The Cincinnati Community Toolbank will officially open tomorrow. Spokesperson Kat Pepmeyer says it’s a lending resource dedicated to helping charitable and non-profit organizations by making tools available at a fraction of the rental cost. WNKU’s Matt Kelley asked Pepmeyer where the idea for a discount tool lending program came from. ( get more information at www.cincinnati.toolbank.org)
Today is the first day of International Service Dog Week, and people around the world will be celebrating the canine workforce and the people who train them. “Working Like Dogs” founder and organizer of the event Marcie Davis says that assistance dogs truly change people lives and they deserve to be recognized for what they do. WNKU’s Matt Kelley asked Davis what people should know about service dogs. Get more information at www.workinglikedogs.com or www.internationalassistancedogweek.org.
The term “fracking” is becoming part of our everyday lexicon. But, a recent Ohio Health Issues Poll shows that most people from the state know little or nothing about the practice. Survey spokesperson Kate Keller explained the process and its’ consequences to WNKU’s Matt Kelley. ( to view the poll results go to https://www.healthfoundation.org/ohio-health-issues-poll)
Four of Cincinnati’s leading performing arts organizations will present an inaugural concert in the newly renovated Washington Park in Over the Rhine this Friday. The Cincinnati Opera, Ballet, May Festival Chorus and Pops will perform in a celebration hosted by Opera Director Evans Mirageas, and Pops Conductor John Morris Russell. WNKU’s Matt Kelley asked Mirageas if this is the first collaborative effort with all four groups. (get more information at www.cincinnatiopera.org)
The City of Covington will be showcasing homes that have been rehabbed or rebuilt through the Neighborhood Stabilization Program. Spokesman Jeremy Wallace says they’ll be holding an “Open Homes Tour” this Thursday to show the community what has been accomplished. Wallace explained how the program works to WNKU’s Matt Kelley. (get more information at www.makecovongtonhome.com)
The Browngrass Festival is coming to Rabbit-Hash Kentucky tomorrow. Organizer David Rhodes Brown says the eventshowcases local talent and bands from across the country all performing to benefit WNKU. Brown says the hot weather and drought conditions make the name even more appropriate this year, but he told WNKU’s Matt Kelley the forecast looks great. (get more details at www.browngrassfestival.com ).
There’s an “Age Wave” about to hit our region and the country. During the next three years all of the baby boomers will age fifty or older. Northern Kentucky Forum spokesman Tony Hyott says the organization’s next community dialogue session will address the needs and infrastructure that will have to be in place to serve an aging community. WNKU’s Matt Kelley asked Hyott how the numbers will add up and why we should be concerned.
The Scioto County Board of Developmental Disabilities is celebrating the graduation of nine more students from its “Bridges to Transition” program. Spokesman Kelly Hunter says the idea is to help participants gain the skills they’ll need to get a job. Hunter explained how “Bridges” works to WNKU’s Matt Kelley. (get more information about “Bridges to Transition” at www.sciotocountydd.org)
The City of Waverly Ohio, in Pike County will be hosting the largest paranormal event in the state at the end of the month. Sharon Manson, the Director of the Pike County Visitors Bureau says the Past TV Network or, PTVN selected town in part because the Emmit House is located there. Manson talked with WNKU’s Matt Kelley about why the house is so interesting to paranormal investigators. (get more information at www.ptvnparacon.comor www.piketravel.com)