People and Places

  • Hurricane Sandy hits home

    “Hurricanes make Kentucky tornadoes look like rainstorms,” said Robin Liberatore, formerly of Bardstown.

    Living in New York, Robin and her husband, Keith Schmidt, had been displaced since Hurricane Irene in 2011.

    Their home sits in Babylon, a small village  about 35 miles from Long Island sits on the great south Bay.

    They are now living in West Islip, N.Y., in a rental home while renovating their actual home, which was destroyed in the recent storm, Hurricane Sandy.

  • An ‘Egg’citing project

    Halloween turned out to be a pretty ‘egg’ceptional day for fourth-graders at Bardstown Elementary.

    Two hundred and ten students saw their projects get “thrown” off the top of the school.

    “Drop that egg! Drop that egg! Drop that egg!” the students chanted as they watched assistant principal Michelle Spalding, principal Paul Bowling, secretary Marcia Spalding and maintenance worker Howie Wickliffe, drop projects off Bardstown Elementary’s roof Wednesday.

  • October days

    Brilliant blue skies, gorgeous orange leaves, crisp weather, football and fall fashions — what isn’t there to like about October?

    Thomas Merton, the world’s most famous monk and Nelson County’s best-known resident, wrote of October, “It is dry and cool, and the land is wild with red and gold and crimson, and all the lassitudes of August have seeped out of your blood, and you are full of ambition. It is a wonderful time to begin anything at all.”

  • Families look to make tradition of picking pumpkins

    Many young children tagged along with their families for the first time to a pumpkin patch at Watson’s Pumpkin Patch on Oct. 6 starting a new family tradition.

    It was a beautiful day that avoided the rain, so owner Lisa Watson said they were hoping for a lot of people picking pumpkins.

    “The whole weekend we have about a couple thousand people,” she said.

    Along with picking pumpkins, the families enjoyed inflatable jump houses, games including balloon darts and spin the wheel, farm animals and food.

  • Looking back

    Diane Curtis

    Sisters of Charity of Nazareth

    Hundreds of women returned to Nazareth Campus for the Nazareth Academy and College All Class Reunion, a much anticipated bicentennial event.

  • Gospel carved in stone

    A multitude of butterflies fluttered before my feet as I made my way toward the woods across Monks Road from the Abbey of Gethsemani.

    Carrying a camera, a bottle of water and a book of Thomas Merton’s poems, I walked past the monastery and a gigantic sycamore, both standing tall and alabaster against a perfect blue September sky.

    My intention was to hike to the end of the trail where the statues were, then return to the church in time for Vespers.

  • Buttermilk Days 2012

    In late summer, Nelson County comes alive with festivals. There’s the Kentucky Bourbon Festival, the Rolling Fork Iron Horse Festival, the Bourbon City Barbecue Festival, the Highland Games, the Fairfield Homecoming and others. But one of the biggest and most popular was never intended to be a festival at all.

    Buttermilk Days began as a backyard barbecue for a few friends and morphed into a major community gathering.

  • Years ago in the Standard: August 1972 (60 Years Ago)

    60 YEARS AGO

    AUGUST 1972



    Cleanliness, rest important during polio epidemic


    The mention of polio strikes terror in the hearts of parents everywhere. However, when polio is prevalent, it is most necessary that parents remain calm, as emotional upset is conveyed very easily to children, according to W.S. Pickett, Administrator of the Nelson County Health Department.

  • Dippin’ Dogs event benefits local charities

    A marvelous “Dog Day of Summer” was a fitting statement made by Trudi Maish, president of the Humane Society of Nelson County, about the Dippin’ Dogs event held Saturday, Aug. 18, at the Bardstown City Pool.

    Dippin’ Dogs was an idea brought by Stephanie Davis, account executive of Commonwealth Broadcasting Corporation (102.7 WYSB) in Bardstown to benefit the Humane Society and the Bourbon City Bark Park.

  • Hardin County man strives for realism in shooting course targeting undead


    Landmark News Service


    With a new segment of shooting sports growing fast, Frank Jardim is building an event he expects to be the most innovative marriage of science fiction and weaponry yet.

    Zombie Shoot Series 2012, set for Sept. 8 at a farm in rural Hardin County, is more than target practice. For one thing, the targets are handmade, life-size zombies. And secondly, Jardim has written the story of how the place he calls Live E-town came to be, as well as detailed scenarios for each shooting challenge.