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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City Administrative Offices Temporarily Moving

Fort Thomas City Offices – Temporary Relocation

The City of Fort Thomas Administration offices, including City Administrator, City Clerk, Finance office, General Services (office personnel only) and Economic Development Director will be located at the Armory Building (950 S. Fort Thomas Ave) beginning  Monday January 4, 2021.

The offices are situated on the first floor and access will be from the entry located in Tower Park.
Important items to note:

            Mailing address for all city business will continue to be: 130 N. Ft. Thomas Ave., Fort Thomas, KY 41075

            Business phone will remain (859) 441-1055

            Hours of Operation will remain:  8:00 am – 4:30 pm  Monday – Friday

Access for business during COVID is limited to lobby drop-off/pickup unless appointment scheduled in advance.

There will be no business conducted on location at city building EXCEPT Police Department or Fire Department through their regular contact protocols.

Council Meetings, City Boards & Commissions and all other city public meetings will be held at the Community Center/Mess Hall located in Tower Park. Check city website for calendar of meetings.

This temporary relocation is necessary to permit the renovation of the offices at the city building and will tentatively last through the calendar year of 2021.

We appreciate your patience and understanding through this period of time. If you have any questions regarding this matter, please contact the city clerk at 441-1055.

Grow Grant Information and Application

Fort Thomas Renaissance proudly introduces GROW, a grant for the revitalization of your business facade.  You may choose a smaller grant up to $10,000, or more money in the amount of $10,000 to $20,000.  GROW a little or a lot!  You will be responsible for paying 25% of the cost of your project. 

 Please read this brochure for the requirements.  The application is also attached.  For this first round, we will need your application by June 1.  The next round begins July 1 (fiscal year).

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Battery Row Productions Presents: A Historic Walking Tour of Fort Thomas Kentucky

Discover how a military barracks, bare-knuckle boxing ring, the gruesome murder of a pregnant woman, and a local pub contribute to the rich historical heritage of the City of Fort Thomas.
The Fort Thomas Military and Community Museum has worked for more than a year with Battery Row Productions to create this walking tour–a tour which is much more than just physically walking. It’s done with smart phones and QR codes or on computers. You will see ten signs throughout Tower Park and the Historic Midway with short explanations of special sites. On each of those signs are also QR codes which will link to further explanations on our website. If you do not have a smart phone, you’ll be able to look up the site and see the entire collection as well as interviews with our local historians, including Gloria Sisk, Linda Rankin, Erik Geiman, Scott Froendhoff, and Betty Daniels. Dozens of historic photos have been included.
We hope you’ll spend time learning more about our much loved City!

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