Wednesday's Woman

  • 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.”

  • Speakers with Spark: Finding time for what you really enjoy

    By Susan Rider

    Don’t you wish you could go to the store and purchase a bottle of time? Wouldn’t that solve many of your stress moments and certainly help you complete your to do list? Time is something that either is controlled by us or controls us.

    Recently, I was attending a funeral and I heard, “I wish I spent more time with her,” “I wish I talked about this,” “I wish …” You get the point.

  • Mae Knight has spent her life working with, for children

    Nearly everything Mae Knight has done in her adult life has grown from her love of children.

    In her 86 years, she has taught school, worked with children at her church, owned a children’s clothing store and is  president of the Optimist Club of Radcliff.

    Originally from Casey County, she settled in Radcliff 53 years ago and stayed there when her husband retired from the U.S. Army.

  • (Baseball) diamonds are Jennifer Sanders' best friend

    Growing up, Jennifer Marie Sanders learned to play baseball on the streets of a Dallas neighborhood and went to baseball games with her father.

    Now she coaches the Fort Knox High School baseball team, the Eagles.

    Though the role is a new one for her, she said the assistant coaches and team members have helped her adjust and learn the ropes whenever possible.

    “Everybody’s been extremely patient,” Sanders said.

  • Motherhood & More: Life wears you down, love keeps you going

    So I’m sitting here, staring at a blank page, wondering where to start. 

    Writer’s block? Maybe. More like I’ve got the “I’m so tired from everyone in my house being sick” block. That happens to moms.

    And so here I am, thinking about something I read recently, how mothers, especially stay-at-home mothers, are simultaneously lonely and never have enough time to ourselves.