Officials at Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital (OLBH) have announced gastroenterologist Diane Settles, M.D., has joined the Bellefonte Physician Services practice of Bellefonte Digestive Disease Center (1101 St. Christopher Drive, Suite 300).
Settles earned her medical degree from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. She completed an internal medicine residency at the University of Alabama at Birmingham
Hospital, Birmingham, Ala. Settles completed a gastroenterology fellowship at Indiana University Hospital, Indianapolis, Ind.
Settles is a member of the American Academy of Physicians, the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, the American College of Gastroenterology, the American Gastroenterological Association and the American Neurogastroenterology and Motility Society. Settles joins Richard Mailloux, M.D., in practice at Bellefonte Digestive Disease Center. The office can be reached at (606) 833-6350.
For more information concerning OLBH physicians, contact the OLBH CareLine at (606) 833-CARE (2273) or visit the complete OLBH medical directory online at the hospital’s website at www.olbh.com.
The Flatwoods Lions Club will meet Thursday, March 13 beginning at 7 p.m. at Giovanni’s on Argillite Road. Non-members welcome.
Russell Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 45 invites fathers to a memorable evening with their daughters at the first Father-Daughter Dance.
At this semi-formal event themed "Fairytale Dreams", perfect for your Little Princess. Climb in your carriage and be your sweetheart's Knight in Shining Armor on Saturday, March 22, from 5-8 p.m.
Located at Lifesong Church in Downtown Russell. For more information, contact Russell Fraternal Order of Police at 606-836-6131. If no answer, please leave a message.
Colonel Charles Dahnmon Whitt released his new Kentucky book at the McConnell House Friday, Feb. 28. There is an upcoming film scheduled to be released on the story.
Crockett’s Long Trip To Kentucky,” is a book about the mid-1800s pre-Civil War.
This account is full of details and drama.
It surrounds a young man in an adventure when this country was still young. It has love, hate, hardships and good times. It has fear and Christian Witness. It is based on a true story and taken from a part of “Legacy 2nd Edition” by the same author, Colonel Charles Dahnmon Whitt.
Young Crockett will start his Kentucky adventure at about 10 years of age. He will travel with his Paw, Jonas Whitt, some 200 miles through really rugged country to build a grist mill in Greenup County, Kentucky.
You are invited to get on the heavy tool laden wagon and travel with Crockett and Jonas Whitt and see what they saw and did.
Then help build a grist mill on Big White Oak Creek, in Greenup County, Kentucky.
See why Crockett Whitt had to leave Kentucky with great haste and get out of his beloved Kentucky.
The Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital (OLBH) Mobile Mammography Unit schedule for the month of March has been released. The unit will visit the following locations with all times 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. unless otherwise noted:
Laurel Gorge Cultural Arts Center, Rt. 7 and 32 Old Laurel Curves Road, Sandy Hook- Tuesday, March 11
Smithfield Packing Company, 800 Cw Stevens Blvd., Wednesday, March 12
Stultz Pharmacy, Applegate Shopping Center, Greenup- Thursday, March 13
KYOVA Mall, Route 60, Cannonsburg – Monday, March 17
Dawson Bryant High School, One Hornet Lane, Coal Grove – Tuesday, March 18
Office of Dr. Sanjiv Gupta, 300 St. Hwy. 1947, Grayson – Wednesday, March 19
Bellefonte Primary Care- South Ashland, 2910 Carter Ave., Ashland- Thursday, March 20
Bellefonte Primary Care- Grayson, 100 Bellefonte Drive, Grayson – Monday, March 24
Summit Elementary School, 830 State Route 17, Summit- Tuesday, March 25
Flatwoods Senior Center, 2513 Reed Street, Flatwoods – Wednesday, March 26
Valley Medical Center, Ironton Hills Plaza, Ironton, Ohio- Thursday, March 27
Those who wish to attend any of the scheduled stops of the OLBH Mobile Mammography Unit must schedule an appointment by calling the OLBH Women’s Center at (606) 836-PINK (7465).
April 1 is the priority application deadline for fall 2014 scholarships at Ashland Community and Technical College.
ACTC offers dozens of scholarships to help deserving area residents pay for their education. Applicants need to apply for admission to ACTC, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and fill out the general scholarship application form. The general scholarship application form is good for all scholarships except the John T. Smith and Pre-Engineering Scholarships, which have separate applications.
