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is a time to celebrate ghosts, vampires, and everything supernatural, but if you truly believe in ghosts, you’re not alone. Luckily, we live in Bowling Green — a city with tons of historic sites and an eerie history. I decided to do a little research and contacted Kara Williams Glenn, founder of UNSEEN Bowling Green. Kara’s love of history took her through the Bowling Green plaque tour in 2013. After the tour, she and her husband, Kenn, sat down to dinner, and she told him the “dark side” needed to be told. It was then and there she said, “Next year, we’re giving tours.” Kara went from business to business in downtown Bowling Green seeking out haunted happenings from business owners. Some said, “Go away,” We loved while others said, “Let me tell you what listening to Kara happened!” From there, Kara took the stories tell her stories! She is and researched the happenings. In October 2015, UNSEEN Bowling Green very fact based and began giving HAUNTED HISTORY Walking has done her Tours. These tours guide your family on a homework. ghostly adventure you never knew existed in Bowling Green’s historic downtown. Bowling Green just happens to be one of Kentucky’s most haunted cities. UNSEEN Bowling Green allows you to experience authentic ghost hunting, and the tour will disclose histories, mysteries, scandals, and haunts rooted around Fountain Square Park. Each tour will visit haunted and historic locations, an eerie cemetery, and will enter a secret haunted location that has been closed to the public for nearly 100 years. Visit UnseenBG.com or contact tour guide Kara Williams Glenn at The tour was 270-977-3717 for amazing, interesting, and tickets (10% of all exciting. The paranormal investitour ticket gation later that night was, quite proceeds are simply, incredible! I can’t speak donated to support the highly enough of the work that Kara speaks Landmark went into creating such a to a group just Association). off the square phenomenal event. in downtown Bowling Green.
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• • • • • • • • • • • • • • “Success is waking up and doing what you love every day, whether it be as a stay-at-home mom or a CEO.” These are the wise words of the SOKY Jobs founder and CEO, Christina Dawson, and there’s no doubt that she is doing what she truly loves. A Bowling Green native with a hardworking attitude and sunny demeanor, Christina is well versed in the sales and business world. She started in sales and went on to be an executive assistant, a director of marketing and public relations, and then eventually opened her own employment business. “I’m addicted to being an entrepreneur,” says Christina with a smile and laugh. Being a nontraditional student, Christina always knew she wasn’t meant to be boxed in to the standard classroom experience. “I never excelled sitting in the classroom. I always wanted to be out doing something,” says Christina. She’s been ‘doing something’ since she was eighteen, and there’s no stopping her now. After spending quite a bit of time hiring others, she says that something suddenly clicked in her mind, and the rest is history.
“I asked myself why wouldn’t someone want to hire me? And that was really the beginning of SOKY Jobs,” Christina says. It started as a website and has grown since. “I was constantly asked where is the best place to look for a job? So, I guess I found my market that way and created more than a website,” says Christina about the start of her business. “It’s more of a platform.” Becoming an entrepreneur is no easy feat, which Christina learned the hard way by taking absolutely no days off and starting off with absolutely no capital. However, despite all the hard work and all the moments where the ‘what-am-I-doing question’ pops in her head, Christina can’t imagine doing anything else with her time. “Starting my own business made me break out of my box and helped me realize that I have some pretty great ideas,” says Christina with a deserving smile. So if you need a job, or just want to pick Christina’s brain for advice (something I plan on doing), then head over to SOKY Jobs. You might even find your passion, as Christina found hers.
