Saturday, December 31, 2011

"eBooks" now available at Louisville Free Public Library

Before spending money on downloadable ebooks for your new Kindle, check the library for your favorite titles.

"eBooks" are now available for free from Louisville Free Public Library with your library card and password. Browse the Library’s collection of nearly 5,000 books including non-fiction, mysteries, biographies, history, classics and more.

Download to your PC, Mac, Kindle, eReader or other mobile device. Titles automatically expire at the end of the lending period and there are no late fees. To learn more and get started downloading eBooks, click here.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Councilman Yates and volunteers clean up illegal dump site on Old Third

In the spirit of the holiday season, Councilman David Yates and volunteers will lend a helping hand to a couple along Old Third Street Road who have fallen victim to illegal dumping in District 25.

“Illegal dumping continues to be a major concern throughout Metro Louisville,” says Yates. “In this case, the victims of it are not the ones who caused it.”

At 10:00am Friday, December 23rd, Yates and the volunteers removed hundreds of illegally dumped tires. The property at 8201 Old Third Street Road is owned by Charles and Shawn Foerster.

“Twice every year, Southwest Jefferson County has one of the largest Brightside cleanups in the entire city. We take pride in our community,” says Yates. “I want everyone to know that District 25 is paying closer attention to illegal dumping.”

For more information, contact Councilman Yates office at 574-1125.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Public meeting scheduled for drive-thru Subway at Dixie and Ashby

From the office of CM Bob Henderson(D-14):

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING CASE #16747

YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND A REVIEW OF A PROPOSAL FOR LANDSCAPE WAIVERS FOR VEHICLE USE AREAS AT 10500 DIXIE HIGHWAY AT THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF ASHBY LANE. THE MEETING WILL BE HELD BEGINNING AT 1PM ON December 28TH AT 514 WEST LIBERTY STREET UNTIL ALL CASES ARE HEARD. THE APPLICANT IS PLANNING A SUBWAY FOR THAT PROPERTY.

If you are planning to go to this meeting, please CLICK HERE to read about how these meetings are conducted so you will be familiar with all of the weird rules. Also, you may have to devote a significant part of your day in order to participate. It is one of the reasons these meetings are so poorly attended, and is why bad projects seem to breeze right through the system in Louisville.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

A reader needs your help in locating an old friend

A Valley Report reader needs your help in locating some old friends and I have agreed to put out a call for information so that we may help him out.

If anyone remembers Richard or Edna Brown of Shively Records fame, please email me here. Our reader is looking to contact the Browns, who were owners of the former record store in the Shively Center back when Bacon's Department Store was in business.

Thanks for your cooperation. Hopefully we can help.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

3rd Division crime trends: Things are getting out of hand here

Ok, here are the most recent Crime Trends for the LMPD 3rd Division. Specific trends to be aware of are as follows:

- There were several thefts from autos and a home burglary reported along the Lower Hunters Trace corridor. ALL of these were the result of vehicles or homes being left unlocked and unattended. ALWAYS LOCK ALL DOORS AND WINDOWS WHILE AWAY.

- A silver Mazda 6 with KY license plate 672FET was reported stolen from a parking lot. Vehicle was left running, unlocked, with the keys inside. If you have any information for the police in reference to this crime, please call.

- The Smoke Shop on Terry Rd. was burglarized. Police are looking for a white male in his 20’s with a thin “chin strap” beard.

- There were 3 separate reports of car break-ins at Meadows South Nursing Home. In all thefts, the windows of the vehicles were broken out and valuables taken. Remember to hide all valuables or take them with you.

- Another theft report was taken by police where a man, dressed as a Louisville Water Co. employee, was let in to a home by the homeowner and proceeded to steal from them. If you have any information about this crime please call police.

- There were 2 reports of air conditioning units stolen from Hampton Place Ct. There were also 2 reports of MSD sewer grates taken from the area of Glimmer Way. Any info you may have, please don’t hesitate to call police.

- Again, there was a report of a home burglary and a theft from auto. Both the home and vehicle were UNLOCKED.

- A white male suspect was seen fleeing from a car break-in. The suspect vehicle police are looking for is a small tan or gold vehicle.

- There was a report of a home burglary off of Valley College Dr. The home was entered by force and many specific valuables were taken. Make sure to keep a good eye on any property where the occupants may be gone during normal, daytime working hours.

- Police are looking for a dark colored Chevy 4D occupied by a black male. The vehicle and suspect are wanted in reference to a home burglary.

- A Chevy pickup truck was observed taking wooden pallets from the 10000 block of Dixie Hwy. The license plate number of the wanted vehicle is KY tag 696LLV.

- A trailer was reported stolen with a 1999 Ford Ranger topper mounted to it. The suspect vehicle is reported as being a red or maroon older model Ford truck.

-2 separate thefts from autos were reported in Autumn Lake trailer park. In both thefts, force was used to enter the vehicles and take valuables. Remember to hide or remove all valuables from your car anytime you are away.

Authorites appreciate any help from the community to solve crime. Please talk to all of your friends, family members, social and professional organizations and make them aware of this new service the Louisville Metro Police Department is offering. The more the information gets out to the commmuntiy the better our chances of keeping Louisville safe.

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

SW news updates: Mobile dental unit & shopping locally

This is NOT what you want.
- Mobile Dental Unit: The Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness Mobile Dental Unit is now accepting new patients! The Mobile Dental Unit will be available for appointments at the Southwest Government Center (7219 Dixie Highway) on Mondays and Wednesdays between 8:00am and 4:30pm. Emergency dental services for adults are provided. Patients pay $10 at the time of service and the remaining balance is based on a sliding income scale. Call (502) 574-6688 to schedule an appointment.

- Buy Local 
  • Fairdale Florist: 30% off Christmas D├ęcor and great stocking stuffers! Located at 10700 West Manslick Road.
  • LeLe’s Boutique: Christmas Specials Galore! Located at 10624 West Manslick Road.
  • Koch & Company Christmas Open House: December 10th from 5-10pm! Fine art, painted furniture, floral jewelry, pottery, wood, antiques, gifts, glass, Christmas items, and much more! Located at 10978 Dixie Highway (Gene Snyder and Dixie Highway Valley Station Shopping Center). Call 502-618-4069 for information.

Independent local businesses employ an array of supporting services, circulating money in and strengthening the local economy. Dollars spent at community-based merchants create a multiplier effect. Studies have shown that for every $100 spent at a chain, $15 remains in the community while $45 remains when spent with home town businesses.

Valley Station pimped by dollar stores- residents flee

The latest edition of Councilman Bob Henderson's email newsletter arrived a few days ago and attached was an interesting story about economic development in the 14th District:

There will be an informational meeting on December 14th at 1pm concerning the property at 13313 Dixie Hwy (north east corner of Dixie and Pendleton Road) for a possible Family Dollar Store at that site. The meeting will be held at 514 West Liberty Street in downtown Louisville.

