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Farrell, Johnson join Bluegrass Total Weight Specialists

Sponsored content Frankfort Regional Medical Center is pleased to announce Robert Farrell, MD, and Hannah Johnson, PA-C, have joined Bluegrass Total Weight Specialists, a new surgical and medical weight loss practice located at 89 C. Michael Davenport Blvd. in Frankfort. “We are thrilled to bring such an experienced minimally-invasive bariatric surgeon to meet the needs of our community,” said Reed Hammond, CEO of Frankfort Regional Medical Center. “Dr. Farrell’s advanced surgical skillset and excellent bedside manner will be a great addition to our medical staff. Dr. Farrell and this bariatric program will elevate and expand the level of care we’re able to provide close to home as well as for our broader region.” Dr. Farrell graduated with highest honors from Thomas More College, with a bachelor of arts in biology. Following his undergraduate work, he earned his medical doctorate from University of Louisville School of Medicine, and completed his residency in general surgery at Saint Louis University. Following medical school, he was awarded a fellowship in minimally-invasive surgery at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. Dr. Farrell is board-certified by the American Board of Surgery and is a fellow with the American College of Surgeons. He also is an active member of the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons and the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery. Dr. Farrell performs the gastric sleeve, the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB), and the Single anastomosis duodeno–ileal...

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Kick off your summer with these suggested reads

“At the Center of All Beauty: Solitude and the Creative Life” by Fenton Johnson Go to any bookshop and you’ll find numerous books on how to have a good personal relationship with a partner, spouse or children. Restaurants are arranged to accommodate couples and families, but the lone diner must sit at the bar. Even the food chains cater to large families with packaging for 12 servings. In a time of social distancing and self-quarantining, we have all felt the strangeness of being alone, walking down empty streets, and listening to the silence of our own thoughts. But who instructs...

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Snapped: Porch portraits — May 2020

This month, we are continuing to take to the streets to take pictures of locals being healthy at home during the COVID-19 pandemic for our series Porch Portraits. If you would like to have a family photo taken (free of charge), email editor Hannah Brown at...

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Picking a tradition

By Chris Easterly “The mountain music is compelling music in its own right, harking back to a time when music was a part of everyday life and not something performed by celebrities,” said film director Ethan Coen.  This is a reality that James Webb, a fifth generation banjo player, knows well. Webb grew up in the small eastern Kentucky enclave of Tomahawk. Nearly 50 years ago, his father opened a music shop in the town’s old post office building.  “I was at the shop where a lot of musicians would come in for Dad to work on their instruments,...

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The Golden Spike and the Frankfort connection

By Charles H. Bogart On May 10, 1869, there occurred one of those events that changes the course of American history. On that day in Promontory, Utah, a Golden Spike was driven into a tie that held a rail. This Golden Spike was the last of over a million iron spikes that had been driven to hold a network of rails in place, rails that stretched from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean. It was now possible to travel by train from New York City to San Francisco, California. To preserve this moment in time, a photograph was...

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