Commonwealth of Kentucky
Office of Senator Chris McDaniel

For Immediate Release
May 18, 2018

Contact: Jena Scott

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100 Year-Old WWII Bomber Pilot Chosen as Grand Marshall for Park Hills Memorial Day Parade

State Senator Chris McDaniel Urges Attendance to Witness Historic Reunion

John H. Klette, a 100 year-old World War II and Korean War veteran, will be recognized as Grand Marshall at the Park Hills Memorial Day parade on Monday, May 28. A former U.S. Air Force pilot and Kentucky native, Mr. Klette was born in Park Hills in 1917. A rarity to hear the personal stories of a two-war veteran, Senator Chris McDaniel encourages all to attend this special event.

The day after the attack on Pearl Harbor, John Klette quickly enlisted and was accepted into the US Army Air Corps Reserves. In 1943, John was called to active duty and trained as a B-24 and B-17 bomber pilot. John flew 51 WWII B-17 combat missions from the US air base in Foggia, Italy. Among his multiple combat awards, John was awarded the Silver Star for a mission to destroy factories in the suburbs of Vienna, Austria. John’s heavily damaged B-17 aircraft was the only returning aircraft from his squadron that returned to Foggia. Following WWII, John was recalled to active U.S. Air Force duty in 1951. During the Korean War, John flew 50 Air/Sea Rescue Missions piloting the SA-16 and the C-47 before returning home in the winter of 1952.

This Memorial Day, Mr. Klette will be joined by his only surviving crew member from his mission in Italy, who will be traveling to Kentucky from Washington State. This is the first time the two have been reunited since their combat mission in Italy.

“Please join us if you are in the Park Hills or surrounding area on Memorial Day,” said Senator McDaniel. “John Klette is a true American hero who was raised in our backyard here in Senate District 23. While we reflect on the lives lost this Memorial Day, it is an honor to have Mr. Klette lead our parade as he has lived through some of the most tragic and uplifting moments in American history. Mr. Klette is a prime example of selfless American patriotism and servitude.”

The May 28 Park Hills Memorial Day parade will be held at 11:30 a.m. The parade route is from Dixie Highway to North Arlington to Old State Road to Terrace Drive to Amsterdam Road to Park Drive. A flag raising ceremony with the David Haldeman’s Stationary Marching Band at Park Drive will be held immediately following the parade.


Smart Meters coming to Northern Kentucky

In September, Duke Energy will start installing digital smart meters across our Northern Kentucky region. Here are details about what this may mean to you.

 ·         Remote meter reading: After installation, we will no longer have to access inside a homeowner’s property for our monthly meter reads.

·         Faster moves: With smart meters, you may not have to wait for a Duke Energy representative to come to you to connect or disconnect your energy service – because requests can be performed remotely.

·         Choose your due date: Expanded billing options will be available including the ability for you to pick your own due date.

·         Energy info at your fingertips: You will have greater control of your energy use via online access to you daily usage data. You can also get enhanced alerts that notify you when your monthly energy usage may be higher than average.

·         Quicker responses to power outages: Since smart meters are capable of two-way communication, we will know more about an outage when you notify us, and this speed up power restorations.

What to look for:

·         Work is underway to change out the meters of customers who only receive natural gas service from Duke Energy. This will continue through Sept. 2018.

·         For electric-only customers and customers who receive both electricity and natural gas from Duke Energy, here’s the installation schedule:

o   Kenton County – Sept. 2017-March 2018

o   Boone County – Feb. 2018-June 2018

o   Campbell County – May 2018-Sept. 2018

·         Workers from Grid One Solutions will complete the meter installations on behalf of Duke Energy. These workers will have badges specifying that they’re Duke Energy contractors. Also, their trucks will carry signs that read “Contractor for Duke Energy.”

 More information about smart meters is available at


1.       Call the Call Center which puts in a request for someone to look at the tree (1-800-544-6900)

2.       Once it is assigned, a crew member would come out to the location and determine whether Duke Energy contractors would take care of the dead tree or if another contractor would need to

3.       If we decide to cut down the tree, it is then cut and the wood is stacked in the yard for the customer to take care of the removal


Calling residents, business owners, and friends of Park Hills!

The Historic Preservation Committee seeks old photos of Park Hills sites, homes, residents to include in a book project they're creating. If you have any such photos, please take them to the city building where they can be scanned and promptly returned to you. We need your help to make this happen. Please look in your albums and see if you can be part of this project. Thank you!