Friday, June 29, 2018

Fireworks, Fireworks and More Fireworks

Kevin Surbaugh

 Begining with this year's fireworks season, Baldwin City will be allowing fireworks  on June 29 as the new city code reads:
 

(a) It shall be unlawful for any person or persons to discharge, ignite, explode, or use any fireworks in the city except from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on June 29th through July 2nd in any year and from 8:00 a.m. to Midnight on July 3rd and 4th in any year, in accordance with section 7-301(a) of this code.

(b) The governing body of the city may, in its discretion, grant permission at any time for the public display of fireworks by responsible individuals or organizations when such display or displays shall be of such a character and so located, discharged and fired as shall not be a fire hazard or endanger persons or surrounding property.
In addition, this year there is one more firework stand then there was last year.
This year stands are as follows:

Pyro Papa's
Pyro Papa's is a family owned Fireworks stand business
Photographer Kevin Surbaugh
This family-run business is back in Baldwin City at their regular location of  719 Ames, where they have been since 2010. The business owned by Mike and Julie Young and Chris and Carol Lang. The family-run business operates nine locations throughout Kansas. 

Knights of Columbus
All proceeds from Baldwin City Knights of Columbus fireworks stand stays local
Photographer Kevin Surbaugh
Across the street from Pyro Papa's, in the parking lot of the Baldwin City Market is the stand for the Knights of Columbus. According to those helping with the stand, the Knights of Columbus have been selling fireworks in Baldwin City since 1999. All proceeds raised by the local Knights of Columbus stays local.

 Garrett's Fireworks
Garrett's Fireworks, Baldwin City location
Photographer Kevin Surbaugh
In the parking lot of Callahan's Liquors, is Garrett's Fireworks. That stand is located at Highway 56 and Eisenhower which is 510 Ames. Garrett's has over 30 locations, in Eastern Kansas, Missouri, and Iowa.

Big Boom Fireworks
Mark Shay operates a fireworks stand in Baldwin City
Photographer Kevin Surbaugh
Mark Shay operates the stand under the Baldwin City sign at Highway 56 and Washington, 200 Ames Street. Shay, who lives in Baldwin City also has a location in the VFW parking lot in Ottawa.  The Baldwin City location is managed by Justin Schaffer and his girlfriend Shara Stephenson.  This is the third year Shay has had a stand here in Baldwin City.

Triebs T-Town Fireworks

Steve Triebs of Tonganoxie own Triebs T-Town Fireworks
Photographer Kevin Surbaugh
New to Baldwin City this year, is the fireworks stand at 100 Eisenhower at the intersection of Ames and Eisenhower.  Steve Triebs of Tonganoxie,  has fifteen firework stands in Kansas and Missouri.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Baldwin City Blues - June 17-23

Compiled by Kevin Surbaugh


The Baldwin City Blues are 11-6 for the season.

Leauge Standings
Team Wins Loses Ties
Junction City Brigade   13    5    0
Topeka Golden Giants   13    5    0
Midwest A's   13    4    0
Baldwin City Blues   11    6    0
Liberty Monarchs    7    9    0
Kansas City Knights    6   12    0
Sabetha Lobos    5   11    0
Ottawa River Bandits    1   17    0


Monday's game in Junction City was canceled due to rain.  The two teams met again on Tuesday in Baldwin City, at which time they played in a doubleheader.

Monday Tuesday, June 18 19, 2018
Team Score
Baldwin City Blues  0
Junction City Brigade  4

Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Team Score
Junction City Brigade   6
Baldwin City Blues   7

Thursday,  June 21, 2018
Team Score
Baldwin City Blues    3
Midwest A's    5

Friday,  June 22, 2018
Team Score
Baldwin City Blues   4
Midwest A's   6

Saturday,  June 23, 2018
Team Score
Baldwin City Blues   4
Midwest A's   12

Schedule:

Judge to Kobach, ACLU Wins, ACLU Sues Again

Kevin Surbaugh


Kris Kobach
Topeka, Kansas -­- Last Monday, United States District Court in Kansas, Judge Julie A. Robinson ruled in favor of the ACLU, that the Kris Kobach-inspired law that required Kansas voters to provide documentary proof of citizenship, is ­unconstitutional. In her ruling, she said the law imposes a burden without a reasonable ­justification. In addition, she ordered the former Constitutional law professor, current Secretary of State and Candidate for Governor to go back to law school and retake some classes.
The next day, the ACLU again filed suit (Moore v Kobach) against Kobach, this time the so-called "Crosscheck" program. In a statement the ACLU said,
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s deeply flawed and shoddily implemented “Crosscheck” program illegally exposed the sensitive personal data – including Social Security numbers and signatures -- of nearly 1,000 Kansas voters, an ACLU of Kansas lawsuit filed today in U.S. District Court said.
According to the same press release, The class action suit is being brought on behalf of three individual plaintiffs—Scott Moore, James Long, and Nancy Perry—whose privacy was breached when Sec. Kobach’s office recklessly shared their personal information, including partial Social Security numbers, with Florida officials.

Jim Barnett
In response to the news, another candidate for the Republican nomination for Governor,
­ Jim Barnett said he was continuing to call for the end of use of CrossCheck, as he has done since December of last year. In his response, he said the multi-­state voter identification program run out of Secretary of State Kobach’s office, has been under investigation by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security following its unintended release of hundreds of voters’ personal information. Barnett said,
“If Kobach had ended the use of CrossCheck when we called on him to do so last year, everyone would be further along. Instead, Kobach tried to fix the flawed program and cost the state of Kansas and its taxpayers a lot of time and money. This is just one more reason he shouldn’t be governor,” Barnett said, “The next governor of Kansas should help Kansas save time and money, instead of clinging to programs that have proven to be both ineffective and costly to our state.”

