Southern Indiana Realtors Association (SIRA) hosted its 2017 Installation of Officers & Awards Ceremony Dec. 8 at Horseshoe Southern Indiana. The evening included a welcome by SIRA CEO Glenda Gasparine, the swearing in of the 2018 SIRA Board of Directors, including Incoming-President Vince Hopper, as well as several awards, including to 2017 Realtor of the Year Kathi Combs Byrd of Schuler Bauer. Juice Box Heroes finished the night with a performance that kept those in attendance on the dance floor.
Photo by Angie Fenton
At 6 a.m. Nov. 16, Q103.1 Morning Host Dingo Crank and Mike Benson of A1 Porta Potty ascended their respective scissor lifts – Dingo at Buffalo Wild Wings on Westport Road in Louisville and Mike at Coyle Chevrolet in Clarksville – where they both committed to reside for the next 103 hours to compel the community to donate new bikes for kids. Despite the wild weather over the next several days, which ranged from 65+ degrees to rain to a hard frost, Mike and Dingo persisted. So, too, did the Kentuckiana community. Early morning on Nov. 20, just before sunrise and with the end of the event in sight, we checked in with Mike, who said he was ready, understandably, for a hot shower but also was emotional about the outpouring of love and donations. Dingo, in his Facebook posts, echoed the same sentiments. (FYI: Dingo did this solo in 2016.) As of press time, 2025 bikes had been collected on both sides of the river with many more expected to be purchased with the monetary donations Mike and Dingo also received. “When I look out, I see each (bike) as a kid on Christmas,” Mike said, choking up as he surveyed the hundreds of new bikes. “We’re just characters up here. This is for the kids.”
Oct. 25 • German American Sellersburg branch
German American Bank hosted Oktoberfest Oct. 25 at the Sellersburg branch. The invitation-only event featured live music, German food, fellowship and more.
Photos by Christian Watson
Nov. 17 & 18 • 300 Spring in Jeffersonville
Miguel Hampton of F5 Enterprises, LLC Creative Marketing & Photography, Frances Lewis of Ann De Evelyn Clothing Company and Yamilca Rodriguez of Louisville Bespoke hosted the Women’s Empowerment Weekend Nov. 17 and 18. The two-day event kicked off with Fusion: A Fall Fashion Experience on Friday followed by a Saturday morning breakfast seminar.
Nov. 11 • New Albany High School Cafeteria
Photos by Christian Watson
Mayor Jeff Gahan hosted the New Albany Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast Nov. 11 at New Albany High School Cafeteria. Lee Kelly served as master of ceremonies, Steve Crews provided the music, Father Eric Johnson of Our Lady of Perpetual Help gave the blessing and the New Albany High School NJROTC delivered the presentation of colors and pledge. Breakfast was catered by Terri Lynn’s Catering by Design. The group It’s All Relative performed. Rev. John Manzo – of St. Marks United Church of Christ – and Oneita Phillips gave the scripture readings. Sandy Boofter led the Thanksgiving Prayer. Extol Editor in Chief Angie Fenton was the guest speaker. Warren Nash gave the benediction to end the 49th annual event.
Sept. 22 • The Grand in New Albany
Photos by Christian Watson
Southern Indiana Realtor Association hosted Monte Carlo Night Sept. 22 at The Grand. Guests were asked to wear flapper- and gangster-style apparel and come out for a night of food, fun and entertainment.
By Farrah Alexander
AS I’VE EXPLAINED to my two small children, different households celebrate different holidays during winter. Many households welcome Christmas and our home welcomes Hanukkah. I grew up in a house that celebrated Christmas, but as I became an adult I found myself on the path to Judaism.
Because I don’t come from a Jewish family with generations of deeply held holiday traditions, it’s up to me as a parent to make my own.
This has been really fun.
Every night of Hanukkah, (which is eight nights, just like the Adam Sandler song), I light the candles on the menorah along with my children, and they put the little felt candles on the menorah we display on a wall in our living room. Then, the moment they really get excited about – presents!
Each night, the kids get a small gift after we light the menorah and it officially becomes the next night of Hanukkah. It may be a book, a set of new pajamas or maybe even a toy they have been asking for every single time we go to Target.
One night of Hanukkah always falls on Shabbat, which is the Sabbath or Jewish day of rest on Friday night. This is a particularly special day during Hanukkah. Although Hanukkah is a holiday that comes around once a year, Shabbat is a holiday we celebrate every week.
So, on this night I bring out a gift, show it to my son and explain that it’s not for him.
