• New abbot joins Gethsemani

    Though the daily routine will not change for the monks at the Abbey of Gethsemani, they are entering an exciting new period nonetheless.

    Recently, they elected the 10th abbot in their more than 150-year history. Fr. Elias Dietz accepted the six-year term from Rome, where he is serving a second term as secretary to the Abbot General, head of the Cistercian Order of the Strict Observance, or Trappists.

    As abbot, Dietz will serve as an adviser and spiritual father — holding the place of Christ in the Gethsemani community, as one monk put it.

  • It's time to say thank you to unit

    This Saturday at Parkway Baptist Church the public will have an opportunity to show its appreciation to the men of Battery C, 138th Field Artillery for their service in Iraq.

  • Fischer is choice

    We all know that a Derby “long shot” is a horse that isn’t favored to win, but would apt to pay off nicely if he were to surprise the odds makers.

    U.S. Senatorial candidate Greg Fischer is the decided underdog — a long shot, then — in the upcoming Democratic Party primary. For the most part, that’s because he lacks the name recognition of front-runner Bruce Lunsford. Running for political office for the first time, he nonetheless is creating a ground-swirl of support statewide.

  • Show support for Relay for Life

    Last year the Nelson County community raised $134,000 for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life — an event to raise money for cancer research and treatments. That’s quite a bit of money but as a community we’ve raised more in years past.

  • Help this area stamp out hunger

    Anyone who has been to the grocery store in recent weeks has noted the price of food, basic food, is up. Blame energy costs, the diversion of grain to producing fuel or just the sour economy, the fact remains that it is now more expensive to put food on the table.

    That is why the “Stamp out Hunger” campaign Saturday is more important this year than ever. Families who have struggled with getting enough to eat even when prices were not going up every day are under an even bigger strain today.

  • Boswell is proven leader for state

    It boils down to experience in the legislative arena and a known track record that not only has been results driven but has consistently reflected through the years the values and closely-held principles of most Kentuckians. That’s why The Standard endorses the candidacy of longtime Kentucky legislator David Boswell as the Democratic Party’s nominee for Kentucky’s vacant 2nd Congressional seat.

  • Montessori Center is saved

    It’s been proven everyone learns at a separate pace. Some pick up new material quicker than others, while some take a little while for the new lesson to sink in.

    In that same tradition of learning taking place at several levels, there are those who believe children learn better with minimal interference from adults. In that spirit, the Nazareth Montessori Children’s Center opened 35 years ago to offer a different learning atmosphere for some of the area’s youngest students.

  • Library makes good policy change

    Our public library became a bit more public this week, as the policies and rules pertaining to the use of meeting rooms were rewritten.

    The library board approved the new policies Tuesday, giving considerably more substance to what could have been deemed a superficial set (single sheet) of rules. Specifically, the new rules and policies, which cover five typed pages, allow for political and religious groups to be able to use the meeting rooms. Heretofore, that usage was not allowed.

  • Classroom on wheels good idea

    Educators have noticed a decline in student test scores between the spring and fall terms.

    There’s a good chance the “On the Road to Learning” program could help reverse that trend.

    Sponsored by Boston and New Haven schools and the Family Resource and Youth Services Center, the mobile classroom — housed in a Nelson County Schools van — will have five sets of learning centers cutting across several core content areas. It will travel to many Nelson County communities this summer starting June 9.

  • Pet owners need to be responsible

    If there was any doubt about the need for responsible pet owners to spay and neuter their dogs and cats a loud and clear answer was provided last week by the discovery of more than 70 dogs and nearly a dozen cats living in squaller at a home on KY 1066.

    What may have started out as a well meaning desire to provide shelter to stray or homeless dogs had spiraled out of control and the result was disease ridden animals in an environment that almost defied description.