[Nfbk] ky cardinal winter 2011

cindy smith cindy.smith8109 at insightbb.com
Fri Mar 25 15:11:08 UTC 2011

Hi, this is Cindy Smith of the Louisville chapter.  I just wanted to  
say thanks for everyone that contributed to the Cardinal winter  
issue.  I especially appreciated the article by Mrs Felty about her  
son Jamie, that was very interesting and touching to me.

On Mar 22, 2011, at 3:05 PM, Denise Franklin wrote:

> The Kentucky Cardinal
> WINTER 2011
> A publication of the National Federation of the Blind of Kentucky
> Cathy Jackson, President
> 210 Cambridge Drive
> Louisville, Kentucky 40214
> Phone: 502-366-2317
> Edited by: Denise Franklin
> 3639 Hurstbourne Ridge Boulevard
> Louisville, Kentucky 40299
> Phone: 502-499-0759,
> e-mail: kyfranks at yahoo.com
> Editorial staff:
> Lora Felty, e-mail: lorafelty at windstream.net
> Dennis Franklin, Formatting Specialist
> We invite and encourage your participation in this newsletter.   
> Articles may be edited for length, and the editors reserve the right  
> to judge suitability for this publication.  Material must take the  
> form of an attachment to an e-mail and may be submitted to any of  
> the editors.
> We Are Family
> By Cathy Jackson, President
> National Federation of the Blind of Kentucky
> The definition of family in the New Word Dictionary, Second College  
> Edition is: 1. A social unit consisting of parents and the children  
> they rear.  2. A group of people related by ancestry or marriage.   
> But the family I want to talk about is our Federation Family.
> When we are very young we are content with our close-knit family  
> that consists of our parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts and  
> uncles and cousins.  In our eyes, our family circle is complete and  
> we are satisfied with visits to grandma’s house, spending the night  
> with our cousin, and looking forward to the upcoming family  
> reunion.  What could be better?  Obviously, as we grow older, we  
> begin to meet friends in the neighborhood and in school.  Some of  
> these friends become lifelong acquaintances that you may actually  
> get to know better than your blood relatives.  For example, Denise  
> Franklin and I have known each other for over fifty years.  We have  
> been through thick and thin, ups and downs, but through it all we  
> remain as close as most sisters.
> Before you know it, you are an adult and the family circle gets a  
> little bigger.  You and your brothers and sisters get married and  
> there is this new family unit called the in-laws.  Oops, now you  
> have children of your own, and goodness me, there are nieces and  
> nephews too.  It by no means stops here.  We have all heard the old  
> saying, “You can pick a guitar; you can pick your friends; but you  
> cannot pick your relatives.”
> There is another family that we belong to, and that is our  
> Federation Family.  Webster’s definition of Federation is: 1. The  
> act of uniting or forming a unit of states, groups, by agreement of  
> each member to subordinate its power to that of the central  
> authority in common affairs.  2. An organization formed by such an  
> act; league; a federal union of states, nations, etc.  These  
> definitions sound rather complicated, but in fact, they are not.  We  
> have joined together in a common belief and philosophy that  
> blindness is nothing to be ashamed of and that we can and will take  
> our rightful place in society.  We have tried-and-true methods by  
> which we will reach our goals such as: using non-visual techniques  
> including learning Braille, using a long white cane, and continued  
> training in the use of the latest accessible technology.  We the  
> members of the Federation actually have higher expectations for  
> ourselves than do others, which makes the National Federation of the  
> Blind a unique organization (family).
