Archive for May, 2010

Saying goodbye is hard to do

May 20, 2010

At Paint Lick we say goodbye to a landmark.

Katie will remember the good days at Uncle Tom's

 (see original story of September 2009 fire-Richmond Register)

by Katie Rollins

 It’s been a busy week here in Paint Lick with the remains of
the old restaurant being shoveled down and removed from the corner of this little village. I look at that old place and I see a landmark, the physical part now gone but with lots of happenings in days past that I’ll always treasure.  The people who passed through Paint Lick “on their way to who knows where” and the many farmers, their families and friends and just about anybody who came down the road would stop in and ask,  “just what is this place”?  Most of them… strangers, who, I am sure, would have a story to tell upon their return to wherever and when they came. 

As  I was going to work this morning, I dropped a letter in to Clyde at the post office. He was smiling and my!  how good that made me feel!  Then Don Weber from Handcraft Woodworks in the old Calico and Brown Building came through the door of the post office and he too was smiling. Both Clyde and Don are working hard to make their places liveable again by keeping a positive outlook.  Then as I  was leaving,  I stopped in to tell the girls how good it looked to see lights on at The First Southern National Bank.  And it did look brighter.  Just as the sun comes up every day,  the people of Paint Lick will also take on a new day, one day at a time.  Thanks to all of you for making my Monday morning go a whole lot better.   

The  Potluck for the big Paint Lick family and friends reunion will be held this Saturday evening.  Hopefully, many of you will come and share supper as we gather  among friends.  Everyone is welcome at the Paint Lick Firehouse between the hours of  6-8 pm.    I will do all I possibly can to help with  this event and  I will look forward to  some really good food.  

 The Friends of Paint Lick “start of summer” yard sale will be held on Saturday, June 12, starting at 8:30 am. or earlier.

Community-wide potluck

May 10, 2010

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE!

PAINT LICK FRIENDS & FAMILY REUNION

 Friends and family of Paint Lick, Kentucky are invited to a community-wide potluck supper on Saturday,May 22 from 6 – 8 p.m. at the Paint Lick Fire Station. Hosted by the village of Paint Lick, all past, present or future residents, friends, and constituents of Paint Lick are encouraged to attend this celebration of fun, music, merriment and food.

Village gathering at Fire Station

Event organizers, respectfully request potluck participants consider the following guidelines as you prepare your dish:

All dishes should be prepared in advance, no kitchen facilities will be available;
Dishes should be easy to transport;
Electrical outlets will not be available; hot entrees should be placed in insulated carriers;
Dishes should be labeled with your name and phone number;

Be prepared, please bring your own chair.

To reduce the cost of this event, participants should supply their own plates and silverware. Napkins will be provided. 

To avoid food allergies, please include a recipe card with your dish to be placed adjacent to the dish along the food service line(s).
Thanks to the Garrard County Chamber of Commerce, beverages will be provided. There will also be an opportunity for those who would like to, to give a voluntary donation to help rebuild the flood-damaged community of Paint Lick.

For more information, Contact: Deborah Messenger

knobhobbler@gmail.com (859) 619-0334, cell

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Don’t count us out just yet.

May 7, 2010

The flood has us down, but working hard to get up.     In 2006, the Lexington Herald-Leader ran a feature on our village of Paint Lick and entitled it “Don’t count it out “. Four years and one big flood later has some of our first generation residents worried about the village they have come to love. Debbie Parker has worked harder this week at Friends than most anyone. Loraine came home Monday singing her praises and saying what a God-send she was. Yesterday she showed me something she had sat down and written to share the burden of her heart.      

Debbie (on the right) sorting the wet clothes with Janet.

By Deborah Parker- May 5, 2010 

IT IS NOW THREE DAYS since the flood and I’m thinking, “ Will this be the nail in the coffin of our little town of Paint Lick”? 
 
I moved to this community known as Paint Lick in February, 1960, from the coal fields of Harlan County. My dad was a coal miner. It was a thriving community of three grocery stores, a post office, the mill, Peoples Bank, two service stations, a restaurant, the Sportsmen’s club Eva Lee’s beauty shop, Earl Nave’s barber shop, J.R. Television repair. . .just to name a few of the one’s from the memories of a young child. As the years went by there have been numerous floods,fires, and tornadoes that caused changes both good and bad. The bad economy almost got us in the eighty’s, but still our heart was beating strong. We lost the Ashland station about this time. We are a community that cares about each other. When a tragedy happens, the people of Paint Lick are there lending a helping hand. Rumors began to circulate that we were losing our post office, but thank God, at least for now we still have her.
  
