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fyi Construction at 75th Street exit Starting next week, northbound traffic on Interstate 35 will be blocked from exiting onto 75th Street, due to a two-month construction project. The exit will close at about 9 a.m. Monday and is scheduled to remain closed until May 25 while crews complete tie-in work for the new 75th Street collector-distributor ramp system — which involves the existing so-called “tunnel to nowhere,” according to a Kansas Department of Transportation announcement. A marked detour will be provided; northbound I-35 traffic will detour either via eastbound 67th Street to southbound Antioch Road to 75th Street, or via eastbound 87th Street to northbound Antioch Road to 75th Street. Find updated daily traffic information for the project online at eclose.asp.

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St. Pat’s makes a splash It rained most of the day Sunday, but that didn’t stop McKaylee Nave, 6, of Overland Park from having fun at the Great Shawnee Duck Race. For more photos from Sunday’s St. Patrick’s Parade and Duck Race, see Our Town, page 20.




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Shawnee Mission Northwest’s resurgent season came to an end in the first round of the 6A girls basketball state tournament in Wichita. Page 15.





Fundraiser to help injured Benninghoven sixth grader



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Influenza now ‘widespread’ in Kansas

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment in a press release last week warned influenza is now at its highest level in the state this season and reminded residents vaccines were still available. Q: What are the symptoms of flu and influenza? A: Symptoms include fever, headache, extreme tiredness, dry cough and muscle aches. Complications can include pneumonia, ear and sinus infections, and dehydration; influenza may make other chronic conditions worse. Q: There hasn’t been as much media focus on flu and influenza this year. Has it been a calm year? A: Though influenza activity has remained lower than usual in Kansas this season, activity has been steadily increasing over the last several weeks, with the latest weekly influenza surveillance report showing Kansas with “widespread” flu-like illness. Q: What does “widespread” mean? A: For the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to identify a state

as “widespread,” the outbreaks of influenza or increases in influenzalike illness cases and recent laboratory-confirmed influenza are in at least half the regions of the state, with recent laboratory evidence of influenza in that state. Q: It’s March and spring starts next week. Is the flu season over? A: Influenza will continue to circulate through spring, so there is still time for people to get a flu vaccination to protect themselves, their families and the community. Q: Why should I get a flu shot? A: The seasonal influenza types we’ve seen in Kansas are covered by the current vaccine. All persons six months and older are recommended to receive an annual influenza vaccine. This is especially important for anyone at high risk of complications or who is caring for, or in regular contact with, an infant less than 6 months of age. Babies this age are too young to be vaccinated and are more vulnerable to the complications from influenza disease.

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Students and staff at Rhein Benninghoven Elementary are banding together to help a student who was hit by a car in January. Isaac Manica, a sixth-grader at Benninghoven, was released from Children’s Mercy Hospital last week and will undergo rehabilitative therapy several hours each day as he recovers. Teachers and peers have planned an Applebee’s Flapjack Fundraiser, which will raise money for the Manica family’s hospital and therapy expenses, from 810 a.m. March 25 at Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar, 11500 W. 63rd St. Tickets are $5 per person and include one stack of pancakes and juice, coffee or milk. Three dollars from each ticket will go directly to the Isaac Manica Miracle Fund. Additionally, there will be a bake sale and silent auction during breakfast. Benninghoven students and staff will sell tickets from 3-7 p.m. Friday at HyVee, Shawnee Mission Parkway and Pflumm Road. Tickets also can be purchased at the door the day of the event. Additionally, donations are being collected online at and at First National Bank. Contributions to the Isaac Manica Miracle Fund can be dropped off in person or mailed to First National Bank, 6301 Pflumm Road, Shawnee KS 66216.

Chamber seeks applications for annual scholarship The Shawnee Chamber of Commerce is accepting applications for its annual $1,500 Betty Charlton Scholarship award, named in memory of a longtime chamber employee. Applicants must be high school seniors and live in Shawnee or attend a Shawnee feeder school in the De Soto or Shawnee Mission district. Applicants must demonstrate involvement in community leadership and have the equivalent of a 3.0 GPA. The winner will be notified in May and recognized at the chamber’s June monthly membership luncheon. For more information or to download an application, call the chamber at 913-631-6545, or go online to Applications must be accompanied by an official copy of the student’s transcript and received at the chamber office by 5 p.m. March 23.

Riptide playing Knights’ next dance party The next Knights of Columbus “Classic Rock Dance Party” is set for 7-11 p.m. March 24 at Knights of Columbus Council 2332 Hall, 11221 Johnson Drive. Riptide will perform music from the 1960s and 1970s. A $5 donation includes admission, Polish sausage, chips and snacks. Drinks are an additional cost. Attendees must be at least 21 years old.



City wants to expand downtown tax rebate area ty owners who aren’t eligible for rebates have been inspired to clean up their yards or touch up paint jobs when nearby properties make larger investments. Many current downtown projects are BY SARA SHEPHERD small, Chaffee said. He said if the area is expanded as proposed, he expected largSSHEPHERD@THEWORLDCO.INFO er-scale improvements. Shawnee leaders say tax incentives The proposed expansion, roughly, have been an important boost for the would extend the area west to Rosehill city’s aging downtown core, and they Road and north to 55th Street, add a porwant to expand the eligible area to help tion of the Shawnee Mission Parkway more of Shawnee’s older neighborhoods. corridor (from Quivira to Caenen Lake The Kansas Neighborhood Revitaliza- Road) and add a portion of the Nieman tion Act allows cities to designate areas Road corridor (from 64th Street to 67th that are deteriorating — or have poten- Street). It would also include the Montial for deterioration — and give tax rovia neighborhood west of Quivira and rebates to owners therein who improve north of Johnson Drive. their properties. Shawnee’s downtown The commercial areas were included neighborhood revitalization district, cre- because they have potential for revitalated in 2003, is up for renewal, and a pro- ization or new development over the posal calls for doubling it in size. next ten years, according to a city staff At last week’s report. City Council ComCouncil mem“We’ve had a lot of development mittee meeting, bers suggested that based on that, and I think we council members properties where should continue.” said the transition community Dan Pflumm would be the right improvement disShawnee City Council time to update the tricts are in place — designated area. for now 10 Quivira They voted to Plaza is the city’s move forward with renewing and only community improvement district expanding the program, with the full — should not be eligible for the new council expected to discuss the matter in neighborhood revitalization program. May. If approved, there would be public City manager Carol Gonzales said staff hearings later this year, and changes would consider that when devising lanwould go into effect in January. guage about eligibility. “We’ve had a lot of development based For property owners to be eligible for on that, and I think we should contin- rebates, improvements must increase ue,” said council member Dan Pflumm their property’s appraised value by at in a sentiment shared by other members least $5,000. Taxes charged on the increin attendance. mental increase in appraised value are There are 13 residential and 17 com- rebated for a period of ten years. mercial properties, plus two more joining Of the rebate, 90 percent goes to the soon, participating in the downtown property owner and 10 percent stays in neighborhood revitalization district, the city’s Neighborhood Revitalization which covers Quivira Road to Switzer Fund, which helps pay for Downtown Road, from 57th Street south to 64th Improvement Grants for exterior Street. Since the program’s inception, improvements to downtown businesses. there has been $43.6 million in private In 2010, $234,259 was rebated to properand public investment in the area, with ty owners, with $23,425 going to the improvements increasing participating Neighborhood Revitalization Fund, properties’ values by $2.2 million, according to a staff report. according to a city staff report. Staff is proposing 10 percent of rebates Shawnee planning director Paul Chaf- from newly added areas go toward transfee said he didn’t think Shawnee would portation enhancements, such as new have seen the same successes if property bus stop structures or other economic owners didn’t have the economic devel- improvements in the neighborhood opment tool. revitalization district. “Probably if this program wasn’t availOther taxing jurisdictions that agreed able to them they wouldn’t have made to the rebate program — and that also the improvements that they made,” must agree to changes — are Johnson Chaffee said, adding that in some cases County, Johnson County Community owners would have pursued improve- College, the Shawnee Mission school disments of lesser quality. trict, the Johnson County Library and Chaffee said improvements could the Johnson County Park and Recreation have a domino effect, too. Even proper- District.

More properties would be eligible for incentives

Dates set for Tidy Town large item pickup Tidy Town, the city of Shawnee’s large item pick-up day, will take place April 28 for residents who live east of Pflumm Road and May 5 for residents who live west of Pflumm. Residents’ respective trash haulers are responsible for hauling off large items, and the service is included in residents’ basic trash rates. Residents should contact haulers for specific instructions and lists of items that will or will not be picked up. Remember, do not place hazardous materials such as car batteries, paints, solvents or liquid waste out for collection. For disposal of such items, call Johnson County Environmental Department at 913-715-6900. Haulers will pick up all acceptable items that appear they are left out for pick

up. To avoid confusion, items such as basketball goals, large planters, etc., should not be left at the curb. Deffenbaugh customers must leave one of their Deffenbaugh trash carts at the curb so drivers know to pick up large items. Those items with no cart next to them will not be collected.


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3/14 | WEDNESDAY • Shawnee Chamber of Commerce Weekly Networking Group, 7:30 a.m., Home Town Buffet, 7317 Quivira Road • Spring Fling Fun at Ernie Miller, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Ernie Miller Nature Center, 909 N. Highway 7, Olathe

3/15 | THURSDAY • Shawnee/Lenexa Chapter of Business Network International meeting, 7 a.m., First Watch, 11112 Shawnee Mission Parkway • Spring Fling Fun at Ernie Miller, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Ernie Miller Nature Center, 909 N. Highway 7, Olathe

3/16 | FRIDAY • Shawnee Rotary Club, 7:15 a.m., Home Town Buffet, 7317 Quivira Road • Job Club, 8:30 a.m., Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, Shawnee, 5501 Monticello Road • Spring Fling Fun at Ernie Miller, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Ernie Miller Nature Center, 909 N. Highway 7, Olathe • Sacred Heart Fish Fry, 5 p.m., Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, Shawnee, 5501 Monticello Road • St. Joseph Shrimp Dinner, 5 p.m., Shawnee Knights of Columbus Hall, 11221 Johnson Drive

3/17 | SATURDAY • St. Patrick’s Celebration for Senior Citizens, 10 a.m., Greenwood Terrace Retirement Community, 11150 Greenwood St., Lenexa.

3/19 | MONDAY • Shawnee Mission Optimist Club, noon, First Watch, 11112 Shawnee Mission Parkway • Shawnee Planning Commission, 7:30 p.m., Shawnee City Hall, 11110 Johnson Drive

3/20 | TUESDAY • Biz 2 Biz Connections, 8 a.m., Edward Jones Investments, 5725 Nieman Road, Suite D • Shawnee Kiwanis Club, noon, First Watch, 11112 Shawnee Mission Parkway • Tour of Celebration: 65 Years of Choreography, 8 p.m., Music Hall, 301 W. 13th St., Kansas City, Mo.

3/21 | WEDNESDAY • Shawnee Chamber of Commerce Weekly Networking Group, 7:30 a.m., Home Town Buffet, 7317 Quivira Road • City of Shawnee Girls Night Out Bunco, 7 p.m., Shawnee Civic Centre, 13817 Johnson Drive • Tour of Celebration: 65 Years of Choreography, 8 p.m., Music Hall, 301 W. 13th St., Kansas City, Mo.

3/22 | THURSDAY • Shawnee/Lenexa Chapter of Business Network International meeting, 7 a.m., First Watch, 11112 Shawnee Mission Parkway • Johnson County Community College Board of Trustees meeting, 4 p.m., Johnson County Community College, 12345 College Blvd., Overland Park • Tour of Celebration: 65 Years of Choreography, 8 p.m., Music Hall, 301 W. 13th St., Kansas City, Mo.

3/23 | FRIDAY • Shawnee Rotary Club, 7:15 a.m., Home Town Buffet, 7317 Quivira Road • Job Club, 8:30 a.m., Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, Shawnee, 5501 Monticello Road • Sacred Heart Fish Fry, 5 p.m., Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, Shawnee, 5501 Monticello Road • St. Joseph Shrimp Dinner, 5 p.m., Shawnee Knights of Columbus Hall, 11221 Johnson Drive

3/24 | SATURDAY • Spring Fling Carnival for Metro Lutheran Ministry, 8 a.m., Bethany Lutheran Church, 9101 Lamar Ave., Overland Park • Shawnee Rain Barrel Workshop, 10 a.m., Shawnee Civic Centre, 13817 Johnson Drive • Johnson County Genealogical Society, 10 a.m., Johnson County Central Resource Library, 9875 W. 87th St., Overland Park

• Knights of Columbus Classic Rock Dance Party, 7 p.m., Shawnee Knights of Columbus Hall, 11221 Johnson Drive

3/25 | SUNDAY • 2012 season auditions for Theatre in the Park, 9 a.m., Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City, 5801 W. 115th St., Overland Park

3/26 | MONDAY

MUSEUMS AND LIBRARIES JOHNSON COUNTY LIBRARY SHAWNEE BRANCH 13811 JOHNSON DRIVE, 913-826-4600 • 6 by 6: Ready to Read Early Literacy Spaces. Drop in through May 31 with your preschooler, and use a picture book to explore activities to enhance children’s pre-reading skills.

