September 2, 2014

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A local's views on the Bluegrass Pipeline project Print E-mail

Dear Editor,

Regarding the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline project, while the “open house” meetings that the developer is holding may be open, they do not provide a landowner with a very balanced view of the project. They are happy to talk pleasantly about how they have 24/7 “state-of-the-art pipeline control centers” in Colorado and Louisiana, but they are more reluctant to explain how earlier this year, even with that level of monitoring a leak from a valve can go undetected in Parachute, CO for days on end, leaking toxic benzene into a nearby creek until it was found purely by accident. They say that their pipelines are constructed to “meet or exceed both federal and industry-wide standards”, but they cannot give specifics on how they go about cleaning up contaminated earth and groundwater if a leak occurs.  And they do occur with alarming frequency all across the US.

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Is the Pipeline potential danger to land owners? Print E-mail

Dear Editor,

If you own any property in Pendleton County, beware:  the Williams Company is looking for some prime property to run their potentially highly flammable gas pipeline through.  They have a history of safety violations and pipeline leaks, some of which have resulted in the loss of life. They want to give you approximately $2,400 in order to get a fifty-foot easement for life across your property.

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Legislators are wrestling whether to expand Medicaid Print E-mail

Dear Editor,

State legislators across the country are wrestling with whether to expand Medicaid, with the bulk of the funding to come from the federal government, thanks to Obamacare.

Thus far, a substantial number of states have rebuffed the feds' offer -- or are leaning that way. They're right to do so. The states and the federal government have spent trillions on the program -- but new data show that Medicaid beneficiaries' health is not getting any better.

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PC Library extends gratitude Print E-mail

Dear Editor,

The Pendleton County Public Library Board and staff would like to say a big thank you to everyone who contributed to the success of our Grand Opening and our annual Summer Reading Program.  As always, the support of the community and local businesses is vital to the success of our programs. We appreciate all of the positive comments we have received and truly hope that the new library will continue to be a great asset for the community.

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Fire doesn't discriminate - protect yourself Print E-mail

To the Editor,

A mother and her four children aged from 6 years to 16 years were killed in a house in Bracken County, Kentucky on Saturday, July 13th. Firefighters bravely attempted to knock down the flames and rescue the family, but were only able to rescue the father who is still in critical condition. Two family members were able to escape unharmed.

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Local students perform service across state; thank local businesses for their support Print E-mail

Mackenzie Moore was one of 28 high school students that participated in an eight-day trip performing services across the commonwealth of Kentucky and learning about the area's rich, cultural history.

Dear Editor,

Y-Corps Service to the commonwealth consisted of 28 high school students from all over the state. We traveled around Kentucky for eight days while taking part in service projects and learning more about our commonwealth.

We started off in Louisville with Youth Build and from there we traveled to Owensboro to help the International Bluegrass Museum. We stopped at Bowling Green and helped Community Action, and then stopped at the Corvette Museum and a water park. We took a tour at Mammoth Cave then surprised a volunteer with house supplies after a fire destroyed her house. My favorite day was when we assisted the Christ Outreach for the Blind in Rockcastle, the same day we drove to the Kentucky Horse Park and helped clean up the buckets and stalls for the horses. That night we stopped and had some fun at the Anderson County Fair! Our final full day was spent at Kentucky YMCA in Frankfort working on building a shed, organizing, and painting. That night we worked at Central Park in Louisville with Shakespeare in the Park.

This trip was a blessing and I want to thank Woodhead Funeral Home, Xanadu Salon, Houchens, and Peoples Funeral Home for donating money towards the trip and I want to thank everyone who helped me fund-raise. I also want to thank Senior Council for letting me get almost all my volunteer hours in with them!

Thank you,
Mackenzie Moore

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We still have a great deal to learn in our lifetime Print E-mail

A friend of mine saw a letter to the editor in a newspaper and sent it to me. He thought it has some really great truths to it and I thought I would print it in The Falmouth Outlook for our subscribers and others to read. The author is unknown.

Debbie Dennie,
Editor, The Falmouth Outlook

We Still Have Much To Learn

I've learned that no matter what happens or how bad it seems today, life goes on and let's just hope for a better tomorrow.

I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he or she handles things such as a rainy day, a slow driver in front of you when you have to be some place at a certain time, and tangled Christmas tree lights.

I've learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you will sure miss them when they are gone from  your life.

I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.

And I've also learned you should never go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands. You just might need to be able to throw something back.

I've learned that if you pursue happiness it will elude you. But if you focus on your family, your friends, the needs of others, your work and doing the best you can, happiness finds you.

I've learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart that usually I have made a right decision.

I have learned that when I have  pain, I don't have to be one.

I've learned that everyday we need to reach out and touch someone. People love the human touch, just holding hands, a warm hug, or just a pat on the back. People may forget what you said and they may forget what you did. But they will never forget how you made
them feel.

But I still have a lot to learn.  Just pass this on to everyone you care about as I just did. Sometimes they just need a little something to make them smile.

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Relay for Life would like to say "thank you" Print E-mail

Dear Editor,

On behalf of the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Pendleton County, I would like to thank everyone for their support of this year’s event. The funds from our event and others across Kentucky and the country are able to help individuals in every community – including Pendleton County – touched by cancer.

For example, from September 2012 through June 2013, ACS has provided 44 local cancer patients and caregivers 588 services to help them get well. This has included providing 124 nights of free lodging for Pendleton County cancer patients and caregivers at a Hope Lodge facility, saving nearly $15,000 in hotel costs. Relay For Life dollars also go to provide support services to help local patients through programs like Look Good Feel Better so they can address appearance-related side effects from treatment and foster confidence, friendships and hope as they continue on their cancer journey.

And dollars also go toward implementing and maintaining programs like the Pendleton County Road to Recovery program, which recruits, trains and manages volunteer drivers to assist patients get to and from their needed treatments. From Sept. 2012-June 2013, nearly 90 rides were provided to five local cancer patients so they did not have to skip or quit their cancer treatments on their personal “road to recovery.”

Your support of Relay For Life provides information at any time to answer questions or connect to available resources, and funds research that may touch someone you know with a new treatment option or new way to prevent or detect cancer. So to our Relay For Life volunteers, committee members, teams and sponsors, you are making an impact against cancer here in our community.

Sincerely,

Janice Polley
Sponsorship Chair & Proud Team Captain of Falmouth
Baptist Church, Falmouth
janice.polley@insightbb.com

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City thanks everyone for making parade a success Print E-mail

The city of Falmouth staff, and a host of other volunteers would like to say a huge thank you to all the participants in the July 4th parade.  They appreciated your involvement in helping to make the parade a success.

They would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge and thank the Pendleton County Fiscal Court as well for their continued monetary contribution to the parade festivities.  They were inadvertently left out of the acknowledgements, but they are to be commended for their contribution.


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Honoring the memory of a fallen constable Print E-mail

Dear Editor,

I recently had the privilege and honor, along with Pendleton Constable Lou McCord, to represent Pendleton County in a memorial service honoring the memory of the very first law enforcement office to lose his life in the line of duty in the history of the commonwealth, the honorable deputy constable John Holton, Bracken County, on Thanksgiving eve in 1845.

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