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UK Opera Theatre alumna Reshma Shetty voices Queen Angella in Netflix ‘Princesses of Power’ series

University of Kentucky Opera Theatre alumna Reshma Shetty continues her successful acting career voicing a character in the new animated series “She-Ra and the Princesses of Power,” which is available on Netflix. The Netflix original series brings a fresh take on the 1980s classic “She-Ra: Princess of Power” to the small screen. The series follows Princess Adora, voiced...

Kentucky Fire Commission provides Thanksgiving safety tips to ensure safe, happy holiday

As families and friends prepare to gather for Thanksgiving, the Kentucky Fire Commission encourages everyone to take several precautions to ensure a safe and happy holiday. “This time of year there is always a spike in preventable home fires as it becomes easy to get distracted when gathering for holiday celebrations,” said Ronnie Day, executive director of the Kentucky Fire Commission. “Thanksgiving...

Kentucky by Heart: With a heart heavy with loss of younger brother, wishing you happy Thanksgiving

By Steve Flairty Special to NKyTribune In one respect, this Thanksgiving season will be a time of genuine sadness for me. I lost my younger brother and only sibling, Mike, on October 27, to pancreatic cancer. It’s a disease I have nothing good to say about, a scourge on society. Our family, especially including Mike’s wife, Theresa, got hit broadside by the news of his diagnosis after he began...

Go green — recycle used cooking oil FREE at Gobble Grease Toss on Friday; please don’t pour it out

Go green on Black Friday. Recycle your used cooking oil for free at the Gobble Grease Toss on Friday, Nov. 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Redwood Cooperative School, 166 Crestwood Dr. Last year, the Gobble Grease Toss collected more than 400 gallons of used cooking oil, a record amount! Help us break that record this year. The cooking oil that we collect will be recycled into biofuel by Kelley Green...

NFPA: Enjoy the holiday, but please be careful of home cooking fires on Thanksgiving

There are more than three times as many home cooking fires on Thanksgiving as a typical day of the year, making it by far the leading day for US home cooking fires, according to the National Fire Protection Association® (NFPA®). This sharp spike (a nearly 250 percent increase over the daily average) is a powerful reminder to use caution when cooking this year’s Thanksgiving feast. “Thanksgiving...

Chef John Foster: Holidays are coming, holidays are coming! No one’s really ready, so keep it simple

The holidays are coming fast and furious for the next month and a half, and I’m not ready. I like that I’m not ready because it adds an element of suspense to the next few weeks, but it does wreak havoc at home. We’re heading north for Thanksgiving, back to New York to see my wife’s parents and some of my family as well. We’ve offered to cook Thanksgiving dinner, which puts even more pressure...

Beth Underwood: Sometimes, somebody has to take charge, but do I have to do everything…

It happened during a routine rerun of “Everybody Loves Raymond.” I was sitting innocently enough in my favorite chair, winding down before bedtime, watching Ray’s mom Marie have a spell. She’d had it up to here (raises hands and draws line above head) with the household state of affairs. With complete exasperation, she asks rhetorically, “Why must I do everything?!?” And that’s when it...

Maine husband’s long shot play on Kentucky Oaks Day pays off with kidney donation for his wife

By Mark Hansel KyForward managing editor Shaun McCarthy was running out of options, and time. Stacey McCarthy, Shaun’s wife, was on dialysis and in desperate need of a kidney transplant. Efforts to find a compatible donor in or around his Portland, Maine home were unsuccessful. Shaun McCarthy on Kentucky Oaks Day, with his “MY WIFE NEEDS A KIDNEY,” sport coat (photo by Mark Hansel). There...

Ice Rink downtown at Triangle Park now open; enjoy winter wonderland, check hours of operation here

Downtown Lexington’s Triangle Park has become a winter wonderland as the Unified Trust Company Ice Rink is now open. Head to downtown for family friendly fun on the ice. Hot chocolate from Big L’s Gourmet Dogs is available. Hours of operation will be as follows 
While school is in session: Monday Thursday 4-10 p.m. Friday 4-11 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. Sunday 1:30-9 p.m. 
 When...

Kentucky by Heart: Joe Cunningham, KY native, flips U.S. house seat in S. Carolina; mourning Dr. Church

By Steve Flairty Special to KyForward Down in South Carolina, a politician running in the 2018 mid-term election with a close Kentucky connection just accomplished something pretty amazing. In a race for 1st District U.S. Representative, 36-year-old Joe Cunningham became the first Democrat to flip a House seat in the state since 1986. He defeated Republican Katie Arrington, and it was quite a shock...

