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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Number 10 Baker Opens Heart Play with 68-61 Win over Avila

Press Release:Tyler Price, Assistant Director of Athletics | Communications, Baker University


BALDWIN CITY, Kansas – The number 10 ranked Baker University women’s basketball team opened up Heart of America Athletic Conference play with a 68-61 win over Avila University on Wednesday night inside the Collins Center.


The Wildcats move to 7-2 overall and 1-0 in the Heart, while Avila falls to 1-4 and 0-1.

Courtney Hoag had a big night in the paint for the ‘Cats with eight points and eight blocks, along with eight rebounds.

Jodi Adkins led Baker in scoring with 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field and Caitlin Modesett had a team-high four assists.

Also in double figures was Jessica Zweifel with her 15 points and she was a perfect 8-of-8 from the free-throw line and she hit a late three-point field goal with a minute to go in the game to ice the contest for BU.

Avila led 11-10 at the end of the first quarter, then Baker responded with a 26-12 second quarter.

After the break, Avila put together another strong effort in the third, outscoring BU, 21-15, before a 17-17 fourth quarter.

Defensively, Baker caused 13 turnovers and held the Eagles to just 36.5-percent shooting and 4-of-19 from three-point range, good for just 21.1-percent.

The Wildcats went 14-of-17 from the free-throw line and outrebounded Avila, 31-30. Eight of those were offensive rebounds for Baker, with four coming from Hoag.

The ‘Cats will next hit the road on Saturday to face Culver-Stockton at 2 p.m. in Canton, Missouri.


NAIA Women's Basketball Box Score
Team1234T
Avila (Mo.)1112211761
Baker (Kan.)1026151768

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Opinion: At the Rail - Kobach's Corruption Charges Challenged

  by Martin Hawver

Okay, would everyone who by now is getting tired of turkey sandwiches raise their hand?  And, while we’re at it, would everyone who is tired of those aimless charges of “government corruption” raise their hand?
Well, that second question has apparently got but one elected official in the state with a hand in the air.
Martin Hawver
And those elected officials, or at least those who manage the affairs of the Kansas Legislature, are tired of being referred to as corrupt in political speeches—primarily those made by Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who, after two terms in that office, is seeking the Republican nomination for governor next year.
Kobach uses the corruption phrase in most of his speeches and in campaign material, and lawmakers have had enough of it. The implication is that nearly everyone who isn’t Kobach is corrupt.
So…the Legislative Coordinating Council made up of the top leaders of the Kansas Senate and the Kansas House of Representative decided last June to write a stern letter to Kobach to tell him to either identify corrupt government leaders or quit using that phrase.
It’s literally a “put up or shut up” order to Kobach, and a stern letter to that point was delivered to Kobach’s office last week.
The idea: Legislative leaders don’t like corruption, either, and if Kobach is going to continue to toss around that politically charged term, they want him to identify the wrongdoings by the governor and his cabinet, the Legislature and lobbyists who Kobach considers corrupt.
They want the names, and the actions that Kobach believes are corrupt, or at least shaky enough that he can make specific assertions of corruption, not just toss around that word and encourage voters to believe that the government they elected and the people who run it are corrupt.
To get specific, if Kobach has a real assertion of corruption in the governor’s office, the legislative leaders want him to present those assertions to the attorney general; corruption in the Legislature to legislative leaders, and corruption in lobbying to the Governmental Ethics Commission.
Hmmm…
Yes, it is a “put up or shut up” order, one that might make the upcoming election cycle a little politer, or, if Kobach does come up with specific allegations of corruption, then a little more exciting.
The problem for lawmakers and Kobach is that “corrupt” is a pretty broad term. Vote for a tax increase? That’s probably corrupt to everyone who has to pay more, or more than the rest of the people who pay more. Vote for a highway exit ramp in your House or Senate district? Probably corrupt if the adjoining House or Senate district residents want a convenient exit ramp and didn’t get it. Hire a relative or campaign contributor as an assistant or deputy secretary of something or other and that could be labeled corruption.
Yes, you can spread corruption to about any action that you don’t personally like, not just actions that are a violation of state law or some obscure rule or regulation that the state enforces.
Now, just how Kobach is going to respond to that personalized “quit saying corrupt unless you can prove it” missive is unknown. And does that apply to everyone running for public office and should candidates be watching their language, too?
Or, of course, Kobach could just quit saying “corrupt” and maybe just call the leaders and employees of state government something else. Short? Left-handed? Orange?  We’ll see, won’t we?


