Emergency management group gets $3,000

Linda Allen, front, was named the 2013 Hero of the Year by the Bluegrass Chapter of the American Red Cross. Pictured with Allen is board chair Charley Stivers, left, and co-chairs Piers and Connie Harvey.
Linda Allen, front, was named the 2013 Hero of the Year by the Bluegrass Chapter of the American Red Cross. Pictured with Allen is board chair Charley Stivers, left, and co-chairs Piers and Connie Harvey.

The Grainger Foundation has donated $3,000 to the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government's Department of Emergency Management in support of its Community Emergency Response Team program.

"This grant will be used to fund the purchase of response equipment for future CERT classes," said Shelley Bendall, the department's preparedness coordinator.

CERT volunteers take part in 24 hours of training, including disaster preparedness, first aid, emergency response, light search and rescue, fire fighting and team organization, developed by Federal Emergency Management Agency and taught by staff from the department and Fire and Emergency Services.

The donation was recommended by Scott Ward, branch manager of W.W. Grainger's Lexington location.

For more information about emergency preparedness, visit or

Taste of the Bluegrass winners announced

Winners of the 33rd Annual Taste of the Bluegrass held May 17 at Keeneland's Keene Barn were announced in nine categories in both a Judges' Best and a People's Choice vote.

In the Judge's Choice vote, Louisiana Passion won for the fifth time for best soup, while Dad's Favorite Cheese Spread's Stampin' Ground Cheddar Spread won for best appetizer. Turf Catering won best dessert for its Banana's Foster Bread Pudding, and Red State BBQ won best entrée for the brisket slider. John Conti Coffee nabbed best non-alcoholic beverage for its southern sweet tea.

The People's Choice winner for best alcoholic beverage went to Four Roses Bourbon for its Rose 'Rita. Four Roses also won in 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2012. The people chose Brown's Bakery's cupcakes as best dessert.

Turf Catering was named the best decorated food booth, and Four Roses won for best decorated beverage booth.

The Best Kentucky Proud Food Award was given to Natasha's Stone Cross Pulled Pork and the Best Kentucky Proud Beverage Award was awarded to Kentucky Ale.

Alzheimer's training set

Alzheimer's Family Caregiver Training will be from 9 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. June 21 at 1140 Red Mile Place for those who know someone who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia. Local experts, including a neurologist who specializes in memory disorders, a social worker and a dementia educator, will discuss the basics of dementia, caring for a person with dementia and self-care for caregivers. Registration, which is required, is $10 and includes lunch. To register, email or call 1-800-272-3900.

Hero award winner named

The Bluegrass Chapter of the American Red Cross has announced winners in its sixth annual Heroes Campaign, a community awareness and fundraising event that recognizes people who are making a difference in the community, while also supporting the local Red Cross through financial contributions.

A committee of Red Cross volunteers selected Xerox's Dwan McNight, Keeneland's Richard Williams and University of Kentucky's Linda Allen as the three finalists for the Hero of the Year award.

Allen, an admissions officer for the UK College of Health Sciences, a UK employee for nearly 37 years and Red Cross volunteer, was named the 2013 Hero of the Year at a May 16 event at the Marriott Griffin Gate.

In addition, the following individuals were recognized as 2013 Hero of the Year nominees: Jeanni Thompson, Lois Davis, Lt. Brad Polley and Capt. Paul Goodman, James and Sally Higgins, Stephanie Roberts, Janet Francis, and David Jones.

July 4 parade organizers seek floats

Organizers of Lexington's July 4 parade are looking for groups or individuals to enter floats in this year's parade, which will be at 2 p.m. July 4. Entries will be accepted through June 21 and can range from musical or marching units to equestrian entries or colorful floats. Submit a completed entry form and entry fee to the Downtown Lexington Corp., which is in charge of the parade and the Fourth of July Festival.

To submit a parade entry, log on to and look under events for the 2013 Fourth of July Festival. Click on Lexington's Fourth of July Parade to download a parade application.

Two GirlwoRx programs to be offered

Baptist Health Lexington will offer two GirlwoRx programs this summer — June 24-28 and July 29-Aug. 2 — for girls ages 12 to 14 at Baptist Health HealthwoRx Fitness & Wellness Center at Lexington Green Mall.

GirlwoRx is designed to teach girls healthy eating and exercise habits, self-image skills and baby-sitting skills. Classes are held daily from 1 to 5 p.m.

Cost is $125, which includes snacks, T-shirt, baby-sitting certificate and materials. Visit and click on Community Education Classes to register. For more information, call (859) 260-6058.