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A Glimpse into Her Life as a Military Wife
by Belinda Saltzman
Jennifer Saltzman is a daughter, a sister, a mother, a teacher, and the wife of an Air Force Brigadier General. Her story starts in Bowling Green. Born and raised here, she is a BGHS graduate, attended WKU where she was a Kappa Delta, then transferred after her junior year to the College of Great Falls in Montana where she graduated with an Elementary Education degree. In September of 1992, Jennifer married Chance Saltzman, a 2nd Lt. in the Air Force. She knew nothing about military life, or, as she points out, “Nor did I know anything about being married for that matter. At 21 years old, everything was new to me.” When asked to describe her first few weeks of life as a military wife, Jennifer recalled, “The day after our marriage weekend ended, we flew to Montana where Chance was stationed. I didn’t know anyone when I got there. The day after we got to Montana, Chance went on alert for his job as a missileer. That means he was gone for 24 hours at work. That cycle repeated every three days for the first month and beyond. That was overwhelming and a bit lonely being in a new place where your husband is away from the house about half the time. So I got a job to have something to do, and we made friends with other young Air Force people, friends that we are still very close with to this day.” Since the assignment in Montana, where son John was born in 1995, the family moved to 10 different places in 24 years! In 1997, they moved to Alexandria, Virginia, when Chance was stationed at the on John s Pentagon. Daughter & r e if Jenn Sarah was born there. After that, they loaded up and moved all the way cross country to Sunnyvale, California. Jennifer remembers, “I loved California and was able to teach at the kids’ preschool. From there we moved to Las Vegas, Nevada. I cried the whole way there thinking the kids were going to be exposed to the ‘colorful’ Las Vegas environment, perhaps too much for a 3 and 5 year old to handle. But it turned out to be one of my favorite assignments. Always lots of family visiting and always something cool to do. I also got to coach my kids’ soccer teams!” In 2003, the family moved to Prattville, Alabama. They enjoyed being back in the South where their kids learned how to speak with a Southern drawl. After 2 years there, they headed back to California to Vandenberg Air Force Base. Although they lived in the smallest house ever on Jennifer & the base, which was built in the 1940’s, it turned out to be
The Saltzman Family: John, Jennifer, Chance & Sarah a favorite assignment. There were always kids running in and out of the house and playing in the neighborhood until the sun went down. After sunny California, the family headed north east to Watertown, Massachusetts, just outside Boston: great city, Red Sox games, BU hockey, and great sightseeing! Then it was back to Virginia and the Pentagon. After only 1 year, the family headed to Colorado where they got to stay for 6 years! The most current move brought the family back to Virginia for a 3rd tour at the Pentagon where Chance was promoted to Brigadier General. This was their first assignment without the kids as they now both attend the University of Missouri. When asked to reflect on the hardships of military family life, Jennifer responded, “Moving! Having to start new schools, getting into sports teams, and new dentists (Sarah & John had 3 different orthodontists, and we rarely saw the same Doctor more than once). In one Jenni stretch, our kids were in 4 fer & different grades in 4 different daugh ter Sa states in 4 different years!” rah As far as the blessings of military life, Jennifer says, “A girl from Kentucky has gotten to live all over our country. Every drive across the country always came with new sights, sounds, and adventures. Our kids have a worldly perspective and the ability to fit in and adapt in ways that I never could have when I was 18.” The role of a General’s wife has changed since the old days. Jennifer explains, “I can make my role whatever I want it to be. There are tons of volunteer opportunities, many social events and activities, and I can, for the most part, pick and choose how I want to be involved. But, we are asked to represent the Air Force at events, so the Air Force sent both of us to a weeklong seminar where we learned all about this role.” When asked what’s next in your military life, Jennifer speculated, “Only the military knows. If you’ve heard any good rumors, Chance be sure to let me know!”
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— by Celeste N. Rehmel Going home for the holidays has been a tradition for many families during the Christmas season, whether that includes driving hours out of state to see grandparents or staying at home while everyone comes to you. Spending time with family and friends is the biggest part of the holiday season for many, but unfortunately, not everyone has this opportunity. Luckily, the people at Rockfield United Methodist Church in Bowling Green, Kentucky, realized that not everyone has the ability to go home for the holidays, so they made them a second home — if only for one day of the year. In 2003, they organized a Christmas Meal for anyone who was lonely on Christmas Day, which they hosted at Chaney’s Dairy Barn. Every year since then, a group of volunteers from Rockfield has cooked, prepared, and organized a Christmas Meal with the average attendance of 125-150 per year, not including the 100 or more meals they deliver as far as Glasgow to people who cannot make it out to the meal. Debra Chaney, owner of Chaney’s Dairy Barn and a church volunteer herself, stated, “We have a lot of warmth, a lot of love,” referring to the church and their many volunteers who are so dedicated to give up their own Christmas Day to help so many people have a comfortable holiday surrounded by people who truly care about them. Hundreds of people, including people with no family, people with no
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Lavish Holiday Loins, Asparagus & Potatoes
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Nothing can beat the perfect recipe! In this series, Justin shares with you some of his favorite recipes to use with your Stuarto’s olive oils, balsamic vinegars, sea salts, spices and cane sugars.
