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Programs offered for Spanish-speaking women
Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kansas, offers programs for Spanish-speaking women: Grupo de mujeres: con lideres Mary Ellen Rodriguez y Ana Maria Sauer, los martes, 20 & 27 de febrero, 10-11 a.m., Grupo de salud emocional para la mujer, ofrecido por MOCSA, contacte a Sinead McDonough, llame al 816-285-1349, los martes, 1-2:30 p.m.; clase de nutricion – cada tercer Jueves del Mes. Jueves, 22 de febrero, 10-11 a.m. For more information and registration, call 913-906-8990.

AARP Tax-Aide program offered
The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program is being offered at sites in Kansas City, Kansas. The volunteer-based program offers tax assistance for those over 50 and also for persons who qualify by income. The locations include the Providence YMCA-Ball Center, 8601 Parallel Parkway, Kansas City Kansas, appointment needed; Kansas City Kansas Community College, 7250 State Ave., appointment not required; Turner Recreation Center, 831 S. 55th, appointment required; and Kansas City, Kansas, City Hall, 701 N. 7th St., no appointment required. The locations are open only on certain days and at certain times. Each location has specific times, dates, appointment phone numbers and guidelines for participants that are available on the Tax-Aide website at https://www.aarp.org/money/taxes/aarp_taxaide/.

Create beaded jewelry Feb. 19
Create beaded jewelry during a program from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 19, at the Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. The program is facilitated by Jill Ellena Winters. Participants will create their own jewelry. All supplies will be provided. For more information and registration, call 913-906-8990.

Women’s basic self-defense program offered
Learn self-defense techniques at a program for women from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, at the Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. The basic strategies will be presented by Kansas City Tsuruoka Karate, with Sidney Thompson. For more information and registration, call 913-906-8990.

BPU to meet Feb. 21
The Board of Public Utilities will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, at the BPU offices, 540 Minnesota Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. On the agenda for the regular meeting are a visitors’ time; an update on generation; a preliminary December financial report; board comments; general manager comments; and an executive session.

Blood drive scheduled Feb. 22
A Community Blood Center blood drive is scheduled from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Bonner Springs High School gym, 100 McDanield St., Bonner Springs, Kansas. To schedule a donation, visit www.esavealifenow.org or call 816-753-4040.

Personal finance program offered
“Every Cent Counts” will be presented from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, at the Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. Those participating will learn about managing money and will learn about making conscious decisions about their finances. The presenter will be Jennifer Rottinghaus, CPA. For more information and registration, call 913-906-8990.

‘Pretty Nails’ program offered
Appointments for a “Pretty Nails” program will be offered from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, Feb. 22, at the Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan. In this program, nails will be shaped and painted by Ana Maria Price, volunteer. Those interested must call 913-906-8990 to schedule an appointment.

Creation Health program offered
A Creation Health program will be offered from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, at the Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. The program will discuss finding new energy, peace and good health. Ann Suellentrop, in partnership with Shawnee Mission Health, is the facilitator. Those interested must call 913-906-8990 to schedule an appointment.

UG Commission to meet Feb. 22
The Unified Government Commission will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, in the Commission Chamber, lobby level, City Hall, 701 N. 7th St., Kansas City, Kansas. A UG special session will be held at 5 p.m. Feb. 22 in the fifth floor conference room to discussion National Incident Management System training, with a presentation afterward on the Northeast Master Plan. The agenda is at www.wycokck.org.

Blood drive scheduled Feb. 23
A Community Blood Center blood drive is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Bishop Ward High School gym, 708 N. 18th St., Kansas City, Kansas. To schedule a donation, visit www.esavealifenow.org or call 816-753-4040.

Blood drive scheduled Feb. 28
A Community Blood Center blood drive is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Kansas City Kansas Community College Technical Education Center, multipurpose room, 6565 State Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. To schedule a donation, visit www.esavealifenow.org or call 816-753-4040.

Greater Kansas City Mayors’ Prayer Breakfast to be March 1
The 57th annual Greater Kansas City Mayors’ Prayer Breakfast will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Thursday, March 1, at the Kansas City Downtown Convention Center Ballroom, 301 W. 13th St., Kansas City, Mo. The guest speaker at the breakfast will be Lamar Hunt Jr., owner of the Kansas City Mavericks hockey team. The breakfast is co-sponsored by more than 30 area mayors. This year the breakfast will benefit the nonprofit Sheffield Place of Kansas City, which helps homeless mothers and their children become more self-sufficient. Tickets are $50 each, with online payment available. Tickets and reservations are available at www.kccmpb@aol.com or call 816-863-0992.

Container gardening program planned March 1
A program on container gardening will be offered at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 1, at the Wyandotte County Extension Office, Sunflower Room, 1208 N. 79th St., Kansas City, Kansas. To be covered in this program are simple design tips for choosing the right plants for success, whether they are flowers, green plants, succulents, herbs or vegetables. Ideas for different types of containers will be discussed. Presenting the program will be Leavenworth County Extension Master Gardeners Pat Paden and Jackie Lee. Registration is not required for the class. The fee is $5, payable at the door. The fee is waived for certified Master Gardeners. For more information, call 913-299-9300.

UG Commission scheduled to meet March 1
The Unified Government Commission is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 1, in the Commission Chamber, lobby level, City Hall, 701 N. 7th St., Kansas City, Kansas. Planning and zoning items are expected to be on the agenda, which may be posted a few days in advance of the meeting at www.wycokck.org.