Syndicated by Hawver News Company LLC of Topeka; Martin Hawver is publisher of Hawver's Capitol Report—to learn more about this nonpartisan statewide political news service, visit the website at www.hawvernews.com

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Kansas National Guard Unit Assists Puerto Rico Recovery

Press Release


Soldiers of the Kansas National Guard’s 242nd Engineer Company have kept busy over the past several weeks assisting authorities in Puerto Rico with recovery operations from Hurricane Maria.
The unit’s first mission tasked 16 soldiers skilled in heavy hauling to support operations in Aguadilla on the western coast. Heavy rains during the hurricane caused water to overflow Guajataca Lake Dam and washed out the bottom of the earthen structure. Their mission, coordinated by the United States Army Corps of Engineers, moved rock from a nearby quarry to repair the dam and return its reservoir to service.
The remaining personnel began clearing the roadways in the mountainous region near Utuado and Aricebo. Rainfall and high winds caused mudslides, downed trees, and power lines, and undermined roads. The 242nd engineers used heavy equipment to push debris off roadways, remove dangerous overhangs, and clear passage for locals and agencies providing service to remote areas.
Engineers have been working on debris removal and improvement along Route 111, a major highway in the western half of the island, and along Route 123, which leads into Ponce on the island’s south-central coast. The operation along Route 111 is expected to be completed within the next 48 hours and reconnaissance is being conducted of Route 157 in the central and eastern part of the island to make improvements to this route. Recon missions are also being conducted on Routes 608 and 615.
The soldiers are also supporting local schools with cleanup and debris removal from playgrounds, as time permits.
“To see a child playing there again, that would make my day,” said Capt. Kevin Hubbard, company commander.
Approximately 60 soldiers of the 242nd Engineer Company, augmented by soldiers from other engineer units, departed Nov. 7 to relieve a National Guard unit from another state. They are expected to be in Puerto Rico for 30 days.
The mission was arranged by the Kansas Division of Emergency Management through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, a multistate, mutual aid agreement that facilitates interstate assistance in response and recovery operations during a disaster.

Meet Martin Hawver

Press Release


Tomorrow morning at 6:15 A.M. the first syndicated column will publish in the Baldwin City Gazette. Below is a prepared biographical profile of Martin Hawver:
There is a different culture in the Kansas Statehouse—the interactions among lawmakers, statewide leaders, political activists, and of course, the lobbyists and the clients they represent—that explains much of what happens and doesn’t happen in Kansas government.
Much of that culture forms at the Rail, the third-floor railing around the rotunda, halfway between the House and Senate chambers, where strategies are thought up, where lawmakers meet to chat and where you can get a feel for what’s happening.
Martin Hawver watches that Rail—knows the people who hang out there and the politics that develop. From committee hearings to Republican and Democratic national conventions to the state conventions, wherever there is news that will subtly change the face of Kansas, Hawver’s been at it since ponytail days to balding—since 1977, first for the Topeka Capital-Journal until 1993 and then for Hawver’s Capitol Report, a nonpartisan subscription news service, making him the dean of the Kansas Statehouse press corps. Hawver News Co LLC syndicates the At The Rail weekly column to Kansas newspapers, providing Martin Hawver’s take on what’s happening and what it means…in a building where no slight has ever been forgotten.
I have known Martin for nearly thirty years and I am glad to have his Kansas political column in the pages of the Gazette.  It is my hope that you will enjoy reading his weekly columns to.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Number 12 Columbia (Mo.) Upsets Number 5 Baker, 1-0, in NAIA Second Round

Press Release

  
DELRAY BEACH, Florida – The number 12 seeded Columbia College men’s soccer team upset number 5 Baker, 1-0, in the Second Round of the NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship at Seacrest Soccer Complex on Monday afternoon.

The Wildcats end their 2017 campaign with a record of 16-5-2, while Columbia moves onto the National Quarterfinals and will face Wayland Baptist (Texas) on Wednesday at 10 am CST.


The Cougars attempted 19 shots on the day with six on goal, while Baker attempted seven with two on goal.

Joe Houlihan led the way with three shots, while Joah Hickel and Blake Levine took the two shots on goal.

Alberto Ciroi ended the match with five saves, while Nicolau Neto had two saves in the shutout victory.

The lone goal came from Aaron Noel in the 54th minute, as he received a free kick from Pere Adrian Servera just outside the box and sent it past Ciroi.

Columbia also defeated the Wildcats in the NAIA Second Round in the 2015 NAIA National Championship in Delray Beach, Florida.