JOHNSON COUNTY MUSEUM OF HISTORY 6305 LACKMAN ROAD, 913-715-2550 • Pop ‘n Play, 9-11 a.m. March 14. Drop-in activities for 9-month- to 3-year-olds. $1 per child, or free for members. • Spring Arts Program, 10 a.m.-noon March 15. Drop-in program for 4- to 8-year-olds. The day’s theme is “Making Animals,” and children will use paper plates, yarn and construction paper to create them. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Dress for mess. Cost is $3 per child, or $2 for members.

• Spring Arts Program, 10 a.m.-noon March 16. Drop-in program for 4- to 8-year-olds. The day’s theme is St. Patrick’s Day, and children will make shamrocks and leprechauns. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Dress for mess. Cost is $3 per child, or $2 for members. • Jo Ho Storyteller, 10-11 a.m. March 21. Jump through “Spring Puddles,” and take home a free book yourself. Free. Groups of 10 or more must pre-register. • Pop ‘n Play, 9-11 a.m. March 28. Drop-in activities for 9-month- to 3-year-olds. $1 per child, or free for members.

MONTICELLO COMMUNITY HISTORICAL MUSEUM 23860 W. 83RD ST., LENEXA, 913-667-3706 • Annual Mulch and Plant Sale, 2-7 p.m. March 30 and 8 a.m.-1 p.m. March 31. • Annual Chili Cook-Off and Potluck, 6:30 p.m. April 12. The program is “Monticello Community Historical Museum Tour: Did you know?”

• Shawnee Mission Optimist Club, noon, First Watch, 11112 Shawnee Mission Parkway • Shawnee Mission Board of Education, 7 p.m., McEachen Administrative Center, 7235 Antioch Road, Overland Park • Shawnee City Council, 7:30 p.m., Shawnee City Hall, 11110 Johnson Drive

3/27 | TUESDAY • Biz 2 Biz Connections, 8 a.m., Edward Jones Investments, 5725 Nieman Road, Suite D • Johnson County State of the County Address, 11:30 a.m., Ritz Charles Overland Park, 9000 W. 137th St., Overland Park • Shawnee Kiwanis Club, noon, First Watch, 11112 Shawnee Mission Parkway

3/28 | WEDNESDAY • Shawnee Chamber of Commerce Weekly Networking Group, 7:30 a.m., Home Town Buffet, 7317 Quivira Road • Shawnee Mission Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, 12:30 p.m., Hillcrest Covenant Church, 8801 Nall Ave., Prairie Village • Diabetes Support Group, 7 p.m., Shawnee United Methodist Church, 10700 Johnson Drive

3/29 | THURSDAY • Shawnee/Lenexa Chapter of Business Network International meeting, 7 a.m., First Watch, 11112 Shawnee Mission Parkway

3/30 | FRIDAY • Shawnee Rotary Club, 7:15 a.m., Home Town Buffet, 7317 Quivira Road • Job Club, 8:30 a.m., Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, Shawnee, 5501 Monticello Road • Kindergarten round-up, 11 a.m. or 2 p.m., Benninghoven Elementary School, 6720 Caenen Ave., 913-993-1900 • Sacred Heart Fish Fry, 5 p.m., Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, Shawnee, 5501 Monticello Road • St. Joseph Shrimp Dinner, 5 p.m., Shawnee Knights of Columbus Hall, 11221 Johnson Drive

3/31 | SATURDAY • Healthy Yards Expo, 9 a.m., Lenexa Conference Center, 11184 Lackman Road, Lenexa • The Talleys and Dysart Family Night of Worship, 6 p.m., Cowen Memorial Auditorium, 7401 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park

4/2 | MONDAY • Shawnee Mission Optimist Club, noon, First Watch, 11112 Shawnee Mission Parkway • Shawnee Planning Commission, 7:30 p.m., Shawnee City Hall, 11110 Johnson Drive

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4/3 | TUESDAY • Biz 2 Biz Connections, 8 a.m., Edward Jones Investments, 5725 Nieman Road, Suite D • Shawnee Kiwanis Club, noon, First Watch, 11112 Shawnee Mission Parkway • Shawnee City Council Committee, 7 p.m., Shawnee City Hall, 11110 Johnson Drive

4/4 | WEDNESDAY • Shawnee Chamber of Commerce Weekly Networking Group, 7:30 a.m., Home Town Buffet, 7317 Quivira Road

4/5 | THURSDAY • Shawnee/Lenexa Chapter of Business Network International meeting, 7 a.m., First Watch, 11112 Shawnee Mission Parkway • Garden Club of Shawnee Monthly Meeting, 7 p.m., Shawnee Town Hall, 11600 Johnson Drive

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News staff earns awards in annual press contest DISPATCH STAFF REPORT The Shawnee Dispatch news staff won numerous honors in the Kansas Press Association’s 2012 Awards of Excellence competition, the association announced Thursday. The Dispatch competed against other Kansas newspapers in the Non-daily Division 3 category, featuring newspapers with circulations of more than 4,000. Entries were published during 2011. Winners will be recognized April 21 in Overland Park, during the association’s annual convention. In news and writing categories, The Dispatch staff took first place overall in News and Writing Excellence. Staff members won the following individual awards: • First place, News Story, news editor Sara Shepherd for “Officer stops twins’

suicide attempt” • First place, Education Story, reporter Stephen Montemayor, now the paper’s sports editor, for “Hispanic pride takes center stage” • First place, Sports Story, Montemayor for “Clinic educates about dangers of sports-related concussions” • First place, Sports Feature Story, Montemayor for “Crash cuts boxing dreams short” • Second place, Feature Story, Shepherd for “Heavy lifting: Moving day in this business all about physics, geometry” • Second place, News Story, Shepherd for “Until justice is done: With final murder conviction, families of slain Mill Valley graduates near end of painful court process” • Second place, Religion Story, Shepherd for “New church embraces hints of

building’s past” • Second place, Sports Story, Montemayor for “It was from ‘Big House to the Big Leagues’ for four” • Third place, Sports Feature Story, Montemayor for “Considering concussions” • Third place, Sports Column Writing, former sports editor Chris Wristen for “Applebee builds family atmosphere at Mill Valley,” “Local stars give reason for KC kids to dream big” and “Shawnee is a community of athletes” In the photography and video categories, Dispatch staffers won the following individual awards: • First place, Sports Photo, Wristen for photo of St. James Academy girls soccer players celebrating after game-winning goal against Kansas City Christian • First place, Best Online Video (News), Wristen for “St. James Academy topples

Louisburg” • First place, Best Online Video (Feature), Shepherd for “Square dancing with the Swingin’ Singles” • Second place, Feature Photo, Shepherd for photo of girl playing in a water feature at the Thomas A. Soetaert Aquatic Center • Second place, Best Online Video (News), Shepherd for “Community celebrates K-7/Johnson Drive project completion” In design and layout categories, The Dispatch staff took second place overall for Design and Layout Excellence and for Sports Pages. ONLINE: To find links to all the winning entries, find this story online at

Fire department reminds residents to check smoke alarms SPECIAL TO THE DISPATCH Daylight savings time started Sunday, and the Shawnee Fire Department is reminding residents that when they change their clocks, they should change the batteries in their smoke alarms. According to the National Fire Protection Association, a working smoke alarm increases your family’s chances of a safe escape from a fire by more than 50 percent. The fire department suggests you install at least one smoke alarm inside every sleeping area and on every level of your home. But installation is just the first step in protecting your family from fires. Smoke


For more information about the Shawnee Fire Department’s free smoke alarm program or other fire safety tips, call 913-631-1080.

alarms also need to be tested and maintained if they are to continue to be your family’s nose at night. The fire department offers these simple tips to ensure your smoke alarms are in good working order: Testing: Test each alarm once a month to make sure it’s operating. Testing is the only way to ensure it’s working to protect

you. Push the test button and listen for the alarm. If you can’t reach the alarm, stand under it and push the test button with a broom handle. Replacing batteries: If your smoke alarms are battery operated, replace the batteries according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Do this at least twice a year (an easy reminder — change your clock, change your batteries), or when the alarm chirps, alerting you the battery power is low. Replace the batteries immediately if you move into a new home. Make sure no one disables your smoke

Now THIS is something to Smile About!

| D E AT H S | JESSIE R. HARRIS 1928-2012

Jessie R. Harris, 84, of Shawnee, KS passed away March 5, 2012. A visitation was held from 6 to 8 pm Friday at the Amos Family Funeral Home and Crematory. The funeral service was held 1 pm Saturday also at the funeral home with burial following in Monticello Union Cemetery. Jessie was born Feb. 5, 1928 in Murray, AR to Tom and Pallie (Youngblood) Harris. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 64 years Beverly Harris, a son Kevin Harris, by three brothers and one sister. Jessie is survived by seven children, 15 grandchildren, nine great-

grandchildren, and one great-greatgranddaughter. Jessie was a proud member of Operating Engineers of Local 101. Contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Condolences may be left at (Arr. Amos Family Chapel of Shawnee 913-631-5566) Please sign this guestbook at

alarms by borrowing batteries for other uses. Cleaning: Just as you clean your home, your smoke alarms need to be cleaned. Make sure you follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Cobwebs and dust usually can be removed with a vacuum cleaner attachment. If you are going to be doing work nearby that could send dust in the air, cover the alarm with a shield. Also, shield the alarm if you are painting around it, and never paint on it. Remove the shield promptly after work is completed.

CONGRATULATIONS REED WILKINSON! Reed is a 6th grader at Sacred Heart School in Shawnee. He plays basketball for an AAU team- the Golden Eagles. Reed loves to write short stories and wants to be a writer someday!

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QUOTEWORTHY There is scarcely anything in the world that some man cannot make a little worse, and sell a little more cheaply. The person who buys on price alone is this man's lawful prey.

John Ruskin

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Songs conjur memories, if only fleeting ones Every so often a song will sort of lodge Let’s face it, it’s not as if the lyrics by in my memory, and I’ll find myself hum- themselves are so powerful that they ming it as I go about my daily tasks. should stick in your memory out of the The songs of our youth transport us sheer majesty of the language. Some of back into those times — not carefree them are evocative in their own right, times, necessarily, but still times we like but many of them are downright banal to remember all the same. — the sort of moon-june-croon-spoon Some songs are variety. associated in my JOHN BEAL Some of the songs memory with particuthat I remember are lar, specific events. For jazz classics that I got example, I can to know when I remember where I was became interested in and what I was doing jazz during my college the first time I heard years. Bobbie Gentry’s “Ode But then some of to Billie Joe.” (I was them are classics of a driving on Roe Bouledifferent sort. vard in September The latest one of I can remember where I was these 1967, just a few days ditties to stick in after I got out of the and what I was doing the first my brain is a nonsentime I heard Bobbie Gentry’s sical little song from Army.) Other songs take Lonnie Donnigan. I “Ode to Billie Joe.” (I was me back further. Elvis remember it from driving on Roe Boulevard in Presley’s “All Shook when I was in high September 1967, just a few Up” puts me in the school: days after I got out of the house we lived in dur“Does your chewing my teenage years. Army.) Other songs take me ing gum lose its flavor For some reason on the bedpost back further. which I cannot fathovernight/ If your om, my memory of mother says don’t the song places me chew it do you swalnot actually in the low it in spite/ Can house, but out in front, on the sidewalk. you catch it on your tonsils, can you “All Shook Up” topped the charts in heave it left and right/ Does your chew1957, when I was 15. ing gum lose its flavor on the bedpost I find that a lot of the songs I remem- overnight?” ber are like that — they evoke memories Unlike some of the others, I have no of specific times and places. specific memories with this song. Given I’m not sure why this should be so. the subject, that’s probably just as well.


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Does it matter which political party the Shawnee mayor and City Council members belong to?

“I feel certain issues do make a difference at certain positions. But, overall, as long as genuine welfare is kept in mind for all the citizens, party affiliation should not matter.” Satinder Hundal

“No. Competently addressing local issues and concerns is imperative to being elected, which trumps city officials’ desire or need to adhere to ideologies representing strict party lines.”


