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BBB Warns: Beware of Scams Surrounding Hurricane Matthew

BBB Warns: Beware of Scams Surrounding Hurricane Matthew

Scammers pretend to represent charitable efforts

 

Better Business Bureau (BBB) is warning those who want to help victims of Hurricane Matthew to be cautious when giving money or other assistance to charities. Fundraising efforts are already showing up on crowdfunding sites like Gofundme.com. While some efforts are legitimate, others are scammers posing as fake charities to take advantage of those who want to help.

 

“When a naturual disaster like this occurs, scam artists come out of the woodwork,” says Reanna Smith-Hamblin, President/CEO of the BBB serving Louisville, Southern Indiana and Western KY. “If you want to give, do your homework first, to be sure your donation is helping the right people.”

 

The best way to help is to donate money to a reputable humanitarian organization that has a long history of responding to local, national, and international disasters. The BBB offers the following tips to help you decide where to direct donations:

  • Be cautious of organizations with copy-cat names. They may be similar, but not exactly the same as the reputable charities.
  • Be cautious when giving online to unfamiliar charities. Many fake websites are set up after disasters, to “raise money.” All they are doing is stealing your personal information.
  • Be cautious of emails and social media. Spam messages and emails may claim to link to a relief organization, or have attachments in the emails that contain a virus. Posts on social media may claim to show “never seen before” pictures of the disaster area, taking you to a fake website where personal information may be stolen.
  • Find out if the charity is providing direct aid or raising money for other groups. You may want to avoid the middleman and give directly to charities that have a presence in the region. Check out the ultimate recipients of the donations to ensure that the organizations are equipped to effectively provide aid.
  • Be wary of claims that 100 percent of donations assist victims. All charities have fund-raising and administrative costs. Even a credit card donation will involve, at a minimum, a processing fee.
  • Rely on respected experts to evaluate a charity. Be cautious when relying on third-party recommendations such as bloggers, because they may not have fully researched the listed relief organizations. BBB provides a Wise Giving Guide to charities at www.bbb.org/charity. The guide shows which charities are accredited by the BBB and whether they meet the BBB’s 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.

Do NOT be pressured into making contributions, as reputable charities do NOT use such tactics.

For more information on this event, contact Reanna Smith-Hamblin at

502-588- 0043 or rsmith-hamblin@louisville.bbb.org.

 

 

Reanna Smith-Hamblin, President/CEO

Better Business Bureau serving Louisville, Southern Indiana, and Western Kentucky

844 South 4th Street

Louisville, KY 40203

 

502-588-0043 direct

502-588-0080 fax

Rsmith-hamblin@louisville.bbb.org

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Abraham Lincoln Birthplace to Host Night Sky Program

Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park
News Release

For Release: Immediate
Contact: Park Ranger Jennie Jones or Park Ranger Natalie Barber
Phone: 270-358-3137

Abraham Lincoln Birthplace to Host Night Sky Program

Abraham Lincoln Birthplace NHP will be hosting a Night Sky Program Friday, October 7, from 8:00 – 9:30 pm Eastern Time at the Knob Creek Boyhood Home Unit.

Dr. Mark Pitts and Dr. Marco Ciocca from the Department of Physics & Astronomy at Eastern Kentucky University will be conducting the evening activities. The program will begin with a short talk and explanation on the use of star charts to explore the night sky. Visitors will then have the opportunity to view celestial bodies through telescopes provided by EKU. A new moon will allow for dark skies and viewing of fainter objects such as nebulae, clusters, and the Milky Way.

Kids can take their stargazing experience to another level by creating their own universe out of Galaxy Dough and marbles (while supplies last).

Hot apple cider will be provided during the program.

The Knob Creek unit is located 7 miles northeast of Hodgenville, KY on US Highway 31E at 7120 Bardstown Road.

In the event of inclimate weather, the program will be rescheduled for Friday, October 14, from 8:00 – 9:30 pm Eastern Time.

