Obituaries November 10 – 17, 2013

Elizabeth J. Kurtiak
Elizabeth J. Kurtiak

Elizabeth Kurtiak

Elizabeth Kurtiak, age 71, wife of Carl Kurtiak of Berea, Kentucky passed away Monday Nov. 11, 2013 in Lexington, Kentucky. Elizabeth was born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey and was a resident of Pittstown, New Jersey for 25 years before retiring to Kentucky. She was the daughter of the late Joseph Guiliano and Mary Zemereta Guiliano. She was a nurse for the Perth Amboy Hospital and was a loving mother and wife.

Elizabeth is survived by her husband Carl Kurtiak of Berea KY, and her 3 children; David Kurtiak of Clinton NJ, Phillip Kurtiak of Gibsonville, NC, and Vanessa Rice of Georgetown KY and her brother Dr. Phillip Guiliano of Medford NJ. She is also survived by her 7 loving grandchildren; Timothy, Continue reading Obituaries November 10 – 17, 2013

Children in Need

Berea College Republicans
Berea College Republicans

With the holidays just around the corner, get into the spirit of giving by giving to a child in need.

As a totally non-partisan request, the Berea College Republicans would like to encourage everyone, especially Berea students and clubs, to visit the Angel Tree at Walmart, located near Customer Service.

Just choose a tag from the Angel Tree and purchase toys and clothes for a child in need.

Modern Systems Recognized For Community Service at Connect 2013

Pictured (left to right): Carol Moore, Ben Hudson, David Morris (President of Modern Systems, Inc.), Libby Morris, Blake Morris and Kevin Lloyd.
Pictured (left to right): Carol Moore, Ben Hudson, David Morris (President of Modern Systems, Inc.), Libby Morris, Blake Morris and Kevin Lloyd.

Modern Systems’ president, David Morris, was recognized for his contribution to Kentucky schools by Honeywell at Connect 2013. Modern Systems was one in about 20 companies in the U.S. and South America to be recognized for their community service efforts. Modern Systems was the overall recipient of the 2013 Special Community Service Award in recognition of outstanding efforts to protect children and schools through the Operation Continue reading Modern Systems Recognized For Community Service at Connect 2013

If You Like Your Doctor or Hospital, You Can’t Keep Them

Mitch McConnell
Mitch McConnell

Many Kentuckians have found out the hard way in recent weeks that the president’s repeated Obamacare promise, “if you like your health care plan, you can keep it,” has been broken. But now we are learning the truth about another of the president’s broken promises: his claim that “If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor” is proving false as well.

As I travel across Kentucky, I hear from many constituents who are seeing premiums increase along with higher co-pays and higher deductibles as a result of Obamacare. Adding insult to injury, these constituents are discovering that despite these higher costs, they have no guarantee that they will be able to continue using the hospital of their Continue reading If You Like Your Doctor or Hospital, You Can’t Keep Them

One Lane Road

Road Work
Road Work

Prospect Street in Berea will be down to one lane this morning (Friday, November 15, 2013) around the area of Boone Tavern, also parts of Chestnut Street for blacktop work.

There will be flaggers in the area directing traffic. This work is expected to be completed in a couple of hours.

Following Meeting with McConnell, TVA Announces It Will Keep the Paradise Fossil Plant Open

On October 23, 2013, Sen. McConnell and TVA President/CEO William Johnson discuss Paradise plant
On October 23, 2013, Sen. McConnell and TVA President/CEO William Johnson discuss Paradise plant

U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell was informed today that the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) board of directors has decided to keep the Paradise Fossil Plant in Drakesboro, Kentucky, open. Senator McConnell was told that one of the three units at the facility will continue burning coal, while the other units will be converted to natural gas. On behalf of Kentucky coal Continue reading Following Meeting with McConnell, TVA Announces It Will Keep the Paradise Fossil Plant Open

McConnell Statement on the President’s Obamacare ‘Fix’

Mitch McConnell
Mitch McConnell

U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell issued the following statement today regarding the President’s belated response to the millions who’ve lost their health plans as a result of Obamacare:

“President Obama’s announcement doesn’t even come close to fixing the problems that so many Americans are facing right now as a result of cancelled health care plans and skyrocketing premiums. But, it does represent the clearest acknowledgment yet that his oft-repeated pledge ‘if you like your plan, you can keep it’ was false all along. What makes this admission even worse is the fact that it was prompted not by the heartbreaking stories of millions of Americans, but by the private pleadings of a handful of endangered Democrats. Americans are becoming increasingly aware of the fact Obamacare is broken beyond repair. The only ‘fix’ is full repeal followed by step-by-step, patient-centered reforms that drive down costs and that Americans actually want.”

