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may 2013 Publisher/Creative Director Jason Tanner jason@owensboroparent.com

from the editor Before anything else in this world, I am a mother.

Advertising Sales Robert Williams robert@owensboroparent.com

I wipe food from her face, tears from her eyes and boogies from her nose.

Graphic Designer Taylor West taylor@owensboroparent.com

I am always up before the sun.

Distribution Manager Steven Morris

I can change a diaper in under a minute, depending on its contents of course. I can sing every word of the Bubble Guppies and Sesame Street theme songs, and do most of the day. I find all of the Facebook ads on my profile are for toys and diapers, not grown up things. I talk poop more than I ever thought I would. I count every tooth, measure every growth spurt, record every new word. I will give her age in months rather than years as long as I can, just so I can hold on to her being my baby. I boast a diaper bag as my permanent accessory. I pick her up to smell her “bootini” on a regular basis. And I consider it normal. I melted when she said “Mama” for the first time. I ask for a kiss every chance I get. I love my daughter more than I knew was possible. And I dream about her future, while trying to keep her my baby girl forever. I am a mom, and I wouldn’t change a thing. And I am confident all of the mothers reading this issue feel the same way. Happy Mother’s Day!

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Contributors Dr. Brian Gannon Christina Dalton Gail E. Kirkland Elaine Martin Danny May Jaime Rafferty Melody 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 Cover Photo Pictured: Emily Raines, daughter of Sarah and Jeremy Raines. Photo by: Kristin Bivins Captured Moments Photography Owensboro, Kentucky 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 features parent talk [06] the best mother in the world [08] parental control [10] kids drank the bath water [12] one priceless project [14] touched by an angel [18] little girl big courage [22] protecting our children [26] pioneer village [32]

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parent talk In this month’s ParentTalk question, we asked: what does your mother mean to you? As a mom yourself, what do you strive to mean for your children? What is your best memory of Mother’s Day? These are some of our favorite responses! My mother and my grandmother were my sole supports during my fight with leukemia when I was younger. My mom used to come in and rub my “little bald head” (due to chemo) every day, and it was so soothing. So for Mother’s Day that year, I had a nurse put some makeup on me, and take a picture of me with no hair so my mom could always remember my “little bald head” that she loved to rub. To this day, she still displays that picture proudly because it reminds her of a time when we were a team and fought together- and survived. Twenty two years later, we are still a team! Thanks, Mom! - Casey Hamilton My best Mother’s Day was in 2008. As Foster-to-Adopt parents, we found out that a sweet two-year old little boy we had provided respite care for was coming to live with us. Now he is ours forever! - Alecia Potter Meyer

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Being a mother is such a huge responsibity! I pray that one day my sons will remember me as someone who loved them, kissed boo boos, made surprise living room tents, but more importantly that I taught them God’s love. I strive daily to raise them as upstanding men and leaders in whatever they do! My boys are so precious to me! - Felecia Piper Being a mother is an amazing feeling and responsibility. Waking up every morning and getting hugs and kisses and knowing that your children see you as their role model makes me want to work harder and strive to show my girls that if you believe you can do something, than you can. I strive to make sure that I raise my children with good morals, how to treat others with respect, and to know God. All while they teach me how to love more and more each and every day. My girls are my angels, my world, and my role models just as I am theirs. Being a mother truly is a blessing. - Chelsey Donovan

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the best mother

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{ by: lora wimsatt }

A

s the daughter of the best mother in the world, I had always

But I don’t see how my kids could remember me as anything but

harbored a little bit of guilt when Mother’s Day rolled around.

harried, hassled and frazzled. Not perfect.

I compared myself to my own mother, and came up woefully

Certainly not the best mother in the world.

short, and certainly undeserving of the praise and tributes my

Then, two years ago, everything changed.

children heaped on me on that special day.

My daughter and my daughter-in-law both brought new babies into

the family – two little girls.

Hadn’t my children noticed that the three little words I said

most often were not “I love you,” but “Clean your room!”?

Didn’t they remember how many times they had

tugged at my sleeve to tell me “something ’portant” and I brushed them away with a “not now, later, I’m busy”? Had they forgotten about all the times I had taken the easy way out and popped a tape into the VCR instead of cuddling up with them on the couch to read a bedtime story?

And yet, on that second Sunday in May every year,

Looking back at my own Mom through wistful mists of nostalgia, I remember her as gentle, patient and kind - the perfect mother, the best mother in the world.

I was secretly relieved that the attention was now focused elsewhere on Mother’s Day. Oh, my kids still remembered me – the cards and boxes of candy show up faithfully just the same – but now it’s Beth and Danielle in the spotlight as I willingly step aside into the shadows. As I stand on the sidelines, however, I’ve seen the most amazing thing unfold. I’ve watched as Beth and Danielle have flowed smoothly from their roles as daughter and daughter-in-law to that of mommies.

my four children paraded in with cards, flowers, gifts

I watch them juggle responsibilities and all

and hugs, and after they got old enough, they took

the people and things clamoring for their time

me out to eat and picked up the check.

and attention – keeping the laundry done, getting supper on the

Looking back at my own Mom through the wistful mists of

table, paying bills, getting the car to the shop, going to their best

nostalgia, I remember her as gentle, patient and kind – the perfect

friend’s wedding, taking the dog for his shots, spending time with

mother, the best mother in the world.

family, getting everyone up and dressed and off to church on time,

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indulging their husbands’ sports addictions, working every day … And yet, even while doing all this and much, much more –

My granddaughters can sing their A-B-C’s … they say “please”

and “thank you” … they always have a cute bow in their hair … they know the cow says “moo” and the sheep says “baa” … they shriek with laughter as they splash in the pool or zip down the slide or peddle their little go-cars.

I look on as Briley flings her arms around Beth’s neck or as Lyla

snuggles in Danielle’s lap.

Maybe Beth doesn’t think so as the sink fills with dirty dishes,

or as she hands her daughter a doughnut instead of a cup of yogurt. Maybe Danielle doesn’t think so as weeds threaten to take over the back yard, or as her daughter falls down and scrapes her knee.

But I know, without a shadow of a doubt, that one of these days,

both Briley and Lyla will look back and realize that each one of them had the best mommy in the whole wide world.

Beth and Danielle may not be perfect. I sure wasn’t perfect. And

I guess maybe my Mom wasn’t really perfect either.

But we all really are the best mommies in the world – because

we love our children.

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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: I have a 6-year-old daughter and we fight all the time. If I say the sky is blue, she will argue with me that it’s green. I am so quick to lose my temper and yell and then I feel like I’m 6 years old. How do I deal with a child that likes to argue?

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A. This is what I like to call the strong-

telling them they threw a much better

willed child. The strong-willed child

and bigger tantrum last time. The

is someone who you think could very

main thing to remember is don’t lose

possibly become a lawyer someday.

your cool because that is the whole

They either want to disagree with

point for them. And when they see that

everything you say or they are always

you can’t handle them, why would they

trying to renegotiate the terms of the

think anyone else in this world could.

deal. Anyone that has children knows how easily they can be brought down

Q. My 3-year-old whines constantly.

to the elementary level. I once argued

It drives my husband and me crazy.

with my then, 4-year-old that anything

Do you have any tips to stop the

times zero equals zero for a good fifteen

whining?

minutes. And I had to stop myself and think what am I doing? So don’t feel

A. Whining to a parent is like nails

bad, a toddler can take down the best

on a chalkboard. It grates on the

of us and bring us to their level even

nerves. Children this young think that

on your best day. A very common Love

whining is the way to get what they

and Logic© term is…I love you too

want and I often think they don’t even

much to argue. And this is something

realize they are doing it. It reminds

that you just keep repeating until they

me of my own child when she says,

get the point. Another suggestion is

“But I said I was sorry!” Thinking

telling the child what to do. If there is

this is the magic answer to all her

one thing a strong willed child hates,

problems and it fixes everything.

it is someone telling them what to do.

