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  1. Some Health Exchange Hours Change During Holiday
    Kentucky's health benefit exchange, kynect, will have special hours during the holiday weekend. 

    Open enrollment continues through Feb. 15, but the kynect retail store in Fayette Mall in Lexington was closed Thursday and will be closed Friday, both state holidays. The store will be open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. EST Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. 

    The call center was closed Thursday but open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. The call center is closed on Sundays. The number for the call center is (855) 4kynect (459-6328). 

    The exchange's website at https://kynect.ky.gov is open any time to submit an application or shop for coverage. Mobile apps for Apple or Android devices are also available to provide help or show enrollment events.
  2. Lourdes Employees Lend Support to Foundation
    Nearly 300 Lourdes employees pledged to support Lourdes Foundation’s annual employee giving drive to benefit patients, co-workers, programs and patient care projects at Lourdes. The fund drive, dubbed the Harvest of Healing Campaign, raised $85,157 through donations of payroll deductions, cash gifts and unused vacation time. 

    Funds raised during the Harvest of Healing Campaign are used to meet critical needs for hundreds of indigent patients who cannot afford medication, a cab ride home, or other needed medical equipment.  This year alone, over 429 patients have received help with these basic needs.    Many other programs like women’s services, heart and vascular care and Lourdes Hospice are also supported through this effort. 

    “Our employees recognize the value of Lourdes’ healthcare ministry to this community,” said Tara Miller, President of Lourdes Foundation.  “We appreciate our associates who make Lourdes Foundation their charity of choice to support the important needs of our most vulnerable patients and to enhance the high quality care Lourdes provides for everyone in the region.”


    Information provided by Suzanne Farmer, Lourdes Hospital.

  3. Civil War Comes to LBL's Homeplace Dec. 13
    Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area presents Civil War Comes to The Homeplace, Saturday, Dec. 13, from 10 am-3 pm. The program is included with paid admission:  $5 adults, $3 ages 5-12, and free ages 4 and under.

    The public will learn what life was like for a yeoman farm family in 1864 living under martial law during the Civil War. Visitors can stroll around the farmstead and see it as it would have appeared after four years of war. Visit a Confederate encampment on the farm and talk to civilian soldiers. Listen to their stories about the war and coping during their service.

    Local historian, Susan “Ski” Witzofsky, will present War Between The Rivers at 1 pm in The Homeplace Theater. “This event focuses on the Civil War from the perspective of everyday farm families, and gives visitors a chance to see history come to life,” says Cindy Earls, Lead Homeplace Interpreter. “Visitors can learn how farm families faced the challenges of keeping the family fed and clothed, and the farm operating, often with no men, draft animals, or seeds to plant a cash crop.”

    For more information visit www.landbetweenthelakes.us/ click on Calendar, and go to December 13 events, Civil War Comes to The Homeplace, or call The Homeplace 1850’s working farm at 931-232-6457.

    To find more information about Land Between The Lakes, log on to the official website at www.landbetweenthelakes.us or call toll-free at 1-800-LBL-7077 or local at 270-924-2000.

  4. Paducah Christmas Cards Feature MSU Crisp Center
    The City of Paducah Christmas cards are available to purchase for $7 - a package of ten. The cards can be purchased, while supplies last, at the Finance Department on the first floor of City Hall at 300 South 5th Street between 8 am and 4:30 pm Monday through Friday. The price of the cards covers the printing charges. The City does not profit from the sale of the Christmas cards. 

    About a year ago, the Paducah Area Painters Alliance (PAPA) selected the Murray State University Crisp Center in Paducah as the theme and asked artists to submit their entries. Several works of art were submitted to be voted on by the Mayor and Commissioners. “Merry Christmas to All from the MSU-Crisp Center”, a pastel by Dutch Thurman, was selected as this year’s City of Paducah Christmas card. The pastel shows Santa and his reindeer flying over the Crisp Center. The inside of the card reads “Wishing you all the joys of this Christmas season and a prosperous new year.” 