“I’m not as concerned about party affiliation as I am about the choices they make with our tax dollars.” Haley Majernik Shawnee

Michael Sanders Shawnee

| LETTERS | Grocery, convenience store liquor sales bad for the community To the editor: Convenience stores and grocery stores are urging the Kansas Legislature to let them sell hard liquor, strong beer and wine. These companies also want to change the law to allow teenage clerks (18- and 19-year-olds) to sell and handle these products. I’m the owner of Jack’s Discount Wines and Spirits here in Shawnee, 13342 W. 62nd Terrace, and I can tell you this is a bad idea. Kansas retail liquor stores are locally-owned. They are our neighbors and members of our community. Kansas retailers know their customers and are responsible to the community they live

in. A clerk who is 21-years or older in a current retail liquor store sincerely cares about not selling to a minor, and the effects that will have on the community and business. I doubt this will be the case with an 18-year-old high school senior working in an out-ofstate owned store, who is likely to sell to friends. The Kansas Legislature should say NO to convenience store and grocery store sales of liquor. Dhaval Patel Olathe

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Incumbent sees streets, vacancies as key issues BY MELISSA TREOLO MTREOLO@THEWORLDCO.INFO

Mickey Sandifer is seeking his third term on the Shawnee City Council. “My heart is in Shawnee,” Sandifer said in a written questionnaire from The Dispatch. “I would like to continue to be in a position to guarantee an enjoyable community for all to live, work and play.” Sandifer, 56, president of Sandifer Leasing Inc. and 50-year Shawnee resident, faces challenger Dylan McAfee for the Ward IV seat in the April 3 general election. Sandifer said he would like to continue addressing the vacant buildings in the city and filling them with new businesses. “Shawnee has an excess of vacant buildings at the present time. I would investigate various incentives that would help alleviate this problem,” Sandifer said. “I believe that filling these vacant buildings with various businesses, therefore providing new job opportunities, would do much for advancing the economic growth of our community.” Those vacancies could also be filled with housing, Sandifer said, noting that there is a need in the city for more affordable housing for seniors. More housing of any kind, he said, would go a long way toward drawing more Shawnee residents. “There are those commuters that would love to relocate to Shawnee if desired housing was available,” Sandifer

MICKEY SANDIFER Age: 56 Occupation: President of Sandifer Leasing Inc. Years lived in Shawnee: 50 Family: Wife, Dona; four children and nine grandchildren

said. Sandifer also places importance on the construction of new businesses and the upkeep of city streets, both of which he thought should be given top priority when it comes to the city’s economic development fund. “I would like to see half of the fund spent on extending utilities through the city right-of-way properties to enable construction of new businesses,” he said. “The remainder I would like to see spent on long overdue street maintenance.” Sandifer said he is proud of the city’s ability to fund those necessary street projects while still placing “less tax burden on our residents than our neighboring cities.” “I believe that our council is working together to the best of their ability to make important decisions for our city as a whole,” Sandifer said.

Candidate says ‘fresh ideas’ will bring growth to city BY MELISSA TREOLO MTREOLO@THEWORLDCO.INFO

Without change, the city can’t succeed, says Dylan McAfee on why he is running for Shawnee City Council. “For Shawnee to grow, I feel we need fresh ideas,” McAfee said. “Observing situations that have been nonproductive gives me an opportunity to offer alternatives, such as substantial reduction in council travel expenditures. I would also like to work towards reversing the franchise fee and reducing the property tax, both of which negatively impact those who can least afford it.” In a written questionnaire from The Dispatch McAfee, 21, a leasing consultant who has lived in Shawnee for three years, addressed why he is running for office. He faces incumbent Mickey Sandifer for the Ward IV seat in the April 3 general election. McAfee said, “I want to participate in improving Shawnee’s future.” Both he and Sandifer were in agreement that one way to do that was to address the city’s vacant-building problem. McAfee said the way to fix the problem was to “reduce unnecessary spending, strengthen our core infrastructure, i.e. roads, police and fire department, and to cut taxes to businesses.” “If we do that,” McAfee said, “we will begin to see businesses make their way back to Shawnee.” McAfee said local government should “get out of the way” when it comes to economic development in the city.

DYLAN MCAFEE Age: 21 Occupation: Leasing consultant Years lived in Shawnee: Three Family: Three siblings, parents and stepparents Campaign website:

“We’ve seen how well government ‘help’ has worked in the 10 Quivira Plaza, where a half percent of every dollar spent by the consumer goes back to the developers,” McAfee said. “If anything, we should be spending the money on improving the infrastructure of the city or passing the savings onto the taxpayer.” The community improvement district at 10 Quivira Plaza was approved last year and is scheduled to go into effect in January 2013. Shoppers will pay an extra halfcent in sales tax on goods purchased there. McAfee said he supported the landfill impact fee that was approved by the council last year, but would not have supported the pay-as-you-throw trash policy.

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JagWire publications nab newsworthy recognition BY MELISSA TREOLO MTREOLO@THEWORLDCO.INFO

While the debate continues over the fate of newspapers, some Mill Valley High School students are demonstrating their commitment to journalism in print and online. They now have the recognition to prove it. One of the JagWire newspaper’s editor-in-chief and its online news site, JagWire News Online, received state and national recognition — Sarah Darby being named Kansas High School Journalist of the Year and JagWire News Online being named as a finalist for a 2012 National Scholastic Press AssociaSarah Darby tion Pacemaker. The Pacemaker MVHS senior award is the most prestigious honor bestowed on high school news publications by the association. “You know, honestly, it still hasn’t sunk in,” Sarah, a senior at MVHS, said of her journalist-of-the-year honor. “So I think my reaction was shock, disbelief. I don’t think when you go into journalism, you do that for the awards. You don’t really stop to think, OK, I could win something for this and people will actually recognize me for something. So, I think your first reaction is just, ‘Wow.’” Web editor Kaitlin Rounds, a senior at MVHS, agreed that the news has been exciting but hard to believe —


Mill Valley High School journalism students Sarah Darby (left), senior, Kristina Milewski, junior, and Kaitlin Rounds, senior, work on the JagWire News Online website, which was named a 2012 National Scholastic Press Association Pacemaker finalist. Darby, a JagWire newspaper editor-in-chief, also was named Kansas High School Journalist of the Year.

especially given that JagWire News Online was only launched in 2010. She said the dedication going on in the newsroom at Mill Valley on a daily basis has a lot to do with that.

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working and dedicated,” said Kaitlin, who moved to the area with her family from Fairfax, Va., where she was also involved in her school’s newspaper. “It was nothing like it is here. … It’s more of like a want-to instead of a have-to kind of feeling.” The JagWire newspaper is a monthly 20-page tabloid, and students contribute articles, photos and video to JagWire News Online on a daily basis. They have also been taking advantage of social media such as Facebook and Twitter to get the news out. “We tweet a few times every day,” Kaitlin said.

With 30 students One month, there “I can’t imagine the person I who already see the would have been today without were more than importance of using 5,000 page views. journalism.” the Internet to stay “Our student Sarah Darby relevant, journalism body, I feel like, does JagWire newspaper editor-in-chief teacher Kathy read our work, Habiger said she which is nice, and often feels like she is they look forward to the student and they are teaching her. reading our publication,” Kaitlin said. “I suppose for me as a teacher, it’s “It surprises me to hear how many peomore about trying to keep up with ple are going on and looking at it.” them,” she said. “They know Twitter. The journalism students won’t find They know Facebook. They know the ins out whether they’ve won the Pacemakand outs of the website. … If they get an er until April, when Pacemaker winners idea, I just encourage them to run with will be announced at the National High it.” School Journalism Convention in SeatThe students’ efforts are paying off. tle, sponsored by both the NSPA and the Online readership has grown, Kaitlin Journalism Education Association. said, since the website was launched. Also announced at the convention


will be the National High School Journalist of the Year, for which Sarah is now in the running. She will receive a $1,250 scholarship for the state title, and would garner an additional $5,000 scholarship if she receives the national honor. Kaitlin and Sarah, who both plan to study journalism in college, said working in the field, even at a high school level, comes with its own rewards. “The experience that I’ve gained from being a high school journalist has been invaluable to anything I’ll do in my future,” Sarah said. “I can’t think of a better way to learn how to be a leader, a thinker, a communicator. I can’t imagine the person I would have been today without journalism.”

| E D U C AT I O N B R I E F LY | Student from Shawnee named to DU Dean’s List Alvin Bockwinkel of Shawnee has been named to Dallas University’s Dean’s List for the fall 2011 semester. Bockwinkel is a sophomore at DU majoring in classics.

Shawnee residents help with ESU fundraising Two Shawnee residents are among a team of 20 Emporia State University students that has raised more than $130,000 for the university. Becky Fraker of Shawnee, a sophomore at ESU, and Morgan Barton of

Shawnee, a freshman, are members of a fundraising team that works in the Emporia State University Foundation Call Center. Team members have worked Sunday through Thursday nights since August calling ESU alumni and friends as part of the annual giving program. During the phone calls, students are able to update alumni and friends about happenings at ESU, while also raising money to support the needs on campus not funded by tuition or state appropriations.

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A NEW SMILE FOR THE NEW YEAR! The Maranatha Academy Senior High Concert Band and the Shawnee Mission Northwest Symphonic Band teamed up for an evening in February to perform a joint preview concert at SM Northwest. The music they were previewing was the music they later performed at the Kansas Music Educators Association state convention in Wichita. Here, the Maranatha Academy band performs.

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Bank’s recycling bin one of busiest in area BY SARA SHEPHERD SSHEPHERD@THEWORLDCO.INFO

A Shawnee bank now has a bigger glass bin to accommodate an increased number of glass containers being recycled. RippleGlass delivered the bin in February to Metcalf Bank, 15100 W. 67th St. Some 161 tons of glass were collected during the first year and 214 tons in the past year — making it one of the ten busiest RippleGlass bins in the metropolitan area, said banking center manager Robin Frazee. “It’s going to take a couple extra days to fill up,” Frazee said of the new, bigger bin, “and I’m excited about it.” The bank takes on a couple responsibilities for the bin, including notifying RippleGlass when it’s full and needs to be picked up, Frazee said. In between pickups, she rakes the glass to keep too much from piling up near the deposit windows. RippleGlass said that in 2009, prior to the company’s creation, Kansas City area residents threw away 150 million pounds of glass. Now, glass collected in RippleGlass bins and processed at the company’s plant gets converted into new products, including fiberglass insulation and new glass bottles. RippleGlass has three other bins in Shawnee, according to the company’s website. One is at Cosentino’s Price Chopper, 22210 W 66th St., one at Splash Cove, 5700 King St., and one at Deffenbaugh Industries, 17955 Holliday Drive.


The new RippleGlass recycling bin sits outside Metcalf Bank, 15100 W. 67th St. In February, RippleGlass replaced the bank's old bin with a bigger one after tallying that the bin collected 214 tons of glass last year, one of the ten highest amounts of any RippleGlass bin in the metro area. ONLINE: Want to find out the closest spot to recycle your glass? Find a map of Shawnee’s four RippleGlass bins online at

Chamber of commerce survey reveals opinions, priorities of Johnson County residents SPECIAL TO THE DISPATCH The Shawnee Chamber of Commerce joined with other Johnson County chambers to support and invest in a community scan of Johnson County voters and businesses focused on determining community priorities. The results, released last month, verify the continuation of long-term community priorities, indicating if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it. One key takeaway was the overwhelming positive sentiment in Johnson County that the county is headed in the right direction. Reasons for that sentiment are due to the beliefs about the county’s economy, with 75 percent of voters and 80 percent of business representatives believing the county economy is better than the national economy. When asked what makes Johnson County a good place to live, the quality of education, ability to get around by car, the area’s parks, the values of the people and the youth sports programs and facilities were rated the most positive aspects. Other key points from the survey results: • 43 percent of Johnson County voters indicated pre-K and K-12 schools should be the top priority for Johnson County’s elected officials. • Economic development and job growth, and crime and public safety were

rated the second and third priorities by Johnson County voters, at 37 percent and 33 percent respectively. • Business representatives had similar rankings but put economic development and job growth as the top priority, at 57 percent. • Pre-K and K-12 schools, at 51 percent, and crime and public safety, at 40 percent, were ranked the second and third priorities by business representatives. • 70 percent of voters believe the level of their local taxes is about right. • 81 percent of voters support using Johnson county tax dollars to support economic development projects that will lead to job creation. • 80 percent say they would support a tax increase dedicated to K-12 education. The survey consisted of 800 phone interviews with registered voters throughout Johnson County and 693 online surveys with business representatives throughout Johnson County. It was conducted by Neil Newhouse, Political Opinion Strategies, and implemented through the Overland Park Foundation. Access the survey results in the Government Affairs section of Click on ‘Community Scan.’ — Article provided by Shawnee Chamber of Commerce



Memoir chronicles life-changing brain injury BY KARREY BRITT KBRITT@THEWORLDCO.INFO

Six years ago, 22-year-old Louise Krug suffered from a brain bleed that caused weakness, dizziness, headaches and difficulty with hearing and vision. “It just happened out of the blue — kind of like a stroke,” the Lawrence resident said. She had just graduated from Kansas University with a journalism degree and was pursuing her dreams in California with her boyfriend. She had done some freelance work and was set to begin her first day as a reporter for the Ventura County Star. Instead, she ended up in a hospital emergency room. The next four years would be filled with doctor’s appointments, tests, surgeries and a lot of therapy. She would relearn how to bathe, eat, walk and talk. The experience is the subject of her new book, “Louise: Amended,” which will be released nationally April 17. The book is now available locally at The Raven bookstore, 8 E. Seventh St., Lawrence, and can be pre-ordered online at and other book retailers.

