Archive for June 2014

New 4-H agent hails from Wyandotte County

Olivia Moore

by Mary Rupert

Wyandotte County’s new 4-H agent is a homegrown product.

Olivia Moore, 22, became the new Extension agent in 4-H and youth development about seven weeks ago.

The former member of the Chaparral 4-H Club, Moore graduated from Washington High School in 2009 and from Kansas State University in 2013.

At K-State, she majored in animal science and industry, with an emphasis on production and management.

She has nine years of experience as a 4-H member in Wyandotte County.

“I showed horses, I raised them, in addition to raising chickens for meat and eggs, and for show, for market,” Moore said. “I did a leadership project, table setting project, wildlife project, quilting, a huge variety of things.”

Through the years, she believes her biggest 4-H accomplishment was to win the senior horse showmanship award at the Wyandotte County Fair.

Moore said she learned much from her 4-H experiences.

“I learned a lot of self-control and responsibility because you have to feed your animals every day, rain or snow, wind or sunshine, because they are counting on you to get them fed,” she said. “In addition, I learned humility and being humble, and really learning what you want to. 4-H is self-led. You do a lot of your 4-H work away from other people.”

Since her days in the 4-H program, she has seen changes in the numbers of large livestock animals in the county fair. Traditionally the fair was a showcase of large livestock animals, but it now seems to be moving to a smaller animal showcase including chickens and rabbits, that can be housed in a backyard, and toward nontraditional programs such as robots and wind technology, she said.

As the new 4-H agent in Wyandotte County, Moore would like to increase the number of youth participating in the program here. In 2013, there were 220 youth involved in community clubs, and 1,500 youth involved with 4-H in general here, including after-school and special interest programs, and others using the 4-H curriculum, she said.

In the future, Moore said she would like to see the 4-H program embrace technology, increase the number of youth participants, increase readiness and the skill set necessary for youth to advance to college, technical training or the military service.

“It’s definitely an exciting time to be in Extension and an amazing time to be in Wyandotte County,” she said.


T-Bones acquire first baseman from Evansville

The Kansas City T-Bones have acquired Nick Schwaner from Evansville of the Frontier League in exchange for a player to be determined.

Schwaner, 26, who’s a 6-foot and 220-pound first baseman, has split time this year between Southern Maryland of the Atlantic League and Evansville of the Frontier League. In 25 games (14 with Southern Maryland and 11 with Evansville), Schwaner is batting .218 with 19 hits, including two home runs, and 10 RBIs.

Schwaner played collegiately at the University of New Orleans before Tampa Bay selected him in the 30th round of the 2010 MLB June Amateur Draft. He played two seasons in the Tampa Bay organization, reaching single-A Bowling Green in 2011. His best professional season was last year when, playing for Southern Maryland and Evansville, he batted .299 with 118 hits, including 14 home runs, 70 RBIs and 15 stolen bases in 101 games.

Schwaner, who will wear number 28, will be in the starting lineup tonight at first base for Kansas City as the T-Bones begin a four-game series at CommunityAmerica Ballpark in Kansas City, Kan., against the Wichita Wingnuts.

To make room on the roster for Schwaner, the T-Bones placed pitcher Justin d’Alessandro on irrevocable waivers for the purpose of giving him his unconditional release.

– Story from T-Bones


Night Charity Golf Tournament planned

A Night Charity Golf Tournament is planned on Friday, July 18, at Painted Hills Golf Course, 7101 Parallel Parkway, Kansas City, Kan.

The event is sponsored by Greater Kansas City Civitan International and Civitan Club Dotte. It will benefit local charities.

The cost of the event is $125 per person, which includes supplies, green fees, cart, dinner, awards reception, trophies and prizes. After June 18, registration fee is $150. Sponsorships are available.

It is a four-person singles paired or scramble. Registration is at 5 p.m., followed by a shotgun start at 6 p.m. The Night Golf has a shotgun start at 8:30 p.m.

For more information, call 913-208-3533 or email