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  •  MOUNT WASHINGTON— Crossroads Elementary set sail for the seas in “Pirates! The Musical.”

    Directed by new music teacher Kristopher Hunt, the show followed a ship of singing pirates on their journey to deal with a stowaway. The King of the High C’s, with the help of characters like Bluebeard, Greenbeard, Yellowbeard and the No Beards chorus, taught the stowaway what it takes to be a pirate before sending her to be with the prisoners below deck.

  •  Spring break is behind us.

    That means it time to start thinking about summer day trips!

    We are fortunate to have many quality attractions within just a short drive from us.

    There are four that I recommend if you’re on a budget or have time constraints. 

    The Indianapolis Zoo is home to more than 320 species and 3,800 animals. I am impressed by their marine mammals – polar bear, walrus, seals, and sea lions.

  •  MOUNT WASHINGTON—At first glance, Leighanne Hastie looks like a regular 3-year-old.

    “Day to day, if you look at Leighanne, she looks like a normal little girl,” her mom, Heather, said. “She goes to gymnastics class on Mondays and she likes to go to her Bible class. She doesn’t look like a sick kid or one that has a disability.”

    The only difference comes in the form of a neurological disorder called epilepsy, which causes the toddler to have daily seizures.

  •  The Mount Washington Middle Pre-AP Advisory Committee and Principal’s Roundtable met recently for a World Tasting Event.

    Students were invited to try foods inspired by countries across the globe, including calamari from Italy, sushi from Japan and quiche from France.

    During the tasting, students were encouraged to use their phones to research more information about the countries.

  •  WASHINGTON, D.C. - Officials with the Bullitt County Public School System are in the nation’s capitol today to accept a prestigious program that has saved millions of dollars over the past nine years.

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized Bullitt County Public Schools with a 2016 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Energy Management Award for its outstanding efforts to improve the energy efficiency of U.S. buildings and facilities through its actions.

  •  HEBRON ESTATES - When it comes to teaching elementary students about agriculture, Erica Robards knows how to get their goat.

    The local farmer presented a special agricultural educational program, sponsored by the Bullitt County Farm Bureau, at Freedom Elementary.

    Robards visited Freedom students with her niece, North Bullitt sophomore Miranda Barker, and Hope, Barker’s juvenile Nubian milk goat.

  •  U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie visited local schools and brought his discussion on the U.S. government.

    Among the schools he visited on the latest trip was Zoneton and Eastside Middle and Cedar Grove Elementary.

    Normally Guthrie visits elementary classes but he had a special invitation to visit the middle school.

    Cierra Williams, an eighth grader at Zoneton, wrote to Guthrie several months ago and asked him to share his experience as a congressman. Students were able to listen and then ask questions.

  •  CLERMONT -- The celebration of trees continues through July at Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest.

    But there are also a lot of other spring activities.

    Discovery Stations

    Hands-on Discovery Stations, featuring a variety of plant, animal, and nature activities will be set up daily during Spring Break between 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Visitor Center for families to explore at their leisure and at no cost.

    Bernheim staff and Volunteer Naturalists will also be on hand to help bring each Discovery Station to life!

  •  Some lucky charmers from the Nichols Elementary pre-school classroom celebrated the Wearing o’ the Green on St. Patrick’s Day.

    Students made lucky crowns from construction paper, with their made-up Irish names written on the sides.

    The creative activity was a part of the pre-school program’s many St. Patrick’s day festivities, a fun way to learn a little about the holiday’s history.

  •   About 30 JROTC cadets from North Bullitt High went on a college and career field trip recently.

    The University of Louisville Army ROTC Cardinal Battalion hosted several hours of exploration of the Belknap Campus.

    The cadets then went to the 123rd Airlift Wing of the Kentucky Air Guard. 

    Soon, the cadets will take their fourth college and career trip to the University of Kentucky to visit the Wildcat Battalion. A trip to Fort Campbell is also planned.

  •  BOWLING GREEN -- “Only Doing It for Some Doll.”