••• Krug discusses her book between sips of bottled water and a latte during an afternoon interview in her office on the third floor of KU’s Wescoe Hall. She’s now 29 and pursuing a doctorate in creative writing while she teaches writing and literature courses part time. She’s also married and a new mom. A framed picture of her 6-month-old daughter, Olive, in a swing and smiling from ear to ear, sits on her desk near a lamp. If there’s a second book, she says motherhood likely will be the subject. “I can’t see how it would be about anything else,” she said smiling. “My life right now is so much around being a mom.”

••• Krug began working on “Louise: Amended” three years ago as part of her thesis for a master’s degree in fine arts. She credits her thesis adviser, Deb Olin Unferth, for helping her land the book deal. Olin Unferth had moved to the East Coast and attended a party where she bumped into a friend of a friend who was starting a small press in Brooklyn, N.Y. Krug emailed a copy of her 140-page thesis, and soon she had an editor and publisher. “I wish I had some great publishing advice, but honestly I don’t,” Krug said. “I was kind of lucky, I guess.”

The 192-page book is written in three parts: before, during and after her brain surgery. But it’s not just about her health. It’s also about relationships. The book is told from rotating points of view, including her mother’s, father’s, brother’s and boyfriend’s. Page 40 — When Claude gets under the covers he feels angry at Louise for being just a body to sleep next to, nothing else, then feels bad for his anger. He tells Louise he loves her, but she must be asleep, because there is no reply. To get those views, she said she made frequent calls and asked a lot of questions: how did you feel after waiting for nine hours during the first surgery and it didn’t work? How did you feel when I was bitchy for an Louise Krug entire summer? Lawrence She said she hopes she didn’t hurt any feelings in writing the book and that portrayals were accurate. “They’re all still talking to me, so that’s a good sign,” she said. Her mother, Susan Lynn, whose name is Janet in the book, said she thought Krug did a good job of capturing her concerns as a parent. She also learned a bit about herself. “I always thought I was kind of a hip dresser until she pointed out that I really do wear Birkenstocks every day,” Lynn said, laughing, during a telephone interview. Lynn, who is publisher and editor of The Iola Register, described Krug’s honesty as refreshing. “I think it’s insightful to the human character and she doesn’t let herself off the hook,” she said. Page 181 —The bedroom is the same dark mess of purple sheets and a mattress, and I remember lying there, day after day, after returning from the Los Angeles hospital. One of my friends finds me in the bedroom closet and stops me from pulling all of the buttons off Claude’s shirts. I don’t have Nick. I don’t have Claude. I don’t have anything but my own self-pity. No, I tell myself. Don’t. For the book cover, Krug chose a pamphlet that she had received during treatment for facial paralysis at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. The pamphlet has pictures of a woman doing facial exercises. As for the title, she knew she wanted something short and easy to remember. “The title was so, so hard,” she said. “We went through so many titles and we almost called it something else, but I

can’t remember what we almost called it. You are still never sure of whether you got it right or not.” She said the toughest part of writing the book was revisiting painful memories again and again.

••• Krug suffered brain bleeds as a child and as a teenager. The first came when she was in fourth grade. She would suffer temporary vision problems and headaches but would quickly recover. Krug’s mother said doctors didn’t want to operate and led them to believe that it eventually would just cauterize itself because with each successive episode, there seemed to be fewer symptoms that wouldn’t last as long. “Her last bleed happened when she was in high school, and then she went all through college with nothing and so we just thought, ‘Wow, she’s really out of the woods,’” Lynn said. “But, it wasn’t to be.” Krug’s condition continued to decline in the days following her ER visit in California. She couldn’t stand noise or light and suffered headaches in addition to the paralysis. Her mother remembers crawling into bed with her and holding her, telling her everything was going to be OK — although deep inside she, too, was terrified. Page 35 — Janet knows she had done something wrong. She should have worried about Louise more. She didn’t call Louise for a week after she moved to California — she had wanted Louise to feel grown-up. Maybe she fed Louise bad foods when she was a baby? Krug had a cavernous malformation, or a cluster of abnormal vessels, the size of a marble in her brain stem, the area that controls vital functions such as swallowing and breathing. A neurosurgeon in California said the malformation needed to be removed but the procedure was too risky for him to perform. The family found a surgeon at The Mayo Clinic and the first attempt to remove the mass on April Fool’s Day didn’t work, so they tried a couple of days later and got it. But the surgery left Krug with disabilities including paralysis. “I think psychologically for Louise and for all of us, it was a disappointment,” Lynn said. “I mean, ‘Yes, you are grateful that your daughter has survived the surgery.’ But, we all hoped the surgery would make everything perfect or better again.” Page 103 — I start out crawling. My physical therapist, who is handsome and Scottish, lifts me out of the wheelchair and onto the rehab gym’s mat. He helps me get into a position I remember from Pilates mat class,

on my hands and knees. He gets on the floor beside me and tells me to do what he does. We crawl. Krug went through six months of intense physical therapy. After three weeks at The Mayo Clinic, she moved back to her hometown in Michigan with her father and stepmother and continued therapy. Then she announced she would be returning to Lawrence to pursue a master’s degree. “I think she tried to do things too soon like moving back to Lawrence, but then I think it was that determination that has helped her survive,” her mother said. “Had she played the role of a victim, she wouldn’t have overcome a lot of the things that she has.”

••• Krug’s last surgeries were in 2006 and 2007 at Kansas University Hospital, where doctors tried to help straighten her wandering left eye and help her regain some movement on the left side of her face. “All of this stuff never works as well as expected, but it did make things better,” she said. Because of the facial paralysis, she can’t blink or close her left eye, so her eyelid is sewn partially shut to help keep her cornea moist. Krug has a prism in the left lens of her glasses that helps correct the double vision, but it’s still there, she said. “It’s funny because I’m a writer and a reader and that’s what I do all day long, but you just learn to focus on one if you are seeing two lines.” She has partial paralysis in her right foot that makes it difficult for her to walk and keep shoes on. She also has trouble using her right hand for simple tasks like drinking or typing. Fortunately, she said she’s always been left-handed. Today, she can look at the bright side of things, but that wasn’t always the case. Page 128 — I will not be talked into smiling for pictures — the asymmetry is too awful. The only way I tolerate being in a photo is wearing my sunglasses, staring expressionlessly at the camera, my mouth a straight line, waiting for it all to be over. “I lay it all out there,” she said. “I include a lot of potentially embarrassing stuff about myself and I don’t cast myself in the most flattering light, so I hope people don’t misunderstand what I’m trying to say.” Her hope is that people realize it is possible to lead a happy life but wish that things were different. That it’s OK to want to be beautiful although it’s not supposed to matter.

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Abortion bill brings up more than just tax issues BY SCOTT ROTHSCHILD

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TOPEKA â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s called the â&#x20AC;&#x153;No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act,â&#x20AC;? but House Bill 2598, which will be worked on in committee this week, deals with much more than taxes. The anti-abortion group Kansans for Life says the bill strengthens civil rights for the unborn and increases crucial information given to women who are thinking of getting an abortion. In testimony on the bill, state Rep. Lance Kinzer, R-Olathe, described it as a comprehensive measure â&#x20AC;&#x153;dealing with a variety of important issues where expansion, clarification or codification is necessary in our law.â&#x20AC;? But Kari Ann Rinker, the Kansas coordinator of the National Organization for Women, calls the 68-page measure â&#x20AC;&#x153;the most sweeping anti-abortion bill in the nation.â&#x20AC;? The bill would make dozens of changes in Kansas abortion law. A hearing on the legislation held last month produced the annual battle in the Statehouse between anti-abortion groups and abortion rights supporters. Some fireworks erupted when Rinker, recalling that the Legislature and Gov. Sam Brownback enacted several major anti-abortion bills last year, offered the House Federal and State Affairs Committee a rubber stamp with the word â&#x20AC;&#x153;approved,â&#x20AC;? which angered some committee members. But then the bill faded in the background for several weeks, as the Legislature hurtled toward other issues and deadlines. That changed last week when officials at Kansas University Medical Center informed legislators there was a provision in the bill that could jeopardize its accreditation. According to KU, accreditation requirements say that medical residents being trained as obstretrics-gynecologists must gain experience with induced abortion and complications due to abortion, unless they have a religious or moral objection. The residents gain this experience at facilities not owned or operated by the state. One part of HB 2598 states: â&#x20AC;&#x153;no health care services provided by any state agency, or any employee of a state agency while acting within the scope of such employeeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s employment, shall include abortion.â&#x20AC;? When legislators reported that they were working with KU to solve this issue, the influential anti-abortion group, Kansans for Life, sounded the alarm. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Time to end University of Kansas abortion training,â&#x20AC;? said a call to action by Kansans for Life. Kathy Ostrowski, of Kansans for Life, said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is no professional reason that ob/gyn resident physi-


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cians have to learn how to destroy unborn children in order to achieve competency in pregnancy management, stillbirth evacuation or treating abortion complications.â&#x20AC;? And she urged people to contact Brownback and legislators â&#x20AC;&#x153;to stop abortion training by KU!â&#x20AC;? The wrangling over the bill concerning KU Medical Center has increased scrutiny of other parts of the bill as the abortion issue has gained heightened publicity across the nation. Earlier this month, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell signed into law a bill requiring women seeking abortions undergo abdominal ultrasounds. But dropped from an earlier version of the bill, after a national uproar, was a vaginally invasive form of ultrasound. Under the Kansas legislation, for pregnancies at least 10 weeks from the last menstrual period, the abortion provider must use a hand-held Doppler fetal monitor and â&#x20AC;&#x153;make the embryonic or fetal heartbeat of the unborn child audible for the pregnant woman to hear.â&#x20AC;? Herbert Hodes, an obstetrician-gynecologist who provides abortion services, said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Legislature should not be in the business of forcing medical tests on women and requiring physicians to violate their ethical obligations.â&#x20AC;? The measure would also make it a crime for a person to perform an abortion with the knowledge that the pregnant woman was seeking the abortion solely on account of the sex of the child. The bill also requires the physician to inform a woman seeking an abortion about the risks of abortion on premature birth in future pregnancies and breast cancer. Abortion rights groups point to scientific studies that dispute this assertion. The measure also would have the effect of creating new taxes on expenses related to abortion services or insurance coverage for abortion, and imposes state sales taxes on drugs and medications used in an abortion. The bill also excludes the threat of suicide or self-harm from the definition of substantial and irreversible impairment of a major bodily function for the purposes of seeking a post-viability abortion. And it would prevent any group providing abortion services, such as Planned Parenthood, from offering materials for human sexuality classes in school districts. And another part of the bill would eliminate a civil cause of action for wrongful life or wrongful death, according to a state bill summary. Abortion rights supporters say this may allow physicians to conceal from the pregnant woman information about abnormalities in the fetus. The bill is scheduled to be worked on this week.

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fund has just more than $3.5 million for this fiscal year and is projected to have $7.3 million in the fiscal year 2013 budget. Paul Hahn is the problem gambling services coordinator for the state. He said the state knows the need for treatment is high but is concerned residents aren't aware the fund is available. The fund provides 12 counseling sessions for gambling addicts.



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It’s a great occasion to enjoy a slice of pi(e) BY SARAH HENNING CONTRIBUTING WRITER

This week has a holiday on the calendar, though not the official one (St. Patty’s Day) or the unofficial one (tip-off of the NCAA Tournament). No, it’s the one you probably don’t celebrate, even though you have a very good reason to mark the date on the calendar: pie. Pi Day is Wednesday, March 14, which makes sense if you dust off the cobwebs and think back to math class. Pi is an irrational number that represents the relationship between the diameter (width) of a given circle and the circumference (distance around the circle). When proved out, pi has more than a trillion digits past the decimal, but to make things easy on those of us who aren’t math geniuses, it’s typically shortened to 3.14. Three. Fourteen. March 14th. Get it? And not only is the day celebrated by math nerds everywhere for its numerological kitschy-ness, it’s the perfect excuse to eat some pie. To get you thinking about pie, we thought we’d explore the science behind the perfect pie. Because, in a way, pie baking has its own mathematical elements: A baker’s ratios must be spot-on to create a perfect pie.


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The first X factor? The crust. It must be flaky but not dry, stretchy, but not overmoist. It’s such a head-scratcher that even professional bakers have trouble with it. Case in point: Don Walsh, owner of MarCon Pies in Washington, Kan., said even the experienced workers he has

at his bakery have to deal with temperamental dough. “If the dough doesn’t appear to be right, you can’t rework it. It’s got to be thrown away,” said Walsh, whose bakery churns out 500 pies per day, some of which end up in area grocery stores. “We

throw away a lot of dough every day.” Nikki Overfelt, a professional baker operating out of Kansas City, Mo., said even though she had a go-to recipe for crust (her mother’s), she’d still end up piecing together crusts within the pie pan. “Practice helps. I realized after becoming frustrated and piecing together a lot of crusts that my dough was too dry, which is why it kept breaking into pieces,” said Overfelt, who adds that if you’re serious, purchasing a pastry cloth and rolling pin cover will help you out. “Adding a little more water worked wonders. And if you add too much water, just add a little more flour. Just don’t give up.” As for the filling? If you like pie, but have never made one before, a fruit-filled Pi Day pie is definitely the way to go, Overfelt said. “I’d say just try different recipes and find what you like. Then as you get more comfortable, adapt the recipes to your taste. Fruit pie fillings are basic with few ingredients, so they are simple to make and easy to play around with,” she said. “One example is my great-grandma’s lemon pie recipe. I made it, but it didn’t have a very strong lemon flavor. So I plan to play around with it.” Pie plus play? Sounds like the perfect equation for an infinitely yummy Pi Day.



