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FEATURES

OCTOBER

Volume 11 Number 10

the inspiration issue

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Out & About

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TOPS September Preview Party

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An Evening for the Children’s Advocacy Center

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Baptist Health’s Celebration of Care

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ACS Belles & Beaus Ball

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BGCF 50th Anniversary

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Night of the Stars

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The Kentucky BASH

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TOBA 32nd Annual National Awards Dinner

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Recycle the Runway

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McDazzle Red Tie Gala

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Red White & Boom

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Top Shots

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FUNDAMENTALS

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FACES + PLACES

CUISINE

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Survivors

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Dining: West Main Crafting Co.

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FloriCULTURE: The Autumn Mum

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TOPS Cares: Local Cancer Outreach

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TOP 5 Dining: Wine Bars

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Color Catalog: Farrow & Ball’s Rewd Earth No. 64

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Meet the Media: Shelby Back

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New & Noteworthy: Hourglass

Womanista: Green Chili Chicken Lasagna

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Beer & Wine of the Month

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FUNDAMENTALS LIFE + STYLE

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Hair Loss + Chemotherapy

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Wow Wedding: Julia + John

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Weddings Unveiled: Backs Done Right

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Gor-Jess: Holly Golightly Glamour

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Outfit of the Month: Breakfast at Tiffany’s

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FAMILY

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EQUINE 178

Filly of the Month: Rosie Napravnik

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Colt of the Month: Brian Pettigrew

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Horse Park Happenings

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Kellee + Kate

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Super Mom: Erica Radhakrishnan

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BBN: The Comeback Fan

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The Perfect Pumpkin Decor

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BBN: Honoring the SEC’s First Black Players

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Around the World Nursery

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What’s New, Kentucky?

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Pets: Guinea Pigs

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Maria Gillette, Amy Bonski and Katy Jones at Andover Construction’s Open House

Hourglass Open House

Heart for Harvey at Lexington Green

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SOCIETY

Lindy Hester, Brian Wood, King Offutt and Cassie Slone at the BC Wood Properties Golf Classic

Kentucky Eagle Trade Show

Bluegrass Stockyards Ribbon Cutting


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Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation grant announcement N. Gregory Pettit, Elias Gross, Richard Young and Alessio Bax at the Chamber Music Festival of Lexington Patron Party

Don Franklin Auto Mall ribbon cutting

DeAnn Stephens at Red White and Boom

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Water + Oak Grand Opening

Hometown Screening for NEAT: The Story of Bourbon


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TOPS SEPTEMBER PREVIEW PARTY Skin Secrets | September 6 | topsinlex.com | Photos by Keni Parks

Shauna Vanhoose, Andrea Walt, Blenna Robinson and Jennifer WingďŹ eld

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Chelsea Roe, Savannah Morriss, Katie Perdue, Rachel Hamilton and Kimberly Colbert

John Hamilton and Bonni Jiunta

Keith Yarber and Tanya Bolton

Ron Tritschler and Mark Zerof

Dan Glass and Leanne Brooks

Keni Parks and Abby Vaughn

Lisa Fath and Nita Adams

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Analisa Wagoner and Allison Eastland

Traci Atkins, Kelli G. Webb and Sasha Renfro

Kathryn McGuire, Diane Verhalen and Candace French

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CJ Penn and Whitney Allen

Camile Turner and Savannah Blank

Bret Melrose and Ralph Coldiron


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Rick & Marion Queen

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Guy Bradley, Brian Cole and Townsend Miller


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BAPTIST HEALTH’S CELEBRATION OF CARE Benefiting BH Lexington’s Cardiac Services | Keeneland | August 25 | supportbaptisthealth.org

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Bill & Whitney Sisson

Gary Earle, Ralph Hacker and Gery Tomassoni

Craig & Madonna Turner

Trish Takacs and Norm Golibersuch

Heather & Danny Reilly

Karen & James Borders

Marilyn Hacker and Ashton Wright

Todd & Lauren Jones

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BELLES & BEAUS BALL BeneďŹ ting the American Cancer Society | Keene Barn | August 2 | cancer.org

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Patton & Laura Marie Thompson

Lauren Weiner, Doug & Jennifer Mynear

Haley Trogdlen McCauley and Ralph Alvarado

Joe Maciag and Andrea Walker

Ray & Linda Gilker

Meredith Plant and V. Taylor Foster

Noelle & Sam Dick

Karen & Brian Hill

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Jason Taylor and Matt Rutherford Eleanor Broaddus

Charity & Keith Ford

Sophia & Bill Hurt

Emily Ho, Steve Bernheisel, Chris & Cherlynn Stevenson

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BGCF 50TH ANNIVERSARY BeneďŹ ting the Blue

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Eleanor & Bob Milward and Susan Milward Neal

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Ray Williams, Patty Genet and Laurie Preston

Halee Cunningham and Madonna Turner

Holly Wiedemann and Bart van Dissel

Craig Turner and Susana Verni

Bill & Vange Lear, Don Mullineaux, Jeremiah Suhl, Susan Mullineaux and Sylvia Cerel-Suhl

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Mr. & Mrs. Ed Schaeffer


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Lisa Higgins-Hord, Ernesto Scorsone, Bill & Beverly Fortune Karen Nowag, Mike Ades and Karolyn Buck

Kristina Green and Andy Shea

Patty & Matthew Fain

Mary Lynn & Eli Capilouto

Joey Miniard, Arthur & Simone Salomon, Jonathan Barker and Andrew Tan

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DeWitt & Maxine Hisle

Mary & John Dineen


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Color Catalog: Farrow & Ball’s Red Earth No. 64


Tour of Homes: At Home

A TWIST ON

Tradition

By Megan Hillenmeyer | Photos by Shaun Ring

When you walk into Karen Hillenmeyer’s house, you can tell that it is a family home. You will be greeted with the scent of homemade berry pie, a flickering candle in every room and fresh hydrangea gathered from her garden. “To make a house a home, I think it is important to incorporate all the senses. It has to look good, smell good and feel good. I want it to feel comfortable. There isn’t a piece of furniture where you can’t relax and put your feet up,” said Karen. Her home certainly checks all of those boxes. Karen raised her two sons in this house. Chase was 4 and Seth was an infant when they moved in. Almost 30 years later, her adult sons are married and living in their own Lexington homes. Karen’s husband, Darrin, has four daughters of his own. Between the two of them, they have 6 adult children, 2 daughters-in-law, 2 sons-in-law, 2 grandchildren, and multiple “grand-dogs”. That being said, their house is a revolving door of welcomed activity. “At any given time, we can have a full house. You should see this place at Christmas time with 14 stockings hanging on the mantle! It is the best kind of chaos,” said Karen.

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At Home

He really built a battleship of a home.”

When Karen was expecting her youngest son, she would stay up late at night sketching her dream home. She then had a draftsman formulate her sketches into a house plan. It was executed and built by Greg Martelli of Fox Hill. “He really built a battleship of a home. He uses high quality materials and custom workmanship so the house feels solid,” said Karen. TOPS Magazine | October 2017

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“I wanted a house that had all of the traditional rooms including a formal living room and dining room, but I wanted it to flow, so every room has two doorways,” Karen explained, “This allows traffic and flow through the house very comfortably.” 58

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Across the hall from the living room is the dining room. While the two rooms have their own purpose and identity, they both feature identical Stark rugs and cooperative color pallettes for a cohesive flow from one room to the next. “Each room is unique and collected, yet all the rooms really flow together,” says Karen. This makes it easy for her to move things from one room to another, something she often does. “It helps keep the house fresh and alive instead or becoming stagnant,” she explained. TOPS Magazine | October 2017

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The large den is where the family spends most of their time. The room is rich with color, and features four oil paintings by an Australian artist, Peter Williams, who has become well known for his paintings of Keeneland and other local equestrian scenes. Karen and Peter have become close over the years and she commissioned him to paint a few photos she took out at the track. “I wanted paintings that reflected Keeneland but were unique to others I had seen. I took photos of jockeys clustered in the paddock and of the lead horses. To see my photos remixed and transformed with a painter’s artistic view onto canvas to create unique pieces was amazing,” said Karen.

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At Home

Karen has collected antique blue and white porcelain vases and jars for years. They are in almost every room of the house. “When Chase got married, his bride wanted to use them as center pieces for their wedding reception. I think I was able to round up over 50 chinoiserie vases and fill them with hydrangea from my garden,� Karen recalled.

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The den features black french doors with a transom window that lead into the spacious kitchen.

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Karen is constantly updating her home. “I don’t think a house or garden are ever really done,” she said. The kitchen has undergone extensive updates over the years. The cabinets are original; however she recently painted them Farrow & Ball’s Mizzle No. 266. The soft color pairs perfectly with her upholstered counter stools. Karen used Counter Culture when she replaced the original countertops in the kitchen and bathrooms with Carrara marble. In the last 5 years, she added professional grade appliances including a Viking stove, Wolf range and Sub Zero refrigerator from Pieratt's. The kitchen also features antique baskets, pub signs, original oil paintings and English botanical prints. 66

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I like a home that is collected. Each piece should have a special meaning.” The second stairwell in the kitchen allows for a vaulted ceiling, which is painted Farrow & Ball’s Skylight Blue No. 205. A dazzling iron and crystal chandelier hangs from the center and adds drama to the otherwise traditional room. When asked to describe her style, Karen said, “collected, traditional with a modern twist.” She has a lot of antique pieces, but incorporates contemporary items as well. “I like a home that is collected. Each piece should have a special meaning. I like to find things, bring them home, and then figure out where I am going to put them,” she said.

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The walnut stained paneled office is nestled between the den and master bedroom. The Stark acanthus patterned carpeting pairs perfectly with the textured ceiling, giving this room a rich feeling. There is no shortage of built in shelves in the house. “I like to read, so every room has a book case in it,� said Karen.

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I have found if I stay on course with a traditional style, I am happiest.�

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The first floor master is outfitted in a tranquil Brunswig & Fil Wallpaper, crystal lamps and mirrored beside chests. The chandelier adds some glamour, while the botanical prints keep with the traditional style of the home. “I have found if I stay on course with a traditional style, I am happiest,� she explained. The master bedroom leads into his and her walk-in closets, which feature ebony marble floors. The open closets were custom built about 5 years ago.

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The master bath is light and airy. The countertops, tub and floor feature Carrara marble installed by Counter Culture. The blue and white porcelain vases appear again in the bathroom, and offer a nice pop of color against the grey and white marble.

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On the second floor, no detail is spared. The landing features dozens of botanical prints and a cozy sitting area. The upstairs has a second master bedroom with en suite bathroom, two additional bedrooms and another full bath. There is no shortage of space for Karen and Darrin’s children and grandchildren to stay!

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At Home Karen has created the garden as an extension of the house. She likes to bring the outside in with fresh flowers in every room. She also likes to bring the inside out by incorporating mirrors, sconces, porcelain jars and other items that are traditionally found inside. Working in the garden has been therapeutic for Karen because it helps her slow down in her busy life. “Gardening requires planning and patience. I love the rewards,� she said.

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Gardening requires planning and patience. I love the rewards.�

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Flori CULTURE:

The Autumn Mum

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ctober, what a month! Mother Nature is preparing herself for her winter slumber. Change is all around us. Trees dazzle with one last burst of beauty. Perennials and annuals have all but died back to the ground and the bitter bite of winter can be felt in the air. Another great year in the garden has come and gone too fast. Color is fading fast from the landscape, but we have one last hope for late season color: chrysanthemums, or as we affectionately call them, mums! When all other plants have taken their final bow, mums take center stage. With colors that just scream “autumn”, high-impact, fall tolerant mums are a staple of late season planting. With all the beauty mums bring us, they also bring headaches. It always seems like they just never look as good as they did the day you purchased them. This year can be different. With three simple tips and a little effort, you can make your mums last well into the fall. Incorrect watering is the number one mistake people make when it comes mums. If you are like most, you wait ‘til they are bone dry, then you end up watering them over the top with the watering wand. This is by far the biggest mistake you can make! Watering over the top of the mum bruises the blooms, causing them to turn brown long before they should. Remove the watering wand from the hose and water just the roots. In doing so, you won’t beat the flowers up, making the mums bloom for a longer period of time. Even if you are watering correctly, the blooms will only last for a certain amount of time. Once spent flower heads start to appear, make sure you spend a few minutes pinching them off. It’s a simple step which allows sunlight to get to immature buds underneath, forcing them to bloom. This will give you a second wave of color, adding weeks to the life of your mums. A little bit of time and effort pays off in weeks when it comes to fall color. Most people don’t realize that a small amount of the appropriate fertilizer about once a week will keep your mums shining even in the coolest of weather. You don’t need to go overboard with the fertilizer though: a little goes a long way. Using a fertilizer high in phosphate (the middle number on the label) will promote new blooms and buds while not pushing extra growth. The important part in feeding your mums is to not overdo it; in this case, too much can be a bad thing. Mums are one of those plants you just can’t get enough of, even though it can feel like you are always fighting to keep them going. This year doesn’t have to be that way! With the help of a little weekly fertilizer, the right watering technique and a little deadheading, this year’s mums can be the best you’ve ever had. So sit back and enjoy the amazing color of fall mums amidst the beauty of Kentucky’s changing seasons.

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COLOR CATALOG

Farrow & Ball’s

Red Earth 64 no.

Farrow & Ball describe Red Earth as a light terracotta hue which takes its name from the very soil beneath our feet. Red Earth is a rich blend of red and yellow pigments which create a warm earthy feel in homes both old and new. Often best used in smaller spaces, this warm colour responds extraordinarily to the changes of light throughout the day, becoming deeper and cosier as the sun drops. To round out this natural clay color, pair with other organic inspired hues such as Green Smoke, Joa’s White and Mahogany.

Tufted Yoursa Pillow Anthropologie

Magnolia Home Trinity Terracotta Rug Pier1 Imports

Hourglass Collection Sunset Dining Chair Pier1 Imports

Terracotta Mani McKenzie Upholstered Ottoman World Market

Pair with:

Warren Wood Table Lamps The Company Store

Actual colors may vary from this printed representation.

