As Autumn is finally rolling in to Kentucky, we get to enjoy the beautiful splashes of color wherever we go. However, those beautiful colors also decorate our streets, sidewalks, and laws. If you prefer a clean lawn and are constantly working to gather the leaves, here are a few suggestions as to what you can do with fall leaves.
Make a pile. This is the most fun suggestion of all and will bring out the inner child in everyone. Make a pile as big as you can and jump in it. Invite your kids, grandkids, dogs, and neighbors to join you.
Decorate. Use the leaves to create a scarecrow. Stuff burlap sacks or old clothes with the leaves and set up the scarecrow in a chair on your porch. You can also press the prettiest leaves between sheets of wax paper, iron them, mount them, and hang them in your house.
Protect beneficial bugs. Bugs like ground beetles and lacewings use fallen leaves as winter cover. Create some safe places for them by using chicken wire to create “envelopes” or other creative shapes. Stuff them with leaves and sticks and leave them in safe places.
Create mulch or compost. Dry leaves can be an easy way to mulch your garden and is a great addition to any compost.
Imagine a world where are cars didn’t evolve to make us safer in a crash, but instead our bodies changed. This is exactly what Australia’s Transport Accident Commission (TAC) did. Together, a trauma surgeon, an artist, and a crash expert designed what they call a crash proof human, or Graham.
Graham isn’t the most attractive man, but his extreme features make him perfectly adapted to survive the forces involved in an automobile accident. So, what does it take for the human body to withstand those forces? Seemingly, it takes an extremely large, fatty head with no neck, a slightly concave face, a reinforced rib cage with extra air pockets, and thicker skin.
But, Graham can not only survive an accident inside the car, but should be able to survive getting hit by one, too. He was designed with an extra joint in his ankles for increased mobility and his knees are so flexible that they can bend in nearly any direction.
If you’re wondering why Graham exists, it is for educational purposes. The TAC wanted to show everyone how extreme our bodies would have to be to survive an accident. They are hoping that Graham will cause people to be more aware while they’re driving so there are fewer accidents on the road.
Defined as the most advanced suspension system currently on the road, Magnetic Ride Control offers a performance-driven and country-road style ride that no other system can match. Now in its third-generation, Magnetic Ride Control comes standard on many General Motors vehicles like the Chevrolet Camaro and Corvette. Since it underpins many of the world’s most recognizable cars, what makes Magnetic Ride Control tick? Here at Chip Wynn, we have the answer.
Magnetic Ride Control is relatively simple to explain, but is incredibly complex in its operation. First, an Electronic Control Unit uses multiple sensors to read the road up to 1,000 times per second. As a result, the system can read every pothole, crack, and bump as it comes up. Even more impressive, the system adjusts accordingly almost instantaneously.
The system is able to react so quickly thanks to the use of a special polymer fluid filled with magnetized iron particles that fill each shock absorber. Each shock absorber is wrapped is an electromagnetic coil. When an electric charge shoots through the liquid, the fluid changes its viscosity instantaneously.
With the capability to transition from a free-flowing liquid to dense rubber-like substance in a split second, it’s easy to see why Magnetic Ride Control is the most advanced suspension system ever created. By offering a ride perfect for the track and back-country roads, drivers get the best ride possible.
The Chevrolet Cavalier was a value-oriented car for the budget-conscious buyer that was eventually replaced by the Cobalt, which was then subsequently replaced by the current Chevrolet Cruze. While there aren’t many drivers pining for the return of the Cavalier, Chevrolet is reintroducing the model…in China. You read right. The new Chevrolet Cavalier will make its debut in China this month.
There have been rumors and whispers about the introduction of the Chevrolet Cavalier to China and now it’s officially confirmed. Don’t start looking up how to import the Cavalier just yet though. It may not be as incredible as it sounds.
The new Chevrolet Cavalier sedan is basically a Chevrolet Cruze Classic with a new skin and face. The Cavalier falls under the new Chevrolet Cruze, also recently released in China. While it may not seem like a major move here in the United States, it does strengthen Chevrolet’s small car lineup in the world’s largest automotive market.
Powered by a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a five-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission, the Cavalier bears cues similar to the rest of the Chinese lineup. The interior boasts the dual cockpit design that many of the brand’s models wield.
Don’t expect the Cavalier to hit the United States anytime soon. The Chevrolet Spark and Sonic are both smaller than the Cruze, making the Cavalier a no-go.
Here at Chip Wynn, we’re excited for the return of the Chevrolet Cavalier even if we can’t get it here in the United States!
Kentucky is a beautiful state. And, one of the best ways to enjoy natural beauty is by enjoying a picnic. August is known as National Picnic Month and here are some of the best picnic places in Kentucky.
Dinosaur World. Enjoy a family picnic with a prehistoric twist by visiting Dinosaur World near Mammoth Cave National Park.
Columbus Belmont State Park. Catch a glimpse of the mighty Mississippi River while having some family fun at this beautiful state park. There are numerous on-site fire pits available to enjoy a hot lunch.
Kentucky Lake. Head down to Kentucky Lake and rent a pontoon boat. Your family is guaranteed to enjoy a picnic lunch on this pristine body of water.
