• Hospice programs are something most of us never think about — until we need help from one. Regardless of whether that day ever comes for us personally, however, hospice and palliative care workers deserve our gratitude.

  • Not that I’ve ever had a dream of becoming president, but the recent realization that I would have to stop my normal electronic means of communications has solidified my decision to not run for the country’s top post.

    When Jan. 20, 2009, rolls around, President-elect Barack Obama is expecting his advisers to ask him to turn in his Blackberry. The candidate who kept his supporters advised of campaign news through e-mails and text alerts will more than likely be asked to put all of it aside for the next four years.

  • Thanksgiving is a great celebration. It’s a chance for us to gather with family and reflect on the great blessings that we enjoy as Americans.

    We’ve come a long way since the first Thanksgiving meal celebrated by the Pilgrims at Plymouth in 1621. They had very little food and their shelters did not provide proper protection from the icy cold temperatures of their new homeland. Their harvest feast was even eaten outside since colonists did not have a home or barn large enough for all those who came to partake on that historic day.

  • Friday’s the day. It’s the official start of the holiday shopping season.

    Thousands will begin their shopping sprees in the dark hours Friday morning.

    Early bird specials and door busters bring shoppers out of their beds after a big Thanksgiving meal to get the shopping season started with a bang.

  • I am among those who firmly believe that celebrating Thanksgiving Day is very special among the observances of this country. Civic observance that it is, Scriptures of various faith communities likewise urge us to clothe ourselves with gratitude, to be grateful always.

    There are whole categories of matters meriting our personal and collective gratitude.

  • It was only a week ago that I was able to step outside with my boxer, Lexie, in a short-sleeve shirt and flip-flops. This weekend, the mild fall weather seemed to quickly fade into a winter-like chill.

  • Are you making a pumpkin pie this Thanksgiving? Why not make two? Is your family gathering during the evening on Thanksgiving Day? If so, you can spend the morning hours giving back to your community.

    The 26th Community Thanksgiving Meal, sponsored by the Bardstown-Nelson County Ministerial Association, is noon-2 p.m. Thanksgiving Day at the St. Joseph School cafeteria.

  • To the editor:

    I must say that I have agonized and pondered about whether to write a letter to the editor to The Standard on its coverage (or lack thereof) of Veterans Day.

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    The Rolling Fork Historical Preservation Association’s fund-raising project on Saturday, Oct. 4, 2008, at the New Haven Ball Park was an unqualified success!! We thank God that we were blessed with such wonderful and beautiful weather. Our thanks also go out to all volunteers who helped in the event and to those who came out and participated.  Special thanks go out to the Bourbon City Brass Band and to David Brown, who presented his Kenny Rogers tribute.  

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    Winter, with its bitter wind, rain and snow, is rapidly approaching. Now is the time to check our doghouses, patching and repairing all cracks and leaks. It is also the time for clean bedding — with straw being the best. This bedding will probably need to be replaced several times during the winter. Putting a board along the bottom of the door opening will keep the bedding in the doghouse. Turning the door away from the wind also helps protect our animals from the cold.

  • Next Thursday is The Great American Smokeout, a day set aside to persuade users of tobacco products to quit for at least a day.  

    Nov. 20 has also been designated as the day Flaget Memorial Hospital’s entire campus will become “smokefree.”  

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  • The recent cold-weather snap has brought the harsh realities of winter weather home for many of us.

    The unseasonably-warm temperatures recently kept the winter staples of below-freezing temperatures, ice and snow away from our everyday thoughts. But with the first snow flurries of the season falling this week, that’s not so anymore.

    As many people continue to struggle financially due to a sagging economy, the reality of having to pay to stay warm this winter is coming home for many.

  • By all accounts the recycling program started this year by the city of Bardstown is three times more popular than officials had anticipated.

    Rather than hauling the trailer-bins to the processing center at Nelson County Industries once a week the bins have to be emptied three times a week. After years of hearing the gospel of recycling preached it should be no surprise that the message is sinking in.

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  • I’m on Facebook, but I’m not an avid member. Occasionally, I’ll log on to update my status and read others’ updates, but that’s about as far as I go. I ignore most application requests — because I don’t understand them — and I rarely add new photos.

  • Many families are feeling the pinch of the slow economy this holiday season. Some of us are justifiably cutting back on the amount of money we usually spend this time of year.

    We should not cut back, however, on helping those in need.

    There are several ways to easily contribute in Nelson County and help make the holidays happy for all.  

  • To the editor:

    The directors and vendors of the 2008 Bardstown Farmers Market wish to offer a big thank you to the customers of the market this past year.

    Despite a late start to the growing season and the second drought year in a row, we strived to provide the market with the best local produce and other farm products possible.

    We expanded marketing a lot this year with successful results. Our special weekend events and our fall festival weekend were a resounding success.