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BBB Trends: Beware of Memorial Day scams — typically, they are directed at service members

Memorial Day is upon us, which means many people will be preparing for the unofficial start of summer. But more importantly, Memorial Day is a time to honor those who have lost their lives for our country. Unfortunately, scammers use this time of year to take advantage of victims in a variety of schemes with a patriotic or military approach.  BBB warns of the following scams that are typically directed...

Al Cross: On Memorial Day, we will get to see a story that was almost never told

Fifty-one years ago last month, my Clinton County High School classmate Paul Conner and I got on a bus in Lexington for a 4-H trip to Washington, D.C., our first visit there. We rode up with his parents, Murl and Pauline Conner, whom I knew mainly as mainstays of the local Farm Bureau. I also knew Murl from my work at WANY in Albany, where we would often read a notice that he would be at the courthouse...

Keven Moore: Memorial Day weekend is full of fun and hazards; be safe and sure and follow the rules

Memorial Day, observed on the last Monday of May, was originally known as Decoration Day with its origins dating back to the years following the Civil War. It did not become an official federal holiday until 1971 and is probably the only day of the year that you can predict the exact location where the President of the United States will be, as he travels across the Potomac to Arlington National Cemetery...

Kentucky soldier’s heroism, 20-year campaign for Medal of Honor, subjects of KET documentary May 25

As Americans honor patriotic sacrifice on Memorial Day, KET will premiere the story of a Kentucky soldier who repeatedly put his life on the line for his country – but wasn’t fully honored for it until 73 years later. “From Honor to Medal: The Story of Garlin M. Conner,” airing at 8/7 p.m. ET/CT on May 25, tells the story of one of the most decorated soldiers of World War II – who received...

University of Kentucky employee to run marathon in memory of late husbands service to country

By Kristi Willett University of Kentucky Emily Dieruf Chambers’ twin daughters are only seven, but they know Memorial Day is more than a day off school for them and a day off work for their parents. From a very early age, the twins and their younger brother have been taught that the lifestyle they enjoy in this country hasn’t come without a cost. It’s a message Chambers, associate program...

Kentucky’s state veterans cemeteries to hold ceremonies during Memorial Day holiday

Kentucky’s veterans cemeteries, as well as veterans centers across the Commonwealth, will hold ceremonies this Memorial Day holiday, honoring those who have died in service to our country. Kentucky’s newest veterans cemetery, Kentucky Veterans Cemetery South East in Hyden, will hold its Memorial Day ceremony at 11 a.m. Eastern on May 27. The guest speaker will be Rep. Derek Lewis. Kentucky Department...

AAA says long holiday weekend predicted to be second-highest travel volume on record

Nearly 43 million Americans will kick off their summers with a Memorial Day weekend getaway, according to forecasts by AAA. The long holiday weekend, marking the unofficial start of summer vacation season, will see the second-highest travel volume on record for the holiday since AAA began tracking volumes for Memorial Day travel in 2000. This year’s anticipated number of travelers is surpassed only...

As swimming and boating season returns, stay safe with these tips to avoid electric shock around water

With Memorial Day and the start of summer upon us, the risk of electric shock around swimming and boating activities increases. In an effort to keep summertime safe, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is reminding people about the potential electrical hazards in swimming pools, hot tubs and spas, in and around boats and marinas. Electric shock drowning (ESD) happens when faulty wiring...

Dorsey Ridley: Memorial Day a time to show respect to the brave Americans who fought for our freedom

Memorial Day is a time to remember those brave Americans who fought for our nation and its freedom. This national day of remembrance is especially close to our hearts this year as our young men and women are fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan for a safer America. Today, we should show respect to our servicemen and women and those who have gone before by putting aside our differences in honor of their...

Secretary of State Alison Grimes meets with Honor Flight veterans departing for capitol

Honoring the service of veterans across Kentucky on Memorial Day weekend, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes on Saturday morning met and welcomed World War II, Vietnam, and Korean veterans departing on a visit to the nation’s capital. “On this Memorial Day weekend, we join you in honoring the memory and sacrifice of those who stood by you in harm’s way. We also honor your...

