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Lions Club Pancake Breakfast set for Aug. 7

The Gardner Lions Club is planning a pancake breakfast before the annual Johnson County Fair Parade on Aug. 7. “We’re cooking for you on parade day, so come on over. Eat a great meal, chat with family friends and neighbors and then go enjoy a fantastic parade. How could a person have a more pleasant way to spend a Saturday morning? Your support of the Pancake Breakfast helps us to continue support to many, many needs and projects throughout the Gardner community.” Lions Club member Evans Dunlap said. The Lions will be serving the traditional pancake breakfast from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Aug. 7 at the Sacred Heart Parish Center at 122 E. Warren St. in Gardner. The breakfast will be an “all-you-can-eat” menu featuring pancakes, sausage, ham and a drink. The meal cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children under 10. Kids under the age of two eat for free. To save a dollar on an adult meal, see the Lions ad in the Gardner News or online at eclubhouse.org/sites/GardnerKS. Dunlap said residents should check out the website to learn more about the Lions Club. “Browse through the various categories such as upcoming events projects and pictures, and of course, we are always interested in hearing from someone who may be interested in becoming a...

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Huffman grabs gold at Sunflower Games

Deloyn Huffman, 75, of Gardner, continues to dominate the senior track and field circuit. Huffman brought back six gold medals from the Sunflower Games, July 17. He won first place in the 100, 200, 400, 800, 1500, and 3,000 meter races at the Hummer Sports Complex in Topeka. Huffman will now take a break before returning to Topeka in late September for the Kansas Sr. Olympic...

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Drive-in theater keeps memories alive

Corbin H. Crable [email protected] It’s been called one of the best-kept secrets in the area, but on some busy Friday or Saturday nights, you wouldn’t know it by looking at the crowds. The Midway Drive-In Theatre is a member of an endangered species – it is only one of 12 drive-ins still in operation in the state of Kansas, and one of an estimated 500 remaining in the United States. But co-owner Ann Dimoush of Rantoul and her husband Paul say they enjoy being able to offer low-cost entertainment to movie lovers. They’ve been doing it for the past four years, after all. “I retired from the Franklin County Courthouse and had been there 22 years,” Ann said. “And I missed people. The former owners (of the theater) called and asked if I would come and work the ticket booth, and I just got into it. When it came up for sale, we bought it.” The drive-in, located between Paola and Osawatomie, had already changed hands several times since it opened on May 13, 1952, when the year’s top movies included the classic western “High Noon” with Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly, and the wildly popular musical “Singin’ in the Rain” with Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds. Ann and Paul said they wished to continue to offer area residents with the chance to watch their favorite movies under the...

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Starling’s arm, bat help Team USA win

Gardner’s Bubba Starling continues to play a key role in the Team USA National baseball team’s winning ways. On July 14, Starling pitched a scoreless inning of relief helping Team USA defeat the Chaska Cubs 8-3 at Chaska Athletic Park in Chaska, Minn. On July 15, Starling laced a double off the right centerfield wall and scored on an RBI line drive from Brian Ragira. His effort helped Team USA to a 7-3 win versus the Minnetonka Millers at Veterans Field in Minnetonka, Minn. The 18-under National team, now 9-0, will play nine more exhibition games versus area Minnesota all-star teams and international opponents before embarking on the 2010 AAA-18-u World Championships from July 23-Aug....

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City outlines effect of potential mill increase on specific properties

Corbin H. Crable [email protected] The Gardner City Council, at a July 19 work session, received a glimpse of how the proposed 6.5 mill increase for 2011 would impact specific local homeowners. City Administrator Stewart Fairburn gave council members a handout that detailed how much specific property owners would pay if the increase were to go into effect for fiscal year 2011. Each homeowner and residence was only identified by a letter. “Some of you are on (this list), and some of you are not,” Fairburn told council members. One home that was appraised at $231,300 in 2009, for instance, has dropped to $212,600 this year – a change of $18,700, or 8 percent. That homeowner paid $655 in city taxes per year in 2010, but if the mill rate were to increase, that amount would rise to $760 – a change of $106 per year, or $9 per month. Fairburn said council members should operate under the assumption that valuation in 2011 would remain flat and finally see a 4 percent increase beginning in 2016. The governing body also received similar information for unidentified, specific commercial properties, listed only as “medium retail,” “convenience store,” “industrial,” “large retail” and “office.” The industrial property listed was appraised at $1,264,000 in 2009 and at $1,082,000 a year later, a drop of $182,000, or 14 percent. That business paid $7,775 in city taxes...

