Elizabethtown Lifestyle Issue 11 / April 2022

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A few years ago, Jen Hammond took a class at a small art studio in Indiana where she learned to use broken glass and resin to create mixed media art. The course resulted in Jen diving right into this creative artistic endeavor. She practiced, learned, and developed her ability to create glass art, helped by an online course taught by another Kentucky artist, while adding her own style and flare. A few months later, Pineapple Peach Studio was created and began Jen’s journey of becoming a professional artist. Jen Hammond uses reclaimed glass from vases, plates, wine bottles, beer bottles, and even windshield glass on the side of the road to make ocean scenes, birds and animals, and flowers. She especially loves to recreate bridal bouquets and pet portraits. The process involves Jen building her stunning pictures with layers on top of layers of glass. The majority of the glass she uses is donated or thrifted. “I love glass and resin because it’s not flat. It shimmers. It’s cool to see how you can take one thing, break it, and make new things.” Jen Hammond has an appreciation for each piece because they have an inspiration and story behind them. Pineapple Peach Studio accepts custom orders and is on social media @pineapplepeachstudio.

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COVER FEATURE: WINNING IN THE HARDIN COUNTY HOME MARKET WITH RACHEL BRANTINGHAM PAGE 20 STAYCATION: THURMAN LANDING PAGE 33 SWOPE’S CARS OF YESTERYEAR MUSEUM PAGE 38 GUIDE TO DINING OUT IN HARDIN COUNTY PAGE 42 THE HARDIN COUNTY HISTORY MUSEUM PAGE 45 CASA OF THE HEARTLAND PAGE 50 BAPTIST HEATLH HARDIN: FULFILLING THE MISSION OF HEALTHCARE FOR THE NEXT GENERATION PAGE 54 COLLABORATIVE LAW & PRESERVING FAMILIES WITH LEEANNA DOWAN, ESQ. PAGE 66 KENTUCKY HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME PAGE 70 UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY HARDIN CO. COOPERATIVE EXTENSION OFFICE PAGE 74 EAT ELIZABETHTOWN PAGE 76 2022 PODCAST SPOTLIGHT: ELIZABETHTOWN PODCAST PAGE 80

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ISSUE 11 I APRIL 2022 PUBLISHER EDITOR IN CHIEF CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Issue 11 is overflowing with things to do here in Kentucky’s heartland. The cover feature showcases much-loved realtor, Rachel Brantingham, sharing insight on the real estate market complete with tips for winning in the housing game right now. Vacations are fun, but staycations are more relaxing: We visited Thurman Landing and toured the B&B for the inside scoop on their staycation amenities. Elizabethtown is home to a handful of fabulous museums; featured here are Swope’s Cars of Yesteryear, the Hardin County History Museum, and the Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame. The Hardin Co. Cooperative Extension Office is back in full swing with courses and events happening throughout spring and summer. Serious features include Collaborative Law & Preserving Families with LeeAnna Dowan, Esq., CASA of the Heartland, and Baptist Health Hardin’s feature on Fulfilling the Mission of Healthcare for the Next Generation. Our January event EAT Elizabethtown benefitting Silverleaf is showcased next to a highlight on a new podcast, Elizabethtown Podcast, that just kicked off about our city. To top it off, we added in a list of my own favorite restaurants and bars just for fun.

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And just like that, we are almost halfway through twenty twenty-two. Rhyme intended. I can honestly say that this has been the best year for the magazine. Our platform has been used to showcase the best in Hardin County for the past three years and the best just keeps getting better. I am proud of our county and that we have so much to offer, but even more so of the fact that we give back in a way that really makes an impact. In the past six months, since October 2021, we have raised close to $70,000 for local non-profits. Elizabethtown is truly an amazing place to live. Round of applause for all of our readers, followers, advertisers, event sponsors, and everyone in the community who shows up to make this place magic. I am so thankful to have the support of the community as we press on in pursuit of highlighting the best our area has to offer in upcoming issues of Elizabethtown Lifestyle Magazine.


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WINNING IN THE HARDIN COUNTY HOME MARKET wit h Rachel Brant ingham We had the pleasure of interviewing Rachel Brantingham with The Brantingham Group of Keller ller Williams Heartland and Brantingham Builders on what is currently happening in the Elizabethtown and Hardin County world of real estate. We used a Q&A format to pick her brain on the best practices for buying and selling now.

