Archive for Thursday, May 10, 2007

Letters to the Editor

May 10, 2007

To the editor:

Lights! Camera! Action!

Hollywood glamour and Oscar pizzazz provided the theme for this year's Teacher Appreciation Week at the Baldwin Elementary centers. Beginning with a Hollywood brunch, teachers, principals, and supporting cast members were pampered the entire week of April 30. Special lunches, a sumptuous spa treatment and even a Hollywood walk of fame, with each teacher's name on a star all led up to the culmination on Friday of Oscar award presentations.

Piano performances by Dana Matherson and Mark Sextro provided ambiance at each luncheon, as honorees dined on cucumber sandwiches, spinach salad, chicken salad croissants, and fresh berries and cream, expertly prepared by the Baldwin High School Culinary Department. The meal was enjoyed at tables decked in snowy cloths and accented by elegant candles and floral arrangements provided by the Baldwin Junction Greenhouse. Diners sipped champagne (the Welch's nonalcoholic kind) with their meal.

One day, Cindi Thomas and Jeanne Spradling from Rodrock Chiropractic provided soothing chair massages, while Arbonne representative Kasey Frost offered free samples of personal beauty products. After this relaxing interlude, many found it hard to return from the stars to the classroom.

Each gym was transformed into the Kodak Theatre for the Oscar presentations. The nominees looked glamorous in their Hollywood shades and designer outfits (jeans, tee shirts, comfy shoes) as they filed in on the red carpet to the roar of an adoring crowd. The Oscar statues (gold-foil-wrapped chocolate), provided by Mid-America Bank, were awarded on the basis of each winner's unique talents. As each name and award was announced, the crowd shouted, clapped and whistled in appreciation.

Finally, Oscar attendees were treated to a DVD produced by megawatt studio, DJ Reich Productions. This compilation, with each honoree in a starring role, featured cameos by young star-struck fans who shared memorable aspects of favorite stars' award-winning performances.

No Oscar ceremony would be complete without swag: goodie bags of popcorn and candy (provided by the Baldwin City Market), and a personal copy of the DVD were presented to each nominee at the end of the ceremony, to add to the shower gels, perfume, and cologne received earlier in the week.

The PTO wishes to thank parents and secretarial staff at both schools for their untiring efforts and dedication to this Hollywood extravaganza. Thank you for helping celebrate our superstar teachers. We couldn't have done it without you. We like you, we really like you.

Misty Owings
Baldwin City
on behalf of the BES PTO

To the editor,

The Hestia Study Club, a member of Second District General Federation of Women's Clubs of Kansas, recently challenged Baldwin City civic clubs, organizations, or individuals to match Hestia's $500 seed money to the Lumberyard Arts Center, Inc. toward the purchase of a piano. Hestia's donation is to honor three deceased Hestia members, Alice Ann Callahan- Russell, Sue Torneden, and Sandy Wakeman, who were all patrons of the arts.

Tuesday Reading Club was the first to make a piano donation and recently a group of three individuals have stepped up and not only met the challenge, but doubled it by donating $1,000 in honor of Alice Ann Callahan Russell.

Though it looks like we have a long way to go to make the Lumberyard Art Center a reality, we have also come a long way towards making it happen and appreciate the tremendous support we are receiving from many individuals and businesses in the community.

Our heartfelt thanks to Hestia for the original donation and the "Play it Forward Challenge," to Tuesday Reading Club for their donation and to the first individuals to accept the challenge.

Lumberyard Art Center, Inc
Board of Directors

To the editor:

The Palmyra Fire Department can be proud of their service and upkeep of their equipment. Thanks to everyone who helped with the benefit on May 5 at the Vinland Fairgrounds. The food was delicious. It was fun to see the helicopter land.

Margaret Counts
Baldwin City

To the editor:

A great big "thank you" to Emily Bates and Faydra Mitchell for their gift of May baskets. The card said "The Old Lady Patrol" and we all certainly appreciate their thoughtfulness. What a wonderful May Day surprise. Thank you.

We may be old but we are ... former "Belles of Baldwin."

Ruth Scott, Mary Swan
and June Jewett

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