Christmas for Kids
"Nearly 250 families, including nearly 500 children, were helped this year by "Christmas for Kids", with organizers reflecting about how glad they are to have an organization that rises above all differences to bring a little holiday cheer to those who need it most." Dariush Shafa, McLean County News
It was a huge success!
Livermore City Council Meeting
The City of Livermore invited the community to join them in honoring the contributions of outgoing council members Shelly Ranburger, Jr., Dinah Hopper, Michael Ball and Michael Heath; and welcoming incoming council members Chester Baldwin, Sharon Nell Boyken, Thomas Brown, David Edmonds, Thomas Kassinger and Dennis Revelett at a reception held on December 13, 2012 prior to the city's monthly Council meeting.
Ranburger has served six terms on the council, with those terms spanning from 1999 to 2012. Hopper has served three consecutive terms on the council, from 2007-2012. Heath and Ball have each served one term on the council, from 2011-2012. The reception honored the numerous ways and years dedicated to serving the needs of the Livermore community and gave citizenry an opportunity to greet incoming members of the city council.
During the City Council Meeting, the Council Members-Elect were sworn in as was the newly appointed Code Enforcement Officer, Dan Fenwrick.
Swearing in of Council Members-Elect:
Chester Baldwin, David Edmonds, Sharon Nell Boyken,
Dennis Revlett, Thomas Kassinger, Thomas Brown
City Attorney, John Hicks and newly appointed Code Enforcement Officer, Dan Fenwrick
We all waited patiently for Santa, hoping the Livermore Christmas Parade would NOT be rained out - AND it wasn't! What a great evening! It was NOT cold either! And there were lots of lights and sirens and music and plenty of candy being tossed into the crowds from the lighted floats. And then Santa Claus showed up along with Mrs. Claus and their two elfin helpers. The weather cooperated and it was a perfectly delightful evening AND everyone loved it! Thanks to all who participated in the parade and to those who came out to enjoy it! See the winning floats below.
Merry Christmas to everyone!
Tammy's Learning Center - 1st Place Winning Float
First Security Bank.....................................Calhoun Christian Church
2nd Place Winning Float................................4th Place Winning Float
Cub Scout Pack #15 - 3rd Place Winning Float
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Santa Claus came to town this morning! He visited the library for some milk and cookies and sat and talked with all of the children who took the time to come and visit with him. Kids who were ages 2 to 15 joined in making Christmas ornaments as well. It was a good time and those cookies were pretty remarkable! Ho, ho, ho.
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The Livermore Woman's Club hosted a Christmas Gala at the McLean County Public Library on Thursday evening, December 6th from 6 pm to 8 pm. The public was invited to come and see all of the decorated trees in the Christmas tree forest on the 2nd floor in the art gallery and were encouraged to vote for their favorite trees. Entertainment was provided by the 2nd grade class from Livermore Elementary. Refreshments of cookies, hot cider, coffee and punch were served after the entertainment. It was an excellent time and the trees were beautiful!
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The annual Praise Sing Thanksgiving celebration, held at Livermore's City Building, was a most enjoyable evening. This year the United Methodist Church hosted the event and participating churches were:
Christ Gospel Church
General Baptist Church
St. Charles Catholic Church
Missionary Baptise Church
United Methodist Church
To complete the evening, the United Methodist Church provided an array of home-made desserts along with coffee and punch. Wonderful music and fellowship was enjoyed by all.
Please click on link below for additional photos:
Praise Sing 2012 - (Marsha Logsdon)
........Christ Gospel Church.............General Baptist Church.......St. Charles Catholic Church
................Missionary Baptist Church...........................United Methodist Church Youth Choir
Veterans Day Celebration
The Veterans Day Celebration honoring all who served was held Monday, November 12th, despite the harrowing winds and torrential rains experienced the evening prior and early hours of the 12th.
At 11:00 am sharp, the sun appeared and George Rhodes opened the program with an introduction of Special Guests. There was a Presentation of Colors by the MCHS JROTC and in recognition of Veterans in attendance, Miss Florence Stodghill played the service hymns on the piano of the Navy, Marines, Coast Guard, Army and Air Force.
Deceased Veterans from the local area were honored and the McLean County Junior Reserves Officer Training Corp, Honor Guard, presented a moving Prisoner of War / Missing in Action Ceremony.
The guest speaker, Clay Taylor, an Owensboro native who served in the Military as an Apache Helicopter Pilot in the Middle East, spoke of his experiences.
Wayne Morris sang “God Bless the U.S.A.” to which all in attendance participated.
At the conclusion of the program, everyone was invited to stay and join together in fellowship at the potluck dinner. After the potluck, the color guard led the parade to the Memorial Walkway at the Tank Park at 1:00 pm for honors and Taps to close the celebration with a balloon launch in memory of all Veterans.
