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Today's Features

  • Students from around the Commonwealth were rewarded for their talents in history at the Kentucky Junior Historical Society 2011 Kentucky History Day on April 30.
    Allen Oder and Joseph Snider, students at Spencer County High School, took first place in the senior group documentary category for their entry, “The Napster Debate: The Sad Song of Free Music.”
    Kentucky History Day, which took place at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History in Frankfort, is part of the National History Day program.

  • The third annual Mountain Goat Trail Run is planned for Saturday, June 4, at Taylorsville Lake State Park.
    Registration and packet pick-up begins at 6 a.m., and the race starts at 7:30 a.m.
    All proceeds will support the Spencer County Track and Cross Country Elementary Team.
    All participants will receive a shirt.
    The entry fee for the 5K trail run is $20. The entry fee for the one-mile fun run is $10.

  • Taylorsville cook Linda Brown’s Crunchy Pea Salad has been awarded a blue ribbon at Just A Pinch Recipe Club, the new online social community created for and by cooks at www.justapinch.com, according to a news release from the site.

  • Memorial Day is the traditional start of the picnic and backyard cookout season. It is a great time to experiment with fun recipes. Donna Bulf’s dirt cake is a fun dessert for any time, but would be especially fun at a summer holiday celebration.

    Bulf got her recipe for dirt cake from her daughter about 17 years ago, and it has become a favorite dessert for many of her outdoor gatherings.

    “We started decorating it in a pot,” said Bulf. “It can be put in 9x13 pans or glass bowls. But if you want to shock somebody, put it in a pot!”

  • Editor’s note: The following is a continuation of Tom Watson’s column last week, which looks at Spencer County family names and the history associated with them.

  • The Spencer County Homemakers caught up with each other last month, as well as 16th president Abraham Lincoln and his wife, Mary Todd.

  • The 2011 Louisville Area Communications Day was held on Saturday, April 16, at the Ballardsville Baptist Church in Oldham County.  I am so proud to say that everyone from Spencer County did an outstanding job.

  • The carpenter bees are doing a number on our house. We perfectly fit the profile of a desirable place to lay your eggs for this rather docile bee, and they are busy around the frame of the garage as I write.
    But, I do have a plan. Carpenter bees are essentially harmless. The male, who hovers about, has no stinger. The female tunnels and lays her eggs; when she does come out, you would have to handle her for her to sting.

  • Although horse farm owners by nature are jacks of all trade, they can easily overlook the importance of developing appropriate plans for environmental systems. Heavy rains throughout April and at the beginning of May provide a striking visual aide:
    There is no better time to see how heavy rain and run-off can erode fields and paths, which makes spring the perfect time to take the necessary steps to prevent further soil loss, erosion, loss of forage, damage to pasture, and contamination of waterways.