Applications are on the web at ashland.kctcs.edu/finaid, and the FAFSA is at fafsa.ed.gov. For more information on scholarships or financial aid, call 855.246.2282.
Ashland Community and Technical College is seeking nominations for the 2013 recipient of the Gussler Math & Science Endowed Chair Award. The award recognizes outstanding full-time math and science faculty who have made a difference in the lives of their students.
Faculty eligible for this year’s award include Alan Christopher Alley D.C., Richard Conley, Nicole Griffith-Green, Ralfred Hall, Frances Martin, Jame McCumbee, Dr. Aschalew Mengistu, Hossein Mohebbian, Mark S. Riggs, Dr. James C. Schmidt, Cynthia Shelton and Mark R. Swetnam.
Nominations may be submitted by current or former students or any member of the ACTC community. Nominations should include the name of the faculty member, how the nominator is familiar with the nominee, and how that faculty member has helped his or her students.
Nominations can be mailed to: Mr. Robert J. Maher, Community & Technical College Foundation of Ashland, Inc., 1400 College Drive, Ashland, KY 41101. Nominations must be postmarked by March 31.
Area businesses and organizations are invited to participate in the Tri-State Job and Career Fair on Friday, April 4, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the KYOVA Tri-State Mall.
There is no charge to participating organizations to set-up. Tables, chairs, limited access to electricity, and wireless Internet will be provided.
Fair cosponsors are Ashland Community and Technical College, Kentucky Career Center, Southwestern Community Action Council, TENCO One-Stop Career Centers and KYOVA Tri-State Mall.
To reserve a space or for more information, contact Nancy Menshouse, ACTC Career & Job Placement Coordinator, at 606.326.2199 or email: email@example.com.
A Continuing Education class for Drinking Water Treatment Operators class will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, April 1 and 2, from 7:45 a.m.to3:30 p.m. at the ACTC Roberts Drive Campus.
The two-day class provides drinking water treatment and distribution operators with 12 hours of Kentucky-approved continuing education for renewal of their certification.
The $125 fee includes morning refreshments. To register by March 28, call ACTC Workforce Solutions at 606.326.2072, toll free at 800.928.4256 ext. 62072, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
At some point, students will have to sign a contract. When they do, they should keep in mind these tips from the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA).
A contract is a written legal document between two or more parties in which an offer is made and accepted. Contracts would include an apartment lease, an insurance policy or a cell phone plan. Read all contracts thoroughly and ask questions before you sign. Complete everything and keep a copy for yourself.
Consumer protection laws let you change your mind and cancel some contracts within three days of signing. Before you sign any contract, find out if you have that option. If you don’t but later find it’s necessary to cancel the contract, you may have to pay a big penalty or have to pay what the contract calls for.
Never sign a contract unless you read and understand the terms of the agreement. If you feel pressured, walk away.
KHEAA is the state agency that administers Kentucky’s grant and scholarship programs, including the Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES). It provides financial literacy videos at http://itsmoney.kheaa.com. KHEAA also provides free copies of “It’s Money, Baby,” a guide to financial literacy, to Kentucky schools and residents upon request at email@example.com.
To learn how to plan and prepare for higher education, go to www.gotocollege.ky.gov. For more information about Kentucky scholarships and grants, visit www.kheaa.com; write KHEAA, P.O. Box 798, Frankfort, KY 40602; or call 800-928-8926, ext. 6-7372.
Kentucky high school juniors who missed taking the state-administered ACT exam on Tuesday because school was closed due to inclement weather will now take the test on March 18, with a makeup day scheduled for April 15, the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) announced today.
Originally, students were scheduled to take the ACT on Tuesday, March 4 with a makeup date of March 18. While a few districts were in session and able to maintain that schedule, the majority of schools in the state were closed on Tuesday and missed giving the college-readiness test.
KDE began negotiating with ACT, Inc. on new test dates several weeks ago in response to the high number of snow days school districts have been forced to take this winter. The testing company restricts the testing dates as a means of controlling test security.
“We recognize and sympathize with the difficulties this winter has presented to our school districts,” Kentucky Commissioner of Education Terry Holliday said. “That is why we have been working hard to find a solution that would accommodate them and ensure that every student who should be tested will be tested. The ACT exam is an important assessment that allows students, parents and schools to determine how well prepared students are for college-level work, and identify what additional courses or assistance students may need prior to graduation.”