It is the soldier, not the reporter,
Who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the soldier, not the poet,
Who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the soldier, not the campus organizer,
Who has given us the freedom to demonstrate.
It is the soldier, not the lawyer,
Who has given us the right to a fair trial.
It is the soldier,
Who salutes, the flag,
Who serves under the flag,
And whose coffin is draped by the flag,
Who allows the protester to burn the flag.
~Charles M. Province~
Click on link below to photos from Veterans Day Event
Halloween has come and gone, but not without an excellent showing of witches, ghouls, clowns, dragons, zombies, cowgirls, Captain America's, Minnie Mouse, Daisy Duck, Belle, Dorothy & Toto and so many other assorted characters arraying the streets of Livermore! What a fun evening it was!
The Livermore Volunteer Firemen were on hand distributing candy as were the Livermore Senior Citizens, residents of the Riverview and Town House Apartments assisted by Barbara, Greg & Dona Jean Gardner, Nana's Pizza, IGA, and Neighborhood Flowers. There were games to be played, provided by the Family Resource Center, Independence Bank, First Security Bank, McLean County Band and Boy Scout Troop 35. The City of Livermore also provided games and candy assisted by volunteers Tom & Joyce Newcom (of corn hole fame), Dale & Gail Miles (of Tic Tac Toe fame), Taylor Higgs & Mallory Nantz (of treasure hunt fame & American Hero fame) and Deanna Edmonds and Rose Howard (of City Hall fame). All of the game winners (and everyone WAS a winner) earned candy, jewelry, and toys.
There was hair painting by Erica Bishop of "Beauty 101", face painting by Jessica & Lisa Hopper as well as face painting by Library employees, Tina Dame and Amie Waltrip and ghost stories presented by Dennis Millay.
If you had enough candy (is there such a thing?), then the Methodist Youth Group had several different varieties of chili available for purchase, the proceeds of which will be going to a family in need at Christmas time
The basket ball court was a popular place as was the "Scare House", both sponsored by Boy Scout Troop 35.
The Livermore Woman's Club sponsored the costume contest, judging for the Ugliest, Prettiest & Most Original in each category: Preschool, Elementary, Middle School, High School & 'Older Folks". All agreed it was the most difficult job yet, but when the judging was completed, those outstanding costume winners won a gold dollar coin. There were 15 winning costumes, of which the Green Giant, an Ear of Corn, a Purple Fairy Witch, a Lion, a Snow Princess, a Scare Crow, and a Zombie were only a few of those selected.
The barrel rides were a grand success driven by Thomas Kassinger and Mayor Sonny Renfrow. And instead of having to pay for a barrel ride, the riders received candy! What a great deal is that!?
Thanks to the City of Livermore for hosting this event and to all of the Sponsors and Volunteers who participated in making it such a memorable evening!
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State Senator Joe Bowen and State Representative Jim Gooch met with local citizens and leaders of McLean County on Thursday evening at the McLean County Public Library at a "Legislative Meet & Greet". This was an opportunity to see the Library and the progress made since its inception. "Libraries are important. It's an asset to the community where people can find information. I'm glad to see they've done a good job with that," Gooch said as reported by the Messenger-Inquirer. "Libraries are also a source of pride for many communities. As access to information changes, our libraries evolve with it. They have a little different role that they play", explained Joe Bowen as reported by the Messenger-Inquirer.
Jim Blanton, the new director of the Daviess County Public Library, was in attendance as well as the mayors from Livermore, Sonny Renfrow, Sacramento, Betty Howard and Island, Charlie Strole. McLean County Judge Executive Kelly Thurman thanked Bowen, Gooch, the McLean County Magistrates, the Mayors and everyone in attendance who turned out and made the event a success. Thurman said "It sends a clear message to our legislators that we apprecate what they're doing, and we want to continue to work with them."
Refreshments were provided by the Livermore Woman's Club.
Johnny Appleseed is a famous historical American figure, who is most noteable for his spread of apple trees throughout Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois. He was a prominent conservationalist, business man and religious figure, and well known and liked for his kindness and generosity - Johnny Appleseed's birth is commemorated on September 26, 1774.
On Friday, September 28th, the McLean County Public Library hosted 45 first graders from Livermore Elementary School to commemorate Johnny Appleseed's birth. The Library staff read a book about Johnny Appleseed to the children, and they discussed Appleseed's life, as well as the great variety of apples and their uses. Dr. D. Lee Newberry from Hawesville, Ky. and Carol Owens brought an antique cider press to the library to make cider for the first graders and their teachers, and the students were allowed to help turn the crank and press the apples into cider. Newberry and Owens also brought homemade apple butter for the students and teachers to sample. It was agreed by all, students and teachers alike, that this was a great learning experience and one to be remembered!
