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KEITH YARBER Hello again Dear Reader, It’s so good to see you again. With all the Covid-19 news dominating our lives, our goal is to bring you as much joy as possible this holiday season. Think of us as your favorite comfort food – without all the calories – so jump right in! This issue is full of ideas, inspirations, decorations, and visual treats that will warm your senses. Are you looking for that special gift for that special person that is a little hard to buy for? Of course you are. How about a one-year subscription to TOPS? Just think: every month when TOPS magazine arrives in their mailbox, they will think of you. As was said in Christmas Vacation movie, “It’s the gift that keeps on giving all year long!” But let’s get serious for a moment. Our local businesses, especially restaurants, need your help. Our local restaurants have been hit especially hard this year. We all have our favorites. Locally owned restaurants give cities personality and character. They are the fabric of our community. And they make up one of the largest employer bases in the area. Here is some key information from the Kentucky Restaurant Association: For a year or for a career, the restaurant industry is a critical training ground and source of extraordinary career opportunities for Americans of every background. More than eight in 10 salaried restaurant employees started out as hourly restaurant employees. One in four restaurants in the United States is minority-owned, and the restaurant and foodservice industry employs more minority managers than any other industry. Forty-two percent of American adults have worked in the industry, with 28 percent getting their first job experience in a restaurant. Restaurants give back. Restaurants are an important part of local communities, with nine out of 10 restaurants donating food, time, facilities and other resources to charitable causes. So please order as much and as often as you can from our awesome Lexington area restaurants. Owners are sacrificing so much to try and stay open for you and for their employees. Gift cards would be a great idea, too! Here is wishing you and yours a truly safe, COVID-19 free, wonderful holiday season.

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LET’S GET SOCIAL IN THE NEW YEAR! 2020 is quickly coming to an end. However, people’s online shopping habits will remain the same moving into 2021, and social media plays a big role in that movement. Therefore, you need to be sure that your business has a good plan in place for social outreach to your clients and prospects. SOCIAL MEDIA ADVERTISING If you want to master the digital marketing basics, starting with social media marketing is a great idea. One of the major advantages of advertising on social channels like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn, etc. is that you can choose your target audience. According to Hubspot, 92% of business owners and marketers say that social media is crucial to their business. So, what social media platforms should you use for your business? Facebook: A Facebook Page for your brand makes you more discoverable and is a great way to connect with potential customers. Facebook Ads have proven to be highly successful in gaining more exposure for a business. Instagram: Instagram is the best way to express your business visually. The platform offers several tools to help you engage with your audience. With 500 million monthly active users, Instagram is growing extremely fast. Twitter: Twitter for businesses reaches straight out to people who are looking for new products and special deals. According to a report from Research Now, 93% of people who follow small and medium-sized businesses on Twitter plan to purchase from them, while 69% have already bought something from the companies they follow.

Pinterest: With 100 million monthly active users, Pinterest is the most popular platform people go to discover new ideas. The visual content you create and share on your Pinboards can be used to catch the attention of your audience and encourage them to try your products. LinkedIn: LinkedIn is an essential network for building your brand and creating strong business connections online. You can use it to share content, keep up to date with trends, and connect with key influencers in your industry. Email Marketing: Before you ask, yes, it still works. In fact, 82% of B2B and B2C businesses use email marketing today. Why? Because for every $1 spent, email marketing generates an average of $38 in revenue. The key is to make your emails stand out, which is easier said than done. Before you create an email campaign, you need to understand the psychology of your potential customers. At TOP Marketing Group, we want to ensure you have a proper social strategy in place to kick off the new year. Reach out to us at digital@topsmarketing. com for a free digital consultation. BY CHAD HOWARD


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The first commercially produced Christmas card from 1843

The Art of the

Christmas Card

The first Christmas card that we have on record was sent to King James I of England. But the first commercially produced Christmas card was decidedly merrier: it featured a jolly Christmas party with lots of wine (alongside images of charity and giving). It was commissioned by Sir Henry Cole, champion of Britain’s Penny Post, in 1843. Over 30 years later, cardmaker Prang and Meyer became the first company to sell Christmas cards back here in the states. Early in the 20th century, the Hall Brothers company – which would later become Hallmark – adopted a new format for the Christmas card: 4”x6”, folded in half, stuffed in an envelope. Sending Christmas cards this year? There’s an art to getting it right. Here are some tips for wishing your list a happy holiday in style! When in Doubt, Send the Card If you’re not sure whether someone is planning on sending you a card, it’s best to err on the side of being too friendly. Send Early Getting holiday cards after the holiday has come and gone is a real bummer. Send them early to ensure they get there in plenty of time, especially if your recipient may be leaving for vacation. Which Wishes? Millions of Americans celebrate something other than Christmas during the month of December. While just about everyone is delighted to be wished well – however you phrase it – it goes the extra mile to wish your friend or colleague well on the holiday that they actually celebrate. “Happy Holidays” works for every situation! There’s No Apostrophe Near the S! When addressing to a family, It’s “The Clarks” or “The Diazes.” When in doubt, write it out: “The Huggins Family” or “Drew McDougal and Dr. Cameron Williams.”

Card designed by Jaqueline Kennedy for Hallmark in 1963 to benefit the Kennedy Center


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Mank Stream it on Netflix: December 4 Film buffs, are you ready? This David Fincher-directed take on the making of Citizen Kane will be one to discuss with all your movie nerd friends. If nothing else, it’ll be a visual feat.

The First 50 Years Buy it now via This amazing book chronicles the great moments, stories and people from a half a century of Urban League’s service. This commemorative book would make an awesome gift.

Selena: The Series Stream it on Netflix: December 4 Fans have been dreaming of this series! Watch the rise to fame of Tejano singer Selena, and gasp at her family’s decisions along the way. Despite her tragic story, you’ll still feel inspired by her talent.

The Cousins Karen M. McManus : Read it December 1 Missing your family this holiday season? Read this young adult drama book about family intrigue and mystery and you might just count your blessings.

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Wonder Woman: 1984 Stream it via HBO Max: December 25 Bored after unwrapping presents? This action flick is just the pick-me-up you’ll need. Even if you’re new to the franchise, this is sure to be enjoyable with lots of star power... and lots of explosions.

The Chanel Sisters: A Novel Judithe Little: Read it December 29 Love fashion? Love Paris? Love a good story? This one’s for you! Though this is a fictionalized account, there’s plenty of truth (and imagination) to savor.


Emily Downey President & CEO of Woodford County Chamber of Commerce


Nestled along the bustling streets of Versailles, you’ll find many of Woodford County’s most charming operations right on Main Street.

You can’t forget to stop in Bluegrass Traditions, the perfect place to pick up a unique keepsake or take home from your travels. You can also find the official Visit Horse Country merchandise here.

Start by having freshly brewed coffee or a specialty beverage at the Amsden Coffee Club, located inside the 1890’s-constructed bank building. While waiting on your order, you can browse Gathered Mercantile, a darling shop where you’ll find an eclectic variety of vintage goods, home décor and jewelry from over twenty local makers. You can even create your own fresh floral arrangement.

Conclude your day with a tasty treat from Cafe Lilu, an extension of Sweet Lilu’s Catering & Bakery, or a scoop of delicious gelato from Spotz next door, as you reflect on your day..

Once you’ve built up an appetite, make your way down to Spark Community Café for a fresh farm-to-table meal with a mission: to always pay it forward. Spark has helped provide over 7,500 meals to the food insecure and have donated over $20,000 to the Central Kentucky farm economy. Make sure to try the pimento cheese and chicken salad, followed by a freshly baked cookie. 32

All of these and more, you can check out in further detail here: Tourist Info: Amsden: Spark: Spotz: Café Lilu:

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Cheetah blanket,$180 | Olive You Boutique 859-625-1328

She’s Fancy Fedora, $44 | Lenley’s Boutique

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Almost Admiral Diagonal Stripes Belt, $49 | Delta Belt

Stackable beaded Bujukan bangle by Gabriel New York, starting at $595 | Richter Phillips 513-241-3510 859-269-9558

Men’s Polarquilt Waistcoat by Barbour in olive, $77 | Water & Oak 859-469-6844

Danville vegan leather and canvas duffel bag with laser etched plate, $99 | Custom LogoWare

Keeneland men’s UK camo perth 1/4 zip by Peter Millar, $135 | KeenelandShop

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Kentucky Icon Graphic Puzzle, $24.99 | Kentucky Branded 859-273-0122 859-543-8892

Voluspa Crushed Candy Cane candle, $16 | Front Porch 859-271-9326

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Christmas Chinoiserie Tea Towel, $18 | Maizie Clarke

Custom Heirloom Recipe Oval Platter, $168 | Maizie Clarke

Pink preppy stripe 10x12 tray, $80 | Violet’s Boutique

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Worst Gifts!

There’s no accounting for taste: more than half of Americans say they hate at least one gift they get during the holiday season. Some are a matter of personal style (43% say clothes are their least favorite gift to receive) while others are a matter of social decency: expired deodorant? Really?! Here are some gifts that we think you should rethink this year.

Fruitcake Okay, we know some people actually like the stuff. But unless you’re certain your giftee is a fan of fruitcake – or maybe if they’re looking to brick in the driveway – pass on buying this seasonal “treat.”

“Joke” Gifts Want to get someone a gag gift? Take $20, wad it up and flush it down the toilet instead. It’ll accomplish the same thing.

Anything you wouldn’t show your pastor

Anything that has ever been in your hamper... or on the floor of your closet

Yikes! Risque gifts are better saved for Valentine’s Day or anniversaries... not when Santa is watching.

These are gifts meant for local charities... not your friends and family during the holidays.

Novelty Ties

Chore Items

Provided they’re not some sort of weird tie collector, leave that fashion tragedy on the shelf where it belongs.

Unless it’s an item they have specifically asked for – by name – then leave this for a regular weekday surprise.

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“God judges your heart, but people will always judge your appearance,” states Albert Lukonga, the CEO and founder of Maison Albert Couture, a luxury label for men and women based here in Lexington. He adds, “Never assume that getting clothes that fit and are of good quality is a hassle; its an investment that is required. If you cannot afford it yet, save up, because in the end it’s going to be worth it.”

Phelps, Usain Bolt, Mark Fichtner (owner of Carson’s Food & Drink), Steve Jobs, and Tom Bilyeu of the interview series, “Impact Theory.” To further ensure his venture would succeed, Lukonga traveled to Europe to build relationships with manufacturers that could help him bring his dream to life. These connections have proven to be crucial. Lukonga explains, “Albert Couture handmade shoes are crafted in Valencia, Spain and all of its garments are made in Shanghai, Napoli, or London, depending on the client’s budget.”

