RUSS HATTER PROGRAM SET FOR SENIOR CENTER
Frankfort historian and museum curator Russ Hatter will be at the Senior Activity Center, 202 Medical Heights Drive, Monday at 10:30 a.m. for a program on the history of Frankfort. There is no charge for the program.
There is also no fee for membership at the center, which is open to adults age 60 and older or those with a spouse 60 or older for membership. The center offers services, opportunities, classes, exercise programs, entertainment, shops and a variety of activities for seniors. It also offers a daily hot lunch provided on a donation basis.
HUMANE SOCIETY FOOD/SUPPLY DRIVE TODAY
The Franklin County Humane Society is having a food/supply drive at Walmart today from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
FRANKLIN COUNTY HIGH CLASS OF 1977 REUNION
Members of the Franklin County High School class of 1977 are invited to join their classmates for an evening of music and memories Aug. 3 in observance of the class’ 35-year reunion. Visit the class of ‘77 welcome table at the Downtown Frankfort summer concert on the Old Capitol grounds beginning at 7 p.m.
Bring your families, chairs and blankets and take advantage of food and refreshments offered by downtown merchants and vendors. This will be a casual event to catch up and reminisce with classmates. This is the only event planned for the 35-year reunion. Members of the Frankfort High School class of 1977 are welcome to join the FCHS reunion celebration.
STROKE AND OSTEOPOROSIS SCREENINGS AUG. 9
Area residents can be screened to reduce their risk of having a stroke or bone fracture. Thornhill Baptist Church will host Life Line Screening Aug. 9 at 1142 Holmes St.
Screenings are fast, noninvasive, painless, affordable and convenient. Screenings identify potential cardiovascular conditions such as blocked arteries and irregular heart rhythm, abdominal aortic aneurysms and hardening of the arteries in the legs, which is a strong predictor of heart disease. A bone density screening to assess osteoporosis risk is also offered and is appropriate for both men and women.
Packages start at $149. All five screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete. For more information regarding the screenings or to schedule an appointment, call 1-877-237-1287 or visit www.lifelinescreening.com. Pre-registration is required.
CLIMATE UPDATE FROM LOCAL U.N. TODAY
An update on climate change issues and RIO+20, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development held in Rio de Janeiro in June, will be provided by Bill Miller, producer and moderator of the Global Connections TV program, at the Unitarian Universalist Community of Frankfort at 10:45 a.m. today.
Miller is president of the Frankfort chapter of the United Nations Association of the USA and serves on the organization’s national board. The programs are aired locally on Cable 10.
Miller was formerly chairman of the UNA’s national council of chapters and division presidents and has also been active in Rotary International and Toastmasters International. He served as Rotary alternate representative to the United Nations from 2007 to 2010.
The public is invited to the service, which will be at 859 E. Main St. A discussion period will follow, and refreshments will be served.
SHELTER ADOPTIONS AT PETCO
The Franklin County Humane Society, along with about five other animal shelters, will have portable adoptions available in the Petco parking lot, 340 Leonardwood Drive.
Adoptions will be available 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today.
The event is free and adoption fees vary among shelters.
MILITARY SERVICE ON STATE IDs ON HOLD UNTIL FALL
Military veterans who want to designate their service on driver’s licenses and other state identification cards will have to wait until fall.
The state awarded a contract worth about $350,000 to Morphotrust, a Massachusetts-based software company, to design a digital license and ID system per House Bill 221, which allows veterans to show their service on state-issued IDs.
Lisa Tolliver, a spokeswoman with the Transportation Cabinet, said the system is not complete but will be available to all county courthouses in the fall, though an exact date has not been set.
HB 221 became law Tuesday after it passed this year’s legislative session.
RECYCLING REWARDS PROGRAM STARTS
Franklin County’s complimentary two-year membership to Recyclebank, a recycling rewards program, is now in effect.
