Fayette County briefs: Golf benefit for Alzheimer's, moped rules of road, Habitat donation

June 20, 2012 

A Round to Remember, the first annual golf scramble benefitting the Alzheimer's Association Greater Kentucky Chapter, will be at 1:30 Saturday at Connemara Golf Course, 2327 Lexington Road, Nicholasville. Price is $100 per golfer and includes greens fees, cart and lunch before the event. For more information or to reserve a spot, call Amber Lakin at (859) 266-5283.

Statewide directory features health groups

The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky has compiled a directory of local groups working on health-related issues in each of the commonwealth's 120 counties. This first-ever directory identifies more than 140 groups across the commonwealth that are working to improve the health of their communities.

The groups have differing levels of organization and are pursuing various goals. Some are increasing access to healthy food and physical activity; others are planning needed screenings and education for people at risk for serious health problems like diabetes and other chronic diseases; and others are improving working conditions through smoke-free ordinances.

"These are local residents working on solutions to health issues in their cities and towns," said Susan Zepeda, CEO of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. "As these groups work to make their community a healthier place to live, work, study and play, they are improving the overall health of our state."

A total of 143 coalitions can be found in the online directory at Healthy-ky.org. As new coalitions emerge, contact information changes, and priorities shift, the foundation will periodically update this information.

Police outline rules of road for mopeds

Lexington Police have started an educational program designed to teach moped operators the rules and regulations involved in operating a moped, which is defined as having "no more than two brake horsepower, a cylinder capacity not exceeding 50 cubic centimeters, an automatic transmission not requiring clutching or shifting by the operator after the drive system is engaged, and capable of a maximum speed of not more than 30 miles per hour," according to Kentucky Revised Statue 189.285.

Moped operators must be 16 years old and have a valid driver's license, motorcycle license or moped license to lawfully operate a moped on the streets or highways. Moped operators must obey all traffic regulations just like all other vehicles on the roadway.

If you have questions or want to request a moped educational class, call Officer Alvin Cook at (859) 258-3682.

Habitat receives $10,000 grant from Ford Motor Co.

Lexington Habitat for Humanity has received a $10,000 Operation Goodwill grant from the Ford Motor Co. Fund, which will be used to remodel a house located at 224 Savoy Avenue that will soon become home to Lexington Habitat partner family, Emmanuel Katchofa, his wife, Marceline, and their four children.

The Katchofa family moved to Lexington from Zambia where they had lived in a refugee camp.

Unlike Lexington Habitat's traditional new construction, this Habitat project will feature the remodeling of an existing structure. Funds received from Ford will provide partial sponsorship for the project.

Later this summer, members of the Katchofa family will work alongside volunteers from Ford Motor Co. and Paul Miller Ford to help remodel the home.

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