Bellefonte Physicians Services (BPS) is preparing to open its newest practice, Bellefonte Pulmonary Associates, on the campus of Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital (OLBH).
Bellefonte Pulmonary Associates will open Monday, Aug. 4. Pulmonologist Sabrina Roberts, M.D., will establish her practice at Bellefonte Pulmonary Associates. Roberts is a graduate of St. George’s University School of Medicine in Grenada. She is board certified in internal, pulmonary and critical care medicine.
Bellefonte Pulmonary Associates is located at 1150 St. Christopher Drive. To schedule an appointment or for more information, contact the facility at (606) 833-6785. BPS and OLBH are members of the Bon Secours Kentucky Health System.
Bellefonte Primary Care Grayson (100 Bellefonte Drive) will soon add the services of Miranda Binion, M.D., and Gregory Holmes, M.D. Both physicians join the practice effective Monday, Aug. 4.
Binion is a native of Grayson who graduated from the University of Kentucky and is board certified in internal medicine. Holmes, a resident of Ashland, graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University College of Medicine in Richmond, Va. He is board certified in family medicine. The two new providers join Kari Shields, M.D., Karem Menezes, M.D., Maria Sargent, APRN, Jodi Conley, PA-C, Pat Marshall, APRN, and Michelle Massie, PA-C, at Bellefonte Primary Care Grayson.
Bellefonte Primary Care Grayson is operated by Bellefonte Physician Services. Both Bellefonte Physician Services and Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital are members of the Bon Secours Kentucky Health System.
Bellefonte Primary Care Grayson is open weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. To schedule an appointment or for more information, contact the facility at (606) 474-0669.
The Greenup County Farmers Market will celebrate its annual Customer Appreciation Day with a breakfast on Saturday, August 2, from 8 – 11 a.m. in the fellowship hall of the Advance Memorial United Methodist Church at 1007 Bellefonte Road in Flatwoods.
There will be a health clinic and door prizes, and the market will be open from 7 a.m. until sell-out. The event is free, and everyone is welcome.
Classes start August 18, and new students must apply by August 4. Applications are available on the web at ashland.kctcs.edu. For admission questions, call 606-326-2000 or toll-free 800-928-4256.
ACTC offers more than 100 choices for people seeking new careers or university transfer programs. ACTC students can begin preparing for nearly all of the US News & World Report 100 Best Jobs of 2014 either with transfer programs to area universities or with credentials from the college.
Many of the programs listed below offer multiple degree, diploma and certificate options to help students find a program that matches their career goals and the length of time they wish to spend in college.
Business/Education Programs include Business Administration, Computer Information Technology, Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education and Medical Information Technology.
Health care programs are Associate Degree Nursing, Emergency Paramedic Technology, Pharmacy Technology, Practical Nursing, Respiratory Care-Advanced Level and Surgical Technology.. These are selective admissions programs and new students can start this fall on courses required for application.
Students can also work on a Health Science Technology degree that prepares them for entry level jobs and that can provide a smooth transition into selective admission allied health care programs.
Industrial / Manufacturing Programs include Air Conditioning Technology (HVAC) , Applied Process Technologies with Chemical Plant Operator, Power Plant Operator and Lineman options, Electrical Technology, Computerized Manufacturing and Machining, Industrial Maintenance and Welding
Public Service Programs are Cosmetology, Criminal Justice, Culinary Arts, and Fire/Rescue Science Technology which also offered Emergency Medical Technician training.
Transportation programs are offered in Automotive and Diesel Technologies.
Additional information on each program is on the web at ashland.kctcs.edu/academics under “Programs of Study.” ACTC advisors will help student select the courses needed for their program, and the Career and Placement Center can help undecided students select a program to meet their goals. For an appointment at the Career Center, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
A Salsa Canning Class will be offered at the Greenup County Extension Office in Wurtland on Saturday, August 16 beginning at 10 a.m.
This class is a partnership endeavor between Greenup County Extension Service and the Diabetes Today Coalition. The class will include canning demonstrations, hands-on knife skills lesson, food samples of prepared recipes and free recipes.
