Monday, September 25, 2017

Letter to the Editor: Kudos Baldwin City Electric

To the editor

In the wake of hurricane Irma, the state of Florida was left virtually in the dark. With scorching temperatures and no power, it felt like hell on earth. My home suffered enough damage to warrant a call to my insurance Company but not bad enough to evacuate. Some people never lost power while some are still without. I was without power for 6 days. This past Saturday when the power trucks finally turned down my street I saw the signage on the truck read The City of Baldwin City. The guys were pleasant, efficient and genuinely seemed to enjoy what they were doing. When they were finished I asked them to pose for a group photo which they were more than happy to oblige. I don't know any of their names but I would like to thank them and the city of Baldwin City and surrounding areas for coming to our rescue.

Susan Price Smith
Orlando, FL

Review: Different Flowers Filmed in Baldwin City and Kansas City

Kevin Surbaugh 

I have long been a fan of locally filmed movies and shows. It was a locally filmed television show when I lived elsewhere that I had the opportunity to work as an extra in.  Today, I would like to tell you about Different Flowers, an independent film that was filmed in part here in the Baldwin City area. The farm which served as Grandmas house is located on North 650 Road.
Different Flowers is the first film written and directed by Kansas City area native, Morgan Dameron. The film follows uptight Millie Haven (Emma Bell), who according to the synopsis, has always followed the rules, but when she has doubts before her big Kansas City wedding, her attitude-prone little sister Emma (Hope Lauren), the least likely of heroes, comes to the rescue. Leaving her fiance at the altar of a Kansas City church, the duo embarks on a spontaneous road trip, which takes them past several Kansas landmarks such as the "World's Largest Ball of Twine," to grandmother's house. There Grandma Mildred (Shelley Long), helps them rediscover their bond.
In one scene in a downtown cafe in the imaginary town of Marcy, KS the duo talks about their uncertainties. Millie asks her sister, "Should I call Charlie?" To which her  free-spirit sister Emma tells her, "You don't leave a man at the altar and then grovel at his feet."
The owners of the farm, Craig and Heather Roeder, where the film was centered told the Gazette that the film was shot on the farm last August. The film crew spent six days of shooting at the farm. They commented that the crew was young and energetic and great to be around.
When I spoke with the Roeder's I asked them what they thought was the most important impressions the public can receive from this film.
"We had a lot of respect for our grandparents and thought there was a lot of parallels that we wanted to support." - Craig
His wife Heather added that she thought it was,
"a great family film."
 Sentiments I would concur with. I believe the film is worthy of going to see. It kept my wife and I enthralled as we watched the full 99-minute film. The acting was good and has some of Hollywoods best.  The Grandmother is played by Shelley Long, best known for her role on Cheers as Diane Chambers.
The film will be playing at Kansas City AMC Barrywoods 24 & AMC Town Center 20, the week of September 29 – October 5.

Theatrical Release Date: September 29, 2017
Distributor: Different Flowers, LLC
Director: Morgan Dameron
Writer: Morgan Dameron
Cast: Emma Bell, Hope Lauren, Shelley Long, Romy Rosemont, Rob Mayes, Sterling Knight, Steve Agee, Sean Gunn, Frank Drank, and Cecelia Antoinette.
Producers: Shelley Long, David Karp, Morgan Dameron
Runtime: 99 minutes

Twitter: @DiffrentFlowers    #DifferentFlowersMovie
Facebook/Instagram: @DifferentFlowersMovie   #DifferentFlowersMovie

Farm Credit Services of America and Frontier Farm Credit Announce President and Chief Executive Officer

 Press Release

OMAHA, NEBRASKA – Farm Credit Services of America (FCSAmerica) and Frontier Farm Credit today named Mark Jensen as incoming president and chief executive officer of the customer-owned financial cooperatives.  Jensen, the Associations’ chief risk officer, will assume his new role on November 1, 2017.  He succeeds Doug Stark, who is retiring.

