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Alternative ag, agritourism conference next
A special mini-conference emphasizing alternative crops and agritourism for farmers, landowners and others concerned with the future of the family farm and northeastern Kentucky will be held Thursday and Friday, October 20 and 21 at Carter Caves State Report Park.
The event begins that Thursday with check-in from 9:30 to 10:00 a.m., followed by an overview and introductions.
A forum for elected and appointed local officials, “Moving Your County Forward”, will be held from 10:15 a.m. to Noon. At the same time, there will be a presentation on “Turning to the Assets of Eastern Kentucky”, followed by a panel discussion of success stories where representatives of D&H Resort, Rolling “R” Farm, Chicken Coop Art and Craft Mall,
and Avalon Farm will talk about their agricultural ventures.
Thursday afternoon includes presentations by State Representative Rocky Adkins, biofuel; Lou Ortega, alternative livestock; ACENET, a successful business incubator in Athens, Ohio; and a panel discussion, “Money Matters” including USDA, Farm Credit Services, Innovation Center and Farm Bureau Insurance representatives.
Friday morning there will be two break out sessions with Shawn Wright, Ohio State University alternative crops; Allen Straw, Virginia Tech commercial vegetables; and Debbie Spencer and Donna Sue Groves,
The morning ends with a presentation on “Marketing Your Product”, followed by an evaluation of the conference and a boxed lunch.
Fee is $10, which includes all meals (lunch and dinner on Thursday, breakfast and lunch on Friday). Registration deadline is Tuesday, October 18. Mail check payable to University of Kentucky, KECI to Lynn Baker, 115 Ridge Road, Olive Hill, KY 41164; 606-286-2898.
Brochures are available at The Lewis County Herald, Lewis County Extension office, Lewis County FSA office Tollesboro Supply and Rip’s Farm Supply.
The conference is funded in part by a grant from the Agricultural Development Board through the University of Kentucky and is designed by Kentucky Entrepreneurial Coaches Institute Fellows Lynn Baker and Teresa Brown, both of Carter County, Gwenda Adkins and Kaye Boggs, both of Elliott County, Paula Franke of Lewis County, Don Davis of Greenup County, and Anthony Lawson of Menifee County, along with partners Tony Burnett, coordinator at Gateway Area RC&D Council and Linda Heinemann, Greenup County Extension Agent for Agriculture.
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City Council meets
Meeting in regular session last week the Vanceburg City Council approved the appointment of Duncan Aker to the Renaissance Committee.
The council also adopted a resolution extending the boundaries of the portion of the city included in the Renaissance Streetscape Enhancement Project. Melissa Hardy from the Buffalo Trace Area Development District told the council that extending the boundaries qualified the city to apply for additional government funding for downtown improvements.
The council next adopted a resolution authorizing Vanceburg Mayor William T. “Bill Tom” Cooper to apply for a Rural Development grant of $200,000 in behalf of the Electric Plant Board. The funds would be applied to the 2004 Water Extension Project.
At the request of Mayor Cooper the council approved the paving of the parking lot at Vanceburg Fire Station # 2 at a total cost of $2352.
The council also set the Trick Or Treat this year for Thursday night, October 27 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM.
Since Time Warner New York Cable (TWNY) is in the process of buying Adelphia Cable the council adopted a resolution assigning the cable franchise agreement it currently holds with Adelphia to TWNY. The resolution becomes effective immediately.
The Mayor told the council he wasn’t sure what Time/Warner would do for the city but he has asked for a local access channel and for a lower rate charge for senior citizens.
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Members of the Renaissance Committee Board
attended last week's Vanceburg City Council meeting. Front row, left to
right, are newly appointed board member Duncan Aker, Renaissance Coordinator
Patty Kennard, and Secretary Joni Pugh. Board Chairman Jim Shelton sits
behind them and Josie Thompson is in the back row doing her school homework.
The council authorized Mayor Cooper to apply for a Rural Development grant of $25,000 to purchase a new 2006 Police Cruiser for the Vanceburg Police Department. One of the city’s cruisers is a 1994 model and needs to be replaced.
The Mayor read a thank you note to the council from the family of Freda
Billman, well known Vanceburg resident and mother of Police Chief Joe Billman. Mrs. Billman passed away on Tuesday, Sept.
The council approved the minutes of last month’s session before adjourning.
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Family Math Night
Beginning in October, each elementary school will host a Family Math Night to introduce parents to the new math program being implemented and to a wealth of resources available for assisting children with math at home.
All Lewis County schools have examined their old math programs, their test scores, their students' work, and the research to determine the best materials to use with our students.
The elementary schools shoes Math Trailblazers, one of only three National Science Foundation recommended programs. Some distinguishing features of Trailblazers are: It is research and standards-based; it emphasizes problem-solving over rote-memorization; it contains a balance of whole-class, small-group and individual work; it employs active, hands-on math labs; it makes connections to science and to language arts; and it has a unique approach to math facts that promotes better retention.
Because Trailblazers is different from the kind of math experience that most parents have had, each elementary school wants to explain the program, share resources about the program, and provide tips on helping children at home with their math.
Family Math Nights are being planned that will not only provide parents with information but with a hands-on experience lead by the children.
Family Math Night Schedule:
Laurel Elementary, October 20.
Tollesboro Elementary, November 3.
Central Elementary, November 3.
Garrison Elementary, November 28.
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Faith-based halfway house
Lewis County Deputy Jailer Glenn Bannister has established a faith-based ministry at the Lewis County Detention Center for the past year.
Through weekly church services and interaction with inmates, Bannister has had the opportunity to establish personal relationships with many of the men, some of whom don't have a place to stay, a job, food or clothing when they are released.
This dilemma has weighed on the heart of Bannister. So much so, that he has been prompted to work toward an attempt of establishing a faith-based halfway house in Lewis County.
The mission of the program is to recognize the needs of those newly released from jail and help them become contributing members of society with Christian and social principles.
Three important components are necessary for all who to take place -- a site, a director and funding.
Bannister owns what has become known as "The Old Surplus Building". He has decided to donate that building and land to this purpose. For the other two components, he is hoping for support from the community. Organizers are seeking funding through churches and civic clubs and are also seeking grants.
Of course, government grants can't be used because that may interfere with teaching Christian principles. This endeavor is a Christian-based program all the way through. The program is aimed toward developing participants' spirituality as well as their business skills and awareness.
For more information, call Bannister at 606-796-6836.
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