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Publisher/Creative Director Jason Tanner Editor Steven Wilson


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y the time this issue of Owensboro Living goes to print, March Madness will be drawing to a close. With any luck, Kentucky is

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playing for a second National Championship in three years. But even

if the ‘Cats have lost by the time you’re reading this, everyone, even the rabid fans of Big Blue Nation, can be excited about the coming of spring!

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While the New Year marks a time of resolutions and self-improvement, it’s difficult to fully embrace the promise of change when the skies look just

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as gray as they did at the end of December. Only when the clouds finally part and the sun shines through (for more than just a day) do I find myself energized with the motivation to actually do something different. Suddenly, it becomes much easier to shed that winter routine of overeating and watching too much TV (with the exception of the NCAA tournament, of course). No longer can I use the excuse of the snow on the ground or the early sunsets to stay indoors. Once all of the neighborhood kids have come out of hibernation to play in their yards, and their parents begin emerging from the garage with their lawnmowers and gardening tools, it’s hard to find any good reason to stay inside.


In addition to the visible signs of spring, the birds chirping and the flowers blooming, there’s also a feeling of internal renewal that the new season brings. To me, it’s no coincidence that this time of rejuvenation coincides with the resurrection of Christ. What single event in the history of mankind has instilled the world with such hope for the future as the day the stone was rolled away? For me, there is no greater source of restoration than the knowledge that my Redeemer still lives. It should come then as no surprise that this exciting time of yearly rebirth shares its anniversary with the greatest miracle the world has ever seen. Steven Wilson Editor, Owensboro Living

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DRAGON BOATfestival The Southeast Tourism Society has named the Owensboro Dragon Boat Festival as one of the Top 20 Events for the month of August. The Owensboro Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau submits events quarterly for consideration to become a Top 20 Event. Through a nomination process, Southeast Tourism Society chooses the Top 20 events in

the Southeast for each month of the year and publishes this list of winners quarterly. The exciting races feature two teams of 20, rowing against each other in 100-meter heats down the Ohio River. The free event also features food vendors, kids’ activities and live entertainment. The 4th annual Dragon Boat Festival is scheduled for August 23, 2014.




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Dean Dennis, General Manager of the Owensboro Convention Center, is the recipient of the 2014 Facilities and Destinations ELITE Award. Given to 15 convention center executives around the country, the award was created by Facilities and Destinations Magazine to recognize top professionals making a difference in the meetings and events industry. Each winner is also recognized for being high-achievers in the convention center industry.

Coach Rod Drake led the Owensboro High School Boys’ Basketball Team to titles in the 9th District and 3rd Region. The Red Devils’ 3rd Region title earned them an invitation to the

OWENSBORO HEALTH REGIONAL HOSPITAL ONE OF AMERICA’S BEST Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals, has named Owensboro Health Regional Hospital one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals. Those given the distinction of “100 Best” are chosen from a group of over 4,500 hospitals nationwide. Earning the distinguished title means that Owensboro Health performed better than expected in twentyone different areas, for a minimum of four years.

Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Boys’ Sweet Sixteen® Basketball Tournament, where OHS lost a hard-fought game to 2012 State Champions, the Trinity Shamrocks.

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This summer’s annual ROMP festival is set to include headliners Ricky Skaggs and Old Crow Medicine Show. Also performing will be bluegrass legends such as Sam Bush, Del McCoury and Doyle Lawson. ROMP is the International Bluegrass Music Museum’s annual fundraiser. ROMP 2014 will be held June 25-28.



Over 3,000 participants took part in the 2014 Color Blast 5K on March 22, 2014. Six local non-profit organizations (Puzzle Pieces, Wendell Foster’s Campus for Developmental Disabilities, Dream Riders of Kentucky, Team Karlie, Two Rivers Buddy Ball and Green River Area Down Syndrome Association) collaborated to host the run/walk and recognize the positive impact individuals with special needs have on our lives.


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Girls Inc. honored Margaret Britton, a retired KWC professor, at their 2014 Athena awards ceremony. The organization recognized Britton for her work promoting the importance of equity issues among college administrators, as well as her contributions to the development and use of a women’s center for nontraditional female students.

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When it comes to colorectal cancer, prevention truly is the best medicine.


The recent observance of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month reminds us that being proactive is critically important. Nationally, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in men and women, and the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.


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In 2010, 131,607 people in the United States were diagnosed

Other tests are available to screen for colorectal cancer, but if

with colorectal cancer. Of those, 52,045 people died from it. But

something is found a colonoscopy would still be the next step,

what if I told you that we could save tens of thousands of those

so using colonoscopy as the primary screening is preferable. If

who die from colorectal cancer every year?

a health issue means a colonoscopy isn’t best for you, we’ll still

Colorectal cancer is a slow-moving disease, with pre-cancerous polyps developing into cancer over several years. We always

find a way to screen you, so don’t let that stop you from taking preventive steps.

encourage people to undergo colorectal cancer screening because

Colonoscopy itself is not a difficult process. It does require a prep

over the last 20 years we’ve been able to show how effective

solution that will flush things out of your lower gastrointestinal

screening is in reducing long-term effects of this type of cancer.

tract. Many people say it’s inconvenient, but that’s preferable to

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends colorectal

dealing with more serious problems down the road, isn’t it?

cancer screening for men and women aged 50-75. We recommend

At Owensboro Health Gastroenterology & Hepatology,

at age 50 that you undergo a colonoscopy. If nothing is found

we also provide anesthesia services for all the patients who

and you have no family history of colon cancer, we recommend

undergo colonoscopy, rather than just sedating our patients.

that you see us for screening again in about 10 years. If a polyp is

This is something that distinguishes us from the majority of

found, we follow up appropriately and then recommend another

gastroenterologists around the country, only about one-third of

screening in three years, and then every five years after that.

whom use anesthesia for colonoscopies.

For those with a family history of colorectal cancer, we do

The reason we do this is simple: It’s better because it’s more

recommend starting earlier, about age 40. If a member of your

comfortable and safer for the patient. From start of anesthesia to

family was diagnosed with colorectal cancer, we would ask what

end of procedure, a colonoscopy takes about 30 minutes. Once it’s

age they were diagnosed and then screen you at 10 years younger

over, our patients wake up and we talk to them about their results.

than that age. So if your mother or father was diagnosed with

Getting set up for a colonoscopy is also easy. You can call us

colorectal cancer at age 55, we would encourage you to first be

yourself, or talk to your primary care physician. You don’t even

screened at age 45.

need to actually have an office visit with your doctor. Just call

Colonoscopy is our screening of choice when it comes to

them and tell them you want to be screened and they’ll call us and

preventing colorectal cancer because studies show it’s effective.

refer you. It’s that simple, and afterward we will also forward your

If we don’t find anything, that’s good news. If we do find a polyp

test results back to them.

during a colonoscopy, we can usually remove it during that same

Share this information with your family and friends. A

test. Once we remove that polyp, we’ve removed your risk of it

30-minute procedure could save your life or the life of someone

giving you colorectal cancer.

you love.

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For 12 years, athletes have been gathering in the backwoods of Daviess County on the second Saturday in June for a race that impacts far more people than just the participants. Since 2003, the town of Whitesville has played host to a triathlon that sees hundreds of participants. To be more precise, the race is held on the Anderson family property, near the small community known as



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the early 1970’s, Richard Anderson saw potential

Anywhere from 200 to nearly 500 people participate in

for the densely-wooded land, which began as a

the annual race. Proceeds go to the YMCA in Owensboro

project to help his sons learn how to manage and

to support the financial assistance program.

With a

buy property. Their task: find enough land to build a lake

budget of well over $100,000, the assistance program does

that could be used to race very fast boats. Over the years,

just that - it provides families who can’t afford to use the

tennis courts were built, over 90,000 trees were planted,

YMCA’s services with financial assistance so they have

and several miles of roads and trails were added to the

someplace to exercise and spend time.

remote property. In 2003, the family decided to begin

a partnership with the YMCA, creating the Lakewood

what your income level might be.”

Valley Triathlon.

Every year the Anderson family

Gant is the Membership Coordinator for the

continues to make improvements to the property, adding

Owensboro YMCA, and served as the director of the

parking lots, maintaining trails, and even laying concrete

Lakewood Valley Triathlon until 2010.

at the portion of the lake where participants enter and exit

for the swim portion of the race.

to see the people who come out every year for this race.”

“We serve all,” said Corey Gant. “It doesn’t matter

“I’m not a long distance runner,” he said. “It amazes me

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Still, Gant says the numbers are dwindling

about the race in national publications, the

as local residents who have run the race in years

potential to catch the attention of people who

past start looking further and further outside

have never heard of Owensboro (let alone

Daviess County for their next challenge.

Lakewood Valley) increases dramatically.

That’s why this year, for the first time, the

“We’re really trying to broaden our range

Lakewood Valley Triathlon is being advertised

and get more people in here for this race,” Gant

to a national audience on a national stage.

exclaims. “Owensboro is really going through

“There’s a lot of potential there,” according

a growth right now and the city is trying to

to Gant. “If you’re going to do this race, most

attract new events and we’re just trying to ride

likely you’re going to have to come in the night

on those coattails.”

before and stay in Owensboro.”

The more participants the race sees and

That’s music to the ears of the Convention

the more corporate sponsors that step up to

and Visitors Bureau, who would like out-of-

help with the cost directly correlates with the

town race participants to come to Owensboro.

amount of assistance the YMCA has for those

For the CVB, it’s about putting “heads in beds”

underprivileged families.

and having events like the Lakewood Valley


race help make that idea a reality. In years past,

What about the course?

the race has garnered entries from as far away

The race is a half-mile swim, 15-mile bike

as Texas and Florida, but that was by word

ride and 3.1-mile run. It’s referred to as a

of mouth. Gant says by placing information

“Sprint Triathlon” based on its distance, and

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for all you die-hard runners out there, you get credit with the USA Triathlon Committee for running this race. Along with the race each year, the YMCA hosts a triathlon training class led by several of the facility’s staff. Gant says this year’s class is the largest since the training program began.

The class helps

participants train for the race and lasts five months starting each year in January and meets three days a week.

How do you sign up? You can register online at, go to the events tab on the homepage, and search for the Lakewood Valley Triathlon. Early registration is now opened and runs through May 17.