Friday, September 21, 2012 dawned dark and gloomy. Clouds were scudding across the sky and the threat of thunderstorms was imminent. Hail and isolated T-storms were projected as the day progressed and it looked like there might be another rainout of our annual Riverfest! But the Riverfest Committee continued to complete the final touches for the scheduled event, held along the riverfront and centered at the Livermore RV Park, dodging just a few rain drops here and there.
We were all in for a pleasant surprise! The clouds parted and the sun shown bright, making for a beautiful late summer afternoon and evening. The breeze travelled gently through the park off the river and the leaves rustled just enough to remind us that autumn was merely a few hours away (the first day of fall, the Fall Autumnal Equinox, was the next morning at 10:49 am on the 22nd of September)! We knew we were fortunate to have dodged the earlier foreboding weather forecasts!
S & S Amusements Carnival rides and games were ready for their first customers and food and Arts/Crafts vendors were busily setting up their booths. Classic cars and trucks as well as hot rods and even an electric bike all started cruising in for the festivities. The McLean County Public Library Bookmobile was on hand as well as a Livermore Volunteer Fire Department unit and Firemen.
At 5:00 pm, Mayor Sonny Renfrow welcomed everyone and expressed appreciation to the Vendors and Sponsors who made the 6th Annual Riverfest possible! As the Classics continued to roll in, the Riverfest attendees strolled through the area viewing the already parked vehicles and selecting their favorite one for the Peoples Choice Award.
The food vendors came through with a mouth watering array of vittles. They ranged from brats and pork burgers, provided by the Lions Club to hamburgers, cheeseburgers, walking tacos and hot dogs, provided by the Bunco Queens, to loaded baked potatoes and brownie desserts by the Methodist Youth Group. There was coffee and hot chocolate available as well as an array of cold drinks. Beth Smith of Pooles Pharmacy came through for those folks who just wanted cold water.
The local Arts/Craft vendor offerings included mums and pumpkins from Turner Farms; tin men, bird houses, walking sticks and fashion statement dust pans from Jerry Abneys Lil Camper. Delightful aromas emanated from displayed decorator candles made by Margaret Whitt and Scentsy candles sold by Tonia Tucker. Tonia additionally, provided 'fashion statements' with her displays of jewelry, purses and scarves, also by Scentsy. And lets not forget the delicious honey samples provided by Moores Fisty Farm of Buttonsberry!
Aimee Newberry, Director of the McLean County Public Library was on hand to assist those wanting to check out books or sign up for Library Cards all through the Librarys Bookmobile Unit.
The Cruise-in was well attended with nearly 40 Classics on display and cruising through the park! They came in all sizes, colors, makes and years. The first hour of the event was filled with music from the 50s and 60s. Then live country music was showcased, provided by Brothers of the Road. Zack Ashby, lead guitarist, made a call out for a Thumbs Up for Lane Goodwin photo opportunity and people came running towards the stage to show their support and love for Lane!
Throughout the event, Cruise-in attendees registered numbers were selected for over 20 Door Prizes comprised of buckets, each loaded with car cleaning and polishing goodies.
About 8:30, Mayor Sonny Renfrow announced the winner of the Peoples Choice Award, car #9, a 1936 Ford Coupe owned by Ron Swindle and the Mayors Choice Award, car #35, a 1955 Chevy Hard Top driven by Kami Fuqua. Both winners were met with resounding applause from the crowd.
There were several folks who opted to cap off their evening with a ride on S&S Amusements Carnival ride, the Himalaya and they appeared to thoroughly enjoy that treat!
It was a very good evening. In fact, it was an excellent way to relax and spend an evening along the riverside here in Livermore, KY. Visiting with old and new friends and sharing experiences theres nothing like it!
The City of Livermore thanks all of the behind the scenes Volunteers who were happy to help whenever and wherever they were needed.
The City also wishes to thank those Sponsors who supported us and continue to support the people of Livermore throughout the year:
First Security Bank of Kentucky
Logsdon Lumber & Farms
Thacker Riverside Dental
B.F. Evans Ford
Kelly Thurman, McLean County Judge/Executive
McLean County Attorney
Stacy Patrick County Clerk
A & S Fabricating
Joeys Diesel & Auto
Kentucky Drag Boat Association
Livermore Womans Club
Livermore Masonic Lodge
Hoover & Morris, PLLC
& Lighting by Jennings and Little
Click on link below for additional photos from the Livermore Riverfest 2012:
Pre-order your Riverfest t-shirt today! We will be taking orders until September 7. Come by City Hall and order one today! Prices are $10 for S-XL, $12 for XXL.
