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Sweet mountain home
We received a book in the mail along with this letter:

“My name is Betty Carter. I am mother of four, grandmother of six. I have written a mountain book called My Little Mountain Home and Me based on my memories of how it used to be growing up in the hills of rural Kentucky in the late forties and early fifties. My main purpose in writing this story is so my children and their children will know how it really was during that time. This book is intended to evoke memories and it will for a lot of people who lived these times, some sweet and some bittersweet.

“Names have been changed to protect the innocent (and the guilty). It is written lightheartedly in the hill language we all spoke and I laughingly tell everyone that one has to be real old to read it.

“I do not ever want our old way of living to be forgotten; therefore I go around to schools, state parks, and any place else that I’m invited and perform, in a long dress, apron, and bonnet that I have made. I have been involved in this for about 10 years. I sing songs that I have written, accompanying myself on an Omnichord. I read original poems and portions from my book. The grownups and children alike seem delighted.

“Times have changed so much in the past several years. It seems as though back when I grew up, times were much less complicated than they are now. We didn’t have much of anything back then, money included, but we were happy.”

The book is available by contacting Betty Carter at H.C. 86, Box 89A, Monticello, KY 42633, (606) 348-9293, or on the Internet at

Touchstone Run IV
I’s about time for the Touchstone Energy Motorcycle Charity Poker Run IV. The event, which benefits the WHAS Crusade for Children, starts at 12:30 p.m. EDT Saturday, August 30, at South Kentucky Rural Electric Cooperative in Somerset. Riders will stop to draw cards at Danville, Lawrence-burg, Shepherdsville, and finish at Elizabethtown. Registration starts at 10 a.m. and basic entry fees are $10 for each bike and rider and $5 for a co-rider. Cash awards include $100 for best hand, $50 for worst hand, $50 for the rider that comes from the farthest away, and $50 for the oldest bike that makes the whole trip. For more information on registration, entry fees, and other details call Frank Owen Brockman at Farmers Electric Cooperative, (800) 253-2191, or e-mail at Last year’s run attracted 435 motorcycles carrying more than 500 people and raised more than $6,400 for the Crusade.

Proud food
Kentucky’s great foods, rich rural heritage, and fun destinations will be showcased in a book to be unveiled at the 2003 Kentucky State Fair.

Pride of Kentucky: Great Recipes With Food, Farm and Family Traditions is a coffee-table format cookbook filled with recipes using traditional Kentucky commodities. It will be recognized as the official cookbook of the 2003 Kentucky State Fair. The book contains stories about the Commonwealth’s food, culture, and traditions, and information on festivals and agri-tourism destinations in the Commonwealth. It is published by the Kentucky Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. Marketing assistance will be provided by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture and the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service.

Scott Smith, dean of the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, says the book “contains fascinating lessons about Kentucky history, geography, sociology, and agricultural production. ”

The book features some 250 mouth-watering recipes divided into eight categories: Blue Ribbon Beef, Prize-Winning Pork, Premium Poultry and Eggs, Specialty Showcase, Delectable Dairy Dishes, Bountiful Beans and Grains, Gold Medal Gardens, and Sensational Spirits, Sips, and Sweets. A nutritional analysis of each recipe is at the end of the book.

Pride of Kentucky will sell for $27.95. You can buy the book at the Kentucky State Fair and local Extension offices. It will be available at the Pride of Kentucky booth in the South Wing of the Kentucky Fair and Expos-ition Center during the Sate Fair. The book can also be ordered online at

Proceeds from book sales will go to an educational endowment fund for scholarships and an awards program to recognize excellence in education.

For more information, contact the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, Division of Public Relations and Communications, (502) 564-4696, or your county Extension office.

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