TARC Public Meeting TONIGHT
TARC will Hold a Public Meeting to Discuss Service Cuts & Schedule Changes.  As most of you are now aware, TARC has announced their plan to change existing rout schedules and in some cases, eliminate services all together—including the 37 X which serves District 13. As I fight to keep this vital service for our community, I ask that you join me in attending a public meeting on Thursday, December 10th at 5:00pm at Iroquois High School, 4615 Taylor Blvd. If you are unable to attend the meeting, please forward any comments you may have to my office, so that we may keep an account of public input for the record.  From Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch

Cub Scout Pack 337 Fundraiser to Benefit a Family
Cub Scout Pack 337 is having a fundraiser Thursday, December 10 at Mark’s Feed Store located at 10316 Dixie Highway.  Mark’s Feed Store will donate 15% of your purchases to the Cub Scouts.  Cub Scout Pack 337 is raising funds so they can help a family in need this Christmas.  If you have any questions or would like to help the Cub Scouts with this effort, please contact:  Joe Hamilton, Bear Den Leader/Pack Treasurer, Cub Scout Pack 337 - Faith Presbyterian Church at pack337bearden@gmail.com

Find Great Holiday Gifts While Supporting Local
Parks and Recreation Programs
Metro Parks has a wide array of possibilities for those who are searching for that perfect holiday gift or stocking stuffer this season, including golf and swim passes and gift certificates to classes at the Metro Arts Center.
· GOLF: Metro Parks offers gift certificates, valid for anything from a single round of golf at one of Louisville’s nine municipal courses to an annual pass that will cover greens fees throughout the year. Also, for the first time, Metro Parks is selling Golf Trail Passes for $25 that offer discounts throughout the year on rounds, lessons and club fittings as well as free driving range tokens and more. Call 502/456-8134 or visit http://www.louisvilleky.gov/MetroParks/golf/ for more information. You may also purchase trail passes at your favorite Metro Parks course. 
· ARTS: The Metro Arts Center offers classes for those interested in acquiring or refining a particular artistic skill. Offerings include everything from learning how to paint and sculpt to playing the guitar. To buy a gift certificate or find out more about the Metro Arts Center, call 502/937-2055 or visit http://www.louisvilleky.gov/MetroParks/recreation/metroarts. 
· SWIMMING and FITNESS: The Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center offers year-round lap swimming, water exercise and swim lessons, as well as a fitness center. One-day passes and annual memberships are available for purchase. Call 502/897-9949 or visit http://www.louisvilleky.gov/MetroParks/recreation/aquaticcenter. 
· ETC: Historic Locust Grove and Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing also have unique and sure-to-please gifts in their gift shops, brightly decorated for the holiday season. Shoppers can also check out the Welcome Center at Jefferson Memorial Forest, which has items such as clothes, educational toys and coloring books for sale. Visit http://www.locustgrove.org, http://www.riverside-landing.org and www.memorialforest.com for more information.
· SUPPORT the FOREST: Amazing Green Planet at the Westport Village Shopping Center off Herr Lane will donate 15 percent of the proceeds from all of its sales on Saturday, December 12, from 5 to 8 p.m., to support Jefferson Memorial Forest’s youth environmental education programs. Volunteer naturalists and staff will be on hand Saturday with small animals and bio-facts to share nature knowledge with families as they shop at Louisville’s first eco-friendly gift store. For more information, visit www.amazinggreenplanet or call 502/290-1358. 

Southwest Louisville Rotary Club Paul Harris Fellowships
On December 1, 2009 the Southwest Louisville Rotary Club, at its annual holiday party, presented Paul Harris Fellowships to Rotary members and friends of Rotary.
The presentation was made by Reverend Roger Newell, past President and District Governor. Recipients were Bob Heughlin, Pat Venhoff, Donna Matheis, Jane Younger, Roxanna Trivitt, Kim Padgett and Adam Bachman.
The Paul Harris Fellowship is named for Paul Harris, who founded Rotary with three business associates in Chicago in 1905. The Fellowship was established in his honor in 1957 to express appreciation for a contribution of $1000 to the humanitarian and educational programs of The Rotary Foundation. Those programs include an array of projects that save and invigorate the lives of people around the world and enhance international friendship and understanding.
Business and professional persons interested in being a part of the Southwest Rotary Club should contact Ken Matheis at 449-0750. The Club meets at the Logan’s Roadhouse at 5229 Dixie Hwy on Tuesdays from Noon to 1 p.m.

Here We Grow
The Local Weekly would like to welcome a new member to our team.  Welcome, Keith Salyer, who will be writing for the weekly paper and website.  If you have a story for Keith, give him a call at 413-1558.

