Posts Tagged ‘helping hands’

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.

It’s in our hands

April 10, 2010

Friends is lending hands 2010 census

Friends is partnering with the Census workers in hopes of doing what we can to have a successful 2010 census of our own Paint Lick area. So far it has served a number of folks who wanted to ask questions and get additional information. We have been surprised at how many seemed to have been missed in the first mailings of census forms.

FOPL building has been a Census Questionaire Center since March 19. John Garn, a Census representative, has been available each day the building is open (Tuesday, Thursday, Friday). Dozens of individuals have been helped by providing forms and answering questions. John will be here until April 19. Later he will serve as an Enumerator – to visit those addresses that haven’t responded. Though many are hesitant about the visit, they will only be asked how many persons were residing there on April 1.

Meet our own census guy

Grassroots Reform

September 14, 2009
While the nation’s lawmakers continue in their highly partisan debates over much needed reforms such as healthcare, brave-hearts down here on the grassroots of America are quietly going about their efforts to care for those suffering the most in the economic downturn. Did you know that Paint Lick has its own Food Bank? Do you know where to send folks who are needing help with this necessity of life? Joe Brown who serves on the Board of Directors for Friends of Paint Lick as Treasurer, also works with the ANGEL FOOD BANK ministry in Paint Lick. Joe partcipates in several regional events such as

Bera College Bowls Event-Photographs courtesy of CELTS
Bera College Bowls Event-Photographs courtesy of CELTS

 “Empty Bowls” project that enjoys contributions from the larger Madison County area as well as those welcome donations from the Paint Lick area.

Empty Bowl Event at Berea College-
Students, faculty, and staff from a multitude of campus departments gathered to enjoy a variety of soups made by Berea students, as well as three inspiring musical performances. With a donation of ten dollars, students selected their own locally crafted ceramic bowl and dined from an assortment of homemade soups. Most of the bowls were crafted by students in the Ceramic Apprenticeship Program at the college.

Musical performers included Breon Thomas, Sam Rosalina and Joshua Slaton, Mark “Dice City” Butler and Marcus “O-BliQ” Leslie. Speakers were food bank representatives Diana Messer of Crab Orchard Resource Center, Joe Brown of ANGEL Food Bank, and Jerry Workman of Berea Community Food Bank. The representatives discussed the history and initiative of Berea’s Empty Bowls Project, which began in 2004. Raffle prizes were distributed after the speakers and performers, as well as prizes for the student chefs of exceptional soup medleys. (READ MORE )(from “Feast of Empty Bowls”)

Friends of Paint Lick partners with Angel Food Bank and many other individuals and projects to promote friends-caring-for-friends in our own community. In doing what we can we join countless others in almost every grass roots part of America continuing the proud tradition of our parents and grand-parents. Once again we say “thank you Dean” for being the spark that showed us how our generation could “keep the wheel rolling”.