Community meeting planned with police chief, sheriff

A community forum is planned Feb. 21 for the community to meet local law enforcement officers.

The coffee and doughnuts hour is planned at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, at the East Fellowship Hall, Mount Zion Baptist Church, 417 Richmond Ave., Kansas City, Kan.

It is a joint effort of the Kansas City, Kan., Baptist Ministers Union and participating churches, with local law enforcement officers.

Police Chief Terry R. Zeigler and Wyandotte County Sheriff Don Ash, with some of their officers, will be the guests at the meeting. The meeting will be from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

According to an announcement, the purpose of the coffee hour is to acquaint the public with the police and sheriff departments, in the hope of building the best possible relationship between the community and local law enforcement agencies.

The Baptist Ministers Union Civic Committee includes the Rev. C.L. Bachus, the Rev. Jimmie L. Banks, the Rev. Rickey D. Turner and the Rev. Bobby Young, president.

Former KCKCC instructor honored in memorial reading and scholarship fundraiser

by Kelly Rogge

A former faculty member at Kansas City Kansas Community College is being remembered through the Riverfront Series.

Philip Miller taught English composition and literature at KCKCC as well as creative writing and learning center courses from 1976 to 2002, when he retired from the college.

He was a well-published poet, an editor, the co-founder of a long-running reading series and a promoter and supporter of literature in the Kansas City area for many years. Even after moving to Pennsylvania, he continued writing, publishing, editing and encouraging other writers.

One of Miller’s legacies is the Riverfront Reading Series, which began in the 1980s. The series continues, now sponsored by a six-member committee, and is headed by poet Phyllis Becker.

This year’s reading will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 15 at The Writer’s Place, 3607 Pennsylvania Ave. in Kansas City, Mo. In addition, there will be a silent auction, and refreshments will be served.

Donations collected will go toward the Phillip Miller Scholarship fund at KCKCC. The $500 scholarship will be awarded to one English or creative writing student in the Humanities Department at KCKCC each year.

During the reading, KCKCC faculty and students are invited to read their work. Readers are asked to read original poems on the themes of love (or anti-love) or are invited to read one of Miller’s poems.

His work can be found online or in his books, such as “Branches Snapping or Hard Freeze,” (available through Amazon). Other works by Miller can be found at Prospero’s Bookstore, 1800 W. 39th St. in Kansas City, Mo.

Those interested in participating are asked to send an email to Readers can also register the day of the event. If unable to attend the Poetry Reading, donations to the Phillip Miller Scholarship Fund can be mailed to KCKCC, 7250 State Ave., Kansas City, Kan. 66112. Put Attn: Dawanna Fangohr, professional assistant, KCKCC Endowment Association, on the envelope.

Checks should be made payable to the KCKCC Endowment Association and write “Phillip Miller Scholarship” in the Notes section.

Kelly Rogge is the public information supervisor for Kansas City Kansas Community College.

Maybe one more day until snow melts

After a cold morning when temperatures at 8 a.m. were at 8 degrees, Wyandotte County should warm up to a high near 29 today, according to the National Weather Service forecast. It could be another day before Wednesday’s snow melts.

Wind chills went down to zero at 4 a.m. this morning, according to the National Weather Service. Today, the warming trend starts. Tonight’s low will be 25.

Friday will be a sunny day with a high near 53, the weather service said. A south southwest wind will be 9 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph, according to the weather service. Friday night’s low will be about 35.

Saturday continues the warmer weather and sunny skies, with a high near 61, according to the weather service. Saturday night, the low will be about 39.

Sunday’s weather will be mostly sunny with a high near 57, the weather service said. Sunday night, the low will be 32.

Monday, the high will be near 48, and Tuesday, near 52, the weather service said.

Tuesday night and Wednesday, there will be a 30 percent chance of rain with the high on Wednesday near 49, according to the weather service.

Cooler weather is expected by forecasters to return mid-week.