Public comment sought on cleaning up Old Fayette County Courthouse
Lexington officials are seeking public comments on a clean-up grant application for the Old Fayette County Courthouse, 215 West Main Street, at a 6:30 p.m. meeting today in Room A of the Central Public Library, 104 East Main Street. The application will be submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Lexington is requesting $200,000 in funds. If awarded, the federal funds will be used to help address environmental concerns identified at the Old Courthouse, including lead-based paint, mold, materials containing asbestos, and bird droppings. Addressing environmental concerns is one of the key efforts to making the old courthouse usable again.
The draft application can be viewed at Lexingtonky.gov/brownfields or at the library located, 140 East Main Street. Public comments can also be submitted via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Assistance available for heating costs
Community Action Council's Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Crisis Program is underway to assist eligible households with their energy costs who have a disconnect notice or a heating crisis. Last year more than 5,557 participants received financial assistance and emergency services totaling about $1.1 million from the program. Eligibility for the program's benefits is determined by income, household size, fuel type, geographic location and other criteria.
Applications may be submitted at any Community Action Council location in Lexington, Millersburg, Paris, Cynthiana and Carlisle. For more information on program assistance, contact the Community Action Council at (859) 233-4600 or 1-800-244-2275. To make a donation to the program, go to Commaction.org.
Grants awarded for civic efforts
Lexington Directions, an educational and philanthropic forum, will award project grants today ranging up to $1,000 to the following groups: Baby Health Service, Central Kentucky Council for Peace and Justice, the Plantory, University of Kentucky Appalachian Center and McConnell Springs.
According to Lexington Directions President Jan Isenhour, "This year, we are happy to recognize and encourage these groups for their outstanding efforts. Their innovative and strategic projects help make Central Kentucky a better place to live."
Lexington Directions was founded in 1983 by Earl Wallace, with the help of Thomas Clark and Dot Crutcher, to examine opportunities for improving Lexington. Working with public agencies, other service organizations or independently, the group meets monthly to study ongoing and new civic efforts in the greater Lexington area.
Film celebrates Governor's Mansion
As part of the Kentucky Governor's Mansion Centennial Celebration, a documentary about the architectural, social and political history of the residence is being shown this week in Lexington and Frankfort. The film, Kentucky Governor's Mansion: A Century of Reflection, is narrated by Kentucky native and ABC World News anchor Diane Sawyer and will premiere Wednesday at the Grand Theater in Frankfort and Thursday at the Kentucky Theatre in Lexington.
The premieres kick off a yearlong Centennial Celebration for the Governor's Mansion, which turns 100 years old Monday.
The documentary features historical reenactments along with interviews from former governors and their families, including former Miss America and Kentucky first lady Phyllis George Brown, Gov. Martha Layne Collins and current Gov. Steve Beshear. The film offers an unprecedented look at family and political life at the mansion — including milestones throughout both Kentucky's and the nation's history.
Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the door or online at Eventbrite.com; search for Lexington events. Private receptions will be held prior to each premiere and tickets to each are also available for purchase.
The film's Frankfort premiere will be at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Grand Theater, 308 Clair Street. A reception will be at 6:30 p.m. at the Governor's Mansion. The Lexington premiere will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Kentucky Theatre, 214 East Main Street. A reception will be at 6:30 p.m. across the street at Portofino's.
Proceeds from the events will benefit the Kentucky Executive Mansions Foundation, Inc.
CASA seeks volunteers
Court Appointed Special Advocates of Lexington is seeking an additional 30 volunteers to provide advocacy for more children in Central Kentucky. CASA of Lexington recruits and trains the volunteers who are then assigned to child abuse or neglect court cases. CASA volunteers strive to be the one familiar face to children who experience an ever-changing array of service providers, foster homes and schools.
Volunteer applicants should be at least 21 years old, undergo a background check and an interview, complete a 30-hour training course and be willing to volunteer 10 hours a month for two years.
For more information, or to sign up for the upcoming training, which begins Jan. 23, contact Rachel Moody at email@example.com or (859) 246-4317.
Author to speak at aviation museum
The story of two brothers, Powel Crosley Jr. and Lewis Crosley, creators of a business empire during America's Industrial Age, will be the topic of a presentation by Rusty McClure, the grandson of Lewis Crosley, at the Aviation Museum of Kentucky at 7 p.m. Saturday.
McClure is the author of Crosley: Two Brothers and a Business Empire that Transformed the Nation. The name Crosley is identified with radios and appliances, just two products made in Crosley factories. The Crosleys built the compact Hotshot car, a vehicle before its time, and even assembled a few aircraft. A Crosley Moonbeam plane is on display at the aviation museum in Lexington.
The success of the Crosley businesses brought great wealth, estates in Cincinnati and Sarasota, Florida, and ownership of broadcast stations and the Cincinnati Reds major league baseball team.
McClure's 7 p.m. talk will follow a 6 p.m. buffet. Admission is $15 for members, and $20 for non-members. The Aviation Museum of Kentucky is located at 4029 Airport Road, adjacent to Blue Grass Airport.
Bridge group gives $4,500 to God's Pantry
The Bluegrass Bridge Association, Unit 164 of the American Contract Bridge League, has selected God's Pantry Food Bank as the recipient of a $4,500 charity donation for 2013. The money is derived from the league's Charity Foundation, which collects the funds from various charity games held at local clubs and tournaments throughout the United States and Canada each year. Unit 164 has 385 members in the Central Kentucky area plus Corbin, Somerset, London, Russell Springs and Maysville. The Lexington Bridge Club is located at 3517 Lansdowne Drive in the Lansbrook Shopping Center. For more information or to join the club, call (859) 245-9770 or go to Lexingtonbridgeclub.com.
Library branch closes for renovations
The Village Branch of the Lexington Public Library will close for renovations at 6 p.m. Friday and will reopen Jan. 27. All Village Branch customers will be able to pick up holds at the Beaumont Branch beginning Saturday.