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October’s Kentucky Proud Evening kicks off fall with homegrown mystery from author F.J. ‘Frank’ Messina

Readers looking for a little mystery and romance in the Bluegrass can find both when local author F.J. “Frank” Messina talks about his book, “Down the Rabbit Hole,” at the next Kentucky Proud Evening at 6 p.m. on Oct. 3 at the Fayette County Extension office. The first book in Messina’s series, “The Bluegrass Files,” “Down the Rabbit Hole” introduces private investigator Sonia Vitale....

Kentucky project aims to bring families together at dinner table by promoting bonding, communication

Kentucky behavioral health experts are working to expand a program designed to bring families together at the dinner table, promoting bonding and communication to improve family relationships. The Dinner Table Project was created by Four Rivers Behavioral Health Regional Prevention Center in 2015, building on research showing families that have dinner together are closer, and function better as a family...

Kentucky by Heart: Bourbon County native painted vivid picture of Eastern Ky. life through his novels

By Steve Flairty KyForward Columnist Even for those outside our state, the two novels, The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come, and The Trail of the Lonesome Pine, could well have a connection to many readers, if only for their catchy titles. Both books were notable across America in the early 1900s, though the setting for them was in Kentucky and the books were written by a Kentuckian. An historical marker...

Atlas Obscura: The running buffalo clover, tiny and resilient, may be removed from endangered list

By Sabrina Imbler Atlas Obscura The running buffalo clover used to sprawl across eight states, from West Virginia to Arkansas. The secret to its success? The crushing hooves of buffalo (hence its name). The more it was trampled, the more it flourished. But when bison disappeared in the U.S., the running buffalo clover vanished too. In fact, researchers believed the plant was extinct, having not been...

Halloween Festival and Parade guarantee a spooky good time in downtown Lexington on Oct. 27

Lexington Parks & Recreation presents its annual Halloween Festival and Parade on Oct. 27. This annual tradition has become a local must-see as Halloween enthusiasts of all ages descend on downtown Lexington to celebrate the season and community. The parade rain date is Oct. 28. Lexington’s largest, free Halloween party will kick off with Halloween-inspired art and performances at the Wicked...

Louisville Zoo’s Butterflies n’ Blooms culminates Saturday with release of 1,000 monarch butterflies

Butterflies n’ Blooms culminates with the tagging of 1,000 monarch butterflies for release at Flutter Fest this Saturday, brought to you in partnership with Louisville’s Idlewild Butterfly Farm. This release coincides with the annual migration of monarch butterflies. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. guests can enjoy 15 stations to celebrate pollinators and learn more about the amazing monarch butterfly migration...

Louisville Zoo seeking submissions from public in naming contest for male elephant calf born Aug. 2

The Louisville Zoo welcomed a male elephant calf on Aug. 2 to 33-year-old African elephant Mikki, and the Zoo began soliciting names from the public on Monday in a naming contest presented by Norton Children’s Hospital. Mikki and the calf are on exhibit daily 10 a.m. to noon, subject to change while the acclimation process continues. Zoo guests can visit LouisvilleZoo.org/Mikki to see daily updates...

Kentucky by Heart: Sampling small town newspapers shows lots of good things going on around the state

Editor’s Note: This column originally appeared at KyForward September 12, 2017. By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist Part of the fun of traveling around Kentucky is to sample small-town newspapers along the way. I always enjoy reading about the life of communities in our state, both close and not geographically close to mine. Despite the fact that there is always some bad news, too, it’s interesting...

The misadventures of Thaddeus Lowe, The Enterprise and the birth of modern aeronautics

By Jacob Koch Special to KyForward On the morning of April 20, 1861, Thaddeus Lowe (1832–1913) would prepare to set off in his hot air balloon, “The Enterprise,” from Cincinnati as a test run to Washington DC. This was part of a much grander plan, a transatlantic flight. Previously, he had sailed from Philadelphia to New Jersey in July of 1860 using the enormous balloon “The Great Western,”...

Dept. of Fish and Wildlife monitoring water conditions at Lake Cumberland; heat, low oxygen stressing fish

Biologists with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources are closely monitoring water conditions at Lake Cumberland with fish starting to show signs of stress due to elevated water temperatures and depleted oxygen levels. “We have been experiencing some shad and alewife die-offs in different parts of the lake the past few weeks, which is due to the continued high water temperatures...