> My Federation family started out small just as my biological family  
> did.  Thirty plus years ago I became a member of the NFB of Greater  
> Louisville.  I joined because Dennis and Denise Franklin were  
> members, and also, because Betty Niceley kept badgering me.  I soon  
> met other members of the Louisville Chapter including Mary Franklin  
> and two past presidents of the National Federation of the Blind of  
> Kentucky, Bob Whitehead and Harold Reagan.  Quite quickly  
> friendships began to grow.  I went to my first NFB of Kentucky state  
> convention in 1977 where I met members from other local chapters:  
> Tim Cranmer, Jerry Cameron, and Robert Page come to mind.  After a  
> while I was asked to help with developing other local chapters  
> across the state.  We traveled to Henderson where I met Lloyd and  
> Joretta Agnew, John and Dorothy Steel, Orville and Jenny Phillips,  
> David and Grace Link and their young daughter Mary Ann.  It was on  
> to Bowling Green where I first became acquainted with Robbie  
> McClave.  I remember the first time I met Danny and Anetta Perry  
> from Murray, and since then they have introduced me to many fine  
> people from their neck of the woods.  We re-built our Lexington  
> Chapter and before long I was calling Pamela and John Glisson  
> family.  I traveled all the way to North Carolina where I met Lora  
> Felty in 1992.  She was an NFB scholarship finalist that year.
> I have also had the privilege of making friends with Federationists  
> from around the country.  My Federation family members can be found  
> from Maine to Hawaii, from the east coast to the west, and  
> everywhere in between.  Being a state president and member of the  
> national board of directors has afforded me the opportunity to  
> travel and be involved in the NFB on many levels.
> If you really want to get to know your fellow Federationists, you  
> might want to ask him or her to room with you at a state or national  
> convention.  Over these many years I have had countless roommates.   
> I won’t divulge who’s sloppy, who snores, or whose guide dog wakes  
> you in the morning with a sloppy kiss.  However, I will tell you it  
> is the perfect setting to really get to know one another.  The  
> roommate list is a long one: Tonia Gatton, Melanie Peskoe, Mittie  
> Lake, Maria Jones, Brenda Kimbro, Dianne Cline, Jayne Seif, Joan  
> Balot, Lora Felty, Angela Dehart, Sarah Williams, and others.  It  
> goes without saying that this setting gives us the perfect  
> opportunity to discuss NFB legislation, philosophy, banquet  
> addresses and fundraising ideas.  But it also leads to discussions  
> that last long into the night about children, shopping, clothes,  
> school, and where to eat breakfast.  Oh, did I fail to mention that  
> my two most recent roommates were Pamela AND John Glisson?  As a  
> cost-cutting measure, we decided to share a room in Daytona, Florida  
> so we could attend the Blind Driver Challenge.  You know, I just  
> realized that the topics of conversation were pretty much the same  
> as always.  So, you see, we really are family.
> By Lora Felty
> It is with much sadness that the Murray Chapter informs the NFB  
> organization of the loss of two very important people who played a  
> key role in our chapter.
> Ms. Nell Norsworthy, longtime member and friend, passed away.   
> Reldon, Ms. Nell's husband, was a member of the chapter for many  
> years since he had lost his sight.  When he passed away Ms. Nell  
> continued to be a member and support the group in its endeavors  
> until she was no longer able to get out.  She will be remembered  
> with great fondness.
> Mr. Otis Yates, brother of member Sue Yates, went to be with the  
> Lord.  Otis was a very special person who always attended the  
> chapter events and helped out in anyway possible.  The main thing  
> Otis was known for was his “famous” banana pudding.  He knew when an  
> upcoming event included eating and that he had better provide his  
> banana pudding.  The entire Yates family has supported the chapter  
> for many years.  Mary has made afghans for fundraisers and Ricky,  
> the son, has donated his time and sponsorship for many dinners.
> The chapter will miss each of these people greatly.  Please keep  
> their families in your prayers.
> Mario Eiland, who has worked at the Kentucky Office for the Blind's  
> Charles McDowell Rehabilitation Center, and prior to his employment  
> with OFB, worked in the technology department at the American  
> Printing House for the Blind, has taken a position in Washington  
> state with the state rehabilitation agency.  Mario is now in  
> Washington, while his wife, Sharon and daughters remain in  
> Louisville.  Sharon and the girls plan to move after the end of the  
> current school year and when they sell their house.  We will miss  
> Mario and Sharon, but we wish them all the best in the new life's  
> adventure that lays ahead for them.  Best wishes, and don't forget  
> your Kentucky friends.
> Congratulations and best wishes go out to Lloyd Agnew, president of  
> the Henderson Chapter.  Lloyd is retiring after 34 ½ years of  
> operating his own business.  Lloyd, we wish you a happy and  
> enjoyable retirement.
