Congressman Chandler to visit Union City Fire Department today

U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler, D-6th District, will be in Madison County at 10:30 a.m. today to announce the allocation of $100,154 of federal funds to the Union City Fire Department.

The Union City Fire Department recently was awarded a grant by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) will help the local fire department and department of emergency medical services pay for EMS training and equipment.

The Union City Fire Department is located on Union City Road in Madison County.

EKU semi-annual pottery sale scheduled Tuesday, Wednesday

Eastern Kentucky University’s semi-annual pottery sale will be conducted Tuesday Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily outside the Powell Student Center on campus.

The Art Student Association’s ceramics members host the sale each fall and spring semester the week before finals begin. Shelves and tables will be full of pottery fresh from on-campus kilns.

Whether it is vases, teapots, mugs, bowls, plates, platters or other items, each piece on sale is handmade by EKU ceramics students, past EKU students, visiting artists or instructors.

The pieces are fired in traditional electric and gas kilns, as well as wood, salt and anagama kilns. EKU’s ceramics program, directed by Joe Molinaro, produces quality graduates, many of whom go on to pursue nationally renowned master’s programs and successful professional careers.

The sale is open to the public.

Play about body image takes Berea College stage tonight

BEREA — The Berea College Theatre Laboratory continues its 2008-09 season with Neil LaBute’s “Fat Pig” opening tonight and continuing through Saturday, May 2. All performances are at 8 p.m. in the McGaw Theatre, Jelkyl Drama Building on campus.

“Fat Pig” tells the story of Helen, a “plus-sized” woman who falls in love with Tom, a “normal-sized” man. The feelings are completely mutual, but Tom faces scrutiny and constant teasing from his co-workers who belittle his romantic choice.

Contemporary American playwright Neil LaBute has received high praise for his plays. “Fat Pig” critiques our obsession with Hollywood ideals of beauty and also questions our own ability to change what we like and dislike about ourselves.

Directing this play is Director of Theatre Deborah Martin. “Having been a plus-sized person most of my life, I can attest to the truth of this play. Much of the dialogue has either been spoken by me or said to me. Our students are galvanized by this play that deals so directly with a subject that is often difficult to discuss.” Sue Reimondo, director of Counseling Services at Berea College, will be leading two post-show discussions on tonight and Wednesday.

Performances of “Fat Pig” are 8 tonight and Saturday and Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday next week in the McGaw Theatre. Tickets range in price from $5-$10 and can be reserved by calling the Theatre Box Office at 985-3300 Monday through Friday, 1 to p.m. and one hour prior to curtain. A sign-interpreted performance is scheduled for Friday, May 1. Convocation performances are Wednesday and May 1.

Note: Fat Pig contains adult language and situations and is not suitable for children.

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