Educators at the Taft Museum of Art in Cincinnati are considering ideas presented by group of students from Aiken New Tech High School. Taft spokesperson Lisa Morrisette says the opportunity came about through the Straight “A” Fund and the Partnership for Innovation in Education. WNKU’s Matt Kelley asked Ms. Morrisette what the students presented during their recent visit.
A local organization is using the Indie-go-go Web platform to raise money to send firefighting supplies to under-equipped areas in half way around the world. Dave Moore, founder of the Africa Fire Mission says first responders from across the country have donated the gear; now they need to raise twenty-two thousand dollars to ship it. WNKU’s Matt Kelley asked Moore how a class from NKU is coming to the rescue.
Representatives of the City of Sharonville are announcing that they have signed an agreement with Rolling Hills Hospitality group to begin work on a fourteen-million dollar, one-hundred-twenty room, and first-class hotel at the Convention Center. Spokesperson Chris Xiel Lyons says the deal reinforces the city’s commitment to the Northern Lights District. WNKU’s matt Kelley asked Ms. Lyons why they decided to commit to the project. ( get more information at www.sharonvilleconventioncenter.com )
The cities of Cincinnati and Dayton will be given preferential consideration for federal grant money as they receive a Federal Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership designation. Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley says the classification will give the cities a competitive advantage in securing those grants. WNKU’s Matt Kelley asked Mayor Whaley what the designation means to the region. (get more information at www.daytonohio.gov )
Self-help guru Dr. Paul McKenna is releasing his latest book titled “Hypnotic Gastric Band” to help people lose weight without having surgery. In the book he offers a method to trick your body into believing it has been fitted with a gastric band through hypnosis. WNKU’s Matt Kelley asked Dr. McKenna why this approach is so effective. (get more information at www.paulmckenna.com/news )
The Troy Strawberry Festival will be opening next Saturday in Miami County, just north of Dayton. Chairperson Kathi Roetter says last year’s event drew more than 100,000 people, and they expect to surpass that number this year. WNKU’s Matt Kelley asked Ms. Roetter how they keep people coming back year after year. (get more information at www.gostrawberries.com )
Granny’s Garden School is looking for people who are interested in growing their own flowers and produce and sharing the experience with others. “Granny” Roberta Paolo says she needs people to help maintain the teaching gardens while school children are on summer break. WNKU’s Matt Kelley asked “Granny” what kinds of people she’s looking for. (get more information at www.grannysgardenschool.org )
Summerfair Cincinnati will be kicking off a weekend of art, music and gourmet food at Coney Island this Friday. Co-Chair Jeff Martin says the event has grown from a small art show into a multi-faceted cultural experience. WNKU’s Matt Kelley asked Martin what is new this year at Summerfair. (get more information at www.summerfair.org )
According to information released by Interact for Health, sixty-five percent of adults in Greater Cincinnati are overweight or obese. Survey spokesperson Jaime Love says the rate is higher than the national average. WNKU’s Matt Kelley asked Ms. Love why the Queen city is in worse shape than the rest of the country. (get more information at www.interactforhealth.org/greater-cincinnati-community-health-status-survey )
Ohio’s world-class mud obstacle challenge will kick off its 2014 race season with “Mud, Guts, and Glory” on Saturday May 24th. Race Director John King talked to WNKU’s Matt Kelley about what people can expect to find on the course this year. Get more information at www.mudgutsandglory.com )