• Downtown vision plan saw future

    The response to the Rick Hill vision plan and the growth that has taken place since its release two years ago shows Bardstown is blessed with residents who are truly concerned with protecting downtown’s historic assets while adding unique cultural and business opportunities. The mix of old and new will make our city’s center even more of a destination point for natives and visitors alike.

  • City begins recycling efforts

    It’s a start.

    Bardstown was recently awarded a $172,564 state grant to start a recycling program in the city. It was one of 34 recycling and household hazardous waste grants offered by the state to expand recycling in Kentucky.

    Bardstown Mayor Dick Heaton said the city had wanted to start a recycling program and this grant, which requires a 25 percent match from the city, will be the catalyst to get the city started.

  • Foster drama marks 50 years of dedication

    Determination and commitment are just two among a myriad of characteristics that come to mind when reflecting on the Stephen Foster story and its impact in Bardstown and, indeed, our great state. Yet, most of us realize those words only begin to scratch a surface that, through song and dance, imaginatively captures the heart and soul and the essence of long ago Bardstown and the Kentucky era that was.

  • My hat is off to the homemade pie bakers

    For the first time this past weekend, I decided to bake a cherry pie.

    The idea stemmed from the fact my parents have seven cherry trees on their property—two old trees in the fence line by the driveway, four in the backyard near the pond and one by the barn. All seven trees are full of plump, red cherries, something that does not always last due to early frost killing the cherry blossoms or birds plucking them off before the cherries have a chance to ripen.

  • Congrats to Tiger track team

    If there was any doubt before this past weekend that Bardstown High School is the dominant small-school track and field program in the state, the Tiger boys wiped it away along with the competition at the KHSAA State Track and Field Championships.

    Bardstown scored more than twice as many points (119-59) as its nearest competitors on the way to winning the ninth team state championship in school history, breezing by second-place St. Henry and Ballard Memorial.

  • Good news for Heaven Hill

    Normally the announcement of a multi-million dollar industrial investment in Louisville would be of only passing interest in Nelson County.

    Not so the investment Heaven Hill has made in expanding the Bernheim Distillery. The capacity of the distillery has a direct impact on the jobs here that are tied to the barreling, aging and bottling of Nelson County’s most famous produce. Following the disastrous November 1996 fire at Heaven Hill there were fears the distillery operation would not be built back here.

  • St. Joseph School begins new initiative

    Since its beginning, St. Joseph Parish School has never undergone a building renovation such as the one it is just beginning.

    In a ceremonious turning of the dirt this week, the school and parish signified the start of its $3.3 million expansion and renovation project.

  • WineFest is an event to attend

    It’s the happening.

    What better way to end the month than with a bit of wine, in the accompaniment of friends, all the while nestled in classic Bardstown?

    For each of the past 32 years, the Rotary Club has had the tasting fest, one of the club’s top fund-raising events. In turn, the proceeds are used to fund the various good works of Bardstown Rotary. This year’s fete, the 33rd annual will be Saturday night on the lawn of Spalding Hall.

  • Sewer video brings problem to light

    The private citizen who made video recordings of sewage gushing out of two man holes and into Town Creek next to the Bardstown Community Park walking trails and then posting them on a video-sharing Web site certainly drew the city’s attention to the problem and in a very public way.

  • Summer concert series is back

    Looking for some free entertainment? Yes, while the words free and entertainment might seem an oxymoron in most locales, here in Bardstown the term is alive and well this summer. Look no further than the Summer Band Concert Series, to be staged by the Stephen Foster Music Club.