There are options to whining, such

It is a loss of control for them. You could tell them what to do or encourage

as, you can put the child in time out, a little swat on the bottom or taking away a toy or just ignoring their

the unwanted

request, but most of the time I don’t

behavior

think that these options are all that

by

helpful. My suggestion is to teach your children the difference between a whiny voice and a big voice. You can model the difference for them and make a game of it. In your best whiny voice you can say, “But mommy…I want it now! Pleeezzzzzzzz!!!!!” Then you can say, “Mommy may I please

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have this?” Another technique is to pretend you can’t hear them

better parent. I have been teaching parenting classes for over six

when they whine. You can tell them that you only hear children

years and I have had parents of all ages of children from toddlers

that use their big voice and not the little squeaky, whiny one.

to teenagers. I will say I think it’s something that you have to be

And if this still continues you can become a broken record and

serious about and you really need to want to change. I completely

repeat over and over, “Why can’t I hear you?” Eventually they

understand working and then being tired and piling on all the

will understand that you only listen to children who use their big

extras after work. My biggest piece of advice is that you have to

voices.

start enforcing what you say. If you say that the homework better be done by a certain time and it’s not then they have to go to bed.

Q. I am the mother of three children ages, 5, 8, and 11. I feel

Or there is some type of consequence. If you say, we are going to

like I’ve always let them do what they want and I never follow

leave this party if they can’t behave, then leave the party if they

through on anything I say. My husband and I both work. I’m

don’t behave. Every single time a child misbehaves you have a

not trying to make excuses, but we’re both tired at the end of

blank slate to change your ways. You need to set limits once and

the day and by the time you fix supper, do homework and baths,

follow through. It’s not easy to do and some days you will do

we’re done and I think the kids think they can get away with

better than others, but every day is a new day to make a change.

OP

whatever. Is it too late to change our ways? A. I’m a firm believer that it’s never too late to change and be a

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Christina Dalton, MSSW, CSW is the Family Resource Center Coordinator for Daviess County Public Schools.

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family life { by: elaine martin }

the day my kids

drank bath water W

hen I think about one specific day’s activities transforming

in the house in tears.

my life, I think back to September 2002. My third daughter

This evening’s cleaning time was instead spent with me saying,

was lying on the examination table at the pediatrician’s office while

“You make quite a loud sucking sound with that washcloth” and

my older two daughters were wiggling in their assigned seats. The

“Here’s another spoon so you can share the bubble soup you created.”

doctor had just given my two-week-old her once-over, when she

The humidity level of our bathroom was the same as normal, but the

asked me if I had any questions about the precious cargo I had carried

atmosphere was entirely different. My husband could hear laughter

into her office.

coming down the hallway instead of my loud commands. It was

wonderful!

I was a seasoned mom – I knew about diaper rash, nursing, and

thrush; however, I had a burning question that I was embarrassed to

ask for fear that my trusted doctor would label me as a Loser Mom. As

have adverse effects from the gray water they had ingested the night

I rocked my baby in her car seat, I took a deep breath and asked her

before. I was looking for spots on their skin, bumps in their throats,

if it was a medical crime to let my kids drink bath water. She smiled,

and panties full of “loose” stool. Instead, I found my normal, giggly,

looked at my two oldest kids, and told them to drink all they want – it

springy kids. I was dumb-founded. I had based my ban on consuming

would do no harm. The doctor left the sterile cramped square room

bathwater because of the information I had gathered from books,

while my chin hit the diaper bag strap I had thrown over my shoulder

playground conversations, and my gut instincts. Could there be other

– did she just give me permission to have bath time that included

Mom-isms I had created that were also faulty?

sucking down tainted water?

I spent the rest of the day mulling over the morning epiphany

role. I wanted to change from being a controlling mother to a more

– my kids could do something I had thought was off-limits, and it

nurturing one. It wasn’t going to be easy, so I started with baby steps.

wouldn’t harm them. More importantly, I realized that I would not

My 5-year-old was enrolled in preschool, and I had picked out her

be viewed as an inept mother. I tested my theory at bath time that

clothes and hairstyle every day. “Why not let Sally dress herself?”,

evening. While my husband was on baby duty, I handled bath time

I asked my husband one morning. He raised his eyebrows at me,

with our 3 and 5 year old. You must realize that normal bath time

shrugged his shoulders, and left early for work. Sally was thrilled with

consisted of screaming and whining – mostly on my part. “Don’t

her new freedom, as she bounced into her room in her nightgown

splash!” “Quit standing up in the tub!” And of course, “Don’t drink

and emerged confidently wearing her personal ensemble…horizontal

the bath water!” When the water was drained, I was the lone female

striped shirt with polka-dot tights under a plaid skirt. I was shocked

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To give the doctor credit, she was right on. My girls did not

The next few months started a new season for me in my maternal

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by the patterned buffet on my daughter’s body but also at her

self-esteem. She was darned proud of herself, as I was of both her

did with Greg. The big surprise to me was that I discovered what

and me. Together, we walked into preschool as new women.

a great guy he had become! I had this false expectation of what I

Many things changed in our household after these two

thought my children needed in a perfect father, but my eyes were

successful incidents. As I learned to release control of my family’s

opened to this amazing daddy that had been leading our family

actions, I started to gain an appreciation for their individuality

the whole time. His biggest gift to me was his miraculous ability

and humor. My time was now being spent enjoying watching

to allow me to discover that for myself.

my little ones discover things for themselves instead of me being

It has been six years since my bath-water transforming

a helicopter parent structuring their every move. With safe

day. As my kids have grown, so has my desire to release more

boundaries in place, I allowed my girls to become independent

and more control of my surroundings. To help with our family

and carefree.

budget, I actually started babysitting other people’s children

The positives of releasing myself from my self-appointed role

in my home. It’s ironic to me that my house, where stifling

as Junior God spilled over to another very important relationship

rules were as bountiful as the stars in the sky, has become a

as well – my marriage. I realized that I had placed my husband in

play place for kids to help me roll sticky sugar cookie dough

a symbolic “playpen” right along with our offspring. For example,

and make glitter saturated pieces of art. When parents come to

I had always encouraged him to read leadership books to further

pick up their happy toddlers at my tornado-stricken doorstep, I

his career, even though he hated reading more than receiving

occasionally hear “I wish I could be as relaxed like you are. My

root canals. He had surely grown tired of always hearing me talk

kids absolutely love coming to your house to play.” I just smile,

about the necessity of cutting back his caloric intake. I cringe

hug their precious toddlers goodbye, and think that maybe they

when I recall the many times I was angry because he played

need to do something special with their bath water.

board games with our girls in a way that was far different than was printed on the included instructions.

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Just like I accepted my kids’ attempts at self-expression, so I

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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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one innovative teacher + three enterprising 11-year-olds + six supportive parents + several interested buyers + one upcoming taylor swift concert

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oft-spoken

but

dynamic

and

energized,

this

to the project’s impact.

threesome—Calli Young, Katherine Logan, and

Gracie Broughton—embraced an International

be attending Taylor Swift’s “The Red Tour” concert April

Baccalaureate

impressive

27 at Lexington’s Rupp Arena. Some have placed orders for

enthusiasm and equally impressive success. They chose a

red tutus to wear that night, according to Kim Logan, who

real-world problem—leukemia—that they would like to have

will be attending the concert with five other moms and their

an impact solving.

daughters. Kim’s home serves as one of the work and storage

“I am so proud of these girls for taking their learning

centers for the tutu project.

outside of the classroom. At Deer Park, we often read stories

or talk about helping others, but through their own choices,

girls making the majority of their sales to their friends,

these girls have discovered a way to make a difference in

neighbors, and relatives. They tried setting up a website, but

the lives of others,” said Mischelle Falloway, the girls’ fifth-

decided against it because of concerns about public display

grade Social Studies teacher and breast cancer survivor who

of contact information and over-reaching what they could

directed the assignment.

realistically produce. After all, these three hard-working,

That difference comes via the girls’ TUTU Cure Leukemia

conscientious gals “have quite a bit of homework,” according

project, with a goal of raising $300 to donate to St. Jude’s. Or,

to Carrie Broughton, who provided her expertise in cutting

to put it more accurately, “We have two different goals: Our

the tulle and guided the girls in the construction of their first

goal is $300. Ms. Falloway’s goal is $500,” said Katherine,

tutu.

with the other girls and moms agreeing and laughing in

the background. The idea took root in early January after

on making a tutu. The girls watched several videos, with

the girls noticed the popularity of tutus at a high school

Carrie coming alongside them to assist as needed. “She’s

basketball game. From there, the threesome brainstormed

kinda been like the leader. She taught Gracie how to make

how they could make and sell tutus to give a super-sized

it, and then she [Gracie] taught us,” Katherine explained.

check to benefit leukemia patients. Although they do not

Bouquets were flying all directions, as Carrie added, “We

personally know anyone who has had leukemia, they were

kind of thought through it together.”

