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On a High Note

Locals young and old seeking a creative musical outlet need look no further than the Baker University Community Choir.


Citywide Bargains

Top tips from seasoned pros in order to get (and give) a great deal at the annual Citywide Garage Sale.

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Come Play with Us! Baldwin City Recreation has more to it than just youth sports. we have a very active 55+ program that takes a variety of day trips to local points of interest, organizes many table games throughout the week, and offers brunches, lunches and other special events throughout the year. We want new people to start joining in on the fun, so we are offering a one time “FREE PASS� (max $20) to any community member who has not yet tried one of the Rec 55+ offerings. Contact Debbie to get on the mailing list of all the activities available to those 55 and older and to get signed up for your free activity.

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- Breast Cancer Walk - Maple Leaf Festival - Maple Leaf Run - Breakfast w/ Santa - Festival of Lights Parade - LMH Spray Run - Triple Tri Triathlon

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- Soccer - Mother & Son Dance - Daddy/Daughter Date Night - Summer of Discovery Daycamp - Baseball and Softball - Tennis - Golf

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- Yoga & Chair Yoga - Martial Arts - Pickleball - Fitness Classes - Racquetball - Slow-pitch Softball - Fitness & Conditioning


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Baldwin’s Got the Blues With spring comes baseball, and Baldwin City’s own competitive collegiate team is gearing up for another season (and maybe a trophy).

Dear Readers, My younger brother and I bonded over baseball. In 2014, the Kansas City Royals made the wildcard game for a chance at the World Series, and won the game against the Oakland A’s in the 12th inning after a walk-off single by Salvador Perez. Kyle and I were lucky enough to get tickets. We cheered, bit our nails and shared some ballpark treats all the way through extra innings. That experience solidified my love of America’s pastime (and Salvador Perez). It’s one of my favorite memories, intrinsically linking baseball and summer with strong feelings of joy. So to have a team in our own backyard is something truly special. In this issue, we welcome Meagan Young as a new contributor with her story about the Baldwin City Blues—a team that provides memorable family entertainment and an iconic expression of the season. Additionally, Leigh Anne Bathke gives expert advice on how to navigate the Citywide Garage Sale, and Gwendolyn Conover shares the unique history of the Lumberyard Arts Center. I hope you enjoy reading this issue as much as I enjoyed putting it together. I’m excited to explore Baldwin with you! Happy reading! K e l ly, E d itor

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Blues on Deck school

On a HigH nOte

Locals young and old seeking a creative musical outlet need look no further than the Baker University Community Choir.


Citywide Bargains

Top tips from seasoned pros in order to get (and give) a great deal at the annual Citywide Garage Sale.

ON THE COVER Baldwin’s collegiate summer team, the Baldwin City Blues, gears up for another season. Photography

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Midland Railway’s 30 years of dedication to family-friendly events encourages tourism from across the globe.

Often overlooked, this large, carved tree serves as a creative memorial.




in a chord Drawing singers from all musical backgrounds and skill levels, the Baker University Community Choir prepares for its spring concert.

Surviving citywide Need advice on navigating the Citywide Garage Sale? We’ve got you covered.

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Volunteer Effort Midland Railway’s 30 years of dedication to family-friendly events encourages tourism from across the globe.

Story by Meagan Young Photos by Pitts Photography

For 30 years, tourists have ridden comfortably along historic track aboard antique locomotives, taking in classic Kansas scenery.

As visitors come from all over the world to see what Midland Railway is all about, it reminds Tim DeMott why he invests so much of his life into the railway. DeMott joined the railway in 1988 at just eleven years old. By the age of thirteen, he’d logged more hours running locomotives than any student engineer, which only fueled his passion for Midland Railway and what it brings to the community. “The reward of seeing families return year after year, a thank you, or seeing an entire family have the time of their lives, makes every minute I volunteer for Midland Railway well worth the time,” DeMott says. From Florida to the KC Metro and North Dakota to Wichita, people travel from far and near to take day trips on antique locomotives with Midland Railway. In addition to regular rides along the historic track, passengers can take part in special events, such as murder mystery dinner theater train rides. “Ninety percent of the Midland Railway passengers are from out of town,” says Allen Kinsley, general manager of the railway. According to Kinsley, Midland railway had 26,000 visitors who rode the train; 13,000 of those were during the two weekends of “Day Out With Thomas” in June.

Pick the Right Rail for You Looking for a romantic date night with your sweetheart? Kansas Belle Dinner Train Saturday evenings and Sundays afternoons Does the whole family want to win prizes and meet the Easter Bunny? Easter Egg Hunt Express April 8, 9, 15 Does your kid love Thomas the Tank Engine? “A Day Out With Thomas” June 2–4 June 9–11 Looking for a little adventure this fall? Maple Leaf Festival Train 3rd weekend in October


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Operated almost fully by volunteers, Midland Railway offers a glimpse into railroad history for visitors from across the United States.

In 1987, the first Midland Railway tourist train departed from Baldwin City’s Santa Fe Depot and has remained one of the last tourist locomotives in America. But the railway has a deep history in the community. Constructed in 1867, the railroad was part of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway line, connecting Atchison and Topeka to Santa Fe, New Mexico. The train depot in Baldwin was built in 1906 and purchased by the city of Baldwin City in 1977. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983. Kinsley says it’s thanks to volunteers like DeMott who support the railroad both financially and physically on their days off, weekends, and holidays, that have kept the tourist train on the tracks for thirty years. To keep Midland Railway going strong, Kinsley is working on a fundraising, volunteering and event coordination effort called “Friends of the Midland Railway.”

