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Monterey Matters: Remember families touched by tragedy

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By Dana Burke

I’d like to start out by asking everyone to please keep the Kistner and Fitzgerald families in your thoughts and prayers this week.
As you have probably already heard by now, Kara Kistner and Allison Fitzgerald were involved in a very bad accident Friday evening near Frankfort. It was so bad, they had to shut down parts of 127 for a few hours to clean up the wreckage.
I pray these girls are going to be OK. I saw it on the news Friday night and later read about it Sunday morning. Until then, I had no idea that I knew the families. One is never prepared to hear such news. Please know that you and your families are in our thoughts and prayers.
Sunday afternoon, Evelyn and I went to Lawrenceburg to visit with Jade and my new granddaughter, Dani.
She is the prettiest little girl. Can you tell I’m a little proud? She’s really growing fast. With gas prices the way they are these days, I don’t get over there as often as I would like. However, I have been trying to go over at least every other week.
This was also a first time for Ms. Evelyn to see her great-niece. We are all also getting very excited about going to see Kirby the weekend of Oct. 8. Bluegrass Challenge at Fort Knox has planned a Family Day Picnic at Camp Crooked Creek in Shepherdsville. It is going to be so nice to see Kirby again and at the same time it will be bitter sweet for him to see his baby girl once more. I am so very proud of Kirby. He is working really hard to earn his diploma while also learning all he can about life itself. He has really grown up since he has joined this program. It is helping him prepare to be the best dad he can be to his new baby girl.
If any of you would like to write to Kirby to let him know how proud you are of him, please by all means call me and I will see to it that you get his address. These kids could use all the encouragement they can get right now.
There are a lot of birthdays coming up in October. Beth (Brock) Baker will be turning 30 Oct. 9. And Troi Cunningham will have a birthday Oct. 15. A very good friend of mine, Ramon Chism, will be celebrating his birthday Oct. 3. Happy birthday to all you folks out there celebrating your birthday this month.
I recently received an e-mail from Jan Riddle. She said she and Revel went antique shopping in Shelbyville and found a lot of nice collectables at the malls. They went to Clara and Dallas’ for dinner late that afternoon. Thanks for sharing your news with us, Jan.
That’s about it for this time. Until we meet again, please continue to keep all our sick in your thoughts and prayers.