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Miscellaneous News concerning the Madison County, KY area.

Boil Water Advisory Lifted for BMU Customers but Still in Affect for Southern Madison Water Customers

Boil Water Advisory

Boil Water Advisory Lifted – Ed Fortner, Utility Director at Berea Municipal Utilities would like to announce at 10:50 a.m., August 1, 2012:

Berea Municipal Utilities has lifted the precautionary boil water notice for BMU customers. The advisory remains for Southern Madison Water District customers.

The boil water advisory had been in effect since Monday evening when it was necessary to valve off the 16” water main feeding Berea due to pressures below 20 psi.

Now, that water samples have been tested, the water company and state’s Division of Water feel the advisory can be lifted for the BMU customers. Southern Madison Water samples must go through the same process and the notice is still in effect for their customers until further notice.

Thank you for your patience.

Fith Annual Arts Alive Concert Series

Parks & Recreation

The Berea Parks and Recreation Department and the Berea Tourism Commission are proud to present the 5th annual Arts Alive Concert Series! The Series will be held every Friday night from 7-8:30 at Chestnut Street Square in downtown Berea during the month of August. We will get off to a sizzling start on August 3rd with the jazzy sounds of the 18 piece ensemble the Bluegrass Area Jazz Association out of Lexington. August 10th join us for the smooth sounds of Jimi V and Screamin John. You also don’t want to fail to miss the Celtic sounds of Keltricity who will kick off the Celtic Festival weekend in Berea. Fan of country? You will want to see the Downtown Country Band on August 24th. The Arts Alive Concert Series will wrap up with the bluesy sounds of Louisville’s own Robbie Bartlett on August 31st.

In the event of rain, concerts will be moved to the Russel Acton Folk Center located at 212 Jefferson Street. Call 986-9402 or 986-2550 for more information.

Internationally Renowned Quilt Instructor to be in Berea

Parks & Recreation

The Berea Parks and Recreation Department is excited to announce that Esterita Austin, internationally renowned quilt instructor from New York, will be teaching a 2-day extended workshop, titled “Portraiture with a Twist”.

The focus in this class is on creating dramatic, expressionistic portraiture and still life. Rembrandt, La Tour, Caravaggio, all incorporated the technique of using a single, directional, light source to create depth and mystery in their imagery. Using traditional compositional elements and Esteritas fusing techniques enhanced with textile paints students will create an expressive portrait juxtaposing light and dark as tools of intrigue.

The workshop will be held August 2-3, 2012 at the Broadway Building in Berea. Call 986-9402 for more information.

Madison Co. Public Library to Host Internationally Touring Singer & Storyteller Judy Cook

Madison Co Public Library

The Madison County Public Library invites you to two captivating, stirring, and inspiring Civil War-themed programs presented by Judy Cook.

In One Mans Civil War, Judy will read letters written by her own great-great-grandparents to introduce songs of the era. Judy’s Women of the Civil War program features the War from the perspective of mothers, wives, sisters and sweethearts. Both programs will be filled with family letters, images, tunes and songs to make you laugh, cry, and understand.

The librarys Berea location will host One Man’s Civil War on Tuesday, August 7, at 7PM. Women of the Civil War will be held at the Richmond location on Wednesday, August 8, at 2PM. Registration is appreciated for both programs Continue reading Madison Co. Public Library to Host Internationally Touring Singer & Storyteller Judy Cook

Home Energy Efficiency Workshops

Home Energy Partners

On behalf of Home Energy Partners, a Madison County based nonprofit housing organization, I want to invite you to one of our free community Home Energy Efficiency Workshops. Home Energy Partners has over our last two years completed 30 workshops, 100 BPI Energy Audits, 25 retro-fits and 23 housing rehabs for low-income homeowners. Our workshops are designed to provide basic information on lifestyle and simple home improvements to significantly reduce energy costs. We also cover more comprehensive measures including the components of a BPI Energy Audit and incentives, rebates and other financing options to assist in the retro-fit costs.

We typically have 2-4 workshops in Madison County a month, however we are currently evaluating the program and ways to support it so you participation Continue reading Home Energy Efficiency Workshops

Precautionary Boil Water Advisory

Boil Water Advisory

Berea Municipal Utilities had a critical valve failure around 7:00 p.m. this evening at the water plant that caused an emergency repair and resulted in very low water pressure.

