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A decade after national TV break, local filmmaker finds success, happiness at home

Sweet sisters Inspiration for bakery business comes from childhood on the farm

March/April 2018


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From the publisher

Get away with Winchester Living Michael Caldwell is publisher of Winchester Living magazine and The Winchester Sun. Raised on a farm in southern Ohio and coming of age in eastern Kentucky, Mike is an avid sports fan and enjoys time with his family.


ust turn on the television, pick-up a newspaper or visit an online news source and you will quickly be reminded what a crazy world it is in which we live. It can be downright scary. We are often overwhelmed when we are inundated with political squabbles, social strife, endless controversy and senseless violence. You won’t find any of that in Winchester Living. We want to offer an escape from the harshness of day-to-day life and just celebrate things that make our community special. Even if only for a few minutes. When you are eating great food, talking to interesting people or visiting unique shops and locations, it is impossible to be weighed down by the real world. You simply live in the moment and enjoy life’s amazing experiences for what they are. Everything else becomes

background noise. That’s what we hope we can do with Winchester Living, provide an escape for a little bit and be a safe place. We also hope you walk away, not only feeling good, but also more informed about the community you call home. At least once a month or so someone tells me, “I read the newest issue of the magazine. I had no idea that XYZ was right here,” or “I’ve lived here my whole life and this is the first time I have heard of that.” Those are the best compliments. This issue should build on that concept. From the origins of the tasty treats of The Banery, the story of a local filmmaker who has been to Hollywood and back to a seventhgeneration Clark Countian who shares her history in a memoir, this issue is about blending the familiar and the new together. And, of course, we have our standing features that showcase a “Difference Maker” who makes our community a better place, a collection of photographs of those who have been “Spotted” out on the town and a look at some of the unique businesses in Clark County, just to name a few. It is a fast-paced, crazy world. Nothing is wrong with slowing down to enjoy life a little bit and celebrate the great community we call home. §

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6 Way Back in Winchester

20 Business Showcase

36 ‘Of Family and Place’

Museum exhibit honors Holocaust survivor who lived in Winchester

RS Guitarworks owners find mutual love for hand-crafted instruments

Joan Mayer details family history, homeplace in published memoirs

19 What’s Happening?

26 What’s in Store?

46 To Hollywood and Back

Events coming up this season in Winchester and Clark County

Bentley & Murray offers an “experience for the senses”

Jason Epperson’s road to filmmaking took twists and turns



28 Difference Maker

54 At the Table


B.J. Graham has seen growth of New Beginnings from the start

Childhood on the farm inspired local bakery run by sisters

10 Artist Spotlight

30 How To

58 From the Cookbook

Winchester transplant discovers artistic talent with new hobby

Explore new materials to make more durable Easter eggs

Six recipes to make Easter dinner easy and excellent

12 Have You Been Spotted?

32 Health 101

Winchester residents enjoy getting out on the town

Massage comes in many forms, offers various wellness benefits

66 Why I Love Winchester 4-H Agent Heather Cassill talks about goal to inspire local youth



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Living | Way Back in Winchester

“If I start talking about it, I go right back there.”

Survivor’s story

Holocaust survivor who opened up about experience more than six decades later now part of museum exhibit Story by Fred Petke | Photo courtesy of Bluegrass Heritage Museum


ylvia Green lived in Winchester for more than six decades. She and her husband, Jake, owned The Hub on Main Street. She raised two children. She volunteered at the local hospital. Almost no one knew what Sylvia had lived through before she arrived in town in 1949. About 60 years later, she finally told her story of surviving one of the worst atrocities in human history, the Holocaust against Jews throughout Europe led by Adolf Hitler and the Nazis. Green was included in an oral history project published in 2009 titled, “This Is Home Now,” which included the stories of nine Holocaust survivors living in Kentucky. “I wanted future generations to have something to know about it,” Green said in a 2009 interview with The Winchester Sun. “Maybe the next generation, they’ll know something. Down the road, I don’t want it to be completely forgotten.” Green, who was born in Germany, was 9 years old when Adolf Hitler took power. In 1938, her father was deported to Poland. Her parents decided to send her brother, Bernard, to live with a family in England. Eventually, Green and her mother followed and reunited at her aunt’s house in Poland, but it was not to last. When the ghetto in Krakow was liquidated in 1943, her father was killed while he was in a hospital. Green never knew what happened to her mother. Green and her aunt Mina were shuffled through several concentration camps including Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen, a starvation camp where she stayed until liberation occurred April 14, 1945. After the war, she reunited with Bernard and they emigrated to the U.S. “I wanted to live in New York, but he said no,” Green said in 2009. “He said, ‘We’re going to (re-establish) our family in Kentucky. Lexington is a very nice place to live.’” In 1949, she married Jake Green, moved to Winchester and settled into life. Green said they didn’t talk about her survival until she was pregnant with her first child. Nightmares started, which took her straight back to the horrors she witnessed in the concentration camps. “The door would not stay shut when I got pregnant,” she said. “Then it all came back, the nightmares and screaming in my dreams. The nightmare was the Germans came to take my baby away and kill it, because I saw many babies killed and they just threw them against the wall, because they couldn’t waste bullets. Jake would wake me up, and he would come in with dry, clean pajamas and a towel. So, that’s when we talked. We would sit on the couch in the living room, and many nights we never went back to sleep. And all the time I lived with that man, his ear was always there.”

Green said she deliberately lived her life in the present moment, focusing on business and her family. “I did not want to raise (my children) full of hatred … I (wanted) to raise them healthy, happy … Because I did set a goal for myself that if I fail, then Hitler had won out, and he didn’t because they are loving children.” Green and her husband kept the secret for decades. In the 1980s, a University of Kentucky professor told his students the Holocaust never happened, which helped fuel the denial movement. Green and other survivors were persuaded to tell their stories for a documentary on KET. In the 1990s, she recorded her story for the Kentucky Historical Society and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. In 2009, her account was published, along with those of eight other Holocaust survivors living in Kentucky, Though she shared her history more, it never got easier. “It’s still a very hard subject,” she said in 2009. “If I start talking about it, I go right back there. It’s never going away until I go away.” Jake died in 1997, and Green focused on her children and grandchildren. She was recently featured in an exhibit at the Bluegrass Heritage Museum, which contributed information. Sylvia Green died in January 2017, but her story and legacy as a survivor remain. § Winchester living | 7

