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Columns

  • Heritage Day features family fun; new wine to be unveiled at noon

    The Port William Historical Society’s annual Heritage Day and Fall Festival is upon us. 

    For the past three years, I have been in charge of the event and I have been working every year to expand its offerings. This year, with the help of the Events and Programs Committee, it has grown exponentially with a wide range of activities for the entire family.

  • Ghent voters should take serious look at city’s candidates

    Voters who live in the city of Ghent have a serious task before them on Nov. 6.

    Nine candidates are vying for the four seats available on the city commission, for terms that will begin Jan. 1, 2013, and end Dec. 31, 2015. Only one incumbent is seeking re-election, which means there will be at least three new faces on the commission next year.

    Considering the turmoil that Ghent’s elected and appointed officials have faced during the past year, it should be crystal clear that voters give a lot of thought to what they really want from their city.

  • Key components make fitness programs much more effective

    Now that fall is officially started and you have had a month since the first article to get the junk out of the cabinets and fridge and grocery purchases are under control, let’s discuss the second half of the equation, fitness. In this installment of Health Matters, we will discuss the two major components on starting or making the most of your fitness time.

    Two major components for making fitness matter:

  • Sheriff thanks community for support

  • Group provides support for grandparents who raise their grandchildren

    It is no secret that drugs and alcohol can change lives.  Hopefully, with all of the education and media coverage, even an elementary student can tell you that drugs are bad for you.

    The effects of drug and alcohol abuse rarely affect just a single person.

  • Cigarette tax hike generates benefits

    From the Lexington Herald-Leader

    Here’s hoping Kentucky shared in the national decline in teen smoking reported recently by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    USA Today attributes an “historic drop in smoking,” not just among teens but across all age groups, to a 62-cent increase in the federal cigarette tax in 2009.

    Raising the federal tax to $1.01 a pack has brought in about $30 billion in new revenue to the U.S. treasury.

  • Talkin’ ‘bout my generation

    By Ken Rechtin

    Baby Boomer

    Turning 65 and eligible for Medicare? Or are you on Medicare now? Then this column is for you! It’s open enrollment time!

    I’ll bet you are being besieged with numerous solicitations!

    Confused by parts A, B, C and D (and whatever other famous letters of the alphabet there may be.)

    My brother Nick is turning 65 next month. He reports receiving over 40 mailings in one month. This exceeds offers he has received for credit cards!

  • Historical society readies for holiday production of ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’

    The Port William Historical Society is an organization in motion.  Our new meeting schedule, rotating between a historic game or craft, a speaker or demonstrator, and a business meeting, helps keep the meetings fresh and different.  So far this year we have had Larry Jones and his arrowhead collection, made cornhusk dolls, learned how to make whimmydiddles and played whist. 

  • Memories of fried chicken, the way Grandma made it

    Just wondering as I wander: Does anyone fry chicken at home anymore? I would love to have some fixed the way my grandmother and mother did.

    They would bring in whole chickens from Caldwell’s Grocery in Williamstown, stand at the sink and cut them up.  Pieces would then sit a bit in a bowl of salt water, I think.  Or was it buttermilk at grandmother’s house?  She might have used lard for frying in the big cast iron skillet, but my mother always used Crisco.

  • Conventions attract our attention

    This week it’s the Democrats turn, and coverage of the party’s national convention begins. I watched a good bit of the Republican convention last week, but my real fascination has always been with the usually more raucous party.  Remember what Will Rogers said, “I am not a member of any organized party; I’m a Democrat.”