Class is free, but registration is required due to limited space. Contact the Extension Office at (606) 836-0201 to register by August 8.
Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital (OLBH) has been recognized as one of the nation’s Most Wired hospitals, according to the results of the 2014 Most Wired survey released by the American Hospital Association (AHA) in the July issue of Hospitals & Health Networks magazine. Additionally, OLBH’s parent corporation, the Bon Secours Health System (BSHSI), also was honored on the Most Wired list.
The survey focuses on four main areas: infrastructure, business and administrative management, clinical quality and safety, and clinical integration. Organizations must meet the criteria in each section to achieve Most Wired status. OLBH and other Most Wired hospitals are leveraging the adoption and use of health information technology (IT) to improve performance in a number of areas.
A total of 1,901 hospitals were represented in the 680 completed surveys, or roughly 33 percent of U.S. hospitals. The online survey was available Jan. 15 through March 15 and responses represent projects implemented as of March 1, 2014.
Among some of the key findings related to improving quality and patient safety:
Nurses and physicians share best practices for patient safety and use checklists at more than 90 percent of Most Wired organizations.
To help consumers make better decisions about their health care, standard measures of individual hospital quality performance are reported and publicly available. Nearly half of Most Wired organizations share this information on their websites and 86 percent provide quality scores to clinical leaders on a regular basis as part of their performance improvement initiatives.
36 percent of Most Wired hospitals aggregate data from patient encounters to create a community health record.
71 percent of Most Wired hospitals manage care transitions compared with 57 percent of all responding organizations.
43 percent of Most Wired organizations integrate clinical and claims data so that they are accessible, searchable, and reportable across the care community
“It is a great honor to have received this award for three years in a row,” said OLBH’s director of Information Services, Michael Gomez.
“Technology such as our medical records system, known as ConnectCare, allows us to better take care of patients while preparing for the future of the national health care system. I want to thank our medical staff, employees, and all who have contributed to us earning this honor yet again.”
A leading example of OLBH’s technology benefiting patients is MyChart, an electronic health records portal that offers patients personalized and secure online access to portions of their medical records, the ability to renew prescriptions, make and cancel appointments and more. MyChart can be accessed through the hospital’s website, olbh.com
Kentucky residents have another chance to win a new iPad from the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) in a sweepstakes being held through Facebook in August. The contest runs from 12 a.m. on Aug. 1 through 12 a.m. on Sept. 1.
To enter, a Kentuckian must click on the orange graduate icon on the KHEAA Facebook page, answer one question about college, and “like” KHEAA on Facebook. KHEAA will not share or sell any personal information to a third party.
Only Kentucky residents are eligible. Prior winners are not eligible. Employees of KHEAA or its sister agency, the Kentucky Higher Education Student Loan Corporation (KHESLC), and their immediate family members are not eligible.
The drawing will be held in early September, and the winner will be notified by email. The winner must respond by email within three calendar days to receive the iPad. If no response is received within three days, another winner will be drawn.
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.
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A new study of recent Kentucky high school graduates shows that approximately 60 percent of those who did not attend postsecondary education entered Kentucky’s workforce and earned less than $8,000 in the year following graduation.
The “No College = Low Wages” report by Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS) shows that even three years after graduation, of the students who entered the state’s workforce who did not attend college, only one in three were working full time.
Charles McGrew, Ph.D., executive director of KCEWS and the author of the report, says the economic outlook for people who do not attend college or some other type of postsecondary school is not promising.
“Economic opportunities for the majority of our young high school graduates appear to be very limited. While high school graduates who found positions in manufacturing or energy and mining earned more on average than the others who were working in Kentucky, these segments accounted for a relatively small proportion of the graduates,” McGrew said.
The center used data from the Kentucky Longitudinal Data System to determine in-state employment rates and wages for high school graduates who did not go to college from the classes of 2011, 2012 and 2013. The remaining 40 percent of the high school graduates who did not attend college most likely moved out of state, joined the military, worked in agriculture or some other capacity which is not reported to the state, said McGrew.
