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Remember When: A Community Review for June 14, 2017
June 14, 2017
Kevin Freeman and his daughter Makayla were pictured as they worked to capture a swarm of 15,000 bees that settled on a dogwood in the Paul Mast home.
Big bike boom in Tonganoxie
State cycling tour to bring 850 riders to town Friday
June 14, 2017
The 43rd year of the longest-running bicycling event in Kansas history — a 522-mile ride across the Sunflower State — will be stopping for a big night in Tonganoxie. Biking Across Kansas started June 10 at the Colorado line west of Tribune and will make an overnight stop Friday in Tonganoxie. About 850 cyclists are expected to stay in Tonganoxie, with many spending the night at Tonganoxie High School. Other overnight stops on the eight-day tour are Dighton, WaKenney, Plainville, Lincoln, Chapman and Rossville. The cyclist will finish up the tour Saturday in Leavenworth.
Tonganoxie Public LIbrary’s Chieftain Cafe continuing in summer months
June 7, 2017
Tonganoxie Public Library is extending its Chieftain Cafe into the summer.
Tonganoxie Days returning with run milestone, more attractions in festival area
June 7, 2017
Tonganoxie might not be celebrating a big birthday this year, but there is a milestone at this year’s Tonganoxie Days. The 30th annual Tonganoxie Public Library Run/Walk will start at 7:30 a.m. Saturday at the library, 303 S. Bury St. Proceeds from the run after expenses go toward the new library fund and summer reading programs. About 200 have signed up for the run so far.
Tonganoxie Recreation Commission rolling into summer
June 7, 2017
Tonganoxie Recreation Commission opened the new season with its 50th anniversary celebration and annual summer kickoff Saturday. The event leads into a busy time for TRC programs.
Tonganoxie Recreation Commission gearing up for Saturday’s 50-year celebration
June 2, 2017
Tonganoxie celebrated a big milestone last year with a sesquicentennial celebration. For a third of that time, there also has been a Tonganoxie Recreation Commission. TRC will celebrate 50 years with its annual summer kickoff Saturday.
Tonganoxie Public Library opens community garden
June 1, 2017
Residents can work on their green thumbs right in the middle of town. Tonganoxie Public Library has unveiled the Library Community Garden. Garden plots first were available May 22. They measure 8x8 and are leased for $20. That fee incldues free vegetable seeds.
Series of Tonganoxie weekend events continue this weekend
June 1, 2017
Tonganoxie Recreation Commission will celebrate its 50th anniversary with its annual summer kickoff with an even bigger bash to commemorate the milestone. The celebration will be 5-7 p.m. Saturday at Chieftain Park. This year there will be a giant hamster ball arena and more fun activities. For more, go to tongierec.org.
Lawrence Memorial 5K Summer Spray series coming up again this summer
June 1, 2017
The Lawrence Memorial Hospital Summer Spray 5K Run/Walk Series is returning this summer. Eudora will be the first venue June 10. The Baldwin City run will be June 24 and then the Tonganoxie event July 15. Entry fees are $10 for youths 12 and younger, $25 for adult preregistration and $30 for regular adult registration.
Remember When: A Community Review for May 31, 2017
June 1, 2017
Alisha “Boo” Barnes, a 15-year-old Tonganoxie girl, landed this 60-pound flathead on a limb line Saturday morning with the help of her papa and dad. Alisha is no stranger to fishing, having fished with her papa, Rick DeMaranville, since she was 2 (Alisha is pictured in waders holding the flathead.). Phil Jeannin’s retirement party was attended by 200 people. The longtime teacher instructed students for 34 years. Jeannin was lucky enough to teach many children of his former students.
Vehicle crashes Saturday into downtown Tonganoxie dance studio
May 13, 2017
A Ford Mustang took out a mailbox, clipped a parked vehicle and then crashed late Saturday morning into a downtown Tonganoxie storefront. The accident occurred about 11 a.m. Saturday, according to Tonganoxie Police Chief Jeff Brandau. A 33-year-old Tonganoxie man was driving east on Fourth Street when his vehicle struck the Tonganoxie United Methodist Church mailbox, clipped a parked car and then drove into the front of Graves Talent Studio at the southeast corner of Fourth and Green streets.
Remember When: A Community Review for May 10, 2017
May 11, 2017
Local residents will meet in VFW Park on Sunday for a “Stand in for Peace” event. This is not a political gathering. The inspiration came from Sharon Mehdi’s children’s book, “The Great Silent Grandmother Gathering.” Susy Ross and Helene Miller are organizing the event, which also has some historical background. In 1870, Julia Ward Howe, author of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” proposed to hold an annual Mother’s Day for Peace, to “promote the alliance of the different nationalities, the amicable settlement of international questions, and the great and general interests of peace.
McLouth Happenings
May 11, 2017
The Linwood Library will present a program called Water Gardening A to Z at 6:30 p.m. May 25. This free program will be presented by Karen Fiske from The Water Garden Society of Greater Kansas City.
Jarbalo Jottings
May 10, 2017
Thanks to everyone who made the rummage sale at Jarbalo United Methodist Church a success: those who donated articles, baked goods and those who bought things.
Southern Leavenworth County Leadership Development celebrates Class of 2017
May 10, 2017
Area residents ranging from high school seniors to retired citizens gathered last week in Tonganoxie to celebrate their graduation from Southern Leavenworth County Leadership Development. SLCLD graduated 21 Wednesday, May 3, during a luncheon at Magdalenas Venue. Former state legislator and Kansas Board of Regents member Kenny Wilk was keynote speaker.

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