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  • ‘No plan survives contact with the enemy.’

     Field Marshal Helmuth von Moltke the Elder (1800-1891)

     

    The bloody Battle of the Somme, which commenced on July 1, 1916, has continued to fascinate me. My English father, Sgt. Reginald George Bareham, was one of 19,240 British soldiers – nearly 20 percent of the entire British fighting force – who were killed that day on the French countryside in one of the pre-eminent battles of World War I.

    I was born a week later, on July 8.

  • When new Shelbyville Historic District Coordinator Fred Rogers took over last month for the retired Gail Reed, he said he looked out through Shelbyville and saw a city that cherishes its past.

    “What I see is, by and large, a community that values its historic resources,” he said. “The reason those buildings are still here isn’t because of government regulations and the historic district, it’s because the people here see the value in maintaining and keeping them. That ethic makes this job a lot easier.”

  • The remaining clouds of Hurricane Issac held off just enough on Monday for the annual Labor Day parades to pass through Waddy and Shelbyville. Spectators lined the streets hear the sirens, see the floats and, of course, grab some candy being tossed out by the parade walkers and riders.
    Everything from dancing troupes to miniature horses filled the parade lines, much to the delight of the watchers.

  • September is a busy season for the staff and volunteers of A Loving Choice Pregnancy Resource Center.

    This week, they host their annual fall banquet at Claudia Sanders Dinner House, and later this month they will open their new facility on Clay Street in Shelbyville.

    “This has been an amazing year as we’ve watched our dreams come to life in the new space in the center of Shelbyville,” ALC Executive Director Jan Antos said. “To see the finishing touches come together is truly remarkable. It’s a God thing.”

  • This Sunday will be a special day for the Church of the Annunciation, when Archbishop Joseph Kurtz will be the main celebrant at a special morning mass to bless the church’s new stained-glass windows.

    The dedication, to be held at 9 a.m., is something that the entire church family has been looking forward to, said Annunciation’s pastor, Rev. Mike Tobin.

    “We are getting closer to our big day, and we are very excited,” he said.

  • Lani Basberg has taken her beekeeping to new heights.

    She is the only Shelby County beekeeper to participate in a rooftop green space project in downtown Louisville.

    Basberg has two hives of Italian honeybees atop the 15-story Kentucky Life Building at 239 S. 5th St. as part of a project by Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest to study how well native plants grow in an urban environments.

    “Bees are fascinating to watch, especially up that high,” she said.

  • Five animal rescue groups in Shelby County say they will be joining forces several times a year in order to coordinate fundraisers.

    Part of that will include better marketing, said Vicki Moore, spokesperson for 5rescues.org.

    “We are banding together for the big fundraisers, like the Monarchs, Mutts and Meows, and this year’s Halloween Potty, and hopefully, a summer event next year,” she said. “We are hoping to have three big events each year.”

  • It’s no secret; no matter how healthy a lunch you eat that afternoon letdown works its way in. That sluggish, tired feeling of a long day can be a lot to take in.

    But at East Middle students start to stir for a different reason.

    As the clock gets closer and closer to 1:30 in the afternoon, students are ready to go. They will line up at level 0 (which means quiet as a church mouse, no talking) and slowly walk outside.

  • The Kentucky State Fair opened its gates Thursday with a strong presence of Shelby Countians to share in the excitement.

    One resident in particular, beekeeper Lani Basberg, was really hyped about winning first place for the first time for her dark amber honey.

    “I have been coming here, working at the honey booth, just like I am today, for six years, and this is the first time I have ever entered my honey, and I won a blue ribbon!” said Basberg, who lives on Burks Branch Road.

  • The Biagi home on Brown Avenue in Shelbyville is somewhat like the family who lives there: contemporary, yet traditional, with several features that give it a unique personality all its own.

    The first thing that strikes the passerby is that there are plenty of windows and an attractive blend of limestone and natural wood tones.

    The wide front porch fits right in with the other houses in the neighborhood, but on closer inspection, an attractive limestone column in its center turns out to be the living room fireplace.

  • The pews were overflowing, the voices were overwhelming and the spirit was overpowering on Sunday when perhaps 150 gathered in the little white church to celebrate 200 years of Dover Baptist Church.

  • A round of golf can do wonders for the body and the spirit. Don’t let it do damage, too.

    The sudden torque and twisting involved in driving a golf ball can put quite a strain on the spine. Golfers also can suffer from hand tenderness and numbness, shoulder, elbow and knee pain.

    There are a number of steps you can take to avoid injury:

  • The Shelbyville Horse Show Jubilee officially got under way Thursday with the annual breakfast that drew a large crowd into a steamy barn at Undulata Farm.

    “Like Christmas it’s rolled around again,” Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty told the assembled crowd.

    The breakfast is the first event for the Jubilee, nine events stretched through the weekend and the Youth Art Show, which ends Aug. 4.

    After the crowd had finished eating, S.K. Zimmerman, the master of ceremonies, led the group in the singing of a single versus of a few songs.

  • Although organizers remain unsure how much money was raised at Saturday’s Makin’ music, Makin’ waves, fundraiser to support Jamie Wieczorek Andriot’s medical bills from cancer treatments, Adrienne Marcum, who helped organize the event, said it was a “wonderful day.”

  • Shelbyville Historic District Coordinator Gail Reed will step away from her post at the end of the month. Since taking over in Shelbyville in April of 2000, Reed has watched several historic buildings be remade and brought back from near devastation and others torn down.

  • As a result of my service aboard the aircraft carrier USS Wasp during the Battle of the Atlantic in 1941 and 1942, I have developed a great interest in these powerful but vulnerable vessels that changed the course of naval warfare during World War II.

    In previous columns I have written about USS Wasp and USS Hornet. Both of these ships were sunk in the Pacific during the latter part of 1942, but later the larger, modern carriers that replaced them completely destroyed the Japanese fleet.

  • She has been battling a rare form of cancer for nearly two years now. The treatments have kept her from work, and her bills are piling up.

    And now some members of the community want to reach out and lift some of those troubles from her shoulders.

    Jamie Wieczorek Andriot, 29, has had two surgeries to remove cancerous tumors resulting from a condition known as carcinoma ex-pleomorphic adenoma, a tumor of the parotid, or salivary, gland.

  • The Shelbyville Horse Show is just around the corner, and that means coming down the street right at you is the Horse Show Jubilee, an array of events designed to provide fun and entertainment for everyone in the family, even if you don’t ride horses.

  • The call came on March 9. She has had more than four months to prepare. Now the big weekend has arrived for Shelby County High School sophomore Kaitlyn Quach.

    This Saturday morning, Kaitlyn and her parents, her boyfriend and a chaperone will board a plane for Los Angeles, where she’ll walk the Red Carpet at the 2012 Teen Choice Awards.

  • There are millions of ways to stay fit, trim and healthy and all include watching your diet and maintaining proper nutrition. However, there are very few exercises that are as accessible and easy on the body as bicycling.