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39 Personal Luxuries in Louisville Your time, confidence, convenience, and sense of safety have never been more valuable. Live a luxurious life right here in the river city - from head to toe, at home, out on the town, and off on vacation. We have gathered top local resources to take care of business and indulge your wishes.

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LOUISVILLEPREMIERECLEANERS.COM In these days especially, the importance of cleanliness can’t be emphasized enough. Luckily, Krystal Jarrell and her team at Premiere Cleaning are expertly qualified to properly clean your home, office, restaurant, school, store or manufacturing company. With 34 years in business, Premiere is a non-franchise, locally owned company. They are trusted in this region by companies like the YMCA, JCPS, Merkley Kendrick Jewelers, Starbucks, and Walgreens. Premiere has received special ISSA certification for the Coronavirus. “Not only can we respond to the virus, but we can also help prevent it,” says Krystal. Krystal brings a personal touch to her work. Her motto is, Your time is valuable, Our time is available. “I listen to my clients and truly get to know what they are seeking, whether I meet with them in their home or over the phone,” says Krystal. “I provide a sophisticated yet affordable approach, creating the perfect cleaning plan based on their wants and needs.” In addition to residential and commercial cleaning, Premiere offers carpet cleaning, window washing, and air duct cleaning. Krystal enjoys spending time with her husband Nathan and three sons Connor, Griffin, and Graham. Her driving passion is to raise money and awareness for the Joshua Frase Foundation. Graham suffers from X-Linked Centronuclear Myotubular Myopathy. Although a cure has been developed, it’s yet to be released by the FDA. Enjoy the benefits of calling one company to schedule numerous services, call 502-454-MAID(6243) or visit

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Bike to Beat Cancer

Pedaling to defeat cancer. Next week, nearly 1,000 adults, children and families will pedal their way to Norton Cancer Institute – Brownsboro in an energetic fundraising effort that builds momentum year after year. It’s not too late to join Bike to Beat Cancer, benefiting Norton Cancer Institute, on Saturday, Sept. 11, and help fuel local cancer prevention and treatment. PHOTO PROVIDED BY NORTON HEALTHCARE

Bike to Beat Cancer takes place on Saturday, Sept. 11, at Norton Cancer Institute – Brownsboro. For more information or to register, visit or call (502) 629-8060.


t’s the one-day cycling event that provides benefits that last a lifetime. In 13 years, the annual Bike to Beat Cancer event has raised more than $4.5 million in support of Norton Cancer Institute. This huge number is due not only to the merit of the cause, but to the success of the event that provides a fun, healthy challenge for both inexperienced riders and serious cyclists alike.

There are options to fit all fitness levels. For those looking for a family outing and a taste of cycling, the Family Ride is the right speed. It costs $10 per rider, follows a relaxed 5-mile route around Norton Commons and ends at the Family Fun Zone at Norton Cancer Institute – Brownsboro, where riders enjoy free food, games, bounce houses and face painting. There’s also an hour-long spin ride and a virtual ride for those who can’t get out on Sept. 11.

that tragic day is not lost on event organizers. “The event is a celebration of those who are impacted by cancer, and it remains a solemn event for the many who ride, volunteer and participate,” said Joseph M. Flynn, D.O., MPH, FACP, chief administrative officer, Norton Medical Group, and physician-in-chief, Norton Cancer Institute. “This date has profound meaning for us all, and we want to ensure that this year’s event maintains the positive spirit. An act of riding bikes together can serve as a symbol of hope, validation and perseverance. It’s another way of bringing people and our community together.”

More serious riders can choose from 15-, 35-, 65- or 100-mile routes, each with their own fundraising requirements, pit stops, motor support and safety teams. Participants in the 35- to 100-mile courses must raise $400, while those riding 15 miles are required to raise $200. (Survivors are asked to raise $100 and $50, respectively.)

In addition to the thrill of the ride and the satisfaction of contributing to lifesaving cancer initiatives, dozens of community sponsors will provide plenty of perks. As riders gather at the starting line at Norton Cancer Institute – Brownsboro, they’ll enjoy free breakfast from Chick-fil-A and, once they return to cross the finish line, they can feast on food from Qdoba and enjoy stretches with KORT rehab specialists. Riders of the 65- and 100-mile courses also get a special free lunch from Morrison Healthcare Food Service served on a stunning farm.

With Bike to Beat Cancer falling on Sept. 11, the connection to the 20th anniversary of

Another standout feature of this popular fundraiser is that riders are able to designate

where the money they raise goes — choosing from options that include Norton Children’s Cancer Institute, Norton Healthcare Brain Tumor Center, Breast Health Program, patient financial assistance and even specific hospital locations. Of course, all participants get a free T-shirt or jersey, great exercise and the satisfaction of being part of a massive effort that supports a cause that touches every one of us.

BIKE TO BEAT CANCER PIT STOPS Here are the pit stops along the routes where fundraisers can safely rest and hydrate: • Norton Commons (Goldberg Simpson building) • R.L. Moore CPA office on LaGrange Road • The Parklands of Floyds Fork • Peewee Valley Fire Station • Anna Pennington’s farm (lunch stop for 65- and 100-mile riders) • East Oldham Middle School on State Highway 22, Crestwood • Gallrein Farms on Vigo Road, Shelbyville

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Big Four

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resh air, art, music, local food, connections and community—these are some of the best things in life. They’re all coming together at Waterfront Park the weekend of Sept. 11-12 during the annual Big Four Arts Festival. B4B Promotions, in partnership with Bridgehaven Mental Health Services, has put on the event since 2017 (except for 2020). “In 2019, 200 national artists attended,” said Louis Nunnelley, event director of the festival. “We had better than 20,000 attendees.” The Big Four Arts Festival takes place the weekend after Labor Day each year on the Big Four Bridge Lawn. This September, you’ll see paintings, sculptures, mixed-media art pieces, jewelry and other handcrafted items from 150 national artists. As a family-friendly

