Free blood pressure checks. First Wednesday of every month at Kroger in Bardstown 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

    Preparation for childbirth (Lamaze) classes. 7 p.m. at Flaget Memorial Hospital. Call Vicki Guthrie at Flaget to pre-register.

    Bardstown Rotary Club. Talbott Tavern, noon.

    Al-Anon. Meeting for friends and families of alcoholics, 10 a.m., First Christian Church, 175 E. John Rowan Blvd., Bardstown.

    T.O.P.S. No. 262. Civic Center, weigh-in, 10:30 a.m.; meeting, noon.

  • Birds can be great fun to watch, but they also provide the gardener with some valuable services, such as eating pest insects and spreading seeds. Their songs are typically musical and pleasant.

    Some may argue, however, that the nuisance of pecking summer tomatoes or stealing berries outweighs the bonuses. I think we need to balance the pros and cons of everything.

  • There’s usually no shame connected to physical illness. If you develop diabetes or cancer or heart disease, you can usually find the resources and support groups to help you cope.

    When you are dealing with mental illness in a family member, however, there is often a stigma attached. People are sometimes less willing to seek help when the illness is mental rather than purely physical. That’s when an organization such as NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) can be of great help.


    Humane Society to meet

    The Humane Society of Nelson County will have its quarterly meeting 6 p.m. Feb. 7 at the Humane Society Office, 2391 New Haven Road.

    NCHS Project Grad to meet

    Nelson County High School Project Graduation will meet 6:30 p.m. Feb. 7 in the school cafeteria. Any senior, junior parents or volunteers who plan on working the night of Project Graduation who have not submitted their crime check should attend this meeting to take care of that paperwork.


    The Kentucky Standard

    Being near a voodoo temple might be unsettling for some, but Elizabeth Zarantonello is looking forward to it.

    Elizabeth, 15, a sophomore at Bethlehem High School, is in Haiti with her father, Joe Zarantonello, his friend and his friend’s daughter to take supplies to St. Francis Xavier Parish, which twins with St. Joseph Parish, Bardstown. St. Joseph School raises money for St. Francis Xavier every year through Pennies from Heaven, and Elizabeth said she is looking forward to seeing how the money helps the remote area.


    NESTT FRYSC to meet

    The NESTT Family Resource and Youth Services Center helps meet the family needs of Bloomfield Elementary and Bloomfield Middle School students.

    The NESTT Advisory Council welcomes the input of community, family members, and students of the region. The Council will meet 8:30 a.m. Feb. 5 at Bloomfield Middle School conference room. Please call 349-7204 to reserve a seat.

    Old Kentucky Home Post 121 to have dance


    OKHI SBDM to meet

    Old Kentucky Home Intermediate School-Based Decision Making Council was rescheduled for 3:45 p.m. Jan. 31 since there was no quorum on Jan. 24.

    People’s Church to have fish fry

    The People’s Church is once again hosting fish fries every Friday, 10:30 a.m. –7 p.m. Fish sandwich is $4. Limited delivery for large orders. Phone 331-0210. The People’s Church is at the corner of U.S. 62 and Wildcat Lane, next to Nelson County High School.


    Bardstown Rotary Club. Talbott Tavern, noon.

    T.O.P.S. No. 262. Civic Center, weigh-in, 10:30 a.m.; meeting, noon.

    Al-Anon. Meeting for friends and families of alcoholics, 10 a.m., First Christian Church, 175 E. John Rowan Boulevard, Bardstown.

    City Schools’ Family Resource and Youth Services Center Advisory Council. 5:30 p.m. at the center, 203 N. Kennett Ave.

    Scout Troop 147. 7 p.m. at Knights of Columbus Hall.

  • During our single-digit weather a few weeks ago, my mom commented on how it was good because it would kill some of our least-favorite garden pests.

    “At least the cold temperatures will kill some of the insects,” she said.

    I didn’t have the heart to tell her that most insects are well-equipped to withstand a deep freeze.

