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 South Oldham Fire seeks volunteers

The South Oldham Fire Department is currently accepting applications for volunteer firefighters. Volunteer firefighters must be 18 years old. The fire department provides full training, personal protective equipment, and pagers for its volunteer force.  Training classes began March 23, and the group meets at 7 p.m. Mondays. Applications are available at the fire station, 6310 Old La Grange Road in Crestwood.  For information, contact Kevin Parker at 639-5050 or visit www.SouthOldhamFire.com   OCPD offers Citizens’ Police Academy The Oldham County Police Citizens’ Academy was developed to provide a better understanding between residents and the police department through education. The academy has been expanded to include a variety of members of the criminal justice system. Information is provided to academy participants about a wide variety of law enforcement functions by the personnel who perform the services. Discussions between the citizens and police officers create an understanding that participants can take back to their communities.  Participants are expected to share the realistic view of the police and other departments in the justice system with other residents to improve the efficiency of law enforcement in the county.  The next class of the Citizens’ Police Academy begins April 14. The purpose of the program is to provide information to Oldham County residents so they can make informed judgments about the criminal justice system. Proper understanding can dispel common suspicions and misconceptions and increase police-community cooperation. The police department, in return, becomes more aware of the feelings and concerns of the community from residents. Class topics include criminal investigations, patrol, K-9, crime prevention, emergency management, use of force, evidence  procedures, traffic enforcement, search and rescue, firearms training, personnel, and the drug task force. Additionally, instructors from other agencies involved in criminal justice will present classes on 911 dispatch, the prosecutor’s office, public defenders, and the court system. The academy meets on weekday evening for three hours. Each academy session runs for 10 weeks and is limited to 25 participants. The academy requires a substantial commitment. Participants are required to attend nine of the 10 sessions to successfully complete the academy and receive a Certificate of Completion. Participation is free of charge. All Citizen Academy graduates are eligible to become members of the alumni association. Participants must be at least 18 years old. Applicants may be considered on a case-by-case basis. Applications are available online at OldhamCountyPolice.com   Crestwood resident named to Futurity First Owners Cabinet Greg Gorman of Crestwood, manager of the Futurity First Insurance Group’s Louisville branch office, was recently appointed to the company’s Owners Cabinet. Futurity First is an independent insurance distribution organization specializing in the financial security and retirement needs of middle-income families, business owners and seniors. The company operates community-based branches across the United States. According to Edward Berube, president and CEO of the company, the Owners Cabinet consists of a select group of branch managers who have demonstrated superior leadership and performance in the development of their local branches. Members of the Owners Cabinet represent their colleagues in advising Futurity First executive management on best practices and continuous improvement.  Gorman has more than 10 years of experience in the insurance and financial services business. He joined Futurity First in August 2008 and currently has 15 agents serving the life and health insurance and annuity needs of working class families, business owners and seniors in the greater Louisville area.   Yew Dell Gardens hosts seventh annual plant sale and garden market Yew Dell Gardens is hosting their seventh annual plant sale and garden market from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 25 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 26.  The event will feature the best in new and rare plants and garden wares from area vendors.  Visitors will also enjoy bonsai demonstrations, children’s activities – including the first opportunity for a guided nature hike to Yew Dell’s newly-refurbished woodland pond– Kentucky barbecue and more.  This year, a full slate of lectures have been added on topics ranging from herbs to flowering trees, containers, perennials and cold-hardy camellias. As a special benefit, Yew Dell is inviting members for early entrance at 9 a.m. April 25. Memberships will be sold at that time as well.  Admission is $7 per person, $5 for seniors, free for children 12 and under and free for members. For information and schedules, visit www.yewdellgardens.org