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Addax Calf born at LouisvilleKY zoo

  Louisville, Ky., – In the early hours of June 14, a male Saharan addax calf was born to Roxanne (mother) and Hodge (father).  This is a significant birth and the first addax born at the Zoo since 2013.   The International Union for Conservation of Nature cites the Saharan addax as facing imminent extinction. A survey in March 2016 across key addax habitat identified just three remaining individuals reports experts from the IUCN.   The addax range is in Africa in isolated pockets within the Sahara desert. Their habitats are waterless areas, especially dunes. They live in small groups…


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City Girl Gone Gardening: Vacations from LouisvilleKY are the worst…

By Jackie Hollenkamp Bentley …When you have to come home. For a few glorious days last week this was my backyard: Yeah. It was nice. But, again, the worst part about vacation is coming home to the real world, routines and life. I must admit, however, that I wondered several times how my gardens were doing. I had visions of overflowing greenery and maybe a green bean or two.   *It’s here I must add that I have awesome in-laws who agreed to water my garden beds while we were gone for 10 days. Fortunately, for them, it rained almost…


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LouisvilleKy’s Mayor Fischer marks a new brightsite at Brook & Jacob Streets

  A new BrightSite was made possible by a public/private partnership Photos from Mayor Fischer’s and Brightside’s Facebook page. LOUISVILLE, KY (June 21, 2016)—Mayor Fischer announced today the completion of a new BrightSite at the corner of Brook & Jacob Streets. This new BrightSite was made possible by a $43,000 gift by the Gheens Foundation and the landscape design was done by Korfhage Landscape and Design, Inc. “The new BrightSite at Brook & Jacob is just one example of what can happen when the public and private sectors come together to achieve one goal,” Mayor Greg Fischer said. “Beautification is…


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LouisvilleKY’s Forecastle Festival Reduces Carbon Footprint

Forecastle Festival to Offset Carbon Emissions with Clean Energy Partnership signals major step to help combat climate change Louisville, Ky. (June 14, 2016) — It takes tens of thousands of kWh of electricity to make Forecastle Festival rock and roll each year on the Louisville Waterfront. And again this year, a partnership with Arcadia Power will ensure the festival’s carbon footprint is smaller than ever. Forecastle Festival will run on 100 percent pollution-free electricity through a partnership with national Clean Energy provider Arcadia Power. For every kWh of electricity used at Forecastle Festival, a kWh is produced and put on…


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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…