My children, like so many of ours, are very fortunate and blessed. They live in a safe, climate-controlled home with a loving family. They have access to food whenever they’re hungry. They have clothes and puffy coats to keep them warm when the weather gets chilly. They’re so blessed that they even get gifts that they want for Hanukkah!
On Shabbat during the days of Hanukkah, I remind them of this. I teach them the uncomfortable truth that there are many people, including children like them, that are less fortunate and have significant needs.
This is my way of incorporating the fundamental concept of tzedakah in our holiday traditions. Tzedakah is a Hebrew word that basically means charity in English but is actually derived from a Hebrew root meaning righteousness, justice or fairness. So it’s not simply an act of the more fortunate generously giving to the less fortunate. It’s a duty.
I do this on Shabbat because tzedakah is a fundamental part of Shabbat and this is the perfect time to reinforce this value that shapes our religious and world view. After all, Hanukkah, like Christmas, is a religious holiday. So it’s perfectly appropriate to take this opportunity to teach some of our most basic religious values.
Everyone in my family – my husband and two little ones – receive gifts on each night of Hanukkah excluding Shabbat. In the past, I’ve chosen charities and causes that seem appropriate for each member. For example, when my daughter was just a baby, I donated to a local shelter for women and families. My husband is a veteran who is very committed to issues affecting veterans so I chose to give to a charity benefitting veterans in his name. My son, like most kids, loves toys so I donated a toy a child his age in need would enjoy.
Each year is a little different. I don’t always donate to the same charities. As the kids get older and they become more accustomed to the tradition of tzedakah, I expect and hope they’ll be more involved. Maybe they can choose their own charity or cause to support. Maybe we can donate our time to support those in need together as a family. I hope it’s a tradition they’ll welcome and embrace even if it means they don’t get a special treat that night.
While you’re making your lists of things to get for the holiday season and shopping for your family this year, I encourage you to find some way to give back. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Solstice or nothing at all, the season is perfect for expressing gratitude for your blessings and helping those not as fortunate.
If you’re looking to support a national or international non-profit, Charity Navigator is a fantastic resource for finding highly-rated charities that use their donations wisely and operate efficiently. If you or someone you love is passionate about civil rights, humanitarian relief, animal welfare or a multitude of other causes, I’m confident there’s a great organization you can find and support. You can browse non-profits and check ratings of those you’re interested in on charitynavigator.org
There are many reputable local charities you can easily support online such as My Dog Eats First, Jill’s Wish Foundation, Family Scholar House, St. Vincent de Paul, Blessings in a Backpack and Kentucky Refugee Ministries.
Many charities cater specifically to local families in need and provide them with a memorable holiday, such as the Center for Women and Families, the Salvation Army Angel Tree and Marine Toys for Tots.
But monetary donations are not the only way to give back. You can donate your time or much needed items to an organization like Exit 0, which benefits the homeless community in Jeffersonville and surrounding area.
Before the holidays is the perfect time to prepare for the influx of new toys and clothes your kids may receive. You can purge the well-loved but still usable items and donate them to a local thrift store or charity for someone else to love.
There are countless opportunities to give back and support our community in need this season. Imagine what an impact we all have the opportunity to make by supporting the wonderful organizations helping our community as well as the values we can instill in our children as we’re spoiling them rotten. I hope you all find a fun way to give back this season and I hope whatever holiday you celebrate is a happy one.
By Ray Lucas
THIS SUMMER, my 5-year-old son peed on the president’s barn.
We were on vacation and had stopped for the day at Monticello, the home of President Thomas Jefferson. While touring the historic Virginian plantation, we stepped into the presidential stable where my wife and I read about what an avid horse rider Jefferson had been during his lifetime.
I was leaving the barn toward the fenced-in pasture, where TJ’s horses once grazed, when I heard fellow tourists giggling and clicking their camera. Curious, I turned toward the scene that held their attention and discovered my son, shorts and underwear completely around his ankles, peeing on the side of the white-washed barn so dear to Mr. Jefferson. Bare cheeks in the wind, he showed no modesty nor shame.
Containing my smile, it occurred to me in that moment that I was far overdue for a conversation with him about when a boy can and cannot pee in the yard. Walking the grounds toward the Jeffersonian mansion featured on the back of the nickel, we began our talk about being discreet while our fellow tourists were probably posting photos of his transgressions with “Ha-ha” emoji’s on Facebook.
The experience led me to the question, “What other conversations in my life have I been putting off?”
I made a mental list of a few that were seriously overdue.
