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Monday, August 28, 2017

Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission Announces Professional Development Opportunity for Aspiring Dancers

Press Release

New Dance Partners, a partnership between The Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission and Johnson County Community College, is accepting applications for 3-5 aspiring dance professionals to participate in the newly launched New Dance Lab.

In its pilot year, The New Dance Lab will expand the programming of New Dance Partners to allow a select group of aspiring dance professionals throughout the state of Kansas the opportunity to participate in one-on-one professional development workshops in one of the following subject areas:

  • Getting professional jobs: Developing successful resumes; mastering the audition process - including how to develop a DVD to send to Artistic Directors.
Conducted by: Heather Gray, Utah Regional Ballet II

  • Running a dance company: Finding balance between business and art.
Conducted by: Matthew Neenan, BalletX Philadephia

  • Forging your own path: Life as a freelance choreographer.
Conducted by: Kameron N. Saunders, COCA St. Louis/freelance choreographer

This lab seeks to provide an opportunity for local dance company advancement and artistic development through meaningful contact with national choreographers. The lab also aims to raise the profile of dance in the region and to highlight local talent. Kansas dancers from all backgrounds and dance disciplines are welcome to apply. A small travel stipend may be available for accepted applicants from outside the Johnson County area.

Applications are due by September 4, and approved dancers will be notified by September 8.  Workshops will be scheduled to take place September 11-22.

To submit an application visit https://kansascaic.submittable.com.

New Dance Partners is an initiative launched in 2013 by the Performing Arts Series/Carlsen Center at Johnson County Community College to develop a dance awareness strategy for the region. The program was expanded in 2014 through a grant from the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission and returns this year as a partnership between KCAIC and Johnson County Community College.

Through New Dance Partners, a select group of local professional dance companies are paired with reputable choreographers from across the county to create new works. The program provides an opportunity for local dance companies to advance and sustain artistic development while building the local dance audience through a community-based festival in Kansas that celebrates the broad spectrum of dance in the area.

This year’s program will feature:

  • Kansas City Ballet working with Matthew Neenan, co-founder and Choreographer, BalletX

  • Owen/Cox Dance Group working with Kameron Saunders, COCA-St. Louis

  • Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company working with Jennifer Archibald, founder and Artistic Director of ARCH Dance Company 

  • Störling Dance Theater working with Heather Gray, Associate Director, Utah Regional Ballet II

New Dance Partners will culminate with performances of the above pieces Sept. 22-23 at Yardley Hall on the Johnson County Community College campus.


For more on the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission go to KansasCommerce.gov/caic

Area Happenings - Week of August 27, 2017

Here are the upcoming events that the Gazette has been made aware of as of  August 19, 2017.  To submit an item to the community events calendar, please email it to press@baldwingazette.com.

August 29, 2017

 JOIN the Chamber Community in Welcoming
Peggy and Matt Keller, CEOs, 
PK Therapy, LLC to Baldwin City. 
Learn more about PK Therapy, LLC. 
Tuesday, August 29, 2017 
5-6:30 P.M.  
811 Grove  
Refreshments Served  
5:45 P.M. Remarks and Ribbon Cutting  
www.pktherapyOT.com

September 5, 2017Baldwin City Council Meeting
Location: Baldwin City Library
800 7th Street
Baldwin City, KS
7 P.M.

September 13, 2017

The Library Board, the Friends of the Library, and the Library staff will be hosting a Celebration for Kathy Johnston to recognize her many years of service to the Library.
When: Wednesday, September 13th 
Time: 4 P.M - 6 P.M. 
Where: Baldwin City Library.

September 16-17, 2017

2017 Kansas Capital Quilt Show

 This year's Kansas Capital Quilt Show theme is Comfort, Warmth, Beauty and Love.  Select a favorite in our Silent Auction. Come to shop, learn and be inspired about new patterns, techniques and fabrics.

Time: Saturday, September 16 at 10 AM - 5 PM
           Sunday,  September 17 at Noon - 5 PM
Admission: $6

Location: The Women's Guild of Topeka
5221 SW West Drive (just northwest of 9th and Fairlawn)
Topeka, Kansas 66606

More Information:
(785) 640-2480


September 19, 2017
Baldwin City Council Meeting
Location: Baldwin City Library
800 7th Street
Baldwin City, KS
7 P.M.

September 29, 2017

Luke Bryant Concert



 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!



Sunday, August 27, 2017

Live TV Coverage of Heart of America Football on MC22

Press Release

BALDWIN CITY, KS – Mediacom channel MC22 will televise 5 live Heart of America football games beginning Saturday, September 2 at 11 a.m. The college football games will televise live Saturdays at 11 a.m. on Mediacom’s local channel 22 (HD channels 822 or 722) and feature teams from Iowa, Kansas, and Missouri.
The Heart of America Athletic Conference was founded in 1971 and consists of 12 conference schools with colleges from Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, and Iowa.
            Heart of America Football -- 2017 Television Schedule on MC22:
Home
Sept. 2             Baker University                                 Grandview University
Sept. 9             Baker University                                 Culver-Stockton College
Oct. 7              Graceland University                          Evangel University
Oct. 14            MidAmerica Nazarene University      Baker University
Nov. 4             Evangel University                              Avila University

 

Leading Autism Advocate Appointed to International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards Executive Board