    Dutch Thurman began painting in 1990 and taking classes at Paducah Community College. Thurman has won awards in the Woman's Club Art Show and the Mayfield/Graves County Impressions Show. Thurman works with oils and pastels with portraits, still lifes, and scenes from around Paducah as her favorite subjects. Dutch and her husband, Charles, own Schmidt Farms in Paducah.

  5. Ashland Employees Give to Lourdes Women’s Center
    Employees at the Calvert City site of Ashland, Inc. have donated $1,043 to the Lourdes Women’s Center in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Employees purchased a pink ribbon and the privilege of wearing blue jeans to work. Over the last three years, Ashland, Inc. has given almost $4,000 to the Lourdes Women’s Center. The funds will help expand the Beads of Courage program in support of women undergoing treatment for breast cancer.

    Beads of Courage help connect women undergoing the difficult journey of cancer treatment with Nurse Navigators Courtney Leneave, R.N., and Amy Manley, R.N., in the Lourdes Women's Center. The navigators are then able to provide aggressive support, information and guidance about the patient's treatment.  Lourdes is the first hospital in the region and the second hospital in the country to pilot the adult oncology program.

    For information about how you can help a woman undergoing cancer treatment, call Lourdes Women’s Center at 270-538-5867.


    Information provided by Suzanne Farmer, Lourdes Hospital.

  6. Paducah Hosts Holiday Events Now until Christmas
    Pam Spencer, Paducah's Information Officer reminds the community and neighboring towns that several events are planned in Paducah between now and Christmas.

    · Christmas in the Park Lighting Ceremony at Noble Park starts at 5:30 pm on Friday, Nov. 28. This is the 18th year for Christmas in the Park. Tour the lights during the evenings through the end of the year. Monetary and food donations will help Paducah Cooperative Ministry, Family Service Society, the Salvation Army and St. Vincent DePaul Society. This is organized by Paducah Power System.

    · Dickens of a Christmas Small Business Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday, Nov. 29 in downtown Paducah. Carolers, dancers, folks in costume, great holiday shopping deals, s’mores, and much more... 

    · Santa House in downtown Paducah will be the place to visit Santa on Saturdays. After making a grand entrance to downtown by carriage Saturday, Nov. 29 at 10 am, Santa will be available for photos and to hear Christmas wishes until 5 pm. He’ll be downtown on Saturdays, 10 am-5 pm and Sundays, 1-4 pm through December 21.

    · Knights of Columbus Christmas Tree Sale in at the Farmers’ Market Pavilion at 2nd and Monroe to purchase a Christmas tree. They will be set up Friday, Nov. 28, 9 am-8 pm. Then they will be available Saturdays, 9 am-8 pm; Sundays, noon-5 pm, and weekdays, 4-8 pm.

    · Candy Cane Hunt will be held at 1 pm on December 6 on the Carson Center lawn. Free event for kids 12 and under to collect candy canes.  Registration begins that day at noon.

    · Ugly Christmas Sweater Fun Run is a first time for event for runners. Registration begins at 3 pm on December 6 in front of the Police Station, 1400 Broadway.  Then at 4:30 pm runners, joggers, and those who want to strut while wearing an ugly Christmas sweater will head down Broadway to 2nd Street. This should be a crowd favorite. Cost is $15 but if you bring a new, unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots, the cost will be only $10 and the registration formis on the City's website: www.paducahky.gov

    · Christmas Parade
    begins at 5 pm on December 6. The parade will travel from 14th Street on Broadway toward the river.

    Additional details about these events can be found at site linked below. Look under News Releases and under Calendar of Events on the bottom of the homepage. 

    The City of Paducah wishes everyone a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.

  7. Opening Weekend IL Hunters Kill 52,000 Deer
    Illinois hunters have killed nearly 52,000 deer during the first weekend of the state's firearm hunting season.

    The state Department of Natural Resources said Tuesday the preliminary total is 51,830 deer for the November 21-23 weekend. That's down from nearly 56,000 during the first weekend of the 2013 firearm season. Jackson County had the largest harvest last weekend with about 1,500 deer.

    The second segment of the 2014 season is December 4-7.

