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  • Ted Harley was the recipient of an award presented at the Immaculate Conception Fish Frylast week. Harley has been an active member of the Knights of Columbus since 2003. He received a certificate from K of C Supreme Office honoring him on his 90th birthday, which was Feb. 7. Pictured from left to right isBill Cheap, Jack Dombroski, Ted Harley and Joe Liedtke.

  • By Helen McKinneyBy Helen E. McKinney

    Educator/Genealogist Oldham County History Center

    Everyone loves a good story, right? Well, what if it came straight from your own family?

    Genealogy has become a popular hobby and a very creative way to tell such stories, in addition to learning more stories about ancestors you never knew existed. Getting a good story to go with the ancestors’ name makes that person more real.

  • Baptist Health La Grange got a jump-start on spring at the 4th Annual Hats for Hearts Derby Fashion Show and Hat Extravaganza earlier this week.

    Hospital employees will modeled the latest spring fashions provided by Dress Barn Springhurst, as well as employee-designed Derby hats.

    The hospital’s American Heart Association Walk Team hosts the event and funds earned from Derby hats sales will go to the Heart Walk. Closed bids will be accepted on the Derby hats starting the day of the event through noon on March 27.

  • If you’ve never seen two people play over 30 instruments in one night, then Crestwood is the place to be on Apr. 10. That’s when musical duo Four Shillings Short is coming to town.

    The world-travelled husband and wife duo of Aodh Og O’Tuama from Cork, Ireland and Christy Martin from California, perform traditional and original music from the Celtic lands, Medieval & Renaissance Europe, India and the Americas on a fantastic array of over 30 instruments.

  • The Era recieved a marvelous press release about a local resident who spent 18 years as a hospital volunteer before recently retiring. We present it here in full for our readers. 

     

    When Alta Haunsz decided to go to nursing school in 1948, she probably didn’t expect to be actively involved in a hospital setting 67 years later, but she wouldn’t have it any other way.

  • The 2nd Annual River City Joggin’ for Frogmen 5k is back, bigger and better.

    Once again, it will take place at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, at South Oldham High School, 5901 Veterans Memorial Parkway.

    The race raised over $10,000 in 2014 and the organization needs your help to reach its 2015 goal of $20,000.

    Take advantage of special early bird pricing. For a limited time, race registration for the 5k is $25 for adult civilians, $20 for adult active duty military and $10 for the Tadpole Trot (children six and under).

  • Emergency Management to host Skywarn Spotter training class

    Information submitted

    Oldham County Emergency Management, in conjunction with the National Weather Service, is hosting a Skywarn Weather Spotter Class on Wednesday, March 25 at the John Black Community Center, located at 1551 North Highway 393 in La Grange.

    Skywarn is the National Weather Service (NWS) program of trained volunteer severe weather spotters. Skywarn volunteers support their local community and government by providing the NWS with timely and accurate severe weather reports.

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    It may be the most affluent county in Kentucky, but that doesn’t mean Oldham County is excluded from the perils of the winter season and the hunger epidemic.

    Mission Crestwood, which just received its charity status, has served 24,000 hungry and needy people just this year and 76 percent of those people were Oldham County residents.

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    Peggy Edmonson always knew she was adopted. Her parents never kept anything a secret from her. Just because it wasn’t secret, though, didn’t mean it wasn’t a mystery.

    Edmonson, a La Grange resident, was always curious about the story behind her birth in France in June 1950. Where was her mother? And did she have any siblings?

  • One local organization is hoping for a big Christmas gift this holiday season: 10 acres of land.

    The Humane Society of Oldham County, an independent no-kill shelter not affiliated with any other Humane Society groups, is hoping for the land to open a new community center, adoption location and spay/neuter clinic, the volunteers who run the organization said.

  • A Crestwood native is hoping his hometown support can help him hit it big in Nashville.

    Chase Skinner, a graduate of Oldham County High School, has spent the last few years as a musician playing in Oldham County and the Louisville area.

