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LouisvilleKy’s KDF theme has been set

  Louisville, KY. –The Kentucky Derby Festival is combining nostalgia and a familiar social media trend for the 2018 Republic Bank Pegasus Parade set for Thursday, May 3rd. The theme of this year’s event will be “#ThrowbackThursday.” Traditionally held on the Thursday of Derby week since 1956, the parade is the Festival’s oldest and inaugural event. Different themes have been chosen each year to help guide the decorations and music used by the participants. “This year’s theme was inspired by all the energy and creativity that’s gone into the production of our parade since it started,” said Mike Berry, KDF President & CEO….

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LouisvilleKY’s zoo reschedules Qannick’s Birthday party

Louisville, KY., – The Zoo has rescheduled Qannik’s birthday party  to Sat., Jan. 20 at 11:15 a.m. at Glacier Run. Zoo guests will be invited to sing “Happy Birthday.” Each animal will also receive special birthday enrichment items. ABOUT QANNIK | Qannik made national headlines when she was found on Alaska’s North Slope in 2011 separated from her mother and sibling. After several days of monitoring her in hopes that she would reunite with the other bears, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) began a rescue operation. Qannik was under weight and likely hadn’t learned vital skills to survive on her own. She…

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Snow in LouisvilleKY’s forecast? Here’s where we can sled IF that happens

Story and photo from Louisville’s Parks and Recreation webpage Louisville, KY., – For thousands of local children – and quite a few adults, too – sledding is a highlight of the winter season. Louisville Parks and Recreation wants to remind the public it will open hills in seven parks for sledding from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. on days when snow accumulation reaches 2-3 inches. Louisville Parks and Recreation has selected its best and safest sledding hills in the area.As long as the sledding hills maintain adequate snow coverage, they will remain open. Park users are asked to avoid sledding…

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LouisvilleKY’s Zoo throwing a job fair this weekend

Louisville, KY., – The Louisville Zoo will host a job fair on Jan. 13 in the Zoo’s Gheens Room from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Zoo is seeking candidates to fill seasonal positions in various departments including admissions, education, guest services, membership, front desk and rides and attractions. Candidates will be provided training and should be outgoing, highly motivated individuals who enjoy working with the public and will provide outstanding customer service. The hourly rate for seasonal positions is $9. Applicants must be at least 16 years of age and able to work a variable schedule that includes mostly days, but also nights…

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WellCare Provides $35,000 to Support LouisvilleKY Addiction Recovery Programs

Response Recognizes Growing Health Challenges of Opioid Abuse in Kentucky PR Newswire LOUISVILLE, Ky. and TAMPA, Fla.,/PRNewswire/ — In the face of a growing opioid abuse epidemic, WellCare of Kentucky is donating $35,000 to support addiction recovery programs in Louisvilleand eastern Kentucky. WellCare of Kentucky, a subsidiary of WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: WCG), is this week donating $10,000 to The Healing Place in Louisville and $25,000 to Addiction Recovery Care, (ARC) which operates seven residential facilities throughout eastern Kentucky. “Our interest is in saving lives and improving the health of people in Kentucky,” said Bill Jones, president of WellCare of Kentucky. “Opioid abuse is life-threatening – that’s obvious. But it, and other addictions, also prevents entire families from living…

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LouisvilleKY-based Michter’s Distillery Affiliate Purchases 145 Acres in Washington County’s City of Springfield

  LOUISVILLE, Ky. /PRNewswire/ — At year-end 2017, Michter’s Distillery’s affiliate Springwater Kentucky Realty completed its purchase of 145 acres in Springfield, Kentucky, at the heart of the state’s historic Washington County. “We are excited to be expanding Michter’s operations in Springfield and Washington County. This is a wonderful community with warm people and a great heritage. The property offers rich soil and naturally filtered limestone water which are essential to producing the greatest American Whiskey. The picturesque 145 acres with its gentle rolling hills will provide a beautiful setting for our future growth,” said Andrea Wilson, Michter’s Master of…


LouisvilleKY’s Speed Art Museum officially names Stephen Reily as director

  LOUISVILLE, KY (January 8, 2018) – The Speed Art Museum Board of Trustees has announced that Stephen Reily, formerly Interim Director, will remain at the Museum as Director.  Reily, a longtime civic and business leader and supporter of the Museum, stepped into the role of Interim Director in March, 2017 after the departure of former CEO Ghislain d’Humières. “Stephen stepped in graciously to serve the Speed at a time of need,” said Martha Slaughter, Chair of the Speed Art Museum Board of Trustees. “When he quickly brought it to life with a new strategic plan, careful financial planning, some key hires,…

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LouisvilleKY’s Derby Festival royal court has been named

Louisville, KY.   – A sign of spring in Kentuckiana, new Derby Festival Royalty has been named. The five women selected to serve as Princesses in the 2018 Kentucky Derby Festival Royal Court were introduced in a ceremony at Macy’s at Oxmoor Center. The Royal Court Program is coordinated by The Fillies, Inc., a volunteer group that works closely with the Festival. Fillies President Glenda Thome joined KDF President and CEO Mike Berry, as well as 2018 Derby Festival Chair Scott Watkins, in crowning the newly appointed court.  They are: Katie Bouchard of Owensboro, KY – Katie, 22-years-old, is a Senior at…

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LouisvillekY’s State Rep. Darryl Owens will not seek reelection in 2018

  Louisville, KY – Darryl Owens has announced he will not seek reelection as the 43rd legislative district’s state representative, a position he has held since 2005. Rep. Owens, an attorney, has been a public servant for more than 40 years serving as a district judge, assistant attorney general, and Jefferson County C District commissioner. “The highest honor of my life has been to serve as a state representative and I am profoundly grateful to have been elected by my constituents for more than a decade,” said Rep. Owens. “I have enjoyed every minute of this job but it’s time…

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Mayor Fischer gives LouisvilleKY a progress report

Louisville, KY., – Last week, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer gave his State of the City address and released a “Progress Report” for 2017. The following is his letter announcing the report and a link to the report, itself: Letter from Mayor Fischer: Our city is going through a tremendous renaissance in job growth, construction and educational attainment. We have earned a host of accolades from around the world as a city on the move, because we offer a unique combination of economic opportunity, great quality of life, signature tourist attractions and the zeal to create a community where everyone in…