This marked Baker’s 10th appearance in the NAIA National Championship tournament and is now 6-9-1 all-time at the event.

The Cougars improve to 19-2-2 on the season and advance to its second-ever National Quarterfinals.

Syndicated Columnist Joining Gazette

Kevin Surbaugh


We are happy to report that we at the Baldwin City Gazette now have our first syndicated column. Beginning tomorrow, we will publish the first of what will be many columns from Hawver News Company LLC of Topeka; Martin Hawver is the publisher of Hawver's Capitol Report—to learn more about this nonpartisan statewide political news service, visit the website at www.hawvernews.com.
I personally met Martin Hawver, back in the late 1980's, early 90's when I was volunteering as a lobbyist and he was a statehouse reporter for the Topeka Capital-Journal. Hawver is a good man and an excellent writer. His column is bi-partisan and equally criticizes actions of both parties. He is not afraid to call a spade a spade. If you are not familiar with Hawver and his column, At the Rail, then you may be thinking of his brother, Dennis Hawver, who ran as a Libertarian candidate for the Second Congressional seat in 2012 against Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins. 
(Martin) Hawver spent 25 years working for the Topeka Capital-Journal and his wife Vickie spent 17 years at the Capital-Journal before they started Hawver News.   It is my hope that you will enjoy the new weekly feature. 

Kiplinger.com Names Kansas Third Least Tax-Friendly to Retirees

Press Release




—2017 ‘Retiree Tax Map’ Offers Easy, Interactive State-By-State Guide—


Washington, D.C.— Kiplinger.com has revealed its annual list of the most and least tax-friendly states for retirees. Kiplinger’s 2017 Retiree Tax Map—available at Kiplinger.com/links/retireetaxmap—reveals senior tax breaks across all 50 states, and compares taxes on income (including Social Security benefits, pensions and other forms of retirement income), property, everyday purchases, and estates.

“Where you live in retirement matters just as much to your tax bill as what you have,” says Sandra Block, Senior Editor, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. “Retirees and near-retirees can use Kiplinger’s Retiree Tax Map to plan ahead and determine which locations fit best based on their sources of income, spending habits and value of their estate.”


The 10 Most Tax-Friendly
States for Retirees:
1.    Wyoming
2.    Alaska
3.    South Dakota
4.    Mississippi
5.    Florida
6.    Pennsylvania
7.    Nevada
8.    New Hampshire
9.    Kentucky
10.  Georgia
The 10 Least Tax-Friendly
States for Retirees:
1.    Minnesota
2.    Connecticut
3.    Kansas
4.    Vermont
5.    Nebraska
6.    New Mexico
7.    Utah
8.    Maryland
9.    Indiana
10. Wisconsin


The Retiree Tax Map is a sister project to Kiplinger’s annual Tax Map—which outlines each state’s income taxes, sales taxes, gas taxes, “sin” taxes (for products such as alcohol and tobacco) and other tax rules and exemptions.

Lieutenant Governor Jeff Colyer Announces the Appointment of Gina Meier-Hummel as Secretary of the Department for Children and Families

Press Release



Lieutenant Governor Jeff Colyer announced the appointment of Gina Meier-Hummel, of Lawrence, Kansas, as the new Secretary of the Department for Children and Families (DCF) at a press conference on Wednesday. Meier-Hummel will replace out-going Director Phyllis Gilmore, who announced her retirement earlier this month.

Gina has had an impressive career dedicated to child welfare and human service administration. She brings to the job a tremendous breadth of experience and institutional knowledge gained during her two decades of experience in the field,” said Lieutenant Governor Colyer. “It is critical that the leader of DCF is not only a professional with a demonstrated passion for these issues but also an individual who will challenge the status quo and demand excellence at every level of the agency’s work. Gina is that person.”
Lieutenant Governor Jeff Colyer,
Official Photo

Gina Meier-Hummel has served as the executive director of the nonprofit, The Shelter Inc., since 2015. Before that, she worked as the Commissioner of Community Service and Programs at the Kansas Department of Aging and Disability Services. She also served as the Director of Children and Family Services, Prevention and Protection Services. Meier-Hummel has served on a variety of boards and task forces, including as a member of the Child Welfare Task Force, Commissioner of the Governor’s Mental Health Task Force, Chair of the Governor’s Subcabinet on Behavior Health, a member of the Social Services Policy Council as well as on the steering committee for KanCare.

