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may // june 2014 Publisher/Creative Director Jason Tanner jason@tannerwest.com Editor Ashley Sorce ashley@owensboroparent.com

from the editor There are about 2 billion moms in the world, 82.5 million in the United States. There are 5 million stay-at-home moms and 10 million single moms in the US. Today, mothers average two children, a significant change from the 7 to 10 kids averaged in the 1700s. 72 percent of moms with children over age 1 are in the workforce and 55 percent with children under age 1. 72 percent of moms earn at least 50 percent of the annual household income. If the average stay-at-home mom were a salaried employee, she would make $117,867 annually. On average a baby will require 7,300 diaper changes before his or her second birthday. The average preschooler requires mom’s attention once every 4 minutes or 210 times per day. Women average 2.2 hours of chores a day, vs. 1.3 hours per day for men. 88 percent of laundry is done by moms, totaling 330 loads of laundry per year. Numbers don’t lie… Moms are amazing! And this goes for all moms – single, stay-at-home, moms-to-be, moms who dream to be, surrogate moms, moms who have lost their babies, moms who foster babies and moms who adopt babies. There is no job more difficult or more rewarding than being a mom. This was proven with the latest viral video showing what happened when American Greeting and Cardstore placed a classified ad looking to fill a Director of Operations position. The job had a mandatory 135+ hours a week of work and required the job holder to be on call at all times, day or night. Qualified candidates should have a knowledge of psychology, medicine, personal finance, culinary arts and basic technology skills. The job also had physical requirements: the ability to stand for hours, lift up to 75 pounds, be constantly moving and operate on little to no sleep. Work was required 365 days per year, even holidays. The job? Motherhood.

Haven’t seen the video? Google “World’s Toughest Job.” So this Mother’s Day, celebrate your mom. She deserves it.

Advertising Sales Rudy Strahan rudy@tannerwest.com Robert Williams robert@owensboroparent.com Graphic Designers Taylor West taylor@tannerwest.com Andrea Roberson andrea@tannerwest.com Contributors Christina Dalton Casey Hamilton Gail E. Kirkland Elaine Martin Danny May Dr. Shanna McGinnis Jaime Rafferty Melody Ann Wallace Lora Wimsatt Printing Greenwell Chisholm Owensboro, Kentucky Contact Information Owensboro Parent Magazine PO Box 23237 Owensboro, KY 42304 (270) 314-5240 www.owensboroparent.com facebook.com/owensboroparent twitter.com/owensboroparent issuu.com/owensboroparent Subscribe Delivery of Owensboro Parent is available by visiting owensboroparent.com/subscribe Advertise Owensboro Parent is a FREE magazine because of community support. Thank you to the great group of businesses & organizations who advertise with us. If you want to contribute to the success of our magazine, we would love to hear from you and will work to develop an advertising partnership that will not only benefit you, but also the parents of Owensboro.

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may // june 2014 FAMILY LIFE

spring lost its way [08] parental control [10]

D I SCOV E R

[36] bye bye training wheels [38] secondhand smoke

the both hands project [12]

[40] class of 2014

can i tell you a secret? [15]

[48] walk baby walk

spring break photos [18]

[52] kids eat free list

CO MMUNIT Y

[40]

[54] may calendar

[36]

never give up [22] planting the seeds [26]

[22] [18] [26]

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spring lost its way { by: lora wimsatt }

T

he windows are open. They’re closed. Sweatshirts

across the yard, making sure she didn’t get too close to the

on, jackets off, mittens on, T-shirts off, boots on.

muddy area under the tree where the grass has never really

It’s cloudy. It’s sunny. It’s raining. It’s snowing. It’s

gotten off to a good stand, and was even more straggly than

cloudy again. What do you mean, there’s a tornado watch?!?

ever after a brutal season of snows, ices and other assorted

This crazy winter and this crazy spring were enough

winter miseries.

to send all the woolly worms and old farmers (almanacs

included) into a tailspin.

watched worriedly as Briley flung her bare arms in the air

as she reached the far end of the yard and turned to sweep

March roared in like a lion, and went out the same way

I shivered, hugging myself against the chilly breeze, and

– no lambs in sight – and April got off to an enthusiastic

back in my direction.

endorsement of the old “April showers” adage. All that

remained to be seen was whether there would be any May

toward the house, where her jacket lay abandoned on the

flowers.

kitchen table.

Obviously Spring had lost its way, and it wouldn’t be a

I didn’t quite catch her reply but it sounded a lot more like

stretch to say I was feeling the same.

“Wheeee!” than “Brrrr.”

I kicked forlornly around my backyard, noting the piles

The wind blew harder now, snapping the flag in the

of dead leaves that had banked up against the fence last fall,

front of the house and sending a few loose leaves skittering

pretty much smothering any hope that my daffodils would

across the patio, ever closer to the pile against the fence.

somehow struggle through in time to greet the Easter

Just one more layer between my daffodils and the sun.

season.

Not that the sun was doing its part either.

I kept one eye on my granddaughter as she bounced

The sky was a watercolor grey, the same dull grey from

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“Aren’t you cold?” I called out, taking a hesitant step

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morning to night. It wasn’t accurate to say “sunrise” or

I was so focused on my small victory that I didn’t notice

“sunset.” I supposed the sun was behind those clouds

when she unexpected halted, jerking me back a step, and

somewhere, but all it was doing was distinguishing

then her hand slipped out of mine as she crouched down

day from night, and not very effectively at that, in my

to peer at something on the ground.

opinion.

“Let’s go in,” I urged, reaching out my arms, but

It was a little flower – I don’t know what – pale

Briley veered out of my reach and away across the lawn

lavender, pretty and bright even on this gloomy day.

again, shrieking with laughter as she went.

Maybe it was even brighter because of the gloom.

Feeling clumsy and awkward, I lumbered off in

pursuit.

flower, then looked questioningly up at me.

Her response was to laugh harder and run faster.

“Pretty,” I said. “Pretty flower.”

“I’m going to get you!” I called out – optimistically.

I paused for a moment, debating. I almost said, “Let’s

Briley scampered away, but she has not yet mastered

pick the flower for Mommy,” but I didn’t.

I bent over and looked to see what she had found.

Briley reached out with a tentative finger to touch the

the art of escape. Almost immediately, she was cornered,

and I swept her up into my arms. She flung her arms

happily nodded. “The little flower will show Spring the

around my neck in an unreserved embrace, then wriggled

way.”

quickly out of my arms to walk beside me, hand in hand, back toward the house.

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“Let’s leave the little flower here,” I said, and Briley

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Lora Wimsatt is a mother, grandmother and writer. She enjoys the everyday blessings and adventures of life, especially her family.

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{ Q&A with christina dalton,

M S S W, C S W

parental

control Q: My child is 12 years old and

she is driving me crazy! I hope

}

A: You are describing my future. And it

act up and they don’t listen. I always

makes me nervous. The dreaded onset of

seem to hear, “They were fine until you

the pre-pubescent teenage girl. I think

got here!” What can I do?

this species of girl should be studied like a creature in the wild. I remember

A: I think everyone has had this problem

one time watching my cousin and her

and not just with grandparents. It

daughter interact at a family function.

could come from teachers, friends and

Her daughter was all sweet and hugging

babysitters too. There is a magical force

that’s ok to say, but I don’t know

on her and then her mom went to get

in the universe that sometimes turns our

if it is hormones or what but she

something out of her hair and she

children into angels when we are not

goes from hot to cold in two

snapped. Turning into a little, devil

around. LOL! I have personally heard

saying, “Don’t touch me!” My child was

this same sentence from my very own

much younger at the time but that image

mother on many an occasion. It’s as if

seconds flat. I feel like I need to fix her all the time or I need to

has stayed with me. Professionally, I can

I no more than pull into the driveway

figure out what is wrong and

answer this question and tell you what

and a signal goes off within my child

I’m fighting with her more and

you should do. Personally though, I know

to immediately start disobeying. I don’t

the difficulty in saying one thing and

know that I have a quick fix or solution

doing another. It’s easy for me to tell you,

for you on this particular issue. I would

but it’s not as easy to implement. I think

suggest that it really helps being on the

the first suggestion I would give you is

same page with the grandparents. If your

to try and not let your child see that she

form of discipline is time outs, then that

has you rattled. The very minute they see

is what they need to use. If you don’t

that you are losing your cool, the game

want your child to have sweets or candy,

has been lost. It’s a parental instinct to

then make sure that they know what your

want to fix things for our children. But

rules are and how important they are to

are we doing them a service by doing

you and your husband. And I have heard

that or are we setting them up to fail in

from several parents before that simply

the real world? It is something to think

say, the grandparents will not abide by

about because later in life for the most

the rules that they want to be enforced.

part problems don’t just fix themselves.

I think that this situation involves give

Instead these moments could be used as

and take on both sides. Grandparents

teaching tools and learning moments.

love to spoil their grandchildren. I think

Try to look at every situation and think

that the love between a grandparent and

how can I use this to teach my child a life

a grandchild is so unique and different

lesson right now? Every parent out there

than it is between a parent and child. I

feels your pain, so know that you are not

think it is so important for children to

alone in this. Best of luck…

know their grandparents, respect them

it’s solving nothing. What would you do?

and love them. But at the same time, Q: I have twin boys, age 7, and I have

there has to be a level of respect between

a question about how I should handle

you and your parents as well. I would say

grandparents. I feel like both sets of

pick your battles wisely and let them be

grandparents spoil the boys and it is

loved.

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Christina Dalton, MSSW, CSW is the Family

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{ by: danny may }

the both hands project I

wouldn’t call it a torrential downpour, but it was coming down

to serve a greater goal: helping to fund Davi and Jared Tanner’s

pretty good. That and the 40-degree temperature was enough to

domestic adoption through their “Both Hands Project.”

keep most people inside. But we had a purpose, a mission. We had

I’ve heard lots of different fundraisers for adoptions, but

agreed to be here. Even paid money to do this.

nothing like this, which is why my wife and I signed up. Having

adopted our two sons, we have an enormous soft spot for all things

I’m sure we looked kind of crazy to the few cars passing by. I

could imagine them thinking “Why are all those people doing yard

adoption. But this was a new one for us.

work in the rain?”

