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August 26, 1996
I don’t want to sound like Andy Rooney fulminating about what’s wrong with things today, but it’s going to be difficult. I mean, don’t you wonder whatever happened to the sensible calendar colleges and universities used to follow? Remember the good old days when school began after Labor Day, and the first football game was on the 21st of September? The leaves were turning, autumn was in the air, and college classes were supposed to start. About the middle of December we all, students and faculty and staff, rested from our labors and went home for the holidays. Oh, sure, there were still two weeks of classes left, but hey, no problem. We just started up again four or five days into January and carried on as if we hadn’t all forgotten what we’d been talking about back in early December. Another week or so of final exams, and we called a halt to first semester and rested for a couple of weeks. Maybe by the beginning of February we’d be up and running again until Spring Break in March, finally calling it quits in late May. Then we’d conduct a leisurely Commencement program for the seniors no later than the second week in June. What a civilized pace, what a proper decorum! We had our three months of reflections in the summer. And when the cooler weather arrived, we revved up for another round. How have we lost those stately rhythms? What have we gained in their stead?
VOLUNTEER BLENDS LOVE OF LITERATUREADVENTURE
August 26, 1996
Mary Michener was destined for greatness as an inquisitive second-grader growing up in California, rewarded with a gold star by her teacher for reading 22 books. She loved seeing the words and stories come alive before her eyes, and often read a book while on her way to school. Michener’s passion for reading and learning burns stronger than ever now as a volunteer at the Lawrence Public Library. After owning Adventure Bookstore in Downtown Lawrence for more than two decades, Michener continues to share her breadth of knowledge and love for books with the community. She has been volunteering 18 hours a week at the library since October, unpacking and stamping books, filing cards and performing other tasks. Michener recently helped teach patrons how to use the new online computers, and is looking forward to the new media room opening on the main floor, featuring videos, CDs and audio books.
VICAR LEAVING CHURCH HE FOUNDED
August 26, 1996
The Revs. Mark and Anne Clevenger are moving on to Minnesota.
ST. LOUIS BREAD CO. TO OPEN IN LAWRENCE
August 26, 1996
Breads, sandwiches, soups, salads and coffees will be featured at the new cafe/bakery in Lawrence.
BLUEGRASS MUSICIANS PICK, FIDDLE AROUND
August 26, 1996
Hundreds of musicians and thousands of listeners converged on South Park Sunday for the annual state fiddling and picking championships.
MISS TEENS CONTINUE PAGEANT FRIENDSHIP
August 26, 1996
Two Miss Teen USA contestants continue their friendship beyond competition and come to Kansas University together.
DISTRICT COURT MARRIAGE LICENSES
August 26, 1996
Marriage licenses: Aug. 1, 1996 - Aug. 15, 1996 Frederick Jewsome, 24, Lawrence, and Ginger Horan, 26, Lawrence.
LHS GIRLS GOLF HITS GREENS
August 26, 1996
Ready or not, Lawrence High’s girls golf team starts its season today at the Shawnee Heights Invitational at Village Greens in Ozawkie. The Lions no longer have Lindsay Gentry to rely on. Gentry, the Lions’ No. 1 golfer the past four years, has graduated and is now playing for Kansas University. She was the team’s lone state qualifier each of the past four years.
TO KICK OFF SEASON
August 26, 1996
Put on your crimson and blue. The “Get Ready Rally,” the huge free, pep rally to kick off the 1996 football season at Kansas University, will be held this afternoon in Memorial Stadium.
SOUND OFF
August 26, 1996
How can I write to Jackie Joyner Kersee? She can be reached through USA Track and Field, Box 120, Suite 140, 1 RCA Dome, Indianapolis, Ind. 46206.
HASKELL STUDENTS ARRIVE FROM ALL OVER U.S.
August 26, 1996
It was moving day Sunday for hundreds of Haskell Indian Nations University students and their families.
LILA F. HAAS
August 26, 1996
Services for Lila F. Haas, 93, McPherson, will be held at 9 a.m. Monday at Elliot Chapel in Hutchinson, with Chaplain Chris Whitacre and Dr. Raymond Flory officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery in Hutchinson. Mrs. Haas died Friday, Aug. 23, 1996, at Cedar’s in McPherson.
THREE ROTTWEILERS CAUSE QUITE A RUCKUS IN SOUTHEAST LAWRENCE NEIGHBORHOOD
August 26, 1996
Many residents of a southeast Lawrence neighborhood were out in the streets watching the commotion.
