Woodford County briefs: Francisco's Farm this weekend

June 20, 2012 

Kentucky first lady Jane Beshear, left; Lisa Johnson, winner of First Lady's Award; Eric Friedlander, deputy secretary of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services; and Tina Murphy, United Way of the Bluegrass' RSVP Trailblazers program director, who nominated Johnson for the award, posed for a photo at the ceremony.

Francisco's Farm Art Festival, named a top 10 festival by the Kentucky Tourism Council and a top 20 event by the Southeast Tourism Society, will be Saturday and Sunday on the grounds of Equus Run Vineyards in Midway.

More than 100 artists representing a dozen states are participating in this year's exhibition, which also features live music, family activities, festival food and award-winning wines, all set against the backdrop of Kentucky's countryside.

Admission to Francisco's Farm is $10 a vehicle, which includes parking. Equus Run Vineyards is at 1280 Moores Mill Road and can be accessed from Interstate 64 via Exit 65. Festival hours are 10 a.m-6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.

For information about Francisco's Farm, visit Franciscosfarm.org.

Versailles volunteer wins state award

Lisa Johnson of Versailles has received the First Lady's Award for her volunteer efforts at a ceremony in Frankfort on June 11.

First lady Jane Beshear and Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services Deputy Secretary Eric Friedlander presented the 2011 Governor's Awards for Volunteerism and Service at the Governor's Mansion.

Johnson was nominated by Tina Murphy, director of United Way of the Bluegrass RSVP Trailblazers program.

The Governor's Office launched the volunteer awards program in 1975. Since 1995, the Kentucky Commission on Community Volunteerism and Service has administered the program.

Midway faculty writes business book

The business faculty at Midway College has written a book focused on helping businesses overcome everyday problems: Solutions: Business Problem Solving.

"The purpose of the book is to be used by individuals as a resource like an owner's manual, desk reference or an encyclopedia, since you can look up the topic that is pertinent to your issue at any time," said Eric Bolland, chair of the college's MBA division. "It also has been written for the academic world as a text book covering 19 different business topics, which makes it a great classroom resource for business students."

The book is published by Gower Publishing and is available in hard copy through AshGate Publishing at Ashgate.com or 1-800-535-9544.

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