(MAMMOTH CAVE, Ky. – November 25, 2015) While you are holiday shopping, please remember the Friends of Mammoth Cave National Park.
“In the coming weeks, there are several opportunities for holiday shoppers to support the Friends,” said Helen Siewers, executive director of the Friends of Mammoth Cave National Park. “There are four easy ways that you can contribute.”
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Shopify! Go to friendsofmammothcave.myshopify.com, the online store for Friends merchandise. Find t-shirts and hats featuring the Friends’ logo, moderately priced and perfect for your friends and family.
#Giving Tuesday is a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, December 1, 2015, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give. The Friends’ featured project on #GivingTuesday is the Ticket to Ride program at Mammoth Cave. Each school bus trip costs an average of $250 – could you challenge your friends to help sponsor a bus trip? Our goal is to raise $2,000, enough for 8 bus trips from area schools. Watch for updates and donor recognition on Facebook at #MammothFriends.
Gift memberships are available at several giving levels, from $25 to $2,016. Choose what is right for you. One family from Maryland has made an annual memorial gift since the Friends were founded. Send your check to Friends of Mammoth Cave, P.O. Box 2 Mammoth Cave, KY 42259; or join via PayPal, at www.friendsofmammoth.org/membership.php.
“Remember to set up your amazon.smile account before Cyber-Monday, so that all your Amazon purchases can benefit the Friends,” added Siewers.
The Friends focus on three main thrusts: education, recreation, and conservation. In the past year, the Friends have funded buses (for 650 students), cosponsored events, garnered crowd funding donations, and written several successful grants.
The Friends of Mammoth Cave National Park, Inc. is a 501(c)3 organization. All donations are tax deductible.
For more information, visit the Friends’ website at www.Friendsofmammoth.org, or on Facebook at #MammothFriends, or call 270-758-2152.
The annual Brownsville Christmas Parade has been officially postponed due to a large chance of rain expected around 6pm tonight.
The EdmonsonVoice.com weather forecast calls for 90-100% chance of precipitation for tonight around start time, which unfortunately, means that it will likely rain on everyone's parade.
Parade chairman Mike Blanton met with city officials and announced this morning that the parade has been rescheduled for Sunday night, December 6th, beginning at 6pm.
The new parade date is a result of trying to avoid conflicts with other local county and city parades that Blanton said many Edmonson County residents usually attend.
by Beth Cook, Mammoth Cave Transplants
The Thanksgiving holiday is over for many of us and we are all anxious to dive in and get ready for Christmas. Many of us start by putting up our trees to kick off the holiday season. Over the years we have become accustomed to using artificial trees, but there are still some that go the more traditional route of a REAL LIVE Christmas tree. If you decide to go this route you can choose a cut or balled-and-burlap tree.
Cut trees do require a bit more care and water than the balled and burlap, but for whichever type you decide is best fit for your home, here are a few tips to care for your live tree during the holiday season:
Keeping your live tree watered is very crucial in caring for your live Christmas tree to keep it looking and smelling good. Water prevents the needles from drying out and dropping. If the tree and needles dry out, the tree will become a fire hazard. You can also spray or have your tree sprayed with a fire retardant for extra precaution. A fresh and well maintained tree will keep it looking great and also be less of a fire risk.
Make sure to unplug your lights on your tree at night, also be sure to keep away from all heat sources. After you are finished with your tree, plant your balled and burlap as soon as possible. For your cut trees, you can find a local recycling program to dispose of your tree. Enjoy your live tree and Happy Decorating from Mammoth Cave Transplants!
~~The perfect Christmas tree? All Christmas trees are perfect! ~Charles N. Barnard~~
Brownsville Missionary Baptist will present a "Walk Through Bethlehem," which is a custom built marketplace set inside a tent with additional buildings added.
According to spokesperson Lydia Nugent, there are between 30-40 church members who volunteer their time for this event. "We would love to have as many attend as possible," she said. "This is a free event, everyone is free to come and walk through on their own time schedule. It is an outside event and we will be there unless the weather is hazardous."
Dear Edmonson Voice,
FREE THANKSGIVING DINNER!!!! The catch? There is none. After years of working with the young people in our school system, I found many who didn’t have fond memories of this holiday. To me, Thanksgiving is about spending time with people who I love or want to be with, eating way too much delicious food and just simply being thankful for all I have. So I decided to give people, who for whatever reason a place to experience some of what I love about this holiday. This is a free dinner with no strings or requirements, Of course it is open to anyone who can’t afford a dinner, but more than that, we want to invite anyone who wants to come. Your reason for coming and eating up to you. There will be a donation box at the door for those who want to donate, but it is in no way required. This is a ministry of ours and we do this with Jesus at our side, but in no way will you be preached at. We simply do this to offer fellowship with people who want to experience a great dinner with great people.
