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Nominations open for ‘Kentucky Women Remembered’

The Kentucky Commission on Women is seeking nominations of outstanding Kentucky women for the “Kentucky Women Remembered” watercolor exhibit in the Capitol.

Nominations are due Nov. 2, and forms are available at

Nominees must have been born in or spent a significant part of their lives in Kentucky and may be living or dead. Their actions or achievements should have influence outside their communities or elevated the status of women statewide in a significant manner.

The program, which began in 1978, displays portraits of exceptional women in state history. For more information, visit or call 564-2611.

KSU invites parade participants

Kentucky State University will host the annual homecoming parade on Saturday, Oct. 13. This year’s theme is the same as last year, “Uniting Generations, Securing Futures.”

The Homecoming Committee invites organizations to participate in the parade, which starts at 9:15 a.m. in the State Office Building parking lot on the corner of Clinton and High streets.

Parade units should be in the parking lot by 8 a.m. Participants should see a member of the parade committee upon arrival to be placed in the lineup.

The deadline for entry forms has been extended to Oct. 1. Organizations that do not pre-register will not be permitted to participate in the parade.

For more information, contact Annette Bruce at (502) 597-5948, or Kim Jones at (502) 597-5792 or Ron Banks at (502) 597-5998.

KCDC meets Tuesday, audit on agenda

The Kentucky Capital Development Corporation will meet 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the KCDC office, 109 Consumer Lane.

Items on the agenda include a presentation of the 2010-2011 audit by the Charles T. Mitchell Company, a letter of support for a Trail Town USA application and a closed session to discuss industrial prospects and land acquisition.

Pumpkin festival at Happy Jack’s today

Happy Jack’s Farm is hosting its first Great Pumpkin Festival today from noon to 4 p.m. Kids can choose their pumpkins from the Happy Jack harvest, feed goats or get their faces painted. Admission is free

Take a run at the farm in the Pumpkin Patch Run during the festival. Register in advance at Cool Comfort Shoes in Frankfort or enter the day of the race at the farm. A donation of $10 to the Leukemia Society is requested. A donation of $20 or more nets a race T-shirt.

Chef Ouita Michel, of Holly Hill Inn in Midway, will introduce her Taco Loco cart. Nat Henton, of Woodford County, will prepare prawns from his Big Shrimpin’ harvest for a shrimp boil lunch. For $15, Nat will serve up enough shrimp and vegetables for two. Kid-friendly food will be available, as well as pumpkin treats like beignets and cookies by The Midway School Bakery in Midway.

Happy Jack’s Farm is located at 966 Hickman Road. Call 859-695-7518 for more information.

Chili cook-off at hospital Saturday

Frankfort Regional Medical Center is hosting a community chili cook-off Saturday at the hospital as a fundraiser for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Proceeds will benefit the Kentucky Pink Connection, an organization that provides support for breast cancer patients by reducing and eliminating barriers to screening, diagnosis and treatment. Tickets will be sold for $1 each to sample individual chili or $5 for six tickets.

The chili cook-off is being held in conjunction with the hospital’s Pink Poker Motorcycle Run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The hospital is still looking for individuals or organizations to enter chili into the competition. There is no entry fee for the competition. To enter the competition or get more information, call 502-226-7500 or visit

Health Department offers flu shots at CCU

The Franklin County Health Department will be at Commonwealth Credit Union to administer flu shots Friday, Oct. 12.

FCHD will administer shots both in the 1425 Louisville Road branch and as a drive-up. Shots will be given from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Cost is $25 and is payable by cash, check, Humana, Medicare Part B and Medicaid. Eligible recipients must be 18 years of age or older to receive a flu shot.

Holiday grief support group meeting Thursday

Hospice of the Bluegrass will offer its annual support group for adults who are living with the loss of a loved one during the holiday season from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday at the Hospice Community Building, 643 Teton Trail.

The meeting is open to anyone in the community. Contact Melinda Simpson for more information at 223-1744 or (800) 926-1302.

Workshops on aging at Senior Center

Kentucky State University students taking a class on aging and health will be offering a series of workshops on aging and health promotion for seniors at the Senior Activity Center, 202 Medical Heights Drive, beginning Oct. 12 and continuing on Nov. 2 and Dec. 7. The sessions will begin at 10 a.m. and last for about an hour. The program is under the direction of Dr. Amanda Sokan.

The clinic will begin with one-on-one interaction between gerontology students and class participants in a fact-gathering class that will profile individuals’ specific needs or problems and establish easy, life-changing goals and methods for dealing with them. During the course, participants will build on what they are discovering about themselves and learning through the workshops. Topics to be addressed will include weight management, nutrition, spirituality, lifestyles and elder abuse.

Throughout the program, students and participants will build on what was established early in the program. The final workshop will review goals reached and what progress was made in achieving a better understanding to promote a positive outlook and good health. Achievements will be recognized during the final session with a review, rewards and a special celebration of the accomplishments of both the students and seniors who participated in the program.

For more information or to enroll in the program, call Mary Elaine West, activity coordinator, at the Senior Activity Center at 502-223-5794. Participation is limited and advance reservations are necessary.

Peaks Mill Water District changes meeting date

The date for the regular October board meeting for the Peaks Mill Water District has been changed. The meeting will now be held Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. at the PMWD office, 7165 U.S. 127 North.

Solar tour set for Saturday

The Capital Area Solar Tour is set for Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. The bus tour begins and ends at Capital Plaza Hotel, 405 Wilkinson Blvd.

To register for the tour, call 502-514-3312 or email

The Capital Area Solar Tour is organized by the Kentucky Solar Partnership and the Frankfort Climate Action Network. A guided bus tour will visit four sites in Franklin and Owen counties, visiting two homes and two businesses that offer a range of solar energy and green building features.

The tour will visit Earth Tools Inc., Capital Plaza Hotel, the Barkley/Harrod home and the Mary Frank Slaughter home.

The cost is $10 per person, $5 per student. Pre-registration is required to reserve a seat on the bus. Seating is limited.

Sheriff elected to Ky. Sheriff’s Association board

Sheriff Pat Melton has been elected to the 2013 Board of Directors of the Kentucky Sheriff’s Association, according to a release from the KSA.

Melton was elected to the 10-member board during the 83rd annual KSA conference in Louisville Sept. 17-21, the release says.

“Sheriff Melton is most deserving and has always represented Kentucky Sheriffs in a positive manner, KSA Executive Director Jerry Wagner said in a statement. “I feel sure he will continue to stand for Kentucky Sheriffs along with the citizens of Franklin County and the commonwealth during his tenure.”

Sun may cause inconvenience for FPB cable customers

Frankfort Plant Board cable customers may experience some programming interruptions in the coming weeks due to the sun’s position possibly interfering with satellite feeds.

Twice each year, the sun is directly in line with ground-based satellite dish antennas used to get cable TV programming, FPB said in a release. The sun’s energy overpowers the C and Ku band signals transmitted by the satellites, according to the release.

That may happen periodically from Friday through Oct. 18, the release says.

Customers may see minimal screen tiling or, for those with advanced set top converters, “One Moment Please” messages on affected channels, the release says. Channels will only be affected between one to five minutes, and some may experience issues twice a day, according to the release.

All cable networks may be affected, and local network affiliates for NBC, CBS, ABC and Fox may also be impacted if national programming is broadcast.

County school board to talk goals, renovation

The Franklin County Board of Education will meet 6 p.m. Monday at Central Office, 916 E. Main St.

Items on the agenda include a discussion of Superintendent Chrissy Jones’ goals and 90-day plan as well as an update on renovations at the Franklin County Career and Technical Center.

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