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NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS Ashland Park becomes Lexington’s newest historic district Lexington’s Urban County Council voted to classify the Ashland Park neighborhood as a H-1 zone, a historic district. In a special meeting in January to discuss and vote on the issue, which lasted nearly five hours and heard from a number of supporters for the measure as well as opponents, the council voted 11-1 to approve the measure. Councilmember Jennifer Scutchfield was the only “noâ€? vote. Councilmember Bill Farmer, Jr., who represents the 5th District, where the neighborhood is located, recused himself from the vote since he owns property in the affected area. An H-1 overlay is designed to protect and preserve structures and sites of historic, cultural and architectural importance in Lexington and Fayette County. As part this zoning, property owners must seek approval from the Board of Architectural Review before making certain alterations to the exterior of their homes. The majority of the homes in Ashland Park were built in the early 20th century, and the neighborhood was named after the estate of Senator Henry Clay, whose descendants sold off part of the land for residential development. The neighborhood is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The new H-1 zone is bounded by properties on South Hanover Avenue and Desha Road on the northwest and southeast and Richmond Road and Fontaine Road on the northeast and southwest. This section of Ashland Park is the city’s 15th historic district. “This is one of the most historic areas in the city , perhaps the most historic,â€? Tony Chamblin, former president of the Ashland Park Neighborhood Association and a current board member, said in an interview before the vote. â€œâ€Ś(Approval) seems logical to me – a slam dunk for anyone interested in maintaining the historic legacy of that neighborhood.â€? Opponents to the measure cited onerous restrictions to do what they wanted with their home and property, as well as the potential for even costlier repairs to homes’ exteriors.

Bourbon ‘n Toulouse plan Fat Tuesday party Bourbon ‘n Toulouse’s annual and anticipated Fat Tuesday party will begin at 11 a.m. Feb. 12.

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This will be the ninth year the cajun restaur ant has hosted the fete. For the festivities, revelers can relish a special batch of alligator etouffee, slices of king cake and 700 pounds of crawfish, delivered live from Louisiana the morning of the celebration. The crawfish boil begins at 6:30 p.m. For entertainment, The Mojo Tones will play at 6 p.m., followed by The Tall Boys at 9 p.m. The Chevy Chase Inn and Beer Trappe, both located in close proximity to Bourbon n’ Toulouse, will also open at 11 a.m. and will be available to diners for additional places to sit, and revel. Following the party, Bourbon ‘n Toulouse will be closed until Feb. 16. “We do over two weeks worth of business in 12 hours and our staff will consume 12-months worth of booze that day,� said co-owner Kevin Heathcoat. “We need a few extra days to sober up and clean this place up .� For those not wanting to brave the crowd, the restaurant will be selling food by the quart and gallon, but pre-orders must be made by Feb. 11.

Gallery Hop coming to Chevy Chase in February LexArts’ Gallery Hop, a seasonal open-house for downtown art galleries and businesses, will include two stops in the Chevy Chase area beginning with the February installment, which occurs 5 - 8 p.m. Feb. 15. New Editions Gallery (807 E. Euclid Ave.) and The Collective (314 S. Ashland Ave.) will both by hosting events and exhibits during the February Gallery Hop. New Editions Gallery will be showcasing new works by a number of artists, and The Collective, which will be at its new address in time for the Gallery Hop, will be exhibiting the work of its participating artists. There will be a special Lextran Colt Trolley available that evening which will shuttle Gallery Hoppers from downtown to the Chevy Chase locations and vice versa.

Swim Bike Run of Kentucky named a top 50 triathlon retailer Swim Bike Run of Kentucky, on North Ashland Avenue, has been named a top 50 triathlon retailer by Slowtwitch, an online triathlon magazine which surveyed the leading industry manufacturers in creating the list. Sam and Noelle


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Applications sought for 2013 Sustainability Grants Lexington residents seeking to help improve the city’s environment are invited to apply for a 2013 Sustainability Grant. Lexington’s Department of Environmental Quality and Public Works is providing the grants, used by residents to work collaboratively and creatively to improve the environmental health of Lexington. Grants are available for a wide range of projects including rain gardens, green roofs, community gardens, streamside restoration, recycling programs, beautification projects (outside only), rain barrel projects, the cleanup and restoration of illegal dumpsites, litter projects, planting street trees and other projects that are determined to improve the environmental health of the community and meet the principles of sustainability. Public and private schools, all neighborhood and homeowner associations that are incorporated and have a complete slate of elected officers, as well as churches are eligible to apply for a gr ant. Eligible applicants may apply for a maximum amount of $2,500. These are 100 percent matching grants. A match can be materials or inkind services or a combination of both. Documentation must be provided on the value of all in-kind supplies, materials and services. Inkind matches may also include items such as documented use of vehicles or machinery or meals served to volunteers. More information and application materials are available at the Department of Environmental Quality and Public Works Web site at www.lexingtonky.gov/greengrants. Applications must be postmarked or submitted to the department’s office by 4:30 p.m. March 22, 2013. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

Smiley Pete publishers receive prestigious community award Smiley Pete Publishing founders and owners, Chris Eddie and Chuck Creacy, received the prestigious 2013 Spirit Award, presented by the Lexington Forum at the organization’s annual State of the Merged Government Address, a luncheon that provides the city’s sitting mayor an opportunity to address a broad spectrum of local leaders. Smiley Pete Publishing is the parent company of this magazine. Each year the Lexington Forum recognizes an

individual or group that has made a meaningful change in the Bluegrass by giving back to the community through volunteerism. The criteria of this award are based solely on the nominee’s caring contributions to the community. In citing Eddie, Creacy and their company, the Forum said: “Smiley Pete Publishing has served as a consistent, ardent and significant supporter of the Lexington community in general and its arts scene, in particular. Over the years since its launch in 1997, this local, independent publisher of Business Lexington, Chevy Chaser and Southsider magazines, as well as the new arts & entertainment website tadoo.com, has enlightened readers about a broad range of community issues, key events and local personalities.”

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West Sixth Brewing to begin canning second brew Brewers at West Sixth Brewing Company have announced plans to begin canning a second beer in February. Deliberation Amber, an amber ale, will join the downtown brewery’s IPA beers on shelves and in coolers. West Sixth is the only brewery in Kentucky to can its beers. “This beer has been available on draft in Lexington for a few months, and the response has been tremendous. We’re excited to be able to offer it to our fans in a can, ” said co-founder Brady Barlow. The can design, which was designed by local artist Brian Turner of Cricket Press, resembles the look of the IPA can with a different color scheme, and the use of grains instead of hops in the design. The West Sixth amber is available immediately on draft throughout central Kentucky and will soon be available in cans at stores throughout Kentucky. It will be distributed through Clark Distributing in central and southern Kentucky. “Lexington’s response to our IPA has been fantastic – we’re selling our beer as fast as we can make it,” so co-founder Joe Kuosman. “We can’t wait to introduce our amber to a larger mark et.”

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After Durrett, London Ferrill took over the church’s leadership, and helped pull together the funds to purchase and ccording to W illiam Thomas, a resell several properties that generated step into the building at the corenough profit for the church’s construcner of Short and Deweese streets tion. is a step back into history. The building Ferrill garnered enormous respect there was originally built in 1856 by its from the community when he risked his congregation of slaves and named the life to minister to blacks and whites who First African Baptist Church. fell ill during the city’s cholera epidemic Thomas describes the building, with in the 1830s. its glorious columns and gothic arched “The history of the city is just woven windows and interior, as a beacon for the through this project,” Thomas notes. enslaved at the time of its foundation. Its “You hear as a youngster about all this congregation at one point included 2,000 history around you, and it doesn’t mean people – almost a quarter of the city’s much to you at all. I really didn’t have a population in the late 1800s. He recalls sense for how African Americans were finding evidence that slaves at the part of this community. In school, when Waveland plantation, in southern Fayette we were taught Kentucky history, it was County, used to walk all the way to all Daniel Boone and Geor ge Rogers downtown to attend church. For many, Clark, and that was about it.” the Sunday service was their only opporThese days, he feels a little differenttunity to reunite with parents, siblings ly about it. and spouses who may have been sold to Upon his retirement, Thomas other families in the area. returned to his hometown of Lexington The church’s congregation was from Boston and was distressed to hear founded in 1790 by slave Peter Durrett, that the building where he had attended who came west as a scout for a traveling church as a young man was in danger of church of early Baptists fleeing religious being sold to developers later this year, at persecution in V irginia. Ultimately, he which point it will be tor n down. The fell into the ownership of the family of building, which is on the N ational John Maxwell, one of the city’s first Register of Historic Places and part of the founders. Due to Durrett’s experience Blue Grass T rust for Historic with the Baptists and respect within the Preservation, currently houses the daycommunity among blacks and whites, care program of Central Christian Maxwell allowed him to build a cabin on Church. The First African Baptist Church his property that originally housed the congregatoin has since moved on to a congregation. new building on Price Road.

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Congratulations and City Updates BY BILL FARMER, JR. 5TH DISTRICT COUNCIL

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hope you had wonder ful holidays and are now enjoying the stretch leading to Valentine’s Day. I am never one to wish the year away but if you squint a little, March Madness is out there with Keeneland on the horizon. W armth is out there too, waiting for us to get there.

Chaser Congratulations

First up are my sincere congratulations to Chuck Creacy and Chris Eddie, the brains and brawn behind the beginning of the Chevy Chaser and Southsider magazines as well as Business Lexington. These enterprising gents received the Lexington Forum Spirit Award presented just before the Mayor’s State of the Mer ged Government address. The annual award recognizes people and groups in our community that make a difference. This year’s award spotlights this duo’s “say yes” attitude and their continuing commitment to the arts and arts community here in Lexington. W ell done gentlemen, and well deserved indeed.

