Owensboro Living - June / July 2019

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Steven Wilson steven@owensboroliving.com PUBLISHER

Taylor West taylor@tannerpublishing.com



Brock Quinton The kids are out of school, temperatures are heating up, and there’s plenty going on around our city. Drive-in movie season is in full swing, and we’re fortunate to have a terrific theater right across the bridge. Most of our readers have likely been at least once, and now we bring you the inside story of Reo’s Holiday Drive-In – an establishment that’s not only one of the last of its kind, but is also flourishing!


Robert Williams robert@tannerpublishing.com LAYOUT & DESIGN

Jamie Alexander Andrea Roberson CONTRIBUTORS

Summer is also vacation season, and if you’re looking for a magical experience, our feature on Disney planners is the perfect resource. These dedicated agents are virtual encyclopedias of Disney knowledge, and can take all the stress out of booking your next family adventure. And our summer issue wouldn’t be complete without some delicious recipes to keep you satisfied and cool. Loaded with fresh, local fruits and veggies, these dishes are sure to be crowdpleasers at your next backyard gathering.

Jamie Alexander Brad Golliher Ben Hoak Marlys Mason Danny May Taryn Norris Dana Peveler Katie Pickens Melody Ann Wallace Lora Wimsatt FOUNDER

Jason Tanner jason@tannerpublishing.com

In addition to all of these exciting stories, this issue also features our annual Home Guide. From home improvement projects to building your dream house, our pros have you covered. Need financing help from an experienced mortgage professional, or a top-notch realtor to help you navigate the real estate market? Look no further than the tips from our local experts. So, readers, whatever your summer has in store, there’s something for you inside this issue of Owensboro Living!

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Students from Burns Middle School’s band traveled to Cincinnati May 15 to play the National Anthem at the Cincinnati Reds Major League Baseball game versus the Chicago Cubs. Band Director April Yonts submitted an audition tape from a September performance at the Owensboro Convention Center, and the band was chosen to perform at Great American Ballpark.

OWENSBORO STUDENT CHOSEN AS NASA SCHOLAR Owensboro Community & Technical College student Kiean Washington has been selected to participate in the NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars (NCAS) program June 24-28, 2019 at Kennedy Space Center in Merritt Island, Florida. Designed for community college Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) students, the program provides participants with an authentic NASA experience and encourages them to finish a twoyear degree or transfer to a four-year university to pursue a NASA-related field or career. 8 OWENSBORO LIVING

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DIOCESE ANNOUNCES NEW CHANCELLOR The Diocese of Owensboro announced Tom Lilly as Chancellor and Chief Administrative Officer effective June 1, 2019. Lilly replaces Kevin Kauffeld, who announced in early May his resignation from the diocese and his acceptance of a position at Independence Bank in Paducah. Lilly, who has been President of Owensboro Catholic Schools since June 11, 2018, formerly worked for the diocese for 15 years as the Executive Director of the Catholic Foundation of Western Kentucky, and was the Diocesan Coordinator of Staff.



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SWEDISH MATCH ANNOUNCES OWENSBORO EXPANSION Swedish Match announced a $115 million expansion to its Owensboro plant. The expansion will focus on the ZYN product line, which will only be produced in Owensboro, adding 120 jobs. According to Swedish Match, ZYN is a safe alternative to a traditional loose leaf tobacco product. Monday’s ribbon cutting followed a two-year construction project. In 2017, Swedish Match announced a $40.9 million investment for the Owensboro facility that was expected to create 36 jobs. That initial projection was more than doubled over the following two years to exceed $100 million in total investments.


JUNIOR LEAGUE ANNOUNCES GRANTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS Junior League of Owensboro (JLO) has announced the winners of their Community Initiative Grants. Two local non-profits were awarded $10,00 each during a May 14 awards ceremony — CASA of the Ohio Valley and Owensboro Community Dental Clinic. Two students were also chosen as this year’s scholarship recipients — Anna Kimmel and Brooklyn Knight, each receiving a scholarship in the amount of $500. CASA of Ohio Valley will now have the opportunity to implement a Family Court Children’s Room. The Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) organization, who sees over 700 substantiated abuse and neglect cases in Daviess County each year, serves children ages birth to 18 years old. Oftentimes in these situations, the kids are in the same room as their offender. The grant will allow CASA to renovate a room in the judicial center to better accommodate the needs of the child victims.

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2,260 members of our community let their voices be heard and cast their votes for this year’s Best of Owensboro Living Awards. 96 attendees representing 30 different organizations joined us at Reid’s Orchard on April 12 to celebrate with the winners on their much deserved awards. Thank you to Great Harvest Bread Co. & Cafe Owensboro for the delicious lunch, Welborn Floral for the beautiful arrangements, and to to Randy Lanham and Wayne Morris for performing. Check out Randy and Wayne’s website VolunteerOwensboro.com to learn more about volunteer opportunities right here in our community.


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The Art of



hen a patient enters Owensboro Health Regional Hospital, whether it be their first visit or one in a series,

there are bound to be moments of anxiety, boredom or stress. Visiting the hospital isn’t exactly something people do for fun, but that doesn’t mean fun is off-limits during a visit.

The Owensboro Health Arts at the Bedside Committee

— a part of the Arts in Healing program — believes in the

will brighten their day and serve as a distraction from

power of art to help people heal which is exactly why the

everything else going on in their lives.”

Art Cart was created. Debbie Luttrell, Elizabeth McHenry and Deb Schrooten have collaborated to create a cart that is stocked with something for all ages and tastes. Patients at OHRH can choose to plant a seed, color, draw, paint or a

Debbie Luttrell, Manager of Volunteer and Guest

Services, concurs. “Anything we can do for our patients during their stay at the hospital to make them a little more

variety of other activities when the Art Cart pops into their

comfortable is great but, to have the opportunity to bring a


little joy, is even better.”

Elizabeth McHenry, Volunteer Services Specialist,

has spent a lot of time thinking about how to fill the cart so that everyone can find something that will make them happy during an otherwise difficult time. “I hope the Art Cart brings our patients joy. Some of our patients can be

For Deb Schrooten, OHRH Volunteer, the Art Cart is

truly a labor of love. Deb will be taking the cart on regular rounds visiting rooms by patient or nurse request. Deb has volunteered at OHRH for several years and she sees the

here for a long time, and I can only imagine how difficult

value in this project. “It turned out really great. I’m excited

that might be. So, my hope is that the items on the cart

to get it out to our patients,” Deb said.

Patients at OHRH may contact the volunteer services department to request that the Art Cart visit them or to get items from the cart when it is not in service. The cart will run on Monday beginning at noon and on Tuesday and Friday starting at 8 a.m. but the volunteer services office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. to provide assistance with Art Cart supplies. If supplies are needed outside those hours, patients should speak with their nursing staff.


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FROM THE DESK OF... Candance Castlen


For many professionals, their office tells a lot about who they are. Whether it’s certificates and awards, family photos, or treasured memorabilia, the items displayed around someone’s desk can provide a window into their personality. Owensboro is full of interesting business people with interesting stories. “From the Desk Of…” gives those people’s clients, customers, family and friends an inside look at where they work and what makes them tick. As President and CEO of the Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce, Candance Brake has her finger on the pulse of Owensboro’s business community. Whether she and her team are advocating for pro-business policies with government leaders, or putting on events to benefit local businesses, she manages it all from her glass-walled office on Third Street. Brake took a few minutes to tell Owensboro Living about what she keeps on and around her desk.


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Brake turns to an inspirational classic on her desk each day: My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers. Given to her by former city commissioner Cathy Armor, the hardback book is more than just a daily devotional. In it, she keeps a program from her grandfather’s funeral — “He was my steadfast mentor” — as well as cards and photos from local business owners who have passed away. When she sees them during her reading, it’s a reminder that “as small business owners, they put everything they have on the line every day. This is why I do this,” she said.


Brake’s career has come full circle. Her first job out of college was as a community program manager for the Owensboro Chamber. Her business card from that job sits tucked into the corner of a framed photo from one of the Chamber’s annual celebrations she planned. She is standing next to astronaut Jim Lovell, who had come to speak at the banquet. “I spend a lot of time in the office with my work family,” she said. “I want it to remind me who I am, where I came from, where I’m headed and who I’m here to serve.”



GUIDEPOSTS Brake also keeps several “guideposts,” or reminders of how to live and act. Rick Kamuf was a local farmer and Chamber board member who passed away unexpectedly two years ago. A “Be Like Rick” sticker posted on Brake’s desk helps her strive to emulate his selfless life. “He would call after every board meeting and say something positive,” she said. “I miss him so much.” Beside the sticker is a list of “Rules to Lead By” from Father Larry Hostetter, president of Brescia University (Brake’s alma mater). She also has easy access to several pages of a leadership philosophy developed by her brother, along with a framed photo taken by one of her favorite college professors, Dr. Francis Brown, of the temple walls in Jerusalem.

PAINTING OF 1954 DOWNTOWN OWENSBORO Hanging high on the wall above diplomas from Brescia University, Western Kentucky University and Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government is a framed painting of 1954 downtown Owensboro, showing a lively business district with plenty of pedestrian and family activity. Former Daviess County Judge Executive Buzz Norris gave the painting to Brake when she served as Deputy Judge Executive under him in 1995. At the time, many downtown buildings were boarded up, and her goal was to bring the 1954 version back to life. Mission accomplished.

FAMILY AND BUSINESS MEMENTOS Several shelves also hold family and business remembrances from years past. Family photos include one from each of her two children’s high school graduations, along with a photo of her brother holding a large American flag at their father’s grave. Business mementos include a medallion from the opening of the Natcher Bridge, an article detailing an award the Chamber and Economic Development Corporation won when she served as a vice president, a photo of Dana’s groundbreaking at the Airpark in 1997, a Brescia hardhat from their expansion project, and a ceremonial brick from the Smothers Park grand re-opening on August 24, 2012. If you know of someone whose office we could feature in an upcoming issue, tell us about it at steven@owensboroliving.com www.OwensboroLiving.com

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ver wonder how to make the trip of a lifetime

rides, slowly perfecting their ideal Disney trip. After

work for your family? Maybe you’ve had that

months of research, Melissa took the leap in 2017

dream destination in mind, but you just don’t know

to make vacation dreams come true for her friends

how to make all those perfect details come to life for

and family by beginning the process to become a

your family. That’s where vacation planners come in.

certified travel planner. “It just felt right!” she said

Melissa Boarman and Langley Roby are both travel

of Key to the World Travel, an Authorized Disney

planners who can make your vacation dreams come

Vacation Planner (for more information about Key


to the World, check out keytotheworldtravel.com).

