Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Author Janet Ortbals’ Newly Released “The Making of an Angel” Tells the Story of a Christmas Angel Who Learns to Overcome Her Selfishness and Put Others First

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“The Making of an Angel”: the story of a Christmas Tree ornament who must learn to care about others to become a true angel. “The Making of an Angel” is the creation of published author, Janet Ortbals, a hair stylist of forty-eight years, mother of three, and grandmother of six.

“After graduating high school, I entered and completed cosmetology school. I have been a hair stylist for forty-eight years. I wrote several books over 26 years ago but never tried publishing them because it was more difficult at this time without the technological advances we have now. I was busy with my life as a wife and a mother while working full time, so I put the thought of being an author on the back burner. The last twenty-six years of my life have been a mix of joy and sorrow. I raised three great children each with their own dreams and ambitions. I have six grandchildren, ranging from three to twenty years. Losing our middle son has been a life changing experience, and his passing has been my inspiration for publishing my book. We all have realized what really matters in this world.” --Janet Ortbals
Published by Christian Faith Publishing, Janet Ortbals’ new book tells the tale of a selfish Christmas angel who must learn to see beyond her own demands.
Samantha is a Christmas ornament. As the little angel at the top of the tree, her position as the star of the Christmas Tree drives her to become self-centered and demand the attention of everyone. It will take the kindness of someone special to see through her rough exterior and a near tragedy to help her become the angel she was meant to be.
Consumers can purchase “The Making of an Angel” at traditional brick & mortar bookstores, or online at Amazon.com, Apple iTunes store, Kobo or Barnes and Noble.

Chiefs Tickets Available for October 2 Game

Steve Friend


The Baldwin City Recreation Commission is selling Chiefs tickets for the game Monday, Oct. 2 vs Washington Redskins for $35.  Proceeds go the the Community Emergency Fund.  "Help out those in need and have a great time at the game!"  Contact the Rec at 594.3670 or drop by at 705 High St.

Number 2 Baker Hosts Number 23 Peru State on Family Weekend

Tyler Price, Assistant Director of Athletics | Communications


BALDWIN CITY, Kansas – The number two ranked Baker University football team plays host to number 23 Peru State this Saturday, September 30 at 1 p.m. inside Liston Stadium on Baker’s Family Weekend.

The 5-0 Wildcats will take on a 4-1 Peru State team that just knocked off nationally ranked MNU, 31-24, on Saturday.

Baker is coming off of a 44-37 win at then-number 14 Benedictine in the NAIA Game of the Week in Atchison, Kansas.

Logan Brettell was named the Heart Offensive Player of the Week this week after his 21-of-38, 362 passing yards and five TD pass performance against the Ravens.

He now has 8,072 career passing yards at Baker, just 206 yards shy of the Baker all-time mark held by Mack Brown who threw for 8,278 yards in his illustrious career.

Defensive tackle Josh Kock is nearing a Baker record of his own, as he has 27 career sacks for the ‘Cats, he is just six sacks shy of the all-time Baker record held by Andre Jolly, who had 33 sacks in his career.

Baker ranks number one in the NAIA in total scoring offense with 256 points and averages 51.2 points per game.

The Wildcat offense has thrown for 1,773 yards, which ranks number three in the NAIA and the defense’ 19 sacks ranks number five nationally.

Freshman running back JD Woods still ranks number one in the nation in scoring via TD’s with 60 and Clarence Clark ranks first nationally in total scoring overall with 71 points. He now has 593 career points at Baker, which is the most in NAIA history.

Indie Allen leads the Wildcats in tackles with 55, that is 20 more than any other Wildcat, Kegan Schuman is second on the team with 35 tackles.

The defense has picked off six passes in five games with two each from Schumann, defending Heart Defensive Player of the Week Nate McLaurin and Clay Drouillard.

Peru State features a run-heavy offense, as they have accounted for 1,457 rushing yards in 2017, which ranks number two in the country, averaging 291.4 yards per game.

