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BALDWIN SCENE Baldwin City Chamber of Commerce members gathered for the organization’s annual awards banquet Saturday at Stony Point Hall to socialize and honor the achievement of its members during the past 12 months.

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Dave McFarlane, of McFarlane Aviation at the Vinland Valley Aerodrome, accepts the award for the Baldwin City Chamber of Commerce’s Business of the Year at the chamber’s annual awards banquet Saturday.

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Linda Ballinger receives the Community Service Award from Chamber President Greg Kruger.

Scott Schultz, owner of ComfortCare Homes of Baldwin City with his wife, Linda, accepts the chamber’s new business Horizon Award.

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Sunflower water source would cost same as city’s current rate, engineer says BY ELVYN JONES EJONES@THEWORLDCO.INFO

An engineer with the firm hired to perform a feasibility study on a proposed water cooperative told the Baldwin City Council on Feb. 20 it appeared the city could purchase water from that source at about the same rate it was currently pays. Tony O’Malley of the Larkin Group gave the council a briefing on a feasibility study reviewing Baldwin City, De Soto, Wellsville and Douglas Country Rural Water District No. 4 purchasing water from the jointly owned water treatment plant on the closed Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant. The four jurisdictions and equal voting members in the Sunflower Public Water Utility Authority paid for the feasibility, which the authority’s board approved last month. The study found $16.7 million in improvements were needed for the Sunflower plant and its well field to supply all four jurisdictions, although De Soto has already made some of the upgrades. About half of that cost would be for a distribution line that would connect the Sunflower plant to Baldwin City’s pump station about 6 miles north of the city. The arduous task of securing the easements for that nearly 16-mile-long water distribution line would prevent the Sunflower authority from supplying Baldwin City and Wellsville with water before 2015, O’Malley said. The study recommends a less direct route to the pump station that makes use of a new De Soto water line to the north because it offered opportunities for increase water sales in the future to Douglas County RWD No. 4 and Eudora, O’Malley said. Water from the plant would cost the jurisdictions from $$3.56 to $4.21 per 1,000 gallons in 2015, depending on how the needed improvements were financed and how much the water plant’s current owner, De Soto, would be compensated for

the treatment plant and well fields, easements and leases that go with it. All debt would be retired with the only income available to the authority, the sale of water. O’Malley said financing options being considered were 30-year revenue bonds, a combination of revenue bonds and the use of a state revolving fund — which would have a lower rate but only a 20-year term — and a final option that would increase revenue bond payments as debt was retired. O’Malley said that range was not that much different from the $3.83 Baldwin City currently pays Lawrence for 1,000 gallons of water. The four jurisdictions would enjoy a number of advantages as members of the utility, O’Malley said. Among those advantages were: • The utility would not go into direct competition with Baldwin City for retail customers. • There would be no rate of return paid to a middleman or supplier. • The portion of water rates dedicated to funding future maintenance or improvements would directly benefit the utility. • The utility’s one member/one vote and equal water rate organizational structure. • Cost control from the ability to control future expansion based on growth. Benefits particular to Baldwin included: • Ending the purchase of water from Clinton Lake and the cost increases that are coming from that source to pay for expensive maintenance of Kansas reservoirs. • The Sunflower utility’s connection to the Baldwin City pump station would end the city’s need to maintain the problematic water line through the Baker Wetlands. At the conclusion of O’Malley’s presentation, Councilman Shane Starkey said the Sunflower authority would seem to benefit the city in the long run because the control it would give the city in establishing water rates. But, he wondered what it

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The clarifiers at the water treatment plant at the closed Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant would be reconditioned as part of the improvements a proposed water authority, which would include Baldwin City, would make at the facility.

would mean in the short term. That, O’Malley said, would depend on what Baldwin City could negotiate with its other option for future water supply, the city of Lawrence. But O’Malley, city public works director Bill Winegar and City Administrator Chris Lowe said water from Lawrence would increase regardless of any agreement the city negotiated with Lawrence. The reason is the Kansas Water Office’s fee for lake water use. Currently, Baldwin City’s current contract with the state

requires a 10-cent payment for every 1,000 gallons taken from the lake. When the city’s contract with the state expires in 2025, the rate could increase to as much as a $1 per 1,000, Winegar said. “Bottom line, water rates are going to increase with either option,” Lowe said. The authority board has asked Baldwin City to make a decision about joining water utility in the next 60 days. As part of that process, the council will have its own independent review of the feasibility study’s findings.

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A decrease in residential values in Baldwin City could force hikes in mill levies for some special funds, but that doesn’t necessarily translate into a higher tax bill for property owners. Douglas County Appraiser Steven Miles said 2012 notices of valuations would be mailed on Wednesday to Douglas County homeowners. Two-thirds of county residential property owners will see a decline in valuations, he said. Baldwin City had the county’s steepest decline in residential values with a median drop of 1.62 percent. An overall decline in property values will reduce the amount of revenue the city and school district collect from each mill approved unless it is made up through new construction, an unlikely scenario with only three housing starts in the city in 2011. Miles said did not have specific information for the city or school district. His office is required to provide taxing jurisdictions with updated valuations by June 15, which they will use to craft the next year’s budgets, he said. Baldwin USD 348 Superintendent Paul Dorathy said the district’s general fund would not suffer from a decline in the district valuation. The general funds of Kansas school districts are primarily funded through a statewide 20-mill levy, but as that source has fallen short in recent years the Legislature has added sales tax revenue to that money for perpupil distribution to districts, he said. The district has a local option budget of 30 percent of its general fund, the max-

imum the state allows. The mill levy would float up or down to finance that, depending on the district’s annual assessed valuation. One fund the board has more latitude to adjust is the capital outlay fund. The board can choose how much mill levy support it will get for the next school year as long as it doesn’t exceed an 8-mill cap, Dorathy said. Last August, in an effort to reduce the burden on taxpayers, the board set that levy at 5.5 mills rather than the 6 mills the staff had recommended. The board has less flexibility with bond and interest payments. They, too, require fixed dollar amounts and the mill levy floats up or down to provide the needed amount, Dorathy said. Baldwin City Administrator Chris Lowe said the city council wasn’t as constrained when dealing with the city’s general obligation bonds. Transfers from other accounts and other revenues sources should be able to cover any shortfall in the property tax revenue without raising the mill levy, he said. Those same sources should keep the mill levy for the city’s general fund steady, too, he said. It’s too early to know what the consequences of the local decline in valuation will be on the budgets the city council and school district craft in July and August. Rare overall valuation declines would add a different dimension to those discussions, Dorathy and Lowe said, Homeowners will have 30 days from the date valuation notices are mailed to appeal the county appraiser’s conclusions. Miles said that process is outlined on the back of the notice of valuation.

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FOOD

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FOOD NEWS ONLINE For past and current stories and recipes, look for stories labeled ‘Food’ in the ‘Living’ section at baldwincity.com.

