THE WEEK: Comer’s Close Call, the C-J and the Colonels Friday, May 22 2015 

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Friday already? And a Holiday Weekend. It’s the Abbey Road/Reggae Fest/Senior PGA/Hike&Bike weekend. Let’s go! First a look back:

Costly for Comer: We’ll never know if Agriculture Commissioner James Comer would have won the GOP Primary for Governor had he not been in the relationship back at WKU with Marilynn Thomas, but her allegations didn’t help his cause some 25 years later. He lost to Matt Bevin by 83 votes, unless a recanvass changes things. (C-J)

Master of Understatement: Quoted in Business First‘s piece on the Courier, reporter Andrew Wolfson: “the C-J’s influence has declined a little bit.”

Preserve and Protect: Check out Preservation Louisville‘s new list of successes, including what’s going on downtown with the old Water Company buildings.

Not Fit, But Better Than Indy: A new American Fitness Report reveals that of 50 metro areas, we ranks 46th in fitness. Indianapolis was last. D.C. was first. All that smoking, bad food and lack of exercise continues to keep the city low on these lists.

RS98JenniferHancockHancock on Heroin: Listen to Volunteers of America president Jennifer Hancock talk about how heroin overdoses occur in every zip code, and how she’s turning lives around at VOA. (Rusty Satellite)

I Knew Kenny Before Kenny was Cool: Listen to my Rusty Satellite interview with Kenny Klein, the Hall of Fame Sports Information Director who advises Pitino and Petrino on how to handle the media.

Something Smells: Ya, Mon. The Beatles things get most of the attention, but the fun is at the Kentucky Reggae Festival this weekend.

Colonels Go Quick: I was there, rushing the court at Freedom Hall 40 years ago when the Kentucky Colonels won the ABA. Back when hoops was fun, Artis Gilmore was dominant and Louie Dampier was king. (.com)

Jackie’s Gone Gardening: Check out KY.com’s own Jackie Bentley’s gardening adventure, as she gets stuff in the ground. (KY.com)

Rusty x 100: On June 5, we’re having a party to celebrate 100 Rusty Satellite Shows. You, and all the most interesting people in the ‘Ville, are invited.

 

Louisville Free Public Library Ready to Kick off Annual Summer Reading Program Thursday, May 21 2015 

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Louisville, Ky., – School is almost out for the summer and that means the return of the perennially popular Summer Reading program. Presented by the Library Foundation, this year’s program, “Under the Sea”, encourages kids up to fifth grade to read for fun this summer offering prizes and incentives, including a shark backpack and passes to area attractions.

Library Summer Reading

Summer Reading begins June 1, but you can help us kick it off early on Saturday, May 30, from 10 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. at the Main Library at our Reading Frenzy! There will be stories, games, performances, and activities for the whole family.

The Summer Reading Program and Kickoff are free. Visit LFPL.org/kids or call (502) 574-1620for more information.

And don’t forget! Teens have their own summer reading program: TSR. For more information, visit LFPL.org/teen.

2015 Patriot Tour Announces Stop in Louisville Thursday, May 21 2015 

Team Never Quit

LOUISVILLE, Ky., – Marcus Luttrell’s 2015 Patriot Tour presented by Team Never Quit and featuring Marcus Luttrell, Taya Kyle and fellow Veterans announces stop in Louisville on October 10, 2015, at The Brown Theater at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts.

The Patriot Tour features retired Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, Taya Kyle, retired Army Special Operations Captain Chad Fleming, former Navy SEAL David Goggins and former Navy SEAL Pete Scobell, who will share his personal story through music. These men and women’s lives have been profoundly changed by their service and sacrifice – they are true American Patriots. The Patriot Tour includes a special VIP ticket to include a Meet & Greet with all of the tours’ speakers, signed copies of Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell and American Wife by Taya Kyle, and a personal photo with Marcus Luttrell, quantities are limited. These patriots will share their incredible stories of perseverance in an emotional live stage experience unlike any other.

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Featured speaker Marcus Luttrell and former Navy SEAL, is the founder of the Lone Survivor Foundation. In 2005, Marcus and three fellow SEALS were targeted in a harrowing Taliban ambush in Afghanistan — in which he tragically emerged as the only survivor.  Marcus has since dedicated his life to honoring his fallen Operation Redwing teammates through empowering fellow veterans.  Taya Kyle, widow ofAmerican Sniper Chris Kyle, the most lethal American sniper in history, is also a featured speaker of the Patriot Tour. In addition to her captivating story of overcoming tragedy, she is an incredible role model for military spouses across the country.

