Oldham County Tourism Director – Kim Buckler

October 29, 2008 by  
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Kim Buckler - Oldham County Tourism Director

Kim Buckler - Oldham County Tourism Director

1. What do you like most about living in Oldham County?

My absolute favorite thing about living in Oldham County is that it doesn’t matter where I go in the county or when, I know someone – or several. I love the spirit of the people and their willingness to help each other both in business and their neighbor next door. I grew up in Glendale, KY, home of the Whistle Stop Restaurant, and right next door to several Amish families.

After leaving Glendale when I was 18, I moved to Georgetown and then back to Louisville until I was 30. What I missed during those 12 years was the sense of community that I had grown up with. I have rediscovered that living and working in Oldham County.

2. How and why did you end up as the Tourism Director for Oldham County?

Before moving to Oldham County 9 years ago, I managed a marketing company in Louisville for 6 years through which I was a member of the Oldham County Chamber. I had several marketing clients in Oldham County at that time and spent a lot of that time in the county. When I moved to Oldham County, I opened ALLinONE Marketing, Advertising & PR and focused on the Oldham County business community that I absolutely loved! In 2007, Tourism was without a commission and without a Director so I was asked if I would put together a Commission and find a Director for the county, knowing that a Tourism Commission’s responsibility is to be a marketing entity for the county it serves. It took 4 months to interview and form a really good Commission made up of community business owners. At the end of those 4 months, I presented Fiscal Court with a really good slate of Commissioners who cared about what Oldham County had to offer its visitors. It was at that time that I was asked if I would be interested in being the part-time Director. The icing on the cake was not having to give up my own Oldham County business! That was April 2007 and rest is history! I couldn’t be happier!

3. Please tell me more about Oldham County Tourism, and what services it provides to Oldham County residents.

A Tourism Commission’s responsibility is to promote its county to tourists and visitors…to get them to PLAY in Oldham County, quite simply. We can be thought of as an ad agency whose only client is Oldham County as a whole! Specifically, I research the traveling habits of tourists within a 5 state radius of Oldham County and outside a 90-mile radius of LaGrange. I research their likes, dislikes, spending habits, attitudes, ideals, and lifestyles. I then promote Oldham County’s attractions, destinations and events to those travelers through advertising in the right media outlets to reach our target audience such as magazine ads, newspaper ads, TV commercials, group tours, and travel writer coverage. My goal is to entice them to spend the night at our hotels and bed & breakfast, stay as long as possible and spend as much money as they can in Oldham County while they are here.

Oldham County Tourism’s only revenue stream is the 3% hotel tax that the hotels collect from their guests (nearly every hotel in the US has this hotel tax though most times much higher than 3%). If I can entice a traveler to spend the night in Oldham County, I have created a need for them to spend money here in our restaurants, our shops, our attractions, our stores and our gas stations for at least 2 days. In a nutshell, tourism creates economic development for our county’s businesses. We support our businesses by advertising the county to visitors and residents alike.

From an Oldham County resident standpoint, tourism has taken on new meaning this year! With gas prices as high as they are, I really promote shopping and playing in our own backyards. There are so many really neat things to do here, you don’t have to drive more than 10 minutes to feel like you’ve gotten away. When I feel overwhelmed with life in general, one of my favorite places in the county to go is Bluegrass Country Estate Luxury B&B on a 10 acre horse farm in L’Esprit! Talk about feeling like a visitor in your own community! You really do forget you live 15 minutes away!

One of my newest projects for the community is “Treasure Hunting in Oldham County”. I’m calling on Oldham County residents who may be sitting on a hidden gem of their own! Do they have an interesting hobby to share with tourists, do they own a horse or alpaca farm that could be open to tours, do they have a really unique collection for display? I would really love to work with Oldham County residents to further promote what makes our county different and unique. I think there are enough longtime residents in the county that there has to be some great treasures hidden away just waiting to be discovered!