Thunder on the Green, a Kentucky Drag Boat sanctioned event, typically attracts more than 2000 people over the 2-day event, each year. It is presented by The Kentucky Drag Boat Association, who can be contacted at (270) 273-5006 or you can check their Web Site at www.kdba.net where you can find all of their latest news. This past weekend's event was another thunderously fun weekend!
Thanks to the participating RACERS!
The KDBA has entered into an association with Lucas Oil to participate in the Lucas race series. Thunder on the Green is now included in Lucas Oil's list of points races. All Lucas Oil racers must compete in at least four races throughout the year in order to be considered for the annual championship.
At Thunder on the Green, boats race down a quarter-mile track set up on the Green River at Livermore between the Main Street and RV Park boat ramps. The boats take off from the Main Street Ramp and exit at the RV Park ramp. The name of the event comes from the intense roar of the engines echoing across the Green River.
Boats compete in classes based on how fast they can complete the race. Classes range from 7-second boats, meaning the boat crosses the finish line only seven seconds after leaving the starting line, to 12-second boats. The boats race at speeds of up to 170 mph.
Thanks to all Attendees!
Thanks to the Vendors, who's proceeds went to non-profit organizations!
Thanks to our Volunteer Fire Department and EMTS!
Thanks to all who helped this event go so smoothly - old and young alike enjoyed this past weekend due to the efforts of the KDBA and local citizens whocontributed their time, energy and equipment!
Click on links below for additional photos from the KDBA boat races:
Saturday evening was an opportunity for the people of Livermore to say Thank you to our Volunteer Fire Department & EMTs.
The Churches of Livermore, Christ Gospel Church, Livermore Baptist Church, Livermore General Baptist Church, Livermore United Methodist Church and St. Charles Catholic Church organized an Appreciation Dinner in honor of those men and women who voluntarily serve their community as Firemen and/or EMTs.
Brother Ronald Dame welcomed the guests and attendees including Senator Joe Bowen and State Representative Jim Gooch. Entertainment was provided by local musicians and singers. Judge Executive Kelly Thurman delivered the keynote address. Livermore Mayor John Sonny Renfrow rounded out the evening presentation.
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Regardless of the scorching temperatures over the four day celebration of Livermore's 175th Anniversary, it was a huge success! Each day's temps easily reached 104-105 degrees, but the people of Livermore and its many visitors seemed to disregard this factor and went on to enjoy the days' highlights.
On Wednesday, July 4th, the Church Choirs of Livermore convened at Livermore's City Building and sang in the celebration with music that rang throughout the building! Mayor Sonny Renfrow presented a key to the city to both James Lewis Brown and Ima Dora Strong, two of the oldest descendents of William A. Brown, the founding father of Livermore. The youngest Brown descendent at twenty (20) months, Clay Thomas Brown, was also recognized and brought forward by his father Thomas Brown. Following the presentations, music, a devotional message from Bro. Ron Dame and a special presentation by Mrs. Betty Gross singing "The Green River Shore of Livermore", was a walk down to that very river. Enroute, many stopped by the Lions Club booth on the way for pork burgers, hamburgers, hot dogs and drinks and then on down to the riverfront for cake and ice cream provided by the City of Livermore. Finally, at dusk the Independence Day Fireworks, presented by Independence Bank were displayed with many oooohs and ahhhhhs from the hundreds of onlookers who packed the River Park that night! Click on the link below for the photos of this day:
On Thursday, July 5th, the celebration continued. At 5:45 pm, two of our 5th grade students from Livermore Elementary, Haley Neal and Taylor DeYoung, read their winning essays on why they liked Livermore. Mayor Sonny Renfrow and Senator Joe Bowen presented them each certificates for Nana's Pizza and Subway, two of their favorite Livermore restaurants. Following this presentation, Music by Ray Wilkerson & Friends and Line Dancing with Bud Nickells & The Island Station Dancers started on stage behind the Kidd Building. The music was great and the dancers were 'fantabulous'! Also during this time period, there was a Historic Walking/Golf Cart Tour of Livermore led by Eldon Eaton, Shelia Heflin and Caleb Baldwin. And at 8:30 pm, the Lantern Stroll in Period Dress, led by Mayor Sonny Renfrow, proceeded from the McLean County Public Library down Hill Street toward the city stage and around the block. It was major fun and a real eye opener to what our forefathers and mothers endured in such heat as we had that day - 102 degrees in the shade! Click on the link below for the photos of the day:
On Friday, July 6th, from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, there was a beautiful Quilt Show on the 2nd floor of the Mclean County Public Library. The quilts and owners of each quilt were clearly identified - it was wonderful to wander through the layers and layers of quilts on display and chat with many of the quilters. The Lions Club again provided a winning combination of pork burgers, hamburgers and hot dogs. The Hope for Haiti booth had barbecued pork chops and watermelon for purchase. And thank goodness for the Seniors and for Poole's Pharmacy Care Cooling Station, there was always a place to sit down in front of a fan and drink some ice cold water!