Case #16208

Let's talk about it.

What do you think about this development? Is it the right thing for SW Louisville? Is it the best we can get? Do you think it is a good thing? Is any business a good business? Is our area over-served by dollar stores?

The facts are clear. The area is already saturated with dollar stores, from the Dollar Tree to Dollar General and now Family Dollar.

But what I want to know is what YOU think of this new situation.

Blast away.....

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Welch and Fairdale Community Club bring "Santa Land" to District 13

A holiday favorite returns to the Fairdale Playtorium on Thursday, December 15th when Santa Land brings fun for children in District 13 thanks to Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch (D-13) and the Fairdale Community Club.

“I am happy to support this wonderful Christmas time event once again,” says Welch. “This will be my 6th season to participate and I would like to thank the local business community for their support.”

The Fairdale Playtorium will be magically transformed into Santa Land on December 15th. The event will get underway from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. The Playtorium is located at 10616 West Manslick Road.

The Jolly Old Elf from the North Pole will be on hand to talk to kids and entertainment will be provided by the Step N Out Dance Studio.

“A special appreciation goes to the wonderful work that the Fairdale Community Club provides our children and seniors throughout the year,” says Welch. “It is hard to imagine where our community would be without dedicated people who just want to make the holidays a little brighter for those who need some help.”

Welch provides funding for the event and partners with the Fairdale Community Club. The Community Club connects with many local businesses and area merchants to provide gifts to area children.

The event is free and open to children and their parents or guardians.

For more information about Santa Land, contact Councilwoman Welch’s office at 574-1113.

Thursday, December 01, 2011

VITA gearing up for 2012, seeking volunteers

It’s a program which has returned millions of tax dollars to low income families in Metro Louisville and organizers are getting ready for another year of assistance.

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program is asking for volunteers with a kick off set for Saturday, December 3rd at the Sun Valley Community Center.

“VITA is a wonderful program and the people who have helped us in the past will tell you, there is satisfaction when you take the time to help those who could use any extra financial help in this economy,” says Councilman Bob Henderson (D-14).

The VITA program is available to households that make at or less than $50,000 a year. Volunteers will prepare 2011 tax returns at no charge.

The kick off will help coordinate volunteers with training programs to help low income families file their income tax returns for the coming year. The program needs greeters, interviewers and tax preparers for 2012. Training will take place at the Sun Valley Community Center, 6505 Bethany Lane.

Here are the training times at Sun Valley:

- Thursday, December 8th 9:00am to 5:00pm Part 1&2

- Friday, December 9th 9:00am to 1:00pm Part 1

- Thursday, December 15th 5:00pm to 9:00pm Part 2

- Saturday, December 17th 10:00am to 2:00pm testing

- Thursday, January 11th 9:00am to 1:00pm (if needed)

The kick off will provide lunch for those who come out to volunteer. Chili, Chicken Dumpling Soup, Dessert and drinks are on the menu.

“I have met many wonderful people over the years we have supported this program, “says Henderson. “I can tell you, when you take the time to help someone who needs the help it will not only enhance your holiday season but you will feel good the whole year.”

The Kick off will get underway from 10:30am to 12:30pm

For more information about the 2012 VITA Volunteers program, contact Councilman Henderson’s office at 574-1114

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

UPDATE: District 12 Police Chief meeting also for Districts 13, 14 and 25

Editor's Note: This is an updated version of Monday's news about the District 12 "Coffee with your Councilman" meeting this Saturday. In addition to District 12, representatives from council Districts 13, 14 and 25 will also be present. Please come out and share your thoughts on the next police chief.

District 12 Councilman Rick Blackwell, District 14 Councilman Bob Henderson, District 25 Councilman David Yates and District 13 Councilwoman Vicki Welch will be holding a “Coffee With Your Councilperson” on Saturday, December 3rd at 10:00am at the Southwest Government Center (7219 Dixie Highway).

Residents are invited to voice their thoughts on the police department and input from citizens will be used to formulate specific questions for the candidates applying for LMPD’s Chief of Police position. If you cannot attend but would like to add your input, please visit this site and complete the survey.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Councilman Blackwell asking residents for input on next LMPD Chief

This December's "Coffee With Your Councilman" for District 12 will gather citizen input for the hiring of a new Chief of Louisville Police.

The event gets under way Saturday, December 3rd at 10am at the Southwest Regional Metro Council Office, 7219 Dixie Highway.

Louisville Metro is searching for a new Chief of Police and they want input from you. Each Metro Council Member will hold a meeting in their district to gather input from residents on what is important to them in their police department. Citizens will answer several questions regarding the current police department. Their answers will help formulate specific questions for the candidates for Chief of Police. This meeting is for anyone in District 12 who wants to provide input.

Residents who cannot attend Coffee With Your Councilman may visit this site to make sure their input is received. If you have any questions about Coffee With Your Councilman, please call 574-1112.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Buy local on Black Friday

Thanksgiving is nearly upon us and with it, the holiday shopping frenzy. I hope you will join me in supporting our independent, locally-owned businesses on "Black Friday" by shopping small.

Southwest Louisville has many treasures, as does the city proper. You should have no trouble finding that unique gift for someone on your list, and you will be helping your community by making sure the money stays in town.

Koch and Company, WHY Louisville and Handicraft Ceramics (at the Southwest Center) are but a few examples of places you can go and shop guilt-free this year.

Buy local. You might save a job or help someone through your purchase.

Monday, November 21, 2011

SW news and events: Thanksgiving Edition

- TARC passengers can now use an online tool that makes planning a trip easier than ever. TARC has joined the Google Transit partnership program, a network that provides bus routing and stop data in more than 400 cities across the globe.

Through the program, anyone searching the popular Google Maps site for directions in Greater Louisville can plan a trip on TARC. By choosing the public transit option and entering desired travel times and locations, passengers are provided step-by-step directions on TARC for their specific trips.

Mobile users can use the free Google Maps for mobile application available from http://m.google.com/maps or by visiting http://maps.google.com in the phone's browser.

- The Pleasure Ridge Park & Valley Station Area Business Association joint Holiday Party will be held Thursday, December 8 at River City Distributing, 7301 Winstead Drive.

Registration and networking will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the introductions and party begin at 6 p.m. This annual Holiday event combines philanthropy and networking by encouraging our members and attendees to donate a new gift that benefits the Southwest Community Area Ministries.

Suggested gifts include: a new toy, new gloves, mittens, socks, toboggan and or gas card for Meals on Wheels. The cost is $5 per person with a gift donation, or $10 (check or cash only). Call (502) 367-3880 to RSVP by Dec. 6.



