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Midway Dean says pharmacy school will study prescription dumping; 


After taking a couple of weeks off from its regular weekly meetings to visit the Louisa Middle School and attending plays, the Louisa Rotary Club held a meeting Thursday, April 28, 2011. 

 Guest speaker was Dr. Barry A. Bleidt, Professor and Dean at Midway College, School of Pharmacy. Assistant Dean, Emily Coleman, introduced Dr. Bleidt. Guest speaker was Dr. Barry A. Bleidt, Professor and Dean at Midway College, School of Pharmacy. Assistant Dean, Emily Coleman, introduced Dr. Bleidt.

He said that for the first year, the College will be accepting 80 – 85 students and increase yearly as the quantity of applicants increase. “We have 75 deposits that have been paid. 65% of the students enrolled for this falls classes are students living in Kentucky. 85% of students are from the Appalachian area” stated Dr. Bleidt. “Midway College of Pharmacy is a 4 year program. Tuition is $31,000 a year.”

The ratio of students enrolled is at 50% female – 50% male he added.

“We will be conducting research on prescription dumping into our sewage systems and how it is affecting our nature and wildlife. Prescription drugs can be powerful stuff.” Bleidt said. “Our students will be having more hands on experience with more patient interactions. Most schools wait until the last year to give their students this experience, our students will be doing this every year.”

For more information on Midway College of Pharmacy, visit their website at .

Ric Frazier President of the Rotary Club would like to remind the public that they will be having their annual Louisa Rotary Club Golf Tournament on Saturday, May 21, 2011 at the Eagle Ridge Golf Course. All proceeds go to scholarship funds to the top seniors from Lawrence County High School. For more information on the Golf Tournament, contact Ric Frazier at 606-483-9151.

There is no meeting scheduled for next week, instead the Louisa Rotary Club will be hosting an Honors Luncheon for Lawrence County students in the Community Center at the First Baptist Church.


LOUISA -- The Lawrence County Conservation District held its annual Poster/Essay contest on March 22, 2011 at the Louisa Middle School.  This year's theme was "Kentucky's Soil All Hands In."  

We had a total of 896 students that participated in the contest with some outstanding artwork and exceptional essays.  

Sharon Fields of Blaine Elementary and Sherita Akers of Louisa East Elementary were the Outstanding Teachers chosen this year.  

Both Blaine and Louisa East also received 100% participation awards!  

Cassidy Cyrus of Louisa East was the County winner for her poster, and Star Burch of Blaine was the Essay winner for her Essay.  

All students received a trophy, t-shirt, and certificate for their participation in the contest.  Each year we give a $1000.00 Scholarship to a high school senior going into Biology or Agriculture.  

This year's Mary Chandler Memorial Scholarship winner was Miss Lauren Moon.  We also honor two farmers each year for their active participation in programs through our office, and this year's farmers were Stuart and Wanda Blevins and John and Kathy Sparks.  

Our Entertainment this year was provided by the Kentucky Reptile Zoo with handler Kristen Wiley.  We look forward to next year's contest!

Posted by Kelli S Hanshaw
Education Coordinator Lawrence County Conservation Dist


Gardner’s Toolbox Series: Bees

LOUISA -- The Lawrence County Extension Office held the fifth part of their 'Gardner’s Toolbox' Series this week covering the topic of “Bees”.

Phil Craft, left, State Apiarist with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture spoke to the group about beekeeping.

Many people are interested in starting beekeeping, according to Craft. "Whether it be for a 4-H project, the delicious honey they produce or just for a hobby, you should be educated in understanding bees," Craft told the group.

What’s the best way to get started? Educate yourself either through catalogs, books and locate a local beekeeping association and attend meetings.

There are several ways in obtaining bees. For the beginner, you can buy package bees, purchase a nucleus colony (nuc), or buy established colonies. Experienced beekeepers can obtain bees by collecting swarms or transferring bees from trees or other structures.

Mr. Craft also explained bees' the “Swarming Process”. “Swarming is nature’s way of reproducing a colony,” said Craft.

Pre-swarming usually occurs during the spring when there is warm weather, he said.

“Some beekeepers can predict the warm weather days by the bees behavior. There has to be good nectar and pollen flow, bee population should be up and the creation of swarm cells” explained Craft.

The stages of swarming include the preparation, the exit from the hive, “camping out” stage, traveling to the new home, and establishing the new colony.

If you are interested in learning more, contact Phil Craft at 502-564-3956 or email him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You may also request the monthly beekeeping newsletter by sending him an email.

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