Archive for Wednesday, September 19, 2001

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September 19, 2001

Tonganoxie PTA plans educational session
The Tonganoxie Parent Teacher Association invites interested adults to attend the PTA's first educational session of the year. A representative from the Child Guidance Center, Leavenworth, will discuss how to talk with children about sex. The session begins at 7 p.m. Thursday in the music room of the elementary school.

Driving course offered next week
Drivers who are 50 and older can refine their driving skills and develop safer defensive driving techniques by taking an eight-hour course offered at high Prairie Gospel Tabernacle, 26480 187th St, Leavenworth, about six miles northeast of Jarbalo.
The course will be taught from 10 a.m. to 3p.m., next Wednesday, Sept. 26, and on Thursday, Sept. 27. Ron Cranor, a retired Kansas Highway Patrol officer, will teach the course. For information, call the church at (913) 727-1576, or call May Thomas at (913) 682-6678.

Assistance available for vets, families
A representative from the Kansas Commission on Veterans' Affairs on Oct. 11 will be available in three area towns to help veterans and dependents with service work.
The representative will be in Atchison at 9 a.m. at the Atchison Senior Center, 504 Kansas Ave., in Oskaloosa at 1 p.m. at the Jefferson County Courthouse and in Leavenworth at 3 p.m. at the State Rehabilitation Services/Human Resource Building, 515 Limit, Suite 200.
Anyone unable to contact the representative on Sept. 13 may get in touch with the Kansas Commission on Veterans' Affairs, 745 Vermont, Suite 2, Lawrence, 66044-2371, (785) 843-5233.

Annual Christmas project under way
Janet Ambrose is again spearheading a local drive to make and fill Christmas stockings to be given to area residents in need by the St. Vincent's Clinic, Leavenworth.
Individuals or organizations wanting to help can do so by making Christmas stockings or by providing materials to go in them.
Needed supplies to fill the stockings include personal hygiene products such as toothbrushes, toothpaste and shampoo, infant supplies such as wet wipes and ointments, and useful items such as pencils, mittens and gloves.
For more information on how to help, call Ambrose at 845-7397.

Because of a reporter's error, a story about author Carol Ayres' recent talk at the Tonganoxie Historical Society contained incorrect information. Ayres, who wrote the book, "Lincoln and Kansas: Partnership in Freedom," said that during campaign stops during 1859 in northeast Kansas that Lincoln spoke in Elwood, which is just west of St. Joseph, Mo. In addition, Lincoln stayed in a Doniphan hotel that served as a stop along the Underground Railroad. He spoke in Atchison on Dec. 2 and spoke a day later in Stockton Hall in Leavenworth. Four years to the month later, John Wilkes Booth performed at Stockton Hall in a Shakesperian tragedy. Eighteen months after that performance, Booth fatally shot Lincoln in Washington, D.C.

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