“The most important reason that Midland Railway has made it 30 years is because of the hard work and long hours of those willing to show up and sacrifice their time for the benefit of keeping history alive,” Kinsley says. “This ‘Friends of the Midland Railway’ will be open to anyone who wants to become a part of the family-like team of volunteers that want to help Midland Railway with day-to-day work and the events we host.” To celebrate the 30th anniversary, the railway is planning a daylong event open to the public. Although the planning process is ongoing, organizers have considered train rides to and from Norwood that will include a live band and a beer garden. Additional events will be sprinkled throughout the year to commemorate the anniversary. Midland Railway remains committed to the passengers and hopes to continue that commitment for another 30 years. “For me, it’s a privilege to haul the most valuable ‘commodity’ in the world: a human life,” DeMott says.

• This June marks the 15th year Midland has hosted “A Day Out with Thomas,” where families can interact with a real-life Thomas the Tank Engine, Percy and Sir Topham Hatt. • Several volunteers have been with Midland Railway since the day it began in 1987, and some were there even in the planning processes. • In 2016, the railway spent more than $500,000 to host events and operate trains on 11 miles of railroad. • Many members of the railway took their experience from Midland Railway and were able to get jobs on other railroads like BNSF, Union Pacific Railroad and Kansas City Southern Railway. • In 2016, a family came all the way from Russia to visit their family and see Thomas the Tank Engine.

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In a Chord Drawing singers from all musical backgrounds and skill levels, the Baker University Community Choir prepares for its spring concert.

Story by Leigh Anne Bathke Photos by Pitts Photography

A good choir director makes it look easy. A good choir director takes a variety of singers, with a variety of experience and a variety of talent, and weaves together a tapestry of song that seems effortless to the audience. Cathy Crispino is a good choir director. As director of choral ensembles at Baker University, she spends her days working with college students. Although their skills vary, Crispino knows most of her students come to her with recent music experience of some sort. But when she works with the Baker University Community Choir, Crispino is directing an entirely different set of singers. Although she has several members who have sung with the group since it began, she also has singers who haven’t been part of a choir for years—if at all. “I have high school students; Baker students, faculty and staff; and longtime community members who want to participate in performing again,” she says. “Regardless of their recent music experience, they all come on Thursday nights ready to sing. That’s so powerful. And that’s half the battle.” Seven Years of Singing

During Thursday night rehearsals, Crispino leads each section through their parts, emphasizing where to take a breath and when a note needs to be more powerful. There’s a lot of repetition, which often happens during a choir practice, but time is definitely of the essence. The community choir will perform this piece in 11 short weeks. “This is the coolest music,” Crispino tells the singers. “This is such a good choir. This performance is going to be amazing. But we gotta get this final section down.”

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The Choir Speaks Sylvia Forbes, Baldwin City Sylvia Forbes says she joined the Baker University Community Choir because she was bored in retirement. “I taught music in the elementary school from 1983–2000, but I didn’t have a lot of time to be in a choir then,” she says. “So when I saw this was starting up, I decided to get back in touch with my musical side. The masterwork pieces we do speak to my soul.” Carol and Ruth Fleming, Wellsville This husband and wife make the weekly trip to rehearsal together. “I learn so much each week,” Ruth Fleming says. “And it’s great exercise. You have to sit up straight and breathe deeply for two hours. You really feel like you’re getting a good workout.” Carol Fleming came to the choir as a former band member. He sang a little but was a never a choir member until they both joined in 2010. “It’s quite a challenge,” Carol Fleming says. “But I enjoy that. We may rehearse some parts separately, but when the entire choir sings, it’s an amazing experience. I like that people from different levels of skill can sound so strong together.” Erin Buffum, Baldwin City Erin Buffum spends her weekdays directing middle and high school choir students. So on Thursday nights, she takes a break from directing and walks to rehearsals as a participant. “I’m just a singer here,” she says. “I have no other responsibilities but to sing. It’s so relaxing as a choir teacher to be directed by someone else. And I learn a lot from watching Cathy direct as well.” Buffum says when she joined the community choir in 2016, she was immediately welcomed like part of the family. “This is great way to get to know people in our community,” she says. “And I get to walk to sing Mozart. Where else can that happen?”

The community choir started in 2010 under the direction of then-Baker professor Matthew Potterton. Crispino took over the task when she arrived at Baker in 2013. Each semester, the choir tackles either a masterwork from one composer or a selection of songs. This year, the choir is performing Vesperae solennes de confessore, a six-movement choral work composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart for liturgical use in the Salzburg Cathedral in 1780. “It seems like the more challenging the piece, the more singers I have in the choir,” Crispino says. “We are about 40 singers strong right now. They are all so excited about performing this music. But it’s a challenging piece, and we go at a fast pace.” Crispino says directing this work with singers of varying experience is an interesting dance. “You have to make it clear enough to bring along those that are just starting,” she says. “And you have to make it challenging for the more experienced members. I have to teach to everyone in the room.” The community choir will be joined by the Baker Concert Choir and a guest chamber ensemble to perform at Baker University’s Rice Auditorium Friday, April 28, at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free.

