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U-Haul and Save-A-Lot

Editor, The Sun:

Well, U-Haul isn’t accepted in the old Kmart store (a perfect location), yet a Goodwill is accepted in the new, multi-million dollar Kroger complex!

Now, what is wrong with this scenario? Has anyone ever asked Outback Steak House, Olive Garden, etc. to fill in that empty lot?

Take a ride down U.S. 127 through Mercer and Boyle counties and on the right, you will see a Goodwill store. Oh my gosh, it’s in the same lot as Save-A-Lot!

Janet Zarmbus

Versailles

Watch out for pedestrians

Editor, The Sun:

I would like to ask the drivers of Woodford County to please refer to the official Kentucky Drivers Manual, specifically the chapter addressing pedestrians. You will find it states that pedestrians in a marked cross walk have the right of way.

I walk to lunch every day using the sidewalks downtown. Multiple times I went on the proper signal into the crosswalk only to have vehicles turn into me, blow horns, yell or display other messages. Our downtown sidewalks are very busy with citizens both young and senior, tourists, officers of the courts, and various others conducting some type of business or daily activity.

Please be aware of the danger of disregarding this important chapter in your rules of the road instruction manual.

Bobby Picklesimer

Woodford County

Why volunteer?

Editor, The Sun:

There are many reasons to give your time, energy, and maybe even your money: “I just want to give back to my community,” “It makes me feel good,” “I like helping people.”

We live in a community that seems to provide dependable services like water, sewer, police, and emergency medical care, and maybe we take them for granted. However, what happens when the system is overloaded? This is where volunteers play a role in our community.

As a member of your local Emergency Management Agency, allow me to ask a couple of questions.

What if a tornado strikes our local hospital or one of our schools, or a large subdivision?

What if there’s a truck accident with a hazardous material spill on the bypass that requires evacuation of a complete subdivision?

Our local first responders would likely face a manpower and resource shortage very quickly and would request immediate call-backs of off-duty personnel. Local agencies would activate mutual aid agreements with neighboring and regional departments. Depending on weather, time of day, and type of event, help could be 20 minutes away.

Meanwhile, we would do our best to keep the incident from expanding with limited manpower. This is where the role of the volunteer begins. However, not just anyone should run out to help; that is a plan for added confusion and lost time. The valuable volunteer is the person with the training, mental strength, and physical stamina to handle, at times, some very unpleasant sights, sounds, and smells.

Where do you find that training? At a Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) program, which is a Federal Emergency Management Agency-approved series of classes. The modules include basic first aid, use of a fire extinguisher, disaster psychology, basic search and rescue, how to prepare for disasters, and the opportunity to participate in mock drills. We have spots available on CERT for those who complete the training.

You’ll gain skills you may need any day around your home, school, church, or workplace – and which will make you a valued volunteer if disaster strikes. If you can handle the smaller things without calling 911 first, that will lessen the overwhelming load placed on our first responders. We need volunteers across the entire spectrum of our community.

Research shows that communities that are most connected internally are the most resilient and bounce back fastest and strongest from disasters. Please consider joining our team.

Johnny Mills

Woodford County

Emergency Management

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