COMMUNITY NOTES: Jan. 21, 2017

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Street and Solid Waste Committee
Street and Solid Waste Committee will have a special meeting at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 22, at City Hall in the mayor’s conference room, 220 N. Fifth St.

Living big with less stuff
The Nelson County Extension Office will present “Living Big with Less Stuff” Tuesday, Jan. 23, at 1 p.m. at the office located at 317 S. Third St, Bardstown. The program will be presented by Dayna Parrett, Hardin County Extension agent, The program will cover techniques to help you declutter your home or other areas, and travel with less and save money.

Bardstown Elementary SBDM Council
Bardstown Elementary SBDM Council meeting has been rescheduled for 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23, at Bardstown Elementary School.

Nelson County Fiscal Court
Nelson County Fiscal Court will have a special meeting 9 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23.

Bardstown Board of Education
The Bardstown Independent School District Board of Education will have a special-called meeting at noon Wednesday, Jan. 24, in the Central Office, 308 N. Fifth St., in Bardstown.

Nelson County Board of Education
The Nelson County Schools Board of Education has rescheduled its monthly meeting because of weather. There will be a special-called meeting at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24, at the Central Office, 288 Wildcat Lane in Bardstown. The agenda remains the same.

The next public Anatok meeting will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24, at the Old Courthouse.

Board of Adjustment
The Bardstown Board of Adjustment will hold a public hearing at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6, in the Fiscal Court Room, second floor, Old Courthouse Building, One Court Square in Bardstown to consider applications for a 1.12-foot variance from the 25-foot rear yard setback for an existing commercial structure at 219 Camptown Road and for a conditional use permit for a bed and breakfast at 209 E. Stephen Foster Ave.

Human Trafficking Task Force of Nelson County
January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month. If you are concerned you might have witnessed a possible human trafficking case, call (888) 373-7888 for the National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline.

Hearing Loss Association
At 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 22, The Hearing Loss Association of America Kentucky Home Chapter will discuss the role of the state Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and its free specialized phone program. The meeting, which is free, open to the public and real-time remote captioned, will be at the Nelson County Public Library. HLAA is a self-help organization dedicated to education, advocacy and support for people who do not hear well and those around them.

Planning Commission
The Joint City-County Planning Commission of Nelson County will hold a public hearing and meeting (Agenda No. 496) on Tuesday, Jan. 23, at 6 p.m. at the Old Courthouse, second floor, One Court Square, in Bardstown to consider applications to rezone 0.172 acre on Raspberry and Cranberry Alleys and approximately 217.72 feet south of West Flaget Avenue from B-2 (Central Business District) to R-3 (Multi-Family Residential District); to rezone 0.072 acre at 421 Gaffney Lane Amended Minor Plat) from R-2 (two-family Residential District) to I-2 (Heavy Industrial District); an application to amend the previously approved B-2 PUD development plan at 112 N. Third St., Bardstown to rezone 3.358 acres at 694 J. T. Riggs Road from A-1 (Agriculture District) to R-1A (single family residential district); to rezone 2.136 acres at 361 Quarry Lane from A-1 (Agriculture District) to R-1A (single family residential district), a proposal to construct a telecommunications tower at 438 Barnes Road to amend the R-4 PUD and development plan to change the development pattern and use of the existing golf course to mixed density and type residential uses at 103 Woodhill Drive. (tabled at the Dec. 12, 2017, special meeting). A copy of the applications may be reviewed in the Planning Commission office.

Bloomfield SBDM Council
Bloomfield SBDM Council will meet at 4:45 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23, in the SBDM conference Room No. 103.

Old Kentucky Home Middle SBDM Council
Old Kentucky Home Middle SBDM Council will meet at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23, in the Synergy Room off the front office.

Nelson County Board of Education
Because of weather, the Nelson County Board of Education meeting has been rescheduled for 5 p.m. next Wednesday, Jan. 24, at Nelson County Schools Central Office, 288 Wildcat Lane in Bardstown.