Green Smoke

Joa’s White

Mahogany

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Meet the Media: Shelby Back

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Faces + Places

Survivors This October, we profiled fifteen local cancer survivors. They shared both the struggles they faced and the hope that they found in the support behind them. They also shared words of encouragement for others who may face cancer. We photographed each survivor in a place that was significant to their recovery to highlight the joy and hope they each find in every day. stories by breast cancer survivor Melissa Karrer | photos by Phillips Mitchell

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Faces + Places

JACKSON, MD

For Dr. Jennifer Jackson, cancer is a part of the fabric of her everyday life. Her number one priority each day is to take care of the body that allows her to survive. Like many healthy young adults diagnosed with cancer, her diagnosis was delayed. After being diagnosed with a blood clot in the inferior vena cava (IVC), the vein that returns blood from the legs to the heart, a nearby mass was discovered. Initially dismissed as an inflamed lymph node, the mass eventually was found to be leiomyosarcoma growing from the IVC. The cancer soon metastasized, spreading to her lungs. Jenn and her husband, K.C., were devastated. Newly married and in the last year of her medical fellowship training, their plans for the future were permanently derailed by this highly aggressive tumor. Her parents, sister and friends from all over the country pitched in when she desperately needed help. Her greatest supporter was her husband, who is her rock and bore the brunt of her struggle. He comforted her, cared for her and advocated for her in the hospital. He held her when she cried and told her she would be okay when their world was crumbling. Jenn survived by taking one breath after another; she credits K.C. as being the one who did the legwork of her survival. Jenn happened upon a group called First Descents, an organization that provides adventure programs for young adults aged 1839 with cancer. She went on a whitewater kayaking trip with them and felt empowered. She realized that despite the permanent changes in her body’s circulation that limited some athletic activities, she could still get out in nature and remain active. Jenn encourages other survivors to set exercise goals, noting that even a simple walk can improve strength, mental outlook and recovery.

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At the age of 81, Carol Mitchell was diagnosed with breast cancer following her annual mammogram. Her initial reaction was surprise and shock and it was very difficult to accept that she had cancer. However, as a Christian, she knew God was in control and would take care of her no matter the circumstances she faced. Carol received wonderful support from her family, friends and the staff at UK Markey Cancer Center. Throughout her cancer journey, she sought advice from her doctors, prayed and stayed close to the Lord. The time that she was in treatment took Carol out of her daily routine. However, she says in the biggest ways, her life did not really change. Her daughter, Ruth Babcock, now owns and operates Carol Lynn Originals & Events, the flower shop that Carol started 63 years ago. Carol continues to actively help with weddings each week and did so even during her treatments. Her son, Phillips Mitchell, is the owner of Phillips Mitchell Photography, which shares a building with the flower shop on East Main Street. She has 4 grandchildren, two of whom are adults living in Lexington and Dallas. The other two grandchildren are in high school at Sayre. Carol has been in remission for 10 months and encourages others going through cancer to stay positive. She says to surround yourself with people who are supportive, and to know that God is willing to take on your burden, if you just ask Him to.

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Bryan Wehrman has a strong family history of prostate cancer. In addition to his father, who as of September 2017 is a 15year survivor, Bryan has 4 uncles and 2 first cousins that have battled the disease. He was already on track to begin early screening at the age of 40, however, he was prompted by faith to start even earlier, at the age of 35. He is very happy he made that choice, as he was diagnosed at the very young, rare age of 37. Early detection made all the difference. The diagnosis came as a shock that left Bryan stunned, emotional, and vulnerable. The situation was even more emotional as he, his wife, Brittany, and 2 daughters, Ella Marie (then 3) and Harper (then 1) were expecting a new addition. Bryan was diagnosed with cancer on Friday, May 23, 2014 and his son, Baylor, was born on the following Tuesday. He experienced a huge range of emotions, from the extreme low of being diagnosed with cancer to the ultimate high of bringing a new life into this world. To get a son on top of all that was incredible. Bryan had a great amount of support from family, coworkers, and close friends. Brittany was his rock as she had to take care of him, 3 young children, and run a household. He had a very special confidant and mentor who Bryan called the “Shark.” This person was very instrumental in keeping him positive and upbeat every day as he took on the battle and experienced an amazing spiritual journey along the way. He looks at his family each day and receives incredible strength and courage. Experiencing cancer strengthened Bryan’s faith, made him slow down, be more present and appreciate the many blessings in life. It taught him to enjoy his children and family more and not to be so concerned with “what’s next”?

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ROBERTS

Emily Roberts, who works as a SpeechLanguage Pathologist for Fayette County Schools, found a lump during a self breast exam. Her mom, a nurse, always encouraged Emily and her sister to do self-exams, and they listened. When Emily’s breast became tender and sore, she knew something was not quite right. A bout with the flu took her to see her general practitioner where she asked him to feel the lump during the visit. He then referred her for a mammogram and biopsy. At age 32, Emily was diagnosed with Stage 2B breast cancer. Her close family rallied around her in support, along with great friends, co-workers and a fantastic medical team–she says her infusion nurses felt like family. Emily leaned on her faith for the strength to fight. “I am a spiritual person and truly feel like God is in control,” she explained. A daily habit became saying at least three things she was thankful for as soon as she woke up. Her mantra became, “This is not going to break me.” Now that she is 2 and a half months into remission, Emily realizes that she wants to start giving back and support others going through a cancer diagnosis. She learned along the way that she was stronger than she thought and it is important to take things one day at a time. Through good and bad days, she encourages others to know is that there is an ending to the madness, to be nice to yourself and listen to your body. “Cancer can be just a chapter, not an entire story,” Emily said. While she is not the same “Emily” she was when she started this journey, she tries not to take anything or anyone for granted and thanks God for everyday He gives her on this Earth.

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KERRIS

Ten years ago, Casey was newly engaged and preparing for grad school to become a Physical Therapist. She had been experiencing extreme fatigue, sharp abdominal pains, and was passing blood. After being misdiagnosed multiple times, she was referred to GI specialist Dr. Chen at Lexington Clinic. While Casey was athletic, had no family history and was an otherwise healthy 23-year old, a colonoscopy revealed colon cancer. Casey was shocked, but also relieved to have an answer. She had known the symptoms were atypical. Her large family, along with friends, were continually supportive. Her tenacious mother Cheryl, her steadfast step-father Bob, encouraging sister Erin and devoted fiancé Mark walked by her side though diagnosis, treatment and healing. Additional family support included step and half-brothers Brian, Cody and Cameron, step-sister Lisa, grandparents Julian and Cora, and aunt Sandra. Casey had a thorough medical team at Lexington Clinic. Her oncologist, Dr. Rachel Harper, always made her appointments about Casey’s current state of being and not what was behind them. At the encouragement of her sister, Erin, she discovered yoga and found a consistent practice of connecting the mind and body through breath and movement. These days, Casey is married to Mark, a joyful aunt to Olive and the proud mom of a rescued pup, Reese, and adopted cat, Leo, who assist with her continued healing. Casey is a yoga instructor and practices physical therapy. Casey would like to say she was valiant through the entire process, but relied heavily on her husband, family, friends and future aspirations to keep fighting. She doesn’t feel like a hero, but is just a girl that had a change in life course and redirected her path, the same way people do in any tragedy.

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Sonia Woodall fought her breast cancer battle 33 years ago. A side conversation with radiologist Dr. Tom Rice while sitting in an open house led Sonia to an exam with Dr. Sidney Hopkins. He felt that further testing needed to be done and recommended a biopsy. She signed papers that if cancer was found, she approved a mastectomy. Her worst fear came true. She woke from the biopsy to find that her left breast was gone. About 3 months later, she had the right breast removed, as there were many precancerous cells found. She is still thankful that they didn’t remove both breasts at the same time, as it was a deeply emotional experience. Sonia became a volunteer with the ACS program Reach to Recovery, a program that pairs breast cancer survivors with those who have been recently diagnosed. She feels strongly that everyone needs to talk to someone who is going through or has been through a cancer diagnosis. She has now been a part of the Reach to Recovery team for 32 years and has spoken with breast cancer patients from not only Lexington, but across the United States as well. Cancer changed her life by giving her a burning drive to not put off tomorrow what one can do today. She has served on several governor appointed boards, and was founder of the Breast Cancer Coalition, which helped form education in the state of Kentucky for women’s health. She is surrounded by her family that includes her husband of 52 years, both parents who are in their nineties, 2 sons and their wives, 5 grandchildren, her brother and sister. The advice she gives to others is to put on your armor and fight every day, if that is what it takes to live and survive.

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Lori Beth Miller was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 45 after feeling something suspicious during a self-exam. She just happened to be scheduled for an annual exam in the following days; she was sent for an urgent mammogram and biopsy at that time. The next day, her radiologist confirmed it was breast cancer. Within an hour, her nurse navigator called her with details of a treatment game plan. She faced her battle head on with the support of her husband and parents, as well as her phenomenal medical team and staff at KentuckyOne Health. She has since become very involved with KentuckyOne’s cancer support group, which provides a contagious energy making her want to come back week after week. Lori Beth’s strength to fight came from her belief that cancer would never be the end of her. She was diagnosed near the end of boating season in 2016 and was determined to make cancer a memory by the start of boating season in 2017– which she did! She had a plan for treatment that was clear and matter of fact: it became an issue only of executing the game plan step by step. Each piece brought her nearer to completing treatment and another day closer to the start of the new boating season. To relieve symptoms, she sought several local resources. She elected to do physical therapy at KORT through their cancer rehab program. She also received personal massage treatments and even acupuncture. From her perspective, it is essential to surround yourself with good people, and to learn as much as you can about your own treatment plan. Through this process, she has learned more about her faith and to celebrate each and every day!

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Angie Green-Hampton and Trish White are sisters who have a shared experience in breast cancer. Angie has been cancer-free for 19 years and Patricia for 4 years. Both were diagnosed through mammograms. They recall being in utter shock and not believing that it could be happening to them. Fortunately, the sisters had a large family to lean on for support. Angie found strength in her late husband, William Hampton, many friends, co-workers and staff. Trish relied upon her husband, 3 children and 5 grandchildren. It has always been in Angie’s nature to fight through any adversary that she faced in life. A former karate instructor, she remembers wearing her karate shoes in the operating room as she, in her own words, “was going to kick cancer’s butt!” Trish participated in a support group at KentuckyOne called Look Good, Feel Better. She also received strong support from her church family at Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church. Her cancer journey has drawn her closer to God and He has taught her patience and endurance. She encourages others to always have a support system and never try to go through it alone. If you ask for help, it will be given to you. Advice that Angie would give is to just have faith and to know that there are more medical advances than there were several years ago to fight cancer. She is more aware of her health and has helped to encourage other women to continue to have their annual mammograms and to be in tune with their whole bodies. The sisters are very involved in Colors of Promise, a community-driven outreach organization aimed at increasing awareness and prevention of breast cancer among women of color in Kentucky. Trish serves as Treasurer and Angie is on the Advisory Board.

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When Kaylee Jo Willard was 9 years old, she had leg pain that eventually led to paralysis. An MRI showed that she had Ewing Sarcoma, a type of tumor that forms in the bone or soft tissue. It is a rare type of cancer that affects mostly children and teenagers. Her diagnosis was devastating to her parents and family. It left Kaylee Jo shocked and scared. Kaylee Jo was supported by family, including her parents, Brooke and Jim, and grandparents, Susan and David Conway. Kaylee’s friends, Kaylee Hockensmith and Kailyn Willoughby, as well as their families, were also with her along the way. She received treatment and care at the Kentucky Children’s Hospital at the University of Kentucky Medical Center. She and her family will always be thankful for the wonderful care provided by the doctors and nurses on her medical team. After experiencing a cancer diagnosis, Kaylee Jo believes that she is much stronger in her faith. She always tries to make the best out of each day. She is now 12 years old and a 7th grade student in Frankfort. Her mom and dad own a duplex with her grandparents, where they all live together. They have a lot of pets that Kaylee Jo enjoys taking care of. Kaylee Jo found the strength to fight through praying and staying positive. She stayed busy as much as possible by doing crafts and playing games on her phone. She advises others to trust in God and to always keep a smile on your face, even though the most difficult times. No matter what, Kaylee Jo encourages others to trust in the Lord and pray every day; she truly believes that God will bring you through.

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Marletta McDermott was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012 at age 40, after it was discovered that calcification deposits had turned into cancer. Unfortunately, breast cancer runs in the family. Three out of five sisters had breast cancer. Her late mother, who passed due to Alzheimer’s Disease, was battling breast cancer for the second time then. She has had aunts and a cousin that have battled the disease as well. She and her older sister both tested positive for the BRAC 2 gene. When Marletta received the news, she remembers crying and overthinking details. She thought of her kids and family, including her son and daughter, now 24 and 21. She was concerned about losing a part of herself that she could never get back due to surgery, wondering how she would look afterwards and wondering if and when the cancer would come back. Marletta found the strength to fight through her dad, kids, family and close friends. Her dad had to deal with his wife and older sister passing, as well as both of his parents dying of cancer. Marletta says her dad is her hero. She reached out to the American Cancer Society and received educational materials from them. They paired her with another survivor from their Reach to Recovery Program; Marletta was given a mentor that had experienced her same type of cancer at the same age. These days, Marletta enjoys her grandchildren, Avery and Kyran. She encourages others to live life to the fullest, love yourself, laugh even through the sadness, cry often and to not hold back tears. She suggests finding a support group and someone who will listen. She also says it’s important to educate yourself and ask questions. While cancer changed her life, it has made her aware of how to take care of herself, exercise, eat right and always listen to her doctor.

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Julie Gosky gives thanks for the opportunity to live her “ordinary, yet extraordinary” life. She explained, “The extraordinary is in the ordinary. Frankly, after cancer, something as mundane as a traffic jam gets a new perspective!” She says she now tries to be quicker to smile and slower to get angry.