Both Hands Foundation is a non-profit organization based

The answer to that question is what made it all worthwhile. We

in Nashville, Tennessee. Their mission is to give “a hand to the

were working to help bring a baby girl home. We were working

orphan and a hand to the widow.” That’s literally what they do.

for the widow in the house. We were all just doing our small part

Adoptive parents find a widow in their community who needs a

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helping hand. Then they invite family, friends, church members,

and anyone else who is willing to come and lend a hand on their

day were donated. ChickFilA and Salsaritas provided lunch, which

chosen work day. Anyone unable to help physically can participate

allowed every penny from the sponsorship pledges to go straight

by sponsoring one of the volunteers. All the money raised on the

toward the adoption.

workday goes to fund the adoption and the widow gets a spruced up

home. Win-win. Genius.

a book they were reading called “Adopt Without Debt,” by Julie

Davi and Jared knew right away whom they wanted to help-- a

Gumm. “Adoption is expensive, and we loved the idea of raising

woman from their church who lost her husband in 2011 and just

funds toward our adoption while helping a widow at the same

recently experienced a house fire. Together they chose to have a

time,” Tanner said, “Both Hands was amazing to work with; they

work day on the last Saturday in March. My wife and I signed up,

walked us through each step of planning the project, and they’re

found a sponsor, and showed up ready to work.

truly passionate about the organization’s mission.”

We had donuts and coffee from Dunkin Donuts waiting for us.

I didn’t know it at the time, but all the supplies we used that

Davi said they found out about Both Hands Foundation from

As for the widow, she was ecstatic too. “Big thanks to all the

The nip in the air made that coffee taste even better. After a prayer

workers. The van looks awesome. Mailbox is fantastic. The garage

and a few instructions we got right to work.

looks really great. Thanks again. Our God is an awesome God!”

Our task was cleaning out and organizing the garage. Another

To find out more about Both Hands foundation, visit www.

small crew worked on cleaning out the woman’s van. Two men

bothhandsfoundation.org. Watch the highlight video of the work

fixed her mailbox, which had fallen over. About eight people were

day at www.bothhandsfoundation.org/jared-and-davi-tanner.

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raking out flower beds. As soon as the trailer was full of yard debris and trash bags it was taken to the dump. Another truck bed was loaded with metal and taken to a scrap yard, yielding $16 more for

Danny May is a husband and father of two boys (4 and 5). He is the Director of Family Life at Lourdes Catholic Church and a regular contributor to Owensboro Parent Magazine.

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Can I tell you a secret? Lean in a little closer…shhh…I received my Mother’s Day gift early this year. { by: elaine martin }

Y

ep, my kids did something wonderful for me a few months

had done things correctly myself? I went to a very reliable and

ago. Why is this hush-hush? Well, they don’t know how

VERY sure place to tell me the truth, my three kids. I wanted

magical their actions were and still don’t have any idea. If I

to ask them questions that would help me hear what they think

don’t tell them, I may still get some slippers or body wash on

a good mom would be like. I asked them to take a few days

Mother’s Day, May 11.

to really think about the questions and give me their honest

Confused? Let me backtrack a little bit. Earlier this year, I

feedback. Immunity was offered, as I told them that no answer

was asked to be a guest speaker at a local MOPS (Mothers of

would get them in trouble because I wanted to know their true

Preschoolers) group. My feelings went from, “How cool! I love

feelings.

MOPS and haven’t been in so long” to “Hang on…the speaker

The responses I received back were actually quite different

for this is ME? How in the world could a clumsy woman like

than what I expected. The most insightful things I noted were

me encourage those sweet moms?”

not what was written, but what was NOT written.

I don’t know if there is a mother on the planet that has ever thought, “Y’know what? I am really rocking this whole motherhood thing. There is not one thing I would change about my role as the World’s Perfect Mother.” I’ve been a mom for almost 17 years and 97.8% of those have been spent wondering if I could be doing a better job. Do I hug

What do you like best about our family? Kid 1 – We don’t care what others think about us. We are our own family. Kid 2 – I like that we are not afraid to talk about bathroom things and are all together and whole as one.

my kids enough…or too much? Do I model how to love our

Kid 3 – Pranks, you don’t care if I go out with friends or have

neighbors…or do I love others more than my own offspring?

friends over, weird situations we get into, and people like our

Oh no! Did I read too many books when they were younger…

family.

should I have turned less pages and played more?

Mmmm….so, I was getting the feeling that my kids actually

These were the very real thoughts running through my

liked where they were genetically placed. They were maybe

mind the week before my MOPS endeavor. What did I really

even a little proud to be part of my little group. Maybe it was a

know about encouraging these moms when I wasn’t even sure I

wise choice to not ban body humor at the dinner table?

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What three qualities are best for a mom to have? Kid 1 – Patience, trust, & common sense Kid 2 – Patience, humor, & patience Kid 3 – Patience, confidence, & role model Hold on!!!!!! Seriously? Do you see that too? None of these quirky kids said a mom should be able to cook a tasty wellbalanced meal! A good mom really doesn’t have to know how to make a flamingo habitat out of popsicle sticks, rubber bands, and glitter? In their eyes, a wonderful mom is one thing… patient. Now, I’m not saying that I personally possess this virtue, but I now know my girls place that above other skills I found to be more important.

Finish this sentence…”The most important thing my mom does for me is…” Kid 1 – gives me space to let me figure out life on my own. Kid 2 – always listens for what I have to say and pretends she is in my shoes. Kid 3 – shows me that she is loving and there for me. She may be crazy and wild, but she is only there to support and love me. I have to be honest – I got a little choked up at this point. Why, oh why, did I think my kids would think “buying me what I want at the mall” would be the most important thing? Not one of these estrogen beauties penned “threw me the best birthday party” as a mom highlight. These survey results were their gift to me and were the insights I shared with those cute, young MOPS mommies. To my kids, and I am 100% sure yours would say as well, a good mom is YOU…when you tuck him in bed at night and listen as he shares his deepest fears, and you don’t discount them. You’re the world’s best when you let your daughter wear horribly uncoordinated clothes to school because she picked the outfit herself, feeling like a princess. You can totally earn the “Best Momma Ever” medal when you are the loudest parent cheering from the sidelines on a cold, wet day. Will she be embarrassed? Of course, but more than anything, she’ll always remember that you were there to love and support her, no matter what.

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Martin views each day as an adventure in her roles as wife, mom, owner of Pigtails and Cowlicks, and writing coach at Meadow Lands Elementary School.

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GLENN FA M I LY S E RV I C E S

Live Well.

spring break photos from facebook

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GLENN FA M I LY S E RV I C E S

Live Well.

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GLENN FA M I LY S E RV I C E S

Live Well.

spring break photos from facebook

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GLENN FA M I LY S E RV I C E S

Live Well.

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never

GIVE

UP { by: gail e. kirkland }

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ith a softly freckled face and a sweet, innocent

“She is the model for why we push for more birthdays,”

smile which reveals a few missing teeth, she

said Heather Madewell, the local Relay for Life co-chair.

cheerfully bounced into the library’s children’s area

As a Physician’s Assistant-C, Heather admits that she has

where her dad and I sat talking about how her cancer

always had a passion for helping people with cancer, so it

story began. Kendall Kidd, 8, was diagnosed with PNET

was a natural fit to become involved with Relay for Life.

(primitive neuroectodermal tumors) brain cancer at age

This is her second year to co-chair the event.

3. Initially given 3-4 months to live, Kendall has defied

the odds and mystified her doctors. “Doing nothing, not

Marshall. In that role, she will lead the opening “survivor”

trying, was not an option for me,” said her dad, John

lap of the race, which runs from 6 p.m. until 6 a.m. at

Kidd.

College View Middle School. Her incredible survival story

And try they did. Kendall underwent massive

offers hope to others battling cancer. Seeing survivors at the

tests, biopsies, chemotherapy, stem cell cultivation,

race “reminds us why we continue to battle this [cancer]

radiation, MRIs and PET scans. The whole process

every day,” Heather said. Children and cancer seem to be

was complicated, emotionally and physically difficult.

an odd couple, but the facts and figures are astounding:

Kendall had a seizure after her first session of chemo,

This year doctors anticipate 10,450 new cases of cancer in

but a shunt inserted into her brain relieved the swelling

children ages 0-14, with 1,350 of those resulting in death.

and drainage problems. After three rounds of chemo at

The Owensboro community can rally around those

Kosair and three at home, the MRI showed every spot on

impacted by cancer and “demonstrate that we will stand

her brain and those on her spinal column had shrunk—

together to fight the monster known as cancer,” Heather

significantly—as much as 50 percent. Doctors continued

said. The 12-hour relay event demonstrates “that even

the MRIs every three months. That initial good report

when we are tired, we will stay strong and fight on. During

Kendall will serve as this year’s Relay for Life Grand

did not continue, however. Even with the full regimen of

the event, friendships are formed, bonds are strengthened,

chemo and radiation, no further progress registered on the

and many funds are raised to help cancer survivors and

MRIs. “Nothing was growing, but nothing was shrinking

their needs.”

after a year of treatment,” John said. “They won’t say she’s

Relay for Life began in 1985 principally through the

in remission—yet.”

efforts of a physician dedicated to helping children with

Kendall finished her treatment in February of 2010.

cancer. He ran 83 miles and raised $27,000 that first year.

Since then, the original dark spots still appear on the

From that point forward, the Relay has focused on “bringing

scans, yet no growth or change has been detected in

smiles to those who have more grey skies than sunny ones,”

those areas, which is genuine encouragement. Kendall is

according to Heather. This year’s theme is “Celebrating

approaching the coveted five-year survival mark in June.

More Birthdays Today,” marking the 100th Anniversary of

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community the American Cancer Society.

diagnosed with cancer . . . she’s going to beat this for both of

them,” John said.

Doctors said it would take a miracle for Kendall to survive

beyond a few months after her diagnosis. “She is truly a miracle,”

Other battles have emerged in addition to Kendall’s

said her dad with resounding faith. Then, he shared another

cancer. “The biggest challenge, the toughest struggle we have

miraculous moment. Before she began treatment, Kendall was

is her learning right now,” John said. Add to that the normal

quite ill, weak from all the vomiting created by the tumors’

challenges that come with juggling a job, providing parental

pressure on her brain. While lying in her hospital bed with

discipline and raising two children. To see Kendall, you would

her mother Amanda alongside her, Kendall, then age 3, boldly

not guess her to be 8 years old, as she is considerably smaller

told her family, “Never give up.” They were speechless. Such a

than others her age. Her 5-year-old brother is already taller than

profound thought! Out of the mouth of babes? Kendall didn’t

she is. Many questions loom large in her parents’ minds about

even know she had cancer. She was too young to comprehend

whether to consider growth hormone treatment. Would or could

everything that was happening around her and to her. Yet, she

it re-trigger, re-stimulate the cancer cells?

uttered those words, which took firm root in her family’s fight to

save her life. “It was a spiritual thing,” said John, as he shook his

uplifted, hopeful? “Prayers . . . Overall, it’s my family in general,

head still in disbelief that his young daughter had given them all

but the biggest thing is Kendall, to see how strong she is . . .”

the encouragement needed for the battle ahead.

said John, who leads a support group for parents of cancer kids.

