Historical writers plan book fair, related activities

Rebecca Barber Meditz, the president of the Wyandotte County Historical Society, and her husband, Dave Meditz, will be in costume at the Historical Writers’ Book Fair from 10:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, at the George Meyn Community Center, Wyandotte County Park, Bonner Springs. Dave Meditz will portray Vincent J. Lane, an editor and political figure of the 1800s.

by Murrel Bland

The public will have an opportunity to visit with authors at a Historical Writers’ Book Fair from 10:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, at the George Meyn Community Center in Wyandotte County Park, Bonner Springs.

The Wyandotte County Historical Society will sponsor the free event. More than 20 authors plan to attend and will be available to answer questions about local history and what it takes to be an author. Loren Taylor, a Wyandotte County lawyer and historian for the society, is in charge of arrangements.

“This event is dedicated to the historical writers and their efforts to collect and preserve the people of Wyandotte County,” Taylor said.

This also will be the annual meeting of the Historical Society which is celebrating its 130th anniversary.

Dr. Frederick Holmes of Lenexa will speak on medical doctors and nurses during World War I at 1 p.m. Dr. Holmes and his wife, Dr. Grace Holmes, served as medical missionaries for the Lutheran Church in Malaysia and East Africa. He was the Hashinger Distinguished Professor of Medicine at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, retiring in 2000. He also has a master’s degree in British history from KU.

Officers and directors for the society will be elected.

Costumed re-enactors will include Dave Meditz who will portray Vincent J. Lane and Roger Miller who will portray an 1870s medicine man. Lane was an early day Wyandotte County editor and political figure.

Both Meditz and Miller are past presidents of the society. Rebecca Barber Meditz, the current president of the Historical Society, also will dress in a costume typical of the 1800s.

Mike Calwel, a member of the board of directors of The Friends of the Kaw, will portray Sgt. Patrick Gass. Sgt. Gass was a member of the Lewis and Clark Expedition in the early 1800s. Calwell traveled to the West Coast as part of the 200th anniversary celebration of the expedition.

Stephen Zuk will present a show of early day photographs from Wyandotte County at 2:15 p.m. and again at 3:15 p.m.

A food court will serve coffee and doughnuts and luncheon items.

For more information, telephone Loren Taylor at 913-321-6195 or Rebecca Barber Meditz at 913-406-2382.

Roger Miller, a retired pharmacist, will portray an 1870s medicine man at the Historical Writers’ Book Fair from 10:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, at the George Meyn Community Center, Wyandotte County Park, Bonner Springs.
Mike Calwell will portray Sgt. Patrick Gass who was a member of the Lewis and Clark expedition. Calwell, a member of the board of directors of the Friends of the Kaw, will be in costume at the Historical Writers’ Book Fair from 10:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, at the George Meyn Community Center, Wyandotte County Park, Bonner Springs.

Community calendar

Halloween event sponsored by Turner Recreation
A Halloween event sponsored by the Turner Recreation Commission will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at 831 S. 55th St., Kansas City, Kansas. The Spooktacular will include a trunk or treat, carnival-style games, booths, a Halloween hunt and Haunted Hallways. Also, those attending may bring nonperishable food to be given to needy families.

Affirmations group to meet
An Affirmations and Living Free Growth Group for Women will meet from noon to 1:30 p.m. Mondays at the Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. The group’s purpose is to help women change the way they think about themselves and their lives. For more information or to register, call 913-906-8990.

Raising safe kids program continues
The ACT Raising Safe Kids Program will continue from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Mondays at the Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. The presenter is Heather Neds. On Oct. 15, the topic will be “Understanding and Controlling Parents’ Anger.” On Oct. 22, the topic will be “Understanding and Helping Angry Children.” For more information or to register, call 913-906-8990.

Writing group to meet
Quill and Pluma, a bilingual writing and e-publishing collaborative, will meet from 11 a.m. to noon Mondays at the Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. The group is facilitated by Kari O’Rourke. For more information or to register, call 913-906-8990.

UG committees to meet Oct. 29
Unified Government committees are scheduled to meet at 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29, at the fifth floor meeting room, City Hall, 701 N. 7th St., Kansas City, Kansas. The Neighborhood and Community Development meeting will be at 5 p.m., followed by the Economic Development and Finance Committee meeting. For an agenda, visit www.wycokck.org.

