WRITER: Kathy Hanks

Exhibitors getting ready for Lawrence's 40th Annual Fall Arts & Crafts Festival

Exhibitors are down to the wire creating items to sell at this weekend's 40th Annual Fall Arts & Crafts Festival. On Tuesday, Christy Minton was putting the finishing touches on the multimaterial collages she fashions in her downtown Lawrence apartment. In North Lawrence, Guy Young was working up a sweat inside his shop, completing his laser-engraved plaques with well-known cartoon characters and various ...

Go, See, Do: Haskell Indian Art Market, Banff Mountain Film Festival and more

Native American artisans from around the country will converge on Lawrence this weekend for the 31st Haskell Indian Art Market. Stephanie Fernando, coordinator of the two-day event, said 135 booths will be set up outdoors on the grounds of Haskell Indian Nations University. Some of the artists and craftspeople come from as far away as California, Arizona, and New Mexico, she said. The artists will be selling ...

Investigators confirm that lightning strike caused fire at century-old Clinton church; estimated damage is $1 million

Investigators have determined that a lightning strike was the cause of the fire that destroyed the Clinton Presbyterian Church Friday morning. “It was natural causes,” said Jill Bronaugh, a spokeswoman at the Office of the State Fire Marshal in Topeka. The estimated damage to the century-old building in rural Douglas County was $1 million, Bronaugh said. Firefighters were on the scene at 4:40 a.m. Friday ...

New weekly programs at KU focus on care and well-being

Finding ways to incorporate self-care into a hectic daily life was the topic of brainstorming by University of Kansas faculty and students during the first session of a new series called “Spotlight on Care,” which kicked off at The Commons Wednesday. Following the brainstorming, those in attendance spent about 15 minutes outside being mindful of nature as they quietly explored the Weaver Courtyard, just ...

Clinton Lake level remains extraordinarily high; water release begins

Updated at 7:43 p.m. Tuesday It has been a record-breaking summer at Clinton Lake, where the water level surpassed a high set 24 years ago. On Tuesday the lake was at 895 feet above sea level, which was 19.5 feet above its norm of 875.5 feet. That brings the lake down 2 feet below the record high of 897 feet set in July. The old record of 892.48 feet was set in May 1995. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers ...

Tryouts for 'The Nutcracker, A Kansas Ballet' coming up as arts center prepares for annual holiday tradition

It may seem early to be thinking of the winter holiday season, but not for those wanting a role in the Lawrence Arts Center’s production of “The Nutcracker, A Kansas Ballet." The production is influenced by the original 1816 "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King" by Prussian author E.T.A. Hoffmann and by the later ballet by Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. However, Hanan Misko, the arts center's ...

Lawrence couple share passion for genealogical research, help others learn about their ancestry

Over the years, genealogical research has advanced from tracking down records in libraries and government files to dropping in on ancestral homes via Google Earth — and one local couple have kept up with the technology in hopes of helping people find their family roots. The couple, Richard and Alisa Branham, teach genealogy classes at the Watkins Museum of History, one of which focuses on digital travel and ...

Eudora pastor and his father get centuries-old clock running once again

For the past six years, the hands on the centuries-old clock hanging on the wall in the chapel of Warren-McElwain Mortuary haven't moved. The clock was built in France and predates the American Revolution, said Jim Larkin, who brought it with him from California when he bought the Lawrence mortuary in 2013. But during the cross-country move, it stopped keeping time correctly. "Something must have happened ...

Early morning fire destroys century-old community church near Clinton Lake

Story updated at 2:58 p.m. Friday The Clinton Presbyterian Church in rural Douglas County caught fire and burned down early Friday morning, leaving charred rubble where a century-old community landmark once stood. Pam Johnston, clerk of session for the church, told the Journal-World that firefighters were called to the church around 4:40 a.m. Friday. The building is located at 588 North 1200 Road, near Clinton ...

Go, See, Do: Turning trash into instruments, barbecue contest and more

Two musicians will be turning trash such as beer bottles and disposable cups into instruments during this month’s installment of the Humanities in the Wild lecture series. At Friday's free performance, Mike Compitello and Hannah Collins, both faculty members at the University of Kansas School of Music, will perform Christopher Stark’s “The Language of Landscapes," a piece that combines traditional ...

