Wednesday, June 28, 2017

KDoR Secretary Williams Explains the State's Tax Increase

Op/Ed by Kansas Department of Revenue Secretary Sam Williams

The $1.2 billion tax increase approved by the Kansas legislature will impact almost every working Kansan, so it’s important to understand exactly what the new law does.
This tax increase is the largest in state history, and it pays for the largest budget in state history. Almost every taxpayer in our state will see their paycheck decrease after July 1.
If you work for someone other than yourself, your employer will use new withholding tables to calculate how much additional money to take from your paycheck to pay your larger tax liability. Because the tax law is retroactive to January 1, you now owe more taxes on what you’ve earned so far this year. The amount withheld going forward is intended to catch you up so that you don’t end up owing a huge amount come April 2018. Additionally, I recommend talking to your tax preparer to ensure the additional money withheld is sufficient to address the increased amount you owe under the legislature’s new law.
Sam Williams,
Kansas Secretary of Revenue,
official photo
Small business job creators will also experience a sizable tax hike.  Small businesses were previously exempt from paying income taxes to drive job creation and economic growth in Kansas. The new law imposes the same rates on small businesses that are imposed on individual taxpayers in the new three bracket structure. To see those rates specifically, please visit our website, ksrevenue.org.
Governor Brownback’s previous tax plan eliminated income taxes for nearly 400,000 of the poorest Kansans. The legislature’s new tax hike raises money by shrinking this exemption. This means if you are a single filer with $2,500 taxable income per year or a married couple making $5,000 taxable income, then you will be subject to income tax.
There is further information about the tax changes on our website, ksrevenue.org and search “notices.”
This largest tax increase in state history funds the largest budget in state history. The legislature’s budget funds more than $200 million in new spending—that is spending above the increased funding for schools. Despite the legislature’s historic $1.2 billion tax hike, they’ve already spent every dime. Unless cuts and efficiencies are made, the legislature will be looking at more taxes in two years.
Regardless, it is our job at the Department of Revenue to ensure collections abide with the law. We will continue to strive to serve our customers with accuracy and respect. As always, filing electronically at ksrevenue.org is the fastest and most simple route. There is also a Taxpayer Assistance Center available to answer questions. Call (785) 368-8222.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Two Area Healthcare Organizations Explore Possible Merger

Press Release submitted by Melanie Coen, Heartland Community Health Center

Lawrence, KS - Heartland Community Health Center and Health Care Access would like to announce that the two organizations have signed a non-binding Letter of Intent to merge. While a final decision has not been made, the two organizations have been in board conversations to explore better serving the community through a merged organization. As plans progress, the two entities are targeting January 2018 as a potential merge date.
Heartland and Health Care Access have been in ongoing discussions, regarding possible ways to join, for several years. However, the benefits of such a merger became even more evident recently, as local health care needs have evolved and changes at the state and federal levels have created increased barriers.
“This is just the beginning of something new, exciting and hopeful in health care for Lawrence and Douglas County,” said Heartland CEO Jon Stewart. “The shortcomings of our health care system have yet to be adequately addressed in Topeka, KS and Washington DC. A major part of the answer is to have a robust multi-disciplinary system of primary medical, behavioral and oral health care. Local collaboration is one attainable step in that direction.”
In the hopes of reaching more people in need of affordable, assessable health care, Heartland has tapped into the long-standing Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) model, becoming a recognized FQHC practice in 2012. Health Care Access, in recognizing the power of a shared vision, has declared their interest in joining forces to further expand this capability for the community. A merger between the two agencies would leverage the resources and assets of Heartland’s FQHC status, the 30 year service history and community relations of Health Care Access, and the supportive role of Lawrence Memorial Hospital. The anticipated result is a well-supported, unified, community health access point that will provide comprehensive services to all in need.
“The potential for our organizations to leverage the talents and assets entrusted to us together is exciting,” said Health Care Access CEO Beth Llewellyn. “Along with LMH, and other health care organizations in this community, we are collaborating in ways that will overcome barriers to care and create healthier people and communities.”
Organizations, such as Lawrence Memorial Hospital, have shown support for the potential collaboration.
Recent strategic planning at the hospital involved re-commitment to delivering health services when and where they are needed, forming community partnerships and working together for a seamless
experience, both inside and outside the hospital facilities.
“Lawrence Memorial Hospital has an opportunity here to establish ourselves as a lifelong partner in the health of our community by supporting this collaboration and the patients these organizations exist to serve,” said Lawrence Memorial Hospital CEO Russ Johnson. “We look forward to further supporting this type of community investment.”
It will take a number of months to work through the due diligence that is required to ascertain how the two organizations might best achieve a merge.

Woman Formerly in Kansas Foster Care Selected for Congressional Internship

Press Release Submitted by Theresa Freed, Director of Communications, Kansas Department for Children and Families

TOPEKA –A young women, formerly in Kansas foster care, was recently selected for an internship with the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI). Alexandria Ware, 24, was one of 12 young professionals selected to participate in the CCAI’s Foster Youth Internship Program. Through the program, Ware gained a summer internship with the U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means.
Prior to acquiring this congressional internship, Ware was a successful participant in the Kansas Department for Children and Families’ (DCF) Independent Living program in the Wichita Region. During that time, she was also an active member in the Kansas Youth Advisory Council (KYAC) and the Regional Youth Advisory Council (RYAC).
U.S. Senator Pat Roberts with Alexandria
Ware, Washington, D.C.
Photograph courtesy of Kansas Department for Children
and Families


Ware graduated in May 2016, with a bachelor’s degree in Family Studies and Human Services, with a minor in Conflict Analysis and Trauma Studies from Kansas State University, while utilizing DCF’s Independent Living services. She also received a certificate in Conflict Analysis and Trauma Studies, as well as a certificate in Non-violent studies. Ware is currently a graduate student at Oklahoma State University-Tulsa, pursuing a master’s degree in Human Development and Family Science.

“Alexandria is setting a wonderful example for Kansas youth from foster care,” DCF Secretary Phyllis Gilmore said. “She is demonstrating how perseverance, hard work and dedication are the keys to success, no matter the trauma one experiences early in life.”

She co-founded Fostering Success, a program that seeks to provide college students in or exiting from the foster care system with resources and skills, along with connections to mentors.

Her goal is to advocate for those in foster care with the hope of establishing a center where youth in foster care will have access to tutoring, mentoring and assistance for future college admissions.

CCAI is a non-profit organization that “works to raise awareness about the needs of children without families and to remove policy barriers that hinder children from knowing the love and support a family provides.”
Currently, there are nearly 7,000 children in foster care in Kansas. DCF serves as the State social service agency, providing oversight for the well-being of children and their families. In May, DCF released a new Foster Care Recruitment Campaign designed to recruit foster families, provide support to current foster families and increase the public’s awareness about the need for temporary, stable homes for children coming into care in Kansas. If you would like to learn more about this campaign, visit fosterkskids.org.