Five different Bobcats have run for more than 100 yards total this season, including Tajh Eaddy who leads the team with 373 yards and four touchdowns in four games.

Quarterback Travis Carnahan is second on the team in rushing yards with 255 and three TD’s and he has thrown for 400 yards and 5 touchdowns this season.

Defensive back Darius Finley is third in the NAIA in interceptions with three and Justin Barnes and Gunnar Orcutt lead the team in tackles with 27.

Baker is 6-2 all-time against the Bobcats and has won six-straight over Peru St. since they joined the Heart in 2011.

Baker Football Holds onto Number 2 Ranking

Tyler Price, Assistant Director of Athletics | Communications


BALDWIN CITY, Kansas – The Baker University football team continues to hang onto the number two ranking again this week, as the NAIA Football Coaches’ Top 25 poll was announced on Monday.

The 5-0 Wildcats are now just 13 points behind number one ranked and defending NAIA National champion St. Francis (Ind.) The Cougars are 4-0 on the season. number one USF next faces number eight Marian this week on the road.

Baker is one of just 13 teams across the entire NAIA still undefeated. Baker took down then-number 14 Benedictine, 44-37, in the NAIA Game of the Week last week, for its 22nd-straight Heart of America Athletic Conference victory.

Also ranked in the Top 25 from the Heart of America Athletic Conference is number seven Grand View, number 18 Benedictine, and number 23 Peru State.

The Wildcats will host number 23 Peru State this Saturday, September 30 at 1 p.m. inside Liston Stadium for Family Weekend. Baker has won 11-straight games inside Liston Stadium.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Letter to the Editor: Kudos Baldwin City Electric

To the editor


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

Sincerely, 
Susan Price Smith
Orlando, FL

Review: Different Flowers Filmed in Baldwin City and Kansas City

Kevin Surbaugh 

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



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

Trailer: https://youtu.be/r0KDBSbzkHk
Website: www.differentflowersmovie.com
Twitter: @DiffrentFlowers    #DifferentFlowersMovie
Facebook/Instagram: @DifferentFlowersMovie   #DifferentFlowersMovie






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

 Press Release

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

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

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Light Agenda for September 9 Council Meeting

Kevin Surbaugh

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

In other business the Council:


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

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



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

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

    Baldwin School Board - September 18, 2017

    Kevin Surbaugh

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


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

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

    September 28, 2017

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

    September 29, 2017

    Luke Bryant Concert




    September 30, 2017

    Bluegrass & BBQ

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

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


    September 30, 2017

    EDGE FEST KS 2017

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

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

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

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

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

    October 3, 2017

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

    October 10, 2017 

    Symphonic Winds and Jazz Ensemble Concert

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



    October 11, 2017

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

    October 15, 2017
    Brest Cancer Walk


    October 17, 2017

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

    October 21-22, 2017

    Maple Leaf Festival



    Downtown Baldwin City


    October 25, 2017 



     October 28, 2017

    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





    November 7, 2017

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

    November 21, 2017

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

    December 2, 2017
     6 PM
     Festival of Lights


     
    December 5, 2017

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

    December 19, 2017

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

    December 29, 2017

    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


    January 2, 2018

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



    January 16, 2018

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


    Third Friday Art Walk and Farmers Market

    Downtown Baldwin City





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



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


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


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


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



    Saturday, September 23, 2017

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

    Tyler Price, Assistant Director of Athletics | Communications

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

    Stock Image

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


    NAIA Football Box Score
    Team1234T
    Baker (Kan.)132101044
    Benedictine (Kan.)9713837

    High School Sports Round-Up

    Area High School Sports Scores Friday Night September 22, 2017



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

    Wednesday, September 20, 2017

    Baker Football Still Number Two

    Tyler Price, Assistant Director of Athletics | Communications


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Tuesday, September 19, 2017

    Governor Brownback responds to Wichita shooting at KDOR office

    Press Release


    WICHITA -- Governor Sam Brownback released the following statement Tuesday after Kansas Department of Revenue tax agent Courtney Holloway suffered multiple gunshot wounds at the Wichita Twin Lakes Kansas Department Of Revenue office after having performed an asset seizure earlier that day.