John wears three wristbands that speak to his commitment

Additional support comes via events like Relay for Life. “Many

to fight and conquer cancer. One says T-Bird, a 13-year-old who

times, parents and patients don’t want to ask their loved ones

recently lost his battle against brain cancer; another says Pray

for money; being able to donate or fundraise for their cause is

for Princess Kendall; the third says Relay for Life. Cancer has

always a blessing to them,” Heather said.

So, what fuels their positive attitude? What keeps the family

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affected both sides of their family. John’s uncle, who raised him, told the family he wanted to live to see Kendall born; he died of cancer the day after her birth. “There’s something connected between the two of them, because he died of it and then she was

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Vic Harrison

planting the seeds

{ by: melody ann wallace }

As we celebrate another graduating class of seniors, we would be remiss if we didn’t take the time to thank those that have, not only, planted the seeds, but watered, fed, and tended to them as they grew. Chances are, at some point between kindergarten and high school, you can recall at least one teacher that made a significant impact in your life or in the life of your child. We are so blessed in our area that, regardless of private or public, city or county; we have a wealth of caring and experienced educators to care for our children.

In Daviess County…

Melanie Duckwall

Upon entering Melanie Duckwall’s fourth

grade classroom at East View Elementary School, one might be surprised to find 26 young boys working in different areas about the room. These young gentlemen refer to themselves as the “Duckwall Dudes.” This year the third grade teachers at East View looped, or followed, their students to fourth grade. In hopes of increasing motivation and building interest in reading and writing, three different classes were created: one of all males, one of all females, and one of mixed gender. Mrs. Duckwall volunteered to teach the boys’ class because, after seventeen years in the classroom, she still welcomes a challenge. Although Mrs. 26 OWENSBORO PARENT

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Duckwall comes from a family of educators,

the DCHS football team, as well as several

she never felt that becoming a teacher was

others. After some discussion, the boys then

an expectation growing up. She does believe,

ask their visitors some of the questions they

however, that, “This is my specialty…this is my

have prepared using the 7 Habits (of Highly

passion…this is what I do (as well as being a

Effective People). On Fridays they use the

mother and a wife).”

answers that they have recorded using Lotus

From day one of fourth grade, it was

note-taking software and write thank you notes

obvious that Mrs. Duckwall’s outside-of-

to their guest speakers. As an educator in one

the-box creativity was just what “the dudes”

of several Leader in Me schools in our district,

needed. The first week of school, the boys could

Mrs. Duckwall is “a huge believer in the Leader

be found reading outside in various tents. Once

in Me program.” Through The Leader in Me,

a month the boys participate in “man chats,”

the students have created their own mission

in which a male member of the community

statement and response march, are taught to act

comes in and speaks about the importance of

like gentlemen, respect others, hold open doors,

taking leadership and being a positive male role

and that chivalry is still a necessary character

model. The speakers have included insurance

trait in respectable young men. The “dudes” had

agents, physicians, retired baseball players,

an opportunity to demonstrate these skills this

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past February when Mrs. Duckwall arranged (through tremendous parent, community, and DCPS Foundation support) for the boys to attend the Blue Man group concert at the RiverPark Center, after dining at Fetta Specialty Pizza in downtown Owensboro. The boys were encouraged to dress nicely and demonstrate the manners and character qualities that they had learned in the classroom and through their weekly lunch meetings.

Although Mrs. Duckwall is a dedicated and

outstanding educator inside the classroom, she also continues to shine outside the classroom as well. Besides being an active member of the Lighthouse Committee, assisting with courtyard clean-up, and serving as a resource teacher mentoring student interns for the last 15 years, she also oversees the “Girls Can Do” afterschool program twice a month, where girls create crafts and complete community service projects. One thing is for certain, thanks to Mrs. Duckwall and her humble and faithful commitment to her students, we will have a community of upstanding young men to look forward to in the future.

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Melissa Jackson When

encountering

the

contagious

smile and positive attitude of DCMS Special Education teacher Melissa Jackson, one would never imagine that she co-teaches with ten different teachers on three different grade levels, while also preparing for a resource classroom of her own. While some teachers may find the task daunting, Melissa says, “I really enjoy co-teaching and being able to interact with other teachers in the building. I get so many ideas…and I can take all of that with me.” Growing up with a brother that was two years younger and had Down Syndrome, Melissa always knew that she wanted to be a

Melanie Duckwall

Special Education teacher. She has always believed in helping students “meet their

Melissa Jackson

abilities, rather than their disabilities” and in “helping students that have difficulties find where their strengths are.” Mrs. Jackson’s strongest asset is her incredible ability to build relationships with students and find what peaks their interests. By taking into account all of her students’ strengths and abilities, Mrs.

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community Jackson is able to better motivate her students

release, Mrs. Jackson helps students grasp a

education,” as she draws daily from the strategies

and help them to achieve at a higher level.

better understanding of the content; while

she has acquired and thoughtfully incorporates

Recently, all of the students in the seventh

incorporating student jobs (through the Leader

them into her classroom. Aside from truly having

grade were reading and learning about William

in Me), providing the focus that some students

a love for children, Mrs. McCarty finds great joy

Shakespeare. Rather than assuming the

need to stay on task. When asked about her

in being “that one adult in their life (that students

material may be too difficult for her students,

motivation to come to school every day amidst

have) to talk to.” She has been able to create a

Mrs. Jackson drew from what she knew about

a mound of paperwork and a chaotic schedule,

climate in her classroom where students feel safe

each student and presented the material in

she very happily replied, “I love it” and “I truly

sharing their feelings both verbally and through

such a way that it would be both appealing and

feel like I work at the best place in the world.

written journal entries. However, what truly

motivational to them. She decided to have the

Everyone at DCMS truly cares about kids.”

makes Mrs. McCarty an inspiration to students

students read Shakespeare as a performance and invite staff members to serve as a live audience. Students were seated at the door to collect “tickets” that had been distributed, costumes

and teachers alike is that she not only, “takes their

In Owensboro City Schools…

Kristie McCarty

school life into consideration, but what life is like after 3:00 p.m.”

After teaching kindergarten for five years,

were carefully designed and coordinated, and

Estes teacher Kristie McCarty is now teaching

incredibly valuable character lessons that they

student-made props adorned the floor and

fourth grade. She speaks fondly of the transition,

can take out into the world around them. Four

blackboard, as the room was transformed

as she still receives “a thousand hugs a day from

years ago, through the ABC Program, Mrs.

into a riveting scene from Romeo and Juliet.

former kindergarten students.” Kristie always

McCarty formed The Green Machines, with

The students beamed as they read and acted

knew that she wanted to be a teacher and some days

her kindergarten class. Through this group she

out the words aloud and demonstrated a true

still feels a little “star struck,” as she continues to

has taught her students not only to be “recycle

understanding for the words of Shakespeare.

realize that her dreams of being a teacher have now

friendly,” but conservative with resources as well.

Learning by doing is just one of the

become reality. Mrs. McCarty is also in the process

The students are not only responsible for collecting

many tools Mrs. Jackson has acquired over

of completing her Master’s degree in counseling,

and categorizing paper and plastic, but they also

her nine years of teaching. Through the use

a newly discovered passion. She truly feels that

visit classrooms during lunch time to make sure

of such techniques as modeling and gradual

it is “one of the best decisions I’ve made in my

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community electricity. Through their recycling efforts, The

from the first day of school by using such

during a professional development workshop. Dr.

Green Machines, have collected enough barrels

techniques with the kindergartners as rolling a

Lecht was so pleased with the piece that he had

of bottle caps to have four benches built for the

ball to them as they reciprocate with singing their

it published through his Creating Artistry series

school, and have enough currently to create two

name. He truly “loves to use things that are not

and it can now be purchased in sheet music.

more benches. Not only have Mrs. McCarty’s

musical to break the ice.” Drawing upon these

The students at Sutton are blessed to have Mr.

students learned how to treat their environment,

established relationships, Mr. Harrison has the

Harrison to celebrate their days with.

but they have also learned how to treat others as

students help write a kindergarten musical based

well. Believing in the “positivity of her students,”

on the Aesop Fable: The Man, The Boy, and The

one of the most valuable lessons Mrs. McCarty

Donkey. In order to assist the second graders in

has taught them is that when giving someone a

learning rhythm and memorizing lines of poetry,

compliment it should be genuine and come from

Mr. Harrison writes songs to go along with the

the majority of their career in one school so

the heart. She lovingly reminds them that, “A

poems the students are learning in language arts.

that they will be there to welcome past students

compliment can be thrown away, but a character

During testing week, his raps can be seen on the

when they stop by for a visit. Carolyn Taylor has

compliment can usually last a lifetime.”

school news to encourage and motivate students

been teaching in the Catholic School System for

to do their best.

40 years, 38 of which have been at Owensboro

By far one of Mr. Harrison’s proudest

Catholic at the K-3 Campus. After 38 years, and

accomplishments came about when he used his

witnessing many changes in education, she still

musical gifts and talents to fulfill a need that he

feels that “second grade is the best grade you can

recognized in the classroom. While it is part of

teach (because) they know how to do school.”

the standard curriculum to teach the days of the

Amazingly, Mrs. Taylor still comes to school

week to kindergartners, Mr. Harrison saw a need

each day with new ideas to incorporate into

for a song that taught the days of the weeks in

her classroom and share with her teammates.