With this in mind, Lukonga has made it his mission to bring the highest-quality, made-to-measure clothing to his clients. His journey to this point has been miles in the making. After spending his earliest years in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Lukonga and his family were forced to flee due to dangerous political unrest. Lukonga lived in a refugee camp in Zimbabwe for the next six years. In 2006, the family was relocated to the United States and made their home in Lexington. With his mother being a designer and tailor, Lukonga’s love of fashion goes back to his childhood and has been a key part of his life ever since. While attending high school at Henry Clay, Lukonga was named “Best Dressed Male.” He says, “In high school, I was known for two things: soccer and dressing well. Friends would seek advice from me on style and ask if my mother could help with alterations.” Later, while working at JoS. A. Bank Clothiers, Lukonga realized he had a natural knack for choosing just the right suit for the right man and then fitting it perfectly. Soon, customers were requesting him specifically. Appreciative clients began to tip him—both monetarily and with advice. While being fitted, the men would offer pointers on building a business. He filed away every word. Lukonga believes the first step toward success is gaining knowledge—of both yourself and the industry. He says, “Look in the mirror and ask yourself if you were meant to do what you are about to do. And, if so, then find everyone and anyone in that industry and go after them, offering your time for free in exchange for information and mentorship.” Prior to launching Albert Couture, Lukonga amassed as much information as possible from a wide spectrum of sources. His influences range from authors to athletes to local Lexington business owners. Among them are Abraham Lincoln, Michael

In 2020, Lukonga took his education, expertise, and entrepreneurial spirit to the next level and launched his label; Maison Albert Couture was born. Of the company, he says, “Albert Couture is a luxury label that started off by catering to men and then got slowly into women’s couture as well. We are focused on taking each piece to the next level by striving to maintain simplicity, and increase uniqueness and comfort. The label offers bespoke suits, shirts, overcoats, jackets, trousers, and even casual wear all made to your personal fitting. This is a one stop showroom.” Choosing lasting luxury is not just about style, but sustainability: “We believe that if more of us start to shop the Albert Couture way, we will start to contribute to our planet by getting only the essential pieces in the highest quality to last longer.” Acquiring an Albert Couture suit is not just a purchase, it’s a process that starts with an in-depth conversation and ends with a fully-customized, gorgeous garment. Lukonga states, “There are no walk-ins allowed, each individual books an appointment online for their consultation and fitting. The garments are all designed and made from scratch based on each client.” Lukonga’s goal is twofold: to “put Kentucky on the map when it comes to luxury labels around the world” and to make elevated elegance more accessible. In closing Lukonga says, “We believe that a luxury experience should be deserving to all who respect and value themselves. I think men are lacking the right guardian to help. I am going to change that and create a sense of family around the label. I want everyone who walks in my showroom to feel like they are home and are well taken care of.” •


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The Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center Helps Bring Kwanzaa Home



reativity is the sixth principle of Kwanzaa, a holiday created by Dr. Maulana Karenga in 1966 as a way to reinforce the African-American community and honor African heritage. Creativity is also the cornerstone of the Lyric Theatre ultural rts enter, whose mission is to preserve, promote, present, and celebrate diverse cultures through artistic presentations of the highest quality, educational programming and outreach, film, and opportunities for community inclusion. ven in the midst of O , The yric is determined to continue this mission. According to Executive Director Whit Whitaker, or the yric Theatre’s future, see us rising from the ashes, yet again, in an effort of creating a new normal for our supporters and patrons that includes virtual and hybridvirtual program offerings in our endeavor to continue to serve the community and the arts. There is a new normal and we hope to contribute and make the transition into this new reality one that will continue to support the community’s needs and desires to engage one another and embrace the arts. One of the ways the Lyric is continuing to serve is with the amily rt emories ) program, which allows families to pick up free take-home packages stocked with a seasonal art activity and hot cocoa or hot apple cider as well as special

add-ons from Black Soil: Our Better Nature. Black Soil is an organization dedicated to reconnecting Black Kentuckians to their legacy and heritage in agriculture. or ecember, the packets will focus on wan aa. The yric also hopes to create a virtual program centered around Kwanzaa to promote further engagement. uring wan aa a name derived from the wahili for first fruits families celebrate the seven principles gu o aba), which include unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith. elebrations are unique to each household but often include singing, drumming, dancing, storytelling, poetry reading, and dining. On each of the seven nights, a candle is lit from the kinara and the accompanying principle is discussed. On December 31, the family holds a traditional feast called the karamu. or Whitaker, wan aa is a time for centering of the soul and spirit and an opportunity to fully engage with the family and community in the true nature and spirit of love, devotion, education. And, also giving without the emptiness of the traditional holiday giving where the focus is on things’ and monetary value, instead of people, family, and culture.

Oprah, aya ngelou, ngelina olie, tevie Wonder, huck and amie o all celebrate wan aa!

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that we receive ~ St. Francis of Assisi



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

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Justin's Place 3705 High Bridge Road | Wilmore, KY |

Justin was a bright spot in many people’s lives – the type who would take up for others when they couldn’t defend themselves, who would care for others when they were sick, who would listen with no judgement. He had a place in his heart for people of varying abilities. Anywhere he went, he seemed to find an extraordinary kid and bring them joy. Justin’s parents wanted to honor Justin’s memory through an organization that carried on that incredible mission: bringing that same brightness into children’s lives. Justin’s Place is a beautiful farm where volunteers support extraordinary kids in their search for peace and tranquility by providing therapeutic equine activities. The Barn Buddies program is designed for individuals aged 4-12 who have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder or Down Syndrome. From May through October, the Justin’s Place team provide personalized, weekly lessons to the kids. Each week’s lessons are different based on the child’s needs and interests. From learnings to steer horses while riding to grooming, each week is tailored to the kid. The first lesson for all qualified participants is free. After that, it is just $120 a month. Scholarships may be available to cover partial cost of those fees. The staff follow PATH International’s guidelines for safety. “I appreciate the never-ending patience, flexibility and trauma-based approach,” said Anna, a participant’s mom. “I am very selective about what programs my son participates in, and which adults he works with. I have never had a moment of concern about Justin’s Place and Allie. I’m so happy we found this program!”

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Sunrise Children's Services 300 Hope Street | Mt. Washington, KY | 800-456-1386 |

Bobby* came to Sunrise’s Woodlawn Center Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility in Danville at age 15. He was confused, hurt, abandoned and suffering from major trauma and other issues. He had endured physical abuse from his mother. He had lived with ailing grandparents who could no longer care for him. He was having issues with mental health. He was failing school and saw little hope for his future. And due to the health of his previous caretakers, he had missed out on some childhood norms. He was unable to go places and do things that children normally experience . . . like riding a bike. Bobby never had a bike of his own before. He said he had borrowed a friend’s and learned to ride, but he always wanted a bike. But two Christmases ago, his wish came true. At a Christmas party hosted by Tempur Sealy in Lexington, Bobby was talking


with Sunrise team members and donors when suddenly adults wheeled out a big beautiful bicycle. He began shaking, and tears came rolling out of his eyes. He knew immediately it was for him. Christmas day, after he opened other gifts excitedly and joyfully, he was taken outside to ride his brand-new bike (with helmet) and was able to experience the joy of his childhood recaptured in the moment. He was smiling ear to ear as he rode his bike down a hill shouting, “Hallelujah!” Everyone at Sunrise feels blessed to help hurting, abused and neglected children recapture their childhood, even at age 15. The team at Sunrise understands that changes can happen throughout life. Sometimes people just need to know they are safe and cared for; and they need to be encouraged in order to help them regain their lives and heal. Sometimes, it even takes a bike. *Name changed to protect the identity of the individual.

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“We Help. We Heal, We Give Hope.” The mission of the Hope Center is to care for homeless and atrisk persons by providing life-sustaining and liferebuilding services that are comprehensive and address underlying causes. So many of our clients are successfully living new lives, are employed and able to share their journey and give back.

Meet Tim Tim, a former Hope Center Recovery Program client, found light after many years of darkness due to addiction.

Hope Center 298 West Loudon Avenue | Lexington, KY 859-721-0144 |

Tim started doing drugs at a young age followed by stealing cars in his teenage years and this pattern continued into adulthood. After a year in jail, he was paroled to the Hope Center. Tim realized that not just the staff but the other clients truly cared about him. In his own words, “I started to break down and face my demons. The Hope Center gave me the love and compassion that I had been missing for many years.” Today Tim sees value in himself and others. He’s been able to regain the trust of people he had hurt, like his children. “The Hope Center really opened my eyes to a whole different view of me. I find it a miracle that they were able to show me how to take all of the turmoil and darkness in my life and turn it into a positive tool to help others stay sober. My darkness is now my purpose and that’s a transformation I thought would never exist in my life.” Tim truly likes who he is today and feels this transformation would have never happened without the Hope Center. “Before I entered this program no one wanted me around. Today I’m invited into people’s homes, I’m trusted with keys, credit cards; those things I was never trusted with before. I’m now employed with a great company in Louisville, have a home, a car and I’m able to give back. Being able to share my story that could potentially help someone else is a blessing.”


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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.

Jubilee Jobs 1450 North Broadway | Lexington, KY 859-977-0135 |

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.

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Meet Unbroken (AKA Sawyer), a 2009 17 hands high Thoroughbred that came to the Kentucky Equine Adoption Center this year. When their team was told about Sawyer, he was described as “crazy” and “dangerous” while being ridden and his owner was ready to put him down. However, some horses speak in ways we can’t understand. The knowledgeable team at the KyEAC could tell that this wasn’t a “crazy” horse – this was a horse in pain. Once they had the vet out to examine Sawyer, his attitude suddenly made sense. The vet diagnosed him with kissing spine, a condition that causes the vertebrae of the spine to push together – essentially grate together – with movement. This is a very painful condition and mostly presents itself when the horse is being ridden due to the weight of the rider and saddle pushing down on those vertebrae. This was why Sawyer was acting up under saddle. It wasn’t out of malice; he was simply in pain and trying to express that to his owner.

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Unfortunately, this happens when owners don’t know to take the time to try and understand why their horse is acting a certain way. In response, the KyEAC have developed a program called S.A.S.H. (Support A Special Horse). Its main focus is on teaching new horse owners the basics of horse care, including vet and farrier knowledge, so that fewer horses end up in the same place as Sawyer. The program will use companion horses at KyEAC with the hope that those horses will be adopted by those enrolled in the program. Sawyer will be the poster horse for the first run of the program. Since Sawyer’s kissing spine was discovered and he was placed on companion status, Sawyer has been one of the kindest and gentlest horses at the Center. He is adored by all who work there, and his story is a constant reminder that every horse deserves a second chance.

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Helping kids have a chance to grow up. Sounds like a simple idea, yet it’s the heartbeat of St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of our founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion, or a family’s ability to pay. Founder, Danny Thomas, said it best: “No child should die in the dawn of life.”