A 2017 independent analysis of the CrossCheck program, Barnett said, found that for every one voter registration that cast a double vote, 200 voters that cast legal votes would have their registrations eliminated, suggesting the program is wrong 99% of the time.
Kobach said in his own statement that he will not stop fighting to protect the integrity of Kansas elections, despite the new lawsuit.
Calling it baseless, Kobach said,
"This ACLU lawsuit is yet another attack on secure and fair elections in America. The ACLU is attacking states that try to keep our voter rolls clean. I will fight them every step of the way. This lawsuit is completely baseless. There is no statute that is violated when states cooperate with each other to keep our voter rolls clean. The lawsuit also ignored the decision of the U.S. Supreme Court last week that approved Ohio's efforts to keep its voter rolls clean," Kobach said. "The people of Kansas will win this lawsuit."

He reiterated that people are registered in multiple states, opening up opportunities for double voting. According to his statement, his office has obtained convictions in eleven cases in the past three-years. He then said that other cases were "in the hopper" also.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Area Happenings - Week of June 24, 2018

Here are the upcoming events that the Gazette has been made aware of as of  June 23, 2018.  To submit an item to the community events calendar, please email it to press@baldwingazette.com.




July 3, 2018

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



July 4, 2018

Fourth of July Party at the Pool


  • Free Admission
  • Free Hotdogs
  • Games



Location:
Baldwin City Community Pool

Baldwin City, KS

Time: 1-4 P.M.




July 7, 2018

Time: 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

Baldwin City Car Show and Soc Hop

Visit Baldwin City the Saturday after July 4th for a car show on the bricks organized by RustyMetal CarShow, the Baldwin City Chamber of Commerce, and the City of Baldwin City, Kansas. Plenty of fun activities for the whole family all day, ending with fireworks by the Baldwin City Recreation Commission.   
Fireworks will be at the Baldwin City Ball Field Complex. 


More details to come, but put it on your calendar now!

Location: Downtown Baldwin City
Baldwin City, KS




July 11, 2018

Time: 2-4 p.m.

Senior Mix

 The annual reunion of the Baldwin City Community Senior Mix is Wednesday, July 11 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall of the Ives Chapel United Methodist Church at 1018 Miami Street. Sponsored by the Ives Chapel United Methodist Women, this event is open to all senior citizens in the Baldwin City/Community area - from ages 55 to 105! There will be a special speaker, fellowship and refreshments provided.

Location: Ives Chapel
                  1018 Miami Street



July 14, 2018

Time:  10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Are you or someone you know getting married soon? You should absolutely visit the Baldwin City Wedding Walk! Spend a fun day with your wedding party and come away inspired.  Enjoy treats and giveaways as you peruse vendor booths and local businesses, meeting friendly folks with personalized products and services. Plus, enter to win a grand prize basket worth over $1,000 (and still growing!).  Spend the day, or a couple of hours, and learn what Baldwin City has to offer - from sweet, intimate ceremonies to splashy-artsy fun to old-fashioned and historical. Maybe even a smaller-scale royal wedding...?  Get acquainted with local vendors in a low-key, casual setting and find out what's possible. This is a free event, so bring your wedding party and make it a fun outing!


Lumber Yard Arts Center
718 High Street
Baldwin City, KS




July 17, 2018

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



July 20, 2018

Third Friday Artwalk

Location:
Lumberyard Arts Center
718 High Street
Baldwin City, KS

Time: 6:30-8:30  P.M.





August 7, 2018

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




August 21, 2018

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



August 17, 2018

Third Friday Artwalk

Location:
Lumberyard Arts Center
718 High Street
Baldwin City, KS

Time: 6:30-8:30  P.M.





September 4, 2018

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



September 18, 2018

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





October 2, 2018

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





October 16, 2018

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




October 20-21, 2018

Maple Leaf Festival

Location:
Downtown
Baldwin City, KS

Time: All Day both days




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 your car, line up and drive through



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


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


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


Every Friday through October
Perry Lecompton Farmers' Market
Fridays from 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
at Bernie's parking lot
24 Hwy and Ferguson Road
Perry, KS

Visit the market to find fresh vegetables, fruits, homemade jams and jellies, baked goods, honey, fresh cut flowers, farm fresh eggs, handmade crafts and more!

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Summer Enters with a Bang

Kevin Surbaugh

Tree and limb damage in
Baldwin City.
Photographer Kevin Surbaugh
 The first day of summer Thursday had many Baldwin City residents cleaning up from storm damage the night before.
Late Wednesday night (June 20, 2018) a severe thunderstorm warning was issued around 10:30 p.m.Shortly thereafter the storm rolled through Baldwin City, knocking out power to a portion of the city, mostly between Ames and Orange Streets and west of Sixth Street. According to Rob Culley, the west and central feeders went down.  The west feeder was restored about midnight, but the central feeder took longer due to a tree that fell near Tenth and Grove that collapsed the main line. Power was restored to the central feeder about 3:45 a.m.
The National Weather Service in Topeka said that the wind speeds were recorded at Forbes Field with speeds up to 78 miles per hour.  In their observation, it appeared to sustain those speeds, as the storm rolled through Baldwin City.  According to the National Weather Service, there was no rotation or microbursts but were straight-line winds. Here at the offices of the Gazette, the rain gauge showed about half an inch fell due to the storms.
Half an inch fell as winds rip
down trees and limbs around
Baldwin City.
Photographer Kevin Surbaugh
Damage around town was of varying degrees, some had no damage, while others had a few limbs down. Still, others had who trees down and even some residents had structural or vehicle damage from the falling limbs.  One resident on Ninth Street had a fence that was falling over.








Other photos by Kevin Surbaugh


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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Area Happenings - Week of June 17

Here are the upcoming events that the Gazette has been made aware of as of  June 16, 2018.  To submit an item to the community events calendar, please email it to press@baldwingazette.com.




