Archive for Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Baldwin Briefs

November 23, 2005

Vespers ready for

75th celebration

The 75th annual Christmas Candlelight Vespers will be at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4 at the First United Methodist Church, Eighth and Grove streets.

The event will feature ensembles and performances by Baker University's music department. Admission is free.

"The audience will hear lovely music of the season," said John Buehler, music department chairman.

Besides traditional Christmas carols, the choirs will sing "For Unto Us a Child is Born" from Handel's "Messiah," "Ave Maria" by Franz Biebl, "Christmas Day" by Gustav Holst, selections from Benjamin Britten's Ceremony of Carols, and "Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day" by John Gardner.

The orchestra will play holiday music, including "Carol of the Bells" and "Greensleeves."

Ives Chapel to

decorate for holidays

Ives Chapel United Methodist Church will have the Hanging of the Greens at 9 a.m. Saturday to decorate the church for Advent and Christmas. All are welcome to participate.

LAC hosts

Bizarre Bazaar

The Lawrence Arts Center will host the Bizarre Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire.

Vinland Valley 4-H

Club reports minutes

The Vinland Valley 4-H Club met at the Vinland Methodist Church. It was parents' night, annual awards and installation of officers.

George Hunsinger, acting president called the meeting to order. Nancy Baker was acting vice-president and Sherri Brown was acting secretary. Sandy Stone presented new business and Cheryl Hunsinger had record book updates. Awards were given to members with completed record books and award pins were given out.

New officers were Spencer Wilson, president; Bailey Brown, vice-president; Misty Emory, recording secretary; Kelly Baker, corresponding secretary; Braxton Nottingham, treasurer; Brittnay George, reporter; Bryce Mock, recreation leader; Amanda Miller, historian; Lacey Hunsinger, council representative.

The Baker family served as Achievement Family hosts. Each family brought a meat and side dish. The Dec. 6 meeting will be caroling at Vintage Park and then to Vinland Methodist Church at 7 p.m. for the meeting. Members should bring a favorite Christmas snack.

GCCC meat judging

team takes second

Garden City Community College's 2005 meat judging team ended the season with Reserve National Championship honors at the Cargill Meat Solutions High Plains contest in Plainview, Texas. The team has taken three reserve championships in the last five years. Casey Coates, Baldwin City, is a member of the team.

Tax statements to

be mailed out

The Douglas County Treasurer's office will be mailing nearly 46,500 tax statements for 2005. The first half is due by December 20, 2005. The second half will be due May 10, 2006. If the first half is not paid by Dec. 20, 2005, the full amount becomes due immediately.

Payments may be made by mail, paid in person at the courthouse, 1100 Massachusetts, at 27th and Iowa in the Park Plaza Shopping Center, and inside the Dillon's Store at 3000 W. 6th St.; or at overnight drop locations at the courthouse, south side, or at the Park Plaza location, south of the office entrance in the parking lot center island, or on line at

Individuals qualifying for the 2005 Homestead advancement program must have eligibility verified by the county clerk before making payment. Eligibility can be verified only at the Clerk's office at 1100 Massachusetts and the treasurer's satellite office at Park Plaza. Office hours for most locations are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Call (785) 832-5178 or (785) 832-5137 for more information.

Drug plan information

to be presented

Douglas County Senior Services, Inc. is holding Medicare Prescription Drug Plan presentations from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. every Tuesday afternoon in the multi-purpose room on the second floor at the Lawrence Senior Center, 745 Vermont St. The seminars concern the new Medicare Part D drug benefit that will begin Jan. 1, 2006. For information, call the center at (785) 842-0543.

Lighthouse Temple

hosts dinner

Lighthouse Baptist Temple has a dinner the last Sunday of each month following Sunday worship services. Everyone is welcome.

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