• “The birds and the bees” part one with the 10-year old son and “the birds and the bees” part two with 17-year-old son.
• “I’m not as crazy about the movie White Christmas as I led you to believe while dating” with wife (I think she already suspected).
• “I’m not so sure Simba really escaped to the woods with all of the other bunnies” explaining the untimely demise of her childhood rabbit, with now 19-year-old daughter. (Sorry, honey!)
IT’S HARD TO TELL YOUR CHILD THAT THERE ARE BAD PEOPLE IN THE WORLD AND SOMETIMES THEY OVERPOWER THE GOOD IN THOSE AROUND THEM.
A few weeks ago, another conversation came to mind. My wife and I allowed our 5-year-old to watch a movie he had seen the previews for and begged us to watch – King Kong. At the end of the story, our young filmgoer had grown attached to King Kong and was jumping up and down on the couch cheering each time the great ape swatted an attacking biplane out of the sky atop the Empire State Building. Even while his hero took bullets and grew weak, our boy felt certain that Kong would prevail.
Finally, as King Kong slipped from the building and fell to his death our son became sad and confused. He looked at me as if he had been betrayed. His voice quivered: “That’s not supposed to happen.” He couldn’t help himself as he began to weep. He was embarrassed and crying and mad. “Why did the bad boys kill him?” he sobbed. He cried for a solid five minutes as we consoled him. We were both unprepared at how upset the ending had made him.
Obviously, this was another conversation that was overdue – the good guy doesn’t always win. It’s hard to tell your child that there are bad people in the world and sometimes they overpower the good in those around them. One needs only to look at the headlines of the past few months to know this truth.
So why are these conversations hard to have? Sometimes it’s the fear of hurting feelings or bringing up a subject that we find uneasy about ourselves. But these experiences have led me to understand more often than not the hardest conversations to have with our children are the ones that mark the end of a certain innocence that we aren’t ready to see pass.
Most recently I have wrestled with another conversation with our 5-year-old that is long past due: “It’s time for you to sleep all night in your own bed.” We never let his older siblings sleep with us, but as the baby, we would occasionally allow him to slip into our bed in the middle of the night. As a toddler, it was sometimes cramped, but he would snuggle up, put his arms around your neck and smile in his sleep. How could we resist?
Today, he takes up more bed space than I do, kicks the covers off each night and his cold feet usually end up in my wife’s back. We agree that he needs to stay in his own bed, but because we have grown used to the arrangement or because we are typically too tired to get up and lead him to bed, we have not had that final conversation that is way past due. Or perhaps we both fear that this, too, will mark a passing of innocence that we are not ready to see end.
It’s true – our kindergarten son still sleeps with an innocent smile in our bed. Judge me if you like, but at least he no longer pees on presidential barns.
For almost 80 years, Rookie’s Cookies & Cakes has been serving the Southern Indiana community delicious cookies, pastries and cakes.
The neighborhood bakery opened Sept. 19, 1939, in downtown New Albany and quickly became known for their melt-in-your-mouth butter cookies. Once known as the Little Flower Butter Wafer, the sweet treats are still made and produced the same way (sorry, but the recipe is secret) and are aptly named Rookie’s Cookies.
The company also specializes cakes for all occasions – weddings, birthdays, holidays, baby showers – using the freshest ingredients available.
For many of us on the Extol Team, a holiday isn’t complete without goodies from Rookie’s. They make a scrumptious addition to company parties, family gatherings and holiday gifts.
310 PEARL ST.
Sonya Broady vividly remembers when she and Leslie Smith decided to start Smith Broady & Associates, a mortgage company located in Southern Indiana. “We opened in June 2008 in the middle of the real estate downfall,” Sonya said. “Everyone thought we were crazy.”
Now, more than nine years later, there are five members of the Smith Broady team, and they recently relocated from their Blackiston Mill Road location in New Albany to a beautifully remodeled, homey office at 1114 E. Tenth St. in Jeffersonville.
“It’s been almost a three-year process to look for something and find a right price and location,” said Leslie, who shares the principal manager/co-owner title with Sonya. “We have succeeded because of our team. We are family. Now that we’re in our new spot, we’re hoping to grow even more.
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Every step of the way, your Smith Broady & Associates loan officer will keep you informed of their progress toward the closing date. With the large inventory of affordable homes on the market, this is a wonderful time for first-time homebuyers to purchase a home.
At Smith Broady & Associates, we look forward to earning your business and becoming your preferred mortgage company for all your home purchases. From starter homes to dream homes, we’re there for you.
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