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Holiday Sweets



Rocky Mountain High


The Local Give-Back Guide


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Fat Grafting

The fat grafting procedure transfers fat from one body area to another. It is a core technique in my practice and is primarily used to restore youthful volume to the face. The upper cheek, folds around the mouth and the lips may all benefit from fat grafting. Fat is a natural filler and therefore looks very smooth and feels very soft in virtually all circumstances. There is no risk of allergy or rejection since the fat cells are your own. Fat grafting may also be used for a variety of other applications including treatment of depressed scars, buttock enhancement, and treatment of contour problems after liposuction.

DISTRIBUTION AND STRETCHING OR SAGGING OF THE SKIN. The modern facelift addresses both issues to generate a youthful, natural-appearing result. Fat may be removed from undesired areas such as the neck and jowl. Simultaneously, fat grafts may be employed to restore volume in areas of loss such as the upper cheek or around the mouth.

FAT GRAFTING CAN BE A COMPONENT OF A LARGER SURGITHE GOAL IS TO CAL PROCEDURE TRANSFER LIVING FAT CELLS TO IN THE OPERATING ROOM OR A DIFFERENT BODY LOCATION IN THE OFFICE UNDER LOCAL AND HAVE THEM REMAIN ALIVE ANESTHESIA. IN THE NEW AREA. An American Board of Plastic Surgery Certified Surgeon Just like fat cells elsewhere, the living, grafted, cells should remain for a very long time. Fat grafts have no specific longevity and theoretically can last indefinitely. However, the human body is always changing and fat grafts are subject to natural changes over time, just like all other living tissues. Not all of the fat cells will survive the transfer process. The percentage which does can vary significantly from patient to patient. More than one session of fat grafting may be required to achieve the best result.


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Holiday TRADITIONS Every family, office, neighborhood and group of friends celebrates the holiday season in their own unique way. These traditions are the bricks that build a holiday, making each celebration feel special. If you’re itching to get in the spirit this year, perhaps starting one of these traditions with your crew will help you all feel merry and bright! | December 2021


Gift Swaps

Whether it’s White Elephant-style or Secret Santa, we love to find interactive ways to make exchanging presents a little more fun. One of our favorites involves sitting in a circle and reading “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas;” every time the word “left” or “right” is read, pass gifts around the circle in that direction.

Holiday Brunch

Brunch is a wonderful way to gather on Christmas morning, given that everyone gets up early to open presents. Sharing waffles and coffee (or cocoa!) to ring in the holiday feels so festive. As a bonus, brunch lends itself to a lot of makeahead prep, such as overnight French toast casseroles. Tired Santas rejoice!

Matching Jammies

In recent years, getting the whole family a set of matching pajamas has become an adorable tradition. Whether for a holiday card family portrait or just to look cute together, this trend is one that everyone can enjoy... even pets!

Parents buy 12 Christmas children’s books, then wrap and number them. The kids get to unwrap a book every day leading up to Christmas and everyone reads it together around the tree.

Dear Santa…

One of the biggest moments during the Christmas season for any kid is getting to tell Santa what they want for Christmas. Whether they hop on his lap or send a letter, it’s a rite of passage.

Holiday Cards

Did you know that the first Christmas card (that we have evidence of, at least) was given in 1611? Meanwhile, the tradition of sending Christmas cards really ramped up in popularity with the advent of the first manufactured cards in Victorian times. Roughly 1.3 billion cards are sent each year during the holiday season. Have you made your list and checked it twice?

Somehow, wearing ugly Christmas sweaters from the 80s became a party trend in early 2000s Canada. The trend spread across the globe, and brands began intentionally producing ugly sweaters you didn’t have to get at a thrift store.


Remember in A Christmas Story when Ralphie thinks he has opened all of his Christmas gifts, but his dad leans over and announces, “Say! Don’t I see something over there stuck behind the drapes?” And there it is, the cherished Red Ryder BB Gun! The tradition of hiding the last gift and saving it ‘til the end always ensures that it’s an unforgettable, magical moment. Some families also leave a note from Santa, starting a fun scavenger hunt for the last gift.


Look, hearty holiday meals are great. But there’s really only so much turkey, ham or pie that any one person can eat in a year. Taking a break from all the traditional feasts and going for something a little more casual can feel like an indulgent treat. Grabbing takeout takes the pressure off of holiday hosts while delighting guests. Those who don’t celebrate Christmas already know the singular pleasure of having something totally satisfying while the rest of the world is chomping on dry turkey.

Elf of the Shelf

Christmas Books

Ugly Sweaters

The Magical Last Gift

Love them or hate them, these secret scouts for Santa have remained steady in popularity since the book debuted in 2005. Pinterest is teeming with ideas to make discovering the elf a fun activity for your little ones. But parents beware: this is one activity that is almost impossible to drop once you’ve started it. Elf of the Shelf is so divisive that one judge in Georgia (jokingly) “banned” them in homes where they have previously wreaked havoc.

Candy & Cookie Swaps

People all over the Bluegrass head to the kitchen at Christmastime to bake cookies and make candy. Some families meet up to bake together, making an event of it. Other people fly solo, then swap their favorite treats – and recipes – with friends, relatives and neighbors. It’s a sweet way to connect during the holiday season!

Family Ornaments

Families have unique ways to mark the passage of time through holiday ornaments. Whether you hang one the children make or have one made by a professional to commemorate each year, it’s a special way to reflect on your shared memories every time you put up the tree. We love the Pinterest idea of using salt dough or clay to press house keys for each home you’ve lived in, or children’s footprints or handprints.

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Movie Night!

Whether you're a Hallmark Holiday-Head or a lover of the classics, holiday movies are a huge part of what makes this season so magical. While we can't say we're film buffs, we definitely have a lot of favorites. Here are 20 that we love, and we hope you'll enjoy too! What's your favorite holiday flick? Join us on Facebook to chat holiday movies, traditions and so much more!

• Miracle on 34th Street (1994 & 1947)

• White Christmas (1954)

• Love Actually (2003)

• Eight Crazy Nights (2002)

• A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)

• Home Alone (1990)

• Elf (2003)

• Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964)

• How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1967)

• The Polar Express (2004)

• Die Hard (1988... and yes, it is)

• The Family Stone (2005)

• A Christmas Story (1983)

• The Shop Around the Corner (1940)

• The Preacher’s Wife (1996)

• It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

• National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)

• Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey (2020)

• Mickey’s Christmas Carol (1983)

• The Christmas Chronicles (2018) | December 2021


Advent Calendars

Bright Lights

The Feast of Seven Fishes


Originally concieved as a way to help children count down to Christmas, modern interpretations offer you 25 days of little treats. We've seen advent calendars bearing wine, cheese, chocolate, soap, dog treats, socks and even beef jerky. There's an advent calendar out there for everyone!

Italian-American families know this one well: on Christmas Eve, they enjoy (at least!) seven dishes featuring different kinds of seafood. Since Christmas Eve is a day of fasting and abstaining from other meats, this is a clever way to celebrate the season.

Drive around to look at the lights! Many local homes take their holiday decorations over-the-top, Griswold style. So get out there and take it all in. One favorite local tradition is Southern Lights at the Kentucky Horse Park, a can't-miss for families, date night or even solo.

Sharing favorite comfort food dishes is a wonderful way to celebrate the season. Holiday potluck parties are especially popular for offices and groups of friends, as it allows everyone to bring their own traditions and celebrations to the table.

The Nutcracker

“Minute to Win It”

This is a silly tradition that families LOVE. Play short, quick, fast-paced games together. From the Santa beard contest (see who can create the longest Santa beard using shaving cream) to Jingle Cookies (everyone gets an identical sugar cookie; the first one to eat it, then whistle “Jingle Bells” wins), this is a riot for all of your holiday guests!

Tchaikovsky’s most famous work is a true Christmas classic. This romantic tale of a young girl transported to a world of wonder has captured imaginations since 1892.

Pointsettias & Paperwhites

These flowers bloom at the perfect time to make great gifts and festive additions to your holiday décor!

Christmas Tree Hunting

For families that prefer live trees at Christmas, finding the perfect one can be a fun tradition! Some people enjoy the challenge of to a farm and cutting it down themselves. Others like getting to peruse the selection available at their local tree lot, stand or shop. However you do it, picking your tree – or trees – is an easy way to involve everyone.

The Christmas Pickle

So the story goes like this: a very old German tradition saw families hiding pickles in their Christmas trees. Whichever child found the pickle first got an extra present. While that story is total hogwash, it has absolutely become a brand new American tradition! You can find glass pickle ornments – or even a plastic yodeling one from jokester brand Archie McPhee – to hide in your tree.

Yule Log

Now this is a tradition with a storied history. These specially selected logs to burn on the hearth at Yuletide have ancient origins. But modern interpretations are even more fun! From the bûche de Noël (that is, Yule log cake) to 10-hour videos of burning fireplaces on YouTube, this is a lovely way to bring the holiday spirit into your home.


The holiday season reminds us of all our many blessings. That’s why it’s so important to embrace the spirit of giving to help those less fortunate. Check out the TOPS Give Back Guide to find incredible local organizations that need your help to help others this holiday season, and throughout the coming year.

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A Little Something


Find the perfect holiday cookie gift at Martine's Pastries!


ne of the sweetest treats of the season are holiday cookies. And no one does them better than Martine’s Pastries, which has been a part of the Lexington community for over 20 years! Made from scratch with real butter and cream, cookies from Martine’s are always delicious. Their variety of seasonal flavors include gingerbread people, hand-decorated sugar cookies, confetti cookies and small, crisp, buttery tea cookies. They also have tasty classics such as chocolate chip, peanut butter, cranberry oatmeal and triple chocolate! Their cookies make a great gift, whether for family, friends, neighbors, teachers, coworkers or business clients. You can purchase cookies from Martine’s individually, in small cello bags, cookie boxes, holiday gift towers and gift baskets – packaging tied with a festive bow! Their cookie gifts come in a range of prices, making them perfect for any gift-giver. To learn more, call (859) 231-9110, email, follow us on social, or visit •


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GIFT guide December 2021 |


gift guide 2021

for the ladies 2. 1.