Melissa Boarman is a certified travel agent with

For eight months, Melissa took an online course

Key to the World Travel – in addition to her primary

that covered topics like vacation and itinerary

profession as a hair stylist at All About You Salon

planning, Disney advice, and hotel rates. She also

& Spa. “I like helping people have a magical time,”

graduated from the College of Disney Knowledge, as

she shared. Melissa’s love of planning vacations all

the company specializes in Disney destinations. In

started when she and her husband went to Disney

addition to Disney destinations like Disney World,

World in Orlando, Florida for the first time in July

Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, and Aulani Disney


Resort, Key to the World Travel also plans trips to

Universal Orlando and many other destinations.

For the next four years, Melissa and her family

would try new experiences, parks, restaurants, and


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planning vacations. “I got into

when she heard that a friend

it because I LOVE to travel. It

used a Disney travel planner,

feels like I go to Disney all the

Langley found My Mickey

time when I’m planning other

Vacation Travel and the rest is

people’s trips.” Since 2013,

history! (For more information

Melissa has been to Disney

on My Mickey Vacation Travel,

eight times now and currently

check out mymickeyvacation.

has two more trips planned


this year!


designer, Langley completed

Langley Roby is a dream













Vacation Travel, as well as a

vacation-related topics. “My


agency provided a six-month



teacher at Apollo High School.



worked with a mentor in my






fanatic, Langley got into travel




She is also a graduate of the

friends and family plan trips

College of Disney Knowledge,

to Walt Disney World. After
















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Orlando Resort, Sandals, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, Marriott, Norwegian Cruise Line, and Carnival Cruise Line (to name a few).

On a day-to-day basis, Langley said the job varies

quite a bit. “I may get up at 5 a.m. to book dining for a guest, at 6 a.m. to book FastPasses, or attend webinars during the day to expand my knowledge. I am also a teacher, so I am very lucky that most things happen before and after school hours,” Langley said. There is no extra fee to use Langley as a dream designer, unless something outside of normal travel services is requested.

When it comes to the job description, Melissa shared

that her hours are whatever works with her schedule at the salon and the needs of her clients. “My services to plan vacations are FREE. It doesn’t cost anything to do a quote,” Melissa said.

If you are interested in vacation planning for your

family, the first thing to do is sit down and talk about your vacation expectations, including what time of year you’d like to go, what you’d like to see, and where you’d like to stay.


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“My goal is to provide families custom vacations that



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are tailored to what their family wants out of their

overwhelming. Let a vacation planner handle it for

trip, not what I think they want,” Langley said.

you!” Melissa said.

“I do everything from start to finish,” Melissa

“I truly believe there is something for everyone

shared. “From the moment I book your first

within the Disney family of companies,” Langley

reservation, I do everything for you, from your


dining reservation, FastPasses, excursions, hotel

overwhelming, Disneyland is a great option…if

bookings, whatever.”

you want Disney-level service with a more tropical

Travel planners like Melissa and Langley assist

feel, Disney Cruise Line or Aulani in Hawaii

with hotel selection, room choice, ticket plan,

are absolutely incredible vacation destinations!

dining packages, itinerary, etc., tailored to your

Additionally, Adventures By Disney offers the

family’s needs. They are with you and your family

opportunity to vacation in destinations all around

every step of the way. If there’s an issue with a

the world.”

dinner reservation or your FastPass isn’t working

or whatever vacation-related problem you may have,

in planning a magical vacation, contact Melissa

you can contact your travel planner. All you have to

Boarman with Key to the World Travel at

do is show up and enjoy yourself!

270-925-7832 or m.boarman@keytotheworldtravel.

com, or contact Langley Roby at langley.wetzel@

“You call me, text me, and I’m there! All of

the stress is taken off of you. Disney can be very


If Walt Disney World is too big and

If you or someone you know is interested

mymickeyvacation.com or 270-929-5264.

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An Immigrant s’

PATH TO CITIZENSHIP Newly-sworn-in American citizen Atinuke Wilhite is full of gratitude, and counts each day as a blessing. It’s hardly what someone who has lived her life might think, but she continually and consciously reminds people. BY MARLYS MASON PHOTOS BY JAMIE ALEXANDER


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riginally from Nigeria, Wilhite was living in Nigeria with

housing and free food — was a blessing in her life. She served as a

her husband and four boys when, in 2003, her husband

dorm monitor and a secretary throughout her stay.

died. She said that caring for her boys became difficult,

Her time at OASIS was extended, but eventually she had to

but that God finally provided her with a job at Hope for HIV/AIDS

leave because she said there were more people who needed a place to

International, an organization whose mission is to motivate, educate


and mobilize communities in Nigeria to eradicate poverty, reduce

malaria and combat HIV/AIDS. Because of her hard work in this

helped me find a different shelter, which was the Pitino Shelter.”

organization, she was nominated to receive an award in 2013 from

the U.S. Ambassador in Nigeria.

depression, because she was unable to work and support her children

While working at the organization, Wilhite befriended a U.S.

in Nigeria. She was then introduced to River Valley Behavioral

volunteer working in Nigeria. This friend introduced her to a man

Health, where she stayed for only four days, because it was a program

from Kentucky whom she began communicating with. After two

where she had to remain on campus, and God had other plans for

years, she moved to Owensboro to be with him, but it did not work

her, she said.

out, and Wilhite found herself needing a place to stay due to her


familiar with her divorce and immigration case, to speak about

“But they didn’t just put me on the street,” she said. “They Upon moving to the Pitino Shelter, Wilhite began to battle

Wilhite was asked by her immigration attorney, who was

Wilhite ended up at OASIS Women’s Shelter in October 2014.

domestic violence to lawyers and judges from across Kentucky who

Unable to work due to not establishing permanent residency, and

were invited to a conference in 2015. At the conference, Wilhite talked

with nothing to her name, Wilhite began the process to establish

about her achievements in the OASIS program. Unbeknownst to her

permanent residency, and was denied.

at the time, one of the audience members was the non-residential

living director of OASIS.

Through counseling at OASIS, and everyone’s support for her,

she led by example during her stay. She volunteered to help others

at the shelter, because she truly believes that living there — with free

said ‘I have nothing more to say because she [Wilhite] has said it all,’”


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“She was to speak after me, but when she got to the stage she


Wilhite said.

The director then met with Wilhite and said

they were going to appeal the process to get her green card (permanent residency).

More than that, Wilhite was asked to move

back to OASIS so they could work to appeal and hopefully get her green card and U.S. citizenship.

“By the glory of God, I was approved (for

permanent residency) in 2016,” she said. “As I went through all of these experiences, I did not let my boys know what was going on. I tried to remain strong. And all of the things I was able to do were not my power, not by my mind, not even by my righteousness; it is the grace of God. The grace of God is what kept me going.”

Wilhite said that at several points, she felt

like giving up, but that was when God showed up. Wilhite said that one night she was so upset at the Pitino shelter she cried herself to sleep and when she woke, God had put some good people around her to support her financially and show her hope.

Other moments have shown her that she is

not alone, though she believes they have been tests of her faith. “I believe in God for so many things,” Wilhite said. “I have seen the signs of God and wonders in my life.”

Once she received her green card, Wilhite was

able to work in the community at Home Instead Senior Care and the downtown Hampton Inn. She also began work to complete her GED.

At this time, Wilhite also moved into the

transitional apartments through OASIS. She saved money to get a one-room apartment on her own, and began saving to buy a car — even though she didn’t know how to drive.

“When you find yourself away without a

family, you have to be strong for yourself. Your kids are there looking up at you. You are an example for them. If I don’t stay strong for them, what type of example am I laying down for my kids?” Wilhite said. “As long as it is a legitimate thing, I am going to give all of my strength. I am not a quitter. I don’t quit easily. That is just how God made me.”

Wilhite also completed her phlebotomy

degree at Owensboro Community and Technical College, and completed her clinicals at Owensboro www.OwensboroLiving.com

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“My passion is taking care of people. That’s what I love doing,”

Wilhite said.

In March of 2018, she heard about employment at Wendell

Foster, and began working solely at Wendell Foster as a direct support professional. After a few months, she was recommended by Wendell Foster staff and residents to become a house supervisor.

“‘I don’t think I can do that,’ I said, but they said ‘Yes, you can,

you can do this,’” Wilhite said. “I am glad I am here. People are very supportive here.”

Since then, she has moved from a one-bedroom apartment to a

three-bedroom house, which is where she lives now. She has not seen her children since 2014, although she video calls with them, and all four of them want to come to the United States. She applied for her citizenship, and in January 2019 passed the test and interview.

“They are so proud of their mom,” Wilhite said. “They call to

check on me, and they call to make sure I am fine. I have amazing boys. They are good children.”

Wilhite thanks the citizens of Owensboro for being so good

and supportive of her while she has been applying for citizenship. She said that the gifts she was given along the way — bus passes, free accommodations, opportunities and care — all contributed to her becoming a citizen.

As a citizen, she is now able to apply for a Habitat for Humanity

home, something she looked forward to while living at OASIS.

On April 24, 2019, Wilhite was sworn in and received her U.S.

Citizenship certificate in Louisville. She traveled there with Wendell Foster residents and some friends, and over 32 countries were represented at the ceremony of 100 people.

“It is a great achievement and I am glad now to be an American

citizen,” Wilhite said. “When they call out American citizens, I can now raise my hand and say I am one of them. This is a great achievement. People should not give up on their dreams. Trust in God and believe that all things are possible. He is alive and I didn’t do it all by myself.”


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Owensboro Medical Practice



located at 1200 Breckenridge St, Suite 201. By adding urology,

medical issues and to problem solve with the patient.

Owensboro Medical Practice continues to expand its reach as

the area’s largest independent multispecialty clinic.

talking to me -- not just looking at a computer,” Lewe said. The

time he spends with his patients allows him to incorporate his

oard Certified Urologist Dr. Robert Lewe has joined Dr. Kishor Vora’s practice in the Owensboro Medical Plaza,

Commonwealth Urology is accepting referrals, as well as

continuing with Lewe’s current patients.

