COMMUNITY NOTES: April 22, 2018

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Alumni Day for St. Joseph Montessori School
The annual Alumni Day for St. Joseph Montessori School at Nazareth is May 3 from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

Bardstown Primary SBDM Council
Bardstown Primary School SBDM meeting Friday, April 27, at 3 p.m. in the site based conference room.

Endow Kentucky Tax Credit
Would you like to learn more about the Endow Kentucky Tax Credit which enables any business or individual to receive a state tax credit up to $10,000 per taxpayer per year by giving to any qualified permanent endowment fund? Unlike tax deductions, tax credits are taken off a donor’s bill dollar for dollar. Central Kentucky Community Foundation, which serves Nelson County, is hosting a free lunch and learn on Thursday, April 26, at the Nelson County Public Library starting at 11:30 a.m. For more information and RSVP, call (270) 737-8393 or e-mail contact@ckcf4people.org.

Washington County High School class of 1988
Washington County High School class of 1988 will have a planning meeting at 2 p.m.  May 12, at Mordecai’s in Springfield. Anyone from the class of 1988 is welcome to help get organized. The reunion date has not been set yet or the place but that will all be validated at the meeting.
Bardstown City Schools’ Family Resource Center
The Bardstown City Schools’ Family Resource Center will hold an Advisory Council meeting on Tuesday, April 24, at 4:30 p.m. at the Bardstown Primary School Conference Room, 1000 Templin Avenue.  The public is welcome to attend. Contact Catherine Blake, Director at 331-8808 for more information.

Nelson County High School Class of 1978
The Nelson County High School class of 1978 will have its 40-year class reunion 8 p.m.-midnight Sept. 29, at My Old Kentucky Home Country Club, 529 E. Stephen Foster Ave., in Bardstown. Contact Terry Greenwell at (502) 827-2312, Terry Hatfield at (50) 294-0249, Anita Rummage at (606) 776-7779, or Donna Hall at (502) 507-3331  for additional information as plans are being finalized.

Hearing Loss Association
At 6:30 p.m. on Monday, April 23, the Hearing Loss Association of America Kentucky Home Chapter will have Kathy A. Taylor discussing “Unleashing the Possibilities,” focusing on what does a hearing dog provide and how to apply for a hearing dog. She will also talk about the Canine Companion for Independence, the agency where she received not only one but two of these amazing dogs. She will  bring at least one and possibly two hearing dogs to the meeting. This is a new hearing assistive tool for the chapter and should be very interesting to watch hearing dogs in action. The meeting will be at the Nelson County Public Library, 201 Cathedral Manor in Bardstown. It is free, open to the public and real-time remote captioned. HLAA is a self-help organization dedicated to education, advocacy and support for people who do not hear well and those around them. For more information, contact info@hearinglosskentucky.org or (502) 233-5774.

Loretto Motherhouse concert
A concert featuring Donald Gottlieb, flute, Trevor Johnson, oboe, Robert Docs, double bass, and Grace Baugh-Bennett, piano, will play at Loretto Motherhouse on Saturday, April 21, at 7 p.m. All are welcome. 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.

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.

Retired Teachers
The next membership meeting of the Nelson County Retired Teachers Association will be at noon Thursday, April 26, at Maywood Country Club. The guest speaker will be Steve Gillespie, who serves on the state legislative team in Frankfort. The winner of the AARP Grandparent Essay contest will also be a guest. All retired educators are invited to attend. For additional information, contact president Bonnie Cecil at (502) 507-4808 or bpc@bardstown.com.

Kentucky Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials
The Kentucky Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (KBC-LEO), a constituency group of the Kentucky League of Cities invites everyone to attend the 14th annual Spring Summit April 27-28, at Kreso’s Restaurant Ballroom, 218 N. Third St. in Bardstown. This Summit is designed each year to bring together black elected officials, appointed officials, and community leaders from around the Commonwealth to promote a positive exchange of ideas on issues that unite everyone and to organize efforts through collective leadership to create positive change. The critical issues of education, justice reform, women empowerment, and the continuing efforts to encourage youth, affect not only African-Americans, but Kentuckians in general. The group will attempt to enlighten and inform everyone through panel discussions with leaders from around the commonwealth who deal with these issues every day. Several candidates who are seeking local and statewide offices will be on hand as well as many members  of the General Assembly. For more information, contact Councilman Bill Sheckles at (502) 507-1160 or Bardstown City Councilwoman Kecia Copeland at (502) 275-8348 or visit KBC-LEO Facebook page.

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.  Enter the area on foot from the corner of Ballard with Cross-Main or Walnut St. The public is invited and admission is free.

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. 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 art contest
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. 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, which are to be poster-sized artwork, 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.

Nelson County Republican Lincoln Day Dinner
The Republican Lincoln Day Dinner will be 5:30 p.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.
Bardstown Orchestra to honor military 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.

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.

Knights of Columbus
The Knights of Columbus will meet Tuesday, May 1. Social starts at 6 p.m. and the meeting at 7 p.m. at the Bardstown Event Center (formerly Knights of Columbus Hall). For more information, call GK Gary Bishop at (502) 233-1069 or FS Kerry P. Monin at 348-8264.

Divorce clinic
A divorce clinic will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 5, at the Nelson County Public Library, 201 Cathedral Manor in Bardstown. Attorneys will be on hand to provide advice on filing pro se for divorce in Kentucky. Attorneys will help to prepare and review all proper forms and provide instructions on how to proceed with your divorce case once you leave the clinic.
 Reservations are required. Call (502) 584-1254 to make a reservation.

Spirited Horse  & Artists Barrel
An informal, if not free spirited, discussion on some of the horses that have run, but maybe not won, the Derby over the years will be at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 29, at  Spirited Horse & Artists Barrel, 208 N. Third St. in Bardstown. Join in for a couple of hours of unscientific banter on who your favorite Derby diehard was. No experience required except a love of racing. Children must be accompanied by adults. Racing memorabilia will be on display. First 25 adults to register/attend by calling Cindy Thomas (502) 331-6049 or emailing kybluegrass21@yahoo.com will be eligible for a free drawing for a Secretariat photograph.

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 to 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 living veterans 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.