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  • When I was little I used to play church with my dolls and stuffed animals.

    I’d take gooey white Wonder Bread, smash it flat and tear it into round communion wafers. Then I’d pour Kool-Aid into colorful shiny aluminum tumblers, the kind that used to sweat when they’re cold, and that was my wine.

  • When assessing Bart Bruner’s time as head coach of the Nelson County football program, the first instinct is to look at the 12-22 record he compiled during his three years and call it a failure.

    Of course, that first instinct would be shortsighted and extremely wrong.

    When Bruner arrived, Nelson County was coming off an 0-10 season that saw the Cardinals outscored 403-86. Included in that mark were four shutouts, one of them a 42-0 loss to Bardstown. The program had sunk to arguably its lowest level in history.

  • The 1994 Kentucky General Assembly required every county in the state to establish an ethics board.

    Nelson County fulfilled that requirement when it created the Bardstown-Nelson County Ethics Board with appointments from Nelson Fiscal Court, the city of Bardstown, the city of Fairfield and two joint appointments from Fiscal Court and Bardstown City Council.

  • To the editor:

    While economic slow-downs and recessions are never a good thing, they do bring an opportunity for people to reflect on their financials, values, faith, goals, relationships, and a wide array of other things in their lives. The reality for most people is this is a stressful time, with many threats and dangers to their security and well being. It is also a time of great opportunity to explore new ideas and projects.

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  • When I moved back to Kentucky two years ago, my friend Melakee gave me some knitting needles and yarn as a going-away gift. Mel not only knits elaborate sweaters, hats, scarves and just about anything else that can be knitted, she also spins her own yarn. I had been wanting to learn to knit, but I never got around to it when I lived in Maryland. So Mel sent the basics to Kentucky with me.

  • Last year, this community lost 10 people in a house fire. Six of those were children.

    It was the most tragic loss of life in recent decades and still brings to mind the danger and ferocity fire can have on even the most innocent of our citizens.

    Fire doesn’t play favorites and is not forgiving. It can bring a tragic end quickly and with a great amount of intensity.

    This community knows that well, as it witnessed the pain those deaths brought to our hometown.

  • When historic property is demolished, it is a sad day for the community in which it is located — and at times, it is even shameful. Although sometimes old structures are beyond salvaging, they occasionally are simply ignored or razed instead of being saved. A flippant disregard for what came before does not speak well of one’s depth.

  • Recently I participated in an annual forum for nonprofit healthcare providers. The first item of business was a “round robin” of sharing  major developments for each participant’s facility in the past year.

    Among the items shared was the effort of at least five to begin a “smoke-free facility” by the first of 2009. That seems like a very wise move for any institution striving to promote and preserve good health for all.

  • After the last Nelson County Board of Education meeting, we have a clearer idea of what the new high school will entail — and who will attend it.

    Two committees, one focusing on the design of the school and one on how to adjust the district, met many times to discuss their dreams for the new school. The committees were made up of a diverse group of parents, grandparents, educators, administrators, and even some public officials.

  • It is hard to believe that 2008 is rapidly coming to an end. Along with the end-of-year countdown comes well-sought time with my extended family.

    I see my parents and uncle and aunt all the time, for which I am thankful, but  I do not get to see my cousins as often. And, along with seeing my immediate family, I will also be spending time with my boyfriend, Randy’s family.

    For me, Thursday is the official beginning of the holiday season and the official countdown to the New Year. The holiday season is typically known as a happy time of joy and celebration.

  • Gracious God,

    In this time of flux and uncertainty, when our nation and our neighbors are in turmoil, searching for peace and prosperity or just a chance to catch a breath, you remain constant and sovereign.

    You are King over our sorrows as well as our joys. You are Lord over all that concerns us in the daytime, all that keeps us awake at night, all that drives us to our knees. In that, we can rest and trust and renew our strength. In that, in your sovereignty, we can give you thanks.

  • To the editor:

    Dear Americans:

    As I sadly look down on this beautiful earth that I created for my most precious children, I see the repeat like in Noah’s time.

    As I sadly look down on my precious people, I see greed, unhappiness, stealing, lying in families, others and to yourself and to me.

  • It’s always good to have a clear policy when questions arise.

    A clear policy eliminates the need to interpret actions, make split decisions and to rely on the old standby of “that’s what we’ve always done in the past.”

    When Nelson Fiscal Court embarked on a process to update its ethics code for county employees, one of the questions pertained to how it would handle its take-home vehicle procedure.

  • To the editor:

    The New Hope Food Bank staff would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who was so generous in their donations toward the construction of the new Thrift Store. Though it has been a rather lengthy process involving many delays and unforeseen obstacles, the project is in the final stages now and we have all of you to thank for helping us reach this point. You have been an integral part of this, and we are very grateful to each and every one of you.

  • To the editor:

    St. Vincent DePaul Mission Store/Food Pantry staff would like to thank the community for food donations at this special time of the season including: Bardstown Elementary, Bardstown Primary and St. Joseph Schools, Walgreen’s, Flaget Hospital employees, St. Gregory Church, St. Joseph Church, Boy Scout Troop 147 (Scout Master Michael Thomas), Cub Scout Pack 147 (Scout Master Doug Prescott),  Kroger and those who just dropped off items. Through August, September and October, 1,193 boxes of food were distributed serving 3,801 people.

  • To the editor:

    During November — National Hospice and Palliative Care Month — we want to thank our dedicated Hospice staff members and volunteers for providing care for those in Nelson County facing life-limiting illness.

  • 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.