Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

November 15, 2012

Local briefs, 11/15/12

Staff Writer
The Independent

ASHLAND — Sensitive Santa Sunday at mall


Families touched by autism spectrum disorders are invited to Ashland Town Center from 9 to 11 a.m. Sunday to celebrate Sensitive Santa, an event that caters to children with autism and allows them to enjoy one of the holiday’s joyous memories — sitting on Santa’s lap.

For the event, the Santa area will become “sensory friendly,” meaning the lights and music will be turned down, staff will be instructed to avoid loud, distracting movements and the mall will be closed to shoppers.

The mall, in partnership with Worldwide Photography, will give each family a free 4-by-6 photo keepsake.

Surgical weight loss meeting set


The Center for Healthy Living at King’s Daughters Medical Center will host an information session at 6 p.m. Tuesday to explain the surgical weight loss process, available procedures and eligibility.

The next session will be in KDMC’s Health Education Center in the lower level of the Lexington Avenue Parking Garage, 2201 Lexington Ave.

Topics include the most common procedures (laparoscopic gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy and gastric banding) as well as the surgical weight loss process, insurance coverage and other information.

The session is free, but reservations are required. To reserve your seat, call KDMC at (888) 377-KDMC.

‘Cram the Cruiser’ drive begins


Kentucky State Police kicked off the third annual “Cram the Cruiser” food drive on Wednesday.

Food collection sites have been established at all 16 posts throughout the state and at headquarters in Frankfort. The campaign continues through Dec. 14 and is designed to collect nonperishable food items for needy families.

 Food will be distributed to local shelters, churches or other organizations serving those in need during the holiday season. Suggested donations include canned fruit and vegetables, canned meat, macaroni and cheese, cereal, peanut butter, jelly, canned soups, chili or spaghetti sauce, brownie and cake mixes, coffee, water, powdered milk and juices. KSP collected 50,931 pounds of food last year.

‘KSP TV’ airs new episode


Kentucky State Police has released the fourth episode of “KSP TV” highlighting the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division.

KSP Commissioner Rodney Brewer said the newest episode is available on the agency YouTube station and will start appearing on public access stations across the state.

 “This episode details the history of the Commercial Vehicle Division and provides an insiders’ look at what goes on during scale house operations,” he said. “Traffic safety is paramount to our agency, and this division plays an intricate part of that effort.”

 “KSP TV” consists of short films in documentary-style format that highlight the inner workings of the agency, giving the public a unique look inside of the agency.

 To view KSP TV, follow the electronic link http://www.youtube.com/user/kentuckystatepolice?feature=mhee.