Because of the heat, many thought the advertised Cruise-in might not have much of a showing - - - how wrong that assumption was! The cars started rolling in about 4:45 pm and most stayed until dusk. There were easily 60 to 70 cars that cruised through town, entertaining all car buffs - and we thank them all for making the effort, especially with the high heat! Zack Ashby also was on stage at 5:00 pm. His music was enjoyed by all - those actually sitting in the audience, and also those folks milling around the cars and food stations. Thanks Zack!!!!! Music by "Insulated" was next on stage and they played until 10:00pm. It was a wonderful music-filled evening!
The Historic Walking/Golf Cart Tour of Livermore was almost overbooked - but they located 4 more golf carts and all 25 folks touring the city, enjoyed the fun, information and music filled tour!
The Carnival started up about 8:00 pm and our younger set was thrilled about the rides, games and food. It was a hot day, but a good day!! Click on the link below for photos of the day:
On Saturday, July 7th, from 7:00 am to 10:00 am, Boy Scout Troop 35 hosted a Pancake Breakfast at the City building, which was so very, very good! We all enjoyed that breakfast! At 9:00 am, Arts & Crafts Vendors were set up on 2nd street, renamed for the day "Heritage Lane", in front of the Library. They had beautiful items both for display and for sale and we thank them for 'toughing' out the hot weather! The Quilt Show was open to the public at 10:00 and again, had a wonderful showing.
At 10:00 am, "Ducks on the Green" began. Poole's Pharmacy Care sponsored this duck race and provided the 1st place winner, Shelia Heflin with $100, the 2nd place winner, Barbara Gardner with $50 and the 3rd place winner, Betty Jones, with two (2) outdoor chairs. The ducks were a little reluctant to return to shore, so there was a boat and two jet skies roaming the waters, providing the much needed wave action to move the little duckies on toward the shore, in just under 50 minutes.
Then at 11:00 am, there was a 1/2 Mile Canoe Race, sponsored by Boy Scout Troop 35. Eleven canoes entered the race and the race was definitely challenging in the heat. Yes, they were on the water - but not in the water. So with the extreme heat temperatures, all of their exertion heated them up even more!
First place winners: Andy Bates & Bryan Thacker
Second place winners: Russell Brown & Thomas Brown
Third place winners: Lewis Boykin & Andrew Rickard
At 2:00 pm, Kentucky Chautauqua Player, Mr. George McGee performed as Henry Clay under the shade of several trees just west of the McLean County Public Library. There were canopies protecting the audience from the sun and misting fans helping to dissipate the heat. But the obvious enjoyment for all was watching Mr. McGee spin his magic as Henry Clay and involving the audience in the process! What a treat! There were at least 2 duals, several hangings, elections, and so much more learned from Mr. McGee's performance! Many, many thanks for this wonderful performance!
At 4:00 pm, we had a Tractor Parade down Main Street, Third Street, back to Main Street, Dr. Sam Scott Drive, Hill Street and back up Main Street. The tractors all parked in front of City Hall on display, where those souls who braved the heat, in addition to our tractor drivers, were able to view the equipment and chat with their owners. While it was extraordinarily hot, being around this thunderous equipment was definitely very exhilarating! Many thanks to those farmers who shared their tractors with the public!
The S&S Amusement Carnival opened up for business about 6:00 pm and despite the heat, the youngsters appeared on scene. The Historic Walking/Gold Cart Tour has been extremely popular during this celebration and consequently was overbooked this evening. The information will be shared on this site soon.
At 7:00 pm, music by the Bluegrass Band, Up & Gone, was on stage behind the Kidd Building and enjoyed by all. The Lions Club provided everyone's meal again this evening and it was a winning combination with the bluegrass music! At 9:30 pm, there was a surprise performance from Aaron Fee who sang for an hour with the accompaniment from his 6 string guitar. Click on the link below for photos of the day:
And that performance sealed Livermore's four day celebration of its founding 175 years ago. What a good time - hot, but good! Thanks to all who supported this effort, in the planning, preparation and the many donations of time and money allowing the successful fruition of such an event as the:
"DemiSemiSeptCentennial" 175th Anniversary of the Founding of Livermore!
