COMMUNITY NOTES: Feb. 18, 2018

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Relay for Life
The Relay for Life teams will have a soup fundraiser at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 19, in the Bardstown Middle School cafeteria. The next meeting will be at 6 p.m. Monday, March 5, in The Kentucky Standard conference room. The pie auction is scheduled for 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, at the Nelson County Civic Center.

The next public Anatok meeting will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, at the Old Courthouse.

Nelson County NAACP meeting
The Nelson County Branch of NAACP will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 19, at the Roy Henry Education Center, (campus of the First Baptist Church), 315 N. Second St., in Bardstown. The group will host Kenny Fogle, candidate for County Judge-Executive. Martha Nest, a local tax accountant, will give a short presentation on the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and what it means for your paycheck in 2018. Also, the group will be getting organized for the state conference quarterly meeting on March 10 in Louisville. All members are encouraged to attend. Also note that the executive committee will meet before the regular meeting at 6:30 p.m.

Nelson County Fiscal Court
Nelson County Fiscal Court will meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20.

Flushing program
The Bardstown Water Department’s annual flushing program is underway On Tuesday, Feb. 20, flushing will occur on U.S. 62 and West Stephen Foster at Jones Ave., Edelen Avenue at North Kennett Avenue, Bartley Avenue at South Center Street, State Street at Kurtz Ave., South Kennett Ave., and Cathedral Manor at Muir Ave.; and Wednesday, Feb. 21, flushing will occur in both the Hurstland Subdivision and the Wellington Subdivision. During flushing, customers in these areas may experience discolored water or air in the lines. Allow your faucet to run for a few minutes to clear any sediment particles and air bubbles that may have been trapped in your service lines. The Bardstown Water Department would like to thank its customers for their cooperation during this maintenance program.  Routine flushing is very important for maintaining quality drinking water.  If discoloration continues, contact City Hall at (502) 348-5947.

Bardstown School Board of Education
Bardstown Independent School District Board of Education will meet at noon Tuesday, Feb. 20, at the Central Office, 308 N. Fifth St., in Bardstown.

Bardstown Rotary Club
Monica Ruehling with Feeding America will be the guest speaker at the Wednesday, Feb. 21, Bardstown Rotary Club meeting. The public is invited to attend the lunch meeting at noon at the Nelson County Public Library, 201 Cathedral Manor. If you would like lunch, the cost is $10.

Politics on tap
Politics on tap for Nelson County Democrats will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, at the Rickhouse Lounge. The theme for this month’s event will be related to gun violence and school shooting prevention.

Gallery on the Square exhibit
The Gallery on the Square in Bardstown presents “Art with Alums” an art exhibit showcasing Bethlehem High School Art Teacher Mara Huston and many of her current and former students’ works of art. The exhibit will feature over 100 diverse pieces ranging from paintings to pottery, photography, architecture, clothing, pastry design and more. The opening for the exhibit will be 3-6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, and will continue through March 30. The event is free and open to the public.

Planning Commission
The Joint City-County Planning Commission of Nelson County will hold a public hearing and meeting (Agenda No. 497) at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27, at the Old Courthouse Building, second floor, One Court Square in Bardstown to consider an application to rezone 0.261 acre at 118 S. Center St. from R-1C (single family residential district) to R-1D (single family residential district), to rezone 25.08 acres on the west side of Filiatreau Lane. A copy of the application may be reviewed in the Planning Commission office.

Coffee with Chad
Meet with Chad McCoy, Kentucky State Representative for Nelson County, to discuss concerns you have for our county and our state 9 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 18, at Boston Food Mart.

Women’s Republican meeting
Meet local candidates and participate in activities to promote good government in Nelson County at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 19, at the Nelson County Public Library Community Room in Bardstown. Republican women are welcome to join the meeting.

Blood drive
The American Legion Post 121, 206 W. Broadway, will have a Red Cross blood drive noon-5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 19.

Forum Nelson County GOP Networking
Meet Allison Ball, Kentucky State Treasurer at B.J.’s Steakhouse, 201 Camptown Road in the back room. Join for social networking with conservatives from 5:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20. Bring business cards. She will then say a few words and take questions until 6:30 p.m.

Jim Beam retiree social
The regular Jim Beam retiree social will be 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, at B.J.’s Steakhouse.

Grief and Grieving Group
Hospice of Nelson County Grief and Grieving Group will meet at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, at Windsor Gardens, 101 Isaac Greer in Bardstown, and is open to the public. All are welcome and encouraged to join discussions on healthy grieving and mutual support.

