To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Independence Inc. is hosting an open house and celebration from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. today.
Along with guided tours during the afternoon, there will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 3:15 p.m. for the newly constructed, fully accessible center, 2001 Haskell. Presentation of the annual Community Access Awards will be at 4:30 p.m. These awards recognize individual and group contributions to accessibility for people with disabilities.
Independence Inc. is a center for independent living, serving individuals with disabilities in Franklin, Jefferson and Douglas counties and is the oldest center for independent living in Kansas.
for single parents
A new, nondenominational group in Lawrence formed to offer support and provide fun, affordable activities for single parents and their families will meet tonight.
SPaRK, Single Parents Raising Kids, will meet from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 946 Vt.
Free child care is provided by calling in advance.
For more information about SPaRK, call Andrea at 841-9164 after 6 p.m., leave a message or e-mail her at L_spark@hotmail.com.
Local officer takes
lung association post
Judy Keller, American Lung Association of Kansas executive director and a Lawrence resident, will serve as president of the Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) on Lung Disease for 1998-99.
The MVC consists of American Lung Assns. in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio and Wisconsin.
Keller has been director of the Kansas association for four years, and was named president-elect of the MVC in 1997. She lives in Lawrence with her husband, Tim, and three daughters.
Lynne Crabtree will join the MVC governing council. Crabtree is program director for the American Lung Association of Kansas. She lives in Lawrence with her husband, Charley.
FSHS debate team
seeks tourney judges
The Free State High School debate team will play host to its annual invitational debate tournament Oct. 24, and the team is seeking volunteer judges.
More than 25 teams from northeastern Kansas schools will participate. FSHS students will not compete but will administer the tournament.
The topic for debate is ``Resolved: That the United States should substantially change its foreign policy toward Russia.''
More than 300 adults from Lawrence will serve as judges for the event.
Anyone interested in judging should call Steve Wood at 832-6050, extension 7151.
Area high schoolers
receive honor marks
Commended students in the 1999 National Merit Scholarship Program are:
From Free State High School: Patrick Gaus, Aubrey Graham, Jessica Goldman, Evan Keller, Jeremy Martin, Matthew Pepple, Margaret Perkins-McGuinness, Logan Smith and Carmen Winters.
From Lawrence High School: Rebecca S. Blue, Martha A. Clifford, Jose M. Espinosa, Lindsey C. Gilroy, Johnathan L. Hemphill, Astrid McMullen-Baker, Marissa C. Pelot, Franklin W. Salb, Jesse F. Schumaker and Helen H. White.