In 1998, Kansas moved from an entirely state-run foster care system to a privatized system that relied on contractors to perform certain roles. Meier-Hummel has experience in nearly every facet of children and family services, having served, on the state, non-profit, oversight and contractor sides.

I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to serve as the new Secretary of the Department for Children and Families here in Kansas,” said Meier-Hummel. “My career has been dedicated to helping the most vulnerable citizens of our state and I am ready to bring that experience to DCF to ensure that we face all challenges head-on. We must provide a voice for the children of our state and vigorously fight to guarantee them a fulfilling life full of love and the promise of a bright future. I intend to do what is right for the children and families of our state. I will take an active role in all levels of this department, making certain that policies are followed and our children’s health and safety is the top priority.”

Representative Dan Hawkins, Chair of the House Committee for Health and Human Services said, “Lieutenant Governor Colyer’s pick of Gina Meier-Hummel proves to me that he means business and that he is serious about solving the problems at DCF. I think it’s going to go a long way to proving to Kansans that he is going to assemble the best team possible to lead our state forward and get us back on the right track.

Gina Meier-Hummel has extensive previous experience with DCF and KDADS. She is highly respected for her private practice work leading a Social Service agency in Lawrence.

With her vast experience and incredible leadership skills, she will be able to step in and immediately take corrective action in an agency that has experienced significant problems. I look forward to seeing the impact her leadership has in shaping the agency as they work to handle some of our most complex situations.”

Meier-Hummel has a Master’s degree in Social Welfare from the University of Kansas. Her official start date is December 1, 2017.

Letter to the Editor: Connect Americans Now

Letter to the Editor

I grew up in a small town. Slow and undependable Internet access was simply a way of life. It wasn’t until I went away to KU that I realized how much I had been missing. 

Broadband connectivity is a 21st-century necessity. Communities without reliable access have no way to keep up with our rapidly changing world, and this inequality must be addressed. 

Connect Americans Now is a new coalition that has been formed with the support of leading technology and telecommunication companies. The coalition has found a way to use existing infrastructure to extend high-speed broadband to rural areas through TV white spaces. 

For this initiative to be successful, there needs to be public sector support. Specifically, the FCC needs to ensure the continued use of at least three channels below 700 MHz on an unlicensed basis in every market in the country. There is also a need for federal and state infrastructure investments. In addition, the FCC can improve its data collection on rural broadband coverage. 

Private sector capital investment, coupled with public sector support, can solve rural broadband inequities. Senator Moran and Roberts need to get behind efforts to push governmental funding and FCC support.   

Melissa Ward  
Lawrence, KS

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Area Happenings - Week of November 26, 2017

Here are the upcoming events that the Gazette has been made aware of as of  November 25, 2017.  To submit an item to the community events calendar, please email it to press@baldwingazette.com.

November 29, 2017
6:30-8:30 P.M.
Legacy Writers Gathering: The Christmas Blessing We  Share

Have you ever thought of the lasting blessing you can give your family, friends, and even perfect strangers this Christmas season? You have the ability to enrich lives through the power of your pen! Join us to find out just a few of the ways this is possible.

Location:
Homestead Kitchen and Bakery
719 8th St
Baldwin City, KS

 November 30, 2017

Symphonic Winds Concert
7:30 P.M.
Rice Auditorium



December 2, 2017
11 AM
25th Annual Lawrence Christmas Parade

Cozy up with hot cocoa and blankets and feel the true holiday spirit while watching dozens of beautiful horses and wagons adorned in garlands and bells to celebrate an American tradition this holiday season.  The Lawrence Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade is one of the largest parades in the nation comprised exclusively of authentic horse-drawn carriages.

Location:
Downtown Lawrence
Massachusetts Street




December 2, 2017
 6 PM
 Baldwin City Festival of Lights

 9:00am Breakfast with Santa; Intermediate Center
9:30am The Santa Claus Express
9:00am-1:00pm Vintage Park Open House & Bazaar
11:00am-8:00pm Holiday Art Affair; Lumber Yard Arts Center
12:00pm Holiday Homes Tour
12:30pm Gingerbread House Party; Lumber Yard Arts Center
1:00pm The Santa Claus Express
3:00pm Gingerbread House Party; Lumber Yard Arts Center
4:30-6:00pm Annual Holiday Soup Supper; 1st United Methodist Church
5:00-6:00pm Victorian Carolers;  Lumber Yard Arts Center
5:00pm Holiday shopping at Baldwin Academy of Dance & Voice
6:00pm Festival of Lights Parade
6:30pm Tree Lighting Ceremony
6:30pm Fireworks Display
6:45pm Baldwin City Recreation Commission Raffle
6:45pm Pictures with Santa


