The 2014 Fish Fry Season successfully kicked off yesterday at St. Joseph in Camp Springs.A beautiful day led to a great night to support the community's local fish fry. The fries continue through April 11 at the school on Four Mile Road.
GO FISH! THE FAMOUS ST.JOSEPH FISH FRY STARTS TONIGHT [PUBLISHED MARCH 7, 2014] Starting today (Friday, March 7) and lasting through Friday, April 11. The hours are 4:00pm – 7:30pm. Dine in or Carry-out (Call 859-635-5652). Featuring MR. HERB’S fried fish, baked fish, fried catfish, salmon, deep fried shrimp, crab cakes and the Four Mile Sampler Platter. Set-ups and Sandwiches also available. St. Joseph Church is located at 6833 Four Mile Road, Camp Springs, Kentucky 41059.
We hope to see you there!
ASH STREET/FORCE MAIN UPDATE [PUBLISHED MARCH 3, 2014] Sanitation District #1 has recently sent a letter to Camp Springs residents regarding 2 documents concerning the proposed Ash StreetPump Station/Force Main Project. The Kentucky Division of Water (KDOW)has issued a draft version of the Finding of No SignificantImpact (FNSI) document. This was previously referred to as the State Planning and Environment Assessment Report (SPEAR). Click on the above links to view these PDF's. Please note that the document files sizes are fairly large and may take some time to view.
KDOW will be accepting public comments regarding the information presented in the FNSI until March 28, 2014. Written comments can be directed to:
Shafiq Amawi, Manager Water Infrastructure Branch Division of Water 200 Fair Oaks Lane, 4th Floor Frankfort, KY 40601
Comments may also be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
The letter to residents was sent by Senior Project Manager Robert G. Schroeder. He invited residents to contact him with questions by phone (859-547-1656) or by e-mail at email@example.com
RE-SCHEDULED: VISITING ARTIST SERIES RETURNS TO ST. JOSEPH
[PUBLISHED MARCH 3, 2014] An appearance at St. Joseph Elementary, Camp Springs, KY, by children's book author Nancy Orlando and her illustrator Debbi Kern has been re-scheduled for later this month. One of Nancy's books (A Garden! A Garden!) is based on an event that occurred while she was living in Camp Springs many years ago. The presentation is set for 2 p.m. on Wednesday March 26 at the school and will last about an hour. Visitors are welcome to attend. Please join us for a one of a kind event. Questions (or in case of snow cancellation) contact: 859.635.5652 or 859.630.2874
CSI PUBLISHES FORCED MAIN FAQ [PUBLISHED FEB. 28, 2014]
Do you have a question regarding the proposed Ash Street Forced Main Project? If so, click here to learn more.Camp Springs' CSI has released a document today that addresses many of the common questions.
BIG THAW UNDERWAY . . .
FOR NOW [PUBLISHED FEB. 20, 2014]
While temperatures are expected to rise again today (Thursday, Feb. 20), don't break out the shorts and flip-flops just yet. Forecasters are predicting cooler temperatures to return, beginning Friday.
VISITING ARTIST SERIES CONTINUES [PUBLISHED FEBRUARY 13, 2014] On Wednesday, February 19 - 8:30am, St. Joseph alumni Bill Bezold will show and demonstrate the carving of his walking sticks to students. Parents, family, friends and all are invited to sit in on the presentation in the school cafeteria.
CSI REQUESTING HOMEOWNERS COMPLETE FORM [PUBLISHED JANUARY 28, 2014]
FIREFIGHTERS RECOGNIZED FOR SERVICE [PUBLISHED JANUARY 21, 2014] Congratulations to Camp Springs very own Myron Born. On Saturday night, January 18, while attending the annual Northern Kentucky Firefighters Association awards dinner, he received the Larry B. Atwell Lifetime Achievement Award. This award recognizes one outstanding member of the association for their "outstanding service, dedication, innovation or other acts or activities which have contributed significantly to their department or the fire service".
Myron (pictured left with Tim Klierer, awards banquet committee member) was nominated for bringing EMS services to the Camp Springs area when he was chief of the old Camp Springs VFD.