Council Update

Since our last visit here, the 12 district council members elected in N ovember were sworn in. Our mee ting schedule is still winding up, but I am pleased to tell you that I have once again been confirmed by my colleagues as chair of the Planning and Public Works Committee. For me this is a special post and service that I always take pride in. For this term, newly returned councilmember Jennifer Mossotti has agreed to serve as the committee vice chair. I am most pleased to be serving with her again. We are of f to a good start and will quickly turn to budget-related issues after several confirmation hearings for posts in the Gray Administration. For mer CAO Richard Moloney will become Commissioner of Environmental Quality and Public Works. Lexington will have its first female CAO as the current Commissioner of General Services Sally Hamilton will take that spot. Former mayoral aide Geof f Reed will return to service as the new General Services Commissioner. With all that is about to be done, the mayor still needs to field

replacements for the directors of both Traffic Engineering and Purchasing.

Lamentations

I sometimes like to comment on changes less notable but still with impact on Pensions our daily perception of life here in With what I would call the historic Lexington. Over the course of the multiple announcement of a “pension consensus” upgrades and changes at Christ the King also comes the budget work to get it done. Cathedral, the most recent has been the Since the 30-year agreement calls for consis- addition of a fence around the remaining tent $20-million-per-year contributions, the open space on that block. This is the field proposing of the 2014 budget will most bounded by Cochran, Romany and likely have an increased impact on each of Providence. While the fence looks fine, it us. I can’t tell you what for m that will take, does signal – for me at least – a less open but since we currently only contribute $9 and welcoming nature. I understand the relmillion per year , something has to give. evant security needs, since an elementary While the unfunded pension liability will be school is present. I understand that events cut by 45 percent and the necessity of within our society today make the addition bonding in the current year’s budget will be of the fence both wise and prudent, but I obviated, we should all follow this discuslament the loss of openness and a certain sion and relevant budget decisions closely. feeling of neighborhood for us all.

Bill Farmer, Jr.

Bill Farmer, Jr. Is the 5th District council representative. He can be reached at (859) 258-3213, by e-mail at bfarmer@lexingtonky.gov, or by fax at (859) 259-3838. Letters may be addressed to: Councilmember Bill Farmer, Urban County Council, 200 E. Main St., Lexington, KY 40507.

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e buy 400 cases of strawberries, almost a semi-truck full. W e have a large cooler that we fill from floor to ceiling, plus a couple of side coolers. Every single square inch is filled with strawberries, and we do nothing but dip strawberries for three days – all day long, for three days.” This is how Ruth Hunt Candies owner Larry Kezele and the folks at Ruth Hunt Candies jump into the Valentine’s Day rush: dipping 22,000 strawberries into chocolate for their famous Long Stem Strawberries. “It’s harder, in some ways, than Christmas. Christmas, you know, people show up and you’re busy from Thanksgiving on. Some people give early gifts; some people give late gifts. Y ou build up to the really busy days before Christmas. Still, the busiest day of the year is always right on V alentine’s Day. That’s when everybody gets the gift,” Kezele continued. Ruth Hunt Candies is a long-established name in Lexington, as well as in Mt. Sterling where their factory is located. You can tour the factory and see the large copper kettles and marble slabs that Ruth Hunt herself used in her business that started 92 years ago this year. And now, Kezele has brought Ruth Hunt Candies back to downtown Lexington with a new store on Walton Avenue. “Years and years ago, Ruth Hunt herself had a store on the cor ner of Main and Limestone. Some time later, we had a store in Chevy Chase. It was a very small space there that did quite well, but the building owners decided to tear that whole building down and rebuild. I always wanted to get back to downtown Lexington, but downtown wasn’t nearly as resur gent as it is now,” Kezele said. “W e went to Woodhill for 10 years, but I am a fir m believer in owning our own building. When the sign went up for this building I called immediately. We got it in November. We flat-out ran to get things going in time for Christmas, which is our absolute make-or -break season.” Getting a Ruth Hunt store in on W alton Avenue is like a plan come full circle for Kezele, who has wanted to own a building in downtown Lexington for a long time. “When we moved in at Woodhill, this building was for sale and I looked at it. At the time it was just out of our reach. Sonitrol bought the building and renovated it.

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Even with other trinkets in stock, candy is still the top seller at Ruth Hunt Candies stor es.

Now, 10 years later, it has all new electric, all new plumbing, a new roof. There is plenty of parking. It worked out really well. And we are so excited to be back in downtown Lexington and involved in the things going on downtown,” he said. While the Walton Avenue store has its share of other gift items that have proven to be very popular over the years – Kentucky cookbooks and collectibles, plush toys, and even a postal mailing counter for sending gifts and candy – 85 to 90 percent of the Ruth Hunt business is still candy. From those famous chocolate-dipped strawberries and filled heart-shaped boxes of V alentine’s Day to Woodford Reserve bourbon balls, the Ruth Hunt crew does what they know best. Since this is a candy store, there was one question Larry Kezele would be very qualified to answer: What is “a kid in a candy store” really like? “Oh, we’ve had whole shelves knocked over,” he laughed. “But usually we have parents and grandparents who bring in the most well-behaved children. W e had one little girl who would come in regularly with her grandmother with her $2 for the week. She is so thoughtful, taking her time until she finds her thing for the week. It is her bonding with her grandmother. And she’ll remember that for the rest of her life.” Kezele has amassed a collection of letters and emails from people who had a family tradition of stopping by one of the Ruth Hunt locations with a parent or grandparent and are now passing that along to their own children. There are touching stories of some very fond memories that people have of visits to the store or of getting one of Ruth Hunt’s famous Blue Monday candy bars at a drugstore. “One fellow wrote us who used to come from Louisville to Lexington to visit his grandmother on the weekends. She would take him to McAdams & Mor ford downtown and they would have an olive nut sandwich and a Blue Monday,” Kezele said. “As she got older, she ended up in a nursing home. He would come to visit her, stopping by McAdams & Mor ford to pick up Blue Mondays, which just delighted her . Eventually his grandmother passed away. And on his way to the funeral he stopped by and bought every Blue Monday they had and put it in the cof fin with her. This was 40 or 50 years ago, and that man is still a customer today.” Kezele and store manager Rwonda Crutcher are bracing for Valentine’s Day now. Over 20 thousand strawberries are destined for the Ruth Hunt factory in the near future, and their job is cut out for them. The new Ruth Hunt Candies location at 213 W alton Ave. is open 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Mon. – Sat. (1 – 5 p.m. Sun.).

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The New Fabric of the Neighborhood

Jane Buckner recently moved her store, The Rag Peddler, to Walton Avenue. PHOTO BY ROBBIE CLARK

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he Rag Peddler, a 16-year resident of 1125 South Broadway, recently relocated over the holidays to a new location at 250 W alton Ave. While owner Jane Buckner says the new space will be slightly smaller , the new facility, nestled among a batch of new businesses along the street, is more upscale and better equipped to display the shop’s variety of fabrics. The new facility was recently refurbished by W alker Properties, and Buckner says that organization’s emphasis on “reinventing” the area of W alton Avenue and National Avenue was a major impetus for her move.

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The Rag Peddler’s fabrics and custom pieces have been used in a variety of area businesses, including Merrick Inn, Giuseppe’s, Portofino’s, the Thoroughbred Club, Wines on Vine, Cheapside Bar and Grill, Dudley’s and Rose Bud, among others. Buckner believes the new location is better -suited to her clients’ needs. A lar ge percentage of her business comes from residents of the 40502 zip code, and many of The Rag Peddler’s customers also shop at neighboring stores. “I think all of our businesses compliment each other,” she said. “We have a lot of mutual customers, and do a lot of business with each other.” Opened in 1993, The Rag Peddler was Buckner’s escape from a career in social work that had turned out to be a poor fit for her . “I just thought I’d try it to see if it’d work,” she said. “I didn’t start with very much money; 19 years later I’m still doing it.” At the time it opened, the shop was the city’s only fabric store, and is still one of the largest. In addition to selling home fabrics, the shop makes custom pieces, mostly draperies, for its clients. “I have a little bit of everything, although Lexington’s fairly traditional. We have unique patterns, so we’re told, that other stores might not carry, but we try to cater to everybody’s tastes,” she said. The Rag Peddler will also reupholster small pieces of fur niture, and works with a number of reupholstering professionals in the city for larger pieces. The shop’s most commonly reupholstered pieces are dining room chairs, which don’t usually require much fabric and are simple, relatively inexpensive jobs. Another of the store’s most popular purchases is its custom cornhole boards and bags. The Rag Peddler uses heavier fabric and stronger stitching, which tend to make the bags hold up longer than mass-manufactured varieties. According to Laura Cox, who has been an employee for the past eight years, the shop is one of the largest purchasers of locally grown corn from Souther n States in PHOTOS BY ROBBIE CLARK Lexington. They purchase around 400 pounds of the ker nels a Yards upon yards of fabric fills the space of The month, or around 5,000 pounds Rag Peddler’s new location. Buckner started the per year, to keep up with the business 19 years ago. demand for the popular tailgating game. For Buckner, the move back to the area is a way of coming home. “I grew up in the area all my life, and I kind of wanted to go back there,” she said. “It’s a lot of local businesses, and I know a lot of those business owners. W e all support each other and compliment each other.” And, of course, The Rag Peddler’s resident terriers, Biscuit, Gravy and Tank, have made the move and will be greeting customers at the new location.

