Tonganoxie Living

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.
Leavenworth County celebrating 99th annual Veterans Day Parade; Tonganoxie to honor vets with inaugural program
November 9, 2018
The 99th annual Leavenworth County Veterans Day Parade — dubbed as the oldest Veterans Day observance — is coming Monday morning to Leavenworth. This year’s parade starts at 10:30 a.m. in downtown Leavenworth, with staging starting at 9 a.m. Monetary awards will be given for best floats and other entries.
Trunk or Treat happening Halloween night at Tonganoxie Christian Church
October 24, 2018
Tonganoxie Christian Church’s annual Trunk or Treat will be 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, at the church. Open to youths from birth to eighth grade, the annual event offers candy, games, food and prizes in a safe and family friendly environment.
Fourth Street treat coming Friday with Spooktacular; candy donations still welcome
October 24, 2018
Fourth Street will be buzzing with costumed children — and adults — for Friday’s Spooktacular. Spooktacular is 6-8 p.m. Friday and is expected to have another big crowd. The event has drawn more than 1,250 each year. Spooktacular is a collaboration of businesses, nonprofit organizations, civic and city resources coming together to create a safe Halloween experience for young and old. Spooktacular draws more than 75 entities together to provide candy, trinkets, games and a safe environment for youths of all ages.

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