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In Memoriam Often overlooked, this large, carved tree serves as a creative memorial. Story by Kelly Gibson Photos by Meagan Young

The angel tree memorial in Oakwood Cemetery just off 3rd Street is the secondlargest angel tree carving by chainsaw artists Vicki and Patrick Langton. “We’ve done a lot of cemeteries, especially around Topeka, but I’ve never seen a tulip tree that large before,” Vicki says. And this tree was particularly special. Vicki spent a lot of time in Baldwin growing up. Her grandparents lived and worked in Baldwin City, and Vicki has many fond memories spending time with them in Baldwin. “I’ve always loved Baldwin,” Vicki says. “The people are so friendly. It’s never changed from when I was growing up

… the feeling, the soul of the city hasn’t changed.” Baldwin also means a lot to Shane Starkey. He served on the city council for four years and helped put the artwork wheels in motion. “We were going to literally cut this down, haul it off to city property and it would basically end up wasting away,” Starkey says. “Why not have chainsaw artists come out and do something?” Woodworking is Starkey’s hobby. He has built cedar chests and a bed for his daughter, among other bits of handiwork. For a while, Starkey and his father worked a sawmill, so Starkey says he looks at trees a little differently from most. “I think of what it could be other than just firewood,” he says. “It’s just a really nice piece of artwork in a place that people come out to visit loved ones. It’s certainly better than a stump in the ground.” According to Starkey, it was a “no-cost” project, meaning it cost the city as much to commission the artists as it would to cut the tree down to a stump. The Langtons have been chainsaw artists for 18 years, and they specialize in tree memorials. “Some of these trees, I know they mean a lot to people,” Vicki says. “Especially when they end up as a memorial.” Cemetery caretakers plan to apply another protective coating of lacquer on the tree memorial this year. “If they keep it up, that cemetery art will outlive us all,” Vicki says.



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About the Artists Vicki Langton says she got mad, and that’s how she got involved in chainsaw artistry. “We went to the Ozarks and I saw a carving there I really liked,” Vicki says. “The carvings down there are expensive, and I said I wanted to do one myself. The man selling the carvings told me I didn’t know anything about hard work. Well, I’m 4’11”, and I’ve been cutting firewood since I was 16 or 17. I was so upset about someone talking to me like that, labeling me like that.” She channeled that rage to prove the man wrong. And 18 years later, she and Patrick have done carvings all over Kansas and as far away as Pennsylvania. “Coach Roy Williams even has one of our Jayhawks,” Vicki says. They are often commissioned for cemetery memorials. In fact, the Langtons have been clearing an overgrown cemetery near their home in Perry for the past three years and erecting cedar memorials throughout the plot of land. “It was a beast and it was hard on us, but people absolutely love it,” Vicki says. Angels are Vicki’s favorite carvings. And the phrase carved into the back of the angel tree at Oakwood Cemetery is one of meaning. “The saying is one that we put on a lot of trees,” Vicki says. “I think it’s appropriate.”

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Surviving Citywide The Citywide Garage Sale draws hundreds of visitors to Baldwin, all seeking deals at garage sales across town. Hosted on the first Saturday in June since 1988, Citywide has grown so much that the Friends of the Baldwin City Library sells maps for attendees and charges a fee for garage sale hosts to raise funds for the library. So lace up your sneakers and prepare to haggle. We’re sharing the best tips for the best bargains from seasoned Citywide shoppers and sellers.

Story by Leigh Anne Bathke Photos by Pitts Photography

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How to Get the Best Deals

Good planning is probably the most important step to successful citywide shopping, says Susie Grossoehme, Baldwin City resident. “Shopping at Baldwin City’s Citywide Garage sale is easy if you have a plan,” she says. “There’s a lot to look at and a lot to shop for, and having it all happen in town makes it convenient.” Susie’s Tips for Shoppers

Buy the map. “Getting the map before the sale starts is a no-brainer,” Grossoehme says. “Know what you’re shopping for and which sales might have it. It gets crowded in certain parts of town, so it helps to know where you want to go.” Go early if you really want something. “It’s hard to make a deal early in the day, but if there’s something you really want, get there early and buy it,” she says. “And don’t wait and think you’ll come back later for it. Because it will be sold by the time you return.”


The closer to noon, the better your chance of negotiating a price. “Sellers aren’t interested in working with you on a price when the sale first starts,” she says. “But as the day wears on and the crowds thin, your chance of negotiating increases.” Go late if you really want a deal and aren’t focused on a particular item. “If you’re just shopping in general, going late to a sale is a way to get a great price,” she says. “Once people move stuff out of their house, they are not interested in moving it back in. That’s when you show up to help them out by taking it off their hands.” Bring small bills. “Sellers love buyers who show up with exact change and dollar bills,” she says. “Making change for a twenty all day is exhausting and expensive.” Don’t dress up. “Wear comfortable shoes and clothes,” she says. “Don’t look like you could pay more for something. Because the whole point is to get the best deal possible.” Be personable. Be nice. “Make small talk and establish a relationship,” she says. “That’s really the first step.”