June 19, 2018

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



July 4, 2018

Fourth of July Party at the Pool


  • Free Admission
  • Free Hotdogs
  • Games



Location:
Baldwin City Community Pool

Baldwin City, KS

Time: 1-4 P.M.




July 7, 2018

Time: 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

Baldwin City Car Show and Soc Hop

Visit Baldwin City the Saturday after July 4th for a car show on the bricks organized by RustyMetal CarShow, the Baldwin City Chamber of Commerce, and the City of Baldwin City, Kansas. Plenty of fun activities for the whole family all day, ending with fireworks by the Baldwin City Recreation Commission.   
Fireworks will be at the Baldwin City Ball Field Complex. 


More details to come, but put it on your calendar now!

Location: Downtown Baldwin City
Baldwin City, KS




July 11, 2018

Time: 2-4 p.m.

Senior Mix

 The annual reunion of the Baldwin City Community Senior Mix is Wednesday, July 11 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall of the Ives Chapel United Methodist Church at 1018 Miami Street. Sponsored by the Ives Chapel United Methodist Women, this event is open to all senior citizens in the Baldwin City/Community area - from ages 55 to 105! There will be a special speaker, fellowship and refreshments provided.

Location: Ives Chapel
                  1018 Miami Street



July 14, 2018

Time:  10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Are you or someone you know getting married soon? You should absolutely visit the Baldwin City Wedding Walk! Spend a fun day with your wedding party and come away inspired.  Enjoy treats and giveaways as you peruse vendor booths and local businesses, meeting friendly folks with personalized products and services. Plus, enter to win a grand prize basket worth over $1,000 (and still growing!).  Spend the day, or a couple of hours, and learn what Baldwin City has to offer - from sweet, intimate ceremonies to splashy-artsy fun to old-fashioned and historical. Maybe even a smaller-scale royal wedding...?  Get acquainted with local vendors in a low-key, casual setting and find out what's possible. This is a free event, so bring your wedding party and make it a fun outing!
Lumber Yard Arts Center
718 High Street
Baldwin City, KS




July 20, 2018

Third Friday Artwalk

Location:
Lumberyard Arts Center
718 High Street
Baldwin City, KS

Time: 6:30-8:30  P.M.






August 17, 2018

Third Friday Artwalk

Location:
Lumberyard Arts Center
718 High Street
Baldwin City, KS

Time: 6:30-8:30  P.M.






October 20-21, 2018

Maple Leaf Festival

Location:
Downtown
Baldwin City, KS

Time: All Day both days




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 your car, line up and drive through



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


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


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


Every Friday through October
Perry Lecompton Farmers' Market
Fridays from 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
at Bernie's parking lot
24 Hwy and Ferguson Road
Perry, KS

Visit the market to find fresh vegetables, fruits, homemade jams and jellies, baked goods, honey, fresh cut flowers, farm fresh eggs, handmade crafts and more!

Baldwin City Blues - June 11-16, 2018

Compiled by Kevin Surbaugh


The Baldwin City Blues are 9-3 for the season.


Monday, June 11, 2018
Team Score
Baldwin City Blues  10
Topeka Golden Giants  18

Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Team Score
Topeka Golden Giants   7
Baldwin City Blues   9

Thursday,  June 14, 2018
Team Score
Midwest A's   8
Baldwin City Blues    10

Friday,  June 15, 2018
Team Score
Midwest A's   6
Baldwin City Blues    2

Saturday,  June 16, 2018
Team Score
Midwest A's   4
Baldwin City Blues   5

Schedule:

Monday, June 11, 2018

Governor Colyer Announces Launch of KanTrack Website

Press Release


Topeka- Governor Jeff Colyer, M.D. Friday, announced the launch of the state’s new KanTrack website, which is a hub used to track performance metrics of state agencies. These metrics measure the most critical functions of their respective agencies and make that information readily available to the public at the click of a button.
“When I became governor one of my first actions was to sign a series of executive orders aimed at increasing government transparency, including through the creation of the KanTrack website” said Governor Colyer. This website will increase the public’s ability to observe the efficiency of government agencies, be informed on how we are performing and allow them to take a more active role in the governing process. The launch of this site was important to me because I believe transparency is the key to better accountability and accountability is the key to getting real results.”
In February, Governor Colyer signed Executive Order 18-07 ordering the creation of the KanTrack dashboard to make key performance measures for Kansas Executive Branch Cabinet-level agencies publicly accessible. Governor Colyer remains committed to improving the transparency, efficiency, and responsiveness of Kansas government.
The website can be viewed at https://admin.ks.gov/kpi.

From the KDHE

Press Release


KDHE Announces Recipients of Waste Tire Recycling Grants  
51 individual grants distributed to recipients across Kansas

TOPEKA –  The Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s (KDHE) Bureau of Waste Management has announced the recipients of waste tire recycling grants. These annual solid waste grants are awarded to municipalities and school districts across the state. The grants total nearly $468,000 for 2018.
The waste tire recycling grants go toward funding safe surfacing at playgrounds, running tracks, picnic tables and benches made from waste tires. This year’s 51 individual waste tire recycling grants range from $209 to $61,213.50. The grants are funded through a 25-cent tax paid on the purchase of new tires. The list of grantees can be found at http://www.kdheks.gov/waste/grants/SFY18WTGSpreadsheetFinal.pdf.
For more information on KDHE’s waste reduction grant opportunities and application procedures, visit www.kdheks.gov/waste.  





Measles Outbreak Declared Over

TOPEKA – Nearly three months after the initial outbreak of measles at a Johnson County day care, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) declares the outbreak over. The conclusion of the outbreak was made official on May 28, after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provided final specimen testing results. A measles outbreak is considered over when no additional cases have been identified, and two incubation periods (42 days) have passed. Counties affected by the outbreak included Johnson, Linn, and Miami.

