Baldwin City Living | Spring/Summer 2019

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We hope you decide to join the Baldwin City Recreation Commission for a wide array of sports, activities and special events in 2019. In addition to continuing to provide many of the popular programs as we always have, we are introducing new special events for the Baldwin City Community to enjoy. Smoke on the Bricks // May 31 & June 1 Purchase your BBQ Bucks

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Golf Course beginning at 4:30pm with Drew Six, then Big Time Grain Company at 6:30pm. Smithfield will take the stage at 8:30pm and lead us into the fireworks show.

Each Summer Concert Movie Series will be kicked off with a live band starting at 7:00pm and the movie will follow at dusk. This is a free event at the Baldwin City Golf Course. We hope to see you there!

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READERS, In spring, we celebrate the growth and vitality around us; tender new leaves, warming temperatures, sunlight past dinnertime. This issue pays homage to Baldwin’s own growth and vitality as community members continue to find ways to grow, shape, and enrich their community. With new, engaging activities through partnerships with the Baldwin City Recreation Commission, residents and visitors alike can take control of their health through community wellness initiatives or enjoy leisure activities like the new, free summer concert and movie series. And youthful energy can be found at businesses across Baldwin. Read Sarah J. Baker’s story about a few of Baldwin’s young professionals, learn what they love about Baldwin and how they are shaping the Baldwin community from grassroots teaching efforts to international acclaim. We’ve also enlisted the help of high school correspondent Riley Fletcher to give a voice to students in Baldwin City Living. Read her story about the power of growing up in a small town, accompanied by a personal essay by Emma Grossoehme. I hope the community enthusiasm reflected in these pages inspires you to share your unique talents and voice to help Baldwin continue to bloom. K E LLY, E D I T O R

Baldwin City Living is produced by Sunflower Publishing in cooperation with the City of Baldwin City, Baldwin City USD 348, and the Baldwin City Chamber of Commerce.

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IN BLOOM How Sara Yardley found herself surrounded by flowers and loving every second

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t the end of summer in the last of the September heat, Sara Yardley realized she planted too many zinnias. She needed to find a good way to get rid of them. So, she invited the community to come and make bouquets at her farm before the flowers passed their prime. Planting too many zinnias was just one lesson Yardley learned in her first year farming acres of flowers. It was a Mother’s Day gift from her husband that started her journey into flower farming. He had given her the book, Cut Flower Garden by Erin Benzakein, and she was immediately inspired to dig into her 10 acres and see what she could grow. Yardley had been looking for a new hobby—something to keep her hands busy as her last three children were in the final years of homeschooling. “It didn’t feel like I had a lot of work on my hands anymore, and I thought, ‘Okay, I’m eventually going to need to get a job, but I love being at home and available for the grandkids,’” Yardley says. Her husband plowed the ground in late June of last year, and Yardley’s journey to Yardley Flower Farm began.

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“I thought, ‘I’m just going to see what I can do,’ and I’ve been really surprised at what we’ve accomplished,” she says. By the end of summer, Yardley’s flowers had made their way into bouquets at The Merc in Lawrence, the Olathe Farmer’s Market, five local florists and one wholesaler. The local florist community was welcoming and inclusive as she began to reach out and find a market for her flowers. “This has been a learning year, and I have made a ton of mistakes, but I’m not afraid to do things that scare me a little,” Yardley says. Yardley’s flowers aren’t only for sale; youth from her church also deliver donated bouquets to local nursing homes. Yardley most enjoys the personal connections her flowers forge; she loves talking with buyers at the farmers market about what they will do with the flowers or where the blooms are going. Farming the flowers is hot, sweaty and dirty work but Yardley says she loves being available to her family while providing something beautiful for others to enjoy. Next year she plans to make more space available for visitors to see the farm and learn how to make bouquets.


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GET MOVING, GET GROWING Baldwin City Recreation Commission offers activities for healthy lifestyles


he daily goal of the folks at the Baldwin City Sports Commission is to provide places, pathways and programs to promote healthy lifestyles and maximize positive behaviors in the community. From sports programs to daddydaughter dances, to providing support to local cancer survivors, the sports commission works tirelessly behind the scenes to bring the community together. “We want to be the one-stop shop for all your sports and recreation needs,”says Matt McClure, recreation director. “We want to provide events for our local community to come together.” McClure started his position with the department in June 2018. He has worked in Sports Recreation for more than 20 years and has a vision for growth in the community. Alongside McClure is Whitney Gillman, assistant recreation director. Gillman has been with the Baldwin Recreation Commission for three years. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degree in sports recreation from Fort Hays State University. “Working in sports recreation is what I’ve wanted to do my whole life,” Gillman says.