Julie finished her treatment for ovarian and uterine cancer in December 2014. Her ovarian tumor was found after pain sent her to the ER. During surgery, the doctor discovered that the tumor had burst. Her medical team at Markey Cancer Center mapped out her course of treatment, consisting of dosedense chemotherapy. Julie has a long list of supporters from every corner of her life including her husband, Dave, and their 4 children. She also had family who sent lots of upbeat text messages, friends and coworkers who sent meals, an amazing team of treatment providers, a legion of survivors that inspired her with their stories and even the Jimmy John’s guy that delivered her a sandwich on days she was too tired to make one. Julie experienced extraordinary kindness that stands out in her memory despite the mess that cancer causes. She works hard to “pay it forward” because she does not think she could ever repay everyone’s kindness. Along with her daughter, she started a Food Rescue group and they provide dinners to cancer patients staying at the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge. Julie admits to being challenged in dealing with the physical and emotional recovery process after treatment. Dealing with the loss of others she knows to cancer is especially trying. For Julie, there really is no “fair” when it comes to cancer. Julie encourages others to take things one step at a time and to research treatment options to make informed decisions. Most of all, she says to accept help that is offered.

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Khreonna Jones has been cancer free since March 2016. Her cancer battle began at age 42 when she felt a lump in her armpit. She recalls putting it off due to not finding the time to go to the doctor, a habit that many women have. When it became uncomfortable, she finally went. Upon further testing, Khreonna was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer. Khreonna went blank when the doctor explained her diagnosis. Instead of thinking, she immediately went to God in prayer. She resolved to turn it over to Him and remember that it wasn’t her battle, but she just had to go through the process. She’s always been a believer, but seeing and experiencing the work of God has truly grown her faith. Khreonna’s biggest challenge during her treatment was resting and not being able to do many things that she was used to doing. At the time of her diagnosis, she was working 2 jobs. Her support came from her family, including 2 daughters, Audraonna and Raushawnna, and granddaughter, Makenna. They are her world and biggest reason to fight. She encourages others to remain positive, see the good instead of the bad and not worry about what may happen. Finding a good support group of loved ones is essential. Khreonna said, “They can encourage you, pray for you and be there for you, as you cannot fight alone.” Khreonna can feel a change in her from the inside. She cannot quite explain, but she knows that God is a healer and nothing is too big for Him. She appreciates the little things and cherishes every precious moment. Her scars remind her daily of God’s goodness and she continues to pray for those who encounter cancer.

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Dave Bell has battled 2 types of cancer: colon and appendiceal. His symptoms began with intense stomach cramps for several days and eventual appendix rupture. It was then that he was diagnosed with cancer.

The father of 3 boys, his first thought was the fear that they would grow up without a father. He began his journey as a survivor with the help of two amazing doctors: Dr. Ashley Hammerback, his primary care physician who helped him to process his feelings and emotional well-being, and Dr. Erica Sutton, the surgeon he credits with saving his life. Both have become friends that have offered encouragement and healing physically, emotionally, and spiritually. In the year that Dave has been cancer-free, he has connected with other survivors through organizations like the Colon Cancer Prevention Project. He discovered that talking with other survivors and fighters is like free therapy. Dave encourages others to keep a positive group around them. Dave also wants others battling cancer to know that it is important to be your own best advocate, to listen to your body and to get a second opinion. He encourages you to connect with others who have been through what you are going through. He realizes that he is a different person because of cancer and feels the impact on a regular basis. Anxiety that he did not have before his diagnosis can be tough to handle at times: it is difficult not to worry every time he goes to the doctor for blood work or other testing. Dave’s strength comes from staying active. Following surgeries, he enjoyed going for walks and looked forward to his time alone with his thoughts in nature. He still carries this peaceful practice with him today.

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Grace Cho is currently in complete remission from Stage IV adenoid cystic carcinoma, a rare form of breast cancer that accounts for less than 1% of all breast cancers. Her 5-year cancer-free anniversary is in November of this year. She habitually performed self-breast exams and noticed a lump while in the hospital after giving birth to her son, Marcus. After first believing that it was a clogged milk duct, she realized after she stopped producing milk and the lump kept growing that she needed to have it checked out quickly. Her physician, Dr. Craig Irwin, helped her receive all the testing that she needed. The results confirmed that it was cancer. Additional testing revealed that it had spread to her liver. Grace was determined that she was ready to fight and faced it head on. Cancer runs in both her family and her husband’s. She lost both parents as well as her father-in-law to cancer. Her mother-in-law, a non-smoker, is currently battling lung cancer. She has an older brother, Rob. Her beautiful and smart niece plans to go into the medical field to save lives of those facing a cancer diagnosis. Grace’s family and friends have been her biggest supporters. She is incredibly blessed with a long list of those who have been in her corner. Strength to fight is inherent to Grace. She credits her mother for teaching her to push no matter how hard it is. She hopes to set a good example to others to never give up. Battling cancer is hard, and with it comes good and bad days. Cancer has made Grace stronger and has given her a reason to keep fighting to help those unable to fight for themselves.

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Cancer touches all of our lives. We all stand together in support. Kentucky has the highest rate of new cancer diagnoses in the United States. Everyone in the Commonwealth has been affected by the disease in some way. As a community, we are fierce in our commitment to ensuring that both the present and future of cancer in Kentucky is a brighter picture. In support of cancer awareness, TOPS is profiling local programs that are giving cancer patients and survivors hope. One of the featured programs provides cancer patients with resources that will help them fight and thrive. Another is connecting those facing a cancer diagnosis so that they can support one another. The third profile is on an event that will showcase cancer survivors as they dance in support of an organization that is helping break down barriers to cancer care. Finally, we’re sharing local resources and cancer statistics so that you can learn more about the disease. We hope you find a way to stand with our community as we all work together to make a more hopeful future for everyone.

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“I had been thinking about running my own nonprofit to help others fighting breast cancer since my diagnosis,” Bobbie recalled. “When I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I found that there were so many resources and care items available out there that no one made me aware of, so I would research and attend conferences to learn about different resources and medical products.” After being diagnosed with breast cancer at an early age, Bobbie said she dealt with self esteem and body image issues. She quickly realized that she wanted to inspire and empower patients to feel strong and beautiful during and after cancer treatment and surgery. “Due to side effects after cancer treatments, we will provide chemotherapy and surgery bags that will be full of care items and resources that will help make treatment and/or surgery more comfortable and less stressful,” Bobbie said. “We will also provide beauty bags to help boost a patient’s self esteem and make them feel beautiful.” As Bobbie explained, there are more than 20 breast cancer support groups located within Fayette and surrounding counties that My

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When Bobbie Niehaus was 31, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Since her diagnosis, she has dreamed of running her own nonprofit. In March 2017, Bobbie’s dream of helping others came to fruition when she founded My Pink Navigator.

Pink Navigator can reach for support. “We want to educate patients and make them aware of services and resources available to them,” she said. “My Pink Navigator will offer patient navigation and support, education, a mentorship program, an ambassador program called the The Pink Coalition, assistance with any barriers to transportation and lodging, and chemotherapy, surgery, and beauty bags.”

You’re not alone in navigating the unknown When Sherri Skoien was first diagnosed with breast cancer, she said she was scared, felt numb and feared the worst. “I didn’t have a clue who to contact, what to ask, and feared that I was going to die. All of these thoughts ran through my mind,” she said. “I called a friend who put me in touch with Bobbie.” As Sherri explained, she will never forget that phone call. Bobbie immediately calmed her down, answered her questions and provided Sherri with resources to help her through a very difficult time.


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My Pink Navigator is closing the gaps to recovery. We will inspire, empower and help breast cancer patients thrive...

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“Bobbie’s strength, determination, compassion and knowledge all helped me get through the worst time of my life,” Sherri said. As Sherri explained, Bobbie was always available to answer any questions that would pop-up before or after Sherri met with her doctors. “It was all so scary, but Bobbie helped prepare me for each appointment,” Sherri said. “I would recommend anyone newly diagnosed with breast cancer to contact Bobbie at My Pink Navigator. Bobbie changed my life for the better.”

No one fights alone My Pink Navigator’s mission is to eliminate barriers, and provide organization in the lives of breast cancer patients through education and navigational support. My Pink Navigator will help navigate patients through their breast cancer journey and provide survivorship support. “My Pink Navigator is closing the gaps to recovery,” Bobbie said. “We will inspire, empower and help breast cancer patients thrive.” October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and as founder and executive director of My Pink Navigator, Bobbie is committed to educating others about breast cancer awareness. The reason Bobbie started My Pink Navigator is that she knows what breast cancer patients are going through and she wants them to know they are not alone. “We want to make survivors aware of resources and care products that can make their fight easier or more comfortable,” Bobbie said. “I want survivors to know that I have been there and make them aware that ‘no one fights alone.’”

Serving Central Kentucky... and hopefully beyond!

My Pink Navigator currently serves Fayette County and surrounding counties, so all donations serve Central Kentucky. “It is our hope to expand our services to include all of Kentucky and even reach outside of the state in the future,” Bobbie said. If someone is interested in making a donation, volunteering or becoming an ambassador, they can connect with My Pink Navigator in the following ways: ONLINE: www.mypinknavigator.org FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/mypinknavigator PHONE: 859-539-6433 EMAIL: bobbie.niehaus@mypinknavigator.org

The month of October is an opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of early detection of breast cancer. Women, especially those between the ages of 40 to 49, are encouraged to talk with their doctors about when to start getting mammograms, an X-ray screening that radiologists use to detect breast cancer. A good rule of thumb is to perform a self-examination at least once a month. According to health.gov, about 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point and breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women. “Whether a patient has just been diagnosed or is a survivor, it is important that they never give up hope and to stay positive. Attitude is everything,” said Bobbie. “You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.” •

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The Thursday Group was created in 1975 after three Lexington women recently diagnosed with breast cancer were introduced by their surgeon. They quickly went from being strangers to being deeply bonded by their shared diagnosis. Doris Rosenbaum joined the group in 1981. The fear she faced with a disease that was thought of as a death sentence subsided after her first meeting. “The group offered hope because so many women coming to the group had survived for five or ten years and it made me feel if they could do it, so could I. They looked like normal women,” Rosenbaum said. Jean Hawkins was diagnosed in the spring of 1990. A friend suggested she attend a meeting after her surgery. Having never known anyone who battled cancer, Hawkins was also full of fear. “At that point, I did not know if I was going to live or die,” she said. She walked into that first meeting knowing she could be with others who understood her fear and she could get strength from that. “I cried. It was the saddest thing. There were people there who were sicker. I cried not for myself, but for them,” she said. The Thursday Group has a motto. “We come to receive. We stay to give.” Staying for years, even decades, after the diagnosis is what makes this group so strong. These women have lived and conquered. Newcomers to the group benefit from meeting them. “I get immense joy talking to someone who is feeling alone and scared. We have fun and laughter. We have survived together. It works both ways,” Hawkins said.

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story by Michelle Rauch | photos by Ron Morrow While the group is four decades strong, they have witnessed the trend of getting support in online forums. While beneficial, they believe there is strength in face to face meetings. “There’s much more response and feeling of unity when you are sitting across from someone who is a long-term survivor,” Hawkins said. Meeting someone who has thirty or more years out is immeasurable. “The longer you live the more hope you give to younger women or people going through it the first time no matter the age,” she said. For those who can’t make the meetings, there is a newsletter published every three months. Survivor, Carolyn Durham, writes it and says it’s just one more way to connect. Everybody has a story. The Thursday Group is there to listen and provide emotional support before, during and after treatment. “I have had the best friends that I have had in my entire life. We are still watchful of each other which carries you through,” Hawkins said. The women all agree battling a cancer diagnosis is not something you can do alone. “You have your faith, but it’s wonderful to have a friend walking with you who has been where you are. It gives you the strength to get up and fight. You have to fight,” Hawkins said. The Thursday Group meets the first Thursday of the month at the Saint Joseph Cancer Center Resource Services. For more information, call (859)313-4591. •


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They dance for hope for the future. They dance for hope for those who are in need during a cancer battle. They dance for hope that those currently enduring a cancer battle are successful.

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I Dance for Hope

An inspiring dance showcase will help make a difference for Kentuckians facing cancer. On Saturday, November 11th at 6pm, a group of ten cancer survivors will take center stage at the Grand Reserve (903 Manchester Street) to support Kentucky CancerLink.

The evening will include a silent auction, seated dinner, entertainment by Arthur Murray Lexington, the survivor I Dance for Hope showcase and dancing for all. The suggested dress for the event is cocktail attire.

The grassroots non-profit’s mission is to reduce barriers to screening, diagnosis and treatment of cancer. They have partnered with Arthur Murray Lexington to present this incredible event, I Dance for Hope. Hunter Lisle, owner of Arthur Murray Lexington, said, “It’s always a pleasure to provide hope and joy through dancing. Arthur Murray is proud to partner with such an amazing group of people for such a great cause!”

Sponsors for I Dance for Hope are WKYT, Lexington HeraldLeader, LM Communications, Classic Rock 92.1, KISS 96.9, ESPN Sports Radio 1300 AM, Country Legends Hank 96.1, UK HealthCare, Baptist Health and KentuckyOne Health Saint Joseph East Breast Center.

The survivors have been paired with professional Arthur Murray dancers to learn choreography to showcase on the evening of the event. Participant and featured TOPS Survivor, Lori Beth Miller, explained, “It is hard to put into words sometimes, but I was oh so very blessed and fortunate throughout my treatment, and I am committed to doing anything and everything that I can for this cause. And yes, that includes taking dancing lessons to participate in this fabulous event.” She and husband Brian Miller will take to the dance floor under the instruction of Arthur Murray Lexington professional, Rosie Picone.

Additional sponsorship opportunities are available and tickets are on sale now. Purchase an individual ticket for $125, or reserve a table for 10 and spend the evening with family or friends for $1250. Proceeds benefit Kentucky CancerLink. Vicki Blevins-Booth, Executive Director for Kentucky CancerLink, said, “I hope you will join us as we celebrate these brave survivors, remember the taken and raise funds to support our mission that continues to provide hope to many.” For more information about the event or to purchase tickets, visit the I Dance for Hope website: www.idanceforhope.com. •

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A Few Local Non-Profits Dedicated to Supporting Cancer Research, Awareness or Hope for Patients, Survivors and their Families...

American Cancer Society

Kids Cancer Alliance

Dedicated to the elimination of cancer by prevention and treatment, this national voluntary health organization seeks to help diminish the suffering of those with cancer as well as research, educate, advocate and serve those fighting. // cancer.org

To help children who have been diagnosed with cancer and their families, Kids Cancer Alliance offers a wide variety of camps, retreats and events so that kids get to be kids. // kidscanceralliance.org

American Cancer Society Hope Lodge-Lexington, Ky

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

Understanding that people often have to travel for treatment, Hope Lodge provides a safe and secure housing situation for patients and caregivers during their treatment process.

