Kala Dunn

Operations Assistant and Board Operator

Kala Dunn is a native of Princeton, Ky. She’s a 2006 graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy with a concentration in flute performance and a 2010 graduate of Murray State University with a B.M. in piano performance. She is employed by Physical Medicine Services. Her hobbies include yoga, kayaking, reading, running, and listening to music. She lives in Hamlin, Ky.

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10:48 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Datebook: March 28 - Happy Birthday Marlin Perkins

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Do you remember watching Wild Kingdom while you were growing up? If so, then you may remember host Marlin Perkins, who game many Americans their first exposure to environmental conservation and the protection of endangered species. He died in 1986, but his show lives on today, on Animal Planet.

It’s Thursday, March 28

Kids ages six to twelve can spend an evening using the Laser Pegs 3D Light Board to design structures and discover the science behind light at this week’s Friday Night Science Class at West Kentucky Community and Technical College.  The two-hour class starts at 5PM in the Emerging Technology Center.  The cost is $20.  To register, call (270) 534-3335.

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11:23 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Datebook: March 27 - Sir Henry Royce Turns 150

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Henry Royce met Charles Rolls at an Automobile Club in 1904. Their first car, the Rolls-Royce 10hp was unveiled a few months later, which ran quiet even when topped out at 39 mph, at a price of £395. Royce lived by the motto, "Whatever is rightly done, however humble, is noble."

It’s Wednesday, March 27

U.S. Representative Ed Whitfield hosts a Town Hall Meeting tomorrow afternoon at 2 in the Curris Center Dance Lounge on the campus of Murray State University.  Representative Whitfield addresses the general political climate in Washington D.C. as well as specific key legislative issues including sequestration, gun control, and biennial budgeting and appropriations.  A question-and-answer session follows. The public is invited to attend.

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11:17 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Datebook: March 26 - Leonard Nimoy Turns 82

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Happy birthday Leonard Nimoy! TV Guide named Spock from Star Trek among the 50 greatest TV characters of all time. Recently, The Space Foundation awarded Nimoy for creating a positive TV role model that inspired people to learn more about the universe. Live long and prosper.

It’s Tuesday, March 26

The American Red Cross holds a blood drive tomorrow afternoon from 1 to 6 at Calloway County Middle School.  Donors must be at least 18 years old, be in good health, weigh at least 110 pounds, and pass brief physical and health history exams.  Make an appointment by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS or at redcrossblood.org.

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11:07 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Datebook: March 25 - Vaffeldagen (Waffle Day)

"Vaffeldagen," a great day to eat waffles in Sweden! It's also "Our Lady's Day," the Christian holiday traditionally known as the Feast of the Annunciation. In Swedish this is called "Warfrudagen," which in vernacular sounds like Vaffeldagen, hence the dual celebration. Pass the syrup!

It’s Monday, March 25

The Calloway County Public Library hosts an Easter Egg Hunt and picnic Wednesday morning at 10:30.  Children of all ages are invited to bring their Easter baskets and a blanket to enjoy a morning of egg hunting followed by a picnic lunch.  The free event takes place rain or shine.

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9:38 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Datebook: March 22 - Beatles Release First Album 50 Years Ago

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The Beatles released their first album in the UK on this day in 1963. "Please Please Me" featured the hit single of the same name, and "Love Me Do" among a dozen other songs. Rolling Stone placed the album as no. 39 on their "500 Greatest Albums of All Time" list.

It’s Friday, March 22

The Murray Woman’s Club invites elementary, middle, and high school students to enter the 2013 Art Contest.  Categories include drawing, printmaking, collage, painting, fiber arts, sculpture, photography, and miscellaneous.  Entries should be delivered to the clubhouse on Tuesday between 3:30 and 4:30PM.  For more information, call 753-5452.

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10:31 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Datebook: March 21 - Alcatraz Closes 50 Years Ago

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"The Rock" closed on this day in 1963. The prison served as a military garrison during the Civil War, then became a military prison, and eventually a federal penitentiary housing some of the most notorious criminals in the country, like Al Capone, the Birdman (Robert Stroud), "Machine Gun" Kelly, "Whitey" Bulger, among others. No prisoner successfully escaped.

It’s Thursday, March 21

The Puppy Party offers 6- to 16-week-old puppies the opportunity to learn basic obedience skills and to socialize with other dogs.  Murray State University animal behavior students lead three sessions at Carmen Pavilion on Monday nights in April, beginning on the 15th.  The cost is $25.  To register, call the Humane Society of Calloway County at 759-1884.

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10:00 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Datebook: March 20 - Marian McPartland Turns 95

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We wish Marian McPartland a happy 95th birthday today. Marian fell in love with jazz at an early age, touring Europe during WWII entertaining troops. In 1964, she began a weekly radio program on WBAI in New York, paving the way for Piano Jazz on NPR in 1978. The long-running program featured music and guests until Marian stepped down in November, 2011. In 2004, she received the Grammy Trustees' Lifetime Achievement Award for her work as an educator, in 2007 she was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame, and in 2010 was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire.

It’s Wednesday, March 20

Acclaimed musician and fiddle scholar John Harrod presents “Kentucky’s Diverse Fiddling Traditions” tomorrow night at 7 at the McCracken County Public Library.  Hear the story of the old fiddlers, their personalities, their eccentricities, and their exploits.  For more information about the free presentation, call (270) 442-2510.

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10:24 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Datebook: March 19 - Bob Dylan Releases First Album

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On this day in 1962, a 20 year-old Bob Dylan released his first album, simply titled Bob Dylan. The album featured folk standards like "Man of Constant Sorrow" and "House of the Risin' Sun" along with two originals, "Talkin' New York" and "Song to Woody." The album received little notice, but was good practice for his breakthrough, The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan.

It’s Tuesday, March 19

“Herb Appeal” is Friday at 11:30 at the McCracken County Cooperative Extension Office.  The luncheon offers a four-course meal prepared with different herbs and the opportunity to learn more about growing, preparing, storing, and cooking with herbs.  Purchase $20 tickets from any PAMGA member or at the Extension Office.

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10:21 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Datebook: March 18 - Rudolf Diesel Turns 155

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German inventor and mechanical engineer Rudolf Diesel was born on this day in 1858. He developed the Diesel engine, which became an  important replacement for the piston engine, and more fuel efficient than gasoline engines. Although, he may not have known the significance of his own design. In 1913, Diesel suffered a mysterious death on the passenger steam ship SS Dresden.

It’s Monday, March 18

There’s an informational meeting tonight about the Paducah Parks Services Department softball leagues.  The meeting is tonight at 6:30 at the Parks Office, and the deadline to register teams is March 29.  For more information, visit paducahky.gov.

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9:30 am
Fri March 15, 2013

Datebook: March 15 - Ides of March

The Death of Caesar (1798) by Vincenzo Camuccini
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As many as 60 conspirators, led by Brutus and Cassius were involved in the assassination of Julius Caesar in 44 BC. According to Plutarch, a seer had warned Caesar that harm would come to him in the Ides. On this morning, he joked with the seer that the Ides have come but the prophecy had not been fulfilled, to which the seer replied, "Aye, Caesar, but not gone."

It’s Friday, March 15

Paducah Parks Services offers its annual Leprechaun Hunt tomorrow afternoon at Noble Park.  Registration starts at 12:30, and the hunt begins at 1.  Teams of family members or friends compete against other teams to complete a scavenger hunt through the park.  The event is free and prizes are awarded.

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