Boxed Lunch Box by Scout ($29.50) Available at Peggy's Gifts


Birth Month Flower Scarf ($48) Available at Uncommon Goods




Avena boots in anthracite suede by Dolce Vita ($130) Available at Olive You Boutique



Calypso Bangle ($130) Available at Olive You Boutique



Spartina 449 Wallet in Pink House Paisley ($94) Available at My Favorite Things


Ladies Medium Wallet ($120) Available at Freedman Harness


Champagne Multi Color Earrings ($24) Available at Pirie Boutique



Take Notes, Son of a Biscuit ($25) Available at PK's Gift Closet


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for the men 1.



Suffolk Quilted Travel Coat in Olive by Peter Millar ($228) Available at Logan's of Lexington


2021 Bourbon Trail Field Guide ($8)


Available at Peggy's Gifts


Dublin Everyday Bifold Wallet ($165) Available at Clayton & Crume



Bourbon Five Ways Needlepoint Belt on Dark Navy by Smathers & Branson ($175) Available at Logan's of Lexington



Classic Briefcase ($990) Available at Freedman Harness



KY Shape Football Socks ($10) Available at Barrel Down South


Scotch-Infused Toothpicks Gift Set ($35.95) Available at Uncommon Goods




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Corkcicle 20oz Woodland Camo Canteen ($44.95) Available at My Favorite Things


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home sweet home 2. 1.


Aleena Pie Dish ($38) Available at Anthropologie



Softies Throw Blanket ($119) Available at The Front Porch


Newport Cachepot by Jayes Studio ($32)

3. 5.

Available at My Favorite Things


KY Horseshoe State Tea Towel ($16.99) Available at Kentucky Branded


Capri BLUE 8oz Glam Diffuser ($39.99) Available at Peggy's Gifts


Hoiday Serveware


Available at Ada & Lo


Hot Chocolate on a Stick ($36) Available at Uncommon Goods


Twos Company Blooms and Berries Boxed Candle ($34)


Available at My Favorite Things



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kentucky proud

3. 2. one


Barrel Kentucky State Baseball Tee ($25) Available at Local LEX Market


Capri BLUE 8oz Volcano Petite Jar Candle ($22) Available at Olive You Boutique


KY Leopard Dallas Crew Sweatshirt ($48)


Available at Kentucky Branded



Bourbon Balls, Equine Collection 8oz box ($17.50) Available at Ruth Hunt Candies


Kentucky Y’all 14×18 Pillow ($54) Available at Kentucky Branded



Lexington KY Lumbar Pillow ($34.99)


Available at Peggy's Gifts



My First Love Tee ($25) Available at Shop Local KY


Smathers and Branson University of Kentucky Wallet ($115) Available at My Favorite Things

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ready to entertain 1. 3.



Babe Wine 4pk ($12.99) Available at Kentucky Eagle


Gift Card for Breakfast Available at Wild Eggs


On Boards by Lisa Dawn Bolton ($20)


Available at My Favorite Things



Vintage Bookshelf Edition Games ($48/ea) Available at Anthropologie


Movie Night Popcorn Kit ($19.95) Available at Crate & Barrel


Rifle Paper Co. Holiday On Ice Puzzle ($34) Available at Anthropologie



Jack Rudy Cocktail Co. Jack Pack ($50)


Available at Peggy's Gifts


Custom Leather Wine Server with Cork ($88) Available at LV Harkness



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beauty-fanatic 3.



Gold Celebration Quad Eyeshadow Palette ($45)


Available at Merle Norman


Lush Lashes Mascara ($25.95) Available at Lush Cosmetcis at the Summit at Fritz Farm


FinchBerry Sweetly Southern ($10) Available at Violet's Gifts



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Slow North Migraine Mask ($37) Available at Anthropologie


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for the little ones 1.

3. one

Erupting Dinosaur Bath Volcano ($30) Available at Uncommon Goods



Children's Apron in Pink Gingham ($30) Available at Draper James at the Summit at Fritz Farm


Colby Half Moons Backpack ($39.50) Available at Pottery Barn Kids



Chick Rattle and Swaddle ($30) Available at Peggy's Gifts



Little Kentuckian Toddler Tee ($24) Available at Kentucky Branded



Construction Plate & Utensils ($34)


Available at Uncommon Goods


Sophie The Giraffe ($14.99) Available at Target


Wooden Clock Puzzle ($29) Available at Pottery Barn Kids

9. nine

Scott Stadium Shirt ($48) Available at Beufort Bonnet Company


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for the fur babies 2. 1.


The Foggy Dog Flannel Plaid Bandana ($26) Available at Anrhropologie


Padded Dog Collar ($129) Available at Freedman Harness


Pet Bed in Happy Blooms ($62) Available at Vera Bradley



Goody Box Holiday ($24.99) Available at Chewy


Christmas Tree Cave Pet Bed ($90) Available at Anthropologie



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Shop University Press for Your Favorite Book Lover this Holiday! Drowned Town by: Jayne Moore Waldrop

Selected as one of "The Best Southern Books of October 2021" by Southern Review of Books.

“They had been told their sacrifice was for the public good. They were never told how much they would miss it, or for how long.” Drowned Town explores the multigenerational impact caused by the loss of home and illuminates the joys and sorrows of a group of people bound together by western Kentucky’s Land Between the Lakes and the lakes that lie on either side of it. The linked stories are rooted in a landscape forever altered by the mid-twentieth-century impoundment of the Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers and the seizing of property under the power of eminent domain to create a national recreation area on the narrow strip of land between the lakes. The massive federal land and water projects completed in quick succession were designed to serve the public interest by providing hydroelectric power, flood control, and economic progress for the region—at great sacrifice for those who gave up their homes, livelihoods, towns, and history.

The Watercolors of Harlan Hubbard by: Bill Caddell and Flo Caddell

Harlan Hubbard (1900–1988), a Kentucky writer, environmentalist, and artist, spent many years trying to rediscover and revive the vanishing language of landscape in his watercolor paintings. Known for their sense of drifting movement and their depiction of the natural way of life fondly associated with Hubbard, they inexplicably remain his least studied artworks, despite presenting some of the best evidence of Hubbard’s place in the history of landscape painting. The Watercolors of Harlan Hubbard not only argues for Hubbard’s place in the art historical canon but also highlights and analyzes the artist’s own voice. In this unique collection, more than two hundred watercolors are interspersed with anecdotes from those who knew Hubbard or drew inspiration from his work, offering a personal meditation on a deeply influential artist and serving as an invitation to those who have yet to discover him.

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TOPS Favorite Things Liposuction Procedure Available at Waldman Schantz

Thymes Goldleaf Gardenia Body Creme ($29) Available at My Favorite Things

Emile Henry French Ceramic Ruffled Pie Dish Available at Williams Sonoma

Fran Elsen

Editor in Chief

Jayme Jackson Weekend Getaway to Blackberry Farm in Tennessee

Initial Copper Marble Board ($39.99) Available at Peggy's Gifts

Amanda Harper

Vice President of Production

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TOPS Favorite Things

A Standardbred Pacer

Megan Martin

Director of Operations / Account Executive

Everyday Caspari Guest Towel ($8) Available at Peggy's Gifts

Haley Norris

Creative Director

Nostalgia™ Electrics Coca-Cola® Series Frozen Beverage Station Available at Bed Bath & Beyond

Jennifer Baker Account Executive

The Blueberry Hill Snowfall Hat in Red and Cream ($28) Available at Masionette

2012 16" Macbook Pro Available at Apple


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TOPS Favorite Things

Vitruvi Stone Essential Oil Diffuser ($119) Available at Anthropologie

Chad Howard

Vice President of Digital Marketing

Katie Winfree Digital Strategist

Notch 3-Piece Sectional in Kent Coral Velvet Available at Crate & Barrel

Crosley Discovery Record Player in color Dune Available at Altar'd State

Epic MAX Drivers Available at Callaway Golf

Townes Rawls

Senior Account Excutive

UK Vault Wildcat Etched Mug ($15.99) Available at Kentucky Branded

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TOPS Favorite Things

Galaxy Tracker Smart Telescope

Joseph Yarber Digital Specialist

Available at Sage Finds

All Inclusive Vacation to Hawaii

Diana Gevedon Business Manager

Oculus Quest Available at Amazon

Keith Yarber CEO, President

Adele Leather Smartphone Wallet Available at Michael Kors

Vicki Evans

Senior Sales Executive


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Our Picks:

How can one cake be so divisive? There are some who love the stuff, cherishing their first fruitcake of the year like a rite of passage, a singular joy that can only be found in the Christmas season. Others groan, roll their eyes or outright laugh about the dense little loaves, taking joy in mocking the sticky treat. There is no middle ground. Here, we weigh in on this hefty debate!


“It’s always the same: a morning arrives in November, and my friend, as though officially inaugurating the Christmas time of year that exhilarates her imagination and fuels the blaze of her heart, announces: ‘It’s fruitcake weather! Fetch our buggy. Help me find my hat.’” - Truman Capote

The Classic: Regular DeLuxe® Fruitcake • $30.95

Fruitcake is a timeless tradition. The very presence of a fruitcake heralds the start of the holiday season in a way that no other dessert could even try. So before you turn your nose up at this festive treat, learn a little bit about its history! The earliest recipe for fruitcake we have on record comes from ancient Rome. The cakes spread through Europe in the middle ages, and it was considered an absolute decadence because many of the ingredients were so rare. In the sixteenth century, sugar from the American colonies made candied fruits more affordable, making these cakes more widely available. The high alcohol content meant it could be shelf-stable for a long, long time; this made it a perfect Christmas treat, as it could be prepared in advance and eaten in the cold winter months.

The Best Gift: 3-1 Lb. Fruit Cake & Pecans Combo • $42.95

Fruitcake gained popularity as a dish for special occasions in Victorian England (Princess Diana and Kate Middleton both served fruitcake at their wedding receptions.) The Twelfth Night was celebrated with a fruitcake with a coin baked inside, bringing good luck to whoever found it (and presumably, bad luck to whoever accidentally swallowed it.) The fruitcake's status as the Christmas gift that keeps on givin’ was cemented when mail order fruitcakes made their debut in the US around 1918. These mailed cakes were offered up by a number of companies, including Collin Street Bakery and The Claxton Bakery, both of which still churn fruitcakes out to this day! The Local: 2 1/2 lb Kentucky Bourbon Fruitcake • $39.95

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of Americans hate fruitcake.

