Author: Gardner News

Gardner may receive funding for runoff

Low lying ground, inadequate cross road drainage and rains combine to create standing water problems near 175th and US 56 Hwy. In heavy rain, water flows west along 175th past Waverly and accumulates. At a recent Gardner City Council meeting, residents voiced frustration with the issue. The area is within the Kill Creek watershed, according to Michael Kramer, director of public works. “We (city) completed a storm water study of this area, developed engineering solutions, and continue to work towards funding of final design and construction,” Kramer said. The city recently applied to the Johnson County Stormwater Management Program to fund improvements at the 175th and Waverly intersection. “The project was approved for future funding but the county has not finalized the schedule for those funds – it could be as early as 2018 or 2019,” Kramer...

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Barnyard Olympics

Connor Hecke, Spring Hill High School senior, talks to sixth graders about the importance of agriculture.  The Spring Hill Middle School sixth graders had the opportunity to make ice cream in a bag, participate in Barnyard Olympics games and learn about animals. They went on a horse drawn hayride, drove the combine cab simulator, learned about different types of plants, saw bees and honey, watched agility dogs work, saw poultry, goats, beef and rabbits. Southwest Dairy showed the students how milk gets from the cow to the carton.  Students collected more than 300 cans of food for the food...

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Airport board discusses demolition bids, upcoming events

Michael Kramer, public works director, discusses project bids for structure demolition at Gardner Municipal Airport with members of the Airport Advisory Board, in a meeting at the Gardner Senior Center on May 8. Photo courtesy of Rick Poppitz Rick Poppitz Special to The Gardner News The Airport Advisory Board reviewed the Airport Layout Plan, fuel farm status and financials at the May 8 meeting. Bids for the demolition of structures on newly acquired property and plans for acquiring more property also were shared with the board. Demolition bids Michael Kramer, public works director, told the board that the city...

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5k Festival of Trails registration nears

It’s time to register for the Festival Color Run 5K as part of the Festival on the Trails two-day extravaganza June 9 and June 10. The 5K run/walk will take place on June 10 and will begin and end in historic downtown Gardner.. Register online at...

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OUR VIEW: The world awaits the graduates of Gardner Edgerton, Spring Hill High Schools

High school graduates, there is one thing we hope you have learned during your 12 years of school: Take nothing for granted and know that life is never about what you did yesterday, but your worth is measured only by what you do today and tomorrow. Gardner Edgerton High School and Spring Hill High School will conduct their graduation ceremonies soon, and between the two schools in excess of 500 local students will graduate. We congratulate the graduates of both school districts who completed the required courses despite the sometimes-unimaginable obstacles and controversies placed upon them. We salute the teachers and the administration staffs for their perseverance in keeping the students on track. We look at the Class of 2017 and see all the good things these young people have accomplished these past 12 years. We applaud them for their work in school, their drive to participate in extra curricular activities, and their willingness to give back to their communities. The high school graduates of today are no different than those who graduated five, 10, even 30 years ago. Yes, society and the world have changed. We are confident, the graduates of 2016 will go out into the world, whether attending colleges, trade schools, joining the military or going directly into the work force, and they will succeed and do what it takes to make this country and this...

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Dates set for Edgerton garage sale, clean up day

Edgerton’s annual garage sale is May 13, and clean up day is May 20. To register a garage sale for publication at city hall and on www.edgertonks.org, please contact city hall at 913.893.6231 by 4:30 p.m. on May 10. Items for city wide clean up day must be curbside no later than 7 a.m. on May 20. Residents that need assistance with disposing items and/or yard cleanup tasks should contact city hall by 4:30 p.m. on May 16. Items that can be placed curbside: Appliances without CFCs: washer • dryer • water heater; furniture; carpet; and construction debris Items that can be taken to other locations: Household hazardous waste, including antifreeze, oil, paints, and chemicals can be disposed of by appointment only at the City of Olathe Public Works Department located at 1420 S. Robinson Dr. To make an appointment, please call 913.971.9311. Only glass food and beverage containers can be dropped off at Cosentino’s Price Chopper located at 830 E. Main St. Glass items such as windows, mirrors, safety glass and light bulbs are not accepted. Items that can be dropped off at Edgerton public works: These items may be dropped off at Edgerton Public Works Department (710 E. Nelson) on May 20, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Appliances with CFCs: refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners. There is a charge for tires and motor oil; batteries; brush –...

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USD 231 to offer ImPACT Testing for athletes

Once again, USD 231 is offering Immediate Post Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing (ImPACT) for student athletes.  ImPACT testing sessions will be held in the Advanced Technical Center at Gardner Edgerton High School on Monday, May 22, from 3 to 7 pm, and Wednesday, Aug. 9, from 3 to 7 pm.  Students entering 8th, 10th, or 12th grade who took the ImPACT baseline test last year do not need to take it again this year. ImPACT testing is a neurocognitive assessment of how the brain is functioning at rest.  ImPACT is considered a reliable tool to utilize beginning at...

