Free Guided Gallery Tours at Kentucky Artisan Center

Photos, left to right: View of the exhibit  Celebrating 10 Years at the Kentucky Artisan Center;  Painted Wooden Bridal Box by Christa Smith; construction image with beams in place for the roof of the center’s lobby, in the exhibit, The Founding of the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea.
Photos, left to right: View of the exhibit Celebrating 10 Years at the Kentucky Artisan Center; Painted Wooden Bridal Box by Christa Smith; construction image with beams in place for the roof of the center’s lobby, in the exhibit, The Founding of the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea.

The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea will offer visitors free guided tours through the center’s gallery exhibit, “The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea: Celebrating 10 Years,” and the center’s two lobby exhibits, “The Founding of the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea” and “Highlights of the First 10 Years,” on Saturday, Aug. 24, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

“The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea: Celebrating 10 Years,” recognizes the works of 52 Kentucky artisans who have exhibited and sold their works at Continue reading Free Guided Gallery Tours at Kentucky Artisan Center

McConnell Calls on President to Do More to Help with VA Backlog of Disability Claims

Mitch McConnell
Mitch McConnell

During a speech today before the Louisville Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), U.S Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell called the lengthy backlog of VA disability claims a “national disgrace” and said President Obama needs to get directly involved in trying to fix the problem.

“An issue this important demands attention from the very top. The commander-in-chief must hold the VA accountable. His leadership is essential to addressing this problem,” McConnell said.

Today, nearly 750,000 veterans are stuck in the backlog. Over 60 percent of those waiting have been waiting for more than four months. This despite promises from then-candidate Barack Obama in 2008 to reduce the backlog, despite attempts to modernize the VA’s claims system, and despite a 40- Continue reading McConnell Calls on President to Do More to Help with VA Backlog of Disability Claims

Madison County Births (July 31 – August 11, 2013)

Announcements
Announcements

Jul. 31,2013 – Teresa Crowe & Nathaniel Edmonson – Richmond – Boy
Jul. 31,2013 – Felicia Kelley & Denton Thompson – Richmond – Twin Girls
Aug. 01,2013 – Kerri Gullett & Carl Bratcher – Berea – Boy
Aug. 02,2013 – Bridget & Paul Reed – Paint Lick – Girl
Aug. 02,2013 – Geneva & John Benefield- Berea – Boy
Aug. 03,2013 – Kaitlyn & Dalton France – Berea – Girl
Aug. 03,2013 – Kayla Sparks – Berea – Boy
(Click read more for more Birth Announcements) Continue reading Madison County Births (July 31 – August 11, 2013)

The American Council of Engineering Companies of Kentucky Elects New Officers

ACEC KY
ACEC KY

(Frankfort, Kentucky –August 9, 2013): The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC-KY) elected officers for 2013-2014.

President: George Woolwine, P.E., HDR Engineering, Lexington, Kentucky
President-Elect: Ben Quinn, Jr., P.E., American Engineers, Inc., Glasgow, Kentucky
Past President: Randolph J. Scott, P.E.,P.L.S, Vaughn & Melton, Middlesboro, Kentucky
Treasurer: Mark Litkenhus, P.E., Stantec Consulting Services, Lexington, Continue reading The American Council of Engineering Companies of Kentucky Elects New Officers

McConnell Calls on Administration Not to Open Health Exchanges if Security of Personal Data Can’t Be Verified

Mitch McConnell
Mitch McConnell

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, in a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Monday, told the administration that no American should be forced on to the government’s health care exchanges, particularly when the government is missing testing deadlines and cannot guarantee the security of personal and financial data.

McConnell was responding to a Health and Human Services (HHS) Inspector General’s report last week that said CMS has missed multiple deadlines for testing and reporting data security risks in connection with signing up for insurance on the government’s health care exchanges. The Inspector General said that HHS doesn’t expect a final security assessment report from an independent testing organization until 10 Continue reading McConnell Calls on Administration Not to Open Health Exchanges if Security of Personal Data Can’t Be Verified

Michael Coblenz Releases His Proposal to End Partisan Gridlock

Michael Coblenz
Michael Coblenz

Today, Democratic Congressional Candidate Michael Coblenz released his proposal to end partisan gridlock. He discussed the idea briefly when he announced his campaign, and he has now released the formal proposal. Almost no one doubts that our political system is dysfunctional and Washington is highly unpopular and widely ineffective. This proposal addresses ways to end this dysfunction.

Mr. Coblenz’s proposal calls for increasing the size of the House of Representatives. Throughout history the size of Congress grew as the nation’s population grew, but this stopped in 1920. This proposal calls for returning to this historic norm, and setting the size of Congress based on one Representative for every 300,000 citizens. This would increase the number of Continue reading Michael Coblenz Releases His Proposal to End Partisan Gridlock

Obituaries August 4 – 11, 2013

Lavina Lynn Kelley - Hoskins
Lavina Lynn Kelley – Hoskins

Lavina L. Kelley-Hoskins

Lavina L. Kelley-Hoskins age 42 of Berea, was carried by angels to heaven from her battle with cancer on Aug. 4, 2013 at Hospice Compassionate Care Center in Richmond, KY. Lavina was born Oct 26, 1970 and a member of the Berea Church of God.