A special thanks to all of our sponsors & to the 175th Celebration Committee:
Northwest Kentucky Forward
B.F. Evans Ford
City of Livermore Mayor & City Council
Livermore Enhancement Foundation
Poole's Pharmacy Care
Thacker Riverside Dental
Livermore Veterans Group
Livermore Woman's club
Livermore Lions club
Hoover & Morris, PLLC
First Security Bank
Jon Burden Promotions USA
United States Postal Service
Boy Scout Troop 35
McLean County Public Library
Ray Wilkerson & Friends
Bud Nickells & the Island Station Dancers
Nana's Pizza, Livermore, KY
Auto Body Supply, Greenville, KY
Don Moore Toyota, Owensboro, KY
Schindler's Barber Shop, Calhoun, KY
Subway, Livermore, KY
The celebratioin of the 175th Anniversary of the founding of the City of Livermore will begin July 4th down at the riverfront with fireworksand culminate on Saturday, July 7th, 2012. Plan on visiting us to celebrate the DemiSemiSeptCentennial (literally one-half (demi-) x one-half (semi-) x seven (sept-) x 100 years (centennial)) festivities this year!
To preorder your DemiSemiSeptCentennial T-shirts ($10) & Caps ($10),
please call 270-278-2418
sponsored by the
Livermore Woman's Club
A Memorial book has also been produced for the occasion, celebrating Livermore. It is a soft sided 20 page book which will be sold for $20. It is 9 1/2" x 8" and features 45 reproductions of prints and antique photographs as well as a running commentary of Livermore's history.
To preorder your Livermore Memorial Book
please call Andrea Shelton at 270-278-2113
The library is planning a Summer Reading Program for kids ages 3 to 13, as well as the regular movie nights open to all ages. The summer reading program begins at the end of June and will continue throughout the month of July with meetings on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
The Summer Reading Program kicks off on June 25 with a special presentation by the "Spoon Man," known to friends and family as Jim Cruise. Cruise is a published author who offers an interactive musical comedy act for all ages. Cruise's performance includes gems such as impersonations, heavy metal and rap spoons, an audience sing-along and more.
Cruise will present his program at the library at 10 a.m.on June 25.
The following day, June 26, the Summer Reading Program begins for younger children (ages 3 to 9). This age group will meet on Tuesdays throughout the month of July, except for the first week in July, when we will not meet in order to allow everyone to celebrate Independence Day and Livermore's 175th anniversary. Older children, ages 10-13, will have their first meeting on June 27 and will meet on Wednesdays throughout July, also excepting the first week. Children ages 3-5 will meet from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays (June 26, July 10, July 17 and July 24), and children ages 6-9 will meet from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on the same days. The 10-13-year-old age group will meet from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on Wednesdays (June 27, July 11, July 18 and July 25). We will have a party for all three age groups to conclude the program on July 31; more details about the party will be given during the reading program.
The program will include craft activities, story time and more, all revolving around the theme "Dream Big: Read." Daily programs will follow the themes of nighttime/night sky, bedtime, nocturnal animals and camping. Small snacks will be provided at each program meeting. Library staff members are currently working with local attractions, including minor league baseball teams, to secure a deal in which children who complete the Summer Reading Program can receive a free ticket.
We are asking that parents sign their children up for the summer reading program no later than noon on June 25 so we will know how many children to expect. Parents will need to grant permission for their children to participate in the activities we have planned for each day. We are also asking that a responsible adult be present at each meeting for the youngest age group (3- to 5-year-olds). If this will not be possible, please let us know ahead of time so we can try to work something out.
To register a child for the Summer Reading Program or for more information about the program, please visit us at the library or call us at 270-278-9184.
April 01, 2012 - April is National "Prevention of Child Abuse" Month
April is National Prevention of Child Abuse month. There is a social movement working to change the way the nation and Kentuckians think about child abuse prevention. Many children are suffering from a hidden epidemic of child abuse and neglect, which is of national, state and community concern. Over 3 million reports of child abuse are made every year in the United States.
There are several organizations supporting public awareness of this horrific issue, one of which is the Blue Ribbon Campaign. In 1989, the Blue Ribbon Campaign to Prevent Child Abuse began as a Virginia grandmothers tribute to her grandson whose battered body was found at the bottom of a canal. By tying a blue ribbon - signifying the pain and bruises suffered by abused children - around the antennae of her van, Bonnie Finney sought to raise awareness of the devastating effects of child abuse and neglect. Since those early days in the 1980s, the Blue Ribbon Campaign has grown into a national effort to raise awareness of the scope and problem of child maltreatment. The blue ribbon, often worn during April for Child Abuse Prevention Month, serves as the most recognized symbol for child abuse prevention. When you see blue ribbons in front of homes, businesses, etc., you will now understand the rationale.
Another campaign is comprised of the pinwheel symbol which is being used nationwide to raise awareness about child abuse and neglect prevention. It was chosen to represent hope and promise depicting that when individuals take part in this campaign they are making the statement they believe every child deserves to be raised in a healthy, safe and nurturing environment.
The Livermore Womans Club has placed blue ribbons throughout McLean County as well as planting several pinwheel gardens. It is their hope these images can positively help impact the way the public views both children as well as the prevention of child abuse and neglect.