- Applications are now being accepted for the 2012 Spring Neighborhood Institute. All neighborhood and homeowner associations are welcome to apply. The Spring session runs every Tuesday night from February 7th – April 24th at Kosair Charities Community Room, 982 Eastern Parkway. Dinner is provided to all attendees. For more information or to apply, contact Lisa at 589-034 or lisad@centerforneighborhoods.org.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Council seeks to limit constable powers

The following is a press release from Tony Hyatt on behalf of the Louisville Metro Council regarding the stupid and insane behavior of "Constable" David Whitlock. Wanna-be Whitlock and his outrageous mockery of law enforcement ended with a shooting in the parking lot of a south west Louisville Wal-Mart last month.

Tony Hyatt is certainly nicer and more diplomatic than I would be about it. Perhaps that is why he is the Communications Director for the Majority Caucus and I blog about Valley Station. Whitlock is a punk and a poser with a badge and a gun, and the state legislature should eliminate this ridiculous title from the ballot. It isn't 1850 anymore. We don't need constables. -Brian

For Immediate Release:

Council members propose resolution calling for the investigation of Constable David Whitlock

Ordinance proposed to tighten controls over constables



Louisville – After meeting with Chief Robert White, three Louisville Metro Council members are moving forward with a proposed resolution and ordinance which deals with Jefferson County Constable David Whitlock.

Council members Rick Blackwell (D-12), Kelly Downard (R-16) and David James (D-6) have been in the process of reviewing the duties of Constables since a shooting last month involving Whitlock.

The resolution calls upon the Jefferson County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office to review alleged violations of Kentucky Revised Statues by the Constable. The resolution says the review should determine if there has been misfeasance or malfeasance in office or willful neglect in the discharge of his official duties.

“In reviewing what actions can be taken, this appears to be the proper course of action in dealing with an elected state official,” says Blackwell. “As a matter of public safety, the time has come to review someone who is allegedly not interested in upholding the laws of the Commonwealth.”

The resolution cites Whitlock in several alleged violations; wearing a uniform and using a badge, failure to file monthly reports on activity with the Jefferson County clerk, using oscillating blue lights and a siren which has not been allowed by law since 2007 and illegally deputizing staff members to perform the duties of deputy constables.

The proposed ordinance re-enforces what a constable can and cannot do in Jefferson County.

“The ordinance will clearly spell out that a constable can wear a badge and a uniform but the uniform must not resemble that of the Jefferson County Sheriff or Sheriff’s Deputy and it must not resemble the uniform of a Louisville Metro Police Officer. The staff of the Constable will not be allowed to wear a uniform or carry a badge.” says James.

Violation of the proposed ordinance would be a Class B Misdemeanor punishable by a fine ranging from $250 to $500 and up to 90 days in jail.

“We are adding more teeth to the current ordinance,” says James. “The public should know that a constable is restricted by the State Constitution to certain legal duties. There is a major safety concern when we have peace officers that are untrained and unwilling to follow the law.”

Both measures will receive first reading on Thursday night during the Metro Council’s regular meeting.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

LMPD 3rd District crime trends: Lock up your stuff

A home burglary was reported off of Flintlock were valuables were taken. Be vigilant in keeping your eyes and ears open for anything out of the ordinary, especially late at night. A second home burglary was reported in the same area where the victim saw a black male suspect wearing glasses try to break in to the front window. The suspect fled with nothing in a light blue 90’s model Toyota Corolla with rust.
A theft from a shed was reported off of Lower Hunters where big items were stolen. Always call the police with any suspicious activity you may witness.

A theft of a vehicle was reported off of Graston Ave.

An unknown white female was reported to have asked to use the bathroom inside a home on St. Andrews Church Rd. Once inside, the female is suspected to have stolen 2 pistols and a shotgun. Any information that you may have to help in the investigation, please call police.

A home burglary was reported off of Terry Rd. Force was used to get into the home where 4 different class rings along with other valuables were taken.

An air conditioning unit was reported stolen from a residence in Sylvania.

A vehicle was left UNLOCKED in the parking lot of the Walmart on Raggard Rd and a laptop was stolen from this car. ALWAYS LOCK YOUR VEHICLES AND SECURE ALL VALUABLES OUT OF PLAIN SIGHT.

There was a report of a home burglary off of St Andrews Church Rd. The glass on the back door was damaged and valuables inside were taken. Keep an eye out for any suspicious people and vehicles in your neighborhood and ALWAYS call the police with any concerns.

2 separate reports were taken on National Turnpike. The first was a vehicle that was broken into with valuable property inside. The second was a business burglary where a hole was cut into the fence in order to gain access to the property. If you happen to be out late at night and see any that you deem suspicious going on, never hesitate to call the police.

Police are looking for a gray truck that was seen to be involved in a theft on Fairdale Rd.

An MSD sewer grate was reported stolen on Sinclair. Any information you may have in regards to this type of theft, please call the police.

A firearm was reported stolen from a vehicle off of Torrington Rd. Remember to lock your vehicles and hide any valuables that you may have in plain sight. It’s best to leave nothing of value in your car anytime you are away from it.

We had 2 MSD catch basin grates reported stolen from the area surrounding Stone Ridge Landing. If you have any information that could help police in these thefts, please don’t hesitate to call.

A burglary report was filed off of Grafton Hall. Remember to ALWAYS LOCK YOUR DOORS AND WINDOWS TO YOUR HOME AND GARAGE, ESPECIALLY WHILE YOU ARE AWAY.

There was a report of a car break in off of Bethany Ln. Remember to be vigilant in calling for police assistance anytime you feel you may be in need.

A home burglary was also reported in the area of Terry Rd and Morning Glory.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Welcome to Southwest Louisville Magazine

There's a new entry in the virtual news world that is focused on our corner of the universe. "Southwest Louisville Magazine" is a new site that recently launched and is dedicated to news and discussion of events and happenings around the southwest.

Southwest Louisville Magazine joins an increasingly large web presence for our community. The more, the merrier. Stop by and check it out today.

New on the site right now is a petition against the recent opening of the Vendors Village flea market in the Dixie Valley Shopping Center. There is also a forum, classified ads and a restaurant directory with more to come.

Interesting feature: The site's content can be translated in over 20 languages.

Support this new venture in our community and participate today.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Center for Women and Families focus of next District 12 Dialogue

It is an important agency that deals with a serious problem in Metro Louisville: domestic violence. The important work of the Center for Women and Families will be the focus of November’s District 12 Dialogue hosted by Councilman Rick Blackwell (D-12).

“The Center offers refuge to women and their children who are in abusive relationships,” say Blackwell. “It is important to know how the Center works for our community to provide help and services to the victims of domestic violence.”

Marta Miranda, president and CEO of the Center for Women and Families, will be on hand to talk about their mission and the various programs offered.

“We are approaching a holiday time when the Center will be dealing with the potential of increased violence. I think it is important to not only understand what the Center does but how we can help,” says Blackwell.

Joining Councilman Blackwell will be representatives of other Metro Government agencies including MSD, Licensing and Permits and Louisville Metro Police. A representative of Congressman John Yarmuth’s office will also be on hand.

