Archive for Wednesday, May 10, 2000

News in brief

May 10, 2000

Houser, Woodward citizens of the week

Danyel Houser and Kim Woodward have been selected as citizens of the week at Baldwin Elementary School.

Houser, 6 1/2 is the daughter of Chip and Gayle and has one brother Dalton. Her friends include Shalisha, Myriah, Ally and Keeton. She lists her hobbies as swimming, camping, fishing and collecting seashells. She is in Jean Reimer's first grade class.

Woodward is in Helene Gesinck's second grade class. She is the eight years old and the daughter of Dave and Mary. She has one sister Majesta and two brothers, David and Josh. She lists her friends as Kaylin, Amelia, Tyler and Mason. Her hobbies are collecting shells, baseball, soccer and swimming.

BES Mulch workday is Saturday

Parents and students if you would like to give a few hours of your time for the Baldwin Elementary School Mulch Workday it would be greatly appreciated. The crew last year was wonderful and the work was completed in record time. Work will begin at 8:30 a.m. Saturday. Bring your wheelbarrows, scoop shovels, rakes, four-wheelers and trailers.

Possible TMDL Regulations on farmers

On October 27, 1995 the Kansas Natural Resource Council and the Sierra Club sued DPA for the alleged failure to develop TMDLs in Kansas. TMDLs area written, measurable assessment of a specific stream segment and its water quality problems and contributing pollutants. After states have determined which stream segments do not meet water quality standards, they are required to develop TMDL limits for each pollutant. If this information was not submitted or EPA determines a state's submission is inadequate; the federal agency establishes TMDLs for the state.

There was an agreement made in April of 1998 that Kansas would establish TMDLs for impaired stream segments on the state's priority list. The state also must follow a schedule for the development of TMDLs for each of the 12 major water basins, which includes the Marais des Cygnes and Kansas Lower Republic. The plans must be in place by 2006.

The proposed TMDL for the Kansas/Lower Republican River Basin was submitted in June of 1999. For now it is a voluntary program to implement TMDLs for the first five years from 1999 to 2004. If there is no significant progress during the five years, KDHE will implement mandatory regulations to ensure water quality improvements.

If you want to learn more about TMDLs and understand the impact it will have on you, come and listen to Phil Barnes, Research Engineer with K-State at Heritage Tractor in Baldwin City on Thursday, or the Senior Citizen Center in Gardner, Tuesday, or KCP&L Building in Paola on May 25. The speaker will begin at 7:30 p.m. and end at 8:30 p.m. Refreshments will be provided.

Bowles, Good Take Part in festival of creativity

Scott Bowles, and Amanda Good took part in the All-Metro Band on Friday and Saturday at Crown Center Square in Kansas City. More than 60 schools in the greater Kansas City area took part in the Festival of Creativity, a two-day celebration to showcase the creative talents of local high school students. The Festival of Creativity is the first event of its kind for Kansas City. It is designed as an exhibition not a competition or a sale with the goal of recognizing and encouraging the creative abilities of high school students.

Ives Chapel noon luncheon

The Ives Chapel United Methodist Women will meet at noon for a covered dish luncheon in fellowship hall of the church on May 17. Elaine Hoopes is hostess.

The general meeting and program will follow. Leone Twichell will lead the program, "A Society for All Ages". The program touches on the theme of one of the mission studies for 2000.

Palmyra 4-H Club news

President Clint Hornberger called the monthly meeting of the Palmyra 4-H club to order on May 3. Roll call was "What is your favorite flower?" Christie Gilges and Jenna Brumm will represent the club at the Bromelsick Memorial at 10 a.m. May 27. From 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. June 15 there will be a food safety meeting. Cassidy Burkhart led the club in singing Happy Birthday to Jenny Gilges. On June 30 the pre-entries for the Douglas County Fair are due. Sheep, beef and swine must pre-enter for the Kansas State Fair this year. There will be a blood drive on June 10 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. The Swine show is May 20 and the Sheep show is June 3. On Thursday there will be a countywide horse meeting at the Buckley's house.

The program started with Emily Krysztof who demonstrated a creative snack present for Father's Day. Then Katie Krysztof showed us a cinnamon roll snack using the microwave. After that Kyon and Braden Buckley showed us an easy and safe way to tie your horse.

Next month's meeting will be at The Lodge, at 7:30, June 7 since the church is unavailable. The Horne, James and Johnson families will be in charge of set-up and clean up and refreshments. The junior officers will run the meeting. Ellie and Andrew Madl will do the program.

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