Visitors must bring a flashlight, wear comfortable, appropriate clothing and sturdy walking shoes. Everyone is encouraged to arrive and park before 8:00 pm to “maintain dark skies” for good viewing.

The event is free and open to the public. For questions, call the park at 270-358-3137.

For more information on the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park, visit the park’s website at: http://www.nps.gov/abli or the park’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/LincolnBirthplaceNPS

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September 21, 2016

National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior

2995 Lincoln Farm Road
Hodgenville, KY 42748

(P) 270/358-3137
(F) 270/358-3874

September Chamber Luncheon

 

September Chamber Luncheon
When
Wednesday September 21, 2016 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EDT
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Hodgenville Woman’s Club
19 Lincoln Square
Hodgenville, KY 42748
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The September Luncheon is the United Way Campaign Kick Off. Trinity Searcy with Karbec LLC, is the United Way of Central Kentucky’s 2016 Campaign Chair and Scott Conway with Magnolia Bank, United Way of Central Kentucky’s Board Chair will be speaking.
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SPECIAL THANKS

The Chamber is grateful to the businesses, organizations, and individuals who continually choose to invest with their time, talents, and contributions. Special thanks to the following renewals: Rita Williams, Save-A-Lot, Lincoln Days Celebration, The Lincoln Museum, Allen’s Heating & Air Conditioning, Garrett’s Furniture, LaRue-Carey Insurance Group, LaRue County Community & Economic Development, Vision First, LaRue County Golf Association, Nina Cundiff, Commonwealth Broadcasting, Hodgenville Machine & Tool, Konsei USA, All the Way Plumb Bed & Breakfast Farmstay, Papa John’s, Hosparus, City of Hodgenville, Comcast, Blakey Printing, Houchens IGA, and LaRue County Farm Bureau Board.

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Leadership LaRue Class 2016-2017

 

LEADERSHIP LARUE 2016-2017

The new class of Leadership LaRue is underway with a great start. This month the class enjoyed a kick-off luncheon and a team building day at Elizabethtown Community  & Technical College. The class will meet monthly on the second Thursday of the month. Follow their journey this year on the Chamber’s Facebook page as we share pictures and videos from their experiences.

The Leadership LaRue Class includes:

Michelle Brown – Karbec, LLC

Jimmy Curle – LaRue County Public Library Board

Tammy Davidson – Sunrise Manor

Adam Estes – Elizabethtown Community & Technical College

Dana Garrett – United Way of Central Kentucky

Michele Mattingly – Lincoln National Bank

Lindsey Peace – Magnolia Bank

Ginger Perry – Farm Credit Mid-America

Doug Ponder – LaRue County Herald News

Debbie Rucker – City of Hodgenville

Kendra Slayton – Hardin Memorial Hospital

Jessica Stowers – Fort Knox Federal Credit Union

Charlotte Tucker – LaRue County Board of Education

Marcy Ward – LaRue County Cooperative Extension

Scott Williams – First Baptist Church Hodgenville

 

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Pictured front row left: Adam Estes, Jessica Stowers, Lindsey Peace, Dana Garrett, Doug Ponder, Scott Williams, Ginger Perry and Jimmy Curle

Back row from left: Michelle Brown, Michele Mattingly, Charlotte Tucker, Marcy Ward, Kendra Slayton and Debbie Rucker. Not pictured is Tammy Davidson

 

August Chamber Luncheon

The August Chamber Luncheon is scheduled for Wednesday, August 17 at 12PM.

RSVP by noon on Tuesday, August 16 via email, info@laruecountychamber.org  or call the Chamber office at 270-358-3411.

Speaker: Dennis Wells, Director of Emergency Mangement
Topic: Code Red, Yellow Dot and Community Safety

Luncheon Sponsor: Farm Credit Mid-America

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Catering: Hinton’s Orchard & Farm Market

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Location: LaRue County Cooperative Extension
807 Old Elizabethtown Road
Hodgenville, KY  42748

 

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Abraham Lincoln Birthplace Invites Everyone to #FindYourPark during the Centennial Birthday Month!

Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park
News Release

For Release: Immediate
Contact: Stacy Humphreys
Phone: 270-358-3137
Abraham Lincoln Birthplace Invites Everyone to #FindYourPark during the Centennial Birthday Month!

Hodgenville, KY – The National Park Service invites visitors of all ages to join in the celebration of its 100th birthday throughout the month of August. With special events across the country, and free admission to all 412 national parks from August 25 through August 28, the NPS is encouraging everyone to #FindYourPark / #EncuentraTuParque for the centennial.

“August – our birthday month – will be a nationwide celebration of national parks, and we’re inviting everyone to the party,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. “We like to think that we look pretty good for 100, and with so many events and activities to commemorate this milestone, we hope all Americans will join us to celebrate the breathtaking landscapes and inspiring history in our nation’s parks and public lands. Whether it is in a distant state or in your own community, there are hundreds of ways and places to find your park!”

Events Across the Country
Abraham Lincoln Birthplace will host a special event on the weekend of August 27-28, 2016 to mark the Centennial anniversary of the National Park Service. A Living Historian portraying President Woodrow Wilson who signed the Organic Act (that created the NPS) and the park’s Enabling Legislation will be on hand to meet and talk with visitors. A re-enactment of the signing of the park’s Enabling Legislation and Organic Act will be held.

“We invite the public to come out and enjoy the park, and join us in celebrating the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service,” said Park Superintendent Jay Grass.

From a solar car relay through nine national parks, to major and minor league baseball games, to cultural and musical festivals; events and programs throughout the U.S. will provide countless ways for families, students, and park-lovers of all ages to discover special park experiences for the centennial.

Among the hundreds of special events that will celebrate the National Park Service’s Centennial:

• The National Park Service and tribal partners will celebrate the grand opening of the Huna Tribal House at Glacier Bay National Park.
• “Music in the American Wild” concerts will bring special compositions to several western parks, funded in part through grants from the National Endowment for the Arts “Imagine Your Parks” program for the NPS Centennial.
• Thomas Edison National Historical Park will bring Edison’s innovative spirit to the New York City skyline in the third in a series of Park Exchange events.
• In a unique partnership with NASA, a group of fourth-grade students at Lewis and Clark National Historical Park will speak with an astronaut live from the International Space Station.

A sampling of additional events is available on the National Park Service website, and many more can be found at FindYourPark.com and EncuentraTuParque.com.

Entrance Fees Waived for the NPS Birthday through the Weekend

Park entrance fees will be waived nationwide from August 25 through August 28 to encourage everyone to celebrate the NPS 100th birthday. Usually, 127 of the 412 national parks charge entrance fees that range from $3 to $30. The entrance fee waiver does not cover amenity or user fees for activities such as camping, boat launches, transportation, or special tours.

To continue the national park adventure beyond these entrance fee free days, the $80 America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Pass allows unlimited entrance to more than 2,000 sites, including all national parks, throughout the year. There are also a variety of free or discounted passes available for senior citizens, current military members, fourth grade students, and disabled citizens.

Find Your Park to Celebrate the Centennial

On August 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed the act that created the National Park Service “to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for future generations.”

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of that moment and to look ahead to the next 100 years, in early 2015 the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation launched the Find Your Park / Encuentra Tu Parque movement. Inspiring people from all backgrounds to celebrate and support America’s national parks and community-based programs, #FindYourPark / #EncuentraTuParque invites people to discover and share their own unique connections to our nation’s natural landscapes, vibrant culture, and rich history.

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About the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 409 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Visit us at www.nps.gov, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/nationalparkservice, Twitter at www.twitter.com/natlparkservice, and YouTube at www.youtube.com/nationalparkservice.