Fusion Youth Services Center
Fusion Youth Services Center Advisory Council will meet at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, at Nelson County High School. This meeting is open to the public. For questions, call coordinator Shannon Layman at (502) 807-5333.

Parkinson’s Support Group
The Parkinson’s Support Group will meet at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, in the Nelson County Public Library Community Room. There will be open discussion and talk about topic ideas for future meetings. All meetings are open to anyone touched by Parkinson’s including patient, caregiver, family and friends. The group follows the Nelson County School closings. Call Jane Swarts at (502) 350-4458 with questions.

Bardstown City Schools Board of Education screening committee
The Bardstown City Schools Board of Education is seeking a parent to serve on the screening committee for a new superintendent. The Screening Committee will screen all applicants and recommend candidates to the Board of Education.  A minimum of two evening meetings will be required of screening committee members, as well as time to check candidate references. Parents who are interested in applying to serve on the Screening Committee must submit a one-page letter with their signature expressing their interest and qualifications. The letter may be mailed or hand-delivered to Bardstown City Schools Board of Education; Attention:  Screening Committee; 308 N. Fifth St., Bardstown, KY 40004. Letters must be received by noon Thursday, Feb. 22. According to KRS 160.352, the presidents of the parent-teacher organizations in the school district are responsible for electing one parent to serve on the Screening Committee. For more information on the Screening Committee and the superintendent appointment process, go to our website http://www.bardstown.kyschools.us/SuperintendentSearch.aspx. Additional questions may be directed to Phil Eason at (270) 799-1256 or phil.eason@gmail.com.

Boston SBDM Council
Boston SBDM Council will meet at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, in the school conference room. Meetings are open to the public.

Bardstown Primary SBDM Council
Bardstown Primary SBDM Council will meet at 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, in the site based conference room.

Boston SBDM Council
Boston SBDM Council will meet at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, in the school conference room. Meetings are open to the public.

SFDA Announces Local Auditions for 2018 Season
The Stephen Foster Drama Association will hold local auditions for the 2018 productions of “The Stephen Foster Story” and “Mary Poppins” on Saturday, Feb. 24, beginning at 9:30 a.m. at Bardstown High School.  Adult auditions for those 18 and older will begin at 9:30 a.m., followed by ages 13 through 17 at 1 p.m. for volunteer apprenticeship positions. Appointments are recommended and can be made by emailing billyb@stephenfoster.com. Youth auditions for both shows will be announced later. Audition details and requirements can be found at stephenfoster.com/auditions. The 2018 season begins June 9 with the 60th season of “The Stephen Foster Story.” Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at stephenfoster.com/tickets or by calling (800) 626-1563.

Blood drive
St. Gregory Church Parish Community Center, 330 Samuels Loop in Cox’s Creek will host a blood drive 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25. For an appointment, go to www.redcrossblood.org.

Master Gardeners Present:
“Gardens of the World” with the Kentucky Home Extension Master Gardeners each Friday through March 2.  This is the fifth year of viewing a variety of beautiful and exotic private and public gardens from around the world. Join in for tea, coffee and cookies each Friday 10 a.m.-noon at the Extension Office, 317 S. Third St. For more information, call (502) 348-9204.

Community Action LIHEAP program
The Community Action office, 219 E. Muir Ave., in Bardstown will be assisting families of low-income with the LIHEAP Crisis Program through March 31, or sooner if funds are expended. To be eligible for crisis funds you must be in a heating crisis. You must have a past due/disconnect notice from the electric or natural gas company, or be out of bulk fuel within four days if using propane, fuel oil or kerosene, or wood, or a formal eviction notice from your landlord if heating expenses are included in the rent. You will need to bring identification, proof of income for the entire family for the previous month, and social security numbers, birth dates for all in household, and a past due/disconnect notice or bulk fuel statement. Applicants heating with propane, fuel oil, kerosene or wood must verify their physical address. For more information, call (502) 348-9596.

NCHS 2018 senior/alumni night
Nelson County High Schools Community Support Foundation has invited the class of 2018 seniors as well as all Nelson County Schools alumni to attend a reception in their honor, Thursday, April 26, at Thomas Nelson High School, 150 Generals Blvd., 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. Awards go to graduates of Nelson County Schools who have distinguished themselves in their profession or occupation. They may have demonstrated exemplary service to their community or the school system.
The T. Gerald Florence Outstanding Alumni Award will be given by the Nelson County Schools Community Support Foundation. The recipient must be a graduate of Nelson County Schools (Bloomfield High School, Boston High School, Chaplin High School, Old Kentucky Home High School, Nelson County High School, Thomas Nelson High School. All applications must be returned to NCS Central Office by April 2. 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. The 
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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.