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John Henry statue is
taking shape

The John Henry Memorial committee has announced that work has begun on the statue that will be part of a small park at the grave site of the legendary racehorse John Henry. He is buried outside his former paddock at the Kentucky Horse Park.

Shelley Hunter, a world-renowned equine sculptor, will create the statue in her studio at the Kentucky Horse Park. Park visitors can watch its progress 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

John Henry, a two-time horse of the year, was 32 when he died Oct. 8. He spent his last 22 years at the Kentucky Horse Park.

Fans of John Henry are invited to contribute to the statue. Checks should be made payable to the John Henry Memorial Fund and sent to Old Friends, 1841 Paynes Depot Road, Georgetown, Ky. 40324. To make donations by phone, contact the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation at (859) 255-5727. For additional information about the memorial, call Bill Oster at (502) 316-0980 or e-mail

Park Hours and Rates: From March 15 through Oct. 31, the park is open seven days a week. Admission is $15 for adults, $8 for children ages 7-12, and free for children 6 and younger.

More Fayette County news, Pages E2, E6


Free acupuncture

In honor of World Health Day, WaysMeet GreenSpace and Community Acupuncture Berea will host a day of free community acupuncture treatments 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday at WaysMeet, 105 Jackson Street in Berea. In addition to acupuncture, Tibetan pulse readings will be available 1 to 2 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. Volunteer acupuncturists from Berea, Lexington and Georgetown will administer the acupuncture treatments, which will be 30 to 45 minutes in each ear. The treatments are designed to reduce stress and anxiety and to provide a sense of well-being. No appointment is necessary. Contributions are encouraged to support Acupuncturists without Borders, a non-profit group established to help those suffering from stress and trauma in Louisiana after hurricane Katrina in 2005 and to provide free treatments to returning veterans and their families. Call (859) 986-0098.


Grief support

Hospice of the Bluegrass will host a grief support group 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Woodford County Library, 115 North Main Street. The group is for anyone dealing with the death of a loved one. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss their loss in a supportive and confidential setting. The program is free. Call 1-800-926-1302.