December 2, 2017
5-7 PM
 Annual Holiday Tree Lighting with the Mayor
There will be musical and dance performances, sing-a-longs, photo op with Santa and Hot Chocolate! Sponsored by the Eudora Chamber of Commerce and the Eudora Parks and Recreation Department.
Location:
Eudora City Hall
 4 E. Seventh St. Eudora, KS 66025

 December 3, 2017

Christmas Candlelight Vespers
2 and 5 P.M.
Rice Auditorium



December 5, 2017

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


December 9, 2017

Clearfield German Christmas Celebration
Dinner:  4-6 P.M. 
Free Will Offering
Craft and Bake Sale Throughout the Evening
4:45 P.M.  Tree Lighting     
5 P.M. Carol Singing in the Sanctuary 
 5:30 P.M.  Tree Lighting Offering for Youthville/Ember Hope
5:45 P.M.  Thompson Sister Violin Duet 
6:30 P.M.  Tree Lighting Offering for Youthville/Ember Hope   
6:45 P.M.   Hands of Glory 
Clearfield UMC Meets 
Each Sunday @ 9 A.M.  
You are Welcome to Join Us 
597 E 2200 Rd
Eudora, KS

 December 10, 2017

Army Reserve Band
3 P.M.
Rice Auditorium


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!


Amazon’s Cyber Monday Brings Incredible Deals and Convenient Delivery

Press Release

Seattle, WA - (NASDAQ: AMZN) – On Friday, Amazon revealed a preview of its Cyber Monday deals to close out the “Turkey 5” – those five popular shopping days starting Thanksgiving and continuing through Cyber Monday. On Cyber Monday, customers will find more than 30 Deals of the Day and thousands of Lightning Deals across more than 30 categories including toys, electronics, fashion, beauty, kitchen, sporting goods, and more, in addition to incredible prices on Amazon Devices and products from small businesses and entrepreneurs, at amazon.com/cybermonday. Starting tomorrow, customers can also discover new deals every day throughout Cyber Monday Deals Week, and continue to choose from more than one hundred million items eligible for free shipping every day. This includes eligible orders of $25 or more on items shipped by Amazon, as well as from small businesses and entrepreneurs selling on Amazon.
 Last year on Cyber Monday, Amazon customers ordered more than 64 million items worldwide – a record-breaking 740 items per second, and customers worldwide purchased roughly 36 toys per second on mobile devices alone!
Customers can also shop Cyber Monday deals using the Amazon App, and set Watch a Deal alerts to ensure they never miss a deal. Voice Shoppers can shop select Cyber Monday deals even earlier, beginning at 5pm PT, Sunday, Nov. 26 – just ask Alexa.
Here’s a sneak peek at just some of the deals that will be available on Cyber Monday, while supplies last. And don’t forget– customers can easily give back to their favorite charity while shopping through smile.amazon.com.