    “This is a state employee who was doing his job and enforcing the law. I ask everyone to join Mary and I in praying for Courtney and his family,” Governor Brownback said. “I’m thankful for Courtney’s work and thankful for the police officers who apprehended the suspect.”

    The tax office at Twin Lakes where the shooting took place will be closed the rest of the week. The Twin Lakes Driver’s License office adjacent to the tax office will not be open on Wednesday but will reopen for normal operations on Thursday. 

    “This is a shocking event for our KDOR family, and we ask for everyone’s prayers and understanding as we support our employees and get them the help they need to process this event,” said Revenue Secretary Sam Williams.

    Counseling resources are being provided for KDOR employees.

    City Council Meets Tonight

    Council Meeting Agenda
    Baldwin City Public Library
    800 7th Street
    Baldwin City, KS 66006
    TUESDAY
    September 19, 2017
    7:00 PM

    A. Call to Order- Mayor Marilyn Pearse
    B. Consent Agenda
    1. Minutes of the September 5, 2017 Regular Meeting
    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
    E. Old Business - none
    F. New Business - none
    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

    Monday, September 18, 2017

    Irma and Harvey Expose Americans’ Dangerous Lack of Preparedness

    KANSAS CITY – Every year, Americans living near the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico brace for Hurricane Season. And beginning in late May, national, state and local governments work with the media to inundate citizens with important information about preparing for dangerous storms that threaten homes and disrupt lives.
    All summer, news organizations report daily on threats “in the tropics” that may bring death and destruction to the East Coast or the Gulf South. And tension mounts for residents as they watch storms track closer and closer.

    Yet, the last two weeks exposed the fact that even Americans who live with the annual threats are unprepared for the disasters they know are coming.

    “It was heartbreaking to watch Houstonians escape their flooded homes with only the clothes on their backs. And it was scary watching supply shortages cause Miami residents to ‘panic prep’ for any water, gas or plywood they could find,” said Shawn Tipping, co-founder of Game Plan Experts. “The desperation in both cases was avoidable.”

    According to FEMA, nearly 60 percent of American adults have not practiced what to do in a disaster, and only 39 percent developed an emergency plan and have discussed it with family.

    “As Kansas City residents, we’ve been victims of annual disasters, like flash floods, ice storms, blizzards, tornadoes, and we’re just as guilty of complacency,” said Bob Harris, Game Plan Experts co-founder. “That’s why we were inspired to help others by launching Game Plan Experts and the Game Plan Expo.”

    Coming to the Overland Park Convention Center, October 7 and 8, the Game Plan Expo is designed to give residents a rational, common sense approach to preparing whatever emergency we face. The Expo’s goal is to help individuals, families, businesses, and organizations “Get an Emergency Game Plan.”

    There will be 15 workshops from governmental agencies like FEMA, The National Weather Service, American Red Cross, and the National Storm Shelter Association. Additionally, there will be as many as 30 demonstrations/presentations. Experts will provide education on emergency preparedness for:
    • Tornadoes
    • Fire
    • Flood
    • Blackouts
    • Severe Weather
    • All Types of Personal Emergencies
    • Home Security
    • Child Safety
    • Emergency Plans for Pets
    • Vehicle Safety
    • Internet Security and Identity Theft Prevention
    • Surviving Acts of Terrorism
    • And more...
    For the kids, there will be free workshops, demos, and fun activities, including emergency vehicle tours!

    Attendees can expect to leave the EXPO with both the knowledge and the tools they need for developing a 72-Hour Emergency Game Plan. Having a “Game Plan” provides the peace of mind that individuals, families, businesses, and organizations are better prepared to survive unexpected emergencies and disasters of all kinds.