The November District 12 Dialogue will be held at Beechland Baptist Church, 4613 Greenwood Road beginning at 7:00pm. The District 12 Dialogue will take off for the month of December in honor of the holidays but will return with a new schedule of meetings in January 2012.

“I want to thank the agencies who helped us out this year by providing the people of District 12 with a better understanding of how different government services work,” says Blackwell. “My staff and I wish everyone a joyous holiday season and we will see you next year.”

For more information about the November District 12 Dialogue, contact Councilman Blackwell’s office at 574-1112.

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

District 25 grows under redistricting

In late October, the Metro Council unanimously approved new boundaries for all 26 Metro Council Districts. Redistricting is required every 10 years after the census data is released to ensure every district is evenly represented.

District 25 now includes portions for Auburndale, Iroquois Park, Pleasure Ridge Park and Valley Station.

The new District boundaries can be viewed here and a list of affected precincts can be found here.

If you don’t know what precinct you live in, please visit "MapIt" and enter your address. Your voting precinct will show up under the Political Information tab.

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Represent SW Louisville on a board or commission

For years, I have urged residents of Southwest Louisville to be involved in their community by serving on city boards and commissions. I'd like to ask you all again today to take a look at donating some of your time so that we can be fairly represented on metro boards and commissions.

There is an online form you can fill out to be considered. The link appears below. You can pick a category so you don't get stuck on a board you don't like or a commission on which you have no interest.

Please consider doing this today.

Thanks for reading.

Link to serve on metro board or commission.

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Heating assistance program begins Nov. 7

- Please join us Saturday, November 5th at 9:00am for the 4th annual Race to End Homelessness 5K. Race, walk or meander in Cherokee Park's Scenic Loop to help kick off National Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week. To register or sponsor a friend go to www.racetoendhomelessness.org today. Pets welcome!

-  The LIHEAP Subsidy Program begins Monday, November 7, 2011. LIHEAP, the Low income Home Energy Assistance Program, helps income eligible residents of Jefferson County with their utility bills. Appointments are required to apply for this program and are being issued in person only. Beginning November 2-4, 2011, between 7 am – 4 pm, appointments can be made at the CAP office at the Urban Government Center only located at 810 Barret Avenue, Room 127.

Applicants need to bring the following documents when scheduling an appointment:

1) Picture ID
2) Most recent heating bill or verification from landlord, stating heating expenses included in rent.
Starting November 7, 2011, appointments will be scheduled at all three CAP offices daily from 8am to 5pm (no Friday appointments at the East Office), based on appointment availability. The LIHEAP offices will be closed on Tuesday, November 8, 2011 for Election Day.

Please click here to review the press please to learn more about the eligibility criteria and other details to apply.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Annual 3rd Division Block Watch Captains meeting, Nov. 3

From Councilman Bob Henderson (D-14):

Officer Todd Brimm recently transferred to the 3rd Division working as a patrol supervisor. He will be organizing a contact list of block watch leaders as he has done elsewhere in the city. The division is building an email distribution list, which allows officers to send residents information about suspects, crime trends, localized maps and other real-time crime information. Brimm says working with block watches is an easy way to “build strong areas of influence where residents are involved” which he said requires less city resources because officers are alerted by residents. Brimm says it requires more officers to patrol areas where residents don’t communicate with police. Residents in many south and southwestern neighborhoods have been able to build rapport with division officers, some of whom have given their cell phone number so they can be reached anytime.

Block watch members from Iroquois, Fairdale, and Pleasure Ridge Park and Valley Station areas along with those interested in starting block watches in their area are invited to the Metro Police 3rd Division’s first block watch captain’s meeting at 6:30pm, November 3rd at Southwest Government Center.
Block Watch Captains and Neighborhood Association Presidents, please RSVP with Sergeant Todd Brimm at todd.brimm@louisvilleky.gov

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Local event listing for end of October

- Come and stroll the outfield of Louisville Slugger Field this Friday from 6-9pm through a glowing path of over 1500 beautifully carved Jack O’Lanterns while enjoying music and fall goodies! Featuring: Louisville’s largest pumpkin pie, trick or treating, games, Buddy Bat, 102.3 The Max’s George Lindsey, Michael Bush and the All-Stars, Louisville Leopard Percussionist, Krispy Kreme Donuts, and much more!

This is a free event with donations to Dreams with Wings welcome. The Jack O’Lantern Stroll will be held rain or shine. Dreams with Wings is an organization committed to empowering individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities as they recognize their strengths, contribute to their community, and pursue their dreams. Visit www.dreamswithwings.org for more information.

-  There will be a fall book sale running October 28-30 at South Louisville Community Center, 2911 Taylor Boulevard (near Churchill Downs).

Friday, 6 – 9pm: Members only (memberships available at the door).
Saturday, 9am-5pm: Children 12 & under in costume get a free book and candy.
Sunday, 1-5pm: $10 box/bag sale
  •  Adult hardbacks $3 w Paperbacks & children’s books 2/$1
  •  Oversized adult paperbacks $1 w Audio/video/books-on-tape $2 ea.
For Additional Information: Call 574-1611 or visit www.lfpl.org

-  Southwest Women’s Roundtable November Meeting. November’s topic: Top 5 Must Have Items for Your Closet! How is your closet impacting your mornings? Do you open the closet doors saying with a smile “What will I wear?” or with a frown and deep sigh “What will I wear?” Clothing not only changes your morning but can change your life. Find out these top five “surprises” no woman should be without in her closet. Stop wasting time and money – start feeling empowered, radiant and sexy.

The Southwest Women’s Roundtable November meeting will be held November 9th from 8:30-10:00am at Guess? Incorporated, 10610 Freeport Drive (Riverport) 40258.

Chris Fulkerson of VIP studio will speak and offer advice on organizing your closet.
RSVP to Erica Harper at Erica@schardein.com.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Valley Post Office meeting TONIGHT

Reminder: An informational meeting concerning the closing of the Valley Station Post Office is being held today, Tuesday October 25th, from 7pm-8pm at the VFW Post located at 6518 Blevins Gap Road.

USPS officials will be on hand to answer your questions about the post office.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Dan Johnson's annual Town Hall meeting set for October 24

Councilman Dan Johnson is issuing the call to residents of District 21 that his annual Town Hall Meeting will be Monday, October 24th at 6:00 PM at the Olmsted North Academy in the Auditorium.

“My town hall meeting is a chance for everyone in the district to come out and let us know what your concerns are and if there is any other issue we need to know about,” says Johnson.

The Councilman will have MSD representatives on hand to discuss drainage issues in the district. Representatives of Louisville Metro Police will also be available to answer questions about criminal activity in the area. LMPD will also be able to take any complaints or concerns. Other areas of Metro Government have been invited to attend including Metro Parks, Public Works and IPL.

The Olmsted Academy North is located at 4530 Bellevue Avenue.