Baldwin City Sports Commission brings people together not only with sports but special events as well. While sports are a big draw, or the Sports Commission also offers a wide variety of programs such as summer day camps, senior programs, and daddy-daughter dances. They also support the community by helping with the Festival of Lights, cancer walks, and 8th grade promotion. The goal for 2019 is to expand on existing events and introduce new events to the community. For example, McClure and his team hope to make the annual 4th of July celebration— already a successful event in its own right—bigger and better. This year the event will be held at the Baldwin City Golf Course and will feature more activities for the kids, food trucks, and a beer garden for the adults. Additional entertainment will include live performances by Smithfield, Big Time Grain Company, and Drew Six. Festival of Lights is another big event and a staple in the community. Working alongside the Baldwin City Chamber of Commerce, the Sports Commission has helped make this a “must see” holiday event for the family.


Contact McClure or Gillman at (785) 594-3670

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This year, the Sports Commission is introducing two new events: Smoke on the Bricks BBQ Competition and a summer concert/movie series. Smoke on the Bricks is a Kansas City Barbecue Society-sanctioned competition slated for Friday, May 31, and Saturday, June 1, in downtown Baldwin City. This event is a qualifying event for the American Royal World Series of Barbeque competition and the Jack Daniels World Championship for 2019. McClure says the summer concert/ movie series will be free for the community to enjoy, taking place at the Baldwin City Golf Course in June, July and August of this year. “We would love to get together with local businesses to become community partners with us,” McClure says. Gillman echoes the sentiment, adding that there are plenty of opportunities for community members to get involved as well. “We are always looking for volunteers for our events and youth sports coaches,” Gillman says.

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Matt McClure and Whitney Gillman are excited about the Baldwin City Recreation Commission’s upcoming community partnerships and events.

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FOR THE LOVE OF BALDWIN Youth growing up in Baldwin share insight on what makes the community special


rowing up can be tough, but in a small town like Baldwin City, it’s not as difficult. From the smiling locals to the sweet smell of roasted pecans in the autumn, Baldwin has been a welcoming place for many students attending Baldwin High School. “I’ve liked growing up in Baldwin because pretty much anywhere you go, you know somebody,” sophomore Zoe Thomas says. “My favorite part about Baldwin is the Maple Leaf Festival. I love that even though we are a small town, a lot of people come here because of the festival, and it creates a sense of community.” For some families, growing up in a town of trains and maple leaves is an experience passed down through the generations. “I have loved living in Baldwin because my parents grew up here, so all of my family is around town,” BHS senior Megan Jardon says. “Plus, I’m able to grow up with knowing everyone in my class and be connected to everyone.” Those who are graduating in the spring show extra appreciation for having grown up so close with their classmates. “Something I really like about growing up in Baldwin is that I’ve gone to school with the same people since kindergarten,” BHS senior Marrisa Rickey says. “We’ve become really close over the years. It’s sad to think we’re all going to go our separate ways here in just a few months. They’ve become such a big part of my life.” Students enjoy spending their time at the many different local businesses—all conveniently within walking distance for students who don’t have a car or license.

Story by Riley Fletcher, senior at Baldwin High School

“Baldwin is great because there are places like Homestead where my friends go every Friday to hang out,” BHS sophomore Becky Fritzsche says. “It’s a really great place. Nothing is extremely overpriced and they’re really nice. It’s a fun place for all our friends to hang out and go after school.” Many students appreciate the relationships they’ve formed over the years as well as the sense of community that’s possible in a small town. “I like the fact that I know everybody; I know everybody on my street, I go to school with everybody on my street, and we’re all so close,” BHS senior Sydney Thurlow says. “You may not like everybody, but the community is so close that we know everyone. It’s nice to be able to walk into the store, walk into the school, and know a person there and start up a conversation.”

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THIS I BELIEVE Essay by Emma Grossoehme

I believe in the power of Small Town, USA. To me, this small town I speak of is home, the place that has raised me from the very start. I would be lying if I said growing up in this small town didn’t influence the person I am today. Baldwin City is my forever Small Town, USA. I believe in the power of large crowds at the home football games and the one stoplight that controls the town. I believe in the small swimming pool that is home to children over the summer and the large antique store that kids go in day after day, just to explore. All of the little stops along the way are what makes this fascinating town so special. It may be small, but once you peel back the layers, you can see the true beauty deep down. The beauty of walking into the store

and automatically knowing every one there. The beauty of having friends you met on your first day of kindergarten and then walking across the stage with them your senior year. Beauty like that cannot be found in big, populous places, where you don’t get the chance to know everyone’s name in your class. Also the sadness of missing out on the best people in the world, all because you didn’t see them in the lunch line every day. I believe that I can describe my Small Town in one word. My word is “inspiring.” Baldwin to me is made up of fighters, hard workers, and dedicated people who inspire others, including me, to make something of our lives. Those people have taught me that it doesn’t matter that my town is small, I can make myself big when stepping out and making a difference to the world around me. I know I have the ability to change the world, because of the people who have raised me from my Small Town family. They are the people who have molded me to be who I am today and who I will be for the rest of my life. I believe another layer to my small town is its beauty, because the town