Taking a Different Path by Keith Salyer
If your current path towards employment keeps running into road blocks and knocking you backward, perhaps you need to take a different path. There is a new agency in town formed specifically to address this issue.
           Path Forward of Kentucky provides life services and may be just what you are looking for. The mission of Path Forward is: “To provide individuals with emotional and/or physical disabilities the opportunity to build and grow their lives through offering customized services, supports, and encouragement.”
         Two career businessmen, Ken Carver and Jim Bratcher started Path Forward in January of 2009 based on many years of experience in the fields of sales, accounting and human resources. This partnership provides something unique in our community: “Businessmen doing social work.”
        Carver and Bratcher saw a growing need for vocational services in Louisville and the surrounding area. With the high unemployment rate in Metro Louisville there is also a large population of people unable to find work due to circumstances beyond their control. This population is one that is often overlooked and under-represented and is not even counted among the unemployment statistics. These are people who are trying to survive in this world with emotional, intellectual, and/or physical disabilities.
      Mr. Carver says that “a job affords people independence and identity.” By providing needed life services, Path Forward represents a “movement to transition this segment of our population from institutions and idleness into the mainstream of society.” One of Path Forward’s clients described this as “walking through a door and back into the real world again.”
      Path Forward of Kentucky is affiliated with the Vocational Rehabilitation Program of Kentucky. Voc Rehab provides services to assist individuals with disabilities which may have kept them out of the workforce.  Anyone interested in or in need of assistance in finding employment would first need to contact Voc Rehab. A counselor will determine if you qualify based on the degree in which your disability impacts your ability to work. If you qualify, Voc Rehab may refer you to Path Forward, based on your individual needs and abilities.
     A Path Forward representative will take time getting to know the client, assessing his/her talents, abilities, and behavioral competencies. Such a process is a unique and valuable service not only to the client, but to potential employers as well.  Path Forward’s clients have already been screened and trained in general employment aspects, such as the interview process. After placement, Path Forward remains involved with the client and provides job coaching, as the representative remains a liaison between the employer and employee. The agency is dedicated to not only finding a job for these individuals, but finding the right job. History has shown that folks in this type of program are dependable, appreciative and dedicated to their employer.
     Therefore, clients of Path Forward become an excellent resource for employers looking for good employees to fill their staffing needs. Their phone number is: 502-451-2565.  People with disabilities often need help, but don’t know where to find it. Everyone needs help at some point in their lives, yet may be afraid to ask or simply don’t know where to go.  Path Forward of Kentucky wants to fill the gap that other agencies may not be able to fulfill.  For more information on Path Forward of Kentucky, call the Vocational Rehabilitation Regional Office, located at 410 West Chestnut Street and/or call them at, 502-595-4173.

Happy Holidays from those who Care by Jessica Egbert
Two new organizations have joined forces to help children in need this holiday season. Louisville Women with a Cause is a new organization that is dedicated to help our community become a better place. Santa tree 502 is also a new organization that helps provide Christmas under the tree for children throughout the community. 
Women with a Cause, is currently seeking new members to help with fundraising events. Not only is this organization committed to making the community a better place but also providing women with an over all support group whether it is seeking advice about problems or providing a place for women to get together and form friendships and lasting bonds. 
For more info on how you can help this organization please visit:          www.womenwithacause.webs.com
Santa tree 502 is currently seeking elves to provide children with a happy holiday. Elves adopt a family and provide that family with priority items such as a warm winter coat to new pair of shoes. Individual donations of toys and new clothing are needed and welcomed.
Please visit http://www.santatree502.webs.com/ to find out how you can provide assistance or sign your family up for holiday assistance if you need help.
We invite everyone out to the festival with the Grinch, Saturday, December 12th, 10am - 4pm at Expo five. This is a fundraiser to raise money for both organizations to provide a happy holiday to children in our community.  Enjoy fun for the whole family, live country music from True South, games, crafts, raffles and pictures with the Grinch. You can finish your last minute holiday shopping at derby city flea market on 7th Street while you’re there.  Hope to see everyone out there!  Jessica Egbert, Louisville Women with a Cause, 502-742-4687 Women_helping@ymail.com

Foster Care and Adoption Program
The Foster Care and Adoption Program for the Cabinet for Health and Family Services will begin hosting an informational meeting in Southwest Louisville starting this month. Every 3rd Monday of the month, 6-8 p.m. at South Jefferson Christian Church, 6500 W. Orell Rd.  For more information, call Megan Mathews Cook @  595-5437, ext. 5562. Dates: Monday, December 21st, 6-8 p.m., Monday, January 18th, 6-8-p.m.,      Monday, February 15th, 6-8-p.m.

Orphaned Pets Need New Homes
The holidays are traditionally a time of giving and opening one’s heart and home to those in need. Metro Animal Services (MAS) will handle more than 15,000 animals by the end of 2009 which means there are a lot of animals in need of new homes. MAS has over 150 animals available for adoption on a daily basis, the largest selection in one location. In order to encourage adoptions, MAS is offering reduced adoption fees for dogs and cats during the holiday season, now through Saturday, January 2, 2010.  “We have had a very busy year, especially relating to cats. Our goal is to adopt – 250 animals during the month of December,” said Jackie Gulbe, assistant director for community relations. “We have found that holiday adoptions are among the most successful because families have more time at home to begin bonding with their new pet.”   Metro Animal Services will offer a $50 discount off of the adoption fees for all dogs and puppies (fees normally range from $135 - $200) and a $25 discount for cats and kittens (fees normally range form ($85 - $125). All animals come with a full adoption package, which includes spaying or neutering, rabies vaccination and license, preventative vaccinations, deworming, heartworm or feline leukemia test, a microchip and $100 in coupons from Feeders Supply.   People interested in adopting can visit Metro Animal Services at 3705 Manslick Road, Barkstown Doggy Day Care, 962 Barret Avenue or PetSmart, 3580 S. Hurstbourne Pkwy. MAS, Manslick Road Adoption Hours: Mondays and Saturdays -- 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays --10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesdays and Fridays --10 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Metro Animal Services has the largest number of animals for adoption at a single location and is the largest animal control agency in Kentucky.

