Archive for Wednesday, January 25, 2006

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January 25, 2006

Library readies for winter 'Reading on the Range'

The Tonganoxie Public Library's director hopes local adults and young adults will be "Reading on the Range" during the next few weeks.

The library's adult winter reading program kicks off Saturday with cake and cowboys -- all in celebration of Kansas' 145th birthday. The kick-off event is set for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the library, Third and Bury streets.

A cowboy re-enactor will attend the festivities, according to Sharon Moreland, library director. The adult reading program is for people ages 14 and older.

Participants in the program are asked to read four books -- or listen to four unabridged books on tape or CD -- by March 25. The reading program is co-sponsored by the library and Friends of the Library. In keeping with the "Reading on the Range" theme, the Friends of the Library are selling hand-made bookmarks and sunflower Kansas Day pins in support of the program, Moreland said.

For more information about the program, call the library, (913) 845-3281, or visit the library's Web site,

Gas leak delays Saturday's THS basketball tournament

Tonganoxie's basketball tournament had a slight delay Saturday morning.

Local firefighters responded just after 8 a.m. to a natural gas leak that occurred near the main entrance to the high school on U.S. Highway 24-40. According to Tonganoxie firefighters, contractors were working on a project when they punctured a natural gas line with a backhoe.

The high school was evacuated and ventilated.

The tournament was scheduled to start at 10 a.m., but the leak pushed the start time back to 10:30 a.m. Athletes, cheerleaders and officials who arrived early for the first game were taken to the school's multipurpose building near the football field to wait out the situation. Tonganoxie High School athletics director Brandon Parker said.

Participants urged to enter St. Patrick's Day parade

The Tonganoxie St. Patrick's Day Parade committee is seeking participants.

The annual parade down Fourth Street is set for 10 a.m. March 18 -- the Saturday following the official Irish holiday.

Prizes will be awarded in several divisions:

  • The best band award, sponsored by an anonymous donor: $100.
  • The best float award, sponsored by the Tonganoxie Chamber of Commerce: $125 for first place; $75 for second place; and $50 for third place.
  • Open class awards: $60 for first place; $40 for second place; and $25 for third place.

Debbie Breuer, who is among organizers for the event, said entry forms are available from the Tonganoxie Chamber of Commerce, (913) 845-9244.

Parade entrants should gather on Main Street near the swimming pool by 9:30 a.m.

In addition to the parade, other events planned on March 18 include:

  • Girl Scout Biscuits and Gravy Breakfast, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., Old Ratliff Drug Store, Fourth and Bury.
  • Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner, after the parade until 1 p.m., Congregational Church, Fourth and Shawnee, sponsored by P.E.O. Chapter AT Tonganoxie.

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