Talia Takes A Break – But Not From Her Mission

For the past several months, 12-year-old Talia has been on a mission to raise awareness about the importance of organ donation and to inspire others to sign up to be organ donors.

While her endeavor will continue – which means you can sign up to be a donor any time – her weekly column is going on hiatus. We look forward to her return. We also appreciate how so many people in this community have embraced her efforts.

–Angie Fenton, Managing Editor

The Fitzgerald Annual

The Voice-Tribune’s Dressed Behavior columnist Fitz Fitzgerald celebrated his birthday last week at PRIME with a well-styled crowd of friends.

photos by JACOB ZIMMER | Contributing Photographer

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New Year’s Eve at The Ice House

Hundreds of revelers celebrated New Year’s Eve at The Ice House, one of the city’s newest venues.

Guests enjoyed live entertainment by Nervous Melvin and the Mistakes, libations, plenty of small bites – and it was all for a good cause.
Proceeds benefited March of Dimes.

photos by KIMBERLY MCCLELLAN | contributing photographer

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Fourth Annual Frankfort Avenue Jingle Walk

A few weeks ago, Ashley Dunn gathered some of her best friends for an evening of caroling down Frankfort Avenue.

Sure, it was cold out, but that didn’t stop them from looking their best.

Here is some of our favorite attire from that December night.

photos by TONY BENNETT | contributing photographer

Heading South for Warmer Weather

It’s the time of year when Snowbirds, as they’re commonly called, spend the colder months in warmer weather.

For many Louisvillians, that may mean heading to Florida for a little sunshine and warmer temperatures.

Sunlight and warm temperatures have been linked to happiness, so why not get out of the brisk cold for a quick attitude adjustment?

If you are fortunate enough to escape the cold, here are some items you may want to consider taking with you.

Your Voice: Resolutions for 2012

The Voice-Tribune Reports

Ah, the new year. 2012.

This year, as with every other new year, comes the oft-dreaded New Year’s resolution.

As humans, we are entrenched in making promises at the dawn of the new year – and we’ve been doing this a long, long time.

Going back at least to 153 B.C., when an early Roman king named Janus is credited with using the new year to both ask forgiveness and look ahead to new victories.

In modern times, we use the new year to try and change the things we don’t like about ourselves.

From losing weight to getting in shape to drinking less to, well, you name it and there’s a resolution for it.

The Voice-Tribune set out on a mission to see what Louisvillians were resolving to change about themselves (or others) during 2012.

20 Ways to Jump Start the New Year

Contributing Writer

  1. Celebrate! What better way to kick off the New Year than by having a party? Grab a few of your closest friends and plan an evening of laughter and fun.
  2. Join a gym. Research your local fitness centers and burn off those holiday calories.
  3. Clean out your closet. Freshen up your look by putting your best foot forward. Ladies, this means that if you haven’t worn it in the last year, pitch it!
  4. Find a new hobby. Get to know yourself by trying new things, like painting, playing a musical instrument or cycling.
  5. Take a cooking class. Put your cooking skills to the test by learning creative and healthier ways to cook.
  6. Get outdoors. Nothing livens the spirit like the great outdoors, whether it’s hiking, biking, or running, get out there and shake off those winter blues.
  7. Volunteer in your community. Start the New Year on the right foot by helping out at a local shelter, soup kitchen, or charity. And don’t forget, karma, karma, karma!
  8. Take a road trip. Fuel up your engine (and we don’t just mean your car) and hit the road headed towards the horizon. Sightseeing anyone?
  9. Take a vacation. Forget about your woes of the past year while relaxing to the sound of waves. And not to mention, who wouldn’t want to start the year with a bronze-y glow?
  10. Splurge. You deserve it. You worked hard last year right? So why not reward yourself. Take your pick and don’t resist.
  11. Set a realistic goal. We all have our New Year’s resolutions, but this year, choose something that you truly believe you can stick to so you can reap the rewards once you succeed.
  12. Change something about yourself, even something small. If you really want to start fresh, why not try something new?
  13. Learn a new language. If you really want to be ahead of the game, why not take language classes? Who knows where your new skill will lead you.
  14. Organize. Be on top of your game this year by getting organized. You’ll be prepared for anything that comes your way.
  15. Explore your community. Bored? Reawaken that childish desire to explore and take a drive, or take a walk. We promise you’ll never cease to find something new and exciting to do once you get out there.
  16. Reach out to someone new. Feeling shy? Break out of your shell and who knows what you could learn or experience.
  17. Accomplish something you’ve been putting off. We all have that never ending list of things to do that keeps on growing. So suck it up and get it done. You’ll be thankful once you do.
  18.  Redecorate. Have some fun and try something new in your home. Start small with a few throw pillows, or go big with some reconstruction.
  19.  Explore the arts. Nothing soothes the soul like the sounds of a symphony or the sight of a masterpiece. Take a moment out of your busy schedule and go to a concert or visit a museum, and not to mention, what’s a better way to meet someone than surrounded by ingenuity and beauty?
  20. Give thanks. Most importantly, we must always remember to be thankful for what we already have while beginning the New Year. So write those thank yous, make those calls, and be extra generous at this time of year. And remember that special golden rule: what you give is what you get.


