Archive for Thursday, March 31, 2005

Baldwin Briefs

March 31, 2005

BHS's Osborn gets

Putman Scholarship

Andrew Osborn, a senior at Baldwin High School, was awarded Kansas State University's $5,000 Putnam Scholarship during ceremonies March 7 at K-State. During K-State's annual Scholarship Day, students and their parents were guests of the university at a banquet.

Baker student

receives scholarship

The Endowment Fund of Kappa Sigma Fraternity has awarded scholarship awards to one undergraduate member of its Beta-Tau chapter at Baker University. Receiving $2,500 award was Evan William Durnal. He was recognized for outstanding achievement in scholarship campus involvement, chapter involvement and community service. A total of 192 undergraduates were honored with scholarship awards totaling over $250,000.

Kappa Sigma, headquartered in Charlottesville, Virginia, is one of the oldest and largest college fraternities. There are presently 192 Kappa Sigma chapters in the United States and Canada. The Kappa Sigma Endowment Fund established in 1915 was the first organization of its kind in the Interfraternal world. Since the inception of the Scholarship-Leadership Program millions of dollars have been awarded to thousands of undergraduates.

For the 2004-2005 academic year almost $300,000 in scholarship stipends were awarded to undergraduate members.

Niehoff attends

B&B conference

Diane Niehoff, (owner,innkeeper) of the Three Sisters Inn recently attended a three-day conference for bed and breakfast professionals in Branson, Mo. The conference was held at Branson's Chateau on the Lake Hotel March 6-8.

It was planned and organized by the state B&B associations of Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Arkansas, with coordination by the Professional Association of Innkeepers International (PAII). Niehoff joined 250 other attendees from 13 different states to learn about new trends and issues affecting the B&B industry. Presentations and panel discussions included subjects as diverse as travelers' changing needs, insurance coverage for B&B's, and creative ways to serve meals.

The keynote speaker was Pam Horovitz, president and CEO of PAII. Her presentation was titled, "Travel Trends at the Crossroads. Horowitz identified travel trends affecting B&B's and discussed how innkeepers could meet the challenges and opportunities they present. The three-day conference offered the 250 attendees the chance to learn about new trends and issues affecting the B&B industry. Presentations and panel discussions included subjects as diverse as travelers' changing needs, insurance coverage for B&B's, and creative ways to serve meals.

A few years ago most Americans probably thought of bed and

breakfasts as primarily quaint getaways for romantic couples. The challenge for today's innkeeper is to cater to an expanding variety of travelers while keeping the special touches that make bed and breakfasts such an attractive option for so many. Both the educational activities and the conference trade show, featuring more than 20 specialized vendors, contributed to that goal.

Three Sisters Inn offers affordable elegance in the relaxed surroundings of small town America. The Heartland Conference was held at Branson's Chateau on the Lake Hotel. It was planned and organized by the state B&B associations of Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Arkansas, with coordination by PAII. PAII is based in Haddonfield, New Jersey.



Exploring Lewis & Clark

Children, ages 6-10, seek out your own adventures of Lewis and Clark at the Watkins Community Museum of History, 1047 Massachusetts, on April 13, from 2:30 -- 4:30 p.m. They will share in the heroic courage these men experienced on their amazing expedition and make the face paint that Lewis gave to the Native Americans as a gift. Crafts include making a unique dance rattle by using found objects as the Native Americans once did.

Exploration play clothes are recommended. Fee: $8 Children of members of Douglas County Historical Society, $10 for non-members' children, and $5 for members of Lawrence Boys & Girls Club. To pre-register, call 785-841-4109.


The Dynamic Duo of Exploration

Children, ages 9-13, discover the way the real heroes did it when they join in the adventure on April 16, from 10:30 a.m. -- 12 noon, at Watkins Community Museum of History, 1047 Massachusetts. Stories of Lewis & Clark, the two most famous explorers in American history will be told by Phyllis Bia, Youth Education, that will help the children discover their unique encounters of territory yet to be discovered. They will also learn to make their map of interest and how to communicate by art in pictures as the Native Americans did to record their events.

Exploration play clothes are recommended. Fee: $8 Children of members of Douglas County Historical Society, $10 for non-members' children, and $5 for members of Lawrence Boys & Girls Club. To pre-register, call 785-841-4109.

Bert Nash Mental Health Center/Lawrence-Douglas County Housing Authority Secured Rental Subsidy Resources

Lawrence Bert Nash Mental Health Center/Lawrence-Douglas County Housing Authority has entered into a contract with the Kansas Housing Resources Corporation to secure the resources for tenant-based rental assistance.