Jensen joined FCSAmerica in 1992 and has held senior vice president positions with the Association for the past 16 years.  He was named senior vice president – chief risk officer in 2013.  Jensen was instrumental in modernizing FCSAmerica’s credit process and implementing an enterprise risk management framework, and today provides executive leadership of the Associations’ risk management, credit, and appraisal teams.  He graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a degree in agricultural economics.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Light Agenda for September 9 Council Meeting

Kevin Surbaugh

The printed agenda for the Baldwin City Council meeting on September 9, 2017 had no  old or new business. However, a late addition was the only agenda item the council  was an extension of water line improvements. The work that had already been approved was less than the amount budgeted from the Kansas Department of Health. So Alex Darby with PEC (Professional Engineering Consultants) spoke to the council and explained that the aging waterlines will know be replaced on Dearborn between Third to Fourth and on Eighth Street between Indiana and Orange Streets. In response to questions from the Council, he told the council that the Department of Health has already approved the proposed changes. Council-Member Kathy Gerstner moved to accept the amendment and Council-Member Christi Darnell seconded. The motion passed 4-1, with Council-Member AJ Stevens dissenting.

In other business the Council:

  • learned that the cities Blue Cross representative Todd Chapel had informed the City that the Blue Cross premiums won't increase as much had been feared.
  • City Finance Director Brad Smith, reported that the change in water billing from the current cubic feet to gallons will not be a hard in the software, as he had thought.  No one understands what cubic feet are, but everyone knows what a gallon is.  While the bottom line will be the same, some may be shocked when looking at the line by line charges.  Currently, the Cities billing is $7.53 per 100 cubic feet, while the charges under the gallons would be $1.01 per 100 gallons. Smith said, that a change in the billing would require trying to educate the public before any change in the billing took place. 
  • Baker Among College Raptor's 2018 Hidden Gem Schools


    Iowa City, IA - College Raptor, the only college planning website that helps prospective students and their families discover schools based on personalized estimates of actual college costs as well as academic and cultural fit, has published their 2018 Hidden Gems.
    College Raptor’s Hidden Gems, in tandem with the Best Colleges Rankings, began in an attempt to highlight amazing schools that are often overlooked. To that end, these designations are based on College Raptor’s overall national rankings as well as the number of applications received and number of undergraduate students attending, both of which are important factors in the selection process. This year’s lists include hidden gem schools organized by state and by region. New 2018 lists are Hidden Gems for Women in STEM and Hidden Public Gems.
    “We assemble these Hidden Gem lists to showcase lesser-known colleges, and to empower prospective students and parents to discover schools they might not otherwise have considered,” 
    said Bill Staib, College Raptor’s CEO.
    Notable in this year’s Hidden Gems lists is Wheaton College, which came in as the top Hidden Gem school in Illinois for the third year in a row. New entrants included Mount Holyoke College, which is honored as being one of the top Hidden Gems for Women pursuing a STEM degree, and Drake University, named a Midwest Hidden Gem.
    While College Raptor’s Hidden Gems highlight the best schools in the country based on multiple metrics including graduation rates, diversity, financial resources, and other key factors, College Raptor recommends that Hidden Gems lists like this should only be the jumping off point for students and families. To get better rankings--rankings personalized to each student’s academic performance and their families’ economic situation--students and parents are encouraged to go to and discover colleges tailored to their individual needs.

     Kansas schools that made the 2018 list are:
    1. Benedictine College
    2. Baker University
    3. Pittsburg State University

    College Raptor, the only college planning website that helps prospective students discover schools based on personalized estimates of actual college costs, has identified the best “hidden gem” schools that deserve the spotlight. Factors including the number of applications received, graduation rates, campus diversity, endowment per student, selectivity, and other metrics are all taken into consideration when we calculate our Hidden Gem rankings.

    Baldwin School Board - September 18, 2017

    Kevin Surbaugh

    The regular monthly meeting of the Baldwin School Board got started with a recognition of the Baldwin High students who went to the Future Business Leaders of America Nationals in Anaheim, CA.
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    After which Board President, Nick Harris asked those present if there were any comments from the public. Finding no public comments, the board moved to hear about a proposed purchase of a new 2017 bus. The reason they were coming to the board now was that the in October 2018 models will cost an additional $1200.   Baldwin High currently has Thomas and International buses in its fleet. According to the fleet maintenance, they have more Thomas buses then they do International buses, yet they spend "a lot more" on repairs for the Internationals than they do for all the Thomas' combined. The board unanimously approved the purchase of one Thomas from Midwest Bus Sales in Bonner Springs, KS.
    In other business the board:

  • rejected a bid from Midwest Lasar Leveling for work to be done on the ballfields. The bids will go out again for work to be done next summer.
  • approved an amendment to the GAU regarding the health insurance fringe benefit.
  • heard that the Kansas Supreme Court is not in a hurry to render a decision in the ongoing school finance case. However, the board is expecting a decision in October.
  • Area Happening - Week of September 24, 2017

    Here are the upcoming events that the Gazette has been made aware of as of  September 23, 2017.  To submit an item to the community events calendar, please email it to

    September 28, 2017

    Edward Jones Ribbon Cutting
    5-6:30 P.M.  
    723 8th St   
    5:45 P.M.  Remarks and Ribbon Cutting
    Refreshments Served

    September 29, 2017

    Luke Bryant Concert

    September 30, 2017

    Bluegrass & BBQ

    A party to benifit the Lumberyard Arts Center
    September 30th  4:30-10 P.M.
    718 High Street
    Free Will Donation For Smokin' BBQ Dinner and Drinks
    Beer in the Lotatorium for those 21 and older

    Featuring Music by:
    • MGM  
    • Sky Smeed  
    • Betse & Clarke  The Steamboat Bandits

    September 30, 2017

    EDGE FEST KS 2017

    Come out and enjoy the fun. Spet 30th
    start time is 3pm
     $5 gate fee, all money goes to the flood victims in Texas and some right here in Edgerton ks.

    This is the line up,
    Waiting to hear and final and agreement with Davey Suicide

    confirmed line up:
    The Blue Tick Hounds
    King Fisher
    Andy and The Outlaws
    Special Forces-38 Special tribute band

    This years show starts off with the start of it all the BLUES, then we move on to some Country, then we move on to some late 70 early 80 Rock, then we end the show with some of todays ROCK.

    There will be food and drinks at the show, as far as beer or other that is a BYOB NO BOTTLES OR GLASS OF ANY KIND , NO WEAPONS OF ANY KIND.

    October 3, 2017

    Baldwin City Council Meeting
    Location: Baldwin City Library
    800 7th Street
    Baldwin City, KS
    7 P.M.

    October 10, 2017 

    Symphonic Winds and Jazz Ensemble Concert

    Time:       7:30-10 P.M.
    Location: 408 8th St
                     Baldwin City, KS

    October 11, 2017

    19th Annual Baker 1-5A Marching Band Festival
    Time: 1-9 P.M.
    Where: Liston Stadium

    October 15, 2017
    Brest Cancer Walk

    October 17, 2017

    Baldwin City Council Meeting
    Location: Baldwin City Library
    800 7th Street
    Baldwin City, KS
    7 P.M.

    October 21-22, 2017

    Maple Leaf Festival

    Downtown Baldwin City

    October 25, 2017 

     October 28, 2017

              TO BE HELD  AT 6:00  to?

    1724 N 692 RD

    November 7, 2017

    Baldwin City Council Meeting
    Location: Baldwin City Library
    800 7th Street
    Baldwin City, KS
    7 P.M.

    November 21, 2017

    Baldwin City Council Meeting
    Location: Baldwin City Library
    800 7th Street
    Baldwin City, KS
    7 P.M.

    December 2, 2017
     6 PM
     Festival of Lights

    December 5, 2017

    Baldwin City Council Meeting
    Location: Baldwin City Library
    800 7th Street
    Baldwin City, KS
    7 P.M.

    December 19, 2017

    Baldwin City Council Meeting
    Location: Baldwin City Library
    800 7th Street
    Baldwin City, KS
    7 P.M.

    December 29, 2017

              TO BE HELD  AT 6:00  to?

    1724 N 692 RD

    January 2, 2018

    Baldwin City Council Meeting
    Location: Baldwin City Library
    800 7th Street
    Baldwin City, KS
    7 P.M.

    January 16, 2018

    Baldwin City Council Meeting
    Location: Baldwin City Library
    800 7th Street
    Baldwin City, KS
    7 P.M.

