Annual lineman’s rodeo to be Saturday at Ag Hall

The annual International Lineman’s Rodeo competition will be held on Saturday, Oct. 19, at the National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame near 126th and State Avenue in Bonner Springs, Kansas.

Competition begins at 7 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19.

Team and apprentice events will include the “hurtman rescue” and the “pole climb.” More than 1,000 participants from utilities throughout the nation and from other countries will test their skills in these events.

There will be food and crafts vendors. Admission is free and open to the public

Seven linemen from the Kansas City, Kansas, Board of Public Utilities plan to participate in the linemen contests. They include Eric Ferguson, David Shore, David Westfall, Jake Janes, Bryan Eisman, Marco Aranda and Trenton Overton.

Thousands of utility professionals will be in town this weekend for an annual trade show and expo in Overland Park, Kansas, with the lineman competition at the Ag Hall. An awards banquet will be held at the Overland Park Convention Center at 7 p.m. Saturday.

The lineman’s rodeo focuses on safety and safe work practices, while recognizing technical craft skills of utility linemen. Another focus of the event is to have fun while sharing work knowledge with others in their trade from different companies and different parts of the country.

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Reid, Sanders win WyCo Senior Golf championships

Jerry Reid (Photo from Alan Hoskins)
Bill Sanders (Photo from Alan Hoskins)

by Alan Hoskins

A veteran and a relative newcomer swept the top honors in the 36th Annual Wyandotte County Senior Golf Championship at Sunflower Hills Golf Course Friday.

Jerry Reid had the day’s best round, a sizzling 3-under par 69, while Bill Sanders took low net honors with a 60 in the tourney that drew 111 seniors 55 years of age and older. The seniors competed in six age flights.

Reid’s low gross championship was his third and was fashioned on a half dozen birdies set up by precision iron play and an accurate putter. Four of the birdies came on a bogey-free front nine.

“I had six putts through the first six holes,” Reid said. “I got close on No. 2, chipped in on No. 3, made a 15-foot birdie putt on No. 7 and a 4-footer on No. 9.”

Ironically, he 3-putted Nos. 12 and 15 and failed to get up and down on No. 16 while birdieing No. 14 with a 15-foot putt and hitting a 90-yard pitching wedge to within a foot on the par 5 17th.

“Drove the ball well, kept almost everything in the fairway and my irons and putting were excellent,” Reid said.

Retired 15 years after a 17-year career as business manager at Kansas City Kansas Community College, Reid has been Sunflower Hills’ Player of the Year several times. He currently carries a 2 handicap.

At 56, Bill Sanders was playing in only the second WyCo Senior tourney that he was eligible.

“I got started off playing well and then started falling apart so I was glad to get to the last hole,” said Sanders, who shot a gross 89 with a 29 handicap.

Retired from the Kansas City, Kansas, Police Department, Sanders is a regular in Sunflower Hills’ Wednesday Senior League. A lifelong KCK resident, he attended St. Peter’s Elementary School and Bishop Ward High School.

Bill Palmer came closest to shooting his age with a 74 while 93-year-old Frank Payne bettered his age with an 89. Flight winners were Ritch Nigh, Ed McFadden, Joe Carillo, Rick Richardson, Chris Blum and Palmer. Taking low net honors were Bob McNellis, Phil Jones, Steve Bock, Keith Johnson, Phil Stines and Joe Dercher.

36th WyCo Senior Flight Results

Senior Kids (ages 55-81) – 1. Ritch Nigh, 74; 2. Brad Burton, 75; 3. Chris Faddis, 76; 4. Ray Loya, 81. Net – 1. Bob McNellis, 64; 2. (tie) Todd Milberger, James Philpot, Greg Schmidt, 70.

Freshmen (62-65) – 1. Ed McFadden, 76; 2. Rick Egnatic, 78; 3. Wilson Winn, 80; 4. (tie) Craig McKinley, Scott Ramsey, 83. Net – 1. Phil Jones, 63; Tom Kanatzar, 67; 3. (tie) Bob Norris, Dave VanDerwell, Jerry Verbeck.

