Woodford County Heritage Committee member and professional archaeologist Nick Laracuente will soon embark on a community-based archaeology project in cooperation with the Jack Jouett House Historic Site.
The project has been designed to provide any interested individual with the opportunity to become an active partner in archaeological research.
Beginning in March and spanning through December, a series of events will be offered in conjunction with "Unearthing Our Forgotten Past: The Jack Jouett Archaeology Project." The project will include several stand-alone programs, training in excavation techniques, training in locating and interpreting related historical documents, the excavation of Jack Jouett's distillery off site, and lab work to wash, sort, catalog, and interpret the recovered artifacts.
In addition, plans are underway to offer an archaeology merit badge clinic for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. Children and teens will have the opportunity to participate in the project during additional excavations at the Jack Jouett House Historic Site itself.
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The kickoff event will be an introductory program offered in the visitor center at the Jack Jouett House Historic Site at 6:30 p.m. March 10. An overview of the archaeology project and of Jack Jouett will be presented by Laracuente and Janice Clark, executive director of the site. Attendees will learn about volunteer opportunities and be able to sign up to participate.
The program is free. Individuals who are interested in volunteering but are unable to attend the program may call the Jack Jouett House at (859) 873-7902 to be added to the Jack Jouett Archaeology Team list and/or to receive Laracuente's online blog posts.
The Jack Jouett House Historic Site is located six miles southwest of Versailles at 255 Craig's Creek Road, just off McCowan's Ferry Road. For more information, call the Jack Jouett House at (859) 873-7902 or go to Jouetthouse.org.
Chamber presents Best of Woodford awards
The Woodford County Chamber of Commerce presented the 2014 Best of Woodford County and Chamber Awards on Feb. 25 at Midway College. The public voted on the awards in an online survey in January and February. The winners for each category were:
■ Midway Boutique for Best Place to Shop in Midway;
■ Pretty in Pink for Best Place to Shop in Versailles;
■ Woodford Vet Clinic for Best Veterinarian Clinic;
■ McDonald's for Best Breakfast;
■ WinStar Farm for Best Horse Farm;
■ Citizens Commerce National Bank for Best Bank;
■ ERA Show Place Realty for Best Real Estate Agency.
The following individuals or organizations from Woodford County received awards for their service to the community:
■ Leadership All Star Award: Tommy Haggard, a past Chamber Board member for his exemplary service to the Board;
■ Woodford Stars Award: Brenda Craig and Sandi Bromagen for their administrative support of the Chamber office;
■ Tourism Achievement Award: Woodford Reserve for its contribution as a local tourist asset and for successfully promoting tourism;
■ Woodford County Outstanding Farmer of the Year: Brad Carmickle, a producer who is actively involved in improving the number one industry in Woodford County - agriculture;
■ Woodford County Distinguished Farmer of the Year: Jesse Lane for his lifetime of work and dedication to farming in Woodford County;
■ Business Industry of the Year Award: Ruggles Sign Co., a Woodford County Chamber member in industry/manufacturing who has made a difference in Woodford County;
■ Eureath White Spirit Award: Ken Kerkhoff, a Chamber member who has contributed and worked to improve Woodford County;
■ Business of the Year Award: Life Adventure Center, this organization has been serving the Bluegrass since 2006, manages more than 575 acres and has taken over the responsibility for the Buckley Wildlife Sanctuary;
■ Community Service Awards: Uniquely Woodford, an organization that has enhanced Woodford County through its continual support to make Woodford County a better place to live, work and visit; and Woodford Tomorrow, a group of individuals committed to a better future for Woodford County.