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Fayette | Centenarian honors an ancestor

Cordia Britton Jones, 100, of Lexington, recently attended a worship service and veteran's memorial at Old Mud Meeting House near Harrodsburg. She received the traditional casket flag for her great-great grandfather Samuel Britton Sr., a Revolutionary War Veteran. Jones' great-granddaughter-in-law, Kirsten Kissel, also of Lexington, accompanied her.

Jones says she doesn't let the years slow her down. She plays bridge, volunteers at a hospital and wears high heels. According to an obituary published in the Harrodsburg Herald in 1926, her relatives include James Curry Britton, a Civil War veteran, and Samuel Britton Jr., a veteran of the Mexican War.

Taking applications for Christmas assistance

The Salvation Army will take applications for its Angel Tree and Mountain of Love Christmas assistance programs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 6, 7, 20, 21, 27 and 28, and Nov. 4 and 5. Those requesting assistance should apply in person at the Salvation Army, 736 W. Main Street, Lexington and bring the following items: photo ID, social security cards for each person in the household, and proof of income and residency.

Dozens of volunteers are needed to assist with Christmas applications. Anyone interested in helping should contact Denise Koenig, casework supervisor, at (859) 252-7706, Ext. 305, or dknoenig@salvationarmylex.org.

Special Olympics holds Young Athletes Program

Special Olympics Kentucky is offering its Young Athletes Program in Lexington for the second time in an expansion of a program that serves the youngest population in Special Olympics history. The Young Athletes group will meet from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays in the ARC Gym at Anchor Baptist Church, 3691 Winthrop Road, Lexington. The program begins on Oct. 1 and runs through Nov. 5.

The Young Athletes Program is an innovative sports play program that serves as an introduction to sports for children ages 2 to 7 with intellectual disabilities. The program is designed to meet the physical and developmental needs of children with physical activity and play, with an emphasis on sports skills in a non-competitive environment. The program emphasizes family involvement and encourages parents and siblings to get involved and participate with their Young Athletes Program member.

The traditional Special Olympics sports program serves individuals 8 and older. The Special Olympics Play Activities Program, which Young Athletes replaces, began serving children at age 5.

For more information or to register a new athlete, contact Melissa Hardison at 1-800-633-7403 or mhardison@soky.org.

Winner of Hagyard Challenge Series

On Sept. 18, Margie Engle of Wellington, Fla., received a $50,000 check for earning the most points in the 2009 Hagyard Challenge Series. The Hagyard Challenge Series is a show-jumping competition at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington throughout the summer. Composed of seven grand prix events, the Hagyard Challenge Series ended Sept. 18 with the $50,000 CSI-W Lexington Grand Prix. Engle finished second in that event, earning the $50,000 leading-rider bonus, awarded to the series' top rider.

Sanders-Brown Center to honor Senior Stars

Joe Elias Isaac, 83, a Cumberland native who lives in Lexington, was recently selected by the University of Kentucky Sanders-Brown Center on Aging Foundation's board of directors as a 2009 William R. Markesbery Senior Star, exemplifying graceful aging. Isaac and the other Senior Stars, Al Feher, 85, of Lynch; Maurae Hunley Foster, 86, of Glasgow; and Effie Kemp, 82, of Murray, will be honored at the UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging Foundation's 23rd annual dinner Oct. 6 at the Marriott Griffin Gate Resort in Lexington. For more information, call the foundation office at (859) 323-5374 or e-mail Jbing3@email.uky.edu

Bluegrass Green Expo has space available

The sixth annual Bluegrass Green Expo is Oct. 24-25 at The Lexington Center, and exhibit space is available.

Kids' Expo volunteers, food samplers, artists, entertainers, renewable energy exhibitors and other educators and demonstrators are needed.

Several new attractions this year include cooking demonstrations by local chefs using local food, and there will be free samples. Call Ben at (859) 523-4773 or go to www.bluegrassgreenworks.org for details.

Wilderness Road Council gains $5,000 grant

Girl Scouts of Kentucky's Wilderness Road Council recently received a $5,000 grant. The New York Life Foundation annually awards as many as 40 grants of $5,000 each to the most compelling child-related projects submitted by eligible New York Life employees, agents or retirees.

The New York Life Foundation Grant will be used to support Girl Scout leadership development programs.

Second Sunday coalition is taking applications

Lexington's Second Sunday coalition is accepting applications for health and health-related event exhibitors until all for-profit positions are filled. Second Sunday will be in downtown Lexington from 2 to 6 p.m. Oct. 11.

In Lexington, a one-mile loop of streets will be closed for the Second Sunday event, including parts of Main, Short, Mill and Deweese streets. There will be activities and demonstrations along the loop as well as exhibits and music at the new courthouse plaza and Cheapside Park.

Exhibitor applications can be downloaded from www.secondsundayinlex.com. The cost for an exhibit area is $100. More information is available at www.lexingtonky.gov/index.aspx?page=2064 or by e-mailing secondsunday@lfucg.com.

Second Sunday is a statewide campaign intended to be a catalyst for improving Kentucky's health status.

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