Thursday, October 07, 2010

Sixth Annual Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Hike

With a beautiful fall backdrop in the Jefferson Memorial Forest, Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch (D-13) is encouraging everyone to get out and enjoy the scenery during the Mayor’s Sixth Annual Healthy Hometown Hike on Saturday, October 16th.

“This is a chance for family and friends to take a scenic hike which is not only good for you but offers an opportunity to enjoy the Jefferson Memorial Forest,” says Welch. “Events like these are the reason why Metro Louisville is seen as a leader around the country in healthy initiatives.”

The Mayor’s Sixth Annual Healthy Hometown Hike begins at 10:00am in the Horine Section of the Forest, 12304 Holsclaw Road. It will offer hiking with beginner, intermediate and advanced trails. Guides will also be available for those who wish to learn more about the Jefferson Memorial Forest. Children will have activities and a nature discovery program will be offered. There will also be hayrides.

Welch is a sponsor of this year’s event and will also have a booth on hand.

“This will be another chance to offer hikers and others access to metro government,” says Welch. “If there is an issue or concern you would like for me and my staff to know about, then let’s talk.”

Welch says the Healthy Hometown program is one of the reasons why Metro Louisville was recently awarded a $7.9 million federal stimulus grant to promote healthy programs and initiatives. The grant will create new initiatives for health and healthy life styles. Welch is a member of the grant steering committee.

“This will be a fun weekend in the Forest so I want to encourage everyone to take a break from your normal Saturday activities and come out and join us,” says Welch . “If you have never been to the Jefferson Memorial Forest, there is no better time to come out and enjoy it.”

For additional info about the Sixth Annual Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Hike, go to or call 502/ 368-5404.

Monday, October 04, 2010

Southwest Debate at JCC

The Southwest Dream Team is holding a mayoral debate on South End issues for the 3 major candidates for Mayor, Greg Fischer, Hal Heiner and Jackie Green. The event will be held on Wednesday, October 6th at 6:30pm. There will be a reception from 6:30 to 7 and the debate will start at 7 and run until 8pm. Sponsors of the debate include the Neighborhood Planning and Preservation group and three area business associations: Shively, South Central and Iroquois. The event will be held at JCC Southwest Campus, 1000 Community College Drive 40272.

The organizers are looking for questions you may have for the candidates. They may be submitted at the Dream Team's website:

Local campaign gets national attention

The Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, which tracks over 6,000 races a year and is charged with helping democrats win and retain state house and senate seats, recently placed Democratic Candidate Marty Meyer's state senate campaign on its Top 20 Must Win Legislative Races.  Meyer is running in the state's 38th Senate District.

Meyer's is the only campaign to make the list from Kentucky, a state where Democrats need to unseat three republicans to take back control of the state senate chamber.

"Of the hundreds of political campaigns being waged across Kentucky and thousands across the nation, I'm honored that our local, grassroots campaign in Southern Jefferson County is being targeted as an 'essential state race'," Marty Meyer said.