KCK school listening tour meeting scheduled Oct. 29
A listening and learning tour for the Kansas City, Kansas, Public Schools will be held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29, at Sumner Academy, 1610 N. 8th St., Kansas City, Kansas. The meeting will include Dr. Charles Foust, superintendent, and school district officials. Parents and the community may attend the meeting.

Meeting on new Piper fire station planned Oct. 29
A neighborhood meeting on a new Piper fire station is planned from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29, at the Patricia “Diane” Kane Community Center, 3130 N. 122nd St., Kansas City, Kansas. There will be a presentation on construction for the new fire station, to be located at Hutton and Leavenworth roads.

Halloween event to be Oct. 29
A Halloween trunk-or-treat will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29, at the Main Kansas City, Kansas, Public Library parking lot, 625 Minnesota Ave. Children may wear their costumes and receive candy. There also will be crafts and activities.

Edgar Allan Poe reading to be Oct. 29
The Bonner Springs City Library, 201 N. Nettleton Ave., Bonner Springs, Kansas, will hold a reading of works by Edgar Allan Poe at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29. Classics such as “The Raven” and “The Tell-Tale Heart” will be included. The program is for all ages, but the readings may be too intense for young children. For more information, visit http://bonnerlibrary.org/event/edgar-allan-poe-reading/.

KCK school board to meet Oct. 30
The Kansas City, Kansas, Board of Education is scheduled to hold a special meeting at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, at the Central Office, 2010 N. 59th St., Kansas City, Kansas. An agenda may be posted at www.kckps.org.

Program offered on healthy relationships
“Healthy Relationships: Domestic Violence Education and Support” will be offered from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesdays at the Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. The group is facilitated by Jaime Peterson. For more information or to register, call 913-906-8990.

Caregivers support group to meet
A caregivers support group will meet from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at the Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. The group is for men and women. It is facilitated by Jackie Tigges, LSCSW. For more information or to register, call 913-906-8990.

Parenting support group to meet
A parenting support group will meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. The education and support group is presented by Marqueia Watson, MSW. For more information or to register, call 913-906-8990.

Knitting and crocheting group to meet
A knitting and crocheting group will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. Those attending may learn a new skill or work on a current project. For more information or to register, call 913-906-8990.

Programs offered for Spanish-speaking women
Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kansas, offers programs for Spanish-speaking women: Las Mujeres, Mary Ellen Rodriquez y Anna Maria Sauer, los Martes 10 – 11:30 a.m. Grupo de salud emocional para la mujer, ofrecido por MOCSA, contacte a Sinead McDonough, llame al 816-285-1349, los martes, 11:30 – 1 p.m.; Que le Sucede A Mi Hijo Adolescent?: Con lider Claudia Perez, el Miércoles 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m., 7 de Noviembre – la adolescencia de hoy, 14 de Noviembre – los problemas actuals en la adolescencia; La Hora Financiera, con lider Brenda Mortell, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m., Jueves 1 de Noviembre; El centro de mujeres Keeler ofrece consejeria espiritual a mujeres y hombres en espanol y ingles. Gratis. Se aceptan donaciones. Llame al 913-906-8990 para hacer su cita o para mas informacion. For more information and registration, call 913-906-8990.

Trunk-or-treat planned Oct. 30
A Halloween trunk-or-treat and a fire-juggling performance are planned from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, at the South Branch Library, 3104 Strong Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. Jason D’Vaude will present the fire-juggling performance.

Safe Halloween event planned Oct. 31
A safe Halloween event is planned from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, at the Eisenhower Center, 2901 N. 72nd St., Kansas City, Kansas. The event is presented by the Leavenworth Road Association, Multiply Church and Wyandotte County Parks. For more information, call 913-788-3988 or email lrakck@sbcglobal.net.

Alcott to hold Halloween event
The Alcott Arts Center, 180 S. 18th St., is preparing for its annual Halloween event at the Alcott from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31. The theme this year is the “Wizard of Oz.” The Alcott parking lot on Oct. 31 will be decorated with scenes from the “Wizard of Oz.” Visitors will walk through the gates and follow a yellow brick road. Artist Darryl Woods will be there and will have posters for children to select. Also, Sheryl Nance-Durst will volunteer her time to do face-painting. The Unified Government’s lead paint program will hand out information about the lead paint program. Children will receive a bag of candy at the event. Sponsors, partners and donors are needed for the Halloween program. Candy may be donated, and money will be accepted for the event’s expenses. Volunteers are also needed. For information, call 913-233-2787. The Alcott Arts Center is not yet ADA accessible. For more information, visit www.alcottartscenter.org/ or call 913-233-2787.