    Tickets
    Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for kids. Children 5 and under are free. For more information about the 2017 Game Plan EXPO and to purchase tickets online visit: https://www.gameplanexperts.com/expo.html.

    Located in Lenexa, Game Plan Experts is for anyone concerned about the safety of his or her family or business. It is a Kansas-based, family-owned disaster and emergency preparedness business designed to help simplify the overwhelming amount of information about preparedness. Game Plan Experts’ goal is to make emergency and disaster preparedness easy, accessible, and affordable.  Based on some basic demographic and geographical information, we can help you determine where to start, what you need, and how to prepare cost-effectively.

    Midland Railway Donates Table to Library

    Kevin Surbaugh

    photograph by Kevin Surbaugh
    Recently, the Midland Railway donated a train table to the Baldwin City Library. On September 13. 2017, the kids at story time got to see the table for the first time. During the presentation, a member of the Midland Railway Board of Directors, Mike Bosch, told the Gazette, that the table had been used at Midland Railway during the annual Thomas the Train events. Bosch said that Railway wanted it to have more use, and decided to donate it to the Library. After seeing all the children around the table playing with it, Bosch said,
    "I think it's going to be a big success based on the past five minutes."

    Area Happenings - Week of September 17, 2017

    Here are the upcoming events that the Gazette has been made aware of as of  September 16, 2017.  To submit an item to the community events calendar, please email it to press@baldwingazette.com.

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


    September 28, 2017
    Edward Jones Ribbon Cutting
    5-6:30 P.M.  
    723 8th St   
    5:45 P.M.  Remarks and Ribbon Cutting
    Refreshments Served

    September 29, 2017

    Luke Bryant Concert




    September 30, 2017

    Bluegrass & BBQ

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

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


    September 30, 2017

    EDGE FEST KS 2017

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

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

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

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

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

    October 3, 2017

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

    October 10, 2017 

    Symphonic Winds and Jazz Ensemble Concert

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



    October 11, 2017

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


    October 17, 2017

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

    October 21-22, 2017

    Maple Leaf Festival



    Downtown Baldwin City



     October 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





    November 7, 2017

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

    November 21, 2017

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

    December 2, 2017
     6 PM
     Festival of Lights


     
    December 5, 2017

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

    December 19, 2017

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

    December 29, 2017

    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, September 17, 2017

    Largest clinical study ever reveals this app is more effective than the pill and other fertility awareness based methods


    The largest prospective observational study* ever performed on the effectiveness of Fertility Awareness Based (FAB) methods (also called natural family planning) has concluded that Natural Cycles, the first app to be certified as a contraception in the EU, provides an effective alternative for women who are looking for non-hormonal options, and represents a significant improvement when compared to traditional FAB methods for contraception. This is the third study performed on Natural Cycles and is an important step towards substantiating clinical evidence around natural birth control methods.

    In the study, 22,785 women, with an average age of 29 years, who use Natural Cycles for contraception, were observed to establish how many became pregnant within a year. The study analysed 224,563 menstrual cycles to calculate the Pearl Index for perfect and typical use of the application. The Pearl Index is a rate that summarizes how many women out of 100 may experience an unintended pregnancy within 1 year of using a contraceptive method.

    Under perfect use, the app is 99% effective. Under typical use, the app is 93% effective - more effective than traditional FAB methods (with 75% effectiveness) and comparable to the contraceptive pill (with 91% effectiveness).

    Natural Cycles, which is currently used by over 380,000 women worldwide,  works by recording the daily temperature under your tongue and inputting details about your menstrual cycle as well as data on urine luteal hormone, sexual activity and pregnancy. The advanced algorithm then pinpoints whether you are fertile on that day so you accurately know if and when to have protected intercourse (as such, the app is recommended for couples in a stable relationship where you are sure your partner is free from any STIs). The algorithm makes use of this data to detect ovulation and to predict future ovulation, and these predictions improve with time as users add more data.

