Archive for Friday, May 25, 2001

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May 25, 2001

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Film: Lawrence teen-ager to appear on 'Montel'

Alyssa Buecker, a teen-age filmmaker from Lawrence, will be the guest star on the "Montel Williams Show" today. The show will air at 3 p.m. on WDAF-TV, Channel 4, and will be repeated at 9 a.m. June 1 on that channel.

Williams' producers came across Alyssa's Web site, hometown.aol.com/ guineapigfilms, in January and called to invite Alyssa on the program. Alyssa and her parents, Nancy Pistorius and Brad Buecker, were flown in late January to New York City to tape the show. Clips from her HBO-commissioned movie, "Carrot Wars," which stars her guinea pigs, will be shown on "Montel."

Alyssa began making movies when she was 11. She has won several awards at film festivals. She has been commissioned to make guinea pig movies for Nickelodeon, and three of her previous guinea pig movies have been appearing regularly on the HBO Family Channel. In March, HBO commissioned her to make a series of guinea pig shorts, which will air next season on the HBO Family Channel.

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Commencement: Forecast favorable for weekend graduations

Commencement weekend approaches and the weather forecast is ideal.

Graduation ceremonies for Lawrence High School seniors are set for 1 p.m. Sunday at Kansas University's Memorial Stadium.

At 4 p.m., Free State High School seniors graduate. Those ceremonies also are at Memorial Stadium.

Commencement exercises for Eudora High School seniors are at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Eudora High School.

The National Weather Service forecasts a dry and partly sunny Sunday with high temperatures in the mid-70s.

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Police: Lake encounter leads to Oskaloosan's arrest

A 25-year-old Oskaloosa man was arrested early Thursday following a fight at Clinton Lake State Park.

The Douglas County Sheriff's Department said the man broke into a camper parked at the lake. His 24-year-old estranged wife was in the camper with her 30-year-old boyfriend.

The suspect hit the woman and her boyfriend. Each received minor injuries, but neither was treated. The suspect then broke the windows of the boyfriend's truck, which was parked near the trailer.

The suspect was booked into the Douglas County Jail on suspicion of aggravated burglary, domestic battery, criminal damage to property and battery. He also was booked on a charge of child endangerment because he left his 18-month-old son at home alone while he went to the lake.

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Nursing: VNA reports statistics

Douglas County Visiting Nurses Assn. cared for 1,094 people in 2000 and provided 50,714 visits throughout the county and surrounding area, according to director Marceil Lauppe.

At the organization's annual board of directors meeting this month, Lauppe said the numbers reflect a 4.4 percent increase in visits and a 4.3 percent increase in the number of patients seen.

In other business at the meeting, the board approved another three-year term for Mary Gordon and Mindy Mitchell and approved the appointments of new members Richard Wendt, LuAnn Wilcox and Verdell Taylor.

New officers for the coming year will be Charles Yockey, president; Pat Donahue, vice president; Ann Gardner, secretary; and Mike Bradley, treasurer.

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