“This report should be a wake-up call for high school students who are planning their futures, said Thomas O. Zawacki, secretary of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. KCEWS is in the cabinet. “It is clear now more than ever that education is the key to being able to earn a sustainable income. The good news for those who have already graduated is that it’s never too late to go back to school and pursue a postsecondary education.”
“This is clear evidence that high schools must do a better job in preparing all graduates to enter postsecondary education, whether it is a one-year, two-year, or four-year diploma or certification program. Students must be prepared for credit-bearing work with the skills necessary to succeed in careers that pay a living wage,” said Education Commissioner Terry Holliday. “While we have made excellent progress in the last four years in addressing this situation, we have much more work to do to achieve our goal of college/career-readiness for all high school graduates.”
During fiscal year 2012-13, wages for those who had been out of school a year were less than $8,000. Graduates who had been out of high school for two years earned just short of $10,000, while those who had graduated three years before earned more than $11,500, according to the report.
"Even after three years out of the high school, only about one out of three of the employed graduates who did not attend college were earning as much or more than a person who worked full-time at minimum wage, which is $15,080 a year,” McGrew said.
According to the report, more than half of the group who did not pursue postsecondary school but found jobs in Kentucky was working in retail trade; accommodation and food service; and waste management and remediation services such as cleaning up hazardous waste, with average wages between $7,000 and $10,000 even three years after school. These industry categories account for three of the four lowest paying for these graduates.
“If ever there was a compelling reason to secure education beyond high school, this report says it all,” said Council on Postsecondary Education President Bob King, “Investing the time and modest funds to earn a certificate in any skilled trade, or an associate degree at KCTCS is a critical foundation for a middle class future.”
In addition, the wages are even lower for the high school graduates in the report who are females, African-American or come from lower income families, according to the report.
Some of the poorest populations had some of the lowest wages after high school suggesting that the inequalities between gender, race and social class are still very evident, the report said. On average, women and African-Americans in this group are earning nearly a third less than their counterparts. Graduates from low-income families, measured by their eligibility for free or reduced lunches in school, were less likely to be employed and earned less than other students.
According to McGrew, while wages for this group were disappointing overall, there were some positive findings in the report.
“People who complete postsecondary credentials earn considerably more than our students who do not go to college. However, when high school students take the opportunities to prepare themselves for the workforce and develop good work habits like good attendance while in school they can definitely improve their chances of making higher wages when they enter the workforce,” he said.
The report showed that graduates who did not go on to postsecondary school but began to prepare themselves for the workforce by having their skills accessed had noticeably higher wages than their counterparts who entered the labor force after high school. For example, graduates who passed the Kentucky Occupational Skill Standards Assessment (KOSSA), Work Keys, and completed industry certification earned more on average than the students who did not participate.
The Russell - McDowell Intermediate School ice cream social is set for Aug. 7, scheduled from 5-7 p.m.
The event is slated to include: meet the teacher, info packets, parent portal signup and purchase agenda books.
It’s almost that time of year, when locals and out-of-towners assemble on our city avenues and around the main stage on 16th Street’s Judd Plaza for Poage Landing Days – an entertaining family festival.
This year’s Sept. 19-21 event is quickly nearing and there’s plenty to do – including booking one country megastar, Rodney Atkins.
The country trendsetter recorded eight Top Ten hits – with six Number One songs – including platinum “Farmer’s Daughter”; “If You’re Going Through Hell” ;” Watching You”; “These Are My People”; “Cleaning This Gun (Come On In Boy)”; “It’s America”, and “Take a Back Road.”
Poage Landing Days, voted one of the Top 25 downtown festivals across the Commonwealth by Kentucky Main Street, is proud to welcome Atkins to the local street party which honors the founding family’s descendants.
They’re on-target and ready for street food, inflatable rides, crafters, VIP entertainers, beauty pageant, antique car, bike, and tractor shows, as well as the famed Southern Fried Cone Fest and Ed Haley Fiddle Festival. There’s a fun 5K run, too.
Annually the block party draws 30,000 to 50,000, dubbed as a “festival inside a festival,” something for everyone, including a top-name troupe of performers quickly lining-up.
