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Bears at Kingdom Come Park featured in DVD

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Hello everyone! I hope everything is all right in your little corner of the world!

A very special friend of mine says I never complain. I have slowed down long enough that a virus has caught up with me, and has settled in my head. I have a loss of hearing in my left ear and it is affecting everything I do. I feel like I am in a barrel or rather the barrel is over my head. This is the first time in my entire life I have felt this way. We really take for granted the ability to hear, see, and get around so much.

I received a phone call from another Mountain Eagle columnist, Ike Adams of Paint Lick. I had to laugh as I couldn’t hear a thing in my left ear, and Ike has a hearing problem with his right ear. It didn’t keep us from talking, that is, until it started storming in this area. Ike, it really was a pleasure to talk to you.

A belated happy birthday to Ike’s wife, Loretta Adams. I have never met Ike nor Loretta, yet they feel close as Ike and I have corresponded for several years through the computer.

I really have enjoyed the DVD I received from Boyd Coots of Kingdom Come State Park with the bears and other wild animals. This DVD was made possible through Dean and Nina Cornett, who are very active promoting tourism through the mountains of eastern Kentucky.

I received a real nice email from Dean Cornett thanking me for mentioning the video. Dean and his wife, Nina, made the video last fall and winter, but the idea was that of Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Will T. Scott, who grew up in eastern Kentucky and is a strong supporter of tourism for the region.

They spent a lot of time in the park and on Little Shepherd Trail, and love the area. They all agree that tourism is vitally important for eastern Kentucky’s future, and are working on promotional projects for Bad Branch Gorge, the High Rocks, and other attractions. When Dean and Nina return to Kentucky in the fall, they hope to continue working on Kingdom Come, which they think has the potential to be Kentucky’s greatest park.

Dean and Nina Cornett spend the summer in Alaska and the winter in their home in Blackey.

A few years ago my brother, Richie, and Wanda Hall, along with my brother, Jerry, and Mattie Hall, and my husband, Clayton, and I went to Kingdom Come State Park for a picnic. This was in late October or early November and some of the trees still had some beautiful golden foliage. We weren’t lucky enough to see any bears, and I really wasn’t looking for any.

While watching the video, I also got to see what Boyd Coots looks like. He is the grandson of Will and Nance Coots, who are my great-grandparents. Until Boyd bought a copy of The Mountain Eagle, we never knew each other existed. Boyd’s dad was Henry Coots. I have heard our mother, Ora Hall, talk of her Uncle Henry Coots so often. I wish I had asked so many questions as she had talked of her growing-up years on Big Branch.

She had an uncle, Boyd Coots. I think he had a daughter named Betty, who married Junior Hatton, and she had a brother named Carl, and Burnis Coots. Burnis lived somewhere in Ohio and was related to Parlee Back who used to write for The Mountain Eagle

I was raised with the name of Calihan as a daily reference in my growing-up years as the Calihans were an extended family to my mom! Nora Calihan was like a mother to our mom. This is the same way now with Johnny and Ann Calihan, even though I didn’t know them as a child.

Vickie Power and I went to Hamilton to listen to music; Clay Calihan and his wife and Clay’s mom, Jewel Calihan, were there. It is always good to see Clay. I hugged him and said I was going to write in my column so his wife would know, he said right there she is, so I hugged her too. Jewell Calihan sure could use a few pounds of my excess weight.

The music is located at 220 High Street and is put on by Miami University of Oxford in Ohio. It is the first Monday of the month from 7 to 9 p.m. Refreshments are served. This is really a neat place to go. This is the second time Vickie and I have gone.

Thanks to my daughter, Kay Gray, for keeping my little sidekick Bennie Wiederhold so I could go.

While we were in Hamilton, I got to see some friends that I haven’t seen in several years. The band that played was Taylor Farley & Blue Rock. I have known Taylor and his wife, Vickie, and their children for several years, yet we haven’t been in contact for quite a few years.

Vickie and I took a drive to Hebron, and stopped at LaRosa’s in Lawrenceburg, Ind. for supper.

I had a nice phone call from a woman from Jenkins, saying she sure envies Vickie and me for gadding about so much. I believe her name is Georgia Helton.

My granddaughter, Jodi Gray, who is in her second year at Mount St. Joe College in the Delhi area, made the Dean’s List. I am so proud of this young woman.

Jodi’s boyfriend, Sam, lost his grandfather a couple of days ago to bone cancer. It has rocked Jodi and Sam’s world. Sam is such a nice young man, he comes from a good family. Sam is in college too.

Happy birthday to Evadean Marcum in West Virginia. Evadean is the sister of Ann Calihan. Evadean and her husband, Laffe Marcum, aren’t in the best of health.

Bill Ison, I hope you are perking along a little better. A little birdie said you were feeling a little bit puny.

Hayward and Vivian Day and Kim, I hope you are doing OK and enjoying this nice weather in between raindrops.

I talked to Polly Maucher for a tad bit. She had gone to the Whitewater Senior Center to enjoy the music.

Gwen Huff Farmer’s son, John Farmer, and his friend, Troy Rogers, are spending the weekend as they are planning another fishing trip. Gwen has picked her first mess of fresh broccoli from her garden.

Shirley Wells had her two grandsons spend the night with her. Shirley is like me in that way, she keeps busy with the grandchildren.

My friend, Linda Hollan, and I passed a couple of people who were riding a bicycle and I told Linda that is what we need. Linda said she would have to put a sign on her back saying Wide Load! That made us burst into laughter.

Hello to Barefoot Bill and Betty Kelly. Hello, Clarence and Arlyn Halcomb.

Hello to Carl and Willa Mae Boggs. I hope Willa Mae is feeling better as she has pneumonia. Mae and Carl are both retired teachers. Willa Mae says she looks forward to The Mountain Eagle each week to see what Vickie and I have gotten into.

Tomorrow is a busy day for me so I better get this on its way.

Until next time: Rose Ballard, 9110 Lawrenceburg Road, Harrison, Ohio 45030, email: Bluegrassmama4 @aol.com, (513) 367-4682.


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