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FROM THE EDITOR

EDITOR

Steven Wilson steven@owensboroliving.com PUBLISHER

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MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR At Owensboro Living, our goal has always been to provide the community with engaging stories that you won’t find anywhere else. We work hard

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magazine, I’m often quick to deflect any praise onto the brilliant work of our graphic designers and layout personnel. But the truth is, we also have a stable of talented writers and a city that keeps providing us with compelling stories. This issue is no different. Inside these pages, which comprise both the last issue of 2018 and the first of 2019, you’ll read about an Italian writer and car enthusiast who once called Owensboro home. Because it’s the season of giving, we’re also bringing you stories of local charities, including the idea behind the “Be Kind” signs that you’ve seen around town, and the folks at the Fraternal Order of Police, who make Christmas special for several local families through Shop With A Cop.

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All. And while no one can match that Heavenly gift, there are not

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many gifts here on earth that top the gift of life. That’s exactly what one Owensboro man was able to give through the Be The Match bone marrow donor program.

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And once you’re finished with those stories, you can take in our tips from the financial pros – so you can start planning your giving for 2019! We’ll see you again in February, but until then, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all of us at Owensboro Living.

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FEATURES [18] ANKUR GOPAL: CREATING OPPORTUNITIES [24] FROM KENTUCKY THOROUGHBREDS TO 500 HORSEPOWER [30] BEING THE LIGHT AND THE MATCH [34] “THANKS IT’S JUST WHAT I NEEDED!”

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THE

BIG PICTURE Welborn Floral Co. begins installation of the 35-ft. Christmas tree at Smothers Park. Photo by Taylor West

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BUZZ

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THE

OWENSBORO DRIVERS INDUCTED INTO HALL OF FAME

The 11th Annual Kentucky Motorsports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony included nine inductees, six of whom were from Owensboro, including world-famous motocross racer, Nicky Hayden, who was inducted posthumously. Held at the Owensboro Science and History Museum’s Speedzeum, which serves as the home to the Kentucky Motorsports Hall of Fame, the ceremony saw the Green Brothers – David, Jeff and Mark – inducted as one. The brothers joined their father, David, Sr., who was inducted as a Pioneer designee two years ago. Two-time Daytona 500 champion, Michael Waltrip, was inducted, but could not attend the event in person. Instead, he sent a personal video message in acceptance of the honor. Also inducted was Tim Banks, an Owensboro native known for racing cars, motorcycles, and building custom bikes.

IMPACT 100 ANNOUNCES $100,000 GRANTS

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St. Joseph’s Peace Mission and Fresh Start for Women, Inc. each received a $100,000 grant from Impact 100 Owensboro. The other three organizations, OCTC Foundation, Mary Kendall Campus and Hospice of Western Kentucky received $16,000 from members to help with their project. St. Joseph’s will use the funds to construct a 3,040 square foot residential treatment facility for young women between the ages of 12 and 18 years old. Fresh Start’s project includes renovating a three-bedroom house in the Fresh Start Community, and putting a privacy and security fence around the entire Fresh Start Community, encompassing a 12-unit apartment complex used for transitional housing for single women in recovery from substance abuse and homelessness.

NINE LOCAL ATHLETES RECEIVE ALL-STATE HONORS

A total of nine players were named to AllState teams for boys’ soccer, girls’ soccer and volleyball. In boys soccer, four Daviess County athletes, including Brian Winkler (First Team), Jacob Boling, Max Miller (both Second Team) and Declan Sandifer (Honorable Mention) were recognized. On the girls’ side of the pitch, Lily Moore and Isabelle Stanfield of Owensboro Catholic were honored as First Team and Honorable Mention, respectively. Chloe Hinchcliff and Kenlee Newcome of Daviess County received honors as Second Team and Honorable Mention picks. Carlee Widmer, of Apollo, was an Honorable Mention on the All-State volleyball team. www.OwensboroLiving.com


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MONTALVO-GESSER NAMED DIRECTOR OF CATHOLIC CHARITIES

The Diocese of Owensboro announced in November that Susan Montalvo-Gesser has accepted the position of Director of Catholic Charities, effective Jan. 2, 2019. Montalvo-Gesser will assume the position at the McRaith Catholic Center left vacant in June 2018 by retiring director, Rita Heinz. Catholic Charities services include adoptions assistance for birth mothers (those experiencing unplanned pregnancies and contemplating adoption) and couples seeking to adopt; counseling resources for individuals, couples and families; St. Gerard Life Home – a home for those experiencing a crisis pregnancy and have chosen life for their baby. Montalvo-Gesser most recently served as managing attorney at the Owensboro office of Kentucky Legal Aid.

OWENSBORO RUNNERS COMPLETE ULTRA MARATHON On November 11, four Owensboro runners traveled to Vienna, Illinois to compete in the Tunnel Hill 50 and 100-mile races. The runners, Eric Hoagland, Lee Anderson, Liz Tullis and Father Larry Hoestetter, were joined by a large supporting cast who acted as a “pit crew” for the athletes during the race. Dylan Hammons, a local running enthusiast and motivational coach to several running groups, set up a tent the day before the race, where runners stopped to change shoes, gloves, hats, and take the briefest of rests. It was truly a team effort for the athletes involved. Hoagland and Anderson completed the 100-mile course, and Tullis and Hoestetter completed the 50-miler.

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BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT HONORS BROOKELYNNE SHANNON

In the middle of the 2017-18 season, the Burns Middle School Lady Foxes lost teammate Brooklynne Shannon after a hospitalization for severe flu complications and pneumonia. This year, Lady Foxes coach, Laurel Beaty, helped create the Brookelynn Shannon Memorial Shootout to honor the memory of their lost teammate. Eighth grade teams from Burns, McLean County, College View, Ohio County, Owensboro and Bowling Green each participated in the inaugural event. During the tournament, a banner with Brookelynne’s photo was unveiled in the Burns Middle School gym. The funds raised from the shootout will help her family officially start the Brookelynne Kyarra Memorial Foundation.

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2018 CHRISTMAS PARADE On November 17, thousands lined Second Street to take in the sights and sounds of the Commonwealth’s first Christmas parade. The Owensboro-Daviess County Christmas Parade included dozens of hand-made floats, clown cars, emergency vehicles, high school bands, and of course, Santa Claus himself.

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THE

PULSE

OWENSBORO HEALTH REGIONAL HOSPITAL

Resolve to

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With the New Year approaching, resolutions to lead a better and healthier life will abound.

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It

seems that everyone has good intentions on January 1, but

there are steps people with prediabetes can take to reduce their

all too often those intentions fail to gain steam and fizzle

risk of developing diabetes. Those steps include exercise, weight

out by the following month. While that works for some people,

loss and choosing the right types of foods and drinks.

those who have diabetes or who are at risk for developing diabetes

should follow through with habits that lead to better health so that

Prevention Program, a CDC-recognized distinction given to select

they may enjoy a longer life and enjoy a higher quality of life as

programs. Additionally, Owensboro Health is one of only three

well.

health systems in the state of Kentucky that holds the Medicare

Beth Cecil, Manager of Community Wellness Services at the

diabetes prevention program recognition. This program is proven

Owensboro Health Healthpark, points out that living healthy

to lower the incidence of type 2 diabetes by 58% overall and by

doesn’t mean giving up everything you enjoy. “At the Healthpark,

71% in people over the age of 60. Participants lose an average of 5

our goal is to offer programs that meet folks where they are on

to 7% of their body weight while participating in the program and

their journey to better health. We become their partner and strive

learn tools for maintaining a healthy weight. Cecil points out that

to find creative and fun ways to keep them engaged and motivated.

habits like preparing healthier dishes, planning meals in advance,

One such program is our Diabetes Prevention Program.”

reading labels, practicing portion control and logging food and ac-

tivity daily become second nature thanks to the skills learned in

An eye-opening fact is that in Kentucky alone, 1.68 million

Luckily, Owensboro Health Healthpark offers the Diabetes

people have prediabetes which is 1 out of every 3 Kentuckians.

the program.

While having prediabetes does not mean that you are destined to

get diabetes, it certainly places you at much higher risk. However,

resolution, it is a commitment. The program is one year long

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and cohorts meet weekly for four months, biweekly

tool. In addition, participants must be 18 or older, have

for two months and monthly for the remainder of the

a BMI of 25 or greater (23+ if self-identified as Asian),

year. Each class is led by a trained and certified lifestyle

have an A1C between 5.7 and 6.4%, a fasting blood glu-

coach. Participants are responsible for keeping a food

cose level of 100 to 125 or have a previous diagnosis of

and exercise diary each day and will weigh in at each

gestational diabetes. Visit DoIHavePrediabetes.org to

meeting. The advantage this program provides is the

for more information or to take the risk test.

built-in support provided through the camaraderie of

learning about healthy living with other people who are

benefit from a referral to one of the Certified Diabetes

experiencing many of the same struggles.

Educators at the Healthpark.

Cecil has seen good habits and strong bonds form

Those who do not fall within these guidelines may

If you are interested in the Diabetes Prevention

in the program that went beyond requirements. For ex-

Program or in speaking with a Certified Diabetes Ed-

ample, one participant has lost a total of 29 pounds (14%

ucator you can call Amy Turley RN, CDE at 270-688-

body weight), has seen her A1C drop, and perhaps most

4459 for more information. The next Diabetes Preven-

importantly has developed a new lifestyle that she plans

tion Program cohort begins on January 3, 2019. It’s the

to continue as she prepares for retirement. Another lost

perfect time to keep your resolution and change your

61 pounds and attributes this to healthier eating, in-

life.

creased physical activity and group support.

To qualify for this program interested individuals

cannot have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. It is designed for those with prediabetes as a prevention

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Ankur Gopal:

CREATING

OPPORTUNITIES

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ix weeks ago, I interviewed Owensboro native, Ankur Gopal, for The Owensboro

Times. The article ran the same weekend an article was published in The New York Times about Gopal’s company, Interapt. Between that time and now, Gopal has been trying to balance his time between working and being a husband and a “hands-on dad”, while jetting to Boston, New York, Dallas and California— and all within one week.