Fellow veterans Captain Chad Fleming who served as platoon leader and officer in some of the Ranger Regiment’s most demanding jobs, Chief Petty Officer David Goggins, a former Navy SEAL who served in some of the toughest and most elite missions in the world and Lieutenant Commander Pete Scobell, a former Navy SEAL who served 19 years on active duty also join the Patriot Tour sharing their personal stories and experiences.

Team Never Quit

Tickets are on sale now at www.patriottour.com

The Brown Theater at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts is located at 315 W Broadway,, KY 40202.  For additional information please visit http://www.kentuckycenter.org/Events/Patriot-Tour-2015/13492#tab-show-information-link.

It’s Memorial Day So It Must Be Hike & Bike Time Wednesday, May 20 2015 

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NOTE: I almost never miss the Memorial Day/Labor Day Hike and Bike Events. It’s hard to believe the event that started with Jerry Abramson and not-so-many bikers has turned into a holiday staple with thousands of riders. I’ve done it with each of my three sons and a few other friends. This time we’re going to Iroquois Park and back from Waterfront Park, my favorite route. I hope to see you there.

Booths, activities begin at 8:30 a.m./cycling, paddling, walking at 10 a.m.

LOUISVILLE – Thousands of cyclists, paddlers and walkers will be in motion Memorial Day at the21st Subway Fresh Fit Hike, Bike & Paddle May 25 at Waterfront Park.

 “This has become a true signature event for Louisville – a demonstration of how much our residents love being outdoors and participating in family-oriented healthy exercise and recreation,” Mayor Greg Fischer said.

 SUBWAY Restaurants is the title sponsor of Hike, Bike & Paddle, with presenting sponsors, Coca-Cola, Norton Healthcare and Neil Huffman Automotive Group.

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“SUBWAY Restaurants are proud to once again sponsor the SUBWAY Fresh Fit Hike, Bike & Paddle events. This is our ninth year as the title sponsor.  The events give people an opportunity to be outside in the fresh air and lead healthy, active lifestyles,” said Kevin Patel, local board chairman for Kentuckiana Subway Restaurants.

 “Coca-Cola is proud to be a Presenting Sponsor of the Mayor’s Hike, Bike and Paddle activity on Memorial Day,” said Roy Potts, director, Public Affairs & Communications for the Coca-Cola Company. “We recognize the uniqueness of consumers’ lifestyles and dietary choices. All of our products can be part of an active, healthy lifestyle that includes a sensible, balanced diet, proper hydration and regular, physical exercise.”

 “Norton Healthcare is pleased to once again support the Mayor’s Hike, Bike & Paddle event,” said Allison Ledford, director of Employee Wellness at Norton Healthcare. “We are a leader in promoting healthy habits, lifestyles and choices among our 12,000 employees. This event gives us a chance to help spread that same message across the entire city. Health care is about more than treating those who are ill. It’s also about taking action to promote wellness throughout the community we serve. The Hike, Bike & Paddle event is a fun way to do just that.”

 “Neil Huffman Automotive Group is proud to be a four year sponsor of the Mayor’s Hike Bike and Paddle event for Memorial weekend,” said Dow Huffman, Managing Partner.

 Paddlers will have a very unique experience with this year’s course. Paddlers will enter from the Harbor Lawn in Waterfront Park and paddle upstream to Towhead Island. The Ohio River will be closed to traffic giving paddlers the ability to cross the river to Southern Indiana. They will continue downstream to the 2nd Street Bridge and paddle back across the Ohio River to the side, ending at the Harbor Lawn.

 Paddling participants will launch their canoes or kayaks at the river ramp located at the Harbor Lawn of Waterfront Park. Paddlers can drop their boats off at the “Green” parking lot near River Road and Witherspoon Street. from 7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

 For cyclists, a 15-mile route will roll through Old , down Southern Parkway and into Iroquois Park, one of ’s signature Olmsted-designed Metro Parks. Turnoffs will provide options for cycling routes as short as two miles.

 The hiking route, which is wheelchair-accessible, will allow walkers to explore downtown along Third St. before turning at York St. in front of the main branch of the Free Public Library. Walkers may bring dogs to participate in the hike, as long as the animal is on a leash and owners pick up waste during the walk as required by law.