The cost: $65.00 for

individual contestants and $120.00 for relay teams. After May 17, the price goes up to $80.00 for individuals and $150.00 for teams; registration stays open until June 4. There are categories for all ages ranging from 15 to

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hen Bubba crossed the finish line, he scanned the crowd, located his wife and shouted, “Where’s Luke?” Hoping he had finished before

me, Bubba was completing his first triathlon. Somewhere behind him, I was panting and staggering, and soon thereafter, also finished my first “tri.” That moment was the culmination of a few months of training and became one of the most gratifying experiences in my life. By the end of summer 2014, what will you have accomplished?

Have you ever considered trying a triathlon? By now, I hope the New Year’s resolution of “getting fit” or “trying something new” has not been abandoned altogether. If your exercise routine needs a lift, or you need motivation to carry you through summer, maybe you should set a goal to “try a tri.”

Don’t you have to be crazy or super fit to complete a triathlon?

According to…NO!

Most people who participate in triathlons are normal, everyday people

like you and your friends. Most often, they’ve either seen a race happening

over 70 years old.

locally, or they know someone who has attempted one. Triathletes come from

Gant says the race really wouldn’t be

all walks of life, and are all ages, shapes, and sizes. You would be surprised to

possible without the generous support from

see that many shy and ordinary people are running alongside the crazy and

sponsors every year. Currently, the YMCA

boisterous gym rats. I have also seen competitors with various disabilities, in

is looking for sponsors, which help offset the

addition to kids as young as 6 years old compete in races.

cost of putting together the event so more of the money raised from entries can go to the

So, why choose a triathlon?

family assistance program.

“Logistically it’s about a week and a

challenge; the fun and friendship; the competition; the mid-life crisis; in

half setup for the event,” said Gant. “We’ll be out there several times in the two weeks leading up to the race. We’re [YMCA staff] responsible for signage, setting up bike racks. It’s not a bad process. We’ve done it so many times now it has become routine.” Gant replies that race officials really

Some reasons people choose a triathlon are: for the “bucket-list” type

response to a dare; to lose weight; to improve health; or to grow as a person. But I can guarantee one thing: the bragging rights you gain once you’ve completed a triathlon are worth more than the price of admission. How many people at your work or school can say they have completed a triathlon?

OK, this could be fun, what are the options available?

There are four triathlon distances…

Sprint: 0.5mi Swim, 12.4mi Bike, 3.1mi Run

started planning this year’s event soon after

Olympic: 0.93mi Swim, 24.8mi Bike, 6.2mi Run

the last contestant had crossed the finish line

Half Ironman: 1.2mi Swim, 56mi Bike, 13.1 Run

last year. This year’s race will be June 14.

Full Ironman: 2.4mi Swim, 112mi Bike, 26.2mi Run

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Most novices will start with a sprint triathlon. I would

go a step further and suggest you find a “sprint” with a “pool swim” to get acclimated to such an event. The alternative to a “pool swim” would be an “open water” swim, i.e. lake, reservoir, river, ocean, etc. According to, most triathletes complete their swim training in the safety of a swimming pool, which have lifeguards, walls on which to rest, lane ropes that calm the water (and to grab if need be) and a shallow bottom on which to walk, leaving even the most timid swimmer feeling

running shoes.

safe and secure. In the open water these conveniences are

rarely available, especially in the ocean.

completed triathlons before me. Talking with them gave

For me, open water swimming is still a work in progress.

me the comfort and knowledge base I needed to pursue my

My biggest issue with the open water is my tendency to

first race. It would also be very helpful to look into some

swim off course.

tri-specific training classes, offered locally at the Healthpark

Most swimming pools feature a large

I was fortunate enough to have a few friends who had

black line on the bottom of the lane, which swimmers use

and the YMCA.

for navigation. In the open water, no such navigation is

available. So I either spend too much time looking up for

full disclosure, my training partner referenced above (Gary

direction, which sacrifices time, or put my head down and

“Bubba” Cecil) finished ahead of me in that race. And that

swim off course, which sacrifices energy when swimming

friendly competition, paired with completing my first race,

back to the pack.

gave me the confidence and inspiration I needed to continue

All of this, coupled with the very

I completed my first triathlon 4 years ago. In the spirit of

likely probability of getting kicked in the face by a fellow

training and look into more races.

swimmer’s flailing limbs, will help you understand why I

suggest beginning with a pool swim triathlon.

sprint, Olympic, and half- Ironman distances. I would not

Since then, I have competed in 5 more races, including

trade those experiences, even the training, for anything in

Don’t I need all the fancy equipment to compete… or a pricy, aerodynamic, shiny, new road bike?

the world.

No, you don’t need a fancy bike to compete – a mountain

the competition, the dare, or your goal is to lose weight,

bike or similar is just fine. Other than that….some swim

improve health, or grow as a person, I hope you will consider

goggles (your swim cap will be provided) and a pair of

trying a triathlon.


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Crowne Jewel S

everal years ago, Larry and Rosemary Conder were walking along Smothers Park, near the gazebo and old oak trees. Though many before them had made the same trek, and countless others were

sure to do so after them, the Conders’ walk that day was significant for Downtown Owensboro in a way that no one could have imagined. It was during that walk that the Conders decided to look at investing more of their time and money into their community, specifically Downtown. While they have gone on to purchase, renovate, and rebuild several properties Downtown, it all started with the building at 107 East Second Street – the building that would become “The CROWNE at 107.” In addition to its aesthetic appeal, the CROWNE’s significance lies in its distinction as one of the first and most recognizable renovations in what has become a complete transformation of Downtown Owensboro.


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Puckett’s desire to save the building led him to remove the 1970’s metal covering, revealing the original iron facade that defines the CROWNE today!


The Conders purchased the building, which was constructed circa 1887, in 2006. According to Rosemary Conder, the beautiful old structure was saved from ruin by the late Bob Puckett. In fact, the Conders named the building “the CROWNE” in Puckett’s honor. “Bob had a passion for antiques and entertaining, and used the building to showcase both! We hear he often was referred to as ‘the King’ and there is crown decor throughout!”

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While the CROWNE’s exterior certainly attracts attention, few would guess that it houses a 16-seat theater upstairs. On the interior, the CROWNE also boasts an antebellum archway, beautiful antique fretwork, and a huge stained glass window in the bar area of the mezzanine. With all of these features and a large upstairs living suite, the Conders, and Puckett before them, utilized the location for hosting parties and events. Since the Conders acquired the CROWNE, it has also been used by the community for everything from showers to weddings, birthday parties from age two to eighty-two, anniversary celebrations, business meetings, private parties, rehearsal dinners and charity events.


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Though some of the Conders’ subsequent Downtown projects have been more sizable, none quite compare to the CROWNE with respect to its significance in the narrative of Downtown Owensboro’s renovation.

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Entertaining OUTDOORS S

pring is finally here! The days are warmer, the colors are returning to our yards, and we can start living outdoors again. Living outdoors includes meeting friends while out on evening walks, returning to the sports fields, and returning outdoor furniture from winter storage, but I am most looking forward to entertaining and sharing meals with friends in the fresh air. There is something special about being and dining outdoors that lightens the soul and the spirit, and allows us to enjoy life more fully. Although there are lots of ways to cook, serve, and enjoy meals outdoors, there are some basics required to make us feel like we haven’t given up the comforts of our homes in the process. On an individual level, we need to make sure that plates, glasses and flatware are available for all. All of these items can be the same ones we use indoors, and they may even look better to us outside. It is perfectly fine to take our china outside, especially given that modern china is more durable and easier to clean than casual earthenware. The glasses we use for drinks can be from inside, or acrylics designed for more casual occasion outdoors. Acrylics often replace glassware in outdoor settings, as drinkware suffers damage more than anything else. Flatware - knives, forks and spoons - can be carried outdoors easily with a caddy designed for that purpose. Have a place ready for the used utensils once the meal is over, so guests can have a clear space at the table as conversation continues past dinner. Serving out door meals is often a buffet-style endeavor, but even if serving guests at the table, there are some serving pieces that are essential. They do not have to match or be part of a set, but it is pleasing to have pieces you like. Some pieces are handed down, and come with family history. Others can be picked up along your life’s journeys, and can remind you of interesting places or good times. You will need a platter for sandwiches, meats, buns or breads. A large bowl or two can hold salads, fruits, vegetables or even potato chips. A large tub can be a versatile friend, whether holding iced-down drink bottles, keeping cold foods chilled, or even in use keeping a fresh flower arrangement. Another useful item to have outdoors is a napkin box with a weight to keep paper napkins from taking flight when a gust of wind blows through.

Some hardy people use their outdoor grills and cooking areas year-round, but most of us tend to light our fires as the weather warms. To get the most out of your grill, make sure you have long enough tongs and forks to reach across the hot surface without scorching yourself. There are lots of accessories to allow your grill to do more than steaks and chops. Grates and cookplates for vegetables and fish help broaden your “outdoor” diet, and there are bowls and saucepans that allow sauces and sautéed items to develop while meats and potatoes sizzle. Do not forget you will need trays to carry both cooked and uncooked foods from kitchen to grill to table. The best way to figure out what accessories you need is to have a party, and see what items you lack. Afterwards, sit down and make a list of any needed pieces. Instead of purchasing your list immediately, add the proper pieces one at a time as you travel or as you find something that inspires you. One method is to add one piece every time you have others over as guests. If you are about to have a party, and need something immediately, borrow a friend’s or family member’s. (Returning it promptly, of course) No matter how they are acquired, or no matter what accessories you lack, get out and enjoy our fresh air with food and friends. It will make you feel better about your relationships, our community and yourself.