Spanish. He created a “jingle-type song” entitled

A teacher who has never liked “to do the same

“Celebrar el Dia,” or “Celebrate the Day.” The

thing over again,” Mrs. Taylor fuses traditional

chorus of the song joyfully reveals its theme,

teaching methods with technology resources such

“each day is a gift, open it with joy.” After hearing

as Pinterest and Teachers Pay Teachers, in order

the song performed at full length with percussion

to create and inspire new ideas in the classroom.

and chorus at the Spring Arts Festival, Tom

Principal Lori Whitehouse says of Mrs. Taylor,

Stites recommended the song to Dr. Henry Lecht

that she is a teacher that has a “wealth of

Vic Harrison

As we reflect back on the teachers that

have made an impact on our lives, we must also remember those that have added resonance and color to it. After 15 years in full-time music ministry, Sutton Elementary music teacher, Vic Harrison, now uses his gifts to find new ways for students to experience the elements of music. By drawing from his ability and desire to write music, Mr. Harrison is able to add to the curriculum and enjoyment of all students ages kindergarten through fourth grade. He begins establishing a relationship of mutual trust with his students

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community the humble advisor, Mr. Corley says, “I don’t think I do more than any other teacher,” he just recognizes and appreciates that not all students think and process information in the same way. Mr. Corley uses his love of students and science to engage them in research of common diseases their families may have had experience with. He is constantly searching for new ways to integrate technology into the classroom, through internet research, video clips, or YouTube videos. By far, one of the most unique experiences he offered his students was the opportunity to perform a virtual knee surgery, including making the incisions and suturing the site. He commends his students for their “great work ethic,” as many of experience,” yet still “keeps herself up to date.”

inspired by the fact that “no matter what goes

Mrs. Whitehouse went on to say that she is a

on, (Mrs. Taylor) always comes to school with

teacher that “finds the good in everything” and

a smile on her face” and “is the teacher that is

“helps other teachers to find good in the students

the wind beneath the wings for everyone else.”

and in themselves.”

When asked if retirement was anywhere in her

There could be no more powerful example

future, she said with a humble laugh, “Oh, I have

of that than the way Mrs. Taylor has served as a

to go to school.” As far as how much longer Mrs.

model of grace and inspiration over the last 13

Taylor will continue to inspire and strengthen

years, following her husband’s diagnosis with

our students and those around her, she only had

leukemia. Although he has been cancer-free

this to say, “As long as my legs will carry me in, I

since a stem cell procedure in 2013, the residual

guess.”

effects from the chemotherapy and radiation still present challenges, as they have no idea upon waking what the day will hold. Through it all, the transfusions, the rough days, the multiple trips to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Mrs. Taylor has found strength in teaching and in the prayers and support of parents and co-workers. She takes great solace in being able to share her faith with her students and talk openly with them about trusting God in all circumstances. Mrs. Whitehouse and the rest of the staff are truly

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Neil Corley At Owensboro Catholic High School, Neil Corley offers a fresh and engaging perspective to freshman science and senior anatomy and physiology. After 20 years of teaching experience, Mr. Corley still remembers the struggles he met in trying to grasp certain concepts in high school. He draws from that personal experience in order to appeal to his students and “find a different way to get (the information) across.” Always

them are eager to learn in preparation for future careers in nursing and medical-related fields. Although Mr. Corley is currently the Assistant Academic Team Coach, he is best known for his excellence in coaching (baseball, football, and golf) and positive relationships with students on and off the field. Several years ago, Mr. Corley found himself in the same position as so many other teachers trying to perfect the balance of work and family life. With two young daughters at home, he found that he “hated to give up on any kids,” but sometimes you have to “put your family first.” He now uses his love of sports in the classroom to relate to his students on such topics as eating, training, and treatment of injury. Although he still misses coaching and the interactions with the players during practices, each time he looks at those sweet little girls, he knows he made the right decision.

OP

Melody Ann Wallace is a teacher at DCMS who finds new blessings each day in her roles as teacher, wife, mom, and step-mom.

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bye bye training wheels { by: danny may }

D

on’t think I’m a bad dad, but my boys are 6 and 4 and they

He bounced right up! Thankfully. But that training wheel was

still use training wheels. Well, up until last fall when our

toast.

oldest started bending the training wheels because they couldn’t

“Well, buddy. It’s time we learn how to ride this thing.”

support his weight anymore. I mean, it was asking a lot of those

I’d been putting it off for a while, remembering back to my

tiny pieces of metal to hold up my boy. He’s a big ol’ boy. “Solid,”

own childhood and picturing my mom running behind my

as I like to call him.

Schwinn with her hand on the banana seat for days, or weeks, or

what seemed like an entire summer until I finally caught on. None

You should have seen him, it was the saddest thing. He was

pedaling for all he was worth when slowly the whole bike started

of that sounded like any fun to me!

leaning to the left, Luke gradually shifting his bottom and leaning

the opposite way to compensate. I was walking right behind him

times back and forth down our front sidewalk to the stop sign and

and saw it all in slow motion, saw the bracket easing under his

back. There’s got to be a better way!

weight until he just couldn’t stay upright anymore. Then, flop!

neighbor, casually pedaling his mountain bike behind his little

“DAD!!!!”

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That’s when I had the moment of inspiration. I recalled my

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guy, who couldn’t have been over two and a half, with his little legs

the same thing. I was started to see a trend.

pedaling faster than pistons pumping in an engine. Somehow he did

not have training wheels, yet he was in complete control, not a care in

Clark at Legend’s. Turns out I should have checked with him first

the world, just pedaling like it was the most natural thing in the world.

because Legends keeps several different models of balance bikes in

“Hey, how’d you teach him to ride that young?”

stock. Ryan is a big fan of balance bikes. “They are the quickest way to

“I bought a balance bike.”

learn,” he said. “And they’re especially good for children with special

“A what?”

needs or sensory disorders.”

“A balance bike!”

“A what?”

old, but he was too tall. (Like I said, “Solid.”) So I resorted to taking

Apparently they make little bikes with no pedals so you can teach

the pedals off of his real bike. In about 20 minutes he was gliding all

kids how to learn balance and equilibrium. The idea is to let them push

the way down our driveway. Then I put the pedals back on, packed his

with their feet to get the bike going, then prop their feet up and glide

bike in the truck, and took him to an empty parking lot. Once I got him

as far as they can. Each time they glide a little further as they gain

going, he took right off! Another few attempts and he could start on his

confidence. Then, when they get their equilibrium you just move them

own and even stop by back pedaling. All in all it was less than an hour

to a real bike and they take off pedaling. Simple.

of teaching. Score!

Time for some expert advice. First, I called “Bike Doctor” Ryan

Now for the field test! I first tried the balance bike with our 6-year-

So, I ordered a balance bike online. In the meantime, research!

Next, I put our 4-year-old on the balance bike. The only problem

Of course I consulted YouTube on the best ways to teach a kid to ride

was he just wasn’t interested in gliding at all. “I want to step it!” he

a bike. The first video I saw suggested using a bed sheet. I’m not even

said, looking at me like I was crazy, then took off walking the bike and

kidding! The guy tied a bed sheet around his son just under his armpits

making motorcycle noises. Pretty cute, but not the intended outcome.

and supported him that way instead of holding onto the bike. But that

still meant he had to run incessantly behind the bike. Nope!

But that’s okay. At least now I have a better game plan!

So, it looks like it’s going to take some more work with my little guy. OP

The next video was pure genius. All the guy did was take the pedals

off his son’s bike and treat it just like a balance bike. Brilliant! Except I just dropped $60 on a balance bike! (Doh!) The next video I saw said

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Danny May is a husband and father of two boys (4 and 5). He is the Director of Family Life at Lourdes Catholic Church and a regular contributor to Owensboro Parent Magazine.

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secondhand

smoke

{ by: Dr. Khanh Nguyen, DO }

If you’re a parent or you’re going to be one, now is the time for you to stop smoking. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, 54 percent of children aged 3 to 11 years are exposed to secondhand smoke, at home, in cars or elsewhere. There’s also no such thing as a “safe” amount of secondhand smoke, and it’s not enough to just open a window, use a fan, smoke outside or use an air purifier. Even hours later, smoke from a single cigarette can stay in a room. What makes smoke so bad for children? It’s all in the chemistry. Cigarettes contain the following chemicals, among others: • Benzene – Found in gasoline; a known carcinogen (cancer-causing chemical) • Butane – Used in lighter fluid; poisonous • Ammonia – Used in household cleaners; is corrosive and can cause burns in large quantities • Toluene – Found in paint thinner; causes brain damage when inhaled in sufficient quantities • Cadmium – Used in batteries; extremely toxic, a known carcinogen • Hydrogen cyanide – Used in chemical weapons With that in mind, nobody should be smoking at all. Expectant mothers who smoke place their babies at risk because smoking is a known cause of lower birth weights, and lower birth weight is “a leading cause of infant death” according to the CDC. Children are also more susceptible to problems from secondhand smoke because they’re growing and their bodies are developing. Children are at an increased risk for a number of respiratory problems and ailments related to secondhand smoke. Some of these include: • SIDS – Babies exposed to secondhand smoke are more likely to die from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), which is also known as “crib death”

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• Asthma – Smoking can exacerbate this problem

out of breath. Smoking means there’s a possibility

by triggering asthma attacks, which can be life-

that you may develop a serious illness (emphysema,

threatening

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class of 2014

be your own person

michael thompson

F

or Owensboro Catholic High School Head Counselor, Mr. Scott Lowe, there was no doubt in nominating Michael Thompson as an outstanding

senior for Owensboro Parent. Coaching Michael for three years in cross-country and working with him for the last two years as a counselor, Mr. Lowe says it’s Michael’s leadership skills that set him apart.

“He may not have been the fastest on our cross-country team, but he led the

team because of his leadership,” Mr. Lowe said.

It was this quality that earned Michael the Josh Clary Best All Around

Friend Award, voted on by his teammates, both his sophomore and senior years. Michael admits that this award is what he is most proud of in his high school career. Not only was the award named for someone he respects, past OCHS student and now Dean of Students at Brescia University, Josh Clary, but it was also an honor bestowed upon him by his peers.

Beyond cross-country, Michael is chairman of FFA, an officer in Y Club

(student government), an officer in Pep Club, National Honor Society, dive team, a crew member in OCHS drama and lastly a counselor at Power Week, a summer camp for Catholic students.

After graduation on May 25th, Michael will enjoy his last summer at home

before moving to Bowling Green to attend Western Kentucky University, where he hopes to pursue a degree in secondary education, concentrating in social studies.

“I want to inspire the next generation of kids like my teachers did for me,”

Michael said. “I chose history because of what you can learn from it and how you can apply it to your own life.”

