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Señora Claudia Olea's fourth-grade Spanish class at St. John Catholic School gather together with the volunteers who cook for St. John's Fiesta. The five women who volunteer to cook are, second row from left, Irene Langford, Loretta Chavez, Gloria Ramos, Rachel Lemus and Bertha Bermudez.

Women behind feast at St. John’s Mexican Fiesta driven by spirit, tradition

The church radio will play the Mexican polka. Traditional tamales and enchiladas need a little bit of the spice that only Ruben Ramos and the sharp sounds of a Tejano accordion can provide. The music keeps the small band of women in the basement kitchen of Lawrence’s St. John Catholic Church moving — but no — it is not the secret to the church’s longtime summer Fiesta.

After 45 years at Lawrence Solid Waste Division, employee says work helped him grow, saved his family

For Aaron Turner, a job is not to be taken lightly. The longest-tenured employee of the city of Lawrence’s Solid Waste Division, Turner still finds enjoyment in his work after 45 years.


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