Restoration begins on historic church bell tower in downtown Lawrence

Construction workers encountered bats in the belfry as they began work this week tearing shingles off the bell tower high above Lawrence’s First United Methodist Church. “They were chasing bats out the first day up there,” said Marc Ridenour, the facilities manager at the church, 946 Vermont St. The workers are replacing the 129-year-old slate roof on the limestone church’s two towers, using a crane ...

Local health clinic receives quality improvement award of $112K

Lawrence’s Heartland Community Health Center was one of 18 federally qualified health centers in Kansas recognized for improvements made throughout the year — in Heartland's case, doubling the number of patients treated at the clinic, among other achievements. Heartland, at 346 Maine St., was recognized as a Quality Improvement Award winner and granted $112,334, according to a news release from Community ...

Local meat market provides fresh farm-to-table products from around Kansas

Kay Boydston stopped at Heartland Meat Market in west Lawrence Thursday for slices of smoked turkey breast. “This is really fresh,” said Boydston, as she watched Bryan Harpel, the store’s manager and butcher, cut up the turkey. “One time I brought my granddaughter here with me, and we ate the turkey before we got home,” Boydston said. “Everyone at home was disappointed.” Often when she shops at ...

Nontraditional KU students' Kensington Corner podcast aims to help listeners feel better

A bond of friendship between two men has grown into a podcast with the two discussing everything from stress and anxiety to men’s relationships. The Kensington Corner is a podcast created by Jeff Thompson, 32, and Tom Angel, 31, who are both nontraditional students majoring in pre-medicine at the University of Kansas. Last fall semester, they started meeting for coffee and having discussions about life and ...

Untold stories will be heard during special exhibit and walking tour exploring Lawrence's diverse community

Underrepresented groups of people in Lawrence should become more visible through an exhibit that will open Saturday at the Murphy-Bromelsick House in Hobbs Park. The exhibit, organized by members of the Eastside People’s Intercultural Center, or Epicenter, “Untold Stories: Douglas County Social Movements from 1968 to 2018,” has a companion piece, the “People’s History of East Lawrence Walking ...

Go, See, Do: Fiddling and Picking Championships, Sunrise Project pie auction and more

String instrument enthusiasts from around the state will converge on Lawrence this weekend for the 39th annual Kansas State Fiddling and Picking Championships. The event officially begins at noon Sunday at South Park, 1141 Massachusetts St. Scheduled throughout the afternoon are fiddle, banjo, mandolin and guitar contests, as well as four free concerts from regional musicians. There will also be food trucks at ...

New Lawrence resident planning kayaking trip around Crete to raise money for children's charity

Within days of moving to Lawrence, Bob Danon is heading off on a 300-mile sea kayaking trip along the jagged coast of Crete. At 74, Danon will be kayaking alone, about seven or eight hours a day. This will be his seventh sea kayaking trip to Crete and his third solo trip to raise dollars for charity. For this trip, Danon plans to raise money for the Shriners Hospitals for Children. The hospitals, with 22 ...

Lawrence students design, build, market treehouse for annual CASA benefit

A leafy treehouse, complete with a tire swing, is the latest playhouse designed and built by local students to help raise money for Douglas County Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASA. The playhouse, which is currently parked roadside at The Merc Co-op, 910 Iowa St., was created by high school students enrolled in Charlie Lauts' design-build class at Lawrence's College and Career Center. The project was ...

Neglected eyesore transformed into a functional home

For years, nobody seemed interested in the house at 646 Rhode Island St., except the pigeons who roosted inside. The house — with its wraparound front porch, just a block from downtown — sat empty and on the market for years. Pipes had burst in a second-floor bathroom and soaked the downstairs. Plus, it had been partially gutted. In 2012, when Summer and Nate Wedermyer purchased the house, it was in such ...

Wellness guru, author to speak at Lawrence symposium about becoming one's best in the workplace

Workplace wellness guru Laura Putnam will offer tips for becoming one’s best during an upcoming symposium. Putnam, the scheduled keynote speaker, will address attendees of the WorkWell Douglas County 9th Annual Symposium, which will take place from 8:30 a.m. to noon Wednesday at the Lied Center Pavilion, 1600 Stewart Drive. “Laura is one of the most dynamic speakers I’ve heard,” said Susan Farley, ...