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April 11, 2001

Volunteers needed for annual relay

Organizers of the 2001 Relay for Life in Tonganoxie are looking for a few good walkers.

This year's 12-hour relay will be June 1 at the Tonganoxie Junior High School track.

The annual event raises funds for the American Cancer Society.

Jerri Cooper, who chairs the relay, said local organizers are seeking business sponsors, relay volunteers and relay participants. In addition, an auction will be held during the relay.

According to information provided by the American Cancer Society, one in three Americans will develop cancer in their lifetime, and one in eight women will get breast cancer.

Increased costs of research necessitate events such as Tonganoxie's relay, Cooper said.

To help with the relay by volunteering time or donating money, contact Cooper, (913) 369-3979; Kim Kolman, team recruiter, (913) 369-2941; or Jan Shoemaker, business sponsorships and donations, 845-2950.

Checks may be sent to Relay for Life, in care of Jerri Cooper, 1220 E. Fourth, Tonganoxie 66086.

Assistance available for area veterans

A representative from the Kansas Commission on Veterans' Affairs on May 10 will be available in three area towns to help veterans and their dependents with service work.

The representative will be in Atchison at 9 a.m. at the Atchison Senior Center, 504 Kansas Ave., in Leavenworth at 1 p.m. at the State Rehabilitation Services/Human Resource Building, 515 Limit, Suite 200; and in Oskaloosa at 3 p.m. at the Jefferson County Courthouse.

Anyone unable to contact the representative on May 10 may get in touch with the Kansas Commission on Veterans' Affairs, 745 Vermont, Suite 2, Lawrence, 66044-2371, (785) 843-5233.

Recycling available Saturday morning

The next SORT recycling drop-off will be from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Leavenworth County Fairgrounds.

Tonganoxie Elementary School sixth-graders from the classrooms of Janet Burnett and Susan Lenon will donate their time at this weekend's drop-off.

Another drop-off will be April 28, also at the fairgrounds.

Medical center offers cancer screenings

Providence Medical Oncology Center and Heartland Cancer Research and Treatment Center are offering free prostate cancer screenings.

The screenings will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 27 and May 4 in the Keenan Education Center at Providence Medical Center, 8229 Parallel Parkway, Kansas City, Kan.

Advance registration is required. To register, call (913) 236-6986.

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