The City of Ashland and The Foundation for the Tri-State Community have received a $12,500 grant through The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. The matching grant will be used for construction in the city on the new Charles and Betty Russell Hiking Trail. The grant monies will fund benches, garbage cans, signage and other construction materials. To help with the necessary $12,500 match, Healthy Choices Kentucky has contributed $5,000 to the hiking trail project through funding received from the Mission Fund of the Bon Secours Health System. Healthy Choices Kentucky is a consortium of health providers, restaurateurs, grocers, educators, civic organizations and area businesses that have joined forces in response to the obesity epidemic in Eastern Kentucky. For more information concerning Healthy Choices Kentucky, visit www.healthychoiceskentucky.com.
Pictured on the Charles and Betty Russell Trail with the $5,000 check is Ashland Mayor and Vice President of the Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital Foundation Chuck Charles and President of the Foundation for the Tri-State Community Mary Witten Wiseman.
The Greenup County Board of Education will host a welcome reception for new superintendent, Sherry Horsley, prior to the regular Board meeting on July 28.
The reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. with the board meeting to follow at 6 p.m.
Light refreshments will be served.
The Flatwoods Lions Club will meet Thursday, July 24 at 7 p.m. at Giovanni’s on Argillite Road in Flatwoods.
‘Stop by and Get Started’ at ACTC during a live radio remote with WDGG - The DAWG on July 28 from 5 - 7 p.m. at the College Drive Campus.
“August 4 is the application deadline, and we want to help new students with their questions about entering college,” said Dean Willie McCullough. Area residents can find out about enrolling in fall classes, including the application process, programs offered and advising services. Financial aid representatives will be available to talk about aid available for fall semester.
“We also invite current students to come in and register for fall classes,” McCullough said. There are still openings in most general education classes and many programs are accepting new students for fall.
Fall classes start August 18, and applications are on the web at ashland.kctcs.edu.
There are still openings in ACTC’s Basic Rider Motorcycle Course held July 25 to 27. The class meets Friday from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Roberts Drive Campus and Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Boyd County Middle School parking lot.
The course is for non-riders, new riders, or someone wanting a refresher course. Those who successfully pass the course will get a waiver for the motorcycle license skills test and may be eligible for reduced insurance rates in Kentucky Ohio and West Virginia..
Additional classes will be held August1-3, August 15-17, September 5-7 and October 3-5. The fee is $110 for KY residents and $200 for OH or WV residents. To register, call ACTC External Education at 606-326-2072 or 800-928-4256 ext. 62072 or come to Room 119 at the Roberts Drive Campus.
Christ’s Kids Early Learning Center will be having an Open House on Monday, July 28, from 6:00-7:00pm to offer information about the Center which provides preschool education for children ages 3 to 4. The center is open from 7:30am to 5:30pm daily and emphasizes quality Christian-based preschool education and childcare. The Center is located at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 1320 Bath Ave, Ashland. The phone number is 606-324-7729 and information is available on the website www.stpaulsashland.org.
The Greenup County Class of 1979 will hold its class reunion the weekend of July 25-26. All classmates are invited to this event and must RSVP at email@example.com or visit us on Facebook @ G.C.H.S. 1979 CLASS REUNION.
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The Greenup County Genealogical and Historical Society will be holding their monthly meeting on Thursday, 24 July 2014 at 7 p.m. in the meeting room at the Greenup Public Library. Everyone is welcome.
Refreshments will be served.
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.
The Pottery Place Studio, an all-inclusive paint-your-own pottery studio, announced it will open a new location in Ashland Town Center in Ashland, KY. The new store should open in the early fall.
The Pottery Place is a first to market concept for Ashland. The studio provides all materials needed to complete a project including a selection of over 300 pieces of bisque. Customers choose a piece, sketch a design, select colors and paint a “masterpiece.” The pottery is glazed and fired on site so customers can pick up their finished work of art within a week.
