Tonganoxie Living

Fascination with trains leads to volunteer role at Baldwin City’s Midland Railway
April 23, 2014
Mike Beem struck up a conversation with a stranger Saturday as they stood on the Santa Fe Depot’s north platform waiting for a Midland Railway train to pull into the station. Words came easy to the two men as they talked trains and railroad. The stranger told Beem, a volunteer with the Midland Railway, he was retired from the Union Pacific Railroad and used to make regular runs through Kansas City west to Marysville.
Five signs spring has arrived in Baldwin City
April 17, 2014
Nature provides many signs of spring’s arrival. In Kansas, we look for blooming redbuds, the arrival of song birds and, of course, dandelions. The following are five things more particular to Baldwin City that signal spring’s arrival.
Tonganoxie dismisses case against green stripe ‘leprechaun’
April 16, 2014
The case of the green stripe appears to be closed.
Three dead in Kansas City Jewish community shootings
April 13, 2014
Three people were shot and killed Sunday afternoon in suburban Kansas City, and a spokeswoman for a local hospital said a 15-year-old boy is in critical condition.
Kansas City Connection: Easter brunch, Earth Day fun
April 13, 2014
Brunch as a social institution might not have caught on in Kansas City the way it has in Portland (at least the fictitious version of the city presented in “Portlandia”). But Kansas City’s restaurants offer an impressive array of Sunday brunch options, especially on Easter.
Kansas City Connection: All the best of KC Film Fest
April 6, 2014
Given its growth over the past few years, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Kansas City Film Fest eventually became one of the nation’s more popular cinema events. For now, the size is just right — there are plenty of interesting feature films and shorts to choose from, yet the festival is still affordable and accessible to fans of all interest levels.
Tonganoxie man discusses father’s legacy, importance of parade’s green stripe
April 1, 2014
Jim McCaffrey has many fond memories of his late father, John McCaffrey.
Kansas City Connection: The Royals return, along with several great concerts
March 30, 2014
For a fun, relaxing night out in Kansas City, Kauffman Stadium can’t be beat. Good-natured crowds, footlong sausages and salty pretzels, cold beer and dip-and-dots ice cream, fountains, games, giveaways and music.
Tractor-trailer crashes into Tonganoxie I-70 interchange tollbooth; 1 truck occupant dead
March 29, 2014
A 30-year-old Aurora, Colo., man was identified as the driver killed early Saturday morning after his tractor-trailer crashed into a Kansas Turnpike tollbooth at the Tonganoxie interchange on westbound Interstate 70.
Tonganoxie Friday Fish Fry Nights continue at Sacred Heart
March 25, 2014
Sacred Heart Catholic Church continues its weekly Friday night fish fry event from 4-7 p.m. this Friday at the church, 1100 Washington St. in Tonganoxie.
Kansas City Connection: Irish food any day of the year
March 23, 2014
On March 17 at my downtown Kansas City office, amid the sounds of drunken revelry and bagpipes from the nearby Power & Light District, a colleague explained to me why she never celebrates St. Patrick’s Day. “Why should I?” she asked dismissively. “I’m Irish every day of the year.”
Tonganoxie hit with another green stripe Wednesday
12:26 p.m., March 19, 2014 Updated 02:24 p.m.
Another green line magically has appeared in downtown Tonganoxie.
A day in the life of chemo: Positivity is medicine, too
March 19, 2014
About to start chemotherapy the other day, Michael Meyer was in a joking mood.
Baldwin City couple turns to medical marijuana as lifeline for 2-year-old son
March 19, 2014
The lower-body cast that 2-year-old Otis Reed has worn since breaking his right femur Feb. 23 is decorated the red and blue of the Kansas Jayhawks. There’s a lot of pride of place in that choice.
Kansas City Connection: Sporting KC scores with new food options
March 16, 2014
It’s hard to imagine Sporting Kansas City having a much better season than it did in 2013. Winners of the MLS Cup, and a close second in the race for the Supporter’s Shield (awarded to the Major League Soccer club with the most points in regular season play), 2013 was one for the books.

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