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event, there will be children's activities from Paint Rock of Louisville, Children's Open Canvas and Foggy Bottom Animal Farm. Bluegrass and blues music will be performed by Tyrone Cotton, Whiskey Bent Valley Boys, Carly Johnson, and David Cottrell and his Bluegrass Band. And you’ll find plenty eat, with festival cuisine vendors and local food trucks. Your $5 admission benefits Bridgehaven Mental Health Services, a Louisville-based nonprofit providing outpatient psychiatric rehabilitation and recovery services. One of the many programs offered for individuals at Bridgehaven is art therapy. “Art has healing properties. Science knows this, patients know it, artists certainly know it,” Louis said. “We invite everyone to experience the Big Four Arts Festival and enjoy all the art.” 



t the tender age of 13, Kayla Marie transformed private pain into the thriving business Bubbly Bliss Bar by Kayla Marie. Kayla lost her Army veteran father and hero nearly six years ago. “I tend to overthink a lot. My mind is always going.” When the isolation and uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Kayla’s grief compounded with the worry of losing her mom. “I needed something to help control those thoughts and relieve anxiety.”

Saturdays 10 am - 5 pm, the shop carries a range of all-natural, organic personal care products, including customer-favorite soaps and shower bombs. “I enjoy meeting the different people that come into my store. They leave feeling happy. I share that bubbly feeling.”

Kayla always enjoyed crafts and science kits, so she decided to try soap-making and sugar scrubs for self-care. Her mother, LaShonda Threets, soon had friends complimenting her glowing skin. “The creative process improved Kayla’s quality of life and appreciating the moment. She is an advanced deep thinker.” After making thousands of dollars through garage sales, they realized this was more than a hobby. Although mom is an entrepreneur, Kayla “started figuring it out for herself. She had developed her business acumen accompanying me to meetings. As a single mom, I couldn’t always find a sitter.”

conscientious young lady with a strong faith in God. She had a true commitment and firm foundation through middle school. Kayla is the same student all the time. She knows who she is. To know her story versus where she is now is so encouraging.”

According to Anna Carson, Kayla’s former Principal at Christian Academy of Louisville Southwest Campus, “Kayla is a mature,

Bubbly Bliss Bar by Kayla Marie is online ( and has a storefront on Bardstown Road. Open

With Oprah Winfrey and Michelle Obama using products carried in her store and a July 8 appearance on The Kelly Clarkson Show, Kayla is not resting on her laurels. Now a 14-year-old freshman at Christian Academy of Indiana, she spends evenings on homework and business emails. Friends often shadow Kayla on Saturdays at the store, learning about inventory and working the register. “I am developing a skincare line and working with a manufacturer to release that in the coming months.” Kayla Marie is also looking to expand and franchise.  Follow @BubblyBlissBar on Facebook and @bubblyblissbar_bykaylamarie on Instagram.

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Sisters Connie Schleuning and Shorty Martin from Merci and Fleur de Lis in Chenoweth Square

Nate & Meredith Haney at Digs Home and Garden

Amy Meredith, Mary George Meiners, Vicki Rogers and Andrea Scott at the UP for Women and Children Event

Nate & Meredith Haney at Digs Home and Garden

Autumn Tibbitts and Tyanna Rivera with Campbellsville University Louisville

Inside Lemon Tree Boutique with Katie Brooks, Evalyn Brooks and Emily Kern

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Emma Kornack and Tabitha McKinney from Feeders Supply with Max

Shelly Tilley, Laura Butcher, Rebecca Schardein, Cecily Bell and Mary George Meiners UP for Women and Children Event

Bushra Ali, one of the many UP volunteers, helping people check in

Lori Sternberg from J. McLaughlin at the Chenoweth Square Tent Sale

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fashion: Fashion to Fall For


wow wedding: Megan & Jacob Biller


Weekend Getaways!


Personal Luxuries in Louisville


Budget Luxuries

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tonal layers


One of the biggest trends surfacing this fall is creating a monochromatic look. That’s right, combining pieces of the same shade into one stunning look. Whether it’s a chic suit for work or a comfy lounge set for a girls night, rocking these one-color fits is the trend this upcoming season.

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cut out tops

Palmer Cut Out Top, $32.50 | Bohme

Another great transition piece that are becoming popular this fall are cut out tops. They add coverage with a little flair so you can stay warm and look sleek all at once! Whether it’s a cold shoulder, asymetrical neckline or keyhole, you’re sure to look fashionable with this trend.

Vero Moda highneck long sleeve top with cut out detail in black, $34 | Asos

Asymmetric Long-Sleeve Jersey Top by Helmut Lang, $265 | Neiman Marcus

The 90’s are calling and that means, yes, the slouchy mom jeans are back and here to stay. From the loose silhouette to the high rise waist, this denim trend is perfect to pair with a cropped sweater or sleek bodysuit for the fall season.

slouchy denim

Photo via The Style Charade

High-rise ‘Slouchy’ mom jeans in midwash, $62.50 | Asos

The Dadjean in Greenvale WashRipped Edition, $85 | Madewell

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life+style In The Style x Lorna Luxe knitted sweater in green, $56 | Asos

Photo via Masha Sedgwick


Button-Front Cardigan, $69.95 | GAP

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Not a color trend you thought you would see for the fall, but this season these light and colorful shades are all the rave and have been hitting the fall runways. There’s something about that shade of lilac or mint green that surprisingly go well with the fall warm tones.

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egan and Jacob Biller’s paths crossed several times before they met, began dating, and eventually got married in May. The couple attended Morehead State University where they had mutual friends and study buddies; Jacob remembers Megan walking up to his library table, at one point, to talk to a common acquaintance. Like many 21st Century couples, Jacob then followed Megan on Instagram, and later that year at the homecoming football game, she sat directly behind his family at the game in which he played. In the summer of 2017, the two finally made it official after a night out with friends. “We both knew we had met the person we were meant to marry,” Megan, a Registered Behavior Technician from Bardstown, says about her husband, an MRI Lead Technician from Louisville.