NewsWire

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.  - The International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES), the world’s leading training and certification provider for autism and cognitive disorders, announced today the appointment of award-winning disability advocate Kerry Magro to their executive panel of board members.
“IBCCES does incredible work around the world,” said Magro. “It’s wonderful now to be part of this team as a board member.”
As a self-advocate, Magro was completely non-verbal until the age of two and a half and was diagnosed with autism at 4-years-old. He is now a best-selling author of three books, a movie consultant of two autism films and a nonprofit founder that has given over 45 scholarships for students with autism for college. Magro additionally presented at the International Symposium on Cognitive Disorders in February and is expected to speak at the 2018 event held at the World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Florida.
“Working with the great team at IBCCES, I can use my expertise and knowledge to help make the world a more accommodating place for everyone,” said Magro. “Inclusion is key in our society today.”
IBCCES focuses on cognitive disorder training and certification around the world, with members now in 42 countries and expanding. IBCCES just launched AutismTravel.com, of which Magro will be a regular guest contributor in order to bring greater knowledge and options for families traveling with autism. IBCCES additionally trains and certifies school districts, healthcare professionals, and law enforcement worldwide.
“Kerry’s expertise in autism and enthusiasm for creating positive change is aligned with our goal to increase awareness and education in cognitive disorders throughout the world, and we are excited to have him on our team,” said IBCCES Board Chairman Myron Pincomb.
Magro added that he is looking forward to collaborative opportunities with IBCCES. “We have the opportunity to impact the lives of so many,” he explained. “There are exciting times ahead.”
Magro currently travels around the country as a motivational speaker and disability advocate, including presenting at two TEDx Talks. In 2014, he received accreditation from the National Speakers Association as one of the only professionally certified speakers with autism in the country. Magro is now the host of a local cable program that focuses on individuals who overcome adversity called the "Different is Beautiful Show," and has begun interviewing individuals for a new video series that highlights people with special needs, disease and those who have overcome obstacles in their lives called “A Special Community of Love and Acceptance.” Magro has additionally worked with brands including CBS News, Inside Edition, Upworthy, BBC News, HuffPost Live, HuffPost, American Express, J.P Morgan Chase, NBA.com and more.
“It’s been a dream to travel the world as a professional speaker, but the greatest achievement is being able to mentor and work with people with special needs,” said Magro. “I didn’t have any role models with autism growing up, so being able to help the next generation of kids is what I love.”

Presidents Weekly Address

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Westar Energy and Great Plains Energy Ask KCC to Approve Merger of Equals; Missouri Filling to be Submitted by August 31

Press Release

TOPEKA, KS and KANSAS CITY, MO – Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE: WR) and Great Plains Energy Incorporated (NYSE: GXP) today asked the Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC) to approve their proposed merger. The neighboring utilities intend to apply for Missouri Public Service Commission (MPSC) approval by Aug. 31. The revised transaction is a stock-for-stock merger of equals that would create a new company serving 1.6 million customers with a combined equity value of approximately $14 billion.
“The KCC recognized the unique value of bringing Westar and Great Plains together. We appreciate the opportunity to present this new merger of equals for their consideration,” said Mark Ruelle, president and chief executive officer of Westar Energy. “Our customers will have a stronger company with less pressure on prices. Our shareholders will see a dividend increase and opportunity for long-term growth.”
The companies announced their intent to pursue a new transaction on July 10. Filing applications with the KCC, MPSC and other regulators formalizes the companies’ request for approvals for Great Plains Energy and Westar Energy to merge to form a new holding company, which will operate regulated electric utilities in Kansas and Missouri. Operating headquarters will be in both Topeka, Kansas, and Kansas City, Missouri. Corporate headquarters will be in Kansas City, Missouri.
“This merger unlocks savings and financial benefits for our customers, shareholders, communities, and employees,” said Terry Bassham, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Great Plains Energy. “We carefully listened to the KCC’s concerns with our original transaction and crafted a new merger agreement using the KCC’s earlier order for guidance to bring better value to customers and shareholders of both utilities compared with remaining stand alone. We look forward to working with the KCC, MPSC and other stakeholders as we seek approval.”
For the past year, the companies have been planning their combination and have identified initial savings of about $28 million in 2018, growing to $160 million per year by 2022. While the merger savings will be reflected in future electricity rates, the companies also propose $50 million in customer bill credits to retail customers in both Missouri and Kansas soon after the merger closes.
The merger better positions the companies to invest in programs and infrastructure to maintain and potentially improve customer service with less impact on prices. The companies’ have committed to maintaining community charitable contributions and to no involuntary job losses resulting from the merger.
With no cash premium paid and no transaction debt, the new company is expected to remain financially strong, aiding its ability to provide reliable service to customers and attractive returns to shareholders. The size created by merging should improve access to capital markets and leverage with suppliers, providing future savings for customers.
Great Plains and Westar anticipate filing their merger application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) before the end of August. The companies expect to have necessary approvals in the first half of next year.
On July 10, the companies announced that both companies’ boards of directors unanimously approved a revised transaction that involves no control premium, no transaction debt, no exchange of cash, and is a stock-for-stock merger of equals. Recognizing the stock price differences in the exchange, Westar shareholders will exchange their shares on a ratio of 1 WR share for 1 share of the new company; Great Plains shareholders will exchange their shares on a ratio of 1 GXP shares for 0.5981 share of the new company. The new, combined company will provide electric utility service to approximately 1 million Kansas customers and nearly 600,000 customers in Missouri. The combined company will have a new name, yet to be established. Read the full announcement.
About Westar Energy
As Kansas’ largest electric utility, Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE:WR) provides customers the safe, reliable electricity needed to power their businesses and homes. Half the electricity supplied to the company’s 700,000 customers comes from emissions-free sources – nuclear, wind and solar - with a third coming from renewables. Westar is a leader in electric transmission in Kansas, coordinating a network of lines and substations that support one of the largest consolidations of wind energy in the nation. For more information about Westar Energy, visit www.WestarEnergy.com.
About Great Plains Energy
Headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., Great Plains Energy Incorporated (NYSE: GXP) is the holding company of Kansas City Power & Light Company and KCP&L Greater Missouri Operations Company, two of the leading regulated providers of electricity in the Midwest. Kansas City Power & Light Company and KCP&L Greater Missouri Operations Company use KCP&L as a brand name.

