Posts Tagged ‘friends’

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.

Saying goodbye is hard to do

May 20, 2010

At Paint Lick we say goodbye to a landmark.

Katie will remember the good days at Uncle Tom's

 (see original story of September 2009 fire-Richmond Register)

by Katie Rollins

 It’s been a busy week here in Paint Lick with the remains of
the old restaurant being shoveled down and removed from the corner of this little village. I look at that old place and I see a landmark, the physical part now gone but with lots of happenings in days past that I’ll always treasure.  The people who passed through Paint Lick “on their way to who knows where” and the many farmers, their families and friends and just about anybody who came down the road would stop in and ask,  “just what is this place”?  Most of them… strangers, who, I am sure, would have a story to tell upon their return to wherever and when they came. 

As  I was going to work this morning, I dropped a letter in to Clyde at the post office. He was smiling and my!  how good that made me feel!  Then Don Weber from Handcraft Woodworks in the old Calico and Brown Building came through the door of the post office and he too was smiling. Both Clyde and Don are working hard to make their places liveable again by keeping a positive outlook.  Then as I  was leaving,  I stopped in to tell the girls how good it looked to see lights on at The First Southern National Bank.  And it did look brighter.  Just as the sun comes up every day,  the people of Paint Lick will also take on a new day, one day at a time.  Thanks to all of you for making my Monday morning go a whole lot better.   

The  Potluck for the big Paint Lick family and friends reunion will be held this Saturday evening.  Hopefully, many of you will come and share supper as we gather  among friends.  Everyone is welcome at the Paint Lick Firehouse between the hours of  6-8 pm.    I will do all I possibly can to help with  this event and  I will look forward to  some really good food.  

 The Friends of Paint Lick “start of summer” yard sale will be held on Saturday, June 12, starting at 8:30 am. or earlier.

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.

How to do disaster relief.

February 5, 2010

Don’t Just Follow Your Heart!

The ongoing situation of the disaster in Haiti is teaching us all some valuable lessons. One very clear lesson is the importance of sending relief through the professionals- those that are not only trained and have vast experience in disasters of this proportion, but are already firmly established in a network of government and NGO’s that insures a degree of co-ordination, order, and respect for local government officials and policies.

Friends of Paint Lick seeks to see its local efforts in relation to a number of other local and international agencies. The Haiti situation allows us the opportunity to comment on the way we try to go about our mission. First, we are all seeing the example that with the best of intentions and motivated by a heart of compassion, efforts to do good in this situation has in fact done more harm than good. Rather than dwell on that, which we certainly could do in an informed manner, we want to introduce the work of one of the well known agencies that responded almost immediately- The Salvation Army. 

 

THE Salvation Army in Haiti has now distributed more than a million meals in its response to the earthquake. The most recent distribution alone saw more than half a million meals given out in four hours. The organisation continues to work alongside other non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and agencies, and it has now formed a good working relationship with the US Army’s 82nd Airborne Division. (To Read more)

At Friends of Paint Lick this week, we received a large shipment of clothes from one of our occasional benefactors. The clothes were in excellent condition and after sorting through, the workers realized that the surplus was more than they had room to store. A mixed selection of summer and fall was boxed and delivered to the Salvation Army in Richmond. With this kind of network we feel that we can maximize our efforts for the Paint Lick community. “Community” really does matter!

See Salvation Army’s official responsibility in Haiti for 20,000.

Related Post on “Disaster Theory

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.

StaciLehmanwithstudentLouise

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

points light20th Anniversary of

POINTS of LIGHT AWARD

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.”

Are You on Facebook?

September 17, 2009

Friends of Paint Lick now has a page on Facebook.

One More way to stay in touch with FRIENDS

One More way to stay in touch with FRIENDS

If you have a Facebook account, click on the picture and check out the New Friends of Paint Lick page. Become a “fan” and start a conversation about our little village.

Loraine Todd of Friends is responsible for this latest project. She started it after noticing some visits to our Blog from Facebook accounts. So don’t be bashful, please come forward and show Loraine you are a big FAN of Friends. 

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