    The DNR is reminding hunters that an additional 20 counties have been closed to the antlerless-only seasons from January 1-4 and January 16-18. The muzzleloader season is Dec. 12-14 and archery deer season continues through January 18, 2015.

  8. Teen Spirit Call for Art Deadline Dec. 14
    The Yeiser Art Center (YAC) is pleased to be hosting the 22nd Annual Teen Spirit Exhibition. Work will be accepted from students grades 9 - 12.
    Teachers and students are encouraged to submit images of their work to submissionsteenspirit@gmail.com. no later than December 19 at 4 pm. Be sure to include the following information in the submission email:

    1. High resolution images of artwork with the title of the work as the name of the file.

    2. Name of student

    3. Teacher's name

    4. Complete name of school

    5. Medium

    6. Price (or Not for Sale)

    7. Date created

    Artists and teachers will be notified of acceptance of work December 29, 2014. Artists may deliver their accepted work to Yeiser Art Center on January 10, 13, and 14 - and no later than January 14 at 4 pm. Artwork must have the label from the contract attached to the back of the work. To download the contract click here. http://origin.library.constantcontact.com/download/get/file/1103281455389-482/TeenSpirit2015Contract.pdf

    Teen Spirit 2015 Awards

    First Place $150

    Second Place $75

    Third Place $50

    Three Honorable Mentions $25 each

    The YAC received more than 300 entries from around the region for the Teen Spirit 2014 competition and exhibition. Of those submissions, 193 works were selected by juror, Randy Simmons, Drawing Professor at Paducah School of Art and Design.

    The juror for this year's exhibit will be Dale Leys, Professor of Art, Murray State University, Murray, KY.  Mr. Leys received his MFA in drawing from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. In addition to teaching, Dale is a visiting artist and guest lecturer at numerous schools and universities. In 2013, YAC hosted the solo exhibition by Mr. Leys which was a retrospective of 40 years of work that was so large that it filled two other venues, Maiden Alley Cinema and Ruth Baggett Gallery, as well.

    Yeiser Art Center looks forward to the partnership with our regional high school and home schooled students as well as their teachers and parents. The potential to optimize, reach and grow the Teen Spirit Exhibition is thrilling!

    The YAC will be displaying the massive amount of art in the salon style, or stacked, sometimes two or three pieces high on the wall. Using this style accommodates the additional goal of showcasing a far greater number of works, thereby rewarding the efforts of more young artists and encouraging their continued creativity. The YAC will be FULL of art!

    Teen Spirit was created in 1993 as a part of an ongoing effort to support the area's art programs and to recognize the talented youth of the region. Teen Spirit has come to symbolize the success of art education in the area. This show is a tribute to all the schools, students, teachers, and other art professionals, whose outstanding work and enthusiasm over the years have been integral to the success of the exhibition.  Including a broader range of schools gives the exhibition a truly regional aspect that builds upon its history as a showcase for secondary school students.

    Previous Participating Schools:

    Ballard Memorial High School

    Calloway County High School

    Cape Central High School

    Community Christian Academy

    Dogwood Valley Academy, and other home schooled students

    Heath High School

    Home Life Academy

    Johnston City High School

    Livingston Central High School

    Lone Oak High School

    Open Door Academy

    Marion High School

    Marshall County High School

    Massac County High School

    McCracken County High School

    Reidland High School

    St. Mary High School

    Paducah Tilghman High School

    Woodridge Christian School

    Located in downtown Paducah, the Yeiser Art Center is a non-profit visual arts organization celebrating more than fifty years of serving the community through exhibitions and education throughout the Tri-State Region.

    The Yeiser Art Center 's extended hours are:

    Tuesday - Thursday,10 am - 5 pm.

    Friday - Saturday, 10 am - 8 pm.

    Sunday, Noon - 5 pm.

    Admission is free and is open to the public. The Yeiser Art Center is wheelchair accessible.  

     
    For more information, email Kathy Knotts at kknotts@theyeiser.org or call 270-442-2453.
     
