Around Frankfort


‘Letters to Santa’ due Dec. 17

Parents can help their children write their own letters to Santa and mail them, with a self-addressed stamped envelope, to: Santa’s Workshop, PO Box 1025, Frankfort, KY 40602 by Dec. 17. Santa will send a personal reply to each child’s letter.

Network plans Thursday event

Network of Women in State Government will have their Holiday Event from noon until 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, in the Community Room at the Paul Sawyier Public Library, 319 Wapping St.

Women working in state government are invited to attend with friends and co-workers for lunch and a time to celebrate the holiday season and making new friends.  A light lunch will be provided. This event replaces the November and December meetings.

Toy drive continues

Blue Grass Community Action Partnership in collaboration with Frankfort Regional Medical Center is collecting toys for low-income households in Franklin County.

BGCAP is accepting donations of new\unwrapped toys, or monetary donations through Dec. 3. At the Christmas Parade on Dec. 4, the toys collected will be given to the Salvation Army who will distribute them to the children.

Donations can be mailed to or dropped off at: Blue Grass Community Action Partnership, 336 St. Clair St., Frankfort, KY 40601.

If you have questions you may contact: Sharon West, Community Developer at 695-5615 or Heidi Winans, Community Programs & Housing Director at 695-4290, ext. 240.

Homemakers Children’s Store Saturday

The Franklin County Homemakers annual Children’s Holiday Store will be open from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4 at the Franklin County Extension Office, 101 Lakeview Ct. Children, ages 4-12, will be assisted by volunteers in purchasing Christmas gifts for family members and friends. They are encouraged to bring a list.

All gifts are priced from 25 cents to $3.

Humane Society elects new officers

The Franklin County Humane Society elected new officers at the monthly meeting of its board of directors for 2010-11. They are Teresa Masters, president; Joe Johnson, vice president; Sue Kirkman, secretary and Stephanie Bramblet, treasurer.

The board also adopted a new Adopt-A-Senior program by which a special one-time adoption fee will be in effect through the rest of the year of $20 for cats 5 years of age and older and $35 for dogs also 5 years of age and older.

In other business, the board discussed moving out of its present facility in Bellepoint and acquiring land and building a new larger facility. The public is invited to present ideas to the board on ways to achieve this ambitious goal.

Paul Sawyier topic of luncheon

The Kentucky Historical Society will host Food for Thought: “Paul Sawyier: A Kentucky Impressionist” at noon on Dec. 8 at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History.

Thanks in part to a 2008 bequest by the late Mary Kelly, of Louisville, KHS is home to more than 100 original Paul Sawyier paintings – one of the largest such collections in the United States. 

A bracelet that belonged to Mayme Bull, Sawyier’s long-time girlfriend, and seven Sawyier works, including “South End, Old Covered Bridge,” “The Old Capitol,” “Bridge Street,” “A Rainy Day in Frankfort” and “Portrait of ‘Mayme’ Bull Within River Landscape” will be on display at the luncheon.

Bill Coffey, owner of Paul Sawyier Galleries Publishers, will provide a closer look at the artist’s life. Coffey became the sole owner and president of Paul Sawyier Galleries Publishers in 1981. 

The menu for this month’s luncheon features cheddar cheese wafers, country ham, Shakertown cole slaw, praline sweet potatoes, green beans, cranberry relish, yeast rolls, rum cake, egg nog and iced tea or coffee.

Tickets to the luncheon, which is part of the KHS Highlighting History series, are $18 for KHS members and $23 for other patrons. To make a reservation, contact Julia Curry at 502-564-1792 or Reservations must be made in advance and are required by Friday.

GED class orientation

Get a head start on your New Year’s resolution by coming to Thorn Hill Education Center to see if you’re ready to take the GED. 

Orientation and sign-ups will be every Monday and Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. and Tuesday evenings at 5 p.m. until Dec. 22. Orientation includes a placement test and class scheduling for the winter term starting in January. 

Thorn Hill offers both day and evening classes and designs classes based on student needs. There is no charge for GED classes. 

Thorn Hill Education Center is located at 700 Leslie Ave. For more information call the center at 875-1481 or visit the website at

Public hearing for FIS facilities plan

Frankfort Independent Schools will hold a public hearing for its District Facilities Plan Nov. 29 at 5:30 p.m. The hearing will take place at the Board of Education office, 506 W. Second St., Suite 2.

Medication disposal day Dec. 4

On Saturday, Dec. 4, the Frankfort Police Department in cooperation with the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office and the Franklin County Health Department will host a “Medication Disposal Day,” a drug retrieval program.  Police ask the community to bring and dispose of expired, unneeded and unused prescriptions and over the counter medications.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Franklin County Health Department, 851 East-West Connector Road, uniformed officers from the Frankfort Police Department’s DARE unit and Franklin County Sheriff’s Department, DEA and Health Department personnel will be overseeing the collection process.  These officers will collect and dispose of the medications in a safe, legal and environmentally conscious manner.

No radioactive materials, chemotherapy medications, needles or sharp instruments will be accepted.  For more information contact Major Fred Deaton at (502) 875-8523. 

African women seminar Monday

Lori Hartmann-Mahmud, a Hower associate professor of international studies at Centre College, will address the Frankfort Chapter of the United Nations Association of the USA on Monday, Nov. 29, at the Paul Sawyier Public Library at 6:30 p.m.

Her topic “Women Wielding Power in Africa” will focus on three African women who are reversing the trend of powerlessness: Ellen Sirleaf-Johnson, current president of Liberia; Wangari Maathai, Kenyan winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004; and Nadine Gordimer, South African author, winner of Nobel Prize for Literature in 1991. 

The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information, call 223-0512.


Want to leave your comments?

Sign in or Register to comment.