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Fayette County briefs: Contest, award and scholarship winners; fund-raisers and grants

May 23, 2012 

Caitlyn Smith, a second-grader at Wellington Elementary School, has been named the winner of the Better Bites Needs a Slogan Contest, with her entry "Snack Strong" that will be used to promote healthier concession stand fare at Lexington's pools this summer.

Caitlyn's prize for winning was lunch with Mayor Jim Gray, $100 and two passes to the county's swimming pools.

Look for "Snack Strong" offerings, which include grilled chicken on whole wheat bread, sunflower seeds, and fruit and yogurt parfaits, at Southland and Woodland Aquatic Centers all summer and at the Castlewood and Shillito pools on weekends, as well as the Lexington Legends ballpark and the Beaumont YMCA.

Run raises foster care awareness

Fostering Goodwill's 5K Run for Independence will be June 2 at Coldstream Park. The goal of the event is to raise money and awareness to help youth who are aging out of foster care.

Proceeds will help foster children with expenses such as deposits, utility bills and moving expenses as they transition to life on their own. Proceeds will also be used for a Second Chance Scholarship to help former foster youth who want to return to college.

The cost of the 5K is $15 for pre-registration; $20 on race day. The race begins at 8:30 a.m. Registration forms can be found at Fosteringgoodwill.org.

Librarian earns Miss Pickle honor

Kelly Lamm, assistant manager of the Lexington Public Library's Beaumont Branch, recently received the Miss Pickle Award for Outstanding Children's Services from the Kentucky Public Library Association.

The award recognizes excellence in developing and providing children's library services to the local community.

The award is named for Wanda Brown, aka "Miss Pickle," who was a children's librarian in Meade County. She received the first award posthumously in 2000.

The YMCA of Central Kentucky Black Achievers Program held its 27th annual honors and awards ceremony on April 28 at the Marriott Griffin Gate. The evening's keynote speaker was Wil James, president of Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky.

The following 34 seniors received scholarships totaling more than $150,000: Daveda Asberry, Frances Figgs, Deonte Gaines, Rhonisha Gentry, MarKedra Jackson, Justin Johnson, Desirae Jones, Kayswanna McCoy, Kelvin Relford and Joyia Williams of Bryan Station High School; Blake Graham of Frankfort High School; Lumar Bennett of Franklin County High School; Ryan Tierra Davenport, Ja'Meshia Hooten, Alexis Warner and India Williams of George Rogers Clark High School; Timothy Baker, Arabia Byrd, Syandene "Ceci" Evans, KyVonne Lackey and Lauren Wash of Henry Clay High School; Charna Coleman and Courtney Taylor of Lafayette High School; Aleia Minter and Brandon Tevis of Madison Central High School; Mary Britton, Trayvon Johnson and Bryanna Peyton of Paris High School; Lexus Miller of Paul Laurence Dunbar; Shawn Connor of Penn Foster; Surya Green, Everlena Hogans and Tayron Ross of Tates Creek High School; and Latavia Walker of Western Hills High School.

Quanta Taylor and Martha Crumbie were honored as Volunteers of the Year. Surya Green, Tates Creek High School, was named Youth Achiever of the Year.

Health grants available

The UnitedHealthcare Children's Foundation is seeking grant applications from families in need of financial assistance to help pay for their children's health care treatments, services or equipment not covered or not fully covered by their commercial health insurance plan.

Qualifying families can receive up to $5,000 to help pay for medical services and equipment such as physical, occupational and speech therapy, counseling services, surgeries, prescriptions, wheelchairs, orthotics, eyeglasses and hearing aids.

To be eligible for a grant, children must be 16 years of age or younger. Families must meet economic guidelines, reside in the United States and have a commercial health insurance plan.

Grants are available for medical expenses families have incurred 60 days prior to the date of application as well as for ongoing and future medical needs.

Parents or legal guardians may apply for grants at Uhccf.org, and there is no application deadline.

Wag More joins database

Wag More Rescue, Lexington, has joined other animal welfare organizations in the area that list their homeless pets on Petfinder.com, the oldest and largest database of adoptable animals on the Internet. The site currently has more than 329,000 homeless pets listed, and it is updated regularly.

More than 13,600 animal welfare organizations in the United States, Canada and other countries post their pets on the site. Wag More Rescue pets may be viewed at Petfinder.com/shelters/KY403.html.

100th birthday celebrated

Theresa Jacobs celebrated her 100th birthday on May 11 at Bluegrass Care & Rehabilitation.

Born in Fleming County, Jacobs worked in a parachute factory in Lexington, was a personal caregiver, and raised tobacco and tomatoes. She was also an avid writer and performer of Bluegrass and gospel songs, and still plays the piano daily at Bluegrass Care.

"To see or talk to Theresa, you would never guess that she is 100 years old," said Darla Borthwick, Quality of Life Director at Bluegrass Care.

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