Gosh it is hard to stay inside with that glorious sun shining!! I should’ve planned better to have the house work done !
“Miss” Sue Craycraft was spotted last week cleaning out the winter debris from the barrels on Main Street. The Millersburg Garden Club purchased some new barrels last spring and organized the planting of them. It will soon be time to do so again and I know they will truly brighten Main Street! thank you to the Millersburg Garden Club for their dedication to make Main Street sparkle!
Speaking of Main Street….. have you taken time to walk down Main Street and look up?? Not only in Millersburg but in your town too! The buildings that grace Millersburg Main Street tell part of the story of our history. Several of the buildings have the date the building was built in a prominent place near the top of the building. Some of the buildings have the then owner/occupant name inscribed near the date. Last week a friend was inquiring about the Miller building. I asked, “which one?” There is the Miller building at 417-419 Main Street and the Miller building next to the old Millersburg Market. He was interested in the “big ” building. Thanks to our Cora Coffey we have the following history. …Known as the Miller Block, the building was constructed in 1885. It has a cast iron front, as many of the Main Street buildings do, It was constructed for Joseph E Miller, a grandson of John Miller .Mr. Miller was the proprietor of a grocery store that occupied one half of the building while the other housed a dry goods business. The second floor of the north wing served as a lodge hall for various fraternal organizations, including the Masons. Later uses include a drug store, laundry mat and a ceramic studio. Currently it sits empty and in need of repair. the smaller Miller building was constructed for the Miller family and has replaced an earlier structure. It is interesting in part because of the contrast to the large-scaled structures on the block. The inscription states it was built in 1898. The front is enhanced by a rusticated wood oriel (also called a bay window) window and textured brick panel. It was once a doctor’s office but I do not know the name of the doctor. …. so, Look UP!! there is pretty interesting stuff up there! Thanks always to Cora for documenting our history.
The Community Building at Linville Park will soon have some flowers and trees planted thanks to an environmental grant awarded by Bluegrass GreenSource to the Bourbon Christian Academy and City. The banks of the little stream that runs thru the park are eroding and the plantings will stop that. The students at BCA have been a great asset in this project and it will be great to see a space created for folks to enjoy a picnic or just a quiet space. Thank you to Buddy Mynear and his crew for repainting the inside of the Linville Community Building. It looks great ! The building rents for family/community gatherings as well as meeting space. Please call Mrs. Cora at the Civic Center at 859-484-3901 to schedule.
The Masonic Lodge will host a Good Friday FISH FRY on Aprils 19th at the Lodge Hall , 102 E Seventh Street beginning at 11 am. All you can eat fish, beans, hush puppies, cole slaw and a drink will be offered for $9. Carry outs are available and they will serve until 6 p.m. or until the fish runs out! Don’t delay !! this fantastic meal often sells out early!
Congratulations and accolades to Lanny Brannock, son of Jerry and Pat Brannock and the brother of Todd and Cassie ! Lanny grew up in Millersburg and was recently named EKU Director of Communications! Lanny is a graduate of Eastern KY University and says he is excited to back on campus! Early in his career he knew he want to work in communications and his thought he wanted to be a sport writer. Then he went in to television news and from there to reporting on government and politics. We saw him a couple of times at Fancy Farm Picnic and it was always a delight to “get his take” on the political climate. Lanny now lives in Georgetown with his wife Kristy and their four children,, Anna, Harrison , Margot and Lillyan. He began his appointment in January 2019 and he says he looks forward to telling Eastern’s story to inspire students. I know Pat and Jerry are proud and we share that pride for this hometown man and wish him well in this new opportunity!
Libby Kenny Smith visited with me this week as I was preparing the bulletin boards. It is crazy that neighbors only meet somewhere else besides next door to get a visit in!! …. but such is life. We caught up on kids and she shared some great pictures with me. One picture is of her fifth grade class at MES and I will attach it. Libby could recall most of the children’s names and the teacher was Mrs. Thorn. Thanks for the visit Libby! Oh! And have a great vacation – Libby and her daughters are taking a “little trip” to the ocean – Libby tells me it will be her first time to fly and first time to see the ocean!