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he U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports there are 146,000 apparel manufacturing employees in the U.S. Yes, those folks producing “Made in the USA” garments of all kinds. In some places, it’s trendy to wear clothing with such a patriotic label. N ow, a couple of 20-something Chevy Chase residents are helping to keep Kentucky clothing quite busy. The clothing brand is called George Bear. It just hit the marketplace last fall with a much bigger rollout planned for 2013. “They are technical outer wear (for technically demanding sports or other outdoor activities).We make 12 types of men’s and women’s jackets,” explained founder Matthew Wilson, 27. The brand name, Geor ge Bear, comes from the names of Wilson’s two dogs. As for the Made in the USA claim: “W e manufacture completely 100 percent in the United States. We’re the only brand (technical outdoor wear) that can say that,” Wilson stressed. “We purchase our fabric from Polar T ech, the same company that The North Face and Patagonia buy from. Our products are just the same, but we’re the only outdoor brand manufactured in the U.S.” Wilson adds that the logos, zippers and ancillary items on the clothing are also American-made. Until recently, the clothing was assembled at Phar Shar Manufacturing in Leitchfield, Ky., about 75 miles southwest of Louisville. But now the line of Geor ge Bear Wear is assembled at SEKRI (South Eastern Kentucky Rehabilitation Industries), a company which has an emphasis on employing disabled workers and wounded veterans. Wilson says he and his friends have always enjoyed hiking and kayaking, which spurred his interest in starting his own outer wear company, his first business venture. Wilson’s step-father, Jim Hampton Plemmons, owner of Old Frankfort Stud in Woodford County, was instrumental in helping Wilson develop his business plan and launch George Bear. During his late high school and early University of Kentucky years, W ilson was a ski technician at the for mer Phillip Gall’s Outdoor and Ski Store, now Benchmark Outdoor Outfitters, in Lexington. “We’re familiar with the industry and products, not just because we like them, but because we use them,” he said. George Bear clothing became available last N ovember online (geor gebearwear.com) and at J&H Lanmark – The Outdoors Store. The business is taking on the look of a family affair. Mark Zoller, the husband of

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Wilson’s cousin, Virginia, is a business advisor, and both are minority owners of the line. Zoller, a mechanical engineer, does data based analysis for Geor ge Bear. “I told Matthew I don’t know much about fashion, but I can help with marketing and crunching numbers about the demographics of the customers he’s trying to reach, and in quantifiable metrics,” said Zoller, 29. He also helps track the company’s stock of materials, orders and sales. “2013 is hopefully going to be the break out year . We’re in the midst of marketing to brick and mortar wholesale stores and local shops trying to get the name established. We’ll be hitting on all cylinders for fall and winter and the holidays,” he predicted. Zoller says the target market for George Bear is young, at least initially. They’re seeking 18- to 24-year-old college students. The business model calls for penetrating college towns, specifically in the Southeaster n Conference. “We’ll market wholesale products into local shops only and will sell to just one shop in each town to create a demand. We’re not going immediately to the big boys (such as Orvis, REI and Dick’s Sporting Goods). We’re going to start low, grassroots, basement level and establish the name that way,” Zoller advised. Zoller and Wilson say they know their tar get market and describe them as customers who want things small and organic. “We want to get directly into small shops that support their local communities,” Zoller said. Wilson adds: “We are trying to set a new standard for how products are manufactured, shipped, carried and used.” Although sales have begun, an important target month will be March when retail clothing buyers typically make their selections for the coming fall, holiday and winter seasons. That’s the timeframe Geor ge Bear wants to be ready for . “That’s what we’re pushing toward. Depending on who wants to pick us up, it will be into stores and on racks in October , along with the other brands that come out then, too,” Wilson said. New for George Bear this fall will be different clothing patterns like a vest, a couple of jackets with hoods attached to them, some new ski gear and hiking/trekking gear. There will also be a line of t-shirts. One day, there might be children’s clothing, but not right away, says W ilson. The first steps for these young entrepreneurs will be modest ones, but their enthusiasm appears boundless.

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Medical students interact with local actors to hone their communications skills in the Standardized Patient Program. PHOTOS BY MICK JEFFRIES

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With the help of actors, this UK medical program helps future doctors learn to interact with patients BY ESTHER MARR CONTRIBUTING WRITER

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n actor portraying an illness is commonplace on television and in movies that aim to provide a realistic view of the emotions and physical pain that patients endure. But what many may not realize is how valuable actors can be to aspiring medical professionals in real life. The Standardized Patient Program, a national program that was introduced to the University of Kentucky’s College of Medicine in the mid 1990s, has become a vital way to train and assess medical students on how they communicate with patients.

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“We primarily focus on communication skills – how to talk and get infor mation from a patient, and how to improve their listening skills by not interrupting or being judgmental,” explained Joe Gatton, who has served as coordinator of the standardized patient, or “SP” program, for nearly seven years. Gatton, who has a background in show business, served as a SP himself for nearly a decade before taking on the role of coordinator. His responsibilities include training the SPs to portray various illnesses in order to evaluate the skills of the students in all of UK’s major health colleges, including phar macy, nursing, dentistry and the physician’s assistant programs.

The SP program begins during a medical student’s first year at UK, with the scenarios the SPs portray and the skill levels progressing as the student shows advancement. Medical students are aware the SPs that assess their skills are actors. The goal is to give them a way to practice their craft before venturing out into real-life situations. “For first- and second-year students, we’re teaching them how to assess a patient’s ailments based on how they verbally describe what’s going on,” Gatton said. “(The student) learns how to ask the right kinds of questions in the right kind of way. Sometimes even silence draws more information out – just being patient

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enough to listen instead of going to the next question, and lear ning how to respond.” Besides UK medical students, the SP program also occasionally works of fsite with interns, pharmacists and other medical professionals within competency training workshops. UK’s SP staff is made up of about 35 to 40 people, ages 20 to 75, that evaluate medical students based on a specific checklist of skills. The position is considered part-time and temporary, although Gatton said he knows people that have worked as SPs for more than 10 years. When hiring SPs, Gatton said communication skills and a teaching background are a plus, but not required. Over


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Medical students are aware the Standardized Patients that assess their skills are actors; the goal is to give them a way to pr actice their craft before venturing out into real-life situations. Along with better communications, patients are taught how to investigate and detect underlying problems a patient may not be awar e of or trying to hide.

the years, he has employed many retired teachers, actors and other individuals involved in the communications field. One of Gatton’s goals through the SP program is to teach medical students “how to have a conversation and ask questions that don’t treat someone like they’re a germ underneath a microscope. “Because we’re in this great age of technology, we think it’s going to save us,” he explained. “But if you ask the right kind of questions, you’ll know the correct technology to use may be less expensive. If (the patient) doesn’t need an MRI, don’t give an MRI. Sometimes the tendency is, ‘W ell, we’ll just do some tests,’ as opposed to ‘does this patient really need this?’”

Gatton explained how some of the scenarios SPs act out are straightforward, while others may take some investigating on the part of the student in order to discover the root of the problem. Regardless of the situation, the student must keep the SP comfortable and stay sensitive to his or her needs – especially if it involves a sexual issue or a battle with addiction. “A patient may come in presenting one thing, but the case is basically training these students to listen and realize that what’s on the chart isn’t actually their issue,” Gatton said. For example, a SP may present a case where the actor simply wants get a prescription refill, when in fact it tur ns out she is a victim of domestic violence

and needs more medication because her partner stole it. “Another scenario may involve an elderly person coming to have their blood pressure medicine adjusted and the student has to figure out that it actually doesn’t need to be adjusted; (the patient) hasn’t been taking it correctly,” Gatton said. “If (the student) takes the cue correctly, they realize they may be dealing with a case of early dementia and need to do some other types of tests.” For Gatton, he believes communication skills are just as important as the sciences involved in a medical profession. “Just because something’s on a chart, don’t come in with your mind made up,” he said. “Start out with an open-ended

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question, and then slowly start narrowing it down and eliminating things.” Considering how long Gatton has been involved with the SP program, it’s clear he sees many benefits in the process. “Sometimes you get cynical and think nobody cares, but then you see someone (communicating with patients) the right way and is still passionate about it – to see how great it is when it works, it’s inspiring,” Gatton said. Kenda Wright, who has worked as a SP for more than six years, said she enjoys her career because it combines her love of acting with her interest in education. She also feels she is helping to make a dif ference in the medical field. “I believe the Standardized Patient Program allows the students to become better health-care professionals,” said Wright, who minored in theatre in college and has held past jobs as a banker and a high school business teacher . “(The students) are able to practice interviewing and counseling skills in a safe environment that allows them opportunities for constructive feedback and chances to improve their communication skills through repeated simulations,” she added. “In turn, the increased opportunities help them develop better relationships with their patients.”

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F I T N E S S

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BY SHEILA KALAS | FITNESS COLUMNIST

o, you made a resolution to workout, to lose weight, to be healthier . Good for you. Now, how do you keep it? As a rule, I don’t like resolutions. They set most of us up for failure. What I do like is a plan – a plan that has time and thought behind it, as well as consideration of who you really are and what you will really do. Plans for better health and fitness can be made at the beginning of the year, but they are different than resolutions. So, have you made a plan? If you are realizing that you have not made a plan, but just a resolution, then this is time to change it. First, identify where you want to go and where you are. Here you have to be honest with yourself. If you want to be 20 pounds lighter,but have never been that weight in your life, you should reconsider. Where you want to be should be a realistic goal, not a pie in the sky idea. Next you have to identify where you are. Again, be realistic and truthful. If you hate exercise and love French fries, be honest. Put all your vices out there on the table and then you can make a plan to attack them one at a time. There is no pile of obstacles too big to overcome, but a plan to do this is crucial. If you look at the changes you have to make as a big pile that must be dealt with as a whole, you will be overwhelmed and quit before you start. Next, formulate the plan, then implement the plan. Look at your goal and deter mine what is needed to get there. Most likely it will include exercise and dietary changes, as well as a few lifestyle changes. I always like to start with exercise (imagine that). I think incorporating exercise into your life’s routine is the best base to move forward with other changes. The feelings of success that come with exercise are the best way to empower you to make more changes in your life. Dietary changes can be tough. There are many choices here and they are somewhat individual. However, there is some common ground. Anyone looking to make dietary changes needs to increase their awareness of nutritional information. If you eat out, then you have to know calories and nutritional content of the foods at your favorite places. The web is great for this. If you cook at home, then you have to analyze what you like to cook and see if it can be tweaked to be healthier that it is currently. Many home cooked meals can be helped with less starch (potatoes and rice) and more veggies (especially dark greens). Once exercise and diet are tackled, you can venture into other areas of life that may need improving or attention. The main areas I think you should focus on are spiritual and social health. Everyone needs some sort of social circle; we as humans are designed to engage with others. We thrive on interpersonal interaction. Well-developed social circles can enhance the success of your overall program, as they will bring positive and supportive people into your life and get rid of negative and unsupportive people. Spiritual health is an interesting subject. This has nothing to do with any particular religion, but just the belief and faith that you are not alone in this world. Sharing your life burden with someone, anyone real or imaginary, is a good way to help you dissipate the stress of life. Study after study show that those who believe in some kind of “grand being” have lower levels of stress and increased happiness. OK, you have some suggestions, but they mean nothing without implementation. What I have said here might be nothing new, but maybe it resonates today, where it never did before. I hope so.