RIDING THE MOMENTUM

Catching Gopal during a break in Dallas,

we discussed the changes in his company, philosophy and timeline since we last spoke. Gopal said that using the traction from the article in The New York Times, he has been

BY S MARLY N O S A M

involved in several deals that are beneficial to Kentucky and important for the continued success of his company, Interapt.

Interapt, established in 2011, is a

mobile and web application development firm with the goal to help the unemployed, underemployed, transitioning soldiers (and their spouses) and high schoolers jumpstart technology careers in their communities. Gopal is interested in bringing technology jobs that are typically outsourced to other countries back to the United States, starting with eastern Kentucky.

Interapt also fills the technology gap by

training a new generation of talented software developers

and

providing

employment

opportunities for people Gopal says are traditionally excluded from the technology economy. “If

there

is

aptitude,

drive,

and

commitment in a person, in six months they can do it,” Gopal said. “Especially when we pay people to learn. We [Interapt] take that off the table—the worry about food, child care

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and money. And the value in that kicks back quickly when

Vendor award, received by companies like Nest, Instagram

they are employed. People aren’t looking for a handout,

and Airbnb.

they are looking for hope.”

Interapt has credibility in the technology world,

and CIOs and CEOs now look to the company for non-

FILLING THE GAP FOR CLIENTS AND EMPLOYEES

Alex Hughes, an Interapt apprentice and current

developer with Interapt was in a situation where he had to provide for his family.

“Without that stipend, I would have had to find

something else,” Hughes said. “It took away some of the worry, and let me pay the bills that had been building up for months. Taking away all the roadblocks was a big

traditional hires. Most companies use typical methods for hiring employees—college recruiting, referrals and online models like CareerBuilder. Most of the Gopal’s students would not get a first interview.

“We create opportunities by giving first chances,”

Gopal said.

Beyond their training, Gopal’s students travel to

client sites, getting life and work experiences while building confidence.

Gopal says that because Inerapt is hiring the students,

focus of the program, and that let me devote 100 percent

the training has credibility, but students are finding

of myself to this new direction.”

successful careers outside of Interapt.

While altruistic, Gopal’s venture is also capitalistic.

Interapt has expanded its model, working with

Interapt has won several awards, including being one of

companies like Elavon, Accenture, Chick-fil-A and Ernst

10 Google partners in a global program exploring Google

& Young in Atlanta. It is also expanding into Ft. Knox and

Glass and wearable technology; and the Gartner Cool

Elizabethtown and is currently finalizing negotiations

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“THERE IS A TREMENDOUS NEED FOR SKILLED PEOPLE AND PEOPLE LEFT BEHIND IN TECHNOLOGY... IT TAKES A CREATIVE COMPANY, AND NOT ALWAYS GOVERNMENT INTERVENTION, TO SOLVE AN AMERICAN PROBLEM.” — Ankur Gopal

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with companies in Detroit.

other jobs are created,” Gopal said, using examples of wait

City of Refuge in Atlanta is one of the collaborative

“For every tech job you create in a community, five

efforts that provides opportunities in training that is

staff, barbers, and other service-industry professions.

building skills for its clients. These types of programs,

Gopal says, are only getting bigger.

of the future, Gopal said. The first is creating interesting

work; the second is high livability.

“There is a tremendous need for skilled people and

Two things come out of the training for technology jobs

people left behind in technology,” Gopal said. “It takes a

creative company, and not always government intervention,

few odd jobs where I could,” Hughes said. “One of those was

to solve an American problem. We’ve gotten a lot of support

editing the commercial for the first program [for Interapt];

and formed partnerships from around the country with

I read the script for the ad and knew I would be one of the

companies, philanthropic groups, educators and political

first people to apply.”

leaders.”

Providing an analogy of actors who go to Hollywood

was a one-time only opportunity, so he did everything he

or New York, with only a handful living elsewhere, Gopal

could to make the most of it. It worked, because Hughes was

said most technologists gravitate to technology hubs like

hired as a developer for Interapt.

Silicon Valley or Boston. But this does not have to be the

case, Gopal insists, and his company is proving that time

doing something I really enjoy,” Hughes said. “I constantly

and again with each class of graduates. By giving graduates

receive messages from people asking me to apply for jobs;

the skills, people can live where they want, Gopal said.

that is a very different feeling than looking everywhere and

having no idea what you are going to do. Now I can focus on

According to Gopal, humans are in an experiential

living market, and want to make a big impact.

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“I had been out of work for six months and was doing a

Hughes earned an apprenticeship, and said he knew it

“I get to work with a team of really dedicated people

improving my skill set and gain value over time as opposed

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to before, where the older I got, the narrower the field of

America that he compares to the 1900s or 1950s in terms

jobs became.

of demand.

Home life as a software developer is very different.

“The demand has swelled,” Gopal said. “Every

I have a good work/life balance that I had never had

company needs tech presences and tools for employees. I

before. When I’m off work, I get to just be with my

realized there was a business problem and a community

family and not worry about where the next job is going

problem and said ‘Let’s do something about it.’”

to come from. I get to work in a field where I can teach

my kids a little of what I do and they get to have fun. I

mobility, and that is how Interapt is differentiated from

get to feel proud of what I do. The culture and values we

other skills-based learning centers or universities.

have at work definitely come home with me, and it has

really helped us recover from a difficult time.”

said regarding the apprentices. Of those that found

HAVE YOU MADE AN IMPACT?

Gopal said that as an undergraduate student at the

University of Illinois, he grew socially, meeting people

Gopal’s business model focuses on jobs with upward

“You are expected to go on, to have options,” Gopal

success in the program, they say they could not have done it without the stipend, and that, Gopal says, is how you break the cycle of poverty.

from all over the world. He continued his education at

LOOKING TO THE FUTURE

the University of Chicago, where he heard catchphrases

about entrepreneurship—“take the leap,” “just do it”

Community and Technical College for a roundtable

and “don’t take no for an answer”—but he heard one

discussion on workforce development opportunities,

more clearly than those—“Have you made an impact?”

and Hughes was asked by Gopal to be part of this

discussion.

Gopal says there has been tremendous change in

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Recently,

Ivanka

Trump

visited

Big

Sandy

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“I had assumed it was just something small,” Hughes

said. “The night before, I received the panel guest list, and to my surprise, there were Governor Bevin and Ivanka Trump in the list of names. I then realized this was not going to be a little conversation.”

It went so well that Hughes was asked to accompany

Gov. Bevin to Washington D.C. to meet with President Trump about workforce development initiatives.

“I think more and more people are starting to realize

we have a formula that works,” Hughes said about Interapt and the impact Interapt has in human success. “It was incredible to get to be the spokesperson for us [Interapt] at that level, and it is nice to have your hard work recognized by so many people.”

People create a purpose and a mission, Gopal believes,

and giving people the dignity of a skill is something he is most proud of with Interapt.

“Our program is hard and people need to understand

that,” Gopal said, comparing it to drinking from a fire hose. “But when people see it, they are inspired.”

Recounting all that has come his way over the last six

months, Gopal laughs when thinking what the next year will look like. He has completed TEDx talks, attended several conferences, made national news, been on “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah,” been approached to be the subject of a documentary, and is looking forward to giving a commencement speech at his alma mater, the University of Illinois.

The last speaker was President Barack Obama, so yes,

Gopal thinks this might just be a pretty big deal. I must agree.

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BY DANNY MAY

From Kentucky Thoroughbreds

TO 500 HORSEPOWER THE UNLIKELY STORY OF AN ITALIAN’S TIME IN OWENSBORO

On the other end of my first ever international call, author Luca Dal Monte tells me the weather in Milan, Italy is remarkably similar to the weather that morning in Owensboro. Chilly, with gray skies and diminishing light rain.

Dal Monte remembers a thing or two about Kentucky

weather, having spent five years of his life in the Bluegrass before returning to his hometown of Cremona, Italy. Four of those years were at the University of Kentucky, but he spent his first year in the states as a foreign exchange student his senior year at Apollo High School.

That was in 1982, long before he worked 25 years in the

auto industry for world-renowned companies like Maserati and Ferrari. He then gradually wrote his way into a new career as a full-time writer on the success of a string of books, his most recent a 1,000-page biography called Enzo Ferrari: Power, Politics, and the Making of an Automobile Empire. The New York Times calls the book “the definitive

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biography of one of the automobile age’s most

Ferrari,” Dal Monte said in an interview with The New

remarkable men.” It is an Italian best-seller, where

York Times.

it won the prestigious “Premio Selezione Bancarella

Sport” national literary award, and has been published

enjoyed watching American TV shows and movies, but

in other languages, including in English by American

was particularly drawn to American history.

publisher David Bull. There are enough storylines in

the book that a TV series is now in production in Italy,

who were coming to Cremona through the Friendship

as well.

Force Exchange, he couldn’t wait. Those Americans

happened to be coming from a town called Owensboro,

But all of that can be traced back to his time here in

But he was also fascinated by American culture. He

So when he got the chance to meet some Americans

Owensboro.

Kentucky. And the Dal Monte family served as a host

“It really was the beginning of it all,” Luca said

home to one of the couples on that trip, which happened

about his year at Apollo. “I ended up working for the

to be Mr. and Mrs. John and Mabeth (Kirkpatrick)

best company in the world (Ferrari), and now I write

Helmers. That chance connection with the Helmers

for a living, which is a dream come true. I never could

family would greatly impact the course of Luca’s life.

have imagined any of this when I was sitting in class at

Apollo.”

the U.S. to study journalism it would look good on a

COMING TO AMERICA

“That’s when I had the naive idea that if I went to

resume, and I could come back and get a job in Milan or someplace like that,” Dal Monte said.

Growing up in Italy, Luca loved soccer, enjoyed

The Helmers agreed to host Luca as an exchange

history, dreamed of being a journalist one day, and

student at Apollo, where he played soccer, immersed

like most Italians, was fascinated by the life of Enzo

himself in learning English, and did his best to adjust to

Ferrari. “In Italy, there was the Pope and there was Enzo

life 6,000 miles from home. Having two host “brothers”

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was a big plus: Luca and Hal Helmers were

for his 85th birthday in 1983 - and he wrote

both seniors, and David Helmers was a

me back!” Luca remembers. “I’ll never

freshman.

forget opening the mailbox that day in

Luca

especially

loved

Mr.