“I am excited about joining with a physician leader who

I respect, and has the vision to create a situation where his physicians can practice medicine with dignity, and honor and the patients benefit from this,” said Dr. Lewe.

Lewe was recruited by Metropolitan Urology out of

Louisville in 2009, because they saw a need for the community. Lewe said that many patients from Owensboro were being referred to Louisville for minor procedures. He moved here then, and was a full-time urologist with Metropolitan Urology, and others rotated through.

In 2013, Lewe joined Owensboro Health Regional

Hospital. He currently serves as Vice Chief of Surgery at OHRH.

Lewe said that medical administrators and nurses at

OHRH have been supportive of his transition to private practice, especially Dr. Wathen Medley and Dr. Scott Reader, who Lewe said have both served as mentors.

Lewe said that he is a good listener with his patients, and

often spends one-on-one time with them to learn about their “When I go to see a doctor, I want them looking at me,

Bachelor’s degree in psychology when seeing patients.

Lewe is trained in the use of the da Vinci robot for

minimally-invasive urologic surgery, which he said is very beneficial to patients. These benefits include less postoperative pain, less pain medication, less blood loss and most patients recover much more quickly.

Currently there are two da Vinci robots at OMRH for the

six practicing urologists.

Lewe has two grown children, one who lives in

Owensboro and one attending college in North Carolina. He also has a fiancee who is a nurse, and his father lives with him.

“He is a retired nuclear physicist who worked in reactor

safety,” Lewe said.

Lewe also enjoys playing the guitar and played for six

years in a church band. He also enjoys building and flying radio-controlled airplanes.

Lewe is appreciative of the opportunity to continue

Of Lewe’s Board Certification by the American Board of

to practice in Owensboro and continue patient care for his

Urology, he said it was important to have this certification to

established patients as well as new patients at Commonwealth

treat patients with a variety of issues.


“Most people think urology just deals with urine, but it

“The support I received from the other physicians helped

is so much more diverse,” Lewe said, listing kidney stones,

in making the decision to start my own practice,” Lewe said.

cancers of the bladder, kidney and prostate, sexual health

of both men and women, continence issues and pediatric

number is 270-691-1835. It is located at 1200 Breckenridge

congenital defects as several of health concerns he sees.

St., Suite 201.


Commonwealth Urology is now open, and the office

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The 2018 Farm Bill removed industrial

Clark says it was a lengthy and in-depth

hemp from the federal Controlled Substances

process to get their permit to grow. But since

Act. As soon as President Trump signed the bill

they were approved in January, things have

in December of 2018, Kentucky Agriculture

moved quickly. They received their license in



March, and plan to plant their first hemp rows

Kentucky’s hemp plan to the U.S. Agriculture

in late May, although April rain showers have

Secretary, making Kentucky the first state to

delayed their plans just a bit.

file its plan.

210 growers were licensed to plant up to

climate is perfect for this crop, which makes a

16,100 acres of industrial hemp in the Bluegrass

lot of sense, because it’s the same reason tobacco

in 2018. This year, the approved acreage jumped

grows so well here,” Clark said. Other farmers

to 42,000.

they’ve talked to say it takes 90-110 days for the

Ag Commissioner Quarles claims the

crop to grow. After harvest, it will hang in the

growth in the number of approved acres from

barn to dry for a few weeks. Then Kentucky

16,000 last year to 42,000 this year shows that

Green Hemp can sell to a processor.

Kentucky is rapidly becoming the epicenter of

the hemp industry in the United States.

hemp growers can apply for. One is for the

Three Owensboro residents are on the

floral part of the plant, or the bud, which is the

front end of this new wave of opportunity in

part of the plant used to make CBD oil. The

Kentucky agriculture. Robbie Clark owns the

second license is for the fiber, or stock of the

farmland that his grandfather started farming

plant, which is used for clothing, rope, plastic,

80 years ago in Ohio County. His friend, Chris

and wood substitute products. The third

Templeton, has an agriculture background

license is for cultivating seeds to grow more

in turf management, previously working at

plants. Kentucky Green Hemp applied for the

a golf course and currently for an ag business

floral license.

using plant technology to help local farmers

“We’re all proponents of CBD because of

fight plant diseases and produce better yields.

the health benefits,” Clark explains. “Each

Robbie and Chris also have a silent partner

one of us has so many friends and family

with the entrepreneurial spirit to round out

taking opioid type medications that can lead

their partnership. So together, the three friends

to addictions so easily. CBD helps with so

decided to try this new endeavor and formed

many things: inflammation, pain relief, cancer,

Kentucky Green Hemp, LLC.

arthritis, anxiety, and epilepsy. I like the idea



“It just so happens that Kentucky’s humid

There are actually three licenses industrial

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that this can help a lot of people, and it’s a great opportunity for

farmers, it’s less than 40 acres of hemp per grower.”

us to be on the front end of this growth. That’s what’s exciting

about it — everybody is new at this. We’re all learning as we

but if it seems a little risky, that’s because it is. For starters, no

go. We talk to other farmers and processors all the time, and we

one knows for sure yet what the market price will be for this

learn from each other. The way I see it, if we all succeed, the

first harvest. There’s no insurance for it, which means if the

sky is the limit!”

crop fails, the growers have no way to recoup their losses. In

“What I like about it,” Templeton says, “is being able to see

where our stuff (what we grow) goes. Not only are we helping people and making a quality product, but we can determine the end product ourselves, and we know how it will be used by the consumer. And the potential is … well, there’s nothing else like it. Can you think of another crop you can sell three different ways?”

Chris says he debated on doing something with hemp for

several years before partnering with Robbie and their silent partner. “My older brother lives in San Francisco, and is a

Robbie and Chris might make this all sound adventurous,

addition to the threat of mold, which is also a serious concern, the crop — ­ if it survives and is able to be harvested — will be highly regulated. The Kentucky Department of Agriculture will test for THC levels two weeks before harvest. After harvest, the processor will also test the crop for pesticides and herbicides because CBD oil is a consumable. “The processor pays based on CBD percentage and poundage. So it’s to our advantage to grow a quality crop, but we’re just learning as we go this first

huge proponent of hemp. He’s been telling me for years about

time,” Templeton explained.

the uses for hemp and what the plant can do for agriculture.”

He added, “I like the fact that it’s a free market. We

CBD oil has exploded in popularity the past few years,

determine our selling price. But at the same time, the buyers

leading some people to fear the market is already flooded, but

are going to choose the best product. So the guys who are

Templeton says he’s not concerned. “If you do the math on the

growing the best product will be the ones who will be able to

acres allowed in Kentucky divided by the allotted number of

keep this going.”


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ith National Drive-In Movie Day being recognized

with dad; there wasn’t a finer person. You didn’t even

on June 6, Owensboro residents don’t have to go

know he was teaching you. It’s my mother’s now — she

far to celebrate. The Holiday Drive-In, located in Reo,

really doesn’t have any operational part of it, but it’s

Indiana, first began showing movies in 1955, but has

hers. I retired from what I was doing, and I just wanted

been operating under the current ownership since

to keep it (the drive-in) going.”


After experiencing years of popularity during

and fourth in 1992, and a fifth in 1995. The drive-in

the 50s and 60s, drive-in theaters took a downturn in

just recently added its sixth screen to increase the

the 70s. Darrell Moseley purchased the closed down

number of movies that could be shown to 12 in a single

Holiday Drive-In in 1978, and it is now one of the


oldest drive-ins in the United States still in operation.

After Darrell died three years ago, his wife Mary

just a small family business — we’re not affiliated with

Lou took over ownership of the drive-in. Darrell and

anybody,” Tim said. “It’s kind of a niche market. Every

Mary Lou’s son, Tim, their granddaughter, Brynne,

drive-in out there is unique to itself. We are unique

and General Manager, Georgia Decker, now oversee

because we can play so many movies at a time. After

the day-to-day operations.

we get this other screen going, we can play 12 movies a

night. We try to give a lot of variety.”

“Dad used to be in the theater business...I just kind

In 1980, the drive-in added a second screen, a third

“We’re just a mom and pop operation here. It’s

of grew up in it,” Tim said. “He sold theater equipment

and was pretty sharp at it. I always enjoyed working

the theater was going to continue operating was the


One of the big deciding factors in whether or not

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decision by the market to switch from

still learning. She (Brynne) makes all

35mm film to digital projection, which,

the movies up for me and puts all the

according to Tim, is very expensive.

advertisements on.”

“We really didn’t have an option,

For the past four years, Tim and

if we were going to keep operating, we

the drive-in staff have worked hard

had to do it,” Tim said. “A lot of smaller

to complete a labor of love, which

theaters were getting grants and things

includes painting poles and screens,

to keep them going. The community

pressure washing, adding a new power

really supports us — they’ve always

source, updating the restrooms and

been there for us — so we’ve kind of

concession stand, as well as putting in

invested back into it.”

the additional screen and improving

film quality.

Tim appreciates the team concept

he, Georgia and Brynne have developed

over the years, and, with the new

said. “The ladies’ bathroom really

technology, he anticipates his daughter

needed an upgrade, and I’m sure the

being the third generation to keep the

patrons will appreciate it. When we

drive-in going.

started (updating) four years ago, we

“Everybody’s got their role — we

started at the front. We’re hoping to help

don’t have any titles or anything —

it flow a little bit better, increase access

whoever is around just does what needs

to get in and get people off the road. We

to be done,” Tim said. “Georgia is such

just have a couple more projects, and

a great person, and still loves it, and

then it’s lipstick after that.”

wants to keep it going. My daughter, I

hope she takes it and runs with it. There

located in Reo, which is named for the

is a whole different way to operate with

intersection of Rockport, Evansville and

the new equipment — my daughter is

Owensboro, helps the drive-in to draw

actually more in line with that. We have

traffic from various cities in Indiana

had some issues this year, and we’re

and Kentucky, including Evansville,

“It’s a 65-year-old facility,” Tim

As for the patrons, Tim said being

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Madisonville, Beaver Dam and, of course, Owensboro.

after Memorial Day this year.

