City of Fort Thomas names Bob, Joanne Arnzen Grand Marshals of Independence Day Parade

Fort Thomas Parade Co-Chairs Jim Trauth and Linda Slone (ends), with 2021 Grand Marshals Bob and Joanne Arnzen.

The City of Fort Thomas has named an iconic family as its 2021 Independence Day Parade Grand Marshals.

“The Arnzens have been a staple of Fort Thomas for decades and we’re excited to have them as our parade Grand Marshals,” said Fort Thomas Mayor Eric Haas.

Bob and Joanne Arnzen, owners of the Olde Fort Pub, have been Midway District stalwarts since first opening their establishment in 1977. The Olde Fort Pub, established on St. Patrick’s Day 44 years ago, is located at 1041 S. Fort Thomas Avenue. 

Parade co-chairs Linda Slone and Jim Trauth said that they keep a running list of potential marshals that would represent the city well. Slone said that it’s always an honor and one the committee takes seriously.

“When Jim and I asked Bob and Joanne to be our parade marshals, they were shocked and could not believe they were being honored in this way,” said Slone. “We truly believe with all they have done in and for this city, it is an honor that is very well deserved.” 

Joanne said that this year was made more special because she and Bob were parade co-chairs in 1977, a year that helped track their family’s future.

“When we moved back to Fort Thomas in 1977, the same year we opened The Olde Fort Pub, we were asked to organize the 4th of July Parade. Every year since then we have watched and enjoyed the parade from our business at the end of the parade route never thinking that we would one day be chosen as Grand Marshals,” she said. 

“We are very surprised, excited and honored to being chosen this year’s Grand Marshals and look forward to celebrating with everyone along the way.”

The Arnzens both grew up in the Fort Thomas.

Most people in Fort Thomas know them now through their civic volunteering duties and business ownership. Bob and Joanne married in 1974 and started The Old Fort Pub in 1977. 

Joanne attended Ruth Moyer Elementary and Highlands High School.  Bob attended St. Thomas and St. Xavier High School.  Bob went on to receive a basketball scholarship for Notre Dame University and also played baseball for the Irish.  

He pitched for Montreal Expos for four years and also logged four years of professional basketball experience with the New York Nets, Cincy Royals and Indiana Pacers.  He is a three-time Academic Basketball All-American and was on the American Basketball Association Championship in 1973. 

Bob was in the Fort Thomas Army Reserve from 1969-1975. Their children, Megan (Krieg), Nate, Annie and Michael make the long-time business a family affair. 

The Fort Thomas Independence Day Parade is Saturday, July 3, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. With around 75 participants and festivities planned throughout the evening, it is one of the City’s largest attended event each year.

This year’s parade theme is “The Roaring 20’s Again.”

The parade will start at the intersection of Memorial Parkway and N. Fort Thomas Avenue near Highland United Methodist Church and travels south on the avenue to Tower Park and ends near the intersection of N. Fort Thomas and River Road. City streets along North and South Fort Thomas will be closed for a period.

Anyone interested in participating in the parade must register. Any questions can be answered by contacting parade co-chairs Jim Trauth (859-992-1884) Linda Slone, (859-750-9532) or Melissa Beckett (859-441-1055) or

Covid-19 Vaccine Information

COVID-19 Vaccinations in Campbell County will be given on Tuesday April 6th, 2021 at Main Street Baptist Church located at 11093 Alexandria Pike, Alexandria Kentucky.   If you have read below and are eligible for a vaccine, you must schedule an appointment.  Please do not show up at the site without an appointment. You can register at:

Northern Kentucky is currently vaccinating people18 years of age and older.  You must be a resident of the Commonwealth of Kentucky and able to demonstrate residency consistent with the requirements of KRS 186.010(12) or an individual providing healthcare services involving direct care to patients in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  Residence Verification – “Resident” means any person who has established Kentucky as his or her state of domicile. The possession by an operator of a vehicle of a valid Kentucky operator’s license shall be prima-facie evidence that the operator is a resident of Kentucky.  

Please do not schedule a vaccine at multiple vaccine sites, as you will prevent another eligible person from receiving the vaccine.  

Please make sure you have read and understand all of the following information before scheduling an appointment: 

·         Vaccines are available by appointment only.  Walk-ins will not be permitted as vaccine doses are limited to the individuals who have registered. Those who arrive without a scheduled appointment, will not be vaccinated.

·         You must wear a mask at your appointment and remain socially distanced from others.

·         If you are positive for COVID-19, you may be vaccinated after you are considered recovered and out of isolation/quarantine. We encourage you to talk to your healthcare provider about when you should receive the vaccine.

·         After you receive a vaccination, you must continue to wear appropriate PPE in professional settings and social distancing and masking in personal situations. 

·         You will not be charged for the vaccine. Other partners may bill insurance for an administrative fee.

·         The COVID-19 Vaccine cannot be given to anyone who has received a vaccine for another illness within a 14 day time period.

·         This clinic will be dispensing the Johnson and Johnson Vaccine.

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Now Hiring Crossing Guards

The City of Fort Thomas is seeking a crossing guard
for Moyer Elementary School (Hours: 7:45 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.) and
Memorial Parkway and N. Fort Thomas Avenue intersection (Hours: 7:15 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.).
Assistance crossing children is needed for a short period of time in the morning and afternoon on school days.  Must be 18 years of age or older; rate of pay is $11.00 per hour, paid for a full hour per shift, payable bi-weekly while school is in session.
Please contact the Fort Thomas Police Department at 859-441-6562 for additional Information.

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A Friendly Reminder

We wanted to put out a friendly reminder that if you walk or jog before sunrise of after dark to please try to wear reflective clothing so that drivers can see you.  We want to keep you safe!