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February 2, 2000

Chocolate Auction ready for Sunday run

The 12th Chocolate Auction, an annual fund-raiser for the Baldwin Community Arts Council, will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday in the Baldwin High School Commons area.

The "Art of Chocolate" will be taken to new heights, organizers say, with chocolate creations, fine art pieces, floral centerpieces and door prizes. The $1 admission fee includes refreshments.

Ferguson, Daigh citizens of the week

Jessica Ferguson and Mackenzie Daigh have been selected as citizens of the week at Baldwin Elementary.

Ferguson, 9, is in Donna Reed's fourth-grade class. She is the daughter of Jim and Sherry and has one brother, Jeremy. Her friends include Emily J., Emily H., Karrisa and Maddy. She lists her hobbies as riding her bike, swimming and reading.

Daigh, 9, is the daughter of John and Jackie, and has two siblings, Max and Mandi. Her friends include Karrisa, Emily J., Rachel and Lauren. She enjoys playing softball. Daigh is in Cathy Maxon's fourth-grade class.

Ives Chapel Ground Hog supper is tonight

The men of Ives Chapel Methodist Church will be hosting their annual Ground Hog Day Pancake supper from 5 to 7 tonight at the church. There will be a free will donation.

AAUW set to meet on Thursday

The Baldwin Branch of AAUW met on Jan. 6 at the home of Roma Earles. Mary Plank assisted the hostess in serving refreshments.

The co-president, Roma Earles, conducted the business meeting. Merrie Skaggs, assistant professor of education at Baker University, and AAUW member, gave the program on math education. She demonstrated how math could be taught to children.

The next meeting will be at the home of Evonne English, 125 Santa Fe Drive, Baldwin City, at 4 p.m. Thursday.

Free Tax Help for senior citizens

Free tax help for all senior citizens will be available from 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 16 and 18. Call the Baldwin Senior Center at 594-2409 to reserve your time. There will also be free help with your homestead tax and food sales tax. Forms will be available.

County 4-H Club Day showcases members' talent

4-H'ers representing 15 community clubs will perform public presentations at County 4-H Club Day on Saturday, said Kelli Ludlum, K-State Research and Extension 4-H Youth agent in Douglas County. More than 200 entries are expected for this year's event.

4-H Club Day is an annual event designed to highlight a wide range of 4-H youths' skills. Presentations include talks about 4-H projects, dramatic readings, demonstrations and illustrated talks showing the public how to make or do things, and a public speaking category for older 4-H members to present information on current topics. In addition to speaking events, members may participate in parliamentary procedure and artistic talent contests. Arts categories encompass plays, dance, and vocal and instrumental music. Members can compete either as groups or as an individual.

The public is invited to observe club day presentations. Public performance at events such as club day helps young people build confidence and self-esteem, according to Kelli Ludlum, Douglas County 4-H Youth Extension Agent.

"Sharing their talents with the public is exciting for the youth, and at the same time it gives them an opportunity to practice presentation skills," Ludlum said. "By mastering their entry, whether it is a cooking demonstration or a piano solo, youth learn to set and achieve personal standards of excellence. Watching the members perfect their entries and finally perform before family and friends is very rewarding."

County 4-H Club Day begins at 9 a.m. at Eudora High School. For more information, contact the Douglas County Extension Office at 843-7058.

Santa Fe Trail Historical Society sets annual meeting

Everyone is invited to attend the annual meeting of the Santa Fe Trail Historical Society, Inc. It begins with a carry-in potluck dinner at 6 p.m. Sunday in the Fellowship Hall, of the Baldwin First United Methodist Church. Please bring a covered dish and table service. Drinks will be provided.

There will be a business meeting and election of officers and directors. Guest speaker, the Rev. Robert "Bob" Carey will be speaking on his new book and videos titled "Immigration on the Santa Fe Trail."

Rural Water District No. 4 schedules meeting

The Rural Water District No. 4, Douglas County, has scheduled a meeting for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the conference room of the district office.

