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For Lexmark’s John Gagel, Earth Month isn’t just for April – it’s part of everyday culture

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  By Judy Clabes KyForward editor   John Gagel was DNA-imprinted at birth with the “green” gene so call it a lucky fate that he landed with a company having the perfect DNA match.   Gagel is manager of Sustainability …

Local Boys: With injuries, illnesses plaguing him, Hank Gastright never got a real chance

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By Michael Monks Special to KyForward   Editor’s note: Cincinnati Reds’ fans are just that – fanatics about their ball club, and especially about those players who hail from the Greater Cincinnati area. A handful of those players are actually …

Everyday Heroes: Naturalist Bill Gordon ‘just wants to be an example’ of how to live green

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This story is reprinted from Steve Flairty’s 2010 book, “Kentucky’s Everyday Heroes #2.” Gordon continues doing his wilderness workshops and improving the ecology of his own land near Stanton.   By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist   Bill Gordon went green …

Winter weather costs state 1.5 times average in salt and man hours, but still wasn’t a record

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A winter season punctuated by a polar vortex, sub-zero temperatures, and nasty snow and crippling ice storms created more than a traveling nuisance for Kentucky residents. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spent more than $68 million on snow and ice removal …

New agreement ensures future of Arboretum; to be signed at Arbor Day festivities April 26

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By Aimee Nielson Special to KyForward   The Arboretum is recognizing 28 years of partnership between the Lexington Fayette Urban County Government and the University of Kentucky as part of its Arbor Day festivities on April 26.   The partnership …

COPD, state’s No. 3 killer, can’t keep scuba diver, ‘gentleman farmer’ Mike Graham down

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  By Laura Dawahare and Allison Perry Special to KyForward   In the waiting room at UK HealthCare’s Pulmonary Rehabilitation Clinic in Lexington sits a large binder labeled “Success Stories.” Inside are pages and pages of testimony from patients who …

Come one, come all! 78th Governor’s Derby Celebration set for downtown Frankfort

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  Gov. Steve Beshear and First Lady Jane Beshear today invited visitors to historic downtown Frankfort for the 78th annual Governor’s Derby Celebration. The event will be held on Kentucky Derby Day, Saturday, May 3, from 9 a.m. – 1 …

Real world, law of supply and demand visit Lexington fifth-graders in Entrepreneur Fair

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  By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward   By now, fifth-graders at James Lane Allen Elementary have crunched the numbers and know how they came out in the school’s annual Entrepreneur Fair. Since the theme was “Keep calm and …

Advancing rain and thunderstorms will put the brakes on warmup enjoyed this weekend

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  By Kristina Pydynowski AccuWeather.com   Rain and thunderstorms spreading to the East on Tuesday will put the brakes on the warmup following Easter weekend.   A milder day will unfold throughout the East on Monday with highs in the …

Mercer Co. middle school students tackle
a monumental service learning project

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  By Susan Riddell Special to KyForward   When a teacher sets out to work with students on civic-minded service learning projects, it’s not surprising for both the students and teacher to come away from those efforts feeling really good …

Creating habitats for hundreds of zoo animals a ‘nice way to make a living,’ UK alum says

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  By Kody Kiser and Amy Jones-Timoney Special to KyForward   While the animals understandably take center stage at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, the environment where they live is always on the mind of Steve Foltz.   As …

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Smaller waters across state hold crappie just like big lakes

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  This is another story in the Spring Fishing Frenzy series. The series – detailing productive fishing opportunities across Kentucky – will continue until early summer.   The wild striped bass in a ginger and red wine sauce at a …

History buff lands museum curator job where fun means ‘you never have same day twice’

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By Tom Ramstetter Special to KyForward   The road to New Orleans for Kentuckian Brandon Stephens has looped through Roman ruins, German castles and military cemeteries, but for this 26-year-old history buff, it’s ended right where he wants to be. …

Family’s beloved mare ‘Bucket’ finds new home at Paris’ Our Mims Retirement Haven

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  Our Mims Retirement Haven in Paris welcomed a new resident to the thoroughbred retirement sanctuary on April 12. Exciting Bucket, a 1989 mare by Grey Bucket out of That’s Exciting, was donated to OMRH by Helen Fariello and her …

Foot Health: Rheumatoid arthritis affects
the feet in up to 90 percent of sufferers

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By Dr. Nicole G. Freels KyForward columnist   Have you been suffering lately from joint and pain swelling, fatigue or stiffness, especially in the morning or after sitting for long periods?   You may have rheumatoid arthritis. You’re not alone. …

The Week in Frankfort: Final gavel falls, legislation soon to impact Kentuckians’ lives

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When the final gavel falls on a legislative session, it’s often seen as a time to start looking back – a chance to review what passed, what failed, who won and who lost.   We’ve had a few days for …

Liane Crossley: First women jockeys faced ridicule, lack of acceptance, lack of demand

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  In a different era, Rosie Napravnik would have been a novelty in her trade. Today she maneuvers seamlessly as a woman competing in the male-dominated jockey world.   As one of the top riders at Keeneland this spring, Napravnik …

Lex What Wear: Discover a fun, flirty brand; cure a case of spring fever; win a Derby hat

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  By Alex McLean KyForward columnist   Boy Meets Girl is a fun and flirty contemporary brand that’s caught the eye of celebrities such as Rosario Dawson, Rachel Bilson and Nina Dobrev. Inspired by the vibrant New York art and …

Chef John Foster: Popeye still would be loving spinach if he’d tasted that grown in Kentucky

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  Popeye was right all along. In his travels through 20th-century cartoon America, he became the de facto spokesman for one of the healthiest vegetables in the world. Low in calories, high in iron and folic acid, it may not …

The Naked Vine: Only through time, tasting can you decide how much oak is best for you

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  By Mike Rosenberg KyForward columnist   Go to any winery and you’ll find oak barrels everywhere being used for fermenting wine, for storage or just for decoration. But why? Obviously there’s some reason that, for years, wine and barrels …