Baldwin Farmer Directs America's Farmers Grow Communities Donation to BESPC

Press Release 

Baldwin City, KS - Douglas County farmer Allen Osborn has won the opportunity to direct a $2,500 donation from America's Farmers Grow Communities program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, to Baldwin Elementary - Primary Center (BES-Primary Center).
BES-Primary Center will use the funds to further develop the Prairie Restoration areas adjacent to the school. Trails and signage providing information about the native plants and animals of the area will be included.

“We want to thank Allen Osborn for directing this donation to BES-Primary Center. This gift allows us to further develop our Prairie Restoration areas. These areas will be used to provide a native environmental area for K-12 students, as well as community members, to better understand the history of Kansas through its environment, plants and animals native to Kansas, and Kansas early peoples,” said Deb Ehling-Gwin, BES-Primary Center principal.

The Grow Communities program’s purpose is to make a positive impact in farm communities by partnering with farmers to support the causes that are important to them in their communities. Each year, farmers enter for a chance to win a $2,500 donation that they direct to a local nonprofit.

Since the program began in 2010, farmers have directed more than $26 million in donations across a broad cross-section of organizations that reflect the makeup and character of rural America, including food bank, emergency response organizations, schools, youth agriculture programs and many others.

“Farmers have directed funds to more than 8,000 community organizations across rural America since Grow Communities began,” said Al Mitchell, Monsanto Fund president. “Farmers are truly committed to this program because they see the difference the donation makes in their community.”

Local Mural Dedicated

Kevin Surbaugh

David Loewensein and Nick Ward
speak at the dedication of Baldwin City's Mural.
Photographer Kevin Surbaugh
After more then a year of planning and several months painting the first local public mural was dedicated this past week. Jeannette Blackmar, Baldwin City Director, kicked off the dedication with an introduction of the lead artists, David Loewenstein and Nick Ward. Loewenstein said that both he and Ward, enjoyed learning about and seeing a part of Douglas County that neither had really seen before.
Describing the helicopters or maple seeds within the mural, Alaina Schiffelbein said,
"Through these windows, you'll be able to catch a glimpse of our past, our present and our hopes for the future."
Blackmar said that the public is invited to join in and help plan another mural at the next meeting on July 13, 2017 at 5 P.M. inside the Lumber Yard Arts Center.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Area Happenings - Week of June 25

Here are the upcoming events that the Gazette has been made aware of as of  June 24, 2017.  To submit an item to the community events calendar, please email it to press@baldwingazette.com.



June 29, 2017

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

July 5, 2017

Baldwin City Council Meeting
7 P.M.
Baldwin City Library


July 9-13, 2017

Vacation Bible School

KIDMinistry at Baldwin First United Methodist Church 704 8th St, Baldwin City, Kansas 66006




July 15, 2017

LMH Summer Spray 5K Toganoxie   

Kids 12 and Under: $10
Adult Preregistration (online at least 48 hours before event): $25
preregister atwww.lmhendowment.org/summerspray
Adult Registration (1 hour before event): $30
For more information: 785-505-3318



July 17, 2017

Baldwin Board of Education
7 P.M. (public meeting)
Baldwin Elementary Primary School 
500 Lawrence St 
Baldwin City, KS 

July 18, 2017

Baldwin City Council Meeting
7 P.M.
Baldwin City Library


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. reenactor group serving as his civilian Free State militia. Maybe a few proslavery men will be there too.  
The reenactors 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
info@blackjackbattlefield.org

August 25, 2017

COME AND ENJOY OUR
COMMUNITY DINNER  & FELLOWSHIP
          TO BE HELD  AT 6:00  to ?
     

    

 
HOST
VINLAND UNITED CHURCH
1724 N 692 RD
BALDWIN CITY, KS 6600



 October 21-22, 2017

Maple Leaf Festival
     
 
 
Downtown Baldwin City



 October 28, 2017

COME AND ENJOY OUR
COMMUNITY DINNER  & FELLOWSHIP
          TO BE HELD  AT 6:00  to ?
     
 
 
HOST
VINLAND UNITED CHURCH
1724 N 692 RD
BALDWIN CITY, KS 6600




 December 29, 2017

COME AND ENJOY OUR
COMMUNITY DINNER  & FELLOWSHIP
          TO BE HELD  AT 6:00  to ?

 
HOST
VINLAND UNITED CHURCH
1724 N 692 RD
BALDWIN CITY, KS 6600


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!



Thursday, June 22, 2017

Q and A of Baldwin City’s Wholesale Energy and Electric Production Systems

Q&A with the City

So where does Baldwin City actually get its electricity from?
Baldwin City has a diverse mix of generation types in our portfolio including, Coal, Natural Gas, Diesel, Wind, and Hydro.

We purchase about 74% of our wholesale energy from the Grand River Dam Authority, 12% from the Marshall Wind Farm, 5% from KCP&L, 5% from the Western Area Power Administration, 3% from the Spot Market, and the remaining 1% comes from the Southwest Power Administration and In-House Generation.

KCP&L also supplies Baldwin with use of their transmission lines to import power from the purchase agreements listed above.

I thought Baldwin City had a Power Plant?

Baldwin City does own and operate two generating plant’s, however, the cost of producing power internally is significantly higher than purchasing energy through our wholesale agreements.
For example, the average cost year to date of purchasing power through our wholesale contracts listed above is $.0484 cents per Kilowatt Hour.
In Comparison, our In-House generation while running on natural gas comes in at around $0 .0670 cents per kilowatt hour. When the units are running during an outage, or an anticipated outage, they use straight diesel at cost of $0.2049 cents per kilowatt/hour.




So when do you run the Power Plant?
Baldwin’s generators are not base load units, they are peaking units designed to shave peak load during high use times, and can be utilized as emergency back up during times when we lose power from the KCP&L tie line. This doesn’t mean they can’t run for extended periods of time; however the associated cost as shown above prohibits this.
Baldwin’s generation and how its’ utilized has evolved through several decades of load following contracts with KCP&L. Today we operate in the “Day Ahead” or “Day 2” market. Our newest units (7 & 8) located at Power Plant # 2, are registered with the Southwest Power Pool. SPP now oversees the entire transmission and distribution grid in our area, and is the dispatching authority over all registered power plants within their footprint.
Baldwin units run when directed to do so by SPP, however, we can self-schedule ourselves anytime for testing or during an emergency situation.
SPP has capacity and heat rate data on each of the registered generating units including large coal or gas plants like KCP&L, right down to the peaking units like Baldwin’s 7 & 8. They know what each unit is capable of producing and the associated cost. SPP will dispatch units based on hourly loads as well as forecasted peaks for the day ahead.
Does Baldwin sell the power it generates in the open market?
Baldwin City does not generate power to sell in the open market and never has.
Past contracts with KCP&L allowed us to sell off excess BPU Nearman energy when it was available, and we have sold excess capacity to the City of Gardner in past summers, but NONE of the energy generated by Baldwin units ever leaves the City limits.  