    Kristina Gemzell Danielsson, Professor, MD, PhD at the leading medical university Karolinska Institutet and Karolinska University Hospital in Sweden says "Since more and more women are choosing natural contraception as an option, we welcome that there is a certified app with solid clinical evidence."

    James Trussell,  PhD,Professor emeritus at Princeton University and co-author of that publication says "This is the first study to provide typical- and perfect-use estimates of effectiveness of an app and shows the app is effective."

    Dr Raoul Scherwitzl, co-founder of Natural Cycles says "The real life evidence collected in the largest study ever conducted on this method not only confirms the effectiveness of Natural Cycles but allows us to study how it is used in real life. It's a modern and innovative way of doing research that the industry wants to see more of."

    Future research will be focused on studying acceptability among women by observing the impact of factors such as age, country of origin, social stratification, irregular menstrual cycles and dedication to the method.

    Natural Cycles is available for download in the  App Store and Google Play Store. 
     

    Number 2 Baker Earns Homecoming Win over Graceland, 66-14

    Press Release

    BALDWIN CITY, Kansas The number two ranked Baker University football team earned a 66-14 Homecoming victory on Saturday over Graceland in a game that featured a lightning delay that lasted over an hour.


    This marks the Wildcats’ 21st-straight win over a Heart of America Athletic Conference opponent and 10th-straight win over Graceland.

    The Wildcats are now 4-0 on the season, while Graceland falls to 0-4. Logan Brettell had another stellar game, as he went 13-of-18 passing for 241 yards and three touchdowns.

    Brettell is Baker’s all-time leader in total offensive yards with 8,360 yards, he broke Mack Brown’s previous record of 8,273.

    JD Woods had a huge first half with 12 carries for 112 yards and three touchdowns, he also had 2 catches for 19 yards and a TD.

    Graceland’s wide receiver Caleb Thomas broke a NAIA record with 27 receptions. He had 197 yards receiving and two touchdowns as well.

    Quarterback Preston Compton was 49-of-86 for 370 yards and two touchdowns and three interceptions.

    Kegan Schumann, Clay Drouillard, and Nate McLaurin each had an interception and Ryan Workman led the ‘Cats in total tackles with 10.

    The Wildcats also had nine sacks in the contest with two from Indie Allen, Josh Kock, and Jack Taylor.

    Kock now has 25 sacks on his career and he recovered a fumble and took it for a TD in the second quarter.

    BU racked up 634 total yards and allowed just 47 rushing yards. Abram Garcia nailed a 45-yard field goal in the first quarter.

    Clarence Clark scored his 37th career TD reception in the 2nd quarter and Nick Snider took a 33-yard pass from Brettell for the final offensive score of the first half.

    Brandon Mueller came in and started the second half at QB, he ran for 75 yards in the game including a 50-yard TD scamper in the third quarter and Justin Howard scored the final tally for the ‘Cats with a 2-yard run with 7:04 to go in the game.

    Baker will next take on rival number 16 Benedictine on Saturday, September 23 at 1 p.m. in Atchison, Kansas.

    Thursday, September 14, 2017

    Logan Brettell Named Heart Offensive Player of the Week

    Press Release by Tyler Price, Assistant Director of Athletics | Communications

     
    BALDWIN CITY, Kansas 2016 NAIA National Player of the Year Logan Brettell earned his first Heart of America Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week honor of 2017, announced on Monday.

    Brettell had an extremely efficient day on Saturday against Culver-Stockton with his 245 yards passing completing 10-of-13 attempts and three touchdowns.

    He threw touchdown passes of 27 and 81 yards to Clarence Clark and Nick Snider for 12 yards.

    The Wildcats had 781 total yards of offense in the win over CS-C, that is one yard shy of the school record for total yards in a game. As the 1980 team had 782 yards in a win over Central Methodist.