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New principal gets ready for upcoming school year

Corbin H. Crable [email protected] Although USD 231 students may not be ready to go back to school just yet, there’s at least one person who’s ready and waiting for their return – the new principal at Edgerton Elementary. Principal Nancy Woolery has been hard at work this summer making the transition from school counselor to her current position. Woolery, who has worked at the school for 15 years, replaces Sharon Buffington, the school’s longtime principal who retired this month. Woolery took over as principal on July 14. New and returning students alike will have the chance to meet Woolery at an open enrollment period for the school. That will take place at all USD 231 schools from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 22. Aug. 12 is the first day of classes for the school district. “I’ve just been delving into the administrative aspects of the job and familiarizing myself with the budget,” Woolery said. “We had to hire a new counselor and a new computer teacher and a new long-term (substitute teacher), as one of our teachers had a baby this summer.” Woolery said she plans to be at the open enrollment period all day on July 22, but she’s looking forward to interacting with the students and their parents. “I am anxious and excited anticipating enrollment on Thursday,” she said. “That’s going to be a fun...

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Edgerton mulls subsidizing city’s trash services

Corbin H. Crable [email protected] If the Edgerton City Council has its way, Edgerton residents may be paying less for trash services next year. The council, at its July 15 work session, discussed subsidizing the city’s trash services in 2011, from anywhere between 50 to 100 percent. Money to fund the project would come from the $615,000 the city will receive in property taxes from the annexation of KCP&L’s peak generating facility. If the city decides to forego trash subsidization, another money-saving option for Edgerton residents would be to decrease the city’s mill levy by 2 mills. At 42.8930, the city’s mill rate is well above the county’s rate of 17.7160 and Gardner’s rate of 24.606. One mill equals $9,250 per year. But council member Jody Brown said he was hesitant to advocate for a mill levy decrease since it will be affected by the intermodal. “If we lower the mill levy, we’ll get less from the KC Logistics Park,” he said. “I’m all for lowering the mill levy, but I don’t think this is the right time.” Council member Ken Gillespie said he wants to see the city subsidize trash services instead, since that would be a savings that would be the same for all residents and not based on a home’s assessed valuation. The average home in Edgerton has an assessed valuation of $127,000, and the average homeowner...

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Safety awareness event set for this weekend

There will be a community  Safety Awareness Day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 24, 2010 in the funeral home parking lot at 105 E. Loula St., Olathe.  The event is free and open to the public.  Adults and children of all ages are encouraged to attend and lunch will be provided. Participating organizations will provide safety information, give-a-ways, tips and demonstrations.  In addition to the Olathe Fire Dept. and the Olathe Police Dept. presentations on fire and public safety along with McGruff the crime dog, the Highway Patrol will conduct inspections of car seats to ensure they are properly installed, the Masons of Olathe will conduct fingerprinting and photo identification for children, MAST will conduct response safety precaution...

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People in your neighborhood: Linda Kroll Rogers

Linda is the new director of the Spring Hill Multi-Service Center.  She had previously  worked with the Gardner Multi-Service Center for the past five and a half years and prior to that spent 15 years with Catholic Charities in Olathe.  Through Catholic Charities she helped assist the outlying multi-service centers in De Soto, Gardner and Spring Hill. Linda has resided in Spring Hill for the past two years. She has just become the owner of a new Boxer puppy named Bella, and also has a 7-year-old mixed breed named Gracie. Linda is the proud mom of three grown children: Justin, Laura and Andrew.  The apples of her eye, though, are her grandchildren: Grand, age two; Addie, 18 months; and Asher, three months old. Favorite movie of all time:  “An Affair to Remember,” both the old version and the remake. Favorite music:  “Old movie soundtracks — well, old to all you young folks, but not so old for me!” Dream job:  “I already have my dream job.  I consider myself very lucky to work with some great people and to be able to help families that are struggling.  I have a job that doesn’t just earn a paycheck but it gives me the opportunity to make a difference in the world, one little piece at a time.” Motto you live you life by:  “I think my mottos to live by...