If you want to attend ACTC this fall, now is the time to get the admissions process out of the way. The application deadline is Monday, August 4, and classes start Monday, August 18.
Application forms are available on the web at ashland.kctcs.edu and may be submitted online or by mail to the Admissions Office at the College Drive Campus or the Technology Drive Campus. Applicants will also need to submit an official copy of their high school diploma or GED transcript, transcripts from other colleges or universities attended, and ACT score if available.
Part of the admissions process is an orientation session that includes placement testing. Orientation sessions are scheduled after the applications are processed, and several sessions will be held in July. After orientation, applicants will meet with an advisor and register for class.
For more information on ACTC Admissions, call 606-326-2000.
The Ashland Community and Technical College in-state tuition for fall semester is only $147 per credit hour, and financial aid is available to those who qualify. The “Free Application for Federal Student Aid,” the only form required for most federal and state aid programs, is online at fafsa.gov and ACTC forms are available at: ashland.kctcs.edu.
For questions on the FAFSA or financial aid assistance, call 1-855-246-2282 or go to http://ashland.kctcs.edu/help. For help with aid to veterans, email Craig Pleasant, Veterans Affairs Coordinator and School Certifying Official, at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Heritage Arts, Science and Tourism Center officials have announced plans for a McConnell House Homecoming.
They would like to invite anyone who has connections to the house and they or their ancestors lived in the house or on the farm. to send an email to email@example.com or call Bud Matheny at 606 585-1585.
The group will be firming up a date and issuing formal invitations to those responding in the very near future.
Officials are excited about the opportunity to build an accurate history of the house and the people who built it and lived in it during the ensuing decades.
The event will be welcoming the ancestors of the enslaved workers and the ancestors of the McConnell, Wurts, Biggs, Harris, Chinn and other families that have ties to the house.
We hope to share information, pictures and memories during the homecoming event and create an exhibit at the house with the information shared.
The event will be scheduled for sometime in September.
The Advance Methodist Church (Flatwoods) Summer Lunch Program is back again this year. It operates five days per week.
Meals will be served from 12 -1 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Everyone is welcome to attend. For more information call the church at 836-5634.
The Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital (OLBH) Mobile Mammography Unit schedule for the month of July has been released. The unit will visit the following locations with all times 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. unless otherwise noted:
Bellefonte Primary Care-South Shore, US 23, South Shore – Tuesday, July 29
Ashland Family Medicine, 2222 Winchester Ave., Ashland- Wednesday, July 30
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).
Ashland Community and Technical College offers several diploma and associate degree programs to help people pre pare for those high demand, good paying jobs in health care. A 25 percent increase in health care jobs is expected from 2010-2020, according to the Kentucky Occupational outlook.
The Associate of Science Degree is available to students who plan on university transfer for careers such as doctor of medicine, dentist, physician’s assistant, pharmacist and other medical specialties. Many area physicians and dentists started their college careers at ACTC.
The Health Care Science Technology Program helps students prepare for entry-level health care jobs or for selective admission health care programs. This Associate in Applied Science Degree (AAS) program includes general education classes and technical courses that can be applied to a variety of career programs.
Specific health care career programs are offered in AAS Nursing, Emergency Paramedic Technology, Pharmacy, Practical Nursing, Respiratory Care-Advanced Level and Surgical Technology.
These programs have selective admission requirements, and fall semester is a good time to start on the courses required for acceptance. For more information, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Medical Information Technology is another path to a health care career that is growing in demand. ACTC’s program includes the use of electronic health records as required by the Federal government in 2014 and the latest international coding systems for medical insurance submissions. Students can specialize in administration, coding, office management or medical records.
August 4 is the application deadline for fall semester. Admissions forms and specific program information is on the web at: ashland.kctcs.edu.
The dates of November 14, and 15 are set at the McConnell House in Wurtland for living history. (Junction of US 23 and KY 67) Friday will be for the school Kids to come and learn. Saturday there will be an era TEA for the ladies.
You will be observed by any of the folks that come and pay the price. Yes admission will be charged this year and we need as many speakers as possible. Not sure of the compensation for speakers at their point, but there will be compensation.
