Fayette County

Fayette County: City offers free mulch Saturday

Yard waste collected by the city's Division of Waste Management during the past several months is now mulch material and will be given away for free Saturday at the former city landfill site at 1631 Old Frankfort Pike.

The mulch will be available for pickup from 8 a.m. to noon, or until the supply is gone. It will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, and one pickup truck load per person.

For more information call LexCall at 311 or (859) 425-2255.

Cake walk at Keeneland

Sweet Blessings' first annual Fondant 5K and 1 Mile Cake Walk will be May 6 at Keeneland's Keene Barn. The non-profit organization creates cakes for 5-14-year-olds living in poverty or with a life-threatening illness.

The 5K begins at 4 p.m. and the one-mile family cake walk begins at 4:15 p.m. Registration is $25 for the 5K and $10 for the one-mile walk. Race-day registration and T-shirt pick-up begins at 3 p.m. The first 200 people to register for the 5K will receive an event T-shirt. Registration forms are available at Sweetblessingscakes.org.

Other activities at the event include ice cream, cupcakes, an inflatable, temporary tattoos, vendors and five rock bands featuring musicians from 8-18 years old.

Awards to amazing people

Eight Central Kentuckians will be honored at 11:30 a.m. May 1 at the Lexington/Downtown Hilton as recipients of Camp Horsin' Around's second annual Amazing 8 awards. Special guest hosts will be former University of Kentucky basketball player Kyle Macy and UK Women's Basketball Coach Matthew Mitchell. The event's emcee will be Ralph Hacker.

The 2012 Amazing 8 recipients include:

The Rev. C. B. Akins, pastor-First Baptist Church Bracktown; Virginia Bell, author, consultant, Alzheimer's association advocate, and founder of the Best Friends Center; Luther Deaton, president, Central Bank; Thomas Dupree Sr., founder, Dupree Mutual Funds; Terry Forcht, chairman/CEO, Forcht Group of Kentucky; Dr. Martha Greenwood, pediatric hematologist/oncologist, UK Pediatric Hospital; William G. Robbins, founder, William G. Robbins & Associates; and Brett T. Setzer, CEO, Brett Construction Co.

Recipients were selected for their long-term efforts to improve the lives of Central Kentuckians.

A special "Camp Champ" Award will also be given to the McDonald's of Central and Southeastern Kentucky.

Tables and individual tickets for the event are available by calling Jackie Nicholson at (859) 268-1324.

Camp Horsin' Around is a camp facility specifically designed and equipped to enrich the lives of children with serious, chronic illnesses and physical difficulties.

Grants available to improve stormwater runoff

The Stormwater Incentive Grant Program is gearing up for its third year of stormwater projects. These grants, funded by the Water Quality Management Fee, provide financial assistance for projects that reduce stormwater runoff, improve water quality and educate citizens about these issues.

Currently, Class A Neighborhood Grants and Class B Education Grants are open for applications.

Class A Neighborhood Grants are available for Fayette County neighborhood, community and homeowner associations incorporated with the Commonwealth of Kentucky that represent single family homeowners or farms.

The neighborhood grants can be used to fund rain gardens, rain barrels, aeration systems for retention ponds, stream bank restoration, neighborhood workshops and other projects that help improve or manage stormwater through education and/or physical improvements.

Projects for the neighborhood grants may be funded up to $100,000 and require a 20 percent cost share of the total project cost. This cost share may be in cash or in-kind donations such as volunteer hours or supplies. Applications are due by May 18.

Class B Education Grants are open to owners and tenants of non-farm, non-single family residential facilities such as businesses, schools, churches and non-profits located in Fayette County that pay the Water Quality Management Fee. In the past, the education grants have been used to fund activities such as development of stormwater-related curriculum for schools, publicity campaigns about water quality, workshops for the public and educational rain gardens.

The maximum award for the education grants is $35,000. For the first $2,500, no cost share is required. Above that, a 50 percent cost share is required. Applications are due by May 11.

Grant selection for both Class A Neighborhood Grants and Class B Education Grants will be in July with the expectation that grant funds will be awarded by the Urban County Council in late fall.

Grant application packets are available for download at Lexingtonky.gov/incentives.

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