Megan and Jacob tied the knot at Mellwood Arts Center in early summer 2021 with all their favorite vendors, an outdoor ceremony space and indoor reception. “We loved the massive windows,” Megan says. “It was the perfect touch for the modern romantic feel.” The Billers added personal touches to their neutral color scheme, including memorial pictures at the corner of the bar to incorporate their close loved ones who were not with them. Megan wore her grandmother’s blue ring, and Jacob tucked away a handkerchief from his grandfather. The bride and groom decided not to do a First Look photo session but did spend some time together before the ceremony on either side of a wall. This was Jacob’s favorite part of the ceremony. “It was so special to talk to one another, exchange gifts and hold hands while still saving the First Look for the aisle,” Megan says. Another nontraditional touch was when their friend, Julien officiated the wedding service. “We were both friends with him before we had ever met each SP O NSO RE D BY

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other,” Megan says. “So it was a tribute to our paths coming together. (He) did an amazing job and was one of the most complimented aspects of our day.” The couple decided to write their own vows, as they are self-proclaimed as serious and silly. “To break up my sweet vows, I promised him to always keep extra ketchup packets,” Megan says. “Jacob literally said, ‘I love ketchup’ with tearfilled eyes, and the entire crowd cracked up. This moment was something we will remember forever, and it made for amazing pictures of pure joy.” Although it was a beautiful day, it was a scorcher. Megan says if she could do anything differently, it would be to have brought a personal fan. Some advice she would give to future brides and grooms would be to hire a planner to help put together vision boards to see how things fit together like invitations and signage. “The whole day felt very cohesive and unique to us,” Megan says. “(Hayley Michelle Designs) truly brought my perfect wedding to life.” Megan also says not to feel badly about being picky. “”I felt so comfortable listening to my vendors’ suggestions, because I did my research before and found people’s work I loved,”

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life+style Megan says. “I trusted them and that made the day stress free … It’s your and your spouse’s day. Make sure to talk to each other and make decisions based on what you both want.” 

Important Vendors PHOTOGRAPHER/ VIDEOGRAPHER: T&S Photography and Productions CEREMONY VENUE: Mellwood Arts Center Van Gogh Courtyard RECEPTION VENUE: Mellwood Arts Center Van Gogh Room

WEDDING PLANNER: Haley Michelle Designs FLOWERS: Zachary Brady Designs RENTALS AND/OR DÉCOR: Table Linens for Less, Posh Party Supplies, and Rent and Rave BRIDAL GOWN: Pronovias Gown from Lace Bridal Couture BRIDAL PARTY ATTIRE: LuLu’s and Fame and Partners GROOM & GROOMSMEN ATTIRE: Joseph A. Bank, LuLu’s, and The Black Tux HAIR AND MAKEUP: HAIR: Sam Giovenco from Salon Level

CATERING: Marks Feedstore

MAKEUP: Jessica Dedman

CAKE: Nothing Bundt Cakes


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RRG is the perfect weekend getaway for Lexingtonians: close enough to make the trip convenient, far enough away that it feels like a whole ‘nother world. Camping, hiking, climbing, ziplining and so much more awaits. And the sights are just as impressive – the Natural Bridge offers sweeping views of Daniel Boone National Forest. From paddling through The Gorge Underground to staying in a cozy cabin, there’s so much to do in this close by natural area.

Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, Ohio

Boasting the second-largest Oktoberfest celebration in the world (next to Munich, Germany), Cincinnati’s annual festival shines a spotlight on German heritage, beer and food. This year’s plans include four days of fun – September 16th-19th – in the heart of Downtown Cincinnati. Prost! photo courtesy Oktoberfest-Zinzinnati

The Catskills, New York Yes, it’s a top destination for leaf peeping. But there is also a world of fun to be had this month, from fly fishing or biking to off-roading and whitewater rafting. The beautiful covered bridges and scenic drives will take your breath away. And don’t miss the beautiful farms and you-pick orchards!

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The beauty of North Carolina deserves to be explored, and Asheville offers a lot of great ways to do just that, whether you take a scenic drive, a challenging hike or a leisurely horseback ride. The area offers golf, fishing, birding, ziplining and more.

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Asheville’s vibrant local culture offers art, theatre, world-class dining, shopping, music, spas and plenty of other creature comforts, such as resorts and luxury hotels. The Biltmore estate is a local must-see!

Breaks Interstate Park, Virginia/Kentucky This area offers easy views of the spectacular gorge and surrounding forest that marks the border between our two states. Lakefront cabins offer a wonderful, secluded retreat. Thrilling activities like biking, ziplining, rock climbing, whitewater rafting and hiking are available in the area. Best of all, this is an easy day trip if you’re short on time!

Clayton, Georgia Just this side of the Georgia border, this quaint town offers stunning views of the Appalachian Mountains. Camp, kayak, hike, paddleboard or golf in this beautiful natural area. Nearby Tallulah Falls is a must-see. Its cascading waterfalls will take your breath away. The suspension bridge spanning it – 80 feet up – offers a little extra thrill!

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Cades Cove, Tennessee This wide valley features sweeping views, with stunning fall color everywhere you turn. The 11-mile loop is often very busy on weekends, so take the trip early on a weekday. There are plenty of walking trails to enjoy in the area, and plenty of wildlife to spot. The historic cabins and churches in Cades Cove provide the opportunity to learn a little about the past. Situated in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains, Cades Cove is close to lots of outdoor attractions, from the Gatlinburg Sky Bridge to cave trails.

Clermont, Kentucky With 16,137 acres of natural splendor, the Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest offers stunning views along its many trails. But aside from the fascinating visitor center and canopy tree walk (75’ above the forest floor), Bernheim boasts some seriously cool art. The Forest Giants are a selfie-worthy must-see. Clermont is also situated along Kentucky’s Bourbon Trail. Just sayin’. photo courtesy Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest

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Your time, confidence, convenience, and sense of safety have never been more valuable. Live a luxurious life right here in the river city - from head to toe, at home, out on the town, and off on vacation. We have gathered top local resources to take care of business and indulge your wishes. BY DAWN ANDERSON • COURTESY PHOTOS

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’s J Michael SPA & SALON W

hether you have a few hours or a full day to indulge in luxury services, J Michael’s Spa & Salon offers only the best in comfort and style.