We will not go door to door asking for support from local business, although we hope to get some. So many are hit up for donations daily already. I would like to see some our community give because they are thankful not because they were cornered. This is thanksgiving and it should be in our hearts to be thankful. If someone wants to donate monies that would be greatly appreciated. We will be happy to have volunteers to help serve and prepare.
Mammoth Cave National Park Superintendent Sarah Craighead invites all area residents to the 36th annual Cave Sing, Sunday, December 6, 2015. Participants will depart from the visitor center at 2:00 p.m. for this free event.
“Our annual Cave Sing is a bit different this year,” said Craighead. “Because of the cave trail construction project we will present the musical program in the Rotunda and Rafinesque Hall. Some of our rangers will be in period dress representing different eras in Mammoth Cave’s 200-year history. Coming back to the surface, and after the sun sets, the WKU Hilltopper Astromony Club will hold a star party adjacent to the visitor center.”
The idea for the Cave Sing dates back to 1883, when residents held a Christmas celebration inside Mammoth Cave. An article about the event stated, "the halls of the cave ring with joyous carols and the laughter of happy children." The park hosted the first Cave Sing in 1980.
The schedule follows:
For further information, call 270-758-2180.
Kyrock Elementary's 4th grade classes will host an American Red Cross blood drive on December 3rd from 9:00am-2:00pm.
For more information please call 270-286-4013.
Chalybeate United Baptist Church has cancelled services for Sunday, November 22, 2015 for the funeral of church member Doris Johnson.
The funeral is scheduled for 11AM at the church. They will have their regularly scheduled third Saturday night service on November 21 at 7PM.
Brother Richard Minton is pastor, Brother Steve Doyle will officiate the funeral service.
by Greg Hudson
I recently read an article in the fundamentals newsletter from Play Positive, sponsored by Liberty Mutual Insurance, entitled “Gracious in Victory and Defeat”. We hear this phrase all the time, but rarely see it practiced. Sure, college teams line up to shake hands or give high fives after most games, but how many of them actually practice the concept of truly being gracious in victory or in defeat.
Those people are few and far between, so where does one learn to become “Gracious in Victory and Defeat?" In my opinion, it starts at the lowest levels of play, where the parents and coaches of youth sports can, and should make a difference in the lives of young people.
It should make no difference if the team has the most talent or the least talent, each player should be taught the fundamentals of the game. No, not the fundamental skills associated with the sport such as hitting, running, throwing, or shooting, because those skills are normally taught. I am talking about the more important skills of giving your best effort and treating every player, coach, and official with respect.
We all know that young players learn from their parents, coaches, and officials actions. We have also heard that actions speak louder than words, however, keep in mind that words are actions, and you can have a positive or negative effect on all those around you through those words and actions.
So as you watch, coach, or officiate during this upcoming sports season please keep in mind that people are watching you and your actions, especially young people. Take a leadership role in the lives of the youth in our county and set the example by being “Gracious in Victory and Defeat”.
That covers it for now, thanks for supporting your local Parks and Recreation Department. Together we can do some great things! Make sure you visit our website at www.ecparksandrec.com
by Beth Cook, Mammoth Cave Transplants
As the year comes to an end, and we have tidied up our garden and have got them settled in for the winter, most anxious gardeners begin to think about Spring planting. You can get a jumpstart on some color in your garden is to plant bulbs like tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths for Spring blooming.
Most spring flowering bulbs need several weeks of near-freezing or below-freezing temperatures in order to bloom. Although it's more pleasant to garden during warm fall days, planting fall bulbs too soon may trick the bulbs into sprouting in the fall rather than waiting for springtime.Store them in a cool, dark place such as a garage, shed or basement until you're ready to plant them. You can also put them in your refrigerator to chill for several days before planting. The best time to plant fall bulbs is when temperatures have started to cool down. Start planting bulbs when overnight lows have dropped into the 40s and 50s for about two weeks. Make sure you finish planting before the ground gets too cold--that will make it difficult to work with.
When purchasing bulbs, you'll want to find the healthiest ones. Make sure they are firm and not squishy. Watch out for mold or mildew and avoid those. Pick out larger bulbs, as they tend to produce more blooms. Whether you are planting them in the ground or a pot, lay out your bulbs on top of the soil where you want to plant them. Afterwards, poke a twig into the soil to mark where you’ve already planted. As a general rule of thumb, the planting depth should be 3 times the height of the bulb. Plant the bulb pointed side up. Cover with soil, and you can cover with mulch or leaves as well.. It won’t be long, and magic will pop up in Spring!!!
