• Bernheim award was well deserved

    When Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest decided to go “green” with the construction of its new visitor’s center, it was no major surprise.

    The center was finished in 2004 and Bernheim officials boasted of its achievement and its ability to stay within its bounds of creating a “building like a tree.” They were right to boast of the achievements because that’s just what they and the architecture and community design firm of William McDonough and Partners did.

  • A century old and still going strong

    An organization dedicated to the fellowship of its members and the betterment of a community is worthy of our appreciation.

    That appreciation grows with the knowledge the organization has kept that steady progress and constant presence in the community for the past century.

    On Dec. 29, the Bardstown Council of the Knights of Columbus will celebrate it 100th anniversary with a special Mass at Basilica of St. Joseph Proto-Cathedral. Archbishop Joseph Kurtz will lead the Mass, with assistance from the Revs. Bill Hammer and Steve Pohl.

  • Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

    From the Editorial Page of The New York Sun, written by Francis P. Church, Sept. 21, 1897.

    We take pleasure in answering thus prominently the communication below, expressing at the same time our great gratification that its faithful author is numbered among the friends of The Sun:

    Dear Editor:

    I am 8 years old.

    Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus.

    Papa says, “If you see it in The Sun, it’s so.”

    Please tell me the truth, is there a Santa Claus?

    Virginia O’Hanlon

    115 West Ninety-fifth Street

  • Grants will help musical celebrate

    Tourism is Bardstown’s driving force, and a big part of that force is the Stephen Foster Drama Association.

    The 2008 season will be the association’s 50th, and Betty Kelley, general manager of Stephen Foster Productions, thinks that’s one reason it received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Kentucky Humanities Council. The NEA and KHC will give $10,000 each to help cover the costs of staging “Stephen Foster — The Musical” and “The Civil War.”

  • Community leader will be missed

    Murna Shelburne’s untimely death last Saturday in an accident east of Bloomfield has left a void in the lives of her family, her many friends and her colleagues at Town and Country Bank.

  • Officers deserve our gratitude

    When people drink or take drugs to the point of intoxication and make the decision to drive anyway, they are a threat to anyone on the road. The number of innocent people who lose their lives to impaired drivers tragically increases every day.

    The officers dedicated to spotting and arresting drunk drivers deserve our admiration and thanks, and three Nelson County officers got just that recently at the state level.

  • KBF director has big shoes to fill

    Twenty years ago the Bourbon Festival was just a glint of an idea in the minds of a few people. A similar concept had been tried and fell short in Anderson County and there were plenty of skeptics who thought Bardstown’s dreams of hosting such an event was beyond the available resources.

  • Preservation of history is needed

    Historical preservation is near and dear to most hearts in Bardstown and Nelson County so it is with great anticipation that we welcome Pen Bogert as the new preservation administrator for the Planning Commission and the City of Bardstown.

    Bogert is a relative newcomer, having been here just four short years, but he will bring to the job virtually a lifetime of passion and love for history and preservation. Among his past involvements include working for a decade as a reference specialist with the prestigious Filson Historical Society in Louisville.

  • Firefighters are rare, special breed

    Those who serve others in their community are a rare breed and should be honored.

    Firefighters fit that category of service that should be honored as such.

    For many serving in communities such as Bardstown, serving as a firefighter means serving as a volunteer. Theirs is rarely a job of rewards. They do the job for a love of the experience and for the desire to lend a hand to the community where they live.

  • Jobs lost may not mean workers lost

    Anytime a company is forced to downsize to meet current needs is an unpleasant situation.

    Last week Mitsuba, formerly Jideco of Bardstown, announced it would reduce its workforce by 40 beginning next year — reducing its workforce by 13 percent. Some jobs may be cut through attrition or early retirement, but others will lose their jobs.

    While we hate to see this happen, sadly it’s a reality of today’s business world.

    Hopefully those losing their job will find new employment in the county and be able to remain in the place they now call home.