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Datebook: February 7 – Charles Dickens turns 200

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Charles Dickens was born on February 7, 1812 (and died June 9, 1870). He was an English novelist, generally considered the greatest of the Victorian period. Dickens enjoyed a wider popularity and fame than had any previous author during his lifetime, and he remains popular, having been responsible for some of English literature’s most iconic novels and characters. Many of his writings were originally published serially, in monthly installments, a format of publication which Dickens himself helped popularise. Unlike other authors who completed novels before serialisation, Dickens often created the episodes as they were being serialised. The practice lent his stories a particular rhythm, punctuated by cliffhangers to keep the public looking forward to the next installment. Give yourself a fun literary challenge, read A Tale of Two Cities, look for the rhythm.

It’s Tuesday, February 7

Murray-Calloway County Hospital’s Blood Donor Center hosts a blood drive tomorrow evening from 5:30 to 8 at the Hazel Baptist Church. All blood types are needed. Donors must be at least 18 years old, at least 110 pounds, and in good health.

The McCracken County Public Library hosts a program titled “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing” on Thursday night at 7. Presenter Daryl Harris of Northern Kentucky University takes the audience on a musical history tour through spirituals and freedom songs. The program is free and open to the public; details are online at

A Living Well Workshop takes place on Thursday from 12:30 to 3 at the Murray-Calloway County Senior Citizen Center. The free workshop is the first in a six-week session. People with chronic health problems can learn techniques for dealing with symptoms, information about medications, nutrition advice, and more. Register at 753-0929.

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Datebook: December 22 – Shoe Bomber 10 Years Ago

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Ten years ago today, passengers on Flight 63, flying over the Atlantic Ocean, complained of a smoke smell shortly after meal service. Flight attendant, Hermis Moutardier found Richard Colvin Reid sitting alone near a window, attempting to light a match. She warned him of no smoking on the plane and he promised he would stop. A few minutes later, she returned to find him leaning over in his seat – that’s when she saw a shoe in his lap, a fuse leading into the shoe, and a lit match. He was eventually subdued by passengers using seatbelts and headphone cords. Two fighter jets escorted the plane to the Logan Airport. Authorities found 100 grams of plastic explosives hidden in the shoes, enough to blow a large hole in the aircraft. Reid was an Islamic fundamentalist and self-proclaimed Al-Qaeda operative from the UK. He was later convicted, and sentenced to life imprisonment without parole. We can ‘thank’ him for making us all have to take our shoes off at the airport now.

It’s Thursday, December 22

The United Way of Murray Calloway County is looking for education, income and health related nonprofit programs to invest community dollars. It is accepting applications from any 501c3 organization in Murray-Calloway County through January 20. See or call 270-753-0317 for an application.

Visit the River Discovery Center at 117 South Water Street at the Riverfront in Paducah to learn more about how the waterways affect our region. The museum shop features river books, educational toys and games, jewelry, clothing and nautical items. In downtown’s oldest standing structure, the River Discovery Center is open Monday through Saturday 9:30 to 5.

Murray Calloway County Hospital has a critical need for 0-Negative and A-Negative Blood types. The Hospital’s Blood Donor Center is on the first floor of the North Tower. Call 270-762-1119 for an appointment. A blood donor must be 18 or older, weigh at least 110 pounds and pass brief health exams.

Tonight at 9 hear a special Café Jazz Christmas program with Brian Clardy. See more about it at


the morning cram [they're here edition]

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Idyllic Costa Rica is becoming the newest haven for South American drug cartels.

NPR reports the peaceful, quiet country has done an admirable job staying away from the drug infestation, until now.

Kentucky~  Murray-Calloway County Hospital needs blood.  Two NC fugitives were caught in Graves County.  Paducah’s homeless shelter ordinance passed last night. Skywest wants to stay in Paducah.

Illinois~ You may want to look again at those old lottery tickets.


