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Certified green

In Features, Life in Kentucky by Kentucky Living

Louisville builder Sy Safi and other green builders and designers participate in an array of third-party, national, and international certification programs that set standards for the energy efficiency, sustainability, and high-performance functionality of their homes. Find out more about these programs: • LEED, a certification of the U.S. Green Building Council • PHIUS, a certification of Passive House Institute US • Living Building Challenge, a certification of the International Living …

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Miguel’s Pizza at Red River Gorge

In Features, Life in Kentucky by Kentucky Living

Dario Ventura remembers the beginnings of Miguel’s Pizza & Rock Climbing Shop, from an ice cream store in the eastern Kentucky mountain town of Slade to one of the centerpieces of the international rock climbing community. “We had 32 flavors of Häagen-Dazs and it was actually pretty popular. We used to have lines out the door,” says the 32-year-old son of the owners, Miguel and Susan. In 1986, they switched …

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Eclipse|Hopkinsville readies for moment in sun

In Features, Life in Kentucky by Kentucky Living

It’s an event of astronomical proportions, and Hopkinsville, Kentucky is at the center of it all. The southwestern Kentucky community is in the crosshairs of the narrow band of a rare total solar eclipse that will occur across the continental United States on August 21, 2017.  Though the eclipse will be visible along a path from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina, thousands of solar eclipse watchers are expected to flock to Hopkinsville because the …

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Celebrating 25 years at the Kentucky Bourbon Festival

In Features, Life in Kentucky, Web exclusives, Worth the Trip by Kentucky Living

Celebrate the world’s finest spirit in the Bourbon Capital of the World September 12–18 The Kentucky Bourbon Festival in Bardstown, Kentucky, gives you a six-day event of smooth bourbon, delicious food, and great entertainment, with a healthy dose of Kentucky hospitality thrown in for good measure. From black tie galas to historical tours, there is something for all ages and interests. The Kentucky Bourbon Festival runs from September 12–18 in …

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Lincoln’s lawyer

In Features, Life in Kentucky by Kentucky Living

“I know this sounds strange, but it’s the truth,” Susan Dyer says. “I could feel sadness coming from the house. I could also see the beauty this place still has. And I knew something had to be done.” Dyer is talking about the day in 1997 when she and her husband stopped to take a closer look at a long-neglected 19th-century home on KY 144 in Breckinridge County. It was …

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Homegrown and Heavenly

In Features, Life in Kentucky by Kentucky Living

From ice cream and summer sausage to jams, jellies, popcorn, and more, an increasing array of local, Kentucky-produced foods are making their way into mainstream retailers, thanks to the support of the Kentucky Proud marketing program. The six Kentucky Proud companies profiled here have found success in using homegrown, Kentucky ingredients from local Kentucky farmers whenever possible. Their stories prove it’s deliciously easy to enjoy Kentucky-made foods, whatever you’re craving. …

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League of Linemen

In Energy, Features, Life in Kentucky by Kentucky Living

On every dark and stormy night of the year, your local electric cooperative linemen are on call. In dangerous weather, freezing temperatures, or scorching heat, they work to maintain, build, and restore the electric infrastructure for thousands of residents and businesses in the commonwealth. With their unique set of skills and pride in a job safely done, these linemen spend so much time together in perilous conditions that they build …

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Matthew McConaughey to tell Wild Turkey’s tale

In Features, Life in Kentucky by Kentucky Living

LAWRENCEBURG, Ky.—Iconic Kentucky bourbon distillary Wild Turkey has announced a new multi-year partnership with Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey, who will take on the role of Creative Director in a new campaign aimed at telling Wild Turkey’s story. McConaughey, whose links to Kentucky date back to when his parents met while attending the University of Kentucky, is a long-time fan of Wild Turkey and their distilling family, the Russells. By both …

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Craft Academy

In Features, Life in Kentucky by Kentucky Living

The students enrolled in the new Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics at Morehead State University are not your average high-schoolers. In the spring semester of his junior year, Bryce Hendrickson of Maysville took computer-aided design (CAD) classes at Morehead’s Space Science Center. So, while he’s only 17 years old, he already knows how to design parts for use in 3D printing and rapid prototyping, among other applications. …

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