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VillageFest is this Saturday

September 28, 2010

VillageFest yard sale

October is almost here along with cooler weather. That means it’s time for our annual community get together known as Village Fest.

Make plans for VillageFest Sat., Oct. 2! Yard sale, crafts, baked goods, candy, honey? Who’s your group – family, friends, church group, business? Come one, come all – Buy raffle tickets at the FOPL building! Listen to live music in the bank parking lot! Buy a Paint Lick t-shirt – S,M,L $8 and X’s $10 – watch for the roving salesperson or get one at the FOPL building. Let’s make the village rock!!!

At the Family Clinic -Garrard County Health Dept. will be giving Adult flu shots from 9-1 .

During the VillageFest on Saturday, October 2,  The Clinic will be having a Health Fair – watch for posters for details, time, etc. – A wonderful new addition to the VillageFest activities!

Recent comment about Dean Cornett’s original idea for VillageFest:

“Remember, she just wanted the festival to be a chance for folks to get together and see each other before getting holed up for the winter.”

We can’t compete with all the other festivals going on this week-end. But VillageFest can offer the community of Paint Lick an opportunity that nothing else can: the occasion to meet and celebrate once again what we have in common as residents of this little piece of Kentucky.


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.

They came, they worked, they left

March 10, 2010

Spring Break at Friends.

2010 Spring-Break Volunteers

Tuesday morning, March 9, around 9:00 a.m. , a van driven by Erica Maynard (group leader) and directed by GPS, brought a group of university volunteers into the village of Paint Lick.  The GPS led them to the service station.  Loraine Todd, volunteer, along with Bethany and Bob Keith (our computer lab consultant) stepped out onto the porch of the FOPL building.  We were joking that if they were lost, we could not help since we do not have cell phone service in town;  Bethany looked to the left and saw the van.

Once inside, the group of students from EKU, NKU, and WKU received an orientation and a little bit of history about  Friends.  After listening to the jobs that had been planned, they got themselves into work groups and the morning was off to a start full of laughter.

Two, Alex Bowen (WKU) and Matthew Kilgore (EKU), went outside into the lovely sun with knives and something to kneel on and got busy cleaning out the flower bed along the NE side of the building.  Matthew, a botanist, carefully checked out all of the plants and weeds.  When they were finished, they scattered flower seed.  Later this spring and summer, we will really enjoy the fruit of their labor!

All of the others trooped upstairs to work.  Radsamy Chantharmg (WKU), a student from Thailand, went to work cleaning and reorganizing the children’s art/play room off the library.  She hung pictures; she dusted; she sorted; she made it look great!   In the library, Karlos Hurbor (WKU) dusted and reshelved/boxed some books.  Then, he vaccumed the carpet.  Karlos and Radsamy also dusted and rearranged the top shelf which displays antiques, art and a collection of stuffed animals.

Chantel Leger and Bethany Keith (both EKU) got right down to the business of organizing all of our various holiday decorations and costumes, etc.  They not only totally revamped the big closet, they stored everything in marked boxes.  Bethany even printed out  a color coded chart in the computer lab which she posted on the closet door; the chart shows where everything is located!  A challenge to us volunteers to stay organized!

The largest group worked in our classroom sorting, organizing and storing the many items for Layette of Love.  L of L is a new community service begun in 2009, the brain child of volunteer Loretta Adams.  Loretta works in the Garrard County Extension Office and is involved in many family service/community education projects  The L of L is supported jointly by the Extension Office and FOPL.  Various churches and individuals of the community donate new and gently used infant clothing, blankets  and all kinds of baby things.  Mothers-to-be and new mothers can register to receive a gift bag shortly before or after the baby arrives.

The large tables in the classroom were overflowing with plastic storage tubs, stacks of clothing sorted by gender and size, blankets, toys, crib items, bottles, and more.  Kalli Hill (WKU), Erica Maynard (EKU), Jenny Ferguson (NKU) along with Jake Thomas  (NKU) and Bob Keith  (EKU) dove right in.  There was a friendly disagreement a time or two on whether an item was for a boy or a girl.  There much more laughter and chatter.  Quickly they were sorted and stored in the labeled tubs and put on our new shelving in the storage room.

While the students were working, the FOPL building was open and busy with people coming in and out, bringing donations and taking items they needed.  The volunteers there had an eye on the clock though and by 11:45 had the library table loaded with lunch.  The students were served and all enjoyed the space and comfort as they ate and rested.  The volunteers took turns chatting and answering questions about FOPL and our little village of Paint Lick.

The students had to get on the road to their afternoon place of service, so we thanked them again and sent them on their way with a prayer and desire to have a safe week as they travel throughout the area serving in many communities from Corbin to Louisville. Thank you Baptist Campus Ministries for partnering with us at Friends of Paint Lick.

