the call of duty
leaves lasting impression,
say friends, patients
has recently been slowed
by illness but continues to work
Helen E. McKinney
(July 2008) Weve all been told that
an apple a day keeps the doctor away. But not so in the case of Dr.
Steven Applegate of Pewee Valley, Ky.
After years of humbly giving of himself to his patients 24 hours a day,
seven days a week, Applegate is getting his just reward. Applegate was
chosen as this years Grand Marshal of the Oldham County Day Parade.
Fittingly, this years parade theme is An Apple A Day.
On July 19, Applegate will be driven along the parade route, being recognized
and attended to instead of doing so for others. This is a switch for
Applegate, a humble man who said he hoped he represented someone who
fits the category of Grand Marshal.
He need not worry that he exemplifies a high quality of personal standard
that sets him apart from others. He goes above and beyond the
call of duty, said Project Guild member and publicity chair Ann
Brown. Hes a fabulous family doctor.
The Project Guild of La Grange has coordinated Oldham County Day for
the last 37 years. Begun as an event to celebrate community pride, Oldham
County Day has evolved into a sort of community reunion for all who
by Helen E. McKinney
Steven Applegate and wife,
Stephanie, will appear in
the July 19 parade.
As part of this community pride, Applegate will be honored
at the annual Grand Marshal Luncheon at noon July 12 at the John W.
Black Community Center in Buckner.
Applegate will often begin his day by rising at 3 a.m. to visit patients
in the hospital and nursing homes before working a full days schedule
at his Pewee Valley and Middletown offices. He makes additional visits
to nursing home patients again after hours, if necessary.
He loves his patients, said Sharon Eaves, who has worked
for Applegate for 19 years. Hes always generous, caring,
kind and loves being a doctor.
Applegate, 54, seemed destined to become a doctor at an early age. While
growing up in Hardin County, Ky., his grandmother would take him on
Sunday afternoons after church to visit shut-ins or individuals with
9 a.m.-10 a.m.: La Grange Assembly of God
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Phos Hilaron Rock & Praise Band
12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.: Kentucky Gold Cloggers
2:45 p.m.-3:45 p.m.: Revelation
4 p.m.-7 p.m.: City of La Granges Dancin
in the Street with John Manning & The Thrillers
11 a.m.-noon: The Resurrectors
Noon-1 p.m.: Brenda Rockwell
2 p.m.-3 p.m.: Will Kinberger & Centerfield
Church Praise Band
1 p.m.-2 p.m.: Oldham County Community Band
3 p.m.-3:30 p.m.: American Pride Cloggers
11:30 a.m.-noon: Magician Gregg Lambert
Learn more about Gregg Lambert.
Festival Events Schedule
Grand Marshals Luncheon honoring Dr. Steven
Applegate. Noon at the John W. Black Community Center, Buckner.
Tickets $10 per person. (502)241-6586.
Friday-Saturday, July 18-19
Kentuckys Abraham Lincoln.
A traveling exhibit will be parked at the Oldham County History
Center throughout the weekend for visitors to tour this unique
and free exhibit. The exhibit will be open from 4-8 p.m. Friday,
and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday (See story, Page 12). Also,
the Oldham County Singers will sing Songs of Lincoln,
a concert they performed June 14 for the Juneteenth Celebration.
The concert is scheduled for noon Saturday.
Annual 1M and 5K Races. Coordinated by the Oldham
County YMCA. Races begin at 7:15 p.m. at Covenant United Methodist
Church, La Grange. Register by July 14. Entry is $15 or $20 after
July 14. (502) 222-9358.
Dancing in the Street. 5:30-11:30
p.m. at the Second Street Gazebo. Featuring Bobby and Diane Bramblett,
and Todd Bodenheimer as an Elvis impersonator. Sponsored by the
City of La Grange. Bring a lawn chair.
German ethnic dancers will perform from 7-8
p.m. at the Oldham County History Center, 106 N. Second Ave. Free.
La Grange Rotary Club All You Can Eat
Pancake Breakfast. 7:10 a.m. at the La Grange Community Center
on West Jefferson St.
Oldham County Day Parade. Line up for bands,
bicycles and mini-floats at 9 a.m. at La Grange Elementary School
and Jefferson Street. Line up at 9 a.m. for walkers, floats, motorized
vehicles, horse and trailers at Immaculate Conception Catholic
Church on Fifth Avenue. Parade begins at 10 a.m., heading east
on Hwy. 146 past the courthouse, south to Main Street and west
on Main Street.
