The free pick up day for the summer quarter will be July 9-13 on residents’ scheduled pick up day.
During the week, residents can set out extra trash for collection from yards, garages and basements in 32-gallon trash cans or bags not exceeding 50 pounds. The city issued overflow bags will not be required.
Old household appliances, furniture, and other items will be picked up, but tires, petroleum products and chemicals will not.
Residents can take electronic waste to the recycle facility on Rouse Avenue.
For more information about the quarterly free summer pick date call the public works department at 352-2088.
Regular city trash pickup for July 4
There will be no change to the city’s trash and recycling pick up on July 4. The city asks those who have Wednesday as their trash collection day to place their garbage and recycling carts at the curb by 7 a.m.
Please contact the Solid Waste Department at 875-8527 with any questions.
SFNA plans July 4th parade
An Independence Day Parade and Ice Cream Social, sponsored by the South Frankfort Neighborhood Association, begins at noon Wednesday. Participants are invited to decorate bikes, trikes, strollers or wagons in patriotic colors and meet at the corner of Paul Sawyier Drive and East Fourth Street for the start of the parade.
After the parade participants are invited to meet at Dolly Graham Park where there will be an ice cream social and tour of the new Fantasy Forest. For additional information call Katie Carney at 330-7072.
City, county offices closed for holiday
All offices of the Franklin County Clerk, Fiscal Court, and District, Circuit and Family Courts will be closed Wednesday in honor of Fourth of July. Regular business hours will resume Thursday.
City offices will be closed Wednesday for the Fourth of July holiday.
There will be limited bus service. The J.A.R.C. route will run 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and the Saturday route will run from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Peaks Mill Water District will be closed on Wednesday and will reopen on Thursday at 8 a.m.
School board to consider job descriptions
The Franklin County Board of Education will meet Monday at 6 p.m. at Central Office, 916 E. Main St.
Agenda items include approval of 2012-2013 membership rates, additions and revisions to job descriptions, creation and elimination of positions, revised classified and athletic salary schedules, and policy and procedure updates.
Jobless vets may qualify for training
Unemployed veterans may qualify for up to 12 months of job training through the new Veterans Retraining Assistance Program.
The program, which is being offered through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Labor, starts today.
To qualify, a veteran must be 35-60 years old, be unemployed, not be dishonorably discharged, not be eligible for any other VA education benefit program, not be in receipt of VA compensation for unemployment and not be enrolled in a federal or state job training program.
Participants also must be enrolled in an education program approved for VA benefits at a community college or technical school, and the program must lead to an associate degree, non-college degree or a certificate, and provide training towards a high-demand occupation
Participants may receive up to 12 months of assistance equal to the monthly full-time payment rate under the Montgomery GI Bill-Active Duty program, which is currently $1,473 a month.
Spots are limited. For more information and to fill out an application, visit benefits.va.gov/vow.
Estate sale kicks off Saturday
An estate sale to benefit the Franklin County Women’s Shelter kicks off this Saturday at 624 Shelby St. and 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 sale is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The estate sale will also 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.
Recycling rewards start Monday
Franklin County’s complimentary two-year membership to Recyclebank, a recycling awards program, begins Monday.
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.
Grief class set for Thursday
Hospice of the Bluegrass will conduct its drop-in grief education class for adults that will help participants deal with normal grief reactions, grief’s impact on the family, handling special days and self-care during grief. The class, “Grief 101,” is set for Thursday, July 5 and is open to any adult in the community.
It will meet from 5:30-7 p.m. in the Hospice Community Building, 643 Teton Trail. Contact Melinda Simpson, LCSW for more information at (502) 223-1744 or (800) 926-1302.
Workshop focusing on genealogical blogging
At the next Kentucky Genealogical Society/Kentucky Historical Society “Second Saturday” family-history workshop, two experienced genealogists/bloggers will demonstrate how to use blogs to connect with other researchers, share genealogical information, identify ancestors and find family stories.
“Welcome to the Blogosphere,” set for July 14 at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, will feature two sessions. During the morning, presenters Cheri Daniels and Linda McCauley will provide an overview of genealogy blogs, the helpful community of bloggers and the dynamic information network bloggers have created.
The workshop will begin at 10:30 a.m. and end at 1:30 p.m. A light lunch will be available for $6 if requested at time of registration and paid for at the door. To register, phone the center’s library reference desk at (502) 564-1792, ext. 4460, or send e-mail to KHSrefdesk@ky.gov.
The discussion will include various types of blogs and pointers on how to read or follow blogs in an organized and practical way. The afternoon session will cover various blogging formats and demonstrate how to start a public or private blog in a matter of minutes.
Participants do not have to be bloggers or prospective bloggers to benefit from the sessions.
Daniels is senior librarian/reference specialist at the Kentucky Historical Society, a professional genealogist, historian, researcher and co-founder/president of Pastology LLC. She writes several blogs, including journeyspast.blogspot.com.
