Archive for Wednesday, March 29, 2000

News Briefing

March 29, 2000

Cemetery board schedules meeting
The Tonganoxie (Hubbel Hill) Cemetery Association will conduct its annual meeting next Tuesday.

The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room of the Tonganoxie Public Library.

Kindergarten testing begins this week
Kindergarten Screening Days will be Friday and April 7.

Children who will be in kindergarten next year will be given a series of short tests, which include the testing of readiness skills, language skills, fine motor skills, gross motor skills, math skills, speech skills, phonological skills and a hearing a vision check. This information gives Tonganoxie Elementary School officials an opportunity to discover the needs of children and helps them to suggest summer activities that will help children be ready for kindergarten in the fall.

Here's the schedule for children's screenings:

Friday: 8 a.m. (A-B-C), 9:30 a.m. (D-E-F), 11 a.m. (G-H) and 1:30 p.m. (I-J-K-L).

April 7: 8 a.m. (M-N), 9:30 a.m. (O-P-Q-R), 11 a.m. (S-T) and 1:30 p.m. (U-V-W-X-Y-Z).

School officials ask parents to follow the schedule. But they ask that if a child is unable to come at the scheduled time, that parents call the school (845-2290 or 369-2415) to let them know they need a different time.

Places to take cover when sirens sound
If you don't have a basement and need shelter during a storm, Tonganoxie Police Chief Kenny Carpenter has the answer.

During tornado warnings, residents who don't have access to basements may find shelter in two Tonganoxie locations, Carpenter said.

The Tonganoxie police officers will unlock the door of West Haven Baptist Church, 1000 West Street, and they will also unlock the door of Mutual Savings, 100 S. Fourth Street, during warnings, Carpenter said.

Meet your legislators
If you would like an opportunity to visit with area legislators, be at Bitler's BBQ at 9 a.m. Saturday.

State Reps. Kenny Wilk and Ray Cox, and state Sens. Don Biggs and Mark Gilstrap will be on hand.

First State Bank and Trust will sponsor the event.

Heartland church dedication Sunday

Dedication of the Heartland Community Church of the Nazarene building is set for Sunday.

The community is invited to the event, which is set for 3 p.m. at the new church building, which is just southwest of Tonganoxie on U.S. Highway 24-40.

Pizza pays, marching Chieftains benefit
Pizza lovers have a chance to support the Tonganoxie High School Marching Chieftains by eating at the Bonner Springs Pizza Hut March on April 10.

Twenty percent of the purchase will be donated to the THS group when coupons are presented to the server when the customers pay for their meal. This includes dine-in and carryout.

County approves plans for apartments
At Monday night's Tonganoxie City Council meeting, Jack Cronemeyer received the go ahead for an apartment complex, after much discussion on his plans.

The council unanimously approved the development plan for Rock Ridge Apartments.

These apartments will be built in phases, and Cronemeyer hopes to complete the complex in two years. Rock Ridge is on a 3.2-acre site on Ridge Street. It will be south of Cedar Hill Apartments. The complex will include 40 units in 10 buildings. Eight of the buildings will have three-bedroom apartments and the remaining two will contain one-bedroom apartments.

"The front will be stucco with an open-beam look. The roof will be steeped," he said. "The apartments will have a southwestern flair, territorial-type look."

The council was concerned on safety issues in case of an emergency, but it passed the plan once Charlie Conrad, fire chief, assured them he was comfortable with the plans.

Cronemeyer said he will start the project in Tonganoxie as soon as he finishes a current project in Lawrence.

"I am just glad that it is all over," Cronemeyer said. "I am excited to get started."

Funding available for pollution projects
The Leavenworth County Conservation District has money available for non-point source pollution projects. These projects include repair of failing septic systems, plugging abandoned water wells and soil testing.

After application is made, a district representative will visit the site to determine the work needed. Final approval for projects by the State Conservation Commission is required.

To apply for funding, contact the county conservation district, 2050 Spruce, Leavenworth, or call (913) 682-2133 for additional information.

Planning commission to meet next week
The Tonganoxie Planning Commission next Wednesday will consider several amendments to the city's zoning regulations.

The commission will meet at 7 p.m. in City Council Chambers, Fourth and Delaware streets.

The commission will consider amendments to regulations governing preliminary plat procedures, survey monuments, manufactured homes and the replat process.

The planning commission also will consider a request from Steve Trieb to rezone a tract at 319 S. Main from industrial to business zoning.

The city had condemned a building that was at that site. Trieb has said he has no specific plans for the property, which is for sale. The existing zoning prevents construction of a building, according to city planner Linda Zacher. Rezoning would solve that problem with the property, which is just north of Glen's Opry.

Breakfast to benefit Sisters, Servants
A pancake and sausage breakfast will be from 8 am. to 1 p.m. April 9 at St. Peter's Cathedral School Hall, 14th and Sandusky, Kansas City, Kan., to benefit the Sisters, Servants of Mary.

Tickets cost $4 for adults and $2 for children under 10.

The breakfast will include a bake sale and assorted items for purchase. Also available will be the Sisters, Servants of Mary cookbook with recipes from the Sisters and their friends.

The pancake breakfast is sponsored by the Mary, Health of the Sick Guild, which supports the Sisters, Servants with fund-raising projects throughout the year.

The Sisters, Servants of Mary is dedicated to in-home nursing and respite care for terminally ill people.

Providence schedules annual health fair
A Heart Health Fair is set for 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. April 8, at Providence Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan.

The community is invited to take advantage of several free screenings and a $15 complete cholesterol profile.

In addition, the fair will feature free blood-pressure screenings, lung spirometer test, body fat calculations, oxygen saturation levels, peripheral bone density screen and information on bone-thinning diseases, nutrition information, heart healthy living facts and other helpful information from the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society.

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