COMMUNITY NOTES: April 15, 2018

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NAACP to meet
The Nelson County branch of the NAACP will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, April 16, at the Roy Henry Education Center (Campus of First Baptist Church), 315 N. Second St. in Bardstown. The executive committee will meet prior to the regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. As always, the public is invited to attend. For more information, call or text Jewel Brock, president, at (502) 296-1969.

Nelson County Schools Board of Education
The Nelson County Schools Board of Education will meet Tuesday, April 17, at 5 p.m. at the Central Office, 288 Wildcat Lane, Bardstown.

Nelson County Fiscal Court
Nelson County Fiscal Court will meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday, April 17.

Bardstown Board of Education
Bardstown Board of Education will have a special-called meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, April 16. Items on the agenda include: Superintendent Finalist Showcase. The regular board meeting will be at noon Tuesday, April 17, in the Central Office, 308 N. Fifth St. Another special-called board meeting will be at noon Friday, April 20. Items on the agenda include superintendent selection, consideration of superintendent.

OKH superintendent meet and greet
Superintendent candidate Travis Hamby’s, meet and greet has been moved to Old Kentucky Home Middle School at 3:45 p.m. Thursday, April 19. It was previously scheduled to take place at Foster Heights.

New Haven Board of Commissioners
New Haven Board of Commissioners will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 19, at City Hall, 302 Center St., in New Haven. The public is encouraged to attend.

Bardstown Elementary SBDM Council
Bardstown Elementary SBDM Council will have a special-called meeting for principal selection at 9 a.m. Monday, April 16, at the Bardstown Board of Education office. Another special-called meeting to continue the principal selection process will be at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 17.

NCHS SBDM nominations
NCHS is now taking nominations for the SBDM parent member for the 2018-19 school year. A signed written nomination can be turned in or mailed to NCHS or email anne.stivers@nelson.kyschools.us. Nominations will be taken through May 2.

First Christian Church
April is Child Abuse Prevention Awareness month. The First Christian Church, 175 E. John Rowan Blvd., is calling attention to the plight of abused and neglected children by inviting everyone to come and hear NelCASA Executive Director Kate Mudd speak about how to help these children and the mission of NelCASA, on Sunday April 15. She will be the guest speaker at both services at 8:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. with Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. Everyone is invited.

Republican Women
The Nelson County Organization of Republican Women will hold its April meeting on Monday, April 16, at 7 p.m. at the Nelson County Library. Agenda items will include final planning for the Lincoln Day Dinner, KFRW plans in August, with discussion on supporting candidates and more.

Old Kentucky Home Middle SBDM Council
Old Kentucky Home Middle SBDM Council will meet at 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 16, in the SBDM room, right off the office at Old Kentucky Home Middle School.

Red Cross blood drive
There will be a Red Cross blood drive at the American Legion, Post 121, 206 W. Broadway, noon-5 p.m. Monday, April 16.

Harassment in the Workplace
The state Commission on Human Rights will conduct a workshop on harassment at the workplace 1-3 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, at the Nelson County Public Library in Bardstown. The workshop is free and open to the public. The Bardstown-Nelson County Human Rights Commission is hosting.  For more information, (502) 348-3644.

Bardstown at Home Luncheon
Bardstown at Home will host a “Welcome Spring” luncheon on Tuesday,  April 17, at St. Monica Church Parish Hall beginning at 11:30 a.m. All volunteers and members are invited to attend. Call the office at (502) 348-8003 to confirm your attendance.

Northeast Schools FRYSC
The Northeast Schools Family Resource and Youth Services Center Advisory Council will meet at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 18, at Bloomfield Elementary in the FRYSC office. Contact Stephanie Harrison, director, for more information. The meeting is open to the public.  

Foster Heights Elementary SBDM Council
Foster Heights Elementary SBDM Council will meet at 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, in the office conference room.

