Fayette County

Fayette County: Peace plate support needed, Haag honored for mussels research; mosquito spraying begins

May 19, 2014 

The Central Kentucky Council for Peace and Justice needs a commitment from 900 motorists by May 31 to purchase a special Peace Is Possible license plate for $25 in order for plate production to begin.

After 900 commitments, money raised through the plate registration will support conflict resolution and peace education initiatives in secondary schools.

Kentucky motorists can reserve a plate for each vehicle and support the campaign through Bit.ly/KYpeaceplate. More about the history of the organization and other details can be found at Peaceandjusticeky.org. To print a paper application, go to Bit.ly/1jMuKQ4.

Crime victims' grant applications due soon

Victims of Crime Act Victim Assistance Grant Program applications, available through the department of Justice and Public Safety for programs that offer assistance and services to victims of violent crime, are due by June 16.

The VOCA program provides services such as crisis intervention and follow-up, therapy, group counseling, information and referral, court advocacy and assistance with victim compensation claims. Eligible applicants include public agencies and nonprofit programs such as domestic violence shelters; child advocacy centers; rape crisis centers; prosecutorial and crisis intervention programs; and other advocacy programs that currently provide or want to provide direct service to victims of violent crime.

Applications and related information can be found at Justice.ky.gov/departments/gmb or by calling (502) 564-3251 or emailing askgmb@ky.gov. Awards will be announced in September.

Local researcher awarded

A Lexington man was recently honored with an award in Washington, D.C., for his research on freshwater mussels.

Wendell Haag, fisheries research biologist with the U.S. Forest Service Southern Research Station, received the Jim Sedell Research Achievement Award at the Rise to the Future Awards ceremony at the National Archives, according to a Forest Service news release.

The Jim Sedell Research Achievement Award honors science leadership, accomplishment and intellectual curiosity contributing to freshwater ecology, fisheries and watershed management, and it is the Forest Service's highest national recognition of aquatic accomplishment in research, the release said.

Haag has published more than 40 peer-reviewed papers on freshwater mussel research as well as the comprehensive book North American Freshwater Mussels: Ecology, Natural History, and Conservation.

Hagg is a 1983 graduate of Lafayette High School and works in Oxford, Miss., at the SRS Center for Bottomland Hardwoods Research. His parents are residents of Carlisle.

Lexington police recognized

The Lexington Division of Police has received the Agency of the Year Award for 2014 from the National Citizens Police Academy Association. This distinction is awarded to one police agency nationwide, for outstanding efforts in conducting a Citizens Police Academy program and promoting the CPA concept.

This is the first time the Lexington Division of Police has won the title. However, in years past, the Lexington Citizen's Police Academy (the group of citizens who have participated in the program) won best CPA in the nation several times; most recently 2012 and 2013.

Citizens hoping to take part in Lexington's award-winning program can find information at Lexingtonky.gov/police. The summer class begins June 3.

Child behavior seminar

Managing difficult childhood behaviors at home and at school is the topic of a program offered as part of the 2014 Peace for Parents educational series sponsored by The Kosair Charities Children's Peace Center at Our Lady of Peace. The free seminar for parents and caregivers will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday at Breckinridge Elementary School, 2101 St. Mathilda Drive.

The seminar will help parents, grandparents, teachers and counselors learn how to face challenging issues with children and adolescents. The seminars usually last 60-90 minutes.

Registration is encouraged in advance by calling Lisa Prewitt at (502) 432-2011.

Fayette mosquito spraying

To help control the mosquito population, the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department will conduct mosquito spraying from 3-6 a.m. throughout the summer. The schedule for June includes parts of zip codes 40502, 40503, 40504, 40505, 40508, 40509, 40510, 40511, 40514 and 40517 and can be found at Lexingtonhealthdepartment.org.

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