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ometimes things just fall into place, and a dream you never even knew you had suddenly materializes. Just ask Deanna Johnson, owner of Peacocks & Pearls on Highway 54. Johnson always set a goal of working for herself. Opening a retail store was certainly part of that goal, but she didn’t consider clothing and fashion until a unique opportunity came knocking. Peacocks & Pearls is located in Suite 103 of the retail center at 3811 Highway 54. That space formerly housed C Leigh C Salon and Boutique, and when its owner moved out of town, she sought Johnson out to gauge her interest in leasing the suite. Johnson immediately seized on the offer, and recognizing the lack of a women’s boutique on the East end of town, got to work on Peacocks & Pearls. With help from friends and family, Johnson opened the boutique in November 2013 with great success. After only a short time, Johnson found herself scrambling back to market in Atlanta to replenish her quickly-dwindling inventory. That inventory includes a hand-picked selection of women’s clothing, as well as shoes, clutches, and jewelry. According to Johnson, “I wanted to offer Owensboro fashion that was affordable and unique. Something you couldn’t find in a department store, but not so expensive that you had to be married to your clothes.” She’s achieved that balance by providing her customers with reasonably-priced items that can’t be found in other stores around town. Offerings include women’s tops starting at $29 and dresses as low as $40. As Johnson describes them, “These are everyday, kid-friendly, comfortable styles.” Peacocks & Pearls also carries Dear John Denim and a line of freshwater pearl jewelry that is unique to this area. In addition to its fashionable and affordable offerings, the early success of Peacocks & Pearls can also be largely attributed to Johnson’s philosophy on how to treat your customers. While discussing her approach to customer appreciation, Johnson points out that “Whether a customer walks in wearing pajama pants or toting a Luis Vuitton bag, they’re going to be treated the same.” Johnson ensures that same attitude is embraced by


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the store’s employees, who greet everyone with a friendly smile, and assist customers with everything from finding the right size to matching the perfect ensemble. For Johnson, it’s important that people from every walk of life feel welcome and comfortable at Peacock’s & Pearls, whether the customer is spending $5 or $500. And if the store’s success in its first six months is any indication, that approach is paying dividends. Peacocks & Pearls is open 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday.


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amboree - a noun, defined as “a large

party or celebration with music or entertainment.” The Lanham Brothers,

Randy and Barry have found a way to breathe new life into this concept and take it to a whole new level, while embracing their roots of fiddle playing and dance.

In an age where parents struggle to find clean music

idea for the Lanham Brothers Jamboree was born.

for their children to listen to and good wholesome

Now in its sixth year at the Diamond Lakes Resort,

entertainment for their families to share, the Lanham

the Jamboree continues to boast that it offers its

Brothers Jamboree offers all of that and more within

audiences a different experience at every show. Barry

a 20-minute drive of downtown Owensboro. Even

and Randy take great pride in the fact that they have

more, the Lanham Brothers provide such a unique

“never repeated a show and never have the same line-

and engaging experience that they draw audience

up.” They strive to be creative with each performance

members from all areas of the tri-state.

so that both the regular attendee and the newcomer

The first Lanham Brothers show was inspired

have an exciting and meaningful experience. The one

by “Aunt Peg’s” (Peggy Williams) desire to have a

component that does remain consistent is that Randy,

fundraising event to benefit the Family Resource

Barry, and the band are present and coordinate all

Center in Muhlenberg County some seven years ago.

aspects of production.

Even though Randy and Barry had taught together in

As far as the show itself, you really never know

various student settings, they had never performed

what you might see or “when you are going to be a part

together up until this point.

Aunt Peg had been

of the show.” Randy shared that he loves “how our

inspired by other variety shows that she had seen

show flows,” providing variety in the lineup, as well as

in Nashville, which featured different offerings of

in the interaction. A guest artist never performs more

bluegrass and gospel music, clogging to 50’s melodies,

than 2-3 songs in a row so that the show does not lose

and crowd interaction that was infused with a bit

momentum. After the guest performance, the dancers

of comedy. After that first fundraising show, the

come on stage, another guest performs, and the crowd

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is engaged through skits. Both gentlemen agree that there are

Randy and Barry are two of seven siblings who were

few things that are more entertaining than family and friends

immersed in music at a very young age. While there were

laughing at their precious child or 85-year-old grandmother

fiddle players on both sides of their family, they can recall

participating in the show.

when they were growing up, that every family member either

When asked if they ever felt that their show was old-

danced or played an instrument. This early exposure to music

fashioned or outdated, Randy said, “It’s the cool thing because

influenced the brothers in different ways. Randy, who started

it’s not the cool thing.” He then stressed that it wasn’t change

playing fiddle at age 11, left for Nashville at age 20 to pursue

that he minded, as long as the tradition continues to be passed

a career in music. Randy now draws from his professional

down. It was their Granddad who gave Randy his first fiddle,

music experience to instill the traditions of bluegrass music

took them to campground “jam sessions,” and taught them

into our youth. Barry, who started clogging at age 17, works

the importance of keeping tradition alive. John Lanham,

as a real estate developer and chose not to make a career of

now 89 years of age, can still be found in his basement having

dance. Randy, however, will proudly contest that there is “no

“jam sessions,” and, if you are lucky, you might just catch a

doubt in my mind that he and his team could be dancing

glimpse of him playing in a show. One reason that Granddad

on the Opry (stage) right now.” Barry works diligently at

may still be so active in playing is that he still firmly believes

his “second full time job,” as the only clogging instructor

to this day that “playing music is the best medicine you

in Western Kentucky. He still feels that clogging is much

can have.” There must be something to that theory because

more of a calling than a hobby and often prepares weeks

Randy admits that he has “never met anyone that loves to

and months in advance for performances. Both Randy and

make music the way he does.”

Barry are incredibly attentive to their students’ needs and


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go above and beyond to give their students a complete music experience. If a student brings in a new song that they want to learn on fiddle or mandolin, Randy will research it on YouTube and write the music using tablature.

Barry will record and personalize songs

for his clogging students to take home and practice, often incorporating hip-hop or other genres that perk his students’ interests. Both instructors are eager to find out what is current from the younger players and dancers as they are driven by the new trends in Bluegrass music. There is no doubt that both brothers have an incredible heart for young people. After all, that is what drew them to become instructors for the “Arts in the A.M.” program at the RiverPark Center and into our schools to share the history of Appalachian music with thousands of students. So it comes as no surprise that the Lanham Brothers Jamboree would “use youth in every show” as a way to “show them off.” They are both

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so proud of the up and coming musical and dance talent that they have had the privilege of mentoring and instructing. They are so proud, in fact, that they now feel that it is time to “teach them how to teach.” High school seniors and Blackberry Jam members Emily Wills and Alexis Roby have made the transition from students to performers, to instructors through their experiences with the Lanham brothers. These girls have been inspired to take the sounds of bluegrass music that they grew up with and teach it to a whole new generation of students. The Lanham Brothers Jamboree will kick off its new season on Saturday evening, April 12th with performances by Joe Christian, Annabelle Watts, and Skylar Cain. Also featured this season are Jenny Beth Willis, Wade Hayes, Kings Highway, Blackberry Jam, and Marty Brown. If you find that you just can’t wait until April, KET proudly airs the shows several times a month across the state of Kentucky. However, there truly is nothing like hearing the sound of that banjo or fiddle, watching young ladies be swung around by their partners, and maybe, just maybe winding up in the action yourself.

2014 Show Schedule and Special Guest Line-up APRIL 12 Joe Christian - Skylar Cain – Annabelle Watts M AY 1 0 Wade Hayes – Jenny Beth Willis – Leland Isbill JUNE Kings Highway – Laura Briner – Susan Kuegel J U LY Blackberry Jam – Chandler Christian – Randall Howard AUGUST Wayne Morris – Gaining Ground – Issac Roades SEPTEMBER Marty Brown – Paul Moseley – Blu View


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recent Gallup poll revealed that not having enough money for retire-

his team don’t take lightly.

ment represents Americans’ biggest financial fear. One of the best ways

to alleviate that fear is by finding and hiring a qualified financial advi-

Says Settle, “Reputation is everything in this business, especially in a small com-

sor. To do so, we need look no further than our own backyard, where one of the

munity like Owensboro. We don’t avoid issues, we don’t avoid phone calls, and

country’s top advisors resides.

we always respond in a timely manner. You would think this is just common

Part of that trust is a product of the reputation earned by the Settle Group.

Each year, Barron’s Magazine publishes its list of the “Top 1,200 Advisors

sense and good business prac-

in America.” Likewise, Financial Times issues its own ranking of the “Top 400

tice, but it’s part of our daily

Advisors in America.” Owensboro’s Mitch Settle, Senior Vice President and Fi-


nancial Consultant with Hilliard Lyons, can be found on both prestigious lists.

Settle’s reputation is cer-

In fact, Barron’s ranked Settle #4 on the list of top financial advisors in the entire

tainly well-earned. In addition

Commonwealth of Kentucky.

to being recognized by Barron’s reveals that its rankings are based on data provided by over 4,000

and Financial Times, Settle has

of the nation’s most productive advisors. Factors considered in compiling the

been ranked in the top 1% of all

rankings include advisors with a minimum of seven years of financial services

advisors at Hilliard Lyons for 24

experience, amount of assets under management, revenue produced for the firm,


regulatory record, quality of practice, and philanthropic work.

All of Settle’s success is made

2014 marks Settle’s fourth consecutive year on the Barron’s list. According

possible with the help of his

to Settle, “To be ranked along with this group of highly-respected advisors four

core team, The Settle Group,

years in a row is quite an honor for the entire team. The Settle Group of Hill-

which is comprised of five in-

iard Lyons continues to help many companies and families pursue their financial

dividuals with over 96 years of

goals while also protecting their assets through financial planning, retirement

combined experience.

planning, and estate planning. In anything people do today, whether it’s choosing

member of the Group plays a


a doctor or accountant or buying a car, they do some kind of research. Barron’s

special role in the company’s

and the Financial Times have done the leg work for the investor. We are hum-

operations. Shannon Raines has 14 years of experience in the financial services

bled and honored to be ranked among this elite list of financial professionals.”

industry. Raines specializes in Retirement Planning, including rollovers, IRAs,

As impressive as his inclusion on these lists may be, Settle stresses that even

and 401(k) plans for businesses, and holds an advanced designation as a Char-

more important is the path he and his team took to get there. Managing money

tered Retirement Plans Specialist®. Focusing on annuities, Tara Estes has more

is in Settle’s blood. He is a second generation financial advisor, and his daughter

than 14 years of experience in the financial services industry. Her expertise in

is also majoring in finance right now, possibly bringing a third generation to Hill-

Retirement Income Planning allows their income-oriented clients to find the

iard Lyons. Mitch’s father, Roy Settle, spent 48 years in the financial industry

right strategy to meet their needs. Jenny Wathen assists clients with paperwork

and retired from Hilliard Lyons in 1988. With his father’s example as a roadmap,

and fund requests, as well as many other service-related issues, including research

and after 31 years of his own experience in the financial services industry, Settle

regarding account or security history. Working with the Group is Hilliard Lyons

has learned many important lessons. Chief among these is the value of trust.

