Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Thank You to Strangers

Letters To The Editor

To the Editor:
I would like to take this opportunity, on behalf of my sisters and myself, to comment on the kindness that is still present in our world and to extend our heartfelt thanks to two unknown/unnamed gentlemen that came to the aid of our mother.
On July 25 our mother was taking her morning walk when her rolling walker fell off of a curb and she fell face first into the street.  While driving down the street where she fell two very kind gentlemen witnessed her accident and stopped to assist her.  She understandably was shaken up and was not able to get the names of these individuals.  Her hearing is limited so she probably did not hear most of their questions or concerns.  She was also bloodied, bruised and embarrassed by the incident.  Please know that she genuinely appreciates your help.
Since we have no way of finding these two gentlemen this is our attempt to let them know how grateful we are for their efforts to help her and also remark on the kindness of strangers and new neighbors in Baldwin City where our parents now reside.  They have commented often on the warm greetings that they receive when in the community and this episode on July 25th further ingratiates this wonderful city to us.  Whoever you are, wherever you may be, please know how much we appreciate your care and concern.  

Teresa Kellerman and sisters

Monday, July 24, 2017

Country Star Josh Gracin to Have Concert at The Oread Hotel

Kevin Surbaugh

Country Music star and former American Idol contestant Josh Gracin will be in Lawrence for one show only, Saturday, August 26 at the Oread (1200 Oread Ave). and announced this past week that they will be the media sponsor, while Jay Wachs will emcee and host the Concert.
According to the Oread web site,
Dinner is at 6:30PM and the concert starts at 8:00PM. There is limited seating. Meal includes filet mignon, salmon or vegetarian entrée. Cash bar for wine and cocktails.

SILVER LEVEL – $125/person includes dinner, 2 Bud Lights, and is behind middle row.
GOLD LEVEL – $150/person includes dinner, 2 Bud Lights, and is middle ballroom seating.
PLATINUM LEVEL – $200/person includes dinner, Bud Lights, first row seating and a “Meet & Greet” on The Nest rooftop bar and terrace. (*3 tables available)
General Admission Seating – Tickets: $50 – concert only, cash bar. Starting at 8:00PM.

Gracin has three alums with fourteen top country singles. Popular songs include “Favorite State of Mind,” “Stay with Me(Brass Bed)” and “I Want to Live.”  For tickets contact Lisa at 785-830-3927 or

Garmin® acquires Alphamantis™

SCHAFFHAUSEN, Switzerland  -  Kansas City based Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), today announced that it has acquired Alphamantis Technologies Inc., a privately held designer of aerodynamics testing and measurement technology for the cycling industry.
“Alphamantis is on the leading edge of aerodynamics analysis in the cycling world, and that makes the company a perfect fit for our robust suite of bike products,” said Cliff Pemble, Garmin’s president and CEO. “Aerodynamics is another way for cyclists to measure and improve their performance – something our customers crave.”
Alphamantis develops technology that allows typical cyclists to test and refine their drag coefficient in everyday riding conditions, without having to use expensive and time-consuming wind tunnel testing.
The majority of associates will be retained and will continue working in Montreal, Canada. Financial terms of the acquisition will not be released.

SAMHSA Awards KDADS Grant to Continue Work on Homelessness, Mental Illness

Press Release

TOPEKA – The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) Behavioral Health Commission has been awarded a $1.7 million grant to continue its work with homeless individuals experiencing mental illness. The grant is provided by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), under the federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

“This is a wonderful opportunity for Kansas,” said KDADS Secretary Tim Keck. “Our agency is committed to the development of effective ways to address homelessness, mental illness and substance abuse, and this program allows us to do that at the grass-roots level.”

SAMHSA has designated Kansas as a Cooperative Agreements to Benefit Homeless Individuals (CABHI) state. The purpose of the CABHI-Kansas program is to strengthen state infrastructure and treatment systems to provide coordinated treatment, recovery support and permanent supported housing to individuals who experience chronic homelessness and to veterans who experience homelessness/chronic homelessness with co-occurring mental and substance use disorders.