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Novice garage sale hosts could do worse than look to Danny McMillen for garage sale tips. McMillen, who is married to Becky McMillen, has participated in the Friends of Baldwin Library Citywide Garage Sale since its inception in 1988. He knows how to make a garage sale successful. Danny’s Tips for Sellers:


You have to have what people want, and it’s impossible to know what people want. “So make sure all of the items you have for sale are clean and wellmarked,” he says. “If it doesn’t work, say so.”

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“They are about getting rid of things. So be willing to work with people on prices.” Talk to your customers. “If there’s a story behind an item in your sale, talk about it,” he says. “Make that connection. Tell people why items go together. People like to hear about an item’s history if there’s a good story to tell.” Keep your pricing simple. “You don’t want to mess with change, so don’t price anything less than a quarter,” he says. “If you have lots of small items, be willing to sell them in a group for a price. People are in a hurry these days. They have a lot of sales they want to go to. Make it easy for them.”

Have a table of free items. “Even if it’s just items for children,” he says. “Going to garage sales can be boring for the kids, so have something for them to look at, to distract them. The adults are grateful and will usually spend more time at your sale, which means they are more likely to buy something.”

Advertising matters. “I put as much information as I can with the item,” he says. “If there’s an instruction book, I write it down. If the item works, I write it down. If it’s only been used twice, write it down. Be clear, be short and be thorough. People will appreciate it.”

Price matters. But be willing to make a deal. “I always look up the price of what an item would cost new, but garage sales aren’t about getting rich,” he says.

Offer free bags. “I have found that customers will buy more if they have a way to carry it, especially with smaller items,” he says.

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The 16th annual health fair offers free health screenings and a chance to win prizes including bicycle helmets, t-shirts and Royals tickets. Collins Sports & Convention Center, Baker University, 8:30–11:30 a.m.

Rainbow Preschool will be selling beautiful hanging baskets and pots of geraniums from Enright Gardens just in time for Mother’s Day! Hanging baskets are $28 and pots of geraniums are $5. Orders can be placed on the Rainbow Preschool website from April 19 through May 3.

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Train rides, prize eggs and photos with the Easter Bunny. What more could you ask for? Tickets are $19 for adults and $11 for children. They are available at

[15] Community Easter Egg Hunt

Hosted by Rainbow Preschool and Baldwin Recreation, the annual egg hunt features games, face painting, balloon art and a chance to meet the Easter Bunny. Rainbow Preschool will also be selling donuts, juice and coffee. BES Intermediate Center Baseball Fields, 10–11 a.m.

Relax and enjoy samples from some of the best local Kansas wineries in beautiful downtown Baldwin. Contact the Chamber of Commerce for more information. Downtown Baldwin City, Lotorium, 4–8 p.m.


[20] A Walk About Baker Take a guided tour of the Baker University campus. The walking tour begins at Old Castle Museum (511 5th Street) at 10 a.m., and includes a look inside Osborne Chapel and stops highlighting Baker’s role in Baldwin’s history. Donations are welcome and benefit the Old Castle Museum. For more information, contact Sara DeCaro at or 785-594-8380.


[2-4 and 9-11] Day Out with Thomas: The Friendship Tour

Thomas returns for two weekends in Baldwin City, with departures every hour from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Visitors also can enjoy the Isle of Sodor story time, a petting zoo, a magic show, play areas and entertainment from Mr. David. Midland Railway, 1515 High St.

[3] Citywide Garage Sale Put on your walking shoes and get ready to find a deal at the annual Baldwin event. Maps can be purchased at the library, benefiting the Friends of the Baldwin City Library.

[24] LMH Summer Spray 5K Run

Be prepared to get wet during this community 5K. There will be an inflatable for the kids and young at heart. Half of the proceeds benefit the Baldwin community. Baldwin Golf Course, 1102 Main St., 8 a.m.


[4] Independence Day Celebration


Celebrate the nation alongside your neighbors with games, competitions and music, as well as free pool admission from 1-5 p.m. and free hotdogs. Then settle in to watch fireworks, starting at 9:30 p.m. Intermediate Center parking lot, 100 Bullpup Dr.

Free Kids Camp with the Baldwin City Blues


This free baseball camp is open to girls and boys grades K-12 interested in practicing their hitting and catching skills with the Baldwin City Blues. After the camp, join the team for a hot dog, chips, a drink and a snow cone. Parents and siblings may join their camper for dinner for $5.00 each. Before the 7 p.m. game against the Liberty Monarchs, take part in a family kickball game. Baldwin City Rec Fields, 3:30–5:30 p.m.

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nt and Future The metamorphosis of a downtown Baldwin City structure. Story by Gwendolyn Conover | Photos by Pitts Photography

Over the doors of the grand brick building at the corner of 8th and High streets, the words are carved in stone: “Ives-Hartley Lumber Co.” The historic lumberyard is a long-time hub of activity in downtown Baldwin City, but its story seems to be as much about love as it is about lumber. Charles P. “Captain” Ives started in the lumber business in Baldwin City in the 1880s. Forrest M. Hartley came to town as a student at Baker University in 1889. Hartley took a shine to Ives’ daughter, Mary, and the two were eventually married. Hartley went into business with his new father-in-law, and in 1914, the Ives-Hartley Lumberyard at 718 High Street was born. Susan Butell, whose father, Tom Swan, managed the lumberyard in the 1960s then went on to own the business for over 20 years, said a love of community was part of the lumberyard’s success. “My dad was a city council member and always interested in what was going on in town,” Butell says. “He loved downtown. He loved Baldwin City.” In September 2002, love again played a role in the lumberyard’s story, this time a love for art and community. The recent opening of big box stores in neighboring towns had driven the lumberyard out of business, but Baldwin City resident Sandy Cardens looked at the old building and saw potential.