Why don’t we staff the plant 24/7?

The short answer is economics. Baldwin City currently has 2 plant operators that maintain and manage both power plants.

In the 1980’s, Baldwin had 8 power plant operators and was staffed 24/7. Through the 90’s and early 2000’s, many of the original plant operators retired and were not replaced, as there was no longer a need for round the clock plant coverage.

Baldwin’s electric utility has gone through other significant changes over the years as well. We now have two primary feeders that can supply Baldwin’s electric load from two different directions; West Gardner, and/or South Ottawa. This greatly reduces the risk of losing grid power for extended periods of time.

Last weekends’ outages were a prime example as the West Gardner Feeder was damaged due to several broken utility poles. KCP&L placed Baldwin City on the South Ottawa feeder until the repairs could be made.

Takeaways
Baldwin City is a Municipal Owned Utility. It exists to provide a public service to the citizens by way of long-term community goals, local control, local regulation, and higher standards of reliability.
Municipal utilities are located within their community and are readily available to serve customers. Local ownership means that customers' utility dollars stay in the community, creating jobs and supporting the local economy.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Baldwin City Council Hears About Murals and Tourism

Kevin Surbaugh

After crossing the street from the mural dedication, Mayor Marilyn Pearse called the June 20, 2017 city council meeting to order, the council unanimously approved the consent agenda. The consent agenda included a special event plan for a Neighborhood Pantry Farmers Market.
The council then heard from Jeannette Blackmar, Baldwin City Chamber Executive Director. "This is not an end, but a beginning," Blackamar said.  Planning for the next mural will begin on July 13, 2017, when those interested will meet at the Lumberyard Arts Center.
A mural helps make a city more attractive and attracts residents and tourists alike to areas where the murals are painted.
After the mural presentation, Michael Davidson, Executive Director of Explore Lawrence, addressed the council regarding tourism trends. The city of Lawrence has the largest footprint of AirBnB's in the state. He said, that the county had a 17 million dollar increase in tourism spending from 2015 to 2015.
In other business:

  • The council unanimously approved ordinance 1371, which will allow Fellowship Bible Church to establish a church on Ames, in shopping center where the fitness center used to be.
  • Unanimously approved ordinance 1372, which will annex a section of land which is located west of Lawrence Street and adjoins the corporate limits of the City. 
  • Tabled a decision on ordinance 1373, which would establish a sales tax for the proposed rec center. Steve Friend said that he was still working with a private donor who would possibly put up some of the funds needed to build the center. 
  • Unanimously approved Resolution 2017-09 which would establish a benefit district a long a part of First Street, to pave the street.
  • Unanimously approved Resolution 2017-10, which authorizes the city administrator to enter into  a Interconnection and Delivery Service Agreement with KCP&L. 
  • Unanimously approved the appointment of Ken Oshel as the cities Emergency Management Representative.
  • Baldwin School Board Fills Unexpired Term

    Kevin Surbaugh

    The first public action on Monday nights board meeting, was to appoint a replacement to complete the unexpired term of Nicole Tiller, who resigned  her District 2, Position 5 seat to move out of the district with her family. Only one candidate applied for the position. Susan Schiffelbein told the board that she has been the Baldwin School District for thirteen years. She has three kids, who have all graduated high school.  After a brief interview by the board, Schiffelbein was appointed unanimously to fill the vacancy.
    New school board member, Susan Schiffelbein
    Photographer Kevin Surbaugh

    The position, which was up for election in this years November elections, only drew one candidate as well.  That candidate being Schiffelbein. Baring an unforeseen and successful write-in campaign, Schiffelbein is expected to be on the board for a full four-year term.
    Glenn Rodden, Baldwin City-City Administrator, addressed the board to ask the board to do an inter-local agreement to abate taxes within the city for new construction.
    The land is still taxed by each taxing authority involved, so there is no loss of current income for those taxing entities, Rodden explained, it is the taxes on the new construction that would be abated. After five-years the property owner will be billed at 100% of the tax. The city chose to abate taxes for five years for new residential or business construction, including additions. The only new construction, not included in the cities plan are those government and non-profits which are already exempt from taxes.
    The board asked what the county had said when the city had talked to them. Rodden explained that the County Commissioners was highly in favor, but wanted the city to come to the school board first, before they vote one way or the other.  The board postponed any action until next months meeting.

    In other business:

  • The board unanimously approved the consent agenda.
  • Unanimously approved the milk bid from Hiland Dairy in the amount of $49,471.
  • Unanimously approved the year-end final payment and transfers.
  • Received the proposed 2017-2018 budget for the districts Capital Outlay, but postponed action until the next meeting.
  • Unanimously approved changes in the language regarding the districts sick leave.
  • Monday, June 19, 2017

    Baldwin City Radio Hires Full-Time Meteorologist

    Press Release submitted by Jay Wachs, Baldwin City Radio

    BaldwinCityRadio.com is pleased to welcome meteorologist Becky Taylor to the Baldwin City Radio team.

    Becky will serve as Chief Meteorologist and will provide daily forecasts as well as severe weather coverage
    Becky Taylor, Baldwin City Radio Chief Meteorologist

    Becky Taylor grew up in a small town outside of Wichita, KS, called Colwich, and she has been passionate about the weather from a young age. Her father was instrumental in this passion, and they attended storm spotter meetings and chased storms together starting when she was in elementary school. 

    She spent her first two years of college at Kansas State University, then transferred to the University of Kansas. Becky graduated from KU with a degree in Atmospheric Science in May of 2015. She has two years experience as a broadcast meteorologist at 6 News in Lawrence and KSNT News in Topeka.

    Becky left TV to raise her beautiful daughter, Thea, and she now lives on a farm outside of Baldwin City with her husband, Benton. In her free time, Becky loves to garden, read, cook, storm chase, play with her two dogs, and cuddle her cat.

    Station operations manager Daniel Smith says "We are pleased to be able to deliver local, accurate forecasts from a trusted meteorologist who lives and works in our community. Becky is committed to keeping our community safe especially during severe weather."