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A childhood favorite grows up: Mature mac and cheese BY SARAH HENNING There’s something especially comforting and harmonious about macaroni and cheese. Warm noodles, creamy sauce and satiating heft make mac and cheese a favorite with even the youngest eaters. Yet, for the adult who abhors the idea of doing the powdered cheese and noodle routine, the old favorite can seem a bit, well, childish. Never fear, cheesy-pasta lovers, there are plenty of ways to elevate good ol’ mac and cheese to something a bit more grown-up and gourmet, such as by adding vegetables, herbs, bread crumbs or favorite meats. But the biggest taste elevator of all? The cheese, of course. We talked with three area cheese mongers to get the scoop on what cheeses are perfect for making this childhood favorite all grown-up. Menage: Ryan Glenn, cheese department manager at The Merc, 901 Iowa, Lawrence, said this mixed-milk cheese

from Wisconsin has the smooth and creamy texture necessary to make your mac and cheese totally dream-worthy. Gruyere: An aged Swiss cheese, gruyere is a firm cow’s milk cheese. Mary Prager, deli/Italian manager at Hy-Vee, 4000 W. Sixth St., Lawrence, said it’s popular as a baking cheese and would melt beautifully over pasta. Asadero: A tangy yellow Hispanic cheese, Asadero would mix well with mozzarella and cheddar for an especially worldly mac and cheese combo, Glenn said. Gouda: Ryan Michael, dairy manager at Checkers Foods, 2300 La., Lawrence, suggested the addition of Gouda, a creamy, semi-hard cheese made of cow’s milk. Named for a town in the Netherlands, Gouda is considered sweet and fruity with a taste that matures over time. Sharp cheddar: Glenn suggested Milton Creamery’s Prairie Breeze brand because it’s a bit sweeter and tangier than typical sharp cheddars, but still has a considerably grown-up taste.

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This cranberry cheddar macaroni and cheese boasts whole-wheat pasta, cauliflower and sweetly grown-up cranberry cheddar for a healthier, more adult version of that childhood classic, mac n' cheese.

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BACON AND TOMATO MACARONI ‘N’ CHEESE

1 tablespoon butter 1 cup chopped yellow onion 1/2 teaspoon sea salt 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 4 cups cauliflower florets (about 3/4 pound) 3 cups reduced-fat (2 percent) milk, divided 1 pound whole-wheat elbow macaroni 2 tablespoons flour 1/2 pound cranberry cheddar, shredded (about 2 cups) Melt butter in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add onion, salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden brown, 6 to 8 minutes. Add cauliflower and 1 cup of the milk, reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer until cauliflower is very tender, about 25 minutes. Carefully transfer to a food processor and purée until smooth; set aside. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, add macaroni and cook until al dente, about 10 minutes; drain well and return empty pot to the stove. Whisk flour and remaining 2 cups milk together in the pot and bring to a simmer over medium heat, whisking constantly. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer just until thickened, about 2 minutes. Remove pot from the heat and add cheese a handful at a time, gently stirring until melted. Fold in the puréed cauliflower mixture, then stir in the macaroni and salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately. (Recipe from wholefoodsmarket.com)

12 ounces (3 cups) uncooked elbow macaroni 1/4 cup butter and olive oil mix (or regular butter) 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper 1 1/2 cups milk 8 ounces (2 cups) American cheese, shredded 8 ounces (2 cups) sharp cheddar cheese, shredded 1 medium (1 cup) tomato, seeded, chopped 4 slices (1/3 cup) crisply cooked bacon, crumbled 1/4 cup coarsely chopped parsley Crumbled bacon, if desired Cook macaroni according to package directions; drain. Melt butter in 3-quart saucepan over medium heat until sizzling; stir in flour, salt, nutmeg and ground red pepper. Continue cooking, stirring constantly, until mixture is bubbly and very lightly browned (1 to 2 minutes). Add milk, 1/4 cup at a time, stirring constantly, until mixture is thickened (5 to 7 minutes). Add cheeses; stir until melted and sauce is smooth. Add cooked macaroni, tomato, 1/3 cup crumbled bacon and parsley; stir until well mixed. Garnish with additional crumbled bacon, if desired. (Recipe from landolakes.com)

MACARONI SINGS THE BLUES 1 pound elbow or shell pasta, cooked al dente

4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, divided 1/4 cup flour 2 1/2 cups whole milk 2 cups grated sharp cheddar 2 1/2 cups crumbled Rogue Creamery Oregon Blue (or other blue cheese), divided Sea salt, to taste Ground pepper, to taste Pinch cayenne pepper (optional) 1/4 cup bread crumbs Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 13x9x2inch glass baking dish or casserole with a tablespoon of butter. In a large, heavy saucepan over medium low heat, melt remaining butter. Add flour, stirring constantly, and cook 1 minute (don’t let it brown). Gradually whisk in milk. Simmer mixture at least 3 minutes, whisking often, until it thickens slightly. Reduce heat to very low, then gradually stir in cheeses, reserving 1/2 cup blue cheese, and cook, stirring constantly, until cheese melts. Season to taste with salt, pepper and cayenne (if using). Stir in cooked pasta until well coated. Pour mixture into buttered baking dish. Sprinkle with bread crumbs and reserved 1/2 cup blue cheese. Bake until crumbs are browned and cheese is bubbling, about 30 minutes. (Recipe from wholefoodsmarket.com)

1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne) 8 ounces smoked cheddar cheese, shredded (2 cups) 2 cans (14.5 ounces each) fire-roasted diced tomatoes, well drained 1/4 cup sliced green onions (4 medium) 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese 1/3 cup plain dry bread crumbs 2 teaspoons olive oil Cook and drain macaroni as directed on box. Return to saucepan; cover to keep warm. Meanwhile, heat oven to 375 degrees. Spray 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray. In 2-quart saucepan, heat whipping cream, mustard, salt and red pepper to boiling. Reduce heat; stir in cheddar cheese with wire whisk until smooth. Pour sauce over macaroni. Stir in tomatoes and onions. Pour into baking dish. In small bowl, mix Parmesan cheese and bread crumbs. Stir in oil. Sprinkle over top of macaroni mixture. Bake uncovered 15 to 20 minutes or until edges are bubbly and top is golden brown. Success tip: Be sure to use whipping cream when making the sauce for this decadent mac ‘n’ cheese. Milk or half-and-half are more likely to curdle when combined with acidic ingredients like tomatoes. (Recipe from muirglen.com)

SMOKY MAC ‘N’ CHEESE 3 cups uncooked elbow macaroni (12 ounces) 1 1/2 cups whipping cream 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard 1/2 teaspoon coarse (kosher or sea) salt

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Baldwin City allowed singer to ‘let her voice out’ FROM PAGE 1

Carriker, the chief test pilot for Boeing,” said Kathy Gerstner, executive director of the foundation. ”With the opening of the new Performing Arts Center, it seemed a great way to honor Joyce and give the community a chance to hear her and see the facility. “When you ask people who are Baldwin’s distinguished alumni, her name always comes up. And she always mentions Baldwin. She hasn’t forgotten her roots.” Castle said she established those roots when she moved here as a fourth-grader with her parents, George and Ethel Malicky, and older siblings, Neal (later a dean and interim president at Baker University) and Georgann. She remembers fondly her “formative years” in the small town. “I had a wonderful childhood in Baldwin,” she said. “I had a wonderful family life and wonderful life in the community.”

