Archive for Wednesday, February 9, 2000

News in brief

February 9, 2000

Kansas Sampler Fest coming to Baldwin City

The Kansas Sampler Fest is coming to our part of the state.

The Kansas Sampler Fest is a showcase of what there is to see and do in Kansas. It gives communities such as Baldwin, the opportunity to exhibit what it has to offer in the area of art, cuisine, customs, history, people, geography, commerce and architecture.

Murray McGee, Director of the Franklin County Convention and Tourism Bureau, will be the guest speaker at the Chamber of Commerce membership meeting at noon today in the American Legion Hall and will outline the program. Lunch will be catered at a cost of $4. Murray will be showing slides of previous sampler fests, sharing-in-depth details and answering questions.

The Sampler Fest is an opportunity to let others know about what a wonderful community Baldwin is.

Citizens of the Week chosen at BES

Cortney Jameson and Kevin Callahan have been named as citizens of the week at Baldwin Elementary School.

Jameson, 9, is the daughter of Larry and Tammy and has two siblings, Brad and Bobbi. She is in Cathy Maxon's fourth-grade class. She lists her friends as Sarah E., Erika, Emily and Colby. Her hobbies include Girl Scouts and collecting racecar "stuff."

Callahan is in Donna Reed's fourth-grade and is 10 years old. He is the son of Dennis and Kim and has two brothers, Alan and Josh. His hobbies are football, soccer, wrestling and tubing. His friends include Chase, Sean, Travis and Josh H.

Calling all kindergartners

Plans for the 2000-2001 kindergarten classes are now under way. To be eligible for Round-Up a child must be five years old on or before August 31.

If you have a child meeting the age requirement, and live in the Baldwin Elementary School attendance center, please notify the Baldwin Elementary School office at 594-2444 or

Parents information night will be at 7 p.m. May 10 at Baldwin Elementary School.

'Chicken Soup' for the Farm

Farmers have found the past 12 months to be quite challenging. Low prices, poor yields, government regulations, labor management, and urban encroachment are just a few of the issues that may create stress in farm families. "Managing for Success on a Family Farm" or "Chicken Soup for the Farm" are the titles of an evening program aimed at helping farmers deal productively with tough times on the farm.

The Douglas County Farm Bureau and K-State Research and Extension of Douglas County are co-sponsoring the program on Tuesday at north building 21 at the Douglas County fairgrounds. A free soup supper will begin at 6:30 p.m. and the program at approximately 7 p.m.

Presenters for the program will include four Kansas State University faculty who have many years of experience helping Kansas farmers deal with challenges on the farm.

Charlie Griffin, KSU Specialist in Family Programs, was an active leader in helping farmers through the 1980's farm crisis. He has worked with farm families all across Kansas, and served as a resource in other states in the Midwest.

Char Henton, Mediation Coordinator, Forrest Buhler, Attorney, and Becky O'Donnell, Extension Assistant, all presently serve in the Kansas Agricultural Mediation Service at Kansas State University. KAMS has been the officially certified agricultural mediation program for Kansas since 1988 and has the goal of helping resolve conflicts and disputes for farmers using mediation.

The program will focus on identifying stress, and then developing constructive ways to deal with the stress. While this program is aimed at farmers, the basic keys to identifying and dealing with stress may be applicable to others areas of stress.

While the entire program is free, those planning to attend are asked to make reservations for the meal by Friday by calling either the Farm Bureau office at 843-2395 or the Extension office at 843-7058.

Band trip meeting planned for Tuesday

The Parents Committee on rules and procedures regarding the Baldwin High School band trip to Disney World in the spring of 2001 will have its first organizational meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday in the BHS band room.

Baldwin Bird Club to hear about Ecuador

The Baldwin Bird Club will meet at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16 in the multipurpose room of the Baldwin Elementary School located at 7th and Chapel.

A short business meeting will be followed by a slide presentation entitled "A Naturalist in Ecuador," given by Norma Gallegos, a senior majoring in biology at Baker University. Gallegos is originally from Guyaquil, Ecuador. She came to the United States as a foreign exchange high school student in Kansas City and has been a student at Baker the past four years.

The past two summers, she has worked at Jatun Sacha Nature preserve in the lowland rain forest of Ecuador. She has worked as a naturalist and as an intern to a local shaman in the area. Gallegos will be talking about these experiences at Jatun Sacha.

The public is invited. Come and hear an exciting presentation on the rain forests of Ecuador.

American Legion Auxiliary sets interviews for Girls State

The Baldwin Unit of American Legion Auxiliary will have interviews of eligible junior girls for Girls State at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16 at the American Legion Hall, 803 High Street.

Civic organizations, clubs, businesses, or individuals in the community may contribute all or part of the fee. However, they are to be known as the contributor of fee, not the sponsor. Contributors are welcome to attend the interview session. The local Unit Girls State Chairman is Barbara Caruthers. Eligible junior girls who wish to participate may call 594-6614.

