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The coming crisis for the world’s farmers

Jill Richardson Guest Columnist Remember the climate crisis? It’s still happening. Having a government that resembles a circus, it turns out, hasn’t stopped the clock on the level of greenhouse gases in the air. At a conference in Italy, former president Barack Obama spoke recently about the impact the climate crisis will have on the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people. The points he made were common sense: The majority of the world’s poor in the Global South are farmers, and the changing climate is already making it harder for them to produce the food they need. If nothing changes, the refugees already pouring into Europe will just be the warm-up act for the flood that will come later. When the climate changes, weather extremes become more pronounced and more common. Droughts and floods harm crops, particularly in regions where farmers don’t have access to irrigation. Warming temperatures can also bring pests and diseases (human, animal, and plant) to regions where they previously didn’t exist. I’ve traveled to peasant farms in South America, Africa, and Southeast Asia, and all are impacted by climate change already. In Kenya, farmers told me their rain patterns had changed, becoming less predictable and making it harder to grow their crops. Some farmers had given up planting during one of the usual annual rainy seasons because the weather was so erratic that it wasn’t...

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Bronco boys second at league track meet

Scoring 93 points, the Spring Hill Bronco boys track team brought back a second place finish from the Frontier league meet in Eudora last week. “The coaching staff is real proud of the effort,” said Coach Brent Smitheran. “We were in the hunt a long time for the title, but Paola pulled away late. We made a lot of improvement and positioned ourselves well for regional.” Nathan Ewing had a big day. He won league titles in the high jump clearing 6’4 inches and in the 110 meter hurdles with a time of 15.54. He also took second in the long jump with a leap of 20’1 inches. James Barnett finished second in the 100 meters with a time of 11.23, and Chase Rooney took second in the 300 meter hurdles in a time of 41.19. Earning bronze medals were Wyatt O’Leary in the pole vault with a vault of 11’8 inches and Trevor Turner in the triple jump with a leap of 40’9 ¾...

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Blazer boys fall one point short of league title

The Blazers crowned four league champions, but they barely missed the league title by a mere 1.17 points to St. Thomas Aquinas last Friday night. “I am extremely proud of the grit and toughness of this team,” said Coach Brian McGee. “We made some remarkable performances. We swept the pole vault and javelin to give us a chance at the EKL league title.” Earning league titles were Mason Lumley in the high jump at 6’0 inches; freshman Teven Mckelvey in the triple jump with a leap of 44’4 inches, a school record; Dylan Wolford in the javelin with a toss of 165’8 inches his second straight league title; and Jazz Davis in the pole vault with a vault of 14’0 inches. Silver medals went to Dayton William in the high jump with a leap of 5’10 inches; Colton Goodman in the pole vault with a vault of 13’0 inches; the 400 relay team and Ryan Frank in the javelin with a toss of 161’6 inches. Bronze medalists were Sae Alcorn, a sophomore, who set a school record in the 200 meters with a time of 22.57; Matt Summerlin in the 100 meters with a time of 11.1; and Liam Sutton in the javelin with a toss of 157’10. Other notable performances came from Spencer Klaasen in the 100 meter hurdles and 300 meter hurdles; Carson Hughes in the 1600;...

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Grasser takes second

Taylor Grasser took second place in the long jump at the East Kast Kansas league meet May 12. The team took third in the standings. Photo courtesy of Brian McGee...

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SH ribbon cutting

Photo courtesy of the Spring Hill Chamber Friday, May 19, the Spring Hill Chamber of Commerce sponsored a ribbon cutting at Lee’s Front Porch Boutique, a newly opened women’s clothing, accessories and gifts store at 104 S. Main in Spring Hill. Owner, Maurya Mitchell, her family ,and representatives from the chamber are pictured...

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JCPRD presents two 50 Plus Travel Shows

Learn about upcoming travel destinations when JCPRD presents two 50 Plus Travel Shows on June 6 Join fellow travelers in search of new destinations to explore and trips to take when the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District presents two Travel Shows on June 6 at the new Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center. During these free three-hour events, participants will meeting their 50 Plus travel professionals while previewing our scheduled destinations and beautiful vacation spots.  Learn about the benefits of choosing to travel with us and see photos of our past travel experiences.  Brochures...

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FD1 purchases new gear for personnel, truck

Fire District #1 used grant money to purchase 56 air packs, 112 air bottles and 65 face pieces for their fire fighters. Photo courtesy of Rick Poppitz Rick Poppitz Special to The Gardner News Board members of Johnson County Fire District #1 met on May 9 at the New Century station and discussed new gear for firefighters, a new tender truck and a new insurance provider. Grants and donations = new gear Rob Kirk, FD#1 fire chief, told the board that the CERT group had received a $1000 donation from the city of Edgerton. He said they had a...

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Overnight fishing opportunities set for JCPRD lakes

The first of two Overnight Fishing Saturdays planned this summer at Heritage Park and Kill Creek Park, and the second of four at Shawnee Mission Park Lake are planned in June. This year’s Overnight Fishing Saturdays began in mid-May and involve nine dates and four Johnson County Park & Recreation District parks. The Heritage Park overnight fishing opportunity is June 3, the opportunity at Kill Creek Park  is June 10, and the opportunity at Shawnee Mission Park is June 24. After 11 p.m. on these respective dates, the specific park will be open strictly for fishing only, and park...

