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Purchase Area Family Magazine Editor/Publisher: Karen Hammond Cell 270-559-5840 Office 270-415-9400 Contributing Writers: Stephen Appelbaum, Carol Block, Rick, Epstein, Robin Gericke, Dr. Mitchell Kaye, Jamie Lober, Keisha Swan and Tammy Thompson Calendar of Events: Tell our 80,000⃰+ readers about your event, class, group, church or service! Send an email to or call the office at 270-415-9400. Art Director: Angie Kimbro Design Graphic Design: William Decker & Ingram Design Advertising: Want to advertise your business in the magazine? Have a question regarding ad rates, billing or your account? Contact our advertising department at 270-415-9400 or by email purchaseparenting@ Advertising Account Executives: Mark Armstrong, William Decker, Gina Dunkerson, Rhonda Hayden and Cassie Johnson Mission Statement: Purchase Area Family Magazine is committed to providing free, accurate and timely information to readers in Western Kentucky, Southern Illinois and all its communities. Our goal is to educate, inform, and enhance family life. We endeavor to support our communities by providing balanced and informative articles, together with the area’s most comprehensive and inclusive calendar of events. ⃰ Based on an industry average of 4 impressions per copy.

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TA B L E O F C O N T E N T S F E AT U R E S Superior Home Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8

It’s Girl Scout Cookie Time! by: Keisha Swan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11

D E PA R T M E N T S COMMUNITY NEWS What’s In Your Canoe? The WKCTC Essay Contest by: Tammy Thompson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

Over 100 Years & Growing Stronger! by: Robin Gericke . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59


Preventable Behavior: Training Your Dog by: Stephen Appelbaum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56

iBUDGET There’s an App for That! Recordkeeping for Mileage in 2015 by: Carol Block . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .54

CALENDAR Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

Purchase Area Family Magazine • P.O. Box 8061, Paducah KY 42002 Purchase Family Magazine® is published monthly by All Good Media, L.L.C., Advertising design by Angie Kimbro Design, William Decker and Ingram Design and layout design by Angie Kimbro Design. Purchase Family Magazine®, Angie Kimbro, Ingram Design & William Decker are not responsible for any injury or harm resulting from the information or advice contained in this magazine. The articles in this issue of Purchase Family Magazine® may not necessarily reflect the opinions of Purchase Family Magazine®, Angie Kimbro Design, Ingram Design & William Decker. All subscription, editorial, and advertising inquiries should be directed to (270) 415-9400

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iDOCTOR Cosmetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery Through the Ages by: Dr. Mitchell Kaye . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17

E-Cigarettes and Vaping: The New Trends in Tobacco Use by: Jamie Lober . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51

Got GERD? Introducing the TIF Incision-Free Procedure by: Jamie Lober with Dr. William E. Barnes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62


Protect Yourself and Your Family with Storm Shield by: Robin Gericke with John Kuhn . . . . . . 49

iKID New Years Resolutions by: Rick Epstein . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

ENDING NOTES Budget Busters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 Advertiser’s Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 Snapshots . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66

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On our cover this month is Audrey Sims and Audrey Thompson, family members of Superior Care Home owners Helen Sims, George Thompson, Mike Sims, Chris Sims, and Patrick Sims.


or over 40 years, locally owned and operated Superior Care Home has provided short-term rehabilitation and long-term care services to the citizens of western Kentucky. Last month, in December 2014, they moved into a beautiful, brand new building located adjacent to Highway 62 in the Paducah Commerce Park (formerly the Information Age Park). Their new location enables more services to be offered and is more accessible to those living in Ballard, Carlisle and Graves counties. “My mother, Mary Ellen Thompson, used to say, ‘when you give, you gather,’“ explained Helen Sims, Co-Owner and Chief Executive Officer. “Her legacy continues, as we open our doors in a brand new community. The new location makes it possible for us to offer many more ways to care for our clients.”

The Next Generation of Family Ownership: Pictured below are all of the young family members of the Superior Care Home owners:(from left to right) Palmer Sims, Anna Thompson, Audrey Sims, Audrey Thompson, Davis Sims, Hale Sims, and Luke Sims

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(from left to right) Audrey Sims, Audrey Thompson, and Superior Care Home resident Helen Morgan

In addition to their focus on short-term rehabilitation and long-term care, the large, new community allows Superior Care Home to offer expanded services to include transitional, outpatient, and memory care. The 72,000 square foot building has 76 private rooms, a vast improvement over the old building that had just two. Care services are organized into ‘neighborhoods.’ “My mother and I made a very deliberate decision to design the new community this way,” explained Mike Sims, CoOwner and Chief Operating Officer. “Patients and residents will still be cared for by dedicated, specially-trained staff but they now have many more options for maximizing a successful outcome.”

Superior, Personal Care

Four ‘Neighborhoods’ of Care

Superior Care Home’s tradition of healthcare excellence began in 1972. The founder, Mary Ellen Thompson, was an entrepreneur long before it was common for women to have such ambitions. Her mother was a nurse and shared her passion for caring with her daughter. Ms. Thompson raised seven children while operating personal care homes in Illinois and Michigan. But she wanted to put all her efforts into a place that she owned and eventually purchased property on Clay Street in Paducah. She put considerable thought into the name of the community she founded; it had to be reflection of the exceptional care she planned to offer. From its inception Superior Care Home set a new standard of excellence in skilled nursing care.

The new Superior Care Home has been designed to optimize four different types of services. Each one will deliver a specific type of care while creating an intimate ‘neighborhood’ for residents. Each neighborhood has its own specialized staff, rehabilitation gym, living and dining room and outdoor area. Each area is designed with both a sense of privacy and community that specifically addresses the needs of the patients; whether they are at Superior Care Home for a short time to recuperate or are a permanent resident.

Known for its warm and caring environment, Superior Care Home is one of the few privately owned and managed nursing communities in the state of Kentucky. This is a distinction that allows them to create and maintain a culture of excellence and personalized service. Superior Care Home is consistently ranked a four or five star community by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). They have also been awarded a Bronze Award from the American Health Care Association for their commitment to quality. They have twice been designated the Kentucky Association of Health Care Facilities (KAHCF) Statewide Facility of the Year; the highest honor in Kentucky that can be bestowed upon a community, its staff and residents. ‘This article is paid advertising and the information contained therein is provided by the featured individual or business. They are solely responsible for its accuracy.’

FALL RISK & CONDITIONING PROGRAM Among older adults, falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries. Falls can cause moderate to severe injuries, such as hip fractures and head traumas, and can increase the risk of early death. The good news is most falls can be prevented. Superior Care Home is one of the few communities in western Kentucky to offer the Biodex Balance System to provide fall risk assessments and balance training. Common causes of falls include weak muscles, unstable balance, dizziness, vision problems, side effects from medication and environmental hazards. Studies show that balance training, gait, strength, and flexibility training not only improve mobility but also help to reduce the risk of falling. Most insurance plans, including Medicare, cover assessment and conditioning for fall programs. Superior Care Home offers this program for both outpatient and inpatient services as part of their rehabilitation programs. January2015 • 9

The Transitions at Superior This neighborhood is designed for individuals who are recovering from injury, surgery or a serious illness. The focus is on rehabilitation and preparation for returning to home. “The Transitions is perfect for someone who had a knee or hip replacement and didn’t have a family member to assist them in their recovery,” Ms. Sims explained. Skilled nursing care will include pain and medication management, dietary support and a beginning physical therapy routine.

Short-Term Rehabilitation Designed as a short-term transition from hospital to home, this neighborhood will offer both private and semi-private rooms with en-suite bathrooms. Nursing care is focused on physical, occupational and speech therapy designed to assist patients in achieving goals. Appropriate patients for this neighborhood would include those recovering from falls, strokes, pneumonia, orthopedic or cardiac events. Brand new, high-tech equipment is now available to aid in recovery. Patients in this neighborhood typically pay for care with skilled nursing Medicare benefits. Outpatient therapy can also be offered in this setting.

Memory Care This is a special place for your loved one with dementia or Alzheimer’s. Twelve private rooms and specifically trained staff care for residents of this unique neighborhood at Superior Care Home.

Long-Term Restorative Care For individuals who can no longer live at home because of chronic illness or physical limitations, Superior Care Home has designed a neighborhood for the traditional nursing home resident. This is a vibrant neighborhood filled with care, concern and love. 10 • January2015

“However long an individual’s time is with us, we are committed to providing that resident and their family the best care and continued quality of life,” said Ms. Sims. “Our new building will allow us to offer an intimate, more ‘home-like’ experience combined with state-of-the-art medical facilities. The location is a park-like setting with turkey, deer and other wildlife as neighbors. The new building is a huge expansion for Superior Care Home and has allowed us to add some unique services and personnel. For our new community, we have been able to hire over 20 new staff members, including an Executive Chef. Chef Jason Ison will prepare delicious, homemade, restaurant-style meals for residents who will v now have four different menu options at every meal.”

WHAT YOU’LL EXPERIENCE • A team of Superior staff who dedicates their lives to serving others • Private rooms with en-suite baths, flat-screen televisions, complimentary Wi-Fi, phone, and cable • Restaurant-style menus created by dietary experts working closely with a full-time gourmet celebrity chef • Beauty shop and spa room for medical massages • On-site laundry, housekeeping, maintenance • Podiatry services, mobile X-ray units • Appointment coordination with medical specialists • Chapel

By: Keshia Swan Strategic Communications Mgr – Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana


ark your calendars, download the Girl Scout Cookie Finder App to your smartphone or tablet, and get ready for the delicious treats you’ve been waiting for all year long – Girl Scout cookies! Girls will take pre-orders beginning January 1-17, and community booth sales start February 20th and end March 15th. This year the cookie program has several major announcements we want to share with you:

Girl Scout Cookies have gone digital! On December 1, 2014, the 103-year-old Girl Scouts organization announced that grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins in far off locales can now order cookies from their favorite Kentuckiana Girl Scout on-line, using a unique web address designated for her.

Download the Cookie App Finding the closest Girl Scout cookie booth near you just got easier. Download the Girl Scout Cookie Finder app available on both Google Play and the iPhone App Store.

Stock up before the price raise This is your last chance to purchase cookies at $3.50. For over a decade, Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana has maintained the lowest price point on cookies compared to many other January2015 • 11

councils around the country; however in 2016, look for a price tag comparable to other councils around the country, so stock up in 2015!

Happy Birthday, Samoas! Kentuckiana’s favorite cookie turns 40! Join us in wishing a Happy Birthday to the Samoas by snapping a ‘selfie’ on Instagram or Facebook between February 6th and March 6th, with the hashtag #onemorebite…you just might win a one-year supply of your favorite Girl Scout Cookie.

New cookie flavors! For the 2016 cookie year, the Kentuckiana council is happy to introduce two new cookies to the Girl Scout Cookie Program line-up: Rah-Rah Raisins and Toffee-tastic. Rah-Rah Raisins is a hearty oatmeal cookie with plump raisins and Greek yogurt-flavored chunks and Toffee-tastic is our delicious, gluten-free option with golden toffee bits bursting with flavor.

Teaching money management and more! The Girl Scout Cookie Program is a cornerstone of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. It’s the largest, most successful girl run business in the world. Through this program, girls learn goal setting, decision-making, money management, people skills, and business ethics. These are all key 21st century business and finance skills. As the premier leadership organization for young women, Girl Scouts support financial confidence. The organization fosters skills, and independence by providing girls with information and resources on saving, developing strong credit, minimizing debt, philanthropy and financing their dreams. In an ever-changing economy, financial skills are leadership skills!

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need and want financial literacy skills to help them achieve their dreams. However, just 12% of girls surveyed felt confident in making financial decisions. Adversely, Girl Scouts involved in the Cookie Program develop money management skills; 85% of them had learned important financial skills and over 90% stated that it is important for them to learn how to manage money.

Girl Scouts fosters leaders! It is up to us all to ensure today’s young women are developing the financial savvy, business skills, and innovative thinking that will position them to be leaders. Girls today reflect a new generation of financially empowered and independent citizens. An overwhelming majority of young women feel gender is not a barrier to what they can accomplish financially. Many Girl Scouts decide to use funds earned through the Girl Scouts Cookie Program to invest in their communities. Giving back to those in need isn’t just good for the soul, it’s good for the world! They may decide to donate troop proceeds to a local animal hospital, build a playground or use their hard-earned money to help fund a back-to-nature wilderness adventure. Whatever the specific goals and outcomes, we assure you that selling cookies does great things for girls. So perhaps that’s why buying Girl Scout cookies feels so satisfying. After the boxes are empty and the cookies are gone, you’re left with a feeling of fullness and fulfillment; knowing that you played a small part in helping a young girl – a young leader – reach her truest potential. In a world that too often throws up roadblocks for girls, you helped tear them down. The cookies? That’s just the dessert, your prize if you will, for a job well done! For more information on Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana visit us on the web at And, for more information on the Girl Scout Cookie Program visit v January2015 • 13


by: Tammy Thompson, Public Relations Officer - WKCTC

What’s in Your Canoe? The WKCTC Essay Contest portage is a journey between bodies of water in which you must load up your canoe with everything necessary for the journey and carry it to the next destination. West Kentucky Community and Technical College (WKCTC) incorporated this theme in a recent essay contest inspired by the 2014, One Book, One Campus, One Community Read. The chosen book, Orphan Train, was written by New York Times best-selling author, Christina Baker Kline.


WKCTC held an essay contest for students as part of the One Book, One Campus, One Community Read. Students were encouraged to discuss their own portage and share what they would choose to carry in their life’s canoe and why. The winners of the contest were announced in December with two first place winners in the college category and one winner in the high school category. Each winner received a $50 cash prize.

The novel explains that for thousands of years, the Wabanaki Indians traveled extensively by canoe, portaging from one body of water to another. Canoes were essential; little else, though, was deemed indispensable. The book’s main characters, Molly and Vivian, have certain items that they carry with them throughout their portages.

WKCTC is hosting a number of activities and events this school year to help generate interest and participation in the One Book, One Campus, One Community Read, which will culminate in a visit from Kline on March 31 and April 1, 2015.

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The following are excerpts from the winning contest entries.

Journey on Life’s River By: Amanda Lenhardt – WKCTC When I think of what is not important to take with me on my journey, the first things that comes to mind are the material objects I’ve acquired over time. These are the knick-knacks or even the things we like to collect, it can also be all the electronic devices we all have in our homes. But to me all of this is just “stuff.” We think we can’t live without these material objects but in actuality, you can. Everyone is constantly plugged into some sort of computer or IPhone that they can’t stop to enjoy the people or places around them. Wherever I go in life I can always work hard and get more “stuff.” But all these items we have can’t be taken with us when we are gone. So we should remember it’s not what you have that people will remember you by. It is your character people will remember. When I move from place to place in life with my “canoe,” I may come across the same river twice, but in reality it will never truly be the same because the water always flows and changes. That is like people; they always are changing, growing from infancy to adolescence, from adulthood to old age. Then we die and our bodies become part of the earth and the circle of life closes. Hopefully as we make our journey around this circle, we will make the right choices and bring with us what is truly important in life. I don’t know what the future will hold for me on this journey. But I do look forward to seeing what will happen. Hopefully in the end when someone looks back on my life, they will have good things to say about me and what I have done, then will help someone else along their own journey.

Community Art Contest The Paducah School of Art and Design is hosting a community-wide art contest in February to complement the One Book project. The contest and exhibition are open to 2-Dimensional works in all media. Readers are encouraged to create works of art that relate to the history-based Orphan Train which is set between 1859-1929 and recounts the practice of bringing orphan children by train from northern cities to cities in America’s heartland for adoption along the way. Readers might illustrate a favorite scene from the book; create a portrait study from imagination of one of the characters; render or illustrate some aspect of train travel during the period; or any number of other sources of inspiration generated by the book. Visual resources can be viewed at No entry fee; cash awards for winners. All works exhibited in the Clemens Fine Arts Center February 19-April 3, 2015. Entries due by February 13. For more information about the One Book project, Orphan Train and the PSAD art contest, visit www.westkentucky.

The Hope Chest By: Patricia L. Sparks - WKCTC Trisha lifted boxes of greeting cards, little whatnots and such that would mean nothing to anyone else but her they were things she couldn't get rid of. They would go in a box that would go to storage. As she put these boxes aside, she found a piece of heavy paper or cardboard from which a pair of pantyhose had been packaged. In a child's handwriting was scribbled with a blue crayon describing the worst day of his life, but how Momma had been his hero, signed “Love Andrew.” Trisha remembered that day and how she had found this card that was written from the heart, and she put it away in her chest of treasures. As she wiped a tear from her cheek, she laid the card in the suitcase on top of Scarlet's photo. A bundle of receipts from the building of their house fell out of a stuffed box, and Trisha laughed to herself when she picked it up to see a Nestea instant tea label sticking out. January2015 • 15

The week before Michael and Trisha were married, Michael had gone and purchased groceries for their new little home, which was a rented mobile home in eastern Kentucky. Not knowing how to make iced tea, he purchased a gigantic jar of Nestea. This was a joke between the two of them all of these years - how that jar lasted for ever, just like their love always would. Trisha had kept this and decided that even though the label was the start of their beginning journey, she wanted to take this on their new journey. As she wiped the tears from her eyes, she looked at the clock to see that she had spent over two hours reminiscing from the memories of her years and thought she had little accomplished for the time. There would be things that she would pack that would be needed to live, to survive in a strange new country, and even though these things would not be valuable to anyone else, these things placed in this suitcase she felt were important to take on this journey. These were things that reminded her of where she came from, things that money could not buy or that she could get anywhere else. They were a part of her or maybe a part of what made her who she was.

In a Forest Full of Wolves By: Alex Rich - St. Mary High School Everyone experiences a time when something must be left behind. Whether it is moving homes or simply having to decide what goes into a garage sale, these decisions about what to keep can be almost impossible. As a result of how difficult it is to part with our possessions, people seem to be fairly divided about how they approach it. Some get used to leaving things behind and travel too lightly, planning to buy what they need; while others carry everything that would be needed to survive a nuclear fallout and are forced to carry five or six bags around a crowded city. However, I believe that both ignore the true spirit of portaging, to carry everything you will need with you. The problem with portaging is predicting everything you will need is difficult, and in all my life, I believe I have only done it successfully once. It is thanks to my successful portage that I was able to make it to my new friends. Had I taken too much, I would have been borne down by the weight and may have been slow to find them. Had I packed too lightly, I could not have made it through the dangers between me and them. It is for this reason that I believe to portage is not just “packing lightly,â€? it is being able to read the danger ahead and prepare appropriately. Because danger comes in many forms, it is not always a material item that can mean the difference between success and failure. Sometimes it is a special memory that you hold close inside that will lead you safely to the next lake. v 16 • January2015

by: Dr. Mitchell Kaye - Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Center of Kentucky


Cosmetic & Reconstructive Plastic Surgery - Through the ages: Late Teens – 30s


Saline or Silicone implants?

