News in brief
Lions Band set for Baker stay
Beginning Sunday, the halls will be alive with the sound of music the halls of Baker University, that is.
Baker will host more than 300 band musicians as a part of the Kansas State Lions Convention.Students from all over the state of Kansas will rehearse all week in preparation for a major concert on Saturday, June 3. The concert, which will culminate the Lions State Convention, is free and open to the public.The concert will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Collins Gymnasium.
The band will be conducted by Ray James, director of Bands at Baker University, and will feature six Baldwin High School students, including Lindsay Thompson, Cordia Schafer, Beth Good,Scott Bowles, Jason Curran and Curtis Thomas.
Flag disposal ceremony June 10
The American Legion will have a flag disposal ceremony at the Paola Post on June 10. Anyone who has an American flag which needs disposed of may contact either Archer Carlson at 594-6655 or Dale Caruthers at 594-6614 before June 9.
Students Initiated into Phi Eta Sigma
Several Fort Hays State University students were initiated into Phi Eta Sigma, a freshman honorary. To be eligible for membership, a student must achieve a 3.50 grade point average during the freshmen year.
Initiated from Baldwin City was freshman, Kris Hart.
Wright to Attend Sunflower Girls State
Erin Wright, Baldwin City, has been chosen by Unit #228 of Baldwin City to attend the 58th annual session of Sunflower Girls State on the University of Kansas Lawrence campus. The American Legion Auxiliary sponsors Sunflower Girls State June 4 through June 9.
Wright is the daughter of Kathy and Steve Wright. Joining approximately 575 other young women who have just completed their junior year of high school, she will "Learn by Doing" the political system involved in the government of Kansas.
Beginning at the city level, advancing to county and the state, the girls will register to vote, file nomination papers, conduct political campaigns, and make speeches.
Jennifer Daniel, Leawood, is the 1999 Governor of Sunflower Girls State and will preside at the sessions. Jennifer Wilson, Emporia, the 1999 Lt. Governor will be assisting. The girls are housed in McCollum Hall and the Inauguration will be in the Lied Performing Arts Center.
During the week, speakers on government at the various levels will share their expertise with the girls. They will have the opportunity to ask questions about these individuals responsibilities in government. Speakers will include: Gov. Bill Graves; Ron Thornburgh, Secretary of State; Judy Nielsen, Department President of the American Legion Auxiliary; and other state, county and city officials.
Pam King, Winfield, is the 2000 Director of Sunflower Girls State and Becky Keller, Hunter, will serve as assistant director. A staff of 60 American Legion Auxiliary members volunteer in service to this program.
Summer Reading Program to be an adventure
The Baldwin City Public Library staff is looking forward to an exciting summer reading program in June and July. "On the Edge of Adventure" is the summer's theme and the adventures will happen both in books and programs at the library.
Last year more than 250 children participated in this program and they collectively read over 3,000 books. Enrollment is open to all ages and begins June 5.
The first program is June 7 when the library will host the Clement McCrae Puppet Company. Sponsored by the Baldwin State Bank, this musical marionette show will perform at 10 a.m. in the activity room. The program is entitled "Century Revue." The Clement McCrae Puppet show features handcrafted puppets that have performed at places like the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, The American Royal and Benjamin Ranch.
Other programs planned for the summer include Native American storyteller Benny Smith; dinosaur fun with Amy Berg; music and folktales from Rosemary Cutrer; a magic show by Richard Guy; stories with spider-lover Rachel Robson; and a visit from some bees and their keeper, Barb Hinton. Older children are invited to join the "Adventure Club" where they will have the opportunity to entertain some of the younger participants.
A pool and pizza party, sponsored by the Baldwin City Recreation Commission and Pizza Hut, will conclude the exciting and book-filled summer.
Arrowhead Hardware, Pizza Hut, Santa Fe Market, Sonic Drive-In and Subway are all providing incentives to help maintain an enthusiasm for reading. The Maple Leaf Planning Committee and the Northeast Kansas Library System are helping sponsor many of the programs.
AAUW conducts spring luncheon
The Baldwin Branch of AAUW had its spring luncheon May 13 at the Three Sisters Inn. Anita White made the table decorations and guests enjoyed a luncheon served at the inn.
Steve Jensen, director of the Watkins Museum in Lawrence gave an interesting talk entitled "Pioneer Stories."
A short business meeting followed conducted by co-president Jan Boyd. The following officers were elected: vice-president for membership, Lucy Price and secretary, Nora Cleland. Anita White will serve as treasurer since the resignation of Mary Plank. It was announced that Roma Earles, co-president, would attend the SW Regional AAUW meeting in Oklahoma City in June.
New 4-H Agent arrives in Douglas County
K-State Research and Extension-Douglas County welcomes Cathy Brockhoff to its staff. She will be responsible for the 4-H and youth development portion of the extension education program.
Preparing youth to be responsible citizens will be the main issue that will drive her education program. K-State Research and Extension's school-aged youth education program, 4-H, is committed to equipping youth with the life skills necessary for them to be capable, contributing members of their community and the world.
Brockhoff comes to Douglas County from Finney County where she had been responsible for the 4-H and youth developments program the past three and one-half years. Previous to that she was in Wallace County. She holds a bachelor of science degree in agriculture and a master of science in adult and occupational education from Kansas State University.