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Electric co-op scholarship deadline extended

A Kentucky of a place

The eagles have nested

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Electric co-op scholarship deadline extended

Women in Rural Electrification (Kentucky W.I.R.E.) has extended the deadline for taking applications for $1,000 scholarships. Applications are now being accepted until July 20. The scholarships are open to any eligible student whose family is served by a Kentucky electric cooperative and has at least 60 hours of credits at a Kentucky college or university by the start of the fall term. W.I.R.E. will award three scholarships.

For an application form, go to www.kaec.org and click on the link at the bottom of the New Info box, or call your local electric cooperative or the Kentucky Living office.

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A Kentucky of a Place

Guest Opinion

by Lorelynn Caudill

Kentucky is known as the Bluegrass State and Unbridled Spirit. What do these mean?

Kentucky’s name is believed to be from an Indian word for “meadow” or “great prairie” (which it is). It is known as the Bluegrass State because the grass has a bluish tint in the spring. The term Unbridled Spirit is where spirits are free to soar and big dreams can be fulfilled.

I want to share only a handful of fun and fascinating facts about Kentucky:

The Kentucky Derby is the oldest continuously held horse race.

Fort Knox has most of the money owned by the United States government in gold bullion: a whopping $6 billion.

The world’s largest baseball bat, 120 feet tall and 68,000 pounds, stands at the Louisville Slugger Museum.

Kentucky’s Cumberland Falls is the only waterfall in the Northern Hemisphere to display moonbows. What are moonbows? Moonbows are formed just like daylight rainbows—except they arise from moonlight.

Did you know that the first Happy Birthday song was sung and written by two sisters, Mildred Hill, a teacher, and Patty Hill, the principal of the same school located in Louisville?

It’s the birthplace of our 16th president, Abraham Lincoln.

Can you believe the first cheeseburgers were served in 1934 in Louisville?

The Jif plant in Lexington is the largest peanut butter producing facility in the world.

Where are Post-It Notes made? In Cynthiana.

The sleek and sporty Corvettes are manufactured in Bowling Green.

The people of Kentucky saw an electric light for the first time in Louisville. Thomas Edison’s light bulb was demonstrated there in 1883.

Kentucky is where the word “holler” rightfully exists, a place where children can dig their fingers in the dirt, use their imagination, and dream. Kentucky is a place where parents want more for their children, and when a young man or woman leaves Kentucky, they can’t seem to get the Bluegrass State out of their hearts.

Here in Kentucky, horse races exist and people are actually in touch with nature. Home-cooked meals are to die for. One 18th-century preacher, when asked to describe Heaven, answered, “Oh my honeys, Heaven is a Kentucky of a place!”

Kentucky is an awesome state with a rich heritage and history, great people, strong family values and morals, and so much more.

So just spread your arms open, open your mind, and inhale the beauty of Kentucky.

Lorelynn Caudill will be in the 7th grade this fall at Christian County Middle School in Hopkinsville. This essay is excerpted from her speech that won contests for the school and for 4-H.

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The eagles have nested

Wildlife biologists at Land Between The Lakes have located 17 active bald eagle nests, with two more potentially active nest sites, in the western Kentucky and Tennessee National Recreation Area.

These nests were identified during eagle nest inventories, which include on-the-ground field surveys and an aerial nest survey, conducted during the winter and spring months.

“This indicates our resident bald eagle population continues to thrive in the region,” says LBL wildlife biologist Elizabeth Raikes. LBL has also become the winter home to more than 150 bald eagles.

Since the 1980s, state and federal wildlife officials have been working hard to bring a migratory population of bald eagles back to the region. Within the last decade, the nation’s bald eagle population has increased to the point that the bird may be removed from the Federally Threatened Species list. However, the bald eagle still remains protected today as a threatened species under state and federal laws.

“Federal law,” Raikes says, “protects all eagles and nesting sites, and prohibits any human disturbances around the nests.”

You can get more information on Land Between The Lakes at (800) 525-7077 or at www.lbl.org.

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