    Baker is now 3-0 on the year for the fourth straight season and has won 20-straight games against the Heart of America Athletic Conference.

    The ‘Cats next take on Graceland on Homecoming at 1 p.m. inside Liston Stadium. Baker has won nine-straight against the Yellowjackets.

    Wednesday, September 13, 2017

    Football Stays at Number 2 in Coaches’ Top 25 Poll

    Press Release by Tyler Price, Assistant Director of Athletics | Communications

     
    BALDWIN CITY, Kansas After starting the season 3-0 for the fourth-straight time, the Baker University football team holds onto the number two spot in this week’s NAIA Coaches’ Top 25 poll, announced on Monday.

    The Wildcats have defeated then-number 23 William Penn, 31-27, then number 9 Grand View 48-41 and Culver-Stockton, 67-7 to open up the year.

    Three other Heart schools are ranked including number nine Grand View, number 16 Benedictine, and number 19 MNU. Missouri Valley is receiving votes.

    Baker next takes on Graceland this Saturday, September 16 on Homecoming inside Liston Stadium at 1 p.m. The Wildcats have defeated the Yellowjackets nine-straight times.

    Top 25 Highlights (historical information dates back to 1999)
    • The defending national champions are off to a 2-0 start this season, including a 68-23 victory against St. Francis (Ill.) in a Mid-States Football Association crossover contest. Senior quarterback Nick Ferrer threw for 301 yards and five touchdowns in the contest despite playing only in the first half. 
    • Saint Francis (2-0), which has been ranked among the top 10 in 22-straight polls, puts its 11-game winning streak on the line Saturday at
    number 24 St. Ambrose (Iowa) (2-0).
    • Four new teams joined the Top 25 this week –
    number 16 Benedictine (Kan.), number 19 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.), number 23 Northwestern (Iowa) and number 24 St. Ambrose. Northwestern is making its first appearance in the poll since ranking number 22 on Nov. 2, 2015. The three other squads were all ranked at some point during the 2016 season. 
    • Carroll (Mont.) owns the most
    number 1 rankings with 58, followed by former NAIA member Sioux Falls (S.D.) (55), Georgetown (Ky.) (25), Morningside (Iowa) (20) and Saint Xavier (Ill.) (14).
    number 4 Morningside holds the longest active streak with 127-straight Top 25 mentions.

     2017 NAIA Football Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – Number 1 (September 11, 2017)
    RANK LAST TIME^ SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES) 2017 RECORD TOTAL POINTS
    1 1 Saint Francis (Ind.) (15) 2-0 340
    2 2 Baker (Kan.) 3-0 327
    3 3 Reinhardt (Ga.) 2-0 311
    4 4 Morningside (Iowa) 3-0 304
    5 6 Montana Tech 2-0 288
    6 8 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 2-0 275
    7 11 Doane (Neb.) 2-0 258
    8 5 Marian (Ind.) 1-1 228
    9 9 Grand View (Iowa) 2-1 221
    10 16 Southeastern (Fla.) 2-0 206
    11 7 Eastern Oregon 1-1 201
    12 18 Arizona Christian 2-0 188
    13 24 Saint Xavier (Ill.) 2-0 181
    14 25 Southern Oregon 2-0 164
    15 22 Langston (Okla.) 2-0 144
    T16 RV Benedictine (Kan.) 3-0 131
    T16 21 Georgetown (Ky.) 1-0 131
    18 10 Tabor (Kan.) 0-1 98
    19 NR MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 3-0 91
    20 14 Sterling (Kan.) 1-1 80
    21 15 Dickinson State (N.D.) 2-1 79
    22 17 Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) 2-1 60
    23 RV St. Ambrose (Iowa) 2-0 49
    24 NR Northwestern (Iowa) 2-0 40
    25 20 Kansas Wesleyan 1-1 32

    Monday, September 11, 2017

    Emergency Preparedness If a disaster happened today, would you be ready?