“We are right at that intersection,” Tim said. “We

“When I was a kid, they kept it open year round,” Tim

are kind of centrally located between Evansville and

said. “But there’s just too many forms of entertainment

Owensboro. We don’t have a big draw like Louisville,

out there now and kids have ball games. Once school

but you put a lot of populations together, and we fall in

starts back, it just slows down. I like to open up in April

the center.”

and go through the end of September, but it’s cost me

Not only does the drive-in draw individuals and

this year. The weather has not cooperated for us; it’s just

families from other cities, it also attracts several church

rained so much, my field is torn apart. I’ve never seen

groups during the summer. Tim said that down the road

the drive-in this wet for this long.”

he would like to look into acquiring and showing more

This season, gates will open on Fridays and

Christian films. Although he said the movies can be

Saturdays at 6:30 p.m. and at 7 p.m. on Sunday, and

harder to get and are a little more expensive, he still has

movies will start it as soon as it gets dark.

an interest in showing the films.

please visit holidaydrivein.com/history.

Tim anticipates the theater being open full time


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Gardening in your



arly on Saturday spring mornings, I carry a pot of good strong

levels, and boosts the immune system.

coffee out to the front porch and start planning my garden.

By the time that pot is empty, I have a good idea where and

bruised and blistered. Beware of heat. Start gardening early in

Comfortable gloves will keep your hands from getting cut,

how things will grow this year.

the cool of the morning, take breaks, and avoid dehydration by

I know this season is going to challenge all of my skills,

drinking plenty of water. Coffee and other caffeinated drinks are

because with just a teensy bit of neglect on my part and a whole

good while you are planning, but they actually dehydrate your

lot of rain on Mother Nature’s part, the side yard now looks a lot

body while you are working.

like the Brazilian rain forest, and not in a good way!

Not too many years ago, making all this right again would

have been a short day’s project. Now that job will take me a whole weekend, and maybe even part of the next one.

I’ve accepted the fact that I’m just not as young as I used

to be, and that to continue going at the former pace just might kill me, or at the very least, send me hobbling to the hospital. But I refuse to stop doing what I love, especially when the health benefits are so great.


Gardening can lower stress and cortisol levels. Stabbing the

dirt with a shovel, or yanking weeds, roots and all, provides the

Gardening strengthens muscles, increases stamina and

flexibility, and can help us manage chronic pain. The bending, stretching, tugging and balancing has an aerobic effect on our bodies. The gripping and pulling increases hand strength, and can help with arthritis.

Additionally, the more active we are, the less we notice

everyday aches and pains. But don’t overexert. Don’t be like me and go at it like Edward Scissorhands. I can assure you, the bad weeds will be there tomorrow. Take your time, breathe in the fresh aromas of the flora, set small goals, and reward yourself as you reach them!

There’s something to be said for getting your hands in the

perfect outlet for pent up frustration we all carry. The economic

dirt. The bacteria, Mycobacterium vaccae, found in soil has

and dietary benefits of growing and eating your own food

been known to help with digestion, and reduce the symptoms of

certainly don’t hurt, either!

allergies, asthma, and psoriasis. Some studies show the bacteria

can also make us feel happier by reducing anxiety! Seeing a

The Vitamin D we get from being outdoors increases

calcium levels, which strengthens bones, helps with serotonin


pattern yet?

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Okay, so you’re convinced you want to garden, but how do you

do that safely with limited mobility? Thankfully, there are wonderful alternatives to traditional gardens!

Raised plant beds are a great option. They are easy on the knees

and back, providing a comfortable ledge on which to sit, plant or weed. They can be purchased as a kit, built from your own design, as small raised carts that hold just what you need, but not more than a wagon full. When choosing your plant beds, make sure to design them high enough that you can comfortably sit on the edge on both sides and

issues! Consult your local garden supply store nursery to browse the various aids and ergonomic designs. There are garden carts that have places to sit, but also hold tools. Stools with wheels or without; stools that swivel for those who like to lean while they garden; aprons that hold everything from cell phones and tools, to eggs! There are tools with long handles, curved handles, long — curved handles, grabbers, and knee pads of all varieties, some even with bars that you can use to push yourself back to a standing positon! If vision is a challenge, buy tools with bright handled grips that can be seen easily in grass or soil. If you have tools you like, wrap colorful tape around the handles. You

reach the middle. Leave enough room for canes, walkers or wheel

can even use old pool noodles with tape and soften the grip of your

chairs, and place benches where possible for even greater ease. Don’t

favorite tools if necessary.

forget your fencing. Pesky critters shouldn’t get to enjoy the fruits of

your labor before you do!

supplements, gym memberships, and workout equipment; if you love

gardening, why not invest in it, and ultimately, yourself?

Seeds and seed tape are inexpensive alternatives to starter plants,

Gardening improves overall health. We invest in nutritional

too. However, if hand mobility is a challenge, larger plant starts may

be easier to manipulate.

see weeds that need pulling, a plant that should probably be moved, a

bush that needs pruning, or something that needs picking. I’ll breathe

Container gardens and upward planting such as trellises are easy

I’m sure this Saturday, I’ll sit on the porch sipping my coffee and

on the back, knees, and hips, as well.

in that wonderful earth smell, whisper “thank you” to Mother Nature,

and plan the next project.

There are gardening tools designed just for those with mobility

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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Home Tips from the pros THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE FOR HOMEOWNERS AND HOME BUYERS Buying, building, or modifying a home can be an intimidating, difficult road to navigate. Owensboro Living wants to make it less stressful on our readers so we’ve asked the experts to share their top tips to simplify the process. Sit back, relax and keep this guide handy as you break ground on a new home or projects around the house this spring.



Central Vacuum systems are the only true way to get (and keep) the dirt out of your house. The second best option? A vacuum with multi-stage filtration systems. Some of our household vacuums have 7-stage filtration. Perfect for allergy sufferers!



The most important factor in running a successful business is providing a product you can trust. Now in our third and fourth generations, we have expanded our vacuum selection to offer dozens of American products. This was John & Earlene Docimo’s focus when they became the new store owners in 2015.


In 1901, Hubert Cecil Booth invented a large vacuum called the Puffing Billy.

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Home Tips from the pros


Why should you use a general contractor? Your new construction or remodeling project will usually require the expertise of multiple trades (carpenters, electricians, plumbers, painters, etc.) Unless you have a good amount of experience in construction, scheduling, quality inspection and prescreening, projects can become overwhelming. At Holland General Contracting, we bring in a level of expertise and subcontractor familiarity that will help you proceed through the project with less anxiety.


Holland General Contracting has been doing business in Owensboro, KY for over 40 years, and serves customers throughout the Southeast region of the United States. We specialize in both residential and commercial projects. In addition, we also operate a full service mill for all your custom woodworking needs. With over 40 years experience in the construction industry,Holland General Contracting supplies a comprehensive range of building services, including residential and commercial building projects, building design, new builds, internal and external property development work, facility maintenance and office refurbishments to name a few. Whether you are building a custom home or remodeling, you can rest assured knowing it is going to be a pleasurable experience with Holland General Contracting. We will take care of orchestrating the myriad of details for each owner. This creates a smooth and graceful transition from blueprints to move-in day, providing a deep level of comfort throughout the entire process


Holland Millwork & Laminate, which was originally known as the Owensboro Planing Mill, is a complementary business to the construction company. The Mill, which was purchased by the Holland family in 1988, has been operating in the Ohio Valley region for over 100 years and continues to provide custom woodworking, cabinets and countertops of all kinds.

TIPS: Walk through your home and video all of the interior, and then store it in a safe place. In the event of a loss, and under the stress of that, it is sometimes hard to remember what we had. You can look back through the video and see the picture on the wall or the chair in the corner. A home mortgage is the biggest debt people will have in their lifetime and 90% of those homeowners know that they need life insurance to cover that debt. But only 45% of them have enough life insurance to pay off their mortgage at death.




The JDQ Building 2625 Frederica St, Suite 1B, Owensboro, Ky 42301 270-926-4438

BIO: Worth Insurance Group, Inc is a Kentucky based family-owned insurance agency that has been in business since 1979. Licensed in Kentucky, Indiana, Tennessee, Ohio, Illinois and West Virginia, Worth Insurance Group offers auto, home, business, life, employee benefits, and financial services with the same core values on which John L. Worth founded this agency in 1978. His expectations for himself, his children, and his agency family have evolved into our mission statement: “We’re not just making a living, but making a difference with people through serving God; by protecting what He has entrusted to our clients and loving, support, and equipping each other to do the work God has given us.” 48 OWENSBORO LIVING

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TIPS: Our tips on selecting a real estate agent, and why you should choose one.

1. Experience Anyone can call themselves an experienced real estate agent. But, can they really? As a buyer or seller, that’s what you need to know. The sale or purchase of a home is a big deal. An experienced agent should have a consistent track record of successful transactions over a lengthy period of time, a rolodex of happy clients and a list of references ready to hand over.

RYAN RUTMAN Realtor Team Leader

CHIVONNE RUTMAN Marketing Client Care Realtor

2. Globally Recognized Firms Firms like RE/MAX represent professionalism and productivity. When you align yourself with a high end brand, you know you are being served by the best of the best!

3. Market Knowledge An agent should be able to speak about their market with utter fluency. If they cannot give you an educated and thoughtful answer, then you probably need to keep looking for a more knowledgeable agent.

4. Negotiating Skills Transactions typically have some complicated components and require refined negotiation skills. You’re hiring an agent to get you the best value for your hard earned dollar. Make sure they represent you!

5. References Any agent should have a list of references available to you should you feel the need to perform some due diligence.

DARLENE REINERS Transaction Coordinator Client Care


BIO: We are not concerned with us, we are only concerned with you, our customer. Our goal is to not just meet your expectations, but to exceed your expectations. We are not a real estate transaction agency, we are a real estate relationship agency that helps our customers buy and sell real estate. We work as a team to ensure your real estate goals and objectives are met with the highest level of commitment and service.

FUN FACT: 5.34 million existing homes were sold in the U.S. in 2018.