Joe

Owensboro and seeing the Ferrari internal

Westerfield’s U.S. Government class; so

postmark on the envelope from Italy!”

much so that the school allowed him to

audit the class again during the second

Luca to Lexington to see several football

semester so he could absorb even more

games. Those visits, along with finding

historical and governmental nuances. He

out UK had great journalism and political

says getting to discuss in Mr. Westerfield’s

science programs, helped influence Luca’s

“NOW, LOOKING BACK, IT LOOKS LIKE THIS WAS ALL PLANNED. BUT LIKE IN THE BEST OF STORIES, IT’S COINCIDENCE.”

class what he had read about back in Italy

decision to stay in the states for college.

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was like a dream. “Thirty six years later, I

The Helmers were big UK fans, and took

still remember how people at Apollo and

HOME AGAIN

the Owensboro community surrounded me

with kindness.”

in America helped Luca land his first

Another pivotal memory that stands out

major job back in Italy, where he was

from his time at Apollo was the handwritten

hired for the job of Chief Press Officer

letter he received from Enzo Ferrari. It was

for the Italian branch of French carmaker

during that year that Luca learned Enzo

Peugeot. “I think they accepted about 3,000

would answer letters from fans if they wrote

applications, and I made it to the short list

him on his birthday. “So I wrote him a card

of 20 for face to face interviews,” Dal Monte

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recalled. “Later, after I accepted the job, I asked human relations why they hired me and they said I was the only applicant who studied in the U.S. It was very rewarding to get that job, and I told my dad ‘all that money you spent (on sending me to the U.S.) was worth it.’ Our plan actually worked!” [laughs]

That P.R. job started a career in the automotive industry

that also included stints with Toyota Motor Italy, Perelli, Ferrari, where he served as head of North American Press from 2001-2005, and finally, Maserati.

Along the way, Dal Monte wrote in his spare time. His

first published book was a chronicle of the first 50 years of Formula One racing called The Red and the Others. Dal Monte began writing his first novel, La Scuderia, while he was working at Toyota. It was published in 2009, followed by The Ferrari Phenomenon in 2010 and the Official Book of the Maserati Centennial in 2013.

It was during his time at Maserati that he worked on the

biography of Enzo Ferrari, a process that took Dal Monte eight years start to finish. “But you have to remember I

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had a full-time job back then,” Luca said, explaining how

Owensboro soon on his next trip to promote the Ferrari

he would research in the evenings after work or on the

biography in the U.S.

weekends. The first three years were spent on research. He interviewed all the remaining founders of the Ferrari company he could track down, Enzo’s family members,

THE NEXT GENERATION Today, Luca says he feels like half his heart is still

and other employees.

in Kentucky. And the friendship that started with the

Then he spent five years crafting the manuscript.

Helmers family in 1979 still continues. David Helmers’

Like the title suggests, it tells the real-life story of a very complex man’s remarkable life and the impact he had on automobile manufacturing, racing, and Italian culture. “Being a fan since I was a young boy, having worked inside the company, then researching extensively, I felt confident I could tell a different story,” Luca said. “Now the exposure it’s gotten - it’s very rewarding. The New York Times? Come on! It doesn’t get any bigger than that!” [laughs]

daughter and Luca’s daughter both attend the same college in Florida. And Luca’s son is now at UK, following in his father’s footsteps. “Kentucky is still very much on our mind. We love it. And we still see the Helmers every chance we get, either when they come to Italy or when we go to Lexington,” Luca said. Further proof is the last story Luca told me before

The success of Enzo Ferrari afforded Luca the

we ended the phone call. He said the previous weekend

opportunity to devote all his time to writing. He says he

when UK played Georgia at home, Luca’s son sent him

will write more non-fiction books, but he describes his

a text message from the game. There were no words and

next project as a “very ambitious” piece of fiction that

no explanation needed. It was just a selfie video of his

mixes motorsports and literature in the form of short

son standing in the stadium singing “My Old Kentucky

stories.

Home” with the rest of the crowd.

In the meantime, Dal Monte plans to return to

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PHOTOS BY TAYLOR WEST

BY Y MELOD CE A L L A W

Being the Light AND THE MATCH

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J

ulie Baker read an article in the newspaper

cells. Typically a high-energy person, Karen

a few years ago about a local gentleman that

soon had to leave her job and found herself

was in need of a bone marrow transplant and

spending most of her time on the couch due to

an organization called “Be The Match.” Be

fatigue and shortness of breath brought on by

The Match is operated by the National Marrow

anemia (a condition in which the blood doesn’t

Donor Program, which helps manage “the

have enough healthy red blood cells).

largest and most diverse marrow registry in the

world.” Julie said that she and her husband,

that can cure Myelofibrosis, Karen was told

Kevin, have known several people in their lives

her only hope for a cure was allogeneic bone

that had to undergo bone marrow transplants,

marrow transplantation, a process where

so after she read the article, she felt compelled

healthy blood stem cells from a donor are used

to do something.

to replace diseased or damaged bone marrow.

“You order a kit at home and swab. How

Karen’s blood counts soon began to drop and,

easy is that?” she asked. Although Julie liked

after being hospitalized for an infection, she

the idea and ease of joining the bone marrow

met with the transplant doctor at Dana-Faber

registry, she had a health history that prevented

Cancer Institute in Boston. “I told the doctor

her from being eligible to do so. She said she

I wasn’t a quitter and I wanted to see my

felt a “tugging” to see if Kevin would qualify.

grandchildren grow up,” she said.

After talking it over and praying about it, they

registered Kevin, and ordered the kit. They

to see if they were a donor match, but none

soon learned that Kevin was a perfect match

qualified. Karen was placed on the Be The

for an anonymous individual.

Match registry, knowing it could take months

“We prayed for God’s guidance and

to find the best donor match. After another

answers. We felt compelled by the Spirit that

hospitalization in December, she was placed

he (Kevin) was to donate and share the gift of

on round-the-clock antibiotics. Karen’s family,

life,” Julie said. “To be a light in a dark world,

including her mother and siblings, gathered

in a dark time in someone else’s life.”

together in her son’s home in New Hampshire

In June of 2013, 60-year-old Karen

for Christmas. “It was very important to me to

Lancaster, an oncology nurse from Boston,

be with family that Christmas, in case it was

Massachusetts,

my last,” Karen said.

was

diagnosed

with

Since there is no chemotherapy regimen

Each of Karen’s siblings was screened

Myelofibrosis, a serious bone marrow cancer

that affects the body’s ability to produce blood

donor had been found that was a perfect match.

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On February 19, 2015, Karen Lancaster received

BONE MARROW DONATION

According to the Health Resources & Services Administration, approximately 17,500 people each year ages 0-74 “might benefit from a potentially life-saving bone marrow or umbilical cord blood transplant.” The Baker and Lancaster families are sharing their unique story in an effort to get the word out about “Be The Match,” the National Marrow Donor program, and to raise awareness for those that are living with blood cancers like leukemia and lymphoma. They also hope to encourage others in the Owensboro community to show up for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s annual “Light the Night Walk” that funds lifesaving research and support for people battling cancer. For more information visit bethematch.org.

a bone marrow transplant through an IV. “The whole process is beyond amazing,” Karen said. “Coordinating the donation of the cells, to their transport to me in Boston during snowstorms, and me not knowing where the cells were coming from. It could have been anywhere in the world.” Unbeknownst to her, the cells were donated by Kevin Baker, who lived over 1,000 miles away in Owensboro, Kentucky.

Over three years later, Lancaster is now in

remission. In March of 2016, both Karen and Kevin filled out forms in order to learn one another’s identities. That Easter Sunday, Karen said they talked for an hour on the phone. This past summer, Karen and her family made the trip to Owensboro to meet Kevin and his family. Karen said, “Words can’t describe how happy I am to connect with Kevin and his wife, Julie. Like Julie says, we are family now.”

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“THANKS, IT’S JUST WHAT I NEEDED!” BY JERRY TANNER PASTOR AT LIVING HOPE CHURCH

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ell it’s that time of year again, Christmas time! For most people, it’s a special time

and loved ones, whether they are a child or an adult,

of year filled with a little more joy, excitement, love

adults we still like to receive gifts, especially if it’s

and kindness. Maybe in part we feel and behave this

something we have been in need of. It brings joy to

way because we’ve learned from our parents that if

the receiver and the giver of a gift when it is opened

you don’t behave, you will not get any presents for

and you hear the words, “Thanks, it’s just what I

Christmas. I think most of us who are parents have

needed!”

used this technique, or as children we have had it

used on us, sometimes with success and sometimes

Christmas. You see, the greatest gift giver of all time,

not. Usually in spite of our children’s behaviors and

God, our Heavenly Father, of whom the Bible says,

because of our love for them and hope they will

is the giver of every good and perfect gift, gave us,

change, we give them their gifts anyway.

mankind, the greatest gift ever. The perfect gift that

As children, we certainly enjoyed receiving

we were in need of. Out of his great love for us (not

gifts, as children still do today. As adults we find

because we were behaving well) He gave us His Son

a lot of joy in giving gifts and seeing our children

– the baby whose birth we celebrate at Christmas

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be blessed by the gifts they receive. And yes, as

This reminds me of the reason we celebrate

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JOHN 3:16 FOR GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD THAT HE GAVE HIS ONLY SON THAT WHOEVER

BELIEVES IN HIM SHALL NOT PERISH BUT HAVE ETERNAL LIFE. time, the One who was born in a manger in Bethlehem. The One who was born to a young virgin named Mary, who was given the name Jesus, is the greatest gift that anyone can ever receive. It was such a great gift, that the giver of the gift, God the Father, could not contain his excitement. And in his great joy, He sent an angel to tell a bunch of shepherds working in the fields. He also sent a multitude of heavenly hosts who appeared to the shepherds and celebrated with them. You see, the giver of this gift, the Heavenly Father, knew this baby would grow up to live a sinless life and then willingly sacrifice his life so that you and I and the whole word can have forgiveness of sin, and a right relationship with God. But wait, there’s more! He truly is the gift that keeps on giving. This perfect gift, Jesus, brings light to the darkness, he gives hope to the hopeless, help to those in need, strength to the weary, peace to the worried. There is no situation, no problem, no mess that He can’t take care of. This gift can take your hate and give you love,

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can take your fears and give you faith, can take your sorrow and give you joy. This gift, Jesus, also gives us self-control to break our addictions—addictions to drugs, alcohol, pornography or whatever that addiction may be. He gives us gentleness, kindness, goodness to free us from our anger issues and a sound mind to give us wisdom and understanding. Best of all, He gives us a place to live with him in Heaven when we leave this Earth. All of this comes from the perfect gift that God gave to us, that baby born in a manger, what a gift! But just like every gift, in order to enjoy, you must receive it. I pray that if you haven’t received this gift, that this Christmas season you will open up your heart and receive this special gift from the greatest gift giver ever. If you do, like those of us that have, I’m sure you will say to the gift giver, Our Heavenly Father, “Thanks, it’s just what I needed!”

