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City Girl Gone Gardening: Dare to be positive?

By Jackie Hollenkamp Bentley An optimist is the human personification of spring. — Susan J. Bissonette Dang it, I want to be Spring!  After my earlier, cynical post on putting in this year’s home garden in Louisville, the rains seemed to have subsided and stuff is actually coming up! My tomatoes actually look healthy. I even went ahead and put cages over the little fellas so staking them later wouldn’t be such a pain. It’s enough to give me hope that this was may be a better year than last year. Everything has popped up, even grown enough that I…


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Want to have to say in Metro Parks? Here’s your chance

Metro Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission seeking members Story and photo from www.Louisvilleky.gov. Louisville, Ky., – Metro Parks and Recreation is seeking nine members to fill out its new Parks Advisory Commission slated to begin meeting this September at the administration building at Joe Creason Park. According to Director Seve Ghose, the commission will meet once per month and make recommendations on Metro Parks and Recreation policy. Commission member positions are unpaid, although by state statute members will be reimbursed for pre-approved expenses. Ghose said he’s seeking a diverse group of citizens who are parks and recreation advocates and is…


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LouisvilleKY’s Zoo giving dads a break for Father’s Day

    Louisville, Ky., – Fathers get FREE Louisville Zoo admission on Father’s Day — Sunday, June 19 — courtesy of Ford Motor Company as part of June at the Zoo presented by Ford Motor Company. Father’s Day will include Zoo keeper talks about fathers in the wild. Other events for June at the Zoo include: Friday, June 17 Great Clips Friday Night Movie Night Featuring: Marvel’s “The Avengers” Field opens at 5 p.m.; movie begins at sundown in the Oasis Field Enjoy a movie under the stars at the wildest theater in town. Watch your favorite movies on our giant inflatable screen….


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West LouisvilleKY Outdoor Recreation Initiative master plan to be unveiled next week

Meeting to be held at Whitney Young Elementary on May 31st   Louisville, KY., – A master plan detailing future outdoor recreation opportunities in west Louisville will be unveiled during a public meeting at Whitney M. Young Elementary School on Tuesday, May 31 from 6:30–8:30 p.m. “The master plan for the West Louisville Outdoor Recreation Initiative is the result of a lot of hard work and thought about how to make nature-based programming and environmental education more accessible to families in those neighborhoods,” said Director of Metro Parks and Recreation Seve Ghose. “We’re hoping for abundant feedback on the plan…


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Who Wants to be LouisvilleKY’s Chief Resilience Officer?

From Metro Government Louisville selected to join 100 Resilient Cities — Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation Mayor Fischer will appoint a Chief Resilience Officer to lead local efforts (Louisville, Ky. May 25, 2016) – Mayor Greg Fischer welcomed an announcement from 100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation (100RC), selecting Louisville to join the 100RC Network to build urban, environmental, and economic resilience. Louisville is among the final cohort of cities invited to join the worldwide 100RC Network. As a member of 100RC, Louisville will gain access to tools, funding, technical expertise, and other resources to build resilience…


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LouisvilleKY’s City Girl Gone Gardening 2016: Let’s try this again, I guess

Louisville, Ky., – Don’t get me wrong, I do love growing my own food, getting my hands dirty and seeing the results (be they shabby or spectacular) on my dining room table throughout the summer. But, damn, year after year of Seattle-type rains every spring that delays or hinders, the joys of gardening do get a little old. That’s one of the reasons why this is the first post of the 2016 City Girl Gone Gardening post.  Looking back to 2015, I was deep into my daily gardening work.  Yeah, that hasn’t been happening this year. But I have been doing some…


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LouisvilleKY’s Buy Local Fair to be greener

LIBA partners with Louisville Water to make the Buy Local Fair more environmentally responsible Louisville, KY (May 12, 2016) -The Louisville Independent Business Alliance (LIBA) is striving to make this year’s Buy Local Fair the most environmentally responsible one yet, and they’re inviting attendees to join in. In partnership with the Louisville Water Company, LIBA is incorporating several new green initiatives into the event, including composting, serving only 100% compostable beer cups (5,000 cups!), and even encouraging the food vendors to use compostable items, or else they pay a small penalty. With help from Brightside and Good Garbage, LIBA has…


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New penquins come to LouisvilleKY

Louisville Zoo Opens Penguin Cove Introduces New Species to Zoo   Louisville, Ky., – The Louisville Zoo is happy to announce the opening of its newest exhibit —Penguin Cove, Little Penguin Conservation Center — generously supported by the Paul Ogle Foundation, Inc.  The new exhibit features “little” penguins (also known as “blue” or “fairy” penguins) which have never been seen before at the Louisville Zoo. The exhibit opens to the public Saturday, May 14. “I want to congratulate the Louisville Zoo and its leadership on the completion of not only this project, but the countless other projects in the past…


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Gilderbloom: Why LouisvilleKY Residents have Shorter Lifespans

 Junk Science and Negative Impacts of Pollution By John I. “Hans” Gilderbloom and Gregory D.  Squires    What’s it like to live in Louisville, Ky.,  with one of the shortest lifespans in the U.S.? This fact may be unknown to most but it is frightening those whose lives are needlessly cut short. Longevity and the number of years of healthy life here in the state of Kentucky, the city of Louisville, and particularly neighborhoods like West Louisville are among the shortest in the nation.  Strongly associated with this these shortened lives is that these places have some of the worst…


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New task forced formed to protect Louisville Ky’s history

Mayor Fischer Announces Historic Preservation Advisory Task Force Task Force will address preservation planning strategies  LOUISVILLE, KY (May 2, 2016)—To seek better ways to honor our community heritage, Mayor Fischer announced the formation of the Historic Preservation Advisory Task Force. The Task Force will seek to create policies to address preservation planning strategies that anticipate and identify areas where historic preservation and/or adaptive reuse should be identified. “One of the most basic ways that we honor our history is by preserving the historic architecture and properties in the neighborhoods our citizens call home,” Mayor Greg Fischer said. “With the creation…