Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
Mammoth Cave National Park will kick off the annual National Park Week by celebrating National Junior Ranger Day and offering the Discovery Tour for free on Saturday, April 20.
National Park Week is an annual celebration for people to discover and enjoy our country’s remarkable network of natural, cultural, and recreational sites. Mammoth Cave National Park is one of over 400 individual park units managed by the National Park Service and is proud to be a destination where visitors can learn, explore, and connect with the country’s rich natural and cultural heritage.
National Junior Ranger Day
National Junior Ranger Day is an opportunity to introduce and connect young people and their families to Mammoth Cave’s natural and cultural resources and develop essential stewardship practices. The Junior Ranger program is more than just following activities in a booklet, it is about engaging with visitors of all ages so they can create experiences and memories that will be carried with them for their entire lives. Last year, over 500 people participated in National Junior Ranger Day events held at Mammoth Cave National Park.
National Junior Ranger Day activities will begin at 9 am in the picnic area. Multiple programs will be presented throughout the day by Park Rangers and activities will include guided hikes and hands on learning opportunities that focus on geology, biology and the vast human history of Mammoth Cave. Junior Ranger Adventure Books are available for free at the park’s visitor center, but are not a requirement to participate in Junior Ranger Day activities.
For a complete schedule of Junior Ranger Day activities and meeting locations, visit nps.gov/maca/planyourvisit/calendar.htm.
Free Discovery Tour for National Park Week
The National Park Service offers the first day of National Park Week as a fee free day to encourage everyone to get out and visit a park. Mammoth Cave will provide a free self-guided Discovery Tour between 9:30 am to 3:00 pm. Cave tour participants must pick up a ticket in the visitor center before going on the tour.
The ¾-mile tour route requires a walk down and up a steep path to the Historic Entrance and navigating 160 steps. Participants will pass through the Rotunda, one of the largest rooms within the cave, explore a vast canyon passageway, and view a 19th-century saltpeter mining operation.
For more information on National Park Week visit nps.gov/subjects/npscelebrates/national-park-week.htm.
Mammoth Cave National Park will celebrate Wildflower Day on Saturday, April 13 with ranger and volunteer led walks, talks, and activities beginning in the park at 9:30 am. Wildflower Day events are free and open to the public with no reservations required.
Mammoth Cave National Park is home to over 100 species of spring wildflowers. Each year the park’s wildflowers and blooming trees treat park visitors to colorful displays along park trails, roadways, and forests from early spring until mid-May. Wildflower Day provides a chance for visitors to learn about what is blooming in the park and the important role wildflowers play in our human history and environmental health.
Activities planned for this year’s Wildflower Day include wildflower themed walks along popular hiking trails, scavenger hunts, arts, crafts, and puppet shows. Wildflower events are designed to fit all ages and abilities and will take place throughout the day, ending with an evening program at 7 pm in the park’s outdoor amphitheater. A complete schedule and listing of Wildflower Day events can be found at www.nps.gov/maca/planyourvisit/calendar.htm.
For more information about Mammoth Cave National Park go to www.nps.gov/maca or call 270-758-2180
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
The Edmonson County Conservation District, in partnership with the Kentucky Division of Forestry and the Edmonson County Fiscal Court, will be having a tree seedling giveaway on Friday April 12, 2019 from 9am-3pm (or while supplies last) at the District office, 100 Washington Street, in Brownsville.
There will be a limited number of Redbud, Pecan, Persimmon, Black Walnut and Bald Cypress seedlings available.
Students at Kyrock and South Edmonson will be receiving pine tree seedlings this week.
Participants are encouraged to share their tree planting experiences on the Edmonson County Conservation District Office Facebook page. For more information call the Edmonson County Conservation District Office at 270-597-2761.
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
The following classes are the Kyrock Elementary March Madness Tournament winners:
Mrs. Ali’s Kindergarten class.
Mrs. Logan’s 1st grade class.