> We are saddened to report the deaths of several long time members of  
> the NFB of Henderson.  John Steele and Dee Phillips passed away  
> earlier this year.  They will be greatly missed by NFB friends.   
> Marty Laster, who served as president of the Owensboro Chapter died  
> in late January.  Marty also served on the NFBK board.  She will be  
> missed by those of us who knew her.
> We are happy to report that Mittie Lake of Louisville is home from  
> the hospital after undergoing a mastectomy.  With this surgery  
> Mittie will not have to go through the rigors of chemotherapy or  
> radiation.  She is anxious for her recovery to be complete and she  
> looks forward to getting out and seeing her friends. You just can’t  
> keep a good woman down.  See you soon, Mittie.
> Six of our Federation friends spent a little time on the high seas  
> in February.  Joan and Norman Balot, Denise and Dennis Franklin,  
> Ranelle Mackey and George Stokes sailed off on Royal Caribbean’s  
> Oasis of the Seas for a seven-day cruise.  Oasis is currently the  
> largest cruise ship and the group enjoyed everything from broadway  
> shows, trivia contests, (perhaps not their best performance) and  
> endless food choices, to swimming pools, a zip line and a carousel.   
> They had a wonderful time sightseeing and shopping and agree that  
> cruising is definitely the way to go.
> On January 29, 2011, I had the opportunity to witness history being  
> made at the Daytona Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida.  On this  
> historic day the work that had been put into the Blind Driver  
> Challenge paid off because we drove!  I say “we” because I have a  
> feeling that no matter if you were there in person to witness it, or  
> at home listening to the live stream, we all felt like we were  
> sitting in that driver’s seat with Mr. Riccabono.  I know that I did  
> and the excitement and pure exhilaration that went through me just  
> knowing this was being done and that we had proved to everyone who  
> had doubted it, that it is possible for blind people to drive.  This  
> was truly an amazing experience and I am so glad that I was there.
> Angela Dehart
> Invitation to fans of Terry Sales
> Saturday, April 9, 2011  2:00- 4:00 p.m.
> Please reserve a space by March 31,
> Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind
> 1839 Frankfort Avenue
> Louisville, KY 40206
> Please join the Sales family and APH staff at the American Printing  
> House for the Blind (APH) for a celebration of the life of Terry’s  
> life.  She was a narrator at APH for seventy years.  The Kentucky  
> Center for the Arts, where Terry was also active, will take part, too.
> After light refreshments, there will be a short program remembering  
> Terry.
> A great number of relatives and friends want to honor Terry, but we  
> must limit the number in attendance because of the limitation of the  
> space.  Please make your reservations no later than noon on  
> Thursday, March 31.   Call Pam MacLaine at (502) 899-2242 or Roberta  
> Williams, (502) 899-2357 to make a reservation.
> Each year the NFB of Kentucky awards several scholarships during the  
> banquet at the State Convention.  This year’s deadline for  
> application submission is June 1, 2011.  To obtain an application  
> contact Lora Felty, Committee Chair, at lorafelty at windstream.com.
> Pre-registration is now open and available at www.nfb.org for this  
> year’s NFB National Convention, July 3 through 8 in Orlando,  
> Florida.  Pre-registration is a time and money saver—the two  
> commodities that always seem to be in short supply.  The website has  
> all the information you will need to make your convention  
> arrangements.  We want to see lots of Kentuckians in Orlando!
> Have you been looking for a place where you can purchase Braille and  
> talking watches, computers and accessories and low-vision  
> magnifiers?  At See The World, you can actually get your hands on  
> these gadgets before you buy them.  The location is 1832 Frankfort  
> Avenue, across from the American Printing House for the Blind in  
> Louisville, KY.  The hours of operation vary, but Brian, the owner,  
> is only a phone call away at 502-447-2458.  Be sure to tell him you  
> read it in the Kentucky Cardinal.
> By Pauletta Feldman
> (Editor’s Note: The following article appeared in FREEDOM, thirtieth  
> in the National Federation of the Blind’s Kernel Book series.  The  
> author is a Federationist who resides in Louisville.)