Pearson to celebrate 95th birthday

Raymond Pearson will be celebrating his 95th birthday on Feb. 12. The family is requesting a card shower for him. Anyone wishing to send a card may do so to 1301 High Street, Baldwin City. Pearson is currently living at the Orchard Lane Apartments.

Ag Chemical Fair set for Feb. 11

Agriculture producers and others interested in agriculture will want to mark their calendar and plan to attend the annual Ag Chemical Fair on Feb. 11 in building 21 at the Douglas County fairgrounds.

The Lawrence Farmers Cooperative Association and K-State Research and Extension of Douglas County are co-hosting this educational event, which will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

"We have what I believe is an excellent selection of topics which are relevant to agriculture producers lined up for our program," said Bill Wood, Douglas County Extension Agent for Agriculture. "In our ever changing agriculture industry, it's important that we keep current with new challenges that affect our profitability."

Coffee and donuts will be available at 9 a.m. David Regehr, K-State Research and Extension Weed Science Specialist, will share an update on new herbicides available to farmers and the effectiveness of them.

Detective Steve Brown, from the Douglas County Sheriff's Department Drug Strike Force Team, will talk on "Anhydrous Ammonia and Meth Labs A Concern for Farmers."

"Carbon Credits, Are They a Potential Income Source?" will be discussed by Chuck Rice, Soil Microbiologist for K-State Research and Extension. Rice is involved in carbon research and will explain why some utility companies are contracting with farmers to farm no-till for carbon dioxide credits.

"The GMO (Genetic Modified Organism) Controversy" is the topic Bob Bowden, Plant Pathologist for K-State Research and Extension, will cover. Which crops are actually genetically modified? Why is there a controversy?

Jamie Boswell, from Soil Tech, will discuss "Soil pH and Variable Rate Lime Application." Many fields in Douglas County have soil tests that call for lime to be applied to raise the soil pH to proper levels for good crop production. Sometimes there are pH variations within fields, and variable rate lime applications may save farmers money.

Agribusiness companies will be sponsoring the free noon meal and will have booths that those present can visit. Randy Read, Crop Management Specialist for the Lawrence Farmers Cooperative Association, said, "We have around a dozen agribusiness company representatives present to help sponsor this program. It will be a good chance for farmers to visit with the company reps about their seed and chemical questions for this coming year."

While the entire program is free, those who plan to attend are asked to call the Extension office at 843-7058 by Feb. 9 in order to help with the meal planning.

KU Announces Fall 1999 honor roll

The names of more than 3,500 students from the University of Kansas who were named to KU's honor roll during the fall 1999 semester were announced recently by Chancellor Robert Hemenway.

"Commitment to scholarship and academic excellence has earned these students honor roll distinction. I take pride in announcing their names," Hemenway said.

The students are from KU's Lawrence campus and the schools of Allied Health and Nursing at the Kansas City, Kan., campus.

The honor roll comprises undergraduates who meet requirements in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and in the schools of Allied Health, Architecture and Urban Design, Business, Education, Engineering, Fine Arts, Journalism, and Nursing. The School of Social Welfare does not compile an honor roll.

About 69 percent of KU's 27,625 students are undergraduates.

Honor roll criteria vary among the academic units of the university. Some schools honor the top 10 percent of students enrolled, some establish a minimum grade-point average, and others raise the minimum for each year students are in school. Students also must complete a minimum number of credit hours to be considered for the honor roll.

Making the honor roll from the Baldwin City area are: Timothy John Donohue, senior, liberal arts and sciences; Jessica Michele Gillispie, senior, school of business; Lloyd Harrison Hemphill, junior, liberal arts and sciences; Bryan Michael Matthews, senior, school of education; Sarah Michelle Miller, sophomore, liberal arts and sciences; Levi Joseph Reznicek, sophomore, liberal arts and sciences; Brett Ryan Flory, junior, school of education; Lari Laverna Gray, sophomore, school of fine arts; Victoria Ruth MacFarlane, sophomore, liberal arts and sciences; Daniel Shane McFarlane, senior, school of engineering; and Wendy Jane Musgrave, junior, school of engineering.

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