• Support fun

    The 10th annual Bloomfield Picnic in the Park is Saturday. It marks the passage of one-fifth of the required 50 years before the time capsule buried at the first picnic can be opened.

    More pressing for this years event are the inexpensive food and many chances for families to enjoy a day with their neighbors.

  • Coleman made a lasting impression

    The Rev. Louis Coleman did not come to Bardstown and Nelson County all that often, but the late activist nevertheless had an impact here. Those whose only exposure to Coleman was through the filter of Louisville media were often surprised at his polite, low-key persona when meeting one-on-one or standing before a city council meeting.

  • Academics were a top priority

    Two local students were well ahead of their classes when it came to the classes each had taken during high school and the classes each needed to complete their high school years.

    While it would have been easier for Jennifer Robinson, Nelson County High School, and Nancy Marshall, Bardstown High School, to complete their high school education at their respective schools, both decided to take a different route.

  • Optimism is the best medicine

    Cancer is a word that strikes fear into the hearts of all of us. At best, it means inconvenient and often painful procedures. At worst, it can take from us those we hold dear.

    As in most areas of life, a positive attitude when diagnosed with cancer can be as important to overcoming it as surgery and drugs. Malinda Carl-Rummage, Bardstown, who underwent a bilateral mastectomy Monday for breast cancer, personifies that frame of mind.

  • Grant comes at perfect time

    With local governmental budgets tight, a grant announced last week for Bardstown from the “Preserve America” initiative to map and describe National Register properties in Bardstown is particularly welcome.

    Preserve America is a White House program to encourage local efforts to preserve and enjoy our natural and historic heritage. The $8,750 will be used to produce a walking-driving tour map and a book that will give a description of each of more than 100 historic buildings in Bardstown on the National Register.

  • Sign ordinance delay is good

    The issue of changeable, electronic signs has stalled the expected approval of an amended sign ordinance by the Bardstown City Council. Good.

    An ordinance that can have such a far-reaching effect on the very appearance of our community should be carefully considered. That said, the council should go ahead and approve the use of such signs, but in a very limited way.

    The changeable message allowed should be limited to showing the price of fuel. Other uses, such as “two corn dogs for the price of one,” should be proscribed.

  • Celebrate July 4 in musical style

    For 50 years, Stephen Foster Productions has been reminding us that the songwriter’s birthday falls on July 4. For 50 years, Independence Day has been celebrated before, during and after the musical, and this year is no exception.

    A full two hours before the start of “Stephen Foster — The Musical,” old-fashioned games will be offered in front of the amphitheatre, including watermelon-eating and seed-spitting contests, a water-balloon toss and more.

  • Historical museum is a great asset

    The recent donation of 500 silver items to the Bardstown Historical Museum by David Skellenger has brought some much needed attention to one of our area’s least appreciated attractions.

    The museum is in Spalding Hall in what had been the chapel. It shares quarters with the better known and more aggressively marketed Getz Museum of Whiskey History. Several years ago the Bardstown museum was moved from one of the first floor wings in the main building to the present site to make room for the expanded whiskey museum.

  • Fish may solve water issues

    An experimental approach to eliminating the taste and odor problems Bardstown’s water supply has during the summer months could be the natural solution for the situation.

    Last week, more than 3,800 hybrid striped bass — about 20 fish per acre — were pumped into Sympson’s Lake to combat the algae problem the water source faces during the hot summer months.

    The hope is the fish will eat the algae decreasing the amount of chemicals needed to treat the water for drinking. The less chemicals used, the better the water tastes, officials hope.

  • Pay what you want night at drama

    You don’t often get the opportunity to name your price to see a musical.

    But on Thursday, “Stephen Foster — The Musical” is doing just that.

    Kentucky residents will be able to pay what they want to see the 8:30 p.m. performance of the state’s official outdoor drama.

    Celebrating its golden anniversary this season, the musical is the story of Stephen Foster, considered American’s first composer, and his struggles to make his music the focus of his life.