Wi-Fi $$$

Dear Ace Weekly: Thank you for Kyle Hebert's 10/21 cover article on the question of "Will Lexington go wireless?" As a frequent business traveler who is now just learning to use Wi-Fi capabilities I am very interested in its future in Lexington.

What did surprise me was the total absence of any discussion of costs, either to the city or the individual, for implementing a scheme like Chuck Williams proposes. Obviously at this point the costs would be speculative but the article would have been much more informative for your readers had it contained them.

Considering how much is being spent by all the parties in the Water Company issue, it would seem that implementing Wi-Fi city-wide would be higher return for the community. But without any financial projections to weigh the alternatives the article leaves me with more questions than it answers.

Rod Helwig
Lawrenceburg, KY

For info about pricing (the project is in the pilot stage) go to

Note: Sarah Tackett's article observed that Episcopalian students (and community members) are no longer able to attend Episcopalian mass at St. Augustine's.

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Bank On It

Check with your bank on new policies to take effect Thursday, October 28. Customers used to rely on a “float” of a day or two—the time it took a check to clear the recipient’s bank and come out of the customer’s account. Switching to a digital system on Thursday will make old technology obsolete, and your “float” might not even last a few hours (i.e., if you write a check for pizza Thursday night, the money better be in the account Friday morning).

Annoyingly, the amount of time it takes a bank to make your funds available when you deposit checks will likely not change. When in doubt, ask. Check your statement for errors. And watch out for hidden fees.

LFUCG Co-hosts State NAACP Conference

The 57th annual meeting of the Kentucky Conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) will be held October 28-31 at Lexington’s Marriott Griffin Gate Resort. Mayor Isaac will welcome conference participants at Thursday night’s opening program. The guest speaker for the dinner will be Julian Bond, chairman of the NAACP national board of directors.

Other speakers at the dinner will include: University of Kentucky President Lee Todd, Fifth Third Bank President Sam Barnes, and U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler.

Conference registration is $50. Info, call the Kentucky NAACP State Conference Planning Office at 859.252.7336 or 859.442.7476.

Tree Madness Deadline

Lexington-Fayette County Tree Board has extended the deadline for Tree Madness to October 31. The project allows Lexingtonians to vote on which city-maintained area will be reforested. The 14 “candidates” are: Appian Way, East Loudon Ave, Asbury Lane, St. Ann Drive, St. Margaret Drive, Beacon Hill Road, Harrodsburg Road (Larkspur Median), the Carver Center, Gainesway Park, North End Park, Mapleleaf Park, Pleasant Ridge Park, Johnson Heights Park, and Pine Meadows Park—or you can go for a write-in (no Naders please).

To vote, go to, or call 859.425.2828. Trees will be planted November 13. The project is funded by donations to the Lexington Tree Fund and a grant from the Lexington Council Garden Clubs.

Spring Forward, Fall Back

Set your clocks back an hour when you go to bed Saturday night. (Stop by the pharmacy for that anti-depressant you’re probably going to need when the days get shorter. Aren’t they available over-the-counter by now?)

Trick or Treat

In Fayette County, Trick or Treat will take place October 31, from 6 to 8pm. Please drive with caution, or, preferably, kick off the unofficial start to the holiday season in an appropriate fashion—purchase a lot of candy (enough for you and the kids); stay home; get started piling on that holiday 10! If you think celebrating Halloween on a Sunday is somehow Satanic in nature, you might elect to stay home for a fun family evening by gathering ‘round the Sunday hearth (i.e., plasma screen) for Desperate Housewives at 9, followed by the first season of Nip/Tuck at 10 over on F/X.


If you’re a first-time voter, or just a little confused about the process of democracy in action on November 2, go to There you’ll find info about the election, the candidates, and be able to locate your precinct or legislative district

To Incinerate, Or Not To Incinerate

On November 4, there will be a discussion featuring members of the Madison County Chemical Weapons Working Group, 5:30-7pm, 230 Student Center, free. Scholars and community activists from the Madison County Chapter of the Chemical Weapons Working Group (CWWG) will discuss their resistance to on-site incineration of chemical weapons at the Bluegrass Army Depot. Organized by the Appalachian Studies Program. Presented by the College of Arts and Sciences Interdisciplinary Programs. Sponsored by the Office of the Dean, College of Arts and Sciences.

Get a Rake

There will be three leaf coll- ection zones this year instead of the usual six: downtown, inside New Circle Road and outside New Circle. (Although downtown IS inside New Circle Road, so just ask your Council Rep exactly how downtown is defined when it comes to sanitation matters.) Downtown is daily from November 8 to December 31. Inside New Circle Road, leaf collection will begin November 8 and end December 1.

Outside New Circle Road, which is apparently in a different time zone and season, collection will not begin until December 1 (ending December 31).

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