> There are a few subjects in our society that even the most confident  
> parents find difficult to discuss with their children. Trying to  
> explain or answer a question about sex or death to an inquisitive  
> five-year-old, for example, can leave us stammering. Fortunately,  
> there are many places parents can turn to for help. But what do you  
> do if you have a blind child? Where do you turn for guidance when  
> your child asks, “Mom, what does blind mean?” By the time her son  
> Jamie asked that question, Pauletta Feldman was prepared—she had  
> been in the National Federation of the Blind’s parents group since  
> Jamie had been a toddler. Here is what she has to say:
> It wasn’t until my son, Jamie, was five years old that he finally  
> asked me, “Mom, what does blind mean?”
> We’d used the word blind in conversation, and he’d certainly heard  
> it from other people. But we hadn’t really discussed blindness or  
> its implications with Jamie. Maybe we were just “chicken” and  
> putting off the inevitable.
> However, we had decided that we would handle discussions of  
> blindness with Jamie as we had handled discussions of sex with our  
> older children: when they started asking questions, we felt they  
> were ready to be told the facts.
> So that day at naptime when Jamie asked about blindness, I sucked in  
> a big breath and summoned my courage. “Blind means that you can’t  
> see with your eyes,” I said. “I can see things with my eyes. I can  
> see the trees and the birds and all of the other things I tell you  
> about. But you see things in a different way than with your eyes.  
> You use your smart fingers and your smart ears.” He was quite  
> satisfied with that answer and didn’t pursue the subject further  
> that day. However in the days to come, he would ask questions again.  
> The kind of questions he asked led me to believe that, in his mind,  
> he wasn’t the one that was different. I was! In a way, it was like  
> his first notion of differences among people was of how they were  
> different from him, rather than how he was different from them. I  
> liked that—I liked how self-confident and self-loving he was.
> For a while, Jamie seemed to think that everybody we knew was blind  
> and that there were just a few people who could see. He began asking  
> about person after person in our family and among our friends to  
> sort out who was blind and who was not. Gradually he came to realize  
> that he knew more people who could see than who could not. I’m so  
> thankful that we knew other blind children and adults so that as  
> this realization dawned on him, he did not feel isolated or alone.  
> The blind people that we knew were really neat people. They were  
> friends and fun to be with, just like our other friends. They were  
> people that Jamie really liked, and he could feel good about having  
> something in common with them.
> Jamie began school and loved learning to read Braille. He became  
> very interested in how sighted people read. Then he began asking of  
> everyone we knew whether they read with their fingers or with their  
> eyes.
> During the past two years since facing that first question, there  
> have been many incidents that have brought both hidden tears and  
> silent laughter as we have gone through Jamie’s formation of  
> opinions about blindness. There was the day that he came home from  
> school very indignant because a teacher had mentioned that he  
> couldn’t see. He said, “I told her that I can too see! I can see the  
> light!” Another day, as he and his brother sat at the kitchen table  
> doing homework, he asked accusingly, “Is Don doing his homework with  
> his eyes?” And he laid his face on his Brailled worksheet and said,  
> “Then I’m doing my homework with my eyes too!” He decided that  
> someday he was going to go to school with his brother and then he  
> would be able to read print because they didn’t teach Braille there.
> As Jamie has gotten older, some of his responses to his blindness  
> have begun to be tinged with sadness. One day we read a little book  
> called “Corky the Blind Seal,” about a seal in a zoo who lost his  
> sight. The next day as he got off the school bus, he said, “I want  
> to be a bus driver when I grow up!” My heart ached, and I just said,  
> “I bet driving a school bus is fun, too.” But when we got in the  
> house, he confessed. “I know I can’t be a bus driver. Blind people  
> can’t drive, and I’m blind. I’m glad I’m blind, Mom. I just wish I  
> could be blind like Corky the seal was blind, because he got to see  
> first.” He asked if it was nice to be able to see, and I said that  
> it was.
> We talked about how he could see what I see using his other senses,  
> like when we went to the ocean he could feel the water, taste its  
> saltiness, hear its waves, and smell it, too. He liked knowing that  
> there were things that even people who were sighted actually  
> couldn’t see, like the wind—that we had to hear it and feel it to  
> know it was there just like he did.