Arts & Culture | Artist Spotlight


GEARS Artist discovers unexpected hobby in custom gear shifts Story and photos by Fred Petke


eing an artist doesn’t always have to be a lifelong pursuit. Winchester resident James Rees just started making his own gear shift knobs about a year ago. There are tiki shift knobs. There are cartoon characters. There is a Death Star shift knob. Rees recently finished a Navy-themed knob for another client. He has made cartoon characters. His knobs have found their way into a variety of cars, from hot rods and customs to daily drivers. As Rees has worked on his craft, his techniques and designs have progressed. Each one takes a little more than three weeks to complete and paint, whether cast in resin or carved by hand. Whatever the material, for Rees, it’s all about the details. “If the eyes don’t look right, nothing will look right,” he said. Though he has made several using resin and molds, wood is Rees’s favorite medium. He often works with exotic woods like mahogany, purple heart and marble wood. “I like the wood process better,” he said. “The end result is more rewarding.” Though a business has grown from it, Rees isn’t in it for the sake of business. “I don’t do it for big money,” he said. “I do it for extra cash to put something in my Buick or play money.”

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Rees’ 1950 Buick Sedanette is his pride and joy. It fills much of the garage which doubles as his workshop, complete with workbenches and lathes. The next step involves moving up to hand tools, he said. His fascination with old things is part of the inspiration for his knobs. “Since I was a young man, I loved the craftsmanship and the design people put into things,” he said. “It’s a lost art. I’ve always loved custom (cars). The two mixed together.” Some are reminiscent of early pinstripers and hot rod painters, such as Big Daddy Ed Roth. “Someone asked me why I make such scary things,” Rees said. “They’re not really scary. You don’t see butterflies on hot rods. They bring out your wild side. “I do make calmer things.” His creations are another way into the world of classic cars and car people. “The biggest thing I love about classic cars is it brings family and friends together,” he said. “You usually don’t go out by yourself. You see your friends at car shows. At the gas station, you’ll make a new friend as they tell you ‘My dad had 10 | Winchester living

one just like this.’” Aside from teaching himself woodworking, Rees is learning how to pinstripe as well. At this point, it’s small items like old oil cans. “They’re great art pieces,” he said. “They’re beautiful. When you pinstripe them, they’re cool.” While new to his art, Rees and his family are fairly new to Winchester as well. Originally from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, Rees said he and his wife Shannon learned about Central Kentucky after a family member visited a few years ago. “There weren’t a ton of opportunities in Idaho so we decided to make a change,” he said. “We came here without ever seeing Winchester. It worked out. It’s definitely been a good thing.” Originally, it was James and Shannon who landed in Clark County. After a little time passed, their parents followed them east. Two boys have also joined the family, Carter and Tucker. “We feel very blessed,” he said. “I have a beautiful family. I have my dream car. I have my career.” And he has his art. §

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Leslie Mink and Rick Catron

Sarah Muncie, Andy Ryan and Langdon Worley

Megan and John Hendricks

Erin Lucas, Liza Thomas, Ashley Smith, Anne Thomas and Lee Cowden.

Shanda and Andy Cecil

Deborah and Rick Catron

Collin and Kasey Moore

Mark and Shirley McCammish

STRIDE Ball Emmanuel Episcopal Church Feb. 23, 2018

Scarlett Ryan and Liza Thomas

Anessa and Michael Snowden

Brittin and Darren Diguette

Frank and Sheila Doyle

Steve and Luanne Craycraft

Chad and Davida Abner

Amy Turner and Coos Ockers



Victoria Lewis and Deb Parr

Debbie Fatkin and Cicely Dore

Cindy Banks and Cora Heffner

Chamber of Commerce Breakfast The Williams Agency Feb. 22, 2018

Josh Wood, Mason Guy and Lauren Frazer

Vinnie Gonzalez and John Fischer


Connie Curry, Valencia Morris, Joyce Morton and Jacquetta Hudson

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Connie McDowell

Black History Month Banquet First Baptist Church Feb. 24, 2018

Eugene Morton and Harry Enoch

(ABOVE) Frank and Patricia Graves (LEFT) Paul Francis, William Newell and Byron McCann.




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What’s Happening? Upcoming events in Winchester and Clark County





DOWNTOWN SHOP HOP 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown Winchester

“LITTLE BITES” 8 p.m. at Leeds Center By Lexington playwright Caitlyn Waltermire, “Little Bites” tells the story of a move to a big city to avoid a traumatic past. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. For more, visit

Shop with participating stores for discounts. Explore shops looking for the one-ofa-kind Faux-Berge Eggs. Visit the Easter Bunny as he hops around the district.



MICHAEL JR. LIVE 7 to 10 p.m. at Central Baptist Church, 101 W. Lexington Ave. The Christian comedian has performed on “The Tonight Show” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” Now he’s bringing “The More Than Funny Tour” to Winchester. Tickets available at


29-30 “THOSE WERE THE DAYS” VARIETY SHOW 2:30 p.m. at First Christian Church, 24 E. Hickman St.

Show is directed by Sherry Babineaux and includes local singers and musicians. The event is free. An offering will be collected to benefit the James B. Allen Generations Center.



CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ANNUAL BANQUET 5:30 p.m. at Wainscott Building, Reception starts at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $55 each or $500 for a corporate table of 10. Contact the Chamber at 744-6420 or


20-29 “THE 39 STEPS” 7:30 p.m. April 20, 21, 27 and 28 2:30 p.m. April 22 and 29 at Leeds Center for the Arts This two-time Tony and Drama Desk-winning production is packed with nonstop laughs. For tickets, visit

Commerce | Business Showcase

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Local guitar business booms Story and photos by Lashana Harney


rom the outside, one may not know what all goes on inside the little brick building nestled on a gravel lot right past the railroad tracks on Winn Avenue. A small gold logo on its side gives a hint: RS Guitarworks. The venture happened by accident, company President Scott Leedy said. Leedy moved to Winchester in 1995 seeking a quieter life away from the hustle and bustle of Lexington. Leedy needed his guitar painted, and by luck, Roy Bowen, now vice president at RS Guitarworks, had recently placed an advertisement in The Winchester Sun for guitar repairs and painting. And just like that, Leedy and Bowen became best friends. “Everything he had at his house was just like what I had at my house,” Leedy said. “So, when we met, we obviously hit it off.”