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A FIT NEIGHBORHOOD

A collection of fitness-oriented businesses find critical mass in National Avenue area BY DAN DICKSON CONTRIBUTING WRITER

ness point of view, but also what the neighborhoods say,” explained W alker. “We want it to benefit them, us and the hile we see more Kentuckians tenants as a community.” walking, running and generally In that area, a group of six fitnessexercising, statistics show, related businesses have opened or are unfortunately, that we, as a state, are sim- about to open: ply getting fatter by the year. • CrossFit Maximus, a personal But a group of small business own- workout center, offers fitness and ers in one emer ging Lexington neigh- strength training, a high-intensity boot borhood is doing its part to give us more camp, massage and, maybe not surprisexercise options in a one-stop location ing, chiropractic care. The new location — and hoping we’ll take advantage of is its second in Lexington, with its first them. center located on Palumbo Drive. Greg Walker, along with his father • Fitness Plus is a personal fitness and brother, operates Walker Properties, center “plus” more — namely, wellness a Lexington development company. care. The business recently moved to They are working with tenants and per- this larger space. spective tenants to design and build cus• Personal Best is another fitness tomized business spaces that fit their business, providing personal and group needs. One target area of Lexington for training. It recently moved into what his company is along N ational A venue, Walker calls “a customized fit-up.” Walton Avenue and N orth Ashland • Swim Bike Run of Kentucky is Avenue, close to Lexington’s Kenwick just what it says — all three activities — and Mentelle neighborhoods. and more. They work to give clients the “We are trying to listen to what training and mental strength to accomeveryone tells us they want from a busi- plish their athletic goals.

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• Hybrid Martial Arts is in a customized renovation space and of fers many of the disciplines in the martial arts for both children and adults. • And finally, there is Elle Fitness. Among other things, it promises to help new mothers “get their body back” with a program called BarreAmped Baby Shake Off. “It is by design that we are trying to develop a community of businesses that work together,” explained Walker. “But I don’t think we intentionally went out to recruit fitness-oriented businesses. They just seem to be around each other .” Four of the six fitness businesses share the same building; three share the same street frontage and parking area. Three of the businesses are owned by women, and all of the businesses are trying to network together for the betterment of all. There are several other types of businesses in the area. An eatery is coming soon, and Walker predicts others will follow. “It is also known as an artist’s area,”

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he said. “There are a number of creative artists who lease from us. W e have a mixed use of some types of retail.” Walker said he and his family have gained a level of control in the neighborhood with the acquisition of two city blocks of properties over the years. “We purchase buildings that have seen better days and try to reinvent them,” he said. In this neighbor hood, the W alkers prefer not to rent to businesses with an industrial bent. CrossFit Maximus, which celebrated its second anniversary in September , has 7,000 square feet of space on N orth Ashland, with eight full-time and 12 parttime employees. Owner Matt Sharp believes people are growing tired of “bigbox national fitness models like Urban Active and L.A Fitness.” Instead, said Sharp, people are switching to local, more specialized experiences with trainers who are more vested in the community rather than in a “chain gym,” as he calls them. In certain parts of Lexington, such as the Jefferson Street area, there are explosions of new, local businesses, such as restaurants. Sharp thinks the fitness industry that’s blooming on N ational, Midland and N orth Ashland avenues is a natural extension of that. “Our philosophy is to change lives

for the better,” he said. “Our model is to build a community of like-minded people. We invest in our people. Each member is very important. We want to change that member’s life so then they’ll tell a friend and bring them in.” Sharp praised his clients, saying they are special types who “are ready to dig in and make some real, lasting changes in their lives.” Three-time world champion and twotime hall-of-fame inductee Sean Stefanic owns Hybrid Martial Arts on N ational Avenue. “I like the fact that there are a lot of other fitness providers in this area. My theme seems to go along with the rest of them,” Stefanic said. “A lar ge part of my clientele is children. I have many adults too. It’s easy for [parents] to drop off children with us if it coincides with their own workout nearby.” Stefanic’s goal for 2013 is to have 100 students in his classes, which include a mixed martial arts style called Jeon sa mu sul, which translated means “the way of the ultimate warrior .” It encompasses Taekwondo, Hapkido, kickboxing, boxing, Kali and grappling. Of his “get fit” neighbor hood environment, Walker concludes that it is “a grassroots development; they all desire to be down here.”

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hane Burry said worry about getting in trouble for helping friends and acquaintances get in shape drove him to look for a personal training certification program. Looking through a slew of personal training programs, from short online courses to four -year degrees, he found the Lexington Healing Arts Academy’s accredited Personal Fitness T raining Certification Program and dove right in. “I’ve loved it,” said Burry, who previously worked professionally as a musician and was in the military. “It’s been tough, they really push you here. It’s not an easy school, but the benefits and the rewards are well worth the time.” He has never missed a day of class, and with only two months left, the Minnesota native said he already has a job lined up locally when he graduates

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from the program. Attending class every day, the academy’s personal trainers go through rigorous scientific courses that cover nutrition and fitness, professional development and lab work. It was this multi-faceted, thorough curriculum that attracted Burry, and it is what Lexington Healing Arts Academy Executive Director Bill Booker expects out of the program. The three-year-old initiative now rounds out the other instructional of ferings at the Lexington Healing Arts Academy’s facilities on Southland Drive, which include yoga and massage training programs. After having bad experiences with personal trainers at gyms, and seeing the rising popularity of personal training for the middle class, Booker , who received his master’s degree in business from George Washington University, decided it was time to enlist the help of some seasoned personal trainers and gym owners

to start the accredited program. “I didn’t know any better,” he reflected. “I went to the gym and I figured they (personal trainers) were very qualified people.” It turns out, there is no statewide or nationwide standard to become a personal trainer. “There are a lot of dif ferent ways to become a certified personal trainer, all the way from going to school for six years, to studying on your own on the weekend and paying for a certificate,” explained Laura Coombs, the faculty head for the personal training program. Coombs has a bachelor’s degree from Stony Brook University in athletic training and a master’s degree from Queens College in exercise science. “W e are at an aggressive level and it is accredited, which means that to take the test you have to have proper identification and have a testing center. “And the faculty standards are the

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most tough,” she added. “We are all educated, experienced and have worked in the field so we hold the standard very high.” She said experienced personal trainers like her would rather have qualified professionals following in the footsteps of their field to hold a higher standard. Booker added that he has seen personal training “certifications” that allow just about anyone to label themselves as “personal trainers” with only a few hours of study and an online test. This is disheartening for the true professionals, but most important for the consumer, Booker added. He said gyms in Kentucky are beginning to demand trainers with higher levels of training, and that a large percentage of their graduates walk into jobs almost immediately. Coombs, who moved to Lexington six years ago to help rehabilitate injured assembly line workers at T oyota, said helping students build and enhance their


Classes in the accredited personal fitness training program have an average size of about 10 students.

professionalism is also a special component of the program. “Unlike the scientific curriculum, we really add a lot of professional development,” she said. “How to sell yourself, how to pound the pavement.” She added that they educate their trainers to work with a lar ge range of people – from regular gym goers to severely overweight first-timers – with a safety-first mentality, and then by making it enjoyable for the client. They also focus on helping the trainer educate clients on how to maintain fitness and health outside of the gym environment. Booker said he was a good example of someone in need of a qualified trainer. “How I worked out as I aged changed, and I didn’t really know how to work out,” he said. “I kept injuring myself and was a weekend warrior. You really need an educated, certified, trained person to help you.”

To help prevent injuries for other people, Coombs teaches her students in anatomy, exercise physiology, kinesiology, nutrition and more. The students work out often while practicing moves and get a lot of coaching from the instructors. Class sizes are small, with an average of about 10 students, and taught by a five-member faculty – most of whom are both trainers and business owners. Coombs said the program’s students come from all walks of life. She said she has one student with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics, another with a master’s degree in international leadership, a rock and roll musician, a retired police of ficer and many other unusual paths. They range in age from 18 to 60 years old. “Everyone is very passionate, everyone wants to help,” Coombs said. “A lot of them have personal stories, they’ve seen people struggle.”

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As graduates, some have started their own gyms and others integrate nicely into existing health facilities. Students are encouraged to maintain gym memberships while in the program and stay as fit as possible. “They need to know how it feels to be pushed and to look the part,” Coombs said. At the Lexington Healing Arts Academy, educators are also looking at how to best stay on top of fitness trends. Today, the biggest trend is small group fitness training, Coombs said. “It’s not group exercise, it’s tar geted and customized for those three or four clients, and it makes it more af fordable for them and leverages the trainer’s time to get more clients in,” she said. “It also brings the community and social aspect and is less intimidating.” Booker added that more and more doctors are prescribing exercise to heal physical ailments and the demand for qualified personal trainers will continue to grow. “I think the settings will continue to broaden,” Coombs added. “It’s not a luxury service for the rich and famous like it was in the ‘80s and ‘90s.”

