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welcome Dear Readers, This year was one that I couldn’t anticipate. It’s been a hard year for a lot of us, and we’ve had to be resilient. Whether we’ve missed time with loved ones, lost a job, or had to re-learn 5th grade math, we have one thing in common: we’ve all had to grapple with new routines brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic. And while becoming editor of GE Magazine was one of those life events I didn’t expect, I am honored to present you with the 2021 issue. During these last few months, I have had the pleasure of meeting the hardworking people who have kept this community flourishing despite the uncertainty brought on by Covid-19. While many of us have been disappointed or felt isolated during these last few months, it’s important to recognize that dedicated people in our communities have kept us together and served as a light during dark times. Some of these examples lie in the Parading through the Pandemic story on Gardner resident Kerry Hamel, who organized celebratory parades during the Covid-19 shutdown. Other stories celebrate businesses, new and long-running, in the Gardner and Edgerton community. We also learn more about how the Gardner Edgerton School District has been helping its students and families in need. A special thanks to Jason Camis, president and CEO of Gardner Edgerton Chamber of Commerce and our wonderful contributors, who made this magazine possible. This issue is proof that the coming year of 2021 holds a hopeful promise for a better tomorrow.

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Love Among

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Student Mental Health USD 231 partners with Johnson County Mental Health to reach students and families in need

Welcoming Warren Place Events Family ties bring new wedding and events venue to Gardner

Chamber Listing A membership index, member spotlight and all you need to know about the 2021 KC Air Show


on the cover Enright Gardens owners, Sue and Steve Enright, reflect on a love that led to a love for business. Photo courtesy Reeves Photo Co.








USD 231 partners with Johnson County Mental Health to reach students and families in need.


community spotlight


Gardner resident brings happiness to

those in isolation with celebratory parades


A look into the long-running family business that is Enright Gardens.



Advanced Technical Center at Gardner

Edgerton High School provides students with more options for post-secondary education and the workforce.

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A greeting from Gardner Edgerton Chamber of Commerce



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Student Mental Health USD 231 partners with Johnson County Mental Health to reach students and families in need. Story by Jackie Hostetler Photography by Nick Krug


ike many schools around the nation, the schools in Gardner and Edgerton offer their students a variety of courses, modern learning facilities and a wide array of extracurricular activities. Where it differs from other districts is its strong and purposeful focus on student mental health. USD 231 added a mental health co-responder position last year, reports Melissa McIntire, coordinator of student support services. “It is a very unique position; I believe the first of its kind in the nation. We’ve partnered with Johnson County Mental Health, and it’s actually their employee, under contract with the district.” The co-responder’s main purpose is to serve as a bridge between the district’s families in crisis and mental health services, says McIntire. Prior to creating this new position, the district already had several protocols in place regarding mental health, including mental health first-aid training for every certified staff member, but Superintendent Pam Stranathan wanted to do more. To that end, she met with the director of Johnson County Mental Health, Tim DeWeese, and from that collaboration the position was born. “This was a brainchild where we were looking to help families during the day and also after hours,” says McIntire. “School is becoming more and more a place where people come to get many of their needs met. We are trying to bridge that gap between school and mental health agencies.” The district found that bridge in licensed professional counselor Tanise Smith.


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Smith, an employee of Johnson County Mental Health, is contracted by the Gardner Edgerton School District to work with all students, kindergarten through 12th grade; their families; and district staff. She is trained through Johnson County Mental Health and works full time in the Gardner Edgerton District, with both agencies contributing toward her salary. Smith is not only familiar with the logistics of mental health resources outside of the school building but also trained to work directly with children and families in moments of crisis. “As school personnel, we have 350 to 400 kids on our caseload, and we don’t have actual expertise in the mental health field,” says McIntire. “Tanise can take that family from us. She can then call ahead to mental health resources. She can do an evaluation right here on the premises for intake.”

