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How growing up on a Eudora farm allowed actor and heel dancer Mason Kelso to thrive in the competitive world of New York City stage and television performances
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The fast-paced growth of the Cardinal Cycling Club
Eudora comes together to create a vision for the coming years
Introducing some of the city's business leaders
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Meet & Greet With Jannell Lorenz NAME: Jannell Lorenz OCCUPATION: Certified Massage Therapist BUSINESS LOCATION: Mateo Chiropractic, 1402 Church St. Suite B What is one generalization about your profession that is actually true?
“You must make friends easily.” I regularly spend an hour or more with folks from all different careers and demographics, so I seem to know at least one person from every profession.
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rowing up on a dairy and crop farm in central Minnesota, Jannell Lorenz was imbued with a way of life where work meant long hours of physical labor. “I never really felt called to work a 9–5 cubicle job,” says Lorenz. For a while, Lorenz thought her non-cubicle work would be in nursing. “I was torn between nursing school and massage therapy school. Nursing seemed like a popular, safe and practical choice. But I felt like massage and the possibility of owning a small business gave me the freedom that the barefoot farm kid inside of me needed.” After getting her certification, Lorenz worked as a massage therapist for nearly a decade in Minnesota before relocating her business to Eudora in October 2018. “I ended up growing up to work with my hands, just in a different way,” Lorenz says of her journey from Minnesota farming to the fields of the Kansas health industry.
I’d like to educate folks that there is a difference between the terms “massage therapist” and “masseuse.” The term “masseuse” is outdated and can carry a sexualized connotation. I don’t get as offended as others in the industry when someone from an older generation uses the term, but I think it is something to be aware of and to be educated on.
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Folks in Eudora are … Involved in their community Accepting of diversity Kind Educated Understanding of benefits of self-care
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I give people back rubs to help with their aches and pains.
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Pedaling through a Pandemic A student cycling club provides a recreational outlet and future opportunities.
Observing recommended safety measures such as wearing masks and maintaining distance, the students of the Cardinal Cycling Club continued to meet and bike through the pandemic.
oilet paper, soup cans and hand sanitizer weren’t the only items missing from store shelves this spring when the Covid-19 pandemic hit. Bicycles were also in short supply, with some department stores running out completely. With minimal options for recreation, people across the state were spending more time outdoors and on their bikes. Cycling, however, was not a new trend for the Eudora community. Over the past two years, middle and high school students have been turning to the Cardinal Cycling Club to ride and connect with their peers. It’s not uncommon to see the club members on area trails. In a way, the club’s popularity has only grown throughout the pandemic. The idea for the club began in 2018, when high school algebra instructor Scott Keltner wandered through the doors of Frontier Bikes and began conversations with owner Beth Morford about starting a cycle club. Soon, Keltner led a group of students in learning how to replace flat tires, going out for group rides and holding a bike wash. “It blossomed from there,” says Keltner. “I had some kids that fed off the energy that I showed towards the club, and—Dad joke—rolled with it.” The Cardinal Cycling Club was originally intended for high school students, but that changed after younger riders began tagging along. “I started noticing how many middle schoolers were siblings of my high schoolers, and they started to get into it as well,” he recalls. “I had middle schoolers showing up, and I had a hard time turning kids away.” From there, the club began developing community ties. They worked with the fire department for a grant-funded opportunity that provides free bike helmets to students who come into the fire station for a fitting (this program also enabled firefighters to become certified in fitting helmets). Additionally, during the 2019–2020 school year, the club began assisting the Eudora Lions Club with the club’s ongoing program of refurbishing bikes and recirculating them into the community. “We managed to get 17 bikes funneled through the Eudora Lions Club or redistributed to someone in our community who needs a bike,” says Keltner. “And tuning the gears and turning a wrench and adjusting the bikes was a real good learning process for the students as well.” For Keltner, a teacher through and through, the most valuable
aspect of the club has been seeing students grow and change. He proudly talks about students who have become more confident and more outgoing through their cycling. While he’s fielding emails every week from eager students asking when the next ride will be, Keltner is also planning for the coming school year and hopes to begin a competition team for the spring of 2021. But that’s for the future—for now, Keltner is focusing on providing safe and healthful rides. “The running joke amongst the group rides we’ve done is, if you can’t socially distance on your bike, you’re doing something wrong,” he jests. “If someone’s close enough to you on your bike, then pedal faster.” Any ride allows Keltner to focus on his original objective. “Just getting on your bike and getting outdoors was the main focus. If we lose sight of that, we’re losing our culture with why the group started from the beginning,” says Keltner. “Our cycling club from the outset has been about getting students involved.”