Admittedly, 1 in 5 have never even tried it, probably because it looks and smells so awful.


12/27 December 27th is National Fruitcake Day.

January 3rd is Fruitcake Toss Day!

“The worst gift is a fruitcake. There is only one fruitcake in the entire world, and people keep sending it to each other.” - Johnny Carson It shows up in your mailbox and nearly snaps the darn thing right off the pole. You lug the box inside, sure that someone has finally mailed you that gold bar you’ve been asking Santa for since you were five. You slice open the box and the sickly sweet aroma hits you just before the disappointment settles in. Your mind immediately shifts into overdrive, trying to think if you know someone – anyone – who actually likes fruitcake, so you can foist this thing off on them. Then, a petty voice in the back of your mind decides it’s time Linda in accounting got her comeuppance in the office gift exchange… The cake is impossibly dense and sticky, yet somehow bone dry. The “candy” is a horrifying spread of red, green and yellow blobs that could easily remove every filling in your teeth. If you’re lucky, the thing is doused in Bourbon (yet is disappointingly, confoundingly hard to set on fire). Now, most people agree that a homemade fruitcake – that is, a fruitcake made with real dried fruits rather than those tubs of candied garbage they sell this time of year – is a far different thing. Rich molasses cake with rum-soaked dried cherries, currants and raisins doesn’t sound half bad. But we can’t let this fiend off the hook just because it’s possible to make it taste better. The fact is that the best use of a fruitcake is as a weapon in the event of a home invasion.

The Gag Gift: Inflatable Fruitcake • $11.95

So this year, if someone unironically gifts you a fruitcake, we give you full permission to cut them off of the Christmas card list next year. But by all means, honor Johnny Carson’s memory by regifting that loaf to the next sucker. Unlike the dodo, we can’t let this stupid lump go extinct completely. by Amanda Harper | December 2021



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estled in the hills of Eastern Kentucky lies a sleepy little enclave called Bellefonte. Now, you won't find Bellefonte on a map; it doesn't have a zip code! It is considered a part of Ashland, but I can promise you that it is straight out of a Norman Rockwell painting. I have an affinity for Bellefonte, being born and bred in Ashland. Having lived in the 41101 myself, I was reminded on a recent trip back home just how beautiful it is. Ashland is a steel and oil city, a tiny version of Pittsburgh in my mind. And although dozens of the train tracks are now overgrown with vegetation and the steel ovens have been idled, it's still very apparent that this is the city that Armco Steel and Ashland Oil (now Marathon) built – and Bellefonte was the place to live. This month, TOPS has the honor of featuring one of Bellefonte's most regal homes as she celebrates her 100th birthday. Along Country Club Drive, you will see several homes from the 1920s. One of my favorites is the home of Julie and Roger Klein. This home has hosted wonderful memories for me over the years, owing in part to the beauty and design of

the house and the infectiously bubbly personality of its owner Julie. She is the epitome of a southern matriarch; Julie will find a reason to celebrate any day (rumor has it she even had a retirement party for her UPS man!) Her home is a perfect place to host any get-together. Construction on the home began in 1920 by a builder who had a terrible fear of fire, so he insisted that the walls be made of poured concrete. The previous owners, John and Anne Ward, purchased the home and reared their three daughters there, one of whom is Julie. Roger lived across the street from Julie and likes to joke that he married "the girl next door." Fast forward to 2004 and after the passing of Julie's father, John, the family agreed it was time to live together as a multigenerational family. The Kleins began an ambitious 18-month-long design project to enlarge the original structure, adding function to the existing space. Anne had very well-appointed motherin-law quarters, which allowed her to be a very active part of raising her grandsons, Ward and William. It also meant that Anne's children and grandchildren that lived out of state got to come back "home" when they visited. by Jayme Jackson | photos by Keni Parks


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The home is on three levels, and the installation of an elevator afforded access to all levels. Originally, the home was red brick; Julie had it painted white, then pressure washed to expose some of the brick, which creates a very European feel to the property. The original slate roof is still in perfect condition to this day. Inside, you are greeted by a spacious entryway that reveals one of the stairways to the 2nd floor and the entrance to the first floor mother-in-law suite. You are instantly struck by the beauty of the original walnut -floors – they just don't make them like this anymore! Next, you step into the kitchen, which was part of the addition completed in 2005. A Williamsburg blue paint color warmly washes over the kitchen/hearth room built-ins, serving as the perfect backdrop to the treelined views that peer from the rear wall of windows. It's a very bright and open room – truly the heart of the house. With the Klein boys off to college, Julie and Roger realized that the home needed to undergo another change to fit their lifestyle as empty nesters. Enter Lexington designer Shannon Totty of Ann Greely Interiors. Together, they devised a plan to take a dining room – which formerly hosted twelve – and convert it into a large family room. Part of the mother-in-law suite was transformed into a butler's pantry. The original dining room was updated with Schumacher scenic panoramic wallpaper. Next on the list? Updating the library with extensive shelving and cabinetry. Julie believes that she has been very blessed to have lived in this special home. The house has changed over time, and the Kleins now find themselves traveling to their home in Lexington and back frequently. "It has served as a stage for many roles throughout my life as a daughter, sister, wife, mother and caregiver. Roger and I were blessed with the opportunity to care for both of our mothers in this home. Life has many chapters. However, for our family, the memories spent in this home have been priceless," says Julie. The Klein home is just one of several examples of the timeless architecture scattered throughout Bellefonte. You can hear the echoes of the industry titans that built this community and the voices of the generations that have lovingly maintained and restored these residences throughout the years. A drive down Country Club Drive is definitely a drive down memory lane for me, and besides, who says you can't go home again? •


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hy do you feed the birds?

Is it that wonderful moment of nature that you experience every time you glance out the windows at your feeders? Is it the true sense of peace that goes along with that little moment? Maybe it is your heightened awareness of the shifting circle of the seasons, brought home by the changing birds and behaviors you see at your feeders. How about the joy you experience when introducing children to the world of nature through the abundant and beautiful birds in your yard? Or is it the satisfaction you feel as birds flock to your feeders during severe weather, and knowing that you are actually helping them to survive another day. At this special time of the year, the delight of seeing so many active and energetic birds at your feeders, combined with the knowledge that you are having a positive impact on the quality of their lives, makes feeding birds a true joy. | Sponsored Content


And this joy is available to everyone. By providing just a few simple things, such as nutritious foods, clean water and ample shelter, birds can quickly become a valuable asset. Not a cash asset… but a spiritual asset that can reward anyone with many priceless hours of happiness and enjoyment. Most people are unaware that not all birds fly south for the winter. In fact, some of the most colorful and lyrical song birds, including jays, woodpeckers and chickadees, stay in the same area throughout the entire year. Wild birds use a variety of techniques to stay warm during the cold winter months; however, while they are equipped to withstand most winter weather, survival can be made easier by providing food, a heated, open source of water and protection from freezing temperatures with natural plant cover or a roosting box. These are only some steps to take in order to attract feathered guests into the backyard this winter. First and foremost, food is the most crucial element for a bird’s winter survival. Providing birds with the energy, stamina and nutrition they need to stay warm will help immensely. Also, to stay warm, birds will expend energy very quickly, some losing up to 10 percent of their body weight on extremely cold nights. In these cases, an ample supply of high-calorie foods, such as black oil sunflower seeds, peanuts and suet can be vital to a wild bird’s survival. “In addition to supplying birds with food, birds also need a place to bathe when temperatures drop,” said Nic Patton, manager of Wild Birds Unlimited in Lexington “Providing birds with an open water source will allow them to clean their feathers, which ultimately help birds stay warm. Also, a bird bath with open water is often the only way for some birds to drink, when it’s cold.” Many bird enthusiasts will use bird bath heaters to keep the water thawed during extensive below freezing temperatures. By either adding a heater to the water source or purchasing a bird bath with a built in heater, a bird bath in the winter has the potential to attract as many birds as bird food! Finally, a natural plant cover or roosting box is also advised to help protect birds from harsh winters. By providing birds with these shelter options, you are also helping them secure safety from predators. For more advice on caring for backyard birds in cold weather, contact a Certified Birdfeeding Specialists at Wild Birds Unlimited.

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Kate and Antonio first met at a friend’s Memorial Day BBQ Party in Athens, GA. They bonded over Shakespeare; Antonio was acting in a local production of one of The Bard’s plays, and Kate mentioned that she hated to miss it. A few months later, Antonio was in The Merry Wives of Windsor and encouraged Kate to see it. To help familiarize her with the play, the two had their first official date at the library, huddled around a dusty old VHS copy of the 1982 BBC version. When the library closed before they could finish the last 10 minutes, they had a built-in excuse for a second date. Once Kate finished her veterinary ophthalmology residency in Georgia, she began looking for her first “grown-up” job, and a Lexington veterinary hospital was on the list of contenders. The two of them spent a long weekend in the area to see how Kentucky “fit” for them and ended up falling in love with the city. When fellow Bourbon lovers offered to give them a ride back to town from Woodford Reserve – and even gave them two tickets to Keeneland the next day – they knew they had found their home. “From that moment on,” Antonio said, “I knew Lexingtonians were unlike anyone else.” The couple decided early on that they wanted a winter wedding. Working with a venue that could accommodate their wishes was important. “Choosing a wedding venue can be a very difficult and frustrating time,” Kate explained. “When we first walked into The Signature Club, however, we knew we had found a special place. They were so professional and easy to work with throughout the whole process.” Kate wore her mother’s veil and a cloak that her grandmother made for Kate’s aunt’s wedding some 45 years prior. The bride’s mother made fur stoles for the bridesmaids, as well as the groom’s jacket. The couple wanted a winter wonderland feel for their wedding day. To achieve it, they steered the palette toward dark greens, browns and white tones. Flickering candles, pine boughs and woodland decorations helped bring wintry elements. Countless DIY details sprinkled throughout the décor made every moment incredibly personal. The bride even handmade the clay foxes that served as the cake topper for a one-of-a-kind touch! Kate and Antonio worked with First Dance Lexington to choreograph their first dance to “We Belong Together” by Randy Newman. Her father arranged and recorded the version of “Married Life” that played during their father-daughter dance. Kate and Antonio loved ending the night under a shower of paper “snow” during their official send-off… before escaping for a private moment together alone outside, only to have it begin snowing for real.

