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  •  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.

  •  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.

  •  CLERMONT -- Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest is bringing the plight of trees to the public’s attention with a new traveling exhibit from The Morton Arboretum.

    Vanishing Acts: Trees Under Threat opens at Bernheim on March 15 and 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.

  •  Bullitt Central High School FFA Chapter participated in the 15th Annual Career & Technical Education Leadership Day in Frankfort.

    The Career and Technical Education (CTE) Student Day is presented by the Kentucky Association for Career and Technical Education (KACTE) and is held during National Career and Technical Education Month.

    The 2016 theme is Opportunities for Career Success.

  •  Cedar Grove Elementary students have recently had the opportunity to participate in the DARE program, led by Shepherdsville officer David Smith.

    At the completion of the program, graduation ceremonies were held at the school.

    Brennan Gould and Leah Wells were honored as winners of the DARE Essay Contest for their respective classrooms.

  •  MOUNT WASHINGTON—One is never too young to learn the importance good work ethic.

    Bullitt County Public Schools are providing a way for their elementary-aged students to begin their path to graduating college and career ready by offering work ethic certifications to those students that demonstrate strong work ethic.

  •  CLERMONT – Over the weekend, Bernheim officials, along with representatives from the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources (KDFWR), briefly recaptured the golden eagle known as Harper.  They assessed the bird’s health and removed the malfunctioning transmitter they had outfitted the raptor with last winter.  

    The public helped name the bird last year with Harper beating the names Ike and Bernie.  Founder Isaac W. Bernheim made his fortune in the whisky business and I.W. Harper was the brand name of his bourbon.  

  •   The Bullitt Central Beta Club led a drive in the community to collect water to be sent to the Flint, Mich., area.

    With the work of the members and with the help of the Bullitt Central community, the group was able to send 47 cases of bottled water and 24 gallon containers of water to help those who have been without water for weeks.

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    SHEPHERDSVILLE - The Bullitt County Beta Club is doing their part to assist the families of Flint, Mich., that are dealing with a city water crisis.

  •  FRANKFORT -- A rising junior at one of Kentucky’s public or private high schools will win a $500 scholarship and a photo shoot at his or her school through the “Promote Your School” scholarship contest, sponsored by the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA).

    The school must participate in the Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES) program.

    To enter, the student must submit an essay about one of these subjects:

    1) What my aspiration for my generation is.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE - The Bullitt County History Museum’s plans to commemorate the centennial anniversary of the 1917 Shepherdsville train wreck were briefly derailed in light of new information.

    Documents were recently discovered in a purchase at a Louisville estate auction by local business owner Gary Gibson.

    The papers Gibson found appeared to be about a separate incident. As he read through he discovered some of the papers were directly connected to the local event.