Fayette County: Next Citizen's Fire Academy scheduled

February 6, 2013 

Gracie Sapp

The next session of the Citizen's Fire Academy begins Feb. 11.

The CFA is open to anyone older than 18 years of age who lives or works in Lexington or Fayette County.

Participants learn about all aspects of the Lexington Fire Department, including putting on firefighting gear, holding a high-pressure hose and climbing the ladder on an aerial truck.

Classes will meet at 6 p.m. Mondays for 11 weeks.

An application to attend can be found at Lexingtonky.gov/index.aspx?page=31.

For more information, call Lt. Keith Smith at (859) 231-5651 or email him at smithk@lexingtonky.gov.

Lexington Catholic student is Miss Kentucky Teen USA

Miss Kentucky Teen USA contestants from around the state vied for the title Jan. 19-20 at Western Kentucky University.

Gracie Sapp of Lexington was named the winner. Sapp is a 14-year-old freshman at Lexington Catholic High School. She represented Fayette County in the pageant and will compete for the title of Miss Teen USA this summer, where she will be the youngest contestant in the competition. She is the daughter of Michelle and Tim Sapp of Lexington.

Learn about geocaching at Saturday seminar

Geocachers of Kentucky or Geocky (pronounced jockey) will present an introduction to geocaching seminar at Lexington Public Library's Beaumont branch, 3080 Fieldstone Way, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m Saturday.

Geocaching is an outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.

For more information, contact Barbara Fox at (502) 535-9037 or email BarbaraFox@hughes.net.

Sustainability grants available in Lexington

Lexington residents who want to help improve the city's environmental health may apply for a 2013 Sustainability Grant of up to $2,500.

Grants are available for a wide range of projects, including rain gardens, green roofs, community gardens, stream side restoration, recycling programs, outdoor beautification projects, rain barrel projects, the cleanup and restoration of illegal dumpsites, litter projects, planting street trees and other projects that are determined to improve the environmental health of the community and meet the principles of sustainability.

Public and private schools, neighborhood and homeowner associations that are incorporated and have a complete slate of elected officers, as well as churches, are eligible to apply for a grant.

These are 100 percent matching grants. A match can be materials or in-kind services or a combination of both.

Grant information and application materials are available at Lexingtonky.gov/greengrants.

Applications must be postmarked or submitted to the Department of Environmental Quality and Public Works office by 4:30 p.m. March 22.

Contact Louise Caldwell-Edmonds at (859) 425-2800 or via e-mail at louisec@lexingtonky.gov with questions or for a copy of the grant application by mail.

Nominations open for senior volunteer honors

The search is on for Kentucky's outstanding senior volunteer.

The Salute to Senior Service program, sponsored by Home Instead, honors the contributions of adults 65 and older who give at least 15 hours a month of volunteer service to their favorite causes.

Nominations for outstanding senior volunteers will be accepted through March 31. State winners will be selected by an online voting contest.

Each state winner's favorite nonprofit charity will receive $500 and the national winner's nonprofit charity of choice will receive $5,000.

Online nomination forms and the contest's official rules are available at SalutetoSeniorService.com. For more information about Salute to Senior Service or Home Instead Senior Care, call (859) 273-0085.

One World Film Festival opens on Sunday

The 2013 One World Films Festival series opens Sunday in the Farish Theater in the downtown Lexington Public Library with two showings of the Indian film, I am Kalam at 2 and 4:30 p.m. In Hindi, with English subtitles, the film is 88 minutes long. The Bluegrass Indo-American Civic Society will host a reception in the library between the two film showings. The event is free and open to the public.

For additional information on the 2013 One World Films series, visit Oneworldfilmfestival.org.

LexTran phone system keeps riders informed

LexTran's new Interactive Voice Response phone system provides riders with real-time bus departure information.

Each LexTran bus stop has an ID number, which can be found at Lextran.com/blog/2013/01/lextran-introduces-new-ivr-system.

To find a bus stop's next departure time, call (859) 244-2020, and enter the stop number.

Kentucky Theatre benefits planned

The Friends of the Kentucky invites the public to spend Valentine's Day evening supporting Lexington's most famous movie house: The Kentucky Theatre.

Sabrina, the 1954 Oscar-winning romantic comedy, will be shown at 8 p.m. Feb. 14. Proceeds will benefit the Friends of the Kentucky Theatre Charitable Fund.

In addition, a variety of film memorabilia and personal letters from legendary actors and directors, donated by former Boston Globe Film Critic Michael Blowen, will be on display in the adjacent State Theatre lobby during February. The items will be included in an internet auction at a later date.

Proceeds from the auction will be divided between The Kentucky Theatre and Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Farm.

During the evening, patrons may also purchase the theater seat of their choice for a donation of $500 to support The Kentucky Theatre. In return, the patron's name will be affixed to their chosen seat.

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