Tonganoxie Living

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.
Tonganoxie author bringing fruits and veggies to life in new children’s book
August 17, 2018
Some doodling during a college course years ago has led to a Tonganoxie man’s latest accomplishment: published author. Jason Maslak said that when he did some drawing in a class at Kansas City Kansas Community College. “I was trying to do my own TV show with characters and came up with vegetable characters,” he said. The idea, though sat dormant for several years — until Maslak had children.
Raucous Reverend: Tonganoxie priest cheers on homeland in World Cup
July 20, 2018
The Rev. Mark Goldasich had a mighty schedule conflict Sunday. While many of his friends and relatives of Croatian decent in the Strawberry Hill district of Kansas City, Kan., had surely attended Mass on Saturday night and thus were able to watch the big World Cup match Sunday morning, Goldasich had a job requirement.
Divine cheers for Croatia from Tonganoxie
July 14, 2018
The Rev. Mark Goldasich said he might need an iPad at the altar for his Mass at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Tonganoxie. After all, Croatia — the Goldasich family’s homeland — plays at 10 a.m. Sunday for the World Cup soccer championship.
Communities celebrating Independence Day
July 4, 2018
Fireworks stands dot U.S. Highway 24-40 in Tonganoxie. Though the community doesn’t have its own official Independence Day celebration, there is plenty of enthusiasm for the holiday with the many stands and, subsequently, the many residents shooting off fireworks for displays of their own.
Tonganoxie St. Patrick’s Parade marking No. 30
February 28, 2018
Want to get an early start on celebrating St. Patrick’s Day? Tonganoxie will be the place to be. This year’s big celebration — it’s the 30th annual parade — will start at 11 a.m. March 10 in downtown Tonganoxie. The parade always is the Saturday before St. Patrick’s Day. With this year’s St. Patrick’s Day falling on a Saturday, it will be the week before in Tonganoxie.
Show your love for Tonganoxie, elsewhere with social media posts
February 14, 2018
What do you love most about Tonganoxie? Is it the interesting history, the famed Tonganoxie Split or the scenic view with the hills overlooking the town? Is it the organizations that keep it going strong or its network of walking trails? Let folks know why you love Tonganoxie by joining the conversation on social media. You can also give a shout out to your loved ones. If you’re a Twitter user, use the hashtag #ihearttonganoxie in your tweets. And, if you have room, feel free to mention us, @tonganoxie.
Rise and shine for honorary Tonganoxie Phil: Early spring, Jones predicts
February 8, 2018
Phil Jones didn’t see his shadow Friday, so it looks as though Tonganoxie will have an early spring. Granted, it was a sunny morning in downtown Tonganoxie and if Jones would have turned a little more to his right, he would have seen his shadow. But hey, that’s the advantage of a human Phil predicting the weather instead of a groundhog Phil. Jones served as this year’s honorary Tonganoxie Phil, a persona that longtime Dr. Phil Stevens took on for several years when a Kansas City radio station selected him to make Groundhog Day predictions as an answer to Punxsutawney Phil.
Honorary Tonganoxie Phil to be revealed at Groundhog Day ceremony Friday morning in downtown Tonganoxie
February 1, 2018
Locals can find out tomorrow whether an early spring is ahead or more winter is on its way. The tradition of Tonganoxie Phil will continue at 9:15 a.m. Friday outside Ol’ Doc’s Pop Shop in the 600 block of Fourth Street.
A place to call home in Tonganoxie at Cornerstone Family Worship
January 24, 2018
Cornerstone Family Worship had services for 329 Sundays at the Tonganoxie Performing Arts Center on the Tonganoxie High School campus. Some church members would be there, sometimes before dawn, getting the space ready for services. To break down that number down even more, that’s a bit more than six years of the church’s congregation meeting there Sunday after Sunday. But who’s counting?