How exciting to be enjoying what admittedly is my favorite season of the year "” fall. Leaves are starting to change, the weekends are packed with great football games. Sure, they rob you of your time, but they are fun. I cannot wait every year for these Indian Summer days that remind us that we live in such a beautiful part of the country.

As a history buff, I like to research terms like Indian Summer, and it was easy to find that it is truly an American term. Encyclopaedia Britannica explains that it goes back to when the American Indians would harvest crops including squash and corn, and Phrase Finder says its use can be traced back to the 1700s. It's a time of mild weather right before the harsh winter; time to re-energize. It applies here as we celebrate the fresh energy of fall throughout the Tristate.

The energy is as obvious as the turning of the leaves. I believe it has two parts "”one right in front of us, and one more long term. We having a great baseball team with the opportunities of a playoff run, lots of new building going on including downtown's Great American Tower, and Fountain Square, events including our own ATHENA® Awards, and more.

Our region's renaissance includes Jerry Carroll's hand in winning NASCAR for the Kentucky Speedway, which will be fast upon us with economic impact rivaling a Super Bowl. It also can be seen at The Banks, as you'll read in our story with Trent Germano of the development company Carter. He's right that you won't find a site like this anywhere else in the country. It's a chance to shape a vibrant riverfront. Progress is truly underway, and reality might be better than some could have imagined.

So, enjoy this issue and revel in the energy of the season. Robert Frost, in his poem "Nothing Gold Can Stay," lamented how leaf subsides to leaf. Unfortunately, our favorite seasons have a way of moving on far quicker than we had hoped.
Editor's Note: The story of Children's Hospital patient Lola Meyn is close to our hearts because the darling 4-year-old from New Orleans is a cousin of Cincy Art Director Kim Cochrane. And about that Halloween story: Business Editor Gretchen Keen and Editorial Intern Julianna Roche couldn't resist modeling the costumes at Cappel's. But then, that's the point of the story.