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Commerce | Business Showcase Bowen and Leedy had always been passionate about guitars. Leedy traveled with several bands, and if something broke, he would try to fix it. Bowen, on the other hand, started playing guitar in 1979. Winchester native Paul Martin, the former guitarist for Exile, taught Bowen how to play and helped channel his passion for guitars. “I was always fascinated by why one guitar sounded different than another one,” Bowen said. Bowen said he would read about what one artist would do with their guitar, and five minutes later, he would have a chisel out working on his guitar. After breaking his 15th or so guitar, he figured he would learn how to do it right. In 1985, Bowen started doing repairs as an apprentice at a guitar repair shop in Lexington and even became Fender Gold certified. Bowen did that until 1990, then took over and was the chief repairman for the next four years. “Working on these things is pretty much all I’ve ever wanted to do,” Bowen said. Leedy said, when they met, he knew Bowen was much more knowledgeable about the business, but somehow, they filled each others’ gaps. When one didn’t know or couldn’t think of something, the other had an idea. They were the perfect duo. “I said ‘Hey, let’s start something,’” Leedy said. “And we started something,” Bowen said. In 1996, the two became partners, repairing guitars in their spare time. In the meantime, Leedy got Bowen a job working at a cabinet company in Lexington. “We were bringing guitars to the cabinet shop, sneaking them in, and working on them when the boss wasn’t 22around,” | Winchester living said. Leedy

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But the side business was growing by the minute. “We had 75 guitars in his basement,” Leedy said. “So, we looked at each other and said ‘I’m quitting my job tomorrow and I’m going to do this full time.’” Leedy quit his job the next day, and Bowen followed the day after. And the business kept growing. Eventually, they needed to move out of the basement. In 2002, RS Guitarworks found its first home on Taylor Avenue, and in 2007, moved to its current home on Winn Avenue. Upon entering RS Guitarworks, Blaze, head of security and the resident yellow lab/pit bull mix, greets you, ensuring you are there on business. Guitars of all colors hang on the black walls, and framed photos from concerts featuring RS guitars cover the remaining wall space. Just past the shop is where the magic happens. In the first room, electronics are assembled for the guitar and its accessories. Through the door on the right, among the various stacks of lumber, Monty Weaver mans the woodshop, building the bodies of the guitars and sanding them down. Off in another small office, employees test the sounds of an almostfinished acoustic guitar, and in a back room, freshly-painted and soon-to-be-painted bodies line the place from top to bottom. David Barrentine puts on his mask and prepares to paint the next RS Guitarworks masterpiece. It’s one of about 150 being worked on throughout the shop. RS Guitarworks is a local shop and boutique builder that makes custom guitars that have been purchased and used by some big-name people. They are currently working on a guitar for Jeff Pilson, the bassist for Foreigner. Over the years, Leedy and Bowen have met hundreds of artists, evident by the pictures and binders full of guitar picks Leedy has collected. They have met Joe Walsh of the Eagles, Joe Perry of Aerosmith, all the guys in Cheap Trick, Steve Stevens, Marty Stuart, Kenny Vaughan, Dave Baker and more. The business has about 20 years of hand-building custom guitars and basses to specifications in Winchester. RS Guitarworks can refinish guitars or basses to a different color or age a guitar. RS Guitarworks pioneered the aged finish and restores vintage guitars from the 1940s, ‘50s, and ‘60s. The business even offers easy-to-install pre-wired upgrade kits to improve tone quality and response. “We’ll fix about anything, banjos, mandolins, dulcimers, acoustics repairs, amp repairs,” Bowen said. The folks at RS Guitarworks have rescued and repaired thousands of “lost causes, basket cases, flood damaged and amateur modifications,” according to their marketing material. Leedy said it takes anywhere from three to four months to build a custom guitar, starting with a chunk of a tree tand

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ending with getting it into the client’s hands. They have a lifetime warranty on everything the create, too, Leedy said. He said they saw the business take off when people began using the Internet. At Office Depot, Bowen said he picked up a book that was sort of like “Web Design for Dummies” and started looking up how to build a website for the business. “I looked through this book and looked up everything I wanted to do and wrote down our first website in a spiral notebook and would put it up a page at a time,” Bowen said. RS Guitarworks’ website was up and running in 1999, and they have kept going with it since. It wasn’t the same after that, Bowen said. They started getting phone calls a couple of states over from North Carolina, then, across the world from New Zealand. “Here, you put this one little page up,” Bowen said. “And the phone starts ringing.” Now, Leedy said they are trying to refocus some effort on the local market. Leedy said that’s why they recently opened the shop in the front of the building. They are now selling picks, strings and supplies. “You don’t have to go to Lexington now,” Leedy said. “We’ve got all of the accessories you need here, and if we don’t, we can order it for you.” Leedy said RS Guitarworks has just as many small repairs as they do custom builds. “The reality is we have people come in every day who just need the strings changed,” he said. Over the years, many artists have been through the building. Artists from France, China, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and more have wined and dined in Winchester. Lisa Swafford, the office manager, said she gets especially excited when she sees celebrities wearing the merch such as hats, which she embroiders. Her hats are especially popular in Japan. The bassist of the Japanese band Suchmos can be seen wearing an RS hat in the music video for “Pink Vibes.” Leedy said RS Guitarworks is currently seeking more dealers in the U.S. to sell RS merch and to offer more services through them. Every part that goes into an RS guitar is American-made, preferring quality over cheap parts. “We are really proud they are red, white, and blue guitars all the way through,” Leedy said. The business wasn’t always booming, though. A flood in 2007 presented a setback for RS Guitarworks. At one point, Leedy and Bowen considered shutting down. But the duo said they don’t know what else they would be doing. Just about everyone at RS Guitarworks is working musicians or at least big fans of music. “It’s a passion,” Bowen said. “It’s a labor of love,” Leedy agreed. §

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Vintage necklace and earring set, $55



10-piece set of 1950s cocktail glasses and ice bucket with carrier, $95

for the senses

Bentley & Murray offers treasures of all sorts


t first sight, Bentley & Murray is an antique store. But a deeper look into the quaint shop located in the former J.C. Penney Company building at 23 S. Main St. proves the store offers treasures beyond the antique variety. While beautiful vintage finds are their specialty, Paul Wood and Ken Good offer more. For six years, the locally-owned store has offered antiques, upscale home decor, accessories, consignment, fragrances and textiles. The store is a vintage-lover’s paradise, with items curated from as far as the west coast and as close to home as local estate sales. Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

(LEFT) Copper and brass coffee service set. Universal stamp Frary and Clark, 1910-20s, $175 (ABOVE) Electrified Victorian parlor/banquet lamp with cherubs, $350

