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Pediatrician saw generations of Lawrence kids
September 29, 2013
Chuck Loveland was faced with a decision. The second-year medical resident had an offer to teach at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., and another one to join a practice in Lawrence. He chose the latter. Thirty-seven years later, Loveland has watched an estimated 6,000 kids in Lawrence grow up. Some of them stuck with him into their 20s; other children, he ended up treating their kids and grandkids. By Giles Bruce
Organization aims to strengthen fatherhood in Douglas County
September 29, 2013
Dads can at times feel like the forgotten parent, with many of the child-rearing resources in America devoted toward moms. A few years ago, Dads of Douglas County set out to change that. By Giles Bruce
Avid volunteer goes about her business quietly
September 29, 2013
Marg Hadl has lived in Lawrence all her life, volunteering for her church and other local charities, not thinking anyone noticed. But they did. By Giles Bruce
Business owner wants to make Lawrence ideal place for pets, owners
September 29, 2013
Amber Nickel, a uniquely Lawrence personality, has the energy and enthusiasm of many of many of her customers. Who are of the four-legged variety. By Giles Bruce
Couple has helped numerous homeless children, parents get back on their feet
September 29, 2013
Joe and Nancy Reitz’s dedication to families has never stopped. They took in foster babies back when they had babies of their own. They provided shelter to homeless mothers. They helped start a nonprofit in Lawrence that gives a kick-start to down-and-out families. Their volunteerism comes from a deep faith in God and a belief that it’s their duty to help others. By Giles Bruce
Watkins volunteer devoted to organizing history
September 29, 2013
Mary Wallace has delved into topics like fights over railroad rights of way, car owners in 1929 and, every rural school that ever existed in Douglas County, as a research room volunteer at the Watkins Museum of History. What started as piles of papers and folders scattered about the room Wallace has transformed into a thoughtful and meticulous archive that contains documents from the entire recorded history of Douglas County.
Creative chef helps low-income families eat healthy
September 29, 2013
Rick Martin learned early on about the happiness a home-cooked meal can bring. With his mother working nights to support the family, Martin, the youngest of three, took to cooking meals for his brother and sister when he was still young.
Golden gloves, golden heart
September 29, 2013
Erik Riley won’t turn away anyone willing to put in the work. Riley, the head coach at the Haskell Boxing Club for more than 10 years, oversees a stable of boxers as young as 7 and as seasoned as 50.
Thrifty manager transformed league
September 29, 2013
When Jean Ann Pike started college at age 44, she wanted to become a social worker but couldn’t get past the math. It’s probably just as well. As the manager of the Social Service League’s thrift store in Lawrence, she still gets to spend her life helping people, and she deals far less with a hated scourge ­— paperwork — than a social worker.
KU seniors, bromantic duo finding the fun in music of any variety
September 29, 2013
Rayyan Kamal and Tim Clark are nearly always together, laughing, playing music and probably not wearing shoes. The Free State High School graduates and current Kansas University seniors have made a name for themselves on campus and in the community as kind, free-spirited musicians willing to playing just about any instrument, in any genre.
Longtime Lawrence activist recalls 1972 fight for women’s rights
September 29, 2013
As a longtime Lawrence activist, CJ Brune may see picket lines and poverty lines better than most. But she’s come to realize there is one type of line she may not recognize.
Group launches Fairy Godmother Fund to help women
September 29, 2013
Most people have experienced times in life when they are just one more problem away from total disaster – a flat tire that would keep them from getting to work or a broken window in the winter they can’t afford to replace. In 2005, a group of local women launched the Fairy Godmother Fund, a program administered by the United Way of Douglas County, which helps women in crisis get past that critical hurdle.
KU radio producer big on details
September 29, 2013
For decades now, Bob Newton has had a center-court seat at nearly every Kansas University basketball game, and a bird’s-eye view from the press box at KU football games. But as he enters his 30th season as the producer/engineer for the radio broadcasts of KU men’s football and basketball, Newton has a confession to make.
Marina boss floats their boats
September 29, 2013
Megan Hiebert has lived in Lawrence for as long as she can remember. The Lawrence High School and Kansas University graduate Clinton Marina owner has given her entire life to the town.
Makeover architect makes shelter more like home
September 29, 2013
Most women fleeing an abusive relationship don’t care what the Willow Domestic Violence Shelter looks like, as long as it is safe. But Willow board member Karen Cochran thought the shelter’s deteriorating appearance did not send the right message to its residents.

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