Senators McConnell & Paul and Congressman Whitfield Met with Department of Energy

Meeting with Department of Energy
Meeting with Department of Energy

Senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul and Congressman Ed Whitfield today met with Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Ernest Moniz and Assistant Secretary Daniel Poneman to discuss the long term future of the DOE site. Still reeling from the DOE’s recent announcement not to extend the United States Enrichment Corporation’s (USEC) operation, the delegation, on behalf of the community, stressed the importance of DOE’s commitment to cleanup and utilizing the tails and other assets located in Paducah to secure a long term future for the site.

Local Hand Therapy Practice Celebrates Hand Therapy Week

Scott Johnson (left) receives hand therapy from Brad Cummings, PT, CHT.
Scott Johnson (left) receives hand therapy from Brad Cummings, PT, CHT.

RICHMOND, KY (June 3, 2013) — Today marks the beginning of Hand Therapy Week, also known as Healthy Hands Week. It is a week set aside by the American Association of Hand Therapists to celebrate the art and science of the hand therapy profession. Certified hand therapists are licensed or registered physical or occupational therapists who have received specialized Continue reading Local Hand Therapy Practice Celebrates Hand Therapy Week

Freedom to Fish Becomes Law

Mitch McConnell
Mitch McConnell

McConnell measure prevents federal barricades along Cumberland River

U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell announced today the President signed his measure placing a two-year moratorium on the Army Corps plan to implement barriers and restrict fishing accesses to the tailwaters of the Barkley and Wolf Creek Dams along the Cumberland River. Representative Ed Whitfield led the effort to move the provision through the House.

“I appreciate the President signing the legislation into law and reversing the Administration’s decision to place barriers and restrict fishing along the Cumberland River,” Sen. McConnell said. “No one I know in Kentucky supported this plan—not fishermen and boaters, not local elected officials, and not the Kentucky Division of Fish and Wildlife. I saw that firsthand when I attended the Freedom to Fish Rally with local leaders at Barkley Dam in April, where I had a chance to talk with many area fishermen and business owners about the disastrous effect the Army Corps plan would have had on their livelihoods. Today, their voices were heard and the Administration’s plan to install barriers along the river will stop.”

Since the House has not taken up the Water Resources Development Act, which includes a permanent ban on implementing barriers, Sen. McConnell pushed through the Senate the measure the President signed today. It places a two-year moratorium on installing barriers on the river. This provision gives time for the water resources bill to become law and provide a permanent moratorium.


On March 19, 2013, McConnell met with Lt. Col. Jim DeLapp, Nashville Commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, to discuss the Corps’ barricade plan. In the meeting, McConnell reiterated his opposition to the Corps’ plan and said he will continue to work to prevent them from installing the barricades. On February 12, 2013, McConnell sent a letter to the head of the Corps, Jo-Ellen Darcy, voicing his opposition to the Corps’ barricade plan.

On Feb. 28, 2013, Senators McConnell, Rand Paul, Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker introduced the Freedom to Fish Act that would prevent the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from installing physical barriers along portions of the Cumberland River, which would block fishing access to the tailwaters of the Barkley and Wolf Creek Dams. Congressman Ed Whitfield (R-KY) introduced the House companion bill.

On May 15, 2013, the Senate passed McConnell’s provision included in the Water Resources and Development Act preventing a move by federal officials to barricade portions of the Cumberland River near the Barkley and Wolf Creek Dams. Many of the Freedom to Fish Act provisions passed in the Senate WRDA bill.

On May 16, 2013, Senator McConnell introduced and the Senate passed separate legislation that ensures the Army Corps does not move ahead with implementing barriers before WRDA’s final passage.

On May 21, 2013, the House of Representatives, led by Representative Ed Whitfield, passed the legislation and McConnell urged the President to sign it into law.

McConnell Statement on the Passing of Senator Frank Lautenberg

U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg
U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg

U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell released the following statement today regarding the passing of New Jersey’s longest-serving U.S. Senator, Frank Lautenberg:

“The entire Senate is saddened today by the loss of our colleague, Senator Frank Lautenberg. The Senate’s last remaining World War II veteran, Frank was a patriot whose success in business and politics made him a great American success story and a standout even within the fabled Greatest Generation. Elaine and I send our condolences to Bonnie, the Lautenberg children, and the entire Lautenberg family.”

Mike’s Kids Education Foundation

Billy Michael Caudill
Billy Michael Caudill

Mike’s Kids Education Foundation was created in honor of Billy Michael Caudill, who was superintendent of Madison County Schools from July 2001 to December 2007.

Mike believed in Madison County and every student the school system had in its care. He believed every student had the ability to succeed if they were given the right tools. Mike’s Kids are the students who have the potential of continuing their education but need a little extra push to stay on track and reach their potential. The scholarship recipients are Mike’s Kids who exhibit leadership, trust, good moral character and a caring attitude toward others.

The foundation has provided $5,000 in scholarships to Madison Central High graduates and $5,000 in scholarships to Madison Southern High graduates. So far, $45,000 in literacy grants have been provided to Madison County Continue reading Mike’s Kids Education Foundation

Brigadoon Studios brings additional “action” to Old Town

Chad Hembree runs camera as Jon Howson prepares for his next scene.
Chad Hembree runs camera as Jon Howson prepares for his next scene.