VISIONING THE FUTURE The small-town environment gave her room to find her voice and to dream. “There’s lots and lots of opera singers from the Midwest,” she said. “I think it has something to do with the wide-open spaces. It lets your voice out, rather than be blocked by all the buildings. “When I had free time with school out in the summer, I would make up plays in the yard by myself. I would pretend I was in the play, and I would do my singing and dancing in the yard — I’m a hideous dancer by the

way.” “Beverly Sills was basically from Baker University instructors. There were also She performed in plenty of performanc- my mentor. She gave me every important mezzo plays and musicals in es before audiences. high school. Those and “I was always soprano role that came all musical performs i n g i n g f o r c h u rc h across her desk for nine ances were on stage in events, community years.” the gym. gatherings, at school,” Joyce Castle “There were games, she said. “I sang at the Baldwin Education Foundation dances and plays — all Vinland Fair. The Unitdistinguished alumna there,” she said, adding ed Methodist Church she was eager to see the — I must have sang new Performing Arts Center. there hundreds of time. After graduating from high school “I don’t remember not singing. You wanted me to sing, I would stand up in 1957, Castle went on to Kansas University. She performed in numerous and sing.” Her musical talent came from her plays and musicals there, toured the mother, a home economics and elemen- Far East with a USO performance of tary school teacher in Baldwin schools “Brigadoon” after her freshman year who encouraged Castle and her sister to and later won an internship with the Dallas State Fair Musical, at which she play the piano and sing. “Mother was very musical,” Castle secured her actor’s equity card. After getting her undergraduate said. “She had a beautiful voice. She wanted to be a music teacher, but her degree from KU, Castle earned a masmother thought she would have a better ter’s from Eastman Conservatory of chance of getting a job if she was a home Music in Rochester, N.Y. She then paid her dues and develeconomics teacher. What a shame.” Her mother later turned her over to oped her voice for the mezzo-soprano Alice Anne Callahan (Russell) for further roles that would earn her acclaim and instruction on the piano. She was one of success in the 1980s. That maturation many in the community who nurtured included seven years in Paris during the 1970s, during which she perher musical talents, Castle said. “I had great support and encourage- formed on a radio opera series and ment from the community,” she said. learned stage presence while working “Women of the Baldwin Music Club with smaller companies in France and would drive me to contests when I was Germany. in grade school and high school. Then, they would sit there and listen THE BIG BREAK to me whenever I presented.” Castle returned to the states under Castle recalled Wendell Hicks as a the influence of Sills, then general superb high school music instructor director of the New York City Opera. and that she benefitted from lessons

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“Beverly Sills was basically my mentor,” she said. “She hired me to the New York City Opera. She gave me every important mezzo soprano role that came across her desk for nine years.” Among the many important roles where those of Mrs. Lovett in the first operatic treatment of Sondheim’s “Sweeney Todd” at the Houston Grand Opera and later reprised with the New York City Opera and that of Augusta Tabor in Douglas Moore’s “The Ballad of Baby Doe,” which she has played in seven productions. She returned to Kansas when she received a surprise opportunity from KU. “They made me an offer,” Castle said. “It’s been very special. There’s a lot of very wonderful voices at KU.” But Castle has not stopped performing. Last year to mark her 40th anniversary, she treated Kansas fans to a free performance at KU’s Lied Center of “The Hawthorn Tree,” a song cycle written for her by Pulitzer Prize and National Medal of the Arts winner William Bolcom that she also performed in New York City. She plans a cabaret performance for the KU faculty recital March 27 at the Lied Center. This summer, she will perform at Fort Worth, Texas, and return for another engagement at the Central City Opera in Central City, Colo. “I’m continuing this unbelievable long career,” she said. “A life in music is an interesting life. A life of song is very engaging.”


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QUOTEWORTHY “I have been all things unholy. If God can work through me, he can work through anyone.” Francis of Assisi

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Musings from the hill Stormy March has come at last, and I Ides of March.” If we are shuddering in am still musing in Texas. “Thirty days icy blasts the first day of March, rememhath September, April, June and Novem- ber the old folk saying, “If March comes ber. All the rest have 31, save February to in like a lion, it will go out like a lamb.” Many noteworthy events occurred in which I 28 assign, till Leap Year brings it 29.” When I was a child all students knew March. Our lives were dramatically this ditty. Condolences to all whose changed in 1876 by Alexander Graham Bell who made the birthdays fall on Feb. world’s first telephone 29. call. This was the Why do we have a JUNE JEWETT beginning of the elecLeap Year? It’s there in tronic age of personal order to keep the communication. Long earth’s revolutions ago, one rang the around the sun in operator who alignment with our answered with “numcalendar. It takes ber please.” On rural approximately 365 lines a favorite form of and quarter days for obtaining gossip was the earth to circle once by raising the receiver around the sun. If we did not add a day (Feb. 29) every four and listening in on conversations. In years we would lose about six hours every some rural areas a friend told me if no one answered the phone perhaps the year. Texas has been cold and gray but the operator would say, “I believe she is visrain has been welcomed with open arms. iting” and would supply the name to call. Last summer’s severe drought had ranch- Sometimes the answer would he “OMC” ers hanging on the ropes. Water levels in (translation: Out milking cows). One invention of utmost importance lakes and ranch tanks are still far below normal. Water has become a major issue, to our country was the invention of the and I predict will surpass energy as a cotton gin in 1791 by Eli Whitney. The prime concern. Anyone who is consider- south added a manufacturing base to its ing buying property should carefully agricultural livelihood. Of utmost determine the water situation — both importance to the entire country was the creation of the world’s first National availability and purity. March was well named by the Romans, Park, Yellowstone, in 1872. My grandfaMartius, for Mars, the god of war. Saxons ther whose home was in Philadelphia, called March, Hlyd Monath, loud or told me stories of the most famous storm stormy. Usually this is true, but March in American history, the blizzard of 1888. can be deceptive. One day we hear wind- The backbone of our government, The driven sleet tinkling on the windows, fol- Constitution of the United States, went lowed by a benign day of warm sunshine into effect in 1789. I am snow birding in Texas and must that finds us searching for the first violet. March was considered the beginning mention in 1836 Texas achieved indeof the agricultural season. An old belief pendence from Mexico. On a lighter states, “April borrowed from March three note, let us not forget, the game Monopdays and they were ill.” Many farmers oly was invented in 1938. The Great still will not plant until March 4. The first Depression was coming to an end; due three days were considered unlucky. no doubt to the beginning of World War And, if rain falls at this time, supposedly 11. What life changing events and inventions will come in March 2012? it signifies a poor harvest. “ The stormy March has come at last As early as the 1500s the term “mad as a March hare” was in frequent use in Eng- with wind and cloud and changing skies. land. Do men go mad in such a wild I hear the rushing of the blast, that month? Perhaps. March signaled the through the snowy valley flies.” start of Roman military campaigns. We should heed the soothsayer. “Beware the