“Our spa packages are fully customizable to your needs. You define your luxury and what that feels like for you,” says J Michael’s Owner Jill Higginbotham. As just one example, Jill recommends combining a facial, massage, mani/pedi, and a blowout for a mini spa day. For a full spa day or multiple-day splurge, try a HydraFacial®, microblading, hot stone massage, hair extensions, and c o e oo n .

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A HydraFacial® uses patented technology to cleanse, gently exfoliate, extract pores, intensely hydrate, and fuse and protect with antioxidants and peptides for noticeably glowing, youthful skin. Combine HydraFacial® with microblading to remove dead skin cells and peach fuzz for better absorption of skin treatments and e fo n on for e application. Hair extensions can provide a dramatic transformation in hair length and volume. And last but not least, see scars and stretch marks disappear for n e confi ence oo er o e e o r c o e oo n a $100 discount through October. Little things mean a lot in luxury at J Michael’s Spa & Salon, with special touches like snacks, drinks, warm blankets, and eye pillows. Their experienced, talented team of stylists, makeup artists, coordinators, estheticians, nail technicians, and massage therapists are on the cutting edge of style. For Fall 2021, HydraFacial® continues to be a popular choice in skincare, with J Michael’s offering $20 off through October. As for hair, Jill says the 70s and 80s are back with big curls and heavier bangs. Men’s hairstyles are going longer as well. The preference for ashy tones in r co or fin en o the warmth of “buttery blondes and coppery browns.”

For more information, visit JMICHAELSSPAANDSALON.COM and follow @JMICHAELSSPAANDSALON on Facebook and @JMICHAELSSPASALON on Instagram.

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ave valuable time, rest assured in comfort and safety, and take advantage of the expertise of a personal shopper. Dillard’s personal shopping services have specialists in the men’s, women’s, and cosmetics departments. Located at Mall St. Matthews, Dillard’s department store has served Louisville for en fi e e r . ore M n er eor e Tanner says their personal shopping services have an established client base but always welcome new customers.

“Dillard’s specialists know fashion trends, find clothes that fit, and provide one-on-one service.”

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The initial specialist/client experience is in-store to determine the c o er e re en n e reference . Af er fir ee n the specialist saves time by pulling clothes and having them ready for the client.” Specialists can work around schedules, arranging appointments outside of regular store hours or delivering to clients directly. Buy Online Pickup in Store and Curbside Pickup are also available. “For men, this saves time and gets them in and out of the store quickly,” says Tanner. “We do custom ordering of suits and shirts that arrive within two weeks.”

Dalal Brooks, Cosmetics Sales Manager with Dillard’s, describes the advantages of using personal shopping services in her department. “We spend a lot of time with clients on skincare o fin e e re en for them. We offer complimentary facials, foundation matching, and recommend the best colors for summer into fall. Reserve our bridal room for the bridal party on the wedding day or for the makeup trial run, and we’ll meet you at your venue. Our department carries luxury brands such as Jo Malone London™, Tom Ford®, La Mer™, and Creed.” If not for Dillard’s in Louisville, you would have to travel f r C c o o fin Ar n Beauty in-store. To experience this next level of luxury, call Dillard’s Mall St. Matthews at (502) 893-4400 and ask to speak with one of their personal shoppers.

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erving the Louisville area for over 35 years, Premiere Cleaning is locally owned by Krystal Jarrell. She has always enjoyed living a life that is organized and free of clutter. Krystal admits to being a stickler for time management and details, two qualities that have led to her success. “Being the mom of three busy boys and running three businesses requires moving quickly from one task to another. Being able to stop on a dime and pivot is critical to my success both as a mom and small business owner.” Premiere Cleaning functions as a typical cleaning service with a twist. Initially, the company was solely focused on residential and commercial cleaning. Over the years, opportunities arose to purchase other businesses and bring them under the Premiere umbrella. And customer requests led to new services that have become permanent mainstays. The company, by default, now frequently operates as a conc er e er ce o f fi c o er nee .

“So many of my clients are busy professionals and, while we are still consistently traditionally serving them, we have evolved into areas such as household management, making dinner/ event reservations, errand running, and arranging for events/special occasions.” PHOTO BY DICK ARNSPIGER PHOTO TAKEN AT THE SEELBACH HILTON LOUISVILLE

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er e c n r . M days are as vastly different as the individuals I serve. One minute I’m overseeing the process of helping a thirty-year hoarder. Next, I’m organizing everything for a family's move from A n o Lo e. r o n n en e or re re r c confi en n e scope of the project was immense. A famous Hollywood producer contacted me about a large event that he and his family were hosting ere n en c . nee e o e erfec . One of the requirements I found somewhat n . ere n en c o r rn e

dusty. One of the stipulations was for all of the rn o e r ne n free. M ff n I orchestrated a perfect plan, and the event rocee e e f . Premiere Cleaning offers residential maid service, commercial cleaning, full concierge capabilities, carpet cleaning, window washing, handyman services, air duct cleaning, and holiday decorating. For an estimate over the phone or to schedule an in-home consultation, e e con c r n er ff MA . or ore nfor on LOUISVILLEPREMIERECLEANERS.COM.