    But he’s recently put his foot in the door of the Nashville music scene, landing gigs on the city’s famed Broadway strip of bars.

    It’s meant hundreds of miles on the car, but it’s been worth it for Skinner, he said.

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    When Thomas Adams was just six weeks old, he was diagnosed with Hydrocephalus, otherwise known as Water Head Syndrome.

    The condition seemingly went away, but a few years ago, at 27-years-old, Adams’ seizures and other complications came back in full force.

    After several procedures and various therapy sessions, Adams was on the road to recovery. It was during this time that Adams became involved with the Fred Astaire Dance Studio and using ballroom dance as a form of therapy for his condition.

  • Rummaging through a closet of half moth-eaten clothing and once-lost memorabilia, Daniel Durbin found something he hadn’t been looking for.

    Fastened to a hanger and placed in a dusty plastic bag was Durbin’s decorated uniform from the Vietnam War.

    Knowing he had to one day explain to his son what the uniform and his service meant, Durbin began to finally come to grips with what happened to him all those decades ago.

    Not too long after, Durbin sat down to write his experiences as a combat soldier in Vietnam in his book, The Legacy.

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    Pageantry and reality television have gone hand-in-hand in the last decade with hit shows like “Pageant Place,” “Toddlers and Tiaras” and “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.”

    One such star in the pageant and reality worlds moved from TV to real life with an appearance in La Grange this weekend.

    Johnathan Kayne, a contestant on Project Runway and successful pageant dress designer, was the guest of honor at last weekend’s pageant workshop hosted by Posh Formal Wear.

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    October may be Breast Cancer Awareness month, but for a group of Oldham County ladies who like to crochet and knit, they are giving back to those affected every day of the year.

    Vicki Kinser, owner of La Grange’s Friends and Fiber Shop, recently introduced the knitting and crocheting groups to Knitted Knockers, a program that has volunteers making prosthetic breasts for free to mastectomy patients.

    “As soon as I heard about this program, I thought this was a really good fit for the ladies at the shop,” Kinser said.

  • All Hallows’ Eve is a night when ghosts, ghouls and goblins come out to play, but one La Grange group believes the supernatural is around us every day.

    The Spirits of La Grange Ghost Tour, presented by Discover Downtown La Grange, educated many people this season about some of the city’s most historical and haunted sites, according to coordinator Barbara Manley.

    “The tours are very authentic because of the history being told,” Manley said.

    The first stop on the tour is Rails, located on East Main Street.

  • For Virginia Broyles, farming was more than a way of life.

    The 102-year-old spent many years working her farm in Brownsboro, before spending the last nine years at Friendship Health and Rehab in Pewee Valley.

    But thanks to a partnership between Friendship and Opal’s Dream, Broyles was once again transported back to the farm on Saturday morning with the help of the Oldham County Historical Society’s Antique Iron Club.

  • For one La Grange family, a nearly three-year dream to visit Mickey Mouse is coming true.

    Hayli Nobles, 4, is one of many children granted Make-a-Wish dreams every year. Since being diagnosed with actute myleoid leukemia in 2010, her dream has been to see the princesses at Disney World.

    On Monday, Hayli’s wish was granted, as a limo pulled up to the family’s La Grange residence to take them to the airport for a trip to Orlando.

  • When Patty Sweetall of Prospect turned her athletic efforts from competitive running and triathlons to swimming, she never thought she could be a world champion.

    Sweetall, 54, recently won ninth place in the 100-meter breaststroke, sixth place in the 200-meter breaststroke and participated in the 50-meter at the FINA World Masters Swimming Championships in Montreal, Canada in August.

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    Combining work with something you love is often a good career choice and Michael Vogt, of Vogt’s Vineyards, LLC in La Grange, really loves wine.

    “It’s a hobby that’s become an obsession,” he said.

    Partnering with his wife, Carina, the two are hoping to start selling their own wines and eventually open up La Grange’s first vineyard in the future.