4. What do you hope to see for the future of Oldham County?

I really hope to see well-planned future growth. Many of us moved here for the schools and the lifestyle of Oldham County – the sense of community. I really can’t be in the marketing industry and be against growth in general, however, I would hope to see us manage it well. I just returned from a “visioning” trip to Hanover, VA. One of the things that struck me about that trip was learning that the Richmond area actually has  commercial zones in their region – specific areas set aside for larger business growth – away from the more residential areas.

I hope to see a compromise in the rural living we love and the convenience of living and working in our community. I love the idea that Oldham County will one day have everything I need to live and conduct my business so as not to have to go to Louisville or beyond to get them. I would also hope to see us as residents utilize our Oldham County businesses more than we do.

I would also love to see us develop more tourism destinations in the county…something to be known for and proud of! I would hope for and love to see us as a community learn once and for all who we are and what we want to be when we grow up – and at least the majority of us be on the same page so we can move forward – smartly!

5. How do you spend your time outside of the office? Hobbies?

Hobbies? What are those? My stress relief is, and has always been, singing. I love to sing country music! Another of my favorite pastimes is trying new restaurants! I love food! I also love to travel – I call myself a Foodie Tourist! When I get to watch TV, I love forensics such as CSI Las Vegas, Bones, The 11th Hour and The Mentalist!

6. Are there any other comments or notes you’d like to share with the readers of Oldham County Wired?

If you have comments or suggestions for me concerning tourism or marketing in general, please feel free to call me or email me any time! I love to hear feedback and I would love to help where I can.

If you as a resident of Oldham County know of anyone who you think has a fascinating hobby or skill or might have something of interest to tourists or visitors, feel free to pass them on to me. I would LOVE to promote new Oldham County hidden treasures! If you haven’t already, check out our new tourism website: www.TourOldhamCounty.com. If you need me for anything, or would like a copy of our new Oldham County Tourism Map, I can be reached at 817-6043 or director@touroldhamcounty.com!

Oldham County Police Chief — Michael Griffin

October 16, 2008 by  
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Oldham County Police Chief -- Michael Griffin

1.  What do you like most about living in Oldham County?

My family and I love the serenity of the county and its friendly people. We moved here in 1978 from Washington, D. C., and the frantic pace of that environment made Oldham County very appealing.  Our three sons went through the award-winning school system and we all have benefited from living in such a wonderful place.

2.  How did you end up in law enforcement, more specifically working for Oldham County?

I was an FBI Agent for 22 years, joining that agency in 1970.  My final 14 years with that agency was in the Louisville Office.  After being retired for nearly ten years, I was called to interview for the position of OCPD Chief in late 2002.  I accepted that position on January 6, 2003, and plan to stay for two more years.

3.  I noticed that the Oldham County Police has a Citizen’s Academy.  Can you tell me more about this program?

We do have a Citizens Academy and it has a class once each year, usually starting in April.  We will advertise a class early next year and we encourage people 18 years of age or older to apply.  It runs for ten weeks, one night a week, usually lasting three hours each night.  It gives our citizens an opportunity to become immersed in the police culture where they will receive instruction in policing techniques, administrative matters, police ride-a-along opportunities, K-9 observation and firearms opportunities.  Following successful completion of the 10-week course graduates have the option to join a Citizens’ Academy Alumni who meet once a month in support of the OCPD.

4.  What do you hope to see for the future of Oldham County?

As this great county continues to grow in population I’d want policing to grow in order to continue to maintain its high level of service to our citizens.  In a lagging economy this becomes a challenge but our citizens would expect nothing less and we will not disappoint them.

5.  How do you spend your time outside of the office? Any interesting hobbies?

I am an avid collector of military and western memorabilia that I display in my home.  Those include a military themed office/library and a John Wayne room.

6.  Are there any other comments or notes you’d like to share with the readers of Oldham County Wired?

I am honored to be the Chief of the Oldham County Police which is made up of dedicated officers and support staff.  I would ask each of our citizens to look for a reason to engage our officers in a meaningful conversation during which they will learn that we are much more than a flashing blue light in their rear-view mirror.  We find honor and satisfaction in our service to others.