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BY DANNY MAY

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When police officers interact with young people, it’s not always in the most positive of circumstances. That’s just the nature of the job. So when officers get a chance to be in uniform around kids in a relaxed, uplifting, and rewarding environment, many welcome the opportunity.  

That’s part of the reason Owensboro Police Officer

Loren Yonts says the annual “Shop With a Cop” event a few weeks before Christmas is as much fun for the cops as it is for the kids. “It’s nice to get a positive reaction from the kids, and get to socialize with them on a personal level instead of a professional level. It helps the kids see cops in a positive light, too.”

Yonts, who has participated in Shop With a Cop

nearly all of his 15 years on the force, says the Fraternal

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Order of Police has been sponsoring the event for

from working a call, for example - they can suggest

at least 30 years. This will be the fourth year Yonts

that family for the Shop With a Cop program. Yonts

has coordinated the event, and he expects between

also gets referrals from family resource centers in

80-90 kids this year, depending on the amount of

Daviess County and Owensboro Public Schools,

policemen and women who sign up to volunteer to

and a few referrals come from local shelters.

accompany those children on their shopping trip.

During the event, one or two children and their

the church and store to select the date to shop.

parents are paired with a uniformed officer from

Schools are contacted in September. The list of

Owensboro Police Department, Daviess County

shoppers is coordinated in November, and final

Sheriff ’s Office, Kentucky State Police, Daviess

preparations are made in December.

County Jailer, McLean County Sheriff ’s Office, or

a Constable.       

Fraternal Order of Police builds positive relations

The kids get the full V.I.P. treatment for the

with the community throughout the year. F.O.P.

evening, starting with a pizza party at a local

holds spring and fall fundraisers that support

church. Then the police officers turn their lights

programs like Shop With a Cop, and allows them to

and sirens on to lead the parade of buses full of

make charitable contributions to other community

students over to Wal-Mart on Frederica Street.

organizations, as well. But the motivation for Shop

The officers escort the shoppers around the store

With a Cop, according to Yonts, is bringing a smile

while they choose their items. Shopping normally

to a kid at Christmas time.

takes around an hour for everyone to make their

selections and checkout.    

drive to help people. What we’re striving for is to

see a kid be happy, and to maybe ease the burden for

Santa and Mrs. Claus even made an appearance

Preparation starts in July when Yonts contacts

Shop With a Cop is one of several ways the

“I think all public servants have that inner

the past few years.

a family. It does have a positive impact. Sometimes

“It feels nice to get to do something special for

people think of cops as unapproachable, but many

kids who a lot of times are in situations that are not

of us want to talk and interact with them. We want

of their own doing,” Yonts said.

to make sure kids know we are there for them when

they need us.”

If an officer knows a specific family in need -

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PROMOTIONAL FEATURE

OWENSBORO ADVANCED SLEEP CENTER

Simplifying the treatment of

SLEEP DISORDERS P

ublic health and safety are threatened by the increasing prevalence of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which

I personally see every new patient for a focused history

now afflicts at least 25 million adults in the U.S.,

tailor the sleep study to meet the needs of the patient.

according to the National Healthy Sleep Awareness

This is the only private office based sleep center in the

Project. Several new studies highlight the destructive

region and treating sleep disorders is our only activity.

nature of obstructive sleep apnea, a chronic disease that

We do overnight sleep studies in the office, and home

increases the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease,

sleep testing is also available. We can provide CPAP

Type 2 diabetes, stroke and depression.

equipment. We see patients for long term follow-up care

Cardiologist Dr. Kishor Vora was inspired to open

if indicated. We aim to simplify the diagnosis and long

the Owensboro Advanced Sleep Center (OASC) after he

term treatment of sleep disorders by providing all these

attended a symposium in 2006 addressing the association

services in one location”.

of cardiovascular diseases and OSA. Cardiovascular

Symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) may

disorders linked with sleep apnea include hypertension,

include loud snoring, pauses in breathing during sleep,

coronary artery disease, myocardial infarction, cardiac

choking or gasping during sleep, restless sleep, insomnia,

arrhythmias such as atrial fibrillation, congestion heart

daytime sleepiness, fatigue, frequent urination at night,

failure, pulmonary hypertension, and stroke. A majority

difficulties with concentration and memory, depression,

of patients with cardiac problems also have sleep apnea

irritability, morning headaches, and heartburn at night.

or other sleep disorders.

Dr. Vora adds that “untreated sleep apnea is known to

disorder diagnosed after a sleep study. “We usually treat

double the coronary stent re-closure rate and cardiac

OSA with CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure).

bypass graft failure rate”.

Another treatment option is oral appliance therapy –a

In 2007, the OASC opened as a full-service, state-of-

custom made mouthpiece pulls the jaw forward and

the-art facility specializing in the diagnosis and treatment

opens the upper airway during sleep. Upper airway

of the full range of sleep disorders including sleep apnea,

surgery may be recommended in select cases. The newest

narcolepsy, insomnia, restless legs syndrome, shift work

treatment choice is hypoglossal nerve stimulation. ”

disorder, and parasomnias (abnormal activity during

Tammy Sims, RPSGT serves as technical director

sleep such as sleepwalking or violent behavior).

and clinic manager and has been with OASC since the

Dr. Robert Pope is a board-certified sleep physician

opening in 2007. “I’m inspired by the commitment of

who joined OASC in 2010 and sees patients in the office

our dedicated staff to helping those with sleep disorders,”

5 days a week along with Ashley Moran APRN. “We

says Sims. “I always say we treat you like a person, not

do things the old fashioned way,” says Dr. Pope, “since

like a patient.

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and physical exam prior to any sleep testing, and we can

According to Dr. Pope, OSA is the most frequent sleep

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BY JAIME RAFFERTY

PHOTOS BY JAMIE ALEXANDER

C

umberland Presbyterian Church is so very kind. Member Donna Scott stumbled across a beautiful gesture while caring for ailing family members in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. They were signs, yard signs, that simply read “Be Kind.” Commissioned by a local church in Hardin County, they were made up of elaborate artistic lettering, all the way to sweet childhood penmanship with the phrase that would initially touch her heart, provide inspiration and encouragement, just when she needed it most, and now reach many others. Appreciating the signs and their positive message, Donna reached out to the church. Elated with her enthusiasm to carry the torch, they were more than happy to share the “Be Kind” initiative. Pastor Tim McGuire has been at CPC for 17 years, and says the church embraced Donna’s passion to “Be Kind” in Owensboro. In August 2018 Cumberland Presbyterian began the kindness in Owensboro, through their “give because HE gave” grassroots ministry. This mission was created so that

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those in need could see the love of God without reservation through intentional servanthood. This ministry provides monetary, spiritual and physical support to single parents, the unemployed and any other situation where a person is in need. This new way to help support the “give because HE gave” ministry came to fruition in September when the first “Be Kind” signs were sold in the community. For just a $10 donation, signs can be purchased. The premise is simple, “Be Kind,” and pay it forward when others are kind to you. Shirley Brown has been a member of CPC for 45 years. At 84 years young, she says this mission has blessed her and brought her more joy than she would have ever imagined, and says “’Be Kind’ is one the finest things I have witnessed in my history of attending” the church. She, along with other members, is available at the church, located on Booth Ave. from 4:30 to 6:30p.m. on Wednesday evenings to sell the signs. In one humble two hour period “Be

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Kind” added $600 to their ministry. In total, over 700 signs have been sold.

“Be Kind” can be seen in yards across Daviess County, but Brown adds that

they have had people from McLean and Ohio Counties, as well from Southern Indiana, drive to Owensboro on a Wednesday evening to purchase them. These signs can also be seen at Deer Park Elementary, where two mothers purchased 20 signs and felt passionately about sharing the message of “Be Kind” with students, teachers and other parents. Shirley says it has been especially endearing to be able to place the signs in others’ yards anonymously and often hears of people giving their signs away and purchasing more. Her heart is especially full at the sight of parents bringing in their children to see the importance of how a simple gesture of kindness can make a very huge impact in the lives of others.

Cumberland Presbyterian has not put a timeline on this project and hopes

that individuals, community groups, churches and more will just run with the message of “Being Kind.” They encourage the community to go to their Facebook page and post pictures of the signs from all across the community.

On a recent trip out of the country, Donna Scott placed signs in Rome, Italy

and Athens, Greece. “Be Kind” is now truly worldwide.

Bro. Tim encourages, “ It’s about making a difference in the world we live

in today because a little kindness goes a long way. In a world where we can be anything, why can’t we just be kind?”

Make a donation, post a sign, and most of all, just be kind! For more

information, contact Cumberland Presbyterian Church at 270-683-4479.

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MAKE TIME TO PLAY BY DANA PEVELER

I

t was still a week before Halloween when I read a post

marathon on a Saturday afternoon instead of tackling

on Facebook with a countdown to Christmas. I’m a

that “to do” list. We do not give ourselves permission to

Scrooge until after Thanksgiving, so I scrolled on past.

rest or to play. Studies show we should.

