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Garden: Echinacea is an ancient medicinal plant used by the North American Indians for colds, coughs, sore throats and tonsillitis. Even today, Echinacea angustifolia is used internally against respiratory and urinary tract infections and externally for the treatment of poorly healing wounds.Official Flower of Lexington
Lexington has spoken and our city’s official flower is the Purple Coneflower. Over the summer, residents submitted their votes for the Official Flower of Lexington. Mayor Linda Gorton made the announcement last month during a news conference.

Leaf Collection
The city’s 2019 vacuum leaf collection program is scheduled to begin on Monday, November 4. The vacuum pickup is offered once a year for single- family homes that receive city waste collection service. The vacuum leaf collection program is a supplement to the year-round yard waste options.

Trash it!
Saturday October 12 is Trash Disposal Day at the Bluegrass Regional Transfer Station at 1505 Old Frankfort Pike. Drop off a level pickup load of bagged household waste and up to four tires (off the rim). This event is not for hazardous waste.

Hazardous Waste?
Fayette County residents may drop off household hazardous waste for disposal on Saturday October 19 at 1631 Old Frankfort Pike. Info, LexingtonKY.gov/ HHWevent.

Garden: large christmas treeGOT A TREE?
Do you have a large evergreen tree that is nicely shaped that you want removed from your property? If so, consider donating it for the city to use for Lexington’s holiday season

City officials will evaluate all trees and select the two chosen for the city Christmas trees. If your tree is chosen, the City and Kentucky Utilities will coordinate with the property owner remove it in early November. There’s no financial compensation, however, removal of the tree and stump grinding is free.

The chosen trees will be placed in Triangle Park and in front of the KU building on Quality Street. They will be decorated and lit Saturday, November 30, as part of Luminate Lexington presented by Kentucky Utilities. The trees need to meet the following guidelines:

40- to 50-feet high
20- to 25-feet wide
Be a Norway spruce; Colorado blue spruce; or a Douglas fir

Access must be provided with clearance of at least 10 feet in width, with no power lines growing in the trees; There should be no other obstacles, such as buildings that may prevent access; Must be able to back a low-boy trailer up to the tree and place KU trucks on either side.

Property owners should call LexCall at 311 or Victoria Hamm at (859) 277-8703 if they want to donate a tree. You will be contacted by the city if your tree is chosen.

Burn ban for Fayette County
Fayette County is under a burn ban by the Lexington Fire Marshal until October 7 at 7 am. This means people living within the county lines cannot set fires outdoors including: refuse, cooking, and construction debris. Even those with open burn permits are not allowed to burn outside.

 

EVENTS

Oct 12        Lexington City-wide Free Trash Disposal Day, 6 am, 1505 Old Frankfort Pike

Oct 16       Lunch with Louie, 11:30 am, Lexus of Lexington

Oct 19        Household Hazardous Waste Collection, 1631 Old Frankfort Pike

Oct 26       Fall Bird Seed Sale Fundraiser, 8 am, Southern States

Events may require tickets or registration. Times, dates, and locations subject to change.

 

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This article also appears on page 24 and 25 of the October 2019 print edition of Hamburg Journal.

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