Archive for Wednesday, January 30, 2002

News briefing

January 30, 2002

Winter fun fest set for this Saturday

The Tonganoxie Parent-Teacher Association is sponsoring a Winter Fun Festival Carnival this weekend.

The fun-filled event will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at Tonganoxie Junior High School. It will feature carnival booths, silent auctions, vendors and food.

Chamber schedules

annual gathering

The Tonganoxie Chamber of Commerce annual dinner will be held at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 7 at the Tonganoxie Christian Church.

Steve Harrell, Tonganoxie High School debate coach, will be the guest speaker.

New officers will be installed, and the citizen of the year will be recognized.

Council on aging offers tax assistance

The Leavenworth County Council on Aging will offer assistance with income taxes through April and will sponsor a rubber stamp class next month.

The volunteer income tax assistance program will be from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Feb. 8 at the council on aging office, 109-A Delaware in Leavenworth. The service is available to senior citizens who need assistance with state and federal tax returns and homestead and food sales tax returns. The free service will be available every Friday until April 12.

Linda Schaffer will instruct a rubber stamp class from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday at 111-A Delaware in Leavenworth. Participants will make a valentine and birthday cards and a gift bag.

For additional information about the class or to enroll, call Jessie Higgins, (913) 684-0763 by Friday.

Foundation seeks fund-raising 'heroes'

The Arthritis Foundation is seeking community volunteers interested in being a hero for youth who suffer from the disease.

The Kansas chapter is accepting nominations until March 1 for Hero of the Year, a national fund-raising program developed by the Arthritis Foundation. The top Heroes from several chapters across the country will be recognized in U.S. News & World Report as they vie for the national Hero of the Year award.

Through the program, local candidates compete to raise money for the Arthritis Foundation. In northeast Kansas, candidates will raise funds in honor of Lyndsey White, a 15-year-old Topekan diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 1999. White is the 2002 Junior Hero for the chapter.

The campaign begins March 6 with a kick-off breakfast at the Holiday Inn West-Holidome in Topeka. It concludes May 4 with a grand finale event at Gage Park to coincide with National Arthritis Month. The 2002 Hero of the Year from northeast Kansas will be announced May 4.

For additional information about the program or to make a nomination, contact Patty Dick, executive director of the northeast Kansas chapter, (785) 272-8461 or

The northeast region comprises 17 counties, including: Atchison, Douglas, Jefferson and Leavenworth.

Meeting to focus

on agriculture issues

People interested in carbon sequestration are invited to attend a two-day workshop, "Global Change and Natural Resource Management: Building a Partnership Response."

The event will be Feb. 12 and 13 at the Kansas National Guard Training Center, 2930 Scanlan, Building 365 in Valley Falls.

The workshop, which is sponsored by the Kansas Coalition for Carbon Management, will focus on global change and what it means to agriculture.

For additional information about the upcoming workshop, call (913) 682-2133, ext. 3 or to register, call toll free at (866) 452-2425.

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