Lavina is survived by her husband Ken Hoskins, her parents Roger and Anita Lynn Kelley of Berea, Father and Mother-in-law Arliss and Betty Hoskins of Pineville, KY, her daughter Abbygail Broughton of Berea, brother Roger Keith Kelley II of Mt Vernon KY, sister Elizabeth (Phillip) Nowlin of Richmond KY, sister-in-laws Kathy (Gerald) Holt, Melissa (Johnny) Caldwell of Pineville KY, step children: Lindsay Hoskins, and Joshua Hoskins, step grandsons Noah Williamson, and Jacob Ison of Richmond, and niece Continue reading Obituaries August 4 – 11, 2013

Life and Work in Appalachia

Jennifer Rose
Jennifer Rose

Songs often reflect a society’s joys, sorrows, values, and visions. Join Kentucky musician Jennifer Rose and her family in a musical exploration of traditional songs about life and work in the Southern Highlands.

Jennifer Rose grew up as the youngest of six children in a music and dance focused family in Berea. She earned a vocal music degree from Berea College in 1992 and has recorded 10 albums of traditional Appalachian music. Her performances have delighted audiences around the world, but her favorite place to be is right here in Kentucky. She performs regularly with her daughters: Lydia (12) and Isabel (10), and works extensively as a visiting artist in schools across Kentucky and Tennessee.

Jennifer will be performing her History to Cew on Series Tuesday August 13 at 416 Rebmann Lane, Lexington, KY from 6:15pm until 8:00pm.

Meet National Geographic Adventurer of the Year Jennifer Pharr Davis

Jennifer Pharr Davis
Jennifer Pharr Davis

On August 12th, author of Called Again: A Story of Love and Triumph, Appalachian Trail record holder, and National Geographic Adventurer of the year, Jennifer Pharr Davis will be giving a presentation at the Berea Public Library.

Jennifer Pharr Davis will recount stories of hardship and joy from her 46-day record hike on the Appalachian Trail. While her athletic accomplishment- averaging 47 miles per day- was impressive, audience members may be more captivated by Jen’s positive attitude and her husband’s unconditional support, than by her ability to overcome shin splints, sleet, and sickness.

Her latest book, Called Again is not a boastful retelling of a record attempt, but a testament that the wilderness is available to everyone at every phase of life. As Jennifer likes to say, the value of a journey is not found in how far or Continue reading Meet National Geographic Adventurer of the Year Jennifer Pharr Davis

Rally Against the I-75 Connector‏

9/19/2013
MARBLE CREEK/ENDANGERED WATERSHED
An exhibition of photographs by Guy Mendes
September 19 / 5-7 pm/Ann Tower Gallery/ Downtown Arts Center, Lexington

OFF THE ROAD!
A RALLY TO STOP THE I-75 CONNECTOR
September 19/ 7:30 pm/ Lyric Theater Featuring readings and music by Barbara Kingsolver, Wendell Berry, Crystal Wilkinson, Richard Taylor, Erik Reece, Maurice Manning, Eric Scott Sutherland, Steve Broderson, the Matt Duncan Band, the Northside Sheiks, and special guest Tee Dee Young
Tickets at lexingtonlyric.tix.com/ $12 in advance/$15 at the door.

(sponsored by the Disconnectors, the Sierra Club, the Morris Book Shop, Alfalfa’s Restaurant and the Ann Tower Gallery)

The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia, and Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimers Disease
Alzheimers Disease

If you have a loved one who is newly diagnosed, or if you just want to learn more about Alzheimer’s disease, this program is for you. This two-hour presentation will explore what everyone should know about memory loss issues and what they mean for all of us.

The program will take place at the Madison County Public Library, located at 319 Chestnut Street, Berea on Wednesday, September 11th from 1pm-3pm.

To register for this program, please call 1-800-272-3900 or e-mail [email protected]. Registration is required.

‘Let the Wood Chips Fall’ at Kentucky Artisan Center in Berea

Photos left to right: Marian Thompson carves; chip carving by Will Bondurant; Ron McWhorter begins chopping a dough bowl.
Photos left to right: Marian Thompson carves; chip carving by Will Bondurant; Ron McWhorter begins chopping a dough bowl.

On Saturday, Aug. 10, three members of the Berea Welcome Center Carvers will ‘let the wood chips fall’ as they demonstrate wood carving from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea. Demonstrating that day will be Marian Thompson and Will Bondurant, both from Berea, and Ron McWhorter, of Richmond. Thompson carves figures and animals, Bondurant is adept at chip carving, and McWhorter uses an adz to chop dough bowls Continue reading ‘Let the Wood Chips Fall’ at Kentucky Artisan Center in Berea