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Pew Charitable Trusts: As shutdown continues, consider savings needed for unforeseen emergencies

Pew Charitable Trusts This one of a series that explores how financial shocks and emergency savings are related to the financial well-being of families. Savings may help households cope with unexpected expenses and preserve wealth over the long run. Understanding the frequency and impact of events that might strain budgets, and the resources families have to cope with them, is crucial to building policies...

Beth Underwood: Forever grateful that high school drama team brought Dr. King’s speech to life

As you know, Monday marked this year’s observance of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday — and whenever I think about Dr. King, I’m reminded of my high school days. When I was in high school, I was an active member of the Speech and Drama Team. For reasons that escape me, my freshman year strong suit was Analysis of Public Address or APA. I’m guessing the other slots — the fun speech and...

Intrepid Urban Farmer: Seed catalogues! The (name) game begins — Gladiator Parsnips? Sugar Buns?

By Ginger Dawson Special to KyForward The planning commences! Most of the seed catalogues have arrived and are countering the gray boredom of being inside. This is the first spark of what Garden 2019 will ultimately become.   I always look forward to these catalogues, even if Doug, the mailman, does not. Actually, he’s a pretty good sport. He knows what will happen as a result of his efforts in...

Kentucky by Heart: Central Kentucky sisters work to expand food program to ‘FEED’ hungry kids

By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist Shannon Smith carries a searing and vivid image of a child she worked with while volunteering as a parent in a Garden Springs Elementary School classroom, in Lexington, back in 2016. “He had always been glad to see me and would give me a big hug. But this was after Christmas break, at lunch, and he had his head down… and he looked so sad,” Shannon said. Wholeheartedly...

Lexington’s annual Martin Luther King Day celebration called a catalyst for inspiration, hope

By Gail Hairston University of Kentucky The University of Kentucky, the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government and other community sponsors present the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration on Monday, Jan. 21, at Heritage Hall in the Lexington Convention Center. Actor, poet, singer, composer and author Daniel Beaty will serve as the keynote speaker on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. (Photo from...

Oral history collection chronicles storied past of University of Kentucky Cheerleading dynasty

By Whitney Hale University of Kentucky C-A-T-S spells more than a storied tradition in basketball. It is also the chant of the 23-time Universal Cheerleaders Association champions — the University of Kentucky Cheerleading team. And this weekend, the team will travel back to Orlando, Florida, to defend its title and, hopefully, bring back a 24th national championship. So, what is the winning formula...

Beth Underwood: Peaceful, quiet morning routine descends into unknown territory of plumbing repairs

I love getting up early to enjoy the peace and quiet of the predawn hours. Just me, alone with my thoughts, while the world around me sleeps. Well except for the cat, who impatiently meows for food from the moment he hears me exit my bedroom. Once he’s taken care of, though, I can settle into my favorite chair with pen, paper and coffee at the ready and enjoy an hour or so of serenity. It’s so...

Bluegrass Country Estate in LaGrange gets 5-Star award as Top B&B for Best Grounds and Garden

Bluegrass Country Estate in LaGrange, was selected as the Top B&B for Best Grounds and Gardens in Kentucky in the Annual 5-Star Hospitality Service Awards by the Bed & Breakfast Association of Kentucky. The Awards Program is based upon guest votes as well as a qualitative and quantitative review of the nearly 50,000 independent B&B Guest reviews submitted to TripAdvisor.com and other...

Kentucky by Heart: Some interesting facts you may not know about our first (and fifth) governor

Editor’s Note: This column originally appeared at KyForward September, 6, 2016 By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist “Who was the first Kentucky governor?” is the question I’ve asked fourth graders for years as part of my impromptu state history trivia moments as both a regular and a sub teacher. Most will respond that the answer is Isaac Shelby. You can bet the kids were and are ready...

State Arts Council’s Kentucky Crafted Market set for March 15-17 at Horse Park’s Alltech Arena

The Kentucky Crafted Market, the Kentucky Arts Council’s showcase event featuring the best art and craft in the Commonwealth, will be back in Lexington, March 15-17 at the Kentucky Horse Park’s Alltech Arena. “This is the first time we’ve hosted The Market at the Kentucky Horse Park’s Alltech Arena, and we’re looking forward to taking advantage of every feature of this unique venue,”...