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Certified

On April 22nd a group of 8 members of Kansas Squad #1 of the Lutheran Early Response Team (LERT) travelled to Urbana Ill. to participate in the Illinois Central Region Chain Saw training. After four hours of intense classroom instruction, each member had to be field certified by successfully completing a task using a chain saw. Trinity Lutheran Church, Urbana generously hosted the event and provided housing for those traveling from Kansas. Pictured: are Sally and Mike Crain from Faith Lutheran in Ottawa; Mark Trivilino, Randy Pettit, Bob Lowe, Rich Hughley and Dale Melancon from King of Kings Lutheran...

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Blazer boys track team fourth at Shawnee Mission North relays

LEFT: Senior Jazz Davis cleared 14’ in the pole vault” to place second at the Shawnee Mission North relays last week. The boys placed fourth in the team standings. RIGHT: Trent Cochran placed first in the 3200 meter race in the Shawnee Mission North relays in a new school record time of 9;34. The boys placed fourth in the 43 team invitational. Photos courtesy of Brian McGee Scoring their most points ever at the Shawnee Mission Relays, the Blazer boys’ track team brought back a fourth place finish last week. When the dust settled, GEHS placed fourth ahead of Shawnee Mission Northwest for the first time this year. It was the Blazers highest finish ever at North. Leading the way was Trent Cochran who took gold and set a new school record in the 3200 with a time of 9:34.07. He beat the old record of 9:35 set by Mitch Loring. “Trent went into this meet with one goal-a school record- and he accomplished that,” said Coach Brian McGee. Silver medals went to Dylan Wolford who threw the javelin a personal record distance of 184’6 inches and Jazz Davis cleared 14’0 inches in the pole vault. A bronze medal went to Colton Goodman who cleared a personal record 14’. All told, GEHS scored 52 points and Leavenworth took first with 65, STA followed with 62 and Shawnee Mission North...

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Edgerton resident on liver transplant list; donations sought

Fellowship Bible Church in Gardner had a parking lot full of yard sale items on the weekend of May 6. This sale was a fundraiser for Pier Cappelatti of Edgerton, who is in need of a liver transplant. If you missed the sale but would like to donate, go to www.transplants.org, click on ‘Find an NFT Patient’ and then enter his name. Photos courtesy of Rick Poppitz Rick Poppitz Special to The Gardner News Pier Cappelatti, 61, has lived in Edgerton for 36 years and loves the small town. He and his wife Kelly raised their four kids in...

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OPEN HOUSE FUN

There was an open house on May 6 at Fire District #1’s New Century station, hosted by Mike Brown, District 6 County Commissioner. Med-Act, the sheriff’s department, K-State and Johnson County Parks and Recreation also participated in the event. The open house was a hit with the kids, who got to meet firefighters, paramedics and law enforcement officers, including Calvin Hayden, sheriff, and Rob Kirk, FD1 fire chief. FD1 also had an area set up for the kids to get hands on experience with a fire hose, and they all got an up close look at the fire trucks...

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Comet Tech 4-H

Seth Gunkel Club reporter Comet Tech 4-H Club began their monthly meeting with a science experiment led by Trent Eisele. The experiment, called “Time Out” involved making an hour glass from two recycled water bottles and sand. By adding sand to one of the bottles, then taping both together, the members of the club worked in pairs to time how long it took for the sand to run from one bottle to the other. This gave the young engineers a base time. That time didn’t take long, so they needed to devise ways to slow it down. The young engineers decided to add rocks to the sand filled bottle and time them again to see if it took a little longer to run from one bottle to the next. Engineers need a slower device than the initial timer and the rocks were successful. Next, they were to get the sand to run through the bottles with more precision, so they timed their bottles over and over for consistency. Overall, it was a fun engineering...

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What the world needs a little bit more of

Joan Dorsey Columnist Well what goes around comes around. a fine gentleman in our community passed last week, and i didn’t know until today. I was wrapped up in my own drama and not in the office. We received a letter to the editor about this man and his family, and it brought back memories to me. Small town Gardner back in the 60’s. We had three teachers for each grade level. If I remember right seems like we had always at least 20 some kids in the class. Sometimes as many as 28. Teachers did recess, lunch and were generally anywhere those kids were. We were Mrs., or Mr. so and so’s class. We were expected to respect our teacher and do our best and not embarrass them by acting out. This is just the way it was. I still have bits and pieces of things we made in school. One was a booklet from maybe first grade. The assignment was to use each letter of the alphabet in a sentence and draw a picture to go with the sentence. I am sure I procrastinated on this as I did everything else. My letter E was for Eddie. It said Eddie was nice. Eddie was born with Down Syndrome. He was in our grade in school. We didn’t know about inclusion or about non inclusion in school. We...

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Annual City Wide Garage Sale

This huge yard sale in the 500 block of East Main Street was one of hundreds participating in Gardner’s annual City-Wide Garage Sale on May 6, 2017. Sellers were blessed with perfect spring weather which filled our streets with thousands of treasure hunters from throughout the area to Gardner. Photo courtesy of Jerry Kellogg...