McCauley is a veteran researcher who has been blogging about her own family history at “Documenting the Details” (lfmccauley.blogspot.com) since 2009. Both Daniels and McCauley were official bloggers for the National Genealogical Society 2012 Conference in Cincinnati in May.
For more information on this and future Second Saturday family-history workshops, visit http://history.ky.gov. Click on “Family Historians” at the top of the page.
Church celebrating Houston’s anniversary
First Baptist Church, 100 Clinton Street will host the Third Year Pastoral Anniversary for its senior pastor, Robert Earl Houston Sr. The celebration will take place the weekend of July 14-15.
On Saturday evening, July 14 beginning at 6:30 p.m., there will be a concert by gospel recording artists, The Golden Crowns. The group has been together for more than 50 years. Doors will open at 6. The concert is free and open to everyone with doors opening at 6. A love offering will be received during the concert for those who wish to contribute.
On Sunday, July 15, Pastor Paris L. Smith Sr., Evergreen Baptist Church, Lawrenceburg, will be the guest speaker at the 8 a.m. worship service and Pastor Barton Elliott Harris of Westwood Baptist Church, University Center of Nashville, Tenn., will be the guest speaker at the 11 a.m. service.
For more information about any of the events, call 223-5152.
Music camp set for Immanuel
Registration is now underway for the 17th annual Musical Day Camp Production at Immanuel Baptist Church, 1075 Collins Lane. The camp is for children who have competed grades 1-6.
The camp is scheduled for July 16-20, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. daily with performances of the production, “Never Give Up,” set for Saturday and Sunday, July 21 and 22. Camp participants are required to take part in the two productions.
The cost is $25/child that includes a T-shirt, fees for two outings, craft supplies and snacks. For registration forms and other information, call the church (223-7601) or email Dr. Naomi Walker, email@example.com, music/worship pastor. Pre-registration is encouraged.
Vacation Bible School calendar
If you would like to have your Vacation Bible School listed, please send the information to Philip Case, firstname.lastname@example.org, drop it by the newspaper, 1216 Wilkinson Blvd., or mail it in.
>Crestwood Baptist Church, 1006 East Main St., July 8-12, 6-8:30 p.m. Theme: “Backstage with the Bible.” For more information call the church, 695-2088.
>Graefenburg Baptist Church, U.S. 60 just across the Shelby County line, July 8-12, 5:45-8:45 each evening. Theme: “LifeWay’s Amazing Wonders – Aviation, Ps. 147:45.” For more information call 223-5325 or visit www.gbcfamily.com.
>First Christian Church, 316 Ann St., July 9-13, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. for children entering grades one through eight. “Seeking God Through Music,” For more information call the church, 223-2346 or visit email@example.com. Download registration form from www.1stchristianfrankfort.org or register Monday, July 9.
>New Harvest Assembly of God, 3864 U.S. Hwy 127 July 9-13, 6:30-8:30 p.m., ages 3-10. Theme: “Praise Where You Get Down and Lift God High.” For more information or to pre-register, visit frankfortnewharvestassemblyofgod.org.
>Bethel Baptist Church, 8200 Owenton Rd., one-day VBS on Saturday, July 14, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Theme: “Bethel’s Water Wonderland.” Activities include: lesson, crafts, music, water games, dunking booth, cookout, and popsicles. Bring a towel and suitable clothing for outdoor/wet activities. Transportation available by calling 227-7278 or 352-4259 for information or transportation.
Indian Gap Road to close for bridge replacement
Work is scheduled to begin the week of July 9 for a construction project on KY 2919 (Indian Gap Road) in Franklin County. This roadway will be closed near the intersection of KY 1707 (Camp Pleasant Road) to allow for replacement of the bridge over Camp Pleasant Branch.
MAC Construction of New Albany, Ind., was awarded the $400,000 contract for the project by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.
During this road closure, motorists can detour via KY 1707 and KY 1262.
All work is scheduled to be completed by Aug. 1. Actual starting date and duration of work are subject to change in the event of inclement weather or other unforeseeable delays.
For construction and traffic updates, visit http://transportation.ky.gov/District-5/Pages/District-5-Traffic-Advisories.aspx. Traffic information for all eight counties in District 5 is also available at www.facebook.com/KYTCDistrict5. Dial 511 or log on to 511.ky.gov for the latest in traffic and travel information across the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
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 one of the two sessions offered, June 11-15 or July 16-20, 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.
Robotics camp at FCPS
Franklin County Public Schools is conducting two three-day camps at Elkhorn Middle School covering basic robotics setup and skills. Camp dates are July 9-11 or July 23-25.
Some topics covered will include robot basics, building robots and classroom competitions. Cost for the camp is $75.
Applications are available on the FPCS website at http://franklin.kyschools.us/Downloads/MS%20robot%20camp%202012.pdf.