Calming Information Chaos

It’s funny how childhood experiences play a part in who we become later in life. I grew up in a healthcare family. My mother is a nurse, and after school I can remember walking to the hospital to sit in my dad’s office and wait for him to get off work. I have probably had more holiday meals in a hospital than at home. So, it is no coincidence that hospitals generate a feeling of safety, security, and a sense of belonging to me. Another positive experience from my youth was one of my first jobs working in the public library. On days when I have spent more time in the hospital and the library than I have at home it is easy to see we are where we are because of what has gone into our minds and fed our dreams.

As a graduate student I spend a lot of time doing research. Having an invaluable resource such as a medical library is probably the biggest asset for success of any medical / nursing student. My home away from home is the Preston Medical Library located on the campus of the University of Tennessee Medical Center. With your first step into the Preston Medical Library, you are greeted by a team of friendly, competent, and eager to assist medical reference librarians.

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Hot Weather Brings Business to Local Pool – (BOL Archives 2002)

In March, the trees and plants had already begun to bloom. By the second week in June, Berea was experiencing the hottest day recorded in the last two years. The weather alone provides a great reason to stop by the pool for a relaxing and refreshing afternoon.

The pool is not only used to escape the summer heat; pool parties, a full concession stand, and swim lessons are also available. Jennifer Renfroe, recreation director, states that most of July and August are already booked for pool parties, yet a few dates are still available. Swim lessons at the pool are currently in secession and will start again on July twentieth. Continue reading Hot Weather Brings Business to Local Pool – (BOL Archives 2002)

KY Railway Museum – All Aboard for Family Fun!

There isn’t any aspect of American history or growth more important than Railroads. Railroads have seen Americans through the addition of nearly every state, promoted a unified nation, aided us in times of war and allowed people to travel unlike ever before. Unfortunately the era of America’s love of rail travel ended in the 1950’s as a result of the automobile’s versatility and convenience, but now, thanks to the Kentucky Railway Museum, it is possible to experience it again. Continue reading KY Railway Museum – All Aboard for Family Fun!

Redbird Mission Street Party

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UMC Redbird Mission Street Party

The United Methodist Churches of Madison County and surrounding areas hosted a Redbird Mission Street Party in Downtown Richmond in June. The proceeds are to further the work of the Redbird Mission Conference and reopen the school. May local musicians were on hand to support the effort spearheaded by local Folk Artist Jennifer Rose. Delicious BBQ was provided by Richmond Firefighter and Berea UMC Youth Leader Corey Lewis. The day was a full of good food, fellowship and entertainment.

For more information on the Redbird Mission visit them at their website http://www.rbmission.org/ or contact our local United Methodist Church in Berea. Berea UMC

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Berea Officially Opens Park Expansion and Skate Park

Berea officially opens the much anticipated City Park expansion featuring a modern Skate Park.  Many were in attendance today as the Berea Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting ceremony started off the afternoon of fun and food. Maggy Kriebel, Director of Berea Parks and Recreation, was on hand to organize and manage the event.  I was particularly impressed with Maggy’s obvious rapport with youth that came to celebrate the opening.

Maggie Kriebel with participants
Maggie Kriebel, Director Berea Parks

When  Ms. Kriebel annonced the event was about to begin I thought to myself it will take a while to turn the chaos of what is a skate park into an organized effort, but the minute she called out the participants were drawn to her attentively focused. Maggie then proceeded to explain that this park belongs to you, the skaters,  as citizens of Berea turning ownership of the day over to these inspired youth.  I don’t know how you do it Maggie, but cudos!

Mayor Steve Connelly on the Mic
Mayor Steve Connelly Officiates

The Mayor, Steve Connelly,  officiated the event thanking all those in attendance and all those responsible for this day.  Several other dignitaries were present along with some honored guest.  The Berea City Council was proudly represented by Greg Lakes, Ronnie Terrill and Troy VanWinkle.  I was surprised by such a low turnout of council members, but then it did occur to me that this is summer vacation time for many busy families.  Magistrate Larry Combs made an appearance as did the County Clerk hopeful, Democratic Candidate Lisa Davis.

Randy Stone and Donna Angel
Randy Stone and Donna Angel

The city was also represented by City Administrator Randy Stone and  Magnificent Maggie Kriebel.  (Attend one Council meeting when she speaks and you’ll understand the name.  No one can fake that much enthusiasm.)  Other honored guest included the Berea Chamber of Commerce Director David Rowlette, Donna Angel of Community Trust Bank and project visionaries Dr. Emogene Hogg-Hartman and her husband Jim Hartman who have been pushing for this park for fifteen years.

Emogene Hogg-Hartman
Dr. Emogene Hogg-Hartman

Kyle Sowers provided sound services for the event, adding music to the already fun day.  Free hot dogs and cold water were offered to all in attendance as well.   The park itself was designed and built by Spohn Ranch out of Los Angeles, CA.  The skate park installation took three days to complete and opened to the public on March 17, 2010.  Spohn Ranch is the famed builder of the X-Games and have built more than 450 skake parks across the United States.  Using the latest in skate park design the skate park elements were brought in by truck and set by crane into place.

Nice Ramp
Berea Skate Park

The Parks features include:

  • Quarter Pipe with Guardrail
  • Speedramp
  • Funbox with filled Corners, Stairs and Grind Rail
  • Parking Grind Curb
  • L.A. High wall with brick texture
  • Manual Pad
  • Curved grind edge
  • Taco Grind Rail
  • Raked Grind Rail

All in all this was a city gathering at its best with a focus on our greatest asset,  our youth.

Be sure to checkout the BereaOnline Picture Story of the Park opening as well.

Story and Photos by Chad Hembree
Special Thanks to Rhonda McIntyre

Healthy Pets, Healthy Family

Growing up with a menagerie of animals from turtles, birds and lizards to dogs, cats, and horses I have had my share of licks, bites, and scratches from the animal kingdom. My cat Jasper awakens every morning with one thing on his mind – playing. The problem, Jasper’s eyes peel open between five and six in the morning searching for anything to fetch, throw, or chase. Before the fog in my head could clear a few mornings ago, Jasper returned with his toy of choice. As I rearranged myself beneath the covers, Jasper leaped into action as his imagination ran wild seeing my covered feet more interesting for interactive play. As quick as a blink, Jasper sprung high into the air as he pounced on my feet with all his might. On examination of my foot, I found a small cut; it did not cause much pain or concern so on with my day I went.

There are few relationships in life that are as strong and unconditional as the bond with our pets. Our pets accept us unconditionally even if we are fat, skinny, sick, healthy, moody, and are there to bring us joy through thick and thin in the best and worst of times. Because of our pet’s strong unconditional bond, they become a significant extension of our family and our health.

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