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  • The sun glints off an aluminum can alongside Fendley Mill Road. For two La Grange women, this can is a sought-after prize.

    It’s not just one can, though, it’s a whole beer case stuffed with empty cans.

    “Look, a treasure!” says Sue Macuch.

  • If last week’s Hatfields and McCoys miniseries on the History Channel has sparked your interest in the feud, you’re not alone — more than 13.9 million people tuned into the series’ debut.

    The story has attracted interest for decades, with dozens of books and films published on the subject. There are at least nine historic sites in Kentucky and at least as many in West Virginia, most open to the public.

  • Hosparus needs volunteers to provide patient support and assistance with its bereavement program in Henry, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer and Trimble counties. 

    Hosparus will host a free volunteer training, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. (lunch included) on Saturday, June 23 at its Shelbyville office, 540 Main St.

    To pre-register, contact Denise Stemm at 502-719-4153 or by email to dstemm@hosparus.org by Thursday, June 21.  

    Those unable to attend on June 23 are encouraged to contact Denise about future training dates.

  • Finding the perfect Derby hat is hard — sometimes seemingly impossible. But a Prospect woman is trying to make it much, much easier.

    Lisa Lake Roedemeier launched her first hat line in 2009 after not being able to find the perfect hat. Instead, she crafted her own.

    It turns out Roedemeier has a knack for millinery, so she launched Madam Foo Foo Couture at Rodes For Him and For Her three years ago.

    Roedemeier, a long-time racehorse owner with the Media Thoroughbred Group, named the company after one of her horses.

  • When he began collecting Kentucky Derby memorabilia 14 years ago, Harry Goldberg though it would be a fun, cheap hobby.

    At the time, the La Grange resident worked for an auction house and would see Derby collectibles come through. 

    Now, Goldberg has more than 4,700 collectibles, including 1,800 drinking glasses and almost every Derby Festival pin.

    “All I’m missing is ‘73,” he says. “It’s the rarest.”

  • Snooki’s slippers may be a Shore thing, but they were an Oldham County thing first.

    That was before Goshen resident Pat Yates struck a deal with Nicole “Snooki” Pilozzi, the diminutive housemate with a larger-than-life personality on MTV’s hit reality show, “Jersey Shore.”

    And now, Pilozzi and Yates expect to strike gold – again.

    Yates owns Happy Feet, a slipper company his family started in 1995, long before Pilozzi hit the reality TV scene.

  • Derby season is approaching faster than a horse down the backstretch, and that means lots of stories about sleek, glistening Thoroughbreds.

    This is not one of those stories, because this is not that kind of riding.

    The horses at Little Big Horse Trails in La Grange are sturdy and calm, used to carrying regular-sized people who don’t know how to ride — not minute jockeys with decades spent in a saddle.

  • For a long time, Scott New has wanted everyone to see Daniel Boone as a real person.

    While many credit the legendary frontiersman with the exploration and settlement of Kentucky, there is no doubt that he was one of many who opened the doors for future generations to call Kentucky home.

    And there are many who would agree with Kentucky Humanities Council Chautauqua performer Scott New who said he has “always been an admirer of Boone.”

  • Sponsors, friends and families of the Greater Kentucky Muscular Dystrophy Association Chapter enjoyed a day of celebration and advocacy Saturday, March 24 at The Sawyer Hayes Community Center at E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park.

    More than 300 walkers joined together to show support for those living with a neuromuscular disease, by walking in honor of them, and raising $50,000 for the association.

  • Students at South Oldham High School will present "Beauty and the Beast" this weekend.

    Public performances of "Beauty and the Beast" are 7 p.m. Friday, March 23 and Saturday, March 24. A matinee performance is scheduled at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 24. 

    All performances take place in the SOHS auditorium, 5900 Veterans Memorial Parkway, Crestwood.

    Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students and senior citizens. Call 241-6681 for information.

  • In order to take full advantage of the beauty of spring, River Fields has scheduled its wildflower walks early this year, so participants can see flowers at the peak of their spring beauty.

  • Jealousy, beautiful costumes, unrequited love, chivalry, deceit, swordplay and a prominent proboscis – the Barbra Streisand Story?
    No! It’s Cyrano de Bergerac, proudly undertaken by the St. Francis School Drama Project as its spring production.
    Performances will take place in the school’s Garvin Brown Amphitheatre located at 11000 U.S. 42 in Goshen.
    The classic Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmund Rostand, opens Friday, March 23 and runs through March 29.

  • The Baptist Hospital Northeast Oldham County Relay for Life team is sponsoring an antique photo shoot for children from newborn to age 12 on Saturday, April 14, at the hospital.
    Teens can be photographed with younger children. The cost is $10 for an 8x10 photograph.  The proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society Relay for Life.
    To purchase a ticket for the antique photo shoot, call Dawn McCullough-Hubbuch at 222-3925 or Debra Kennedy 222-3381.
     

  • Come out and see the early spring blooms, have a picnic, take a stroll, read a book, hike the trail or just sit!

    Yew Dell Botanical Gardens is a gorgeous and relaxing place to visit for an hour or the day.

    Weekend hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

    Admission $7 for adults, $5 for seniors over 55 and free for children under 12.
     
     

     

  • Derby City Lighthouse Club would like Oldham County lighthouse enthusiasts to join them at monthly meeting on April 15, 2 p.m. at Douglass Hills City Hall, 219 Moser Road, Louisville. 
    Questions: Call 502-897-3117 or 502-425-3126.
        
     

  • Countless good memories are buoying members of the North Oldham High community after the loss of an inspiring teacher.

    After waging a long battle with cancer, teacher Will Jones, 37, died early March 15.

    Madeleine Ricks, a 2009 NOHS graduate, said she is finding solace in her memories of the human geography and world history teacher.

  • If you want to hear a good story, this Briar Hill resident has plenty. 

    Tune to 91.9 WFPK Wednesday nights and you can listen to the adventures of his walking group, his two-week protest walk or whatever other mayhem he’s encountered recently.

    Even better, once a month you can watch the show live.

  • Dogs are man’s best friend, and man is willing to pay for the privilege. Pet owners continue to spend big bucks on their companions — not just dogs, but cats and other small animals, too.

    Norma Rash is one of those. 

    She has three dogs and one cat — she calls the dogs “the boys” and admits they are spoiled rotten.

    “Nothing is too much for the boys,” she said.

  • She calls her baby boy for kisses. He runs over, hair flopping, big brown eyes like liquid jewels in a sweet face.

    This baby is the newest addition to Denise Coonley’s alpaca family, currently numbering a dozen. And they all get kisses, not just baby Seven.

    Coonley’s farm, Bluebonnets and Bluegrass Alpaca Farm, is located just off Ky. 22 in Ballardsville and is pretty much a one-woman operation.

  • The Oldham County Singers Community Choir will provide a special performance on Oldham County’s famous songwriters as part of the Smithsonian Institute’s “New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music” exhibit that opens March 10-April 21 at the Oldham County History Center.

    The program includes famous composers of Oldham County’s past such as 20th century pop artist, Buddy Pepper who wrote “Vaya Con Dios” and 19th century composer, W. S. Haye’s “Evangline”.