Remax Professional Realty Group 3115 Commonwealth Ct. Ste. A2 Owensboro, KY 270-315-7464 • RyanRutman.com www.OwensboroLiving.com

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Home Tips from the pros


What to look for in an insulation contractor: 1) That the company specializes in insulation — this will ensure that you are given the right recommendations/ solutions for your specific area. 2) Experience — you want to look for a company who has established a proven track record of excellent results and top-notch customer service. Social media is a great place to start your search — check reviews, page activity, etc. 3) Variety of products — look for the company that offers more than one type of product — not every project is the same, you want to be sure you are offered the correct product. 4) Continuing education and development — you want to make sure you choose an insulation contractor that not only stays current with continuing education, but one that is constantly striving to offer the best products and most innovative solutions available.


It is our goal to make your home as comfortable and efficient as possible! We can help you with that by adding proper insulation to your space — whether that is your existing home, new construction project, commercial building or pole barn — no job is too big or too small. We offer a variety of insulation from blown in products to spray foam. Another way to achieve maximum comfort is to ensure that the air you and your family are breathing is clean. Not only do we clean ductwork, we offer a special service — Aeroseal. This seals leaky ductwork from the inside. In addition to providing cleaner air, it also makes your home more energy efficient by keeping the conditioned air INSIDE the home rather than allowing it to escape through the ductwork in the attic or crawl space. Our services not only keep you more comfortable, but can potentially save money on your energy bills! Call us today for a free evaluation!

FUN FACT: 2310 West 2nd Street (270) 314-1691

Did you know that Owensboro Insulators owner, Matt Purcell is a thirdgeneration construction industry professional? He has had the benefit of being involved in construction from a very young age, he grew up building homes with his father and grandfather.


Q: What is the difference between a Pre-Approval and Pre-Qualification? A: A Pre-Qualification is simply the estimate of how much you can probably afford to spend on a home. A Pre-Approval is a verification of your personal and financial information, by the lender, giving you a concrete idea on what you can afford to spend on a home. Realtors prefer a buyer to have a Pre- Approval letter from their lender before they begin showing them homes.

234 Frederica St, Owensboro, KY 42301 (270) 240-2828


While new to the Kentucky market, Ruoff Home Mortgage has been making the dream of home ownership a reality since 1984. They are recognized as the number one mortgage lender in Indiana and one of the fastest growing mortgage companies in the country. Since Ruoff Home Mortgage started expanding, naturally Owensboro was ideal, with a flourishing housing market and continued local growth. Ruoff Home Mortgage opened their branch in downtown Owensboro in Summer 2018, and built a team with an impressive 70 years of combined experience helping local home buyers. Ruoff Home Mortgage has Purchase and Refinance products to meet the borrowers needs, from Conventional to Government Programs, Construction and Renovation Products and many others.


• Ruoff Team in Owensboro is averaging 15 days from Application to Clear to Close — nearly a month faster than the national average of 35 • 98.8% Customer Satisfaction Rating • Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies list 2013-2018 • Named 2018 Top Mortgage Employer by National Mortgage Professional Magazine 50 OWENSBORO LIVING

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TALK TO TYLER TIPS: 1. Lighting is everything. “When selling a home, natural lighting makes a huge impact. Make your home brighter by cleaning all your windows. Open your blinds and draperies for showings. In addition to natural light, be sure to have fresh bulbs in all lights.” 2. Smells sell. “Scents stimulate memories and can help sell your home faster. Fresh scents, such as lemon and other citrus, are best, but cedar and vanilla make for a homey feel as well.”

BIO: Tyler was named the 2019 Realtor® of the Year. He takes every opportunity he can to give back to the community. He has been awarded People’s Choice Awards for both Dancing With Our Stars (benefitting the Boulware Mission) and Lip Sync Battle (benefitting Puzzle Pieces). He has been elected to serve as the 2020 President of the Aid the Homeless foundation, benefitting seven local homeless shelters. He continues to be a Top Producing Agent at L. Steve Castlen, REALTORS.

(270) 925-6247 www.tylershookman.com L. Steve Castlen, REALTORS®

FUN FACT: Tyler’s favorite thing to do is stage and decorate homes for his clients. “The gratification of transforming a space is one of the most satisfying aspects of my business!”

TIPS: Make sure to call 811 before you dig. Not getting underground lines marked can be a costly mistake. When you decide you want to build, make sure you get an estimate for land clearing, site grading, and drainage. These could all be potential pitfalls when building.

8470 Mulligan Road • Owensboro, Kentucky 42301 Gary Murphy 270-929-6283 • Jamie Murphy 270-929-2987

BIO: Murphy Excavating is a local, familyowned excavating company that strives to meet the needs of individuals, farmers and businesses within Daviess County and the surrounding areas. We provide a wide variety of services, including site work, land clearing, demolition, concrete removal, pipe work, trucking, building lakes, and mowing and landscaping. Murphy Excavating prides itself in preserving the land and meeting customer needs with efficiency, timeliness, and creative solutions.


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TIPS: “First impressions count,” says Angela Clark. The same goes for selling your home. Angela’s top 5 tips: 1. Upgrade the interior with fresh paint. I recommend neutral greige in a matte finish. (Ask me for my favorite paints colors) 2. Let the light in: Clean windows inside and out. Remove screens and store them away. 3. Remove non-essential items from countertops. Remove silk plants. Remove personal photo collages. The goal is help the new owner to visualize their life in the home. 4. Put your home on stage. Staged homes sell up to 50% faster and for up to 9% more! 5. You can do this! With expert guidance from a seasoned, knowledgeable Realtor as your guide, your home sale can be simple & successful.

BIO: Angela Clark is the Owensboro Kentucky real estate professional with 22 years of experience. Every day Angela helps transform lives through the place you call home. When you are ready, Angela Clark would be honored to be your guide thru the complexities of real estate. Energetic with a sincere “can-do” attitude, Angela works diligently for her clients’ best interest. ANGELA CLARK

2017 Realtor of the Year, Angela holds the prestigious real estate designations of CRS, the Certified Residential Specialist; GRI, Graduate of the Realtors Institute, among her professional awards.

FUN FACT: 2934 Frederica St • Owensboro, Kentucky 42301 Cell: (270) 929-4022

TIPS: JMJ’s biggest tip for families starting the building process is to choose the right builder, and understand all items in the contract you are agreeing upon. Building a home is a big undertaking, and having trust in your homebuilder is key in having a stress-free experience. Building an energy-efficient home may cost more now, but save you an abundance long term. Homes that are built with high quality, energy saving products will lower your energy bills significantly.

On average, Owensboro home owners live in their home for 6 years. (That’s a lot of moving!)

E-Mail: jmj@jmjhomes.net Website: jmjhomes.net Phone: (270) 683-7100

BIO: JMJ Custom Homes is a family owned and operated business with more than 25 years of experience. We offer start-to-finish solutions for every project. Rick Bivins, owner, also offers complete design services. Our fullservice residential construction company is committed to designing a home that exceeds clients’ expectations, while ensuring each home is built with top contractors and quality materials. Founded by Rick Bivins, JMJ Custom Homes is a welcome change for many home buyers looking for a more personal experience in the custom home building process.

FUN FACT: JMJ Custom Homes never builds the same home twice. Every home is customized to fit the needs of each family we build for. 52 OWENSBORO LIVING

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TIP: Remodeling a kitchen is a major decision, and can be a big investment. Using a quality cabinet, and avoiding particle board and MDF construction, will ensure that your cabinetry will stand the test of time.

BIO: Cabinets Unlimited is your locally owned and operated kitchen and bath supplier that has proudly served the Owensboro community for the past eight years. We are a small business that was started with the idea of providing a solid wood cabinet at a reasonable and affordable price. This has allowed us to grow into the premier cabinet supplier we are today.

FUN FACT: You don’t save money by having to do it twice. Come see us the first time and save yourself the time and trouble (and probably a marriage).

2930 Frederica, Owensboro, KY 42301 (270) 240-5136 • OwensboroCabinets.com


Gathering inspiration for your remodel plans helps the designer and project manager. It’s always good to research inspiration photos (of kitchens, baths, etc.) of what you like before the initial consultation. Houzz.com, Pinterest, and our galleries found on jrcsi.com, along with magazines, can be helpful in gathering ideas.


At J&R Construction, we are an award winning, family-oriented, design/build, home remodeling company serving the Owensboro area and surrounding counties. We specialize in kitchen and bath remodeling, room additions, basement remodeling or finishing, decks/ porches, and whole house remodels. We love what we do, and strive to ensure every client enjoys the process of remodeling. We strive to provide the industry’s best customer service and quality first, because to us, relationships matter. Each client will work alongside a professional interior designer. They will help you visualize what your remodel will look like, and help bring your vision to fruition. They are there to “hand hold” you through all shopping and selections. In addition to the designer, you will have a project manager to oversee the implementation of that vision. We utilize an online system that keeps our clients in the know during the project. This allows for open communication between the client, designer, and project manager. All of your decisions will be accessible, along with the project schedule, and the ability to track the major milestones of your remodeling project.

121 East 2nd Street, Suite 151, Owensboro, KY 42303 Phone – (270)570-2891 • jrcsi.com

Thank you for allowing us to serve you, for it is your business that is the future of our company.


The owner still holds the high school pole vault record in his hometown, at 14 feet 6 inches. Also, the company was just ranked #7 in Kentucky for Kitchen Remodeling Companies. www.OwensboroLiving.com

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Home Tips from the pros TIP: The three most important things in real estate, used to be LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION. Today, the three most important things in real estate are PRICE, LOCATION, CONDITION.

BIO: Rose Realty has been doing business in Owensboro since 1999 and has also served in Daviess County and several surrounding counties. Sellers and buyers trust our reputation and have trusted us when we have handled their transactions from start to finish. Call today for professional real estate service.

FUN FACT: Our company is the second generation of Castlen’s in real estate.

2315 Frederica St, Owensboro, KY 42301 (270) 926-4203


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You may see a lot of farmhouses in the local

the 3,800 square-foot gothic farmhouse to life.

area, but one thing you won’t see many of are gothic

farmhouses—a unique style of home that Jeff and

perusing various flea markets, street vendors and home

Sherrie Harris are proud to call their own. In fact,

interior stores to find centerpieces, talking points and

the home is so unique that it even made its way into

pops of color for their home.

