Rainbow

    Through the years I've often heard, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  On the first day of summer, I walked into the great wide open after a busy day at work to be greeted by a breathtaking reminder of God's promise.

    It was a captivating moment, as I stood near the street (my very own 
front row seat) and watched the beauty of a colorful double rainbow 
unfold—as it blossomed and quickly faded away.  I've been blessed not 
once, but twice in the past 30 days with the richness of natural 
beauty—rainbows—and the feel good of knowing their significance.
    As we make transition from rainbows to Operation Dry Water, let's 
first take a moment and vote for Lake Cumberland—our "on water" 
playground for visitors to the area.
    Everyone can vote daily until this Friday, June 29 and help make 
Kentucky one of the Top 10 Mom Approved Places to Fish and Boat in 
America. Although there are 48 other contenders, Lake Cumberland is 
in close competition with Nebraska for the top slot.
    When voting, you can also register for a grand prize vacation 
package of a guided fishing charter, three night resort lodging and a 
$1,500 gift card for travel expenses.
    To vote, log on to https://www.takemefishing.org/momapproved/. The 
Top 10 fishing and boating destinations selected will receive 
national media attention. Competitions are spearheaded by the 
Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation, which works  with the 
Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife and other agencies.
    As voting ends for Lake Cumberland, another on water mission begins—
Boating Under the Influence enforcement. Operation Dry Water will 
account for extra water patrol by Fish and Wildlife Officers this 
weekend in an effort to reduce the number of alcohol and drug 
fatalities by increasing boater awareness.
    During the three day weekend leading up to Wednesday, July 4, 
officers will administer a stronger presence and more visible 
deterrent to alcohol use on the water. They will be on heightened 
alert for violators of boating under the influence laws.  Making 
this a safe and enjoyable boating season is top priority for the 
Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife. Alcohol use while boating 
creates problems on the water and often leads to many injuries, 
accidents and fatalities that could have otherwise been prevented.
    Alcohol use is the leading contributing factor in recreational 
boating fatalities. With a large number of visitors celebrating July 
4 in the lake area, everyone is encouraged to adhere to safe boating 
practices. Stay sober while boating and always wear a life jacket.
    If you have children under 12 on a moving boat or other watercraft, 
they are required to wear life jackets. It's also a Kentucky state 
law that flotation devices be provided for every person on boats, 
pontoons and houseboats.  Your life jackets should always be size 
appropriate, in working order and readily accessible.
    Never underestimate how quickly an on water accident can happen. 
When you're thrown from a boat—like the head-on collision June 16 at 
the mouth of Wolf Creek—that type of mishap leaves no reaction time.
    On Sunday morning, a Tennessee teenager was seriously injured due to a fall at Wolf Creek Dam. The 17-year-old-boy reportedly crossed a 
guardrail to walk over and look at the water, lost his footing, went 
over an embankment, partially falling and sliding down an approximate 
150 feet drop before landing at the edge of the water.
    The teen suffered head and other injuries was airlifted from Halcombs Landing to UK Medical Center in Lexington.

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