BIKE PATH PROJECT SET FOR COMPLETION
August 26, 1996
Fresh-air enthusiasts will soon be able to glide along a new section of the Clinton Parkway bike path. Terese Gorman, city engineer, said bike path overlay work along the north side of the parkway between Crossgate and Inverness is scheduled to begin this week.
CITY BOTTOM LINE
August 26, 1996
Should the Lawrence Fire Department and the Douglas County Ambulance Service be two separate organizations? That question will go before city commissioners in the form of a report from Jim McSwain, Lawrence fire chief, and Ted McFarlane, ambulance service director.
CITY BACKGROUND
August 26, 1996
The merger issue, which became public last March, is touted by supporters as a way to improve ambulance response time throughout the county. In May, city and county commissioners indicated that they favored the plan, but requested more study.
ROSE BROWN
August 26, 1996
Services for Rose Brown, 88, Lawrence, will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Burial will be at Oak Hill Cemetery. Mrs. Brown died Saturday, Aug. 24, 1996, at Sterling Heights.
AREA LAKES LOG SLOW YEAR
August 26, 1996
Despite about 10 inches of rain this month, area lakes are fully open for camping, boating and swimming.
CITY AGENDA
August 26, 1996
* Approve a drinking establishment license for Club 729, 729 N.H.; The Learned Club, 1266 Oread; Kaspar’s Bar & Grill, 3115 West Sixth; King Arthur’s, 2228 Iowa; Holiday Inn Lawrence, 200 McDonald Drive. * Approve a catering license for BJ’s Catering II Inc., 1510 North Third St.
LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORT
August 26, 1996
Burglaries and thefts reported * Personal checks and other items valued on a police report at $4,007 were taken between 3 p.m. Friday and 2:15 a.m. Saturday from an apartment in the 900 block of Ohio, police reported.
CECIL E. RICHARDS
August 26, 1996
Services for Cecil E. “Jack” Richards, 92, Lawrence, will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Warren-McElwain Mortuary with the Rev. Kevin Vogts officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery. Mr. Richards died Saturday, Aug. 24, 1996, at Brandon Woods Retirement Community.
SOUND OFF
August 26, 1996
Are there any plans to pave that section of E. 1750 Road between East 15th Street and the railroad tracks? Tim McNish, road overseer for Wakarusa Township, said there were no plans to pave that road — also known as Noria Road — this year. Whether the road will be improved in the future will depend on traffic counts.
SOUND OFF
August 26, 1996
What is Jeff Weinberg’s position at Kansas University? Who is his immediate supervisor? What is his salary? What are his responsibilities? Jeff Weinberg’s title at KU is assistant to the chancellor.
MARGARET ANN POWLAS
August 26, 1996
Memorial services for Margaret Ann Powlas, 63, Overland Park, will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at D.W. Newcomer’s Sons Johnson County Chapel. Mrs. Powlas died Saturday, Aug. 24, 1996, at her home in Overland Park.
SOUND OFF
August 26, 1996
Why didn’t the reduced price for school lunches increase this year, as the regular-priced lunches did? Jeanette Armstrong, director of food service, said that the charge for reduced-priced lunches is set by the federal government and the district can only charge that amount.
DEMOCRATS COME OUT OF WOODWORK FOR CONVENTION
August 26, 1996
Two Lawrence Democrats will be part of the Kansas delegation at this week’s Democratic National Convention.
SOUND OFF
August 26, 1996
Why does Stepping Stones day care charge $20 to be put on a waiting list that is at least a year long? What is that money used for? Shelly Platz, director of Stepping Stones, 2623 Mo., said the money covers the cost of a newsletter that is mailed to parents and those on the waiting list every other month.
SATURDAY COLUMN
August 26, 1996
Democrats will be opening the doors to their national convention this weekend in Chicago, and it is bound to be a slick, well-managed political convention. There was little suspense associated with the recent Republican convention in San Diego, and there is no suspense in connection with the Democrats’ show. Bill Clinton and Al Gore will be the Democratic presidential and vice presidential ticket for the November election. Just as in San Diego, delegates will play no role other than to serve as a backdrop for the television cameras and to make the noise and wave the placards at the appropriate times.
JAYHAWK FESTIVAL HEATS UP CLINTON
August 26, 1996
Neither mud nor humidity could stop a rocking good time.
