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VINLAND CELEBRATES FAIR WITHOUT COMMERCIALS
August 12, 1996
No Budweiser billboards, no Coke tents, no Nike commercials, no “Brought to you by … ” messages. Anybody who was turned off by the commercialization of the Olympics can find a little relief this week at the Vinland Fair, a three-day celebration with rules to bar commercial exhibits.
FRESH ROUND OF REPAVINGS TO STALL TRAFFIC
August 12, 1996
The repaving machines are scheduled to hit some residential streets beginning today.
SOUND OFF
August 12, 1996
The Olympic platform divers all have a little towel and when they get to the top of the platform, they ball up their towels and throw them over the side as if this were some sort of a signal. What are they doing? That little towel, according to Kansas diving coach Don Fearon, is actually a chamois which absorbs water better than a towel. The reason the divers tie it in a knot is because they’re trying to drop it close to where they will exit the pool. “From 33 feet, if they didn’t tie it in a knot, it would float down,” Fearon said. It is not a signal to the judges, Fearon added.
BBB HIRES LOCAL REPRESENTATIVE
August 12, 1996
A new field representative with the Better Business Bureau is working with local companies to establish better credibility.
TICKET SALES NEAR RECORD AT K-STATE
August 12, 1996
Notes and quotes while wondering how many people are having gymnastics and swimming withdrawals now that the Atlanta Olympics are over … Kansas State expects to sell a record 33,000-plus season football tickets, including 9,000 to students. Last year K-State sold an all-time high 26,500 tickets. In Bill Snyder’s first year as KSU coach, total sales were 7,836. …
AMBULANCE SERVICE DISTRIBUTES HELMETS
August 12, 1996
Members of the Douglas County Ambulance Service are hoping to keep kids from cracking their heads this summer. As part of their Wheeled Sport program, DCAS members helped distribute 278 bicycle helmets to children from last week in the parking lot of McDonald’s, 901 W. 23rd.
PAST
August 12, 1996
Pat Istas has stepped in to save a piece of the city’s history. Istas is part of a three-man crew rebuilding an arched stone bridge that supported horses and buggies traveling to Lecompton in the 19th century.
LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORT
August 12, 1996
Burglaries and thefts reported * A microwave, compact discs and other items valued together on a police report at $1,450 were taken between 4 p.m. Saturday and 12:45 a.m. Sunday from a residence in the 1400 block of Kentucky, Lawrence police reported Sunday.
SHARING HOME CHORES BENEFITS EVERYONE
August 12, 1996
There’s no sure-fire way to get children to want to help around the house. But here are some suggestions to help parents develop a system of shared home management responsibilities: You may want to start by getting everyone around the dining room table for a discussion about what jobs need to be done, which ones are the most disliked, and how each person can share in family chores. Make a list and include the children’s ideas.
WITHOUT SLIME, OKRA A REAL TREAT
August 12, 1996
I take a perverse satisfaction from telling people how much I enjoy growing okra. In this part of the country, where aversion to this Southern staple is rampant, liking okra is a ticket to instant notoriety. For shock value, eating okra in Kansas is on par with swallowing live goldfish. People make faces when they find out you do it. A few may even drop you from their Christmas card lists.
FAIR SCHEDULE
August 12, 1996
Following is a schedule of events at the Vinland Fair: Thursday
LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORT
August 12, 1996
Burglaries and thefts reported * A 1982 Pontiac Bonneville was damaged and its license plate taken between 2:30 a.m. and 2:54 a.m. Wednesday in the 600 block of Kasold Drive, police reported. Damage was estimated at $1,207 on a police report.
OUTLANDISH COMPUTING PREDICTIONS HIT THE MARK
August 12, 1996
Almost 15 years ago, while working for the Lawrence school district, I attended a seminar in Kansas City, the focus of which was computing in education. The keynote address was delivered by a university professor whose name and institution I’ve long forgotten, but the focus of his talk was the future of computing technology in the classroom. I recall that he was a fascinating, animated and somewhat disheveled character (“nerdy” would not be an inappropriate term), and at the time his predictions concerning the computers of the future and the ways we would be using them seemed almost completely off the wall.
S ALWAYS GOOD GOLF WEATHER
August 12, 1996
Golfers often ignore adverse weather conditions to tee off, even if it means bundling up or getting soaked.
PERMITS BOUNCE BACK UP
August 12, 1996
Apartment construction continues to fuel building permit requests in Lawrence.
MILLIONS WAIT FOR INSURANCE CURE
August 12, 1996
Remember health care reform? Now forget about it.
HOSPITAL REPORT
August 12, 1996
Dismissals Nicolette Bennett and baby boy, Topeka, Saturday; Angela Brendell and baby girl, Lawrence, Sunday; Kalissa Kaufman and baby girl, Lawrence, Sunday.
SAINTS RECEIVE TONGUE-LASHING
August 12, 1996
It was not Derrick Thomas, Dale Carter or Dan Saleaumua who made the most spectacular play on defense against the New Orleans Saints Saturday. It was little-known rookie Reggie Tongue, Kansas City’s second-round draft pick out of Oregon State.
A MAN WITHPLAN
August 12, 1996
The local planning commission should more often set the agenda rather than react to development issues, says a former chairman.
HUMAN SOCIETY VOLUNTEER STRESSES IMPORTANCE OS SPAYINGNEUTERING
August 12, 1996
The stunning young long-haired cat with a shiny silver coat peers straight ahead from her cage at the Lawrence Humane Society. Her ears are pricked far forward and her rich green eyes sparkle with wonder. The kitty really doesn’t have a name, but meows louder to the sweet name of “Lucille.” The kitten desperately needs a devoted owner and loving home. In a nearby cage, a beagle with floppy ears and droopy eyes stands calmly and pensively. Like Lucille, this beagle doesn’t have a name, but responds and comes forward to the call of “Snoopy.”
LAWRENCE LOSES FOUNDER OF CHRISTMAS LIGHT DISPLAY
August 12, 1996
Alice Stone, who was known for her generosity and her fantastic light display during the Christmas season, died Sunday.
D LIKE TO KNOW WHAT COUNTIES, HOW LONG AGO DID SHE WORK IN THEM AND WHAT WERE HER DUTIES THERE.
August 12, 1996
Daniels, a Republican who is running against Thom Hepford in Tuesday’s GOP primary, said she worked in the Jefferson County treasurer’s office from 1968 to 1973, where she was in charge of the motor vehicle department. From 1984 to 1986, she worked in the Johnson County treasurer’s office. There she said she invested tax dollars and worked in the Olathe satellite office providing information on motor vehicle questions.
SOUND OFF
August 12, 1996
What are the situations in which the funding fee can be waived under the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) home loan guaranty program? According to the VA, the agency assesses a funding fee that varies by type of loan, but recipients of VA disability compensation are exempt, as are unremarried surviving spouses of veterans who died as a result of service. For others, the funding fee is based on the loan amount and may be included in the loan.
SOUND OFF
August 12, 1996
How much do the members of Mercantile Bank’s board of directors get paid? A Mercantile Bank executive said the compensation matter is confidential.
KU FOOTBALL DONS PADS
August 12, 1996
No sweat. That’s how Kansas University’s football players came away from their first practice in pads Sunday — a day noticeably short on the typical summer swelter.
MOST FAMOUS RESIDENT HAS SETTLED IN LIBERAL
August 12, 1996
Dorothy lives on the Southwest Kansas town — but without Toto.