“We are happy and relieved that this outbreak has concluded,” said KDHE State Epidemiologist Dr. Farah Ahmed. “Because of the unfortunate circumstance of this starting in a daycare environment where many children were too young to be vaccinated, we and local health departments were challenged to track those infected and make sure the public took appropriate precautions. Most people followed instructions, and we were able to contain the outbreak without major health complications,” Dr. Ahmed said.

KDHE emphasizes that the best way to prevent measles and many other diseases is through vaccinations. KDHE provides vaccines through a network of local public and private providers across the state, through the Vaccines for Children (VFC) program. VFC is a federally-funded program that provides vaccines at no cost to children who might not otherwise be vaccinated because of inability to pay. A child is eligible for the VFC program if he/she is younger than 19 years of age and is one of the following:
·         Medicaid-eligible
·         Uninsured
·         Underinsured (has insurance that does not cover vaccines, does not cover a particular vaccine or has a dollar cap on vaccines and that cap has been reached)
·         American Indian or Alaska Native

There is no cost for the vaccine; however, there may be an office visit charge or an administration fee. For a list of Kansas VFC providers, visit http://www.kdheks.gov/immunize/vfc_program.html.
Uninsured adults may find vaccines available at Federally Qualified Health Centers or Rural Health Centers and at some local health departments. Many private providers and pharmacies provide vaccine for insured people. HealthMap Vaccine Finder is a resource for locating vaccines in communities https://vaccinefinder.org/



KDHE Posts Overview of Plan and Invites Comments for VW Settlement  
Comment period runs from June 1 – July 2


TOPEKA – Beginning, Friday, June 1, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) will post online the Kansas Plan for the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust and will collect comments on the content through July 2. The trust was created pursuant to the 2016 U.S. Department of Justice partial consent decree to settle claims against the automaker Volkswagen. As part of the settlement, Volkswagen is required to allocate $2.7 billion toward an Environmental Mitigation Trust to fund diesel emission reduction projects.

In 2017, KDHE was designated as the lead agency to act on behalf of the trust for the state of Kansas. This includes distributing funds totaling more than $15 million, which may be used on eligible projects ranging from the replacement of older diesel-fueled equipment to the purchase and installation of electric vehicle charging stations.

To view the plan and for more information about the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust, visit www.kdheks.gov/bar/air-monitor/dieselgrant/dieselvw.html. To submit comments via email, send to kdhe.ksvwsettlement@ks.gov. Comments must be received by July 2.

Area Happenings - Week of June 10

Here are the upcoming events that the Gazette has been made aware of as of  June 9, 2018.  To submit an item to the community events calendar, please email it to press@baldwingazette.com.


June 11, 2018


For the Adults:
Author Event
Location:
Baldwin City Library
800 7th Street
Baldwin City, KS

Time: ?? P.M.




June 15, 2018

5-9 P.M.
Wine Fest

718 High St
Lotatorium
Baldwin City, KS


Don't miss out! This summer, Winefest returns to Baldwin City with...
Wine. Food. Music.
...and the Lumberyard Art Center's 3rd Friday Artwork and shopping.

Tickets: $20 in advance, or $25 at the door. Online purchases will be $21.83 with fees.  Online or in the Chamber office at 718 High Street. Ticket price includes entry to the event, plus 2 samples from each winery present.

Save the date now, and more information on vendors and tickets will be available soon!




June 15, 2018

Third Friday Artwalk

Location:
Lumberyard Arts Center
718 High Street
Baldwin City, KS

Time: 6:30-8:30  P.M.




June 19, 2018

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



July 7, 2018

Time: 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

Baldwin City Car Show and Soc Hop

Visit Baldwin City the Saturday after July 4th for a car show on the bricks organized by RustyMetal CarShow, the Baldwin City Chamber of Commerce, and the City of Baldwin City, Kansas. Plenty of fun activities for the whole family all day, ending with fireworks by the Baldwin City Recreation Commission. More details to come, but put it on your calendar now!

Location: Downtown Baldwin City
Baldwin City, KS




July 11, 2018

Time: 2-4 p.m.

Senior Mix

 The annual reunion of the Baldwin City Community Senior Mix is Wednesday, July 11 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall of the Ives Chapel United Methodist Church at 1018 Miami Street. Sponsored by the Ives Chapel United Methodist Women, this event is open to all senior citizens in the Baldwin City/Community area - from ages 55 to 105! There will be a special speaker, fellowship and refreshments provided.

Location: Ives Chapel
                  1018 Miami Street



July 14, 2018

Time:  10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Are you or someone you know getting married soon? You should absolutely visit the Baldwin City Wedding Walk! Spend a fun day with your wedding party and come away inspired.  Enjoy treats and giveaways as you peruse vendor booths and local businesses, meeting friendly folks with personalized products and services. Plus, enter to win a grand prize basket worth over $1,000 (and still growing!).  Spend the day, or a couple of hours, and learn what Baldwin City has to offer - from sweet, intimate ceremonies to splashy-artsy fun to old-fashioned and historical. Maybe even a smaller-scale royal wedding...?  Get acquainted with local vendors in a low-key, casual setting and find out what's possible. This is a free event, so bring your wedding party and make it a fun outing!
Lumber Yard Arts Center
718 High Street
Baldwin City, KS




July 20, 2018

Third Friday Artwalk

Location:
Lumberyard Arts Center
718 High Street
Baldwin City, KS

Time: 6:30-8:30  P.M.






August 17, 2018

Third Friday Artwalk

Location:
Lumberyard Arts Center
718 High Street
Baldwin City, KS

Time: 6:30-8:30  P.M.






