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  • Metro Creative Connection

    Watching leaves turn brilliant shades of color and fall from the trees is a favorite activity each fall. Drivers travel near and far to witness spectacular and colorful displays of fall foliage, hoping to catch the peak hues in their respective areas of the country.

    While falling leaves can be a sight to behold, those leaves can become a nuisance to drivers in various ways. Understanding certain inconveniences and safety risks posed by falling leaves can help motorists protect their vehicle and themselves.

    Staining

  • JENNIFER GROTE

    jgrote@kystandard.com

    Pumpkins are a classic addition to your fall decorations.

    Typically associated with Halloween, pumpkins can be more than a simple display.

    By adding paint and various other supplies, pumpkins can be transformed into almost anything, ranging from a hamburger to candy corn.

    There are several websites that offer tips to make the decorating process as easy as possible — without breaking the bank — and in the comfort of your own home.

  • StatePoint

    We all get bored from time to time and want to change things up. While it’s easy to add items to your wardrobe or try a new hairstyle, it may not always feel as easy to change the look and feel of your home.

    You may not realize small, quick updates to your home can make a big impact — and changing things seasonally can keep things fresh. With that in mind, here are a few ways to give your home a fall makeover without a complete overhaul.

    Swap out art

  • Fall is generally accompanied by a sort of seasonal spirit, reflected in everything from our clothes to our morning beverages. One way to celebrate the season is by creating fall-inspired meals the whole family can enjoy.

    As the weather turns colder, soups become a popular go-to menu item for families. But the season is great for experimenting with fun, easy and unique recipes that incorporate the harvest.

  • If The Old Farmer’s Almanac is right, this winter in Kentucky is going to be colder than usual, so homeowners would do well to prepare now so they can stay warm and reduce their heating bills.

    Home heating is the biggest utility cost in the winter months, and can amount to more than half of your bill, said Randy Burba, marketing director for the Salt River Electric Cooperative in Bardstown.

    However, there are measures that can improve heating efficiency and save money.

  • During the darkest times in her life, Jenny Brumley remembers being consumed with finding that next high — by whatever means necessary.

    “You get ruthless,” Brumley said of the lengths she went to get prescription pills. “You just do not care. You are just consumed.”

    Thirty-year-old Brumley said she had her engagement ring, high school ring and her mother’s wedding ring melted down for extra cash. She also stole several checks from her parents and grandparents — a move that ultimately landed her in jail.

  • The 39th annual reunion of the descendants of Jacob and Neley (Silvertooth) Cocanougher, pioneers of the 1790s in present-day Boyle and Washington counties, was Sunday, July 27. This reunion is held annually on the last Sunday of July at the Perryville American Legion Hall. Attendance at the 2014 reunion was 62 from six states, including 11 Kentucky communities.

    A potluck meal was enjoyed after a prayer of thanksgiving and praise was led by Rev. Ty Clenney, who’s wife is the former Scotty Cocanougher.

  • FICTION

    Deborah Harkness — “The Book of Life.”

    Erika Johansen — “The Queen of the Tearling.”

    Richard North Patterson — “Eden in Winter.”

    Daniel Silva — “The Heist.”

    Harry Turtledove — “Last Orders.”

    Stuart Woods — “Cut and Thrust.”

  •  There is no doubt that Louise Hagan has lived her life — all 100 years of it.

    The New Haven native celebrated her 100th birthday last weekend with family and friends during a grand event at St. Joseph Parish Hall.

    But while her age — and her health in conjunction — is impressive, it is how Louise has experienced life that is inspiring.

  • July 8, 1954

    Auto accidents kill two Nelson men

    Thompson and Thomas holiday weekend victims

    Both driving alone when cars leave highway, hit embankments

    Nelson County had two of Kentucky’s 11 fatalities in automobile accidents over the July 4th holiday weekend. Both victims were driving alone and only one car was involved in each accident.

    Nine highway accidents occurred in Nelson County from Friday, July 2, through Monday, July 5. A number of persons were injured.

  • JENNIFER GROTE

    jgrote@kystandard.com

    When MaKayla Richardson was about 4 years old, her mother enrolled her in piano lessons.

    “It did not work out,” Joyce Richardson joked. “She has her own style.”

    MaKayla didn’t like learning someone else’s way of doing things. She wanted to create her own path. So the 4 year old taught herself how to play the piano by ear.

    She has also taught herself to play several other instruments just by listening to sound.

  • UPDATE: Due to repairs being made at Bardstown High School, the concert location for 7:30 p.m. Monday will be moved to Parkway Baptist Church at 2580 Springfield Rd. 

    Kentucky Music Week is back for its 20th year in Bardstown, bringing the state’s traditional music to locals and visitors of the community.

  • With temperatures topping the mid 90s this week, several people found an oasis with the opening of the Bardstown City Pool.

    But the heat didn’t get to Karen Phillips, of Bardstown, who was at the pool for the first time this year on Tuesday with her seven of nine grandchildren.

    “I am a cold-natured person, so I enjoyed being there when it was warmer because the water wasn’t be so cold,” Phillips said.

  • Over the next six months, Carrie Pride,

    community news coordinator for The Kentucky Standard, will document her fitness journey as she works with personal trainer Kerry “K.O.” Overfelt of Darkside Athletics and Bourbon City Fitness.

    The journey has begun!

    What journey you ask?

    The journey of being a new and better me — mentally and physically.

  • DAYNA PARRETT

    Extension Agent

    Winter is a time where we dream of snow covered roads and icicles hanging from our gutters. It’s a pretty picturesque scene if you’re planning on staying indoors until it’s gone. But let’s be honest, how many of us have that luxury?

    For most of us, life still goes on whether the roads are clear or there’s three inches of snow. We still have to make it to work, doctor’s appointments, the grocery and more.

  • If you drive south into Bloomfield on Ky. 55, one of the first houses you’ll see at the edge of town is a quaint little log cabin.

    Although it looks like it could have been the home of one of the city’s pioneers, it isn’t. Bettie Hauser, the current owner, said it was built in 1937, and Jane Cecil, a local historian, said she thinks it was part of a log house fad at the time. According to American Bungalow magazine, the craze was part of the arts and crafts architectural movement that began around 1900.

  • Dayna PArrett

    County Extension Agent for Consumer and Family Sciences

     

    It’s turkey time! If you’re anything like me, it’s your favorite time of year.

    Time to stuff yourself with the best foods imaginable.

    You envision the turkey and the stuffing, the cranberry sauce and the pies. One thing you probably don’t envision: getting sick.

  • A sampling of things to check out around the state:

     

    Hands on History Workshop — Historic Plumbing and How to Deal With it

    If you have an old house, you probably have old plumbing. In this workshop at 1 p.m. Nov. 9, at the Brennan House Histric Home, 631 South 5th Street in Louisville, different types of plumbing and its maintenance will be discussed.

    Learn from master plumber Bruce Cohen of BC Plumbing and see some of the Brennan House’s original plumbing.