A Butler for a Day “A Butler for a Day provides clients with a tailored experience to fit their individual needs.”


rystal and Nathan Jarrell also own A Butler for a Day servicing Louisville, Southern Indiana, Lexington, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, and Nashville. Once under the umbrella of Premiere Cleaning, A Butler for a Day is a separate entity as of this year. Their dedicated butlers complete effic enc n c re. r the goal is to provide clients with a unique, luxurious experience to “take things off your e n er o . Gather girlfriends for an afternoon tea, or family, friends, and neighbors for a backyard barbecue. You enjoy spending time with guests while the butler handles the hosting duties. Or make a day of running errands a much more pleasurable experience with a chauffeur and personal

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hile many think private security is only for celebrities and politicians, the reality is that everyday businesses, executives, and high-net-worth families use private security services extensively. From corporate settings to emergencies to special events, Decisive Action provides executive protection and security consulting, allowing your professional and social life to be more productive and stress-free. Since 2012, Owner and Security Operations Director Logan Flynn has used his extensive military, anti-terrorism, and private sector background to build a strong product and loyal client base. Owner, Administration & Logistics Director Nathan Straub spent six years in the Army National Guard and 11 years supporting USSOCOM before joining the company to expand its presence. Logan, Nathan, and their diverse team of executive protection specialists have worked closely with Fortune 500 business executives, high-net-worth individuals, corporate or n on o ern en offic ne ne or and celebrities. Their security concerns are no different than yours. That’s why you need a dedicated team of professionals. Whether addressing known threats or desiring the right team to facilitate a stress-free special occasion, Decisive Action has the skills, intelligence, and experience o ee o confi en fe n on er n o en always used them. Examples of their up-scale services include luxury-event/ black-tie security and logistics, close protection services, corporate and executive security, travel support, and secure transportation/driving. Additionally, Decisive Action offers corporate threat assessments, surveillance, asset protection, and crisis or risk management. When your reputation requires

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Declutter your space and rearrange the furniture. Clearing out just might be the most luxurious thing you can do for yourself. Lose the clutter and arrange your home to appreciate the stuff you already have and genuinely love. From the gentle art of feng shui to the joy-sparking KonMari Method™ to some serious Swedish dӧstädning (death cleaning!), eliminating what you don’t need is so freeing.

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Makeup Search “drugstore dupes” on YouTube for reasonable alternatives to the latest luxury makeup must-haves.

Towels New bath or kitchen towels feel better, work better, and freshen up daily tasks. Get yourself a new shower head, too!


Car Detailing You don’t need a new car. You make your car feel brand new. For as little as $50 to $150, your ride can look like it did the day you bought it. Or do it yourself and save the difference! Don’t forget that “new car” air freshener.


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No high-end coffee machines or fancy teapots are needed. Try a French coffee press and a couple of mugs that make you smile and feel good in your hands. The small ritual of preparing your drink and slowing down to savor it is comforting and a great substitute for snacking. Bonus!

Water Bottles A new water bottle to keep track of your intake at home or on the go is fun to carry and keeps you in the habit of feeling and looking fresh and hydrated.

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Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month



Fall weather is a time for outdoor activities, cooler temps, lower humidity, and crisp autumn air. We get the pleasure of enjoying calming colors of burnt orange and yellows that paint the canvas on the trees just before they land on the ground for us to crunch underneath our feet. There is just something about this season that inspires us to explore the wilderness, soak in the autumn air, and slow down our fast- paced lives. BY ALISON CARDOZA PHOTOS BY DICK ARNSPIGER

Alison Cardoza, B.S. Exercise Science and Sports Medicine. Minor in Health Promotions. ACSM Certified Personal Trainer and Fitour Group Exercise Instructor at Baptist East Milestone Wellness Center. Former University of Louisville Ladybird and NFL Indianapolis Colts Cheerleader. SPONSORED BY

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More of the indoorsy type? We’ve got you covered. Bypass the elements and recreate the hiking experience with modern comforts.


Louisville offers so many adventurous trails that can appeal to all levels of athleticism. Many are scenic with beginner to intermediate trails, while others challenge the best in skill. Take the time to get out and enjoy the following parks and trails: 

Cherokee Park Trail at Cherokee Park - 4.8 miles (easy) Wild Hyacinth Trail at The Parklands of Floyds Fork - 2.0 Miles (easy) Goose Creek Nature Trail at Tom Sawyer State Park - 1.6 miles (easy) Iroquois Park Loop at Iroquois Park-3.3 miles (easy) Beargrass Creek Nature Preserve at Joe Creason Park - 2.7 miles (easy) Scotts Gap Loop Trail at Jefferson Memorial Forest - 3.3 miles (moderate) Limestone Gorge Loop at Broad Run Park - 1.2 miles (moderate) Twisty Bends Lop at Waverly Park - 1.9 miles (moderate) Siltstone Trail at Jefferson Memorial Forest - 6.6 miles (difficult)

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The average person takes approximately 2,000 steps depending on one's stride to travel one mile. If you factor in the uneven surfaces and unsteady footing that comes along with a trail, socks and shoes play a very important role. If you are a beginner, the proper shoes are important for hiking. If it is a paved trail, such as the 2.1 mile trail in Anchorage, a pair of sneakers are just fine. If you expect to hike on uneven surfaces, you might prefer a sturdy boot or trail running shoes. Wool socks are the most popular hiking socks, providing comfort and cushion preventing a blister free journey. Most importantly, wear shoes and socks that provide support and comfort. Walk daily on a flat surface before taking up the sport of hiking. Slowly venture to trails that are easy to moderate, preferably paved. Next, advancing to exercises such as climbing stairs repeatedly or advancing to machines such as the stairmaster at your health club, will prepare you for the more advanced trails. Many clients at Baptist Health Milestone Wellness Center are found training on treadmills with an incline (imitating the steep hills), or on the moving stair climber to help build endurance and strength. Whatever adventure the season of fall may bring, prepare your body accordingly. 

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he gentle touch of Julie Bella Robbins has been cultivated by over five years of experience in aesthetics and beauty, as well as over a decade's experience in nursing. She's the curator of BellaTox Boutique, an elegant Tox Bar and IV Lounge in the Highlands where she and her staff of expert nurse injectors and estheticians can help you look and feel beautiful, inside and out. "I love people," says Julie. "This is a place where relationships blossom and clients become friends. We are devoted to granting self-confidence and reinforcing positive feelings. When you look good, you feel good!"