Datebook: September 20 – Bush declares War on Terror 10 years ago

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On September 20, 2001, during a televised address to a joint session of congress and in the wake of the September 11 attacks, President George W. Bush delivered an ultimatum to the Taliban government of Afghanistan to turn over Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda leaders operating in the country or face attack. He said, “Our ‘war on terror’ begins with al Qaeda, but it does not end there. It will not end until every terrorist group of global reach has been found, stopped and defeated.”

It’s Tuesday, September 20

There’s a critical need for O-Negative and A-Negative blood types at the Murray Calloway County Hospital Blood Donor Center. It’s on the first floor of the North Tower. Also, there’s a Blood Drive tomorrow from 8 to 4 at the MCCH Center for Health and Wellness on Poplar Street.

Tickets for the 27th Annual Tobacco Night Rider Tour Saturday are on sale now at the Pennyroyal Area Museum at 217 East 9th Street in Hopkinsville. Open hay-ride tours run at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. in a reenactment of the Tobacco Night Rider Raid of December, 1907. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for children up to age 12. Refreshment concessions available.

The Glema Mahr Center for the Arts at Madisonville Community College offers the Cambridge University American Stage Tour presentation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth Thursday at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the Glema Center Box Office, 270-821-ARTS.

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Datebook: September 19 – International Talk Like A Pirate Day

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Ahoy, Matey! Today is International Talk Like A Pirate Day, a parodic holiday created in 1995 by John Baur (Ol’ Chumbucket) and Mark Summers (Cap’n Slappy), of Albany, Oregon. At first an inside joke between two friends from a game of racquetball, the holiday gained exposure when John and Mark sent a letter about their invented holiday to the American syndicated humor columnist Dave Barry in 2002. It has been speculated that the rolling “rrr” has been associated with pirates because of the location of major ports in the West Country of England, drawing labor from the surrounding countryside.

Arrr! It be Monday the Ninth of  September

Murray Calloway County Hospital hosts a day-long diabetes workshop open to all Friday at Glendale Road Church of Christ. It’s targeted to nurses, dietitians, pharmacists and other healthcare providers for whom Kentucky Board of Nursing contact hours apply. Pre-register by tomorrow at 270-762-1854. It costs $25 for non-MCCH employees.

Glema Mahr Center for the Arts at Madisonville Community College invites entries for its 2011 Juried Art Exhibit. Submit works at the Center between 9 and 4 next Monday and Tuesday. It’s open to any artist in the region. The juror is Erika Myers Bromwell, Director of the New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary art. See

Thursday the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act program hosts an information meeting about the Extra Help Program. This is for those who have Medicare D or are eligible who have limited resources. It’s at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the Crittenden County Senior Center, 201 North Walker Street.

Enjoy A Prairie Home Companion live in Murray on November 5. See for details.

Datebook: August 16 – 135th birthday of illustrator Ivan Bilibin

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Ivan Yakovlevich Bilibin (16 August 1876 – 7 February 1942) was a 20th-century illustrator and stage designer who took part in the Mir iskusstva and contributed to the Ballets Russes. Bilibin gained renown in 1899, when he released his illustrations of Russian fairy tales. He was the designer for the 1909 première production of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Golden Cockerel. He delivered lectures in the Soviet Academy of Arts until 1941. Bilibin died during the Siege of Leningrad.


It’s Tuesday, August 16.

Easter Seals West Kentucky, Spina Bifida Association of Kentucky and KY-Spin, Inc. host a workshop “individualized education program – IEP”, including meal, in Paducah Thursday, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.. Families learn how to advocate during the IEP process. Sign up in advance at 270-444-9687. The ESWK Child Development Center is at 801 North 29th in Paducah.

Thursday — the stroke/head injury support group meets at 5:30 p.m. in the Murray Calloway County Hospital’s Center for Health and Wellness Conference room. For more call 270-762-1557.