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UAC presented with updated master plans

Rick Poppitz Special to The Gardner News The Utility Advisory Commission (UAC) met in city hall council chambers on May 11 and heard presentations on updated wastewater and electric Master Plans. Wastewater Master Plan Update Gonzalo Garcia, utilities director, told UAC members that the city was adopting a Capitol Improvement Element (CIE) which will be a component of the city’s Comprehensive Plan. “It takes the comprehensive plan and looks at the future needs for the city. The document basically presents the capitol improvement projects in five year increments for a twenty year outlook,” said Garcia, “In order to prepare this document, we needed to update the Master Plans.” HDR Engineering, Inc., utility facilities planning consultants, were at the meeting to present new analysis and recommendations. In 2009, HDR was involved in developing the city’s wastewater master plan. “Since that time a number of changes have occurred. The housing boom busted and caused a slowdown in development. Also the intermodal was a big piece of the 2009 plan, and that went a different direction. So it was important to come back and redo the evaluation based on what your current growth plan is for the city” said Amanda Bagwell, HDR project engineer. Bagwell presented charts and maps detailing the city’s current collection system, potential bottlenecks and growth scenarios. Growth projections were offered for short term-5 years, mid term-10 years and...

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Blazer boys fall one point short of league title

The Blazers crowned four league champions, but they barely missed the league title by a mere 1.17 points to St. Thomas Aquinas last Friday night. “I am extremely proud of the grit and toughness of this team,” said Coach Brian McGee. “We made some remarkable performances. We swept the pole vault and javelin to give us a chance at the EKL league title.” Earning league titles were Mason Lumley in the high jump at 6’0 inches; freshman Teven Mckelvey in the triple jump with a leap of 44’4 inches, a school record; Dylan Wolford in the javelin with a toss of 165’8 inches his second straight league title; and Jazz Davis in the pole vault with a vault of 14’0 inches. Silver medals went to Dayton William in the high jump with a leap of 5’10 inches; Colton Goodman in the pole vault with a vault of 13’0 inches; the 400 relay team and Ryan Frank in the javelin with a toss of 161’6 inches. Bronze medalists were Sae Alcorn, a sophomore, who set a school record in the 200 meters with a time of 22.57; Matt Summerlin in the 100 meters with a time of 11.1; and Liam Sutton in the javelin with a toss of 157’10. Other notable performances came from Spencer Klaasen in the 100 meter hurdles and 300 meter hurdles; Carson Hughes in the 1600;...

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USD 231 Board Briefs

Board Boundary Adjustment As part of the preparations for the November 2017 board member election, notices were sent to Miami and Johnson Counties of member positions to be elected, as well as a certified copy of a map with the school board member district boundaries on April 6, 2017. Rob Schwarz with RSP, the District’s demographer, presented to the board a proposed map to address an imbalance in the population percentage of the boundaries as determined by the 2010 census. Kansas statute (K.S.A. 72 6769) requires boundary adjustments “If the population of any board member district is at least...

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Dean, Price Chopper honored by chamber

Jim Dean, retired from Central Bank, was recently named Gardner’s Citizen of the Year. Pictured are: Callie Stephens, Gardner Edgerton Chamber of Commerce chair-elect; Jim Dean, retired; Michael Blanchard, Gardner Rotary Club president; and Steve Hines, chamber chairman. The award is co-sponsored by the Gardner Rotary Club and the recipient is awarded a Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary’s highest award. In addition, Jim Dean (and his wife Connie) will serve as the Grand Marshals of the 2017 Johnson County Fair Parade. Submitted photo Jim Dean and Gardner Price Chopper were recently honored by the Gardner Edgerton Chamber of Commerce at...

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No conviction necessary to confiscate personal property

Madison Coker KU Statehouse Wire Service A bill introduced in January is sitting in The House Judiciary Committee and requires a choice between individual rights and the fight against drug trafficking, proponents and opponents say. The Judiciary Committee is an exempt committee, meaning in this final week of session it could still vote the bill through and send it on to the Senate. Other committees would have to send a bill to an all-House vote. The current session is expected to end soon. Because 2017 is the first year of a two-year bill cycle, if the committee chooses to...

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Township seeks increased funding, access study reviewed

Rick Poppitz Special to The Gardner News Gardner Township lobbied city council for an increase in support, results of an access study done by WSU were reviewed and new staff positions for 2018 were among the many items on the agenda at the May 15 Gardner city council meeting. Access survey Misty Bruckner, director of the Public Policy and Management Center at Wichita State University, presented the results and analysis of a survey on access issues. Participants were asked if the community has a responsibility to provide access – 96 percent said it does. When asked if the city of Gardner, in the past few years, had made improvement in accessibility for those with disabilities – 58 percent said that was true. Access to public buildings and parking were considered highest priority by the poll participants. “Crosswalks and sidewalks were also right at the top with this survey,” Bruckner added. Bruckner said that matches what the city is doing with priorities. “There is recognition that progress has been made,” she said in summarizing the group’s findings. Council was advised to continue reaching out with public information and continue supporting and working with the ADA Advisory Committee. Finally, Bruckner encouraged the city to keep looking for opportunity for partnerships to improve area transportation and recreation access. Gardner Township Cemetery Larry Powell, business and economic development director, provided council with some basic...

