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Blue Grass Airport has received the Airport Safety Mark of Distinction Award from the Federal Aviation Administration. The airport received the honor for construction of its general aviation runway and associated taxiways and for the development of an airport operations department. The new 4,000-foot runway was completed in August and is used by private and corporate general aviation aircraft, and enhances safety during crosswind conditions.

Eric J. Frankl, executive director of Blue Grass Airport, has been selected as the 2010 Air Carrier Airport Manager of the Year by the FAA Southern Region. In his position at the airport since October 2009, Frankl and his team have overseen more than $66 million worth of improvement projects. In 2010, the airport saw a 19.3 percent passenger growth rate, in large part because of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, which contributed to one of the busiest months in the airport's history.

■ The Keeneland Library has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Preservation Assistance Grant for Small Institutions to aid in preserving the collections of photographer Bert Morgan, who pioneered the "below the rail" shot of the winner approaching the finish line, and caricaturist Pierre "Peb" Bellocq. With the grant, the Keeneland Preservation Project will buy preservation supplies necessary to house the collections as they are being inventoried and assessed during the yearlong project.

■ The Lexington-Bluegrass Association of Realtors has named Rock Daniels as the 2010 Good Neighbor Award recipient. Daniels has been a member of LBAR for two years and is the co-founder of Happy Hour for Humanity, a non-profit organization that hosts events in Lexington and donates all of the proceeds to various charities.

LBAR also has named Gale Fulton as the 2010 Realtor of the Year. Fulton has been a member of LBAR for 11 years and served as its president in 2009. She is a Realtor with Re/Max Creative Realty.

Pearse Lyons has received with several awards from the Jessamine County Chamber of Commerce. The president and founder of Alltech has been named to the Jessamine County Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame and has received a key to the City of Nicholasville and an appreciation award from Jessamine County Judge-Executive Neal Cassity.

Dr. Lumy Sawaki has been awarded the American Occupational Therapy Association Certificate of Appreciation for Excellence Passion, Inspiration and Unfailing Leadership. This award recognizes extraordinary contributions to the advancement of occupational therapy. Sawaki joined the University of Kentucky Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in April 2008 as the appointed Cardinal Hill Endowed Chair in Stroke and Spinal Cord Rehabilitation. She has developed a research program that focuses on stroke and spinal cord rehabilitation and sits on the panel for the Department of Defense as well as the National Institutes of Health to review national grant funding for rehabilitation research in stroke and spinal cord injury.

Compiled by Dorothea Wingo

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