The NKU Center for Environmental Education is partnering with Vision 2015 and Covington Parks and Recreation to host a guided paddling tour on the Licking River on Saturday June 30th. Center spokesman Ed Wilcox says kayakers and canoe enthusiasts are invited to spend the morning learning about the Licking watershed and “greenway” projects while they enjoy a day on the water.
A man arrested at last week's “Party in the Park” in downtown Cincinnati is defending his actions as freedom of speech. Forest “T-Rex” Thomer says Cincinnati Police intervened during a publicity stunt for a wheelchair-bound comedienne. WNKU’s Matt Kelley asked Thomer what it was that he said that landed him in jail. ( follow Ally Bruener at http://allybruener.com/ )
River Sweep will be taking place this weekend along the banks of the entire length of the Ohio River and its’ tributaries. Spokesperson Jeanne Ison says it’s the largest environmental event of its kind, but she told WNKU’s Matt Kelley they’re still looking for volunteers to help out. (get more information or find a stagin area near you at www.orsanco.orgor call 1-800-359-3977)
Ohioans who are receiving state and federal unemployment benefits will be required to meet new eligibility guidelines. Ben Johnson, spokesman for the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services says the state has to enforce the new rules in accordance with federal law. WNKU’s Matt Kelley asked Johnson to explain how and when people will be affected. (get in touch with the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services at http://jfs.ohio.gov/)
The Cold Spring branch of the Campbell County Public library is partnering with NKU astronomers and the Haile Digital Planetarium for a special event tomorrow. Community Connections spokesperson Melanie Hartzel talked to WNKU’s Matt Kelley about what’s in store. (get make reservations for Earth, Moon and Sun presented 6/9/12 call 859.572.5600 or email email@example.com, for information about the planetarium visit http://planetarium.nku.edu)
The beginning of summer means that people will be flocking to community and backyard pools to beat the heat, but it’s also a time when we hear about swimming related tragedies. Kim Burgess, spokesperson for the National Drowning Prevention Alliance says the saddest part of these stories is that they are avoidable. WNKU’s Matt Kelley asked Burgess what percentage of drownings are preventable. ( get more tips from the NDPA at www.ndpa.org)
The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education will be launching a new website this afternoon aimed at helping community, and technical college students make the transition to four-year schools. Executive director Bob King says the site will save students time and money. WNKU’s Matt Kelley caught up with King to ask exactly what the website will do. ( get details at www.knowhow2transfer.org)
Officials in Campbell County are taking a proactive approach to emergency management by offering a class designed to lessen the impact of disasters on the community. The “Mitigation Strategies Course” will help government and businesses prepare for calamities and allow them to remain open during a catastrophic event. WNKU’s Matt Kelley asked Emergency Management Director William Turner who will be taking part in the course. (get more information at www.campbellcountyky.org)
People from around the region will be competing against each other on one of the sloppiest obstacle courses around on June 30th, all to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Spokesman Rich Walburg says it’ll be the first time the Ohio Valley Chapter has sponsored the Muck-Ruckus, but they expect a great turnout. Walburg explained how the event works to WNKU’s Matt Kelley. (get details and registration information at http://eventohg.nationalmssociety.org/site/TR?fr_id=18585&pg=entry)
Artists and crafts-people from across the U.S. and Canada will be converging on Coney Island in Cincinnati this weekend for Summerfair 2012. This will be the 46th time the community has come together for the annual event. Co-chair Anne Poppe talked with WNKU’s Matt Kelley about what will be going on this year (get more information at www.summerfair.org).