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e’ve all heard the term “muscle confusion.” It will supposedly solve our workout slump woes. Running for a year and not losing weight? Consider muscle confusion. Lifting weights alone not getting it done for you? Consider muscle confusion. But what exactly is muscle confusion? Amié Bur nham at Lexington Athletic Club joked that “muscles do not have brains,” and aren’t left “guessing” what to do next when you change up a workout. Burnham sees a lot of people who have hit a slump in their workout and need a dose of so-called muscle confusion to help get them fired up again. Though she sees the necessity for muscle confusion (constantly changing up workouts so you are not doing the same thing over and over), she thinks the phrase is misunderstood. And while acknowledging that “variety is the spice of life,” she sees also a lot of value in repetition in workouts for the sake of proper form, developing speed, increasing resistance and improving overall per formance in an activity. On the flip side, if you don’t challenge yourself in a particular workout, you probably need to think about intensifying a certain aspect of your regimen. I’ve been struggling with this in particular lately since my time at the gym is extremely limited these days. I’ve had to force myself to actually jog with the jogging stroller rather than power walk. And I have made a conscious ef fort to increase the weight of my dumbbells when doing my bicep curls. Instead of thinking about “confusing” my muscles, I am trying to think about doing similar groups and patterns of exercises — and just doing them in a more challenging way. “You want your body to become efficient, because we squat 100 times a day in everyday life,” Bur nham explained. “So our body needs to lear n how to become efficient in that movement patter n, so it is important to train and repeat movement patterns and learn correct technique and become efficient. But what so many people don’t do is progression and improvement.” Ways to challenge yourself, she said, include changing up the tempo and tweaking the amount of repetitions and weight. Aside from laziness or lack of infor mation, gender stereotypes also play a huge role in adding variety (a.k.a. confusion) to workouts. “I find women are too afraid to lift weights, they don’t want to move past that 10 pound dumbbell for whatever reason,” she said, stressing that for basic health and the sake of weight loss and looking good, women need to step up their game in resistance training. Men, on the other hand, need to back off on the resistance training and stop neglecting their cardiovascular training, Bur nham said, generally speaking. “And they really don’t want to lift with their legs,” she added. Also, there is a group out there that works out too much and doesn’t build in enough rest and recovery time to allow their bodies to work more ef ficiently. On the opposite spectrum, most people do not do enough. Burnham said that to maintain overall health and general fitness, the American College of Sports Medicine recommends that everyone get at least two to three days of resistance training with eight to 10 exercises, and at the very least 30 minutes most days a week of intense cardio training. My guess is that most of us need to strive to reach the bare minimum, never mind trying to train to get stronger , faster and fitter. I know that needs to be my goal at the moment as I yearn for the days of freedom to workout six days a week. I think my muscles don’t need “confusion” as much as they need a good consistent butt-kicking on a regular basis.

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every Monday mor ning long before she followed suit. Now, men. Don’t go bur n all of these magazines around town you can get your hands on in hopes that your partner won’t read this, tear out those first couple of paragraphs and tape them to your bathroom mirror . Ladies, I hope you aren’t feeling slighted. Don’t tear out those top paragraphs and tape them to the bathroom mirror. There are better tactics for both of you. Keep reading. Written declarations of love have been on this Earth as long as humans have had stones and cave walls. Especially in the early days of a relationship, it’s typically in our nature to share feelings with the one that makes us swoon. But over time, sharing feelings tend to become less frequent and can actually become downright quite awkward for some couples. Time constraints and stress compound the issue and before you realize it, that flickering flame of adoration and romance has gone out. There is something so timeless and sentimental about a soldier writing a loved one back home, isn’t there? They understand the importance and fragility of each day. They face life and death with each hour and they know the power of the words they express will remain forever. I vividly remember reading “The Bridges of Madison County” for the first time many years ago and feeling that lump rise in my throat as Robert James W aller described the box of letters hidden under the bed and discovered years later , written between two star -crossed lovers. Lately, it’s hard to make it through the day without hearing the words “Downton Abbey.” Matthew’s letters to Mary have made millions of hearts melt worldwide. So how does one go about crafting the perfect love letter? My answer: Make time. Time is really the only essential element to sharing your thoughts with the one you love. Some are born with the gift of expression and an ability and desire to share deep feelings. Others are not. But whether the words are eloquent or elementary, quoted or original, funny or deep, it really doesn’t matter . In this case, it really is the thought that counts.

Need a Little More Guidance? The tips below should help: Write about experiences you’ve shared together. Talk about a favorite memory or a lasting impression. Let them know how important that time was to you and how you look forward to creating memories together for a lifetime. Remind them of the dreams and hopes you’ve shared. Write the details and ideas of how you’d like to make that happen with them and how much you love sharing these dreams with them. Write about their characteristics and the traits that have drawn you to them over time. Express to them how much you appreciate what they bring to your life each day. Don’t just tell them how much you love them. Tell them why you love them and how your life has been enriched having them in it. Take initiative by asking them on a date (even if you’ve been married for 35 years). Think of what they love to do and suggest you do that together soon. Be thoughtful. Nothing good will happen from a thoughtless, forced letter. Get some alone time, spend a few minutes gathering your thoughts and share your heart with the one you love. A Facebook wall post, Tweet or a text doesn’t count. Although these forms of communication are always welcomed additions throughout the week, they are not love letters. Don’t be afraid to be a little forward. It is a love letter after all.

Megan Smith With an entrepreneurial spirit, endless writing deadlines and three kids underfoot, Megan Smith has learned the fine art of spinning plates . Read her blog, Art of Homemaking, daily at www.homemaking101.com.

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Boxwood: Getting to Know a Familiar Plant

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BY ANN BOWE | LANDSCAPES COLUMNIST

oxwood are everywhere in the Lexington landscape. Nonetheless, I’ll bet you haven’t been properly introduced. What do you really know about this familiar neighbor? First off, you might not have your neighbor’s name quite right. Boxwood refers to both a singular shrub or a bunch of them. There is no such word as “boxwoods,” though I, and probably you, have been known to add that pluralization. They are so named because the young stems of some species of boxwood are four-sided and thus are square in cross-section, like a box. As traditional as these plants have become, they actually originated from other parts of the world, such as Japan, southern Europe, northern Africa and western Asia. Fossilized boxwood plants date back more than 22 million years. In the first century B.C., wealthy Greeks and Romans landscaped their villas with boxwood topiaries and used the wood for utensils, tablets and or naments. Nathaniel Sylvester, the earliest European settler of Shelter Island, N.Y., planted the first boxwood in the U.S. on his plantation in about 1653. Now, before you invite them to your home, you might want to know more about their dietary preferences. Boxwood do not like compacted or poorly drained soil. They will grow in a wide variety of soil types as long as the pH is alkaline or slightly acidic, say 6.5 to 7.2. Boxwood will take full sun to partial shade and are quite drought tolerant once A field of established. However, they have very shallow roots and so mulching is important, creeping phlox both to protect the roots and to maintain soil moisture. Don’t mulch too deeply, just PHOTO FURNISHED an inch or two is fine, and keep the mulch away from the stems. While boxwood, treated properly, can be a tough shrub, overwatering and over fertilizing stresses them, as can improper pruning. T oo much stress will weaken any plant, making it vulnerable to insects and disease. Boxwood are prone to leaf miners, mites and psyllids, and to various fungal diseases. Most boxwood in the home landscape are pruned both to maintain size and to keep that roundish shape that many of us are used to and therefore find attractive. To reduce size and attain that visually pleasing for m, you’re pretty much stuck with using garden shears. But shearing promotes compact, twiggy growth and also cuts the leaves, making them unsightly. Every time you shear, one branch becomes many branches, eventually making the shrub so dense that light cannot penetrate and air cannot circulate. This results in the ideal environment to promote disease. To increase air circulation and let light penetrate into the interior of the shrub, boxwood need to be thinned on a regular basis. This thinning goes a long way to repairing shearing damage. To thin boxwoods, simply reach into the plant and snip

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out stems, removing them evenly throughout the entire body of the plant. On a small boxwood, you might remove stems 2 to 4 inches long. On a boxwood 1 or 2 feet wide, pull stems about 6 inches long. Larger shrubs will usually look fine with stems up to 8 inches long pulled. Refrain from cutting the stem back beyond its last set of leaves. Typically you should aim to remove about 10 percent of the branches. After completion the shrub will have small holes all around its outer surface, and you’ll be able to see the interior twigs when you peek through them. The surface of the shrub will look and feel looser and it will also look somewhat irregular and more natural. At the same time, check out the interior of the plant and remove any dead wood. Do not prune in August through October . Pruning encourages new growth, so if you prune too close to winter weather, that fragile new growth might be damaged and look unattractive. If boxwood need pruning in the spring, I wait until after that first flush of spring growth since the shrubs will then maintain that desired for m for longer. The ideal time to prune and thin is in the winter when the shrub is dor mant. Of course, not pruning to reduce size or to maintain a rounded for m is perfectly fine, so long as you have selected a boxwood with an ultimate size that fits the space and if you enjoy that natural for m. It is likely that minimal pruning and shearing is better for the shrub. However, thinning is always advisable. There are about 30 species of boxwood. American or common boxwood (buxus sempervirens) and littleleaf boxwood ( buxus microphylla) and their many cultivars are the primary species used for ornamentals. How to choose the right ones for your garden? Know your site then do some research. I recommend the book “Boxwood Handbook: A Practical Guide” by L ynn R. Batdorf, the curator of the boxwood collection at the United States National Arboretum. So the introductions are done. It’s always nice to get to know your neighbors.

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BY LINDA HINCHCLIFFE | FINE LINES COLUMNIST

uthor Janet Holloway begins her story in a speck of a town in W est Virginia that is so small it doesn’t show up on any map. Despite the tiny stage Sarah Ann, W.V., presented to her, the events that took place there, beginning in the early 1940s, set the course of her life. W riting of memories as best as Holloway can remember, she reveals her life in its colorful and sometimes torn detail, and her skillful use of words takes us to a time – and to circumstances – that compile her heart wrenching history. In a series of stories we meet Holloway’s mother who ventured as far from a nurturing parental figure as can be imagined – but the innocent eyes of a young child didn’t recognize that reality. It was the strong and caring presence of her grandmother , Granny Bill, that of fered Holloway what security she had, though an outwardly tender heart her grandmother was not. W rites Holloway of her efforts to support the many siblings and extended relatives who relied upon Granny Bill for their existence: “Although Granny completed only the third grade, she was as smart and cunning a business person as Leona Helmsley or Donald Trump, and she was used to getting what she wanted. Some of the things she wanted required skimming the law – paying off sheriffs and judges, buying and hauling votes, selling whiskey under the counter to known customers, and shuttling moonshine from the hills up to Chicago’s speakeasies...being madam of a house with a few working girls when times were really hard.” A Willful Child Despite the questionable nature of Holloway’s upbringing and the “industry” the mountains surrounded By Janet Steele Holloway Author House, 2012 her with, it was the mountains that brought her the most joy. “Magical” was the term she used as she describes the colors, smells and textures that she freely explored. It was a time of relative peace and though the chores and responsibilities given to her at an early age were rugged – she recalls the time with af fection. But her life changed when her father packed her and her brother up and took them to Florida as young teenegers. Her mother , off on yet another lark, was again not present and life in a city presented a challenge that taught Holloway the invaluable ability to adapt, pretend and ultimately survive. When her mother did eventually present herself, the recurring issues of her self absorption and selfishness led Holloway to realize, “I had begun to hate her .” Jump ahead 30 years and Holloway is living in Lexington, running a successful business and publishing numerous pieces of her writing. The phone rings, and her mother’s name shines from the caller ID. “W ords of concern wrapped in emotional daggers meant to punish me for the thousands of ways I’ve failed her ,” Holloway writes. “That’s why I’d rather be the one to initiate the call; I can do it when I feel strong enough.” What follows is a new version of her old story. In an unapologetic and starkly honest telling, the author recounts the days of her early life and, later, the circumstances that led her to mother’s last days. Amazing for the storytelling and the endurance that it demonstrates, “A Willful Child” offers another lesson as well. It is never possible to discern what a life has seen, how it has coped and how it has survived. Many in Holloway’s stories did not fare well and many did not survive intact. But some do survive – and go on to serve their communities and neighbors – and do it well.