Retired Teachers Association
The Nelson County Retired Teachers Association will meet at noon Thursday, Jan. 25, at the Maywood Country Club. Bardstown Police Chief Kim Kraeszig will talk about safety for seniors. All retired educators are welcome to attend. Call Bonnie Cecil, NCRTA President at (502) 507-4808 for more information.

Flaget Hospital Auxiliary luncheon
Flaget Hospital Auxiliary’s luncheon will be at noon Monday, Feb. 5, at Bardstown Country Club at Maywood. For reservations, call Lynda Weeks at (502) 827-2244 or (502) 348-5243 ( leave a message). Reservations or cancellations must be made by Jan. 26. Cost is $11 cash or check. If you need a ride, let someone know when you make your reservations. All members and guests are invited to attend.

Bardstown Primary SBDM Council
Bardstown Primary SBDM Council will meet at 3 p.m. Monday, Jan. 29, in the site-based conference room.

Spelling bee
The Nelson County Farm Bureau Board of Directors announces its sponsorship of the 2018 Kentucky Derby Festival Spelling Bee for public, private, parochial and home-school students in Nelson County. Eligible participants must not have passed beyond the eighth grade nor have reached their 16th birthday by the date of the 2018 State Finals in March. If students are interested in representing their school they need to contact their teachers or school principal. Deadline to enter is Jan. 31. The Nelson County Spelling Bee will be 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1, at the Nelson County Civic Center, 321 S. Sixth St., in Bardstown. The County winner will receive $200, second place winner will receive $75 and third place winner will receive $50. Each school winner will receive a certificate of achievement. The County winner will then advance to the Kentucky Derby Festival Spelling Bee competition on Saturday, March 17, at The Kentucky Center for the Arts in Louisville. The county champion will receive a copy of the 2018 word list for use as a study guide for the Derby Festival Spelling Bee. For more information, call Jean Jury at (502) 827-2896 or Nancy Miller at the Nelson County Farm Bureau Office at (502) 348-8446.

American Red Cross blood drive
New Haven Rolling Fork Fire Department will have a blood drive 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28. The American Red Cross has issued an urgent call for blood and platelet donors of all blood types to give now to help address a winter blood donation shortage. Right now, blood and platelet donations are being distributed to hospitals as fast as they come in, and more donations are urgently needed in the coming days so that patients can continue to receive the lifesaving treatments they need. To schedule an appointment go to www.redcrossblood.org and enter Sponsor code Rolling Fork Fire or call 1-800-RECROSS.

Portraits of Excellence benefit banquet
St. Catherine Academy will host its sixth annual Portraits of Excellence benefit banquet Saturday, Jan. 27, at the St. Catherine Academy gymnasium. Cost is $50 per person, which includes dinner and two cocktails. A cash bar will also be available. The deadline to RSVP is Jan. 17 and seating is limited. RSVP by calling the office at (502) 549-3680 or by mail to 413 N. First St., New Haven, KY 40051.
This year’s event commemorates the academy’s 150th anniversary. There will be a Mass at 4 p.m. and cocktails will be at 5 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. Guest speakers will be financial entrepreneurs and academy alumni Tom Wimsett and Michael Boone. The event supports operations, improvements and renovations for the school.

Foster Heights Winterfest
Foster Heights Elementary will have a winterfest fundraiser Friday, Feb. 9. Pork chop dinners will be $7, hot dog dinners will be $5 and will be served 5-7:30 p.m. Games will be 6-8:30 p.m. with a silent auction 6-8 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Souper Bowl of Caring
St. Joseph Church is hosting its 12th annual Souper Bowl of Caring event on Saturday, Feb. 3, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Parish Hall. The chili and soup cook-off and tasting will have up to 15 different chili and soup entries.   Sample as many as you would like with your donation being your vote for your favorite(s). Hotdogs and home-made cornbread and desserts will also be served. All of the proceeds will benefit St. Vincent de Paul’s Bread for Life Food Pantry. Come and eat for a great cause and help tackle hunger in Nelson County. For questions contact the church office at 348-3126.