Makes 1 pie filling. 2 cups sliced strawberries 2 cups blueberries 1 cup sugar 5 tablespoons flour 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon butter Mix strawberries, blueberries, sugar, flour, cinnamon and salt together. Pour into pie crust (See My Mom’s Pie Crust, below). Dot with cut-up butter. Seal with top crust. Slit the crust for ventilation. Bake at 425 degrees for 35-45 minutes.

1/2 (8-ounce) bag pretzel sticks 2 tablespoons butter, melted 4 teaspoons plus 1/2 cup honey 1 (1/4-ounce) packet unflavored gelatin 1 cup Greek-style yogurt 1/2 cup lime juice 2 teaspoons finely grated lime zest 1 cup heavy cream Confectioners’ sugar to taste Lime slices Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Put pretzels into a blender and blend until fine crumbs form, about 30 seconds. Transfer to a bowl, add butter and 4 teaspoons of the honey and mix until well combined. Press crumb mixture into bottom and sides of a 9-inch pie plate, leaving a 1/2-inch rim around the top. Bake until just crisp and golden, about 10 minutes. Set aside to let cool completely. Put 1/2 cup water and gelatin into a small pot and set aside for 5 minutes. Heat over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until gelatin is dissolved, 2 to 3 minutes. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together yogurt, remaining 1/2 cup honey, lime juice and zest. Stir warm gelatin mixture into yogurt mixture then pour filling into prepared pie crust. Refrigerate until chilled and set, about 3 hours. Beat heavy cream with an electric mixer until soft peaks form. Add

MY MOM’S PIE CRUST Makes five 5 pie crusts. 5 cups flour 1 pound lard (or substitute with your favorite fat, i.e. shortening or butter) 1 1/2 teaspoons salt 1 teaspoon sugar 1 egg and water to equal 1 cup Mix flour, salt and sugar. Cut in fat. Mix in egg and water slowly and form dough. (Recipes from Nikki Overfelt,

sugar and continue to beat until stiff peaks form. Slice pie and serve topped with dollops of whipped cream and lime slices. Serves 8. (Recipe from

PURPLE MOUTH PIE 1 cup granulated sugar 4 tablespoons quick tapioca 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon salt 4 cups frozen blackberries 2 teaspoons margarine Make your own favorite pastry recipe for a 9-inch, double-crust pie. Preheat oven to 400-425 degrees. In a small bowl, mix together the sugar, tapioca, cinnamon and salt. Set aside. Wash/sort berries in cold water, drain, and then place into a large bowl. Pour sugar mixture over the berries and gently toss. Pour into pastry-lined pie plate. Dot with small pieces of the margarine. Add top crust, seal, and carve some vents for the steam to escape. Bake for 40 minutes. Devour warm. (Recipe from

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‘Mt. Rushmore’ of SMNW girls sent off “Years from now everyone will know who turned this program around.” BY STEPHEN MONTEMAYOR SMONTEMAYOR@THEWORLDCO.INFO


The SM Northwest girls basketball team huddles during its final regular season contest at SM North. The Cougars finished 16-7, surpassing its win total of the last three years combined.

Shawnee Mission Northwest’s resurgent season came to an end in the first round of the 6A girls basketball state tournament in Wichita. The Cougars (16-7) fell to Maize, 5131, on Wednesday in a game in which they fell behind early and couldn’t recover. Maize (21-2) took an early 13-4 lead SEE SENIORS, PAGE 16

‘The bigger the show, the better’ A night with the heroes and villains of KCK’s Metro Pro Wrestling BY SHAUN HITTLE SDHITTLE@LJWORLD.COM

KANSAS CITY, KAN. — Backstage, a group of costume-clad men in their 20s — and some in their late 30s — get ready for the show. A small but muscular blond man wearing only tights does calisthenics in the hallway. They call him “Dingo.” He’s allegedly from Australia, the flag of his native land emblazoned on the backside of his tights. A middle-aged man, wearing pajamas, a wig, eyeliner and a neck brace hobbles around. He looks a like an aging, poor man’s Jack Sparrow, and they call him the “Magic Man.” “Do they want me injured or uninjured?” the Magic Man says gruffly, trying to decide if he’ll need the crutch. A group of four men — two clean-cut guys in super hero tights and two short, pudgy, scraggly men — talk shop and lightly smack each other on the chests. Inside the Turner Recreation Center in Kansas City, Kan., 250 rowdy fans wait for this cast of characters to emerge from behind the curtain. Fans will be treated to three hours of humor, choreographed violence, loud thuds, hair pulling and loosely scripted conspiracy theories. In other words, a typical Saturday night in Metro Pro Wrestling.

‘SHOWTIME’ The first kick to the groin won’t be launched until a good half-hour after the show begins. First, two wrestlers strut to the ring amid a chorus of “boos!” as rock music blares. Just like in the old days of professional wrestling, it’s still the good guys vs. the bad guys. Carrying championship belts, Jeremy Wyatt and Bradley “Showtime” Charles are clearly bad guys.


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They get heckled by the crowd. A few of the fans spew expletive-laced tirades at Wyatt and Charles. Wyatt gives it right back. He asks the camera guy if they’re getting one raucous fan on camera, then turns to the fan. “He needs the air time. It’s been a while since his family’s been on ‘COPS,’” taunts Wyatt, who’s as ready with the one-liners as a seasoned comedian. Nothing is out of bounds for Wyatt. He picks on one man, pointing out some missing teeth. Another portly fan gets a wisecrack about cholesterol. It’s all in good fun, and the hecklers seem to revel in the witty banter. There’s some kind of story line playing out that’s a little difficult to follow. Wyatt and Charles allude to an “alliance” they’re working on. At various points during the show, a gray-haired man in a suit and knee-high galoshes cruises around the ring with a microphone. He talks about a commissioner election and alleges some form of untoward shenanigans about the voting.

As the first match gets under way, “Showtime” begins grabbing his braids and mimics his head being jerked back, accusing his opponent of illegally pulling his hair mid-move. The bald referee, however, has no sympathy, and neither do the fans. The spectators, who include a wide mix of young and old, male and female, hang on every word. They’re a dedicated crowd, said Chris Gough, who brought Metro Pro Wrestling to the area in 2010. Gough scurries around coordinating the live show, then produces a television version of the monthly shows for Time Warner Cable’s Metro Sports. After graduating with a broadcast journalism degree from the University of Missouri, Gough spent about six years working for the World Wrestling Federation, or the WWF — now known as the WWE — including several years on the creative writing team. SEE PRO WRESTLERS, PAGE 19

This is your sports page Game Night in Shawnee means a lot of things to a lot of people in a lot of places. For a sports section tasked to write and report about sports in a city of 61,000, it can be both a blessing and, well, a challenge. We’re still able to tell a lot of stories: comeback seasons, 18-game winning streaks, college signings — as it’s our mission to tell stories about Shawnee athletes. This is where the blessing comes in: there will never be a shortage of stories to share. Recently, we received feedback from parents inquiring as to why we don’t cover St. Thomas Aquinas teams as some of its athletes graduated from St. Joseph School in Shawnee. The answer has been an issue of scarcity. Six secondary schools have students from Shawnee attending, with an occasional seventh and eighth (Shawnee Mission West and De Soto High Schools) every so often. Shawnee Mission Northwest and Mill Valley High Schools are almost exclusively made up of Shawnee students. Maranatha Academy is located in Shawnee, but has students from all over the Kansas City Metro area. Also a private school, St. James Academy has a lot of Shawnee students. And Shawnee Mission North has a sizeable portion of students from Shawnee. In spring alone, this makes for more than three dozen teams to cover, many of which compete at the same time. To more comprehensively cover Shawnee’s athletes, it’s going to take a community effort. You may have noticed references to the Twitter hashtag #ShawneeSports in these pages. Each time we tweet an update from an event or a link to a sports story using our Twitter account (@shawneedispatch), we tag it with #ShawneeSports. In so doing, a social media sports section of sorts is created. The idea being that others in the community can use #ShawneeSports to tweet their thoughts on and photos from a game or team, and even tweet from events we might not be covering at the time. Once a tweet with #ShawneeSports in it is sent, it joins a community of other posts. This then can be used in a variety of ways. For example, we often publish a widget of these tweets on Those with Tweetdeck can have notifications sent whenever a #ShawneeSports tweet is published. On the iPhone and iPad, apps like Flipboard can be used to compile #ShawneeSports tweets and links into an easy-to-read, magazinestyle format. And, of course, tweets and photos from the community can find their way into each week’s paper. Using #ShawneeSports further complements the weekly Shawnee Dispatch and our daily website as means of telling the many great stories found in this town.



Seniors recalled after turnaround FROM PAGE 15

and maintained a 13-point advantage heading into halftime, despite four of its starters getting into foul trouble early. “They are the most fundamentally sound defensive team we have faced this year,” coach Jeff Dickson said after the game. Defensively, Maize held SM Northwest to about 20 percent shooting from the field for much of the game. On offensive, Maize maintained possession with 11 offen- Katie Biggers sive rebounds in the SMNW senior first half. “Their rebounding, especially at the offensive end, got them their lead,” Dickson said. The Cougars ended their season by exceeding their win total from the previous three years combined. Senior Sarah Schmidt scored 10 points to lead SM Northwest, and senior Katie Biggers added five points. Sophomore Sydney Thompson and senior Jessica Johnson each added four points. With the season’s end comes the conclusion to the SM Northwest careers of Schmidt, Biggers, Johnson and Mary Slattery. “They are the Mount Rushmore of Lady Cougar Basketball,” Dickson said. “They have made this the best two years

of my life.” Dickson said Schmidt became the Cougars’ best player in the season’s second half. “She gained more and more confidence every time out,” he said. “She never once had a bad day of practice. She always went 100 percent and is the most intense player I have ever coached.” If Dickson is right, Biggers will be the recipient of All-State recognition by the time awards are finished being handed out. “She took over the point and flat out won games with her court vision and quick thinking,” Dickson said. Dickson revealed that Biggers had to fight through serious back pain throughout much of the year, refusing to let the pain impede her leadership. “Her tenacity and fire is legendary,” Dickson said. “She simply willed us to victory in some big games this year, as did Sarah.” At 5-foot-5, Johnson often found herself leading the Cougars in rebounds this season, something her coach said was a testament to her toughness. He called her the most reliable and inspirational player in the program. “Jess sees a need and fills it,” he said. Dickson said that, in two years, he had never seen Johnson carry a bad mood into practice, or have a bad practice for that matter. “She is as special as they come,” he said. Slattery didn’t play much as a junior, but Dickson said she went to work, getting stronger and quicker en route to

shoring up her offensive game. Come December 2011, the Cougars needed Slattery as much as anyone, hitting key shots and coming through on defense in the team’s first two victories, despite playing through a stress fracture that would eventually shut her down for nearly two months. “She didn’t complain and she didn’t feel sorry for herself,” Dickson said. “She was able to come back and gut her way through the pain and help us to a magical finish.” Slattery’s comeback mirrored that of a program that went 14-49 the last three years. “She’s a shining example of how to face and overcome adversity,” Dickson said. SM Northwest now enters an offseason in which it will be without four staples for the first time in years. Yet while the team entering the next season will be much different than the one that traveled to Wichita last week, so will the image of a program firmly on the rebound. Dickson left no doubt over how this turnaround will be remembered. “Years from now, everyone will know who turned this program around with the help of their teammates,” Dickson said. “They truly are the foundation of everything we do and everything we are. They can never, ever be replaced.” ONLINE: To view a photo gallery of the girls’ sub-state title win from earlier this month, go online to

| B R I E F LY | Cougar Kids wrestlers advance to district tourney The Cougar Kids Wrestling Club qualified 13 for Saturday’s District I tournament in Olathe. Four Cougars won sub-district championships at the District I South SubDistrict tournament on March 10 in Pittsburg. The top four placers in each age and weight divsion will move on to the state tournament. Jared Simma (8under 67 pounds) went 3-0, Cody Schmidt, 10-under 85, went 4-0; Jack Troutman, 14-under 165, 3-0; and Aaron Taylor, high school 126, went 20. All will be No. 1 seeds at the district tournament. The following wrestlers took second; Jordan Habben (8-under 49); Drew Ernsdorff (12-under 100); Brian Morelan (14-under 110); Colton Almos (high school 145). Three wrestlers took third: Justus Hulse (8-under 76); Andrew Reid (10-under 95) and Mario Galvan (high school 195). The following wrestlers took fourth: Charles Brockman (10under 64) and Tyler Tummons (12under 96).