of Baldwin is breathtaking. My favorite time for the town is the fall when all the colored leaves fall like rain and then the children rake them up and jump in them. Over and over, this is entertainment that felt like it would last a lifetime when I was a little kid. Little did I know when I was growing up, that enjoyable time I had was given to me by the town I was living in. I believe that my Small Town, USA, is like a person in some ways. It has its own personality that gets rubbed off from person to person when they set foot here. I believe one of its qualities is kindness, because every person from this town holds so much kindness and love in their hearts, almost like it was given to them as a gift. I believe growing up in Small Town, USA, has been a gift. I can’t imagine not being a small town girl and growing up with all of the beauty it shares. I think it’s crazy to hear people say they can’t wait to leave, when in reality, I just got here. I believe that I must remember throughout life, no matter the places I travel and no matter how far I go, Baldwin City, Kansas, is my forever Small Town, USA.

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HOMETOWN HOMERUN Baldwin City serves as final resting place for deaf baseball player and activist Luther Taylor

Story by Bob Luder


hances are, most residents of Baldwin City don’t realize there’s a professional baseball icon buried in their midst. Oh, folks might have seen the large, beautiful monument that was erected at the gravesite in Prairie City Cemetery back in May of 2008. But they likely know little of the legacy of Luther Taylor. Philip Hannon hopes to change all that. Hannon, founder of the Keepers of the Legends Foundation and assistant director of special gifts in the Development Department at Baker University, has spent much of his time honoring Taylor and educating the community on the baseball player’s ties to Baldwin City. “I’m really just a big baseball fan,” Hannon says. “I started the Keepers of the Legends Foundation after getting involved with the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (in Kansas City). There’s a lot of this country’s history wrapped up in baseball. I just wanted to keep these stories alive.” The story of Luther Taylor is one worth salvaging and savoring. Taylor was born February 21, 1875, in nearby Oskaloosa, Kansas. Though he was born to hearing parents, young Luther was deaf and could not speak. Arnold Taylor and Emeline Chapman sent their young son to the Kansas School for the Deaf, which was founded by Philip Emery, who also was deaf and an educator from Indiana, in late 1861 in Baldwin City. After a brief move to Topeka, the school settled in Olathe in 1866.

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Taylor lived at Kansas School for the Deaf from 1884– 1895 and graduated as valedictorian of his class. Though he pitched for the baseball team throughout high school, that sport wasn’t his first love. His dream was to become a professional boxer, but his parents wouldn’t allow it. So, he pitched for semi-professional teams in Kansas, Missouri and Illinois and eventually catching the eyes of major league scouts. After playing minor league ball in Albany, New York, Taylor was called up by the New York Giants, one of Major League Baseball’s premier teams of the day. In his first complete major league season in 1901, he pitched 37 complete games, second highest in the league. His best season came in 1904, when he finished 21-15. Pitching alongside hall-of-famers Christy Mathewson and “Iron Man” Joe McGinnity, he helped the Giants to a National League pennant in 1904 and World Series championship in 1905. Taylor was scheduled to pitch in the third game of that 1905 World Series, which would’ve been history-making for a deaf and mute player. But the game was canceled because of rain, and Mathewson pitched the next day. But there were plenty of historic, monumental moments for Taylor in professional baseball. On May 16, 1902, Taylor pitched against William Hoy in Cincinnati, the first and only time two deaf professional athletes competed against one another in Major League Baseball history. According to reports at the time, when Hoy came to bat for the first time, he said to Taylor in sign language, “I am glad to see you.” Taylor also is credited with helping to expand and make universal the use of sign language that is used in major league infields to this day, including hand signals between catchers and pitchers.

“He was deaf and didn’t speak, but he didn’t let that stop him,” says Sandra Kelly, executive director for the Deaf Cultural Center and William J. Marra Museum in Olathe. “What you have to realize is that, back then, deaf people were seen as non-human and weren’t treated well at all. [H]e was able to play in the major leagues; [he was] thrown into a hearing community and [stuck] to his guns and was a success. He was a true trailblazer. There are just not many like him.” In Major League Baseball in the early 20th century, all deaf players were nicknamed “Dummy,” signifying their disability. Taylor never liked the nickname, but went along during his playing days. After his career was over, however, he protested the nickname and was an impetus for stopping its use. After retirement, Taylor taught and coached at Kansas School for the Deaf. He subsequently worked at Iowa School for the Deaf and Illinois School for the Deaf. One of his players at the later school, Dick Sipek, went on to pitch for the Cincinnati Reds. Taylor continued umpiring local baseball games and scouted for the Giants into the 1950s. He was inducted into the American Athletic Association of the Deaf Hall of Fame in 1953 and the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame in 2006. He died August 27, 1958, in Jacksonville, Illinois, and was laid to rest next to his first wife, Della, in Prairie City Cemetery in Baldwin City. The larger memorial stone was placed at his gravesite 50 years later, and now, 60 years after Taylor’s death, Hannon hopes others remember Taylor’s lasting legacy for the deaf and baseball. “Baseball in the Midwest back then was just thriving with all these barnstorming leagues,” Hannon says. “There’s so much history there.”