inspired by Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts and

Jennifer Rudd’s recent story in Owensboro Parent Magazine.

for these students, who have demonstrated a conscientious

“The project is completely student initiated and driven. As

commitment to making others’ lives better through their

a teacher, watching my students take the research, learning,

efforts, and their parents, who have provided transportation,

and communication skills that they have been taught the

encouragement, and a little financial assistance along the

last six years and put them into action has been one of the

way. “We wanted to give 100 percent of the money that we

greatest rewards of the school year,” said Mischelle in regard

made to St. Jude’s, so they [parents] have kindly donated the

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school

project

with

Speaking of impact, a few local moms and daughters will

Most of the sales have come by word of mouth, with the

YouTube videos provided the primary how-to instruction

From all observation, the project seems to be a perfect fit

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community tulle, all of the tulle, to us,” said Katherine, with a strong

When one girl is working independently, construction

sense of appreciation.

seems to take longer. Teamwork pays the higher dividends,

“All tutus are $10. You pick your colors or you can have one

with two girls focused on cutting the strips of tulle and the

solid color…or we have white,” Gracie said. In addition, the

third girl looping the strips of tulle onto the elastic band. To

tutu closure varies according to size and personal preference.

finish the tutu, the band is either sewn together (by hand)

To date, the girls have raised $200, with new tutu orders

or connected with a bow, Katherine’s specialty, which is hot

coming in weekly.

glued onto the elastic band. So how do you know if you have

It has truly been a family affair, with even younger

a great-looking tutu? “If the tutu is fluffy and the edges look

brothers, ages 5-8, drawn into the action to “model” on an

even,” said Katherine, with special emphasis on f-l-u-f-f-y.

as-needed basis. Gracie said that she sometimes has to corner

her little brother. “Well, he tries to kinda run away… I just

give us homework on the weekends, so it gives us time to

make him stand still and he’ll finally let me do it,” she said

make tutus. It’s not like work; it’s just having fun making

with a giggle.

these,” Katherine said.

The added bonus is that “our fifth-grade teachers don’t

But it’s not all work and no play. By her own admission,

Their admirable work ethic and positive energy are

“We’re three 11-year-old girls; we get distracted—easily!”

evident in their attitude about payment. “I like it (payment)

said Gracie, in regard to some of their work sessions when

when we give the tutu to them, because I don’t want to get

they didn’t have much to show for their time together.

their money and have it for a really long time and then get

their tutu to them,” said Katherine, who keeps an organized

On one particular occasion, Calli recalled thinking, “Time

is up and we didn’t make a tutu. We made zero tutus.”

record of sales and deliveries. By the way, a really long time

That’s where parental leadership steps in: “Ms. Young

is in excess of a week…PRICELESS.

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picked us all up [to take us to her house] and said, ‘Go straight downstairs—don’t do anything else. tutus’,” Gracie said.

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Gail recently retired from DCHS, where she taught journalism and English. She is a mother of twins, a Meme, and sports enthusiast.

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community

A

s Mother’s Day approaches, it brings about many different feelings for many different women. For

some, it is the simple joy of receiving flowers or enjoying a nice meal while holding a new baby or boasting a proud belly. For others it’s receiving finger-painted masterpieces and greeting cards of adoration, all while being surrounded by loving children and grandchildren. Yet some women would not mind if this day simply vanished from the calendar for a moment. Some are wishing they could pick up the phone and call their own mothers for advice on life, love, and parenting. There are those whose greatest heart’s desire is to simply hold the title of “Mommy,” if only for a moment. This day however may be the most bittersweet for those mothers that have loved and lost. These mothers will no longer be able to hold their children on this day, but instead will cling tightly to bold color memories that are engraved in their minds and cherish them in their hearts. Courtney VonGunten is one such mother. When you speak to Courtney you immediately see a beautiful, warm, selfless woman with an incredible love for her children and a wonderful support system. She won’t take any of the credit though. She says she owes it all to her daughter Madelyn, “She makes you a better person. She already worked her magic on me.” Madelyn Rae was born on August 20, 2007. While Courtney was still pregnant she and Madelyn’s father, Ray, went for the ultrasound to find out the sex of the baby. After “what seemed like forever,” the doctor revealed that it appeared Madelyn would be born with a cleft lip. As parents they were able to come to term with this reality and

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touched by an angel

see it as something that could later be fixed. When Madelyn was born, however, their outlook changed. They were hit with an overabundance of large words and diagnoses and informed of all the things that their daughter would never be able to do. “We were devastated,” recalls Courtney after hearing the news. The main diagnosis was that of holoprosencephaly (HPE), a type of birth defect in which the brain does not divide into two separate halves during development as it should. This condition is characterized by a difference in facial features and often a cleft lip or palate. Madelyn was also diagnosed with Chromosome 18p deletion. These two diagnoses often go hand in hand, and both are known to cause a delay in development, speech, and cognitive skills. Some children with similar diagnoses never even make it out of the hospital. Her parents were

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informed that Madelyn would probably

saying that hung over her bed, “Every

indescribable for Courtney, but Easter

never be able to walk, talk, feed herself,

day holds the possibility of a miracle.”

Sunday brought with it a new set of

or comprehend information.

She was a miracle, each day of the five

blessings. “I can’t describe it,” Courtney

and a half years that she spent on this

recalls, “but I knew she was going to be

all of the things Madelyn shouldn’t be

earth.

okay.” No longer would Madelyn have

able to do, she consistently responded

Although some people may have the

to endure the numerous injections that

with, “But she could.” And that she did.

misperception that her parents were

she received each night or the frustration

The little girl that shouldn’t have been

somehow anticipating this day due to her

of trying to communicate what her

able to walk did. She used sign language

earlier diagnosis, Courtney says, “The

body could not interpret. Courtney

to communicate, fed herself in a high

idea of her dying never crossed my mind.

has renewed strength in the fact that,

chair, was able to turn off the light switch

I thought, ‘She’s going to live with me

“she never cried and never frowned…[I

when asked, and comprehend more than

forever’…and I loved that thought.” Just

realized] she never wanted us to.”

we will ever fathom. Madelyn’s smile was

like anyone might imagine, getting the

The amount of love and support displayed

contagious, even “strangers would start

phone call that her daughter was gone

for Courtney and her family over the

smiling” when they saw her. Her brother

was the worst moment in Courtney’s life.

last few weeks has been overwhelming.

Maddox was “her biggest fan.” There

The memories of the days following are

During visitation, the line was so long

were many times that Maddox would be

blurred with images of sleeping by her

that it extended past the door. An

offered an opportunity for an activity or

daughter in the funeral home one last

extra room had to be used to house the

an experience and he would turn it down

time, doing her hair for visitation, and

overflow of “truly heartfelt gifts.” Not to

because Madelyn couldn’t participate

laying by her gravesite to be as close to

mention the phone calls, Facebook posts,

too. Madelyn was a living example of the

her as possible. Those first few days were

and inbox messages from close friends

As doctors continued to tell Courtney

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and family members, as well as perfect strangers. As far as the outpouring of support after losing Madelyn, Courtney said that you do not truly realize “how many people love you” or “how many people she touched.”

the right thing to say Kristen Jones is the mother of

What you can do:

two healthy young boys, ages

Offer a hug. Say, “I’m thinking

10 and 13. Kristen is also the

of you.” Show up with a meal

mother of a beautiful baby girl

or a trip out of the house. Do

uncomfortable about the subject than she is. The blessing in

named Lindsay who appeared

not treat her any differently.

all of this is that some old friendships and family relationships

to be born completely healthy.

This is still your friend, co-

When her parents took her

worker, family member, etc…

home they never dreamed

she is just hurting.

