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

Obituaries July 15 to July 22, 2012

Nancy Potter

Nancy Potter

BEREA — Nancy Potter, 76, wife of Van Potter, died Wednesday July 18, 2012, at her home in Berea. Nancy was born in Virginia to the late Willard and Dora Hammonds Bowman. She was a homemaker and a member of the Bethel Baptist Church.

Nancy is survived by: her husband, Van Potter of Berea; her children, Larry (Carla) Bowman of Morgantown, Penn., Kathie Crews of St. Paul, Va., Glenda (Wayne) Lane of St. Paul, Va., and Michael (Debbie) Potter of Berea. She has 11 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Nancy was preceded in death by one sister, four brothers, two grandchildren and a son, Ricky Potter.

Visitation will be Sunday July 22, 2012, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Lakes Funeral Home. Funeral services will be Monday July 23, 2012, at 1 p.m. at Lakes Funeral Home with Bro. Roy Himes officiating. Burial will follow in Continue reading Obituaries July 15 to July 22, 2012

Shakespeare in the Park

Loves Labor Lost

The Rose Barn Theatre will be performing “Loves Labor Lost” on the outdoor stage at the Russel Acton Folk Center, located at 212 Jefferson Street, on July 20th, 21st and 22nd. All performances are $5 per person, and will begin at 8pm. This is a family friendly event, so grab everyone you know, and head down to the Folk Center to be taken back in time! For more information, call 986-9402.

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.

Calling all Children and Women

Parks & Recreation

Calling all Children & Women come join a fun, active & learning afternoon with Berea Parks & Recreation, Saturday, July 21st 1pm at Russel Acton Folk Center! Elite Martial Arts & Fitness will provide a Kids Safe Workshop & a Women’s Self Defense Workshop! Beginning at 1pm the Kids Safe Workshop for ages 5-12 will help give them confidence to protect themselves & don’t worry women, during this time we’ve got something for you, Zumba provided by Fitness, Friends & Fun! At 1:30pm we’ll take a snack break together & at 1:45pm the Women’s Self Defense Workshop will begin while the children have activities provided by Berea Parks & Recreation! For further information call Berea Parks & Recreation at 986-9402,

Unveiling & Dedication

You are cordially invited to the Unveiling & Dedication of the State of Michigan Historical Marker at the Battle of Richmond, Ky.

Saturday, July 21st, 2012 11:00 A.M. Mt. Zion Christian Church 830 Battlefield Mem. Hwy, Richmond ¼ mile past the Battle of Richmond Visitors Center on the right.

For more information, please call 859-624-0013


Berea Center of the Arts

HUGE SALE: at Berea Center for the Arts we are making some cool changes. To make space for FIBER FRENZY (to open aug. 1), we are having a big sale of arts, crafts and giftshop items (10%-50% off). Items include paintings, ceramics, woodwork, furniture, metal work, postcards, beautiful oak counter, CDs, etc. Sale will start Thursday, July 19.

Berea Eco Drama Camp

Parks & Recreation

Have you ever wanted to be a part of an Eco-Friendly Drama Camp? Now you can…Berea Parks & Recreation is partnering with Lanny Smith the Earthman, Madison Co. Office of Solid Waste, Berea FRYSC & Berea Tourism to bring…Berea Eco Drama Camp July 23rd – July 27th 1:30pm – 4:30pm at Russel Acton Folk Center for ages 8 – 12! We’ll provide free snacks & drinks; deadline to sign up is Wed. July 18th!

Don’t have any children that age…no problem, join us Friday, July 27th 3pm or 7pm at Russel Acton Folk Center for the campers performance! Free & open to the public!

For complete details contact Berea Parks & Recreation 986-9402 or Facebook: Berea Parks & Recreation!

Obituaries July 8 to July 15, 2012

Garnett Rhodus

Garnett Rhodus

RICHMOND — Garnett Rhodus, 92, of Richmond, passed away Friday, July 13, 2012, at the Hospice Compassionate Care Center of Richmond. He was born on March 13, 1920, in Garrard County, to Edward and Margaret M. Curry Rhodus, both of whom preceded him in death. Last year, he was also preceded in death by his wife, Mary Frances Croucher Rhodus.

He was a retired Bluegrass Army Depot employee and a member of Concord Community Baptist Church.

Mr. Rhodus is survived by: one daughter, Mary Carolyn (Wayne) Wells and one son, Billy Glynn Rhodus, both of Richmond; as well as four grandchildren, Greg (Rhonda) Wells, Angela Wilkins, Lisa (Brian) Russo and Continue reading Obituaries July 8 to July 15, 2012



It’s a Summer4Life at Kentucky Blood Center (KBC) this year.

From May 19 through Sept. 14, all donors (18 and over) will not only be able to enhance the lives of Kentucky patients, they will also be automatically eligible to win a 2012 Toyota RAV4. As extra motivation, everyone who donates May 19 through June 1 is also eligible to win a one of two $500 gas cards.

(County) donors can be part of Summer4Life by donating at the following blood drive:

Madison County Berea Community
Tue, July 17 from 11am – 5pm
at First Christian Church in the Fellowship Hall
at 206 Chestnut St. in Berea

“Thirty-thousand people will need to walk through our doors and roll up their sleeves this summer in order to provide enough blood for the patients we Continue reading Summer4Life!