     

     

  9. Parks Foundation Participating in Giving Campaign
    The Kentucky State Parks Foundation is taking part in a campaign to raise awareness during the Thanksgiving holiday.

    The Parks Department says organizers plan to use social media to encourage people to give during the holidays, at the hashtag #GivingTuesday, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving.

    Parks Commissioner Elaine Walker said in a news release the foundation is a good way for parks supporters to make an impact immediately.

    The foundation is a nonprofit and supports state parks and various projects in the parks.

    A recent project is the school field trip grant program to help students explore the outdoors by providing transportation and program support to schools.

    For more information, visit http://www.kentuckystateparksfoundation.org or http://www.parks.ky.gov .

  10. Ebola Vaccine Seems Safe in First-Stage Testing
    Researchers say an experimental Ebola vaccine appears safe and has triggered signs of immune protection in the first 20 volunteers to test it.

    According to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine, the vaccine is designed to spur the immune system's production of anti-Ebola antibodies.

    Some of those given the vaccine developed antibodies within four weeks of getting the shots at the National Institutes of Health. Half of the test group received a higher-dose shot, and those people produced more antibodies.  The study also found that some people also developed a different set of virus-fighting immune cells, called T cells. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director Dr. Anthony Fauci (FOW'-chee) calls both types of immune responses "a promising factor.''

    The researchers reported no serious side effects.

    Scientists are racing to develop ways to prevent or treat the Ebola virus. It has killed more than 5,600 people in West Africa, most of them in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
  11. Shoppers Urged to Wait for Small Business Saturday
    Small Business advocates and state officials are encouraging everyone to participate in Small Business Saturday on November 29.

    Tom Underwood, state director of the National Federation of Independent Business, says holiday shoppers can make a big difference in their communities.

    "Black Friday is when people like to get up early and fight over parking spaces and line up outside the chain stores, but if you’re looking for something unique and want to support your friends and neighbors, you need to support Small Business Saturday,” Underwood said.

    The holiday shopping season is crucial to the state's small businesses, which are still recovering from the slowdown in the economy. According to the NFIB Small-Business Optimism Index for October, poor sales is the most important challenge facing small businesses, after government red tape and taxes.

    “Small business is what our economy is all about, and if we’re going to create jobs, we need a healthy small-business community," Underwood said.

    Shoppers are wising up to Small Business Saturday. Last year, shoppers spent $5.7 billion at locally-owned shops and restaurants on Small Business Saturday, according to a survey conducted by American Express and the National Federation of Independent Business. Last year's total marked a 3.6 percent increase over 2012's event. Seventy-eight percent of shoppers plan on spending more or the same amount on Small Business Saturday as they did in 2013.

    Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer says an easy way to ensure you are buying local is to look for Kentucky Proud products.

    “Buying Kentucky Proud is a great way to show your friends and loved ones how you feel about them as well as your Kentucky home,” Commissioner Comer said. “Kentucky Proud gifts can be especially meaningful to people in other states who have a connection to Kentucky. And of course, when you buy Kentucky Proud, you’re helping Kentucky farm families and small businesses.”

    Kentucky Proud recently revamped its website at www.kyproud.com with a state-of-the-art search engine to enable users to find Kentucky Proud products and stores that carry them. From the website, users can download the Kentucky Proud locater app for their smartphones, find a farmers’ market, search recipes that use Kentucky Proud products, and locate a family-friendly Kentucky farm destination.
  12. Illinois AG Files Notice of Appeal in Pension Case
    Attorney General Lisa Madigan has filed official notice that the state will appeal a ruling that Illinois' landmark pension overhaul is unconstitutional.

    Madigan filed the notice with the Illinois Supreme Court Wednesday.

    Illinois has the nation's worst-funded state pension systems, with an unfunded liability of about $100 billion.

    Lawmakers and Gov. Pat Quinn approved an overhaul last year that reduces benefits for retirees. Labor unions and retirees sued, arguing the Illinois Constitution states that retirement benefits cannot be reduced. The state argued pensions can be modified in times of crisis.

    A Sangamon County circuit judge last week struck down the law as unconstitutional.

