Unemployed veterans aged 35 to 60 may qualify for up to 12 months of job training through the new Veterans Retraining Assistance Program.
VRAP will provide training for programs of education that lead to a high-demand occupation. The program, a joint effort of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Labor, will start July 1.
Lincoln Trail Career Centers and the Hardin County Chamber of Commerce will host a regional job and career fair 10 a.m.-3 p.m. May 31 at the Pritchard Community Center, 404 South Mulberry Street, US 62, in Elizabethtown.
Available positions vary and include customer service representatives, police officers, college instructors, health and medical positions, mechanical engineers, package handlers and sales representatives, among others. To see the full list of companies planning to attend, visit www.ltcareercenter.org
The LaRue County Public Library has several new DVDs and books for loan.
DVDs – One for the Money; The Vow; The Genesis Code; Elizabethtown; and American Experience: The Amish.
Books – American Folk Artby Kristin Congdon; The Other Side of Sufferingby John Ramsey; Thought Revolutionby William Donius; 11th Hourby James Patterson; Deadlockedby Charlaine Harris; Hannah's Joyby Marta Perry; and Last Boyfriendby Nora Roberts.
Barbara and Douglas Bennett of Hodgenville will celebrate their 50th anniversary over the Memorial Day weekend.
The Bennetts were married June 19, 1962, in Decatur, Ala.
They moved from northwest Indiana eight years ago to LaRue County. They raised three daughters, Julie Law of Louisville, Donna Bennett of Indianapolis, Ind., and Rebecca Belt of Portage, Ind. They have four grandsons.
They plan to celebrate with immediate family on the Kentucky Dinner Train.
Catholic Charities of Louisville, Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, and Nelson County are sponsoring a recycling drive with 2trg, a certified electronics recycler, to accept unwanted electronic waste (e-waste) at St. Joseph Elementary School in Bardstown 8 a.m.-2 p.m. June 2.
The school is located at 320 West Stephen Foster Ave., Bardstown, KY 40004. A convenient drive-through drop-off station will be available in the school parking lot.
An hour of volunteering was worth $21.79 in 2011. This estimate by Independent Sector is based on the average hourly earnings of all production and non-supervisory works on private non-farm payrolls, as determined by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Independent Sector increases that number by 12 percent to estimate for fringe benefits.
The Hardin & LaRue Diabetes Coalition will meet 6 p.m. June 5 at the LaRue County Extension Office, Old E’town Road, Hodgenville. It is open to anyone with interest in early diagnosis, reduction of complications, prevention and elimination of diabetes. For more information or to register for classes, contact Melissa Conder at 769-1601, Ext. 1035.
Elizabethtown Community and Technical College and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs are working together to make military veterans aware of new job training benefits available to them.
Last November Congress passed the VOW to Hire Heroes Act, which includes the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program for unemployed veterans age 35-60. Scheduled to start July 1, VRAP offers training assistance in high-demand occupations to 99,000 unemployed veterans over two years-45,000 from July 1-Sept. 30, and 54,000 next year.