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Archive for Sunday, April 20, 2003

Business briefs

April 20, 2003

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Faces and places

Dr. Richard Wendt, a Lawrence orthopaedic surgeon, recently attended the 10th annual Master Series Program in Techniques in Arthritis Surgery in Pasadena, Calif. The program focused on hip and knee replacement surgeries and minimally invasive surgery techniques. Wendt works at Lawrence Orthopaedic Surgery and participates with the Kansas Center for Athletic Medicine. He has privileges at Lawrence Memorial Hospital and Lawrence Surgery Center.

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Janis Stewart, owner of Office Helpline in Lawrence, recently attended an Internal Revenue Service workshop for small- and mid-size exempt organizations. The workshop covered the definition of nonprofit organizations, identification of related and unrelated income and processing of annual tax returns.

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Kansas University Professors Joseph Evans, Victor Frost and Gary Minden taught a one-day class on the Internet to more than 30 Navy reservists at the Naval Reserve Center in Kansas City, Mo. The professors provided the foundations for information technology before going on to more advanced IT topics at the April 5 workshop.

The KU faculty condensed material from four different graduate courses to present the workshop. The class covered general network protocols, how the Internet works and information security.

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Kansas Advocates for Better Care elected Barbara Braa to a two-year term on its board of directors. Braa is a trust officer with CornerBank in Lawrence. KABC is a statewide, nonprofit consumer advocacy organization focused on quality long-term care for adult care home residents. Bill Lienhard was honored as an outgoing multi-term board member. Other Lawrence-area board members are Molly Wood, Janet Ikenberry and Margaret Farley.

Honors and awards

Scott Hesseltine, of Lawrence Hearing Aid Center, received a national achievement award from NU-EAR Electronics. Hesseltine was recognized as a leader in the health-care industry and received an honor for outstanding achievement in effectively caring for the hearing impaired. NU-EAR Electronics manufactures hearing instruments.

Coming events

The USDA Rural Development agency is sponsoring two informational forums to discuss the energy provisions of the 2002 Farm Bill.

The forums will be at 9 a.m. Thursday at the Lyon County Extension office in Emporia and at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Garden City Plaza Inn in Garden City.

To make reservations for the free forums, call (785)271-2701. For more information, click on www.rurdev.usda.gov/ks or e-mail 2002farmbillRD@ks.usda.gov.

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The Lawrence Memorial Hospital Endowment Assn., Brandon Woods Retirement Community and Fran Hopkins, of CEK Insurance, are sponsoring a seminar about investment opportunities.

"Long-Term Care Insurance," will be presented by Claude Thau, president of Thau Inc., from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Smith Center, 4730 Brandon Woods Terrace. Thau will discuss who should have long-term care insurance and the benefits to those enrolled. Thau is chairman of the board for the Center for Long-Term Care Financing and works with the American Stroke Foundation and the Midwest Bio-ethics Center.

This seminar is free, but advance registration is requested.

For more information, call 840-2830 or e-mail kitflick@lmh.org.

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The Lawrence Chamber of Commerce announces a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Eudora Nursing Center. The event will be from 11:30 a.m. to noon May 21 at 1415 Maple St. in Eudora.

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Housing and Credit Counseling Inc. of Topeka is presenting a "Rental Housing in Kansas" seminar from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. May 1 at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, 1515 SW 10th St. in Topeka.

The seminar will offer an overview of the Kansas Residential Landlord/Tenant Act. It will cover the screening process, fair housing issues, maintenance responsibilities and security deposits.

Registration is requested for the free seminar. To register, contact HCCI at (785) 234-0217 or (800) 383-0217.

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Livestock producers have until early June to apply for the Livestock Compensation Program. To be eligible for assistance, a producer's livestock operation must be located in a county with a qualifying disaster designation. All Kansas counties have been declared primary disaster areas. Eligible livestock are cattle, sheep, goats, buffalo and catfish. The livestock must have been owned or subject to a cash lease on June 1, 2002, and have been owned or leased for a minimum of 90 days. The June 1 date could fall anytime within the 90-day period.

For more information, call 843-4260 or click on www.fsa.usda.gov/ks.

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