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Smith notes her position is unique because it provides mental health services to all district students, families and staff. “The greatest benefit is the individualized assistance provided to families in navigating mental health support and resources,” says Smith. A traditional model of supporting a student through a mental health crisis in the school setting may include offering opportunities to talk to a school social worker or counselor during school hours, a phone call home to the family, a referral to an outside agency, and maybe a pamphlet or two stuffed into a backpack. The district leadership in Gardner and Edgerton realized that these strategies were not enough. “We saw a real need in our students and families for more support. We wanted to not only help kids on the surface, but really take that next step,” McIntire explains. “We were taking so many calls in the evening. The police department had contacted us on occasion, as well as families reaching out to us with needs.” These after-hours calls pushed Stranathan to reach out to Johnson County Mental Health for help. “She is extremely hands-on,” says McIntire of Stranathan. THINKING OF SELLING OR BUYING? “It is not her philosophy to say ‘Well, it’s after hours, so that’s not our problem.’ She’s a ‘What can we do to help our students even if it’s 8:00 at night?’ kind of person. In these situations, she might call me, then I would reach out to a We are your resource for buying and selling counselor who worked with that student, and we’d reach homes in the Gardner Edgerton Community back out to the families to try to help, if it was appropriate in that moment. It got to a point where she thought that we needed support from someone who could respond to our We are your resource for buying and selling homes in Gardner Edgerton Community! crisis situations with our kids.” Though Smith applauds USD 231 for its “impeccable job with individualized support plans for students with unique We have real-time updates of all properties needs,” she knows there’s always more to be done. for sale so you have direct access of “If I could wave a magic wand and create the funding needed to increase therapy-focused schools, I would doeverything it in you need to know, including THINKING OF SELLING OR BUYING? a heartbeat,” says Smith. “My personal challenge is finding a THINKING OF SELLING SELLING OR BUYING? BUYING? THINKING OF SELLING OR BUYING? THINKING OF OR SUE BATES PAIGE BIRDSLEY market statistics and listings. way to advocate for more therapeutic educational agencies 30 year Gardner resident 22 year JOCO resident We are buying and selling We are for buying and selling homes in Weresource are your your resource resource for buying and selling homes in in 913-972-8353 for trauma-impacted students. Many students present with 913-706-7284 We are your your resource for buyingfor and selling homes in homes Gardner Edgerton Community! Gardner Edgerton Community! Gardner Edgerton Community! unique mental [or] behavioral health needs.” Gardner Edgerton Community! Her new role benefits the community, students and staff We have real-time updates of all properties as well as Smith herself. We have have real-time real-time updates of all all properties properties We updates have real-time updates of all properties We of for sale so you haveofdirect access of Weso have real-time updates on all properties for sale Listing services include for sale you have direct access for sale so you have for sale so you have direct access ofdirect access of “Every intervention reaffirms the purpose that I believe everything you including need to know, including everything you need to know, youincluding need toeverything know, including so you have direct access to you need to know, everything you everything need to know, market statistics and listings. market and market statistics and listings. God has placed me on this earth to fulfill,” says Smith of the market statistics statistics and listings. listings. including market statistics and listings. work. “My role provides me the great privilege to be a voice Professional Photos Staging Listing services include to the voiceless, to help others see past their own pain and LISTING SERVICES INCLUDE Listing services services include Listing services include Listing include challenges, and to simply raise awareness and respect for Home Video Tours Professional Photos Facebook Advertising Staging every individual’s unique, human experience.” Home Video Tours Facebook Advertising