Legislation mandated that starting in 2008, all of Kentucky’s public high school juniors take the ACT, which assesses English, reading, mathematics and science. The cost of the exam is paid for with state funds.
The schedule for the other exams given as part of the Unbridled Learning Assessment and Accountability System will be adjusted based on adjustments to school calendars. According to Senate Bill 1 (2009), each district sets its own testing window based on the requirement that tests must be given during the last 14 days of the district’s instructional calendar.
Public school students in grades 3-8 take Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) tests in reading, mathematics, science, social studies, writing and language mechanics. High school students take K-PREP tests in writing and language mechanics plus end-of-course assessments in English II, Algebra II, Biology and U.S. History. In order to avoid any capacity issues with online testing for end-of-course exams, KDE is advising school districts to schedule their online end-of-course testing times with ACT.
This year’s unusually bad winter has wreaked havoc with school calendars across the state with some districts missing more than 25 days of class so far.
“We will continue to work closely with school districts and offer our assistance as they amend their school calendars to meet the school calendar requirements as set forth by the General Assembly,” Holliday said.
Districts must meet the requirement of a minimum of 1,062 instructional hours over no fewer than 170 instructional days; under current law districts may apply to the commissioner of education for relief of up to 10 days once they have missed 20 days of school.
Maintaining a Drug and Alcohol Free Workplace is a free workshop Tuesday, March 11, from 1- 3:30 p.m.at ACTC’s Robert Drive Campus. This workshop will help supervisors, managers, human resource professionals and business owners make effective and legal decisions to maintain a safe, healthy and productive workforce.
The workshop is sponsored by ACTC Workforce Solutions and the Ashland Alliance. To register by phone or mail, call 606.326.2072 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. To register online, go to http://ws.kctcs.edu/ashland and click on “Professional Development.”
The 58 granite steps leading to the State Capitol’s front doors mark a place where Kentuckians arrive with hope.
This is where they come aspiring to make their voices heard and see their ideas for a better future become reality as statewide public policy.
These steps were a backdrop to a historic scene 50 years ago as 10,000 Kentuckians, led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., completed a march through a late-winter chill up Frankfort’s Capitol Avenue. Newspaper reports of the day say marchers arrived at the Capitol steps united in purpose, with hopeful and soaring hearts, making a full-throated call for Kentucky’s governor and lawmakers to support a ban on discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations.
“It was the greatest demonstration this Capitol has ever seen,” The Courier-Journal said on the next day’s front page.
Two years later, the Kentucky Civil Rights Act was signed into law, making Kentucky the first southern state with a civil rights law.
Kentuckians inspired by Dr. King’s message converged on Frankfort again this week to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Frankfort. On Wednesday morning, a crowd stretching several city blocks followed the path to the Capitol taken by King and the original marchers.
Once again, messages of hope were spread through freedom songs, chants, banners, speeches, smiles and laughter, and optimism that Kentucky is moving toward a brighter future.
Some marchers climbed the Capitol steps after the celebration to see their representative democracy at work. Many met with lawmakers, others attended legislative committee meetings, some stayed to witness Senate and House proceedings that afternoon.
Those who visited the Capitol that day – and every day the General Assembly was in session this week – had much to see. With the 2014 session in its final half, the legislative process is picking up speed with each passing day.
Bills that took steps forward this week include the following:
SB 109 would prohibit the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors. E-cigs resemble traditional cigarettes and use vapors or aerosols to deliver nicotine to users without the usual cigarette smoke. SB 109 was approved by the Senate on a 36-2 vote and sent to the House for consideration.
HB 145 would allow an end-of life order known as a “medical order for scope of treatment” to be used by Kentuckians. Such orders summarize patients’ preferences on life-sustaining measures and end-of-life medical care in the form of physicians’ orders. The bill passed the House 86-7 and awaits the Senate’s consideration.
SB 100 would expedite the processing of applications for concealed deadly weapons licenses by creating an electronic application process. Electronic applications would be processed in two weeks or less. Currently, paper applications must be processed within 60 days. The Senate approved the bill 37-0 and sent it to the House for further action.