The running joke amongst the group rides we’ve done is, if you can’t socially distance on your bike, you’re doing something wrong. –Scott Keltner
Cycling Opportunities The Cardinal Cycling Club has a busy season ahead of them. Middle and high school students interested in joining can text @bikesssss to the number 81010 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Back in April, the City of Eudora made two cycling proclamations. • Bike to Work Week: Monday, September 21–Sunday, September 27 • Bike to Work Day: Tuesday, September 22 Adults of all ages can join gravel road rides and mountain bike trail rides sponsored by Frontier Bikes. For more information, call (785) 542.6091.
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Positive but Purposeful Eudora’s mayor discusses the city’s comprehensive plan and how the public can continue to shape its implementation
ayor Tim Reazin has lived in Eudora for 23 years, arriving in 1997 during a population boom. Between 1990 and 2000, Eudora grew from 3,006 to 4,307 residents, a population increase of 43 percent, according to U.S. Census data. This growth invigorated the community, but also strained the city’s services and infrastructure. In response, community leaders adopted a comprehensive plan in 2003 to guide the city’s growth and development up to 2020. As this plan expires and Eudora’s population passes 6,400 residents, Reazin and a new generation of community leaders have been working— with extensive public input—to develop a new comprehensive plan to guide Eudora’s growth from 2020 to 2040. Reazin says one of his top priorities for this new plan is to allow the city to catch up with three decades of rapid growth. “Eudora had to grow quickly,” explains Reazin. And in response, the governing bodies at the time had to allow “for a lot of growth that had no curbs and gutters, no sidewalks, and now we’re trying to go back and deal with that historical growth to bring it up to what folks need or expect in 2020,” he says. “As those growth spurts happen, we didn’t do the maintenance we should have on those water systems, so now we have to figure out how to improve those.” These values were reflected in data gathered from a public survey and community meeting conducted earlier this year. Of the nearly 1,000 residents who completed the survey, many prioritized improvements to infrastructure and stormwater response capabilities, along with public access routes (roads and sidewalks), recreation facilities and the school system. These goals were echoed at a public forum in February.
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An outside consultant and city staff collected input from Eudora residents at a community meeting this year about goals and objectives for the city’s new comprehensive plan.
Of course, increased services mean increased costs. “The challenge with that is the taxes go up,” says Reazin. “Without retail or commercial growth, the residential rooftops are paying more taxes to fix that infrastructure.” In order to shift that burden, the city has been looking at other ways to expand the tax base, such as investing in the redevelopment of the former Nottingham Elementary School property. The school was closed in 2009 and demolished in 2019. The location has hosted recreation events for many years and Reazin says it is important
to identify a long-term business plan of “positive but purposeful growth” with long-term benefits.. “Don’t bring in something that is here just as a quick band-aid or the shiny thing,” says Reazin. “It is hard sometimes because we’ve had offers for developing things on Nottingham that is ‘that shiny thing.’ But is it best for the future? If that comes in first, how does it shape the seven or eight other businesses that we want on that site?” To help with costs, the city has applied for and received grants to build out and connect public walking/biking trails (a need also specified in the recent public surveys). Additionally, a new south sports complex, with a multi-purpose field turf surface is being planned and will break ground in 2021 or 2022 will shift youth activities from the old Nottingham site to a space between the middle and high schools. “Taxpayers have already paid for land that they’re not using between the two schools, so why not put something that not only the high school can use, but our parks and rec can use? And it can be rented out,” Reazin notes. “Then we’re also not paying for new parking lots and not putting a new burden on storm water management, because those parking lots already exist. So, with those existing areas, we’re adding less cost.”
A Plan in Place While the city benefits from creative cost solutions, having a comprehensive plan in place allows the city to focus on proactive changes to reach community goals. Mayor Reazin says he stands strongly by the plan—which is formally released this fall—as a roadmap for the future. This new plan, which must go before the city planning commission and then the city commission before it is formally adopted, outlines a vision for the community’s growth up to 2040. Reazin believes this approach honors the expertise and community input that shaped the document while also allowing residents and the city flexibility to adjust the plan in the future. On one hand, the document can be adapted. It is subject to an annual review by the city planning commission and allows the community to modify it before adoption and in the following years. But on the other hand, it was created with substantial community input and outlines concrete, general goals. “It’d be very challenging to look at that and go a completely different direction,” Reazin says.
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Reading the Document The new Eudora Comprehensive Plan—along with community survey and meeting results—can be accessed online at cityofeudoraks.gov/381/EudoraComprehensive-Plan. Public meetings (in person and virtual) will be held to introduce the final draft plan to the public. The dates and times of these meetings will be announced by the City of Eudora this fall.
