Cannonball To The Heart

You’d be wrong to say that boat painter Stephen Miles of Stephen Miles Design in Owensboro, Ky., wears his heart on his sleeve, because there’s no way in hell his heart could fit on his sleeve. His heart is too big. His arms—and hence his sleeves—are too small. The math just doesn’t work.

But he would if he could.

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For all the right reasons, the Kuttawa Cannon Ball Run is coming back for the third time in June. Photo courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.

So it will come as no surprise to anyone who knows Miles that a few weeks ago he found himself blubbering in the front seat of a passenger van that he and fellow Kuttawa Cannon Ball Run organizer Jeff Hoefling purchased for and delivered to Puzzle Pieces, a nonprofit organization in Owensboro. According to its website, Puzzle Pieces “provides a safe environment for individuals with intellectual disabilities and promote independence, life skills, community access and involvement, social interaction, communication, self-worth and build trusting relationships between clients, staff, and families.”

Only a pile of lowlife, knuckle-dragging scum would steal a client transportation van from an outfit such as Puzzle Pieces—the benefitting charity of the third annual Kuttawa Cannon Ball Run set this year for June 21-22—but that’s exactly what happened in early March. And Miles and Hoefling, both title sponsors of the event, didn’t miss a beat.

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