Westside Deli & Bistro, Lawrence, recently promoted Francis Sheil to executive chef. His primary responsibilities are to operate Westside's two restaurants -- at 4931 W. Sixth St. and in the Kansas Union at Kansas University -- and to spearhead the effort of providing classical French bistro dinner service.¢
Vickie Hull has joined Lawrence Therapy Services as a marriage and family therapist. Hull has a Master of Science degree in family studies and human services in marriage and family therapy. She provides premarital, marital enrichment and parenting workshops. She also provides psychotherapy for individuals, couples, families, groups, and medical patients and their families. Hull also has specialized training in mediation, grief therapy and play therapy.¢
Dr. Les Miller, of Lawrence Dental Solutions, attended advanced CEREC technology training in San Diego. The course covered preparation, design and problem solving for one-appointment crowns and veneers. Miller received his initial training in CEREC CAD/CAM technology in September 2003.¢
Babette Crowder recently finished esthetician school at Johnson County Community College. She spent 650 hours studying anatomy, skin treatments and disorders and sanitation. She worked 450 hours with customers as part of the 10-month program. Her business, Babette, at 924 1/2 Mass., now offers facials, body waxing and eyelash and brow tinting.¢
Jariat Oyetunji, Lawrence, a pharmacy student at Olathe Medical Center, attended the Health-System Pharmacists spring meeting April 7-9 in Lawrence. Three convention provided pharmacists, pharmacy students and pharmacy technicians across the state with information regarding management of diseases, the influence of pharmaceutical companies on physicians and new standards for sterile compounding environments.¢
Brenda McFadden was re-elected president of the Lawrence Junior Achievement board of directors at the group's volunteer recognition luncheon Wednesday at Hereford House, 4931 W. Sixth St. Other officers are Sonya Martin, secretary; Jerry Magnuson, vice president of finance; and Roger Scott, vice president of programs.
George Grieb, Betsy Scott and Patrick Knorr were added to the 28-member board.
This year 36 Lawrence businesses provided more than 150 employees to serve as classroom volunteers in 13 city elementary schools and Central Junior High School. Financing for Lawrence Junior Achievement primarily comes from a fall bowlathon.¢
Alexis Doane has been certified as a shift supervisor for Papa Murphy's Take 'N' Bake Pizza in Lawrence. Doane joined the company four years ago and has spent the past year as a shift supervisor, completing in-store and classroom training April 23.
Doane, a Kansas University junior and graduate of McLouth High School, works in the Papa Murphy's location at 4000 W. Sixth St.¢
Classic Eagle Distributing, Lawrence, was among Budweiser wholesalers to sponsor the raffle of a Forever Budweiser shotgun, to raise money for Pheasants Forever chapters in Kansas.
The shotgun raffle raised $12,625, the most ever for the event that has been ongoing for 10 years. The entire program has collected more than $80,000 for the not-for-profit organization, which has 38 chapters in the state dedicated to the protection and enhancement of pheasant and other wildlife populations in North America through habitat improvement, land management, public awareness and education.
Honors and awards
Wes Ryan, Lawrence, recently was named Technical Engineer of the Year for the Federal Aviation Administration's Small Aircraft Directorate in Kansas City, Mo. Ryan has been an aerospace engineer for the FAA since 2002. He received his bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering in 1989 and his master's degree in aerospace engineering in 1992, both from Kansas University.¢
Imagination & Place, a collaborative effort of artists, environmentalists, community activists and scholars based at the Lawrence Arts Center, presented the Community Mercantile Co-op with the 2005 Imagination & Place Environmental Award during a recent ceremony at the center.
The award recognizes a Douglas County business that has made outstanding contributions or efforts toward a cleaner, more sustainable community.
"The Community Mercantile was this year's winner due to the broad spectrum in which they include environmental sustainability into their operations, facility maintenance and public outreach," said Michelle Crank, city of Lawrence waste reduction specialist.
"While the business mission of the Mercantile promotes and offers locally produced and/or certified organic products, they take an extra step and involve their employees to reduce, reuse and recycle all appropriate materials. They have an extensive public education and outreach program that is impressive and was nonpareil with the other nominees."
Lawrence Professionals in Aging will meet at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Jade Mongolian Barbeque, 1511 W. 23rd St. Ruth Shadel, aging specialist for Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center, will give the program.¢
The Lawrence Chamber of Commerce will conduct a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Eldridge Hotel, 701 Mass. The hotel is scheduled to reopen for guests Wednesday after more than four months of renovations.¢
A Kansas Cattlemen's Assn. meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Paola Livestock Auction. The meeting will begin with a hamburger feed. Doran Junek, the association's executive director, will talk about issues facing independent cattle producers.
For more information, contact Maurie Bourquin or Linda Bourquin at (913) 294-3335.