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Datebook: February 22 – George Washington Turns 280

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George Washington was born on February 22, 1732 (and died December 14, 1799). We all know him as the 1st U.S. President (1789-1797), and as a great military leader. He was elected unanimously and oversaw the creation of a strong, well-financed government that maintained neutrality in the wars raging in Europe. He was born into a wealthy Colonial Virginia family, who owned tobacco plantations and slaves. He was mentored by William Fairfax, who promoted his career into the military. He quickly became a senior officer in the colonial forces during the French and Indian War. As  Commander-In-Chief of the Continental Army, he forced the British out of Boston in 1776, but lost New York City. After crossing the Delaware River, he defeated the British in two battles, and retook New Jersey. Washintgon strategized the capture of Saratoga in 1777 and Yorktown in 1781. As President, he supported Alexander Hamilton’s programs to pay off the debt, to implement a tax system, and to create a national bank. He was outspoken against partisanship, sectoinalism, and involvement in foreign wars. He retired from presidency in 1797 and returned to his home, Mount Vernon. He freed his slaves in his will. At his death, Washington was hailed as “first in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen”.

It’s Wednesday, February 22

The American Red Cross holds a blood drive at First Presbyterian Church in Murray tomorrow from 12:30 to 5:30.  Donors must be healthy, at least seventeen years old, and at least 110 pounds.  Schedule an appointment by calling 800-RED-CROSS.

The Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park hosts an Oil Painting Weekend this Saturday and Sunday.  Learn the wet-on-wet method of oil painting by creating your own 16×20 landscape painting.  The fees are $65 for one class or $120 for both classes and the Friday night program.  For more information, call Rebecca Clark at 797-3421.

The Murray State University Department of Theater presents Suddenly Last Summer, by Tennessee Williams, tomorrow night at 7:30 in the Actor’s Studio Theater.  The play tells the story of a young woman who seems to go insane after her cousin dies under mysterious circumstances. Admission is $8, or free for MSU students.

Tomorrow at noon, hear Swinging into the 21st Century with Wynton Marsalis.  Find details at

Datebook: January 30 – FDR Turns 130

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Franklin Delano Roosevelt was born on January 30, 1882 (and died April 12, 1945). He was a central figure in world events during the mid-20th century, leading the United States during a time of worldwide economic crisis and world war. FDR’s persistent optimism and activism contributed to a renewal of the national spirit, reflecting his victory over paralytic illness to become the longest serving president in U.S. history. He worked closely with Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin in leading the Allies against Germany and Japan in World War II, but died just as victory was in sight. Roosevelt instituted the New Deal — a variety of programs designed to produce government jobs, economic growth, and bank and transportation reform. The economy improved rapidly from 1933 to 1937, but then relapsed into a deep recession. The bipartisan Conservative Coalition that formed in 1937 prevented and abolished much of the legislation. Major surviving programs include the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and Social Security. During World War II, FDR gave strong diplomatic and financial support to China and Britain, while remaining officially neutral. He provided Lend-Lease aid to countries fighting against Nazi Germany. He called the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor “a date which will live in infamy.” He ordered the Army to inter 100,000 Japanese American civilians. FDR’s New Deal Coalition united labor unions, big city machines, white ethnics, African Americans and rural white Southerners. Roosevelt’s diplomatic impact led to the United Nations and Bretton Woods. Roosevelt is consistently rated by scholars as one of the top three U.S. Presidents.

It’s Monday, January 30

The McCracken County Cooperative Extension Service hosts a free Slow Cooker Cooking Class tomorrow from 11 to noon. Class members will review slow cooking basics, enjoy taste testing, and leave with new ideas and recipes. Call 554-9520 for more information.

The American Red Cross holds a blood drive at the Murray State University Curris Center tomorrow and Wednesday from 9AM to 3PM. Whole blood and double red cell donations will be accepted. Donors must be healthy, at least seventeen years old, and at least 110 pounds. Schedule an appointment and find out more at

High school juniors may now submit applications for Murray State University’s Commonwealth Honors Academy. The three-week summer enrichment experience lets students earn six hours of college credit at no cost. The program runs June 9th to June 30th. The application deadline is March 1st. Applications are online at

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Datebook: January 24 – Shoichi Yokoi Found 40 Years Ago

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Shoichi Yokoi was a Japanese sergeant in the Imperial Japanese Army during WWII. He was among the last three Japanese hold-outs to surrender after the end of hostilities in 1945, being found in the jungle of Guam in January 1972, almost 28 years after the island had been liberated by US forces in 1944. When American forces captured the island in the 1944 Battle of Guam, Yokoi went into hiding with ten other Japanese soldiers. Seven of the holdouts moved away and the other two died of starvation. Yokoi survived by hunting, primarily at night. He used native plants to make clothes, bedding, and storage implements, which he carefully hid in his cave. On the evening of January 24, 1972, Yokoi was discovered in the jungle by Jesus Duenas and Manuel De Gracia, two local men who were checking shrimp traps along a small river on Talofofo. They had initially assumed that Yokoi was a local villager, but managed to surprise and subdue him, and carry him out of the jungle. “It is with much embarrassment, but I have returned,” Yokoi said upon his return to Japan. The remark would become a popular saying in Japanese.

