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Fayette County: Annual Christmas bird count is at hand

Loretta Powell
Loretta Powell

The Audubon Society of Kentucky's Christmas Bird Count will be from dawn to dusk Saturday in and around Fayette and Jessamine counties. Bird watchers will meet for breakfast at 7 a.m. at Denny's Restaurant on Nicholasville Road, and the count will begin shortly after. After a day of counting species and individual birds within species, the group will end the day with a potluck and a bird tally at a member's home. For information on the count or to take part in the count, call Betty Maxon at (859) 948-1824 or David Lang, (502) 867-1118.

Health care workers honored

The Kentucky Association of Health Care Facilities recently recognized several Lexington-area long-term care providers with quality awards at the association's annual meeting and Quality Awards Banquet at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville.

Tanbark Health Care Center in Lexington was named the 2010 Northern Bluegrass District Facility of the Year. The award is presented in each of the association's five districts to nursing homes that have demonstrated an outstanding level of achievement in the past year.

"Tanbark is an outstanding facility that has built a long tradition of commitment to quality care for its residents," association chairman Wanda Meade said. "Our long term care profession salutes administrator Conjuna Collier, and the entire staff for their dedication and professionalism."

Other winners from Lexington and surrounding areas were: Conjuna Collier, Tanbark Health Care Center, Lexington, Northern Bluegrass District administrator of the year; Matt Foltz, Tanbark Health Care Center, Lexington, Northern Bluegrass District Medical Services Award; Sheree Garner, Tanbark Health Care Center, Lexington, Northern Bluegrass District personal care home caregiver of the year; Stephanie Jones, Rockcastle Regional Hospital and Respiratory Care Center, Mount Vernon, Statewide and Eastern District registered nurse of the year; Sam Livingood Jr., Bourbon Heights, Paris, Northern Bluegrass District registered nurse of the year; Kristy Mink, The Terrace Nursing and Rehabilitation Facility, Berea, Eastern District Social Services/Admission Award; Gretchen Minton, Tanbark Health Care Center, Lexington, Northern Bluegrass District Dietary Award; Loretta Powell, The Terrace Nursing and Rehabilitation Facility, Berea, Northern Bluegrass District State registered nurse aide of the year; and Penny Upton, Tanbark Health Care Center, Lexington, Northern Bluegrass District Social Services/Admissions Award.

Youth team is Rocky Top champ

Lexington Youth Football League's Wildcats 6U team won the Battle of Rocky Top, defeating teams from Ohio, Florida, South Carolina and Tennessee. In the championship game, the Wildcats defeated the Spartanburg Gators from South Carolina by a score of 20-6. The Wildcats outscored their opponents in the tournament 68-12 to win the National Rocky Top Champion title.

The LYFL 8U Wildcats took third place in the tournament. In 2010, the team was the 7U National Rocky Top Champion.

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