Barbara Roseman Director of Oldham County Animal Control

October 8, 2008 by  
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Barbara Roseman - Director of Oldham County Animal Control

Barbara Roseman - Director of Oldham County Animal Control

1. What do you like most about living in Oldham County?

I like the rural character of our landscape, the woods and fields and streams are my favorite places.

2. How and why did you end up as the Director for Oldham County Animal Control?

I was recruited for the position by the former administration since their director left suddenly and I had a strong background in animal management.

3.  Please tell me more about Oldham County Animal Control,  and what services it provides to Oldham County residents.

We provide a multitude of animal related services. We investigate cruelty, neglect and abandonment of domestic animals.  We prosecute serious cases in District Court.  Oldham County Animal Control regulates the licensing of dogs.  We provide rabies quarantine on both owned and stray animals, pick up loose stray dogs, remove livestock from roadways when they escape.  We also temperament test animals prior to adoption.  Oldham County Animal Control networks with other agencies and groups to find homes for adoptable animals.  Lastly, we mediate animal related complaints, and we do ALL OF THIS within the confines of a small budget!

4.  What do you hope to see for the future of Oldham County?

We should maintain our rural land and our agricultural heritage.

5.  How do you spend your time outside of the office? Any Hobbies?

I farm my land with poultry and goats, and I am an amateur taxidermist.

6.  Are there any other comments or notes you’d like to share with the readers of Oldham County Wired?

License your dog. It establishes legal ownership of the animal. Always supervise children and dogs. There are an appalling number of dog bites every year with children as the primary victims.

Favorite music: Anything bluegrass, especially Ralph Stanley.
Favorite food: Any pie baked by my mother.

La Grange City Council Member, Faith Brush

August 25, 2008 by  
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Faith and Art Brush

Faith and Art Brush Photo by John Foster

1. What do you like most about living in Oldham County?

I really enjoy the people, and the train. You can meet all types of people here. Everyone from the super wealthy, to the almost homeless and everyone seems to interact well together. I also love the train. It makes you just take a minute (or two) to stop and remember where you are.

2. How and why did you end up as a La Grange City Council member?

I first thought about running for La Grange City Council when I managed the toy shop (The Treasured Child.) I would get to talk to a lot of people who had just moved here from every where you can think of . They would come visit the toy shop with or with out kids. I do the same thing when ever we have been on vacation , I always wanna find a toy shop. I think in our minds it’s always a fun relaxed place to visit. But anyway, people also came in to find out information and/or complain. I just thought that I am just a plain person who people don’t mind coming to with questions, problems, complaints or what ever. So I tried to fix some of the issues that were brought to my attention while I worked there. After talking to my husband Art, and great friends Rick and Trish, they convinced me that it was not a totally crazy idea. So here I am running again…

3. As a resident of La Grange, by example, you’ve been an advocate for sidewalk living. Meaning, most of the places you frequent, you can reach by walking. Can you tell me more about this decision and the quality of life available?

Wow, I have gotten so spoiled, I go for days and don’t cross the expressway, not even to go to Kroger. Living in the middle of downtown, there is nothing I can think of that I can’t get within a 6 block area (if we had blocks out here) When I start to look for a real job it is going to be a big change if I have to leave La Grange. I have worked somewhere in town for the past 16 or 17 years. Talk about spoiled..

4. What do you hope to see for the future of Oldham County?

Oldham County can only grow. I hope that we make the right decisions on how we need to make this happen. We are a very diverse community and I hope that as we develop and continue to grow, that we take this into consideration. I think the county will be a work in progress for quite some time.

5. Are there any other comments or notes you’d like to share with the readers of Oldham County Wired?

As Faith City Council Woman, I want to make sure that every person that lives here has a voice, and I really enjoy being that voice. If you ever have any questions, ideas, or problems, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I have learned that if I can’t come up with an answer or find a solution, most of the time I can come up with someone who can.

Contact Faith via email at faithbrush@aol.com

Oldham County Clerk – Julie Lentz

July 31, 2008 by  
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Julie Lentz

What do you like most about living in Oldham County?
I love living in Oldham County. I have never lived any where else. My family has lived in this county for many generations. Some of the things that I feel make it such a unique and special place are you can go to Kroger, Cracker Barrel or any place for that matter, and talk with people whether you know them or not. It is not shameful to say that you are a Christian and you attend church. What a wonderful place to raise children. I cannot imagine living in any other place.