Wealth Planner, Heather Osborn. Heather is a Certified Financial PlannerTM

For the Settle Group, “Trust is the most important thing when it comes to our

(CFP®) and holds an advanced designation as an Accredited Asset Management

clients. Our clients aren’t just customers – they’re like family.”  Following that

SpecialistTM (AAMS®). Osborn offers comprehensive financial planning analysis

philosophy to investing and managing his client’s assets, Settle gives his clients

specifically designed to assist clients in charting a course of action to attain their

his e-mail address and cell phone number, and keeps in touch even on evenings

financial goals.

and weekends. Rather than letting his clients worry about something all week-

end, Settle encourages them just pick up the phone and call.

ing his clients’ money. “I work with a select group of people and help coordinate

Settle also recognizes that it takes years to build that trust, along with solid relationships. It’s not just about managing people’s money.  The Settle Group strives to make a difference in people’s lives.  Often times, clients have “everything they’ve got” invested in their accounts with Settle - a responsibility he and


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With his team of professionals, Settle sees himself as the quarterback, direct-

their financial affairs. Sometimes I get the ball and run with it, sometimes I pass the ball to an attorney or CPA.”  As a team, The Settle Group manages more than $400 million in assets. Let them put their experience to work for you, and put your financial fears to rest.

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They say the odds of becoming MotoGP world champ are ten million to one. Well, that “1 in 10,000,000” lives right here in Owensboro.




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e just can’t help it! When you ask Nicky Hayden to talk about racing, he immediately breaks into a smile. He’s 32 now, but he still grins from ear to ear like a 10-year-old boy pedaling fast on his bike. It’s just that Hayden’s bike is really fast! He was clocked at a head-spinning 217

miles per hour in Barcelona, Spain. That’s roughly a football field in one second!

To the motorcycle racing world, Hayden’s known

as the “Kentucky Kid,” with 380,000 Twitter followers and fans across the globe. Yet he might pull up next to

course in MotoGP 101, Owensboro Living wants to get you up to speed for the 2014 MotoGP season.

you on Frederica St. sometime or be in the aisle across


from you at Best Buy, (that actually happened to me

“GP” stands for “Grand Prix.” MotoGP is the world

once). He’s accepted the world championship trophy

championship for the highest level of international

from the President of Italy, been followed around by

motorcycle racing. In layman’s terms, that means re-

an MTV film crew, and was invited to a private audi-

ally long races on really big bikes that go really fast.

ence with the Pope. But before all that, he grew up

racing at Windy Hollow and other local dirt tracks

the bikes lean almost all the way to the ground in the turns.

before becoming the youngest racer ever to win the

That’s why the riders wear plastic “knee pucks” that glide

American Motorcycle Association (AMA) Superbike

across the concrete to protect their knees.

Championship. Then Hayden conquered the world.


each track, ranging from 95 km (60 miles) to 130 km

I caught up with Hayden on a rare trip home (he’d

(81 miles). The 2014 season has 18 different races in

been gone since January 1st to test his bike with his

14 countries on four continents. The only two Mo-

new team) to ask about the upcoming season. His

toGP races in America are April 13th in Austin, Texas

Kentucky accent is mostly gone, but there still re-

and August 10th in Indianapolis, which is Hayden’s

mains a slight, subtle drawl and plenty of Southern

home track.

charm. Sitting at the kitchen table of his west-side

If you’ve ever seen it on TV, it’s the kind of racing where

Races are a set number of laps which can differ at

home, Hayden says “I can’t imagine living anywhere


else. I have a house in California so I can train in the

So how does a boy from Owensboro become world

winter and a motor home in Europe for when I’m rac-

champ? Lots of practice, lots of hard work, and lots

ing. But Owensboro is my home. I come from a big

of passion. “After racing for 12 years in MotoGP,”

family. It’s always nice after 3 ½ months on the road

Hayden says, “I still want to do it. I still have a pas-

to have a home and family to come back to. I like it out

sion for racing.”

here on the west end. It’s where I grew up.”

If you’re like me, you’ve probably always heard

age. You could even say it’s in his blood. His par-

about the Hayden family and knew that they raced mo-

ents, Earl and Rose Hayden, both raced back in their

torcycles. But MotoGP isn’t wildly popular here in the

days, and all five Hayden kids raced too, starting when

U.S. like it is overseas. So just in case you need a quick

Tommy (the oldest) was barely three years old.

That passion was instilled in Hayden at a young

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“Racing is a way of life for us,” Hayden explained. “We

contracts waiting on them.

grew up doing it. My cousins raced. My dad’s brother, Marty,

raced and his kids raced. People ask me what I’d do if I wasn’t

onship in 2002 and then moved on to MotoGP. Tommy won

a racer, and that thought never crossed my mind. I never had a

AMA championships in 2004 and 2005. Roger Lee won it in

plan B. From the time I literally was old enough to understand

2007. Collectively, they’ve won just about every champion-

life, I knew racing was what I wanted to do and what I wanted

ship you can win in motorcycle racing. In fact, they once came

to be.”

back from road racing to finish 1st, 2nd, and 3rd at a dirt track

race in Illinois; the only time in history three brothers have all

Once Earl retired from racing, he built a half-mile dirt track

on their property so the kids could practice every day. “I remember coming home after school and riding every day,” says

Fast forward a few years. Nicky won the AMA champi-

placed on the podium.

Jenny (Hayden) Hansler. Nicky recalls, “We would have a lot


of fun. My dad would set up races, like 6 laps, and line us up at

After that 2002 AMA championship, opportunity came calling

different starting points to try and make it a close finish on the

for Hayden. Yamaha made him an offer to come over and race

last lap.”

for their MotoGP team, but because he was still under contract

Being the middle child in a racing family turned out to be

with Honda, they had first right of refusal. If Honda had it

a good thing for Hayden. “For me especially, I had a brother a

their way, Hayden would have stayed in America one more year

little bit older and one a little bit younger to chase; one to push

to defend his title. But Honda knew it was always Hayden’s

me and one to pull,” he explained. “It’s always important to

dream to race GP, so instead of letting him go elsewhere, they

learn how to defend and not just ride over your head, but also

switched him over from AMA to MotoGP. For Hayden, it was

to win a race. I was lucky to have both opportunities growing

the opportunity of a lifetime. His childhood dream was com-


ing true!

With Earls’ stopwatch in hand, they would run countless

Although Hayden won MotoGP “Rookie of the Year” in 2003,

laps, three or four hours a day, four to five days a week. All that

the transition took a few years for him and his team to be competitive.

practice made the Haydens competitive at the weekend races.

“Honestly, it was a bit of a culture shock,” says Hayden. “The bike

Tommy, then Jenny, then Nicky, then Roger Lee started win-

was different, the tracks were a little different, the team was European

ning quite a bit. Jenny quit racing to pursue tennis, but by the

and the staff was mostly Japanese.” By 2005, a new crew chief was in

time the boys came of age, they all three had factory rides and

place, and things started improving by the middle of the season.


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“I’ll never forget when Nicky won the world cham-

Having a MotoGP race this close to home is a pret-

pionship in 2006,” says younger sister Kathleen

ty big deal. When Hayden started racing GP, they

(Hayden) McFAdden. “I was at UK, so I couldn’t fly

didn’t race in the States, so the closest race was in

over to see that last race. I was the only one [of the

Brazil. Then they started racing in California, and

family] not there, so when he won, he called me from

eventually added Texas and Indianapolis. Now we

the podium.”

can drive four hours to cheer him on at Indy.

It really was the stuff movies are made of.

do it justice,” Hayden said. “You gotta see it live to

whole season as the young Ameri-

really get the full experience! Especially to see how



With its storied history, the Brickyard is the

tino Rossi, for the title. The

perfect place to watch a race. GP runs on the same

championship came down

course the Formula One cars race; a road course

to the last race of the sea-

winding through the infield that follows a little bit


of the oval and catches the front straightaway.

When the final lap

became only the 15th Ameri-

Hayden recently switched teams, now racing for As-

carried the American flag around the track for

par, a Honda satellite team. For him, coming back

his victory lap, unable to contain his emotion.

to Honda felt like “coming home.” There were a few

Valentino was one of the first to congratulate

changes to the bikes in the offseason, mostly electron-

the new champ.

ics. Pre-season testing didn’t go as smoothly as hoped.

Racing for a living may sound like a story-

Always optimistic, Nicky is looking forward to working with his new team and facing the challenges ahead.

Time will tell if this is Nicky’s last contract or

book life on the surface, but it certainly has

not. He’s now approaching the age that most riders

its downside. Hitting pavement at 200mph

think about retiring. As far as slowing down? ...Not

is a daily threat and all three Hayden boys

so much! “I really don’t think much about life after

can show you their scars to prove it. Plus,

racing,” Nicky admitted. “I know it’s winding down,

there’s a lot of being away from home

but I’ve still got a couple more years left. I still love the

and the long racing season can be a real

sport. I’ve still got a passion for it. And I’d like to stay


involved in the sport after my racing career. We’ll see

“Going to Europe at a young age

for me, truthfully, was an adjustment,”

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can to ever win the world title. Hayden



fast 215 (mph) really is.”


was finished, Nicky Hayden


What can you expect at a GP race? “TV doesn’t

MTV camera crews followed Nicky that can battled the seasoned Italian


what happens.”

To learn more about MotoGP, they have a very in-

Hayden says. “Being away from the rest

teractive website ( with videos, the

of the family was hard, because you do

schedule, FAQs, and apps to follow the riders as the

miss a lot of things like birthdays and holi-

season progresses. If you want to experience MotoGP

days. Now especially with my nieces, it’s

action live, Nicky’s home race is Saturday, August


10th in Indianapolis.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS 1999 AMA Supersport Champion & Grand National Dirt Track Rookie of the Year 2002 AMA Superbike Champion 2003 MotoGP Rookie of the Year 2005 Third in MotoGP World Championship 2006 MotoGP World Champion 2007-2013 Finished in Top Ten in Championship standings 6 times Total of 28 Podium Finishes in MotoGP

NICKY TRIVIA Favorite Film: Days of Thunder Favorite Actor: Denzel Washington Favorite Athlete: Michael Jordan Favorite Musical Artist: Jay-Z Favorite Vacation Destination: Florida Beach

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When people in Owensboro hear Malcolm Bryant’s name, they may think of a successful business man, The Malcolm Bryant Corporation (TMBC), a joint venture with his wife, and of their properties, such as The Midtown Building, or perhaps The Springs, The Hampton Inn on Salem Drive, or now the Hampton Inn and Suites - Waterfront. Others may hear his name and think husband, father, church member, Sunday school teacher, and philanthropist.