Absence of winter weather makes spring’s arrival demur We’ve had such a mild winter, I wonder how we’ll know when spring gets here. M a y b e w e w o n ’t e v e n n o t i c e ; maybe one day, we’ll just turn around and the flowers will have burst into blossom and the trees JOHN BEAL will have put on a new coat of leaves without our noticing any change. That would be a shame, really; part of what makes spring so special is its contrast with winter. One thing that makes the sun feel so good on your back is the memory of winter’s chill. Still, I suppose one shouldn’t be too quick to abandon winter, as it were. There’s still time for a good blizzard or maybe an ice storm. It wouldn’t be the first time one snuck in and caught us unawares. But enough of this defeatist talk. Surely spring is almost here. If wishing would only make it so, we would all wish winter gone and spring here in its place. Keep a positive attitude, that’s my motto. Soon enough, we’ll be setting out our spring plants. After all, potatoes go in on St. Patrick’s Day, and that’s scarcely more than a couple of weeks away. Soon enough, the birds will be decked out in their spring finery. Here I’m thinking mostly of the goldfinches, whose coats get pretty drab in the w i n t e r. C o m e s p r i n g , t h e m a l e goldfinches again will sport their

bright yellow coats. But the main thing is the garden. With our lack of actual ground, we don’t plant any potatoes, of course. But we’ll be topping up the containers that surround our deck soon enough, and setting out some herbs and, above all, the tomatoes. Last year, we had fairly good success with tomatoes, although in the main the fruits were on the small side. After careful thought (without the basis, I admit, of any actual knowledge), I came to the conclusion that I erred in placing too many plants in each container. So this year I plan to reduce the number of plants in the hopes that they’ll yield bigger fruits. We usually have pretty good luck with herbs. But then, I think herbs will grow anywhere, so we don’t get much in the way of bragging rights there. The main thing is the tomatoes. Enough has been written about the joy of home-grown tomatoes that there’s no point in my adding anything. If we get a decent crop of tomatoes I think we’ll be satisfied with our horticultural efforts. We just have a few more weeks to go. It’s just a question of patience. — John Beal is the retired editor of The Baldwin Signal’s sister newspapers The Bonner Springs Chieftain and Shawnee Dispatch.

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SPORTS

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GIRLS MOVE ON The BHS girls win thriller in De Soto to advance in sub-state action/Page 14

G O T O B A L D W I N C I T Y. C O M F O R S P O R T S U P D AT E S

Baldwin wrestlers set new standards at state Three Bulldogs make finals, two claim state 4A wrestling crowns BY JUSTIN NUTTER JNUTTER@THEWORLDCO.INFO

Salina — Breaking a school record for state finalists wasn't enough for Baldwin High, so when Saturday's championship round arrived, the Bulldogs checked one more box on their to-do list. Two BHS grapplers won state championships and helped their squad to a sixth“I’ve never felt like this place finish in the overall team standbefore, knowing that ings. you’re that close, if you "We've never had three f i n a l i s t s inch your shoulder a little before or two state bit more, you’re going to champions in one have a state title.” season," senior Colton Bonner Colton Bonner Baldwin High School senior said. "This feels awesome." Bonner, who entered the tournament ranked No. 3 in the 220-pound class, won four-straight matches to earn a gold medal. He capped off his high school career with a pin of Jeff West's Justin Scott in the finals. Scott, ranked No. 2, defeated Bonner last week in the regional finals at Spring Hill. The state title marks the end of a transformation for the Bulldog senior, who went just 6-22 in his freshman season. He finished his senior campaign at 44-4. "I had a choice: either keep doing what I was doing, or I was going to have to change if I wanted to get to the next level," Bonner said. "I hit a lot of offseason camps and worked a lot harder in the weight room. "That's the greatest feeling I've ever had in my life. I've never felt like this before, knowing that you're that close, if you inch your shoulder a little bit more, you're going to have a state title." SEE BHS, PAGE 13

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Baldwin senior Andrew Morgan grips the arm of Wamego’s Kyle Wilson in the 4A state finals in the 132-pound division Saturday in Salina. Morgan avenged a loss to Wilson earlier in the season to claim the crown.

Overtime sub-state loss to Spring Hill ends boys’ season BY ELVYN JONES EJONES@THEWORLDCO.INFO

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Baldwin players and coaches react to the sudden end of the season after two 3-point attempts failed at the end of overtime in the teams 67-64 loss Tuesday to Spring Hill.

The Baldwin boys basketball team’s season came to an end Tuesday with a 6764 loss to Spring Hill in the first round of the 4A sub-state tournament. Playing on their home court, the Bulldogs did not have a lead in the game until the 7:11 mark in the fourth quarter when sophomore Luke Fursman converted a traditional three-point play that briefly put BHS ahead, 53-52. Although that set up a back-and-forth game through the end of the contest, Spring Hill had been able to maintain a four- to six-point buffer through the game’s first three periods. Coach Dustin Leochner said the Bulldogs failed to match the intensity of Spring Hill in the first half. “I told them at halftime they were a step behind,” he said. “They were step behind getting to loose balls, a step

behind getting offensive rebounds, a step behind on defense, a step behind running the offense. “A lot of the good things we’ve been doing the past few games we let slip tonight.” Leochner was particularly disappointed with the team’s performance on the offensive boards. Spring Hill had more than 10 offensive rebounds, he said. The team’s lack of focus early was evident when it missed five layups to start the game, Leochner said. Still, the Bulldogs did have chances to beat a team it defeated, 72-53, just seven days earlier. The best opportunity came at the end of regulation after an illegal screen by the Broncos gave Baldwin the ball with the score tied, 61-61, and 47 seconds left on the clock. Baldwin put the ball in point guard Cornell Brown’s hands, first to kill most of the remaining time and then to let him create, as he had SEE BULLDOGS, PAGE 13


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Baker’s Boyd receives award as Conservationist of the Year BY ELVYN JONES EJONES@THEWORLDCO.INFO

Sitting at a table Friday morning, Roger Boyd concentrated on winding a small strip of paper to form a wheel for a model tractor. At 64 years of age, Boyd wasn’t building an elaborate model as some retirement hobby. The tractor is part of a display of the future Baker Wetlands Visitor Center. The center is to be built with money the Kansas Department of Transportation is providing for its intention for extending Kansas Highway 10 through a portion of the Baker Wetlands that Boyd has managed for the past 24 years. Ground will break on the project in the fall of 2013, and it should be finished a year later, Boyd said. “We’re assuming once we get the Visitor Center going, we’ll get 10,000 visitors a year,” he said. “Right now, we don’t really keep track, but it’s a couple of thousand a year.”

GETTING RECOGNITION If not yet ready for retirement, Boyd has reached a point that his work as a professor at Baker University and manager of the Baker Wetlands is being recognized. The latest award came Saturday in Salina, where Boyd was recognized as Kansas Conservationist of the Year at the Kansas Wildlife Federation’s annual awards banquet. In presenting the award, the association cited Boyd’s work with the wetlands, his teaching career at Baker University and his recycling initiatives. Boyd was nominated for the award by one of his heroes, Stan Roth, a longtime biology teacher at Lawrence High School. Like the others on his list — Wes Jackson, E. Raymond Hall and Roger Boyd’s father, Ivan Boyd — Roth worked to make a difference locally and in the state, Boyd said. Boyd said Hall, the former director of the Kansas Natural History Museum, suggested in 1968 to his father, who was also a Baker biology professor and the first manager of the wetlands property, to accept land from the federal government that was to become the wetlands after KU passed on the opportunity. “He jokingly told my dad, ‘Baker is used to doing something with nothing. Why don’t you guys try it?’” Boyd said. “My budget for several years was $500. I could spend it anyway I wanted. “We became very good at getting donations and writing grants.” The property Baker received was cropland, which settlers first set about draining for agricultural use in the 1850s. The soil washed down the Wakarusa River valley was fertile, but the low-lying floodplain was always a challenge to farm because of the difficulty finding enough dry time to

getting crops planted and harvested. His father’s assumption was that Clinton Dam would control flooding, so he concentrated on converting the property to prairie, Boyd said. That focus began to change after Boyd’s father died in 1982 and he became manager of the wetlands. He secured funding in 1990 from the federal government to remove the tiles that drained the property. “We plugged up all the leaks,” Boyd said. “That’s what converted it back to wetlands.” That and a lot of student “slave labor.” “The buzzword now is ‘service learning,’” he said. “Students donated a lot of time here and at the (Ivan) Boyd Woods and Prairie.”

ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION Under Boyd’s direction, Baker University added a wildlife biology degree program, which to his regret has been phased out with his retirement from full-time teaching in 2005. During his career, he reached more Baker students with a human ecology course for nonscience majors. “My approach was to tell them why the environment was important,” he said. “When you teach biology majors, they get it. I considered that my opportunity to share that message to humanity majors and business students, who sometimes think environment is a bad word.” It was through his science students that Boyd started the recycling effort for the campus and Baldwin City, the Kansas Wildlife Federation cited in its announcement. Bins on campus collect 9 tons of paper, plastic, cardboard and some metals every month. “I started a recycling program on campus in 1989,” he said. “It’s always been run by students. The Earth We Are Club is usually involved. “Recycling has always been a personal passion. I worked with the city to get their recycling started at the train depot.” The past two years Boyd has been leading the effort to add another 300 acres of wetlands to the site, half near future visitor center and half east of Haskell Avenue. The work has gone well as wetland seeds dormant in the ground sprouted with the introduction of the right conditions, he said. “I was skeptical,” he said. “I thought this would take five to 10 years. But just in the first year we have already met all our goals.” Although he isn’t thinking about retirement soon, Boyd sees that day coming. “I’ll probably go until I’m 70 or so,” he said. “Dad taught until he was 78. I don’t think I’ll go that long, but I’ll probably greet people at the Visitors Center and give tours. I’m sure I’ll give tours.”

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TOPEKA — When legislators return next week they will consider a proposal to set aside space in the Statehouse for an allfaiths chapel. House Majority Leader Arlen Siegfreid, R-Olathe, has proposed a place “reserved for prayer and meditation in the state Capitol building.” Siegfreid’s House Bill 2694 says that belief in God, prayer and meditation have played a significant part in the history of the United States and Kansas. Asked about the proposal Friday, several legislators said it could raise some legal

issues. “A lot of us pray here, constantly,” said Senate Republican Leader Jay Scott Emler, R-Lindsborg. But he said legislators would need to get a legal opinion on whether they could put a chapel in the Capitol. House Democratic Leader Paul Davis of Lawrence said he didn’t think putting a chapel in the Statehouse was necessary. He noted that there are several large churches across the street from the Capitol. Senate Democratic Leader Anthony Hensley of Topeka said that Gov. George Docking, who was governor from 1957 to 1961, vetoed putting a chapel in the Statehouse because he suspected legislators would hide their whiskey in it.

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Roger Boyd, Baker University director of natural areas, received the Kansas Wildlife Federation’s award as Conservationist of the Year at a banquet Saturday in Salina.

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| DEATHS | SUSAN K. HAIGH 1951-2012

Graveside services for Susan K. Haigh, 60, Baldwin City, were Feb. 16, 2012, at Oakwood Cemetery in Baldwin City. Mrs. Haigh died Feb. 14, 2012, at her home. She was born April 4, 1951, at Fort Scott Air Force Base, Ill., the daughter of Clayton and Irene Eis Morton. She graduated from high school in Marysville, Kan. Mrs. Haigh was a homemaker. She attended Wellsville Baptist Church, and enjoyed quilting. She married George Haigh on Jul. 19, 1974, in Marysville. He preceded her in death in 2010. Survivors include three sons, Ricky Haigh

and wife Christie, and Beau Haigh, all of Baldwin City, and Troy Haigh and wife Deidra, Chicago; two brothers, C.G. Morton and wife Patty, Blue Rapids, Kan., and Russ Morton and wife Marilyn, Wichita; and nine grandchildren. Memorial contributions to the Multiple Sclerosis Society or the American Cancer Society in her memory may be sent to Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana St., Lawrence, KS, 66044. Online condolences may be sent to www.rumsey-yost.com. Please sign this guestbook at obituaries.ljworld.com.

EDNA OLIVIA JONES 1927-2012

Edna Olivia Jones, age 85, of Baldwin City, died Feb. 26, 2012, at her home. She was born on Jan. 18, 1927, in Handsboro, Miss., the daughter of Joseph Cephus Johnson and Pearl (Coston) Johnson. She was raised in Mississippi and graduated from Lyman, Miss., High School with the class of 1946. She then went on to attain an education degree from Dallas Bible College, Dallas, Texas. She later attended Cleveland Chiropractic College in Kansas City, Kansas. Edna moved with her husband to Baldwin City in 1963. She was a lifelong homemaker, but also spent many years as a nurse to her husband, Dr. Ray Jones. She was also a past president of the Women’s Auxiliary of the Kansas Association of Osteopathic Medicine. Edna had a very educated and unique personality. She was well known in her family for being proud of her Minnie Pearl impersonations. She was a very talented floral designer and enjoyed making centerpieces for the table. She will be remembered by her family for being the stable and sturdy mother who was always there for all of them, lovingly waiting to take care of any needs. Her love for her husband was unconditional and a wonderful example for her children and grandchildren. Edna was united in marriage with Dr. Ray Jones on Aug. 27, 1948, in Lyman, Miss. They shared 61 years of marriage before Dr. Jones passed away on Oct. 31, 2009. She is also preceded in death by her parents; a brother, J.C. Johnson; and two sis-

ters, Lena Ladner, Inez Wilson. Edna is survived by a daughter, Ruthie Goldey and her husband, Jim, of Palmetto, Fla.; five sons, Travis Jones and his wife Marlene of Broken Arrow, Okla., David Jones and his wife, Shelley, of Topeka, Kansas, Paul Jones and his wife, Jo Anna, of Kechi, Kansas, Tim Jones and his wife, Cindy, of Baldwin City, Ben Jones and his wife, Monica, of Edna Oliva Jones Siloam Springs, Ark.,; a sister, Maida Marshall of Knoxville, Tenn.,; 16 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were 2 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012, at First United Methodist Church, Baldwin City. Burial followed at Stony Point Cemetery, rural Douglas County. Mrs. Jones lied in state at the LambRoberts Funeral Home, Baldwin City, from 3 p.m. Tuesday to the visitation hour. The family received friends from 6 to 8 Tuesday evening at the funeral home. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Baldwin Grace Chapel Sound System, c/o Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home, 712 N. 9th Street, Baldwin City, Kansas 66006. Condolences may be sent to the family through www.lambroberts.com.

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BHS wrestlers’ sixth-place 4A state finish best in history

Bulldog senior Colton Bonner rides one of the four opponents he defeated on his way to a state title at 220 pounds at the 4A state finals Friday and Saturday in Salina.

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Bulldogs fall in sub-state first round FROM PAGE 11

throughout the second half in which he scored 14 of his team-high 21 points. The sophomore once again beat his man to get in the lane but Bronco big men were there to block his shot. Neither team scored in the four-minute overtime until Spring Hill’s Matt Smith made two free throws with 2:44 to play in overtime. After Baldwin came up empty on its next possession, the Broncos were content to run clock with a 63-61 lead, forcing Baldwin to foul. However, the referees didn’t cooperate with the strategy, ignoring several foul attempts by Baldwin guards. As a result, Spring Hill was able to get the ball inside. In the wild scramble that followed, Baldwin big men blocked two shots before the ball went out of bounds off a Baldwin player with 51 seconds to play. Baldwin would send Spring Hill’s Derek

Bybee to the line three times in the next 32 seconds of the game. He was able to convert 4 of 6 free throws to keep Baldwin at bay, despite Brown’s three free throws during the same span. Bybee’s last two free throws gave Spring Hill a 67-64 advantage with 18.7 seconds remaining. Brown and fellow sophomore guard Chad Berg both got up 3-pointers in an attempt to tie the game but were unable to convert. On Thursday, the Bulldogs honored seniors Britton Schroeder, Alex Twombly, Tucker Brown and Clayton Duncan and their parents in pre-game ceremonies to mark the seniors final regular season home game. However, De Soto got away form Baldwin in the second half behind its seniors Joey Johnson, 16 points, and Mason Wedel, 19 points. The visitors won, 45-39. Baldwin finished the season 13-8.