Moving forward, Courtney has gone back to work, and on

with life, the best that she can. She said that sometimes people aren’t sure how to act around her and others appear more

have been rekindled and renewed throughout this experience. Courtney believes in her heart that Madelyn is now “looking

they would only be able to

over all of us” and somehow has a hand in the good things that

enjoy six days with her due to

Most importantly – Just

happen.

an undiagnosed heart defect.

listen. This might be

Lindsay would be seventeen

uncomfortable at first, but

As far as advice for other mothers, Courtney simply had

this year and a junior in high

sometimes a parent that

this to say, “Don’t take it for granted. Hug em’. Kiss em’. Tell

school. After attending various

is grieving just needs to

em’ you love em’. You never know when you’ll get another

support groups and being a

talk about it. By just simply

support for other mothers

listening, without offering any

over the years,

advice at all, you are doing

Kristen recalls the things

a powerful thing - allowing

also be saving a special place in her heart to celebrate being

people would try to say to

them to heal and move

Madelyn Rae’s mommy.

comfort her during her loss

forward.

chance.” While Courtney will be able to share this coming Mother’s Day with her 8-year-old son Maddox, Courtney will

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Melody Wallace is a reading and language arts teacher at Daviess County Middle School who finds new happiness each day in her roles as teacher, wife, mom,

and offers words of wisdom when trying to console a

Moving forward – Be

parent that has lost a child.

sensitive and attentive. Realize that each birthday,

Use caution when saying:

each milestone in that child’s

“I know how you feel” - This

life is thought of by their

is often said by parents who

mother. They will always

have lost children themselves,

wonder: What kind of student

though some have not.

would they be? What would

Regardless, everyone grieves

they be like as a grown-up?

differently and individually,

What would they be doing

no one can really understand

now? Because to a mother,

how someone feels when

“it doesn’t matter at what age

their child dies.

you lose a child, that memory will stay with you forever.”

“You’re young…You can always have other children”-

Support:

Although there may be truth

There are many online blogs

to this statement, no child can

and support groups for

replace the one that is gone.

parents who have lost a child. In the Owensboro area, there

“It’s all a part of God’s plan”

is Compassionate Friends

– While many parents have a

Support Group for parents

sense of faith and believe that

who have lost a child of any

their children are waiting for

age. Meetings are held on the

them in heaven, no parent

4th Thursday of each month

wants to believe that God has

at 6:30 p.m. in the HealthPark

a plan to cause harm to their

Chapel Conference Room.

child or their family.

Contact Jean Julius (270) 688-4856.

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community

big courage (little girl)

{ by: jaime rafferty }

T

he petite, soft-spoken, Cinderella-look-alike with big,

who is a kindergarten student at Audubon Elementary, had a

fluttering hazel green eyes, porcelain skin, and luscious

care in the world. She has two supportive parents along with

blonde curls cascading to her mid-back is more than your

two precious sisters. What could 5 year-old Kaylie have to

average Disney World enthusiast—much more. She is a

worry about?

cancer survivor.When people meet Kaylie, they see the old

adage “good things come in small packages” is true.

that potty-trained Kaylie began having accidents. Up to the

You are greeted by an infectious smile and sparkling eyes

point the accidents began this was not a regular occurrence.

from a very shy little girl. It’s hard not to scoop her up when

This prompted an exhaustive search for the culprit causing

you hear such an inviting giggle.

Kaylie’s issues.

From first glance, you wouldn’t dream that this little girl,

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It was just under a year ago when mom, Laura, noticed

What began with visits to the pediatrician lead to seeking

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more answers from specialists in Louisville.

relationship between mother and daughter is proof of that.

Kaylie seems to touch everyone she meets. In fact, Laura said

Kaylie’s medical history started as she was born six weeks

prematurely. Her lung development was only about 20% and

that her husband’s co-worker and his wife could see the toll

thus a fight for survival began. Laura says that each year has

the repeated trips to doctors was having on the family both

brought different challenges with her daughter’s health but

financially and emotionally and graciously gave the family a

that she is a “fighter.”

financial gift to use as they saw fit during a hospital visit to

Louisville. But that’s not all. They also gave Kaylie a darling

What’s her latest battle? Doctor’s have concluded that

Kaylie not only has a dysfunctional voiding bladder (a

baby doll. Kaylie has affectionately named it “Ladybug.” Just

bladder that cannot empty out), but recently tests revealed a

like Kaylie, Ladybug is one tough doll as she has received IV’s

99% chance that she also has a tethered spine (causes bladder

and surgery too. She’s been at Kaylie’s side since given to her.

incontinence as well as motor and sensory impairments).

Though separately big challenges, together they are a lot for

from the family and go to her room and lay on her bed with

this family to comprehend.

Ladybug to cope. When Laura goes to her daughter, she will

comfort her and encourage her to share those feelings. Kaylie

In less than a year, Kaylie has been seen by three

Often during times of pain Kaylie will excuse herself

specialists, looking for answers. She has had 20 urine

kindly responds, “You worry enough, Mommy.” Laura says,

cultures, all of which came back infected. This little ball of

“But isn’t that a mother’s job?”

courage has undergone eleven different tests as well as three

surgical procedures, two didn’t take and the family is now

perspective forever about her daughter’s battle.

waiting to see if the last one was successful.

bothered her that she was a big girl but had to revert back to

When asked how often Kaylie hurts she quietly

It was an experience in public that changed Laura’s As Kaylie began to have issues with her bladder, it

replied, “Every day.” As Laura watched her daughter she

toddler measures of wearing a diaper. That day, before leaving

tearfully said, “She makes me emotional with a smile.” The

the house, Kaylie begged her mom to let her wear panties

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community instead of the pull-ups they were now having use due to the

honey, even big girls have accidents sometimes too.” They left

unpredictable nature of her bladder. Laura reluctantly let

hand in hand with their family. Laura wanted her daughter to

little Kaylie wear her “big girl panties” so that she could feel

feel no shame, accidents happen!

“normal” again. Kaylie beamed and promised she wouldn’t

have an accident.

with remarks of, “you did what?” or looks of disbelief, but

she firmly believes, “A mother has to do, what a mother has

While dining at a local fast food restaurant Kaylie asked

When Laura shared this with others, initially she was met

to go to the restroom. Mom let her go, as she could see the

to do.” If her daughter endures physical pain every day, along

restroom from her seat. After several moments Kaylie had

with the emotional pain of accidents, Laura believed her

not emerged and Laura went to check on her. Though the

“accident” paled in comparison to the bravery her daughter

door was locked, Laura knocked announcing it was her and

shows.

asking if she was okay. Kaylie refused to the unlock the door

at first. Laura pleaded that she couldn’t help her if she didn’t

month, she will see her surgeon again to continue to explore

let her in. After a few moments, the saddened Kaylie opened

her medical options. However, right now she lives with

the door. She stood there protesting, “I’m sorry Mommy,

courage and a loving family that has learned not to take their

I’m sorry.” Laura looked down saw that she indeed had an

children for granted and that accidents are not the end of the

accident. Laura stood there trying to offer a solution knowing

world!

she only had a pull-up with her and this would not help her

daughter’s dampened clothing.

carrying courage and strength.

After a few moments Laura decided what she was going

to do. She selflessly had an accident on herself to ease her daughter’s pain. Kaylie looked up at her and Laura said, “See

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All of Kaylie’s story has yet to be written. Later this

Laura says that when you see Kaylie you see a little girl who is Though she may be a little girl, Kaylie lives out big courage!

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Jaime Rafferty enjoys writing, as a hobby. She lives is Owensboro with her husband, Paul and their two children.

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babyroo baby care fair B

{ by: jamie rafferty }

eing a parent can be equal parts joy and frustration, especially

quality formulas, diapers and other incentives to participate. It has

during infancy.

been a win-win for Mother, Baby and science.

Unfortunately babies do not come with a manual on what pacifies

In addition to being a part of a well regulatedwell-regulated study,

them when they are upset, what sounds soothe them or what formula

participants also receive counseling, thorough evaluation, and personal

won’t hurt their tummy. However, there is a local organization that

care.

can actually help with giving your baby individual attention while also

helping ease some of those parenting woes.

place, it was time, after years of attending health fairs, that they hosted

an event of their own to educate families on the benefits of clinical

Pedia Research has been assisting Owensboro families for 16

Because Pedia Research has a quality established program in

years as a dedicated research site providing quality oversight while

research studies and more importantly on caring for your newborn.

conducting clinical studies of pharmaceuticals and other health

products. This is accomplished by working with study participants to

Fair” for expecting or recent parents. From 9am-12 noon at Lewis

improve the benefits and safety of the products being evaluated.

Lane Baptist Church. The fair will highlight the work being done

These clinical studies are a way for volunteers to receive new

through clinical studies, but also will include vendors that will provide

medical treatments in a highly controlled atmosphereenvironment.

information about a myriad of topics surrounding caring for your baby.