    Madigan has said she'll ask the Illinois Supreme Court to rule as quickly as possible because of the significant impact the decision will have on Illinois' finances.
  13. Pets Can Get Sick from Thanksgiving Food, Scraps
    The Humane Society of Missouri knows that Pets are part of our family, so it is natural for pet owners to want to include their dog or cat in the Thanksgiving festivities. But many pet owners don’t know the harm this can potentially cause to their pet’s digestive tract. Even certain human foods fed in very small amounts can cause stomach upset in your pet.

    This Thanksgiving it is important to show your love for your pet by keeping them safe and away from dangerous foods.

     - Avoid feeding your pet anything they are not used to eating. Just because your pet regularly enjoys a certain item from one food group, does not mean they can eat everything else from that same group. For instance, even if your pet is accustomed to eating chicken, turkey could still make them sick.

     - Poultry and ham bones can be harmful to dogs. Chicken and turkey bones are hollow and shatter easily, causing little shards to possibly get caught in your pet’s throat.  Ham bones usually have a lot of salt on them which could cause stomach upset in your dog or cat.

     - Fat drippings from your turkey pan are too much for your pet to handle. Do not pour this over their usual pet food as an added treat.

     - Pumpkin is a natural stool softener for dogs and cats, and can cause diarrhea.

     - Inform your guests of the rules when they arrive so they aren’t trying to get on your pet’s good side through food. Instead, have them hand your pet one of their usual treats to help them get acquainted.

     - Make sure to secure your garbage when the meal is finished so your pet doesn’t gobble up all of those leftovers while you are enjoying your after-dinner coffee.

     - You can still keep the holidays festive for your pet!  Serve their usual food in a special holiday dish or buy seasonal dog treats or toys for your pet.
  14. Paducah Thanksgiving Trash Collection Schedule
    Below are the changes to the Engineering-Public Works Department’s trash collection schedule for Thanksgiving 2014 and the day after Thanksgiving (Thursday and Friday, Nov. 27 and 28). As a reminder, place your trash container at its designated collection point no later than 4 am on the scheduled day of pickup. 

    There will be no residential trash collection on Thanksgiving or the Friday after. Thanksgiving’s routes will be done on Wednesday, Nov. 26 along with the normal Wednesday routes. Friday's routes will be done on Monday, Dec. 1.

    There will be no leaf or brush collection on Monday, Dec. 1. 

     

    The city compost facility at 1560 North 8th Street will be closed on Thanksgiving and the day after Thanksgiving. It will reopen Saturday, Nov. 29, 7 am to 3 pm. The regular operating schedule for the compost facility is Monday through Saturday, 7 am - 3 pm.

    If you have a question about the compost facility or trash collection, contact the Engineering-Public Works Department at 270-444-8567.

    City Hall will be closed Thanksgiving and the day after Thanksgiving.


    Information provided by Pam Spencer, City Information Officer. 

     

  15. KSP Stepping Up Patrols over Thanksgiving Weekend
    Kentucky State Police are increasing patrols this Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

    KSP reports that last year there were 10 vehicle crashes across the commonwealth that claimed the lives of 11 people during the Thanksgiving travel period. One fatal crash involved alcohol and 4 fatalities resulted from not wearing a seat belt.

    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration officials said Thanksgiving is the most dangerous holiday of the year for drivers. This includes the four-day holiday driving period surrounding that date when heavy traffic, weather and long-distance road trips combine to create severe travel conditions.

    “The Thanksgiving holiday weekend is traditionally one of the most traveled weekends of the year," said KSP Commissioner Rodney Brewer. "To ensure we all make it to our destinations safely, troopers will be on Kentucky roadways looking for unsafe driving practices including seat belt and impaired driving violations.”

    "It's the simple, common sense things that can make a crucial difference such as wearing a seat belt, reducing your speed and avoiding driving after consuming alcohol or drugs," notes Brewer.

    KSP will participate in the official 2014 Thanksgiving holiday enforcement period that begins Wednesday at 6:00 pm, and extends through Sunday.

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