    So describes the behavior of the ‘guys’ in Frank Loesser’s classic musical Guys and Dolls.

    This joint production of WKU’s Departments of Music and Theatre & Dance is based on Damon Runyon’s stories of New York gamblers in the ‘40s and will be presented April 1-3 at Van Meter Hall.

    The show was a great success on Broadway in 1950 and has been performed all around the world. In 1955 it was made into a movie starring Marlon Brando and Frank Sinatra.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE—Students at Cedar Grove Elementary were given a chance to explore possible career paths during Career Day.

    Special speakers throughout the county spoke to the students about their career choices, which included a racecar driver, a pediatrician, a beautician and an optometrist.

    The event was established through the school's Family Resource Center.

    See more photos of the event in the multimedia section of www.pioneernews.net.

  •  The Nature Conservancy (TNC) intends to conduct a controlled burn at its Pine Creek Barrens Preserve located on Pine Creek Trail road during the month of March or April.  

    Controlled burning is an important and necessary management tool for the rare species found on this property.  Without prescribed fire these species may become lost.   

  •  FRANKFORT -- Surviving College, a guide that helps college freshmen succeed during their first year on campus, is available free from the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA).

    The 36-page booklet includes sections about:

    *Majors and class schedules.

    *Staying healthy and safe on campus.

    *Learning styles and study tips.

    *Campus life.

    *Financial basics.

    KHEAA also provides Surviving College for Adults, geared toward nontraditional students.

  •  Due to the low spending of LIHEAP funds through the state of Kentucky, the crisis phase has been extended to April 30, unless funds run out prior to that time.

    This program is administered through the Community Action Agencies in Kentucky.

    During the crisis phase, a low-income household must bring a copy of a disconnect or past due notice on heating bills.

    Applicants whose rent includes their heating costs must bring an eviction notice.

    For more information, contact the Multi-Purpose Community Action Agency at 543-4077.

  •  MOUNT WASHINGTON—For many, a new year means new chances and saying goodbye to the past.

    It can also be a time many people dread, fearing that a new year could mean leaving behind a lost loved one.

    Joe and Patty Curtsinger expected there to be tears last New Years. Their daughter, Emily, had passed away June 9 from liver failure, a battle she’d fought her entire life.

    But, thanks to Emily’s encouragement and a little help from the Dream Foundation, the family was able to celebrate with a family tradition: a Kid Rock concert.

  •  The North Bullitt High School Eagle Battalion Academic team earned Second Place in the JROTC Leadership and Academic Bowl (JLAB).

    The team consists of Stephen McCullough, Krista Tungett, Chase Caudill, Katie Jenkins and Kailah Habib.

    Senior Army Instructor Major Kevin Clark described his feelings this way.

  •  CLERMONT -- Signs of spring are everywhere at Bernheim this month.

    That includes a new traveling exhibit from Morton Arboretum that shines a spotlight on the plight of trees. Vanishing Acts: Trees Under Threat opens at Bernheim runs through July 5.

    A public opening will be held on April 2.

    The exhibit will be set up in and around the Two Ponds Loop trail behind the Visitor Center.

    The Morton Arboretum developed and produced the exhibit in association with the Global Trees Campaign.

  • MOUNT WASHINGTON—- Bullitt East High School celebrated National FFA Week with a special guest: Central Region Vice President Abrah Meyer.

    Meyer spent the morning teaching the club life lessons like everyone matters, each person is important and, ultimately, valuing other people.

    “It’s been great to see students’ thoughts really just click,” Meyer said. “Seeing it shift from just knowing we should value other people to really committing to do it has been a cool transition.”

  • Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz, and their team are excited to return to Kentucky! They plan to film episodes of the hit series AMERICAN PICKERS throughout Kentucky with filming scheduled for April. 

    AMERICAN PICKERS is a documentary series that explores the fascinating world of antique ‘picking’ on History. The hit show follows Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, two of the most skilled pickers in the business, as they hunt for America’s most valuable antiques--from motorcycles, classic cars and bicycles, to one-of-a-kind vintage memorabilia.