Mrs. Dawn’s 2nd grade.
Mrs. Andrea’s 3rd grade.
Mrs. Marissa’s 4th grade.
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
Kyrock Elementary kindergarten, first & second grade students were recognized for their excellent behavior and exceptional grades on Thursday, March 28, 2019.
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
Mammoth Cave National Park rangers will celebrate International Night Sky Week with a Mammoth Cave Star Party at 8 PM CT on Sunday, April 7. Attendees will view planets and other night sky delights through telescopes provided by the park. The event will begin outside of the park’s visitor center and last until 10 PM.
International Dark Sky Week will run from March 31 to April 7 this year and celebrates the wonder of the night sky without the effects of light pollution. Mammoth Cave National Park strives to preserve the park’s dark sky viewshed for the enjoyment of park visitors and for the well-being of wildlife and habitat. Ranger-led stargazing programs offer the opportunity for visitors to experience unfettered views of the starry night and evoke a new appreciation for the park’s dark sky environment.
Star Party participants are welcome to bring their own telescopes to set up during the event. In the event of heavily clouded skies, a program at the outdoor amphitheater will be substituted for the telescope viewing activity. The Star Party program is subject to cancellation in the event of severe weather or heavy rain.
For more information on the Mammoth Cave Star Party, please call 270-758-2180.
In an ongoing effort to bring you more local information, we are now featuring a semi-monthly health, fitness, and wellness column written by local resident Scott Lindsey.
Scott is senior admissions director at Edmonson Center and works as a play-by-play announcer for Wildcat Football on the Edmonson Voice. In his first column, he shares the journey of his significant weight loss over the last several months.
This column is about personal experience, shared motivation, and thoughts and opinion on staying active and eating and living healthier. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please consult a physician before participating in any diet, or beginning any exercise or fitness plan. --Darren Doyle, Editor.
Hey folks, I have wanted to begin some kind of fitness article in an effort to help people who may be looking to lose a few pounds, lose a lot of pounds (like me), or just something to help them feel more healthy. The Fitness Zone is going to be a semi-monthly attempt for me to do just that. This first article is going to concentrate more on my journey since I began my program in September of 2018, and how it's been since that time. In the future, I hope to cover a lot of different topics that will be helpful and bring general awareness to better health and fitness. I am always open to suggestions, and you can e-mail me any feedback or topics that you would like to see. In future articles, I will also be sharing some of my favorite websites and Facebook pages that I frequent, chocked full of great info.
But first, let me tell you about my journey.
It actually started on September 8th, 2018. I had met several of my friends at Circus Square Park in Bowling Green for the annual Walk to End Alzheimers. It is something that I had supported for many years in the past, and wanted to support my friends and family who have been affected by Alz. It’s a great ceremony, and then you do the Walk to End ALZ which is a estimated 2-mile walk that begins and ends at Circus Square Park.
After the walk, I was completely worn out, my heart was beating 90 miles an hour, and I couldn’t breathe. I was absolutely miserable. I knew that I had gained some weight and let myself go, but I should have been able to walk 2 miles with no problems. But that wasn’t reality. The reality is that I had ignored my body’s health for so long, that I was now 330 lbs, on blood pressure medicine, knees were killing me, and I couldn’t exert much energy at all without losing my breath, and wearing down quickly. That day, I made up my mind that I had to make changes, and make them quickly.
My fitness program started out with just me walking as much as I could, and watching my calorie intake. I didn’t do any of the popular diets (keto, adkins, southbeach, etc.) I just simply watched my calorie intake. I could pretty much eat anything that I wanted, but I tracked every single calorie on a free app called *“MyFitnessPal”, which is an app specifically for tracking calories and exercise.
The awareness of what I had actually been putting into my body and the damage that it had done was disheartening. I couldn’t do anything about what I had already done, but I could correct it moving forward, and put much better fuel into my body than what I had been for years. You learn as you progress, what foods give you the biggest bang for your buck. You can either have a 6 oz grilled chicken breast, a baked sweet potato, a whole bag of steamed broccoli, and a salad with light Italian dressing for less than 800 calories, or you can eat a banana split for 800+ calories.