“I want to encourage residents of the district to come out and let us know what you are concerned about,” says Johnson. “There are many things government can do but sometimes we don’t always immediately know about a problem.”

For more information about the District 21 Town Hall meeting, contact Councilman Johnson’s office at 574-1121.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Welch chosen to represent Louisville at health conference

Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch (D-13) will be making a very important trip in October. The Councilwoman will join others from across the nation to learn more about the Community Transformation Grant Program.

“Metro Louisville has been chosen out of 900 applicants to receive up to $3.6 million under this new federal program,” says Welch. “I am honored to have the chance to continue making Louisville a healthy place to live. It is one of my top priorities.”

Welch will attend a kick off meeting in Atlanta to learn more about the program on October 22nd through October 24th.

The Community Transformation Grants (CTG) program will support community-level efforts to reduce chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes. By promoting healthy lifestyles, especially among population groups experiencing the greatest burden of chronic disease, these grants will help improve health, reduce health disparities, and control health care spending.

The Councilwoman is a registered nurse by profession. With her background in health care, she has already helped Metro Louisville administer the $7.9 million Louisville Putting Prevention to Work Program announced as part of the 2009 stimulus program. She was a member of that grant’s advisory committee planning programs and initiatives to improve the collective health of the city.

“We have been leading the country with initiatives that can be copied by any city or community,” says Welch. “It is important that we keep this momentum going because the efforts we make today will not only save us healthcare costs in the long run but will save lives.”

The Community Transformation Grant Program is administered through the Center for Disease Control.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Welch and Yates form partnership for Brightside Cleanup

From Fairdale to Auburndale, the volunteers are ready with bags, gloves and determination for this Saturday’s Brightside Cleanup.

Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch (D-13) & Councilman David Yates (D-25) are encouraging everyone in South Louisville to get involved with groups and volunteers who will be out picking up trash and litter to keep the districts clean.

“Every year, our neighborhood associations and community groups take the lead when it comes to the Brightside Cleanup,” says Welch. “We have dedicated groups of volunteers who show community pride with their unselfish willingness to get involved.”

One of the main goals of the fall cleanup is the New Cut Road Corridor. Councilwoman Welch will lead volunteers along New Cut Road from the Outer Loop to the railroad crossing. Councilman Yates’ groups will cover from Southside Dr. to Palatka Rd.

Among the District 13 groups signed up to volunteer are the Fairdale Community School, Kenwood Heights Christian Church, Lassiter Middle School, the Candlelight Neighborhood Association, Tree Line Estates, the Holsclaw Hill Blockwatch program and the District 13 New Cut Road group. District 25 has the Redbud Neighborhood Association and a large group from the Auburndale Neighborhood Association. District 25 is also involved with the Southwest Pride group on Dixie Highway.

Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch (D-13) and Councilman David Yates (D-25) will partner in providing a pizza lunch from Little Caesar’s at the K-Mart Outer Loop for all of the volunteers who help clean the Auburndale/Fairdale area. We want to thank Little Caesar’s for a discount on the pizzas for these volunteers. The lunch will be provided at Lassiter Middle School after the cleanup around noon.

“This is another way that we as Council Members can partner to help make our districts a nicer place to live,” says Yates. “We are fortunate to have so many people who care about their community, and we thank them for volunteering.”

If you would like to learn more to volunteer with the Brightside Cleanup, contact Councilwoman Welch’s office at 574-1113 or Councilman Yates’ office at 574-1125. You can also click HERE to see details of the cleanup via the Valley Station Business Association.

Free ride on Spirit of Jefferson for 40272 residents only

Ride the Spirit of Jefferson Riverboat
Sunday, October 23rd
1:30pm & 4:00pm Cruises
From Riverview Park
@ Greenwood Road in PRP
Free with 2 canned goods per ticket 
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First Come, First Served!
Call now for one of the 150 spots available for residents of 40272 Zip Code
 (limit 4 tickets)
Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the newly renovated
Riverview Park before and after your cruise

*Thanks to Bob Henderson's District 14 office for this information

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Southwest Center hiring qualified individuals

Our friends at the Southwest Center are hiring:
  • SWC Off-Site Warehouse-Various Positions-full time and part time positions for 1st and 2nd shift at our warehouse location working with individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities.
  • Community Living Supports (CLS)-Part time position, 2nd shift and weekends, must be willing to work East End, South End and Fern Creek area, this position is one on one supports in the community or in the home teaching independent living and daily life skills. Must have reliable transportation.
  • Residential Supports-Part time position and PRN, all candidates must be 21 or older, able to teach home life, social skills and able to do personal care, must be able to lift up to 75 pounds.
  • Transportation - Part time driver’s position, must be willing to work split shift, must be 25 years of age and a clean driving record.
All applicants must be 18 and older, must be available to work evenings and weekends for most positions. Qualified candidates must past a TB test, Drug test, must pass criminal background checks, nurse registry and have a clean drivers record, valid driver licenses, high school diploma or GED. Interested applicants complete and application at Southwest Center 8009 Terry Rd, Louisville, KY 40258, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:00am-3:00pm. EEOC

Hat tip to The Local Weekly for this info!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

This weekend: Forest hiking and keeping Louisville Gonzo

- This Saturday, October 15, is the 7th annual Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Hike at Jefferson Memorial Forest from 10am-2pm. There will be plenty of fun for people of all ages – including a children’s exploration area, Alpine Tower climbs, pumpkin decorating for the kids, hayrides, and canoe and kayaking demonstrations. There will also be a wide array of informational booths from local nature and hiking organizations promoting health, eating right, and living green.

The volunteer trail team and Forest staff will lead hikes at various skill levels and introduce visitors to the native plants and wildlife in the forest. The event is free to the public and the first 500 participants will receive a T-shirt. Mayor Greg Fischer will kick off the event before the hiking and festivities begin.  The hike will be located in the Horine Reservation section of Jefferson Memorial Forest (12304 Holsclaw Hill Road).

The Fall 2011 version of the Jefferson Memorial Forest newsletter is now online. Click here to view it and read about American Chestnut Plantings, the Clifton Heights Greenway update, available public programs, and much more. *Thanks to Vicki Welch's Office

- Also on Saturday is the 2nd Annual Gonzo Fest at the Monkey Wrench. Gonzo Fest is an annual tribute to the works and life of native Louisvillian and world-famous writer Dr. Hunter S. Thompson.

Come on out for a day of art, spoken word, and music. $20 in advance, $25 day of event, $15 with a discount card available at the Monkey Wrench. 21 and over. The Monkey Wrench is located at 1025 Barret Avenue.

Check out the event's Facebook page for more info.

Monday, October 03, 2011

Occupy Louisville begins Tuesday

Peaceful people of all ages and all walks of life will be convening Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at 12 noon, on the corner of 4th and Jefferson Streets in downtown Louisville to begin an ongoing peaceful demonstration called Occupy Louisville.

