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Steve Beckelhimer
Works at Marshall University
Attended University of Kentucky
Lives in Milton, WV
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The Herb Association Fall Festival is scheduled for October 9-10, 2015 Jackson’s Mill.  More information is available in the brochure.
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Family Fun at the Putnam Farmers Market Schedule of activities August 8th, 2015 Master Gardener demonstrations 9:00–10:00 Bouquet Building 10:00–11:00 Bonsai Tree cutting demo 11:00-11:15 Master Gardener class ...
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Registration for the International Master Gardener Conference is is now open.  The conference is being held this year from September 22-25 in Council Bluffs, Iowa.  Click the logo above or this link http://mastergardener.unl...
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Buck 8 Year Old Bourbon
While at the Liquor Barn off Man O War in Lexington, Kentucky recently I was disappointed that they were out of stock of most of my favorites: Eagle Rare, Willett Pot Still, Johnny Drum Private Stock and Blanton’s Single Barrel.  I picked up bottles of Elijah Craig 12 and 1792 Ridgemont Reserve, both great choices.  While I was browsing the aisles, the helpful Bourbon concierge suggested that I try Buck 8 Year Old Bourbon.  I didn’t know a thing about this Bourbon but since I trust the knowledgeable staff at Liquor Barn, I decided to give it a try.
I am generally skeptical of “gimmick” Bourbon.  I have had some very mediocre yet overpriced Bourbon that was put in a fancy bottle and given a good story.  Last year, a dear friend gave me a bottle of Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey as a gift.  The bottle was pretty but I was really sorry that he paid over $60 for a whiskey that was, in my opinion, less to my taste than many Bourbons that are half that price.  I have had some similar experiences with other Bourbons, regretting that I overspent on a Bourbon that I didn’t especially like.  However, in most cases, the lesson is worth what I paid for the bottle.
Since Buck 8 YO was less than $25, I trusted the advisor and gave it a try.  When I got home after my two hour drive from Lexington, I popped the cork and poured a couple of fingers in a Glencairn nosing glass.  The Bourbon glowed in the glass and invited me to inhale the sweet caramel aroma that had a slight hint of cinnamon and perhaps a slight nuttiness.  The first sip tingled on the tongue, owing to the 90 proof but was very pleasant. I don’t tend to like a lot of rye in the mashbill of a Bourbon and Buck has just enough to give it a little spice on the sides of the tongue.  The second sip was even better having a buttery mouthfeel and the muted tingle on the tongue gave way to the vanilla, dried fruit and just enough oak.  The finish was plenty warm but never hot or unpleasant.
I don’t know anything at all about who make’s Buck Bourbon.  It is sold as a Kentucky Bourbon but a web search traces it to Frank-Lin Distillers of California.  However, the location of the parent company may or may not have any connection to the location of distillation, aging or bottling.  
Unlike some of my prior impulse Bourbon purchases, I think that Buck is a pretty darn good drink.  It won’t replace any on my top ten list but was certainly well worth the sub $30 price and made a good sipping Bourbon.
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The 2015 Urban Agriculture Conference is set for Thursday, September 17 through Saturday, September 19 at West Virginia State University in Institute, WV.  The conference will feature a number of speakers and short courses.  ...
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Once again, the Cabell County Master Gardener Association is pleased to partner with Huntington in Bloom to beautify the city.  At our April meeting, Tom Bell informed us that the planting dates are: Thursday – April 30 – 6 ...
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WV State Conservation Camp scholarship opportunity
The Beverly Hills Garden Club Conservation Committee is
interesting in identifying a youth who is interested in learning more about our
natural resources and their economic and social importance. Each year BHGC
provides a scholarship to the WV State Conserv...
The Beverly Hills Garden Club Conservation Committee is interesting in identifying a youth who is interested in learning more about our natural resources and their economic and social importance. Each year BHGC provides a sch...
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  • University of Kentucky
    Science Education, 1984 - 1987
  • Marshall University
    Biology, 1981 - 1982
  • Marshall University
    Biology Education, 1974 - 1977
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Raconteur and purveyor of bovine excrement
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I work as STEM coordinator for Marshall University's June Harless Center.  I enjoy the outdoors, hiking, biking, geocaching, hunting and fishing.
My wife, Mary, is technology director for Putnam County Schools.
 
 
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I am especially proud of my two daughters who are the lights of my life.
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Science Coordinator
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  • Marshall University
    Science Coordinator, present
  • Cabell County Schools
  • West Virginia Department of Education
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Milton, WV
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Lexington, KY - LeSage, WV - Huntington, WV - Los Angeles, CA