For now just block out the dates on your calendar. There will be some authors, but not as many. We want authors that write fiction or non-fiction of our early days. There will also be a fee for authors to sell their books this year.
At Ashland Community and Technical College, students may prepare for transfer into more than 100 bachelor degree programs offered by four-year colleges and universities throughout the region. Starting at ACTC offers many advantages.
Saving money for the same education is one advantage. Tuition at ACTC is considerably less than at universities and four-year colleges in the region. Staying at home also can cost much less than dorm fees or housing near campus.
The general education classes at ACTC are the same as those required at four-year institutions, and because ACTC is accredited by the recognized regional accreditation commission, those classes will transfer to nearly every college and university in the country.
With smaller classes than larger institutions, ACTC makes learning the important foundation freshman and sophomore classes easier. Small classes provide more opportunities for class participation and assistance from the professor, and this time for questions and answers can help students get better grades.
Another advantage is quality instruction. ACTC’s instructors are paid to teach, not to do research. Their goals are student learning, and they are available for one-on-one discussions and to help understand class assignments.
And finally, ACTC is close to home, which is an advantage to many students who want to stay close to family and job responsibilities and which is also important to recent high school graduates who want to ease into college.
For more information on transfer options, contact the Advising Center, 606-326-2040. The Advising Center can help students choose courses for transfer to specific colleges or universities as well as courses leading to specific degrees.
August 4 is the application deadline for fall classes, and applications and class schedules are on the web at: ashland.kctcs.edu.
The Race Days committee is seeking crafters for the festival. The cost is $45 for the whole weekend August 7-9. Contact Laura-Ashley Suttles 606 922 7720
The gospel group Gold City will perform at Race Days on August 7 at 8 p.m. The cast of A&E television show Hatfield and McCoy White Lightning will be on hand August 8-9.
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.
Raceland RaceDays are set to get under way Aug. 7-9.
Gold City is a highlight on the schedule.
Their name is synonymous with setting the standard for male quartets since their inception in 1980. Many have tried to pattern their style and sound, but there’s only one Gold City. Theirs is a stellar career with numerous number one songs, fan and industry awards, and prestigious honors. Yet this Gadsden, Alabama-based group remains down-to-earth, grounded in their southern roots, and committed to continuing their mission of delivering power-packed four-part harmonies and singing songs that are meaningful, entertaining, inspiring, and uplifting.
There’s something to be said for longevity. In a time when too many people lack what it takes to stick to a plan for the long haul, Gold City has proven they are a mainstay in the world of gospel music. In addition to a full-time year round touring schedule, Gold City has a wall of awards and accolades from the past thirty-four years. Radio continues to embrace this quartet, honoring them with number one songs in each of the last four decades, their most recent being "Peter James and John" in 2012. With an energetic vocal line-up and fresh musical arrangements of dynamic songs, you can expect many more years of success for this great group.
Every musical genre has its artists who defy the norms of the average life span of a career. Whether it’s the Eagles in rock music or country’s mainstay, The Oak Ridge Boys, there are those who rise to legendary status and continue to make music that appeals to their generation while gathering new fans on a continual basis. Gold City is among those elite groups who continues to reach new audiences and consistently amass new fans who fall in love with their distinct sound as soon as they hear it.
Now in their 34th year, legendary bass vocalist, 2013 Southern Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame Inductee, and multi-award-winning Tim Riley continues to anchor the group with his rich, deep, and clear bass voice. His son, Daniel Riley, bartione, has assumed the management role and leads the group onward into the future. He provides a smooth baritone vocal that blends perfectly with the other voices in the group, but also has the versatility to step out for a solo with power and soul. Lead vocalist Chip Pullen follows a long list of dynamic lead vocalist and takes a back seat to no one. Although the newest member to Gold City’s team, Chip has quickly gained fans with his commanding voice and musical delivery as well as his easy-going personality. Tenor Robert Fulton puts the top on the sound with his high clear tenor voice and sincere delivery of each song. Bryan Elliott accompanies the group with his talent and skill on the piano, providing those subtle yet effective musical enhancements for the group’s vocals–as well as shining center stage on instrumental solos.