It’s Tuesday, January 24

The American Red Cross holds a blood drive on Friday from 11 to 3 at St. John’s Episcopal Church, located at 1620 West Main Street in Murray. Donors must be healthy, be at least seventeen years old, and weigh at least 110 pounds. Find more information and schedule an appointment online at

The Alzheimer’s Association provides a program on legal and financial planning on Thursday at the Pennyrile Area Development District Office in Hopkinsville. The program begins at 5:30PM. For more information, contact James Patterson at 886-9484.

Land Between the Lakes hosts their annual Bison Auction on Saturday, with viewing at 8AM. The auction will occur at the South Bison Range Corral beginning at 9AM. All buyers are required to pay in full and to load bison on the day of the auction. For more information, contact Curtis Fowler at 924-2061.

Hear President Obama’s State of the Union speech tonight at 8 on WKMS.

Written by Matt Markgraf

January 24, 2012 at 11:31 am

Datebook: December 19 – Gorbechev Releases Sakharov 25 Years Ago

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Andrei Dmitrievich Sakharov earned renown as the designer of the Soviet Union’s Third Idea, a codename for Soviet development of thermonuclear weapons. He was also an advocate of civil liberties and civil reforms in the Soviet Union and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1975. Following public protests against the Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan in 1979, Sakharov was sent into internal exile in the city of Gorky. He and his wife were kept under tight surveillance and suffered notoriously poor treatment. On December 19, 1986, Mikhail Gorbechev, who had initiated perestroika and glasnost, formally released Sakharov. After his relese, he continued human rights campaigns until his death in 1989. The Sakharov Prize, which is awarded annually by the European Parliament for people and organizations dedicated to human rights and freedoms, is named in his honor.

It’s Monday, December 19

The American Red Cross has a Blood Drive at First Presbyterian Church, 1601 Main St. in Murray this Thursday from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Patti’s Settlement and downtown Grand Rivers boast a half million lights twinkling in trees nightly through the first week of January.

The Kentucky Arts Council is accepting applications until next March 15 from professional artists who want to be listed in the Performing Arts Directory, Architectural Artists Directory or Kentuck Crafted Program. See details at or call 502-564-8110.

Relax with a cup of hot chocolate and listen to the Dickens’ Carolers at the McCracken County Public Library on tomorrow from 1:00 – 3:00. Dressed for holiday party in the 1800’s, the group sings traditional carols and invites singing along. The library’s at 555 Washington Street in Paducah.

Enjoy A Café Jazz Christmas with Todd Hill with us tomorrow night at 9. See for details.

Datebook: June 27 – Siebenschläfertag

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In Germany, June 27 is Siebenschläfertag (Seven Sleepers Day). The weather on that day is supposed to determine the average weather of the next seven weeks. This is one of the most well-known bits of traditional farmers’ weather lore remaining in today’s Germany, but quite inaccurate in practice. Besides, if this were true, then the next seven weeks might be cloudy, dreary and wet. Let’s hope they’re wrong!

It’s Monday, June 27

The public is invited to a reception featuring University of Kentucky Head Football Coach Joker Phillips tonight from 5-7 on the 8th floor of the Trover Tower in Madisonville.  There will be opportunities to win items signed by Coach Phillips as well as other UK football memorabilia. Admission is free for members of the UK Alumni Association and 5 dollars for nonmembers.

The Calloway County chapter of the American Red Cross will have their Annual Board of Directors Meeting tomorrow night at 5 at the Weaks Community Center Dining Room in Murray.  The community is invited to attend.  Red Cross volunteers and donors will be recognized.

The Nature Station at Land Between the Lakes leads a 2.2-mile interpretive hike around Hematite Lake tomorrow at 11, weather permitting.  Halfway through, there will be a break for a quick meal, so bring lunch and a drink. The hike is free to all LBL visitors.  For more information, visit

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the morning cram [houses for sale…CHEAP!! edition]

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The housing market could get worse before it gets better.

NPR reports foreclosed homes that haven’t hit the market yet are ‘lurking in the shadows’ and will further depress housing market numbers.

Kentucky~ If you are traveling on 641 South of Murray, expect lane closures. A jail escapee is back in jail. Obama’s Afghanistan announcement comes as welcome news to many Fort Campbell families. Taiwain has donated storm relief money (so we can buy things made there). The state is expecting a budget surplus for the fiscal year (fingers crossed).

Tennessee~ UT students will pay more next year. Wanna know where Civil War battles happened? (There’s an app. for that).

Illinois~ Lawmakers want to study the tax-climate.

Datebook: June 8 – Tennessee becomes last state to secede 150 years ago

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The Third Battle of Chattanooga, November 23–25, 1863

In a June 8, 1861 referendum, East Tennessee held firm against separation, while West Tennessee returned an equally heavy majority in favor. The deciding vote came in Middle Tennessee, which went from 51 percent against secession in February to 88 percent in favor in June. Having ratified by popular vote its connection with the fledgling Confederacy, Tennessee became the last state to formally withdraw from the Union.