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ADULT FLASHLIGHT EASTER EGG HUNT 7:30 p.m., Baldwin City Golf Course Come light up the night with this FREE community event hosted by Baldwin City Young Professionals. This event is made possible through donations by local businesses. Social hour will begin at 7:30 (BYOB ). The hunt will begin promptly at 8:30, so bring a flashlight and don’t be late!



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SPRING FLOWER SALE 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 by clicking on the “donate” button and placing your flower preference in the “special instructions box.



ANNUAL EASTER EGG HUNT 10–11 a.m., BES Intermediate School baseball fields Please join us for some family fun after the hunt including games, face painting, and balloon twisters! Sponsored by Rainbow Preschool, Baldwin City Rec, and Mid America Bank.



LADIES’ NIGHT WITH THE BALDWIN GOLF ASSOCIATION 5:30 p.m., Baldwin City Golf Course Everyone is welcome to join Ladies Night. This is for all ladies with an interest in golf— whatever your level, beginner through experienced player. Come network, socialize and have a great time!



CHRIS GRUBB JAZZ ENSEMBLE 7:30 p.m., Baker University This annual jazz performance at Rice Auditorium offers a selection of jazz pieces performed by Baker University musicians. The event is free, but donations will support the Chris Grubb Memorial Jazz Scholarship.

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BAKER UNIVERSITY ALUMNI WEEKEND Welcome Baker alum for a weekend full of BU and Baldwin City Pride. Check the Baker University website for more details.



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SMOKE ON THE BRICKS Downtown Baldwin City This Kansas City Barbecue Society–sanctioned event is a qualifying event for the American Royal World Series of Barbeque competition and the Jack Daniels World Championship for 2019. Friday night is the Taste of Baldwin City event, and the public can purchase “BBQ Bucks” to sample small bites from contestants. Formal BBQ judging will begin on Saturday.


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4:30–10 p.m., Baldwin City Golf Course Enjoy live music, food and drink options, inflatables and fireworks! Schedule of events: 4:30 p.m., Drew Six takes the stage, Inflatables and food trucks open. 6:30 p.m., Big Time Grain Company. 8:30 p.m., Smithfield, 10:00 p.m., Fireworks

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Baldwin City Lions Club celebrates 40-plus years serving the community You may not know who they are or what they do, but you most likely have tasted their iconic Maple Leaf Festival funnel cakes. Each October for the past 30 years, members of the Baldwin City Lions Club have fried up hundreds of these sugary confections at their booth in the heart of downtown. But, the Baldwin City Lions Club serves more than just funnel cakes.

Meet Your Lions Club The Baldwin City Lions Club is a chapter of Lions Clubs International, a 100-year-old community service organization with 1.4 million members and nearly 50,000 chapters around the world dedicated to humanitarian causes and public service. Lions Clubs International has several key focuses; vision, youth, disaster relief, humanitarian, diabetes, hunger, environment, and childhood cancer. The Baldwin City chapter was established in the summer of 1978 and has been serving the community for more than 40 years. Bob Hey has been a Lions Club member since the 1980s and is Baldwin City’s longest-serving member. He joined at the behest of a friend and his desire to serve his community. Having witnessed the group’s years of activity and service, he says the club has only gotten stronger. “The Lions Club, over the years, since I have been a member, we’ve done a lot of good things,” Hey says. “I think it is stronger now than it has been in a long time. We get together to support the community and have fun while we’re doing it. To do something worthwhile and have it been enjoyable is rare. It’s rewarding. We have some great and wonderful people, and it is just a pleasure to be in the club.” It comes as no surprise that the 18 members of this local community service club “all work in professions related to public service” in some way. Club members are nurses, teachers, veterans, professors, business owners, and mental health professionals. All these individuals have a unique drive to serve, and the Baldwin City Lions Club gives them the opportunity to give back to Baldwin.

