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Come Celebrate today!

season closing featured

The end of another season is here, but instead of being sad it is gone, we are happy for having the experience.  Join us as we celebrate our many successes and gather with our friends to look forward to the next exciting season.

Location:  Berea Campus (The Spotlight Playhouse)

Date: July 8th

Time: 11am-2pm

We will have grills rolling with lots of food, so plan on lunch with us.

Activities for all ages.

Newcomers and guests are welcome.  Shorts tours and informational sessions will be held on a rotating basis for all three hours.

Spotlight Season Ends with Celebration

season closing featured

The end of another season is here, but instead of being sad it is gone, we are happy for having the experience.  Join us as we celebrate our many successes and gather with our friends to look forward to the next exciting season.

Location:  Berea Campus (The Spotlight Playhouse)

Date: July 8th

Time: 11am-2pm

We will have grills rolling with lots of food, so plan on lunch with us.

Activities for all ages.

Newcomers and guests are welcome.  Shorts tours and informational sessions will be held on a rotating basis for all three hours.

SEASON CLOSING CELEBRATION

season closing featured

The end of another season is here, but instead of being sad it is gone, we are happy for having the experience.  Join us as we celebrate our many successes and gather with our friends to look forward to the next exciting season.

Location:  Berea Campus (The Spotlight Playhouse)

Date: July 8th

Time: 11am-2pm

We will have grills rolling with lots of food, so plan on lunch with us.

Activities for all ages.

Newcomers and guests are welcome.  Shorts tours and informational sessions will be held on a rotating basis for all three hours.

Cancer Myths

Several years ago through no independent decision of my own I found myself in what I thought would be the worst assignment of my nursing career-oncology.  I remember thinking to myself, caring for cancer patients would be very depressing and difficult.   However, what I found were some of the most rewarding and uplifting years of my career.  Throughout my nursing career I have cared for patients in all areas of the hospital, each with their own positive rewards.  I soon discovered caring for cancer patients was not filled with the doom and gloom as I once thought.  I found myself laughing and smiling more with my patients than ever before.  I found myself going to educational meetings, becoming active in professional organizations and writing newsletters to help spread my new found knowledge.  As fate would have it, a cancer patient helped me focus on higher education and encouraged me to start my current journey.

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Calming Information Chaos

It’s funny how childhood experiences play a part in who we become later in life. I grew up in a healthcare family. My mother is a nurse, and after school I can remember walking to the hospital to sit in my dad’s office and wait for him to get off work. I have probably had more holiday meals in a hospital than at home. So, it is no coincidence that hospitals generate a feeling of safety, security, and a sense of belonging to me. Another positive experience from my youth was one of my first jobs working in the public library. On days when I have spent more time in the hospital and the library than I have at home it is easy to see we are where we are because of what has gone into our minds and fed our dreams.

As a graduate student I spend a lot of time doing research. Having an invaluable resource such as a medical library is probably the biggest asset for success of any medical / nursing student. My home away from home is the Preston Medical Library located on the campus of the University of Tennessee Medical Center. With your first step into the Preston Medical Library, you are greeted by a team of friendly, competent, and eager to assist medical reference librarians.

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Hot Weather Brings Business to Local Pool – (BOL Archives 2002)

In March, the trees and plants had already begun to bloom. By the second week in June, Berea was experiencing the hottest day recorded in the last two years. The weather alone provides a great reason to stop by the pool for a relaxing and refreshing afternoon.

The pool is not only used to escape the summer heat; pool parties, a full concession stand, and swim lessons are also available. Jennifer Renfroe, recreation director, states that most of July and August are already booked for pool parties, yet a few dates are still available. Swim lessons at the pool are currently in secession and will start again on July twentieth. Continue reading Hot Weather Brings Business to Local Pool – (BOL Archives 2002)

Healthy Pets, Healthy Family

Growing up with a menagerie of animals from turtles, birds and lizards to dogs, cats, and horses I have had my share of licks, bites, and scratches from the animal kingdom. My cat Jasper awakens every morning with one thing on his mind – playing. The problem, Jasper’s eyes peel open between five and six in the morning searching for anything to fetch, throw, or chase. Before the fog in my head could clear a few mornings ago, Jasper returned with his toy of choice. As I rearranged myself beneath the covers, Jasper leaped into action as his imagination ran wild seeing my covered feet more interesting for interactive play. As quick as a blink, Jasper sprung high into the air as he pounced on my feet with all his might. On examination of my foot, I found a small cut; it did not cause much pain or concern so on with my day I went.

There are few relationships in life that are as strong and unconditional as the bond with our pets. Our pets accept us unconditionally even if we are fat, skinny, sick, healthy, moody, and are there to bring us joy through thick and thin in the best and worst of times. Because of our pet’s strong unconditional bond, they become a significant extension of our family and our health.

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Featured Berean – (BOL Archives 2002)

Most people hope that when they start work at the bottom of the ladder they will soon find their way to a career at the top. While serving the town of Berea, Chief of Police, Ray Brandenburg has done just so.

Brandenburg’s family moved to Berea when he was eight years old. Since then he has watched the town grow and progress over the years. When not at work, Brandenburg enjoys basketball, golf, and collecting Police patches. Part of his collection can be seen on the walls of the police station. He is married to Jane Brandenburg, the finance director at Silver Creek elementary school. Together they have two children Tammy Deboard, and Tina Carter. Continue reading Featured Berean – (BOL Archives 2002)

Berea Independence Day Celebration 2010

This year’s Independence Day celebration at the Berea Community Park was more fun than a Barrel-of-Monkeys. I cannot imagine a better place to take the family and celebrate the birth of our great nation. Oh sure, you could go to Independence Hall, Washington DC or a host of other historically sentimental locations, but what better represents the true culture and spirit of The United States of America than a small hometown celebration.

