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Wednesday's Woman

  • Attorney enjoys extra role clowning around

    As an attorney practicing domestic and criminal law, Phyllis Lonneman sees many a case that is no laughing matter.

    As Choco-lotte the clown, laughing and smiles come with the territory.

    Lonneman, who graduated from clown college about three years ago, said clowning is her escape from the rigors of court, and it is a rewarding activity for her.

    So occasionally she dons makeup and becomes Choco-lotte the clown.

    “I’m a big chocolate fanatic,” Lonneman said.

  • Life or something like it: The travel bugs bites in Europe

    About 35 years ago, some friends of ours got bit by the travel bug.

    They went on a summer missions trip to Scotland, and on the way home took a detour through London and Paris.

    That did it. Over the years they’ve been to Europe about 15 times, at least 10 times to Germany. They’ve seen the Oberammergau Passion Play, staged every ten years in a village an hour south of Munich, four times. Half the town participates in some way, following a vow made in the 1630s that they would stage the play if God would spare their townspeople from the Black Plague.

  • Junior Women's Club to host charity event

    The Elizabethtown Junior Woman's Club will host a cocktail event Friday to raise money for SpringHaven Domestic Violence Program and the American Red Cross.

    "This is brand new. We wanted to have something else to do that would be really fun and different," said event chairwoman Leanna Milby. The Junior Woman's Club organizes multiple fundraisers and is best known for its Holiday Marketplace.

  • The dad and daughter dynamic

    For the past four years, Dr. Shannon Holt has worked side by side with her father, Dr. Lucian Moreman, at Elizabethtown Physicians for Women.

    While her mom, Phyllis, was a bit leery, thinking the working situation would be stressful, she now sees that it has been a wonderful experience for both of them.

  • Ask the expert: Health

    According to the Kentucky Asthma Surveillance Report 2009, asthma affects 8.6 percent of adults in Kentucky. Asthma is responsible for 6,000 hospitalizations per year, with approximately $62 million in inpatient hospital charges. A growing number of people are diagnosed with asthma each year. It isn’t clear why, though indoor and outdoor air pollution is known to be a contributing factor.

  • The List: Preparing seniors for disasters

    Recent tornadoes in Joplin, Mo. and Alabama and even Hardin County’s spring taste of severe weather might have turned minds to preparing for disaster. Developing a plan for seniors can be especially daunting. Home Instead Senior Care, which provides caregiver services in Hardin and several other Kentucky counties, recommends several tips for building a plan. In addition, the company offers “The Caring for Your Parents: Senior Emergency Kit,” an information management tool available at www.senioremergencykit.com.

  • Filling a void in medical access

    Dentistry might be her profession, but Susan King is just as concerned that the general public has access to good general health care.

    When the Community Health Clinic of Hardin & LaRue Counties opened in 2002 in Elizabethtown King joined the dental care section. The clinic offers uninsured and low-income residents of Hardin and LaRue counties free basic health care services.

    “Now, more than ever, there’s a huge need for this kind of care,” King said.

  • Speakers with Spark: Perspective during adversity

    By Sheila O'Mara

  • The List: Protecting kids from deadly hot vehicles

    The News-Enterprise

    The Kentucky Department for Public Health recently unveiled the elements of a national awareness campaign to help reduce child vehicular deaths caused by heat stroke. The unveiling came shortly after an incident in Louisville in which a 2-year-old died after being left in a hot car.

    Last year, the worst year on record, 49 children in the United States died from heat stroke while unattended in vehicles.

  • The Red Cross has an Angel on its shoulder

    Angel Gates is a woman who works hard and plays hard. She's a woman driven by love for her family, giving back to her community and blasting her foes on the paintball field.

    A stroke, a wheelchair, even seizures, couldn't change that.

    Gates, of Rineyville, has been volunteering in some way or another for many years. She started volunteering with a migrant education program when her oldest son started school. She started volunteering with the American Red Cross 12 years ago.