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Champion Talks More Than Weather at They’re Off

I got lucky. At today’s They’re Off Luncheon at the Galt House, I got to sit next to Jack Guthrie, the former Derby Festival president who is a walking historian for the three-week Festival. During lunch, Guthrie told me how he got those ugly coat tradition started. Members of the Festival Board wear these tan and black sport coats, with a Pegasus on them, and have since the early 1970s, when Guthrie ran the event. They used to be even more hideous, when they were green. And then there was a story about how he started the Pegasus Pin tradition,…


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Only One Way to Look at It: Two-Way Traffic is Good

Last night, the Metro Council approved a plan pushed by Council member David James that will convert parts of First and Brook streets in Old Louisville from one-way to two-way streets. It was the culmination of an idea being pushed for years and adopted by James when he got into office last year.. “More two-way streets are an important part of our strategy to renew historic neighborhoods near downtown,” says James. “Converting a majority of one-way streets to two ways allows for additional parking, trees, and bike lanes that calm traffic, making neighborhoods more livable for all who utilize the…


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Louisville Mayor announces expanded recycling options

You may share Virginia Forest’s experience with recycling. She found that most of the stuff she once threw in her garbage could be recycled – if only it would fit in that tiny orange recycling bin. Meanwhile, like many of us, Ms. Forest found that her big, black tub for garbage was going practically unused. Well, Virginia is the first resident in the 8th and 9th districts with a new solution to that problem, thanks to an expanded pilot program in The Green Triangle.


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ROI (Return on Investment): Health Enterprises Network Workshop

  By Barbara Day, M.S., R.D., C.N. Corporate Wellness in the 1990’s now called Employee/Worksite Wellness in 21st Century Before I started Kentuckiana HealthFitness Magazine in 1997, I taught employee wellness programs on weight management, cholesterol management, stress management and exercise at Anthem, Jewish Hospital Healthcare Services, PNC Bank, Bank of Louisville, First National Bank, Citizens Fidelity Bank, Brown Foreman, Ford, and an assortment of smaller businesses. When the stock market dropped, many businesses cut their employee wellness programs as a result. At the time, very little data was collected on outcomes.  As a result, no one knew if the…


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Mid-City Mall Gets a First Class Boost – A Post Office in Valu Market

I had just purchased a birthday gift for my mom at Carmichael’s Books and was rushing to the Highland Ave. USPS branch with my beautifully wrapped package and card scrawled in daughterly verse, only to find the doors locked.   Oh, those early Saturday hours. I would have to haul it out to St. Matthews or go with a UPS Store. Right?   But wait…didn’t I just see the customer service area at my Highlands Valu Market decked out with the USPS eagle? Of course! I had forgotten there was a newly installed, full service post office at the Mid…


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NYT “36 Hours” Scribe Washburn Talks Whiskey Row

One of the best nods to our little/big city by the river in print past was Michael Washburn’s “36 Hours in Louisville, Ky” published March 31, 2011 in the coveted Travel section of the New York Times. This pre-Derby buzz is only a taste of a life enriched by journalism and appreciation of literary culture for the Brooklyn resident.  The Louisville native, Atherton graduate  and former U of L student has thrived after transplanting in New York City. His work has appeared in Washington Post, NPR, The San Francisco Chronicle to name only a few prestigious forums.  The bright city…


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All’s Right in Louisville

All is indeed right with the world. It’s opening day for the Louisville Bats, Karen Sypher is sleeping in a jail cell, and somebody around here bought a $218 million lottery ticket in Clarksville. And did you know that Dontrelle Willis, who won 22 games for the Florida Marlins in 2005, is on the Bats’ opening day roster? Only one local TV station (Fox41) covered the shenanigans going on with the end of the special session in Frankfort yesterday, though they all found time to cover a story about a cop shooting a dog.  And yesterday was a terrific traffic…


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In Defense of Fast Trains

As a citizen of the most prosperous and powerful nation on earth, I can’t even get snail rail service from Louisville to Cincinnati, Indianapolis or Nashville! Yet just about everyone I know gets absolutely giddy whenever the prospect of rail travel gets the least bit of discussion. It’s a fact that Main street America has been yearning for fast rail for decades. That we don’t take it seriously is a national disgrace.


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The Kentucky Kingdom Saga Hits a Low Point

It’s a local tragedy that no one is willing to come up with the money to keep the Kentucky Kingdom amusement park from collecting another year’s worth of rust. Ed Hart is holding a press conference this morning to say that the plan to re-open the park is delayed, again, for at least a year, because the state and the city have failed to come up with financing to open the park. Best-case scenario is that some part of the place will open in 2012, barring a miracle. Meanwhile, according to Hart spokesperson Susan McNeese Lynch, Hart is spending $100,000…


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Yes, It’s Still March Madness, only 2012…Get Ready Louisville!

I know, I know, I should be talking about horses and Derby hats,  bourbon, betting and Barnstable’s.  Basketball is over, no more Blueston, no more Cardinals till the leaves start to turn colors…It really takes me a while to “put the ball away”. What has helped me in my catatonic, saddened state the past 2 weeks?( I am a Cardinal fan after all) No, not the bourbon mentioned….do you know me that well already? Come on, it’s like every Cardinal and Wildcat and Hoosier and Knight’s fan, it’s the thought of next year, the new season, the new players, all of our hope and…