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May 3, 2000

Eisenhower Road to close on Monday
Beginning Monday, Eisen-hower Road east of County Road 5 (Tonganoxie Drive) will be closed.

Traffic will be detoured onto 20th Street Trafficway, according to the Leavenworth County public works department.

Oskaloosa man found guilty in girl's death
Sentencing is scheduled next month for an Oskaloosa man who was found guilty last week of murdering his sister-in-law.

Floyd S. Bledsoe's sentencing is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. June 8 in Jefferson County District Court. Bledsoe was found guilty last week in the shooting death of his 14-year-old sister-in-law Camille Arfmann, whose body was found in November. Arfmann lived with Floyd and Heidi Bledsoe. Heidi Bledsoe is Arfmann's sister.

Letter carriers plan local food drive
The National Association of Letter Carriers, in conjunction with the United States Postal Service, on May 13 will collect nonperishable food items.

Among items that carriers will pick up are canned soup, juice, pasta, vegetables, cereal and rice. To donate to this food drive, place your donation at your mailbox before your letter carrier arrives on May 13.

Department on Aging to conduct meetings
The Kansas Department on Aging will conduct an open meeting to obtain public comment on the agency's fiscal year 2002 budget and the needs of seniors.

The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. May 12 at the department's offices, 503 S. Kansas Ave., Topeka.

Individuals also may participate in the meeting by teleconference at Area Agency on Aging office at 11875 S. Sunset, No. 200, Olathe.

Circus planning two shows Tuesday
A circus is rolling into town on Tuesday and has scheduled two performances.

Circus Pages is scheduled to perform at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds in Tonganoxie. Children's tickets are free; adult tickets are on sale the day of the show.

Cancer support group to meet Monday
The Leavenworth County Breast Cancer Support Group meets from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday at the Tonganoxie Library.

Final plans will be made for the Relay for Life team. Plus, there will be a music therapy experience.

Have a Heart meets
Have a Heart, a non-profit organization that helps find homes for homeless pets, meets the third Monday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Tonganoxie library.

Lawrence library to conclude series
The "Lawrence's Greatest Generation" series will conclude Sunday with "Holocaust Remembrances" of Eva Rappart Edmands and Louis Frydman.

The talks, which are free and open to the public, will begin at 3 p.m. in the auditorium of Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt.

Edmands was barely 10 when she fled with her family from their native Austria. Stopped at the Swiss border, they were hidden throughout World War II in the French Alps near St. Martin, cared for by villagers and clergy. Following liberation, they immigrated to the United States. Edmands and her late husband retired to Lawrence. She speaks widely about her book, "Childhood Memoirs of World War II." Her oral history is recorded in the Holocaust Museum.

Frydman was 12 when he and his family were taken to camps in the Majdanek concentration camp system in Poland. Heeding his mother's advice, he survived by claiming to be an adult experienced in metalworking. Later, he went on long death marches to the Natzweiler camps and finally the Dachau camps in Germany where he was liberated at age 15. Not wanting to return to Poland, he became a "displaced person," eventually coming to the United States. He now is an associate professor emeritus from the University of Kansas' School of Social Welfare.

This program is scheduled for the first day of Jewish Heritage Week, May 7-13.

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