Tell me a bit about yourself. Born and raised in Hardin County, I come from a family of entrepreneurs. Not just any entrepreneurs though: We have been building homes for over 40 years offering the opportunity for our clients to give their families and loved ones the American Dream through custom-built homes, and investment in generational wealth through houses that will be passed on and appreciated for generations to come. I grew up falling in love with building a life and building a home alongside my father, Paul Brantingham. I have seven siblings, two brothers, and four sisters; the majority of us have taken on roles in the housing industry. This makes family dinners fun. I have two little boys, Maximus and Alexander. They love to come along with mommy to show houses. Speaking of families, how is your work family? The team at The Brantingham Group is growing. We have a strong administrative team, Jade and Susan, who are in the office holding down the fort. We are so excited to introduce our first buyer’s agent, Maria Taul, who also grew up calling Elizabethtown home. Her family owns and operates Taul Equipment in Cecilia. We are in a position to expand and are currently interviewing for several new agents. How did you get started in real estate and how has having grown up in the building industry shaped your perspective on buying and selling homes? My Dad pushed me to go into real estate. When I was seven months pregnant, I began studying for the real estate exam and have never looked back. It is closely tied to one of the greatest loves of my life, building homes. Spending years in the construction industry, I have a key understanding of what it takes to build a quality home and use this ability to identify exceptional investment opportunities for my buyers. I see beyond the fresh paint. Why Keller Williams? When interviewing brokerages, the values at Keller Williams are God, Family, then Business. These directly aligned with my own core values and those in my family. I was also looking for an agency with strong tech because I feel that is where the industry is headed. Keller Williams also offers unlimited training opportunities to its agents which keeps us at the top of our game.

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HOW TO WIN IN REAL ESTATE IN TODAY’S HOME MARKET

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DO Consider the difference between For Sale by Owner and Using a Professional Realtor. We are currently in an incredible Seller’s Market and selling your home on your own is a great option. A few things to consider when choosing which route to go, as a Realtor, I am a Licensed Professional, educated and trained in every aspect of the Real Estate Transaction and I represent you. Would you go to court without a lawyer? DO Hire a professional photographer. We have learned that you have 30 seconds or less to capture a buyer’s attention. The first few photos will determine if they ever step foot into your home. Ask your realtor if they offer Matterport, this 3D Virtual tour adds another excellent marketing tool. DON’T Overprice your property. It all comes down to pricing! Hire a realtor to help you determine what this sweet spot is. You certainly want to take advantage of every dollar you can get out of your property, especially with it being a seller’s market, but there is nothing worse than overpricing your home and watching it sit there showing after showing because you priced it too high. Often, going with a slightly more aggressive price will attract more buyers and could result in a multiple offer situation! DO Declutter! Less is more! You want your home to be nicely decorated and appropriately staged while not feeling full. This will make the buyer feel like your home has enough space for all their things. It is also a well-known fact that a beautifully staged home will attract more buyers and a higher purchase price. DO Eliminate easy repairs! Change out your air filters, fix leaking faucets, touch up the landscaping. These types of items will help your home feel well maintained giving your buyer the confidence that the home has been taken care of. It will also cut down on the repair requests made during the home inspection. DO Depersonalize your home. You want every buyer to picture their lives inside your walls. Take down the majority (it’s ok to leave up a few) of your family photos. DO Adjust your schedule. Your first few days on the market are crucial, set up everything so you can take advantage of them. Allow showings, plan to go out of town or spend the weekend with family. This can be an inconvenience, but just know that it won’t last long. DON’T Forget about curb appeal! Step back from your home and take in what your buyer will be seeing as soon as they pull up. Touch up the front door paint, add flowers to the porch or a wreath to the front door. Curb appeal can add a lot of monetary value to your property! DO Tell your realtor about all the improvements you’ve made to the property! These improvements can add up big time and help explain your pricing to the buyer and appraiser. I like to sit down with my client and create a list of everything they’ve added to the home and the amounts that went into these improvements! This is not a time to be shy, tell your buyers why your home is the best on the market. DO Remove evidence of pets. Plan to take your pets with you during showings. Everyone loves their animals; they just don’t want to see or smell yours!


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HOW TO WIN IN REAL ESTATE IN TODAY’S HOME MARKET

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DO Consider the value of having an agent work for you! Purchasing a home has never been harder. Average days on market currently is less than 31, that is down from 80 two years ago. What this means is that the majority of homes are pending in less than 24 hours. It has never been more essential to have a Real Estate Professional who is watching things constantly and can help you move instantly on any opportunity. DO Understand what you can afford. This is an important place to start. Meet with a lender and get preapproved for the amount within your budget. Once you find the home of your dreams, you will need to act quickly so having this important step done up front will save you time and possibly the deal. DO Find a home that you can add value to. Look for a property that has improvements that if done can add huge value when you go to sell. Maybe the basement could be finished out or the bathroom or kitchen could be updated. These items add tons of value when you go to sell! DON’T Get lost in the paint colors. Cosmetic issues can be an easy turnoff when you first see a home but look past them and define the true value of the structure. Paint is an easy and affordable item to fix. In this market, knowing what should and should not keep you from purchasing is very important as the pool of homes to choose from is limited. Don’t lose out on a great deal because you are caught up on the cosmetic issues. DON’T Buy the most expensive house on the block. Find a home that you can add equity and value to. If you purchase at the top price range in the subdivision, when it comes time to sell, your appraiser will struggle to find the comparable to give you the proper value your home is worth. DON’T Make any personal big changes. During the purchasing process, any changes to your current financial situation can throw off your whole preapproval. Don’t buy or sell a vehicle, don’t quit your job and start a new one, just hold tight until after closing! DON’T Forget the home inspection. Home Inspectors are extremely important in helping you find and identify the underlying hidden issues with a home. For a small cost at contract time, they can help you avoid major costly issues on down the road. DO Save more than you think you need. From Closing Costs, Down Payments, to future improvements and repairs, buying a home can add up. A good Realtor can help you negotiate the Closing Costs into the loan, but you will need to work with your lender to determine what type of loan you go with and how much you will need for the Down Payment. Items to consider after closing might be improvements that you feel are necessary for you and your family, furniture you will need to make it work or a fence that has to be added to the back yard for the doggies. DO Understand your available financing options. I always encourage my clients to go with a well-established local lender. There are many different options available to you, a trusted lender will guide you through the process and help you identify which loan will best work for you and your purchase. People undervalue a local lender resource when they come to choosing who to go through. There is nothing like being able to reach out to your local lender via their personal cell # at all hours of the day with questions. DO Research the market and know what is happening in the area you are looking. Hiring the right Real Estate professional who is knowledgable and a area expert will help ensure that you are more aware of what is taking place around you in the area you are purchasing.

