Ms. Stone and Ms. Stamatiadis made some good points in their rebuttal against my "college town" piece that ran two weeks ago [Aug 22, cover]. I did fail to mention "trashy" students and their poor decision making ability just as I made no attempt to solve the "lazy landlord" situation. Lucky for me I wasn't writing about either of those issues. After doing considerable research into American politics, gentrification, and campus issues, some interesting connections emerged which compelled me to share that particular information while selfishly neglecting the topics that fell outside my research.
I didn't mean to alarm Ms. Stamatiadis with my "drivel" or imply that Dick DeCamp isn't a good family friend of the Stones. I only meant to add more information to the fray. From now on, I will focus my energy on some make believe world where altruism runs wild, politicians serve for the greater good of man, and "alarmist dribblers" such as myself keep their "snide remarks" locked away forever.
September 11th memorials
WEKU will memorialize the tragedies of last September 11th with a series of special programs and features exploring how life in the United States was affected by last year's terrorist attacks. From the rescue workers at Ground Zero, to Kentucky's National Guardsmen and women, to immigrants in California, programming will focus on insight and understanding.
Off the wall(s)
September begins Parks and Rec's new Anti-Vandalism campaign. Overburdened schools have to spend limited funds on removing graffiti or replacing broken glass. Businesses are forced to do the same. Parks and Rec has enacted an awareness campaign, and even better, they've set up a mechanism for narcing: the Parks and Rec webpage will now feature an incident form that will make it easier for those wanting to report any acts of vandalism. If you don't have access to the Web, you can still call LexCall at 425-2255 with the same info.
Bike Trek to Shakertown, now in its 17th year, is scheduled for September 14-16. Prospective participants are urged to sign up as soon as possible. Last year's ride raised a record $93,000 for the American Lung Association of Kentucky.
The three-day tour starts in Harrodsburg, with the first night spent in Danville. The next day, cyclists go to Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill, where they stay overnight, and then it's back on the bike to Harrodsburg on the third day.
The trip offers massage therapists for those sure-to-be-sore legs, gourmet food, entertainment, and a cruise on the Kentucky River.
Don't worry, though, everyone is not expected to bike the entire length. Bike routes of varying lengths are available to accommodate different abilities. For those that cannot ride for all three days, a two-day option (Saturday and Sunday only) is available.
For more info on how to form corporate teams or pre-ride meetings, call the American Lung Association of Kentucky at 800/586-4872. A $50 registration fee is required, and there will also be prizes for pledges.
Jeff Worley, editor of Odyssey, the University of Kentucky's research magazine, was the First Place Grand Prize Winner in the Poetry 2002 International Competition, which was sponsored by the Atlanta Review. Worley's award was $2,002 for the winning poem, "His Funeral," about the death of his father after a long struggle with Alzheimer's disease. Three of his poems will be published in the magazine's October issue.