A precautionary boil water notice is in effect until further notice. Please bring the water to a rolling boil (3 to 5 minutes) and let cool before cooking with or consuming. This includes some of the Southern Madison Water District Customers.

Any questions may be answered at (859) 986-4391 or (859) 986-7846

Berea Parks & Recreation Month Celebration

Get Wild

Berea Parks is celebrating by catching YOU being active in our parks & giving you chances to win prizes during our Parks & Recreation Month Celebration Tuesday, July 31st 5:30pm-6:30pm at the Berea City Park Shelter (behind swimming pool)! Prizes will be drawn throughout the hour along with fun activities! Hope to see you in our parks going “WILD”!

Obituaries July 22 to July 29, 2012

Brandon Judd

Brandon Judd

Brandon Judd was born December 29, 1982 in Richmond, KY and departed this life Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at the U.K. Medical Center in Lexington, being 29 years of age. He was the son of Eddie & Delores (Lear) Judd of McKee, KY.

In addition to his parents, Brandon is also survived by his wife, Ashley (Farra) Judd; by his daughter, Hailey Brooke Judd both of McKee and by his brother, Charles Judd and his wife Jeanna of Berea. Brandon was blessed with 3 nephews, Caleb, Cameron & Corey Judd all of Berea.

He was a member of the Birch Lick Baptist Church.

Brandon will be sadly missed by those who knew him.

Funeral service was held 11:00 AM Saturday, July 28, 2012 at Lakes Funeral Home with Bro. Bobby Harris and Bro. Kenny Wilder officiating. Burial followed in the Medlock & Parsons Cemetery. Lakes Funeral Home McKee was in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Brandons family. Continue reading Obituaries July 22 to July 29, 2012

“Life Line Screening Saved my Sisters Life.”

Michelle Acquista

Life Line Screening uses painless ultrasound (sonogram) to see the plaque build-up in your arteries-a leading cause of stroke. 80% of strokes can be prevented.*

WHERE: Berea – Kentucky Farm Bureau Community Room
WHEN: Monday, August 13, 2012
Pre-rehistration is required. Call: 1-800-324-1851
(priority code: HSC7442)

To register on-line go to

All Lacquered Up

Howard Baker, RN BSN
Howard Baker, RN BSN

I often reminisce of the many rich lessons my grandmother taught me growing up and reflecting them in my writings. Even on her deathbed those in her midst could not help but join in the laughter and lighthearted conversations she was known for. The conversations I remember most during this time were the jovial laughs and references to her well-manicured hands and feet. See, the day before she died she had had her weekly manicure and pedicure but, this time she had added a rhinestone to the already bright and shiny ruby red fingernail polish. Her toes sparkled almost as bright as her personality with laughter and wit at every turn. With gel polish all the rage, I have to wonder what humor my grandmother would find today about nail polish lasting two to Continue reading All Lacquered Up

The Bluegrass Heritage Museum Needs Your Help

Bluegrass Heritage Museum

The Bluegrass Heritage Museum is seeking the public’s help in updating and reissuing a 50-year-old history of the Civil War.

“Civil War Days in Clark County,” a compilation of old newspaper articles, private journal entries, lists of soldiers, etc., was collected and originally published by the late Kathryn Owen, noted local historian to commemorate the war’s centennial..

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the war, the museum plans to reissue Owens work, along with additional material, including maps, photos, Continue reading The Bluegrass Heritage Museum Needs Your Help

Beth Brock Sworn In

Beth Brock

Richmond, Ky. (July 23, 2012) – The Madison County Board of Education is about to be back up to full strength.

Beth Brock of Richmond will be sworn into office to fill the unexpired Fifth Division term on the Madison County board at its July 24 meeting. Brock was recently appointed by Education Commissioner Terry Holliday to complete the term of former board member Betsy Bohannon. She will serve through the remainder of 2012. The Division 5 board seat will be on the Nov. 6 General Election ballot for a full four-year term.

Brock most recently was in her fourth term on the site-based decision making council at B. Michael Caudill Middle School, where she was the vice chairperson. She has served as president and vice president of the White Continue reading Beth Brock Sworn In