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BellaTox Boutique offers non-invasive neurotoxins, dermal fillers, makeup, brows, facial treatments, customized skincare, Kybella, dermaplanning, peels, mirconeedleing, and vitamin infused IV hydration, all with a personalized touch. Bella is joined by Tracy Lear, known as the "Ecommerce Beauty Queen." Tracy places a strong value on female leadership. The BellaTox family also includes Andrew Nobles, esthetician, Jessica Edwards, esthetician, Emily Marlow, Office Manager, Adrienne Bailey, Operations Manager, Alexis Underwood, receptionist, Aesthetics Nurse Injectors Lauren Antoine, RN-BSN, Amy Whitaker, RN and Dr. Ketta Jackson DNP,FNP-C, making BellaTox Boutique a place that you know you can trust with your beauty and well-being. "We listen to the clients' needs and make them a part of the treatment plan," Bella says. It all begins with a consultation. From there, the team meets you wherever you are and helps you progress along your skincare journey. "We will educate you and walk you through your options to see what is the best fit for you." 

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I see women who are busy taking care of everyone else in the family and often neglect their own care. Screening and evaluation of symptoms can be a quick and easy process. Outcomes are much better when a disease is caught early! – DR . E R I CA T A K I MO TO

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September is Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month. Ovarian and endometrial (uterine) cancers are among the top ten most common cancers in women in the United States. A local research expert and practicing ician in t e fie , r rica aki oto, i a tre en o resource for medical information and patient care. BY DAWN ANDERSON • COURTESY PHOTO


r. Takimoto is a board-certified OB/Gyn and Gynecologic Oncologist with Baptist Health® Medical Group Louisville and the Charles and Mimi Osborn Cancer Center, specializing in diagnosing, treating, and caring for women with cancers located on the reproductive organs. She received her medical degree from Novo Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine, worked for two years as an obstetrician, and completed her fellowship in Orlando, Florida. Dr. Takimoto’s clinical focus is gynecologic cancers, laser surgery, ovarian cancer and ovarian masses, radical pelvic surgery, robotic gynecologic cancer surgery, trophoblastic disease, uterine cancer, and uterine masses. Most of her clinical research has been in sentinel lymph node mapping for endometrial cancer.

The practice uses surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation to treat cancer and provides patients access to several clinical trials. “We also have excellent supportive services, including everything from massage to assistance with food insecurity and nutrition, transportation for access to care, pelvic floor rehabilitation, physical therapy, genetic counseling, psychiatric help, and social workers. Our practice is very comprehensive so that we can take the best care of our patients.” But as Benjamin Franklin once wrote, “An Ounce of Prevention is worth a Pound of Cure.” According to Dr. Takimoto, “Each cancer has its own set of risk factors. Being aware of your risk factors is the first step, and knowing your family’s history is also a good start.” She recommends knowing your HPV status, getting the Gardasil vaccine,

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and routine Pap smears to screen for cervical cancer. “Maintaining a proper weight can help reduce risk of endometrial cancer. Also, oral contraceptive use can decrease the risk of ovarian cancer.” The most significant issues Dr. Takimoto sees locally regarding preventive care involve risk factor awareness and preventive screenings. “I believe that knowledge is empowering, and many women are simply unaware of their particular risk of developing a gynecologic malignancy. If we know our risk, then we can often take steps to reduce that risk. In addition, I see women who are busy taking care of everyone else in the family and often neglect their own care. Screening and evaluation of symptoms can be a quick and easy process. Outcomes are much better when a disease is caught early! So I would urge women to take the time to ensure proper care for themselves!” Dr. Takimoto’s practice is also taking steps to address racial and ethnic health disparities in the field. “The first step is being aware that this problem exists. The stat that has always stuck in my mind is that life expectancy in

Louisville, specifically west of the 9th Street divide, is reduced by 15 years. Fifteen years! Think about that. What have you done with your life in fifteen years? That is a huge and frankly unacceptable number. It really comes down to prioritizing education and access for our patients. Our social services department is excellent and is happy to assist with this.” A gynecologic cancer diagnosis can be frightening, intimidating, and overwhelming. But new treatments and promising research offer some hope and reassurance. “We do our best to keep up with the most effective treatment modalities. For example, we are using the DaVinci robotic surgical system and sentinel mapping for surgical precision. In addition, our radiation oncology department is utilizing the most up-to-date method for the most accurate delivery of radiation. We also offer many clinical trials as part of a national coalition, meaning some of the trials here are the same trials available at major US cancer centers. Caring for a cancer patient is truly a team approach, and we have an excellent team working hard for them.” 


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The Cabbage patch settlement house BY DAWN ANDERSON • COURTESY PHOTOS


ocated in Old Louisville and serving families in and around West Louisville for the past 111 years, The Cabbage Patch Settlement House is working through its second pandemic. The organization closed for three months during the Spanish flu of 1918 and 2½ months in 2020 due to COVID-19. Director of Programs Mayghin Levine says the focus of the Educational Opportunities Department for the next two to three years is academic recovery following the “inherently inequitable” system of non-traditional instruction (NTI). Although necessitated by potential coronavirus transmission, NTI favors students whose parents can work from home, have reliable wireless internet, and afford the best electronic equipment. “NTI exacerbates the existing learning gap between high and low-income families, putting our kids at a disadvantage,” says Levine. “We plan to redouble our efforts in tutoring, college preparation, and after-school support, providing enrichment, recovery, socio-emotional learning, and trauma mitigation.”


“We are all living in the trauma of this pandemic. For kids, fear, worry, and stress affect who they become.” Levine says they teach mindfulness, internal awareness, naming and

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communicating feelings, and healthy coping mechanisms to combat this serious issue. “Resiliency is essential. Kids need to learn how to bounce back when things get rough.” The Cabbage Patch Settlement House uses a holistic approach. The Recreation & Youth Development Department offers athletics, arts, and crafts. The organization’s Family Development programs include a food pantry, rent/utilities assistance, and record expungement advocacy. The critical work of The Cabbage Patch Settlement House depends exclusively on individual donors, private grants, and fundraising events. This year’s annual Cabbage Patch Auction is on September 23 at 5:30 pm in Waterfront Botanical Gardens. Tickets are available at cabbagepatch. org/events/auction. An online auction component will feature a speaker from the College Scholar Program and donation opportunities. The College Scholar Program provides one-onone support, guiding students into and through college and graduate school by providing mentoring, advocacy, and $1500 yearly scholarships. To donate or volunteer visit Follow @cabbagepatchsettlementhouse on Facebook and @cabbagepatch1910 on Instagram.



