▪ The Kentucky Veterinary Medical Association has awarded Dr. Steven J. Wills, Wills Animal Hospital, Owensboro, with the 2016 Distinguished Service award and Dr. Frank G. Vice, Fleming County Animal Hospital, Flemingsburg, with the 2016 Veterinarian of the Year award.
▪ The Bluegrass Area Development District based in Lexington has received a 2016 Innovation Award from the National Association of Development Organizations for the Burgin Sewer Project, which, when complete, is slated to have approximately 12.5 miles of gravity sewer lines in the Burgin area of Mercer County. The project will also include three pump stations. A force main system will be constructed to transport wastewater to the Danville Waste Water Treatment Plant.
▪ The Lexington Legends and two of its executives have been recognized with awards from the South Atlantic League.
The Legends, as an organization, received the Club Merit Award, which is given, according to league criteria, “to recognize the complete baseball franchise that has demonstrated franchise stability and success, as well as significant contributions to its community and to the South Atlantic League.”
Gary Durbin, executive vice president and general manager, was named the league’s General Manager of the Year.
Anne Mapson, special projects manager and executive assistant to the president, was named South Atlantic League Female Executive of the Year.
▪ Lexington has received top honors at the 2016 America in Bloom symposium Oct. 8 in Arroyo Grande, Calif. The city earned the highest rating of five blooms, and was named the population category winner for communities with populations of more than 50,000. On the opening day of the symposium, Lexington was recognized for its efforts related to urban forestry.
This is Lexington’s third year participating in the awards program, and its first year receiving five blooms.
Cities that participate in America in Bloom’s awards program are judged on six criteria: overall impression, environmental awareness, heritage preservation, urban forestry, landscaped areas and floral displays.
Lexington will host the 2018 national America in Bloom symposium. To find out more, go to Americainbloom.org.
Compiled by Dorothea Wingo