Meet Olivia Little Olivia started their family vacation feeling lethargic, with a low fever and a tummy ache. She rallied, but on the long car ride home her symptoms overtook her again. Something wasn’t right. Her pediatrician did labs and the results were stunning. Olivia had acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), a type of blood cancer. ALL is the most common form of childhood cancer, but thanks to treatments invented at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, its survival rate has increased from 4% when St. Jude opened in 1962 to 94% today.

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Cancer treatment has meant that Olivia and her twin brother, Owen, have to spend most of their days apart, and she misses out on play dates and birthday parties with cousins. But she actually enjoys coming to St. Jude. “Her nurses have all commented on how well she handles everything, never letting out a cry and always sitting still for them to do whatever they need to do,” said Kacie. “She is the perfect daughter and the best sister, and if you ask her, she isn’t sick.” Olivia, who loves baby dolls, painted nails, pretty dresses and all things princess, will be receiving chemotherapy until 2021. Her family will owe St. Jude nothing, because families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food.


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Since 1977, The Nest has been a lifeline for all individuals and families in crisis, facing adversity, or who have unexpected needs. Their holistic approach incorporates four FREE programs. Child Care Program: They believe all caregivers should have equal access to high-quality child care, regardless of financial status. From birth to age five, their statelicensed Child Care Program provides early childhood education and flexible child care options including short-term, long-term, and free drop-in care. Family Assistance Program: From diapers and car seats to food and toiletries, The Nest connects people with the items they need and the resources they deserve through the Family Assistance Program. They assist with basic human necessities for families and individuals, at no cost to them, and welcome item donations.

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Intimate Partner Violence & Court Advocacy Program: Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) affects individuals in every community. The Nest’s trained staff of counselors and advocates provide survivors with a safe and healing place to ask questions, receive support, and process trauma. The IPV and Court Advocacy Program serves survivors in Fayette and the surrounding counties. Parenting Program: Caring for a child can be difficult, especially without a support system. The Nest’s Parenting Program strives to meet caregivers where they are and offer classes that are focused on effective and healthy parenting, nonviolent discipline, and parental self-care. These classes also create an opportunity for social interaction with other caregivers - a powerful way to improve parenting habits and overcome social isolation. The Nest is a safe and healing place for education, counseling, advocacy, and support - reaching thousands of individuals, parents, survivors, and children each year. They are proud to offer services in English and Spanish. The Nest embraces, encourages, and empowers without bias. Their vision is to be the leader of real and sustainable change by creating a safe, equitable, and thriving community.

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Kentucky Financial Empowerment Commission

Treasurer Allison Ball and the Kentucky Financial Empowerment Commission are committed to providing resources and supporting Kentucky educators who teach financial literacy. This year has been an unprecedented year for our teachers, and the Commission has worked with educators across the state to adapt to virtual learning and socially distanced in-person instruction. Ahead of the 2020-2021 school year, the Commission sent a portal of free, online resources to Kentucky’s school districts to aid with financial education for all grade levels. Treasurer Ball and the Commission feel strongly that financial literacy is critically important for the success of our youth and equipping them for financially empowered futures. The Commission is an innovative method of addressing a very important problem facing Kentuckians. Tasked with developing and implementing plans to improve the financial literacy of Kentuckians, the Commission also provides support to educators teaching financial literacy in Kentucky. Thanks to a partnership Treasurer Ball secured with the Kentucky Credit Union League, the Commission operates without the use of taxpayer dollars. KFEC Executive Director Josh Barrett says, “Every Kentuckian should have the confidence and knowledge to budget, save, and plan for the future.” To find out more information and resources that may be able to help Kentucky teachers and sources become more financially educated and empowered you can go to the website above.

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Lexington Humane Society 1600 Old Frankfort Pike | Lexington, KY 859-233-0044 |


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Paws to give food to pets! Partner with the teams at Richmond Road Veterinary Clinic and Tates Creek Animal Hospital to support the animals this holiday season! Purchase from the Holiday Wish List on for the Lexington Humane Society, and your gift of much needed food or supplies will be delivered directly to the Adoption Center on Old Frankfort Pike to support hundreds of dogs and cats. Ready to help? You can scan the QR code on this page to get started!

Welcomes Dr. Amanda Finch! She joins the five other veterinarians at Richmond Road Veterinary Clinic and Tates Creek

Animal Hospital. Together, they bring decades of experience in caring for your furry loved ones, and are your local experts for compassionate pet care.

To learn more or to make an appointment, call or visit the clinic websites today!

From Left to Right: Dr. Holaday, Dr. Hancock, Dr. Smith, Dr. Sullivan, Dr. Wynn and Dr. Finch.

Richmond Road Vet Clinic 3270 Richmond Road Lexington, KY 40509 Phone: 859.263.5037 Mon - Fri: 7am – 6pm Sat – Sun: 8am – 6pm

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4101 Tates Creek Centre Drive, Suite 146 Lexington, KY 40517 Phone: 859.273.1933 Mon, Wed, Fri: 8am – 6pm & Tue, Thu: 8am – 5pm Sat: 8am – 12pm every other Sat (

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Children's Advocacy Center | Gifts of all sizes can be mailed to: 162 N. Ashland Avenue | Lexington, KY 40502 The Children’s Advocacy Center of the Bluegrass provides direct services to children in Central Kentucky that have been victims of sexual abuse. The coronavirus pandemic has led to a rapidly growing number of children trapped in an abusive household. Young children might not be able to share and talk with a trusted adult or friend. The Children’s Advocacy Center serves as a beacon of light for these kids and teenagers by providing family advocacy and support, forensic interviews, medical exams and therapy. All services are entirely free!

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Please consider making a gift today to directly support children in our community who have been victims of sexual abuse. It shouldn’t hurt to be a child.


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Blue Grass Farm Charities Blue Grass Farms Charities (BGFC) provides health and human services to those working in Central Kentucky’s Thoroughbred industry by offering a variety of services and programs for the essential horsemen. “Our clientele is the industry’s hourly wage employee. When an unforeseen emergency or bill occurs, it can alter basic needs. BGFC is the horsemen’s safety net,” stated Julie Berry, Executive Director. 2020 has shown how important these workers are, and the struggles they are dealing with due to Covid19. Since March, the charity has provided:

2339 Sandersville Road | Lexington, KY 859-219-0910 |

• 51,000 pounds of produce through God’s Pantry, • 1,664 grocery bags to Keeneland’s Nourish the Backstretch, • 1,150+ people with basic necessities from its pantry, • various medical, housing, and utility needs, and • 955 backpacks to K-5th graders



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Our mission is providing health and human services to horsemen/women and their families during the holiday season and throughout the year.


Merry Christmas, and may all have a healthy and safe 2021!



Your support provides food, housing, and medical assistance to those in need working in the Central Kentucky Thoroughbred Industry.

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“I realized that I needed to get ready for the aging process when the responsibility of caring for my sick in-laws was thrust upon me. Then, the sickness and subsequent death of my mother happened in the same year,” explained Aging with Grace owner and founder DG Gridley. “That year felt as if I had been parachuted into the middle of a jungle, and I had to find my way out, alone, fighting my way through the confusing world of health care to find civilization,” she explained. “That is why I quit my job as a middle school teacher and summer programs director in order to focus all my time and energy on my quest for a civilized way to care for the aging and sick in our society.”

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DG spent two and a half years studying at the University of Kentucky, where she earned a Master’s in Healthcare Administration. She went on to spend three years working, networking and volunteering with people who work in senior services and government agencies that serve the aging in our area. “After that, it was time to open Aging with Grace, Aging in Place: The Health Club for Seniors.” Aging with Grace provides senior nursing services and food, fun and friends at The Fountain of Youth Clubhouse. Book clubs, art activities, group games, gardening and more await. Joining the club means joining a team of professionals to help manage the confusing world of legal and medical decisions that are unique to people 50+. They also provide At Home Health and Help Services and Dignified Transportation.

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The Lexington Rescue Mission serves hurting people. People who are hungry and homeless will find help meeting their basic needs, including nutritious meals, clothing, and a place to rest. All of their guests are invited to meet with a case worker who will help them regain financial stability and take steps out of poverty. Men and women who need employment will find help getting back to work through LRM’s Jobs for Life classes which teach the skills necessary to find and keep lasting employment. Program graduates are placed in jobs in local businesses so they can provide for themselves and their families.

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Helping people get off the streets and out of shelters is at the core of LRM’s ministry. Transitional housing is available for both men and women who need help getting back on their feet. The Homeless Intervention Program helps homeless individuals and families move into homes of their own by covering their first month’s rent and providing housing counseling. Men and women whose lives have been broken by trauma, addiction and incarceration can find healing and hope through classes LRM teaches in jails, prisons, and in the community that get to the root of self-destructive behaviors and offer lasting freedom in Christ. The Lexington Rescue Mission has faced challenges this year from COVID-19 and a fire that destroyed the dining room and kitchen in their Outreach Center. They are thankful that, with God’s provision and an outpouring of support from the community, they have been able to adjust our services and serve more people this year than ever before. Volunteer Needs: Provide and/or serve meals Mentors for the men and women in our transitional living houses Sort clothing and other donations Serve morning coffee to our guests Pick-up donations from area restaurants

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Woodford Humane Society

265 Thomas Lane | Versailles, KY 859-873-5491 | One thing the team at Woodford Humane Society takes pride in is their dedication to helping each pet find their forever home – no matter how long that takes. For most, it’s just a couple of weeks. But some, like Wayne, wait longer. Wayne had all the odds stacked against him: he had spent 7 years at the end of a chain; he was shabby and neglected; and he was so deeply fearful of new people that he would cower and shake. Wayne spent 3 years at Woodford Humane. His body and spirit healed. He learned to trust, love, and play in a way that had never been a part of his world before. And now, he’s living his best life: at home, with the people, dogs, and cats he loves. At Woodford Humane, they work hard so that every pet can have a chance at their best life, just like Wayne.

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Clark County Homeless Coalition The mission of Clark County Homeless Coalition (CCHC), headquartered in Winchester, Kentucky, is “Empowering those experiencing homelessness to take ownership of their path home.” CCHC provides shelter, housing assistance programs, case management, and basic needs in “a supportive atmosphere where accountability and compassion go hand in hand.” The month of December is critical for CCHC fundraising. “COVID has changed everything about what we do, how we do it, and the amount of funding,” says CCHC Executive Director Terry Davidson. “In-kind and monetary donations have dropped significantly this year. We heavily rely on the community for providing resources.”

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CCHC also benefits as a participating nonprofit with this year’s 10th Annual GoodGiving Challenge hosted by Blue Grass Community Foundation and Smiley Pete Publishing. Donate through this week-long giving challenge with daily matching challenges and prize opportunities at “Our goal is to get as many people into permanent housing as possible for Christmas.”