The 58th Sunflower Girls State, sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary, will be June 4-9 at the University of Kansas.

Livestock Association sets annual meeting

The Douglas County Livestock Association will have its annual meeting starting with a catered dinner at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 22 in Building 21 north at the Douglas County Fairgrounds. The cost for the dinner is $4 per member or $8 for non-members. Pre-registrations are due to Allen Bradley, 2015 N 700 Rd., Eudora, 66025, by Feb. 16.

Ray Ladd, Atchison County Extension Agent will share a slide show of his recent trip to South America. Ladd was part of the Kansas Agriculture Rural Leadership (KARL) program that visited South America in 1999.

A short business meeting will include the election of two board of directors and discussion of possible activities for the association members.

Dues for the Livestock Association are $10 per family per year. Everyone interested in livestock is welcome to become part of the association.

Card shower is set for Schwarz

Albert Schwarz will be celebrating his 96th birthday on Feb. 26 and the family has requested a card shower. Cards maybe sent to 304 10th Street, Baldwin City.

Free tax help for senior citizens

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

Pioneers 4-H Club News

The January meeting of the Pioneers 4-H club was at the Lone Star Marina with Tom Wilson, president, presiding. Courtney Voss led the club in the flag salute. The club sang the "Veggie Tales" song. Prospective members attending were Tracie Bacon and Scott Bure.

Kelli Harris gave a demonstration on "How to pick out a bird and prepare it to show." Jennifer Tallman, Tyler Trowbridge, Dan Rudman, Cody and Tom Wilson gave a demonstration on gavel games. The club made Valentines for the Veterans.

It was announced that the club would be hosts at the Club Days. The pet project group invited the club to go with them to K-State to tour the veterinary school on March 17. The next month's meeting will be at the Baldwin Fire Department with a tour of the fire station at 7 p.m. on Feb. 28.

Busy Times for Palmyra 4-H

President Clint Hornberger called the monthly meeting of the Palmyra 4-H Club to order on Feb. 2. The roll call was "What is your Favorite Candy?"

There will be a weigh-in for beef on March 11 at the Douglas County Fairgrounds. The Food Fare will be in Building 21 at the Douglas County Fairgrounds on April 8. The cost is $3.50 per person. There is a cooking meeting for Levels III and IV at 2 p.m. Saturday at Twilla Brown's. Cassidy Burkhart led the club in singing "Boom Boom."

There will be a leadership workshop at 6:30 p.m. before the meetings led by Katy Taul. A rabbit meeting will be in Vinland for Levels III and IV on Sunday. The club voted to donate $50 to the Elder Family because of their house fire.

For the program Kaleb Horne gave a talk on the different breeds of beef cattle, Lindsey Hitchcock talked about snack foods and Wesley Callahan gave a talk on how to wash your cattle. The Burkhart, Buckley and Callahan families were in charge of refreshments, setup and cleanup.

The next meeting will be at 7:30 p.m. March 1 at Ives Chapel Methodist Church. The Crawford, Elder and Emery families will be in charge of setup, cleanup and refreshments.

Pie sale, quilt show is set for Saturday

The Third Annual ICAN Interfaith Caring Neighbors Pie Sale and Quilt Show is Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 946 Vermont, Lawrence.

This fund raiser will feature over 50 quilts to view and a large variety of homemade pies sold by the pie or by the slice. Highlights will be presentations at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Quilts. For additional information call Rita Mika in the ICAN Office at 785-749-2005.

Bond funds electric work

The next phase of upgrading the city's electric distribution system and repair to an engine at the city's power plant will be funded by a $450,000 bond approved by the council Monday night.

The $350,000 electric upgrade to east Baldwin will begin next month. Mid Plains Power, Grand Island, Neb., completed the upgrade from 2,400 volts to 12,470 volts to west Baldwin last summer.

The bond will also fund a $40,000 repair of cylinder sleeves to one of the city's engines. The remainder of the $450,000 is required reserve funds and financing costs.

Council agrees to water pump

The council gave its support to Edgerton for the construction of a water pump east of Baldwin that will alleviate Edgerton's low water pressure problems.

Baldwin sells water to Edgerton and Wellsville, and Edgerton has requested Baldwin's support of the project on several occasions.

However, the council did not agree to the Edgerton project without provisions. If Edgerton's water pump causes low water pressure in Baldwin, Edgerton must pay to remedy the problem.

City Administrator Larry Paine said Baldwin's water system should get a needed boost before the Edgerton pump is constructed. A booster pump station for Baldwin is being constructed north of Baldwin.

Mediacom agreement includes local office

A 10-year agreement between the city and Mediacom was changed to include assurance of a local office the length of the agreement.

The city agreed to the 10-year agreement with the cable franchise, but with terms attached. Mediacom has agreed to install and offer digital television services within 16 months and Internet access via cable modem within 24 months.

Mediacom will post a $50,000 bond as assurance the digital TV and Internet services will be made available.

The second of three readings of the agreement was read at Monday's council meeting.

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