 Both the cycling and walking routes will be marked with signage and will have plenty of water stops to refill water bottles. The Bicycle Club is providing “bike captains” to help cyclists obey the rules of the road. “Bike doctors” will be in Waterfront Park before the ride and along the route to assist cyclists with any equipment problems.   Metro Police will provide traffic assistance at key intersections and the Metro EMS bicycle team will patrol the route.

 More than 49 vendors and information booths will open at 8:30 a.m. at Waterfront Park.  There will also be free tours on the river in the large “Voyager Canoe.” Yoga, Tai Chi, Zumba, Nia and Pickleball demonstrations will be offered along with group participation.

 3,000 free T-shirts will be available for those arriving early and completing a brief survey. The Brain Injury Association will distribute 500 helmets to riders who don’t have one. Participants are encouraged to be “green” and bring their own water bottles which they will be able to fill in Waterfront and Iroquois Parks as part of Water’s Pure Tap To Go.

 Flags 4 Vets will be setting up 15,000 flags at Waterfront Park on Saturday of that weekend and they will still be in place during the HB&P event.  There will be a special Memorial Day tribute, with Mayor Fischer and Fred Moore of Flags 4 Vets program, which will take place before the Cyclists, paddlers and walkers leave Waterfront Park. 

This is the eleventh year for the Hike, Bike & Paddle events, which are held each Memorial Day and Labor Day. The events are part of the city’s Healthy Hometown Movement, created to encourage residents to be more active and make healthier lifestyle choices. For more information, go to hikebikeandpaddle.org.

PGA’s Best Seniors Compete at French Lick This Weekend Wednesday, May 20 2015 

Defending Champ Colin Montgomerie at French Lick. Photo: PGA of America

The Senior PGA Championship starts Thursday on the Pete Dye Course in French Lick, Ind. Here are the day’s notes from the PGA of America.

FRENCH LICK IN SPOTLIGHT THURSDAY

The 76th Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid begins Thursday with a field featuring 17 major champions and seven World Golf Hall of Fame members.

JESPER, IT’S THE PETE DYE COURSE

“It’s a beautiful golf course. Probably never seeing anything like it. It’s almost like Whistling Straits on steroids. It’s just beautiful. It’s right in front of you. I don’t think I ever played anything like it, but it’s beautiful and it’s quite a walk. I thought we were going to have buggies like they have on the Champions Tour.” – Jesper Parnevik

PETE DYE ON THE PETE DYE COURSE

“I’ve made so many visits here, I lost count,” said the 89-year-old World Golf Hall of Famer. “The nice thing is that I was allowed to make changes when I saw they had to be made. We moved around a lot of earth here, but I think it all worked out pretty good.”

Defending Champ Colin Montgomerie at French Lick. Photo: PGA of America

Defending Champ Colin Montgomerie at French Lick. Photo by Montana Pritchard/The PGA of America

MONTY, THE DEFENDING CHAMPION

Defending Champion Colin Montgomerie believes that he has a skillset to be competitive on The Pete Dye Course. “My strength is driving the ball, and I’ve put the ball in the fairway during practice. That’s a must around here. A must. You will not find people missing fairways winning here. It’s a complete and utter must to hit the fairways.”

SIR NICK IN THE HOUSE

Sir Nick Faldo, who serves both CBS and Golf Channel as a golf analyst, is making his first and only appearance in the Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid. Faldo announced earlier this year that this will be his last season in competitive golf.

Faldo on Pete Dye, designer of The Pete Dye Course: “Golf is not a fair game, so why should the golf course be fair?” So I said, thanks, Pete. Christmas here. I just crossed you off my Christmas card list.”

RENCH LICK, IN - MAY 20: Sir Nick Faldo of England answers questions at a press conference during the practice rounds for the 76th Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid held at French Lick Springs Resort on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 in French Lick, Indiana. (Photo by Montana Pritchard/The PGA of America)

RENCH LICK, IN – MAY 20: Sir Nick Faldo of England answers questions at a press conference during the practice rounds for the 76th Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid held at French Lick Springs Resort on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 in French Lick, Indiana. (Photo by Montana Pritchard/The PGA of America)

Faldo on transitioning from a TV booth to competitive golf”: “[It’s] damn difficult. If not impossible,” said Faldo. “I can relate more with the average golfer only that only plays four or five times a week. Then I sit on my butt for six hours now and so I noticed about three or four years ago my clubhead speed, I had lost five miles an hour with my driver. So I thought that was a little embarrassing. So I’ve been trying to do something about that, get it back.”