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How do the real estate and building industries intertwine in your career currently? Not only am I been blessed to be on a team with amazing parents and a brother who happen to be fabulous custom home builders at Brantingham Builders, but I have also had the pleasure of working with so many amazing builders in Hardin County. I feel that due to my unique skill set, I can help home buyers get into a house, even a new build, that is perfect for their style and budget. What’s going on with the housing market in Etown? It’s on fire. There is a housing shortage that places sellers in an incredible position; it equally places buyers in need of incredible representation by a strong agent who can help them navigate the market. How many buyers and sellers have you worked with in the past six months? Our team has worked with 120+ buyers and sellers in the past six months giving us a strong understanding of exactly what is occurring and how aggressive we need to be. We’ve acquired a skillset placing us at an advantage for our clients. Let’s talk a little bit about the economy in Hardin County. We are lucky to live in one of the strongest economies in the United States. With our low crime rates and low cost of living, it’s no wonder that we are seeing a huge increase in industries and factories coming to our area. Most notably, Ford is building twin technologically-advanced battery manufacturing plants in Glendale predicted to be almost 21 football fields in size. This will bring over 5000 jobs to Hardin County and businesses to support those moving to the area for jobs. A housing crash that is predicted throughout the country will hopefully pass us over based on the local growth to come. What would you caution both buyers and sellers on right now? The biggest and scariest thing for sellers is, “where am I going?” This question needs to be seriously considered before putting your home on the market. While homes are selling at record highs and at record speeds, it can be a nightmare if you don’t have somewhere to go. Our team sits down with sellers to create a detailed strategy for moving you from one home to the next. Speaking directly to buyers, our goal is to find a property that has the ability to add additional equity to your investment in time. The reason for this is that you’re purchasing at a higher price point right now, so the be able to protect your investment. Rates are low, it is still an incredible time to buy, you just want to make sure your investment is going to appreciate in the future. Any words of encouragement and advice you can offer someone wanting to buy or sell a home? The American Dream is to live in a home you love, that your family loves. You’ve never been in a better position to make this dream a reality for yourself, your family, and generations to come.

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SUSAN BUT TERWORTH, T R A N S AC T I O N C O O R D I N AT O R Susan is an Elizabethtown native. She enjoys spending my free time doing DIY projects with her husband Justin and their son Vince plus three dogs, Roxy, Layla, and Brutus. You can find her at Target in the home decor section or working in her business, Susan Butterworth Photography.

M A R I A TAU L , R E A LT O R Maria Taul is closely tied to this community through her family’s business Taul Equipment. She is a real estate agent who works exclusively with buyers, and is thrilled to help you find your next home. Recently engaged to Nathan Cooney, she is in the process of planning their wedding later this year.

JA D E F LY N N , C L I E N T C A R E SPECIALIST Jade Flynn is the Executive Assistant and Listing Manager on the team. She is a happily married wife and mother to four beautiful children. She leads worship at Radcliff First Assembly of God and enjoys spending time with her family and socializing with friends.

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I began my banking career in 2004. My mother, Jean-Ellen, gave me my start in the mortgage business. I helped her at a bank in the closing department, and I loved the business from the start, but even more so after learning the ins and outs and was able to transitition into the role of mortgage loan officer. Eighteen years in banking, fifteen in mortgages, and I still love coming to work every day. I am so grateful for my Mom opening the door for me in this business. I love meeting new people and helping with their home financing needs. Helping first time home buyers is always the most rewarding because they are always so excited and grateful at the closing. I have seen tears shed at the closing table, and it makes me realize why I do what I do. My favorite part of the loan process is in the very beginning: Helping buyers get pre-approved and structure their deal to best suite their needs then working closely with the realtor during the negotiation process. The second most exciting part is when the buyer finds a house that and secures the contract. — Steve McMichael, South Central Bank Mortgage Lender

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If you are looking for the perfec t staycation or venue, look no further than Thurman Landing, located in the quaint town of Sonora, Kentucky. According to their website, “Thurman Landing provides a backdrop of seclusion for your wedding, private party, corporate event, or weekend getaway.” It has become a very sought after venue for many local weddings and events.