New Property will Connect Jefferson Memorial Forest
A new piece of property acquired on Monday by Metro Parks will soon offer new hiking opportunities for visitors to Jefferson Memorial Forest. The acquisition brings the Forest’s total acreage to 6,218.  The 27-acre property will tie together three previously disconnected sections of the Forest, near Mitchell Hill Road and Holsclaw Hill Road.  This will allow construction of a new 2.5-mile hiking trail that will provide access from the Forest’s Welcome Center to nearly 30 miles of connected trails in three areas of the Forest – Tom Wallace, Paul Yost and Horine. For the first time, the Welcome Center can serve as a starting point for hikers, regardless of their intended destination within the Forest.  “Louisville is fortunate to have the nation’s largest municipal urban forest in our backyard,” said Mayor Jerry Abramson. “Through the City of Parks initiative, we’ve been looking to add land to Jefferson Memorial Forest. This strategic acquisition greatly expands hiking and nature education opportunities at the Forest.”  Louisvillian Max Baumgardner donated $100,000 to the Louisville Metro Parks Foundation for the acquisition. The remaining $15,000 came from a Metro Parks land acquisition capital fund.  The property was purchased from Jeffrey Lamont, whose family has owned property in the area for generations.  Volunteers have already been working to construct the new connector trail, with funding from a grant from Nature Valley and the American Hiking Society’s Save the Trails initiative. The new trail should be complete by next summer. Anyone interested in helping should contact Jefferson Memorial Forest at 368-5404 or forest@louisvilleky.gov.

Dance off the Pounds
Want to work off those holiday pounds and learn how to dance at the same time?  Head out to Sun Valley Community Center every Thursday night from 6:30 to 8:30 and dance off those extra pounds.  Alice Daugherty teaches a beginner line dance class for all ages for only $4.  Alice has 14 years of experience teaching dance and started the line dance class at Sun Valley in spring of 2007.  Usually she has about 20 to 25 students in each class and she makes them work hard.  In a typical class you will take more than 9000 steps which is great exercise and a good way to get moving.  As Alice says, “Dance with Alice and you will dance”. Sun Valley Community Center is located at 6505 Bethany Lane.  Give Alice a call for more information about her class at 643-2786.

Our Citizen Obligation  by Timothy Childers
Certain basic obligations of citizenship are demanded of us all.  Unless we meet these obligations we cannot live as we desire.  As society gets more complex and we expect more from elected officials by way of service; un-employment insurance, welfare payments, public health facilities, education, housing, old age benefits, the fact is our government demands more from us.  Taxes are the most obvious obligation or demand we have as a people.  We pay local taxes, state taxes and federal taxes.  Next is the obligation to obey the laws adopted by the person we have elected to our city council, our state legislatures and congress.  A nation that wants a society built upon laws must respect the laws it adopts or change them in an orderly way if they have lost their effectiveness.  Direct participation by the public in the operation of the legal system comes through service on juries.  We Americans are curiously pro-active in this respect.  Our ancestors wrote into our constitution what they regarded as a basic right or privilege, that every accused man/women shall be tried by a jury.  Yet many of us will almost do anything to avoid serving on a jury when we are called upon.  It is not surprising that the caliber of our juries is not very high.  Signs point to a declining use of juries except in criminal trials.  As a people we are fortunate to have a legal system that allows us to enjoy many rights and privileges.  I will close with a comment from the declaration of independence, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights that among these are LIFE, LIBERTY and the PURSUIT of happiness”.  

The Perfect Storm  by Todd Henderson
The CEO of Cepia LLC (makers of Zhu Zhu Pets) announced on Fox business news that his new brand of Zhu Zhu pets is a platform and much more is to come.  Last week their official web site placed a teaser add in which 2010 product line were quickly shown.  Could Zhu Zhu be the next Beanie Baby?  It is looking this way.  The major retailers have already stated that the shipments of Zhu Zhu pets will NOT meet the demand for this Holiday season.  A sneak peek of the Black Friday Ads revealed that not a single store had any advertisements for the Zhu Zhu Hamsters.  Why not just increase production?  Well, for starters like most items these days, production is performed in China; it can literally takes months for the product to catch up with demand, not to forget the weeks it takes for shipping.  As if that wasn’t enough don’t forget all the Flea Market scalpers who are trying to triple their money (Zhu Zhu have hit the $40.00 mark on EBay).  Will parents survive another Christmas on their tight budgets while trying to meet the demands of their kids?  It is sure looks like the perfect storm brewing again.  As for me, I think I will just eat at Mr. Gatti’s and give my kid a couple of bucks and say “Happy Guessing” and try to remember the true meaning of Christmas.

The Toys of Christmas Present by Todd Henderson
Ask any retailer what the hottest toy is for this Christmas and undoubtedly the response will be “Zhu Zhu”.  What is a Zhu Zhu?  Zhu Zhu Pets are actually interactive toy hamsters that have sensors over their body that enable them to make all sorts of unique sounds and perform different feats.  The hamsters were originally called ‘Go-Go’ Hamsters until the creators realized that they don’t ‘go’ they ‘Zoom’ hence Zhu.  The hamsters were tested in Arizona where they literally flew off the shelves.  Every major retailer cannot keep them in stock and the online Toys R Us site has crashed several times because of the amount of traffic it receives when shipments of the furry hamsters arrive.  Not all is lost; several local businesses are hoping that the Zhu Zhu mania will help attract customers to their stores this holiday season.  Both Mr. Gatti’s pizza and Thornhills Pet Shop are currently doing promotions in which you can win a brand new Zhu Zhu Hamster for only a $1.00.  You must use your skills of estimation and guess how many hamster pellets are in the jar.  The game ends on December 22nd after the beans have been counted and each entry sorted; whoever comes closest to the actual amount of pellets in the jar will have their very own Zhu Zhu Hamster. 
More details can be found out at www.gotzhuzhu.com