Walmart and the Walmart Foundation Announce at least $1 million towards Hurricane Harvey Relief and Recovery

BusinessWire

Bentonville, AR - In anticipation of Hurricane Harvey, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have made a commitment to provide support for relief efforts through cash and product donations of at least $1 million to organizations helping in response to the severe weather impacting Texas and Louisiana. As a part of this commitment, Walmart is working closely with organizations like the American Red Cross, Salvation Army, and Convoy of Hope while coordinating efforts with elected officials and governmental entities to help meet the needs of those affected. We are supporting these organizations in addressing immediate needs in the community and will continue to monitor in the coming days to provide additional assistance.
“We are concerned for the people in the path of this potentially devastating storm,” said Kathleen McLaughlin, Chief Sustainability Officer at Walmart and President of the Walmart Foundation. “We are actively supporting local response efforts and will continue to be there for our customers, friends, family, fellow associates and neighbors in the Gulf Coast.”
Walmart has a long history of providing aid in times of disasters, helping communities prepare and recover by donating emergency supplies, such as food and water, home and personal products. Since 2005, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have donated more than $60 million in cash and in-kind donations in response to disaster events.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Kansas Reading Program to Improve Proficiency Expands

Press Release

TOPEKA– Four new Kansas-inspired programs will be launched in the Mississippi Delta this fall. Four schools in the Coahoma County School District—Friars Point, Jonestown, Lyon, and Sherard—will begin a partnership with the Kansas Reading Roadmap to further increase early reading proficiency across the district. The Kansas Reading Roadmap program was commissioned by Governor Sam Brownback in 2013 and is funded by the Kansas Department for Children and Families, through Temporary Assistance for Needy Families funds, to help increase reading proficiency among children. This poverty-prevention measure has been successful in Kansas, and now the Coahoma County District will seek to replicate the success of Kansas schools from the Kansas Reading Roadmap in Mississippi.

The Kansas Reading Roadmap model aligns after school and family engagement with school-day instruction and intervention to build upon school efforts to promote early reading proficiency. Coahoma County schools use a school-wide strategy of assessments, instruction, and intervention to teach children to read. 
“The Reading Roadmap seeks to innovate how schools use out-of-school programs to drive greater achievement in early reading proficiency,” said Andrew Hysell, Director the Reading Roadmap. “Through science-based early reading strategies aligned with school interventions and data, after-school learning can help schools better achieve third-grade reading goals.”
At the heart of the Kansas Reading Roadmap is its partnership with the Kansas State Department of Education’s Technical Assistance Systems Network (TASN). TASN supports Kansas schools to implement the Kansas Multi-Tier System of Supports (MTSS). Kansas MTSS helps schools organize data and instruction to provide individualized instruction and intervention for all children. The Reading Roadmap aligns out-of-school programs with the Kansas MTSS system.
Currently, the Reading Roadmap partners with more than 60 schools and Boys & Girls Clubs in Kansas to expand science-based reading strategies to all students in out-of-school environments, including afterschool, summer and family engagement programming. The mission of the Reading Roadmap is to integrate and align out-of-school programs with data and instruction to enhance school efforts promoting early reading proficiency.

According to an independent, longitudinal evaluation of 30 sites, children attending Reading Roadmap after school programs experienced 57 percent greater growth than their peers—as measured by school assessments.

“Kansas Reading Roadmap has been very successful in the State of Kansas, so I am thrilled that Mississippi is adopting similar programs,” said Secretary Phyllis Gilmore. “Early reading proficiency is important because it arms children with the tools they need to have a successful and bright future.”

Third-grade reading is a critical point in a child’s life when they transition from learning to read to reading to learn. Early reading proficiency is correlated with school and lifetime success. Research consistently shows that children who are not proficient readers by the fourth grade are four times less likely to graduate on time from high school. 

Former Green Beret Kevin Jones Announces Campaign for Congress

Press Release

WELLSVILLE – On August 17, 2017, State Representative Kevin Jones launched his campaign to seek the Republican nomination for Kansas’ Second Congressional District.  Jones noted that many of the problems facing district families and seniors are not homegrown Kansas problems.  Instead, he pointed to the red tape, debt, burdensome taxes, and insecurity created in Washington as being responsible for the struggles many Kansas families and small businesses are now facing.
Kevin Jones

“I learned long ago that to solve a problem, you have to face it head-on and resolve it at the source,” Jones said. “I am running for Congress to take the fight to the source of our problems – Washington, D.C. – this is our mission and we cannot fail.”