Malcolm Bryant comes from humble begin-

parent’s compassion and vocations.

nings and attributes all his successes to his hard-

working parents and loving wife, Sally.

him with a very good recipe for a successful life.

Bryant was born into the small community of

He was taught to pay attention to people, which

Mt. Sterling, Kentucky, and lived there through

later translated to customer service and serving

high school.

others. The best life lessons he learned growing

In rural Kentucky, he says they didn’t need

up at home. Though not as obvious at the time,

the Internet; it was the “auntnet.” One aunt

Bryant now uses those skills daily in his business

would have the information and take it to the rest


of the “aunts.” News traveled fast, and that was a

good way to help others. This example was lived

the University of Kentucky. He distinctly recalls

out in his home as Bryant says fondly, “We had

receiving the course catalog. Bryant said the op-


tions for students seemed so endless that he felt

like he was heading to summer camp. But he

Born to parents who knew everything about

Bryant realizes that this upbringing provided

After graduating high school, Bryant attended

hard work, his dad was a one-man farming op-

didn’t take his opportunity for education lightly.

eration. Bryant recalls raising cows, corn and

During Bryant’s youth, he was taught that

tobacco, a variety of crops that required a lot of at-

you go to college to get a job. The majors stu-

tention. His mother, a social worker, was a nurtur-

dents chose at that time were not as important as

ing presence for Bryant and his older sister. This

the overall education. You went and graduated in

environment fostered a “lab of learning.” There

4 years, because families could not afford 5 years.

were many teachable moments that grew from his



At UK, Bryant felt like he was watching the

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world expanding in front of his eyes. His time there

moved back to Sally’s hometown of Owensboro.

brought out a liberty and a freedom he had not seen be-

It seemed a natural fit that Malcolm would begin

fore. Bryant loved his higher education experience.

working with his father-in-law, Jarred Barron and Sally’s

This was due in large part to…LOVE.

family. Owensboro provided both he and Sally welcomed

While at UK, Bryant met his sweetheart and now

challenges and opportunities to use their strengths. The

wife, Sally Barron - Owensboro Native and the future

Bryant’s weren’t alone, as Sally’s family served as great

Mrs. Malcolm Bryant.

mentors, instilling values in them that would prepare

them for going into the business world on their own.

Just one week after graduation, young Malcolm left

Kentucky for Cleveland, Ohio, where the first two years

of his career would be spent working for the Fortune 500

are many! She is very organized and has a great knowl-

Company, Proctor & Gamble (P&G).

edge of organization and discernment.”

Bryant felt driven to succeed, so much so that he was

Bryant smiles as he speaks of his wife, “Her strengths

Bryant said this time in their young lives was a great

relocated, due to career advancements, to multiple cities

survival time, as it was an economically challenging pe-

around the United States.

riod in America’s history, with interest rates topping as

much as 18%.

After he and Sally married, though these advance-

ments with P&G were great, he remembered the stability

and comfort he had growing up, and felt like that’s what

ditional family members, carwashes, mini-storage units,

he would like to provide for a family of his own.

apartments and business properties.

Bryant values his time with P&G because he learned

It was during lean times that Malcolm and Sally

even more discipline, business skills and understanding.

learned that surviving and entrepreneurship went hand

in hand. Bryant says, “God placed people in my path that

Within a week of marrying, the newlywed Bryant’s

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In the early days, the Bryants’ owned, along with ad-

have created better opportunities for Sally and I to help other people, while being helped along the way ourselves.”

As the Bryants’ moved forward in their own business ven-

tures, it became obvious that he had been cultivated for years by different people (parents, teachers, family, and customers) in his path, which he credits in making their endeavors more successful.

In discussing his approach to business, Bryant quotes Mar-

tin Luther King, Jr. “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” This is a philosophy he and Sally continually keep at the forefront of their business.

Though you may see the name Malcolm Bryant on the

door, he recognizes that Sally Bryant is the heart of his company. It was natural for Malcolm to work with the team members and customers, as Sally managed the technology and finances of the business. Each has strengths that complement the strengths of the other.

Though tough economic times have come and gone in

Owensboro, Bryant said that hardworking folks and the “pull your bootstraps up mentality” to work together is one of the


reasons he fell in love with this great city - a city that doesn’t PHOTO BY AP IMAGERY

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quit and loves to win at everything, and in life.

Bryant admits, “Business is something that Sally and I

Bryant’s love of Owensboro, a love he says he’s seen grow

do, but building personal relationships along the way is what

deeper, stems in part from the desire of its citizens to make a

helped.” That’s what Bryant is doing each time he leaves for a

difference - a spirit that continues to encourage him.

mission trip, teaches Sunday school, builds a hotel downtown,

or attends a Chamber of Commerce meeting.

He and Sally are pleased to have raised two amazing chil-

dren, Sarah Clay and Harrison, in this city. Though their

education and career paths have led them to other areas, they

grow! That’s why I want to be exposed to other’s needs. What

still enjoy coming “home” and bringing friends to the ever-

we do is beyond brick and mortar. It’s about the people.”

progressing community.

Malcolm and Sally take this philosophy to their team members

and customers. There is an order to the success:

The progression of Owensboro has meant more to Malcolm

Bryant says, “Out of our comfort zone, that is where we

than just constructing buildings and owning businesses. Bryant

• God

says, “I feel like some people overestimate what we do.”

• Family

• Work

Why? Because he didn’t grow up aspiring to wealth, but

with an innate desire to help people.

Bryant is very active at his church, First Christian, where he

shouldn’t be a distant third,” as he realizes there are mouths

serves as a Sunday school teacher. It was there many years ago

to feed and bills to pay. But the more aware people are of these

that a pastor from Africa came to the church and encouraged

three things, then the more successful they will all be.

Malcolm to serve others through a mission trip to Venezuela.

Bryant accepted the challenge and admits he saw a world he

in all areas of his life, but specifically to his employees. His

had never been exposed to in his upbringing in Mt. Sterling.

philosophy is that things don’t always have to do with business,

There were more needs than he thought possible, and his trav-

but that they are about people and acquiring the trust of those

els abroad opened up a side of the world to Bryant that lit the

people. That sometimes requires him to take a chance on peo-

flame of further missions.

ple, because people took a chance on him.

This experience has spawned numerous trips of Owensboro

Laughingly, Bryant says of himself and employees, “Work

Though Bryant wears many hats, he strives to be his best

Bryant says, “Polish what you have.” He’s not shy about

youth and adults to other countries. Bryant feels it is important

saying that he wants to be in a constant listening mode so that

for young people to experience acts of service because it gives

self-improvement can take place. Bryant firmly believes that

life perspective and shows that we are fortunate to live in the

helping people is more important than the buildings he builds.

United States. Bryant says we should not be insulated from the

Malcolm Bryant may be an Owensboro business man, but it’s

troubles of the world, but more importantly, show love to others

easy to see, when you take away the bricks and the mortar, that

as we try to help make life a little better for them.

his business is people!

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stablished in in 1996 by John and Marjorie Hager, the Public Life Foundation of Owensboro (PLFO), aims to foster broad and meaningful citizen participation in community decisions and public policy. By gathering information and deliberating ideas and opinions in a public setting, the PLFO hopes to foster a sense of action in the community on topics that matter to Owensboro. Perhaps most noteworthy, in 2007 the PLFO rallied 600 citizens together in a We The People Town Hall meeting where community members of all walks of life gathered to discuss priorities and strategies to advance Owensboro. It is exactly this type of citizen engagement and dialogue that the late John Hager intended when creating the foundation. In a 1996 speech to Kentucky Wesleyan College, Hager said, “The basic idea of democracy is simple. It means that people can and should govern themselves, and that they do not need an elite or special class of leaders

or citizens to run their affairs.” President of the PLFO, Rodney Berry, said, “John always had a passion for community.” Hager was an attorney by trade, but eventually took over his family’s business, the Owensboro newspaper Messenger-Inquirer as president and publisher. After selling the newspaper, Hager, then 68, was not ready to retire, which is when he and his family established the foundation. “This community was his career,” Berry said. “He was involved in so many initiatives that improved the quality of life in Owensboro.” Hager was a strong advocate of an open and accountable government, he was instrumental in the establishment of Owensboro Community and Technical College, and advocated the downtown Owensboro master plan. Since its creation, the foundation advocated for a number of

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topics, including economic development, healthcare, and environmental issues. After Hager passed away in July 2013, his children, all board members for the foundation, decided to narrow its focus to youth and education. “The family wants to make a profound impact,” said Berry. The Hager children, Sally Hager Wood, Board Chair; Bruce Hager, Board Vice Chair; Susie Hager Alford, Board Treasurer; and Stewart Hager used their own resources in an effort to reinforce the foundation’s mission and make a more lasting impression on the Owensboro community. The PLFO received 41 grants proposals, representing early childhood education, teacher quality, reading proficiency, children in poverty, and post-secondary education attainment categories. After careful consideration, the PLFO Board of Directors chose six local recipients, awarding $433,500 in philanthropic grants.

Puzzle Pieces An activity and day center for individuals 8 years and older with intellectual disabilities, Puzzle Pieces received $43,000 through the PLFO grant and will be awarded a second grant in 2014 for $35,000. Amanda Owen, founder and Executive Director, said, “We are very unique. We do teach, although it’s not your standard education model. What we do is lifelong education. And for the Public Life


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Foundation to recognize that is truly meaningful. For us, that’s a home run. Our education matters.” Owen says that funds will be used for capital improvements to the structure of their existing building and software that will give them surveillance capability, a check-in and checkout system, and a more efficient process of record keeping. “We can serve more people and serve more effectively,” Owen said.

The Cliff Hagan Boys and Girls Club Receiving $35,000 in 2013 and $40,000 in 2014 and 2015, The Cliff Hagan Boys and Girls Club was also selected. According to Executive Director Steve Winkler, the grants from the first year will fund a building expansion, including a fine arts center and a cafeteria as well as a van to transport students from after school programs to the club. “This expansion is desperately needed,” Winkler said. “Kids have been eating on the gym floor.” In the second year, the PLFO grant will fund the Positive Sprouts program, an initiative to introduce kids to a healthier way of life through community gardens, and a new program to help students ages 12 to 18 with career path decisions, money saving strategies, goal development and college planning. The third year will focus on at-risk students in an attempt to keep them out of the juvenile court system.

