to be successful and maybe this will help a little. We are asking participants to be respectful, use common sense, and abide by the law. Those who don’t will be subject to enforcement, and we don’t want to have to do that unless it’s necessary. We have rules. They will be on the standardized cups and posted in participating taverns and restaurants. We have reported what we’re doing to the state ABC office, and we want to be in compliance. Our police officers will be monitoring this program and we will work with them closely. Shop at our businesses. Follow the rules. Have fun and behave! It’s not that hard.
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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.
Bob Miller- Track Coach, 1948-1953. After a stellar athletic career at BHS Coach Miller returned to teach and coach at Bellevue. His 1948 track team was outstanding and won the Highlands Relays, Regional and Conference Championships and placed 5th at the State Meet, which was held at our stadium. As an assistant football coach on Coach Flora’s staff, Bob was a major contributor to the success of the program during the late 1940’s and culminating with the State Championship team of 1951. It was while he was here at BHS that Coach Miller often attended Conference meetings with Mr. Schaar. This interest would lead him to take over the
leadership of the NKAC upon the death of Coach Schaar in 1962. The opportunity to become a Head Football Coach came calling and Coach left to lead the Newport Wildcat program. He soon gained statewide recognition by winning a conference title and playing for 2 mythical state championships. After a short stop at UC as an assistant Coach Miller returned to the high school ranks and had a long and successful career at Campbell Co. He was 85-67-7 with the Camels, and a lifetime record of 120-89-11. The football stadium at the old Campbell Co. High School (now Middle School) is named in his honor. Coach Miller returned to Newport as Athletic Director, where he finished out his career. As Executive Director of the NKAC for close to 30 years’, he also was instrumental in the formation of
the Northern Kentucky Athletic Directors Association. (and its Hall of Fame) Bob Miller is one of 3 Bellevue Athletes/Coaches to have been inducted into the prestigious Dawahares/KHSAA Hall of Fame. (Roger Klein and Ben Pumphrey are the others) Coach Miller is also a member of the NKADA, Bellevue High School, and Northern Ky Sports Hall of Fame.
Ron Mendell- 1957Ron was a gifted all-around athlete for the Tigers. He earned 15 varsity letters in 4 sports. He was an AllConference performer 3 consecutive seasons in football, an unheard of feat for the NKAC. He was one of the very best during his career on the gridiron. As a member of the swim team the boys won a State team Championship in 1955 and were Runner-up in 1957. Ron won the 50 yard breaststroke with a new State Record (32.4) during that ’57 year. In 1956 he finished 2nd in the 50 yard breaststroke and in 1957 finished as runner-up in the 50 yard backstroke. In track Ron finished as State Runnerup in the shot put and established a new school record which lasted for many years. Bob Jones- 1958- Bob played football, basketball,
and baseball. In football he was All-Conference, and 3rd team All-State. In basketball again All-Conference and All-State honorable mention. Bob scored 1116 career points and owned the backboard. On the baseball diamond the big righthander was one of the Best in the area. Bob went on to play basketball for Coach Bob Davis at Georgetown College. He also pitched 4 years for the Tigers baseball team. Following graduation Bob entered the coaching profession and would go on to win an NCAA Division II National Basketball Title at Kentucky Wesleyan College. In his later years Coach Jones led the high school basketball programs at Campbell Co. and Newport. Bill Hanson- 1959“Big” Bill earned 9 letters in football, basketball, baseball, and track for the tigers. In football he was a 4-year letterman, team captain, 2-time All-NKAC lineman, and an All-State honorable mention selection. In basketball once again serving as Co-Captain, his teams won 29 games in 2 seasons. In baseball Bill’s 1957 team won the NKAC Championship. An attribute “Big Bill” was known for throughout his playing days was his overall quickness and quick hands for a man his size.
Beloved by his teammates the following quote sums up Bill Hanson: “Respect him, take him, and use him well.” Jim Rhein- 1960- Jim was highly successful playing 5 sports and earning 13 letters for the Tigers. He Co-Captained his football team and earned the outstanding back award and All-Conference recognition. In basketball, serving once again as Co-Captain, his team under Coach McKenney won 16 while losing just 5. They beat the likes of Newport, Holmes, Dixie, Highlands, Boone Co. and highly ranked Ludlow. Jim’s 1959 Swimming team won a State Championship and he won gold as a member of the 200 medley relay (2:20.3). He also excelled in baseball and track as a runner and field event athlete. Denny Bradford- 1961Denny was the third Bradford boy to play for the Tigers and played football like a man. He Lettered from 7th grade on and was AllConference and All-State his senior season. Brad also excelled in the field events during track season. He went on to play at UK and eventually transferred to Eastern Kentucky University where he made All-OVC for Coach Roy Kidd. Denny coached football for many years at Simon Kenton and Highlands High School.