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hen the pandemic swept through last spring, canceling nearly everything in its path, Gardner resident Kerry Hamel took action. With everyone confined to their homes, Hamel made sure families in Gardner could still celebrate birthdays, graduations and other happy occasions with their very own parade. Initially, Hamel had heard about a family organizing a parade for their nephew, who was sad after his birthday celebration had been canceled. “It was such a cute idea and I thought this is something we could do in Gardner. It’s a very tightknit community that goes above and beyond to help each other,” Hamel recalls. Hamel then got the ball rolling by posting the celebration parade idea on the Citizens for the Future of Gardner Facebook page, and the community responded— overwhelmingly. Hamel got busy planning and organizing. She rolled out her first parade in late March, when the stay-athome order was issued. Originally, she had planned to do just a few each week. By the time the parades came to a halt on May 31 (after gatherings of 30 or more were allowed), Hamel had reached a whopping total of 344 parades in those 68 days. “Seriously, I thought we’d do just a couple parades a week,” she says. Instead, she averaged five a day, and sometimes up

to 12. “I’m still blown away by how big and successful it was. The community really got behind it.” Originally from Shawnee, Hamel graduated with a degree in Family Studies and Human Services from Kansas State University and worked at a foster-family agency in Olathe. She and her husband moved to Gardner four years ago, and Hamel became a stay-at-home mom when her son Emmett, now three, was born. After the community’s response, Hamel formed a Facebook group and invited residents to complete an online form requesting the date for a parade and information about the recipient. Hamel spent nearly two hours every evening organizing the routes, all within the Gardner Edgerton School District. At 8:30 p.m., she posted where parade participants should meet the next day, the route, who and what they were celebrating, and a fun fact about the person. All the parades started at 11 a.m. and vehicles met at a public parking lot to start the day’s route. “It was such a huge hit because people kept coming day after day to drive in the parade,” Hamel says. “Most people didn’t know the person we were celebrating—they were complete strangers. I would tear up most days when I’d see the cars gathering before heading to the birthday houses.”


I’m still blown away by how big and successful it was. The community really got behind it. –Kerry Hamel

Hamel and her son, in their recognizable teal Ford, led all of the parades. Just as faithful, a Gardner resident in her 70s also drove in every parade. “She lives alone and was very anxious about the lockdown because she couldn’t see her daughter and grandkids,” Hamel recalls. “This was her saving grace. She came to nearly every single parade, and her family drove in it, too, and they could wave to each other. That brought me to tears.” The steady stream of cars, trucks, police and sheriff vehicles, fire trucks and a school bus followed, as they, too, slowly made their way past the homes of people celebrating birthdays, anniversaries, graduations or sometimes people who were experiencing hard times and simply needed cheering up. Retirement homes were also on the route. Drivers decorated their cars with birthday hats and balloons and got creative, like the van full of people in gorilla costumes and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle tow truck. The parade was a complete surprise to most recipients, such as 7-year-old Kennasyn Bechtelheimer. Her dad, Nathan, recalls, “We told our daughter that we weren’t able to have a birthday party because of Covid-19. So on the day of her birthday, she put on her birthday dress and we went outside at the scheduled time. At first, Kennasyn watched everybody round the corner and stood in awe, unaware of what was happening. There were 31 vehicles in all, with people waving, holding signs and police and fire trucks doing short blasts of their sirens. I told her ‘all these people are doing this for you,’ and she couldn’t have been happier.” Similarly, mom Laura Gonzales had to cancel her daughter Emma’s 4th birthday party.

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“She was really bummed, and I was stressed about what to do,” Laura says. She decided to sign up for a surprise birthday parade. “When the decorated cars and fire and police vehicles drove by, Emma was so excited, waving, screaming and jumping up and down.” Laura recalls. “You’d have thought all these people knew my daughter, but we didn’t recognize any of them. I told Emma they all came by to tell you how important and special you are, and to wish you a happy birthday,” she added. “I was crying.” Kay McCullough’s son Tanner, age 7, had recently been diagnosed with cancer when she reached out to Hamel for a parade “to cheer him up a bit.” A record 75 vehicles cruised by, including a special appearance by a street sweeper, which Tanner is fascinated with. “I was crying, so it was kind of hard to see,” Kay says. “But Tanner loved it all.” Both the City of Gardner and the Fire Department honored Hamel with the Spirit of Gardner Award. Mayor Steve Shute says no one was more deserving of the award. “Kerry is the well-deserving first recipient of our Spirit of Gardner Award for her volunteer spirit, community spirit and for selflessly going above and beyond and not expecting anything in return,” Shute says. “The parades were everywhere—all over the city. They helped the community to come together in a safe way.” Following the city council’s award presentation, Hamel was honored with a surprise parade of her own. The Fire Department also presented her with a Challenge Coin, given to only three other citizens for heroic acts.