Doctors and researchers gather information about the benefits as well

The public is welcome to attend.

as side effects of products used for further medical breakthroughs and

treatments. These findings can lead to improved methods of detection,

is for you. It’s a one stop shop for baby care information, a chance to

diagnosis, cures, as well as disease management of health conditions.

win amazing door prizes, but more importantly it is a great opportunity

to become of a part of a research study that could benefit your little one

Pedia Research has found much success in their infant formula

studies. Though breast milk is the gold standard, these studies have

Saturday, June 1, Pedia Reseach will have its first “Baby Care

If you are expecting a child or have recently given birth, this event

but also generations to come.

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discover { b y : d r. b r i a n g a n n o n }

protecting our children C

hildren nowadays are bombarded with many more messages and images than children of earlier generations, and parents are often uncertain how to teach their children about personal safety, not only from car accidents and poisonings, but also from invasions of privacy and individual space. According to Terri Crowe, of New Beginnings Support Services in Owensboro, awareness of child endangerment is growing, but parents still have a lot to learn about protecting their children from “bad touch,” either by other children or adults. She suggests several strategies for talking to your children about this important issue. 1 Talk about “body safety” early and often.

he has ultimate control of his own personal space.

Children understand the concept of “good touch/

Otherwise he will learn that he must do what the

bad touch” by the age of about 3 years. A good

adults say, even if it makes him feel uncomfortable.

example is that a hug from a grandparent feels good,

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so is ok, but the touch of a stranger may be scary,

2 When children are newly potty-trained, they

so the child should report this to the parent. On

often do not respect their own or others’ privacy

the other hand, children should never be forced or

when in the bathroom, so little girls may walk in on

coerced into submitting to invasion of their personal

little boys, etc. This may be innocent, but it is also

space just because refusing might hurt the adult’s

a teachable moment to discuss how that made her

feelings. If Johnny does not want to let Aunt Martha

feel. It gives parents a chance to teach politeness,

give him a hug, he should learn that he has the

like knock before entering, but also that nobody

right to choose another interaction, such as shaking

should touch her private areas except the child and

hands or waving. This does not mean the child is

the parent, only related to bathing or going potty. I

allowed to be rude, but he should be taught that

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children that doctors only need to look if the parent is present and agrees it’s ok, and only to check out the child’s health. 3 As children mature, the best thing a parent can do is to be open to children’s body issues and listen carefully when children talk about their concerns. Never minimize the child’s concerns, because you hope that if a bigger issue comes up during the teenage years, your child will still come to you for advice. 4 Internet safety presents a special challenge to today’s families. Parents really must track their tweens and teens as they explore the Internet, and proper controls should be in place to prevent kids from revealing identifying information to strangers or in public cyberspace. Naïve children often do not understand how the information they share may be used by strangers in ways that may endanger the child or the family, so parents have a responsibility to monitor this activity carefully, even if it means saying no to Facebook or a personal cellphone for their sixth grader. 5 If your child shows any of the following signs, seek help from a professional. These are possible signs of abuse or other mental health problems: sudden change in appetite or weight; new sleep disturbances or nightmares; new fears of specific people; interest in or knowledge of adult matters beyond that expected for age; regressing to more childlike behaviors like thumb sucking or bedwetting; or expressing affection in ways inappropriate for age. 6 Terri from New Beginnings has lots of resources for parents who have questions about how to present all this scary material to their children. She speaks at schools all the time to get the word out, and New Beginnings is also a great resource for children, parents, and adults who may have been affected by assault or other unwanted touching. If you have suspicions about inappropriate contact, the staff at New Beginnings (24 hour help line 800-226-7273) can help you navigate the system of law enforcement, social workers and forensic nurses, and they provide emotional support and practical advice at every step of the way to help with the healing process, no matter what the situation. She suggests the following websites as excellent sources of information about preventing abuse: www.rainn.org, www.kasap.org/children_and_teens.html, www. preventchildabuse.org/advocacy. The most important message: Listen to your children and take them seriously. Children rarely lie OP

about inappropriate contact. If your child reports such activity, seek help immediately. We are here to listen and help.

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improve your life with a college degree A

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re you a working adult looking for a way to improve your life

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to offer this program. This initiative is another great offshoot of our

“We continually strive to make higher education more

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feeling at home

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WKU-O interviewed Cathie Guinto, a WKU-O Health Sciences major, and her son, Joey Guinto, a graduate biology student. This mother-son duo are exemplary WKU-O students. What is it like pursuing your education at the same time?

ask him some questions about the computer but other than that, we

I believe we have helped each other through some challenging

are a mainly a support system for each other.

times. If I am in a panic about something, Joey has always offered great support and I believe that I have done the same for him. When

What has made the difference in your education?

we share good news about the outcome of an assignment, we both

Being able to pursue a prestigious education at a well-respected

understand, and if we share some disappointing results, we can relate

institution close to home and to be able to capture some online classes

to that as well.

as well has been a great inspiration. The instructors are knowledgeable and expect excellence, but they are very willing to answer and explain

Can you talk about how proud you are of each other?

any questions that may arise.

I am very happy for Joey that he is about to graduate with his master’s degree in biology. I am proud of that for him, but it makes it sound

What is special about WKU-O?

like I had a part in it and I didn’t. He has worked very hard. I am

All of the office staff, and the students as well, are so very helpful

proud of Joey because of the person that he is and always has been.

and nice. Familiar faces and people who smile when they call you by name is very comforting in this ever so stressful world in which we

Do you help each other with homework?

live. Anyone wanting to further his or her education at any age will

I could never begin to help Joey with his homework. He is so far above

feel at home at WKU-O.

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experience pioneer village “W

hen

people

hear

‘pioneer

village’

they

{ by: danny may }

authenticity to the village.

immediately think I’m talking about Indiana

I experienced this firsthand when I took one of my sons

or some other state,” says executive director of Friends of

to “Patriot Days” living history weekend last summer. With

Pioneer Village, Sean Dysinger.

“We’re still trying to get

smoke wafting in the air, we took our time and saw it all,

the word out about this place so people can come out and

the barns, the cabins, the one room school house, even a

enjoy the Pioneer Village because it truly is a treasure for

doctor’s tent and a tee-pee set up by re-enactors! It was like

our community.”

reading a history book in real life.

Located in a back section of Yellow Creek Park, the

“Walking through the Pioneer Village takes me back in

Pioneer Village is designed to look like a frontier community

time,” says Christie Payne, a mother of two boys. Payne and

around 1890-1910.

The Friends of Pioneer Village are

her family have been involved with the Pioneer Village from

constantly making improvements to their facilities and

its early days and she has greatly enjoyed making memories

adding new projects. This spring they started a gardening

with her sons there. When asked what her favorite thing

project highlighting historically correct plants like flax

about the village is from a parent’s perspective, she said, “It

and cotton, which were very important to frontier life.

makes history tangible. When kids get to help a blacksmith

They have also recently obtained wood from two old barns

in his forge or taste real churned butter it’s a history lesson

in Daviess County that will be re-used to create a space

they won’t forget. We’re at a pivotal point in history where our

for a permanent forge. All of this will just add even more

youth need to learn about their forefathers like never before.”

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And that’s exactly what the organizers hope to happen.

2009. Living history participant Chris Holt explains

According to Dysinger, family friendly fun is the goal of

its growth: “Our first year we had about 200 people. We

the Pioneer Village. Through a schedule of events called

doubled it the second year. Then last year we even had

the “Village at the Creek Arts Series,” Dysinger envisions

some students from different schools come, which is great

families making memories together by having picnics,

because our Patriot Days event really is for the kids. It’s

listening to music, enjoying the beautiful setting at

a very hands-on way to learn. They get to come out here

Yellow Creek Park, and just generally having a good time

and see a blacksmith heating and shaping metal; a candle

experiencing the village. The series includes a “Songwriters

maker dipping candles; someone weaving baskets; a potter

in the Village” night (June 1st) where local musicians can

spinning bowls; things like that. Last year we had some

jam and tell stories by the campfire, a Daughters of the

trappers set up a hunting camp and the kids got to ask them

American Revolution annual meeting (June 14th) in the

questions.”

school house that is open to the public, and a “Bluegrass

in the Village” night (May 18th) featuring live music on

been a great success over the past several years,” Dysinger

the front porch by bluegrass group King’s Highway. Roy

said, “but we’re really excited about these new events

Henry, finalist on TV’s “BBQ Pitmasters” will have barbecue

because they show different aspects of community life on

dinners available that night too.

the frontier.”

The art series hopes to attract area families to the village

For more information about the Village at the Creek Art

for the first time and welcome returning friends from

Series events, or to volunteer, please contact Sean Dysinger

Patriot Days or ROMP to see the new improvements to the

at 926-1100.