This group follows a wonderful tradition of student volunteerism at Friends of Paint Lick.  From the beginning, individuals have been drawn to and inspired by the work that Dean Cornett was doing in this small spot on the map.  Still more were attracted after seeing the media coverage when Dean received recognition as a Point of Light in 1991. Schools such as Harvard, Yale, John Hopkins, and the Lexington Theological Seminary have been the places that students have returned to after being challenged by the dream realized. Maybe some of these former helpers will see the fan page @ FACEBOOK or our blog and let us know where they are now. We’d love to hear from them.

GED classes again offered at FOPL!

November 10, 2009

Jeanette Aldridge and Staci Lehman, certified instructors, began holding GED classes at the Friends of Paint Lick building Monday, November 9. Four students were being tested in our upstairs classroom and another was receiving instruction in Math across the hall in the library.

This is wonderful. We are so thrilled to have classes once again in the building as this is “keeping the dream alive” of our founder, Dean Cornett, and the main reason that she received the Thousand Points of Light award from President Bush, Sr. as we mentioned in an earlier post. GEDstudenttestingJeanetteAldridge

Both Jeanette and Staci have many years of experience in the classroom. They are backed by Kentucky Adult Education and are from the Adult Learning Center in Lancaster where classes are held regularly. Jeanette taught GED classes for many years here in Paint Lick and is glad to be back. Having classes in this part of the county make them more readily available to students such as Louise seen with Staci and her daughters who came to enjoy the library as well.


Help us get the word out that new students can be enrolled at any time. All instruction is individual and unlike some other locations, there is instruction as well as tutoring.


Related post at Bluegrass Literacy

The Light Still Shines

October 22, 2009

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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.”

Our Friend the Doctor

September 28, 2009
Paint Lick Doc

Dr. John Belanger in front of Friends

When Dean Cornett met John Belanger she knew God had answered her prayers; her dream of many years was about to become reality in the Village of Paint Lick. Dean had worked in social work for many years and of all the challenges that folks had none was greater than the health issue.

Yet the health issue, especially the access to the medical community seemed a major barrier for most of the folks Dean worked among. She dreamed of having a local doctor and clinic that would be much more like the family doctors of the past. Like the ones who had played such a vital role in the history of the community called Paint Lick. She recognized in John Belanger a fellow dreamer, and the more she got to know him, turns out they had the same dream.

Dr. John received a distinguished award this year and his work at Paint Lick has received recognition from far and near. Ted Cox has a very good article in this week’s Central Record that you can read at this link.

For those of you out of the area this will serve as an introduction to one of Dean’s most satisfying projects: bringing loving, affordable, and quality care to the folks she loved and served so long. This is one way to reform healthcare, and Dean and Doctor John were “all over it”.

So, from all of your patients, congratulations Dr.John and thank you for supplying the fulfillment of Dean Cornetts dream and bringing the best of heathcare back to the Paint Lick community. Our heartfelt thanks to all the team at Paint Lick Clinic.

The Carpenters Wheel at Friends

September 11, 2009
The Quilt Greeting on Friends Building

The Quilt Greeting on Friends Building

As you enter the village of Paint Lick from Madison county, crossing the famous Paint Lick Creek, you can’t help but notice one of our most recent projects. It’s part of what is called “The Quilt Trail” and it is a fitting symbol for the Friends of Paint Lick blog. We are grateful to all those that made this a reality-from the first dream stage to the final mounting by some very brave men.

For those interested in the story of how this project all came together and just how many friends of Paint Lick were involved see this article that Ike Adams wrote last year for The Appalachian Connection (a .pdf scroll down to page 6). Ike does a good job of tying the pattern chosen to Dean Cornett and local history.

You may not realize this ties our little Village to a new national event known as the Heritage Corridor Quilt Trail. (explore the other quilts in Garrard County)

“We all have to push to keep the wheel rolling!” – Dean Cornett

Paint Lick:Don’t count us out!

September 9, 2009

After the Fire what?

So you’ve heard about the fire we had the other night in downtown Paint Lick? Saw it on the Lexington news, huh? Well it really has created a lot of interest around here too. Seems we just take things for granted when all of a sudden we wake up one day and its all gone.

KY52 Bridge entering the village. Friends building on left.

KY52 Bridge entering the village. Friends building on left.

Rather going on about the community’s loss of one of the centers of social life and the largest employer in town (6) and about our concern for those who owned and operated the restaurant, I thought we would high-light the spirit of mutual concern and sense of feeling drawn together to face the future in hope.

That’s what true friends do. And we found just the article from the Lexington Herald in May of 2006, that will get us started-if y’all will just go over there and read it.

Looking north, fire was in the 1st building beyond fire station w/red doors

Looking north, fire was in the 1st building beyond fire station w/red doors

Don’t Count Paint Lick out 

 (Lexington Herald)- photo by Gerald Tudor

Meanwhile you can be sure that the Friends of Paint Lick will all be pitchin in and doing everything we can to help everyone who needs a little TLC and maybe even fix a little extra coffee.