“It was just sitting there empty right in the middle of downtown,” Cardens says. With a bolt of insight, she told a friend the old lumberyard would make a great community arts center. “And I continued to tell people that, whoever would listen, until after a while people would see me coming and cross the street because they didn’t want to hear it anymore,” Cardens says with a laugh. But before long she had gathered a group of volunteers and gotten permission from Baldwin State Bank, who owned the property at that time, to start transforming the lumberyard into an arts center. “It was dirty, sweaty work,” says Laura Dickinson, who has been part of the project since the beginning. Among other tasks, volunteers dug out layers of gravel, dirt and dust so a concrete foundation could be poured. “It was exhausting,” Dickinson says, “yet working together developed community and fellowship, connecting us with individuals and groups around town.” While some volunteers were working to clean up the space, others were fundraising. Their diligence paid off in March 2010, when the front half of the Lumberyard Arts Center was finished. The space features an art gallery and openconcept courtyard, two classrooms that host over a dozen classes per year, a catering kitchen and office space. The back half of the building remains unfinished, but more renovation and expansion are on the horizon, with plans for a theater with retractable seating to allow for multiple uses. “We are focused on getting the theater done right, sooner rather than later,” Cardens says. She keeps a saying on her bulletin board: “The person who says it can’t be done should not interrupt the person doing it.” The words have inspired her throughout the renovation. “How we got where we are is by word of mouth, dedicated volunteers, begging—a lot of begging—and just putting one foot in front of the other and not letting any obstacles get us down,” Cardens says.

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The Lumberyard Arts Center offers arts-based classe s for children and adults, org anizes Third Friday Art Walks in downtown Baldwin Cit y, and provides a variety of eve nts and activities for all age s. The space is also available to rent for private events. Find out more at www.lumberyardartscen Photography cour tesy of Lumberyard Art Center (face book)

the swans Mary Swan, wife of longtime lumberyard owner Tom Swan, was the first to give a substantial donation to the Lumberyard Arts Center project. Tom Swan passed away in 1995 before work on the arts center project began, but Mary Swan witnessed the beginning years of the Lumberyard Arts Center near the end of her life. The Swans’ daughter Susan Butell says the transformation of the Lumberyard was meaningful to her mother. “She walked in for the first time after it was done and looked up and said, ‘Oh, it makes me teary-eyed.’” Mary loved attending local theater productions and was known for her loud, generous laugh. The theater at the back of the renovated Lumberyard Arts Center will be named The Swan Theater in her honor.



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With spring comes baseball, and Baldwin City’s own competitive collegiate team is gearing up for another season (and maybe a trophy). Story by Meagan Young | Photos courtesy Michael Moore

One of best-kept secrets around is a local summer baseball team that goes by the name “Baldwin City Blues.” The Blues have everything they need to succeed as a team: talented collegiate athletes, experienced coaches and a highly competitive league. But the one thing they need this year is a community to support them. Michael Moore, owner of the Blues, started the Mid Plains Collegiate League four years ago as an opportunity for young men to “[play] summer baseball in small-town settings in front of hometown fans.” “The goal,” Moore says of bringing such a team to Baldwin City, “was to offer the most outstanding college baseball players in the Midwest a highly competitive and unique playing environment.” To have a consistent community rallying around the team would only increase the players’ enthusiasm for the game. “The boys just play better when there’s a crowd cheering and creating lots of energy for them,” says Linda Moore, Michael’s wife. Players come from all over Kansas—and some even from out of state—for a chance to sharpen their skills and play the game they love with a new team. They stay with host families in Baldwin and Olathe for the summer. The Blues came to life in 2014 when Moore saw a need for a collegiate team in this area. The team became part of the Mid Plains Collegiate League, in which eight teams compete in the summer. The league includes Junction City Brigade, Rossville Rattlers, Topeka Golden Giants, Baldwin City Blues, Midwest A’s, Midwest Veterans, Liberty Monarchs and Sabetha Lobos. “The 2016 Cup was won by the Junction City Brigade,” Michael said, “[we’re going to] attempt to dethrone them this summer.”

26 Michael and Linda’s vision for the league is to provide an exciting summer event for local families to enjoy. In an effort to reach out and connect with the community, the Moores offer free admission to Baldwin City residents. “The games bring a lot to this city,” Linda says, “but I need to give a huge shout-out to Steve Friend at the Baldwin Rec [who] has had the same vision that we had: that we have something unique to bring to Baldwin City.” In addition to highly competitive games, the Blues offer a free youth baseball day camp. Youth are welcome to attend the camp to learn first-hand what it takes to become a great ball player. They get to work on their fielding skills, and they practice batting. The Blues work with all levels of local youth, ranging from kindergarten to high school. Camp organizers encourage both boys and girls to participate. Attendance includes a free sack lunch and an autograph session with the players to top off the day. Afterward, there is a community kickball game while the team gets ready for its evening game. If you’re unable to attend games this summer but are interested in supporting the players, you can become a sponsor. Each sponsorship starts at $150 and includes the sponsor’s name on a banner at the park and on the Blues website. In addition, each sponsor receives a signed baseball in a case at the end of the year. All sponsorships go toward the expenses of the team and the youth camp. You can also contact Michael or Linda if you’re able to offer your home for an incoming player this 2017 season. The schedule of games and player stats are available on the team website, To get updates on which players you’ll have a chance to watch this summer, visit the Baldwin City Blues Facebook page.

