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Mike Wormsley took a second look at the email to make sure he wasn't seeing things. A co-worker at Lawrence's Liberty Memorial Central Middle School was offering to donate a kidney that would help help prolong and improve the quality of his life. "I think I read through that thing six times to make sure I was reading it right," said Wormsley, who teaches eighth-grade American history. By Giles Bruce
Paul Corcoran, a sixth-grade teacher in Lawrence, started wearing kilts in the early 2000s, when he was at Deerfield Elementary School, to celebrate his Celtic heritage. He continued the tradition when sixth-grade classes moved two years ago to West Middle School, where he has influenced a colleague into wearing them as well. By Giles Bruce
Jennifer Salva, a student at Kansas University, was recently named Miss Topeka, the regional preliminary for the Miss America pageant, and has chosen as her platform helping people with special needs. By Giles Bruce
Dick Raney built Hillcrest Shopping Center, one of the first strip mails in Lawrence, in the late 1950s. He put up a Nativity scene on the roof not long after, on the suggestion of his mother, Mildred, a choir director with Christmas spirit to spare. By Giles Bruce
Lisa Clark, who teaches first and second grade at Lawrence's Schwegler Elementary School, introduced therapy dogs to the local school district roughly two decades ago. Now things have come full circle, as those same dogs help her recover from a serious spinal injury. By Giles Bruce
For about the past five years, Barbara Mozingo and George Bowen, who stay in Lecompton every year during the holiday, travel the country in an RV, helping homeless campers along the way. They estimate they've assisted about two dozen people with getting back on their feet, often giving them nothing more than encouragement and emotional support. By Giles Bruce
Jerry Totten started saying his goodbyes Tuesday. The longtime downtown Lawrence mailman walked the route he has trekked thousands of times over the past 11 years, bidding adieu to many familiar faces. Totten's last day with the U.S. Postal Service is Friday. By Giles Bruce
When Shai Jackson was just a little girl, she would ask her “big sister,” Mary Seyk, one question, over and over: “Will we still be friends next year?” After 13 years of being paired with Seyk, the longest match in Big Brothers Big Sisters of Douglas County’s history, Jackson knows she doesn’t have to ask. Now 18, Jackson is confident that though they won’t be known as “Big” and “Little” to each other anymore, she and Seyk will be friends for a lifetime. By Nikki Wentling
Ric Averill has been thinking a lot about heritage recently. The longtime performing arts artistic director at the Lawrence Arts Center draws back the curtain on his latest project Friday, “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.” By John R. Phythyon Jr.
Lynn Deboeck doesn’t like the term, “period piece.” At least not with regard to Naomi Wallace’s “And I and Silence,” which opens Friday in KU’s Inge Theatre under Deboeck’s direction.
Hibiscus, a 2-year-old dilute calico cat, had her eyes (which never developed properly) surgically removed before being adopted a few months ago. Hibiscus is shy and uncertain around strangers but loves to play just like any other active cat.
Izzy's leg had to be amputated after she was hit by a car. Now, her owners say, Izzy has recovered so well it usually takes a few minutes for people to notice she only has three legs.
Jason Charney, a senior from Overland Park, has developed some novel technology for the iPhone for music performance. Recently Charney composed a piece and performed it at the Apple Store in Chicago. He demonstrated his composition recently here in Lawrence.
Julie Branstrom, executive director of the Douglas County Dental Clinic, 316 Maine, talks about the clinic's fourth annual Free Dental Day on Friday, Sept 30, 2011.
Developer Tony Krsnich plans to turn the old Poehler building on East Eighth Street into about 50 apartments.
Alphapointe Association for the Blind serves people who are blind and visually impaired through job placement, education, and rehabilitation services. It has been serving the Kansas City region for 100 years.
Steve and Brock Robson, of Ace Bail Bond, at 2400 Franklin rd. in Lawrence, are pare of a family owned business in Lawrence, that bail people form jail and sometimes have to go after those who skip on a bond or have a warrant.
David Vertacnik, Lawrence, has peach and apple trees in his orchard, but says this year's crop was hampered by cold temperatures earlier in year. There will be some apples but no peaches this year, he says.
Students of violin teacher Julie Holmberg perform for family and friends for their annual summer concert at South Park, July 8, 2011.
Douglas County 4-H kids and parents collaborate to create crib sheets for premature babies, Friday, June 24, 2011. The items will go to the Stormont-Vail Regional Health Center neonatal intensive care unit in Topeka.