Fayette County: Time to apply for utility assistance

The Community Action Council is taking applications for crisis assistance through the federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program.

Eligibility for energy assistance is determined by household size, income and other factors depending on the program.

In addition to LIHEAP, the council operates several energy assistance programs and requirements vary by program. Anyone in need of help should take important documents such as proof of income and utility bills and disconnect notices to one of the council's centers. Proof of income is needed for the previous month for anyone in the household age 18 or older.

Applications can be taken at any of these Community Action Council locations:

913 Georgetown Street, Lexington, (859) 233-4600.

3439 Buckhorn Drive, Suite 100, Lexington, (859) 273-6395.

520 Toner Street, Lexington, (859) 554-4350.

1902 Cambridge Drive, Lexington, (859) 246-1192.

1169 Winburn Drive, Lexington, (859) 294-5249.

18 Clinic Drive, Paris, (859) 987-5277.

217 Old Lair Road, Cynthiana, (859) 234-2121.

149 Scrubgrass Road, Carlisle, (859) 289-7172.

1113 Main Street, Millersburg, (859) 484-3860.

Win a family reunion

The Home Instead Senior Care network is sponsoring a contest designed to keep memories alive for those caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's disease or other dementia.

The "I Will Remember You Family Reunion Giveaway" asks caregivers to submit a story in either written or video format about their experience caring for a patient with the disease.

The contest's grand prize winner will have the opportunity to experience a family reunion. Funded by Home Instead Inc., the franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care network, the reunion will include activities to help family members create and capture special memories together such as a scrapbooking and shadow box station, a memory booth to capture videos, photos or written thoughts, and assistance from a professional family historian to create a family memory anthology.

Attendance of the family member with Alzheimer's disease will be left to the discretion of the grand prize winner. If the individual with Alzheimer's does not attend, the Home Instead Senior Care network will arrange for a local office to provide the family member with in-home care services during reunion activities.

Entries must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Jan. 31. Three finalists will be notified by a judge's panel by Feb. 15. Online voting to select the grand prize winner will occur from March 28 through June 30.

The grand prize winner will be publicly revealed in November, following the family reunion event.

For contest details, visit For information about Alzheimer's disease including a blog and resources, visit

Lexington fire department gets grant

Kentucky American Water has awarded more than $5,000 in grants to 10 Kentucky firefighter organizations through the company's first-ever Firefighting Support Grant Program, established this year. The program provides financial assistance to uniformed, professional and volunteer fire departments serving communities in the company's service territories.

The company considered grant applications requesting funds for personal protective gear, communications equipment, firefighting tools, water-handling equipment, training and other materials used to support community fire protection. Most grants awarded were $500.

Departments and their respective projects receiving funds are:

■ Lexington fire department to replace 25 Personal Protective Equipment hoods that are damaged or out of service.

■ Jessamine County Fire District, Nicholasville, to buy a new training-model automated external defibrillator for responder training.

■ Nicholasville Fire Department to assist in buying ChannelLock No. 87 personal rescue tools.

■ Monterey Fire Department, Owenton, to replace water hoses and address other needs identified by the Long-Term Planning Advisory Committee.

■ Owen County Volunteer Fire Department, Owenton, to replace a folding attic ladder and self-contained breathing apparatus masks, as well as address other needs identified by the Long-Term Planning Advisory Committee.

■ Owen County Life Squad, Owenton, to buy additional EMT Turnout gear, extrication pants and coats.

■ Owenton Volunteer Fire Department, Owenton, to buy additional fire prevention educational materials to replace those distributed to schools each year.

■ Bourbon County Fire Rescue, Paris, to identify and mark fire hydrants in Bourbon County to assist firefighters in locating hydrants that are difficult to identify in rural areas and at night.

■ Clintonville Volunteer Fire Department, Paris, to assist in buying Personal Protective Equipment custom-fit to new recruit specifications.

■ Hutchison Station Fire Department, Paris, to go toward a grass/brush fire trailer for fires in areas that are not accessible to large engines and tankers.

Smoking-cessation class to be offered

Central Baptist Hospital this week begins "Ready When You Are" smoking cessation classes, which will be on consecutive Thursdays through March 1 at Central Baptist HealthwoRx Fitness & Wellness Center in Lexington Green.

This eight-week program, scheduled from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., uses techniques developed by the American Lung Association and is based on the underlying premise that smoking is a learned habit.

Classes are limited to 10, so pre-registration is required. Call (859) 260-6419 to enroll or for information.

Girl Scouts get to sample cookies

Girl Scout cookie sales officially began Jan. 1, and Girls Scouts can get their first taste of the cookies in the Bluegrass region at the Cookie Carnival , 6-7:30 p.m. Jan. 13 in the University of Kentucky Student Ballroom.

Girl Scouts can play games, win prizes and — most important — enjoy a giant buffet line of cookie samples to get familiar with this year's flavors.