The Lexington Branch of Wells Fargo Advisors is pleased to support Clark County Homeless Coalition 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: NOT FDIC Insured / NO Bank Guarantee / MAY Lose Value 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. ©2020 Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC. All rights reserved. CAR-1120-02575

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Since its founding in 1961, Opportunity for Work and Learning faithfully continues to pursue our vision to impact lives and strengthen communities through building a supported, inclusive and sustainable workforce. Originally established as a sheltered workshop for individuals with severe disabilities, over the years, our focus evolved to community based employment services and our programming expanded to include individuals with all types of barriers to employment, including physical, intellectual, and developmental disabilities, mental illness, substance use disorders, socio-economic barriers, and those involved with the justice system.

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OWL’s mission is to partner with businesses, communities, and those we serve to foster personal growth and create professional opportunities by helping them discover their strengths, develop their skills, and provide them with ongoing support. We achieve this mission through an individualized approach in service delivery by providing personalized support and tailoring our programs to be effective for all we serve. OWL offers vocational assessments and evaluations, along with Person Centered Employment Plans and work adjustment and experience services to help individuals discover potential employment paths. We assist in their skills development and provide job preparation services, workplace essential skills training, independent living and life skills support, as well as certiďŹ cations for forklift operation and customer service. Once prepared, we help participants with job search, job carving, placement and coaching services, and supported employment. While our Vision and breadth of our impact has evolved over the years, connecting people with opportunities for employment remains at the heart of everything we do. Individuals and organizations are always welcome to join OWL in impacting lives in our community. From raising awareness to community partnerships, including volunteer opportunities, internships, full and part-time employment, donations and monetary contributions, there are opportunities for everyone.

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Lexington Public Library Foundation 140 East Main Street | Lexington, KY 859-231-5557 |

Lexington Public Library Foundation enhances our public library system with advocacy, private funding, and strategic partnerships to help the Lexington Public Library as it connects people, inspires ideas, and transforms lives. Private donations help the library do even more for our community. With your help, the Library Foundation funds: • Targeted services to help Lexington’s most vulnerable populations – like the YMCA Learning Lab at Village Library to help academic recovery for children in the Cardinal Valley area and storytime kits to childcare facilities to ensure children continue to learn during the pandemic. • New technologies like laptop checkout, hot spots, and online homework help. • And of course, welcoming and engaging spaces because we won’t be in this pandemic forever. They’ll be ready to welcome you back into their libraries as we rebuild our community, our economy, and future.

Your support helps us do more! Lexington Public Library adapted to better serve you during this difficult time with financial support from the Library Foundation. Some of the amazing ways we’ve met your needs: •

Funded learning lab programs for disadvantaged students in Cardinal Valley area in partnership with YMCA of Central Kentucky

Purchased safety supplies for staff to deliver curbside service of reading materials, laptop checkout, and more

Offered free meals for kids at Northside and Village Branches in partnership with God’s Food Pantry

Provided to-go craft kits for families and storytime kits for childcare providers.

All these services (and many more!) are free to Library cardholders. Imagine what more we can do with your financial support? 859-231-5557 82

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Lexington Christian Academy Faith, Service, Excellence. Since 1989, Lexington Christian Academy has produced scholars that impact the world for Jesus Christ. One of the unique aspects of LCA is the Christian environment of faith. They believe that all truth is God’s truth, and every class at LCA is taught through the lens of a Christian worldview, incorporating biblical principles. Their goal is to help each student grow in their walk with Christ as they study, understand and obey God’s Word, and develop a Christian perspective. Students are challenged to make a positive impact on the world. With a rigorous curriculum, LCA is dedicated to preparing students to achieve a productive and successful future. LCA believes that co-curricular programs – such as fine arts and athletics – are ideal complements to academics in the overall educational experience. LCA believes their programs challenge students to excel and succeed as they are being prepared for college and career. 859-422-5700 |

Serving PS-12th Grade from 12 Central Kentucky Counties Faith Based & Nurturing Environment College Prep Curriculum Small Class Sizes Performing & Visual Arts (Elementary - High School) Strong Community Service Program Array of Co-Curricular Programs (Arts, Athletics, Leadership and Service) 100% Graduation Rate

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The team at Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate knows it’s important to stay connected with the community. That means they do their best to adapt and change as needed. During 2020, they have expanded their educational programming to include webbased course information for scholars of all ages and begun offering Facebook Live tours via Wake Up with Ashland as well as the Traces: Slavery at Ashland tour by video. You can help Ashland further expand their educational offerings and commitment to the community by purchasing a raffle ticket for the Athenian Owl Coin necklace, circa 450 B.C., or by donating online at

Ashland, the Henry Clay Estate

Own your own piece of history with this exquisite Athenian Owl Coin necklace depicting the goddess Athena and an owl from the City’s coat-of-arms, a piece that is among the world’s first coinage. It is the perfect example of “classical” Greek art. There are 200 raffle tickets available at $100 each. The raffle will be held on December 10th at 6pm via Facebook Live. This raffle is to benefit the Henry Clay Memorial Foundation at the preservation of Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate.

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The Foster Care Council 2121 Richmond Road #105 | Lexington, KY

The Foster Care Council (FCC) believes in providing foster children with educational and enrichment opportunities that will ultimately deter them from becoming a statistic. Many children enter the foster care system testing 2-3 grade levels behind therefore, the FCC provides weekly individualized tutoring to students not testing on grade level and continue to work with them until grade level is achieved. The FCC also covers extracurricular costs to help a child explore their talents and passions. Recently, The FCC opened a gently worn clothing boutique, Studio ThriftyFor the kids, which provides free clothing, shoes and hygiene products to this amazing population. The Foster Care Council continuously advocates for these children through community involvement, which helps assist in the continuation of each program. Ultimately, these resources provide children with the strength and courage to persevere through adversity.


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Lindi Campbell, founder of Breath of Hope Kentucky, was shocked by her own lung cancer diagnosis in 2017. Like many being diagnosed today, Lindi had no idea that there were other causes of lung cancer besides smoking. Kentucky survivors are now sharing their own personal experiences to help erase the stigma and raise awareness that anyone can get lung cancer. Lindi, Leah, Chasity and many other families personally affected by this diagnosis are passionate about educating the public that radon exposure is the leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers. Having your home tested for radon is necessary to protect your family. Breath of Hope KY, Inc. donations help ďŹ nancially support lung cancer research, early detection initiatives and advocacy programs dedicated to helping Kentuckians in the ďŹ ght against lung cancer.

Chasity (diagnosed stage 3A lung cancer at age 40) & Family

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Leah (diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer at age 43) & Family

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New Day Life Center

224 N MLK Blvd, Lexington, KY 40507 859-721-2325 | 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.


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Build Inclusion

Virtual Discovery

Work-Based Learning Experiences

Build Inclusion promotes access and opportunity for individuals with disabilities through community engagement and meaningful employment. The primary mission of Build Inclusion is serving job seekers, who may otherwise face barriers to employment, in preparing for and securing competitive, integrated employment. “Our primary audience is students who are graduating from high school and wish to go directly into the workforce. If we can get them working at that time, they are more likely to experience an adulthood typical to those of their peers,” Executive Director, Annette Jett, says. “While work provides a person’s primary source of income, it also offers ancillary benefits like finding purpose, creating relationships with others, and increasing selfesteem. The right fit can be life-changing for someone.”

job market picks up, we will be ready with qualified matches for your business,” Haley Andes, Associate Director, states. “We stay in touch with our students and job seekers through weekly online video instruction that develop skills in self-advocacy and workplace readiness, as well as perform virtual discovery activities. Our staff is so creative; we will continue to use many of these processes that were created out of necessity, even after restrictions are lifted. In addition, we are even expanding and hiring at this time.” Build Inclusion, a public non-profit agency, turned 5 in March and looks forward to a bright future ahead. Through donations, grants and state funding from the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, their services are free of charge to the community.

Their team spends a great deal of time with a job seeker, uncovering their strengths, skills, interests and desired conditions of employment. During this discovery process, they translate these factors into job tasks and environments, then match them to employers who have these needs. Even though COVID restrictions have had an impact on the way they deliver these services, it has also forced Build Inclusion to become more innovative and creative through virtual communications. “The need is still there and when the

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Henry Clay HS Hall of Fame is honored to Congratulate the 2020 Inductees

Andy Beshear - Governor

Shane Boyd - Pro Athlete

Edward Faulkner - Actor

David Rosenberg - Attorney

Each year since 2017 the HCHOF has awarded five $1,000 non-academic Scholarships to graduating Henry Clay seniors. For information about this program or to make a tax-deductible contribution please contact Bissell Roberts, Chairman, @ 1000 N. Hurstbourne Parkway, Suite 200, Louisville, KY 40223 or @

Henry Clay HS Hall of Fame Recipients 2001 - 2019

Class of 2001

Class of 2006

Class of 2011

Class of 2016

Diogenes Allen Elmer “Baldy” Gilb Norman L. Passmore Al Prewitt W.T. Young

Paul Hurst Davis Dr. Stanley Rodes Forston, Jr. Robert T. McCowan Dr. Gerald L. Smith Alan Marcus Stein

Robert David Bell Richard Borchardt Robert L. Elliott Troy Gentry Bob Tripure

Coleman Preston Judy Ron Pinchback Glenn S. Ritchey

Class of 2012

Robert Anderson Jane Klinger Beshear DeWitt T. Hisle Julia Rudnick Woodall

Class of 2002 Thomas R. Bryant, Jr., M.D. James Baker Hall Dr. William English Kirwan Clyde T. Lassiter Virginia Wesley Rentz

Class of 2003 Anthany Beatty, Sr. Thomas Pearce Bell William C. Hurt Dr. Shelby Deitrich Rector Adalin Wichman

Class of 2004 Joe Cable John Heber Ralph Kercheval Benjamin Kessinger, Jr. Harriett Abraham Rose

Class of 2005 Ellen Claire Allen Joseph M. Beach Edward F. Gudgel, Jr. Judge Scott Reed Harvie Wilkinson

Class of 2007 Alan Bloomfield Frank G. Dickey Coach Andy Hopkins Louie Mack William L. Woodward

Class of 2008 Sidney Gall Baylor Landrum, Jr. Frank Minnifield Lee Rose James Harold “Jim” Smith

Class of 2009 Bob Babbage, Jr. Dr. Robert “Jake” Bell Donald Hukle Gary Martin Billy Reed Jane Gentry Vance

Class of 2010 Kirk Chiles John H. Cole James P. Owen Calvert Roszell Jr. John Shelby

Col. Lt. Charles L. Farris Walter Robert Hill Dr. Raul F. Lagos Mary Lynne Lovingood Harry Stephenson

Class of 2013 Andy Barr Donald Blevins Dianne Chiles Bissell Roberts Larry Roberts

Class of 2014 Rear Admiral Wm. Van Meter Alford Dr. William H. Brooks Joylynn Smith William E. Thomas Frank Watson