This organization is dedicated to finding a cure for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, as well as ensuring that all blood cancer patients have access to treatments. // lls.org

Cancer Research Institute

Lexington Cancer Foundation

Leading the way in cancer immunotherapy research and treatment, this nonprofit hopes to advance this breakthrough cancer treatment of using a patient’s own immune system to fight back. cancerresearch.org

Creating awareness and raising funds in the fight against cancer, they are dedicated to improving the quality of healthcare for cancer patients. // lexingtoncancerfoundation.org

Cathy Coop Fund Cathy’s Fund helps provide financial support patients suffering from primary peritoneal cancer or ovarian cancer who are receiving care from the Markey Cancer Center in Lexington. // ukmarkey.org

Colors of Promise They work specifically with women of color promoting education and awareness to prevent or detect early signs of breast cancer in Lexington and surrounding communities.

Horses for Hope Originally started to increase breast cancer awareness, education, screening and treatment referral among uninsured and underserved horse industry workers, Horses for Hope now offers prevention and early detection for seven different cancers. // kycancerprogram.org

This organization is dedicated to providing children with life-threatening medical conditions the wish of a lifetime. // oki.wish.org

Reach to Recovery Part of the American Cancer Society, this program was set up to help people cope with their breast cancer diagnosis and offers support as patients begin to navigate treatment. // cancer.org

Stand Up To Cancer In raising money for cancer research, SU2C uses the entertainment industry to help generate awareness and educate the public on cancer prevention and detection. // standuptocancer.org

Susan G. Komen This is a global organization dedicated to the education, prevention, and support of patients and their families with a breast cancer diagnosis. // komenkentucky.org

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Kentucky Cancer Link

Make a Wish Foundation

Lexington based, Kentucky CancerLink helps all Kentuckians obtain cancer screening, provide support after a diagnosis and help patients navigate through this difficult time. // kycancerlink.org

KentuckyOne’s “Look Good, Feel Better”

This free, community based national service program teaches female cancer patients beauty tips to help improve morale during treatments. // kentuckyonehealth.org

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Women’s Cancer Research Fund This organization is dedicated to the prevention and cure for breast cancer by funding the world’s most promising research and creating public awareness programs to education people on awareness. wcrfcure.com


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Take control of your health...

Help Reduce Your Risk

The American Cancer Society offers cancer screening guidelines and tips for most adults at cancer.org or by calling 800.227.2345. The most important tip is to maintain clear, honest and ongoing communication with your doctor about your body and health! • Stay away from all forms of tobacco • Get to and stay at a healthy weight • Get moving with regular exercise and activity

BREAST CANCER

• Women up to age 40: know the

signs and inform yourself about the benefits and limitation of breast selfexams and screenings • Women age 40-44: you should have the choice to start annual breast cancer screenings with mammograms • Women age 45-54: annual mammograms • Women 55+: mammograms every 2 years or yearly screening • Women with high risk factors: talk to your doctor about adding MRIs to screenings • Men: know the signs of male breast cancer

COLON & RECTAL CANCER

• Eat healthy, with a diet that includes plenty of fruits and vegetables

Starting at age 50, both men and women should request polyp and cancer screenings every 5 years or seek colonoscopies every 10 years. You can also choose a gFOBT or FIT test yearly or sDNA test every 3 years.

• Limit how much alcohol you drink, if you drink at all

CERVICAL CANCER

• Protect your skin

cancer testing

• Know yourself, your family history and your risk factors • Get regular check-ups and cancer screening tests, as discussed with your health care provider

• Women age 21+: start cervical • Women 21-29: Pap test every 3 years • Women 30-65: Pap test plus HPV

test every 5 years (even if vaccinated against HPV) • Women 65+: discuss whether cervical cancer testing is necessary

• Women who have had a total hysterectomy: discuss whether screenings would be needed

ENDOMETRIAL CANCER

At menopause, discuss the risks and symptoms of endometrial or uterine cancer. Report unexpected spotting to your doctor. Women with risk factors should discuss whether endometrial biopsies should be considered.

PROSTATE CANCER

The ACS currently recommends men not be tested without first discussing risks and possible benefits of testing and treatment. Starting at 50, men should begin the conversation about testing with their doctors. If you are African American or have a father or brother with prostate cancer before age 65, start the conversation early, at age 45.

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Shelby Back of

Glitter & Gingham photos by Elizabeth Cox We have a new wave of media stars coming through in the form of Digital Influencers. These influencers are not only reshaping the fashion and beauty industries, but the media landscape too. In a world of Instagram, Snapchat, blogs and vlogs, advertisers are finding a whole new way to market their products and services. National brands have seen huge success partnering with bloggers like Lexington resident, Shelby Back. Shelby runs the successful fashion blog, Glitter & Gingham, where readers can follow along as she goes through life one fabulous outfit at a time. With partners like Nordstrom, Target and Starbucks, Shelby is driven to deliver sales to her partners while keeping her audience engaged. Easy enough, right? When Shelby started Glitter & Gingham in 2012, she had no idea it would become her full time career. At the time, she was in graduate school getting her Masters in Business. That degree has come in handy over the last few years. Shelby handles sales, marketing, contract negotiations, billing, content creation and everything else that comes along with running a successful blog. We sat down with her to find out what it takes to become a full-time blogger in the age of digital media.

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TOPS: How did you get Glitter & Gingham started?

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SB: Glitter & Gingham started as a hobby and creative outlet in September of 2012! I was in grad school for my Masters in Business and desperately needed a creative outlet. Admittedly, I had no clue what I was doing, but after 5 years of trial and error, I think I finally figured it out.

TOPS: Any tips you want to share for aspiring bloggers?

TOPS: Why do you think it has become so successful? SB: I truly believe you get out of something what you put in it, and over that past few years I have put my heart and soul into my corner of the internet. It allowed me to invest in my business and in turn, provided me the opportunity to do this whole blogging thing full time. TOPS: What is the best part about being a full time blogger? SB: Being my own boss. It can be the worst part about it at times too, but it has allowed me to follow my dreams and no one is there to stop me! TOPS: What is the most challenging part? SB: Finding a balance. Because I work from home and so much of my business revolves around social media, it is hard to find a balance where I can leave my work “at home” and step away from the social media world after my workday is over. TOPS: Walk us through your typical work day. SB: What people don’t see is the not so glamorous side of blogging. My typical day includes working from my home office, focusing on content creation, social media strategies, emails, contracts and the

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SB: Be YOU. Find a niche that seems true to you and your style, and give it all you’ve got. You will get out of it what you put in, so be consistent and have a passion for what you’re doing. TOPS: What is your go-to look? SB: A good pair of jeans, my favorite white t-shirt (or sweater for fall), my olive green utility jacket and leopard clutch! The combo is so simple, but if I’m ever feeling like “I have nothing to wear” there’s a good chance that is what I end up wearing. TOPS: How would you describe your style? SB: I have always struggled with answering this question! I think my style is fun and feminine with a southern edge. I love mixing prints and adding as many accessories as I can too! TOPS: This is our Inspiration Issue. Tell us what inspires you! SB: I am continuously inspired by those who follow their dreams. Specifically, strong women who follow their dreams. Lexington is full of them! It’s not easy task to follow your dreams. The unknown of “am I making the right decision?” is downright terrifying, but seeing these women rise up and not only follow their dreams, but have success in doing so is incredibly inspiring. I have been fortunate enough to work with – both as a blogger and in my personal life – so many amazing women who have done just that. Those experiences continue to fuel me to not only to go after my dreams, but to be a better person while doing so.


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In Her Words... Favorite stores in Lexington?

Favorite spot for date night?

Favorite spot for a girl’s night out?

UK basketball or football?

Best Kentucky bourbon?

Favorite local treat?

Favorite thing to do in Lexington?

Best location for a photo shoot?

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Hourglass Lash + Skin Bar Eyelash extensions have become increasingly popular in Central Kentucky — and for good reason! With lash extensions, you can look like you’re wearing makeup even when you’re not. I swear by them, gals! Game changer.

to insert pigment into the top layers of the skin as individual hair strokes, creating a natural-looking brow that typically lasts one to three years. It’s almost like embroidery for your eyebrows, and the strokes look just like real hairs.

Beth Hammond Hourigan, the owner of Hourglass Lash + Skin Bar, saw the growing need for this service in our community, so she opened this premiere facility and Kentucky’s first lash bar. Hourglass offers extensions and fill-ins with classic, mink and volume sets for full, thick and beautiful lashes. Situated right in the heart of Chevy Chase, Hourglass is clean, bright and professional with a luxurious vibe. And even more exciting: lashes aren’t all they do!

Also on the menu at Hourglass are their professional makeup applications. This service typically ranges from $60 to $150, depending on the client’s needs. Hourglass’s professional makeup artists can glam up a gal’s face for a fun night out, a birthday, a photoshoot or even a bride on her big day.

Hourigan says Hourglass Lash + Skin Bar is the only medically supervised lash bar in Kentucky that also offers medical grade skin care and injectables. “Lexington has been overwhelmingly responsive and supportive of Hourglass since our opening day in July,” she said. “We certainly feel blessed and are so appreciative of our clients and friends in the community.” In addition to the eyelash extension services, which I personally tried out myself and can attest to how great of a job they do, Hourglass provides a number of other great offerings. For example, having the “perfect” brows has become all the rage in fashion. This salon offers you several ways to achieve that look including the traditional waxing, trimming and shaping — and the newly popular microblading process. The process is a semipermanent cosmetic procedure that involves using a hand tool

Hourglass has a full medical spa as well, with peels, facials, masques, cryotherapy, hydrafacials, custom treatments, dermaplaning, micro peels, chemical peels and more. “Hourglass is the best lash and skin bar in town because we fill a need that wasn’t being met before,” Hourigan said. “We provide all of the services that make you look and feel your best including eyebrows, eyelashes, full body waxing, peels, skincare, injectables and gorgeous makeup all overseen by a physician.” The staff at Hourglass is friendly, informative and experienced. “We are committed to providing a Ritz-Carlton type of experience for all of our clients no matter what service they receive. We strive for them to receive the best we have to give every single time,” Hourigan said. Check out their Facebook page or website, hourglasslex.com for more information.

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West Main Crafting CompanY

By Michelle Aiello Photos by Keni Parks

For most restaurants, drinks, while an important part

of the menu, are meant to accompany food. At West Main Crafting Co., which opened in May, the opposite is true. Here, cocktails are king, and everything, including the food, is inspired by and centered around them. And not just any cocktails – West Main Crafting Co. specializes in true 19th century craft cocktails with house made sodas, syrups, tonics and bitters.

“We treat every cocktail as a visual, aromatic, and gastronomic event,” explains Head Bartender and General Manager, Jake Sulek. Using fresh, local ingredients, their “farm-to-shaker” commitment means guests will experience authentic beverages that are approachable at the same time. In addition to Sulek and his bar and kitchen staff, the key players at West Main Crafting Co. are owners Jason Jaggers and Chad Amos, chefs Stephen Holden and Kevin Barnes, and brand ambassador Jonathan Laurel. Jaggers and Amos are veterans of the software development business. “They were always wining and dining in all these great bars, and when they came home to Lexington, they felt they didn’t have a place that was like that, a bigger market bar to take their clients,” explained Sulek. “So when they decided to retire, they said, ‘Why don’t we just build our own bar?’ That’s when they hired Sulek to bring their vision to reality. The space at 135 West Main Street had previously housed Kaufman’s department store, and most recently, Rick Scalf Gallery. “We loved the location, and for us, it was really about keeping everything as original as possible,” said Sulek. During the renovation, they removed the gallery’s walls to expose the original 1850’s brick. They added a staircase to the cellar and repurposed the wood from the original floor joists as check presenters.

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The handsome, modern space is accented with long, custom-crafted communal tables, thick wooden beams and steel shelving, all of which is balanced with custom velvet seating and vintage décor accents. The West Main team handled the interior design themselves and hired Tom Dotson of Tom’s Cabinets Versailles to build it. “Tom took my designs and rendered them in 3 dimensions in the most amazing way. I cannot recommend him enough,” said Sulek. While guests can certainly enjoy a full meal at West Main Crafting Company, Sulek explained that the menu of “reimagined bar food” is comprised of

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small dishes that are meant to be shared. For example, the chicken wings, one of their bestselling dishes, is made with a duck fat confit (a technique where the meat is slowly cooked in duck fat). “It takes 48 hours – after the confit, the wings are fried and finished with 100-proof alcohol and spices. It’s an amazing process,” he said. “Duck fat makes the meat so much more delicate – it literally falls off the bone.” The wings are served with a choice for three cocktail-inspired sauces – old fashioned, mai tai, or smoky margarita. Another bar food staple, fried mushrooms, has been elevated to gourmet proportions. Sulek explained, “Instead of getting tiny, deep fried button mushrooms, you’ll get a local shiitake that has been fried in a gin and tonic batter and finished off with ramp (wild leek) seasoning.” While the food menu is certainly impressive, as head bartender, Sulek’s true passion is the beverage program. The menu was inspired by pre-prohibition era recipes, also known as the “Golden Age” of cocktailmaking, which took place from about 1862 to 1900. According to him, some of the most well-known drinks – The Daiquiri, the Margarita, The Manhattan, The Old Fashioned – were invented during that period. “Bartenders were the first celebrity chefs, and traveled across the country frequently. The first bartender manual came out in 1862, and we are throwing back to that era.” With jars full of herbs displayed on the bar, along with an assortment of small bottles, droppers and atomizers, it’s easy to see how the presentation is as important as the drink itself. “Apothecary is a word that comes up often,” he said, “but in the end, it’s all here for authenticity’s sake. We don’t painstakingly craft everything by hand as some sort of kitch. It’s about controlling the flavor.” The Hickory Sour, the White Oak Old Fashioned, and the Barrel Aged Manhattan are among their most popular drinks, and customers often order a variety of beverages to share.


