Archive for October, 2009

The Light Still Shines

October 22, 2009

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POINTS of LIGHT AWARD

Oct 16, 2009

Don’t know how many noticed that history was being made last week down in Texas,

 In attendance at the ceremony was President Obama and former president George H.W. Bush, who have joined forces for a Presidential Forum on Service, held at Texas A&M in College Station, Texas, October 16. The Forum commemorates the 20th anniversary of the vision of a thousand “Points of Light,” first mentioned in Bush’s 1989 inaugural address and which catalyzed the modern volunteer service movement. The Forum also builds upon Obama’s “United we serve” call to all Americans to help lay a new foundation for growth in this country by engaging in sustained and meaningful community service.

Our own Paint Lick “Point of Light”, Dean Cornett, was daily point of light # 182, presented by President Bush in the White House on June 29, 1990. Next time you’re in the Paint Lick Family Clinic, you can take a look at the award that is proudly displayed there honoring Dean and the Friends of Paint Lick.

But the main point of the story is that the light is still shining at Friends of Paint Lick and thousands of other places across the nation. So the next time your tempted to despair of some of the things going on, be sure to focus on the multitude of folks that are working for the good of their neighbor and nation.

see The Light Still Shines op-ed article.

“The two presidents were in College Station to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Bush’s “1,000 Points of Light” speech, an inaugural challenge that inspired a nonprofit foundation that emphasizes the many twinkles of good work in every community across the country. Our very own Interfaith Ministries Inc. was recognized as a powerful Point of Light, No. 179.

“(Bush) didn’t call for one blinding light shining from Washington. He didn’t just call for a few bright lights from the biggest nonprofits,” President Obama said. “He called for a vast galaxy of people and institutions working together to solve problems in their own backyards. Twenty years later, think for a minute about the impact that he’s had.”

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A real treasure in Paint Lick

October 15, 2009

A Transplanted Bodger from Wales

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All our friends are special here in Paint Lick. One of my favorite transplants- those “not from around here”, has to be Don Weber. Don is always ready to help out around the Friends of Paint Lick and in the village at large. He is a highly skilled craftsman in a specialized area of wood working and he uses his skills not only to make beautiful furniture, but in promoting the old crafts to the younger generation.

From his web-site, he tells us about this passion.

“I spend a great deal of my time in the mountains tracking down Appalachian craftsmen and working in the schools to keep these traditions alive. Using traditional technology as an “appropriate technology,” I also work in developing countries and economically depressed areas, setting up projects using local materials and talent to create cottage industries with other craftsmen and women, in an ecologically and environmentally-friendly manner.”

Go on over to the Handcraft Woodworks and get to know Don and see some of his work in the Gallery.

There is a PBS special Craft in America that you might want to take a look at after seeing Don’s work. It will help you to realize how privileged we are to have Don in Paint Lick.

Fall Festival ’09 was great fun!

October 13, 2009

Cold and Cloudy didn’t dampen our spirits.

There was a lot going on this year and something for everyone: booths of flowers, paintings, food, and crafts. Then there was lively music from a number of artists, followed by the auction and “all-you-can-eat” catfish dinner. We have some pictures that we’ll go ahead and get up and the write the stories as we

go along with the help of your comments.

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The singing Blyths from Kirksville

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Rita Ibershoff shares her hobby of flowers, plants, and seeds.

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Musicians Ramey Taylor, Martin Overbay, Charlie Spurlock, and Earl Barns.(left to right)

familyfun Jean Issacs painting grandkids’ hair-Michael, Jessie, and Raven.

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Permanent Recycling has come to Paint Lick

October 6, 2009

Now There is No Excuse!

On September 29th, we had a special dedication of the permanent recycling center in Paint Lick. I had hopes that someone who was actually present and had some pictures would write this, but alas, no one has come forward.

Paint Lick Pride

Paint Lick Pride

The center is located beside the Fire Station-very easy to access- I went by this morning to deposit my bag of plastics. We are thankful to the folks at First Southern National Bank for allowing the temporary placement of the recycling containers beside the bank. But the permanent location will now serve everyone with larger bens and easy access.

At Friends of Paint Lick we are all about recycling and we celebrate with the community this latest effort to keep Garrard County beautiful. Please participate in recycling your glass, cans, paper, and plastics.  Our environment is a sacred trust that we have received from previous generations, and one day we must pass on the treasure.recycling

For more information on the recycling effort, be sure to visit the Beautify Garrard County site. Karla Sefcak and her team are doing a tremendous job in getting us all informed and involved in doing what we can.

Thanks to all for the festivities including the Sportsman”s Club, those that placed the bins, and to all who attended. A special thanks to Chris Thomason for coordinating this public service .