Buese Family Continues to Impress

St. X freshman Cole Buese holds nine Kentucky individual age-group records.

St. X freshman Cole Buese holds nine Kentucky individual age-group records.

At 15, Cole Buese already holds nine individual age-group state swimming records, three relay records, and last summer, the St. Xavier freshman posted a Junior National qualifying time in the 200-meter butterfly.

Buese’s older sister, Kelsey, is a senior long-distance freestyler at Sacred Heart Academy who took an individual state title in the 500-yard freestyle her sophomore year and has been an integral part of the Valkyries’s back-to-back state championship teams.

To those familiar with the Buese clan, all of this success in the pool has come as no surprise.

The Buese name has been synonymous with aquatic excellence since the 1970’s when Lisa Buese — aunt to Cole and Kelsey — rose to prominence as a Pan Am Games silver medalist in 1979 and a member of the 1980 U.S. Olympic team that boycotted the Moscow Games.

A 1981 Kentucky Country Day graduate, Lisa Buese competed with the Lakeside Seahawks before a successful career at Stanford that included a 1983 national title.

Kirk Buese, Lisa’s brother and Kelsey and Cole’s father was a standout as well, winning three team state championships at St. X from 1976-1978 before a stellar career at Vanderbilt.

As Cole begins his prep career and Kelsey puts the finishing touches on hers (she has signed to swim at Michigan State), the two have happily embraced the family’s past glories and fully intend to uphold the mantle.

“It’s a really good support system,” said Cole Buese, who specializes in butterfly, mid-distance freestyle and the individual medley. “My dad understands all the stress we have and my aunt has always been a really good role model.”

Cole Buese, 15, and Kelsey Buese, 18, are carrying on a family tradition of swimming excellence.

Cole Buese, 15, and Kelsey Buese, 18, are carrying on a family tradition of swimming excellence.

After trying cross-country, soccer and basketball in middle school, there was little doubt where Cole would gravitate.

“I started swimming at Lakeside at six and I always wanted to be a part of that. The pool was a second home,” he said.

Cole’s times in the past year rank in the top 20 nationally for his age group in six events, including No. 5 in both the 200-yard freestyle (1:43.96) and 200 butterfly (1:54.55) and No. 3 in the 100 butterfly (52.25).

“He could easily be one of the best boys we’ve ever had,” said Lakeside coach Mike DeBoor. “If he maintains his focus and excitement … he should be a player on the national level.”

The 15-year-old trains year-round with Lakeside while also competing in meets with St. X.

The Tigers, winners of 23-straight state championships, are 4-0 in dual meets this season, outscoring opponents 546-256.

