Nancy Bernotaitis of West Carrollton is in the process of raising the three-to-four million dollars it will take to open Ohio’s third agricultural community for adults with autism. She says the two existing programs; Bittersweet Farms in Toledo and Safe Haven Farm near Middletown have long waiting lists. Bernotaitis talked to WNKU’s Matt Kelley about why she got involved in the effort. (Get more information about Good Works Farm at www.goodworksfarm.org )
Each Spring the Ohio Valley faces storms, flooding and run-off overflow which can affect the quality of the water we drink. In response, the Ohio Chapter of the Sierra Club is monitoring lakes, rivers, and streams through their “Water Sentinel” program. Spokesman Matt Trokan says the club enlists the help of everyday people, and trains them as citizen-scientists. WNKU’s Matt Kelley talked to Trokan to learn more about the program. (get more information at www.sierraclub.org/watersentinels/map/ohio.aspx )
New York City prosecutor, and author of the book “My Body Belongs to Me” Jill Starishevsky will be in Cincinnati this Friday to speak out against child abuse at a Blue Ribbon ceremony sponsored by the Family Nurturing Center.
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and the people at ProKids Cincinnati want to do everything they can to transform the community into a place that cares about and actively supports families and children. Spokesperson Tracy Cook talked with WNKU’s Matt Kelley about why it’s important to devote a month to raise awareness about the problem. (get more information at www.prokidscasa.org )
The Newport Aquarium is welcoming visitors to their new exhibit featuring the world’s largest collection of Shark Rays. Spokesman Chris Pierson says the Shark Ray is closely related to the guitarfish, can grow up to twelve feet long, and can weigh nearly 300 pounds. WNKU’s Matt Kelley walked through the exhibit with Pierson to find out more about these rare and beautiful creatures.
Celebrate Adoption will be presenting a program to help children develop healthy identities tomorrow night at the Mayerson Jewish Community Center. Therapist Judy Stigger will be the featured speaker at the event. WNKU’s Matt Kelley asked Ms. Stigger what she’ll be talking about and how they came up with the title “Conspicuous Families”. (get more information at www.CelebrateAdoptionCincinnati.com )
Today marks the beginning of National M-S Awareness Week, and the Ohio Valley Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society has lots of events planned to help inform the public about the disease. WNKU’s Matt Kelley asked Chapter president Kim Deaton why this is still such an important initiative. ( get more information at www.nmss.org )
The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is working students from NKU to develop an online toolkit to help people identify and combat modern day slavery and human trafficking in the U.S. and around the world. Freedom Center spokesman Richard Cooper Stopped by the WNKU studios to talk to Matt Kelley about the project. ( get more information about this project or watch "Journey to Freedom" at www.nurfc.org )
Spring is on the way and in preparation for the warm weather; the Hamilton County Parks District is opening its boathouses this month. Park Manager Scotty Scott says Lake Isabella, Miami Whitewater Forest, Sharon Woods, and Winton Woods are gearing up for a busy fishing and boating season this year. WNKU’s Matt Kelley talked to Scott about what’s available at the boathouses. ( get more information at www.greatparks.org )