• KANSAS! Magazine, published by the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, has received two awards from the International Association of Printing House Craftsmen, which sponsors an annual competition showcasing the best printed materials from around the world. KANSAS! received a gold award for its 2010 summer issue and a silver award for its 2011 summer issue. The quarterly magazine is designed and produced by the World Company’s Sunflower Publishing, which is a division of the World Company.
• Ten Restaurant at the Eldridge Hotel and FIVE 21 Restaurant at The Oread have been honored with the 2012 award of excellence from Wine Spectator magazine. The two are the only restaurants in Lawrence to receive the award, which is given to restaurants for “having one of the most outstanding restaurant wine lists in the world.” The award of excellence requires a selection of at least 100 wines, and the lists are judged on the wine selection, presentation and information. The award will be listed in the annual guide in the Aug. 31 issue of Wine Spectator.
• Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical announces advancements for two of its division chiefs.
Shaun Coffey has completed the process to obtain the professional designation of “chief fire officer.” The designation is awarded by the Commission of Professional Credentialing to those who complete a process that includes an evaluation of the applicant’s education, experience, professional development and other qualifications. Coffey is one of only 880 CFO’s worldwide, a group that also includes Chief Mark Bradford and Division Chief Bill Stark. Coffey has been a member of the local force for 27 years.
Lyle Schwartz has successfully completed the Chief Officer Leadership Symposium, which is a two-year curriculum that develops skills in mentoring, human resources, fire law, fire prevention, community relation and health and safety. He has been a member of the local department for 22 years.
• Carolyn Bloom, a physical therapist at Bloom & Associates Therapy became certified using Graston Technique treatment to enhance the manual therapy skills provided at clinics at 924 Locust St. in Eudora and in Topeka. This treatment is especially beneficial for soft-tissue injuries of all joints, foot and ankle weight-bearing pain, and scar-tissue problems.
• Marcia Epstein and Steve Lopes of Headquarters Counseling Center have completed the five-day Training for Trainers of Applied Suicide Intervention Skills in New York City. Participants in the training learn to use a suicide intervention model to identify people with thoughts of suicide, seek a shared understanding of reasons for dying and living, develop a safe plan based on a review of risk, be prepared to do follow-up, and become involved in suicide-safer community networks. In September, Headquarters will begin offering two-day workshops on suicide intervention to community members.