“Cole’s always been a special athlete and he’s only going to get better as he matures,” said St. X coach Todd Larkin. “He’s a multi-dimensional swimmer and, as a freshman, he’ll even factor into our team’s chance of repeating this season.”

Kelsey, who has also been with Lakeside since age six, relishes the sport’s team element.

“You can race for yourself to try to get personal bests, but you’re always working for a team too,” she explained. “You get the best of both worlds — achieving your own goals and team goals.”

Sacred Heart’s Kelsey Buese is looking to lead the Valkyries to a third-straight state title.

Sacred Heart’s Kelsey Buese is looking to lead the Valkyries to a third-straight state title.

Valkyries coach Jim Luebbe said Kelsey’s “great internal pace” allows her to pick the proper moments to be aggressive in a race.

“She allows the race to come to her and jumps on it at the right time,” Luebbe said. “Often in our sport, people shy away from distance races, but she accepts the challenge willingly.”

A second team All-State selection last season, Kelsey has finished in the top five in the 500 freestyle at the last three State Meets (5th, 1st, 4th).

Rounding out the Buese family are Hallie, 11, who swims for Lakeside and dances competitively, and Mackenzie, 19, a sophomore at Miami (Ohio), who was an accomplished swimmer at the youth level and won a team state title in her senior year at Sacred Heart.

Cole laughed as he explained that their Mom, Camilla, has the least knowledge of the sport, but still contributes at meets. “She likes to tell my sisters to just look good on the block. She says it’s all about looking good.”

Up Next for the Bueses

Cincinnati St. Xavier vs. St. X, Saturday, Jan. 7. Racing begins at 2 p.m. in U of L’s Ralph Wright Natatorium.

Pannell Swim Shop/KHSAA State Swim Meet, Feb. 24-26, Ralph Wright Natatorium.

Contact columnist Chris Cahill at ccahill@voice-tribune.com.

12 Months to a New You

It takes 21 days to create a habit. But why stop there? If you follow these easy tips, you can change your life in small, easy steps – and at the end of the journey, introduce your family and friends to the new you!

Instead of trying to commit to perfecting one thing over the entire year, create 12 different goals for yourself that you’ll accomplish each month. You can use the examples provided or tailor them to your liking.


This is the easiest month because it’s early in the game and everyone is very motivated. Eliminate one of your worst health habits, such as drinking too much, or smoking. Everyone will be very different at this one. Whatever you choose, be sure to abide by it the entire month, and make it challenging. Use the motivation of a new year.


Most of us are still pretty motivated, so we are going to up the stakes this month. Refrain eating 2.5 hours prior to bedtime. Only drink water to fulfill your hunger or go to bed. This is when most people make poor judgments; therefore, you need to eliminate the temptation.


Drink 10 ounces of water before every meal or snack or alcoholic drink. This will not only hydrate you well but it will cause you to make better choices because you won’t feel as hungry. Also, if water isn’t available, then you’re probably not getting ready to eat something healthy.


It’s time to start getting in shape for summer! Do 25 pushups and 25 sit-ups every night. This may be difficult for some. Suck it up and do it. If it is very easy, then add 10 to it. The goal is not to make it difficult but just create a habit of doing them every night.


Eat breakfast every morning. Most people are not hungry in the morning. This is because they overeat at night and they have a slow metabolism. Your metabolism won’t speed up overnight, but this simple rule of thumb will get it there in time.
As much as you don’t want to hear it, quit your bad January habit again. You’re half way to a new you. The new you will not empower this habit. No excuses like, school is out or my kids are home. Think like it’s New Year’s again!


Get eight hours of sleep a night. Sleep and stress can both cause fat gain. You should be feeling much healthier at this point. A good night’s sleep will help you be even more productive during the day.


You should now feel like a completely new person with gobs of energy. Add one hour of cardio three days a week. Put that energy to good use and start creating a healthier heart. You can use a bike, treadmill, cross trainer or just go out for an hour walk.


