Douglas County commissioners Nancy Thellman, Jim Flory and Mike Gaughan discuss adding domestic partner benefits to the county's health insurance coverage during their meeting Wednesday, April 27, 2011.
Pete and Cathy Schneider often help their elderly neighbors with yard work, cleaning the house and getting them to the airport or church. The couple are also active volunteers, especially with United Way and Family Promise.
Christine Graves is always willing to take care of her neighbor's young child when he needs to go to meetings. Graves said her neighborhood, on Prescott Drive, is full of people very willing to help each other out.
Don Barnett uses his expertise from previously owning a garage to help neighbors with car trouble, and is always willing to lend a helping hand with taking care of their animals while they're on vacation.
Representatives from Junior Achievement, Cooper's Cause Foundation and Imagine Drop-In Childcare each receive $22,000 from Debi Drummet, co-chair of the St. Patrick's Day Parade committee. The organization set a record for fundraising this year, beating out last year's total of $52,500 by raising $66,000.
A green horse pulls a carriage near the start of the annual Lawrence St. Patrick's Day Parade Thursday, March 17, 2011.
The Sandbar float at the Lawrence St. Patrick's Day Parade Thursday, March 17, 2011.
A float in the Lawrence St. Patrick's Day Parade Thursday, March 17, 2011.
Alex Whitten, Eudora High junior, left, and Edward Young, president of KDOT's division of aviation, demonstrate a new Airspace Awareness Tool at Eudora High School. The tool uses Google Earth to show airspaces and altitudes needed for taking off in 3D models.
Alex Whitten, Eudora High junior, demonstrates KDOT's new Airspace Awareness Tool, which helps people figure out if structures such as wind turbines will interfere with airspace. The program is the first of its kind in the country.
Alex Whitten, Eudora High junior, left, and Edward Young, president of KDOT's division of aviation, demonstrate a new Airspace Awareness Tool at Eudora High School. The program uses Google Earth to identify airspaces in Kansas and show if structures would be a danger to pilots.
Eudora High School students watch as Alex Whitten, Eudora High junior, gets ready to use the Kansas Department of Transportation's new Airspace Awareness Tool. The program uses Google Earth to identify airspaces in Kansas and show if structures would be a danger to pilots.
Kim Scherman, Kansas University junior and member of KU Environs, paints the hand of Josie Boyle, 8, Baldwin City, at the Take Charge Challenge kick-off party Saturday evening at Liberty Hall. The kick-off was also a watch party for the KU vs. K-State basketball team, and Boyle was having the name and number of her favorite KU player, Tyshawn Taylor, painted on her hand.
Snow began falling Saturday evening near the LJWorld.com News Center, 645 N.H. Meteorologists predict Lawrence could see 5-7 inches of snow by Tuesday morning.
Sarah Sandoval, stay-at-home mom, Lawrence
Valarie Berezoski, fourth-grader, Baldwin City.
Isabelle Berezoski, second-grader, Baldwin City.
Ranu Pal picks out food for her Thanksgiving dinner Thursday evening. Pal and her husband, Dhananjay, played host to a Thanksgiving dinner at their home, complete with American favorites such as turkey and mashed potatoes and traditional Indian foods.
Swapan Chakrabarti carves the Thanksgiving turkey while Dhananjay Pal watches and Joe Sambataro cuts it into smaller pieces. Chakrabarti, an associate professor of electrical engineering at Kansas University, was at Pal’s home for a Bengali Thanksgiving, complete with American favorites such as turkey, plus traditional Indian foods.