For most students across the region the school year is winding down; but kids involved with “Blues in the Schools” are just beginning to gear up for performances this summer. The Cincy Blues Society created the program 23 years ago to introduce and educate children from all walks of life about the art form. President James Czar explained how the program works to WNKU’s Matt Kelley. ( get more information at www.cincyblues.org/bits )
WEST LIBERTY — Banks typically don't give money away, but one lender is doing just that to help Kentucky tornado victims. The Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati has a program in which homeowners and renters who were displaced or who suffered damage to their primary homes might be eligible for grants of as much as $20,000 toward the purchase, construction or repair of a home. Because these are grants, the money doesn't have to be repaid.
Residents in Portsmouth will be turning out to support local businesses with a “cash mob” on the third Thursday of each month beginning this week. Mainstreet Portsmouth’s Jennifer Foster says it’s a great way to help the community and meet your neighbors. WNKU’s Matt Kelley asked foster to explain exactly what a “cash mob” is. (get more details by calling 740.464.0203 or email firstname.lastname@example.org)
The heritage Village Museum will be presenting its annual Civil War Weekend may 19th and 20th. Spokesperson Emily Cedargren says the reenactment will feature the “Hornet’s Nest” skirmish. She told WNKU’s Matt Kelley the 150th anniversary of the battle of Shiloh is the perfect time to begin the season. ( get more information at www.heritagevillagecincinnati.orgor call 513.563.9484 )
The Home Builders Association of Dayton will be celebrating the first Eco-Rehabarama with a ribbon cutting ceremony tomorrow. Executive Director Walt Hibner says ten homes in the Huber Heights neighborhood have been gutted and completely restored, featuring low maintenance eco-friendly designs . WNKU’s Matt Kelley asked Hibner why the they chose Huber Heights this year. ( for more information go to www.HBADayton.com)
Ledger Independent reports that motorists who use Kentucky 8 in Maysville as their main travel route need to find a detour for the next several days. Due to a landslide west of Maysville and east of the William Harsha Bridge that occurred Saturday night, officials with the Kentucky Department of Highways have closed the roadway through at least Wednesday. The closure is necessary so highway crews and contractors can work to clean up the dirt and debris and to also cut down trees that are leaning on the hillside.
People Working Cooperatively will be celebrating thirty years of the “Repair Affair” this weekend. The program is designed to help low income individuals make household repairs that they either can’t afford, or can’t do themselves. WNKU’s Matt Kelley asked PWC president Jock Pitts if it’s hard to find skilled volunteers after three decades of helping people. (to get more information on how to get involved go to www.pwchomerepairs.orgor call 513-351-7921 )
People from across the buckeye state are finding out what it’s really like to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes. The Food Stamp Challenge; sponsored by the Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies asks participants to feed themselves for week on the equivalent of the average food stamp recipient gets, which is about twenty three dollars .Executive Director Phil Cole explained how the challenge works to WNKU’s Matt Kelley.
The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center will be presenting a special program called “From Civil War to Civil Rights…to Human Rights” next Wednesday to explore the history that redefined our country. Event organizer Jodie McFarland told WNKU’s Matt Kelley that radical change began in the U.S. more than a hundred and fifty years ago, and continues today around the world. (get details at www.freedomcenter.org)
Teams from around the region are studying their dictionaries in preparation for the twentieth annual Adult Spelling Bee sponsored by the Literacy Council of Clermont and Brown Counties. Executive director Susan Villardo says they expect more than twenty teams to compete this year. WNKU's Matt Kelley asked Villardo where the idea for an "adult" spelling bee came from. (get registration information at www.clermontbrownliteracy.org )