Fayette County

Fayette County notes: Event celebrates 15 years of Jarrett's Joy Cart

May 12, 2014 

Jarrett's Joy Cart will host "The Sky is the Limit" event Saturday in celebration of 15 years of bringing joy to children with life-threatening illness from 7-11 p.m. at The Aviation Museum of Kentucky at Blue Grass Airport.

Jarrett's Joy Cart was started by critically ill pediatric patient, Jarrett Mynear, who wanted to spread joy by giving toys to children in the hospital. Jarrett died in 2002, but his charity continues to help critically ill children in Kentucky and around the world.

"The Sky is the Limit" will include cocktails, food, games and dancing. Live and silent auctions will benefit Jarrett's Joy Cart. Tickets are $75 and are available at Thejoycart.com.

Lexington Peace Fair to be held at BCTC

Peace is Possible is the theme of the eighth Lexington Peace Fair sponsored by Bluegrass Community and Technical College Students for Peace and Earth Justice. The event will be 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday on the BCTC Cooper Drive campus.

Activities include music by the March Madness Marching Band, Native American storytelling, meditation, local food and art, two films, organically grown seedlings and native plants to purchase. The event is free and will conclude with an interpretation of the One Billion Rising dance. One Billion Rising is a movement to stop violence against women.

For more information, go to Lexingtonpeace.org.

Delta Sigma Theta honors debutantes at ball

Delta Sigma Theta Lexington Alumnae Chapter held its biennial Debutante Ball April 4 and awarded more than $17,000 in scholarships to 10 high school students. The debutante participants were juniors and seniors who will be attending college this year or next. The chapter will also honor member Loretta Nickens by awarding book scholarships to a young woman from each of the local high schools. Nickens, who is deceased, was a Donovan Scholar and left a book scholarship fund to be distributed to high school girls.

Senior interns sought

Fayette County residents 50 and older can learn more about local government by enrolling in the 2014 Senior Intern Program June 9-13. The free program offers seniors the opportunity to talk with key decision makers in city government, participate in class activities and visit several government facilities, including corrections, fire and emergency services such as the division of police.

Space is limited to the first 45 eligible people who apply. Only those people who have not previously attended may enroll by calling Kristy Stambaugh at (859) 258-3806.

Aging services topic of public forum

In response to the "D" grade that Kentucky received in long-term care, Gov. Steve Beshear committed to holding statewide public forums to discuss long-term care and aging services. The Bluegrass forum will be hosted by the Nursing Home Ombudsman Agency of the Bluegrass and the Bluegrass Area Agency on Aging & Independent Living from 2-3:30 p.m. Friday at the Lexington Senior Citizens Center, 1530 Nicholasville Road.

Air traffic controller to speak at Aviation Museum

Dale Strassner, who served as an air traffic controller in both military and civilian airport operations, will share his experiences during a free public presentation May 21 at the Aviation Museum of Kentucky at Blue Grass Airport as part of the Aviation Roundtable Series.

The free program begins at 7 p.m.

For more information, visit Aviationky.org or call (859) 231-1219.

Sayre Village recognizes three founders

The inaugural class of Sayre Christian Village's Hall of Honored Servants was announced May 6 at the Sayre Christian Village Compassion and Comfort Benefit banquet at Southland Christian Church. Three men, each of whom filled an instrumental role in the founding of Sayre Christian Village, were inducted into the hall: Wayne B. Smith, former minister of Southland Christian Church, Marshall J. Leggett, former minister of Broadway Christian Church and the 13th President of Milligan College, and posthumously to Joe Hager, a founder and the first board president of Sayre Christian Village, the only non-profit skilled nursing facility in Fayette County.

Grants available for storm water projects

The Stormwater Incentive Grant Program is accepting applications for storm water projects in Lexington that need funding. The grants provide financial assistance for projects that reduce stormwater runoff, improve water quality and educate citizens about water issues in Lexington.

Applications for Class A Neighborhood Grants and Class B Education Grants are due May 30. Class A Neighborhood Grants are available for Fayette County neighborhood, community and homeowner associations that represent single family homeowners or farms and can be used to fund rain gardens, rain barrels, aeration systems for retention ponds, stream bank restoration, neighborhood workshops and other projects that help improve or manage storm water through education and/or physical improvements. Projects may be funded up to $100,000 and require a 20 percent cost share of the total cost, through cash or in-kind donations.

Class B Education Grants are open to schools, churches, non-profits, and owners and tenants of businesses that do not fall under the Class A Neighborhood Grants. In the past, the education grants have been used to fund the development of stormwater-related curriculum for schools, publicity campaigns about water quality, workshops for the public and educational rain gardens. The maximum award for the education grants is $35,000, with a cost share of 50 percent above the first $2,500.

Grant application packets, contact information, sample scoring sheets and other information are available at Lexingtonky.gov/incentives.

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