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Miami County farm tour planned for May

The Louisburg Cider Mill will be hosting live milking demonstrations provided via the Southwest Dairy Farmers’ Mobile Dairy Classroom on May 13. Demonstrations will take place at 10 a.m., noon, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. About half of the stops on this year’s Miami County farm tour are new. All stops will be open to visitors 9.am. to 4 p.m. May 13 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 14. Information about the tour is available online at www.MICOFarmTour.com. Submitted photo One half of the 14 stops on this year’s Miami County Farm Tour May 13-14 are new to...

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Huskies win Frontier League championship

Using balanced scoring, the Trailridge Middle School Huskies boys 8th grade track team won the Frontier league title at Spring Hill last week. The boys avenged their 10 point loss to Spring Hill from a year ago winning the title by 34 .5 points. Jack Lott led the way. He won the 400 meters in 57.7; the 800 meters in 2:13.9; and the 1600 meters in 4:50.98. He also teamed with Zach Barnett, Jhoab Orta and Tyler Halbrook to win the sprint medley. The other gold belonged to the 1600 meter relay team of Caleb Calvin, Matthew Limer, Drew Cassida and Kellen Kueser in 3:59.8. The eighth grade girls finished ninth as a team. Earning bronze medals were Brandy Njogu with a 100 hurdle time of 19.17. The seventh grade boys brought back a second place finish behind host Spring Hill. John Ahrens led the way with a gold medal 100 meter time of 12.59. The other gold went to the 1600 relay of Lucas Anderson, Blake Moore, Sergio Velasquez and Zach Collins in 4:22.1. The seventh grade girls took third place behind Eudora and Spring Hill. As a team, the girls brought home three new team records and one new league record. The new league record went to the sprint medley team of Kelsey Morales-Mercedd, Katie Thompson, Gracen Mealman and Fernanda Martinez in a time of 2:03.77. They...

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Blazers baseball squad loses twice

Battling till the end, the Blazer boys’ varsity baseball team dropped a heartbreaking 9-8 EKL decision at Blue Valley West last week. Despite the loss, the Blazers collected nine hits. Dayvin Johnson had a two RBI homerun and Chris Davidson had three RBI’s. “The kids hit well and competed till the last out,” said Coach Ryan Plankenhorn. “I was real proud of the effort.” At home, May 6, the Blazers cracked out 13 hits, but still lost an 11-9 decision to Shawnee Mission West. Dayvin Johnson was 3-4 with a grand...

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Spring Hill High School students honored

Forty-four Kansas high school seniors have been named 2017 Kansas Career and Technical Education (CTE) Scholars, the Kansas State Department of Education announced April 18. Two Spring Hill High School students were included in the list: Haylee Hitchens and Lauren Joeckel. The Kansas CTE Scholar program is an opportunity to recognize well-rounded outstanding CTE students who are finishing their senior year of high school. This is the first year for the initiative. Students have to be a high school senior and meet the following criteria to be selected as a scholar: Have earned or presently enrolled in 3.0 or more CTE credits; Provide documentation of technical skill attainment.; Have a CTE Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.5 or better in CTE coursework. ; Demonstrated leadership.; Demonstrated community engagement. ; Have professional learning experiences.; Provide a career vision summary statement. Scholars will receive a commemorative pin, special certificate and statewide...

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Tribute to a friend

An iconic member of our community has passed away. Irvin Kneedler lived to celebrate his 94th birthday. Irv lived in Gardner most of his life. He and his wife Nellie had four children, two girls Pam and Pattie and two boys, Ed and John. Ed and John were both Down Syndrome children. The whole family was dedicated to helping Ed and John develop into respected members of the community., The result was outstanding. Irvin was one of the builders of new homes inn the area. He was expert at his craft. He was admired for his ability to complete each task and make it appear easy. Everyone who knew him considered him a friend. I was one of those. To those of us who believe and have faith in an afterlife one can only imagine the joyful reunion with Nellie, Ed and John. We will all miss him but are happy that he has moved on. A friend, Homer...

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Lady Blazers celebrate senior night with double header sweep of BVN

The Lady Blazers varsity softball squad celebrated senior night with an impressive doubleheader sweep of Blue Valley North last week. GEHS won game one 13-3 and the nightcap 14-4. Both games were shortened to five innings. Seniors recognized were Abby Cox, Sydney Deitz, Mikayla Galvin, Cassidy Greer, Malibu McIntire, Kennedy Meyer Cede Miller and Shyanne McGown. “We had eight awesome seniors on the varsity team for four years,” said Coach Joanne Calvin. “With the help of their teammates, the seniors have had some outstanding accomplishments in their years at GEHS.” Abby Cox got the pitching win in the 13-3 game one decision. Lauren Lundy was the winning pitcher in game two. For the doubleheader, Galvin went 3-4 with four walks. Sydney Deitz went 4-4 with three walks and Ivy Brewer was 3-7 with a walk and five RBI’s. Ivy drove in the winning runs in both run rule games. “In both games everyone in the lineup reached base and scored at least twice,” added...

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