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Give The Summer A Good Sendoff With Labor Day Activities In Louisville

Labor Day weekend is always the last hurrah of summer and there are always plenty of Labor Day activities in Louisville to enjoy. With weather forecasters predicting that another hard winter is ahead, it's a good time to get out and enjoy the best of Louisville.

For the record, it is the Farmer's Almanac making the dire predictions, but Live Weather Blogs has backed up the warnings by reporting that the Jet Stream and El Nino will lead to some extreme weather. In "Weatherspeak," this means that you will have some days are in early winter, followed by colder temperatures and more snow than usual, although not as much snow as last year. None of that is happening this weekend, so despite a little rain, you can give official summer a good sendoff.

Labor Day Activities In Louisville

This weekend offers a variety of interesting activities. Here are seven you might enjoy.

1.       Mayor's Hike Bike and Paddle. Celebrate the holiday with your favorite sport and hike at Waterfront Park, bike through downtown, Portland, and West Louisville, or paddle through McAlpine locks. Opening at 8 AM on Labor Day for pre-event yoga, tai chi, and Zumba, the event is free, except for what you might spend with vendors located at spots throughout the venue. Hikers and bikers start at 10 AM, while the boaters get started about 10:30. Paddle boaters will make their way to the New Albany boat dock, where TARC shuttles will offer a free ride back to Waterfront Park where vehicles are located. For the full itinerary details, see the city website 

2.       Four Roses Bourbon Kentucky Bluegrass &...

onsider Cost Of Rewiring When Buying An Older Home

Louisville is a city known for its great respect for old buildings. In any of the nearly 150 recognized neighborhoods in the city, there are architectural marvels you might enjoy restoring. When you buy an older home, there are many expensive upgrades that lie ahead of you, so it's best to go into both searching for a home and closing on a deal with potential expenses in mind. One of the biggest "money suckers" that may lay ahead is replacing old wiring and the electrical panel. 

Louisville has at least 73 communities recognized by the White House's Preserve America Initiative and has the fourth highest number of total listings in the National Register of Historic Places. For many people who want to give an old property some love, there are several realities to consider about the wiring and electric panel that takes the "juice" that comes into your home and distributes it throughout your home to switches and outlets. 

Potential Electrical Panel And Wiring Problems 

Electrical panels are made to last 20 to 30 years. That means that if you look at a home built in the 1980s or before, your electrical panel could fail to pass code, show some degree of corrosion, or be insufficient to meet your needs. 

Homes built in an earlier era can contain wiring that is dangerous. For example, wiring in homes built between 1900-1940 used knob and tube (K&T), which permitted wiring connections at various points in the home rather than in a junction box. There was no ground wire, but separate wires handled supply and return. Nowadays, if the knob and tube wiring is intact, you may still be safe, but many insurance companies do not want to cover it. This type of wiring was frequently modified by amateurs. If you buy a house where there may be no rhyme or reason to how wiring was installed, updating it can be difficult. You may have to hire...

Welcome To The Revitalized Kentucky Kingdom

Whether you live in Louisville or just love to travel to amusement parks, you are probably happy to hear that Kentucky Kingdom is open again after five years and several futile attempts to revive it. Although some parts of the park are not open yet, investors have spent nearly $44 million to date to add 20 new attractions and double the size of the water park at the old facility. The prime attraction which has drawn attention from roller coaster lovers everywhere is the new Lightning Run, a blue GT-Hyper coaster developed by ride manufacturers Chance Morgan Coasters.

A New Park Rises From The Ashes Of Rundown Six Flags

Last known as Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom, the park was operated by Ed Hart until it was sold to Premier Parks in 1990, which in turn bought Six Flags and turned the local park into part of its chain. In 10 years, attendance dropped to half of what it was in 1998 and as the LA Times put it, turned the park into a used ride lot as it sucked off popular attractions for its other properties. The company put virtually no money into it, so it lost visitors to Kings Island in Cincinnati and to Holiday World in Santa Claus, Indiana. During a corporate bankruptcy in 2010, Six Flags closed the park and located popular rides such as the Chang Stand Up Coaster and the Road Runner Express to other parks.

After closure, there were several attempts, including one unsuccessful one by Hart investors, to reopen the part. The last hot prospect were the owners of Holiday World, who backed out after claiming the park was in too much disarray to economically restore. Hart was finally successful in obtaining rights from the Kentucky State Fair Board to reopen the park.

Aside from the new coaster, the park, which we opened May 24, includes many old favorites, plus a few new surprises. So far, the park has met with great reviews, with...

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