The Toys of Christmas Past   by Todd Henderson
Most people will tell you that EVERY year there is a hot must have toy, but in reality there is not.  Although each year a certain toy will lead in sales among the others, it a rare circumstance in which a toy creates such a response as one as the Cabbage Patch doll.  Does anyone remember 1985 when the hundreds of people gathered at the old Kmart on Dixie Highway hoping for their name to be called so they could buy a cabbage patch kid?  How about the Holiday Barbie when you were considered lucky if you just got a ‘rain check’ for one.  And then came the hardest of all!  The white Power Ranger.  Only one per box, what a nightmare.  Don’t forget about Tickle Me Elmo, another impossible to find toy.  Does Furby sound familiar?  I remember getting in line at midnight just to have the chance to get one.  So, since 1985 that makes about five toys that really have created a sensation.  But truthfully only the Furby, appealed to both kids and adults, until now, ladies and gentlemen, got zhu zhu?   www.gotzhuzhu.com

News Hound Raffle Winner
Congratulations to Mrs. R.A. of 40272!  She is the winner of October's News Hound Raffle.  Mrs.AG. picked up her copy of The Local Weekly at Michel Tires Plus in Valley Station.  Mrs. A won $50 and you can win $50 this month.  To play, look for The Local Weekly paper at over 115 locations in Southern Jefferson County.  Look for the News Hound's head hidden in an avertisement.  Hint:  It is very small.  The News Hound is hidden each week and you can enter as often as you like.  We have given away over $800 in prizes to Southwest residents.  Play Every Week!  Help Support The Local Weekly by supporting our advertisers.

A Variety of Deals
Dixie Trading Post is Louisville's finest and friendliest vendor mall.  Having reopened September 1st, customers appreciate the many renovations to the building and the huge variety of merchandise sold.   With over 300 booths and 120 vendors, Dixie Trading Post is your anything and everything store!  Customers will find merchandise such as antiques, collectibles, furniture, books, jewelry, kids' clothes and toys, glassware and much, much more.  With Christmas just around the corner, you are sure to find the perfect present for everyone on your gift giving list!
Dixie Trading Post is a family owned and operated store.  The new owners, Rudy and Alicia Voll, have made numerous renovations to improve the shopping experience: a new parking lot, new carpet throughout, updated restrooms and vending area, and new paint and lighting, making the store a much cleaner,nicer place to come shop.
Dixie Trading Post's hours are Monday-Saturday, 10am -8pm and Sunday, 12pm-6pm.  The store is located at 5138 Dixie Hwy., in front of Holy Cross High School.  If you would like additional information, please call us at 447-4808 or visit our website at dixietradpost@insightbb.com
Submitted by Alicen Marshall (Manager)

QDOBA Coming to Dixie
The Local Weekly confirmed today that a Qdoba Mexican grill will be open by early 2010 on Dixie Highway.  Construction crews have already broken ground on the popular mexican food restaurant which could be open for business as early as January 2010.  The new restaurant is being built in front of Home Depot at 6840 Dixie Highway.

Southwest Community Festival CANCELLED
Due to rain and condition of Sun Valley Park the Executive Committee voted to cancel the 23rd festival.  Efforts were made to move the festival to another location but weather and location size prevented a site change.
SEE PICTURES of the Flooded Festival Site

Have Your Say About Colonial Gardens
The New Cut corridor has been on a steady decline for the past 50 years.  The completion of the widened corridor and the courage and willingness of south Louisville investors offers an exciting to reverse this already deepening spiral.  Communities across the nation are looking to gateway roads such as New Cut for creative possibilities.
This proposed development comes at an opportune moment as state and local officials look for regional enhancements that will complement Churchill Downs.  Revitalizing New Cut is a strong signal that we're serious about our local small  business community, quality neighborhoods and the world know ICON, Churchill Downs
I would argue the land-marking because it is a flawed process to begin with, holds land-marking to less stringent review process thus by-passing legislative approval strangles the  community and leaves decision making to an elite few.
Louisville has an opportunity to be bold, be  courageous and do what is right for south Louisville neighborhoods, businesses and the community

  • I agree with the writer in the Courier Journal on the Readers' Forum page, Colonial Gardens is an eyesore and needs to be demolished. It falls in line with Peddler's Mall, if you want my opinion. We have nothing nice in this end of town anymore, and are hard working residents! I give up! We're moving to the east end!    Debby Brooks, 40214
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What’s Your Wish for the Southwest?
What is your wish for the Southwest?  Do you have an idea, hope, or dream to improve our community?  Do you wish there were a restaurant, store, or business in the Southwest?  Share what you would like to see happen in the Southwest with The Local Weekly and we may publish your idea in the weekly paper and our website.  Submit your wish.  Please include your first name or initials and zip code unless you wish to remain anonymous.  Mrs. Lloyd, of 40215, has submitted the first wish.  Here it is.
My dream and hope is a local bookstore will open in the Shively area.  New and used books to interest all ages to read and an area to trade books.  There is also a need for help and information on higher education to help our area go to the next level of success.  Thank You, Mrs. Lloyd

