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‘Plate It Up’ using locally grown foods

y Kathy J. Prater
Associate Editor

Johnson County Extension agents presented a nutrition program entitled “Plate It Up” recently at the extension office. The program, presented as a “leader lesson” for local Extension Homemakers and other community leaders, focused on preparing healthy recipes using locally grown “Kentucky Proud” foods. Andrea Johnson, Magoffin County FCS agent, presented the lesson, along with Johnson County Extension SNAP-ED program coordinator Elaine Burton. Participants sampled the freshly prepared recipes and took home recipe cards in order to duplicate the dishes in their own homes. Johnson County Extension Office leader lessons are presented monthly and are open to the public. Call 789-8108 for more information.

Awaken Conference 2014

Awaken Conference 2014 was held this past weekend on the grounds of the Paintsville Recreation Center. The two-day event spread a message of Christian love and teachings through music, fellowship and personal testimonies. The event has been held in Johnson County since 2009.

‘Changing hearts through healthcare’

PIKEVILLE -- With servant hearts, University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (KYCOM) students embarked on a weeklong mission trip using their gifts to volunteer in the community of Batey Nueve, Dominican Republic.
The mission team of more than 56 volunteers included 37 KYCOM students. Approximately 1,100 patients ranging in age from infant to mid-80s were treated over the course of three days at clinics in Batey Nueve, Batey Cuchillo and Batey Cinco. Patients were provided with prescriptions and over-the-counter medications, first-aid care and osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT).
“The sense of community in Christ was so strong in Batey Nueve that I couldn’t help but be affected by it. This experience only fueled my passion to become a compassionate physician and to lovingly serve my patients and the people around me,” said Emily Broomell, second-year student at KYCOM. “As a curious future physician, this trip was an awesome opportunity to see and learn new things that we might not experience in the United States.”

BSCTC Workforce Solutions brings ‘Career Craze Camp’ to AMS

PRESTONSBURG -- Students at Adams Middle School have been participating in a Career Craze camp, sponsored by Big Sandy Community and Technical College’s Workforce Solutions team. 
Students are learning about careers in healthcare. The camp will conclude with a two-day event on August 14-15.

Education and Common Sense
Debbie Parrigin Barr has been sewing, crocheting and quilting for more than 40 years. Barr shared her experiences in life and in her craft with the group Saturday.

By Andrew Adkins
Staff Writer

Care and precision were taught and patches of fabric were stitched by a focused group of ladies at the Johnson County Public Library last Saturday.
A quilting circle was hosted by the library last Saturday to educate and allow participants to engage in fellowship while learning and improving on skills in quilting.
The session was one of several opportunities presented by the library for local citizens to partake in stress-relieving, skill-building experiences this summer. Christy Terry, library program director, said quilting is one of many activities designed by a committee to help people in the community.
“It’s a community effort. We came up with different things we thought people would need to know,” Terry said, “life skills classes have been taught this summer. Quilting is more of the fun side of it and it teaches you how to manage stress.”
As the participants meticulously worked to create quilts, Debbie Parrigin Barr volunteered her time to assist in instruction. “We started over a year and a half ago. Some ladies came and wanted to knit. Then they wanted to learn to crochet and then, they wanted to quilt,” Barr said, “we donate everything. People who have lost everything in a fire receive the Afghans and quilts we make.”
Barr said her mother taught her to knit when she was in kindergarten or first grade and felt her ability to teach others the art of knitting, crocheting and quilting is part of her calling. “It’s really a ministry the Lord has given me,” Barr said.
Terry said the purpose of the meetings are to “make sure children are in a safe environment.”
More information about upcoming classes and knitting and crocheting classes can be found on the library’s website

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