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Kate and Antonio want to remind other couples teamwork is the key to smooth wedding planning. “My advice,” says Antonio, “is to not say, ‘I don’t care,’ if your soon-to-be spouse asks for your opinion on something. You may not care, but weddings require a copious number of decisions to be made and if your spouse is asking for help with making some of those, provide that help.” Kate agreed and added, “Try not to get too overwhelmed with the small things… at the end of the day, the only thing that matters is the person waiting for you at the end of the aisle. Things have a way of working out for the best.”

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Holi-date! How to find someone special to share your holiday celebrations with...


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hile we applaud anyone who is single and happy, we know a lot of people are asking Santa for a copilot this year. From family dinners to office parties, the holiday season brings lots of situations where singletons might wish they had a plus one. If you’re searching for someone, these tips can help you find someone to sleigh ride along this social season.

Be Honest

This is the most important rule in online dating: be truthful, be up front and be YOU. Fibbing about little details – your age, your height, your job – can feel like no big deal, but it is an instant deal breaker for most daters. Being deceptive on your online profile will only lead to matches that aren’t right for you. Start out on the right foot and you’ll eventually find someone who appreciates you for you.

Be Upbeat

It’s an unspoken rule of online dating that negative statements in your profile scream louder than anything positive you have to say. You may think you’re being upfront or charmingly self-deprecating, but it sounds bitter, angry or otherwise unpleasant. One mistake a lot of people make is saying who they DON’T want to match with; you’re probably scaring off lots of potential matches.

Tell ‘Em What You’re After

It’s important to be honest in the “looking for” section. Do you want a long-term relationship, or are you open to short-term dating? If you’re only looking for holi-dates, say so in your profile! Your matches will appreciate knowing where you are coming from and how you can share a meaningful moment in one another's lives.

The Four Photos

Select at least four photos taken in the last year, preferably taken by a skilled photographer. One of your face, one of you participating in an activity you enjoy, a full-body photo of you in an outfit you love and one of you “in your element” – at home, at work, volunteering, working on a hobby or otherwise really being YOU.

Step Outside Yourself

Look at your profile as if you knew nothing at all about yourself. What is it saying to others? What are your photos showing? Is your profile showing off what an amazing person you are, right away? If you’re not sure, show your profile to an acquaintance and get their feedback. And while you want to put your best foot forward, you also want to be sure that you're presenting your authentic, unique, fantastic self! | December 2021



tips to help you be a holi-date! great holi-date Be careful with gifts.

Unless your date will be taking place during a gift exchange event, you don’t need to bring a gift for your date. If there will be a gift exchange, select something silly and inexpensive. That said, host and hostess gifts are always appropriate (just don’t wrap it, so there’s no awkwardness.)

While you don’t need to be glued to one another’s sides all evening, you also shouldn’t ditch your date, especially not to make a connection with someone else at the event.

Be attentive and safe.

Pay attention to your holi-date. If they seem to be having a bad time or they’re uncomfortable, check in with them. If they want to leave, either give them a ride home or hail them an Uber. Be sure you both arrive and get home safely. (And it goes without saying: follow all of the usual first date precautions.)

Bumble feels like the grown-up’s choice of dating app. The butter yellow interface and gentle language help everything feel calm and collected. In male-female matches, the woman is always prompted to make the first move, eliminating a lot of awkward pick-up attempts. After that, the man has 24 hours to respond. (In other matches, both people have 24 hours to make a move.)

Tinder has a well-earned reputation as a “hookup” app. While it's true that a lot of people on Tinder are looking for short-term fun, you can still find matches who are looking for longerterm relationships. That said, the format is perfect for finding holidates! If you're looking for a date for a specific event, try changing the first line of your bio to say so.


Be game.

Holiday traditions are different for everyone. You might be walking into some wacky ones! Show up with an open mind and an appreciation for adventure. Being open to whatever the evening brings will allow you to let go and...

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Stick with your date.

Have fun!

Try these apps!

“The dating app designed to be deleted.” Hinge aims to give people matches that work longer term. It can sometimes take a little longer to find the right match with Hinge, but the goal is to not need any dating apps afterwards! A lot of people are turned off by this app’s interface, however.

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Ingredients: 2 lbs. white almond bark, chopped 12 oz. semisweet chocolate chips 4 oz. peanut butter chips 32 oz. dry roasted peanuts Ingredients: 1 c. granulated sugar 1/4 c. light corn syrup 2 T honey 1/2 c. water 2 tsp. baking soda

Instructions: Add almond bark, chocolate chips and peanut butter chips to your crock pot. Cover with a clean, dry towel, then place the lid over that. This will collect condensation. Cook for 1 hour on high. Reduce to low and cook for an additional hour, stirring every 15 minutes.

Instructions: Line an 8x8” pan with parchment paper. Spread sugar in the bottom of a heavy saucepan. Add corn syrup, honey and water, making sure to moisten all of the sugar. Allow to set over medium high heat. Cook mixture to 300ºF. Remove the pan from heat and whisk in the baking soda. Once it stops foaming, pour the mixture into the lined pan.

Remove lid – being careful to prevent any condensation from dropping back in the pot – and fold in peanuts. Drop spoonfuls onto wax paper and allow to set. Note: Get creative with the decorations! Add sprinkles, edible glitter or chopped candy before the chocolate fully sets.

Let harden. Break into pieces using a knife. (adapted from The Pioneer Woman)

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Ingredients: 1 T heavy cream 2 c. white chocolate chips 1/4 c. moscato (room temperature) Sanding sugar

Ingredients: 2 1/2 c. crushed cookies 1 8oz. block cream cheese 1 tsp. vanilla 2 tsp. coconut oil 1 1/4 c. white chocolate chips


Instructions: Combine cookies, cream cheese and vanilla. Use a small cookie scoop to form mixture into balls. Drop onto a lined baking sheet and place in the freezer for 10 minutes.

Instructions: Add cream and chocolate chips to a double boiler. Heat over medium heat, stirring constantly until melted. Turn off the heat and slowly stir in the moscato. Refrigerate for 1 hour. Using a cookie scoop or your fingers, form the mixture into balls. Roll the balls in sanding sugar. Refrigerate until ready to serve. (adapted from Delish)



In a bowl, mix coconut oil and chocolate chips. Microwave on low for 30 second intervals, stirring in between, until melted. Dip balls in chocolate. Feel free to add sprinkles, drizzles of milk chocolate or other decoration! What kinds of cookies should you use? Firmer cookies tend to work best in this recipe, so think Oreos, sugar cookies, gingerbread cookies or speculoos.

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Ginger bread Cookies

Ingredients: 10 T unsalted butter, softened 3/4 c. packed dark brown sugar 2/3 c. molasses 1 large egg 1 tsp. vanilla 3 1/2 c. all-purpose flour 1 tsp. baking soda 1/2 tsp. salt 1 T ground ginger 1 T ground cinnamon 1/2 tsp. ground allspice 1/2 tsp. ground cloves Instructions:

Using a hand-mixer or stand mixer with paddle attachment, beat the butter for 1 minute on medium. Add the brown sugar and molasses and beat until combined and creamy. Beat in egg and vanilla on high for 2 minutes. In a separate bowl, whisk together dry ingredients. Slowly mix into the wet ingredients until combined. Divide dough in half, form into discs and wrap with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 3 hours, allowing the dough to chill and flour to hydrate. Preheat oven to 350°F. Flour work surface and roll out to 1/4” thickness. Use cookie cutters to cut out desired shapes and place 1” apart on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake cookies, rotating pan once during cooking time, until edges are set and they begin to brown. For smaller cookie cutters, that will be around 8 minutes. Allow to cool for 5 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack and ice only when completely cooled.

Easy Cookie Icing!

Ingredients: 3 c. powdered sugar 1/2 tsp. vanilla 2 tsp. light corn syrup room temperature water gel food coloring Instructions:

Stir sugar, vanilla, corn syrup and 4 1/2 T water together using a fork. Switch to a whisk and let the icing drizzle from the tip. The ribbon should hold for a few seconds before melting back into the icing. If it’s too thick, add an additional 1/2 T water. Divide into separate bowls and add gel coloring. Decorate cookies using squeeze bottles or piping bags. (adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction)

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Ingredients: 1 oz. peppermint schnapps 1/2 oz. vodka 1 1/2 oz. Crème de Cacao 1 1/2 oz. heavy cream Peppermint candy Grenadine Instructions:

Smash your candy canes or peppermints. Dip the rim of your martini glass in grenadine, then dip in peppermint dust. In a cocktail shaker, add schnapps, vodka, Crème de Cacao and heavy cream with a splash of grenadine and a handful of ice. Shake until cold. Strain into prepared glass. Garnish with a soft peppermint candy on the rim, if desired.

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Ingredients: 1/4 c. butter, softened 1/3 c. light corn syrup 1 1/2 tsp. peppermint extract 4 c. powdered sugar food coloring (optional) granulated sugar Instructions: Combine butter and corn syrup. Stir in extract.

Working in 1-cup batches, combine the dough. Begin to knead the dough at 3 cups, adding more powdered sugar only as needed. You’re looking for a smooth dough with all the powdered sugar fully absorbed. Color the dough, if desired. Shape into balls, and roll in granulated sugar. Gently flatten with a fork or shape into stars. Store in an airtight container.


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“for it is in Giving, that we receive”

Meet some amazing local nonprofits that you can support in this season of giving.