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Nestled on nine beautiful acres are five historic accommodations that can hold up to 27 people. Guests may choose between the studio apartment, Carriage House, 1901 Lake House, and the 1897 Historic Thurman-Phillips Guest Home. The Thurman Landing barn is where events take place, and provides a stunning backdrop that matches perfec tly to any designer/event planner’s taste and vision. Inside the 1897 Historic Thurman-Phillips Guest Home are four different bedrooms for people to rent for the night, weekend, week, or longer. Each bedroom houses items with a unique history that have been acquired through Mr. And Mrs. Thurman’s travels to Africa, Europe, and the United States. Every room in the house showcases the most incredible antique furniture ranging from the bed frames, grandfather clock, dressers, and chairs. All bedrooms have an attached bathroom, with one offering the extra charm of a claw-footed bathtub and flush-up toilet. Guests staying at the 1897 Historic Thurman-Phillips guest home have access to a couple of libraries that hold a diverse selec tion of one-of-a-kind antique books such as antique books by Mark Twain, Goethe, and William Shakespeare. 90% of the furniture and items in the home have belonged to the ThurmanPhillips family for many generations. Charlie Thurman’s great-grandfather owned the house when it was built in 1897. The house next door, now known as Claudia’s Tea Room, belonged to his grandfather and was built in 1880. Having ownership of the two family homes, along with ingenuity and determination, Charlie Thurman has created a stunning homage to his family’s past, present, and future. Each brick used for walking paths and walls was made on-site by Charlie’s greatgrandfather, Josiah Phillips. The design, decor, and every detail of the home can take guests back in time while also offering a peaceful atmosphere for anyone to relax in. The grounds of Thurman Landing offer stunning gardens, a nine-foot deep lake, fountains, and an old ice house built in 1880. Guests are welcome to explore and walk around the property and often see cherry, plum, and apple trees ready for picking. Being surrounded by the flowing trees and flowers helps guests to relax and slow down. The property is an invitation for anyone to connec t with the nature and beauty around them. The main goal for Charlie Thurman, when bringing the entire estate back to life, was to have every thing he remembered as a child to be put back in for his whole family to enjoy. He and his wife have the most welcoming nature, and have always made anyone visiting their property feel at ease and at home.

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SWOPE’s CARS OF YESTERYEAR MUSEUM Over the past 100+ years, automobiles have had quite an evolution. Motor companies have consistently invented and created new concepts and models that have grown with us through many generations. Having the privilege to see an antique car driving down the road is always a memorable experience. It brings back major nostalgia and transports people back to a simpler time. Having a museum in Elizabethtown that allows people to see the diverse history and evolution of cars gives us locals (and out-of-town visitors) the opportunity to take that step back in time we’ve always dreamed of. After years of planning and construction, Swope’s Cars of Yesteryear Museum opened its doors in May 1999. The museum’s admission has always been free because it was a gift to the community by the late Bill Swope as a thank you to the many local people that embraced him and his business. The Swope Family continues to make it free to the public to continue his gift and legacy.

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The vehicles displayed range from the early 1900s to the 1960s and consist of a collection of 60 antique models. Located inside the expansive building are a 1914 Model T, 1925 Pierce Arrow, 1956 Thunderbird, 1969 Chevrolet Camaro, and a 1939 Rolls Royce Wraith Sedanca De Ville. Located at 1080 North Dixie Avenue, Swope’s Cars of Yesteryear Museum is open Monday-Saturday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm year-round. To learn more about Swope’s Cars of Yesteryear Museum, please visit www.Swope museum.com or call (270) 765-2181.

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Looking for lunch or to grab a drink? We’ve got you covered. What would an issue about fun things to do in Hardin County be without mentioning all of the restaurants we love? 2B Thai 94 Bravo Bistro Amazin’ Glazin’ Donuts Back Home Catering Back Home Restaurant Bourbon Barrel Tavern Bub’s Cafe Las Chalupas Claudia’s Tea Room Deez Butts BBQ Dewster’s Homemade Ice Cream The Dreamery ECTC Culinary Department El Alcapulco El Tapatio Etown Meal Prepping Family Fun Cafe & Ice Cream Firefly Nutrition The Fish House & Grill Flywheel Brewing Ginza Hibachi Green Bamboo Gulf Coast Connection Gyro House Heartland Sports Pub Hole Lotta Love Donuts Impellizerri’s Pizza John O’s Liquor Store J.R. Neighbors Kansai Japanese Steakhouse Kohli’s Downtown Nutrition Little Charlie’s Pizza Mark’s Feed Store Mexico Lindo Mi Jalisco Mountain Mikes Coffee Namaste Papi’s Tacos & More SIM Sushi & Steak Sweet Retreat The Cafe at Swope Tony York’s On Main Vibe Coffee Shop Wasabi Water’s Edge Winery & Bistro The Whistle Stop Wicked Eyed Woman Woo Hoo II