Patients who have breast augmentation procedures have a high satisfaction rate because it is such a powerful boost to a woman’s self esteem. The hardest part of the process for the patient is “getting up the nerve” to come in for a consultation. Once this hurdle is crossed, we can actually see that person relax as the consultation goes on and they become excited by the realization that this dream can actually happen. Each per-

All currently available implants in the US have a silicone “shell” or outer container. This is a soft, pliable material. The content of the shell is either sterile saline (salt water) or sterile silicone gel, a thick liquid that sticks to itself. Both devices have been extensively studied for many years and have been cleared by the FDA for breast augmentation. There are some significant differences between the two devices. Since both leak at the rate of about 1.5% per implant per year, some women feel more comfortable with saline. A saline implant leak is easy to see; the breast just gets smaller over a week or two. Silicone can leak but it is

or a young woman, late teens to age 30, this time is one of early sexual maturity. Issues with body contour, such as breast and abdominal shape are paramount for self-esteem and attractiveness. Some women look to breast augmentation for a volume and shape that they never developed. This is the most common procedure that we see in this group and in fact, in our practice.

son considering an augmentation needs to make some important decisions. Below are some key points in that process: January2015 • 17

beneath the chest (pectoralis) muscle. Finally, silicone implants are several times more expensive than saline and this cost must be passed on to the patient.

Choice of incision?

very difficult to detect by the patient or doctor, since it is designed to stick to itself and not flow out of the shell. The FDA recommends an MRI every two to three years to look for leakage, and this is an added expense. The FDA concluded that there is no evidence after prolonged study that silicone implants are associated with systemic diseases, but leaked silicone can cause irritation or inflammation locally and in the axillary (armpit) lymph nodes. Most people feel that silicone implants feel more like a natural breast, and this can be important in thin or small breasted women. However, it is much more difficult to tell the difference between saline and silicone implants if they are placed

The most common incision is a short incision placed parallel to the natural crease below the breast. This tends to heal as a hard to see, fine line that is covered by the breast when the patient is upright. It can be seen when she lies down. Another option is through an axillary (armpit) incision. This keeps the incision and scar off the breast, but is a little harder for the surgeon to work through and may not be a good choice for some women. An incision placed at junction of the areola (brown area around the nipple) and the breast skin is another good option, especially if a lift is needed in addition to the augmentation. A possible down side is the risk of interfering with nipple sensation or breast feeding in a relatively low percentage of women. Finally, some surgeons place implants through an umbilical (belly button) incision but this is the least common and most indirect method.

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Choice of placement: above or beneath the (pectoralis) muscle? For almost all saline implant patients the implant should be placed behind the muscle as this hides most of the implant and gives a more natural curve to the upper part of the breast. This combination also has a low rate of abnormal scarring called capsule contracture. Silicone implants can be place on top of or behind this muscle due to their better texture, but silicone implants placed above the muscle have a higher rate of capsule contracture in most studies. The implant can also be seen more easily above the muscle, which makes it important to have thick skin and good tissue covering the implant if it is placed in this muscle.

Size of implant? This is obviously going to be influenced by the woman’s goals for her breast size. Careful breast measurements and good judgment by the surgeon is critical. The implant is fitted to the patient and not the other way around. There are usually a number of different size options that will fit a patient but the choices are not infinite. An excessively large implant may not heal correctly and can cause problems later on. Although it is understandable that some women may want a very large breast if they have always had small breasts, this may not be in her best interest and this desire will require a frank discussion. This is a highly individualized process. Some women can “see” their ideal size very quickly and others may take longer. Sometimes women will come back for a second session to re-size implants to confirm their choice. Not surprisingly we see a lot of issues that are the result of the dramatic changes in body contour that can occur with pregnancy and its after-effects. There is also a smaller group

of adolescents and women in their early twenties who have such naturally large breasts that they produce self-consciousness and discomfort. Breast re-shaping is often desirable after childbearing and/or nursing. Commonly there will be an enlargement of the breasts during this time period that can be followed by a deflation and sagging of the breasts. Simple volume loss will do well with an augment alone, as discussed above. However a significant amount of droop, or ptosis, will require a lift to re-shape the breast. Implants alone do not “lift” a breast. A breast lift, also known as a mastopexy, is the operation that lifts the nipple and areola to a higher, and more aesthetic position while contouring the remainder of the breast. Often there is excess tissue and skin that needs to be removed or tightened, especially in the lower part of the breast. Therefore some of this operation is a breast reduction done for cosmetic purposes. One thing that this operation does not do is add volume in the upper part of the breast. To do this, one usually relies on an implant to add fullness to that half of the breast. This can make a big difference in the final shape of the breast, but also adds complexity to the operation since the operation is attempting to lift, reduce volume in the lower breast and add volume in the upper breast while tightening the overlying tissues. Nevertheless, it is one of our most commonly performed procedures and can be highly satisfying for the patient and her surgeon. For more information and to see before and after photos on these and other cosmetic surgery procedures visit our website, You can schedule an individualized consultation with Dr. Kaye at 866-234-0470 (toll free). v January2015 • 19


by: Rick Epstein

New Year’s Resolutions


ell, here it is January and we’re yet one more year into ‘The Future.’ I knew it would be like this – with robots bringing me snacks and my self-navigating solar car moored near my front door. Not that I drive much. I telecommute. A few minutes on the smart phone, and my contribution to the world of work is sent away. Then I can spend the rest of the day cavorting with my kids. They don’t attend school anymore because the sharpest educators in the world are giving them their lessons online. I can barely remember those awkward days when the past was long-gone, but ‘The Future; hadn’t quite arrived yet. Back then, I’ll admit that I had been yearning for the past; the days I’d grown up in. When kids played ball whenever they felt like it and for as long as they felt like it, without insurance, umpires, referees, spectators or other adult involvement. When toys were toys. Baseball cards, comic books, dolls and stuffed animals were not purchased for preservation under plastic, but for actual consumption by kids with grimy and active hands. (Have you heard a baseball card popping against the spokes of a bike lately?) When kids would disappear for an afternoon and you could feel confident they’d show up for supper. I also missed the real materials: The steel cars, leather baseball gloves, wooden bats and canvas tents. And as more time is spent staring at video screens, our kids will miss the real sensations of a non-digitized adventure, whether it’s falling into a creek, reading a book under a tree, or throwing clods of dirt at their friends.

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Could be I’m just romanticizing my own long-gone youth. Back when I had no past, and was consequently a creature of the present. With a few exceptions, we parents are creatures of the past. We were shaped during our ‘Wonder Years’ to function perfectly in those times, whether they were the ‘60s or the ‘80s. And then those times went and changed, and we’ve been off-balance ever since. But our formative influences aren’t wasted if we drag some of the past along with us. So my own strategy for dealing with the future is to drag along as much of the past as possible.

Here are my New Year’s Resolutions: • Once a month, as a spiritual “re-centering” exercise, I’ll watch an old movie starring James Stewart, Kirk Douglas or John Wayne. Whenever I am going to confront someone tough, I will picture Gary Cooper in “High Noon” (1951). If my foe is really tough, I will invoke Tarzan (as written by Edgar Rice Burroughs in 1912) or “Dirty Harry” (as played by Clint Eastwood in 1971). • I will require that any boy who comes to pick up one of my daughters for a date must creep out of his car, slither up the front steps and knock on the door. Eye-contact will win him a hearty handshake. • I will get my hair cut by a barber who would laugh at anyone asking for an appointment.

• I will use good old words like “library,” “hospital” and “prison” and reject new juiceless terms like “media center,” “medical center” and “correctional facility.” And, every so often, I will make reference to “Red China,” and use the word “gay” to mean joyous. • When a homework assignment requires one of my kids to bake a cake in the shape of Sri Lanka or render her spelling words in pieces of pasta, I will phone the teacher and ask, “Why?” • I will stare at people who have pierced their noses, tongues or eyebrows. I can’t believe they do it for beauty’s sake, but I CAN believe they do it to disturb me. It’s only polite to let them know it’s working. • I will carry the 20th-century standards and attitudes of my father ever-deeper into the 21st century. I’ll try to keep alive his respect for civility, culture and knowledge and his old-fashioned common sense. (When appropriate, I’ll say things like: “Liars need good memories” and “the road to Hell is paved with good intentions.” When someone “ought to be horsewhipped,” I will say so.) Dad’s sayings reflected his own upbringing, including the teachings of his father: A man who’d spent his own Wonder Years in Russia, without electricity and indoor toilets and not even knowing he ought to have them. It can be a good and steadying thing to drag the values of our ancestors behind us in a long line that disappears back into the distant past. Like a sea anchor that helps keep a storm-blown ship from going too far off-course. • And above all, I will refuse to be intimidated by ‘The Future.’ Honestly, I really don’t think it has arrived yet. (I was just kidding about the robots bringing me snacks.) v Rick can be reached at January2015 • 21


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Llama llama Read-a-Rama. Night Owls program. 6 PM McCracken County Public Library.


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FRIDAY 2: Daily Planetarium shows. Golden Pond Visitor Center. Land Between the Lakes.

SATURDAY 3: Legos at the Library. McCracken County Public Library. 1 – 2 PM

SUNDAY 4: Daily Planetarium shows. Golden Pond Visitor Center. Land Between the Lakes.

MONDAY 5: Daily Planetarium shows. Golden Pond Visitor Center. Land Between the Lakes.

If you are a Catholic who has been away from the Church, we invite you to consider renewing your relationship with God and the Catholic Church. Informal listening sessions and an update of the Catholic faith facilitated by parishioners. The first session is from 6 - 7:30 PM in the St. Jane Frances Religious Education Center (on the corner of 5th St and Kentucky Ave). Contact Cindy at 270-559-4606 for information, without obligation. St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church – 270-4421923.

THURSDAY 8: Paducah Chamber Power in Partnership Breakfast. Julian Carroll Convention Center, Paducah. 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM. 270-443-1746. “Weight – the Reality Series.” McCracken County Extension Office. 8-week series. 10 – 11 AM $10 entry fee. Yoga available from 11:15 – noon. Pre-register at 270-554-9520. Family Game Night. McCracken County Public Library. 5 – 8 PM

FRIDAY 9: West Kentucky Boat Show. CFSB Center, Murray. Free admission. Family-friendly. 4 – 9 PM

SATURDAY 10: West Kentucky Boat Show. CFSB Center, Murray. Free admission. Family-friendly. 10 AM – 8 PM

TUESDAY 6: “Florida Gardening.” Toolbox Series with the Master Gardeners. 5:10 PM Free class. Call to reserve your spot. 270-554-9520.

Second Saturday Studio/Gallery Walk. LowerTown Arts District, Noon-8 270.444.8649 •

Story Hour. McCracken County Public Library. 10 AM & 1 PM

Legos at the Library. McCracken County Public Library. 1 – 2 PM

Baby and Me. McCracken County Public Library. 11 AM

Everything Eagles Van Tour. 1:30 – 4:30 PM $10/person. Reservation & full deposit required. Meet at the Golden Pond Visitor Center. Land Between the Lakes.

WEDNESDAY 7: Off the Shelf Book Discussion. The Tilted World. McCracken County Public


SUNDAY 11: West Kentucky Boat Show. CFSB Center, Murray. Free admission. Family-friendly. 11 AM – 4 PM Sunset Eagle Viewing. Land Between the Lakes. $7/person. 3:30 – 5:30


MONDAY 12: Music at MAC presents Jack Grelle and Ryan Koenig with the Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers. 7 PM Maiden Alley Cinema. 270-441-7007 or

TUESDAY 13: Clear the Clutter Boot Camp. McCracken County Extension Office. 10 – 11:30 AM 270-554-9520. Story Hour. McCracken County Public Library. 10 AM & 1 PM Baby and Me. McCracken County Public Library. 11 AM

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Guys and Dolls. Carson Center. 7:15 PM

WEDNESDAY 14: THURSDAY 15: Family Game Night. McCracken County Public Library. 5 – 8 PM “Noble Park Funland – 35 Years of Timeless Memories.” Evening Upstairs. McCracken County Public Library. 7 PM Becky’s New Car. Market House Theatre. 7:30 PM

FRIDAY 16: The Midtown Men. Carson Center. 7 PM Trivia Contest. Ballard Memorial High School Football Boosters will host a trivia contest in the school cafeteria. Doors open at 6 PM Contest begins at 7 PM $10/person on teams of six. Mulligans will be available at $2 per person or $10 per team. Heads or tails will be featured during one of the breaks between rounds. Becky’s New Car. Market House Theatre. 7:30 PM

SATURDAY 17: Brunch with the Eagles River Cruise. Kenlake State Resort Park Marina. $60/person. 8:30 - 11:30 AM Call 270-924-2020 to reserve your spot. Legos at the Library. McCracken County Public Library. 1 – 2 PM Lunch with the Eagles River Cruise. Kenlake State Resort Park Marina. $60/person. 1 – 4 PM Call 270-924-2020 to reserve your spot. Becky’s New Car. Market House Theatre. 7:30 PM Adult Volunteer Literacy Program training. John A. Logan College. Did you know that there are adults here in Southern Illinois that can’t read and barely know the alphabet? Others find basic communication in English difficult. If you’d like to volunteer with adults learning to read, write, do basic math, or speak English as a Second Language, call the John A. Logan College Literacy Program at 618-985-2828 ext. 8414 and ask for Colleen Springer.

SUNDAY 18: Becky’s New Car. Market House Theatre. 2:30 PM

MONDAY 19: MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY Lunch with the Eagles River Cruise. Kenlake State Resort Park Marina. $60/person. 11 AM – 2 PM Call 270-924-2020 to reserve your spot.

TUESDAY 20: Story Hour. McCracken County Public Library. 10 AM & 1 PM Baby & Me. 11 – 11:20 AM McCracken County Public Library. Love on a Leash. McCracken County Public Library. 6:30 sweet dog & earn prizes.


Read to a gentle,

WEDNESDAY 21: THURSDAY 22: Family Game Night. McCracken County Public Library. 5 – 8 PM Becky’s New Car. Market House Theatre. 7:30 PM Red Cross Blood Drive. Noon – 4


McCracken County Public Library.

FRIDAY 23: Friends of the McCracken County Public Library Winter Used Book Sale. St. Paul Lutheran Church, 211 S. 21st St. 9 AM – 7 PM Wild Kratts Live! Carson Center. Class Acts Series. 10 AM Wild Kratts Live! Carson Center. 6:45 PM 9 to 5. Historic Lovett Auditorium, Murray. 7:30 PM Becky’s New Car. Market House Theatre. 7:30 PM January2015 • 23

SATURDAY 24: Friends of the McCracken County Public Library Winter Used Book Sale. St. Paul Lutheran Church, 211 S. 21st St. 9 AM – 1 PM Time Travelers’ Club. Van Gogh & Friends. 1


McCracken County Public Library.

Frozen Science. Challenger Learning Center. 10 AM – Noon. $20/person. Grades: kindergarten – 4th. Legos at the Library. McCracken County Public Library. 1 – 2 PM Becky’s New Car. Market House Theatre. 2:30 & 7:30 PM 9 to 5. Historic Lovett Auditorium, Murray. 7:30 PM

SUNDAY 25: Family-Friendly Eagle Van Tour. Golden Pond Visitor Center, Land Between the Lakes. $10/person. 1:30 – 5 PM Call 270-924-2020 to reserve your spot. Becky’s New Car. Market House Theatre. 2:30 PM Read Like a Girl Book Club: Matilda by Roald Dahl. 3 PM McCracken County Public Library. 9 to 5. Historic Lovett Auditorium, Murray. 2:30 PM

MONDAY 26: Beginner’s Stain Glass Workshop Series. Ephemera Paducah. 270-443-0003.

TUESDAY 27: Free Family Law Clinic. McCracken County Public Library. 4-6 PM. Pre-registration is encouraged for personalized help, but is not required. To register for the clinic or for more information about the clinic, please call Legal Aid at (270) 442-5518. Held the last Tuesday of each month. You may also pick up flyers at the Family Court or the McCracken County Child Support Office. Story Hour. McCracken County Public Library. 10 AM & 1 PM Baby and Me. McCracken County Public Library. 11 AM

WEDNESDAY 28: THURSDAY 29: Family Game Night. McCracken County Public Library. 5 – 8 PM

FRIDAY 30: “Keeping it Sweet: the Scoop on Sugar Substitutes.” McCracken County Extension Office. 9:30 AM 270-554-9520.

SATURDAY 31: Early Bird Eagle tour. 9 AM – 12:30 PM Golden Pond Visitor Center, Land Between the Lakes. Bring binoculars and dress for the weather. Call 270924-2020 to reserve your spot. Legos at the Library. McCracken County Public Library. 1 – 2 PM Rodney Carrington. Carson Center. 7 PM

Art Galleries, Exhibitions & Museums: SECOND SATURDAYS Gallery Walk .

Visit Lowertown’s great galleries and studios on the second Saturday. 12PM – 8 PM.

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THROUGH FEBRUARY 6: Murray State University’s Advanced Drawing Exhibit. Maiden Alley Cinema. 270-442-7723.

Arcadia United Methodist Church - 270-442-3313 261 Lone Oak Road, Paducah.

THROUGH FEBRUARY 23, 2015: Motion from Contemporary Quilt Art

SUNDAY School: 9 AM; Worship Service: 10 AM TUESDAY: Men's Prayer Gathering, 7:30 AM

Association. National Quilt Museum.

THROUGH MARCH 31: Mayor’s Art Club Exhibits. City Hall, Paducah. Featuring NeuroRestorative artwork & Paul Aho paintings. 270-444-8800 or

JANUARY 9 – MARCH 10: School Block Challenge. National Quilt Museum.

Bellview Baptist Church – 270-554-3173 SUNDAY School: 9 AM; Worship Service: 10 AM; Sunday Evening: 6 PM; WEDNESDAY Evening: 6:30 PM

Bethel Cumberland Presbyterian Church - 270-876-7239 “Come Grow With Us”

JANUARY 9 – MARCH 10: Heart of America. National Quilt Museum.

SUNDAY: Sunday School, 9 AM.; Worship, 10 AM. & 6 PM. Youth (6th-12th grade) , 6 PM WEDNESDAY: 5:30 Meal 6 PM AWANA (0-5th) Youth (6th-12th) Adult Bible Study

JANUARY 18 – 31: Teen Spirit Exhibition 2015. Yeiser Art Center. 270-442-

Broadway Baptist Church - 2435 Broadway


JANUARY 27 – FEBRUARY 23: Looking Ahead – Works by Summer 2015 Master Artist Workshop Presenters. Clemens Fine Arts Center – Gallery of Paducah School of Art and Design. 270-554-9200.

