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Fayette County: Forgue volunteers in Armenia; 33 Clark employees swim/bike/run for freedom

June 26, 2013 

The Friends of the Dog Parks, whose primary mission is to raise funds for Lexington's five dog parks, presented a check for $23,202 to the Lexington Fayette Urban County Council on June 20.

The funds will be used for park improvements, including new water fountains at the Masterson Station and Coldstream parks, as well as a new gate at the Coldstream Park.

Clark workers in triathlon

Thirty-three Clark Material Handling Co. employees participated or volunteered in the Tri-4-Freedom 27-hour triathlon June 7-8 at Spindletop Hall. The two-day event consisted of a 2½ -hour swim, a 12½ -hour bike ride and a 12-hour run.

The event highlights the 27 million people enslaved worldwide, promotes social and environmental sustainability in sports and financially supports human trafficking survivors.

For more information about Tri-4-Freedom, visit Tri4freedom.org or Facebook.com/tri4freedom.

Nominations sought for history awards

The Kentucky Historical Society is accepting nominations for the 2013 Kentucky History Awards that recognize outstanding achievements by historians, public history professionals, volunteers, business and civic leaders, communities and historical organizations throughout the Commonwealth.

Nominated projects must have been initiated or completed between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2012, and must either pertain to some aspect of Kentucky's state or local history, or must be sponsored by or benefiting a museum, historical society, genealogical society or other history-related organization in Kentucky.

An applicant may self-nominate and may nominate more than one project, individual or group. All nominations must be received by the close of business Aug. 16.

For information and to download a nomination packet, visit History.ky.gov/historyawards.

The Kentucky History Awards ceremony will be Nov. 8 at the Old State Capitol in downtown Frankfort. The event is free but reservations are required.

Alzheimer's group to offer workshop

The Alzheimer's Association will present "Is it Time to Give Up the Keys? Dementia and Driving: Navigating the Changing Horizon" from 10:30 am. to noon July 1 at the Fayette County Senior Citizen's Center, 1530 Nicholasville Road.

This workshop examines issues faced by those with dementia as they lose the ability to drive safely. The presentation covers several related topics, including an overview of the disease, signs of decreasing driving skills, state driving evaluations, tips for families of those affected who are still driving, transitioning away from driving, and insistent unsafe drivers.

Registration is required by calling 1-800-272-3900 or emailing infoky-in@alz.org.

Forgue volunteers in Armenia

Peace Corps volunteers Matt Forgue of Lexington and Lisa Conder of Englewood, Fla., collaborated with Meri Arakelyan of Yerevan, Armenia, a member of the Peace Corps staff, recently to organize a three-day community health training workshop for 15 nurses from five regions throughout Armenia.

The workshop, which was funded by the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, focused on ways to reduce HIV/AIDS among migrant populations, including sessions on transmission and prevention, testing and counseling, and Armenia's legislation on HIV and migration led by representatives from The National Center for AIDS Prevention. A local non-governmental organization also led a discussion on combating HIV/AIDS stigma and discrimination.

"Each participant is responsible for training two additional health care workers on information learned during the workshop," said Forgue, who has been serving in Armenia since 2011.

Forgue, Conder and Peace Corps staff plan to follow-up with participants to monitor and evaluate their success in raising awareness and educating their communities.

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