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What’s In Store | Commerce Archipelago line of candles and other fragrance products, $22 to $41

(LEFT) Vintage wind-up tin toy mohair walking elephant, $75 (BELOW) Vintage 1950s mechanical wind-up bear toy with baby book, made in Japan, $62

Rare 1939 Marx tin wind-up Mortimer Snerd toy, in working condition, $378

Antique Victorian hall tree with umbrella stone and drip pan, $725 Vintage 1930s to 1940s Delco tabletop radio in working condition, $195

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From humble beginnings, volunteer has helped facilitate growth of local pregnancy care center Story and photo by Fred Petke

Difference Maker | Living


hirty years ago, B.J. Graham was part of a group of people at her church trying to deal with a growing issue. “We began addressing the issue of how to support the decision for life,” Graham said. “There was a group of us that came together in 1988 to explore the possibility of opening a pregnancy crisis center in Winchester. That was a group of women and men from Calvary Christian Church. From that, it has expanded to many churches and community partners.” A year later, AA Pregnancy Center opened in Winchester. Through the three decades since, the organization has grown and moved twice; its current office on Jefferson Street is the third location in its history. For Graham, it’s a continued calling. She has been involved with the organization, now called New Beginnings, since day one. “I have been part of it since the beginning and have served in a variety of roles on the board and previously was the executive director here,” she said. In 1989, AA started in a one-bedroom apartment on East Lexington Avenue. But the organization kept growing. Today, New Beginnings is a growing agency meeting a number of issues involving pregnancy and children’s issues and needs. “We outgrew that space and moved over to 53 S. Main St.,” she said. In 2008, and with the help of a grant, they purchased the former Allen Company offices on Jefferson Street. As the organization has grown to meet the evergrowing need, more partners and more churches have joined the cause as well. “We started out with yard sales and raising funds a dime at a time to get where we are,” she said. Today Graham and Dan Marksberry are the only two board members who were there when it began. Both have witnessed the growth from working with women in crisis pregnancies to offering parenting classes, to working with grandparents who are raising their grandchildren. There is a men’s program to help fathers. There are women’s Bible studies. In 2015, New Beginnings added portable ultrasound services for new mothers. There are abstinence programs in schools which reached more than 2,000 students in 2016.

I FEEL IT’S A CALLING FROM THE LORD. I FEEL I VERY WELL COULD HAVE BEEN A GIRL THAT USED THESE SERVICES, HAD A FEW CIRCUMSTANCES BEEN DIFFERENT.” “We have evolved with society to meet the needs,” she said. “We’re still working with those girls. It’s also that family member who gets the call to the hospital” to take over care for a child. “We’re reaching a huge amount of people,” she said. “Any Wednesday, you’ll see 30 to 40 people taking a parenting class or having a Bible study.” New Beginnings keeps growing to meet needs, as it has since the beginning. Graham said she realized early on that she could have been one of the people needing the organization’s help. “I feel it’s a calling from the Lord,” she said. “ I feel I very well could have been a girl that used these services, had a few circumstances been different.” § Winchester living | 29

How to create

incredible, inedible Easter eggs

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Experiment with materials this year to make eggs easier to handle and more durable


aster is one of the most important days of the year for Christians. Easter Sunday is filled with symbolism and tradition, some of which harken back to early Christianity, while others trace their origins elsewhere. The Easter Bunny and Easter eggs are traditions with less extensive histories. The Easter Bunny, according to many sources, first arrived in America in the 1700s via German settlers who brought with them their tradition of an egg-laying hare called “Osterhase.” Children would make nests where the rabbit could lay its colored eggs. Eventually, the custom spread from Pennsylvania, where many German immigrants settled, to other areas around the country. Eggs are symbolic of new life and rebirth in many cultures. To Christians, eggs represent the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Another theory suggests Christians were once forbidden to eat during the Lenten season preceding Easter. Therefore, Christians would paint and decorate eggs for Easter to mark the joyous celebration and cessation of penance and fasting. Even though these traditions have endured, Easter eggs themselves might not be so strong. This year, Easter celebrants may want to experiment with different materials that are more forgiving and more enduring

than standard eggs.

WOODEN EGGS Families may find that wooden eggs are much more forgiving than standard eggs. Wooden eggs don’t have to be boiled, they don’t need time to harden and they are quite maneuverable for young fingers. Decorators can explore different ways to color wooden eggs. Acrylic paints are readily available and safe for users of any age. Wood stains or wood markers also can be used to give the eggs a natural finish. Others may want to rip small pieces of decorative paper to create a decoupage effect on their wooden eggs.

SEW SOFT EGGS Those who are handy with a needle and thread can explore patterns for making soft, stuffed eggs. Cozy fleece or other fabrics can be sewn together to make the general egg shape. Then the egg is filled with polyester filling, feathers or another soft material. Ribbons, buttons, trims and other decorative touches can personalize the eggs and add a touch of whimsy. Check out for their ideas on handmade Easter eggs.

MODELING CLAY Children who love to get their hands dirty may enjoy making Easter eggs out of modeling materials. Colors can be blended together to create a marbleized effect. Depending on the clay medium, the eggs may air-harden or may need to be heated at a low temperature in the oven to fully cure. Easter eggs are a fun tradition that add to the festivity of spring. While traditional eggs can be used, many different, more longlasting materials can be just as fun. §

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Winchester Therapeutic Massage offers services for varying relaxation, wellness needs Story by Fred Petke | Photos by James Mann

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Candace Quisenberry, owner of Winchester Therapeutic Massage.


here’s a lot more to a massage than simply getting kinks worked out of a back. “People come in for a number of reasons,” said Candace Quisenberry, owner of Winchester Therapeutic Massage. “Maybe it’s to relax or they have a pain. We have people who come in on a regular basis.” Quisenberry and her staff have a number of options for a number of different issues. “We offer relaxation and deep tissue,” Quisenberry said. “We have a couples massage we try to make romantic.” Then there is ashiatsu. “They call that the deepest, most luxurious massage,” she said. “The therapist uses their feet to get really deep.” The therapist, though, is using handrails mounted on the ceiling, so their full weight isn’t going on the client’s back. “It’s like ironing out a muscle,” 34 | Winchester living

therapist Julie Kerber said. Of course, they offer Swedish massage and hot stones as well. “The stones are like applied heat,” Kerber said. “A lot of people don’t realize it’s a stone. It’s a penetrating heat.” WTM also offers CranioSacral massage for those who are sensitive to touch. “It’s a light-touch modality,” therapist Lori Barnes said. “Instead of us actually pressing on muscles we tap into the craniosacral fluid to assist your body into healing itself, unwind tension patterns, migraines… It can literally help with everything. “For those who are really, really sensitive to pressure, it’s an alternative. You can fall asleep on the table and not realize it.” There is a full menu of options of different types of massage offered, Quisenberry said. For more information, call 755-4043. §

