Most folks growing up in rural Kentucky are well-acquainted with hunting wildlife, either from listening to relativesï¿½ stories or from their own ventures into the woods. Northern Kentucky author Ron Ellis chronicles his boyhood hunting experiences with his father in Coganï¿½s Woods (Skyhorse Publishing, $16.95, www.skyhorsepublishing.com), in fictional Belden County, Kentucky. Recently re-released as a 10th anniversary edition, the book received high praise in a new foreword by writer and environmentalist Rick Bass as a ï¿½celebration of cherished things.ï¿½
Ellis so tenderly describes the sounds of the woods, the mannerisms of his father, and the relationships built during these expeditions, that a feeling of quiet sentimentality permeates the story. Though their purpose was hunting squirrels, Ellis and his father took home much more than a country meal from each of their trips in the big family Mercury. The time spent with his father in the woods taught Ellis life lessons that were clear to him as he looks back into his childhood memories, aided by the unique journaling of favorite memories his father kept in spent shotgun shells.
Stories of sitting on the porch with farm owners Sherm and Stony after each hunt, sipping a Dr Pepper and listening to their reminiscences of days gone by, will make readers long for the slower days and simpler times that have slipped away from most. Ellisï¿½ descriptions of even the smallest of details, such as the sounds and sights of the small-town grocery where he and his father would occasionally stop for lunch, let the reader see and feel every part of the story.
There are lessons to be learned from Coganï¿½s Woodsï¿½lessons about the value of family time, the importance of a fatherï¿½s influence on his child, and of simply remembering those who have tread the woods before you.
Water heating ranks as one of the top three energy-related expenses in your home. Save energy and money by installing a water heater blanket, using low-flow showerheads and faucets, and lowering the thermostat on your water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
The U.S. Army Cadet Corps, headquartered at Forest Hill Station in Millersburg, is a military career exploration program for young men and women age 12-18.
Beginning in August, Forest Hill Military Academy will provide cadets with year-round experience.
ï¿½Our technology-based residential preparatory school will prepare cadets for life in college, private industry, or service to their country,ï¿½ says Col. Joseph M. Land Sr., chief of staff. ï¿½Honor, loyalty, and service are traits that serve all Americans, regardless of their career path.ï¿½
In response to a request for support from the Menifee County Sheriffï¿½s Office following devastating tornadoes in March, 50 USAC personnel searched three days for lost family mementos, recovered roaming animals, and moved debris. Deputy Sheriff Donnie Fugett says, ï¿½I canï¿½t say enough for how these young citizens pitched in to help.ï¿½
For more information, go to www.goforesthill.com or call (859) 484-2100 x 16.
A new technology for the Golden Pond Planetarium in Trigg County, MEDIAGLOBE ll, is open in Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area.
ï¿½The full-dome, full-color digital, single-lens projection makes you feel like youï¿½re in space. In addition to being educational, the programs are entertaining,ï¿½ says Jan Bush, public affairs officer.
Manager Ross Workman explains, ï¿½The projection range covers our entire dome with vibrant colors, sound, and action by using the ï¿½astronomical simulationï¿½ function.ï¿½
Computer-animated programs are offered throughout the day. A complete schedule of shows and times can be found on www.lbl.org under the ï¿½See and Doï¿½ tab, or phone (270) 924-2243.
A childrenï¿½s book, Lineman, The Unsung Hero, is author Michelle Larsonï¿½s tribute to her husbandï¿½s profession. In words and illustrations, Larson describes the demands of those who keep our electric power up and running.
To order: go to www.fwlsp.com or call (502) 403-5232. The book sells for $12.90.
More info available at www.uky.edu/Ag/KALP.
Byron Crawfordï¿½s ï¿½Myrtleï¿½s Memoriesï¿½ column in May brought a unique critique from Freda Mattingly of Leitchfield. Weï¿½ll let her tell it in her words, excerpted from the e-mail she sent to Byron. Thank you, Freda, for reminding us of the lessons from our traditions:
I read and very much enjoyed ï¿½Myrtleï¿½s Memories.ï¿½
The lady who did the illustration is very good; however, she obviously has never been taught to hang clothes on the line. A shirt would never be hung by its shoulders but by its hem, socks not by their tops but by their toes, slips and dresses not by their hems or shoulders but folded carefully over the line at their waists, unmentionables would be hung behind other clothes so they are hidden from view: lessons I learned from my mother early in life. She always hung out the laundry, even in freezing weather when she said they would freeze dry.
I still hang out clothes as often as the weather allows. It gives me great pleasure to be in Godï¿½s sunshine and to watch the clothes blow in the breeze.
Plant Site: Construction work on East Kentucky Power Cooperativeï¿½s John Sherman Cooper steam generating plant at Burnside shows heavy equipment preparing plant foundation. Completion is set for early 1964.
Upgrading and replacing energy-consuming equipment in buildings offers an important capital investment opportunity, with the potential for significant economic, climate, and employment impacts. In the United States alone, more than $279 billion could be invested across the residential, commercial, and institutional market segments. This investment could yield more than $1 trillion of energy savings over 10 years.
Mrs. Kentucky for a cause
Albany resident Kathy Polston-Dalton, Mrs. Kentucky 2012, will represent the state at the Mrs. United States pageant in Las Vegas this month. The cause she champions for her reign is adoption. She is the mother of four children adopted at birth.