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Members of the Kansas City Kansas Community College softball team were everywhere making preparations for serving Thanksgiving dinner to 125 tenants and guests at Planters II high rise facility for disabled and handicapped. (KCKCC photo)
Members of the Kansas City Kansas Community College softball team were everywhere making preparations for serving Thanksgiving dinner to 125 tenants and guests at Planters II high rise facility for disabled and handicapped. (KCKCC photo)

by Alan Hoskins

Members of the Kansas City Kansas Community College softball team took time away from their Thanksgiving break to help others have a festive Thanksgiving.

For the fourth consecutive year, the Lady Blue Devil softball team coached by Kacy Tillery helped serve Thanksgiving dinner to more than 125 tenants and guests from the Planters II high rise facility for elderly and disabled in Leavenworth.

“For the last 10 years, Amy and Janice Carpenter and Joyce Adams have cooked and prepared Thanksgiving dinner for the tenants and their families,” Tillery said. “For many, it’s the only Thanksgiving dinner they will receive and something our softball teams looks forward to and enjoys assisting.”

The menu included five turkeys, three 20-pound hams, 60 pounds of sweet potatoes, 80 pounds of mashed potatoes, buckets of gravy, nine pans of dressing, two roasters of green beans, 14 cans of cranberry sauce, 15 dozen rolls and 30 pies. “A huge success,” Tillery said. “Plenty of food with seconds for everyone.”

In addition to the annual Thanksgiving assistance, the Blue Devil softball team is making available a large assortment of Blue Devil short and long-sleeve T-shirts, hoodies, fleeces and caps. Descriptions and prices can be found on the KCKCC softball website (www.bluedevils.kckcc.edu/sports) or by contacting Kacy Tillery at ktillery@kckcc.edu.

Alan Hoskins is the sports information director for KCKCC.

Olivia Hatchel, Kansas City, Kan., is appearing a production of “Alice in Wonderland” at the Xavier Theatre, University of Saint Mary campus, 4100 S. 4th St., Leavenworth, Kan.

The classic is the annual Christmas season theater production and will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, and Saturday, Dec. 6, in Xavier Theatre.

It also will be presented to schoolchildren in group and school matinees.

For ticket information, call 913-758-6152.

Some Veterans Day events are planned in the Greater Kansas City area.

Free admission to National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial today

Today, the National World War I Museum at the Liberty Memorial in Kansas City, Mo., is one of the hubs of activities saluting veterans. This year is the 100th anniversary of World War I.

Several activities are planned at the World War I Museum, and there is free admission for the public today.

A ceremony is planned at 10 a.m. to feature local dignitaries and officials as well as biographer A. Scott Berg. Berg will speak at 6:30 p.m. about Woodrow Wilson’s fight for peace after World War I.

There will be a donation drive for Red Racks Thrift Stores, operated by the Disabled American Veterans. Clothes, shoes, small household items and toys for children are sought.

Claudio Bisogniero, ambassador of Italy to the United States, is expected to visit the World War I Museum on Monday, Nov. 17, for a private event before the debut of “War & Art, Destruction and Protection of Italian Cultural Heritage During World War I,” a special exhibit featuring photographs documenting the preservation of priceless works of art during the war.

Leavenworth plans Veterans Day parade

Leavenworth is planning a Leavenworth County Veterans Day parade starting at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 11.

The event begins at 10:30 a.m. at Fourth and Cherokee streets in Leavenworth, Kan.
David R. Thomas of Leavenworth, who volunteers with the American Legion and other organizations, is the parade grand marshal.

For more information about the parade, visit www.lvvetsparade.com.

Veterans Day observance scheduled at Resurrection Cemetery, Lenexa

Veterans, family members and friends are invited to attend a flag-raising ceremony and tribute at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, at the Veterans Memorial at Resurrection Cemetery, 83rd and Quivira Road, Lenexa, Kan.

The American Legion Band will provide a patriotic musical prelude at 1:30 p.m. The brief ceremony will include the flag-raising, patriotic music, a tribute to veterans, prayer, a 21-gun salute and playing of taps. American Legion Post 370 will be the color guard. Small flags will be available for gravesite decorations.

Chaplain, Lt. Col. James E. Ludwikoski will pay tribute to veterans during the program. Father Ludwikoski is pastor of Good Shepherd Parish, Shawnee, Kan.

The Veterans Memorial at Resurrection Cemetery features monuments and flags representing the five branches of the Armed Forces and the Merchant Marines. Family members and friends can remember and honor veterans by arranging to have their names engraved on the granite walls adjoining the monuments. Adjacent to the memorial is a section dedicated for burial of veterans and their spouses.

Gratitude ceremony for veterans planned Nov. 12

The University of Saint Mary, Leavenworth, will honor the veterans, active-duty, and military families within its university community at a special gratitude and pinning ceremony at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, in the Mead Hall Walnut Room on the Saint Mary campus in Leavenworth. Among the special guests who may be in attendance at the event is Col. Timothy Wulff, garrison commander at Fort Leavenworth.

The university will also participate in Leavenworth’s Veterans Day parade on Nov. 11.