Members retiring from the 2012 Douglas County Extension executive board, from left, are Chas Benton, Rhonda Wehrman, Kathy Sanders-Wilson, Jim Congrove and Lanaea Heine. Certificates were presented at the Douglas County Extension Annual Meeting held on November 27, 2012. Bill Wood, of Lawrence, submitted the photo.
Charlotte Marino, from left, Georgiana Monninger and Marge Randall were among many who decorated gingerbread houses at Meadowlark Estates. James Mitchell submitted the photo.
Jerry Coble, 7, was happy — and surprised — to get his first tackle box for Christmas. His mother, Christy Robison-Coble, of Lawrence, submitted the photo.
Family members and friends, who all live next door to one another in Lawrence, gather on Christmas Eve. Pictured from left are, back row, Lacey Elmore, Matt Parker, Chris Parker, Cody Jones, Zach Elmore, Daniel Parker and Abby Jones; and front row, Emily Padgett, Libby Sutherland, Abbey Padgett, Padget Sutherland, Elizabeth Padgett, Caroline Padgett and Lindsay McBride. Daniel Parker submitted the photo.
Kansas University fans, from left, Amy Hoffman, Emily Metzger and Susan Metzger celebrate the Dec. 8 victory over Colorado during a shopping trip to Crown Center in Kansas City, Mo. Susan Metzger, of Lawrence, submitted the photo.
Mandy Gwirtz, left, case manager, takes Sabrina Stowe to meet Santa during the Healthy Families Douglas County annual Holiday Party on Dec. 18 at the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department. About 70 people attended the festivities, which included crafts, music and holiday goodies. Karrey Britt submitted the photo.
Depot Redux volunteers gather Nov. 4 for the monthly cleaning of the Santa Fe Station in Lawrence. The event is held on the first Sunday each month and is open to the public. Carey Maynard-Moody, of Lawrence, submitted the photo.
Landry Sara Koester, 4, daughter of Corey and Kari Koester of Lawrence, models a sweater coat that was knitted by her great-aunt Sara Maypole, of Estes Park, Colo. Maypole also knit the mouse and the mouse’s coat. Landry’s grandmother Cindy Koester, of Lawrence, submitted the photo.
Cousins, from left, Loralei (Lyla) Adams, Owen Metz and Coraline (Cora) Adams are pictured. Loralei and Coraline are the daughters of Galen and Tisha Adams, of Emporia, and Owen is the son of Tim and Kendra Metz, of Lawrence. The three are the grandchildren of Mary Ann Adams and Dick Sengpiehl, of Lawrence. Mary Ann Adams submitted the photo.
The Lawson brothers, from left, Stan and Eric, both of Kansas City, Mo., and Gary and Dennis, both of Vinland, got together for dinner in the Kansas City Power and Light District on Dec. 16 for Stan’s 50th birthday. Gary’s son Kevin, of Overland Park, submitted the photo.
Chris Scheibel, 8, of Overland Park, isn’t old enough to watch “Saturday Night Live,” but he liked getting his picture taken with actor Jason Sudeikis at the Kansas University vs. American University men’s basketball game Dec. 29 at Allen Fieldhouse. Chris is the grandson of Reaumur and Mary Donnally, of Lawrence. Chris’ mother, Katie Scheibel, submitted the photo.
Liam Kearn, son of Risa and Keenan Kearn, and grandson of Ray and Lynette Petty, of Lawrence, enjoys seeing Big Jay during the Kansas University women's basketball game against Kansas State on Jan. 2. Ray Petty submitted the photo.
Performers from Sue Evans Studio-Piano and Voice are pictured at a holiday recital Dec. 15 at Pioneer Ridge Retirement Community. Emily Mulligan submitted the photo.
Celebrating January’s JobLink Employee of the Month are, from left, Jack Leipzig, JobLink consultant, Diana Gates, JobLink Employee of the Month, and Dan Kochn, general manager of Set‘em Up Jack’s. Kari Bentzinger, of Cottonwood Inc., submitted the photo.
Financial advisers from the Lawrence Well Fargo Advisors LLC office present a check in the amount of $3,260 to Just Food, representing an Investing In Our Communities Grant from Wells Fargo & Co. Pictured from left are Jim Moore, financial adviser; Jeff Ingles, branch manager; Jeremy Farmer, Just Food executive director; Dennis Mattern, financial consultant; Dave Mattern, senior vice president-investment; and Matt Neis, first vice president-investment officer. Ingles submitted the photo.
Cousins, from left, Ali Ragan, Madison Miller, Megan Miller, all of Oskaloosa, model their new caps they just received from their grandma Jo Miller for Christmas. They were used while sledding north of Perry on New Year’s Eve. Mike Miller submitted the photo.
