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Kentucky by Heart: Do you know an Everyday Hero?; share your Thanksgiving memories; and more…

I just returned from a trip to Hazard, in Perry County, where I interviewed District Court Judge Leigh Anne Stephens, whom I believe is a considerably inspirational person. Here’s the reason. Bemoaning the sadness of so many troubled young brought before her in court, she led in establishing a one-week summer camp to help boys receive strong, positive mentoring and wholesome activities to redirect...

SmartHealthToday: Thanksgiving isn’t time we think ‘health’ food, but you might want to re-think that

We all know Thanksgiving is not and never will be a holiday in which we celebrate eating healthy food. But, if you tend to dismiss the calories, fat, sodium and sugar consumed on Thanksgiving because it “only comes around one day each year,” you may want to check out the infographic below and reconsider a few of those yearly recipes. While we love a good plate of home-cooked turkey, mashed potatoes,...

Mike Denham: Remembering volunteers, first responders during the Thanksgiving season

This week, our families and friends will sit down at the dinner table to celebrate Thanksgiving, the oldest of the American-based holidays. Nearly 400 years have passed since the most famous of these harvest feasts was held by the Pilgrims and Native Americans. It didn’t become the holiday we recognize today, though, until President Washington and then President Lincoln helped solidify its place...

Old Time Kentucky: Former Louisville Journal editor Prentice was all in on Lincoln’s Thanksgiving plan

By Berry Craig KyForward columnist George D. Prentice, sharp-penned Civil War editor of the Louisville Journal, was not an Abraham Lincoln fan. Even so, he was all in for the president’s “day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens,” Nov. 26, 1863. “The spectacle of a whole nation at one instant of time pouring forth its united thankfulness to the Creator...

Food Bank to distribute Thanksgiving boxes to 5,089 Fayette County families

The God’s Pantry Food Bank will distribute 5,089 Thanksgiving boxes Monday and Tuesday at the Imani Baptist Church at 1555 Georgetown Road. The hours of distribution will be 9 a.m.-11 a.m., 1 p.m.-3 p.m. and 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Each year, thousands of Fayette County families come to God’s Pantry Food Bank in need of food. This Thanksgiving, more than 5,000 families requested assistance through this...

NFPA reports risk of home cooking fires four times higher on Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time of year for families and friends to get together, but this cooking-focused holiday also presents a greater risk of home fires. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), nearly four times as many home cooking fires occur on Thanksgiving as on a typical day. NFPA’s latest report shows that cooking is the leading cause of home structure fires and...

Keven Moore: Preparing holiday turkey in a fryer adds element of danger to the feast

It’s that time of year again where we stop to pause and give thanks for our many blessings and to spend time visiting and feasting with our family, friends and loved ones. Such traditions are treasured by us all, as we all have our own traditions. For the Moore family it’s a morning full of cooking and preparation, all timed to perfection to be ready to eat to our hearts content just after...

Lauze Volk: Five health swaps for your Thanksgiving meal to keep the feast off your waistline

By Lauze R. Volk Special to KyForward One of the biggest eating days of the year is next week. While we prepare to gather and express thanks, there are simple swaps you can do to keep the feasting from affecting your waistline. The Calorie Control Council reports the average number of calories you might consume on Thanksgiving is 4,500, including 3,000 for the meal and another 1,500 for nibbling....

UK community serves role in National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week

The week of Nov. 13 – 18 is a time for the University of Kentucky family to come together with the Lexington community and make a positive impact locally by participating in National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week (NHHAW). National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week is held the week before Thanksgiving each year. It is a time to be thankful, while also a time to share compassion with...

Old Fashioned Holiday: Kentucky State Resort Parks will serve Thanksgiving Day buffet on Nov. 24

Sixteen Kentucky State Resort Parks will serve a Thanksgiving Day buffet on Nov. 24. Kentucky State Parks will serve 2,000 pounds of turkey, 1,500 pounds of sweet potatoes and 750 pounds of country ham. Additionally, 4,300 pieces of fried chicken, the 1,300 pounds of roast beef and 12,000 rolls will be served along with 600 pies, including pecan and pumpkin. The parks have hosted the Thanksgiving...

‘Gobble Grease Toss’ good for the environment, good for Sayre Middle School students

Fayette County residents who plan to fry a turkey this year for Thanksgiving can recycle used cooking oil in a safe, environmentally friendly manner at the Gobble Grease Toss, sponsored by the city of Lexington, Sayre School, the University of Kentucky’s Center for Applied Energy Research (CAER) and Bluegrass Greensource. The Gobble Grease Toss will be held Nov. 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Sayre...

Lyn Hacker: A real thanksgiving message, about the small acts of love and kindness that define us

I read one post from a woman on Facebook this morning, that said, “I’m tired of all this awful stuff! I want to read posts about pets and babies.” I had to smile, just at her sheer honesty. I wondered to myself, when, if ever, will we simply be able to read about pets and babies again? It feels to me like we’ve slipped over an edge. I grew up in a suburb in South Lexington, and, along...

Mike Denham: As Americans and as Kentuckians, we have a lot to be thankful for this holiday season

This week, our family and friends will gather around the dinner table as they have for generations to celebrate a holiday that is nearing its 400th anniversary. As even some of our youngest students can tell us, what is widely considered to be America’s first Thanksgiving took place in 1621, when the Pilgrims and a tribe of Native Americans came together for a three-day feast to give...

High School Band 'in dire need' of new uniforms for Macy's Thanksgiving parade

The North Hardin Band performed at the Lincoln Invitational at LaRue County School in September. (Photo provided)   By Jonathan Coffman KyForward intern   The North Hardin High School Marching Band will perform in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade this November, but being one of 10 bands accepted has not been their only obstacle.   The Radcliff band must raise $75,000 to purchase...

Coach Colene: Expressing gratitude breeds abundance; what are you thankful for?

By Colene Elridge KyForward columnist   Happy Thanksgiving! This time of year, I always find time for reflection. I’ve talked before about gratitude and how expressing it breeds abundance. You start to realize how much you have, and how much you can be thankful for.   This year has been a whirlwind in the best possible ways. There have been moments that I have literally cried from feeling...

Gena Bigler: We need ‘thanksgiving’ and chance to learn gratitude as healthy for us

Thanksgiving is more than food and football. It is an opportunity to take stock and recognize all the good in your life, including the food and football. Most Americans will enjoy a decadent meal, then rest and watch a shiny big television and never realize how lucky they are to enjoy both.   When practicing gratitude, Americans have a deep well to draw from. In America we are very lucky to...

Rep. Mike Denham: Government took time to get Thanksgiving right, including which fowl

If Benjamin Franklin had had his way, it’s possible that the centerpiece of most Thanksgiving meals this week would not be the turkey.   While he did not actually recommend replacing the eagle as a symbol of our nation, he did, in a letter to his daughter, write that he believed that the turkey’s qualities were more virtuous. He called it “a true original of America” and “a bird of...