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BOLD Scholarship A $50,000 grant was awarded to the BOLD Scholarship, an education initiative by the Green Area Community Foundation. This scholarship is for Daviess County residents who are not currently enrolled in a learning institution and are within at least 12 hours of completion of a certificate, diploma or degree. According to Judge Executive Al Mattingly, the BOLD scholarship can be used at Brescia University, Kentucky Wesleyan College, Owensboro Community and Technical College and Western Kentucky University Owensboro and can be used for tuition, books, fees, or any other indirect expenses necessary for program completion like childcare. “We want to be as non-traditional as possible and help as many people as possible,” Judge Mattingly said. “Once you can engrain the importance of education you change the life of a family for generations.” This month, two recipients will be awarded $1,000 scholarships each, which will be matched by their respective institutions. The grant is aimed to grow the endowment and scholarships are awarded with the interest from the BOLD Scholarship fund.

NewTech Program The highest grant amount went to the NewTech program, a collaborative effort of Daviess County, Owensboro Public, Owensboro Catholic, Trinity and Hancock County


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school systems as well as the existing Community Campus initiative. Marcia Carpenter, director of Community Campus, said, “This is an opportunity to catapult education into a new era.” The NewTech program is an innovative approach to education, targeting the unengaged student population, allowing them to earn high school and college credit in workforce areas like manufacturing and engineering, healthcare and technology. “We need to be more intentional in how we educate the workforce,” Carpenter said. Receiving $155,000 in their first year and $218,000 over the next two years, the PLFO will help fund training for teachers in the NewTech program and software and textbooks necessary to run the program, which is expected to reach 400 or more students.

Imagination Library A $50,000 grant for 2013 and 2014 will grow an endowment to help sustain the Imagination Library program of Owensboro. Currently serving 2,500 children, Imagination Library gives free books to local families. Any Daviess County child from birth to five years is eligible to receive books, according to Nancy Roberts, treasurer for Imagination Library. “Imagination Library gives parents a tool to prepare children for kindergarten,” Roberts said. “Books set up

a foundation for reading and learning. It bonds caretakers with children.”

OPS Reading Camp Lastly, the Owensboro Public School System received $100,000 to develop a summer reading program. Dr. Matthew Constant, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction, said one of the largest problems facing OPS students is “summer slide.” Students in poverty begin to slide backward over the summer, especially in reading levels. “Contextual vocabulary at home is not on the same level as at school,” Dr. Constant said. Dr. Constant said research has proven that the second grade is the best time to combat summer slide. With the PLFO grant, OPS plans to serve 80 second grade students from across city elementary schools in a six-week camp focusing on raising literacy and reading levels. $80,000 will be granted in both 2014 and 2015 to continue the camp. “Exciting and ambitious philanthropic opportunities are ahead of us,” Berry said. “The [PLFO] board tried to get to the root of the problem. They wanted to maximize their impact.” The PLFO will assess the grant initiative over the next three years, but plans to begin accepting grant proposals in 2015. The foundation and Hager family have committed almost $1.3 million to the Owensboro community in an effort to help youth and education.

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2013 Boston Marathon Remembered



unners across the country have braved the cold temperatures, snow and ice this winter to train

for the Boston Marathon. But inclement weather does not compare to the emotions felt during last year’s race, when two bombs exploded near the finish line, killing three people and wounding at least 264 more. The bombs, exploding within 12 seconds of each other and only 50-100 yards apart, were inside of pressure cookers, containing BB-like pellets and nails, according to the FBI. After three days, 26-yearold Tamerlan Tsarnaev and 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, brothers from Cambridge, Massachusetts, were named as the bombing suspects. Tamerlan was killed during police pursuit and Dzhokhar was taken


into custody after a televised manhunt ended in his arrest. He now awaits trial. For two Owensboro runners April 15, 2013, the


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day of “the Boston,” will be a day they will not soon


said. “People lost loved ones.”

Suzanne Holt has been running since high school,

“I feel very fortunate, comparatively speaking.” Holt With a recently torn hamstring, Holt will be unable

where she was a star athlete on the Muhlenberg South

to run the Boston this month, but is confident she will

cross-country team.

return in the future. The Boston Marathon environment,

“I’ve kind of centered my life around running,” Holt,

according to Holt, is unlike any other. More than running

retail manager at Legends - Owensboro location, said. “I

the race, Holt enjoyed hearing the stories of other runners,

like to get out, be healthy, clear my head. I like that you

all answering, “Is this your first Boston?”

get out of [running] what you put in to it.”

For Holt, the Boston Marathon was never an

an atmosphere unlike any other experience. The local

ultimate goal, rather something she wanted to check off

dermatologist has run the Boston three years in a row,

her bucket list.

qualifying for the first time in 2011 with a 3-hour,

29-minute finish time.

The Boston Marathon is the only mass-participation

For Dr. Artis Truett, the Boston Marathon presents

marathon that requires qualifying times. Qualifying

times differ based on age and gender. For Holt, a 3-hour,

country, the world,” Dr. Truett said. “It’s a great honor.”

16-minute finish time at the Chicago Marathon landed

Truett has been running marathons for the last six or

her a spot in the Boston.

so years, with his ultimate goal: making it to Boston.

Luckily for Holt, she finished almost 45 minutes

“I’ve always been active, but this was a new goal, a new

before the bombs went off. In fact, because she had

challenge, a new mission. It gave me motivation, always

fatefully forgotten her cell phone and was unable to

pushing to achieve more.”

reach fellow runners at the race, she returned to her hotel

room. It was then that she heard news of the bombings.

holiday that commemorates the battles of Lexington and

“You’re in this atmosphere of the top runners in the

The Boston Marathon coincides with Patriot’s Day, a

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Concord, which were fought near Boston in 1775. Truett says this holiday means a huge turnout for the event, where nearly half a million spectators line up to view the race. “The crowd, the fans, they respect the runners and the race,” Truett said. “There is just so much energy and excitement.” According to Truett, that happiness turned to despair and sadness very quickly after the bombings. He had finished the race just 20 minutes before the explosions, but was already back to his hotel when he received a text from a friend asking if he was safe. Truett said police immediately responded and covered the city. What had been a day of celebration turned into tragic chaos within minutes.

Without a doubt, last year’s traumatic events could have

a significant effect on both the number of runners and the spectators. But in a recent interview, Dave McGillivray, the Boston Athletic Association’s race director, said he predicts an even greater turnout for this year’s race The “Boston Strong” mantra has swept the nation, SUZANNE HOLT PICTUREDON THE RIGHT RUNING WITH RYANNE KURZEN.

motivating reluctant runners to attempt qualification and more supporters to line the 26.2 mile-race. Organizers say 9,000 more runners will enter the Boston this year and the


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number of spectators is expected to double, meaning almost one million people may show up to support the second biggest sporting event in the US.

According to McGillivray, about 98 percent

of runners finish the race. “My sense is that we will see the highest percentage of finishers ever for the Boston Marathon,” he said. While Dr. Truett will not be able to make the race this year, he does plan to return for the 2015 Boston Marathon.

BY THE NUMBERS Organizers are expecting 36,000 runners in 2014, 9,000 more than usual. The race record was 38,708 for the 100th anniversary in 1996. Runners are categorized by gender, then by age. The age categories are: Men’s and Women’s Open (age 18-39), Masters (40-49), Veterans (50-59), Seniors (60-69), and 70 & Over. $806,000 in prize money is up for grabs in 2014

“One of the happiest times of my life. It’s hard

In terms of media coverage, the Boston Marathon is the second biggest single-day sporting event in the

to explain running 26 miles and feeling so much

U.S., just behind the Super Bowl.

“It’s an incredible atmosphere,” he said.

happiness, but I had a smile across my face the entire race.”

Midway open 1 hour after buffet closes

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country music listeners. He was right. In the last 25 years, “the Country Cares program has raised more than $500 million to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.” A portion of that money has been donated by the faithful and generous listeners of WBKR. This year, the station raised a staggering $185,000 from its listeners, who pledged to become Partners in Hope with a $20 a month donation. That is not only nearly $30,000 more than last year’s total, but it almost doubles the efforts raised at some medium and large market stations. Over the last five years, the numbers have increased dramatically, and there’s good


reason. Chad and Jaclyn do things a little


differently than some other stations. First,

hances are, if you have spent any time




listening to country music during the

do for St. Jude

morning or mid-day, you have come



across the unmistakable voices of WBKR DJ’s Chad Benefield and Jaclyn Graves. With his quick wit and engaging personality, Chad has become a beloved local celebrity within the Owensboro community and throughout the tri-state. A southern girl with a contagious spirit and a heart a mile wide, Jaclyn has been embraced as a local sweetheart. Although the two no longer share a large amount of air time, what they do still share is an unwavering friendship and passion for helping others. Out of all the charity events that they sponsor and support, the one that is undoubtedly most dear to their hearts is St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.