Maiden Alley Cinema presents Richard Linklater’s 1993 film Dazed and Confused tonight at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 and two complimentary beverages come with each ticket purchase. It’s film brew night, and proceeds benefit the Cinema, in the alley near the riverfront in Paducah. Tickets are $15 for members, $20 for non-members.

See for details about the stories of former residents of Land Between the Lakes heard on Constance Alexander’s series Connecting People and Place. Thanks!

the morning cram [fabled waterway edition]

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Warming of the Arctic Ocean could provide some benefits.

NPR reports that a waterway through the Arctic ice cap which is normally impassable may now open up and provide a trade route for northern nations.

Kentucky~ McCracken County might buy flooded houses. Expect delays on I-24 through McCracken this week. A Marshall County man wins a house.  Former Gov’s son is killed in car wreck. The Murray Hospital will treat your mind problems too. New academic standards are on the horizon.

Illinois~ State officials ban military funeral protests.

Tennessee~ Clarksville Police got the ‘house scammer’. Nat Guard units are headed to war.

Datebook: August 10th – 205th anniversary of Johann Michael Haydn’s death

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Johann Michael Haydn (14 September 1737 – 10 August 1806) was an Austrian composer of the classical period, the younger brother of Joseph Haydn. According to the early 19th-century author Albert Christoph Dies, Michael was a brighter student than Joseph, and it was Michael’s singing that was the more admired. Michael Haydn composed 43 symphonies, 12 concertos, a requiem, and numerous other instrumental and vocal compositions. (To hear part of Michael Haydn’s Requiem, click here)


It’s Wednesday, August 10.

The Owensboro Museum of Fine Art’s Summer Gala is Saturday from 6:30 to 9 p.m. The gala features a sale of more than 100 works of art, antiques and collectibles. Also, a carnival themed entertainment showcases the theatrical troupe Back Alley Players and Owensboro celebrities in song. Make $50 per person reservations at 270-685-3181.

Tomorrow a welcoming reception at 5:30 p.m. introduces Murray Calloway County Hospital’s newest cardiologist, Dr. Nathaniel Dittoe. It’s also an open house for the Cardiopulmonary Department on the first floor of the South Tower. Dr. Dittoe comes to MCCH from Kettering Medical Center in Kettering, Ohio.

Cadiz Community Arts Center’s Janice Mason Art Museum hosts a show of watercolors by Grand Rivers artist Steve Estes through October 2. The exhibit opens with a reception for the artist Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. The museum is at 71 Main Street, open Tuesdays through Saturdays 10 to 4 and Sundays 1 to 4.

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Datebook: July 14 – Bastille Day

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July 14 is the French national holiday La Fête Nationale, or Bastille Day. It commemorates the 1790 Fête de la Fédération, held on the first anniversary of the storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789; the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille fortress-prison was seen as a symbol of the uprising of the modern nation, and of the reconciliation of all the French inside the constitutional monarchy which preceded the First Republic, during the French Revolution. The oldest and largest regular military parade in Europe is held on the morning of 14 July, on the Champs-Élysées avenue in Paris in front of the President of the Republic, French officials and foreign guests. Happy Bastille Day!

It’s Thursday, June 14th

Relay for Life of McCracken County will take place tomorrow night at Carson Park in Paducah. There will be food, games, zumba, live entertainment, and ceremonies to honor and remember those who have battled cancer. The free event begins at 6PM.

This Saturday from 8 to noon, the Murray-Calloway County Hospital offers free sports physicals to local student athletes grades seven through twelve. The physicals will be held in the Endoscopy Department at the west entrance of MCCH. Students must be enrolled at Murray, Calloway County, or Eastwood Christian Academy. No appointment is necessary.

The feature of this week’s Family Movie Night in Mayfield is “Hairspray.” In the film, teenager Tracy Turnblad teaches 1962 Baltimore a thing or two about integration after landing a spot on a local TV dance show. Bring lawn chairs or blankets to Harmon Park tomorrow night at 8 to enjoy the free show.

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