Elizabethtown Lifestyle Magazine - Issue 4 - July 2020

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ISSUE 4 I JULY 2020 PUBLISHER EDITOR IN CHIEF CREATIVE / STYLE DIRECTOR Giselle Smith

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Hey Hardin County! As always, I am so glad to have you here reading Issue 4 of Elizabethtown Lifestyle. Things are looking up in the world and I am so excited about everything happening in our city this fall. Be on the look out for new businesses in this issue as many are mentioned and included in features. In case this is your first time picking up a magazine: Our features showcase the talents and expertise from local residents and business owners. Most of our articles are written by members of the community. If you contributed, whether it be through advertising, photography or submitting an article, I am celebrating you! If you have an idea for an article or feature, you can always email me at info@elizabethtownlifestyle.com. If you follow my personal Instagram (@_giselle_smith), you probably know that my favorite pastime is dining out. Over a year ago, I put together an editorial calendar for 2019-2020 that included a local restaurant feature— what is now titled Locals Love Dining and is our Issue 4 cover feature. Flip through the pages to read a bit about MUST TRY locals eats. So many new businesses are set to open this fall: We had the pleasure of touring The Newberry Building with Ben LaRue and have the inside scoop on what is to come downtown. Raise your hand if you’re both ready to get back to school and worried about what is to come of the 2020-2021 school year! Me too. A fun, feature included this issue is Back to School, but instead of cute backpacks and over-achieving lunch box inspiration, we interviewed teachers throughout Hardin County on getting your kids ready for what is to come.

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PHOTOGRAPHY Clagett Photography Elaina Janes Photography Morgan Worley Photography Reed Sampley Photography Susan Butterworth Photography Thomas Deaton Special thanks to each and every one of the advertisers featured in Issue 4 of Elizabethtown Lifestyle. We appreciate the trust you have given in allowing us to showcase your business and the very best that Hardin County has to offer. This magazine would not be the same without you—Thank you!

Watching so many businesses bounce back after everything that transpired this spring and seeing the strength in our community makes me so proud to live here. Our mission at Elizabethtown Lifestyle is to connect the residents of Elizabethtown and Hardin County to local businesses through a curated collection of features and articles in our print publication and blog, up-todate social media, and through featuring and hosting community events. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for news on the upcoming quarterly magazines and events. Please tag us online when you’re out supporting local businesses of all kinds: Use our hashtag #ElizabethtownLifestyle and we might just share your posts! Forever thankful to be a part of your community Hardin County—Thanks for tuning in! Best,

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Locals Love Dining C ove r P h o to g ra p hy : Cl a g e t t P h o to g ra p hy

Whether you’re looking for southern home cooking or authentic cuisine, Etown has it all. We have compiled a fun list of local restaurants and have a plethora of choices: American, Indian, Mexican, Chinese, Japanese, Greek, Thai, seafood, and more. In addition, we have added some of our favorite bars, and ice cream spots sure to keep you refreshed and cool this summer. Read on and get to planning your next ladies’ lunch or date night. Remember, always shop—and dine—local Hardin County!

Family Fun Cafe & Ice Cream Family Fun Cafe & Ice Cream has been in business since 2016 and is located in Radcliff right off of Dixie Highway. Family-owned and operated, Family Fun Cafe & Ice Cream is run by Michelle Harmon. The restaurant serves up delicious ice cream flavors and a variety of tasty meals ranging from nachos to homemade chili. Favorite menu items include Homemade Potato Soup, Elephant Ear Ice Cream, and Bourbon Pecan Ice Cream. They also have sugar-free and dairy-free items such as their Philadelphia Water Ice. Last year, they launched their fun shakes, including a specialty flavor and a collectible mug; Bourbon Pecan & Brownie and Birthday Cake are favorites. The restaurant hosts events such as petting zoos, pony rides, father-daughter ice cream socials, birthday parties, and movie nights. A mother of ten children, Michelle loves bringing families together and showing them how they can have fun and connect cost-effectively.

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1537 S. Wilson Road, Radcliff I (270) 352-5500 I www.familyfuncafeandicecream.com I Find them on Facebook & Instagram!

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Impellizzeri’s Pizza

Impellizzeri’s is a downtown pizza parlor that has been open for nearly three years. The restaurant was brought to Elizabethtown by Ben LaRue, Kevin Addington, and Carl Swope as a part of the revival of downtown. It has become a prominent part of downtown and a place that people love to eat, especially after the events that occur during the summertime. Every day at lunch, you can get a slice and a salad starting at $5.99. Slice choices are classic pepperoni, sausage, or plain cheese and a house salad with your choice of dressing or a Caesar salad.

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Scheduled Ladies Nights take place Wednesday evenings. Impellizzeri’s has many great pizzas to try from, so it’s hard to recommend just one. But if we must, we suggest the Sampler Pizza. The Cheese Bread, as well as the Original Wings, are a must-try too!

14 Public Square, Unit 101, Elizabethtown I (270) 766-1100 I www.impellizzeris.com I Find them on Facebook & Instagram!


El Alcapulco El Acapulco is one of the most popular Mexican restaurants in Etown for a reason. Ramiro Romero and his family opened El Acapulco almost a decade ago; they take great pride in being a gathering place for families and friends to come together over delicious food. The service is fantastic, and the staff treats guests like family. The welcoming waiters and staff make it hard not to be a regular at El Acapulco! They recently added an outdoor patio, so people can enjoy eating and spending time together in an open-air environment. Our favorite dishes are the El Alcapulco—basically chicken with queso and homemade rice —and then the classic Chimichanga. Be sure to pair your meal with a margarita for good measure. Flavors include traditional lime, strawberry, mango, and piùa colada.

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Ginza Hibachi

Ginza is easy to recognize with its beautiful koi fish mural, but the real magic happens at the Hibachi grill. The restaurant has been a hot spot for sushi and hibachi in Elizabethtown for the past eighteen years. Michael Yun and his family saw a market for Japanese food and opened up soon after restaurants in Elizabethtown were able to acquire a liquor license, Ginza was one of the first to be approved. Michael’s favorite thing about owning a restaurant in Elizabethtown is seeing people sharing a meal and growing friendships with his regular customers. Ginza is known for their hibachi: Chicken, steak—Yakisoba or filet, shrimp, scallops, and vegetarian and are options all served with fabulous fried rice and mixed veggies. You can order off of the menu at your table or join in an interactive experience at one of the unique hibachi tables. If you’re a sushi lover like we are, Ginza is amazing. All sushi is rolled to order with fresh seafood by sushi chef Danny Kwon.

1705 N. Dixie Avenue Suite 132, Elizabethtown I (270) 737-5535 I www.ginzahibachi.com I Find them on Facebook & Instagram!


Claudia’s Tea Room

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Claudia’s Tea Room is owned and managed by Charles Thurman and his family. The property has been in the Thurman Family for as long as they can remember. The tea room was built in 1880, and the Thurman-Phillips Guest Home was later built in 1897. When dining at Claudia’s Tea Room, we suggest trying their Sweet Potato Biscuits and the Country Ham with Apple Butter. Claudia’s Tea Room uses many Kentucky-made products: Their ham is from Penn’s Country Ham in Liberty, Kentucky, and their teas from Elmwood Inn Fine Teas in Danville, Kentucky. Charles and his family love entertaining and hosting guests. His goal is to make them feel at home every visit. Guests can expect friendly service and delicious southern cuisine. Shown here are Kentucky Hot Browns, Shrimp & Grits, and Bourbon Bread Pudding— YUM. In honor of the lady of the house, Rose, napkins are folded in the perfect roses and set at every place setting.

107 Broadway Street, Sonora I (270) 268-6218 I www.thurmanlanding.com I Find them on Facebook & Instagram!

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Namaste

If you haven’t tried Indian food yet, Namaste is known for some of the best Indian food in Kentucky. The restaurant is a hidden gem in Elizabethtown. They have been in business since 2014 and are locally-owned by Laly Kumar and his family. They have owned restaurants in other cities, but they live here in Elizabethtown and are proud to bring authentic Indian fare to Hardin County. The family loves the people of Elizabethtown almost as much as my family loves their food. They’ve made great connections and enjoy seeing repeat customers and getting to know them. They have always made us feel welcome. Favorite dishes to try are Chicken Tikka Masala, Tandoori Chicken, and the Garlic Naan. The restaurant also features an Indian grocery if picking up food and cooking is more your style. Catering is available for local events! 1609 N. Dixie Highway #102, Elizabethtown I (270) 900-1129 I Find them on Facebook & Instagram!


