Whitesburg KY

Bardstown Schools to open August 1


Hi to all. Please forgive the weeks I’ve missed. It’s been quite busy here between working my business and the kids on summer vacation. Bernard attended a day camp June 15 through the 26th.

Mom, her husband Rick and my grandma Inez came up to visit. They stayed two nights then went back to Eolia. We had a nice visit and they took the kids out to the Stephen Foster Restaurant, and the second night they were here we had burgers grilled outside. It has been in the high 80s and 90s except for a cool day or two last week.

The kids and I were saddened to hear of the death of my friend Deborah Lewis on June 18. Pray for her family; she had children and young grandchildren as well.

On June 25, my friend Jeff Lester’s brother, Keith Collins, called him from Dayton, Oh., and told him that his dad, Winfred Collins, had died that morning at 2 a.m. If you recall, Winfred had been on the prayer list since his heart attack about five months ago. After having bypass surgery he was placed in a nursing home for rehab. He developed four types of infections during this time and one of those was the flesh-eating strept bacteria, which they were unable to get under control with IV antibiotics. Winfred was buried in Dayton; he was originally from Hazard.

In more news, the Pauly Zarb Band came from Australia June 26. A stage was set up on the court square in front of the old courthouse and visitors center, and several other bands were included. It began at 6 p.m., and I heard it went on until well after midnight.

Phillip Clarkson was to playing July 11 at Xavier’s Restaurant and Lounge, located in the bottom of the Oscar Getz Whiskey Museum behind St. Joseph’s Bascillica and proto-Cathedral.

On July 4 we had thunderstorms and it was rumored that the fireworks display was canceled. It always takes place in the Old Kentucky Home State Park Amphitheater after the “Stephen Foster, the Musical” play that is performed several times throughout the summer.

Bardstown City Schools will begin the 2009-2010 school year August 1. Some of the special-needs children who have problems with transitioning from last year and summer vacation to the new teachers and new routines, are going to attend their new classrooms beginning three days prior to all the other children coming into the mix and adding to the confusion.

Everyone seems to be enjoying spring break. We moved at the end of the school year and are now within a few yards walking distance of DQ. A lot of the neighborhood teenagers are seen walking and laughing and carrying DQ cups. It’s nice to have a place for kids to go and not be bored that is so close to home.

There is always something to do here. I don’t have the dates or entertainment details, but the Buttermilk Festival is next month and then a week or two after that is the Bourbon Festival.

Last year Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert were headlining acts. I was able to sit on my porch at my apartment and hear the music from the park. This year I’m on the other side of town.

Belated happy birthdays to Inez Hampton and her granddaughter Sarah Hampton, both on July 5.

Congratulations to Sarah’s sister Abbey Chapman and her husband Steven “Pete” Chapman on the birth of their baby girl, Rosalee, in June.

I guess that’s all the news for this week.

Blessings to all.

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