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Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Free Fishing Weekend great for kids, lapsed anglers

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By Lee McClellan Special to KyForward   FRANKFORT, Ky. – Free fishing weekend is one of the best avenues to introduce kids to the wonders of fishing and launch a lifelong passion. This year, Kentucky’s Free Fishing Weekend is Saturday, …

Middle school student wins national contest, gets chance to shadow UK neuropsychologists

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  By Laura Dawahare Special to KyForward   Thirteen-year-old Abby Gottesman watched through the glass as the pineapple was strapped into place and made its way through the center of an enormous donut.   It sounds like something from the …

Special Olympics Kentucky celebrates 45th anniversary at 2015 State Summer Games

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Special Olympics Kentucky will celebrate 45 years of service to Kentuckians with intellectual disabilities and their families at the organization’s State Summer Games, June 5-7, at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond. The games are Special Olympics Kentucky’s largest event of …

Inaugural Split Rock Jumping Tour was ‘unparalleled experience,’ organizers say

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  Held over Memorial Day weekend, the Split Rock Jumping Tour set out to create an “unparalleled show jumping experience,” one not currently available in the U.S.   A new concept, this event in “the Horse Capital of the World,” …

Lexington couple changing lives of Legends players, adding to ‘family’ on a yearly basis

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  By Jonathan Coffman KyForward intern   Minor League baseball can send young athletes around the country, but not often do you hear about them finding homes as comforting as the one the Gall family has provided over the years …

Bevin maintains edge over Comer, recanvass results in only minor changes in vote totals

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Each of Kentucky’s 120 county boards of elections rechecked and recanvassed each voting machine Thursday to verify the vote totals in the May 19 Republican Primary Elections for Governor/Lieutenant Governor and Commissioner of Agriculture. The statewide recanvasses were requested by …

St. John Catholic School 4th in national recycling rally, earns $2,500 to ‘go green’

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  By Jonathan Coffman KyForward intern   Americans use 2,500,000 plastic bottles every hour, according to the Recycling Revolution website, but one Georgetown school has found an opportunity to turn their sodas into success.   St. John Catholic School earned …

EatKentucky: The verdict is in – Spalding’s Bakery makes the best donut in Lexington

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  By Alan Cornett Special to KyForward   Kentucky is home to an enviable number of fine donut purveyors. Lexington and the Bluegrass are particular blessed with this donutty goodness. And no shop is more iconic than Lexington’s Spalding’s Bakery. …

Chef John Foster: Don’t be afraid to push your culinary boundaries between seasons

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  First, here are the answers to last week’s quiz; Did you score a one hundred?   Chayote Prosciutto Fennel Fruit Artichoke Pancetta Balsamic vinegar Morel Garlic   Caught in the waning days of local asparagus and creeping up on …

The Naked Vine: Natura wines are Chile’s inexpensive, organic, sustainable alternative

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By Mike Rosenberg Special to KyForward   Chilean wines benefit from the country’s unique geography. The Andes border the various winegrowing regions on the east and the Pacific Ocean does so on the west.   The relatively high altitude, notable …

New digital survey vehicle will accurately assess which Lexington roads need work

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  Lexington Mayor Jim Gray joined council members and officials from the Department of Environmental Quality & Public Works Thursday to announce the start of a new technology-based process to assess road paving needs across the city. A digital survey …

One in three U.S. adults have multiple factors that increase risk for heart disease, diabetes

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  From Kentucky Health News   More than one-third of adults in the U.S. have a combination of health conditions that put them at higher risk of heart disease and diabetes, and this condition affects nearly half of adults aged …

Bill Straub: McConnell finding out the hard way that Paul will put political interest first

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WASHINGTON – Apparently Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell is unfamiliar with the old story about the frog and the scorpion, otherwise the man who fancies himself a sage at legislative maneuvering would have been better prepared for the political manipulations …

Bluegrass Adventures: Kentucky’s miles of foot trails hold promise of new discoveries

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By Daniel Leathers KyForward columnist   There are untold miles of foot trails throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Each trailhead is the signpost to adventure. Each path holds the promise of new discoveries for the explorer. Each turn or curve …

First-gen college grad is breaking barriers, working with NASA on international project

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  By Whitney Harder Special to KyForward   She comes from a Kentucky town of fewer than 7,000, but she’s no stranger to traveling the world’s most influential cities. She only just earned her bachelor’s degree in December, but began …

New Prichard Committee reports focus on classroom experiences with standards, more

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A first-hand look at how Kentucky’s academic standards are spurring innovative teaching and learning in classrooms is the focus of a special report from the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence.   The standards are also the focus of a second …

UK Dining offering another Kentucky Proud menu option following deal adding local beef

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  By Carol Lea Spence Special to KyForward   Starting this summer, University of Kentucky students from Eastern Kentucky may be more familiar with their UK Dining hamburgers than they expect. An agreement between two Kentucky processors and a large …

Athens-Chilesburg first graders host Henry Clay pen pals to ‘step back into childhood’

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  By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward   As eager first-graders at Athens-Chilesburg Elementary welcomed their pen pals from Henry Clay High School, their broad smiles simply lit up the classroom.   “She likes to dance. She likes pink, …

Skin cancer is most common cancer in U.S., but many Americans still don’t use sunscreen

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From Kentucky Health News   Sunscreen has been proven to reduce the risk for all types of skin cancer and to prevent or delay signs of aging, but most Americans still don’t use it regularly, according to a new study …

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Land Between the Lakes project reverts farm to natural state

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  GOLDEN POND — A drive through the Elk and Bison Prairie in Land Between the Lakes (LBL) takes visitors back in time to pre-settlement Kentucky, when six million acres of grasslands, herds of wild ruminants, and periodic fires created …