“We are very excited about our new location,” stated Laya Hutchison, president of The Pottery Place. “We love that we can provide fun, affordable entertainment that appeals to all ages.”
Reservations are not needed; customers can simply walk in and create a handmade piece or have a group event. Create and Celebrate! Studio events may include birthdays, field trips, church groups and scout troops.
“We are excited about the addition of The Pottery Place to Ashland Town Center. Their investment into the new location will be a great asset to the mall and the community,” said Michelle Adkins, General Manager of Ashland Town Center. “We look forward to working with The Pottery Place and their associates,” stated Adkins.
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The Friends of the Dressing Room will present the third annual Christmas in July Tea and Signs of the Seasons Sale on Saturday, July 26, at the First United Methodist Church, 1811 Carter Avenue, Ashland.
Tea will be served from 1- 3 p.m. At the same time gently used holiday-themed clothing and home décor items will be for sale.
Tickets are $5 and may be purchase at the Dressing Room, 2516 Carter Avenue, or at the door.
All proceeds go toward purchasing socks and underwear for school children. For more information, please call the Dressing room 324-5400 or Jean Fraley 928-4840.
The Greenup County Farmers Market is now open.
The market will be open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at Advance Memorial United Methodist Church’s extended parking lot in Flatwoods from 7 a.m. until sell-out.
Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate for June 2014 dropped to 7.4 percent from a revised 7.7 percent in May 2014, according to the Office of Employment and Training (OET), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.
The preliminary June 2014 jobless rate was 1.0 percentage points below the 8.4 percent rate recorded for the state in June 2013.
The U.S. seasonally adjusted jobless rate fell to 6.1 percent in June 2014 from 6.3 percent a month ago, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
Labor force statistics, including the unemployment rate, are based on estimates from the Current Population Survey of households. It is designed to measure trends rather than to count the actual number of people working. It includes jobs in agriculture and those classified as self-employed.
In June 2014, Kentucky’s civilian labor force was 2,050,841, a decrease of 11,845 individuals compared to the previous month. Employment was down by 6,163, and the number of unemployed declined by 5,682.
“Labor force participation has been on the decline in both Kentucky and the nation. The strongest driver for people leaving the labor force is demographics and an upsurge in the stock market. As their portfolios recover more and more people are choosing to retire,” said economist Manoj Shanker of the OET.
In a separate federal survey of business establishments that excludes jobs in agriculture and people who are self-employed, Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment increased by 2,400 jobs in June 2014 from the month before, and by 20,300 positions since June 2013.
“Nonfarm employment has seen slow, but steady growth over the last five months,” said Shanker.
Nonfarm data is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Current Employment Statistics program. According to this survey, five of Kentucky’s 11 major nonfarm North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) job sectors registered gains in employment, while five declined from the previous month and one sector remained the same.
Private sector employment was up by 3,700 over the month to 1,515,400. Goods producing industries gained 400 jobs, while private service-providing services added 3,300 jobs.
Kentucky’s professional and business services expanded by 3,500 positions in June 2014 from a month ago for a growth of 1.7 percent. The year-over-year gain was also substantial with the addition of 9,100 jobs, or 4.6 percent. This category includes establishments engaged in services that support the day-to-day activities of other organizations, including temporary employment services and payroll processing. All the month-to-month gains came from the sub-sector associated with temporary employment services.
“Strong growth in temporary services jobs is typically an indicator that permanent jobs are in the pipeline,” said Shanker. “Part of the monthly swing in the job market from sector to sector is due to temp services. For example, when temporary employees work at a hospital as nurses and lab technicians, they are categorized as temporary services in the business services sector. When these temps get full-time employment at the hospital, they are then categorized in the health services sector.”
The trade, transportation and utilities sector gained 2,400 jobs in June 2014 from a month ago. From a year ago, employment has grown by 4,000 jobs, or 1.1 percent. This is the largest sector in Kentucky accounting for one-fifth of all nonfarm jobs. More than half of these jobs are in the retail trade sector, which posted an increase of 1,300 positions. The rest of the jobs increase was in wholesale and warehousing.