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Buy one photo book or calendar with Amazon Prints and get two free: Beginning Nov. 26 for a limited time, customers can buy one photo book or calendar, and get two items in the same category of equal or lesser value for free. Design a high-quality, custom calendar to stay connected with loved ones all year long. Calendars can be personalized with photos of family and friends, colorful backgrounds, text, and embellishments for a unique and easy to create gift, plus free delivery with Prime. Go to www.amazon.com/prints to learn more.
IMDbPro Prime Exclusive Annual Membership: Beginning Nov. 25 for a limited time, Amazon Prime members can save 59% on an annual IMDbPro membership, the leading resource for the entertainment industry. Stay connected with contact details for over 300,000 industry professionals and companies, access profile pages for more than four million people and cast and crew listings for more than two million titles, and track over 25,000 in-development and production titles not available on IMDb. Go to www.imdbpro.com to learn more.
New Ways to Shop
  • Voice Shop to Get Early Access to Deals: Customers who voice shop with Alexa will get an exclusive shopping window several hours earlier than the general public with access to some of the best deals starting at 5pm PT, Sunday, Nov. 26. Available on the Amazon Echo, Echo Plus, Echo Dot, and Amazon Tap, as well as screened devices such as the all-new Amazon Fire TV, all-new Fire HD 10 Tablet, Echo Show, and soon to be released Echo Spot, it’s as simple as asking Alexa. Customers can voice shop with Alexa for tens of millions of Prime-eligible items every day of the year. Changed your mind? No problem, any physical product purchased with your voice is eligible for free returns. Customers must be Prime members with default payment and shipping information. To learn more, visit amazon.com/voiceshopping.
  • Amazon Devices + Whole Foods: Customers can also shop for Amazon devices, take advantage of Cyber Monday deals and more at over 100 Whole Foods Market stores. In addition, staffed Amazon Pop-Up stores at Whole Foods Market stores in Chicago (Ill.), Rochester Hills (Mich.), Davie (Fla.), Pasadena (Calif.), and Denver (Colo.) allow customers to try out devices in-store and to learn about services like Prime and unique content on Prime Video.
  • Amazon Books: Whether customers want to discover a new book for the holidays, test drive a device, or purchase Amazon.com Gift Cards, Amazon Books offers gifts for everyone. As an extension of Amazon.com, Amazon Books offers many of the same great online deals, including some of the best deals of the year in celebration of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Beginning on Black Friday through Nov. 27, Amazon Books customers will get a $10 credit on Amazon.com when they spend $30 or more on books in-store, and beginning on Giving Tuesday, Nov. 28, through Dec. 24, Amazon Books will offer customers the ability to purchase a new book to be donated to a local literary charity supporting children in need. Customers can also browse in-store features like Great Books to Give, Seasonal Readings, Most-Wished-For Children’s Books on Amazon.com, Hidden Gem Gifts, customer favorites from Amazon’s Holiday Toy List and Amazon’s Electronics Gift Guide, as well as features like Page Turners: Books Kindle Readers Finish in 3 Days or Less, Local Bestsellers, and 100 books to read in a lifetime. Amazon Books is located in Seattle, Bellevue (Wash.), New York City (on 34th St and at Columbus Circle), Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, Chicago, Walnut Creek, Boston (Dedham and Lynnfield), Portland, and Paramus (N.J.).
  • Treasure Truck: Available in 25 select cities, Treasure Truck is a new way for customers to shop this holiday season. Customers can opt-in to receive notifications from the Amazon App for special must-have offers from Treasure Truck, order the item, and pick-up at the truck all season long. Each time the truck rolls, one hand-picked offer will be available including gifts for the adventurer, foodie, host, kids, and techie, as well as delicious seasonal food items, and more. Look for the truck at various locations this holiday season.
  • Amazon.com in Spanish: Customers can shop, browse, and search for deals across 30 categories in Spanish. Customers can update their language settings in their Amazon App, as well as visit Amazon.com and click the ‘globe’ button – located in the navigation bar at the top of their Amazon home screen – to set and begin shopping in their preferred language. Preferred language settings will be saved for future site visits under ‘Your account’ settings.
Fast Shipping, Deals, and More with Prime: Prime is designed to make your life better every day including the convenience of fast, free shipping and great entertainment. Prime members can shop thousands of Lightning Deals with 30-minute early access and, with the Amazon Prime credit card, members will earn even bigger rewards this holiday season. Members in more than 5,000 cities and towns can also enjoy Free Two-Day Shipping with Amazon Prime, as well as Prime FREE One-Day Shipping and Prime FREE Same-Day Delivery on more than one million items in orders of $35 or more. And, with Prime Now, Prime Members in more than 30 U.S. cities can benefit from one-and two-hour delivery. In addition, Prime members in 37 cities and surrounding areas across the U.S. now have access to Amazon Key, the new service that radically improves the convenience of receiving deliveries. Amazon Key allows Prime members to have eligible packages securely delivered inside their homes without having to be there.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Baldwin City Council Meeting Agenda - November 21, 2017

 Council Meeting Agenda
City of Baldwin City
PO Box 68
Baldwin City, Kansas 66006

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

TUESDAY, November 21, 2017, 7:00 PM


A. Call to Order- Mayor Marilyn Pearse
B. Approval of Agenda
C. Consent Agenda
1. Minutes of the November 7th, 2017 Regular Meeting
D. 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.
E. Special Reports or Presentations
F. Old Business
1. Police Vehicle Purchase
2. Charter Ordinance No. 26
G. New Business
1. Charter Ordinance No. 27
2. Ordinance 1380, Code 1-301 amendment of appointment time
3. Annual Audit Services - Mize Houser Company
4. Resolution 2017-18- GAAP Waiver
H. Committee and/or Commission Reports
1. Budget and Finance/Kathy Gerstner, David Simmons
2. Community Development Committee/A.J. Stevens, Tony Brown
3. Public Health and Safety Committee/David Simmons, Kathy Gerstner
4. Public Works Committee/Christi Darnell, A.J. Stevens
5. Utilities Committee/ Tony Brown, Christi Darnell
I. City Administrator and Staff comments
J. Council & Mayor Comments
K. Executive Session
L. Adjourn

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Area Happenings - Week of Novmber 19, 2017

Here are the upcoming events that the Gazette has been made aware of as of  November 18, 2017.  To submit an item to the community events calendar, please email it to press@baldwingazette.com.