Michael is confident that once he completes his degree, he will return to

teach in Owensboro. “I like Owensboro,” Michael said. “It’s a great place to raise a family.” And when asked if he would like to teach at OCHS, Michael quickly said, “That’s the goal.” Michael admits that graduating and leaving Catholic schools will be bittersweet. While moving away to college is exciting, he admits leaving the familiar will be difficult. “There’s just something different, something special about Catholic High.” And Michael said that while leaving OCHS will be sad, “I will be coming back one day.”

Mature beyond his years, Michael displays a high level of respect and

responsibility. He attributes his success to his parents, his role models. Michael also has these words of advice for other students making their way through high school:

“You’re not too cool to do anything. Go out on a limb, be your own person. No

matter what anyone says, others should accept the true you.”

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renee strohmeyer

life is only as hard as you make it R

enee Strohmeyer, a senior graduating

zest for life is contagious and she is one that can

from Apollo High School this year, is

make your day a brighter one with her positive

quite accomplished for someone so young; so

attitude and beautiful smile. She is a very hard

accomplished that you would be surprised to

working young lady that does not accept barriers

know the adversity she has had to overcome to

to keep her from achieving her goals.”

be so successful and stay healthy in the process.

Renee, the 18-year-old daughter of Amos and

blood sugar multiple times a day, count the

Ramona Strohmeyer , has lived in the same

carbs in everything she eats, and wear a pump

home in Utica all her life. According to Renee,

that dispenses insulin, Young says that this

this has led to an attachment to her community.

vivacious student “does not use the diabetes as

Her parents’ strong relationship has also allowed

a reason not to live life to the fullest, she chooses

her a contentment that many of her peers don’t

to be thankful for having the life lessons that it

get to experience. While Renee says she knows

has taught her. Renee sees that persistence is

she can’t share her parents with everyone, she

extremely important- even though it takes a lot of

hopes others “can see the love they have taught

energy to maintain stable sugar levels, her well-

me.” This strong love and sense of contentment

being is more important than worrying about

were most certainly grounding influences that

how negative the diabetes is.”

have helped Renee deal with a diagnosis of Type

Renee, some of those life lessons have been very

I diabetes nine years ago.

valuable. “It’s amazing how many people don’t

Renee, who will attend the University of

know anything about what they eat, they just eat

Kentucky in the fall, still has no idea what she

it. Granted, without diabetes I would be one of

wants to be when she “grows up.” But she is

those people too, but [having diabetes has shown

certain that her dream job would combine “my

me] why so many people have health problems,

passion for others, my interest in the human

and they honestly don’t know that they are their

body, and my desire to encourage other diabetics

own worst enemy.” Due to her diagnosis, Renee

(Type I specifically).” Since her favorite school

has come to realize that every person’s life seems

subject is Anatomy & Physiology, a career choice

tough, but life is only as hard as you let it be.

in the health field would be fitting for Renee.

After graduation, Renee will most likely

She would also prefer to return to Owensboro to

enjoy fishing and swimming with her twin sister,

pursue her career, since she feels such affection

Nicole, in her family’s lake, laying out with friends

for this area. Currently Renee, who holds a 3.6

or working with the eight spoiled horses on her

GPA in school, is a member of the Beta Club,

farm before she takes off for UK. Although her

Owensboro Youth Council and the National

diabetes will follow her wherever she goes, Renee

Honor Society. She also serves as a mentor for

won’t let that keep her from pursuing her goals

freshmen students and has swum on the school

and staying positive. And we, as a community are

team and played volleyball for two years. For all

proud to say “Congratulations, we are so proud,

four of her high school years, Renee has proudly

Renee. And we look forward to your returning to

served as Student Council class president. Apollo

Owensboro!”

Despite the fact that Renee must test her

According to

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colman trueTt

I

honored (and thrilled) to serve

t is a huge honor and distinction to be accepted into one “service” academy, but to know how it feels to be admitted to three of them, you will have to ask

Colman Truett. This 18-year-old senior at Daviess County High School was recently allowed admittance to the US Military Academy (West Point), the US Naval Academy AND the US Air Force Academy. Out of the three, Colman has decided to accept the US Naval Academy’s offer. He will be leaving this summer to pursue his college education there.

Although Colman has not decided on a definite major, he knows he is

interested in Cyber Operations, Engineering and Economics, with a possible minor in a foreign language, which will lead him toward a potential career in business and engineering. These career choices will blend well with his love of sciences- specifically biology, chemistry and physics.

Colman, who will graduate with a 4.0 (unweighted) and a 4.411 (weighted)

GPA, has been in Advanced Placement classes and also been active in several important roles during his high school life. He has played soccer for five years, eventually serving as captain of the varsity team, and participated in tennis for

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class of 2014 six years. He is a member of the National Honor Society and the

that most of his peers attending traditional colleges will have.

Beta Club, as well as an officer in the Teenage Republicans group.

He also serves as the Student Council Senior Class President.

in the Navy. He describes it as “a regular college with majors,

Daviess County High School principal, Matt Mason praises

extracurricular activities, varsity athletics, intramurals, study

Colman for being a self-motivated learner that often participates

abroad, etc. but [instead of] the Greek life (i.e. fraternities and

in many classroom discussions, displaying maturity by listening

sororities) [we have] the military. I will eat, sleep, and study

and respecting the knowledge and viewpoints of his peers. “His

with my company (1 out of 30 at the academy). My day will be

work ethic demonstrates a commitment to excellence that will

considerably more regimented than a regular college student, yet

benefit him as a college student and future professional,” Mr.

similar. I will wake up every morning at 5:30 for a workout with

Mason said.

my company, and then I will go throughout the day with classes

Colman has wanted to attend the Naval Academy since he was

and meals as usual. After the school day, I will attend my sport’s

in the 8th grade and claims that his passion for the military aspect

practice, go back and perform my military duties, and finally study

of his chosen college was ignited by both grandfathers, who served

for the next day. I will also have various military training, such as

in the military. He credits countless people all over the community

drill (which is marching in formation for those who do not know),

who assisted in helping him to finally achieve his goal. Colman

scheduled during the day.”

hopes that other young people can let this “motivate them to reach

out for help from others so that they can pursue their goals and

enjoys working out, watching movies, hanging out with his friends

hopefully achieve them as well.”

and volunteering in the community. But it sounds like he is more

Although he has lived in Owensboro his whole life with his

than prepared to continue to make his hometown proud to call

parents, Dr. Artis Truett III and Allison Truett and his little sisters,

him a “Native Son.” And we hope he brings all that education

Gabrielle, age 14 and Chloe, age 11, Colman is ready to stretch his

and regimented training back to Owensboro to help us continue to

wings all the way to Annapolis, Maryland. He knows that once

make it an even better place to live!

At the Naval Academy, Colman will be an active duty officer

This will be quite an adjustment for this high achiever who

there he will experience a college life far different from the ones

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samantha blackburn

1:100

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hree months ago, Samantha Blackburn, an 18-year-old senior at Owensboro High

School, was a declared accounting major at the University of Kentucky. But after crossing off “flying a plane” from her bucket list in January when she began private flying lessons at Tri-State Aero in Evansville, Samantha changed her mind. With a little research, Samantha found the fixedwing aviation program at University of North Dakota and she decided to take a risk. That’s right. After just one flying lesson, Samantha decided to change her entire future. “A lot of people from Kentucky stay in Kentucky, but I decided to take a risk,” Samantha said. Now after graduation this month, Samantha will prepare for a move to North Dakota, 16 hours and over 1,000 miles away.

Not only is Samantha brave, but according to

guidance counselor Jane Prince, she is “a little

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class of 2014 more mature than others, dependable and adult-like.” Ms. Prince says that Samantha has challenged herself in the most rigorous courses and does not need explanation when asked to do something. “It’s just done,” Ms. Prince said.

Ms. Prince said Samantha was a clear choice for the

graduation feature of Owensboro Parent. Her bravery and willingness to pursue a dream set her apart. “How many females do you know who going into aviation? Who already fly planes?” Ms. Prince said.

The answer? Not many. Women make up about 5 percent

of the 53,000 members of the Air Line Pilots Association, and only .008 percent of those total members are female pilots, like Samantha plans to be. This reflects in the aviation program Samantha plans to attend in North Dakota, where the female to male ratio in her major is 1:100. Samantha remains unshaken by these statistics, as her love for airplanes runs deep. Her father is active duty in the U.S. Air Force. In fact, he is serving in his seventh deployment to Afghanistan over the last seven years. “If it hadn’t been for him in the air force, I would never have looked into aviation,” Samantha admits.

As an only child with one parent serving in the air force,

Samantha says life has been hard. “It’s just me and my mom so we depend a lot on each other,” Samantha says. Despite being on the other side of the world, Samantha says her father remains involved in her life. They email frequently and talk on the phone once a month. He was even able to “walk,” or rather roll (on a displayed laptop), with his daughter down the OHS gym floor during senior night for the dance team. Samantha’s words of advice for other high school students? “Get involved. And try everything once.” She has certainly embodied this philosophy by taking a bucket list milestone and planning her future around it.

“She’s so impressive,” Ms. Prince said. “She’s actually

doing it, not just talking about it.”

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Further, Haley-McGinnis offers grief support at no cost

A lot of businesses tell people what they do, how they

to family members. Wayne Boarman serves on the Haley-

do it and why. Haley-McGinnis believes in answering

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A

sk any parent and no matter the age of their children, they can probably recall their babies’ first

steps. Walking is one of the most pivotal and memorable milestones in a child’s life. It generally occurs around the first birthday and allows for greater mobility and thus, more exploration of the surrounding environment.

In

my office, I get lots of questions from parents regarding walking so I thought I would address some of them in this issue’s article.

One of the main questions parents ask is “When should

my baby walk?” The answer, as I alluded to previously, is around the first birthday, but the accepted range is between 9 months and 15 months.

This range can vary with

prematurity and certain medical conditions. Many parents assume, as the old adage states, that a baby must crawl before they walk. However, some infants never crawl prior to walking. Some scoot on their bottoms or find another means of mobility. Lack of crawling is generally not a sign of developmental delay.

A more consistent milestone is

cruising. Most infants will pull up on furniture, like sofas or coffee tables, and “cruise” or walk around the furniture while holding on. So when a parent asks whether their baby should be walking, I generally consider their age and whether they are cruising since it is the precursor to walking. If you ever have concerns about whether your baby is meeting a developmental milestone, check with

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your pediatrician.

Another hot topic surrounding walking is use of infant

walkers.

Many parents (and almost all grandparents)

are surprised that I discourage walker use.