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arely into his mid-30s and boasting somewhere close to 100 releases under his belt, songwriter James Jackson T oth’s declaration that he considers himself to have been “a late bloomer” as far as songwriting is considered might surprise you. He didn’t learn how to “play a D7 chord” or start writing songs until he was a freshman in college, he explains, adding, with his signature blend of humor , humility and existentialism, that it “may have even been too early. Who knows?” Toth, a Lexington transplant via N ew Y ork and T ennessee, is best known as Wooden Wand, the moniker under which he started recording music about a decade ago, and is verifiably better known outside of Lexington than he is here. His most recent album, “Blood Oaths of the N ew Blues,” was released in January via Fire Records, a London-based independent label whose roster also includes indie giants

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Guided By Voices, Lemonheads and Mission of Bur ma. The release has been steadily garnering favorable press from outlets far and wide – from reputable independent music sites like Pitchfork and TinyMixTapes, to New York Times and SPIN Magazine, which wrote that the album’s “eight songs weave easily together to form one big blanket of beautiful.” With a decade-plus musical career that has essentially carved its own unique class out of a pasticcio of influences (lo-fi indie rock, free jazz, Americana), “Blood Oaths” has been called, by at least one reviewer, his most accessible album. Toth happens to disagree (the opening song is nearly 12 minutes long, for one example), but seems pleased with how his latest ef fort came out: a haunting, intimate and visceral soundtrack to a life marked by equal parts love, fear and resolve. One of the most lyrically mature albums I’ve heard in years, “Blood Oaths” was recorded in the same Alabama studio where T oth recorded his last LP , 2010’s “Briarwood,” a decidedly more raucous, outlaw country-esque ef fort that employed the same backing band, and Toth praised both his band’s versatility and their willingness to let him know which songs needed to be let go. “I’m fortunate to have a band who will tell me when I’m wrong,” he said. “I probably could have done ‘Briarwood’ with any rock band, but I couldn’t have done ‘Blood Oaths’ without these particular individuals.”

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Though he wouldn’t necessarily say he grew up in a musical household, T oth credits his family with encouraging him to pursue his creative outlets from an early age. Even though he didn’t start writing songs (or mastering inter mediate guitar chords) until after high school, he was always known for being the writer in his family, and started playing bass and exploring dif ferent types of music as a kid. “My dad was always really encouraging – he signed me up for Little League, and the same week he bought me some records,” T oth recalled, adding that he “played the records to death and ran the bases backward, so it was pretty clear early on.” He credits much of his initial musical interest, however , to his late cousin, Peter Steele, whose underground metal band, Type O Negative, garnered a significant international following. “Peter was someone I looked to at a young age, and was like, ‘Oh, he can make records, so it’s possible,’” Toth said. “Before that, it was like, David Lee Roth and Ozzy – these guys were demigods. Meeting them seemed about as plausible as going to Mars.” Soon after he started writing songs, T oth bought a T ascam 424 four-track and started making what he now calls “horrible recordings.” “It wasn’t as much about my own identity as it was just taking from five or six different things I was into,” he says of his early recordings, adding quickly that “it was still a cool rite of passage.” He put out his first “release” in 1996 under the name Golden Calves; a few years after that, Golden Calves put out a split LP with Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore (“New York stuff; six degrees of separation,” he explains nonchalantly). T oth finds the fact that that album was recently reissued by the record label W oodsist both “cool and embarrassing.” “I can’t listen to it, but it’s cool that it exists,” he said. “Most of the time all you hear are concessions and compromises and mistakes – you’re always your own worst critic.” Regardless, Toth doesn’t spend too much time fretting about the past or harping on his current releases. As he explains it, songs are continually building in his head and he’s always looking toward the next release. “Making a record to me is like cleaning out a hard drive,” he said. “Songs need to come out so I can write more.” Toth is planning an extensive tour in support of “Blood Oaths” in the coming months; visit www.woodenwand.org for more information. chevy chaser magazine february 2013

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Arts, Music, Fundraisers, Announcements, Kids, Classes, Workshops

February Events Calendar

Live Music Picks This is merely a sampling of regional live music options for the month. Please visit our events calendar on tadoo.com for a more comprehensive list of live music events, updated every week. Woodsongs: Victor Wooten. Feb. 4. Now in a new location, the locally produced weekly radio show Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour will present a live per formance and conversation with multi–award winning bass player and composer Victor Wooten, perhaps best known for his work with Bela Fleck. 6:30 p.m. Lyric Theater, 300 E. Third St. www.woodsongs.com. John Cowan. Feb. 8. Due to his role as bass player and lead singer of the ‘70s and ‘80s progressive bluegrass band New Grass Revival, Cowan is often filed under the “newgrass” music genre; his solo career as a bass player and singer, however, is as much influenced by rock, soul, gospel and blues as it is bluegr ass. 8 p.m. Natasha’s Bistro, 112 Esplanade. www.beetnik.com. The Binders. Feb. 14. Following their debut New Year’s Eve performance, the all–female “super group” do a set of of all–women punk, rock and riot grrrll covers, with a lot of love thrown in. 9 p.m. The Green Lantern, 497 W. Third St. Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears. Feb. 18. Gritty blues and funk outfit from Austin, Tx., is influenced by James Brown, Lightnin’ Hopkins and Howlin’ Wolf. Cosmic Charlie’s, 388 Woodland Ave. www.cosmic–charlies.com.

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Eighth Blackbird Feb. 28 – March 1. The Grammy–winning, classically trained contemporary music sextet will offer fans a chance at an intimate co nversation at the Downtown Arts Center Black Box Theater on Feb. 28 (7 p.m., 141 E. Main St.), preceding their March 1 Singletary Center performance (7:30 p .m., 405 Rose St.), in which they will perform selections by Mozart, Beethoven and Jennifer Higdon. Presented by the Lexington Philharmonic. www.lexphil.org.

ART & EXHIBITS The Sister Cities Young Artists Competition. Through Feb. 8. The art can be viewed on floors two and three during regular business hours. Central Bank, 300 W. Vine St. (859) 253–6346. E. K. Huckaby. Through Feb. 9. A modern day alchemist, this Atlanta–based artist concocts his own paints, pigments, and glazes. He translates subject matter gleaned from anatomy manuals and found photographs into carefully rendered compositions imbued with mystery, humor and a macabre mysticism. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Wed. – Sat. Institute 193, 193 N. Limestone. (859) 749–9765. www.institute193.org.

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The Thirteen. Through Feb. 15. “The Thirteen” is a visual art exhibition and live music, spoken-word performance paying homage to 13 black women and girls who were lynched or otherwise violently murdered in Kentucky. Featuring photographs and video by Angel Clark, as well as original poetry, pen and ink drawings and resin skulls by Transylvania graduate Bianca Spriggs. On display noon – 5 p.m. Mon. – Fri. Morlan Gallery, 300 N. Broadway. (859) 233–8142. www.transy.edu/morlan Seeing the Savior: Images from the Life of Christ. Through Feb. 17. Thirty–five insightful and colorful interpretations of the birth, ministry, passion, ascension and return of Jesus Christ are portr ayed by

13 artists from a variety of artistic and ethnic backgrounds. Apostles Anglican Church, 200 Colony Blvd. (859) 245–1318. NUDE: Self and Others. Through March 3. Lexington Art League has been hosting the “NUDE” exhibition for 27 years. As the focus of the organization has shifted to representing contemporary art trends, the content of this show has also evolved accordingly. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tues. – Fri.; 1 – 4 p.m. Sat. - Sun. Loudoun House, 209 Castlewood Dr. (859) 254-7024. www.lexingtonartleague.com. Watercolor Paintings of Eastern Kentucky Landscapes: Dongfeng Li. Feb. 3 – 24. Morehead

tadoo Lounge: Three–Legged Race; Blackbird’s Dance. Feb. 21. The free monthly “happy hour” event series, tadoo Lounge features live performances, food trucks, pinball, billiards, beverages and more in the office of Smiley P ete Publishing. February’s event features experimental electronic project of Robert Beatty called Three–Legged Race and a dance piece by Blackbird’s Dance accompanied by an original composition by Duane Lundy. 6 – 8 p.m. Smiley Pete Publishing, 434 Old Vine St. www.tadoo.com. Mountains. Feb. 24. This ambient, meditative duo, Mountains explore sonic, spiritual drones with relatively straightforward acoustic–based instruments: guitar, cello, piano. The result is warmer and more enveloping than many of their ambient electronic peers. 8 p.m. Land of Tomorrow Gallery, 527 E. 3rd St. www.landoftomorrow.org. David Wax Museum. Feb. 25. Combining Latin rhythms, infectious melodies and call–and–response hollering, this group fuses traditional Mexican folk with American roots and indie rock to create a Mexo– Americana aesthetic. 9 p.m. Natasha’s Bistro, 112 Esplanade. www.beetnik.com.

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To submit an event to our online community calendar, visit this magazine online; click on the ‘Calendar’ tab and then ‘Submit an Event.’ Once the event is approved, it will appear on the websites of all three Smiley P ete publications: Business Lexington and Chevy Chaser and Southsider Magazines. Be sure to submit your event no later than the 18th of each month for possible inclusion in the following month’ s print editions of Chevy Chaser and Southsider Magazines .

