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Kentucky by Heart: Schuhmanns one example of retired folks giving back to their communities

By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist I was thrilled to see that two friends from Campbellsville, Fred and Betty Sue Schuhmann, were honored recently by their local Kiwanis Club with the 2016 “Santa’s Helpers” award, according to an article in the Central Kentucky News-Journal. In the article, their friend and the one who nominated the retired couple, Sara Cobb, said: “They are the kind of people...

A book for anyone’s taste ready for autograph at Frankfort’s 33rd Kentucky Book Fair

(Photo from KBF)   Nearly 200 authors will participate in the 33rd annual Kentucky Book Fair on Nov. 15 at the Frankfort Convention Center, signing and talking about books as diverse as basketball, bourbon and the Beatles.   The book fair, Kentucky’s premier literary event, is one of the oldest of its kind in the nation. Since its inception in 1981, proceeds from the fair have resulted...

Annual Kentucky Book Fair provides nearly $400,000 in grants to school, public libraries

(Photo from KBF)   Nearly 200 authors will participate in the 33rd annual Kentucky Book Fair on Nov. 15 at the Frankfort Convention Center, signing and talking about books as diverse as basketball, bourbon and the Beatles.   The book fair, Kentucky’s premier literary event, is one of the oldest of its kind in the nation. Since its inception in 1981, proceeds from the fair have resulted...

Food Network’s Pioneer Woman headlines sixth Kentucky Proud Incredible Food Show

Ree Drummond, Food Network’s Pioneer Woman, will sign books and present two live cooking demonstrations at the Incredible Food Show on Oct. 11 in Lexington. (Photo from Ky. Proud)   The Kentucky Proud Incredible Food Show promises to be, say organizers, well … incredible and for the sixth year in a row on Oct. 11. This year’s highlight is two live cooking presentations by Food...

Everyday Heroes: Naturalist Bill Gordon ‘just wants to be an example’ of how to live green

This story is reprinted from Steve Flairty’s 2010 book, “Kentucky’s Everyday Heroes #2.” Gordon continues doing his wilderness workshops and improving the ecology of his own land near Stanton.   By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist   Bill Gordon went green long before it became trendy to do so—more than 60 years ago, shortly after he was born on Christmas Day...

Betsy Waters: Weekend packed with fun from a woodcock watch to a parade to Comic Con

  Welcome in the official start of spring with great events going on around Central Kentucky. This weekend is jam packed with events both inside and out and the fun continues into next weekend. There are nature events, two days of comic fun and a show at the Lexington Children’s Theater. I hope you and your family find time to get together to create some forever memories this month.   Enjoy...

Bestselling mother, son novelists to make a joint appearance in Lexington at Joseph Beth

Anne and Christopher Rice launched their month-long book tour in Minneapolis, Minn. at the Mall of America on Oct. 14. (Photo from Facebook)   Staff report   Novelists Anne Rice and her son, Christopher, are appearing all over the country on a joint book tour this month, but the only Kentucky stop on their month-long venue list is Lexington on Monday, Oct. 21.   The home store of Joseph...

Betsy Waters: September brings fishing, fall festivals and loads of family-centered events

  This weekend promises loads of great fun in the Bluegrass. Enjoy the University of Kentucky football game, some time outside with your family, stop by a local library or theater, or enjoy getting creative with your kids. I have listed some of this weekend’s fun and more can be found on my calendar page.   National Hunting and Fishing Day Salato Wildlife Education Center, Frankfort Saturday,...

Betsy Waters: Celebrate back to school and summer’s end with some weekend family fun

  It’s been a busy few weeks at our house recently. With the start of school looming, we squeezed in a last minute trip to Holiday World between the rush of school shopping, classroom visits and Kindergarten assessments!   My boys started school and now we’re working on getting into morning routines, getting used to early bedtimes and, of course, the excitement of homework! We’re...