Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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December 31, 2011

New year brings new hope

ASHLAND — Ken and Jaye Artrip have been selling a lot of cabbage in the final days of 2011.

“They say the more cabbage they eat the more they will make. Green cabbage — green money,” Artrip said before estimating they’ve sold “hundreds of heads of cabbage” for people to cook and eat as part of their plans for the new year. His personal wish for 2012 is “that anybody who wants a job can get a job because there’s an opportunity out there for them, because that’s the way it was when I was a kid.”

Ringing up the cabbages at the family-operated produce business on 13th Street in Ashland, Jaye Artrip declared an ambitious wish for the year to come.

“I’d like to see all of our boys brought home ... alive,” she said. “I’d just like to see everybody happy, smiling and having a good time.”

While confirming the connection between cabbage and New Year’s celebrations, neither Artrip was familiar with the more southern tradition of cooking black-eyed peas for good luck in the days ahead.

“The last time I bought black-eyed peas I could not give them away,” he said a laugh.

Setting up lights and equipment for a New Year’s Eve show in Cannonsburg, musician Tony Maynard considered the year’s end.

“2011 was full of ... challenges and compromises, but all in all we rocked hard and lived to rock again,” he said, noting it was a year when he got to work as a sound engineer for many of his musical heroes including The Drifters, Herman’s Hermits, .38 Special, The Outlaws, Air Supply, Jamey Johnson, Chris Hillman and Herb Peterson. “That’s always a gift to get to do that.”

The guitarist did not hesitate to answer when asked about his personal resolutions for 2012. “I resolve to rock faster, harder and louder.”

Restaurant owner Tal Callihan said he hopes to focus more on family and personal development during the next calendar year.

“I think just growth on a personal level. I try to learn every day. Life is a wonderful teacher,” he said, before adding 2011 was a good year for his business, although it certainly ate into time with his wife, Sarah, son, Talmadge and daughter, Ryleigh.

“My wife has been truly supportive and extremely understanding,” he said. “My eight-year-old daughter is not quite as understanding as my wife. She wants to know why I’m gone all the time.”

Tim Holmes of Ashland said he is setting simple goals for his New Year’s resolutions.

“One I've thought of is to practice repurposing at least one item a month through 2012. For example, make a lunch pail out of an old milk carton, or a lamp from an old wine bottle,” said Holmes before adding, “And, in following UPS guidelines I hope to make more ‘Right’ turns this year.”

TIM PRESTON can be reached at tpreston@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2651.

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