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Spring: Smith 8, Sharemet 8, Lillich 20, Donahue 10, Bybee 13, Nile 8 Baldwin: Berg 6, Schroedr , T. Brown 9, C. Brown 21, Fursman 6, Burton 10, Duncan 2, Gaylord 2, Valentine 6 Baldwin 11 15 21 14 3 - 64 Spring Hill 16 13 23 9 6 - 67

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2 BHS wrestlers in all-star meet The wrestling season isn’t over for BHS seniors Andrew Morgan and Colton Bonner. The two state champions were selected to participate in the Metro Classic AllStar Dual, which pits the best Kansas wrestlers in the Kansas City area against counterparts from Missouri. The action begins at 6:30 Saturday at Kansas City, Kan., Community College.

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Bonner was joined at the top of the ranks by fellow senior Andrew Morgan, who handed Wamego's Kyle Wilson a 6-0 loss in the 132-pound final. He ended his final season with a 43-9 mark. Morgan’s win avenged a loss he suffered to Wilson earlier this season. “I’m real excited. Two seniors got revenge wins for state titles,” coach Kit Harris said. “They’ve put in a lot of work.” Junior Bryce Shoemaker also reached the finals, but suffered a 5-1 loss against Louisburg’s Austin Hood in the 126-pound championship. Other Bulldog participants included freshman Jon Pratt (106 pounds), sophomore Tucker Clark (120), senior Cody Sellers (138) and junior Jason Von Bargen (160). All but two of Baldwins' state qualifiers won at least one match. With four qualifiers back in 201213, including one finalist, the Bulldogs have already set their sights on more success when they return to the mat next season. “We have some kids who can win and score points,” Harris said. “Seeing those two seniors who won state titles, that’s some good motivation for our young guys.”

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Girls win thriller in De Soto to move on in sub-state play BY ELVYN JONES EJONES@THEWORLDCO.INFO

DE SOTO — Sophomore Katie Jones made two free throws with 1.4 seconds left in the game, giving the Bulldogs a 30-29 victory Monday at De Soto. With the victory, Baldwin moved on to the second round of the sub-state tournament to play Ottawa at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Baldwin. The De Soto bench attempted to ice Jones with a timeout after she hit the first free throw, knotting the score at 28 all. The ruse didn’t work as Jones’ second attempt touched nothing but twine. “I like having her there,” coach Bob Martin said. “I trust her up there.” The game ended on an unsuccessful desperation heave by the home Wildcats. The low-scoring contest was as close as the final score with five lead changes in the second half. Baldwin led by three points at halftime, aided by two second-quarter 3pointers by sophomore guard Hailey Cope. Baldwin built its biggest lead in the early minutes of the second half and went up 19-14 when junior center Katie Kehl scored off an offensive rebound with 4:50 to play in the third period. De Soto would then score the next seven points. Kehl ended the run when she scored on the post, pulling Baldwin even at 21-21. But Kehl would have to leave the game when she picked up her fourth foul on the next possession with 50 seconds to play in the third period. Jones quickly erased a two-point Bulldog deficit at the start of the fourth-quarter when she drove to the basket for a score that tied the game at 23-23. The two teams then traded points during the next five minutes with Kailyn Smith and Kehl getting needed baskets for the Bulldogs. De Soto finally gained the upper hand when it got possession of the ball with a one-point lead and two minutes to pay. The Wildcats were content to run clock as they looked for an easy shot. The strategy backfired when Baldwin fouled with 43 seconds left in the game, and Kehl rebounded a missed shot on the front end of a one-and-one.

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Baldwin’s Katie Kehl goes to the floor to wrestle with a De Soto player for the ball during the Bulldogs first-round sub-state victory Monday at De Soto. The team will play Ottawa at 7:30 p.m. tonight at Baldwin.

It was then the Wildcats chance to look for a game-winning shot. After Martin called a timeout with 16.7 seconds to play, the Wildcats forced Baldwin to reset its offense when the home team used it final foul before the bonus with 11 seconds left in the game. After inbounding the ball, the Bulldogs found Jones with space on the right side of the lane. She drove, was fouled and went to the line for the winning free throws. It was the second game between the two teams in five days. De Soto defeated the Bulldogs, 48-37, Thursday in the final regular season game for both teams. Martin said he didn’t have time to change anything between games. He credited the team’s win on its familiarity with De Soto, a strong defensive effort and the

DE SOTO 30, BALDWIN 29 (FEB. 27)

DE SOTO 48, BALDWIN 37 (FEB. 23)

De Soto: Gehrt 3, Williams 8, Bonar 12, Saucermann 1, Maskus 3 Baldwin: Jones 7, Smith 2, Katzer 1, Kehl 10, Cope 8, Jorgensen 2 Baldwin 3 12 6 9 - 30 De Soto 5 7 11 6 - 29

De Soto: Gehrt 12, Marshall 3, Williams 14, Bonar 12, Saucermann 2, Brashers 3 Baldwin: Barnes 2, Dighans 2, Jorgensen 9, Jones 3, Enick 2, Katzer 2, Kehl 13, Cope 4. Baldwin 6 7 13 11 - 37 De Soto 8 7 12 21 - 48

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Alzheimer’s residents find comfort in Baldwin City memory care home BY ELVYN JONES EJONES@THEWORLDCO.INFO

The tall elderly man stepped across the living room late Friday morning in an east Baldwin City home with a light touch on his walker. Before settling into a brown easy chair, he looked out to the backyard at water cascading down three foot of rocks to a fishpond below a mature maple tree. “Isn’t it nice?” he asked. “When I first saw this place, I said I was going to retire here.” He now shares the home with three others, who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or some other cognitive impairment. Scott Schultz who owns what is called a ComfortCare Homes of Baldwin City with his wife, Linda, said the home was purchased, remodeled, staffed and managed as an alternative to larger skilled nursing facilities for those with cognitive impairments. “Residents don’t have to be diagnosed with that, but that’s our specialty,” Scott said. “Alzheimer’s causes confusion and anxiety for residents. In large facilities with so much activity taking place and changes in staff, it can fuel that confusion. Here, with only six residents and no changeover in staff, they become very accustomed to their environment. Then, it becomes a much calmer and peaceful place to live.” Facilities like that the Schultzes opened in Baldwin City with their emphasis on personal and specialized care and homelike environments, are a growing segment of the senior care market. “The first one in the state was opened in Wichita in 1993,” he said. “There are 100 in Kansas now.” Aiding that growth is ComfortCare Homes, which opened the first home in Wichita and now licenses others in Kansas and Nebraska, including the Baldwin City