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While New Life Day Center first serves as an emergency daytime shelter to get homeless out of the weather and off the streets, they also serve as a connecting point. Whether it is showing the love of Jesus Christmas or connecting them to the services they need to exit life on the streets, the team at NLDC is here. With the public’s help and support, they are one step closer to changing the landscape of the homeless in our community. By building relationships and providing assistance in the ways that best fit, they can empower our community to make a positive step towards getting individuals off the streets. Running a safe daytime refuge is costly, but the NLDC team knows that the impact is worth the effort involved. No matter the type of involvement, they welcome individuals who want to help make a difference in the Lexington community. 859-721-2325


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Tens of thousands of volunteers, donors and supporters advance the Make-A-Wish® vision to grant the wish of every child diagnosed with a critical illness. In the US and its territories, a wish is granted every 34 minutes. A wish can be that spark that helps these children believe that anything is possible and gives them the strength to fight harder against their illnesses. This one belief guides Make-A-Wish and inspires them to grant wishes that change the lives of the kids they serve. For children diagnosed with critical illnesses, a wish come true can be a crucial turning point in their lives. This impact is why Make-A-Wish is driven to make every one of these wishes come true. Make-A-Wish traces its inspiration to Christopher James Greicius, an energetic 7-year-old boy battling leukemia who wishes to be a police officer. In 1980, his Phoenix community came together to make his wish come true. Little did Chris know that his wish would create a movement that would transform millions of lives. Frank “Bopsy” Salazar is the first official Make-A-Wish kid. He’s 7 and has leukemia—just like Chris. So, the Phoenix Fire Department gives Bopsy an experience like Chris’; he becomes a member of the Engine 9 crew. Today, Make-A-Wish has granted hundreds of thousands of life-changing wishes to children battling critical illnesses. Wishes that give families hope through dark times, strength to persevere and experiences that forever change their lives. •


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It all started with a simple idea: “Let’s help kids.” Through their emergency shelter and support programs, Arbor Youth Services achieves that mission every day. They provide safety and support for children in crisis. As Central Kentucky’s only emergency shelter for unaccompanied children who come from abuse, abandonment or other crises, Arbor Youth Services provides a supportive environment for children from birth through the age of 17. In addition to providing a safe place to sleep, they provide basic necessities such as food and clothing. They also offer enhanced services, including crisis counseling, case management, transportation, and youth development activities. Through Project Safe Place, children can walk into any site displaying the yellow Safe Place sign and ask for help. The Safe Place site contacts Arbor Youth, and they send someone immediately to help the youth in crisis. They also offer immediate help via text.

Their help doesn’t end when a child becomes a legal adult. Their Outreach Center serves youth and young adults ages 18 through 24 who are homeless or housing-insecure. Their Supportive Housing Services help youth transition from homelessness to housing by providing intensive case management and financial support. This work depends on the generosity of the community and businesses like Field & Main Bank. Arbor Youth Services accepts donations via their website, as well as via mail. They also accept donations of certain items (find a complete list of regularly needed items online.) They also have volunteer opportunities for anyone who wants to lend a hand to help Kentucky’s youth. | 859-254-2501


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We are Trinity Christian Academy; Lexington’s premier PreK-12 classical private Christian school. Since 1988, we have prioritized academic excellence and a love for Christ by challenging our students to foster a love of learning and living in biblical truth with a classical curriculum. We teach our students the foundational principles of faith, virtue, scholarship, and community to our students knowing that they will carry these values with them for a lifetime. Our graduates average $180,000 in merit scholarships that helped them achieve their goals of being CEOs, community leaders, engineers, missionaries, doctors, and serving in the armed forces. We invite you to come and learn about the Trinity difference; see how our school can nurture, prepare, and equip your child for a Christ-centered life of excellence. Schedule a private tour or give our admissions office a call. We look forward to hearing from you! 859-271-0079


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Blue Grass Farms Charities (BGFC) is a 501(C)3 organization that provides health and human services to those working in Central Kentucky’s Thoroughbred industry by offering a variety of services and programs to the horsemen. “Those who work on the farm or at the track are our clientele. When an unforeseen emergency happens, it can alter basic needs. BGFC is the heart and hands of the Thoroughbred Industry,” stated Julie Kwasniewski, Executive Director, “These horsemen are on the frontline providing daily equine care. Supporting them is just as vital to the industry as caring for the horse.” So for this year, the charity has provided: • 2,835 people served at BGFC’s pantry and food distribution; • 46,780 pounds of food distributed through God’s Pantry; • Various medical, housing, utilities, and bereavement assistance; • Communication for Covid19 vaccines with local clinics; • 1,001 back-to-school backpacks to K thru 8th graders; • 225 meals on Thanksgiving Day; and • 300+ families for the annual Festival of Christmas Open House. This year, we are grateful to host our annual BGFC Horsemen’s Soccer Tournament and two major fundraising events -- Monster Bash & Relics and Rarities of the Bluegrass Region. BGFC’s wish for the new year is to stay healthy and hope that life returns to normal for all. To make a tax-deductible contribution, visit, or call 859-219-0910 for more information. 859-219-0910


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Lexington VA Health Care System provides more than just healthcare. Of the many programs that are available, the Voluntary Service Department is unique. We are a small but hard-working team that offers resources to Veterans and connects the Lexington community to our local heroes. Voluntary Service does this by bringing in volunteers to assist Veterans in and around the Health Care System and collecting donations to support and enhance the patient experience. Volunteers are clearly the backbone of the team; by going the extra mile through helping Veterans get to their appointments, pushing them in a wheelchair or even navigating through the hallways. Veterans are always very grateful that they have someone to assist them to and from their appointments on both of our campuses. We have programs such as Silver Spoons, and the Veteran Transportation Network. These programs allow volunteers to help feed Veterans that cannot help themselves, and work with one of our partners the DAV to drive Veterans to and from their appointments. Being a volunteer at our facility is a rewarding experience, and they get to serve those who served. Along with managing the volunteers, donations are collected for our Veterans. Monetary donations, socks, undergarments, new clothing, snacks, coffee, books, and more are collected. This all goes directly back to our Veterans in need. We help clothe our homeless Veterans, offer snacks to patients that are waiting for their appointments, and we provide books and movies for our inpatient Veterans. These are only a few examples of where donated resources go to enhance our Veteran’s experience. In the future, we are looking forward to having a ‘home away from home’ for our Veterans’ families. The Lexington Fisher House will be located next to our Franklin R. Sousley Campus to provide temporary housing for patients’ families while the Veteran receives medical care at Lexington VA. The Lexington Fisher House will be 13,400 square feet, with 16 private suites and a common kitchen, dining, and living area. It is another great resource we will be able to offer to our Veterans’ families in a time of medical crisis. The completion of this project will help families heal and save money in transportation and housing cost. If you are interested in donating to the Lexington Fisher House, please visit: We rely on the Lexington community to help our Veterans obtain the resources they need. If you are looking for opportunities to help your local Veterans obtain the resources they need, and receive exceptional care, you can donate directly by visiting If you want more information on volunteering, please email • 800-698-2411


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For Hank’s Sake is named after the organization’s first rescued horse, a Tennessee Walking Horse. Hank, a Kentucky-born horse, was abandoned at the tender age of three, left in a muddy field, his basic needs unmet. Tammi Regan, an avid horse enthusiast and animal advocate, saw him standing emaciated and alone. She fell in love immediately and quickly took action to rescue him. Hank became the brand ambassador for the rescue organization that bears his face and name. His little splotch of white fur beneath his forelock in the shape of a heart inspired the For Hank’s Sake, INC logo, creating a lifelong brand of love. For Hank’s Sake is dedicated to harnessing the power and beauty of horses to bring hope to vulnerable children. They rescue, rehabilitate, and retrain neglected and abused horses and adopt and retrain retired racehorses to help coach and mentor children and youth who face adversity. In turn, horses in their care have the opportunity to experience the joy of safe, compassionate, and trusting relationships with their caretakers and members of the communities that they serve. The team of For Hank’s Sake horses empowers communities with hope, love, and healing. From ringing bells for The Salvation Army to promoting literacy, this organization connects horses and people in innovative, incredible ways. According to the Annie E. Casey Foundation, students who do not read proficiently by third grade are four times more likely to drop out of school. Hank regularly visits libraries throughout Kentucky to promote literacy excellence and help kids cultivate a love for reading. The Pages for a Purpose Literacy Excellence Program encourages kids of all ages to achieve literary excellence through horses and equine related learning activities. Through increased literacy rates, the team can see students excel in confidence, educational achievement, and greater success in life. 609-694-1917


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Jubilee Jobs seeks to offer hope to all in the Central Kentucky area who desire to work but face barriers, including poverty, homelessness, past incarceration, lack of transportation, substance abuse, lack of job skills or simply not knowing how to present their knowledge and abilities to a potential employer. Their programs help people like Jack, a 40-year-old man who spent most of the last decade in prison. He was willing to work, but was close to giving up after having “door after door slammed in his face.” Jack was referred to Jubilee Jobs by a friend at his church. He was skeptical that the Jubilee Jobs staff could help him. “I had become very frustrated and was ready to give up... one of the most important things I learned from your program is that I didn’t have to let my past define who I am.” Jack was empowered by the staff’s willingness to help him no matter what. He says, “I feel good about myself, I love my job... and I don’t know where I would be today if it wasn’t for Jubilee Jobs.” Jubilee Jobs provides skilled job training, job placement, retention and career advancement services to help disadvantaged jobseekers move beyond poverty toward self-sufficiency. In addition, they also help with furthering education, transportation costs, pre-employment licenses and permits, interview and work clothing, criminal record expungement and more to remove barriers to employment. This service is free to both clients and employers. 859-977-0135


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The Provision School is a faith-based, non-profit, therapeutic learning environment that encompasses the benefits of counseling services and individualized education for students of varying needs and abilities. Their mission is to provide a Christ-centered, gracefilled environment that celebrates individual strengths and equips our students for life’s journey. They do this through a multifaceted approach using: Special and Regular Education Certified Teachers; Licensed and Nationally Board-Certified Counselor; Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI®) Principles; Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI®) Trained Teachers/ Counselor; and Current Best Practices in Curriculum Development and Implementation. They were recently recognized by Cognia as one of their 20-21 Schools of Distinction. The Provision offers counseling services for children, adolescents, individuals, families and couples. As a trauma-informed practice that uses evidencedbased practices, their team members have specialized trainings in attachment, adoption and trauma related issues utilizing play therapy and Trust-Based Relational Intervention, TBRI®, and EMDR. The Provision School and Family Counseling Center, Inc. began with the whisper in the hearts of its three founders, Becky Host, Joan Miller, and Jennie McKindles – each coming from different life experiences, yet each finding that their heart’s visions were the same. They are always looking for volunteers to help in their front office and school. They also accept donations and have an Amazon Wish List online for donors to shop. To learn more, visit • 859-396-0644


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Our public libraries have been a lifeline for thousands of our friends and neighbors during the pandemic. For some, the lifeline has been literal. The Lexington Public Library partnered with FoodChain and God’s Pantry Food Bank to offer food access to those struggling with food insecurity and hosted HealthFirst Bluegrass as they vaccinated over 3,000 area residents against Covid-19. Library staff have helped people find rental or utility assistance programs and connected them with Lexington’s social service agencies. For others, the lifeline is more metaphorical. It could have been a trusted professional to help with a job application, finding the perfect book, or bringing a young child to storytime. It could be as simple as a welcoming place to get away from it all.