    RG Fiber Expanding

    Kevin Surbaugh

    If you have been waiting for RG Fiber, the locally owned high speed fiber internet to be available in your area, they are expanding to more homes. This past week, they have had subcontractors from K&W Underground are preparing the way in the area of Ninth and Eighth Streets between Indiana and King.  
    Francisco of  K&W Underground prepare the
    way for RG Fiber.
    Photographer Kevin Surbaugh
    Founder and CEO Mike Bosch said that RG Fiber was started three years ago and has been working to expand to the entire city as well as into nearby Eudora. According to Bosch the company has assembled, what he calls, "a very impressive and respectable Board of Directors that help me make strategic decisions for the company."  He raised private capital to start and pay for expansion through multiple investors.
    Bosch told the Gazette, that the company offers several services, "We have three internet plans, three TV plans, and one phone plan."
    A look at the companies internet services, prices range from $59.95 to $119.95 each month. According to the companies rate sheet, $59.95 is for download and upload speeds of 50 megabits. Which the company says is perfect for a one to two person household.  The second tier is for 150 megabits (two to three person household) and the top tier is a full gigabit service, which is recommended for households of three or more.
    Bosch also said that there was a $300 connection fee, which he said could be paid up front or over the course of twelve months.



    Pre-Leasing Has Begun for Anticipated Schoolhouse Lofts

    Press Release

    Baldwin City - Flint Hills Management Group has officially begin leasing the historic Schoolhouse building at 704 Chapel Street in Baldwin City, Kansas and already has several units leased. Currently under construction and moving fast, the Schoolhouse Lofts will open late July 2017 and have their first “Sneak Peak” Open House on Friday, June 30th from 4:00pm to 6:00pm. The Schoolhouse Lofts offers both affordable (income restrictive) lofts as well as traditional market rate 1, 2 and 3 bedroom lofts so to cater to all Douglas County residents.
    “We have something for everyone” said Tony Krsnich, Flint Hills Holding’s CEO. “Families, full time students, non-traditional students, professionals, Seniors, EVERYONE!”

    Flint Hills Holdings Group has received dozens of national historic preservation and development awards in the last 7 years and a couple of recipients of those awards are just down the street in Lawrence, KS. The Cider Gallery, Poehler Lofts and 9-Del Lofts are sister properties of the Schoolhouse Lofts and have a combined waiting list of over 100 people. “With the high demand of affordable housing in the Douglas County area, we expect The Schoolhouse to be just as successful, or more so” says Jacqueline Rathbun, VP of Flint Hills Management. “These luxury lofts are fantastic and will make for a beautiful, AND affordable home to anyone”

    The Schoolhouse Lofts will have 30 total loft apartments with original hard wood and polished concrete flooring, white granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances, spacious floor plans, walk-in closets, high vaulted ceilings, off street parking, brick accent walls, 24-hour laundry facility on-site, lounge, patio with barbeque grills and secure keyless building access. Rental rates range from $310 - $750/mo. for 1 bedrooms, $410 - $950/mo. for 2 bedrooms and $750 - $1,250/mo. for 3 bedrooms. Trash, water and sewer utility bills will be included in the rent.

    For more information, or to schedule an appointment please email: leasing@schoolhouseloftsbc.com. You can also visit their website www.schoolhouseloftsbc.com to get an application and to see floor plans.


    Sunday, June 18, 2017

    Baldwin City Council Meeting Agenda

    Location:
    Baldwin City Public Library
    800 7th Street
    Baldwin City, KS 66006



    TUESDAY
    June 20, 2017
    7:00 PM

    6:30 PM - Mural unveiling @ fire department


    A. Call to Order- Mayor Marilyn Pearse

    B. Consent Agenda
    1. Minutes of the June 6, 2017 Regular Meeting
    2. Special Event- Neighborhood Pantry Farmers Market
    C. Public Comment:
    Members of the public are welcome to comment on items relating to City business not listed on this
    Agenda. Please stand and wait to be recognized by the Mayor. As a general practice, the comments may or may not be acted upon by the Council during the meeting, or Council may refer the items to staff for follow up.
    If you wish to comment on an item listed on the Agenda, a sign-up sheet is provided for you to sign in and provide your address. You will be called on when the Agenda item of interest is under discussion by the Council.
    D. Special Reports or Presentations
    1. Jeannette Blackmar, Director of Chamber of Commerce- Mural
    E. Old Business
    1. Ordinance 1371, Conditional Use Permit-Fellowship Bible Church (D/A)
    2. Ordinance 1372, Property Annexation (Smith) (D/A)
    3. Ordinance 1373, Sales tax levying
    F. New Business
    1. Resolution 2017- 09 Benefit District First Street (D/A)
    2. Resolution 2017-10 Authorizing City Administrator to enter into the Interconnection and
    Delivery Service Agreement with KCP&L
    3. Emergency Management Representative Appointment
    4. Vacant Council seat appointment
    G. Committee and/or Commission Reports
    1. Budget and Finance/Kathy Gerstner, David Simmons
    2. Community Development Committee/Steve Bauer, Tony Brown
    3. Public Health and Safety Committee/David Simmons, Kathy Gerstner
    4. Public Works Committee/Christi Darnell, Steve Bauer
    5. Utilities Committee/ Tony Brown, Christi Darnell
    H. City Administrator and Staff comments
    I. Council & Mayor Comments
    J. Executive Session
    1. Personnel
    K. Adjourn

    4,000 Fewer Kansas Kids in Poverty, According to New Report

    Press Release from Theresa Freed, Communications Director, Kansas Department for Children and Families

    TOPEKA – Today, the Annie E. Casey Foundation released its 2017 KIDS COUNT Data Book. The new report shows that of the 16 child well-being indicators analyzed, Kansas has improved in 12 key areas, among them, childhood poverty. The report also demonstrates that more parents are working.

    “Everyone agrees that our children deserve a path out of poverty, and that’s why I’m heartened that childhood poverty has decreased in Kansas every year since 2012, said Governor Sam Brownback. “Working to make Kansas the best state in America to raise a family, we created programs like the Kansas Reading Roadmap to help at-risk students learn to read, and began welfare-to-work reforms to encourage the dignity of work.”

    According to the report, Kansas ranks 15th overall in the country, a significant improvement from last year’s overall ranking of 17th in the nation. The state ranks seventh in the nation for economic well-being. Kansas improved in all four of the indicators that are analyzed by the foundation when compositing childhood well-being.

    The four indicators that are analyzed include the number of children in poverty, children whose parents lack secure employment, children living in households with a high housing cost burden and teens not in school and not working. Four-thousand fewer Kansas kids are living in poverty compared to last year’s report.

    The Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF) assists low-income families through a wide range of programs and services. In recent years, with legislation such as the Kansas HOPE Act, programs such as food, cash and child care assistance have increasingly incentivized employment over dependence.

    “We hear success stories every day from clients who walk through our doors feeling helpless, but with encouragement, employment training and skills-building instruction, they are obtaining careers to support their families,” said DCF Secretary Phyllis Gilmore.

    Since January 2011, 42,231 new employments have been reported among cash assistance clients.