American Farmhouse magazine’s April/May edition.

for, for about three or four years, that’s what is in this

While the steeply sloped tin roof and the all-around

Self-described “collectors,” the Harrises spent years

“The culmination of everything we went pickin’

gorgeous scenery that surrounds the home certainly

house,” Jeff said.

make it a vision on the outside, it’s the unique, colorful

and historical artifacts inside the home that really bring

four years ago, and hired Preston Shea of P. Shea


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The Harrises started the planning process around




Design, out of Franklin, Tennessee, as the architect

that?’” Jeff said of Sherrie’s antiques she’d bring home.

to help bring their vision to life. After the building

process began, it took about a year for the home to

uses for most of her treasures and collectibles. Lanterns

be completed, and the Harrises are now closing in on

made of popsicle sticks, flamingo wallpaper and floral

their one-year anniversary with the breathtakingly

curtains were all part of Sherrie’s vision.

beautiful farmhouse.

However, Sherrie found decorative and functional

“I like to get kind of quirky things,” Sherrie said.

The home sits on 20 acres of land, and the

“I like to mix mid-century, with modern, with country.

Harrises own five horses that graze throughout a

I wanted everything to have soul to it. Everything has

fenced-in field in the couple’s front yard, creating a

some sort of meaning.”

serene and picturesque image as you look out from the

home’s wraparound porch.

Ashley Elder of Rosemary Home, and then recovered

with new material.

Wooden floors throughout the open-concept

Older chairs were picked out by designer Lauren

kitchen and living space are made of reclaimed oak

from a mill in Ohio, Jeff said, and the paint-chipped

record collection beside one of the home’s four

beams that are placed throughout the same area came

fireplaces, and Sherrie was able to use her childhood

from a warehouse that had collapsed behind Sun

curtains in the mudroom.


our house,” Sherrie said.

Vintage collectibles and personal items the couple

The couple’s history is showcased with a vinyl

“When I was little, these were the cafe curtains in

has held onto are placed strategically throughout the

home to reflect the homeowners’ personalities and

hues, and wouldn’t be complete without a retro velvet

to tell a story. Street art collected by Sherrie over the

Elvis canvas and felt wallpaper lining the walls.

years fills the walls, while a horseshoe made of family-

owned jewelry adds color and pizzazz to a bookshelf.

build of the home, and did a lot of handiwork of his


“I basically said, ‘What are you going to do with

A half-bathroom on the main floor features dark

Payne Construction’s John Payne oversaw the

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The design of the home was inspired, in part, by the famous

Harrises grandchildren. Each bed is covered in throw pillows from

1930 American Gothic painting, prompting the Harrises to have

different walks of life, all the while maintaining the eclectic balance

modernized American Gothic photos of themselves taken, which

that makes the home both homey and unique.

hang in the front hallway next to the original.

“This is our funny take on the actual painting,” Sherrie said.

includes a wooden ceiling, a refinished double-sided partner desk

The master bedroom is what Jeff calls “his favorite room” from

from decades past, and a decorative corner display that holds some of

Jeff ’s office — one of his other favorite rooms in the house —

an architectural standpoint. 22-foot high ceilings adorned with

Jeff ’s childhood lunch boxes.

wooden beams and enormous church lights create an awe-inspiring

view from the ground below.

times, the couple has plenty of space for their dogs to play, their

grandchildren to visit and their collective creativity to unfold.

“[The store owner] decided to go out of business and sold them

While the building and design process was tumultuous at

to me for a price I could afford,” Sherrie said.

all in stride very well.”

Upstairs, a loft space holds five beds ­— one for each of the


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“I’m really happy with it,” Sherrie said. “The contractors took it




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A L L E R G Y & A S T H M A S P E C I A L I S T S , P. S . C .

Sneezing Through the Summer


ummer allergies can strike at any age, mimicking a cold.

• Escalating symptoms? If your symptoms evolve you

With temperatures in the 80s, no one wants a runny nose

might have a summer cold. Colds evolve, usually starting

and non-stop sneezing to put a damper on vacation plans and

with a stuffy nose, throat irritation and low grade

outdoor festivals. While many blame their symptoms on a

fever. Next comes the sneezing and a runny nose, with

summer cold, it could be something much more.

thickening mucus.

“Many people think of spring and fall as hay fever

• Green or clear? Colored mucus probably isn’t the most

season, but allergies can also strike during the summer,”

pleasant symptom you want to think about. Mucus that

said allergist Dr. Lee Clore, Allergy & Asthma Specialists,

turns yellow or green is often thought to indicate an

PSC. “Depending on weather patterns, allergies can be more

infection, but could also be seen with allergies. Clear

elevated during the summer than other seasons. For example,

mucus can be with either the common cold or allergies.

rainfall and humidity can promote mold growth.”

• Have an itch or wheezing? Itchy eyes, throat, and nose,

According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma

along with sneezing, usually mean allergy. If you also

and Immunology (ACAAI), the most common allergy triggers

have asthma, you might be more likely to have an allergy.

during the summer months are grass pollens and mold spores.

An estimated 75 to 80 percent of asthmatics also have an

In fact, mold can be more bothersome than pollen. Mold


spores are everywhere and commonly outnumber pollen grains in the air even when the pollen season is at its worst.

but they can be. Both can progress and lead to other health

Adults that have never before had allergies can fall victim

Summer colds and allergies might not seem serious,

this summer. This sudden case of adult-onset allergies can be


easy to mistake for a cold. Allergies can often disappear within

childhood but return several years later.

certified allergist for proper testing, diagnosis and treatment.

Cold and allergy symptoms can often mirror one another.

While there is no cure for seasonal allergies, an allergist may

Dr. Clore and the ACAAI have put together the following

prescribe immunotherapy, also known as allergy shots. This

questions you can ask yourself to help rule out cold or allergies:

form of treatment can put you on the fast track to relief and is

• Symptoms for two weeks? If you answered yes, you more

known to modify and prevent diseases progression.

If symptoms are persistent, you should see a board-

likely have allergies. While colds might seem to linger

forever, they are not as persistent as allergies.

relief self-test, visit www.AllergyAndAsthmaRelief.org.


For more information about allergies, and to take an allergy

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36 HOURS inHarrodsburg




entucky’s first settlement has come a long way since its frontier founding in 1774. The first permanent settlement west of the Allegheny Mountains and the coolest place in


4pm: Step into the world of the Shakers when you check in at the

history, Harrodsburg, a Preserve America Community, has been

Inn at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill surrounded by 3,000 acres

named one of the “10 Most Beautiful Towns in Kentucky” by

of rock walls, rolling pastures and historic spaces. A 72-guestroom

TheCultureTrip.com, one of the “50 Best Small Town Downtowns

inn located in 13 restored Shaker buildings is comfortably

in America” by Best Choice Reviews, one of “5 Hidden US Travel Destinations” by BBC NEWS magazine and one of the “20 Best Small Towns to Visit” by Smithsonian Magazine.

Harrodsburg celebrates its pioneering past in its attractions,

history, architecture – even shopping. With a picturesque setting amidst four National Register Historic Districts in the heart of

appointed with Shaker reproduction furniture, original hardwood floors, memory foam mattresses and spectacular countryside views.

Take a guided or self-guided tour of The Historic Centre to

learn all about the Shakers, their daily lives, their work, their values and their worship. Gain insights into their fascinating world by strolling through the many original 19th century

Kentucky’s famed Bluegrass region, Harrodsburg offers plenty to


see and do, including many new reasons to visit.

practices and how we ensure that the resourceful, imaginative

So pack your bag, cruise the Bluegrass Parkway through the

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Head over to The Farm to learn about sustainable agricultural

spirit of the Shakers remains. Shop for a variety of handmade


items, Shaker reproductions and many other fine Kentuckymade crafts.

Or take a fossil hike, learn about beekeeping, go trundling

into the fields on a hayride or enjoy a variety of hands-on workshops. 7pm: After a day of exploring, stroll over to The Trustees’ Table — just steps from the garden gate. For dinner, dine on hearty Kentucky foods and Shaker recipes. Sample Shaker Lemon Pie, cakes, tarts or special desserts are made daily in the bakery. Dining at The Trustees’ Table is a celebration of Shaker Village’s roots with seasonally-inspired dishes prepared with straight-from-the-garden ingredients. 10pm: Finish off your night at Lemons Mill Brewery & Taproom — the first tavern in the area since before the 1920s. Quench your thirst with a flight of craft brews made on site.



9am: Start your morning checking out downtown Harrodsburg, a National Register Historic District with a streetscape reminiscent of an earlier time. Most of the preserved buildings within this area date back to the 1880s and 1890s. Sit a spell in the café at the Kentucky Fudge Company, a fun stop with an original soda fountain, and browse the early drugstore memorabilia on display. Find local and regional artisan-made crafts at shops, and bargains galore at area antique shops. 10am: While on Main Street, visit Olde Towne Park, which features a sculptured 14-by-32-foot cascading fountain. This unique creation of public art was inspired by the scenic


palisades found along the Kentucky River located along the eastern border of Mercer County.

Stop in Dedman Drugstore, built in 1860, a unique property

that retains all of the original cherry cabinetry. Admire the stained-glass windows and cherry paneling, which enclose the pharmacist’s station.

Step back in time at Vicki’s Mayo Country Store, a century-

old general store brought back to life, with live entertainment most weekends. 12pm: Hungry? Visit the Olde Bus Station, a former Greyhound Bus Station and home of local foodie fave, the Big Daddy Burger. 1pm: After filling your belly, tour the Olde Towne Distillery, located at the Beaumont Inn — the first distillery in the U.S.



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to produce Hemp Moonshine, an official stop on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail®. Sample a taste of their premium flavored moonshines and blended whiskeys made locally in Harrodsburg, KY. 3pm: Head back to the Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill for a quick rest before taking a trip back in time on the historic Kentucky River aboard the sternwheeler Dixie Belle. You will marvel at the river’s high limestone cliffs and untouched natural surroundings as the excursion takes you under High Bridge, an engineering wonder built in 1807. 6pm: Make a reservation and savor a taste of history at the Beaumont Inn. Built in 1845 as a prestigious girls’ school, the fourth and fifth generations of the same family operates the inn, which enjoys an international reputation for its excellent service and Southern hospitality — landing them a James Beard America’s Classic award. Three onsite restaurants – the Main Dining Room, Old Owl Tavern and Owl’s Nest Lounge – each have a different menu and vibe, and over 100 bourbons. Feast on traditional Kentucky fare like “yellow-legged” fried chicken, corn pudding and two-year-old country ham. 8pm: Attend a performance of an exciting outdoor drama under the stars about Kentucky’s first settlers, or enjoy toe-tapping music on Saturday evenings at the McAfee Jamboree, featuring music and talented performers.


