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Late bloomers still can enter sunflower growing contest for youth; families also encouraged to plant sunflower to celebarte festival
July 10, 2019
The sunflower growing contest for the Sunflower Stroll has started, but there are still a few days to get involved in the fun. Youth up to the age of 14 are invited to participate in a sunflower growing contest. The rules are simple, but your strategies can be whatever you can dream up.
Petting zoo coming to Tonganoxie Public Library
July 3, 2019
Children will get to see a variety of animals and ask questions about them next week at the Tonganoxie Public Library. Local 4-H members will present a variety of animals starting at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. There will be a horse, sheep, goat, rabbits, calf and chickens at the petting zoo.
Sunflower growing contest to start next week in Tonganoxie
July 3, 2019
The sunflower growing contest for the Sunflower Stroll soon will begin. Youth up to the age of 14 are invited to participate in a sunflower growing contest. The rules are simple, but your strategies can be whatever you can dream up.
Tonganoxie population hits estimated 5,500 mark
July 3, 2019
Every incorporated city in Leavenworth County has seen an increase in population since the 2010 U.S. Census, according to population estimates released earlier this month. The estimates are from July 2018.
Sunflower seeds available now for Tonganoxie Sunflower Stroll contest; planting starts later
June 19, 2019
Labor Day weekend seems to be a long way off on the calendar. But in three weeks, it will be time to plant your sunflowers. Youth up to the age of 14 are invited to participate in a sunflower growing contest. The rules are simple, but your strategies can be whatever you can dream up. Participants will be planting black oil sunflowers this year, the very same type of seed that is grown by Grinter Farms. Planting can only occur on or after July 9.
Remember When: A Community Review for June 19, 2019
June 19, 2019
At Tonganoxie High School, Tonganoxie celebrity and “Survivor: Guatemala” winner Danni Boatwright was on hand last weekend to help raise money for Team Tongie, an organization set up to help Tonganoxie students and their families in time of need.
McLouth Happenings: Old Settlers Festival
June 19, 2019
Don’t miss Old Settlers Festival, which runs Thursday through Saturday in Oskaloosa. This year’s theme is “Celebrating a New Generation of Old Settlers.” Lots of events and fun for all ages starting at 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday evenings beginning at 5 p.m., along with events all day and evening Saturday. There will be a carnival and live music every evening. The Old Settlers Parade will start at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.
Tonganoxie Community Historical Society to have annual picnic Saturday
June 19, 2019
There won’t be a Fourth Tuesday program this month at the Tonganoxie Community Historic Site because the historical society is having its annual picnic this month instead. The picnic will be 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the historic site, 300 W. Washington Street. The historical society will furnish the meat (fried chicken this year), while guests are asked to bring a covered dish, salad or dessert. Visitors are welcome.
Tonganoxie’s Kelly named master storyteller at state festival
June 19, 2019
Keyta Kelly is now a master storyteller — and the first woman to earn the distinction — after 26 years of the event at the Kansas Storytelling Festival. Kelly, a Tonganoxie attorney, won her third tall-tale storytelling state contest in late April. When a storyteller wins three times, they officially retire from the competition, but can return to tell more stories at future festivals, which always take place the fourth weekend in April in Downs, Kan.
Tonganoxie attorney wins statewide award from Kansas Sampler Foundation
June 19, 2019
Local residents and neighboring business owners rolled in unannounced Thursday afternoon to Kelly Law Office. But they were part of a big announcement. Walking in behind them were Marci Penner and WenDee Rowe with the Kansas Sampler Foundation. Penner and Rowe presented Kelly with a We Kan! award as part of a surprise presentation. Kansas Sampler Foundation, an Inman-based non-profit, has been choosing ten recipients a year since 1993 to show appreciation for dedicated work in helping preserve and sustain rural culture. Kelly’s award had the words “All about community” engraved on a round plate, which Elk Falls Potter created.
McLouth Happenings: Tarr reunion, Ryan anniversary, MHS alumni Laughing Lunch
June 14, 2019
Descendants of George and Grace Tarr will gather for a covered dish this weekend. The meal and reunion will start at noon at the McLouth Community Center. Please bring food to share, your photo albums and memories and your table service.
Tonganoxie couple to compete Saturday at Monster Jam in Arrowhead Stadium
June 12, 2019
A seasoned Tonganoxie husband and wife who are big stars in the monster truck circuit will be competing in their own back yard this weekend. Jimmy and Dawn Creten, known as drivers of monster trucks Bounty Hunter and Scarlet Bandit, will be operating their giant trucks Saturday at Arrowhead Stadium.
Festival fun: Tonganoxie Days returning Saturday to Gallagher Park area; library groundbreaking and a car show also planned
June 6, 2019
Music, beverages, inflatable games and rides, along with food and craft vendors will be the offerings for this year’s Tonganoxie Days, with some special Tonganoxie Public Library events and traditional events also planned for the day. Tonganoxie Days will run 3-11 p.m. Saturday in and around Gallagher Park. There will be food, craft and other vendors, inflatables and music, along with a liquor truck. Food trucks and vendors this year are Frog Hoppin BBQ, Cajun Nation, Kansas Citrus Crushers, Sweet 7th Heaven and KC Kettle Korn.
Friday Flicks: TBA, Myers Hotel Bar offering movie series
May 16, 2019
Tonganoxie doesn’t have multiplex movie theater, but it is becoming the spot to catch classic flicks and other movies. Tonganoxie Business Association is sponsoring a summer movie series at Gallagher Park, while Myers Hotel Bar has started its own series across the street. The TBA series kicks off with the Steven Spielberg classic “E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial” starting at dusk Friday at the park, which is just south of Tonganoxie Water Park.
Book buddies: Tonganoxie police, schools begin reading partnership
May 15, 2019
Tonganoxie Elementary School students have some new reading buddies in uniform. The Tonganoxie Police Department recently coordinated with Tonganoxie USD 464 to facilitate police officers reading to children at Tonganoxie Elementary School. Like similar reading programs in the metro, this interaction centers around police and teachers encouraging children to read well and more often. The district’s teachers and Tonganoxie Police hope to make this program fun in the process. Superintendent Loren Feldkamp, TES principal Chuck Mahon and many teachers welcomed officers into the elementary school starting last month.

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