UG Commission plans special session Nov. 1
The Unified Government Commission is planning a special session at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, at the Pinnacle National Development Center, 1913 Pinnacle Way, Kansas City, Kansas, for a commission retreat. For more information, visit www.wycokck.org.

Library plans Dia de los Muertos event Nov. 2
The Kansas City, Kansas, Public Library will hold a Dia de los Muertos celebration on Nov. 2, with live music, a dance performance and a book giveaway. The event will be at 6 p.m. Nov. 2 at the South Branch Library, 3104 Strong Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. The Pablo Sanhueza Latin Jazz Band will perform, and the Los Bailadores de Ballet Folklorico de Kansas City will dance. Art and history exhibits will be on display. There will be a full-size altar on display, and also at the event will be a photo booth. Those attending may make crafts and taste traditional foods. Also, items related to Latino and Hispanic art and culture will be available for check-out from the library. The first 100 adults to arrive will receive a copy of Sonia Sotomayor’s book, “My Beloved World,” and the first 100 children to arrive will receive a copy of Sotomayor’s “Turn Pages: My Life Story,” a children’s book available in English and Spanish. Books and food are limited and will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis. Texas Humanities, a state affiliates of the National Endowment for the Humanities, has loaned the exhibit, “Voces Americanas: Latino Literature in the United States,” to the Kansas City, Kansas, Public Library for this celebration.

Women’s self-defense program offered
A women’s self-defense program will be offered from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, at the Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave, Kansas City, Kansas. The program is facilitated by Sidney Thompson. Kansas City Tsuruoka Karate will teach ways to defend oneself and others. For more information or to register, call 913-906-8990.

‘Pretty Nails’ program offered
Appointments for a “Pretty Nails” program will be offered from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, Nov. 8, at the Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. Those interested must call 913-906-8990 to schedule an appointment.

UG Ethics Commission to meet Nov. 8
The Unified Government Ethics Commission will meet at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, at the Wyandotte County Courthouse, second floor, Division 18, the old county commissioners’ chambers, 710 N. 7th St., Kansas City, Kansas.

Veterans Day Commemoration event to be Nov. 10
The annual Wyandotte County Veterans Day Commemoration event will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Salvation Army Harbor Light Village, 6723 State Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. The guest speaker will be Retired Sgt. First Class Gretchen Meitler, a veteran of the Iraq war and member of Tonganoxie VFW Post 9271. The Piper High School Music in Motion will perform. A brunch will be served. This year’s program will recognize current era veterans, with a special acknowledgment of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. The free community event is presented by the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 6401. Partners and sponsors include the Kansas City, Kansas, Women’s Chamber, the Kansas City, Kansas, Convention and Visitors Bureau, Salvation Army Harbor Light Village, Kansas City, Kansas, Public Library and Providence Medical Center.

Chili dinner planned Nov. 10
A chili dinner is planned, with a veterans’ ceremony, from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at Grinter Place, 78th and K-32, Kansas City, Kansas. The cost of the dinner will be $8 for adults, $4 for veterans with ID, $4 for youth under 12. Tours of the Grinter House will be $6 for adults and $3 for children.

Greeting card program planned Nov. 14
A program on creating greeting cards will be offered from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, at the Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. Participants may create personalized cards. Supplies will be provided. For more information or to register, call 913-906-8990.

Women’s Chamber to meet Nov. 14
The Kansas City, Kansas, Women’s Chamber of Commerce will meet from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, at the Board of Public Utilities offices, 540 Minnesota Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. The guest speaker will be Lauren Lane, an entrepreneur in the food and entertaining field, who has past career experience in creative design and management. The cost of the luncheon is $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers. Preregistration is required. For more information, see https://kckwomenschamber.org/.

Healthy living program offered Nov. 14
“Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body” will be offered from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, at the Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. The program will be led by Pat Callahan and Lori Wuellner. The program will discuss diet, nutrition, exercise, cognitive ability and social engagement for healthy aging. For more information or to register, call 913-906-8990.

Eisenhower craft show to be Nov. 17
The Eisenhower Christmas craft show will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at Eisenhower Recreation Center, 2901 N. 72nd, Kansas City, Kansas.