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CASA OF THE HEARTLAND CASA of the Heartland provides a unique and invaluable service to the children in Hardin County. CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates and “is a nonprofit that recruits, trains, and supports volunteers within the community to advocate on behalf of abused and neglec ted children.” Volunteers, appointed by a Family Court Judge, are one of the few constants in a child’s life when they’re consistently going through a revolving door of changes while in the system. CASA tries to look at the whole pic ture with each volunteer advocating for a child to have therapy, tutoring, support, and any thing else they may need to live a healthier and safer life. Instability, fear, trauma, lack of support, and change are often what these children go through, which is why it’s so important for volunteers to serve as a consistent set of eyes for each child.

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CASA of the Heartland is currently serving 158 kids and has helped a total of 590 since they’ve started. To raise awareness and honor the children they’ve helped in the past and present, the organization invites local supporters, including legislatures and Mayors, law enforcement, and other concerned citizens, to join them to place pinwheels in CASA’s yard every April, which happens to be National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Each pinwheel represents the innocence of a child and the fun, possibilities, and hope they deserve. It’s a way to truly highlight the program’s work and honor and remember the children served while also raising awareness to prevent the need for such services in the future. Currently, Kentucky is again ranked as #1 in the country for child abuse and neglec t, and has maintained that rank for a couple of years. In Hardin County, we had the highest Family Court Petitions from 2016 -to 2019. The following year, the pandemic hit, and across the Commonwealth, cases were under-reported, which later resulted in a surge in cases from this past summer (2021) until now. The unfortunate reality is that our county needs help. The children in our community need volunteers to dedicate time and consistency to the CASA program. There are 106 children on the waitlist in Hardin County. That means 106 abused and neglec ted kids are not being helped during the most challenging times of their lives. The pandemic and economic challenges have affec ted many nonprofits, and the need for community support is as crucial as ever. CASA of the Heartland accepts donations year-round and offers donors the opportunity to support a child each month or for an entire year. No donation or contribution is too small. The children in our community are in desperate need of volunteers. CASA provides all the training volunteers need to set them up to succeed in their invaluable role as an advocate. The organization posts videos and information regularly to its Facebook page to continue raising awareness for its mission of advocating for abused and neglec ted children in Hardin County.

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FULFILLING THE MISSION OF

Healthcare for the Next Generation Baptist Health Hardin recently broke ground on a project that, when completed, will usher in the next generation of healthcare for the region. The Baptist Health Hardin Outpatient Medical Pavilion will be located behind the Elizabethtown hospital and is set to open in 2024.

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Designed to help fulfill Baptist Health Hardin’s mission to demonstrate the love of Christ by providing and coordinating care and improving health in the region, the new facility will include a comprehensive cancer care center, surgical suites, multiple specialty clinics and an outdoor healing garden. The facility will be 282,000 square feet, which is equivalent to 75% of the original hospital’s size. Baptist Health Hardin’s 10-county service region encompasses 400,000 central Kentuckians, or 10 percent of the state’s population. The new pavilion will help meet the demands of the growing region, whose population is expected to increase by 6.7% in the next five to seven years, according to an analysis conducted for the project. “Baptist Health Hardin’s patient volumes grew exponentially over the last decade and show no signs of stopping. We need this pavilion to accommodate future growth,” stated Baptist Health Hardin President Dennis Johnson. “This facility will also help us to continue to recruit and retain talented and highly respected healthcare professionals who will deliver excellence in care and service – right here close to home.” The pavilion’s new comprehensive cancer care center will provide the advanced and compassionate care patients have come to expect from Baptist Health Hardin, with all services under one roof. The center will include an oncology and hematology clinic, infusion clinic, radiation therapy services, new equipment and technology, and amenities to make patients even more comfortable during their visits. When the project is complete, Baptist Health Hardin’s existing cancer care center will be repurposed to house other specialties. Most of the existing medical offices, diagnostic centers and locations will remain unchanged following the medical pavilion’s completion. The pavilion will also include 12 new operating suites, including a hybrid operating room; three cardiac catheterization labs; and comfortable areas for recovery and gathering with loved ones. Specialty clinics housed within the pavilion include cardiology, general surgery, pulmonology, urology, vascular care, and wound care. Designed with staff, patients and families in mind, the facility will feature a number of amenities to support emotional and spiritual health, including a boutique, cafe, resource area, chapel, an outdoor healing garden, staff respite rooms, training and conference spaces and several common areas filled with natural light and beauty. The healing garden will be situated just north of the facility and will be directly adjacent to the comprehensive cancer care center. “It is our prayer that this facility is synonymous with healing, hope and community,” said Johnson. “We want to see the space become a place that supports healthy living and improves access to care.” The new facility also will feature an onsite retail pharmacy.

