Wednesday's Woman

  • Karen Blaiklock, keeping the county healthy

    Karen Blaiklock’s job with Hardin Memorial Health centers on health education and illness prevention for Hardin Countians. Her passion has led to a role with the board of the Louisville affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

  • Speakers with Spark: Remember to S.M.I.L.E., celebrate life

    Column by Susan Rider

  • Found in translation: Work with Spanish-speaking residents among roles for Upton woman

    Arlene Quinones wasn’t sure what the future held when she was laid off at the Ford plant in Louisville.

    That future turned out to be a big change for Quinones.

    The Upton resident soon found herself pursuing a college degree as a nontraditional student and working as a translator at a health department.

    “I never worked inside in my life,” Quinones, 49, said.

  • Motherhood & More: Mom gets a break, accomplishes nothing

    Last week my in-laws took the kids to the zoo. And I think it’s the longest I’ve been by myself in at least two years, probably more.
    It’s a weird feeling.

    I spent days looking forward to it and writing down stuff I hoped to accomplish. My to-do list was longer than it had any right to be. I’d written things like “clean out closets, upstairs and down,” “make squash compote,” “clean baseboards” and, most importantly, “write column.”

  • Life behind the stage: Betty Marsee is ‘Youth Theatre’s fairy godmother’

    The Marsee name has been synonymous with the Youth Theatre of Hardin County for 38 years.

    “I like to think of Mrs. Marsee as Youth Theatre’s fairy godmother,” youth theater participant Kaity Paschetto said.

    Like Cinderella’s fairy godmother, Marsee costumes the kids, makes them feel good about themselves and sends them out on stage.

    Bill and Betty Marsee got involved with the program when their daughter was in YTHC’s third show in 1974.

  • A helping hand

    Through United Way of Central Kentucky more than a dozen area nonprofit agencies receive money. Among the many volunteers important to making that happen is Susan Gifford.

    Last month, Gifford, 38, received the 2012 Community Impact Award presented by UWCK for her work to increase employee giving. She is marketing director at the Swope Family of Dealerships, where she’s also employee campaign manager for the charitable organization and a 12-year contributing employee.

  • Life or Something Like It: Breaking from the daily grind

    We all need a vacation from business as usual. Whether we take a break from school or work, a respite from the daily grind is rejuvenating. We come back from a trip to the beach or the mountains refreshed and ready to return to our responsibilities.

    A vacation is something to look forward to, to dream about when the job turns to drudgery. Sometimes the idea of it keeps us going during a stressful stretch. “Five weeks from today, I’ll be in Chicago,” we tell ourselves. We can hang on a little longer.  

  • Jamming derby style

    In October of 2010, Western Kentucky University student Stephanie “Wolf Pack of 1” Maloney went to her first roller derby bout. She fell in love.

    It was the last bout of the season for the Vette City Roller Derby of Bowling Green.

    “I showed up the next day to start practicing and haven’t stopped since,” said Maloney, of Radcliff.

    A John Hardin High School graduate, Maloney laces up her skates and straps on her helmet and pads to battle it out in the rink.

  • Got to be Real: What do you fear?

    In my 52 years, I’ve been scared of a lot of things and situations.

    But, why? I think it is called lacking faith in myself.

    I remember as a child, I was scared to death of the dark. It was really silly because I shared a room with my sister, Kim, and my parents’ room was a scream away. I think I had convinced myself I was seeing monsters and things were going bump in the night. I later found out the bump in the night was just our house settling.

  • Pediatric ICU nurse feels led to help others

    Working in a pediatric ICU, participating in fundraising efforts, creating church health programs and making mission trips are all part of a life Mary Jo Veirs believes she was led to.

    In mid-March, the Elizabethtown woman was named Nurse of the Year by Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville, but she credits the entire unit and all hospital personnel with playing a part.

    Veirs called her co-workers at the hospital a “family.”