KCK author writes new book

“Brandeen, In the Shadow of Captain Moonlight,” a new book by Helen Walsh Folsom, is now available.

Folsom is from Kansas City, Kan., and has written other books, including “St. Patrick’s Secrets,” “Fianna,” and “Ah, Those Irish Colleens.”  Drawing on her Scots Irish heritage, she decided that in her retirement she would write books with Irish settings.

This new book is the story of Brandeen, who lived with her tender-hearted mother, Peig, in the town of Cullymor, Ireland. Her life was not at all pleasant. She was considered illegitimate and treated horribly by the town folk. When she learns of her father’s return, she burns with anger and resentment.

Brandeen resents this estranged father who forces her away from her secure little cottage home into an uncomfortable house and dangerous circumstances that repeatedly threaten her life.

Although she grows to enjoy her training to become a shipping company magnate, she still resents her father until slowly and surely she realizes the man she hates is the man she would risk anything to defend, even to revealing the identity of Captain Moonlight.

The book is available for purchase by Kindle on www.amazon.com.

KCKCC-TEC cosmetology students prepare for graduation

Melissa Pegel, Josie Hensley, Danielle Caruthers, Pauline Karan work with customer, Mazine Boyice at KCKCC-TEC. (KCKCC photo)

by Kelly Rogge

With graduation nearing, four students in the Kansas City Kansas Community College’s Technical Education Center Cosmetology program are preparing for the next chapter of their lives.

Danielle Caruthers, Melissa Pegel, Josie Hensley and Pauline Karan have all been enrolled in the program for two years.

Each will be graduating with a Cosmetology Certificate of Completion and Cosmetology License.

The four graduates had a unique experience of being in both the old KCKCC-TEC facility and new building, which opened in August 2013.

They said the new location is modern and offers a great opportunity to work hands-on with customers, using what they learned in the classroom.

“I chose the cosmetology program because I have always loved to do hair,” Karan said. “What I liked most about this program was the fact that it was Monday through Friday, and you get to learn everything there is to know about hair.”

The cosmetology program at KCKCC-TEC is a 50 credit hour program for high school and postsecondary students.

The goal is to prepare students to take the Kansas Board of Cosmetology written and performance exam, which is required before a graduate can become a licensed cosmetologist.

Courses in the program include scientific concepts, physical services, chemical services, hair designing and business practices.

“I love to make people feel great and beautiful,” Pegel said. “I loved all of my instructors. We had this beautiful new building and great instructors to help us learn. I feel like I am now part of KCKCC history.”

For more information on the cosmetology program or any of the programs at KCKCC-TEC, call 913-288-7800 or visit the KCKCC website at www.kckcc.edu/academics/TEC/.

Pauline Karan, Melissa Pegel, Interim Fulltime Faculty- Cosmetology, Ralph Bautista, Danielle Caruthers and Josie Hensley. (KCKCC photo)

Armourdale awards

Armourdale community police officer Sara A. Lopez and Officer Eric A. Ibanez recently received the Armourdale Optimist Club Law Enforcement Officer of the Year award at the annual Armourdale Optimist Luncheon. Officer Lopez was present to receive the award. (Photo from Rep. Pam Curtis)
Armourdale community police officer Sara A. Lopez and Officer Eric A. Ibanez recently received the Armourdale Optimist Club Law Enforcement Officer of the Year award at the annual Armourdale Optimist Luncheon. Officer Lopez was present to receive the award. (Photo from Rep. Pam Curtis)
Armourdale community police officer Sara A. Lopez and Officer Eric A. Ibanez recently received the Armourdale Optimist Club Law Enforcement Officer of the Year award at the annual Armourdale Optimist Luncheon. Officer Lopez was present to receive the award. (Photo from Rep. Pam Curtis)