New Calendar Helps Covington Look Ahead in 2013
Covington's mantra for 2012 will carry over through 2013 thanks to the newly released calendar produced by the Covington Neighborhood Collaborative (CNC). "This year's theme was not a unique one," said Bill Wells, chair of the Covington Neighborhood Collaborative, noting that the theme is C+V=G. That "courage" plus "vision" equals "growth" motto has been ubiquitous across town as part of Mayor Chuck Scheper's efforts to change the direction of the city.
Wells presented the completed calendar to the Covington City Commission during its meeting Tuesday night. It features loving descriptions of each of the city's neighborhoods with beautiful photographs taken by students who participated in a program sponsored by the Center for Great Neighborhoods. The two-week program was funded by the United Way, Arts Wave, Arts in My Own Backyard, a community health grant, and the Procter & Gamble Alumni Network.
Chris Bishop, a Holmes High School student, also spoke Tuesday night about how he and his fellow student photographers were doing more than just snapping pictures in what he called "the most amazing city in Kentucky." "We evaluated neighborhoods starting with the conditions of the streets and also if we felt safe on the streets, what kind of vibe the neighborhoods gave us," Bishop said. "It was a great experience for all of us."
Bishop is also mentored by Mayor Scheper through Covington Independent Public Schools' mentoring program.
Flipping through the pages of the calendar, readers will learn about the CNC and its projects, a brief history behind all nineteen special neighborhoods that make up "The Mosaic City", important contact numbers (including those of the neighborhood associations and government agencies), and advertisements from local businesses.
"Every part of this is Covington," Wells said. "Covington people and businesses. Hopefully through this calendar the residents will support local businesses. You don't have to go to the big box stores. Covington has it."
The calendar was designed by the Covington-based Merlot Group, a marketing & design firm co-owned by City Commissioner Shawn Masters. It costs $7.95 and can be picked up from any neighborhood association, at OASIS, Inc on Greenup Street, or at Klingenberg's Hardware.