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grandaughter-grandmother team has transformed an abandoned property in downtown Gardner into a focal point—bringing a family connection and a little bit of Kansas City to the other side of the state line. After a five-year journey, Raelee and Connie Wright recently opened Warren Place Event Space, which spans a city block at Warren and South Center streets. Here, the duo, with a little bit of help, transformed a rectory into a cottage and a community center into an event space. A 100-year-old church building on the property was also renovated with the intent of keeping the building’s history alive. Granddaughter Raelee, whose focus is on business, branding and marketing, says they wanted to update the buildings and “put a little story into them.” The business abounds with a lot of love and authenticity because the property itself has so much history, says Raelee. “It’s our family establishing our history with the property, [and that] has just been interesting,” says Raelee. Connie, who has owned and operated National Association for Health Professionals for over 30 years, says she wanted to leave something to her granddaughter that Raelee could “carry forward” in the family. “I think Rae was born to do this,” says Connie, a Gardner native and member of the philanthropic organization Beta Sigma Phi. Connie has always loved weddings and previously held ceremonies at her home “just for the fun of having them.”


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The property was dilapidated and in need of attention when the two first acquired it, says Raelee, but the potential was endless. The duo hired the Kansas City, Missouri, architecture firm Draw to work on the site. Converting the old church building into a picturesque chapel presented a challenge because it hadn’t been renovated since the 1970s— green carpet and all. “There wasn’t a historical feeling on the inside to us,” says Raelee. “It felt like a ’70s church.” Raelee says they wanted to “strip it back to its bones” and during that process found pamphlets that explain the history of the church and families associated with it. The Wrights have maintained original pieces, such as the flooring and the pews, which were restored and updated so the chapel would comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. “I think we’ve done as best we could,” says Connie. “There were some changes like the windows. The church removed all of the stained glass because they were all donated by certain family members of the church.” New, modern windows were installed in their place. “The bones were there, we just needed to resurrect [the old church building],” says Connie.

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Mildale Farm

The Johnson County Parks and Recreation Department operates Mildale Farm in Edgerton. A nearly 9,000-square-foot equestrian-style barn is the focal point of the 22-acre event site. Guest accommodations include an estate house for up to 8 guests and a cottage that can house four guests. Nine manmade ponds are scattered through the site, which connects to more than 600 acres of neighboring parks. Mildale Farm accepts reservations for weddings, parties, family reunions and other large events. Look for Mildale Farm on Facebook.

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Built in 1898, the Turner Barn is the perfect aestetic for your country wedding. Ceremonies typically take place outdoors with the reception to follow inside the barn. The barn seats up to 75 people and features two levels including a hayloft on the upper level, and intersecting corridors running down the center between the facades.

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Brooklyn Hall at Enright Gardens features a 5,300-square-foot venue and a garden adorned with flowers, stepping stones and a gazebo. The site accommodates up to 250 guests and offers a beer-keg cooler for rental. About 20 minutes from Kansas City, Brooklyn Hall is owned and operated by Steve and Sue Enright, who have lived in Edgerton since 1976.


