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RAIN CAN'T STOP MOUNTAIN HERITAGE DAY IN FT. GAY

 Fort Gay Alumni Association float preparing for the Mountain Heritage Day parade to start Fort Gay Alumni Association float preparing for the Mountain Heritage Day parade to start

Rain could not stop the festivities at the Mountain Heritage Day in Fort Gay , Wv on Saturday September 2, though the turnout was not as it has been in past festivities because of bad weather. But several people braved the rain and cooler temperatures to enjoy a day full of community gathering and fun.

Kenova Fire Engine, a true display of patriotism during the paradeKenova Fire Engine, a true display of patriotism during the parade

The day started at 10:30 am with the parade that had several Firetrucks from Fort Gay, Louisa, and Kenova, followed by the Tolsia High School JROTC, a few floats made by Fort Gay High School Alumni Association, and the town's Area Womans Club, a couple of horses concluded the end of the parade.

 

Tolsia High Schools JROTC displaying their Marching skills during the parade.Tolsia High Schools JROTC displaying their Marching skills during the parade.

 

Activities then directed to the front lawn of the oldHigh School where there was  Magician, Joey Stepp followed by live music by Rachel Messer and the Kings Seven. Vendors with good food and tables with homemade items for sale.  A Quilt show held in the Library, and a car show behind the Community Trust Bank.

On Stage during her performance Singer Rachel Messer and The King's SevenOn Stage during her performance Singer Rachel Messer and The King's Seven

 Lauren Perry at her booth displaying her talent for painting. Lauren Perry at her booth displaying her talent for painting.

John Hardwick of "John Boyz"  Hickory Smoked Bar-B-Q  displaying the towns favorite Ribs and Pulled Pork.John Hardwick of "John Boyz" Hickory Smoked Bar-B-Q displaying the towns favorite Ribs and Pulled Pork.

The Days festivities ended at 7pm with the Fort Gay Area Womans Club hosting the annual FG high school alumni dinner at the Pre K-8 cafeteria.

Ashton Paige Church had her hands full but couldn't wait to sink her teeth into the BBQ so Sylvester Minney lends a hand.Ashton Paige Church had her hands full but couldn't wait to sink her teeth into the BBQ so Sylvester Minney lends a hand.

The Rain did not dampen the community spirit to come out and listen to music, have some good food and visit with family and friends.

                                                                      Story and photos by Tammy S. Napier

SEPTEMBERFEST 2017 PREVIEW

Join us for the "Best Little Festival in Ky"

Lawrence County Septemberfest - an old fashion street festival in downtown Louisa, Ky. Great entertainment, food vendors , parade, crafts & more.

Sep 8 at 5 PM to Sep 9 at 8 PM

Click HERE for Septemberfest details 

 

 

 

Date: 09-04-2017

Retired teacher wanted to dance, paint, garden and try yoga

After teaching elementary students nearly 30 years for Daviess County Public Schools, Sheila Clark made a list of fun activities she wanted to try in retirement.

Among them, Clark wanted to dance, paint, garden and try yoga.

Yoga rewires brains and bodies, Sheila Clark said. "I feel so much better about life. Yoga is life."Yoga rewires brains and bodies, Sheila Clark said. "I feel so much better about life. Yoga is life."

Since retirement in 2004, she's twirled around some dance floors. Loved that.

Clark took up painting with the help of local artist Rhonda McEnroe. Loved that.

Clark is now a master gardener. Loved that.

And four years ago — at a time in life when many people hesitate to try new things — she started practicing yoga. Loved that.

Yoga rewires brains and bodies, Clark said. "I feel so much better about life. Yoga is life."

This month — at 71 years old — Clark will become a certified yoga instructor.

For months now, she's been offering classes at the Munday Activity Center, which caters to Daviess County senior citizens.

Clark credits yoga with repairing some of the damage to her spine. She suffers from scoliosis, but since starting yoga, Clark's X-rays show a marked improvement.

At the Munday Activity Center, she teaches two types of students. Those who use floor mats and others who need to sit in a chair.

A woman in Clark's chair class is 93.

Shirley Hartgrove is the oldest student in the floor group. She's 78, has a rod in her lower back and suffers from arthritis.

"If I don't (practice yoga), I get stiffer," she said. "It helps me stay limber."

Throughout Tuesday's session on the second floor of the Munday Activity Center, Clark encouraged her students. "Beautiful. Good work."

She offered alternatives to poses for those who may not be as agile. Clark left her mat to reposition a student's back foot during the warrior pose.

Later, Clark said to her students: "I can remember when you all couldn't do that."

They remember, too.

"I didn't stumble this time on that (pose)," Anne Baker told fellow yoga students. "My balance is getting better."

The youngest person in the class is 63. All of them said they appreciate an instructor who is closer to their age.

Clark feels the same about her students. "They have so much wisdom and humor," she said. "They appreciate anything you do for them."

By Renee Beasley Jones
Messenger Inquirer

 


 



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