The same week, I went shopping, and there in the store

was a display of Christmas trees in all their glory. I love

beneficial for all ages! Some benefits of play include

Christmas trees, but still…!

relieving stress, because play triggers endorphins that

help the body feel well. It can even help us tolerate pain

After self-evaluating why these things made

Play isn’t just crucial for child development; it’s

me grouchy, I realized I was feeling anxiety over the

better.

upcoming holidays and all that goes with it. The

busyness, the financial worry, not to mention that I

they can help enhance memory and can help reduce

ALWAYS overcommit myself!

isolation through playing with family and friends. Play

facilitates teamwork and helps to break down barriers to

Speaking of getting ahead of ourselves with the

It improves brain function. If games are your play,

holidays, however, soon after this realization, I watched

communication.

my delighted grandson play with a new toy, and that

inspired my New Year’s Resolution, which I won’t wait

when one of you came up with a brilliant idea to build

to implement: I’ve resolved to play more.

that bike ramp even better? How much fun was it to be

Yes, play. Throughout the holidays, we are so

creative? It still is! We learned by being creative when we

focused on how we are going to buy the perfect gift, serve

were kids, and we still can! We learn better when we enjoy

the perfect meal and meet all our commitments that we

what we’re doing, and that spirit of fun and playfulness

forget to take care of, and enjoy, ourselves!

can even stimulate the imagination, which is helpful in

problem-solving.

Many adults, especially those of us with a strong

Play helps stimulate creativity! Remember as a kid

work ethic, often feel guilty for taking days off. We kick

ourselves for lying around the house enjoying a Netflix

easy one to forget. Pushing ourselves harder can actually

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decrease the quality of our work, and it certainly exhausts us.

year, I splurged and paid to have my gifts wrapped instead of

Taking time to play, whether it’s with co-workers during a break,

doing them all myself. Invite friends over for cookies and cocoa

at a staff meeting or a luncheon, or whether it’s just on your

and have them help decorate with you.

own, is so beneficial. It refreshes your spirit, increases energy, helps you reevaluate a problem with a fresher perspective, and, again, it can help with creativity.

During the holidays, when stress and emotions can get the

Take some time just for yourself to have fun and to play.

How? Schedule it! Clear your calendar for a day of fun, maybe some yoga, meditation, a spa day, see a movie, read a book, take

better of us, it’s important to do what we can to reduce all that

a walk…anything that sounds appealing to you. It can change

gets in the way of enjoying that time.

your mood and strengthen relationships.

Here are some suggestions to make sure you take care of

yourself:

Get enough rest. This includes not over-committing

yourself. Say “yes” when you want to say yes, but realize that it’s also okay to say no.

Express gratitude. Focus on what is working well. Stay

Invite your family and friends to make lists of things

you enjoy doing, and then compare lists. If any of those items overlap, do those activities together! I invite you to visit the Senior Community Center to check out all the fun things we have going on here!

positive. If you find yourself slipping into negative thoughts,

think of what you’re thankful for and focus on those things.

say goodbye to someone. This season, let’s all take our own

advice: Take care of yourself. Play a little!

Know that you can’t do it all – and know that’s okay! Last

As Southerners, we say, “Take care of yourself!” when we

DANA PEVELER is the executive director of the Senior Community Center, located at 1650 W. Second St., Owensboro. The Center offers activities, services and resources for people age 60 and older. Visit www.seniorcenterodc.com or call 270-687-4640 to learn more.

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I

for the HOLIDAY SEASON

t’s so easy to get carried away during the holiday season! The excitement of the season makes

carefree living seem like the only way to go this

sooner you spend it, the sooner you’ll start to stress out about living through a long January on mere cents.

time of year.

» Always give thought to emergencies that may

As fun as the season is, however, it’s

pop up. Leave room in your budget for those

important to keep an eye on your budget during

spur of the moment things that could come

Christmastime so you’re not faced with a financial

your way in January.

crisis later on.

How can you resist the urge to spend frivolously

in the name of gifts and having a jolly good time?

SET UP BILL REMINDERS If you have a constant reminder of the bills you need to settle during the holiday and immediately after,

Consider these tips to manage your holiday

you’ll be more inclined to manage your money

cash effectively:

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days in advance of your bill due date. » Write due dates for your bills on your calendar.

AVOID CREDIT CARDS There’s one saying that can help you avoid credit card disasters that you’ll regret for months and maybe even years to come: “If you can’t pay for it in cash, don’t buy it on credit.” As simple as it seems, it’s very effective to ensure that you avoid getting in over your head with credit card expenses this holiday. » If you plan to use your credit card, ensure your bank account has at least 90 percent of the purchase total in available cash. » Aim to settle your credit card bill on time and in full.

KEEP YOUR PRIORITIES IN CHECK If you have your financial priorities straight for eleven months of the year, you should be more than able to keep them in check during December. Here’s the perfect guide: » At the beginning of December, make a list of your responsibilities and prioritize them. » Determine how much of your earnings to dedicate to each priority. » Put aside the amounts decided upon. » Whatever you’re left with after these priorities is what you can use for holiday spending.

GIVE YOURSELF A GIFT TO BRIGHTEN FUTURE HOLIDAY SEASONS Open a holiday account for next year with $10. Then, starting the first week of January, add $10 each week. You’ll have $500 to spend freely next holiday season. If you put in $20 per week, you’ll have $1,000! Take the financial stress out of your holidays with this small weekly gift to yourself. All it really takes is a little bit of discipline and a lot of focus on what’s most important to you. Remember that there are many more holidays to come, so you may as well leave some of the frivolity for those! Focus on getting your priorities taken care of before you take the holiday spending plunge. www.OwensboroLiving.com

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veryone has a hobby. Unless your hobby is habitual shopping, chances are you’ll be able to capitalize on indulging in your hobby. You can flip furniture, sell knitted items, profit with sporting gear, or even sell your homegrown vegetables. If you’re talented in repainting furniture, purchase used furniture for pennies on the dime at craigslist.org, yard sales, or a local thrift shop. Then, sand the piece, prime it, paint it with two coats of glossy white paint, apply a protective coat, change the hardware and then list it back on craigslist.org for sale. If you purchased the piece for $25, spent an extra $20 on supplies and are able to flip it for $150, you’ve made a $105 profit with just a few hours of work! When you become accustomed to the process, you may be able to flip three pieces of furniture per week and end up with a nice $1,260 profit. Not bad for indulging in a hobby you enjoy! While you may not be the Picasso of cabinet refurbishing, you may have another hobby. Here are seven common hobbies

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that are easy to capitalize on. •

Knitting/sewing

Cooking/baking

Babysitting

Painting

Flipping collectibles

Writing

Party planning

There’s no need to downsize, or even adjust your lifestyle in order to pay off your debt. You’ve worked hard to build everything you currently have; why give it up now? Effectively monetizing your hobby will allow you to pay down your debt considerably this year, so you can start living the debt-free life you deserve!

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15 EASY WAYS TO SAVE MONEY IN 2019 1. Save at least 10 percent of your income, more if possible. If that’s not possible, save a minimum of one percent.

9. Have food staples like beans, rice, soup and frozen pizza to avoid “food emergencies” after a long day of work.

2. Have a rainy day fund that has one to two month’s worth of expenses saved up.

10. Download Ibotta to save money on groceries and get cash back.

3. Have a longer-term emergency fund of three to six month’s worth of expenses.

11. Create targeted savings goals for everything you want to save for, including travel, emergencies, pet expenses and home renovations.

4. Negotiate your Internet, phone and cable bills to lower your costs. 5. Save money by paying premiums annually instead of month to month. 6. Use any windfalls of cash from a tax refund, birthday gift, or work raise to pad your savings account. 7. Batch cook your meals on the weekend so you’re prepared for the week ahead. 8. Always use leftovers after going out to eat.

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12. Consider walking, biking, or taking the bus to save money on transportation. 13. When it’s time to fill up your gas tank, check out GasBuddy first for the best deals. 14. Focus on quality when it comes to new purchases, so you won’t end up replacing that item every few months. 15. Focus on lowering expenses on housing, transportation and food to create bigger wins.

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FINANCIAL FOCUS

THREE FACTORS TO CONSIDER WHEN MAKING CHARITABLE GIFTS This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor.

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he holiday season is here, which means gift-giving is probably on your mind. In addition to making gifts to your family and friends, you also may be interested in contributing to charitable organizations. But before you donate financial assets, such as stocks, you will need to consider several factors, including taxes, your portfolio balance and the reputation of the charity. Let’s look at these areas: Taxes Your donations to qualified charities (those that are considered 501(c)(3) organizations by the Internal Revenue Service) can give you tax deductions – if you itemize deductions on your tax return. However, due to recent tax law changes, the standard deduction for 2018 has almost doubled, to $24,000 for married couples, and to $12,000 for single filers. As a result, you may be less likely to itemize deductions, so you could have less incentive, at least for tax reasons, to make charitable gifts. However, if you give appreciated stocks, you may be allowed a charitable deduction for the full fair market value of the gift on the date of the transfer, even if your original cost was only a fraction of today’s value. Plus, you may not be subject to the capital gains tax you might have to pay if you eventually sold the stocks. Also, depending on your age, you might be able to use your traditional IRA as a charitablefunding vehicle. Once you turn 70-1/2, you generally must begin taking withdrawals – called required minimum distributions or RMDs – from your traditional IRA. (Roth IRAs are not subject to RMDs during your lifetime.) These RMDs from your traditional IRA are taxable, but you may be

able to exclude up to $100,000 of RMDs per year from your taxable income if you transfer the funds directly to qualified charitable organizations. In any case, consult with your tax advisor before donating appreciated assets to a charity. Portfolio balance When you donate financial assets to a charity, you are also taking them away from your portfolio. This could be an issue, especially if you repeatedly donate the same types of assets. For example, if you’re donating some growth-oriented stocks, will you lower the overall growth potential of your portfolio? You may want to consult with a financial professional to ensure your charitable gifts will still allow you to maintain a portfolio balance appropriate for your goals and risk tolerance. Reputation of the charity You may want to do some homework to make sure you are giving to a reputable charity. Many experts on charitable giving say that a worthwhile charity should spend at least 75 percent of its income on programs, rather than administrative costs. You may be able to find this type of information on a charitable group’s annual report and its website. You can also browse the web for the names of agencies that evaluate charitable groups. By considering the aspects of charitable giving described above, you can get more satisfaction from your generosity – because you’ll know that your gift not only supports a good cause, but also fits well into your overall financial picture.