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EXPONENTIALLY OVER THE LAST DECADE AND SHOW NO SIGNS OF STOPPING. WE NEED THIS PAVILION TO ACCOMMODATE FUTURE GROWTH. THIS FACILITY WILL ALSO HELP US TO CONTINUE TO RECRUIT AND RETAIN TALENTED AND HIGHLY RESPECTED HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS WHO WILL DELIVER EXCELLENCE IN CARE AND SERVICE — RIGHT HERE CLOSE TO HOME.”

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“We are developing a space in which patients can be seen by multiple specialists in one central location and can pick up the medication prescribed to them by their specialist during the very same visit,” said Tom Carrico, vice president and chief operating officer at Baptist Health Hardin. “Ease of access to prescribed medications allows for one-stop shopping and that translates to a better healthcare experience in the region, and that’s what Baptist Health Hardin strives to deliver.” Construction of the pavilion will be completed in phases throughout the next three years. Colby Dearman, senior medical planner at architecture and planning company HKS, Inc., has worked with hospital leaders on the design of the medical pavilion through the development of a strategic facilities plan. “As someone who works intensively on and has a passion for developing productive healing environments for clients around the country, I can say for certain that patients in Baptist Health Hardin’s region of care will benefit greatly from this advanced and comprehensive new facility,” said Dearman. The project is the largest in the hospital’s nearly 70-year history and has been made possible through a $225.6 million investment from Baptist Health. The investment is the largest made to Baptist Health Hardin since the healthcare system acquired the hospital in 2020. Coupled with the recent implementation of Epic, a new electronic records system, Baptist Health has exceeded its initial promise to invest $235 million into the Elizabethtown hospital within the span of a decade, with $150 million to be spent in the first five years. The project is part of Baptist Health’s $1 billion strategic plan for the nine-hospital system. To date, Baptist Health has invested over $275 million into Hardin County’s healthcare system. “This sizable investment in Baptist Health Hardin demonstrates a true commitment to patients in our region,” stated Hardin County Judge/Executive Harry L. Berry, who also serves as the current chair of the hospital’s board of directors. “When Hardin Memorial Health’s Board of Trustees decided to negotiate a sale with Baptist Health to accommodate our rapidly-growing patient base and equipment costs, it was in the interest of advancing the quality of healthcare in the region. In less than two years since the sale, $275 million has been invested into Hardin County’s health system. Between the new Epic electronic medical record system and the development of the Outpatient Medical Pavilion, we’re off to a great start.”

For ongoing updates on the facility’s construction, go to BaptistHealth.com/ Outpatient-Medical-Pavilion.

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Collaborative Law & Preserving Families

A collaborative law overview with LeeA nna Dowan, E s q., Attorney at Law, Dowan Law Offices. 66


What is Collaborative Law?

Collaborative Law is a process whereby couples, who have decided to separate and/or divorce, may engage in to resolve their differences without having to be involved in acrimonious litigation. When couples decide to part ways, emotions are often at peak levels, feelings are hurt or bitter and tensions run deep but that does not always mean couples are interested in dragging themselves and each other through lengthy and expensive court battles nor are those battles always necessary. Couples who have reached a point in their communication discord where positive or result-based conversations are no longer possible often simply need outside people to work with who can relay their information and perspective to the other person without causing heated, emotion-fueled battles to erupt.

Who are the people involved in the Collaborative Law process?

Collaborative Law includes the couple, each of their attorneys, a financial neutral, and a coach. The Parties: The parties are couples with, or without children, who are seeking to dissolve their marriage while avoiding expensive court time. Often these couples genuinely want to arrive at an amicable agreement equitably dividing their property, assets, and debts but have lost their ability to have calm conversations about these matters. Many times, these couples are positive that if the other person could hear what is important to them or what really matters, they are certain that the other person would agree, and an agreement would be forthcoming. This is often quite accurate.

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The Attorneys: Each parent has their own attorney to work with along the way to protect their legal interests and be certain the legal playing field stays balanced. But attorneys are not always the best communicators when trying to be certain that minor issues are amicably resolved and, not every detail of a case requires heavy-handed tactics. To be certain there are plenty of attorneys who prefer to resolve cases out of court; however, attorneys are also charged with the responsibility of zealous advocacy and are often geared toward litigation tactics even when seeking to politely work together. Collaborative Law attorneys are trained to balance the protection of their client’s legal interests for the present and the future as well as being able to set aside their litigation or cut-throat strategies. LEEANNA DOWAN, ESQ.

