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The Frankfort Independent Board of Education will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Frankfort High School library. Agenda items include reports on personnel and the district’s one-to-one laptop initiative.


The Franklin County Cooperative Extension Service will be closed Tuesday between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. in observance of the passing of former FCS agent Nancy R. Edwards.


Frankfort Halloween trick or treating will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31. The Frankfort Police Department asks that children over 12 not wear a mask. Children should also avoid costumes and masks that impair vision and make it difficult to walk.

Wear bright colors that can be seen by motorists or apply strips of reflective tape to a costume. Parents should escort their children or have an older brother or sister accompany younger children. Children or their escorts should carry a flashlight after dark, and they should all cross streets only at intersections.

Children should only trick or treat in familiar neighborhoods and only visit homes with an outside light on.

Parents should inspect their children’s treats before kids eat anything.

Motorists should be extra cautious as some children may run from behind parked vehicles.


Frankfort Police will sponsor “Operation Safe Treat 2012” on Oct. 31 from 6-8 p.m. Police personnel will distribute treats in the lobby of the public safety building, 300 W. Second St.

Treats will come in a highly reflective bag that contains tips for safe trick or treating.


Kentucky 4-H President Ryan Halligan of Franklin County was recently named a member of the Kentucky 4-H Foundation Board of Directors.

By virtue of his election as State 4-H President, Halligan, 19, a student at Bluegrass Community and Technical College in Lexington, has a seat on the Kentucky 4-H Foundation Board as a youth representative.

“I’m honored to be a Kentucky 4-H Foundation Board member,” Halligan said. “I’m involved in a lot of programs that wouldn’t be funded or possible without support from the Kentucky 4-H Foundation.”

The Kentucky 4-H Foundation’s main mission is to advance the Kentucky 4-H program, said Foundation Chairman David Wallace.

Wallace, a Caldwell County native and former Kentucky 4-H State Vice President, said Halligan exemplifies the values and mission of Kentucky 4-H and the Foundation’s commitment to 4-H programs across Kentucky.

“The Kentucky 4-H Foundation is proud to have Ryan Halligan as a board member,” said Wallace, a Northern Kentucky attorney. “Ryan will be able to learn more not just about 4-H, but also about the role the Kentucky 4-H Foundation plays in Kentucky 4-H. The board welcomes his insight, enthusiasm, energy and involvement.”

Halligan, who grew up in Franklin County, credits 4-H with improving his confidence and public speaking.

“I didn’t grow up on a farm,” Halligan said. “I grew up in the suburbs. But I got involved with 4-H in school at a young age and began showing livestock. Through 4-H I met a lot of people and I was able to give speeches and participate in demonstrations that helped me become more confident in communicating and speaking in public. Without 4-H, I would have missed out on so many opportunities and experiences that have helped me many ways.”


The Senior Activity Center, 202 Medical Heights Drive, will host its last dinner/dance of the season Thursday starting at 5 p.m.

The popular big band group Young at Heart will provide entertainment and chef Shelley Morrow will provide an autumn meal.

Admission is $10 per person. Call 502-223-5794 to register. Space is limited.

The center now accepts Visa, MasterCard and American Express credit cards for all payments and for making donations.


Franklin County will provide roadside leaf collection on a call-in basis. Residents should have leaves bagged and set by the road.

Contact the Franklin County Road Department at 502-875-8760 to take advantage of the service. Bags over 50 pounds will not be picked up.


Mary Lou Philpot, of Frankfort, has been named to the KET Friends Board, a statewide network of volunteers who work to advance KET’s mission in their communities.

Philpot is retired from radio broadcast media and is an active member of the community, having been involved with the YMCA, Salvation Army and Expo Board.

Members of the KET Friends Board promote programs and services in their own communities, plan and host special events and meet several times a year to share ideas for new initiatives. The board includes representatives from each of 35 districts that together cover all 120 Kentucky counties.

Those interested in learning more about the Friends of KET can contact Julie Schmidt at or 800-255-0657.

More information about KET programming and education services, as well as how to support KET, can be found at


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 Friday 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.


The Kentucky division of the United Nations Association of the United States of America is inviting the public to its United Nations Day 2012 Celebration luncheon on Oct. 27 in Frankfort.

The event, themed “Solutions for a Prosperous World,” will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Capital Plaza Hotel. Adel S. Elmaghraby, chairman of the Computer Engineering and Computer Science Department at the University of Louisville, will be the special guest.

Four people who immigrated to Kentucky from Iraq, Somalia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo will also share their stories.

The event is co-sponsored by the United Nations Association – United States of America chapters of Frankfort, Lexington and Louisville. Lunch is $25 for regular attendees and free for students on a first-come, first-served basis and $15 for students after that.

Attendees must register by Oct. 22 by mailing a $25 check per lunch, made payable to KDUNA, to Mr. Gus Ridgel, Treasurer, 312 Cold Harbor Drive, Frankfort KY, 40601. Include your name, address, email, phone number and lunch choice: chicken, steak or vegetarian.

For info email or call 267-6883.

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