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Perhaps the biggest showstoppers are the absinthe fountains. Contrary to what one might think, the ornate vessels are not for dispensing absinthe, but rather for dispensing water. The fountain, with several taps surrounding its central water container, drip ice-cold water slowly into a glass of the anise-flavored spirit. Not only does the slow, steady drip (known as “la louche”) transform the color from clear to opaque, but the drip also releases the flavors of the herbs and oils found in absinthe. “When one of these goes out to a table, everyone turns to look,” said Sulek. In addition to serving fancy, historically accurate drinks, at the same time, Sulek and his team are determined to make their creations accessible to the average drinker. The most striking way they do this is with their beautiful, full-color cocktail manual. The thick, glossy books feature stunning photos of each cocktail, along with detailed explanations of the ingredients and process. “When I sit down at a bar, I have the advantage of knowing the ingredients and materials being used, Sulek said. “ But when I’m with friends, I’ll notice them reading a list of unpronounceable Italian names, and they will invariably pull out their phones and look everything up when the server walks away. So we’ve veered in the opposite direction. If you want to know what Campari is, you can look it up in the glossary.” As one can imagine, making a large variety of handcrafted items daily takes a great deal of prep work. Part of Sulek’s job is to outline everything needed for the week and schedule entire prep shifts to get all the ingredients ready. So far, he says, they have never run out of anything. In addition, his bartenders must have extensive experience. “During interviews, I joke with people that they need to be able to make any cocktail invented in the last 200 years with the ingredients we have on hand.”

“We treat every cocktail as a visual, aromatic and gastronomic event” The team at West Main is clearly dedicated to creating unique food and beverages in a beautiful setting, and it’s a welcome addition to what some are calling the “Main Street Renaissance.” “This whole two-block stretch from here to the corner is all bars and restaurants, Sulek said. “We’ve got Seltzer Club next door and they’re adding a restaurant, and right next to Corta Lima, Rooster Brew is going in, which will be the permanent location for the Gastro Gnomes. It’s a great little section of downtown, and we’re glad to be here.” TOPS Magazine | October 2017

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with Jake Sulek HEAD BARTENDER What drew you to mixology? Mixing cocktails is a natural offspring of two passions: cooking and collecting whiskey. What is your favorite West Main Crafting Co. cocktail to make? Walk us through the drink, and tell us why you love it. My favorite cocktail is the Hickory Sour. Our twist on a classic Whiskey Sour, we char hickory chips to bring out the sugars, then infuse the chips in high-proof bourbon along with diced local peaches. We balance fresh-squeezed lemon juice with a touch of honey and apricot brandy, add two dashes of our homemade orange bitters, then shake the cocktail with aquafaba, a vegan substitute for egg white. The resulting cocktail is bold and bright with notes of smoky charred fruit. What are the most important tools of a cocktail making connoisseur? Your most important tools are the simplest ones: shaker, strainer, and spoon. What are you aiming for conceptually with West Main Crafting Company’s bar? We are a nineteenth century-inspired cocktail bar, and we provide an authentic cocktail experience. Our goal is to provide a drinking experience that is not only the best in town, but also one that competes on a national level. What’s the standout feature that makes West Main Crafting Company different? Our bartenders create cocktails from fresh, local ingredients, and our farm-to-shaker commitment means you get authentic, approachable, spirit-forward drinks. We treat every cocktail as a visual, aromatic, and gastronomic event.

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Hickory Sour 2 oz charred hickory and peach infused 100-proof bourbon whiskey 0.75 oz lemon juice 0.25 oz honey syrup 0.25 oz apricot brandy 0.25 oz aquafaba 2 dashes orange bitters Combine all ingredients together, shake and strain, and garnish with freshly ground toasted black peppercorn. 130

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Favorite classic cocktail to create (and recreate) and why? A proper Old-Fashioned Whiskey Cocktail is simple and elegant. Four ingredients (spirit, sugar, water, and bitters) combine harmoniously to produce an eye-opening mixed drink. What has been the craziest technique you’ve undergone to nail a flavor for a drink? Using a centrifuge to clarify cocktail ingredients is our current obsession. On your (rare) nights off, what is your current go-to drink order? My go-to drink order is a good single-malt Islay Scotch served neat. Most unusual drink request you’ve ever received? Any mixed beverage requiring “half-an-ounce” of everything in my speed rail. What is the best piece of bartending advice you’ve ever received? “Keep your head up.” If your bar shifts had a theme song, what would it be? My theme song would change every day depending on my mood.


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e n i W bars TOP 5 DINING

LOUIE’S WINE DIVE Warm, welcoming and fun, Louie’s is all about offering guests a wonderful experience. Order a glass or bottle of wine, listed by region or taste profile for your easy browsing. The lunch, dinner and weekend brunch menus are designed with pairing in mind. Their signature Tandoori Chilean Salmon is served with a cilantro mint chutney, roasted red pepper quinoa and cucumber salad alongside your choice of sides. If you’re there on a Thursday through Saturday evening, try the Chef ’s Pick with optional sommelier two course pairing. 854 E. High Street | 859.523.7900 louieswinedive.com

By Amanda Harper

WINES ON VINE

ENOTECA

This European-inspired wine bar and bistro offers a selection of over 450 wines. The staff is deeply dedicated to helping guests learn more about wine; their weekly tastings are a wonderful chance to gain a little wine knowledge while expanding your palate. Or, join them for lunch, dinner or dessert to enjoy a great dish with a perfect pairing! Their Berkshire Pork Tenderloin is topped with an herbed blackberry glaze and served over couscous alongside haricots verts.

As a wine bar and tapas restaurant, Enoteca offers a slew of cheeses and meats perfect for tastings. Their delicious tapas include Spanish mussels in a saffron white wine sauce with cherry tomatoes or a delicious Beet and Quinoa Salad with spinach, walnuts, Valdeón blue cheese and a sorghum soy dressing. Their wine menu offers a few notes on each bottle to make ordering easier, but the staff is always ready with a suggestion. Their whiskey list will wow, as well.

400 Old Vine Street #108 | 859.243.0017 winesonvine.net

191 Jefferson Street | 859.687.0346 enotecalex.com

DUDLEY’S ON SHORT

CRÚ FOOD & WINE BAR

A culinary trailblazer in Lexington since 1981, Dudley’s is well-known and loved for both its delicious menu and its expansive wine list. The “Dudley’s Classic” Tournedos Maxwell, featuring a petite filets and lump crab with a potato puree and a béarnaise sauce, is a local legend. Join them for an elegant lunch, dinner or weekend brunch; the staff will gladly suggest perfect wine pairings for any dish!

CRÚ was founded with the notion that wine should never have its nose in the air. They demystify the world of wine, making hundreds of wines accessible to every guest in an elegant, casually hip environment. Their dinner menu features taste and share plates as well as artisan cheeses that are ideal for pairing with wine. Their Wild Alaskan Halibut Piccata features jumbo lump crab and roasted asparagus, all with a lemon butter caper sauce.

259 West Short Street #125 | 859.252.1010 dudleysonshort.com

107 Summit at Fritz Farm, Suite 120 | 859.971.9463 cruawinebar.com Want to know what’s in our glasses? Check out our Wine of the Month on page 137.

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Green Chicken Chili Lasagna Ingredients:

Prep Time: 20 minutes | Cook Time: 40 minutes

9 whole grain lasagna noodles, dry

black pepper, to taste

3 cups cooked shredded chicken (about 1 pound raw)

1 cup part-skim ricotta cheese

1 cup plain, non-fat Greek yogurt

1 cup reduced-fat Mexican shredded cheese

1 (10-ounce) can salsa verde

Optional*:

2 (4-ounce) cans diced green chiles

1 cup part-skim ricotta cheese

2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped

1 cup reduced-fat Mexican shredded cheese

1 teaspoon ground cumin

*Optional ingredients are not included in nutrition calculations.

salt, to taste Preparation: If starting with raw chicken: Place the chicken in a pot large enough to hold it all, and fill the pot with enough water to cover the chicken by about 1-2 inches. Bring to a boil over high heat. When the water comes to a boil, cover the pot with a lid and reduce the heat to low. Simmer the chicken for 10-15 minutes, or until the internal temperature of the thickest part of the breast reads 165º F. Using tongs, remove the chicken and reserve on a plate. When it is cool enough to touch, shred it and set aside. Preheat the oven to 350° F and spray a 9x13-inch casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray and set aside. Cook the lasagna noodles according to package directions for al dente, and make the chicken mixture while the lasagna is cooking. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the shredded chicken, yogurt, salsa verde, both cans of green chiles, cilantro, cumin, salt, and pepper, to taste. Spread about ¼ cup of the chicken mixture on the bottom of the casserole dish, just enough so the noodles do not stick to the bottom of the dish. Layer 3 lasagna noodles, ⅓ of the chicken mixture, ½ cup of ricotta, and ¼ cup shredded cheese, and repeat. After the second layer is complete, layer the last 3 lasagna noodles, and the last ⅓ of the chicken mixture (no more ricotta cheese). Top with ½ cup of shredded cheese, and bake for 30 minutes, or until warmed through and the sides are bubbling. Garnish with chopped tomatoes, and additional cilantro as desired. 9 servings | Nutrition Facts based on 1/9th of recipe (3 x 4-inch square) Calories 247 | Fat 7g | Fiber 3g | Cholesterol 46mg | Sodium 502 mg | Carbohydrates 25g | Sugar 5g | Protein 23g | SmartPoints: 7

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October picks by Mark

OF THE MONTH

Breckenridge Brewery

Vanilla Porter Why Mark Enjoys this Beer…. “Let me start by saying I am a malt guy, especially roasted malt, I love the color, the smell, but most of all the taste. So Breckinridge Brewing’s Vanilla Porter is right up my alley! The dark roasted malt flavor in this porter is remarkable. The addition of the vanilla really pushes this beers flavor profile to the next level. Some folks think porters like this one are winter beers only, boy are they mistaken. I love this beer anytime of the year, it pairs great with grilled burgers and chicken perfect for summer, fall tailgating and will also pair nicely with a chili or stew during those cold winter months making this porter a beer that can be enjoyed anytime of the year. This porter is well built, well balanced and the sweet flavor of vanilla in every drink keeps you coming back for more. If you have never given Breckinridge vanilla porter a try don’t wait any longer! And if you’re one of the many people that say they just can’t drink “dark” beers, step out of your comfort zone and give this beer a shot. You will be surprised by this dark beer that is unexpectedly light flavored, very sessionable and down right delicious.” Style: American Porter Aroma: Vanilla beans, chocolate and malt Alcohol By Volume: 5.4% IBU: 16 Taste Profile: Roasted grain, coffee, chocolate, vanilla

www.KYeagle.net | Please call Kentucky Eagle at 859-252-3434 for local purchase locations!

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Wine OF THE MONTH

Plundgerhead

Lodi Petite Sirah 2015

Tasting Notes Opaque in color, this Petite Sirah bursts with aromas of muddle blackberries, fresh caramel, and smoky oak. At second swirl, there is a distinct tobacco leaf aroma with other subtle notes of dried vanilla bean, brambly blueberries and coriander seed finishing with an earthy Lodi terrior stamp. True to it’s varietal, flavors of intense blackberry, dried cherry and wild strawberries glide across the palate. The finish lingers back toward the earthy nuances of forest floor with a hint of mocha. Varietal: 90% Petite Sirah, 5% Tempranillo, 4% Merlot, 1% Carbernet Sauvignon Appellation: 90% Lodi, 10% Clarksburg Alcohol: 15% pH: 3.64 Food pairing: The go to wine for barbecue, pair this Petite Sirah with anything off the grill especially ribs or sausages. An alternate option could be soy marinated portabella mushroom caps grilled and served on a potato roll.

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Life + Style

STYLISH SOLUTIONS

Written by Barbara Meyer

FOR LESSENING LOCKS

Hair loss is one of the most emotional aspects of cancer. Not only is it an ongoing personal reminder of the disease, but many patients feel it’s a visible sign to others that they’re undergoing treatment. However, while distressing, hair loss is a small and temporary price to pay for a chance to regain your health.

Why does chemotherapy cause hair loss? Chemotherapy is the medication used to kill cancer cells, but it affects other cells in the body too. Hair cells, like those of cancer, divide and grow rapidly. Chemo targets cells that multiply quickly, and doesn’t differentiate between hair and cancer cells. Since chemo is customized for each patient’s unique condition, hair loss effects vary too. They can be anything from thinning to total baldness, usually beginning two to four weeks after treatment starts and for up to a few weeks afterward. Getting your hair cut short before chemo can be less distressing than seeing longer hairs fall out.

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Life + Style Hair loss isn’t just on the head, but can also occur on other areas of the body like eyebrows and eyelashes. When hair first starts coming out, your scalp could feel itchy, tingly, or irritated, and extra sensitive to cold and warmth. New hair growth typically begins a few weeks after treatment ends. It starts as peach fuzz, and within a month, real hair starts to come in at its normal rate (half an inch per month is average). New hair could have a different texture or color, but that’s usually temporary. Hair on the top of the head may grow back faster than eyebrows and eyelashes. Whether to wear a wig or different type of head covering is a highly individual choice. There are a wide range of comfortable and fashionable hats and scarves available, many made specifically for people going through treatment. Using wigs and head coverings will not prevent or slow hair regrowth.

If you opt for a wig, there are many Central Kentucky resources with compassionate and knowledgeable people who understand how you feel and will support as well as help you. To best match a wig to your current hair color, texture, and style, shop for it before your hair begins to fall out. Whether you want a wig that looks just like your current hair or wish to experiment with something different, it’s important to work with an expert. “Practically all wigs require some trimming and styling to get the look just right,” says Kimberly Sporing, owner/stylist of Hair by Kimberly. “For the most flattering and natural appearance, trust a professional to fit and put the finishing touches on your wig.” Eyebrow wigs, temporary eyebrow tattoos, and false eyelashes are available too. Wigs can be made from human hair or synthetic materials. Most chemo patients opt for synthetic wigs because they are less costly and easier to care for than wigs made from real hair. Proper treatment will keep your wig looking as natural and new as possible. If you want to don a wig every day, you should have several, to allow time for cleaning and drying between wears.