In addition, Lt. Brian Franklin received the Maltese Cross Award due to injuries sustained while working a fire. The Maltese Cross Award is awarded for any fire service or EMS member who, in the line of duty, and acting within the bounds of the law and his/her department’s standard operating procedures and accepted practices suffered serious injury or death. (pictured l-r: Tim Klierer, awards banquet committee member, Monica Rath, Secretary Kentucky Firefighters Association and Lt. Franklin)
VISITING ARTIST SERIES RETURNS TO ST. JOSEPH [PUBLISHED JANUARY 20, 2014] Children's book author Nancy Orlando accompanied by her book illustrator Debbi Kern will visit St. Joseph Elementary, Camp Springs, KY. One of Nancy's books (A Garden! A Garden!) is based on an event that occurred while she was living in Camp Springs many years ago. The presentation is set for 2 p.m. on Tuesday January 21 at the school and will last about an hour. Visitors are welcome to attend. Please join us for a one of a kind event. Questions (or in case of snow cancellation) contact: 859.635.5652 or 859.630.2874
Mike’s Golf Course [PUBLISHED JANUARY 14, 2014]
Every backyard needs a golf course or at least I thought mine did. That was my thinking as a sixth grader. Did not need to be a full size golf course, mind you, I grew up on a quarter acre in the country. Our lot was about 90 feet wide by about 200 feet deep, pretty much equivalent to a subdivision lot today.
Mike’s Golf Course originated as a 9 hole course, well almost. Three of the holes were repeated to arrive at the 9 hole layout total. All of this was prior to expansion, but you need to start somewhere. I had expansion of my course in mind from the start. All successful business people realize that things must continually evolve to remain fresh and to attract new customers.
Never was it a dream of mine to grow into a chain of golf courses plastered with my name but only to have the best course in Camp Springs. Back to expansion. After the initial year of operation, three holes were added which required expanding into my brother Ervin’s yard next door. What an accomplishment, I now legitimately had 9 distinct holes.
Scorecards were handmade (not copied mechanically) on 3 x 5 index cards which fitted nicely into a handcrafted wooden box to hold them. Today, approximately 50 years later, I still have the box and many of the scorecards. Scorecards were saved and filed to become part of the course’s records.
Not one of us neighborhood kids had a full set of clubs. I had only one five iron that belonged to my brother that I claimed as my own. Most regular golfers were from the immediate neighborhood together with the occasional cousins who visited and some friends of kids in the neighborhood.
Tee #1 was about five feet from our back porch just next to our concrete cistern platform. The longest hole was 120 feet or should I say 40 yards and the shortest approach to this hole in midsummer was over the fully grown corn stalks that were part of my Dad’s garden that was adjacent to the professionally laid out golf course. Instead of flags at the end of poles marking the holes, I used leftover trim boards found in the basement woodpile. Dad was a handyman/carpenter who never threw anything away. Oh my, guess where I got my hoarding genes. I painted the boards white with black hole numbers with a red stripe above and below each number. Each hole (cup) was a salvaged coffee can (hole cut in the bottom to accommodate the wooden hole marker) fitted flush into the ground.
As glorious as all this was, still the main attraction was the floral clock. An old windup clock face was placed into a coffee can that was fitted into a sloped raised dirt bed with transplanted moss around it. Wooden cutout numbers were placed around the clock face with add-ons attached to the clock hands to give it just a bit more size. Heaven forbid that it would look like an old clock pushed into the ground without any adaptations made. Although visitors did not come from near and far to view this wonder, I was proud as could be of it. Little did I count on the clock mechanism rusting solid in a matter of days for being exposed to the weather.
The course also had roughs (overgrown areas of grass with twigs and rocks incorporated). My brother really did not like this look in his manicured backyard.
Even though the course existed for only three years, it was a perfect release for my creative energies and added to some of my best memories of “Growing Up in Camp Springs.”
ASH STREET PUMP STATION UPDATE Residents throughout Four Mile are now receiving letters from SD1 with answers to questions posed at the October public meeting. You can click on the link below to get more details.
In the letter, Senior Project Manager Robert G. Schroeder offered his contact information in case there are questions regarding the responses. He can be reached at the following: firstname.lastname@example.org and 859-547-1656.
SAFETY TIPS FROM CHIEF BUCKLER [PUBLISHED NOVEMBER 25, 2013] Campbell County Fire District EMS/Fire Chief Greg Buckler has provided us with some great tips to keep us safe over the winter months. Click here for more details.
RESTORATION CONTINUES [PUBLISHED NOVEMBER 22, 2013] Dennis Schoeny is a conservator for Old World Restorations, Inc. He describes the restoration work being completed on four murals at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Camp Springs, KY.