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Dewster’s Homemade Ice Cream & Bakery Dewster’s Homemade Ice Cream & Bakery started as a food truck in 2015. For years customers asked where their ice cream parlor was, and they didn’t have an answer. So, in 2018, they opened up their location in Elizabethtown. Kelly and Dewey Cruze, along with their children, run and own the parlor with the help of their pastry chef Rachel Wilson. The Cruze’s love meeting new people and seeing old friends who come in. If you haven’t tried Dewster’s ice cream yet or are looking for a unique flavor to try next time you go, we suggest the Lemon Pie or the Bourbon Ball. Both are customer favorites!

914 N. Mulberry Street, Elizabethtown I (270) 506-3045 I Find them on Facebook & Instagram!

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WooHoo II

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Have you ever tasted a Gyro? Leann Priddy, the owner of Woo Hoo II, knew the city of Elizabethtown needed a Greek restaurant. We couldn’t be more thankful. Woo Hoo has been open since 2012 and is family-owned. When asked what her favorite part of being a restaurateur is, Leann told us that she loves the people who come through her doors. Much of the clientele are regulars. She tells her employees that they only have a few minutes to turn people’s days around, which is part of their job at Woo Hoo. We recommend the Greek Salad, Gyro & Friends, and the Gyro Burger. In case you’re wondering or are nervous about placing your order and saying “gyro” wrong, we’ve got you covered. It’s “YEE-roh.” My personal favorite is the Sparta Plate with Gyro meat plus extra Greek Tzatziki sauce. Finish your meal with baklava, a rich, sweet dessert pastry made with flaky layers of dough filled with nuts and honey.

420 N. Mulberry, Elizabethtown I (270) 900-0214 I Find them on Facebook!

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Pizza Mavens

Pizza Mavens is a NEW pizza place on Leitchfield Road. Ron Bodner from Reuben’s Deli and Stacy Reynolds of Bourbon Barrel Tavern opened Pizza Mavens almost a year ago, bringing brick oven craft pizza to Elizabethtown. Every ingredient from the dough to the sauce is made in-house. At Pizza Mavens, you can order a New York-style thin crust as well as their “double dough” version for those who like a thicker crust. Of course, all of the pizzas are hand-tossed and then finished in a brick oven. Dining in is an option, but delivery is perfect for your next backyard pizza party or movie night. You can’t go wrong with any of their pizzas, but we recommend trying one of their calzones. Menu items are still being added: Be on the lookout for subs and new pasta options soon!

2957 Leitchfield Road, Elizabethtown I (270) 982-5566 I www.pizzamavens.com I Find them on Facebook & Instagram!


The Cafe at Swope The Cafe at Swope Toyota has been bringing smiles to local diners for the past five years. Kathy McCubbin, the general manager of Swope Toyota, wanted to open a restaurant up because it was unique—no other Toyota dealership in the country has a full restaurant. Since then, it has become a destination for everyone, whether you are looking to purchase a new Toyota, service your car, needing to buy some parts, or if you just want to meet some friends for lunch. After eating a delicious meal at The Cafe, Kathy suggests trying one of their homemade desserts, especially their carrot cake, Italian Cream, or their banana pudding. Don’t forget, The Cafe at Swope also offers catering for your next office luncheon or social event!

1085 N. Dixie Highway, Elizabethtown I (270) 505-4966 I www.swopetoyota.com I Find them on Facebook & Instagram!

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Heartland Sports Pub, located on the 18th hole of Heartland Golf Club golf course, opened in July of 2012. The current owner of the golf course asked Sharon and Ramin Hashemi if they were interested in running a restaurant at the course. They said yes, and have loved owning the restaurant and bar over the past eight years. The couple loves being outdoors every day; the restaurant features a large deck with ample outdoor seating with a view of the driving range. The staff are accustomed to making new friends with golfers who come in looking for an ice-cold beer or a bite to eat after playing eighteen holes or non-golf customers who are just looking for a great

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meal. Heartland Sports Pub has many favorites, but ours include the Jumbo Tater Tot Kegs, the Hangover Cure Burger, and the Crispy Chicken Tenders. Don’t forget to try one of their signature drinks!

850 Pine Valley Drive, Elizabethtown I (270) 900-1410 I Find them on Facebook & Instagram!

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Gulf Coast Connection

If you haven’t made it to Gulf Coast Connection in the past four years, you’re missing out. Barry Collier brings the ocean back from the Alabama coast every week, sharing a little salt and sea with our town. He and his wife currently live in Dauphin Island, Alabama, where they fish each week for fresh fish, shrimp, crabs, and crawfish to bring back to the restaurant and seafood grocery. The couple loves the small-town feeling that Elizabethtown offers. To them, their customers feel like friends and have gotten to be as close as family, whether they are coming in to enjoy a meal of boiled crustaceans complete with potatoes and corn on the cob, or shopping for fresh seafood

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to take home and cook for their families. In addition to fresh seafood, Gulf Coast Connection sells everything you need for a backyard seafood boil this summer from spices and seasonings to cocktail sauce. Fresh seafood arrives at the restaurant every Wednesday!

321 S. Mulberry Street, Elizabethtown I (270) 900-4134 I Find them on Facebook!

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2B Thai Pitsanu Suravachirasak, otherwise known as Patrick, and his family originally opened 2B Thai in Louisville. Many of his customers were traveling up from Elizabethtown. At the request of customers, Patrick and his family moved to Elizabethtown and opened up their Ring Road location nine years ago, bringing an authentic Thai menu to Hardin County. Some customer favorites are the Crispy Garlic Black Pepper Chicken, Choo Chee Curry, and Pad Thai with Curry Sauce. Associate Editor Alex’s favorite is a musttry: Boba Tea is a milk-based tea with yummy tapioca balls—the 2B Thai version is topped with whipped cream and comes complete with a colorful wide straw.

3040 Ring Road, Elizabethtown I (270) 766-1408 I www.2bthaietown.com I Find them on Facebook & Instagram!


Wicked Eyed Woman

Deborah Koch and her son, Daniel, opened Wicked Eyed Woman in March of 2016; she had always wanted to open a restaurant, and jumped at the opportunity to when the City of Elizabethtown began discussions on the downtown revival. The Wicked Eyed Woman has a heavy English heritage with a Southern twist that influences their menu. Some of their most popular dishes include Fish & Chips and Shepherd’s Pie. Also shown: “The Hood Burger” and a Smoked Poppy Seed Chicken Salad. The restaurant doubles as a bar on weekends. Signature drinks like their Cucumber Jalapeño Margarita are perfect for a summer night out on the town.

133 W. Dixie Avenue, Elizabethtown I (270) 506-3210 I www.thewickedeyedwoman.com I Find them on Facebook & Instagram!

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Vibe Coffee

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Whether you’re catching up on homework, having a business meeting, or just stopping by in need of a quick caffeine fix, Vibe Coffee is a downtown favorite. The Erizer Family opened Vibe in July 2015; daughter Keeley wanted the people of Elizabethtown to experience the “small coffee shop feel” and had always dreamed of opening one. The coffee shop is open seven days a week and is run by Keeley and her husband, Matthew. Their favorite part of owning Vibe Coffee is working with family, meeting new people, and getting to know their customers and employees. When visiting Vibe, you should try their house coffee and one of their açaí bowls or some avocado toast. If you’re feeling a bit adventurous, we suggest the Lavender Vanilla White Mocha (Latte)—iced is ideal for summer. We love the convenient location, inviting atmosphere, and that all of Vibe’s flavors and syrups are all-natural.