10am: Grab breakfast featuring dishes made of seasonal ingredients from the garden and local farmers at The Trustees’ Table before absorbing the history of Kentucky’s oldest settlement, Old Fort Harrod State Park. Learn about fort life by exploring a live animal corral or by visiting with costumed craftspeople as they carry out the chores of the state’s early pioneers. Observe blacksmithing, broom making, weaving, woodworking, tin smithing and doll making demonstrations. Browse through the Mansion Museum, which displays an outstanding collection of Kentucky and Indian artifacts, Civil War relics, music boxes and a Lincoln collection.

If genealogy is more your thing, the Harrodsburg Historical

Society is a worthwhile stop. The society’s headquarters is located in Morgan Row, believed to be the oldest row house standing west of the Alleghenies. The genealogical and research library contains rare books and documents, maps, family and subject files, census records and material dealing with the early history of the area. For more information, contact the Harrodsburg/Mercer County Tourist Commission, HarrodsburgKy.com. 66 OWENSBORO LIVING

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Summer Entertaining WITH FRESH PRODUCE

It’s the time of the year when we get to enjoy fresh, local produce. If you’re doing some outdoor entertaining this summer, these recipes are a great way to help make things memorable for you and your guests. Each recipe uses produce that is fresh in the summer season, meaning you get to enjoy the flavors at their very best. With this list of recipes, you can spend less time planning and more time with great food and conversation.


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WATERMELON FRIES WITH COCONUT LIME DIP Watermelon is an essential of summer! If you want to serve something a bit more exciting than the typical fruit tray at your next party, this is a great dish to try. These easy-to-dip watermelon fries are cool and refreshing, but also have a nice kick to them. They’re a perfect healthy treat for a hot day!

1 small seedless watermelon

Mix spices together in small bowl.

1/4 cup plain yogurt

Cut watermelon into small fry-like strips (make

1 tablespoon coconut milk

sure you remove the rind).

1 teaspoon honey

Place watermelon fries in a medium-sized mixing

1 lime

bowl. Squeeze 1/2 of a lime over the fries and

1/4 teaspoon chili powder

gently toss to coat them. Pour in spice mix and

1/4 teaspoon cumin 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1/4 teaspoon coriander

gently toss again. Lay your coated fries out on a serving platter or plate. In a small dip bowl, mix yogurt, coconut milk, honey, and 1/2 teaspoon of lime juice. Top the dip

1/8 teaspoon salt

with 1 teaspoon lime zest (you can also top with

Optional: shredded coconut

shredded coconut if you prefer). Serve cool!


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Did you know you can make your own pickles without having to can them? Pickles are great any time of the year, but during summer, when the local cucumbers are fresh, you get a taste and crunch that are unmatched. These spicy pickles are great for a snack (or on a hamburger if cut into chips) and the amount of spices used can be completely adjusted to match your own taste. The brine in this recipe should make 2-4 jars of pickles, depending on your jar size.


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BRINE 4 cups water 2 cups white vinegar 2 tablespoons pickling salt 1 teaspoon sugar

Chop pickling cucumbers into spears (or small chips). Fill each jar with the jalapeĂąo, crushed red pepper, garlic, dill, and peppercorns. Add the cucumber spears to the jar (leave a little room for brine). Pour all the brine ingredients into a small saucepan and bring to a



Note: ingredients listed per jar Pickling cucumbers 1/2 jalapeno 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper 3 whole garlic cloves (peeled and lightly smashed with a knife)

Once the sugar and salt dissolve, remove from heat and cool to room temperature. Pour the brine over the cucumber spears, covering them completely. Seal with an airtight lid and place in the refrigerator overnight.

7 sprigs fresh dill 1 teaspoon peppercorns

NOTE: Pickles should be ready to eat after 24 hours, but to get the

Optional for extra heat: 1-2 tabasco peppers

best taste, I recommend refrigerating them for a week before eating.


They should then be good for at least an additional 6 weeks.

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Berries are another staple of summer! This blackberry bourbon smash is a simple recipe for summer parties that your guests are sure to love. If you want to save time, the syrup can be made ahead and chilled. This drink is also delicious garnished with mint or lime, so be sure to give that a try! BLACKBERRY SYRUP: 1 cup fresh blackberries 1/2 cup water 1 cup sugar (can substitute with 1/2 cup honey) BLACKBERRY BOURBON SMASH: 2 oz. blackberry syrup 2 oz. bourbon 2 blackberries (plus more for garnish) Small splash of lime juice 72 OWENSBORO LIVING

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Bring all syrup ingredients to a boil. Let boil for 6 minutes before pouring syrup into a storage jar through a fine mesh strainer. Let cool. In a short tumbler, muddle the two blackberries before topping with the syrup, bourbon, and splash of lime juice. To cool the drink down, top the mixture with ice before rolling into another glass then back to the tumbler. Serve cool. www.OwensboroLiving.com


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OWENSBORO REGIONAL FARMER’S MARKET June 4 – November 2 | 1205 Triplett Street Tuesday and Thursday 6:30 a.m. – noon; Thursday Evening Market, June 13, July 11, and August 8 from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. May 15 thru August 28, a satellite market is also located at the Owensboro Health Regional Hospital, 1201 Pleasant Valley Road, on Wednesday from 1:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. Both locations have parking lots for your convenience. All vendors accept cash, most will accept personal checks, and some will accept credit/debit cards. The Market also accepts SNAP/EBT payments as well as credit cards. More detailed information is available on their website. Check it out!



June 4-8 | Owensboro Museum of Fine Art A FREE camp where children will design and paint cars to be raced during the Owensboro Motorsports Festival in August. Please call the museum for information (270) 685-3181.

June 23 and July 14 | RiverPark Center Join us for Movies on the River where families come together for FREE movies and fun on the riverfront! Concessions will be available, please do not bring coolers, pets. Family fun night! Ralph Breaks the Internet will be featured on June 23, and Mary Poppins Returns will be featured on July 14. Movies start at 7 p.m.

JOE FORD NATURE CAMP June 5, 12, 19, 26; July 3, 10, 17, 24| Joe Ford Nature Center If you love learning about nature, things in nature, and being surrounded by nature, the Nature Camp program is for YOU! We have a lot of exciting things planned as we start the new Nature Camp programs in 2019. You may sign up to attend any or all of the programs held on Wednesday, June 5th. Camp programs 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m. will be our younger campers 7-10 years of age and 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m. for 11-13 years of age. If you are a Junior Naturalist, each program that you attend, you will receive one credit toward your Junior Naturalist status. After you receive twelve credits, you are officially considered a Junior Naturalist. For more information email JFNCdirector2017@gmail.com. Register online at www.joefordnaturecenter.com. Camp size is limited to 20 campers per time, so be sure to schedule before camp fills up. 74 OWENSBORO LIVING

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PRESERVATION STATION MARKET DAYS July 6-7 | Preservation Station 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.

2019 DAVIESS COUNTY LIONS CLUB FAIR July 10-13 | Daviess County Fairgrounds The 2019 Daviess County Lions Club Fair will have more shows, more attractions, free music and community fellowship! Save the dates. www.OwensboroLiving.com

SCHOOL’S OUT SCIENCE CAMP! July 22-26 | Owensboro Museum of Science and History LEGO IMAGINEERS / 1st-2nd Grades: Put your imagination to the test as you build, design, & engineer using these favorite construction tools-LEGOS®! MASTERS OF DISASTERS / 3rd-4th Grades: Students will explore, through experimentation and simulation, the most dangerous phenomena that nature has to offer; the students will learn about their causes, their prevention, and how we have adapted to them! AMUSEMENT PARK PHYSICS / 5th-6th Grades: Zooming

coasters and whiling wheels, investigate that physics behind some science defying amusement park rides! Price is $175 for the week / OMSH members receive a 10% discount.

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.


FORMULA DRIFT TRIKE COMPETITION June 8-9 | Diamond Lake Resort Come check out this unique event. Drifting Trikes are the latest trend! Bring your own Trike! Rentals will not be available for the competition. We will have racing as well as Formula Drift Competition! All events are open to the public, so come join us! Stay later & try your own luck on our 3 awesome Go-Kart tracks! For questions related to this event, please call us at the office – (270) 229-4900.

PARENT & CHILD GOLF SCRAMBLE June 15-16 | Ben Hawes Park/Hillcrest Golf Course Dads, Moms, Grandparents, bring your sons and daughters or grandchildren out to play in this annual favorite. Play anytime within your own group. Trophies will be awarded for Top 3 Finishers in each division. Call the pro shops for more information: (270) 687-7137 and (270) 687-8717.

BOULWARE MISSION GOLF SCRAMBLE FUNDRAISER June 21 | Ben Hawes Golf Course Four person Golf Scramble! Register your team today! Team Entry fee: $425 per foursome (tax included). Entry fee Includes: 18 Holes plus Cart for 4; 1 Mulligan per player – 1 Skirt per player; Breakfast & Lunch; Gift Card & Gift Bag per player 7 a.m. registration with 8 a.m. shotgun start.

STOP DROP AND RUN 5K July 6 | Moreland Park Stop Drop and Run 5K race is for the community to support the Owensboro Professional Firefighters Local 870 Union Benefit Fun. We use these funds to meet community needs during a fire, provide for local firefighters during their time of need, and provide support and services to raise awareness and safety.

2ND ANNUAL OWENSBORO STREET SOCCER 46TH ANNUAL DUST BOWL July 19-28 | Kendall Perkins Park BOWL June 17-23 | Legion Park

The Dust Bowl is a 9-day outdoor basketball tournament

To register contact Owensboro Parks and Recreation at (270)

with 14 divisions of boys and girls, 3rd and 4th grades and

687-8700, Nikos Agisilaou (270) 314-8157, or Christakis

under, through men’s and women’s (for all ages). There is

Agisilaou (270) 929-5648.

a $200 entry fee, and double elimination all divisions. This

Divisions (3): Middle School, Ages 10-13; High School,

exciting annual event includes basketball games, music, gospel

Ages 14-17; Adult Open, Ages 18+. Each team is guaranteed

night, kids’ day, community service recognition, exhibitors,

3 games with rosters of 10 players max (5v5). For more

vendors, and concessions. This event is FREE and open to the

information, check us out on Facebook. Get registered now!

public. For more information, visit the Dust Bowl website and

If you don’t want to participate, come on out and enjoy a good

Facebook for more details! Mark your calendars for the “best

time watching the teams!

basketball in the tri-state”!


