News Briefs for May 14, 2008

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By The Staff

Honor active members and veterans of the U.S. Military in Henry County

Memorial Day is a time to remember those who died in service to our country.

Tens of millions of Americans have served in the United States Armed Services over the past century. Hundreds of thousands give their lives while serving. The sacrifices made by U.S. Armed Forces personnel cause us to count them among our heroes, especially near Memorial Day.

Memorial Day also marks the unofficial start to summer. The blood supply typically teeters at low levels during the summer months due to travel schedules and the closure of high schools and colleges- the source of 14 percent of blood donations in our region.

You can honor a member of the Armed Forces and boost the summer blood supply by donating blood on Tuesday, May 20 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Eminence Speaker, located at 838 Mulberry Pike, Eminence.

For more information or to schedule your blood donation appointment, call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543).

Spring Fling Tiny Tots Pageant

The 26th annual New Castle Spring Fling is bringing pageants back this year. We will have the Spring Fling Tiny Tots Pageant, which will be held Saturday, June 14. Age groups will include boys and girls from birth to 24 months of age. Everyone must pre-register. Registration will be Saturday May 17 from 10 a.m. to noon at Pearce Homestead Crafts and Gifts at 122 South Main Street in New Castle. All contestants must be pre-registered. Registration fee will be $5 per child.

This pageant will not have judges. We think all children are beautiful. The contestants with the most 5-cent votes will win. For more information, call Charlie Sevier at 845-4181.

Legal Aid offers free assistance

The Legal Aid Society announces dates for free legal clinics offered during the months of May and June. Prospective clients must meet federal poverty guidelines. For a family of two, a client’s monthly income must be $1,400 or lower. All meetings will be held at the Legal Aid Society office, unless otherwise specified. A reservation is required. Please contact the Legal Aid Society at (502) 584-1254 to make your reservation.

• Foreclosure clinics — Thursday, May 8, Thursday, May 15, Thursday, May 22, and Thursday, May 29,at 11 a.m. Attorneys will be on hand to answer questions about foreclosures and provide advice on alternatives to foreclosure.

• Bankruptcy seminars — Thursday, May 8, and Thursday, May 22, at 2 p.m., and Thursday, May 22, at 5 p.m. Legal Aid attorneys will be on hand to walk clients through the process of filing for bankruptcy. The seminar will cover issues such as required documentation, credit counseling, and the hearings that occur in bankruptcy cases.

• Small claims clinic — Thursday, May 15, at 4 p.m. Clients are provided with the forms necessary to file a claim, and an attorney will review completed claims.

• Divorce clinic — Friday, May 16, at 10 a.m. Clients will receive assistance from attorneys in filling out all of the necessary paperwork to file for a divorce.

• Will clinic — Saturday, May 17, at 9 a.m. The clinic will offer free assistance drafting wills and other life-planning documents for low-income seniors and individuals living with a disability. Call (502) 614-3166 to schedule an appointment.

Painting and photography by women artists featured at Smith-Berry Winery Amyx Gallery

The work of Kentuckians Nana Lampton and photographer Susan Seiller will be featured in a free exhibit opening from 4 to 6 p.m., May 17, at Smith-Berry Winery.

Nana Lampton, chair and CEO of American Life and Accident Insurance Company, will show plein air watercolors and studio-rendered oil paintings, including scenes of Kentucky countryside and her recent trip to the Galapagos Islands.

“En plein air” describes the painting of real life outdoors, which “challenges artists to concentrate every sensory nerve on the information in front them. . . then channel those feelings from head to hand, re-creating the vision in paints on paper or canvas,” according to the Plein Air Painters of America.

Susan Seiller, former owner of Jack Fry’s restaurant in Louisville, works most often with 35 mm camera and film, creating black and white, silver gelatin prints in her darkroom.

Initially, she says, she didn’t approach the show with any theme in mind. But the prints she chose, including abstract, portraiture and landscapes, eventually emerged as a theme about interconnectedness. In addition, the close to 40 pieces will be displayed “in an interconnected grid form,” says Seiller, “like a Scrabble board or a crossword puzzle.”

The opening is free and open to the public. Smith-Berry Special Reserve wines will be opened for tasting and bottles will be available for sale; hors d’oeuvres will be provided, and David Charlton will play acoustic guitar.

The show closes July 12.

Find directions to the winery and more information at www.smithberrywinery.com.