The 2017 Lineup Ryan Cedeno

From: St. Mary’s Colgan High School (Pittsburg) Attending: Pittsburg State University Position: Catcher Highlights: This all-state, allconference catcher helped his St. Mary’s Colgan team win the 2-1A state championship title in 2016.

Jared Fry

From: Eudora High School Attending: North Central Missouri College Position: Catcher Highlights: This switch hitter has high expectations for the 2017 season, coming in with a .397 batting average and a .492 slugging percentage.

Alex Hansen

From: Olathe Northwest High School Attending: Oklahoma Christian University Position: INF (infielder) Highlights: Hanson was named one of the top high school infielders in the Midwest with his impressive offensive skill set.

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Noah Huston

From: Hayden High School Attending: Rockhurst University Position: OF (outfielder) Highlights: A returning player for The Blues, this strong batter helped the team win the Eastern Division title last year and was named Eastern Division All Star.

Cooper Karlin

From: Lawrence Free State High School Attending: Pittsburg State University Position: INF Highlights: Karlin is a three-time AllSunflower League honoree in high school and started 31 games during his freshman year.

Reilly Martin

From: Hayden Catholic High School (Topeka) Attending: McPherson College Position: OF Highlights: Returning for his second season with The Blues, this quick, athletic player promises to be one of the strongest outfielders in the 2017 league.

Brayden Nelson

Ryan Simons

Blain Ohlmeier

Quinton Smith

From: Piedmont (Oklahoma) High School Attending: Oklahoma Wesleyan University Postion: RHP (right-handed pitcher) Highlights: Nelson holds a 10-3 record with a career 2.82 ERA. He also struck out 114 opposing hitters in 94.1 innings pitched.

From: Paola High School Attending: Pittsburg State University Position: OF/P (outfielder/pitcher) Highlights: Ohlmeier was named 2016 First Team All Frontier League and Kansas All State First Team as OF.

Derek Ripp

From: St. James Academy (Lenexa) Attending: University of Arkansas Position: 1B (first base) Highlights: Ripp was a two-time Kansas All State first baseman and has power behind the bat with a build of 6’6” and 210 pounds.

From: Shawnee Mission Northwest High School Attending: Cloud County Community College Position: INF/OF Highlights: Simons is known for his speed around the bags and batting average of over .400 during his career.

From: Hayden Catholic High School (Topeka) Attending: Lassen Community College (Susanville, California) Position: UTL (utility infield) Highlights: Smith earned AllCentennial League honors in 2013 and 2014. Following a 2015 seasonending injury, Smith batted .268 with 11 hits, six runs and two RBIs last spring.

Ryan Wetzel

From: Heritage Christian Academy (Olathe) Attending: Pittsburg State University Position: INF/P Highlights: A returning player, Wetzel’s infielding prowess makes the 2017 Blues a contender for the Cowdin Cup.

28 A/C Heating and Cooling

A&H Air Conditioning and Heating 1717 College Street 785-594-3357 Dunco Heating & Cooling 1729 Bullene Avenue Lawrence, KS 66044 785-594-7137

Accounting and Tax Services Douglas County Treasurer 1100 Massachusetts Street Lawrence, KS 66044 785-832-5275


Ad Astra Alpacas 168 E 1700 Road 785-594-6767 Baldwin Feed Co., Inc. 1600 High Street 785-594-3351 Heritage Tractor, Inc. 915 Industrial Park Road 785-594-6486

Animal Shelter

Prairie Paws Animal Shelter, Inc. 3173 Hwy K68 Ottawa, KS 66067 785-242-2967


Zimmerschied Architecture Jay Zimmerschied 901 Branchwood Drive Lawrence, KS 66049 785-550-5743


Baldwin Academy of Dance and Voice 711 High Street 785-594-3949 Lumberyard Arts Center 718 High Street 785-594-3186

Assisted Living

Vintage Park at Baldwin City 321 Crimson Avenue 785-594-4255


The Law Office of Blake Glover 608 High Street 785-594-1099


Baldwin Automotive Service Center, Inc. 131 Baker Street 785-594-9944

2017 Baldwin City Chamber of Commerce Membership

Gregg Bruce Auto and Performance 601 High Street 785-594-4088


Baldwin State Bank 721 High Street 785-594-6421 Kansas State Bank 602 Ames Street 785-594-7500 Mid America Bank 802 Ames Street 785-594-2100


Seventh Street Hair 809 7th Street 785-594-7144 Whitney’s Hair Salon 701 High Street 785-594-6626


Maceli’s Inc. 1031 New Hampshire Street Lawrence, KS 66044 785-331-2096 Optimal Living 519 Ames Street

