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Eleven Great Ideas, Most, but not all, from Great Thinkers

Not necessarily the greatest ones, but some important concepts which come mind this Saturday morning, another gorgeous one with so many things to do in Columbia, Adair County, KY and nearabouts. Not in order of importance, necessarily, just in order of how they came to mind. From Ron Heath, Tiffany and Eddie Kessler, Jerry Holt, the Adair Heritage Association, James Garrison, Somebody and Same Avery, Mayor Mark Harris, a collective group of educators, Pen, Christina O'Rourke, and Ralph Roy Waggener. And Us, on Kitchen Disobedience, a bonus 12th. After all, he who tooteth not his own horn, the same shall not be tooted - ED

By Ed Waggener

Salutes to the following in no particular order:

Columbia/Adair Chamber President Ron Heath: Always send personal thank you notes through the U.S. Mail. Best handwritten, with a selected stamp, on printed in Columbia stationery, mailed at an Adair County post office. Helps the local economy and a large, primary local industry, printing and helps keep a great institution, the local post office, in Columbia.

Tiffany and Eddie Kessler: the idea to make this a "Made in the United States" Christmas. It's a great goal this year - and every year. Things can be made in America. Things can be manufactured right here in South Central Kentucky.

Columbia Rotary Club President Jerry Holt The idea for the Bicycle Friendly decal which he handed over to Lindsey Wilson Cycling Coach Dave Grigsby and Director of Public Relations Duane Bonifer, who've put the fine tuned Lindsey Wilson touch to making it take hold.

The Adair Heritage Association coming to a Eureka moment and making the wise decision that the best way to Preserve the Historic Adair County Courthouse is to start using it. Use is almost always the best preservative.

James Garrison:and his solution for the Preservation of Country Stores: You don't have to be competitive with the nouveau faux old Cracker Barrels to be successful. Just be open regular hours, if just two or three a day, own the building debt free, slice limited sandwiches both ways (on crackers or white bread), have at least a limited supply of cold drinks and milk, have a few candy bars and snacks, sell only on cash, and hire no help. More can be profitable. More would be nice. But every community could have its gathering place with this.

Somebody: whoever it was, who got the Soup Wars going in the local restaurants. We'll credit an instigator with moving it along, Sam Avery, who's got a private entry the contest for best Chili and who told me why I'm right to go to at least to Northern Kentucky when I need the real fix of Cincinnati style Chili: For the best you go to where it began, he said. Without getting into trouble taking sides, just want to say that Soups in Some Unexpected Places are a big part of what's making the Columbia restaurant scene more exciting.

Mayor Mark Harris: for his idea to make Adams Alley a showpiece, now that the historically named Well Walk off the Square has become a reality and his plan to lean on the City Council to get them to support the idea of making this entrance to Downtown Columbia and welcoming gateway, not a chokepoint.

A collective group of educators who are transforming education who giving Adair County kids the competitive learning advantage of easy access to iPads, netbooks, tablets, and laptops in the classroom and are finding innovative public and private means to reach a goal of 100% availabilty to all of the 2, 600 Adair County school children.

Pen: for the idea that Downtowns, Squares, and Main Streets are more memorable and more attractive when second floor lights are on from dusk to at least 10pmCT. Columbia's Downtown is now more memorable with lights on in the bustling restaurants, in the upstairs of City Hall and the Columbia Police Department and the Sheriff's Office in the Adair Annex. Lights on the numerous 24 hour flags especially at Lindsey Wilson Sports Park, at the Adair Judicial Center, at First National Bank on Russell Road, and at the VFW Park on Fairground Streets, coupled with the Lights at the Shining City on Lindsey HIll, make Columbia a thrilling night time experience. More businesses joining in would help, and the added electrical cost should be quite small.

Christina O'Rourke for Poetry Nights in Downtown Columbia. Poetry isn't everybody's favorite genre, but it sure does appeal to many more than anyone might ever have suspected until this 2nd Monday evening event went through two cycles and helped pack the Square with cars, both times. We hope similar small projects take root and grow into much bigger successes, as this one appears to be doing. (By the way, the next Poetry Night is Monday, November 14, 2011, starting at 5pmCT, at the Cafe on the Square, 212 Public Square, Columbia, KY.)

Ralph Roy Waggener for the reminder that the little things make such of a difference and for inspiring others to make note of the little things, like maybe a regularly scheduleded, coordinated Sign Straightening Day, would be such a good idea, and for making so many of us notice the little things which make such a difference, like the new paint on the VFW Hall so many commented on at the Walmart Veterans Day Breakfast yesterday

Those are what come to mind for us. You may want to make a list of 11 ideas and submit your own. -EW

US Linda, Mrs. Marcum, and me: A 12th to make it an even dozen: Geniece Marcum baked a store bought frozen pumpkin pie this week, which called for 45 minutes in the oven and 2 hours on the rack to cook and set. It may have been pumpkin craving, but we couldn't wait. We had it hot and running. Pumpkin pudding with some hot crust. It was custardy and delicious. And we're now so committed to disobeying orders and following our better instincts most of the time now and have our pumpkin pie illegally hot. -EW

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Night lights in Columbia, KY

2011-11-13 - 201 Campbellsville Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener.
Columbia, KY, leaves a lasting impression on night visitors, thanks to all night displays such as the lighted flag display at the Adair Judicial Center, especially impressive with the unfurled by a brisk November 11, 2011 night wind.

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