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hen the clock strikes midnight on Friday, Sept. 17 (late Thursday night), the 8th annual Give for Good Louisville begins. The online fundraising event runs through 11:59 p.m. on the same date (late Friday night). Hosted by the Community Foundation of Louisville, Give for Good Louisville has been an unprecedented day of philanthropy since 2014. It is a time for individuals, communities and companies to unite for good, by donating money and resources that support the event’s 550+ participating organizations in creating positive change. These organizations are located within Louisville and Jefferson County, as well as Bullitt, Oldham, Shelby and Spencer counties in Kentucky, and Clark, Floyd and Harrison counties in Indiana. Anyone from around the world is invited to donate during Give for Good Louisville and create meaningful impact across Kentuckiana communities. Last year, even during a global pandemic, over 23,000 donors gave a record-breaking $7.7 million. Another remarkable statistic from 2020 is that 90% of the participating organizations received new donors. The new supporters, combined with more funds raised, gave local organizations like Russell: A Place of Promise the support they need to navigate such unprecedented times. “The giving day is a great tool to raise community awareness

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of the work being done by a diverse array of organizations,” said a representative from Russell: A Place of Promise, “and in some cases, matches donors with work they want to support but weren’t otherwise aware of.” The goal for 2021 is to increase the number of people who participate in the fundraiser, so mark your calendar for Friday, Sept. 17 and spread the word online using the hashtag #GiveForGoodLou.

Founded in 1984, the Community Foundation of Louisville is one of the largest charitable foundations in Kentucky with more than 2,100 charitable funds, each with its own name and purpose. “At the Community Foundation, we’re big believers in collective impact. Give for Good Louisville is a community-wide example of how powerful we are when all work together toward a common goal,” said Community Foundation CEO Ron Gallo. “To witness the

outpouring of support from across the area is truly a testament to the generosity of our community, and we want to thank our organizations, donors and partners for coming together once more to make 2021 the biggest giving day yet!” Special thank you to the 2021 Give for Good Louisville presenting partners: Swope Family Foundation, Churchill Downs, Inc., Derby City Gaming and William O. Alden Jr.  Stay connected to all things #GiveForGoodLou by following c ouisville on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Be sure to give back to the causes you love on Friday, Sept. 17 by donating online at ive o oo louisville o SPONSORED BY LG&E

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can take with them into a career. The club is currently trying to partner with Kentucky Career and Technical College to create a formal apprenticeship program.



In March 2021, Veterans Club, Inc. took over Kentucky’s first ‘tiny home’ community for homeless veterans called Veterans Village located in Shelbyville, KY. The community was built to help veterans recover from trauma, fend off homelessness, and equip veterans to re-enter life in their community and that’s where Veterans Club, Inc. could use more support.

Heather French Henry is a nationally renowned veterans’ advocate, designer, and author. She focuses on highlighting veteran’s stories, curating historical exhibits, and designing products for retailers and organizations nationwide.

“We need donations, whether in-kind or monetary. When veterans move there, it's just the beginning. The programming is the most important piece. That’s where the healing, recovery, and equipping takes place. We have to pay for everything from sheets to first aid kits.”

or Jeremy Harrell, an Army veteran and CEO of Veterans Club, Inc., there was a divine calling to develop a way for his military brothers, sisters, and their families to come together. “There was definitely a need in this region for a place for vets to come and get connected. It's also really important for us to focus on the whole family. We learned very early that if we did a lot of good stuff for the veteran, but the veteran goes back into an environment that's toxic then they're probably not going to stay focused. That's why we have an approach for the whole family, as well.”

When Jeremy first envisioned the program, it was much more about the social aspect of belonging but quickly morphed into a more comprehensive program offering a variety of opportunities and services to assist veterans and their families, such as the equine facilitated mentoring program. The program is designed to create a safe and secure place for veterans and their families to work through PTSD, TBI, and other life issues. The program is led by Harrell, who knows firsthand the power of equine therapy from his own experience suffering through PTSD. The club ties

In the end, Harrell feels that there are no limitations to what can be done for veterans and their families through the organization. in basic horsemanship with group discussions led by Harrell, one of their volunteer clinicians who are also veterans, and Equine Professionals Scot Heath and Josh McElroy. They work with individual veterans, homeless veteran shelters, recovery centers, veterans treatment courts, VA, and private corporations who have veteran employees. One of their newest programs, Operation Jeep Build, trains veterans in automotive repair. They bring in donated vehicles to their shop where three certified master technicians train the veterans on jeep or automotive restoration. While offering this as a connection point for veterans it is also teaching them how to use power tools, build skills for painting, welding, and a host of other crafts that they

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ounded in 1971 by Shirley Meredith and David Dunn as a tutorial service, it quickly expanded to include evaluations, Saturday classes and a summer remedial program. Today, Meredith-Dunn School serves close to 200 students each year in grades K-8 maintaining its mission to provide prescriptive instruction in a nurturing environment designed to empower students who learn differently in becoming accomplished learners and resilient individuals.

Today, Meredith-Dunn School serves close to 200 students each year in grades K-8 maintaining its mission to provide prescriptive instruction in a nurturing environment designed to empower students who learn differently in becoming accomplished learners and resilient individuals. – R OB I N S. J O H N S T O N E

What constitutes a language-based learning disorder? While characteristics can vary based on multiple intrinsic and extrinsic characteristics of each student, most often these students display average to above average intelligence with a significant discrepancy between their weak verbal skills as compared to their

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adequate nonverbal skills. Language processing can be difficult in the areas of phonological awareness, understanding sound-symbol relationships, auditory memory and comprehension. In addition, many students struggle with the interpretation of nonverbal cues and a combination of these difficulties often result in underdeveloped social skills. Related disorders such as difficulties sustaining attention, weak motor skills, poor executive functioning, and social cognition deficits also contribute to the difficulties these students experience in a school setting. Many students struggle in the early grades and are not identified as having a learning disability. Research has proven the effectiveness of early intervention. An emphasis on early language intervention that is integrated into all curricular areas has proven to be successful. Compensatory strategy instruction enables students to recognize their strengths and weaknesses while building their self-confidence to accomplish tasks that previously would have presented barriers to their learning new skills. Helping students develop a positive mindset toward learning allows them to practice coping skills and develop resiliency. All of this and more is taught at Meredith-Dunn in a supportive and encouraging school climate.

