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  • 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”. 

  • Bullets weren’t the only thing in the air at Open Range Saturday — love was, too.

    Stefan Harp and his girlfriend, Lysa Shepard, arrived at the Crestwood gun range for what Lysa thought would be a normal day of shooting.

    She recalls being impressed that Harp thought to make a lane reservation in advance.

  • The Oldham County History announces the Lowry Watkins, Jr. Summer Internship Program for college students.  This $1,200 award is open to college students with majors in art history, history, communications or education. 

    The award is only available to undergraduate students that currently attend the University of Louisville, Centre College or Transylvania University. 

  • Few places are as romantic as Paris, especially Paris in the springtime. Skip the trip and check out the 2012 Shop Local Bridal Fair Saturday in La Grange.

    Oldham County brides-to-be have a lot of local resources available, and Discover Downtown La Grange is bringing those resources to one place for the bridal fair.

  • The award winning Oldham County Parks & Recreation WoodSongs Coffeehouse is the home of “roots music” in Oldham County.

    “Roots music” can best be described as an acoustic-oriented style that may include, but is not limited to: bluegrass, country, gospel/spiritual and singer/songwriter.

    The WoodSongs Coffeehouse is a family- friendly venue with a close-knit, homey feel where new players and seasoned performers will be given the opportunity to teach and learn from each other through shared experiences.

  • Six Guns Entertainment will film an independent Western movie in La Grange next weekend.

    The local reenactment group portrays historical scenarios, like the O.K. Corral shootout, and recreates scenes from famous Western movies.

    The filming will be at Main and First streets, and there will be simulated gunfire during the shooting.
    Filming is scheduled 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday.

    No parking is allowed on East Main Street while the movie is filmed.
     

  • As an artist, Mary Kinney has always been drawn to the unusual, the experimental, the core of the matter, the beginnings and the endings.

    She has spent many years in the arts and crafts world developing her style, finding, then mastering, her own way of doing things.

  • The holidays are a time to spend with loved ones and be thankful for what we have. The Era featured two remarkable people in recent weeks, and we are grateful to have shared their stories with our readers. As 2011 draws to a close, here’s an update on Craig Merimee and Hayli Nobles — two people in very different situations this holiday season. Craig, a 33-year-old father of three, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer almost 15 months ago.

  • Emily Reed’s second grade class

    Locust Grove Elementary School

     

    Dear Santa,

    What I would like for you to get me is a dog, DS 3D and a Dippin Dots machine. I want a dog because she or he would play with me when I’m bord. I should get it because I’ve done a great job in math.

    Next, I want a DS 3D. I want it because you can take pictures with it and it makes it 3D. I should get it because I help out with Aubrey.

  • Locust Grove Elementary

    Sherri Eldridge's second-grade class

     

    Dear Santa

    Im witeing this letter because I belicve in you santa. some people bo not belicve in you, but I belicve in you. you are a nice man in life. you are special to me and my family I love you santa. I really want the Lego Death Star from you because you are special to me. do you want hot chocolate ☐ or coffee ☐.

  • Crestwood Elementary

    Donna Van Nostrand's second-grade class

     

    Dear Santa,

  • Elizabeth Shephard’s second grade class

    Locust Grove Elementary

    Dear Santa,

    How are you doing? How are Mrs. Claus and the elves? I hope you are all doing good. I am giving you some cookies and milk and candy. Oh, and how is your favorite elf, Santa? I hope Rudolph is good.

  • Dear Santa,
    I am a very blessed boy
    with lots of toys to play with. I however just want one thing that you nor
    really anyone can give me. When I was born I was picked up on the newborn
    screening for a rare genetic disorder called glutaric acidemia type one. The
    doctors can only find one gene mutation in my blood work so they did a skin
    biopsy in October. We are still waiting in the results to see if I have it or
    if I'm a carrier. So here is my wish; for my parents to get my results before
    Christmas. Thanks

  • Locust Grove Elementary teacher Tricia Chalfant said she hopes all of her first-graders' Christmas wishes come true.

    Chalfant said her favorite holiday tradition is decorating the Christmas tree and making cookies for Santa.

    This year, her students have learned to help others.

    "They know how to be fill someone's bucket with kindness by inviting a friend to play or helping others when they are sad," she said.

  • Centerfield Elementary teacher Tamera Wright said her wish for her kindergartners in 2012 is to continue hard "and amazing me each day with their fabulous work."

    Wright said her favorite holiday tradition is opening presents with her extended family on Christmas Eve.

    Wright said she has a wonderful bunch of kindergartners who have provided toys and clothes for needy families.

     

    Dear Santa,

    Ho are you due? Can you bcn me kiklel can dsome sor.

  • Amanda Feigel's second-grade class

    Locust Grove Elementary

     

    Dear Santa,

    How are you? I’m feeling happy because it is a new weeck! I would like a Monster hive ds game, because you can be a monster! I would also like a ipod shuffle because it is fun to play with! I would like a Barbe i can be! I would like a teety bear! That is all I have!

    How are you doing good or bad? Santa you are my favorite! Merry Christmas Santa! How are your elfs?

  • Ann Cannon's second-grade class

    La Grange Elementary

     

    Dear Santa,

    I want a iPod-touch for Christmas. And I need it so I won’t have to play with my mom’s phone. And I want a campus bag cup and hoody. They are pink with a blue paw print with UK. And last but not least Cookie my walking and talking dog that has a purple dog toy.

    Love, Allie H.

     

    Dear Santa,

  • Traci Nethery's First Grade Class
    Locust Grove Elementary

    Dear Santa,
    Are the elves working really hard to make the toys? You are the boss, Santa Claus! I like you because you give toys to little kids. This year for Christmas I want an iPad, army men, a helicopter, a stuffed animal dragon, and a jet. I have been good this year.
    Have a safe flight,
    Kyle Cooper

    Dear Santa,
    For Christmas I want an iPade, iPode toch and an iphon and an elf on the shelf girl that has the book to and a DSI. How is your day going today? I hope it is a good day. I love you Santa Clase.
    Love,
    Avery