Pastor: Brother Steve Gorham; Sunday School, 10 AM; Sunday worship, 11AM; Sunday evening, 6 PM; Wednesday worship, 7 PM

Broadway Church of Christ - 270-443-6206 2855 Broadway Street, Paducah.

Glass Artisan Guild. Meets in Murray and is open to all. For information, contact Judi Little at 270-436-5132 or visit Meets the 2nd tue at 6PM- Usually at the Murray Transit Center- but we also meet in members studios for special projects and demonstrations.

SUNDAY: Morning Worship, 9:30 AM; Bible Study, 10:45 AM Evening Worship, 6 PM MONDAYS & WEDNESDAYS: Precious Pottery Preschool, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM TUESDAY: Clothing Give Away, 10:00 AM – noon WEDNESDAY: Ladies Bible Class, 10:00 AM, Bible Classes 6:30 PM

Civil War Walking Tour. Paducah Convention and Visitor's Bureau. Using the map, drawn by hand in 1861, by a Federal Captain of occupying troops in Paducah, follow the path of historical markers to discover the city"s important role during the Civil War. Call 1-800-PADUCAH for more.

Broadway United Methodist Church - 270-443-2401

Market @ 315. An array of original art forms. Quilts, Paintings, Turned Wood, Bead Art, Fiber Arts, and much more! All to your "Arts Desire"! 270-442-6151.

WEDNESDAY Praise & worship, 6 p.m., Igert Hall. SELECTED FRIDAY NIGHTS: Parent’s Night Out. Safe, reliable babysitting available

SUNDAY: Fellowship Time 9 AM. Youth & Adult Sunday School for all ages - 9:30 AM. Worship 10:30 AM Youth group (grades 6-12) – 6 PM

National Quilt Museum. 215 Jefferson Street. For more, call 270-442-8856. Scheduled school groups of 10 or more are free. The museum offers guided tours to pre-registered groups. Please schedule your group at least two weeks in advance.

for special event or dinner out. Contact the Mother’s Day Out department at 443-2401 Mother's Day Out- Children 3 months -5 years meets TUESDAY AND THURSDAYS from 9 AM -2 PM Call 443-2401 ext. 216 for more information.

Paducah Railroad Museum - 200 Washington Street. Wed. – Fri.: Noon - 4p.m.; Sat.: 10 AM – 4 PM or by appointment. $5/adult; $2/child, ages 12 years and under. 270-908-6451. PAPA Gallery. Works by 100 local artists. 124 Broadway, Paducah. Monday - Friday, 10 - 4 PM. FREE. 270-575-3544 or Lowertown Gallery information available at Paducah Railroad Museum – 200 Washington St. Wed. – Fri.: Noon - 4p.m.; Sat.: 10 – 4 PM or by appointment. $5/adult; $2/child, ages 12 years and under. 270-9086451.


River Discovery Center – 117 S. Water Street. Monday – Saturday 9:30 AM – 5 PM. Sunday 1 – 5 PM . $7 adults, $5 children (ages 3 - 12), $6 seniors 60 and over. 270-5759958. Lloyd Tilghman House & Civil War Museum - 631 Kentucky Ave. Interpreting Paducah's & Western KY's roles in the Civil War. Fri/Sat Noon to 4PM; 10AM-4PM when riverboats in port; group tours by appt. Adults $3/child 6-12 $1/under 6 free 270-575-5477. The William Clark Market House Museum – 121 Market House Square. Mon – Sat 12 – 4 PM. $3 ages 12 and up, $1 ages 6 – 11, 270-443-7759 Whitehaven Welcome Center – I-24, exit 7. Tours 1 – 4 PM daily, Tours every half hour, daily 1:30 – 4 PM. FREE. 270-554-2077.

Religious Services & Meetings: Amazing Grace Lutheran Church - 270-554-5256 or 270-443-7787 • 1601 Jefferson • Paducah SUNDAY Service: 10 AM January2015 • 25

Christ Chapel E.M.C.

EVENTS CALENDAR Counseling Services: New Directions Counseling for stress, sadness, abuse; office hours by appointment, call 270-217-2753; Choirs available for all ages. Contact Art DeWeese @270-443-2401 for information. Brooks Pool is open to the community for Year-Round Swimming in our indoor heated pool. Swim lessons, and lifeguard certification are available. Pool Rental for private parties. Water Aerobics: MONDAY – FRIDAY 10 AM. Power Water Aerobics: TUESDAY/THURSDAY, 9 a.m.; WEDNESDAY, 5 PM

Calvary Baptist Church Clements & Powell St, Paducah • Pastor Pail Hatcher Sunday School: 10:00 AM; Worship Service: 11:00 Wednesday Service: 6:30 PM.


Evening Service: 6

Pastor Dr. Tom Hiter. Traditional Anglican--1928 BCP. SUNDAYS 8:30 AM, "The Lighthouse" floating Chapel on Kentucky Lake (moored at Southern Komfort Marina). WEDNESDAYS 7:00 PM, Hiter Chapel in Fairdealing. Call for directions 270-354-9132.

Christ Community Church - 270-744-0397 • Youth Pastor: Hamilton C. Ashley (270) 727-0188 • Childrens Ministries: Jessica Watkins (270) 575-3120 SUNDAY: Coffee and Donuts,9 a.m.; Bible classes,9:30 a.m; Morning Worship and Junior Church (ages 10 and under) 10:30 AM WEDNESDAY: Bible Study 7 PM

Community Fellowship Baptist Church - 270-856-4463 PM;

90 State Route 408 West, Hickory, KY • SUNDAYS: 8:30, 10 & 11:30 AM

Calvert City First Presbyterian Church - 270-395- 4700 639 Evergreen Street , P.O. Box 95 • Calvert City, KY

Concord Christian Center- 270-441-7900 3661 James Sanders Blvd., Paducah KY (Across from Hutson's and Sam's) • • Everyone Welcome! Sunday School: 9:30 AM; Fellowship: 10:00 AM; Worship: 10:45 AM;

SUNDAY: Small Groups: 9.45 a.m., Worship: 10.45 a.m., 6 PM WEDNESDAY Service: 7 PM

Calvert City United Methodist Church 571 Oak Park Blvd., Calvert City, KY

Concord United Methodist Church - 270-443-2669

SUNDAY: 9AM, First Light Worship Service – Contemporary; 10 AM, Sunday School; 11AM, Traditional Service WEDNESDAY: 6PM, Children, Youth & Adult Bible Studies; 7PM, Adult Choir

Central Church of Christ – 270-442-1017 2201 Washington Street: SUNDAY: Bible Study Classes for all ages 9:30 AM, Morning worship 10:30 AM, Evening worship 6:00 PM WEDNESDAY: Bible Study classes for all ages 7:00 PM EVERY TUESDAY: Ladies' Bible Class, 1 - 2 PM last SATURDAYS: "Dorcas Day" Clothing Give-Away 9 AM-Noon (except for Oct, Nov, and Dec)

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SUNDAY Worship Times - 8:15 AM, 10:30 AM & 6 PM; Coffee/Donuts/ Fellowship – 9 AM. Sunday School - 9:30 AM Tuesday - 6:30 PM - WISE Bible Study for women WEDNESDAY Fellowship Meal- 5:15 PM (call to make reservations); B.L.A.S.T. for Kids,Youth Meeting & Adult Bible Study 6 PM THURSDAY- Men's Prayer Breakfast – 8 AM The Prayer Room is open to the public Monday - Friday 9 AM - 4 PM • Plus Homemakers, Scouts, Blood Drives and other Occasional Events. Child care is Provided in the Nursery during Sunday Morning Services

Concord West Church of Christ-270-744-8440 4715 Mayfield Metropolis Road SUNDAY Bible Study 9:00AM, Worship 10:00AM, Evening Worship 6:00 PM WEDNESDAY Bible Study 7:00 PM

First Baptist Church, Paducah - 270-442-2728 SUNDAY: Early Morning Service, 8:30 AM; Bible Study, 9:50 AM;Late Morning Service,11 AM , Sunday night prayer service, 6 PM. WEDNESDAY: Fellowship Meal, 5 PM; AWANA, 5:45 PM; Worship, 6 PM; Adult Choir Rehearsal, 7 PM.

First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) - Benton 270-527-8560 - 2515 S Main St. Facebook: First Christian Church Disciples of Christ Benton YouTube: SUNDAY: Church school 9:45 AM, Worship: 10:45 AM • WEDNESDAY: Youth night 5:30-7 PM • MONDAY, WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY: Men's exercise group: 9-10 AM

First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Paducah, Ky 270443-8251 • 415 Audobon Drive Paducah, KY SUNDAY: Sunday School 9:30 AM, Traditional Worship 10:45 AM, (Sanctuary Upper Level),


Books. Brains. Banking.

10:45 AM; Celebration Contemporary Worship (Fellowship Hall – Lower Level), 10:45 AM

First Presbyterian Church - 270-442-3545 SUNDAY: Church School 9:30 AM; Worship 10:45 AM; Youth Choir (6TH - 12TH grades), 4:30 PM, Youth Group 5:30 - 7 PM, Handbells, 6 PM WEDNESDAY: Children's Choir & activities 4 - 5:45 PM; Adult Choir 7 PM

Fountain Avenue United Methodist - 270-443-1724 SUNDAY: Fellowship, 9

AM; Sunday School for all ages, 9:45 AM; Worship and Children’s Church (ages 4-9), 10:45 AM. Communion service first Sunday of each month. Nursery provided for birth - age 3. Evening Services: 6 PM MONDAY/ THURSDAY: Quilting Group, 9:30 AM WEDNESDAY: Church Dinner, 5:30 PM ($5/ call for reservation by Tuesday Noon); Program and youth activities, 6 PM; Choir, 6:30 PM.

Four Rivers Covenant Church – 270-444-6598 or 1-866-733-7245


Paducah Campus: 1200 Broadway • Lakes Campus: 109 Main Street, Calvert City SUNDAY: Worship- 9:30 & 11:00AM

Friendship Baptist Church of Paducah - 270-534-1900 SUNDAY: Sunday School 9:00 AM, Morning Worship 10:15 Worship 6:00 PM. WEDNESDAY: Evening Worship 6:00 PM.




Grace Bible Church - 270-554-0808 SUNDAY: Celebration Service, 9:45 AM - Potluck following Sunday services. WEDNESDAY: Service, 6:30 PM

Harmony Baptist Church – 270-488-3115 9215 OGDEN LANDING ROAD • HARMONYPASTOR@GMAIL.COM - FIND US ON FACEBOOK! SUNDAY: 10 AM, Sunday School; 11 AM Morning Worship, Children's Church; 5:30 PM AWANA; 6 PM Evening Worship WEDNESDAY: 7 PM Prayer and Praise, Bible Buddies

Heartland Worship Center - 270-534-1400 SUNDAY: Sunday School - . 8, 9:15, 10:45 AM; Sunday Services – 9:30, 10:45 AM & 6 PM WEDNESDAY: Evening Service – 6 PM; Children’s activities - 6 PM; Middle/High School, 6-8 PM.; DivorceCare, 6:30 PM.

Highland Cumberland Presbyterian Church – 270-554-3572 SUNDAY: Sunday School - 9:45 AM, Worship -10:45 AM, Youth and Evening Worship 6 PM. WEDNESDAY:Youth - 6:00 PM, Bible Study - 6PM

Hillcrest Baptist Church - 270-217-2796 SUNDAY: Sunday School 9 AM, Services 10 AM and 5 PM. Hillcrest Preschool, MONDAY - FRIDAY Family Movie Night , THIRD FRIDAY OF EVERY MONTH HILLCREST PRESCHOOL, Monday - Friday

House of Hope Ministries, 270-933-1069, Pastor Michael Pryor SUNDAY - 9:30 – 10:15 AM, Purpose Driven Life Class and Sunday School; 11 AM, Worship Service WEDNESDAY – 6:30 – 7:15 PM, Midweek Fill-up Service

Immanuel Baptist Church - 270-443-5306 Join us as we live in the spirit of Jesus. SUNDAY: Prayer, 9:00AM; Sunday School, 9:30AM; Worship, 10:45AM. WEDNESDAY: Shepherd's Table Dinner - Food served from 4:50-5:30PM. $5 for adults and $3 for children. JourneyKidz (Preschool Missian Friends and Children's January2015 • 27

EVENTS CALENDAR Choir & Handbells/Chimes) - 5:45-7:00PM Youth Group (Grades 6-12) - 5:45-7:00PM. Discipleship Groups: Faith & Fiction - Last THURSDAYS, 7:00PM. Thursday Morning Study Group - 6:30AM-noon Service Opportunities: Mission Meal for River City - 3RD THURSDAY OF EACH MONTH at 6:00PM

Jesus Christ Little House of Prayer - 270-898-9875 SUNDAY: Morning Worship 10 AM. Evening Worship 6 PM. THURSDAY: Evening Service. 6:30 PM.

The Journey Church – Calloway County 3rd Floor Curris Center, Chestnut Street, Murray, KY 42071 Service Times: SUNDAYS, 9:30 AM & 11:00 AM

The Journey Church – Marshall County 198 Old Symsonia Rd., Benton, KY 42025 Service Time: SUNDAYS, 11 AM

Ledbetter United Methodist Church 200 Golden Meadow Drive, Ledbetter. SUNDAY: Worship Service 9:30 AM; Sunday School 10:30 AM

Living Word Pentecostal Church - 270-575-3477 SUNDAY: Morning Sunday School/Worshi- 10 AM. Evening Worship - 6 PM WEDNESDAY: Bible Study - 7 PM Bus Ministry: 270-564-5706 or 270-210-9086

Lone Oak Church of Christ - 270-554-2511 SUNDAY: Worship 10 AM, Sunday School 9 WEDNESDAY: Bible Study 7 PM


Evening Service 6


Lone Oak First Baptist Church – 270-554-1441 SUNDAY: Sunday School, 7:30 a.m.; Morning Worship – 8:30 a.m., 9:45 AM & 11 a.m.; Sunday School – 8:30 a.m., 9:45 a.m., 11 AM & 6 PM Evening Worship – 7 PM

WEDNESDAY: Children’s Choir, 5:45 PM Middle & High School Choir, 6 PM Prayer meeting, Children’s Missions, Worship Choir & Orchestra, 6:30 PM

Lone Oak United Methodist Church - 270-554-1272 SUNDAY: Sunday School: 9 AM, Sonrise Servise 8 AM, Celebration Service Worship 10:15 AM, Youth Group 5 PM WEDNESDAY: Church Dinner 5:30 PM, Bible Study 6 PM, Bell Choir 6 PM, Chancel Choir 7 PM

Lovelaceville United Methodist Church 143 N Broadway, Lovelaceville SUNDAY SCHEDULE: Sunday School - 10AM Worship Service – 11AM Sunday Evening Service – 6PM Communion is held every FIRST SUNDAY OF THE MONTH.

Lutheran Church of the Cross - 618-524-4628 2601 North Avenue, Metropolis, IL 62960 SUNDAY SCHEDULE: Sunday School - 9 Communion 1st and 3rd Sundays)


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Margaret Hank Memorial Cumberland Presbyterian Church - 270-443-3689 SUNDAY: Sunday School, 9:30 AM; Worship, 10:30 AM; Evening service, 6 PM

McKendree United Methodist Church - 270-488-3770 or 270-488-2444. SUNDAY: Sunday School, 9 AM Worship, 10:30 AM Youth and Children Activities, 4:30 PM Evening Worship, 6 PM WEDNESDAY: Bible Study, 6:30 PM EVERY 3RD SATURDAY, Senior Citizens Social Dinner - 4:30 to 6 PM. Clothes Closet: Open Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 10 AM - 3 PM.; Saturday: 9 AM - Noon. Most items 25 cents to $1.

Milburn Chapel Cumberland Presbyterian - 270-488-2588 SUNDAY: Donuts & Coffee, 9 AM.; Sunday School, 9:30 AM.; Morning Worship, 10:30 AM.; Evening, 6 PM. • WEDNESDAY: Evening meal, 5:30 PM.; Bible Study (all ages), 6:15 PM

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Mt. Sterling Cumberland Presbyterian Church - 618-564-2616 SUNDAY: Sunday school 10 AM, Worship 11 AM, Evening worship6 PM, Youth group 6 PM. WEDNESDAY: Bible study 6:30 PM, Junior youth group 6:30 PM Contact:Bro. David LeNeave,

Mt. Zion Baptist Church - 270-554-0518 SUNDAY: Sunday school, 9 AM; Worship, 10 AM & 6:30 PM WEDNESDAY: Prayer Meeting & Bible Study, 6:30 PM.

Murphysboro United Methodist Church - 618-687-2317 1500 Pine St., Murphysboro, IL 62966 SUNDAY: Traditional Service, 9 a.m.; Sunday School for all ages, 10:10 a.m.; Praise Service, 11:15 AM

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New Covenant Fellowship of Reidland – 270-898-9664 SUNDAY: Worship Service 10:30 AM

New Geneva Community Church--Paducah – 270-443-8866 SUNDAY: 10 AM worship; 11:30 AM intergenerational Bible Study; meal following TUESDAY: Women's ministry 7 PM THURSDAY: Men's ministry 5:30 PM and 6:45 PM TUESDAY – FRIDAY: Biblical counseling available by appointment

New Hope Cumberland Presbyterian Church- 270-554-0473 7680 New Hope Road, Paducah • Pastor: Curtis Franklin, Youth Pastor: Dusty Shull SUNDAY School 9:30 AM Worship 10:30 a.m., Sunday Evening Youth & Worship 6:00 p.m., WEDNESDAY Bible Study, 7 PM For Youth Information: The River Youth Ministries. Contact Melanie Rogers, (270) 978-1761 or email:

Oakland Cumberland Presbyterian Church - 270-898-2630 or 270-350-7262 Rev. Danny York, Pastor • 9104 US Hwy 68 West, Calvert City, KY 42029 SUNDAY School: 9:30AM; SUNDAY Morning Worship: 10:30AM; SUNDAY Evening Worship: 6:00PM WEDNESDAY Evening Bible Study: 6:00PM Visit us on Facebook.

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Oaklawn Baptist Church – 270-442-1513 SUNDAY: Sunday School, 9:45 AM; Worship 11 AM & 6 PM WEDNESDAY: Bible Study 7 PM; God's Children 7 PM

Olivet Baptist Church - 270-442-3267 email: SUNDAY: 9 AM - Sunday School; 10 AM - Morning Worship, Kids Worship Time (ages 3 to K); 5:45 PM – Awana For Kids (ages 2 to 6th grade); 6:00 PM – Evening Worship; WEDNESDAY: 6:30 PM – Bible Studies for ages 2 through Adult

Open Door Baptist Church - 270-443-6522 227 Farley Place, Paducah, Pastor - Mark Armstrong, SUNDAY: Sunday School, 10 AM; Morning Worship and Children's Church, 11 AM. Sunday Evening, 6 PM; Wednesday: 7 PM. If you need a ride or more information, call the church office.