34 Public Square, Elizabethtown I (270) 506-3072 I www.vibecoffeeshop.com I Find them on Facebook & Instagram!

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Mark’s Feed Store Mark’s Feed Store has been in business for over 31 years. It was family-founded in 1988 by Mark Irwin. He bought Hancock Feed Store in Middletown and had the idea to combine the feed store with a BBQ restaurant, and Mark’s Feed Store was born. Customers love Mark’s ribs, pulled pork, honey wings, onion straws, and even their burgoo. Mark’s Feed Store loves being a part of the community here in Elizabethtown and enjoys being able to donate to a lot of local causes and charitable organizations. For your next birthday party or backyard event, Mark’s suggests picking up one of their picnic packages, which can feed anywhere from five to fifty people! 4021 N. Dixie Highway, Elizabethtown I (270) 506-0696 I www.marksfeedstore.com I Find them on Facebook & Instagram!


Bourbon Barrel Tavern

Five years ago, Bourbon Barrel Tavern was opened by three local owners, Stacy Reynolds, Steve Smith, and Kevin Lowe, who grew up in Elizabethtown and attended school together. When the City of Elizabethtown made local bar licenses available for a limited amount of time, it was a no-brainer that downtown desperately needed a bar to get more people to the square. The mantra the owners lived by while building Bourbon Barrel Tavern was “Do It Right.” They wanted the bar to be done the “right” way, how they envisioned it—no shortcuts. They knew this was necessary for the bar to be a real asset for downtown and catalyze the revitalization efforts being made. Bourbon Barrel Tavern boasts a collection of over 540 bourbons, the largest collection in Hardin County. Bartender Brandon is a crowd-pleaser, to say the least; he can make any drink your heart desires, including the Bourbon’s Backyard Signature Drinks such as The Elizabeth and The Cannonball. Whether you’re seeking a rare bourbon, heading to happy hour with friends after a long day at the office, or you’re looking to turn up on the weekend while listening to live music, BBT is the place to be.

110 W. Dixie Avenue, Elizabethtown I (502) 233-7591 I www.bourbonbarreltavern.com I Find them on Facebook & Instagram!

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Back Home Restaurant

Back Home has been in Etown for over thirtysix years. Lori Fulkerson and her family own the restaurant; her mother passed it down to them seventeen years ago. Back Home started as a craft show on the square in downtown. Five years after its opening, the store was moved to its current location and only sold antiques and crafts—there was no original intention to become a restaurant. To occupy men so that they wouldn’t hurry women shopping, Lori’s mom set some tables out with some food, and eventually, it became the full-time restaurant and store it is today. Some customer favorites are the Kentucky Hot Brown, Lori’s Dad’s Meatloaf, and the Fried Green Tomatoes.

251 W. Dixie Avenue, Elizabethtown I (270) 769-2800 I www.backhomerestaurant.com I Find them on Facebook & Instagram!

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Amazin’ Glazin’ Donuts

John Rizer and his father, Jerry Rizer, had a dream of starting a donut shop. Fourteen years ago, Amazin’ Glazin’ Donuts was born and had grown to be Elizabethtown’s most popular spot for glazed breakfast pastries. John runs the donut shop with his wife, Dawn. As the owners, they love being a part of the Elizabethtown community and giving back to local causes. They uphold the small-town values important to making a business successful here. Next time you have a donut craving, Dawn and John recommend you try their Chocolate Angels, Apple Fritters, and of course, the plain Glazed Donuts. The menu always includes fun seasonal items: Popular summer flavors include Key Lime Pie and Orange Dreamsicle. 515 N. Mulberry Street, Elizabethtown I (270) 360-8571 I Find them on Facebook & Instagram!

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Green Bamboo

Green Bamboo has been an Elizabethtown go-to for Chinese food since it opened 37 years ago. Career restaurateurs, Maggie Wang and her family owned a restaurant in Taiwan before moving to Elizabethtown. They decided to carry on the family business in the United States with Green Bamboo after noticing a need for authentic Chinese cuisine in Hardin County. After nearly four decades, Maggie still loves working with her family and cultivating a welcoming family atmosphere for their guests. If you haven’t tried Green Bamboo yet or are looking for new menu items, we love the Mongolian Beef, Sesame Chicken, and Cream Cheese Fried Wontons.

902 N. Dixie Avenue, Elizabethtown I (270) 769-3457 I www.greenbambooky.com I Find them on Facebook!


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Flywheel Brewing

Flywheel has been crafting the best in local beer since November 2017. Owners Ashley, Aaron, and Josh are all Elizabethtown natives. The group saw a need for a brewery in this region and wanted to bring responsible drinking culture to the area. The location was selected to aid in the downtown revival. When asked his favorite menu item, Aaron stated, “THE BEER. All of the beer.� If he had to choose one, it would be the Mango Milkshake IPA, a perfect balance of bitterness from hops and sweetness from the mangos. Added lactose gives way to a creaminess making it an all-around great beer. Crafting beer is fun, but the owners love meeting the interesting and phenomenal people who come through their doors. They take pride in providing a space where anyone can feel welcome and ensure that their brewery is inclusive of all members of our community.

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downtown rising NEW BUSINESS ALERT: The Newberry Building is set to open later this

fall. Not only did Ben LaRue give us the behind-the-scenes tour, here he shares how the Newberry Building project came about, his involvement with downtown revitalization, and what we can expect in the new space. I moved to Elizabethtown in 1994 to open an Edward Jones investment office. My wife and I chose Elizabethtown because it was close to my family in Hodgenville, and we already had some good friends living here. Our first home in town was at the bottom of Central Avenue, just a few steps from the square! In 1998, I left Jones and started LaRue Financial Advisors. As my business prospered over the years, I started looking for a building that would be a permanent home for us. I noticed the former Huddleston VanZant law office building on Poplar Street was for sale and inquired about it. I bought it in 2006, and we’ve been in that building ever since. Upon reflection, I knew I always wanted to be on or near the square instinctively. My father operated an insurance and accounting practice on the square in Hodgenville for nearly 70 years. I grew up in a downtown environment where every local shop owner knows each other, and I have always loved and appreciated it. My father had a cup of coffee with other business owners nearly every day. Now, I do the same thing at Vibe almost every day.

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194 8 J J N e w b e r r y s e x p a n d s a n d b u y s t h e f o r m e r S h o w e r s & H a y s D r u g S t o r e a n d u p o n r azing it ex pands their footprint on the square by doubling the square foot age.

19 18 J J N e w b e r r y t a k e s c o n t r o l o f a f o r m e r h o t e l i n t h e corner next to the Joplin Hotel and opens for business.

196 2 N e w b e r r y c e l e b r a t e s a g r a n d reopening of their s tore.

2 012 T h e C i t y o f E l i z a b e t h t o w n b u y s t h e building at mas ter commis sioner sale.

19 81 N e w b e r r y c l o s e s t h e E l i z a b e t h t o w n l o c a t i o n . I t b e c o m e s a f u r n i t u r e s t o r e a n d t h e n a m a t t r e s s s t o r e b e f o r e c l o s i n g c o m p l e t e l y.


There is a certain energy that you only find on a down-

and decided we needed another partner to make it hap-

town square. Interacting with retail shop owners, attor-

pen, and we approached Carl Swope. Carl and his family

neys, baristas, barbers, artists, yoga teachers, bar owners,

have contributed much to our city over the years, and we

and financial advisors all in the same melting pot is a great

hoped he would be interested too.

experience. The conversation is new every day! As it turns out, Carl is passionate about making Etown Our downtown has changed so much in a very short

cool again, so his kids will want to move back and join

period of time. In 2014, the city government sought bids

the family business (his daughters have since come back

for development plans for the JJ Newberry building. At

and are Swope employees today). Together the three of

that time, the building had been in disrepair for many

us formed Elizabethtown Renaissance Associates, LLC,

years and was truly an eye sore on the square. Looking at

(ERA), and we won the rights to redevelop the Newberry

that building made you think downtown was dead or had

building.

little to no hope of life. I tell this story very often. Carl, Kevin, and I did not In 2015, the county government moved to a new fa-

know each other well at all. We had a common problem in

cility on Ring Road. Some saw this as a death knell for the

that we wanted to see downtown vibrant again. We were

square, while many of us saw an opportunity.

each working individually on the same problem but were coming up with few solutions. Once we came together as

I had an interest in the project but knew I couldn’t do

partners, the good mojo started flowing! We each have

it alone. I had recently got to know Kevin Addington a bit

different but complementary skill sets: Kevin focused on

as he was working to restore what is now Vibe coffee and

the construction, Carl handled the finances and legality of

Monty Hall’s law office. We both had similar ideas and

it all, and my job was to recruit businesses to our square.

goals for downtown, but we hadn’t considered working

This allowed us to save time and energy, so we were able

together until the Newberry situation. We talked about it

to do more.