Special Memorial Day ceremonies planned for Kentucky’s five state veterans cemeteries

Kentucky’s five state veterans cemeteries will hold ceremonies this Memorial Day holiday honoring those who have died for our country. • Kentucky’s newest veterans cemetery, Kentucky Veterans Cemetery South East in Hyden, will hold its Memorial Day Ceremony at 10 a.m. on May 28. It will feature the “Soldiers of the Clouds” ceremony performed by the Perry County Central High School Junior...

Grant County native Hayley Leach nearing end of reign as Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival queen

By Jaime Vaught Special to KyForward   The reigning queen of the Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival has just completed a memorable spring semester in college and is ending her reign as Mountain Laurel Festival queen as well.   Hayley Leach, a junior-to-be political science major at the University of Kentucky, spent the semester working as an intern for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Leach...

Commentary: Remember Kentucky State Parks as you kick off your summer travel season

By Donnie Holland Special to KyForward Memorial Day Weekend is the unofficial kickoff for the summer travel season at Kentucky State Parks. Summer travel is good for our parks and good for Kentucky. The money spent by tourists at state parks help communities across the state. The economic impact of Kentucky State Parks is nearly $900 million. Kentucky State Parks have always been special to me. I spent...

A few precautions could help keep your Memorial Day picnics free of food-related illnesses

One out of every six people get sick from a foodborne illness each year, and a few extra precautions can help keep your Memorial Day meals illness-free this year. The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department wants to increase awareness of food safety as people head into the summer picnic season. The following food safety guidelines can help you prevent the spread of food-borne illness from picnic...

Keven Moore: The hazards of Memorial Day, statistically one of the year’s most dangerous days

Memorial Day, observed on the last Monday of May, was originally known as Decoration Day with its origins dating back to the years following the Civil War. It did not become an official federal holiday until 1971 and is probably the only day of the year that you can predict the exact location where the President of the United States will be, as he travels across the Potomac to Arlington National...

Memorial Day weekend travel at highest level in 12 years, according to AAA projections

AAA projects that 39.3 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more away from home this Memorial Day weekend. That is one million more travelers than last year taking to the roads, skies, rails and water, creating the highest Memorial Day travel volume since 2005. “The expected spike in Memorial Day travel mirrors the positive growth seen throughout the travel industry this year,” said Bill Sutherland,...

BBB Trends: Veterans holidays are a time for sound-alike solicitations; beware of scams and pressure

Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Veteran’s Day are all great holidays to honor the men and women who have served or are currently serving our country. It’s also a great opportunity for scam artists to look like, sound like, and act like a charity when they aren’t. There are numerous nonprofits honorably providing the services veterans need and several more that support active military personnel...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Memorial Day is the official kick-off for the state’s summer boating season

By Kevin Kelly Special to KyForward Kentucky’s lakes and streams are bound to be crowded with anglers, paddlers and pleasure boaters during the upcoming Memorial Day holiday weekend. Boating safety officials want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable experience on the water. “On really busy holidays, the boat’s operator has to remain extremely attentive,” said Zac Campbell, boating education...

Walmart hires more than 2,500 Kentucky veterans through Veterans Welcome Home Commitment

Walmart announced it has hired 2,582 veterans in Kentucky since launching its Veterans Welcome Home Commitment in May 2013. The program has resulted in a total of 130,828 veteran hires nationwide, 15,176 of whom have been promoted to jobs with higher pay and greater responsibility. On Memorial Day 2013, Walmart introduced the Veterans Welcome Home Commitment, which guaranteed a job offer to any eligible,...

Mike Denham: It is our duty to honor veterans, not only on Memorial Day, but every day

On Monday, our nation will pause as it has for more than 150 years to remember and pay tribute to those who gave their lives protecting our nation. There are more than 1.3 million names on that list, about half of which were added during the four years of the Civil War. That conflict was the foundation for what we now call Memorial Day. There are several places that claim to be the holiday’s original...