February 2018

Save the Date for NKY Restoration Weekend

By Scott Clark, Historic Preservation Officer

The City of Newport will host the Northern Kentucky Restoration Weekend on Saturday, March 10, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. The daylong event will be held at the Newport Intermediate School located at 95 W. 9th Street. There will be multiple, concurrent workshops geared toward residential and commercial restoration projects. An all-day vendors fair will also be held during the event featuring local businesses and vendors who specialize in historic preservation and restoration.  The event is free to attend, open to the public, and coordinated by the Historic Preservation Offices of Newport, Covington, and Bellevue.

CEU credits are available for AIA and AICP on Friday, March 9, at the Campbell County Library Newport branch at 901 E. 6th Street.

Please visit our Facebook page, (facebook.com/NKY.Restoration) and website (nkyrestoration.com) for additional information, CEU registration, class listings, and Saturday registration. Local businesses will provide complimentary breakfast and lunch. Class space is limited, so please register early.


Newport Business Association Annual Meeting

By Bev Holiday, NBA Vice President

The Newport Business Association (NBA) will be hosting its Annual Meeting and Installation of Officers/Board of Directors and Award Presentations on Wednesday, February 28, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Newport Syndicate. The meeting is free for NBA members and $10 per person for non-NBA members. Hors d’ oeuvres and cash bar provided for attendees.


2018 City Projects

By City Manager Tom Fromme

When I was a few years younger, my parents used to tell me that time sped up as you get older. As the years have gone by, I now realize that they were right. It seems like only a few weeks ago that I was writing about looking forward to 2017. The past year turned out to be very productive, and I will be reporting on that in the near future in our State of the City report. In 2018 we are looking forward to the completion or beginning of several significant projects.

The new State Route 9 and connector road: This project is slated to be finished in the fall and will have a significant positive impact, particularly in the West End. It will greatly reduce vehicular traffic through the neighborhood along with any associated problems of heavy traffic. We have already seen new development along this corridor and anticipate more.

The Academy at 4th Street: This residential development, located at the former 4th Street School site, is anticipated to have a groundbreaking in early spring and a projected construction time of 18 months.

The Skywheel: Following several iterations of plan design, this project located in Newport Festival Park, is in the final stages of the review process with the Army Corps of Engineers. The estimated completion date is late 2018.

Baptist Convalescent Center Redevelopment: The Baptist Home on Main Street in Newport is planned for a rehabilitation project including approximately 88 units of market-rate residential.

Peace Bell Mixed-use Development: Preliminary design plans have been drafted for a mixed-use development on the parking lot site adjacent to the World Peace Bell. The concept plan includes a hotel as Phase I and a mixed-use building as Phase II.

New Riff Distilling Whiskey Campus: Construction and rehabilitation of the Rickhouse buildings is well underway. These buildings will store thousands of barrels of New Riff’s bourbon and rye whiskey and will serve as New Riff’s offices, shipping, and receiving. The project is on target to be completed in 2018.

As always if you have any questions, email bholiday@newportky.gov or call my office at 859-292-3687. Things are happening in Newport! Thanks for your efforts to continue to make Newport a great place to live, work, shop, and play.

How Betty Lee Daniels Fought to Bring a Library to Newport

Quite simply, without Betty Lee Daniels, Campbell County Public Library wouldn’t exist.

Mrs. Daniels, who passed away January 1, at age 93, led a petition drive in 1978 that resulted in what is now a four-branch library system whose doors have swung open more than 10 million times for visitors with more than 18 million items borrowed since 1990.

“That’s a lot of usage for a county of 90,000 people,” said director JC Morgan. “Betty and many people like her saw that future a long time ago.”

Campbell County was the last county in Northern Kentucky to pass a countywide library tax. Mrs. Daniels was part of the first petition drive to establish the system in 1969. It was not successful, so she started a volunteer library in Fort Thomas in 1971. She then arranged for a countywide demonstration library using state funds in 1976.

In November 1977, the library narrowly lost a referendum to establish countywide service. Mrs. Daniels, however, was not to be deterred. By 1978 she was hitting the streets with another petition drive. In leading the effort, Mrs. Daniels inspired all library supporters to give a little more.

“Those who have signed the petition should encourage one more person to sign the petition now to assure that Campbell County residents will have public library service,” she wrote in an op-ed in 1978. “Don’t wait … The time is NOW.”

The result was 12,000 signatures — 10,500 were needed — which were presented to Fiscal Court in September 1978. “We owe her a great debt for all the hard work that went into that effort,” Mr. Morgan said.

Mrs. Daniels was the first Library Board of Trustees president, serving from 1978-85. She compiled a history of the Library’s formative years and her handprints on the Library could fill volumes as her legacy continues to grow.

Mrs. Daniels’s husband, Dr. Charles Daniels, passed away last May. She is survived by two sons, three daughters, 10 grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and a grateful library system and its patrons.


