Edmonson Voice Staff
Local Girl Scout Troop 313 got a little damp last night, but there were no complaints as they met at the Chalybeate Fire Department to watch the Air Evac Helicopter land.
The medical staff on board spoke with the girls about the daily routines of the job and answered their questions about being on board the helicopter. The rescue workers stressed that hard work, education, and a willingness to help people were some of the things that drove them to do the special job.
Edmonson Voice Staff
Photos submitted by Laura Lucas
The residents in and around Rocky Hill are still enjoying the conveniences of a post office in their own community, after almost 100 years.
According to Assistant Sales and Service Associate Laura Lucas, it was first a general store in 1915, then became a full service post office in the early 1920's. At some point it was converted into a bank then back to a post office.
The facility's operating hours have recently been reduced due to a decline in business activity over the years. With all the cuts that the Postal Service have made, offices like the one in Rocky Hill are in danger of being shut down completely.
Mrs. Lucas encourages not only the residents of Rocky Hill to stop by, but everyone in the surrounding area to take advantage of their products and services.
She said the facility is a full service post office where you can send packages, get money orders, and rent boxes. Six month boxes are available for $25 and one year boxes are $50. They also offer special services like certified and registered mail.
The operating hours are Mon-Fri 9am-1pm, and Saturday 10am-12pm. The office is located at 1793 Rocky Hill Road in "downtown" Rocky Hill, 42163. Call 270-749-3213.
Edmonson Voice Staff
Photos submitted by B. Vincent
The Old Woodsman 2nd Annual Trapping Class was held this past Saturday at instructor Ronnie Vincent's house. The mission of the class to ensure that the tradition of trapping is learned and passed down. Along with Vincent, the class was taught by Jerry Spainhoward, Marty Voiers, and Brandon Vincent.
They taught the basics of trap setting, location, baits and lures, as well as how to safely and properly set your traps. The men also taught the laws on taking, as per KY Fish and Wildlife regulations. Over 60 people attended the event.
"It was great to see everyone come out for the class," said instructor Brandon Vincent. "This is an important tradition that's not taught much anymore. We hope this continues to grow, and we're looking for an even bigger crowd next year."
Beth Cook, Mammoth Cave Transplants
Fall has officially arrived! Temperatures are fluctuating, leaves are turning and even falling. Now is the time to plant trees and shrubs in your landscape. Planting in the fall allows time for the roots to establish. When planting, make sure to water the plant thoroughly and at least every 7-10 days if we have not received any rainfall.
Unlike the July we had this year… rain, rain, rain, we are currently in a period of drought and plants need water. Prolonged dry fall periods can cause root damage, which affects the health of the entire plant. Normally in early fall, you would stop watering because rainfall will usually suffice. Sometimes watering in early fall will promote new growth, but since we haven’t had any rainfall, they are in need of water. You would then start watering again in late fall when deciduous trees have lost their leaves to help ensure against damage in the winter.
Evergreen trees will definitely need to be watered before winter - since they never lose their foliage and go into full dormancy, they will constantly be losing water throughout the winter.You should only water when air and soil temperatures are above 40 degrees F. Water deeply (at least 1-2 feet deep at a time) until the ground is frozen. Deep watering encourages proper root growth so that the trees will be able to access water farther down in the soil.
Young trees, especially, need lots of water to establish roots in preparation for winter. Newly planted trees should be watered at the base, while more mature trees should be watered at the dripline. Remember DO NOT fertilize this time of year! Fertilize will promote new growth that could be damaged or even killed by frost. Another important tip is to be sure and mulch your trees and shrubs well for the winter. This will help hold in needed moisture during the winter.
Happy Fall Y’all from Mammoth Cave Transplants!!
“Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree.”― Emily Bronte
Come join the Blackhawks for a night of food, fun, and fantastic auction items! There will be face painting, inflatables, games of all kinds, and a delicious Ham Dinner from 5pm-7pm, $6 for adults, $4 for kids 10 and under. You don't want to miss this!
The Wingfield Fire Department haunted house will be open every Friday and Saturday night in October. Cost is $10 for a hayride and haunted house and only $5 for ages 12 and under. A concession stand will also be open. Come join us if you dare!
Edmonson Voice Staff
There are few left from the "greatest generation," those that saw the Great Depression and lived through WWII, but the ones still here are some of the toughest, best, and hardest working folks God ever created. Edna Jackson, 99 years old took a ride with her eldest daughter, Marilee Ringley to Chalybeate today to her son-in-law and youngest daughter's house to continue a tradition that she's been a part of for over 50 years, helping with the family sweet corn harvest.
If you've been around the Chalybeate community very long, you know that Wavie and Lynn Skaggs have always had a reputation of growing one of the largest and most successful gardens in Edmonson County, and with a total of 50 people (soon to be 51) in the family, it's easy to see the necessity of a garden so large.
Ms. Jackson, known as "Tiny" to some, and "Granny" to others, has obviously slowed down some over the years, but for someone knocking on the door of 100, it's truly an amazing sight.
"We simply had to make her stop for a minute to rest," said daughter Marilee Ringley. "She won't even hardly slow down long enough to eat a bite."
Mrs. Ringley, 79, and sister, Lynn, 77, were busy cutting as corn flew off the cobs into large pans while their razor-sharp knives wailed away.
"I hate silking corn," said Ms. Jackson with a smirk. "I'd rather cut if off, but I can't stand in one spot for too long. I can sit in a chair and silk, but I still don't like it none."