Pathway Baptist Church – 270-395-5683 229 W. 5th Ave., Calvert City, KY

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SUNDAY: Sunday School – 9:30 a.m., Worship Service 10:30 a.m., Evening services: Adults, youth & children, 6 PM WEDNESDAY: Adult prayer, Bible Study 6:30 p.m., Awana for children 2 year olds thru 6th grade, 6:30 PM (during school year), Youth service 6:30 PM THURSDAY: Grief Share, 6:30 PM Monthly men’s meetings and Ladies Connect.

SUNDAY: Explorer Hour: 9:30 AM; Worship 11AM, 1st Sunday: Lord Supper 6PM, 1ST & 3RD MONDAY: Women’s Fellowship 6 PM, 3RD MONDAY: Brotherhood 6 PM, WEDNESDAY: Prayer/Bible Study 6 PM, 1ST WEDNESDAY: Youth Bible Study 6 PM

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EVENTS CALENDAR The Potter's House Baptist Worship Center -270-928-9905 SUNDAY: Bible Study, 9:30 AM; Worship 10:45 AM; Sunday evening 6 PM WEDNESDAY: Small groups for adults and children, 7 PM

Rosary Chapel Catholic Church - 270-444-6383 Mass Schedule: WEDNESDAY, 6:00 PM; SUNDAY, 10:30 AM

Spring Bayou Baptist Church- Kevil- 270-462-3014

Nursery Service provided for all services.

SUNDAY: Sunday School - 9:45 AM; Morning Worship & WeeWorship - 10:45 AM; Awana Program - 5 PM; Evening Worship - 6 PM • WEDNESDAY EVENING, 7 PM.

Reidland Baptist Church – 270-898-6243 •

Southland Baptist Temple - 270-444-9678

SUNDAY: 9:00AM Sunday School (classes for all ages), Morning Worship Service

SUNDAY: 7 - 9 AM Topper's Gospel Show (WKYQ); 9:45 AM Sunday School; 10:45 AM Worship Service, KidzAlive (3 - 5th grade); 6 PM Evening Service, WEDNESDAY: 10

10:10AM-11:30 AM; Children's Church (ages 4 to 3rd grade); 5:30 - 7 PM. Choir practice, Youth and children's programs and recreation; 6 - 7 PM Adult Bible Study. WEDNESDAY: 5-5:45 Evening Meal; 6-7: 45 PM, TeamKID: Ages 3 – 6th Grade; Youth Group; 6-7:45 PM, Nursery provided for all services and Sunday school. Adult Life University Classes; Prayer Service: 6:30 - 7:45 PM. TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS: 9:30 AM – 2 PM, Mother’s Day Out Program. Ages 1-4.

Reidland Christian Church – 270-898-3904 SUNDAY: 9:30 AM Sunday school; 10:30 AM Worship; 6 PM Bible study WEDNESDAY: 6 PM Family Meal; 7 PM Bible study for children/adults .

Reidland Seventh Day Adventist Church - 270-898-3010 5320 KY Dam Road, Paducah, KY 42003 SATURDAY: Sabbath School, 9:30 AM; Worship Service, 11 AM. A FREE delicious vegetarian fellowship meal is served 1st Sabbath of each month following worship service. WEDNESDAY: Prayer Meeting, 6:30 PM.

Reidland United Methodist Faithweaver Friends, preschool - 6th grade. Wednesdays: 5:15 - 7:30 PM. Free dinner & fun, interactive bible discussions for kids. For more, call 270-217-0400.

AM - 3 PM Mission Room Open; 4:30 - 6 PM Evening Meal; 6:30 - 8 PM AWANA (2 - 6th grade), The Light (7th - 12th grade); 6:45 PM Adult Bible Classes

St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, Grand Rivers, KY 270-362-2171, Mass Schedule: MONDAY - FRIDAY - 12:05 PM SATURDAY: 5 PM; SUNDAY: 8:30 & 11 AM and 5 PM An Invitation to Catholics Wanting to Come Home: If you are a Catholic who has been away from the Church – no matter how long or for whatever reason – we invite you to consider renewing your relationship with God and the Catholic Church. Join us for informal listening sessions and an update of the Catholic faith facilitated by parishioners. The first session is Wednesday, January 7th, 2015 from 6:00-7:30PM in the St. Jane Frances Religious Education Center (on the corner of 5th St and Kentucky Ave). Contact Cindy at 270-559-4606 for information, without obligation.

St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church - 270-442-1923 - Mass Schedule: MONDAY –FRIDAY: 12:05 PM SATURDAY: 5 PM; SUNDAY: 8:30 at 11

St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church – 270-554-3810. Mass Schedule: TUESDAY – SATURDAY: 7:30 AM

SATURDAY: 5 PM; Sunday: 7:30 AM & 9 AM

St. Matthew Lutheran Church – 270-442-8294 SUNDAY: 9:30 AM, Worship, 1ST AND 3RD SUNDAY: Potluck and Education, 5:00 PM.

St. Paul Lutheran Church - 270-442-8343 SUNDAY: Worship, 8 & 10:45 AM; Bible study & Sunday School, 9:30 AMThe Lutheran Hour, Christian outreach radio program can be heard locally on WNGO 1320-AM and WKYX 570-AM each Sunday at 6PM Sponsored by St. Paul Lutheran Church.

St. Pius X Catholic Church, Calvert City – 270-395-4727 Pastor: Father Anthoni Ottagan Mass Times: TUES: 6 PM. WED – FRI: 8 AM. SAT: 4:30 PM. SUN: 10 AM.

St. Thomas More Catholic Church - 270-534-9000 Mass Schedule: MONDAY & THURSDAY: 6 PM • TUESDAY & FRIDAY: 7 AM

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SATURDAY: 5:30 PM • SUNDAY: 9 & 11 AM (1 PM En Español) Nursery available at all services. • WEDNESDAY: Mother’s Day Out • THURSDAY: Moms Group Playgroup 4TH MONDAY EVENING: Active MOMS group Active couples group. Call 534-9000 for more information.

Temple Israel - 270-442-4104 FRIDAY: Lay-led Services: 5:30PM; Rabbi-led Services: 7PM

Trinity United Methodist Church - 270-534-9516 SUNDAY: Sunday School, 9:30AM;Worship 10:30AM; TUESDAY: Women's Bible Study 9-11AM (TUMC) & 6:00-8:00PM (offsite) WEDNESDAY: Awana (2yr old- 5th Grade) 5-6:45PM Youth (6th-12 grade): 5:30-6:45PM, Choir: 6-7PM

Twelve Oaks Baptist Church - 270-554-4634 SUNDAY: Sunday School: 9:30 AM Worship. 8,10 and 10:45 AM WEDNESDAY: Awana: 5:30 - 7 PM, Mid-Week Service 6 PM.

United Central Presbyterian Church – 270-442-6414 Sunday School 9:45 AM, Sunday Worship 10:45 AM, Nursery provided, service ASL interpreted.

United Church of Paducah – 270-442-3722. SUNDAY: Worship celebration–10 AM; Coffee and refreshments–11- 11:20AM; Christian Education until noon.

Waldo Baptist Church - 618-564-2180 SUNDAY: Bible Study, 9 AM;Morning Worship Service, 10 AM; Evening Worship Service, 6 PM WEDNESDAY: Fellowship Meal Ministry, 5:30 PM; Mid-Week Service, 7 PM

West End Baptist Church - 270-443-1043 SUNDAY: Sunday School, 9:30 AM; Worship Service, 10:45 AM; Evening Worship, 6 PM. WEDNESDAY: Fellowship Meal 5:30 PM - Reservations required. Call church office by noon Tuesday. Children/Youth Bible Study and Adult Prayer Service: 6:30 PM

Westminster Presbyterian Church - 270-443-2919 SUNDAY: Sunday School, 9AM; Worship, 10:15 Study, 2nd WEDNESDAY of the month at 1 PM.


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World Harvest Church – 270-442-8949 3250 Steele Road, West Paducah, KY 42086 • Pastor: Dr. Chris Cody SATURDAY: Celebration Service 10:30 AM and 5 PM TUESDAY: Celebration Service 7:00 PM THURSDAY: Corporate Prayer 8:45 AM

Zion Cumberland Presbyterian Church (formerly United Central Presbyterian Church) – 442-6414 ; SUNDAY: Sunday School: 9:45 AM,Worship: 10:45 AM. Nursery provided, service ASL interpreted. January2015 • 31


On-Going Community Events & Notices:

Starfish Orphan Ministry invites you to be a part of a life changing adventure to El Salvador...First timer? It's okay! Don't be afraid to see how you can help make a difference to orphaned children in need! We would love for you to join us on this amazing experience! For more information, please call 270-519-7340 or 270-748-6970

The Great Rivers Group, Sierra Club, meets the FIRST WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH. For information: 270-236-2317/270-753-8910.

Love Books and Love Bikes? Check-out books; check-out a bike lock! Something good to know - the McCracken County Public Library has bike locks at the front desk for check out. (Use your library card.) So, when you ride to the library and impulsively stop in for a browse, you don't have to leave your bike unattended and in danger of being stolen. Just go to the front desk and check out a lock.

Foster Parent Classes Starting Soon! For more information, contact Nicole Kowalczyk at Omni Visions, 270-309-3167, visit, or attend a Foster Care Informational Meeting. Informational Meetings are held every Thursday evening at 5 PM at the Paducah Omni Visions office located at 450 Park Avenue in Paducah. Information will be shared about how to become a Foster Parent, as well as Omni Visions' free Foster Parent training.

Leadership Paducah applications now available. Selection of class participants is conducted by the Leadership Paducah Foundation Board of Directors. Visit the Chamber’s website at or or contact Stacy Thomas at the Paducah Chamber for an application form (270) 443-1746 or Deadline for application submission is Monday, May 13, 2013. American Red Cross Volunteer Opportunity. SECOND MONDAYS of every month. 6 PM Paducah-area chapter is looking for volunteers for disaster relief training. To support Ballard, Livingston & McCracken counties. Call 270-442-3575 for more information. Are you a “homebound” book lover? If you are elderly, critically ill, or temporarily unable to come to the McCracken County Public Library, you may be able to have the books come to you! The library is offering Homebound Service to those who qualify. Residents of Paducah and McCracken County can apply for the free service by calling the library and having an application sent to them by mail or by going on-line to and clicking on the application site. Materials can be mailed to private homes. Those in nursing homes, assisted living facilities or hospitals may receive materials by hand delivery from the staff. Free service homebound. Questions, contact Cathy Edwards at 270.442.2510 ext. 118

MONDAY – SATURDAY: Downtown Farmers Market. Riverfront, 2nd and Monroe. Doll Adoption Center at Learning Railroad. Kids fall in love with their own baby doll and go through an adoption process and check up. Open Monday Saturday, 10 AM - 5 PM. 2695 Jackson Street. For more, call 270-444-9986 or visit McCracken County Humane Society: November and December hours are MONDAY, 9 AM - 4:30 p.m., and TUESDAY THROUGH SATURDAY, 9 AM to 3:30 PM

TUESDAY - SATURDAY. GPS Recycle Now Collections. Recycling facility, 1830 N 8 Street. New Hours: Tuesday – Friday 7:00AM – 2:30PM Saturday 8:00AM – 12:00pmClosed on Sunday and Monday. Large totes in the front of the center will be available in the evening for after hours drop off. For a listing of what you can bring, visit Volunteers welcome. A group for those in the Paducah area wanting to get involved in recycling. For questions, email

MONDAY - SUNDAY: Nemo Feedings. Yaya's Island, Jordan Crossing Plaza. 1 PM. 270-408-9292. Weekly special on cruises and all-inclusive trips with air from Fun Vacations Plus. Call 270-408-1284 or visit them on the web at

MONDAY - SATURDAY. GPS Recycle Now Collections. Recycling facility, 1830 N 8 Street. Open: Monday – Wednesday and Friday 7 AM – 4:30 PM; Tuesdays and Thursdays 7 AM to 6 PM, Saturday 8 AM - Noon. Large totes in the front of the center will be available in the evening for after hours drop off. For a listing of what you can bring, visit Volunteers welcome. A group for those in the Paducah area wanting to get involved in recycling. For questions, email Kentucky Grandparentswho are primary caregivers may be eligible for state assistance. Call the Purchase Area DeveloPMent District for more information at 877-352-5183. Feeding the Hungry - Community Ministries, 1200 Jefferson Street. Volunteers (age 14 and older) are always needed to help serve free lunches to anyone who's hungry. Shifts available from 9:45 AM - 1:15 PM, Monday - Friday. Financial support also much welcomed! For more info, call Sally Michelson, 270-519-9233.

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Civil Air Patrol - National Guard Armory, 8000 Hinkleville Road, , Tuesdays, 6 8:30 PM. Offering lessons in aviation and aerospace principles, along with teamwork and leadership training. Members often participate in rescue and disaster relief missions. $34 per year for youth; $61 for adults. For more info, call 270-3311750 or email FREE GED Classes.WKCTC, 8:00 AM -4:30 PM at Anderson Technical Building & 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM at KY Oaks Mall. To register, call 270-534-3451. FRIDAYS THROUGH JUNE 20: Take a FREE official practice test at the Anderson Technical Building. Tests start at 8:30 AM. You can also take the GED FREE. Call to schedule a time. FREE GED CLASSES - Livingston County Adult and Family Learning Center 306 Wilson Ave. Smithland, KY Also offering free computer classes, math classes, reading classes, and ESL. For more info call 270-928-2168 Ballard-Carlisle Historical and Genealogy Society: Meets the FOURTH MONDAY of each month, 6 PM, at the Ballard-Carlisle Historical and Genealogy Society Building, 257 4th Street in Wickliffe, KY. Everyone is welcome to attend. Open Fridays, 8 AM – 4 PM For more information, contact Sandy Martin, 270-6422187. Like us on Facebook.

Cat, dog adoptions, Project Hope “No Kill” Humane Society, 1698 W 10th St, Metropolis IL, 1-618-524-8939.

EVERY BUSINESS DAY: Cat Adoptions, from various humane societies, Pet Adoption Center at PetsMart, (270) 575-9300 FIRST SATURDAY OF EACH MONTH: Cans for the Cross, aluminum can will be collected at the corner of the Ballard County Courthouse at 10 AM.

SECOND MONDAY: American Disaster Action Team (DAT) monthly meetings. 6:30 PM. Chapter building. 270-442-3575. THIRD MONDAY OF EACH MONTH - Book Club. Downtown Coffee Bar, 426 Broadway. 10AM. Everyone is welcome to join our book club to discuss the book of the month. Call to find out what we're reading, 270-444-0044 SECOND THURSDAY OF THE MONTH: Matters of Life Forum. McCracken Co. Senior Center Activities Room. 11 AM. We will discuss many topics such as ethical wills, passing on important values and bereavement support. For more, contact

Ballard County Cemetery Road: Meets the FIRST THURSDAY of each month, 5 PM, at Ballard County Emergency Management Center, 111 West Kentucky Dr., LaCenter. Created by the Ballard County Fiscal Court to preserve old family cemeteries. Contact Betty Johnson, chairman, at 270-210-3538. Like us on Facebook. Livingston County Adult Education. MONDAY-THURSDAY, 8:30 Extended hours on Tuesday until 8 PM Call 270-928-3777.




Maiden Alley Cinema plays unique movies you won't see anywhere else in the region! They also host special events and art shows. Go online to for what's playing this week. Marcella's Kitchen. Draffenville Lions Club, 262 Griggstown Road. Open: Monday Friday, 11 AM - 1 PM. FREE meals served. For more, call Grace Forte at 270-205-0223. Paducah Cooperative Ministry. 402 Legion Drive. Provides emergency food pantry assistance, financial assistance for rent evictions, utility disconnections, prescription medications, and stranded traveler needs. Limited to McCracken County residents. Open Monday – Friday, 9 AM – noon and 1 – 4 PM. Call 270-442-6795. The Christian Art Center, a member of Christians in the Visual Arts ( invites you to volunteer to "Serve God Through the Arts". Extra help needed on the Second Saturday of each month for special events. No art experience needed. Contact Gretchen Smith, (270) 243-0444 or McCracken County Animal Shelter. Monday through Saturday. 10 AM - 5 PM. 455 County Park Road, Paducah, KY. Bluegrass Downs - Harness Racetrack and Simulcast Outlet - Open Wednesday through Saturday from 11 AM to 10 PM; Sunday close at 7:30 PM, Concessions and Bar open daily. (270) 444-7117 Cat, dog, and small animal adoptions, All God’s Creatures Rescue, Rehabilita-tion, and Adoption Center, 595 Richmond Rd, Simpson IL, 1-618-967-9601 or 1-618-695-2654. January2015 • 33

TUESDAYS: Story time at McCracken County Public Library. 10 AM and 1 PM. FIRST SUNDAY OF THE MONTH. L.I.F.E. Community Marriage Enrichment. 6 – 7 PM. Married couples are invited to these sessions to discuss issues that hinder marriage and how to overcome them. FREE. Contact 270-575-3823. SUNDAYS: Family and Community Kitchen Meals/Fellowship. Noon - 1:00 PM at Broadway UMC (443-2401). 3 - 4:30 PM at St. Luke Aldersgate UMC (270442-8621). Free meal. No questions asked. MONDAY: River City Singles – Monday Evening Dance, Carroll Convention Center, 7–11 PM. $6. TUESDAYS: Kids Eat Free with Adult Purchase. Eat-O Burrito, 548 N 32nd St. TUESDAYS: Kids Eat Free & Craft Night. McAlister's Deli, 5021 Hinkleville Road. SECOND TUESDAYS: Zonta Club of Paducah, 6:00 PM. Whaler’s Catch, 123 N. Second Street. Advancing the status of women world wide through service and advocacy. For more information, email President Lisa Hoppmann, or call 270-366-6183 SECOND TUESDAYS: Paducah Kennel Club meeting. 1325 Fisher Road. 7 PM All dog lovers welcome. More information call 270-210-8298. TUESDAYS: WKCTC Community Chorus. Clemens Fine Arts Building, Room 109 on the campus. 7 - 9 PM. Participation is FREE and anyone who loves choral singing is welcome to join. Contact Norman Wurgler at 270-534-3219. or by email at THURSDAY: Story Hour. Metropolis Public Library, 317 Metropolis Street. 11 AM. For more, call 618-524-4312.