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THE NEWBERRY The JJ Newberry building had been sitting empty, slowly rotting since 2012 when the city acquired it at a master commissioner’s sale. When ERA acquired the building in 2014, the back third of the building was completely unsalvageable, and we had to demolish the entire section. The roof leaked badly in the front section of the building, the floors were wet and rotting, and the basement wreaked of MOLD! It was awful. Kevin took over the restoration project of the building, Carl was finance and legal, and my job was to recruit a business to the building. Right away, I knew we needed pizza and beer on the square! I either phoned or emailed most of the locally owned pizza restaurants in Louisville. I talked to several, but only one person chose to visit. Bruce Besten, the managing member of Impellizzeri’s Pizza, responded to a blind email from me thirty minutes after I sent it. We spoke shortly after, and he visited. Long story short, the building was too big and in such bad shape that he couldn’t see it happening. Rejection #1. We had two more serious restaurant visits for the Newberry. Both are well known and very successful Louisville businesses. I’ll never forget that on one cold winter day, we were attempting to persuade a gentleman from Louisville to consider the Newberry. It was Kevin, Greg Jenkins, Kelly Emerine, and myself trying to make the sale. Kevin was there with his vision of what the building could be, Greg was there as a builder and expert on our local economy, Kelly was there with information on our local real estate market, and I was just trying not to freeze to death! It had been raining, so the roof was actively leaking. There was no power, so it was dark in the middle of the day. It was freezing cold outside and even colder in the dark, wet, rotting, moldy, old building. You would have to be wearing the most optimistic, rose-colored glasses to make that visit a success. Soon after that visit, we decided to demolish the rest of the building and start from scratch. It just wasn’t salvageable.

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The rebirth of the JJ Newberry building is well on its way now. The exterior is largely finished and is a mirror of what the original structure looked like in the early 1900s. We think it fits in with other structures on the square and are very proud of how it has turned out! The main floor will house a gourmet hamburger restaurant/bar with a dedicated meeting space in the rear section. The meeting space will accommodate 50 to 80 people depending on how it is configured and has an outdoor terrace as well. Since we are in Bourbon’s Backyard, the restaurant will stock many great bourbon brands to choose from as well as wine, craft beer, and cocktails.

The basement of the building will be a “Speakeasy” type bar, serving handmade craft cocktails in a relaxed atmosphere. We even made room for a one-lane bowling alley in the back of the bar, which we are very excited about! There will also be covered outdoor seating, which I am sure will be inviting and popular. The second story of the JJ Newberry will consist of four two-bedroom condominiums with open-air rooftop patios. These units are for sale. From the patios, you can see the entire downtown area. These condos would be perfect for living in and entertaining as well! The JJ Newberry project hopefully will be complete at the end of 2020. To finish the Newberry story, I need to pivot back to Impellizzeri’s!

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THE NEWBERRY BUILDING 100 E. DIXIE AVENUE, ELIZABETHTOWN, KENTUCKY 42701 Total Sq.Ft. 22,386 I Basement Bar 3520 Sq. Ft. & Capacity 124 I Basement Bar Patio 1125 Sq. Ft. & Capacity 46 First Floor Restaurant & Bar 7448 Sq. Ft. & Capacity 146 I First Floor Balcony 600 Sq. Ft. & Capacity 12-20 Second Floor Condos I 4 Units 1370-1480 Sq. Ft. Each I All Condos Have Rooftop Terraces

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DOWNTOWN RISING CONTINUED: IMPELLIZZERI’S Earlier I told you that Mr. Besten, the managing member of Impellizzeri’s, turned me down on his first visit to town. Since that day, we had acquired the old Stewart Opera House at auction from the county. The building housed the PVA, county clerk, and deeds and records, which moved out to Ring Road in the new county government facility. We had no idea what to do with the space; we just believed we could make it into a success. I called Mr. Besten again and said he needed to see our new property. Once again, he told me no. Rejection #2. I waited two weeks before calling again, and this time he came down (probably to get rid of me), and we sold him on the project! Bruce and his management team have done an incredible job at Impellizzeri’s. It is well run and staffed by incredibly great people. Wes Phelps and Robin Monroe are superstars. A year or so after Impellizzeri’s opened, I approached Bruce about a burger concept on the square, and he didn’t hesitate much this time! I’m happy to say that the owners and management team of Impellizzeri’s will be the same for our gourmet burger themed restaurant in the JJ Newberry! My partners and I have been blessed with many, many friends that have helped in everything we have done on the square. Brandon Fogle at South Central Bank, Mark Harris of Mark Harris Construction, Mayor Gregory, our attorney Mike Moulton, JHL Construction, Elizabeth Adams Design & Consulting, and so many others have helped make these dreams become reality. In five years, I believe our downtown will be much different from today. We hope to incorporate more green space, retail shops, arts, and cultural activities, and make it more pedestrian-friendly. Downtown Elizabethtown is truly rising!

*If anyone has an idea that they believe could help grow our downtown, feel free to reach out to me!

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Justin Jenkins First 48 Board Member

A u s t i n To d d First 48 Board Member

Al Rider Chairman of the Board

Jimmy Schmidt Chief Curriculum Of ficer


First48 Financial Education Alliance received an official non-

topic is one of the keys to eliminating financial illiteracy. Finally,

profit status in April 2020. The concept of First48 was born in

employers are finding the real financial benefit of offering quality

2008 with a meeting between First48 CEO/Founder Alex Todd

financial education at the workplace. Educating their employees

and Board Chairman Al Rider. At the time, Rider encouraged

reduces money stress and worry, which increases their effective-

Todd that his idea for a financial literacy graduation requirement

ness. The return on investment of financial wellness programs for

in Kentucky wasn’t crazy and was actually vital to individuals, the

employers can set their company and organization apart from

state, and national economies.

others.

Todd pursued a financial literacy graduation requirement in

What does the name mean? The eight-hour-a-day worker

Kentucky for the next twelve years. The details of that journey will

logs a total of 480 minutes a day. A good start for all of us is to be

be released soon in his upcoming book. The journey included

intentional with the money we earn in the first 48 minutes (10%)

six pieces of failed legislation in the Kentucky General Assem-

of work. The other important word in the name is “Alliance.”

bly from 2014-2020. The one bill that passed, Kentucky House

We are all tied together by money. While success or failure with

Bill 132, was hijacked by greed, politics, and hypocrisy, as Todd

handling money is an intensely personal battle for families, it is

writes about in the untitled book.

also a benefit to the financial health of each state and our country. In short, we all benefit from a financially literate society. In

Frustrated by the entire process, Todd and Rider were reconnected over a decade later to provide a way to interject quality financial education in a society that sees 78% of folks living paycheck to paycheck. While Todd’s journey was fueled by the 2008 recession, First48 begins with the Covid-19 financial crisis taking root. The need for quality financial education has never been

fact, First48 will be successful when there is no longer a need for First48. That will be a great day.