MURAL RESTORATION By Mike Enzweiler [PUBLISHED 11/22/13]
Students at St. Joseph Elementary experienced a once in a lifetime event. Art restorers from Olde World Restorations in Cincinnati explained and demonstrated what goes into the highly skilled task of working on the nearly 100 year old Leon Lippert murals in the parish church of St. Joseph in Camp Springs.
Students were amazed at the amount of painstaking care needed to restore the irreplaceable pieces of artwork. The next session of the Visiting Artist Series is planned for January 2014.
RESTORATION WORK BEGINS [PUBLISHED 11/17/13] We'll have more on this story next week, but the restoration work has begun at St. Joseph Church in Camp Springs on the Leon Lippert paintings in the sanctuary. A team from Old World Restorations, Inc. in Cincinnati are completing the work.
Funding for the project was provided by the late Don Wiedeman.
First Dusting of Snow [PUBLISHED 11/12/13] The Weather Channel is reporting .7" of snow for the first "snowfall" of the year in Camp Springs. Temperatures are expected to reach 39 degrees today, but dip down to 20 degrees tonight. No additional snow is predicted overnight.
VETERANS DAY SERVICE
[PUBLISHED 11/10/13] In honor of Veterans Day, representatives from Alexandria VFW Post 3205 will conduct ceremonies tomorrow at 10am outside St. Joseph Catholic Church on Four Mile Road. All are welcome to attend. (This photo was taken at the memorial located at the Camp Springs Fire Department.)
STONEBROOK FEATURED ON FOX19
One of Camp Springs wineries was recently the focus of a LIVE television appearance in Cincinnati. Stonebrook Winery's Terry Schumrich was interviewed on FOX19's morning program and previewed some new selections offered at the winery located at 6570 Vineyard Lane in Camp Springs.Click here to watch the interview. (FYI. You may have to watch a commercial first.)
TURKEY SHOOT UPDATE
The 2013 version the Camp Springs Fire Department Turkey Shoot is now in the books. Mother Nature cooperated by providing a terrific, dry fall day which led to another successful event. Congratulations are in order for the following winners of this year's $5,000 Raffle:
[PUBLISHED 11/3/13] If you're heading to Camp Springs for the 51st Annual Fire Department Turkey Shoot, expect sunny skies and temperatures in the low 50's. The turkeys start dropping at noon as will the dinners served by the Ladies Auxiliary. In addition, the auxiliary's famous $5,000.00 raffle will take place during the event.
For more information, please call the firehouse at 859-635-9255. The department is located at 6844 Four Mile Road, Camp Springs, KY 41059.
DON BAUMANN FILES RETURN [PUBLISHED 10/30/13] Originally distributed in 2003, campsprings.com is proud to re-publish the works of local historian Don Baumann. Don had spent countless hours creating 22 articles that focus on the Four Mile area and the families that were part of the early days of Camp Springs. Click here for all 22 articles. Enjoy!
DEADLINE TODAY FOR FORCE MAIN COMMENTS [PUBLISHED 10/30/13] If you were unable to attend the October 15 public meeting regarding Sanitation District 1's Force Main Project that is proposed to be installed through the heart of the Camp Springs community, today is the last day to submit your comments, questions and concerns.
All submissions should be sent to the following e-mail addresses: email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org Rschroeder@sd1.org
Trick-or-Treaters Invade Four Mile [PUBLISHED 10/27/13] As promised, the trailer-loads of candy loving minions, monsters and devils made their way throughout the valley today. Please click here to see more pictures.
Look for Trick-or-Treaters this Weekend [PUBLISHED 10/25/13] Don't be alarmed by the trailer-loads of ghosts and goblins that will be lurking the backroads of Camp Springs this weekend. The annual tradition of Trick-or-Treating in the Four Mile area will take place on Sunday, October 27 from 2-6pm. Be very scared!
Harvesting Creative Inspiration: On the Farm with Graphic Designer Keith Neltner [PUBLISHED 10/25/13] An article featuring Camp Springs resident/business owner Keith Neltner was recently posted on the TCG (The Creative Group) Blog. Click here to read the article.
MYRON BORN RECEIVES AWARD [PUBLISHED 10/23/13]
Congratulations to Camp Springs very own Myron Born (pictured left with Chief Greg Buckler) on receiving the Alexandria Lions Club “Volunteer Person of the Year Award”. Each year the Alexandria Lions Club recognizes volunteers from different departments in Campbell County. Myron has been a member of the fire department since 1975. He was promoted to the rank of Chief in 1997 which he held until the creation of Campbell County Fire District #1. During his years as chief (1997-2002) he implemented the E.M.S. program to the Camp Springs area with the E.M.S. First Response Unit. This eventually resulted in a life squad at the Camp Springs station. Myron has held the rank of Deputy Chief with the department since 2002.