    The other area in which Kansas excelled in all four indicators was the Child Health ranking. The 2017 report revealed a 3 percent increase in the number of children with health insurance and a 3 percent decrease in the number of teens who abuse alcohol and drugs. Also, the number of child and teen deaths per every 100,000 in Kansas dropped from 33 to 26.

    In addition, the number of Kansas children in single-parent families decreased, while the number of high school graduates graduating on time increased. With the exception of Nebraska, no other neighboring state ranked as high as Kansas.

    Compared to the 2016 KIDS COUNT Data Book, Kansas has improved in nearly every area assessed by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

    DCF serves as the State social service agency, providing oversight for the well-being of children and their families. DCF focuses on child protection and strengthening families by working to reduce the number of children in State care, providing needed services and a safety net for the most vulnerable Kansans.

    The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) collaborates with the DCF to ensure childhood health and safety. KDHE promotes optimal health for Kansas women and infants, children and adolescents through system development activities and grants to local communities.

    Baldwin USD 348 School Board Agenda

    Location:
    Baldwin Elementary School Primary Center
    500 Lawrence Street
    Baldwin City, KS 66006

    A. Opening Items
    1. Call to Order
    2. Approval of Agenda
    B. Executive Session
    1. Enter Executive Session
    C. Board Member Vacancy Appointment
    1. Interview Candidates
    2. Board Vacancy Appointment
    D. Consent Agenda
    1. Approval of 5/16/17 Minutes
    2. Approval of 5/31/17 Minutes
    3. Approval of Regular Bills
    4. Approval of Payrolls
    5. Approval of Property Disposal
    6. Approval of Consent Agenda
    E. Recognition

    F. Public Comment

    G. Financial Report
    1. Milk Bid
    2. Year-End Final Payment and Transfers
    3. Capital Outlay
    H. Administrative Report
    1. Strategic Direction Improvement Plan reports - High School, Junior High School, Activities
    I. Old Business

    J. New Business
    1.  Policy Updates
    2. Neighborhood Revitalization Program
    K. Board Member Input
    1. Co-op Report
    2. Miscellaneous
    L. Superintendent's Report
    1. Project Based Learning/STEM Pilot
    2. Legislative Update
    M. Executive Session
    1. Enter Executive Session

    N. Consider Executive Session Matters
    1. Consider Executive Session Matters

    O. Closing Items
    1. Adjournment


    Area Happenings - Week of June 18

    Here are the upcoming events that the Gazette has been made aware of as of  June 10, 2017.  To submit an item to the community events calendar, please email it to press@baldwingazette.com.



    June 20, 2017

    Mural Dedication
    6:30 P.M.


     July 20, 2017

    Baldwin City City Council Meeting
    7 P.M.
    Baldwin City Library


    June 23, 2017

    COME AND ENJOY OUR
    COMMUNITY DINNER  & FELLOWSHIP
              TO BE HELD  AT 6:00  to ?

     
    HOST
    VINLAND UNITED CHURCH
    1724 N 692 RD
    BALDWIN CITY, KS 6600



     June 24, 2017

    LMH Summer Spray 5K Baldwin City

    Kids 12 and Under: $10
    Adult Preregistration (online at least 48 hours before event): $25
    preregister atwww.lmhendowment.org/summerspray
    Adult Registration (1 hour before event): $30
    For more information: 785-505-3318



    June 29, 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


    July 15, 2017

    LMH Summer Spray 5K Toganoxie   

    Kids 12 and Under: $10
    Adult Preregistration (online at least 48 hours before event): $25
    preregister atwww.lmhendowment.org/summerspray
    Adult Registration (1 hour before event): $30
    For more information: 785-505-3318





    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. reenactor group serving as his civilian Free State militia. Maybe a few proslavery men will be there too.  
    The reenactors 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
    info@blackjackbattlefield.org

    August 25, 2017

    COME AND ENJOY OUR
    COMMUNITY DINNER  & FELLOWSHIP
              TO BE HELD  AT 6:00  to ?
         

        

     
    HOST
    VINLAND UNITED CHURCH
    1724 N 692 RD
    BALDWIN CITY, KS 6600



     October 21-22, 2017

    Maple Leaf Festival
         
     
     
    Downtown Baldwin City



     October 28, 2017

    COME AND ENJOY OUR
    COMMUNITY DINNER  & FELLOWSHIP
              TO BE HELD  AT 6:00  to ?
         
     
     
    HOST
    VINLAND UNITED CHURCH
    1724 N 692 RD
    BALDWIN CITY, KS 6600




     December 29, 2017

    COME AND ENJOY OUR
    COMMUNITY DINNER  & FELLOWSHIP
              TO BE HELD  AT 6:00  to ?

     
    HOST
    VINLAND UNITED CHURCH
    1724 N 692 RD
    BALDWIN CITY, KS 6600


    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!



    Governor's Exporter and Excellence Award Recipients

    Press Release

    The Kansas Department of Commerce is pleased to announce that the recipient of the 2017 Governor’s Exporter of the Year Award is Lee Aerospace and the recipient of the Governor’s Award of Excellence is Cereal Ingredients, Inc. The winners were announced on International Trade Day during Business Appreciation Month.

    The Governor’s Exporter of the Year award proudly celebrates the successes of Kansas companies that excel in exporting and growing their communities. It encourages the growth of the state’s international commerce by showcasing successful exporters as role models to the Kansas business community. The recipients are prime examples of how exporting is a significant catalyst for company growth and diversification. Twelve Kansas companies were nominated for the 2017 Exporter of the Year award, finalists included:

    The 2017 Governor’s Award of Excellence companies can be nominated in one of four categories, including manufacturing/distribution, service, retail and hospital/non-profit. There were 19 regional winners and 44 merit winners for the Governor’s Award of Excellence.

    Lee Aerospace started as a small production company in 1989, manufacturing aircraft cabin windows for Boeing, and quickly grew to include multiple aircraft manufacturers. Today, Lee Aerospace is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of aircraft windows for business aircraft.  Expanding beyond just aircraft transparencies, Lee Aerospace now has over 250 Kansas employees.

    Cereal Ingredients, Inc. is a privately held, employee-owned specialty ingredients manufacturer that was established in 1990 by Robert Hatch to research, develop and market unique, new food ingredients. The Company holds multiple worldwide product and process patents.

    Thursday, June 15, 2017

    Obituary: Ivabelle Hey

    Ivabelle Hey, age 93, of Baldwin City, KS passed away June 13, 2017. She was born January 19, 1924, in Kansas City, Mo, the daughter of John Harold and Leah Jarrard Snoddy. She came to Baker University in 1942 and graduated in 1947. She married William Hey, Jr. on March 15, 1947.
    Ivabelle Hey
    Ivy was a stay at home mother, later becoming the book keeper at Hey Machinery for over thirty years. Ivy was a member of the Baldwin City First United Methodist Church, U.M.W., Board of Trustees, Sunday school teacher, and sang in the choir. She was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha, Baker University Board of Trustees and the alumni board, and Chapter CK of PEO, library volunteer, Girl Scout leader, and 4-H leader. Ivy and her family also received recognition as 1981 and 2013 Baker University Family of the Year.

