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Columns

  • Happy to celebrate 225th anniversary

    On June 1, the Commonwealth of Kentucky celebrated the 225th anniversary of its admittance as a state into the Union. Originally a part of Virginia known as “the Kentucky County,” it became the 15th state of this nation in 1792. So today, I want to celebrate my home state of Kentucky, a place the Native American Wyandot nation called the “land of tomorrow.” Once considered the far western frontier, Kentucky has developed into a state with diverse industries, a strong heritage, and international prominence.

  • Spice up summer with these West Coast favorites

    One of the biggest adjustments my family has had after moving is the difference in culinary between California and Kentucky.

    In a state where there is at least one Starbucks and Target on every corner, you can imagine that the food places are just as plentiful on the West Coast. With far less options available, and even less variety than what we were used to, we are slowly acclimating to a different world of cuisine.

  • Trump only delivering photo ops

    Jobs, jobs, jobs.

    This is the rallying cry from followers of the president, and rightly so. Enough about Russia. Enough about the election. Enough about leaks and palace intrigue at the White House and Mar a Lago and golf. Enough.

    We need jobs. We need to find a way to keep companies in the United States. We need good jobs that offer stability and pay a living wage.

    The president made us a promise. Let’s give him a chance.

  • Get kids up and moving this summer

    It’s the end of the school year and I just saw the perfect T-shirt that said it all, “Dear Parents, tag, you’re it, Love Teachers.”

    There is nothing like the start of summer to put a song in our hearts and smiles on our faces.

  • Keep trees free of cedar-apple rust

    Cedar-apple rust is the most common and economically important rust disease of apple in Kentucky. Symptoms of this disease are beginning to appear across the state. The pathogen overwinters as galls on cedar and juniper. Removal of these pathogen sources on cedar can later reduce disease incidence on apple. Once apple trees become infected limited management options are available.

    Cedar-apple rust facts

  • The lowdown on Bill Best’s beans

    Well, Mother Nature seems to have entered her schizophrenic stage. We’ve had sweltering heat and cold rains, dry nights with high temps and wet nights with cool temps. For our summer vegetables, it’s the equivalent of entering the cold and flu season, making them vulnerable to disease.

  • Shelburne concert organizers, donors deserve praise

    It’s never easy to pull off something as difficult as a music concert. If it was easy, many people would be doing it.

    That, in itself, makes what Joani Clark did in bringing some Nashville music to Lawrenceburg Friday night so special.

    While a day of rain considerably hurt the turnout for Nashville Live on the Green, there is no doubt the event was a huge success.

  • Make your salad dressings at home for healthy flavor

    I hope everyone had a nice Mother’s Day. I spent the day planting and gardening. My husband and I worked on stone edging for the flower beds. I love being outdoors, so for me it was relaxing and fun.

  • Getting played

    In the photos, Minister Lavrov and Ambassador Kislyak are right there on center stage, yucking it up with President Trump in the Oval Office.

    It might be our White House, but Russia set the meeting parameters, Russia snapped all the photos, Russia did the publicity release, and Russia got our president to bar U.S. media from the event altogether.

    So much for America First.

  • Find your joy on a tractor, in a garden, with a neighbor

    What a beautiful weekend! The days have been long and the nights just flat gorgeous. I love watching the sun go down. Even after that is done, the waning moon still provided enough light to watch Mother Nature shine. The tree frogs provided the audio and the lightening bugs the visual. Heaven on Earth!