Dehaven Baptist Church offers cool air, water
and local talent from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (502) 222-2535.
Cornhole Tournament at La Grange Christian
Church lawn, corner of First and Madison streets. Hosted by the
South Oldham Rotary Club. Games by C.W. Peddler. Sponsored by
the Farmers Bank of Milton. Cost is $50 per team. (502) 387-8194.
Family Games. Noon - 2:30 p.m. on the Courthouse
lawn. Starting at noon with 2-year-olds. Each group will follow
in 20-30 minute intervals.
Souvenirs For Sale: Oldham County Day 2008
pins are selling for $2 each and includes a coupon for food at
Dairy Queen of La Grange. Purchase at the Project Guild Information
Booth in the courthouse lawn gazebo. Oldham County Day T-shirts
will be sold for $10 at the gazebo. Cats Meow pieces will
be sold for $20. This years piece is St. James Episcopal
Church in Pewee Valley. There is a limited number to be sold.
All profits from Oldham County Day are put back into the community
in some way.
Note: Transportation to and from the festival
will be provided all day. Pick up site is the Oldham 8 Theater
to downtown La Grange festival site.
Information: For more information about Oldham
County Day, contact publicity chair Bettie Miller at (502) 222-2266
or visit www.ProjectGuildofLagrange.com
The idea of taking care of others was one that stuck with
Applegate. His grandmother instilled in him the principal of taking
care of others who had less than he did. He still adheres to this ideal
Applegate attended the University of Louisville, afterward enrolling
in the colleges medical program. He completed his residency at
the University of Louisville and settled in Oldham County 23 years ago
to practice internal medicine.
He was introduced to his future wife, Stephanie, by her roommate at
the University of Louisville. Stephanie, originally from the Chicago
area, was attending the college to earn a degree in social work.
In 23 years of marriage, Hes never had a day where he got
up and never wanted to go to work, said Stephanie.
Whether its home visits or calls in the middle of the night, her
husband is as devoted to his patients as he is to his own family.
Applegate inherited Dr. Burl Macks practice in Pewee Valley and
Dr. Simon and Dr. Kidds practice in Middletown. He believes he
works in a great profession where he can help those in need, even if
patients have a terminal illness or no family to help take care of them.
I was raised in a time when people took care of others; Im
blessed to be able to help others, said Applegate. Even though
he loves his profession, Its not so important as the people.
Eaves said, He lives for his patients. He doesnt turn anybody
down. If a patient is too sick to get out of their car, he will
go out to the parking lot to examine them or make a home visit if necessary,
a concept that is a thing of the past for most physicians, she said.
Applegate said he doesnt make as many house calls as he once did.
But his heart is still with his patients around the clock. He definitely
believes in going the extra mile for someone in need.
And theres a bonus to his determined attitude. If you do
a little extra, put your heart in what you do, youll feel better
about yourself, he said.
Applegate has slowed down somewhat, due to a medical illness. One year
ago he was diagnosed with Lou Gehrigs Disease. He is considering
hiring additional help for his offices, since he has had to cut back
on his workload because of the illness.
Between his two practices, four children, wife, and countless home visits
to patients, Applegate is not left with much spare time. His interests
outside of the office include swimming, hiking, music and his activities
at Southeast Christian Church. I like to be active, said
He is also interested in history, living in a home that dates to the
1700s. His home in Pewee Valley, The Locust, appeared in Annie Fellows
Johnstons Little Colonel stories.
Located on a portion of a 4,000-acre land grant award to Samuel Beall
in 1784, the home is one of the areas oldest residences.
Applegate is proud of his homes ties to the Little Colonel fame.
In the novels, The Locust was home to the Little Colonels grandfather,
the Old Colonel. Johnston often referred to the Locusts tree-lined
drive as the Avenue of Trees.
Such a quiet repose is where Applegate retires at the end of a very
long day. His hope is that people will look at him and envision a caring
His fascination with history can be described in terms of his interest
in what people did, and made in the past. They respected what
they had because of it. I want my patients to see me that way, too.
To purchase tickets for the Grand Marshal
Luncheon, contact Lynne Jackson at (502) 241-6586. The $10 tickets can
also be purchased through Oldham County Physical Therapy and the Oldham
County History Center.
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