Class of 2015 Dr. V. Gayle Alexander Becky Bushong Ardis Dee Hoven Steve Chandler Evans “Jack “ Tracy

Class of 2017

Class of 2018 Trudy Webb Banta Sylvester Kiger, Jr. Ray Edward Rector Janet Roark Pamela Brown Wright

Class of 2019 Michael Ades James Atkins Glen Bagby Robert Beck Steven Miler

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Throughout the Bluegrass In a year of tumult and uncertainty, the folks at The Wildcat Group aspire to bring people hope this holiday season. “It’s been a difficult year for everyone,” says owner Raleigh Bruner, “but it’s been especially trying for underprivileged children and the elderly. I feel that local business owners have an obligation to uplift our communities. To reach out and help whenever we can.” Over the next month Wildcat will work closely with the following non-profits and organizations as they carry out their charitable missions:

• Angel Tree

• Hope for the Holidays

• Toy Chest

• God’s Pantry

• The Salvation Army

• Senior Sleigh

These organizations are behind wonderful causes that range from distributing donated bikes and toys to children in need, to delivering the gift of joy and laughter to seniors and veterans. Wildcat is happy to donate trucks, equipment, warehouse space, and other resources 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. Wildcat Moving 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 are built on years of trust and stewardship. These long-term relationships are a testament to the company’s commitment to serving the community in an impactful way. Everyone at The Wildcat Group would like to urge those fortunate enough to donate resources this holiday season to consider a local charity. You can also make a difference by shopping local. As Raleigh puts it, “only shop at the businesses you want to remain open.” Giving back locally strengthens the community like nothing else. Please join Wildcat in celebrating the holidays through giving and shopping local.

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T he New Year Purge The year has come to an end, which means it’s time to really dig through that over-filled closet and find those pieces you haven’t touched in months. You think to yourself, “Do I really need 3 long sleeve black button ups?” and the answer is probaly no. After a year of what seems like so much negativity, so many of us are looking to put a little good into the world so why not start with your closet? Purging old clothes that you never wear but someone else might love is a win-win!

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A great way to repurpose some of the clothes you’re willing to say goodbye to is to donate at your local Goodwill. This is such a great place to shop for people who are looking for great quality pieces at low prices. “By donating to Goodwill, you are helping the lives of job seekers right here in Lexington! Goodwill stores provide a hand up, not a handout; to support job seekers with disabilities and other challenges. During this time of year, I would ask that you donate items that you have not used in the past 12 months; there is someone in our community who likely needs it. We can’t thank you enough for the small things that you donate, they may a BIG local impact,” says Ben Haydon, Community Engagement Coordinator, Goodwill Industries of Kentucky.


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If you get the opportunity to be out on the town for New Year’s Eve, then take advantage of it ladies! Go big with the glitz and glam. Every shade of sequin is an acceptable outfit choice and don’t forget to pair it with a bold piece of jewelry or statement tights for warmth!


Red stripe satin pajama set | Olive You

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Around The Clock pullover in charcoal, $78 | Free People

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If you’re like the majority of us and you’re spending your NYE cozy at home with your hubby or best girlfriends, then it’s only fitting that you find an equally stylish outfit, just a little more on the comfy side. Pull out your favorite plush blanket and velvet scrunchie and toast the night away!

Cozy faux fur blanket in gray, $69 | Z Supply

Lucia velvet scrunchie set, $18 | Anthropologie

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e d a h AfoSr every Shade

T he Perfect Holiday Red WRITTEN BY FRAN ELSEN

OK ladies, so, let’s admit it; we all like a bit more glam around the holidays. While a red lip is striking on those lucky enough to pull it off, I’ve never been one of those girls. That is, until I discovered Revlon’s Cherries in the Snow Lipstick. A red lip has always been thought of as classy, bold, and sophisticated, but it must be worn right to make it work. Reds come in a variety of shades, such as pink shades of red, orange shades of red, and even cool bluish-reds. A safe and general rule is that women with fair skin should lean toward true reds with no orangey tones, while medium-skinned women look best in pinkish or orangey reds. Dark skinned women should go for darker shades and can even sport purple and wine-colored hues of red.

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Just listen to Midge Maisel while working the cosmetic counter as she steers her customer away from the Ravel Red shade and convinces her to try Cherries in the Snow. “Red works great with pink, and it’s terrific with your complexion. You have some natural rosiness. Just make sure to pick a tone that doesn’t augment that too much. Keep it subtle.”


Indeed, this beauty buff was right on point. As true today as it was back in the 1950’s at B. Altman’s Department Store.

Super Lustrous™ T he Luscious Mattes Lipstick

When a girlfriend of mine gifted me with a tube of this last Christmas, I was hesitant to try it. Once applied however, the color worked beautifully with my never-wear-red skin tone. It also looked amazing on another friend (with a completely different skin tone, mind you), who discovered she too could wear red when she received the same gift. Cherries in the Snow Lipstick was launched in 1953 by the Revson Brothers (now known as Revlon) and quickly cemented its place as one of the most iconic lipsticks of the century. Seven decades later, it’s still as popular as ever, enjoying a resurgence in sales thanks to Amazon’s Marvelous Mrs. Maisel phenomenon. For those of you searching for the “perfect red” for the holidays, and, for those of you who thought you could never wear it, give this one a try. You’ll be both surprised and pleased at the results. You can find your own tube of Cherries in the Snow—also known as Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in 440- on Amazon, or your local drugstore.

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ur closets... a love/hate relationship. We keep 3 sizes: the one that currently fits, used to fit and the “just in case we eat too much” fit.

Silk Button Down Blouse

We look into our closets with that “deer in headlights” stare of what am I going to wear. Here are some pointers to help simplify your wardrobe anxiety attacks.

TOP 20 Staples

every woman should have in her closet

Now, let’s talk about the staples. Pieces like a classic white tee, black blazer and nude pumps are items we believe every woman should own. You would be surprised with the stylish looks you can create with these simple 20 items.


#2 The LBD

#3 Cashmere Sweater

the tops Choose a v-neck to elongate your décolleté and show off your necklace.

#4 Plain White Cotton Tee

#5 #7

Layering Camisole

Denim Jacket

Pair diamond studs with a denim jacket because Dolly says, “It’s hard to be a diamond in a rhinestone world!”

#6 Black Leather Jacket

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Bring out this flirty number for the nights when you want to make sure you’ve still got it!

Spanx Ponte Leggings



Flirty Printed Dress

Go-To Denim

Boot cuts are back, ladies. We love them because they look like trousers and are flattering on any shape!

#9 Solid Black Blazer

#13 Opaque Tights

the bottoms

#12 Pencil Skirt

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the accessories

Nude Pumps

Ode to the nude block heel. It’s such a staple that is comfortable yet versitile to wear with dresses and jeans alike. Plus, buckle up for belt season! 2020 has become the year of tucked in shirts and logo belts and that trend is not going anywhere for a long time. Be sure to invest in a reversible black and brown belt. Skip Starbucks for a month and go get you a Gucci honey.

#16 Black Ballet Flats

#15 Leather Belt

#17 Casual Sneakers

#18 Cognac Ankle Booties

#19 Velvet Hangers

#20 Nude Bra


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WOW Wedding


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WOW Wedding

story by amanda harper photos by southern native photography Evanne was serving at Harry’s in Palomar when Christian noticed her. He was with his family, so he waited to ask her out until the next day. Their timing wasn’t great: she had just moved back to Kentucky from Florida, and he was moving there in a couple weeks! After their first date, he texted her that he wanted more time with her before he even left the driveway. She replied that she was on winter break, and for him to let her know when he wanted to hang out. He asked, “right now too soon?” He came back, picked her up and drove her to meet his parents. Due to COVID, the couple had to cancel their destination wedding two months before their date and plan something new right here in Kentucky. Berry Mansion in Frankfort was one of the only venues with their wedding date available, but its beauty helped shape the day in unexpected ways. The bride served as her own wedding planner. “Everything held a little more sentimental value because I did it myself. I found all the glassware, made all the choices and built all of the florals,” she explained. “I couldn’t have done it without my mother’s help! We had so much fun styling and designing this wedding!” Evanne and her mother collected antique colored glass, crystal centerpieces and antique furniture for the décor. The florals were chosen in a color palette perfect for the setting and the October date. The bridesmaids wore black, to complement the wooden backdrop that served as the altar, while the groom wore a dark blue velvet jacket. Berry Mansion’s Gothic Revival music room offered a romantic, intimate setting for the reception. The massive cathedral organ, carved wood details and stained glass panels looked incredibly romantic when illuminated by candlelight. Clean, modern lines in the tablescapes, contemporary floral arrangements and a custom neon sign kept the overall look on-trend.

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One of the funniest moments came when it was time for the garter toss. “I totally forgot to put on my garter, and didn’t notice until we were being called to the floor! Quick thinking, my maid of honor handed me a napkin to tie around my leg!” Evanne laughed, “Christian’s face was hilarious when he lifted my dress.”

PHOT O Southern Native Photography V IDEO Richie Quick

The stress of scrapping her wedding plans and starting from scratch as her own wedding planner gave Evanne a totally new perspective on her wedding. “Don’t stress!” I don’t remember any of the things I was worried about,” she explained. “I felt a lot of pride and fulfillment seeing it all come together.”

V ENUE Berry Mansion F LOW ERS Fielden Fleur W EDDING PLANNER Evanne Whitten Fielden CAT ERING/CAKE S w e e t L i l u’s BRIDA L GOW N Tw i r l B o u t i q u e B R I D A L PA R T Y ASOS GROOMS AT T IRE Bonobos HAIR + MAKEUP Bride + Mother of the Bride STAT IONERY Haley Michelle Designs


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Organic Bouquets // Dried Flowers

Color Palettes // Mixed-Matched Pastels

Guest Experiences // Bourbon Tastings

Photo by Deus Amor Co

Photo by Carmen Santorelli Photography

Photo by Kate Headley Photography

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Planning your dream wedding in the year 2021? We’ve nailed down some of the top trends to lookout for. Moral of the story - step outside of the box and make your day YOURS.

Local Venues // Supporting Hometowns

Boho Decor // Macrame Details

Bridal Attire // Off-White Gowns

Guest Experiences // Food Trucks

Photo by Sarah Jane Photography

Photo by Christina McNeill

Photo by Kate Headley Photography

Guest Experiences // Unique Food Bars Photo by Michelle Walker Photography


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Photo by Kevin & Anna Photography

Floral Design // Natural Textures Photo by Erin Wilson Photography

Guest Experiences // Live Bands Photo by Heather Kincaid

by haley norris Owner of Haley Michelle Designs

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Deck e Homeowners, Dave Nelson and Tim Reynolds have carried their joy of the Christmas season throughout their home for years and this year is no different. Even in the midst of these crazy times, their home brings joy and light to every one who sees it. We sat down with Dave and Tim to learn more about their passion for decorating; it sure put us in the holiday spirit!