CABHI-Kansas is taking a “Housing First” approach to connecting homeless individuals with permanent housing without preconditions such as sobriety, substance use treatment or other participation requirements. Earlier this year, the program conducted Housing First training for community health centers as well as mental health and substance treatment centers in conjunction with the University of Kansas. The Housing First model is used by all the CABHI-KS team. It is an alternative to the traditional approach in which homeless individuals are required to first participate in and complete short-term residential and treatment programs before obtaining permanent housing.

The CABHI-Kansas teams utilize evidence-based practices to provide the best services and outcomes for the clients they serve. The model also incorporates a rapid job search that is available for any individual who is looking for a job, regardless of their work history or treatment status. It is the mission of the employment teams to connect individuals with behavioral health needs to steady employment that can assist them in their path to recovery.

“Our CABHI Kansas teams in year one served more than 300 individuals in three counties, Shawnee, Wyandotte, and Sedgwick,” said Korrie Snell, CABHI Coordinator for KDADS. “Working with substance abuse providers Heartland RADAC and the Substance Abuse Center of Kansas (SACK), CABHI-Kansas has linked 135 chronically homeless individuals to permanent supported housing.”

Additionally, more than 50 individuals have obtained employment through the CABHI Individual Placement and Support (IPS) supported employment program.

KDADS Housing, Employment, and Benefits Program Manager Melissa Bogart-Starkey said, “This grant allows CABHI-Kansas teams to continue to provide services for chronically homeless individuals in need. We see positive outcomes every day.”

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Area Happenings - Week of July 23, 2017

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

July 24-27, 2017

Vacation Bible School
9 A.M. - 11 A.M.
for children ages 5-12
Register online at 
Family Night: July 27 at 7 P.M. 
Lighthouse Baptist
700 Chapel Street 
Baldwin City, KS


July 27, 2017

Thankful Thursday Free Community Meal
Serving 6 to 7 pm
Ives Chapel UMC
1018 Miami
Baldwin City
Free community meals are the last Thursday of each month

August 20, 2017

Battlefield Tours Led by John Brown

As part of the Civil War on the Western Frontier activities commemorating the 154th anniversary of Quantrill's Raid on Lawrence, Kansas, there will be a special tour of the Black Jack Battlefield. It will be conducted by Kerry Altenbernd as John Brown, assisted by members of the 13th Kansas Infantry Reg. re-enactor group serving as his civilian Free State militia. Maybe a few pro-slavery men will be there too.  
The re-enactors will be camping on site, so come out early and visit with them.

Time: Saturday, June 3 at 4 PM - 5 PM
Free Admission

Location: Black Jack Battlefield and Nature Park
163 E 2000th Rd
Wellsville, Kansas 66092

More Information:
(785) 380-9156

August 25, 2017

          TO BE HELD  AT 6:00  to ?

1724 N 692 RD

September 29, 2017

Luke Bryant Concert

 October 21-22, 2017

Maple Leaf Festival

Downtown Baldwin City

 October 28, 2017

          TO BE HELD  AT 6:00  to ?

1724 N 692 RD

 December 29, 2017

          TO BE HELD  AT 6:00  to ?

1724 N 692 RD

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!

Baldwin City Youth Competes in Junior Olympics Summer Track Events

Press Release and Photos Submitted by Scott Schoenberger

    At the USA Track and Field, Missouri Valley Regional meet at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, Missouri, three Baldwin City youths competed for the Ottawa Track Club. The meet was held from Thursday, July 6, 2017, through Sunday, July 9, 2017. Their hope was to qualify for the 2017 USATF Hershey Junior Olympics which are being held at Rock Chalk Park in Lawrence, Kansas from July 24-30.
   On Friday, July 7, 2017, Leo Schoenberger, age 9, qualified for the Junior Olympics by finishing second in the 9/10 boys triathlon with an overall score of 459 points.   He placed second in each of the individual events which comprise the triathlon: high jump shot put and 400m dash. Leo also competed in the 9/10 boys 800m run on Saturday, July 8, and finished eleventh with a time of 2:48.53.
     On Saturday, July 8, Ethan Williams, 9, competed in the 9/10 boys 1500m run and finished fifteenth with a time of 6:27.32.
     On Sunday, July 9, Ambrynn Stewart, 14, qualified for the Junior Olympics by finishing fourth in the 15/16 girls 1500m run with a personal record time of 5:07.73. Ambrynn also competed in the 15/16 girls 800m run and finished eighth with a time of 2:33.78.
     Leo's competition in the 9/10 boys triathlon will be held on Tuesday, July 25, beginning at noon.   Ambrynn's competition in the 15/16 girls 1500m run is scheduled to begin on Thursday, July 27 at 8:40 A.M.. with the first round and culminate with the finals at approximately 1:15 P.M. on Sunday, July 30.
 ***    Here is a link for more information on the Junior Olympics - ***

