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Kentucky tournament fishing

In Features, Life in Kentucky by Kentucky Living

The thrill of what you might catch—and bragging rights—lures anglers to tournament fishing. “Blast off.” With those words, some 50 boats, one at a time, head out from the Grove Marina on Laurel River Lake, which snakes through Laurel and Whitley counties. The annual Knox County UNITE Buddy Bass Fishing Tournament is now officially under way. It is just past dawn. Minutes ago the 5,600-acre lake was just like the …

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Porches and Decks

In Features, Life in Kentucky by Kentucky Living

Learn how these do-it-yourselfers added small and large porches and decks, with expert tips from homeowners and professional builders. Remember when a deck was a 10×10 square of wood slats that looked like every other deck in the neighborhood? Or when a porch was a plain-Jane concrete slab with room for two chairs and a potted plant? More afterthought than thoughtfully conceived design, both were serviceable but not terribly stylish, …

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Green Cleaning

In Features, Life in Kentucky by Kentucky Living

Legendary Kentucky writer and conservationist Wendell Berry once said he doesn’t like the term “environment.” In a 2011 interview, Berry said, “We need to stop talking about ‘the environment’ and start talking about places we call by name…Nobody ever called their home place ‘the environment.’” As it turns out, the places we call home—our houses, yards, and neighborhoods—need just as much attention as the atmosphere or the oceans. There are …

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Take an education vacation

In Features, Life in Kentucky by Kentucky Living

Did you know that some penguins can swim up to 16 mph? (That’s more than twice as fast as Michael Phelps.) My kids learned this, and so much more, during their trip to the Penguin Encounter at the Newport Aquarium. Since launching in 2007, the Penguin Encounter has allowed more than 120,000 visitors to spend rare, hands-on time with eight African penguins raised by the aquarium’s Animal Ambassador Ric Urban. …

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2015 Best in Kentucky

In Features, Life in Kentucky by Kentucky Living

Looking for the best in the Bluegrass? Look no more. Kentucky Living readers have weighed in and selected these as their bests in Kentucky for 2015. So start planning your visits now! Congratulations to all the winners!

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Kentucky Culinary Trails

In Features, Life in Kentucky by Kentucky Living

Roasted turkey breast pillowed by toast points and finished with juicy red tomato halves and crispy bacon slices in a cheese bath…Kentuckians “get” the Hot Brown, a foodie fave served with such a delicate sauce at Shelbyville’s Bell House Restaurant it nearly drifts off your plate. “The turkey is tender, the bacon is crisp, the cheese sauce is light,” says Charlie Kramer, tour director at ShelbyKY Tourism Commission & Visitors …

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Smart Sprouts: edible garden plants

In Features, Life in Kentucky by Kentucky Living

I grew up on a small farm in rural Kentucky, and until I left for college my summers were spent working in two large vegetable gardens, which was a very important part of our family life. We planted, watered, weeded, harvested, and then canned or froze our harvest to be eaten later. Now I live in the suburbs, and while I am still a farm girl at heart, my garden …

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Glean KY = Feed Kentucky

In Features, Life in Kentucky by Kentucky Living

Volunteers glean or “harvest” excess food from growers and grocers, then deliver it to food programs that feed Kentucky’s hungry The beauty of Glean KY is how simple, and yet profoundly important, its mission is. By “gleaning”—or gathering—unused fresh fruits and vegetables from farms, orchards, and grocery stores, and distributing them to food pantries and service agencies who feed the hungry, GleanKY is helping address two problems with one solution. …

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