Kentucky’s manufacturing sector gained 1,700 jobs in June 2014 compared to the previous month. Since June 2013, net employment in manufacturing has declined by 500 jobs.
“The strong job growth in June is almost entirely in the durable goods sector, especially in the motor vehicle and parts business,” said Shanker.
The information sector gained 900 jobs in June 2014. This segment has gained 700 positions since June 2013. The industries in this sector include traditional publishing as well as software publishing; motion pictures and broadcasting; and telecommunications.
The financial activities sector posted an increase of 300 jobs from a month ago. The sector has contracted by 2.6 percent during the last 12-months with the loss of 2,300 jobs.
Employment in the mining and logging sector remained flat from May 2014 to June 2014. The industry has had stable job growth over the last 15 months, following a steep decline during 2012.
Employment in the other services sector, which includes repairs and maintenance, personal care services, and religious organizations, was down by 200 positions in June from a month ago. This sector posted an increase of 800 jobs from a year ago.
Employment in the educational and health services sector posted a decline of 900 positions in June 2014, and an overall gain of 3,200 jobs over the year. Health care jobs account for nearly 90 percent of employment in this sector and had a month-to-month decline of 400 jobs, but expanded by 2,800 positions over the year.
The construction sector posted a seasonally adjusted drop of 1,300 jobs in June 2014 from a month ago. Since June 2013 employment in construction has declined by 2,400 positions.
The government sector, which includes public education, public administration agencies and state-owned hospitals, lost 1,300 jobs in June 2014, and posted an increase of 2,400 positions compared to June a year ago.
Kentucky’s leisure and hospitality sector declined by 2,700 positions in June 2014 from a month ago. Since June 2013, this sector has grown by 5,200 jobs for an increase of 2.9 percent. This sector includes arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation and food services.
Civilian labor force statistics include nonmilitary workers and unemployed Kentuckians who are actively seeking work. They do not include unemployed Kentuckians who have not looked for employment within the past four weeks.
Kentucky’s statewide unemployment rate and employment levels are seasonally adjusted. Employment statistics undergo sharp fluctuations due to seasonal events, such as weather changes, harvests, holidays and school openings and closings. Seasonal adjustments eliminate these influences and make it easier to observe statistical trends. However, because of the small sample size, county unemployment rates are not seasonally adjusted.
Learn more about Kentucky labor market information at www.kylmi.ky.gov.
You’ve never experienced a fair like this year’s Boyd County Fair. The fun, laughs, entertainment, and competitions are non-stop. From start to finish we have something for everyone. You won’t believe the new events, competitions, and attractions we have for you this year in addition to old favorites.
The 2014 edition of the Boyd County Fair board is very excited to announce the headline act for the fair is Bucky Covington. Bucky has a brand new single at the radio station’s “Buzzin”. We are beyond excited about his appearance at this year’s fair. You can see Bucky’s concert on Thursday night, July 24th in the air conditioned Building of Dreams.
Another major attraction new to the fair this year will be Bull Whip Rodeo. This is a full rodeo with bronco riding and roping as well as bull riding and barrels racing. They even have some fun for some of the young ones in the audience during intermission with a calf scramble and cowboy/cowgirl dance contest. All the thrills start Friday night, July 25 at 7:30.
The Boyd County Fair has been named a sanctioned preliminary host for the Coca Cola Youth Talent Contest. The Boyd County edition is open for vocals and instrumentalist for youth ages 13-21. The competition will be Saturday, July 26th at 3 pm. The winners will move on to compete at the KY State Fair for over $3,000 in prizes.
For the first time at the fair we have a chainsaw wood carver, Harley Dougherty. He will be doing 4 shows on Friday and Saturday. His carvings will be auctioned at the end of the evening.
