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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.

Thawing out in Paint Lick

February 18, 2010

O.K. So it's not a Wildcat!

Like everyone else in the country, we have been having a record winter (snow and low temps). Monday night the ladies were at Friends but the GED classes and the final testing for census workers was cancelled.  

The census folks are really excited about the support of Friends of Paint Lick and plan to use the building as an alternate location for some to come to and fill out the form avoiding a house-call.We took advantage of the cold week-end and made some improvements on our computer lab. Bob Keith, a friend in the CSC program at EKU donated his time to give our computers a check-up, install virus protection, and set up an administrator account with pass-word protection. He also put a password on our wireless option. Loraine Todd is serving as the lab co-ordinator for now and is hoping that FOPL will be able to serve others who may not have 1) a broadband connection to the internet, or 2) may not be able to afford some of the expensive programs such as photoshop, geneology programs, etc. All of these and more can be used in partnership with some of our other efforts such as the writers group that meets at Friends.

A big thanks to all those who made the original grants possible, made the purchases, and have contributed time and effort. As in everything else at Friends, we are here to serve the community.

Garrard County 2010

December 30, 2009

Filled with Hope For the New Year.

Time for one more post this year from all of us at Friends of Paint Lick. Though we straddle two counties on the banks of Paint Lick Creek, the village of Paint Lick officially turns to the courthouse in Lancaster for all legal matters. We’re thankful for Garrard County and are filled with hope for better things to come in 2010. My father would have been 100 in 2010 if he had lived five more years, so you can be sure it will be a special year of celebration for my family.  

So happy New Year to all our friends wherever you are- to Linda in Missouri with Dee. Thank you especially to all who donated items to Friends of Paint Lick and partnered with the volunteers to serve many grateful neighbors and their families in 2009. Looking forward to seeing you in the New Year, you’re welcome at any time in Paint Lick, Garrard County Kentucky.

What is this thing called a Blog?

November 2, 2009

The more you know, the more you can help.

There are interested folks that are visiting our Friends of Paint Lick blog and we are really happy about that. But there are very few who are making comments, and we are very sad about that. So I guess it is about time to talk about what a blog is and how it best functions as folks like you interact with it by posting your comments in response to what is posted.

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Push here,For all the world to see!

The blog (short for web-log), started out probably as an on-line journal for folks that were already experienced with recording their thoughts and activities on a regular basis. Then it became inter-active, that is it allowed for others to talk back with their responses to what you posted in your on-line diary. Well, then it began to evolve quickly along with the technology or “platforms” that supported the blogs. Not only could you have diary entries but you could add pictures or videos and links to other sites that you had gleaned something from, etc. The blogs became very personal, the most popular ones were those that had a definite purpose behind them, the main reason the person was taking the time to blog. It was limited only by one’s imagination.

The blog is not the same as Facebook. For one thing, on Facebook only your friends, those who you have accepted into your Facebook community can read your posts; the blog can be seen by the whole world and this has gotten people into all kinds of trouble- some have been fired from their jobs, some have gotten into trouble with their governments. You should take the time to read something about the history of the blog, such as the link I just added to the words “history of the blog”, go ahead click on it and read as much as you like, then come back. A blog like the Friends of Paint Link, has all kinds of links, usually highlighted in blue that will take you to more information about Friends and those who volunteer here as well as our larger Garrard County and Madison County context. The more you learn about how the blog works the more you will enjoy the ones that you choose to follow. We can and do promote oneanother’s blogs. Usually those or added on what’s called a “blog-roll” at the side.

It wasn’t long before the commercial people realized what a terrific tool blogging could be for them. I have one of the best books written for business people, in 2006, called “Naked Conversations”. No it’s not about pornography, though there is that kind of person blogging as well. It was written to show how already blogs were changing the way “buisnesses talk with their customers”. The company web page couldn’t do that- it was only one way communication and how many times have you wished you could talk to a real live person? The usefulness of the blog for business applications is only going to increase.

“Whatever happened to honesty in business? That’s what your clients and customers are asking, even if your company’s integrity is above reproach. Because, for decades, corporations have talked at their customers and called it communication. Now comes the blog- and an opportunity for your company to talk with customers and let them talk back. Using more than fifty interviews with people at all levels in all types of businesses, these experts demonstrate in a fresh and thought-provoking way how blogs can repair corporate image and rebuild lost trust. And they show you how to do it right.” (Naked Conversations, Robert Scoble/ Shel Israel)

You can imagine, once the business world got wind of what the blog could do for them, the resources poured into the blogging firms and their technologies. Our blog is on the WordPress server, and WordPress is owned by a publishing firm. They have found the blogging world a natural place to find the next budding author as well as popular ideas for what folks are reading and interested in. Well, I hope this has been more than a little informative for all the Friends of Paint Lick. Once you catch the vision of what a blog can do for say a church, or a social organization with a specific agenda, well you will get excited and want to get involved. We want you to be involved at Friends and with us here on the blog.

To comment on anything you find here, either contributing additional content or telling us your personal thought about the subject, just add a note where it says ‘comment’- you’ll have to add some identifying tag, such as your e-mail/ or your own web page if you have one or can legally use the one where you work. Add your own memories, ideas, or opinions, after-all, you have some that nobody else has and doesn’t even know exist until you put them down on paper (I mean the computer). You’re welcome to ask questions- we have some smart people around here and they may be able to find an answer or two for you.

So go ahead and comment.