FIRE DISTRICT RECEIVES GRANT
Campbell County Fire District #1 Fire/EMS Chief Greg Buckler has announced that a grant through the Kentucky Homeland Security has been approved for $14,000.00. This grant will be used to purchase five sets of turnout gear and five high visible jackets for personnel to wear while working highway accidents. This grant is 100% funded through Kentucky Homeland Security.
Sunshine Welcomes Herbst Tour Visitors
[PUBLISHED 10/20/13] The weather stole the show at the 7th Annual Camp Springs Herbst Tour held today throughout the Four Mile valley. Sunshine warmed visitors as they traveled the backroads of Camp Springs searching out their favorite tour stops. Were you there? Did you have fun? Please click here and visit our facebook page and let us know.
Thank you to the tour organizers, the 19 participants and of course the hundreds of visitors that made the trek to Camp Springs! --- Do you have photos to share from the Herbst Tour? If so, let us know/send us a link?
Many Residents Comment at Forced Main Public Meeting
Over 50 individuals were on hand at tonight's public meeting for the Ash Street Pump Station and Force Main Project. Many questions were raised that the Kentucky Division of Water representative pledged to get answers to. Residents were told that the project can't move forward without approval from the Division of Water.
Tonight's meeting was held to "allow the public to review and comment on proposed activities, potential impacts and the project alternatives". The process of receiving public comments will continue until October 30.
If you were unable to attend and would like to join the process, formal comments can be submitted to Sanitation District 1 at 1045 Eaton Dr., Ft. Wright, KY 41017 - Attention: Emily Leisl or to email@example.com.
Forced Main Public Meeting 7pm Tonight (10/15) [RE-PUBLISHED 10/15/13] Residents of the Four Mile area have received letters and notices for an upcoming public meeting regarding the Ash Street Pump Station, Force Main and Gravity Sewer Project.
The Kentucky Division of Water (KDOW) will be the host of the meeting on Tuesday, October 15 beginning at 7pm at the Alexandria Courthouse at 8352 East Main Street in Alexandria.
According to the letter, the public will have the chance to provide formal comments about the project that was "recently approved for construction by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers".
SD1 Senior Project Manager Robert G. Schroeder signed the letter and invited questions to be directed to him at 859-547-1656 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Those unable to attend may submit comments to SD1 at 1045 Eaton Drive, Ft. Wright, KY 41017, Attention: Emily Leisl, or to email@example.com until October 30, 2013. Comments will be forwarded to KDOW for review.
Here's the offical episode description: In this season's first Dave Does It, Dave gets his sea legs in Paducah at the Seamen's Church Institute's Center for Maritime Education; Frances BBQ in Monroe County is Today's Special; the stone masonry of Camp Springs in Campbell County provides a unique beauty to the area; and Ruby Moon Vineyard and Winery in Henderson produces award-winning wines.
In case you miss tonight's airing, here are other scheduled airdates: KETKY: Sunday, October 13 at 6:00 am EDT KET: Sunday, October 13 at 4:00 pm EDT KETKY: Sunday, October 13 at 5:30 pm EDT KET2: Tuesday, October 15 at 7:30 am EDT KETKY: Wednesday, October 16 at 8:00 am EDT KETKY: Thursday, October 17 at 9:30 pm EDT KETKY: Friday, October 18 at 12:30 pm EDT KETKY: Saturday, October 19 at 6:00 am EDT
Neltner's Fall Fest Returns [PUBLISHED 10/4/13]
One of Camp Springs newest traditions, Neltner's Farm Fall Festival, returns to the Four Mile area this weekend. The event offers horse-drawn wagon rides, an expanded corn maze and pumpkin patch, petting zoo, pony rides, home cooked food and ice cream, farm shop, crafters, pottery, face painting, seasonal apples, folk art, live music, wine tastings and a variety of demonstrations.
Historic Neltner’s Farm was established in 1857 and maintains much of its rich history today.
