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Main Street getting ready for Christmas festivities, workshop

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Merchants make preparations for holiday business

By Celia McDonald

The carolers are rehearsing, the brass ensemble is practicing and the reciting group is getting ready. The City elves are working hard to make Hodgenville festive and get ready for the lighting of the tree on the square. Main Street volunteers will make the flowerpots on the square magically turn from dead mums to something more festive; cookie-makers are hard at work.   

Stores will be open with pretty things to help you with your holiday shopping, and we do have some wonderful shopping available. The crafts, gifts, candy and flowers at Nancy’s are unique (because she does a lot of them); Pat’s collectibles at Almost Home are a major temptation all the time, but even more at Christmas; Garrett’s Jewelry has still different kind of gifts; The Lincoln Museum has gifts with a touch of history that makes them very special. Lincolns Loft has lots of goodies to give, or to enjoy yourself. The Sweet Shoppe has gift items and candies, ice cream and pies. Laha’s and Abe’s will have their specialities for the hungry.

Don’t miss this annual kickoff for the holiday season taking place on Lincoln Square Saturday. The lightup ceremony begins at 6:30 p.m. Enjoy the blessings of a community Christmas - good shopping, good food, good friends, and warm hearts.

Family History Workshop offered

The free Family-History Workshop, “More than a Birdseye View of Kentucky” and “Documenting Cemeteries” sponsored by the Kentucky Historical Society, will be 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History in Frankfort. For more information or to register, contact RefDesk@ky.gov no later than noon, Dec. 11. The second section features Mike Peters. Based upon his years of experience traveling to cemeteries from North Carolina to Pennsylvania, he will describe the cemetery research process in detail. The presentation will cover preparations, onsite activities with an emphasis on tombstone photography and processing accumulated information and materials. The first session is based on the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives aerial photograph collections, useful for researching past and present features of Kentucky’s landscape. Lisa Thompson will illustrate how to locate and interpret these images.

Paducah Main Street a semi-finalist

Congratulations to Paducah Main Street - Kentucky is among the semifinalists for national Main Street honors for downtown development. The award will be made at the national Main Street conference in Oklahoma City next year. The 10 semifinalists have generated more than $24,104,868 in public investment and $43,459,645 in private investment, created more than 1100 new businesses and nearly 4,800 jobs, rehabbed more than 950 buildings and decreased vacancy rates by 31 percent.