HB 256 would create an adult abuse registry to help employers find out if applicants for adult-care jobs have been caught abusing, exploiting or neglecting adults. The legislation was approved by the House Health and Welfare Committee and sent to the House chamber.
SB 106 would allow domestic violence victims who have been granted emergency protective orders to receive provisional concealed deadly weapon permits in one business day. Petitioners would undergo the same application process as others but would have 45 days to complete the training required for a full concealed carry license. The bill passed the Senate 35-0 and awaits action in the House.
HB 62 would prevent those convicted of first-degree rape from claiming parental rights to children born as a result of the assaults. The House passed the measure 92-0 and sent it to the Senate for consideration.
HB 222 would prohibit gas chambers from being used to euthanize animals in Kentucky animal shelters. The American Veterinary Medical Association advises against routine use of gas chambers in shelters unless they meet stringent standards and criteria that are considered difficult for many Kentucky shelters to meet. The bill passed the House 84-6 and awaits Senate consideration.
This week also marked the arrival of the session’s deadlines for introducing new bills in the House and Senate. All told, more than 800 bills have been filed for consideration in this year’s 60-day session. With the passing of the deadline to add to that number, Capitol observers now have a clearer picture of the range of issues lawmakers will be considering in the days to come.
The granddaddy of this session’s issues is expected to take a significant step forward next week. The House budget committee is expected to take up the state budget and put its own stamp on the $20.3 billion, two-year spending plan proposed by the governor before sending it to the full House for consideration. Once approved there, the spending plan will receive its turn in the Senate.
That makes this a crucial time for Kentuckians to stay in close touch with their lawmakers and offer feedback on the issues of the day. Citizens can see which bills are under consideration and keep track of their progress by visiting the Kentucky Legislature Home Page at www.lrc.ky.gov. Kentuckians can also offer their feedback to lawmakers by calling the General Assembly’s toll-free message line at 800-372-7181.
The meeting of Bramblewood Homemakers was held on March 6, at the Flatwoods Public Library. Meeting was called to order by President Pam Andrews. Seven members were present. The Collect was read as our devotional.
Ginny Bingham gave the Treasurers report. The club voted to make a donation to each of the following organizations: Hopes Place, Eunice Harper Scholarship, 4-H Council (for camp), Flatwoods Library, For Jamie's Sake, Partners in Pride, and Helping Hands.
Lorna Saylor gave the Secretary's report.
The club will meet with Hillcrest Bruce Homemakers on Wednesday, March 26, at 9:30 a.m. to complete the baskets they began at an earlier meeting.
A new club Treasurer for the 2014-2015 year will be selected at our next meeting.
Our next meeting will be on April 3, 2014 at the Flatwoods Library at 10:00 a.m. Joan Nelson will be our hostess.
The Stephen Salyers Charities Foundation is excited to announce SpringFest, May 2-4, 2014. This year’s festival includes the Sounds of Spring Conference, SpringFest 5K, and the Taste of the Tri-State and Block Party.
Join one of today’s top contemporary Christian artists, Grammy-nominated Newsong (Arise, Rescue, Swallow the Ocean), as they headline Ashland’s first Sounds of Spring Conference. Enjoy dynamic speakers and worship featuring Daniel Lucas, Stephen Salyers, Render the Hearts, Truth and Nails, Oasis Worship and more. The Sounds of Spring Conference is being held at the Boyd County Community Center. Doors open Friday evening, May 2, at 6:30pm and Saturday morning, May 3, and 9:30am.
SpringFest will feature the Taste of the Tri-State and Block Party on Saturday, May 3, at 5:30 at the Kyova Mall. Take part in sampling specials from your favorite local restaurants and diners. The event will feature hot air balloon rides as well as inflatables for children.
The SpringFest 5K will be held at the former Boyd County High School on Sunday, May 4. Runners will enjoy a challenging and enjoyable course through rolling hills in Cannonsburg.
For more information and for conference or race registration visit:
The 2014 Rail City Dulcimer Society Festival will be held March 28 – 29 at Greenbo State Park.