Nelson County High SBDM Council
Nelson County High SBDM Council will move the February meeting to Tuesday, Feb. 13, at 4 p.m. in the Media Center. Parents and students are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Community Action LIHEAP program
The Community Action office, 219 E. Muir Ave., in Bardstown will be assisting families of low-income with the LIHEAP Crisis Program through March 31, or sooner if funds are expended. To be eligible for crisis funds you must be in a heating crisis. You must have a past due/disconnect notice from the electric or natural gas company, or be out of bulk fuel within four days if using propane, fuel oil or kerosene, or wood, or a formal eviction notice from your landlord if heating expenses are included in the rent. You will need to bring; identification, proof of income for the entire family for the previous month, and social security numbers, birth dates for all in household, and a past due/disconnect notice or bulk fuel statement. Applicants heating with propane, fuel oil, kerosene or wood must verify their physical address. For more information, call (502) 348-9596.

Free rides for veterans
The DAV Transportation Van goes to the VA Hospital and clinics in Louisville every Monday and Thursday. It’s free to ride for all veterans. You should already have made an appointment with the clinic or hospital before scheduling a ride. Call Frank Bland at (502) 780-3247 to ride. The van leaves from McDonalds in Lebanon at 7:30 a.m. It also makes stops in Springfield and Bardstown as necessary.

Bardstown Senior Center Winter Activities
Bardstown Senior Center winter activities schedule will be as follows: line dancing class on Mondays from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m., strength and balance chair exercises on Mondays from 11:15 to 11:45 a.m. and tai chi class on Wednesdays, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. All classes and lunches are free to anyone more than 60 years old. Nutritional lunches are served Monday through Friday at noon for all seniors ($2 donation is suggested). Hours are Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. excluding holidays. For more information, call (502) 348-1888.

Veteran service representative
A veteran service representative, Leon Donahue, an experienced claims adviser, will be in New Haven 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on the second Monday of the month. Call the new land line at (502) 286-5121 City of New Haven Historical Preservation/Military-Veterans Office and leave a message, or call (502) 827-0003. Leon Donahue can be reached at (502) 640-0579.

Nelson County Community Clinic
The Nelson County Community Clinic, along with Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland, has TwoCal HN Calorie and Protein Nutrition Drinks free to qualified individuals. Limit of 10 cans per person until quantities run out. You must be a Nelson County resident, 18 years of age or older and meet the 200 percent federal poverty level income guidelines. Bring a picture identification, proof of income, and current copy of water, cable or electric bill for proof of residency. Available on Mondays and Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. only.

Veterans stories
If any veteran would like to archive their military story for the time spent in the service, call (502) 203-9643 and give your name and number to be added on the list, then you will be contacted to set up a date and time. You will not have to tell anything that you don’t want to. These interviews will be available at the Nelson County Library after they are aired.

Basic computer lessons
Basic computer lessons will be given at the New Haven branch of the Nelson County Public Library on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. by appointment only.

Homemaker’s cookbooks
The Nelson County Homemakers cookbooks are available. It contains over 500 large print recipes. All recipes are submitted by Nelson County Homemakers. Funds raised go to support college scholarships for young people. The cost is $15 and may be purchased at the Nelson County Extension Office, 317 S. Third St. or call (502) 348-9204.

First Baptist food pantry
First Baptist Church of Bardstown food pantry is open every second and fourth Tuesday of the month 10 a.m. to noon.

New Hope Food Bank
New Hope Food Bank’s operating hours are 9-11 a.m. Friday and Saturday and 4-5 p.m. Fridays. They’re in need of four volunteers for the summer to each take one week to mow the premises. Call Director Shirley A. Martin at (502) 349-3308.

Nelson County Community Clinic needs volunteers
The Nelson County Community Clinic, a nonprofit organization providing free medical, dental and Medicare counseling services to Nelson County residents, is in need of volunteers to help answer phones, customer service, filing, and general office support. If you can donate three to four hours of your time each week for this worthwhile cause, call (502) 349-5990.

American Legion
OKH Post 121, American Legion, 206 W. Broadway, will offer assistance to any veteran or veteran’s family member that has issues involving benefits or other entitlements. Leon Donahue, an experienced claims adviser, is available at the post 10 a.m.-noon each Friday. He can be reached at (502) 640-0579.