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Speed Art Museum Director Stephen Reily leaving position in spring; will stay until successor in place

The Speed Art Museum has announced that Stephen Reily will end his tenure as director in spring 2021. Earlier this year Reily informed the Museum’s Board of Trustees of his intention that his fourth full year as director would be his last. He will depart in spring 2021, once his successor has been identified and successfully onboarded with the organization. Stephen Reily “Once I realized that I...

Most bear problems preventable; residents urged to work together for the benefit of people and wildlife

The arrival of spring means bear activity is on the rise in Kentucky. An increase in activity can also mean an increase in bear complaints. For those experiencing problems, it may be easier to make some simple adjustments rather than trying to change the bear’s behavior. Most bear problems center around food. To a bear, garbage or an open dumpster can equate to a quick and easy meal. Even food scraps...

UK extension service offering free ‘Horticulture Webinar Wednesdays’ to bring spring into your home

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky Stuck in the house and dreaming of spring and gardens? The University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service is offering free “Horticulture Webinar Wednesdays” on a number of topics. Participants will glean information they will need as the days grow longer and they spend more time “social distancing” outside in their gardens. UK specialists and...

UK Forage Extension YouTube videos can help producers work through issues this spring

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Spring is a busy time for livestock and forage producers. Producers are turning animals onto pastures, renovating fields that need a little TLC and preparing for the first cutting of hay. While the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way UK forage and livestock specialists connect with producers, they are still available to serve them. “Although our delivery method...

Kentucky by Heart: Grieving the loss of a beloved brother with the precious legacy he left behind

By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist I don’t know for sure if the wildflower seeds, the kind that come mixed in a straw bale that will hold in moisture after being cast on the readied ground, will sprout and provide a summer of gorgeous blooms. That would be my hope, and I suspect they will. What I do know is that the seeds were a gift bequeathed me out of my brother’s garage as he lay dying in...

Constance Alexander: March is almost here, spring’s at the door, so a poem to celebrate good days galore

The outlook’s not brilliant on Main Street today, With too many topics and too much to say. This calls for a poem with a rhyme and a beat, And couplets that tempt you to tap both your feet. It soon will be spring and March first’s almost here, So Dairy Queen opens. That should raise a cheer. In spite of the weather, we stick to our mission And line up for ice cream, a cherished tradition. Blizzard...

Explore Kentucky wineries and breweries with ‘Drink KY’ smartphone app, earn rewards as well

The Kentucky Derby is over. Spring has sprung (finally). It’s time to get out and explore the Bluegrass State. Your explorations may include some of Kentucky’s many small-farm wineries and locally owned craft breweries. The Kentucky Department of Agriculture has a free smartphone app that will help you find what you’re looking for, record notes of the beverages you sample, and earn rewards as...

Chef John Foster: Hearts racing, patios open, weather warms; great time to be chef as tool box fills

It’s as if someone turned on the faucet and everything started to flow. In the space of one week, the farmers I deal with have doubled their offerings and opened my menu up to the possibility of transforming the seasons. Mushrooms, spinach, baby kale, green garlic, green onions, fresh herbs all practically non-existent a few weeks ago, now flooding into my kitchen along with the remnants of...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: The return of the cheerful Eastern Bluebird helps makes April special

For outdoor enthusiasts, there’s no month quite like April. Spring is coming on, days are warming and lengthening, and there’s so much to do outside — fishing, wild turkey hunting, gardening, or just hiking in the woods, enjoying colorful wildflowers. April is also the month when the Eastern Bluebird (Sialia Sialis) becomes more visible across rural Kentucky, gathering in pairs, or family...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: The American Robin, migratory songbird and harbinger of spring

In folklore, the American Robin is symbolic of impending warmer weather and is believed to be a harbinger of Spring. The sight of “robin redbreast” on suburban lawns after the retreat of a snow or cold snap in February or early March, is happy news in the waning days of winter. With the advance of cold weather robins begin to feed heavily on fruits, mainly wild berries such as the berries on holly...

Monster Energy to replace Sprint as entitlement sponsor for NASCAR’s premier series

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor LAS VEGAS – NASCAR announced Thursday that Monster Energy will replace Sprint as the sponsor of its top series. NASCAR and Monster Energy announced the multi-year agreement for the premier series entitlement as well as the prestigious annual NASCAR All-Star Race. Speculation about the sponsorship agreement began at the annual season-ending awards festivities...

Constance Alexander: It’s springtime in Kentucky and there’s plenty to love about poetry

Ask me to give a talk in April, and it’s poetry you’ll be hearing, no matter what. And if the topic is announced to the group in advance, some will manufacture a flimsy reason to skip the event. Others smile in anticipation as they put the date on the calendar because, in some deep recess of the brain, you secretly love poetry. It’s buried deep in your pockets, tucked in the cushions of the...

Gayle Pille: Spring really is in sight — those ‘flying jewels,’ the fascinating hummingbirds, are back

Ya gotta love ‘em. Just about every gardener wants them in their backyard. They’re beautiful, they’re fascinating, they’re entertaining. They’re hummingbirds! It’s no wonder that hummingbirds are often referred to as “flying jewels.” Their iridescent colors illuminate as no diamond or ruby gemstone can. They are brilliant in color and captivating in personality. Northern Kentucky...

‘It is almost unthinkable!’ Flow of Arctic air
to develop again, with chill pushing into April

  By Alex Sosnowski AccuWeather.com     Despite the change in seasons, more cold air and potential snow are in the offing next week for parts of the Midwest and East. The recurring cold weather is likely to persist into the first part of April and will cause difficulties for collegiate and high school baseball games, soccer, golf, lacrosse, track and field, and other outdoor sporting...

Ready for some good news? Spring will pay
a brief visit to Lexington area starting Friday

  By Alex Sosnowski AccuWeather.com   Spring will tease the Midwest and East briefly Friday into Saturday and again early next week, thanks to a couple of pushes of milder air. For locations over the Ohio Valley and along the mid-Atlantic coast, temperatures will climb into the 40s and 50s in many areas.   From the Tennessee Valley to North Carolina and eastern Virginia, temperatures...

Countdown to Spring: A few things to look forward to as official March 20 start nears

Special to KyForward   Spring isn’t set to start officially until March 20 in the Northern Hemisphere. While there may be more wintery weather ahead, there is nothing wrong with starting a countdown to springtime.   1. Longer Days: The Vernal Equinox   There are never enough hours in the day but between the beginning of March or April, the Northern Hemisphere experiences Daylight...

The good news, bad news about the weather: Wintry pattern will break but not before April

(Photo from UK Equine Initiative)   According to the calendar, it is officially spring; however, it seems someone forgot to tell the weather to act accordingly.   So what is going on? Did the groundhog lie? When is it going to get warmer? Will the rain and snow slow down? University of Kentucky College of Agriculture meteorologists offered some explanation and hope.   “Simply put,...