• Berea Christmas Country Dance School evening programs open to public with $20 admission. For details, visit www.berea.edu/ccds.
• Richmond City Commissioners swearing-in ceremony, 5 p.m., City Hall, 239 W. Main St.
Through Jan. 1
• Madison County Extension Office closed from Monday, Dec. 24, through Tuesday, Jan. 1, reopening Wednesday, Jan. 2.
Dec. 31, Jan. 1
• Richmond City Hall and all city departments close 3 p.m. Monday and all day Tuesday.
• Madison County Courthouse and all offices are closed all day Monday and Tuesday.
• Berea City Hall and all offices are closed all day Monday and Tuesday
• Madison County Public Library branches closed.
• Richmond Area Arts Council’s “Fun With the Arts” after-school spring semester classes begin. For details, visit www.artsinrichmond.org or call 624-4242.
• Richmond Board of Adjustments, 5:30 p.m., City Hall, 239 W. Main St.
• Sister’s Choice Quilt Square class, 5-7 p.m., Richmond Area Arts Center, 399 W. Water Street. The $15 tuition includes materials. Patrons should bring own portable sewing machine, thread and scissors. For details, visit www.artsinrichmond.org or call 624-4242.
Starting Jan. 7
• The Treble Clef Chorus (formerly Madison Youth Chorus) resumes weekly rehearsals, 5:30 p.m., Richmond Area Arts Center, 399 W. Water St.
• Fitness classes, cardio at 5:30 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays; Jazzercise at 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Russel Acton Folk Center, Jefferson Street, Berea. For class fees and other details, call Berea Parks & Recreation, 986-9402.
• Madison Fiscal Court, 9:30 a.m., Berea Police and Municipal Building, 304 Chestnut St.
• Richmond City Commission, 4:30 work session, 6 p.m. regular session, City Hall, 239 W. Main St.
Sarah • Madison Middle and Madison Central High schools Youth Services Center Advisory Council meeting, 3:30 p.m., Phillips Building Center, 704 N. Second St.
• Madison Singers (RAAC community choir) resume weekly rehearsals, 7 p.m., Richmond Area Arts Center, 399 W. Water St.
• Grandparents as Parents, 10 a.m., Madison County Extension Center, 230 Duncannon Lane, Richmond.
• Richmond City Commission work session, 1 p.m., City Hall, 239 W. Main St.
• Berea City Council, 6:30 p.m., Berea Police and Municipal Building, 304 Chestnut St.
• Richmond Architecture Review Board, 3:30 pm., City Hall, 239 W. Main St.
• Richmond Planning and Zoning Commission work session, 5:30 p.m., City Hall, 239 W. Main St.
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Spring Gathering at Kirksville on Saturday
Hello everyone. If you want something to do, visit Kirksville this weekend. Let us start off with the Spring Gathering at the Community Center from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. This is the craft and vendor fair. Plan to spend some extra time, there is so many booths that it will take you a while to make it around.
Fresh strawberries at the farmer's market
Hello from Baldwin,
How is everyone’s week going? I hope everyone is having a great one. Well the weather has improved a lot. I have heard the lawn mowers buzzing since the rain stopped for a few of days. Everyone is trying to get their yard mowed and trimmed up before the next rain. Gardeners are out working diligently working the grounds that have finally dried enough to plant things. It has been very difficult on the gardeners with all of the rain to get their gardens planted. Oh, won’t those fresh vegetables taste good.
Union City Day is this Saturday
Union City Day is this Saturday. There will be music, food and yard sales including some "Made in Union City" items. I have heard that one of the music sessions will include folks from Union City Baptist Church with ukuleles. For yard sales, you can start setting up at 7 a.m. Saturday morning. It will be a great day to get out and meet your neighbors. Two raffles are underway, one is for a quilt handmade by Mary Sewell. Raffle tickets are available for several prizes including, a 32 inch TV, a Garmin GPS unit and Paula Deen Cookware. See a Ruritan member to purchase tickets. Drawings will be after 2 p.m. All proceeds from both raffles will go to the floor replacement fund.
The sun is going to shine for us
It's another cloudy Tuesday here in Paint Lick, but folks, the sun is going to shine for us all this week, so we can get into our gardens and plow up our fields and just be happy that maybe the rain will stay away, at least for a little while. We have a wonderful breeze out that will soon dry the ground.
A little history and a lot of enjoyment for Memorial Day!
Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday which occurs every year, on the fourth Monday, in May; however, Sunday afternoon is the day encouraged for grave decoration.
Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women, who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces during the Civil War.
I thought I would tell you one of my family stories even though it’s not a Newby story. It seems no matter what part of the country you’re from, a country tale sounds the same.
Growing bear population prompts Forest Service to issue food-storage order
With a growing population of black bears in eastern Kentucky, the Daniel Boone National Forest has issued a food-storage order for campers and other visitors. The order is applicable forest-wide.
Beginning farmer program registration is underway
The Madison and Garrard County Cooperative Extension Offices will be offering a beginning farmer program called KyFarmStart this fall.
Smoothies for a hot May day
I am so glad that spring has finally decided to come to Kentucky. We have had our share of different types of weather. When the heat comes, we need to make sure that the body gets plenty of liquids to prevent dehydration.
Cantaloupes should be in season this week. I will give you some different recipes using fresh fruits instead of the powdered type mixes.
Cedar rust may cause serious apple loss
If you have cedar trees in your landscape it may be a good time to go look at them. You may notice a large orange mass with projections all over it.
Aliens have not landed, so do not be alarmed! It is just one stage of the fungus called Cedar Apple Rust.
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