The Housing Authority administers this program and can pay up to $100,000 for rental subsidy on behalf of clients with severe and persistent mental illness. This funding is specifically for rental subsidies only and paid to private landlord for housing. This program was renewed January 2005.

This is the 10th year in a row that the Bert Nash Center and the Lawrence-Douglas County Housing Authority have collaborated on this project.

Bert Nash Mental Health Center, through the Residential Housing Services assist in securing permanent supported housing for adults with recurrent mental illness and transitional living for homeless mentally ill adults.

Good mental health is vital to physical health and healthy communities. For over 50 years, the Bert Nash Center has worked to improve the overall health of Douglas County residents by providing affordable, comprehensive and quality mental health services to children, adults and families. Visit www.bertnash.org for more information.

Fire department to

host pancake feed

The Willow Springs Township Fire Department is hosting its annual Pancake and Sausage Feed from 6:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday at the fire station located 1 1/2 miles west of the U.S. Highway 56 and U.S. Highway 59 junction. Heartland Fire and Safety will be on hand to check fire extinguishers.


BPW to award

scholarship

Baldwin Business and Professional Women will award a $1,000 scholarship to a Baldwin High School senior girl. Applications are available from BHS counselors with the deadline April 30. Criteria is mainly based on need.

Library features

Light of 1,000 Stars

Some of the best storytellers in town will be at the Baldwin City Library to read from books found at the library at 7 p.m. April 6. Children from kindergarten through third grade and their parents are invited to attend the Night of 1,000 Stars. Children can wear pajamas. Stories will be finished by 8 p.m.

Wellness festival

set for Saturday

The Community Wellness Festival will be from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday in the Collins Center on the Baker University campus. Free screenings for blood pressure, posture, body fat, bone density, hearing, lung volume, skin cancer education and vision are available. There are exhibitions and booths to visit. Drawings for prizes, free bicycle helmets for children and free t-shirts to the first 150 attendees are featured.

American Legion

sponsors scholarship

American Legion Lloyd Beaton Post 228 will award a $500 scholarship to one Baldwin High School senior during the May awards assembly. The student must have a parent or grandparent who is a Veteran with a copy of their DD-214 available. Applications are available from BHS guidance counselors and must be turned in to the counselor by April 30.


Palmyra 4-H Club

reports meeting

Colton Horne, junior president, led the monthly meeting of Palmyra 4-H Club at Ives Chapel Church. Roll call was answered by your lucky charm. Kaitlyn Christie, junior secretary, read the minutes. Olivia Beins, junior treasurer, read the treasurer's report. Kim Davis, Douglas County Extension Agent -- 4-H Youth Development, visited the meeting.

Other guests were Mark Jehle, Pioneers Club, Amy Stone, Vinland Valley Club, and Kaleb Horne, Palmyra Club. A presentation was given on Rock Springs camps. Olivia Beins, Kaitlyn Christie and Katy Patrick led the club in singing "4-H Spirit." Brianna and Emily Krysztof presented a project talk in honor of Dr. Suess' birthday. Katie Krysztof talked on Roberts' Rules of Order. Michaela Krysztof played a piano solo. The meeting was closed with the club pledge and motto. The next meeting is at 7 p.m. April 6.

Lighthouse Baptist

hosts Bible study

Lighthouse Baptist Temple hosts a Bible study every Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Vintage Park. The community is welcome to attend.


Book TALK

discussion set

"I'm A Stranger Here Myself" by Bill Bryson is the next book in the series of books to be discussed at Book TALK at 7 p.m. April 7 at Baldwin City Library.

The discussion will be led by Tom Prasch, assistant professor in the history department at Washburn University. He received his Ph.D. in history from Indiana University and his master's degree from the University of Nebraska. The series "Books That Make Us Laugh" was brought to the community by Friends of the Baldwin City Library and the Kansas Humanities Council.

PSU announces

scholarship award

Pittsburg State University has announced a Director's Scholarship has been awarded to William H. Elniff, son of Mary Traul, Lawrence. Elniff is a music education major and is active in the PSU choir, marching band, pep band and wind ensemble.

GCCC brown team

finishes 11th place

The Garden City Community College meats team finished the judging competition season at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Meats Contest. A member of the Brown Team was Casey Coates, Baldwin City. The group became the first GCCC meats team to attend the awards breakfast at the Astrodome. The team will host the Southwest District FFA contest April 7 with team members serving as the officials.

Hoffsommer attends

annual convention

Melody Hoffsommer from Baldwin High School was one of approximately 300 counselors from across the state in attendance at the annual convention of the Kansas Counseling Association held March 3 and 4 in Topeka. The Kansas Counseling Association is a 400-member state branch of the American Counseling Association, which comprises more than 50,000 members.

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