The simple fact that's she's physically able to do anything is mind-blowing in itself, much less work several hours doing something that few people under the age 50 even know how to do. When asked why she even does it at all, she replied, "Why, Lynn and Wavie ain't able to do all this by theirselves. It's hard work, putting up corn, but I don't reckon I've got anything else to do."
"Sometimes I'm just tired and I wish I could just go on, because I know where I'm going when I die, but I sure still like being around everybody," she said as she took a small sip of Coke through a straw.
Brothers Wavie and Carlton Skaggs traded jabs at each other as each said they'd shucked more ears than the other, all in good fun, of course.
Ms. Jackson eventually sat back down and picked up her silking brush again. "Don't guess anybody else is going to do it..."
As we left, she waved and said, "There's plenty here if you run out of something to do."
Show your support for a local resident who could use some help. Judy Webb, former deputy jailer, has been diagnosed with breast cancer. She will need help to pay for travel back and forth for her treatments and medical expenses.
You can help by purchasing a T Shirt to show your support. The black shirts will feature pink lettering and will say "Team Judy" on the front and "With God, all things are possible" on the back. Prices are $12 for kids sizes up to adult XL and $14 for 2X and up.
To place an order, call 270-246-2698, or contact coordinator Tammy Vincent Meredith on Facebook.
Chalybeate United Baptist Church will hold their annual homecoming service this coming Sunday, September 20th. There will be no Sunday School; service is scheduled to begin at 10AM with a dinner served on the grounds immediately following. Brother Richard Minton is pastor, everyone is invited.
Holly Springs Missionary Baptist Church will hold their 200th Anniversary Homecoming Service in conjunction with hosting the 122nd Annual Edmonson Association of Missionary Baptists Meeting on Sunday September 20, 2015.
Service is scheduled to begin at 10AM and Bro. Jeff Burden has been asked to preach. All are welcome to attend.
from Julia Branstetter, Edmonson County Extension Office
Edmonson County was well represented at the Kentucky State Fair in August. The fair hosts 4-H projects from across the state in Cloverville. Cloverville consists of 18 divisions where 4-H'ers can showcase their projects. In order to exhibit a 4-H project in Cloverville, 4-H'ers must first compete in their county and be selected as the grand champion in the class. These grand champions advance to the Kentucky State Fair and are exhibited in Cloverville where they are judged on the Danish System.
One 4-H’er excelled in the Food Division that had 375 entries. Emily Davis of Brownsville, daughter of Matt & Jennifer Davis, competed in Class 848 - Baking powder biscuits. Emily won class champion with her delicious homemade biscuits. Her biscuits then competed against the other class winners. Emily received Reserve Champion in the Foods Division. This is the second highest honor she could receive.
Other 4-H’ers also competed in the state fair.
• Senior Black and White Drawing-Blue Ribbon
• Junior Upcycling Project-Red Ribbon
• Junior Watercolor Painting-White Ribbon
• Junior Folk Art- Red Ribbon
• Junior Acrylic/Oil Painting- Red Ribbon
• Decorative item for the home and photo-Blue Ribbon
• Zesty Salsa-Blue Ribbon
Congratulations to all of our State Fair Ribbon winners!
4-H'ers can be involved in Cloverville in a variety of ways from exhibiting projects, conducting demonstrations, and performing talents on stage. If your child is interested in participating in 4-H please contact the Edmonson County UK Cooperative Extension Office at 270-597-3628.
Educational programs of the Cooperative Extension Service serve all people regardless of race, color, sex, religion, disability or national origin.
Beth Cook, Mammoth Cave Transplants
Chrysanthemums, or as we call the “Mums”, are a sure sign of the arrival of fall. Mums have been around for centuries originating in China. It was cultivated in China as a flowering herb, it was believed to have the power of life. The flower later appeared in Japan. The Japanese were so taken by the flower, they used a single flowered chrysanthemum as the crest and official seal of the Emperor. Bet you didn’t know they had so much history?
Mums nowadays, signify the signs of fall. Mums are widely used in fall decorating, whether planted in the landscape or in containers. There are now a wide array of colors and bloom shapes to satisfy any individual's flower fixation. The newer varieties, however, are not as hardy as the older varieties. They may come back the next growing season, but there is no guarantee. A few things to remember when caring for fall mums are:
The following Spring-To encourage branching and compact bushy growth it is important to pinch the plants in the early spring. Once the plant has reached 4- 6 inches, remove 1-2 inches of the new growth on every shoot. After the plants have grown 3-5 inches from the first pinching, it is time to pinch again (1-2 inches). Stop pinching your plants around mid-July to have beautiful blooms for the fall.
Don’t forget, you can also plant pansies, violas, dianthus, snapdragons, ornamental cabbage and kale to accent your mums. These will last well until frost and possibly through the winter for early spring color.
Mum is the word from Mammoth Cave Transplants!!
~~“If you would be happy for a lifetime, grow Chrysanthemums.” —a Chinese philosopher
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The Pony Express 4H Horse club members won several top honors at the National Walking Horse Celebration in Shelbyville, TN for the Creative Contests.
Left to right: Kyle Majors, 3rd place fine art drawing age group 12-14, 1st place water color painting age group, 12-14, 1st and 4th place color photos age group 12-14, Keaton Thompson, 3rd photo color age 12-14, 1st oil painting age 12-14, 1st black and white photos 12-14, Rachel Cowles, 1st commercial art poster, 1st pastel painting 12-14, 1st fine art drawing 12-14, 2nd black and white photos 12-14, 2nd color photos 12-14, 1st horse apparel 12-14, 1st leather art 12-14, Trista Majors, 1st textile art 7-11, 1st essay 7-11, 2nd black and white photos 7-11, 1st color photos 7-11, 2nd water color painting 7-11.