“ To g e t h e r, w e w i l l w i n t h e b a t t l e o f f i n a n c i a l i l l i t e r a c y i n A m e r i c a by p rov i d i n g H O PE, EM P OW ER M EN T, a n d T RU T H .”

greater in the history of the United States. First48 wants to be a part of the solution. Todd and Rider are joined by Legato Financial Group’s Justin Jenkins and Austin Todd (Alex’s Nephew). Jenkins and Todd

First 48 C E O & F o u n d e r, A l e x To d d

were also seeing the critical need for financial education in their investment firm. To them, the symptoms of bad financial behaviors were prevalent in all walks of life. Jimmy Schmidt is the final board member that brings a vast array of experience in the big business sector. Schmidt has seen firsthand how financial education can benefit the employer and the employee. Financial wellness programs are one of the most revered job benefits sought out by employees. The First48 Financial Education Alliance wants to provide financial education in various sectors: families, school curriculum, churches, and employers. These are the four pillars of society that are vital to improving the financial education of our communities. First, financial education starts at home around the kitchen table. As Todd points out, this has been eroding for decades because financial education has simply been ignored. Second, schools are a vital place to learn because they provide the opportunity to reach teenagers at the perfect time in their financial journey. Todd even points out that the thing that bothers him the most is the number of adults that say, “I wish I had that class in high school,” referring to financial literacy. First48 wants to end that sentiment. Third, many church leaders are also struggling with tackling biblical finance with the congregation. It is a tough topic from the pulpit, even though money and possessions are one of the most talked-about topics in the Bible, and tackling the

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Pawsh Pet Salon was founded in 2008. New owners Tiffany & Joe Hurley took over this past December and have continued the mission of providing the very best in pet grooming to Hardin County. Hours are 8:00am to 5:00pm most days, but Wednesdays Pawsh opens early at 7:00am for drop-offs before work. Pawsh is closed most weekends but has appointments available the first and third Saturdays of every month for clients who need weekend grooming. Groomers are carefully selec ted and vetted. Pawsh hires based on not only grooming technique, but also their passion for the profession and their love of dogs. Lead groomers Sivylle and Manuela have been with Pawsh for over ten years. Dawn, another Pawsh veteran, will be happy to schedule your pup’s next appointment.

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A day at the ballpark has never been so stylish. Pair some comfy, distressed jeggings with a pattern-block tee, tied at the waist to add some fun, and some comfy sneakers. You’ll have all the moms asking where you got your outfit.

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You can never go wrong with a white denim jacket. I like to consider it the staple of the summer! Dress it up with a skirt, block heels, and a patterned handbag. And don’t forget to pop the collar for a trendy flare.

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We have all been desperate for a date night. Dress up for a night on the town with your honey in a fun and flirty little number. And don’t forget the accessories! Add a pop of contrast with bright statement earrings and a neutral purse for your essentials.

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Photography: Susan Butterworth Photography I don’t know about you, but I am so glad to be out shopping again! Nothing boosts my mood like a fresh, new outfit and accessories to pull the look together. I’m Amanda Burris, a fashion guru and selftaught designer. I approach fashion & interior design with a frugal eye, and I love sharing my awesome finds through my lifestyle blog, Type A Style. I’ve compiled some of my favorite looks for summer— no need to drive to Louisville. All of the looks can be purchased at your favorite local boutiques right here in Elizabethtown! I’m a proud wife of a local police officer and mommy to Maverick Dean and his fur-brother, Bentley. Follow along as I find my way through life, one outfit at a time! www.typeastyle.com Instagram: @type.a.style Facebook: @typeastyledesign Amanda V. Burris

Swanky Shoppe

Nothing screams summer louder than yellow. It is one of those colors that look great on every skin tone. I love this Draper James dress and the flattering fit the wrap-style brings. Plus, wicker bags are all the rage this season and bring fashion into your sun-kissed, 54 style. southern

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Walker Lane

Take Taco Tuesday to another level with this fun, flirty skirt. Enjoy some margaritas with your girlfriends in a skirt that can also transition into a strapless dress. Add some leopard accessories and a pop of teal, and you’ll be ready for a fiesta!

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Wedding season is upon us, and the last thing you should stress about is what to wear. A classic form-fitting cocktail dress is perfect for any type of ceremony- casual or formal. Let the dress speak for itself with a basic clutch and simple jewelry.

Raiment + Boon

Every girl needs a denim jacket in their closet. I love to drape it over my shoulders for an effortless look. An eyelet pencil skirt dresses up the vibes the denim jacket and knotted tee bring. Altogether, it makes for a super chic look, perfect for a dinner date or a shopping day with friends.

To The Nines

The pool is calling, and I must go! Stay stylish poolside with a colorful dress, a sun hat, and chic sunnies. I love wearing tropical dresses that can be used as cover-ups. They transition ubercasual swimwear into a lunch-ready outfit at the cabana.

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Courtney Ballard is an illustrator, designer, and muralist happily living and working in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. Largely influenced by a background in graphic art, she finds inspiration in color, shape, pattern, and texture. Exploring these classic themes, she seeks to create art that uplifts and engages the world around her. Drawing from a passion for typography, everyday life, and just about anything that catches her eye and makes her think, Courtney’s work presents a balance of playfulness and precision, quirky and classic.

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Hello! It’s great to be back, sending some creative love your way! My goodness, how things have changed in the world since the last issue. There has been an incredible shift in routine, in perspective, in awareness. Our lives have looked a bit different recently. More time at home has meant more time with family, more cooking and baking, more reading, movie watching, snack eating, game playing. The list could go on (mine certainly does) and would hopefully include a few artful activities. If so, good for you. If not, now’s your chance! I’m giving you a simple project this time around that allows for lots of creative freedom.

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Heather Paulsen 4th Grade Reading Morningside Elementary School The most important advice I have for parents when it comes to reading is to have your kiddos read aloud and then talk about what they read. There are some fantastic children’s books out there! Pick up a book, read with your child, and take time to discuss the storyline: “What connections do you have to the characters and/or events? What are the characters like, and how do you know?” Use this time to dig through the reading and find evidence from the story to fuel these discussions. Even the most reluctant readers will enjoy sitting down and reading with a family member. As teachers, we are looking forward to being back in the classroom, but we are equally unsure of how that will look. The most important thing to do is to assure your child that no matter what scenario comes our way (NTI or face-to-face), their teacher loves them and will do everything they can to make the time they have together memorable, exciting, and full of learning.

Late May, we asked for nominations for your favorite school teachers in the area. We had dozens and dozens of nominations, and of those, seventeen teachers volunteered to participate. In addition to fun photos, each teacher gave helpful tips on keeping your kids sharp this summer and preparing students for what may lay ahead in the 2020-2021 school year.

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Angela Hill

Penny O’Neal

Brandi Newman

4th Grade Math

Intervention & Enrichment Specialist

Preschool Director & Teacher

Vine Grove Elementary School

Lincoln Trail Elementary School

Saint James Catholic School

To keep their children learning over the

Children pick up on nervousness, and it

For preschool-aged children, it is important

summer, parents can give their child math

amplifies their feelings. Back to school

to make learning fun! Children at this age

goals to reach throughout the break. My

should be a fun time! Try taking your

cannot sit for long periods of time. Because

students loved working for little prizes. For

child on a special shopping trip for school

of this, the best way to get your preschoolers

example, parents can reward their children

supplies to get them excited for the year

learning is by making it fun and keeping

if they become 100% fluent within so many

ahead. This is a great time to share your

them moving. You can make a game out

weeks. Fourth graders specifically need

own back to school stories and bond over

of almost anything. Preschool can be scary,

to know multiplication and division and

the back to school jitters! When it comes to

especially because for some kids, this is the

should be encouraged to practice over the

preparing for a cleaner school year, I would

first time they are leaving their parents. As

break. Even playing games that use money

suggest encouraging sanitizer use and

the school year nears, you should explain

is a great way to keep children working on

hand washing at home now, so it becomes

to your children how preschool will work

their math skills during the summer. I have

a part of their daily routine. I have taught my

and talk to them about all the fun they will

four children of my own; three of them have

daughter about “germ juice” and the rules

have while there. Masks may seem scary to

IEPs, so I know that learning at home can be

that come with it: germ juice only works on

little ones who are not used to seeing them.

very overwhelming. The biggest thing that

hands, can’t go in your mouth, and can’t be

So start wearing them at home periodically

helped me get through NTI was having my

wiped on others. For mask-wearing, just let

and talk to your kids about them. At home,

boys on a routine. They knew that as soon

your child know it is okay. Explain why we

you can have your child play with one that

as they ate breakfast, it was time to learn.

are wearing masks, and give them time to

is their size so that they are familiar with a

It is so important that they get their work

wear one before school begins. To provide

mask and understand there is nothing to

completed on time because once a child

them with a sense of ownership of their

be concerned about if they see someone

gets behind on work, it can be tough to get

health, try having them decorate their mask

wearing one.

them caught up.

and individualize it to what they like.