    She is survived by her son, John Hey (Connie), their children, Bryan Hey (Sue), Natalie Downing (Derrick); daughter, Roxann Heffner (Leonard), their children, Jason Heffner (Cassy), Angela Portlock (Jeremy); daughter Nancy Arnold(Roger), their children Stephanie Arnold, Andrea Most (Travis), Shelby Arnold; daughter, Janet Jehle (Charles), their children, Ted Jehle(Kayla), Mark Jehle (Danielle); and great grandchildren, Brodee Hey, Hayden, Evan and Chase Downing, Madilyn and Jaxson Heffner, Kaleb, Kennedy and Katie Portlock, Jonah and Hudson Most, McKade and Sissy Jehle who arrived June 14th.
    She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill, sisters Genevieve Allen and Virginia Nathan.
    Mrs. Hey’s family will receive friends from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Friday, June 16, 2017 at the Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home in Baldwin City, KS. A Celebration of Life will be held 11:00 a.m., Saturday, June 17, 2017, at The First United Methodist Church in Baldwin City.
    The family suggests in lieu of flowers memorial contributions be made to William and Ivabelle Hey Scholarship at Baker University or Baldwin First United Methodist Church, c/o Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home, P.O. Box 64, Baldwin City, Kansas 66006. Condolences may be sent to the family through www.lamb-roberts.com.

    Obituary: Robert Lysle Case

    Robert Lysle (Bob) Case, age 64, of Lawrence, KS passed away June 9, 2017, at his home in Lawrence, KS. He was born February 9, 1953, in Lawrence, the son of Albert Franklin (Frank) and Phyllis (Goodrich) Case.
    Born and raised in Lawrence, Bob was a Lawrence resident for much of his life, living also in Baldwin City from 1994 to 2007. He graduated from Lawrence High School with the class of 1971. Following high school, he attended Kansas University before completing his education in computer science and programming at North Central Kansas Technical Institute in Beloit, KS. He was employed with many companies as an Information Specialist throughout his lifetime, most recently with Topeka Transit Authority from 2012 – 2017.
    Robert Lysle (Bob) Case
    Bob married Mary Kinkaid in May of 1982. To this union, three children were born, Kyle, Mark, and Katie. They were divorced in 1991.
    Set up by mutual and lifelong friends, Bob was united in marriage to Susan Plank on July 23, 1994 at the United Methodist Church in Baldwin City, KS. A perfect match, they shared nearly twenty-three years of marriage.
    Bob was a lifelong KU Jayhawk fan, always ready with an “Ah, C’mon!” for a bad call. He was also an ardent sportsman, enjoying softball and golf with his friends and his sons. Bob was a long-time member and manager of the Who’s on First softball team, playing for more than 30 years, and became a well-respected umpire once his playing career ended. Bob was an avid golfer and a joy to play with. Although Bob loved golf more than golf loved him, he passed his passion for playing on to many.
    Bob was a coach to many throughout his lifetime, always stressing the importance of sportsmanship and having fun, but took special pride in teaching his children and his grandchildren. When he was not coaching, he could always be found on the sideline or near the front of the stands for his children and grandchildren’s games, ready with words of encouragement. He was a wonderful, thoughtful, and caring Papa.
    Bob could often be found deep in a novel, usually finishing a book or two each week.
    He was a member of the Scottish Rite and Lawrence Masonic Lodge #6, elected as Worshipful Master, the most senior officer position of a Masonic Lodge. He was also a member of the Lawrence Umpires Association, and in his youth he was a member of the Douglas County Trail Riders and frequently showed horses.
    Bob is survived by his wife Susan of the home; mother, Phyllis Case of Paola, KS; sons, Kyle Case and his wife, Kelly, of Eudora, KS, Mark Case and his wife, Kathryn, of Kansas City, KS, daughter, Katie McAleese and her husband, Nathan, of Lawrence, KS; siblings, Candice Teagarden of LaCygne, KS and Mike Case of Lawrence, KS; grandchildren, Hailin McAleese, Justice McAleese, Landon McAleese, Casen McAleese, Tyler Case and Alexandria Case; step-brother, Lewis Case, Osawatomie, KS; and step-sisters, Leila Murphy, Centennial, CO and Lorna Garrison, Atchison, KS.
    He was preceded in death by his father, Frank Case.
    Mr. Case’s family will receive friends from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Thursday, June 15, 2017 at the Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home in Baldwin City, KS. Funeral Services will be held 10:00 a.m., Friday, June 16, 2017, at The First United Methodist Church in Baldwin City. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery in Baldwin City.
    The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Lawrence Memorial Hospital Oncology Department or Lawrence Masonic Lodge #6, c/o Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home, P.O. Box 64, Baldwin City, Kansas 66006. Condolences may be sent to the family through www.lamb-roberts.com.

    Wednesday, June 14, 2017

    Obituary: Shirley Dahlene Van Gaasbeek-Miller

     Shirley Dahlene Van Gaasbeek Miller passed away peacefully June 9th, 2017.  She was born to Hazel Watts Weber Dahlene and August Denton Dahlene on September 28, 1934, in Lawrence, Kansas where she grew up and graduated from Lawrence High School.  It was in Lawrence where she met Arlen LaRue Van Gaasbeek and they were married Sept. 1, 1952 until his death in 1981.  Arlen was a Plumbing Estimator by trade but Home Builder by hobby.  Shirley enjoyed helping Arlen with building homes and became a very successful real estate agent with Hardin Stockton Real Estate. On September 26, 1981 Shirley married Dr. Robert G. Miller and moved to Baldwin, KS where Bob was a Professor at Baker University.  In 2011 Shirley and Bob moved to the Santa Marta Retirement community in Olathe, Kansas where they became very active members in many local clubs and truly enjoyed retirement.  Bob preceded Shirley in death in April, 2016.  Due to Osteoporosis Shirley had been cared for in a skilled nursing unit at Santa Marta for the last five years.  Even with her ailment Shirley remained upbeat and always smiling. 
       Shirley is survived by children, Melanie Van Gaasbeek Mc Reynolds, Diane Van Gaasbeek Lambie and husband Jim, Judy Miller Best and husband Chris and Beth Miller Neuman, 10 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. 


       Family will be having a small graveside service but memorial contributions in Shirley’s name may be made to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, www.nof.org/donate, Kidney Cancer Assoc., www.kidneycancer.org or Baker University, www.baker.edu.