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Prairie Punisher volunteers wanted

The Gardner Parks and Recreation Department is seeking volunteers for the ninth annual Prairie Punisher Duathlon and 5k on July 24. The duathlon and 5K will be held at Celebration Park. The duathlon includes a 5K run, followed by a 34.5K bike ride and concludes with second 5K run. There will be separate 5K walk and run in conjunction with the event, which benefits the Special Olympics program. Volunteers help direct competitors on the course and cheer them on. All volunteers will receive a t-shirt and breakfast before and after the race. Volunteer check-in starts at 6:15 a.m. on July 24 with the event expected to conclude around 10 a.m. Those interested in volunteering can call Jason Bruce, Recreation Supervisor, at (913)856-0936,...

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Get Fit Gardner – Quit Making Excuses

Get Fit Gardner Cory Adams, Community Contributor – Gardner Resident Fitness Expert Quit Making Excuses and Get Motivated As a Personal Trainer and Fitness Boot Camp Instructor  you can image the amount of excuses I have heard throughout the years.  I understand its part of the job so I  don’t look to much into them.  A lot of my job as a trainer is to keep people accountable and to motivate.  But you need to understand that most of the time Excuses are just well planned lies.  Most of the time its just that we are to dang lazy...

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Johnson County Fair set for Aug. 2-7

It’s almost fair time in Gardner. The Johnson County Fair will run Aug. 2-7. Admission to the fairgrounds is free and includes entry into many events. This year’s fair promises to be “Wild ‘n Wooly.” Fun events on store for everyone to enjoy include a four foot plywood sheep silhouette decorating contest, a sheep coloring contest, mutton bingo, wool spinning demonstrations, and “Dancing with Ewe” Thursday evening on the Memorial Stage where you can learn the country two-step and line dance the night away. The Johnson County Fair features a wide variety of fun, family entertainment and includes an open youth rodeo, amateur flat track races, demolition derby, bull blast and barrel racing, carnival rides, a wide assortment of exhibits and booths, and nightly entertainment on the Midway Stage. Admission tickets for main events may be purchased onsite. Main fair activities kick off Tuesday, Aug. 3, with the arrival of entries by 4-H and open participants. County fair is a big part of the Johnson County K-State Research and Extension 4-H program’s success. Fair is the time for youth and families to not only compete, but to celebrate another year’s work and accomplishment. The carnival rides open at 5p.m. Tuesday. Family Fun Night begins at 6p.m. Also on tap that night are the dog show and 4-H and open class food auction. Be sure to bring the kids and...

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4-H’ers participate in county rocket launch

Christopher Elfin Club Reporter Rockets blasted off at 3 p.m. on Sunday June 27 at the Johnson County Fairgrounds in Gardner. Members of various Johnson County 4-H participated in the county rocket launch. These rockets will be entered in the Johnson County fair in August. In preparation for the county rocket launch, several members of the Great Plains 4-H club met at the Lackman Library for classes led by fellow member, Zach Nason. At these meetings they learned how to build their own...

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Prairie Star 4-H

Anthony Deters Club Reporter The monthly meeting of the Prairie Star 4H club was held June 14, 2010 at the Jo. County Fairgrounds. The meeting was called to order by President, Dewey Molenda.  Pledges were led by Sean Singer and Anthony Deters.  Roll call was “What are your summer vacation plans?”  It was answered by 14 members. We had one new guest, Kaden Nickelson.  The minutes from the last meeting were read by Macy Loring and stand approved as read.   Anthony Deters reported that he has turned in the minutes of the last meeting.   Haylee Burk gave the treasurer’s report and we have $339.08. Kim Loring gave the community leaders report and wanted to remind everyone of the day camp June 28.  She also reminded members that if they are showing livestock at the fair a new shirt needs to be ordered since they have changed the color.  The order needs to be to Sue Pio by July 15.  The paper entries for the fair need to be mailed by July 15 and the online entries need to be done by July 28.  Gardner’s Farmer’s market has asked our club to be ambassadors.  Any member wanting to help needs to show up at 4 at the market and you will be assigned a vendor to help customers carry packages to their cars.  Members were reminded to wear their Prairie...

