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The deadline is Nov. 17 to schedule an appointment for a home energy audit with the Board of Public Utilities, according to a BPU spokesman.

Those who are interested in a BPU home energy audit may call 913-573-9997 or email

Customers may spend $50 for an audit that may save them hundreds of dollars on their utility bills, according to the spokesman.

The tests will include blower door tests to identify costly air leakages; combustible appliance zone test; up to 10 free compact fluorescent light bulbs; recommendations for energy efficiency improvements; and development of an energy conservation plan.

Homeowners must have 12 months of electric usage with the BPU.

Those who make the recommended improvements within 90 days will get a $50 refund of their appointment fee, according to the BPU.

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Air Force Airman 1st Class Cameron S. Harris graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Harris is the son of Charles S. Harris of Kansas City, Kan., and of Melinda K. Harris of Blue Springs, Mo.

A Fall Festival, “Night of Safety,” is offered as a Christian alternative to Halloween from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, at Mt. Carmel Church of God in Christ, 2025 N. 12th St., Kansas City, Kan.

The event is free and open to the public, and is geared to children.

There will be food, a moonwalk, games and activities for children.

According to a spokesman, since a recent drive-by shooting happened in the area, many persons could be afraid to “trick or treat,” and this event is being offered as a safe alternative.

Members of the Kansas City, Kan., Police Department, Kansas City, Kan., Fire Department, Kansas City, Kan., Public Schools, Ad Hoc Group Against Crime, along with leaders and churches in the community, plan to attend.

Those attending are asked to stay at the event from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., although they also may stay through the entire event until 8 p.m.

“With serious thoughts and prayers, our church is committed to be there for the healing process of our neighborhood,” a spokesman said.