Get your ‘boggin, gloves and shoes ready!! We’re winding down to the most challenging trail race of the year as Somerset’s two Rotary clubs co-host the New Year Trail Run at Pulaski County Park on Saturday, January 4th beginning at 9:00AM. The race starts and finishes at Shelter #1 at Pulaski County Park, taking runners on a scenic 5k journey through the area’s finest trails.
Some images from last year
The Somerset Noon Rotary Club is preparing to host our annual Election Day Pancake Fry on Tuesday, May 20th, at the First Methodist Church in downtown Somerset. You can come by for a pancake and sausage breakfast from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Tickets for the Pancake Fry are $5, and you can purchase your tickets at the door on May 20th or from any Somerset Noon Rotary Club member! All proceeds from the Pancake Fry will go to your Somerset Noon Rotary Club to help make possible our community service efforts.
Check our website again very soon for pictures and information about the local high school students who were this year’s recipients of our Rotary club’s Society of Character scholarships! In the meantime, check out the pictures below of a few recent Rotary luncheon speakers.
If you had ever wondered exactly what the Pulaski County Attorney does each day, you’re questions were answered by Pulaski County Attorney Martin Hatfield during the Somerset Noon Rotary Luncheon on February 10th! Martin Hatfield was a guest of Rotary member Wendell Lyon, and he explained with what types of cases and situations the County Attorney’s office deals. Martin said his office handles all cases involving persons appearing in District Court. He noted that in 2013, his office handled 10,000 traffic related cases. Also in 2013, over 19,000 phone calls were taken by the County Attorney’s office, and over 6,000 people visited Marvin’s office. The Pulaski County Attorney’s office has a staff of four attorneys, three support staffers, one detective, and a grant writer. Martin noted that in 2013, his office handled 4,400 child support cases and collected about $5.4 million in child support. Thank you, Martin, for your visit!
Former Major League baseball player Josh Anderson is now sharing his expertise with local athletes at his new business located at 404 Monticello Street in Somerset, KY. Local youth have the opportunity to schedule lessons with Josh and his team of coaches to receive professional baseball and softball instruction to improve their athletic performance.
If interested in scheduling a lesson or reserving space for birthday parties, contact the staff at the Josh Anderson Baseball and Softball Academy at 606-679-0503 or visit www.joshandersonbaseball.com.
The Liberty Nature Center, located at 943 Bridge Hollow Road in Somerset, KY, has taken on the mission “To enhance the lives of citizens by promoting wildlife conservation through environmental education.” Rotarian Marvin Kinch introduced Frances Carter, the Executive Chair of the new center, and Hunter Kinney, the Executive Director. They shared that their vision for the center is to offer a top notch aid to injured wildlife and provide permanent care for animals that cannot be released into the wild. The Liberty Nature Center offers a local educational facility with immersive exhibts. It also prepares students with hands on experience in a variety of areas. They are in the planning stages of building an initial building to house the animals they currently care for as well as eventually building outdoor aviaries along a nature trail. For more information about the Liberty Nature Center, visit www.libertynaturecenter.org.
There was a wintry mix of ice and snow on the ground on the first Monday of 2014, but Rotarian Winter Huff started our new year off with a great program about the Watershed Arts Alliance. Her guest, Daniel Stroud, is the director of the local organization that is working to bring arts and cultural programs to the people of Pulaski County. Sponsoring a variety of events, Watershed fosters arts and cultural experiences for everyone in this area, encouraging our young people’s interest in the arts as well as supporting local artists. Daniel shared the alliance’s future goals and answered several questions.
To join the Watershed Arts Alliance or sign up for email newsletters, visit www.watershedartsalliance.org.