Fayette County | UK law librarian wins twice in photography contest

Law reference librarian Ryan Valentin, of the Alvin E. Evans Library in the University of Kentucky College of Law, was named a winner in two categories of this year's American Association of Law Libraries "Day in the Life of the Law Library Community" photo contest. Valentin's photos competed in a pool of 125 photos submitted from nearly 50 AALL members at 35 law libraries across the country. His images took first place in two of seven categories: "Librarians as Expert Researchers" and "Librarians as Trailblazers in New Technologies." As a winning photographer, Valentin's pictures were framed and exhibited at the AALL annual meeting held in July, in Portland, Ore. The winning photographs also will appear in the organization's monthly magazine, Spectrum, this December.

Boy Scouts camp out on a ship

Local Boy Scout Troop 41 recently participated in overnight camping program aboard the World War II aircraft carrier USS Yorktown, located on Charleston Harbor in South Carolina. They received morning and evening meals in the mess hall aboard the ship. During the trip, Scouts also toured the World War II submarine Clamagore, World War II destroyer Laffey and the World War II Coast Guard cutter Ingham and took a boat ride to Fort Sumter, site of the Civil War's first battle. The troop is sponsored by Immanuel Baptist Church in Lexington. Scout Master is John Cook.

Mike Owens is named Farm Manager of the Year

The Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers' Club recently named Mike Owens as the 2008 Farm Manager of the Year. The criteria for the award are excellence in farm management, service to the KTFMC and service to the community. Owens is a former stable owner and a past president and Board Member of the KTFMC, where he was closely involved in Kentucky Equine Management Internship for young people interested in careers in the Thoroughbred industry.

Owens was active in the early days of Kentucky Equine Education Project and currently serves as the Fayette County Team Leader for KEEP. He also serves on the board of the Fayette County Farm Bureau, has served on the Lexington/Fayette County Urban Government Board of Adjustment, and was recently appointed to the Lexington/Fayette County Urban Government Planning Commission. He will be honored at the annual KTFMC Premier Event Oct. 10.

Calling young artists

Artists under age 18 are encouraged to create artwork to sell Oct. 18 during Museum GO Round, a street festival sponsored by Explorium for emerging young artists. The event offers free admission to Explorium, live performances with Radio Disney and other activities. Call (859) 258-3253 Ext. 22 or e-mail

Bike trip raises $8,600 for charity

Jeffrey T. Pearson, of Pearson and Peters Architects in Lexington, recently biked 425 miles in six days to raise awareness of diabetes and support the American Diabetes Association. Pearson traveled from Lexington to Kankakee, Ill., where his father lives. His father has lived with Type 1 diabetes for 50 years. The trip raised more than $8,600 for the American Diabetes Association.

Volunteer walkers needed

Nathaniel Mission is looking for volunteers to walk for sponsorship for the 2008 "Nathaniel Mission Walk ... Every Step Counts" fund-raiser. Monetary donations from individuals, organizations and churches are also being accepted. Nathaniel Mission, a non-profit organization, runs the Nathaniel Mission Clinic, a medical care clinic for underinsured and uninsured patients. The clinic operates through volunteer support from doctors, dentists, nurses, pharmacists and other health care professionals and non-professionals. Nathaniel Mission also offers a vet clinic, clothing and food distribution. Proceeds from the Mission Walk go to fund the organization's activities.