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First Over Fifty Citizen's Academy Launches Monday

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The City of Bowling Green's Web Site

DATE: October 19, 2012




Karen Foley 270.393.3674


BOWLING GREEN, KY- With the sponsorship of AARP Kentucky and
support by Bowling Green Coalition of Active Neighborhoods (BGCAN), the
City of Bowling Green Neighborhood Services Division will host nearly 30
applicants age 50 and over when its very first comprehensive Citizen's
Academy kicks off Monday morning, October 22 at Bowling Green Parks &
Recreation, 225 E. 3rd Avenue.  The weeklong "inside look" at City
government programs and services and "exploration of livable
communities" will get underway with coffee at 8:30 a.m. and a program
welcome by City Manager Kevin DeFebbo beginning at 9:00.

The Academy includes a "behind the scenes" look at the City's budget,
departments, equipment and form of government.  It will feature tours
of the City Hall campus, Public Works Operations, Police and Fire
departments, and Parks & Recreation, along with an overview of community
resources for people over 50 and ways to stay engaged and involved in
civic life.  

While no additional applicants are being accepted, the media is welcome
to attend and cover any part of the week's activities.  Highlights will

Monday morning:  Assistant City Manager/City Clerk Katie Schaller
presents an overview of City government. 

Tuesday morning:  10:00 a.m. Lunch and tour at Police Department, then
return to Parks & Recreation for remainder of the day.

Wednesday morning:  We'll catch the Go BG Bus at 8:40 a.m. from the
Community Action building directly behind Parks & Recreation to ride
Routes 1 and 2. The ride takes about an hour.  At Parks & Recreation
remainder of the day, hearing from agencies that provide
services/programs for seniors.

Thursday:  Touring day:  Boarding from Parks & Rec starting at 8:30
a.m., with a tour leaving at 9:00 for a look at parks and other
community locations. Stops at Fire Headquarters at 10:30 a.m. (to
include lunch), the City Hall Campus at 12:45, and Lapsley Lane Public
Works Operations at 2:00 p.m.  We'll return to Parks & Rec and dismiss
to the parking lot between 3:45 and 4:00 p.m.

Friday:  At Sloan Convention Center.  Graduation lunch at noon.

The Citizen's Academy is designed to complement other citizen programs
such as the Citizen's Police Academy, Citizen's Fire Academy, and
Neighborhood University offerings.  The WKU Center for Gerontology and
WKU ALIVE Center for Community Partnerships are also contributing
technical assistance and content to the Academy.  In addition to City
departments, other presenters represent the BRADD Office, Community
Action of Southern Kentucky, Community Education, Bowling Green Area
Convention and Visitors Bureau, Barren River Long Term Care Ombudsman,
Kentucky Legal Aid Benefits Counseling, and WKU Institute for
Citizenship and Social Responsibility.

While a quorum of the Board of Commissioners could be present at any of
the week's activities, including Monday's opening or Friday's
graduation, no formal action will be taken.

For more information about the Citizen's Academy, call 393-3674 or email (