To me, the more food, for the less calories has become a way of life. I have been VERY focused on this, and it definitely tests your will power at times, but what it amounts to is a saying that I have learned in the last few months, “Don’t give up on what you want MOST, for what you want RIGHT NOW.” To me, being healthier and losing weight was way more important than the banana split!
On the exercise side of things, I didn’t go and join a gym, although I plan to in the future. I just simply took advantage of what I have around me every day. I started walking laps at work. When I got off work, I would go to a local place that I could walk. We have some great places to walk right here in the county: Chalybeate Park, the track at the High School, the walking trail around the parks on Hwy. 70, and Mammoth Cave just to name a few. I have used all of these over the past few months. When the weather has been bad, I also used the treadmill that is in my garage, but it’s not my favorite thing to do. I would rather be outdoors any day of the week, but when you are working really hard to make lifestyle changes and build good habits, you will do whatever it takes.
I started out walking 2 miles at the track. Some days in the beginning, it was really tough, and some days it was not so tough. The main thing is that because of that start, I can now run 2 miles, and I am going to run my first 5k (3.1 miles) on April 27th in Nashville. When I first started, I could barely walk 2 miles without wearing out, and running any distance was out of the question. Like I said, the important thing is getting started doing something, and pushing yourself to get better. It’s amazing how much better your back and knees feel when you take weight off of them.
I also use a dietary supplement called *CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid). It is a soft gel capsule that, other than the ingredients that make up the capsule, is completely natural. I did a lot of research on supplements because I am very cautious of what I take. I also checked them with a friend of mine who is a Nurse Practitioner. I don’t want to take anything that makes me so jittery that I can feel my own hair growing. CLA stood out to me as something that I wanted to try, and it has worked great for me. CLAs claim is that it helps reduce body fat, helps increase your metabolism, supports a healthy immune system, aids in the breakdown of fat groups, and helps maintain a healthy cholesterol level.
I will reference more of my journey in articles later, but I will wind up this article with some test results that I got back in March. At work, we do what is called a biometric screening (health screen) every year. These are the results from both 2018 and 2019, and from today.
March 2018 Feb. 2019 April 2019
Height 6’4” 6’4” 6’ 4”
Weight 330 lbs 246.2 lbs 236.8
Waist 50” 40” 38”
Body Fat 35.4% 30.5% 28.8
BMI 38.2 26.0 26.0
Glucose 120 87
Blood Pressure: 124/66 with Medication 110/70 no medication 110/68
Since starting my fitness program, I have now lost 94 lbs, and feel better than I have felt in many, many years. Now, my goal is to help other people feel great, too. I promise, if I can do it, so can you--you just have to make a start. If I can help you in any way, please don’t hesitate to contact me at the e-mail listed or on my new Facebook page. Also, please provide feedback, and any suggested topics.
I can’t wait to hear from you!! Here’s to better Health!
Facebook: The Fitness Zone by Scott
*****I am not endorsing any of the products listed in my articles. They are simply products that I use. Please consult your Physician before taking any supplement to find a supplement that’s right for you, and before trying any strenuous activity!
Moriah Peterson, story and photos:
Veterans and their families, along with community members gathered at the Brownsville Community Center on Friday March 29, 2019 to honor Vietnam Veterans.
DAV Commander Jack Hasty welcomed all to the ceremony and VFW Post 6937 members performed the Presentation of Colors, which was followed by the Pledge of Allegiance and the singing of the National Anthem by Sheriff Shane Doyle.
County Judge Executive Wil Cannon read a proclamation declaring March 29th as National Vietnam Veterans Day in Edmonson County. There were several other guest speakers during the ceremony that included: State Representative Michael Meredith, and State DAV Auxiliary Committee Member Debra Jefferies.