It is the 4th Annual Rail City Dulcimer Festival FREE Entertainment for ALL – Friday and Saturday along with FREE Dulcimer Workshops – Saturday Morning 9:30-11:30 a.m. and the Prussia Valley Dulcimer Music Shop will be available/
Opening Performance Friday 10:00 am Rail City Dulcimer Society, Greg McFarlin – Bagpipes
11:00 - 11:30 am – Steve Justice, Larry Browning, & Gary Boyd
11:45 – 12:15 pm - The Appalachian Celtic Consort
12:30 – 1:00 pm – Toni & Gary Sager
2:00 - 2:30 pm - The Appalachian Celtic Consort
2:45 – 3:15pm - Tri-State Mountain Dulcimers
3:30 – 4:00 pm - Dewey Sanderson & Neil Koch
4:15 – 4:45 pm - Toni & Gary Sager
5:00 - 5:30 pm - Ashton Dulcimers
5:45 – 6:15 pm - Dewey Sanderson
6:30 – 7:00 pm- Big Scioty Dulcimer Club
7:15 – 7:45 pm - Meredith Oesting
8:30 - 9:45 am Open Play
10:00 – 10:30 am - Fred Brewer & Jeff McFarlin
10:45 – 11:15 am – Gary & Toni Sager
11:30-12 pm - Steve Justice, Larry Browning & Gary Boyd
12:45 - 1:15 pm - Meredith Oesting
1:30 – 2:00 pm - Gary & Toni Sager
2:15 – 2:45 pm - The Appalachian Celtic Consort
3:00 – 3:30 pm - Ashton Dulcimers
3:45 – 4:15 pm – Meredith Oesting
4:30 –5 :00 pm - Neil Koch & Dewey Sanderson
5:15 –5:45 pm - Tri-State Mountain Dulcimers
6:00 - 6 :30 pm - The Appalachian Celtic Consort
6:45 – 7:15 pm - Scott Miller
7:30 - 8:00 pm - Rail City Dulcimer Society
Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital (OLBH) has unveiled the new OLBH Heart Failure Clinic which now is accepting patients. The clinic is located on the hospital campus on the second floor of the Human Motion Vitality Center (1180 St. Christopher Drive).
The goal of the OLBH Heart Failure Clinic is to improve the quality of life of patients with heart failure and increase their function and capabilities so that they can remain in their homes and return to normal life activities. “Caring for heart failure patients can be challenging and time consuming,” said clinic nurse practitioner Debbie Martin, APRN. “For this reason we’re happy to offer the clinic and its experts to area residents whose lives have been affected by heart failure.
“Diagnoses of heart failure continues to rise and these patients are generally saddled with multiple other ailments that complicate the issues they’re having with their hearts. We work with a patient’s physician to make sure the needs of each patient are met.”
The OLBH Heart Failure Clinic provides patients who have been hospitalized with heart failure issues an appointment at the clinic within a week of being discharged. Patients are provided comprehensive education and an assessment during each visit. Electrolytes, creatinine and other levels are monitored during clinic visits and IV diuretics are provided when required.
OLBH cardiologist Yogendra Prasad, M.D., serves as the clinic’s medical director with support from Martin and Tiffany Malloy, RN. The clinic maintains hours of Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. The clinic can be contacted at (606) 833-6397
Marathon Petroleum Company, LP has established scholarships at Ashland Community and Technical College to help build a skilled and diverse workforce. The Marathon Petroleum Kevin McClain Memorial Scholarships are designed for minorities and women who enroll in ACTC’s Applied Process Technologies Program.
“We are very pleased to partner with ACTC in this scholarship initiative,” said Richard Hernandez, General Manager of Marathon’s Catlettsburg Refinery. “We have previously employed graduates of the APT program, and our hope is that over time these new scholarship students will provide a more diverse pool of qualified candidates for refinery vacancies.
APT is a two-year Associate of Applied Science Degree program that was originally established in cooperation with Ashland Oil to provide training for refinery operators. In the APT Chemical Plant Operator Option, students learn operations and procedures on actual plant equipment.
“The APT program has been successful in preparing students for high skill jobs, and we are pleased to see scholarships that can add to the diversity of students in the program,” said ACTC President Kay Adkins. “Marathon has been supportive of APT, our students and our college over the years, and we appreciate this additional support.”
The scholarships are named in honor of a Catlettsburg Refinery employee who passed away in 2012. “Kevin McClain was a valued employee and member of Marathon’s diversity and inclusion team,” said Greg Jackson, Human Resources Manager. “He was the epitome of an operator. He was a kind person who was always involved, and he faced adversity with a smile.”
