There are wonderful stories to be told around Northern Kentucky and so many of our neighbors are doing interesting, productive things we don’t realize. Let’s catch up on just a few of them.

Goetta Champ

Did you know about Matt Grimes’ Colonial Cottage, that iconic restaurant on Dixie Highway that holds onto a piece of the past while development swirls around? Well, Colonial Cottage sells more goetta than anyplace else on the face of the Earth. That would be about five tons a year.

By any count, that’s a lot of goetta. Matt and his family have owned the restaurant for 16 years but it’s been a family-owned restaurant for its 82-year history—and known for the famous regional dish. Goetta and eggs are the hands-down best-seller.

But, if you haven’t tried goetta fritters or goetta wraps or goetta nachos or goetta dressing, now you know where you can.

A Treasurer

David Schroeder, director of the Kenton County Library, is a real treasure. His depth and breadth of knowledge about regional history—and his willingness to help anyone who’s interested in it—is impressive.

He wrote a sesquicentennial history of Ludlow a few years back that includes a piece about the Ludlow Lagoon Amusement Park that makes him in demand as a speaker.

He tells of the once-grand and popular regional recreation center—sandy bathing beaches, a roller coaster over water, a carousel with hand-carved wooden figures, a miniature railroad line and more—that drew crowds to the river town in the early 20th century.

It’s a story that has everyone yearning for a bit of some days gone by.

Starting Young

Hayley Mullins is a senior at Heritage Academy in Florence—and already a published illustrator of a children’s book about a beloved blue-collar racehorse.

Hayley did the charming illustrations for Blue Blue Sea Finds His Cape, a story by Miranda N. Prather. Prather chose Hayley to illustrate her book about the great-grandson of Alydar. She adopted the horse, who had serious medical challenges but had lessons to teach. And, therefore, Blue Blue Sea inspired the book.

Hayley is a horse-lover and self-taught illustrator and aspiring artist. She does freelance illustrations, but this is her first book. It’s likely not her last.

Alaska Proof

Ft. Mitchell native and Beechwood grad Andy King, who made a name for himself as a musician with the Kenton County Regulators and others, found his way to a gig in Alaska a few years back. It’s a classic story—he met the love of his life, married her and settled down in Anchorage where he and Mandy have a young son. It’s there that Andy has found a bigger gig.

He is one of the featured “stars” of the Animal Planet reality show Alaska Proof about a distillery that makes vodka from 10,000-year-old free-floating glacier ice harvested from Prince William Sound.

Every distiller has a “thing” and this one is Alaska Distillery’s, located in the foothills of the Alaska Range. On the show, Andy and his co-workers go along on the ice harvesting. Back at the distillery they make all kinds of vodka, using all kinds of Alaska-specific ingredients. Shed caribou antlers anyone?

Andy’s favorite is Honey Vodka, but there’s also Shrimp Vodka, Permafrost Vodka, Outlaw Whiskey, Smoke Salmon Vodka and more.

He does get back home once a year and, he says, “I always try to play a gig or two with my old bandmates.”

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