October 20-21, 2018

Maple Leaf Festival

Location:
Downtown
Baldwin City, KS

Time: All Day both days




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 your 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!

CDC Report: Kansas ranks 19th in Sucide Rates, experiencing dramatic increase

Press Release


TOPEKA – Suicide is a tragic reality in our state and throughout the rest of the country. Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released its latest Vital Signs series, which addresses a single, important public health topic each month. This month’s edition looks at suicide rates across the United States. The report details a dramatic increase in incidents of suicide in Kansas, particularly among females. The state ranked 19th overall, and fifth for an overall change. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) also tracks this cause of death through its division of Vital Statistics. This information is shared with our federal partners for reports such as this.
“Many of us have been personally impacted by this unfortunate reality,” said Dr. Greg Lakin, KDHE Chief Medical Officer. “It’s important that everyone, whether it’s a medical professional, family, friends or co-workers, take an active role in offering help before it’s too late.”
The CDC report indicates the following:
In 2016, nearly 45,000 suicides occurred in the U.S. among people 10 years and older. From 1999-2016, suicide rates increased in nearly every state, with 25 states experiencing increases of more than 30 percent each.
Data from 27 states participating in the National Violent Death Reporting System in 2015 indicate that more than half of people who died by suicide did not have a known mental health condition.
A range of factors contributes to suicide beyond mental health conditions alone, including relationship, substance use, physical health, job, financial and legal problems.
The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) offers programs and services to address suicide. It also heads the Governor’s Behavioral Health Services Planning Council, that produced the Kansas Suicide Prevention Subcommittee 2017 Annual Report, which outlines steps the State is taking to regarding this issue.
“Too many Kansans are lost to suicide each year,” said KDADS Secretary Tim Keck. “It’s imperative that we continue to make suicide prevention a top priority, by promoting public awareness of the issue, evaluating risk factors and encouraging appropriate treatments and interventions.”
  • Suicide warning signs include the following:
  • Feeling like a burden
  • Being isolated
  • Increased anxiety
  • Feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
  • Increased substance use
  • Looking for a way to access lethal means
  • Increased anger or rage
  • Extreme mood swings
  • Expressing hopelessness
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Talking or posting about wanting to die
  • Making plans for suicide

Suicide has risk and protective factors similar to other behavioral health issues. Kansas has many resources available, ranging from prevention and behavioral health promotion strategies to guidance in responding effectively to suicidal thoughts, plans, and actions. Learn more about how to support friends, family, and neighbors after a suicide attempt. To learn more, visit the Kansas Suicide Prevention Resource Center. You can also call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline for Kansas at 785-841-2345, or 800-273-8255. Free and confidential crisis counseling is available 24/7. Other resources include Kansas chat, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, and Lifeline Chat.
For behavioral health, mental health or medical resources in your area, please visit the Local Resources page of KansasSuicidePrevention.org or dial 211. KDADS also offers training regarding suicide prevention. 

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Baker Announces Head Golf Coach Karen Exon Retirement, Hires New Head Coach

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



BALDWIN CITY, Kansas – Longtime Baker University head golf coach Karen Exon announced her retirement from the profession after 21 years as women’s golf coach (she started that program in 1997) and 13 years as the men’s golf coach. Her retirement will be effective on June 30, 2018.  

Along the way, Exon produced more than 40 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes from the two golf programs, five NAIA Women’s Golf All-Americans, Baker Golf’s first-ever CoSIDA Academic All-American, and one Baker University Athletics Women’s Golf Hall of Fame winner.  Under Exon five Baker Women’s Golf teams qualified to compete in NAIA Women’s Golf National Championships 2000, 2002, 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Golf Coach Karen Exon will retire June 30.
Meghan Lewis-Houtsma qualified for the NAIA Women’s Golf National Championship four-straight years from 1999-2002 and was a three-time NAIA Women’s Golf All-American.  Sarah Payne was also an NAIA Golf All-American in 2000 finishing 13th and 2002 finishing 4th at those Women’s National Championships. Meghan Lewis-Houtsma won the 1999, 2000 and 2002 Heart Athletic Conference Championship individual crowns and went on to become a three-time NAIA Women’s Golf All-American. Both the 2000 and 2002 Baker University Women’s Golf teams with Lewis-Houtsma playing number one and Sarah Payne playing number two qualified for the NAIA National Championship, with team finishes of eighth and sixth respectively. Lewis-Houtsma was the 2000 NAIA Women’s Golf Championship individual runner-up; and finished twelfth in 2001 and tenth in 2002.

Lindsey Mateer helped lead the BU women’s golf program to three Heart of America Athletic Conference Championships from 2013-2015. Mateer earned the program’s first-ever CoSIDA Academic All-America award for her contributions as a citizen, in the classroom and on the golf course.

Exon became Baker University Head Men’s Golf Coach in 2005. She led the 2009, 2013 and 2014 Men’s Golf teams to second place finishes in the Heart of America Athletic Conference.

“It has been my honor and privilege to serve and work these last 29 years with Baker University students and student-athletes,” said Exon. “Baker University’s institutional goals and aspirations have been congruent with my own goals and aspirations--commitment to liberal arts education with an emphasis on critical thinking and communication where students and student-athletes are expected to excel in our concentric communities as good citizens, life-long learners, and effectively prepared professionals. Only in such an intentional intellectual community can students and professors learn together and from one another as we seek to make a positive difference.”

Coach Exon came to Baker in 1989 as a one-year “Visiting Assistant Professor” of History and Political Science while finishing her Doctorate from the University of Kansas in the winter of 1989. That same winter she was hired by Baker University to serve as a tenure-track Assistant Professor.  Exon earned Associate Professor rank and academic tenure in 1995. She was awarded full Professor rank in 2000. Exon served as Department Chair of History, Political Science & Sociology from 1995 to 2005 and as the University Pre-Law Advisor from 1991 to 2010. She retired from academic service at Baker University in 2010 but continued her athletics service.