Here are more wishes and ideas for our community.  Thank you for contributing.
  • My wish for the Valley Station to hold a Town meeting,Today Iv'e meet someone that is more involed in this area than anyone would think,He I'll say is promoting a community meeting after the new year and its for all of us,so my wish is that he moves fast like lighting,support this gentelmen on what he say's keeping Valley station great Anonymous 40272

  • My wish after being in the centers for neighborhoods is that we the new valley station,could put this place on the map and inform the community that we were the first neighborhood out of all louisville metro fyi.also I wish to teach what Iv'e learned free of charge what the centers for neighborhood have taught me.you would be SHOCKED!  Tim Childers, 40272

  • The South End needs a mainstream bookstore.The closest one in in the Jefferson Mall.  Anonymous

  • Bookstores, Panara Bread Company, and Smoothie King   Anonymous

  • I would love to see a Dennys Restraunt out here like the one in Shepardsville. They have wonderful food.  Beverly Nunn 40216

  • Wish we could get an IHOP here on Dixie! It would give us some much needed jobs and the food is outstanding. the closest one we have is in Clarksville In. 40272 milliron

  • I would like to see the pier (platform) located at the Farnsley Moreman Home cleaned up. This was built originally to be used as a docking point for cruises on the Spirit Of Jefferson. It could be used as a great viewing point for wildlife along the river. I visit this location frequently throughout the year as a stop during bicycle rides.   Anonymous

  • Red Lobster and Olive Garden.....  Anonymous

  • My wish for the Southwest is that some of these empty lots between Gene Snyder and West Point would be with filled with some nice sit in restaurants or business that are not liquor stores or bars. Where family and friends can enjoy and support. There is not many large chains restaurants in this area. All there is is fast food. Many families that want to go to a sit in restaurant have to go to Shively, Preston Hwy area and sometimes farther to have a nice place to eat. Take a look at the traffic that comes through this area from Hardin County, Meade and Elizabeth town area. If some big chain restaurants came to this area, they would be filled and supported by the local community and surrounding counties. We all like to eat in nice places, so it would be nice to eat closer to home! Eugene and Jenny Cotton

  • I wish they would clean up dixie, closed and remove some of the bars, junk stores, and car lots. I am sick looking at the old buildins along dixie. Clean up this end of time frim salt river to 264 watterson expressway then other companys and stores might move to this end of the town. Plus AX the cash checking and pawn shops also.  Anonymous

  • I wish we had some restuants like chili's, culvers and chik-fil-a even cracker barrel on dixie hwy. i also wish we had a sam's club attached to one of our walmarts in this area(outerloop or raggard rd) we need a good book store like the Barnes and Nobles or even a used book store like half price books on hurstbourne parkway. we need a light on the corner of greenwood road and the back enterance to the kroger on terry it is so dark there....i could go on and on...dixie deserves a face lift..and why are all the discount stores located in the rich end of town?   Lena 40272

  • I would like to see a nice restaurant like the Macaroni Grill. Emily Sanders 40272

  • I would like to see a Panera Bread restaurant. We need some healthier alternatives to fast food in this end of town. Whitney Chandler 40272

  • Decent restaurants (other than fast food), and a place to buy name brand clothing (other than rejects) are two things I would like to see in the southwest end of town. Another wish if for some of the doctors in the old Dillard's building refuse (somehow!) to let Peddler's Mall take up residence. It's a crime!!  Anonymous

  • I would like to see a Krispy Kreme in the valley station area.  Roy Henderson 40272

  • I wish I could get answers regarding the high hazard coal ash pond at the Cane Run Rd LG&E Plant.  I've asked questions to the EPA, the owners of LG&E and Army Corp of Engineers.  We are in a high hazard area right across the street from this pond.  What are the emergency plans in case of a breach, will there be probable deaths, will we be the probable deaths?  I have been told it's full, what about the integrity, I've heard they need to build another one, since this plant should have been phased out many years ago, why are they continually allowed to dump the fly ash and bottom ash.  How high can they pile the solid stuff, it's so ugly.  Anonymous

  • I wish to have a Barnes and Noble Booksellers in Dixie manor.  And a Heine Brothers Coffee Shop  Chris Dalton, 40272

  • The YMCA is allowed to use the park. No fair Jerry! Just charge $5.00 a car to use the park.
  • Can we get the ditches beside the railroad tracks cleaned up? They are a mess. Anonymous

  • I would love to see an indoor amusement area like at Kart Country in the SW area. Kids need a place like that to go to. I think we were going to have one but, it never opened up all the way.  Anonymous

  • I would like to see a Cracker Barrel built on Dixie Hwy. next to the Snyder Expressway.  I believe it would do very well.  Presently, we have to drive too far to eat there.  Judy P.

