Counting Butterflys in Oldham County

June 24, 2009 by  
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Saturday butterfly count set for Oldham County

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — It’s time to step up and be a counter — a butterfly counter, that is, during the annual trek this weekend to add to the national butterfly census.

University of Louisville biology professor emeritus Charles Covell will join with other butterfly specialists to lead the butterfly count expedition Saturday, June 27, at UofL’s Horner Wildlife Sanctuary in Oldham County.

Since the group started this survey in 1976, 70 butterfly species and more than 26,000 individual butterflies have been recorded, according to Covell.

Volunteer counters will meet at 9:30 a.m. at the parking lot of the now–closed Brownsboro general store, which is one mile northwest of Exit 14 off Interstate 71 and about 20 miles north of Louisville. If it rains heavily, the count will be postponed until the same time Sunday, June 28, if that day’s weather is clear.

The count is in a defined area from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., although volunteers do not have to stay the entire time. Children are welcome. Covell suggests that people wear hats, hiking shoes, long pants and long-sleeved shirts and bring insect repellent, water and lunch.

Covell will supply nets but volunteers also can use cameras, binoculars and notebooks to gather information. The data will be reported to the North American Butterfly Association for its published results.

Although Covell retired from UofL in 2004, he continues to lead the annual local effort. He now works as a curator for the McGuire Center for Lepidoptera & Biodiversity in Gainesville, Fla.

He organized the Society of Kentucky Lepidopterists for the study of butterflies and moths in 1974. He wrote “Butterflies and Moths of Kentucky” and the 1984 Peterson “Field Guide to Moths of Eastern North America.”

For more information, contact Covell at or 502-639-2691.

Rick Rash Hosts Town Hall Meeting

June 23, 2009 by  
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You are invited to a Town Hall Meeting…

Hosted By : Magistrate Rick Rash
When : Thursday June 25th 6:00 til ?
Where : Briar Hill Park

Those invited include:

State Senator Ernie Harris
State Representative David Osborne
County Judge Executive Duane Murner
Sheriff Steve Sparrow
County Clerk Julie Barr
County Attorney John Fendley
Jailer Mike Simpson
PVA Ron Winters

County Treasurer Stan Clark will have tether rides in his hot air Balloon (weather permitting)

Industrial Disposal will be signing up recycling customers.

County Clerk Julie Barr will be registering voters.

Sheriff Steve Sparrow will have a child identification and safety awareness program.

Bring your Lawn chairs. Hot dogs and drinks will be served. Briar Hill Park is located at the intersection of Briar Hill Parkway and E Orchard Grass Blvd.

Arts on the Green

June 3, 2009 by  
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9th Annual Arts on the Green

Saturday & Sunday, June 6th and 7th

10:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.

Courthouse Lawn, KY 53 & Main Street LaGrange

More than 100 exhibitors, art, food, children’s activities

For more information, please contact the Arts Association of Oldham County, 222-3822.

Oldham County Tourism Hosts Alcohol Ordinance Forum

April 9, 2009 by  
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Business owners and organizations in Oldham County are invited to attend a County Alcohol Ordinance Forum on Monday, April 13th at Open Range Sports in Crestwood at 4pm. The Oldham County Tourism Commission is hosting this Forum in conjunction with the Oldham County Police Department as a way to educate business owners and organizations in the community about the local alcohol and beverage ordinance enacted March 2, 2004. The hope is that local businesses will walk away with a better understanding of the ordinance’s details and limitations.

The Tourism Commission is working hand-in-hand with Assistant Chief of Police Lt. Colonel Billy Way, the local ABC Enforcer with the Oldham County Police Department, in coordinating the Forum. Also in attendance will be Magistrate Bob Deibel from Fiscal Court, Matt Lay – State ABC Enforcer for Oldham County, and Sandra Watts – State ABC Director of Education.

Rarely does a community have the opportunity to meet with both local and state ABC professionals in one place, so we encourage all businesses to take advantage of this opportunity. If you own a restaurant or catering company, plan events in Oldham County where alcohol would be served, or are considering hosting an event that might have an interest in serving alcohol, you are strongly encouraged to attend. This Forum will address your questions about what it means to be a “moist” county.

Open Range Sports is located in the old skating rink building behind Crestwood Station Shopping Center in Crestwood. If you plan to attend Monday, April 13th, we ask that you RSVP by email at or by cell at 817.6043 for space planning purposes.

Pewee Valley Spring Training 5K

April 8, 2009 by  
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pvfd5k2009The Pewee Valley Fire Protection District will be hosting its 3rd annual Spring Training 5k Run/Walk on Saturday April 11th, 2009. Race begins at 9:00 AM with a Registration time of 8:00 AM at Pewee Valley Town Square All proceeds from the event will again benefit the WHAS Crusade for Children.

The run/walk will be held in the heart of Pewee Valley, winding through the beautiful historic scenery of Houston Lane, Mount Mercy Drive, Muirs Lane, and Rollington Road. Participants and their families will get the chance to view historic fire trucks on display and participate in free health screenings and door prizes.
Pre-Registration for participants is $20 and $25 on Race day which begins at 8:00am with the run/walk starting at 9:00am. For more information on participating in the run, pre-registration, or becoming a sponsor please contact or call 241.0025.