ESPOSITO’S LIFE-CHANGING JOURNEY

Last November, in a matter 10 days, PGA Club Professional Frank Esposito Jr. went from a Champions Tour hopeful to a card-carrying Tour member. He won the Senior PGA Professional National Championship at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Florida, and three days later was medalist at the Champions Tour Qualifying School. He finished 27-under-par for those two events. “It feels like the way I’ve been playing this year like such a long time ago,” said Esposito. “But it was a magical two weeks for me. It was actually life changing.”

THEY KNOW THE NEIGHBORHOOD

Eighteen of the 41 PGA Club Professionals competing in the 76th Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid competed on The Pete Dye Course in the 2010 PGA Professional National Championship. Sonny Skinner of Sylvester, Georgia, was runner-up in 2010, and is returning this week.

Experience KitchenAid on the Golf Course

KitchenAid is out in full force this week with many opportunities for fans to interact with its innovative products. Here’s a snapshot of visual opportunities for you to capture on the golf course:

• KitchenAid Experience – situated at the highest point on the golf course, in a building that can’t be missed, stands the KitchenAid Experience. Come by to witness an entirely new collection of major appliances; a reimagined kitchen professionally inspired and designed for creative cooks.

• Stand Mixer Stadium – as you enter the Championship, you are met with a dramatic 17-foot tall structure featuring more than 54 colorful stand mixers with a selection of attachments – an excellent visual for still and broadcast imagery

• Stand Mixer Pedestals – watch fans engage with a dozen colorful stand mixers lining the entrance walkway

• Introducing Swash – a clothing care system that dewrinkles, refreshes, restores and preserves clothes in just 10 minutes – stop by the Championship entrance to take a look at one of Whirlpool Corporation’s latest inventions.

Kentucky State Fair Brings Aretha Franklin to Louisville Wednesday, May 20 2015 

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Louisville, Ky., – Soul and R&B legend Aretha Franklin will perform at the Kentucky State Fair on the Freedom Hall Stage on August 30, the final day of the 11-day event. The concert begins at 8 p.m.

State Fair 2015 LogoKnown as the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin has had 20 NO. 1 Billboard R&B hits, was the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and in 2012 was inducted into the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame. Some of her classic hits include “Respect,” “Freeway of Love” and “A Natural Woman.” This will be Aretha’s first performance in since 2005.

Aretha Franklin

“We are excited to welcome Miss Aretha Franklin to this year’s Kentucky State Fair.” said Clifford “Rip” Rippetoe, President and CEO of the Kentucky State Fair Board. “She brings great energy and variety to our Main Stage Concert Series.”

Tickets for An Evening with Aretha Franklin are $50 and $55 each and includes Kentucky State Fair gate admission. There will also be VIP tables of 8 available for $500 per table. Tickets go on sale Monday, June 1 at 10 a.m.

Tickets can be purchased at the Kentucky Exposition Center and Kentucky International Convention Center Ticket Offices and all Ticketmaster outlets. Charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000, or purchase online at http://www.ticketmaster.com.

The 2015 Kentucky State Fair is August 20-30 at the Kentucky Exposition Center. For more information about the Kentucky State Fair, visit http://www.kystatefair.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Louisville’s Forecastle Focuses on Bourbon Wednesday, May 20 2015 

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LOUISVILLE, KY – The Forecastle Festival, Louisville’s three-day music, art and environmental activism festival, is bringing back its Kentucky Bourbon Trail® outpost, The Bourbon Lodge, with a unique lineup of bourbon offerings, education, bourbon-inspired cuisine, and the return of the charitable partnership, Bourbon Cares. Wall Street Journal best-selling author Fred Minnick hailed Forecastle Festival as “bourbon’s most important festival for new consumers,” in 2013, praising its creation of “future connoisseurs.”

Set to take place July 17-19, 2015, Forecastle will feature a diverse collection of Kentucky bourbon brands uniting to offer dozens of bourbon selections within the Bourbon Lodge, including those from Bulleit, Four Roses, Heaven Hill, Jim Beam, Maker’s Mark, Michter’s, Old Forester, Town Branch, Wild Turkey and Woodford Reserve, alongside special craft brandy selections from Cooper and Kings. The full list of more than 30 unique selections can be found at ForecastleFest.com.