    Third Friday Art Walk and Farmers Market

    Downtown Baldwin City

    Every 4th Thursday of the Month
    10 A.M. - 11 A.M.
    Mobile Food Bank
    Baldwin City New Life Assembly of God
    118 5th St  Baldwin City, KS
    Stay in car, line up and drive through

    Every Tuesday through October  
    Eudora Local Gardening Farmer’s Market
    4:30 pm – 6:30 pm Tuesdays
    through October 2016
    1402 Church Street
    Eudora, KS.
    In the parking lot of Gene’s Hartland Foods.
    Local, fresh produce and foods offered by local growers and producers!

    Every Wednesday through October
    De Soto Farmer’s Market (Fresh Promise’s Market)
    4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
    Wednesdays through October 2016
    at The Barn at Kill Creek Farm
    9200 Kill Creek Road
    De Soto, KS
    Local, fresh produce and foods offered by local growers and producers!

    Every Thursday through October 
    Cottin's Hardware Farmer's Market on Thursdays from
    4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
    through September
    at Cottin's Hardware & Rental back parking lot
    1832 Massachusetts Street
    Lawrence, KS
    Local vendors offer a variety of goods including produce, baked items, hot foods, meats, eggs, soaps, jams, jellies, herbs, fudge and much more!;

    Every Friday through October
    Perry Lecompton Farmers' Market
    Fridays from 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
    at Bernie's parking lot
    24 Hwy and Ferguson Road
    Perry, KS
    Visit the market to find fresh vegetables, fruits, homemade jams and jellies, baked goods, honey, fresh cut flowers, farm fresh eggs, handmade crafts and more!

    Saturday, September 23, 2017

    Number 2 Baker Defeats Number 14 Benedictine in NAIA Game of the Week

    Tyler Price, Assistant Director of Athletics | Communications

    BALDWIN CITY, Kansas The NAIA Football Game of the Week lived up to the hype, as number two Baker defeated number 14 Benedictine, 44-37, on Saturday afternoon inside Larry Wilcox Stadium.

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    With the scored tied up, 37-37, 2016 NAIA National Player of the Year Logan Brettell connected with Tywonn Moss on a six-yard touchdown reception with 50 seconds remaining to give Baker the final tally of 44-37.

    Brettell went 21-of-40 for 362 yards and five touchdown passes, his counterpart Shaefer Schuetz went 27-of-43 with 266 passing yards and four TD’stouchdowns.

    Baker accumulated 453 total yards of offense, while Benedictine had 430. JD Woods ran 24 times for 79 yards.

    The scoring began early in the first quarter when a bad snap sailed over punter Elijah Gastelum’s head and he was tackled in the end zone for a safety, Benedictine led 2-0.

    Then Baker responded on its next drive when Brettell found Clarence Clark in stride on a 75-yard touchdown pass.

    Just four minutes later, Brettell again found Clark in the end zone on a 38-yard touchdown pass to give Baker the 13-2 lead, as the extra point was missed by Abram Garcia.

    Marquis Stewart scored his first of two touchdowns with 1:32 to go in the first quarter on a short touchdown run.

    Baker then scored three-straight touchdowns with another touchdown pass from Brettell this time to Nick Snider from 39-yards out, a 1-yard touchdown run by AJ Totta and a second TD reception to Snider from 4-yards out to give Baker the 34-9 lead.

    Then Benedictine went on a run of its own with 20-straight points, Schuetz threw a TD pass to Carl Hecht right before halftime, then threw a 9-yard TD pass to Aaron Jackson, before a third touchdown pass to Jameel Kirkland to bring the score, 34-29, with 8:41 remaining.

    Garcia nailed a 34-yard field goal with 10:48 to go in the game to bring the score 37-29.

    Then with 5:50 to go Schuerz found Stewart again and he scored from seven-yards out and they both connected on the two-point conversion to tie the game up 37-37.

    Then Bretell marched the Wildcats down the field and scored with 50 seconds remaining for Baker’s twenty-second-straight Heart of America Athletic Conference win.

    The Wildcats are now 5-0 on the year and 20-14-1 all-time against the Ravens. Benedictine falls to 4-1 on the season.

