Tuesday, April 03, 2001

Kentucky Digest


Company seeks variance for store

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        CRESTVIEW HILLS — The Panera Bread Co. is seeking a variance from the Crestview Hills Board of Adjustment tonight that would allow the chain to build a 4,800-square-foot building closer to the property line.

        The meeting will be at 7 p.m. at the city building, 50 Crestview Hills Mall Road.

        Panera wants to build on one of four outlots in front of the Crestview Hills Mall facing Dixie Highway.

        The national bakery-cafe chain is seeking to build 75 feet from the property line, or half of the normal 150-foot building setback. The property line is marked by a chain-link fence.

        Panera Bread Co. also wants to put its parking spaces closer to the property line. The city requires a 100-foot setback, but developers are asking for a variance and exception that would allow them to put parking spaces 54 1/2 feet from the property line.

        If the board of adjustment agrees with Panera's request, plans for the bakery-cafe would then go to the city's economic development committee on April 10 for review, then to the full council for a vote on April 12.
       

Historical program invites participants

               FRANKFORT — The Kentucky Historical Society has commuter and residential vacancies remaining for its April 22-27 Elderhostel program, which encourages participants to learn more about Kentucky.

        Through workshops, lectures and scheduled library research time, as well as field trips, participants “gain appreciation for Kentucky's unique history as gateway to the West,” said Melba Porter Hay, division manager of research and publications for the Kentucky Historical Society.

        The program, open to members ages 55 and older, will include sessions on caring for and preserving family documents and photos, how to begin basic genealogical research, research on the Internet, and how to use land grants and maps in studying family history.

        Research time in the library is included in the program.

        There will be tours of the state Capitol, the Governor's Mansion, the Vietnam Memorial and the Frankfort Cemetery, as well as the Kentucky Historical Society museums at the Kentucky History Center, the Kentucky Military History Museum and the Old State Capitol.

        For information, contact Melba Porter Hay at (502) 564-1792, Ext. 4438, or by e-mail at melba.hay@mail.state.ky.us.
       

Villa Hills club to hold egg hunt

               VILLA HILLS — More than 300 children are expected to take part in the Villa Hills Civic Club's annual Easter egg hunt this Sunday.

        The egg hunt is for infants through 8-year-olds. It will start at 2 p.m. on the civic club grounds, 729 Rogers Road. Organizers said parents should remember to bring cameras.

        There will be a live petting zoo, crafts, face painting, clown acts and tours of emergency and police vehicles.
       

Ex-governor's house may become museum

               FRANKFORT — The fire-gutted house that once was the home of Gov. William Owsley would become a downtown museum under the City Commission's plan for a Renaissance Kentucky renovation grant.

        The building, still known as the Owsley House, was a Federal-style two-story home, built about 1813.

        It has housed a dance studio, an engineering firm and the Frankfort Board of Realtors. It burned in April 1999.

        The building is owned by the Kentucky Trust for Historic Preservation.

        The commission on Friday voted to rank the house's conversion to a museum as its top priority for a Renaissance Kentucky grant.

        Mr. Owsley was governor from 1844 to 1848.

        The house was his residence while he practiced law after terms as a legislator and secretary of state in the 1830s. He later settled in Boyle County.

        There are conflicting accounts about whether he lived in the house while governor or had already left the city in 1843.
       

City receives preservation award

               DANVILLE — City officials credit public and private support in a successful bid to be the first Kentucky city to receive a Great American Main Street Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

        Danville officials accepted the award Monday in Indianapolis during the National Trust's annual meeting. The award is given to five towns as part of the trust's Main Street Program, which seeks to preserve historic downtowns by keeping them economically viable.

        Heart of Danville, which is part of the national Main Street Program, has played a role in keeping the post office downtown, in helping the community host a vice presidential debate last year, and in developing a low-interest loan pool for downtown businesses.

        In the past 10 years, the city has acquired 110 new businesses and 324 new jobs.
       

Centre grad filming ghost story in Ky.

               COLUMBIA — Writer and director Matthew Arnold, an alumnus of Centre College in Danville, has been shooting a ghost film in Kentucky.

        Mr. Arnold, 26, is now a graduate student at the University of Southern California School of Cinema. He says he's been planning the film since his first semester at USC.

        “I looked out on the USC stage and saw a production being built and said to myself, "Someday I'm going to make a ghost story here.'”

        Mr. Arnold, whose parents live on the outskirts of Columbia, is filming Resurrection Mary in both Adair and Green counties.

        Mr. Arnold said at first he considered filming the picture in the mountains near Los Angeles but soon realized the California landscape was unsuitable.

        “Kentucky has its own authentic feel, its own personality from any other place that I've ever been. This is the perfect setting for a ghost story,” he said.

        The short film is set in the fictitious Kentucky town of Resurrection, where a string of disappearances intertwines with the ghostly appearances of a young woman. A burned-out tabloid writer stumbles onto the story and finds himself caught up in an eerie web of mystery and danger.

        Jane Aaron, a production coordinator on the set, said many of the scenes have been filmed at “the old Petty place,” a vacant, 1900-era home near the Cumberland County line. Ms. Aaron said residents have been serving as extras and assisting with props and wardrobe. Filming is expected to wrap up this week.

       



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