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The Lexington Public Library offers the promise of a brighter tomorrow, and your support of the Lexington Public Library Foundation is a commitment of hope. The Library Foundation invests in our public library system so that it can do more to help all Lexingtonians succeed. Join us by donating today at donate or contact us to help maximize your charitable giving this year! 859-231-5557


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On a dark and rainy Halloween night, the staff at the Kentucky Equine Adoption Center received a social media message with pictures of a black and white horse with blood running down her back legs. “Can you help?” asked the person who had found the horse grazing in their yard. Thanks to a Good Samaritan, the horse, later named Tammy, was transported immediately from where she was found in Eastern Kentucky to Park Equine Hospital. The wounds on Tammy turned out to be bullet wounds but were, thankfully, superficial. But there was a much bigger surprise that the veterinarian found upon further examination. Tammy was pregnant! And on Thanksgiving Day, Jose was born at the KYEAC. Tammy was adopted to a wonderful home after Jose was weaned. For the past two years, Jose has been a special part of the KYEAC herd. He has been featured on many occasions, from Equine Assisted Learning events to Horse Country tours. He is also a regular face on social media due to his goofy personality and even won the KYEAC’s 2021 Halloween Costume Contest! Jose was able to celebrate his second birthday at his new adoptive home, having been adopted by a wonderful family before Thanksgiving. These are the stories we are thankful for. The story of Tammy and Jose is a perfect example of the vital work done by the Kentucky Equine Adoption Center. We will continue working to help, heal, and home Kentucky’s neediest horses to provide better lives to all that pass through our gates. 859-881-5849


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The cornerstone of a strong community is a quality public education system. The Fayette Education Foundation supports and serves the students of Fayette County Public Schools with a focus on equity. Created in 2020 to fulfill unmet educational needs and remove barriers to learning, the Foundation is uniting the community and providing ways for you to invest in and enhance the experiences of all public school students in Lexington. As a nonprofit organization independent of the school district, we have increased flexibility and transparency to invest your donations. Every tax-deductible gift will support classrooms, schools, students, their families and invest in their future. Learn more at or call 859-489-3805. Investing in students … empowering our future. • 859-489-3805

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SAVE THE DATE: CENTRAL KENTUCKY HEART BALL TO BE HELD MARCH 5 For more than 50 years, Heart Balls across the country have been raising vital funds to support the mission of the American Heart Association (AHA) to ensure research and community efforts continue to save lives. The 2022 Central Kentucky Heart Ball will bring hundreds of community members together to celebrate the work being done as part of the Heart of Central Kentucky campaign – a year-round campaign relentlessly focused on standing for all by driving equitable health for every person in Central Kentucky. “We are ensuring all Kentuckians have an equal chance of living a healthier, longer life – no matter their ethnicity, race, socioeconomic status or education level,” Andrea Ooten, AHA Executive Director said. “From reducing blood pressure to ending tobacco and vaping use to investing in COVID research and resources to ensuring everyone has access to healthy foods, the AHA is working to improve and save lives every day.” Jeff and Diana Koonce, longtime volunteers with the AHA, have been named as co-chairs for next year’s event, which will take place on March 5, 2022, at the Central Bank Center. 859-317-6885


“The Heart Ball is more than just another event,” Jeff Koonce said. “It’s an event that’s meant to give people the opportunity to celebrate the work of the AHA, as well as become a part of the relentless force in the fight against heart disease and stroke.” The 2022 Central Kentucky Heart Ball will feature a silent and live auction, dinner, and live entertainment. For more information, visit or call 859-317-6885.

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Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation: Funding Hope and Healing by Kathie Stamps Fighting cancer is expensive. The Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation works year-round to relieve some of the financial burden for cancer patients, so they can focus on their healing. The foundation supports individual patients in our community, as well as many programs and services at CHI Saint Joseph Health facilities. Mammography and cervical cancer screenings, for example, are free for uninsured and underinsured patients through the Yes, Mamm! and Yes, Cerv! programs. In October 2019, CHI Saint Joseph Health began an oncology affiliation with the Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center, providing patients in Kentucky with more access to second opinions, clinical trials, advanced therapies and breakthrough treatments. “Since 1980, CHI Saint Joseph Health has been leading the way in cancer diagnosis and treatment in the area, providing highly specialized oncology care for more than 73,000 patient visits every year,” said Leslie Smart, president of Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation. “As we expand our cancer care, your generosity is of utmost importance. Your gifts allow the CHI Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation to continue to help every person, regardless of their ability to pay for cancer care.” The annual Evening of Hope each spring has now become a series of small parties across Central Kentucky instead of one large event. Attendees come together to connect with one another, to meet those directly impacted by their generosity, and to donate critical dollars for cancer care programs at CHI Saint Joseph Health. Kentuckians count on the team of cancer care experts at CHI Saint Joseph Health, who are pioneering next-level cancer care. They provide early detection tools when cancer can be diagnosed and treated in its earliest stages, as well as highly specialized treatments, including minimally invasive robotic surgery and high-precision radiation therapies. The Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation helps fund this cancer care and the patients who need it. You can help by making a year-end donation at www. 859.313.1705


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Serving Jessamine and Fayette counties since December 2015, The Family Food Center envisions a community where everyone has access to good quality, nutritious food, understands the consequences of hunger and poor nutrition, and is committed to creating a stronger, healthier local county. Family Food Center is working to eliminate hunger and improve the health and well-being of our community through access to healthy and nutritious foods, community education, and advocacy. With food distribution once a week, the center relies solely on help from the community through non-perishable food items and monetary donations. Through prayer, faith, and food, Director Kathee Norris says The Family Food Center will have handed out 1,000,000 pounds of food by the end of 2021. Food Distribution is open from 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. on Thursdays and is located at Bethel Harvest Church at 3260 Lexington Road, Nicholasville, Ky 40356. 859-881-3939



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Serving our community since 1889, your Lexington Humane Society advocates the compassionate treatment of animals; educates the community on responsible, lifelong pet ownership; and promotes adoption as the best option when searching for a new pet. The Lexington Humane Society is the largest pet adoption agency in Central Kentucky. Simply stated, we Give Love, Teach Love and Adopt Love, and during this season of giving, you can too.

Give Love While shopping online during the holidays, consider adding items from our Wish Lists to your cart and having those shipped directly to the Lexington Humane Society. You will find our Wish Lists on most popular shopping sites like Amazon and Chewy. When you Give Love by providing for the animals’ greatest basic needs, you are ensuring the impact of your generosity touches many lives this holiday season.

Adopt Love Providing a forever home for a pet changes lives for the better, theirs and yours. Not only do the animals give you unconditional love, they also encourage numerous health benefits for their humans, whether psychological, physical or emotional. The Lexington Humane Society has hundreds of healthy, well-behaved animals waiting for a home. Come meet your new love today!

Teach Love Volunteer to foster animals or help LHS in caring for them, by lending a hand with exercising, socializing and grooming. Volunteers are also involved in special projects, events, humane education and offsite outreach programs. If you are ready to make a difference in the lives of shelter animals, volunteering with LHS is a great way to start. Make it your New Year’s resolution! Your support makes a genuine difference. We can transform lives—together. 859-233-0044


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Blood centers across the nation have been experiencing urgent and critical shortages of blood throughout the pandemic. There is no substitute for human blood. Kentucky Blood Center needs more than 400 donors a day to visit a KBC donor center or mobile drive in order to supply blood products to 70+ Kentuckiana hospitals. Kentucky Blood Center is a local, nonprofit community organization, relying solely on volunteer blood donors to maintain a healthy blood supply for hospitals. The blood collected from six donor centers and on mobile drives in Kentucky stay here in the state to help local patients, a point of great pride. When you donate blood with KBC, you could save the life of a neighbor or relative without even knowing it. There are many misconceptions about blood donation and who is eligible to donate blood. If you aren’t sure if you’re a good candidate, KBC encourages you to make an appointment or stop by a donor center and see. The FDA routinely revises criteria, so something that may have deferred you from donating in the past may no longer. You can donate blood at age 16 with a parent’s consent or 17 on your own. Making blood donation a lifelong habit is healthy for the donor and helps ensure a good blood supply if someone you love is ever in need. There are many locationsyou can donate blood and it is important to donate blood as often as you are able. KBC’s donor centers are open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. and on Saturdays from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Appointments are preferred but walk-ins are welcome! To learn more about blood donations or to schedule an appointment, call 1800-775-2522 or visit us at 800-775-2522


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The Lexington Branch of Wells Fargo Advisors is pleased to support the Kentucky Blood Center At Wells Fargo Advisors we strive to make a difference in our local communities. The Lexington Branch of Wells Fargo Advisors 333 E. Main Street, Suite 120 • Lexington, KY 40507 Office: 859-233-0321 • •

Investment and Insurance Products are: • Not Insured by the FDIC or Any Federal Government Agency • Not a Deposit or Other Obligation of, or Guaranteed by, the Bank or Any Bank Affiliate • Subject to Investment Risks, Including Possible Loss of the Principal Amount Invested Wells Fargo Advisors is a trade name used by Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC, Member SIPC, a registered broker-dealer and non-bank affiliate of Wells Fargo & Company. ©2021 Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC. All rights reserved. CAR-1121-05526

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The Lexington Dream Factory is a non- profit volunteer organization dedicated to granting dreams of children ages 3 to 18 with critical and chronic illnesses. There are over 30 chapters of the Dream Factory nationwide. The Lexington Chapter of the Dream Factory grants dreams to children in the Lexington, Southern and Eastern Kentucky area. They grant dreams ranging from trips to Disney World, concert tickets and backstage passes to shopping sprees and beyond. They strive to provide hope for children with serious illness. If you know of a child who might be eligible for a dream, encourage the family to visit our website. The Lexington Dream Factory is solely dependent upon fundraising and corporate sponsorships from amazing businesses like Morgan Stanley. They welcome all levels of financial support. Your donation will go directly to helping make a dream come true for a child in Kentucky! The Lexington Chapter also hosts an annual gala in the spring which is made possible by corporate sponsorships. Financial donations, sponsorships or even donations to the silent and live gala auction are greatly appreciated. To learn how you can sponsor or donate to the Lexington Dream Factory, call (859) 254-9474, email or use the online submission form.

