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Conserving Water: In the Kitchen

It is a good idea to conserve water around the house because it benefits the environment while reducing your water bills. If you’d like to start conserving water, a great place to start is in the kitchen. It can be as easy as using the refrigerator to cool water, washing food in a basin, or changing the way you wash your dishes. Details for each suggestion are listed below. 1. Cool Water in the Refrigerator Instead of letting the tap run each time you want a glass of water, keep a container of drinking water in the refrigerator. Because it ...

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Batter Up

J-Town Resident is Leading the Product Development for Louisville Slugger Writer  /  Shannon Siders Since producing the first Louisville Slugger bat in 1884, Hillerich & Bradsby Co. has continued to churn out hundreds of thousands of bats each year. Leading the way in product development for the iconic brand is Jeffersontown resident Matt Bynum. “We’re always looking into how we can differentiate ourselves from all the competitors out there,” Bynum says of H&B. “Because we have a relationship with Wilson now, we work with them to introduce new manufacturing methods, things nobody has really looked for in a wood bat.” ...

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Business Spotlight: Music Go Round

Music Go Round has been buying and selling instruments in Louisville for 21 years, including the last eight years at their location off Hurstbourne Parkway. Owner Doug Carlson didn’t have any professional experience in the music business before starting the Louisville franchise, but music was always his passion. “I used to manage steel plants up in Pennsylvania,” Carlson says. “We made wire, some of which is used for musical instruments like pianos, guitars, mandolins and banjos.” Carlson wound up in Shelbyville, Kentucky, 24 years ago to manage a small wire plant and had the opportunity to make a career change ...

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A Wild Life

Louisville International Film Festival Entrant Talks Taekwondo, Film Directing and Falcon Training Writer  /  Jon Shoulders Photographer  /  Brian Brosmer The term “Renaissance man” is probably an understatement when applied to Edwin Brochin. His past and current professional titles include martial arts instructor, charter boat captain, hunting and fishing guide, television producer and host and feature film director. An Evansville native, Brochin competed as a full-time taekwondo athlete from 1989 to 2003, with seven Indiana state championships and a medal from the 1997 U.S. championship tournament to his name. In 1993, he opened the doors to TKO Taekwondo, a self-defense ...

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iDrive Financial and Best Buy Motors

Located in the heart of Jeffersontown, iDrive Financial and Best Buy Motors are currently celebrating their 10-year anniversary. The sister companies focus on the sale and service of foreign cars but also work on domestic vehicles. Jeffersontown native Edgar Migirov and his partner Edgar Migirov worked together for years wholesaling cars before they decided to start their business in 2007. “As our customer database started growing, we decided we might as well open a dealership,” says Migirov, who was just 20 years old when they launched the business. The duo started out with just five cars on their lot, and ...

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Jack-Of-All-Trades

David Olshanksy Talks Gaslight Festival, Jeffersontown Historical Museum & Shop of Shops Writer  /  Shannon Siders How did one of Jeffersontown’s most involved community members wind up here in the early 1970’s all the way from Detroit? The short answer — life insurance and sidewalks. David Olshansky — former city council member, former executive director of the Jeffersontown Historical Museum, and current entrepreneur — relocated his family to Louisville in September 1970 to manage the Union Central insurance company’s Kentucky and Southern Indiana region. Despite knowing nothing about Louisville, Olshansky was drawn to the city after some initial research and ...

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A History of the Gaslight Festival

Writer / Beth Wilder, Jeffersontown Historical Museum The name “Jeffersontown” is practically synonymous with the words “Gaslight Festival.” This delightful event has been an annual fixture in Jeffersontown for 47 years. Many people tend to believe the festival simply sprang from the early town fairs, but it has a much more interesting history than that, and it centers around – you guessed it – gaslights. In the 1800s, Jeffersontown used coal oil lamps during the nighttime hours to provide a bit of light on the town square and a few surrounding blocks. In 1911, the Commercial Club proposed that the ...

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Behind the Scenes of the Gaslight Festival

Celebrating 48 Years of Fun Writer / Christy Heitger-Ewing Jeffersontown’s annual Gaslight Festival began 48 years ago as a small neighborhood street fair when Jack Durrett, a founding member of the Chamber and owner of the old J-town shopping center on Taylorsville Road, decided to put on a half-day community festival. He wanted to do it on Watterson Trail, but the city denied his request, so instead he held it in the parking lot of his shopping center. It was successful enough that the second year the city agreed to close a block of Watterson Trail for the event, which ...

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A Warning to Jeffersontown Residents

My 87-year-old grandfather recently received a call from his grandson, Adam. Adam told him he had been in an accident, was in jail and would require $1,800 for bail. The conversation was charged with emotion. Adam was sobbing, hard to understand, but had pertinent information that made sense at the time. He begged his grandfather not to tell his parents and the pressure to get the situation under control before it got worse was evident. Grandpa spoke to a “lawyer”, received instructions to wire bail money and with heart pounding and a desire to help his grandson, he went immediately down to the ...

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Martha Stewart Left Her Mark On My Garden

Writer  /  Carrie Petty I stood impatiently by the book-signing table. Waiting my turn.  Loaded-down with every possible book of hers I owned. It felt surreal. I had devoured every magazine Martha Stewart had ever published, and now I was going to meet her! This was so very long ago, but it feels like yesterday, that a woman from Connecticut would instill a deep love in me for everything gardening and entertaining. My first garden had not even been designed, but my home would soon be my green thumb’s haven. Martha Stewart can be blamed for my poorly manicured hands ...

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