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Forecastle will once again feature the Bourbon Cares program, presented by Liquor Barn. This charity fundraiser joins together bourbon brands with Forecastle bands to feature special single-barrel selections, available only in the Forecastle Bourbon Lodge. Pairing members of My Morning Jacket with Old Forester, Houndmouth with Woodford Reserve, Shovels & Rope with Four Roses and Twin Limb with Wild Turkey, master distillers will hand-select a barrel to be sold exclusively in the Lodge. The program benefits 501(c)(3) organization The Forecastle Foundation, the festival’s environmental activism arm. One dollar from each Bourbon Cares selection purchased in the Bourbon Lodge and 50 percent of profits from Bourbon Cares bottle sales (available exclusively at Liquor Barn’s Springhurst location) will benefit the organization.

Fireside Chats, presented by Liquor Barn, also return to the Bourbon Lodge stage in 2015, showcasing a special Bourbon Cares presentation from Forecastle Festival and Foundation Founder JK McKnight along with an intimate fan meet-and-greet opportunity with members of My Morning Jacket and Twin Limb. Other Fireside Chats, featuring a wide variety of bourbon experts, will cover the Bourbon Purchasing Process, Bourbon Trivia, the Barrel-Aging Process, Ryes & Shine, and many more. Full details and descriptions can be found at ForecastleFest.com

Named an Eater Young Guns Semifinalist in 2015, Ryan Rogers brings his acclaimed Feast BBQ creations plus a menu of bourbon-inspired cuisine to the Forecastle Bourbon Lodge. Since its inception in 2012, Feast has garnered its share of local and national press including Travel & Leisure Magazine, The Guardian and the Chicago Tribune, cementing its rightful claim as one of the best BBQ joints around.

Bourbon Lodge members will have exclusive access to RSVP for an opportunity to attend an intimate brunch at the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience catered by world-renowned chef Edward Lee. Details will be sent to all Bourbon Lodge members and VIP attendees that purchase memberships or VIP tickets by Monday, June 1, available now at ForecastleFest.com.

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The festival will also welcome back the beloved Gonzo Bar, dedicated to internationally-acclaimed author and Kentucky bourbon aficionado, Hunter S. Thompson, whose posthumous 78th birthday would have fallen on the second day of Forecastle. The Hunter-themed bourbon bar presented by White Clay Consulting will offer a variety of bourbons and specialty cocktails inspired by the iconic writer.

Full Bourbon Lodge details including pricing, membership and more, can be found at ForecastleFest.com.

Louisville’s Annual Walk MS Set for May 30th Tuesday, May 19 2015 

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Louisville, Ky., – The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Kentucky-Southeast Indiana Chapter is hosting its annual Walk MS on Saturday May 30, 2015.

The event will kick at Waterfront Park – Festival Plaza at 8AM with 15 different vendors and 2000 participants in a festival like atmosphere. The Walk officially begins at 10AM.   Krispy Kreme will dip donuts in fresh chocolate with sprinkles and Jason’s Deli will provide water and fruit.  Bounce houses, face painting and games are also available free of charge to the public.  Lunch will be served free to all participants immediately following the walk courtesy of Longhorn Steakhouse. walk ms 4

The Society mobilizes people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of everyone affected by MS. In 2014, the Society invested $50.2 million to advance more than 380 research projects around the world in order to stop MS in its tracks, restore what has been lost and end MS forever. Through its nation-wide network of programs and services, it also helped more than one million people affected by MS connect to the people, information and resources needed to live their best lives.

Multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system, interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.3 million worldwide.

For more information: 502-526-5303 or www.nationalmssociety.org/kyw.

Thousands of Louisville High School Seniors Sign on to College Tuesday, May 19 2015 

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LOUISVILLE, Ky.  – Nearly 1,500 college-bound seniors in Louisville have been recognized for their commitment to go to college and earn a degree. The students were honored at a celebration Monday at the KFC Yum! Center. Jefferson County Public Schools, the KFC Yum! Center and 55,000 Degrees – ’s education movement – joined forces to host College Signing Day.

“It’s always exciting when you see people gather around when a high school athlete signs on for college,” said Mayor Greg Fischer, chairman of 55,000 Degrees. “But this event recognizes that every college decision is exciting! These students are not only helping us reach our goal of having 50 percent of working age adults with college degrees by 2020 – they’re also taking a critical step to building satisfying careers. This is an important day for them, their families, and our entire community.”

