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Around Town: Civil War sites highlight Boyle booth at State Fair

August 11, 2003|ANNABEL GIRARD

The Boyle County booth at the Kentucky State Fair this year will promote not only Perryville Battlefield but other Civil War sites within easy driving distance.

Kay Berggren, director of the Danville-Boyle County Convention and Visitors Bureau, said the six Civil War sites are being called the Central Kentucky Civil War Heritage Trail. The fair begins Thursday and runs through Aug. 24.

The Battle of Perryville is considered the most important Civil War battle in the state, making Boyle County a good place to begin the tour. Each site is a day-trip from Danville: Mill Springs near Somerset, Camp Nelson at the Kentucky River in Jessamine County, Camp Wildcat near London, and sites in Frankfort and Richmond.

The promotion at the State Fair is a prelude to an event next July where special programs are planned that spend one day at each site.

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Berggren said the sites selected are ones that not only played a major role as the Civil War was fought in Kentucky but also are interpreted for visitors who go on their own.

Pennington receives award

Ann Pennington, a local genealogist of Danville, received the Editor's Award at the Kentucky Genealogical Society's annual awards banquet Aug. 2 at the Kentucky History Center in Frankfort. She is an editor for Bluegrass Roots, a quarterly publication by the society.

The award recognizes someone who has contributed material for publishing in the quarterly, either with a single article, several articles, little tidbits over a period of time or a combination of all three.

Pet Peeve

A resident of Bluegrass Estates has a peeve about the latest race run through the subdivision.

He doesn't mind the runners. He describes his neighborhood as "suitable for pleasant walks and the occasional road race."

Over the years, races have "for the most part been handled very well." He also said he understood routes had to be marked. However, a recent event hit a new low for this Bluegrass Estates resident. It was the neon pink arrows and markers that just didn't sit well.

"We live here, and long after the runners have gone home we have to look at these signs until they weather away. This is akin to graffiti."

He suggests smaller markings, colors that are less attention getting or paper signs that can be removed after the race.

Contact Me

If you have a Pet Peeve or Random Act of Kindness you want to share, mail them to me at P.O. Box 149, Danville, 40423-0149; call me at 236-2551 or (800) 428-0409; or reach me through e-mail, annabel@amnews.com.

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