Eric Kerl, a Dixie Heights graduate, has family ties to Eastern Kentucky. These roots inspired him to start a blog titled "Chitucky" about growing up as a Kentuckian living in Chicago. His work specifically focuses on issues of race, racism, and identity. Kerl is in the process of writing a book and is an editor for Rampant Magazine in Chicago. To find out more about his work and activism, check out the blog below.

We also want to send a huge thank you to those who attended the Harvesting our Stories: Story Gathering Project Launch last night. If you were not able to attend, don't worry. You can find all Story Gathering Project updates at


Mtn. Talk: 100 Years in Struggle: Blair Mountain, the UMWA, and Labor in Today’s Appalachia

One hundred years West Virginia coal miners had been evicted from their homes and were living in tents, their working conditions approximated slavery and they were trying to organize a union.  The assassination of sheriff Sid Hatfield was the last straw and thousands of miners took up arms and marched to the aid of the besieged miners of Logan and Mingo counties.  The Battle of Blair Mountain was the largest labor uprising in American history. The US army shut down the battle but 10 years later southern West Virginia miners got their union.
See the story and its meaning for today at 

Hamilton County Health Department Survey

UACC is partnering with the Hamilton County Department of Health to do outreach regarding the use of tobacco and similar products. HCDH has asked us to circulate a survey to obtain feedback from our subscribers that might inform our efforts.  Please take a few minutes to fill out the survey. If you have comments about the survey itself please send them to Mike Maloney at meamon@

The health department is passionate about making sure they understand what the communities they serve need/ want when it comes to tobacco prevention and cessation programs. The only way they can know how to best serve their communities is by getting feedback from you! They would like to invite you to fill out a survey about tobacco use as well as your opinions on some of the tobacco-related programs that have already been put in place and future possibilities. The survey was developed by the Ohio State Department of Health, but they will be using all data gathered here at the local level to work with communities for tobacco prevention and cessation.

After completing the survey you will be able to enter to win a Kroger Gift Card! To access the survey you can follow this link (or type it into a web browser: or you can scan the QR code in the image below from your smartphone.

Call for Instructors for New Makerspace in Norwood

Wednesday, September 29 @ 7 PM

A new Makerspace is currently in planning, to be located in Norwood. A potential site for the Makerspace has been identified and organizers are now seeking instructors, educators, industry professionals, and hobbyists to lead paid classes helping people make all sorts of things. Existing curriculum for many common Makerspace programs are available on the Internet, or you can develop your own class plans.

Please join them for an information session to be held at the Donald E. Prues Community & Senior Center at 1810 Courland Ave. on Wednesday, September 29th at 7pm. There will be a brief presentation about the Makerspace currently in planning, then plenty of time for discussion. RSPV here.

Possible Makerspace class topics (open to recommendations):

Trade skills:
  • Woodworking
  • Toy Workshop
  • Carpentry and Joinery
  • Glass blowing
  • Welding
  • Automotive Maintenance
  • Home Owner Skills:
  • Household maintenance
  • Plumbing
  • Furniture construction & repair
  • Lawn & Garden projects
  • Painting
  • Drawing
  • Hair & Makeup
  • Costumes & Props
  • Prosthetics
  • Photography
  • Airbrush
  • Screen printing
  • Jewelry & Beads
  • 3D Printing
  • Drone Piloting & Programming
  • Game Design
  • Website Design
  • Electronics
  • Mobile App Programming

Worth A Shot

"I Thought I Heard A Cardinal Sing": Ohio Appalachian Voices

Submission portal open August 1-November 15

A “call for poetry” focused on the unique culture of Ohio's Appalachian population–located in Central Appalachia, with roots steeped in traditional southern ways. A one-of-a-kind collection, sponsored by the Academy of American Poets and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

A copy of the anthology will be sent to all 732 libraries throughout Ohio and to selected Ohio Appalachian school libraries.

Learn more HERE.

Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority

Incentives begin Aug 1-Oct 31 or until funds are expended
Have you heard about the new opportunities available for families in need of housing? Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority has new vouchers and an incentive program for property owners who lease-up with new HCV Participants.

Emergency Housing Vouchers
  • CMHA awarded 246 EHVs to assist families struggling with homelessness or fleeing domestic violence
  • Recipients must meet one of 4 criteria and complete a brief online assessment
  • Click here for full details
New Property Owner Incentive
  • A $2000 payment will be made to owners who provide a home to families leasing through the New Admissions process
  • Incentives begin August 1 and end October 31, 2021 or until funds are expended
  • Click here for full details
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