Students from 26 JCPS high schools, along with some students from Archdiocese of high schools, attended the celebration. They heard from inspiring guests, met with representatives from their colleges and had a chance to meet with other area students planning to attend the same school.

“Our JCPS vision is for all students to graduate prepared, and one of our strategies we use to reach that goal is celebrating the success of our young people,” JCPS Donna Hargens said. “All students who commit to pursuing their goals in college deserve the encouragement, excitement and support that surrounds student athletes when they select their future college.”

Fischer, Hargens, 55,000 Degrees Executive Director Mary Gwen Wheeler and AEG Facilities’ KFC Yum! Center Premium Sales Director Robbie Valentine, a member of the 1986 NCAA Championship University of men’s basketball team, took part in a roundtable discussion and shared some of their college experiences with students.

“It’s important for students to know that college is challenging, but it’s also incredibly rewarding,” said Wheeler. “It’s often in college that we begin to author our own life stories and envision our future potential selves. These students are getting ready to begin an important journey that will change their lives.”

The students heard from Colmon Elridge III, who serves as executive assistant to Gov. Steve Beshear. Elridge, the first person in his family to earn his college degree, was 26 years old when he was appointed and started managing day-to-day operations of the Governor’s office.

After the roundtable discussion and keynote address, students fanned across the concourse of the KFC Yum! Center to take part in breakout sessions with representatives from their colleges. Representatives from more than two dozen colleges and universities were in attendance, providing valuable information and advice to students.

“We are thrilled to be collaborating with JCPS and 55,000 Degrees to recognize students for their academic excellence and plans to continue their education,” said AEG Facilities’ KFC Yum! Center General Manager Dennis Petrullo. “It’s important for us to give back to the community and helping to shine a spotlight on the next generation of ’s potential leaders is one of many ways we seek to do that.”

During their breakout sessions, students received a certificate with their school’s logo and signed a commitment to continue their education and earn their degree. Students returned to the bowl of the arena for the special signing day celebration. Students were honored on a college-by-college basis as they proudly held up their certificates of commitment.

Following the signing day celebration, Bellarmine Basketball Coach Scott Davenport, who led the Knights to a NCAA Division II national championship, took to the court to congratulate students and encouraged them to be champions in the classroom and in life. College Signing Day ended on an inspirational note, with First Lady Michelle Obama delivering words of support and motivation in a video message.

Students were encouraged to share their College Signing Day experiences on social media using #SignLou. They were also invited to sign up for college text updates, www.marlimar.com/student55, and summer coaching, summercoachingteam@gmail.com, to connect with college resources and personnel during the summer months.

College Signing Day would not have been possible without the hard work and support of many individuals. Special thanks to:

Renee Murphy, Rachel Platt and Terry Meiners (WHAS TV)

Ben Davis and Kelly K. (WDJX)

Class Act Federal Credit Union

JCPS High School Counselors Association

Tiger Foundation, Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge Free & Accepted Masons of Kentucky, Inc.

 55,000 Degrees is the ambitious initiative launched in 2010 with the goal of having 50 percent of ’s working-age adults with college degrees by 2020. In 2014, had the highest percentage of working-age adults with a college degree in the community’s history at 41.5 percent. Find more information atwww.55000degrees.org.

Louisville’s Blight Out Project Saturday to Brighten Vacant Homes Thursday, May 14 2015 

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Louisville, Ky., – Blight Out Brighten Up is back for 2015. Public Works is partnering with the Department of Codes and Regulations to sponsor the third Blight Out Brighten Up event. The event uses citizen volunteers to paint boards that are used to secure abandoned properties. Painting is scheduled for Saturday, May 16 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. All volunteers need to bring is their imaginations. Painting necessities will be supplied.

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Volunteers will paint 8-foot x 4-foot plywood boards. Participants in the 2012 and 2013 Blight Out events had a blast being creative and got to see their work Brighten Up abandoned properties. If you are unable to volunteer on May 16th, please consider donating paint, brushes, drop cloths, coffee, donuts, snacks, water, sodas, ice, pizzas, rollers, and containers for paint distribution.

To volunteer or donate:

Call C.J. Fletcher in the Solid Waste Management Division at 574-3584 or 552-2262.

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