Gospel Music this year is our final night of the fair, Saturday, July 26th and features the Perry’s. For over 40 years The Perry’s, Libbi Perry Stuffle & her husband Tracy, have been telling about the goodness of Jesus through song. Did I Mention, Celebrate Me Home, Through the Night, & The Potter Knows the Clay are just a few of their chart topping songs. In January 2013, Tracy Stuffle had a massive stroke that shook the Southern Gospel world. In the months following, Tracy would be in and out of comas, ups and downs, and survived not one but five brain bleeds. He is truly a modern day miracle and although there is much healing to still take place, God has blessed them tremendously. The concert begins at 7:30 pm in the air conditioned comfort of the Building of Dreams.
Steve-O the Magician will be on hand on the midway Saturday for 3 shows to entertain the young and the young at heart. Your children will be howling with laughter and gasping in amazement at his show….(so will you!) It’s truly a show that is fun for all.
The Pre-Fair Celebration is set for Saturday, July 19 and it is jam-packed with events for the entire family! The day starts at 8 a.m. in downtown Catlettsburg with the Boyd County Fair 5K Fun Run. Then we move to the fairgrounds with our first ever Burger Cook-off and Tailgate Competition with registration from 10 a.m. – noon. “Are You King of the Grill??” At 4 pm there’s a Dog Show with some really fun categories. Also at 4 pm is a Cornhole Tournament with a $200 cash prize for 1st place. The Boyd County Fair’s Children’s Pageant has also moved to our Pre-Fair Celebration. This year’s dress theme is casual western wear/ farm boy/farm girl. There is no previous pageant experience needed….just a cute face and a happy personality.
You can find entry forms and complete rules for all the pre-fair events & competitions at www.boydcountyfair.com
Rounding out the Pre-Fair Celebration at 6:30 p.m. will be a Dash for Cash NBRA & IBRA sanctioned barrel racing Horse Show. If the horse show is a little tame for you then just move around the fairground a little to the Motorsports area where we’ll be “slinging some mud” in the Mud Bog. The mud runs begin at 7 p.m.
If you like wrestling, then you won’t want to miss Wednesday night when Wildcat Championship Wrestling takes over the Building of Dreams. Friday night in the Building of Dreams you can hear the Strings of Whites Creek and Boyd County’s own American Idol Contestant, Jesse Cline.
Friday night, July 25 is the second of the Mud Bogs beginning at 7 p.m. Last but certainly not least on Saturday, July 26 is the all time favorite of fairgoers…the Demolition Derby. The first hits begin at 7 p.m. sharp.
Don’t forget to check out the many horse shows, livestock shows, 4-H, Horticulture, Home Economics, and Fine Arts Exhibits while you’re at the fair.
Entry forms, rules, and a complete fair schedule can be found at www.boydcountyfair.com or you can call 606-585-0514.
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 Urgent Care- Wheelersburg, 8991 Ohio River Road, Wheelersburg, Monday, July 28
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.
College-bound students may be able to tap into many sources of financial aid to help pay for their education, including federal and state grants, scholarships and Federal Stafford and PLUS Loans. In addition, local scholarships are often available, according to the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA).
Those programs can ease the burden of paying for college. However, they may not be enough to cover all the costs. When that happens, many people consider private student loans, also called alternative loans.
The interest rate on private loans will largely depend on the borrower’s credit rating. So, students and parents may have to pay higher interest rates than they would on federal student loans. In addition, many lenders require students to have a cosigner, and some require the college to certify that the student needs the loan.
Students and parents are encouraged to do research before committing to any loan. They should compare the loans offered by various lenders to find the best possible deal.
KHEAA is the state agency that administers Kentucky’s student financial aid programs, including the Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES). Its sister agency, the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHESLC), offers Kentucky Advantage Loans to help students and parents pay for college.
To find links to other useful education websites, 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.
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.
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.