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Food Service Inspector

Babylon Café, 213 W. Main St., Richmond 100%
Madison Garden, 152 N. Madison Ave., Richmond 93%
Redi-Mart #17, 920 Red House Rd., Richmond 99%
Romper Room, 310 E. Geri Ln., Richmond 96%
Starbucks, EKU Weaver Bldg., Richmond 100%
Stratton Cafeteria, Kit Carson Dr., Richmond 97%

Daniel Boone Elementary Cafeteria, 710 N. Second St., Richmond 91%
*Refrigerated potentially hazardous foods found expired in walk-in Continue reading FOOD SERVICE INSPECTIONS FOR WEEK ENDING MARCH 16, 2012

“Step Into Spring”

Parks & Recreation

Berea Parks & Recreation is ready to “STEP INTO SPRING” with our Group Fitness Classes @ Russel Acton Folk Center Monday – Thursday evenings at 5:45pm!

We have got Cardio Tone, Zumba, Cardio Body Pump, Turbo Melt or Indoor Cycling!

Call Berea Parks & Recreation for more details 986-9402.

Would You Wrestle An Alligator?

Howard Baker, RN BSN
Howard Baker, RN BSN

Would you jump in a pen and wrestle a half crazed alligator? Probably not! Well, March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and according to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer related deaths in the United States. The sad thing is that in 60% of the cases, colorectal cancer is preventable with routine screenings.

So, who is at risk for colorectal cancer? You are considered to be at average risk if you are 50 years old or older with no other risk factors. Men have an average lifetime risk of colorectal cancer of about one in seventeen; whereas, women’s risk is about one in nineteen. People at higher risk are those with a close family member such as a parent, sibling, or child who has had the disease, or those who have had colorectal cancer or precancerous polyps. Race also plays a significant role. Blacks are more likely than any other racial Continue reading Would You Wrestle An Alligator?

Now Accepting Applications


The City of Berea Parks and Recreation Department is accepting applications for the position of LIFEGUARD.

Applicants MUST be 16 years of age or older, be available to work nights, weekends and holidays and hold a current American Red Cross Lifesaving certificate and a current American Red Cross CPR certificate.

If you do not hold these certificates, we can assist you.

Call 986-9402 for more information.

Berea Blood Drive

Only With YOU can KY Blood Center supply the nearly 70 hospitals and clinics in central and eastern Kentucky with the blood products they need.

KBC needs an average of 400 donors per day in order to meet those needs. Wont you be one of our heroes and donate blood at your next community blood drive?

Madison Co Berea Community Blood Drive
Tues March 20th, 11am-5pm
At First Christian Church
(206 Chestnut St, Berea)
in Fellowship Hall

*Photo ID required.
Appointments are recommended. Walk-ins will gladly be accepted as space allows.
Schedule your donation time online at or call KBC at 800.775.2522.

Adopt -a- Highway Groups to Clean Kentucky Roadsides


Lexington, Ky. (March 15, 2012) – Volunteers will be out in force next week to spring clean District 7 highways. The Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) announces that Adopt-a-Highway Spring Clean Week will be March 18-24.

“The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet appreciates the efforts of our Adopt-a-Highway volunteers who help keep our highways and communities beautiful and litter-free,” Transportation Secretary Mike Hancock said.

Nearly 800 groups participate in Kentucky”s Adopt-a-Highway program, which was established in 1988. Volunteers clean approximately 5,100 miles of roadside annually, setting an example of responsible environmental stewardship.

The Adopt-a-Highway program promotes public environmental awareness and supports tourism. The program also creates a partnership between citizens, Continue reading Adopt -a- Highway Groups to Clean Kentucky Roadsides

First Statewide Bullying Prevention Symposium

Bullying Symposium

With schools reporting increased numbers of bullying incidents, all stakeholders involved in education need to learn how to identify and manage the various types of threats. Nationwide, bullying reports have grown annually, fueled by the inescapable reach of the Internet.

This inaugural Bullying Prevention Symposium will feature experts in bullying and cyberbullying prevention. Presenters will address signs of bullying, bullying in athletics, youth risk online, positive online behavior, and Continue reading First Statewide Bullying Prevention Symposium

Mudslide Closes Section of Tates Creek Road in Madison County


Richmond, Ky. (March 9, 2012) Madison County Emergency Management reports a section of Tates Creek Road (Hwy 169) in Madison County is closed due to a mudslide caused by heavy rain in the region.

The Kentucky Department of Highways has closed the section of road located between the 7 and 8 mile marker area, northwest from Richmond. The area of addresses affected by the road closure is from 2030 Tates Creek Road to 2057 Tates Creek Road.

The road is expected to be closed most of the day as crews respond to clear the area.

Indoor Tanning and Your Skin

Howard Baker, RN BSN
Howard Baker, RN BSN

If you are like me spring is dancing in your head, with sounds of birds singing to the wonderful sights and smells of grass greening and flowers blooming. Ahhhhh—spring is in the air and all around us, what a welcome time of year. Spring usually affords us a much needed break from winter and school, sets the stage for bathing suits, sun and tanning beds. It seems everyone wants to be the first to tan as we race for beaches, mountains, and fields to enjoy and feel the sun tanning our skin.

The other day as I traveled through town I could not help but notice tanning store lobbies full of customers waiting to tan. Even despite warnings from dermatologist and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the risk of indoor tanning we still insist on browning our bodies. Indoor tanning has Continue reading Indoor Tanning and Your Skin

Donations for Storm Victims


We live in a very generous and caring Commonwealth, and it goes against our nature to discourage donations to our hurting friends and neighbors. However, this message may help us help those people in a more efficient way.

Thank you so much to those who have already organized donations. Please contact the following organizations regarding when your donations will be the most beneficial.

