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July 4 parade award winners

The Down Syndrome ­Association won the Mayor's Award for the parade entry that best represented Lexington's Fourth of July Festival theme, ”Celebrate Freedom.“ The association's entry's theme was the sixth annual Buddy Walk.

The prize for the most creative float went to the Salvation Army, for the entry depicting ”LemonAid,“ a benefit for homeless children. The best neighborhood entry went to the Bell Court Neighborhood Association, which will receive a prize of $200.

The best non-float entry was The Marching Elites Drill Team from Hampton, Va., led by Mark Cooper. The parade's best ”green“ entry was awarded to the entry titled ”Celebrate Community Gardening.“

Food drive

Automobile dealer Don Jacobs has announced a summer food-drive campaign to benefit God's Pantry Food Bank through Labor Day. Don Jacobs representatives will be at community events including Central Bank's Thursday Night Live (5 to 7:30 p.m. in Cheapside Park) and Artist's Market (8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Phoenix Park) as well as Big Band and Jazz at Ecton Park every Tuesday through August, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Participants may also donate at Don Jacobs' dealership, at Nicholasville and New Circle roads. Don Jacobs will match all donations of food or money.

Flag retirement

As part of his Eagle project for the Boy Scouts, Daniel Holland, 16, of Lexington has created a dignified retirement program for American flags that have become soiled, ripped or faded. Residents can drop their worn flags in flag-painted bins at the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Police Department or mail them to 4704 Forest View Court, Lexington, Ky. 40515. Daniel has collected more than 100 flags so far, and he hopes to collect 500 by July 31.

LemonAid

Lexington-area kids set up lemonade stands as part of LemonAid Days, a campaign to raise money for homeless children at The Salvation Army emergency shelter. Due to a large number of supporters, the campaign's end date has been moved from today to July 31. A rally will be held today as scheduled at the Fayette Mall from 4 to 7 p.m. for kids to turn in their proceeds. To register, go to www.lemonaiddays.org.

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