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Pew Charitable Trusts: Eight sweet facts about love and marriage in time for your Valentine’s Day

By Abigail Geiger and Gretchen Livingston Pew Charitable Trusts The landscape of relationships in America has shifted dramatically in recent decades. From cohabitation to same-sex marriage to interracial and interethnic marriage, here are eight facts about love and marriage in the United States. 1 Half of Americans ages 18 and older were married in 2017, a share that has remained relatively stable...

Beth Underwood: Some unspoken rules we should maybe discuss when it comes to online dating

Believe it or not, I’ve been known to toy with the notion of internet dating from time to time. Frankly, I’m not sure how people meet these days, otherwise. Oh, sure, there’s always bar hopping, bumping into Mr. Wonderful while walking the dog, or running into Prince Charming in the produce section. But I think we can all agree the odds of those meet-ups are slim and nil. That said, I’m...

Kentucky by Heart: Love is in the air this Valentine’s week, and the Bluegrass State can be quite romantic

By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist Karen and Jim Searle (Photo provided) There’s a lovely rumor going around that the Bluegrass State is, in fact, a romantic state. On this Valentine’s Day week, I thought I’d check into that. Romantic places? Special experiences? First, I asked some friends. Karen Searle, now a Florida resident after growing up in Louisville, found her soulmate and husband,...

AG’s office warns ‘Sweetheart Scam’ reports total nearly $300,000 in losses for KY victims this year

As Valentine’s Day approaches, Attorney General Andy Beshear is warning Kentuckians to be wary of online dating scams that have already caused four victims in Campbell, Jefferson and Wayne counties to report losses of nearly $300,000 this year. In each case, a “sweetheart scammer” used legitimate online dating websites Match.com and eHarmony to lure victims into a fake online relationship. The...

University of Kentucky Family Center hosts annual Relationship Checkup just in time for Valentine’s Day

By Stephanie Swarts Special to KyForward Imagine having a car and not taking it to the shop for a service checkup. Whether it has 5,000 miles or 150,000 miles on it, service checkups and tune-ups are necessary to keep the car running smoothly and extend its life. Just like a car, human relationships need a checkup every once in a while to keep a couple moving forward. With Valentine’s Day just around...

Kentucky State Parks offering Valentine’s weekend packages in February at locations across state

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at a Kentucky State Park this year with your special someone! Many parks are offering events and weekend packages in February to help celebrate Valentine’s Day. The packages include overnight stays, meals and entertainment. Kentucky State Resort Parks have lodges, restaurants and recreational opportunities. Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park in Calvert City is offering...

SmartHealthToday: Happy Valentine’s Day — here are some tips on showing how much you really care

By Shelly Reese SmartHealthToday This Valentine’s Day, show your partner you really care by looking out for his or her health.   Here are some ideas straight from Cupid himself: Ditch the candy and roses. Try sending a sumptuous fruit bouquet instead. It’s sweet and beautiful and – because your sweetie won’t feel guilty about indulging – much less likely to end up next to the coffeepot at...

Kentucky State Resort Parks offering Valentine’s Day specials, events across the Commonwealth

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at a Kentucky State Park this year with your special someone. Many parks are offering events and packages in February to help celebrate Valentine’s Day. Many of the special events at state parks are scheduled for the weekend of Feb. 10-12. Some of the highlights include: a dinner and dance at Kenlake State Resort Park and General Butler State Resort Park, a cruise at...

AG warns of online dating ‘sweetheart scams,’ which cost Kentuckians $80,000 last year

As Valentine’s Day approaches, Attorney General Andy Beshear is warning Kentuckians of the “sweetheart” scam, which reports suggest caused Kentuckians to lose more than $80,000 last year. A sweetheart scammer typically uses a fake photo and identity to approach a victim through social media or online dating sites and acts as if they are interested in getting to know him or her. Over time, the...

Valentine’s Day Checkup: Free examinations of couples relationships offered by UK Family Center

Relationships need the proper attention and care to function properly just like many other things in our lives. Visiting a doctor regularly is necessary to maintain a healthy body, just as routine maintenance is key to keep a car running. As Valentine’s Day approaches, the University of Kentucky Family Center is offering free relationship checkups to the Lexington community. These checkups are...

Warm your loves ones' homes this Valentine’s Day with a HUG – home utility gift certificate

Wondering what to get that special person in your life for Valentine’s Day? Consider a HUG, or home utility gift certificate, from Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company.   A HUG credits the utility account of any LG&E or KU customer. A credit is applied directly to the recipient’s utility account and automatically deducted from the person’s next bill.   HUGs...

Your perch or mine? Transylvania professor looks at what makes cockatiels fall in love

Why do cockatiels fall in love? Transy’s Becky Fox researches the question. (Photo from Transylvania)   This matchmaking service is for the birds.   Transylvania University biology professor Becky Fox came up with a sort of “eHarmony for parrots” when she discovered how cockatiels’ personality types predicted long-term compatibility. She’ll share the results in an...

Valentine's Day is perfect time for a HUG – Home Utility Gift certificate – from KU

Wondering what to get that special person in your life for Valentine’s Day?  Consider a HUG, or Home Utility Gift certificate, from Kentucky Utilities Co. While candy or flowers may warm hearts, a HUG will help warm homes.

   A HUG credits the utility account of any KU customer. Unlike traditional gift certificates, which can get lost or become obsolete if the store or restaurant goes...

Bluegrass PRIDE: Love is in the air, so
turn off the lights and turn down the heat!

It’s February and that can mean only one thing: love is in the air. I can’t think of a better way to whisper sweet nothings into your loved ones ear than cuddled up over candlelight dinner. The good news is that if you turn down the heat and turn off the lights you can do this AND save energy and money!   I don’t think that my husband actually believes in Valentine’s Day, and I am...

Valentine’s Day screening of ‘Sabrina’
to benefit Kentucky Theatre renovations

The Friends of the Kentucky Theatre organization is inviting citizens to spend Valentine’s Day evening with their favorite friend or significant other supporting Lexington’s most famous movie house.   Sabrina — the 1954 Oscar-winning Hollywood romantic comedy favorite, directed by Billy Wilder and starring Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn and William Holden — will be shown at 8 p.m. Feb....