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100 years ago - June 2, 1920:

Nick Hardesty’s Family Ptomaine Poisoned

 Mr. and Mrs. Nick Hardesty and four children were ptomaine poisoned Wednesday from drinking separated milk which had been put in a tin vessel while hot. Doctor Baxter was called and Mr. Hardesty and the children were some relieved, but it was several hours before Mrs. Hardesty was out of danger.

50 years ago – June 4, 1970:

Doe Valley’s First Citizen

 Laurance M. Portaro of Radcliff, KY, a retired U.S. Army Master Sergeant, became the first homesite owner in Doe Valley, an $18-million recreational lake project being developed by the Memphis-based American Lakes and Land Company (ALLCO) near Brandenburg, KY. “This is where I want to live,” beamed a happy Mr. Portaro. “Doe Valley personifies the beauty of Kentucky.” Mr. Portaro, wife Susan and 13-year-old son Mark, were all enthusiastic about their investment in Doe Valley.

25 years ago – June 7,1995:

Otter stolen from Otter Creek sign

 Just in time for the annual Bluegrass Festival at Otter Creek Park, the new otter was stolen from the sign.

 The otter, which had adorned the new sign for only a few months, was reported stolen Monday, May 22.

 The otter and entire sign were hand-crafted by Meade County artist, Hewitt Robertson. The otter was carved from a single block of wood, said Otter Creek Park marketing director, Kevin Triplett.

 “It looked good,” said Triplett. “We were so proud of it.”

 Not only had the park put effort into refurbishing the sign, but it also worked on landscaping to accompany the sign.

Triplett said plans have not been made yet to replace the otter.

If you have information about who stole the otter or if you have stolen it and want to return it, Triplett said arrangements can be made for an anonymous recovery of the park’s mascot.