    Marty Augustine, Author and Safety /Security Consultant in Shawnee, KS

    Thanks to nothing more than luck, the Kansas City area has "dodged the bullet" for a long time when it comes to disasters. Because of this, it's easy to become complacent when major disasters happen in other places like we've seen recently in Texas and Florida. Some feel a major disaster will never happen here. Unfortunately, we know 's not true. It's not a matter of if, but when a major disaster will strike in our area. We don't have to live in fear, but we should be prepared.

    Living in the Midwest, we can experience many types of severe weather. Tornadoes, winter storms, floods, thunderstorms and excessive heat are just a few. There are also other threats that loom such as power outages, fires, hazardous material spills, industrial accidents or even terrorist acts.

    Planning is the key to handling an emergency successfully. Disaster preparedness is very similar to planning a camping trip. It's simply a matter of determining what you'll need ahead of time. Think of what supplies you would need to be comfortable if you were going into the wilderness for an extended period of time.

    Some disasters may require evacuations to keep citizens safe, but for others you may need to shelter in place. Would you be able to sustain yourself in your home for two or three days or more if needed? If you didn't have access to a grocery store, would you have the supplies you need?

    There are a few basic preparedness items everyone should have at home, at work and in your vehicle. Purchase emergency supplies and develop your safety plans ahead of time. Don't wait until a disaster strikes to find out you're not prepared.

    An emergency alert radio is essential. These radios provide advance warning for severe weather threats. They can be programmed for threats in your specific area. Various models are available including battery operated, wind-up and solar powered. You can even have emergency alerts sent directly to your smart phone.

    You could be left in the dark without power for an extended period of time. Always have a flashlight handy with a supply of fresh batteries. You can even purchase wind-up or solar powered models for these as well.

    Keep a supply of fresh drinking water. You should store at least one gallon of water, per person per day. Store water containers in a cool dry place and rotate your supply after about six months to ensure freshness. Don't forget you'll also need water for cooking, cleaning and hygiene. It's also a good idea to carry portable water bottles in your vehicle, should you become stranded somewhere.

    Keep a supply of easy to prepare, non-perishable foods. These can include canned goods, crackers, granola bars and similar items. Simple foods that can be eaten without a cooking source are best.

    If you require medications, always be sure you have adequate supply on hand.

    Have a first aid kit and know how to use it. Emergency response personnel may be delayed or unable to respond during a major disaster. Being able to help someone in an emergency is a great skill to have, not just for disasters but in everyday life also. Encourage those not familiar with first aid or CPR to take a class to learn these valuable skills.

    Just as kids practice drills at school for fire and tornadoes, adults should be doing the same. Always have an escape plan or a "safe" room at home and work. Be sure you know the emergency procedures for your workplace. Having a plan at home is critical. Be sure you share your plan with your loved ones. Would they know what to do if you weren't there to assist?

    Be sure everyone understands what is expected of them in an emergency. Designate a third party contact in case you are separated from your loved ones and cannot communicate directly. Arrange a meeting place for your family in the event you become separated. Keep copies of important documents such as ID's, insurance policies and medical records in a safe place.

    We often plan for emergencies at home, but would you be ready if an emergency happened while you were at work or away on vacation? A disaster could strike anywhere, at any time. Always have a plan when you're away from home.

    Always let someone know where you're going and when you'll be back. Be sure to carry a cell phone and make sure it's charged. Keep your vehicle fueled. Consider the special needs of individuals such as the handicapped, the elderly, children, babies and pets.

    Create a "go-bag" for emergency supplies. This is a bag with a change of clothes, snacks, personal hygiene items and other essentials that you'll need if you're away from home. Keep it in your car, or have your bag ready to go should you get evacuated or stranded somewhere.

    You'll be able to handle whatever comes your way with a little preparation. While others panic, you'll have the peace of mind knowing you're safe and ready.


    Marty Augustine is a nationally known safety educator and disaster preparedness expert. For more information, visit: www.MartyAugustine.com