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  • Dear Savvy Senior,
    Can Medicare help me quit smoking? I just turned 65, and would like to quit but need some help.
    Coughing Connie

    Dear Connie,
    Yes, Medicare actually covers up to eight face-to-face counseling sessions a year to help beneficiaries quit smoking. And, if you have a Medicare Part D prescription drug plan, certain smoking-cessation medications are covered too. Here are some other tips that can help you kick the habit.

  • by Ned Way

  • A reading from Matt 25:23-30
    “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’
    “Then the man who had received the one talent came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. So I was afraid and went out and hid your talent in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’

  • Did you know that the cranberry used to be called the “cranberry?” When the colonists first learned of this berry from their American Indian hosts in the New World they thought the blooms of the native shrub looked like the long neck and bill of the crane. Eventually, as language goes, it was shortened to cranberry.

  • When it rained it poured in March, 1909 across the Salt River water shed and Brashears Creek went on a rampage, helping the river stretch out of her banks. Taylorsville suffered a major flood during which an act of heroism by a man named Miller was not overlooked by the Andrew Carnegie Hero Fund.
    We quote the late Fred Prewitt from a recording of a local historical society meeting several years ago. Fred said his father was sick in bed at Taylorsville when the flood struck. They lived near the intersection of Garrard and Main Cross Streets.

  • by Ned Way

  • A Reading from 1 John 3:4-6: Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness. But you know that he (Jesus) appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him (Jesus) is no sin. No one who lives in him (Jesus) keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him (Jesus) or known him.

  • Entomology researchers in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment have received encouraging results in their fight to protect Kentucky ash trees from the emerald ash borer. EAB is an exotic wood-boring invader that kills ash trees.

  • Cooler temperatures, a touch of frost, and some freezing overnight temperatures, are all timely because it allows our plants to make the transition into dormancy. Our winter chill is a bit early but it is inevitable; and predictions call for another memorable one. So, for our plants the best scenario is to stay cool so they can do what they are supposed to do this time of year.

  • Vaucluse is the historical property that faces Yoder-Tipton Road just off KY 55-155. You might say Vaucluse and Liberty Hall in Frankfort are siblings.
    The Knox Brown family, the last to occupy Vaucluse, has a direct connection with Liberty Hall.

  • Last weekend marked open gun season in Kentucky and deer hunters hit the woods in their orange safety gear looking for the epitome of procuring local food! I am not a hunter but I certainly respect hunters who lawfully hunt for food. While some are hunting this time of the year, however, others are scrambling to protect their trees from the rut.

  • For more than 30 years, Kentucky farmers have supported the beef industry through a per-head checkoff program. When it began in 1976, the checkoff was 10 cents per head. The passage of the 1985 Farm Bill replaced the state program with a Federal Beef Checkoff program of $1 per head when a beef animal is sold during its lifetime. Half of the money comes back to Kentucky to support state beef promotion through the Kentucky Beef Council.

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  • Riley gives thanks, plans for the future
    The election is over, the votes have been counted and now it’s time to get to work making Spencer County Proud. Thank you to everyone who helped and supported me in my campaign for Spencer County Judge Executive.
    Congratulations to all those who won their elections and who will now be responsible for serving the citizens of Spencer County as elected officials.