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1. Dave Does It!—Riverboat Simulator
2. Today's Special—Frances BBQ
3. Camp Springs
4. Ruby Moon Vineyard and Winery
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McCracken County

For more information:
Seamen's Church Institute
Crounse Corporation, Paducah

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Dave Does It!—Commercial Fishing

Producer: Matt Grimm
Audio: Doug Collins
Audio Post: Brent Abshear

Dave Does It!—Riverboat Simulator

Dave Shuffett is no stranger to recreational water travel, but this week he gets a taste of some heavy-duty mariner training. Dave trains to pilot a barge on the simulators at Paducah's Maritime Education Center.

The center is part of the Seamen's Church Institute, an Episcopal Church mission that was founded in the 1800s to aid seafarers. Some of the most sophisticated computer equipment in the world is used here to train working mariners for inland waterways.

Captains and pilots build on their navigational skills in the pilothouse simulators. Before them is an image of the river on a screen 18 feet tall and 108 feet around. These simulator theaters were the first of their kind built specifically for the inland river industry.

Navigation on inland waterways like the Ohio River is often challenging. River levels can change dramatically, and high water causes strong currents.

Millions of tons of cargo are transported on the nation's rivers. Crounse Corporation, headquartered in Paducah, is one of the largest carriers of coal on the inland river system, with 35 towboats and 1,122 barges. After his training at the Maritime Center, Dave goes aboard a Crounse towboat to see if he can handle the real thing.


Monroe County

Producer: Rob Elliott
Videographer: Prentice Walker
Audio: Roger Tremaine

Today's Special—Frances BBQ

David and Jennifer Arms are dishing up a barbecue dream here in Monroe County—and they're not shy about spreading the news. The grill masters serve up barbecue so good, Jennifer says, "it will make you squeal."

Their restaurant is named for David's mother, who operated the original restaurant just outside Tompkinsville.

Now located not far from the downtown on 418 East Fourth Street, Frances BBQ welcomes one and all to enjoy charcoal-grilled meats—pork shoulder is a favorite—in their special barbecue sauce. This area is known for its vinegar-based sauces, but the Arms couple isn't divulging their secret recipe. Their fans come from far and wide and include country music singer John Anderson (of "Just a-Swingin'" fame).


Campbell County

Producer: Frank Simkonis
Audio Post: Brent Abshear
Editor: Dan Taulbee

Camp Springs

A wealth of limestone and German ingenuity created the community of Camp Springs. Germans from the Rhine River valley settled this Campbell County community in the 1800s, and evidence of their handiwork can be seen today in the unique stone masonry. Many of the stone structures date from 1850 to 1874.

A prime example is Camp Springs House, an inn now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Ort brothers built the stone structure from rubble limestone. You can see more stone structures by walking the Stonehouse Trail. Among the original buildings there is the John Faha House, a stonehouse built in the 1860s on Upper Tug Fork.

The community maintains close ties, gathering for the annual Octoberfest at St. Joseph Parish, and welcoming visitors to the Camp Springs Herbst Tour (herbst is "autumn" in German).


Henderson County

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Ruby Moon Vineyard and Winery

Producer: Valerie Trimble
Videographer: David Dampier
Audio: Doug Collins
Editor: Jim Piston

Ruby Moon Vineyard and Winery

Jamie Like and Anita Frazer planted their first acre of grapevines in 2004. Today Ruby Moon Winery and Vineyard cultivates three acres of grapes and produces numerous award-winning wines. Located south of Henderson, the winery invites visitors to linger with its Tuscan-style tasting room, banquet room, and blue stone patio with views of the three-acre vineyard.

Ruby Moon grows eight varieties of grapes—American like Concord and Niagara and French-American hybrids like Chambourcin. In 2010 they won five state fair medals in the commercial wine competition. For their fruit wines, they purchase only locally grown strawberries, blueberries, peaches and raspberries.

Named the Henderson Small Business of the Year in 2011, Ruby Moon is an integral part of the local community. Guests can rent the banquet room for private parties. The winery offers overnight accommodations in its "Sunset Suite," where you can enjoy a view of the vineyard to your heart's content. They also have a "u-pick" days for grapes you can take home for your own wines or jams, and they welcome volunteers to help with the harvest.


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