How long have you been decorating for Christmas? We both grew up in homes where our families loved to decorate for Christmas and we both have carried on that tradition. Every year we scope out what we want and wait for it to go on sale at the end of the season. Over our 40 years together, we have collected a lot of holiday decorations

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When do you usually get started on your decorating? We normally start decorating around the ďŹ rst or second week of November in order to get everything done inside and outside. It takes about two weeks to get everything done, including our Christmas village. How many trees do you put up each year and which is your favorite? We have had up to eight Christmas trees in the house before, but this year we decided to just decorate three trees. Tim has collected Christmas village pieces and has a variety of accent pieces, and this year we have displayed his entire collection. He is so proud of it and loves showing friends and family what he has collected this year. Our favorite tree is our Flocked Christmas tree with blue and white lights with Snow Owls and Ice crystals, it makes you wish for a white Christmas every year.


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Do you do different themes for each tree? Does this change each year? Every year we do a different theme on our mantle and with our trees. We always think ahead every year and try to determine what next year’s themes will be. We never know until the holiday gets close and the decorations start to come out as to what we will do. What is your favorite Christmas decoration that you must bring out each year? My favorite decoration is the Nativity that my Mom gave me over 15 years ago. I love displaying it and thinking of her. Tim’s favorite holiday decoration is his Christmas Village; he loves to display that every year. Tell us about your beautiful Fireplace mantle? We love decorating our mantle. We recently moved into our current house in February of this year and our house has a beautiful mantle. Every year we change the theme. This year it’s a Frosty Elf mantle with crystal green magnolias. We love sitting in our living room and having friends over and enjoying the decorations.


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DIY with Kids


Christmas Crafts The holidays are always such a busy time, but I firmly believe that taking the time to do a DIY craft with your littles (or for yourself!) is good for the soul - even if it multiplies your mess. I recently went through a box of old Christmas ornaments and crafts with my mom and went on a walk down memory lane! I love that my mom kept all the things...the ones that were pretty and put together, and even the ones that weren’t...she cherished them all. In honor of making memories, here are three simple DIY projects you can do this season- two for the kids, and one for you (because let’s be honest, taking a break from your chaotic life to do something that brings you joy is therapeutic!).

Snow Paint This is such a fun one, and it requires very few materials! All you need is shaving cream, CHILLED white glue (It HAS to be cold, it is snow paint afterall!), and glitter. Mix equal parts of the chilled glue and shaving cream, add some glitter and get to painting. Mills painted a snowman! It takes a while to dry, but dries puffy! He thought it was pretty cool!

Gingerbread Man Coloring This is the EASIEST activity for all ages! Tape some wrapping paper to the floor, I’ve just used brown craft paper. Lay your kiddo down and trace the outline of their body, then let them decorate their gingerbread man. Both of my boys loved this one! We did this one after school one day while I cooked dinner, and it kept them entertained until dinner was ready. That’s a win in my book.

Yarn Tassel Tree Here’s to a grown-up craft! This one is so easy and can be made with things you may already have at home! I love to use yarn in my giftwrap (It’s so versatile and cheap, too!) I had this offwhite yarn laying around and made these little tassels that I hot glued onto a piece of painted wood. Then simply add a stick from outside for the trunk! To make the tassels: wrap the yard repeatedly over an object to give you the desired size. (I used a serving fork!) Then, keep the loops intact, and tie a small piece of yard around the top to form the “ball”. Lastly, cut the loops at the bottom! Voila! December 2020 |

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e p a c Es Less than 1 block from Rupp Arena, this spacious 2BR/2BA condo is one-of-a-kind and a home you must see for yourself.

Completely remodeled & elegantly designed this penthouse condo features granite and marble countertops, distressed wood ceilings, herringbone wood tile flooring, upgraded lighting, walk-in tiled showers, including a double shower, to name a few. This luxurious escape is not your everyday condo and is a rare listing for it’s location. A potential new homeowner could enjoy incredible sunrises and sunsets from the rooftop with near-panoramic views of the Lexington skyline, you can’t beat that! No one else has this view! Amenities include two large outdoor patios on the roof, a workout room, clubhouse and a relaxing heated saltwater rooftop pool. The condo includes two deeded parking spots located in the gated underground garage giving this home a sense of security within it’s downtown location. With being right in the heart of downtown, there are so many opportunities for food, entertainment and fun! The new Rupp Arena expansion/renovation, Town Branch Park, & Krikorian entertainment complex, to name a few, can be found right outside the door. Say yes to this gorgeous condo and enjoy everything downtown living has to offer.


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interested? Contact Lynne Sneed. Realtor with Lynne Sneed Real Estate | Luxury Homes International 859.983.9339

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Holiday Hacks

Making the season merry... without making yourself crazy!

Tree Skirt Save your money! Any piece of fabric can serve as a tree skirt. If you don’t want to cut the fabric, gather it up around the base of your tree to cover the tree stand. f you prefer the classic look, simply fold the fabric like a paper snowflake and cut a semicircle near the top and at the bottom. (If you have pets, choose a fabric that can handle going through the wash.) Seam tape, seam glue or hot glue can take care of the edges. How big should the fabric be? You want your finished tree skirt to be slightly wider than the bottom limbs of the tree. ooking for an alternative idea or truly pressed for time)? luffy fur rugs and throws look great under a tree!

Make it Real

Light Tester! Are you the Clark Griswold of your neig or oo Then it s probably worth investing in a lig t tester These tools make it easy to see which light is out and help you replace bulbs and fuses with ease!

Have an artificial tree? Here are some easy ways to make it look more realistic and full. lu those limbs fter being stored for months, the needles on an artificial tree tend to get compressed. pend plenty of time flu ng them up with your fingers, and spread the tips to make it appear more full. Think about a real tree: branches go in all directions! rap the pole ith reenery Pine garland can help the tree look more full and can hide the metal inside. eel free to stuff any e tra fau garland in the center of the tree for added fullness. loc on If your tree is still looking lackluster, consider flocking the whole thing. locking can hide fake looking material or fill out sparse limbs. Plus, it’s very on-trend! ide the base A tree collar can hide the fake base and pole. For even more realism, bore out a log to cover the base completely. cent sational Add pine scented ornaments or make arrangements of real pine boughs near the tree to help give your room that signature real tree scent. re lit Add a few strands of lights, anyway. More lights makes it more magical!


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Wi Bells On

Have pets? Hang bells on the lower branches so you know when your pets are messing with the tree. re your kids gift shakers? Throw a handful of bells into each of their presents to disguise the sound. Thread ingle bells onto wire to serve as a festive napkin ring or wine marker. Thread a bunch on a hoop to make a musical doorknob wreath. Hang bells from your kids’ doors so you’ll know if they’re trying to sneak a peek at Santa on Christmas Eve.

This will make gift wrapping so much easier!

Cloche Call Cloches, hurricane vases, decorative bowls and trays are your secret holiday decorating weapons. ill cloches with artful arrangements of ornaments, greenery, bottle brush trees or battery operated fairy lights for a snowglobe like display. They can also help display fragile heirloom ornaments that you’re afraid to hang on the tree. Fill hurricanes with ornaments, pinecones and peppermints (be sure to use paper towel tubes to take up space in the center!) catter trays and bowls with fake snow, bells, candy canes or other decorative items to make a festive scene!

Double Up

Get two simple wreaths, one larger than the other. Stack the two to make a custom wreath without much work! Tie them together with a thick ribbon, which you can use as the wreath hanger. This is a great way to dress up a cheap evergreen wreath. You could stack on those red berry wreaths, a simple grapevine wreath or a gilt leaf hoop. The possibilities are endless!

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Tips: Decorating a Tree Step One: repare the tree. luff the branches, fill with additional greenery and make sure it’s secure in its base. f you’re setting the tree near a wall, pull it a few feet out so you have plenty of room to maneuver around it as you decorate. Step Two: tring the lights on your tree. You’ll hear lots of advice on which direction to string them, but we think it’s most important to remember the number: you’ll want at least 00 lights per . feet of tree height. We also recommend using two different si es of bulb see below!) tring the larger si e first and further in the branches, then add the smaller bulbs. Once they’re placed to your liking... turn them O ! t’s easier to decorate with the lights out. tep ree Hang your largest ball ornaments. lace them further back on the branches. tep our

dd in smaller baubles, toward the ends of the branches.

Step Five: ill in with decorative ornaments, picks and other decorations. Step Six: tep back eight feet. ook for bare spots and ad ust ornament placement accordingly.

Z is the Key!

Work your most eyecatching decorations on the tree in Z formations. This will elp you space t em out w ile a ing lots o isual appeal

When to add ribbon?

Well, that depends! f you are cascading the ribbon down from the top, it can go on last. However, if you have large picks to insert, you may want to place the ribbon after you’ve inserted the baubles to ensure the right pick placement.

f you are tucking the ribbon into the branches, then you’ll want to place it after the lights, but before you add any ornaments. f you’re adding small bows at the tips of branches, those can go on last. inally, if you’re wrapping the tree, place it after all ball ornaments but before decorative ornaments. Timing is everything!

Let there be light! or the most magical, twinkling tree, get two si es of bulbs. This creates a dynamic look that is brighter and more festive, for sure! Working with s? round 2 strands.

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or a classic look, mi traditional T lights with round 2s. This is especially stunning if you’re fond of white lights. or a more playful style, intersperse , or lights with your T lights. Those big bulbs are also a lot of fun with 2 lights!

chart courtesy Christmas Lights Etc.


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Ooh, Shiny!

ooking for even more sparkle? lace mirrors near your tree. They’ll reflect the light and add dimension.

Great Gift Tags!

ustom gift tags are an easy way to make your gifts feel really special. aint pre cut wooden ornaments or thick craft paper. n ombre paint effect is lovely, but a simple coordinating color is classic. Use a paint pen to add each recipient’s name. ot feeling confident in your handwriting? YouTube is full of tutorials on faking the calligraphy look. f you’re using paper, you could ust print the name out in a very pale grey font, then trace over it with a metallic paint pen. Tie your tags on with ribbon we love doubling up thick and thinner ribbons), twine or metallic embroidery floss. tags by Haley Michelle Designs

Whose gift?

Stuff It!

i ing gifts out and trying to read the tags under the tree when you’re playing anta can spoil some of the fun. This year, pick a different wrapping paper for each recipient. nother idea would be for each person to get matching bows or gift tags.

