Tonganoxie Living

Kansas City Connection: Charisse retains old charm as Power & Light alternative
August 30, 2015
Since June 2012, the French and American flags have hung in tandem outside the downtown Kansas City restaurant at 1006 Walnut St. But the restaurant that started out as Aixois Brasserie, opened by the owners of the popular Aixois Bistro at 251 E. 55th St., rebranded last fall after chef Jason Craine purchased the restaurant from the original owners and renamed it Charisse.
Kansas City Connection: In the market for meat
August 23, 2015
With summer winding to a close and tailgating season right around the corner, I’d like to dedicate a hefty portion of this column to visiting three of Kansas City’s best family-owned and operated meat markets.
Tonganoxie church takes another step toward new building
About 90 attend groundbreaking ceremony
August 11, 2015
As church and city officials got ready to break ground during a ceremony last week for the new Cornerstone Family Worship along U.S. Highway 24-40, one person found a penny as he began to shovel.
Kansas City Connection: a place for good jazz, eats; Starlight lets it go
August 10, 2015
Since the days of Charlie Parker and Count Basie, Kansas City has enjoyed a reputation as a jazz town. But these days one of the most reliable venues to see different jazz bands every night isn’t a nightclub — it’s the restaurant and lounge of a swank hotel on the Country Club Plaza.
Kansas teens less likely to be vaccinated against HPV
August 3, 2015
Teenagers in Kansas are among the least likely to be vaccinated against human papillomavirus, according to the Immunize Kansas Coalition.
Kansas City Connection: Where comics, movies and TV shows come to life
August 2, 2015
The other night, I had a dream that I was in a giant exhibition hall hanging out with Jackie Brown, Samwise Gamgee and Eddie from “The Munsters.” If this sounds like an exciting scenario, you’ll be pleased to know that this was, in fact, no dream — it’s a description of the first-ever Kansas City Comic Con scheduled for this week at Bartle Hall.
True aim: Bonner Springs couple founds archery club
July 30, 2015
During an eight-year stint in Phoenix, Kansas natives Kerry and Joanna Heidebrecht, along with their son, Kolton, fell in love with archery.
Kansas City Connection: Taking a tour up North
July 26, 2015
In my relentless pursuit of new entertainment options in the Kansas City area, I recently discovered an entirely new city just across the river from downtown Kansas City, Mo. This little-known municipality, referred to by natives as “North Kansas City,” appears to be a self-sustaining community complete with movie theaters, restaurants, breweries and dentist offices.
Kansas City Connection: Dance festival, Big Picnic, Van Halen make braving summer heat worth it
July 19, 2015
Temperatures have been unbearably hot lately (at least from what I hear — I haven’t been outside in days), but anyone willing to brave the heat will find a number of fun activities, concerts and sporting events this week in Kansas City.
Learning about leadership in Leavenworth County
4-H group receives crash course on various careers at recent camp
July 16, 2015
Local professionals gave some 4-H members glimpses into their careers recently at the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds. Leavenworth County 4-H Youth Leaders spent a day camp with guest speakers from the community speaking to the youths about their career experiences and what paths they took to their respective careers.
Report: Nearly 1 in 3 young U.S. adults too fat for military
July 15, 2015
The nation’s obesity epidemic is causing significant recruiting problems for the military, with one in three young adults nationwide too fat to enlist, according to report issued Wednesday by a group of retired military leaders.
Kansas City Connection: It’s showtime for theater festivals
July 12, 2015
With Kansas City theaters ranging from small, independent stages like The Living Room and the Unicorn up to large-scale operations like Starlight Theatre and the Missouri Rep, it’s safe to say Kansas City has a thriving theater scene. From July 16 to 26, however, the options expand exponentially, as the Fringe Festival KC packs venues across midtown with dramatic, comedic and musical performances of all shapes, sizes and colors.
Tonganoxie pays respects to longtime doctor at visitation
July 7, 2015
Steve Denny finished playing a song on his bagpipe, the boisterous sound from the instrument still resonating through Quisenberry Funeral Home. “Could you hear it?” Denny jokingly asked Betty Stevens. “Was it loud enough?” Dr. Philip Lindbergh Stevens had mentioned on several occasions he wanted bagpipes as part of his funeral arrangements.
Kansas City Connection: A tour of West 39th Street
July 5, 2015
This week, I’d like to take a brief tour of some of the classic, updated and new locations on one of my favorite walking/dining/shopping strips: West 39th Street.
Creating a family: Agency seeks more foster families; greatest need in Wyandotte County
July 1, 2015
Wyandotte County has a higher-than-average need for certified foster families.

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