> I’ve always wanted Jamie to feel good about himself. I haven’t  
> wanted him to think that there is anything wrong with the way he is.  
> I haven’t been able to bring myself to tell Jamie that, according to  
> some people, there is something wrong with being blind. Maybe I’ll  
> regret this someday, but I figure in time he’ll learn. I hope he  
> will come to me with his questions then and that I’ll be able to  
> answer them. To me, blindness is a difference, a source of sadness  
> sometimes and inconvenience at others, but there’s nothing wrong  
> with it.
> Life is a journey of self-discovery. I want Jamie’s journey to bring  
> self-love with the discovery of his many potentials and capabilities  
> as well as his personal limitations. We all have to face certain  
> limitations. It’s how we cope with them that really matters. So far,  
> Jamie has always managed to find a silver lining for every one of  
> his clouds, to compensate for each limitation with a special  
> strength. Why just last week he said, “Mom, aren’t you glad I’m  
> blind and have such smart fingers and can read Braille? You can’t  
> read Braille with your fingers! You have to use your eyes.”
> NFB of Lexington continues in its usual forward motion!  The  
> September Walk-a-Thon occurred in 2010 and displayed its greatest  
> participation from the chapter and the community yet.  The chapter  
> expects the annual event to become a fantastic fundraiser and  
> awareness tool.  The chapter had a unique opportunity to take  
> advantage of a newly founded Lexington-Fayette County Public Library  
> event in October that is also expected to become an annual affair.
> Local Fayette County State and local representatives set up in the  
> Library on October 19, 2010 to meet their public and discuss a  
> number of issues important to the community in general.  Pamela and  
> a good number of the NFB Chapter members attended the event and had  
> opportunity to share with the Director of the Library our concerns  
> regarding inaccessibility to the blind of Fayette County to library  
> services and provided information about the solutions to bridge the  
> gap.  Of course, Pamela also made the best of the “Meet the Blind”  
> event and discussed the importance of and funding inadequacies of  
> the KY NFB-NEWSLINE® newspaper reading service with State Senators  
> and Representatives present.  The event was well attended and well  
> worth the while.
> NFB of Lexington had the distinct pleasure of having Mr. George  
> Stokes, Envision America Representative, visit the monthly chapter  
> meeting in November and provide his excellent demonstration of the  
> Summit and ScriptTalk, bar code reading devices that open the door  
> to accessible information and independence for the blind and  
> visually impaired regarding home supplies and medications.  George  
> provided lots of information regarding other print access devices  
> that help all of us to more freely negotiate the world of print.   
> The chapter also joined with Independence Place, Inc. Staff and  
> Consumers to celebrate Christmas and the holiday season in December  
> despite the horrible winter weather.
> 2011 started with a bang and hasn’t let up!  Pamela has taken a new  
> approach to monthly chapter meetings by including FOOD during the  
> meetings which has brought fun and excitement to the meetings.   
> Lexington has grown in membership in January and was found enjoying  
> great pleasure at the February meeting from the new members’ chef’s  
> delight – fried chicken and mashed potatoes.  We are looking for  
> still more membership growth and lots of delicious dishes throughout  
> the year!
> Pamela and John had the distinct opportunity to join President Cathy  
> Jackson in Daytona Beach at the International Speedway to witness  
> HISTORY in the making as Mark Riccabono drove the 2011 Ford Escape  
> for the “Rolex Blind Driver Challenge!”  Together with approximately  
> 400 NFB members from across the nation, the Kentucky group cheered  
> Mark onward to an enormous step into the future for the blind and  
> visually impaired!  On the heels of this exhilarating experience,  
> the group took the necessary issues to Capitol Hill in attempt to  
> help U.S. Representatives understand the importance of taking strong  
> positions on behalf of the blind and visually impaired, and in some  
> cases, through items that bring access and independence which have  
> been LAW for 20 years or longer!  Our blind and visually impaired  
> children need to be held to the highest standards of excellence in  
> their education, all products, goods and services manufactured,  
> bought and sold need to be accessible to and usable by the blind and  
> visually impaired of America especially, and further demonstrate our  
> skills and abilities through employment that will be enhanced  
> through the Americans with Disabilities Business Opportunity Act.