Leavenworth Road Association to meet Nov. 27
The Leavenworth Road Association will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, at the Eisenhower Recreation Center, 2901 N. 72nd, Kansas City, Kansas. A potluck dinner and social hour will be at 6 p.m., followed by the program at 7 p.m. The program will be information on the new trash pickup routes. For more information, call 913-788-3988 or email lrakck@sbcglobal.net.

Counseling offered
Keeler Women’s Center, offers individual and couples counseling and individual spiritual direction to women and men —available in English and Spanish. Nothing is billed. Donations are accepted. Call 913-906-8990 for information.

Wyandotte County Museum
For information about the Wyandotte County Museum, 631 N. 126th St., Bonner Springs, call 913-573-5002 or visit https://www.facebook.com/wycomuseum/.

Strawberry Hill Museum
For information about The Strawberry Hill Museum, 720 N. 4th St., Kansas City, Kansas, call 913-371-3264 or visit www.strawberryhillmuseum.org.

Grinter Place Museum
The Grinter Place State Historic Site, 1420 S. 78th St., Kansas City, Kan., is one of the oldest homes in the area, built in 1857. For more information about hours and days it is open, call 913-299-0373 or visit http://www.kshs.org/p/grinter-place-plan-your-visit/15857.

Old Quindaro Museum
The Old Quindaro Museum is at 3432 N. 29th St., Kansas City, Kan. For more information about the museum, call 816-820-3615 or visit https://www.facebook.com/ccoqmuseum/.

Pirates’ red zone defense seals 46-40 playoff win

Piper sophomore running back Le’James White (12) scored one of his five rushing touchdowns on a run up the right sideline. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

by Brian Turrel

With the game in the balance and 20 seconds on the clock, the Piper Pirates’ defense held the line against the Bonner Braves’ rush. The fourth-down red zone stop turned aside a Bonner comeback attempt, and earned the Pirates a berth in the next round of the playoffs.

Just a week after Braves and Pirates played against each other in the final game of the regular season, they found themselves matched up again in the first round of the KSHSAA 4A state tournament.

The previous game ended in a Piper rout, and the first quarter of the playoff game looked like it would follow. Piper racked up a 19-0 lead by the end of the first quarter on the strength of three Le’James White touchdown runs.

Bonner Springs started its comeback in the second quarter and scored 21 unanswered points before and after halftime. Johnathon Tapia scored on a goal-line quarterback keeper just before the half, and Bryce Krone picked up two touchdown runs in the third quarter.

The atmosphere was raucous, with the home and visitor stands cheering on their sides loudly. Bonner Springs tied the score at 40 with 6 minutes remaining on a pass from Noah Villarreal to Keyon Thomas. Piper retook the lead with another Le’James White touchdown run with only 2 minutes left, but kept the door open for a game-winning Bonner drive when their extra point attempt failed.

Bonner Springs looked poised to seize the opportunity and marched down the field fueled by Bryce Krone runs that kept moving the chains. The drive stalled out as the Braves’ offense approached the end zone, and Bonner Springs faced fourth-and-3 at the 6-yard line and only 20 seconds on the clock.

Bonner Springs turned to Krone once again on a run up the middle, but the Piper defensive line gave him only 2 1/2 yards. A jubilant cheer went up from the Piper sideline as the Bonner fans fell quiet. The Pirates took over and downed the ball one last time to run out the clock.

The Bonner Springs Braves closed out their season at 5-5, finishing fifth in their first season in the Frontier League.

Piper will play in the regional final game next Friday evening at Louisburg, the No. 1 seed in the eastern bracket of the playoffs.

The Piper football team charged onto the field before the game. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
The Bonner Springs marching band and drill team performed Disney movie songs, including “Beauty and the Beast.” (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
Bonner Springs senior quarterback Noah Villarreal (8) laid out on a touchdown run. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
Piper senior quarterback Dalton White (10) released a pass. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
Piper senior offensive lineman LeMoses White (59) cleared a path for Le’James White. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
Bonner Springs senior receiver Keyon Thomas (3) gained big yardage on a run around the right side. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
The Bonner Springs cheerleaders reacted to the Braves game-tying touchdown in the fourth quarter. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
Dalton White accelerated away from the Braves’ defense on a long run. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
Bonner Springs junior receiver Ethan Byers (14) caught a touchdown pass in the second quarter. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
The Piper team headed to the sidelines after the game to thank their fans. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
The Piper defense held up Bonner Springs junior running back Bryce Krone (19) on the decisive play of the fourth quarter. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)