Fayette County: Dentist offers cash for unwanted Halloween candy

Pediatric dentist Dr. Jackie Banahan is putting her money where her mouth is in an effort to reduce gum disease and cavities.

This year, trick-or-treaters can exchange their excess candy for money and receive $1 per pound, for up to five pounds of uneaten, unwrapped candy.

Candy will be collected at Dr. Banahan's office, located at 3141 Beaumont Centre Circle, from 3 to 6 p.m. Nov. 3 and 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Nov. 4. The candy will then be shipped to troops overseas via Operation Gratitude.Wheelchair basketball clinic for kids set for Saturday

A wheelchair basketball clinic for youth ages 6-18 will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Immanuel Baptist Church, 3100 Tates Creek Road. This clinic is an introduction to wheelchair basketball and to being part of a team, and is sponsored by G. Robert Brown, a doctorate student at the University of Kentucky's College of Education, with help from Cardinal Hill and the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government. The event is open to participants with spinal cord, neuromuscular, stroke and orthopedic disabilities. The participant maximum is 20. Find out more at

Candidates forum to focus on domestic violence

Lexington's Domestic Violence Prevention Board will sponsor its 13th annual Candidates Forum Focus: Interpersonal and Family Violence from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Thursday at the Lexington Public Library's Farish Theater.

Candidates for the following offices have been invited: U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Kentucky Senate and House of Representatives, Fayette County sheriff, Fayette County coroner and Fayette Family Court judges.

Jack Pattie, WVLK talk-show host, will moderate. Candidates will not be given the questions before the forum and there will be an opportunity for questions from the audience. For more information, call the Domestic Violence Prevention Board at (859) 258-3803.

Fasig-Tipton getting new marker about former airport

The Kentucky Historical Society will unveil a new marker in front of Fasig-Tipton, 2400 Newtown Pike, at 10 a.m. Nov. 3. The marker tells the stories of Lexington's second municipal airport, Glengarry Field and Fasig-Tipton.

Glengarry Field was dedicated in 1935 and later renamed Cool Meadow Airport. The field had its start when Lexington leased 100 acres on J. Blythe Anderson's Glengarry Farm on May 14, 1934, to build an airport. The city moved commercial traffic to the new Blue Grass Airport in 1946 and Cool Meadow served as a private airport until the mid-1950s. Fasig-Tipton, North America's oldest Thoroughbred auction company, moved its headquarters to the Cool Meadow site in 1972.

Luncheon to mark Jubilee Jobs anniversary

Jubilee Jobs of Lexington is celebrating five years in Lexington and is kicking off its Year of Dignity and Hope with a luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 7 at Malone's Banquets. Rufus Friday, president and publisher of the Lexington Herald-Leader, will speak. Since its inception five years ago, Jubilee Jobs of Lexington has affected the lives of more than 1,500 unemployed people. In 2013, Jubilee Jobs placed 155 unemployed people in permanent jobs. To attend the event or for more information, call Shay Irwin at (859) 977-0136 or email her at

Workshops to tackle Armstrong Mill area plan

A series of workshops for residents and other stakeholders to discuss the Armstrong Mill West Small Area Plan will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Nov. 11 at the Gainesway Community Center, 3460 Milano Road. These workshops are intended to help define neighborhood assets, identify community needs and discuss other planning issues. This small area plan will focus on the area encompassed by New Circle Road, Tates Creek Road, Man O' War and Alumni Drive. For more information, go to

Input from seniors sought

Lexington's senior citizens are being asked for their opinions to help shape Lexington into a more livable city.

Lexington's Senior Services Commission is spearheading the project, with support from the AARP and the Bluegrass Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living.

The Livable Lexington Survey will gauge Lexington's livability, focusing on eight areas that have the most impact on the health and quality of life for older adults: outdoor spaces and buildings; transportation; housing; social participation; respect and social inclusion; civic participation and employment; communication and information; and community support and health services.

For more information, call (859) 258-3806. To take the survey online, go to

Lexington gets special award for streetscape

Lexington received a four-bloom rating and a special award for the best commercial streetscape at the 2014 America in Bloom national awards program held recently in Philadelphia. Lexington also received a special mention for its landscaped areas.

In their evaluation of Lexington, America in Bloom judges stated, "Lexington's economy is an interesting mix of horses, health care, high tech, bourbon, the University of Kentucky and tourism. During the descent of our flight into the airport, we were astounded to see lovely farms with lush green pastures, trees, fences and horses."

The evaluation gave Lexington a score of 831.5 points out of a possible 1,000 points, which produced the four-bloom rating. The highest rating is five blooms.

Alzheimer's group raises $216,000

The Alzheimer's Association of Greater Kentucky and Southern Indiana raised $216,000 at the 2014 Lexington Walk to End Alzheimer's event, the association's largest fundraiser, on Sept. 27 at the Fayette County Courthouse.

Nearly 2,000 individuals gathered to learn about advocacy opportunities, the latest in Alzheimer's research and clinical trial programs, and support programs and services for families dealing with the disease.

This money raised at this year's event will fund support services for the 67,000 Kentuckians and 100,000 Indiana residents living with Alzheimer's, as well as their families and caregivers, while also contributing to research to find a cure. The disease is predicted to afflict more than 86,000 Kentuckians and 130,000 Indiana residents by 2025.