Edward Jones, its employees and financial advisors cannot provide tax or legal advice. You should consult your attorney or qualified tax advisor regarding your situation.

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BARDSTOWN WELCOME CENTER PHOTOS BY BRANDON HESSON

in Bardstown 36 HOURS

BY CRYSTAL BOWLING

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istoric buildings, a quintessential downtown sprinkled with boutiques and restaurants, and enough bourbon to fill every mint julep glass on Derby Day await visitors to Bardstown, Ky. This quaint town is the idyllic weekend getaway for family and friends, and for every budget. Voted Most Beautiful Small Town in America by USA Today, the sun shines bright on Bardstown and those who visit.

6 p.m. – Endless Flavors For dinner, make a reservation at The Rickhouse Restaurant & Lounge. Located in the basement of a former college, this unique eatery offers guests a broad menu of signatures steaks, seafood—and of course—a complete collection of fine bourbons.

10 p.m. – Night Life

FRIDAY 4 p.m. – Barrel Case The only way to begin a vacation in Bardstown is with what makes it famous: bourbon. The Bourbon Heritage Center, part of Heaven Hill Distillery, provides a warm and welcoming spirit, both of the bourbon and small town variety. Barton 1792 Distillery offers free tours complete with the history of bourbon and a tasting of their own whiskeys. Walk through the distillery and a traditional rickhouse to learn how bourbon is made, stored and, most importantly, enjoyed. 58 OWENSBORO LIVING

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3rd Street Tap House is the place to be in Bardstown. With an assortment of craft beers on tap and an excellent selection of bourbon at the ready, the night can’t go wrong. Experienced bartenders and a warm and laid-back atmosphere make 3rd Street Tap House a go-to for live music and a nightcap.

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years in the pastry game, the employees of Hadorn’s Bakery bake tradition as well as love into every doughnut and Danish. Just a hop and skip from downtown, it’s the perfect spot to snag breakfast before exploring the hub of Bardstown.

10 a.m. – Down on Main Street Right out of a Norman Rockwell painting, downtown Bardstown is full of unique locally-owned businesses, all with character and a story to tell. Stop in The Mercantile Store for one-of-a-kind pieces, from jewelry to art made from bourbon barrels. At Mary’s has something for everyone and features beautiful displays throughout the shop. If you haven’t had your bourbon fill yet, duck into the Kentucky Bourbon Marketplace for bourbon apparel, gourmet foods, candies, cakes, barware, jewelry and more. For art lovers, enjoy the Bardstown Art Gallery, which features artwork by area artists.

HADORN’S BAKERY

1 p.m. – Grab a Bite While still in the downtown area, pop in to Kreso’s for lunch, a popular family-owned European restaurant. Offering American fare in addition to European dishes, there is something for every taste bud. Housed in the historic Arco Theater and with ornate décor, Kreso’s offers a special dining experience for its customers.

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3 p.m. – The Sun Shines Bright No trip to Bardstown is complete without a visit to My Old Kentucky Home State Park. Tours through the home are available, complete with a hoop-skirted or tailcoat-suited guide. Roam about the grounds, being sure to admire the gorgeous rotunda with its brick-laid floor, stop by the memorial statue of Stephen Foster, the man who gave Kentucky its state song, and spend the rest of day humming “Camptown Races.”

5 p.m. – Wine About It Bourbon isn’t for everyone, and Bardstown has not forgot about its wine lovers. Visit McIntyre’s Winery for a tour and a tasting of homemade wines, whose berries are grown in Kentucky and picked by hand. Specializing in blackberry and blueberry wines, McIntyre’s offers sweet and dry wines.

7 p.m. – That Outlaw Jesse James Legend says Jesse James shot bullet holes into the walls of The Old Talbott Tavern…but certainly not because he was dissatisfied with the service. Dining at The Old Talbott Tavern is an experience dating back to 1779 when it got its

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beginnings as a stagecoach shop. Enjoy a rich meal while being immersed in history, and maybe even see the ghost of Mr. Jesse James himself.

10 p.m. – Small Town Saturday Night Enjoy after-dinner drinks at The Old Talbott Tavern, or just cross the street to Mammy’s Kitchen. Offering live music, outdoor patio seating and Southern hospitality, the bar is structured to feel like stables. And, with a fine selection of bourbon and hand-crafted cocktails, folks may just line up at the trough for a drink.

SUNDAY 9 a.m. – Brunch Time An all-you-can-eat buffet becomes a personal challenge when visiting Stephen Foster Restaurant. Spend the morning enjoying homestyle cooking. Can’t decide between breakfast and lunch? There’s no need; they offer breakfast and lunch options, as well as out-of-this-world pecan pie — acceptable to eat any time of day.

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OTHER ATTRACTIONS For those wanting to stretch their legs outside of Bardstown, consider Nettie Jarvis Antiques and Hometown Pizza in Bloomfield, located just 13 miles away. For peace in nature, visit Bernheim Forest on the outskirts of town and walk out onto the Canopy Tree Walk, which stands 75 feet above the forest floor. There are many distilleries just outside of Bardstown that offer tours as well, including Maker’s Mark and Four Roses.

LODGING Bardstown offers a number of chain hotels as well as locally-owned bed and breakfasts. For the adventurous type, check in to the Jailers Inn located downtown. Guests may stay in a typical bed and breakfast style room or for the truly adventurous: a jail cell. All rooms, including the jail cell, have WiFi, a private bath and come with a complimentary breakfast. For those not interested in spending a night in the slammer, consider the General Nelson Inn. Campsites are available at My Old Kentucky Home State Park Campground. JAILERS INN BED & BREAKFAST

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DECORATING FOR Christmas F

or this issue’s featured home, we sought the help of Welborn Floral. In addition

putting up the tree. Most of the other decorations

to supplying Owensboro with beautiful floral

Renfrow, who Lois says has a keen eye for

arrangements

for

weddings,

funerals,

are hung by Lois and long-time friend, Linda

and

decorating. And the fact that most of that décor

special occasions, Welborn’s also lends a hand

matches the embellishments on the exterior is

to their clients with decorating for the holidays.

no coincidence, as Lois says that 99 percent of

Welborn’s was happy to help, and owner Dick

her interior decorations were purchased from

Knight introduced us to Lois Tapp, whose home

Welborn’s through the years.

they had decorated just prior to this issue being

printed. At the Tapp’s, Welborn’s took care of the

beautiful home to include in our Christmas issue.

heavy lifting on the outside, including the large

But more than that, we unexpectedly found a

wreath on the façade of the second story, above the

unique relationship among three people (Tapp,

front entry. Gold ribbon and greenery accent the

Knight, and Renfrow) who, through their shared

painted brick posts that stand at the foot of the

love of sprucing up a space for the holidays, have

long driveway. And a thick green garland with

become something like family. It’s just further

large pinecones and burlap make an already-grand

proof that whether it’s at church, over a meal, or

entrance event grander.

while decorating a tree, Christmas has a way of

bringing us together.

On the interior, Welborn’s lends a hand in

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HOLIDAY PARTIES BY JULIA HARTZ highheelsandhappyhartz.com

Whether you need a look for Christmas with family, New Year’s Eve, a December wedding, or a holiday office party—I’m your girl! Our local boutiques have gotten in tons of new merchandise for this time of year, and I can promise you won’t be disappointed when you shop local.

Let’s start with Excursions. When I walked in the store I couldn’t get my hands on this little gold number fast enough. It screams holiday, and it’s such a statement piece. You would be surprised how many events you could wear this for, not just in December and January, but all year long. This dress is as fun to have on, as it is to look at! Red and green are great for the holidays, but don’t be afraid to switch it up too with black, gold, and silver. The sparkle is so special, and by the time the party is over, everyone will be asking where you got your dress!

Dress: $198 Clutch: $81 Bracelet: $29 Excursions 2738 Frederica St 270-926-8388

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PHOTOS BY KRISTIN BIVINS

Dress: $103 Coat: $69 Drusy Ring: $70 Earrings: $250 Drusy Bracelet: $70 Gold and Slate Bracelet: $55 Peacocks and Pearls

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We all know you can never go wrong with a little black dress, and this one from Peacocks and Pearls is no exception. The cut of this dress adds some sass to a classic piece, and we thought we would add even more glam with this faux fur coat. I love the girly scallops at the bottom of the dress; it sets it apart from every other LBD in your closet. Since the outfit is simple and elegant, why not dress it up with some fabulous jewelry? These Kendra Scott pieces add just the right amount of sparkle to the look. You won’t believe these beautiful earrings I have on are clip-ons! Kendra Scott jewelry is the perfect gift for the lady on your list, and you’ll surely fall in love with something for yourself too.

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Speaking of classic, you can never go wrong with a classic red dress for a holiday party. This dress from Blush Boutique is so festive and fun for this time of year. I especially love to see red on people who normally don’t wear color. This is a good excuse to step out of your comfort zone of wearing mostly black and jump into some brightness! I love the detail at the top of this dress, and so many different age groups can wear it. The sleeves dress it up with the lace detail, and the length is great for those of you who don’t want to show too much leg. Dress: $52 Bracelets: $24 each Ring: $18 Blush Boutique 1020 Halifax Drive Suite 101 270-240-1974

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Bella Ragazza Boutique 120 W 2nd St. 270-926-9546

Dress: $90 Coat: $70 Brooch: $18 Ring: $20

Ladies, brooches aren’t just for your grandmas. My grandma always had the neatest and most fabulous brooches that I adored as a kid, and then when I got older I was too cool for them, if you know what I mean. (Note to self, moms and grandmas always know what’s up.) Now, they’re back and becoming more popular than ever, and I freaked out when I came across this one at Bella Ragazza. You can add it to any look for a pop of glam, and your outfit will be instantly taken to the next level. This hunter green dress with bell sleeves is so great for this time of year, especially because we all know how hard it seems to find a dress with sleeves when you’re looking for one. If you weren’t wearing a coat you could even put the brooch directly on the dress. The subtle flare of this coat is a dream! It also has a belt (that I tied in the back), so you can wear it two ways.

