OldHomeTown (Sarah St. John)


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Brandon Woods residents raising money through 'Bonanza' sale and giving it all to hourly workers

Oh dang -- and when are my work hours on Saturday? -- 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Love my job, but so sorry to miss this! :-(

September 15, 2017 at 1:43 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Toy expert comes to town to tell you about the treasures in your attic; an update on old dispute involving large, unpaid city water bills

"A fellow by the name of Joel Magee [...] is hosting a two-day event [...[ where he will appraise and possibly buy old toys of all different sorts.... Magee makes his money by buying the toys, restoring them, and selling them to collectors."

One important thing I learned when attending the Antiques Roadshow this summer -- an ethical appraiser will not appraise, and then offer to buy, your items. It is a conflict of interest. The appraisers at the Antiques Roadshow are not permitted to offer to buy participants' items. (If the participant wants to contact the appraiser later on, after the show, that's their prerogative. But by no means should the appraiser initiate the contact.)

So now I'm wondering about the professional ethics of this appraiser that is visiting Lawrence.

August 24, 2017 at 5:10 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

World War I in Lawrence: 64-year-old veteran volunteers to serve again

Hi Bryan!

I have the page set to "Public," meaning that you don't have to have a Facebook account to view it. If you click on the link, you'll be taken to a page where you can either sign in to your FB account (which you won't be doing, obviously) or type a little string of letters/numbers into a box, to prove that you're a person. Then you will be taken to my history page.

If this doesn't work, take heart! I am working on a separate page with the same content which will be available for anyone not on FB. I hope to have it ready later this summer.

Thanks so much for your interest!

August 4, 2017 at 12:07 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

World War I in Lawrence: 64-year-old veteran volunteers to serve again

Thank you, Bryan! As I'm sure you've noticed, the Kansas troops began to organize and train in late spring and early summer, 1917. The "home front" news up until now has mostly concentrated on Red Cross activities, food conservation, keeping a sharp eye out for "slackers" and possible spies, etc. As time goes on and Lawrence people begin to move to the front and be involved in the battles, I hope to include information on those as well.

I'm so glad you are enjoying the series and I welcome your thoughts! If you're on Facebook, you might also enjoy my history page at https://www.facebook.com/DailyLawrenc... which includes timelines from 150, 125, 100, and 50 years ago in Lawrence. Thanks again for reading!

July 26, 2017 at 10:24 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Longtime provider of vocational training to close Lawrence campus this summer

"Previously the company operated in Lawrence as CTBI, which I think had been in operation in Lawrence since the 1980s." Yes, I remember it well! It was located over on the south side of town, off 23rd on "SIlicon Ave." which at that time (if I remember correctly) dead-ended into some woods. I attended there in the late 80s to gain some office skills. Actually that's where I learned to type properly! Before that, I was a pretty fast hunt-and-peck typist, and I was worried I wouldn't be able to pick up touch-typing when I started so late instead of learning it in high school, but it turned fine!

Just to show you a snapshot of the late-80s -- in addition to typing (or I guess now we'd say "keyboarding"), basic accounting, and general office stuff, we also learned word processing on WordPerfect. Ha!

I remember a few people from my class and I wonder what became of them. I recall at least two of them were from a factory that had just closed -- I want to say Levi-Strauss, maybe in Ottawa KS or something? -- and now their occupation was gone and they needed to train in something entirely different.

February 10, 2017 at 11:03 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Chain retailer along south Iowa Street announces pending closure; downtown restaurant shuts down, burger shop to take its place

"And prior to that, in December of 1977 or more likely 1978, the former Pier One store, on Massachusetts Street at I think 8th St, blew up from a tragic gas explosion...."

Ron, the event you're remembering was in mid-December, 1977. Here's a link to the original story: https://news.google.com/newspapers?id...

And a follow-up the next day, with a stunning photo: https://news.google.com/newspapers?id...

January 3, 2017 at 7:59 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

9-month-old girl found in trash at Lawrence apartment complex; injuries possibly life-threatening

Safe-haven law (at least in Kansas) has upper age limit of 45 days (see http://safehavenlaws.uslegal.com/kans...). As you've probably seen according to the story's latest update, this baby was nine months old. But yes, I agree that it is a good law and should be wider known.

July 7, 2016 at 5:23 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

100 years ago: Lawrence man trades commonly-used name for rarer variety

Well, unusual for Lawrence at that time -- only one other Kunkel in town.

My favorite line in the whole thing: "'I have my new name by rights now and I want everyone to know it,' said Mr. Kunkel as he walked joyfully down Massachusetts street." Hahaha!

April 25, 2016 at 1:06 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

What's your favorite line from a movie or play?

Nearly every single line from Hamilton. :-)

March 31, 2016 at 9:01 a.m. ( | suggest removal )