THURSDAY: E-Reader classes led by Patrick Archer at McCracken County Public Library. THURSDAYS: Charitable Bingo. Ballard County Board of Education, 264 E Kentucky Drive, Barlow, KY. For more information, call 270-665-9844. THURSDAYS: Overeaters Anonymous. 1:30 PM (extra meeting time to add) Christ United Methodist Church Recreation Hall. 1322 West Broadway, Mayfield, KY. 270-247-7414 THURSDAY: Night Moves Dance Club –American Legion, 425 Legion Drive. 6 - 9 PM, line dancing and couple's classes. $4 at the door. For more, call 270-442-3186. THURSDAYS: Toastmasters Club meets at MSU Paducah Regional Campus, 4430 Sunset, Room 224, Paducah, KY 42001 From 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM – Afraid to speak in public? Learn to speak powerfully in an exciting, fun environment. Visitors are always welcome. Call Clay Campbell 270-703-2700 for more info. FRIDAYS: Live Music 6-8 PM. Eat-O Burrito, 548 N 32nd St. Paducah FRIDAYS: Paducah Writer's Group. Hear some of the area's most talented poets and storytellers, along with a great audience. Come on down and drop some science on the mic – or just kick back and listen with a fine cup of joe. Etcetera Coffeehouse. 8 PM. FRIDAYS: Adult Ballroom Dance Party. 8 – 10 PM. $7 cover charge. Drinks & refreshments included. Open to the public. Ruth Johnson School of Dance, 1702 Broadway. Call 270-442-8321

FRIDAYS: Friday Night Racing at Paducah International Raceway. 7:00 PM. 4445 Shemwell Lane, Paducah. LAST WEEKDAYS OF EACH MONTH: PATS Free Ride. Paducah Area Transit System invites us to ride free on any fixed route (nine in total) . 6 AM – 6 PM. Regular fare $.75, $.50 for 55 and over.

SATURDAYS: Family Movie Entertainment. Traders Mall, theatre. 2 PM matinee, 7 PM evening show. Concessions available, games before the show. For more, call Michael Vancura at 270-994-3686

Kids & Their Families: School Notes: The McCracken County Preschool Head Start office is now accepting appointments to register for the 2013-14 school year. Children must be 3 or 4 years old on or before October 1, 2013 and they must be income eligible or exhibit a developmental delay. Children also must reside in the McCracken County school district. Please call the McCracken County Preschool School/Head Start office at 270-538-4041 to make an appointment. If you are interested in the tuition program, please call 270-538-4000 and ask for Kathy Johnson.

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Paducah Head Start/Preschool continues to accept applications for enrollment for the current school year. Children must be currently 3 or 4 years old, must be income eligible or have a disability. If a child has turned 3 after October 1, 2013, he or she is eligible for enrollment during the remainder of this school year. Children must live within the Paducah Public School district. Call 270-444-5780 or visit your local elementary school for more information.

Camps, Classes & Education EVERY SATURDAY: Paint your own canvas. Better Than Ever’s Open Studio.10 AM-9 PM. Traceable templates, photo guides and instructors are there to help you. We also love for you to bring your own ideas, and inspiration from Pinterest. Details at

MONDAYS: Chess Club. Murray Public Library. 5:30 – 7:30 PM Free lesson & time to play. Paducah Parks Services offers classes for children, teens, and adults. Classes include art lessons, martial arts, soccer, and dance. For details, call 270-444-8508 or visit

JANUARY 5 (MONDAY): Stroke Support Group. Meeting Room A, Baptist Heart Center Conference Room, Baptist Health, Paducah. 3-4:30 PM. This group provides support for stroke survivors and their caregivers, family and friends. Light refreshments are served. Contact Mary Legge at 270-575-2880 to register. JANUARY 5, 10 & 12: Prepared Childbirth Classes. Meeting Room A, Doctors Office Building 2, Baptist Health, Paducah. 5 PM – 8 PM on Monday, 9 AM – 3 PM on Saturday. Free class designed to help expectant parents in their second or third trimester learn about the labor and delivery process. Call 270-575-2229 to register.

JANUARY 5 (MONDAY) AND JANUARY 7 (WEDNESDAY). Diabetes Class. Atrium Classroom, Doctors Office Building 2, Baptist Health, Paducah. 1:00 to 4:00 PM. Free class with a certified diabetes instructor to assist with any question or concerns about diabetes. Call 270-575-2918 for more information. JANUARY 19 (MONDAY): Breastfeeding Class. Atrium Classroom, Doctors Office Building 2, Baptist Health, Paducah. 6 - 8 PM. Free class helps prepare expectant mothers for the breastfeeding experience. Call 270-575-2229 to register. JANUARY 27 (TUESDAY): Weight Loss Information Session. Baptist Heart January2015 • 35

Center auditorium. 6 PM Learn about medical and surgical options for weight loss. Phone 270.443.0202 for more information.

MONDAYS: Preschool Playdate. Paducah Regional Sportsplex. 11 AM - 1 PM. Come play on inflatables, on the soccer field, even bring your tricycle to ride on our basketball court! Concessions open. Find out more at

MONDAYS: Musical Fingers. (Classes for all children 4 and under.) Meet at Paducah Regional Sportsplex. 10 AM. For more information, contact Lyz Hornbeak at 575-1858 or

MONDAYS: Preschool Playdate. Paducah Regional Sportsplex. 11

AM - 1 PM. Come play on inflatables, on the soccer field, even bring your tricycle to ride on our basketball court! Concessions open. Find out more at

TUESDAYS: Paducah Kennel Club Agility Classes. Paducah Kennel Club. 1325 Fisher road. 6 PM. Six lessons taught on Tuesday Nights for beginner and intermediate dogs, all ages all breeds. $90 total cost. Contact Cathy Crecelius at 270217-0150. FRIDAYS: Family Education on Mental Illness. Baptist Health, Paducah. 7 - 9:30 PM.

Strategies to cope with the distress of mental illness in a loved one. AND how to take care of yourself during this hard time. For more, call Marcia or Paul Grant at 270-554-1915.

SATURDAYS: Paint your own canvas. Better Than Ever’s Open Studio.10 AM-9 PM. Traceable templates, photo guides and instructors are there to help you. We also love for you to bring your own ideas, and inspiration from Pinterest. Details at

On-Going Dance, Fitness & Sports: MONDAY – FRIDAY, SATURDAY & SUNDAY: Zumba With Tishaunda. 714 West 7th Street, Metropolis, IL. 6 – 7:30 PM on Monday - Friday; 10:30 AM on Saturday; Sundays at 4PM. or 618-638-4180.

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MONDAY, WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY: Tiger Jiu-Jitsu. 5 - 5:50 PM. Three Rivers Martial Arts Academy. 270-564-5804.

MONDAY, WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY: Junior Jiu-Jitsu. 6 - 6:50 PM. Three Rivers Martial Arts Academy. 270-564-5804.

MONDAYS-FRIDAYS: Crack of Dawn Bicycle Rides. 6 AM. Meet at Family Video beside Paducah Middle School, when pavement is dry and temperature is 40+ degrees. Pace set by who shows. For information, contact Torey or Hutch at Bike World, 270-442-0751 or email MONDAYS: Strength and Cardio Circuit Training. Curves, 3420 Park Avenue. Call 270-575-3800 for more. Silver Sneakers can Workout for FREE.

MONDAYS-THURSDAYS. CENTRE OF DANCE: Quality technique classes for students age 4 through adult. Located in the Dance Studio in Old Fine Arts, Murray State University. Performance opportunities with Jackson Purchase Dance Company for dancers age 10 and older. For information, contact Owner/Director, Karen Balzer at or (270) 767 -0579.

MONDAYS & THURSDAYS: Gymnastics. Tumble Town. 4:30-5:30 p.m.; 5:30-6:30 p.m.; 6:307:30 PM 270-519-7155

MONDAYS – THURSDAYS. Intro Kettlebell Class. Mike’s Kettlebell Club. 106 Broadway, Paducah. 6:15 PM. 270-554-8224.

MONDAYS – FRIDAYS: Afterschool Martial Arts Sessions. Hwang’s Martial Arts. School dismissal – 5:30 PM. During the school year. 270-908-6670 or email

MONDAYS & WEDNESDAYS: Jazzercise Classes. 33420 Lone Oak Road, Arch Towers - Suite L. 5:15 PM. Everyone welcome! For more, call 270-210-1044. MONDAYS & WEDNESDAYS: Karate Kidz Prep Beginners (Ages 7-8), Future Kidz Beginners (Ages 5-6), Future Kidz Intermediates (Ages 5-6), Future Kidz Advanced (Ages 5-6), Karate Kidz Beginners (Ages 9-12), Dynamic Tae Kwon Do Beginners (Ages 13+), Black Belt Class, TurboKick Fitness (Ages 16+) 7PM. Hwang's Martial Arts. Call 270-908-6670 for enrollment information or email

TUESDAYS: Family Night. Kingway Skateland. 6:30-9PM. $4 each. Skates: Quad, $1, Speed /Inline $3. TUESDAYS: Family Track Run Practice. Meet at Noble Park Picnic Shelter #10. 6 - 7 PM. FREE. For more, call 270-444-8508.

TUESDAYS: Youth Running Club. Picnic Shelter #10 at Noble Park. FREE. Ages 5-15. 6-7 PM. 444-8508. TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS: Xtreme Martial Arts (Ages 8+), Karate Kidz Prep Intermediates/Advanced (Ages 7-8), Karate Kidz Intermediates/ Advanced (Ages 9-12), Dynamic Tae Kwon Do Intermediates/Advanced (Ages 13+), Adult Kickboxing (Ages 16+). Hwang's Martial Arts. Call 270-9086670 for enrollment information or email

TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS: Kids’ Kickboxing. 5 - 5:50 PM. Three Rivers Martial Arts Academy. 270-564-5804.

TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS: Pickleball. Paducah SportsPlex. 10:30 AM both days, and again at 6:30 PM on Thursdays only. 270-554-PLEX or TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS: Group Training Run,West Kentucky Runners Club. Summer Hill Ct (off Friedman Lane between Pines Road and HW 60 in Paducah). 5 AM. 8 mile run. THURSDAYS: Hip-Hop Fitness. High-energy, calorie-burning, easy-to-follow, full-body workout! Open to teenagers and up. $5. 7:45


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Academy of Dance, 3485 Park Ave across from the Ford dealership. For more information contact

THURSDAYS: Table Tennis. Ages 12+. Classroom 1, Paducah Parks. 5-6PM. $25. 270-444-8508.

FRIDAYS: Kingsway Skateland 6:30 - 10 PM. $6. FRIDAYS: Extreme Martial Arts classes 4:30 – 5:30PM. Future Kidz Makeup Class, 5PM; Lil' Dragons & Karate Kidz Prep Makeup Classes, 5:30; Karate Kidz Makeup Class, 6PM; Dynamic TKD Regular Class (13&Up), 6:30PM. Circuit Training. 6 PM. Hwang’s Martial Arts. 270-908-6670. SATURDAYS: Intro Kettlebell Class. Mike’s Kettlebell Club. 106 Broadway, Paducah. 9:00 AM. 270-554-8224. SATURDAY: Tiger and Junior Jiu-Jitsu. Noon – 12:50 PM Three Rivers Martial Arts Academy. 270-564-5804. SATURDAYS: Black Belts, 9AM; Hwang’s Martial Arts. 270-554-6667.,

On-Going Events for Seniors: FIRST MONDAY OF EACH MONTH: Super Seniors at First Christian Church of Paducah. Call 270-443-8251 for information.

EVERY 3RD SATURDAY: Senior Citizens Social Dinner and games. McKendree United Methodist Church. 4:30 - 6PM. 488-3770. Residents at Trinity Village - Senior Family Home Care, 3910 Old US Hwy 45 South in Lone Oak. Invite you to a senior's get - together every FRIDAY (Please RSVP): Potluck – 6 - 6:45PM. Bible Study 7 – 8 PM Contact Rene Sanchez-Chew, 270-554-7075. Senior Medicare Patrol – Senior Medicare Patrol: Eddie Jordan, project coordinator

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of the local Kentucky Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) provides information on how you can protect yourself from Medicare errors, learn to detect potential fraud and abuse and to report errors or suspected fraud. 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at the Senior Center, 1400 HC Mathis Drive. For more information call 270-442-8993.

MONDAY - FRIDAY: Informal Coffee Group. Etcetera Coffeehouse, 6th Street and Kirchoff's Bakery locations. 9 AM.

MONDAY - FRIDAY: Hot Lunches - Paducah-McCracken Senior Citizens Center. 11:30 AM. Donation : $2. Must be 60 and over. 270-443-8579 MONDAY-FRIDAY: Exercise Classes for Seniors - Paducah-McCracken County Senior Center. 10-11 AM. 270-443-8579 MONDAY - FRIDAY: Water Aerobics. Brooks Indoor Pool, Broadway United Methodist Church, 701 Broadway. 10 AM. $25 per month. Call 270-443-1778 for more info. MONDAY: Ballroom Dance Classes - Paducah-McCracken Senior Citizens Center. 1-3 PM. FREE. Must be 60 and over. 270-443-8579 TUESDAY ANDTHURSDAY: Line Dancing Classes - Paducah-McCracken Senior Citizens Center. 1-2:30 PM. FREE. Thursdays for beginners. Must be 60 and over. 270-443-8579 Beginning Crochet and Quilting. Senior Citizens Center. 1 PM, 2 PM. FREE. 270443-8579

WEDNESDAYS: Introduction to Senior Fitness Simplified. Paducah Yoga

CLUB B CLUB A Current 1st-2nd Gr Current 3rd-5th Gr TUESDAY FEB 3, MAR 3 APR 14, MAY 5 Time 4:15-5:45 pm Membership Fee $45

TUESDAY FEB 10, MAR 10 APR 21, MAY 12 Time 4:15-5:45 pm Membership Fee $45

Challenger Learning Center.

Center. 11 AM - noon. $10/ session, $30/month, $35/month with Sunday Tai Chi. Call 270-210-1465 for more.

1ST AND 3RD THURSDAYS OF EVERY MONTH: FREE Serving Our Senior's Bingo. Parkview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. 1:30 - 3 PM. Dessert and coffee served, enter at the Rehabilitation wing. To reserve a seat, call 270-443-6543.

1ST & 3RD FRIDAY NIGHTS: Senior Citizens Dance - Paducah-McCracken County Senior Center. 7 - 10 PM. $5. Live music. Bring potluck-style snack food. Drinks sold on-site. Open to the public. 50 and over. 270-443-8579 v

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P U R C H A S E FA M I LY N E T W O R K Listings of non-profit groups providing family oriented services

Adoption/Foster Care: Adoption Support Group. Concord United Methodist Church. 1st Thursdays of each month. 6 – 7:30 PM Free to participate. Dinner & childcare provided. Licensed marriage & family therapist Chris Trout to facilitate. For more information or to sign up, contact Shannon Wilson, 270-331-3344. Adoption Support for Kentucky (ASK) - Sponsoring support group for adoptive and prospective adoptive parents. The meetings are held the second Monday of each month at the Oasis Christian Center, 3232 Buckner Lane (home to Community Christian Academy Elementary School in Paducah, KY and the last Monday of each month at the Community Fellowship Baptist

Church on Hwy 45 in Hickory (across from State Police Post One) in Mayfield, KY. Both meetings are held from 6 - 8 PM. All adoptive parents and those interested in adoption are welcome. Childcare is provided free of charge. For more information contact: Tammy DeBoe at 270-994-2466 or or Kim Armistead at 502-558-6846 or BENCHMARK Therapeutic Foster Care - Benchmark Family Services, Inc, established in 1994, is a private, faith-based, non-profit therapeutic foster care agency. Benchmark provides stable and caring homes for youth in need of out-of-home care. Our mission is to advocate for children by ensuring opportunities for healthy physical, psychological and emotional growth and development in the least restrictive setting possible. Benchmark is seeking caring, dynamic individuals and families with a calling to open their hearts and homes to children in need of stability, care and nurturing. As a Benchmark foster family, you will receive weekly contact with an assigned case manager, including a minimum of three home visits per month, 24/7 emergency cell phone access to a case manager, respite care for foster children when needed, premium financial compensation and incomparable foster parent support. For more information, call Benchmark at (270)408-1361. NECCO Therapeutic Foster Care. Necco has been serving Western Kentucky's youth for more than a decade. To find out more about foster parenting, give us a call. Necco can introduce you to a child in need of a loving family and a safe place to call home. Benefits include training tailored to fit your schedule, 24 hour crisis intervention/support, access to on staff mental health professionals, ongoing monthly trainings with childcare and meals provided, respite, incentives, daily reimbursements paid twice monthly, case managers for every home, staff cell phone numbers, and unmatched foster parent support. For experience you can count on, call Necco toll free at 86630NECCO (866-306-3226) or 270-898-1293. Omni Visions, a foster care and adoption agency, will be holding foster care informational meetings every Tuesday evening at 5 PM Meetings at 450 Park Avenue, Paducah. Please call Nicole Kowalczyk at 270-309-3167 for any questions.

Child Care: Tot School. 9 AM - 2 PM, MONDAY, WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY. Ages 3 - 5. $110/month. AUGUST 16 - MAY. Paducah Parks Bldg. 270-444-8508. National After School Program (NASP). Meets MONDAY - FRIDAY, 3 - 6 PM. FREE. To sign up, call Paducah Parks at 270-444-8508.

Child Protection/ Crisis Services: Domestic Violence Information Session. McCracken County Courthouse, Family Court, Room “E”. 270-443-6071, ext. 5. The Purchase Area Sexual Assault and Child Advocacy Center. We provides fee services for both children and adult victims of sexual crimes. Our services include therapy, legal and medical advocacy, forensic interviews, child sexual abuse exams, consultation, assessment and referral services and education programs. Offices in Paducah, Mayfield and Murray reach all of the Purchase Area Region. Our 24 Hour crisis line number is 1-800-928-7273 and our office number is 270-928-4422. We welcome invitations to present preventive programs in schools, clubs, churches, and other groups. We need volunteers for our 24 hour crisis line and to meet victims at local emergency rooms. All volunteers undergo a criminal background check and central registry check. All are equipped with a 40 - hour training course. PASAC will accommodate your schedule. Join the team by calling 270-534-4422.

Children’s and Teen Groups: Boy Scout Troop 1 – Grace Episcopal Church. 270-559-1515.

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Education Groups:

Center for Cultural Exchange. Host an international exchange student! CCI is looking for families to host high school students from foreign countries. Each CCI student is fully insured, brings spending money and is looking forward to an active family life. CCI is designated by the US Department of State and dedicated to promoting cultural understanding, academic develoPMent and world peace. Call your Area Representative, Corinne Sullivan at 270-508-0622 if you have any questions or visit for more information.

