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November 2, 2003

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Shoppers "Round Up" for Lawrence youths

Shoppers Saturday at Dillons had a chance to contribute to the Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence.

The club was collecting money in its annual "Round Up," in which shoppers were asked if they wanted to round up their bills to the next dollar, with the extra money going to the club. Shoppers also could make separate donations to the club.

The fund-raiser was from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at each of the four Dillons stores in Lawrence.

Although it wasn't known Saturday how much the fund-raiser brought in, club board member Bob Wells said he thought it was going well.

"We're getting great support from Lawrence," he said.

Transportation

County Road 1029 to close Wednesday

Douglas County Road 1029 is about to close between the Farmers Turnpike and Lecompton, but officials are encouraging folks to look at the bright side.

It won't last forever.

"People are not looking forward to the whole process -- obviously it's going to be a huge inconvenience -- but they are glad that the plan is to have the road closed for five or six weeks this fall, then have the road reopened for winter," said Keith Browning, county engineer and director of public works.

The road will close Wednesday for installation of two large concrete culverts. It is scheduled to reopen by Christmas.

The work is the first phase of a larger overhaul for the road, which will close again March 1 for adding paved shoulders, lowering hills, filling dips and flattening roadside ditches. A new curve also will be installed at the corner of 1029 and the Farmers Turnpike to ease traffic flow.

Journalism

Exhibit features photos of modern Cuban life

An exhibition of photographs taken in Cuba by Journal-World photographer Richard Gwin will be on display this month at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

The photos, displayed in the hospital's lobby, are the latest in a series from Gwin's repeated visits to the island. He has been a regular photographic chronicler of Cuban life since 1990. His reportage has covered most major Cuban events of the past decade, including the hardships that visited the island after the collapse of Soviet aid.

Richard Gwin is pictured here in a self-portrait in Gibara, a small
fishing village on the island's northeastern coast.

Richard Gwin is pictured here in a self-portrait in Gibara, a small fishing village on the island's northeastern coast.

"Cuba is like growing up in the '60s," Gwin said. "People across the island caring for one another and willing to extend a hand to a visitor."

The photos offer views of daily life on parts of the island rarely seen by Americans.

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