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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.

Cemetery Preservation Committee

March 2, 2010

A few years ago, some of us at Friends became aware of the urgent need to preserve some of the family cemeteries in the Paint Lick vicinity. One cemetery especially generated a lot of interest from direct relatives living in distant places which pledged financial support. At the same time we became aware of a State of Kentucky grant to help in approved projects to protect and preserve these historical treasures.

Patterson cemetery in 1982

The Paint Lick Family Cemetery Preservation Committee of the Friend’s of Paint Lick, Inc., was formed and the Patterson Cemetery off of Frog Branch Road was chosen as the pilot project. Before we could apply for the grant, it was first necessary to get the Garrard County to form a county wide Committee that would then have to approve our project. To make a long story short, the grant was indeed awarded and we were able to finish the project. Thanks are registered here especially for those that sent in donations for the matching grant and the committee  members that donated their time and labor to make this a reality. We hope to post some update news and photos in the future.

For now a short excerpt from a story I wrote: “A Tale of Three Cemeteries” –

“There is something very special about these old family plots and the lives that came to their earthly end there. God has often blessed our lives with their memories and the heritage He has passed on to us through each one. It is not only a joy to thankfully honor their memory when we have opportunity, but it gives us a perspective reaching back generations and reminds us that we are all standing on the shoulders of some pretty remarkable people.  In these three cemeteries there are among others, a few Virginian families represented that contributed to our lives and the Paint Lick community- Blackburns, Boatwrights, Mitchells, and Pattersons.”
Rev.John Paul Todd is a member of the Paint Lick Family Cemetery Preservation Committee of the Friend’s of Paint Lick. He may be contacted at This article first appeared in Paint Lick Reflections. Complete article here.

More on Patterson Cemetery from Lydon Irwin’s geneology page.

Paint Lick depends on Prayer.

February 18, 2010

WORLD DAY of PRAYER: March 5, 2010

by Katie Rollins    

The World Day of Prayer will be conducted on the first Friday evening in March and Paint Lick Presbyterian Church will be the host. There will be a planning meeting for the event this Sunday at the church at 3 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

(READ Katie’s latest news article)

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.

A Christmas card from Friends

December 24, 2009

To All Friends of Paint Lick wherever you are- A Christmas celebration filled with joy and peace. A special card from YouTube and a carol you may not know- In the Bleak Midwinter, voted best Christmas carol of all time by the musicians that bless us each year with the wonderful inspirational carols. Enjoy!

Top 10 Christmas carols

Christmas comes to the Village

December 9, 2009

Alex gets his turn to talk to Santa

It was a near perfect day in Paint Lick Saturday, for the annual Christmas in the Village celebration. A light snow provided the visual proof that winter had indeed come and that Santa’s visit could proceed. Lots of kids, first at Santa’s arrival at the fire station and then on to Friend’s of Paint Lick for refreshments, crafts, and more gifts.

Children doing crafts

Read Richmond Register story by Bill Robinson

A BIG thank you to everyone who made it a great day in the village: our volunteer fire department, the sponsors who donated the raffle prizes, the story-tellers, craft workers, food providers, and of course our volunteers at Friends. The total raised for the Friends budget is at $570.

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.


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.

The Light Still Shines

October 22, 2009

points light20th Anniversary of


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.”