Damon Farmer, Daniel Boone
Damon Farmer, Daniel Boone

As has become the tradition, Berea native artist extraordinaire, Damon Farmer was on hand crafting another terrific sand sculpture. This year’s subject was the legendary Daniel Boone with his family and the final project was everything we have come to expect from Damon. Continue reading Berea Independence Day Celebration 2010

Old Town Almost Finished ( BOL Archives 2002)

It was a cool evening last fall when shop owners in Old Town Berea slowly gathered in the street chatting. Bell Jackson, executive director of Berea Tourism remembers, “As soon as it got dark several shop owners seemed to gather. We stood in the middle of the road just looking up and down the street. It was beautiful, and emotional.”

Ken Gastineau
Ken Gastineau

Construction started last spring on North Broadway, and the finishing touches to the road will be added within the next three weeks. Randy Stone, City Administrator, shares that after the pavement is finished there will be “cobblestone crosswalks” added to match the retaining wall at the top of the hill. Storeowners were warned to not expect much when construction started; the main purpose of the job was to provide better drainage for the street. Yet, new flowerbeds, light posts, sidewalks, and a hand laid stonewall were put in to place. The end result has pleased the storeowners and visitors to Old Town. Continue reading Old Town Almost Finished ( BOL Archives 2002)

Kentucky Music Hall of Fame & Museum

On May 17, 2002 at Renfro Valley the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame and Museum had its grand opening. The museum opened to the public on Saturday May 18, 2002. The museum is a state of the art facility to educate and honor Kentucky musicians. While Kentucky is best known for its country music, all music genres are honored in the hall of fame and museum.

The Hall of Fame and Museum is located in Rockcastle County on property donated by Mrs. Ann Lair Henderson, on behalf of the John Lair family. The museum is approximately 16,600 square feet, and is in the renovated historic Lair family barn. CMW Architects of Lexington formed the design. Hacker Brothers Construction Company acted as the general contractor for the project. Jack Rouse Associates of Cincinnati formed the exhibit design. Continue reading Kentucky Music Hall of Fame & Museum

Boys & Girls Club – A Safe Place (BOL Archives 2002)

In 1999, plans started forming to provide a safe place for Madison County’s children to “hang out.” By April of 2001, the location was decided and a five-year lease was signed. The club opened in October of 2001 and in November of 2001 the Boys & Girls Club of America provided Madison County a charter certificate. Today, the Club has 782 members and a mission statement reading, “To inspire and enable all young people of Madison County, especially those from disadvantaged circumstances, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.”

Boys & Girls Club Logo
Boys & Girls Club Logo

The center proudly displays the Boys & Girls Club sign outside, but nothing can prepare visitors for what is inside. A desk is located just inside the door to provide a check in station for the children and a pick up station for the parents. Beyond the desk is an enormous room full of bright colors, couches, toys, games, tables, and playful children. The area is basically one large room with doors on each wall. Every door leads to a special activity room. One room is for the youngest children to play, one for the youth, a reading lounge, computer center, an arts and crafts room, preteen corner, and an open room for “on the spot games.” The center of the room is full of video games, pool tables, board games, a small jungle gym, and a sound system to play music. Continue reading Boys & Girls Club – A Safe Place (BOL Archives 2002)

Featured Berean – Twins, Donald and Ronald Pennington (BOL Archives 2002)

Twins, Donald and Ronald Pennington, match the definition of compassionate, humble, and successful. Born in Lexington, Kentucky and now settled in Berea, they have been successful business partners since 1955.

In July of 1955, Ronald joined his brother in Berea after serving four years in the U.S. Air Force. They became business partners in that year, owning Pennington’s Department Store. The store was located at 422 Chestnut Street, where People’s Bank currently stands. The brothers owned and ran the store together until 1968.

While running the department store, they also opened Pennington Insurance Agency in 1959. After the department store closed, they opened Pennington Reality Company. Today, Pennington Insurance and Pennington Reality Company stand side by side in Berea. Continue reading Featured Berean – Twins, Donald and Ronald Pennington (BOL Archives 2002)

Berea – Under Construction (BOL Archives 2002)

As most residents have noticed, summer is here and construction is underway. Berea is constantly changing and growing. While many of the projects currently underway are State affiliated, our City workers are still busy.

HWY 595
HWY 595

The main congestion due to construction will be state projects, both of the Berea I-75 exits (76 &77) and state road 595. Randy Stone, City Administrator, recognizes that 595 will probably be the greatest challenge to drivers this summer. Stone comments, “We have to ask for patience.” He knows that 595 is a busy road in Berea, but asks drivers to avoid when possible. By not traveling the road, both drivers and workers are safer, and workers are able to complete the task quicker. Stone is told that both of the I-75 exits and the 595 constructions should be completed by late August.

City based construction is also present this summer. There will be a Logston Lane extension; as well as an addition to the Intergenerational Center. The plans are currently in the making for the “Old Bonded lot Park,” located on the corner of Chestnut and Boone street. The Park is yet to be named, but construction will begin by fall. Continue reading Berea – Under Construction (BOL Archives 2002)