Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

April 4, 2013

In Your View

The Independent

ASHLAND — Becca Kloha will realize dream

“Someday I want to perform at the Paramount.”

The young lady who said this five years ago will be living her dream, along with her equally talented husband, on April 19. Rebecca Kloha is one of three daughters of the Rev. Mark Kloha and his wife, Nancy, of Ashland.

Rebecca, now known as Becca, was a student in my English class at Verity Middle School. At that time, she was also very much involved as a student at the former June Conn School of Dance. In 2000, she left Paul G. Blazer High School to attend Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts in Torrington, Conn., where she graduated in 2003. I had the opportunity to attend one of her performances in “The Nutcracker” at the conservatory.

In 2003, she began her college career in musical theater at Webster University in St. Louis, Mo., and graduated in 2007. The summer after her junior year, she met Ryan Strand while they were both doing summer stock at Little Theatre on the Square in Sullivan, Ill. Ryan had graduated in 2006 from the University of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. In 2010, they were married.

Both of these talented young people have toured or are currently touring in well-known musicals. Ryan was in “Jersey Boys,” and Becca is performing now in “Wicked.” In September 2012, her parents invited me to travel with them to Louisville to see Becca in “Wicked,” a thoroughly enjoyable production.

On April 19, Becca and Ryan will perform “The Sound of Yesteryear,” a mixture of classic jazz tunes from such artists as Cole Porter, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Michael Buble, just to mention a few. Some of the well-known songs, including “Moondance,” “You’re the Top,” “Crazy Thing Called Love.”

Becca and Ryan hope to see you at the Paramount.

Rena K. Rileyn Ashland

Historic train trip wonderful

 On March 23, my husband and I took a train trip with the Collis P. Huntington Railroad Historical Society to Washington, D.C. What a wonderful trip this turned out to be!

The price of the ticket included three nights in a hotel near D.C., one lunch and two evening meals and a guided tour on Monday. On Tuesday we toured Arlington Cemetery and then were bused to the Smithsonian museums. Breakfast was at the hotel. On Monday, we saw all of the monuments, the White House, (not inside), the Capitol and several other buildings. We were served breakfast, lunch and dinner on the train during the trip to and from D.C. The food was delicious and cooked on the train. We had two of their historical cars connected to an Amtrak train. We were gone four days total.

What a wonderful time we had! I would recommend taking one of these tours if you get the chance.

Vivian Stamper, Grayson

Valet parking is appreciated

Recently, I had an appointment at Bellefonte Center for preadmission testing.

When I drove up to the building, a young man immediately came out to ask if I wanted valet parking. He parked my vehicle for me so I did not have to hunt for a parking place in the snow and rain. When I was ready to leave, he quickly retrieved my car for me.

The service was free. Later that week, I arrived at Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital for surgery. Even though it was 6:30 a.m., I was able to leave my vehicle with valet parking, again a free service. The attendants were efficient, courteous and pleasant. I am grateful to OLBH for providing this service.

Artty Hardymon, Greenup


Valet parking missed at KDMC

I recently was in the area to visit my 87-year-old father. I was dismayed to find King’s Daughters Medical Center no longer has valet parking available to patients.

My father receives medical care at this facility on a regular basis. Valet parking being unavailable is a considerable hardship for him to the point that, especially in inclement weather, he may skip a medical appointment altogether rather than try to deal with finding a parking space and then making his way, even if by shuttle, the considerable distance back to the hospital. I am certain he is not the only senior adult adversely affected by this lack of service.

It was not a free service, which makes the decision to eliminate it more difficult to understand. Even in times when difficult budgeting decisions must be made, there surely must be other places expenses could be cut that would not affect the health and well-being of elderly and disabled patients.

I hope KDMC will reconsider eliminating this valuable service. Bringing it back would be the right thing to do.

Donna Poynor, Gainesville, Fla.

Wurtland class planning reunion

There will be a reunion organizational meeting of the Wurtland High School Class of 1968 at 7 p.m. April 18 at the home of Becky Hayes Hancock, 820 Wurtland Ave. Classmates who would like to help in planning the reunion are encouraged to attend. If you cannot attend but would like to make suggestions, you may send an email to Rita Wright Maynard at daisey04@zoominternet.net.

Peggy Heaberlin Craft, Rita Wright Maynard, Becky Hayes Hancock, WHS class of 1968

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