Any of these looks could be worn with or without tights, and with heels or boots. These are just a few of the options for holiday wear these stores have to offer. I was blown away by all the options! Coats, dresses, pants, sweaters, and jumpsuits…the list goes on and on! Merry Christmas and happy shopping, Owensboro!

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PARTIES with PUFF PASTRY

If you’re looking for elegant dishes for a party but your dreams of being a master chef don’t quite match your questionable skills in the kitchen, it’s time to buy some puff pastry. Creating puff pastry can be time-consuming, labor-intensive, and finicky. It involves a turning process that results in hundreds of thin butter layers separated between hundreds of thin layers of dough, continuously chilled throughout the entire process to ensure a perfect temperature. Lucky for us, it’s sold frozen at grocery stores, so as long as you have enough skill to plop it on the counter to thaw for 30 minutes - you’re set. There are hundreds of versatile uses for the puff pastry. It’s a simple way to set the tone for your evening and transform simple dishes into luxurious hors d’oeuvres. Before you go scouring the internet for recipes for your next get-together, here are a few of my favorites to get you started (with flavors that just happen to compliment each other). These recipes are listed in descending order of difficulty. You’ll need to double or triple the recipes for busier gatherings!

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NUTELLA TWIST Ingredients: 2 sheets puff pastry, thawed 2 cups Nutella Egg wash (1 egg & 1 tbsp water beaten together) Roll thawed pastry sheets (on slightly floured surface) into two similar circles. Place one sheet on a parchment-line baking sheet and spread Nutella on the surface, leaving about a half an inch at the edges. Egg wash the remaining edges (this will act as a glue) and place the other pastry sheet on top, pressing everything together. Find a circular object to place directly in the middle (I used the lid from the Nutella) and make 16 slices in the sheet, starting at the lid. Then remove the lid and twist each piece that was separated by your slices. You shouldn’t need to twist more than 3-4 times. Brush the entire loaf with egg wash, and bake in the oven for 20 minutes at 400 degrees (until golden brown). OPTIONAL: If you prefer breadstick twists as opposed to a pull-apart loaf, once your pastry and Nutella is layered, cut 1/5� wide strips the length of the pastry, then twist and bake! www.OwensboroLiving.com

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POACHED PEARS Ingredients: 4 pears 4 cups water 1 cup honey 2 cups sugar 1 teaspoon ground cloves 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Carefully peel pears and core them at the bottom (leaving the top stem). Combine water, honey, sugar, cloves, cinnamon, lemon halves, and vanilla extract in a large sauce pan and bring to a boil. Once mixture is boiling, reduce heat and carefully place the pears in the saucepan.

1 sheet puff pastry, thawed

Poach pears uncovered for 15-20min, occasionally basting with mixture. Once they’re tender, remove pears from liquid and set them aside to let them cool a bit

Egg wash (1 egg & 1 tbsp water beaten together)

Lay puff pastry flat on a lightly floured

1/2 of a small lemon 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

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surface, unfolded. Cut pastry into 1/2 inch wide strips. Brush each strip with beaten egg. Starting at the bottom of each pear, wrap pastry strips around (adding additional strips until each pear is completely wrapped). Transfer to a baking pan that is 1inch deep and lined with parchment paper. Bake at 400 degrees until golden brown (20-30min). Serve warm. OPTIONAL: Drizzle tops of baked pears with warmed-up poaching liquid, honey, or powdered sugar. www.OwensboroLiving.com


BAKED BRIE Ingredients: 13 oz. wheel of brie 1/2 cup sliced almonds 1/4 cup honey 1 sheet puff pastry, thawed Egg wash (1 egg & 1 tbsp water beaten together) Lay puff pastry sheet flat on lightly floured surface. Place the brie in the middle of the sheet to see if there is enough puff pastry to fold over and seal the cheese. If not, start rolling out the puff pastry in the form of a square until there’s enough to fold over. Place the brie in the middle of the prepared puff pastry and add half of the honey and almonds to the top. Fold up each corner of the puff pastry while brushing with egg wash to help the corners stick. Once each corner is folded together in the middle, brush the entire pastry with more egg wash. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. Pull the brie out of the oven and quickly cover with the remaining honey and almonds before sticking it back in the oven for 5-10 more minutes (until golden brown). Serve warm!

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CHRISTMAS AT PANTHER CREEK December 1 – January 2, 6-9 p.m. | Panther Creek Park Over 415,000 lights to enjoy during this driving holiday tradition through Panther Creek Park. Just $3 per vehicle with wagon rides also available. Support the following non-profit agencies: Sorgho Elementary School PTO, Dream Riders of Kentucky, Daviess County High School Band Boosters, Audubon Area Community Services, Inc. (Owensboro Regional Recovery), and Knights of Columbus Council 10725. While driving through the park, tune your radio to 90.3 FM WKWC.

HOLIDAY IN THE PARK December 1 – January 2 | Legion Park A Merry Holiday Tradition in Legion Park! Take a holiday stroll through the beautifully lighted Legion Park with friends and family, bundle up and enjoy the joyful dancing trees, the many lighted displays and Jolly Ole Santa Nick in his sleigh!

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ACTIVE

CARE NET ANNUAL 5K REINDEER RUN/WALK

December 1-2 & January 5-6 Held the first full weekend of every month. Sat. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday Noon to 5 p.m. with over 100 vendors of antique, vintage, handcrafted, and boutique items, live music, and food. Preservation Station Market and Event Center, 9661 Hwy 56. Also open daily Tues-Sat 10 a.m. -5 p.m. and Sunday Noon -5 p.m.  Call 270-993-7532, go to visitpreservationstation.com, or find us on Facebook.

December 1 at 9 a.m. | Downtown Riverfront This event is open to runners and walkers of all types. Families welcome! Work groups/teams welcome! School teams welcomed! Participants are encouraged to come dressed in Christmas attire (ugly sweaters, Santa hats, bells, fun socks, etc.). Prizes awarded to best dressed and various race winner divisions. Visit with Santa, enjoy hot chocolate, and win prizes as we kick off the Christmas season. Entry fee of $25 includes a long sleeve t-shirt and entry for door prize drawings. Family discounts available. Some restrictions apply. Visit RunSignUp. com for registration details.

HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS SPECTACULAR SHOW

EVANSVILLE RESOLUTION RUN

December 6 from 7 – 10 p.m. | Owensboro Sportscenter Featuring some of the most elite dunkers on the planet, exceptional ball handlers, and Guinness World Record holders, a Globetrotters game is more than just basketball – they are the ultimate in family entertainment that will bring smiles and fan interaction to people of all ages! After the game, the Harlem Globetrotters will remain on the court for autographs and photographs with fans. Tickets start at $26 and will go on sale on Monday, August 6 at 10 a.m., and will be available at harlemglobetrotters.com, OwensboroTickets.com, the Owensboro Convention Center Box Office or by phone at 270-297-9932.

January 5 at 8:30 a.m. | Wesselman Park – Evansville The third annual Evansville Resolution Run will be held at Wesselman Park on the first Saturday of 2019. Get those streamers and noise makers ready to kick start your New Year’s resolutions the right way! The Run includes a kids 1 mile run/walk, 5K, 10K and 15K run through Evansville’s Eastside. All 3 races will include official bib timing by To The Finish, LLC. Additional race information can be found at EvansvilleResolutionRun.com.

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WINTER NATURE CAMP December 20 | Joe Ford Nature Center Joe Ford Nature Center will offer two sessions during Christmas Holidays for Winter Nature Camp. Thursday, December 20, “It’s All for the Birds”, ages 7-10 years old 9-11:30 a.m.; 11-13 year olds 1-3:30 p.m. Thursday, December 27, “Out of This World Solar System”, ages 7-10 years old 9-11:30 a.m.; 11-13 year olds 1-3:30 p.m. Call Joe Ford Nature (27) 344-0596 or email jncdirector2017@gmail. com.

OPEN BOUNCE NIGHTS Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Fridays | U-Bounce The perfect party place for kids. Amazing inflatables in an unbelievably cool bounce stadium. Private, clean and climate controlled. All children must wear socks. $7 per child, children under 2 are free, unless they are the only child, adults always free. On Toddler Tuesday, children 5 and under get in for $5 all

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night. Tuesday and Wednesday 5 – 8 p.m. and Friday 5 - 9 p.m. (270) 685-1255 or ubouncepartyhouse.com.

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

KIDS AND ART IN ARTLAND Owensboro Museum of Art ARTLAND, an exciting new dimension in education, is an interactive art studio created especially for children ages 4 to 10. It is a special place designed to challenge and stimulate the imagination, while allowing children to create works of art at their own pace. ARTLAND is FREE and open to all. Hours: Closed on Mondays; Tuesday thru Friday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday 1– 4 p.m.; Closed Holidays.

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A VERY MERRY HOLIDAY POPS

December 15 from 7-8:30 p.m. | RiverPark Center A Very Merry Holiday Pops! returns with an all-new concert featuring holiday favorites, timeless classics, fresh new works, majestic choral music with the Owensboro Symphony Chorus and a sing-along to familiar carols. Come hear all your favorites from “Sleigh Ride” to “The Polar Express.” It’s one of Owensboro’s most festive Holiday events for the entire family! Tickets on sale now online owensborotickets.com or call RiverPark Center Box Office 270-687-2787.

THE NUTCRACKER BY OWENSBORO DANCE THEATER December 1 from 7-9 p.m. | Riverpark Center Find the joy of Christmas through the beauty of music and dance with The Nutcracker! Owensboro Dance theatre is still bringing new and innovating tricks and technology to the stage. The audience will enter Marie’s dream, experiencing all the magic and wonder through dance with a flying bed, levitating Arabian dancer, and more special flying effect from ZFX. ODT also welcomes back professional dancers from Giordano Dance Chicago and Kentucky Ballet Theatre. Tickets are on sale now online at OwensboroTickets.com or by calling the RiverPark Center Box Office 270-687-2787.

ST. ANN VISITING WRITER SERIES December 6 from 7-9 p.m. | Brescia University Moore Center Atrium Brescia University’s Creative Writing department will be hosting a series of readings and lectures by a variety of nationally recognized and acclaimed authors and poets. The events will be known as the St. Ann Visiting Writers Series. The next event in the series will feature Brooks Rexroat, Katie Mullins, and Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum. The event is free and open to the public.