DAV member and Vietnam Veteran Richard Jones, was asked to speak about his experience in Vietnam. He spoke about his arrival, experience with sniper fire, and how dirty and soaking wet himself and other soldiers were all the time. He also spoke about his experience as a “tunnel rat” and the various booby traps that were set by the Vietnamese. “As a tunnel rat you would go into these tunnels not knowing what you would meet inside, your head would be touching the top of the tunnel, shoulders touching on both sides, while crawling on your knees,” said Jones. “And the ropes they would tie around you wasn’t so you could find your way out, but that if you were injured or killed they could drag you out.”
Veteran and DAV Commander Jack Hasty was recognized for his service as US Army Sargent, including a tour in Vietnam, and for his dedication and service as Commander to the Chapter 32 DAV and for his 19 years of service as Post Commander of VFW 6937.
First Sergeant Retired Mike Stoyonovich, was recognized for his 27 years of service with the US Army, that included tours in both Iraq and Vietnam, and for service and dedication to the DAV.
Prior to the luncheon, the names of Edmonson County veterans who were killed in action in Vietnam were read:
Ssgt Travis O Poss, US Army 11/15/1965
LTC Ernest Ed Lane, US Army 5/8/1966
Cpl James Larry Hightower, USMC 10/22/1966
Pfc Harvey R. Chambers, US Army 3/11/1967
SP4 Elzie Sanders Jr., US Army 11/12/1967
1LT William Roy Watt, US Army 2/29/1968
Sgt Charles Wayne Graham US Army 3/12/1968
Sgt Danny E Hereau, US Army 4/26/1968
Pfc Ernest Buzzy Rutherford, USMC 7/11/1969
CWO Bobby Lee Tarter, US Army 8/24/1969
Ssgt Darrell Hogan, US Army 10/30/1971
The closing ceremony included the posting of the wreath, and the raising of the flag, the 3 volleys/21 gun salute and taps performed by VFW Post 6937 members.
by Beth Cook, Mammoth Cave Transplants
Spring has sprung…FINALLY! We having been longing for this time all winter to once again begin working in our gardens and begin planting our favorite vegetables. Even though we are yearning to get planting, we have to have the wisdom to wait and plant some vegetables when we are past our last frost date. There are several things that can be planted now to get you started and an opportunity to start exercising your green thumb!
A list of things you can begin to plant now are:
Cabbage Potato Sets
Broccoli Onion Sets
Brussel Sprouts Beets
Spinach Asparagus crowns
Swiss Chard Strawberries
It is wise to wait until after the last frost date to plant things such as tomatoes, peppers, beans, corn, squash among others. Usually you are safe to begin planting at the end of April but by the first of May is usually a safe bet. You can however, start seeds indoors, if you have a proper space to do so.
When planting your gardens you should keep in mind a few important factors to have a bountiful harvest. The first being location. You need a location that receives sun at least 6 hours a day. You also need nice loamy soil. You can enriched with compost. A good tip is to have your soil tested to see what amendments you need to best add to your soil. Another important tip is that your location needs to have proper drainage. You don’t want water to collect and drown all of your hard work. Good luck to all of our anxious gardeners this spring! If you are in the need for bulk seed or transplants, all of our plants are grown Kentucky.
Edmonson County Judge Executive Wil Cannon is encouraging everyone to visit the Edmonson County governmental website, edmonsoncounty.org, where local government information is available for free.
"Maybe folks don't know how to contact their magistrate, or even who their magistrate is," said Judge Cannon. "You can find that out and so much other helpful local information. It's really a great directory for contacting any local county office, elected official, even state and federal legislators. We encourage everyone to take advantage of this helpful and free resource."
You can click the ad below to visit edmonsoncounty.org, as well as the ad on our homepage.
According to the Judge Executive’s Office blacktopping on Mt. Zion Road will begin on April 1, 2019.
Commuters can expect delays in the area.