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LexArts’ work is to help art come to life and touch many lives. When art is out there opening eyes, minds and hearts, individuals are enriched and communities rise and shine. With your help, LexArts helps art be made. Annual grants help over 40 regional artists and organizations – big and small – build the infrastructure they need to light up our lives with music, dance, theatre, visual arts and literary arts. LexArts is greater Lexington’s premier cultural development, advocacy and fundraising organization. As both the area arts council and united arts fund, LexArts provides a wide range of programs and services designed to integrate the arts into our daily lives. LexArts’ President & CEO and board members work closely with community leaders and local and state officials concerning public funding and cultural facilities. Through its annual Fund for the Arts, LexArts raises millions of dollars in support of local arts and distributes general operating support to its Partner Organizations, as well as offering competitive special project and programming grants to other arts organizations in the area. LexArts also operates ArtsPlace, a former YWCA turned cultural edifice, which offers rehearsal space and office space for nonprofit arts organizations. ArtsPlace is also home to LexArts Gallery, one of Lexington’s premier visual art galleries, dedicated to showcasing high quality works by Kentucky artists. LexArts programs support our city’s $32 million arts and cultural industry. Their programs entertain millions of residents and visitors. Educational initiatives of their partner organizations engage over 220,000 children every year.

Horse Mania 2022 No other public art initiative in our city’s history has captured the hearts and imaginations of locals and visitors as Horse Mania did in 2000 and 2010. In 2022, LexArts will celebrate its 50th Anniversary! Since the celebration will coincide with the Breeders’ Cup returning to Lexington, it is the perfect time for Horse Mania to ride again!

Save the Date A party so great, it only happens twice a century… In celebration of their 50th Anniversary, LexArts will host a creative black-tie gala on April 16, 2022. In addition to dinner, dancing and other delights, attendees will get to see the Horse Mania horses before they hit the streets!


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: WHO ARE WE? 3146 Custer Drive | Lexington, KY 40517 | 859.273.5117 |

More than 700 member companies make up the Building Industry Association of Central KY (BIA), geographically serving the counties of Fayette, Scott, Clark, Bourbon, Anderson, Woodford, Garrard, Montgomery, Harrison and Estill. Our membership includes corporations and individuals in both residential and commercial building and development, as well as product development, sales and service. Along with residential and commercial construction, remodeling and home improvement companies are also a very active part of our BIA membership. You have likely heard about or attended one of The BIA’s Annual Grand Tour of Homes or Tour of Remodeled Homes, showcasing our professional builder and remodeler members. Check us out at or scan the QR Code below. The BIA is keenly focused to ensure the sustainability and growth of its member businesses. That means we stand ready to do whatever it takes to remove barriers and provide solutions to meet the needs of members…including addressing the shortage of a skilled workforce. The Building Institute of Central KY was established to meet the growing needs for a skilled workforce in the Central Kentucky Market.

THE BUILDING INSTITUTE OF CENTRAL KENTUCKY The mission of the Building Institute’s Workforce Development Training Program is to educate those who wish to excel in the skilled trades related to the residential and commercial construction industry through rigorous academic and real-world experiential opportunities. Interesting facts: • The school opened its doors in September of 2014. Since then, over 140 students have graduated. Most have their Journeyman license and over 12 now have their master’s license and that number is growing daily. Several students have now started their own company, and one student now teaches at a local High School Technical School. • The school has hired six of its graduated back as instructors, one of which has his Master’s license. • The school has one director, 12 instructors, six classrooms, three labs and currently has more than 70 students in the programs.


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BIA CARES The Charitable Arm of the Building Industry Association of Central KY, BIA Cares is excited to bring you Operation Military Cheer, a toy drive for KY National Guard families & children in need, both deployed and non-deployed. This program helps Kentucky families!

SO HOW CAN YOU HELP? Your donations of new, unwrapped toys for children (infant - 17), new clothing, and cash donations will be collected at the Citadel Self Storage (133 N. Locust Hill, Lexington, KY 40509) until December 9th. You can also donate with a credit card by visiting the BIA website and clicking the “Donate” button found on the BIA Cares page or via this link. Personnel from the KY National Guard will arrive at the Citadel Self Storage on Friday, December 10, 2021 at 11am to collect the donations and then distribute them to Kentucky Military families. This is a wonderful event with Santa, Soldiers and a lot of toys! All Members & contributors are welcome to attend and help load the military vehicles. Bring your kids/grand kids!

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The folks at The Wildcat Group aspire to give people hope and happiness this holiday season. “It’s been a difficult year for a lot of people,” says owner Raleigh Bruner. “As a local business we have an obligation to uplift our community any time the opportunity arises.” Over the next month The Wildcat Group will provide logistical assistance to the following nonprofits helping them to effectively carry out their charitable missions:

• Angel Tree • God’s Pantry

Throughout the Bluegrass

• Fraternal Order of Firefighters Toy Drive

• Hope for the Holidays

• The Salvation Army

• Home Instead’s Be a Santa to a Senior

• Senior Sleigh

• Toy Chest

These organizations are behind wonderful causes that range from distributing donated bikes and toys to underprivileged children, to delivering the gift of joy to seniors and veterans. The Wildcat Group donates trucks, equipment, warehouse space, and labor to satisfy the unique needs and challenges each of these non-profits face during the holidays. “Senior Sleigh is a huge project with upward of 300 packages. The Wildcat Group graciously volunteers to deliver the packages every year. They have truly been a blessing,” says Missy Ward, lead Senior Sleigh organizer. The community partnerships Wildcat has forged with these non-profits are built on years of trust

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and stewardship. These long-term relationships are a testament to the company’s commitment to serving the community in an impactful way. This holiday season, Wildcat urges those fortunate enough to donate resources or time to a local charity to do so. You can also make a difference by shopping local, which allows small businesses owners to give back to their communities and neighbors in need.

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pectacular Sights on Holiday Nights are back… and like you have never seen before!

The Southern Lights Holiday Festival presented by Friends of Coal is a three-mile driving tour through brilliant holiday lights. Celebrating its 28th year, Southern Lights is a magical holiday tradition for thousands of families throughout the Bluegrass – and beyond. Named one of Kentucky’s Top 10 Winter/Holiday Festivals and Events by Kentucky Travel and Tourism, Southern Lights is a joy for guests of all ages. See over a million twinkling lights from the safety of your car. With fabulous themed displays, there’s a surprise around every turn. At the end of the route, you are invited to park and explore the Holiday Village (included in admission). Enjoy photos with Santa, Animal Land, Santa’s North Pole Mailbox (where children can drop off their Christmas List), Mini

Train rides, the Bluegrass Miniature Train Display and the Kentucky Horse Park Gift Shop. To complete your festive visit, grab a quick snack or sit down for dinner at Tootie’s Peppermint Café. Hurry… Santa’s last night in the Holiday Village is December 23rd before he heads back to the North Pole! Drive through the lights nightly through December 31st (closed Christmas Eve) from 5:30-10pm. Tickets are $25 per carload and are available online at Visit the website to learn more about the attractions and to get directions to the Kentucky Horse Park Campground Entrance, where the route begins! Have more questions? Call: (833) 595-4448. Don’t miss out on this beloved, cherished holiday tradition. The Southern Lights Are On!

See the Southern Lights like you’ve never seen before!

The Kentucky Horse Park Foundation invites your family to view over a million twinkling lights from the safety of your car then stroll through our new Holiday Village!

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Make your little one’s jammies even more special by adding their name or monogram!

Matching Thermal-Knit Long-Sleeve Pajamas for the Family in “Christmas Tree” | Old Navy

he key to feeling comfy and cozy this holiday season is a pair of festive pjs! Whether you’re browsing for yourself or your whole family, now is the perfect time to splurge on holiday wear you can spend all winter in. We’re all about coming home after a long day and cuddling up in a warm pair of pajamas! Here are our picks from silk sets to flannel pants that will keep you stylin’ in comfort this December 25th. Jolly Santa Pima Cotton Zip Up Pajamas in Mint Green by Smockingbird, $52.00 | Maisonette


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Hanukkah Organic Nursery Pajama, $46 | Pottery Barn Kids

What better way to bring the whole family together than to coordinate matching pj’s for everyone... even your fur children! Plus, while you have them you can capture a fun family photo to send on Christmas cards!

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Adult Classic Fair Isle Organic Pajama Set, $76 | Pottery Barn Kids

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Post-Op Care for the Pup

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Sometimes your beloved pet has an accident, breaks a bone, or requires invasive surgery to remove a tumor or necrotic tissue from their body. What many pet owners don’t realize is that surgery is just the first step, and much of their pet’s surgical success depends on their post-op care.

Rehabilitation and activity restriction.

Preparation is key.


primary veterinarian to assess the healing of the incision. Depending on your vet’s recommendation, rechecks may be as infrequent as every 2-4 weeks, or as often as daily for routine bandage changes to the affected area.

For any orthopedic surgery where bones or joints are being corrected, your pet will need to spend at least 6-8 weeks on strict crate rest while their body heals. If your pet has never been kenneled before, this can be stressful for all involved. It is essential to crate train your pet prior to any planned surgery to acclimate them for the recovery process. While your pet’s veterinarian can prescribe anti-anxiety medication and sedatives, it is best not to rely solely on these methods to keep your pet calm.