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• 1.5-2 lbs. Pork Tenderloin • 1 tsp. Stuarto’s Applewood Smoked Pepper • 1 tsp. Stuarto’s Spanish Rosemary Sea Salt • 1 tsp. Stuarto’s House Blend • ¾ tsp. Stuarto’s Alderwood Smoked Sea Salt • 2 tsp. Dry Oregano • ¾ tsp. Mustard Powder • 2 Tbsp. Stuarto’s Wild Mushroom & Sage EVOO • 2 Tbsp. Stuarto’s Oregano Balsamic
• 1.5-2 lbs. Pork Tenderloin • 2 tsp. Stuarto’s Cinnamon Cane Sugar • 1 tsp. Stuarto’s Toasted Onion Sea Salt • ¾ tsp. Stuarto’s Vanilla Bean Cane Sugar • 1 Tbsp. Dark Brown Sugar • ¾ tsp. Chipotle Chili Powder • ½ tsp. Ground Ginger • 2 Tbsp. Stuarto’s Chipotle EVOO • 2 Tbsp. Stuarto’s Vanilla Balsamic
After choosing the flavor of your choice, blend dry ingredients into a dry rub. Coat the pork loin thoroughly with dry rub, massaging the blend into the meat. When pork loin is coated, drizzle it with the combination of Stuarto’s EVOO & Balsamic Vinegar. Place the pork in a covered dish to rest and marinate overnight in the refrigerator. When ready to cook, preheat oven to 425˚. Cook uncovered 25-30 minutes or until the internal temperature reads 145˚. After removing the loin from the oven, allow it to rest for 10 minutes before slicing. Voila! Top with Stuarto’s Denissimo Balsamico for DID an added touch of flavor and FLAIR!
• 1.5-2 lbs. Asparagus • 1 lb. Sliced Bacon (Applewood Smoked or your favorite flavor) • 3 Tbsp. Stuarto’s Tuscan Herb EVOO • 2 Tbsp. Stuarto’s Sicilian Lemon Balsamic • 1.5 Tbsp. Stuarto’s Olive Oil’s Best Friend Herb Blend • 2 tsp. Stuarto’s Applewood Smoked Pepper Preheat oven to 400˚, however, if cooking with the pork loin, 425˚ is fine, just don’t overcook the bacon. Wash/trim the bottoms of the asparagus. Cut bacon slices in half. Wrap each piece of asparagus with a half slice of bacon, covering as much of the asparagus as possible. Place the wrapped bacon on a baking sheet lined with foil or parchment paper, or an oven-safe baking rack if you have one (be certain to place it over a baking sheet to catch fat drippings). Sprinkle asparagus with the dry seasoning and drizzle with the EVOO and Balsamic. Cook for 20-25 minutes, or to your liking of crispness of bacon. Remove from pan/rack and allow to rest for 5 minutes before serving. For additional flavor, I like to serve my bacon-wrapped asparagus with a drizzle of Stuarto’s Black Mission Fig Balsamic. 14 • Flair • 2016 • October/November/December
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Truffled Garlic Mashed Potatoes • 2 lbs. Golden Potatoes (skins on) • 3 Tbsp. Stuarto’s Butter EVOO • 2 Tbsp. Stuarto’s White Truffle EVOO
• 1.5 Tbsp. Stuarto’s House Blend Seasoning • 1 tsp. Stuarto’s White Truffle Sea Salt
Wash and cut potatoes into cubes, leaving skin on to give more texture. Bring a pot of water to a rapid boil and add cubed potatoes. Boil potatoes for 15-20 minutes, or until soft. Strain water from the potatoes. While the potatoes are piping hot, add the EVOO’s and dry ingredients. Use a hand mixer or potato masher to mash and blend well. Top with a tiny drizzle of Stuarto’s White Truffle Oil and a pinch of Stuarto’s Applewood Smoked Pepper. Enjoy!
You’re likely already using olive oil on your salads and in your cooking - but did you know that it also has health benefits that could lead to a longer life? Olive oil helps in the prevention of heart disease, stroke and dementia, as well as cancers of the breast, respiratory tract and upper digestive tract. Research shows it may have the potential to lower the risk for osteoporosis and diabetes, too.
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I enjoy making this cocktail with a rye bourbon; however, any fine Kentucky Bourbon will work perfect.
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Fill shaker half-full of ice. Pour in Bourbon, Vermouth, Balsamic, and Bitters. Shake well, strain into a martini glass, garnish and serve. For garnishing, skewer an orange peel and maraschino cherry onto rosemary. The rosemary gives a complimentary aromatic sensation while sipping this cocktail. If you really enjoy rosemary, shake some up with your cocktail; just be certain to strain your drink well! When you enjoy your first, have another for me! Yum!
