People can become confined to their home for many reasons: sickness, recovery from surgery, chronic illness, disability and even weather. With limited access to the outside, a person’s world can shrink considerably and create a disconnect from people and the community. To help a homebound friend or relative stay engaged in life, you can:
• Plan to call or visit when you are not rushed for time.
• Arrange a regular date to get together.
• Encourage the person to express emotions and to listen.
Beginning Jan. 9, Community Winterhelp will provide assistance to help families struggling to keep their heat on during this economic downturn. With the recent blast of cold weather, coupled with a sluggish economy and many people struggling to find work, Winterhelp Board members anticipate a strong demand for services. Last year, 1,093 families received $203,629 in heating assistance; this year the Board expects to receive requests to serve substantially more families.
Entries are being accepted now through Feb. 29 for the National Cornbread Cookoff. Ten finalists will compete during the National Cornbread Festival and the cook-off champion will receive a $5,000 cash prize.
To enter the National Cornbread Cook-Off:
An entry must be an original main dish recipe and prepared with at least one package of Martha White Cornbread Mix using Lodge Cast Iron Cookware.
Entries must also include contestant's name, address, daytime phone number, date of birth and name of grocery retailer.
Santa’s Helpers need toys
Ann “Snookie” Morrison and Santa’s Helpers are collecting toys for children of all ages for Christmas. They are in need of new and used toys and batteries to be given away. For pick up, call Morrison at 270-234-3313 or drop off items at Santa’s Shop at 760 Salem Lake Road, Hodgenville.
Toys also may be dropped in the Santa’s Helper box at Dollar General Store, Lincoln National Bank, Bank of Buffalo, LaRue County Chamber of Commerce, Hodgenville Grill or Magnolia Mall.
Sunrise Manor residents and daycare clients received a special holiday treat Dec. 6.
Tom Smith and B.J., a registered Tennessee Walking Horse, took the participants on carriage rides in Hodgenville.
Morna Eastridge enjoyed the trip because it was something she had done many times with her husband.
Wesley Meadows Church provided a delicious holiday meal and the carriage ride made a wonderful day.
Angela Smith summed it up best by saying, “It was fun.”
Lead poisoning is one of the most preventable health problems affecting children today. The CDC reports that 250,000 children in the United States between the ages of one and five have elevated levels of lead in their blood. Lead is much more harmful to children because it damages their developing nerves and brains. The goal is to prevent lead exposure before children are harmed.