DHL Soars With $46 Million Expansion

New aircraft gates as part of a $46 million expansion to allow wide-body aircraft used on international flights is worthy of a bit of hoopla.

So, bring in the bigwigs and the skydivers.

DHL broke ground in March at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport with skydivers jumping at 5,000 feet and soaring through the skies displaying two American flags and one DHL logo flag.

The jumpers landed in front of the stage, where guests included Gov. Steve Beshear, Lt. Governor Jerry Abramson, Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory and Brian Lindholm, CEO of DHL Global Forwarding North America.

DHL is expanding its existing aircraft parking apron and building nine new aircraft gates to accommodate wide-body aircraft to make deliveries between the United States and points in Asia, Europe and the Americas.

The jumpers, courtesy of Skydive Indianapolis, were Braden Duffin, Pete Lutz and Chris Nunn.


St.E Workers Pitch in with Money, Time For Tornado Relief

In a single week of an internal campaign to help victims of the March tornadoes that came through Northern Kentucky, St. Elizabeth Healthcare raised $75,000 toward the tornado relief.

An initial cap of $25,000 by the health care system in a dollar-for-dollar match was abandoned after an overwhelming response by employees soared beyond that. Instead, St. E pledged to match every dollar donated.

In just over a week, associates donated more than $37,000, with an average donation of more than $100. Included were two separate $2,000 gifts from the Florence and Fort Thomas Auxiliaries. The money was sent to the local chapter of the American Red Cross.

Also, the week after the storm 70 people from St. Elizabeth went to hard-hit areas to clean up debris. Employees donated food, water and clothing, and several St. Elizabeth Physicians offices increased hours of operation to help accommodate prescription re-order and appointment needs.

John S. Dubis, president and CEO, says the outpouring has been “amazing.”



Antique sales A Sure Sign of Spring 

Every fourth Sunday of the month through October, enjoy sales from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the 4th Sunday MainStrasse Antiques, Etc.

More than 30 antique and vintage collectible vendors from the Tristate set up outside along the 6th Street Promenade in historic MainStrasse Village to sell quality antiques including jewelry, furniture, glassware, linens, and vintage collectibles.

New vendors are welcome to inquire about space but organizers point out that the wares should be strictly antiques or collectibles.

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UK Wildcat Blue Brings Out Best In Us

Blue through and through. Jay Fossett is holding out for 12 national titles as he’s counts on his University of Kentucky Wildcats to best UCLA’s records. With four championships in his lifetime, the partner in Strategic Advisers in Fort Mitchell says he plans to get to that “Promised Land.”

On April 2, UK won the NCAA title in a 67-59 victory over Kansas and you could hear the cheers from one end of the Commonwealth to the other.

Throughout the basketball season Northern Kentucky has been a sea of Kentucky blue. That bright distinctive blue that some of us call royal blue but those in the print industry know as 286 on the Pantone Matching System. Young, old, alums and those who never set foot on the incredibly gorgeous UK campus displayed a loyalty that spelled home team with t-shirts, hoodies and hats. And everyone talked like a coach.

Kentucky doesn’t have any professional sports franchises so loyalties go to the colleges, Fossett says. “UK is a religion here.” The felt pennant proclaiming UK’s win in 1978, the year Fossett was a freshman, hangs in his home and he can recall every detail of that win over Duke.

Northern Kentucky Chamber chairman Brent Cooper, unabashed fan, says it was “one of the best NCAA Tournaments on record with seven regional teams in the Sweet 16! It was a great couple of weeks with everyone in the Commonwealth, and the region, rooting for their favorite team. Of course, the best team came out on top!”

Sure, let NPR’s sports commentator Frank Deford chide them as a team of “one and done.” You may not be able to keep the stars on the college hardwood but success is to be celebrated, and when it prompts an outpouring of community it has a value all its own.