KATS Homeschool Club meets twice a month in Paducah. This is a Christian group that meets for fellowship, playdates, field trips and much more. Field trips are also twice monthly. For more information, email

To view television programs, including Tot School from Paducah Parks Services, produced by the television department at West Kentucky Community and Technical College, visit

Looking for long lost Scouts! Visit or call (270) 554-5857. Girl Scout Activity Listings: and

Center for Gifted Studies. Alexander Hall, Murray State University. The Center, located at 3205 Alexander Hall, collaborates with pre-service and graduate education students, the School Psychology program, and other College of Education programs to provide services to parents and gifted children in the region. Its services include professional develoPMent programs for teachers, regional and international enrichment opportunities for gifted students during the academic year and summers, and informational and assessment services to parents. For more, contact Dr. Joy Navan, 270-8092539 or C.H.A.M.P, Christian Homeschoolers All Meet and Play. United Methodist Church Gym, Ledbetter, KY. Every Monday 2:30 - 4:30. We also have group recess every six weeks. Bring skates or sports equipment. FREE to all. For more, call Sherry Layne-Smith at 270-928-4368 or email Heartland Christian Home Educators offers support, field trips, and fellowship for home school families in western Kentucky and southern Illinois. To find out more call Carrie Bullock at (618)638-3289. Parent support group meetings on the first Tuesday of each month at St. John’s Church, 6201 Waldo Church Road, Metropolis, IL. Open to the public. Also, Family Night on the third Friday of each month. Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site encourages area residents to volunteer at the park. Wickkliffe Mounds is a preservation of a Native American village dating to 11 AD. The park has a volunteer program and is searching for people who are interested in museums, history, archeology, education and Native Americans. Activities include tour guiding, educational programs, greeting visitors, outdoor landscaping and other help. Contact the Park Manager Carla Hildebrand at 270-335-3681

Crisis Management: Kentucky Regional Poison Center - Kosair Children’s Hospital. 1-800-222-1222 The Merryman House. The Merryman House Domestic Crisis Center provides free services to all victims of domestic violence, including shelter for those in need. All of the following services are offered FREE of charge. Some of our services include individual counseling, court advocacy, support groups, referral services, hospital advocacy, outreach services, and housing counseling. Though the shelter is located in Paducah, we provide outreach services for area counties. Our toll free crisis number is 1-800-585-2686 or (270) 443-6001. Our email address is merrymanhouse@ All services are completely confidential. Paducah Lifeline Ministries. Counseling and help for life-controlling addictions. Call 270-443-4743. 2801 Morgan Lane For military and their families:

Loss: GriefShare Class. Waldo Baptist Church. Wednesday evenings, 6:30PM GriefShare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life's most difficult experiences. You don't have to go through the grieving process alone. We welcome you to come and experience the healing of God's comfort as you go through this difficult part of your life. For more information visit or call 618-564-2180. Grief Support Group – FIRST TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH. Graves County Senior Citizens Building. 11:30 AM. Free grief support group sponsored by Lourdes Hopice. Contact Todd Hawkins at 270-415-3632.

Land Between the Lakes Programming - Trail hiking, animal discovery, children’s activities, planetarium programming and more. Weekday and weekend listings. 270-924-2020.

Grief Support. Sponsored by Milner & Orr. 1ST FRIDAYS OF THE MONTH. Lourdes Marshall Nemer Pavilion, Borders Community Room. 5 – 9 PM. For more information, call Pat Pitchford at (270) 898-8796.

McKAGE (McCracken County Chapter of Kentucky Association of Gifted Education.) Monthly lunch meetings at local schools. Noon – 1 PM. For information, contact Danette Humphrey, 270-442-5172

Men’s Coffee Grief Education and Support Group. FIRST THURSDAY OF EACH MONTH except holidays. Bob Evans Restaurant, Paducah. 8 AM. Call for info 270-415-3632. January2015 • 41

Lourdes Hospice Needs Volunteers: Working with hospice patients can grow your faith and teach you about the magic and beauty of life. Volunteers are needed in Ballard, Caldwell, Carlisle, Crittenden, Fulton, Graves, Hickman, Livingston, Lyon, Marshall, and McCracken counties. If interested, contact Susan Mason at 1-800-870-7460 or 270-415-3640. Now & Beyond: Grief Support Group for Widows and Widowers. 2ND FRIDAYS Lourdes Marshall Nemer Pavilion, Borders Community Room. 6 – 8 PM. Led by Pat Pitchford. 270-898-8796 or 270-534-4200. EVERY MONDAY (EXCEPT HOLIDAYS). Healthy Grieving Group. Paducah Lourdes Hospice Office, Hipp Buildingm Jackson Street 5 PM. 1ST TUESDAY OF EVERY MONTH.Grief Support Lunch: Luke's Truckstop, Arlington. 11:30 AM. Contact Leah Fondaw, 270-415-3607. FIRST THURSDAY OF EACH MONTH EXCEPT HOLIDAYS. Men’s Coffee Grief Education and Support Group. Bob Evans Restaurant, Paducah. 8 AM. Call for info 270-415-3632. Bariatric Support Group. Community Conference Room, Jackson Purchase Medical Center. 6 PM. Call 270-251-4169. Survivors of Suicide: support group for anyone whose life has been touched by the unique grief of suicide. First Tuesday of the month. United Church of Paducah, 4600 Buckner Lane. Contact: 442-3722 Now & Beyond: Grief Support Group for Widows and Widowers. 2ND FRIDAYS. Lourdes Marshall Nemer Pavilion, Borders Community Room. 6 – 8 PM. Led by Pat Pitchford. 270-898-8796.

Multi-service Providers:



Lourdes Hospital has meetings and groups on: Childbirth, breastfeeding ALS support, Driving, Eating Disorders, Epilepsy, Fibromyalgia, Breast & Cervical Cancer, Parkinson’s disease and Heart issues. Call 270-444-2444 or regions/lourdes


Baptist Health has meetings and groups on: Baptist Health has meetings and groups on: Breast feeding, childbirth, Baby Care, Family, CPR, Menopause, Diabetes, Ostomy & other medical issues. Call 270-575-2229 or

Carson Center

Hope Unlimited Family Care Center and Medical Clinic provides counseling, pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, parenting classes and The Learn to Earn Program which offers a way for families to earn points to purchase much needed baby items. For more information, call 270-442-1166 in Paducah or 618-524-5730 in Metropolis.


St. Nicholas Free Clinic. St. Nicholas Foundation is a program that provides free primary care, medicine and specialist referrals to uninsured working adults who live or work in the Kentucky counties of Ballard, Carlisle, Fulton, Hickman, Livingston, McCracken, Marshall, and Massac County, Illinois. Households with at least one adult working 15 hours or more and fall within 200% of the Federal Poverty Level for household income qualify for St. Nicholas. (Example: a household size of 4 people with an annual income of up to $42,931 is eligible.) St. Nicholas patients receive care at the midtown KentuckyCare clinic located at 1901 Kentucky Avenue in Paducah. To see if you qualify, stop by or call the clinic at 270.575.3247. All family members (including children) may be treated at the clinic. Clinic Hours: Mon - Fri, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM. (To make a donation, please contact the St. Nicholas Foundation office directly at 270.408.4828 or The Foundation mailing address is P. O. Box 311, Paducah KY 42002 and the office is located inside the Commerce Center at 300 S. Third Street in Paducah.)



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St. Vincent de Paul Budget Store. We are a volunteer based ministry that sells used clothing, furniture and other goods at a minimal charge to the community and in turn uses the proceeds to help those less fortunate

through the Help Line. Help is offered based on need, regardless of religious affiliation or income. The Budget Store serves the public 5 days a week (Tuesday through Friday 10 AM to 3 PM and Saturday 9 AM to 1 PM). VOLUNTEERS AND DONATIONS ALWAYS WELCOME! Please feel free to call or e-mail us with any questions you may have regarding our services. Budget Store phone number: 270-442-9351; Help Line phone number: 270-575-1008; E-mail address: Four Rivers Behavioral Health. Provides service in the areas of mental health, develoPMental disabilities, and substance abuse. Consulting and employee assistance available. Serving Ballard, Calloway, Carlisle, Fulton, Graves, Hickman, Livingston, Marshall, and McCracken. 24-hr. crisis hotline, 1-800-592-3980. Call the office, 442-7121, to find out more. Martha's Vineyard. A ministry that prepares meals and delivers them to the less fortunate in our area weekly. If you would like to volunteer please call Martha at 575-0021. Donations may be sent to : Martha's Vineyard • 1100 N. 12th Street • Paducah KY 42001 Ballard County Community Food Pantry. St. Mary's Catholic Church, 662 Broadway, LaCenter. Open Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 9 AM to 12 noon for food distribution and to receive non-perishable donations. Need spaghetti'os, soups, vegetables, crackers, etc. For more, call the church at 270-665-5551.

Miscellaneous: Art Parties. Invite an artist to come to your place or have the party at ours. The artist will do live demonstrations, paint faces, and lead kids in a super fun art activity. Call Gretchen Smith at 270-243-0444 or email Art Guild of Paducah. FIRST TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH 6 PM. McCracken County Public LibraryFor more info, call Carol at 270-554-4803 or 270-2101465, or Melanie at 270-331-3087. Senior Pastor Bible Study. Thursday mornings at 11:00 AM at Broadway United Methodist Church. Come and bring a friend. You do not have to be a member of Broadway UMC to participate. 270-443-2401. Citizens Against Drug Dealers and Drug Abuse (C.A.D.D.) Working toward a drug-free McCracken County with education, prevention, and resources for families. 1st Thursdays; 6:30 PM. Milburn Chapel Church, West Paducah. For info., 270-554-9429. Dream Factory Volunteer Meetings - US Bank Bldg. 4TH & Broadway. 5TH floor. Interested in helping or donating? Janice Harris, 270-441-7611 Hearts for Babies. The group makes layettes for under-privileged and single moms in need and their new babies. Meets 1st Wednesday of every month from 10 AM – 2 PM at Lone Oak First Baptist Church, Room C 200. Come and join our fun group. We knit, crochet, quilt and sew! For more, call Nelly Sullivan at 270-554-3818 Paducah Chess Club - SATURDAYS, 1 - 4 PM, brilliant minds young and old, put their wits to the test at Etcetera coffee house Sponsored by English's Antiques and Rayela Art, 212 Broadway. Paducah Kennel Club. Meetings are the SECOND TUESDAY OF EVERY MONTH (EXCLUDING JUNE, WHEN THE MEETING IS THE THURSDAY PRIOR TO THE DOG SHOW) at 7 PM at the clubhouse. Guests are welcome. Membership is $30 annually for an individual, $45 for a family, and $5 for Junior Membership. There are ongoing conformation and puppy socialization classes, obedience classes, and agility classes. The club also offers Canine Good Citizen and Therapy Dog International Testing. For more, visit

Paducah Photographer's Club. Meets FIRST MONDAY OF THE MONTH. Broadway Church of Christ, 2855 Broadway. 6:30 – 8:30 PM. A diverse group of people with one common interest: photography. Whether you're a new hobbyist or full time professional, our club offers the opportunity to learn, share, network and form new friendships! For more info, contact

Parenting Support: M.O.M. Group - Time for moms of all ages to connect with one another and study God’s Word in an encouraging, supportive, non-denominational environment. Meeting THIRD TUESDAYS of each month, September through April. 9 – 11 AM in Fellowship Hall at First Missionary Baptist Church, 100 W 13th St., Benton, KY 42025. Children play in nursery, while mothers meet. Suggested donation of $2/ child. Book study - Becoming More Than A good Bible Study Girl by Lysa Terkeurst Financial assistance is available if you are not able to afford a book. Please inquire if needed. Preregistration is appreciated. For more information look for us on Facebook in groups at M.O.M. Group of Marshall County and contact Jennie Woelpern at or 979-530-6843 for questions or to sign up. *Affiliated with The M.O.M. Initiative La Leche League of Kentucky- All breastfeeding mothers and mothers-tobe interested in breastfeeding. Meetings 1ST THURSDAY OF EACH MONTH at 10 AM, 160 South Gum Springs Road, Paducah. Contact Lynette Brown 270-534-0512 for directions. Inclement weather cancels. MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) -Lone Oak First Baptist. 9:30-11:30AM on 1ST & 3RD THURSDAYS FROM SEPTEMBER THROUGH MAY in the Fellowship Hall. If you’re a mother of a preschooler, you’ve got your hands full….and we know how you feel! Get connected in MOPS. There are limited spots available for childcare, so please call ahead. 270-554-1441. Moms in Touch prayer support for Concord Elementary School. Call Kelly Hudspeth, 270-744-0800 NINO – Nine months in; nine months out. Provide infant sling & carrier information & support. 3rd Mondays. 10:30AM. McCracken County Library. For more information, contact Jill Tanner, 270-349-3806 or email Wives of Faith, Western KY Chapter – If you would like to join a Christianbased group of other military wives, this is the group for you. Come join us for lots of fun, support, and activities! All units and branches are welcome. Check out: and email if you're interested or would like more information.

Social and Professional Groups: ACCESS Christian Singles. We provide a safe atmosphere for social activity for all singles. Whether members are men, women, divorced, widowed, never married, just separated or dating couples, we all have different personal goals and ideas about socially acceptable behavior. Meets the SECOND SATURDAY AND FOURTH FRIDAY OF THE MONTH. Check the blog for details: Downtown Kiwanis Club - 310 N 4th Street, THURSDAYS, Noon - 1 PM. Visitors and potential members are always welcome at these weekly serviceoriented gatherings. Email Chuck.Williamson@jpenergy.comfor more info. Families on the Spectrum. FIRST MONDAYS. Lourdes Garden Room. 6-8 PM Refreshments provided and guest speakers every month. Four Rivers Society for Human Resource Management - Meetings are the FOURTH TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH at 6 PM at Whaler's Catch. For more, call Christa Dubrock at 720-443-7361, ext. 10689 or email January2015 • 43

The Great Rivers Group, Sierra Club, meets the FIRST WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH. For information: 270-236-2317/270-753-8910. Lone Oak Kiwanis - Meets MEETS 1ST, 2ND AND 4TH WEDNESDAY mornings for breakfast at Parker’s Drive Inn Restaurant, 2921 Lone Oak Road, 7 AM. We welcome visitors and potential members. Breakfast is open to visitors on the first Wednesday of every month. Paducah/River City Business and Professional Women (BPW). MEETS SECOND TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH at noon at the Paducah County Club. Email Jessica Koverdan for more, Paducah Business and Professional Women (BPW) Meets second Tuesday of each month . 5:30 - 7 PM. McCracken County Public Library. For information, call Merryman Kemp at 270-442-7636.

Paducah-Kentucky Lake Chapter of the International Society of Administrative Professionals. Meetings are the THIRD TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH at 5:30 PM. For more, call Christy Poindexter at 270-575-6624. Paducah Lions Club The oldest Lions Club in Kentucky, they meets TUESDAYS at noon for lunch and presentations by guest speakers at the Walker Hall. Paducah Rotaract Club. First MONDAY of the month at 6 PM. Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce. A group for young professionals 18 – 30 years old focused on helping others. Paducah Rotary Club -The group meets each WEDNESDAY for lunch and excellent speakers. Noon at the Myre River Room, Carson Four Rivers Center. Paducah Singles Connection - TUESDAYS, 7 PM at Grace Episcopal Church. All single adults are welcome to this group, which emphasizes positive fellowship and social interaction based on the Christian lifestyle. They neither encourage nor discourage dating among members. The goal is to encourage, with love and support, those adjusting to the single lifestyle in a way that enhances self-esteem, tolerance and understanding. South Paducah Kiwanis - 1640 South 6th Street, THURSDAYS from 7 - 8 PM. The club invites members to this weekly meeting. The group's mission: serving the children of the world, one at a time. Toastmasters Club. MSU Paducah Regional Campus, 4430 Sunset, Room 224, Paducah. THURSDAYS, noon – 1 PM Afraid to speak in public? Learn to speak powerfully in an exciting, fun environment. Visitors are always welcome. Call Clay Campbell 270-703-2700 for more info. Zonta Club of Paducah - 6:00 PM, SECOND TUESDAY OF THE MONTH at Whaler's Catch restaurant. Advancing the status of women world-wide through service and advocacy. For more information, email President Lisa Hoppmann, or call 270-366-6183

Special Needs: AMPA Paducah offers exceptional dance class for children with special needs. THURSDAYS. 4:45 – 5:30 PM Studio III. 270-415-5647. H.O.R.S.E.S. Inc. Therapeutic Riding Center currently has open enrollment for riders with special needs. Offering classes for fall session and a new class for military veterans struggling with PTSD, depression or physical disabilities. Located at Carson Park, Paducah. Please visit our website for an enrollment package. or call us at 270-408-1520. Families on the Spectrum. Autism support group. FIRST MONDAYS. Lourdes Garden Room. 6-8 PM Refreshments provided and guest speakers every month. Call 270-366-4534 for meeting dates.

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H.O.R.S.E.S. Inc. Therapeutic Riding Center currently has open enrollment for riders with special needs. Located at Carson Park, Paducah. Please visit our website for an enrollment package. or call us at 270-408-1520. Easter Seals West Kentucky offers a range of therapies including speech, physical and occupational therapy services to children who qualify regardless of income. If you know a child who would benefit from these services or needs additional services above what they are already receiving, please call Tara Beyer at 270-444-9687. Marshall County Special Olympics. Woodmen of the World, Benton. 2nd Tuesdays at 7:30 PM. For more, call, 270-703-2700. Marshall Country Exceptional Center Case Management and Adult Day Training. For more information for Case Management call Lindsey Wall at 270-5273101. For more information for Adult Day Training, call Diana Wall at 270-527-1327. Down Syndrome Association of Western Kentucky is a resource group for families, friends, & individuals with Down syndrome. Meetings are usually held the 3rd Mondays of every month. Heartland Worship Center. 6 - 8 PM. For more information and meeting dates, call Lana Dockery, 270-564-0949, or email

Support Groups: Adoption Support for Kentucky (ASK). support group for adoptive and prospective adoptive parents. SECOND MONDAY OF EACH MONTH at the Oasis Christian Center, 3232 Buckner Lane (home to Community Christian Academy Elementary School in Paducah, KY and the last Monday of each month at the Community Fellowship Baptist Church on Hwy 45 in Hickory (across from State Police Post One) in Mayfield, KY. Both meetings are from 6 - 8 PM. All adoptive parents and those interested in adoption are welcome. FREE childcare provided.