Captain’s Quarters plans “Art on the River” for Mother’s Day

April 8, 2009 by  
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cqartTransition from the hectic pace of racing at Derby to relaxing and shopping along the river. Celebrate Mother’s Day with Mom at long-time local restaurant, Captain’s Quarters Riverside Grille (CQ). The restaurant will be serving its traditional Mother’s Day Weekend menu. While waiting for your lunch or dinner table, shop “Art On The River” alongside the edge of scenic Ohio River. The Art Show will feature 25-30 local fine Art and Craft artists that will display their wide range of works throughout the weekend; admission is free. Hours for the Art Show are 12:00 noon to 8:00pm Saturday and Sunday, and also includes live entertainment and the option for beer and wine tasting. Art lovers can wander the numerous booths; sit on the lawn or along the dock and take in all the action. The CQ lawn makes a comfortable spot from which to enjoy the Art Show and spring weather. The water tends to bring a peaceful atmosphere, and people enjoy being outside and hearing the sound of water, according to the restaurant owner, Andrew Masterson. CQ in Harrods Creek is a site traditionally known for hosting an Annual Art Show and Sailing Regatta in the fall. The fall Art Show began 6 years ago as an overwhelming success, and has blossomed ever since. Estimated attendance has been anywhere from 200-500 visitors per day. However, this is the first year CQ has hosted “Art on the River” in the spring. The Art Show will go on even if it rains, as each artist will have a covered tent. CQ is located off River Road near Wolf Pen Branch Road at 5700 Captain’s Quarters Road. While soaking up the one-of-a-kind hand-made shopping opportunities, stop by to check out the wooden deck that’s been replaced – it’s even bigger and better for dancing, drinking, or relaxing to music.

With everything going on in the economy, Masterson wanted to do something to support a local non profit organization. “The Center for Women and Families seemed like the perfect fit since our event is held over Mother’s Day weekend. Donations are being collected at each tent, and the proceeds provide a substantial benefit to 14 counties in KY and IN. It seems like a win-win situation for everyone involved.” According to Corissa A. Phillips, Director of Communications at The Center, 100% of the proceeds go to work in our local community. The donation will aid in The Center’s effort to eliminate domestic violence, sexual violence and economic hardship through service, education, and advocacy. The Center is dedicated to helping all individuals reach economic self sufficiency, and has been serving the Louisville area since 1912. For more information about The Center, go to

For more information, visit Artists interested in participating in the Art Show should contact Marsha Hernandez, coordinator for Art On The River at Artists that register for the 2-day event by 04/11/09 will receive a discounted Registration Fee. The artist that collects the most money for The Center for Women and Families will receive his/her tent rental fee returned ($120). To register online you can visit

Taste of Oldham County

April 1, 2009 by  
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4th Annual Taste of Oldham

This is our annual fundraising event which allows Challengers to increase our capacity to enhance our substance abuse programs in our schools and community. You will enjoy food from Oldham County’s best restaurants, silent and live auctions and lots more fun. Corporate sponsorships are available and tickets will be $30 each.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS for this event:
Date: Monday, April 6, 2009
Place: The Holloway Conference Center at Kavanaugh Life Enrichment Center (Crestwood)

Contact Melissa Gerges, Challengers of Oldham County, 222-2340, for corporate sponsorships, tickets or more information.

Oldham County Bloggers Unite

March 21, 2009 by  
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If you or someone you know blogs (or wants to start blogging) about Oldham County, email me! I’m proposing that we get together and meet for a planning session on increasing exposure. Saturday, April 4th, 2009. At 11:30AM Email me at and put Bloggers Unite in the subject line.

I’ve listed below 3 blogs that I typically try to follow each week. If you know of another Oldham County related blog, be sure and leave a comment and I’ll add it to the list.

Showcase Oldham County

March 16, 2009 by  
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I just wanted to drop a quick post to let everyone know I posted a quick video from Showcase Oldham County. This was the first time I had been to Showcase Oldham County as a visitor, and not as a vendor participant. The building was a step up from the old Winn-Dixie site that was used before. Parking was a little bit of an issue this time around though. I’m probably being a bit too critical, but I would have liked to see more interactive booths. The date this year was moved back a few weeks in hopes of nicer weather and no snow like last year — and they got it! It was REALLY pretty that day. So pretty, that I wonder if it hurt their attendance numbers. I’ll probably look to get involved next year. Hopefully a date is available that won’t conflict with the Home Garden and Flower Show.

Wine Tasting at Arbor Ridge Vine and Grill

February 16, 2009 by  
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Arbor Ridge Vine & Grill

Arbor Ridge Vine & Grill

Arbor Ridge Vine & Grill of Crestwood fights the high cost of Wine Dinners by continuing its series of wine tasting seminars on Tuesday, March 31st. The series runs with an event every 2 weeks ending on April 28th and features a speaker covering 3 ounce tastings of each wine and light hor d’ouveres at a cost of $20 per person; limit of 30 attendees per evening. RSVP required. Start time is 8:00pm.

On March 31st, Mr. Jim Downey, On-Premise Wine Manager for Southern Wine and Spirits will discuss the differences in wine making techniques comparing 3 Rieslings and regional differences in a varietal by comparing 3 Pinot Noirs. The wines will be:
o Schloss Vollrads QBA Riesling
o Schloss Vollrads Kabinett Riesling
o Schloss Vollrads Spatlese Riesling
o Matua Pinot Noir
o Erath Pinot Noir
o Hob Nob Pinot Noir

April 14th will have Ms. Maggie Peak, Director of Public Relations for Little Black Dress Wines here to provide an overview of their acclaimed 4 wine portfolio:
o Pinot Grigio
o Chardonnay
o Pinot Noir
o Merlot

Our last tasting in the Series is April 28th and Mr. Gerry Lynch, Regional Manager
of Napa Ridge Winery, will discuss their:
o Sauvignon Blanc
o Chardonnay
o Merlot
o Cabernet Sauvignon
o Reserve Merlot

Attendees get the effect of a wine dinner, dedicated speaker and some wonderful paired wine and food, at a fraction of the cost. For information, directions and to RSVP call Arbor Ridge Vine & Grill at (502) 241-5544. Visit them on the web at

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