Meet the three Neighbors contributors

Our Neighbors section receives contributions from readers and three freelancer contributors. We're taking this opportunity to introduce you to a new contributor — Sarah J. Wilson — and to reintroduce two others who have worked for us for a while. Feel free to contact them about Neighbors news in their areas.

Jeff McDanald

Jeff McDanald is an adult education instructor for Jessamine County Schools. He was born in Huntington, W.Va., and is a graduate of West Virginia University. He moved to the Bluegrass region in 1983 to work as a production manager for the Chapman Printing Co.

He lives in rural Jessamine County with his wife, Carrie, and three children — Kristen, Mallory and Wyatt. In his spare time, Jeff enjoys fossil-hunting in creek beds, researching family history and playing the harmonica. He also designs and builds Web sites, specializing in government, tourism and historical subjects. McDanald has contributed feature articles to the Herald-Leader since 2004, and he has written for Neighbors since 2006. He can be reached at

Robin Roenker

Robin Roenker is a freelance writer and stay-at-home mom to three young sons. An avid reader, she has degrees in English from the University of Kentucky and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a board member of the Harrods Hill Neighborhood Association, and with her husband, Jon, she volunteers in her sons' school, scouting and sports activities. She has been a correspondent with the Herald-Leader for eight years, submitting items for Fayette County news and, more recently, Education Notes. If you're a parent, teacher, principal, or school counselor with school award news to report, contact her at

Sarah J. Wilson

Sarah J. Wilson is a lifelong Kentuckian. She was born and raised in Paris and earned her bachelor's degree from Morehead State University. Sarah lives in Midway with her husband, Steve, and their daughter, Emily. She is a member of Midway Presbyterian Church, is president of the Midway Woman's Club, and enjoys volunteering at many Woodford County activities, including Francisco's Farm Arts Festival, Midway Fall Festival, Sparks in the Park and Midway Living History Day. Sarah enjoys writing, graphic design and photography, and she is the new Woodford County correspondent for The Lexington Herald-Leader. If you have Woodford County news, you can reach her at