“Obviously, the Patriot Days living history events have

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village.

Patriot Days events have actually been going on since

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may 2013 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.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 1

THURSDAY, MAY 2

THE PRICE IF RIGHT LIVE the hit interactive

FREE COMMUNITY WELLNESS EVENT

FREE STORYTIME Wee Read for ages 2 and

stage show that gives contestants pulled

Featuring Dr. William Sears Top Health Tips

younger and Circle Time for ages 3-5; 10 –

right from the audience the chance to

for All Ages Come learn about simple ways

10:30 a.m.; Daviess County Public Library,

“Come On Down” to win appliances,

to lead a healthier life from one of America’s

2020 Frederica St.; dcplibrary.org.

vacations and even new cars by playing

foremost wellness physicians at a special

classic games from television’s longest

event hosted by Owensboro Dance Theatre.

HIGHWAY 54 YARD SALE Shop for bargains

running and most popular game show.

William Sears, M.D. has been advising busy

all along Highway 54 from Leitchfield to

From Plinko to Cliffhangers to the Big

parents on how to raise healthier families

Owensboro, Kentucky for three days of yard

Wheel, and even the fabulous Showcase, all

for over 35 years. He received his pediatric

sales; www.hwy54yardsale.com or (270)

the favorite games are played just like the TV

training at Harvard Medical School and

256-3934.

show. Playing to near sold-out audiences

currently serves as a associate professor

for nearly nine years, the Price Is Right

of pediatrics at the University of California,

BLUEGRASS JAM On the first Thursday of

Live! has given away more than 10 million

Irvine School of Medicine. Together with his

each month, head to the Bluegrass Museum

dollars in cash and prizes and sold more

wife Martha, Dr. Sears has written more than

to jam with other musicians. Jamming is for

than 1.2 million tickets. If you enjoy the rush

30 best selling-books and countless articles

musicians of all levels and begins at 7 p.m.

of emotions experienced while watching

on parenting and childcare. He serves as a

For more information, contact the Museum

the show on television, just imagine the

medical and parenting consultant for Baby

at (270) 926-7891 or visit their their website

possibilities if you were actually in the

Talk and Parenting magazines, and his ask

at www.bluegrassmuseum.org.

audience watching it live; (270) 687-2787 or

Dr.Sears.com website is one of the most

riverparkcenter.com.

popular health sites on the Internet. “Dr. Bill”

FRIDAY, MAY 3

- as his patients call him - has been a guest

U-BOUNCE OPEN BOUNCE NIGHT; All must

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on over 100 television shows including

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wear socks; $7 per child, children under

20/20, Good Morning America, Oprah

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Winfrey, Today Show and Dateline; 7 – 8:30

adults always free; 5 – 9 p.m.; (270) 685-

adults always free; 5 – 8 p.m.; (270) 685-

p.m.; Jody Berry Theatre, RiverPark Center.

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calendar 5TH ANNUAL DERBY TROT 5K RUN/WALK

This weekend the family can discover the

see how special she is. But Mossy misses

A night race taking place around and in

world of bees. Kids can make a decorative

her friends. Who will help Mossy get back

the Towne Square Mall parking lot. Race

pot to take home, create their own grass-

home to Lilypad Pond? Lab: Making a

begins at 11 p.m. All proceeds benefit New

head to take home and watch grow,

terrarium. After the story, participants will

Beginnings and their programs for child

play in the Family Fun Acre, ride on the

create a terrarium; 1:30 - 2:45 p.m. Story

and adult abuse survivors. Door prizes

pedal carts, bounce on the Bouncy Balls,

Lab: Mossy; 3 - 4 p.m. Open Lab: Dissect

and snacks will be available. For more

pet and feed the animals at the Animal

a plant and learn about the parts that

information, contact New Beginnings at

Barnyard, master the Rope & Tile Maze,

make a plant using real plants; Owensboro

(270) 926-7091 or (270) 926-7278 or visit

have their face painted, or take a ride on a

Museum of Science and History, 122 East

www.newbowensboro.org

pony. Families will have a blast mining for

Second Street; (270) 687.2732 or www.

gems and arrowheads in the Gem Mine

owensboromuseum.org.

HIGHWAY 54 YARD SALE See event

Adventure. Live Entertainment, Great Food

description on Thursday, May 2.

and more “Absolutely Farmtastic Fun;” 11

OWENSBORO HEALTH REGIONAL HOSPITAL

a.m. – 6 p.m.; Trunnell’s Farm Market, 9255

COMMUNITY OPEN HOUSE See event

SATURDAY, MAY 4

US Highway 431, Utica; (270) 733-2222 or

description on Saturday, May 4.

OWENSBORO HEALTH REGIONAL HOSPITAL

www.trunnellsfarmmarket.com.

COMMUNITY OPEN HOUSE You are invited for

MONDAY, MAY 6

a behind-the-scenes look at the Owensboro

DOWNTOWN OWENSBORO CRUISE-IN Head

FREE MOTHER’S DAY CARD DROP-IN CRAFT

Health Regional Hospital Open House on

Downtown every 1st Saturday from April

Drop in anytime to create a Mother’s Day

Saturday and Sunday, May 4 and 5. Located

to October and enjoy classic cars! Free

card to take home; Ages 12 and younger;

at 1201 Pleasant Valley Road, the hospital

admission and fun for the whole family!

Daviess County Public Library, 2020

can be is easily accessed from the US 60

Frederica St.; dcplibrary.org.

Bypass or from Pleasant Valley Road off

FREE SATURDAY MORNING LIVE! Visit the

US 60 East. Doors will open at 10:00 am

library every Saturday morning from 10:00—

FREE STORYTIME Wee Read for ages 2 and

Saturday and noon on Sunday with tours

12:00 for self guided fun and educational

younger and Circle Time for ages 3-5; 10 –

offered continuously through 6:00 p.m.

activities with a focus on literacy and school

10:30 a.m.; Daviess County Public Library,

each day. Visitors will have the opportunity

readiness; Daviess County Public Library,

2020 Frederica St.; dcplibrary.org.

to see patient rooms, operating rooms,

2020 Frederica St.; dcplibrary.org

the Mother-Baby unit, and Emergency Department among other areas. In addition

JULEPS & JOCKEYS, A DERBY PARTY Sip a

to tours, area bluegrass bands will provide

mint julep, taste some delicious food,

music throughout the two-day event. Bands

and watch the 138th Run For the Roses,

include Kings Highway, The Merritt Sisters,

The Kentucky Derby. Enjoy mint juleps, a

Wild Mountain Theme, Higher Ground,

bourbon bar, a cigar tent, auctions, and

Blackberry Jam, and more! (270) 685-7192

the 2nd Street Big Band. 4-9 p.m. at the

or www.owensborohealth.org.

Hines Center, 1 Wellness Drive, Philpot. For more information, contact the Owensboro

TRUNNELL’S FESTIVAL OF FLOWERS “It’s a

Symphony Orchestra at (270) 684-0661.

Blooming Good Time for the Entire Family”. Trunnell’s will be alive with color during

HIGHWAY 54 YARD SALE See event

this Festival. This festival will excite the

description on Thursday, May 2.

entire family with live music, pulled pork BBQ, and activities for the young and old.

SUNDAY, MAY 5

Our guests can watch and learn about

STORY LAB Mossy by Jan Brett; Mossy is a

Outdoor Container Gardening: How to

turtle with a beautiful garden growing on

Plant a beautiful pot of flowers, or learn

her shell. Mossy is found by a biologist who

how to start your own back-yard garden.

takes her to live in a museum so others can

www.OwensboroParent.com

TUESDAY, MAY 7 FREE MOTHER’S DAY CARD DROP-IN CRAFT

See event description on Monday, 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. WALK, TALK & LUNCH IN THE GARDEN “THE NOT SO NUTTY PROFESSOR”. Enjoy lunch and

a walk through the Western KY Botanical Garden; 25 Carter Road; 11:30 a.m. -.1 p.m.; (270) 852-8925 or www.wkbg.org.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 8 FREE MOTHER’S DAY CARD DROP-IN CRAFT

See event description on Monday, May 6.

