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  • USDA explains why food safety should be at the top of all of our holiday lists

    With Thanksgiving behind us, the holiday season is just gearing up. The next few weeks are full of good cheer and plenty of food. To help keep your holiday season healthy, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing holiday inspired food safety recommendations for your Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Year’s Eve, Three Kings Day, or other festive gatherings. These tips come from years of experience working to make sure that the meat, poultry and egg products you eat are safe, wholesome and properly labeled.

  • Way Back When

    10 years ago . . .
    Births announced this week are: Carleigh Marie Witajewski, Oct. 24, daughter of Jeff and Jan Leigh (Fuller) Witajewski.
    Fifth grade student of St. Edward School, Bradford Cotter, has written a children’s book to help raise money for his school.
    Dotson Brothers Select Motor Vehicles, located in the Harrison Square Shopping Center, is now open to serve your needs.
    Cedar Ridge Health Care Campus to host its first Christmas Bazaar.

  • Museum Musings

    * Log Cabin, Jan. 3, 1896 -- “Aside from the rush in the several business houses in Cynthiana, the first thing to remind one of the near approach to Christmas was a wagon drawn by four gray horses and containing Santa, with his proverbial tin horn which paraded the streets on Christmas Eve. The handsome turnout was a catch ‘ad’ for the immense furniture store of H.D. Frisbie of this city.”

  • African violets long-lasting bloom

    I have always managed to do well with African violets. I generally keep them in bloom year round.  
    Many growers complain that after the first flush of blooms fades, the only thing left is a year’s worth of fuzzy foliage.  
    Well, with a little attention you can keep your African violet cycling in and out of bloom all year. The key is to create a favorable growing environment.
    African violets, or Saintpaulia, are named for the German plant collector Baron Walter von Saint Paul-Illaire.  

  • Marriage Licenses

    Trina Catherine Vanover, 55, and Thomas Madison Varnado, 53, married Nov. 6, 2015.
    Margo Renell Gasser, 46, and Timothy Lee Singer, 52, married Nov. 2, 2015.
    Christina Louise Wiglesworth, 23, and Franklin Wayne Kinney, 24, married Oct. 31, 2015.
    Cindy Ann Lawrence, 37, and Richard K. Jones, 54, married Nov. 11, 2015.
    Emily Elizabeth Holley, 22, and Joshua Wade Howard, 22, married Nov. 14, 2015.
    Kayla Michelle Kiskaden, 24, and Benjamin Reyes Felix, 31, married Nov. 17, 2015.

  • Cynthiana residents join Operation Christmas Child project for kids in need

    National Collection Week for Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Gifts was observed Nov. 16-23.
    Nearly 28,900 children will soon experience the joy of Christmas, thanks to the combined efforts of the Cynthiana community and residents from surrounding counties. Residents packed empty shoeboxes with small items like toys, school supplies and hygiene items for Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse that sends gifts to children living in difficult situations around the world.

  • Way Back When

    10 years ago . . .
    Births announced this week are: Ayden Parker Hayes, Oct. 22, son of Sara Hayes and Sam Hernandez.
    A holiday lamplight project is being sponsored by the Cynthiana Renaissance program to spark interest in the downtown shopping district. Nearly 30 creative decorated lamplights have been placed throughout the shopping district. The frames were made by the ATC students.

  • Gabel Zastian Stone Fryman

    Gabel Zastian Stone Fryman was born to Marlena and Kregina Fryman of Cynthiana on Nov. 25, 2015 at Harrison Memorial Hospital.
    He weighed 6 lbs. 9 oz., and is welcomed by his sister, Kraglynn Fryman.
    Maternal grandparents are Patty and David Barker of West Liberty, Ky.; maternal great-grandparents are Geneva and Norwood Barker, Lovell and Gene Cantrell, and Myrtle and Pearl Cantrell.
    Paternal grandparents are Eugonda and Lee Fryman of Cynthiana; paternal great-grandparents are Zona and Dale Fryman, and Leroy and Ruthie Fryman.

  • Insko-Brooks exchange vows

    Jamison Brooks and Rose Insko were united in marriage on Oct. 3, 2015 at Elmarch Methodist Church with the Rev. Jeffery Jackson officiating.
    The couple are residing on Harrison Avenue in Cynthiana.

  • Preparing garden for winter

    Several years ago I made the mistake of leaving the water pump in the barn instead of storing it in the basement.  
    Well, I found out why Daddy always stored it in the basement during the cold days of winter.
    When I got the pump out to do some irrigation the following summer, the primer tank had split right open.  
    A little bit of moisture was left in the tank and it froze.  The tank is made of cast iron so imagine what a little moisture might do to your favorite terracotta pot.