> We are privileged to represent the Nation’s blind and appreciate the  
> opportunity to join in “changing what it means to be blind!”
> For more information regarding NFB of Lexington, call Pamela Roark- 
> Glisson, President, at (859) 948-3663 or e-mail her at Pam.glisson at insightbb.com 
> .
> The Murray Chapter has been busy as bees.  The chapter celebrated  
> its annual dinner in September and elected officers.  The members  
> traveled to Louisville for the State Convention.
> The month of December was a busy time as the chapter enjoyed  
> Christmas dinner and a gift exchange.  The meal was sponsored and  
> coordinated by Rickey Yates, nephew of member Sue Rudd.  Members and  
> friends enjoyed watching President Danny Perry work his way through  
> multiple boxes to discover his Christmas gift.  Danny and Anetta  
> Perry, along with Mike and Ashley Dixon rode in the Murray Christmas  
> parade in a vehicle donated by the local business The Basket Case.   
> The vehicle was decorated with a banner donated by K-Square Designs,  
> LLC, with the Whozit on it.  The vehicle was also decorated in green  
> garland which had sunglasses and candy canes adorning it.  Members  
> passed out candy canes to the audience as the parade went down the  
> street.  The chapter utilized this as an awareness event for the  
> community.
> In January Mike, Jenny and Ashley Dixon took part in the Martin  
> Luther King volunteer day as they washed windows, cleaned the yard  
> and moved some items for a lady in the community.  This was also an  
> awareness project.
> The chapter is having an auction in April to raise funds for the  
> National Convention trip in July.  In May the chapter will be  
> participating in the city-wide yard sale with a mini carnival  
> including a duck pond, sucker tree, corn hole toss and bake sale.   
> The chapter is also very thankful for an organization called The  
> Dixie Outlaws.  This group will be putting on a lawn mower derby  
> with the funds being donated to our chapter to help with convention  
> expenses.  Eight chapter members are making plans to attend the  
> convention this year.  The group would also like to mention that  
> Jennifer Hall is greatly missed, however, we understand she is  
> getting a great education and wish her well while in Louisville.   
> Stay tuned for more happenings from the Murray Chapter.
> Things are sure happening here in Louisville!  We just wrapped up  
> our 2011 Chili Supper and Auction, and even though our numbers were  
> down we had a great event.  Now we’re turning our sights to our  
> April Luncheon which will be held on Saturday April 23, 2011.  We’re  
> spicing it up by having the luncheon at Tumbleweed on the river and  
> bringing in Mr. Ron Gardner.  Mr. Gardner is the Affiliate President  
> of Utah and a member of the National Affiliate Action team.  Here in  
> Louisville, we feel very fortunate to have the funds to bring in a  
> well known, well respected Federationist.  Mr. Gardner is going to  
> assist me in motivating our chapter members, and we have a few other  
> surprises up our sleeves!
> Thinking “Out of the Box” is what we are doing in Louisville this  
> year.  Our board decided to send a deligate to the 2011 National  
> convention in Orlando.  Sarah Williams who is a board member was the  
> chosen one.  This is a great opportunity for Sarah and we know  
> she’ll bring back knowledge and enthusiasm.  We continue to add  
> names to our Great Convention Giveaway drawing.  Last summer the  
> Greater Louisville board decided to entice people. For every NFBGL  
> meeting or event you attend your name goes in a drawing for an all- 
> expense paid trip to the 2011 NFB of Kentucky State Convention in  
> Frankfort.  Our box runneth over with names; I need to get a bigger  
> box!  The winner will be drawn at our April Luncheon.
> We have some exciting meetings and activities planned for this  
> summer.  We hope you can join us.  Our monthly meetings are held on  
> the third Saturday of the month at the Louisville Free Public  
> Library, 301 York Street, from 2pm till 3:30pm.  You can always call  
> our Talking Bulletin Board at, 502-495-7130 for all the up to date  
> news. You can also find us on Twitter at, NFBGL.