Noble Park. If you don’t want to travel far for your picnic. Stay at home in Paducah and visit Noble Park. After you eat, there will be plenty to do, including playgrounds, basketball courts, the Greenway Trail, view of the lake, and more.
Ohio River. While there might not be much green space along the Ohio River here in Paducah, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the river. Head down to The Foot of Broadway—there is a small assortment of picnic tables, benches, and stairs to enjoy the view of the river.
All across the country, thousands upon thousands of students are gearing up to head off to college. Whether it’s their first year or their last, having a car on campus can be a great benefit. However, most students don’t have the budget for a new car. Here are some of the best used cars for college that will fit right in on any campus.
Mazda 3. This little car is available in either sedan or hatchback form. It delivers sharp styling, lots of features, and respectable fuel efficiency.
Kia Soul. Young drivers appreciate a car with style, and there’s nothing quite like the Kia Soul. Its boxy styling gives it a spacious interior and it comes loaded with technology.
Honda Fit. Versatility is the name of the game for this subcompact hatchback. It comes with a surprisingly roomy interior, delivers excellent fuel efficiency, and unmatched reliability.
Ford Edge. For students who prefer a taller driving position, the Edge delivers that and so much more. It has earned top safety recommendations numerous times and comes with a lot of desirable features.
Here at Chip Wynn, we have an ever-changing inventory of excellent used cars. We frequently have many of these models available. Stop by today and we’ll help you find the perfect car to head to college.
The Toyota Sienna is always out to impress, and the 2016 model year is no different, which was recently proven again when the 2016 Toyota Sienna was named a Top 10 Family Car by Parents Magazine and Edmunds.com.
The Toyota Sienna impresses first with its class-exclusive all-wheel drive. It’s the only minivan out there with the all-wheel drive stability you want and the space you need. Edmunds.com agrees, because the Sienna didn’t land on the Top 10 Family Car list without a good reason.
To earn a spot on the family car list, a car needs to rank high in many categories, like quality of ride, safety, comfort, efficiency, kid-friendly features, and more. Even physical attributes like unique styling and appearance make a difference.
“The endlessly roomy Sienna stands above its competitors for two reasons: It’s the only one with all-wheel drive, and the especially user-friendly controls help you stay focused on the road,” wrote Parents Magazine when explaining why the Sienna got the honor.
And they’re right. The 2016 Toyota Sienna is a great family ride. For trips, it’s a great vehicle because it offers up to 150 cubic feet of space. And with the Dual-View Entertainment Center, your kids will never get bored on trips.
Yes, this is a thing! And while quilting might be seen as “lame,” this museum certainly isn’t. It’s basically an art museum, but for quilts! You’ll see patterns old and new and learn new things about quilting.
The Floodwall Murals are displayed along Paducah’s riverfront. These are not only giant and beautiful paintings, but you’ll also get to read about the history of each of them via the placards that are placed beneath each of the art displays.
Take a stroll along the riverwalk for some beautiful views. You’ll not only get a view of the river, but there’s also an old steam engine locomotive that located by the riverwalk, so you’ll get a chance to see a piece of history.
Father’s Day is on June 19, which means it’s right around the corner. If you haven’t already bought a gift for your dad, consider some of the following Father’s Day automotive gifts. Whether he’s a true gearhead or he simply likes driving, there is something for every dad.
According to AutoGuide, one of the best gifts for any sophisticated dad could be some shift-knob wine stoppers. Mercedes-Benz is one of the many automakers that make these premium wine stoppers, each of which is taken straight from a classic car. Running anywhere from $20 to $100, this gift is great for a dad who loves driving classic cars and drinking great wine, but not at the same time, of course.
Racing school is a great gift for any dad who has ever wanted to drive a racecar. Although this gift can run anywhere from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars, once your dad gets behind the wheel of a racecar he won’t want to leave. Driving schools are diverse, ranging from NASCAR to rally and supercar training sessions.
Have a handy dad? Why not get him more tools? You can check out everything from tool boxes to basic supplies. Every dad might need or want something different, so a little research might go a long way. One great way to find out is to spend time with your dad, learning exactly what he might need.
These are just some of the many auto-oriented gift ideas out there. You might also consider high-tech gadgets like Bluetooth or remote start among other things.
Getting a new car opens up a world of possibilities, especially when it comes to local events and activities. In fact, you may even be able to check out Fridays at Five in Paducah, KY. Sponsored by the Carson Center, this event has music, food, and more. What’s not to like?
According to the Carson Center, the Fridays at Five events are held every Friday and they began May 20th and will run until June 24th. Then, the events will start up again from September 2nd to October 7th. This is to avoid the hottest part of summer, making the festivities truly enjoyable for everyone. There are different themes and activities each week, and food will be catered by the Carson Center.
Looking for an ice-cold beverage? No problem! When you stop by the Williams Family Terrace, you can find a well-stocked cash bar with some of the best drinks around. Although you may bring your own food, there are no outside drinks allowed. Plus, you can check out local musicians just as the party starts.
This event is free to the public, and generally ranges from 5:00pm to 8:30pm at 100 Kentucky Ave. in Paducah, KY. There is live music scheduled through June, including artists such as Lane Davis (June 10), The Mandy Vixen & Gas Station Chicken Duo (June 17), and Swamp Tigers (June 24).