The mission of the group, as developed by several participants who first met together on Sunday afternoon is simple:  

"Occupy Louisville will be an ongoing non-violent, civil disobedient demonstration opposing corrupt corporate influence in U.S. politics, the influence of money and corporations on democracy and a lack of legal and political repercussions for the global financial crisis. We will also be demonstrating our solidarity with those participating in Occupy Wall Street in New York, and like events all over our nation."

The group who came together and developed this mission also note their mission is subject to revision by a consensus of occupation participants as the action continues.

All participants who agree with the group's mission are welcome to join them, and any donations of food and/or public support from those who are unable will be much appreciated. The occupation, like other ones occurring throughout the country, is planned to continue indefinitely until concrete legislative changes are made that serve our mission.

"
The smart rich know they can only build the gate so high. And, sooner or later history proves that people when they've had enough aren’t going to take it anymore." said filmmaker Michael Moore recently on Current TV's Countdown, who supports Occupy Wall Street.

Other celebrities who have already gave their support for Occupy Wall Street include Russell Simmons, Anti-Flag, Salman Rushdie, Margaret Atwood, Noam Chomsky, Bill McKibben, Radiohead and U.S. Senator from Vermont, Bernie Sanders.

Contact: 
curtis morrison
a communications liaison for #occupylouisville participants

Facebook Pages:

Facebook Event: 

Twitter hashtag: 
#occupylouisville

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Shack in the Back Fundraiser for FHS Cheerleaders

Shack in the Back will be having a fundraiser for the Fairdale High School cheerleaders Monday, October 3rd.

A portion of sales from lunch (11am-2pm) and dinner (4pm-8pm) will help the cheerleaders raise money for warm ups, duffle bags, and a trip to Nationals. For this fundraiser, Shack in the Back is offering lunch deliveries. If your company is located in Fairdale, any number of orders can be delivered free of charge. Orders of 10 or more will be delivered anywhere in Louisville, including downtown.

Please CLICK HERE for the Meal Fax Form to order your meals in advance. Meals are only $6.00 and include a pulled pork sandwich, two homemade side dishes, a cookie, and your choice of tea or lemonade.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Car show to benefit Southwest Center October 15

The Seventh Annual Open Rod Run will be held at the Southwest Center, 8009 Terry Road, on Saturday October 15. This is always a huge and successful event. Come on out and have some fun, and help contribute to Southwest Louisville's premier charitable organization for individuals with developmental disabilities. Click HERE for the official flyer [pdf] for entry and event information!!

See you there!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

2011 SW Festival schedule of events


The 2011 Southwest Community Festival begins Monday, October 3rd with the Kentucky Telco Southwest Festival Balloon Glow presented by Meijer, from 6pm-9pm in Meijer’s Parking Lot, 9905 Dixie Highway.

The festivities continue Thursday, October 6th with the Southwest Community Festival Spelling Bee at 6pm.The spelling bee is to be held at PRP High School, 5901 Greenwood Road, in the small gym.

The Southwest Community Ministries Pancake Breakfast will be held Saturday, October 8th from 8am-11am at Sun Valley Community Center, 6505 Bethany Lane. Proceeds benefit Southwest Community Ministries

The 26th Annual Southwest Community Festival is October 8th from 9am-5pm at Sun Valley. Festival events include: Hundreds of booths, River City Street Rods; Inc. Car and Motorcycle Show, Kids City sponsored by Valley View Church with free games and inflatables, along with arts, crafts, food and more.

Louisville’s own Monarchs will perform 3 shows starting at 12:30pm, 1:45pm and 3pm.

Board free shuttles, provided by Park Terrace, at the corner of Dixie Highway and Bethany Lane.

For more information call 502-368-1196 or visit the website at www.southwestfestival.org

Service Animals Only!!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Louisvillian heads to Canada to protest "tar sands" development

Today, hundreds of people from across North America gathered in Ottawa, Canada's capitol, to participate in a civil disobedience action to say no to the extraction of oil from the Albertan tar sands, and yes to a sustainable energy future respectful of the rights of indigenous people.

The Ottawa Action follows the Tar Sands Action, which concluded on September 3rd in Washington, D.C. The Tar Sands Action was designed specifically to remind President Barack Obama to honor his promises to address climate change, by demanding he deny the permit for TransCanada's proposed Keystone XL pipeline.

During the duration of that two-week action, 1,252 activists were arrested in front of the White House including my friend and fellow Louisvillian Curtis Morrison. Since the Tar Sands Action, President Obama has been greeted with ongoing Tar Sands Action rallies throughout his travels, including one that drew dozens of participants during his September 22nd Cincinnati bridge visit.

“The participants of the Ottawa Action are standing up for what we all know in our hearts is right," said Morrison.

Morrison was one of the many Louisvillians arrested during the Tar Sands Action who is now making the journey to Ottawa.

"The relocation of indigenous people, the raping of boreal forests, a ridiculous consumption of electricity, natural gas and clean water are consumed for the extraction process: this is what it takes to get to the oil out of the tar sands," Morrison said. "What is unthinkable for me though, once that dirty oil is extracted, transported, refined and burned, we'll be creating what NASA climatologist James Henson calls 'GAME OVER' for our climate. At the very time we must be decreasing the carbon dioxide level in our atmosphere, the radical extremists advocating for the development of the Tar Sands must be stopped."

"The purpose of my trip is to support those who are putting themselves on the line, and to help tell the world their stories," Morrison said. "I will be participating in the organizer's civil disobedience training session, the solidarity rally the morning of the action, and taking pictures while the participants are arrested."

For more information on the Ottawa Action against the tar sands, please visit http://www.ottawaaction.ca

Southwest Regional Redistricting meeting set for next Wednesday

Every ten years, following the Census, legislators are required to redraw their boundaries to ensure residents are evenly distributed through their districts. The Louisville Metro Council is nearing the end of this process. In an effort to continue the committee's effort to garner public input, a series of public input meetings will be held. The Southwest Regional Redistricting meeting will be held on Wednesday October 5th at 7pm at the Southwest Government Center, 7219 Dixie Highway. Please plan to attend to offer your input on the new district maps.

Friday, September 23, 2011

First day of fall edition: Stuff to do this weekend

- Enjoy a tour of a 19th century woman’s "kitchen garden" at Riverside this Saturday, September 24 at 10am. Experience the sights, smells, and tastes of Riverside’s kitchen garden with a special guide portraying “Katie Flowers,” best friend and cousin to Rachel Moremen. This is a free presentation – call 935-6809 to reserve a spot.

Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing is located at 7410 Moorman Road.

- Shack in the Back BBQ's 5 Year Anniversary and Customer Appreciation Party is tonight (Friday) from 5-9pm. The celebration will feature specials, free desserts, door prizes, and giveaways all night long. Shack in the Back is located at 406 Mount Holly Rd. in Fairdale. The Sivells family thanks you for your continued business and hopes to see you there.