Bardstown Head Start open house
Bardstown Head Start will host an open house 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, April 19, and Friday, April 20. Parents and families are welcome.  You may tour the center, meet the staff, and register your child for the upcoming school year. Head Start offers a free, full-day preschool program to give children a quality education that ensures kindergarten readiness. In addition, nutritious meals, health and developmental screenings, and family support is provided at absolutely no cost. There is no dress code for students, and uniforms are not required.  Children who are 3 or 4 years old by Aug. 1, 2018, are age-eligible for the Head Start Program. Bardstown Head Start is at 219 E. Muir Ave. in the COBEC (City of Bardstown Educational Complex). Proof of income (tax form, W-2 form, pay stub) and record of child’s date of birth (birth certificate, insurance card, medical record) is required to complete the application. Refreshments and door prizes will be available. If you are interested in  the Head Start Program and/or are unable to attend the open house and would like information, contact Rita Mattingly at (502) 331-1348 or Mary Jewell at (502) 275-9098.

Nelson County Extension Homemakers annual salad day
Nelson County Extension Homemakers invites the public to a free salad day 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, April 20, at the Civic Center, 317 S. Third St. in Bardstown. Donations will be accepted in memory of Mabel Harned to provide water filters for “Water  Around the World” to help third world countries and  places affected by natural disasters so that they can have  clean drinking water.

Van Buren Baptist Church revival
Van Buren Baptist Church, 1488 Fairmont Road, in Lawrenceburg, will have a spring revival April 20-22.  Father and son, Jeff and Andrew Eaton, will be the speakers on Friday and Saturday at 6:30 p.m. There will be special music provided in every service. There will be a dessert fellowship at 5:30 p.m. before the Saturday service. A fellowship potluck meal will follow the Sunday service. For more information, call (502) 517-2318,

Thomas Nelson High SBDM Council
Thomas Nelson High SBDM Council will meet at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, in the front office. All are welcome to attend.

Jim Beam retiree social
The regular Jim Beam retiree social will be at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 18, at B. J.’s Steakhouse.

Parkinson’s Support Group
The Parkinsons’s Support Group snowed-out March meeting is re-set for 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, at Darkside Athletics, 109 Plaza Drive in Bardstown. Wear comfortable clothing. Trainer Traci Melgar will take the group through a series of low impact, chair-based breathing, and stretching movements found to be most beneficial to persons with Parkinson’s. All touched by Parkinson’s disease are welcome. Call Jane Swarts at (502) 350-4458 with questions.

Nelson County Democrats will host anniversary
Nelson County Democrats will host its 222nd anniversary since the founding of the Democratic Party Friday, April 20, at Maywood Country Club. A meet and greet will be at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets are $45 in advance, $50 at the door, Young Democrats club members are $25. For tickets contact Kenny Fogle at (502) 827-1525, Kenny’s Cleaners 456 E Stephen Foster Ave., Haydon Law Office, 798 Portland Ave., (502) 348-1013 or online at https//nelsoncountydemocrats.nationbuilder.com. The keynote address will be given by Colmon Elridge, noted dynamic motivational speaker, former executive assistant and senior adviser to Gov. Steve Beshear, and named one of 10 Outstanding Young Men by the U. S. Junior Chamber of Commerce 2014.  An invited guest will be Ben Self, Kentucky Democratic Party Chairman.

Boston SBDM Council
Boston SBDM Council will meet at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 19, in the school conference room. Meetings are open to the public.

AARP Smart Driver/Driver Safety Course
The AARP Smart Driver/Driver Safety Course will be held Tuesday, April 24, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Civic Center in Bardstown. Completing the course will earn participants age 55 and older a discount on their car insurance for three to five years. No driving is involved; no written tests will be given. The cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members. Bring a check payable to the AARP, along with your AARP card (if you’re a member) and your driver’s license. To register, or for more information, call (270) 737-4660.

