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Carl A. Hummel

One of Jeffersontown’s Most Outstanding Citizens Writer  /  Beth Wilder, Director Jeffersontown Historical Museum Carl Asa Hummel was born in Jeffersontown November 8, 1888 and was one of the area’s most outstanding citizens. He was educated in Jeffersontown’s common school and later graduated from Bryant & Stratton Business School in book-keeping and business practice. He took a correspondence course in architecture and served four years as a draftsman for Balke & Co. Iron Works in Louisville, later becoming head draftsman. In 1913, Hummel was hired as bookkeeper and advertising manager for The Jeffersonian newspaper on the town square. In addition to ...

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Party Princesses

Entertainment Company Brings Favorite Children’s Characters to Life Writer  /  Shannon Siders Todd Bingham and Chad Wright met 10 years ago while working for a company in the franchising business, and recently teamed up to open a franchise of their own, Party Princess Productions. The high-end character entertainment company provides characters of all kinds, including princesses and superheroes, for children’s birthday parties, corporate events and festivals. “Being in franchising over 10 years, we’ve seen a lot of businesses that have gotten us excited,” Wright says. “But one of the things my wife always told me is we will not invest in ...

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Hidden Treasures: AunTEA Pearls TEA Establishment

Transport back to the English Edwardian era with a visit to the exquisite AunTEA Pearls TEA Establishment for brunch, lunch or afternoon tea. “When you step in the door, you step back in time to a more genteel era,” says owner and founder Debra Richardson, who comes from a strong English heritage. Her great-grandmother, Pearl, and her great-aunt, who she affectionately refers to as “Auntee,” had a cafe in England in the early 1900s, inspiring Richardson to start her own English-style cafe and tea room. With 16 years of experience operating a bed and breakfast in Simpsonville and her great-grandmother’s ...

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Business Spotlight: The Blankenbaker

Alonna and Rob Bailey opened Jeffersontown’s newest event rental space in October, The Blankenbaker. The beautifully remodeled venue is perfect for business meetings, seminars, retreats, parties, weddings and more. The couple originally set out to find office space for their growing businesses and wound up entering the event rental market. Alonna has owned and operated Branding Impact since 2006, a promotional marketing company specializing in promotional and marketing materials, and Rob has a barbecue business teaching grilling classes. After several months of searching for an office space that met their needs and their budget, the pair became discouraged by the ...

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Christmas Spirit

A History of Christmas in Jeffersontown Writer  /  Beth Wilder Christmas seems such a part of tradition now, that it is hard to imagine there being a time when it was not observed as a national holiday. Nevertheless – in America, at least – it did not become a huge celebration until the mid-1800s. Even in the early 1900s, many residents did not do much in observance of Christmas. A rather typical example of Jeffersontown Christmas celebrations was related by local resident Marcia Bryan Horton, who was born 1916. She did not remember celebrating Christmas at the Jeffersontown Presbyterian Church ...

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Weighing In

Pet Obesity Has Reached Nearly 60 Percent of Family Pets Writer  /  David Moore, Paws Stop Owner We all know the health consequences of obesity, and they are the same for our family pets. We don’t want to contribute to a problem that is preventable and will harm their quality of life and shorten their time with us. I think the biggest difference is the number of pounds overweight seems relatively minor to many Pet Lovers. For example, we know a male, adult human that weighs 240 lbs and should weigh 200 lbs is 20 percent overweight. 40 pounds is ...

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Silo Center Bike Park Opens to Public

New Louisville Attraction for Beginner and Experienced Mountain Bike Riders Right outside of Jeffersontown, the newest outdoor attraction at The Parklands of Floyds Fork, the Silo Center Bike Park in Turkey Run Park opened on September 15. The bike park contains downhill flow trails, a skills loop and pump tracks, all specially built by the talented professionals at the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA). “Twenty First Century Parks worked with IMBA to design an exciting, progressive set of mountain biking trails and features that will introduce new riders to the sport as well as allow experienced riders to practice and develop skills,” says 21st Century Parks ...

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Business Spotlight: Eastpoint Audiology

October is National Audiology Awareness Month and National Protect Your Hearing Month, and Dr. Melanie Driscoll and Dr. Kristin Lenz at Eastpoint Audiology are ready to help you improve your hearing. Graduates of the University of Louisville School of Medicine, both audiologists operate their practice under the mission that better hearing leads to a better life. “No matter what we do in life, everything hinges around communication,” Dr. Driscoll says. “If we can’t hear or we have someone we’re trying to do something with and they can’t hear, then there is a disconnect. Until we can hear each other, we ...

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Halloween in Jeffersontown

Pumpkinfest Coming Up October 28 Writer  /  Beth Wilder, Director Jeffersontown Historical Museum Halloween – the spookiest night of the year, when little ghosts and goblins are known to parade door to door in search of tricks or treats. But did you know that Jeffersontown youngsters did not even begin “trick-or-treating” until 1938? It’s true. The Jeffersontown Historical Museum is in possession of a costume worn by Zita Kay Elder that year, which she recalled as being the first time in Jeffersontown’s history that children ever went door to door in search of candy. The costume Zita Kay wore was ...

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Cancer With A Little “C”

“It was an out of body experience,” says Tralicia Powell-Lewis, speaking about the moment she received the call confirming her breast cancer diagnosis. “My doctor told me I had breast cancer, but cancer with a little ‘c,’ not a big ‘c.’” Cancer with a little ‘c’ meant the cancer was caught early, and patients with early stage breast cancer tend to have the best outcomes. For the last four years, Lewis scheduled yearly mammograms, and this was the first time she received abnormal results. Within two weeks of receiving the call, she met with Dr. Samilia Obeng-Gyasi, breast surgeon at ...

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