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A Kentucky Tradition
The Iroquois Hunt is committed to bringing more children into the hunt field by offering summer rides with the hounds. The first of those was held on June 8th. The ride was well attended by children of all ages some were IHC members and many were not. Each of the kids got a blue ribbon for their participation.

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Farmer's Picnic Gallery
The annual Grimes Mill Neighborhood Farmer's Picnic is an enjoyable family event and, as the neighborhood grows, the perfect opportunity to talk to old friends and make new ones. For years, George Eades, the owner of the Athens store, has tended to the pig roast, starting early and letting the pig roast all day. But, there is always plenty to do besides eat.

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Blessing Gallery

The Story of Saint Hubert

St. Hubert, the patron saint of the chase, seems to have been a most agreeable saint, given to good works and good management (He became a bishop in his later life.) but not disposed to the excesses of faith and harsh penance which make so many of the saints somewhat frightening persons.

He was born about 655 into a noble family, being the eldest son of Bertrand, Duke of Aquitaine, and he died at Tervvueren in what is now Belgium in 727 or 728. His feast day is November 3.

The story of the miracle which brought about St. Huber's conversion is well known. While hunting in the Ardennes forest on Good Friday, he was confronted by a stag with a flaming cross between it antlers. Overcome with remorse, Hubert fell to his knees, and from that day forward, he devoted himself to the Church and to the conversion of the pagan bands which still roamed the Ardennes forest.

But first he went to Maastricht, where St. Lambert was then bishop, and placed himself under his orders. In 705, he succeeded St. Lambert upon the latter's death. In 717 or 718, he moved Lampert's remains and the Episcopal seat to Liege. Hubert's own remains were transported to the Abbey of St. Hubert in the Ardennes in 825, but were lost during the Reformation.

In the late Middle Ages, St. Hubert, already known as the patron saint of hunters, became the protector against mad dogs and hydrophobia, because of a miraculous stole allegedly placed on his shoulder by the Blessed Virgin herself.

It is interested to note that the same legend-the stag with burning cross, leading to conversion- is also connected with St. Eustace, an earlier saint, who seems to have been a soldier in the army of the Roman Empire during its declining years. He, too, is called a patron saint of hunters, but his cult does not seem to have flourished to the same extent as that of St. Hubert.

No clear explanation of this seems to be available. But it would appear that among saints, as among lesser mortals, some make it to the top and some don't

- Rena Niles

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