Fifth annual Springfield Green Festival
The fifth annual Springfield Green Festival, organized by New Pioneers for a Sustainable Future, will be 4-8 p.m. Friday. April 27, in the area behind the Washington County Judicial Center, with a special fine arts and crafts area in the lower meeting room of the Springfield Presbyterian Church. The festival will feature continuous live music, community dancing with the mayor, photos with Kermit the Frog, children’s games and activities, a wide variety of foods, crafts, veggie and flower plants, educational booths related to sustainable living, and an opportunity to meet several county election candidates at their booths. Sponsored by Springfield Tourism Commission, AgCredit, Springfield State Bank, Springfield Tax Service, and more. Enter the area on foot from the corner of Ballard with Cross-Main or Walnut St. The public is invited and admission is free.

Voter registration deadline is April 23
Last day to register to vote before the May Primary Election is April 23. Anyone may check their voter status by visiting elect.ky.gov.

St. Joe Prep Alumni to host spring cook-in
The St. Joe Prep Alumni Association is hosting its annual spring cook-in Thursday, April 19, at the Bardstown Event Center, 111 N. Fourth Street in Bardstown. Social hour will start at 6 p.m. with a potluck dinner at 7 p.m. Meat and drinks will be furnished. Alumni are asked to bring their favorite food dish and $5 to help defray the cost of the meat. For more information, call John Cecil at (502) 264-2139 or e-mail stjoeprep@bardstown.com.

Planning Commission
The Joint City-County Planning Commission of Nelson County will hold a public hearing and meeting (Agenda No. 499) on Tuesday, April 24, at 6 p.m. at the Old Courthouse Building, second floor, One Court Square in Bardstown, to consider an application to rezone 3.24 acres at 5175 Boston Road; propose to construct a telecommunications tower on the north side of Stringtown Road (Ky. 1858), and propose to construct a telecommunications tower on the north side of East Main Street (Ky. 48). A copy of the applications may be reviewed in the Planning Commission office.

Nelson County High School 2018 senior/alumni night
Nelson County High Schools Community Support Foundation has invited the class of 2018 seniors and all Nelson County Schools alumni to a reception in their honor April 26, at Thomas Nelson High School in Bardstown.  The event will feature the presentation of all 2018 scholarships that were offered through the foundation. Distinguished alumni will be announced, and the T. Gerald Florence Outstanding Alumni Award will be given. Reservations for the reception should be made by April 16. Admission is free for 2018 seniors and award winners. Guest admission is $10 per person. The event will include a tour of Thomas Nelson High School followed by an informal meal and then the program. For more information, call (502) 349-4650 or visit www.communitysupportfoundation.org/SeniorAlumniNight.

Master Gardeners Association
The Kentucky Home Extension Master Gardeners Association is offering
scholarship opportunities for Nelson County area senior high school students. Applications may be picked up at the Nelson County Extension Office or any local high school. There will be two $1,000 scholarships to Nelson County graduating 
seniors who are planning to pursue a degree or career in horticultural/agricultural or related 
field. The application must be returned with all supporting documentation to the Nelson County 
Extension Office by 4 p.m. April 20. The mailing address is Nelson County Extension Office, Kentucky Home Extension Master Gardeners Association, 317 S. Third St., Bardstown, KY 40004. If you have any questions, call the Extension Office at 348-9204.

National Music Week
The Stephen Foster Music Club, in conjunction with the National Federation of Music Clubs, will be celebrating National Music Week, May 6-13. The theme for this year’s observance is “Music...The Universal Language”.  During that week, music will be provided for residents at Bardstown Health and Rehab, Bluegrass Assisted Living, Signature Healthcare at Colonial, and Windsor Gardens, as well as, several local restaurants.  Students from local schools will participate in an art contest portraying the theme of this year’s celebration.  Cash awards will be given the winners, and their posters will be displayed in downtown windows.

Nelson County Republican Lincoln Day Dinner
The Republican Lincoln Day Dinner will be 5:30p.m. Saturday, April 28, at the Old Kentucky Home Country Club. Meet this year’s candidates and enjoy keynote speaker, Kelley Paul. Wear your Derby hat. Cash bar and silent auction will be featured.  Tickets are $35 with name/address/occupation. Mail in to NCORW, 208 Sylvan Drive, Bardstown, KY 40004 or by Paypal at paypal.me/NCORW.

