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LEBANON, Ky. >> The city of Lebanon is launching a new festival built around the town of Mayberry from “The Andy Griffith Show.”

They’re calling it the Mayberry Pie Festival, and it will include two comedians who impersonate the show’s bumbling patrolman Barney Fife and the town drunk, Otis. The comedians, Michael J and Joey I.L.O., have a traveling comedy show called “Barney Fife Fully Loaded.”

Karen Knotts, the daughter of Don Knotts, will also be at the festival to talk about life with her famous father. Other events include a Pub Crawl With Otis, live music, a pie-eating contest, fishing tournaments and a screening of a movie starring Don Knotts.

The festival runs Aug. 13 to 16. More details can be found at

Butterflies gain habitat protection

LAS VEGAS >> An endangered butterfly found only on Mount Charleston near Las Vegas is getting a kind of habitat insurance policy.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agreed to designate a little more than 8 square miles in alpine elevations as critical habitat for the Mount Charleston blue butterfly, said Daniel Balduini, an agency spokes­man, and Tierra Curry, a Center for Biological Diversity scientist.

Curry called the butterfly one of the most endangered butterflies in the world, with fewer than 100 known to survive. Each is less than an inch long. Males are a dusky blue and gray, and females are a subdued brown-gray.

The 5,214 acres being set aside don’t include the Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort and other developed areas including day-use areas and campgrounds, Balduini said.

Protection, due to be logged Tuesday in the Federal Register, will take effect July 30.

Iron museum to host bike tours

NEGAUNEE, Mich. >> Bike tours are planned this month along a trail network that connects Upper Peninsula historic sites across the Marquette Iron Range.

The tours hosted by the Michigan Iron Industry Museum take place July 17 and 24.

Participants will become acquainted with the Carp River Forge site, where iron mined on the Marquette Range was forged in the 1840s. More details are posted on the museum’s website,


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