Some of Betty Daniels’s awards and honors include:

·        Member of Kentucky Libraries Trustees and Friends of Kentucky Libraries

·        Named one of The Cincinnati Enquirer’s Women of the Year in 1986

·        Outstanding Service to Public Libraries and Outstanding Woman of Northern Kentucky awards

Upcoming Events at the Newport Library (901 E. 6th Street)

Disney Trivia: 6:30 pm Monday, February 5. Put your Disney knowledge to the test! Ages 18 and up. Registration required.

AARP Tax-Aide Tax Preparation Service: 10 am-2 pm Tuesdays, Feb. 6 through April 17: Free to taxpayers with low and moderate income with special attention to those 60 and older. No need to register; first come, first served.

Chinese New Year Party:  3-5 pm Friday, Feb. 16. Games, crafts and foods that teach us the rich Asian-American heritage of our country. Ages 8-12. No need to register.

Family Fun Night: 6-8 pm Thursday, Feb. 22. Board games, books, plus a screening of Disney Pixar’s Coco. No need to register.

Signature Series: Falcon in Flight, a Wing of Falcon Theatre, presents Letters from Vietnam: 7 pm Friday, March 9. This presentation was rescheduled from January, when it was postponed due to weather. Using letters compiled by the late Bill Adler, Falcon in Flight captures the timeless expressions of the Vietnam War. Music of the era performed by Raison D’Etre. Because it was rescheduled, no tickets or registration is required. For details, call 859-572-5035 or visit cc-pl.org.

Mitchell’s Fish Market Supports Newport Independent School District Through Community Partnership

By Kelly Middleton

Back during the holiday season, Mitchell’s Fish Market began their community partnership with Newport Independent School District (NIS) by raising funds for the school district at their Newport on the Levee location.

Each customer who made a donation of $10 or more received an ornament created by the Newport Independent Educational Foundation. All the funds raised directly benefitted the Newport Scholarship Program, which supports Newport graduates with their post-secondary education.  

“Our ultimate goal with the Newport Scholarship Program is that every student that graduates from Newport can attend post-secondary school free,” said Kelly Middleton, Superintendent at Newport Independent School District. “We are incredibly thankful to Mitchell’s Fish Market for raising money for that program and supporting our district. Mitchell’s is helping us give every child hope to further their education.”

Recently Mitchell’s Fish Market Director of Sales, Stephanie Rubin, presented Kelly Middleton and District Finance Officer, Tete Turner, with a $2,150 check from the holiday fundraiser.

“Mitchell’s Fish Market is deeply connected to the Newport Community,” said Rubin. “Many of our team members reside in the area and are a part of the Newport Independent School District. We purchased these beautiful ornaments from the district as a way to give back and support our local community.”

[caption for pic] Pictured from left to right: Tete Turner, District Finance Officer; Ashley Frakes;
Stephanie Rubin, Mitchell’s Fish Market; Kelly Middleton, Superintendent


BUT, is it a crime?

By Ken Rechtin

A crime is: “…an act harmful not only to some individual but also to a community, society or the state (a public wrong).”

So, what the tobacco industry did to our society, is it a crime? Was the manufacture of a product that was harmful to the individual and created a burden on our healthcare system a crime? Or was the denial that the product was addictive to the smoker a crime? Or was it a crime to deny that the level of nicotine was enhanced to further addict the smoker? Was it a crime to cover up this behavior?

Well, what about the gun manufacturing industry? Is it a crime to manufacture a product whose sole purpose is to kill animals or people? It couldn’t be a crime; the ownership is protected by our constitution; therefore, the making of these weapons must be protected as well? Societal effects of the improper use of guns are well documented. But are the manufacturers liable?

Our finance sector created a new product by bundling together strong home mortgages. They sold the product as a very safe investment. To liquidate the weaker home mortgages, these too were bundled together and sold as very safe investments. The financial institutions colluded with the financial rating agencies which gave these weaker mortgage bundles a rating equal to the stronger ones. The direct result of this fraud was our recent global financial crisis. Were there crimes committed here? Maybe they were overlooked because the banks were “too big to fail.” It is said that only one banker went to jail. And as the Congress began to put in place laws to protect us from another crisis, the banking lobby went into overdrive to block these efforts. But were crimes committed? And by whom?

The coal industry has denied the health consequences of mining. They have fought culpability, they have fought against compensation to black lung patients. The coal mine owners lobbied against additional regulation protecting their workers. Is there a crime here?

The automotive industry has been forced to increase the safety of their vehicles. They have been forced to acknowledge the pollutants that their vehicles have spewed into our air. The inefficiency of their cars has caused excessive dependence on foreign oil. Slowly, the “big three” are increasing the efficiency of their cars and increasing the safety. Are they criminals for only complying when regulations force them?