SMNW grad trying out for ultimate frisbee tryout Seth Kotzman, a former Kansas University track athlete and Shawnee Mission Northwest graduate, has been invited to try out for the U.S. U-20 ultimate Frisbee national team. Kotzman is among 80 athletes invited to vie for a spot on the 25-athlete roster. He is attempting to raise more than $2,300 to travel to tryouts.

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Looking ahead at Mill Valley’s spring sports slate BY NICK BRATKOVIC CONTRIBUTING WRITER

On one field at Mill Valley High School, players play long toss and shag fly balls. On another, players warm up for practice. Across the way, track athletes stretch in preparation for running practice and throwers begin to warm up. These are a few of the sights and sounds of spring where Mill Valley athletes are preparing for the season. The following is the first in a series of high school spring sports previews.

TENNIS A familiar face is missing from the Mill Valley tennis courts this year. Ryan Howes, a two-time state qualifier, has graduated, and it is a matter of who will replace him in the team’s lineup. With Howes’ absence, the team is inexperienced, but coach Eric Ammerman said the Jaguars have a talented group of players capable of replacing him. This group includes sophomores Eric Howes, Joe Vincent and Connor Mills. In addition, seniors Tyler Owsley, Matt Eber, Daniel Fleming and Austin Ross have provided great leadership in early season practices. “My expectations are that we compete at a high level and improve as the season goes along,” Ammerman said. “I hope that we can compete for a team medal at every regular season tournament and medal in each specific event as well.” Mill Valley opens play with a home meet on March 21.

GIRLS TRACK AND FIELD The Mill Valley track and field website is a celebration of the school’s accomplishments. It lists the 11 consecutive Kaw Valley League girls team titles won under coach Mark Peck. The site also shows the regional runner-up trophy the Jaguars captured in 2010 and highlights marks and performances from last season. The Jaguars placed 10th in the Class 5A state track and field meet last season. Jameson Colin placed second in the pole vault. Emily Brigham placed fifth in the pole vault and was second in the long jump. In addition, Katie Strickland placed fifth in the 3,200 meter run while Mill Valley’s 3,200 relay team placed seventh with Strickland, Holly Peterman, Stephanie Lichtenauer and Josie Hanson running a time of 10:29.62. With that tradition in mind, the Jaguars are looking to this season with the goal of repeating at the KVL meet and winning regionals. Strickland returns to lead the team distance races. MacKenzie Acree and Jordan Campbell return in the throwing events. Lauren Shurley is another key returner in the sprints, long jump and hurdles. The Jaguars also have a talented group of juniors in Emily Bingham in the pole vault, long jump and 4x100; Bailey Dollard in sprints; Maddie Estell in the high jump and triple jump; Hanson in the middle distance races; Joy Kennedy in the throws; Lichtenauer in the middle distance; Kathy Nguyen in the hurdles; McKenzie Schmitt in the sprints; and Brooklyn Sloop in middle distance events. The team’s sophomores include Mary Altman in hurdles, long jump and sprints; Mary McDaneld in throws and triple jump; Maegann Parsons in distance events; Holly Peterman in mid distance; Kellyne Weathers in throws; and Miriah Kalma in distance events.

BOYS TRACK AND FIELD The Mill Valley boys track and field team enters the season hoping to defend its KVL championship, returning a talented group of athletes to the track as well as an influx of newcomers. “We are excited about the possibilities and curious about what these kids can do,” coach Chris Durnback said. “There are many, many open spots off last year’s varsity roster. We have very few returning letterman, but there are also many new faces that we think can help us.” The top returner is Ashton Proctor, who set the school record in the 400meter dash last season. Parker Brush enters the season as one of the state’s top pole vaulters. Robbie Webber leads the team’s returning throwers in the discus. The distance runners are led by senior Connor Mehalovich and should score points at most meets, Durnback said. The Jaguars must replace Macauley Garton in the javelin — which won’t be an easy task. Garton was the second best javelin thrower in the country last season and the Gatorade Athlete of the Year. He was also a two-time state champion and set the school record in the event. He now is competing at the University of Missouri. “He will be greatly missed,” Durnback said. “We also lost two other very good javelin throwers. We lost many of our veteran sprinters, including multi-state qualifier Chad Thomas.” With those losses to gradution, Durnback expects his younger athletes to step up and fill roles for the team. One athlete to watch for early in the season is Coleman McCann who started last year on junior varsity, but ended up on varsity. He has added 30 pounds of muscle and increased his strength. Mill Valley opens the season with a dual at Blue Valley North on March 22. Other season highlights include the the Ottawa Relays on March 30, and the Jaguar Invitational is April 4-5. The team also will take qualifying athletes to both the Kansas Relays and North Relays this season.

BASEBALL Mill Valley baseball players are like most this time of the year: dreaming of the postseason. “We expect to enter every game confident that we will win because we know we are well prepared,” coach Jeff Strickland said. “Our expectation is to always compete at our highest level possible and to continually demand from ourselves that we continuously get better throughout the season.” The Jaguars are looking to build on last season’s success that included wins against Shawnee Mission East, BasehorLinwood, Ottawa and Lansing. In spite of the big victories, the regional loss to St. Thomas Aquinas was a tough way to end the season. The loss ended the high school career of two players who played pivotal roles for the Jaguars. The Jaguars enter the season having to replace Mark Biesma, a dominant starting pitcher the last few seasons. He won six games last season. He is now playing at Washburn University. Also, Alex Wilson is now playing at Coffeyville. He batted third for the Jaguars last season. The team also will be without junior Zach Stinnett, who was injured during wrestling season. He was projected to play first base and catcher this season. Despite the losses, Strickland is looking ahead and excited about returning seniors Wade Hanna, Bret Holloway,

Greg Mason, Tyler Moore, Garrett Scheffler and Jacob Spring. Moore is one of team’s batting leaders. Juniors LJ Hatch and Jake Theis are also key returning players this season. On the mound, Mason is expected to anchor the team’s pitching staff. He won four games last season and has had a great offseason for the Jaguars. He signed a letter of intent to play at Washburn University next year. Hatch will also be a pitcher to watch for this season. The Jaguars begin the season with a four-game homestand, starting with a 4 p.m. game against Turner on March 22.

GIRLS SOCCER The Jaguars girls soccer team finished 15-1-1 last season and has achieved a lot in the last five years. Take a look at the numbers: the Jaguars have a 74-20-3 record for a winning record of 76 percent. Mill Valley has scored 388 goals and allowed 101. In the process, Mill Valley has won three Kaw Valley League championships. Entering the new season, the Jaguars would like to take the next step forward in postseason play this year after losing to St. Thomas Aquinas in 2011. “We plan to be very competitive this season, filling in a few holes left by injuries, and go into post-season playing well,” coach Arlan Vomhof said. Carlie Howe is one of the team’s top returners with 15 goals in her career, which ranks ninth during the last five years. The Jaguars return 12 players including Kayla Hamner, McKenzie Koch,

Kelsey Wakefield, Rayanna Gossett, Emily Johnson, Carlie Howe, Abby Sieperda, Brianna Franklin, Michaela Remijio, Mackenzie Conklin, Bailey Parke, Hayley Seibel, Caroline Peters and Hannah Billings. Joining the team this year will also be Lauren Gibson, a senior transfer from St. Thomas Aquinas who recently signed a letter of intent to play soccer at Division I Mount St. Marys University. The Jaguars will have several key losses from last year’s team. Miranda Lopez graduated and Amanda Dotts and Carly Eaton are out because of injuries. Mill Valley opens the season March 27 against Olathe North and play Staley on March 28.

SOFTBALL The Mill Valley softball team finished last season with a 16-6 record last season. The team lost in regional competition to Blue Valley. A team schedule and other information were unavailable at press time.

BOYS GOLF The Mill Valley boys golf team will consist of the following athletes: Connor Armstrong, Wyatt Brecunier, Nathan Brinker, Jack Casburn, Jon Darby, Matthew Greenhalgh, Ben Hadden, Quinn Jones, PJ McKeown, Andrew Moore, Weston Noyes, Jalen Oehlert, Tanner Rohr, Erik Sell and Devan Thomas. A team schedule and other information were not available at press time.



Former Maranatha runner honored at KU BY RYAN MCCARTHY CONTRIBUTING WRITER

LAWRENCE — Like most student-athletes at Kansas University, senior distance runner Zach Zarda is plugged into social networks. In fact, before anyone could tell Zarda that he received the Big 12 Conference’s highest academic honor, the Dr. Gerald Lage award, he stumbled upon a tweet from Kansas Athletics, opened up the link on his phone and discovered that he had been selected for the prestigious award. One of the better distance runners in Maranatha Academy history and now putting together a successful career at Kansas, Zarda hopes to continue his ambitions of mak- Zach Zarda ing the national KU distance runner meets. But what’s helped Zarda more than anything is having his family support so close, while also building relationships with the track and field commnity in Lawrence. “I knew I was going to be in a tough collegiate career. Trying to stay focused on academics as well as athletics is a tough thing to do, and family really helped me with that,” Zarda said. In order to qualify for the award, Big 12 athletes must complete 100 hours of college credit while maintaining a cumulative 3.80 grade-point average. Two other athletes from Kansas qualified for the award; senior swimmer Sarah Hettenback and senior quarterback Quinn Mecham. A highly competitive academic and

athletic setting, Maranatha proved to prepare Zarda for the grind of college. “Growing up it was a huge focus of my family. My parents never pressured me or anything like that to get good grades, but there’s always that expectation and they wanted me to be the best that I could be,” Zarda said. Zarda’s father Bernie was the coach of the cross country and track team and helped mold him into a three-time all state selection for cross country, including a runner-up finish at the 2A state meet in 2007. He was also named to the All-Metro (Kansas City) team that season. “Zach was one of those athletes where I never had to worry about him investing the miles or the time or the dedication into his workouts and his offseason programs,” Bernie said. He was always very driven and willing to put the time in.” Bernie Zarda is no longer the full-time head coach, but still works with the distance runners at Maranatha in an assistant position. “There’s something deep inside of a kid, especially in distance running, where you’ve got some God-given talent, but if you’re not willing to put the miles in, you’re still not going to achieve some of your goals,” he said. “Zach was one of those unique athletes who had some God-given talent, but also had the drive and the desire to work hard.” Now an important leader for KU’s cross country and indoor and outdoor track and field teams, Zarda is looked upon by the Jayhawks for his leadership both in the classroom and on the treks. “That’s the whole picture. That’s what we’re looking for,” said Michael Whittlesey, assistant cross-country and distant running coach. “Someone who’s getting most out of their capabilities in everything that they do.”

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Zarda recently competed in the Alex Wilson Invitational in South Bend, Ind., and recorded the fastest team 3,000meter time of this season where he finished in seventh-place with time of 8:14.00. Even with all the scholastic and athletic success, it hasn’t been an easy road for Zarda. During his junior year of high school, Zarda suffered a stress fracture in his right shin and did not get to run a single race in the track season, which hurt him in the recruiting process. Zarda still found home at KU and came onto the campus looking to make an early impact. In 2009, he suffered another setback in his freshman year when he had another stress fracture in his right shin during the cross country season, which forced him to take a medical redshirt for the indoor and outdoor track seasons. But the most difficult injury he battled through came last year when Zarda suffered a stress fracture in his left femur. Zarda came back a little too quickly from the injury and eventually developed some Achilles problems. Zarda said it was the hardest injury he had to go through. He spent almost every day for five or six months cross training by himself trying to get back for the team. Although it was difficult, Zarda learned a lot about himself from the trying experience. “The only reason I made it through it was because of my family and my teammates,” Zarda said. “They were the best

support I could possibly ask for.” Whittlesey also saw a lot of growth from his runner through the difficult process. “Going through the injuries has really strengthened his love for how much he really enjoys running and how good he wants to be at running,” he said. Having that experience also allows Zarda to help other runners that are now going through similar experiences. “Whenever someone else get injured on the team or something like that, I feel like I’m in a position where I can definitely go up to them and give them advice and talk to them through it,” Zarda said. With a couple more seasons of eligibility left, Zarda hopes to continue to improve while earning degrees in finance and supply chain management. “Zach’s really learned how to handle the early part of the races and keep himself in the game,” Whittlesey said. “He’s got a tremendous will to find that finish line, which is what you always want.” Above all else, Zarda has one goal in mind before he hangs up the running cleats: Go to Nationals, especially in cross-country where he still has eligibility remaining. “Zach’s for doing about anything he puts his mind to, and I think we’ve seen that over and over in his life,” Bernie said. As for track, he wants to be on the podium at the Big 12 Championships and hopefully make the National Championships in June. “I’m going to Nationals,” Zarda said with confidence. “I’m not missing out. It’s gonna happen.”



