Tourism is on the rise in the Portsmouth –Scioto County area. Visitors Bureau Director Kim Bauer says special events and the Fall colors are drawing people from nearby cities.WNKU’s Matt Kelley asked Bauer why they’re getting so many first time visitors ( get in touch with the visitors bureau at http://ohiorivertourism.org/ )
A group of students at NKU is “going the extra mile” support one of their instructors who was recently diagnosed with cancer. Student spokesperson Margot Bayer says they want to raise awareness and money to combat the disease. Bayer stopped by the WNKU studios to talk to Matt Kelley about how they came up with the idea (get details and registration information at http://makingstrides.acsevents.org/site/TR?fr_id=47340&pg=entry )
The Erlanger Branch of the Kenton County Public Library will be celebrating its ten year anniversary this Saturday. Spokesperson Venus Moose says it was established in 1911 and has had five different locations before finding its permanent home on Kenton Lands Road a decade ago. WNKU’s Matt Kelley asked Moose how it became Kentucky’s busiest library. (get more information at www.kentonlibrary.org)
Two Northern Kentucky University students are studying the history of Cincinnati’s dozens of public stairways… one step at a time. Seniors Shane Winslow and Andrew Behringer are writing a book on the topic, and its sparking a lot of interest. The pair stopped by the WNKU studios to talk with Matt Kelley about how they got the idea for the project…
Mothers Against Drunk Driving will be hosting its eight annual “Walk Like MADD” fundraiser at Harbin Park in Fairfield on Saturday October sixth. Southwest Ohio MADD spokesperson Andrea Rehkamp says the beginning of the holiday season is the perfect time to remind people about the dangers of drinking and driving. WNKU’s Matt Kelley talked to Rehkamp about what people can expect to see at this year’s event. (get more information at www.walklikemadd.org/fairfield)
Mainstrasse Village in Covington may be best known for its annual Oktoberfest, but in just a few weeks visitors hoisting samples of Kentucky-made wine. Spokesperson Donna Kremer says she hopes this year’s Northern Kentucky Wine Festival will draw record crowds. Kremer talked WNKU’s Matt Kelley about what people can expect. (get more information at www.mainstrasse.org).
In response to growing demand for answers about the ownership of ideas and products, Northern Kentucky University recently opened its’ new Intellectual Property Awareness Center or IPAC at Steely Library. Spokesman John Schlipp says technological advances are making it harder for people to determine things, like who owns content posted on the internet. Schlipp stopped by the WNKU studios to talk to Matt Kelley about what the definition of intellectual property is. ( you can get more information about the IPAC at NKU at http://library.nku.edu)
The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden’s “Project Saving Species” and the Gorilla Glue Company are teaming up for the second annual Go Bananas Challenge. Zoo Spokesman Thayne Maynard says the competition challenges school and community youth groups to “answer the call” and create campaigns to collect and recycle cell phones and help save gorillas.