HOSPITAL REPORT
August 26, 1996
Dismissals Lisa Sollaris and baby boy, Eudora
EVA M. COLBURN
August 26, 1996
Services for Eva M. Colburn, 81, Lawrence, are pending at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Mrs. Colburn died Sunday, Aug. 25, 1996, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
SOUND OFF
August 26, 1996
With the theater season just about upon us, if smoking is banned in buildings at Kansas University, why do I have to put up with some actor on stage smoking? Smoking is only allowed in University Theatre performances when it is a specific element of a play, UT director Del Unruh said. The decision whether to have actors light up on stage rests with the director, and Unruh said he doesn’t interfere with that decision.
T LEAVE HOME
August 26, 1996
Since the first PC or Macintosh World Wide Web browser application appeared a few years ago, there have been vast improvements in Web browser technology. Until recently, the hands-down winner of the browser competition was Netscape Navigator, which has been available for free for educators. With the release last summer of Windows 95, Microsoft has made the competition a bit more interesting with Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, which, as far as I can tell, is made available for free to anyone. Netscape and Internet Explorer aren’t the only browsers, of course — NCSA Mosaic, the granddaddy of browsers, is still around, as are nearly 60 other browsers for various platforms. If you’re interested in seeing a list of browsers, check the BrowserWatch site on the Web at http://browserwatch.iworld.com/.
CONSTUCTION PUTS UP BARRIERS TO FOOTBALL TRAFFIC FLOW INTO TOWN
August 26, 1996
Scouting out a route to Lawrence? Get ready to see orange barrels.
GANG PROBLEMS IS VERY REAL IN LAWRENCE
August 26, 1996
Warning signs Parents, teachers and friends must be alert to the risk factors that warn of possible gang involvement.
CIVIL WAR RE-ENACTORS STRIVE FOR REALITY, WITHIN REASON
August 26, 1996
History springs to life — with a few nods to modernity — at a Civil War encampment in Burcham Park.
MERRY GO ROUND GARDEN
August 26, 1996
The Mary of nursery rhyme fame had a garden filled with silver bells and cockleshells and pretty maids all in a row. Mary Leonard, quite congenial, has a garden filled with, well … just about every plant imaginable, all growing in an enormous circle. The garden is like a merry-go-round of flowers and color. This wonderful garden south of Lawrence is hidden from view by a row of cedar trees. I never even knew it existed until a friend suggested I take a visit. My friend told me the garden is exquisite and that she never left Mary’s place empty-handed. It sounded too good to pass up. Mary, on the other hand, told me our mutual friend exaggerated. I discovered the garden description was not an exaggeration.
HOSPITAL REPORT
August 26, 1996
Dismissals Malissa Nesmith and baby boy, Lawrence.
SUSPECTS THOUGHT IN COUNTY
August 26, 1996
Authorities in Douglas County were notified that three men wanted for questioning in a murder in Topeka overnight Sunday might be in the area. An attempt to locate was broadcast to all officers in the area for three Topeka men, ages 18, 19 and 29, who could be in the area.
AUDIO MAKER RECEIVES HONOR
August 26, 1996
A Lawrence electronics company recently received honors for its high-end audio components.
LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORT
August 26, 1996
Burglaries and thefts reported *A three-piece “stack on” red tool box, a Craftsman digital multimeter and other items valued together on a police report at $1,535 were taken between 4 p.m. Wednesday and 8:15 a.m. Thursday from a residence in the 1500 block of East 15th, police reported.
KU COACH HEARS JIBES IN WICHITA
August 26, 1996
Notes and quotes while wondering how long before that new collegiate conference based in Dallas changes its logo to Big TEXII … Roy Williams laughed off catcalls from fans of rival schools when he played in the Nike Wichita Open pro-am a couple of weeks ago. “One guy asked me what KU stood for,” Williams told the Wichita Eagle, “and yelled ‘Kinda Ugly.’ But I had fun. I love crowds.” Williams, who owns a seven handicap, shot a 74. …
GUN BUYS STEADY IN AREA
August 26, 1996
The number of requests for handgun purchases has remained steady since the enactment of the federal Brady Bill, county officials say.
GROWTH
August 26, 1996
Growth has spurred a bold bond issue in DeSoto.
SOUND OFF
August 26, 1996
Who paid for the use of the Lied Center for the recent orientation program for the Greeks and their parents? The Panhellenic Assn. at Kansas University, according to Karen Christilles, director of public relations at the Lied Center.