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Caitlin Shilts

Danika Peak

Tiffany Spratt

Kindergarten

Kindergarten

9th-12th Business Education

Panther Academy

St. James Catholic School

Central Hardin High School

One way to keep kindergarten kids on track

To keep students learning this summer,

On my heart and mind constantly is the

over the summer is to make learning fun

read to them. If your child is already

mental health of my students. Teenagers

and engaging. There are a lot of simple

reading, let them read some of their books

tend to show their anxiety by acting out

ways to incorporate learning with items

to you now and then. Kindergarteners also

(attitude) or completely shutting down.

you may already have at home. You can

need to know letters and sounds. Kids learn

During this time of uncertainty, their mental

have your child practice writing their name

best through play; play games like writing

health is far more important to me than

in shaving cream on the table, use chalk

letters with sidewalk chalk and then ask

anything I can teach. For some, not having

to write sight words outside, and even

your child to move to a letter using letter

in-person daily school due to NTI has been

practice math skills while keeping score

names and sounds. Most students coming

a change for the better. Not having to

during a game of basketball. But one of

into kindergarten are transferring from a

worry about daily peer pressure, trying to

the most important things you can do for

half-day preschool program and get a little

fit in, anxieties of relationships, comparing

your child is to read with them! School may

tired at first. So, prepare your students to

themselves to another, etc., has been a

look a little different next year, but there

expect a full day without naps. Your family

relief. Many are thriving, and a sense of

will still be a smiling teacher to greet your

should also practice using hand sanitizer at

happiness has washed over them. Others

child. If you are concerned about germs

home so that students know the proper way

have to juggle schoolwork with even more

and keeping your child safe, you can rest

to put it on. But keep in mind that it’s not a

responsibilities, such as caring for siblings,

assured knowing that nothing excites a

replacement for proper hand washing. If we

possibly working additional hours, and

child more than their own personal hand

do return to NTI, create a schedule for your

helping provide for their families. All the

sanitizer complete with a carrying case key

day so that students aren’t sitting for too

while wondering if there will be enough

chain for their backpack. In my experience,

long. Be sure to break it up with movement

food for the day, week, or even month to

they also love sharing their sanitizer with

breaks, snack breaks, and just playtime.

feed their families. I would love to see my

friends.

We would be doing the same thing in the

students being kids over the summer.

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Desire’e Denham 6th Grade Math North Middle School I would encourage parents to incorporate Mathematical

conversations

naturally

to help children see the relevance and importance of having Math skills in reallife. A critical skill that all students need to have mastered by middle school is multiplication. Students can use flashcards or free online games for just a few minutes each day to enhance their math skills. The most important consideration when preparing children to return to school is their mental health and ensuring they know the pandemic has affected everyone. It is important to teach our children to be kind, to be patient, and to know when to seek help. Everyone should be kind to one another because you never know what others have gone through and are still going through during this difficult time. Students should also be patient with themselves. It is okay to struggle because it challenges them to use their problemsolving skills, to think critically, and to learn from their experiences. If your child reaches a point of frustration, encourage them to take a break and ask their teacher for help. Teaching is our passion, and that’s what we are here for.

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Kelsey Hood 1st Grade Helmwood Heights Elementary School As teachers, one of our favorite things to do over the summer (besides going to the pool) is getting our classrooms organized, clean, and ready to go for our new classes. This coming year, I would encourage families to stay excited about school, whatever it may look like. We are working hard to create an environment that is fun, exciting, and safe for our students to learn. Cleanliness is more important than ever, like washing hands thoroughly and often and not touching your face, mouth, and eyes. Families can look for opportunities to practice good hand washing, wearing a mask when around others, and keeping their hands out of their mouths. Being intentional about this will ease the transition of going back to school. I look forward to meeting all my sweet new first graders, building relationships, and partnering with parents in their child’s educational journey!

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Jenna Walters

Carla Sloan

Nicki Coleman

1st-5th Grade Art

6th Grade Reading

Law Enforcement Pathway Instructor

Helmwood Heights Elementary

West Hardin Middle School

John Hardin High School

While teachers are beyond grateful for the

Summer is a time for relaxation and

To help prepare students for next year, have

support we’ve received, the real heroes

freedom, but routine is still good for kids of

them write a letter to their new teacher.

are the parents on the front lines helping

all ages. Reading can be incorporated into

Encourage them to ask their teacher

their kids navigate through these unique

daily activities, whether it’s sitting down and

questions about what the school year will

circumstances. In my personal opinion, NTI

reading a chapter or two as a family after

look like (after the decision has been made)

was a total success considering the lack of

breakfast or as a bedtime ritual. Children

and what they should expect to learn about

training and preparation we were given, but

mimic us, so it’s good to model reading for

next year. I am confident that our district

learning gaps are inevitably going to be

them. Summer is the perfect time to pick

will continue to educate parents about all

present as we begin the new school year.

up a good book and escape for a while.

safety precautions. I would ask that parents

Luckily, there are plenty of ways to keep

Middle school is definitely a transitional

watch those videos with their students so

the learning alive this summer while still

period, and organization seems to be one

that they can talk about what it might look

enjoying the break! Consider creating a set

of the biggest obstacles kids this age face.

like together. I think that if we do have to

routine that has both learning and loads of

Keeping things simple is key. One binder

participate in NTI learning again, parents

fun! Just twenty minutes of learning or extra

with a folder for each class is important

should openly communicate with teachers

practice a day can keep your child’s brain

for staying organized to ensure their

about their needs and situations at the

active throughout the summer. Outside

assignments don’t get lost. A daily routine

house for their students. Just like each

of those twenty minutes, encourage your

with a chart or an agenda is really helpful

classroom has a different “look,” each

child to spend some time away from the

to ensure that assignments are completed

home has a different way of managing NTI.

screen. Create, explore, learn a new skill,

in a timely manner whether we are in the

If a student needs special accommodations,

get outside! Summer is full of opportunities

classroom or online again. Keep an open

parents should communicate that with the

to gain new experiences, and sometimes

line of communication with each teacher

teacher sooner rather than later.

those experiences are just as important for

through emails, phone calls, or checking

our kiddos!

grades through the grade book website.

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Olivia Dvorjak

Carmen Caldera-Brzoska

Candace Dailey

6th Grade Social Studies

Pre-K-12th Theatre & Appreciation of the

Kindergarten-5th Grade Art & Music

7th & 8th Grade Theology

Arts with Elizabethtown Performing Arts

Cecilia Valley Elementary School

Saint James Catholic School

Center for EISD Learning opportunities are all around us. I

Some advice I would like to share with

If your child is an artist (visual or performing),

have found that kiddos are engaged and

students is that life has many ups and downs.

help them stay active in their art form this

excited about learning when you establish

There will be times in their lives that they

summer. There are free classes online for

real-world connections and provide hands-

are super happy and rejoicing about what

every level of student in every form. Support

on opportunities. You can connect art to

happens, maybe the birth of a new sibling,

their gift, not as a hobby, but as a passion.

video game graphics or decorating cookies.

eating at their favorite restaurant for the first

Have them perform for you or create

You could connect music with music within

time in months, or getting a job that they

artwork to send to our frontline workers,

movies or TikTok. This is truly a unique time

really wanted. But there will also be times

nursing home residents, or even family

for learning because it allows us to connect

of disappointment, frustrations, and stress,

members. Teach them to share their gifts,

with the opportunities all around us and

like when someone is mean to them, when

and they will thank you. If your child isn’t an

develop relationships and connections as a

they can’t be at school like normal, or other

artist or hasn’t found their niche, explore

family. The virus is still new, and we have to

hardships. During these times, remind them

a few, and see if it sparks something. You

think in ways that we never have before. This

that they are resilient and they are able. It

never know what hidden talents a child

is the time when caring for others, and being

might seem difficult in the moment, but it

has until they are given the opportunity to

compassionate is vital. My mom, sister, and

will help shape the young man or woman

shine! In preparation for the next school

nephew are all immunocompromised, so

that they are. When your child is scared or

year, talk about flexibility. Every change is

I wear a mask, wash my hands, sanitize,

anxious, encourage them to take a second

about making things safer and better for

and follow protocols. Parents and teachers

to close their eyes and remember that they

them. Learning to be flexible and make the

remind your kiddos of how we are caring

are loved and wanted.

best of every new situation is a valuable life

for one another and why following the

skill. None of us like change at any age and

rules is essential. Establishing those real

this is a golden opportunity to help them

connections makes being uncomfortable

understand that change is necessary, and

bearable, especially for the little ones in

it’s better to embrace it and move forward

any situation.

then to fight it and get left behind.

