Five earn Project Lifesaver honors in Virginia

Two Lexington police officers, a firefighter and two Government Television Channel 3 employees won honors at the Project Lifesaver Conference held in Lynchburg, Va., in June. Project Lifesaver provides and monitors transmitters worn by people with Alzheimer's Disease, autism or other disorders that may cause them to wander and become lost.

A GTV3 video produced by Tim Gipson and Stephen Sword won first place in the Public Service Announcement Video Competition. Officer Steven Gaunce placed first in the electronic search competition and Fire Captain Jeff Garris placed third. (The competition involved locating three hidden transmitters.) Gaunce, Garris and Officer Tom Richards also completed an air search certification course and are certified to conduct a Project Lifesaver search from helicopter.

Junior League grants

The Junior League will distribute $50,000 in grants to community agencies including the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center's Mitzi Strode Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, God's Pantry, Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital, the American Cancer Society, Bluegrass Aspendale Teen Center, the Hope Center and Camp Horsin' Around.

Bank's service day

National City closed the lobbies and drive-through windows of its Fayette, Woodford, Jessamine, Scott, Franklin and Clark County area branches on July 16 so employees could spend the afternoon doing community service work at local charities as part of the bank's first Community Appreciation Day. More than 160 employees volunteered at 11 Lexington-area organizations, including God's Pantry, Hope Center and Lexington Humane Society.

"Get On Board'

United Way's Get On Board program is accepting applications for the fall classes in Fayette and surrounding counties. Get On Board is a leadership development program that seeks to increase community involvement by recruiting, training and facilitating the placement of graduates on local non-profit and civic committees and boards. Participants complete a 10-week training program that teaches non-profit board governance and other necessary skills for effective community leadership. There is no cost to participate.

Program graduates are typically placed on non-profit boards based on their interests and skills and the needs and concerns of the participating organizations. Applications will be accepted until Aug. 15. To download an application or find additional information, visit or call 2-1-1. Classes begin Oct. 11 and are held primarily on Thursday evenings through Dec. 18.

Teen challenge

American Idol winner Jordin Sparks, and Staples, Inc. are leading a national campaign asking teens to collect school supplies and drop them off at their nearest Staples store. All school supplies and donations in Lexington will be given locally to the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of the Bluegrass, an educational, not-for-profit organization. The campaign is running through Aug. 31. Lexington Staples stores accepting donations are at 524 West New Circle Road, 2081 Harrodsburg Road and 2321 Sir Barton Way, Suite 140. Visit or

Breast cancer grant

The Lexington Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure has awarded a $53,320 one-year grant to Central Baptist Hospital to increase awareness of the benefits of early detection of breast cancer and to provide access to mammography and breast ultrasounds for those who need them.

VA seeks volunteers

The Lexington VA Medical Center is seeking volunteers ages 14 and older. New volunteer orientation sessions will be offered at 10 a.m. Aug. 12 and at 3 p.m. Aug. 27, in the VA's Cooper Division Auditorium. To attend one of the orientation sessions, contact the Lexington VA Medical Center at (859) 281-4930. Information on available volunteer assignments will be covered at these sessions.

Donate for diapers

Lex-Care, Inc. is seeking contributions for two non-profit programs. The Diapers Program provides disposable diapers to families who are temporarily unable to afford them. The Rides Program provides bus passes or taxi vouchers to individuals in need of transportation to work, job interviews, medical appointments, etc. Tax-deductible contributions can be mailed to Lex-Care Inc., P.O. Box 1328, Lexington, Ky., 40508. (Put ”diapers“ or ”rides“ on check's memo line.) To donate diapers, call Melissa King at (859) 252-7706. To donate bus passes, call Danielle Gilchrist at (859) 255-1047.

Buy 1, get 1 free

The Lafayette Band is selling discount cards with buy-one-get-one-free offers from area merchants. Visit the band's Web site at to see the offers available. Cards are $10 each and have unlimited use for one year. Call (859) 559-0333 to purchase a card.

Golf raises $92,000

The 19th Annual Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation Golf Tournament was held on June 16 at the University Club of Kentucky on Leestown Road. Presenting sponsors of this year's event were the Hammes Corporation, Bluegrass Oxygen and Gordon Food Service. The tournament netted more than $92,000. Proceeds will benefit the Appalachian Outreach Program and the Nursing and Allied Health Scholarship Program. Over the past 19 years, the event has netted over $900,000 to support the mission and programs of Saint Joseph Hospital and Saint Joseph East.

At the conclusion of the tournament 1,000 golf balls were dropped from a helicopter, offering a chance to win $1,000. This year's winner was Mike Marnhout, golf committee chair, who donated the $1,000 prize to the Foundation.