Please tell me more about the County Clerk’s office and what services it provides to Oldham County residents and your role.
The Oldham County Clerks Office provides many services to the residents of Oldham County. Probably the most common are the Motor Vehicle Department, Recordings (Deeds and Mortgages), Voter Registration. But the office also distributes tax money to the taxing districts, we keep the official records for the county, this office is responsible for putting on and securing elections, and one thing that is very dear to my heart, we assist people with a special notary for adoptions. My role is to make sure these services are provided in the most efficient, productive and helpful manner. That means a couple of things; first and foremost, I have a great staff, they make me look great everyday. It also means that you may come into any of the 3 offices of the County Clerk and I may be the one waiting on you, I could be sweeping, whatever needs to be taken care of, I do.

How do you spend your time outside of the office?
When I am not working, I spend a great amount of time with my family. That is no small task since my mother is the oldest of 14 children and I am the oldest of approximately 50 grandchildren, there are about 30 great grand children and there are even great-great grandchildren. I also am involved in church activities, South Oldham Rotary, the best thing…I LOVE TO FISH!!! Sometimes, I just like to relax!!

What do you hope to see for the future of Oldham County?
The future of Oldham County looks great. There are always going to be things that we wish were different, but that would be the case no matter where we live.

Name: Julie Klosterman Lentz
Title: Oldham County Clerk
Website: oldhamcounty.state.ky.us (Very helpful and full of information)
Office email & phone: julieklentz@yahoo.com 502-222-7645
Favorite Band/Song: Nickelback & Lifehouse
Favorite Restraunt/Food: Corner Cafe and Adriann’s. I will eat just about anything!

Citizen Spotlight – Bill Fischer

July 27, 2008 by  
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What do you like most about living in Oldham County?

I guess I would have to say the convenience of being near everything Louisville has to offer but with the more laid back lifestyle that comes from the rural surroundings. You can see Oldham County getting more urban with each new subdivision. A walk down Main Street in LaGrange can still take me back though.

You’ve been known to pick up a microphone a time or two. How did you get involved with singing, and how did that lead to you running a karaoke business?

I’ve always been a singer. I started singing in church when I was about 6 years old, took chorus classes at Oldham County High way, way back in the day (When there was only one high school in the county). I’ve even served as minister of music for my church. I still sing in the choir, so standing in front of a crowd with a mic in my hand doesn’t scare me the way it might some. A lot of the songs I enjoy singing don’t go well in a church setting, so I found karaoke. Started picking up some karaoke disc so I knew I’d have the song I wanted to sing until I met a karaoke jockey who had all his disc loaded onto a computer. When some friends found a sound system at a yard sale, we purchased software and music and are now running a show two nights a week. I’m not sure you’d call us a business, we are just getting paid to have some fun and show off a little. We started with a core of family and friends who liked to sing and to listen to each other singing and each week we add some new folks to the play list.

As a lifetime Oldham County resident, what is the one change that has happened that you enjoy the most? What do you wish hadn’t changed over the years?

Wal-Mart! Okay, that might be stretching it, but it is hard to remember where we shopped before that. But I would say the thing that has changed has been the ability to find almost everything you want without leaving the county. And the moist vote rates up there too. What do I wish hadn’t changed? While I know times marches on, I miss seeing the natural beauty of the open fields and woods that are now subdivisions. But I won’t be one of those people that think all development should stop as soon as my new place is finished.

What do you hope to see for the future of Oldham County?

I’d like to see more places inside the county to give folks something to do. I got excited about the bowling/entertainment center that was supposed to be going in the old Crestwood Wal-mart but haven’t seen anything that looks like it’s moving forward.

When and where can we join you for karaoke?
We are doing two shows a week at Varsity Pizza and Pints, Wednesday and Saturday nights from 8PM until Midnight. The guys run the Wednesday night show and my daughter is in charge on Saturday nights.

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