Blood drive scheduled March 2
A Community Blood Center blood drive is scheduled from 7:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 2 at Turner High School, auxiliary gym, 2211 S. 55th St., Kansas City, Kansas. To schedule a donation, visit www.esavealifenow.org or call 816-753-4040.

Opening day at lake to be March 3
The opening day at Wyandotte County Lake will be Saturday, March 3. An opening day breakfast will take place from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. March 3 at the Davis Hall at Wyandotte County Lake Park, 91st and Leavenworth Road. The event is a fundraiser for the Leavenworth Road Association. Biscuits and sausage, coffee, milk or orange juice will be available for $10 per person, or half-price for children under 10.

Dining with Diabetes program to begin March 7
Dining with Diabetes, a program that will help people learn about and manage Type 2 diabetes, will be held from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays, March 7, 14, 21 and 28, at the Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. The program includes information about planning meals and snacks with healthy recipes, cooking demonstrations and food sampling, motivation and support, ideas for being more active and an understanding of how diabetes affects one’s health. The program is presented by K-State Research and Extension of Wyandotte County. There is no charge for the program. To register, call 913-299-9300 or email Lori Wuellner, lwuellne@ksu.edu.

Counseling offered
The Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., is offering individual and couples counseling to women and men who might not otherwise be able to afford counseling. Counseling services are available in English and Spanish. Nothing is billed. Donations are accepted. Call 913-906-8990 for information or to do an intake and schedule an appointment.

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/.

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Police ask public to help identify individuals at ATM

Police are asking the public to help identify two individuals at an ATM machine on Feb. 10.

The public is asked to help identify persons of interest in a property case on Feb. 10, according to the Kansas City, Kansas, Police Department.

According to a police spokesman, at 8:51 on Feb. 10, officers responded to a call about a card scanning device located on a bank’s ATM card reader.

Cameras at the ATM showed a scanning device being put over the card reader, according to police.

The incident is under investigation by the Kansas City, Kansas, Police Department’s property crimes unit, which is encouraging anyone with information to call the TIPS hotline at 816-474-TIPS.

Police are asking the public to help identify two individuals at an ATM machine on Feb. 10.


Police are asking the public to help identify two individuals at an ATM machine on Feb. 10.


Police are asking the public to help identify individuals at an ATM machine.


Police are asking the public to help identify individuals at an ATM machine.

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New book tells story of KCK doctor in World War I

A new book details the experiences of a Kansas doctor in World War I.

by Mary Rupert

The story of a Kansas City, Kansas, doctor in World War I is featured in a new book, “Colonel Wilkinson’s Diary, A Kansas Doctor in World War I France.”

The book about Dr. Hugh Wilkinson is especially timely now, during the centennial of the end of World War I, according to author Joe H. Vaughan.

The book is based on the diary of Dr. Wilkinson, Vaughan said, and it contains his descriptive and sometimes blunt assessments of the war and the people he worked with. Vaughan is Wilkinson’s grandson, and was born about 20 years after the doctor’s death.

Dr. Wilkinson, in his 40s at the time, left Kansas and his family to volunteer for the war effort, and he cared for some of the soldiers most in need at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington, according to Vaughan. Later, he was sent to France to command a mobile hospital. He was in France during the flu epidemic of 1918 and a typhoid outbreak.

Dr. Wilkinson, in his diary, described the way medicine was practiced in the days before there was penicillin or air conditioning. He also described the great amount of anguish and loss he observed in the war, known then as the “Great War” and the “War to End All Wars.”

A native of Seneca, Kansas, Dr. Wilkinson returned to Kansas City, Kansas, in 1920, after the war, to practice medicine, with offices in the old Brotherhood Building in the 700 block of Minnesota Avenue, Vaughan said. Wilkinson died in 1934.

Vaughan, a Prairie Village resident who grew up in Kansas City, Kansas, attended Wyandotte High School and the University of Kansas School of Journalism, came across Dr. Wilkinson’s diary one day in an unexpected way.

Vaughan said he started cleaning out his mother’s house after her death in 2006, and found a metal U.S. Army trunk in a storage room. It turned out to be his grandfather’s trunk, and inside was his grandfather’s diary, he said. Vaughan thought it was worth preserving in a book.

“He was either brilliant or an idiot to keep a diary like that,” Vaughan said. It was brilliant because it described World War I in first-person, blunt language, from a doctor’s perspective. At the same time, if Wilkinson had been caught with a diary at the time, he might have been court-martialed, Vaughan added.

Vaughan said some other interesting items he discovered in his grandfather’s trunk were pictures from a stop in the United Kingdom, as well as letters from King George and Gen. John J. Pershing.

Joe Vaughan

In 2012, Vaughan was the author of “Kansas City, Kansas,” a historical book in the Images of America series from Arcadia Publishing. Vaughan also is known here for his background in broadcast journalism.

“Col. Wilkinson’s Diary” is published by Mennonite Press and is available at Varsity Sports, 7717 Parallel Parkway, Kansas City, Kansas, and at the Wyandotte County Museum, 631 N. 126th St., Bonner Springs, Kansas. The book also is available at Rainy Day Books in Fairway, Kansas, and at amazon.com.

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