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Financial Neutrals: A financial neutral is a licensed, skilled financial expert such as a Certified Public Accountant, Financial Investor, or Certified Divorce Financial Analyst who is also trained in the Collaborative Law process. This person is an unbiased third party who assists the couple in working through their finances and reallocation of their assets and debts so that each person can meet their current needs and their future needs. The financial neutral helps the parties to maintain realistic perspectives about how much money is available for the payment of debts, the use of resources and assets and productive spending, and the necessity of, timely child support payments. It is important that these professionals are licensed in their own financial fields as well as fully Collaboratively trained. Coaches: Coaches are sometimes referred to as neutral mental health or coparenting professionals. This is not to state or imply that one of the parties needs mental health treatment although that may be a separate issue. Coaches may be Parenting Coordinators, licensed Psychologists, or Certified Divorce Coaches and are involved in the Collaborative Law process to maintain the mental and emotional health balance through the separation or divorce case. They are not counselors for the parties but rather, coaches assist parents in working through the changes for the children and coordination of co-parenting details. Coaches are often the outside voice of the children assisting each parent in focusing on the wellbeing of the children’s daily lives is important to maintain. Parents are concerned with providing for the best interest of their children; frequently the parent’s own relationship encumbrances have gotten in the way of applying their best thoughts for the children’s most successful future. The Collaborative Law coaches are certified or licensed in their specific fields as well as being specifically trained in the Collaborative Law process.


Is Collaborative Law Court Approved?

Yes. Although Kentucky has not yet adopted rules and statutes providing for Collaborative Law, many states have moved in that direction. Kentucky courts have long since approved and mandated that divorcing parties attempt informal resolution processes before seeking a final hearing. Informal settlement conferences and mediation are normal processes for divorcing parties, but these usually take place after litigation has commenced and after attorneys have filed motions with affidavits capitalizing on one parties’ weakness or exaggerating their clients’ good qualities. The reality is that both parents are needed by their children in the healthiest way possible. Kentucky judges have supported the implementation of Collaborative Law methods as a way of healing families in the transition from being married families to divorced families. Kentucky judges accept Collaborative Law Agreements as being binding on the parties just like agreements reached an informal settlement conference or through mediation.

Is it more expensive than traditional divorce cases?

No. Collaborative Law is frequently substantially less expensive. In traditional divorce cases, the parties each pay their attorneys individually to work through the financial details and co-parenting details then additionally pay their attorneys to confer and try to coordinate a resolution. In Collaborative Law, the parties still pay their attorneys but share the costs of the financial neutrals and the parenting coaches equally. The parties meet with the neutrals to work through the details of their financial picture and for their co-parenting needs separately from the attorneys. Once resolutions are reached in those meetings, the neutrals advise the attorneys everyone is ready to meet to draft a divorce agreement. The attorneys are included in the writing of the agreement to be certain all of the legal requirements are met, and everyone’s legal standing is protected. More of the costs are shared by the parties in the Collaborative Law process than in the traditional or historic processes of divorce litigation.

Is Collaborative Law a longer process?

Collaborative Law provides a more economical and frequently faster process than in traditional divorces. This is because Collaborative Law works with professionals outside of court and is not hampered by lengthy court dockets. Parties are able to more effectively resolve co-parenting matters and allocation of debt management through the financial neutrals and coaches as their calendars for scheduling meetings with the parties is typically much less delayed than having to wait for the attorneys to draft motions, file them with the court and wait for the hearing date to occur as in the traditional method.

Collaborative Law Overview

Collaborative Law is a much less stressful method of transitioning families from being married to divorced. This process assists the parties, their children, and their extended families in moving forward for more positive future interactions. Families do not cease to exist upon the separation of a couple; families simply have a different complexion. Holidays, graduations; future weddings and future grandchildren births are still matters that will occur for couples and their children. The comfort level and success of those future events can be dependent on the trauma caused, or avoided, by the couples’ separation.

Collaborative Law is a healthier way to move transitioning families forward.

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KENTUCKY HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME Kentucky and basketball go together like peas and carrots. The two words are

practically synonymous, and, in our Bluegrass State, we typically only have two different types of fans: UofL or UK. High school basketball is just as important as college level, and what better way to honor Kentucky high school athletes than The Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame (“KHSBHF”) located right here in Elizabethtown. Established in 2012 by a few Kentucky area coaches, the KHSBHF offers a fabulous downtown location for locals and visitors to easily access and walk to. As stated on their website, the museum is “dedicated to promoting and educating the public about the culture, tradition, and rich heritage of Kentucky High School Basketball.” It honors and provides a “fitting tribute to former players and coaches while preserving and displaying historical information and memorabilia associated with the game.” The 100th anniversary of High School Basketball in Kentucky was in 2018, and, to celebrate, the KHSBHF welcomed their first 100 inductees consisting of former players and coaches. As of March 2022, the museum has inducted a total of 137 individuals. The rich heritage and invaluable life lessons taught through the experience of playing basketball have helped shape many lives. When looking for inductees, the KHSBHF looks at individuals who have what they call the “Essence of the Game.” To them, that includes “hard work, respect for authority, the value of teamwork, personal responsibility, and the importance of tradition.”