If you are concerned that a child is being harmed by abuse or neglect, you can report your concerns to your local child welfare or law enforcement agency. For more information or assistance with reporting, please call Childhelp at 800.4.A.CHILD (800.422.4453). For more information regarding the prevention of child abuse, you can check the internet by clicking on www.childwelfare.gov.
If you have questions or need advice/ assistance, you can also call the KY Multi-County Task Forces on Child Abuse hotline at 1-800-468-8920. They also have provided a site: http://kychildabuse.org for reporting abuse and neglect. Additionally, below is information unique to McLean County:
Community Based Services: 270-273-3165
Sheriff's Department: 270-273-3276
KY State Police: 800-222-5555
County Attorney: 270-273-3528
The second grade classes of Mrs. Gross and Mrs. Penrod at the Livermore Elementary School wanted to focus on a service project as the culmination to their Super Heroes week. It was decided their Community Service would be to plant a garden of 22 plants (donated by Neighborhood Flowers) around the City of Livermores marquee.
All 50 students walked down from their school to City Hall and were greeted by Mayor Sonny Renfrow upon their arrival. He invited them inside City Hall for a snack & drinks and provided them an opportunity to complete a Word Search which was filled with Community-associated words for them to locate. They also had the opportunity to color Community-associated items such as a tank, caboose and a fire truck.
After these activities, ten students at a time went out to the garden spot to plant their flowers. They gave that garden area such a wonderful face-lift plus, they had fun in the process of the planting! Mayor Renfrow invited them all back into City Hall, where the volunteer senior citizens thanked them for their services and for being such good citizens.
To top the visit, the Citys Fire Truck and Emergency equipment was on display by Livermores Volunteer Fire Department, for all to see and enjoy. Mayor Renfrow told them they were ALL his heroes and thanked them for their thoughtful efforts to beautify the city.
Mayor Sonny Renfrow & the second grade students from Livermore Elementary School
Thomas Brown, Assistant Chief & Mayor Sonny Renfrow
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March 24, 2012 - Lego Party at the McLean County Public Library
The library threw a party to which 25 youngboys, ages 12 and younger, attended. They were in "Lego" heaven!Becky Atherton read the 'guys' book 2 of the Lego Kingdoms Series entitled "Defend the Castle" and there was much involvement and many responses to her queries on the many items addressed in the book.
Then the attendees were offered cupcakes (with edible legos topping each cupcake), cookies, rice krispie bars and punch or water. After all consumed their goodies, they were given thejob of making a car out of the Legos supplied by the Library.There were prizes awarded to the most creative car in two classes - one class comprised of boys 9 to 12 and the second class for boys ages 8 and under. There was a second judging ofeach group for themost creative item of their choice.
Even the parents got involved in these creative projects and everyone agreed it was a 'lot of fun', to quote one of our attendees. They all agreed they would like to have another Lego party in the future! Director Aimee Newberry agreed - so stay tuned!
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March 20, 2012
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March 17, 2012 - McLean County Health & Safety Fair
The McLean County Health & Safety Fair was held from 8 a.m. to noon at the McLean County High School andproved to be an enormous success! There were approximately 60 informtion and hands-on booths in the gym with fun activities for all attendees. The "Balloon Guy" was a huge hit, creating headgear foranyone who requested 'adornment'. The "Rock-A-Teens" presented a much acclaimed 50's review of singing and dancing. The McLean County Central District Volunteer Fire Department demonstrated their life-saving skills, one of which was the process of strapping a 'victim' in a harness and lifting them up to safety.There were many "attendee volunteers" who experienced this procedure, one of which was retired McLean County teacher, Mrs. Doris Turner.
But the activities weren't all inside.Out in front of the school displayed was the McLean County Central District's Fire & Rescue trucks, the McLean County Public Library's Bookmobile and a PHI Air Medical 6 helicopter out of Greenville, KY, which was manned by pilot, Richard Larson, Nurse Holly Panozzo and Paramedic, Tom Scott. Fair attendees were all invited to experience these displays and took advantage of the opportunity.
Door prizes and food booths completed this 'package'. The 4-hour event flew by and resulted in rave reviews by all.
PHI air Medical 6 Helicopter, out of Greenvile, KYElijah of Calhoun, KY
Pilot, Richard Larson; Nurse, Holly Panozzo
& Paramedic, Tom Scott
Retired McLeanCounty School Teacher, Mrs. Doris Turner
The McLean County Public Library Director, Ms. Aimee Newberry, really knows how to throw a party and this past Saturday was no exception - it was a Fancy Nancy Party!
Trying to get near the McLean County Public Library on Saturday morning was an exhilarating experience! Cars were parked all over the streets of Livermore and you could spot young ladies dressed in pink and lavender, adorned with boas, tiaras and dazzling jewelry, all racing to the Library, defying the cold winds blowing through the streets that day! There was such excitement in the air!
