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Program 1704

1. Clock Maker Judah Lowell
2. Historical Marker 892—Livermore Bridge
3. Wildflowers Farm Bed and Breakfast
4. Our Town—Sweet Owen
5. Bob Franzini
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Fayette County

Producer: Dave Shuffett
Videographer: David Dampier
Audio: Brent Abshear
Editor: Kelly Campbell
Lighting: Prentice Walker


Clock Maker Judah Lowell

Judah Lowell of Lexington repairs or restores any sort of antique clock, from pocket watches to the one in your town square. Like an old country doctor, Lowell does make house calls.

Drawn to the puzzle-solving aspect of clock repair, Lowell meticulously takes apart and cleans the clock mechanisms, makes adjustments, and advises his customers on the care of their cherished antiques. He takes care to preserve the original finish.

Lowell can repair a variety of prized antiques, including grandfather clocks made by the renowned Herschede in Cincinnati and the elaborately decorated French mantel clocks.

Most people who own antique clocks are a little afraid of them, he says, and much of his business is the result of people unwilling to risk their classic timepieces with anyone but an expert.




McLean County

For more information:
• Some thoughts on the Livermore Bridge from Unusual Kentucky.

Producer: Jim Piston


Historical Marker 892—Livermore Bridge

It's over the river and through the woods, then over the river again if you're traveling on U.S. Highway 431 in McLean and Ohio counties.

The Livermore bridge has a special place in geography trivia: It could be one of the only bridges in the world that crosses two rivers and two counties. Driving south on U.S. 431, the Livermore Bridge takes you from McLean County, over the Rough River, then over a slip of Ohio County, then over the Green River, and back to McLean County.

At 1,350 feet long, the bridge is just over a quarter-mile in length. It was built by the Works Progress Administration during the Great Depression and dedicated on Nov. 13, 1940.




Marshall County

For more information:
• Wildflowers Farm, 348 New Hope Road, Calvert City, KY 42029, phone: 270-527-5449

Producer/: Valerie Trimble
Videographers: David Dampier, Angelic Phelps
Audio: Noel Depp
Editor: Jim Piston


Wildflowers Farm Bed and Breakfast

In Western Kentucky's beautiful waterlands we find the perfect place to rest a spell. Wildflowers Farm Bed and Breakfast is nestled in 20 wooded acres with an abundance of winding creeks. As you might expect, it's a perfect spot for taking in the beauty of nature, from wildflowers to migrating birds.

Innkeepers Bob and Carolyn Bramwell offer three guest suites and welcome weddings. A large front porch offers a serene view of the surrounding woods.

Breakfast delights visitors with fresh fruit and Carolyn's delicious Swedish pancakes. Other favorites are the Blackberry Breakfast Bake, made with butter and molasses, and the Breakfast Sausage Casserole, served with slices of fresh tomatoes.

Join us to see what brings visitors to this secluded Marshall County getaway.




Owen County

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Owen County

Producer/Editor: John Schroering


Our Town—Sweet Owen

What makes Sweet Owen so sweet? The answers are many, but the origin of the name goes back to an election in the 1800s.

This small community was named after a reference that John C. Breckinridge (later vice president of the United States 18571861) made as he awaited the results of an 1850s congressional campaign. The numbers didn't look good for Breckinridge, and he pinned his hopes on late returns from Owen County. When they brought him the win (some say with more votes than there were voters), he is said to have exclaimed, "Sweet Owen!"

Oddly enough, a similar story is told about the origin of the name Sweet Owen in reference to Owen County, Indiana, and a congressional election there. Nonetheless, Kentucky's "Sweet Owen" apparently was so well known that an 1861 New York Times article about Breckinridge made reference to it.

These days the county celebrates this claim to fame each September with Sweet Owen Days in Owenton. This festival features music, food, local artisans, children's activities, crafts, and a pageant.




Rowan County

Supervising Producer: Jeffrey Hill
Production Team: Aaron Gabbard, Donald Greenhill, Arielle Ross, Zephan Sturgill


Printmaker Bob Franzini

We visit next with Bob Franzini, a printmaker specializing in lithography. He's head of the Morehead State University Department of Art and Design, and this segment was produced by students at Morehead.

Franzini talks about his history as a printmaker and explores different styles of lithography such as monotype and intaglio.

Lithography is a type of printing invented in the 1790s using a smooth stone or metal plate. Intaglio is a technique in which the lines of an image are cut into a metal plate. Monontypes are single images of a painting; no two are alike. Join us as we watch a master at work.





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