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Booking Beyond Weddings Despite the uncertainty brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic, Warren Place has been open for bookings since June, and the first Where you aren’t just a customer, wedding was held in November. A church has been livestreaming its Sunday services from the chapel at the Warren since June as you’re our neighbor well and plans to continue through January. However, Raelee says they were “lucky” amid the Covid-19 pandemic because they had decided earlier not to book the venue until renovations were finished. “We had so much to get through with the design process; it’s like we conquered a monster … We’ve just been riding this roller coaster, and I have just had so much fun with it,” says Raelee. “I feel like I’m starting my life here and my career.” Plans include creating an outdoor ceremony garden and holding more Kansas City community events, along with pop ups and panels, in addition to weddings. Whether it’s a checking account today, a home loan tomorrow or “I know there’s a lot of plans in the works for the downtown corridor to become better,” says Connie. “So, my thought is, ‘I canplanning for your future, Arvest Bank has the products and retirement start. I can start this and offer different things to the community. services to ’ fit your needs. It’s not just a wedding venue, and we’ve stopped there. I want to do all kinds of events.” Open an account at your nearest Arvest location today! Connie says they plan to work closely with the Chamber of Commerce. She also would like to see art festivals, wine tastings or theater performances at the Warren. “There’s just so much,” says Connie. “The possibilities are 840 E. Main, Gardner endless.”





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here was a twinkle in Sue Enright’s eye when she described her wedding to Steve Enright 46 years ago. They wed at the Lutheran Church in Kansas City, Kansas, and had their reception at Wyandotte County Lake. But it was their transportation that set their nuptials apart. “We rode our motorcycle from the church out to the lake. It was a Honda that was kind of forked out. We didn’t ride much and hadn’t had it very long but just decided to do it,” says Steve. “To upset my mother,” interjects Sue with a laugh. “You should’ve seen her face when I hiked that wedding dress up.” So how does a couple go from riding a motorcycle to their reception to making hundreds of newlyweds’ garden ceremony dreams come true? Gradually. Very gradually. Both Sue and Steve are from agricultural backgrounds. Sue grew up in Gardner, and Steve hails from the Muncie neighborhood of Kansas City, Kansas. They met at the City Market in Kansas City, married, and a year later found a parcel of land on the outskirts of Edgerton, full of space, possibility and rustic charm. With ample space and green thumbs, the Enrights became popular with their neighbors searching for starter plants. “Well, we started with watermelon plants that I would start in the greenhouse and then planted in the field out there. And the neighbors would come by, asking if we had any extra tomato plants or watermelon plants. So we thought, well, why not open up retail?” says Sue.



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With retail plant sales booming, they began focusing more on their greenhouse and less on the produce although they still made trips to the City Market with fresh fruits and vegetables. A former pasture under the trees to the side of their greenhouse was a perfect place to show off their flowers. After a few of their young workers asked to get married in the garden, the idea of an event space took root, just as a recession set in, and plant sales waned. They pivoted. Today, the Enrights wear dual hats as event planners and garden center managers. The couple is in their 12th season of offering weddings at Brooklyn Hall (named after their granddaughter), and they’ve developed a well-oiled machine for couples looking for bucolic calm on one of the most memorable days of their lives. Brooklyn Hall offers a blank slate for wedding planning. The room, which can accommodate up to 250 people, features a full catering kitchen, tables and chairs, wet bar and taps; a dedicated room for getting ready; and additional tables for DJs and gifts. White twinkle lights illuminate the tables and shine from the columns, waiting for each couple to make their mark on the space. And make their marks they do. Each couple receives a full day before the ceremony to set up, hold a rehearsal, and even use the hall for the rehearsal dinner. Brides and grooms can use their own vendors as well, meaning that catering, flowers, alcohol, and entertainment can be as pricy or as affordable as they choose.



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ot so long ago, the most popular education path consisted of educators and caregivers guiding students through four years of high school with the goal of attending a college or university. However, times are changing, and with this change has come a shift in the traditional education model. Over the past decade, the U.S. Department of Education has established a set of College and Career Ready Standards to guide secondary educators and their students. According to the American Institute of Research, these standards will help students graduate from high school equipped with the knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary to succeed in postsecondary opportunities, whether college or career. The Gardner Edgerton School District leadership has taken these directives to heart with the opening of a stateof-the-art technical center for local high school students. After much discussion and planning, including studying other technical programs in larger neighboring districts, such as Olathe, GESD established the Advanced Technical Center. Funded through the school bond, the facility is now in its fourth year of operation. The ATC and the high school essentially share a campus, separated only by a parking lot. The Advanced Technical Center is part of the school’s career and education department, according to Melissa McIntire, coordinator of student support services at Gardner Edgerton High School. “When it first came about, the goal of it was really to provide an opportunity for students who may not want to follow the traditional, four-year, college-bound path—


