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Nourish Lexington sets fundraising drive for Hunger Awareness Month; filling gaps for students, seniors

Nourish Lexington, powered by FoodChain, has announced a fundraising drive starting this month, which is Hunger Awareness Month. It urges the community to provide financial support for this continuing need, which will focus mainly on filling gaps for students and seniors. The goal is to raise $450,000, which should provide approximately 65,000 meals through the remainder of 2020. “This communitywide...

Fayette County Public Schools works with community partners to send seniors out in style

Given that the class of 2020 has had a final semester of high school like none other, Fayette County Public Schools and several community partners are working together to ensure their graduation celebration is one-of-a-kind. Already this spring, seniors at all FCPS high schools and special programs have been feted with social media spots, website tributes and individual deliveries of yard signs. Staff...

GRADD providing hot meals to keep seniors ‘Healthy at Home’ during COVID-19 crisis in Western Ky.

The Green River Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living has been authorized to provide hot meals to all seniors age 60 and over who need them during this COVID-19 crisis. The meals are being made available through Gov. Beshear’s “Healthy at Home” initiative, a testament to his commitment to protecting all Kentuckians, and especially those who are among our most vulnerable citizens. For seniors...

Older Kentuckians demanding lawmakers intervene to regulate high cost of prescription medications

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service AARP members in Kentucky are calling on lawmakers to stop price-gouging by pharmaceutical companies. New surveys from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and AARP show nearly three-quarters of Americans over age 50 worry about the rising cost of prescription drugs. Of those surveyed, 80% said they regularly take at least one prescription drug – yet...

BBB Study: sweepstakes, lottery, prize schemes devastate older victims with evolving tactics

A new report by Better Business Bureau (BBB) says sweepstakes, lottery, and prize schemes are devastating victims financially and emotionally with ever-evolving methods. These frauds concentrate on seniors, targeting them by direct mail, cold calling, social media, even text messages and smartphone pop-ups. BBB warns consumers to be on guard against these serious and pervasive frauds and their perpetrators. The...

Four communities in Kentucky will help their graduating seniors 'Close the Deal'

  State higher education officials joined local, business and education leaders from four Kentucky communities on Aug. 31 to launch Close the Deal. The program helps high school seniors to pursue education after they graduate.   This year Close the Deal programs will be held in October at Grant County, Lincoln County, Paducah Tilghman and Wayne County high schools.   “Close the Deal...

The 16th District PTA is offering scholarships to seniors who are continuing their education

  By Tammy L. Lane Fayette County Public Schools     Members of the Class of 2015 in Fayette County Public Schools are invited to apply for the 16th District PTA scholarships, which help deserving young people continue their education.   The awards are based on financial need, academic achievement and contributions to the community through extracurricular activities. The minimum...

High school students interested in business and accounting can apply for Base Camp

  The Kentucky Society of Certified Public Accountants is taking applications now through Feb. 28 for its tuition-free summer business camp program for high school juniors and seniors.   Held June 14-18 at Bellarmine University’s campus in Louisville, selected students will stay on campus and learn the basics of business and accounting in a hands-on, interactive format.   Tuition,...

10 organizations receive arts assistance grants from the Ky. Arts Council to serve seniors

  The Kentucky Arts Council is awarding more than $50,000 to 10 community organizations that will provide hands-on arts programming to people 65 and older in its second round of funding through the Arts Access Assistance Grant.   “Creative aging and lifelong learning in the arts” was the theme for the fiscal year 2015 grant cycle.   Arts Access Assistance Grants support arts...