People use reviews and ratings on a regular basis to select a restaurant or movie to attend. But, there’s no national quality rating system for pre-K education or childcare. Debbie Mathias, spokesperson for the “Build Initiative”, says that may soon change. Ms. Mathias talked to WNKU’s Matt Kelley about why a national guideline system is so important.
The City of Dayton Ohio is becoming a national role model for its work to support immigrants and engage them in business opportunities in the community. Migwe Kimemia, program director for the American Friends Service Committee says Dayton is a place for African immigrants to find peace. WNKU’s Matt Kelley asked Mr. Kimemia what special challenges people coming from Africa face…
The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden is inviting people to “swing like a gibbon, or balance like a lemur” at their recently revamped Jungle Trails exhibit. Director Thayne Maynard says the award winning 20-year-old exhibit has added several new features to enhance the experience. WNKU’s Matt Kelley talked to Maynard about what’s new at the zoo. ( get more information at www.cincinnatizoo.org )
August is tree-check month, and officials are asking Ohioans to look for signs of the Asian Longhorned Beetle. Ohio A-L-B Eradication Program spokesperson Rhonda Santos says the beetles can devastate trees, and has no natural predators. WNKU’s Matt Kelley asked Ms. Santos how Asian Longhorned Beetles got here.( get more information at http://www.agri.ohio.gov/topnews/asianbeetle/ )
Dayton area native Alexis Gomez is preparing for the next round of competition after winning the 32nd Annual Texaco Country Showdown at the Clark County Fair. Ms. Gomez describes her style as a mix of country and rock. She talked about what it was like to be the opening act with WNKU’s Matt Kelley...
Micro-breweries and brew-pubs are becoming a staple in almost every metropolitan city in the country. But some of the smaller ventures are maintaining their hometown roots. Emily Uldrich, spokesperson for the Portsmouth Brewing Company says theirs is the oldest brewery in Ohio. WNKU’s Matt Kelley asked Ms. Uldrich to share the story behind the beer. ( get more information about the Portsmouth Brewing Company at www.portsmouthohbrewing.com )
More than fifteen-thousand cities and towns across the country will be celebrating the “National Night Out” tomorrow. Cincinnati Police district 2 spokesman Tom Meyer says it’s a great opportunity to strengthen community relationships. WNKU’s Matt Kelley asked Meyer what people will see and do at Owl’s Nest Park in Cincinnati tomorrow night. ( get more information at www.d2nno.com or http://www.natw.org/about-nno/ )
The Cincinnati Community Toolbank will be one year old in just a few days; and Executive Director Kat Pepmeyer says they’ve exceeded all of their impact goals and have participated in several projects around the region. Ms. Pepmeyer talked to WNKU’s Matt Kelley about what happening at the toolbank. (get more information at www.cincinnati.toolbank.org )
When people think about invasive species, they often consider animals like lion-fish and zebra mussels. But, the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources manages invasive plants too. Biologist Terri Estes says non-native plants can have a negative effect on an entire ecosystem. Ms. Estes talked to WNKU’s Matt Kelley about what invasive plants are found in the region and what’s being done about the problem. (get more information at www.kdfwr.state.ky.us )
The Queen City Wheels Cycling Club is partnering with several local organizations to provide free bike helmets for local kids on August 6th. Club spokesman Jeff Seeley says the giveaway will be part of the National Night Out program. Seeley talked to WNKU’s Matt Kelley about how the initiative came about. (get more information at www.qcw.org )