Jonathan Jiun-da Chen of Lexington recently earned his Eagle Scout rank. His Eagle project was to improve the Bellefonte Road entrance into The Arboretum, State Botanical Garden of Kentucky. Chen helped design a master landscape plan removing existing concrete bollards and creating a new stone entrance, planting more than a dozen Canaerti junipers and redbuds, native shrubs and perennials, and cleaning and mulching the area.
A court of honor will be at 2 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Lexington Public Library-Tates Creek Branch.
Chen is a member of Troop 93, sponsored by Cathedral of Christ the King, and is a student at Henry Clay High School's Liberal Arts Academy. He is the son of Dennis C. Chen and Betty S. Yu.
Alpha Phi Alpha founder honored
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On Sept. 19 the life and accomplishments of Vertner Woodson Tandy, a Lexington native and one of the "Seven Jewels" who founded Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity was honored with a historical highway marker.
The Alpha Beta Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity through its Education Foundation won approval in December 2008 from the Kentucky Historical Society for installation of the marker. The house at 642 West Main Street is now the office of the Kentucky chapter of the Nature Conservancy. More than 100 people, including Alpha members from across Kentucky, attended the dedication ceremony.
A reception at the Sovereign Grace Chapel of Main Street Baptist Church followed the dedication ceremony.
Fayette volunteer joins twins research panel
Jill Heink of Lexington was recently appointed to the research committee of the National Organization of Mothers of Twins Clubs at its 49th annual convention held at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas in July.
Heink has been a national volunteer for 17 years. She and her husband, Phil, are the parents of 22-year-old triplet daughters and a 24-year-old son. Heink is a member of the Bluegrass Parents of Twins and Multiples Club, a local chapter of NOMOTC. The BPOTMC meets most months on the third Thursday at Tates Creek Christian Church, Lexington.
NOMOTC is a national support organization comprising local chapters and individual members primarily concerned with education and research pertaining to multiple-birth children. Headquartered in Franklin, Tenn., NOMOTC serves more than 26,000 members, with 400 clubs in 44 states across the country. Visit www.nomotc.org or www.bluegrasstwinsclub.org for information on the local chapter.
Centre junior helps at Morocco orphanage
Lexington native Thomas Richards, a Centre College junior who usually spends his summers at home, spent 16 days in August in Rabat, Morocco, where he volunteered at an orphanage as a participant of Cross Cultural Solutions, an organization that facilitates trips abroad for people of any age.
In Rabat, the capital, Richards lived with 15 other volunteers. They worked until early afternoon each weekday and traveled around the North African country on weekends. Richards spent one weekend visiting Fes, a city famous for its leather and outdoor market, and another in Merzouga, a small town in the Sahara.
His volunteer responsibilities included feeding infants, serving meals, playing with children and general supervising..
AARP tax program seeks volunteers
AARP needs volunteers for its tax-return preparation program. Volunteer tax counselors are trained in cooperation with Internal Revenue Service. Other volunteer roles include local, district, communications and technology coordinators.
From Feb. 1 to April 15 each year, at nearly 7,000 sites nationwide, Tax-Aide helps some 2 million taxpayers file their federal, state and local returns, with special attention to taxpayers age 60 and older. To learn about Tax-Aide and volunteering, in Lexington and surrounding counties, call (859) 296-2717.
New on rights panel
Rabbi Marc Kline, chairman of the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission, has announced the appointments of Lindsay Mattingly and Dr. Nadia Rasheed as members of the commission.
Mattingly is the multicultural liaison for outreach services with the Lexington Public Library. She replaces Wardell Johnson, whose term has expired. Rasheed is an anesthesiologist with the Veterans Administration Medical Center. She replaces Gloria Rie, whose term has expired.
The 14-member commission is responsible for enforcing local anti-discrimination laws in employment, housing and public accommodation. Visit www.lfuchrc.org.
Young boxer at Games
Traynora Locke, a Lexington Police Activity League youth boxer, represented the United States in the Women's Pan American Games on Oct. 5-8 in Ecuador. Traynora is the reigning USA Boxing women's national heavyweight champion.
Help for food bank
Several Central Kentucky businesses are helping support God's Pantry Food Bank this October. The food bank has seen increased demand and is serving 1,700 families a month.
For every customer who schedules a $49.95 safety inspection and system check in October, Fayette Heating and Air will provide 20 meals on the customer's behalf to God's Pantry. For every new HVAC system installation the company performs in October, it will contribute enough to provide 100 meals to hungry families. Visit www.fayetteheating.com.
Four area Toyota dealerships are offering service and parts discounts in exchange for canned goods, which will be given to God's Pantry. For every three-can donation, the dealership will offer $5 off any service or parts purchase of $30 or more. A donation of five cans will give customers $10 off service or parts purchase.
Suggested items include canned fruits and vegetables, canned beans, peanut butter, dry or canned pasta or canned or dry milk products.
Participating dealers are Green's Toyota, 630 New Circle Road NE, Lexington; Glenn Toyota, 1001 U.S. 421 South, Frankfort; Toyota on Nicholasville, 2100 Lexington Road, Nicholasville; and Toyota South, 961 Four Mile Road, Richmond.