Lexington received a 2011 Enterprise Cities Award last month from the Kentucky League of Cities for its Senior Intern Program, which gives citizens over the age of 50 a weeklong educational course on the workings of local government.
Lexington was one of only four cities in the state to receive an Enterprise Cities Award. Other Kentucky cities that received awards were Simpsonville, Greenville and Hopkinsville.
The Senior Intern Program was started in 1985 by several former city council members including Bob Babbage and Charles Ellinger. Ellinger was the program's strongest supporter for many years, and Ellinger's son, at-large Councilman Chuck Ellinger, now coordinates the program.
The Kentucky League of Cities made a $1,000 donation to each of the winners of the award.
Foundation funds granted
Lexington Clinic Foundation, a non-profit organization that funds medical education, research and scholarships, recently granted funds to the following eight programs: Baby Health Services ($4,000), a pediatric health clinic that provides free medical care to children whose families are ineligible for a medical card, yet cannot afford health insurance; Bluegrass Domestic Violence Program ($3,050), an advocacy agency committed to ending intimate partner abuse and its impact on families and the community; Central Kentucky Radio Eye ($1,500), a non-profit organization that provides a radio reading service by a closed circuit radio system that broadcasts throughout Central Kentucky and is designed to fill an information void for blind and other disabled people; Chrysalis House ($1,940), Kentucky's oldest and largest licensed substance abuse treatment program for women and their children; Lexington Hearing & Speech Center ($6,160), a school that teaches children with hearing, speech and language impairments to listen and talk by providing them with high quality educational, therapeutic and family support services; Lexington Rescue Mission ($3,050), a provider of meals, health care and clothing to the poor and homeless; Nathaniel Mission Free Health Clinic ($7,300), a provider of a broad range of high-quality health care services, focusing on prevention of chronic diseases through patient education; New Opportunity School for Women ($3,000), a program that helps employ and educate women in Appalachia.
In addition to the community projects, Lexington Clinic Foundation awarded 24 Allied Health scholarships to Central Kentucky students through its Fergus Hanson Memorial Scholarship program. Additional information may be found at LexingtonClinicFoundation.org.
Vice mayor visits residents
Bluegrass Care and Rehabilitation residents received a visit from Lexington's vice mayor, Linda Gorton on Oct. 24. Along with Julie McDearmon and Susan McCray, from the local Nursing Home Ombudsman office, Gorton treated the residents to a game of Resident Rights Bingo. Each letter and number called by the vice mayor represented a resident right, which was then explained by McCray. A plaque was accepted by resident council president Jay Burks on behalf of Bluegrass residents in recognition of Resident Rights Month 2011.
Story may be published
Donna Cummins of Lexington is the author of "It's Never Too Late for Love and Romance," one of the 150-word life stories being considered for publication in an upcoming issue of Reader's Digest magazine. Cummins' story can be read and voted for at Facebook.com/ReadersDigest.
Seminar on violence
Domestic Violence: A Challenge for Faith Communities, a workshop specifically for places of worship in the Lexington area, will be 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at Shiloh Baptist Church, 237 East Fifth Street, Call (859) 252-5315 to register.
Cook for a cause
Cooking for a Cause: Secrets to Good Cooking with Saul Good's Jeff Mayer will be 6-9 p.m. Monday at Sullivan University on Harrodsburg Road. Tickets for the demonstration and six-course meal are $50 per person. Proceeds will benefit Sweet Blessings. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Ashley Gann at email@example.com.
OWL 50th anniversary
Opportunity for Work and Learning, a non-profit, work-oriented community rehabilitation program, is having a banquet at 6 p.m. Nov. 10 at the Embassy Suites on Newtown Pike to celebrate its 50th anniversary. In 1961, the Lexington Junior League provided the funding to establish the Opportunity Workshop of Lexington to meet the needs of those ineligible or not fully benefiting from the services of the Bureau of Rehabilitation Services. The program was renamed OWL in 1999. For information about OWL or to make reservations to attend the banquet, contact Teresa Varble at (859) 254-0576, ext. 217 or visit Owlinc.net.
Information for adoption
The Adoptive Families Group at Southland Christian Church will present an Adoption and Orphan Care Event from 1-4 p.m. Sunday. The event will feature information, seminars, and resources on domestic adoption, international adoption, foster care, special needs adoption and orphan care.
Activities will be held in building F at Southland Christian Church, 5001 Harrodsburg Road. The event is free, but registration is requested at Southlandchristian.org.