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Scouts clean up, fix up cemetery

Twenty-four Boy Scouts and adult leaders from Troop 73 in Lexington recently traveled to a North Middletown cemetery to cut and clear brush, trim trees, install a flagpole and a bench, place flags on veterans' graves for Memorial Day, plant flowers and clean tombstones for Zach Buhler's Eagle Scout project.

Yarn needed

The inmates at the Federal Medical Center in Lexington, who knit and crochet toys, clothing and blankets for needy children in Lexington, need donations of yarn and fiberfill to continue this work. To help, call Sally Leukefeld, Community Relations Board President, Federal Medical Center/Federal Prison Camp at (859) 263-8707.

Host families sought

STS Foundation is interviewing families to be hosts for international exchange students beginning in August. Host families provide room and board and a safe nurturing environment. Students range in age from 15 to 18. Students will provide their own health insurance. The school that the students will attend is dictated by the host family's home address. Call Brian MarGrave at 1-800-522-4678 or e-mail brian@stsfoundation.org.

Eagle rank achieved

Joshua D. Winner, 16, has achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest Boy Scout honor. For his Eagle project, Josh built stairs and a dolly for the University of Kentucky Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Graduate Clinic's outreach site in Hazard. His project required more than 98 hours of service. Josh entered scouting in 1998 and has earned 27 merit badges, the World Conservation Award, the Ad Altare Dei Religious Emblem, and was elected to the Order of the Arrow. Josh is a member of Troop 282 at Mary Queen of the Holy Rosary Church. He attends Lexington Catholic High School and is the son of Tim and Regina Winner.

Art fair aides sought

Volunteers are needed to help with the 2008 American Founders Bank Woodland Art Fair Aug. 16-17. Volunteers are needed as booth sitters, information/membership booth workers, entryway greeters, exhibitor aides, parking or security monitors and helpers with children's projects. Visit www.lexingtonartleague.org/woodland.htm. To volunteer, e-mail Julia Curiel at jcuriel@lexingtonartleague.org.

Help with Children's Hospital benefit

Volunteers are needed for Kentucky Children's Hospital July 19 during the Keeneland Concours d'Elegance. Contact Pam Treas at pamela.treas@bhsi.com, call (859) 229-5271 or register at www.keenelandconcours.com. The event benefits Kentucky Children's Hospital.

Hockey standout

Joey Gdovka, a player for the Bluegrass Youth Hockey ­Pewee Travel Team, was selected for the Mid American District of USA Hockey for the 11- to 12-year-old select team. After a tryout in Columbus, Ohio, the top players were chosen to attend a USA Hockey Camp at Kentucky State University. Joey is a seventh-grader at Morton Middle School.

Y gets PepsiCo grant

PepsiCo's Smart Spot program, a health and wellness initiative, has awarded the YMCA of Central Kentucky a grant for $2,500 in support of health and wellness programs. The grant money will be used to help with the operational expenses for the annual Reindeer Ramble 5K run/walk event. This PepsiCo grant is one of 400 that PepsiCo is allocating to YMCAs around the country, for a total gift of $1 million for 2008.

A stellar YMCA

For the second straight year, the YMCA of Central Kentucky has received a four-star rating from Charity Navigator, America's largest independent evaluator of charities.

Tornado aid

The Bluegrass Area Chapter of the American Red Cross is assisting in the areas of Indiana affected by the recent tornadoes. The following volunteers have deployed to Indiana from the Bluegrass chapter: Orie Lebus from Lexington, Dan Redding from Clark County, Roxie Covington from Windsor, Sandra Hall from Harrodsburg, Doyle Rambo from Lexington and Bill LaFrana from Versailles. To help, call the Bluegrass Area Chapter of the American Red Cross at (859) 253-1331.

Emergency care help

Kentucky Large Animal Emergency Response Team, a non-profit organization, has received a grant for $10,000 from the Kentucky Horse Council to pursue its goal in providing emergency response to horses and other large animals involved in ­situations causing pain, ­serious injury or death.

For more information, visit www.kyanimalresponse.org or contact LaTonna Wilson by e-mail latonnaw@yahoo.com or call (859) 983-2820.

Mims honored

The Ronald McDonald House Charities selected Liz Mims as its 2008 Volunteer of the Year. Mims is a Lexington native and former owner of the ­Lexington ­landmark Saratoga ­Restaurant, formerly located in Chevy Chase. Mims will receive a commemorative pin and a plaque to be located in the hallway of the Ronald McDonald House.

Pageant finalist

Kaitlyn Kundinger, 9, has been selected as a finalist in the National American Miss Kentucky Pageant on June 27 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Kaitlyn will compete in the 7- to 9-year-old division.

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