On the home front, Jones will focus on jobs and financial security for American families.  Specifically, Jones will work to remove federal barriers to innovation, business expansion and most importantly, job creation.

“Our families need jobs, not red tape,” Jones said. “The focus and concern of our small businesses should be successful growth and job creation, not overbearing government compliance.”

Jones further noted that unleashing America’s economic potential is also dependent on reversing Washington’s culture of debt. He highlighted that the national debt has grown to an unsustainable level, crowding out resources for vital functions and undermining our economic security.

“We can only break this culture of debt with a renewed, true commitment to fiscal restraint and policies to fuel robust economic growth that raises the quality of life and financial security for all Americans,” Jones stated.  “There must be commonsense pro-growth tax reform, coupled with equally common sense spending reforms.”

Jones served in the U.S. Army as a Special Forces Operator deployed to hot spots across the globe, including Iraq. His entry into the race brings the perspective of contemporary combat experience to the contest at a time of growing international tensions.

“National security is a constitutionally mandated duty of our federal leaders, yet that obligation is not being met as politicians have for nearly a decade gutted our military and implemented a haphazard foreign policy,” said Jones.  “I will fight to ensure a strong United States military, while also seeking to restore the lost tactical leadership resulting from the purge of combat experienced officers and frontline servicemen and women during the Obama Administration.”

Kevin Jones grew up in the heart of the Second Congressional District in Wellsville, where he and his wife Nicole now raise their own family.  Returning home from his service in the U.S. Army, Jones was elected as a Kansas State Representative for House District 5, and now also serves on the Wellsville Board of Education and the Franklin County Planning Commission.  Jones is a Realtor® and small business owner.  Jones holds a Bachelor of Science in Education degree from the University of Kansas, and a Master of Ministry degree from Southwestern Christian University.  Jones is an ordained minister and worked as an associate pastor prior to his military service.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Governor Brownback, Kansas Department of Corrections Announce Increased Pay for State’s Correctional Officers Under New Pay Plan

Press Release

El Dorado – Governor Sam Brownback was joined by Corrections Secretary Joe Norwood at El Dorado Correctional Facility today to announce changes to the Kansas Department of Corrections’ pay structure to address correctional officer retention and increase recruitment of new candidates.

Under the new structure, all uniformed corrections staff will receive an approximately 5 percent increase. In addition, the hiring rate for entry-level corrections officers will rise from $13.95 per hour to $14.66 per hour. At El Dorado Correctional Facility, the hiring rate will rise from $13.95 per hour to $15.75 per hour. All uniformed staff making less than the newly established hiring rates will have their pay increased to the new rates, resulting in a majority of uniformed staff receiving total increases of at least 10 percent.

Gov. Brownback described the pay increase as a significant first step towards making pay competitive in an effort to retain experienced correctional officers at the state’s correctional facilities where vacancy rates have increased amid dwindling new officer recruitment.

“First and foremost, I want to thank the men and women of the Department of Corrections for all of their hard work,” Gov. Brownback said. “This job is an exceptionally difficult one--and the state appreciates their sacrifices.”

The state will notify union officials today to offer an opportunity for discussion regarding the effective date of the increases. 

“Addressing recruitment and retention will require commitment from the legislature, and I encourage them to work with the Department of Corrections in the 2018 legislation session,” Gov. Brownback said.

Corrections Secretary Norwood thanked Governor Brownback for his support of the Department of Corrections staff and for personally addressing the critical need at the state’s correctional facilities.

“I also would like to thank the Kansas DOC staff for the great work they do day-in and day-out to the keep the citizens of Kansas safe.” he said. “Correctional work is difficult and it takes special people who are willing to take on such an important public safety role.”

Norwood said the department looks forward to working with the Governor’s office and the legislature on continuing to strengthen compensation for DOC staff to include uniformed, non-uniformed and parole staff who contribute so greatly to public safety in Kansas.

The Sun and Moon are Topics for Story Time

Kevin Surbaugh

Heidi Johnston (rear), Easton (right) and Edan (left)
Photographer Kevin Surbaugh

Thomas Cooper and his daughter Madison
Photographer Kevin Surbaugh
On Monday August 14, 2017, the Baldwin City Library hosted an event, "Don't be Afraid of the Dark," ahead of the eclipse on the 21st.
Librarians read a couple of stories about the sun and moon to three kids and their parents.  The two books read were "Why the Sun and Moon Live in the Sky," by Elphinstone Dayrell and "Sun and Moon," by Lindsey Yankey.
Afterwards the kids made pin hole cameras (to view the eclipse with) and dragons.   The kids (and adults to) then enjoyed sugar cookies, decorated in yellow icing as the sun with black sunglasses.

Governor Sam Brownback Announces Appointments to Boards and Commissions

Press Release

Topeka – Kansas Governor Sam Brownback today announced new appointments to boards and commissions.

“I’d like to thank these individuals for committing their time and skills to serve the people of Kansas,” said Governor Brownback.
  
The Governor’s Office is always looking for qualified, interested Kansans to serve the state on commissions and boards in their areas of expertize.
 
