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

Aqua Zumba

Aqua Zumba
Aqua Zumba

Aqua Zumba not sure what this is do it for FREE at Berea City Pool July 19th, 26th, Aug. 2nd & 9th from 9:45am – 10:30am!

Our instructor is Veronica w/ Fitness, Friends & Fun in Berea! Join us for four Friday mornings as we exercise in the water Open To The Public!

We’ll begin right on time so please be in the pool by 9:45am! Call Berea Parks & Recreation for further details 986-9402!

Lavina Kelley-Hoskins

La'Vina Kelley Hoskins
La’Vina Kelley Hoskins

Lavina 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 Tristyn Nowlin of Richmond, nephews Matthew and Alex Caldwell, Kevin Layne, and Brian Carter all of Pineville KY, she is also survived by her grandparents Lloyd and Johnnie Anglin of Berea, numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by Continue reading Lavina Kelley-Hoskins

Dr. James and Ms. Carol Stutts Travel to Washington on Sponsored Trip

July 17, 2013 - Lt. Col. (Ret.) Dr. James and Ms. Carol Stutts meet with Senator McConnell at his Capital Office to request his support of Senate Bill #734 ending the SBP/DIC Offset, which discriminates against military widow(er)s.
July 17, 2013 – Lt. Col. (Ret.) Dr. James and Ms. Carol Stutts meet with Senator McConnell at his Capital Office to request his support of Senate Bill #734 ending the SBP/DIC Offset, which discriminates against military widow(er)s.

American Legion Post #50 sponsored a trip to DC for Dr. James and Ms. Carol Stutts to join a group from the Military Officers Association of America and the Gold Star Wives to lobby Senators and Congressman. The mission was clear; to correct an injustice. Did you know that when military members, whether active duty or disabled and retired pass away, their survivors are Continue reading Dr. James and Ms. Carol Stutts Travel to Washington on Sponsored Trip

Fifty House Members Send Letter to President Obama in Support of Coal

Speaking in one bipartisan voice, 50 members of the Kentucky House of Representatives sent a letter today to President Obama, urging him to reconsider his administration’s goals when it comes to the country’s use of coal.

“Earlier this summer, President Obama made it clear that he sees coal as a detriment to this country’s future rather than the asset that it is,” said Speaker Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg. “Many of us in the House want him to take a much more reasoned approach, because we believe coal can and should continue to play a major role in making the United States truly energy independent. Now is not the time to turn our back on a resource that is as reliable as it is plentiful. Just as importantly, our state cannot afford any more drastic steps affecting one of our signature industries. We’re hurting enough as it is.”

The letter is signed by all five House Democratic leaders and members from both parties. A copy is attached.

Dear Mr. President:

In the wake of your speech last month on plans to further limit the country’s greenhouse gas emissions, my colleagues in the Kentucky House of Representatives and I wanted to express our deep concern over what we see Continue reading Fifty House Members Send Letter to President Obama in Support of Coal

WACKY WEDNESDAY WALKING CLUB

Walking Club
Walking Club

WACKY WEDNESDAY WALKING CLUB Join Berea Parks & Recreation for an outdoor walking club adventure July 17th, 24th, 31st & Aug. 7th from 8am-9am we’ll be walking around City Park & City Park Expansion looking for those walking & exercising! For inclement weather go to the Folk Center! FREE & ALL ages welcome! Incentives & tips provided!

In conjunction with our Walking Club, we’re offering STROLLER FITNESS Friday’s July 19th, 26th, Aug. 2nd & 9th from 8am-9am we’ll have a stroller routine for those that want to participate @ 8am; if not, we’ll be walking around City Park & City Park Expansion looking for those walking & exercising! For inclement weather go to the Folk Center! FREE & ALL ages welcome! Incentives & tips provided!

Any questions contact Berea Parks & Recreation at 986-9402.

Obituaries July 28 – August 4, 2013

Bobby Joe Lucas
Bobby Joe Lucas

Bobby Joe Lucas

BEREA — Bobby Joe Lucas, 58, of Berea, died Friday, August 2, 2013, at the Compassionate Care Center in Richmond. He was born in Germany and raised in Elizabethtown, son of the late Velmer and Grace Bird Lucas. He was a beverage salesman. In his spare time he loved to hunt and go camping.

Mr. Lucas is survived by: his beloved wife, Barbara Lucas of Berea; his son, Steven W. (Kim) Lucas of Berea; his chosen son, James R. (Amy) Morehead of Shelbyville, Kentucky; his cherished grandchildren, Alissa Lucas of Paint Lick and Dylan Lucas of Richmond. He was blessed with a great-grandson, Dawson Lucas of Paint Lick.

Also surviving are his brothers, Michael (Janie) Lucas and Anthony Lucas, both of Elizabethtown. Other than his parents, he was also preceded in death Continue reading Obituaries July 28 – August 4, 2013

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

Enough Already!

Rep. Leslie Combs, D-Pikeville
Rep. Leslie Combs, D-Pikeville

During the last five years, we have seen the verbal fighting over coal reach ever-greater heights, and the louder both sides have become, the less each seems to hear the other.

Although I have been part of more than a few heated debates – that’s the nature of politics – I have found that, ultimately, diplomacy usually gets me closer to my goal than simply trying to run over the opposition.

That’s not to say this route is automatic; sometimes, it takes a lot of persistence.

Consider last summer about this time, when I served as a delegate at the Democratic National Convention. While I was proud to take part, I made it Continue reading Enough Already!

Artist Carl Von Fischer to Demonstrate Oil Painting at Kentucky Artisan Center

Carl Von Fischer
Carl Von Fischer

On Saturday, Aug. 17, Mount Vernon artist Carl Von Fischer will demonstrate oil painting from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea.

Von Fischer grew up in Cincinnati, and absorbed creativity directly from his parents. Von Fischer’s mother was a basket maker and weaver and his father was a painter and a designer for Gibson cards. Von Fischer can remember taking a bus or streetcar to the Cincinnati Art Museum as a youngster.

“Almost every week, I would spend hours going from painting to painting. The ones that really caught my eye were the great Western paintings. I knew early on – that one day I would paint – where and when I didn’t know,” he said.

At age 16, he worked in Glacier National Park and his love of the Western landscape became a reality.

After graduating from high school, Von Fischer joined the military and was deployed to Germany. Upon his return to Cincinnati, he attended the Central Continue reading Artist Carl Von Fischer to Demonstrate Oil Painting at Kentucky Artisan Center