> Submitted by Nickie Pearl, President, NFB of Greater Louisville
> On December 18, 2010, the NFB of Ashland celebrated Christmas with a  
> potluck lunch at the home of Lora Felty.  Michael and Kennetta  
> Freholm provided a scrumptious smoked turkey and other chapter  
> members provided yummy side dishes and dessert.  Following lunch,  
> members took part in the annual ornament exchange.  An extra special  
> surprise for the day came when Sandy and Christopher Adams stopped  
> by for a bit.  Sandy is a charter member of the NFB of Ashland and  
> Christopher, her son, is legally blind.  Christopher has suffered a  
> year-long bout with leukemia and has undergone a bone marrow  
> transplant.  He is doing well; his hair is coming back in and it was  
> wonderful to see him.  We are all thankful that he is doing so well.
>   Plans were made to celebrate Louis Braille’s birthday in January  
> with a presentation at the Flatwoods Public Library in Greenup  
> County.  However, due to the crazy weather in January, the event was  
> postponed until February.  So, on Thursday, February 10, Michael  
> Freholm and Lora Felty, assisted by Michael’s daughter, Wesley,  
> spoke with families at the Flatwoods library, sharing with them  
> information about the NFB, Braille and how blind people do normal  
> everyday things.  A Braille storybook was read aloud, Braille  
> alphabet cards were passed out and names were written in Braille.   
> There were approximately 30 individuals in attendance and the group  
> was interested and attentive.  It always feels good to have a  
> successful event.
> Making Plans
> By Cathy Jackson, President
> National Federation of the Blind of Kentucky
> The 64th annual convention of the National Federation of the Blind  
> of Kentucky has been set.  We will convene in Frankfort, KY at the  
> Capitol Plaza Hotel beginning Friday, September 30 through Sunday,  
> October 2.  Room rates are $79.00 per room, per night, plus  
> applicable taxes.  Calling the hotel directly at, 502-227-5100 no  
> later than Friday, September 9 will guarantee you a room at our  
> convention rate.  When calling, you must specify that you are with  
> the NFB of Kentucky.
> We have not held a convention in Frankfort since 2003.  Chapter  
> President, Jerry Young, is rallying the troops and he has promised  
> to make this a convention to remember.
> Now, if you would really like to plan ahead, our 65th annual  
> convention will be held the weekend of September 28, 29 and 30,  
> (guess where), Frankfort.
> Potato Ham Bake
> Makes 6 servings
> Ingredients
> 3 medium potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
> 2 cups cubed fully cooked ham
> 1 medium onion, sliced and separated into rings
> 8 slices processed American cheese
> 1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
> ½ cup frozen peas, thawed
> 1.  In a greased 3-qt baking dish, layer half of the potatoes, ham,  
> onion, cheese and soup.  Repeat layers.  Cover and bake at 350  
> degrees F for 1-1/4 hours or until potatoes are almost tender.
> 2.  Sprinkle with peas.  Bake, uncovered, for 10 minutes or until  
> heated through.
> Strawberry Shortcake Toss
> Makes 6 servings
> Ingredients
> 3 (1/2-inch) center slices King’s Hawaiian Sweet Bread
> 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
> ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
> ¼ cup margarine, melted
> 2-1/2 cups sliced strawberries
> 3 cups non-dairy whipped topping
> Strawberries to garnish
> 1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
> 2.  Blend sugar and cinnamon together.  Brush both sides of bread  
> lightly with margarine.  Generously sprinkle with cinnamon sugar  
> mixture.  Cut into 1-inch cubes.
> 3.  Bake cubes on a baking sheet with a lip for 8-9 minutes, or  
> until golden brown, stirring once.  Set aside to cool.
> 4.  Toss together croutons and berries.  Spread evenly into an 8 by  
> 8 by 2-inch pan.  Spread whipped topping evenly to cover filling.
> 5.  Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour.  Sprinkle top with  
> cinnamon-sugar, if desired.
> Chocopeanutbutterbanana Smoothie
> Makes 1 serving
> Ingredients
> 1 banana, sliced
> ½ cup skim milk
> 2 tablespoons peanut butter
> 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
> 1.  Blend the banana, skim milk, peanut butter and chocolate syrup  
> in a blender until smooth.  Pour into a glass to serve.
> It's a lot more satisfying to reach for the stars, even if you end  
> up landing only on the moon.
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