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Worth Every Minute: Bluegrass Center for Autism Gives Families Hope

Writer / Leigh Harrington Imagine being told that your child will never speak, then one night you sit down with them to read a book only to hear their quiet, small voice say “mom” for the first time. “He just looked over and said mom and I guess she lost it,” says Bluegrass Center for Autism Executive Director Paul Kichler. “I guess she never thought she would hear his voice.” Stories like this from the Bluegrass Center for Autism (BCA) make the countless hours of speech, occupational and physical therapy worth every minute. The secret of their success is their ...

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Escaping Addiction

Jeffersontown Police Department Helps Drug Addicts Find Treatment Through Angel Program As a child, Sgt. Brittney Garrett was neighbors with a girl who lived on the same street but ended up on a different life path. “We were friends who hung out regularly. She later became a drug addict and I became a cop,” says Garrett, a 10-year veteran of the Jeffersontown Police Department. “We wound up living opposite lives and it’s all due to happenstance.” It’s a sobering story that illustrates just how arbitrary drug addiction can be. Like a tornado, it grabs this person but not that one. ...

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Business Spotlight: Pinnacle Physical Therapy

Don’t let a sports injury or musculoskeletal pain sideline you from enjoying your life. At Pinnacle Physical Therapy, you’ll receive treatment directly from the owners of the practice. Brian Woodruff and David Brown treat each patient like a member of the family. “We’ve worked hard to create a unique environment,” Woodruff says. “Being privately owned has given us the opportunity to provide therapy the way we want to provide it. We’ve chosen a staff specifically to mirror our level of compassion and care.” To ensure clients receive the best quality care, each patient is treated directly by a licensed physical ...

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110-Year Evolution of The Jeffersonian Newspaper

Writer / Beth Wilder, Jeffersontown Historical Museum Director June 2017 marks the 110th anniversary of The Jeffersonian, the first weekly newspaper to cover all of Jefferson County. The Jeffersonian got its start in Jeffersontown on June 13, 1907, when the first issue was published with great hopes for the future. Days before, the Shelby-News announced that the former editor of the Shelby Sentinel, W.C. Barrickman, was going to publish The Jeffersonian, a six-column, four-page paper that would “be devoted strictly to the local news of the county.” It went on to note that there was “a population of 35,000 people for ...

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The Arctic Scoop

Nitrogen ice cream shop brings family of five closer together. Writer / Catherine Rowles “She was bullied in school, not accepted by most of her peers, received prank phone calls and was pushed down the stairs.”  Alison Nye, co-founder of Jeffersontown’s icy wonder, The Arctic Scoop, with husband Frank, speaks of her daughter’s struggle with Asperger’s Syndrome and how this diagnosis led her family to open an exciting business concocting sweet treats with liquid nitrogen. Sound scientific?  “Our last name is also Nye, so the science aspect is natural for us,” she jokes, referencing Bill Nye the Science Guy. Nye ...

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Ponytails and Pins

7-year-old wrestler doesn’t tap out to the competition. Writer / Cameron Aubernon Did you cheer on your favorite wrestlers as a kid? For one young girl, she’s doing more than cheering. Meet Emalyn Kelly Johnston, one of the youngest female wrestlers Kentucky. The first grader at Wheeler Elementary weighs in at a mere 40 pounds, and is one of the smallest and tallest in her division. Yet, she is as amazing as those grown-up wrestlers over at Ohio Valley Wrestling, garnering 11 gold, silver and bronze medals in the past few months since her first match in late October 2016. On ...

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Jeffersontown Historical Museum Has a History of Its Own

Writer / Beth Wilder, Jeffersontown Historical Museum Director Museums are known for preserving history, but have you ever considered the fact that museums themselves also have a history? The Jeffersontown Historical Museum, located at 10635 Watterson Trail, has been going strong at its present location since 1996, but its roots go back much further. In 1965, Jeffersontown city leaders were interested in having an overall Colonial-style look for the town, so a Restoration Society was formed as a committee of the Chamber of Commerce, “for the express purpose of restoring Jeffersontown in keeping with its heritage.” A “Williamsburg-style” City Hall was ...

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3rd Turn Brewing: Jeffersontown’s Neighborhood Bar

Writer / Heather Chastain Four Kentucky home brewers took their love for beer and turned it into a craft microbrewery. Greg Hayden and Ben Shinkle met at Bellarmine University where they studied chemistry. Greg says back then the idea of starting a brewery just seemed like too big of a dream and more like a fleeting interest. So, the two went off to work in other industries. Then, a few years ago, decided they were ready to take their love for brewing to the next level. The men brought on Ben’s brother, Dale, and Brian Minrath and began planning. “We ...

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Plump Peacock Bakery & Cafe: A Middletown Hidden Treasure

Writer / Heather Chastain Tucked away in the cellar of a historic home is a delightfully charming bakery with European flair. The Plump Peacock Bakery and Café made its home in Middletown eight years ago. “I decided to do what my passion is in life, and that’s to feed people,” said owner Elizabeth Wingfield. She started as a vendor in the local farmer’s markets. “People kept asking me where my store was and then this place fell in my lap.” Her loyal customer following has made The Plump Peacock a popular location for breakfast, lunch and a once-a-month reservation only ...

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Blackacre Conservancy: A Historical Hidden Gem

Writer / Heather Chastain Just 25 minutes outside of downtown Louisville, you’ll find a 300-acre, hidden gem nestled in the middle of the hustle and bustle of city life. Blackacre Conservancy is filled with rolling fields, forests and streams that surround the historic homestead, which lies at the heart of the Blackacre Nature Preserve.  The preserve’s history integrates education, agriculture, nature and historic preservation with visitor programs, a few private residences, a neighborhood garden and community activities. “We want to be part of raising responsible people to conserve, preserve and protect the environment,” says Executive Director Dale Josey. “We want ...

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