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Features | Joan Mayer

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Seventh generation Clark woman pens book of memoirs about family history, homeplace Story and photos by Whitney Leggett

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eep in southwestern Clark County, the roads wind and bend around the hills and landscape. Centuries old trees line Jones Nursery Road, towering over rock walls and the signature black plank fences indicative of horse country. As one travels further, the road seemingly narrows by the minute, leaving barely room enough for two cars to pass. The road appears it will end, but a sharp bend carries visitors further into the rural countryside. The scenes are picturesque, but almost otherworldly for those not used to venturing past the busy major roads and the lights of even small-town Winchester. Just before the blacktop ends and forces passengers to pick a right or a left, an expansive home is barely visible from the road. “You won’t see it until you’re right up on it,” Joan Mayer says of her historic home. She’s right. Once visitors reach Nursery Place, the name given to the land that has been in Mayer’s family for more than 200 years, the home is not easily ignored. The white shutters offer a stark contrast to the barn-red siding and the driveway to the home offers a gentle break from the winding country road. Trees dot the front yard, and visitors are greeted by the resident hounds, Grace and Gus, who quickly prove their “bark is bigger than their bite,” as they seek a pat on the head. Mayer exits soon from a side door. With a smile and wave she opens her home. She exudes an eagerness to share the stories of the house, which date back to her ancestors and some of the county’s first residents in the late 1700s.

In search of land

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Griffin Fauntleroy Jones rests at the front of Nursery Place surrounded by his various plants. Joan Mayer estimates the photo was taken in the mid- to late1800s. This photo is framed and hangs beside the door pictured above today.

Joan Mayer | Features excitement over having visitors. The light of a nearby fireplace illuminates her face. Joan’s ancestor, Thomas Jones, came to Clark County by way of Virginia in search of land. He moved his wife to Ft. Harrod (today’s Harrodsburg area), where she stayed while he was searching. “He sold his farm in Virginia,” Joan said. “And he stayed in this home. It was built around 1790, a two-pen log house.” The original home had only two rooms connected by a sort of breezeway called a dogtrot, Joan explained. Above the two original rooms was a loft for sleeping. Thomas Jones would eventually build a home for his family on modern-day Combs Ferry Road. But after his children were adults, one of his sons, Griffin Fauntleroy Jones, took the cabin over. “Over the years, he stretched it into this house,” Joan said. “He started a nursery, too. He was an entrepreneur and had the first nursery in Kentucky. That’s where we get the name Nursery Place.” It’s also the origin story for Jones Nursery Road. Fauntleroy Jones was Joans’ third great-grandfather, and every generation of her family was born at Nursery Place, until her. “My father was born here and now I’m here,” she said. “I wasn’t born here. It was around the time they started going to the hospital when I was born.” Joan said her grandmother died fairly young after contracting tuberculosis. So her grandfather and father moved to a farm on Combs Ferry Road when her dad was just a teenager. The home at Nursery Place remained in the family, though, with tenant farmers residing there over the years. When Joan married in 1955, she and her then husband, Gerald Mayer, took over the home. But residing there would require adding electricity, running water and a furnace. “It had been cared for roughly,” Joan said. “I raised my two boys here.” For more than 60 years, Joan has called the longtime family property home. Although the home radiates history, Joan has made it her own.

Going on a trip

The home was built on a hill, she explains, in a time before the equipment existed to level the earth. “They just built it up the hill,” she said. Depending on where you enter the home, a trip

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Joan Mayer rests on a fire bench handcrafted by her mother, Charlotte Bowman Pursley. The home’s decor gives a glimpse into one of Joan’s beloved pastimes, fox hunting. from one end to the other means descending numerous flights of stairs or climbing them. “We’re going on a trip,” Joan chuckles as she begins the tour. The original rooms are now a living room and a spare bedroom. The other rooms were added on by Fauntleroy Jones, who also built up from the loft, Joan explained. There are also additions from Joan’s era. There’s a dining room that opens up to a screen porch, a bedroom with decorative paint and salmon-colored details throughout. A dining room table handcrafted by Joan’s mother is the center piece of the foyer-made-dining room. “She built this from cherry in the basement of her home on Combs 42 | Winchester living

Ferry specifically to fit this dining room,” Joan said. Her mom also built the adjacent hunt board, where Joan leans playfully mimicking someone relaxing with a drink during a party. A painting of a preteen Joan hangs above the fire place. “I had to give up all my Saturdays to pose for that portrait,” she recalls. Paintings of her ancestors dot the other walls. There’s one of Cadwaller Jones, a former Clark County clerk; Gen. Richard Woodford, a Revolutionary War brigade general, and one of her father, William Fauntleroy Pursley, giving reason to an obvious theme in the home’s decor. “My father was a master of foxhounds at the Iroquois Hunt Club,”

she said. There are foxes on the light switches and paintings of hunts from England. A wall in the former dogtrot area of the home displays photos of Joan’s family on horseback ready for hunts, jumping rock walls and atop ponies at a horse show. There are trophies from horse shows and debate club competitions when Joan was a student at Winchester High School in the 1950s. “The home is full of foxes and hounds and horses,” Joan said. “I’ve spent my life being a fox hunter on horseback. My parents did it. I did it. My children did it.” A map shows the Iroquois hunt country. “This is the whole area that we

Joan Mayer | Features used to ride through,” Joan said pinpointing Nursery Place, Becknerville Road, the Kentucky River and Lower Howard’s Creek on the map. She gingerly traces the winding road to her house. “All this area was beautiful,” she said. “There were very few houses. This all gives you a little idea what our life was like.”

The hunt

Photos from the floors above and below the dining area of Joan Mayer’s home show the various family heirlooms. The steps down from the above photo show the descent into one of the original rooms of the home, now a living area. A portrait of Joan hangs above the fire place below.