Pro wrestlers bring out the drama at nearby KCK ring FROM PAGE 15

Gough moved back to the area in 2003 to work for Metro Sports, where he produces and anchors numerous sports shows. He loosely scripts the storylines and gives the wrestlers wide latitude to improvise during the shows. The Metro Pro roster includes about 35 wrestlers, such as “The Danimal,” “Hoodlum and “Viking Warrior.” The colorful crew can be lumped into three categories, Gough said. Some wrestlers are working their way up the independent wrestling circuit, traveling the country trying to catch the eye of the WWE; a few others have had their 15 minutes of fame on big time television but just can’t give it up. And the third batch? “A lot of them are just weekend warriors,” Gough said.

‘REDNECK WHO LOVES TO FIGHT’ Trevor Murdoch has seen the big stage, spending several years wrestling in front of thousands for the WWF. Today, he’s closer to his Eldon, Mo., home, wrestling for Metro Pro and a host of other independent wrestling circuits. At 33, he looks 10 years older, his knees covered in scars. He says the boots cover up the bruises. “I get beat up really well,” he says, laughing. At about 6-foot-3, 260 pounds, Murdoch, in tights and a cutoff flannel shirt, looks nothing like the muscle-bound wrestlers seen on TV. Flabby, with an emerging beer gut, Murdoch says his appearance has always played well with his character: the blue collar, moral enforcer. “I’m basically just a redneck that loves to fight,” he says. When asked to describe his character, Murdoch says, “Right is right, and wrong is wrong.” He’s just there to make sure people abide the golden rule and treat one another kindly, he says. At age 20, Murdoch trained to be a welder. Six months later, homesick, he returned to his childhood hometown of Fredericktown, Mo. His brother was starting an independent wrestling company, and Murdoch signed up. He’s been hooked ever since, rising to the biggest stage in professional wrestling. But after a few years, his body and character wore out on national television, and now he’s back on the small circuit. None of it seems to bother Murdoch, who talks about giving fans an economical entertainment option on the weekends; tickets range from $5 to $20 here at Metro Pro Wrestling. “I hope they come in here for the two and a half hours and forget everything,” he says. “Hopefully they can identify with us in a certain way that helps them relax.” Murdoch, one of the good guys, gets a roaring ovation from the crowd when he enters the ring. His blue-collar character contrasts perfectly with that of his opponent, a loud-mouthed husky man in a black and pink spandex singlet who calls himself “Mr. Saturday Night.” “Don’t you know who I am?” Mr. Saturday Night screams at the crowd. Murdoch’s first move of the match is a quick kick to Mr. Saturday Night’s backside. The crowd loves it.

‘MAD DOG’ At age 32, Mark “Mad Dog” McDowell, took up professional wrestling. He was a football and track athlete

growing up, and always liked wrestling. So he dived in head-first, despite the late start. “Once you stop is when you start aging,” says McDowell, now 37. “And I’m not ready to age yet.” Last year, McDowell put about 16,000 miles on his car driving from his Des Moines, Iowa, home to various events across the country. At about 300 pounds, he looks less like an athlete and more like the kind of guy you wouldn’t mess with in a bar fight. His body is sure to take a thrashing in the ring. “Everything hurts, but you just keep going,” he says. Mad Dog is a fan favorite, and with mutton chop sideburns, he plays the gentle giant. “But just like a mad dog, if you turn your back on him, you’re going to get bit,” he says. Greeted by a chorus of “woof woof,” McDowell enters the ring. As the announcer calls out the weight of his opponent, Neil “Diamond” Cutter, it’s clear where this is headed. “At 145 pounds ... ” booms the announcer. The match is filled with humorous moments, as Cutter, maybe 5 foot 3, tries unsuccessfully to lift McDowell. One time, Cutter jumps from the turnbuckle for a flying attack of some sort, and McDowell calmly catches him, mid-air. But to even the match, Cutter gets a little help from his friends, the rag-tag tag-team duo known as the “Hooligans.” Pot-bellied, with shaved heads and scraggly beards, the Hooligans sneak to the ring and beat up on McDowell as Cutter distracts the referee. McDowell overcomes his sneak attack and eventually smothers Cutter for the win. Afterward, a sheepish Cutter shies away from a post-match handshake, fearing another beating. But McDowell is sincere and convinces Cutter so. At his age, McDowell reluctantly acknowledges that he’ll probably never see the big stage of professional wrestling; he’ll be stuck in old high school gyms fighting pint-sized opponents. “Probably, but it doesn’t matter,” he says. Part theater, part athletics, McDowell can’t get enough. “You’re in that ring, you’ve got everybody in the palm of your hand,” he says. “It’s kind of like a drug.”

HEROES FOR HIRE During the work week, James Reynolds, 28, works “a factory job.” His good friend, Zach Thompson, 26, works at a gym, greeting people and handing out towels. But nearly every weekend, the two drive from Des Moines to small gyms across the country and become super heroes. “Typical comic book. Truth, justice,” says Reynolds of his character, Jimmy Rockwell, who teams with Thompson as the wrestling tag-team partners “Heroes for Hire.” In the ring, wearing Batman and XMen tights, the acrobatic duo look the part. But up close on level ground, they stand under 6 feet, about 160 pounds. Maybe. So they have to be athletic, orchestrating high-flying moves in the ring. And their clean-cut appearance and goodguy image fits well against their rougher opponents. “We’re the classic, clean heroes, and they’re the dirty villains,” Thompson


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says about the night’s opponents, the Hooligans. “It’s perfect.” Despite their small statures, the Heroes for Hire don’t seem resigned to performances in small gyms on the independent circuit. “I just want to do as much as I can,” Reynolds says. “The bigger the show, the better.”

Their friendship has been built over six years of wrestling and traveling together. While it helps to be in sync in the ring, getting along with each other is more important on those long trips. “Someone you can stand to sit by,” says Reynolds. “And split gas,” pipes in Thompson, adding that they’re lucky to break even on their trips. Pay varies in Metro Pro, and wrestlers can make anywhere from $50 to $500 a performance. On the long drives, the two go over story ideas for their shows. “You’re building the story of the match,” Thompson says. “And it helps to have an honest, friendly ear. It’s easier to shut it down if it does suck. And easier to put an idea out there if you’re friends.” In the ring, they work together on their acrobatics; one lifting the other to the turnbuckle for a flying maneuver. When one gets in trouble in the ring, it’s easy to believe that the other half — straining over the ropes for a tag — just wants to help his buddy out. More than anything, they say the ring provides a nice escape from the 9-to-5 work week grind — for themselves and the fans. “I’m dressed up like Wolverine right now,” Reynolds says. “I’m going to fight two rough dudes. It’s going to be great.”

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Steve Goslin, Olathe, plays the bagpipes to kick off the Great Shawnee Duck Race. Because rains swelled the creek so much it would have been dangerous for children — and adults — to wade in it, organizers approached the annual event differently this year. The plastic ducks were dumped on the ground, and Mayor Jeff Meyers and other dignitaries donned a blindfold and plucked winning ducks from the pile. SARA SHEPHERD/STAFF

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And the winners are ... ST. PATRICK’S PARADE Winning entries in the 2012 Shawnee St. Patrick’s Parade are Johnny’s Tavern, Best Overall; Girl Scout Troop 632, Best Showing of the Green (Tim Roche Spirit Award); Garrity Family, Best Family (Irish Heritage Award); Oxford Hustlers 4-H Group, Best Kids’ Entry; Jack, Best Music.

DUCK RACE The following winners in Sunday’s Great Shawnee Duck Race earned a variety of prizes from local businesses: 1. Hammond Chiropractic Center; 2. Keith Campbell; 3. Missie’s Discount Liquor; 4. Paul Vielhauer Plumbing; 5. Shawnee Mission Ford; 6. Dana Rieke; 7. Downtown Shawnee Business Partnership; 8. Linda Leeper; 9. Kevin Alexander; 10. John Corker; 11. T & B JR. A Ks Partnership; 12. Family Practice Associates, Chartered; 13. Hammond Chiropractic Center; 14. Steve Goslin; 15. Bill Carr; and 16. Buck Hartley.

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LAND (Haigwood Rd., Tonganoxie) $82,500 - 9.76 acre tract with water meter already set. Great for walkout basement home. Walkout building site. (211th Donahoo St., Tonganoxie) Deer Ridge Ranch Subdivision. Bring your builder!!! Only 2 tracts left, approximately 5 acres each with water meter included. (Stillwell Rd., Linwood) $65,000 Huge Price Reduction!!! 6.47 acres. Excellent building tract close to new interchange on Cty. Rd. 1.

(205th Sandusky Rd., Tonganoxie) New Price! $130,000 - 20 Acres – possible split on 20166 Parallel Rd. $158,950 933 N Hickory Dr. $159,950 land. Creek on west side. 7 YEAR OLD TRUE RANCH WITH CLOSE TO TOWN RAISED RANCH IN MINT CONDITION SETTING ON 5 ACRES! Priced in $150’s. Trees in front of acreage and hay field in remaining land. Ideal for horses or cattle. Three bedrooms with formal living and dining rooms plus first floor family room. MLS #1751410

MOTIVATED SELLER!!! 3 Bdrms, great room with gas fireplace, 15X13 master suite with walk-in closet, country kitchen, and large city lot with new cedar wood privacy fence. Full basement with daylight window. MLS #1750046

22.9 ACRES Tonganoxie Drive $149,950 Wooded land for seclusion conveniently located near Leavenworth/Lansing.

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***************** ESTATE AUCTION

Sun., Mar. 18, 9AM Dg. Co. Fairgrounds Bldg. 1 & 2 (Heated) 2110 Harper, Lawrence Coins & Jewelry 9AM - Morgan & Peace dollars; 2-1854 $20 Gold Tribute coins; Mint & Proof sets; Foreign currency; earrings; necklaces; 10K & 14K pieces; Purses (Gucci, Coach, Dooney & Bourke); King Ashley Carved French Pine BR suite; Thomasville leather couch & chair; Action Lane matching leather recliners; GE upright freezer; Stratford sectional couch; DR set; queen bed; king pine bedroom set; Sony 53 in. color projection T.V. ; Home Theater Active Speaker System; Kenwood stereo system ; NordicTrack 2800 treadmill; exercise equipment; retro chairs & lamps; MOST NIB Appliances: Masterbuilt electric Smokehouse, Char-Broil Stainless 4-burner grill, Hamilton Beach, Cuisinart, KitchenAid, Presto, Oreck, General Electric; carnival & clear glass; Johnson guitar; 30+ knives: Frost & Chipaway Cutlery, Chisholm Trail; lawn & garden supplies; lg. amt. Craftsman tools; power & hand tools; other items too numerous to list! Scuba Gear Near New Condition: Minolta Underwater camera; Parkway & Scuba Pro wet suits; BARE hooded vest; Deep Sea insulated dive gloves; Scuba Pro: BC Rector, BC Ladyhawk, Dives Bag, Fins, Dive Boots; 2-Aladin Air Dive Computers; 2-Aqua Lung 1st & 2nd stage w/regulator & add on braided hose; weights: plain & rubber coater; 2-small knives; lg. knife; sm. light, 2- lg. lights

Auction Note: Most items are NIB or used very little!! Seller: Donald & Sharon Mitchell Estate

Automotive Service Manager

wanted for an immediate opening at Parks Motors of Augusta Kansas for the Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram dealership. Excellent base plus performance bonus with a leading dealership in the Wichita market (six figure potential for the right candidate). ADP system. Qualified candidates call John at 316-775-6365 or email resume to:

Education & Training Teacher: Basehor Early Learning Center is seeking qualified lead teacher for Infant/Toddlers. A year’s work experience in a Childcare Center and/or education in Early Childhood. Competitive wages and benefits. Little Angels 913-724-4442


Elizabeth Layton Center has full-time opening for a master or doctorate level Kansas licensed mental health professional to work primarily with youth and families providing individual and family therapy services in the office and family home. Position is based in Ottawa, Kansas. Some evening hours & on-call required. Position open until filled. Submit interest & resume ELC - PO Box 677 Ottawa, Kansas 66067 EOE

2BR, 1.5 Bath Townhome w/finished bsmt. $850/mo.

River City Rentals 913-422-7368

Tiblow Village Apts

College Students, Summer Jobs, $2400-$3400 + housing + meals, Work outdoors, Lifeguards, Challenge Course, Archery, Food Service, Housekeeping, for details see website, (800) 617-1484 Linwood, Ks.

in Bonner Springs Spacious 1 & 2 BR Apts. Save money on utilities!! Units are all elect. & water is included in rent price. Lighted parking, on-site laundry, & pool. 1BRs start at $435; 2BRs for $540/mo. Call 913-441-6108 to see a unit today!


