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Kentucky by Heart: Historic Keene might not be fancy, but it’s home . . . and always will be

For nice rides in the country, I often take Highway 169 in the central Kentucky part of the Bluegrass area from my home in Woodford County to Jessamine County. The grassy and rolling terrain of the area is one of my favorite scenic tours. Small farms with grazing Thoroughbred horses and cattle, an abundance of pretty homes, and historical stone walls along the roadside make it that way. On that trip,...

As swimming and boating season returns, stay safe with these tips to avoid electric shock around water

With Memorial Day and the start of summer upon us, the risk of electric shock around swimming and boating activities increases. In an effort to keep summertime safe, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is reminding people about the potential electrical hazards in swimming pools, hot tubs and spas, in and around boats and marinas. Electric shock drowning (ESD) happens when faulty wiring...

University of Kentucky hospital volunteer Janice Boyd recognized for over 11,000 hours of service

By Hilary Brown Special to KyForward Stop by the gift shop in Pavilion H in the University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital and be greeted with a warm smile and a sympathetic ear. Janice Boyd has volunteered in this gift shop, as well as other parts of Chandler, for over 30 years. She believes the community of patients, doctors and nurses help her just as much as she helps them. “I love the people,”...

UK Cooperative Extension Service art exhibit enhances history, community in Williamsburg

By Katie Pratt UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment An art exhibit is helping people in one southern Kentucky city gain a deeper connection to their history and to each other. The exhibit — ARTifacts: 20 Decades of Whitley County — was designed by Cortney Moses, who is a fine arts extension agent with the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service. It is one of several bicentennial...

Chef John Foster: Yummmm, nothing like fresh summer strawberries to tempt the tastebuds

The image of the strawberry, bright red, plump and glistening with morning dew permeates early summer like a beacon. It says welcome to the warm weather, the summer vacation of mind and body, a sigh of relief that the cold grey weather has finally gone. The first of many berries that will grace our tables this season it holds a place of dominance that few other fruits can. With the exception of the...

Beth Underwood: Royal wedding was proof that ‘happily ever after’ doesn’t always mean perfect

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock somewhere, you probably know that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tied the knot last Saturday. For the most part, I was disinterested. And I certainly didn’t set my alarm for 4 a.m. in an effort to catch every moment of the celebration. But as I drank my coffee and scrolled through social media that morning, I noticed a number of my friends had done just that....

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...