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Wednesday's Woman

  • Making a home in Quarters 1

    Since the first hostess, Ethel Chaffee, graced the halls of Quarters 1 more than 70 years ago, many generals and their wives have lived in the home.

    Connie McDonald, wife of Fort Knox Commander Maj. Gen. Mark McDonald, serves as hostess of the home and is thrilled to be in a place with such a rich history.

    “I’m a historian by education, so you tell me I have the opportunity to live in a home that was built when this one was built, I’m going to do nothing but jump up and down with joy,” McDonald said.

  • Speakers with Spark: Give your heart and mind a good spring cleaning

    It is March and it looks like spring is finally here. Most of us will welcome the season with some type of spring cleaning. As a home stager I have written several articles on how to clean your house for spring. Today I would like to focus on internal cleaning, more of the personal kind.

  • Good as gold: Troop leader helps girls excel

    Now in her 13th year as a Girl Scout troop leader, Tamara Ohler has seen three girls in her group progress from the fourth grade to their senior year.

    For an organization that Ohler said has a 50 percent attrition rate after middle school, her troop is an exception.

    Troop 403 also stands out for other reasons.

    Six members of her troop have attained the highest Girl Scout honor: the Gold Award.

    “It’s very unique,” Ohler said of a single troop having so many Gold Award recipients.

  • Travels take Hortensia Mayer full circle

    Hortensia Mayer left her hometown of San Francisco Morazán, El Salvador, in 1979 just before civil war broke out, beginning a journey that brought her to teach in Elizabethtown.

    Mayer teaches Spanish at St. James Catholic Regional School. It has been 33 years — and many travels — since she married a Peace Corps volunteer, came to the United States and learned English on her own.

  • Why women have difficulty losing weight

    There are many reasons women give themselves as to why they can’t lose weight. Whether it is having no time to exercise and eat right or not wanting to spend an extra dollar or two at a fast food restaurant to choose something healthier, we tend to make excuses.

  • A life dedicated to fighting poverty

    Linda Funk’s life of helping others began when she volunteered for a mentoring program during her college days at Eastern Kentucky University.

    She thought she would be a physical therapist but after meeting the two slightly hyper boys she mentored through the program, she knew she wanted be involved in social work. Visits to the boys’ home, where they experienced poor living conditions, first exposed her to the life of those in poverty.

  • Motherhood & More: Kids' meals a source of anxiety

    As a parent, I hate being mostly responsible for making sure my children are given the nutrition they require.

    I mean, no matter how many kale and spinach-infused fruit smoothies I force down their little throats, I’m not sure it makes up for the ridiculous amounts of plain macaroni noodles they eat. Or the peanut butter sandwiches.

  • Crady's office job goal leads to role as circuit court clerk

    Knowing only that she wanted to work in an office some day, Loretta Crady took a job at Burger Queen in Elizabethtown during her junior year at East Hardin High School.

    Today, Crady is the Hardin County circuit court clerk, leading an office charged with record-keeping for the county’s trial courts.

    “If you told me in 1973 when I graduated I’d be working here I wouldn’t believe it,” Crady said.

  • Life or Something Like It: This is the farthest move yet

    Six.

    That’s how many times my oldest son and his wife have moved in four years of marriage.

    The first was to Bloomington, Ind., as she joined him where he was working on a master’s degree at Indiana University.

    Nine months later, after he graduated, they moved to an apartment in Lexington across Nicholasville Road from Fayette Mall.

  • Cheering with a purpose: Donna Stringer dedicates time to Special Olympics squad

    Donna Stringer, 53, often can be found in the middle of a squad of cheerleaders. Since 2004, she has coached a Special Olympics cheerleading team.

    She became involved with the program when she worked in a special needs classroom in Hardin County Schools. The first group she worked with included five girls. The person who oversaw the program had to leave and Stringer helped take over the squad.

    Stringer finds her work with cheerleaders exciting. She looks forward to her work with the squad every year and wishes the season was year-round.