Tyler Childers became a voice of Appalachia partly because of his reaction to a 2009 documentary

By Heather Chapman The Rural Blog This article is a few months old, but provides a great in-depth portrait of singer and songwriter Tyler Childers, an Eastern Kentucky native who has “earned praise from, and comparisons to, John Prine.” Tyler Childers (Photo by David McClister) Childers, 27, was in high school when ABC News’s “20/20” came to town for a report on children...

COLA increase taking effect in 2019 not a game changer for Kentucky’s more than 580,000 retirees

By Mary Kuhlman Public News Service The cost-of-living increase or COLA that takes effect next year for people on Social Security will be the most generous in seven years, but it’s still mostly grocery money and not a trip to the beach. The average Kentucky recipient collects more than $1,300 a month from Social Security, so with the increase, the typical senior is looking at about a $40 monthly...

Not much time left to see rare, two-headed copperhead snake at Salato; veterans free today

Less than two weeks remain to see a rare, two-headed copperhead snake before the Salato Wildlife Education Center in Frankfort closes for the winter. The unique, month-old copperhead is on display from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Tuesday through Saturday. Time to view the snake is limited, however, as the Salato Center closes for the season after Nov. 21. Salato will reopen March 1, 2019. The Salato Center...

Chef John Foster: As empty nesters, eating habits change — more veggies, more variety, eating out

At last, peace in the house. Both boys gone to make their way in the world, leaving us (without counting 1 dog and 5 cats) empty nesters. That word evokes such images, propels thoughts to places best reserved for later in life. But it does impact what, and how we eat even to the point of changing the dynamic of our pantry and refrigerator. Having two young men over 6’ 3” and closing in on 200...

Beth Underwood: Some thoughts on the ‘benefits’ of cold weather as the chill of winter fast approaches

As many of you may remember, winter weather is my nemesis — or at least one of them, ranking right up there with crazy drivers. So you can imagine my surprise when I saw an article promoting the benefits of cold weather. While I wasn’t sure such a crazy claim was possible, I felt the need to investigate — to take issue with these outlandish claims in an unbiased fashion, of course. I suppose...

Kentucky by Heart: When it comes to having pun in Kentucky, there’s a lot of low-hanging fruit available

Editor’s Note: This column originally appeared at KyForward April 5, 2016 By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist I have always enjoyed playing with words, and mostly in a fun sort of way. Call me corny, silly, or otherwise, but I consider myself a “pun guy.” (Some would say “fungi,” but I’m not sure how to take that.) Until recently, it didn’t dawn on me that my own state of Kentucky’s...

Meeting at Breeders’ Cup World Championships brings friends who were strangers together

By Mark Hansel KyForward managing editor A group of “friends’ who had never met got together at the Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Churchill Downs this weekend. They were brought together through the Thoroughbred Horse Racing Discussion (T.H.R.D.) Facebook page, which was formed in June of 2017. Some horse racing fans who had only communicated through the Facebook group Thoroughbred Horse...

Chef John Foster: Really, Christmas is coming; so is another way of cooking, eating, finding ‘comfort’

Christmas is coming!! No really, it is. I heard my first Christmas music this week and some of my neighbors still have their decorations up from last year. You want more proof? Black Friday sales which used to be advertised for the day after Thanksgiving are now the subject of a race to see who has enough hutzpah to announce theirs before Thanksgiving. I’m not talking the night before, but a month...

Beth Underwood: Once the highlight of the breakfast table experience, the cereal box toy is sorely missed

Sometimes I wonder why some things blow right by me without gaining my attention. Do I need to get out more? Possibly. Am I unobservant from time to time? Probably. Regardless — and maybe I’m the last to notice — cereal boxes no longer contain toys. I know. I’m as shocked as you are. What’s worse? Apparently said toys have been absent for at least a couple of years. It’s a crying...

New book offers detailed account of mysterious unsolved theft of famous thoroughbred Shergar

In 1981, Shergar won the Epsom Derby by ten lengths — the longest margin in the race’s history. After winning a total of six races, his owner, the Aga Khan IV, chose to syndicate Shergar at Ballymany Stud in Ireland for £10 million, a substantially lower sum than if he had syndicated in the United States. Two years later, just as his second stud season was about to begin, Shergar was stolen...