Exon was awarded Heart of America Athletic Conference Women’s Golf Coach-of-the-Year four times (2006, 2013, 2014 and 2015). She served the Heart of America Athletic Conference as Women’s Golf Rater for over 10 years and as Conference Chair of Men’s and Women’s Golf from 2011 to 2018.  Exon served as Tournament Committee Chair of the, 2010, 2011 and 2012 NAIA Women’s Golf National Championships.

Baker University students and administration recognized Exon for her academic performance with the 1993 Most Outstanding Professor awarded by the Baker University Student Senate, 1998 inaugural Kopke Distinguished University Teaching Award, and 2001 Distinguished Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching.  

“Karen Exon has been a champion of the student-athlete at Baker University,” said Baker Director of Athletics, Nate Houser. "She made very purposeful choices when recruiting the athletes and always had high standards for her student-athletes on and off the golf course. She helped to mold them into successful graduates and leaders after their time in the golf program.”  

Coach Exon has also served Golf initiatives in Kansas, regionally and nationally.  She served the Kansas Women’s Golf Association (KWGA) for over 20 years as a one-term Vice President, four terms as President, two terms as Publications Director, one year as Competitions Director, and for many years as a Golf competitions rules referee. She currently serves the Kansas Golf Association (KGA) as a Director, Chair of Women’s Competitions Committee, and rules referee. Exon has served the United State Golf Association (USGA) as Regional Affairs Committee member since 2014 and as a rules referee. And she will serve as a rules referee for the 2018 World Amateur Team Championships (WATC) early this fall in Ireland (she refereed at the 2016 WATC in Mexico).  

Exon will serve as a volunteer Assistant Coach for the Wildcat Golf programs for the 2018-19 season. Baker University will announce the new Men’s and Women’s Golf Head Coach in the near future.

 Baker University later announced its new head women’s and men’s golf coach, would be Golf Assistant-Coach Andy Kelley who will take over both programs, replacing Exon after she leaves June 30. 
Golf Assistant-Coach Andy Kelley will be
the new head Golf Coach.

Kelley, a 2014 Baker graduate, played four years for the Baker golf team from 2010-2014 and was a three-time All-Heart selection.

He was a team captain in 2013 and 2014 and helped lead the Wildcats to back-to-back Heart of America Athletic Conference Tournament Runner-Up finishes.

The Wildcats won five-straight tournaments his senior season and he finished individually in the Top 5 in over 15 tournaments in his four-years with the program.

This past 2017-18 golf season, Kelley served as assistant golf coach alongside coach Exon.

“I am incredibly excited to take over the program that meant so much to me during my undergraduate time here at Baker,” said Kelley. “During my four years as a player we experienced a lot of success on both men’s and women’s teams. And I look forward to continuing to build on the accomplished program that Coach Exon built over her 21 years as coach. I was fortunate to be a part of an incredible three year run on staff as an assistant with the women’s basketball team here at Baker and I look forward to transitioning what I learned from that time and combine it with my knowledge and passion for the sport of golf.” 

Kelley also served an integral role in the success of the BU women’s basketball program from 2014-17, as he served as a graduate assistant under head coach Ben Lister for two seasons and then in his final season as an assistant coach.

The Wildcats had unprecedented success in those three seasons, as they posted a 79-24 record with two trips to the NAIA National Quarterfinals and the programs first-ever appearance in the NAIA National Championship game in 2016.

Baker was honored with several individual awards as well on the hardwood, including four NAIA All-Americans, ten Heart All-Conference award winners, as well as Heart Defensive Player of the Year and Heart Player of the Year.

“We are very excited to welcome Andy as a head coach,” said Baker Director of Athletics Nate Houser. “His tireless work as an assistant, his knowledge of Baker and his passion as a coach make him the perfect fit for our head men's and women's golf programs. Andy will bring an new energy to the program and athletic department as he puts his stamp on Baker golf!”

Kelley will officially take over as head coach on July 1, 2018.

Bakdwin City Blues Weekly Wrap-Up - June 3-9

Compiled by Kevin Surbaugh


The Baldwin City Blues are 6-1 for the season.


Monday, June 4, 2018
Team Score
Baldwin City Blues 8
Sabetha Lobos 0

Thursday, June 7, 2018
Team Score
Liberty Monarchs 2
Baldwin City Blues 3

Friday, June 8, 2018
Team Score
Liberty Monarchs 2
Baldwin City Blues 6

Saturday, June 9, 2018
Team Score
Liberty Monarchs 2
Baldwin City Blues 15


Schedule:

Governor Colyer Expresses Support for Senate Farm Bill

Press Release


Governor Jeff Colyer, M.D. expressed his support for Senate Agriculture Committee’s bipartisan farm bill upon its release Friday. 
“We appreciate the leadership of Senator Pat Roberts in developing a farm bill that provides predictability and certainty to the farmers, ranchers and agribusinesses of Kansas,” said the Governor. “I am particularly glad to see so many of the provisions made across many of the titles that will be beneficial to Kansas agriculture.”
Support for enhanced and strong risk management tools are critical parts of the farm bill. A new dairy risk management program is offered, and a proposal to develop insurance policies for limited irrigation, irrigated sorghum and irrigation efficiencies reflects the efforts being made in Kansas to prioritize water conservation. In addition, the acreage cap on Conservation Reserve Program acres has been increased to 25 million acres, and the Senate draft proposes to expand the use of haying and grazing during a state of emergency upon a governor’s emergency declaration.
Funding for trade promotion, development and assistance is included through several programs, and funding has been earmarked for research in many areas, including crop health, specialty crops and veterinary services.
“Increased investment in research and trade is critical to growing agriculture,” said Kansas Secretary of Agriculture Jackie McClaskey. “Funding for specific research initiatives like biosecurity preparedness, animal health research and veterinary services will directly benefit Kansas agriculture. When we see the farm bill making it a priority to recruit young people to veterinary medicine and also fund veterinary services for food animal practices, it is clear the committee understands veterinary service needs in rural communities.”
As NBAF construction continues in Kansas, the Senate farm bill will elevate the prominence of homeland security within USDA as the agency prepares for management of NBAF. This strategic move further signifies that NBAF, as well as food and agriculture defense, are top priorities. Foreign animal disease and emergency preparedness is key to the Kansas livestock industry, and the creation of a National Animal Disease Preparedness, Response and Recovery Program and a National Animal Vaccine and Veterinary Countermeasures Bank are critical to protecting not only the Kansas livestock industry but the state’s economy.
“From the first Farm Bill hearing here in Kansas in February 2017, it has been clear that Senator Roberts and members of the Senate Agriculture Committee have listened to what agriculture in Kansas and across the U.S. needs from this farm bill,” said Governor Colyer. “The Senate bill released today reflects the commitment to addressing those needs.”

Baldwin City Blues Dominate Liberty Monarchs

Kevin Surbaugh


Number ten, Blake Van Hercke throws a strike, ending
the bottom of the second, in Saturday's game against the
Liberty Monarchs.
Photographer Kevin Surbaugh
In a three-game homestand against the Liberty Monarchs, the Blues prevailed in clinching the series three games to zero.  However, the third and final game of the series was the most impressive.  The series got started on Thursday night with the Blues winning a narrow victory of 3-2.  Friday night, they increased that spread 6-2, but on Saturday night the Blues only played five innings with the largest and most impressive lead of the season.
Saturday nights game got started with the Monarch's quickly getting on the board with a 2-1 lead over the Blues in the first inning. However, that would be the only time the Monarch's would get on the board in what would end up being a high scoring game.  While the Blues failed to score during the first inning, they got on the board in a big way during the second inning.  Mostly from walks. Liberty's number five, Tommy Conner, threw balls after ball, walking several Blues players, however number eleven, Steven Lozano of Anaheim, CA was struck in the leg by one Conner's pitches. It wasn't all walks though, some runs were derived from actual hits, as number seven Ryan Wetzel, hit a fly ball that put him on third base and brought in two more runners, increasing their lead to 5-2. Later in the inning number twenty-three hit another triple Brady Boyd, Olathe, hit another triple, which increased their lead to 7-2.  When the second inning concluded, the Blues had secured a lead of 9-2.
The final score was 15-2.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Baldwin City Council Discusses Transportation, and Police Station

Kevin Surbaugh


The June 5, 2018 meeting of the Baldwin City Council meeting got started with technical issues as they tried to figure out the new live streaming equipment. It is now possible for residents to watch the council meeting, live on the cities website (http://www.baldwincity.org/CivicMedia), from the comforts of their home or office. Unfortunately, it can only be watched live, the video will not be saved or archived so that it can be seen at a later time.
Mikel Stoops, owner of Three Sisters Inn (1035 Ames) addressed the Council during public comments regarding some things he had learned.  His Bed and Breakfast is listed on Airbnb, and they; according to an agreement with the state are supposed to be paying taxes on any bookings that going through their site. However, Stoops has learned that they are not doing that.
Also under public comments, Matt McClure stepped up to introduce himself to the council as the new recreation commission. Council-member Tony Brown welcomed him to town.

Ashly Myers, Transportation Planner, Lawrence-Douglas County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) introduced the council to the plan her organization had been working for the last couple years.   The Transportation 2040 Plan covers all areas of transportation in the county and is required by a Federal mandate for counties that meet the government's minimum population guidelines. Myers said it cannot be thrown together haphazardly, the plan has to make sense and there must be a real budget to pay for implementing it. To view, the plan residents can visit http://lawrenceks.org/mpo/t2040.  She also said that residents could attend an open house for the countywide Bike plan on June 12, 2018, between 5 and 6 p.m. There will also be a bike ride following from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Mayor Casey Simoneau discusses the Police Station RFP.
Photographer Kevin Surbaugh

The council also addressed the RFP for the new Baldwin City Police Station. Two architectural firms submitted proposals on the adaptive reuse of the building at 203 First Street. Jay Zimmerschied, Lawrence who designed the public works building currently under construction and Paul Michelle, Kansas City and is the General Manager of BG Consultants.
Zimmerchied said his proposal would evaluate whether the building could be repurposed or if it would be better to construct a new structure. He did admit that he doubts new construction would be cheaper than repurposing.
Michelle said he would see what it would take to rejuvenate the building to meet Federal standards for a police station while making it fit within the community.  His firm has done police stations in communities across the country.
Mayor Casey Simoneau and the council asked the two to go back and narrow their proposals, as the council is buying this building to repurpose it and not interested in building new.

In other business the council:
  • Unanimously alcohol waivers for the Winefest and the Car Show.
  • Approved on a voice vote of 4-1, a mural grant application.  Council-Member A. J. Stevens cast the dissenting vote. The theme for the new mural is "Welcome to Baldwin City."
  • Appointed a citizen Dog Park Advisory Board that will not be a Council Committee.