possibly for those students who don’t feel as much of a connection to the traditional school setting. It was just to give an opportunity for our students to learn some vocational-type programs and, ultimately, to earn professional certification in that field.” The 28,000–square-foot center comprises four working shops: auto technology, auto collision repair, a welding lab, and a professional car workshop. A drafting classroom, technology computer room, conference room, and several classrooms are also part of the center. “It emulates professional working environments, designed to really help prepare our kids,” says McIntire of the facility. The center serves around 350 students annually. Many students take introductory courses their freshman year, and then the classes generally get smaller as the courses become more advanced. “One thing that we do differently from Olathe is enabling our freshman to jump right in during their first year,” reports McIntire. “Our classes are almost always filled to capacity.” Students involved in the program may find themselves back and forth between the high school building and Technical Center throughout the day. “One of the beauties of having it right here on our campus is that it is just like any other elective,” explains McIntire. “A student may have block one as math, then block two may be Building Trades One. So, they run out to the Tech Center. They may come back into the high school building to take English and then head back out for an auto class.” Heading up the Advanced Technical Center takes a combination of industry experience and the ability to connect with students. The district found this combination in former property claims insurance agent Jessi Lane, the center’s lead instructor. A graduate of Pittsburg State University with a background in automotive collision claims, Lane spent several years in the industry before moving back to Gardner. “I’d always had the dream in the back of my mind that someday I might want to teach. It was always out there. I always thought that maybe someday after I retire, I might be a shop teacher,” says Lane. After a former college professor mentioned that a new technical center in the Gardner area was looking for instructors, Lane promptly moved with his family from the Joplin, Missouri, area and embarked on his new career in education.

Besides Lane, the center employs four other instructors. Three of the five teachers, including Lane, are nontraditional educators who’ve come through the industry. They are taking advantage of professional development opportunities to hone their teaching skills. “They’ve done a great job of merging good educational techniques with their business backgrounds,” reports McIntire. “These educators really give the kids the opportunity to know what it’s like in the industry.” The students are not only exposed to true professionals in the field but also are able to build their own professional resumes, even before they graduate. “Our students can earn industry-recognized certifications. They leave our high school with these certifications and are more competitive than their peers when it comes to trying to get jobs in the industry,” McIntire says. For example, students can earn ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) or ICAR (Individual Auto Collision Repair Technician) certification.



Gardner Edgerton High School Advanced Technical Center instructors pictured clockwise from front: Jessi Lane, lead instructor, Nick Prutsman, auto technology, Miles Pike, welding instructor, Marc Hines, drafting, and Brendan Skye, building trades.


Getting Technical: Facts and Figures Open since 2017, the Gardner Edgerton High School Advanced Technical Center serves as a state-approved facility featuring automotive-transportation, architecture-construction and welding programs. With these advanced courses, students can better prepare for post-secondary education or the workforce after high school. ATC BY THE NUMBERS: 4: Number of Car Lifts 5: Number of Garage Doors 5: Number of Classrooms 5: Number of Instructors 10: Number of Welding Booths 350: Number of Students Served Annually 2017: Year the Center Opened $6,375,000: Cost of the Center 28,000: Number of Square Feet in the ATC

“One of our students started in a collision repair shop right after graduation. He was [earning] more than most entry level people would receive. He was able to buy his own tools and go directly into the shop.” Another Gardner Edgerton alum, Cooper Cox, was enrolled in several courses through the Advanced Technical Center and was also able to gain his ASE certification before heading to Kansas State University to study mechanical engineering. “When I just say that I took a class at the ATC or that I am certified by ASE from the school, that always gets people’s attention,” says Cooper of his experience. The benefits for the students aren’t limited to certifications. “The hands-on physical experiences in those classrooms is hugely beneficial for some kids. It’s what they look forward to coming to school for,” says McIntire. “It gives them a break from the traditional core subject areas. There are some kids who feel like they might not really fit anywhere else—they find a home here. It really has provided a connection for some kids who previously may not have felt that in a traditional school setting.” Further benefits include a jump-start on knowledge and expertise. “The students gain real life skills, no matter the path they take,” adds Lane.