Passion for Service The Baldwin City Lions Club uses its time, money, and passion for service to support the community in many different ways. “We support the Baldwin schools with AEDs and help keep those going with batteries and servicing them,” club president Frank Perez says. “We participate with the

Harvesters Food Bank. About twice a year, we prepare meals for students and families in need. We’ve done work with Habitat for Humanity and perform highway clean-up—we have a mile stretch on Highway 56 east of town. We have been pretty big supporters of the Kansas Audio-Reader Network.” All proceeds from the group’s fundraising efforts go straight back into the Baldwin City community in the form of vision screening for USD 348, high school scholarships and the community emergency fund. “We award a Baldwin City Lions Club Scholarship each year to a graduating high school senior,” Perez says, “we make a commitment to sponsor that student for one year of college. We also have had students who approach us who are going on trips to conferences or service projects in other parts of the country or the world and they would ask for us to help sponsor them financially.” The Lions Club’s vision screening program is one service parents and children may be familiar with. Prior to last year, the Baldwin City Lions Club had to borrow a vision-screening machine from another area club in order to provide USD 348 with the means to assess students’ vision, but the club recently obtained its own. District Nurse Lisa Pattrick, also a member of the Lions Club, is one of the volunteers to provide vision-screening test. “We did a drive last spring because we wanted a vision screening machine for the community,” Pattrick says. “The Lions Club started it with a large donation, and then we went to the various other civic organization in Baldwin and raised $8,000 to purchase a screener for the community. With the screener, we can screen anyone from 18 months and up. What is most helpful is with preschool-age children, we can scan their eyes (since they can’t communicate) and test for 7 different abnormalities. The Lions Club also supports [the school] with vouchers for families in the community who are not able to afford glasses. So, the Lions Club helps to pay for glasses and eye exams for students that need it.” The Baldwin City Lions Club contributes to a handful of organizations on a regular basis, and takes requests from the community as needs arise, such as in the event of natural disasters. A few days after Christmas in 2016, a Wellsville family fell victim to a house fire that killed a young boy. The club didn’t hesitate to reach out and give the family a grant to help with the unexpected expenses and losses.

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Meet “Big Lion” Dr. Frank Perez


Joined the Lions Club in Lamoni, Iowa


Moved to Baldwin City and joined the local chapter


Became club president (1-year term)

How were you first introduced to the Lions Club? “After a few years of going to the Iowa State Fair, my family and I would walk by the Lions Club booth where they had vision screening for kids and we had our kids screened. It was in the back of my mind that ‘that looks like a neat organization to be involved with.’ It is something that for some reason or another, really resonated with me. Something important.”

Growing the Pride The Baldwin City Lions Club is looking to grow their pride with the inclusion of new lions. The club is open to everyone—men and women—with a mind and heart for serving their community. The club is hoping that an infusion of fresh young blood into the group could help the organization increase its reach and be able to help even more members of the community. “We are looking for people who have a heart to serve,” Perez says. “We want to give back to the community. We are looking for people who may not know how to get involved in helping the community. It is important for us to grow our club, so we can serve more people. If we have more members, then we can raise more money and we would have more ‘people power’ to sell funnel cakes.” If you are interested in getting a yellow vest of your own and becoming a lion, just follow the smell of the funnel cakes. The Lions Club encourages any interested party to come sit in on a meeting and mingle with its members. The Lions Club meets on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month at 7 p.m. at Vintage Park. The club also has a Facebook page with posts about upcoming meetings. You can also visit to learn more about Lions Clubs International.

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Family: Married, to Kristin, with a corgi Hobbies: Working out, golfing, and mountain biking How long have you lived in Baldwin City? Almost 1 year What makes Baldwin so special? For me, everyone in Baldwin has been so helpful and supportive, and we just feel at home here.

When he was 16, Jacob Walters began to turn his passions for wood turning and baseball into a business. Little did he know, it would grow to become an international brand. He created his first custom bat while in high school and from then on, he poured his fervor and talent into creating customized, beautiful baseball bats. While playing baseball at Neosho County Community College in Chanute, Kansas, in the summer of 2012, he made JAWBATS official. “I love getting to work for myself and work with baseball players all over the world,” he says. “I love creating something that helps baseball players succeed in the game.” When he was looking to expand his business, Walters heard about a shop space available in town, and he jumped at the opportunity. Soon after, he and his wife, Kristin, found a home and moved to Baldwin City. He hopes Baldwin City will be a nurturing environment for his growing company. Until now, Walters’ bats were made exclusively by hand, but he recently purchased a piece of machinery that will increase production dramatically. With this new tool he hopes to obtain certification from Major League Baseball to be an officially licensed bat maker. Photo courtesy Lawrence Journal-World (opposite), Selena Marie Photography (top right)

CASEY SIMONEAU Baldwin City Mayor CEO, First United Title Agency, LLC

Family: Married to Elise with three children and a dog Hobbies: Spending time with family and traveling How long have you lived in Baldwin City? 14 years What makes Baldwin so special? Our trees, brick streets, downtown area, and our citizens.