Contrary

to popular belief, infant walkers do not assist babies in learning to walk. As a matter of fact, they may do the

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opposite and delay walking. If you observe a baby in a walker, you will notice that he or she tends to lean forward to propel the device. Try this: stand up and lean forward. Did you notice what happened? You probably went up on your toes as you leaned. This is exactly what happens when babies use walkers. Certain muscle groups are overused while others are neglected and the child is denied opportunities to pull up to cruise. In addition, walkers are not considered safe. They give a false sense of safety since the child seems contained, but infants are able to reach higher and move faster in a walker. Walkers are associated with an increased incidence of fractures and head injuries due to rolling down stairs, pinched fingers and toes, drowning, and burns from pulling hot items off tables or stoves. The American Academy of Pediatrics does not recommend walkers and their sale is forbidden in many countries. Bowed legs are a common source for concern in new walkers. While there are some medical conditions associated with bowed legs, the most likely cause for your child’s bowed legs is physiologic genu varum. That is a fancy way of saying it is normal for new walkers to have bowed legs. Take a look around the playground or your playgroup and you will notice the same bowing in some of your child’s peers from the onset of walking until about 18 months to 24 months. You may also notice that your child’s toes point in or out. These variants are also generally considered normal. All of the above typically improve with time without any intervention. It is not likely that your child will require bracing or therapy for these issues. As always, any specific concerns should be discussed with your pediatrician so he or she has an opportunity to examine your child and answer your specific questions.

My advice to parents is to put your efforts and resources

into childproofing your home rather than expensive devices that likely will not help your baby walk sooner. Encourage cruising by placing toys on the sofa or table. If you have any concerns about your baby’s leg or foot alignment, ask your doctor to check it out. Most importantly, charge your camera or keep your smartphone handy to capture those first steps when they do happen. Enjoy this precious phase of life with your sweet baby who is quickly turning into a toddler.

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Dr. Shanna McGinnis is a pediatrician at the Owensboro Health Pediatric Center. She is also the mother of 3 children.

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4 Prepare:  A degree does not guarantee you a job. Instead it gives you the opportunity to apply with everyone else. What can you do to set yourself apart? 

Carefully prepare your application materials (application,

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the kids eat free list

Mondays

Tuesdays

Catfish Willy’s - $1.99 kids meal with the

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s – free kids meal with the

purchase of adult meal

purchase of adult entrée from 4 – 8 p.m. for kids 12 years and younger

Grandy’s - 99¢ kids meals with the purchase of regular adult meal

Bob Evans – free kids meals with the purchase of adult meal for kids 12 and

Mirko Pasta – 2 free kids meals per adult

younger; kids get a special treat of icing

entrée purchase

their own cookie

Red Lobster – free kids meal with coupon

Denny’s – 2 free kids meals per adult meal

available on website or Facebook page

purchase

Shoney’s – 2 free kids meals per adult

Fazoli’s - 99¢ kids meals with the purchase

entrée purchase from 3 – 9 p.m. for kids 10

of adult meal

years and younger Pizza Hut – 1 free child buffet with the TGI Fridays – free kids meal with the

purchase of adult buffet from 5 – 8 p.m. at

purchase of adult entrée for kids 12 years

the South Frederica location.

and younger Red Lobster – free kids meal with coupon Zaxby’s – 2 free kids meals per adult entrée

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Salsarita’s – free kids meal with the purchase

Saturday

of $5 or more adult entrée; dine in only

Maloney’s – free kids meals from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Wednesday Ole South Barbeque – 2 free kids meals per

Texas Roadhouse – 2 free kids meals per

adult meal purchase for kids 12 and younger

adult entrée from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Red Lobster – free kids meal with coupon

Sunday

available on website or Facebook page

Briarpatch – 1 free kids meal per adult entrée for kids 10 and younger

Thursday Bee Bop’s – free kids meal with the purchase of

Maloney’s – free kids meals from

adult meal after 5 p.m. for kids 12 and younger

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Captain D’s – 2 free kids meals with adult

Salsarita’s – free kids meal with the purchase

meal purchase; dine in only

of $5 or more adult entrée; dine in only

Red Lobster – free kids meal with coupon

Texas Roadhouse – 2 free kids meals per

available on website or Facebook page

adult entrée from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Ryan’s - 99¢ kids buffet for children 11 years and younger

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may 2014 Informing parents about fun, local events is a priority for Owensboro Parent. Our magazine compiles events from across the city and county. So when your family is looking for something to do, check out the Owensboro Parent calendar, where you will find information on local events, including event descriptions, locations, dates, times and price. Want to include your event? Contact the editor at ashley@owensboroparent.com.

THURSDAY, MAY 1 FREE STORYTIME Wee Read for ages 2 and

younger and Circle Time for ages 3-5; 10 – 10:30 a.m.; Daviess County Public Library, 2020 Frederica St.; dcplibrary.org. DOWNTOWN DATE NIGHT Start your weekend early by heading to Downtown Owensboro for free live music and events. Visit one of our great downtown restaurants for dinner and then enjoy the riverfront. THE APPLE TREE A series of three musical playlets. Each act has its own storyline, but all three are tied together by a common theme, someone who believes that they want something, but once they get what they wanted they realize that it wasn’t what they wanted. The first act is based on Mark Twain’s The Diary of Adam and Eve; the second act is based on Frank R. Stockton’s The Lady or the Tiger?; the third act is based on Jules Feiffer’s Passionella; 7:30 – 10 p.m.; For more information, visit http://www. backalleymusicals.com.

FRIDAY, MAY 2 U-BOUNCE OPEN BOUNCE NIGHT All must wear socks; $7 per child, children under 2 are free, unless they are the only child, adults always free; 5 – 9 p.m.; (270) 685-1255 or ubouncepartyhouse.com.

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WORKING WITH WOOD Nationally-known artist David Rogers will lead a workshop on creating wood artwork from wood. Call for reservations and more information. For more information, call (270) 852-8925 or visit http://www.wkbg.org. MISSIE RAINES CONCERT One of the best bass players in bluegrass music, Missy Raines & The New Hip will appear at the International Bluegrass Music Museum. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the music beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 each or two for $35 and include wine, beer and snacks. For more information, contact the museum at 270-926-7891or visit http://www. bluegrassmuseum.org. THE NERD A classic comedy that is fun for the whole family. This play begins with the most awkward and funny surprise birthday party ever; 7:30 – 10 p.m.; For more information call (270) 683-5333 or visit http://www. theatreworkshop.org TOWNE SQUARE DERBY TROT The New Beginnings Derby Trot 5K is an annual fun run/walk to raise funds for New Beginnings. The Derby Trot is held each spring on the Friday night before the Kentucky Derby, which is always the first Saturday in May. The Derby Trot course is flat with wide lanes,

starting and ending at Towne Square Mall. Awards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd are presented in each age category for Walkers, Master and Grandmasters during an awards ceremony inside the mall. In addition, door prizes are given out during the post-race ceremony and midnight snacks are provided. The race will be chip-timed by Owensboro Area Runners and Walkers Club; 10 p.m. – 12 a.m. Register online at http://www.nbowensboro.org/ derby-trot-5k/register/ THE APPLE TREE See event on May 1

SATURDAY, MAY 3 FREE SATURDAY MORNING LIVE! Visit the

library every Saturday morning from 10:00— 12:00 for self guided fun and educational activities with a focus on literacy and school readiness; Daviess County Public Library, 2020 Frederica St.; dcplibrary.org PRESERVATION STATION A market that specializes in the antique, the vintage, and the crafts. Vendors will be able to lease space (100-700 sq. ft.) on a month-to-month basis, shoppers will delight in the unique, the quirky, and the beautiful finds from our vendors in this 39,000 square foot facility. Market Days will take place on the first weekend of every monthSaturday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 12 – 4 p.m. Visit Preservation Station on Facebook.

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OWENSBORO REGIONAL FARMERS MARKET Between 40-45 vendors are expected this season for fresh-from-the-farm produce. The Farmers Market is open on Saturdays from 6:30 am-noon. Beginning in June, the Market will also be open Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 6:30 am-noon. Beginning in June, three satellite locations will also open: Owensboro Health Regional Hospital, 1201 Pleasant Valley Road, Tuesdays, 1:304:30 p.m.; New Life Church, 400 Crabtree Avenue, Wednesdays, 7:30-10:30; and Nona’s Downtown Market, 126 E. 2nd Street, Fridays 2-5 p.m. TRUNNELL’S FESTIVAL OF FLOWERS “It’s a Blooming Good Time for the Entire Family”. Trunnell’s will be alive with color during this Festival. This festival will excite the entire family with live music, pulled pork BBQ, and activities for the young and old. Our guests can watch and learn about Outdoor Container Gardening: How to Plant a beautiful pot of flowers, or learn how to start your own back-yard garden. This weekend the family can discover the world of bees. Kids can make a decorative pot to take home, create their own grass-head to take home and watch grow, play in the Family

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Fun Acre, ride on the pedal carts, bounce on the Bouncy Balls, pet and feed the animals at the Animal Barnyard, master the Rope & Tile Maze, have their face painted, or take a ride on a pony. Families will have a blast mining for gems and arrowheads in the Gem Mine Adventure. Live Entertainment, Great Food and more “Absolutely Farmtastic Fun”! For more information, call (270) 733-2222 or visit http://www.trunnellsfarmmarket.com. JULEPS & JOCKEYS, A DERBY PARTY Bella Ragazza Boutique presents Juleps & Jockeys: A Derby Party, which is hosted by the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra. Enjoy simulcast racing and LIVE BETTING on Kentucky Derby races for the first time in Owensboro! The day of fun starts at 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 3. Guests receive a free mint julep, Derby glass, dinner, dancing, live entertainment by Funkystra, and live and silent auctions. The event ends at 9 p.m. Box seats sell for $50 per person. Millionaires’ Row seats, which provide special amenities, sell for $100 each. Proceeds benefit the orchestra. For reservations, call (270) 6840661 or visit http://www.TheOSO.com.

FREE DOWNTOWN OWENSBORO CRUISE-IN Head Downtown every 1st Saturday from April to October and enjoy classic cars! Free admission and fun for the whole family!

UCW WRESTLING Pro wrestlers compete in 6 matches. Wrestlers include Rob Conway, Rhino, Tommy Dreamer, “Double J” Jeff Jarrett and more; 7 – 9 p.m.; For tickets, contact The Next Level at 270-683-1354. Tickets also available at the door. THE APPLE TREE See event description on Thursday, May 1. THE NERD See event description on Friday, May 2.