“Our Tech Center prepares students for the workforce and, hopefully, brings some awareness that skilled trades are in high demand and well paid.” While connections, opportunities and certifications are valuable experiences for the students, the Advanced Technical Center provides several advantages for the community, too. “We’ve offered up our classrooms for community classes. We’ve had parentstudent classes covering basic home repairs. We’ve had a class on auto and collision repair and basic vehicle maintenance,” says McIntire. McIntire says the center has also directly helped local business and industry in the community. “We get calls all the from local businesses inquiring about skilled workers. We really try to partner with different industries, in that we may grow them [students] here, and then they may turn around and serve our businesses.” “It was a big leap of faith for us to do this in a one high school community and we just couldn’t be prouder of the facility, our instructors and, most of all, our students,” concludes McIntire. “It’s a great showpiece for Gardner and Edgerton that has really made a difference in so many ways.”

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welcome letter Flatten the curve. Wash your hands. New normal. Contact tracing. Vaccine. Mask up. Positivity rate. Zoom. Social distance. These are the phrases and words of 2020, topped only by one persistent question: “Is 2020 over yet?” When we look back on this year, we’re no doubt going to have learned many lessons. Much like the tragedy of 9/11, the pandemic will likely be a moment in time that will have marked our lives into distinct sections of “before” and “after.” From where we shop, to how we learn, to ways we interact and create with one another, society will in many ways have reinvented itself. As this issue, our fourth annual edition of GE Magazine, goes to press, we still have no idea what the coming year will look like. We’re hopeful we’ll have at least one vaccine in the coming months, so the number of Covid-19 cases will decrease and life will approach “normal” once again. The challenge is—no one knows what normal will look like quite yet.

But we can tell you what’s become the norm in Southwest Johnson County— growth and development. As a community, we continue to see economic growth in the form of new commercial and residential development popping up all over town. From the long-awaited growth on South Gardner Road to breaking ground on the New Trails project by Grata Development, the gateways to Gardner will be transformed for life. Mix in new subdivisions around town with a variety of new or relocating businesses, and it’s a recipe for success. The Covid-19 pandemic has certainly presented challenges for some of our local businesses, but overall, they’ve been resilient and are preparing for better days ahead. As you’ve read this magazine, we hope you’ve been inspired by the stories within, such as the article on Kerry Hamel, who brought light to the community

during its darkest days. Or ways our schools have worked to better students’ everyday lives. And no matter the challenges we face in this upcoming year, we hope this issue encourages you to continue supporting the businesses and people that make our community thrive.

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#GEMag Here’s a peek at a few community events celebrating heritage and happenings around Gardner, Edgerton and New Century. We’d love to see how you celebrate your community! Send us your photos for a chance to be featured in an upcoming issue. Photos courtesy the Gardner Edgerton Chamber of Commerce


event spotlight


Air Show 2021

After canceling the 2020 event, KC Air Show team gears up for the 2021 show featuring U.S. Navy Blue Angels