As a Baldwin City citizen, you should recognize the name Casey Simoneau. He became the mayor of the City of Baldwin City in November 2017. “I love helping the citizens of our community,” he says, “being a part of the history of our community and helping to improve our quality of life.” Simoneau is a managing member of First United Title Agency, LLC, a title insurance company, a member of the Chamber of Commerce, and an assistant coach for his son’s soccer team. “I enjoy my business life because I get to help people when they are making one of the (if not the) largest purchases in their life when they are buying their house,” Simoneau says. “I also get to research the history of property.” Simoneau was first introduced to Baldwin City when he was a Kansas state trooper stationed in Douglas County. Troopers are required to live in the county they serve, so he began looking for a home to raise his family. Having grown up in a small community, he knew he wanted to give that kind of childhood to his children. Baldwin City was the obvious choice for him.

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Family: Married with a daughter and two cats Hobbies: Spending time with family, reading, traveling, and playing golf at the Baldwin Golf Association How long have you lived in Baldwin City? 20 years What makes Baldwin so special? I love that Baldwin has a collegiate atmosphere while maintaining a small-town feel.

Family: Married, to Marissa, with 4 children Hobbies: Running, mountain biking, playing with my kids, drinking coffee at Homestead How long have you lived in Baldwin City? 4 years What makes Baldwin so special? The kind, generous, hardworking people.

Family: Married with a son, dog, and a pet steer Hobbies: Doing hair for family/friends, anything crafty How long have you lived in Baldwin City? 4 years What makes Baldwin so special? The close-knit community, unique businesses, friendly atmosphere

Baker University alumna and now Baldwin City resident Casey Wright has taught the town’s youth for two years so far and loves it. “I am so lucky to have the opportunity to teach in Baldwin,” Wright says. “I love seeing a child grow their love towards learning, and I love helping them to succeed. One of the most rewarding parts of my job is simply having the opportunity to help teach the children in our community.” She and her husband, a Baldwin City native, decided to “make Baldwin City our home and to raise our family here.” So, after teaching at nearby Gardner for four years, she was very excited when a teaching position opened in her own community. “It’s a wonderful feeling know that I’m making a positive impact in my community,” she says. She appreciates living in a community that supporters her and her students. Last fall, she received two grants—one from the Baldwin Education Foundation, and the other made up of donations from fellow citizens—to purchase 22 Sphero robots, which are small, programmable robots she uses to teach her students to code. Because of local support for her project, she can provide a robot for each student in a class. “It has been very exciting to see the community support from our local businesses in our schools and with our recent projects.”

While at Fellowship Bible Church in Gardner, Matt Olson followed a calling to open a campus of the church in nearby Baldwin City in 2014. He moved his family to Baldwin City and both his congregation and family began to grow. Olson and his wife of ten years, Marissa, recently welcomed their fourth child. “My family moved to Baldwin City shortly after we launched the church,” Olson says. “The Baldwin community is amazing! I tell people I meet that I live in the greatest city in the United States. I’m glad God has placed us in such a wonderful community.” He preaches most Sundays mornings to his 100 parishioners at Fellowship Bible Church located at 926 Ames Street. “I preach; lead the various ministries in our church, teach, train, and equip the members of our church, guide and help cast vision for how God can use our church to love and serve our community,” he says. “We also have an incredible children’s ministry Sunday morning, a youth group that meets on Sunday afternoon and a college gathering on Sunday nights.”

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When Tasha Rice moved to Baldwin City to be the practice manager for Epic Vision Eye Centers, she didn’t know many people and was searching for ways to get involved in the community, both professionally and personally. “When Epic Vision first opened in Baldwin City a few years ago, I was eager to get the word out about our business and get us recognized in the community,” Rice says. “I promote the family-oriented philosophy of this company and feel it is a perfect fit for this community.” Wanting to meet fellow young professionals in the community, she joined the local “Young Professionals” group. “The Young Professionals group has become a way to network with people,” she says. “I have developed good friends in the community along the way. These will become long-lasting relationships where we are all excited to see each other’s businesses grow and flourish.” Rice appreciates doing what she loves in a community that she loves. “It’s an exciting time to be a young professional in Baldwin City, Kansas,” Rice says. “I like to help others feel good about themselves, which is what brought me to my current position with Epic Vision. I love helping people, as well as getting to know more of our Baldwin area residents.” Photo courtesy (from left), BHS Bulletin Facebook, Matt Olson, Julie Krische

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Baldwin Academy of Dance and Voice 711 High Street 785-594-3949

Ski’s 1890’s Barbershop 813 8th Street Baldwin City, KS 66006


Douglas County Historical Society 1047 Massachusetts Street Lawrence, KS 66044 785-841-4109

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

Douglas County Treasurer 1100 Massachusetts Street Lawrence, KS 66044 785-832-5275 H&R Block Dawn Leadbetter 914 Ames Street 785-594-2132 New Frontier Tax & Business Services Robb and Pam Ferguson 810 High Street, Suite 3 785-594-1204