Generally, you should wash your synthetic wig after 8-12 wears. Clean wigs gently and allow them to air dry on wig stands. Use only hair care products specially designed for synthetic wigs. Showering, swimming and sleeping in your wig can damage it and are not recommended. Synthetic wigs are flammable – don’t use heated styling tools on them. “When shopping for a wig, we encourage customers to bring friends and family and make it a fun occasion,” says Greg Honchell, General Manager of Jerome Wigs & Beauty Boutique-Salon. “Being able to laugh and joke around makes customers feel better and less stressed. Survivorship and healing should be celebrated with those you love.”

G ENEA ARRASM ITH Tell us about your wig shopping experience? I had fun with it! I tried on several different colors and styles and made the best of a bad situation. I found wigs from 2 different places. The first was the Merle Norman shop in Richmond. They had a great selection and the staff treated me like family! The second place that I found a beautiful wig (free of charge!) was at the American Cancer Society. They had a great selection. Hair is overrated! I knew not having my hair would be temporary so I wanted to have some fun along the way.

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Hair Help Synthetic wigs suitable for daily wear cost around $130-$500, and real hair wigs can be thousands of dollars. Your health insurance may help cover the cost of a wig or hairpiece. If so, your doctor will need to write a prescription with a diagnosis code for a “medical hair prosthesis”, indicating that your hair loss was caused by cancer treatment. There are many organizations that provide free wigs or discounted wigs for patients undergoing chemo. Talk to your local cancer center or oncology nurse about options available in your area. Once your hair grows back, you may choose to donate your own wig to help make another future cancer survivor look and feel terrific!

A Celebration of Survival! If you are facing hair loss, think of it, like cancer, as a temporary condition. With or without your hair, you are the same wonderful you. Commemorate “no hair days” as a symbol of your renewed health, strength and courage!

Any funny stories you want to share? One time, my husband and I were on a ride in his convertible when a gust of wind blew my wig off ! Thankfully we did have the wind screen in and so it didn’t land on the windshield of the car behind us! Another time, I took my niece shopping for cotillion. The lady at the check out said, “I really love your hair and I wish I could get mine to do that.” Much to her surprise, I handed her my hair and I replied “You can get it exactly like mine! It’s a wig.” Bless her heart, I didn’t mean to startle her but I do believe I did. She was in awe that I was as comfortable with it as I was.

What are your top 3 tips for others going through this journey? 1. Accept it. You don’t have to like it, but you need to accept it. Attitude is everything and will help you through your journey and help others going on this journey with you as well. 2. Educate yourself and be your own advocate. Do your homework so you can make an informed decision on your treatment. Only use accredited cancer websites like, KY Cancer Link or The American Cancer Society. 3. Stay positive and realize some things are just out of your control. I’ve had a lot of hardship before cancer but somehow, I ALWAYS found a silver lining. It’s not how much time we have here on Earth, it’s what we do with the time we have.

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John “Trey” Montjoy Trimble III planned a very romantic proposal for Julia Mays in Charleston, SC. Julia was sent on a scavenger hunt that included postcards that when put together, spelled out, “will you marry me?” Although it poured when Trey popped the question at the beautiful Middleton Gardens, the couple couldn’t have cared less that they were soaked, and embraced with ring on hand. Trey’s parents and brother were hiding in the bushes with a video camera and joined the picnic celebration for the newly engaged couple. Both Trey and Julia were born in Lexington, but Trey moved away at a young age. Julia spent most of her life in Lexington and the couple reconnected when Julia moved to Hilton Head Island. Julia and Trey share a love of travel, so Julia and her mother wanted to be sure that travel was incorporated in the wedding details. They scoured Pinterest and Etsy.com for various travel-themed wedding ideas. The couple married on July 9, 2016 at Christ Church Cathedral, a church that the the couple has family ties to. Julia grew up as a member of Idle Hour Country Club, which is where the reception was held.

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Sentimental details were included throughout the wedding day, including monogrammed linen handkerchiefs that Julia’s stepmother purchased. Julia had “I do” monogrammed on the bottom of her wedding shoes and she wore Trey’s grandmother’s pearl and diamond earrings. Julia’s mother was able to find earrings that matched for the bridal party to wear. “Getting ready with my bridesmaids was special because they helped calm any nerves I had about the day,” Julia say. “A moment from our wedding day that stand out was our ‘first look’ at Gratz Park with the entire wedding party. The ceremony was beautiful, and the reception was filled with lots of dancing and fun.” Since the couple got married five days after the 4th of July, Julia had put Trey in charge of getting the sparklers for their exit at the end of the reception. By accident, Trey picked up firework sparklers instead of specialized smoke free wedding sparklers. “As we walked through the sparklers, I thought my dress was going to catch on fire. We came through the other side coughing,” Julia says. “Although it wasn’t the best for pictures, it made for a funny story.” While Julia says there is absolutely nothing she would change about the couple’s wedding day, she does recommend to other couple’s planning a wedding to take the time to enjoy the planning process. “Even though we gave ourselves a year to plan, it all happened so fast,” she says.

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For the Trimble’s honeymoon, the bride and groom moved to Europe for a year of travel. As software engineers, Trey and Julia were able work remotely and explore Europe the first year of their marriage. They shipped their motorcycle to Germany and traveled through Paris, Hamburg, Munich, Austria, Rejika, Rovinj, Zadar, Split, Croatia; Italy, Aux-en-Provence, Barcelona, Morocco, and lastly, all over Portugal. Anyone can follow their travel adventures on Instagram by searching for @nomadic.newlyweds.

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Congratulations, you’re engaged! There are so many things running through your mind and I’m sure the first item you want to check off your list is... The Dress! When choosing a wedding gown for your special day, you envision a dress that will truly make you feel like a million bucks! You want something unique and one-of-akind. A fun place to start? The back! Here are a few looks to add to your already growing pinterest board. Photo by Paige Jones Photography

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DRAPED OPEN BACK For those summer weddings, a bride is looking for something beautiful, yet comfortable and breezy. The draped open back silhouette is the best of both worlds! It allows the bride to feel sexy and beautiful, while also keeping cool during that long summer day!

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For the bride who gets googlyeyed over the beading and embellishments, this is your look! Find a gown with a simple skirt that is paired with an embellished open back and you’ll feel like a stunner! For a little extra drama, find one with a deep V.

This silhouette is perfect for those stylish brides who are having that classic winter wedding. You need something that is a little more covered but still has a sweet and romantic touch. This lace detail with a keyhole cut back is a classic look!

For the girl who loves to show off her shape and appreciates the classic details, a buttoned spine is the look for her! Who doesn’t love a simple white satin button, especially when they ecentuate your favorite features!

Where to start searching for “The Dress” : BY: HA LEY WA LLS Bride-to-Be and Owner of Haley Michelle Designs www.haleymichelledesigns.com

Twirl Boutique Meant to Be Boutique Wedding Wonderland The White Dress of Lexington David’s Bridal

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Rebecca’s Wedding Boutique Couture Closet ...and many more!

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Heartbreak and devastation are common words used to describe cancer. In the case of Lexington local Kellee Edwards, those descriptors are certainly accurate, but there is another term the loving mother and wife is incorporating with this debilitating disease: Hope. Kellee Edwards, a former TOPS in Lexington employee, has Stage 4 small-cell lung cancer. The cancer first appeared in 2016, briefly went into remission after treatment, and has unfortunately reappeared. Knowing that her cancer was inoperable, Kellee and her husband, John Whitlock, enrolled their 7 year old daughter, Kate Whitlock, to attend Camp Kesem in an effort to help Kate cope with the unfavorable circumstance. Camp Kesem is a camp for children ages 6 to 16 who have a family member with cancer. This was the first year the week-long camp has been held in Kentucky, but it operates more than 70 summer camps across 34 states. The camps are free to participants, and are financed mostly through individual donations and corporate support. Sarah Landers, one of the Co-Directors of the Camp Kesem chapter at University of Kentucky, said the camp was an incredible experience for both her and the campers. Held this past June at Life Adventure Center in Versailles, the camp housed 17 campers. Several UK student volunteers helped make this first-time experience memorable for the children involved. “It was amazing to see all of our hard work pay off, watching the campers have so much fun and truly escape the fears they face at home with their parents’ cancer,” Landers said. “There was such a strong bond of friendship from the beginning amongst everyone. It was unlike anything else I have been part of,” Landers said. Landers stated that Camp Kesem is a lot like any normal summer camp with messy paint games, outdoor adventures, dance parties, swimming at the lake and late-night cabin chats. It is a place for kids to feel understood, supported and above all else, like themselves. While the focus of the camp is providing children with innovative, fun-filled programs, the point of gathering this unique group is to ensure every child affected by a parent’s cancer diagnosis is never alone. “I want each of the children to know that there will always be an understanding shoulder to lean on, and that there are many other kids and adults going through the same fears who will make things a little easier to bear,” Landers remarked. “I hope they gain resilience.”

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From coast to coast, Camp Kesem provides training, support and leadership development to more than 3,000 passionate college student leaders who volunteer year-round to create, manage and run Camp Kesem’s life-changing programs. The nationwide community has brought thousands of children together since its inception, deeming this special organization a monumental step in the healing process among so many affected families. Kellee’s hope, like many other parents, was for Kate to make lifelong friends at Camp Kesem. With the knowledge that Kellee most likely will not see her daughter grow up, these moments of comfort and compassion hold so much value. This feeling is what Camp Kesem hopes to emulate for all families going through such tragedy. “I want my daughter to grow up to be kind, above all else. Camp Kesem helps guide kids that way. It’s not just about grieving. It’s about finding happiness and love out of sadness. Of course, I wish I could grow old and and be there for her every second, but since it doesn’t look like that’s going to work out, it’s programs like this one that will help guide her. She’s going to change the world. This, I know,” Kellee shares.

Kate surrounded by love and support at Camp Kesem

As Kellee fights for her life, her daughter still remains her first priority. “Her teachers say she is the most inspiring child they’ve known in a long time,” Edwards told us about Kate. “I think she’s far more inspiring than me.” Although she may not be able to plan for her own future, Kellee can plan for the future of her daughter. She intends to do this through a manual created solely for Kate’s regular day-to-day activities.

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Kellee is writing a book to help John care for Kate when she is no longer with them. The book will include all of Kate’s routines, schedules and other components that make up her everyday that John can refer to while he raises Kate. Though heartbreaking, Kate’s well being is always first for Kellee. Her determination, compassion, optimism and hope will surely live on through Kate.

Kellee and John also raised her nephews and stepdaughter. She is eternally grateful for their love and support. From Left to Right: Ethan Pate, Elizabeth Whitlock, Dylan Edwards, Kellee Edwards, Kate Whitlock and John Whitlock.

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Tailgate at Keeneland ain or shine, tailgating at Keeneland is a Kentucky tradition that has stood the test of time. With its beautiful landscaping, traditional stone fences and world class track, Keeneland welcomes visitors year-round. Live thoroughbred racing takes place in April and October. During the race meets, locals and visitors alike pack their vehicles with family, friends, food and a little bourbon for a day on The Hill. With food trucks and a jumbo screen to watch the races, some people don’t even make it through the ticket window. Guests can place their bets right on The Hill without even going inside. You can also enjoy live music or join a game of corn hole with your neighbors.

Tailgating on The Hill combines Kentuckians’ love for horse racing, the great outdoors and community. This is a tradition that truly brings people from all over the community together. From family and corporate gatherings to fraternity and bachelorette parties, everyone is sure to have a good time. If you are a first timer, make sure to wear sunglasses and comfortable shoes. Bring some extra layers because you never know what the Kentucky weather will bring! Pack your cooler with cold beer, some Kentucky bourbon and some yummy appetizers to hold you over. It doesn’t hurt to have a water bottle on hand too. Most importantly, have fun and enjoy what Kentucky has to offer.

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Knowing the challenges of raising children while going through cancer treatments, Erica worked with Leadership Lexington and some of its participants to start an organization called Supportive Oncology Services. SOS provides free childcare to parents and grandparents going through cancer treatments. “I know every mom is super busy, but I encourage them to find an organization in which to give back. Share your gifts, talents, and story. Our world desperately needs them,” says Erica. Hearing loss was a major side effect of the chemotherapy treatment. She primarily has difficulty hearing higher pitches which makes hearing female voices a challenge. “Before I received my hearing aids, my daughters repeated themselves often and grew frustrated,” Erica says. “On a particularly challenging day, I explained that while it may exasperate them to repeat themselves, I pray they never understand the level of frustration and sadness I experience on a daily basis due to constant ringing and hearing loss. However, it is collateral damage I gratefully accept to have every given day with them.” A huge motivator for Erica is to raise her daughters to act, believe and speak in a way that embraces love, dignity, respect and integrity. “This is no easy task, especially when the media, music and entertainment industries sensationalize the opposite, but it is imperative to make our world a better place,” she says. “The most rewarding part of being a mom is watching my children overcome obstacles, doing good for others, and living faithful and faith-filled lives.”

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While Erica does not see herself as a “super mom,” she explains the only reason one would consider her “super” would be because of the people with whom she surrounds herself and organizations in which she elects to participate. They all helped her through her cancer battle. As CEO/Hospital Administrator for Bluegrass Veterinary Specialists + Animal Emergency, Erica says that her colleagues, employees, fellow volunteers, co-workers, friends, family and community inspire her to be a better person every day. Their support was extremely valuable during her battle with breast cancer. Erica says that she can only do all that she does because of the love and support of her husband, Antu, a small animal veterinary internal medicine specialist. “My husband is truly my partner. I am blessed and grateful beyond words to have him in my life,” she says. “Something I’ve learned is how important it is to own your mistakes and apologize for making them–especially to your children and spouse. And for all super moms, never compromise your values or integrity, even if it makes life easier. You never know who you may influence.”

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By: Haley Walls

Creating pinterest-worthy pumpkin decor to spice up your home is one of the easiest DIY projects you’ll find this fall! So easy, even the little ones can do it! Don’t be afraid of a little sparkle. All you need is white paint, a hot glue gun and a bag of gold sequins to create this look!

For those who aren’t interested in the guts of the carving, all you need is a paintbrush to paint the perfect pumpkin face: scary or sweet!

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This is for the people who love a good tradition: getting down and dirty to create the scariest jack-o-lantern on their block! You can find stencil carving kits at any local convenient store.