Kentucky Emergency Management: click donations & volunteers tab

Salvation Army – local (Madison County) contact: Mark & Sally Love call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769) or

Red Cross – local (Madison County) contact: Coy Pritchard To safely donate to help our neighbors, text “Red Cross” to 90999 to donate $10 for Continue reading Donations for Storm Victims

Celebrate National Nutrition Month in March

Parks & Recreation

Celebrate National Nutrition Month in March! Healthy Plates + Healthy Exercise = 1 Healthy & Happy Person!

Berea Parks & Recreation offers Group Fitness Classes @ Russel Acton Folk Center Monday – Thursday evenings at 5:45pm! We have got Cardio Tone, Zumba, Cardio Body Pump, Turbo Melt or Indoor Cycling!

Call Berea Parks & Recreation for more details 986-9402 or visit our webpage:

Second Annual Ambers Angels Zumbathon

Ambers Angels

Are you ready to shake it for an awesome cause? Please join us for our 2nd Annual Ambers Angels Zumbathon. All proceeds will be donated to the CF Foundation as well as KCFS (Kentucky Cystic Fibrosis Services).

Entrance fee will be $5 (or any greater donation), we will be giving away free water and door prizes!!! 🙂
Date: Sunday, 02/26/2012 Time: 2:00 pm—4:00 pm Where: Glenn Marshall Elementary

Ambers Angels trophies will be given to:
*the person who brings the most friends or school with the most participants.
*The person wearing the most purple!
*The person making the biggest donation to CF!

Dont forget to wear your purple, the official color of CF and Ambers Angels.

Please RSVP on our Amber’s Angels Facebook page. Contact Sarah Morman or Terena Moore on Facebook if you have any questions.

Earthquake Awareness and Emergency Preparedness Information


Richmond, KY (February 21, 2012) Earthquakes may strike anywhere at any time. It is important to prepare ahead to avoid potential injury or property loss due to an earthquake. The Madison County Emergency Management Agency shares the following preparedness tips to assist you.

 Prepare an Emergency Supply Kit: store food, water and emergency supplies that will last at least five days. Be sure to include a flashlight, extra batteries, portable radio, tools, blankets, sturdy shoes and sanitary items.

 Check your home for potential hazards. Know where and how to shut off electricity, gas and water at main switches and valves. Is your water heater Continue reading Earthquake Awareness and Emergency Preparedness Information

Helping Children Be Successful

Parents/Grandparents/Caregivers Please join us for some information on important topics
that are affecting our children and community.

Dangers of Prescription Drugs, Keeping Children Safe, and Internet Safety.
February 28, 2012 10:00 a.m. to Noon (lunch included) Galaxy Bowling Center 1025 Amberly Way, Richmond. Register by February 23.


For more information please call Madeline Schott at 623-7233 or e-mail [email protected]

This is offered at no cost by the Family Resource and Youth Services Centers and Ky River Foothills Head Start in recognition of Childrens Champions Month which is in March. It is co-sponsored by Childrens Champions of Madison County, which encourages adults to help all children and youth have better lives and more opportunities to be successful.

2nd Annual Madison County ASAP DRUGS Conference‏

The Madison County Agency for Substance Abuse Policy is pleased to announce we will host the 2nd Annual D.R.U.G.S. (Diverse Resources United for a Great Solution) Conference on Thursday, May 17, 2012. The event will be held at the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Richmond and will feature the following breakout sessions:

· Bath Salts
· Methamphetamine
· Community Sober Living Homes
· Synthetic Marijuana
· Drugs among Military Personnel
· Bath Salts
· Legislative Updates
· Latest Drug Trends in Kentucky and the U.S.

Once again, continuing education credits will be offered to a variety of professional boards.
You wont want to miss this exciting opportunity, so mark your calendars and Continue reading 2nd Annual Madison County ASAP DRUGS Conference‏

A Caregivers Story

Darlene G. Snyder

The out building sitting behind our old farmhouse, was stuffed full of freshly cut corn – shucks and all, as well as some of my fathers old tools, which were shoved in a corner of the building.

On one particular visit, Jack and George were playing outside with us while their mother visited with my mother. They were a few years older than my brother, sister and me, but usually the boys played well with us. Jack opened the door of the old out building. Peering in, he pointed to a large ear of corn sitting sideways at the top of the pile of corn. “I bet you cant climb up and get that piece of corn,” he dared. “Yes I can,” I said, and began the climb to the top. About midways, I heard the door shut and felt the darkness closing me in. Scrambling down I started sliding out of control. My knee landed on a weed blade, and I felt the blood Continue reading A Caregivers Story

Berea Featured in Kentucky One Health Commercial During Super Bowl

Kentuckys newest health system broke its new advertising campaign during the Super Bowl broadcast. Kentucky One Healths campaign, was designed to express the pride and ambition to improve health care for Kentuckians, will help build brand awareness throughout the Commonwealth.

The campaigns TV spot debuted during the Super Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 5.

The TV spot features Kentucky One Health employees in their facilities around the state including employees from Berea.

My Heartbeat Goes To The Dogs

Howard Baker, RN BSN
Howard Baker, RN BSN

As a nurse I am a strong proponent of organ donation, and I am an organ donor myself. When you see organ recipients and their families, you are able to conceptualize the magnitude that organ donation has on both the donor and the recipient. From a donors viewpoint you know that you have made someone elses life better, stronger, and have made the ultimate humanitarian gift – life. The recipient is often given a new freedom in life and is better able to enjoy the things most of us take for granted.

I usually do not write about animal health, but if we stop and think about health and the health of our pets they really do inter-relate. Our pets become part of our family, and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Continue reading My Heartbeat Goes To The Dogs