November 19, 2017
John Musgrave
Poet, Storyteller, Vietnam Veteran 

A conversation with the local veteran featured in the Vietnam War, a documentary film series by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick

Location: Rice Auditorium
Baker University
Baldwin City, KS
4-5:30 P.M.

Admission:  Free and Open to the Public

November 21, 2017

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

 November 30, 2017

Symphonic Winds Concert
7:30 P.M.
Rice Auditorium


December 2, 2017
 6 PM
 Festival of Lights


 December 3, 2017

Christmas Candlelight Vespers
2 and 5 P.M.
Rice Auditorium



December 5, 2017

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


December 9, 2017

Clearfield German Christmas Celebration
Dinner:  4-6 P.M. 
Free Will Offering
Craft and Bake Sale Throughout the Evening
4:45 P.M.  Tree Lighting     
5 P.M. Carol Singing in the Sanctuary 
 5:30 P.M.  Tree Lighting Offering for Youthville/Ember Hope
5:45 P.M.  Thompson Sister Violin Duet 
6:30 P.M.  Tree Lighting Offering for Youthville/Ember Hope   
6:45 P.M.   Hands of Glory 
Clearfield UMC Meets 
Each Sunday @ 9 A.M.  
You are Welcome to Join Us 
597 E 2200 Rd
Eudora, KS

 December 10, 2017

Army Reserve Band
3 P.M.
Rice Auditorium


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!


Baker Mens Soccer Advances to NAIA Final National Championship Site

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


BALDWIN CITY, Kansas – The No. 5 ranked Baker University men’s soccer team competed in its fifth-straight NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship Opening Round match and defeated Grace (Ind.) 2-1 to advance to the final site of the National Championship.

The Wildcats improve to 16-4-2 on the year, while the Lancers end its season at 12-5-4.

The Wildcats will now face No. 12 ranked Columbia College on Monday, Nov. 27 at 12:30 p.m. CST/1:30 p.m. EST in Delray Beach, Florida. The Cougars are 18-2-2 on the year.

These two squads last met in this round in 2015 in Delray Beach, Florida with the Cougars winning, 2-0, on November 30, 2015.

This marks the third time in the last five years Baker has advanced to the NAIA Final Site, the others came in 2013 and 2015 in that span.

Joseph Houlihan scored first for Baker in the 27th minute, as Joah Hickel placed a perfect ball in front of the box and Houlihan popped it up past keeper Kurt Hamlin.

Then Steeve Pouna was tackled inside the box and the Lancers were called for the foul, sending Blake Levine in for a penalty kick.

Levine delivered and gave Baker the 2-0 lead. Levine and Houlihan are now tied for the team lead in goals scored with 10.

Grace cut into the Baker lead in the 74th minute, as Breno Oliveira was true on his penalty kick past keeper Nick Riggle for the goal.

Alberto Ciroi played the first 64 minutes in goal for the ‘Cats, then Riggle finished off the final 26 minutes.

BU outshot the Lancers, 14-11, and attempted six shots on goal, while Grace had four. Riggle finished with two saves, while Ciroi had one.


NAIA Men's Soccer Box Score
NAIA Men's Soccer National Championship Opening Round & Final Site
Team12T
Grace (Ind.)011
Baker (Kan.)112

Number 12 Georgetown Ends Number 6 Baker Football's 2017 Season

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


BALDWIN CITY, Kansas – The number 6 ranked Baker University football team ended its 2017 season on Saturday in a 36-33 loss against number 12 Georgetown (Ky.) snapping Baker’s 14-game home winning streak.

The Wildcats end the year, 10-2, while Georgetown improves to 9-1 overall and will play in the NAIA Football Championship Series Quarterfinals next Saturday, November 25.

This marked Baker’s fifth appearance in the NAIA-FCS in the past six years and 16th overall appearance.

The Georgetown offense held Baker to 282 yards of offense, its lowest of the season, while the Tigers accumulated 354 yards.

2017 Heart South Offensive Player of the Year JD Woods began the game with a bang, as he took a Logan Brettell pass 83-yards on the first play from scrimmage to give Baker the 7-0 lead.