    Monday, June 12, 2017

    Area Happenings - June 11, 2017

    Here are the upcoming events that the Gazette has been made aware of as of  June 10, 2017.  To submit an item to the community events calendar, please email it to press@baldwingazette.com.



    June 11, 2017

    Day Out with Thomas
    Thomas the train will be in Baldwin City
    Tickets available online


     July 12, 2017

    The  2017 Gathering of the Baldwin City Community Senior Mix is Wednesday, July 12 for all seniors in the Baldwin City/Area Community. A light lunch will be provided at noon followed by entertainment by Kay and Tony Kugler at Ives Chapel United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 1018 Miami Street. Sponsored by Ives Chapel United Methodist Women, all seniors from 55 to 105 are welcome!

    June 23, 2017

    COME AND ENJOY OUR
    COMMUNITY DINNER  & FELLOWSHIP
              TO BE HELD  AT 6:00  to ?

     
    HOST
    VINLAND UNITED CHURCH
    1724 N 692 RD
    BALDWIN CITY, KS 6600



     June 24, 2017

    LMH Summer Spray 5K Baldwin City

    Kids 12 and Under: $10
    Adult Preregistration (online at least 48 hours before event): $25
    preregister atwww.lmhendowment.org/summerspray
    Adult Registration (1 hour before event): $30
    For more information: 785-505-3318



    June 29, 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



    July 15, 2017

    LMH Summer Spray 5K Toganoxie   

    Kids 12 and Under: $10
    Adult Preregistration (online at least 48 hours before event): $25
    preregister atwww.lmhendowment.org/summerspray
    Adult Registration (1 hour before event): $30
    For more information: 785-505-3318





    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. reenactor group serving as his civilian Free State militia. Maybe a few proslavery men will be there too.  
    The reenactors 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
    info@blackjackbattlefield.org

    August 25, 2017

    COME AND ENJOY OUR
    COMMUNITY DINNER  & FELLOWSHIP
              TO BE HELD  AT 6:00  to ?
         

        

     
    HOST
    VINLAND UNITED CHURCH
    1724 N 692 RD
    BALDWIN CITY, KS 6600



     October 21-22, 2017

    Maple Leaf Festival
         
     
     
    Downtown Baldwin City



     October 28, 2017

    COME AND ENJOY OUR
    COMMUNITY DINNER  & FELLOWSHIP
              TO BE HELD  AT 6:00  to ?
         
     
     
    HOST
    VINLAND UNITED CHURCH
    1724 N 692 RD
    BALDWIN CITY, KS 6600




     December 29, 2017

    COME AND ENJOY OUR
    COMMUNITY DINNER  & FELLOWSHIP
              TO BE HELD  AT 6:00  to ?

     
    HOST
    VINLAND UNITED CHURCH
    1724 N 692 RD
    BALDWIN CITY, KS 6600


    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 Gets New Oldies Radio Station

    About a month ago, on May 15, 2017,  a brand new radio station for Baldwin City and the surrounding communities launched. According to a press release, Baldwin City Radio will feature immediately recognizable hit songs from the 60s, 70s and 80s. The music variety format includes classic rock, classic country, classic pop and classic soul with a rotation that includes over 3,000 songs.
    Listeners will hear updates from the Baldwin City Chamber, Baker University and the number of other organizations that serve the area in between the music.
    The stations press release also stated that advertising sponsorship was available for locally owned and operated businesses serving Baldwin City and the surrounding areas.
    You won't find Baldwin City Radio on the AM or FM dial though. Baldwin City Radio (“iBCR”) is an online only radio station. Which is always free to listen to and available at www.baldwincityradio.com or by downloading the free app for your i-phone. Apps for android and blackberry are still under development and will be released in the very near future.
    The station is owned and operated by Wachs Media, which is a Douglas County internet media group and public relations firm. The company also owns LawrenceHits.com which has served the Lawrence area since 2013. Owner Jay Wachs tells the Gazette, that he has been in broadcasting at various radio stations around the country since 1985, before coming to Douglas County.  
    “The past never sounded so good and we’re delighted to be part of the growth and development of Baldwin City,” said Wachs.

    Sunday, June 11, 2017

    Governor Brownback Signs Several Bills into Law This Past Week

    Press Release from the Governor's Office

    Topeka – On June 7, 2017, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed the following three bills into law:
    House Substitute for Senate Bill 21 – Amends the Kansas Public Employee Retirement System rules related to working after retirement.  
    House Substitute for Senate Bill 60– Extends the sunset for certain agriculture fees.  

    Substitute for House Bill 2277 – Allows for common consumption areas in cities and counties.  
    SB 83known as the Disclose Act, amends the Woman’s Right to Know Act by amending information that a woman must be provided with before an abortion can be performed, including medical qualifications, disciplinary action from the Kansas Board of Healing Arts, or loss of clinical privileges at any hospitals.               

    On June 5, the Governor signed the following bill into law:

    SB 40establishes new criminal charges aimed at reducing human trafficking and sexual exploitation of children and requires holders of Commercial Drivers Licenses be trained to recognize possible human trafficking.
    The Governor has now signed 87 bills into law this session and vetoed three. By law, the Kansas governor has 10 calendar days to sign the bill into law, veto the bill or allow the bill to become law without his or her signature.

    On Friday June 9, the Governor signed the following bills into law:
    House Substitute for Senate Bill 42 – Updates the revised juvenile justice code.

    Senate Bill 201 – Amends the Kansas Consumer Protection Act, adding members of the military to the definition of “protected consumers.”   
    House Bill 2092 – Makes various changes to Kansas criminal procedure.

    Senate Substitute for House Bill 2132 – Authorizes port authorities to conduct certain sales. 

    The Governor has now signed 91 bills into law this session and vetoed three. By law, the Kansas governor has 10 calendar days to sign the bill into law, veto the bill or allow the bill to become law without his or her signature.

    Saturday, June 10, 2017

    United States Wishes Queen Elizabeth a Happy Birthday

    Press Statement from Rex Tillerson, Secretary of State  

    On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I offer congratulations to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the people of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland as they celebrate Her Majesty’s 91st birthday on June 10.
    Queen Elizabeth II has served as a symbol of stability and strength throughout her 65 year reign, even in the face of great challenges and tremendous change. She rightfully enjoys the respect and admiration not only of the British people, but of people throughout the world.
    The United States’ partnership with the United Kingdom is as vibrant and relevant today as it was when Winston Churchill coined the term “Special Relationship” in 1946. We continue to cooperate closely on a wide range of regional and global challenges, including countering terrorism, promoting economic prosperity, and supporting human dignity and the rule of law. The United Kingdom is a strong NATO ally and, together, we have advanced our shared security goals and common interests.
    The United States looks forward to continuing our close cooperation to address the most important and pressing issues facing our two countries.
    I wish Her Majesty the Queen and the people of the United Kingdom a joyful birthday celebration.

