Fayette County: Tanya Torp recognized for community efforts

Tanya Torp
Tanya Torp

Tanya Torp, founder of "Dare to be Bold," recently won an Impact Award presented by the Bluegrass Alliance for Women.

The Impact Awards are presented annually to recognize women whose professional and/or community activities further the alliance's mission, which is to empower women and girls within the 17-county Bluegrass Area Development District in leadership, education, health and well-being, equity and economic sufficiency.

The awards were presented March 19 during a luncheon.

Torp was described as always seeking to have young women or girls recognize who they are and who they can be. She volunteers on the boards of the Lyric Theatre, Central Kentucky Peace and Justice and the Advisory Council for East Seventh Street Kids Café, a soup kitchen for kids in her neighborhood. She also serves as secretary on the William Wells Brown Neighborhood Association and mentors a high school senior.Lexington native marks 40 years in martial arts

Lexington native William (Billy) Bishop was inducted into the U.S.A. International Black Belt Hall of Fame in Pittsburgh, Pa., in November. Billy was awarded the elite title Master Seventh degree Black Belt by Grandmaster John Kanzler. He was also awarded five certificates, a plaque and a Hall of Fame induction ring.

Bishop's teacher and sponsor is Grandmaster John Fernandez. Bishop has had his own school and taught for 36 years, never charging any student for classes, and is currently teaching at Tates Creek Christian Church.On Tuesday — Healthcare Decision's Day — Hospice of the Bluegrass will host a public forum to discuss The Conversation Project, the nationally acclaimed program dedicated to helping people talk about their wishes for end-of-life care before it is needed.

The forum will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Grief and Loss Center at 2312 Alexandria Drive. The event is free. Seating is limited, so register by Friday by calling (859) 296-6895 or emailing

The forum will include a light dinner and a panel of end-of-life experts to walk attendees through The Conversation Project workbook, as well as ways to encourage conversations within their families. Notaries will be on-hand to formalize documents, if requested.

Copperfield gets grant to renovate tennis courts

Copperfield Neighborhood Association was awarded a grant from the United States Tennis Association in New York for the renovation of its tennis courts. The association seeks to assist communities leverage their tennis facilities to promote healthy activity and to improve their programming by advancing the latest tennis innovations. The popular 10-and-under tennis for kids and adult leagues will be offered.

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Sewer project to be explained Monday night

Citizens can learn about a sewer improvement project in the Alumni Drive-Buckhorn Drive area at a meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday at St. Luke United Methodist Church, 2351 Alumni Drive.

Lexington's Division of Water Quality will present information on the replacement of the East Lake sewer trunk. The sewer trunk replacement is an improvement project required under a legal agreement the city signed after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency sued Lexington for alleged violations of the federal Clean Water Act.

The project will replace approximately 2,000 linear feet of an existing 15-inch sewer line that serves the East Lake subdivision area with 18-inch and 21-inch pipes. The project is scheduled to be bid in early summer, with construction estimated to begin in August or September.

Smiley Pete's Happy Hour to aid literacy campaign

Happy Hour at Smiley Pete's Lounge, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 17, will benefit the Carnegie Center's Cycle of Literacy Campaign. The event will feature the Patrick McNeese Band. Cost is $10 and includes one drink ticket. Athenian Grill Food Truck will be on-site and will donate 15 percent of its sales to the Carnegie Center. The event will be held at the Smiley Pete Office, 434 Old Vine Street.

Thoroughbred ownership seminar slated at Keeneland

The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association will host an ownership seminar at Keeneland Race Course at 7:15 a.m. April 19. This is an opportunity for anyone who is interested in becoming a Thoroughbred owner, or for those who are already involved but would like to learn more to get a short course in Thoroughbred ownership.

The seminar will include an optional track-side morning workout demonstration and continue through lunch with industry speakers. Attendees are provided breakfast, lunch and a day at the races.

The registration fee is $75 for association members, $100 for non-members, and includes all support materials, breakfast, lunch and grandstand seats for the afternoon's races.

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