    Indie Allen had a big game for the Baker defense, with 16 tackles and Josh Kock led the defensive line with two sacks.

    Clark finished with four catches for 125 yards, while Snider had nine catches for 124 yards.

    Nate McLaurin had an interception to end the game and had 11 tackles. Baker returns home to face (RV) Peru State next Saturday, September. 30 at 1 p.m. inside Liston Stadium.

    NAIA Football Box Score
    Baker (Kan.)132101044
    Benedictine (Kan.)9713837

    High School Sports Round-Up

    Area High School Sports Scores Friday Night September 22, 2017

    Baldwin High wins over Spring Hill 40-20.
    Ottawa High falls to Chanute 25 to 21.
    Wellsville defeats Prairie View 30-6
    Eudora falls to Louisburg 7-14
    Paola falls to De Soto 40-14
    Osawatomie wins over Anderson County 42-29

    Wednesday, September 20, 2017

    Baker Football Still Number Two

    Tyler Price, Assistant Director of Athletics | Communications

    BALDWIN CITY, Kansas After a perfect 4-0 start to the season, the Baker University football team held onto its number two ranking in this week’s NAIA Football Coaches’ Top 25 poll, announced on Monday.

    The Wildcats will next take on number fourteen ranked Benedictine in a showdown of the final two undefeated teams in the Heart of America Athletic Conference this Saturday, September 23 at 1 p.m. in Atchison, Kansas.

    Baker enters the contest with a 21-game winning streak against the Heart, the last time BU fell to a Heart team was to Benedictine in Atchison, Kansas on September 26, 2015, by a score of 35-31.

    Also ranked in the Top 25 this week from the Heart includes number eight Grand View and number 22 MidAmerica Nazarene University.

    The Baker defense enters Saturday ranked number two in the NAIA in sacks with 16 and the offense is number two in the country in total points scored with 212.

    They also feature the number one ranked scoring kicker in the nation in Clarence Clark with 35 points, he is also the NAIA’s all-time leading scorer with 577 career points.

    Freshman JD Woods leads the country in offensive scoring with 60 points and is the nations leading rusher with 536 yards. Baker has rushed for 1,039 total yards, ranking number five in the NAIA.

    Benedictine comes into the game as the nations leading rushing team with 1,212 yards and has scored 206 total points, ranking third nationally. Ejay Johnson is the Ravens leading rusher with 492 yards, ranking second only to Woods.

    The Benedictine defense is just one sack shy of Baker with 15, ranking number three in the NAIA. 

     2017 NAIA Football Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – No. 2 (Sept. 18, 2017)
    1 1 Saint Francis (Ind.) (16) 3-0 366
    2 2 Baker (Kan.) 4-0 352
    3 3 Reinhardt (Ga.) 2-0 335
    4 4 Morningside (Iowa) 4-0 327
    5 5 Montana Tech 3-0 310
    6 6 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 3-0 295
    7 7 Doane (Neb.) 3-0 278
    8 9 Grand View (Iowa) 3-1 251
    9 8 Marian (Ind.) 1-1 248
    10 10 Southeastern (Fla.) 3-0 237
    11 13 Saint Xavier (Ill.) 3-0 223
    12 12 Arizona Christian 3-0 216
    13 14 Southern Oregon 3-0 210
    14 16 Benedictine (Kan.) 4-0 183
    15 15 Langston (Okla.) 2-0 176
    16 16 Georgetown (Ky.) 2-0 165
    17 18 Tabor (Kan.) 1-1 123
    18 20 Sterling (Kan.) 2-1 103
    19 24 Northwestern (Iowa) 3-0 101
    20 21 Dickinson State (N.D.) 2-1 88
    21 RV Cumberland (Tenn.) 4-0 81
    22 19 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 3-1 48
    23 11 Eastern Oregon 1-2 47
    24 25 Kansas Wesleyan 2-1 37
    T25 RV Concordia (Mich.) 3-0 35
    T25 RV Hastings (Neb.) 3-0 35

    Dropped from the Top 25: Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) (No. 22); St. Ambrose (Iowa) (No. 23)

    Others Receiving Votes: St. Ambrose (Iowa) 21; Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) 18; Midland (Neb.) 8; Peru State (Neb.) 6.