  • Super Target, Costco and less walmart's.  Anonymous

  • We need a few nicer restaurants in the southwest area. Something like a Red Lobster, Olive Garden or Macaroni Grill would be nice. We need more shoppping options than Burlington Coats, Target, Meijer and Marshalls. Why does the East End have everything and we have nothing????  Anonymous

  • I would love to have a really nice department store where I could buy nice clothes without chasing out to Jefferson Mall.  My friends all agree with me.  Barbara Livingston   40258

  • Something more then flea markets or peddlers mall a good place to eat like Olive Garden ,Red Lobster.  Thank you           Sue 40272

  • The citizens of Metro Louisville's south end deserve to have a few nice sit down restaurants on Dixie Highway. You know: tablecloths, real silverware that matches, possibly candles or fresh flowers on every table?  Birthday restaurants, I call them. A special place we look forward to going to for a celebration dinner. The Macaroni Grill and Bravo's are good examples. Or a very nice steak house or two.  Why must south end residents be forced to drive to Hurstborne Lane, St. Matthews or downtown for a special meal? Mexican restaurants have been popping up all over the county for the past several years, as have the large buffets. These are fine for a weeknight or Friday night meal. But for those times we want to go somewhere special, the south end is sadly missing out. I'd prefer to spend my money closer to my own neighborhood, but since we lack the nicer restaurants, we must spend our money elsewhere. Sad...isn't it?     Rita Pence 40214

  • There's alot of us in Valley Station that would like to see restaurants in Valley Station.  Why does everything have to be so far up the highway?  Alot of poeple can't drive that far.  The best and biggest reason let's build and concentrate on Valley Station.  Let's catch up!   Everything has grown all around , but here.   Anonymous

  • My wish is for a place to dock or moor a U.S. Water Patrol, Patrol/Rescue boat at or around River view park on Greenwood Rd so we can have a boat already in the water and ready to assist the boaters & public year round. 
Adm. Larry T Sakai. 40258-2760  U.S. Water Patrol

  • Fireworks and some type festival 4th July. Up grade of resturants. JC Penny out here maybe old bingo next to Kroger at Bethany lane or close by.  More infomation on activity what is going on in the area.

  • Would love to have a Baskin-Robbins in the area!  It took several years for us to get a White Castle and believe it's doing great.  Think the same would hold true for a Baskin Robbins.

  • I would like to see the Valley Station Post Office 40272 remain open on Dixie Highway, and NOT close and all services move to the PRP Post Office.
  Mike McFarland 40272

  • I would like to see a waffle house or cracker barrel come to valley station.
  Roy Henderson 40272

  • My wish for the Southwest would be a more upscale but affordable place to shop, Kohl's would have been great, I think we should keep trying.  
  Brenda N.   40258

  • If wishes would come true, I would wish that Southwest Jefferson County would have the same growth as the other sections  of our County (and even Southern, Indiana-- such as book stores, quality family-style restaurants,(not fast food places),arts and craft stores providing the artist/crafter the necessary  materials for his/her endeavor, parks/playgrounds for children, sporting goods stores, etc. etc.--In a nutshell " G R O W T H "  - but growth with an eye to providing the right type of facilities in this area.  And to add to this wish, I would hope the increasing number of used car lots would slow down.  Shirley - 40258  

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The Dental Corner
By:  Dr. Richard Keeling D.M.D.


Do You Have Bad Breath?
Do people back up when you talk to them, or do you back up when other people talk to you?  If this happens, then you or the other person probably has bad breath.  This article will explain what causes bad breath and what you can do about it.
Bad breath can be caused by what you eat.  Certain foods such as garlic and onions can contribute to bad breath.  Once the food is absorbed into the bloodstream, it is transferred to the lungs where it is expelled as bad breath.  Mouthwash will only mask the odor temporarily.  The odor continues until the body eliminates the food.
Bad breath can also be caused by food not being cleaned properly from your teeth.  This remaining food can rot and cause bad breath.  Continued negligence of oral hygiene can lead to gum disease which also can cause bad breath.  Having a dry mouth can cause bad breath.  Saliva is necessary to cleanse the mouth and remove particles that may cause odor.  Tobacco products also cause bad breath.
Bad breath may also be caused by a medical disorder such as a local infection in the respiratory tract, chronic sinusitis, diabetes or gastrointestinal disturbances.
One of the first treatments for bad breath would be to visit the dentist.  The dentist can determine if the bad breath has a dental origin or if it is coming from another source.  If the bad breath is dentally related the dentist can prescribe treatments that can help the odor.  If the bad breath is not dentally related than a visit to your physician may be indicated.  All in all, if you take care of your body it should take care of you.

What to Do
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Caroling Party
Friday, December 11, 6pm – 9pm
Incarnation Parish Center, 2229 Lower Hunters Trace
CHRISTMAS CAROLING PARTY Performed by the Harbor House participants & The Musikmakers A potluck supper is part of the celebration. Please bring a dish using your last name as a guide: A-E drinks F-N hot vegetables O-S salad T-Z dessert Please RSVP by December 9th, 2009 (502) 719-0072 ext. 10 Seating is Limited

Sunday, December 13th at 6:30 p.m. at the Rockford Lane Baptist Church at 2006 Rockford Lane.  You will hear the combined choirs of Ormsby Heights, Parkwood and Rockford Lane Baptist Churches, as they present a Christmas cantata.  There is no charge and everyone is welcome!   Make your plans now to come and hear this Christmas musical!  If you have questions, please call (502) 447-2591.

Christmas At Riverside
Sunday, December 13, 1:30pm – 4:00pm
7410 Moorman Rd  Home Tours: $6 Adults $5 Seniors $3 Children 935-6809

Line Dancing
Monday, December 14, 7pm – 9pm
St. Peter the Apostle, Cafeteria, 10801 Deering Road
For more info contact the parish office @ 937-5920

Blood Pressure Screening
Wednesday, December 16, 1pm – 3pm, 9800 Stonestreet Rd
American Red Cross Southwest Service Center presents FREE screenings!