Irish Harp and Recorder Music Performed by Chattering Magpies at Kentucky Artisan Center

Greta Gillmeister (L) and Lorinda Jones of Chattering Magpies
Greta Gillmeister (L) and Lorinda Jones of Chattering Magpies

On Saturday, Nov. 30, Lorinda Jones and Greta Gillmeister of the group Chattering Magpies, will perform Holiday music on Irish harp and recorder from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea.

Celebrating 10 years in 2013, the center currently features works by more than 650 artisans from more than 100 counties across the Commonwealth. The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, 200 Artisan Way, just off Interstate 75 at Berea, Exit 77, is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and the cafe is open from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Admission is free.

Berea English Professor, Students Offer Interactive Poetry Event at Kentucky Artisan Center

Above the Eastern Treetops Blue
Above the Eastern Treetops Blue

Berea College English professor Libby Jones is always looking for innovative teaching ideas and techniques. She found one such method in The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, edited by Kristin Camitta Zimet. Jones and her poetry students will be using this interactive technique to write haiku poems for visitors on Saturday, Nov. 16, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea.

In this poetry exercise, students come up with a list of five questions, (such as, what lost thing do you miss the most? What is your earliest memory?) They then go out into the community and interface with people at various public locations. Students sit at a table with a sign saying, “Free Poems!” When anyone stops to see what it is about – they ask Continue reading Berea English Professor, Students Offer Interactive Poetry Event at Kentucky Artisan Center

Lanette Freitag Demonstrates the Felt Loom at Kentucky Artisan Center

Lanette Freitag attaches the curly wool from her sheep to a felted wool rug; a felted wool shawl with curly wool fringe at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea
Lanette Freitag attaches the curly wool from her sheep to a felted wool rug; a felted wool shawl with curly wool fringe at the Kentucky Artisan Center

On Saturday, Nov. 23, Lanette Freitag, of Sharpsburg, will demonstrate felting wool on a table-top felt loom from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Kentucky Artisan Center.

Celebrating 10 years in 2013, the center currently features works by more than 650 artisans from more than 100 counties across the Commonwealth. The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, 200 Artisan Way, just off Interstate 75 at Berea, Exit 77, is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and the cafe is open from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Admission is free.

Carvers Demonstrate Woodcarving at Kentucky Artisan Center

Santa by Bill Currey; Carved Santas and tree by Vince Harrison; Santa carving in progress by Nancy Marriner – all members of the Berea Welcome Center Carvers.
Santa by Bill Currey; Carved Santas and tree by Vince Harrison; Santa carving in progress by Nancy Marriner – all members of the Berea Welcome Center Carvers.

On Saturday, Nov 16, three members of the Berea Welcome Center Carvers will demonstrate a variety of woodcarving styles and techniques from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea.

Celebrating 10 years in 2013, the center currently features works by more than 650 artisans from more than 100 counties across the Commonwealth. Continue reading Carvers Demonstrate Woodcarving at Kentucky Artisan Center

Patricia Ritter to Demonstrate Watercolor Painting at Kentucky Artisan Center

Patricia Ritter shows a young visitor her watercolor techniques; the start of a watercolor painting by Patricia Ritter using her own reference photograph as a source of inspiration.
Patricia Ritter shows a young visitor her watercolor techniques; the start of a watercolor painting by Patricia Ritter using her own reference photograph as a source of inspiration.

On Saturday, Nov. 30, Patricia Ritter, of Kettle, will demonstrate watercolor painting from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea.

Celebrating 10 years in 2013, the center currently features works by more than 650 artisans from more than 100 counties across the Commonwealth. The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, 200 Artisan Way, just off Interstate 75 Continue reading Patricia Ritter to Demonstrate Watercolor Painting at Kentucky Artisan Center