- The annual Crusin' In The Park car show is being held at Iroquois Park this weekend. This is always a great time. I don't have any information on the show at this time. It is impossible to find. I just know it's happening this weekend at the park and that I'm going. Great family event. Come on out, and if you can find any info about this year's show, let us know.

- NOTICE: The last three months have been the best The Valley Report has ever had. For that, we thank you. As some of you know, this is not my regular job so schedules sometimes conflict. For the next two weeks, there is a possibility posting may be slow. Please bear with us as my work schedule changes. When it settles down, we will be back to full power. In the meantime, Mark Lynch and I will continue to post updates of events to The Valley Report's Facebook page. Thanks again for reading.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Valley Woman's Club Kentucky Dinner and Silent Auction

Actor Conrad Bachmann
Valley Woman's Club is presenting their Kentucky Dinner and Silent Auction on Saturday, October 1 at Highview Baptist Church. The event begins at 6:30 p.m.

The dinner's guest speaker will be Conrad Bachmann, Valley High School Alum and actor who has appeared in Dobby Gillis, Tremors, West Wing and General Hospital.

$10 for adults, $6 for children under 10, must be paid in advance by September 26 to Wilma Phillips, 9622 Anita Boulevard, 40272. A registration form and menu can be found HERE
 
Proceeds benefit the Scholarship Fund of Valley Women's Club.

Highview Baptist Church is located at 5415 Valley Station Road.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Build the Southwest Bridge



Friday, September 16, 2011

Friday updates: District 25 news, Metro Arts Center

- "Talk with David" planned for Tuesday, October 4. Connect with Councilman David Yates on Tuesday, October 4 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Jewish Hospital Medical Center Southwest, 9700 Stonestreet Road. Meet with your Councilman plus representatives from MSD, LMPD and code enforcement.

- The Metro Arts Center, 8360 Dixie Highway, has released the facility's fall schedule [.pdf]. The Metro Arts Center offers classes for children and adults in the fine and applied arts. If you’re looking to acquire or refine a particular artistic skill from guitar playing and cartooning to pottery and silversmithing - the Metro Arts Center has a fun, affordable class for you. Visit the website for program information and samples of work created at the Metro Arts Center.

- INTERN WANTED:  District 25 is seeking non-paid interns to work at the City Hall and SW Regional offices. Responsibilities include special project assignments, monitoring constituent issues and social media/community outreach. Opportunity is designed to provide first-hand experience of maintaining constituent relationships, witness to the local legislative process and valuable professional connections. Hours are flexible. Parking is paid. And, we promise, the staff and Councilman are fun to work with. Submit resumes to Nicole Candler.

- ‘One Hundred Years on the Ohio’; A Living Timeline of Louisville’s First Century featuring re-enactors representing each period in Louisville’s history from 1765 ~ 1865.

Come enjoy the atmosphere surrounding the festivities this weekend. You will find the following activities available for you to explore: Period clothing, tools, weaponry, period craft demonstrations, children’s games, camp tours, military parades, special speakers, meet Mr. Lincoln and of course, Farnsley- Moremen House Tours.

Riverside, the Farnsley~Moremen Landing, 7410 Moorman Road. 935-6809

September 17th and 18th, 10am - 5pm

Admission: $6 for Adults, $5 for Seniors, $3 for children ages 6-12, $15 Family rate (2 adults and up to 3 children)

District 12 meeting to focus on SW neighborhoods

Council Rick Blackwell has invited the Center for Neighborhoods to September’s District 12 Dialogue on Tuesday, September 20th at Incarnation Catholic Church beginning at 7:00pm.

“The Center for Neighborhoods works closely with many areas of Metro Louisville to help all neighborhoods enhance the quality of life for everyone.” says Blackwell. “The Center is a great resource for our community and I encourage everyone to learn more about it.”

Lisa Dettlinger from the Center will be discussing what her organization has to offer neighborhood groups in Southwest Louisville.

Joining Dettlinger will be representatives of other Metro Government agencies including MSD, Licensing and Permits and Louisville Metro Police. A representative of Congressman John Yarmuth’s office will also be on hand.

Incarnation Catholic Church is located at 2229 Lower Hunters Trace.

For more information about the September District 12 Dialogue, contact Councilman Blackwell’s office at 574-1112.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Workshop to explore Southwest Greenways Trail System plan

Join Metro Parks for a Community Workshop on Saturday, September 24th, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at St. Mary and Elizabeth Hospital.

A continental breakfast and registration will available at 8:30 a.m. Learn about the Southwest/South Louisville Greenways trail system and how it will affect you.

This workshop is designed to let you plan for the future of your neighborhood and community. Click the image at right to view the flyer for this event.

81st Fairdale Community Fair starts this weekend

It is time to celebrate at the annual Fairdale Community Fair.

The theme for the 81st annual event is "It’s a Red, White & Blue Ribbon Fair", and will include plenty of crafts, food, music, games and rides.

The fair begins Friday, September 16th at 5:00pm and lasts until 11:00pm. Activities start back up on Saturday with the Parade at noon and the booths & games will reopen after its conclusion and will last until 11:00pm.

Be sure to take advantage of over 20 Health Exhibits on display at the Health Expo on Saturday from 2-6pm at the Fairdale Elementary School. The Health Expo, produced by District 13 Councilwoman Vicki Welch's office, is a part of the Fairdale Fair and will offer free health screenings such as Blood Pressure & Body Mass Index checks, Blood Glucose Testing, Vision / Eye Screenings, Bone Density Screenings, a giant Colon walk through display, and dozens of other very important health related displays.

The weather forecast for this weekend looks promising, so add the 2011 Fairdale Fair to your list of weekend events. Click HERE for the Fair's official website to obtain additional information.

Valley Woman's Club Events

The Valley Woman's Club will sponsor a Bean Soup Supper on Friday, October 7th from
5:00pm – 7:00pm at the Sun Valley Community Center, 6505 Bethany Lane.

Tickets:

$5.00 for Adults

$3.00 for children under 10

Tickets will be sold at the door.

Proceeds will benefit the

Valley Woman’s Club Scholarship Fund.

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Valley Woman’s Club regular meeting will be Wednesday, October 26th. Meet and Greet at 9:30am and meeting at 10:00am in the meeting room at Jewish Hospital Medical Center ~ Southwest. Program: Home Life

Meeting is open to the community.

Guests are welcome.

For further information call: 937-1525

Monday, September 12, 2011

Mayor Fischer at Valley High tonight

From The Local Weekly:
Mayor Greg Fischer will host his next “Talk to Greg” meeting where citizens can talk directly with him or with directors and representatives of city government’s main service-providing departments and agencies as well as Metro Councilmembers.

Monday, September 12, 2011, 6 p.m., Valley High School, 10200 Dixie Highway.