Sophomores (66-68) – 1. Joe Carillo, 79; 2. Randy Kancel, 82’ 3. Jim Christoph, 83; 4. Jerry Lamb, 84. Net – 1. Steve Bock, 69; 2. Dan Schmidt, 70; 3. Dave Pierce, 71; 4. Tim Cavlovic, 73.

Juniors (69-71) – 1. Rick Richardson, 77; 2. (tie) Bob Chatterton, Ray Gelser, Bob Janesko, 79. Net – 1. Keith Johnson, 66; 2. Scott Murphy, 70’ 3. Don McCann, 72; Doug Winkelbauer, 73.

Adults (72-75) – 1. Chris Blum, 79; 2. Roger DeLong, 80; 3. Bob Ulmer, 84; 4. Wayne Johnson, 88. Net – 1. Phil Stines, 70 (won scorecard playoff); 2. Tom Butler, 70; 3. Bud Thurston, 71; 4. (tie) Herschel Hendrix, Dan Sexton, 75.

Seniors (76 and over) – 1. Bill Palmer, 74; Dave Klein, 82; 3. Dale Moore, 85; 4. (tie) Richard Johnson, Dennis McWilliams, 88. Net – 1.Joe Dercher, 62; 2. Frank Payne, 70; 3. Tom Cooley, 71; 4. Kirk Witt, 73.

Proximity winners – Closest to the hole: Dale Moore, No. 4; Carl Roach, No. 8; Joe Sachan, No. 13; Ray Loya,. No. 16. Closest second shot – Rick Egnatic, No. 10; Tom Butler, No. 18.

Saturday events

In the event of inclement weather, contact the sponsoring organization to find out if the event will be held.

Quilt show opens at Wyandotte County Museum

Saturday will be opening day for the community quilt show at the Wyandotte County Museum, located in Wyandotte County Park at 126th and State Avenue, Bonner Springs. More than 60 quilts from the community are on display this year. Many of the quilts are handmade. The community quilt show is open during regular hours at the museum. On Saturday, Oct. 5, the hours will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The museum is now open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. It will not be open Sunday.

80th annual Silver City Day parade on Saturday

The 80th annual Silver City Day celebration is planned Saturday, Oct. 5, in the Argentine area of Kansas City, Kansas. The day starts with a parade at 10 a.m. at 42nd and Strong Avenue, continuing east. After the parade, a festival will be held at Emerson Park, 29th and Strong Avenue. The festival will continue until around 3:30 p.m. or 4 p.m. Musical entertainment, food, information and craft booths are planned at the festival. There will be seven to eight groups that will have food available for sale. There will be no admission charge to the festival. For more information, see


Renaissance Festival continues

The Renaissance Festival will continue from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 5 and 6, at 130th and State Avenue, Bonner Springs. Tickets are $22.95 for adults and $13.95 for children 5 to 12 years old. For more information, visit

Family story time planned

Family story time is planned from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 5, at the youth services craft room at the Main Kansas City, Kansas, Public Library, 625 Minnesota Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. The event includes stories, dance and singing. The program is geared to ages 2 to 6. For other library programs, visit

Spanish singing lessons planned

“Clases de Canto,” or Spanish singing lessons, are planned from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, in Conference Room B, South Branch Library, 3104 Strong Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. The Spanish language singing class is taught by Sandra Zamora. For other library programs, visit

40 authors featured at library’s Homegrown Reads program Saturday

About 40 area authors will be featured at the Homegrown Reads program on Saturday, Oct. 5, at the Main Kansas City, Kansas, Public Library, 625 Minnesota Ave. The event will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday on the main floor of the library. The event is free and open to the public. Most of the authors will have their books on hand to sell, and will autograph books. For more information, visit

Armourdale Fall Festival to be Saturday

The Armourdale Renewal Association is sponsoring a fall festival from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at Shawnee Park, 719 S. Pyle St., Kansas City, Kansas. The festival will include food, games, arts and crafts, free carnival games and entertainment. Also included are bounce houses and pony rides for children. There is no charge for the festival and it is open to the public. After the festival, a movie night will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday at the Armourdale Community Center, 730 Osage Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. The movie night is free and popcorn will be provided.