facility. “Both of us had grandmothers who went through traditional skilled nursing home care,” Scott said. “Linda’s grandmother had Alzheimer’s. That motivated us to want something more for our community.” Critical to the memory care concept is the right physical and social environment. “The No. 1 requirement was the environment is calm and peaceful for the residents,” Scott said. “We wanted them to enjoy the backyard, so shade trees were a must. A one-story ranch-style home was also a must. “It took over a year to find a place with those requirements.” The home the couple bought is on a corner lot with one large maple in the front yard and another in the back. It also has the water features and garden that so appealed Friday to the elderly resident. “We just knew it would be a very therapeutic home for our patients to spend time,” Linda said. “We knew it was the one.” As they searched for the right home, the couple prepared themselves for their new venture. Scott and Linda completed training to become certified nurse aides, and Linda added the certification needed to dispense medicines. Both also earned certification to manage a skilled nursing facility, working in a larger skilled nursing home and a ComfortCare home in the Kansas City area. All the while, ComfortCare Homes provided support and coached the couple in policies and procedures. During that time, Scott and Linda also searched for the right staff. “It was very important that we find staff who lived locally, so we were neighbors taking care of neighbors,” Linda said. “We wanted to find people who have a love for this.” The house was further modified to fit

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A resident of ComfortCare of Baldwin City folds towels while Suzy Kies, who is training at the home, prepares lunch for its four residents. The home opened in June 2011 and specializes in care for individuals with Alzheimer's and other cognitive impairments.

| POLICE REPORT | The Baldwin City Police Department responded to a report of felony criminal damage to property a 10 p.m. Feb. 13 at 131 Baker Street. Damage in excess of $1,000 was reported to the left quarter panel of a vehicle owned by Wade Mitchell, 115 W. Third Street, Ottawa. Baldwin City police officers responded to a reported theft from vehicle at 6:45 a.m. Feb. 11 at 1108 Freemont Street. Jim Dean Taul of that address reported the theft of a wallet, package of cigarettes, a $20 check made out to him and a bag of Lifesavers from his vehicle. The Baldwin City Police Department responded to a report of theft by deception

on Feb. 10 of a 1996 Chevrolet C1500 and Kansas license plant owned by Michael Nichols, 1018 Eighth Street. The vehicle and tag were valued at $1,403. Baldwin City police officers responded Feb. 7 to report of criminal damage to property reported by Derek Phillips, 1215 Eighth Street. Damage to his 1999 Chrysler Sebring was estimated at $1,200. Baldwin City police officers are investigating an attempted burglary reported by Bambi and Alta Andrews of 108 Washington Street. The Andrews said the attempted burglary occurred at 10 p.m. Feb. 5.

residents’ needs. Two bedrooms and a walk-in shower were added. A black metal fence with coded gateway was installed around the backyard so that residents could enjoy it without fear of them wandering away — a concern with individuals with dementia — and similar security systems installed on the home’s entrances. Within that safe environment every effort is made to make the residents feel secure and at home, Scott and Linda said. “It’s their house,” Scott said. “We consider ourselves guests in their house.” So their day revolves around what they would like to do. “What we say is a change in address doesn’t have to mean a change in lifestyle.” The residents are not just passive occupants of the house but take an active part in day-to-day chores, Scott said. They help unload and put away groceries, fold laundry, assist in meal preparation and with gardening. Dr. Dara Lowe of Baldwin Medical Clinic is the home’s physician and in-house Xrays are arranged. Residents receive inhouse physical, occupational and speech therapy from Baldwin Therapy Services, chiropractic care from Rodrock Chiropractic and arrangements have been made for in-house podiatrist, hair stylist and dental hygienist services. The combination of professional services and follow through at the home has allowed one resident to make the transition form using a wheelchair to walking with the aid of a walker, Linda said. “Because we have such a low number of residents in our care, our caregivers are able to give literally hours a day to our resident,” she said. “We are able to follow through with that, even when therapists

are not there, to get them strengthened and do the exercises that are recommended.” Scott said he was pleased with how the home has been received. Residents are from Olathe, Ottawa and Baldwin City, but all have family in the community. “It’s gone faster than I had assumed,” Scott said. “We were projecting four residents after a year. To have five after eight months is pretty delightful.” “We’ll have five people living here at the end of the month. We have room for seven, but I don’t think it’s very likely we’ll ever accept a seventh resident. It would be very comfortable with six. We have one spot left to fill.”

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RESOURCE FAIR FOR SENIORS Thursday, March 8, 2012 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Hy-Vee, 3504 Clinton Parkway

· FREE! No cost to attend! · Freebies, handouts, brochures. Over 30 door prizes will be given away, including two $100 gift cards to Hy-Vee and $10 Hy-Vee gift cards for the first 50 people at the fair. · Screenings, blood pressure checks, oxygen level checks, chair massages · And much more!

Come by anytime between 10:00 and 1:00 to visit the booths and displays from local businesses and organizations that serve seniors in Douglas County. This is the seventh annual event that seniors and their caregivers will be talking about all year. Don’t miss it! For more information, call 785-838-8000 and ask for Kristen Metcalf-Osterhaus or email partnersinaging@yahoo.com


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Between 2000 and 2010, at least 245 children were killed as a result of climbing onto, falling against or pulling themselves up on shelves, bookcases, dressers, TV tables and other furniture. Cherie Sage, state director of Safe Kids Kansas, answers questions about this hidden home hazard.

SAFETY AT HOME Between 2000 and 2010, at least 245 children 8 and younger were killed as a result of climbing onto, falling against or pulling themselves up on furniture, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Cherie Sage, state director of Safe Kids Kansas, answers questions about this hidden home hazard. Q: Besides the number of children killed in tip-over accidents, how many are injured? A: Between 2008 and 2010, there were 22,000 injuries associated with product instability or tip-over involving children younger than 9. Q: What furniture pieces are children most in danger of tipping over? A: Parents should pay especially close attention to their children around furniture like shelves, bookcases, dressers and TV tables. Q: How can I prevent a tip-over accident? A: If a piece of furniture is unstable or top-heavy, fasten it to a wall using brackets, screws or wall straps. Keep heavier items on lower shelves or in lower drawers. Don’t keep remote

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The Baldwin Elementary CSO (formerly known as the PTO) will have its first annual "Taking Flight into Science" family and community science learning night Tuesday at the Primary Center. This event will include a science fair for participating K-5 students. Also featured will be a presentation of Science City's traveling science show, "Radical Reactions." Doors open at 5:45 p.m., and the "Radical Reactions" program is from 6 to 6:45 p.m. Following the show, the science fair exhibits will continue to be open for public viewing until 7:30 p.m., when the science fair grand champions will be announced. At that time, there will be a raffle for the free, CSO-sponsored iPad. The drawing includes those classes who participated in the science fair. The science fair will feature 50 projects, which involve a total of 249 elementary students. For more information, email Kelley Bethell-Smith at: kjbethell@hotmail.com. .

World Day of Prayer Friday at Baldwin First UMC The Baldwin City observation of the World Day of Prayer, an ecumenical observation of informed prayer, will be at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Baldwin First United Methodist Church, Eight and Grove streets. The theme this year is “Let Justice Prevail” was chosen by women of Malaysia.