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Candace Payne 1st Grade Teacher Morningside Elementary

The best way for our parents to keep students engaged and learning over the summer is to find something they enjoy and sneak in opportunities to practice reading, writing, and math within that activity of interest. You might also try faint on some family field trips to Kentucky parks and historical sites. These provide a hands-on opportunity to incorporate history and science learning. For your daily schedule, make reading together a priority, and allow students to read whatever interests them. The impact of reading 20 minutes per day exposes the student to 1.8 million words per year! You can also incorporate all kinds of different fun resources to practice sight words such as a paintbrush with water, Play-Doh, rocks (and while you are at it, count those rocks!), Legos – truly any type of active child play can promote continued learning during the summer. Check out one of our favorite sites to view some more great examples of creative learning during the summer: https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/articles/ teaching-content/creative-summer-learning-ideas/

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Crystal Goodman Kindergarten Lincoln Trail Elementary Summer learning at home doesn’t have to be scary or overwhelming. There are so many activities for kids that can be made in just a few minutes! You can go on a sight word hunt, letter hunt, create dice games, and use a deck of cards to practice ordering and comparing numbers. Even better, you can go outside and find materials to count, measure, and sort to learn math. One thing this pandemic can’t take away from us is the ability to read with our children. Cuddle up together and READ, READ, READ! Kids love to listen to their parents read. Kindergarteners need a lot of play in their day to sharpen their social development skills, so work on a puzzle, build a fort, or even look at old family photos together. Remember to keep it relaxed and fun! Getting back together in our classrooms will be so much fun! I am excited to see everyone, sing and dance, work together, and learn from each other. All of the fun things we experience in Kindergarten like singing, dancing, drawing, painting, counting, reading, and phonics will still happen wearing a mask!!!

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“MASKS MAY SEEM SCARY TO LITTLE ONES WHO ARE NOT USED TO SEEING THEM. SO START WEARING THEM AT HOME PERIODICALLY AND TALK TO YOUR KIDS ABOUT THEM. AT HOME, YOU CAN HAVE YOUR CHILD PLAY WITH ONE THAT IS THEIR SIZE SO THAT THEY ARE FAMILIAR WITH A MASK AND UNDERSTAND THERE IS NOTHING TO BE CONCERNED ABOUT IF THEY SEE SOMEONE WEARING ONE.” —BRANDI NEWMAN

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Whether you prefer them for texture, pattern, or a

help match the pillow to the scale of the piece for which

place to rest your head, we see pillows as an ideal way to

you’re buying. For our favorite mossy-green, bench-cush-

update or personalize a space. Even if the larger pieces

ion sofa, for instance, we always rely on our cocoa leath-

of your home see little evolution over time, swapping out

er lumbar pillow, which brings in deep natural color and

an old sofa pillow for an updated neutral or a fresh pop of

a length that compensates for the sofa’s wide seat. On

color can make a noticeable difference.

a different three-cushion sofa in a soft white fabric, we mixed a bright persimmon with a blue stitched pattern

We use pillows to bring out the otherwise hidden col-

for complimentary colorways on an already-plush piece.

or potential in the pieces we design for the store. Though a chair may be a simple earth tone, the addition of plush,

Pillows aren’t only reserved for regular seating,

hand-woven pillow fabrics—complete with blue tassels,

though. You can relax a bench in an entryway, for ex-

for example—always proves to be the right extra layer the

ample, by layering up two smaller pillows that lead into

piece needs. Pair these new layers with a throw over the

the color palette of the rest of the home. Pairing a small,

chair back, and you’ve totally changed the living room

dusty aqua lumbar pillow with an abstract black pattern

curb appeal of your favorite TV spot.

creates a sophisticated combination, while adding a simple sea grass basket or an equally-neutral runner to the

The beauty of layering with pillows also comes from

vignette keeps it grounded. The combinations are end-

the varied sizes from which one can select. Many are sim-

less, and even mixing in a gift-style pillow (like our custom

ple squares, of course, but out-of-the-ordinary sizes can

Elizabethtown line) is a possibility.

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If you shop in our store, you’ll notice the neutral, natural textiles in which we design our upholstery pieces. But if you keep up with our social media posts and the ever-changing decor pieces of our store, you’ll know we also place value on bridging modern and traditional looks in a way that seems (and often is) collected over time. The wood tones and textiles we bring in—pillows included—are meant to be part of the larger story of your space, working in combination with the timeless textures, mementos, and investment pieces you’ve accumulated. There are few rules for adding pillows to that mix.

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“ WE FUN DAM ENTALLY BELI E V E WE ARE BE T TER TOGE THER THAN WE ARE ALO NE, AN D THAT’S WHAT IS GO I N G TO H ELP US GE T THROUGH TH IS — BEIN G A SUPPO RTI V E NEI GHBO R WHEN WE NEED IT M OS T.” — JA SO N WATERS

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Respective services provided by ARGI Investment Services, LLC, a Registered Investment Adviser, ARGI CPAs & Advisors, PLLC, SCA CPAs & Advisors, PLLC, ARGI Business Services, LLC, and Advisor Insurance Solutions. All are affiliates of ARGI Financial Group.


BUILDING ELIZABETHTOWN’S (Together Everyone BuSINESS TEAM Achieves More) To say that the pandemic has shocked our system is the un-

this together.” For many businesses, facing the challenges of the

derstatement of the year. The way we live, work, and interact

pandemic alone has been nearly impossible. However, incorpo-

has been forever changed due to COVID-19. Nevertheless, as

rating a partner to guide them through these unprecedented

members of our community welcomed innovation and flexibility,

times has helped many companies emerge stronger than before.

Elizabethtown embraced this “new normal.” But it hasn’t been easy. New legislation and regulations surrounding the pandemic

2. Stay focused and nimble. Adaptability has been a

left many businesses with questions unanswered and feelings of

key component for businesses trying to stay afloat over the past

isolation in how to deal with the evolving change.

few months, but it’s also essential for business longevity. Many companies have embraced innovation in their operations, orga-

When ARGI opened its Elizabethtown branch in 2016, Senior

nization, or their service offerings to accommodate their clients’

Financial Advisor, Jason Waters, CFP®, had one goal in mind:

new wants or needs. These changes provide businesses with

to build a holistic financial resource for our evolving community.

more flexibility for their future.

Waters, an Elizabethtown native, recognized the need to marry tax & accounting with financial planning for both families and

3. Shop locally. Small businesses have arguably been

businesses. Thus, emerged a partnership with veteran Elizabeth-

hit the hardest throughout this pandemic. One of the easiest

town CPA firm, Stiles, Carter & Associates (SCA an ARGI Com-

ways to help sustain our community’s economic development is

pany.) Together, they have built a collaborative model providing

to continue to support local businesses. Shopping locally also

local business owners, and their families, a suite of financial solu-

encourages other Elizabethtown entrepreneurs to start local

tions, proving to be crucial in this time of economic hardship.

businesses, which leads to more jobs and revenue generation throughout our community.

“As we’ve guided our business owners through this pandemic, it’s been inspiring to witness their perseverance and grit,”

“From the beginning, our firm has had a collaborative ap-

explains Chris Carter, CPA of SCA. “Proactively, our community

proach to financial advising,” says Waters. “We fundamentally

leaders developed a stimulus program to provide some critical

believe we are better together than we are alone, and that’s what

infusion to assist businesses. But with the legislative confusion,

is going to help us get through this - being a supportive neigh-

businesses have searched for guidance with the complexities of

bor when we need it most.”

the Payment Protection Program (PPP), the CARES Act and all the requirements to navigate them through this tough time.” But now that we’ve lived through some of our most difficult months, what steps can we take to continue the developmental momentum Elizabethtown has gained over the last several years? The community’s new motto may be a great starting point:

1. Leverage collaborative partnerships. You may

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have seen the countless signs around town stating, “We’re in

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“RECOVERED COVID-19 PATIENTS RIGHT HERE IN HARDIN COUNTY HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE PART OF A LANDMARK STUDY TO HELP US BEAT COVID-19. THIS IS A CHANCE THEY MAY HAVE TO HELP THEIR FELLOW AMERICANS AND MAKE A REAL DIFFERENCE IN PEOPLE’S LIVES. THEIR PARTICIPATION COULD LITERALLY SAVE LIVES.”

