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Archive for Sunday, August 15, 2010

Around & About in local business

August 15, 2010

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• Local American Family agent Ron King and his team have been named Kansas District Agent of the month for June and July. The award is based on total new business for the month.

• Working together on eco-friendly delivery vehicles, Brown Cargo Van of Lawrence and Smith Electric Vehicles of Kansas City, Mo., are building all-electric delivery trucks for the Lee’s Summit, Mo., R-7 school district. Lee’s Summit will become the first public district in the United States to operate an all-electric distribution fleet. The purchase was supported by a $15 million U.S. Department of Energy grant, administered by Metropolitan Energy Center’s Clean Cities program.

• A two-day grazing school will take place Sept. 8-9 at the Douglas County Fairgrounds, 2110 Harper St. The event, sponsored by K-State Research and Extension, NRCS, and the Kansas Rural Center, will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Registration is $50 and will be limited to the first 30 farms. For more information, contact Bill Wood with the Douglas County Extension Office at 843-7058.

• The American Boer Goat Association announces that Sonja Wood of Lawrence has been accepted as a member. Wood and her husband, Tom, are creating Woodland Valley Farm in Franklin County, which will offer meat from Boer goats.

• The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department has named nurse Kim Ens director of clinic services. Ens, who has worked at the department for the past 17 years, succeeds Barbara Schnitker, who retired in June after 26 years. Previously, Ens worked in several clinical programs and most recently served as preparedness coordinator. Charlie Bryan, former Mid-America Regional Council Medical Reserve Corps coordinator, is now serving in this position.

• Ted Maguire, regional director with MFS Investments will present “Roadmap to Retirement: 12 IRA Planning Mistakes to Avoid” from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at Alvamar Country Club.The event is sponsored by Dan Cary, certified financial planner and senior financial adviser with Ameriprise Financial. Reservations must be received by Wednesday. Call 856-7111.

• Lawrence Memorial Hospital’s sixth biennial Hearts of Gold Ball raised more than $175,000. All proceeds from this year’s ball, “The Beat Goes On,” benefited cardiovascular services at LMH.

• Communities In Schools of Kansas was presented a $5,000 donation check from Deluxe Corp. on Aug. 4 at the Communities In Schools of Kansas office. The donation will support the general operation budget of the office.

• Auto-Owners Insurance announces that Calvin Eddy Kappelman of Lawrence has been named one of the top 10 growth agencies for the company in the Missouri Region for 2009. The agency was recognized in March in Columbia, Mo.

• Lawrence Funeral Chapel has changed its name to Lawrence Chapel Oaks Cremation and Funeral Services. The business is still at 3821 W. Sixth St.

• After 30 years of doing business in the Eudora community, Glenn and Gay Bartlett have stepped down as owners of Eudora Auto Parts, a franchise of Carquest. Glenn Bartlett will continue to be a part of the store, which will have new owners.

A semi-retirement celebration/grand reopening is planned from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the store, 1006 Ash, Eudora.

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