Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Southern Crittenden County News: June 4, 2009

By Michelle Henderson and Matthew T. Patton

Four students from the Dycusburg area graduated from Lyon County High School on Saturday, May 23: Shelby Peek, James Jasis, Allison LeFan and Brandon O'Bryan. All graduated with honors and received several scholarships at Class Night on May 21.

Don’t forget to hang up your hummingbird feeders. The birds are returning from the Southern states. An inexpensive mixture that attracts them and is easy to make consists of sugar, water and red food coloring. Alternatively, you can buy the concentrate or ready-to-use mix at retail locations.

Barbara Ethridge returned home from a visit with her sister, Carol Strilko of New Lenox, IL. Carol and her husband, George drove her home and will be visiting for a while.

All donations to the Dycusburg Community Group are tax deductible, including any donations for the gazebo or the fireworks display on the Fourth of July at Dycusburg’s "Thunder Over the River" Celebration.

The answer to last week's riddle was "a coffin." Once again, Linda Waters e-mailed with the right answer. This week’s question: "How far can a dog run into the woods?" E-mail with your guesses.

Natalie Tabor and her daughter, Shelby Peek, spent Spring Break in Puerto Rico, reporting a fabulous trip. They stayed in San Juan and spent most days on the beach doing absolutely nothing. The weather was mostly sunny and about 90 degrees every day. They visited Old San Juan where they toured the historic district (including the capitol and Castillo de San Felipe del Morro) and enjoyed shopping. They went to dinner with friends from Paducah also vacationing in Puerto Rico and ate at a reportedly wonderful restaurant, Marisqueria Atlantica.

The BODIES exhibition was on display and Shelby, a future doctor, had to go see it. Natalie said, "We joked that we had to go all the way to Puerto Rico just for this exhibit since we missed it when it was in St. Louis!"

The highlight of the trip for Shelby was touring the El Yunque Rainforest. Natalie said, "while she had moaned and complained about having to get up early to go with 'a bunch of old people' to the Rainforest, her whole attitude changed when she learned Johnny Depp was filming a movie there. At that point, her mission became to find him! As we were winding up through El Yunque (which reminded me of The Smokies, but with palm trees), we rounded a curve and there he was! He was filming a scene with Aaron Eckhart. After blowing kisses at Johnny for an hour and taking his picture, she spent the next ten hours texting, Facebook-ing and calling all of her friends to gloat!"

If you live in, work in, or know someone in southern Crittenden County and would like to have something such as a birthday or upcoming event mentioned in this column, please e-mail

Quote of the Week: "Opportunity is missed by most because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work," attributed to Thomas Alva Edison.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Southern Crittenden County News: May 28, 2009

By Michelle Henderson and Matthew T. Patton

We send our get well wishes to Jim and Debbie Richardson and to Curtis Griffin who fractured his ankle in a fall.

We regret that the Dycusburg Community Group (DCG) will not be able to fund a fireworks show this Independence Day in Dycusburg. Unfortunately, our calls for donations have heeded next to nothing. The economy has impacted all of us, including our little group. That said, Dycusburg Grocery (Riverside Café) owner Star Mahns has stepped up to the plate and is organizing a "Thunder Over the River" fireworks show she hopes will be better than ever. To make a donation to the fireworks fund, now stop by the store or send your donations directly to: Star Mahns, 9728 State Route 70, Dycusburg, KY 42037. For more info, call 988-3004.

In related news, the DCG is in the market for a gazebo for the Dycusburg Area Veteran's Park. If you have suggestions on where to purchase a gazebo or would like to offer some physical labor to help build it, call 988-2758 or e-mail

The descendants of Longshore Lamb, a Revolutionary War soldier who settled in Caldwell County near Claxton before 1810, are raising funds to erect a marker in his memory at the Lamb Cemetery. Longshore and his wife, Sarah Lee, had the following children: Mary (Polly) Lamb-Crow; William Lamb; Elizabeth Lamb-Reaves-Vaughn; Levi Lamb; Margaret (Peggy) Lamb-Farmer; Jensey Jane Lamb-Clayton; John Lamb, Sr.; Moses Lamb and Martin Lamb. Unfortunately, Longshore's exact burial location is unknown, but a memorial marker will be erected during a ceremony on Oct. 10, 2009.

If you are a Lamb descendant and would like to make a donation toward this monument, please send a check or money order to: Matthew T. Patton, 509 Onward Ave., Phoenixville, PA 19460-5932. For more information, e-mail

Last week's riddle asked: "The poor have it. The rich need it. It's greater than God. It's worse than the devil. If you eat it you will die." The answer? Nothing. Linda Waters e-mailed us with the correct response.

This week's riddle: "The man who invented it doesn't want it. The man who bought it doesn't need it. The man who needs it doesn't know it. What is it?" E-mail and we'll publish the names of those who solve the riddle.