Tonganoxie Living

Tonganoxie Public Library offering costume exchange
October 17, 2019
Patrons can donate gently used, clean constumes for a costume exchange this month. The exchange will be available during library hours. Residents also can pick out one of the costumes as part of the exchange. The library has been closed due to a water damage issue, but the library re-opened Tuesday.
Tonganoxie High to have Veterans Day event again this year
October 17, 2019
Tonganoxie USD 464 officials are working with veteran organizations to have a ceremony similar to last year’s inaugural Veterans Day celebration at Tonganoxie High School. This year’s ceremony will start at 1 p.m. Nov. 8, the Friday before Veterans Day (Nov. 11) and will take place in the THS east gymnasium instead of the performing arts center. Veterans will be invited at noon for additional festivities and a meal at the Chieftain Room.
Spooktacular, scavenger hunt activities coming for youths
October 16, 2019
The popular Tonganoxie Spooktacular will take place later next week, but there’s another fun tradition in conjunction with the festival that gets local youths out and about. Tonganoxie Spooktacular, a Tonganoxie Business Association-sponsored event, will be 6-8 p.m. Oct. 25 in downtown Tonganoxie. Candy, games, food and music will be available for youths at various businesses and booths. There also will be the Skeleton Scavenger Hunt, which runs this Friday through Oct. 24.
Turkey dinner and bazzar Sunday at Sacred Heart
October 9, 2019
Sacred Heart Catholic Church will have its annual turkey and dinner bazaar this month. The event will run 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday at the church, 1100 West St. Meal carryout will be available until 2:30 p.m. by calling 913-369-2851. There also will be a country store, raffles, silent auction, bingo and children’s games. The meal costs $10 for adults and $5 for youths ages 6-12. Children 5 and younger eat for free.
Area communities ready for bang-up Thursday for Fourth of July celebrations
July 3, 2019
Tonganoxie residents will continue to light up the sky this week with fireworks. Though there is no official Independence Day celebration, residents can enjoy a fireworks display thanks to their neighbors throughout the town shooting off fireworks. Fireworks can be discharged until 11 p.m. today and Thursday.
Easter egg hunts, Egg My Yard fundraiser planned for Tonganoxie
April 17, 2019
Cornerstone Family Worship will have its EGGstravaganza event next week. Festivities will start at 10 a.m. Saturday at Cornerstone Family Worship, across from the Tonganoxie High School west campus ball fields on U.S. Highway 24-40.
Just what the ‘doctor’ ordered in Tonganoxie: Resident who favors a certain soft drink turns 101 Friday
April 10, 2019
Maybe we should rethink the experts telling us to eat our vegetables and steer clear of soft drinks. Just ask Angeline Goldasich, resident at Legend Healthcare in Tonganoxie. Her son, the Rev. Mark Goldasich, hands her a cup of Dr. Pepper during an interview Monday with The Mirror. Angeline eagerly drinks a little by straw.
Caregiver support group being offered each month in Tonganoxie
March 14, 2019
Legend Healthcare and Heartland Hospice Care is offering a caregiver support group the fourth Tuesday of each month in Tonganoxie. The next meeting will be 6 p.m. March 26 at Legend Healthcare, 1010 East St. The complimentary support group is for caregivers and family members of loved ones who are suffering from a disease of which there is no cure. Meetings are designed to help caregivers with strategies to help in learning about the disease and stress-relief techniques. The White Birch Agency, Realty Executives of Kansas City, also is sponsoring the support group. For more information, call Amanda Starcher at 913-369-8705.
Forecast favorable for 31st Annual Tonganoxie St. Patrick’s Parade on Saturday
March 12, 2019
Irish eyes should be smiling on a sunny Saturday. Weather forecasts show a weekend reprieve from precipitation and — hold on to your four-leaf clovers — 52 degrees with sunny skies. This year’s St. Patrick’s Parade — the 31st installment of the annual event — will start at 11 a.m. Saturday in downtown Tonganoxie.
Tonganoxie St. Patrick’s Parade is March 16
March 1, 2019
Come and celebrate the luck of the Irish. This year’s St. Patrick’s Parade — the 31st installment of the annual event — will start at 11 a.m. March 16 in downtown Tonganoxie. T-shirts will be on sale at various locations that will be announced in the coming weeks.
For LOVE of pizza
February 13, 2019
Sawyer Vestal’s favorite menu item at Gambino’s is pepperoni pizza. His love of said food was on display this week at his Valentine party in Stephanie Lang’s third-grade class at Tonganoxie Elementary School. As the tradition of Valentine’s Day goes, elementary school children exchange V-Day cards.
My spare, with care: Tonganoxie man receives kidney just in time for Valentine’s Day
February 13, 2019
Michael Kelly has two Valentines this year in a February he likely never will forget. The Tonganoxie attorney, who has battled kidney problems much of his life, successfully accepted a donated kidney from Deb Simmons of Lawrence last week. Kelly, who had been on dialysis for years and had to have a hand amputated due to other health issues, said he felt like a new person after his five-hour surgery Wednesday, Feb. 6 at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
No shadow, better weather, says this year’s ‘Tonganoxie Phil’
February 6, 2019
Phil George didn’t see his shadow when he went to work Saturday. As this year’s honorary Tonganoxie Phil, that means an early spring in these parts, just as it did in Pennsylvania after Punxsutawney Phil saw no shadow back East. George said it was foggy and drizzly when he first went outside Saturday, but he probably wouldn’t have seen his shadow anyway.
Souper Bowl Challenge between Tonganoxie and McLouth Methodist churches wraps up this weekend
February 1, 2019
Souper Bowl drive continuing until Saturday The annual Souper Bowl Community Soup Drive has started. The drive is a friendly competition featuring McLouth and Tonganoxie United Methodist churches to see who can collect the most cans to help those in need.
A closer look at the latest Quilts of Valor in Tonganoxie
January 9, 2019
Local quilters created four quilts that earned the status of being Quilts of Valor. The quilts were dedicated and presented during Tonganoxie USD 464’s inaugural Veterans Day Program at the Tonganoxie High School performing Arts Center. Receiving the quilts were Jerry Jarrett and Elmer Tanking, along with the families of the late Lucas Frantz and Larry Meadows.

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