Advanced Bariatric Surgery of Paducah Support Group. 3RD TUESDAYS. 6 PM. Lourdes Marshall Nemer Pavilion, Borders Community Room. 270-444-2335 Alcoholics Anonymous. Wednesdays evenings. 8 – 9 PM. Ballard County Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Community Center in Lacenter. Alzheimer’s Support Group. 3RD THURSDAYS. 11AM-12noon. Lourdes Marshall Nemer Pavilion, Rosenthal Room. For more information, call 270-534-9173. Alzheimer’s Support Group. Paducah Care & Rehabilitation Center, 501 N. 3rd Street in Paducah. FOURTH THURSDAY OF EACH MONTH. 4:30 PM. Call Felicia Williams or Katina Wilson at 270-444-9661 for additional information. Bariatric Support Group. FOURTH TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH at 6 PM. Community Conference Room, Jackson Purchase Medical Center. For more information about participating with this group, call 270-251-4169. Brain Injury of Kentucky Support Group Baptist Health - Paducah, Conference Room A. Call Brenda Bradford at 270-575-2799 or 270-554-0452. Cancerport Breast Cancer Support Group. Baptist Health Imaging Center. The group provides support for those diagnosed with breast cancer and living in recovery. Phone 270.442.1310 for more information. Cancer Support Group – FIRST TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH. First Christian Church. 270-443-8251 THIRD TUESDAY OF EVERY OTHER MONTH: Look Good…Feel Better by American Cancer Society. Open to all women with cancer who are undergoing treament. 6 PM to 8 PM. Suite 403, Lourdes Medical Pavilion. Call ACS at 270-444-0740. January2015 • 45

Caregiver Support Group – THIRD TUESDAY OF THE MONTH. Legacy Personal Care Home, 4747 Alben Barkley Drive. 6 PM. FREE respite care is provided. For more information, please call Carrie Gottschalk Singler, 270-534-0620. Lourdes Weight Loss Surgery Support Group. 3RD TUESDAYS. 6 PM. Lourdes Marshall Nemer Pavilion, Borders Community Room. 270-444-2335 Cancerport - the Breast Cancer Support Group. Women's Health and Wellness Center at Baptist Imaging Center, 2705 Kentucky Ave., Paducah. Second Mondays. Contact Kentucky Cancer Program at 270-442-1310. Cancer Support Group – First Christian Church. 443-8251 Celebrate Recovery. Riverwoods Church, Benton, KY. Where you can find healing from hurts, habits or hang ups. Every Friday night. Dinner at 6:30 p.m.; fellowship at 7 p.m., followed by open small group. For more information, contact Tammy Nelson, 270-349-3253 or Michael Youngblood, 270-210-1828.

Celiac and Gluten-Intolerant meetings. FIRST MONDAY OF THE MONTH at 5PM. Chiropractic Works, Metropolis. These meetings are free to anyone who has Celiac disease, gluten intolerance, or wanting to learn the life style. If you have any questions, call 618-524-8300. Christian Support Group Meeting for friends and family of the chemically dependent. New Life Tabernacle. Call 270-444-8073 or 270-554-5977. Circle of Hope Cancer Support Group. FIRST MONDAY OF THE MONTH at 6 PM. Jackson Purchase Medical Center, Private Dining Room. Special guests are planned to provide information on pain management, depression, nutrition and many other related topics. For more information, call 270-382-3940 or 270-247-6546. Celebrate Recovery. Heartland Worship Center's Youth Building. FRIDAYS at 7 PM. Are you struggling with hurts, habits and hang-ups such as depression, insecurity, anger, overeating or chemical dependency? Open the door to

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change and find freedom from addictive, compulsive and dysfunctional behaviors. For more, call 270-534-1400, ext. 260. Celiac and Gluten-Intolerant meetings. FIRST MONDAY OF THE MONTH at 5PM. Chiropractic Works, Metropolis. Next meeting is NOV. 5TH. These meetings are free to anyone who has Celiac disease, gluten intolerance, or wanting to learn the life style. If you have any questions, call 618-524-8300.

“Living Well Support Group” McCracken County Extension Office. First Tuesdays. 11 AM - Noon. For anyone wanting to make healthier changes. Free and no reservation needed. For questions, contact: Baptist Health at 270575-2282; or Purchase District Health Dept. at 270-444-9625. Lupus Support Group. Lourdes Hospital, Classroom 4. 6 PM, first Monday of every month. For more, call 270-210-9247.

Christian Support Group Meeting for friends and family of the chemically dependent. New Life Tabernacle.1ST THURSDAY at 7PM. Call 443-4648 or 519-8670.

N.AMI. Paducah (National Alliance on Mental Illness) support group for family members and persons affected by mental illness and their families. THURSDAYS, 7 – 8:30 PM. St. Mathew’s Lutheran Church, 27th & Broadway.

Colitis and Crohn’s Support Group. 1ST THURSDAY.7 PM - 8:30 PM Lourdes Marshall Nemer Pavilion. Rosenthal Room. For more information, call 270556-4530.

Nar-Anon Family Support Group. TUESDAYS, 6:30 PM. Lourdes Hospital Classroom 4. Join in on a weekly hour of anonymous friendship, support and information for people with family members and/or friends struggling with drug addiction. For more, call 270-444-6718

Diabetes Support Group. FIRST MONDAY OF THE MONTH at 6 PM. Community Conference Room, Jackson Purchase Medical Center. Participants share in a diabetic-friendly potluck meal. Additional information can be obtained by calling The Diabetes Care Center at 251-4372. To register call 270-251-4580 or 1-877-554-JPMC.

Overeaters Anonymous. MONDAYS. 7-9PM at at various members' homes. OA offers a fellowship of men and women who seek recovery -through a Twelve-Step program. No public, private, political, ideological, or religious affiliation. No dues, fees, or weigh-ins. EVERYONE WELCOME! For more and weekly location, call 270-556-8873.

“Families on the Spectrum” is a local non-profit group of exactly what our name suggests…families on the autism spectrum. It is our goal to provide fun family outings, meetings, parents’ nights out, and to offer community support for our autism families. Our focus is on fun AND families in the hopes of building connections and life long bonds with other autism families in the Purchase Area and So. IL. Check our webiste for more information.

Overeaters Anonymous. Spiritual Program of Recovery – no weigh-ins, dues or fees. Every Wednesday. 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Lourdes Marshall Nemer Pavilion, Rosenthal Room. For more information, call 270-556-8873.

Fibromyalgia Support Group. 6 - 7 PM.THIRD THURSDAY OF EVERY MONTH at Birk Grove Life Centre (5150 Village Square Drive.) Meetings are open to the public for women with Fibromyalgia. Phone 270-415-9575 for any questions.

Parkinson's Support Group. EVERY OTHER WEDNESDAY.10 AM- 11:30 AMLourdes Marshall Nemer Pavilion, Board Room. For more information, call 270-898-8031.

Living Well Support Group – McCracken County Extension Office. FIRST TUESDAYS. 11 AM - Noon. For anyone wanting to make healthier changes. Free and no reservation needed. For questions, contact: Baptist Health at 270-575-2282; or Purchase District Health Dept. at 270444-9625.

Paducah Area Amputees in Action. 3RD THURSDAYS. 5:30 PM. Lourdes Marshall Nemer Pavilion, Borders Community Room. For more information, call 270-564-5879

Postpartum Depression Support Group. The FIRST MONDAY OF EACH MONTH at Hope Unlimited headquarters. This resource is open to the

Lourdes Hospice. Lourdes North Plaza, 911 Joe Clifton Dr. Every Monday except holidays. 5 – 6:30 PM. 270-415-3636. Hot Shots, a support group for children with type 1 diabetes and their families. For more information, contact 2172548, 519-4155, 210-3047 or ronda. cartwright@mccracken. Huntington’s Support Group. Lourdes Marshall Nemer Pavilion, Borders Community Room. Call Kathy Saliga at (270) 637-4372 for meeting dates. L.I.F.E Community L.I.F.E-Saver Class - 523 N 12th Street. TUESDAYS, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM. This class allows individuals to talk about any life-controlling issues and get support from the group. FREE. All are welcome. 270-575-3823. January2015 • 47

public, confidential and free. For questions about this support group, call 270-442-1166. Season of Honor: Caring for Your Aging Loved One. MEETINGS ARE THE FIRST MONDAY NIGHT OF EACH MONTH. 6:30 PM at First Baptist Church, 2890 Broadway in Paducah. 270-442-2728. Stroke and Brain Injury Survivors Support Group. MEETS FIRST MONDAYS, 11 AM – noon. Second floor conference room, Jackson Purchase Medical Pavilion. Call 270-251-4121 for information on upcoming meeting topics. Support & education for families with a loved one who has a severe mental illness. FREE. Basic information about medications, the recovery process, communication skills, problem solving. Weekly meetings. Call to register 270-554-1915 Survivors of Suicide Support Group: For anyone whose life has been touched by the unique grief of suicide. First Thursday of every month. Baptist Health Heart Center, 6 PM Presentations may also be scheduled. Contact Linda Thompson at 270-559-0937 or for more information. TOPS #110 Paducah. Lebanon Methodist Church., 4620 At Massa Drive. 6 PM, Weigh In; 6:30 PM, Meeting. This weekly meeting has a two-fold objective: encourage healthy lifestyles through weight management support groups and sponsor obesity research. Most members refer to the organization simply as "TOPS," an acronym for "Take Off Pounds Sensibly." The first meeting is FREE; yearly membership $26; monthly chapter dues $5. 270-217-1182. TOPS KY 0212 Paducah "Take Off Pounds Sensibly". Our mission is to offer Support and Encouragement for weight loss. Fountain Avenue United Methodist. Wednesdays. Weigh-in from 8:30-9:15 a.m., meeting from 9:30 – 10:30 AM Yearly dues are $28, or $4/month. For more information contact Eva Raines at 270-564-2141 or 270-217-4769. United Ostomy Association – Baptist Health Paducah. Contact Bonita Cloyd, 270-575-2303. v

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by: Robin Gericke with John Kuhn, Sales Manager - Storm Shield Tornado Shelters


Protect Yourself and Your Family with Storm Shield!


any families in our area were impacted by the tornadoes that swept through the United States last year. The preliminary tornado count for 2013 was a massive 891, according to the National Climatic Data Center. There were 54 tornado-related deaths. The five most severe weather and tornado outbreaks of the year each resulted in over one billion dollars in damage. Several of those tornadoes hit very close to home, including the one that touched down in Brookport, Illinois, on November 17. The devastating storm resulted in the death of three people and damaged dozens of buildings.

tornado kit ready and go over your route to shelter. Families should practice this ahead of time and have a plan for who will be responsible for a head count,” Kuhn advised.

We cannot prevent tornados from occurring and for many people they create a sense of fear and helplessness. However, there are steps you can take to increase your family’s safety. I talked with John Kuhn of Storm Shield Tornado Shelters about how the safest option to protect your family during a tornado.

Be prepared for a storm. “One thing that everyone should have is a weather radio that informs them about bad weather whenever it approaches,” Kuhn told me. “You should keep basic supplies on hand that would sustain you and your family for at least 24 hour period, such as water and canned food. Make sure you know where you are going to take shelter if there is a tornado warning.” If the weather looks ominous, turn on the news. “When you hear on the news that there is a tornado warning, get your

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You can replace a home, but you cannot replace yourself. For those that like to think of themselves as ‘storm chasers’ and try to watch the tornado, Kuhn says that he “hopes they have enough time to take cover. You don’t have to be able to see a tornado to know that the situation is dangerous. The high winds around it can also be very destructive.”

The safest place to shelter “The safest place to go in your home is a room or closet without windows or objects that could be picked up by the wind and hit you. However, many people don’t have a suitable space such as closet in a basement. A storm shelter is the safest option,” Kuhn told me. The specifications for storm shelters were created by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide near-absolute protection from tornadoes, thunderstorms and other weather with severe, damaging winds. Storm shelters were developed through research conducted at the Wind Science and Engineering facility at Texas Tech University. “Shelters must meet stringent requirements,” Kuhn explained. “They must to able to withstand winds and take impact from debris. A normal closet is just not built to those specifications.” Many news reports about tornado-related injuries and deaths involve a home where a tree branch fell through the roof or flying debris penetrated the home and destroyed it. When you are in a storm shelter that is built to resist impact the chances of being injured or killed by debris decreases dramatically. When comparing the safety of aboveground and underground shelters, you should go with the underground option if possible. “Underground shelters are safer than aboveground shelters. FEMA testing has shown that debris is less likely to penetrate an underground shelter, as only the door is exposed,” said Kuhn. “Aboveground shelters are also at risk to blow over.” “Tornadoes emergencies usually only last about 10 to 15 minutes,” said Kuhn. “So, you are not planning to stay in a shelter for a long time. Storm Shield shelters have ventilation, so you 50 • January2015

don’t have to worry about running out of oxygen. “One important thing to note: If you have a shelter, make sure your family and friends know where it is, in case it is buried by debris.”

Storm shelters are affordable Kuhn estimates that around 90% of shelters are purchased after a major storm. However, like many people, he believes the smart choice is to buy a shelter before bad weather strikes “A shelter provides peace of mind,” said Kuhn. “Compared to the possible loss of life, storm shelters are very affordable.” Storm Shield offers several financing options, and Kuhn noted that “after a storm, there are often grants available to help purchase storm shelters.” Kuhn told me that a basic shelter for a family of four costs $3,500; it’s sufficient space to protect eight people. He also noted that many families purchase a shelter with money from their tax returns.

Storm Shield – reliable and safe! If you have decided that it is time to keep your family as safe as possible in bad weather, turn to Storm Shield for protection. Storm Shield offers a collection of underground tornado shelters in a variety of sizes. Every detail of the shelters is scrutinized by their staff to insure that FEMA and National Building Code Design Criteria for underground storm shelters are met. “Storm Shield has stores across the U.S., but their corporate headquarters are in Paducah. All of our shelters are built here,” Kuhn told me. “All of the shelters come with a lifetime warranty – no leaking and no cracking. And if you move, we can move the shelter with you!” To protect yourself and your family, consider a call to Storm Shield (877) 575-3059. “From the time someone decides to purchase a shelter, to the time it is installed is about two weeks,” said Kuhn said. “Installation takes about four to eight hours.” “You can replace a home, but you cannot replace yourself,” Kuhn told me. “Severe storms are becoming more and more prevalent and we live in an area of frequent tornado activity. I think most people would agree that even if you only use your shelter for 15 minutes, once in your life, it is worth the cost.” v

by: Jamie Lober


E-Cigarettes and Vaping The New Trends in Tobacco Use


hen most of us were growing up, smoking, chewing tobacco, or using dip was a normal part of many young people’s life. Although health professionals had begun to tell us about the health issues associated with tobacco use, it was still something the ‘in-crowd’ did. Over the past few decades public opinion and tolerance of tobacco use has changed. It was no longer ‘cool;’ instead, it was seen as a dangerous habit. As the health issues of tobacco use were publicized its use decreased - until the new ‘cool’ e-cigs came along!

to graduate to smoking conventional cigarettes. With this in mind, products are being marketed to directly appeal to young people.

Do you use E-Cigs/Vaping? E-cigarette stores and vape establishments are everywhere! E-cigs come in a variety of flavors and many young people wrongly believe that they are safer than regular cigarettes! E-cigarettes were introduced as a way to help smokers quit smoking. Unfortunately, e-cigs have now become as popular as cigarettes once were. Could this be a health epidemic in the making? E-cigs, or vaping, was originally designed for current adult smokers that wished to continue enjoying their nicotine habit at a reduced risk. Vaping utilizes a propylene glycol or vegetable glycerin based liquid, mixed with nicotine and food grade flavoring that then get vaporized in a small battery powered atomizer, simulating the experience of smoking. The vapor created is inhaled and exhaled much like cigarette smoke hence the term “vaping” as opposed to “smoking”. E-cigs are sold over the counter and are not subject to the same regulation as actual cigarettes. Vaping and electronic cigarettes are not designed to be 100% safe; they are tobacco harm reduction. Additionally, while not categorized as a carcinogen, nicotine is still essentially a poison and can increase blood pressure and heart rate in humans.

Youth at risk with new trend According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 250,000 youth who have never smoked a cigarette used electronic cigarettes in 2013. Over the past few years, data gathered from national youth tobacco surveys reveals that kids who had never smoked conventional cigarettes but used e-cigarettes were almost twice as likely January2015 • 51

Parents and other influential adults in a child’s life, as well as pediatricians, must take this issue seriously. Educate yourself and your family about the detrimental health effects of tobacco use and especially e-cigs. We are still learning of new health issues associated with e-cigs and vaping

The best time to quit tobacco use is now!

It may come as a surprise that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports that almost no one starts smoking after age 25. Instead, nearly nine out of ten smokers starts by age 18. Since smoking has been banned in many public places, teens are resorting to vapors and electronic cigarettes, which present a host of dangerous consequences of their own We have evidence today of nicotine’s adverse effects on adolescent brain development that can lead to lasting deficits in cognitive function. Even if you do not smoke, your child is likely to be exposed to nicotine use in the media or among peers. Please be sure that you talk with them about the facts so that they can appropriately deal with these pressures.

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It can be easy to forget that more than 50 years have passed since the landmark Surgeon General’s report came out which linked smoking to lung cancer. Despite all the years that health educators, teachers, healthcare professionals and parents may have reinforced this message, smoking remains the leading cause of preventable death in the United States. The CDC reports that there are 16 million Americans living with a smoking-related disease, a very costly in healthcare expense. Encourage your child to always say ‘no’ to any form of tobacco or cigarette product. However if they, or you, have already started smoking, the best time to quit is now. “At our office we recommend that people stop smoking, because it has been related to many serious health conditions such as emphysema, lung cancer and heart disease,” said Dr. Keith E. Kelly, pulmonary disease doctor with the Respiratory Diseases Clinic in Paducah. “Stopping smoking can reduce

the risk of developing serious health conditions and improve your overall health,” said Dr. Kelly. We are fortunate to have some great resources for quitting right here in Paducah. “We provide smoking cessation classes by partnering with the Kentucky Cancer Program and we have organized classes for people to attend,” said Kaylene Cornell, health educator at the McCracken County Health Department. The curriculum take into consideration that some people have busy schedules. “We now use a course called Freedom from Smoking which has a shorter time commitment,” said Cornell. “It will be more beneficial for people and better fit into their lifestyle.”

make not just for yourself but loved ones and those around you. “Everyone needs to realize that they are not only shortening their years of a healthy life but they are also impacting others.” said Cornell. The truth is that no one wants to be in a wheelchair with an oxygen tank, or unable to speak because of a hole in their throat. We all know that cigarette smoke is a serious health issue and second hand smoke harms family members and friends. Unfortunately, we don’t yet know what the health impact of long term vaping will be. v

Tobacco addiction is part habit Regardless of whether you are addicted to the nicotine in as a dip, chew, cigarette or vapor, you can reflect on your schedule and try to modify your behavior. “Look at the time or the habit-forming process of when you normally would smoke, chew or dip,” advised Cornel. “For example, if you smoke early in the morning with your coffee or while driving in your car, then try to change up your location. Instead of sitting down at the kitchen table, have your coffee in a different location so you are not setting yourself up for that habit-forming process,” said Cornell. Doing something else with that time is extremely beneficial. “You may eat an apple during a certain time of day to hold over a craving time and find things that you can do with your hands rather than reaching for that cigarette,” said Cornell. Physical activity can be helpful as well.