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University updates

Vincent Nquyen, Gardner, was named to the Dean’s List at William Jewell College for the 2010 spring semester.  Nquyen was a senior nursing major during the spring semester. Allison O’Leary, Gardner, was named to the Dean’s List at William Jewell College for the 2010 spring semester.  O’Leary was a junior English and education major. Yemisrach Mekuria Adefris, Gardner, was named a candidate for degree in the Rockhurst University centennial year commencement ceremony.  Adefris received a bachelor of arts in Psychology. Michael Strnad, Gardner, was named as a graduate for the spring semester at Baker University.  Strnad received a bachelor of...

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Merchants say Moonlight construction has not affected business levels

Veronica Mullin [email protected] The construction on Moonlight Road has done much to annoy some Gardner residents and drivers, but it hasn’t seemed to affect the way they spend their time and money. Most of the shops and services located in Moonlight Plaza have surprisingly seen little to no change in their business patterns, according to some business owners. The object of the construction is to widen Moonlight from two to four lanes. In the process a lot of pavement has been torn up, including many street-side driveways. Left behind are deep dips for drivers to ease their cars through...

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Gardner Bandits win tourney title

Posting a perfect 11-0 record, the Gardner Bandits 11-12 girls softball squad recently won first place in the Gardner Parks & Recreation summer league. “We hit well all season and scored a lot of runs,” said Coach Steve Adamson, whose team averaged 17 runs per game. “I was real proud of the effort.” Adamson had help in assistants Dean Gilner and Dave Johnson. They worked with a group consisting of Jaclyn Adamson, Cassidy Androff, Sara Coble, Nikki Drake, Chelsie Gilner, Sarah Gilner, Abbie Lane, Kelsey Leffert, Delaney States, Abby Weems, and Metayah Whitman. Due to prior commitments, the team was unable to participate in the post-season league...

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Area woman finishes work on new book about rural schools

Corbin H. Crable [email protected] Although many of Johnson County’s rural schoolhouses are no longer standing, Spring Hill resident Tressa Stone has done her best to make sure they’re not forgotten. Stone recently completed work on her new book, “Rural Schools of Johnson County,” after months of research and drawing upon her own knowledge of county schools long gone. Stone said the book includes a wealth of information on the county’s 100 one-room schools, including newspaper articles, first-hand accounts of studying and teaching in the county’s rural schools, and photos of those buildings and the students who inhabited them. The...

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Kutak Rock official explains IRB benefits to city

Corbin H. Crable [email protected] The city of Edgerton’s costs in preparing for the approval of the issuance of $500 million in industrial revenue bonds for the KC Logistics Park have been minimal, according to at least one official involved with the deal. Scott Anderson, bond counsel from Kutak Rock LLC, said the city of Edgerton will pay Municipal Partners a total of $250 for the cost benefit analysis associated with the project. That $250 is a reimbursable expense for the city, he added. “All (the firm) did was input the data into a program,” Anderson said. Edgerton City Administrator David Dillner said that fee has not yet been paid. But those numbers have been disputed by more than one organization. At last week’s Edgerton City Council meeting, USD 231 Superintendent Bill Gilhaus said the analysis calculates financial impact based on a decadelong growth of 182 students in the school district, while USD 231’s own growth estimate is 458 students over the next 10 years. Patrick Robinson of the Allen Group also disputed Kutak Rock’s estimates of growth in the school district but did not elaborate. Anderson, speaking with The Gardner News on July 13, said Kutak Rock is paid for its services off the cost of the issuance of the bonds, and that the company is paid based on what it calls ‘basis points,’ which represent one one-hundredth of...

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