The Downtown Beattyville Alliance and its members will be hosting era themed "Remember When" Classic Car Cruise-In events on Main Street in Beattyville once a month May-September. The first one is 1960s themed and it will occur this Friday night, May 26th starting at 7:00pm. The events are free registration, live music, and good family fun. Check out the flyer for more details.
In April 2017, the Beattyville/Lee County Tourism Commission received a $3,500 ARC Flex-E Grant for a Kentucky River Trailhead Development and Stewardship Project. With over 30 miles of river in Lee County, there are a few public access points for motorized boats and paddlers to launch from and these access points need improved. Further development in the form of informational signage and beautification will greatly increase the quality of experience for local and tourist river adventurers.
The first part of the grant was to purchase materials for the construction three signage trailhead kiosks. In May, these kiosk were constructed by the students at the Lee County Area Technology Center. The next step is to get the community together to help install the kiosks in the parking areas of three public launch sites along the Kentucky River near Beattyville. Maps of the river trails, emergency contact numbers, local event flyers, historical information about the river and photos will be included on the kiosks.
A second part of this grant is for the tourism commission to host three river clean up events and family canoe/kayak paddle trips this summer. Trash bags, and t-shirts, water and sacks will be available at each event. The grant covers the cost of canoe rentals, so there will be 10 canoes available for public use at each event. All participants must sign a waver and fill out a volunteer time sheet. Volunteers who own their own kayaks and canoes are encouraged to bring their rafts and join in on the clean ups and paddle trips!
The first installation and river clean up day will be Friday, June 9th, 2017 at 5:00pm from the new Three Forks Canoe/Kayak Launch site located on River Drive in Beattyville behind Jack’s IGA. This beautiful river front property is owned by Mr. Jack Gross and leased to the Beattyville/Lee County Tourism Commission for the purpose of creating a public access location for canoe and kayak launching. The next day, Saturday, June 10th at 10:00am the public is invited back to this location for the first Family Paddle Trip event.
The second installation and river clean up day will be Friday, July 7th, 2017 at 5:00pm from the Beattyville Boat Ramp located on Water Street in Beattyville off East Main Street near the Lee County Care and Rehab Center. The following day, Saturday, July 8th is the second Family Paddle Trip starting at 10:00am from the Beattyville Boat Ramp.
The third installation and river clean up day will be Friday, August 11th, 2017 at 5:00pm from the Sharp Rock Boat Ramp located three miles upstream of Beattyville off HWY 52 E toward Jackson, KY. The following day, Saturday, August 12th will be the final Family Paddle Trip of the summer starting at 10:00am from the Sharp Rock Boat Ramp.
Please contact the Tourism Office at (606) 464-5038 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in being a community partner/volunteer for this grant cycle May-September 2017. If you do not have a canoe or kayak and wish to reserve a canoe for any of these event dates, please call the office to make this reservation. Partnering agencies include the KY River Authority, the Lee County Diabetes Coalition, People Encouraging People, Lee County Area Technology Center, and the Lee County HOSA Club. Follow the Beattyville/Lee County Tourism Facebook page for more detailed event information as the event date gets closer!
The Lee County Area Technology Center was one of three technology schools in the state of Kentucky to receive $15,000 grants from the Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative for the purpose of constructing a tiny house prototype. The final product was set up at the Eastern Kentucky Expo Center in Pikeville, KY on April 12, 2017 for exhibition followed by an online auction. he Auction will be live though June 10, 2017! All funding from the auction will go toward next year's tiny house prototype project. There is no better learning than hands on work and the students at the Lee County Area Technology Center worked hard on this awesome project. Contracting, Electrical, Welding, Plumbing and other technical skills using energy efficient methods were used in the construction of the tiny house! They also received a grant from the Jackson Energy Cooperative Company so they could purchase and install the Heating/Air Mini Split unit!
About the Tiny House!
NOAH Certified (National Organization of Alternative Housing)
Dimensions: Gator made 20 foot trailer, gross weight 14,000 pounds and Roger's windows with argon gas. 160 square foot main floor and 40 foot square foot loft.
Exterior: 2x4 wood construction, outside security lights and outlets.
Interior: Gray wood finish laminate floors, bead board wall finish, recessed lights, ceiling fan.
Loft: Laminate flooring and aluminum ladder.
Bathroom: Full size commode, shower, ceramic tile and vented light fixture with heat.
Kitchen: Laminate countertops, on-demand water heater, refrigerator, convection/microwave oven, sink and portable induction 2 burner stove top.
Insulation: R 21-Ceiling, R 24-Floor and R 15-Walls.
HVAC Unit 12,000 BTU 17 Seer rating
Optional Features: Black futon, table with chairs, side table, curtains with rods and bathroom shelving.
Check out the online auction website at www.theholler.org/auctions/lee. Check out the Facebook page for a video walkthrough of the tiny house. www.facebook.com/tinyhouseATC. The Auction will be live though June 10, 2017!