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Sportsman’s Club meeting at Friends

February 22, 2011

Friend’s have graciously made their building available to a sister service organization in the Village, the Paint Lick Sportsman’s Club. Until warmer weather permits the club’s monthly meetings to meet at the shelter on the creek bank, the meetings are being held at Friends.

The February 15th meeting included election of new officers for 2011 and tentative plans for the annual Fish Fry earlier in the year. We look forward to partnering with them in all the festivals of  year, beginning with the annual yard sale. The officers are-

John Paul Todd, President; Chester Satterfield, Vice President; Loretta Adams, Secretary; and Deborah Messenger, Treasurer.

Board members-at-large are Jean Smithand Patti Aldridge.

The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 15th, at 6:30. Visitors and prospective members are welcome.

PLSC Application Flyer(pdf)

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Celebrating Christmas early

December 3, 2010

Tomorrow is Christmas In The Village at Paint Lick

There are still lots of Raffle tickets available. The raffle along with all the gifts for the children, is a BIG part of tomorrows festivities. The Raffle prizes were on display earlier at the Oktober Fest. Thanks to our generous sponsors, we have some great items that will be given away. The proceeds from the sale of the raffle tickets goes into the general operating fund here at Friends, which helps us all year.

Let me just add a note about one of the most recent prizes that was added this year thanks to the members of The Paint Lick Sportsman’s Club.

A one year membership will be raffled tomorrow which represents a valuable gift not only in monetary terms, but in terms of affording the winner the opportunity to be a part of the 2011 activities of one of the few Paint Lick social clubs dedicated to the whole community. Do yourself (and us) a favor and put some of your raffle tickets into this. Be sure to see previous posts for time and info about tomorrow.

CHRISTMAS in OUR VILLAGE

Friends of PL Recycles.

November 17, 2010

 

Portable Recycle Bins

Friends of Paint Lick, Inc. Friends has always been about recycling. Thanks to Karla Sefcak, here’s good news for Lincoln/Garrard counties: Tue. 11/16 there was a reception and unveiling of new equipment, purchased with`2010 grant money, that will help streamline and make our recycling process more efficient.

In the album(click for slide show): 1) Bailer 2) Conv…eyor belt – sort/separate paper 3) Permanent recycling containers: each county now has four Permanent Recycling Collection Points , in addition to their main Recycling Centers . These containers will be changed out when full, loaded on the trailer and taken back to the processing Recycling Center and emptied.

Garrard County’s collection points will be: Camp Dick Fire Station #3,, The Convenience Center, The Garrard County Fair Grounds, and Paint Lick Sportsman’s Club. Questions? Please call Chris Thomason SWM Area Coordinator @. 859-339-3233.

Christmas in Our Village

November 3, 2010

 Coming December 4th! Mark your calendar.

It’s not too early, just look in the stores. Besides, we don’t want anyone to miss the happy occasion here in the village.

Christmas in the Village, first Saturday in December, 12/04, probably 10 – 2. Get your raffle tickets for some great prizes (ask to see them at Friends building) from Friends or bank. It’s for the kids: Reading of the Christmas story and art projects at Friends with gifts under the tree and food, the arrival of Santa… then fun at the fire station, (Be sure to get a photo with Santa before he goes inside.) Help us spread the word.

Santa's visit 2009

See last years post

Have you seen the new courthouse recently?

October 22, 2010

Update on October 20th

Judge John Wilson wants to take us on a tour of the construction via this slide show.

Front view of new courthouse

Click here to go to the slide show.

To see where this will be and what it will look like-see the video

Who says we’re not ‘leaning forward’ in Garrard County?

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.

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….     

 

 

   

  

Paint Lick’s Welchman

March 15, 2010

2010Don Weber

Don Weber is a Paint Lick treasure in every sense of that word. He has helped us here at Friends so often that we need to give him his official volunteer badge.

What many of you may not know is that Don comes from another culture and I know he must get homesick now and then. For Don, I have put up this video in, a wonderful traditional Welsh hymn . And for the rest of you who have never encountered this rich people and their heritage let this be a wake-up call. I imagine that not a few of the original Kentucky pioneers were Welch transplants.

Thinking of you Don this Lenten season. Thank you for the richness that you and your lovely wife Beth bring to our lives and community.

Visit Don’s woodwright-shop. Right here in the Village.