Chamber of Commerce

Eudora Chamber of Commerce 1402 Church Street Eudora, KS 66025 785-542-1212 Gardner Chamber of Commerce 109 E Main Gardner, KS 66030 913-856-6464 Lawrence Chamber of Commerce 646 Vermont, #200 Lawrence, KS 66044 785-865-4411 Ottawa Chamber of Commerce 109 E 2nd Street Ottawa, KS 66067 785-242-1000 Wellsville Chamber of Commerce PO Box 472 Wellsville, KS 66092 785-883-2234


Baldwin First United Methodist Church 704 8th Street 785-594-6612

Ives Chapel United Methodist Church 1018 Miami Street 785-594-6555 Worden United Methodist Church 294 E 900th Road 785-594-7598

Clubs and Nonprofit Organizations American Legion, Llyod Beaton Post #228 803 High Street 785-594-2530

Baldwin City Business & Professional Women PO Box 503 785-594-3832 Baldwin City Public Library 800 7th Street 785-594-3411 Baldwin City Lion’s Club PO Box 543 Baldwin City Rotary 785-594-3169 CLO’s Midnight Farm 2084 North 600 Road 785-979-1889 Douglas County Community Foundation 900 Massachusetts Street, Suite 406 Lawrence, KS 66044 785-843-8727 Friends of the Baldwin Library PO Box 565 785-594-3411 Keepers of the Legends Foundation PO Box 866 785-979-2451 Maple Leaf Festival Committee PO Box 564 785-594-7564 United Way of Douglas County 2518 Ridge Ct., Ste. 200 Lawrence, KS 66046 785-843-6626 Vinland Fair Association 1690 N 790 Road 785-594-2525

Economic Development Baldwin City EDC 814 Ames Street 785-766-9505


Baldwin Elementary School Primary Center 500 Lawrence Street 785-594-2444 Baldwin Junior High School 400 Eisenhower Street 785-594-2448 Baldwin High School 415 Eisenhower Street 785-594-2725 Baldwin Intermediate Center 100 Bullpup Lane 785-594-2446 Baker University 618 8th Street 785-594-8308 Baldwin City USD 348 708 Chapel Street 785-594-2721 Baldwin Education Foundation P.O. Box 67 785-594-0404

The Rainbow Experience, Inc. 115 6th Street 785-594-2223


Baldwin City Blues 19706 W 63rd Terrace Shawnee, KS 66218 913-268-1142 Kansas Belle Dinner Train Inc. 215 Ames Street 785-594-8505


The Cranberry Market 111 6th Street 785-594-3111

Funeral Services

Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home 712 9th Street 785-594-3644


Baldwin City Dental Chris Leiszler, DDS 414 Ames Street 785-594-9834 Baldwin Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center 1223 Orchard Lane 785 594-6492


Visit for Baldwin City Business Directory

Baldwin Medical Clinic Dr. Cristina Goodwin 810 High Street 785-594-6412 Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center 200 Maine Street, Ste. A Lawrence, KS 66044 785-843-9192 Epic Vision Eye Centers Jill Dorsey, OD 404 Ames Street Baldwin City, KS 60006 785-594-2200 Family Medicine of Baldwin City Lawrence Memorial Hospital 406 Ames 785-594-2912 Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department 200 Maine, Ste. B Lawrence, KS 66044 785-843-3060 Lawrence Memorial Hospital Baldwin City Therapy 814 High 785-594-3162 Lawrence Memorial Hospital 325 Maine Lawrence, KS 66044 785-505-3132 Rodrock Chiropractic Dr. Jeremy Rodrock 412 Ames Street

Historical Society

Home Improvement

Arrowhead Hardware 318 Crimson Avenue 785-594-3000 Cromwell Environmental/ Cromwell Solar 615 Vermont, Lawrence, KS 66044 785-749-6020 D & S Door Company 115 Signal Oak Court 785-242-4814 House Guys USA 2601 S. Iowa Street, Ste. 785-551-7490 Lyon Construction Company, LLC 1772 North 200 Road 785-594-3138 Rooftop Construction, LLC 3986 Thomas Road, Wellsville, KS 66092 913-238-9112 Scott’s Repair, LLC 181 E 1575 Rd 785-979-6450


Bauer Inspection and Consulting Services 1315 Maple Leaf Court 785-594-7420

Independent Living

Baldwin Retirement Apartment Complex, Inc. DBA Orchard Lane & Jersey Street Apartment Suites 1016 Orchard Lane 785-594-6996

Individuals Linda Ballinger

Black Jack Battlefield and Nature Park 163 E 200 Road Wellsville, KS 66092

James Catron

Midland Railway Historical Society 1515 West High Street 913-721-1211

John Fowler

Santa Fe Historical Society 203 Silver Leaf Lane 785-594-3169

Home Health Care

Angels Care Home Health Chris Lorman 318 Main Street Ottawa, KS 66067 785-242-3100 Douglas County Visiting Nurses Assocation 200 Main Street, Ste. C Lawrence, KS 66044 785-843-3738

Craig Davis Teri Ediger

Greg Kruger Donald Nutt Gerald Sanden Peter Sexton


Integrity Midwest Insurance, LLC 1540 Wakarusa Drive, Ste. D Lawrence, KS 66047 785-856-5100


Jardon Insurance 705 8th Street 913-486-0061

Memory Care

Mary Wiscombe American Family Insurance 707 8th Street 785-331-4353

Internet Service Providers

Mediacom Communications Corp. 717 High Street 785-594-7570 RG Fiber 713 High Street 785-594-5414


