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Wednesday's Woman

  • Eastman shines light on ‘Every Woman’s’ crafts

    Ladonna Eastman’s love of arts and crafts is rooted in her “home base,” her grandmother’s home in Radcliff.

    Born into a military family, Eastman began her life on Fort Knox. Although her family moved around a lot, Radcliff always was home.

    Eastman, who now lives in Radcliff, organizes the Every Woman’s Arts and Crafts Festival held every May.

  • Derby fashion: First step: Select a hat

    Derby weekend is no mere sporting occasion — although the action on the track is thrilling — it’s one of the great social gatherings of the year and the people who attend dress accordingly in all their finery, especially hats.

    Headwear company Dorfman Pacific has been selling hats in the Kentucky Derby Museum store at Churchill Downs for years. It’s become a year-round business there, as more visitors seek hats for special occasions or as souvenirs.

  • Speakers with Spark: Celebrate family at Elizabethtown OHANA event

    I absolutely loved the three years I lived in Hawaii and try to incorporate what I enjoyed in Hawaii into mainland America. My daughter even has a Hawaiian middle name because I was so taken with the culture and the meaning behind its words.

  • Laura Cooper offers support

    Mother’s Day holds a special significance for Laura Cooper.

    Cooper became an acting parent when she adopted her granddaughter, Amber, on April 8, 1997, in Michigan. Amber was 4, about four months shy of turning 5 on her July 31 birthday.

    In October 1998, shortly after adopting Amber, Cooper moved to Hardin County and founded the nonprofit organization Open Arms. It’s a support group for grandparents and acting parents raising children.

    “We purposely retired early to give Amber a better life,” Cooper said.

  • Motherhood and More: Thinking about a third

    When I was younger, before I knew the ins and outs and all the weird, difficult things that went along with parenthood, I always said I wanted four children.

    I wanted to hear all the laughter and the giggling and I wanted to see a passel of children, my children, riding bikes together or kicking a soccer ball or making mud pies. Apparently, in my mind, kids only existed outside.

    My husband, on the other hand, only wanted two kids. We decided to compromise and settled on three.

  • Carol Baldwin's calling

    Providing assistance to those navigating the labyrinthine health insurance process or to those who need help getting prescription medications, Carol Baldwin derives a great amount of satisfaction from her dual role.

    “It’s just the most rewarding thing I’ve ever been involved in,” Baldwin said. “Ever.”

    As the community organizer for the Kentucky Prescription Assistance Program and director for State Health Insurance Program, Baldwin provides free services through Lincoln Trail Area Development District.

  • Life or Something Like It: Recalling family history

    I had seen that the 1940 census was going to be released.

    After more than 70 years, that year’s official count of United States residents would become public record, opening up a treasure trove of records for genealogy buffs.

    With my 80-year-old uncle driving my 83-year-old mother back from her annual winter stay in Florida, perusing the records together when they arrived would make for a great night of story-telling about their teen years in New York.

  • Nisha Haque: Fulfills a dream by helping others far from home

    Nisha Haque is a long way from her hometown of Elizabethtown. She is working with a medical relief mission and with Mother Teresa’s charities in Kolkata, India.

    She’s a fourth-year medical student who came to Hardin Memorial Hospital for her third- and fourth-year clinical rotation requirements as an osteopathic medical student.

  • Got to be real: Look for character, not color

    Red and yellow and pink and green. Purple and orange and blue. I can sing a rainbow, sing a rainbow, too. Listen with your eyes and sing everything you see. I can sing a rainbow, sing a rainbow, sing along with me.

  • Doing swimmingly: Sharon Garcia coaches sport of ‘life lessons’

    A late start as a swimmer didn’t stop Sharon Garcia of Radcliff from making a splash in the sport.

    At the end of September 2011, Garcia became swim coach for North Hardin, John Hardin and Central Hardin high schools after serving as assistant coach.

    “I started swimming originally when I was at Fort Bragg,” Garcia said.

    She was 10 — almost 11— at the time, which kind of classified her as a late starter, she said. She became part of the school swim team, the Aqua Dragons.