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Opinion

  • To the editor:

    In December 2009, “Cynthiana,” my pictorial history of the Queen City, was released by Arcadia Publishing. I’m thrilled to say it has been very well received and that I’ve had an incredible time reconnecting with family and friends who helped bring the book to life.

  • It’s official.

    I’m an old married woman and I’m now a Rash.

    Kate Rash.

    Despite the fact my name now sounds like a doctor’s diagnosis, I’m happy to be back home and back at the paper with a new husband and a new last name.

    I haven’t really written about Andrew (the brand new husband) in past columns, despite the fact we’ve dated the entire time I’ve worked at the paper and we’ve been engaged for the past year.

  • It would be hard to find someone who hasn’t been affected by cancer, whether by their own diagnosis, or that of a friend or family member.

    Cancer is far-reaching, scary and life-changing.

    The disease doesn’t discriminate and makes no promises.

    But despite those characteristics, there is hope.

    Harrison County residents gathered at Ingles Stadium Friday for the 13th annual Relay for Life event.

    As the night progressed and the sun set, over 900 luminaries lined the track - each in honor or memory of someone with cancer.

  • Here’s a big yee-haw for the arrival of the Harrison County Fair!

    Summertime just wouldn’t seem the same without hog shows, tractor pulls, tilt-a-whirl rides, corn dogs, a newly crowned fair queen and funnel cakes.

    And while our annual fair has expanded to include many new activities (think mutton’ bustin’ and golf cart corn hole), the fair still brings with it an old excitement.

    For many families across the county, calendars are marked off and reserved for the more-than-a-week of fair fun.

  • When I was young, going to the library almost everyday of the summer was a ritual. Almost like going to the pool.

    Except my days were filled with the adventures of Nancy Drew, the Sweet Valley High twins, the Baby Sitters Club girls and the Baudelaire children.

    My sister and I, in fact, were always trying to “out-read” each other every summer, but, of course, I always won.

    And, we had ALL of the prizes to prove it: coupons to the zoo, the Horse Park and  Snappy Tomato Pizza, stickers, stamps, bookmarks, Frisbees, cups and new books.

  • I have only been living in Cynthiana for about a week now, but I have already had a once-in-lifetime experience here. An experience, quite frankly, that gave a new meaning to the phrase “sleeping on the job.”

    It was a Wednesday afternoon. I was at Food Lion interviewing a young man about his first week back to work after taking off several months for medical leave. We had been chatting for maybe 15 minutes or so about school and his family when things began to lose focus in my vision.

  • I have become my mother. She warned me years ago that it would happen. And, years after her death, her prophesy has come to pass.

    As my children were growing up, I felt twinges of the metamorphis taking place... Like when I would say something like “You just wait til you have kids of your own,” or “You’ll poke your eye out.” And, the ever-popular “If Susie jumped off a bridge, would you do it too?” She was also good at telling me that she would love to see me as a mother. That was always followed by a synical laugh.

  • To the editor:

    The supplement published with the Thursday July 22 edition of the Cynthiana Democrat, “Back To School,” was so nice and informative for everyone - students, parents, grandparents, business people, and for that fact, everyone in the community. I wish there had been something like this in my day. No more guessing or asking about bus schedules, classes, even wearing apparel. Nothing second hand. Just read it and keep it handy until it all becomes routine.

  • According to Forest Gump, Christians are like a box of chocolates.

    You can’t always tell which ones are nuts.

    Also, when you bite into a bad one, it ruins your taste for the rest of the box.

    That’s what I used as my opening Sunday as the invited guest speaker at the local Unitarian-Universalist fellowship.

  • To the editor:

    A special thank you to the lady that found a purse with $200 of checks, cash and credit cards.

    The 14-year-old was here from Tennessee to attend a class at the University of Kentucky.

    Also, many thanks to the ladies at the thrift store - Rain Bow Christian Thrift Store. They tried to contact the girl’s mother in Tennessee.