Under the program, residents can earn points for recycling and then redeem those points for a variety of prizes. Possible prizes include gift cards for iTunes and Panera Bread and discounts for products from Bed Bath & Beyond and Neutrogena.
The complimentary membership came after Franklin County was chosen to represent Kentucky in the 2012 National Recycling & Sustainability Championship, sponsored by SC Johnson. A city or county was chosen from each state.
Prizes will be awarded to the top-performing communities, including a $100,000 grant for a green community project. Even if Franklin County doesn’t win, residents will still receive the complimentary Recyclebank program for two years.
For more information and to sign up, go to www.recyclebank.com.
HEARN ELEMENTARY REGISTRATION
Hearn Elementary School registration dates are set for Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for all students who have not completed registration papers for this school year.
Parents or guardians are asked to bring proof of residence, such as a piece of mail that includes a current mailing address.
ESTATE SALE RUNS THROUGH END OF MONTH
An estate sale to benefit the Franklin County Women’s Shelter at 624 Shelby St. will continue throughout July. Women’s clothing, household items, tools, silver and glassware, wrought iron patio sets and framed artwork are among the items featured at the sale.
The estate sale will be held noon-6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays.
For more information, visit www.fcwomensshelter.com or call 352-2843.
ZOOLOGIST WILL GIVE TOUR OF ELKHORN CREEK
Aquatic zoologist Steve Marple will show guests the rich aquatic life – including many fish, mussels and other stream critters – of Elkhorn Creek at 10 a.m. Saturday.
Bring old shoes to walk in the creek. Pre-register or call with questions at 564-4957 or 229-1427. Woods and Waters Land Trust will sponsor the event.
REVIVAL AT GRAEFENBURG CHRISTIAN CHURCH
Revival services begin at Graefenburg Christian Church today at 11 a.m. and run through Friday with services held at 7 p.m. each evening. Brother Faron Franklin will be the evangelist. The church is located at the intersection of U.S. 60 and KY 151.
This revival was incorrectly said to be at the Graefenburg Baptist Church in Friday’s edition of The State Journal. It is, in fact, at the Christian Church.
REGISTER FOR HEARTWOOD YOUTH MUSIC COMPETITION
Kentucky Heartwood invites youth to register for a music competition at the 7th Annual Kentucky Heartwood Music Festival July 28 in Millville.
The competition is open for kids 8-12 years old and 13-18 years old. Winners receive a $100 prize and a trophy created by Jeff Alexander. For more information about the competition and the festival, visit www.kyheartwood.org.
KHS HOLDING CIVIL WAR LUNCHEON
The Kentucky Historical Society is hosting a “Food for Thought” luncheon called “Kentucky’s Bookends to the Civil War: Ma. Robert Anderson of Fort Sumter” noon Wednesday at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History.
Don Rightmyer, editor of Kentucky Ancestors, will discuss Anderson, a U.S. Military Academy graduate and commander of Fort Sumter in Charleston, S.C., at the start of the Civil War, according to a KHS press release. Rightmyer will look at the family history and Kentucky heritage that prepared him for the Civil War.
The luncheon includes a BLT spread, crackers, coleslaw, fried chicken breasts, green beans, parsley potatoes, cantaloupe, yeast rolls, chess pie, iced tea and coffee.
Tickets cost $18 for KHS members and $25 for general admission. To make reservations by Friday, contact Julia Curry at 564-1792 extension 4414 or email@example.com.
UNITED WAY SEEKING COMMITTEE VOLUNTEERS
The United Way of Franklin County is seeking volunteers to serve on its Community Investment Committee. During October, this committee, made up of seven panels, thoroughly reviews United Way partner agencies to ensure compliance with United Way standards, offer suggestions for improvements within each agency, recommend 2013 funding to the board of directors and more.
The time required is 10-12 hours. To take part, contact Nena Velasquez by Aug. 3 at 502-875-1675 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SUMMER PROGRAM FOR FCHS GIRLS
Franklin County High School Youth Services Center is offering Girls Rock! this summer, a free group for girls.