Board of Regents
Shane Bangerter, Dodge City (reappointment)
Ann Brandau-Murguia, Kansas City (reappointment)
Helen Van Etten, Topeka (reappointment)

Kansas State Fair Board
Robert Atkisson, Stockton
Harmon Bliss Jetmore (reappointment)
Nick Ketzner, Bird City

Board of Agriculture
Dan Heinz, Rose Hill

Coordinating Council on Early Childhood Developmental Services
Alix Kumer, Fairway

Board of Adult Care Home Administrators
Noreen Fenton, Topeka (reappointment)
Sara Sourk, Seneca (reappointment)

Board of Cosmetology
Kelly Holmes, Topeka
Kimberely Mancuso, Olathe (reappointment)
David Yocum, St. Marys (reappointment)

Kansas Advisory Committee for the Blind & Visually Impaired
Ashlee Thao, Overland Park
Lyn Petro, Leawood
Cindy Brenner, Meade

Emergency Services Board
Dennis Shelby, Neodesha

Physician Assistant Council
Andrew Kneib, Emporia

Board of Nursing
Carol Bragdon, Topeka (reappointment)
Mandy Karstetter, McCune
Julianna Rieschick, Andover

Board of Examiners in Optometry
Ron Hansen, Hutchinson (reappointment)
Craig Lozada, Mission (reappointment)
Gary Slimmer, Topeka (reappointment)

Physical Therapy Advisory Council
Brent Martin, Belleville (reappointment)

Kansas Board of Examiners in Fitting & Dispensing of Hearing Instruments
Kevin Albee, Lansing (reappointed)
Paul Rowden, Wichita (reappointed)

State Historic Sites Board of Review
Sharron Hamilton, Salina (reappointment)
Kathryn Herzog, Wichita (reappointment)

Wichita State University Board of Trustees
Pierre Harter, Wichita (reappointment)
Joe Norton, Wichita (reappointment)
Sheryl Wohlford, Wichita (reappointment)

Hispanic and Latino American Affairs Commission
Bertha Mendoza, Holcomb

Board of Directors of the Delta Dental Plan of Kansas
Kim Borchers, Topeka

Athletic Trainers Council
Matt Way, Wichita (reappointment)

Kansas Guardianship Program Board of Directors
Stephen Atherton, Olpe
Dave Heinemann, Topeka (reappointment)
Paul Kallman, Scandia (reappointment)

Kansas Wildlife and Parks Commission
Gary Hayzlett, Lakin (reappointment)

Veterans Claims Assistance Program Advisory Board
Jim Buterbaugh, Winfield (reappointment)
Larry Meadows, Tonganoxie (reappointment)

Advisory Committee on Trauma
Craig Concannon, Beloit (reappointment)
Cathy Heikes, Dodge City (reappointment)
Kristine Hill, Peck (reappointment)
John Hultgren, Junction City (reappointment)
Tina Pendergraft, Santana

Acupuncture Advisory Council
Cynthia Chamberlain, Overland Park
Rhonda Bathurst, Abilene
Douglas Petrie, Ozawkie

Kansas Turnpike Authority
David Lindstrom, Leawood (reappointment)

Athletic Commission
Dr. Matthew Bohm, Topeka

Board of Adult Care Home Administrators
Dr. Stephanie Murray, Wichita

Kansas Commission for Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Daniel Donaldson, Topeka,

911 Coordinating Council
Melanie Mills-Bergers, Topeka

Area Happenings - Week of August 20, 2017

Here are the upcoming events that the Gazette has been made aware of as of  August 19, 2017.  To submit an item to the community events calendar, please email it to press@baldwingazette.com.

August 21, 2017

 Solar Eclipse Watch Party
Location: Baker University Liston Stadium
Time: Noon-2 P.M.
Glasses Provided
Bring a blanket or chair to be able to enjoy in comfort
First 100 to arrive, will receive a Free T-Shirt

August 21, 2017

Solar Eclipse

a total eclipse of the sun will be visible from within a narrow corridor that traverses the United States. It will be 100 years before this event will be visible again. Baldwin City Recreation will take a Coach Bus to Troy, KS to enjoy the festivities. Troy will have food vendors and activities for patrons. Baldwin patrons will need to bring along a lawn chair, and if you wish, a small cooler with refreshments.
$20 per person
Contact Baldwin City Recreation

August 24, 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 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

September 5, 2017
Baldwin City Council Meeting
Location: Baldwin City Library
800 7th Street
Baldwin City, KS
7 P.M.

September 16-17, 2017

2017 Kansas Capital Quilt Show

 This year's Kansas Capital Quilt Show theme is Comfort, Warmth, Beauty and Love.  Select a favorite in our Silent Auction. Come to shop, learn and be inspired about new patterns, techniques and fabrics.

Time: Saturday, September 16 at 10 AM - 5 PM
           Sunday,  September 17 at Noon - 5 PM
Admission: $6

Location: The Women's Guild of Topeka
5221 SW West Drive (just northwest of 9th and Fairlawn)
Topeka, Kansas 66606

More Information:
(785) 640-2480


September 19, 2017
Baldwin City Council Meeting
Location: Baldwin City Library
800 7th Street
Baldwin City, KS
7 P.M.

September 29, 2017

Luke Bryant Concert



 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!



Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Baldwin City Council Reassure Benefit District Property Owners

Kevin Surbaugh


At the August 1, 2017, meeting the council approved resolution 2017-12 which would pave a portion of First Street, which is currently graveled. It will not pave the portion of First Street that runs alongside the Wagon Wheel Restaurant and senior apartments. The text of that resolution is as follows:
Reconstruct N 1st Street/E 1750 Road from its intersection with State Lake Road (Route
12; N 400 Road) to the northeast corner of Signal Oak Estates to provide 24’-wide asphalt pavement and open ditch drainage improvements meeting current standards. Work will include grading, culvert replacements, hot mix asphalt base and surface courses, and erosion control.

The estimated costs of the work will be split-up as follows:
  • DOUGLAS COUNTY 0.4 $172,000.00
  • BALDWIN CITY 0.3 $129,000.00
  • PALMRYA TOWNSHIP 0.1 $43,000.00
  • PROPERTY OWNERS 0.2 $86,000.00
  • TOTAL COSTS 1 $430,000.00
  • TOTAL PER RESIDENT COST $12,285.71
  • PER RESIDENT COST PER YEAR 10 YEAR ASSESSMENT $1,228.57

Residents in the said benefit district wanted assurances, that they will not have to pay a larger amount when the work actually begins in 2018 or 2019.   The City Attorney, Matt Hoy drafted a resolution on the fly to assure the seven residents in that area as follows:
"...as it relates to resolution 2017-12 the portion to be paid by the property owners will not exceed $86,000."
The council unanimously approved the new resolution 2017-14.
In Other business the council...


  • heard from Bill Neuenswander of Baldwin City Senior Wheels reported to the council, that the program provided 274 trips between July 1, 2016, and June 30, 2017.  July trips were down compared to the same period in 2015, however, as the new year begins, this July's numbers look to be the best year since they began six years ago.




  • received a report from Hank Booth on the activities of Economic Development Corporation (EDC), who told the council of a number of efforts were under way to sell and develop the various vacant lots along Highway 56. "We don't need to be a boom town, with 100 new homes, but we do need to grow faster than we have the last few years,"  Booth said.




  • heard from John Devine, who delivered a report regarding the recent council retreat.
  • Tuesday, August 15, 2017

    Obituary: Ryan Timothy Hodges

    Ryan Timothy Hodges, 26, of Baldwin City, KS passed way Saturday, August 12, 2017.  He was born August 1, 1991, in Chicago, Ill, the son of Tim Hodges and Lisa (Spannuth) Hodges.
    Ryan grew up in the Chicago area specifically in Portage, Indiana for most of his school years. In 2010 Ryan moved with his family to Baldwin City where he graduated from Baldwin High School with the class of 2010.
    Ryan attended Baker University after graduation for two years. After taking time off, he currently re-entered the academic world and was pursuing an Elementary Education Degree at Baker University. While at Baker he was a member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity. He truly enjoyed his time in the fraternity, and his brothers had formed very close friendships with Ryan. He was also very active in choir, band, theater and the improv group, Loud Noises.
    Ryan played bass for the Coal Creek Band. When the band played Credence Clearwater Revival, Ryan was able to show off his vocal skills as well as his bass skills. He could sing a pretty good John Fogerty. Ryan had a passion for music and was also a rabid Beatles fan.
    Ryan worked for Helpers, Inc. in Lawrence. This job allowed Ryan to really thrive at what he did best, help others. His soft heart and kind soul was a perfect match for this work. He was also a para-professional at Southwest Middle School in Lawrence. This job showed him how important a role teachers play in the lives of young children and he was excited to join the teaching profession and make a difference in young lives.
    Ryan was the family historian. He seemed to remember every detail about every event. He was one of the funniest people his family and friends knew and yet his soft heart never let his incredible sense of humor hurt anyone. He would never hurt anyone’s feelings in fact he often was there to help someone out of their discouraging moments. Ryan knew how to build people back up.
    Ryan was also a foodie. He loved going out to eat, especially for sushi. And if the sushi, Mexican food or chili wasn’t spicy enough, he brought his own hot sauce.
    Ryan is survived by his loving parents, Tim and Lisa Hodges, Baldwin City; his sister Meredith Hodges, Baldwin City; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.
    He is preceded in death by his grandparents Wendell and Eva Hodges and Warren and Billie Spannuth.
    Funeral Services will be held 2:00 p.m. Friday, August 18 at the First United Methodist Church, Baldwin City. The family will greet friends for a visitation Thursday, August 17, 2017 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home, Baldwin City, KS. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Ryan Timothy Hodges Memorial Fund c/o Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home, P.O. Box 14, Ottawa, KS 66067. Condolences may be sent to the family through www.lamb-roberts.com

    Monday, August 14, 2017

    Council Meeting Agenda

    Council Meeting Agenda

    Baldwin City Public Library 800 7th Street TUESDAY, August 15, 2017  7:00 P.M.

