More than fifteen-thousand cities and towns across the country will be celebrating the “National Night Out” tomorrow. Cincinnati Police district 2 spokesman Tom Meyer says it’s a great opportunity to strengthen community relationships. WNKU’s Matt Kelley asked Meyer what people will see and do at Owl’s Nest Park in Cincinnati tomorrow night. ( get more information at www.d2nno.com or http://www.natw.org/about-nno/ )
The Cincinnati Community Toolbank will be one year old in just a few days; and Executive Director Kat Pepmeyer says they’ve exceeded all of their impact goals and have participated in several projects around the region. Ms. Pepmeyer talked to WNKU’s Matt Kelley about what happening at the toolbank. (get more information at www.cincinnati.toolbank.org )
When people think about invasive species, they often consider animals like lion-fish and zebra mussels. But, the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources manages invasive plants too. Biologist Terri Estes says non-native plants can have a negative effect on an entire ecosystem. Ms. Estes talked to WNKU’s Matt Kelley about what invasive plants are found in the region and what’s being done about the problem. (get more information at www.kdfwr.state.ky.us )
The Queen City Wheels Cycling Club is partnering with several local organizations to provide free bike helmets for local kids on August 6th. Club spokesman Jeff Seeley says the giveaway will be part of the National Night Out program. Seeley talked to WNKU’s Matt Kelley about how the initiative came about. (get more information at www.qcw.org )
Ohio farm field workers are joining others from across the country in Washington to urge legislators and the EPA to strengthen protections for laborers exposed to pesticides and other harmful agricultural by-products. The Farm Labor Organizing Committee, or FLOC, says whistle blowers are often retaliated against and have difficulty finding work again. WNKU’s Matt Kelley asked FLOC spokesman Mario Vargas to explain what dangers field workers are facing. (get more information about FLOC at www.floc.com )
While it may seem like an innocent joyride, giving a child a spin on the riding mower can quickly turn into disaster. More than nine-thousand children are treated for lawn mower related injuries each year. WNKU’s Matt Kelley has details on how to prevent a summer tragedy.
The Northern Kentucky Medical Reserve Corps is looking for people to join their organization, which provides support for public health agencies during times of crisis. Spokesperson Jean Caudill says the local unit has more than 450 volunteers, but they still need more. Ms. Caudill explained the importance of the corps to WNKU’s Matt Kelley. ( get more information by calling Jean Caudill at 859.363.2009 or email Jean.Caudill@nkyhealth.org )
Revelation Trail, an independent film with local roots will host its first area screening at the Madison Theater in Covington July 25th at eight o’clock. NKU professor John Gibson wrote, directed, and produced the feature length western-horror film.
The Kenton County Fair will be opening on Monday night June 15th, at the fairgrounds in Independence Kentucky. Spokesperson Nancy Koentrup talked to WNKU’s Matt Kelley about what’s new at the event this year.( get details at www.kentoncountyfair.com )