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UK Cooperative Extension Service, Kentucky Maple School taps into state’s sweet potential on Nov. 7

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky There’s gold in Kentucky’s hills, gold as in maple syrup, that is. Though many think of maple syrup as a New England product, Kentucky woodlands are ripe for the tapping. For anyone interested in maple syrup production, the Kentucky Maple School is a good place to garner important information. University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service and the...

UK to hold Kentucky Maple Day on Feb. 1; local syrup product dates back to region’s first settlers

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky There’s something sweet bubbling up in the forests of Kentucky: maple syrup production. Through the first Kentucky Maple Day on Feb. 1, University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension and the Kentucky Maple Syrup Association want to introduce folks to local maple syrup, with a history that goes back to the region’s first settlers. “We have a long history...

Everyday Heroes: Shad Baker closer to dream of creating hiking route along Pine Mountains

(Photo provided)   This story about Shad Baker and the Pine Mountain State Scenic Trail is taken from Steve Flairty’s 2008 book, “Kentucky’s Everyday Heroes.” Baker is hopeful of completing the project within about five years. Go to www.pinemountaintrail.com for up-to-date information.   By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist   In 1996, Jenkins resident Shad Baker and...

Everyday Heroes: Shad Baker blazing trails, quite literally, along Pine Mountain range

This story about Shad Baker and the Pine Mountain State Scenic Trail is taken from Steve Flairty’s 2008 book, Kentucky’s Everyday Heroes. As of July, the trail has 58 miles of marked trails. Baker is hopeful of completing the project within five years. Go to the Facebook page, Pine Mountain Trail Conference, for more information.   By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist   In 1996,...