Here’s Datebook for Wednesday, June 8

Murray State’s Trumpet and French Horn Summer Workshops start Sunday for middle and high school student instrumentalists. Trumpet players register with Dr. Eric Swisher at 270-809-6335. French Horn players register with Dr. John Dressler at 270-809-6445. There’s more at

LBL’s Homeplace 1850 presents Children’s Day: Colors on the Farm — Saturday from 9:30 to 4. Mother Goose Stories and group games begin at 10, 11, 1 and 3. See how natural dyes, minerals and plants from the forest created color for 19th century farm children and how colorful folktales entertained them. Admission is $4 ages 13 and up, $3 ages 5-12 and free for ages 4 and under.

The Calloway County Chapter of the American Red Cross benefits from the 5th Annual Children’s Tea Party – Dine with Disney – Sunday from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Murray Woman’s Club House on Vine Street. Tickets are $25 per person at 270-753-1421. Enjoy a scene from Mulan, Jr., games and more.

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Datebook: June 1 – Kentucky & Tennessee Statehood Day

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On June 1, 1792 Kentucky became the 15th state of the United States. On the same day four years later, Tennessee was named the 16th state.

It’s Wednesday, June 1

The Calloway County Chapter of the American Red Cross hosts its annual Ride for Red Motorcycle Rally and Poker Run Saturday starting at 9 a.m. at Town and Country Motorsports, east of Murray on Highway 94. $25 registration includes t-shirt, breakfast, lunch, and door prizes.

The 14th Annual Movers and Shakers Tasters Luncheon is Friday from 11 to 1 at the War Memorial Building, 1202 S. Virginia Street in Hopkinsville. Tickets are $8 for fried chicken, bbq ribs, turkey and dressing, pulled pork and fixins’. Get tickets at the Minority Economic Development Initiative of Western Kentucky inside the US Bank building.

The Yellowbanks Dulcimer Festival is Friday and Saturday at Yellow Creek Baptist Church, 5741 Highway 144 in Owensboro. Workshops start at 12:30 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. Saturday. There are concerts both nights at 7. There’s a $20 registration fee for workshops; concerts are free. See details at

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Datebook: May 26 – Sally Ride turns 60

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Dr. Sally Kristen Ride was born May 26, 1951. She is an American physicist and a former NASA astronaut, perhaps most famous for becoming the first American woman – and then-youngest American – to enter space. Ride joined NASA in 1978, and entered space in 1983. In 1987 she left NASA to work at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Arms Control. She is currently the President and CEO of Sally Ride Science, a company she founded in 2001, that creates entertaining science programs and publications for upper elementary and middle school students, with a particular focus on girls. Happy birthday Sally!

Here’s Datebook for Thursday, May 26

Tonight the Parks Department in Paducah inaugurates its free summer Movie in the Park program at dusk, around 8:15 with a showing of the movie “Yogi Bear”. Concessions will be available at the Noble Park Amphitheatre, 2801 Park Avenue.

Fort Donelson National Cemetery’s tribute to veterans is a luminary candle placement at each headstone between 7:30 and 9 p.m. Sunday. Story tellers share the history of the cemetery and some of those who rest there. Bring a flashlight as lighting will be limited.

Anyone donating at an American Red Cross blood drive now through September 14 is automatically entered into a drawing to win a 2012 Ford Fiesta SE. There’s blood collection today at St. John’s Episcopal Church at 1620 West Main in Murray from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. There’s also a collection tomorrow from 10 to 2 at Finish Line Car Wash, 3516 Clarks River Road in Paducah. Participants there get a free car wash.

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Datebook: April 18 – Longest professional baseball game 30 years ago

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The Pawtucket Red Sox and Rochester Red Wings began the longest professional baseball game in history 30 years ago.  It lasted It lasted for 33 innings over eight hours and 25 minutes. It set numerous records in baseball history, and featured future hall-of-famers Cal Ripken, Jr. and Wade Boggs.
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It’s Monday, April 18

Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area offers family activities this Saturday that are fun and helpful. There’s Canoe and Kayak Cleanup at Energy Lake Dam from 8:30 a.m. to noon.  Meet there and help collect trash and recyclables from the banks of Crooked Creek Bay on the Cumberland River.  Lifejackets required; paddlers must provide own boat and paddle.

Tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. there’s a free concert of New Music at MSU in Performing Arts Hall of Price Doyle Fine Arts. 

There’s an American Red Cross blood collection today from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Lone Oak First Baptist Church at 3601 Lone Oak Road in Paducah.  Also, The Paducah Donor Center is open today from 11a.m. to 6 p.m.; tomorrow from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Good Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Saturday from 7 to 11 a.m.  The Center’s at 4635 Falconcrest Drive in Paducah.  Call 270-442-9141 for Thursday hours.

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