Thank You

Over the past year we have met a lot of new people, and reacquainted ourselves with others. I have to say those who have been with us on this project are worth their weight in gold. So many I want to thank and let them know just how much they have meant to this project.

Harvel Escue, I really don’t know what to say, without you none of this would be possible. We worked together through the fall of the mill, and we have intended to keep you and your wife an active part of everything we do. May God bless you and your wife Wilda always, you could never know how much this has all meant to us, or how grateful we really are. Thanks a million

Charles Hockensmith (President of Kentucky Old Mill Association), we owe such a heartfelt note of gratitude. He has been a wealth of information, who has spent many hours on the phone with me, and has always made me feel like he thought we could make this happen. Thank you so much for your support, it means more than you could ever know! We are posting an article he had written in the SPOOM edition of “Old Mill News” and we hope you enjoy it as much as we have (read first page here, read second page here).

There are a few others with KOMA that we owe a lot to. Larry Meadows, thanks for all the years of support and guidance. We couldn’t have ever got started without you. Now on a different level, there is our attorney Terra Knight, she is an absolute keeper. I knew when I read our By-Laws she had my heart and I wouldn’t let her get away. Terra Knight (Attorney at Law), thank you for everything. You are awesome!

My Husband Jeffrey Whittaker, thank you for all your support and patience with me, this project, and for helping so much. I don’t know if you really know how much it has meant to me. Marla Lewis, you have been with me all the way and I couldn’t ask for anyone to be any more than what you have been. Please know my thoughts and prayers are always with you. I Love you to the moon and back!

Adam Paris, our official photographer, what a blessing to find such a young talent. He has been there for us since we began and we appreciate him so very much. Brandon Miles our website manager (also my son), I hope you know how very much we appreciate you. I am so proud of you and all you have done. We also would like to thank everyone who has shared memories and photos through phone calls, Facebook, and our website. You have all been great and we appreciate you all so much.

Thanks everyone for your support,
Alicia Whittaker
Falls of Rough Old Mill Preservation

Donations, Turbine Room Damage, and Upcoming Events

It’s been a while since I have checked in with everyone, and thought we should take a moment to keep everyone informed on the project. We would first like to say that we have our donation page up on our website. This is a listing of the First Security banks set up in various areas to accept donations and the address where checks can be sent. We pray if you are able to help with the cost of the reconstruction of the Green Bros. Mill in any way, that you will do so. We will send a receipt for any donations of $25.00 or more, and any donation is appreciated. If you are making a deposit through First Security Bank please tell them you want to make a donation to the Falls of Rough Old Mill Preservation donations account. Writing checks can be made to FOROMP donation, as it’s quite much to write out in its entirety!

We have a lot going on the next few weeks. This weekend will be spent with KOMA as we gather for fellowship and discussion of future on future plans. I’m sure they will have a lot to talk about as the SPOOM Conference had just passed and it was one I really would have liked to attend, but had other things that needed attention. We had done a brief evaluation of damage done to the turbine room that sets over the water there was some damage that will have to be repaired before any work can be started on the Mill reconstruction. We will be getting some more photos put into our gallery soon. This will give everyone an idea of what kind of issues we are going to be dealing with in the future, as so many plans have changed.

We would also like to make everyone aware of an event at Rough River Dam State Resort Park Lodge, All Wrapped Up Gift and Craft Show. This event will be in the main lobby of the lodge on November the 5th and 6th we will be there on those days and look forward to seeing you there. We are excited about being a part of this event and hope you will find time to make it out for a while.

We hope you have a great and blessed day, and thank everyone for following us and ask you to share our site and Facebook page with your friends and family. It’s your support that matters so much to us and we want to hear from you, so give us a little feedback now and then!

Alicia Whittaker

Reflections on the Water

(A Poem by Alicia Whittaker)

The reflection on the water today
is not the usual scene.
There is something missing
from the view that I use to see.
For many years she cried for help,
and no one ever heard.
The lonely cries of two hundred years
fell without a word.

She was on her knees that day
praying someone would see.
She gave her all tried not to fall
as her tears ran down the creek.
On a lonely August day,
when no one was around,
her tears stopped rolling down the creek
as she fell down to the ground.

Maybe she felt abandoned
that beautiful afternoon,
wondering where everyone had gone
who came to see the view.
Oh Lord, is it not Sunday?
Where has every body gone?
Is my time here really over?
Does no one care at all?

For hours she cried out for help
until the day was gone.
She closed her eyes one last time
and knew that it was done.
The silent cries of two hundred years
in a voice no one could hear,
or maybe just stopped listening
to the echoes of the years.

With so much she had to tell us about,
but fell upon deaf ears.
Now the reflection on the water
is just as it appears.
I heard her cries I’ve seen her beauty
standing tall and proud.
I whispered this is not the end
as we stood there by her side.

We will renew what is left in you
to stand again some day.
We want to hear your stories
of all the years gone by
and see your reflection on the water
and feel your humble pride.