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Baldwin City Council Decides Local Seat Belt Fines

Kevin Surbaugh

The July 19th council meeting of Baldwin City was called to order by Marilyn Pearse. After quickly approving the consent agenda the council turned attention to public comments. This week, Baldwin City resident, Mary McGreery, approached the podium to address the city council. Her concern was the now daily music in the downtown area. Her house is within ear shot of one of the speakers which are annoying to her.
Some on the council were under the impression that the Chamber originated the request for music every day. Jeannette Blackmar, Baldwin City Chamber Director, told the council the chamber did not request the music to be constantly played over the sound system. Blackmar, did say that they did request that the city utilizes Baldwin City Radio over the CD’s that they had been playing.
Brad Smith, City Finance Director and Rob Culley, Baldwin City Power Plant Superintendent said that the speaker closest to McGreery’s house would be turned off on Wednesday (July 19, 2017) morning, except for special events, like the Maple Leaf Festival.
The council then heard from Hank Booth with a report from Baldwin City Economic Development Council (E. D. C.) of the first half of 2017. Booth started off with a ten-year overview of the E. D. C.’s accomplishments.
  • BEEP – Baldwin Energy Efficiency Program
  • Home Shows
  • Website – Commercial Inventory
  • RV Park
  • Douglas State Lake Walking Trail
  • Downtown Concerts
  • Kansas Belle Dinner Train

He then highlighted just a few of the accomplishments from 2016 and 2017.
  • Promotion of Baldwin City First
  • Baker Summit
  • Car Show - $1,000 to market show
  • Lawrence Home Show (to promote Baldwin City)
  • Promoted new CPA
  • Maintain Douglas State Fishing Lake

  • Booth then listed some of the goals for 2018.
  • Promote and support a city business park
  • promote and support residential growth
  • promote and support Baker University – our single biggest asset
  • fill gaps – a new fuel/gas station
  • annual fall promotion of Midland Railway and Kansas Belle Dinner Train

Dave Hill, E. D. C. chairman joined Booth at the podium and said that when they look at the local area they look at the entire school district, because everyone who lives in the district calls Baldwin City home.
Hill said they look to continue the scholarship program for Baldwin High students attending Baker University. He also mentioned, that he would like to see Baker implement a graduate program in Banking. To conclude their E. D. C. update, they discussed growth in the area. Growth in the city itself has been stagnate, while the rural areas have seen a 2.8 percent growth.
The council then discussed the paving of First Street, Shane Starkey, serving as the spokesperson for the seven residents asked about resident access to their homes, when construction begins. City Administrator Glenn Rodden, replied that they didn’t know at this time, but as things got closer the county engineers would make that part of their plan.
Shane Starkey
Photographer Kevin Surbaugh
Discussion ensued about the early payoff option and whether it could be done at other times, besides at the beginning of the payment start. Hill told the council that it could be done and that people in other special benefit districts have done it. The reason, Hill explained, that you might want to pay it off early is if a resident was going to move in year twelve of a twenty year payoff plan. A prospective buyer might be fine with a $6,000 tax bill, but might bulk at $2,000 more in specials. Thus, the selling resident might want to payoff the remaining amount to make the house more palatable to the prospective buyer.
The council postponed a decision to creating the First Street Benefit District until the August 1, 2017 meeting.
Council members also took up seat belt fines. The council first learned at the last meeting that the state had updated the fines for seat belt violations. As a result the city is mandated to update their ordinances. Until action is taken the city will lose money on each ticket they write. Under the new state laws, the fines go from $10 to $30 for drivers and from $10 to $60 for passengers. That means each ticket wrote before the city updates the ordinances, would result in the city sending the state $30 for the $10 it collects for a drivers infraction and $60 for the $10 it collects for each passenger infraction.
Voting under emergency authority the council passed ordinance 1376 (Uniform Public Offense Code) and ordinance 1377 (Standard Traffic Ordinance) on votes of four to one. Citing concern of transparency Council-Member David Simmons was the lone dissenting vote on both ordinances that were affected by the states updates to state law.
In Other business:
Approved, on a vote of 3-2, ordinance 1374 that rezones a plot of land owned by Casey Simoneau. Council-Member Kathy Gerstner and Christi Darnell cast the dissenting votes.
Unanimously approved the publication of the 2018 Budget hearing.

