Tonganoxie Living

Moments of thanks in Tonganoxie
Notes allow library patrons to count blessings
November 24, 2015
A November trip to the Tonganoxie Public Library brings the opportunity of scribing for what is most thankful. For some, that might be “food and trees and family,” or “for this planet not exploding.” Library staff have made notes available for patrons, whether elementary school students or adults, to post their thankful thoughts throughout the building.
Kansas City Connection: More holiday events, tasty eats and food for your ears
November 22, 2015
No sooner had last Sunday’s holiday preview gone to press than I learned of two more interesting stage events taking place through 2015 in Kansas City.
Both Kansas Cities raise age to buy tobacco products to 21
November 20, 2015
Young Kansas City smokers will have to drive a bit farther to buy their cigarettes, e-cigarettes or vapor products under an ordinance that’s getting widespread support in the metropolitan area.
Carriage rides, music highlight tree lighting event Saturday
Library festivities, pancake feed also planned
November 17, 2015
Tonganoxie Mayor Jason Ward hopes weather will cooperate for Saturday’s holiday festivities. The Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting is set for 3-6 p.m. that day in downtown Tonganoxie. Carriage rides will be offered for visitors attending the event, while vocalists from Tonganoxie elementary, middle and high schools will perform throughout the event. A DJ also will perform musical entertainment. Fourth and Delaware streets will be the hub of the event.
Kansas City Connection: ‘Christmas Cheer’ from a new ‘Nutcracker’ to Charles Dickens
November 15, 2015
You’ve likely seen news reports and alarmist email forwards about an alleged “War on Christmas,” but what’s less publicized in the media is Kansas City’s perennially successful “Campaign for Christmas Cheer (And General Holiday Merriment).” Whether you prefer a secular or a nonsecular Starbucks cup, this year’s holiday arts preview includes KC holiday classics for people of all beliefs, interests and ice-skating abilities.
Kansas City Connection: Farm-fresh flavor; Floyd’s ‘Dark Side’
November 8, 2015
One of my favorite places in Kansas City for a nice lunch, dinner or cocktail is The Farmhouse, a farm-to-table, “tip-to-tail” restaurant that offers a delicious variety of entrees and sandwiches using fresh meats and vegetables from regional providers.
In good spooky spirits in Tonganoxie
November 6, 2015
Fall rains couldn’t dampen the spirits of youths Friday in downtown Tonganoxie. Children and their families made their way to the annual Spooktacular event. Though the rain prevented the showing of a movie outdoors and a few other activities, plenty of games still took place and local businesses still handed out piece after piece of candy.
This year’s Leavenworth County Veterans Day Parade to salute Vitenam veterans
November 6, 2015
Tonganoxie will be represented next week at one of the oldest parades in the nation. Local veterans will participate in the Leavenworth County Veterans Day Parade, which will start at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11 in Leavenworth. This year’s parade, which is the 96th annual installment of the celebration, will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.
Kansas City Connection: Newer venues to get your KC music fix
November 1, 2015
After 10 years of daily concerts, drinks and a menu filled with clever musical references, Kansas City’s recordBar will relocate from the Westport Landing strip mall when its lease is up at the end of the year.
Mature Living: Seniors who keep working are healthier, study says
October 28, 2015
Is retirement hazardous to your health? It’s an intriguing question in light of a new study that finds senior citizens who work are in better health than their counterparts who don’t.
Kansas City Connection: FüD for thought
October 25, 2015
This week, take a look at the organic and gluten-free vegan fare at FüD, plus Halloween events and Janet Jackson comes to Sprint Center.
Kansas City Connection: Bonner Springs balloon fest puts the helium in Halloween
October 19, 2015
After the Royals extended their playoff run last week, I thought about writing a column listing the best bars in the area to watch the MLB playoffs. But the truth is, as long as the postseason wins keep coming, you can pop your head in any pretty much any watering hole in town and expect to have a good time.
Kansas City Connection: The art of ‘Rising Up,’ and visiting some old haunts
October 12, 2015
This week we take a look at the murals of American painter Hale Woodruff at the Nelson-Atkins Museum, Rhiannon Giddens at the Folly, haunted houses in the West Bottoms and the art of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” at the KC Library’s Central Branch.
Kansas City Connection: Getting pumped for postseason baseball
October 4, 2015
Happy October, dear readers. I hope everyone is maintaining a nice pumpkin spice latte buzz and getting ready for another exciting season of playoff baseball. I know I am.
New LMH oncologist joins hospital with background in research, goals for patient care
September 30, 2015
Heather Cunningham didn’t become a doctor on a whim. Cunningham, the newest medical oncologist to join the staff at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, has wanted to be a doctor since she was young.