  • For those who want to lose the excess weight they piled on during the holidays, Trim Down, Bardstown! starts tomorrow. This year the weight-loss drive will be at the new Flaget Immediate Care Clinic — off KY 245, across from Buzick Lumber. The hours for weigh-ins are 11 a.m.-6 p.m. There is no charge for the program.

    If you use Trim Down as an incentive to eat better and exercise more, you’ll be doing more than paring off the pounds. You’ll also be reducing your risk of developing a number of serious medical conditions.

  • The Kentucky Standard believes the public has a right to know who has been arrested by local officials and lodged in the Nelson County Jail. The information below is a compiled list of daily booking logs from the jail. The bookings state the person(s) arrested and the charge(s) against them. This information is public record.

    Jan. 24


    Cox’s Creek Baptist to host gospel sing

    Barry Wayne from Nashville, Tenn., will be in concert 10:30 a.m. Jan. 27 at Cox’s Creek Baptist Church, 600 Fairfield Road, Cox’s Creek.

    Nelson County Board of Education set special and work sessions

  • This year’s Trim Down, Bardstown! weight-loss drive will be held at a new location: our new Flaget Immediate Care Clinic on KY 245, across from Buzick Lumber. Recently, a lady interested in joining called to voice a concern: She didn’t want to get on the scale in a place where she would get close to sick people and their germs.


    Bardstown Rotary Club. Talbott Tavern, noon.

    T.O.P.S. No. 262. Civic Center, weigh-in, 10:30 a.m.; meeting, noon.

    Al-Anon. Meeting for friends and families of alcoholics, 10 a.m., First Christian Church, 175 E. John Rowan Blvd., Bardstown.

    Queen of Nelson No. 87 O.E.S.P.H.A. 7:30 p.m. at the lodge hall.

    Scout Troop 147. 7 p.m. at Knights of Columbus Hall.

    Alcoholics Anonymous. 8 p.m. every Wednesday at Russell Hall, Nazareth, (alcoholics only). For more information, call 349-1671.

  • I went to see author Michael Pollan speak the other day. He showed up at the University of Louisville for a free lecture before he made an appearance at the Kentucky Author Forum. His books “Botany of Desire” and “Omnivore’s Dilemma” remain two of my favorite books. His most recent book, “In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto,” is already on the New York Times’ Best Seller List.


    WKU admissions counselor to visit local high schools

    Glenn Gittings, an admissions counselor at Western Kentucky University, will be visiting area high schools to discuss with prospective students the opportunities offered at WKU.

    Nelson County High Feb. 28, 8-8:30 a.m.; Bethlehem High, Feb. 28, 11:15 a.m.-12:40 p.m.; Bardstown High, Feb. 28,

    1-1:30 p.m.

    For more information, contact the WKU Admissions Office via email at admission@wku.edu or by phone at (270) 745-2551.


    Volunteer drivers for cancer program needed

    Volunteer drivers are needed for the American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery Program. Cancer patients need assistance in getting to their treatment centers. Call 348-2686 for information.

    Bloomfield Elementary SBDM to meet

    Bloomfield Elementary School-Based Decision Making Council will meet 5 p.m. Feb. 20 in the SBDM conference room No. 105.



    Cox’s Creek SBDM to meet

    Cox’s Creek Elementary School-Based Decision Making Council will have a special called meeting 8;30 a.m. Jan. 18. On the agenda will be consultation for staffing.

    Musical auditions set for summer productions

    Stephen Foster-The Musical, Annie and The Civil War will have auditions for summer productions Jan. 19 at Bardstown High School Auditorium. The schedule is: children- 10 a.m.-noon; adults-1:30-3:30 p.m. Call backs will be 3:30-5:30 p.m.

  • By now almost everyone knows two sobering facts: The first is that Americans have a weight problem. One in three adult Americans is overweight. The second is that excess weight is an enormous burden on health. It increases the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart and blood vessel disease, and certain cancers. It’s clear that many of us need to develop a healthy way to reach and maintain the right weight.

  • I am delighted that “Rozanne” has been named the perennial plant of the year for 2008. I love hardy geraniums and “Rozanne” is certainly a good one but if you like her, don’t stop there.