Dr. Pearse Lyons Awarded Kennedy-Lemass Medal

by Emmaline Potter

This year’s Kennedy-Lamass Medal, awarded by the American Chamber of Commerce Ireland to honor U.S. leaders of Irish heritage who have helped strengthen the Irish-U.S. relationship, has been awarded to the late Dr. Pearse Lyons, founder of Alltech.

After moving to Kentucky in the 1970s, Dr. Lyons, a scientist and entrepreneur, began Alltech out of his garage with nothing but an initial investment of $10,000. Today, his achievements live on, as Alltech is now a  global team of more than 6,000 people in over 120 countries working to improve animal, crop, and human health and performance.

Nicholasville, Kentucky is home to Alltech’s headquarters, the center for Animal Nutrigenomics and Applied Animal Nutrition, and many production facilities for Lyons’ various brewing and distilling companies. Other science research centers, distilleries and brewing companies of Alltech’s can be found all over Ireland.

Dr. Lyons “truly lived the American dream,” said Barry O’Sullivan, president of the American Chamber of Commerce Ireland. “We will continue to be inspired by the legacy of individuals such as Dr. Lyons, who had the courage and skills to turn a vision into a reality.”

His love for science and his Irish heritage is evident in all of his many accomplishments, which have united thousands of people from all over the world underneath the same roof of Alltech. “My father was passionate about Ireland and the United States, and he spent his life promoting both countries around the world,” said Dr. Mark Lyons, president of Alltech and son of Dr. Pearse Lyons. “He had an extraordinary ability to bring people from all walks of life together to make a difference in the world. This was especially true when it came to cultivating and supporting scientific, ag-tech and agricultural endeavors between the U.S. and Ireland.”

Having been an inspiration to everyone around him, it is no surprise that this year’s Kennedy-Lemass Medal has been awarded to the extraordinary and well-deserving Dr. Pearse Lyons.

New in Town: Papi’s Mexican Restaurant

by Emmaline Potter

Papi’s Mexican Restaurant and Bar is coming to the former Buenos Nachos location on Euclid. 

Papi’s Mexican Restaurant will be open everyday from 11am to 10:30pm, serving typical tex-mex favorites like burritos, taco, and fajitas. Customers can also expect new twists on classic Mexican favorites. Owner Marcos Valdes said he’s planning to feature a Mexican sandwich, that is kind similar to torta, made with pork and cooked in dried pepper sauce.The sandwich will feature black beans, meat, sauce and oaxaca cheese.

New in Town: Chick-fil-A on Richmond Road

by Emily Brucken

Get ready because a brand new Chick-fil-A is coming to Richmond Road! The new quick service restaurant is located at 2299 Richmond Road, in front of Southland Christian Church.

The restaurant has been under construction since January 2018 and is scheduled to open in August 2018.  Roderick Long is the owner/operator of the Hamburg Place and Richmond Road locations.  He is looking forward to bringing Chick-fil-A to the community.  He plans to continue the tradition of community partners and service in the neighborhood.

Richmond Road is excited to welcome a brand new Chick-fil-A!

New in Town: Spin Bike Share

by Emmaline Potter

Have you heard of dockless bike share? Even if you haven’t heard of it, you’ve probably seen the orange bikes on streetcorners all over town. 

This summer, Spin has launched a pilot program in Lexington that is testing the city’s receptiveness to a new public right of way system. This short term rental program will allow Lexingtonians to rent a bike, then lock and leave it anywhere in the city when they’re finished with their ride. 

You can check out a bike by downloading the Spin app, or by visiting (there are also options for people who choose not to link a credit card up to their profile.) After making a user profile, you can simply use the app to locate a bike near you then use the app to scan a code to unlock the bike. When you’re all done, just pull down on the physical lever to lock the bike.

Joyride for only $1/30 minutes. Students, school faculty and staff that register with a .edu email will receive 50% off!

Around Town: Celebrate the 30th Annual Roots & Heritage Festival

by Emily Brucken

Named one of the top 10 festivals in Kentucky, the 30th annual Roots & Heritage Festival is coming this September! For over 25 years, the Lexington Roots and Heritage Festival has been a pinnacle of regional diversity providing entertainment and education for all ages. The festival has high-quality offerings of cultural and educational programs with amazing events that your family won’t want to miss!

Events will be held September 7th-9th on Elm Tree Lane, with the gospel celebration being held at The Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center.  The KidsFest on Saturday at the corner of Short Street and Elm will feature lots of interactive booths, games and entertainment that kids will love. All events during the Roots & Heritage Festival include activities for children to learn, play and grow. 

The festival also showcases the region’s most diverse vendors, including food, clothing, literature, music and art. Visit for a complete list of activities and ways to participate.