Five ran­dom obser­va­tions from the week that was. 

  1. Until this week­end, I’d only vis­it­ed down­town Winchester’s Cupcake Apothecary once. It was soon after they moved to Maple Ave., and I just went through the dri­ve-through and picked up cup­cakes as a treat for the fam­i­ly. They were great, but hon­est­ly, cup­cakes aren’t my thing. So it nev­er occurred to me to try them again. But this past week­end, a friend and busi­ness asso­ciate invit­ed me to join her there for an infor­mal meet­ing. It was the first time I’d been inside, and I was blown away. I think they need to change their name because they are not just about cup­cakes! They’re more like a cof­fee shop/bakery com­bo. I enjoyed a deli­cious blue­ber­ry scone and great cof­fee dur­ing the meet­ing. They also make cook­ies, cakes, donuts and many oth­er deli­cious-look­ing pas­tries, and even crois­sant sand­wich­es for break­fast and lunch. It remind­ed me of The Cairn (which I miss!). Check it out! 
  2. I am con­vinced that of all the prob­lems we have in this coun­try, the one change we could make that would have the biggest impact on the most peo­ple would be get­ting rid of the cor­rupt­ing influ­ence of mon­ey in our gov­ern­ment insti­tu­tions. This is not a par­ti­san issue. It’s an American issue.
  3. This week’s back-and-forth over the sta­tus of the vacat­ed seat on the Clark County School Board has final­ly result­ed in a deci­sion that there will not be an elec­tion in November to fill Brenda Considine’s 2nd dis­trict seat, from which she resigned. Someone will be appoint­ed to fill the seat until at least November 2023 and pos­si­bly 2024. It’s all about the tim­ing and the tan­gled mess of Kentucky’s laws and legal opin­ions over how to fill a vacan­cy. Read the lat­est from the Winchester Sun for all the details. 
  4. So many folks in Clark County and envi­rons have already stepped up to offer help and dona­tions to assist res­i­dents of flood-strick­en areas of Eastern Kentucky. It makes my heart glad to see all the efforts. But please, let’s not for­get these folks as the news cycle moves on. The needs are still great and will con­tin­ue for months and years. I think one of the best ways to help at this point is to make mon­e­tary con­tri­bu­tions to the state’s Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Fund. According to offi­cial state­ments, the fund is “ful­ly trans­par­ent and is sub­ject to open records and leg­isla­tive over­sight. There are no admin­is­tra­tive fees so every dol­lar helps Kentuckians affect­ed by this his­toric flood­ing.” The great thing about mak­ing mon­e­tary dona­tions is that peo­ple work­ing close­ly on the ground with peo­ple in need can use the funds in the best way pos­si­ble to pro­vide food, shel­ter, clean-up help, or what­ev­er the need may be. Learn more and donate online at the Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Fund web­site.
  5. I sure hope we catch a break with the weath­er on Tuesday evening. The music line­up for Legacy Nights looks great. I have yet to make it to one of these events, but I plan to be at this one. Fingers crossed for a dry after­noon & evening! 

  • Pete Koutoulas

    Pete is an IT pro­fes­sion­al work­ing in Lexington. Formerly of Campton, he and his wife have lived in Winchester since 2015. Pete is a for­mer week­ly news­pa­per pub­lish­er and for­mer colum­nist for the Winchester Sun. These days, when not work­ing he can often be found on his back porch read­ing or writ­ing, in the back­yard tend­ing to his toma­to plants, or put­ter­ing around in his garage or work­shop. Reach Pete at