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Stunning Christmas Decoration IDEAS Christmas is one of the happiest occasions that we celebrate every year and this is why we try to change many things around us to welcome this joyful occasion. We start thinking of the way we are going to celebrate Christmas with our families and friends, but how to do this without decorating our homes? In order to welcome Christmas, we need to change the look of our homes through decorating them. There are many simple things that we can do to easily decorate a home and change its look to be really amazing without wasting a lot of money. Once we mention Christmas decoration, the Christmas tree quickly jumps to our minds and we start thinking of a new way to decorate it. In addition to the Christmas tree that differs in its decoration and even the materials from which it is made, there are other spaces that need to be decorated in order to change the whole look of your home. Decorating your home is not limited to the different spaces inside your home. You should not forget the exterior decoration that makes your home more inviting on such a happy occasion. You can create different decorative items on your own for decorating tables, chairs and walls in your home. The materials that you may need for creating such decorative items are not expensive and can be easily found in your home. By creating different decorative items on your own, you will save a lot of money and will be also able to make the items that you need for decorating your home with the help of the different ideas and designs that you can find on the internet. The colors which you choose for decorating your home should match each other in order to increase the elegance of your home and make it more inviting. Merry Christmas!
Dear Gabby, I just watched a TV show on how to train and talk to your dog. However, when I tried it, my dog still acted dumb. What do you think about that? — Signed, Dog Whisperer Dear Dog Whisperer, I think it proves the theory that dogs DO take on the characteristics of their owners. — Gabby
Dear Gabby, The world has become so dangerous. I am thinking of getting a Concealed Weapons license. Have any thoughts about this? — Signed, Annie Oakley Dear Annie Oakley, The idea that someone would grant YOU a license to carry a gun only proves how dangerous the world is. You need to leave your weapons at home. — Gabby
Dear Gabby, I was thinking that in addition to cooking turkey for Thanksgiving, I would also cook ham. What do you think about that idea? — Signed, Paula Deen Wannabe Dear PDW, I think if your obnoxious and loud brother is coming, you will have all the ham anyone can handle. — Gabby
Dear Gabby, I went to an office Christmas party, but nobody talked to me! Should I feel hurt? — Signed, Left Out Loser Dear LOL, No, you should stop going to office parties of places where you do not work. Those people have never seen you before. — Gabby Flair • 2016 • October/November/December • 17
New York is considered “the city that never sleeps,” but I didn’t know the extent of that statement until I experienced it for myself. Growing up in Kentucky, I had never before experienced that many bright lights next to the vast night sky. I had never realized how utterly distracting they were at three o’clock in the morning on Thanksgiving Day, 2014. I stood with 180 fellow marching band members in front of Macy’s Department Store that early morning, rehearsing for the famous Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade that would begin just hours later. The dark, early-morning sky hardly mattered to the Paul Laurence Dunbar Marching Band from Lexington, Kentucky. The storefronts lit the street overwhelmingly, not to mention
the lights NBC had set up for their filming equipment. Our excitement, too, helped us ignore our lack of sleep the previous night as the NBC director instructed us on when to march onto the legendary Macy’s star. Those next few hours flew by, filled with the earliest breakfast I ever had, a quick and restless nap, getting back into uniform, and lining up on the parade route. It wasn’t until all of us were standing on Central Park West, watching all the gigantic balloons rise into the sky and Joe Jonas feature us in the background of his snapchat story, that it really hit me. We were going to be in a parade seen by over 50 million people all over the world. Not only that, but we were all going to be able to experience this performance of a lifetime together, unifying and doing what we all love: making music. The entire previous five months, there had been a huge focus on unity: play together, march together, eat together, and run laps together. Marching band is centered around unity. A common motto was “We are only as strong as our weakest link,” and because of our season of rehearsals, performances, and friendships, all our links were equally strong. We had just wrapped up an exhilarating competitive marching season less than a month earlier, filled with successes that didn’t always equate to wins, but we accomplished feats we couldn’t have even imagined. So standing there in the center of all the chaos of parade prep, surrounded by balloons, floats, and my closest friends, it was a better end to my senior year marching season than I could have ever asked for. After marching, playing, and almost tripping over photographers crouching on the ground for a little over two miles, we reached the Macy’s star, the same place we had begun our very early morning, one last time. Playing the first notes of our tune, I couldn’t help but smile as it began to snow.
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There’s something about breaking up with someone: you just look hotter than you ever did before.
Pink Once you figure out what respect tastes like, it tastes better than attention, but you have to get there. ••••••••••••••
I change my mind so much, I need two boyfriends and a girlfriend. •••••••••
Beauty has never been my goal.