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calendar U-BOUNCE OPEN BOUNCE

festival with more than 10 tons

NIGHT; All must wear socks;

of mutton, 1,500 gallons of

$7 per child, children under 2

burgoo and 5,000 chickens

are free, unless they are the

prepared and sold during the

only child, adults always free;

festival. Musical entertainment,

5 – 8 p.m.; (270) 685-1255 or

children’s activities, car show,

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pageants, arts and crafts and more are available for the

THURSDAY, MAY 9

crowd’s enjoyment. This festival

FREE MOTHER’S DAY CARD DROP-

has been featured in Discovery

IN CRAFT See event description

Channel’s Travelers, Inside

on Monday, May 6.

Edition and Southern Living. Come enjoy “Two days of

FREE STORYTIME Wee Read for

barbecue Heaven!”

ages 2 and younger and Circle Time for ages 3-5; 10 – 10:30

FREE MOTHER’S DAY CARD DROP-

a.m.; Daviess County Public

IN CRAFT See event description

Library, 2020 Frederica St.;

on Monday, May 6.

dcplibrary.org. U-BOUNCE OPEN BOUNCE

FRIDAY, MAY 10

NIGHT; All must wear socks;

INTERNATIONAL BAR-B-Q

$7 per child, children under 2

FESTIVAL On the second

are free, unless they are the

weekend in May, the

only child, adults always free;

Owensboro riverfront becomes

5 – 9 p.m.; (270) 685-1255 or

a hub of activity when cooking

ubouncepartyhouse.com.

teams gather to compete with their secret recipes for

SATURDAY, MAY 11

barbecue. These teams are

INTERNATIONAL BAR-B-Q

vying for best chicken, mutton

FESTIVAL See event description

and burgoo titles, as well as the

on Friday, May 10.

Governor’s Cup for the “BEST

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OVERALL BAR-B-Q COOKING

FREE MOTHER’S DAY CARD DROP-

TEAM.” All total, more than

IN CRAFT See event description

80,000 people will attend the

on Monday, May 6.

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calendar LANHAM BROTHER JAMBOREE This family-

MONDAY, MAY 13

FREE CHILDREN’S BOOK WEEK DROP-IN

fun and interactive show will feature

FREE STORYTIME Wee Read for ages 2 and

CRAFT To celebrate Children’s Book Week

Bluegrass, Country, Clogging and Comedy.

younger and Circle Time for ages 3-5; 10 –

(May 13 – 19), children and drop in and

Showtime is 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. CST. The

10:30 a.m.; Daviess County Public Library,

decorate a bookmark; Daviess County

Jamboree will be held in the Good Time

2020 Frederica St.; dcplibrary.org.

Public Library, 2020 Frederica St.; dcplibrary. org.

Theater at Diamond Lake Resort. Tickets are general admission at the door and are

TUESDAY, MAY 14

$10 per person, $5 for ages 6-12 years

FREE LEGO BLOCK PARTY Build, play and

U-BOUNCE OPEN BOUNCE NIGHT; All must

and 5 years and under are free. Discounts

learn with LEGO! 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.; Daviess

wear socks; $7 per child, children under

offered for groups of 15 or more people.

County Public Library, 2020 Frederica St..

2 are free, unless they are the only child, adults always free; 5 – 8 p.m.; (270) 685-

Group tickets may be purchased by calling (270) 314.4331; 301 Hobbs Road; www.

U-BOUNCE TODDLER TUESDAY; All must

lanhambrothersjamboree.com.

wear socks; Children 5 and under get in for

FREE SATURDAY MORNING LIVE!

$5 all night; 5 – 8 p.m.; (270) 685-1255 or

THURSDAY, MAY 16

ubouncepartyhouse.com.

FREE STORYTIME WEE READ for ages 2 and

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

SUNDAY, MAY 12 MOTHER’S DAY

1255 or ubouncepartyhouse.com.

younger and Circle Time for ages 3-5; 10 –

WEDNESDAY, MAY 15

10:30 a.m.; Daviess County Public Library,

STORY LAB Mossy by Jan Brett; Mossy is a

2020 Frederica St.; dcplibrary.org.

turtle with a beautiful garden growing on her shell. Mossy is found by a biologist

FRIDAY, MAY 17

who takes her to live in a museum so

U-BOUNCE OPEN BOUNCE NIGHT; All must

others can see how special she is. But

wear socks; $7 per child, children under

Mossy misses her friends. Who will help

2 are free, unless they are the only child,

Mossy get back home to Lilypad Pond?

adults always free; 5 – 9 p.m.; (270) 685-

Lab: Making a terrarium. After the story,

1255 or ubouncepartyhouse.com.

FREE MOTHER’S DAY CARD DROP-IN CRAFT

participants will create a terrarium; 11 a.m.

See event description on Monday, May 6.

- 12:30 p.m. Story Lab: Mossy; 12:45 – 1:30

FREE FRIDAY AFTER 5 Friday After 5 is a

p.m. Open Lab: Open Lab: Make a Barge

summer-long series of FREE outdoor

MOTHER’S DAY AT THE GARDEN Treat the

Create an aluminum foil barge to hold the

concerts held every Friday on the BB&T

Mother’s in your life to a delicious brunch at

maximum number of pennies; Owensboro

Plaza at RiverPark Center overlooking the

the Western KY Botanical Garden. Call for

Museum of Science and History, 122 East

Ohio River. The main stage bands play on

reservations and more information; (270)

Second Street; (270) 687.2732 or www.

the plaza, acoustic entertainment is in the

852-8925 or www.wkbg.org.

owensboromuseum.org.

Courtyard, Gospel on the River performs in Cannon Hall, and weekly Street Fairs offer activities for everyone. (fridayafter5.com.

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AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY RELAY FOR

Bring your camera and autograph books to

younger and Circle Time for ages 3-5; 10 –

LIFE Support your favorite walkers or get

capture all the excitement; Proceeds benefit

10:30 a.m.; Daviess County Public Library,

a group together and walk the track at

Imagination Library’s literacy efforts. Tickets

2020 Frederica St.; dcplibrary.org.

Diamond Lake Resort to raise money for the

are $5 per person (Children 2 and under are

American Cancer Society; (270) 229-4900

free); 8 – 11 a.m.; Settle United Methodist

TUESDAY, MAY 21

or www.relayforlife.org/daviess.

Church, ROC Center, 201 E. 4th St.; For

U-BOUNCE TODDLER TUESDAY; All must

further information, contact Nancy Roberts

wear socks; Children 5 and under get in for

at 686-1688.

$5 all night; 5 – 8 p.m.; (270) 685-1255 or

ECHOES OF ELMWOOD For those who might

have missed Voices of Elmwood in past

ubouncepartyhouse.com.

years, ten of the popular “voices” from the

FREE SATURDAY MORNING LIVE!

first year will be performed again for two

Visit the library every Saturday morning

nights only, under a tent. Two shows each

WEDNESDAY, MAY 22

from 10:00—12:00 for self guided fun and

U-BOUNCE OPEN BOUNCE NIGHT; All must

night at 7 and 9 pm; (270) 687-2732 or

educational activities with a focus on literacy

wear socks; $7 per child, children under

www.owensboromuseum.org.

and school readiness; Daviess County

2 are free, unless they are the only child,

Public Library, 2020 Frederica St.; dcplibrary.

adults always free; 5 – 8 p.m.; (270) 685-

org

1255 or ubouncepartyhouse.com.

SATURDAY, MAY 18 BLUEGRASS IN THE VILLAGE Featuring live

music on the front porch by bluegrass

STORY LAB Mossy by Jan Brett; Mossy is a

group King’s Highway. Roy Henry, finalist

turtle with a beautiful garden growing on

on TV’s “BBQ Pitmasters” will have barbecue

her shell. Mossy is found by a biologist who

dinners available with ticket purchase;

takes her to live in a museum so others can

Tickets $12, kids 12 and under $6; 6 - 9 p.m.;

see how special she is. But Mossy misses

Pioneer Village, Yellow Creek Park.

her friends. Who will help Mossy get back home to Lilypad Pond? Lab: Making a

STORYBOOK BREAKFAST Calling all

terrarium. After the story, participants will

princesses, pirates and storybook characters

create a terrarium; 10:30 - 11:45 a.m. Story

of all ages. All the Fairy Godmothers are

Lab: Mossy; 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Open Lab:

busy preparing for the 1st Annual Storybook

Open Lab: Floating and Sinking Discover

Breakfast. This is a fin-filled event designed

what things sink and what things float;

to emphasize the importance of reading

Owensboro Museum of Science and

to young children. Kids will get to meet

History, 122 East Second Street; (270)

dozens of storybook characters, enjoy a

687.2732 or www.owensboromuseum.org.

hot pancake breakfast and even receive a free book. Children are also invited to dress

MONDAY, MAY 20

up as their favorite characters for the day.