Baldwin Feed Co., Inc. 1600 High Street 785-594-3351 Heritage Tractor, Inc. 915 Industrial Park Road 785-594-6486 K-State Research and Extension – Douglas County 2110 Harper Lawrence, KS 66046 (785) 843-7058 Voigts Farms 264 E 2100 Rd Wellsville, KS 66092 785-883-4963

AGRICULTURE AND ENTERTAINMENT Prairie City Miniature Horses 92 E. 1600 Road Baldwin City, KS 66006 785-418-2770


Friends of Baldwin Academy of Dance and Voice Club

711 High Street Baldwin City, KS 66006 Lumberyard Arts Center 718 High Street 785-594-3186

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

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

AUTOMOTIVE Baldwin Automotive Service Center, Inc. 131 Baker Street 785-594-9944 Baldwin Power Wash 501 Ames Baldwin City, KS 785-393-1515 Gregg Bruce Auto and Performance 601 High Street 785-594-4088 Ken’s Auto Repair Services LLC 620 High Street Baldwin City, KS (785) 594-3855

Ad Astra Alpacas 168 E 1700 Road 785-594-6767


Clearfield Farmhaus, LLC 2222 N 600th Road Eudora, KS 66025 816-682-9330

Bank Midwest Tim Franklin 13180 Metcalf Ave Overland Park, KS 66213 913-239-2985

Narrow Trail Farm 1564 N 450th Road Baldwin City, KS 66066 913-634-1648

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

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

BEAUTY Cherise New Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant Seventh Street Hair 809 7th Street 785-594-7144 Whitney’s Hair Salon 701 High Street 785-594-6626

CATERING Homestead Kitchen & Bakery 719 8th Street 785-7663442 Maceli’s Inc. 1031 New Hampshire Street Lawrence, KS 66044 785-331-2096 Moose’s Backwoods BBQ and Catering 785-594-7427 Optimal Living 1410 Kasold ste a17 Lawrence, KS 66049 785-331-5290 Stone Creek Sandwiches 912 Ames Street Baldwin City, KS 66006 785-594-2399

CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE Baldwin City Chamber of Commerce 715 High Baldwin City, KS 66006 785-594-3200 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

Fellowship Bible Church 926 Ames Baldwin City, KS 66006 785-510-0005 Ives Chapel United Methodist Church 1018 Miami Street 785-594-6555 St. John’s UCC 396 E 900th Rd Baldwin City, KS 66006 (785) 594-3478 StJohnsUCCBaldwinCity Worden United Methodist Church 294 E 900th Road 785-594-7598

CLUBS AND NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS American Legion Lloyd Beaton Post #228 803 High Street 785-917-0395 Baldwin City Business & Professional Women PO Box 503 785-594-3832 Baldwin City Lions Club PO Box 543 Baldwin City Rotary 785-594-3169 Douglas County Community Foundation 900 Massachusetts Street, Suite 406 Lawrence, KS 66044 785-843-8727 Friends of the Baldwin Academy of Dance and Voice Club PO Box 418 Baldwin City, KS 66006 913-787-2923 Friends of the Baldwin Library PO Box 565 785-594-3411 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


CONSTRUCTION Maley & Sons Construction, LLC Chris Maley 454 East 2100 Road 785-331-6883

Plaza 1907 Cinema 209 S Main Street Ottawa, KS 66067 785-242-5555



Baldwin City EDC 814 Ames Street 785-766-9505 Economic Development Corporation Lawrence & Douglas County 718 New Hampshire Street 785-865-4411

EDUCATION Baker University 618 8th Street 785-594-8308 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 Baldwin City USD 348 708 Chapel Street 785-594-2721 Baldwin Education Foundation P.O. Box 67 785-594-0404 East Central Kansas Cooperative 600 High Street 785-594-2737 The Rainbow Experience, Inc. 115 6th Street 785-594-2223

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

In Full Bloom at The Cranberry Market 519 Ames Street 785-594-3111

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

HEALTH CARE Baldwin City Dental 414 Ames Street 785-594-9834 Baldwin Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center 1223 Orchard Lane 785 594-6492 Dr. Cristina Goodwin Ransom Memorial Hospital 1428 S. Main Street, Ste. 4 Ottawa, KS 66067 785-229-8882 Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center 200 Maine Street, Ste. A Lawrence, KS 66044 785-843-9192 Douglas County Visiting Nurses Association 200 Main Street, Ste. C Lawrence, KS 66044 785-843-3738 Elite Chiropractic Ethan James, D.C. 920 Ames Street Epic Vision Eye Centers LLC 404 Ames Street Baldwin City, KS 66006 785-594-2200 Family Medicine of Baldwin City - LMH Health 406 Ames 785-594-2912 Headquarters Counseling Center 211 E 8th Street, Suite C Lawrence, KS 66046 785-841-9900 Kimsey Counseling Dr. Ilene Kimsey 913.583.2024

Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department 200 Maine, Ste. B Lawrence, KS 66044 785-843-3060 LMH Health—Baldwin City Therapy 814 High 785-594-3162 LMH Health 325 Maine Lawrence, KS 66044 785-505-3132 PK Therapy LLC Peggy Keller 811 Grove Street 785-594-2909 Rodrock Chiropractic 412 Ames Street

HISTORICAL SOCIETIES Black Jack Battlefield and Nature Park 163 E 200 Road Wellsville, KS 66092 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 Caregivers Home Health Ed Schulte 618 E 1714 Road 785-749-0300

HOME IMPROVEMENT Arrowhead Hardware Kent Schaper 318 Crimson Avenue 785-594-3000 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

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

INDIVIDUALS Linda Ballinger James Catron Brian Cramer Craig Davis Teri Ediger Robyn Elder John Fowler Debbie Morgan Ande Parks Gerald Sanden Peter Sexton James Wilson


Baldwin Insurance Services 604 High Street 785-594-6822 Edie Insurance Group, Inc. Brad Scraper 814 Baker Street 785-856-3343 Farm Bureau Financial Services 721 8th Street 785-594-1055 Integrity Midwest Insurance, LLC 1540 Wakarusa Drive, Ste. D Lawrence, KS 66047 785-856-5100 Jardon Insurance 705 8th Street 913-486-0061 Mary Wiscombe American Family Insurance 818 Ames 785-594-7400

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

INVESTMENTS Edward Jones Pete Carr 723 8th Street 785-594-2910 Fifteen: 22 Financial Partners 602 Ames Street (inside Kansas State Bank) Baldwin City, KS 66006 1-800-257-3330


JC Grason Chris Graham 721 8th Street 785-594-1054

JAWBATS 606 B High Street Baldwin City, KS 66006 913-626-4391


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

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



Tesco Janitorial Company 804 N. Meadowbook Olathe, KS 66062 816-830-8232

Baldwin City Community News Vern Brown 810 High Street 785-418-6935

LIBRARY Baldwin City Library 800 7th Street 785-594-3411

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LIQUOR STORES Callahan’s Retail Liquor 310 Ames Street 785-594-3555

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JBC Liquors, Inc. 916 Ames Street 785-594-0514



Morningstar Care Homes 622 High Street 785-594-2603

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Trendel Lumber Company 1516 S. Main Street Ottawa, KS 66067 785-242-8144

PHARMACY AuBurn Pharmacy 400 Ames Street 785-594-0340

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

KSK Photography 315 Blaze Boulevard 913-226-0074 Bisel, Inc. dba Minuteman Press 1404 E. 24th Street, Ste. B Lawrence, KS 66046 785-842-2656 FASTSIGNS, Lawrence, KS 2540 Iowa Street, Ste. P Lawrence, KS 66046 785-727-4848 Hometown Graphics 1018 E 2100 Rd Eudora, KS 66025 785-542-0516

PROPERTY MANAGEMENT Living Space, LLC 715 High Street 785-594-2659 Schoolhouse Lofts Property Management Jacqueline Rathbun 704 Chapel Street 785-764-7489 Skyview Apartments PO Box 203 785-766-0218

PUBLISHING Imperium Publishing Niki Manbeck 1097 N. 400 Road 785-594-1160

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RECREATION 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 Om Grown Yoga Collective 711 High – Inside Baldwin Academy of Dance & Voice 814 High – Inside Baldwin City Fitness (913) 709-7568 omgrownyogacollective/ Yoga Love Lora Rimmer

RESIDENTIAL DESIGN SERVICES Trendel Lumber Company 1516 S. Main Street Ottawa, KS 66067 785-242-8144




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American Legion 803 High Street 785-917-0395

El Patron 711 8th Street 785-594-2711

Dance Café - Baldwin Academy of Dance and Voice 711 High Street 785-594-3949

Homestead Kitchen & Bakery 719 8th Street 785-766-3442 Jitters 822 Ames 620-437-6967 Stone Creek Sandwiches 912 Ames Street Baldwin City, KS 66006 785-594-2399

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

SHOPPING Antiques on the Prairie 520 High Street 785-594-7555 Homestead Kitchen & Bakery 719 8th Street 785-766-3442 Mike Langrehr, DBA Design Specialties in the Town Galleria 715 8th Street 785-594-0335 Papa’s Nest {egg} A Vintage Marketplace 606 High Street 785-594-1420 Quilters’ Paradise 713 8th Street 785-594-3477

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VETERINARY SERVICES Companion Animal Hospital 504 Ames Street 785-594-2413

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