Edward Jones Pete Carr 452 E 1100 Road 913-856-8846 JC Grayson Chris Graham 721 8th Street 785-594-1054

IT Services

MyITG Services, LLC PO Box 836 913-526-0111

Liquor Stores

Callahan’s Retail Liquor 310 Ames Street 785-594-3555 JBC Liquors, Inc. 916 Ames Street 785-594-0514


Three Sisters Inn 1035 Ames Street 785-594-3244


Custom Mobile Equipment, Inc. 439 E High Street 785-594-7474

Baldwin Insurance Services 604 High Street 785-594-6822

McFarlane Aviation 696 E 1700 Road 785-594-2741

Farm Bureau Financial Services 721 8th Street 785-594-1055

Rice Precision Manufacturing 401 E. High Street 785-594-2670

Baldwin City Gazette PO Box 838 785-304-4041

Comfort Care Homes of Baldwin City, LLC 813 8th Street 785-594-2603

Natural Wellness

Abundant Life Massage Therapy 315 Elm Street 913-334-8423

Cynthia Perez / doTERRA Wellness Advocate 233 Elm Street 641-442-6365 Infinite Health Mind and Body

Online Retail

Sassy N Silver


Auburn Pharmacy 400 Ames Street 785-594-0340


KSK Photography 315 Blaze Boulevard 913-226-0074 Pitts Photography 207 Elm Street 785-766-0665


Bisel, Inc. dba Minuteman Press 1404 E. 24th Street, Ste. B Lawrence, KS 66046 785-842-2656

Property Management Hayes Properties LLC P.O. Box 455 785-248-3883 Living Space, LLC 715 High Street 785-594-2659 Skyview Apartments PO Box 203 785-766-0218

Real Estate - Commercial

Kirsten Flory-Colliers International 805 New Hampshire Street, Ste. C Lawrence, KS 66044 785-865-5100

30 Real Estate - Land

Heck Land Company 805 New Hampshire, Ste. C Lawrence, KS 66044 785-865-6266

Real Estate - Residential Layton Real Estate 517 Main Street 785-883-2379

ReeceNichols Preferred Realty 3801 West 6th Street Lawrence, KS 66044 785-856-6200 Stephens Real Estate 703 High Street 785-594-2320


Baldwin City Fitness 814 High Street 785-594-1245 Baldwin City Recreation Commission 785-594-3670 Baldwin Golf Association 1102 N. Main Street 785-594-3351


Dance Café - Baldwin Academy of Dance and Voice 711 High Street 785-594-3949 Homestead Kitchen & Bakery 719 8th Street 913-208-7196 Jitters 822 Ames 620-437-6967 Jo’s Diner 516 Ames Street 785-594-3123 Moose’s Backwoods BBQ and Catering 522 Ames Street 785-594-7427 Mr. Goodcents Subs & Pasta 912 Ames Street 785-594-2399 Perks Coffee House & Party Shop 914 Ames Street 785-594-0514

Where arts and community come together

Retreat Center

The Light Center 1542 Woodson Road

Senior Citizen Services Senior Resource Center for Douglas County 2920 Haskell Avenue Lawrence, KS 66046 785-842-0543


Antiques on the Prairie 520 High Street 785-594-7555 Mike Langrehr, DBA Design Specialties in the Town Galleria 715 8th Street 785-594-0335

space rental art classes rotating exhibits engaging events

Quilters’ Paradise 713 8th Street 785-594-3477

Special Events Facility Stony Point Hall 1514 North 600 Road 785-594-2225

Title Company

BeCo m e a m em Ber to day! 785-594-3186


Executive Title 608 High Street 785-594-9090

718 H igH S t. Baldwin Cit y, KS 66006



City of Baldwin City 803 8th Street 785-594-6427

FRee admission FoR Baldwin City Residents!

2017 Baldwin City Blues Home Game sCHedule

Kansas Gas Service 2720 2nd Avenue Leavenworth, KS 66048 913-758-2737

Veterinary Services

Companion Animal Hospital 504 Ames Street 785-594-2413

Website Services ReTek, LLC 785-409-7400


Haven Pointe Winery, LLC 961 E. 1600 Road 785-865-0660



Game times

June 1 Thursday June 2 Friday June 3 Saturday June 6 Tuesday June 8 Thursday June 9 Friday June 10 Saturday June 10 Saturday June 13 Tuesday June 20 Tuesday June 27 Tuesday June 29 Thursday June 30 Friday July 1 Saturday July 11 Tuesday July 13 Thursday

Midwest A’s Midwest A’s Midwest A’s Sabetha Lobos Liberty Monarchs Liberty Monarchs Kids Camp Liberty Monarchs Topeka Golden Giants Junction City Brigade Rossville Rattlers Midwest Veterans Midwest Veterans Midwest Veterans Topeka Golden Giants Rossville Rattlers

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All Home Games will be played at the Baldwin City Parks and Recreation Fields For non-Baldwin City residents admission is $5, children 17 and under are free

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Baldwin City Living • Spring/Summer 2017  

In this issue: • The Baldwin City Blues rev up for another season of collegiate baseball • How to survive the Citywide Garage Sale • Get to...

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