“Talk to Greg” sessions are held every other month on the second Monday of the month. Citizen concerns and suggestions at the meetings are entered into a follow-up database by MetroCall operators.

Friday, September 09, 2011

The next big thing: Here comes Koch & Company

Photo by Mark Lynch for The Valley Report
This is a story about how to build an empire.

Deborah Koch sits back in a chair and bristles at the thought of being incorrectly identified as a 52 year old by the local newspaper as we begin our informal interview. We share a moment of laughter over the gaffe as I assure her that age isn't a priority for this story.

It is her talent I'm after.

Her shop, Koch & Company, has been open in the Valley Station Shopping Center a mere three months, but already Koch is looking like a veteran of the industry. After putting together a solid business plan, she obtained a low-interest METCO loan from city government to open her gallery - a full service framing shop featuring graphic design work and consignment of fine art that also sells jewelry and unique gifts along with decorative furniture.

Deborah runs the shop, but it is definitely a team effort. "I love the people I work with. I couldn't do this without them", she says.

The space is comfortably arranged and welcoming. If it seems eerily familiar, it is. Although remodeled and modern, you are standing in what used to be the produce section of the old Winn Dixie store that once occupied the location.

A showcase of original, one-of-a-kind artwork, Koch sells pieces from 49 of Louisville's finest artists - some from right here in Southwest Louisville. "When people think of our part of town, they don't necessarily think of a group of talented artists, but we are loaded with them. We are truly blessed out here."

Our interview is punctuated by cigarette breaks, and as the talk eventually veers off subject to political matters and public perceptions, I browse the gallery. Here's the thing: You really must spend some time in this place to see everything. Not just looking, but seeing. But be warned- you could spend the entire day here.

The shop also feels like a gathering place for the neighborhood as a cast of local characters rotate in and out. Customers shop the selection and leave with heavy praise. Said one excited patron, "We really needed something like this out here. Thank you so much!"

This could be the next big thing for Southwest Louisville. As a woman exits, Koch says, "I am blessed to be here every day. And I wouldn't live anywhere else."

As business progresses, Koch plans a rapid expansion and an additional service - art classes given by the very artists who created the work on the walls. The shop has an option to expand an additional 5000 square feet, and it is doubtlessly going to be successful.

In addition to the impressive selection, the shop also has a wide variety of prices to suit all budgets. Here, there really is something for everyone. Koch & Company accepts cash and all major credit cards, so grab that family heirloom or photograph you've been wanting to have framed and take it to Deborah and her talented and entertaining staff. You will not be disappointed in this Southwest treasure.

Koch & Company is located at 10978 Dixie Highway.
Hours: Tuesday through Thursday, 10am-6pm
Friday, 10am-8pm
Saturday, 10am-6pm
Sunday, 12-5pm
Closed on Monday

If readers would like to know more or have questions about METCO loans, you can start by asking someone who has been through the process and has been successful at obtaining help. Deborah Koch invites anyone seeking information on the program to contact her. Her experience could be useful to you.

A photo album of our visit is now live on our Facebook page. Special thanks to Mark Lynch of Valley Station for taking the photos.

Thursday, September 08, 2011

2011 Taste of South Louisville begins Saturday

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Be sure to bring the family out to this year’s Taste of South Louisville, Saturday, September 10 at St. Thomas More, 6105 South Third Street. Sponsored by the South Louisville Community Ministries, this community event is a delicious opportunity to get out and meet your neighbors.

Councilwoman Vicki Welch says, "Because the Ministries help so many during the year, I think it’s wonderful to see the community coming together to raise the funds they need."

The event will feature tasty food from numerous South End restaurants, as well as door prizes and over 30 silent auction items. The event will take place from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. and is $12 per person or $20 per couple.

Music provided by Waters Edge, Louisville’s own “go to” acappella vocal group.

Participating restaurants include; Vietnam Kitchen, Jimbo’s Bar-B-Q, Rubbies Southside Grill, Tuscany Italian Restaurant, Shack in the Back Barbecue, El Nopal, Mojito’s / Havana Rumba, Chick Fil-A and Flavor Catering.

Event sponsors include council members Welch, Dan Johnson, Marianne Butler, David Yates and Rick Blackwell – and local businesses Girard’s Hardware, Bright Pest Control, Republic Bank and L&N Federal Credit Union.

For additional information, please call the South Louisville Ministries at 367-6445.

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

"Movies Under the Stars" ends another year this Sunday at Iroquois Amphitheater

Another successful season of the "Movies Under the Stars" summer series ends this coming Sunday, September 11th at the Iroquois Amphitheater with the showing of "Little Fockers" at 8pm.

Also, the Monarchs will perform a special show at the amphitheater Sunday before the movie. The music begins at 5pm and will be a tribute to those lost on 9-11.

Concessions will be available and will be open during the Monarchs and the movie.

For more information, contact the Iroquois Amphitheater at 368-5865.

Monday, September 05, 2011

Valley Farms restarts construction; CM Johnson hunting for volunteers

- After the original owners lost the Valley Farms development to foreclosure in 2010, the new owners have obviously restarted the construction process. Photos are now posted on our Facebook page. Read the story of Renaissance Development's problems in 2010 at Insider Louisville. Valley Farms was supposed to be a mix of single-family homes, patio homes and apartments on several acres near the Valley Station Road /Deering Road intersection.

- Councilman Dan Johnson is looking for District 21 Volunteers for South Louisville Community Ministries. Are you free from 8:30am-12:30pm on Fridays? Do you like helping people, answering questions & speaking on the phone? Join SLCM’s crew of dedicated volunteer receptionists!

Or maybe you are interested in some weight-bearing exercises and have a heart for volunteering. South Louisville Community Ministries could use you either Monday mornings to restock shelves from 10am-11am or on the second Thursday of each month to unload the Dare to Care truck from 9:30am-11am.

If you are interested, call Kate at 361-7763.

New Cut Road/Taylor Boulevard Corridor Design Workshop set for Sept. 10

The New Cut Road/Taylor Boulevard Corridor Design Workshop will be a fun and collaborative neighborhood event. The workshop will be held Saturday, September 10th at 9 a.m. Lynnhurst United Church of Christ at 4401 Taylor Boulevard. Refreshments will be provided by Metro Council members.

From the Auburndale Neighborhood Group:
The Design Workshop welcomes and encourages every citizen to participate in this visual depiction of your ideas. We want you to help choose community priorities and then work together to make grassroots change that creates the future we all want.

We invite you to join us.

Together, we can build a brighter future for the residents and businesses along the New Cut Road/Taylor Boulevard Corridor. Council members Welch (D-13), Butler (D-15), Johnson D-21, and Yates (D-25) represent the area along the Corridor. They firmly believe that people who get involved in civic work and strive to be good neighbors can move mountains. That’s why we made the commitment to help sponsor a Community Design Workshop — a public meeting that invites everybody to be a part of making our neighborhood a better place to live.