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Cannabis might forestall opioid addiction

Mac Moore KU Statehouse Wire Service he Department of Health and Human Services has declared that the U.S. is facing a opioid epidemic. A record 33,000-plus people died from opioid overdoses in 2015, 329 of whom were in Kansas, according to the CDC. State lawmakers were swift to pass legislation to combat opioid addiction in Kansas, fearing the types of full-blown crises seen in states such as West Virginia and Ohio might happen here. West Virginia had 725 opioid-related deaths in 2015, leading the nation with a rate 41.5 per 100,000. Ohio followed with rate of 29.9. Kansas has...

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Filing deadline for local elections is June 1

In 2015, the Kansas Legislature changed local elections for cities, school boards and other municipalities from the spring to the fall to coincide with the general election calendar. This year’s election cycle is the first to be impacted by the changes. The filing deadline for local office candidates is now June 1 at noon at your local county election office. This is a significant change both in the filing date and location. All candidates for municipal office are required to file with the county election officer not at city hall, as previously allowed.  The fee for filing is $20 or a nomination petition with the proper number of signatures (to determine the number of signatures needed, check with the city clerk). The Kansas League of Municipalities encourages participation in local government and want the necessary information to be available for those interested in running for public office in their city, county or local school board. An individual seeking municipal office must be “a qualified elector,” meaning at the time of the election the person must be a registered vote in the city and/or ward if the city is divided into districts. “Running for office is a worthwhile and rewarding endeavor,” said Erik Sartorius League executive director. “Public service is one of the most honorable tasks a citizen can undertake. Those who rise to the challenge of leadership, particularly at...

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Wait sets new league pole vault and 100 meter records

Kendra Wait reset the Frontier league eighth grade pole vault records at 10’7” and won the 100 meters in a time of 12.59 to win gold last week in Spring Hill. Wait also teamed with Morgan Smith, Kylie Moorehouse and Chloe Hardeman to set a new league 1600 relay time of 4:29.1. She concluded her day with a second place finish in the shot put. Lauren Havlik finished second in the 100 meter hurdles and Lindsay Bolen took third in the pole vault. All told, Pioneer Ridge finished third in the team standings. The seventh grade girls took seventh. Bri Gault took second in the 800 meters and Kyndace Gordan was third in the 1600...

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Tovkach leads Blazer golf charge

Senior Trystan Tovkach led the Blazers golf charge on the final leg of the EKL series at Iron Horse last week. Tovkach carded an 81, shooting nine over and finished two shots off sixth place in the EKL standings. Besides Tovkach, Trevor Hilliker shot a respectable 92 on a tough course. “Trevor has improved all year long to shoot a 92 on this course is good,” said Coach Chris Lutz. Other Blazers competing were Garrett Glover, Hunter Skeens and Coby...

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USD 231 to redraw boundaries, republish special ed budget

From left: Amy Bybee, principal, and Gerica Bankson, teacher, from Grand Star Elementary; Shelly Serrioz, administrative secretary, and Linda Miesner, principal, from Pioneer Ridge Middle School. Bankson and Serrioz were recognized as USD 231 Shining Stars for the fourth quarter. Photo courtesy of Rick Poppitz Rick Poppitz Special to The Gardner News USD 231 Board of Education met on May 15 and considered realigning district boundaries and an increase in special education budget fund. In addition, Gerica Bankson, teacher at Grand Star Elementary and Shelly Serrioz, administrative secretary at Pioneer Ridge Middle School, were recognized as USD 231 Shining...

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Chat-Fest on the Trails

Saturday, June 10, 2017, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm Kramer Hall at the First Baptist Church 324 East Shawnee, Gardner, Kansas To All Distinguished Citizens of Gardner, Edgerton, Gardner/McCamish Townships and USD #231 You are cordially invited to the “Chat-Fest on the Trails”, to continue the fellowship that we have all enjoyed annually since the Sesquicentennial Celebration in 2007. This event is open to all those who want to chat with other Distinguished Citizens about area & family history. Dust off your Distinguished Citizen Buttons from previous years, if you have them. New ones will be available for those who would like one. Light refreshments will be provided by the Gamma Xi Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi. Displays, pictures and videos provided by the Gardner Historical Museum and Museum souvenirs will be available for sale. A display celebrating GFWC Athena Club’s 95th Anniversary will be featured at this year’s Chat Fest. The Athena Club was organized on December 6, 1922, and federated with GFWC in February, 1923. The display will feature photographs, memorabilia, yearbooks and other items from Athena Club’s history in Gardner. We hope to see you at this event, which is held in conjunction with Gardner’s “Festival on the Trails”. Visit the Museum’s “Wedding Gowns & History of Gardner Families” exhibit before or after the “Chat-Fest”, as it will be open 10 am to 4 pm on...

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