The Blighted, Vacant and Abandoned Committee will meet April 24th at 7:30 pm in the Community Room of the Civic Center. This committee is working diligently to identify properties in town that meet the criteria of blighted, vacant or abandoned. The properties are then referred to the City Council for action to be taken. All are welcome to attend this committee meeting.
The City Council meets the first and third Monday’s of the month in the Council Chambers at the Civic Center. For the past several months, actions on the BVA properties have been a priority. To address BVA properties, the owners must be known and notified and in a town where several of these properties are tied to an estate, it has been very difficult to “track down” heirs on these properties. Many of the properties are linked to a bank, tax lien company or a mortgage company that sell and resell properties. A dedicated effort is being made and there have been successful outcomes on some properties. All are welcome and encouraged to attend the Council meetings.
The David Rankin Post #257 will host their annual Easter Egg Hunt the Saturday before Easter — April 20 at 1 p.m in the Town Square Park. All children are encouraged to bring their Easter baskets and join in the fun!!
Artcroft welcomes Robert Gaunce to their team. Robert, a free-lance artist , will coordinate events at the Gallery on Main Street. He will be at the Gallery on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. beginning April 1st. Everyone is invited and encouraged to stop by to learn what programs can and will be offered!
Great news from our local volunteer Fire Department!! The recent ISO inspection in November projected a rating of 4/4 !! That is wonderful news as the rating is down from last year and this low rating will entitle homeowners to ask for a reduction in their fire insurance premiums. Chief Deutsch applauded the Kentucky American Water Co and the volunteer firefighters for this progress. A KAW improvement to our water system has insured a better water flow. The fire department constantly works to keep their equipment and training up to date.
The Chautauqua Committee is ramping up plans for this year’s celebration in September. Chairman Deenise Waller is actively recruiting committee members, vendors and help during the celebration! This is one of Millersburg’s biggest events!! Please consider helping because many workers make the festival better!! Contact Deenise or Scott Wells to help and show support
Mr. Moffett Clark, a Millersburg native, now living in Indiana, loves Millersburg. He is a graduate of MMI and still calls Millersburg “home”, Last summer he stopped by with his grandson and granddaughter for a visit and was so happy to be “showing off Millersburg to the next generation>” As I enjoy phone visits with him, he has shared so many Millersburg stories and history with me. Moffett Hall ( on the right in the picture, has been torn down ) at MMI is named after his grandfather and the cornerstone sits in the yard of his old home-place on College Avenue ..now the home of Gene and Linda Hyatt. Then last fall he fell and broke his hip. He has moved to a new facility that will help with his recovery and we send our warmest prayers and good wishes to him. At 95 he is still spry and enjoys a good laugh. I know he would enjoy a funny card or two, as well as a prayer for a full recovery His address is Moffett Clark St Paul’s Heritage, room 131 501 N 17th Avenue Beech Grove In 46107
Cares and concerns:
Billy Faris , husband of Jackie Sue Craycraft Faris , is experiencing some health concerns and would greatly appreciate your prayers..
Marie Young has recently had surgery and would appreciate your positive thoughts and prayers.
Chris Buchanan is currently undergoing chemotherapy and asks for prayers
Jimmy Plummer, formerly of Millersburg , currently resides at Cedar Ridge Health Facility in Cynthiana. As he faces some serious health issues, please keep him and his wife Mary and daughters in your prayers and warmest thoughts.
Ignatius Koury and his wife Terese, formerly of Millersburg, have had the flu and other health issues lately. They loved living in the Burg and Ignatius still stops by to visit when possible . Please remember them in your thoughts and prayers.
Sam Chanslor recently experienced a bad fall. He is doing okay now but sure got a couple of black eyes and bruises and bumps. Prayers for Sam and Melanie as he recovers fully.
Graduation is right around the corner. Our young people are completing a major stage of their lives and will move on to experience new opportunities. Warm wishes and good luck to all, whether it be a high school or college graduation, hopefully you will be awarded many possibilities. As Dr Seuss said, “ Oh the places you’ll go! “
I’ll be ramblin on……….
Lorrain April 2, 2019
PS Happy birthday to my sidekick, Emma Insko….. she turns 9 on the 3rd!!! God is good- she was a tiny 4 pounds the day she arrived and thru prayers and love and the good Lord she is a dancer, soccer player and gymnast, not to mention a beautiful, sensitive, smart, thoughtful young lady! Happy Birthday EB !