• 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.

  • Smoking ban should be in place

    A majority of Kentucky citizens are already protected from smoking in public places and, accordingly, the health problems that secondhand smoke cause. It’s time Bardstown and Nelson County got on board with no-smoking ordinances, and Nelson magistrates can take a forward leap in that direction at their Tuesday meeting.

  • U.S. 31E finally finished — at last

    It took much longer than we hoped but eventually the red carpet rolled out — so to speak — on the much-improved U.S. 31E expansion project.

    Four driving lanes and a turning lane now grace the U.S. 31E from the KY 245 intersection to just past the entrance to the Sisters of Nazareth campus. The new road replaces a highly traveled two-lane stretch that was littered with accidents for several years.

    Our hopes are that the new expanded lanes will decrease the congestion in that area and improve the safety of those traveling along that route.

  • 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.