COVID Causes: Neighbors Give Back
neighborhoodRenee Jackson Insurance Agency and Barney Miller’s partnered to help donate Food 4 Kids. Donations benefit 200 kids each day in the Lexington Woodhill Community Center outreach program. Email to coordinate safe, socially distant pick-up and drop-off in Fayette County.

BalanceBleu, a Lexington based meal prep company, offers their packaged meals for half price or free to folks in the service industry who have lost work as a result of COVID 19.

Cabela’s and Bass Pro Shop have donated PPE in the form of 6,000 face masks to the University of Kentucky Hospital.

Drake’s and Columbia’s partnered with local organizations to serve food to healthcare professionals in the neighborhood on multiple occasions.

Harbor Freight Tools donated their entire supply of personal protective equipment items to front line hospitals with 24 hour emergency rooms in the communities served by Harbor Freight stores. Lexington’s location is on Winchester Road. The personal protective equipment items include N95 Masks, Face Shields, and Nitrile Gloves.

The Keeneland Shop and Keeneland Mercantile are donating 100% of the proceeds from online purchases throughout the month of April to Nourish Lexington, an initiative to provide warm meals to friends and neighbors during tough times. Meals are prepared and delivered by Lexington hospitality workers who have been affected by the COVID-19 closings. Meals are distributed to hospitality industry families, other families in need, seniors in affordable housing apartment complexes, and children and their families through family resource coordinators.

Hamburg Farmers’ Market

Fresh produce from Bluegrass Farmers’ Market (photo by Austin Johnson/ Hamburg Journal)

Bluegrass Farmers Market plans to open for the season on May 2. Hours will be 9 am to 2 pm on Saturdays in the Hamburg Liquor Barn parking lot.
Vendor Guidelines

  • Handwashing station at each vendor booth
  • Sanitizing frequently touched surfaces at least once each hour
  • Where possible, have one person (with sanitary gloves and mask) handle money or vouchers and another to handle food or products
  • All vendors will wear masks according to the latest requirement
  • Encourage pre-orders from customers
  • No sampling or cooking at the market, no reusable bags
  • Discourage food handling by customers by using an empty table in front of the product table.

Customer Guidelines

  • Follow written and verbal instructions to minimize health risks
  • Do not enter if you feel sick
  • Social Distancing
  • One at a time (encouraging just one member of the household at the market)
  • Browse with your eyes, not your hands
  • Pre-orders are encouraged
  • Keep it moving to discourage socializing
  • Go cashless if you can
  • Wash your hands

Development in the Neighborhood
Anderson Communities has applied for a zone change on Todds Road, behind the Baptist Church at Andover, to build a 258-unit senior living facility. This is the second attempt to re-zone and develop this plot of land. The Urban County Council denied a zone request from Clover Communities in early 2019 a er opposition from nearby residents. Anderson spoke with the Andover Neighborhood Association before filing the new zone change request to address the neighborhood’s issues. The association is expected to review the proposed changes at an upcoming virtual meeting.

Fayette County Public Schools has recently purchased 47 acres of land on Polo Club Boulevard to construct a new middle and elementary school.

Online Programs at the Library
All six branches of the Lexington Public Library are closed at this time. In light of these recent closures, they have opened a “seventh” virtual branch to o er online programs for people at home. With the launch of their first online-only program in 2019, they have expanded their services.

  • Cookbook Club: Mondays at 2pm on Facebook Live
  • Book Club for Short Reads: Mon-days at 8pm on Facebook Live
  • Storytime Programs: Tuesdays at 11am on Facebook Live
  • Sing Along with Samya: Thurs-days at 10am on Facebook Live
  • Tech Thursdays: live, online help to discuss Libby app, classes, and other technology questions Thursdays at 11am on Facebook Live
  • Storytime Program: Saturdays at 11am on Facebook Live
  • Genealogy Chat: Saturdays at 1pm on Facebook Live

Pandemic Project
Lexington History Museum is encouraging the Lexington community to share their unique Lexington Pandemic experience. The museum wants to build an historical record for a historian to review when it becomes time to write the history of Lexington in the pandemic. Your post can be as long or short as you like, and feel free to include a photo or two. If you want to be part of Lexington history, send your experience to:, with the subject line Virus.

Photo by Megan McCardwell

Tee Time
City golf courses are re-opening to the public. To comply with social distancing guidelines, only one passenger will be allowed in each golf cart and tee times will be set 15 minutes apart. Sta will sanitize carts between rounds. Guests must schedule their time and pay online prior to arriving at the course.

Most private golf courses are open and require a reserved tee time. Please call your specific club for special hours and reservations.

What’s that smell?
Kentucky American Water’s upcoming water distribution system “flushing” program involves simultaneously opening several fire hydrants in an area to increase water flows and therefore clean water mains of any mineral deposits and sediment that may have built up since the company’s last flushing activity.

Fayette County’s distribution system will be flushed in the evening and early morning hours; it began on April 23 and will continue through May 6.

During the flushing process, customers may notice a stronger taste or smell in tap water. To reduce a heightened smell or taste of chlorine in tap water, refrigerate cold tap water in an open pitcher. Within a few hours the chlorine taste or smell should disappear.

The water remains safe to consume, but Kentucky American advises customers they may want to avoid such activities as washing clothes when crews are flushing in their areas, since there is potential for discolored water that could stain clothing.




This article also appears on page 6 and 7 of the May 2020 print edition of Hamburg Journal.

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