    Wednesday, June 7, 2017

    Baldwin City Council Pays Tribute to the Late Councilman Bauer

    Kevin Surbaugh

    The first June City Council meeting of Baldwin City opened up with a moment of silence for the late council-member Steve Bauer and his wife. It was the first meeting since their untimely death in a traffic accident on May 19, 2017.
    In his empty spot at the table were placed two white calla lilies, which were given to his son, who was in attendance along with Bauer's nameplate.
    Laura Hartman, City Clerk, told the Gazette that Mayor Marilyn Pearse has sixty days, from the time a seat becomes vacant, to nominate a replacement for Bauer.  The council then will have forty-five days to approve (or reject) her appointment.
    The council then unanimously repealed the community building sales tax. The repeal of the tax, which had been planned to be put on the ballot, was due to the school boards rejection of a local option mill levee increase for the other half of the project.

    In Other Business:


  • Discussed Ordinance 1371, a conditional use permit for Fellowship Bible Church to build a permanent home at 926 Ames. The council will vote at the next council meeting.
  • Approved the development Plan for Fellowship Bible Church.
  • Discussed the ordinance 1372 Property Annexation (Smith). The council will vote at the next council meeting.
  • Approved the appointment of Jana Craig-Hare to the Library Board.
  • Terrorist Attacks in Tehran

    Kevin Surbaugh (written with information from press statements and various news agencies)

    ISIS is claiming responsibility for two attacks in the Iranian Capitol City of Tehran.  The attacks, which killed at least twelve, marks the terrorist groups first major strikes in Iran. Coming in the middle of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, the terrorists attacked Parliament and an Islamic Shrine.
    Iran's State-run broadcaster IRIB reported that the attacks killed at least 12 people and wounded another 42 during an hours-long standoff that ended when all four attackers were killed by security forces.
    United States Department Spokesperson issued a two-line statement to all media outlets saying,
      The United States condemns the terrorist attacks in Tehran today. We express our condolences to the victims and their families, and send our thoughts and prayers to the people of Iran. The depravity of terrorism has no place in a peaceful, civilized world.
    According to a FOX World, ISIS released a video of the attack from inside the Iranian Parliament.  Four terrorists were reportedly involved, one blew himself up inside parliament and the others were killed by Iranian police. 

    Monday, June 5, 2017

    Area Happenings - Week of June 4, 2017

    Here are the upcoming events that the Gazette has been made aware of as of  June 3, 2017.  To submit an item to the community events calendar, please email it to press@baldwingazette.com.


    June 4, 2017

    Day Out with Thomas
    Thomas the train will be in Baldwin CityTickets available online

    June 7-9, 2017 
    Baker Summer STEM Camp

    Science, Technology, Engineering and Math!  Wow!

    Be a part of Baker University's first ever Summer STEM camp in which your child can partake in activities both on campus and at Baker's very own Wetlands.

    Activities include rocket building, programing, exploring natural wildlife up close and much more!

    Need more information, can't access Baker's website?
    Contact: Emma Byrd, camp director  at  stemcamp@bakeru.edu  -or-
    by phone
    Monday-Friday at  (913) 317-6287

    Ages: Students entering 7-9
    When: June 7-9 (Wednesday-Friday) 9 A.M. - 3:30 P.M.
    Cost:  $50
    Siblings attending get a 10% discount off total cost
    Enroll by May 1st
    Campers receive Booklets, T-Shirts and Snacks

    https://www.bakeru.edu/stem-camp/

    Location: Baker University
    Ivan L. Boyd Center
    413 6th Street
    Baldwin City, KS



    June 9, 2017

    Day Out with Thomas
    Thomas the train will be in Baldwin City
    Tickets available online

    June 10, 2017
    LMH Summer Spray 5K Eudora

    Kids 12 and Under: $10
    Adult Preregistration (online at least 48 hours before event): $25
    preregister atwww.lmhendowment.org/summerspray
    Adult Registration (1 hour before event): $30
    For more information: 785-505-3318



    June 10, 2017

    Day Out with Thomas
    Thomas the train will be in Baldwin City
    Tickets available online

    June 10, 2017
    Academy Choir (from Baldwin Academy of Dance and Voice) will be performing the National Anthem at
    KC T-Bones game on
    June 10th
    at 7:05 PM.
    Support our local kids and get your tickets today for this game.
     Tickets range from $6.50 for general admission to $16 for prime seats.
    a $2 surcharge for tickets purchased the day of the game.


    June 11, 2017

    Day Out with Thomas
    Thomas the train will be in Baldwin City
    Tickets available online

    June 23, 2017

    COME AND ENJOY OUR
    COMMUNITY DINNER  & FELLOWSHIP
              TO BE HELD  AT 6:00  to ?

     
    HOST
    VINLAND UNITED CHURCH
    1724 N 692 RD
    BALDWIN CITY, KS 6600



     June 24, 2017

    LMH Summer Spray 5K Baldwin City

    Kids 12 and Under: $10
    Adult Preregistration (online at least 48 hours before event): $25
    preregister atwww.lmhendowment.org/summerspray
    Adult Registration (1 hour before event): $30
    For more information: 785-505-3318



    June 28, 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



    July 15, 2017

    LMH Summer Spray 5K Toganoxie   

    Kids 12 and Under: $10
    Adult Preregistration (online at least 48 hours before event): $25
    preregister atwww.lmhendowment.org/summerspray
    Adult Registration (1 hour before event): $30
    For more information: 785-505-3318





    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. reenactor group serving as his civilian Free State militia. Maybe a few proslavery men will be there too.  
    The reenactors 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
    info@blackjackbattlefield.org

    August 25, 2017

    COME AND ENJOY OUR
    COMMUNITY DINNER  & FELLOWSHIP
              TO BE HELD  AT 6:00  to ?
         

        

     
    HOST
    VINLAND UNITED CHURCH
    1724 N 692 RD
    BALDWIN CITY, KS 6600



     October 21-22, 2017

    Maple Leaf Festival
         
     
     
    Downtown Baldwin City



     October 28, 2017

    COME AND ENJOY OUR
    COMMUNITY DINNER  & FELLOWSHIP
              TO BE HELD  AT 6:00  to ?
         
     
     
    HOST
    VINLAND UNITED CHURCH
    1724 N 692 RD
    BALDWIN CITY, KS 6600




     December 29, 2017

    COME AND ENJOY OUR
    COMMUNITY DINNER  & FELLOWSHIP
              TO BE HELD  AT 6:00  to ?

     
    HOST
    VINLAND UNITED CHURCH
    1724 N 692 RD
    BALDWIN CITY, KS 6600


    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!