LemonAid stands reap big benefits

Participants and ­sponsors in the Salvation Army's 2008 LemonAiD campaign have raised $40,964.17. According to the Salvation Army, 2,070 registered participants (a 104 percent increase over last year) set up 327 lemonade stands (a 54 percent increase over last year) to raise money for the Salvation Army emergency shelter. For participants who missed the July 23 finale, proceeds may be dropped off at or mailed to the Salvation Army, 736 West Main Street, Lexington, Ky 40508. The organization hopes to raise an additional $10,000.

Nominations sought

Nominations are being sought for the Lexington-Fayette County Environmental Commission's annual awards recognizing individuals, organizations, businesses and/or institutions that have significantly contributed to the improvement of the local environment during the past two years. Awards will be based on any one or a combination of the following criteria:

■ Improvements in air, water and soil quality (i.e., elimination and/or reduction of pollution).

■ Elimination and/or reduction of litter and waste.

■ Aesthetics, or visual improvement through landscaping and/or architectural design.

■ Educational projects that enhance environmental awareness.

Any project started or substantially completed in 2006, 2007 or to date is eligible for recognition. Submit nominations of local individuals, businesses, organizations and/or institutions to James R. Rebmann, Division of Environmental Policy, 6th Floor, 200 East Main St., Lexington, Ky 40507. Nominations should include the nominee's name, address and an explanation of how the nominee meets the awards criteria. The nominator's name and phone number also should be included. Nominations should not ­exceed 350 words and should be postmarked by Sept. 2. Photographs can be included, if appropriate. For information or to request a nomination form, contact Rebmann at (859) 425-2809 or

JCPenney helps Central Ky. YMCA

The JCPenney Afterschool Fund has awarded a grant of $10,200 to the YMCA of Central ­Kentucky to help more children participate in after-school programs. This gift is one of 340 similar grants being awarded by the JCPenney Afterschool Fund to YMCAs around the country.

Gift to God's Pantry

God's Pantry Food Bank received $6,150 from the Food Lion Charitable ­Foundation. God's Pantry will use the gift to defray ­transportation costs in feeding the hungry throughout the organization's 50-county service area in Central and Eastern Kentucky.

Parks' 10-year plan

The Lexington Division of Parks and Recreation will hold a series of public meetings this week that will help set the future of parks programming for the next 10 years. Meetings will discuss the parks master plan and the plan for Hisle Park, an undeveloped 225-acre parkland on Briar Hill Road on Lexington's east side. A meeting will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday at the Senior Citizens Center, 1530 Nicholasville Road. Two Hisle Park Master Plan Public Meetings will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Bryan Station High School, 201 Eastin Road (attend either one). For more information, contact Sharon Caruso at (859) 288-2960.

Drive for the Feast

Moveable Feast, a non-profit organization in ­Lexington that feeds people living with HIV/AIDS and Hospice of the Bluegrass patients and their caregivers, is in need of delivery drivers.

The routes are Monday through Friday from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

Contact Terry Mullins at (859) 252-2867

A Blizzard benefit

On Thursday, the sales of every Blizzard sold at participating Dairy Queen and DQ Grill & Chill locations in Kentucky and all over the United States and Canada will benefit Children's Miracle Network. Last year's inaugural event raised $3.3 million in one day.

Scouts win Silver

Girl Scout Cadette Troop No. 21 had nine scouts earn and receive the Silver Award at the Girl Scouts of Kentucky's Wilderness Road awards ceremony on June 1. The Silver Award is the ­highest award a scout can earn in the middle school years. The project was an emergency preparedness and safety fair for 101 junior and brownie scouts last April at Tates Creek Christian Church.