Meredith-Dunn has an expert and highly certified administrative, counseling and teaching staff to address the students’ needs. Classroom teachers at Meredith-Dunn offer systematic, multi-sensory, and explicit instruction. Most teachers are certified in the Wilson reading system and all teachers have that as a goal. Small class sizes address individual needs. Art therapists and a social cognition counselor offer support to students during the school day. Speech and language services are integrated into the students’ daily schedule and occupational therapy services are offered as needed. The commitment to serving students with language-based learning disorders has never wavered over the years. The needs are as prevalent today as they were fifty years ago. As we celebrate this milestone in the education of these students, we cannot deny the testimonials that reflect how this school has made a difference in the lives of so many. We will continue to value each student as an individual with a unique pattern of strengths, weaknesses, and learning styles. We will continue to promote academic integrity and personal confidence that carry students through life as productive and successful citizens.

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or 10 years, children preschool through middle school—and their families—in West Louisville have had community help with math and science thanks to West Louisville Math and Science Project. Eboni Neal Cochran, founder and executive director, says, “West Louisville Math and Science Project is a community initiative to build skills in math, science and literacy among children within the African diaspora.”

West Louisville Math and Science Project is a community initiative to build skills in math, science and literacy among children within the African diaspora

She founded the nonprofit in 2011, but the seed was planted in 2005 when she heard a local talk show on WFPL mention the lack of participation from African American students at science fairs. Out of frustration, she called her father. “We talked about the various reasons, one being access,” she said. Father and daughter met with concerned friends to discuss creating a math and science center. Unfortunately, he passed away in 2006 and the project fell through the cracks. Until 2011 when Eboni was an instructional assistant in a JCPS kindergarten classroom. “When I saw how those little minds grasped math concepts so easily, I thought back to what my father used to tell me. He always said that if a person leaves an organization or if they transition, the work still has to continue.” With no location and very little money, Eboni founded West Louisville Math and Science Project. The nonprofit hosts two to three events per year to help build confidence in children, help them make connections to math and science in everyday life,


provide family members the tools they need to become active participants in the education of their children, and build a support system of neighbors who understand the importance of math and science and actively participate in cultivating such a system. “The events are intergenerational and involve the entire family and community members,” said Eboni.

While the pandemic put a hard stop to programming in 2020-2021, Eboni and the board of directors are excited to be in the process of planning 2022 events. Volunteer opportunities will be announced in February. Until then, share the news with people you know and donate on Sept. 17 through Give for Good Louisville.

Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative

“Our services include ongoing professional learning for educators, a regional career academy for rural high school students called iLEAD Academy, and Head Start/Early Head Start programs,” says Jason. OVEC recently opened new Head Start centers in Louisville to serve the Fairdale, Newburg and Russell neighborhoods. Three future centers are planned for Pleasure Ridge Park, Smoketown and near Shelby Park. On Aug. 27, Fairdale Head Start had its grand opening on the campus of Saint Teresa of Calcutta Catholic Church. Fairdale Head Start will serve 34 three- and four-year olds, and a renovated convent will serve another 44 children under age 3. Once all of the centers are open, OVEC Head Start will have a total enrollment of about 1,200 children.



ow would you like to be a hero? Specifically, a Head Start Hero. For the 2021-2022 school year, the Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative (OVEC) and its charitable arm, the Ohio Valley Educational Foundation, are seeking new supporters. “We call these supporters Head Start Heroes. We’re challenging people to be the hero a Head Start child needs,” says Jason Adkins, OVEC’s director of development. “Community support can include donating time, services or money.” The federal Head Start program has been around since 1965. In Kentuckiana, the Head Start program through OVEC is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. The program serves children ages six weeks to four years old, who are in poverty, have a disability or are in foster care.

As an education service agency, OVEC provides other types of support programming for 15 school districts within Jefferson County and adjacent counties, all the way to Northern Kentucky. This region has over 250 schools and 155,000 students.

While the federal Head Start program covers about 80% of OVEC’s programming costs, it means an average of $3,800 in community support is needed for each child. You can donate through the Give for Good Louisville event on Sept. 17. As Jason says, “A small online gift can make a huge difference for Head Start children and families.”  Learn more about the Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative at


3 Skills Students

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his fall brought a return to full-time in-person learning for many students in nearly 18 months. In addition to the standard learning loss that typically occurs during the summer, this past year and a half was compounded because of school closures, disruptions, and new challenges with online learning. Here are some tips to help your student develop skills to thrive this year:

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Socialization Socialization is an important factor for brain development. Consider enrolling them in extracurricular activities at school to make friends organically. You can also schedule “play dates” or sign them up for a fun workshop. If needed, encourage them to brainstorm conversation starters

Time management and organization Like time management, organization often serves as a reflection of learning success. Invest in the tools your student needs to keep academics organized; like binders, highlighters, and planner or app to schedule assignments.

Cognitive skills Cognitive skills are the underlying tools that enable us to focus, prioritize, plan, understand, visualize, remember, and solve problems. If one of these skills isn’t as strong as the others, it can affect the brain’s ability to perform efficiently. Consider having your child’s skills tested to accommodate for weaknesses or hire a Brain Trainer to boost performance. 

Although a return to school can bring up feelings of inadequacy and anxiety, it’s important to remember that almost every student is experiencing something similar. Addressing these three skills can help boost o r en confi ence n better prepare them for success.

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