The YMCA of Central Kentucky offers after-school programs that not only help youth learn and grow but keep them safe and surrounded by caring adults.
The Y's after-school programs offer enrichment through arts, music, physical education, sports and nutrition. Youth in the YMCA of Central Kentucky's after-school program receive homework assistance and can engage in arts, music, games in the gym and more.
Financial assistance is available to those in need.
For more information about the YMCA of Central Kentucky's after school program, contact Kelly Easton, Executive Director YMCA Child Development, at (859) 226-0393 or Keaston@ymcaofcentralky.org.
At the recent Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program (CSEPP) national workshop held in Portland, Ore., the Fayette County CSEPP coordinator, Tammy Liebenauer, was presented with the Program Manager's Award for Superior Service.
The award recognizes the dedication and contributions of CSEPP staff and teams as a model of federal, state, and local partnership and leaders in community emergency preparedness.
The award states, in part: "In appreciation of outstanding contributions to the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program. As CSEPP Coordinator for Fayette County, Kentucky, you have worked with numerous local, regional, state and Federal partners to ensure the planning process is accomplished smoothly and efficiently.
CSEPP award recipients are selected annually from a pool of nominees submitted by state, local, FEMA, and U.S. Army staff based upon their specific achievements as well as their body of work in support of CSEPP.
The Kentucky Division of Emergency Management (KYEM) also recognized Liebenauer's service to the CSEPP community.
"We are very proud of the CSEP Program and its strong working relationships within the counties. Tammy works hard to ensure Fayette County's CSEP Program is one of the best," said KYEM Director, Brigadier General John W. Heltzel.
Liebenauer also received a "Challenge Coin" from Gen. Heltzel. This coin signifies that the employee has accomplished a major challenge and is now part of the KYEM "Team" membership.
Voice instructor Phyllis Jenness is offering "Be A Better Singer" classes from 10:30 a.m. to noon beginning Sept. 10 at Christ the King Catholic Church, music room. Cost is $40 per month. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the classes are donated to Hope For Tomorrow Children's Home in Guatemala. The children's home is a ministry of Adopt inc., which is a non-profit organization based in Lexington.
For more information, contact Brenda S. Riddle, executive director of Adopt inc. at (859) 276-6249 or visit Adoptinc.org or Hope4tomorrow.net
Alert system upgraded
Using a combination of state, federal and local funding, the Lexington Division of Emergency Management has completed an upgrade of the emergency alert system at the Landsdowne-Merrick Park in south Lexington.
"Emergency alert systems have evolved since the days of a mechanical, motor driven siren," said Steve Jackson, operations manager for the Division of Emergency Management. "The latest system is 100 percent electronic that allows both a loud siren sound and voice announcements. Because of the way the systems are networked, we can quickly sound alerts for any type of severe weather alert or community emergency."
The outdoor emergency siren system is designed to warn those who may be outdoors at a public park or golf course of impending severe weather or some other type of community emergency that requires them to take shelter.
There is a common misconception that the outdoor siren system is designed to alert people inside a home or office in case of an emergency.
"The siren system was never intended to be a notification system for people indoors," said Pat Dugger, Director of the Division of Emergency Management.
"We strongly encourage everyone in Lexington to have a working NOAA weather radio in their homes and in their workplace. In case of severe weather or a community emergency, alerts will be broadcast on these channels first."
Over the past year, the Division of Emergency Management has upgraded and increased its systems to inform the public of emergency situations. Severe weather alerts, watches and warnings are posted to Lexington's government Web site: Lexingtonky.gov. Notices are also posted to the city's Facebook and Twitter accounts — (Facebook: Lexington, KY, Twitter: Lexkygov), as well as Facebook and Twitter accounts specifically aligned with the Division of Emergency Management (Facebook: Lexington KY Emergency Management, Twitter: Lexkyem).