Attending City Meetings City commission meetings are held on the second and fourth Monday of every month. They are open to the public for in-person attendance and broadcast online. Each Friday before a meeting, the City of Eudora updates the agenda. Details can be found online at cityofeudoraks.gov/calendar and cityofeudoraks.gov/agendacenter.
City Plan Success Stories Megan Gilliland, education manager for the League of Kansas Municipalities, says that successfully implemented city plans can transform a community. "Cities that succeed at comprehensive planning are ones that focus on engaging the general public in the visioning process and ensuring that many voices are hear,” she notes. “Good comprehensive plans have a set of common themes, an exploration of shared community values, and set the tone for investment in the community for many years in the future." Two other communities in Kansas have seen success with their comprehensive plans. Both Derby and Lenexa are working on their 2040 plans, and both heavily relied on community input. Thanks to their 2040 Vision Plan adopted in late August, Derby identified and prioritized two important goals based on community input: improved transportation (including walkability) and encouraging mixeduse development. Lenexa is currently finalizing its 2040 plan but credits past plans for shaping community growth. Their popular City Center, which hosts events and community gatherings, came from their 2020 Vision Plan.
In addition to drawing on input from the community meeting shown above, the new plan was also shaped by five community focus groups. Each group focused on a particular theme, including: community health and environment, neighborhood development, economic development, infrastructure and government, and community vision.
That’s the next step I would hope for citizens, to come to the meetings, to volunteer, to help us guide the future –Tim Reazin
As for the next stages of the plan, Reazin encourages residents to review the document and to take a role in shaping and implementing it. “What I would love to see is people showing up to commission meetings. The problem is, we can’t get people to show up,” he says. To facilitate more public input, the commission recently added more time for public comment at meetings so citizens can offer feedback before each decision. Residents can also listen to the meetings online and submit comments in advance. “That’s the next step I would hope for citizens, to come to the meetings, to volunteer, to help us guide the future,” says Reazin. Ultimately, says Reazin, this is a document that should outlast any one mayor, commission or official. “You go through the time, effort, and energy to set a plan in place. You’re not just making a decision on your own, you’re utilizing everyone,” he says. “No matter if I’m there or don’t run for office ever again, the plan is still in place. It is the structure that future commissioners should follow and acknowledge, that it’s taken their tax dollars and other people’s time, effort, and energy to make this thing. So hopefully they keep that same vision.”
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The Other Quarantines As the global coronavirus pandemic continues to unfold, we look back at how Eudora has applied public health strategies to face contagious diseases of the past.
n Eudora’s first 60 years, many residents died from outbreaks of diphtheria, smallpox, cholera, typhoid, and scarlet fever. If one contracted any of these diseases, their entire household was required to stay inside for four weeks or longer. One of the first outbreaks to hit the city was the bacterial infection diphtheria in 1889. It disrupted daily life and devastated households. The Conger family, for example, lost four of their five children to the disease. From the beginning, disease outbreaks were fought through medicine, isolation and public health decrees. Following regulations from the Kansas State Board of Health, the city suspended public gatherings and recommended in 1893 that people with smallpox keep a 400-foot minimum distance from others. In 1896, Ordinance No. 37 allowed city officials to remove any individuals with a contagious disease and confine them for treatment at a hospital or “pest house”— an isolation facility just outside city limits—to reduce exposure to the public. Throughout the years to stop disease escalation, Eudora schools would close for weeks at a time. Youth under 16 had to stay in their homes. When a household was placed in quarantine, city officials would mark the house in a conspicuous place. During the 1903 diphtheria outbreak, for example, officials placed a yellow flag on the exterior of the Reber family home. During a 1908 smallpox outbreak, the Schopper family contracted chickenpox. Officials still marked their home with a red flag. Writing in an unpublished essay, Eudora resident Flossie Everley Smith described her home’s experience during this epidemic:
The red cloth flag tacked to the front of our house read “smallpox” and we were quarantined for, I think, 28 days. It really was only chicken pox we kids had but the doctor insisted smallpox so the sign was put up. Dad and my brother Ike both worked every day on the railroad so they moved a block north to live with Grandma Everley. When the sign finally came down, we had to fumigate. You lit a formaldehyde candle in each room of the lower floor and then kept the whole house shut tight for several hours. Then the doors and windows were all opened to “air the house out.”
The Kansas State Board of Health posted these warnings during a smallpox outbreak in 1901–1902.