Then Clarence Clark nailed a 38-yard field goal to give BU the early 10-0 lead. NAIA-FCS Offensive Player of the Game Daric Pugh then scored on a 20-yard TD with 7:39 to go to give the ‘Cats a 10-7 lead.

Quarterback Riley Hall then ran a 1-yard TD in for a score with 6:09 to play in the first half to give GC its first lead at 14-10.

Clark knocked in another field goal from 36-yards out and Abram Garcia followed that up with a 43-yard field goal to give BU the lead back with 11:32 to go in the second quarter.

On Baker’s next possession 2017 Heart First Team All-Southern Division QB Brettell threw a pick-six to Gernell Jenkins and he took it 15-yards for the score to give the Tigers a 20-16 lead, as Nate McLaurin blocked the PAT.

Woods then ran a TD 20-yards to give the ‘Cats a 23-20 lead and Garcia nailed his second field goal of the day from 35-yards out to give Baker the 26-20 lead at halftime.

In the first possession of the second half, Georgetown pieced together a strong drive and Bart Bell received a pass from Hall from 17-yards out and skirted into the end zone to give the Tigers a 27-26 lead.

With 6:23 to go in the third quarter, McLaurin blocked his second kick of the game, this time a field goal and Grant Elston took it the distance for a 79-yard TD to give the ‘Cats a 33-27 lead.

But the Tigers would score the final nine points of the game on a Kyle Longworth 8-yard TD run and a safety to capture the 36-33 victory.

This marked the first time these two teams had ever met in the history of their storied programs.

Brettell started for the ‘Cats at QB for the first time since October 21 and went 8-of-19 for 142 yards and a TD. He will go down as arguably the greatest quarterback in the history of the program. As he holds school records in nearly every major offensive category.

Clarence Clark ends his illustrious career as the NAIA’s all-time leading scorer and the Wildcats’ top wide receiver in the history of the Wildcat football program.

Clark had four catches for 50 yards on Saturday and earned First Team All-Conference in all four years as a Wildcat.

Pugh finished the game with 30 carries and 172 yards to lead the way for the Tigers and Hall threw for just 69 yards on 8-of-25 passing.

Indie Allen led all players on the field with ten tackles and Hayden Jenkins picked off the third pass of his BU career.

Three-time defending Heart South Co-Defensive Player of the Year Josh Kock ends his career with 27 career sacks. 

NAIA Football Box Score
Football National Championship
Team1234T
Georgetown (Ky.)14614236
Baker (Kan.)13137033

Friday, November 17, 2017

Obituary: Earle Brown

Earle passed away on 11/14/2017 due to complications from throat cancer. Though Earle never smoked, he had two kidney transplants, and that weakened his immune system and made him more susceptible to other ailments.
Earle appreciated every day and was a joy to all around him. He was always cheerful and had an amazing sense of humor.
Earle Brown

Earle graduated from Washburn University then moved to Wichita in 1980 to become a sportscaster for KWCH Channel 12. After three years with Channel 12, Brown entered the business telephone equipment industry with Tele-Systems Inc. While continuing to work part-time in the media for 14 years, including seven years for The Wichita Eagle, Brown became President of Tele-Systems.
Earle had two careers in Wichita: his first was in the sports media for 20 years and he was in the business telephone equipment industry for 20 years.
Earle had a passion for sports, especially golf and KU basketball. He was an avid KU fan as well as loving the Royals and the Chiefs. Earle also loved dancing with his wife, Steph. They met dancing and spent many years taking lessons.
He is survived by, as he always liked to joke, his three “much older” sisters, Camilla, Cathy, and Ellen as well as many nieces and nephews.
Earle has two beloved children, Reed (Abbygail) Brown, 32, who lives in Wichita and works in the aircraft industry, and Kelsey Brown, 29, a traveling nurse currently in Connecticut.
Earle also has a wonderful spouse, Stephanie Davis, and loved her many pets. He also leaves behind two step-children, Ariel Davis and Maeson Davis.
He will be greatly missed by all of us.
The gathering will be held Friday, November 17 from 5-6:30pm at Aldersgate United Methodist Church a short service will follow. Graveside services will be held Monday, November 20 at 11am at Highland Cemetery in Ottawa, KS. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Stephanie Davis Donation Account via Skyward Credit Union, 4 Cessna Boulevard, Wichita, KS 67215, for medical expenses. The family encourages everyone to attend in KU attire.