Never eat past full. This is why America is so fat. It’s not about the food we eat. It’s about how much of it we eat. When you are eating and you feel satisfied, STOP. Don’t keep going just to finish your plate or because it tastes so good.


This is my birthday month, so I’m going with my favorite tip: eat six times a day. This will also help speed up your metabolism. Obviously you don’t want huge meals, but every few hours, you should be eating small portions.


Implement your least three favorite monthly goals from the last 10 months. It’s the holiday season when people struggle the most, so you really need to reach out and try hard ahead of time. Write down what three months it’s going to be at the beginning of the year and see if it’s the same when the time comes.


Implement your three favorite monthly goals. By this point you should already be doing this with ease, anyways. Therefore, this is an entire cheat month. Enjoy your holidays in MODERATION. – and then write down your next 12 months of goals.

Read Bert Kremer’s blog, Wholly Fit, at www.voice-tribune.com. Contact him at ProFormanceFitness@hotmail.com

UK vs U of L at Champions and The Sports and Social Club

University of Louisville and University of Kentucky fans flocked to televisions all over the city on New Year’s Eve to watch the two fierce rivals hoop it up at Rupp Arena.

We captured many watching the battle – which the Cats ultimately won – at Champions inside the Louisville Marriott Downtown and The Sports & Social Club.

photos by BILL WINE and JACOB ZIMMER | contributing photographers

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Mars Needs Single Moms

The Single Mom. Once thought to be a rare and unusual species, the Single Mom has made an amazing comeback.

Where my world was once devoid of diapers, babysitters and toy truck puncture wounds on the bottoms of my feet, I have come to the very grim realization that these things are just an integral part of my new dating experience.

You can blame it on my age. I have managed to escape the shackles of single parenthood at 38, but most of my contemporaries have not.

Unless I start choosing girls who are wildly inappropriate for my age range, I’m going to have to come to terms with the Single Mom and her necessities.
In fact, somebody without any kids at our respective ages is starting to look circumspect.

It’s not that I really minded at all – it’s just that I was living a trite, self-indulgent life in California until I was forced into adulthood by several unrelated circumstances.

The rest of the world grew up around me. Corporate Kitten was a mother of two boys, age 10 and 5. Hot Yoga Girl had a 16-year-old daughter. It was time to re-assess my dating strategy based on these new circumstances.

The first thing to keep in mind is that moms – no matter how witty, charming, and sexually attractive – are moms.

That means that their kids get first dibs on their time and energy. You’ll have to be prepared to take a backseat a lot of the time, and that backseat will probably have one of those child-safety belt things, which you’ll be asked to haul up several flights of stairs for her when you get home.

If you want to take the Single Mom out on a date, consider offering them babysitter money. If you don’t, you should at least keep in mind that their time is worth $10 an hour from the outset. Make it count.

Also, don’t forget to factor in the possibility that at any moment their asthmatic youngest could go into a breathing spasm and exchange your make-out time for a nebulizer and a quick peck on the cheek as they whisk you out the door at 8 p.m.

On the other hand, a woman with that little time and that much to do has chosen YOU to be the benefactor of what remains, and that should mean something in itself.

A Single Mom has to be pretty choosy about where and with whom she spends her time.

You must also be comfortable with children, of all ages. As I creep into Middle Age, I’m inexplicably beginning to enjoy the company of young children. It must be instinctive.

If you aren’t comfortable crawling into a playground to rescue a five-year-old who has just turned into a blubbering puddle of tears while his playmates clamber over you like human monkey bars, this may not be the dating relationship for you. It requires a level of maturity and the ability to think about somebody other than yourself.

Dating the Single Mom is not an easy task. It will certainly tax you to the ends of your ability to cope with inconvenience, but it can also yield the most amazing rewards.

Contact R. Chase at YourVoice@voice-tribune.com.

