Tonganoxie Living

Philling in for a legend in Tonganoxie
February 8, 2017
Groundhog Day was last week, which for many years meant Tonganoxie Phil, aka Dr. Phil Stevens, would emerge from his office to check whether he saw his shadow. One of Tonganoxie’s most beloved citizens, Stevens died in 2015 on the 60th anniversary of practicing medicine.
Capturing Christmas spirit
December 21, 2016
A Tonganoxie Elementary School class collected a whopping 832 items to donate to Good Shepherd Thrift Store and Food Bank to help those in need this holiday season.
Blue Christmas service is Dec. 21 at McLouth UMC
December 13, 2016
Christmas can be a lonely time for some of us. McLouth United Methodist Church’s Blue Christmas Service will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21, at the church. This is a solemn and meditative service for all of us who don’t always feel the Christmas joy because of loss or trial and tribulation.
Soup supper, Christmas concert Sunday in McLouth
December 13, 2016
McLouth United Methodist Church invites the public to a 5 p.m. soup supper, followed by a 6:30 p.m. Christmas concert by the Wright Family on Sunday. Join the church for a joyous holiday event.
Charley’s Country Christmas coming Saturday to Tonganoxie
December 13, 2016
Charley Green again will be spreading holiday cheer through a compilation of musicians this weekend in Tonganoxie. Charley’s Country Christmas will start at 7 p.m. Saturday at The Jewel on Main, 707 E. Fourth St., Tonganoxie.
Army breaks ground for Tonganoxie center
December 13, 2016
Tonganoxie Mayor Jason Ward said “it’s been a long time coming.” But on a frigid December morning with a biting wind, military personnel, local government officials and business leaders gathered Tuesday for a groundbreaking ceremony for the Army Reserve Center south of Tonganoxie.
Area communities offering wide array of holiday activities
December 8, 2016
Several activities have been planned for this holiday season. Here’s a look at some of the events on tap in the area:
Breakfast with Santa is Saturday at Tonganoxie Middle School
December 7, 2016
Youths can meet Kris Kringle, grab breakfast and make crafts all in one stop.
Tonganoxie Boy Scouts having pancake, sausage feed
November 16, 2016
Tonganoxie Boy Scout Troop 357 is having a pancake and sausage feed this Saturday. The event will be 4:30-7:30 p.m. at Tonganoxie United Methodist Church, 328 E. Fourth St. Cost is $5.
Desert Storm veterans to be honored Friday at Leavenworth County Veterans Day Parade
November 10, 2016
The oldest Veterans Day observance in the nation and the largest parade west of the Mississippi begins at 10:30 a.m. Friday in historic downtown Leavenworth. The theme for the 97th annual Leavenworth County Veterans Parade is “Desert Storm Veterans.”
Spooky Spooktacular
November 2, 2016
Friday was the annual Spooktacular event and, again this year, it didn’t seem to disappoint. According to organizer Monica Gee, children were really involved in games and the bounce house, getting into the whole event and “not just the candy.”
Tonganoxie getting Spooktacular; other area activities planned to celebrate Halloween
October 28, 2016
Minions have invaded downtown Tonganoxie. Don’t worry, they’re harmless, and they will be adding to the fun Friday night along Fourth Street. The Minions, made of square hay bales and dressed like the movie characters, are situated throughout Fourth Street.
Spooktacular Scavenger Hunt starts Friday; Spooktacular set for Oct. 28
October 19, 2016
Spooktacular scavenger hunt will get started Friday. Youths can get started on the Spooktacular Scavenger Hunt by gathering clues Friday in downtown Tonganoxie. The hunt will run through Oct. 27 and prizes will be given out, such as mini Gambinos pizzas, a $100 gift card and 15 $10 bills.
Lesbian Methodist pastor leaves Edgerton church on involuntary leave to avoid trial
August 28, 2016
A lesbian pastor has agreed to go on involuntary leave from her United Methodist Church in Edgerton to avoid a church trial over her sexual orientation. Cynthia Meyer and Methodist officials agreed in early August that her leave will begin Wednesday. Her final sermon in Edgerton was Sunday. No other United Methodist church will be able to appoint her as a pastor but churches could hire her to “perform functions equivalent to a lay staff person,” according to the agreement.
Soles for souls: Tonganoxie church collects shoes to raise money for religious studies
August 17, 2016
Boots and many other types of shoes donated at Sacred Heart Catholic Church were made for walking. It turns out those shoes also were made to raise a good chunk of change for education programs at the church. Several volunteers helped religious education coordinators Nancy Lanza and Jennifer Eastes on Saturday with loading those donated shoes — about 175 bags to be exact — for Funds2Orgs, a company that trades shoes for money in group’s fundraising campaigns.

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