Archive for Saturday, March 31, 2001

Lawrence Briefs

March 31, 2001


Officers Wives' Club to have Spring Bazaar

The Fort Riley Officers Wives' Club is sponsoring its Spring Bazaar today and Sunday.

Local and national artisans and craft makers will offer their wares at the bazaar, which will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Hangar 817 on Marshall Army Airfield at the fort.

There is a suggested $1 donation for admission, and there will be door prizes offered every hour.

According to Lori Ann Petty, OWC publicity chairperson, all proceeds from the bazaar will go into the OWC Community Assistance Fund. In the past, these funds have been donated to organizations such as Operation Santa Claus and the Junction City High School Band.

Wine festival to benefit heart association

Consumers will have the opportunity to sample more than 250 wines Sunday at the sixth annual Kansas City Festival of Wines.

The event will be from 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Ritz Charles, 9000 W. 137th St., Overland Park. Proceeds from the event will benefit the American Heart Assn.

Activities will include wine seminars, live jazz music by Vince Bilardo Trio, demonstrations of cooking with wine and a live and a silent auction.

Tickets are $50 in advance and $60 at the door, $15 of which is tax-deductible. Attendees must be 21 years or older.

For information, contact the American Heart Assn. at (913) 648-6727.

Chase County marks Rockne plane crash

Chase County Historical Society this weekend will commemorate a plane crash that killed a famous football coach and seven others 70 years ago today.

The Western Airways plane crashed in a Flint Hills pasture, ending the lives of Notre Dame football coach Knute Rockne, two crew members and five passengers.

Weather permitting, tours of the crash site will be given from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. today, starting at the Bazaar Schoolhouse, 7 miles south of Cottonwood Falls.

Photographs of the crash and artifacts from the plane will be on display from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. today at the Chase County Historical Museum, Cottonwood Falls.

The town's French Renaissance courthouse, site of the coroner's inquest the day following the crash, will be open for guided tours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, contact the museum at (316) 273-8500 or the Cottonwood Falls Chamber of Commerce at (316) 273-8469.

ADA sponsors Diabetes Expo

The American Diabetes Assn. of Kansas City is sponsoring a Diabetes Expo today at Bartle Hall.

The expo will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will feature free diabetes screenings, a diabetes forum, access to health care providers and an area for young visitors.

Four doctors and a psychologist will give speeches during the day and exhibitors will display their latest products in the exhibit area.

General admission tickets are $8 per person and individuals 18 and younger are admitted free. Tickets for people age 55 and older and ADA members, with an ADA coupon, are $6.

For more information contact the American Diabetes Assn. at (816) 361-3361.

Wizard Run Car Show scheduled for June

The Lawrence Street Rod Assn. will conduct a Wizard Run Car Show in June, during which the public can attend a dance and win prizes.

The car show will be conducted June 9 and 10 at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds. The event will start at Sonic Drive-In, 1015 E. 23rd St., where a disc jockey will perform and door prizes will be given away, said Tom Wilkerson, Wizard Run chairman.

Dozens of vehicles, including pickup trucks, motorcycles and antique vehicles, will be displayed. Three hogs will be roasted, and at 2 p.m. June 10, a trip to Las Vegas will be given away.

KU Med begins operating own medical cyclotron

Kansas University Medical Center cancer and heart patients will benefit from the center's new medical cyclotron.

The particle-accelerating device will allow the hospital to produce its own radiopharmaceuticals for patients undergoing a Positron Emission Tomogrophy scan. A PET scan is a whole body imaging technique that allows doctors to view a patient's internal organs at the cellular level.

According to Jay Spicer, director of radiopharmacy at KU Med, having its own cyclotron gives the center greater flexibility and allows it to schedule more patients per day.

A PET scan can more accurately determine how far cancer has spread than any other diagnostic technique and can also detect heart problems that most traditional techniques such as computerized tomography scanning (CT) may miss.

The KU Med cyclotron is the first in Kansas City metropolitan region and the entire state of Kansas.

Regulatory board offers online license verifications

The Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board has begun offering online license verifications for all professionals licensed by the board.

The BSRB Online License Verification System will display the same information currently given to the public by mail or fax, but without the wait. It is offered through the board's partnership with AccessKansas, a service of the Information Network of Kansas.

The BSRB was established in 1980 to license and regulate psychologists and social workers in Kansas. It took over the responsibilities of the State Board of Examiners of Psychologists and the Board of Social Work Examiners.

Ottawa organization receives housing award

ECKAN of Ottawa has been awarded $75,000 for five new single-family housing units.

The award is part of $1.5 million awarded by the Kansas Department of Commerce and Housing's State Housing Trust Fund, which will fund 437 total units.

The new housing statewide will involve rentals as well as homeownership opportunities. Funding awards also include emergency housing assistance, statewide rental and homeownership seminars, and start-up funding for the Kansas Equity Fund.

Awards are made through a competitive grant award process that allocates state housing resources to address local housing needs.

For more information about the award, contact Randy Speaker, director of HDOC&H;'s development division at (785) 296-5865 or e-mail

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