Archive for Wednesday, March 5, 2003

Shouts and Murmurs: Everything’s fine in Tonganoxie

March 5, 2003

It's March and gardening is on my mind. I can hardly wait for warm weather, longer days and time to dig in the dirt. After all, this is the month to plant potatoes. I have on my kitchen window sill a potato shaped like a valentine. The four-inch tall heart-shaped spud arrived at our house inconspicuously in a 10-pound bag of potatoes.

After spending weeks on the window sill, the tater was starting to go soft, but yesterday I realized it's not rotting -- it's sprouting. I plan to cut it up and plant the pieces in the ground by St. Patrick's Day.

Anyone care to make a bet on how many, if any, heart-shaped potatoes will be harvested? Or luckier still, since planted in the month of the magical leprechaun, shamrock-shaped potatoes?

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When told about this year's advertising project in which Mirror readers would guess the location of 20 mystery pictures, I thought my assignment to take the photos would be a piece of cake.

And it was -- the first month. I went for the obvious -- business signs, the chainsaw Native American carving, the playground equipment at Chieftain Park, interesting architectural details on downtown buildings.

Somehow the fact this would be a year-long project escaped me until last Monday when I received an e-mail telling me the next 20 mystery photos had to be in by that Friday.

Now, taking pictures is one process -- and getting them ready for print is another process, equally time-consuming. I knew, especially with a son's doctor's appointment scheduled for out of town on Thursday, that the Friday deadline must be completed on Wednesday. And it was.

But I realized Wednesday morning as I was driving around town perusing the sights for detail that this year-long project would likely be good for my photography skills. It's forcing me -- more and more as the months go by and I've used the more obvious views -- to keep my eyes open for minute detail.

And it's funny, the closer I look at Tonganoxie, the more I like what I see. In the older buildings and structures I'm seeing the Tonganoxie as it's been through the years, and in the newer developments I see the today and tomorrow of Tonganoxie.

The best part is -- in doing this contest, we're all going to get to know our hometown a little better. Hang in with us on this -- and if you know of a sight that might be good to include, you might give me a tip -- on the q.t., of course, because after all, this is a contest.

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Matt Matheson, who is a sophomore at Olathe North High School, participated in the state 6A wrestling tournament Saturday in Wichita. Matheson, who wrestles in the 135-pound class, is the son of Mark and Monica Matheson. The Mathesons own and operate the Mr. Goodcents restaurant in Tonganoxie.

While so many of our residents commute from Tonganoxie to the city, there seem to be more and more, such as the Mathesons, who do the commuting in reverse. With the growth in our area, it's likely the trend will continue.

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The McLouth High School band and vocal classes are raising money for the groups to take a trip to Durango, Colo., next spring. While there, they will participate in the Four-Corners Showcase of Music competition. Band instructor Jerome Johnson said this will be the music department's first major trip in at least 20 years.

The students, each of whom is expected to raise $300, are in the throes of fund-raising. They have a raffle coming up Tuesday night. For information about tickets, call McLouth High School at (913) 796-6122.

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