Tonganoxie Police Lt. William (Billy) Naff prepares for ceremonies of the 251st FBI National Academy graduation on Dec. 14 in Quantico, Va. Naff is a 1998 Lawrence High School graduate. Naff’s mother, Cindy (Ramierez) Naff, of Lawrence, submitted the photo.
The Welcome Club’s Happy Bookers group met at the home of Jan Bosco with special guest Liz Black of KU Continuing Education’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute to discuss “The Dust Bowl.” Pictured, from left, are Bosco, Joene DePaolis, Jean Reimer, Nancy Brown, Kjrsten Ruch, Black, Thelma Simons, Nan LaPointe, Joyce Chrisman, Karin Barrett, Georgiana Beverly and Barbara Crider. Sue Shaw Messerly, of Lawrence, submitted the photo.
Students from Bishop Seabury Academy finish packing Thanksgiving meals at the Salvation Army in Lawrence. Pictured, from left, are Margaret Uhler, CoCo Chan and Sofia Dominguez, who were part of the 20-student team. Margie Lawrence, Bishop Seabury Academy, submitted the photo.
Lawrence Zumba instructors helped lead the “Join the Party for Jo” Zumbathon in November. The benefit raised funds to help with medical expenses for Jo Ellis as she underwent cancer treatments. Pictured, from left, are Zumba instructors Heather Katz, Pat Middaugh, Mary Davidson, Anna Oliver, Ellis, Christy Ogunnowo, Amy Ash and Melissa Shankland. Not pictured is Susan King. Oliver submitted the photo.
Members of the Lone Star 4-H Club are pictured with gifts for their adopted family. Sarah Plinsky, of Lawrence, submitted the photo.
Sisters Arbor Mulligan, 7, and Prairie Mulligan, 5, are ready to sled in the fresh January snow. Their mom, Emily Mulligan, of Lawrence, submitted the photo.
Fifteen youths from Immanuel Lutheran Church visited the Day Center at Family Promise of Lawrence in September of 2012 to help with yard work and cleaning. In October, they served dinner at the center. Jeannie Merritt, of Perry, submitted the photo.
Celebrating February's JobLink Employee of the Month, from left, are Mary Williams, JobLink consultant; Kristy McKinney, Signs of Life event coordinator; Kenny Beard, Employee of the Month; Clay Belcher, Signs of Life owner; and Kathy Long-Morro, JobLink coordinator. Kari Bentzinger, of Cottonwood Inc., submitted the photo.
Cans for the Community donated $1,000 to Warm Hearts of Douglas County on Dec. 31. Its donation will be matched by the Black Hill Cares program. Cans for the Community donates 100 percent of proceeds received from recycling aluminum cans. Will Lunn, Cans for the Community board member presented the check to Warm Hearts board member Doni Mooberry Slough. Linda Klinker, of Lawrence, submitted the photo.
Coco Shutt plays with a Lawrence Humane Society puppy while her family drops off donations in memory of her brother, Cainan. The Shutt family has made a tradition of celebrating Cainan’s birthday each year by donating toys and supplies to the animal shelter. Cainan Shutt died in a 2011 car accident on Kansas Highway 10 near Eudora. He was an avid dog lover who would have been 7 years old this month. Dori Villalon, Lawrence Humane Society executive director, submitted the photo, which was taken by Amelia Mallett Kass.
Michael and Jeanne Bronoski, of Lawrence, celebrate the November 2012 graduation of their daughter, Jamie Bronoski, who earned a master’s degree in finance from the University of Dundee in Scotland. Jamie Bronoski is a Lawrence High School and Kansas State University graduate, and is currently working as an intern in Scotland. Jeanne Bronoski submitted the photo.
Mason Sheldon, from left, Tyler Vigna and Mason Oliver took the top three spots at Cub Scout Pack 3462’s Pinewood Derby. They are all in second grade at Langston Hughes School. Diane Vigna, Tyler’s mother, submitted the photo.
Judy Bellome, of Lawrence, celebrates her retirement at a reception given by the Visiting Nurses Association on Jan. 10 at Maceli’s. Bellome served as CEO at Visiting Nurses Association for seven years and worked in the health care field for 46 years. Bellome was recently nominated for induction to the National Home Care and Hospice Hall of Fame. Pictured, from left, are VNA board member Dr. Artie Shaw, VNA board member Elaine Penny, Bellome, and VNA board President Steve Tesdahl. Lori McSorley, development director at VNA, submitted the photo.
Cora McDaniel, 4 weeks, takes a nap while visiting friends in Lawrence. Cora is the daughter of Erin and Ben McDaniel, of Newton and formerly of Lawrence.
Ed Zamarripa, of Lawrence, plays with grandsons Keegan, 5, and Kaden, 1, at their home in Henderson, Nev., in December 2012. Zamarripa recently retired after 41 years as chief financial officer of the Life Span Institute at Kansas University. He and wife Mary Ann visit their grandsons as often as possible. Ed Zamarripa submitted the photo.