For the last 11 years, WBKR has participated

in the Country Cares Radiothon, “one of the most successful radio fundraising events in America.” Country Cares was established in 1989 by country music artist and Alabama lead singer, Randy Owen. Owen strongly believed in the work being done at St. Jude and felt that


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they prepare for year round. They personally make the drive to Memphis at least twice a year, where they also serve as panelist and co-panelist at the St. Jude Annual Conference. This gives them the opportunity to meet people and build relationships with patients and their families, which they continue to maintain year after year. In this way, when they speak on-air of those dealing with cancer, they are talking about their friends. However, 5 years ago, weeks before the Radiothon was set to begin, Chad had a crazy, yet powerful, idea. He offered to personally drive their listeners the five hour trip each way so that that they could experience the wonders of St. Jude for themselves. He prepared them for what they might expect to see, such as sweet, baldheaded children being pulled along in wagons. They took a tour of the facility, as well as the adjacent Target House, where patients and their families live without any concern about cost. It

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was important to Chad that his listeners observe how well

hearts, such as Ellen Taylor and Ella Dreamer.

the children were being cared for and that they come back

changed. His plan obviously worked, as the donations have

Ben Halbig and his family, who have now been relocated to

increased by over $100,000 in the last four years, and the

Memphis. Ben’s dad, Randy, shared during the Radiothon

upcoming trip to Memphis in September is already full.

how truly impactful the work of St. Jude is. “When

Making the bi-annual trip to Memphis is not the only

something like this happens, you get spiritual real quick

event that Chad and Jaclyn have coordinated to generate

and you get financial real quick. St. Jude handled the

interest in the St. Jude Radiothon. Ten days prior to the

financial part.”

kick-off, Jaclyn and Chad spent twelve hours on side-by-

side treadmills at the Owensboro YMCA. Their intent at

caring and compassionate individuals that are willing to

this event was not to solicit donations from listeners, but to

work together for the “greater good.” Chad is truly devoted

walk/run for twelve local business sponsors who committed

to sharing the great work of St. Jude with others and readily

to pay them $2 a mile. Jaclyn’s goal was 25 miles, which

agrees that Jaclyn is “a great partner to have” in such a

she far exceeded with a total distance of 32.4 miles. Chad,

meaningful endeavor.

an avid runner who usually runs a total of 20 to 25 miles

For more information about becoming a St. Jude

a week, set and accomplished his own goal of 50 miles in

Partner in Hope for just $19 a month, please visit www.

under twelve hours. Due to the constant beating of their

Recently the need for cancer treatment hit home with

As a community, we are privileged to have two such

feet against the treadmill for a pain-staking twelve hours (while being filmed live on webcam), the two are still recovering from severe blisters on their feet. Throughout that entire day, they were flooded with text messages and visitors providing them with snacks and encouragement. Jaclyn added that it is “so much easier to do what we do when we have such a great community that steps up and helps out.” During the 26-hour St. Jude Radiothon, that is just what the community of Owensboro did.

While St. Jude supplies all of the country stations with

the essential elements of music and patient testimonies needed to raise awareness and donations, WBKR once again sets themselves apart from the rest. While most stations continue to play regular music intermittently throughout the Radiothon, WBKR strongly stands by their decision to dedicate that air time to the children, their families, and their stories. Jaclyn grew up about an hour and ten minutes from Memphis and has “always had a connection with St. Jude.” The two also find their motivation in such inspiring children as Gavin Howard, the local 9 year old with the amazing heart that raised $12,000 this year by designing and selling t-shirts to benefit the research hospital, not to mention the precious fighters that have captivated their 60 OWENSBORO LIVING

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The decision to attend college to pursue or finish a degree can be viewed as financially stressful. It can become even more challenging if you have children for whom you want to plan an education. Most likely you have been more involved in saving for your child’s education than for your own. So what can a student or parent do to help offset the rising cost of education? Well, with a little creativity, a few sacrifices, and some planning, there are several ways to lessen those typically overlooked expenses. • Rent your textbooks or buy used ones - Look into renting

while working toward your degree. Cut down on your cable

the textbook or buying it used through websites like Amazon,

package – or think about cutting it out completely. You can

EBay, Chegg or through your own college bookstore.

still enjoy programming via DVD. Many libraries offer DVD

Sometimes you can download a textbook to a wireless device

loans for free with membership. If you are paying for internet

– saving a lot of money. Only buy a new textbook if there is

service at home, reconsider. There is free Wi-Fi on campus

no other choice.

and more places in the community offer free Wi-Fi as well.

• Explore the saving opportunities offered by your financial

• Hey! You are a student. Use the discounts offered only

institution - If your financial institution offers student

to students - Shop at businesses that offer a student discount.

accounts, look into changing over your regular account to

Always ask – sometimes the discount is not publicized.

a student account. This can save on monthly fees such as

• Warning! If you must borrow for your education, use the

ATM withdrawals, check orders, and monthly maintenance.

proceeds wisely. This last – and most important – suggestion

If you are an active debit card user, pick an account that offers

is do not take out a loan for anything unrelated to your

cash back bonuses for using your card. Ask your financial

education. Use your money wisely!

institution what other products/services they offer to students.

• Skip class … did you know you could simply test out …

education, will pay off for you and your family in the future.

you may be smarter than you thought - Testing out of classes

Be a savvy student and look for ways to save daily while you

is another good way to save. Ask your college about their

are working toward your degree. In the end, you will be

guidelines and pricing for testing out of many core courses.

proud not only of your accomplishments in school, but the

• Savings can begin at home - Eliminate any extra expenses

many ways you kept your budget on track!


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Making a few sacrifices now while you complete your

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{by: jaime rafferty}





inter’s cold grip is finally letting go and the only thing I can think about is igniting my

grill and charring some delicious eats. I cook food all day for a living, but nothing beats that first spring grill out in the backyard.

What I’m looking forward to most about warmer

weather is local produce. By May and June, little farmers markets will pop up like dandelions all over town. But thanks to the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, it’s a lot easier to find local produce, meats, and other products — and not just at the farmers market and not just in the summer and fall.

The Kentucky Proud program is an initiative by

the Kentucky Department of Agriculture to promote and protect farmers, growers, and producers in Kentucky. It is a network of support for the farmers and producers as well as Kentucky Proud restaurants.

The Kentucky Proud program is a resource that

identifies product produced in Kentucky with the Kentucky Proud logo. By certifying the product and the restaurants that use the product, consumers know how to find local foods and support the local community.

Buying Kentucky Proud not only ensures you’re

purchasing fresh, homegrown product, but it lets you know that your dollars are going to a family just a few miles away from your own house rather than a big corporation.

And as the executive chef at a Kentucky Proud

restaurant, the Campbell Club, I attest that the flavor makes the difference. I truly enjoy and take pride in supporting the local farmers, but from a dining aspect, the flavor of an ear of corn recently plucked from the stalk, or a potato that was yanked out of the ground only hours ago is incomparable to the produce from a grocery store or big box supplier.

Produce from grocery stores — or big distributors

for restaurants — typically travel across the country or from other countries to reach our cutting boards. In order to ship produce that far, it has to be treated differently than something homegrown. Typically items like tomatoes are harvested way too early, 64 OWENSBORO LIVING

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before they have fully ripened, then they are

raising cattle in Daviess County for years. Starting

chemically treated to look ripe and to stay “fresh”

in the spring they will also begin raising pork.

in transit.

“Kentucky Proud is important to producers like

What happens during this process is the natural

myself because it helps to additionally brand

sugars in the fruits and vegetables do not develop

my beef and pork products as something that

fully. So while the tomato in the grocery store

is produced here in Kentucky,” Gilles said.

may look like a ripe red tomato on the outside, it’s

“Kentucky Proud has brought a sense of assurance

actually a bitter green tomato on the inside.

to consumers that want to support local Kentucky

Ware Creek Farms is a Kentucky Proud


producer in the area. They are part of the

Hill View Farms sells their meat at the

Homegrown by Heroes Program as well — another

Owensboro Regional Farmers Market, directly

segment of Kentucky Proud that certifies the

from their farm, at Preservation Station, at Nona’s

producers are veterans.

Downtown Market, and as a part of Cecil Farms


“The main reason Ware Creek Farms is so

excited to be a part of the Kentucky Proud program,

is because it helps local producers,” Jason Simon

over the place at the Owensboro Regional Farmers

said. Simon is one of the founders of Ware Creek

Market, but you can also find it in some grocery

Farms. “When you buy Kentucky Proud, you

stores as well. As the program continues to develop,

know you are impacting a local family, someone

strengthen, and bring awareness to products

that is part of your community.”

from the local agricultural community, grocers,

restaurants, and suppliers take notice and begin

Simon and his partner, Jim Daniels, produce a

You will find the Kentucky Proud logo all

number of items, from pasture-raised poultry and

stocking the product that consumers ask for.

eggs to honey and vegetables, sustainably. You can

find them along with many other Kentucky Proud

in Owensboro, Nona’s Downtown Market at 126 E.

producers at the Owensboro Regional Farmers

Second St.


This spring a Kentucky Proud store will open

“I think a lot of our community is unaware of

Jim Gilles with Hill View Farms Meats is also

how many talented people live in our area,” Maria

a Kentucky Proud member of the Owensboro

Kelly, owner of Nona’s Market, said. “The goal of

Regional Farmers Market. His farm has been

Nona’s Downtown Market is to centralize our local


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artists and producers so their gifts can be highlighted.

in fish production, so buying local not only guarantees a

This is why 85 percent of our products at Nona’s will

more fresh fish, but it also supports local fish producers

come from our Kentucky Proud Members.”

in taking on the challenge. Plus, think of all the gas

Nona’s will stock many Kentucky Proud items,

needed to ship fish halfway around the world.”

such as Kentucky Proud bread and fresh salads from the

Campbell Club and beef from Hill View Farms — along

fish from Louisville Fish Co. are sustainable because

with many other Kentucky Proud items, gifts, and food

they are not injected with hormones, they are not

from other farmers, artists, and producers.

genetically modified, and they are farmed in clean water.

Tierney, who is also an environmental scientist, said

The goal of Kentucky Proud is to bring awareness to

“Kentucky aquaculture really makes the most use of

the products that Kentucky produces. It is economically

water as a resource, producing food with as little impact

and environmentally more sustainable to purchase from

on the environment as possible,” he said.

a local farm than a farm across the country.

rather than depleting wild fisheries or altering natural

That is why more and more farmers are stepping into

Also, by farming the fish, they are being produced

the Kentucky market to fill gaps in demand. Kentucky


aquaculture is taking off and is now producing Kentucky

Proud, sustainable fresh fish and shrimp.

Proud. Seek out farmers that have been certified

There are a number of ways to support Kentucky

Michael Tierney, Vice President of Louisville Fish

Kentucky Proud. Look for the logo while you’re in the

Co., farms Kentucky spotted bass, hybrid stripe bass,

grocery store or at the market. Ask your waiter next time

and rainbow trout.

you eat out what Kentucky Proud options they have on

the menu.

“Buying local fish helps sustain the local agriculture

economy, create jobs, and keep dollars local,” Tierney

said. “The USA is in a $12 billion trade deficit to Asia

restaurants, and products.

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OWENSBORO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA – VISIONS April 12, 7:30 p.m. | RiverPark Center

The Visions concert in April gives us the chance to include the photography and art of Owensboro in a way you have never experienced before. The OSO will delight your ears and eyes as we present Barry’s “Snapshot” with photography of Owensboro, two works by Debussy with guest artist Aaron Kizer creating his unique art on stage during the performance, the OSO Symphony Chorus in Vaughan Williams’ “Serenade to Music” and we end with the ultimate Romance of Hanson’s “Symphony No. 2.”