Joan’s dad was integral in establishing the Iroquois Hunt Club. “Some friends they got to know were fox hunting,” Joan said. “They used to do it in Fayette County. My father joined the hunt, and the next thing they knew, they were hunting on our land. “They moved the hunt to Clark County.” Joan’s father located the abandoned Grimes Mill in the area, acquired the property and the hunt club made it’s headquarters there. Built in 1803, the mill still serves at the headquarters for the local Iroquois Hunt Club. According to Joan, the club is the third oldest continuously running hunt in the nation, just a bit younger than hunts in New York and Massachusetts. Although Joan doesn’t hunt anymore and her sons have taken on raising thoroughbreds, the family is still members of the club.

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Saving stories The passion for the hunt and her family’s deep Clark County roots are still strong for Joan. So much so she has penned a book of memoirs sharing stories about one of Clark County’s founding families and their time with the Iroquois Hunt Club. “From her home at Nursery Place, built in 1790, Joan Bowman Pursley Mayer recounts the history of the land her family settled, with stories of her parents, and their life including the Iroquois Hunt Club. She also examines many of the ancestral families that settled the land in Clark County,” according to the book. “I didn’t set out to write a book,” Joan explained. “It just sort of happened.” Joan said she has a natural love for preserving her family’s history. Some of that comes from spending the past six decades calling a family heirloom home. It also comes from being lucky enough to have an extensive genealogy and history at her finger tips. “One of my ancestors, Judge Lewis Hampton Jones, wrote an extensive family history,” she said. “He did all the research and wrote this book that goes back to the 1600s. It’s not just Kentucky. It’s all the way back to England, how we got over here. “That was another thing that inspired me to write.” The first bit of inspiration was a pure desire to preserve the stories she grew up hearing from her parents. “I started writing stories, memoirs mostly,” she said. “Just stories my family shared with me. My children wouldn’t listen to me, so I decided to write it down.” Four years later, Joan had more than 400 pages of stories.

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(LEFT) Etchings on a window in Joan Mayer’s home read “Mattie Moore, age 14, 1844” and “Sallie Jones, age 1844. Mattie Moore was Joan’s grandmother. (RIGHT) A wall of the breezeway displays various photos of Joan’s family on horseback and ready for fox hunts. (ABOVE) A map shows the Iroquois Hunt Country in Clark County. (TOP) The former Grimes Mill is now headquarters for the Iroquois Hunt Club in Clark County.

Joan Mayer | Features “I didn’t know what else to do with that many pages other than to make a book,” she said. “Of Family and Place” was published in 2016. Although the stories were written with Joan’s children and grandchildren in mind, she believes her book is one people from all over will enjoy. “It thinks it’s a good read for anyone who lives in the area particularly,” she said. “But I’ve had people buy the book from all over the country. They write me wonderful letters telling me how they enjoyed it. So it’s not just for people who live here.”

Doing what she needs to For Joan, preserving the area where her family settled is as important as saving the stories. She has long been an advocate for minimal development in the area where she once hunted alongside her parents. While the 10th generation of Thomas Jones’ ancestors are now calling Clark County home, Joan doesn’t know if they will continue inhabiting the centuries old home he built. “I’d love it if someone would keep it going. But I wouldn’t want to put them here if they didn’t want to be. You know, with all these stairs, it’s not like you just glide through it,” she say with a laughs Joan doesn’t know exactly why she has such a strong urge to hold on to her family’s stories, the artifacts of the home. “You grow up with a love of it,” she said. “It’s a love of the land. You want to stay on the land, and here was a house, so I might as well fix it up and stay.” Stay she has and stay she will. “I grew up in a time when you do what you have to do,” she said. “Even though you have to be pretty fit to get through the house and it might be a bit inconvenient, I appreciate it more now than I did the day I moved in. A younger person might think this is just the worst thing possible. But I’ve always appreciated it.” §

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AND BACK Winchester man takes ‘eppic’ journey to career in filmmaking Story by Amanda Crum | Photos by James Mann


or Winchester’s Jason Epperson, the journey to becoming a filmmaker has been a long one filled with many twists and turns. But those experiences have contributed to his success in ways no formal education ever could, Jason said. The 41-year-old film director has loved being creative behind the camera since he was a kid, but never dreamed it would lead to a career. Now, he runs the award-winning Eppic Films, producing movies, TV shows and commercials with a small but close team, and the dream is real. After sending in a project to the producers of the reality TV show “On The Lot” to compete for a contract with Dreamworks Studios, Jason was quickly chosen by Steven Spielberg to be one of just 50 finalists out of thousands. Suddenly, his star was rising at a breakneck speed.

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“Weeks later, I was named first runner-up and a first look deal with Dreamworks Studio, just falling short of a $1 million deal,” Jason said. “I’ve now had 10 years to process the reality of coming in second and it’s turned out to be OK with me. “Life has taken many turns since then, but today, I’m happier than I could have ever imagined. The clients I’ve gained, projects I’ve worked on and opportunities provided have been more than I could have ever imagined.” Although Jason started out as a music video director, his experience on the set of “On The Lot” led to a new

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passion for filmmaking. With TV networks dropping videos in favor of reality programming, Jason said the opportunities dried up quickly. The show offered him a new kind of outlet and he turned his disappointment into opportunity, using all the skills and tricks of the trade he learned in L.A. to create an impressive resume. In the decade that has passed, Jason and his team have filmed documentaries including “The Sixth Man: Bluesanity,” which was picked up by Netflix, and “Impact: After The Crash,” about the horrific Carrolton bus accident; “Unrequited,” a thriller starring “Twilight”

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actor Michael Welch; and “Logheads,” a reality TV show on the DIY Network. Although the body of work is owed largely to Jason’s vision, he said he couldn’t have done any of it without his team. “Without my team, there really is no success and no Eppic Films,” Jason said. “I credit my success to surrounding myself with motivated people who are extremely talented. “I was a one-man show for years and it wasn’t until recently that I included my wife, Elizabeth, in the business and utilized her talents. She’s incredibly smart on the business side of things. She’s also very creative and we

make an incredible power couple. She is my best friend and it’s an amazing experience to get to work with her every single day.” The husband-and-wife team also utilize the talents of Zach Sutherland and C.J. Nurse, two professionals who make Jason’s job easier by being at the top of their game, he said. Not having to worry about the final product, he said, is a huge plus. “Zach is young, hungry and super talented. He has been an amazing addition in that I don’t have to give him any real direction. He knows what I want without spelling things out,” Jason said. “C.J. is my ‘brother-from-another-mother’ and we’ve Winchester living | 49

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Jason, center, his wife and company co-owner, Elizabeth Epperson, and assistant videographer Zach Sutherland in their home studio.

