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Monday's Man

  • Mick Kennedy, an educator and lover of words

    A stint in the Army and a Robin Williams movie serve as the inspiration for Mick Kennedy’s desire to write poetry and teach at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College.

    Originally from Clarksville, Ind., Kennedy served in the army from 1986 to 1990. During that time he got his first taste of teaching when instructing new recruits. That also was when he saw a film that made him fall in love the idea of poetry and education, “Dead Poet’s Society.”

  • Monday's Man: One goal, give back

    Chris Bauer recalls his parents teaching him that whatever he does should be done right and he should leave things a little better than when he arrived.

    The Central Hardin High School assistant principal and athletic director takes that philosophy seriously and tries to instill that attitude in his students.

    “I want the spirit of ‘We need to thank and give back to the community that has done so much for us,’” said Bauer, 42.

  • Andre Beaugrand, a life well-lived

    Andre Beaugrand’s life reads like novel.

    At age 90, he looked back on his life and said, “It’s been a good one.”

    “A lot of things happened,” he said. “It’s almost one century.”

    He began his life in France. His mother was a part of a Brie cheese making tradition of more than 360 years.

    At age 19, Beaugrand fought Germans in the French underground during World War II. He and his brother snuck out of the house to join the underground and one of their friends was killed that night.

  • Leon Faulk is the original Gold Vault patriot

    Helping military veterans and their families is a passion for Radcliff resident Leon Faulk.

    “I kind of wear two hats,” Faulk said, explaining he is the president of Vietnam Veterans of America, Gold Vault Patriots Chapter 1051, and commander of the Disabled American Veterans, Radcliff No. 156.

  • One team + one hot weekend = one great memory

    I have three pictures on my desk at work and several more near my constant companion at the office — my computer.

    There are two photos of my wife and me with our soon-to-be 2-year-old granddaughter, Madeline, on the beaches of Gulf Shores, Ala., from a family vacation in June.

    There’s one of our son, Tanner, in his Central Hardin High School baseball uniform and another from when he was in fifth grade and he and a classmate, Lance Baker, had a long snake wrapped around their shoulders.

    They were brave youngsters.

  • Elizabethtown native finds success in ophthalmology

    Award-winning ophthalmologist Dr. Barry Lee has become a standout in his field as he restores patients’ sight.

    He lives in Georgia, but remains connected to his roots in Elizabethtown.

    The son of Dr. Bill Lee, Hardin County coroner, and Bonnie Lee, he graduated from Elizabethtown High School in 1990 and keeps in touch with many lifelong friends from his years in high school.

  • Art of Performance: In wake of mistakes, performers must cleanse their minds

    There is a performance technique of an unusual origin present in tennis, music, theater or any environment where people want to be their best when it matters most.

    The performance issue concerns the mind getting stuck on mistakes and continually ruminating over them. This rumination is detrimental to any type of performance as it creates a destructive distraction for the performer. The performer is stuck in the loop of continual focus on mistakes.

  • Early start provides Dawson foundation for political leadership

    A lifetime of work in politics and government began for Radcliff resident Les Dawson when he was growing up in West Point.

    Dawson, 83, recalls being as young as 7 when his grandmother — who he described as a “strong Democrat” — would take him along with her on local government visits.

    “She knew everybody in the courthouse,” he said of his weekly trips there.

  • For Your Health: Resolve to be ready this month

    The theme for this year’s Ready Campaign promoting September as National Preparedness Month is “Resolve to Be Ready in 2012.” This public awareness drive encourages individuals and community leaders to make the resolution to take the necessary steps to be prepared for emergencies.

    Preparedness is an individual responsibility. By being prepared as individuals, we free up valuable resources, including allowing our first responders to assist those who are in the greatest need.

  • A star on the field and in the classroom

    Kendrick Johnson hits the gridiron with the Kentucky Wolverines and hits the books as a teacher at Brown Street Alternative Education Center.

    Originally from Michigan, Johnson settled in Hardin County after serving in the military.

    Johnson’s played football in some form for 28 years. At 43, he continues to play semi-pro football.

    He played three years with the Louisville Galaxy then helped form the Kentucky Wolverines in Elizabethtown. He is the founder, president, owner, offensive coordinator and quarterback of the team.