Thursday, June 7, 2018

The State Library of Kansas Announces the 2018 Kansas Notable Books

Press Release


Topeka, KS — Acting State Librarian Eric Norris announced Thursday the 13th annual selection of Kansas Notable Books. The fifteen books feature quality titles with a wide public appeal, either written by a Kansan or about a Kansas-related topic.
“I am proud to present the 2018 Kansas Notable Book list. Choosing only 15 books is no easy task,” said Eric Norris, Acting State Librarian. “The selection committee began with a pool of over 100 submitted titles and worked diligently to identify the year’s best works by authors and illustrators from Kansas, as well as those works that highlight our history and heritage. Kansans are encouraged to visit their local public library and celebrate the artists and the artistry of Kansas.”
Kansas Notable Books is a project of the Kansas Center for the Book, a program of the State Library. The Kansas Center for the Book is a state affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. Throughout the award year, the State Library promotes and encourages the promotion of all the titles on this year's list at literary events, and among librarians and booksellers.
An awards ceremony will be held at the Kansas Book Festival, Saturday, September 8, 2018, 9:30 a.m., at the State Capitol to recognize the talented Notable Book authors. The public is invited.
For more information about Kansas Notable Books, call 785-296-3296, visit kslib.info/notablebooks or email infodesk@ks.gov.

2018 Kansas Notable Books
Bad Kansas: Stories by Becky Mandelbaum(Rockport WA), University of Georgia Press
In this darkly humorous collection, Kansas becomes a state of mind as the characters struggle to define their relationship to home and what it means to stay or leave, to hold on or let go.
Cricket in the Thicket: Poems about Bugs by Carol Murray (Overland Park), illustrations by Melissa Sweet (Portland ME). Henry Holt & Co
Playful poems highlight surprising facts about the world of insects – from familiar ants and exotic dragonflies to cringe-worthy ticks and magnificent fireflies in this picture book for children.
Dodge City: Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, and the Wickedest Town in the American West by Tom Clavin (Sag Harbor NY), St. Martin’s Press
Cowpokes, desperadoes, and lawmen: it wasn’t always easy to tell which was which. This rollicking tale of Dodge City brims with colorful characters. From frontier settlement, to cattle drives, to a railroad town, the history of Dodge City is the story of how the West was won.
Feet of the Messenger: Poems by H.C. Palmer (Lenexa), BkMk Press Books
Between the horrors of the Vietnam War and the pacific silences of the Kansas prairie, these poems honor both the beauty of the English language and the ancient powers of poetry to speak experience without diminishing it.
Fireflies in the Gathering Dark: Poems by Maril Crabtree (Mission), Aldrich Press
These poems traverse landscapes, inner and outer: physical landscapes and metaphysical ones; the landscape of relationships; the landscape of age, from childhood to maturity; and the questing landscape that leads to new understandings.
Headlights on the Prairie: Essays on Home by Robert Rebein (Irvington IN), University Press of Kansas
These essays bring a storyteller’s gifts to life’s dramas, large and small. Moments of singular grace and grit encapsulate the lives of feedlot cowboys, long-haul truckers, and farm kids dreaming of basketball glory.
Ike and McCarthy: Dwight Eisenhower's Secret Campaign Against Joseph McCarthy by David A. Nichols (Winfield), Simon & Schuster
This fast-paced account reveals President Eisenhower’s subtly clever role in the destruction of demagogue Joe McCarthy. Drawn from documents in the Eisenhower Presidential Library, Nichols presents a gripping story of a classic power struggle.
Kansas Baseball, 1858-1941 by Mark E. Eberle (Hays), University Press of Kansas
The early history of baseball in Kansas is the story of towns and the ballparks they built. It was a time when baseball was adopted by early settlers, then taken up by soldiers sent west, and finally by teams formed to express the identity of growing and diverse communities.
Kansas Guidebook 2 for Explorers by Marci Penner (Inman) and WenDee Rowe (Inman), Kansas Sampler Foundation
The ultimate guidebook for all things to see and do in Kansas features 4,500 attractions, 843 eateries, and more than 1,600 color photos. Counties are arranged alphabetically within six geographic regions as are the cities within each county. Entries include directions, hours and contact information.
The Man from the Train: The Solving of a Century-Old Serial Killer Mystery by Bill James (Lawrence) and Rachel McCarthy James (Lawrence), Scribner
A baseball statistician and his daughter deliver a provocative story that aims to solve a 100-year-old mass murder case. The two painstakingly scoured thousands of newspapers and records to discover and reveal the identity of one of the deadliest serial killers in America.
Midnight at the Electric by Jodi Lynn Anderson (Asheville NC), HarperTeen
While the stories of three women span multiple generations and thousands of miles, their lives are intertwined. Before leaving Kansas to go to Mars, Adri discovers Catherine’s journal of the Dust Bowl and Lenore’s letters about World War I. Each story weaves a unifying thread of hope.
The Shape of Ideas: An Illustrated Exploration of Creativity by Grant Snider (Derby), Abrams ComicArts
What do ideas look like? Where do they come from? These one- and two-page comics have been featured in the New Yorker, the New York Times, and the Kansas City Star. They are a colorful look into the creative process.
Stark Mad Abolitionists: Lawrence, Kansas, and the Battle over Slavery in the Civil War Era by Robert K. Sutton (Bethesda MD), Skyhorse Publishing
In 1854, Boston was in an uproar. Businessman Amos Adams Lawrence was inspired to put his efforts and considerable fortune toward keeping slavery out of Kansas. The town that came to bear Lawrence’s name became part of a bigger story of people willing to risk their lives and fortunes for freedom.
That is My Dream! by Langston Hughes and Daniel Miyares (Lenexa), Schwartz & Wade
Langston Hughes’s inspiring and timeless poem “Dream Variation” comes joyously to life in a gorgeously illustrated picture book. Follow one child on a walk through his small segregated town in the 1950s. Then watch his mind take flight as he images a brighter, more inclusive world.
To The Stars Through Difficulties by Romalyn Tilghman (Long Beach CA), She Writes Press
Inspired by the women who built fifty-nine Carnegie libraries in Kansas, the No Guilt Quilters overcome numerous obstacles to build the Cultural Center on the Plains- proving that New Hope is more than just the name of a town.