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Storm damage
The wind storm that hammered large parts of central and western Kentucky on July 13 cost 13 of the state’s 24 electric cooperatives more than $3.75 million in electric system repair and debris removal in 50 counties. Most of the cost came in electric system repair, which totaled more than $3.5 million. Cost for debris removal came to more than $200,000. The co-ops reported the highest costs for electric system repair in Hardin County, at $410,000. Nearly half the cost of all the debris removal came in two counties, Meade and Breckinridge, with a combined cost of $102,289.

Send us your holiday recipes by September 17
Your thoughts may be turning to autumn but visions of sugarplums dance in our heads, as we look forward to tasting your favorite holiday treats. That’s right, in December we’d like to print a sampling of recipes from readers—yes, that means you—of your favorite holiday foods. You know, cookies, cakes, and I suppose those seasonal vegetable or meat dishes as well.

We’ll publish as many of the best sounding and tasting as we have room for in the December issue. For each recipe we publish we’ll send the submitter one of our Kentucky Living beverage mugs. We will choose an overall favorite recipe, and the person who submits that delight will also receive a cookbook by Kentucky Living’s Kentucky Cooks columnist, Linda Allison-Lewis.

Here’s how to be a part of the favorite holiday recipe feature:

  • Choose your one (that’s right, narrow it down to your absolute favorite) top holiday recipe.
  • Send us a copy along with:
    a. An explanation, in 50 or fewer words, why it’s your favorite
    b. Your name, address, phone number, and electric cooperative
  • Mail to:
    Kentucky Living
    Holiday Recipes
    P.O. Box 32170
    Louisville, KY 40232
  • Make sure it’s postmarked on or before September 17.

Morgan’s Raiders research request
The author of The Longest Raid of the Civil War would like to hear from people who know of stories about Morgan’s Raiders for a follow-up book, After the Raid. Send stories to Lester Horwitz, P.O. Box 42789, Cincinnati, OH 45242-0789.

Knife fest
If you’re interested in knives, you’ll want to check out the W.R. Case Presidents & Legends Tour at Basham Lumber in Radcliff from 10-3 on Saturday, September 25. The tour features Case President and CEO Tom Arrowsmith and former notable Case associates, who will be available to meet and sign Case memorabilia. Basham Lumber plans to make this an annual event, and call it “Harvest in the Bluegrass.” It will also feature the opening of Red Hill Cutlery, a separate store and showroom at Basham Lumber. The tour coincides with the nearby Vine Grove Bluegrass Festival on September 24-25. In fact, Case has made a limited-edition Vine Grove Bluegrass Festival knife for the occasion. You can contact Basham Lumber at (270) 351-5493 or www.bashamlumberco.com.

Kentucky in photos
Two new books celebrate Kentucky in photographs.

Kentucky Impressions is Farcountry Press’ second photo collection by Adam Jones. Its 80 pages cover all the seasons, the Capitol in Frankfort, wildlife, historic settlements, tobacco harvesting, Civil War re-enactments, and the Kentucky Speedway. The softcover book sells for $9.95. Farcountry Press can be reached at (800) 821-3874 or www.farcountrypress.com.

Kentucky 24/7 takes another kind of pictorial view of our state. This is a followup to America 24/7, a project to show the everyday life of Americans after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. In one week in May 2003 more than 25,000 professionals and amateurs shot more than 1 million photos. Kentucky 24/7, selling for $24.95, is one of a series of books on each of the states. For more info, visit www.america24-7.com.

More mower safety
A reader from Campbellsville called to add to our June Commonwealths story on lawnmower safety. He advises not to put gas in the mower inside a building, and don’t store gas in the house.

County books
Local writers have produced a pair of books on Kentucky counties.

Robert Ernest Stephens has published A Lost Heritage for a Changing People—McCreary County, Kentucky. The 964-page volume starts as far back as a history of the county can possibly go, traveling through time to the Gulf War in 1991. It’s available for $86 a copy, including Kentucky tax and shipping and handling, from Robert E. Stephens, 1200 Lick Creek Road, Whitley City, KY 42653.

Edward Coffman and Edward F. Coffman Jr. teamed up for Through My Father’s Eyes—The Story of Logan County, Kentucky. This is an updated version of an original history published in 1962. It’s available for $29.95 each plus $3 for shipping and 6 percent sales tax in Kentucky. Contact Coffman Book Company, 106 W. Seventh Street, Russellville, KY 42276, phone (270) 726-7185, or e-mail efcoffman@logantele.com.

Constitution party
Celebrate the 1792 drafting and signing of Kentucky’s Constitution at the 26th Annual Constitution Square Festival, Friday, September 17, through Sunday, September 19, at Constitution Square State Historic Site in Danville. There will be strolling musicians, living-history encampments, 80 fine arts and crafts booths, and children’s activities. For more information, call (859) 239-7089, visit www.danvillekentucky.com, or e-mail Brenda.Willoughby@ky.gov.

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