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“NOISES OFF” April 4 at 7:30 p.m.; April 5 at 10 p.m.; April 6 at 2 p.m. | The Empress, 418 Frederica Street A fifth-rate theater troupe unwittingly performs both sides of a comedic calamity in this play within a play. For more information 270-683-5333 or visit

BROADWAY AT RIVERPARK “HAIR” April 13 at 7 p.m. | RiverPark Center The Public Theater’s new Tony Award®-winning production of HAIR is an electric celebration on stage! This exuberant musical about a group of young Americans searching for peace and love in a turbulent time has struck a resonant chord with audiences young and old. Its relevance is UNDENIABLE. For more information, call (270) 687-2787 or visit

BRADFORD LEE FOLK & THE BLUEGRASS PLAYBOYS April 17 at 7 p.m. | International Bluegrass Music Mudeum Up and coming bluegrass band, Bradford Lee Folk & The Bluegrass Playboys appear at the International Bluegrass Music Museum for a great. For more information & tickets, (270) 9267891 or visit




April 19 at 6:30 p.m. | Science & History Museum The major fundraiser for the Science & History Museum. Join the museum for festive appetizers, Cajun dinner buffet and drinks, music & dancing. For tickets and information, contact (270) 687-2732. http://

May 9-11 | Owensboro Convention Center It’s that time of year to start preparing your outdoor living space for the summer. Get inspired and find everything you’ll need at the Better Your Backyard Outdoor Living and Gardening Expo. Grills, patio furniture, gardening and landscaping supplies and much more.



May 3 at 3 p.m. | Owensboro Convention Center Sip a mint julep, taste some delicious food, and watch the 139th Run For the Roses, The Kentucky Derby. Enjoy mint juleps, a bourbon bar, auctions, and Funkystra will perform. 3 – 9 p.m. For more information, contact the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra at (270) 684-0661 or visit

May 16 at 5:00 p.m. | Downtown Owensboro Friday After 5 is the award-winning, summer-long free music festival every friday night. In a city of festivals, Friday After 5 earned the prestigious “Platinum Award” in the Reader’s Choice Award for “Best Community Event” in 2013. Friday After 5 was also named one of the “Top 10 Festivals” in Kentucky.


May 9-10 | Every second weekend in May, Owensboro springs to life with the wonderful smells and sounds of the International Bar-B-Q Festival.



April 17 at 8 p.m. | RiverPark Center Chicago’s legendary comedy theatre, The Second City present, Happily Ever Laughter, a hilarious revue at RiverPark Center. Featuring some of the best sketches, songs and improvisation from The Second City’s fiftythree years. Drawing on classic material from The Second City archives as well as scenes ripped from the morning headlines, The Second City’s Happily Ever Laughter is your chance to see comedy stars in the making in an evening of smart, cutting edge comedy. For ticket information, call (270) 687-2787 or visit

April 25 at 7 p.m. Dancing with Owensboro is the annual fundraiser for Owensboro Dance Theatre. Local “celebrities” perform a dance choreographed for votes. Votes are $10 each and the couple or group with the most money win the coveted trophy. There is a cash bar, silent and live auction, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and an open dance floor before and after the competition. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling (270) 684-9580 or visit http://www. for more information.

OWENSBORO ART GUILD STUDIO TOUR April 19 at 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Owensboro Museum of Fine Art Artists stops including the Owensboro Museum of Fine Art featuring the Owensboro Art Guild 52nd Juried Exhibition. There will be artists demonstrations, Art for Sale at the Artists sites, and Plein Aire Painting at Reid’s Orchards. Tour tickets are $20. Information available at: www. or

BE BOP A LULA BY: PINE KNOB THEATER April 26 at 7 p.m. | RiverPark Center A Doo Wop and Be Bop Musical with our live stage band and acting scenes with dance routines. Just opened in 2013 with near sellout crowds. This show has lots of Doo Wop and Be Bop songs performed by the carwash band as the story is being told. For ticket information, call (270) 687-2787 or visit

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Mondays & Thursdays | Daviess County Public Library Wee Read for ages 2 and younger and Circle Time for ages 3-5; 10 – 10:30 a.m. 270-684-0211 or



Saturdays | Daviess County Public Library Visit the library every Saturday morning for self guided fun and educational activities with a focus on literacy and school readiness. 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. 270- 684-0211 or


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Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Fridays | U-Bounce The perfect party place for kids. Amazing inflatables in an unbelievably cool bounce stadium. Private, clean and climate controlled. All children must wear socks. $7 per child, children under 2 are free, unless they are the only child, adults always free; On Toddler Tuesday, children 5 and under get in for $5 all night. Tuesday and Wednesday 5 – 8 p.m. and Friday 5 – 9 p.m. 270- 6851255 or

FUN AT THE MUSEUM All month | Owensboro Museum of Science & History Storylabs, fun activities, and more for kids to keep busy during Spring Break and explore science in a safe and entertaining environment. (270) 687-2732 or http://www.


MARKET DAYS April 5 – 6 and May 3 - 4 | Preservation Station Preservation Station Market Days held the first weekend of every month at 9661 Highway 56, Owensboro, KY 42301 at the Old West Louisville Elementary School. Saturday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday 12 – 4 p.m. Over 55 vendors selling antique, vintage, rustic, primitive, and industrial finds along with handcrafted and customized items. Find Preservation Station Market and Event Center on Facebook, visit, or call (270) 925-1124 for more information.

THE TOT, THE TEEN, AND THE WARDROBE April 26 and 27 | Owensboro Boys and Girls Club The sale opens to the public Saturday 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. with a Half-Off Sale on Sunday 12 – 3 p.m. Find The Tot, the Teen, and the Wardrobe Consignment Sale on Facebook, visit, or call 270-316-2732 (Stephanie) or 270-993-7532 (Jennifer) for more information.

EASTER “EGG”STRAVAGANZA | April 12, all day | Diamond Lake Resort Come celebrate with the Easter Bunny at Diamond Lake Resort. Photos with the Easter Bunny from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., plus games & crafts, face painting, and lunch at the grill. At 1:30 p.m., meet at the Welcome Shelter for an Easter Egg Hunt. For more information, contact Diamond Lake Resort at (270) 2294900 or visit


TWO COSTUME 5K FUN RUN April 5 at 7:30 a.m. | Theatre Workshop of Owensboro Theatre Workshop, thanks to a grant from Owensboro Health, is sponsoring a 5K Fun Run on Saturday, April 5th, 2014. The route begins at Trinity Center and goes through downtown. Its a costume race! So please come decked out because there will be prizes for best costumes for adults and for children. You can register by visiting theatre-workshop-5k/

ROMAN RUN 5K April 26 at 6:30 p.m. | Our Lady of Lourdes The proceeds from the Roman Run 5K on April 26, 2014 will benefit Lourdes Family Ministry. The goal of this ministry is to strengthen families in our parish and in our community. More information:

TOWNE SQUARE DERBY TROT May 2 at 10 p.m. | Towne Square Mall The New Beginnings Derby Trot 5K is an annual fun run/walk to raise funds for New Beginnings. The race will be chip-timed by Owensboro Area Runners and Walkers Club. Register online at

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he Winter That Would Not End finally, grudgingly,

about. But for some reason, I just couldn’t generate any

began to loosen its icy grip as the calendar slogged

enthusiasm for the pink or yellow chick Peeps (which

relentlessly on toward spring. But by then, we were all

always look more like tugboats to me) or the cheap

weary, chilled to the bone, and had pretty much forgotten

chocolate bunnies, their staring candy eyes on the wary

what blue skies, green grass and sunshine looked like,

lookout for children intent on biting off their ears and tail.

much less felt like.

I stood in front of a rack of Easter dresses, somberly

head down and biting my lip. I just wasn’t into Easter

pondering the pastel patterns, lacy trims and satiny bows,

this year … mainly because the season itself didn’t seem

wondering whether those puffy sleeves could be stuffed

to be into it.

into sweater sleeves.

Reluctantly, I turned away, shaking my head. My

the brisk, icy wind. Stuffing my fists deep into the pockets

daughter and daughter-in-law had no doubt already

of my jacket, I slouched toward my truck, downcast eyes

bought dresses for my grandgirls. Nobody ever turns to

focused on the gravel scattered over the parking lot, which

me for advice or assistance in the area of fashion, even

seemed to be a reflection of the grim, grey sky.

though I am probably the only person in the family who

would have even thought about finding mittens to match

I just sat there, hands resting lightly on the steering

the chicks and bunnies embroidered on the ruffled hem.

wheel. I wasn’t really looking at anything in particular. I

just sat there.

I wandered over a few aisles and stood, silent and grim,

“Face it,” I finally said to myself as I turned away,

I walked outside, flipping up my hood to shield against

For some reason, I didn’t start my truck right away.

in front of shelves of baskets – baskets of all kinds. There

That’s when I saw the robin – its plump red breast

were the traditional kind, made of woven straw, but the

a cheerful splash of color against a tired, brown, dead

bright purples, pinks and yellows looked almost garish –

background – picking up a bit of straw from the ground.

more suitable for Mardi Gras than Easter. Some were made

It flew up into the branches of one of those little trees

to resemble various animals and characters, including

that stand as sentinels around parking lots, and with its

my grandgirls’ current favorite, Doc McStuffins. I didn’t

beak, poked the straw into the weavings that were the

immediately discard this as a possibility, but only because

beginning of a nest.

of my immense relief that they have finally gotten over

It cocked its head, inspecting its work, and then,

their infatuations with that awful SpongeBob creature.

apparently satisfied, flew back down to the ground and

I shook my head, bringing myself back to reality.

began to peck the ground again, searching for another

No, no … I didn’t want a “character” basket, not at all.

strand of grass.

But neither did I want any of these plastic, plush,

Suddenly cheered up, I watched for awhile longer,

aluminum, straw or cardboard options.

then turned the key and drove home, humming to myself.

Discouraged, I made my way over to the candy area.

The Winter That Would Not End had been defeated


looked crummy and sugary,

by spring after all.

which is,

I guess, what candy is all


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Owensboro Living April - May 2014  

Owensboro Living, the FREE guide to life in Western Kentucky. Featured Articles: The Buzz, The Pulse: Lakewood Valley Triathlon, The Style...

Owensboro Living April - May 2014  

Owensboro Living, the FREE guide to life in Western Kentucky. Featured Articles: The Buzz, The Pulse: Lakewood Valley Triathlon, The Style...