"One of the most delightful things about a garden is the anticipation it provides." ~W.E. Johns, The Passing Show
Submitted by Selina Linder
Shaylee Hampton, a kindergarten student at Kyrock Elementary, presents a picture to military veteran Eric Roscoe that she created. She and other students presented their artwork and thank you cards to the veteran of their choice.
Many veterans came out to take part in the school's program and the students were all smiles as they presented their cards. Shaylee is in Mrs. Ali Mello's class at Kyrock.
The Little Dribblers sign ups have been extended through Friday, November 13th at ECMS, 6PM. Spots on the team are limited to the first 75 that sign up.
According to coordinator Jason Decker, the purpose of the Little Dribblers is not only to enjoy the game of basketball and participate in unique opportunities, but also to learn basic fundamentals of the game that will be the foundation of competitive play in the future. Available ages are preschool through 6th grade.
Call 270-597-7134 for more information.
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BackYard BBQ and Grill is back in town this Saturday at C&C Firearms from 10am-SOLD OUT! This is our last setup for November!
We will have Pulled Pork, Sliced Shoulder, Pork Chops, Ribeye, Ribs, Smoked Bologna, Chicken Quarter, Mac&Cheese, Cole Slaw, Potato Salad and BBQ Beans! Follow us on Facebook!
The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources' Hunter Education regulation requires anyone born on or after January 1, 1975 and age 12 or older to have a hunter education course completion card in their possession while hunting, as well as the appropriate Kentucky hunting license. One portion of this requirement is to complete Hunter Safety Range Day, which was held at Chalybeate Park on Thursday, November 5th with a large turnout.
According to EC Parks & Rec Director A.B. Webb, students traveled as far away as Louisville to participate. Instructors for the class were Bobby McKee and A.B. Webb.
The hunter education class which coincides, has not yet been scheduled, but according to Webb, will be sometime in the Spring of 2016.
On December 15, 2014, the EdmonsonVoice.com reported to you that Community Action of Southern Kentucky’s Head Start in Edmonson County was officially adopted into United Way’s Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Program in memory of Stoy E. Browning who passed away May 19, 2014.
Made possible by a generous memorial contribution, all children attending Community Action of Southern Kentucky’s Head Start in Edmonson County at the time were enrolled into United Way’s Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Program. Upon enrollment into the program, each child began to receive one book per month mailed directly to their home until they reach the age of 5, at no cost to the families.
As of September 2015, 13 additional children have enrolled into the Head Start Program in Edmonson County. Now, as a result of an additional memorial contribution in honor of Stoy E. Browning, the Browning family has made it possible for these 13 children to also be enrolled into the Imagination Library.
Family spokesperson Craig E. Browning released this statement: “Every child deserves the opportunity and tools to be successful in life. Giving back through a contribution to the Dolly Parton Imagination Library Program is a great way to help a child become kindergarten ready. A child that enters kindergarten ready to learn is much more likely to succeed throughout their academic career – and life. Sponsoring a child is a very modest investment. We encourage others to contact United Way of Southern Kentucky and find out more about how you can help.”
For more information on how you can make the choice to LIVE UNITED through giving, advocating and volunteering, log on to the United Way of Southern Kentucky website at www.liveunitedtoday.com or call 270-843-3205.
With modern gun season opening this weekend for deer, many people are anxious to fill their freezer with some fresh meat. However, all hunters must following protocol to transition from the field to the freezer to keep their harvest legal.
First, make sure you have the appropriate licenses. Most hunters must have a Kentucky Hunting License AND a Deer Permit before you start hunting. Kentucky resident landowners, their spouses, and their dependent children hunting on their property are license/permit exempt. In most cases, to qualify as a dependent, your parents must claim you as such on their taxes. Generally, if your name is not on the deed and you are not a spouse or dependent child of the deed holder, you need a license.
The next step for a legal harvest requires logging your animal. Regardless of your license status, you must log the date, sex, and county of the harvest on your harvest log BEFORE you move the animal from the spot it was found. This log can be found on the back of your license. If you are license exempt, you must either print out a harvest log (fw.ky.gov) or create your own with an index card or piece of paper.
The final requirement to a legal harvest is Telechecking your deer. You can access the Telecheck system by phone (1-800-CHK-GAME) or online (fw.ky.gov). All harvested deer must be checked-in before midnight the day the animal is recovered, or before the hide or head is removed, whichever comes first. Once you have entered your information, you will be given a confirmation number to record on your harvest log. This confirmation number is critical as it acts as proof of a legal harvest. Entering false information into the Telecheck system, or entering someone else’s deer as your own, is a criminal offense.