SUNDAY, MAY 4 PRESERVATION STATION See event description on Saturday, May 3. THE APPLE TREE See event on May 1

MONDAY, MAY 5 FREE STORYTIME Wee Read for ages 2 and

younger and Circle Time for ages 3-5; 10 – 10:30 a.m.; Daviess County Public Library, 2020 Frederica St.; dcplibrary.org.

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calendar CONVERSATION WITH LEE & JOEL Best Selling Authors, Lee Goldberg and Joel Goldman, will be at RiverPark Center to discuss traditional versus non-traditional publishing, tips and tricks on getting into the business, and more. Bring your copies of their books for signing. This event is FREE and open to the public; 6 – 8 p.m.; For more information, contact RiverPark Center at (270) 687-2787 or visit http://www.riverparkcenter.com.

are free, unless they are the only child, adults always free; 5 – 9 p.m.; (270) 685-1255 or ubouncepartyhouse.com. SUMMER DAY CAMP AND EDGE DAY CAMP REGISTRATION ENDS. Sign up today! For more information call (270) 687-8700. BETTER YOUR BACKYARD EXPO All day event at the Owensboro Convention Center; For more information, call (270) 687-8800.

TUESDAY, MAY 6 U-BOUNCE TODDLER TUESDAY All must wear socks; Children 5 and under get in for $5 all night; 5 – 8 p.m.; (270) 685-1255 or ubouncepartyhouse.com. FREE BLUEGRASS ON THE RIVER The city of

Owensboro is brings back Bluegrass On The Banks, showcasing bluegrass music on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month through early October from 7 – 9 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 7 U-BOUNCE OPEN BOUNCE NIGHT All must wear socks; $7 per child, children under 2 are free, unless they are the only child, adults always free; 5 – 8 p.m.; (270) 685-1255 or ubouncepartyhouse.com.

THURSDAY, MAY 8

INTERNATIONAL BAR-B-Q FESTIVAL On the second weekend in May, the Owensboro riverfront becomes a hub of activity when cooking teams gather to compete with their secret recipes for barbecue. These teams are vying for best chicken, mutton and burgoo titles, as well as the Governor’s Cup for the “BEST OVERALL BAR-B-Q COOKING TEAM.” All total, more than 80,000 people will attend the festival with more than 10 tons of mutton, 1,500 gallons of burgoo and 5,000 chickens prepared and sold during the festival. Musical entertainment, children’s activities, car show, arts and crafts and more are available for the crowd’s enjoyment. This festival has been featured in Discovery Channel’s Travelers, Inside Edition and Southern Living. Come enjoy “Two days of barbecue Heaven!” For more information, visit http://www.bbqfest. com

FREE STORYTIME Wee Read for ages 2 and

younger and Circle Time for ages 3-5; 10 – 10:30 a.m.; Daviess County Public Library, 2020 Frederica St.; dcplibrary.org. DOWNTOWN DATE NIGHT Start your weekend early by heading to Downtown Owensboro for free live music and events. Visit one of our great downtown restaurants for dinner and then enjoy the riverfront. BLUEGRASS JAM On the first Thursday of each month, head to the Bluegrass Museum to jam with other musicians. Jamming is for musicians of all levels and begins at 7 p.m. For more information, contact the Museum at (270) 926-7891 or visit their their website at www.bluegrassmuseum.org. FREE DOWNTOWN OWENSBORO CRUISE-IN

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THE NERD See event description on Friday, May 2.

SATURDAY, MAY 10 FREE SATURDAY MORNING LIVE!

Visit the library every Saturday morning from 10:00—12:00 for self guided fun and educational activities with a focus on literacy and school readiness; Daviess County Public Library, 2020 Frederica St.; dcplibrary.org OWENSBORO REGIONAL FARMERS MARKET Between 40-45 vendors are expected this season for fresh-from-the-farm produce. The Farmers Market is open on Saturdays from 6:30 am-noon. Beginning in June, the Market will also be open Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 6:30 am-noon. Beginning in June, three satellite locations will also open: Owensboro Health Regional Hospital, 1201 Pleasant Valley Road, Tuesdays, 1:304:30 p.m.; New Life Church, 400 Crabtree Avenue, Wednesdays, 7:30-10:30; and Nona’s Downtown Market, 126 E. 2nd Street, Fridays 2-5 p.m.

LANHAM BROTHERS JAMBOREE This familyfun and interactive show will feature Bluegrass, Country, Clogging and Comedy. Showtime is 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. CST. The Jamboree will be held in the Good Time Theater at Diamond Lake Resort. Tickets are general admission at the door and are $10 per person, $5 for ages 6-12 years and 5 years and under are free. Discounts offered for groups of 15 or more people. Group tickets may be purchased by calling (270) 314-4331. Diamond Lake Resort,7301 Hobbs Road; For more information, visit www. lanhambrothersjamboree.com. INTERNATIONAL BAR-B-Q FESTIVAL See event description on Friday, May 9. THE NERD See event description on Friday, May 2.

SUNDAY, MAY 11 MOTHER’S DAY AT THE GARDEN Treat the Mother’s in your life to a delicious brunch at the Western KY Botanical Garden. Call for reservations and more information; 10 – 11 a.m.; For more information, call (270) 8528925 or visit http://www.wkbg.org.

MONDAY, MAY 12 FREE STORYTIME Wee Read for ages 2 and

younger and Circle Time for ages 3-5; 10 – 10:30 a.m.; Daviess County Public Library, 2020 Frederica St.; dcplibrary.org.

TUESDAY, MAY 13 WALK, TALK & LUNCH IN THE GARDEN “How Do I Love Thee?” Enjoy lunch and a great program at Western KY Botanical Garden. This month’s topic is “How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count The Ways: Literature and Gardening” with KWC President Craig Turner. For more information, (270) 852-8925 or visit http://www.wkbg.org.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 14 U-BOUNCE OPEN BOUNCE NIGHT All must wear socks; $7 per child, children under 2 are free, unless they are the only child, adults always free; 5 – 8 p.m.; (270) 685-1255 or ubouncepartyhouse.com.

THURSDAY, MAY 15 FREE STORYTIME Wee Read for ages 2 and

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calendar DOWNTOWN DATE NIGHT Start your weekend early by heading to Downtown Owensboro for free live music and events. Visit one of our great downtown restaurants for dinner and then enjoy the riverfront.

FRIDAY, MAY 16 U-BOUNCE OPEN BOUNCE NIGHT All must wear socks; $7 per child, children under 2 are free, unless they are the only child, adults always free; 5 – 9 p.m.; (270) 6851255 or ubouncepartyhouse.com. RELAY FOR LIFE Join the Daviess County chapter of American Cancer Society in showing hope and celebrating more birthdays. This overnight event is fun-filled with live music, auctions, and performances. Show your support for the cancer victims in your community! College View Middle School, 5061 New Hartford Road, Owensboro; 6 p.m. – 6 a.m. FREE FRIDAY AFTER 5 Woodabenz

(dance band) on the Main Stage; Heath & Molly in the Courtyard; Josh Merritt Band on the Overlook Stage; Street Fair “NonProfits Block Party.” For more information, contact RiverPark Center at (270) 687-2787 or visit http://www.fridayafter5.com. THE NERD See event description on Friday, May 2.

SATURDAY, MAY 17 FREE SATURDAY MORNING LIVE!

Visit the library every Saturday morning from 10:00—12:00 for self guided fun and educational activities with a focus on literacy and school readiness; Daviess County Public Library, 2020 Frederica St.; dcplibrary.org

also be open Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 6:30 amnoon. Beginning in June, three satellite locations will also open: Owensboro Health Regional Hospital, 1201 Pleasant Valley Road, Tuesdays, 1:30-4:30 p.m.; New Life Church, 400 Crabtree Avenue, Wednesdays, 7:30-10:30; and Nona’s Downtown Market, 126 E. 2nd Street, Fridays 2-5 p.m. REID’S FUN DAYS Enjoy the Reidland Play Area, horse rides, Reid’s Apple Express and gemstone mining; Reid’s Orchard, 4818 Kentucky 144; For more information, call (270) 685-2444 or visit www.reidorchard.com

SUNDAY, MAY 18 RHYTHM AWARDS Musick Studios brings the glitz and glam of an award show to Owensboro, KY. Students will transform into some favorite musicians throughout the decades. They will be dancing to such artists as James Brown, Tina Turner Madonna and much more. Share in the suspense as the nominees wait nervously to hear their name called to win A Rhythm Award. Two performances at 2 and 7 p.m. For ticket information, contact the RiverPark Center Box Office at (270) 687-2787or visit http://www. riverparkcenter.com. REID’S FUN DAYS Enjoy the Reidland Play Area, horse rides, Reid’s Apple Express and gemstone mining; Reid’s Orchard, 4818 Kentucky 144; For more information, call (270) 685-2444 or visit www.reidorchard.com THE NERD See event description on Friday, May 2.

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TUESDAY, MAY 20 U-BOUNCE TODDLER TUESDAY All must wear socks; Children 5 and under get in for $5 all night; 5 – 8 p.m.; (270) 685-1255 or ubouncepartyhouse.com. FREE BLUEGRASS ON THE RIVER The city of

Owensboro is brings back Bluegrass On The Banks, showcasing bluegrass music on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month through early October from 7 – 9 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 21 U-BOUNCE OPEN BOUNCE NIGHT All must wear socks; $7 per child, children under 2 are free, unless they are the only child, adults always free; 5 – 8 p.m.; (270) 685-1255 or ubouncepartyhouse.com.

THURSDAY, MAY 22 FREE STORYTIME WEE READ for ages 2 and

younger and Circle Time for ages 3-5; 10 – 10:30 a.m.; Daviess County Public Library, 2020 Frederica St.; dcplibrary.org. DOWNTOWN DATE NIGHT Start your weekend early by heading to Downtown Owensboro for free live music and events. Visit one of

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our great downtown restaurants for dinner and then enjoy the riverfront.

FRIDAY, MAY 23 U-BOUNCE OPEN BOUNCE NIGHT All must wear socks; $7 per child, children under 2 are free, unless they are the only child, adults always free; 5 – 9 p.m.; (270) 685-1255 or ubouncepartyhouse.com. FREE FRIDAY AFTER 5 Old School (pop-rock-

R&B) on the Main Stage; Gospel on the River featuring Conquerors Quarter, New Desire Ministries, The Sneed Family in Cannon Hall; The Boro Band in the Courtyard; Fat Box on the Overlook Stage; Street Fair “Up, Up & Away”. For more information, contact RiverPark Center at (270) 687-2787 or visit http://www.fridayafter5.com.

