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Wednesday's Woman

  • Elizabethtown resident enjoys Kentucky Derby Festival role

    For Elizabethtown native Aimee Boyd, a festive atmosphere is part of her job.

    As vice president of communications for the Kentucky Derby Festival, Boyd helps coordinate and promote events leading up to what has been called the most exciting two minutes in sports.

    “A few folks might think we only work a few weeks out of the year, but we work year round,” she said.

  • Life or Something Like It: A week to celebrate triumph, death and eternal victory

    We’re smack dab in the middle of Holy Week, the time between Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday.

    It’s a bittersweet week in the Christian faith tradition, moving from the euphoria of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem to the solemn Last Supper, the agony of Jesus’ crucifixion, and ultimately the joy of his resurrection.

  • Pediatrics career provides skills, motivation for CASA grant writer

    Even away from her career as a pediatrician, Anne Stevenson is using her skills to help kids.

    After taking a leave of absence from her practice to stay home with her own children, Stevenson became involved as a grant writer with Court Appointed Special Advocates — a group of trained volunteers who act on behalf of children caught up in the justice system because of family matters.

  • Got to be Real: With this ring: Lives sealed after hectic preparation

    By the time this column is read, my niece, McKenzie, will be Mrs. Loyd. I had forgotten in a short two-year span how the wedding-planning game works. I must say it still is the same. I have tried to be a help to my sister in the planning and dragging of wedding materials.

    McKenzie is the quiet storm of the four grandchildren in our family. She is the one you never know what she is thinking unless you ask. So when she announced she had met the man of her dreams, we were shocked and happy. Then the icing was put on the cake when he asked her to be his bride.

  • Multiple paths create great journey for Elizabethown woman

    A BRIEF ON ROXANN SMALLEY

    City of birth: Deckerville, Mich.
    City of residence: Elizabethtown.
    Favorite music: Gospel.
    Favorite TV shows: Court and “judge” shows, such as “The People’s Court,” which features judge Marilyn Milian, but not “Judge Judy.”
    Favorite movies: “300.”
    Favorite books: Historical romances.
    Hobbies: Travel.

  • Speakers With Spark: Living, working and thriving

    By Susan Rider

    Are you living life? Are you living to work? Or are you thriving every day?

    Interesting questions. A couple of weeks ago, I was honored to speak to a group of cancer survivors. The group was a mixture of men and women, young and old, wealthy and poor. Cancer is not prejudice it strikes anywhere.

  • Susan Figg, four decades in child care

    Susan Figg has taken care of Elizabethtown’s children for 45 years.

    Over those decades, Figg has worked in preschool, daycare, church nurseries and private child care.

    But that wasn’t her original goal.

    After high school she went to business college in Louisville and did modeling work on the side. Her intention was to work in business administration.

    Her husband, Daryl, joined the U.S. Air Force and the couple was stationed in England for four years.

  • Motherhood and More: Being true to yourself

    I’m a bit of a sci-fi bug. It’s not something I realized about myself until recently, as in the last couple years or so.

    I mean, you’d think it would have been obvious, but I believe I spent too much of my life trying to pretend I was much cooler than I actually am.

  • Charitable thrift store founder helps those in need

    A few years ago, when the St. Vincent de Paul Society in Elizabethtown did not have a thrift store, Judy Banks suggested one be established.

    It was in the fall of 2011 when Banks, who has volunteered for the organization for more than six years, said she told organization members she hoped her proposal would be turned down.

    “Of course, they wanted to do this,” Banks said.

    Fundraising began with appeals for donations of $1,000. Banks wanted to model the Elizabethtown thrift store after an upscale one she had seen.

  • Life or Something Like It: Recycling effort brings satisfaction

    I admit it. I’m one of those tree huggers who recycles. You know, the ones who chirp they reuse junk mail envelopes to write their grocery lists on so they can tuck their coupons inside.

    Well, I don’t exactly do that, but I often feel I’m on a mission to keep things out of the landfill.

    Take office paper, for instance. If one side has printing on it, there are 93.5 perfectly good square inches of space on the other side that can be used for handouts, schedules, lists of classes and the like.