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THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER

December 7-8, 14-15 from 7:30-9:45 p.m. | The Empress Theater What happens when “The Worst Kids in the World” take over the annual Christmas Pageant? The audience falls down laughing, that’s what! The antics of the unruly Herdman clan have become a beloved holiday tradition, and a TWO favorite. A hilarious, yet touching tale of two families and the havoc they wreak upon a local celebration. Tickets are now on sale online or by calling TWO Box Office 270-683-5333.

OWENSBORO SYMPHONY CHRISTMAS TOUR OF HOMES

December 8 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The Owensboro Symphony’s Christmas Tour of Homes, a major fundraiser for the Symphony, features exquisite architecture, beautiful furnishings, and gracious hospitality. The Owensboro Symphony Orchestra has announced the homes featured on its annual Christmas Tour of Homes are 100 Allen St., 905 Griffith Avenue, 1921 Mayfair Avenue, 109 E. Second Street, and 922 Walnut Street. Those who take the self-guided tour are sure to get loads of holiday decorating ideas, as each home is spruced up with uniquely adorned Christmas trees, holiday wreaths and an array of twinkling lights, garlands, bells and bows and other holiday surprises.

LANHAM BROTHERS CHRISTMAS JAMBOREE BENEFIT SHOW

December 8 from 7-9:30 p.m. | Diamond Lake Resort Good Time Theater This year’s guests include “Miss Kentucky” Katie Bouchard, Kings Highway, Wayne Morris, Skylar Cain, Leland Isbill, Rollie Pike, and the Footstompin’ Express Cloggers. Donations will be accepted for

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tickets by visiting volunteerowensboro.com. Show tickets are also available online www.lanhambrothersjamboree.com. You can also buy tickets at the doors on the day of the show, beginning at 5 p.m.

THE DEL MCCOURY BAND December 8 from 8-10:30 p.m. | Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum Grammy® winner and Hall of Fame member Del McCoury stands alone. From the early sound of bluegrass that charmed hardscrabble hillbilly honky tonks and the crowning glory of the Grand Ole Opry, to the present-day culture-buzz of viral videos and digital streams, Del is the living link. Countless hours of recording sessions and miles of tireless touring have dotted the decades. Del carries on, and carries with him the sacred traditions of bluegrass and its dedicated following. The Del McCoury Band won Grammys for Best Bluegrass Album in 2005 and 2013. Tickets are on sale now online or by calling 270-926-7891. Preferred seating tickets are $45, and general tickets are $35.

A ROCKIN’ COUNTRY CHRISTMAS December 15 from 7-9:30 p.m. | Owensboro Convention Center This exciting live tribute show stars Brad McCrady as Elvis Presley, Terry Lee Ridley as Jerry Lee Lewis, Allen Hilbert as George Jones, Tiffany Puckett as Tammy Wynette, Frank Hamilton as Johnny Cash, Marla Potter as Patsy Cline, Paul Penny as Roy Orbison, Emily Portman as Loretta Lynn, and Tom Ruopp as Merle Haggard. General Admission is $16 with seating as first come, first served. Come early!

DOYLE LAWSON & QUICKSILVER PRESENTS A BLUEGRASS CHRISTMAS December 15 from 8-10 p.m. | Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum Bluegrass Hall of Fame member Doyle Lawson performs “A Bluegrass Christmas” in Woodward Theatre. With nearly 40 albums to their credit, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver have multiple Grammy, Dove, ICM, IBMA and SPBGMA Award nominations, and are 7-time winners of IBMA’s Vocal Group of the Year. Lawson was inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame in 2012. Preferred seating is $36.50 and admission seating is $26.50. Doors open at 6:00 pm, show begins at 8:00 pm. Tickets are available online www.bluegrassmuseum.org/tickets or call 270-926-7891.

CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS LIVE! December 19 from 7-9 p.m. | RiverPark Center Everyone’s favorite holiday classic comes to life in the all-new touring production A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage! Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, and the whole Peanuts gang as they produce their own Christmas play and ultimately learn the true meaning of the season. A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage is a present the whole family can enjoy! Tickets are on sale now at RiverPark Center Box Office 270-687-2787 or online at riverparkcenter.org.

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HOLIDAY STROLL December 1 from 3 – 7 p.m. | Downtown Owensboro Join in for the kick-off of the Holiday Season in Downtown

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holiday family fun time!!

December 31 at 9 p.m. Doors Open at 8 p.m. DJ Shay takes the stage at 9 p.m. playing all of your favorite dance and party mixes favorites! Enjoy a complimentary champagne toast at midnight to welcome 2019! The party has been moved downstairs to the Exhibit Hall, with more space, more bars, and more seating! Tickets are on sale now online at OwensboroTickets.com, at the Owensboro Convention Center, or charge by phone at 270-297-9932.

O.Z. TYLER NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY

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Owensboro for the Holiday Stroll! There will be Downtown dining and Christmas shopping at our local shops; Christmas caroling and ice carving demonstrations; “Elf on the Shelf ” Scavenger Hunt with a chance to win tickets to the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra’s “Disney in Concert”; and a Christmas tree lighting in Smothers Park at 5 p.m. It’s a delightful

December 31 at 7 p.m. | O.Z. Tyler Distillery Doors open at 7 p.m. for an all-evening celebration. The night will feature delicious cocktails, 4 live bands, live viewing of the Times Square Ball Drop, and a complimentary champagne toast for all. This is a 21 years of age and older event. Attire: Dress to impress–i.e. jackets or suits for the men, dresses for the ladies. Designated table seating, up to 8 guests at each. Open bar featuring craft cocktails, beer, wine, and champagne. Also includes a catered buffet dinner. Additional event details are listed on oztylerdistillery.com.

6TH ANNUAL GOLDIE’S NEW YEAR’S EVE SHOW December 31 at 8 p.m. | RiverPark Center This year’s show will include country and gospel music, and our old time Rock-N-Roll spectacular. The show is made from the best – Goldie and the Backstage Band with Jon Brennan, Katie Herron, Tara Estes, Travis Estes, Tate Brothers, Scott Davis and Terry Lee and more make this evening a fun family experience. Goldie admits she loves seeing everybody again, but it won’t be a party without you. Come celebrate and help bring in the New Year 2019!

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January 12-13 at Noon | Owensboro Convention Center The largest indoor motorcycle and powersports show in Kentucky returns for the third year! Bike Show, vendors, fashion Shows, Miss Power Sports Contest, and more! All forms of powersports will be showcased – ATV, UTV, Campers and Motorcycles!

PUZZLE PIECES 2ND ANNUAL LIP SYNC BATTLE January 19 at 8 p.m. | Owensboro Convention Center The Puzzle Pieces Lip Sync Battle is presented by Kentucky Legend. Ten teams will face off in five lip sync battles to benefit Puzzle Pieces. Angel Welsh and Chad Benefield will be serving as emcees.

YOUR PERFECT DAY WEDDING SHOW 2019 January 27 from Noon-4 p.m. | Owensboro Convention Center The Your Perfect Day Wedding Show is a one-stop shop for everything needed to plan your special day! Admission is $3 for Adults. Children 12 and under are admitted free. Tickets will be available at the door. For more information regarding exhibiting at Your Perfect Day Wedding Show contact: Event Producer | 270-297-9931 | eventproducer@owensborocenter.com

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THE LAST WORD

A LESSON LEARNED AT THE DEPARTMENT STORE

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urns out, my daughter had an ulterior motive when she invited me to ride along to the department store. She had ordered some Christmas gifts online and was on her way to pick them up, but needed me to keep her daughter occupied elsewhere in the store so she wouldn’t see the items that were destined to be placed under the tree. Rather than banish us to aimless wandering, however, my daughter surprised both me and Briley by informing us that she had a $50 gift card, and invited us to go pick out some new tops for Briley as she had somehow managed to outgrow her current wardrobe in recent weeks. Briley and I held hands as we skipped toward the children’s clothing department. Wow, 50 whole dollars to spend! We were rich! She was immediately drawn to a display of shirts hanging on the wall, zooming toward one with a sequined unicorn design on the front. “I like this one!” she announced, and I agreed that it was adorable. And on sale! This was our lucky day! Another glittery style caught her eye next, and I obediently dangled that hanger off my finger as we continued to browse. A pink hoodie with striped sleeves. A classic black top with colorful swirls on the front. A practical grey fleece with rainbow stitching. A plaid flannel with shiny buttons. Before I knew it, we had selected nine shirts. Even though most of them were on sale, we had far exceeded our $50 allotment. I had to think fast and move faster; my daughter would be back any minute now. “All right, my girl, here are our choices,” I said. “First, pick out the two that you like the very, very best.” The unicorn and the pink hoodie were her swift selections. “Which two do you like the next best?” I asked, and after a brief hesitation, she chose

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the fleece and the flannel. Next, I asked her to pick the two she liked the least, which left three in the “meh” category just as my daughter returned. Her eyes widened when she saw how full my arms were, but I hurried to calm her fears. “We’ve narrowed it down to these four favorites,” I announced, holding up the finalists. A quick calculation indicated we would come in under the wire…with about $5 to spare. Always on the lookout for a teachable moment, I knelt down and placed my hands on my grandgirl’s shoulders. “Briley, my girl, this was an excellent shopping experience for you,” I told her. “You started out with all the possibilities, then made the practical decisions that will work for you and your budget.” I don’t know whether she got that or not; she just said, “Uh-huh.” As we made our way toward the checkout, I mentioned that I probably needed a few new tops myself. “I’ll help you pick some out, Granma!” Briley offered, still glowing from her success in shopping. “This one is pretty!” I am not sure what my co-workers would have thought about my showing up in a sparkly top that looked like it belonged on stage in Las Vegas, but even without the sparkles, the price tag was enough to blind me. “Uh, Granma usually shops somewhere else for her clothes,” I murmured. “Yeah, the second-hand store,” my daughter snickered. “Why do you want clothes someone else used to wear?” Briley wondered. Another teachable moment: “My dear,” I confided, “Granma learned a long time ago that there are many, many things she would rather spend her money on besides clothes. Like ice cream for good little girls like you. What do you think about that?” She beamed. Lesson learned.

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