Sandhill crane tours offered January 23-27 at Barren River Lake State Resort Park

Each year, thousands of sandhill cranes make Barren River Lake a stop on their journey back home. Join Barren River Lake State Resort Park during its Nature Watch Weekend Jan. 23-27 to get up close to these beautiful cranes as they migrate through the area.  Participants can register for one of two trips. The morning sunrise trip takes guests to the roosting site before sunrise to experience the beauty...

Local storytellers lead visitors through Kentucky Tourism’s 2019 Official Visitor’s Guide

The Kentucky Department of Tourism has announced the release of the 2019 Official Kentucky Visitor’s Guide and the Year of Kentucky Storytellers. The guide features travel tips and stories, narrated by Kentuckians, who share their love for the Bluegrass State through their own personal experiences. In addition to regional highlights, the visitor’s guide focuses on the main pillars of Kentucky tourism:...

University of Kentucky employee Heather Chapman to appear on ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire’ Friday

By Meg Mills University of Kentucky Who wants to be a millionaire? Trivia lover Heather Chapman does. Chapman, a Lexington native, will test her chances on ABC’s show “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” this Friday. But Chapman isn’t a rookie at game shows. She competed on “Jeopardy!” 11 years ago, though she says she did poorly then as a result of giving birth three...

Beth Underwood: Sunday meal-planning attempt sidelined by plethora of recipe review personalities

Am I the only one who finds online recipe reviews more intriguing than the recipes themselves? From bubbly socialite to resident party-pooper, if you want to decipher a plethora of personalities, all you have to do is read online reviews. I bring this up because I spent far too much time last Sunday trying to come up with a few new meals. In the beginning, I casually glanced through the first few...

Nelson County’s Barktown Rescue to field two players in annual Super Bowl Sunday Puppy Bowl

Barktown Rescue has announced two puppy players in this year’s Animal Planet Puppy Bowl XV set for Super Bowl Sunday, February 3. Pippi and Austin will hit the Geico gridiron and make the cutest ear pulls and tail tugs as part of Team Ruff, as they compete to win the Chewy.com Lombarky Trophy. Pippi (left) and Austin will participate in the annual Animal Planet Puppy Bowl Feb. 3. (Photo from Barktown...

Kentucky by Heart: Reviewing some well-written Kentucky books of the ‘can’t put it down’ variety

By Steve Flairty KyForward Columnist Over the course of a year, I review dozens of books by local authors from all around Kentucky. A good many are of mediocre quality, at best, but I also run across some very fine ones that are well-written and of the “can’t put it down” variety. Most recently, I came across The People Up the Holler, by Roger Guffey. It’s a book of short stories inspired...

Born with rare congenital disease, Morehead girl defies every expectation to prove doctors wrong

By Hilary Brown Special to KyForward Though she be but little, she is fierce. From the moment she was born, Audrey Armstrong defied every expectation. Born in Morehead at 41 and a half weeks, Audrey immediately began having difficulties with bowel movements. Her parents brought her to the NICU at Kentucky Children’s Hospital (KCH) where she was diagnosed with Hirschsprung’s disease, a congenital...

Time to take out your Christmas tree; A third of home fires related to them happen in January

If you’re having trouble parting with your Christmas tree, here’s a fact to motivate you: One-third (33 percent) of U.S. home fires that begin with Christmas trees occur in January. With this potential fire hazard in mind, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) strongly encourages everyone to remove Christmas trees from their homes promptly after the holiday season. “Christmas trees...

Here are the most popular baby names in every state in 2017; is your baby’s name here?

Every year the Social Security Administration (SSA) releases new data on the most popular baby names by state, and in 2017, there were some clear winners who racked up points across the country. Photo from Womens Health So, which are the most popular names? If you’re curious, here’s a hint — Liam, William, Olivia, and Emma mean business across the country. In Kentucky, the favorite girl’s...

Beth Underwood: With ‘grandmotherhood’ just six weeks away, things are about to get real

As you may remember, I’m on the road to grandmotherhood. T-minus six weeks to go until my daughter Hannah’s little bundle of joy arrives. Time flies when you aren’t the one who’s pregnant, and at this stage of the game, things are about to get real. Between you and me, I’m not sure I’m ready. Up until last weekend, I’d have said otherwise. How hard can this whole grandmother thing be,...