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been friends forever. He lives in Jacksonville, Florida, but is up here about every month or so and helps us a lot on all aspects of production.” The filmmaking process has changed dramatically in recent years with the introduction of smartphones and platforms such as YouTube and Facebook, which can help just about anyone become a filmmaker and have their work seen all over the world. It’s all part of the job, Jason said, acknowledging his team has had to change with the times in order to keep up with demand. “Our world is craving content so I can’t see us slowing down,” he said. “I’ve learned to adapt to current trends as our world and the demands of it change every day. We feel we can offer services like no other production company in the state can provide. It’s the way we value our customers and expectations we have for our work that puts us ahead.” With all the recent interest in Kentucky cities as filming locations — “Tragedy Girls,” “Above Suspicion,” and the Ted Bundy biopic “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Vile and Evil” have all been shot around the state — it would seem being a Kentucky filmmaker is easier than ever. Unfortunately, the opposite is true according to Jason, who said lawmakers have cut the filming incentives that bring Hollywood to the Bluegrass from the budgets.

“Being board members of the Kentucky Film Commission, we were seeing first-hand the huge impact the incentives were starting to have on our state. We fought for years to get it and to see the governor take it away after only a couple of years is disheartening and somewhat unexpected. “I know first-hand of numerous companies that were on the verge of building massive studios here in Kentucky as well as major motion pictures bracing to start making films here. Our state is ideal for filmmaking with lots of great talent and resources starting to trickle in. Now, we’re back to the drawing board. I’m no politician, and I don’t claim to know all the details or numbers, but I can’t comprehend how something that was creating so many jobs and bringing in so much money to our state can be chopped.” Whether Jason will get back to Hollywood remains to be seen, but for now, Eppic Films is not only a labor of love, it’s a way of life. The father of five said he is happiest when he’s being creative, something that has allowed Eppic Films to build a name in the business. “I love to make my clients happy. I really do,” he said. “To take an idea and turn it into a visual, emotional piece of art that makes you feel a certain way is the ultimate high for me. Nothing makes me happier than to see my clients happy and return to do more work.” §

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Sweet Sisters Childhood on a farm inspired local bakery run by siblings Story by Amanda Crum | Photos by James Mann


hen sisters Ann Stenzel and Susan Mitmesser were growing up in Lewis County, working in the kitchen was a given, but they couldn’t have known the skills they learned at the sides of their grandparents would translate so well into building a future business of their own. Active in every aspect of running the Bane family farm, the sisters learned the value of hard work at a very early age. Now, they are applying it to The Banery, a bakery that blends the recipes from their childhoods with Winchester charm. 54 | Winchester living

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“While growing up, we helped our grandmother, Ma Bane, cook and bake,” Susan said. “She ran her kitchen day and night for farmhands and family. Her cooking style and recipes are ones that we still use today and value greatly. After her passing, we obtained her hand-written recipe notebook containing family recipes used from past generations. We still keep some of these alive not only in our bakery, but in our homes.” The idea to open a business came after local baker Thom Schoolmaster decided to retire. He approached Susan about adopting some of his recipes. Susan loved the idea and, after talking it over with Ann, the two decided to make a go of it. “That’s when our husbands joined in offering us some of the space connected to their business office, and here we are,” Susan said. The sisters make it sound easy, but getting a new bakery off the ground in a small town took a lot of planning. Armed with family recipes and a desire to make their new business a success, Ann and Susan met with Thom and spent long hours making sure they had a solid plan. “There were many days sitting and planning out every detail of the products, menu and even the layout of the bakery and shop. Susan and I analyzed every detail and also met with Thom certain days of the week at my house to learn his secrets to recipes and baking skills,” Ann said. After opening in March 2017, The Banery immediately found a following with its signature jumbo cupcakes — featuring flavors such as White Wedding, Cookies N’ Cream, Strawberry Fields, Chocolate Sundae, and Snicker Doodle — as well as pies, scones and homemade ice cream. The sisters also create special-order cakes and treats, like mini tarts, all of which have helped put them on the map for parties, weddings and events in and around Winchester. In fact, the sisters have made it a point to be inclusive when it comes to local flavors; the town’s most famous product, Ale-8, is even incorporated into a special cupcake that sells out daily. The bakery, located just off Bypass Road, is a sweet addition to the neighborhood, decorated in a chic farmhouse style that complements the space beautifully. A large, sparkling glass case filled with the day’s creations dominates one end of the room, while a Kentucky-shaped menu lets customers know what

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their options are. Past the counter, customers can catch glimpses of all the hard work happening behind the scenes as the owners hustle to fill orders, wafting out delicious scents as they go. It’s the kind of place that makes you want to sit down with your favorite sibling and share a giant cupcake on a rainy day, and that sense of family is what The Banery is all about. Besides using recipes and skills they learned from their grandparents and parents — their father, Alan Bane, is popular in their hometown for his homemade ice creams — the sisters also rely on their husbands and children to help out when things

get busy, putting them to work washing dishes or taste-testing new flavors. While making their own schedules and getting to be the boss is certainly a perk of business ownership, the sisters said their priority is making quality food that incorporates old and new recipes for the community. Ann said they want to collaborate with other area businesses in order to bring the best possible service to weddings and other events. As far as what is to come for The Banery, Ann and Susan said while they see their highest order volume during holidays because of requests for handmade candies and cookies,

the warmer months will bring some treats for customers in the form of recipes using fresh strawberries and the possible introduction of black walnut into their homemade ice cream flavors. Finding new ways to give back to the Winchester community is their way of saying thanks for all the support, which they have had in spades, the sisters said. “Our business has been welcomed with open arms,” Susan said. “There are so many clients in Central Kentucky and even our hometown who visit us on a regular basis and keep our products on the move.” § Winchester living | 57




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Food | From the Cookbook

Asparagus tart INGREDIENTS — 1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed — 2 cups Jarlsberg cheese, shredded — 1 pound asparagus — 1 tablespoon olive oil — 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves — salt — pepper 60 | Winchester living

INSTRUCTIONS Heat oven to 400 F. Prepare baking sheet with parchment paper. Roll out puff pastry into 16-by-10-inch rectangle; trim uneven edges. Place on baking sheet. Using knife, lightly score pastry dough 1 inch from edges. Using fork, pierce dough inside markings at 1/2-inch intervals. Bake until golden, about 15 minutes. Remove pastry shell from oven and sprinkle with shredded cheese. Trim bottoms of asparagus spears to fit crosswise inside pastry shell; arrange in single layer over cheese, alternating ends and tips. Brush with oil, sprinkle with thyme leaves and season with salt and pepper. Bake until spears are tender, about 20 minutes.