Santa Land
Be sure to bring the kids to this year’s Santa Land at the Fair-dale Playtorium, Thursday, Dec. 17th from 6:00 to 8:00pm. The Fairdale Community Club once again partners with Coun-cilwoman Vicki Welch to offer Christmas cheer with this com-munity event that features Santa, candy and dance enter-tainment from Step N Out Studios. Special thanks to Fairdale businesses for their support & par-ticipation.
For info, call Vicki's office at 574-1113.

Dance off the Pounds
Want to work off those holiday pounds and learn how to dance at the same time?  Head out to Sun Valley Community Center every Thursday night from 6:30 to 8:30 and dance off those extra pounds.  Alice Daugherty teaches a beginner line dance class for all ages for only $4.  Alice has 14 years of experience teaching dance and started the line dance class at Sun Valley in spring of 2007.  Usually she has about 20 to 25 students in each class and she makes them work hard.  In a typical class you will take more than 9000 steps which is great exercise and a good way to get moving.  As Alice says, “Dance with Alice and you will dance”. Sun Valley Community Center is located at 6505 Bethany Lane.  Give Alice a call for more information about her class at 643-2786

“The Gift Goes On”
Performed by the Sanctuary Choir on the
Living Christmas Tree
ATTENDANCE IS FREE, No Ticket Required
Arrive early to get a good seat!
SUNDAY NIGHT, DECEMBER 20, 2009, 6 pm - 8pm

Santa Safari
Santa and some of his North Pole friends are planning to make an early visit to Louisville this year as they headline the Zoo’s popular Santa Safari event on December 5-6, 12-13 and 19-20.  This jolly party will transform the Zoo’s Gheens Room in the Islands Pavilion into a festive holiday wonderland and include a visit by Santa and his elves and Frosty the Snowman—so be sure to bring a camera to capture some wonderful holiday memories.  Mrs. Claus will also make an appearance delivering some tasty holiday refreshments for every guest including holiday punch and a holiday cookie freshly baked by the Homemade Ice Cream and Pie Kitchen. Each child will be invited to make a unique take-home holiday craft, join in sign-alongs and participate in a fun activity. Plus families can let their Safari passport guide them along a discovery trail through the Islands and HerpAquarium for some special animal insights and encounters.   Tickets are on sale now for this special-ticketed party at www.louisvillezoo.org. This is normally a sell-out event, so be sure to get your tickets early! Session times are 9 a.m., 11 a.m. or 1 p.m.
Tickets, which include all-day Zoo admission, are:
·Ages 3 and older - $10.50 for members, $14.50 for non-members
·Infant (age 2 and under) - $4 for members, $5 for non-members

"The Fourth annual Breakfast with Santa".
There will be different activities for children to participate in for a small fee. Tickets may be purchased the day of the event at the school, 25 cents a ticket.  What: Breakfast with Santa  When: Saturday, December 12th, 9:00 am - noon
Where: Gutermuth Elementary School,1500 Sanders Lane, Lou. 40216

Festival with the Grinch
Saturday, 12/12, 10am-4pm, Fun for the whole family.  Games and crafts for the kids
Holiday pictures with the grinch.  Live music from true south 12pm-3pm.
Inflatables, popcorn, cotton candy, and raffles
Money rasied goes to Santa 502 and Women with a cause to help give children a happy holiday!
Volunteers are needed!  Call 502-742-4687 for more information.

Kentucky Humane Society's
December 5 & 6 and 12 & 13, Proceeds benefit KHS and other area animal groups.  Get professional portraits of your furry friend with Santa during the Kentucky Humane Society's 22nd annual PICTURE YOUR PETS WITH SANTA on December 5 & 6 and 12 & 13. Taking place at 12 area Feeders Supply stores, the holiday fundraiser's hours are Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sundays, noon to 4 p.m.  Same day photo service is available! Photos are offered in various packages, starting at only $12. Personalized gift items, including ornaments, mugs and key chains, featuring your pet's photo also are available.  Proceeds benefit the Kentucky Humane Society, HOPE for Pets (Bullitt County), Floyd County Animal Rescue League and Animal Protection Association of Clark County. PICTURE YOUR PETS WITH SANTA is sponsored by Feeders Supply and Hill's Science Diet.  Visit www.kyhumane.org or call (502) 366-3355 for more.

Kentucky Humane Society
Santa Paws Workshop
December 21 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Kentucky Humane Society's main campus, located at 241 Steedly Drive, Ages 6-12
Campers will make a variety of toys for their own pets for the holidays. Cost: $50. All fees benefit the KHS mission.
Registration opens November 9. SPACE IS LIMITED. For more information or to register, call (502) 515-3149 or email education@kyhumane.org.

Fairdale Lions Club Fish Fry
Friday & Saturday of 2nd Weekend each month, 11:00—7:00 PM

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Dare to Care Food Bank
2nd & 4th Wednesday, 10am—12pm each month, Info: 363-9929

Youth Opportunity Showcase
Saturday, February 13, 2010, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Kentucky International Convention Center, 221 Fourth Street, Cascade Ballroom “C”
Jobs Opportunities (ages 16 to 21)   Internships • Job training • Education • Community service
Dress for an interview and bring your I.D. and resume. For more information, contact KentuckianaWorks at 502.574.2500
Companies & Organizations – if you would like to recruit area teens for full or part time paid jobs or for non-paid internships, for booth information please contact: Darrell Aniton, Darrell.Aniton@louisvilleky.gov, 574-2685