•••• “Sexy” doesn’t have to come with the price tag of being dumb.
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The aggressive side of me comes across in my music, but I’m just a sweet girl.
Women have fought so long and hard for our rights and equality, and now all our attention is put on being a size zero.
Pink is what I do. Alecia is who I am.
The willow is my favorite tree. I grew up near one. It’s the most flexible tree in nature, and nothing can break it: no wind, no elements. It can bend and withstand anything.
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There’s a long list of essential things to do in the winter, and by the time you’ve visited all the holiday trees and finished decking the halls, you’ll definitely be ready to cuddle up to watch your favorite family Christmas movies. Kick off family movie night with a bowl of popcorn (maybe some candy canes, too) and queue or up favorites like to get everyone in the holiday spirit. Pass the hot chocolate, please! 10. Elf (2003) - Will Ferrell plays Buddy, a
wide-eyed sweetheart raised to be an elf until he outgrows the North Pole.
9. Frosty the Snowman (1969) - An animated
TV special that faithfully details the title character.
8. A Christmas Story (1983) - Ralphie wants an official Red Ryder BB gun, and the only things standing in his way are a pink bunny suit, a leg lamp, and a tongue sticking to a flagpole. 7. Miracle on 34th St. (1947) - Macy’s hires gentle Kris Kringle to be its department store St. Nick, but his commitment to the job sets off a media firestorm that ends up in court.
4. A Christmas Carol (1951) - Ebenezer
Scrooge endures various visions of Christmases Past, Present, and Future during one marathon night of soul searching.
3. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer (1964) - A young
reindeer is picked on because of his bright red nose. Fortunately, Santa sees an excellent solution.
2. A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965) - A
6. The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992) - Jim
clever skewering of Christmas commercialization and a heartfelt celebration of holiday holiness.
5. Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966) - That villain from Mt. Crumpit discovers
1. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) -George Bailey, a man with big ambitions (and a bigger heart), makes personal sacrifices that create a staggering ripple effect on earth.
Henson’s lovable menagerie puts its own spin on the venerable Victorian tale.
that Christmas cheer can never be stolen.
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Even the cook should get to enjoy a stress-free Thanksgiving, so if you’re hosting this year’s holiday festivities, follow these 10 tips to help take the stress out of getting ready to prepare a Thanksgiving meal.
MAKE A PLAN
Poor planning is probably the greatest stressor when you’re trying to execute a large meal, particularly Thanksgiving dinner. If you want your holiday meal to run smoothly, you must plan the event carefully in advance.
Make lists of everything you need to keep organized (ingredients, dishes, kitchen gadgets and accessories, guests, tablescapes, and activities). Once you know exactly what you’ll need, you can round up the items and organize them.
KEEP A GENERAL HEAD COUNT
CAREFULLY DETERMINE YOUR MENU
Crowds tend to be ever-changing, especially around holidays, so it’s up to you to keep an accurate head count as you move forward. Expect some changes on your guest list, just always err on the side of too much food rather than too little.
It’s easy to get excited about a holiday meal and go overboard with your menu. Think carefully about everything you must do to create each dish. Plan to have a few items that are more difficult and a few items that are quick and easy.
PREPARE SOME ITEMS IN ADVANCE
A vital trick when cooking for a crowd is preparing as many items in advance as you can. The more items you can prepare in advance, the easier the big day will be.
DON’T BE AFRAID TO BORROW
Just because you’re the host of a holiday dinner doesn’t mean you should have all the pots, pans, dishes, and supplies on hand. When you cook for a crowd, borrowing items is perfectly fine.
CREATE A WORKFLOW
A workflow will help you manage your tasks and ensure that everything gets done.
EAT WELL, EXERCISE, AND SLEEP WELL
As you’re getting ready for Thanksgiving, try to keep the same schedule. Eat the same kind of foods you normally do, get some exercise, and go to bed and get up at the same times as usual. If you keep your body in sync, you’ll keep a level head on your shoulders.
TAKE A BREATHER
Build some downtime into your Thanksgiving day. Your mind and body work better if they both can take a break, so don’t feel guilty if you put your feet up, watch a parade, or read an article for 15 minutes. You’ll feel refreshed.
ASK FOR HELP
The trick is knowing when you need help. As Thanksgiving day nears, be realistic. If you simply have too much to do, make some phone calls and get extra help. Your goal is to have a fun, successful Thanksgiving Day.
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