Each member of Gold City is talented and dedicated to sharing the good news of the gospel through songs with encouraging and challenging lyrics, presented in an exciting performance on stage. Each man is committed to moving forward and taking Gold City even further than it has gone before. Remaining true to the heritage of the legacy of the past 30-plus years, Gold City continue to build on the great foundation that has already been established. In other words, there’s a lot more in store for Gold City fans old and new, so get ready–the future is now and the best is yet to come.
ALL Day Friday August 8 and Saturday August 9 History Channel’s Cast of Hatfield and McCoy White Lightning will be there taking free pictures and autographs plus they are bringing their moonshine steel.
To this day, the backwoods descendants of the Hatfields and McCoys continue to live in the remote and volatile hollows along the West Virginia and Kentucky border. Settled in one of the poorest areas of the country, they work in coal mines, hunt squirrels, raise goats, revere their grannies, make moonshine and take pride in their history. While more than 100 years has passed since their historic feud began, locals know there is still no love lost between the Hatfields and McCoys. Now, a new state law could make things even worse, starting a whole new chapter of their infamous rivalry.
To aid a troubled economy, West Virginia recently legalized the distillation and sale of moonshine. Residents can now openly sell the once-illicit whiskey their ancestors killed and died for. Seeing the potential for a hot new brand and billion dollar profits, a St. Louis investor offers to set the Hatfields and McCoys up in business to make a completely “authentic” HATFIELD & MCCOY Moonshine. The families must supply their legendary recipes, well water and family labor, and they must agree to work together. “Every silver lining has its cloud,” Granny McCoy sighs.
Hatfields & McCoys: White Lightning follows these two famous families as they try to put aside their hateful history and come together to build a new business. Their story is less about making moonshine and more about the clashes between and within the two families that threaten success at every turn. The only thing they agree on is that they are suspicious of their new investor: “He seems as trustworthy as a fox in a henhouse,” says patriarch Mark Hatfield. Progress is slow and often comedic as tempers flare up, tensions run high and family competition and century-old rivalries continue on a whole new level. Can the Hatfields and McCoys get past their famous feud and find a path to a brighter future and a new history?
Saturday at 6 p.m.
THE SOUL MEN- Blues brothers tribute band
The Soul Men, Blues Brothers Impersonators, perform a tribute to Joliet Jake and Elwood Blues.
The Soul Men's persona, is an uncanny resemblance to "The Blues Brothers". Dressed in black from head to toe, displaying finger tattoos, The Soul Men impersonate Jake & Elwood to perfection.
The Soul Men's performance is a high energy, fast paced, audience participating routine. They perform all the favorite "Blues Brothers" songs, and get the audience moving and dancing.
ABBEYROAD BEATLES BAND
"Abbey Road" has provided the Ultimate Beatles tribute show for over three decades.
Originally formed in Northeast Ohio in 1983, "Abbey Road" is rated in the top five of Beatles Tribute bands in the world. "Abbey Road" performs with the same guitars, Vox amplifiers and drums that the Fab Four used in their concerts, and has five costume changes from Ed Sullivan to Sgt. Pepper. "Abbey Road" continues to sell out concerts because of their passion for the music!
"Abbey Road" played benefit concerts for the American Red Cross, helping Tsunami and Katrina victims. They have also performed at the famed "Boca Raton Health Spa" in Florida and have played three concerts a day in the Boston region. The band has performed in concerts with, Davy Jones of the Monkees, Cheap Trick, George Thorogood, The New Rascals, Tom Jones and Michael Stanley! We have been featured on NBC, CBS and ABC television broadcasts. Among the people that have attended the concerts were, Cynthia Lennon, Louise Harrison, Mike McCartney and Pete Best. Enjoy your concert with Abbey Road! The band remains one of the top five Beatle tribute bands in the world! Yea, Yea, Yea! Look for Abbey Road to be coming to your town soon.