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BROKEN ART June 21 | Owensboro Convention Center Join Owensboro performance painter Aaron Kizer as he paints four live paintings at the Owensboro Convention Center. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 and available for purchase at KizerArts.com.

GENE WATSON AND HIS FAREWELL PARTY BAND June 2 | Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum Gene Watson, masterful country stylist from Houston, Texas has been thrilling audiences for more than 50 years. Watson’s tally of 75 charted titles, 23 top-10 hits and 6 number-one records has led to membership in the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame. Radio listeners are still transfixed whenever classics like “Farewell Party,” “Fourteen Carat Mind” or “Love in the Hot Afternoon” are played. Considered one of the finest pure-country singers of his generation Watson offers up one of the best traditional country shows in the business which you will truly enjoy.

ROSINE BARN JAMBOREE June 7 | Rosine Barn On the National Register of Historic Places, the Rosine Barn offers live bluegrass music & dancing every Friday night. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. There is open mic from 6-7 p.m., then the Show starts at 7 p.m.! For information please contact 270-363-9425. Bring your lawn chair for when seating gets scarce!


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PORCHFEST 2019 June 8 | Griffith Avenue This one-day open air music festival will take place down Griffith Avenue between Frederica and Robin Road on Saturday, June 8, 2019! PorchFest 2019 will celebrate community togetherness and music. This event is free and open to the public and suitable for all ages. PorchFest will focus on highlighting the friendly neighborhood and local musical talent. There will be dancing and listening as music lovers stroll down Griffith Avenue to enjoy multiple acts on “stages”. PorchFest invites the audience to stroll freely from “stage” to “stage” to enjoy great musical talent. Bring your own seats, find your spot, sit and enjoy then simply pick up your chairs and take a short walk to the next welcoming stage!

BRET MICHAELS WITH COREY SMITH IN CONCERT June 8 | Beaver Dam Amphitheater Beaver Dam Amphitheater proudly presents Bret Michaels with special guest Corey Smith on Saturday, June 8, 2019. Doors open: 5:30 p.m. – Show: 7 p.m. Rising to fame as the front man of Poison, one of rock’s most iconic and enduring bands, he helped define the rock ‘n’ roll scene on the Sunset


Strip. Their massive success includes selling over 30 million records worldwide and numerous hit singles.

This is a family friendly event, great day trip from Owensboro with a short scenic 20-minute drive!



June 8 | Sportscenter Iconic classic rock band, KANSAS will be in concert on Saturday, June 8 at 8 p.m. With a legendary career spanning more than four decades and a catalogue that includes fifteen studio albums and two one million-selling gold singles, “Carry On Wayward Son” and “Dust in the Wind,” KANSAS continues to remain a fixture of classic rock radio. Tickets are $49, $69, and $95. Purchase online at OwensboroTickets.com, at the Owensboro Convention Center Box Office, or charge by phone at 270-297-9932.

SHREK! THE MUSICAL, JR. June 14-16, 21-22 | The Empress This youth version of the popular musical features students of Grades 3-12 in a fun filled production sure to be a hit with families! Wacky characters, colorful costumes, and music by Jeanine Tesori combine for a delightful trip to fantasyland. Tickets are now on sale online or by calling TWO box office (270) 683-5333. Advance tickets are $20 adults and $18 students, $2 surcharge for all tickets purchased at the door.

ART BY THE STARS GALA June 15 | Owensboro Museum of Fine Art The event is a showcase of art by local celebrities and will include entertainment and auction. For information or to make reservations, please call the Owensboro Museum of Fine Art, (270) 685-3181.

OLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW WITH MOLLY TUTTLE June 15 | Beaver Dam Amphitheater Since their humble beginnings busking on New York street corners, the band has gone on to receive the honor of being inducted as members of the Grand Ole Opry, and have won two Grammy Awards: “Best Folk Album” for Remedy (2014) and “Best Long Form Music Video” for Big Easy Express (2013). Tickets are on sale online or by calling the Beaver Dam Tourism.


June 26-29 | Yellow Creek Park Headlining the initial lineup release are Hall of Fame members Ricky Skaggs and Del McCoury. Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder will feature special guest Patty Loveless. Also appearing are bluegrass/folk-rock favorites Trampled by Turtles and Americana music icon, Steve Earle. Early bird tickets are now on sale online at Rompfest.com. 4-Day tickets are currently available at the discounted rate of $150 through Sunday night, then prices increase to $165. Onsite tent and RV camping passes are also available. Children 12 & under are free. Don’t wait, get your tickets today!

SUMMER SHORTS 2019 July 19 | Trinity Center One of TWO’s most popular traditions features a collection of original one-act plays in their WORLD PREMIERE! 13 new plays have been selected from submissions from around the country, and even internationally, to be presented in this exciting festival. SUMMER SHORTS is divided into two programs: GROUP A and GROUP B. Six plays will be performed in GROUP A, the remaining selections with GROUP B. The two schedules will be featured on alternating nights. In order to enjoy all these fine new works, you must purchase a ticket to both groups. Tickets in advance to SUMMER SHORTS 2019 are $18 for adults and $12 for students.

MAMMA MIA! PRESENTED BY ENCORE MUSICALS July 20-21, 27-28 | RiverPark Center ABBA’s hits tell the hilarious story of a young woman’s search for her birth father. This sunny and funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. A delightful musical performance you will truly enjoy featuring Owensboro’s very own amazing local talent.

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FRIDAY AFTER 5 June 7-August 30 | Owensboro Riverfront Friday After 5 is the award-winning, summer-long series of free outdoor concerts held every Friday on the eight-block, stunningly beautiful Owensboro riverfront. The festival includes live bands, family events, food trucks and entertainment. Our signature “Toast to the Sunset” takes place right on the riverfront at every Friday After 5. There are five venues of entertainment, plus a fun, kid-friendly street fair and costume characters. Friday After 5 has been named a “Top Ten Summer Festival” in Kentucky. Free! Family! Friends! Fun! Detailed information on schedule and venues is available on the Friday After 5 website. Visit fridayafter5.com and the FA5 Facebook page!

OMG!CON June 7-8 | Owensboro Convention Center OMG!con is returning to the Owensboro Convention Center bringing together anime, video games, tabletop, and general fandom for a weekend of fun and excitement! There are special guests (such as voice actors and artists), dealers (for getting those hard-to-get merchandise), and events (like cosplay and video game tournaments.) Visit omgcon.com for registration, hotel and other additional helpful information to make your visit fantastic!


DAZZLING DAYLILY FESTIVAL-BALLOONS OVER THE GARDEN June 22-29 | Western Kentucky Botanical Garden This event features daily activities for all ages, including hot-air balloon rides! A cruise-in car show will take place on June 23. Refreshments will be presented by US Bank Chefs with recipe samplings of the US Bank Cookbook.

ALL-AMERICAN 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION July 4 | Owensboro Downtown Riverfront The City of Owensboro invites the region to downtown Owensboro’s riverfront to celebrate the All-American Fourth of July on Thursday, July 4. The annual celebration will include food vendors along Veterans Blvd and live music at McConnell Plaza throughout the evening. To cap off the evening, the skies above the Ohio River will light-up with the City’s largest fireworks display downtown with some of your favorite patriotic music at 9:15 p.m. The City encourages guests to arrive early to set-up your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy an evening full of entertainment for the entire family. This is a free patriotic event for friends and families to come enjoy a freedom celebration!

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y house never looked like those photographs in magazines.

contents all over the floor, stuffed animals staring desperately

There were always dirty dishes in the sink and laundry

thumb-tacked to the wall, curtains askew, closet door open

at their surroundings with shiny, shoe-button eyes. Posters

overflowing from the hamper.

to reveal a crazy tangle of hangers, clothes and shoes. The

bed is barely discernable as such, looking more like an

The kitchen cabinets were full of those plastic cups that

we picked up for free at ball games and expos, and if more

enormous heap of blankets and pillows.

than three people were eating at one time, the silverware

Thank goodness the doors were still on their hinges.

didn’t match.

Keeping them closed was my only hope for sanity – and the

Not that it was “silverware” anyway.

kids’ only hope for survival.

And that was assuming you could clear away the books,

And yet, when I think back on those years, the messy

junk mail, and all the other miscellaneous litter from the

house is not what I remember.

dining table to have an actual meal together in the first

I remember Family Game Night, when we gathered

place. Most of the time, everyone just ate in the living room

around a board game, laughing and talking, rolling the dice

– usually from a pizza box or a drive-through bag – while the

and counting out spaces, cheating like mad but not really

kids argued over what to watch on TV.


When company (dared to) stop by, there was a mad rush

I remember listening in silence and handing my kids a

to shove all the clutter under the couch cushions or hide it

tissue as they poured out the ache from their broken hearts.

behind the shower curtain, and I “dusted” the coffee table

I remember cheers and hugs as good news was celebrated,

with my sleeve as I stumbled toward the door.

whether it was successfully wobbling down the street on a

The bathroom sink was buried under a jumble of

bicycle without training wheels, a good grade that had been

toothbrushes, hair dryers, make-up, deodorant and acne

earned the hard way or a team that had won a championship.

cream, and the edges of the bathtub were lined with at least

I remember the Thanksgiving the cat jumped on the table

four different bottles of shampoo, plus conditioner, body

and started nibbling on the turkey, and set her tail on fire

wash and three razors … with a damp bath pouf hanging

when it drifted too close to a candle – just one of dozens

forlornly from the faucet.

… no, hundreds … of “Remember when?” stories that we

still share from the years my children lived and grew in our

The kids’ rooms could have been graded on the EF scale,

or maybe the Richter. Tornado or earthquake: That was the


biggest question, except for maybe “What is that substance

that appears to be alive and growing in the corner?”

that was never picture-perfect, never beautiful …

Clothes scattered everywhere, bookbags spilling their


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Lived and grew – and eventually moved – from a house … but always, our home.



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