Tonganoxie Living

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.
Letters to Santa: Christmas 2018
December 20, 2018
Editor’s note: Tonganoxie youths sent letters to the North Pole. The Mirror intercepted a few of those letters at the Post Office before the postal service sent them on to Santa Claus. Here are a few of those letters:
Winter wonderlands in Tonganoxie
December 19, 2018
When Tim and Teresa Burge lived in Tennessee, Tim was putting up decorations for his extravagant Christmas light show display. one of the children in the neighborhood exclaimed “That’s so cool!” “That just sold me right there,” Burge said. “It’s a lot of work, but it’s worth it.”
Holiday happenings: Breakfast with Santa; letters to Santa; silent auction wrapping up; Wreaths Across America; Elf breakout game; Linwood lighting contest
December 12, 2018
Youths will get a chance to have breakfast with Santa in December at Tonganoxie Middle School. The event will be 8:30-11:30 a.m. Dec. 15 at the TMS commons area. Cost is $5 per person for both adults and children. The fee covers a pancake and sausage breakfast, photo with Santa Claus, craft tables for the children and a silent auction. Tickets will be sold at the door. Proceeds will benefit the Tonganoxie High School After Prom.
Snow Day activity option in Tonganoxie: Write your letter to Santa
November 26, 2018
Beginning today, parents (and youths) can drop letters to Santa off at the front desk of the Tonganoxie Post Office. 1610 E. Woodfield Drive. The letters must be turned in by Dec. 14 to receive a response from Santa Claus. Be sure to include a return address with the letters. In addition, some of the letters may be shared with The Mirror newspaper and published in an upcoming edition or at tonganoxiemirror.com. The Tonganoxie Recreation Commission and Tonganoxie Public Library co-sponsor the Santa letters. Some letters may be shared in the The (Tonganoxie) Mirror.
Breakfast with Santa coming Dec. 15
November 21, 2018
Youths will get a chance to have breakfast with Santa in December at Tonganoxie Middle School. The event will be 8:30-11:30 a.m. Dec. 15 at the TMS commons area. Cost is $5 per person for both adults and children. The fee covers a pancake and sausage breakfast, photo with Santa Claus, craft tables for the children and a silent auction. Tickets will be sold at the door. Proceeds will benefit the Tonganoxie High School After Prom.
Crowd flocks to Perry-Lecompton High School to see tree headed for U.S. Capitol grounds
November 21, 2018
Barb McGoyne, of Topeka, made a confession Tuesday as she lifted her 7-year-old niece, Sophia Hoppas, so the girl cold sign the tarp of a semitrailer flatbed parked in front of Perry-Lecompton High School. “We played hooky to come here,” she said. “It looked like fun.”
Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting festivities Saturday; library event at future site also planned in Tonganoxie
November 15, 2018
Downtown Tonganoxie soon will be getting festive for the holiday season and also denoting work on a new landmark. The Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting festivities will start about 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the downtown pocket park, Fourth and Delaware streets. At 5:35 p.m., there will be a THS Jazz Band performance. At 6 p.m., there will be a children’s choir performance. Santa and Mayor Jason Ward will arrive about 6:30 p.m. before Ward reads “Twas the Night Before Christmas.” The tree lighting then is planned to happen at 6:40 p.m.

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