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menTal healTh maTTerS Men and Mental Health
by Whayne Herriford, MS, LPCC I recently did a Podcast about men and mental health and found some interesting data in my research, courtesy of Mental Health of America data: • In the US, over 6 million men suffer from depression annually. • 3 million men have a panic disorder, agoraphobia or another phobia. • 1.5 million men are affected by bi-polar disorder with an age of onset between 16 and 25 years of age. • Men account for 10% of all people with anorexia and 35% of people with binge eating disorders. • More than four times as many men than women die from suicide. The rates are particularly high for gay and bisexual men, Native American men and veterans because of other social and environmental pressures they face. • One in five men will develop alcohol dependency in their lifetime. Male veterans experience nearly twice the rate of alcohol and drug use as female veterans. Thirty percent of men with anxiety use alcohol to cope with the symptoms. • It is estimated that only 35% of men with mental health needs seek treatment Men have a tendency to not seek help for depression, substance abuse and stress due to social norms that suggest it’s a weakness to do so. Additionally, because of a general reluctance to talk about personal things with others and a tendency to downplay symptoms they tend to be underdiagnosed. Lower levels of testosterone are also associated with depression, stress and mood swings – especially among older men. There is also a genetic predisposition to depression, that is men with a family history of depression are more likely to have it themselves. Also, to the degree men seek other men to provide them with mental health support, there are 2.1 female providers for every male (according to the Center for Workforce Studies, 2013)
and Kentucky ranks at the bottom of the states for the number of mental health providers in general (less than 1000 in the entire state). So, finding a male to work with can be difficult. (Clarification: I’m not suggesting that women can’t provide therapy to men, but that in many cases men are more comfortable talking with another man.) Symptoms that men present when they are struggling with mental health issues can include anger, irritability, or aggressiveness; noticeable changes in mood, energy level or appetite; difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much; increased worry or stress; misuse of alcohol and drugs; sadness or hopelessness; feeling flat or having trouble enjoying themselves; headaches and digestive problems; obsessive thinking or compulsive behaviors and unusual thoughts of behaviors. (National Institute of Mental Health, 2019) As I mentioned in a previous article, if you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms mentioned above and it is affecting their ability to maintain relationships, carry out responsibilities related to work or family, or they appear to be unable to cope with things around them they may be in need of some support from a professional. Your insurance provider or PsychologyToday.Com can assist you in identifying someone who can help. 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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“Good memories and friendship” These are the words used by members Norm Veatch and Jim Grau who are long time members of the church. Current pastor Reverend Neal R. Boese, Pastor says Services will end on December 29, 2019. The regular food pantry ended last week. The food pantry will still be open on Thanksgiving and Christmas
for the last times. As is with most churches these days membership has dropped. At one time membership was in the hundreds then people started to move out of the city and membership dropped. Some members still meet informally for the “Good memories and friendship” Contributed by Carol J. Rich
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by Jo Anne Warren, Master Gardener, Tree Hugger “What is essential is invisible to the eye.” The Little Prince, Antoine de St.Exupery This is the time to plant trees, when they are dormant, their leaves are falling or gone, and a newly planted tree will have all winter to settle its roots and get comfortable, just as we take to our warm chair by the fire to plan for our garden desires. Walking around Bellevue—not driving, but walking—and observing the trees in the yards and by the sidewalk, one often sees tree roots, which are essential to the tree, but as we know are to be below ground, unseen. Yet often what we see is gnarled, tortured roots crammed into an increasingly narrowed space, as sidewalks and curbs crowd them. Cars are larger; streets are constantly being widened; construction crews regard them as “in the way;” trees have to do the best they can. Yet roots are the most important part of a tree. They anchor the tree and keep it
upright even in wind and storm; they take up oxygen, water and nutrients from the soil that the tree needs to survive at all; they release chemical compounds into the soil around them that help protect the tree from diseases and certain pests. In general, tree roots grow laterally just below the soil--beech, cherry, plum, dogwood, magnolia, maple; certain trees—white oak, sweet gum, hickory and some pines--have more vertical roots which go deeper. Figure in rock, compacted soil, a high water table and you might have stunted, shallow or lateral root growth even in the deeper-rooted trees. Damage to the trunk may also result from piling mulch high around the base of the tree, called “volcano mulch,” very much in fashion. Not only can this leave the tree vulnerable to pests and diseases but may also cause abnormal root growth, such as “girdling.” When planting near concrete areas or structures, consider the root growth habits of the tree you are planting. Trees are the most expensive
and valuable of the plants we put in, and it is worth a bit of research. Sometimes we see plants, perhaps flowers, planted in tree wells, which can themselves damage trees. If you do plant bulbs or annuals around your trees, use small hand tools, a pointed trowel or garden knife; remember these plants have small root structures. In the woods we don’t see annuals or hostas planted around trees in perfect circles. Native plant species may grow near certain tree trunks, but the trees themselves have light, air and water needs; and their canopies may be dense, letting in little light. Creating a decorative stone “wall” around your tree, digging out or cutting, can lead to the tree’s demise, as it struggles through its partially severed lifeline to take up water and nutrients. Further, the destruction will be enhanced by vulnerability to pests and disease. Also these annuals planted around tree bases rob the tree of the great amount of water the trees need; if you do plant around trees be sure the hose will reach that far. Worth consid-
ering are native, drought-resistant shade plants. Hosta, or “Plantain Lily,” Japanese name “Giboshi,” is a nonnative plant from north Asia which offers nothing to wild-
life—bees, butterflies, birds, insects. Trees are an investment. We want to do all we can to assure their success.
