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Fayette County: March Madness band wins top parade award

Above: Megan Meserve, second from left, and Rachel Childress of Lexington Habitat for Humanity accepted their organization's award from Bill Reed, CEO and president of Kentucky Blood Center, left, and Josh Weinel, S&S Tire's director of retail operations. Habitat tied for second place in S&S Tire's blood-donor  recruiting contest.

Right: Volunteer Jim Hughes accepted for  Ronald McDonald House, the other second-place winner. Accepting for the American  Cancer Society, which came in first, was Denise Sergent, Relay for Life coordinator.
Above: Megan Meserve, second from left, and Rachel Childress of Lexington Habitat for Humanity accepted their organization's award from Bill Reed, CEO and president of Kentucky Blood Center, left, and Josh Weinel, S&S Tire's director of retail operations. Habitat tied for second place in S&S Tire's blood-donor recruiting contest. Right: Volunteer Jim Hughes accepted for Ronald McDonald House, the other second-place winner. Accepting for the American Cancer Society, which came in first, was Denise Sergent, Relay for Life coordinator.

The March Madness Marching Band received the Lexington Mayor's Award in the Fourth of July Festival parade. The entry consisted of colorfully clad musicians marching and playing music. Three other awards were presented: most creative float, Citizens Police Academy; best "non-float," Susan G. Komen for the Cure; and best "green" entry, Bluegrass Sierra Club.

Learn about bike trip to Shakertown

An informational program for those interested in learning about the annual Bike Trek to Shakertown will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Beaumont Centre Family YMCA, 3251 Beaumont Centre Circle.

The bike ride, a benefit for the fight against lung disease, will be Sept. 17 to 19. For information, call 1-800-586-4872 or go to Biketrektoshakertown.org.

Women's chorus looking for new members

Sweet Adelines' Song of the Bluegrass, a women's a cappella chorus, is seeking new members. Membership nights will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday and Aug. 16 and 23 at South Elkhorn Christian Church, 4343 Harrodsburg Road. For information, go to Songofthebluegrass.org or call (859) 274-2334.

Time to apply for EcoART grants running out

The deadline for local artists to apply for this year's EcoART grant program is approaching. Applications are due by 4:30 p.m. Friday.

This is the third year that the program — a partnership between the city and LexArts — has offered artists the opportunity to creatively educate citizens on environmental issues and responsibilities.

Non-profit groups, schools and individual artists may apply for up to $5,000 in grants to fund their projects. Artists do not have to live in Fayette County, but the project must take place here. Previous grantees who have fulfilled terms of previous grant agreements are also eligible.

Applicants are encouraged to submit proposals that involve youth, senior citizens, people with disabilities and low-to- moderate income neighborhoods.

More information on the EcoART program can be found at Lexingtonky.gov/EcoArt. The application for a grant can be found at Lexarts.org/participate/artists.

Senior citizens services panel revamped

A Lexington city commission that has been around for more than three decades has been renamed and reorganized. Senior Services Commission. was formed in 1980 as the Commission for Community Services for Older Persons. Its purpose is to provide leadership for community efforts to protect and enhance the quality of life of older citizens and strengthen their ability to continue as full participants in the community.

Over the years, the commission has recommended various improvements to such services as transportation, health care access, low- and moderate- income programs, information systems, housing and prescription drugs.

Members of the reorganized commission, appointed by the mayor and all from Lexington, are Paul Brooks, Rocky Burke, Barbara Cowden, Mary Crowley-Schmidt, Deborah Danner, Steven Gaunce, Omar Gayheart, Terri Kanatzar, Minna Katz-Brown, Rosa Martin, Robert McClelland, Margaret McCoskey, Shirlyne Mosley, Gale Reece, Nancy Stiles and Bernie Vonderheide.

Ex-officio members are Vice Mayor Linda Gorton; social services commissioner Beth Mills; Lois Davis, designee from the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department; and Tom Wilson, designee from the Department of General Services. Gorton was named the commission chairperson, and Vonderheide the vice chairperson.

The commission meets at 8:30 a.m. on the first Friday of each month at the Bluegrass Area Agency on Aging Building, 699 Perimeter Drive. The public is welcome to attend and to serve on committees. For information, call Kristy Stambaugh, aging services and disability support administrator, at (859) 258-3806 or email her at kstambau@lexingtonky.gov.

Charities win cash for blood-donation efforts

Three Lexington charities collected cash from S&S Tire & Auto Service Centers after winning the S&S Tire $15,000 Charity Challenge.

The American Cancer Society placed first and received $3,500. Lexington Habitat for Humanity and Ronald McDonald House Charities tied for second place and received $1,500 each.

These Lexington winners were three of the 32 area charities that recruited blood donors during May. The charities with the most points at the end of the month received cash from S&S Tire.

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