Everyone loves a good DIY project! This is an easy one to add to your kitchen table! Instead of digging out the guts, purchase an artifical pumpkin from your local craft store. Just add some fall florals to the top and you’ve got a beautiful centerpiece to use year after year! brilliant-blooms.com

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ALL AROUND THE WORLD

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CHECKLIST GLOBAL MAPS

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Incorporating maps creates that overall “global” feel and theme to the room. Try doing this by having a large print on an accent wall.

If you can come across a suitcase inspired dresser or chest, you’ve got a keeper. This is the perfect accent piece that is also useful.

WOOD TEXTURES Including natural wood textures plays to that old world feel. Keeping a soft neutral palette will enhance the overall look.

GRAPHIC PRINTS The popular saying is “You are our greatest adventure.” How sweet? Showcasing this in an airy, fun framed design will be the perfect final touch.

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uds form on trees ready to explode with blooms of color. Bulbs burst from the earth to reveal patches of bright, yellow daffodils or purp hyacinths; and birds return with their morning wake-up calls. All are signs of Mother Earth’s springtime rebirth. Unfortunately, this ma nificent renewal of life can bring unexpected, volatile weather and the need for preparedness. This month as you dust off your outside pat and begin to plan your flower beds, take time to create a basic disaster preparedness kit for you and your pets.

There are many online resources available to help you prepare a kit for your family in the event of a disaster. However, it is important to kno that in addition to natural disasters, the Bluegrass Army Depot’s chemical stockpile also poses an unlikely, but unique risk to central Kentuck One great resource to consult for disaster awareness, planning, and kit building specific to Lexington is BeReadyLexington.com. Check out th website to educate yourself about how you can better plan and prepare to keep your family safe in the event of a disaster.

To help small animal pet owners, below is a Pet Disaster Kit Checklist containing items to collect and store in an easily accessible location the event of a disaster. Disaster preparedness organizations recommend that you keep your pets’ emergency kit near your family emergency k Confirm that it will fit in your vehicle with all of your emergency supplies should you need to evacuate your home. Periodically rotate the contents of your pet’s emergency preparedness kit for freshness and Erica list its location in your family’s written emergency plan. Hopefully, you will never need to use your kits. Radhakrishnan However, as Petra Nemcova, survivor of the 2004 tsunami said, “we cannot stop natural disasters, but we Erica Hospital Administrator, BV Radhakrishnan can arm ourselves with knowledge: so many lives wouldn’t have to be lost if there was enough disaster Administrator, preparedness”. This spring, arm yourself with the knowledge and resources to prepareHospital for your familyBVS and pets’ well-being should an emergency strike.

Daily Care Items -Food in a closed/waterproof container to last 10 days for every pet -Bottled water (about 1 cup/10 pounds daily) -Manual can opener -Water and Food Bowls -An appropriate sized crate or kennel with pad/blanket -Collar with current identification tags -Leash and/or harness -Litter box, scoop, and litter (For cats) -Poop bags -Garbage bags, paper towels, disinfectant -Medications, 10-day supply (if needed)

Additional Recommendations -Medical, Vaccination, & Prescription Records -Current photo of you with your pets for identification/reunification purposes -Written Feeding, Medical Condition, and Behavior Instructions including weight, known allergies, age, sex, and microchip number -Pet First Aid Kit and Instruction Booklet -Grooming brushes and supplies

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Rosie Napravnik One of the most recognizable names in the modern racing world, former jockey Rosie Napravnik has a list of firsts and bests that is unrivaled by her peers. by Jen Roytz

In 2012 she became the first female rider to win the Kentucky Oaks (aboard Believe You Can) – a race she went on to win a second time two years later with Untapable. That same year she became the all-time winningest female jockey by both wins and earnings. She is also the only female jockey to ride in all three Triple Crown races and also the only woman to win multiple Breeders’ Cup races (winning in 2012 with Shanghai Bobby in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and in 2014 with Untapable in the Distaff ). It was in her post-race interview after guiding Untappable to victory in the Distaff that she stunned the racing world by announcing that she and her husband, Joe Sharp, were expecting their first child, and that she would be retiring from race riding upon the conclusion of that weekend’s Breeders’ Cup races.

Riding in Different Circles While, at 29-years-old, Napravnik may not be riding races these days, the New Jersey native is still heavily involved with Thoroughbreds, both on and off the racetrack. After announcing her retirement, Napravnik settled into several new roles, including as the assistant trainer for her husband’s rapidly expanding racing stable, which rotates between Kentucky and Louisiana

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“Thoroughbreds have given me nearly everything I have, so I try to support the industry, and especially the horses, in as many ways as I can.” throughout the year, and as mom to their three kids, sons Tucker (1) and Carson (2), and step-daughter Aiyana (13).

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This year Napravnik was once again on the Derby Trail, but in an entirely different capacity. Serving as the assistant trainer for Sharp, who has about 70 horses in training for clients, Napravnik was the regular morning rider for one of Sharp’s pupils, Girvin. While the colt finished thirteenth in the Kentucky Derby, he stamped himself as a legitimate Breeders’ Cup contender with a hard-fought victory in the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park.

While she has literally sat atop thousands of Thoroughbreds in her equestrian and racing career, Aztec is a first for Napravnik in the retraining realm.

“It’s been fun to do this together,” said Napravnik. Outside of riding for work, Napravnik has also been getting a lot more saddle time in for fun since retiring from riding races. Partnering with her retired racehorse-turned-eventer Sugar (who raced as Old Ironsides), who she rode to several wins at the claiming level on the racetrack early in her career, Napravnik has enjoyed getting re-acquainted with her equestrian roots, regularly competing at the Kentucky Horse Park and elsewhere in eventing and jumping competitions. She has also been generous with her time, partnering with local charities specializing in retired racehorse adoption and retraining, including Old Friends, New Vocations, Remember Me Rescue, the Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center and the Retired Racehorse Project. “I’m finally getting to compete on Sugar, which I never had much time to do when I was riding races, and I’m really loving it,” said Napravnik, who grew up on her family’s boarding and training farm and competed in eventing and pony races. “Joe even competed in the New Vocations show at the Kentucky Horse Park last month with Sugar! Joe used to ride races and is literally the best rider I’ve ever seen, but he’d never jumped except for a few times on Sugar to practice before the show, and the pair did really well!” This month, Napravnik will be competing in the $100,000 Thoroughbred Makeover at the Kentucky Horse Park (October 5-8). Put on by the Retired Racehorse Project, the event draws hundreds of trainers from around the U. S. and Canada, each of which competes on a retired racehorse with eight months or less of postrace retraining. Napravnik’s mount, Aztec Brave, holds special meaning to both her husband and her, as he was one of the first horses Sharp trained, and the horse’s success helped to put him on the map as a trainer. “Joe claimed Aztec for Brad Grady, in the first few months he was out on his own as a trainer and Aztec won three stakes for us,” said Napravnik. “He retired last June and, because his owner knew he was one of Joe’s favorites, he gave him to us.”

“I was in the middle of my [race] riding career when Sugar retired, so I sent him to my mom and didn’t do his initial retraining. Aztec is the first one I’m retraining from scratch,” she said. With trainers allowed to compete in up to two disciplines with their horses at the Thoroughbred Makeover, Napravnik has chosen to stick with what she knows and has entered him in the eventing competition, which will require each horse and rider combination to perform a dressage test, complete a cross country course, and navigate a series of stadium jumps. “He’s the kind of horse that has a bit of a chip on his shoulder, so this is a good fit for him because you need a horse with a bit of versatility and confidence,” said Napravnik. “Since we’re not planning on selling him like some of the other competitors are with their horses, if I mess up his training, I’ll just fix it. It’s been a great learning experience, and it’s also given me some confidence in my training abilities.” Napravnik hopes to continue to put those training abilities to practice. “I’d like to do more of this in the future, retraining and hopefully selling them as riding and show horses,” she said. “Thoroughbreds have given me nearly everything I have, so I try to support the industry, and especially the horses, in as many ways as I can.” When not competing, Aztec, Sugar and the rest of their horses live at the couple’s newly acquired farm in Simpsonville, Kentucky. Napravnik says the moment she and Sharp saw the property, they knew it was where they would someday reside. “We knew we wanted to have a farm someday, we just didn’t know where. It was our anniversary and we didn’t really have anything to do, so we went window-shopping for farms. We saw this property and knew it was our future farm…we just didn’t know it would be eight months in the future,” said Napravnik. “Central Kentucky is just the best place to be. It has the racing and breeding, and also all of the showing, foxhunting and endless equestrian opportunities. And our farm… with its iron gates and old stone pillars - every time we pull into our driveway it’s like ‘pinch me – I still can’t believe this is real.’ It’s the absolute perfect place for us to raise our family and run our business.” If you’d like to watch Rosie Napravnik and more than 400 other trainers compete on their recently retired racehorses, go to www.retiredracehorseproject.com for the full schedule of events.•

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The Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships is the world’s largest showcase of top-tier international racing talent, rotating each year among the premier racing venues in North America. The best horses from around the country and the world come together to compete for more than $28 million in purses and prizes, but it’s about so much more than the money. The two-day festival of racing often has significant implications on the Eclipse Awards (the American horseracing year-end championship awards), not to mention which colts and fillies will become highly coveted breeding stock chosen to create the next generation of racing superstars. The Breeders’ Cup has become a brand with which many of the world’s premier labels want to align themselves, and maintaining brand uniformity amidst the ever-changing venue and market variables takes a savvy approach.

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Thanks in large part to Chief Marketing Officer Bryan Pettigrew, the Breeders’ Cup navigates the challenges seamlessly, creating experiences each year for sponsors and attendees alike that embrace each city’s and host track’s unique culture.

More Than a Means to an End While many of Pettigrew’s contemporaries might be Bluegrassborn and followed the footsteps of generations before them into the Thoroughbred industry, Pettigrew’s rise to one of the most prominent positions in the sport had a less traditional beginning. Growing up in Oklahoma and far removed from the Thoroughbred horseracing scene, the University of Oklahoma graduate intended for his first job after college to simply be a means to an end, accepting a position at the DeBartolo-owned Remington Park as the track’s Director of Promotions.


Equine “I had just earned my degree in Communications and was interested in sports marketing,” said Pettigrew. “I actually started working at Remington because they also owned an NFL and NHL team at the time, so I thought that would be my entry into the sports world.” Instead, it opened Pettigrew’s eyes to a much different sporting world, igniting a passion that would chart an entirely different path for his career. Within just four years Pettigrew was brought on by Sam Houston Race Park in Texas as their Vice President of Marketing and was eventually scouted by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) to become their Special Assistant to the Commissioner. “Several of the top executives at NTRA and the Breeders’ Cup, who we worked closely with, had business experience outside of horseracing. I felt like I needed a non-racing corporate perspective and I eventually stepped away from the NTRA to create my own company, Affinity Sports Marketing,” said Pettigrew. Based near Dallas-Ft. Worth, Affinity Sports Marketing served as a consulting agency for Fortune 500 companies including AT&T, McDonalds, John Deere and Best Buy, advising them on entertainment, sports marketing, young adult marketing and business ventures. The company also produced more than 30 national marketing and promotional events for its clients each year. Many say that once horseracing gets into your blood, it’s a hard habit to shake. This was all too true for Pettigrew and when the opportunity to take on the role of Senior Vice President of the NTRA came about, he jumped on it, making the move back to Lexington for good.

Horseracing’s Ultimate Ambassador Originally formed through start-up funds provided by the Keeneland, Oak Tree, Breeders’ Cup and other racing interests, the NTRA and Breeders’ Cup were once merged, but continue to have similar goals of improving the sport. Both organizations have recently announced plans to move from their suburban locations off of Harrodsburg Road to the heart of downtown Lexington. The synergy between the two organizations made for a smooth transition in 2015 when Pettigrew was brought on by the Breeders’ Cup as the company’s Senior Vice President of Marketing and Sponsorship. Throughout his career and continuing today, Pettigrew has become horseracing’s ultimate ambassador, often tasked with introducing

people to the sport. It’s a role he not only plays well, but relishes. “When I was at Sam Houston, every day was fan education day. I lived in the fourth largest city in the U. S. and horseracing was new and exciting. Almost every meeting or day I was hosting business leaders, political dignitaries or potential sponsors at the races and I was educating people about the sport,” said Pettigrew. “I’ve probably taken more people to the horse races than anyone else in the sport. I truly enjoy explaining the business, from an agricultural perspective to the fan experience to the wagering options, helping them to really experience and understand what makes it so special.” His roles with the Breeders’ Cup have also afforded him the opportunity to travel around the world and experience how racing is presented to the public at venues in England, Ireland, Qatar, France, Canada and Argentina. That insight helps Pettigrew and his team to enhance the Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships each year not only with an increasingly international flare, but also with the aim of attracting newer, younger audiences to the sport of horseracing. “Millennials equate world championships as evening events, and that is one way the Breeders’ Cup has evolved to become more desirable to them,” said Pettigrew. “Younger fans have more things to do and more places to go these days than generations before them. We now show the Breeders’ Cup’s biggest races during prime time to attract younger viewers.”

Creating This Year’s Del Mar Experience When the Breeders’ Cup was held in Lexington in 2015, one of the ways Pettigrew and his team engaged the local community was through the creation of the Breeders’ Cup Festival, a communitywide celebration of the Breeders’ Cup paired with the things that are unique to the city. With the Breeders’ Cup being held at Del Mar in San Diego, California for the first time on November 3rd and 4th, Pettigrew and his team are hard at work to create world-class experiences that embrace San Diego’s friendly, casual and “beach-y” vibe. “We don’t put on the same event each year. We try to make each year authentic to the host city and track, because each market is so different,” said Pettigrew. “People come from all over the world, as well as the casual fans attending their first Breeders’ Cup simply because it’s in their own backyard any given year, so we want the Festival and the racing days themselves to have the local look, feel and to celebrate the city’s culture.•

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Run for the Horses 5K

Friday, October 6th // 6pm-9pm The course will be set throughout the scenic Kentucky Horse Park beginning at the Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center campus during the Thoroughbred Makeover, the Retired Racehorse Project’s annual showcase for off the track Thoroughbreds. Register online here: www.RunForTheHorses5K.org.

