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Monday's Man

  • 66-year gig with 88 keys for 77-year old Warren Moore

    As a pianist and organist, 77-year-old Warren Moore has been the sound of Sunday service at Vine Grove United Methodist Church for 33 years.

    In fact, Moore has been playing piano and organ for the last 66 years at several churches in and out of Hardin County.

    “I took private piano lessons in my early years,” said Moore, who lives near Fort Knox just inside Meade County.

    Moore was 10, to be exact, when he started taking lessons. A year later, he was playing piano for church. He is self-taught on the organ.

  • For Your Health: Education, lifestyle changes could turn back alarming diabetes trends

    November is National Diabetes Awareness Month. Kentucky had the fourth highest percentage of diabetes diagnosed in 2009, according to the Kentucky Diabetes Fact Sheet, which is published yearly by the Center for Disease Control. Kentucky’s rate of diabetes is 11.4 percent compared to the national average of 8.3 percent. Experts estimate that if the current rate of diabetes diagnosis continues, by the year 2050 one in three Americans will be diagnosed with diabetes.

  • Sail away: Larry Hall brings vast knowledge of nautical vessels to life

    Larry Hall, 73, has a unique hobby. He builds model ships.

    But he doesn’t just build the ships; he knows the history behind each ship he builds. In his office, sits a model of Captain Cook’s Endeavour. It was not built as a warship or cargo ship. It was built specifically for exploring.

    His favorite model ship is at his home. It’s the Spanish gold ship San Felipe. The ship was filled with Spanish gold and was sunk by the British in the Gulf of Mexico. It was surrounded by 20 ships and it took all 20 of them to take the ship down, Hall said.

  • The Art of Performance: Coaching under pressure

    Athletes know they have to perform under pressure. The pressure often comes from having to do their best when it matters most during an athletic event. Athletes are in control of their actual performance on the playing field.

  • This Digital Life: The old and new combine to play music throughout the house

    These days, it’s pretty common to have thousands of songs on your computer or mobile device. There’s something to be said for having every tune you own at your fingertips.
    While earbuds might be fine while you’re waiting in line at the airport or at work, there are times when you want your music loud, especially at home, and the tiny speakers just don’t cut it.

  • Brothers in barbering

    Over their 101 combined years in the barber craft, the Simpson brothers have cut a lot of hair and provided just as many laughs.

    If they are in the lobby of their business, Hair Tech, each person who walks in gets a friendly greeting and a bit of joking around.

    Francis, 71, has been cutting hair for 51 years, Johnny, 72, for 50 years.

    “He’s older than I am but I’ve worked harder and longer,” Francis said. “I tell everybody I’m the best.”

  • Christmas has Clark Griswold, Halloween has Steve Mueller

    Approach Steve Mueller’s Elizabethtown home, and you might hear motion-activated sinister voices addressing you as skeleton figures, hanging bats and a knife-wielding clown greet you.

    Add to the mix giant spiders, a skulking vampire, creepy creatures, a wicked witch, scattered bones, a ghoulish graveyard and a variety of eerie items, and Mueller’s property goes beyond typical decorations.

    “Each year I put more and more,” Mueller said.

  • Driven to deliver: Magnolia man touts 56-year accident-free record

    Five nights a week, Bomar Chaudoin drives a mail truck from Elizabethtown to Louisville with a Little Debbie snack in his shirt pocket for when he gets hungry later.

    In fact, the Magnolia man, who turned 82 on Oct. 3, has been driving various routes for Pepper Mail Service, a contract mail service, since 1956.

    Now in his 56th year, Chaudoin has not had a traffic accident on the job.

    That might be due, in part, to how much Chaudoin enjoys his job.

  • At this stage, happiness is being a grandparent

    We all go through so many stages in life.

    You leave diapers and turn terrible when you are 2. You leave that stage and eventually head to kindergarten and then if you were like me, you occasionally get your knuckles cracked in Catholic school for a smart remark in class.

    Then you become a middle schooler and you fall in love and you truly believe that this person is the one you will spend the rest of your life with. Today, it is hard to even remember their name, let alone what made you lose your mind over them.

  • Jim Routt, grill master and Carpenter for Christ

    Jim Routt of Sonora worked construction for 35 years. When he retired at 65, he stopped building frames and began building fires for barbecue.

    Along with his barbecue business, Bucksnort Barbeque, he also volunteers with Carpenters for Christ.

    Routt, 68, has lived in Hardin County most of his life. He lived outside the county for 10 years when he served in the U.S. Navy and worked for a telephone company in Florida. In 1969, he moved back to Hardin County and started to work in the construction business.