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August 4, 2004

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Senior services taking bids for meal program

The Senior Meals Program of Douglas County Senior Services Inc. is accepting bids for its congregate and home-delivered meals food service.

Applicants will be preparing an average of 260 noontime meals for staff at Senior Services to distribute at six sites in Douglas County.

The contracting period is from Oct. 1 to Sept. 30, 2005, which would include a minimum of 249 serving days. Meals provided must meet the nutrition requirements specified in the Older Americans Act, Title III-C regulations and state regulations.

Bids will be evaluated by unit costs, sample menu for four weeks and description of facility, equipment, management structure including affirmative action information and copies of credentials for a state licensed, registered dietitian.

Submissions must be received by 5 p.m. Aug. 20.

For more information, contact Kim Wittman at 842-0543 or kwittman@sunflower.com.

Topeka

Counties designated for federal disaster aid

Local governments in Geary, Shawnee and Wyandotte counties are eligible for federal disaster relief because of severe weather in June, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' office announced Tuesday.

The Governor's Office said the Federal Emergency Management Agency designated the three counties eligible for federal aid. Sebelius sought such a designation in July in a letter to President Bush.

Local governments can receive federal funds to cover up to 75 percent of the cost of repairing or replacing damaged public property. Also covered is the cost of removing debris or providing emergency services.

In mid-June, the state experienced severe storms, tornadoes and flooding.

Smithville, Mo.

Kansan drowns in Missouri lake

A Kansas City, Kan., man drowned Sunday night while swimming across the cove at the Little Platte Swim Beach at Smithville Lake, authorities said.

Oscar J. Sanchez, 37, had made it about three-fourths of the way across the cove when he had trouble and went under in about 12 to 14 feet of water, a dispatcher with the Missouri State Water Patrol said early Monday.

His body was found about 8:20 p.m. Sunday as water patrol officers dragged the lake, the Water Patrol dispatcher said.

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