    You all are angels.

    Jenny Doyle

    Harrison County

  • The 2009 Cynthiana Art Walk brought hundreds of people to downtown Cynthiana to participate, to stroll, to laugh and to enjoy artistic talents on display. The evening came alive as business after business threw open their doors for artists’ displays and visitors’ viewing. There were music venues, a creative fashion show, wine tasting, things to eat, places to sit and fun for all ages.

  • When I was 16 or so I made sand candles.

    A hole in damp sand acts like a mold that you pour hot wax into. When the wax dries, you lift out a candle and brush the sand off. Voila!

    A friend taught me how to make them while we were at the beach one day and I decided it would be fun to try it at home. So, we loaded up my mom’s car with boxes of sand and once home, I set out to show Mom what I had learned by putting huge hunks of wax and red crayons in a pot on the stove to melt. Mom loves candles and I was eager to present her with a waxen masterpiece.

  • Members of the school board, Mr. Dotson, Ms. Fischer, Mr. Schmidt, Ms. Casey, Mr. Switzer, parents, guests and the Class of 2010: 

    Seniors, I am honored to share some thoughts with you tonight. I know you are anxiously waiting to get that diploma.

    Congratulations class of 2010.

    You have reached another rung on the ladder of your educational journey. You may recall your first day of school---getting on the school bus, mom with her camera taking your picture, giving you hugs and shedding a few tears. Probably you shed some tears also. 

  • To the editor:

    Relay for Life was held on June 25 with great success! We would like to thank the following sponsors:

    Gold Sponsors -  Cynthiana Democrat, WCYN, Harrison Memorial Hospital, Cynthiana Lions Club, Ken’s New Market, Action 500/Action Realty, Doctors for a Cure (Drs. Clarke, Shulstead, and Stephens), Cynthiana Vision Center, Elks Lodge 438, Cynthiana Rotary Club, Licking Valley Internal Medicine & Pediatrics PSC, Family Care Associates, Peter Newberry Attorney & Counselor at Law and Sorrell Home Medical.

  • When my youngest daughter was in middle school she told me she got gypped out of a testimony.

    She went on to explain that whenever she went to church camp or a retreat, a guest speaker would give his or her faith testimony.

    The details would differ from speaker to speaker, but not the format: “I used to do really, really bad things” or “my life was really, really bad because other people did really, really bad things to me and then I met Jesus and now my life is really, really good.”

  • To the editor:

    Throughout life, we can learn lessons from a variety of individuals: parents, teachers, coaches, and friends. Several years ago, I learned a valuable lesson from a man (I barely knew then) at a T-ball game at River Road Park. 

  • With weather forecasts calling for highs in the mid-80s this week, no one can argue that summer is right around the corner, begging us to come outside and bask in all its glory.

    It’s this time of the year when Cynthiana and Harrison County residents step outside their doorsteps, feel the warm glow, then scratch their head and say, “Well, what are we going to do outside?”

  • To the editor:

    My appreciation and gratitude goes out to the kind and honest person who gave security a purple wristlet purse at Harrison County’s graduation. Thank you so much!

    Faith Cundiff

    Lexington, Ky.

     

  • To the editor,

     My son, Ian Boland, 7, and myself, would like to thank the Community Health Partnership Wellness Subcommittee for hosting the Longest Day of Play at FRVP on June 21. Our community was one of several in all of Kentucky that marked the summer solstice with a new perspective of fun outdoor games that encourage children to get active. There were 20 booths that were managed by various community organizations, and as always, our community comes together for a good cause.

  • This morning I noticed a teeny frog hopping around my bathroom.

    My first thought — I hope my husband doesn’t see it because he’ll give me that I-told-you-to-keep-the-door-shut look.

    My second thought, however — You poor, dumb frog, so teeny. You’re probably just a baby and I don’t have any froggy food in my house and if you don’t get accidentally stepped on, you’ll surely die from hunger unless you find your way back outside.