ham sliders Holiday

INGREDIENTS — Canola cooking spray — 3 ounces white cheddar, shredded — 3 ounces havarti Cheese, shredded — Hawaiian sweet rolls — 2 tablespoons spicy mustard — 1/4 cup sliced red onion — 12 ounces spiral sliced half ham — 1/4 cup sliced green apple — 4 tablespoons butter, melted — 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder — 1/4 teaspoon ground sea salt — 1/2 teaspoon parsley flakes

INSTRUCTIONS Heat oven to 350 F. Line 9-by-13-inch baking pan with aluminum foil and coat with cooking spray. In small bowl, combine cranberry white cheddar and havarti cheeses. Reserve. Remove entire package of rolls and, keeping rolls connected, slice in half horizontally. Place bottom half of rolls in baking pan. Spread with spicy mustard. Top with red onion, ham, apple, cheese mixture and bun tops. In small bowl, combine butter, garlic powder, salt and parsley flakes. Pour over sandwiches. Cover with foil and bake 15 minutes. Remove foil. Bake 10 minutes more. Remove from pan and separate sandwiches; serve immediately.

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carrots Spiced maple

INGREDIENTS — 1 pound (4 cups) baby carrots — 1/2 cup water — 1 teaspoon ground Saigon cinnamon — 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger — 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup — 1 tablespoon butter — sea salt, to taste

INSTRUCTIONS In a large skillet, combine carrots, water, cinnamon and ginger. Mix well. Cover and cook on high six minutes until almost tender. Add maple syrup and butter. Mix well and continue to cook, uncovered, two to three minutes, until carrots are well-glazed. Season, to taste, with sea salt.

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Spiced honey and pepper-glazed INGREDIENTS — 8 to 10 pounds cooked shank-end ham — water (optional) — 1 tablespoon cracked black pepper — 1 tablespoon ground mustard — 1 tablespoon garlic powder — 1/2 cup honey — 1 1/2 teaspoons ground saigon cinnamon — 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

INSTRUCTIONS Heat oven to 325 F. With a sharp knife, score ham at 1-inch intervals; place in baking dish. If ham appears dry, moisten surface with water. In small bowl, combine black pepper, mustard and garlic powder. Rub pepper mixture over surface of ham. Roast according to package directions. Combine honey, cinnamon and cloves. Drizzle over ham during last 30 minutes of roasting. Remove ham from oven and let rest 20 minutes before slicing.

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cream pie Fluffy blueberry

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INGREDIENTS — 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened — 1/3 cup sugar — 1 tablespoon milk — 2 cups frozen whipped topping, thawed — 1 can (21 ounces) blueberry fruit filling or topping — 1/2 cup toasted coconut flakes, plus additional for topping, if desired — 1 graham cracker crust (9 inches) 64 | Winchester living

INSTRUCTIONS In large bowl, beat together cream cheese, sugar and milk until creamy, about one to two minutes. Add whipped topping, pie filling and coconut; carefully fold together until no streaks remain. Spoon filling mixture into graham cracker crust. Sprinkle top with additional coconut flakes, if desired. Cover and chill two hours, or until firm.

peanut butter pie Strawberry

INGREDIENTS — 1 1/4 cups crushed pretzels — 1/4 cup granulated sugar — 1/2 cup butter, melted — 1 cup creamy peanut butter — 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese — 1/2 cup powdered sugar — 1 1/2 cups frozen whipped dessert topping, thawed — 1 can (21 ounces) strawberry fruit filling and topping

INSTRUCTIONS Combine pretzels and granulated sugar then stir in butter. Press crumb mixture onto bottom and sides of 10-inch pie plate. Cover and chill. With electric mixer on medium speed, beat together peanut butter, cream cheese and powdered sugar. Fold in whipped dessert topping. Spoon 1/2 cup pie filling into crust-lined pie plate. Carefully spread peanut butter filling over top. Top with remaining pie filling. Cover and chill two hours before serving.

Why I Love Winchester ‘I hope I make a difference in the lives of the youth here and am able to provide them with new and exciting opportunities.’


s a Clark County Extension Agent for 4-H Youth Development, Heather Cassill helps provide hands-on educational programming for students from kindergarten to 12th grade. She facilitates programming in schools and in after-school programs, works with various local 4-H clubs, offers workshops and summer 4-H camp. Heather moved here from Ohio after her husband, Brian, was accepted into the master’s program at the University of Kentucky. Heather worked at the UK Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory while also working on her master’s degree. She became one of Clark County’s youth extension agents in 2006. “We decided to stay in Kentucky,” she said. “We now have a son, Bryson, who was born in November 2011.” In her role at the extension office, Heather works to grow the 4-H youth programs in the county. But she admits she has grown some herself in the 15 years she has called Kentucky home. WL: What is the most challenging part of your job and what do you like most about it? HC: The most challenging part of my job is not having enough time in the day to do everything and having 66 | Winchester living

WL: Where is your favorite place to go in Winchester and Clark County? HC: My family really enjoys the Winchester-Clark County Parks and Recreation programs at College Park. There is something for all ages.  My co-workers and I enjoy going to lunch at the local favorites, Gaunce’s, JK’s and Engine House.

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to decide how to best utilize our time to be able to offer all the awesome programs that we have in Clark County 4-H. Even with everything we do in the schools and community, there are still so many people who do not know about all the programs and services we have to offer at the Clark County Cooperative Extension Office for youth, families, homeowners, farmers, gardeners, etc. We have so much to offer at our office and work closely with the school system. I love this part of my job, meeting so many different people in our community and would love for more people to come utilize our programs.  We are a volunteer-driven program and we are always looking for people to share their knowledge and skills.

WL: What is your favorite holiday, community event or time of year in Winchester and why do you enjoy it? HC: My family really loves Spaghetti Dinner time at St. Agatha Academy at the end of October. The food is yummy and you see so many community people at the event. WL: What has been the biggest positive life change that has happened to you since you have lived in Winchester? HC: The biggest positive life change is having the pleasure to work with so many great youth and their families. I have met so many great people here in our community and is a great mix of historic local families and people like my family who have chosen Winchester as their community.  I love that my son gets to grow up here in a community that is much like what I grew up in.  I hope I make a difference in the lives of the youth here and am able to provide them with new and exciting opportunities. I very much believe in providing opportunities so youth can try new, positive things and meet new people. §

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