Two scholarships will be awarded in Fall 2014, and two additional scholarships will be awarded in 2015. The scholarships will provide $3,000 a year for college expenses, and recipients who maintain a 2.0 or higher grade average can receive the scholarship for the second year.
Factors in awarding the scholarships will include financial need, merit, career interests and responses to the application essays. Both traditional and non-traditional students who enroll in at least 12 credits per semester in the APT program are eligible to apply.
Scholarship applications are on line at ashland.kctcs.edu under “Costs and Financial Aid.” For more information on diversity scholarships at ACTC, contact Al Baker, Director of Cultural Diversity, 606.326.2422 or email: email@example.com.
The Eastern Kentucky Military Historical Society is placing a final call for travelers interested in taking part in their spring 2014 trip to Frankfort.
The trip, which will take place Friday, March 28, 2014, will be a single day trip leaving from Ashland at 8 a.m. and return home by approximately 9 p.m.
Travelers will visit many notable sights in the Capital of the Commonwealth, including the Kentucky State Museum, Kentucky Military History Museum, Old State Capitol and Kentucky Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
"This will be a great chance for many from our region that do not typically have a reason to visit Frankfort to see what it has to offer," said EKMHS President Matt Potter.
Tours will be guided by staff of the Kentucky Historical Society, when possible, and will provide ample opportunities to stop and rest for those that have trouble standing for long periods of time.
"This is going to be a great experience. We have worked to plan a trip that everyone can enjoy and afford."
The cost to travel is $45 per person, which includes transportation and admission to all sights. Lunch and Dinner at travelers’ expense. A coffee and doughnut breakfast will be available prior to departure. Deadline to purchase seats is March 25.
Stops will include: The Kentucky Military History Museum, The Kentucky State Museum, The Old State Capital, and The Kentucky Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial.
For more information, please contact Matt Potter at (606) 547-2607 or visit EKMHS.ORG.
Due to weather delays for auditions and rehearsals, the ACTC Theatre spring production schedule has been revised.
The new performance dates for Romeo and Juliet are Friday and Saturday, March 21, 22, 28 and 29 at 8:00 p.m. and Sundays, March 23 and 30, at 2:30 p.m. School matinees will be held Fridays, March 21 and 28, at 11 a.m.
Performances of the Festival of One-Act Plays will be given Friday and Saturday, April 18 and 19, at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 20, at 2:30 p.m. Auditions will be held March 24 and 25.
All performances are in the J. B. Sowards Theatre at the ACTC College Drive Campus. For more information, contact the Theatre Office at 606.326.2073.
Carter Caves State Resort Park will host adventurer Andy Niekamp in April for three presentations about trails, hiking and the outdoors.
Niekamp, a park volunteer from Dayton, Ohio, is the lead adventurer for Outdoor Adventure Connection. He has backpacked more than 13,000 miles, has hiked the Appalachian Trail three times, and is leader of the Dayton Hikers group.
The three presentations are free to the public and will be held at the Carter Caves lodge. Arrive early and enjoy dinner at Tierney’s Cavern restaurant. There will be all-you-can-eat catfish for $9.99 a person or Little T’s sandwiches (catfish, chicken or cheeseburger) for $6.95.
Here’s a brief description of the three presentations:
Title: Denver To Durango. A 500 Mile Hike On The Colorado Trail
April 8 at 7 p.m.
Description: Take a 500-mile journey from Denver to Durango on the Colorado Trail through the beautiful Rocky Mountains with photos and narration as Andy Niekamp recounts his 2013 summer hike. The Colorado Trail is Colorado's premier long-distance trail and travels through the spectacular Rocky Mountains amongst peaks with lakes, creeks and diverse ecosystems. It traverses six wilderness areas and eight mountain ranges topping out at 13,271 feet. The average elevation is over 10,000 feet, and it rises and falls dramatically. Learn how Andy endured sun, heat, rain, wind, hail and snow to complete this six-week hike.
Title: Thru Hiking The Buckeye Trail - A 1,400 Mile Journey Around Ohio
April 15 at 7 p.m.
