The Pamida Foundation announces this year’s donations to communities have increased 30 percent. Contributions to local food banks and gift-tree programs total over half a million dollars.
This year’s contributions to local food banks will be used to help stock shelves with food for families in need this holiday season. In addition, numerous Pamida stores across the Midwest are organizing local food drives to coordinate with the Foundation donations.
Tradition tells us the holidays stand for family gatherings, good food, and gift giving and receiving. The realities of the holiday season often include increased social activity and obligations, along with heightened expectations and anticipation. For many Kentucky families, especially those with a loved one serving in the United States military, this can lead to unhealthy levels of stress. For a military spouse juggling the additional demands of the holidays, community support can be especially important during this time of increased vulnerability due to family separation.
While everyone else is enjoying the hustle and bustle and the joy of the holiday season, there are many caregivers out there who just want the whole thing over with. Caregiving creates a level of stress unmatched by most endeavors. Add to that the extra stress of family gatherings, gift buying, cooking, and other obligations and it is almost unbearable. How can caregivers better cope with this added holiday stress?
Hodgenville Main Street is working to obtain another grant to enable people in Main Street’s service area to get 50 percent reimbursement for work done on their businesses or homes. The offer would apply only to property owners.
Anyone within the Main Street boundaries is eligible. No historic designation is required. To increase the possibilities of people we serve, Main Street board members voted this month to increase boundaries.
The South Fork Area Homemakers met Nov. 17 at the LaRue County Extension Service office with vice president Billie Shahayda presiding.
Present were Virginia Allen, Delores Bale, Janice Bowen, Ann Flanders, Amanda Gatewood, Mary Lois Hornback, Norma Jean McDonald, Martha Owen, Mary Lou Owen, Della Thomas, Phyllis Perkins and Exie Elliott.
A letter was read from the Cumberland Presbyterian Church Mission Project thanking the club for voting to be a sponsor of the Community Food Pantry Program.
The group discussed catering a meal for the Class of 1960.
The local Community Action office is assisting low-income families with heating bills with funding provided by LIHEAP or the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.
Applicants are accepted in alphabetically by the first letter of their last name and will be taken Nov. 2-Dec. 11. Financial qualifications are based on the number of household occupants and the gross monthly income of all family members.
To qualify, the homeowner or renter must be responsible for home heating costs or pay heating costs as an undesignated portion of rent.
A pair of business owners are starting a book discussion group.
Becky Harrison of Lincolns Loft already has organized one book club that meets at the Lincoln Square bookstore at 5:30 p.m. Thursdays. The group discussed “Under the Banner of Heaven,” a true story about a Mormon murderer, by Jon Krakauer on Oct. 16.
Harrison and Gale Schmittou of Cozy Café are collaborating on starting a second group that will meet at the café on East Main Street.