    A. Call to Order- Mayor Marilyn Pearse
    B. Consent Agenda
    1. Minutes of the August 01, 2017 Regular Meeting
    2. Special Events -
    3. a. Bluegrass & BBQ
      b. Festival of Lights
    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.  Retreat follow-up - John Divine
    2.  Senior wheels - Bill Neuenswander
    E. Old Business
    1. Resolution 2017-12 review
    2. Ordinance 1378- zoning text amendment
    F. New Business
    1.   Economic Development Corporation funding
     G. Committee and/or Commission Reports
    1.  Budget and Finance/Kathy Gerstner, David Simmons
    2.  Community Development Committee/A.J. Simmons, Tony Brown
    3.  Public Health and Safety Committee/David Simmons, Kathy Gerstner
    4.  Public Works Committee/Christi Darnell, A.J. Simmons
    5.  Utilities Committee/ Tony Brown, Christi Darnell
    H. City Administrator and Staff comments
    I. Council & Mayor Comments
    J. Executive Session
    1.  Attorney-Client privilege
    K. Adjourn

    Upgrade of Benefits Eligibility System to Launch with Integration into KanCare Enrollment System

    Press Release

    TOPEKA – The Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF) and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) today announced that the final upgrade of the Kansas Eligibility Enforcement System (KEES) will launch Aug.18. KEES is a computer system that allows Kansans to apply online for medical and social services, including welfare benefits, Medicaid and more. This system upgrade involves DCF welfare benefits programs, such as cash, food and child care assistance, among others.

    “This computer system upgrade will allow us to better serve Kansans in need, with more convenience for our clients, and improved coordination across State agencies,” said DCF Secretary Phyllis Gilmore. “Our staff members have worked diligently to prepare for this upgrade, and an extensive amount of training and testing has been conducted to ensure minimal impact to client services.”
    DCF and KDHE are working to prepare clients, stakeholders and staff for this upgrade. Previously-approved benefits will continue without disruption for both welfare benefits and KanCare. To help with processing, those seeking welfare and Medicaid benefits are encouraged to apply and provide all necessary documentation prior to Aug. 18.
    DCF Programs
    KEES, a single system that will replace eight antiquated DCF program systems, offers an online self-service website to clients. This will improve application processing time for both staff and clients. An additional feature of the new system is an online eligibility checker, providing immediate eligibility feedback for those seeking DCF benefits.

    In 2013, DCF implemented new business processes that reduced eligibility determination from approximately 30 days to less than 10 days, with many clients now receiving same-day determinations. DCF’s integration into the KEES system is expected to further enhance processing times and accuracy.

    The DCF programs that will be integrated into the KEES system include the following:
    • Food Assistance/Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)\
    • Cash Assistance/Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
    • Child Care Subsidy
    • Employment Services (Work Programs and Food Assistance Employment & Training)
    • Adoption Support Subsidy
    • Youth Independent Living
    • Permanent Custodianship
    • Automated IV-E Eligibility
    • General Family Services for Prevention and Protection Services recipients
    DCF will continue accepting new benefit applications and reported changes during the upgrade period, though processing times may be impacted. DCF’s online application for welfare benefits will continue to be available throughout this period. Those needing assistance with DCF services may also visit or call their local DCF service centers.
    KanCare

    During this upgrade period, the online application for medical benefits and home and community-based services will not be available. People will still be able to print and fill out a paper application, available online at www.kancare.ks.gov/consumers/apply-for-kancare. Additionally, during the upgrade period, the State will only be able to approve new medical benefits in the case of emergencies.

    While the KEES system is being upgraded, the State will be able to continue some Medicaid eligibility operations:

    ·        Accept paper applications, reviews, mail and faxes
    ·        Look at applications and reviews
    ·        Request documentation from consumers and providers
    ·        Process emergency medical cases
    ·        Provide answers to questions and accept changes through the call center, which can be reached at 1-800-792-4884.

    Great Plains Energy Incorporated Declares Dividends

    Business Wire

    KANSAS CITY, MO - Great Plains Energy (NYSE: GXP)  announced on August 8, 2017, that its Board of Directors approved a quarterly dividend of $0.2750 per share on its common stock. The Company’s current annual dividend level is $1.10 per share. The common dividend will be payable September 20, 2017 to shareholders of record as of August 29, 2017. The shares will begin to trade ex-dividend on August 25, 2017.

    Sunday, August 13, 2017

    Sherriff's Office Investigates Three Deaths

    Press Release

    The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office (DGSO) is investigating the deaths of three people, including a 3-year-old girl.
    At about 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, August 13, 2017, deputies responded to the report of a shooting in the driveway of a residence in the 1000 Blk of E900 Rd., southwest of Lawrence. When deputies arrived, they found a 36-year-old woman in the driveway that had been shot several times. She died on scene. The woman was not affiliated with the residence in any way.
    Law enforcement later located the woman’s vehicle in a parking area at the Baker Wetlands, south of 31st and Haskell streets. A 3-year-old girl and a 41-year-old man were found dead in the wetlands not far from the vehicle. Their manners of death have not yet been determined.
    It is believed the male is the suspected shooter of the woman. The 3-year-old was believed to be the daughter of both the man and the woman. DGSO does not believe any other individuals are involved in the deaths.
    DGSO is continuing to investigate the deaths. No other information will be released at this time.

    Area Happenings - Week of August 13, 2017

    Here are the upcoming events that the Gazette has been made aware of as of  August 12, 2017.  To submit an item to the community events calendar, please email it to press@baldwingazette.com.

    August 12, 2017
    7th Annual Run for Ben  
    Motorcycle Ride to Benefit Prairie Paws Animal Shelter
    Registration Starts at 11 A.M.  
    Live Music  
    Kick Stands up at 1 P.M.   
    Early online Registration Discount:
     $20 per rider  $25 with passenger 
    at Prairiepaws.org   
     Day of: $25 per rider / $30 with passenger

    Starting Location:
     Forest Park
    400 N Locust
    Ottawa, KS

    More Information:
    Call Prairie Paws at 785-242-2967


    August 14, 2017
    Join us for a special family story time in honor of Total Eclipse 2017. 
     Don't be Afraid of the Dark 
    6:30 P.M. Monday, August 14 
    at your Baldwin City Library 
                 800 7th Street
    Enjoy hearing about the folklore and culture of the sun and the moon. There will be crafts, eclipse viewing tips, and a snack. Free eclipse glasses will be provided on a first-come, first served basis. Children of all ages welcomed with a caregiver.


