Wednesday's Woman

  • The List: Bed bug infestations rising

    Ninety-five percent of U.S. professional pest management companies have encountered a bed bug infestation in the past year, according to a survey by the National Pest Management Association and the University of Kentucky. Prior to 2000, only 25 percent of respondents had encountered a bed bug infestation. Also, NPMA reports one out of five Americans has had a bed bug infestation in their home or knows someone who has encountered bed bugs, which leave itchy, bloody welts on human skin, at home or in a hotel. Here are some prevention and identification tips from the NPMA.

  • Mitzi Lynch was born for the performing arts

    Mitzi Yvonne Lynch had a link to music and the performing arts from the time she was born.

    “I was named after Mitzi Gaynor,” Lynch said, explaining her father was a fan of the noted dancer of stage and screen.

    Her middle name is a nod to actress Yvonne DeCarlo.

    Lynch’s father played trombone and saxophone.

    “They both could sing,” she said of her parents.

    So it might not come as a surprise that Lynch became the music minister of Immanuel Baptist Church in Elizabethtown.

  • The List: Last-minute summer outings

    Labor Day weekend, the symbolic end of summer for many, is a great time for an outing. Kentucky is packed with opportunities for weekend entertainment and exploring. Here’s a list of not-so-far-away recommendations for summer fun from the Kentucky Department of Travel.

  • The Art of Performance: Christian Lopez did the right thing

    Most people do not recognize the name Christian Lopez. Most people recognize the name Derek Jeter, the iconic shortstop for the New York Yankees. Their names now are linked forever.

    On July 9, Derek Jeter joined a very elite baseball group when he completed his 3,000th hit. All the hits came while playing for one team, the New York Yankees. That July day was amazing because Jeter had five hits in five at bats. That is a challenge. But more amazing was that his second hit of the day was a home run which was his 3000th hit.

  • Julia Richardson: Teacher, actress and lifelong resident of Summit

    Julia Richardson has devoted a lifetime to her community, remembering her mother’s words “a community not worth working for is not worth living in.”

    “I’ve spent all my life here in Hardin County, as a matter of fact, all of it in Summit,” Julia Richardson said.

    But Richardson, 84, might be known more for her portrayal of others, which stemmed from her beginnings as a teacher.

  • A life of flavor: Maria Batistoni finds the right ingredients for living

    Life has been full of spice for Maria Batistoni.

    Born in New Jersey, the woman who would become a teacher and chairwoman for A Taste of Radcliff was offered a role in a popular TV soap opera, left her mark in William Shakespeare’s house and was the first woman to be a member of a local chapter of a men-only club.

  • Life or Something like It: Eastern Kentucky ministry helps many

    I don’t usually have much occasion to travel east of Lexington, but I’ve been to eastern Kentucky twice this summer.

    In June, a group from our church traveled four and a half hours to Lynch, a town with a population of 747, according to the 2010 census, in Harlan County, a stone’s throw from the West Virginia line in southeastern Kentucky.

    Originally a company town for U.S. Steel with a population of 10,000 in the 1940s, today, 45 percent of residents are below the poverty level.

  • Ask the Expert: You deserve a ladies' night

  • The List: Plan now to make shopping more relaxing and debt-free

    The holidays will soon be upon us. OK, so back-to-school shopping still is in full swing, but enjoying a debt-free Christmas calls for advance planning and saving.

    The Kentucky Society of CPAs offers the following tips for gift giving with crashing your financial goals.

  • Motherhood and More: Chipped tooth makes mom more observant

    At some point last week my daughter, Adele, chipped one of her front teeth.

    You can imagine how I feel about not knowing the exact moment it happened.