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In February, KHSBHF helped celebrate Kentucky high school basketball teams at five different historic sites across Kentucky in what they call “The Heritage Games.” Through the five games, The Heritage Games worked to “recognize the relationship between communities, schools, and high school basketball.” The saying “Every town had its team, and every team had its town” served as inspiration for the events. Locations included Old Dunbar High School Gymnasium, Owensboro Sports Center, Monticello Gymnasium, Paintsville High School Gymnasium, and West Carter High School. Basketball enthusiasts, local history buffs, and the general public will love all that this incredible 10,000+ square foot museum has to offer. The Summer season is just around the corner, and The Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame is a must when it comes to local attractions to visit during your very own “Staycation.”

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Hardin Co. Cooperative Extension Office The Hardin County Cooperative Extension was created by the University of Kentucky’s College of Agriculture, Food, & Environment. They provide a home base for multiple programs in the community and ensure a safe and welcoming location for meetings and classes to take place. The Cooperative Extension Service provides practical education you can trust to help people, businesses, and communities solve problems, develop skills, and build a better future. The Hardin County Cooperative Extension Office offers a variety of free services through the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service. They can assist you with your home, farm, and lawn and garden needs, as well as your finances, nutrition, child development, adolescent youth development, community and economic development, and so much more. Their Mission States: Kentucky Cooperative Extension serves as a link between the counties of the Commonwealth and the state’s land grant universities to help people improve their lives through an educational process focusing on their issues and needs. We emphasize: • Valuing diversity and capitalizing on its potential to strengthen programs; • Being locally-driven, flexible, and responsive; • Identifying and supporting high priority statewide programming trusts; • Educating people to solve problems, make decisions, and embrace change; • Applying knowledge and research-based information; • Accomplishing work through collaboration, volunteerism, and leadership development; • Fostering an empowered and contributing people; • Developing youth, adults, families, and communities; and • Fostering effective lifelong use of personal and natural resources. • University of Kentucky, Kentucky State University • U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Kentucky Counties Cooperating Upcoming classes are always listed on their website under the department they relate to. To stay up to date with what’s happening at the Hardin County Cooperative Extension, please visit www.hardin.ca.uky.edu or call (270) 765-4121.

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CLASSES & EVENTS HAPPENING AT THE HARDIN COUNTY EXTENSION OFFICE:

GARDENING CLASSES

INVASIVE SPECIES CLASSES

FORAGE CLASSES

FOOD PRESERVATION CLASSES

COOKING THROUGH THE CALENDAR CLASSES

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POP CLUB AT THE HARDIN COUNTY FARMERS MARKET

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PAINTING CLASSES

EMBROIDERY GROUPS

QUILTING CLASSES

CROSS STITCH AND SEWING DAYS

COOKING CLASSES

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This year we are changing up the way we host events. In exchange for cocktail parties launching magazines, we will be planning a series of events benefitting local non-profits. Events of this nature are only successful with the support of the community. From the bottom of our hearts, we cannot thank those who sponsored or attended EAT Elizabethtown enough. From myself, Jillian, and all of the staff at Silverleaf, thank you. Give us a follow on Facebook or Instagram for upcoming events and ways to get involved and give back in 2022.

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In case you haven’t noticed, we are hosting events to benefit nonprofits throughout Hardin County. Eat Elizabethtown was a twelve-course meal with drink pairings served Saturday, January 8 at The Haycraft. The dinner was made up of courses from all local restaurants, bars, breweries, and wineries, who came together to donate the meal for a good cause. The magazine you’re holding released at an event benefitting CASA of the Heartland. Be sure to give us a follow on Instagram to stay up-to-date on upcoming events. Details to come soon on our July 9, 2022 event benefitting The Down Syndrome Association of the Heartland.


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My name is Zach Alexander, and I am the host of a podcast called Elizabethtown. I have lived in this town my entire life, and one thing that I have learned is that everyone has something different to say about E-town. Ask ten people what it’s like to live here, and you will get ten vastly different answers. Expand that to the thousands of people that live here, and you will discover thousands of unique experiences that are all worth sharing. The singular goal of the podcast is to let those different voices blend together, episode by episode, and allow Elizabethtown to speak for itself. My favorite part of this endeavor so far has been finding out that I actually know very little about my hometown. Several episodes have already been recorded and scheduled out, and each guest brings new information or new connections. As I told one guest mid-recording, “I know nothing, and I know nobody.” In a funny way, I feel that this is the one thing that makes me qualified to host the podcast. I approach each episode as someone who knows nothing about E-town and is ready to discover everything the city has to offer.

When I’m not working on Elizabethtown, my main creative outlet is as the frontman in a band called The Okay. I also work as a media/audio specialist at Valley Creek Baptist Church here in town. I spend my nights making music, my days at the church, and most evenings at home with my wonderful wife and two dogs. I also host three other podcasts. I started this podcast because I love Elizabethtown. I love talking to people, and I’m learning to listen. I am also hoping people will invite me to more fancy parties now.

Follow Zach’s podcast journey with Elizabethtown: Instagram: @elizabethtownpodcast And be sure to hit “subscribe” wherever you love listening to podcasts.

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