Archive for Monday, February 5, 2001

Area Briefs

February 5, 2001


Fire destroys shed owned by university

An empty shed owned by Kansas University caught fire and was destroyed early Sunday.

The fire was extinguished about 1:30 a.m. Sunday, and no injuries were reported in the incident. The cause was under investigation.

Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical officials said the shed at 1333 Ohio St. was on property owned by KU. The shed was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived and fell in on itself before the fire could be put out.

Damage was estimated at $500.

Flu shots still available

The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department still has a supply of influenza vaccine and will administer flu shots to the public as long as supplies last.

Flu shots are available to the public on a walk-in basis according to the following schedule:

8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at the Health Department, 200 Maine.

9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Lecompton Community Building, 333 Elmore, Lecompton.

9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Health Department.

9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Babcock Place, 1700 Mass.

8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday and Friday at the Health Department.

8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Health Department.

9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Eudora City Hall, 4 E. Seventh St., Eudora.

For more information call the Health Department at 841-0721.

Kidney foundation accepts car donations

The National Kidney Foundation is accepting donations of used vehicles for charity, which can result in a tax deduction for the donor.

Individuals interested in donating a vehicle can call the foundation's Kidney Cars Program at (800) 488-2277, to receive a packet with a self-addressed envelope to return the signed title and odometer statement.

Once the completed packet is received, the foundation will arrange for a free pick-up. Vehicles are sold at either auctions or for parts, with 70 percent of the proceeds supporting the work of the National Kidney Foundation of Kansas and Western Missouri.

The National Kidney Foundation is the nation's leading voluntary health agency dedicated to preventing kidney and urinary tract diseases and increasing the availability of all organs for transplantation.

LMH course to focus on parenting youngsters

Lawrence Memorial Hospital will offer a two-session course for parents of children ages 1-4 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 6 and Feb. 13.

Parents attending Parenting the Toddler and Preschooler will learn about normal development for 1-4 year olds, common parenting challenges and effective discipline strategies. The workshops are taught by professionals from the Kansas University Child and Family Services Clinic.

Classes are $20 per person or $25 per couple. For more information or to enroll, call ConnectCare at 749-5800.

Lawrence native leads medical team to Africa

Lawrence native Capt. Greg Saturday was one of the leaders of a U.S. Army veterinary contingent that recently treated more than 200 camels in West Africa.

Saturday grew up in Lawrence, and graduated from Lawrence High School, Kansas University and Kansas State University. He was one of two who led four veterinary teams into Mauritania in West Africa last September.

The doctors conducted eye and dental examinations on the camels, which are used by the Seventh Regional Mauritanian Military Command. Doctors also performed cataract surgery and tooth extraction. And, the team conducted blood tests for trypanosomiasis, a disease commonly found in camels.

The veterinarians are with the U.S. Army Veterinary Service, 100th Medical Detachment, in Heidelberg, Germany. The operation, a MEDFLAG exercise, was an opportunity for the U.S. military to train and execute military veterinary skills in an austere environment.

Disability advocates to celebrate at Capitol

Interhab is sponsoring activities for advocates of people with disabilities from around the state during its annual Day at the Capitol celebration Wednesday and Thursday.

Festivities will include a reception and dinner for legislators and advocates at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Capitol Plaza Conference Center.

Advocates will meet with legislators at 9 a.m. Thursday in the Capitol Rotunda to urge lawmakers to fully address critical issues that face people with disabilities.

The theme for this year's event is One Voice, which emphasizes the unity and conviction that disability advocates share in promoting the welfare of those who have a disability.

Interhab is the state's oldest and largest association representing Kansans with disabilities.

'Amistad' author to give speech

Topeka Howard Jones, author of the book which provided the historical basis for the script of the 1997 movie "Amistad," will discuss "Abraham Lincoln: Racist?" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Room 112 of Henderson Learning Resources Center at Washburn University.

Jones is chair of the history department at the University of Arizona. His most recent book is "Abraham Lincoln and a New Birth of Freedom: The Union and the Slavery in the Diplomacy of the Civil War."

The lecture is free and open to the public.

Entries accepted for art contest

Students with an interest in flight and art can put the two together and enter the International Aviation Art Contest.

The annual themed competition is designed to promote the interest of aviation and space flight in children aged 6 to 17. Placement in one of three age groups is determined by the age of the entrant on Dec. 31, 2000.

This year's theme, which should be creatively included in all entries, is "My Dream to Fly."

Artwork should be 11 x 17 inches and must not be framed, mounted or outlined with borders. All artwork must be handmade using indelible media.

The Kansas Commission on Aerospace Education is currently accepting entries for the competition. For more information or to enter the contest, contact KCAE at (316) 683-9242, or Beverly Hoskins, KCAE, c/o Kansas Aviation Museum, 3350 George Washington Blvd., Wichita 67210.

Lawrence hospital offers cholesterol screenings

Lawrence Memorial Hospital will perform cholesterol screenings this week because heart disease remains the No. 1 killer of adults in the United States.

The screenings will be from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the HealthSource Room, near the visitor's entrance at 325 Maine. Screenings are $5 per person, and no appointment is required.

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