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  • Revenge apparently is best served cold

    Payback! I spent over 20 years in sunny Arizona. Each winter, I would delight in calling or e-mailing home about the warm temperatures I was having, while all my relatives froze. Now, I’m back here and they are wintering in Florida or some other warm locale. What goes around comes around.
    Over the past 17 years, I have not had actual temperatures of 17 below until this past week. My Oregon Weather Station told me the temperature was 17.7 below last Thursday. It’s not supposed to get that cold in Kentucky. Jeez-o-pete!

  • Looking for a few good trumpets, flutes

    C’mon, I know you have them.
    They’re hiding in attics or basements, maybe slowly developing mildew and rusting away under a layer of dust from lack of use or neglect.
    Or maybe you just don’t have time for them anymore.   
    I’m talking about your clarinets and flutes, your drum set and your high school-era trumpets: instruments that if you’re not using currently that could be put to better use for budding musicians at the middle school.  

  • Gardening facts to wile away snowy day

    I was never a straight A student, but I loved to learn and could always be counted on to offer up some strange, fun fact.
    Trivial Pursuit was my favorite game. As we wait out the winter, I thought it would be fun to expand our knowledge into the plant world, along with a few human tidbits, as well.

  • In Bluegrass Pipeline debate, neither side wants use of eminent domain

    For the past three months, representatives of Bluegrass Pipeline have been meeting in the homes of landowners in 13 Kentucky counties to discuss the project and the prospect of purchasing an easement, which is the right to use a narrow strip of land for installation of the underground pipeline.

  • Nothing to fear from the helpful, economical pressure cooker

    At the end of a busy day, most of us would love to quickly prepare a tasty, nutritious, home-cooked meal with minimal effort and low cost. One way to accomplish this is to use a pressure cooker. Some of you may have received a new electric pressure cooker as a gift.

  • Answers to questions about vehicle registration, taxes

    Early each year our office receives questions regarding vehicle license and taxes. I hope that the answers provided below will help.
    Why haven’t we mailed your vehicle tax bills?
    First, the cards are not bills, they are just courtesy notices and second, they are mailed by the Department of Revenue.

  • You are what you eat, so learn to eat well

    We’ve all heard the saying “You can’t have one without the other.” It works with everything, you know. All things work in combination. It’s called the Web of Life. Every living thing on this earth is connected through combinations.

  • Avoid winter’s chill with seedlings

    Brrrr! A good time to remember that spring is only 70 days away. Think of it as only 10 Wednesdays! It seems shorter that way. In the meantime, think warm! Watch some summer fun DVDs and steer clear of winter ones, like “Fargo.”
    Though I come from some hearty German and Norwegian stock, I love my wood stove! There is no warmer heat, in my humble opinion. Well, OK, corn or pellet stoves put out more BTUs. As an added bonus, the warm wood stove keeps the cat off my lap.

  • Redistricting means new precincts for voters

    For the past several years our office has had numerous questions regarding the process and why it has taken so long. I am going to attempt to explain it as only I know how — short and simple. Anyone wanting the longer, technical version can give me a call at 839-3041.
    For more than three years, we have been dealing with the redistricting process.
    As of Thursday, Jan. 2, Anderson was ninth out of 120 counties to receive approval from the State Board of Elections and the Legislative Research Commission.

  • Library can help keep resolutions

    Like a lot of other people, when the New Year rolls around, I make several resolutions. And like a lot of other people, by the time February rolls around, I give up on most of them. Sometimes I give up because I don’t really intend to get a second job or clean my house more often, anyway. But other times, I give up because I don’t have what I need to reach my goal.