Quitting is not easy, but it is possible. Recognize that quitting is not easy. “Nicotine is a very strong drug,” said Cornell. There are many different techniques out there and what is helpful for one person might not work for the next. Nicotine replacement or improving your nutrition choices can help you through the process. It is a misconception that you gain weight if you quit smoking. “If you follow healthier nutrition choices while quitting smoking you should be able to control any weight issues,” said Cornell. “Remember, you must really want to quit, and with that mindset you can take on the challenge of any habit. Quitting cannot be done in a day or two; you have to be patient. The best thing to do is to just start to reduce the habit, or stop completely. Even if you are not successful, the next time you try you may succeed Just don’t give up!”

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by: Carol Block-Enrolled Agent

There’s an App for That! Recordkeeping for Mileage in 2015


o you use your car for work? Are you in sales or real estate? Are you a delivery person? Do you have to drive between multiple office locations? If you answered ‘yes’ to any of the above, then the miles you drive are considered a business expense by the IRS and are eligible for a tax deduction. At $.56 per mile, this can really add up as a significant tax deduction and save you a lot of money on your tax bill. This goes up to $.58 in 2015! There are several requirements the Internal Revenue Service has in place to make sure people don’t overstate their actual mileage and take more for a deduction than they are entitled to. Here are a few caveats to be aware of and possible pitfalls that few take seriously. Recordkeeping should be a priority if you plan to receive a tax deduction. Accurate and adequate records can be difficult and hard to remember to do on a regular basis; nevertheless, they are necessary for an honest deduction. These records are not only for mileage, but all business expenses that you are going to use on your tax return. The IRS frowns on estimated or approximated amounts. Receipts, cancelled checks, diaries, and logs are usually good documentation. There are exceptions, but you need to be careful and be aware of what these consist of. I advise IRS Publication 463, or consult with your tax professional.

There’s an app for that! Keeping track of mileage can be a real problem, but there are numerous ways to do it that are much more convenient than

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the pen and pencil record books. One of the easiest ways to track your mileage use for tax purposes is to get a phone app. Most of the apps use the GPS function on the phone.

EasyBiz Mileage Tracker – This app has stripped mileage tracking down to the bare essentials. It has combined simplicity, accuracy, efficiency and attractiveness for hassle-free mileage tracking. All it takes is a few taps of the screen to record your mileage. EasyBiz costs $2.99 and is available from Google Play, the App Store, and Amazon. Milog -While this app has a plain interface, it has an intuitive and clean design. Unique to this app is the ability to turn off features that you aren't interested in. With toggle switches, you may elect to hide fields such as tolls or parking that you may not need. In this way, the app is flexible to fit your needs. Milog costs $3.99 and is available from the App Store. Mobile Mileage – Even though Mobile Mileage is light on features for mileage tracking, it sports a unique feature for expense reporting: the ability to attach a picture of your receipts. If you want to save time from typing in your expenses you may want to try out Mobile Mileage because a picture can be worth a thousand words. Mobile Mileage costs $0.99 is available from the App Store. MileIQ – This app uses smart drive-detection technology to automatically log your drives and calculate their value. It detects your drives and logs them automatically, calculating distances and value. Mileage during works hours is automatically classified as work miles, but you can change that setting if necessary. Driving outside work hours can very easily be classified by the swipe of a finger: left for personal and right for business. This app is free from the App Store. It logs the first 40 drives of each month for free, and unlimited drive logging costs is $6 a month or $60 a year. Be forewarned, continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life. Some apps, such as MileIQ, have been designed to limit iOS GPS usage and as a result use a nominal amount of battery power. Easy Mile Log – This is a great option for those who don’t have a smartphone or prefer a computer. The Easy Mile Log is a small GPS tracking device that separates work and personal mileage at the click of a button. Whenever you want a detailed mileage report of distances and locations, plug it into your computer using a USB cord. The Easy Mile Log costs about $150 and is available at These are some suggestions but if you have more questions about recording business mileage for tax deductions, contact your tax professional with any concerns. v January2015 • 55


by: Stephen Appelbaum - President, Animal Behavior College Inc.

Preventable Behavior Training Your Dog


n my previous article, I discussed how so many animal shelters and rescue groups have come to understand that along with spaying and neutering, obedience training is a key component to a harmonious relationship with your pet. Not only does training prevent dogs (and cats) from winding up in a shelter, it often prevents those that were adopted from being taken back. Troublesome behavior is correctable and can even be prevented. The key is establishing good communications by setting boundaries and ensuring safety. By doing this, you will improve your relationship with your four-legged companion—and have fun in the process! Dogs are usually curious and eager to learn. However, their lively spirit combined with an eagerness to explore and play often results in a display of common, annoying behaviors

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that sometimes can land them in shelters. In this article, I will discuss one such behavior and its causes, and most importantly, a solution.

THE PROBLEM: Jumping on people Some people view this as pretty harmless when dogs are young and regard it as just a bit of a nuisance. Yet, as the dog gets bigger, this behavior is seen in a much different light, as it can cause accidents and injuries. When a fully-grown dog, as anyone who has been knocked over by their happy, 120 pound Rottweiler can attest, jumps on someone, it could potentially cause serious injuries, especially to elderly people and children. In addition, it becomes increasingly problematic to have guests at the house without having to put the dog in another room or in the yard. I have seen a good many dogs that were on their way to the shelter for just this kind of behavior.

THE CAUSES The cause of jumping is usually three-fold. A) The dog is sometimes encouraged to jump by a member of the family or a visitor (I’ll touch upon this more in a bit), B) The dog has never been taught the proper way to greet you, your family or other people, and C) The dog wants to be closer to your face.

THE SOLUTION Be consistent. This behavior is either acceptable or it isn't. Do not straddle the fence on this issue. It can't be acceptable on Saturday when you are working around the house in casual clothes and don't mind playing rough games that encourage jumping, but completely unacceptable during the week when you are in business attire and/or simply not in the mood to play that day. Consistency takes commitment on your part. It means stopping all games that encourage or allow jumping on anyone and at any time. It also means avoiding greetings that might excite your dog making her more inclined to jump on you when this occurs. The key is remaining calm in your approach. Generally, if you are calm the dog is likely to be less exuberant and jumpy.

commanded. Either behavior should be praised! In time, you will be able to squat or bend over without her jumping on you.

Stay calm This same approach should also be used when she greets you when you come home. Remember to remain calm! Do not display any hyperactive greetings. When she jumps, simply turn away, stop all communication with her and ignore her. Initially she will continue to jump and might even jump more but after a few minutes, she will stop and sit or stand on all fours looking at you. When she does this praise and pet her. This will likely cause her to jump again and for you to have to repeat the entire process. If you do this consistently for several weeks, she should learn to greet you in a non-jumping manner. Some dogs are so big and strong that ignoring them while they jump on you for several minutes is not an option. These dogs can be dealt with by your simply disengaging and walking out of the room. After several minutes come back and if the dog jumps again, walk out again. Eventually the dog will greet you by sitting or standing at which point you praise the behavior!

Hang a leash by the door Teach an alternative behavior Most dogs can learn either to greet people on all fours or to sit as an acceptable form of greeting. To teach your dog to do this, you must teach the sit cue 20 to 30 times each day. Have the dog come to you and when she arrives, encourage her to sit. Be sure to praise and pet her. Encourage other family members to do the same. If everyone supports this effort and works at it consistently, you will find that your dog learns to sit in about one to three weeks. After several weeks of her coming up to you and sitting, try squatting down to her level when she comes to you. Initially she will probably get excited and jump. If she does, simply stand up and ignore her. She will likely keep jumping; however, if you totally ignore this behavior after about 20 seconds to a minute she will either look at you on all fours in a quizzical fashion or sit as

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them while they ignore the behavior. For this reason, it is best to hang a leash by the front door (assuming that is where guests enter your home). Prior to having any visitors, put the dog on the leash. This will allow you to prevent her from leaping all over people. It is best to gently restrain her, and then when she calms down and doesn't jump anymore, encourage guests to praise her for being a mannerly greeter. There are many other cues and techniques you can teach your dog. With consistency and patience, you can establish a strong bond with your four-legged companion. Always remember that the better your dog listens to basic cues, the v more dynamic and positive your relationship. Dog training expert Steven Appelbaum founded Animal Behavior College (ABC) in 1998. It is the largest vocational school of its kind in North America. ABC’s mission is to help educate people who are passionate about making a career out of doing what they love: working with animals. For more information about Steven and the Animal Behavior College, please visit or find them on Facebook at

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by: Robin Gericke


Over 100 Years & Growing Stronger! The McCracken County Extension Office has something for everyone! any people on our area are familiar with the Cooperative Extension services. Perhaps you were involved in 4-H as a kid or your children are involved in it today. When you first learned to sew, it may have been at a class offered at an Extension Office. You have also likely enjoyed gardening events organized by the Master Gardeners or holiday bazaars put on by Homemaker clubs. All of these programs are part of the McCracken County Cooperative Extension.


“We try to make a difference in the community,” explained Denise Wooley, the agent for Family and Consumer Sciences. “We offer research-based information to better the lives of the people in our area.”

production increases essential to the war effort. The Victory Garden Program was one of the most popular programs in the war period, and extension agents developed programs to provide seed, fertilizer, and simple gardening tools for victory gardeners. Today, the CES continues to inform and serve communities across the nation. Over the last century, extension has adapted to changing times, and it continues to address a wide range of human, plant, and animal needs in both urban and rural areas. Today, it focuses on six major areas, including 4-H youth development, agriculture, leadership development, natural resources, family and consumer sciences, and community and economic development.

Although the Cooperative Extension Services (CES) celebrated their centennial last year, it wouldn’t have been possible without the Morrill Act of 1862. This Act charged land-grant universities to educate citizens in agriculture, home economics, mechanical arts, and other practical professions. Federally controlled land was given to the states to sell so they could raise the funds for a college. The Smith-Lever Act of 1914 established the CES as a way to connect citizens with the agricultural research from the land-grant universities.

How has CES made a difference? In World War I, the CES helped the nation meet its wartime needs by increasing wheat acreage from an average of 47 million acres annually in 1913 to 74 million in 1919. They also assisted the USDA in encouraging farm production and conservation of perishable products by canning, drying, and preserving. When there were farm labor shortages due to the war, the CES organized the Women's Land Army and the Boys' Working Reserve. During the Great Depression, extension agents taught farmers about marketing and helped farm groups organize both buying, and selling cooperatives. Extension home economists also taught farm women about good nutrition, food canning, house gardening, home poultry production, furniture refinishing, and sewing. These skills helped many farm families survive the years of economic depression and drought. During World War II, the extension service again worked with farmers and their families, along with 4-H club members, to secure the January2015 • 59

The McCracken County Extension Office All services are offered to McCracken residents by the McCracken County Extension Office in conjunction with the University of Kentucky and Kentucky State University. “We are also funded by the McCracken Extension district tax,” Wooley told me. You’ll find a wealth of knowledge and skills inside the Extension Office building. “Kids in 4-H learn leadership skills and in family consumer science we have classes on parenting, finances, and cooking,” said Wooley. “The Extension office has both an agriculture and horticulture agent, so we can provide information for both gardeners and commercial producers and farmers. We provide research from the University of Kentucky to the community.”

4-H Youth Development What do the four ‘H’s’ stand for in 4-H? Head, heart, hands, and health. That is the focus of this community of young people who are learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. There over 245,000 Kentucky 4-H members making it one of the largest after-school youth programs in the country. Everyone, ages nine to nineteen, can participate in 4-H. The Kentucky 4-H program focuses on seven core content areas: Animal Science, Communications, Family and Consumer Sciences, Leadership, Health, Natural Resources and, Science Engineering and Technology. For more information about 4-H, contact Robert Tashjian, at, David Littlejohn at, or Amanda Wilson at

Agriculture and Natural Resources This area of the Extension Service is part of Kentucky College of Agriculture off-campus information network. Ag agent Amie Buckman strives to deliver the most up-to-date information, educate consumers, and provide solutions relating to the agriculture and natural resources industry. Provide information and support on many grant programs related to agriculture including Diversification, Forage & Grain Improvement and On-Farm Energy. Amie publishes an informative monthly newsletter and timely information to gardeners and growers. She also provides soil testing to local residents. She can be reached at

Horticulture Both first time gardeners and those with a “green thumb” can reap the benefits of being a part of the McCracken County Horticulture program. You’ll find advice on setting up a vegetable garden or dealing with an insect infestation! Have a strange bug, weed or diseased plant you need to identify? Bring the item by the Extension Office, and they will help provide a horticulture diagnostic resolution to your problem. Garden Toolboxes are monthly meetings that address a variety of gardening topics. You can also contact the Extension Office if you are interested in becoming part of the Master Gardener Program. For more information, contact the Horticulture agent, Kathy Wimberley, at 60 • January2015

Family and Consumer Sciences This program strives to improve the quality of individuals and families through education, research, and outreach. Its services include everything; food safety and preservation, clothing care, health and wellness, parenting, mental wellbeing and leadership development. “We have several events in January,” Wooley told me. “We begin ‘Weight: The Reality Series’ on January 8. This program focuses on behavior modification and healthy eating. We offer a ‘Clear the Clutter’ class January 13.” For those of you who have always wanted to strengthen your creative side, try out an arts and crafts day! “We have arts and crafts days where we teach a variety of skills. On February 14 at 9:30, there will be a class on making greeting cards. You can make seven cards for $5,” said Wooley. For more information about these classes, Homemakers, or Family and Consumer Sciences, contact Denise Wooley at

Homemakers The Kentucky Extension Homemakers Association is part of the Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) program. This group works to improve the quality of life for families and members of our community through leadership development, volunteer service, and education. Joining a Homemakers club is a great way to meet new people and learn a lot of new skills. Locally, there are 14 clubs to choose from depending on your location and schedule. There are also several specialty clubs, such as knitting, gardening, quilting, and the Bags of Love volunteer project. Everyone is invited, whether you are a full or part-time homemaker, male or female, rural or urban, teenager or senior citizen.

Now accepting registration for all ages!

Nutrition Education Programs The Kentucky Nutrition Education Program (KYNEP) is also a program under FCS. It encompasses two separate USDA programs: The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP), and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP-Ed). Both programs are administered by the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service, and are aimed at low-income families and individuals with nutrition education. The goals of both are to educate limited resource families with young children, and SNAP eligible individuals, to plan nutritious meals on a limited budget. The program also addresses safe food handling practices, food preparation skills and behavior necessary to have a healthy lifestyle. The two program assistants are Stephanie Caldwell, EFNEP and Haley Martin, As you can see, Cooperative Extension Services have been an important part of American history, and they continue to enrich our communities today. If you would like to learn more about all the services offered by the McCracken County Extension Office, call (270) 554-9520 or stop by 2705 Olivet Church Road. Come one, come all, because the v Extension Office has something for everyone!

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by: Jamie Lober with Dr. William E. Barnes

Got GERD? Introducing the TIF Incision-Free Procedure


hen it comes to the field of gastroenterology, the TIF incision-free procedure is the latest medical advance in the treatment. It is intended to correct chronic acid reflux and patients of all ages have been pleased with the results. The National Institutes of Health defines gastroesophageal reflux disease, better known as GERD, as a condition in which the stomach contents leak backwards from the stomach into the esophagus. It can irritate the esophagus, causing heartburn and other symptoms. Most people respond to lifestyle modifications and medicines but for others, surgery is a good option. Before determining if TIF is for you, your doctor will likely take an in-depth patient history and consider how long you have experienced symptoms. “Typically patients have a history of GERD for several years, have been on a Proton Pump Inhibitor medication (PPI) for a long time and are not responding to therapy,” explained Dr. William E. Barnes with Tri-Rivers Healthcare, PLLC.

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Treatment is individualized “Patients that do not respond to PPI’s are typically not recommended for the laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication surgery,” explained Dr. Barnes. “Most of the patients who have been studied respond well to PPI’s so typically these are our patients and they respond well to the TIF surgery. Patients who have been on medications for years and are hesitant to continue are also candidates for TIF.” One of the reasons patients are drawn to TIF is that it can be done as an outpatient or with just an overnight stay in the hospital. “We try to make sure the patients, when they wake up from surgery, have no nausea or vomiting, which could disrupt our repair,” explained Dr. Barnes. “We keep them on medication to make sure they wake up from the anesthesia, are able to tolerate liquids and their pain medication before we send them home which usually requires an overnight stay.”

What to expect post-surgery As you would probably expect, there is discomfort for a short while after surgery but most are able to go home the next day with an oral pain. For the first six weeks most lifting is restricted to nothing more than a gallon of milk. “I want them to walk one mile per day,” said Dr. Barnes. “They can drive as long as they are not taking any narcotics.” Due to the nature of the surgery, diet has to be restricted to only foods of baby food consistency for about two weeks. After that, patients can have well-cooked chicken or fish and vegetables, but cannot have raw fruits or vegetables, carbonated beverages, meats or breads for six weeks. “We do allow fresh fruits in smoothies and they can have ice cream and puddings,” said Dr.Barnes.

tion of the surgery called the gas bloat. Gas bloat is not an issue with the TIF. Studies show no Denovo gas bloat reported with TIF in post-operative patients.” Of course people with GERD may want to start off simply by trying to lose weight if applicable or elevate the head of their bed. Moderate exercise can be beneficial as well as avoiding any foods that you can associate with your symptoms. Spicy foods, chocolate, alcohol and coffee can be problematic. Only after trying these and perhaps medication should a patient consider surgery. The good news is that if you end up at that last resort, it is incision-free and has very good results in most people. v

Immediate improvement Within the first week after surgery patients notice an incredible improvement. “If their symptoms are extra-esophageal manifestations of reflux such as cough, shortness of breath, inability to sleep and regurgitation, those usually will be noticeably improved within the first week,” said Dr. Barnes. Until all of the body’s mechanisms stabilize it is recommended to stay on some type of antacid to protect yourself from erosive gastritis from the acid. TUMS, an antacid, is one option that people find effective.

Minimal side effects A final attraction of the TIF operation is lack of side effects. “The laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication, which is the standard of surgical repair today, has a pretty bad reputation,” Dr. Barnes told me. “It stops the patient from belching or vomiting and the majority of folks with GERD have a natural tendency to belch because there is discomfort. The brain feels the discomfort and tells their esophagus to belch. About half of the air is released via the mouth and the rest goes south. Once the patient has a Nissen fundoplication they are unable to belch or vomit and so when they unconsciously swallow this air which has to go south. Post-surgery individuals feel bloated and sometimes pass gas unconsciously and uncontrollably. They can experience a lot of movement in their stomach and a swollen belly; a complica- January2015 • 63


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