 In the late ’80s and early ’90s we lost the grocery stores of Calico and Brown, and Herlin McQuerry’s.The mill is long gone. About that time, The Friend’s of Paint Lick was formed by Dean Cornett who was also responsible for praying Doctor John Belanger to Paint Lick. He and his staff has provided us with the Family clinic which also suffered extensive damage. The bank changed to First Southern and we got a world-class wood shop in the person of Don Weber. He came to us from Wales via California, in an old green Chevrolet truck. Don has brought national attention (television) to Paint Lick. Of course it was Dean Cornett as one of President George Bush, Sr’s, “Point of Lights” recipient that first gained national attention for Paint Lick.
 
 So many people who have been a vital part of our community are no longer with us: Joe and Helen Adams, Dud and Eva Lee Hurte, Charlie and Maxine Brown, Franklin Dillion, Lucien, Geneva, and Ralph Starnes, Maggie and Otis Gooch, Jessie and Gladys Miller, Rudy Hensley, and others too numerous to list here. All are still remembered as a vital part of our heritage. Now we are in the twenty-first century and we have lost our restaurant to a fire and no longer have a station that sells gas. The days of the post office is on it’s way out.
 
 I guess what I’ve been trying to say is that the heartbeat of Paint Lick seems to be fading. Only we, the community can act as a defibulator to shock it back to a healthy condition. I don’t want Paint Lick to just be a memory. We dare not let this flood be the occasion that delivers the death toll. Let’s do something, whatever it takes to show there is still life here where we live, play, and work. I care deeply about my community and am willing to join others to get the heartbeat strong and dynamic.
 
As the saying on Dean Cornett’s truck reminded everyone that saw it- “Press on Regardless!” Let that be our rally cry as we work together to bring back the life-force to Paint Lick.
  Related article in 1991 New York Times about Katie Rollins and the hard times Debbie speaks of in the ’80s in Paint Lick.

The rains came down and the creek came up

May 6, 2010

A week of cleanup in Paint Lick.    

Wood Craft Gallery (L), Post Office, Clinic, Friends (R)    

After two days of steady rain, water was running in the streets of Pain Lick. This was the scene about 5:00pm Sunday and sometime between 8:00 and 9:00, a sudden surge of the creek sent it over the bridge and into the buildings. With varying degrees of water, the bank had the worse, the Friends building, the Paint Lick Clinic, the Post office, and other building all suffered water and mud damage inside. Don Webber’s wood-working gallery perhaps suffered the worse structural damage.   

Flood mess behind Clinic and Friends

First light of day Monday, saw crews of workers, many volunteers, assessing the damage and beginning the clean-up. Not visable here, are the damaged ac units. The estimate for the Friends is $1,350 to replace shorted compressors, etc. Over at the bank, a professional cleaning unit was called in after workers had moved out furniture and money. The water was even in the vault so patrons with security deposit boxes were advised to come down and see if their contents needed attention. At the clinic, everything including files and supplies had to be removed and sent for sterilizing. Thanks to some faithful workers, Friends was able to clean the front room and get things back to order in time to be the place for workers in all the other places to come for lunch break.

 

Clean-up workers pause at Friends for Pizza break.

 Loretta Adams from the County Extension office brought pizza and drinks, and Janet brought hot soup to allow workers to have a lunch break w/o leaving the Village. Madison County reported some 8 inches total and other serious flooding. Our old timers said that in the last 50 years they had never seen water in the buildings like this flood brought. We are very grateful for sunny days following the flood and for the army of workers who are putting things back together.

Initial news story in Danville’s Advocate-Messenger

Springtime in the knobs

May 1, 2010
 In the springtime, they can be breath-taking!

Halcomb Knob

  A short distance from Paint Lick are some foothills affectionately known as “the knobs”. For anyone raised in this area, they kind of make the place special like the “Pinnacles” south of Berea.    

 This is the hill where Katie (Rollins)spends her time. It is appropriately named Halcomb’s Knob and is located off Old Wallacetown Road in Paint Lick. Most mornings, the view totally escapes any description. Katie is caregiver for an elderly, yet very spry and genteel lady, Esther, who says she’s “like the purple woman in the Bible”.

     

       

The flowers you see are among the many that dot the knob along with a natural animal habitat and forestry so tall one can not imagine the depth. The mayapple is Katie’s very favorite although the spring beauties come in as a close second. The wild geraniums and wild creeping phlox are a wonder!  

  If you take a notion to see something so magnificent, it will take your breath away…. then contact Katie here at Friends….