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News briefs, March 30

Spring wildflower walks at wildlife refuge

The Central Kentucky Wildlife Refuge will be hosting its annual spring wildflower walks on April 6 and 20. Both walks will begin at 10 a.m. and participants should meet near the Martha B. Clay Wildflower Trail on Carpenter Creek Road.

The first walk will be led by Dr. Anne Lubbers, professor of biology at Centre College. The second walk will be led by Rob Pendygraft, co-director of education for CKWR.

The trail is level and about a quarter of a mile long, making it suitable for people of all ages.  Participants are reminded to wear comfortable shoes and to dress for the weather. For more information, please check the wildlife refuge’s Facebook page or visit ckwr.org.

Free hunter education course

A free Kentucky Hunter Education Student Course is scheduled for Saturday, April 6 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Cedar Creek Sportsman Club located 6.6 miles from Stanford on new Hwy. 150 East next to Cedar Creek Lake Dam. Take Sportsman Lane SE of dam.

The course, sponsored by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources and the Cedar Creek Sportsman Club, includes classroom instruction in hunter ethics, wildlife conservation and identification, outdoor survival, first aid, firearm safety, treestand safety, bow hunting and ammunition. The last session includes live fire and a written examination.

A course completion card will be issued to successful students which is valid in any state, province or territory in North America. Attendance at all sessions is required unless an alternative classroom method is utilized. Pre-registration is required for all courses and is completed by visiting the Hunter Education page at fw.ky.gov.

Persons born on or after Jan. 1, 1975, shall carry a valid hunter education course completion card while hunting. Kentucky accepts certifications from other states and provinces. Hunter Education certification is in addition to appropriate license and permit requirements. Children must be nine-years-old in order to complete the course. Children under the age of 12 and persons exempt from purchasing a hunting license are required to possess a hunter education card while hunting. However, children under the age of 12 who have not completed hunter education shall be accompanied by an adult of at least 18 years of age while hunting.

For additional information, contact Bill Hayes at (606) 365-9825, Robert Bowen at (606) 365-3974 or Darrel McDonald at (606) 365-1495.

If you took the classroom sessions by CD-Rom or Internet, please print out the course completion voucher and attend the range session at approximately 2 p.m. at Cedar Creek Sportsman Club on Sept. 8.

Women’s Network holds roundtable on childcare

The Women’s Network is holding a roundtable on local childcare and early childhood education 7 p.m. April 9 at Inter-County Energy Community Room 1009 Hustonville Road, Danville.

The meeting will led by Amy Longwill, Patten Mahler and Andrea Craft. The public is welcome. For more information, call (859)236-9305.

Hospice volunteer training class scheduled

Heritage Hospice, Inc. will host volunteer training on Thursday, April 11 from 9 a.m. to noon or 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Hospice, 120 Enterprise Drive, Danville. To register, contact Volunteer Services at (859) 236-2425 or email, rknies@heritagehospice.com.  Other dates available upon request.