Safe Harbor’s newly renovated Emergency Shelter will be the recipient of this year’s Lobster Fest proceeds.
The theme is Peace – Love – Lobster Fest and marks the seventh year for the fundraiser, which will be Saturday, Aug. 23, 6:30 p.m.-midnight, at Bellefonte Country Club.
The event is sponsored by Safe Harbor and the Boyd County Medical Alliance. The Lobster Fest committee is chaired by Susan Fried of the Alliance and who has chaired the event since its inception.
The master of ceremonies will be Howard Harrison, who also will serve as auctioneer for the live auction portion of the event. Music will be provided by The Bad Habits Band. This marks the fourth year The Bad Habits Band has performed at Lobster Fest and is returning due to popular demand, Mrs. Fried said.
“This year’s Lobster Fest is our seventh annual event, and our proceeds will continue to go to Safe Harbor’s Emergency Shelter,” Mrs. Fried said. The shelter recently underwent a year-long renovation that included a new electrical system, new plumbing and HVAC, new security system, the addition of an elevator and the addition of 20 beds to accommodate the facility’s growing need for residential services..
The menu will be prepared by Jason Osterreicher, chef at Bellefonte Country Club, and will include a choice of fresh split tail Maine lobster or southwest braised barbecued short ribs. Each will be served with a mango, black bean and corn salsa accompanied by blanched new potatoes, mini-Ciabatta whole wheat or white rolls. There also will be a vegetarian selection, which includes charbroiled eggplant Napoleon on fresh sautéed spinach with savory basil oil and a balsamic reduction. The meal will begin with a Tuscan micro-greens salad topped with strawberries, julienned red onions, feta cheese, slivered almonds and dressed with champagne lemon poppy seed vinaigrette.
Hors d’oeuvres will feature an extensive raw bar of shrimp, clams and oysters plus cheese, fruit and a cracker board. Dessert will be key lime pie.
Among the evening’s events will be a gem scoop sponsored by Pollock’s Jewelers and silent and live auctions. Throughout the evening and after the meal, there will be dancing under the stars.
“The Bad Habits Band is always are a crowd-pleaser,” Mrs. Fried said.
All proceeds will benefit the work of Safe Harbor to assist victims of domestic violence throughout the FIVCO area of Boyd, Greenup, Carter, Elliott and Lawrence counties.
Tickets are $135 per person and may be purchased by calling Mary Hill or Jennifer Allen at (606) 329-9304. Seating is limited to 330, and tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis.
“The Medical Alliance’s dedication to Lobster Fest has transformed Safe Harbor’s ability to provide Continuum of Care services to thousands of women and children, who are victims of domestic violence,” said Ann Perkins, executive director of Safe Harbor.
“Without the Medical Alliance’s and the community’s help, we would never have been able to accomplish such projects as the much-needed renovation of the Emergency Shelter,” she said. “In the past, we have utilized these monies to renovate our Harbor Hill building, and now, thanks to a grant from the Federal Home Loan Bank and the community’s generosity, we have just completed a much-needed renovation and expansion at the Emergency Shelter.”
Sponsorships are available and include the following levels:
Lighthouse: $5,000, which includes 10 tickets; $4,000 is tax-deductible.
Sail Boat: $2,500, which includes eight tickets; $1,700 is tax-deductible.
Row Boat: $1,000, which includes four tickets; $600 is tax-deductible.
Canoe: $500, which includes two tickets; $250 is tax-deductible.
In addition to Mrs. Fried, members of this year’s Lobster Fest Committee include Lois Alcorn, Vicky Borders, Alison Christie, Lynn Couchot, Bruce Davis, Tina Dotson, Sheila Fraley, Ann Higgins, Clayton Hill, Lisa Justice, Ashley Kasey, Heather Van Deren and Marty Vannatter.
Members of Safe Harbor’s Board of Directors are Marty Vannatter, president; Lynn Couchot, Alison Christie, Bruce Davis, Susan Fried, Pam Fultz, Ed Harrison, Larry Higgins, the Rev. Mark Kloha, Jane Layman, Tina Mussetter, Dr. Laura Reese and Michael Robinson.