Description: In the spring of 2011 Andy Niekamp set out on a hiking journey on Ohio's Buckeye Trail. The goal of his hike was to hike on the Buckeye Trail for as long as it was fun. Over 1,400 miles and 88 days later Niekamp returned to Dayton on the Buckeye Trail, the longest circular trail in the nation, after completing the entire Buckeye Trail. Andy is the seventh person to complete a through-hike of the Buckeye Trail. His presentation will take you on a foot journey around Ohio. His beautiful photos and narrative will inspire you to hike on the Buckeye Trail. Come get acquainted with Ohio's backyard trail.
Title: 7,800 Miles On A 2,200 Mile Trail. Lessons Learned From An Appalachian Trail Long Distance Hiker
April 22 at 7 p.m.
Description: Since 1994 Andy Niekamp has hiked 7,800 miles on the Appalachian Trail (AT), a continuous footpath that runs through 14 states from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Katahdin in Maine. He has been awarded three ”2,000 miler” certificates by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, which is conferred on hikers who have completed the entire AT; and he is a Life Member of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. His average hike on the trail is 10-15 miles per day, but he has walked up to 40 miles in one day. He labels himself as a chronic section hiker of the AT. He finds each successive end-to-end hike gets easier and more enjoyable and his favorite areas of the trail are the southern Appalachians, New Hampshire and Maine. Most of Andy's AT hiking is solo, but occasionally he has friends join him for short sections, and he has met many interesting people along the way. The presentation includes photos and tips and advice about hiking the AT. Andy says, “The physical and mental demands of long distance hiking are a great way to recharge one's internal batteries and get a fresh look on life.” Long-distance hiking is the closest thing Andy has found to a “fountain of youth.”
Parts of two chapters of “Getting In,” the state’s college planning guide, are now available in audio on the website of the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA).
The audio versions include Chapter One and the first part of Chapter Two. Chapter One is a guide to the college admissions process, while the first part of Chapter Two helps students and parents navigate the financial aid application process.
Elaine Hall, a counselor at the Kentucky School for the Blind in Louisville, welcomes the addition to kheaa.com.
“As many students and parents and adults have learned, the application process for college can be very daunting,” she said. “The online audio publication will enable blind and visually impaired students and adults to have access and information from any home or school setting. It will be an invaluable resource.”
KHEAA is the state agency that administers the Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES), need-based grants and other programs to help students pay their higher education expenses.
To learn how to plan and prepare for higher education, go to www.gotocollege.ky.gov. For more information about Kentucky scholarships and grants, visit www.kheaa.com; write KHEAA, P.O. Box 798, Frankfort, KY 40602; or call (800) 928-8926, ext. 6-7372.
Starting this spring, Ashland Community and Technical College will offer fast tracked education and training for students who are not college ready.
Accelerating Opportunity is a grant funded project to help unprepared students become college and career ready at the same time. The focus is on getting skills and credentials for a family-sustaining jobs.
“This is a way for students who need extra support for college-level classes to get ready for a job in the shortest possible time,” said Chrisha Spears, Accelerating Opportunity Project Coordinator.
To qualify, adults need to be high school graduates or working towards a GED. For more information, contact Spears at 606-326-2425 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Accelerating Opportunity is a community college initiative of Jobs for the Future, with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates, Joyce, W.K. Kellogg, Kresge, and Open Society Foundations, and in partnership with Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, the National Council for Workforce Education, and The National College Transition Network.
The core partners in Kentucky, one of five states selected for this national project, are the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS), Kentucky Adult Education and the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training. All KCTCS colleges are participating, and grant information is at: www.aoky.kctcs.edu.
The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services Recruitment and Certification Unit is in desperate need of foster families for children in Greenup, Boyd, Carter, Elliott, Morgan and Lawrence Counties. Children are being placed in foster homes far from their homes, families, schools and communities as there are not enough homes locally to provide for their care. This makes an already difficult situation worse for children in foster care. Currently, these counties have 445 children in foster care, and there are only 84 CHFS foster homes in this service region.
We also have a need for adoptive homes for children who are unable to return home to their biological families. We have children eligible for adoption and awaiting families. These children are usually older and may have specific needs or health issues that desperately want a loving home.
To become a foster parent you must attend 30 hours of training, complete background checks, have personal and credit references, meet health and financial requirements and pass a home safety audit.
If interested in attending the next class offering or for information please contact Mary Sparks at 606 474-6627 or Liane Detty at 920-2130.