Team Leaders are responsible for handling the processing and bundling of newsprint products from the press to distributors; troubleshoot machinery; and assist with supervising and providing training to team members. Candidates must be available to work between the hours ***************** of 7 p.m. and 5 a.m. daily. We are looking for talented and hardworking inRETIREMENT dividuals who are looking FARM AUCTION to grow in their career Sat., Mar. 24 - 10AM with a fast-paced com1509 N 1100 Road pany. Ideal candidate will Lawrence, KS have leadership experiTractors, Truck, Combine, ence; a team player; self Farm Machinery, Golf starter with strong organiCart, Mowers, Antiques zational skills; experience operating machinery and EQ & Lots of Tools. maintenance skills preSellers: Leary Brothers ferred; strong communiNorman & Ralph Leary cation skills; good attention to detail and able to For sale bill/photos visit: multi-task; a high school diploma or GED; able to or call lift up to 70 lbs.; stand for Jason Flory 785-979-2183 long periods of time and frequently twist and bend; and proficient with MS Office products. To apply submit a cover letter and resume to: We offer an excellent benefits package including health insurance, 401k, tuition reimbursement, paid Lawn, Garden & time off, employee disNursery counts, opportunities for career advancement and Lew’s Lawn Care. For all more! Background check, drug your lawncare needs. pre-employment Servicing Bonner, Basehor, screen, and physical lift EOE assessment required. & Shawnee 913-488-7811 ctioneers: Mark Elston Auc & Wayne Wischropp 785-594-0505 (Home) 785-218-7851 (Cell) “Serving your auction needs since 1994” Please visit us Online at: for pics & complete listing!


Large Estate Sale Everything Goes! 50+years Accumulation March 15,16, 17 10706 W 52nd Circle, Shawnee, KS 8-? Anitques, Furniture, Organ w/bench, Singer sewing machine, small appliances, electronics, books, dishes, bakeware, gardening items, Too much to list!

2BR, 3BR, 4BR homes avail. now. W/D hookup, CH/CA, more. No pets. $650/mo. & up. Year lease. 913-585-1211


Antiques, Collectibles, Collegiate & Gifts 201 Oak St., Bonner Springs 913-200-2231

Lawrence Early Garage Sale 918 Wellington Rd. 6:30 am-11:30 am

Many household items, microwave, baby strollers, baby jumper, baby clothing, Pepsi pop machine, bakers rack, DVD’s, shoes, train table, and toys.

Edwardsville Moving Sale Saturday March 17, 8a - 3p. 811 River Dr., Edwardsville, KS Everything must go!

6 ft upright freezer, 7’x5’ china cabinet, crystal, glass figures & animal collections, antique cedar closet, house wares, wall pictures, curtains, artificial & live plants & more plus silver wedding dress (size 7) & bridesmaids dresses -2 green (size 2 & 12) & 1 navy (size 22)

Shawnee (Published in the Shawnee Dispatch, Wednesday, March 14, 2012) THE FOLLOWING vehicle will be sold at Public Auction for cash, (unless picked up and paid in full by the owner). Bids should be sent to ASAP Mobile Mechanics of Kansas, P.O. Box 3201, Shawnee, KS 66203. Vehicle being sold March 21, 2012, as is: 1998 Lincoln Towncar VIN: 1LNFM81W1 WY655418. ________

(Published in the Shawnee Dispatch, Wednesday, March 14, 2012)

Bonner Springs 1BR, quiet, no smoking, no pets. Laundry, all utils. pd. $500/mo. month-month, 515 E. Morse Ave. Just off Hwy. 7. Bill Fair Mgmt. 800-887-6929



Livestock Livestock Sale: 1st Annual Angus Bull & Female Sale. Wed., Mar. 21, 2012 6:30PM. Overbrook Livestock Commission Co., Overbrook, KS. May-Way Farms, Woodbury Farms. For more info visit: 785-979-2183, 785-214-0560

THE FOLLOWING vehicles will be sold at Public Auction for cash, (unless picked up & paid in full by owner). Bids should be sent to ASAP Mobile Mechanics of Kansas, P.O. Box 3201, Shawnee, KS 66203. Vehicles being sold March 28, 2012, as is: 2004 Dodge Dakota 1D7HG48N74S718425; 2003 Buick Park Avenue, 1G4CW54K334149483. ________


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Cars-Imports Mazda 2005 Tribute, One owner vehicle in excellent condition and low mileage! Completely loaded with V6, leather, moonroof, power/heated seats, rear spoiler and 6 CD changer. Very well maintained with 90,000 miles. $8,500. Please email or call 785-766-5108 if interested.

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Carpet Cleaning


Kansas Carpet Care, Inc.

Automotive Services Auto Maintenance and Repair


Bryant Collision Repair Mon-Fri. 8AM-6PM We specialize in Auto Body Repair, Paintless Dent Repair, Glass Repair, & Auto Accessories. 785-843-5803 bryant-collision-repair Buying Junk & Repairable Vehicles. Cash Paid. Free Tow. U-Call, We-Haul! Call 785-633-7556

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Your locally owned and operated carpet and upholstery cleaning company since 1993! • 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Services Available By Appointment Only


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Specializing in Carpet, Tile & Upholstery cleaning. Carpet repairs & stretching, Odor Decontamination, Spot Dying & 24 hr Water extraction. 785-840-4266

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Bird Janitorial & Hawk Wash Window Cleaning. • House Cleaning • Chandeliers • Post Construction • Gutters • Power Washing • Prof Window Cleaning • Sustainable Options Find Coupons & more info: birdjanitorial Free Est. 785-749-0244

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Domestics and Imports Brake repair Engine repair AC repair / service Custom exhaust systems Shock & Struts Transmissions Tire sales / repairs

- Corporate Events, Private Parties, Weddings-

On-Site Cooking Available

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Five yrs. exp. References, Bonded & Insured Res., Com., Moveouts 785-840-5467 Electric & Industrial Supply Pump & Well Drilling Service

Give your sweetie the gift of cleaning.

Gift Certificates Avail.

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Hite Collision Repair

“If you want it done right, take it to Hite.” Auto Body Repair Windshield & Auto Glass Repair 3401 W 6th St (785) 843-8991 http://lawrencemarket

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Sales and Service Tires for anything Batteries Brakes Oil Changes Fair and Friendly Customer Service is our trademark 2720 Oregon St. 785-843-3222 Find great offers at

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CELL PHONE REPAIR Buy * Sell * Repair * Smart Phones Tablets Gaming Systems 2201 W 25th St.

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Child Care Provided kstire

Tires, Alignment, Brakes, A/C, Suspension Repair Financing Available 785-841-6050 1828 Mass. St performancetire

Full service preschool & licensed childcare center for children ages 1-12. Open year-round, Monday- Friday, from 7 am to 6 pm

Family owned and operated since 1992


Honest & Dependable Free estimate, References Call Linda 785-691-7999

Computer Running Slow? Viruses/Malware? Troubleshooting? Lessons? Computer Questions, Advise? We Can Help — 785-979-0838

Concrete CONCRETE INC. Your local concrete repair specialists Sidewalks, Patios, Driveways

For Everything Electrical Committed to Excellence Since 1972 Full Service Electrical Contractor

Get Lynn on the line! 785-843-LYNN lynncommunications


Free Estimates Experience Professionals Since 1989 Insured for your protection!


Drives, walks, walls, patios, floors, bsmt/foundation repair, water problems. 913-240-2188/816-506-3630

Driveways, Parking Lots, Paving Repair, Sidewalks, Garage Floors, Foundation Repair 785-843-2700 Owen 24/7

Hilltop Child Development Center, 1605 Irving Hill Road Lawrence, Kansas 785-864-4940 Serving Lawrence since 1972.

NOT Your ordinary bicycle store!

Foundation Repair

Looking for Something Creative? Call Billy Construction Decks, Fences, Etc. Insured. (785) 838-9791

Guttering Services

No Job Too Big or Small ADVANCED SYSTEMS Basement & foundation repair Your hometown company Over three decades 785-841-0145

Int. & Ext. Remodeling All Home Repairs Mark Koontz

Bus. 913-269-0284

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• Baths • Kitchens • Rec Rooms • Tile • Windows •Doors •Trim •Wood Rot Since 1974 GARY 785-856-2440 785-925-0803 Licensed & Insured


Quality work at a fair price!

Concrete, Block & Limestone Wall Repair, Waterproofing Drainage Solutions Sump Pumps, Driveways. 785-843-2700 Owen 24/7


Mudjacking, Waterproofing. We specialize in Basement Repair & Pressure Grouting. Level & Straighten Walls & Bracing on wall. BBB . Free Estimates Since 1962

Garage Doors

Renovations Kitchen/Bath Remodels House Additions & Decks Quality Work Affordable Prices .

• Garage Doors • Openers • Service • Installation

Office* Clerical* Accounting Light Industrial* Technical Finance* Legal


Heating & Cooling

Temporary or Contract Staffing Evaluation Hire, Direct Hire Professional Search Onsite Services (785) 749-7550 1000 S Iowa, Lawrence KS express

Events/ Entertainment

Banquet Room Available for Corporate Parties, Wedding Receptions, Fundraisers Bingo Every Friday Night 1803 W 6th St. (785) 843-9690 http://lawrencemarket

Accessible and General Public Transportation We provide door-to-door transportation as well as many additional services to residents of Douglas County living with disabilities. Call to schedule a ride: 843-5576 or 888-824-7277 Monday - Friday 7:30 am - 3:30 pm We ask for $2.00 each way. Even if you don’t have a disability and you live outside the Lawrence City limits, we can help. Funded in part by KDOT Public Transit Program

1388 N 1293 Rd, Lawrence

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Free Estimates on replacement equipment! Ask us about Energy Star equipment & how to save on your utility bills.

Roger, Kevin or Sarajane

785-843-2244 www.lawrencemarketplace. com/scotttemperature

Decks Drywall Siding Gutters Privacy Fencing Doors Trim Insured 20 yrs. experience

1210 Lakeview Court, Innovative Planting Design Construction & Installation www.lawrencemarketplace. com/lml


Plan Now For Next Year • Custom Pools, Spas & Water Features • Design & Installation • Pool Maintenance (785) 843-9119

via 9 community newspaper sites.

1783 E 1500 Rd, Lawrence Find us on Facebook Pine Landscape Center 785-843-6949

Medical-HealthTherapy Breathe Holistic Life Center

Yoga is more than getting on the mat. Live Passionately Yoga Nutrition Classes Relaxation Retreats 1407 Massachusetts 785-218-0174 breathe

Moving-Hauling Haul Free: Salvageable items. Minimum charge: other moving/hauling jobs. Also Maintenance/Cleaning for home/business, inside/out plumbing / electrical & more. 785-841-6254


15yr. locally owned and operated company. Professionally trained staff. We move everything from fossils to office and household goods. Call for a free estimate. 785-749-5073 http://lawrencemarketplace. com/starvingartist


Origins Interior Design

“where simple ideas become inspiring realities”

• Color & Design • Space Planning • Furniture Layouts • Trade Discounts • Project Management 785-766-9281

Learn to play 30-50 songs in the first year with Simply Music! Keys of Joy 785-331-8369 Karla’s Konservatory 785-865-4151 keysofjoy

Painting Inside - Out Painting Service

Commercial &Residential 24 hour Service

Serving the Douglas & Franklin county areas


Instruction and Tutoring

Fast Quality Service

For all your Heating, Air Conditioning and Plumbing needs

Lawn, Garden & Nursery

Music Lessons

Complete interior & exterior painting Siding replacement


Insurance Auto-Home- BusinessLife- Health Dennis J. Donnelly Insurance Inc. 913-268-5000 11211 Johnson Dr. Free Estimates Fully Insured inside-out-paint

Int/Ext/Specialty Painting Siding, Wood Rot & Decks Kate, 785-423-4464 Interior/Exterior Painting

Quality Work Over 20 yrs. exp.

target NE Kansas

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Banquet Hall available for wedding receptions, birthday parties, corporate meetings & seminars. For more info. visit http://lawrencemarket


“Your Comfort Is Our Business.” Installation & Service Residential & Commercial (785) 841-2665


Steve’s Place

Snow Removal Driveways & Sidewalks Full Remodels & Odd Jobs, Interior/Exterior Painting, Installation & Repair of:

Air Conditioning/ & Heating/Sales & Srvs.

785-856-GOLD(4653) Jewelry, coins, silver, watches. Earn money with broken & Unwanted jewelry

Retired Carpenter, Deck Repairs, Home Repairs, Interior Wall Repair & Painting, Doors, Wood Rot, Powerwash 785-766-5285


General Services

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Seamless aluminum guttering. Many colors to choose from. Install, repair, screen, clean-out. Locally owned. Insured. Free estimates.

• Garage Doors • Openers • Service • Installation Call 785-842-5203 or visit us at /freestategaragedoors


CONCRETE INC Your local foundation repair specialist! Waterproofing, Basement, & Crack Repair


Eagles Lodge

Decks & Fences

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Employment Services

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Home Repair Services Interior/Exterior Carpentry, Vinyl siding, Roofing, Tearoff/reroof. 35 yrs. exp. Free est. 913-636-1881

Wagner’s 785-749-1696

Quality work at a fair price!

Staining & Engraving Existing Concrete Custom Decorative Patterns Patios, Basements, Garage Floors, Driveways 785-393-1109

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Motors - Pumps Complete Water Systems

Family Owned & Operated


Home Improvements

Your Local Lawrence Bank


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General Services

All Your Banking Needs


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Harris Auto Repair

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