Should industries have responsibilities to the communities in which they work? Should they or their leadership be held criminally liable for the detrimental effects of their products? (How about Monsanto and Bayer?) In 1995, Purdue Pharma developed a mechanism to “time release” their product, OxyContin. The “time release” alteration was purported to make their drug nonaddictive. This product was sold to doctors, hospitals, dentists, and pharmacy distributors as a safe and effective product. Doctors, dentists, hospitals, and all healthcare providers accepted without question the advertisement of BIG pharma. In defense of the downstream drug prescribers, they and their patients wanted a nonaddictive pain reliever. Pain was viewed as a symptom, which had to be measured and had to be relieved. It was easy for those writing the prescriptions to accept without question the claims of the drug companies that the opioid was nonaddictive.

The doctors and their patients wanted a nonaddictive pain reliever and the drug companies asserted that their product was not habit forming. So why not use the product? Why would they want to push a product that was addictive? Surely, they are not criminals!

But these pain relievers were addictive. (Was Purdue Pharma lying to us?)

AND, the link between prescribed opioids and opioid abuse and subsequent heroin use is well documented. It is said that 75% of those abusing opioids started with a prescription.

When the script was not available (some would claim that the crackdown on pill mills was to blame), many people who were abusing prescription opioids, switched to cheaper and more readily available heroin. And the National Institute on Drug Abuse says that the link between heroin use and disease, HIC and Hep C, is well documented as well.

Has a crime been committed? If so, who committed the crime and how should they be made to pay? Should they be made to pay financially, criminally or possibly both? Or is our health service sector the same as our financial services “too big to fail.”

Now before us is a question of shared needles and the creation of a clean needle exchange here in Campbell County. It is said that this is a community problem and requires a community response. It is said that this is a public health issue and therefore should be handled by the Northern Kentucky Health District, the agency charged with protecting our public health. Is this a community problem and a public health issue? Probably yes. Is this a community/public financial responsibility? Probably not.

Our healthcare industry created a pain-reduction product, promoted it, distributed it, and misrepresented it as nonaddictive. Our healthcare industry should be held liable for the resultant problems. To what extent their liability exists, is the judgement of our legislature and our judges.

There is a possible statewide solution! A comprehensive solution was and still is available in the hands of our General Assembly. The solution is a simple change to the existing statutes such that “all suppliers of drugs (Doctor’s Offices, Hospitals, Pharmacies, Clinics and any other distributors) will be required to exchange new unused needles for used needles on a one-to-one exchange basis.” This change would make needle exchange readily available across the entire state and there would be no hiding from the problem.

BUT the problem here in NKY is becoming increasingly urgent as HIV and Hep C cases continue to rise. And our General Assembly does not have the intestinal fortitude to change the legislation (I have had discussions with our state legislators). So it is left to your local government to address the issue.

I suggest that a needle exchange here in Campbell County be provided in a mobile unit owned and managed by the Northern Kentucky Health District. The unit would be stationed at the St. Elizabeth Urgent Care site on

Carothers Road at I-471. The same mobile unit would be available on alternate days at St. E. Emergency in Covington, along I-75 at MLK Boulevard where Kenton County and the City of Covington agreed to such a service. What do you think?

The views and opinions expressed here are solely the ideas of Ken Rechtin. If you wish to make comment, Ken can be reached on his cell at 859-250-2263 or via email at kenrechtin@twc.com. All rights to use of this column in any fashion are retained by Ken Rechtin. Please contact him for any use.


WieFit Your Lifestyle

By Mary Soller

We all should be grateful that our neighborhood offers such an array of experiences ranging from coffee tastings, theater, vintage stores, eateries, and a brewery, just to name a few. We also within our neighborhood have an option to enhance our Newport lifestyle with healthy living. Grab your neighbors, friends, partners and walk briskly down the street to WieFit Fitness Studio located at 846 Monmouth at the corner of 9th Street.

New Group Fitness classes will be starting soon: Sled and Shred, Bungie Blast, and Old School Training. Check out the times and what these classes entail at wiefit.com or call 859-912-3783 for more info.


WieFit is in the process of freshening the space and adding more options to an already dynamic studio. A re-grand opening party is coming soon! The trainers are top notch, friendly, educated, and experts at nutrition. Did you know that there are FREE monthly nutrition seminars?


How did you not know that WieFit trains moms, high school athletes, Reds players, dads, Bengals players, runners, grandparents, and even your neighbors? One of the best characteristics in living here is the social aspect. Getting together for happy hours, garden club, tours, rehab projects, fundraisers, music. Sharing health is just another way to nurture what we have and bring community together.


Be social, stop in and say hello to Brian, Aaron, Drake, Meghan, and Olivia. WieFit is a locally owned business and has been part of our community for 12 years. They have made the commitment to us, so it’s time to enhance your lifestyle and make the commitment to yourself. And tell them Mary sent you!