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byg'rflyrrq‘ grog" a!" a? «far»??? ‘4' M News Outlook Heaven Is A Lot Like Kentucky By Charles Mattox “Hey Daddy, will you teach me to swim this sum- mer?” My five, going-on- six-year—old-son, Cassidy asked me the other night “And when I learn to swim will you take me to get my swimming license?” His mother, Amber, and I exchanged a quick glance and smiled. I am reminded of how my oldest brother, Kenny, taught me to swim in Flem— ing Creek in 1971, at Mar- tha Mill,s at what is said to be the deepest hole of water in Fleming Creek: The Garr Pond. Kenny’s methods were time tested and amounted to him un- ceremoniously throwing me into the deep end that memorable day. My first official swirn— ming lesson was a success and I have been an avid swimmer since. When I fi- nally made it to the creek bank, and then finally stopped throwing rocks at him and asked him about his training methods, How heartwarming; It’s one thing to be terrified of deep water and thinking your drowning; It’s quite another to see a brother laughing uncontrollably each time you break the surface of the water and gasp for another mouthful of half water and half air before... down you sink again. To be fair, I asked a lot of questions growing up and more than once the answer to my questions was, “Well, here Bub, let me show you,” and a few moments later one of my three older brothers would be laughing and I’d typical- ly be rubbing another sore spot or nursing my humili- ation and embarrassment. Cassidy is loaded with questions each and every day and his desire to learn about... well... all things, is somewhat astounding. I’m guessing he gets that naturally. Your Hometown Newspaper OPINIONS The opinion page does not reflect the views of the KyNewsGroup. LICENSED T0 SWIM He’s also learning a lot on his own, particularly anything involving tech- nology and video games. “I’m a gamer now,” he says with real pride in his eyes as he manipulates Sonic the Hedgehog or a Super Mario-type char— acter with one of his Nin— tendo switch or tablet con- trols. “Hey Daddy, let me tell you something,” he’ll say about 500,000 times a day when describing in detail some new aspect of avideo game or some trivial ob- servation on life. “Daddy when you get to this level on Super Mario and go down through your inven— tory and then do this, you can teleport to another dimension,” he said while demonstrating the other day; Teleport to another dimension, indeed. When I was his age I felt lucky to find the right length of broken tobacco stick to play with as my make believe rifle and I had a forked stick for a pistol and a corncob for a scalping knife, as I pa- trolled the wild west that was in reality the backyard of our farmhouse at Mar- tha Mills, and I didn’t take any guff off of any crurnby bandit roosters or Apache warrior chickens neither. Notice, earlier that I said “broken” tobacco stick... we didn’t get to play with any complete tobacco sticks in my day, no sir doggy; There wasn’t any days like that when I was growing up. I think I had one plas- tic truck with only three wheels that had been handed down to me after years of use by my older brothers when I was Cas- sidy’s age. But Cassidy has his own room and it’s full of Hot Wheels and build- ing blocks and technology. Although Cassidy does enjoy technology and videogames (he actually watches a TV show called ‘Player Select’ which helps him learn about other video games. The people who play the games are all young adults in their early 205 so when Cassidy plays the same games as good as they do, he really feels like he’s a ‘Big Boy.’) But he is also very much of a blossoming country boy who enjoys spending time in the great outdoors. Throwing rocks into any stream or especially into Fleming Creek at the in- famous Garr Pond, is one of his favorite things on Earth. And it should be noted that his creativity and his imagination aren’t limited to either this planet or this period in time, as he sometimes expresses his desire in possible future career choices as an adult when he wants to be, and I proudly quote, “An Astro- naut Firefighter.” But, in the mean time, in our current little corner of the world, he’s eager to start gardening this year, and he had a pretty suc- cessful year last year with peppers, tomatoes, onions, beans and flowers. Watering plants and harvesting vegetables are right up there with the best things in life, according to him. That, and picking flowers for his Mommy. When I was his age I was holding the back legs of rabbits while my father cleaned and butchered them, but, as Amber is a Yankee, Pacifist, Vegetari— an; My and Cassidy’s hunt- ing expeditions have been zilch so far, although Am- ber does dangle the prom- ise of fishing adventures in front of us on occasion when we are both on our best behavior. And yeah, she’s a catch- and—release fisherman at that... But “Happy wife equals happy life,” and I am above all things a very happy man and it’s totally because of her and Cas- sidy. I have thus far success- fully negotiated the un- steady terrain of culture shock between the three of us in our little home, which we share with three fixed and fat female cats: Honey Bee, Black and Little Bitz, but in my heart and soul, and much to Amber’s cha- grin, I remain a Neander- thal’s Neanderthal. “We have some money, Charles,” Amber tells me emphatically once a week or so. “So you don’t have to hunt and we don’t have to eat any animals’ faces.” But, oh Baby, it’s not al- ways the kill, it’s the thrill of the chase that gets a Neanderthal’s blood go- ing; That and taking a big March 18, 2021 bite out of some deer ten- derloin that has been slow roasting over hickory coals and marinating in onions and green peppers and... and .... .. never mind, I’m just torturing myself now. If Cassidy decides he wants to hunt or fish, it will likely be game over for Amber, because she can’t deny our child anything (neither can I but at least I put on the conservative- daddy front sometimes). Cassidy does love chicken and ham so the battle isn’t all uphill in the hunting and fishing department Amber doesn’t push her Vegetarian ways on Cas- sidy and I refrain from most of my Neanderthal ways in his presence ex- cept for typical guy stuff, like preparing wood for the wood stove and other ‘man chores’ like that. We feel like Cassidy’s doing a pretty good job at finding his own comfortable path in life as a little boy right now. He’s very healthy and very happy and so too, are we. A lot of kids are growing up pretty quick and losing their innocence much ear- lier than those of days gone by, but if the Good Lord is willing, and his mother, and I remain strong, Cassi- dy will enjoy being a little, innocent, country boy for a while longer. . That’s the plan for now, anyway. By Cecil Lawson I think it was ten years ago this week that I re- sponded to an online help wanted ad for the Bath County News-Outlook. Things were very differ— ent for me back then. I was housesitting for a couple in the Preston community while they were winter- ing in Florida. I had been doing that. since October from the previous year, and they had recently informed me they were going to stay through April. It was just my late dog Max and me, and we had survived a long winter, mostly by ourselves. In some ways back then was reminiscent of the cur- rent pandemic, where I spent long hours by myself throughout the day. Back then, as now, I had plenty to keep me busy, es- pecially with writing each day. I had just undertaken a deep study through the winter of Native Ameri- can traces across this re- gion of the stateand had planned on a spring trip to visit those sites. I had also ‘started writing up some of my research on the Warrior’s Path, a por- tion of which led through Bath County. That would wind up becoming one of my first history articles for the News-Outlook a few months later. . I had also published an article about my grandfa- ther in the Kentucky Ex- plorer. It had snowed a little that winter and had remained cold until March, when things began thawing out. I remember witnessing 'he return of the. song birds to the home’s back yard, ard I kept close watch each day as the sun morn'ng light began to shine more through the east-facing bedroom window as it rose. I had returned to Ken— tucky just a couple of years before that after finish- ing up graduate school in Massachusetts. It was the Great RecessiOn, so find- ing work in my field was pretty hard. I got pretty discouraged during that time, as I’m sure a lot of others did as well. I was ready to come out from that dark time by March 2011. I had co- cooned through the winter, and a .new creature was ready to emerge. I remember meeting with then-owner of the ) US 60 East road closure next week USGOinRowanCountywillbe' closed ONLY ON TUESDAY now - one day only to reduce the lengthy detours and other traffic impacts (like avoiding the first day back to school) of the previously announced drainage re pairs. We still must dig through the road and replace a pipe just east of Bramble wood Lane (that’s 1.5 miles past Christy Creek), and traffic won’tbe able to pass But, the road will only be closed Tues day8amto6pm,weatherpemritting. Thanks to our highway engineers and to our contractors with Frederick & May Condruction who discussed the issues and worked hard to adjust the Francis Ray Reed passes away on March 13, 2021 at the VA Hospital in Lexing- ton, KY. He was 81 years old. He was a native of Bath County, Ky' and grad- uated from Sharpsburg HS in 1959. Francis was an Army Veteran, a longtime reside of Lexington, KY schedule. And, thanks.to you all who asked us to ease the traffic burden. We hope this helps. The work is part of a $2.2 million Highway Safety Improvement Program project along seven miles of US 60, from Brarnblewood lane to the Carter County line, that will widen shoulders, remove trees and other roadside ob stacles, add better signage and guard— rail, improve curves, and provide new blacktop, amorg other improvements. Two other culvert replacements will also require temporary closures this spring. We will announce work as it is scheduled. ROWAN COUNTY wanna; x. Ciseee New faraway QM? . US 6010 Close East of Morehead For drainage repairs, detour via #64 OBITUARIES FRANCIS RAY REED and worked at manypro— fessions, such as a courier I ' driver and factory work. After his retirement, he en— joyed traveling and many, many friends in Lexington. He was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. Rich- ard ‘Dick’ Red and Mrs. Ida Mae Jackson Reed. He is also preceded in death by 5 brothers and sisters, Virginia Traylor, Robert ‘Bobby’ Reed, Mary Vivian Reed, James Reed and Carl Reed. A lifelong bachelor, he is survived by his sister, Beulah Griffith of Lexing- ton, and so many nieces and nephews, too many too mention. He was loved and will be missed by all. Arrangements are pending at this time due to COVID. 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Some psychologists say we spend the second half of life undoing the mis—I takes we made in the first half. Having turned 50 re- cently, I crossed that sym- Moore's Ferry Pay Lake 3 Under new ownership First Thursday of March the lake will be stocked. Will open March 25th By Mark Thomas bolic threshold, although ,I’ve tried diligently for years to mitigate the ef- fects of mid-life regrets. “:1 still remain determined to not be a crotchety old man, although I’m sure my girl- friend Lori thinks other- wise at this point. Ten years on the job has given me perspective, something I value rrright— ily. It’s been hard won, and there have been many, many bumps along the way. As one wise saying goes, you don’t lose —— you learn. Try our Pancake Platter Shrimp is BACK! Try in a basket or individual Rotassire Chicken Bites are back! 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