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 )
One local veterinarian is going above and beyond the call of duty when it comes to helping cats. Doctor Gwen Steffen is organizing her annual Blu Cat Benefit to raise money for no-kill shelters, and assist those who foster cats waiting to be adopted. The event at the Leapin’ Lizzard Lounge in Covington will feature Blues music and entertainment, as well as a silent auction and door prizes. Doctor Steffen explained why the event is so close to her heart to WNKU’s Matt Kelley…
The Commonwealth of Kentucky has a new state beekeeper. Agriculture Secretary James Comer recently announced the appointment of Sean Burgess to the post of state apiarist. WNKU’s Matt Kelley asked Burgess what the official beekeeper’s role is, and why it’s so important to agriculture. ( get more information at www.kyagr.com)