Dr. Timothy Acord and Dr. Korie Dunhoft Acord

Dr. Timothy Acord and Dr. Korie Dunhoft Acord.

Dr. Timothy Acord and Dr. Korie Dunhoft Acord.

During the first year they began dating, Dr. Timothy Acord of Kentucky Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Center wanted to take his then girlfriend, Korie, on a trip she had always dreamed of – a visit to New York City to see the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree.

On a cold winter day, the couple hopped on a train to Manhattan to spend their time shopping and sipping on “frrrozen hot chocolate” from Serendipity 3 before finally arriving in front of the enormous Norway Spruce covered in five miles of Christmas lights.

But, the surprise that day didn’t necessarily come from the sight of the iconic evergreen, but instead the sound of three words.

“We were there looking at the tree and that was the first time he told me he loved me,” Korie said.

The memory is still fresh for Korie, who first met Tim in Delaware where both completed their residency after dental school.

Another memory still vivid in Korie’s mind: the very moment she first saw her future husband.

“I still to this day remember seeing him for the first time,” Korie said. “We were in orientation at the hospital and he had walked past and I don’t know why he seemed so much taller. He had on a big white coat and he seemed like a Southern guy compared to the rest in Delaware.”

Tim, a native of Virginia, and Korie, born in Northern Kentucky, began dating shortly after. “I always tell my friends she’s the coolest girl I’ve ever met,” Tim said of how he knew Korie was “the one.” “She’s just down to earth and easy to spend time with.”

Deciding it was time to propose to Korie, Tim drew up a creative scheme to pop the question.

“I knew I wanted to (propose on) Memorial weekend in 2007,” Tim said. “We have dogs – an English bulldog (Maggie), a yellow Labrador (Bailey), and now a French bulldog (Louie). I wanted to incorporate our dogs.”

While picking up Korie from the airport one day, Tim brought along Maggie, who wore an engagement ring on her collar.

“I figured as soon as (Korie) got in the car, she’d see it and I could stop and propose.”

Things didn’t go quite according to plan, however, as Korie became fixated on the fast-paced Philadelphia traffic and was more concerned about Tim’s car being towed than looking down at Maggie’s collar.

“He was getting cranky and irritated,” Korie laughed.

“It was nerve-racking!” Tim quipped.

“We started to pull off and I saw (the ring) and was like, “Oh, my gosh!” Korie said. “And then he goes is that a yes? I forgot to say yes.”

Following the proposal, Tim and Korie were married on May 17, 2008. The couple moved to Louisville after Tim finished his residency, and in November 2010, Korie opened Derby City Pediatric Dentistry, a unique dental office off Old Henry Road filled with bright jockey silks and Kentucky Derby-themed decorations.

With Korie being a pediatric dentist and Tim an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, the two often consult with one another and share stories from their day at work once they come home from the office.
“It’s interesting because when I met her I never thought I’d end up with someone in the same field and I think she felt the same thing too,” Tim said. “But, we got along so well and it’s so nice to actually tell stories about your day and someone understand exactly what you’re talking about. We have completely separate lives as far as work goes but we come home and it’s like we were both there with each other all day.”

Understanding Korie’s side of the field and her type of patients has also benefitted Tim when it comes to his patience.

“She’s great with kids,” Tim said. “Kids and dentistry are difficult, and they’re very difficult when you don’t have a lot of patience. She’s taught me a lot about that and it’s made me a better surgeon.”

Outside of their time cleaning teeth and performing surgeries, the couple enjoys eating at various restaurants around town, including The Village Anchor and Jeff Ruby’s, and cheering for the Cards at football and basketball games.

“I’m still a UVA fan deep down at heart, but I’m a Cards fan too,” Tim assured.

And, of course the couple love the Kentucky Derby.

“I’ve had a lot of fun with horse racing,” Tim said. “We’ve won some good bets. We have horses in Virginia but it’s nothing at all like it is here in Louisville.”