Oooh La La! Calling all little girls! If you're not familiar with Fancy Nancy, she is a book character and is super fun. She is a young girl with a larger than life personality, who adores all things fancy. She always dresses extravagantly, wearing boas, tutus, ruby slippers, fairy wings, and fuzzy slippers. Nancy loves using big fancy words such as "iridescent", "ecstatic", and "extraordinary" and anything in French. So, as we read about tiaras and sparkly shoes, we also learn new vocabulary. Author Jane OConnor says, With each story, there is a message. And it comes through with what happens to the characters, and in particular, Nancy. Her Fancy Nancy books tackle social skills, like how to get along with others. And, the fiery little red-head learns responsibility. Her stories focus on family and friendships and she learns how to behave in school. It's all good fun and educational! Nancy captures hearts by nearly getting caught up in the glitter, but, in the end, always discovering what's truly important.
Well, the young ladies of McLean County who attended this wondrous party were well aware of who Fancy Nancy was and what the expectation was for a party such as this one. They were already dressed to the nines when they entered the Library, but there was a wide assortment of additional boas, jewelry and tiaras that they were invited to use as well and they did! There was a MaryKay makeup artist who glamorized all of the young ladies and then there were manicurists available to paint the girls nails a variety of colors..blue, orange, pink Oooh La La!
Miss Becky Atherton read one of the many "Fancy Nancy books to the group of over 40 young girls. During this reading, the girls were served hot tea from the finest china with sugar cubes, of course, and little sandwiches, cupcakes and cookies! It was quite a feast and enjoyed by all. And on their departure, they were presented door prizes and party favors.
Miss Aimee Newberry we all thank you from the bottom of our hearts for an exceptionally, extraordinary, lovely and scrumptious fun time!
Our hostess with the "mostess", Ms. Aimee Newberry - What a fine tea party!
Yes, we're all having an absolutely 'marvelous' time!
(Click on link below for additional photos taken at the Fancy Nancy Tea Party)
Saturday morning, the McLean County Public Library provided the locale for a Valentine Party on their second floor!
Miss Becky entertained them by reading the book, The Biggest Valentine Ever and while several of the children had already read the book, their enjoyment was apparent as it was read to them again. Miss Becky brought them all into the story whereby they were able to assist her in the delivery of several of the story lines. It was a huge success! After the reading, they were all provided large hearts of construction paper and given Valentine stickers as well as an array of various colored ink pens, with which to decorate their hearts.
Then it was time to construct candy heart bracelets and necklaces. This was a grand idea, as they could create their jewelry and then consume it if they so chose and many of them did! We all enjoyed this task children and adults alike!
And finally, they were all provided the opportunity to decorate cookies with icing and assorted Valentine heart sprinkles. What a delicious way to spend the morning! The cookies were beautiful and yummy as well.
But wait the party was still not over! The final event of the day was a contest to see who could build the tallest stack of over-sized candy hearts not as easy as it sounds! But the kids were not defeated and there were three lucky winners who were able to select a prize from a choice of books and/or a book bag.
Aimee Newberry, Director of the McLean County Library, explained that this Valentine party had been publicized in the paper for both boys and girls, 12 and younger. In a couple of weeks there will be a Fancy Nancy party just for young girls, 12 and younger and then in March, a Lego party for young boys, 12 and younger all at the Library.
The McLean County Public Library is a great location for the Community and provides many selections of new reading for young and old alike as well as the availability of computers for word processing and/or internet access. The second floor offers a location in their Art Gallery/Conference Room for Civic meetings and educational activities and is equipped with a Smart Board, speakers, conference tables and chairs. And through April 14th, the Green River Asset Building Coalition is providing FREE Income Tax Preparation to the public every Wednesday from 1 pm to 6 pm and every Saturday from 10 am to 3 pm. Againall at the Library!
The McLean County Public Library is a happening place!
Some of the Valentine Party Attendees
10 Feb 2012 - 6:30 pm - Livermore City Hall
21 Feb 2012 - 9:00 am - McLean County Fiscal Court
The McLean County DAWN (Driving Area Water Needs) board will host three upcoming public informational meetings to explain the formation of the McLean County Regional Water Commission to educate local citizens about the initiative and to obtain public comment.
Begun in 2009, DAWN is a collaboration between McLean County Fiscal Court, Beech Grove Water Association & North McLean Water District as well as the cities of Calhoun, Island, Livermore and Sacramento, to prepare for the county's futurre water needs.
In particular, the goal is to regionalize water operations for the county, rather than addressing the issue piecemeal.
To learn more about this initiative,you are welcome to attend any one of the above listed meetings.
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