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Kentucky by Heart: Honoring those who paid ultimate price; celebrating milestones at Wilmore Elementary

By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist The date June 6, 1944, will always stand out as iconic in American history. That’s when 156,000 Allied troops, including 73,000 U.S. soldiers and marines, stormed beaches in Normandy, France, and began the final stages of victory over Hitler’s Germany and the Axis Powers, bent on domination of Europe, North Africa, and East Asia. Americans fought bravely, paying...

A heartfelt tribute to Hollywood legend Doris Day — from hometown Cincinnati girl to super star

By John Schlipp
 Special to KyForward Que será, será 
Whatever will be, will be
 The future’s not ours to see 
Que será, será
 What will be, will be
 Those are the familiar lyrics of the Academy Award-winning song, “Qué Será, Será (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)”, by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans. It will be forever associated with the voice of one of Cincinnati’s most famous...

KDA, UK Cooperative Extension Service will transport exhibits to Kentucky State Fair this summer

Want to exhibit at the Kentucky State Fair but can’t make the trip? For the second year in a row, the state fair, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, and the University of Kentucky (UK) Cooperative Extension Service will transport your best preserves, crafts, honey, vegetables, and other exhibits to Louisville from five locations across the Commonwealth. “Getting to the state fair is a challenge...

Brewgrass Trail adds seven breweries for Lexington Craft Beer Week; Brewery Passport program altered

In conjunction with Lexington Craft Beer Week, VisitLEX has announced that the Brewgrass Trail has added seven new breweries. The Brewery Passport is also sporting a brand new look including a full-color cover, suggestions for nearby restaurants, and the distance each brewery is from downtown Lexington, allowing participants to plan excursions with ease. There are now 18 breweries on the trail for...

Kentucky Sheep & Fiber Festival, Bluegrass Classic Stockdog Trial return to Masterson Station Park

Lexington Parks & Recreation will host the annual Kentucky Sheep & Fiber Festival May 18-19 at Masterson Station Park. The festival, now in its 11th year, showcases some the nation’s best fiber artists and feature live demonstrations, workshops, vendors and other family-friendly activities. The festival features more than 100 vendors with finished goods as well as supplies for knitting,...

Tickets now available for second annual Midway Women’s Club Historic Homes Tour June 8

The Midway Woman’s Club is giving visitors an intimate look inside more interesting homes in the Bluegrass during its second annual Historic Homes Tour, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, June 8. All sites are within Midway, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. Homes chosen for this year’s tour were owned by longtime Midway families, including the Starks family, creators of Starks’...

Jamie Vaught: Reigning Ky. Mountain Laurel Festival Queen Gabby Pyles preparing for return to Pineville

A former college cheerleader will be returning to the 2019 Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival in Pineville as the reigning KMLF queen. A new graduate of Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia, Gabby Pyles has fond memories of KMLF last season and she can hardly wait to come back as the four-day festival begins on Thursday, May 23. “It is hard to choose one favorite moment from KMLF last year because...

Kentucky by Heart: Former slave, Ky. native Wheeling Gaunt defied the odds with an unrelenting work ethic

By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist Though making no claims of being a bona fide Kentucky historian, I enjoy researching and discovering people from the state’s past that aren’t particularly well-known, yet have inspirational stories that cry out to be shared. I recently came across an account of Wheeling Gaunt, a man born in 1813 into abject poverty in Carrollton. He was termed, at the time,...

The River: A lesson learned from grizzled Capt. Tate about the ‘Fool’s Knot,’ which any fool can tie

The riverboat captain is a storyteller, and Captain Don Sanders will be sharing the stories of his long association with the river — from discovery to a way of love and life. This one of his stories. By Capt. Don Sanders Special to KyForward It happened on the bow of the DELTA QUEEN while splicing an eye into a busted line that the grizzled, cantankerous, old river pilot, Captain Howard Tate stopped,...

Three Kentucky students earn first-place honors in 2019 Public Service Recognition Week Poster Contest

Three Kentucky students from three age groups won the 2019 Public Service Recognition Week Poster Contest. Personnel Cabinet Secretary Thomas B. Stephens and Education Commissioner Wayne D. Lewis awarded first-, second- and third-place winners in a ceremony held at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. “Public service isn’t just a job, it’s a true calling, and for that we’re grateful. To see...