The winners: Bluegrass Care Navigators announces sweet names of first animal-assisted therapy dogs

Three puppies in training to become the first animal-assisted therapy dogs at Bluegrass Care Navigators now have names, thanks to hundreds of suggestions submitted from supporters around the Commonwealth. Bluegrass Care Navigators is pleased to introduce: • Sampson, a male Yellow Labrador, whose name means “service” and “sun;” • Rosemary, a female Yellow Labrador, whose name means “remembrance;”...

Journalist Chris Schwarz took a path less traveled to furniture crafting, Lost Art Press — and anarchy

By Ginger Dawson Kyforward reporter I am a firm believer in the idea that a human being’s first earthly experiences have an indelible, often unpredictable, impact on what follows. These early matters set a tone and forge a path. It’s an interesting thing to see. Sometimes, the path branches off in detours. These, however, are an important part of hitting the main drag. Chris Schwarz in the Covington...

Purple Coneflower is the choice of Lexingtonians in online voting, set to become city’s official flower

Purple Coneflower (Photo from City of Lexington) All signs point to the Purple Coneflower being named Lexington’s official flower, Mayor Linda Gorton has announced. In on-line voting this summer sponsored by America in Bloom Lexington, the Purple Coneflower thrashed the competition, Catmint and Blue Salvias, Gorton said. “Fifty percent of the 1,150 citizens who voted chose Purple Coneflower. It...

Historic Perry County ‘Mother Goose’ house honking again, to open in October as bed and breakfast

Mother Goose house historical photo with gas pumps (Photo provided) By Ron Daley Special to KyForward It all began with Ollie Stacy cooking a goose for Thanksgiving in 1935 in the outskirts of Hazard. Ollie peeled off the meat and laid the skeleton on the table where her husband George was having his coffee. George, an L and N Railroad employee, who was always coming up with interesting thoughts,...

Kentucky by Heart: Judy and Dan Dourson’s guide books offer unique look at Eastern Ky. plant life

Steve Flairty KyForward Columnist For Dan and Judy Dourson, the careful study of plant life is of great interest, particularly of such in eastern Kentucky. The most recent product of their work is now available in two detailed, well-researched guide books: Wildflowers and Ferns of Red River and the Greater Red River Basin and Wild Yet Tasty: A Guide to Edible Plants of Eastern Kentucky. Dan is a wildlife...

Lexington dog to be featured in national campaign, on local billboard, in All-American Dogs calendar

Early Times, an All-American Whisky since 1860, searched the country to find “All-American Dogs” and has selected a Lexington dog as one of the 10 winners in a national contest. Callie, a Toy Australian Shepherd, was chosen from tens-of-thousands of entries as part of the Early Times All-American Dogs social media campaign. Callie participated in a photoshoot with other All-American Dogs from across...

Want to buy a bridge? Must move. State wants to sell historic Blackford Creek Bridge; has ‘character’

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today MADISONVILLE, Ky. (KT) – The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is seeking a new home for a historic bridge.

 The Blackford Creek Bridge on Toler Bridge Road at the Hancock-Daviess County line is scheduled for replacement next year and transportation engineers are looking for a good home for the old bridge, which closed to traffic in October 2018.

 The bridge...

Welcome to island life, right here in Kentucky: Rent Colt Island at Craig’s Creek lake for special getaway

By Judy Clabes NKyTribune editor When you think ‘island,’ you don’t really think ‘Kentucky,’ but you should probably think again. One data-base counts 106 islands in Kentucky and a travel site lists nine that are “must sees.” Some are nature preserves, some are privately owned, some have river pirate histories, some are great for hunting and fishing, some just handy...

Couple comes full circle with UK through horses, pastures at Endeavor Farm in Woodford County

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky The University of Kentucky is where Keith and Laura Haag first fell in love with horses, and it’s where they turned to get advice to improve the environment for the horses on Endeavor Farm. Keith Haag, a 2009 graduate, is the farm manager, and Laura, who graduated in 2010, is the sales coordinator for the Woodford County farm. Since the farm is primarily a commercial...

Jamie’s Bookshelf: A look at some nonfiction selections for your September reading list

By Jamie H. Vaught KyForward Columnist • “Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed” by Lori Gottlieb (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $28) is an unusual look about topics that make people think differently about themselves and the world around them. In other words, the 415-page volume is basically about universal human condition. With startling...