Cemetery Crawl: History & Mystery of the Kentucky Horse Park October 9th – 13th, 16th – 20th and 28th – 29th Join the park for this historical tour for Hay Rides, Dueling and Ghost Hunting! Reservations are required and the cost is $15 per person. Space is limited to 13 people per tour, starting outside the Visitor Center. Presented by the International Museum of the Horse.

The National Drive

October 10th – 15th This 6-day event devoted to recreational equine driving is the largest gathering of recreational equine drivers in North America. Highlighting the event is a series of clinics, demonstrations and private driving lessons featuring some of the nation’s most prominent clinicians and driving experts. Participants are able to drive their horses throughout the park from dawn until dusk.

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October 19th – 22nd // Hunter Jumper Complex Enjoy dressage, cross-country and show jumping during this USEA and USEF sanctioned 3-day evening competition. Don’t miss this prestigious event!

CP National Horse Show

October 31th – November 5th // Alltech Arena Consistently ranked as one of the top horse shows in the country by the North American Riders Group, the CP National Horse Show is an incredible opportunity for both equine enthusiasts to enjoy the thrill of world class competition. This 5-day hunter/jumper event features riders and horses who rank among the top in the country. This incredible event is one of the year’s most anticipated equestrian competitions and draws riders from all across the nation. The competition events are thrilling for spectators with any level of knowledge, from seasoned experts to complete newbies. Plus, the five-day event features lots of events and entertainment, including a vendor fair.

Save the Date: Bluegrass Rockin’ Rodeo

November 17th - 18th // Alltech Arena This inagural event will bring together food, music, bourbon and horses to create a can’t-miss evening to benefit the park.

There are more great events to discover! Visit kyhorsepark.com for a complete listing of all the upcoming Horse Park Happenings, and be sure to visit TopsInLex.com/calendar for more great events around town and all over Central Kentucky!

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The Comeback Fan It’s been said too many times: the life of a UK football fan is a hard life. No longer can Chicago Cubs fans argue they are the most cursed fan base in all of sports. The title definitely belongs in Lexington. A long time has passed since the heartbreaking loss to Florida back in September. I’m still not over it. It’s going to be a long time until we are all over it. How many times can a UK football fans have their heart ripped right out of their chest? How many times does the UK football fan get their hopes and dreams up, only to be sent home sad and depressed?

This could still be a very special season for UK football. There are still a lot of wins out there. Bowl eligibility will soon become he “norm” around here. I promise. UK is a better football program. UK has better coaches.

The UK football fan is Charlie Brown. UK football is Lucy.

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During this embarrassing 31-game losing streak to Florida, there have been several cases where UK football has grabbed “defeat from the jaws of victory”.

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There was the “Chris Doering” game. The “Punter Jimmy Carter MVP” game. The “Tim Couch running the option” game. The “Jared Lorenzen / Keiwan Ratliff” game. The “Zero time on the clock” game. And now, the “UK left 2 receivers wide open” game. I always go back to the hot afternoon at what was then Commonwealth Stadium when former UK star Derek Abney sat in front of a bunch of reporters with red eyes, fighting back tears while talking about another heartbreaking loss to Florida. He kept repeating himself, “When’s it gonna be our turn? When’s it gonna happen for us?” That was tough. I often find myself asking the same questions. You know what, though? I came back, and I’ll keep coming back. We all will. That’s what I truly love about the UK football fan base.

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In reality, it’s awesome that we all now know and believe that even though we got beat by Florida (again), they weren’t better than UK. For the first time during the streak, UK was honestly a better football team than Florida. That’s a huge step forward. That’s what keeps me going. I know UK is better. I know UK is now one of the top-tier teams in the SEC. We may never drop back down to the lower level of the SEC again (see South Carolina). What if UK beats Tennessee? What if UK beats Louisville for the second year in a row? We may not forget that Florida loss, but it sure would seem more like a distant memory if that all fell into place. So I’ll see you back out at Kroger Field to watch our beloved Cats suit up and take on the next guy. I kinda get excited thinking about the next big win. We know it’s by Ryan Lemond Kentucky Sports Radio/WLAP coming. Right?


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Whether Kentucky wins its way to the Southeastern Conference football championship game in Atlanta, three Wildcats will be there – as honored guests. And another will be there in spirit. Nate Northington and his three teammates (Wilbur Hackett, Houston Hogg and the late Greg Page) were immortalized last summer in bronze statues standing forever between the UK football practice facility and Kroger Field. They are the men recognized as the leaders in integrating SEC football. And Northington was the first. They’ll be recognized again in Atlanta, where warm applause no doubt will wash over them, the way boos and catcalls did five decades ago when they played in stadiums where the only black faces belonged to the folks cleaning up after the games. “We invite the UK football players to join us in honoring & celebrating what they helped change,” came the tweet from SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey. “The seeds of change planted by Northington, Stephen Martin, Perry Wallace & many others have blossomed into opportunities in each SEC sport,” he said, invoking the names of the SEC’s first African American baseball and basketball players as well. On a September day 50 years past in Oxford, Mississippi, Northington took the field as a sophomore running back for the Wildcats, officially becoming the first African American to appear in an SEC game, though his season would end abruptly. Northington just couldn’t stick it out. Page, his friend and roommate, would die from an injury suffered in practice just before Nate made his debut. And an aggravated dislocated shoulder made it painful for Northington to take a blow. Hurting on the outside and on the inside, he shut his season down early and left school, transferring to Western Kentucky, where he went on to be an all-conference performer. But he never turned his back on his first school, chosen after he nearly signed with Purdue. “At the time they were a top-10 program with guys like Bob Griese at quarterback and some other guys – LeRoy Keyes, who was an All-American at running back,” Northington said. “And of course, they had been integrated for some time at the Big 10.” That’s when Kentucky governor Ned Breathitt got involved. UK

Honoring The SEC’s First Black Players was late getting in on the recruitment of Northington, but a call from Frankfort went a long way. “As you know, he was very involved with open housing bill in Kentucky,” said Northington. “Kentucky was the first state in the south to have an open housing bill. He promoted that and pushed that, along with Dr. King.” Breathitt invited the Northington family to the governor’s mansion for dinner. They were impressed, and not just with the china pattern. “[UK] knew it was time to [integrate] and it was going to happen and someone was going to do it,” Northington recalled. “The other schools in the SEC felt that Kentucky should be the first because they were the northernmost school in the conference.” Breathitt also assured Nate that he would not be alone, mentioning Page, who would become his roommate. Eventually, Northington realized the enormity of the challenge he was about to undertake. “I decided that I could not just be thinking about myself totally, but I had the opportunity to do something that could help the entire country,” he explained. He referred to a newspaper column allowing that the four black players; “changed the face of football in the SEC. That is what the governor had in mind. He was progressive and had a vision and I know he was right. It was time to make a change.” And make it they did, which is why, whenever he’s in the mood, Nate Northington can pay a visit to the UK campus and stand before a larger-than-life-sized replica of himself and his three friends, one taken far too young. They made a difference – all of them. “I chose to play football at the University of Kentucky so other African American athletes could later pursue their dreams here as well,” Northington says. “That is the greatest thing to me. We were able to change the face and culture of football in the south. I am not sure it would have changed as quickly as it did without our integration. I am grateful for the statue. It is amazing.”

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Blue Grass Community Foundation Celebrates 50 Years On Saturday, August 26th, over 400 civic and philanthropic leaders joined Blue Grass Community Foundation for its 50th anniversary gala and launch of a 12-month celebration of Inspiring Generosity. The honorees included three generations of the Suiler family, who started BGCF 50 years ago. In 1967, CW and Irene Sulier shared their vision for creating a local community foundation. The purpose of BGCF was simple: to create a way for people to be charitable and give back to the community that they love. The Suliers wanted to make giving simple, rewarding, effective and fun, while also providing a starting place for those who have always wanted to give and those who never knew they could. In 1968, the Community Foundation awarded its first grants, which totaled $500. Fifty years later, BGCF has more than $108 million in charitable assets, 535 charitable funds, and has awarded $77.5 million in total grants, including $9 million in just the past year. The vast majority directly impacts local community projects and nonprofits. That’s a great deal of good being generated, but there is so much more philanthropic potential. Lisa Adkins, President and CEO of BGCF, explained, “Our coun-

try is in the midst of the largest generational transfer of wealth in our history. For Kentucky, this means over the next 50 years, $761 billion in personal wealth will transfer from one generation to the next. If we capture just five percent of that transferring wealth into a community endowment fund, the result would be a local, permanent endowment of $2.1 billion with annual charitable grantmaking power of $104,000,000 per year. This is not a wild imagining, but a real opportunity.” The Community Foundation believes in the power of a single individual to give and make an exponential impact. They see it happen time and time again, as one person’s passion inspires another, creating a ripple effect of generosity. “We know we make the biggest impact when we invest together for our community,” said Adkins. Blue Grass Community Foundation focuses on growing, giving and improving the quality of life in the communities it serves across Central and Appalachia Kentucky. “Our goal is to help create generous, vibrant, engaged and equitable communities,” said Adkins. At BGCF, everyone can be a philanthropist, regardless of the size of their gift. Adkins invites everyone to discover how the Blue Grass Community Foundation can help inspire their personal generosity.

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Wells Plastic Surgery & Skin Care Has a New Home One of Lexington’s most-trusted plastic surgery practices has a new home with beautifully renovated facilities in a convenient location–and they’re inviting everyone to help celebrate on October 26th! For over 25 years, Wells Plastic Surgery & Skin Care has helped Central Kentuckians look and feel their best. Now, they are proud to offer the same high level of care in a new location at 1707 Nicholasville Road, across from Baptist Health Hospital. Their first day in the new location was October 2nd. The newly-renovated space features lush interiors, an expanded retail area and an in-office surgical suite. This means they are now able to offer more services, including convenience, savings and an event room for informational gatherings. Dr. Henry Wells, a board certified plastic surgeon, specializes in surgery of the face and breast. He is also known for the Mommy Makeover. With the new in-office surgical suite, his patients can have upper blepharoplasty, liposuction or breast augmentation while saving hospital fees. Susan Wells, RN, MS, CANS leads Wells Plastic Surgery’s Skin

Care Program. She is known for her detailed assessment of each client’s lifestyle, goals and history in order to develop a customized treatment plan that’s perfectly tailored to their time, resources and hopes. The professional staff is committed to offering a wide range of products and services that help Kentuckians feel radiant. From laser treatments to acne care, injectables to microdermabrasion, there is an option for virtually any need. Curious about what Wells Plastic Surgery & Skin Care offers? Visit them during their Grand Opening Celebration, Thursday, October 26th from 9am – 3pm! There will be live hourly demonstrations, ranging from permanent makeup to injectables and more. There will be free gift bags, hourly drawings and treatment specials, as well as 20% off products and services. They will even be giving away a piece of David Yurman Jewelry from Corbett-Frame Jewelers, so no one will want to miss out! With their convenient new home on Nicholasville Road, Wells Plastic Surgery & Skin Care is able to offer new services with the same incredible care that has earned them the trust of patients all over Kentucky.

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COLORFUL LEAVES ARE FALLING ALL AROUND... and the air is thick with Halloween magic. This month's calendar is filled with events to get you in the mood for the holiday season. The Spirit Stroll at Shaker Village is more disturbing than any haunted house. But, never fear there are also hot toddies and roasted marshmallows to comfort you if you get too scared! If you are hoping to visit another country but don't want to leave the comforts of your home state, the Oktoberfest in Harrodsburg will be right up your alley. Attendees will feel like they've been transported to Germany while nibbling on delicious food and sipping on tasty brew. Kentucky sports fans know that October is the peak of big blue fun! With Big Blue Madness, the Blue/White Game and loads of tailgating still to go, you'll have plenty to cheer for! No matter which function you have in mind, you are sure to have a blast basking in the festivities of fall.

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Celebrate the traditions of the Munich Oktoberfest right here in the heart of Central Kentucky! Oktoberfest is not just a beer festival, this event has something for everyone: delicious German & specialty food, world-class beer from favorite breweries, kids & family activities, arts & cafts vendors, live music on the Main Stage, pet costume contest a 5K race and so much more! Mark your calendar for Harrodsburg's newest and most popular festival and as always, admission is free!

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Oct. 15th Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 2017 1pm-5pm // Whitaker Bank Ballpark

Oct. 21st 2017 Susan G. Komen Lexington Race for the Cure 9am // Courthouse Plaza

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FOOTBALL Oct. 7th vs. Eastern Michigan U. Oct. 21st at Mississippi State U. Oct. 28th vs. U. of Tennessee Nov. 4th vs. U. of Mississippi Nov. 11th at Vanderbilt U. Nov. 18th at U. of Georgia Nov. 25th at Louisville

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Changing the future of diabetes, one kiss at a time! The 4th annual Kiss a Pig signature event benefiting the American Diabetes Association Bluegrass is an unforgettable evening including cocktails, dinner stations, live entertainment, auction and someone Puckering Up for a Cure! Why a pig? It is a tribute to the animal that is responsible for changing the future of diabetes. Proceeds from the event support the Association's mission to prevent and cure diabetes.

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6pm // Transylvania University Because of this event’s increasing popularity, it's getting revamped! This year, Third Street will be closed off and food trucks with be set up for your dining pleasure. Hundreds of jack-o’-lanterns will be lit on the steps of historic Old Morrison (off West Third Street) at 7pm. There will also be music, plenty of candy, and free parking. Trick-or-treating will be from 6-7 p.m.

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8:30am // Lexington Center Heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year – more than all cancers combined. The Go Red for Women Experience aims to arm women with the knowledge to help prevent heart disease through entertainment, informational sessions and powerful guest speakers. Luncheon starts at 11:30am.

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Ring in the holiday season with all of Lexington! Wrap up your Black Friday with a festive event that has become a beloved city tradition. Shop from vendors at a holiday market, perfect for grabbing some holiday gifts. Enjoy live music, food vendors and entertainment on Main Street. Santa Claus will turn the magic key to light Lexington’s Official Christmas Tree and lights located throughout Downtown Lexington at 6:30pm! It's a wonderful family-friendly event that will make your holiday spirit soar.

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The Blessing of the Hounds

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Trans-Siberian Orchestra

7:30pm // Rupp Arena

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Who's Who, What's New and What To Do in Lexington, Kentucky