The program is based on the book “Ask Elizabeth” by Elizabeth Berkley, and will cover topics like self-esteem, friendship, family relationships and goal-setting. There will also be cultural activities, including henna tattoos and Chinese character writing.
Any female FCHS student can sign up for the sessions, which run Monday through Friday, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Youth Services Center room.
Contact Amy Nance at 502-352-2151 or Amy.Nance@franklin.kyschools.us to sign up or for more information.
RETIREES TO TALK HEALTH INSURANCE TUESDAY
The Bluegrass West Chapter of Kentucky Public Retirees will meet 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at VFW Post 4075 on Second Street.
Speakers will be trustees Bob Henson and Susan Smith, who will discuss proposed changes to health insurance for Medicare-eligible retirees.
The Kentucky Retirement Systems’ Health Plan Committee recommended changing from the current self-insurance plan to a Medicare Advantage Plan through Humana. Henson and Smith voted against the switch.
A $5.50 lunch – hot roast beef or turkey sandwich, mashed potatoes and gravy, dessert and a drink – will be served. Contact Judy Ellis at email@example.com for reservations.
LEUKEMIA SOCIETY FUNDRAISER TODAY
Leesa Unger is conducting a fundraiser today from 4-7 p.m. at Happy Jack’s Pumpkin Farm, 966 Hickman Hill Road, in an effort to raise $6,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. She has signed up with Team in Training and will participate in a marathon in Dublin, Ireland.
Money from the fundraiser will be added to the $1.2 billion that Team in Training has already raised for the group.
Today’s event will feature raffle items, food, drinks, music and handmade jewelry by Cathy Tomlinson of Bijou Beads, with 30 percent of Tomlinson’s sales going to the effort.
BUFFALO CHASE 5K NETS $12,000 FOR VFW FIREWORKS
Around $12,000 was given to VFW Post 4075 for the Fourth of July fireworks, sponsored by Buffalo Trace Distillery, with proceeds coming from the Buffalo Chase 5K. Nearly 700 runners participated in the event.
BENEFITS AVAILABLE FOR VETERANS
A representative from the Kentucky Department of Veteran Affairs will be at the Office of Employment and Training Thursday to assist veterans and widows/widowers in filing for federal and state benefits for veterans and dependents.
Some requirements do apply, and a copy of the veteran’s discharge papers will be needed. The representative will be at the Office of Employment and Training, which is located at 275 E. Main St., from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday.
Call 1-800-747-9963 to make an appointment for the free service.
DEADLINE MONDAY FOR FARMER ASSISTANCE
Monday is the deadline for farmers to file for several U.S. Department of Agriculture assistance programs.
The annual crop certification deadline is Monday, when producers must file reports for all crops and land uses, including failed acreage and prevented planting to ensure they receive the maximum benefits from the USDA Farm Service Agency, according to a news release from the USDA.
Monday is also the deadline for when acreage reports on crops covered by the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program should be filed. Those reports can be filed with a county office either by Monday or no later than 15 calendar days before the onset of harvest or grazing of the acreage being reported.
For more information, contact the Kentucky State Farm Service Agency in Lexington at (859) 224-7601.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL CALENDAR
The Vacation Bible School calendar is growing shorter and will likely end in the next couple of weeks. While things are wrapping up, take time to snap a few pictures from VBS, being sure to identify everyone, left to right, tell us what’s going on, the church and the VBS’ theme. Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
>Frankfort First Church of the Nazarene, 124 Myrtle Ave., Tuesday through Friday, 6:30-8:30 p.m. for kids age 3 through sixth grade. Theme: “Operation Overboard, Dare to Go Deep With God.” For more information, call 223-0292.
>St. John A.M.E, 210 Clinton St., Monday through Saturday, 5:30-8:30 p.m. for youth, teens, young adults, adults and potty-trained 3 year olds. Theme: “Champions for Christ.”