Thursday, October 23, 2014

PHOTOS: 2014 fall foliage at Wyandotte County Lake


KANSAS CITY, KAN. ----- It's fall, which means the beautiful fall foliage of Wyandotte County is back.

Here are some photos I took just before Game 2 of the World Series. Enjoy!

Salvation Army names honorary Christmas Campaign Chairs

The Salvation Army has announced that Kansas City civic leaders Margi and Keith Pence will serve as the organization’s 2014 honorary Christmas Campaign Chairs.

The Salvation Army’s Christmas Campaign in the Kansas City metro area begins November 1 and ends January 31, 2015.

This year’s goal is $11 million. The money raised during the campaign funds Salvation Army programs throughout the year, including food pantries, homeless shelters, transitional housing, emergency assistance and substance abuse programs.

“Keith and I are so proud to represent The Salvation Army this holiday season and help raise awareness and much-needed funding for those in need in the metropolitan area,” said Margi Pence. “The Salvation Army helps tens of thousands in our community every year, who are struggling and in desperate need of support. It is our honor to join with them, and with a legion of generous people in our community to support the Army’s mission to transform and save lives.”

The Salvation Army has been serving people in need in the Kansas City area for nearly 130 years.

Last year, the organization served more than 323,000 meals, provided 105,000 nights of lodging and helped 54,000 individuals with emergency assistance.

For more information about The Salvation Army or to donate, go to

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Veterans Day observance scheduled at Resurrection Cemetery

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ----- Veterans, family members and friends are invited to attend a flag-raising ceremony and tribute on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial at Resurrection Cemetery, 83rd and Quivira Rd., Lenexa, Kan.

The American Legion Band will provide a patriotic musical prelude at 1:30 p.m.  The brief ceremony will include the flag-raising, patriotic music, a tribute to Veterans, prayer, a 21-gun salute and playing of taps. American Legion Post 370 will be the color guard.  Small flags will be available for gravesite decorations.

Chaplain, Lt. Col. James E. Ludwikoski will pay tribute to Veterans during the program. Father Ludwikoski is pastor of Good Shepherd Parish, Shawnee, Kan.

The Veterans Memorial at Resurrection Cemetery features monuments and flags representing the five branches of the Armed Forces and the Merchant Marines.

Family members and friends can remember and honor Veterans by arranging to have their names engraved on the granite walls adjoining the monuments.  Adjacent to the memorial is a section dedicated for burial of Veterans and their spouses.

For more information, call Catholic Cemeteries at 913-371-4040; email at; or visit

ELECTION NEWS: Schmidt announces endorsements

News Release:
More than three dozen local prosecutors are publicly backing Derek Schmidt for a second term as attorney general, the campaign announced today.

Schmidt’s campaign released a list of 39 county and district attorneys, all locally elected, who are publicly supporting Schmidt’s reelection as attorney general. The list includes both Republican and Democrat prosecutors.
“We’ve worked hard to improve public safety and strengthen prosecution in Kansas,” Schmidt said. “I’m grateful to have the support of local prosecutors in this reelection campaign, and I look forward to continuing to work closely with our state’s county and district attorneys.”

The county and district attorneys announcing their support for Schmidt’s reelection are:

Gerald Kuckelman, Atchison County Attorney

Gaten Wood, Barber County Attorney

Darrin Devinney, Butler County Attorney

Larry Markle, Chautauqua and Montgomery County Attorney

Nathan Coleman, Cherokee County Attorney

Christopher Smith, Cowley County Attorney

Michael Gayoso, Jr., Crawford County Attorney

Joe Lee, Elk and Greenwood County Attorney

Tom Drees, Ellis County Attorney

Susan Hiller-Richmeier, Finney County Attorney

Natalie Randall, Ford County Attorney

Stephen Hunting, Franklin County Attorney

Jessica Akers, Grant County Attorney

David Yoder , Harvey County Attorney

Jason Belveal, Jefferson County Attorney

Steve Howe, Johnson County District Attorney

James Scott, Kiowa County Attorney

Dale Pike, Lane County Attorney

Todd Thompson, Leavenworth County Attorney

Jennifer O’Hare, Lincoln County Attorney

John Sutherland, Linn County Attorney

Margaret Mahoney, Logan County Attorney

Marc Goodman, Lyon County Attorney

Elizabeth Sweeny-Reeder, Miami County Attorney

Laura Allen, Morris County Attorney

Linus Thuston, Neosho County Attorney

Craig Crosswhite, Ness County Attorney

Douglas Sebelius, Norton County Attorney

Brandon Jones, Osage County Attorney

Jason Parks, Ottawa County Attorney

John Settle, Pawnee County Attorney

Melissa Schoen, Phillips County Attorney

Sherri Schuck, Pottawatomie County Attorney

Keith Schroeder, Reno County District Attorney

Barry Wilkerson, Riley County Attorney

Ellen Mitchell, Saline County Attorney

Marc Bennett, Sedgwick County District Attorney

Paul Kitzke, Stevens County Attorney

Norbert Marek, Wabaunsee County Attorney 

KCKCC staff celebrate Argentine Neighborhood history

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ----- Kansas City Kansas Community College’s Admissions and ESOL Departments recently worked together to promote the college and its programs at a community event.

KCKCC was represented at the Silver City Day Celebration Oct. 4 in the Argentine Neighborhood of Kansas City, Kan. Argentine was incorporated as a city in 1882 and was then annexed by Kansas City in 1910.

The name “Silver City” is a nod to the area being home to one of the largest smelting operations in the United States, which specialized in the production of silver.

The Silver City event is a way to celebrate the neighborhood’s history as well as the achievements of the community. In addition to booths and activities, the Silver City Celebration including a parade with floats and high school bands, among other participants as well as live entertainment.

KCKCC staff members who attended the event included Liz Holloway, Elsje Smit, Ted Wilson, Peggy Shortridge, Debbie Garza, Jeremiah McCluney and Estelle Manning. Holloway said attending the celebration was a “worthwhile endeavor and a lot of fun.”

In addition to handing out literature, the KCKCC staff spoke with individuals interested in not only enrolling in the ESOL program but taking classes at KCKCC in the future.

For more information on the Silver City Day event, email For more information on KCKCC’s ESOL program, call 913-288-7625.

PHOTO: Be Royal, KCK style

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ----- Technically, the Kansas City Royals play in Kansas City, Mo.

However, the entire metro area has jumped on the bandwagon - and that includes the Unified Government.

Check out this photo below of City Hall, which is lit up in Royal Blue.

Photo is courtesy of Edwin Birch:

KCKCC's Blair Russell named National Volleyball Player of the Week


KANSAS CITY, KAN. ---- Kansas City Kansas Community College volleyball standout Blair Russell has been named both National Division II Player of the Week by the National Junior College Athletic Assn. and Jayhawk Community College Conference Player of the Week.

A 5-10 sophomore from Marysville, Kan., Russell is currently ranked second in the nation in the number of kills (432) and eighth in kills per set (3.96).

The Jayhawk Player of the Week award is the second for Russell, who was also chosen the first week of the season. She also becomes only the second player in KCKCC history to earn national player of the week honors, joining Lisa Angello who was selected in 2012.

Russell was selected for her play in a pivotal 3-1 over Jayhawk rival Fort Scott and the Central Nebraska tournament where KCKCC defeated No. 18 ranked Northeast and North Platte while losing to Division I powers, No. 1 ranked Iowa Western and No. 6 Central Nebraska.

Russell had a big 21-kill match against Fort Scott and averaged 4.26 kills per set on offense and 3.84 digs per set on offense. She also passed a cumulative 2.1 out of a 3.0 on 95 attempts.

“Blair is very deserving, both as a person and a player,” says KCKCC Coach Mary Bruno. “Her time and work ethic put in during the spring have transformed her into one of the Jayhawk Conference’s very best.

A smart player, she jumps well and has great contact when she hits.”