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State University professor Dongfeng Li captures the landscapes of Eastern Kentucky for this new series of expressive watercolor paintings. Gallery hours are same as library’s. Central Library Gallery, 140 East Main St. (859) 231–5559. www.lexpublib.org. Heart of Light & Darkness. Feb. 4 – March 4. “Heart of Light & Darkness” is a photographic collaboration that creates personal narratives from ephemeral evidence left behind. In this body of work photogr aphers Rene M. Hales and Melissa T. Hall worked together using models, costumes and props set in a variety of moody locations to create a personal narr ative. Opening reception 5 – 8 p.m. Feb. 15. M.S. Rezny Studio Gallery, 903 Manchester St. (859) 252–4647. www.msrezny.com. H’Artful of Fun. Feb. 9. The 23rd annual Living Arts & Science fundraiser will follow the theme of “Bollywood Bash” this year, featuring an art auction; tastings from the area’s finest restaurants, bakers, caterers, wineries and distilleries; live music, dancing and interactive surprises; and a lively, artful and elegant ambience. 7 p.m. Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park, 4089 Iron Works Pkwy. (859) 252–5222. www.lasclex.org. Sameer Reddy: Apokálypsis Now. Feb. 15 – March 9. “Apokálypsis Now” is a performance and exhibition of work by the Brooklyn–based artist Sameer Reddy. His exhibition will include a series of sculptures and installations that are simultaneously props for his performance and stand–alone pieces that can function independently. Opening reception 5 – 8 p.m. Feb. 18; performances Feb. 16 – 21. Institute 193, 193 N. Limestone. (859) 749–9765. www.institute193.org.

Kentucky State Park Pastels: Marianna McDonald. Feb. 4. – March 30. Over 30 plein air and studio drawings featuring nine Kentucky State Parks by local landscape artist, Marianna McDonald. Artists' Attic, 401 W. Main St. (859) 254–5501. www.artists– attic.org LexArts Gallery Hop. Feb. 15. Dozens of downtown galleries will be hosting special events and exhibits for this seasonal arts events. 5 – 8 p.m. For more information, visit www.galleryhoplex.com. Karen Spears: New Work. Feb. 15 – April 7. "Karen Spears: New Work" is an exhibit of 10 large new oil paintings, some small paintings, and drawings. The paintings depict and interpret the ever changing light and color on trees, foliage, grass and water. Opening reception 5 – 8 p.m. Feb. 15. Ann Tower Gallery, 141 East Main St. (859) 425–1188. www.anntowergallery.com. When Art and Math Collide. Feb. 15 – April 10. "When Art and Math Collide" is an exhibit where one can experience shapes, geometry and mathematics in these creatively calculated patterns by artists Robert Carden and Gena Mark. The Living Arts and Science Center, 362 N. Martin Luther King Blvd. (859) 252– 5222. www.lasclex.org. Art in Bloom Weekend 2013. Feb. 22 – 24. The galleries will be in full bloom with exquisite flor al arrangements created by designers interpreting works of art from the museum’s permanent collection and the special exhibit "Art and the Animal." Featuring artist demonstrations 2 – 4 p.m. Sun. On display 10 a.m. – 5

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LITERATURE & FILM Big Ears Story Hour. Every Saturday morning, Morris Book Shop hosts a family–friendly event that includes reading stories and crafts and activities for kids of all ages. 11 a.m. Morris Book Shop, 882 E. High St. Kentucky Great Writers Series. The Kentucky Great Writers Series connects Carnegie Center students with authors in an intimate atmosphere. February’s event features David King, George Ella Lyon and Will Lavender. The event begins with a 30–minute open mic session followed by readings from featured authors. 7 p.m. Carnegie Center, 251 W. 2nd St. (859) 254–4175. Valentine’s Day Screening of “Sabrina.” Feb. 14. Starring Audrey Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart and William Holden, the screening of this romantic comedy classic will be a fundraiser for the Kentucky Theatre’s restoration campaign. Tickets will be $10 and all proceeds will benefit the Friends of the Kentucky Theatre’s effort to restore Lexington’s cinematic treasure. 8 p.m. Kentucky Theater, 214 East Main St. (859) 231–6997.

HEALTH & FITNESS Free Cardio Classes. Saturdays in Feb. Body Structure Medical Fitness Facility will offer free cardio classes every Saturday in the month of F ebruary. This class will increase heart rate and respiration while using large muscle groups repetitively and rhythmically

to create a great workout. 9 – 10 a.m. Body Structure, 2600 Gribbin Dr. (859) 268–8190. West Sixth Yoga. Wednesdays. West Sixth Brewing features a free community yoga class each week taught by Anne Dean Watkins. Open to all levels; bring a mat. 6 p.m. West Sixth Brewery, 500 W. Sixth St., suite 100. www.facebook.com/WestSixthYoga. Free Yoga. Saturdays. Every Saturday morning, Lexington’s lululemon showroom features free mixed– level community yoga. All levels are welcome; bring a mat. 9 a.m. lululemon Lexington, 824 Euclid Ave., Suite A–100. (859) 268–7863. www.lululemon.com/lexington. UK Heart, Sole & Glove 5k Walk/Run. Feb. 9. A portion of the proceeds from this annual event will benefit Safe Kids Fayette County. The event is open to the community; participants are encouraged to challenge friends and family to join. 10 a.m. (parking and registration at 8:30), Coldstream Park, 1801 Newtown Pike. (859) 257–9355. Walk for Warmth. Feb. 16. Proceeds benefit the Lexington Rescue Mission’s efforts to prevent homelessness in Lexington. Featuring prizes for individuals and teams who raise the most money through sponsorships. The walk starts in Triangle Park and ends at the Kentucky Theatre. 9 a.m. Triangle Park, W. Vine St. (859) 381–9600, ext. 224.

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Dance hosts a social dance with live music. Instruction from 7 – 7:45 p.m. on a selected dance topic, followed by dancing from 8 – 10 p.m. Barbara Ann’s School of Dance, 898 E. High St. (859) 420–6780. ACT Test Prep. Feb. 2, 7. This two–part class will focus on the four essential ACT subject areas and review test–taking strategies to help students prepare for the upcoming ACT Test dates. Grades 10–12. 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Feb. 2; 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7. Carnegie Center, 251 W. 2nd St. (859) 254–4175. Memoir Writing. Mondays, Feb. 3 – May 3. Participants will learn to focus personal life stories in literary fashion with eight weeks of outside reading, in–class writing and discussion, and feedback on works–in–progress. 5:30 – 7 p.m. Carnegie Center, 251 W. 2nd St. (859) 254–4175.

THEATRE & PERFORMANCE Lexington Children’s Theatre: Why Mosquitoes Buzz. Feb. 2 – 3. This African folk tale explores what happens when a mosquito’s loud mouth causes a great jungle catastrophe. 2 and 7 p.m. Sat.; 2 p.m. Sun. Lexington Children’s Theatre, 418 W. Short St. (859) 254–4546. www.lctonstage.org. Actors Guild of Lexington: RED. Feb. 1 – 3. This Tony–winning “raw and provocative” play is a portrait of master abstract expressionist Mark Rothko and the experience surrounding his commission of a series of murals for New York’s famed Four Season’s Restaurant. 8 p.m. Fri. and Sat.; 2 p.m. Sun. Elkhorn Village Theatre,

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4383 Old Harrodsburg Rd. (859) 309–1909. Broadway Live: Catch Me if You Can. Jan. 31 – Feb. 3. Based on the hit DreamWorks film and the true story that inspired it, “Catch Me If You Can” is the high–flying, splashy new Broadway musical that tells the story of Frank W. Abagnale, Jr., a teenager who runs away from home in search of the glamorous life . 8 p.m. Thurs. – Sat.; 2 p.m. Sat. – Sun. Lexington Opera House, 401 W. Short St. (859) 233–4567. Woodford Theatre: Driving Miss Daisy. Feb. 1 – 17. This Pulitzer–winning play follows the unlikely friendship between a rich, sharp–tongued 72–year–old widow and her chauffeur. Set in Atlanta in 1948. 8 p.m. Fri. – Sat.; 2 p.m. Sun. Woodford County Theatre, 275 Beasley Dr., Versailles. (859) 873–0648. HAIR. Feb. 2 – 3. The Public Theater’s new Tony Award–winning production of the musical“HAIR” follows a group of young Americans searching for peace and love in a turbulent time. 8 p.m. Sat., 1 p.m. Sun. Newlin Hall at Centre College’s Norton Center for the Arts, 600 W. Walnut St., Danville. (859) 236–4692. The Black Watch & Band of Scots. Feb. 8. An evening celebrating the music of Scotland, England, Ireland and Wales. With a history spanning nearly three centuries, The Black Watch has served in historic conflicts going back to Waterloo. Today this celebrated 40–member orchestra performs at the daily Guard Mounting at Buckingham Palace while also touring the globe. 8 p.m. EKU Center for the Arts, 521 Lancaster Ave., Richmond. (859) 622–7294. www.ekucenter.com.

Balagula Theatre: The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? Feb. 11 – Feb. 20 With this tale of a married, middle– aged architect whose life crumbles when he falls in love with a goat, “The Goat” focuses on the limits of an ostensibly liberal society. Through showing this family in crisis, playwright Edward Albee challenges audience members to question their own morality in the face of social taboos. 8 p.m. Sun. – Wed. Natasha's Bistro and Bar, 112 Esplanade Alley. (859) 259 2754. www.balagulatheatre.com. Project SEE Theatre: Big Love. Feb. 14 – 17; 21– 24. This production presents an inventive comedy that takes contemporary sexual politics to an extreme, and then some. From the fragments of an ancient Greek tragedy, Charles L. Mee creates a Dionysian free–for–all that pits unstoppable male force against unmovable women. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14 – 17; 21 – 23 and 2 p.m. Feb. 24. Downtown Arts Center, 141 W. Main St. (859) 225–0370.

