The 19th annual Kentucky River Clean Sweep needs boaters and other volunteers to collect trash and debris along the 12 miles of river in Fayette County on June 19.
"Heavy spring rains, especially the first weekend in May, unfortunately leave trash and debris along the banks and even in the trees," said Susan Bush, acting commissioner of Lexington's Department of Environmental Quality. "The river sweep is our opportunity to help prepare the river area for the summer recreation season, and it takes a lot of volunteers."
The cleanup will be 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. from the Clays Ferry Boat Dock to the Valley View Ferry Dock. Volunteers should gather at Clays Ferry Boat Dock off Ky. 25 beneath the Interstate 75 overpass.
Volunteers will receive a free breakfast, a free lunch, T-shirts and gloves. Trash bags, some life vests and poles to snag litter and paper also will be provided.
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At least a dozen boats are needed to transport the volunteers, who have numbered 80 or more during past cleanups. Volunteers should wear sturdy clothing, boots, long-sleeved shirts and life vests if they intend to go out on the river.
Participants younger than 18 must have a liability release signed by their parents or guardians. Release forms will be provided at registration. The event is sponsored by the Urban County Government and the Kentucky River Authority.
To volunteer for the Kentucky River Clean Sweep or for information, call LexCall at 311 or (859) 425-2255.
Help homeless kids with 'Lemon Aid'
Kids can help area homeless children by operating a "Lemon Aid" stand anytime July 1 through 29 to benefit The Salvation Army Emergency Shelter. Proceeds go to house homeless children and to pay for food, lodging, diapers, clothing and child care.
Stands may be set up anywhere, whether it's the family front yard or a storefront. To register for a Lemon Aid stand and to receive a Lemon Aid kit, drop by the Salvation Army, 736 West Main Street or Whitaker Banks (Lexington and Georgetown locations) or go to www.lemonaiddays.org. For information call (859) 252-7706, Ext. 117.
Citizen Police Academy honored
The Lexington Citizen Police Academy received the Alumni Association of the Year award at the National Citizen Police Academy Alumni conference in Hilton Head, S.C., on May 13. The award was presented to the organization based on its fund-raising, volunteer and support activities for the Lexington Division of Police.
Representatives from the group submitted an 80-page application detailing their volunteer work. The Lexington academy is one of almost 280 chapters across the United States.
This is the second time the Lexington chapter has won the award. It also won in 2006.
The academy courses are designed to acquaint citizens with the Lexington police department and officers. Classes are free and open to those over 18 with no felony convictions. The next 12-week course begins Tuesday. After completing the course, graduates are invited to join the Alumni Associations, a certified non-profit group that supports Lexington police.
To apply for the class, contact Officer Debbie Wagner at firstname.lastname@example.org or (859) 258-3634.