Photographer to speak at Baker Jim Richardson, a National Geographic magazine photographer who took a cover photo of a King James Bible housed at Baker University, will speak at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at McKibbin Recital Hall at the Owens Musical Arts Building, 408 Eighth St. The King James Bible used in the photo is part of the university’s William A. Quayle Rare Bible Collection and was used as part of the magazine’s commemoration of the book’s 400th anniversary. Richardson, Lindsborg, also traveled to England, Jamaica and Wyoming for the story. His photos will be on display Tuesday through May 20 at the Quayle Bible Collection, which is housed in the south wing of Collins Library, 518 Eighth St.

Elementary student show opening at Lumberyard The opening for the Baldwin USD 348 elementary school art show will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Lumberyard Arts Center, 718 High Street. The show will run through March 27. The arts center gallery is open from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday.


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When one thinks of Shakespeare, fairies and bad acting aren’t usually what come to mind, but Tom Heiman says that’s exactly what audience members should expect during Baker University’s production of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Heiman, co-producer and technical director of the production, said in the play young lovers get confused because fairies make a mistake and cause two boys to fall in love with the wrong girl, and the other girl is trying to figure out what she did wrong. Meanwhile, the king of the real world is getting married and four babbling idiots decide to put on a show for him. “I’ve never given the note before in my life as a director, ‘that wasn’t bad enough. It could be worse. You actually did that scene too well (because the babbling idiots) have got to be bad,’” he said. Part of the fun of the show was learning the 16th century English language. “Don’t be afraid if it’s Shakespeare and you don’t think you’ll understand what’s going on,” Heiman said. “We’ve got that pretty well covered as to make sure that people understand the story.” Heiman said the reason Shakespeare said things over and over again was because the average Englishman of his time period had a vocabulary four times the size of the 21st century

American. Today, people have pictures, videos and means to describe something so others can understand, but in 16th century there wasn’t anything available but words to get a point across. “We went through, and as much as our fellow English professors are going to cringe at the following statement, where Shakespeare repeated it four times, we said lets see if we can get that down to two,” Heiman said. A fight scene was also added to the storyline to make the show a bit more interesting for the audience. Baker’s production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” consists of 13 Baker students, two Baldwin City community members and one Baker alumna. Auditions were open to all Baldwin City community members. “It’s a big show, so we open it up to the community and anybody who wanted to be in it,” Heiman said. “Usually when we do a larger show we really make an effort to try to get people in the community (involved).” The two community members, Trevor Groundwater and Elizabeth Masson, are high school students. Masson has the role of Mustardseed, and Groundwater will play Philostrate. The cast has been rehearsing for opening night since Jan.21 with threehour rehearsals six days a week. Performances of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and at 2p.m. Sunday in Rice Auditorium.

| BAKER SPORTS ROUNDUP | Wildcats clinch No. 3 seed Baker University erupted for 54 second-half points to toppled Central Methodist 90-75 in the regular-season finale on Saturday at the Collins Center, securing the No. 3 seed for the postseason Heart of America Athletic Conference men’s basketball tournament. Junior Corey Anderson scored a teamhigh 23 points for Baker. Junior Ben Steinlage (17 points), sophomore Todd Johnston (12) and senior Jack Shortell (11) also scored in double figures for Baker. Leading 36-35 at halftime, Baker opened the second half with a 20-6 run in the first 10 minutes to extend its lead to 56-41. The Wildcats finished the contest 31-for-59 (53 percent) from the floor and 11-for-22 (50 percent) from beyond the arc. Baker’s bench outscored Central Methodist 66-17. Baker (19-10 overall, 12-6 HAAC) will open the postseason tournament against No. 6 Benedictine College at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 29, at the Collins Center. The winner will play the Central Methodist-Evangel winner on Friday. Baker last hosted a playoff game in 2000, when the Wildcats finished 10-8 in the conference.

Perfect game highlights BU baseball weekend Baker University won 3 of 4 games in a weekend series with Dakota State at Sauder Field, capped by a 3-0 victory and

perfect game from pitcher Nathan Wheelock. Wheelock, a senior from Russell, struck out seven batters in nine innings in the second game on Sunday. Bryan Kindle, Joshua Zach and Ryan Terstriep all knocked in runs in the shutout. Dakota State, located in Madison, S.D., opened the Sunday doubleheader with a 6-0 victory. On Saturday, the Wildcats won the first game 3-2 behind a complete game from Chris Cummins. Steven Stewart, Zach and Chris Derby delivered RBIs in the game. Baker closed Saturday with a commanding 7-2 victory. James Gricol picked up the victory, going five innings while giving up four hits and two earned runs. Joey Orozco highlighted the offense, going 2-for-3 with three RBIs. Derby drove in two runs. Baker (4-4) will play Tuesday at Tabor in Hillsboro. Its next home doubleheader is Friday, March 2 against Mount Mercy.

Baker women fall in finale Baker University’s women’s basketball team closed the season with a 57-52 loss to Central Methodist on Saturday at the Collins Gym. Senior Gloria Atanmo scored 17 points and had nine rebounds to pace the Wildcats, who outscored Central Methodist 30-26 in the second half. Baker finished 6-24 overall and 4-14 in the Heart of America Athletic Conference.

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For the second-consecutive year, the Baldwin Education Foundation has invited a distinguished Baldwin High School graduate to speak at its annual luncheon. The foundation started the practice last year with Boeing test pilot Michael Carriker, the lead test pilot for the company’s new 787 Dreamliner passenger jet. This year, the foundation invited 1957 BHS graduate Joyce Castle. A mezzo soprano with a long career in opera, Castle will speak and sing after the lunch at the district’s new Performing Arts Center. Kathy Grestner, executive director of the foundation, said the luncheon is the foundation’s biggest annual fundraiser. The nonprofit organization was founded in 2003 with the mission of helping USD 348 students, faculty and staff attain excellence. To do so, the foundation awards Innovative Project Grants to teachers. Last fall, 20 grants totaling $13,000 were awarded to 41 district teachers, which were distributed to classrooms during the annual Paws Patrol. The foundation also provides administrative scholarships to district schools. A video by BHS senior Kylie King will be shown at the luncheon, documenting the classroom uses of the grants. The event will be from noon to 1:15 p.m., March 8, at the Baldwin Junior High School Commons and the Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $25 and available at the Baldwin Junior High School or at the district office, 708 Chapel Street.

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Joyce Castle, a 1957 Baldwin High School graduate and past member of the New York City and Metropolitan operas, will return March 8 to her hometown to be the keynote speaker and sing at the Baldwin Education Foundation’s annual luncheon. Now a Kansas University vocal music professor, Castle has performed 134 roles in her 40-year career in opera.

Castle returning to hometown for musical performance BY ELVYN JONES EJONES@THEWORLDCO.INFO

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hen Joyce Castle talks about her life and work, she talks of New York City, Paris, Rome, Berlin and San Francisco and people such as Beverly Sills, Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim. But she often refers to Baldwin City and sprinkles in the names of Alice Anne Callahan, Wendell Hicks and other

people from her childhood. She’s not name-dropping when she talks about the famous, anymore than teachers would be in mentioning the co-workers and principals they knew during their careers. Last year, mezzosoprano Castle celebrated her 40th year in opera, a career than included a 25 years with the New York City Opera and 14 at the Metropolitan Opera. She has performed 134 roles in opera and musicals.

Baldwin City residents will be able to hear Castle when she will be the keynote speaker March 8 at the Baldwin Education Foundation’s annual luncheon. Castle will conclude that gathering with a short performance in the district’s new Performing Arts Center. “We started last year inviting distinguished alumni to speak with Michael SEE BALDWIN CITY, PAGE 7

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