Presented by Garmin, the 2021 KC Air Show will kick off July 3–4 at the New Century AirCenter. This year will feature the highly anticipated U.S. Navy Blue Angels as they transition to the F/A-18 Super Hornet as their show aircraft after years of performing in the F/A-18 Hornet legacy aircraft. Herb Gillen, a KC Air Show spokesperson, says viewers are in for a special show. “Air show fans are very excited to be the first to see the larger and louder Super Hornets in the traditional blue and gold paint scheme,” Gillen says. “Not to be outdone, there is a new U.S. Marine Corps C-130, affectionately known as ‘Fat Albert’ that will perform for the first time in KC. And 2021 is also the 75th anniversary for the Blue Angels, so it will be a special celebration all around.” This year’s lineup includes performances from the U.S. Marine Corps C-130J-Super Hercules, GEICO Skytypers, AeroShell Aerobatic Team, KC Flight Formation and many more. Gillen says aircraft lovers can expect all kinds of performances. “There is something for everyone with modern military jets, historic military aircraft, multiple civilian formation teams, some of the top civilian aerobatic performers in the world, and the top jet vehicle on the air show circuit.”

The entertainment won’t just be in the skies. Visitors can expect to have some fun on the ground as well with dozens of aircrafts on static display, STEM Zone areas for all ages, exhibits, food and more. The 2021 show will be the second under the new management organization known as KC Air Show Charities Inc., a 501(c)(3). The first show in 2019 was named the Air Show of the Year, by the U.S. Navy Blue Angels; the team was set to have another spectacular year in 2020, but Covid-19 concerns forced the team to cancel and reschedule the show for 2021. The KC air team has been in contact with Johnson County officials and local authorities on how to continue the show and ensure a safe and successful event despite the ongoing pandemic. “Local authorities and the KC Air Show team will continue to monitor the environment and updated guidance,” Gillen says. “We’ll update and implement safety guidelines and practices as appropriate. The show will also be communicating safety protocols and updates to the plan via email, website, social media and through the local media.” To purchase tickets or find out more information, visit the KC Air Show’s official website at


FIND MORE EVENTS AND UPDATES AT BUSINESS.GARDNEREDGERTON.ORG/EVENTS Because all events are subject to change, confirm with organizers before finalizing plans.

Photograph Courtesy KC Air Show


Economic Profile LIVING IN THE GARDNER AREA (Data from 5-mile radius of Main St. & Center St. intersection in Gardner)

Age Characteristics

Home Value

Median Household Income (2019)

28,491 Households

Gardner is the 3rd FastestGrowing City in Kansas with 21.7% growth since 2010.

Workforce Approximately


workers for 998 business establishments

Average Home Value


(132% of KC Metro)


Average Monthly Rent




Average household income 0-19 years old (8,791) 20-34 years old (4,908) 35-59 years old (8,866) 60+ years old (3,231)

Gardner & Edgerton combined


(117% of KC Metro)

$38,218 Per capita income (112% of national average)


Average Age

100 single family housing permits issued in Gardner

37.4 Years

32.3 Years KC Metro


$21,784,341 Valuation

44 and younger


44 and younger: Nationally

USD 231 Gardner Edgerton Schools




500+ 48


Support Staff


Offering wholeperson care for every age at every stage

AdventHealth South Overland Park is expanding to meet the needs of our growing community. AdventHealth broke ground on a 193,000 square-foot, 85-bed hospital designed to provide our community with access to a full suite of hospital and emergency services. The expansion will include a new birth center, surgical services, intensive care unit, heart care and more.

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AdventHealth South Overland Park* 913-373-1100 165th and 69 highway in the Bluhawk development • Full-service, 24/7 ER • Primary and specialty care • Women’s Imaging • Physical therapy • Integrative medicine *A part of AdventHealth Shawnee Mission

Bret’s Autoworks is a full-service auto repair facility using the latest technology to bring you peace of mind. When you bring your vehicle in for a repair, you will receive a video inspection via email or text. Our video inspections set us apart from the rest and provides another reason Bret’s Autoworks is your #1 Dealership Alternative. Turn to Bret’s Autoworks for honest auto repair. Let our 30 years of Honesty, Integrity and Transparency be of service to you.

Why Choose Bret’s Autoworks? = Amazing 3 Year / 36,000 Mile Nationwide Warranty = FREE Video Inspection = Family Friendly Environment = AAA Approved Auto Repair Facility = Bret’s Autoworks is proud to be a member of the Gardner Edgerton Chamber of Commerce.

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