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Tonganoxie Public Library input encouraged in coming weeks
December 14, 2018
Community members can provide input about the new Tonganoxie Public Library in the coming weeks at various locations in Tonganoxie. Boards showing potential designs for the library have been on display since Monday at the Leavenworth County Annex. Residents can share opinions with post-it notes on the boards, which Sapp Design Architects created.
Remember When: A Community Review for Dec. 12, 2018
December 14, 2018
Around 120 people attended three performances at the County Courthouse during Friday’s Christmas Open House at the Leavenworth County Courthouse. County employees and residents took on historical roles to teach guests about the county’s history. Historical figures included Carrie Hall, a Leavenworth seamstress, a 1950-60 prison guard at the Kansas State Penitentiary, and Mother Xavier Ross, founder of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth.
Beard contest tonight at Ryan’s Public House to benefit youths at Children’s Mercy
November 30, 2018
Anyone participating in No Shave November or someone who simply is a beard enthusiast should visit Ryan’s Public House tonight.
Tonganoxie Public Library to have community forum tonight to discuss new home
November 28, 2018
Tonganoxie Public Library officials will have a community forum at 7 p.m. today to discuss plans for the new building, to be built at Fourth and Shawnee streets on the southern end of the former Tonganoxie Elementary School campus. Michelle Burdick Kaiser with Benson Method and SAPP Design architects and Curtis Golba with JE Dunn will be at the forum to also answer questions at the event, which will go until 8:30 p.m. at the Tonganoxie VFW 9271 Post Home. Building officials will be seeking feedback from the community to help in developing the new library. All library users are welcome to attend the event.
Leighty grant distributes $75,000 to local groups
November 28, 2018
Local organizations, departments and groups received more than $75,000 in grant funding this year thanks to another generous distribution from the Pete and Margaret Leighty scholarship. This marks the ninth year that the grant program has distributed funds through a committee of community members that selects the grant recipients. In total, the program has given out $441,000 in grants through the past nine years.
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.
Winter Storm Bruce causing several cancellations in area
November 25, 2018
Winter Storm Bruce is making for an extended Thanksgiving holiday weekend for many students and teachers in the area. All Leavenworth County school districts — Tonganoxie USD 464, Basehor-Linwood USD 458, Lansing USD 469, Leavenworth USD 453 and Easton USD 449 (Pleasant Ridge) — all will have a snow day Monday. Genesis Christian Academy in Tonganoxie also will not have classes tomorrow.
Tonganoxie Friends of Library silent auction underway
November 21, 2018
Tonganoxie Friends of the Library is having its annual Christmas Silent Auction. The event, which runs through Dec. 15, will take place at the library. Bidders can drop by the library or download the Bid Beacon app to bid on their items. Use the auction code Q2CMPQ to get started. Proceeds will benefit the library.
McLouth Happenings: Festival of trees starts Friday
November 21, 2018
Participants may start setting up and decorating trees Friday in McLouth’s Downtown City Park for the Ninth Annual Festival of Trees. Setup, decorating and removal will be the responsibility of the tree owner. Party and Tree Lighting Festivities will be 4-6 p.m. Dec. 1.
Remember When: A Community Review for Nov. 21, 2018
November 21, 2018
Monday night, the Tonganoxie Chamber of Commerce proposed that the chamber become a permanent part of the city’s budget. The chamber has been an organization promoting city businesses and having events that promote the city, but lately they have been putting in a lot more hours trying to raise funds to keep programs such as the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting afloat.
Tonganoxie City Council approves fire department pumper truck
November 21, 2018
The City Council approved the purchase of a fire pumper truck for the Tongnoxie City Fire Department. Council members approved, 4-0, the purchase for $300,449.46 from Conrad Fire Equipment. The price included trade-in value of $105,000 and the additional cost of $23,128.84 for extrication rescue tools. Total cost is $346,923.37 through 10-year lease purchase agreement at 2.95 simple interest (First State).
Time change made for AA meetings in Tonganoxie
November 15, 2018
Tonganoxie will continue to offer Alcoholics Anonymous meetings on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, but they now will start at 6 p.m. Meetings take place at First Congregational Church at Fourth and Shawnee streets in Tonganoxie.
Nerd Night returning Saturday to Myers Hotel
November 15, 2018
The latest Nerd Nite is Saturday at Myers Hotel. The event, which the Tonganoxie Public Library helps sponsor, will have three 20-minute topics and will start at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Myers Hotel Bar, Third and Main streets. Cost is $5. The three topics will be beer brewing (with free samples), Muslim culture and then fear and child psychology. No RSVP is required.
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.
Latest Mexican restaurant opens in Tonganoxie
November 9, 2018
Rebecca Mier is excited about her family’s newest restaurant. Ajuua! Mexican Grill and Cantina opened Oct. 22 at 300 N. Village Terrace just off East U.S. Highway 24-40 in Tonganoxie.

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