NATALIE HARPER, M.D., PH.D HEMATOLOGY / ONCOLOGY HMH MEDICAL GROUP

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HMH Physician Helps Lead Study for

breakthrough covid-19 Treatment As part of Hardin Memorial Health’s (HMH) ongoing efforts

Results from HMH will be incorporated into a larger study by

to offer the latest in cutting-edge care to its patients, the health-

the renowned Mayo Clinic. There are more than 2,000 hospitals

care system is conducting a new study that aims to find a break-

around the world participating. HMH President and CEO Dennis

through treatment for the COVID-19 virus. HMH physician Na-

Johnson said this demonstrates HMH’s dedication to providing

talie Harper, M.D., Ph.D., Hematology/Oncology, is leading the

top-of-the-line care as well as the hiring the “best and brightest

study locally, with assistance from Ben Cundiff, D.O., Pulmonary

physicians.”

and Critical Care, and Gwen Godfrey, D.O., Pathology. “Along with her medical degree, Dr. Harper earned a Ph.D. Harper described the treatment – which uses blood plas-

in Pharmacology, the branch of medicine concerned with the

ma from recovered COVID-19 patients to help patients recover

uses and effects of drugs with emphasis on research, so she is

more quickly – as promising. “The principle behind the convales-

uniquely qualified to bring this kind of revolutionary treatment

cent plasma program is that recovered patients have developed

to HMH,” Johnson said. “Dr. Cundiff and Dr. Gwen Godfrey are

antibodies against the virus,” Harper said. “When plasma is tak-

also gifted leaders and ready to transform care at HMH. Baptist

en from these patients and given to someone else who is acutely

Health, the Red Cross, and Mayo Clinic collaboration are instru-

ill, the theory is that the antibodies can help that second patient

mental in these efforts as well.”

more quickly fight the infection.” Harper said this is an opportunity for the community to poBlood plasma is the liquid portion of blood. It serves sev-

tentially help others in the fight against this virus. “Recovered

eral important functions, including helping to maintain blood

COVID-19 patients right here in Hardin County have the oppor-

pressure and volume, supplying proteins critical for blood clot-

tunity to be part of a landmark study to help us beat COVID-19,”

ting and immunity, carrying electrolytes to the body’s muscles,

Harper said. “This is a chance they may have to help their fellow

and maintaining a proper pH balance throughout the body. In a

Americans and make a real difference in people’s lives. Their par-

plasma-only donation, the liquid portion of the donor’s blood is

ticipation could literally save lives.”

separated from the cells. Blood is drawn from one arm and sent through a high-tech machine that collects the plasma. The donor’s red blood cells and platelets are then returned to the donor along with some saline. The process takes only a few minutes longer than donating whole blood. In June, HMH enrolled nine COVID-19 patients in the study. Participation in experimental therapy is voluntary. Of the six patients that received convalescent plasma infusions, five recovered from the disease. Recovered COVID-19 patients are eligible to donate plasma if they have been well for 14 days and meet the criteria for giving blood. Each person who donates plasma can help up to four patients currently battling the coronavirus. “For this study to work, it is important that we have access to convalescent plasma,” Harper said. “We are thankful to the donors around the country who are making this possible for HMH patients, and we ask other recovered local COVID-19 patients to

Donor eligibility requirements include: • A COVID-19 diagnosis confirmed by a laboratory test • Fully recovered for at least two weeks • At least 17 years old and weighing at least 110 pounds (additional weight requirements apply for donors age 18 or older) • Feeling well, generally, even if being treated for a chronic condition Recovered COVID-19 patients are encouraged to visit www.redcrossblood.org where information about plasma donation can be found on the homepage.

consider donating plasma.”

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Greenspace was established in 1974 to preserve and maintain natural areas along lakes and streams in and around Elizabethtown. Through the years, additional property and easements have been acquired, adding up to 30 miles of nature trails for public use. In recent years, efforts have focused on offering a multitude of trail options, expanding accessibility for all ages and abilities, and providing several exciting events and projects. In October of 2019, Elizabethtown was recognized by the Kentucky Department of Tourism as “Kentucky’s First Urban Trail Town” and the newest member of the Kentucky Trail Town Program. Our trails have become a tremendous asset to our community, especially during the recent COVID-19 pandemic, providing mental and physical health and wellness opportunities for our residents and visitors. Recent expansions and improvements along the Greenspace Trails have included trail renovations, new bridges to include two ADA compliant bridges at Freeman Lake Park, a new paved section of trail along Cardinal Creek, the addition of eight miles of mountain bike trails along Buffalo Lake, and the completion of the 500 seat Emerald Cathedral Amphitheater along the trail at Freeman Lake. Years of hard work from dedicated volunteers and community partnerships with several local businesses, schools, scouting and civic organizations, trail users, health care providers, city and county governments, and our tourism bureau have all played a vital role in the success of Greenspace.

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With Eco-Tourism, Staycations, and Outdoor Recreation on the rise, Greenspace continues to evolve as environmental stewards and expand upon the visionary leadership of its founders Mary and Ed Sprague. As a non-profit organization, Greenspace is supported through donations, grants, and special events. A few upcoming events include the grand opening concert in the Emerald Cathedral Amphitheater, a movie night at Crown Point Theatre, “The Wild and Scenic Film Festival” held at the Historic State Theater, and Trivia Night held at the Pritchard Community Center. Whether you’re a hiker, mountain biker, nature lover, bird watcher, trail runner, or just enjoy a casual stroll in nature with family and friends, we have something for you along the Greenspace Trails. For more information about dates and times of upcoming events, volunteer opportunities, or becoming a member, follow Greenspace on Facebook or visit greenspaceky.com. GREENSPACE PRESENTS THE EMERALD CATHEDRAL AMPHITHEATER: Elizabethtown’s newest outdoor venue is the 500-seat Emerald Cathedral Amphitheater located along the Freeman Lake Trail. This unique space nestled in the woods along the General Bradock Creek is another example of what a community can accomplish when working together. This community asset gives visitors to Elizabethtown another reason to explore Kentucky’s First Urban Trail Town. The venue will provide fundraising opportunities in support of Greenspace and our trails by hosting concerts, nature education programs, sunrise services, youth group meetings, regional scouting events, and so much more. The venue was built through the winter months by several Greenspace volunteers and funded in part through a UPS community grant program. Greenspace Special Events Coordinator Matt Deneen spearheaded the project and stated that a project of this magnitude involves many partnerships and volunteers and lots of support. Elizabethtown Tourism, The City of Elizabethtown, Elizabethtown Parks and Recreation and Public Works Departments, Stroub Design, local business owners, and several individuals, friends, and family members.

ARTICLE CONTRIBUTED BY MATT DENEEN

Matt Deneen is on the Greenspace Board of Directors and the Special Events Coordinator. Matt is a Hardin County native who has lived here for over 40 years. He currently serves on the Elizabethtown City Council and is the Chairman of the Elizabethtown Trail Town Advisory Board; he specializes in grant-writing and is a proven community partner. Greenspace has been around for 46 years, preserving nature and developing trails in our community. Elizabethtown is Kentucky’s first Urban Trail Town.

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We live in a very generous community and are blessed to have so many involved. We were very excited to receive the UPS “Delivering on Inclusivity� grant to first built an accessible switchback trail. That project served as the catalyst that evolved into the amphitheater. Several organizations and individuals played critical roles in building the new trail and amphitheater. They truly deserve much of the credit. Not only did UPS Foundation help fund the project, but their workers were active in its construction working alongside volunteers from Greenspace, KATO Excavator Sales and Services, Nolin RECC, Habitat for Humanity, Hardin County Jail, local High School Beta Club members, The Central Kentucky Wheelmen, Running Soles, Elizabethtown Lions Club, Elizabethtown Tourism, The City of Elizabethtown, Elizabethtown Parks and Recreation and Public Works Departments, Stroub Design, local business owners, and several individuals, friends, and family members.

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