Here's the full line-up of this year's monthlong event:
SPECIAL ACTIVITIES: Oct 6 - Music by: Chris Lloyd and Todd Lipscomb
Oct 12 - Music by: Steve Bonafel Oct 13 - Folksiders Craft Show (over 20 local vendors)
Oct 19 - Music by: Hickory Robot Oct 20 - Music by: Mike Oberst of the Tillers - Camp Springs Herbst Tour. An old tradition, our fields will be plowed by horses
Oct 26 - Music by: Maw Crow Oct 27 - Music by: Shiny and the Spoon
WEEKEND ADMISSION Ages 3 and up $5. Includes horse drawn wagon ride to the pumpkin patch, corn maze, petting zoo and acres to roam.
Flu Vaccine Available at Tour Stop #18 [PUBLISHED 9/25/13] On the day of this year's Herbst Tour, Oakland United Methodist Church's Faith Community Nurse Wilma Woodford, MSN.Ed, RN, will be offering flu vaccines through the St. Elizabeth Health Ministry program, of which they are a part. The injections will be $20.00 or free if it is a hardship case. Medicare can be billed if the person has their red, white and blue card. Oakland UMC has a health ministry program that accepts donations of durable medical equipment and then re-cycles it to those in need at no cost. They also offer incontinent products at no cost.
St. Joseph 4th grader/drummer Hans Bauer (pictured right) stole the show last night at the annual Oktoberfest at St. Joseph Church in Camp Springs. Hans and his father Scott were the headliners on the main stage for the event. Camp Springs favorite Chris Lloyd also joined in the musical fun and entertained the crowd with a set of country favorites.
FORCED MAIN UPDATE [Posted 9/15/13] The SD1 staff is scheduled to make a presentation on the Ash Street pump station project and sewer line to the SD1 Board of Directors on Tuesday, September 17. The presentation will be one of the first items on the agenda, so it will likely be discussed near the 2:00 PM start of the Board’s meeting. All are welcome to attend.
More Forced Main Correspondence
Anna Zinkhon has shared another letter regarding the forced main issue in Camp Springs.
Installation Begins Factory installer Jim Hurst (pictured, right) from Play and Park Structures travelled to Camp Springs Wednesday with his crew from Versailles, KY to begin the process of installing new playground equipment at St. Joseph Church and School on Four Mile Road. Weather permitting, Jim's crew hopes to be completed on Friday.
Forced Main Update After three years, efforts continue in addressing the possible SD1 installation of a forced mainin the Camp Springs community. Anna Zinkhon has sent us two letters (see links below) to sharewith residents regarding some recent correspondence on the issue. One is addressed toSD1. The other is from the Campbell County Conservation District. Click here for the letter to SD1. Click here for the letter from the conservation district.
2013 Team Dylan Event Hundreds attended the annual Team Dylan event in Camp Springs on Saturday (August 17) in support of the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati. Click here to see some photos.
New School Year, New Theme
The name of every student/teacher/staff member of St. Joseph School in Camp Springs is attached to a pole located in front of the rectory near the front of the parish's shelter. A cross with the theme "Seek the Lord" is located at the top of the pole and serves as the goal for the brand new school year. According to artist/creator Mike Enzweiler (pictured left), "The directional signs with the painted names on them signifies that each of us is an individual headed in different directions, but our various paths will ultimately lead us to the Lord."
KET in Town Emmy-award winning Kentucky Education Television (KET) Producer/Director Frank Simkonis was in Camp Springs today (August 7) working on a segment for KET's Kentucky Life program. He interviewed and recorded life-long resident Mike Enzweiler in his historic stonehouse on Upper Tug Fork. (That's Mike's historic green truck in the background of the photo.)
7th Annual Herbst Tour Set for October 20 The 7th Annual Herbst Tour will occur Sunday October 20, Noon – 6 p.m. Three of this year’s 19 stops are new from last year. They are the Uebel stonehouse, the Vogel house and the St. Anne Woodlands Preserve.
In addition to the stonehouse at the Uebel stop, there is a completely renovated barn on the property. The Vogel family grows watermelons, pumpkins and flowers. Chickens, ducks, flowers and pick your own pumpkins (weather conditions permitting) will be available on tour day. An original 1800’s covered wagon will be on site along with bee-keeping demonstrations and beeswax candle dipping. Homemade jams and jellies made from honey will be for sale.
The 50 acres of the St. Anne Woodlands is the last old growth forest in Campbell County. It contains beech, poplar and pin oaks among other species. A view of the St. Anne Convent alone is well worth the stop. The features of the other 16 stops continue to evolve from year to year. Regardless, if you have visited a stop before, you will always see something new and exciting. Please mark your calendars for Sunday October 20.
For additional information, contact Mike Enzweiler at 859.630.2874
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