For any orthopedic surgery, your pet is likely to need to some form of rehabilitation to regain functional use of their affected limb. The surgeon will send you home with a list of various exercises. Commitment to these exercises on the proper schedule will help your pet have the best outcome from their surgery. Your pet may need assistance using the bathroom and will not be allowed to do things like run, jump on furniture, or play with other pets in the first few days post-op.

Follow-up care.

Diet changes.

Your pet will likely need to wear a cone until their incision heals. If the cone is removed too soon, your pet may lick their incision and cause an infection or new injury. Schedule follow-up appointments with the surgeon or your

For intense gastrointestinal surgeries, your pet may need to be on a bland diet initially following the surgery. This change could be for a few days or could be lifelong, depending on your pet’s condition and response to certain foods.

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The year is coming to an end and everyone is ready to go out and celebrate! New Year's Eve is the night to put your best on, glam it up and ring in the new year with your closest friends.



This is the one night of the year you can really go all out with sparkle and shine!


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NYE FOMO! No holiday incites FOMO quite like NYE (that is, Fear of Missing Out on New Year’s Eve). It’s one of those rare holidays where it almost feels like a crime not to celebrate in some way. And with social media lighting up with photos of people in their finest, celebrating at great parties… the desire to be a part of it all is hard to resist!

But have you ever wondered where many of our NYE traditions come from? Here is a quick guide to what you’re missing out on… and how to celebrate this holiday wherever you are!


As best as historians can figure, Babylonians were the first to celebrate New Year’s, over 4,000 years ago. Without a written calendar, they began their year near the spring equinox. They made promises to their gods to pay debts and return things they had borrowed. Under the Julian calendar, January 1st (and the whole month, for that matter) was dedicated to the god Janus. The two-faced god could look both forward and backward, and his domain was gateways and beginnings. Romans made promises to Janus that they would be good in the coming year. Since then, people have continued to make plans to “do better” in the year ahead.

Auld Lang Syne

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This tradition has its roots in some very ancient winter celebrations. German and English folklore holds that the first person you come into contact with will have a direct effect on your destiny. The kiss is meant to tie your relationship together for the coming year. Awww!

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People first started celebrating NYE in Time’s Square in 1904, but the Ball made its first appearance in 1907. But the idea of a “time-ball” is actually a little older; England’s Royal Observatory installed one in 1833 that helped captains of nearby ships to sink their chronometers at one in the afternoon.


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From blowing noisemakers to cheering, this tradition is rooted in a superstition that noise would keep bad luck and evil spirits at bay.

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We’ve been toasting to important celebrations for hundreds of years. Many people have traditions of delivering a toast just prior to midnight.



Several countries, including China and Australia, have a long tradition of setting off fireworks for NYE. This dramatic, festive way to ring in the New

Year has spread all across the globe. In the US, we also love adding sparklers to the mix!





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Since champagne found its way into bottles, we've been enamored of the stuff. Delicate, delicious bubbly is a special drink. Popping the cork feels like you're kicking off the New Year right!

This is a tradition in the American South, brought about by slaves in the 1840s or earlier. We believe the black eyed pea came over the ocean with slaves, but the plant happens to flourish in southern soil. This dish is eaten on New Year's Day and is meant to bring good fortune in the year to come. Some families hide coins in their hoppin' johns, but I don't recommend it: instead, follow the old saying, "peas for pennies, greens for dollars, cornbread for gold."

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Okay, this isn't so much a tradition as a hangover from the long holiday season. While many people are making their New Year's resolutions, they often commit to improving their health. It's so common that many gyms have New Year's specials to help you get off on the right foot! by Amanda Harper


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Properties listed for sale in Central and Southeastern Kentucky have experienced an increase in showings over the past two months. Appointments to view listings have seen a 10% and 7% uptick in September and October, respectively. This follows three months of decreases after back-to-back alltime highs for showings in April and May.

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Total sales volume of home transactions exceeded $387 million in September, a 16% increase over last year when the total was just over $335 million. Total volume surpassed the $3 billion mark for the year, which is the first time volume exceeded $3 billion by the end of the third quarter. “This spring was frenetic with buyers scrambling to get in every property that came online,” said Kristy Gooch, president of the Lexington-Bluegrass Association of Realtors® (LBAR). “It caused many buyers to pull back from the market because most offers were met with stiff competition and they became worn down by the activity. Although the market is still moving fast, some buyers now have time to view a few properties before putting in an offer.” And buyers who are on the sidelines may want to consider entering into the market before interest rates climb. Rates have ticked up the past two months and with inflation and the Fed’s recent decision to taper asset purchases, they could continue to go up in 2022. Current rates are still close to 3%, however, reports show the rate could push to 3.5% in 2022 and as high as 4.3% in the second half of 2023.


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Gooch stated, “The best thing to do if you are a serious buyer is to first, call a Realtor® to understand the market within the context of your unique situation. The next step should be to contract a lender to get pre-approved. Being nimble and ready to move in this environment is very important.” As the region’s leading advocate for homeownership, Lexington-Bluegrass Association of Realtors® (LBAR) understands the value and joy of owning a home. LBAR represents more than 3,500 Realtors® located in 26 counties: Anderson, Bath, Bell, Bourbon, Clark, Clay, Elliott, Estill, Fayette, Franklin, Harrison, Jackson, Jessamine, Knox, Laurel, Lee, Madison, Menifee, Montgomery, Nicholas, Owsley, Powell, Rowan, Scott, Whitley and Woodford Counties. Visit www. for up to the minute real estate listings and buying and selling resources.

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Tips for Avoiding Triggers During the Holiday Season

Kayla Halleran and David Eggers of 2nd Chance Clinic have some tips for navigating the holidays in recovery. Kayla: I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to share my experience and let anyone who is struggling through the holiday season know that they are not alone. It is absolutely possible to stay clean and sober during holidays. Not having family or kids around during the holidays was a major trigger for me. I am so thankful to be in recovery and have my son home with me. David: There are many pathways to recovery and what works for one person might not work for another. I do my best to keep it simple and find the best way for me to stay clean is to live by the golden rule. Treat others the way I want to be treated. Help other people whenever possible, and make a nightly gratitude list. These are our suggestions on how to stay sober during the stressful times of the holidays. Be honest and transparent with friends and family. Let them know that you are in recovery and can’t drink or do anything that makes you feel intoxicated. Set boundaries. Don’t put yourself in situations that compromise your recovery. It’s okay to make a short appearance or to not go at all. People will be more understanding of why you are absent than you realize. Plan ahead. Drive your own vehicle to holiday parties so you can control your destiny. Let a sober friend know when you are going and that you might need to reach out to talk if something triggers you. Keep busy. Boredom is a big trigger for many people. You are less likely to slip into old habits and anxious thoughts when you have things to do. Set small goals each day to keep your environment structured and in your control. Make time for self care. Cooking, cleaning, wrapping, shopping, decorating... Remember, not everything has to be done in one day. It’s okay to push pause and do something that you enjoy. Be aware of your thoughts. If you start to rationalize having a drink or getting high, immediately tell someone you trust. They say that the urge to use, once triggered, usually passes within 5-7 minutes. Try to keep yourself occupied until the urge passes. Use your support group. Whether you are bracing for the holidays or looking forward to them, stay in touch with your support group. Others who are celebrating the holidays in recovery will help keep you on the right track. Look for the good. Keep a mental list or journal of the good things happening to you and for you. The past is the past. Be gentle with yourself and realize you are not the things you did in your past. Enjoy this year’s holidays for what they are – new, sober experiences. New traditions! Following some of these tips might also mean finding new ways to celebrate the holidays. Be of service to others by volunteering or helping someone in need. If you or someone you know is struggling, don’t give up hope. 2nd Chance Center for Addiction Treatment is an outpatient rehabilitation center that offers a variety of addiction treatment services to help you to get back to living your life. Visit to learn more. | December 2021



Ways to Increase Online Sales During the Holiday Shopping Season!

Increasing online sales is the primary goal of countless businesses, large and small alike. Whether you run a momand-pop retail business or work for an e-commerce giant like Amazon, increasing sales through online channels is a little like bowling a strike – it looks a lot easier than it is. Fortunately, there are several ways you can increase online sales, many of which you can implement right away.

1. Show Off Customer Testimonials

In today’s social media environment, customer feedback has never been more important. Fortunately, this means that your satisfied customers can provide you with one of the most valuable weapons in your arsenal – testimonials. Legions of satisfied customers are considerably more influential than even the best-written sales copy, so make sure you include gushing testimonials and reviews about how wonderful you are.

2. Create a Sense of Urgency

Many consumers respond positively to incentives that create a sense of urgency, from time-sensitive special offers to limited-edition products. If you don’t make a limited-edition product to entice prospects, maybe you can offer a financial incentive to customers who commit to a purchase right away, such as free shipping or a discount.

3. Target Lookalike Audiences on Facebook

One of the best ways to increase online sales is to use the data you have about your existing customers to find similar consumers. Facebook allows you to do this through the targeting of lookalike audiences. Lookalike audiences in Facebook are essentially users who share characteristics and behaviors to customers already in your database. Upload your data to Facebook, which then cross-


references its own data to create matches based on the criteria you specify.

4. Keep Messaging Consistent Across Campaigns and Your Site

Ever clicked a PPC ad that grabbed your attention, only to be taken to an irrelevant landing page or the site’s homepage? Did you end up buying whatever you were looking for from that site? Probably not. If a user clicks an ad for a specific product or service, the page they’re taken to should be about that specific product or service – not a related category, not a special offer for another product, but that specific product. Make sure your messaging is relevant across your PPC and paid social campaigns and the pages associated with them so that ad clicks turn into sales.

5. Use Retargeting to Close Way More Deals

No matter whether you’re running a PPC campaign or a Facebook advertising campaign, any digital marketing initiative takes time, money, and effort to accomplish. If you’re not using retargeting, you’re essentially banking on prospective customers converting immediately, which rarely happens. Retargeting keeps your brand at the forefront of prospects’ minds, it also provides would-be customers with numerous additional opportunities to convert. To learn more ways that TOPS Digital Solutions can help you achieve your business goals, visit

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