• Volunteering is best kind of service

    Wanted: a few good men or women to answer the call of service in our community.

    Since Ben Franklin founded the first community volunteer fire department back in 1736 (the Union Fire Company, with 30 volunteers) the need for a continuous stream of recruits has been real in cities and towns throughout the country. The Bardstown-Nelson County Fire Department’s perennial recruitment drive is now underway. The need is great, of course, as fire protection is literally a 24-7 operation and volunteers, augmenting the efforts of 10 paid firefighters.

  • With sampling, enforcement is key

    Free samples at a liquor store? Kentucky has come a long way from the days when any bill that mentioned alcohol in any context would be a new way to tax or otherwise regulate the sale or consumption of spirits.

    Now, for better or worse, restaurants in otherwise dry counties can obtain a liquor license, “convention” related business places can sell on Sunday, and now liquor stores, with a proper permit can pass out free samples.

  • Event was a time for all to celebrate

    Nelson County’s fifth annual Interfaith Celebration was Sunday at Nazareth’s campus.

    Along with the Interfaith Paths to Peace in Louisville, this year’s celebration was sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth. The concept of the ceremony is to bring together representatives of the world’s religions in an effort to understand and celebrate the differences among the religions.

    For some, it may have represented the only time they would hear from someone from the Hindu religion or listened to a Tibetan monk.

  • Elected officials should be heard

    Nelson Fiscal Court recently turned another page in its efforts to enhance its smoking ban.

    Some years ago, the Court banned smoking in all government offices. Now, the Court has extended that ban to include smoking inside county-owned vehicles.

    The Court was split among its members with two magistrates voting for the ban and two voting against it. County Judge Executive Dean Watts cast the final vote enacting the smoking ban for county vehicles.

  • Honor Veterans on this day

    Today is Veterans Day and while some ceremonies have already been held and others will occur today and Monday, the resounding purpose is to honor our veterans for their willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good of the United States of America.

    When we honor our men in women in the armed services throughout the world and those who have served their country we are showing our patriotism, love of country and respect for those who protect and defend our freedoms.

  • KSP officer deserving of honor

    Citizens involved in drug awareness work in this region have long known about the dedication Kentucky State Police Elizabethtown Post trooper Steve Pavey brings to his job as public affairs officer.

  • Shop at home this Christmas

    Most holiday programs have a theme. Whether it’s Light Up Christmas, Holiday Spirits or Fairy Tales come to life, the themes are endless but can set a mood for a particular gathering.

    This week’s holiday preview by the Downtown Merchant’s Association should come with the theme “Shop at Home.”

  • Christmas toy drive kicks off

    For more than 50 years the Bardstown Optimist Club has lived up to the motto of “Friend of Youth” so it was no surprise when the organization announced last month that it was going to spearhead the effort to collect toys for needy children for this Christmas season.

    You will recall last year that when Bonnie Drake learned the Jaycees had been disbanded locally she took on the challenge of organizing the collection and distribution of toys as well as blankets for seniors.

  • Slower housing gives needed break

    What a blessing it is to live and work in a growth area.

    A recent story in The Standard took a look at housing starts in 2007 and rightly concluded they were off pace with more recent years. That’s certainly true, but our area has also been moving at near break-neck speed since the mid-90s. Nearly 5,000 homes have been built in the greater Nelson community since 1995, with development spread in virtually every direction.

  • Lantz deserving of recent award

    We join the greater Bardstown and Nelson communities in congratulating Dr. Jan Lantz on being named Superintendent of the Year by the Kentucky World Language Association.

    The award recognizes the Nelson County Schools superintendent for her all-around support for foreign language instruction and especially for the Chinese language program recently adopted.

    The KWLA and its leaders had some glowing remarks. “She is one of the leaders nationally in this Chinese program,” noted Dr. Jacque Van Houten, who presented the award at a recent meeting in Louisville.