Around the Town: German tourists dig deep

June 27, 2004|ANNABEL GIRARD

Talk about liking what they saw.

Three visitors from Germany were so taken with the Big Brothers-Big Sisters program here they made a donation.

Andreas Brzezinski, Marc Jan Eumann and Lutz Prager visited the United States as part of the Department of State's International Visitors Program. The men wanted to see a small town during their visit to America and Danville was selected, said Paula Fowler Kilby, executive director of the Danville-Boyle County Chamber of Commerce.

"They were so impressed, they gave $300 of their own money," Kilby said.

After meeting with such groups as the Chamber, Industrial Foundation and city and county government, the men expressed interest in social programs, particularly those that deal with children at risk, because volunteer groups are not as widespread in Germany as they are here, Kilby said.

Big Brother-Big Sister Director Libby Suttles had volunteers explain how the mentoring program works, including selection of children, volunteer training and parent involvement. The program works with children of single parents.


Danville was by far the smallest town visited by the three. Other stops included New York City, Washington, D.C., and Raleigh, N.C.

When Kentucky officials suggested Danville, Kay Berggren, director of Danville-Boyle County Convention and Visitors Bureau, got the call and coordinated the visit, which was Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday morning.

The German visitors told Berggren they were overwhelmed by the community and the hospitality of the Danville people as they handed her the donation.

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Kellen Hamilton, 8, of Danville, has been selected as a cover model for Lexington Family.

Her mom, Mykol Hamilton, expects her to be on the August "Back to School" issue of the magazine.

Kellen was one of eight children selected to be on the front of a future Lexington Family.

The publication, which is free, is a parenting magazine that targets central Kentucky.

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Once again the Danville-Boyle County Convention and Visitors Bureau is gearing up for its booth at the Kentucky State Fair.

Volunteer spots are filling up fast. The booth is open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. during the fair which runs Aug. 19-29 in Louisville. Some spots will need filling, but at this point, volunteers from prior years are already scrambling for times that suit them. Two shifts work each day, one from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., the second from 3:30 -10 p.m.

A cannon from Perryville Battlefield will grace the booth and serve as a way to get the attention of those wandering through the "Pride of the Counties."

If you have a hankering to help at the booth, call 236-7794 to see if any spots are left.

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To share your pet peeves or random acts of kindness, write me at The Advocate-Messenger, P.O. Box 149, Danville 40423; e-mail to; or call 236-4667 or (800)428-0409.

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