SATURDAY, MAY 24 FREE SATURDAY MORNING LIVE!

Visit the library every Saturday morning from 10:00—12:00 for self guided fun and educational activities with a focus on literacy and school readiness; Daviess County Public Library, 2020 Frederica St.; dcplibrary.org

OWENSBORO REGIONAL FARMERS MARKET Between 40-45 vendors are expected this season for fresh-from-the-farm produce. The Farmers Market is open on Saturdays from 6:30 am-noon. Beginning in June, the Market will also be open Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 6:30 am-noon. Beginning in June, three satellite locations will also open: Owensboro Health Regional Hospital, 1201 Pleasant Valley Road, Tuesdays, 1:304:30 p.m.; New Life Church, 400 Crabtree Avenue, Wednesdays, 7:30-10:30; and Nona’s Downtown Market, 126 E. 2nd Street, Fridays 2-5 p.m. REID’S FUN DAYS Enjoy the Reidland Play Area, horse rides, Reid’s Apple Express and gemstone mining; Reid’s Orchard, 4818 Kentucky 144; For more information, call (270) 685-2444 or visit www.reidorchard.com FREE BLUEGRASS ON THE RIVER The city of

Owensboro is brings back Bluegrass On The Banks, showcasing bluegrass music on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month through early October from 7 – 9 p.m.

SUNDAY, MAY 25 REID’S FUN DAYS Enjoy the Reidland Play

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OWENSBORO FLEA MARKET Hundreds of vendors bring their wares to the Owensboro Convention Center. $1 Admission. http:// www.owensborocenter.com

MONDAY, MAY 26

FREE FRIDAY AFTER 5 Familiar Faces (60’s, 70’s,

FREE STORYTIME Wee Read for ages 2 and

younger and Circle Time for ages 3-5; 10 – 10:30 a.m.; Daviess County Public Library, 2020 Frederica St.; dcplibrary.org.

TUESDAY, MAY 27 U-BOUNCE TODDLER TUESDAY All must wear socks; Children 5 and under get in for $5 all night; 5 – 8 p.m.; (270) 685-1255 or ubouncepartyhouse.com.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 28 U-BOUNCE OPEN BOUNCE NIGHT All must wear socks; $7 per child, children under 2 are free, unless they are the only child, adults always free; 5 – 8 p.m.; (270) 685-1255 or ubouncepartyhouse.com.

THURSDAY, MAY 29 FREE STORYTIME Wee Read for ages 2 and

younger and Circle Time for ages 3-5; 10 – 10:30 a.m.; Daviess County Public Library, 2020 Frederica St.; dcplibrary.org. DOWNTOWN DATE NIGHT Start your weekend early by heading to Downtown Owensboro for free live music and events. Visit one of our great downtown restaurants for dinner and then enjoy the riverfront.

FRIDAY, MAY 30 U-BOUNCE OPEN BOUNCE NIGHT All must wear socks; $7 per child, children under 2 are free, unless they are the only child, adults always free; 5 – 9 p.m.; (270) 685-1255 or ubouncepartyhouse.com.

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Top 40) on the Main Stage; Big City Back Road Band in the Courtyard; Groove Union on the Overlook Stage; Street Fair “Corvette Cruise-In”. For more information, contact RiverPark Center at (270) 687-2787 or visit http://www.fridayafter5.com. ECHOES OF ELMWOOD A retelling of the entire second season’s stories from our acclaimed historic cemetery tour,Voices of Elmwood, many featuring the original actors from 2009. A wonderful opportunity to enjoy some of your favorites once more or to experience them for the first time! Echoes of Elmwood is presented as tent shows with performances at 7:00 and 9:00 p.m. Tickets are $12 each and may be purchased by calling the Owensboro Museum of Science and History at (270) 687-2732 or visit http:// www.owensboromuseum.org.

SATURDAY, MAY 31 FREE SATURDAY MORNING LIVE!

Visit the library every Saturday morning from 10:00—12:00 for self guided fun and educational activities with a focus on literacy and school readiness; Daviess County Public Library, 2020 Frederica St.; dcplibrary.org REID’S FAMILY FUN WEEKEND Enjoy the Reidland Play Area, horse rides, Reid’s Apple Express and gemstone mining. Kids can also decorate a cookie cake with Maggie’s Cakes and More. There will be music and of course strawberry picking; Reid’s Orchard, 4818 Kentucky 144; For more information, call (270) 685-2444 or visit www.reidorchard.com

GET MOVING AT THE MOUNT 5K RUN/WALK The Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph are hosting their first 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, May 31, 2014! This 5K “Fun Run” is open to walkers, runners, children and adults and will take place on the grounds of Mount Saint Joseph and the surrounding roads. All proceeds from the event will support the mission of the Ursuline Sisters. This scenic country route with the sisters is the perfect family event so be sure to mark your calendar to Get Moving at the Mount! For more information, visit http://ursulinesmsj.org/helpthe-sisters/5k. OWENSBORO REGIONAL FARMERS MARKET Between 40-45 vendors are expected this season for fresh-from-the-farm produce. The Farmers Market is open on Saturdays from 6:30 am-noon. Beginning in June, the Market will also be open Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 6:30 am-noon. Beginning in June, three satellite locations will also open: Owensboro Health Regional Hospital, 1201 Pleasant Valley Road, Tuesdays, 1:304:30 p.m.; New Life Church, 400 Crabtree Avenue, Wednesdays, 7:30-10:30; and Nona’s Downtown Market, 126 E. 2nd Street, Fridays 2-5 p.m. OWENSBORO FLEA MARKET See event description on Friday, May 30.

SUNDAY, JUNE 1 REID’S FAMILY FUN WEEKEND Enjoy the Reidland Play Area, horse rides, Reid’s Apple Express and gemstone mining. Kids can also decorate a cookie cake with Maggie’s Cakes and More. There will be music and of course strawberry picking; Reid’s Orchard, 4818 Kentucky 144; For more information, call (270) 685-2444 or visit www.reidorchard.com

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OWENSBORO FLEA MARKEt See event description on Friday, May 30.

MONDAY, JUNE 2 FREE STORYTIME Wee Read for ages 2 and

younger and Circle Time for ages 3-5; 10 – 10:30 a.m.; Daviess County Public Library, 2020 Frederica St.; dcplibrary.org. OWENSBORO PARKS AND RECREATION TENNIS LESSONS BEGIN, youth ages 4-16 all abilities. Weekly lessons available; For more information call (270) 687-8700.

TUESDAY, JUNE 3 U-BOUNCE TODDLER TUESDAY All must wear socks; Children 5 and under get in for $5 all night; 5 – 8 p.m.; (270) 685-1255 or ubouncepartyhouse.com.

1201 Pleasant Valley Road, Tuesdays, 1:304:30 p.m.; New Life Church, 400 Crabtree Avenue, Wednesdays, 7:30-10:30; and Nona’s Downtown Market, 126 E. 2nd Street, Fridays 2-5 p.m. FREE BLUEGRASS ON THE RIVER The city of

Owensboro is brings back Bluegrass On The Banks, showcasing bluegrass music on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month through early October from 7 – 9 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 4 U-BOUNCE OPEN BOUNCE NIGHT All must wear socks; $7 per child, children under 2 are free, unless they are the only child, adults always free; 5 – 8 p.m.; (270) 685-1255 or ubouncepartyhouse.com.

THURSDAY, JUNE 5

BLUEGRASS JAM On the first Thursday of each month, head to the Bluegrass Museum to jam with other musicians. Jamming is for musicians of all levels and begins at 7 p.m. For more information, contact the Museum at (270) 926-7891 or visit their their website at www.bluegrassmuseum.org.

FRIDAY, JUNE 6 U-BOUNCE OPEN BOUNCE NIGHT All must wear socks; $7 per child, children under 2 are free, unless they are the only child, adults always free; 5 – 9 p.m.; (270) 685-1255 or ubouncepartyhouse.com. FREE FRIDAY AFTER 5 Caribou (Top 40) on the

Main Stage; New Heritage Quartet in the Courtyard; Kiki & the Drifters on the Overlook Stage; Street Fair “Healthy Summer”. For more information, contact RiverPark Center at (270) 687-2787 or visit http://www.fridayafter5.com.

OWENSBORO REGIONAL FARMERS MARKET

FREE STORYTIME Wee Read for ages 2 and

Between 40-45 vendors are expected this season for fresh-from-the-farm produce. The Farmers Market is open on Saturdays from 6:30 am-noon. Beginning in June, the Market will also be open Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 6:30 am-noon. Beginning in June, three satellite locations will also open: Owensboro Health Regional Hospital,

younger and Circle Time for ages 3-5; 10 – 10:30 a.m.; Daviess County Public Library, 2020 Frederica St.; dcplibrary.org.

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DOWNTOWN DATE NIGHT Start your weekend early by heading to Downtown Owensboro for free live music and events.

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OWENSBORO REGIONAL FARMERS MARKET Between 40-45 vendors are expected this season for fresh-from-the-farm produce. The Farmers Market is open on Saturdays from 6:30 am-noon. Beginning in June, the Market will also be open Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 6:30 am-noon. Beginning in June, three satellite locations will also open: Owensboro Health Regional Hospital, 1201 Pleasant Valley Road, Tuesdays, 1:304:30 p.m.; New Life Church, 400 Crabtree Avenue, Wednesdays, 7:30-10:30; and Nona’s Downtown Market, 126 E. 2nd Street, Fridays 2-5 p.m.

April to October and enjoy classic cars! Free admission and fun for the whole family! OWENSBORO PARKS AND RECREATION SUMMER ICE SKATING LESSONS BEGIN on Saturday mornings; For more information call (270) 687-8700.

PRESERVATION STATION A market that will specialize in the antique, the vintage, and the crafts. Vendors will be able to lease space (100-700 sq. ft.) on a month-to-month basis, shoppers will delight in the unique, the quirky, and the beautiful finds from our vendors in this 39,000 square foot facility. Market Days will take place on the first weekend of every month- Saturday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 12 – 4 p.m. Visit Preservation Station on Facebook. FREE DOWNTOWN OWENSBORO CRUISE-IN

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