Keeneland Library Lecture Series to feature books about Triple Crown winners Sir Barton, Justify

The Keeneland Library, which is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year, will feature discussions of new books about Triple Crown winners Sir Barton and Justify at upcoming installments of its popular Library Lecture Series. On May 14, Jennifer Kelly will discuss her book, “Sir Barton and the Making of the Triple Crown.” Kelly, who is from Madison, Alabama, conducted extensive research...

‘Kidney’ husband returns to Churchill downs with wife on KY Oaks day to celebrate their good fortune

By Mark Hansel KyForward managing editor When Shaun McCarthy came to the Kentucky Oaks by himself last year from his home in Maine, he was on a mission. Shaun McCarthy wore this jacket to the 2018 Kentucky Oaks in the hopes of finding a kidney donor for his wife Stacey. His story went viral and Stacey Received a successful transplant of a kidney that came from Cincinnati on Oct. 30 (file photo) This...

Kentucky by Heart: Liberty’s Galilean Home Ministries provides home for children of all ages

By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist The compassionate work of the Galilean Home Ministries (GHM), based in Liberty, has been nothing short of awe-inspiring since its establishment in 1969 after Jerry and Sandy Tucker, with a childless marriage to that point and living in Michigan, adopted a baby boy with medical needs and who needed a family. Today, according to its website, the “Galilean Home”...

Northside Neighborhood Association’s May 19 Home and Garden Tour to showcase 15 homes

The Northside Neighborhood Association Home and Garden Tour returns on Sunday, May 19, from 12-5 p.m. Tour a variety of homes designed in a range of architectural styles in one of Lexington’s oldest, most vibrant and most diverse neighborhood. The Northside Neighborhood Association is Lexington’s oldest. In 2011, the Association celebrated 50 years of dedication to the preservation of...

Part of a small, but growing, college population Megan McCormick, achieves graduation dream

By Lindsey Piercy University of Kentucky Overwhelming excitement with a tinge of apprehension will fill Rupp Arena as emotions will be riding high May 5 — one of the University of Kentucky’s Commencement Days. One by one, thousands of graduates will walk across the stage with an outstretched hand to receive their coveted diploma. Megan McCormick will be among the sea of blue caps and gowns....

Kentucky Folk Art Center wins Main Street Partner Award for Appalachian Holiday Arts and Craft Fair

Morehead State’s Kentucky Folk Art Center (KFAC) recently won the Main Street Partner Award from the Kentucky Main Street Program (KMSP). Tammy Stone, left, administrative coordinator of KFAC, accepted the Main Street Partner Award from Kentucky Main Street Coordinator Kitty Dougoud. (Photo from KFAC) KFAC won the award for hosting Morehead’s annual Appalachian Holiday Arts and Craft Fair, an...

Special graduate set to cross UK’s commencement stage after majoring in socialization, basic obedience

Anu and his student handler Abby Sheeler pose for their graduation pictures. (Photo courtesy of Abby Sheeler) By Meg Mills University of Kentucky You might see a few extra feet — or paws — walk across the stage at the University of Kentucky’s May Commencement. Anu, a year-old golden retriever service dog in training, is one of several dogs that will be crossing the graduation stage with...

Intrepid Urban Farmer: Gardening — blunders, hard work, setbacks, rewards, joy, accomplishment

By Ginger Dawson Special to KyForward It seems that, in life, pursuits that are rewarding and give the greatest satisfaction are those things that are a challenge. Hard work and setbacks are the norm. Everything I’ve ever done that has given me a sense of accomplishment has ALWAYS required some level of aggravating diligence, and usually on some protracted timeline that has, in some cases, caused...

Kentucky by Heart: Change in location means gardening — and a surprising interest in the weather

Editor’s Note: This column originally appeared at KyForward May 30, 2017 By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist Starting as a toddler, and for most of my youth, hearing my parents talk about the weather seldom interested me. It didn’t seem to matter to me then that the produce we grew in our gardens and the tobacco crops we raised were so dependent upon cooperating weather. It didn’t dawn...

Seventh annual Lexington Craft Beer Week May 10-19 to feature special events, tappings and tastings

After a year of growth and new breweries, Lexington’s craft brewing community is planning to host the 7th annual Lexington Craft Beer Week. The celebration, organized by LexBeerScene.com, will run from Friday May 10 through Sunday May 19. The week, featuring special events, tappings and tastings at bars and breweries across the city is sponsored by Alltech Lexington Brewing and Distilling, Blue Stallion...