You are invited come and join us, WHEN: The 2nd Monday of the Month
TIME: 7:00 pm  PLACE:  Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s Healthcare
4402 Churchman Ave, Medical Plaza I-Conference Room
*Meet your neighbors  *Have a voice in your community
*Learn about City Government, Community Planning,
Safety and Crime prevention & Beautification Projects
For more information contact:
President, Robbie Barker 368-8857 --Vice President, Vickie James 366-9618

Sun Valley Community Center

Shively/Newman Library Programs and Events
3920 Dixie Highway     574-1730

Southwest Library Programs and Events
10375 Dixie Hwy

Iroquois Library Programs and Events
601 W. Woodlawn

Beechmont Community Center

South Louisville Community Center

KY Fair & Expo Center Event Calendar

Rauch Planetarium
Click here for Show Times

Women's Round Table
2nd Wednesday of every month. 9:00 am to 10:30 am
Kentucky Telco, Corner of Greenbelt and Greenwood Rd, 7215 Riverport Plaza Dr
Business women and Entrepreneurs welcome, Refreshments Provided!
Contact SharonYates at 502-719-1228

Kentucky Bluegrass Cornhole

Bike and Trike Nights
Every Wednesday and Sunday Nights from 5:30 to 7:30
Live Music and Good Times! $1.50 Domestic Long Necks and Free Wings!
No Coolers Please. The Wharf @ Ables Lake, 7208 Whipple Rd in Valley Station

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Shooter's Indoor Golf

Batt & Putt (Dixe Hwy)

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The Wharf @ Ables Lake
Fish Eat Relax

Different Strokes

Riverside, The Farnsley-
Moremen Landing

Iroquois Amphitheater

Jefferson Memorial Forest

Little Loom House

Waverly Hills Sanatorium

Third Eye Paintball

Manslick Rollerdrome

Valley Skate Zone

Sun Valley Community Center

Metro Arts Center

Handi-Craft Ceramics at The Southwest Center

Dixie Dozen

Where To Eat?
Click on links for directions
Christi's Cafe
Mike Linnig's
A & W (Dixie Hwy)
Catfish Haven (Greenwood Rd)
Rubbies (Southside Dr)
Penn Station East Coast Subs (Dixie Hwy)
Mr. Lou's Country Cottage Restaurant (Valley Station Road)
The Pie Pantry (Dixie Hwy)
KFC ( Valley Station)
Lee's Famous Recipe Chicken
Moby Dick (12416 Dixie Hwy)
Hometown Buffet
Granny's Apron (Rockford Lane)
Sister Beans Coffee House ( Gagel Ave)
Popeye's Chicken and Biscuits (Dixie Hwy)
Beef O Brady's (Valley Station Rd)
Texas Roadhouse
Logan's Steakhouse
Steak n' Shake
Jessie's Restaurant
Rumballs Family Restaurant (Lower Hunters Trace)
Hoops (Strawberry Lane)
The Wharf @ Ables Lake's, 7208 Whipple Rd, 995-3307.  Dine in or carry out.
Coco's Bakery (Southside Dr)
The Pie Pantry (Dixie Hwy)
Thornberry's (South Third Str)
Jimbo's Bar-B-Que (Kenwood Dr)
Fire Fresh BBQ
Porkys BBQ
1st Wok ( Greenwood Road)
China Dragon (Terry Road)
Golden Palace Buffet (Outer Loop)
China Coast (Gagel)
Beijing Dine-In Carry Out
Ice Cream
Treat Ur Self (Lower Hunters Trace)
Savinos Italian Restaurant (Terry Rd)
Tuscany Italian Restaurant (Outer Loop)
Tuscany Italian Restaurant (Dixie Hwy)
Taco Tico (Lower Hunters Trace)
El Nopal  (New Cut Road)
Mexico Tipico (Dixie Hwy)
Wick's Pizza ( Dixie Hwy)
Siggy's Pizza & Pub
Mr. Gattis
Bonnie & Clydes
Sports Bars
Hoops (Strawberry Lane)
Shooter's Indoor Golf
Spectators Bar & Grill (Auburndale Shopping Ctr)
Business Directory
Click on links for more information
Hemingway & Travelstead
3201 Fern Valley Rd Ste 110
Louisville, KY 40213
968-1892  Email: bheming@bellsouth.net
Appliance Repair
A All Appliance Service      937-3535969-2477363-4121
Auto Detail
R&M Detailing and Window Tinting  821-9102
Auto Repair & Towing
N&V Auto Repair Service
B & C Junk Removal & Towing
Bait Shop
Ables Lake and Sandwich Shop
Car Wash
Goo-Goo 3 Minute Express Wash
7773 Dixie Hwy
Child Care
Iroquois Child Care Center
4100 Lentz Ave
Louisville, KY 40215
Dr. Richard Keeling, DMD
4215 Hillview Avenue
Louisville, KY 40216
Beargrass Medical Associates
Greenwood Drycleaners
National College
Ables Lake and Sandwich Shop
Ken's Haircutting (W.Pages Lane)
SportsClips Haircuts (Dixie Hwy)
First Class Nails Hair Tanning (Shively)
The Edge Hair Salon (Lower Hunters Trace)
Hair V
Claude Reynolds Insurance (Dixie Manor)
Motorcycle Repair
CC Rider of Louisville
Nail Salons
First Class Nails Hair Tanning (Shively)
World Nails (Outer Loop)
Pet Grooming
Best Lil Grooming Shop Around
5209 Dixie Highway        
Louisville, KY 40216           
Holt Printing Company
Gailor Animal Hospital
Window Tinting
R&M Detailing and Window Tinting  821-9102
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