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In 1917, the smallpox virus did sweep through Eudora despite hundreds of townspeople receiving a vaccination at the onset of the disease. The town’s physician, W. H. Robinson, said he counted 117 cases but estimated the number to be higher. State health officials came to Eudora and coordinated with the city’s mayor to close “all places of amusements,” schools, and churches. All households with a smallpox case were quarantined. Anyone who violated a quarantine order could be fined, charged with a misdemeanor and serve up to 90 days in jail. Some individuals took pains to make it clear they were abiding by the order. For example, Ed Diedrich, perhaps wary of public censure, placed a notice in the town newspaper saying he was observing quarantine by living in his grain storeroom and cooking his own meals while his wife—who was sick with smallpox—remained in their home. Within one year, the Spanish flu spread into Eudora from the Kansas military training camp where the outbreak began. At first, the city’s newspaper editor stated that concern about the Spanish flu in Eudora was minimal. Nevertheless, Eudora schools postponed their August opening to October as cases increased. The Koeller, Johnson, and Lepper families as well as others contracted the illness in mid-October. Sadie Williams and Frieda Kormier, both 34 and mothers with young children, were the first to die of the pneumonia-like influenza. Within a couple of weeks, Eudora soldiers were arriving home in coffins: Fred Deck, 22; Bunce Ewing, 25; George Eder, 28; Paul Lawson, 21; and Clarence Lefmann, 22, who had been enlisted less than a month. Eudora schools closed again in November 1918. When they opened again in December, the newspaper continued to list dozens afflicted with the “crowd” disease. The Spanish flu returned in the spring of 1919, claiming the life of John Giertz, 37, in March and others in the area. A couple of months later, the deadly disease had been contained. Everyday life in Eudora resumed though the world had lost an estimated 50 million people to the illness. Since this time—with the notable exception of the polio outbreak in the 1940s—vaccinations, medical treatment, and public health practices have mitigated outbreaks of contagious diseases in Eudora. Contemporary privacy laws also have removed much of the social nature of a disease’s impact by restricting the release of personal health information. Quarantine flags or signs and newspaper listings of individuals and households with diseases are long gone. However, the advice from health officials a hundred years ago remains the same today: to avoid contagious disease, keep away from crowds, wash your hands frequently, and wear masks. As one 1918 public health catchphrase from the U.S. surgeon general summarized, “Cover up each cough and sneeze, if you don’t, you’ll spread disease.”
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Epidemics and Responses
Notable disease outbreaks in Eudora include diphtheria (1889), cholera (1893), scarlet fever (1903), measles (1909), smallpox (1917), and Spanish flu (1918).
Fumigation—the practice of using a solution-filled smoke to purify interior air—was a standard health response at this time. Carbolic acid would be placed on a heated shovel to emit vapors in closed spaced.
During the early epidemics, Eudorans often covered their mouths and noses with masks, which were made of several layers of gauze with fastening strings at each corner.
While mail carriers could deliver mail to a quarantined house, federal laws prohibited them from collecting mail from families in quarantine.
Clippings from Eudora Weekly News in 1917–1918 show the community's response to the city's smallpox and Spanish flu outbreaks.
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f you suspect it takes hard work, dedication, and a whole lot of determination for a boy from rural Eudora to make it on the stages of the Big Apple, you’d be right. Mason Kelso grew up living the classic farmboy life on the Kelso Family Farms just south of Eudora. For the past few years, however, he has been based in New York City and has landed background parts in television shows such as Succession and The Deuce on HBO, The Politician on Netflix, and Prodigal Son on Fox Now. He is also an emerging dancer focusing on tap, jazz and heels dance. Combined, these talents mean Kelso has a resume of raising llamas, managing cattle and performing a stunning grand jeté in three-inch heels.
E U D O R A T R A INING Kelso started playing piano at the age of three. By the time he was in high school, he was on his way to becoming a classical pianist, studying with graduate students at Kansas State University and with Professor Steven Spooner at the University of Kansas. “That’s when things really started taking off in terms of competing, and competing internationally,” says Kelso. At the age of 15, he was invited to do a six-week residency at the Amalfi Coast International Music Festival in Amalfi, Italy. “I got to study with some of the world’s foremost piano soloists at the time and perform in these gorgeous chapels on the southern coast of Italy,” Kelso says. But the world of competitive piano became less interesting for Kelso as he turned his focus to new pursuits he was discovering at Eudora High School. After initial experiences with choral groups, Kelso began studying voice with Angela Zysk and Ashley Coffman, Eudora High choir teachers at the time. “They were really big supporters of me,” says Kelso. “They always encouraged and helped me. It’s a lot of work.”