Neo–Futurists. Feb. 16. Founding director Greg Allen will be at Transylvania for an artistic residency of two weeks, culminating in a student–produced show based on the principles of Neo–Futurism. Presented by Transylvania University Theatre. 7:30 p.m. Lucille C. Little Theatre, 300 N. Broadway. (859) 281–3621. A Chorus Line. Feb. 19. The Tony–Award winning musical about Broadway dancers auditioning for a musical. 8 p.m. EKU Center for the Arts, 521 Lancaster Ave., Richmond. (859) 622–7294. www.ekucenter.com. UK Theatre: Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde. Feb. 21 – Mar. 2. This drama by Moises Kafman weaves selections of court transcripts and personal documents that paint the story of a man who is wildly considered to be one of the most creative literary geniuses of the 19th–century. 7:30 p.m., Guignol Theater, 465 Rose St. (859) 257–4929.

Aquila Theatre Co.: Cyrano De Bergerac. Feb 14. Written by Edmond Rostand and first staged in 1897, “Cyrano De Bergerac” is one of the most famous romantic adventures in world literature. 7:30 p.m. Norton Center for the Arts, 625 West Walnut St., Danville. www.nortoncenter.com.

Kentucky Ballet Theatre: The Wizard of Oz. Feb. 23 – 24. A ballet rendition of the beloved classic, featuring the Kentucky Ballet Theatre Orchestra conducted by Jonathan Roller. 2 p.m., and 8 p.m. Sat. Lexington Opera House, 401 W. Short St. (859) 252– 5245. www.kyballet.com.

Christine Brewer with the UK Symphony Orchestra. Feb. 15. Soprano Christine Brewer combines her vibrant personality with an emotional honesty that distinguishes her performances in opera and concert. Brewer’s range, tone, power and vocal control have made her a favorite of the stage as well as the recording studio. 7:30 p.m. Singletary Center for the Arts, 126 Singletary Center. (859) 257–4929.

Lexington Children’s Theatre: Pinkalicious. Feb. 24, March 2 – 3. This kid–friendly musical adaptation of the popular book shows that eating your greens can actually be delicious. 2 p.m. Sun.; 2 and 7 p.m. Sat. Lexington Children’s Theatre, 418 W. Short St. (859) 254–4546. www.lctonstage.org.

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BY HARRIETT ROSE | OBSERVATIONS COLUMNIST

fter a long winter time-out, life has reawakened, bringing with it my usual schedule of activities. It seemed to me that the end of December and beginning of January hiatus was a time of resting and just letting life drift by. Now the drift is over and obligations are still here. My W ednesday study group is now meeting again. We greeted each other war mly after a month apart, eager to resume the informative discussions and the tea, fruit and cookies of the social half hour again. Body Recall classes have begun again and my alar m clock is again in use. No more sleeping until 10 o’clock in the mor ning and reading until two at night if the book is good. And the deadline for my monthly column is here again. Because we produce two columns in an abbreviated N ovember – one for December 1st and another for the end of the year – my inspiration is out of order . It was a ridiculous last of the year, waiting for our two parties to do the work that should have been done at least a month before. Knowing I was being had and my hired representatives in Washington and the press were scaring us and teasing us about going over the cliff and shutting down the gover nment did not endear them to me. Rather, they earned even more of my disgust than they already had and I didn’t think that was possible. I hated them and I hated myself for letting them get to me when I knew better . My New Year’s resolution was more sensible than the usual one about losing a few pounds. This one is to pay no attention to that jazz about refusing to raise the debt limit unless the opposite bunch of clowns takes away benefits for the poor. What I’d like to do is suspend legislators’ pay and long weekend vacations until they produce and approve a budget and other activities like approving appointments for judges and such functionaries. Do you suppose that would work? Of course, God would have to do it – the Senate and the House wouldn’t exercise such demands on themselves. My digestion will improve if I watch only detective stories and programs imported from Britain. Incidentally, I love “Downton Abbey” to the degree that I watch both the Sunday show and Thursday repeats and the rerunning of “Downton Abbey Season Two” in spite of knowing the plot of each episode. The elegance of Masterpiece Theatre seems so civilized compared to our usual fare. I seldom leave PBS, and I support it, which those barbarians in Washington threaten not to do. Because I’m such a duty-ridden person, tasks left undone and obligations unmet eat at me and will not let up until they are done. Before Christmas, the push was to take care of remembrances and charitable gifts on time, involving checking with last year’s records. Then the push became: write my new column and start with accumulating my income tax deductions in preparation for the CPA’s work. As I paid my fourth quarter estimated income tax, I discovered that I hadn’t sent in the first quarter. A devastating mistake to me, for it signified that the old gray mare is not what she used to be. Now the IRS has the money and my apologies, but when you are really as old as I am, indications of failing in any way are frightening. It takes a while after I have remedied my mistake for me to remind myself that I’m still pretty much okay and that most of my contemporaries are already dead. So I’m still kicking – just not quite as actively as I once did. Time marches on.

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Pete’s Properties Real Estate Transactions in 40502, 40503

911 Cramer Ave., $246,500 3217 Lansdowne Dr., $205,000 1013 Slashes Rd., $205,000 220 Leawood Dr., $192,000 3328 Bellefonte Dr., $165,000 711 Albany Rd., $125,000 316 Lincoln Ave., $120,400 110 Hazel Ave., $111,500 323 Owsley Ave., $72,000

40502 3660 Barrow Wood Ln., $785,999 805 Old Dobbin Rd., $660,000 1692 Mooreland Dr., $506,825 320 Ridgeway Rd., $490,000 155 Chenault Rd., $409,900 928 Edgewater Dr., $350,000 406 Kingswood, $345,000 136 McDowell Rd., $320,000 851 Robin Rd., $315,000 2105 Paige Ct., $265,000 2309 Lakeside Dr., $265,000 3400 Freeland Dr., $263,000 1841 Blairmore Ct., $258,200 1041 Fontaine Rd., $255,000

40503 220 Shady Ln., $310,000 249 Shady Ln., $290,000 134 Wabash Dr., $216,500 1620 Nicholasville Rd., $200,000 112 Shawnee Pl., $199,500 146 Goodrich Ave., $140,000 104 Lackawanna Rd., $115,000

Arm’s length residential sales for this magazine’s distribution area for the month of December 2012. Information compiled by Fayette County Property Valuation Administer David O’Neill. For more information on any of these properties, or others, please visit www.fayette-pva.com.

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Newly renovated ranch in Shadeland offers new kitchen and baths, work room, gorgeous hardwood, sunroom, and partially finished basement on gorgeous lot! 3BR, 3 full baths. Whitney Durham 983-9500 $395,000

Executive style two-story on a park-like cul-de-sac. Over 6400 sq. ft., ext. millwork & built-ins, FR w/FP, office/library, 3-car garage, huge kitchen, master w/sitting rm, 4BR, 4.5BA. Mary Cherrey 983-6346 $729,000

1004 Cooper Dr. Exquisite Remodel in Chevy Chase. Private drive, 3-car attach gar., 21st century Master suite, kitch open to FR, back patio w/pergola, plantings & private court yard. Looking for spectacular? Look no further. Whitney Durham 983-9500 $779,000

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Nicely remodeled 2 BR, 2 BA located on the 8th floor with views of South Hanover Ave Features an open floor plan with an expanded living area, new appliances and kitchen countertops, lovely moldings and refinished floors. HVAC and windows have been replaced. Rooftop terrace overlooks downtown and Ashland Park. Walk or catch the trolley to Chevy Chase or downtown!!

515 S Mill St. | $795,000

11238 Campton Rd. Stanton, KY | $1,250,000

The perfect blend of historic with elite scale modern amenities. Built in 1838, the house sports elevated ceilings, some original floors and multiple fireplaces. Lovingly and beautifully renovated. 3 BRs and 2 1/2 BA. Master BR has large walk-in closet and juliette balcony. First floor BR with bath. Built in library, house wide sound system and security system. Private, fenced yard.

Privately owned 603 +/-acre parcel in the heart of Natural Bridge State Park and Red River Gorge. Outstanding scenic beauty, it is located 2 miles off the Mountain Parkway on the waters of the Middle Fork of Red River. This beautiful wooded property has 8-10 miles of hiking and ATV trails with some cleared areas, natural arches, and springs.

3-bay Greek revival townhouse, completely renovated around 1985 then more improvements in 2003. Most recent updates include new roof, new exterior paint, complete bath renovation with heated floors, custom cabinets and Crema Marble. Kitchen has beautiful mosaic-style tile floors, vaulted ceilings and lots of windows overlooking the private courtyard-like garden with brick walks. French doors access a side deck with fence and private yard.

329 S. Mill St. | $399,000

1301 Smyrna Ln. | $635,000

Beautifully renovated historic home in South Hill neighborhood. The original entryway is still in place. Features include 10+ foot ceilings, a downstairs BR with full BA, kitchen with stainless steel appliances, adjacent family room area, formal living and dining rooms. Second floor has 3 BR with 2 new BAs and access to large 2 story rear porch and fenced yard.

Stunning two story in Beaumont Reserve! Offers over 4000 s.f., 5 BRs, 3.5 BAs, hardwood floors and updated carpet, large two story foyer, office or den, formal living room, formal dining room, gourmet kitchen with large eat-ion area, huge family room with masonry fireplace, large pantry and powder bath round out the first floor. Second level has 4 large BRs, 2 full BAs.

2300 Regency Rd. | $1,495,000

225 Barrow Rd. | $1,595,000

Fantastic location with upscale executive finishes in this 12,000 square foot office building. Currently houses 5 tenants some tenants may be willing to negotiate lease extensions. Great parking and visibility!

A gorgeous circular stairway greets you in this Ashwood neighborhood home. Over 5,000 sq. ft of living space including a first floor master suite, formal living and dining rooms, an updated kitchen, family room, and private yard. Second level has an additional master suite with large master BA and 2 other spacious BRs and BA. unfinished basement and 2 car garage.

5320 McCowans Ferry Rd., Versailles $1,950,000 92 acre Woodford County horse farm with a fully renovated and unique home, 4 barns, walking ring, mangager’s residence and gorgeous views of the countryside. Historic home is 4500 s.f., w/ 5 BR, 4 BAs, wide plank floors and a pine contemporary kitchen with cathedral ceiling. Too many features to list.

Becky Reinhold, Principal Broker

cell 859.338.1838 • office 859.268.0099 • www.bgsir.com • becky@bgsir.com chevy chaser magazine february 2013

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Chevy Chaser Magazine February 2013