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When you’re feeling the pressure of getting your holiday shopping done, you have a few extra hours at the historic Fairfield Avenue businesses. Most retailers will be open until 8 pm on Thursday evenings between Thanksgiving and Christmas! Skip the frenzy of the
big box stores and enjoy the sparkle of the festive decorations thanks to the Bellevue Neighborhood Association, helpful service, You can also shop then with adult beverages from our qualified Bellevue Entertainment District (BED) businesses!
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Hooray! For Thanksgiving!
by Alvena Stanfield Thanksgiving is a great reminder to appreciate those who mean a lot to us. It’s easy to be grateful for family (even the black sheep), friends and teachers and appreciate how much they each enrich our lives. But there are a lot of others who make our lives better who we seldom thank. For example, the city crews who sweep our streets, the mail deliverers, the trash
collectors, the first responders who we hope we seldom see. Oh, not needing to call 911 is also something to be thankful for. It’s a super day for football and food. By gathering at the dinner table and spending a few minutes chatting and maybe starting a few kindness resolutions before New Year’s Day gives each of us a fresh look at ourselves and those around us. And by
the way, we might also give thanks for the Native Americans who first welcomed the weary travelers who arrived without food, housing or knowledge of how to manage thriving in the New World. The Pilgrims may get recognition for the first Thanksgiving, but without the help of the Native Americans, none of them would have survived to celebrate. Happy Thanksgiving everyone.
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nKy ChapTer - puBliC reTireeS meeTing The NKY Chapter of Kentucky Public Retirees will meet on Monday December 9, 2019 at Golden Coral 388 Orphanage Rd. Fort Wright, KY. We will gather for lunch and social time at 11:45 a.m. Following with a Christmas Party for all attending. There will be a brief business meeting discussing the upcoming legislative session in January 2020. Retirees from state, lo-
cal, county governments, and state police from state of Kentucky are eligible to join along with their spouses. Support staff from KY. Independent School system and Support staff from Ky. State Universities are eligible to join. An application for membership can be downloaded from website of KPR or completed at local chapter meetings. Dues are free from December 2019 to December
2020 for all new members. Yearly dues are $15 from month of joining to end of year December 2020. Any questions about KPR can be addressed to NKY Chapter President Milton Mains 859 512 9881 or through KPR website. Submitted by: Melissa Artopoeus NKY Chapter Public Relations
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vendor within the BED. •Alcohol may only be carried in a City-approved BED cup which may be purchased at any participating vendor in the BED. •Alcohol may be carried into businesses including shops, restaurants, and bars in the BED unless prohibited by a business. •Patrons traveling from bar to bar (or restaurant serving alcohol) should use BEDapproved cups. •No alcohol may be brought into the BED from outside sources. •Alcohol may not be taken outside of the BED for any reason. •All state and local laws are strictly enforced in the BED including public intoxication and disorderly conduct. •All alcohol vendors shall refuse to sell or provide a City approved cup with alcohol to any person or persons who are visibly intoxicated. •All discarded cups must be disposed properly in waste or recycling containers. Littering is prohibited in the BED and will be strictly enforced. •BED patrons must walk on sidewalks and crosswalks.
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In the gospel of Matthew in chapter 13 Jesus tells a parable (teaching story) while sitting in a boat, to his disciples and a great crowd standing on the beach. The parable was about a sower who went out to sow seeds. As the sower scattered the seeds, some seeds fell on the path, and the birds came and ate them. Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil. They sprang up quickly, but when the sun rose the seeds were scorched and had no depth or root and withered away. Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. Other seeds fell on good soil and brought forth grain some a hundredfold, some sixty fold and some thirty fold. Through the years I have faced many trials and challenges vocationally and personally. My life has most likely not been what most people see – which is true for all of us. We are all struggling with similar things.
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No matter what you think or have been told, pastors, priests, imams, rabbis and all spiritual leaders face the same trials and temptations as anyone. Often, like myself, our devotional work requires us to be occupied, overseeing all aspects of running a Church, shepherding adherents and sceptics who are seeking or hurting, grieving or celebrating, helping or peevish. There is no punching out! I’m referring to the old time-card clocks used to punchout (leave) from work, not punching people out.) Those who care for others are often the worst at caring for themselves. Ask any doctor or nurse, pastor or teacher, social worker or counselor. We become so “occupied” with tending the flock that we avoid or overlook nurturing our own spiritual connection. The seeds, the words, the teachings and guidance of our Sacred Sower fall on our well-paved paths, rocky barriers, and prickly perceptions. In sharing the message, depth, spirit and wisdom of spirituality we become consumed, left with declining depth, seared spirit, and waning wisdom. What will we do with all those spiritual seeds of depth, spirit, and wisdom? Will we just let the birds of life eat
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From the Corner is written by the Rev. Keith M. Haithcock, Pastor & Teacher of St. John United Church of Christ on the corner of Fairfield and Ward Avenues in Bellevue, Kentucky. Pastor@StJohnChurch.net www.StJohnChurch.net
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