Archive for Monday, May 17, 2004

City briefs

May 17, 2004


Vendor spots available for three flea markets

Independence Inc. is organizing three Saturday flea markets -- June 5, July 3 and Aug. 7 -- on the land behind its offices at 2001 Haskell Ave. Each sale will begin at 7 a.m. and end at 2 p.m.

Would-be vendors are asked to call 841-0333 or check the Independence Inc. Web site,, for more information.

Vendor fees will be used to underwrite Independence Inc.'s services for people with disabilities in Douglas, Franklin and Jefferson counties.


Police department provides camp for youths

The Lawrence Police Department is offering a three-day "Police Camp" next month for children entering third through sixth grades.

The purpose of the camp is to build life skills, instill confidence and self-esteem, and give children positive interaction with police officers.

The camp will be June 10-12 at Free State High School. The cost is $20 per child, which includes two shirts, a hat, and a meal on the last day.

The camp can accommodate 50 children. Applications are due June 1 and are available at the police department, 111 E. 11th St.; the city's parks and recreation office at South Park, 1141 Mass.; the East Lawrence Center, 1245 E. 15th St.; and Holcom Park Recreation Center, 2700 W. 27th St.; or can be downloaded at the police department's Web site at

More information is available by calling officer Jon Barta at 830-7408.


Lawrence teacher to train fellow educators

A kindergarten teacher at Prairie Park School will help train 400 fellow teachers across the state in a new federally mandated reading program.

Melody Gatti is among 16 teachers selected to train kindergarten through third-grade teachers for the Reading First program, part of the No Child Left Behind legislation. The law has set the goal of having every child in K-3 reading at grade level by 2014.

The training is part of a three-year, $2.5 million federal program that will train 1,200 teachers.


LMH offering symposium on stroke awareness

Lawrence Memorial Hospital is recognizing Stroke Awareness Month with a free minisymposium on stroke prevention and treatment strategies, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Register in advance by calling LMH ConnectCare at 749-5800. Participants may attend one or all of the events:

1 p.m. -2 p.m.: "When stroke strikes: What you need to know about brain attack," Dr. Shari Quick.

2:15 p.m.-3 p.m.: "Acute rehab or skilled nursing care: Which is the right one for your loved one?" Teresa Sikes, director, LMH skilled nursing unit, and Cathy Knight, director of the acute rehab unit.

3 p.m.-4 p.m.: Browse information exhibits.

KU engineering team wins design contest

A team of Kansas University aerospace engineering students took a national award at the Society of Automotive Engineers 2004 Aero Design East Competition in Orlando, Fla.

The 12 students won the best design report for a radio-controlled aircraft they designed and built.

The team will participate in a similar competition next month in Fort Worth, Texas.

Those on the team were Hai Chen, junior from Olathe; Austin McKune, senior from Lansing; Bill Donovan, senior from Osawatomie; Luke Thompson, senior from Beloit; Kyle Hunt, senior from Wamego; Matt Landavazo, freshman from Topeka; Todd White, senior from North Little Rock, Ark.; Jessica Landes, graduate student from Kansas City, Mo.; Megan MacDonald, senior from Oak Grove, Mo.; Lance Holly, graduate student from Omaha, Neb.; Joe Wasikowski, senior from Omaha, Neb.; and Jayesh Hirani, junior from Nairobi, Kenya.

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