Archives for May 2016

Alen County Young Authors celebration

Students, teachers and lovers of the written word assembled on Friday night for the 17th annual Allen County Young Authors’ celebration dinner.
In a world of 140 character ‘tweets’, grammatically-mangled ‘text-speak’ and wanton disregard for spelling or sentence structure, some might believe the old adage that ‘print is dead’. Friday night offered evidence of a very different kind. According to elementary school librarian and Chairman Deb Greenwall, this year’s Young Authors season was, in many ways, the most fruitful.
The program was created in 1999 by a grant from the Sleeper Family Trust, where elementary and middle school age students– with the help of their teachers– write, illustrate, edit, assemble and “publish” books born of their own imagining. The books are then judged, awarded and celebrated at the annual banquet.
Some of this year’s entries include titles like “The Purple Shoes,” “The Hamster in Space,” and “My Cat Grew a Mustache.”
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Dog sled racer in Iola

Mark Dunlap gave Iola Rotarians an inside look at sled-dog racing Thursday. Dunlap was introduced by Rotarian Ann Shetlar, his sister.
A native of Elsmore, Dunlap’s affection for the outdoors led him to northern Minnesota where for 16 years he trained Alaskan huskies to race, with him precariously perched at the rear end of a sled.
Looking for a break in the monotony pf his day job, he acquired a Siberian husky from a local animal shelter. Dunlap’s interest in dog sled racing quickened and he learned all he could about Alaskan huskies and their propensity for speed, strength, endurance and, most importantly, love of racing.
His success included three championships and many second- and third-place finishes.
Dunlap worked at several jobs to support his interest. Expenses included feeding his dogs a special diet to keep them fit and healthy. Having realized dog-sled racing is a young man’s sport, Dunlap returned to Kansas in 2009.

Wade D. Fry obit

Wade D. Fry of Lansing, passed away at the age of 76 last Wednesday at his home, from complications due to Parkinson’s disease.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Leavenworth County Council on Aging. Visitation will be from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at Davis Funeral Chapel, with the funeral service for Wade D. Fry to follow at 12:30 p.m. Burial will be in the Leavenworth National Cemetery.