I hope everyone has a safe and successful hunting season. Please remember to wear your orange (head and torso), ask permission, and thank the landowner. If you have any questions or need to report a violation, call 1-800-25-ALERT.
--OFFICER BJ MCCOY,
KENTUCKY FISH AND WILDLIFE
EC Parks and Rec Little League Basketball tryouts will be held this Saturday, November 14, at the EC 5/6 center beginning at 1PM.
All 6th, 7th, and 8th grade boys interested in participating in the basketball program this year are invited to attend.
League Board Member Anthony Duvall said that hopeful players need to be dressed in practice gear. "We'll have about 1 hour to 1 hour 1/2 of letting the kids play to get a look at all the participants so we can pick teams immediately after," he said.
If you need more info or have any questions, please call League President Bennie Decker at 270-597-3749.
Join us for Revival Services:
Nov. 8th -11th
Sunday 11:00 AM, 6:00 PM
Monday - Wednesday 6:30 PM
Blue Holler ATV Park, located on Ollie Road in Mammoth Cave, KY is hosting a "Military/First Responder Appreciation Event" this Saturday, November 7th, sponsored by C&C Firearms.
The event is also in conjunction with both the Edmonson and Grayson County Angel Tree Projects, which provide toys and other Christmas gifts for local underprivileged children.
Leonard Hill, a park manager, said military personnel and first responders are sometimes overlooked and that the park simply "wants to do a good thing for Edmonson and Grayson Counties."
He said admission is free to all military personnel with a valid ID and first responders can simply write down the name of their organization with the name of the official in charge to get in free as well. However, free admission isn't limited to those folks only. Hill said they will also allow admission with a donation of at least a $10 toy that will go directly to the Angel Tree Project. "We hope we don't take in one single dollar. We hope everyone brings a toy. This isn't about the park, it's about our military, emergency personnel, and our kids."
Some of the featured events will be live music from four different bands, with sound provided by Kentucky Music Company, a military style obstacle ATV course suitable for all ages, a scheduled appearance from the Air Evac Helicopter, food vendors, and prizes will be given away.
Gates will open at 8am, obstacle course will open at 10am, and live music will run from 11am to 4pm.
The Edmonson County Chamber of Commerce have announced that tickets sales are underway for the November 19 Annual Dinner & Banquet. The event will be at the Byrd Center at Chalybeate. The menu includes turkey, dressing, and ham with 4 sides, fruit and vegetable trays and 3 pie selections. The gathering begins at 6 pm with dinner being served at 6:30 pm.
"Over the years we have striven to have our dinner in Edmonson County and prepared by Edmonson County to promote Edmonson County" stated Rhonda Clemmons, Chamber Director.
The evening will include awards presentations from the Chamber of Commerce and the Tourism Commission.
Sharon Tabor Executive Director of Cave City Convention Center will be speaking on the Trail Town efforts and the area Cave Region Trail Initiative. This is a economic development program being implemented in our area and that can stimulate business growth and sustainability.
Dinner tickets are $25 each and are available at the Chamber of Commerce Office, inside the Historic Courthouse. Tickets are also available at Bank of Edmonson by seeing Michelle Coleman or PBI Bank of Brownsville by seeing Jill Vincent. You do not have to be a chamber member attend. "We welcome all to buy a ticket and join us for a wonderful evening, " stated Clemmons
by Josh Casey, C&C Firearms
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That’s the local voter turnout for yesterday’s general election. 22%, and please keep in mind that is 22% of registered voters. It is startling to imagine what that number would fall to if we took into account the people who have never even registered to vote.
So often I hear people wonder aloud how it is that small political minorities and special interest groups seem to have so much sway over politics in this country. How a small group of people can seemingly steam roll the majority of Americans………22%, that’s how. This isn’t just a local problem, statewide turnout look to be about 30%......Lets break that down a little bit.
Our own Sheriff, Shane Doyle, touched on this a little yesterday. Kentucky’s Governor is elected by a simple majority, which is half +1 of the votes. If only 30% of registered Kentuckians voted yesterday, then in a hotly contested race, your new governor was elected by just over 15% percent of registered voters. Does that mean that 85% of the state believes things are going so well that there is no need for their input? Do we trust that such a small number of people will simply make the right choices for us?
I find myself very conflicted this morning. I’m deeply frustrated by an election where nearly every candidate I supported won. The truth is that this has nothing to do with winners and losers. Please get educated about the candidate and vote.
How is it that laws are constantly passed that run contrary to the core values that we hold dear, and that we know the majority of Americans also believe in?……..22% that’s how.