USD 348 Board of Education Discusses Capital Outlay and Inter-Local Agreement

Kevin Surbaugh

Baldwin USD 348 School Board convened it’s regular meeting on July 17, 2017, with a look at the capital outlay. The board spent most of the time looking at bus camera upgrades. Russ Harding, director of transportation said half the buses have cameras. The camera system can’t be upgraded. He cannot justify the replacing them all at once, so the plan is to replace part of them, and have two separate systems until all cameras have been replaced in a few years. The camera’s will not be replaced until the bus is coming out of service. The board unanimously approved the capital outlay fund be approved with Board-Members Sandy Chapman moved and Chad Christie seconded.

For the second meeting in a row the board heard about the Neighborhood Revitalization Program(NRP). At the last meeting Glenn Rodden, City Administrator of Baldwin City, addressed the board to see if the board would enter into an inter-local agreement to encourage growth in new construction. At the last meeting Rodden said that it would affect new residential and commercial construction inside the city limits. It however, would not affect any tax-exempt organization such as not-for-profits or government buildings.
Rodden was present again, to answer any questions the board might have.
Board-Member Sandy Chapman wondered if some in the district would feel that this agreement was favoring city residents over those outside city limits.
Board President Nick Harris, who was absent last month, said that he would like to get another month to mull over the idea, perhaps to sit down with Rodden at City Hall to learn a little more about the program.

In other business Board...

  • unanimously re-elected Nick Harris and Chard Christie as Board President and Vice-President respectfully.

  • unanimously agreed to retain Christie and Sandy Chapman as representatives to the negotiations board.
  • unanimously 
  • Monday, July 17, 2017

    University of Wyoming Spring Semester Dean's and Dean’s Freshman Honor Rolls: Kansas

    July 10, 2017 -- The University of Wyoming lists seven students from Kansas on the 2017 spring semester academic Dean's and Dean's Freshman Honor Rolls.
    The honor rolls consist of regularly enrolled undergraduates above freshman standing who earned a 3.4 or better grade-point average, and freshmen who have earned a 3.25 or better grade-point average.
    To be eligible, students must have been enrolled for a minimum of 12 credit hours taken for letter grades.

    Kansas Students are:
    Baldwin City
    Stephanie Minor
    Bonner Springs
    Katherine Xochitl Kasckow
    Marleah J. Campbell
    Megan L. Carpenter
    Overland Park
    Kelsey A. Hendricks
    Allegra Maya Carson
    Skyler Snodgrass

    Baldwin City Senior Wheels Hosts Biscuits and Gravy Fundraiser

    Kevin Surbaugh

    Bill Clemen, Baldwin City, serves the cinnamon rolls during
    the fundraiser.
    Photographer Kevin Surbaugh

    Gail Kingley, Wellsville; Oke Potter, Baldwin City;
    Pat Potter, Baldwin City and
    Anne Hivley, Ankeny, Iowa enjoyed the hot breakfast.
    Photographer Kevin Surbaugh

    Baldwin City Senior Wheels held it's annual fundraiser on Saturday July 15, 2017.   Proceeds from the breakfast fundraiser to help fund the program that provides rides to doctors.