Fayette County

Fayette County briefs: Road cleanup honors moms; author to discuss Lafayette's last visit to Lexington

Louis "Buzz" Carmichael
Louis "Buzz" Carmichael Jacob W. Roberts | Photo provided

In honor of Mother's Day, the group Friends of Versailles Road is conducting the "Do What Mom Says and Don't Litter" Versailles Road Cleanup from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Volunteers are needed to help the organization clean litter from a 2-mile loop of Versailles Road.

Participants will meet at 10 a.m. inside the gates of Hillcrest Memorial Park on the north side of Versailles Road at Mason Headley Road.

Garbage bags and gloves will be provided. Buckets, trash-picking poles and reflective safety vests will be distributed on a first-come basis. A volunteer police safety officer will accompany the group.

This is the group's second Versailles Road cleanup of 2012 and is part of the Great American Cleanup.

For more information, contact friendsofversaillesroad@gmail.com.

Library advocate honored

Library advocate Louis "Buzz" Carmichael of Lexington has been recognized with the White House Conference on Library and Information Services Taskforce Award for his commitment to supporting the nation's libraries. American Library Association president Molly Raphael recognized Carmichael at the association's 2012 National Library Legislative Day in Washington, D.C.

The conference gives a non-librarian advocate for libraries who participates in National Library Legislative Day, the annual federal library advocacy event, a stipend to travel to the D.C. event.

Carmichael has been a Lexington Public Library trustee for four years. He was appointed by Gov. Steve Beshear to serve as chair of the State Advisory Council on Libraries and is a regular at library conferences and Kentucky's Library Legislative Day.

To learn more about the award, go to Ala.org/awardsgrants.

The Lexington History Museum will host a presentation by Alan R. Hoffman, author of the only English translation of the journal kept during Gen. Marquis de Lafayette's farewell tour of the United States in 1824-25. It included a stop in Lexington.

The presentation will take place at 3 p.m. Saturday at the museum, 215 West Main Street. The cost is $15, which includes admission to the museum that day.

Lafayette, a hero of the American Revolution and the last surviving general of the Continental Army, visited all 24 states at the time, as well as Washington city, the nation's capital.

On May 14, 1825, he entered Fayette County (named in his honor) and spent a quiet evening at the home of John Keen, which has been fully restored by the Keeneland Foundation.

Hoffman's presentation will generally cover the two-year tour, with a focus on the three days in Fayette County and Lexington.

For more information, call (859) 254-0530 or go to LexingtonHistoryMuseum.org.

Roll up your sleeves and donate

For the fifth year in a row, Kentucky charities are recruiting blood donors in hopes of winning cash in the S&S Tire $15,000 Charity Challenge.

Charity Challenge has a dual purpose: to ensure enough blood is available and to provide financial support for charities.

During May, participating charities are asking friends and supporters to give blood in the name of the charity at any Kentucky Blood Center donor center or blood drive. S&S Tire will award $3,500 to the top winners in each region (Lexington, Pikeville and Somerset) and $1,500 to the runner-up in each region.

During the promotion, the standings will be updated each Monday on KBC's Web site (Kybloodcenter.org) and Facebook page (Facebook.com/kybloodcenter).

The participating Lexington area charities are American Cancer Society, Beaumont Centre Family YMCA, Blue Grass Council Boy Scouts of America, Bluegrass Runners, CASA of Lexington, Friends of Powell County's Pets, Health Now Clinic, Hospice of the Bluegrass, Lexington Dream Factory, Lexington Habitat for Humanity, Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Bluegrass, Rose Mary C. Brooks Place, Scott County Family Resource Center, South Lexington Youth Baseball, St. Edward Catholic Church nd Sweet Blessings. Visit the KBC's Web site for participating charities in the Pikeville and Somerset regions.

Stamp Out Hunger with non-perishables

Saturday marks the 20th year of the Stamp Out Hunger food drive, the nation's largest single-day food drive, sponsored by the Campbell Soup Co. in cooperation with the National Association of Letter Carriers.

Simply place non-perishable foods next to your mailbox before your regular mail delivery on Saturday. Your letter carrier will pick up the donated items and bring them to a local food bank. All donations stay in the area to help residents in need. For more information, go to Stampouthunger.info.