Archive for Wednesday, July 11, 2001

Local briefs

July 11, 2001


Sunflower State Games seeks volunteers for events

The Sunflower State Games is looking for volunteers, like Andy Faucett, above, of Lawrence, for all events during both weekends the games are in Lawrence later this month.

The games, Olympic-style competitions at venues across Lawrence, are expected to draw as many as 10,000 amateur athletes.

Lauren Bristow, sport coordinator for the games, said volunteers are needed for July 20-22 and July 27-29. Volunteers also are needed to help with the golf tournament July 20-21.

To volunteer or to get more information, call 842-7774, e-mail to or visit

Community: Hot temperatures keep Project Acceptance open

The Project Acceptance drop-in center, 407 Maine, will be open this weekend because of the heat. Normally the center, which serves the homeless and mentally ill, is closed on weekends.

The hours this weekend will be the same as the normal weekday schedule, 2:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

University: Langston Hughes conference receives publisher's grant

Alfred A. Knopf/Vintage book publishers have donated $7,500 toward underwriting a celebration of Langston Hughes' poetry next year at Kansas University.

"We appreciate Knopf taking the lead in offering the first of several grants we are seeking to provide this conference in the spirit of Langston Hughes free to the public," said Maryemma Graham, KU professor of English and conference co-organizer.

Hughes, who's been described as the poet laureate of African America, spent his earliest years in Lawrence, where he lived with his grandmother from 1903 to 1915.

Speakers invited to the Jan. 31-Feb. 7 conference include Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker; actors Danny Glover, Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis; former U.S. poet laureate Robert Pinsky; and Hughes biographer Arnold Rampersad.

Organizers hope to raise about $50,000 for the conference.

Crime: Humane Society seeks to replace stolen recipes

The Lawrence Humane Society is looking to rebuild its recipe collection for a cookbook it had intended to release in time for the holidays.

The recipes were taken from an employee's car last week, so the book likely will not be ready until spring, said Amy Tramill, public relations coordinator for the society.

"We had compiled probably 150 recipes for this book from supporters, volunteers and staff members," she said. "It kind of left us in a desperate situation."

The society is soliciting recipes from the public to salvage its cookbook. It needs somewhere between 300 and 400 recipes for the book, Tramill said.

People who had submitted recipes before the theft are asked to resubmit them. Your name will appear next to the recipe.

Send recipes to the Lawrence Humane Society, P.O. Box 651, Lawrence 66044 or fax them to 843-6554.

Gasoline prices: Pump patrol tracks down lowest prices in Lawrence

The Journal-World has found a Lawrence-area gasoline price as low as $1.119 a gallon at Site Service Station, 946 E. 23rd St.

If you find a lower price, please call us at 832-7154. Be prepared to leave the name of the business, the address and the price.

Or go to to join our Pump Patrol message board.

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