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COVID-15 (lbs) story by jean gibowski, cvpm brighton animal clinic

The COVID 15 has become as well known as the Freshman 15. At the start of COVID we were all outside walking more, exercising more and even eating healthier. Our dogs were exhausted because of the upswing in walks! But as time stretched on, and daylight fades sooner, our bad habits have come back and along with us packing on a few extra pounds, our pets have too. When petting your dog, you should be able to feel the rib cage without much pressure, if you are unable to do that, it may be time to cut back on the milk bones.

meet Duke

Just like in people, extra pounds in dogs and cats can lead to extra medical problems. Diabetes, heart disease, and arthritis plague our pets. The best ways for your pets to lose a few pounds is the same as us…diet and exercise. If your dog is used to being a couch potato, going for short, frequent walks is the best way to get started. As the pounds drop off and your dog is no longer dragging on the way home, increase the distance, but leave time for him to stop and smell. For cats, feeding tools such as “I Am Not a Dog” is a great way to start. Little mice looking toys are filled with food that the cat must “hunt” keeps them from staring into the empty bowl and begging for more food. Active toys like the Cat Dancer mimic hunting and keep your cat physically and mentally stimulated. Milk bones and other treats are like the candy bowl for us. These are high calorie, high fat foods taste great but have no real dietary value. Instead of the giant bones, offer pieces of carrot, pieces of his food, or low fat tiny treats (only 2 Beggin Strips is the equivalent of us eating 4 donuts). Treats should be bite sized, one giant bone will have close to the same number of calories as a whole bowl of food. If you pet is obese, talk to your vet about a prescription diet. These diets are formulated to help keep your pet feeling full while reducing the calories and fat content. Since weekly weigh ins aren’t as possible these days, getting out the measuring tape and measuring your dogs waist line will give you a good idea of success.

meet Betty


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y a d i Hol Coping!

Songs, movies, and commercials tell us “it’s the most wonderful time of the year.” What they fail to mention is it is also the busiest time of the year. Normally, the holidays come with added responsibilities, such as shopping for gifts, wrapping presents, decorating the home, attending events, and cooking for family and friends. This year, we are also navigating the new territory of deciding which of these activities we can participate in safely, and how we can still make the holidays happen in the midst of a pandemic. It can all add up to feeling overwhelmed, melancholy, and exhausted. lists “lack of time, lack of money, commercialism, the pressures of gift-giving, and family gatherings” as some of the main sources of stress. However, holding ourselves to an unachievable standard and harboring unrealistic expectations is at the top. It not enough to just give a gift, it has to be the perfect present wrapped in the prettiest paper with the biggest bow.

Feeling more humbug than happy during the month of December in not uncommon. According to, 38% of people feel dips in mood and rises in stress around the holiday season. But with an alteration in attitude and some coping strategies, you can keep your sanity this season. BY DONNA ISON

lethargy, and poor sleep. Along with practicing moderation, don’t forget to: • Hydrate. If you are going to imbibe in a cup—or three—of cheer, make sure to drink a glass of water between each. • Eat one veggie per cookie. Along the same lines, make sure to balance all the excess sugar with healthy foods and vegetables. Consider eating a salad before attending a party or even taking along a bag of celery, carrots, and such. • Move. With all the added responsibilities, it’s easy to let exercise fall by the wayside. Make sure to move, even if its just taking a walk around the block to breathe in the brisk air or dancing around the house to your favorite holiday tunes.

Home for the Holidays… via Zoom

Along with usual seasonal stresses, COVID-19 has meant that many people are having to change the way they normally celebrate with smaller gatherings, via computer, or even opting to spend the holidays alone. Look at this as an opportunity for forming a deeper connection with your immediate family or yourself.

Bernadette Barton, PhD, who teaches a course on the science of happiness, says, “One way to reduce the holiday blues is to manage your expectations. Get clear in your mind that this holiday season will be different, and “Get clear in your mind that start imagining new rituals to make it special for yourself and your household.” Dr. Barton this holiday season will be is professor of sociology and director of gendifferent, and start imagining der studies at Morehead State University.

Dr. Barton says, “Along with phone and video calls to loved ones, I suggest people also consider shifting the focus from connecting with to connecting with and honoring onenew rituals to make it special for others Here are a few practical things self. What does this mean for you? It means yourself and your household.” you can do: finding and following your inner guidance to • Set limits. To ease the financial strain, put a do and be what makes you happiest. Cook spending limit on individual gifts. To reduce your favorite food, do your favorite activities, shopping time, draw names within the family instead of buying treat yourself lovingly. Follow your heart.” for every person. • Remember less can be more. This year focus on quality-time with your favorite folks and safety. Our current state of affairs offers the perfect opportunity to practice saying “no.” Opt for hosting and attending small gatherings with close friends or just family. • Find free fun. Look for activities that are both low-stress and low-cost like driving around and looking at decorations, holiday movie nights at home, or enjoying the wonders of winter with a nature hike.

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry?

Between neighbor’s dropping off goodies, taste-testing your own baked goods, grabbing fast food while out shopping, and the freeflowing booze at every social engagement, it’s easy to overdo it on the food and alcohol during the holidays. Both too much alcohol and unhealthy eating exacerbate stress and lead to guilt, anxiety,

Peace on Earth, Goodwill Toward Me

If the stress of the holiday season is threatening to hijack your happiness, four simple words should help: Be kind to yourself. Goodwill begins at home, so practice self-care. “I encourage people to try out and engage in whatever self-care work is best for you. This might include meditation, baths, daily walks, turning off social media, decorating, crafting, phone and video calls to loved ones, and possibly therapy if you are in a really bad place, among many other possibilities,” advises Dr. Barton. If you feel hopeless or are considering harming yourself, there is no shame in seeking professional help. Dr. Barton adds, “I think a video session with a therapist is arguably as good as face to face and can happen from the privacy of your home. This is a good time to reach out for therapeutic support.” • Dr. Bernadette Barton (photo by Rebecca Powell)


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10 Tips for Avoiding Triggers During the Holiday Season Kayla Halleran and David Eggers are Certified Peer Support Specialists at 2nd Chance Clinic in Lexington. From their personal and professional experience, they 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.

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holiday season has finally arrived, which means it’s time to officially deck the halls... with gorgeous, lush wreaths! I’m sure we all have that perfectly flocked wreath on our front door, but there is so much more you can do with these beloved holiday creations. Whether you go large on your mantle mirror or small and delicate on the backs of your kitchen barstools, the possibilities are endless. Adding a wreath inside your home instantly creates warmth and can truly transform your home for the cozy holidays. Choose flocked, natural with berries or even a wreath made of ornaments, you can’t go wrong!


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01. On a Chair The simplest way to add a little holiday flair to the inside of your home is with a mini wreath on the backs of chairs. Whether it’s your dining room table or kitchen barstools, find a set of dainty boxwood wreaths, add a neutral toned ribbon, secure with a push pin and you’ve got yourself a perfectly decorated room.

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02. On a Window When we say window, we’re covering all bases. Think your front door, that kitchen window above your sink, and even the windows outside looking in. They all deserve a little holiday flair and a wreath is the perfect touch that creates a beautiful view for you and your guests.

03. On a Mirror Another favorite wreath trend is placing them on mirrors throughout your home. This is a perfect way to accent your yearround decor with a little holiday flair.

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Whether it’s above your bedroom dresser or placed perfectly on your fireplace mantle, you will be surprised how a touch of green here and there completes your Christmas cottage.



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What is it? And more importantly... how do you say it?! BY JAYME JACKSON

Over the past 10 years, I have drifted in and out of stores all across the world, telling shopkeepers and decorators alike my love of Chinoiserie. Now, the funny thing is... I could never pronounce it correctly. Justin Morris of Norwalk here in Lexington was happy to school my Eastern KY accent and teach me the proper way: Shen-Wahs-Re. Okay, now that we can say it, what is it? Chinoiserie started in the 17th century as the French imported Chinese tea in beautiful lacquer painted boxes or blue and white porcelain ginger jars. The French word “Chinois” means Chinese; the affluent French could not get enough of these exotic decorations. Asian-inspired items such as Foo Dogs (though I prefer the preppy porcelain Springer Spaniel), toile fabric and wallpaper, oil lacquered painted furniture, gold bamboo and Chippendale items became the must-have of the elite. Fast forward to our grandmothers in the 1950s who started bringing it back into style. Let me clarify: “Chino” (as it is commonly shortened) has always been in style; it’s timeless and classic, but has become trendy once again. Doing a search on Etsy for Chinoiserie and pagodas, bamboo or ginger jars will delight your sense of possibility. You can find these pieces anywhere from Norwalk, Neiman Marcus to – dare I say it – Hobby Lobby. You’ll see that while it doesn’t have to be blue and white, there’s something about that colorway that appeals to our Kentucky hearts. Chinoiserie has spread all over my house. I LOVE everything Chino! I am even putting large blue and white ginger jars on my front porch this spring. After all, what’s wrong with bringing the inside outside? One last note: when investing in blue and white porcelain dishes (my plates came from TJ Maxx!) you can use them for every season. Pair them with hot pink for Easter, yellow lemons for summer, red for the 4th of July and weepy cedar greens with rose accents for Christmas. Like I said before, y’all... timeless. Garden Stool - Safiveh ($110) Print - Farida Zaman on FineArtAmerica (varies) Fabric (shown on pillow) - Honoluludesigns on Spoonflower ($18.50/yd) Wallpaper - WallpaperDirect ($170/dbl roll) Ornaments - Williams-Sonoma ($75/set of 6) Tray - Maizie Clarke x Sophisticated Style ($36)

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by jayme jackson | photos courtesy elixir inding that perfect place to go to on a fun night out after age 28 can be a bit challenging in Lexington. My old haunt was Parlay Social; I didn’t feel like I could be everyone in the room’s mother, they served good drinks and they had fun live music... even though the food was somewhat lacking. I was pretty bummed earlier this year to learn that Parlay had closed, leaving my crew without an occasional “girls’ night out” go to. Thankfully, tephen caldaferri stepped up to the plate and breathed new life into the old Parlay location, transforming it into the new ELIXIR Over the past few months, I have watched several of my friends celebrating birthdays (and just any-days) at ELIXIR over brunch. But it’s ust not any ol’ brunch! There were bottomless mimosas and a locally sourced, season-driven menu. Add to this the fact that ELIXIR made a great backdrop for celebrations and pretty pictures, and I know exactly why it’s been so popular.

