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Datebook: November 21 – First Jewish Appointee to Cabinet in a North American Government 150 Years Ago

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On November 21, 1861, Judah Philip Benjamin became the first Jewish appointee to a Cabinet position in a North American government when he was appointed by Confederate President Jefferson Davis as the Secretary of War. He was also the first Jewish American to be seriously considered for nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court (he twice declined offers of nomination). Before the formation of the Confederacy, Benjamin was a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives and was elected to the U.S. Senate from Louisiana, becoming the second Jewish senator in U.S. history. He was a member of the Whig party and had a reputation as a great orator. In 1850, he sold his plantation and slaves, but eventually aligned himself with the Democratic Party – dominated by the planter slave-holding elite. After the collapse of the Confederacy, he was exiled to the United Kingdom and became a distinguished barrister selected in 1872 as the Queen’s Counsel.

It’s Monday, November 21

Murray-Calloway County Ministerial Association’s 7th Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner is from 11:30 to 1 Thursday at the Murray Banquet Center at 926 South 12th. At 11 there’s a nondenominational worship service. For a delivered meal or a ride, call the First Presbyterian Church by Wednesday. To volunteer or make a donation call 270-293-9490.

Mayfield’s Ice-House Gallery is accepting small art works tomorrow through December 3 for its How about a little Art Show December 6 through the 23. Submissions must be 12″ or smaller. There’s no entry fee. Price for the Annual Artisan Sale December 10 and 11. The Ice House is at 120 North Eighth.

On Friday Santa Arrives at his Gingerbread House on the Court Square in Paris for North Pole Family Fun Day, the first event of Downtown Paris Unwrapped. Games, crafts and rides complement Santa’s presence from 10 to 2. The Optimist Club’s live tree lot opens as well.

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Datebook: May 17 – Lisa Fonssagrives, the first supermodel, turns 100

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Lisa Fonssagrives was a Swedish fashion model, most widely credited as the first supermodel. She was born May 17, 1911 and died February 4, 1992.  Before Fonssagrives came to the United States in 1939, she was already a top model. Her image appeared on the cover of many magazines during the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s, including Town & Country, Life, Time, Vogue, and the original Vanity Fair. She was reported as “the highest paid, highest praised, high fashion model in the business”. Fonssagrives once described herself as a “good clothes hanger”. Read more about Fonssagrives.

Here’s Datebook for Tuesday, May 17

Surprise the pundits. Vote in today’s Kentucky primary. Polls are open 6 to 6.

The Music Department of the Murray Woman’s Club presents a dinner and entertainment fundraiser, Live, Laugh Love, tonight at 6:30 at the clubhouse, 704 Vine Street. Dinner fare is casserole, salad, rolls, dessert and tea or water for a minimum donation of $8. Proceeds benefit music scholarships.

Life Line Screening of Louisville brings its mobile vascular screening to Murray tomorrow. It will be available at First Presbyterian Church on west Main Street. It costs $149 for Carotid, atrial fibrillation, abdominal aortic aneurysm and peripheral arterial disease screenings. Advance appointments are necessary at 800-694-8895.

Saturday LBL’s Nature Station hosts A Day for Dogs weather permitting from 9 to noon. There’s a guided hike at 10:30. Dogs must be leashed.

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Datebook: December 20 – South Carolina 1st state to secede, 150 years ago

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It’s Monday, December 20.

The McCracken County Public Library presents the Dickens Carolers of Nashville, including Paducah native Lisa Alvey, tomorrow from 1 to 3 p.m. on the second floor.  Enjoy hot cocoa and carols with this free program.  The library’s at 555 Washington Street in Paducah.

There’s an American Red Cross blood drive Thursday from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 1601 Main Street in Murray. Donors receive a red, long-sleeved Perfect Gift tee.  Schedule an appointment at

The National Quilt Museum in Paducah is showing an exhibit “River Quilts featuring the Everchanging River”.  More than 30 quilters created river quilts which are hung side by side in a 49 foot display with additional river themed quilts rounding out the show.  The Museum is at 215 Jefferson near the riverfront, open Monday through Saturday 10 to 5, Sundays 1 to 5 except for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Hear the Christmas Revels tonight at 7.  Get times for all the special holiday programs this week at

Pastor Responds to the Rumor Mill Around a Mosque in Mayfield

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Last Tuesday, the Mayfield zoning board denied a request for a conditional use permit to open a mosque in the city’s downtown because of limited parking. It’s expected the petitioners will file another application for a different site, but a location has not yet been determined.

Later that same week, Mayfield Mayor Arthur Byrn, City Planner Brad Rodgers, and the local Pilgrim’s Pride plant manager met with some Graves County pastors to help dispel rumors connected to Somali Muslims who live and work in the county.

Joe Farrone, pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Mayfield, has been processing the conversation. He said, “I think they [city officials] called us together because they see pastors as communicators to the community. Congregations are a large part of the community.” Farrone said that some congregants, though none from his church, have raised questions about the Somalis, many of whom work at Pilgrim’s Pride. “One of the rumors was that Pilgrim’s Pride was bringing the Somalis in,” he said. “Rumor was some Hispanic workers were let go because they were illegal.” Allegedly, the Somalis were recruited as replacements for these workers.

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Written by Angela Hatton

August 31, 2010 at 12:52 pm