‘Thanks’ from the Mt. Mushroom Festival Committee
On behalf of the Mountain Mushroom Festival I would like to thank all the individuals that donated time, talents, energy, and financial support to the 23rd annual festival. One of the goals of the festival is to be known as one of the best festivals in Kentucky. This was reflected by the amount of community involvement.
Financial support was given by Kiwanis Club of Irvine-Ravenna, Irvine Health & Rehabilitation Center, Marcum & Wallace Hospital, Jackson Energy, Davis Law, P.S.C., Irvine Healthmart/Estill Clinic Pharmacy, Kentucky Utilities, Hinkle Contracting Company, LLC, Hardy Oil Co. Inc., Warren F. Toler Funeral Home, Kentucky Utilities, Estill County Conservation District, Big E Insurance, and Hardy Gas Co.
Thanks go to the following organizations who sponsored/organized events and activities: Chamber of Commerce-vendor hospitality, Estill Arts Council-poster contest, Estill County Historical & Genealogical Society-displays, Irvine-Ravenna Woman’s Club-Student Art Show, Kiwanis Club of Irvine-Ravenna-Fungus 5K Run/Walk, Masonic Lodge-Pancake Breakfast, Bluegrass Gem & Mineral Club-Gem and Mineral Show, Twin City Kruzerz Club-Car Show, All Things Country-photography contest, Marcum & Wallace Hospital-health screenings, and JROTC-parking, parade, vendor assistance.
We appreciate the following who participated on the mushroom cooking and narrative stage: John Allen, Tim/Niki Farmer, Joan Murphy/Tina Pasley, Jack/Teresa Stickney, Robin Reed, Earl Brandenburg, and Stacy Family.
The Mountain Mushroom Festival Committee volunteered many hours throughout the year to organize and host the best festival possible. We also appreciate the city of Irvine employees. They helped move needed equipment and supplies, clean the streets, and get the city back in shape after the festival.
An evaluation meeting of the festival committee will be held soon to evaluate the 2013 festival. We will also start to plan the 24th festival to be held April 25-26 2014. Anyone wanting to volunteer for next year’s festival can contact Irvine City Hall. Your input and help would be greatly appreciated.
Mountain Mushroom Festival Chairman
Praises for the ECHS Jazz Band
There are so many ways to express what a privilege I have of witnessing and enjoying the success of the Estill County Jazz Band this year. My family and their friends went regularly to the old Joyland Park in Lexington to take part in the Big Band Era and I think that influenced my love of jazz and blues music. I have always appreciated band music and the wonderful jazz music our band produces raises my appreciation several notches. It is a thrill to have watched these students grow and develop into such great musicians. I take this avenue to encourage and compliment this group of fine musicians.
I have noticed that every now and then a particular group of both talented and dedicated people arrive in a particular place with a gifted talent developer, a great accompanist, and a certain set of family and supporters. This group, whether it be in athletics, music, science or whatever, is able to work together to accomplish something both rare and wonderful. I feel that this year’s jazz band is that special mix for this time. I appreciate being a part of this time and place in their accomplishments.
I enjoyed their local performances and am so encouraged by their recent trip to Dollywood to play for people who were arriving there. I only wish they could have been in a big auditorium with a standing room only crowd, which they deserve. The other school talent groups who were before and after our jazz band were encouraged by being asked to participate at Dollywood, but were dwarfed by the particular talent our young people displayed.
I look forward to other performances as our local band and as individuals who will go on to apply the discipline and determination required to perform as musicians. The research is quite impressive that skills, hard work and attitudes developed in the arts curriculum of our schools.
Let’s join in our applause for the Estill County Jazz Band, 2012-2013. Hard work creates good luck!
End hostility toward American businesses
Politicians often talk about creating jobs and boosting investment in the American economy, but ultimately an elected officials policies must speak louder than words. Unfortunately in the case of President Obama, his policies continue to fall short of his soaring rhetoric. He is routinely guilty of delivering eloquent speeches while simultaneously proposing budgets that will reduce domestic investment in American industry. Just take for example his effort to repeal a key tax deduction for the American energy sector.
This proposal, included in President Obama’s FY 2014 budget, would reduce investment in the development of domestic energy resources such as oil and gas, thus weakening our national security and our economy. This policy would cripple job growth in an industry that supports over nine million American jobs and contributes over $1 trillion to our economy. And with the American economy on the ropes these past few years, new energy taxes are the last thing that President Obama, Congress or anyone should be considering.
It’s time to end this hostility towards American businesses. Levying new energy taxes will only hurt growth, hamper long-term energy production and send gas prices higher. Tens of thousands of American jobs and billions of dollars in investment hang in the balance. Instead of raising taxes on the American oil and gas industry, President Obama should be pursuing more fundamental tax reform, making the system fairer and encouraging businesses to invest.