Hitting the Road
Higher gas prices don't deter Labor Day travelers
An estimated 33.7 million Americans are expected to travel at least 100 miles during this year's Labor Day holiday weekend.
That is an increase of 5 percent more than the number traveling last year, according to the American Automobile Association of Kansas. Most of the travelers will be going by automobile, the association said.
The increase comes even though gasoline prices are an average 23 cents higher than last year. The average national price for a gallon of gasoline is $1.49, the association said.
The record for Labor Day travel is 34.9 million people, set in 1997, the association said.
Rollin' on the river
Friends of the Kaw plans fall float trip
Friends of the Kaw, an environmental group dedicated to preserving the Kansas River, will have its Sixth Annual River Awareness Fall Float on Sept. 30 and, again, on Oct. 1.
Plans call for float trip participants gathering at Lawrence's Riverfront Park each day at 8 a.m. From there, they'll be shuttled to the Perry Dam spillway, where they'll canoe back to Lawrence.
More than 300 people participated in last year's trip.
For more information and to register, call Mollie Mangerich, 841-8655.
Sports columnist signs autographs of baseball book
ESPN.com columnist Rob Neyer stopped in Lawrence Saturday to promote his book "Baseball Dynasties."
Neyer signed copies of the book at Borders Books, Music and Cafe, 700 N.H. About 25 people were waiting in line when he started at 2 p.m.
The book is about the 15 greatest team dynasties in the history of baseball.
Neyer, who attended Kansas University but did not graduate, writes a daily opinion baseball column for ESPN's Web site. At one time he worked for Lawrence baseball writer Bill James.
LHS alumnus to become Pepperdine president
Andrew K. Benton, a 1970 graduate of Lawrence High School, will be inaugurated as the president of Pepperdine University on Saturday, Sept. 23, on the campus of the Malibu, Calif., college.
Benton was appointed president in December. He received a bachelor's degree from Oklahoma Christian University and a law degree from the Oklahoma City University School of Law. He served in educational administrative roles and maintained a law practice through 1983.
A week of celebratory events will lead up to the inauguration ceremony.
Listening session set on alternative crops
Kansas State University Research and Extension is sponsoring a Stakeholder Listening Session from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday in Building 21-South at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds, 21st and Harper.
The purpose of the meeting is to receive information on the activities and programs of the newly formed Kansas Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Alternative Crops.
For more information contact Tawnya Ernst at (785) 532-7103 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Veterans get set for sporting event
The 14th annual National Veterans Golden Age Games will be Sept. 3 through Sept. 7 in Topeka.
The national sports and recreation competition is sponsored by the Department of Veterans Affairs, and is open to all U.S. military veterans, age 55 or older, who are receiving care at a VA medical facility.
Participants will compete in sports such as bowling, horseshoes, croquet and a pentathalon (softball hit, discus, shot put, basketball free throw and air guns). For more information, call Jim Glesiberg, VA Eastern Kansas health care system, (913) 758-6949.
Dennis Moore to have Lawrence office hours
Rep. Dennis Moore, D-Kan., will have community office hours this week in Lawrence. Office hours are an opportunity for residents to voice their concerns directly to Moore and also to seek assistance from his office on personal or family issues related to federal agencies.
Moore will meet with constituents from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt.
Husband, wife pair for KU concert
Linda Maxey, marimba player, and Larry Maxey, clarinetist, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Swarthout Recital Hall in Murphy Hall on the Kansas University campus. Alice Downs will assist on piano.
This summer, Larry Maxey won an award for a lecture-demonstration on klezmer music, or folk music of eastern European Jews, at the International Clarinet Society convention. Linda Maxey received an ArtsLink Award for a residency at the Lithuanian Music Academy in Vilnius. She has two prior teaching residencies in Lithuania as a Fulbright Senior Scholar.
Lawrence author to sign books
Overland Park Wayne Johnson, Lawrence, will have a book signing at 7 p.m. Monday at the Blue Valley Library, 9000 W. 151st.
"Six Crooked Highways" continues the story of Paul Two Persons, a Chippewa resort owner, from "Don't Think Twice," Johnson's first novel.
The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call (913) 261-2345.
Rollover accident kills El Dorado man
A single-vehicle accident Thursday morning in Leavenworth County killed an El Dorado trucker.
At 11:38 a.m., Robert O. Black, 48, was headed west on Kansas Highway 192 when he lost control of his 1998 International semitrailer.
Black was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency medical personnel. He was not wearing a safety belt.
No problems reported at fraternity party
A Kansas University Public Safety dispatcher reported no problems late Saturday night with the Phi Beta Sigma fraternity party at the campus' Burge Union.
The late-night affair was the first since KU officials lifted a ban on after-hours events at the unions.
James Kitchen, former dean of students, imposed the ban after a shooting Jan. 23 at an Alpha Phi Alpha dance party at the Burge Union.
Workshops to prepare siblings for newborn
Lawrence Memorial Hospital will give workshops for siblings of prospective newborns from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, in the LMH East Lobby and 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Monday, Sept. 11, in the LMH Education Classroom.
"Tyke Hyke" will be Sept. 9 and will prepare children ages 3 to 10 for the arrival of a new sibling. It includes a brief tour of the LMH Maternity Unit, a possible peek at a newborn and discussion and video about new babies. Advanced enrollment is required and the class is limited to 10 children, who must be accompanied by an adult.
The Sept. 11 class, "And Baby Makes Four (or more)," will offer information about easing the adjustment period for the older child, as well as hints for easing the transition process for the entire family. The cost is $5 per couple.
For more information or to enroll in either workshop, call ConnectCare at 749-5800.
Registrations increase for MS 150 Bike Tour
Registrations for the 2000 MS 150 Bike Tour are up from last year, according to the Eastern Kansas Branch of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
An estimated 400 cyclists will participate in the cycling event Sept. 16 and Sept. 17.
For more information about the bike tour, call (800) 745-7148 or (785) 272-5292.
Air show to feature historic planes
The Confederate Air Force Arizona Wing will bring two historic World War II aircraft next month to Sherman Airfield at Fort Leavenworth.
A fully restored B-17 Flying Fortress bomber, the "Sentimental Journey," and a German Heinkel He-111 bomber will be on display from Sept. 28 to Oct. 2.
The two planes are among several in the Confederate Air Force's inventory of World War II planes. The Confederate Air Force is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization that tours the country with its planes.
KU Med to offer second mini medical school
The Kansas University School of Medicine will present its second annual Mini Medical School in Rieke Auditorium at the KU Med Center, beginning Sept. 5.
Participants will hear presentations by KU School of Medicine faculty, researchers, teachers and clinicians at 7 p.m. each Tuesday for eight weeks. They will talk about the topics and specialties typically studied by KU medical students.
When finished, organizers say, participants will know basic concepts needed to understand news stories on medical research, how to assure good health, and will better understand how bioresearch becomes practice.
Tuition is $95, and a limited number of scholarships are available. To register, call (913) 588-1227.