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Program 310

1. border collie competition
2. rescuing an airplane
3. a town that’s returned to nature
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For more information: Marilyn Fischer, P.O Box 380, Simpsonville, KY 40067, (502) 722-5023

Producer: Joy Flynn
Videographer: Gale Worth
Editor: Dan Taulbee

The Dogs Have Their Day

photo of border collie with sheep Border collie competition

In the movies, an orphaned piglet can grow up to be a sheepdog. But on real-life farms around the country, it’s still the faithful border collies who do the herding work. And some of the best gather once a year to show their stuff at the National Stock Dog Finals.

In this segment, Kentucky Life visits the 1996 competition, which was held at the Kentucky Horse Park near Lexington. We also talk with the trainers for some insights on how the dogs learn to obey commands and keep herds of sheep in line.

For more information:
Lost Squadron history from the P-38 National Association and Museum
Glacier Girl was also the subject of an Arkansas Educational Television documentary, The Lost Squadron.

Producer, videographer: Treg Ward
Editor: James Walker

Airplane on Ice

cartoon of airplane The rescue of the Glacier Girl

On July 15, 1942, the World War II P-38 fighter plane Glacier Girl was lost, along with five other fighters and two bombers, in a storm over Greenland. In the summer of 1992, she was freed from half a century’s accumulation of ice and snow—the height of a 25-story building—by Middlesboro native J. Roy Shoffner and crew. And ten years after that, on October 26, 2002, test pilot Steve Hinton took her for a half-hour spin over Bell County.

Shoffner was a fighter pilot himself, born a little too late to serve in WWII. But he had become a fan of the P-38 as a boy. So when he heard the story of the “Lost Squadron,” he decided to mount an expedition to try to recover one of the planes. Though their crews were rescued about 10 days after the accident, by dog sled, the planes were officially written off as lost. But Glacier Girl had been nearly new at the time of the accident and had landed upright. Thanks to the deep-freeze conditions, she was actually remarkably well preserved when Shoffner began the recovery work.

Once the airplane was freed from the glacier, she was taken to the Middlesboro airport, and ten years of restoration work ensued. This visit took place in 1996, about four years in.

Postscripts: Kentucky Life visited Middlesboro again in 2001 to see the nearly restored Glacier Girl for the Simple Pleasures and Hidden Treasures special edition. Roy Shoffner died in 2005, and the plane has since been sold to an aviation company based in Texas.

For more information:
Beaver Creek Wilderness, c/o Forest Supervisor’s Office, Daniel Boone National Forest, 1700 Bypass Road, Winchester, KY 40391, (859) 745-3100

Producers: Gale Worth, Ernie Lee Martin
Videographer: Gale Worth
Editor: Dan Taulbee

Back to Nature

The vanished town of Bauer

After the railroad company abandoned the one line that ran to Bauer, the small town near Somerset saw its fortunes begin a steady decline, and its people started moving out. But now animals have moved in to take their place. The former town site was purchased by state and federal agencies and is now part of the Beaver Creek Wilderness Area within the Daniel Boone National Forest.

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