Music Week Art Contest
The Stephen Foster Music Club, a member of the National Federation of Music Clubs, is sponsoring an art contest to observe National Music Week, May 6-13. The theme of the contest, which is to be portrayed through poster-sized artwork, is Music...The Universal Language. The contest is open to area middle school, high school, and homeschooled students.  Cash awards will be presented to the top three entrants in grades 6-8 and in grades 9-12. Entries must be received no later than Monday, April 30. Send or take entries to Bettye McClure, 204 Madison Ave, Bardstown KY 40004.  For more information, call (502) 348-9662.

Bardstown Orchestra to honor military service personnel
During their spring concert, “On An Americana Journey,” the Bardstown Community Chamber  Orchestra  will present a musical salute, “A Tribute to the Armed Services.” Orchestra members are encouraging all military personnel, past and present, along with their family members to attend. This composition will recognize those who have helped to preserve our freedoms, liberties, and rights and pay homage to those who sacrificed their all. The concert is at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 12, at the Episcopal Church of the Ascension, 211 N. Third St., Bardstown. There is no admission charge.

Veterans stories
If any veteran would like to archive their military story for time spent in the service, call (502) 203-9643 and give your name and number to be added on the list. 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.

Museum volunteers needed
Old Bardstown Village/Civil War Museum, 310 E. Broadway, is looking for people who are interested in history to volunteer one day a week at the museum as a docent or maintenance worker. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Sunday during the season. (Weekends only in November and closed December-February.) Call manager Kenny Johnson at (502) 827-8105 or Bob Llewellyn at (502) 693-0913 and leave a message if you are interested.

Veterans’ booklet
Frank Thompson is putting together a veterans’ booklet for Veterans Day. He is asking all veterans alive or families of deceased veterans from Nelson County to send a photo with information including name, branch of service, service dates and hometown. Mail information to Frank Thompson, P.O. Box 434, Bardstown, KY 40004. If you would like your photo returned, send a self-addressed envelope.

Central Kentucky Community Action awards
Central Kentucky Community Action will again offer educational awards for graduating high school seniors and GED recipients in its eight county service area. These educational awards will be given in the form of scholarships to assist with tuition while attending a four-year college, a two-year college or a technical school. Anyone applying for these scholarships must first meet the federal low-income guidelines.  Preference will be given to graduating seniors going into the fields of social services, business, agriculture or education, in that order.  Students’ grade-point average will also be taken into consideration. The scholarship packets are available at local high schools, vocational schools and at your local county community action office. Call your local Community Action Office for more information. The Nelson County office is (502) 348-9596.

Community Action scholarships available
Central Kentucky Community Action will again offer educational awards for graduating high school seniors and GED recipients in our eight-county service area. These educational awards will be given in the form of scholarships to assist with tuition while attending a four-year college, a two-year college, or a technical school. Anyone applying for these scholarships must first meet the federal low-income guidelines. Preference will be given to graduating seniors going into the fields of social services, business, agriculture or education, in that order.  Students’ grade point average will also be taken into consideration. The scholarship packets are available at local high schools, vocational schools and at your local County Community Action Office. For more information, call the Community Action office at (502) 348-9596.

Flaget Hospital Auxiliary scholarship
Flaget Hospital Auxiliary is offering its annual $1,000 college scholarships this spring to local high school seniors who will be pursuing studies in a medical related field.  The scholarship applications will be available at each high school or can be picked up at the information desk in the lobby of the hospital.

Nelson County Guidebook
The Kentucky Standard is updating the Nelson County Guide for this year. Any clubs and organizations wanting to be included in the publication or need to update their current information should email news@kystandard.com or call Carrie at 348-9003, ext. 113.

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.

Bardstown Baptist Church clothes closet
The Bardstown Baptist Church Clothes Closet is open 10 a.m.-noon on Wednesdays in the Old Parsonage adjacent to the church and staffed by church volunteers. Clothing for the entire family is available at no cost. Contact the church office at 348-3866 for additional information or questions.

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.

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.