There are two ways to think about R: the current O world and the aspirations of the days when we can all go out in a group again. In “normal times,” ELIXIR is open for brunch on Saturday and unday, then for dinner Thursday, riday and aturday nights with a limited menu on onday nights. They have live music and a on weekends, including undays during brunch, starting at noon. s of press time, things are a little different. caldaferri is looking forward to the day when he can light up the dance floor once again. I asked Stephen what he wants Lexington to know about ELIXIR, and he said, “Parlay was one of the top 50 Bourbon bars in the country and although we plan on keeping that same reputation, we have taken it up a notch. We want to be a food destination and a high end craft cocktail establishment with the best live entertainment on the weekends.”

top Picks | Must Eat: Bourbon and Blueberry French Toast | Must Drink: Bottomless Mimosas 140

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Celebrating New Year’s Eve! BY R.


matter how you look at it, 2020 has been a challenge. Normally we all anticipate the holiday season as a time for entertaining family and friends to a far greater degree than any other time of the year! While the spirit, decorations, and gifts may all be there, the pandemic has forced us to scale back for the safety of all involved. We are coming up on a new year, and I’m determined that I am going to ring it in with optimism and spectacular style. Making it small in number offers the opportunity to make ew Year’s ve more decadent than ever! I’m thinking about a late evening dinner party for six. Why not wear black tie and sequined dresses? et’s heighten the evening’s drama by encouraging guests to create “formal” masks - the more glamorous, the better. Dazzle your guests by paying attention to all the senses. Candles everywhere, amazing music, a signature home fragrance and fires in the fireplaces all set the stage for a memorable event. By beginning the evening at 9, a leisurely multi-course dinner could wrap up with dessert and champagne at midnight to ring in the new year!


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enu? teer away from your comfort one! ’m beginning with a chilled sweet potato vichyssoise topped with crème fraîche and a touch of grated lime zest... easy to make a day in advance. A simple salad of spinach, avocado and pomegranate seeds with a warm champagne dressing is festive, featuring the colors of the season. ince we are going for a touch of formality, am planning a seafood course. My choice is Oysters Rockefeller, but the options are limitless. What could be more spectacular than an entrée of crown beef roast with nutted wild rice? ’m accompanying that with a baked onion casserole (with Havarti and gruyere cheeses) and a tart asparagus vinaigrette both easy to make ahead. ew Year’s ve is no time to skip dessert: diet resolutions don’t start til the ne t day! oached pears stuffed with nuts and dried fruits then coated with velvety chocolate make an impressive presentation. fter a midnight toast with o t et handon Nectar Imperial, they will be an amazing end to the evening. The people of entucky have faced daunting challenges before. We are tough and resilient here in the Bluegrass tate. o what if we have to adjust our traditions a bit for the safety of our loved ones? f anyone can do it with style, it’s us!

photos by Stephanie Gilmore Photography

Festive Sips! White Christmas Sangria 2 bottles Pinot Grigio or Chardonnay 3/4 cup sparkling apple cider 1/4 cup sugar 1/4 cup cranberries, halved 3/4 cup cranberries, whole 1 Granny Smith apple, chopped 3 rosemary sprigs Garnish: rosemary sprigs Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher. Stir together with a large wooden spoon to help the sugar dissolve.

Our friends at Liquor Barn shared these holiday cocktail recipes on their blog. For more jolly ideas (or to shop online!) visit

Poinsettia Cocktail 1/4 cup vodka 1/4 cup Champagne 1/2 cup cranberry juice Crushed ice 2 strips orange zest Combine the vodka, Champagne and cranberry juice in a wine glass. Add ice and stir. Twist the orange strips over the glass, run them along the rim, then drop them in. Recipe adapted from Emeril Lagasse via Food Network

Refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving.

A Very Merry Brandy Alexander

Serve chilled with a garnish of rosemary sprigs. Make sure to get some of the fruit in every glass!

1 oz bourbon

Recipe adapted from Cake-n-Knife.

Want to make ahead? Leave out the sparkling apple cider. When it’s time to serve, add or top each glass with cider so it’s still bubbly!

Apple Cider Hot Toddy 1 oz bourbon (or more to taste) 1/2 oz lemon juice 1 tsp honey 6 oz hot apple cider or hot apple cider tea Combine all of the ingredients in a toddy mug or regular mug. Stir to combine. Enjoy while hot.

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Dash of simple syrup Dash of salt Combine ingredients in shaker, add ice, shake vigorously, strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with nutmeg, cranberries ,and a sprig of rosemary. Courtesy of the Kentucky Derby’s Bourbon Ambassador, Monica Wolf

Did you know? is is eor e ashin ton s super boo y recipe or e no One quart cream, one quart milk, one do en tablespoons sugar, one pint brandy, pint rye whiskey, pint amaica rum, pint sherry mi liquor first, then separate yolks and whites of e s, add sugar to beaten yolks, mix well. Add milk and cream, slowly beating. Beat whites of e s until stiff and fold slowly into mi ture. et set in cool place for several days. Taste frequently. (Source: Farmer’s Almanac)

Chri mas Morning Ca eroles

There’s no shame in shortcuts during the busy holiday season. These casserole recipes will make breakfast as easy as turning on the oven. How’s that for glad tidings of great joy?

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The Morton Family Strata

e a ily ne is one of my favorite Christmas movies. Sarah essica arker is a fish out of water when her on screen boyfriend played by the gorgeous ermot ulroney) brings her home to meet his family and ask for his grandmother’s wedding ring. But he has to go through his opinionated mom, the incomparable iane eaton... who doesn’t seem to like her much. To thank the tone family for their hospitality, she aims to make The orton amily trata. ike every other moment that hristmas, she ends up with some e on her face. This interpretation of her family’s traditional hristmas breakfast is a pretty savory dish, best suited to brunch. slices hi e b ea c in sta s nces a ella nces a es slice nces sh s aine e i ni n hinly slice cl e ga lic ince e s c s il s sal s egan a e a esan i nal lice blac li es


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Tear or chop the bread into bite si e pieces roughly inch chunks). rrange in the baking dish in an even layer.

ayer the rest of the cheese. rrange the cut out bread shapes on top. lace a slice of tomato in the center of each bread star. n a bowl, combine slightly beaten e s, milk and spices. arefully pour over the casserole. prinkle armesan over the top. f desired, dot with sliced black olives. hours, but up to overnight.

Bake for 0 minutes, or until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean. et stand for minutes, or until firm.


ot into something so savory for hristmas morning? ’m with you: think the holidays are the time for butter, carbs and wayyyyy too much cinnamon. This rench toast casserole seems like an open invitation to set out toppings and let your family dress their plates however they like. t’s lovely with powdered sugar, maple syrup, molasses, fresh berries or whipped cream. eel free to set out some sprinkles for fun!

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n the bottom of a buttered baking dish, place bread scraps loosely. ayer with half the mo arella. Top with onions, mushrooms and half of the tomatoes.

over and refrigerate for at least reheat oven to 2 degrees.

French Toa Ca erole

n a separate bowl, whisk e s, half and half, c. of the brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, . Tsp. of the osher salt and half the nutmeg until smooth. our mi ture evenly over bread cubes. ress bread down slightly. over and refrigerate overnight. When you’re ready to get cookin’, arrange the rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 0 degrees. Take the casserole out of the fridge, uncover and let sit for 0 minutes. i nuts, flour and the remaining brown sugar, salt and nutmeg together. dd the softened butter, squee ing to form small clumps. prinkle the crumble evenly over the casserole. Bake to 0 minutes, until golden brown. et firm up for minutes before serving. a e e i chn

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Let Them Eat Cake!

Happiness is found Tuesday through Saturday at Martine’s Pastries. by Jayme Jackson • photos by Keni Parks Sometimes in life, you just meet good people. I’m talking “salt of the earth” like your mama spoke about. Last week, I met two of my new favorites: Jim and Martine Holzman, owners of Martine’s Pastries. Martine (who speaks with the loveliest French accent) and her husband, Jim, lived in France for several years while they perfected their art. In 1999, Jim and Martine decided to capitalize on their talent and open a bakery, starting out with wedding cakes. They shifted their business model in 20 and moved to a new location on the astside. They have grown to ten employees, offering pastries, cakes, cookies and now more savory treats. The 0 building that artine’s af now calls home is not a drive by it’s a destination, and one worth the trip. artine’s offers ready-to-go family size soups and sides, and boxed lunch drop delivery for businesses, as well as curbside pickup. I recommend the perfect little lunch: start with a roque onsieur, add some potato salad and end with—well, duh—cake!


Let’s talk about that cake. Martine has been making the most stunning wedding cakes for over 20 years. nytime you hear of someone getting married and you ask about their cake, Martine’s name is sure to follow. I will let these pictures speak for themselves. I asked Martine what her favorite thing to make is, and without hesitation, she exclaimed, “chocolate!” She then added, “I love the cakes also; the Pistachio, Buttercream and Strawberry hampagne. How she maintains her slim figure around the savory food and sweet confections remains a mystery to me.) n these days and times, we are finding happiness in small things. I am much more aware of friends, nature and the simple oy that hu ing on a close friend can bring. ake plans to stop by artine’s, grab dinner to go, order cakes for hristmas and feel good knowing you have helped the nicest people keep their small business going. will be. fter all, happiness for me is easily served on a fork.

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Jai Lucas, right, watches practice with assistant coach Bruise lint. U thletics hoto)

If Jai Lucas could have a do-over for his college basketball career, he would have played at Kentucky. “I just wish [Coach] Tubby [Smith] had stayed and made it easier for me, because if he had stayed at Kentucky, I was coming to Kentucky,” said Lucas. “I am a basketball player, and this is a basketball school, and fans are cra y about basketball. This is the bluest of the blue blood [among college basketball programs].” mith left entucky to become head coach at innesota in 200 . ucas eventually signed with lorida after Billy illispie was hired at Kentucky. knew coach illispie. He had recruited me a little bit growing up in Te as for , ucas said. ust didn’t think would fit how he played. He never liked or played smaller guards. That was a big thing for me, not coming to Kentucky.” iven a second chance to come, he said yes when recently asked him to leave Te as to oin his staff.


f you’re about basketball and everything that comes with it and the whole e perience of college basketball it’s hard to say no to Kentucky,” Lucas said. His role will be a bit different under alipari than it was at Texas, where he served as a full-time recruiter and on-court assistant coach.

The bi est thing will be doing is staying on top of recruiting and beating the bushes for the other assistant coaches to share what recruits are thinking. t’s going to be a more di cult year [due to COVID-19] where you cannot go out and evaluate recruits. have to streamline stuff, stay really organi ed and look at the future and what recruiting might look like. Cal is big on looking ahead,” Lucas explained. alipari and ohn ucas, ai’s father, have known each other for years. The new U assistant coach says his father told him alipari will tell players and staff members the truth. He tells guys e actly what to do, but had not seen how good a teacher he is until got here. He is ust able to e plain why you are doing it, how to do it and what you are doing it for in a way guys understand,” Lucas said. There are no shortcuts. You have to put in the work to get where you want to go, and he makes sure players understand that. They all have achievable dreams, but it is up to them. They can mess it up if they don’t do the work. ucas has settled into e ington life easily. He says people have been nicer than he could ever have imagined. “People who do not even know who I am are nice and helping me, especially sometimes when get lost. The best part of being here has been the people, and that’s very e citing, ucas said.







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Dr. Leon Briggs, ready to ring in the new year!

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