FREE STORYTIME Wee Read for ages 2 and

www.OwensboroParent.com

THURSDAY, MAY 23 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.

FRIDAY, MAY 24 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. FREE FRIDAY AFTER 5 Friday After 5 is a

summer-long series of FREE outdoor concerts held every Friday on the BB&T Plaza at RiverPark Center overlooking the Ohio River. The main stage bands play on

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calendar the plaza, acoustic entertainment is in the

12:00 for self guided fun and educational

THURSDAY, MAY 30

Courtyard, Gospel on the River performs in

activities with a focus on literacy and school

FREE STORYTIME Wee Read for ages 2 and

Cannon Hall, and weekly Street Fairs offer

readiness; Daviess County Public Library,

younger and Circle Time for ages 3-5; 10 –

activities for everyone. (270) 687-2787 or

2020 Frederica St.; dcplibrary.org

10:30 a.m.; Daviess County Public Library,

fridayafter5.com.

2020 Frederica St.; dcplibrary.org.

MONDAY, MAY 27 SATURDAY, MAY 25

FREE STORYTIME Wee Read for ages 2 and

STORY LAB Mossy by Jan Brett; Mossy is a

STUDIO SLANT PRESENTS THE WORK OF HANK

younger and Circle Time for ages 3-5; 10 –

turtle with a beautiful garden growing on

HOLLAND Art Show by Hank Holland, an

10:30 a.m.; Daviess County Public Library,

her shell. Mossy is found by a biologist who

acclaimed Louisiana folk artist. Holland was

2020 Frederica St.; dcplibrary.org.

takes her to live in a museum so others can see how special she is. But Mossy misses

born with Cerebral Palsy, but never let his disability hold him back and taught himself

TUESDAY, MAY 28

her friends. Who will help Mossy get back

to paint. His original art hangs in homes and

U-BOUNCE TODDLER TUESDAY; All must

home to Lilypad Pond? Lab: Making a

businesses in all 50 states, 102 countries,

wear socks; Children 5 and under get in for

terrarium. After the story, participants will

and the private Vatican collection. The show

$5 all night; 5 – 8 p.m.; (270) 685-1255 or

create a terrarium; 10:30 - 11:45 a.m. Story

is open to the public and refreshments

ubouncepartyhouse.com.

Lab: Mossy; 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Open Lab: Open Lab: Floating and Sinking Discover

served. 40% of sales the night of the show

what things sink and what things float;

will go to The Wendell Foster Center. For

WEDNESDAY, MAY 29

more information, contact Studio Slant at

U-BOUNCE OPEN BOUNCE NIGHT; All must

270-684-3570. www.studioslant.com.

wear socks; $7 per child, children under

History, 122 East Second Street; (270)

2 are free, unless they are the only child,

687.2732 or www.owensboromuseum.org.

FREE SATURDAY MORNING LIVE! Visit the

adults always free; 5 – 8 p.m.; (270) 685-

library every Saturday morning from 10:00—

1255 or ubouncepartyhouse.com.

Owensboro Museum of Science and

MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL This hilarious

musical parody staged to classic tunes

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calendar from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s will have you

Cannon Hall, and weekly Street Fairs offer

SEAARK BOATS OWNERS INVITATIONAL

cheering and dancing in the aisles. See

activities for everyone. (270) 687-2787 or

CATFISH TOURNAMENT The 3rd Annual

what millions of women worldwide have

fridayafter5.com.

SeaArk Boats Owners Invitational Catfish Tournament will have fishermen competing

been laughing about for over 10 years!Set in a department store, four women with

SATURDAY, JUNE 1

from all over for the title of 1st place.

seemingly nothing in common but a black

VILLAGE AT THE CREEK ARTS SERIES

Fishermen will also be competing to win

lace bra on sale, come to find they have

“SONGWRITERS IN THE VILLAGE” will feature

the title of Big Fish (awarded to the person

more to share than ever imagined; (270)

local musicians jamming and telling stories

who catches the largest catfish). Bring your

687-2787 or www.riverparkcenter.com.

by the campfire; Pioneer Village, Yellow

family to watch these fishermen bring in

Creek Park; For more information contact

their biggest catches when they weight

Sean Dysinger at 926-1100.

in throughout the day. Children can even

FRIDAY, MAY 31

watch the fish be sent back to the water

U-BOUNCE OPEN BOUNCE NIGHT; All must

wear socks; $7 per child, children under

FREE BABYROO A baby care fair for

with our Fish Slide. There will be food,

2 are free, unless they are the only child,

expecting families; 9 a.m. to 12 noon; Lewis

t-shirts for sale, boats to look at and a great

adults always free; 5 – 9 p.m.; (270) 685-

Lane Christian Life Center, 2600 Lewis Lane;

atmosphere. For more information you can

1255 or ubouncepartyhouse.com.

For more information call (270) 685-4589.

visit our website www.seaarkboats.com or visit our Facebook page SeaArk Boats.

FREE FRIDAY AFTER 5 Friday After 5 is a

OWENSBORO DANCE THEATRE’S 30TH

summer-long series of FREE outdoor

ANNIVERSARY GALA The Owensboro Dance

DOWNTOWN OWENSBORO CRUISE-IN Head

concerts held every Friday on the BB&T

Theatre celebrates their 30th Anniversary

Downtown every 1st Saturday from April

Plaza at RiverPark Center overlooking the

with a Gala at RiverPark Center; 7-10 p.m.;

to October and enjoy classic cars! Free

Ohio River. The main stage bands play on

http://www.owensborodancetheatre.org.

admission and fun for the whole family!

the plaza, acoustic entertainment is in the

FREE SATURDAY MORNING LIVE! Visit the

Courtyard, Gospel on the River performs in

library every Saturday morning from 10:00—

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12:00 for self guided fun and educational

THURSDAY, JUNE 6

Plaza at RiverPark Center overlooking the

activities with a focus on literacy and school

FREE STORYTIME WEE READ for ages 2 and

Ohio River. The main stage bands play on

readiness; Daviess County Public Library,

younger and Circle Time for ages 3-5; 10 –

the plaza, acoustic entertainment is in the

2020 Frederica St.; dcplibrary.org

10:30 a.m.; Daviess County Public Library,

Courtyard, Gospel on the River performs in

2020 Frederica St.; dcplibrary.org.

Cannon Hall, and weekly Street Fairs offer activities for everyone. (270) 687-2787 or

MONDAY, JUNE 3

fridayafter5.com.

FREE STORYTIME WEE READ for ages 2 and

BLUEGRASS JAM On the first Thursday of

younger and Circle Time for ages 3-5; 10 –

each month, head to the Bluegrass Museum

10:30 a.m.; Daviess County Public Library,

to jam with other musicians. Jamming is for

SUNDAY, JUNE 9

2020 Frederica St.; dcplibrary.org.

musicians of all levels and begins at 7 p.m.

FREE SUPER SPORTS SUNDAY Kidcentric

For more information, contact the Museum

Sports and Owensboro Parent Magazine

TUESDAY, JUNE 4

at (270) 926-7891 or visit their their website

are hosing an event that’s all about having

KIDS SUMMER FILM Fest Enjoy “Rio” at Malco

at www.bluegrassmuseum.org.

family fun! Activities include punt, pass and kick, pitch, hit and run, golf, tennis, soccer,

Owensboro Cinema! A portion of the proceeds will benefit various children’s

FRIDAY, JUNE 7

volleyball, disc golf, obstacle course and

hospitals throughout the Mid-South. Arrive

U-BOUNCE OPEN BOUNCE NIGHT; All must

much more. Enjoy children’s sports clinics,

early, seating is limited; 10 a.m.; $2 per ticket;

wear socks; $7 per child, children under

photos with your favorite mascots and a

Malco, 5333 Frederica St.; malco.com.

2 are free, unless they are the only child,

guest speaker; 2 - 6 p.m.; Moreland Park;For

adults always free; 5 – 9 p.m.; (270) 685-

more information visit owensboroparent.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5

1255 or ubouncepartyhouse.com.

com/supersportssunday.

KIDS SUMMER FILM FEST See event

FREE FRIDAY AFTER 5 Friday After 5 is a

description on Tuesday, June 4.

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summer-long series of FREE outdoor concerts held every Friday on the BB&T

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