A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

May, July peak months for grilling fires; stay safe with these tips to keep your cookouts combustion-free

Grilling season is right around the corner and grill gurus everywhere are preparing for many family parties and barbecues. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) encourages grillers to pay attention to safety during the spring and summer months when home fires involving grilling incidents occur most often. In 2011 – 2015, fire departments responded to an average of 9,600 home fires involving...

KY Historical Society wants your proposal for collection of oral histories about food traditions

The Kentucky Oral History Commission (KOCH) is commemorating “The Year of Kentucky Food” with the Kentucky Foodways Oral History Project. KOHC wants to collect oral histories of past and present food traditions in Kentucky and to involve people all over the commonwealth in the project -— as interviewers and interview subjects. Completed interviews will be part of the Kentucky Historical Society...

Kentucky by Heart: ‘Old Photos’ Facebook pages offer nostalgic look back at people and places

A while back, I came across a cool Facebook group page called Old Photos of Northern Kentucky. I immediately got hooked and now visit the site frequently, often posting, my columns there. I see it as an especially “cool” and enjoyable site because the nostalgic images, captions, and individual postings are remembrances of growing up in the area in the ‘50s, ‘60s, and early ‘70s. Community...

‘The Gift of Color’ celebrates the life and art of Kentucky artist Henry Lawrence Faulkner

By Vicki Prichard Northern Kentucky Tribune In the newly released, The Gift of Color: Henry Lawrence Faulkner, the life and art of the prolific Kentucky artist unfolds as a compelling page-turner. A young Henry Faulkner, 1950s Born beneath a Wolf Moon in the backwoods of south-central Kentucky, Faulkner’s tenacity to pursue his art took him from a childhood defined by a succession of foster homes,...

UK Libraries Special Collections Research Center awarded NEH grant for ‘P.S. Write Again Soon’

By Whitney Hale University of Kentucky A project from University of Kentucky Libraries Special Collections Research Center was one of 41 selected to receive a 2018 Humanities Collections and Reference Resources Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The NEH Humanities Collections and Reference Resources Grants allow institutions to preserve and provide access to collections essential...

Chef John Foster: Summer deluge hits markets, take advantage while you can, especially asparagus

The spigots have been cranked wide open, and the summer deluge has begun to hit the markets and then my restaurant tables. Multiple items that were just a whisper last week arrive almost daily at my kitchen door and the loading dock of the school. Greens, fresh herbs, strawberries, spinach, mushrooms, tomatoes, leeks and green garlic are now all ably represented on menus around the city. If you’re...

Beth Underwood: Seasonal swap is great for clearing the closet, but maybe not of that cute little floral shirt

Have you made the cold-to-warm-weather clothes switch yet? I don’t know about you, but if I’m not careful, it can easily turn into a weekend project. It’s never a simple matter of replacing one season of clothing with another. First, I get tangled up in matters of deciding what to keep and what to get rid of. Take that cute little floral shirt that’s been cycling in and out of the storage totes...

University Press of Kentucky celebrating 75 years with LexArts UPK75 exhibit, other initiatives

Three-quarters of a century ago, what would become University Press of Kentucky (UPK) got its start in the History Department at the University of Kentucky. Now, over 2100 books later, they are celebrating that history with a special LexArts Gallery Hop exhibit — UPK75 — opening on the second floor of the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning May 18 from 5 to 8 p.m. There will be entertainment,...

Lexington Philharmonic features Mahler, Bernstein in season finale May 19 at Singletary Center for the Arts

The Lexington Philharmonic closes the 2017-18 season with an epic celebration of Bernstein’s musical legacy as a composer and conductor at Celebrating Bernstein, on Saturday, May 19th at 7:30 p.m at. the Singletary Center for the Arts. The evening begins with American composer John Corigliano’s “To Music,” followed by Bernstein’s Three Meditations from ‘Mass’ featuring cellist Joseph...

Kentucky by Heart: ‘Dream Catcher’ Chase Fulcher helping Henderson neighbors achieve their dreams

Chase Fulcher decided long ago to live his life fueled by burning passion and a desire to improve others’ lives. He also understood unrelenting hard work and intense preparation were the best way of reaching his major life goals. Those timeless ingredients for success have worked quite well for this gentleman from the Ohio River town of Henderson, and consequently for the people of his Henderson...

