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By Public Information Officer Ken Miller

Crystal clear blue skies and temperatures around 70 degrees greeted vendors, visitors and staff during Lansing’s annual Fall Festival on Sat., Oct. 8.

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Nearly 70 vendors hawked food, crafts and various other sundries during the six hour event, in which hundreds walked up and down Angel

Falls Trail between W. Mary St. and Ida St. Acoustic guitar notes rang out from Lawrence performer Sky Smeed while balloon and caricature artists made dozens of kids happy. And not to be forgotten – ducks, chickens, goats and a pot belly pig kept young and old alike entertained.

2016 was the second year the Lansing Fall Festival took place along Angel Falls Trail. Earlier, the event formerly called “Autumn in the Grove,” was located at Kelly Grove Park. Due to problems with poor drainage, the Festival was permanently moved to the current location.

“We are always looking for ways to improve our events,” said Community and Economic Development Director Stefanie Leif. “This year we unloaded and loaded vendors at two locations – on the south side and north side. That really helped with traffic flow and just being more efficient with getting everyone in place and set up.” (continued on page 4)

2016-2017 CONNECTION CALENDAR

KIRBY’S BYLINE By Mayor Gene Kirby

NOVEMBER November 3 .........City Council Meeting November 11 .......Veterans Day – City Offices Closed November 17 .......City Council Meeting November 24 .......Thanksgiving – City Offices Closed

DECEMBER December 1 ........City Council Meeting December 4 ........Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting December 15 ......City Council Meeting December 23 ......City Offices Close at Noon December 26 ......Christmas Observed, ............................City Offices Closed

JANUARY January 2 ...........New Year’s Day Observed, ............................City Offices Closed January 3-31......Spring Soccer Registration January 5 ...........City Council Meeting January 16 .........Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. ............................City Offices Closed January 19 .........City Council Meeting January 26 .........City Council Work Session

First of all, I want to thank all of you who contributed to our Police Appreciation Picnic. I am very pleased to say it was a great success. Thank you to all who made it possible. We had a cookout with plenty to eat and drink. Donations allowed us to provide each child under the age of twelve with a goodie bag. All of the children also received a Sonic Gift Card. Because of the generosity of so many, we were also able to provide the officers with a gift card from WalMart. The kindness of our citizens, local businesses, and community groups made this all possible. Let me also thank our great city staff for their work on making the Fall Festival a huge success. The weather was great and the atten-

dance was as well. Our hats off to Jessica Waters and the fine job she did. I am sorry to say that Jessica is leaving us for another opportunity in a different field of work. The Lansing Police Dept. is also losing a longtime employee, Ann Magee. We wish them both well. The current 7-Mile Action Plan is about 90 percent complete. The 9-Mile Action Plan is scheduled to begin on Nov. 7, 2016. These upgrades were (continued on next page)


Lansing Kansas Connection Nov. 2016