Archive for Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Retirees raise flag just in time for holiday

Fall Creek Villas residents, VFW Members and friends gather Friday to raise an American flag for the first time at the flag pole in their development.

Fall Creek Villas residents, VFW Members and friends gather Friday to raise an American flag for the first time at the flag pole in their development.

June 17, 2009

For the first time, an American flag flew high Friday from a pole in the Fall Creek Villas retirement community.

And just in time for Flag Day, which was Sunday.

Residents on Friday congregated around the flagpole in the heart of the retirement community, which is just southwest of U.S. Highway 24-40 and South Park Drive.

It’s something residents have wanted to do for some time — fly an American flag from the flagpole that is situated in the middle of Fall Creek Drive.

“We have been talking about it for three years,” said resident Cookie Hurst.

Hurst recently was talking with VFW member Larry Meadows, who is a former post commander with Tonganoxie’s VFW Post 9271, about getting a flag for the pole.

“He made it happen,” Hurst said.

Meadows also took care of getting a chain for the pole, as well as a topper.

On Friday, residents mingled with VFW members around the pole, which is in the middle of a flower garden, complete with various flowers, shrubs and other vegetation.

The topper for the flagpole? A softball, which was put there for the property’s developer, Mark Himpel. Himpel’s two daughters, Lindsey and Lauren Himpel, play softball. Lindsey was a freshman at Washburn University in Topeka this past school year and played softball for the Lady Blues. Lauren graduated from Tonganoxie High School in the spring and will play alongside her sister again next school year at WU.

Mark Himpel said it was great to see the residents finally have their flag.

“They’re happy,” he said. “They’re a lot of great people.”

Comments

Sissy 4 years, 10 months ago

VFW are Great people. They do good things for Tonganoxie. But Mark Himpel needs to get out of that photo of the Good citizens until he can do the right thing for the retirees that live in the Fall Creek Villas retirement community. He promised the retirees that moved in the community that there would be a walking trail... that was a Big selling point for these retirees that moved there and now he has told them he will not put one in and he does not have too. This is one big reason my mother moved there. Mark Himpel shouldn't be in a photo of Very decent people that do good for others.. Mark Himpel said " They're Happy" get real maybe you should talk to them again. I bet they would tell you that you need to build that walking trail that you promised them. Nothing like sticking it to and miss leading the older citizens!!

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