Posts Tagged ‘community’

20 Years of Change?

September 7, 2011

The More things Change, the More they stay the Same!

Somehow we missed among other things, the 20th anniversary in July of this article about one of our beloved volunteers at Friends. Katie Rollins is actually much more than a “volunteer”. In so many ways she represents the soul & spirit of Friends of Paint Lick and the legacy of Dean Cornett.

We thought about adding a picture of Katie, but couldn’t decide if it should be a picture from 20 years ago or a more recent one. So for now at least we’ll go without one. Katie has changed (for the better) her appearance & a lot more. Maybe the word ‘experience’ would be better than change. She would be the first to say she is a lot wiser!

The Village of Paint Lick has changed the most in those same 20 years. Take time to read this article as it appeared in the New York Times, July 1991. Economic crunch is still with us; Uncle Tom’s is gone; thanks to Dr. John & his staff at the clinic, the healthcare in Paint Lick is dramatically improved.

As we remember the 10th anniversary of 9/11 this week try to include all the good things before and after which will surely give us all a better perspective.

Realted Post: Christian Ministry in a post 9/11 world.

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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.”
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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 e4unity@cs.com. This article first appeared in Paint Lick Reflections. Complete article here.

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

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.

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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

A real treasure in Paint Lick

October 15, 2009

A Transplanted Bodger from Wales

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All our friends are special here in Paint Lick. One of my favorite transplants- those “not from around here”, has to be Don Weber. Don is always ready to help out around the Friends of Paint Lick and in the village at large. He is a highly skilled craftsman in a specialized area of wood working and he uses his skills not only to make beautiful furniture, but in promoting the old crafts to the younger generation.

From his web-site, he tells us about this passion.

“I spend a great deal of my time in the mountains tracking down Appalachian craftsmen and working in the schools to keep these traditions alive. Using traditional technology as an “appropriate technology,” I also work in developing countries and economically depressed areas, setting up projects using local materials and talent to create cottage industries with other craftsmen and women, in an ecologically and environmentally-friendly manner.”

Go on over to the Handcraft Woodworks and get to know Don and see some of his work in the Gallery.

There is a PBS special Craft in America that you might want to take a look at after seeing Don’s work. It will help you to realize how privileged we are to have Don in Paint Lick.

Fall Festival ’09 was great fun!

October 13, 2009

Cold and Cloudy didn’t dampen our spirits.

There was a lot going on this year and something for everyone: booths of flowers, paintings, food, and crafts. Then there was lively music from a number of artists, followed by the auction and “all-you-can-eat” catfish dinner. We have some pictures that we’ll go ahead and get up and the write the stories as we

go along with the help of your comments.

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The singing Blyths from Kirksville

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Rita Ibershoff shares her hobby of flowers, plants, and seeds.

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Musicians Ramey Taylor, Martin Overbay, Charlie Spurlock, and Earl Barns.(left to right)

familyfun Jean Issacs painting grandkids’ hair-Michael, Jessie, and Raven.

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Permanent Recycling has come to Paint Lick

October 6, 2009

Now There is No Excuse!

On September 29th, we had a special dedication of the permanent recycling center in Paint Lick. I had hopes that someone who was actually present and had some pictures would write this, but alas, no one has come forward.

Paint Lick Pride

Paint Lick Pride

The center is located beside the Fire Station-very easy to access- I went by this morning to deposit my bag of plastics. We are thankful to the folks at First Southern National Bank for allowing the temporary placement of the recycling containers beside the bank. But the permanent location will now serve everyone with larger bens and easy access.

At Friends of Paint Lick we are all about recycling and we celebrate with the community this latest effort to keep Garrard County beautiful. Please participate in recycling your glass, cans, paper, and plastics.  Our environment is a sacred trust that we have received from previous generations, and one day we must pass on the treasure.recycling

For more information on the recycling effort, be sure to visit the Beautify Garrard County site. Karla Sefcak and her team are doing a tremendous job in getting us all informed and involved in doing what we can.

Thanks to all for the festivities including the Sportsman”s Club, those that placed the bins, and to all who attended. A special thanks to Chris Thomason for coordinating this public service .

It takes a Village

September 16, 2009
Our Village is a beautiful mosaic

Our Village is a beautiful mosaic

 

The Village of Paint Lick is made up of all kinds of diverse and talented folks. And the Friends of Paint Lick reflects this diverse contribution in just about everything that gets done around here. It is like the mosaic of an artist that depends on each individual contribution to the design that is literally taking shape before his eyes. Piece by piece it goes together to form a work of art and beauty.

A lot of diverse pieces come together in the work that makes our village of Paint Lick what it is becoming and that certainly includes the precious pieces that have now moved on to the heavenly village. Likewise a number of folks-all volunteers, are working together to contribute to a dream, a pattern, or design, that makes Friends of Paint Link, Inc., what it is today. Most of these “pieces” and their contribution go all but unnamed and that’s just the way they like it. But on this topic, one of the things we desire to do is mention as many as we can in addition to the members of the Board of Directors, that hold us accountable to our charitable charter, and those that regularly staff the weekly routine at the building. 

For starters why not mention a man that has helped behind the scenes in a number of ways and is always there when you need him. Bob Baker, who lives in the area (40461 zip), took on several projects when we were remodeling our building including building the book shelves in the library (a future post). Bob also helps us with the computers from time to time. He is one of those diverse individual pieces that has contributed to the whole and we are very grateful. Even now he is plugging the new blog over on his Landscaping business– B&B Landscape and Designs.

There are many others like Bob, and without seeming to “plug” any local businesses, we hope it won’t be out of line to mention them by name on this blog. If you will go to the link at B&B, you’ll see Friends listed under “Favorite links” as well as some of our Paint Lick neighbors. And if you think your piece is not needed and wanted in making our Village strong and vibrant for the new millenium, think again. The rest of us need you and your contribution.

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.