    August 15, 2017
    Baldwin City Council Meeting
    Location: Baldwin City Library
    800 7th Street
    Baldwin City, KS
    7 P.M.

    August 16, 2017

    Community Health Forum
    Time: 5-7 P.M.
    Location:  Baldwin City Library
    800 7th St
    Baldwin City
    Free Food and Beverages
    Make Your Voice Heard



    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
    info@blackjackbattlefield.org

    August 21, 2017

     Solar Eclipse Watch Party
    Location: Baker University Liston Stadium
    Time: Noon-2 P.M.
    Glasses Provided
    Bring a blanket or chair to be able to enjoy in comfort
    First 100 to arrive, will receive a Free T-Shirt

    August 21, 2017

    Solar Eclipse

    a total eclipse of the sun will be visible from within a narrow corridor that traverses the United States. It will be 100 years before this event will be visible again. Baldwin City Recreation will take a Coach Bus to Troy, KS to enjoy the festivities. Troy will have food vendors and activities for patrons. Baldwin patrons will need to bring along a lawn chair, and if you wish, a small cooler with refreshments.
    $20 per person
    Contact Baldwin City Recreation

    August 24, 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 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

    September 5, 2017
    Baldwin City Council Meeting
    Location: Baldwin City Library
    800 7th Street
    Baldwin City, KS
    7 P.M.

    September 19, 2017
    Baldwin City Council Meeting
    Location: Baldwin City Library
    800 7th Street
    Baldwin City, KS
    7 P.M.

    September 29, 2017

    Luke Bryant Concert



     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!



    Saturday, August 12, 2017

    Douglas County Residents Urged to Provide Feedback at Community Health Forums in August

    Press Release

    Lawrence, KS – Findings from the Douglas County Community Health
    Assessment will be presented at four forums in August. Residents are urged to
    attend the forums to provide input on the results and to suggest next steps in the
    process, which will involve creation of a Community Health Improvement Plan.
    The plan will be used as a guiding document for community leaders and
    policymakers in Douglas County.
    Forum dates are:
    Wednesday, Aug. 16 — 5-7 p.m., Baldwin City Library, 800 Seventh St.,
    Baldwin City.
    Tuesday, Aug. 22 — 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Community Health Facility,
    200 Maine St., Lawrence.
    Wednesday, Aug. 23 — 6:30-8:30 p.m., Eudora Community Recreation
    Center, 1630 Elm St., Eudora.
    Thursday, Aug. 24 — 5-7 p.m., Lawrence Public Library auditorium, 707
    Vermont St., Lawrence.
    The forums are free and open to the public. Food and beverages will be
    provided.
    “Results from the assessment show that our health status is not just about health
    care. It’s about creating job opportunities, providing safe and affordable housing,
    and ensuring children and youth are free from abuse and neglect,” said Director
    Dan Partridge, of the Lawrence-Douglas Health Department. “If we’re going to
    improve our health moving forward, we have to include all community
    perspectives in the conversation.”
    Lawrence Memorial Hospital President and CEO Russ Johnson agrees. “In our
    Destination Health strategic plan, we identified population health as an important
    initiative,” Johnson said. “Partnering with other organizations and the community
    to improve health more broadly is population health. LMH is strongly committed
    to our purpose of being ‘A Partner for Lifelong Health.’ A collaborative approach
    is essential, and it begins with conversations and feedback.”
    The Community Health Assessment was developed to specifically include
    residents typically underrepresented. The assessment includes: a survey that
    was completed by 2,000 Douglas County residents; newly-analyzed data about
    life expectancy, leading causes of death and other health outcomes in Douglas
    County; and a PhotoVoice project where area youth used photography to identify
    health concerns and strengths.
    Through the Community Health Assessment process, common health challenges
    emerged:
    • Access to affordable housing
    • Alcohol, tobacco and drugs
    • Barriers to accessing healthy foods and food insecurity
    • Child abuse and neglect
    • Discrimination
    • Mental health
    • Physical activity
    • Preventive care services and clinical linkages
    • Poverty and good-paying jobs
    “These are big challenges affecting our health, and that’s why we need to work
    together to make progress on them,” Partridge said. “I’m looking forward to
    hearing the community’s thoughts about how we can best tackle these
    challenges.”
    A Steering Committee, representing agencies across Douglas County, is leading
    the Community Health Assessment process. Those agencies include: Douglas
    County, City of Lawrence, City of Eudora, Baldwin City, City of Lecompton, KU
    Center for Community Health and Development, Lawrence-Douglas County
    Health Department, Lawrence Memorial Hospital, LiveWell Lawrence, Heartland
    Community Health Center, Health Care Access, Douglas County Dental Clinic,
    Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center, DCCCA, Haskell Indian Health
    Center, Douglas County Community Foundation, The Lawrence Chamber, KState
    Research and Extension — Douglas County, Lawrence-Douglas County
    Housing Authority, Peaslee Tech and Saint Luke’s AME Church.