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Letters to the editor

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By The Staff

Thanks to fair board, a job well done

To the editor:

I would like to commend the Oldham County Fair Board for a job well done. On Wednesday night, children’s game night, I took a friend and her three children to the fair and everyone had a great time. All the free games, activities and give-aways made it possible for us to afford the evening.

Even the $8 admission price, with all the midway rides one could endure, was a reasonable expense. I couldn’t have spent the same amount of money for Happy Meals and a movie — nor would it have been as much fun.

Teri Lyn Campbell

La Grange

Briar Hill Classic supports cancer group

To the editor:

The Briar Hill Classic is a series of social and sporting events that have been taking place over a three week period each summer in the Briar Hill subdivision of Crestwood for the last 22 years. This year, demonstrating the spirit of Briar Hill, participants of the Briar Hill classic will contribute money raised by this event to Gilda’s Club, a nonprofit organization that provides cancer support for families and friends whose lives have been touched by cancer.

Gilda’s Club of Louisville, located off Baxter Avenue, offers a one-of-a-kind approach to providing support to people with cancer. The clubhouse, which opened its signature red doors in August 2007, is a cancer support community providing many workshops, lectures, social events, health and wellness classes, and support and networking groups, all in a welcoming, home-like environment.

Although I have been involved in the Briar Hill Classic for several years, my personal relationship with Gilda’s Club began just this last year. On the day before last summer’s kickoff event for the Briar Hill Classic last summer, I was diagnosed with breast cancer.

The healing journey requires patience and time, but it also needs the love, support, encouragement and hope that comes from my wonderful friends and neighbors in Briar Hill, and now from my new friends at Gilda’s Club. This is the essential commonality in these two groups; they genuinely care about one another and lovingly give of themselves to help each other in times of need. The only difference is the breast cancer networking group I attend at Gilda’s Club adds the benefit of support from women who are facing my same challenges in overcoming breast cancer.

It is with gratitude and humble appreciation that I express my thanks to my friends in Briar Hill for their support of Gilda’s Club, an organization that brings hope to those in need. It is the nature of life that we face challenges. It is human nature that we to support one another in overcoming these challenges.

Anne Davidson

Crestwood

Residents did not deserve Brentwood deal

To the editor:

Brentwood ... ah Brentwood. Are you sure you want to be in Crestwood? Planning and zoning denied you four times and yet you still seem to think you are wanted. Even in the year 2008, doesn’t “No” still mean “No?”

Planning and zoning, behind closed doors you approved this terrible plan. Why, why, why? You are supposed to represent the taxpayers in this county and you said “No” to this project many times before. What happened? Did Clore Lane suddenly become a four-lane road or did the threat of lawsuits from developers scare this board into accepting a plan that has been denied so many times? What does this say about Oldham County’s future? I’m really becoming concerned. Residents demonstrated their feelings about the airport issue (NO) and yet, there is still a board studying feasibility. Now the door has been opened for every developer to get their project approved — donate some cheap land for a school, add a little money to help improve the roads and then threaten a lawsuit.

Planning and zoning, shame on you. You threw in the towel way too early on this one and now Oldham County residents will pay. It won’t be long before Judge Murner is asking for a tax increase.

You should know by now, anything done behind closed doors is not a good thing. The residents of Oldham deserve far more than what they received from this meeting.

Joyce Jones

La Grange

Community involvement makes reading program at library a success

To the editor:

It was the beginning of a long and buggy summer. Cicadas flew and roared around us. Bugs were everywhere! Even in the local libraries. This year’s Summer Reading Program theme was “Catch the Reading Bug at Your Library!”

The Oldham County Public Library had thousands of children catch the reading bug by participating in this year’s summer reading program. Children were encouraged to read 300 pages during the summer. After the first 300 pages, children received prize bags that included coupons for state and local businesses. More than 2,000 children signed up for the challenge! Thank you to the following local businesses for donating coupons to our readers: Rally’s of La Grange, Taco Bell of La Grange, Dairy Queen of La Grange, Hometown Pizza, Barnes and Noble, Chili’s, Kazoing, Chick-fil-a and Sonic of Crestwood. Thank you also to Little Big Horse Trails and the Irish Rover Too for donating prizes.

We could never have done it without the help of our many community partners! Thank you to the Oldham County Schools’ media specialists for helping us promote the summer reading program within the schools. The seniors at the Tri-County Community Action Agency volunteered their time to prepare the summer reading program bags. This was a huge job and we truly appreciate the time that they gave to this effort.

Due to the lack of space in our libraries, we turned to other facilities in the county to help us entertain children and their families. A huge thank you to the following organizations for donating their space: the Oldham County Historical Society, Creasy Mahan Nature Preserve and Little Colonel Playhouse. Another huge thank you to Oldham County Parks and Recreation for allowing us to use facilities at reduced rates. The annual pool party at the Oldham County Aquatics Center is a favorite and we would like to thank the lifeguards for their attentiveness at our two fun-filled swim celebrations.

Oldham County is a wonderful place to live and work and this is exemplified by the spirit of cooperation that made this year’s summer reading program such a success!

Shannon Kruer

Children’s Librarian

Oldham County Public Library

Scout troop learns about butterflies

To the editor:

My name is Reagan Woodbury from scout troop 701. ... Our Boy Scout troop [recently] went to a farm managed by Greg Stephens to visit Shauna Buchert (of the Oldham County Conservation District) and her husband Jerry. We were looking for some monarch butterfly eggs so they led us to some fields of milkweed for our insect study merit badge.

Although our hunt for eggs wasn’t a complete success, some of our scouts, Canyon Tullis and Steven Saxey, did find some larvae with the help of Jerry Buchert. Another scout, Keith Menser, found a caterpillar on his own and it is already in its chrysalis. The other scouts could not find anything while looking through the muddy fields of milkweed. Mrs. Buchert said monarch numbers are down this year and that she hopes they will rebound with the help of residents like us.

While on the hunt for caterpillar eggs our troop learned some neat facts like how the monarch butterfly usually lays its egg on the underside of the leaf of a milkweed plant, or how a caterpillar can eat a whole milkweed plant and that a monarch butterfly is poisonous because of the sap in the milkweed plant. I had a great time and we hope to do this again.

Reagan Woodbury

Crestwood