Around Town: Powers' poems hold meaning for son of pharmacy owner

February 29, 2004|ANNABEL GIRARD

"Ode to Spoonamore Drug" was just one of the poems written by Lucille Brumfield Powers. It holds particular meaning for Mike Leake because it is about his father, R.W. Leake, and the pharmacy at Main and Third streets.

Leake came across the poem while sorting through his parents' belongings.

Powers published several poems in 1963 in a small booklet. She lived on Green Street, now called Martin Luther King Boulevard, and was a teacher. She also worked in the office of the late Dr. Stuart Hemphill.

"In Danville on the corner of Third & Main," the poem begins, "Are a bunch of nice people who banish pain. ... And while you chat about the things in town/ Mr. Leake will send the medicine down."

It goes on, "Then up comes Dave, who never pouts,/ With a long cigar hanging in his mouth./ You give the prescription that has been filled/ and tell him to take it to Duncan Hill."


Leake remembers Powers bringing in the completed book to the pharmacy. "She was so excited."

Powers would babysit with the Leake and his brother occasionally and what he remembers best is her cherry pie. "She made the best cherry pie."

Other poems include "What is a Friend?," "When Christ was a Little Boy," and "Heaven in Danville?"

In one poem about Bate School, she talks about telling about the way the school "used-to-be."

"We'd run in the door, and if we were late/ We'd all try to hide from Prof. Bate."

The teachers "knew just how to teach./ And if any of you doubt me --/ Just look at Miss Susie Fish."

Montgomery Gentry video give Boyle County another plug

Boyle County gets another plug in the latest Montgomery Gentry video.

In one scene there is a sign on a building that says "Boyle Co. Football -- State Champs -- 1999-2003 -- 5 in a row."

That sign didn't come from some music producer's art studio. Katie Layfield, a senior at Boyle County High School, made the sign. She walked into the art room one morning and her art teacher said a poster was needed right then for the country duo to take to California for the filming. She did it a few minutes and off the poster went.

Katie, the daughter of Jan Sheffield and Buz Layfield, is planning on majoring in art in college. She comes by the talent naturally. Her father teaches art at Boyle Middle School.

Heritage Festival selected as "Top Ten" event

The Heritage Festival, Friday through Sunday at Danville High School, has been selected as one of the "Top Ten" spring events by the Kentucky Tourism Council.

The selection is made based on popularity of the event, impact on the local tourism economy as well as cultural and historical significance.

KET program takes you to Garrard County nature preserve

On Saturday, KET will carry a program that takes you to some of the state's areas of unspoiled natural beauty.

One of the places will be the Tom Dorman State Nature Preserve in Garrard County, which is along the Kentucky River Palisades.

Kentucky Life will be at 8 p.m. Saturday on KET1 and KET2. Host Dave Shuffett will take viewers to 21 places, many isolated. Axe Lake Swamp in Ballard is the only known nesting site of the egret in Kentucky. All are protected sites.

Pattersons were on Queen Mary II's maiden voyage

With a number of cruises under their belts, Gordon and Joyce Patterson of Lexington headed on last month on the Queen Mary II's maiden voyage to the Caribbean.

Gordon Patterson is from Danville and graduated from Danville High School in 1967. His mother, Mazie Patterson, still lives here.

He described the brand new ship as "fantastic." He said the major difference from other cruise ships is that there are levels of dining and sun decks, much like the old first and second class. Other than that the entire ship is open to all.

Going on a cruise makes a good Christmas present for the two to give each other, he said.

Pet Peeve

This is sort of a turnabout is fair play. A person was trying to park at a store lot. There was the spot he had his eye on and a handicapped space, both near the entrance. What peeved him was that a car pulled into the non-handicapped spot, but the car had a handicapped sign. He couldn't take the handicapped spot so had to do some real looking to find a spot.

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