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Glorious evening nuptials grace Bluegrass state

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Graduation celebrations and memories are fading with the beginning of another school year for first-time students from preschool to first year of college. Bringing fears and excitement to the leaving behind, the students are full of anticipation as are parents, sometimes with tears of joy and sometimes sadness.

In our family, we run the gamut from Daniel in first grade to Sam, a college student doing a semester in Argentina; Charlotte a year at Oxford; John back to law school; Audrey in Boston at Northeastern; Michael J. finishing at Purdue; Grace and Edward at Guerin High School; Matthew and Cobie in Chicago high schools; and that leaves Abby, Lolly and Will in grammar school. At another level, we have Emma and Jennifer off to make their mark in the world of commerce, with the rest of the cousins gainfully employed.

A beautiful August wedding took place in Lexington, Kentucky, uniting JK Keach of Columbus — son of John and Nan Keach, grandson of Elaine Keach and the late John Keach — and Danielle Calkins, daughter of Joni and Dan Calkins of Lexington. The bride’s grandparents are Marilyn and Eugene Hull, formerly of Columbus, now living in Lexington.

An evening ceremony was performed at the Cathedral of Christ the King by the Rev. Richard Watson, and as the wedding party left the church the heavens bestowed on them a beautiful rainbow just above the cathedral. The reception was at the Keeneland Entertainment Center and the historic stone Keene Barn with open-air views to the Keeneland property, where cocktails and hors d’oeuvres were served just as a glorious sun was setting.

The bride wore an Enzoani Isla dress, a fit and flare ivory tulle gown with round illusion neckline, revealing a sweetheart shape. She wore Nan Keach’s lovely veil, also worn by Julie Keach Kerrigan, sister of the groom, on her wedding day. The bride’s bouquet was of white roses and peonies. The bridesmaids wore silver and carried bouquets of white roses, peonies and anemone with sprigs of silver brunea and lambs ear. Groomsmen wore navy blue suits. Wedding party members from Columbus were Julie Keach Kerrigan, Michael Trueblood, Daniel Burt and Mark Riester.

Reins To Recovery Inc. is a therapeutic riding center located at 1660 N. County Road 1000W in Seymour. Founded in 2008 by Calli Ahrmann-Johnson, the center is dedicated to the physical and mental development of children and adults with social, psychological or physical disabilities. This is truly amazing equine-assisted psychotherapy that incorporates horses experientially for emotional growth and learning.

The center is a collaborative effort between a licensed therapist and a horse professional working with the clients and horses to address treatment goals. The participants learn so much about themselves and their ability to improve in flexibility, balance and muscle strength, and just enjoy the experience. An annual fundraiser is 4 to 8 p.m. today at Bartholomew County Fairgrounds, with music and live and silent auctions. The public is invited and dinner is a free-will offering. Call 812-350-4864 for more information.

A very interesting and enlightening program was given at the Library Red Room by Fox 59 Newspoint anchor Nicole Pence. With many students and adults in attendance, we learned the ins and outs of being first and foremost a journalist in the media of television.

 Her day starts at 1:45 p.m. and ends after her live show at 11 p.m. Every day is different with a variety of activities, answering hundreds of emails, getting her own sources and building trust with those she encounters. Pence rewrites the script written by staff to fit her voice and delivery.

Smiling to answer to one of the student’s questions, Pence said that she does her own makeup and hair. She loves working with the staff of 100 or more people to deliver the news straight to the point, hence Newspoint.

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