■ Jim Furness, president of Furness-Newburge in Versailles, has received the American Foundry Society's Award of Scientific Merit. The award was given for Furness' scientific contributions to the metal casting industry in the areas of pollution control, research and implementation of innovative foundry systems.
■ The 2015 Jury of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects has elevated architect April D. Pottorff of CGL RicciGreene in Lexington to its College of Fellows, an honor awarded to members who have made significant contributions to the profession. Pottorff is the first woman in Kentucky to be selected for this honor. She will be honored at an investiture ceremony at the National AIA Convention and Design Exposition in Atlanta on May 15.
■ Two Kentucky projects have earned financial support from the 2015 American Water Environmental Grant Program.
Friends of Stoner Creek in Bourbon County will receive $4,300 to conduct tire and other debris removal and proper disposal, as well as tree and shrub planting efforts along the barren banks of Stoner Creek, which serves as the source of water supply for the City of Paris.
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Lexington's Seedleaf will receive $4,900 for its Urban Orchard and Storm Water Run-Off Collaboration Project, which will increase the amount of plant material in urban areas of Lexington through community gardens of fruit and nut trees. That will assist in reducing harmful storm water run-off, thereby protecting urban waterways that ultimately flow into large bodies of water, including the Kentucky River. The effort also will assist in providing additional, nutritious food options for limited-income families and assist in beautifying urban neighborhoods.
■ The top performing public companies headquartered in Kentucky have been selected as finalists for the inaugural Kentucky Public Company of the Year Award (#BestKYCompanies), to be presented at the INVESTKentucky Equity Conference on June 5 at Churchill Downs. The finalists are Humana, Papa John's International, Tempur Sealy International and Texas Roadhouse.
■ Frankfort Toyota has received the President's Award from Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. The award is presented annually to Toyota dealerships throughout the United States that achieve high standards of performance in all facets of the automotive dealer profession, including vehicle and parts sales, service and customer satisfaction. TMS has recognized dealers with the President's Award since 1986.
Frankfort Toyota is at 1001 Leestown Road. For more information, call (502) 695-1500 or go to Frankforttoyota.com.
■ The National Association of Manufacturers has awarded U.S. Rep. Andy Barr with the NAM Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence at a recent event hosted by NAM member Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky in Georgetown.
Compiled by Dorothea Wingo