Drawing on education and experiences in Eudora public schools, Mason Kelso jumpstarts a New York City career in dance, theater and television
A Eudora High choir concert in New York City also focused his plans. “When I was sixteen I got the chance to go sing at Carnegie Hall with choir, and I also got to see Wicked while I was there. I remember very distinctly I saw Jackie Burns go up in the cherry picker lift to perform ‘Defying Gravity,’ and I was like, ‘That’s what I’m going to do with my life.’” Up to that point, Kelso hadn’t done much theater, beyond four years of musicals at Eudora High and some plays with the Lawrence Arts Center. When it came time to choose a university, he learned through his piano and voice connections that Missouri State University had both robust voice and musical theater programs, and Kelso would get to study under voice professor Chris Thompson.
S TUDIES Kelso began his first year at Missouri State as a voice major with a goal of majoring in musical theater. With his relatively limited theater skills, he knew he wouldn’t be able to pass the audition to get into the musical theater program. “So I studied for a semester with Dr. Thompson, got some help from my fellow students, re-auditioned in the fall and got in to the musical theater program,” Kelso explains. Thompson mentored Kelso in the musical theater skills he needed to hone to move toward a degree—and a career—in musical theater. The most important thing Kelso needed to learn— immediately—was dance, and he was years behind his fellow students when it came to experience in dance. “When I went to college I wasn’t a dancer. I had never taken a dance class, so I knew dancing was something I really needed to focus on,” he says. Though the program required students to take only one dance class per semester, Kelso took three dance classes per semester to get his skills up to par. Learning so much so quickly challenged him physically and mentally. “It was very difficult. I was always taught to hold my head up high,” he says, but sometimes after a dance class, he’d “just fall apart.” With the help of one particularly encouraging dance teacher, he powered through the program. “I kept telling myself, ‘Nobody is going to do this for me. I have to do it myself. I have to figure out where I want to be and what steps I need to take to get there.’” While at Missouri State, Kelso performed in Hair, Legally Blonde, A Little Night Music and Pippin, for which he was the dance captain. Today, Kelso’s training in dance allows him to specialize in tap, jazz and heels dance. Also known as stiletto dance, heels dance is a modern dance style for men and women combining technical elements of jazz and ballet, with influence from a variety of ethnic and street-dance styles. Most importantly, it is always performed in high heels.
EARLY CAREER After graduation, Kelso landed a summer contract with the Ohio Light Opera Company, then moved to St. Louis to act in the Little Mermaid musical. When that show was over, Kelso moved to New York City, having spent some time there for college projects. As a senior, he’d also spent a month in New York on a friend’s couch, to see what it might be like to live there. “I went to dance classes, went to acting classes, went to auditions, along with doing my showcase stuff,” he says. That’s when he decided New York was the place to be. “I actually have sort of a love/hate relationship with New York,” Kelso says. “I love the fact there’s a lot of opportunity in New York. There [are] a lot of auditions, a lot of theater that’s being made. But with that comes a lot of competition. At any given open call there may be three, four, five hundred people trying to get seen.” Drawing on his farm and 4-H experience, Kelso has been able to secure his “survival job” at an animal hospital as he continues to land theater work off Broadway and in television production. “The one where I’m on screen the most is the Food That Built America
FARMS I got to study with some of the world’s foremost piano soloists at the time and perform in these gorgeous chapels on the southern coast of Italy. –Mason Kelso
[History Channel], and that was the episode they did about Post cereal. You can see me in the background carrying a box of cereal and pushing a wagon.” Though he prefers to be onstage, Kelso stays true to his work ethic. “The sad reality is stage acting doesn’t really pay the bills. Film and TV pay better. My motto is, if you have a check, I have a talent. Who am I to turn down work?” Kelso returns to Kansas often, mostly to see his family, but also to combine a bit of the rural and the theatrical. This summer, he stepped in to assist with the Douglas County Fair 4-H animal shows. Last winter, while he was home in Kansas, he performed at Crown Center’s Musical Theater Heritage’s review A Spectacular Christmas Show. For now, Kelso always returns to New York City, where he knows he’ll have to continue to prove himself, even if someday he makes it to Broadway. “Once you get on a Broadway show, that doesn’t mean anything,” Kelso says. “Once you get in a Broadway show, you have to work that much harder.”
Kelso Family Farms has operated for the past 20 years just south of Eudora and concentrates on breeding prizewinning Polled Herefords. Over the past years, the Kelso family also has mentored area 4-H students who raise and show llamas. This summer, the farm was designated to represent Douglas County in Willie’s Farm Family Contest, a celebration and recognition of agricultural heritage sponsored by Kansas State University.
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