Saturday was a busy day in Berea. The KY Guild of Artist and Craftmen, L&N Days, a 5k Race and a Car Show all occurred in the same time span. This flurry of activity was the perfect opportunity for Brigadoon Studios Producers Chad Hembree and Jeremy Grant to take advantage of the moment. “Will Work for Food” starring Will Harmon is scheduled for release to film festivals this fall. When asking Chad what his experience has been like filming in Berea he said “We have been welcomed with open arms with many area businesses literally tossing us their keys and saying have at it.  We work very hard to leave every place we film just as we found it.  When working with large casts that is sometimes hard to do perfectly, but we do our best and make good on our promises”.

Brigadoon will be starting on two new projects this fall while finishing the second season of Freedmont (Freedmont 2.0).  Mr. Hembree went on to share that “We have completely rebooted Freedmont and the next season is expected to be 16 episodes long.  The look is fresh and the plot moves much quicker than season 1.  We were honored for Freedmont to have received an award nomination and Brigadoon Studios looks forward to future competitions and film making projects in Berea.”

Movie magic is happening here in Berea and the future of Brigadoon Studios looks to be a bright one.  If you are interested in filming or acting you can contact Brigadoon Studios via  their Facebook page or call them at 859-661-0600.

Obituaries May 26 – June 2, 2013

Kathie Rogers Bettler
Kathie Rogers Bettler

Kathie June Rogers Bettler

Kathie June Rogers Bettler, 62, died suddenly in her home in Richmond on Friday, May 31, 2013.

She is survived by: her husband Alan; two children, Christopher and Annie; stepson Bill; two grandchildren, Christina and Summer; and two sisters, Mary Jane Lang and Kim Rogers Carius.

She is preceded in death by her parents, George and Lyda Rogers, and her sister, Joan Moore.

Kathie worked as a teacher, but she will be most remembered for her love of the arts and her joy in passing that love unto others. She treasured the many students that she knew, and her passion and influence will survive in them. She served her teaching career at both Estill County High School and Madison Southern, and in her retirement, she opened an acting school for Continue reading Obituaries May 26 – June 2, 2013

Cemetery Preservation Workshops, Winchester and Blue Licks

The Kentucky Historical Society’s (KHS) July cemetery preservation workshops will be held in Winchester and at Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park. These workshops are free and open to the public, but attendees must register by contacting Ann Johnston at [email protected] or 502-564-1792, ext. 4404. Two upcoming workshops in June include:

· June 15-Clark County Extension Service Office, Winchester
· June 29-Blue Licks Battlefield State Park, Carlisle

As part of these workshops we are releasing two important new programs, the KHS Pioneer Cemetery Program and the KHS Adopt-a-Cemetery Program.

Sustainable Berea Meeting

Sustainable Berea
Sustainable Berea

The June 4th Sustainable Berea monthly meeting at the Friends Meeting House, 300 Harrison Road, will feature several short, fun, and educational films about people and their projects around transition towns and neighborhood activities. We welcome one and all as we learn and work toward a brighter, more resilient future for everyone! Potluck at 6:30 pm and film at 7:00 pm.

Don’t forget to bring something to swap, including but not limited to, food, recipes, plants, seeds, magazines, and more!

For more information call (859) 985-1689 or visit our website at

All About Berea – May 31 2013

This week we are joined by Artisan Jeannette Rowlett and Appalachian Musician Jennifer Rose who brought along her beautiful and talented daughters Lydia and Isabel.

We discuss the Kentucky Guild of Artisans Spring Fair, the rate increase for Berea Utilities customers, Chad shares his farewell to good friend Ellis Hogg, the weekly calendar of events and Jonathan gets his turn to rant on a subject dear to him. All this and much more on this weeks edition of All About Berea.

Host – Chad Hembree
Co-Host and Senior News Editor – Beth Meyers
News Analysts and Chief Sports Editor – Jonathan Schinhofen
Guests – Jeannette Rowlett and Jennifer Rose

Stroller Fitness Friday’s

Parks & Recreation
Parks & Recreation

Get ready for Stroller Fitness Friday’s in June! 8am meet @ City Park Basketball Court! Bring a stroller w/ a baby, a stuffed animal or be creative! No stroller, no problem come anyways & pretend like the rest of us! Inclement Weather go to the Folk Center!

For further information contact Berea Parks & Recreation at 986-9402.

Janet Northern to Create Baskets at Berea Artisan Center

Janet Northern demonstrates her baskets at the Center
Janet Northern demonstrates her baskets at the Center

On Saturday, June 8, Janet Northern, of Mount Vernon, will create baskets using honeysuckle vines and hickory bark from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea.

Northern has been making baskets for 16 years and is primarily self-taught. She utilizes the wood and natural vines that she finds and gathers in the region surrounding her Rockcastle County farm to create her baskets. The eastern Kentucky woodlands give Northern inspiration as well as material from which to work.

Preparation of the honeysuckle vines involves boiling them for 30 minutes then stripping off the outer bark to reveal the honey-colored, pliable surface Continue reading Janet Northern to Create Baskets at Berea Artisan Center