• I’m most likely going to Ireland in January. No, not next month, although it’s fun to make my co-workers think I’m trying to take an impromptu vacation abroad. I’ll travel to the Emerald Isle in January 2010, if all goes as planned.

  • To the editor:

    Nelson County’s Smoke-Free Workplace Coalition sends out a big “thank you” to all who helped make the first “Concert for a Cause” a success. A special thanks to the musical groups, Second Hand Smoke, and the AltarNatives, both of whom donated their time and talent for a great concert.  Thanks also to Charlie Walls for sharing the Bluegrass Entertainment Expo and for providing excellent sound for the show.

  • State Rep. David Floyd, R-Bardstown, had good intentions when he submitted a bill request to ban cell phone usage while driving unless the driver uses a hands-free device. His attempt at a compromise between those who want little government interference in their lives and those who want cell phones to be banned in vehicles altogether was also a smart idea.

    The bill should not become law, however.

  • I didn’t realize it had been so long until I heard a report last week that the national average for gas prices was below $2 for the first time since March 2005.

    Three-and-a-half years I’ve been paying more than $2 per gallon reaching close to $4 at times. I remembered the days when I paid less, but I didn’t think it had been more than three years until I heard the news report.

  • To the editor:

    Troop 2067 of Bardstown would like to thank everyone who helped to collect needed items for the local animal shelter; The Standard for the much needed and appreciated space in the paper to get the word out to the community; all those who donated items for the animal shelter; all of the girls who worked hard trying to collect needed items and delivering them, and a special thanks to the girls’ families for helping also.

    Thanks again for all of your support.

    Gina Hutchins

    Troop Leader

    103 Carey Court


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  • When I was little I used to play church with my dolls and stuffed animals.

    I’d take gooey white Wonder Bread, smash it flat and tear it into round communion wafers. Then I’d pour Kool-Aid into colorful shiny aluminum tumblers, the kind that used to sweat when they’re cold, and that was my wine.

  • When assessing Bart Bruner’s time as head coach of the Nelson County football program, the first instinct is to look at the 12-22 record he compiled during his three years and call it a failure.

    Of course, that first instinct would be shortsighted and extremely wrong.

    When Bruner arrived, Nelson County was coming off an 0-10 season that saw the Cardinals outscored 403-86. Included in that mark were four shutouts, one of them a 42-0 loss to Bardstown. The program had sunk to arguably its lowest level in history.

  • The 1994 Kentucky General Assembly required every county in the state to establish an ethics board.

    Nelson County fulfilled that requirement when it created the Bardstown-Nelson County Ethics Board with appointments from Nelson Fiscal Court, the city of Bardstown, the city of Fairfield and two joint appointments from Fiscal Court and Bardstown City Council.

  • To the editor:

    While economic slow-downs and recessions are never a good thing, they do bring an opportunity for people to reflect on their financials, values, faith, goals, relationships, and a wide array of other things in their lives. The reality for most people is this is a stressful time, with many threats and dangers to their security and well being. It is also a time of great opportunity to explore new ideas and projects.

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  • When I moved back to Kentucky two years ago, my friend Melakee gave me some knitting needles and yarn as a going-away gift. Mel not only knits elaborate sweaters, hats, scarves and just about anything else that can be knitted, she also spins her own yarn. I had been wanting to learn to knit, but I never got around to it when I lived in Maryland. So Mel sent the basics to Kentucky with me.

  • Last year, this community lost 10 people in a house fire. Six of those were children.

    It was the most tragic loss of life in recent decades and still brings to mind the danger and ferocity fire can have on even the most innocent of our citizens.

    Fire doesn’t play favorites and is not forgiving. It can bring a tragic end quickly and with a great amount of intensity.

    This community knows that well, as it witnessed the pain those deaths brought to our hometown.

  • When historic property is demolished, it is a sad day for the community in which it is located — and at times, it is even shameful. Although sometimes old structures are beyond salvaging, they occasionally are simply ignored or razed instead of being saved. A flippant disregard for what came before does not speak well of one’s depth.

  • Recently I participated in an annual forum for nonprofit healthcare providers. The first item of business was a “round robin” of sharing  major developments for each participant’s facility in the past year.

    Among the items shared was the effort of at least five to begin a “smoke-free facility” by the first of 2009. That seems like a very wise move for any institution striving to promote and preserve good health for all.

  • After the last Nelson County Board of Education meeting, we have a clearer idea of what the new high school will entail — and who will attend it.

    Two committees, one focusing on the design of the school and one on how to adjust the district, met many times to discuss their dreams for the new school. The committees were made up of a diverse group of parents, grandparents, educators, administrators, and even some public officials.

  • It is hard to believe that 2008 is rapidly coming to an end. Along with the end-of-year countdown comes well-sought time with my extended family.

    I see my parents and uncle and aunt all the time, for which I am thankful, but  I do not get to see my cousins as often. And, along with seeing my immediate family, I will also be spending time with my boyfriend, Randy’s family.

    For me, Thursday is the official beginning of the holiday season and the official countdown to the New Year. The holiday season is typically known as a happy time of joy and celebration.

  • Gracious God,

    In this time of flux and uncertainty, when our nation and our neighbors are in turmoil, searching for peace and prosperity or just a chance to catch a breath, you remain constant and sovereign.

    You are King over our sorrows as well as our joys. You are Lord over all that concerns us in the daytime, all that keeps us awake at night, all that drives us to our knees. In that, we can rest and trust and renew our strength. In that, in your sovereignty, we can give you thanks.

  • To the editor:

    Dear Americans:

    As I sadly look down on this beautiful earth that I created for my most precious children, I see the repeat like in Noah’s time.

    As I sadly look down on my precious people, I see greed, unhappiness, stealing, lying in families, others and to yourself and to me.

  • It’s always good to have a clear policy when questions arise.

    A clear policy eliminates the need to interpret actions, make split decisions and to rely on the old standby of “that’s what we’ve always done in the past.”

    When Nelson Fiscal Court embarked on a process to update its ethics code for county employees, one of the questions pertained to how it would handle its take-home vehicle procedure.