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  • Dear Savvy Senior,
    What resources do you recommend that offer help to caregivers? I’ve been taking care of my 82-year-old mother, and it’s wearing me to a frazzle.
    Exhausted Daughter

  • Yesterday, 4:30 pm, after shedding my city boots for my country boots I headed back out the door with my egg basket and a jug of water.  Our two livestock guardian dogs by my side, we head back to the barn.  In the blink of an eye Baxter and Finca take off in full defense mode towards our hens and the barn.  Baxter takes the front and Finca takes the back.  And, to my bewilderment, a beautiful coyote is flushed from beyond and the dogs follow pursuit.  Wiley coyote hits the frozen lake and the dogs circle.

  • A long winter with frequent bouts of ice and snow has not been kind to Spencer County trees, and we’ll probably be hearing the buzz of chainsaws with increasing frequency as things warm up and thaw out.

  • They came from the east to challenge the elements and face the dangers of territory that would become the state of “Kentucky.”
    It was 230 years ago, in the spring of 1780, that a few brave families chose to settle near the upper waters of a creek named for explorer Tom Simpson.
    A stockade was constructed near Simpson Creek and was named for the leader of the group, William Kincheloe, and was called “Kincheloe Station.”

  • Spencer County Elementary students Samantha Johnson and Michael Cox help promote a love of reading during Valentine’s week.
     

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    Leah Mae Ware is proud to announce the birth of her brother, Ezekiel Terrence Dean Ware. Ezekiel is the son of Aaron and Jamie Ware of Mount Eden. He was born Dec. 26, weighing 8 pounds and 1 ounce. He was 20.5 inches long. Ezekiel’s great grandparents are Sid and the late Arvilla Ware, Ray and Barbara Ellis, Michael and Debbie Ward, Terry and Maxie Ahearn and the late Robin Fritts. His grandparents are Dean and Lisa Ware of Mount Eden.

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    Taylorsville residents Jamie Scott and Amanda Branham welcomed their son, Braxton Cole Scott, to the world on Jan. 11 at 4:33 p.m.
    Braxton was born at Baptist Hospital East in Louisville weighing 7 pounds, 4 ounces and measured16.5 inches long.
     

  • The 2009 January ice storm knocked down limbs, electricity and phone service across Kentucky. The damage to trees was astounding, to say the least.
    Last week’s icy “situation” brought back the memory of those dread-filled days as we slowly tackled the clean-up effort at the farm. This year’s ice is not nearly as bad as 2009, but it sure left a mess in its wake.
    If you are among those with heavy damage, assess the situation with an eye toward safety.

  • 60 years ago
    Feb. 11, 1954

    CATTLE HERDSMEN TO HAVE SHORT COURSES
    Short courses for purebred and commercial breeders of beef cattle, feeders and herdsmen will be held at the University of Kentucky.
    Speakers will include Dr. C. S. Hobbs, University of Tennessee; Ken Littleton, Round Hill, Va.; Doyle Chambers, Oklahoma A. and M. College.

  • The decision to save the Ashes Creek School and Yates (or Meyers) House log cabin from destruction when Taylorsville Lake was being formed was truly significant.
    “Ashes Creek” is indeed a creek, but it has always been considered a place like Briar Ridge, Possum Ridge or Hickory Ridge.
    Joellen Tyler Johnston wrote an excellent series on the history of Ashes Creek in 1993.

  • Risen Lord hosting Valentine’s dinner
    Risen Lord Lutheran church is hosting a free Valentine’s dinner Feb. 15 at 6:30 pm.
    The event is for couples and single people.
    There will be door prizes and entertainment after the meal.
    Reservations must be made by Feb. 13.
    Space is limited and on a first come basis by reservation. Call Julie at 502-477-6557 to make a reservation.
    There is no child care available for this event.

  • In the Gospel of John chapter 8, Jesus said to those listening to him: “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
    With these words, Jesus teaches us that truth is the means to freedom.
    Truth is a very important part of Jesus’ teaching. He called himself the truth when he said, [John 14:6] “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

  • I remember when I was a kid I loved snow days. An extra day off from school!  The snow falling was magical and beautiful and getting wet and cold playing out in all that white stuff didn’t seem to bother me.

  • Dear Savvy Senior,
    My 62-year-old sister was recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and was surprised when the doctor told her that she’s probably had it or prediabetes for many years. My question is what determines prediabetes and how can you know if you have it?
    Surprised Senior

  • Love. It has many shapes, many forms of expressions, and many “flaws”. When the word love has been expressed by one of my many clients over the past four decades, it is often misunderstood or unaccepted.

  • Dear Savvy Senior,
    Can you recommend some popular work at home jobs for retirees? I’m interested in earning a little extra cash, but would also like to stay at home and have a flexible schedule.
    Recently Retired

  • Because I choose to subscribe and support the organization known as Parents Television Council, I receive information relative to what PTC has discovered is going on in the television industry that could be harmful to you and your children.
    In Volume 11, Number 5, of the PTC Insider, there is a quote from Peter Chernin, president of News Corp., the parent company of the FOX TV network: “[We will] fight to the end for our ability to put controversial, offensive, and even tasteless content on the air” (Broadcasing and Cable, Oct. 21, 2008).

  • In my many years of family practice in the field of mental health, I have heard routine testimonies of some conditions in the homes in which my clients were raised. It didn’t matter if the family background was in wealthy or very poor families, just because one family has all or most of life’s goods, and the other seems to have lived from paycheck to paycheck, what I heard was that their particular family history was one of unhealthiness.

  • Dear Savvy Senior,
    Can you give me some tips on how to choose a good financial planner or adviser? My wife and I are five or six years away from retiring and could use some professional help to get us on track.
    Seeking Advice

    Dear Seeking,
    With all the different financial advisers and services available today, choosing a trusted professional that can meet your needs can be a bit confusing. Here are some suggestions that can help.

    Where to look

  • Pictured are members of the Spencer County Multi Purpose Community Action Agency’s Senior Life Enrichment Center who recently participated in a short study about birds commonly found in Kentucky. Participants are pictured here building and painting their own birdhouses. The craft activity followed the study.