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Keven Moore: They seem like a fun Halloween tradition, but hayrides can be extremely dangerous

This past weekend, on a cool October night, an average everyday fall hayride turned into a Halloween nightmare. A tractor in Illinois near the town of Nauvoo was pulling a wagon full of hay bales, and people overturned, leaving one 32-year-old adult dead and 20 others injured. The accident happened when the 41-year-old driver of a John Deere Tractor that was pulling the double-axle trailer for the...

Keven Moore: Throwing a Fourth of July party is fun — but fireworks bring plenty of safety hazards

Is it just me, or does it seem like the fireworks season has begun much sooner than the July 4 holiday? Not one to be a fireworks snob who has been known to partake in such celebration over the years, going way back to my pre-teen days, but I have been listening to fireworks go off every night for the last two weeks. One night last week at 11:30 p.m., I was awakened by fireworks going off in a nearby...

Science Guy: Create a work of art without using paint or a brush – with Alka Seltzer

  You may paint with a paint brush. Not our “Science Guy” Jason Lindsey. Jason and a kid scientist show us how you can create a masterpiece by using a chemical reaction.   Chemical Reaction Splash     INGREDIENTS   · Alka Seltzer · Film Canister · Water · Food Coloring · 8” x 10” White Watercolor Canvas   INSTRUCTIONS   STEP...

Science Guy: Here's a quick and easy experiment that is light as a feather

  How long can you balance a feather in the palm of your hand? Our “Science Guy” Jason Lindsey and a kid scientist show us how you can use science to help you with this challenge.   Feather Balance   INGREDIENTS   · Feather   INSTRUCTIONS   STEP 1: Place the quill of the feather in the palm of your hand and attempt to balance the feather.   EXPLANATION   You...

Hats Off Day at the Kentucky Horse Park offers free family fun, creates awareness

  Hats Off Day, an initiative started by Rood & Riddle, is announcing a combined donation amount of over $76,000 to the Kentucky Equine Humane Center and Kentucky Horse Park Foundation.   (Photo from Facebook) “Hats Off Day and the Rood & Riddle Grand Prix provide the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation with much-needed philanthropic support, and we are proud and humbled to be named...

Science Guy: Watch a penny disappear before your very eyes; not a magic trick, but science

  The money in your pocket may disappear because you quickly spend it. Our “Science Guy” and a kid scientist show us how to use a few ingredients from around the house to make money disappear.   Disappearing Money     INGREDIENTS   · Penny · Clear Plastic Cup · Water   INSTRUCTIONS   STEP 1: Place the penny on a flat surface. STEP 2: Place the bottom of the...

Science Guy: No pressure, but household bathroom supplies could suck you into science

  It’s something we find in the bathroom, but the toilet plunger isn’t just for unclogging the toilet. Jason Lindsey aka “Mr. Science,” with Hooked on Science, and a kid scientist show us how plungers can help us better understand the weather.   Plunger Power     INGREDIENTS   · 2 Toilet Plungers   INSTRUCTIONS STEP 1: Press the two plunger cups together. STEP...

Migrant children, families enriched by fun, academic activities; creates bonds

The youngest kids lined up for a caterpillar relay race. (Photo provided)   By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward     Children’s smiles and laughter can transcend barriers, especially during a cookout and field-day games, which is how the district’s Migrant Education Program capped week three of summer school activities.   About 70 youngsters, along with many family members,...

Where Are They Now: ’79-’82 ‘Cat Bo Lanter following entrepreneur path to F5 STRONG

Former University of Kentucky Basketball player Bo Lanter has started F5Strong, a sportwear line. (Photo provided)   By Judy Clabes KyForward editor   Bo Lanter is a born entrepreneur. He exhibited his entrepreneurial spirit early on when he left the Midwestern State University basketball team in 1978 after his freshman year, having decided he would take his chances as a walk-on for the University...

Matt Jordan: Region’s music festivals feature big names, can’t-miss acts from around world

Wilco at Forecastle 2012 (Photo by Matt Jordan)   With summer about to officially begin, it’s time to start planning out your fun in the sun. For many people, that means making time for music festivals. Whether you’re the type to go to every day of every festival wtihin a six-hour drive or someone who just wants to see a few bands on the weekend, we’ve got you covered. Here are our picks...