Around Town: Fechter hopes to perform van magic

April 25, 2004|ANNABEL GIRARD

Donna Fechter, Boyle County's solid waste coordinator, wants community help to perform magic by turning soup into a van - well, part of a van.

She learned that St. Jude's Ranch, which works with abused, abandoned and neglected children, is collecting various Campbell food labels to help pay for vans to transport the children. It takes 1.5 million labels for one van.

Fechter hasn't set her hopes on getting that many labels here, but she hopes Boyle County, with help from surrounding counties, can make a major contribution of labels toward a van. Mercer and Garrard solid waste coordinators have already agreed to help with the effort. She's also putting out a call to all solid waste coordinators in the state.

She sees it as a way for residents to become familiar with the recycling center and to get a taste of recycling, if they aren't doing so now.


Fechter is also spurred on by the chance to feature the community in a documentary about St. Jude's. The documentary is being done by a friend of a friend, and the producer would like to include a segment on the label project. She called Fechter and expressed interest in coming to Danville if there is a good response here. So, start saving!

Between now and June 5, Fechter is asking local groups -- such as churches, schools, organizations, businesses - to serve as drop-off points.

Periodically the labels can be taken to at the Danville-Boyle County Recycling Center on Danville Bypass. Individual residents can also drop off the labels.

The center is in the Government Services Building on the Danville Bypass across from the former ATR building (Mercer and Garrard residents can take the labels to their respective centers.)

Remember to remove the labels from the cans. But individuals making drop-offs might consider bringing the rinsed cans as well to recycle.

A variety of labels are eligible, including Campbell soups, Franco-American gravies and SpaghettiOs, Pepperidge Farm bread, Goldfish, and Prego pasta sauce. For information about the project and a detailed list of the eligible labels go to the St. Jude's Ranch Web site:

Danville restaurant feature in Wall Street Journal

They don't know how, but they aren't asking questions.

On April 8, the Wall Street Journal, in its "Eating Around" feature, spotlighted restaurants that offer liquor pairings, dinners which pair liquor (instead of wine) with courses.

Three restaurants were featured - one in Seattle, one in New York City and Two Roads Cafe in Danville.

The owners, Kathy Crown-Weber and Jerry Houck, were delighted, to say the least, even though they really don't know how the WSJ got Two Roads' name. "We don't have a clue," Crown-Weber said. "Maybe they Googled us."

They did know the article was coming out. Houck was interviewed and the article noted that the practice of limited liquor sales is new to the town.

A chart gives a sample of dishes and the price. Small towns do have their advantages. In New York such a dinner is $85, in Seattle, $65, and in Danville, $25-$40.

Montgomery has good cause to tase bourbon

Speaking of liquor - Eddie Montgomery of Montgomery Gentry country duo served as a judge earlier this month at a bourbon tasting fundraiser for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Bourbons from several Kentucky distilleries were featured.

Front Porch Tour draws attention

The Danville-Boyle County Convention and Visitors Bureau send out its media announcement about the Front Porch Tour set for May 2. That's a standard practice, said Director Kay Berggren.

She has already heard from two newspapers. The Dallas Morning News is using the article with a picture. Another call came from the South Bend Tribune, which happens to be part of the Schurz Communications family.

Friday, a Tribune reader called the visitors bureau to say the article had made her want to visit Danville. While the couple can't get here for the Front Porch Tour, they plan to stop on a visit to Corbin they already have planned.

Henson witnesses Weird Al's courage

Comedian Holly Henson, a Danville native, had a chance to see a performer at the top of his form despite a personal tragedy.

She was booked to open for Weird Al Yankovic in Minneapolis just before Easter. She learned there might not be a show since Yankovic had just lost both his parents in a freak accident.

The performer kept a low profile, staying in his bus until it was time to go on stage.

"There was an air of sadness backstage that you could feel and cut with a knife," Henson said.

On stage, Yankovic gave a performance that kept 2,000 people laughing and got him two standing ovations. Henson said he had "high energy, was funny and had more costume changes than Cher." Immediately after the performance he returned to his bus.

"He probably needed the audience that night more than they needed him," Henson said. "His courage was amazing to see."

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