Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)


October 11, 2011

TIM PRESTON: Armco, BJ’s and Holly B’s

ASHLAND — If you or anyone you know ever worked for Armco or a related branch of the company in this area, you are invited to spend an afternoon at the farm of Armco-retiree John Winters, who will once again host the annual Armco Friends Free Picnic starting at noon, Oct. 13.

Winters said he will again cook 40 pounds of soup beans and several massive skillets of corn bread to feed the crowd, noting they’ve had about 200 attend last year as well as the year before.

“It’s just a picnic,” Winters said last week. “I tell people to bring their friends. We open it up at noon and Harold Moore always says grace and makes a little speech and then everybody just mills around and talks and tells old stories about how hard they used to work.”

Winters said he hosts the picnic “up in a holler and away from everything,” although it does have handicap-parking access. The picnic host said anyone interested in joining them will find his farm by traveling 1.5 miles north of Ironton along Ohio 93 and then turn left on 119.

Need books?

Cherri Vint, owner of BJ’s Books in Ashland, is lamenting the loss of the local Waldenbooks location while welcoming customers to visit her shop.

“Waldenbooks will truly be missed,” Vint said, emphasizing she is ready and able to help readers find printed materials.

BJ’s Books, which is located between Moe’s and Penn Station at 116 6th St. (behind Texas Roadhouse), is stocked with a wide variety of reading material, including new and used hardcover and paperback editions, with new Top 10 titles arriving daily. Vint says she will be happy to make a special order for anything she doesn’t have on her shelves.

BJ’s Books is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday. For more information, call (606) 327-1119.

Holiday party

Holly B’s Jewelry & Gifts at 212 16th St. in downtown Ashland is kicking off the holiday season with a three-day HAPPY Holiday Party featuring fun, festivities and freebies, with special incentives from Coton Colors — a collection of handcrafted pottery, decor and gifts “inspired by the celebrations of life.”

Coton Colors will also unveil their new “The Happy Everything Cookbook,” during the holiday kickoff, according to owner Brooke Elswick-Robinson.

The “Get HAPPY Holiday Party” will be Nov. 3 through Nov. 5 and the shop is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call (606) 329-2588.

Ashland website

Douglas Herron, who many know as the general manager of downtown Ashland’s C.J. Maggie’s American Grill, has been upgrading and making additions to his locally-oriented website, Ashlandconnection.com, that may be of interest to many people who live here as well as those who visit the city.

Herron wrote recently and advised he has added several education-related links to the page, which offers visitors a glimpse at everything from local businesses to job opportunities, social forums, church and neighborhood happenings and an events calendar.

“I’ve now added links for our kids and college students who need help with their homework, called Homework Help,” Herron wrote. “I have also added educational links for everyone who wants to watch them.”

The website actually offers a truckload of different services and even diversions including games, all with a local interest. Check it out next time you’re surfing the web and let Herron know what you think about his efforts to connect the community.

TIM PRESTON can be reached at tpreston@dailyindependent.

com or (606) 326-2651.

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