Y has fall signups

The YMCA of Central Kentucky is accepting registrations for fall youth flag football (ages 5-11), T-ball (ages 4-7) and soccer (ages 4-13). Sign up at the Beaumont Centre Family YMCA, High Street YMCA and North Lexington Family YMCA or online at The deadline to register is Aug. 16. Contact the Beaumont Centre Family YMCA at (859) 219-9622, the High Street YMCA at (859) 254-9622 or the North Lexington Family YMCA at (859) 258-9622

Winning writers

The Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning announced winners and finalists from its Next Great Writers Competition. First Place went to Hannah LeGris for her short story Long Enough. Second place went to Trish Lindsey Jaggers for her poems, including We Are Listening. Notable finalists were Flo Brumley, Nancy Cassell, Haines Eason, K. Bruce Florence, Jennifer Gibson, Carrie Green, Jody Greenlee, Marie Mitchell, Paul Prather, Mason Smith, Martha Stiles and Marianne Worthington. View the winning works at

The Center is also accepting manuscripts for its Short Stories Only writing contest. Writers should submit manuscripts of short fiction up to 2,500 words. Include $10 entry fee, cover sheet with writer's name, address, e-mail and phone number and a self-addressed stamped envelope if you wish your manuscript returned. Entries must be postmarked by Aug. 1. Send to Short Stories Only! The Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning, 251 West Second Street, Lexington, KY 40507.

Singers compete

The Kentuckian Vocal Union Chorus of Elizabeth placed 10th in the 2008 World Barbershop Chorus competition held in June in Nashville. Six members of the chorus are Lexington-area singers who are also members of The Kentuckians Chorus of Lexington. Those members are Will Mudd-Simmons, Josh Hamilton, Jon Nicholas, James Pennington, Mike Savarin and Hunter Bryant. This year the Kentucky Vocal Union was one of only 28 choruses in the world to qualify for the competition, which featured competitors from throughout the United States as well as Canada, Sweden and England.

Stack recognized

The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) recognized Dr. Steven Joseph Stack, chair of the department of emergency medicine at St. Joseph East Hospital, as a ”Hero of Emergency Medicine.“ The campaign, which is part of ACEP's 40th anniversary, recognizes emergency physicians who have made significant contributions to emergency medicine, their communities and their patients.

Philharmonic board

The Lexington Philharmonic elected its 2008-2009 Board of Directors. Executive Committee, Board of Directors and Honorary Board Members are listed as follows:

2008-2009 Executive Committee: Larry C. Deener, President; Ellen Karpf, President-Elect; John Carpenter, Past President; C. Charlotte Lakers, Secretary; John Cheshire, VP Development; R. Scott King, VP Finance; Leah Mensah, VP Marketing; David C. Johnson, VP Education; Ann Wheeler, VP Artistic Affairs; R. Douglas Martin, VP Long Range Planning; Sharon C. Reed, Foundation Chair; Marialyce Gradek, Guild President-Elect; Alissa Tibe, Guild Past President; Dr. George Zack, Music Director; and Peter Kucirko, Executive Director.

Board of Directors: Donald G. Barney Jr., Angela Beck, Ned Benson, Dr. Ford Brewer, John Carpenter, Dr. David Cash, John Cheshire, Larry C. Deener, Jennifer Ann Donaldson, Anne P. Gay, Jeffrey L. Gehring, Mollie K. Heron, Lawrence Hobbs, Gregory K. Jenkins, Trudi Jensen, David C. Johnson, Ellen Karpf, R. Scott King, C. Charlotte Lakers, Cindy Leveridge, Rana Lindsay-Rahman, Dr. Kristine Lohr, Sara Lord, R. Douglas Martin, Steve Matherly, Leah Mensah , Michael F. Moran, Dr. Michael Morrill, Dr. Jacqueline Noonan, Sharon C. Reed, Leigh Roederer, Muhammad Saifullah, Dr. Ronald Saykaly, Marian Moore Sims, Sally Spielvogel, BJ Stull, Mary Sue Walker, and Ann Wheeler.

Honorary Board Members: Rose Mary Brooks, Robert Clinkinbeard, Connie Collis, G. Kennedy Engle, Beth Jett, Mary Agnes Melton, Kenneth V. L. Miller, Nancyetta Palumbo, Faye Porter, Vivian Weil, and Isabel Yates.

Leadership academy

Deadline to register for the upcoming Citizens' Leadership Academy program is Aug. 11. The purpose of the academy is equip emerging community leaders with tools to organize, mobilize, develop and engage citizens while building a sense of personal power. Classes run from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 21 through Nov. 6. There are 11 Thursday classes and one Saturday class. The free program is held at Marlboro Park Shelter, 561 Benton Road. Call (859) 299-0306 or (859) 381-1302.

Help at radiothon

Kentucky Children's Hospital needs volunteers to help at the 4th annual The Bear Cares for Kentucky Children's Hospital Radiothon on Aug. 21 through 23. The radiothon is held at the lower level of Lexington Green just outside Joseph-Beth Kids and is broadcast live on 92.9 The Bear. Three-hour shifts are available Aug. 21 and 22 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Aug. 23 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Volunteer opportunities include phone bank, registration table or taking photographs. Contact Angela Clemens, Kentucky Children's Hospital, at (859) 323-8443 or

Eagle Scout

Tyler Spear, 16, a junior at Henry Clay High School, was awarded his Eagle Scout Award on June 17, 2007 for completing the Cumberland Mountain Trail at the Arboretum on Alumni Drive. Tyler's project was supervised by Jim Lempke, curator of native plants at the Arboretum. Over 150 hours of work went into the completion of this trail.

Spear, a member of Troop No. 1789, began his scouting career as a Tiger Cub Scout. He has served in multiple positions in Troop 1789 and has earned 30 merit badges. Spear is the son of Martha Peterson and Brett Spear, who serves as Scoutmaster of Troop 1789.