Franciso’s Farm Art Fair May 19-20 to feature Arts Council’s ‘Makings of a Master’ traveling exhibit

The Kentucky Arts Council’s traveling exhibit “Makings of a Master” will be highlighted at the Francisco’s Farm Art Fair May 19-20 on the Midway University campus in Midway. “Makings of a Master” contains seven display cases housing a variety of musical instruments, tools and artworks made by master tradition bearers, interpretive panels, display photos and quotes, along with a push-button...

Grant County native Hayley Leach nearing end of reign as Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival queen

By Jaime Vaught Special to KyForward   The reigning queen of the Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival has just completed a memorable spring semester in college and is ending her reign as Mountain Laurel Festival queen as well.   Hayley Leach, a junior-to-be political science major at the University of Kentucky, spent the semester working as an intern for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Leach...

Kentucky State Parks Culinary Trail, nine regional signature meals make state a destination foodies

Kentucky is a hidden gem of Southern fare, featuring one-of-a-kind restaurants and chefs specializing in local ingredients and distinctive cuisine. With the newly announced Better in the Bluegrass culinary tourism initiative, nine regional signature meals, culinary trails and hosting of the upcoming season of Top Chef, Kentucky continues to grow as a must-visit destination for all food lovers. The...

Chef John Foster: Now serving local tomatoes, remarkably, and they are full of flavor and texture

It never ceases to amaze me when every spring for several years now, I’m serving local tomatoes in the same week that I’m planting tomatoes in my garden. Remarkable really when you think about how long our growing seasons have stretched, even in the last few years. While these tomatoes are not as full and ripe as the ones in July and August, they are a burst of color and a flavorful addition...

Beth Underwood: The old memory isn’t what it used to be… Has anyone seen my grocery list? Or my pen?

As you may be aware, I tend to be a brain-over-paper girl. Why write it down if I’ve got it all up there (tapping finger on the side of my head). Even as a child, I’d learned to memorize just about everything — mathematical times tables, Bible verses, historical points in time: “In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue.” So is it any surprise that I’ve been known to hit the grocery store...

Lexington gearing up for city-related cycling events throughout May to celebrate of National Bike Month

May is National Bike Month and Lexington is geared up to celebrate. The city is offering several events for bike riders of all ages and skill levels to promote bicycling and the many health, environmental, economic and social benefits that result from riding bikes. “Lexington is a city filled with bike lovers, and we only want that number to keep growing,” said Scott Thompson, bike and pedestrian...

Kentucky by Heart: Commonwealth was well-represented in the late 1800s by some colorful writers

Editor’s Note: This column originally appeared at KyForward.com on May 10, 2016 By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist Northern Kentuckian John Uri Lloyd is a sterling example of the “local color” fiction writers who became part of the movement starting in the 1880s in American literature. Defining the term, William S. Ward, in his A Literary History of Kentucky, noted that local colorists “were...

UK Graduate and Lexington teacher Claire Bishop to compete on ‘Jeopardy!’ Teacher’s Tournament

By Lindsey Piercy UK Now Here’s today’s “Daily Double” question: This Lexington teacher will compete in the “Jeopardy!” Teachers Tournament tonight. Answer: Who is Claire Bishop? That’s correct! Bishop, a graduate of the University of Kentucky, is one of 15 upcoming competitors on the long-running TV quiz show. The “Jeopardy! Teachers Tournament”...

Eastern Kentucky University professor David Zurick wins 2017 Nautilus Award for Lyrical Prose

His previous books have illuminated life in the Himalayas and the American South. Now, Eastern Kentucky University Foundation Professor Dr. David Zurick has won one of the publishing industry’s most prestigious honors – a 2017 Nautilus (Silver) Award – for his most recent work. “Morning Coffee at the Goldfish Pond: Seeing a World in the Garden” is one of only three Silver winners in the Lyrical...

UK Cooperative Extension Service, 4-H helps young man share love of animals with others

By Katie Pratt UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment The Trigg County office of the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service is helping one young man fulfill his dreams. Jonathon Sink, 19, was born with a neurological condition called apraxia, which makes communication difficult for him. While it is challenging for him to speak, Sink has found comfort and calmness interacting...