School is started, so watch out for kids waiting outside in the morning. Granddaughter Madi started kindergarten and we had a crowd to see her off on the bus the first morning. Fun!
I’m having fun meeting lots of new people going door to door. I appreciate the hospitality and your sharing concerns and ideas about our state.
Enjoyed the Overbrook Parade and Fair last Saturday. Senator Hensley and I were joined by a group of local teachers. After the parade I watched some fine-looking animals raised by 4H members get auctioned off. It was great to see how the community supports these future farmers and business leaders.
LET’S GET TO WORK!
- If you are looking for work, be sure your first stop is the Workforce Centers in Topeka and Lawrence. They will help with resumes, job search, interviews and more. Check it out at www.kansasworks.com.
- Business owners and entrepreneurs plan to meet at this Osage County After Hours Event: Wednesday, August 20, 4 Corners Steakhouse, 15745 S Topeka Ave. at 6 pm. Casual networking with no fees. Bring your business cards. RSVP to Shannon@knoxwrapps.com.
- The Capital Journal is offering a new service for employers and job seekers. At https://jobs.cjonline.com you can create a cover letter and resume and look for a job. For information or to advertise jobs, call 785-295-1125.
JOBS REPORT OUT
State-specific jobs numbers for July were released Monday. Kansas held its own on unemployment. Kansas was at 4.9%. Nebraska was at 3.6%, Oklahoma at 4.6%, and Colorado at 5.3%. The national average was 6.2%.
On job growth, Kansas lags all our neighboring states except Nebraska. We had 13,800 more nonfarm jobs than July 2013. Here’s how our neighbors did in comparison:
- Colorado – 65,600 jobs
- Missouri – 53,600 jobs
- Oklahoma – 30,200 jobs
- Nebraska – 2,800 jobs
You would expect states with larger populations to have higher jobs numbers, but Kansas also lags in percent growth. Kansas and Nebraska were in the range of .1% to 1 percent growth for July 2013 to July 2014. Oklahoma and Missouri were in the 1.1 to 2% range. Colorado was in the 2.1 to 3% range.
If you would like to vote from home this year, you can do that! It’s a great option for college students, the elderly, busy moms, those who live out in the country, and those who commute each day and get home late.
If you let me know, I’ll send you the AV1M form. You just fill it out and send it to your county election office. They will send you the ballot in mid-October. It has to be back in the election office by 7 pm on election day, November 4. If you have questions, just write back and let me know.
The Carbondale Fall Celebration will feature the “Follow Your Dreams” 5k run/walk this year. Starts at 8 am on Saturday, September 13, at the Carbondale ball diamonds. Proceeds go to the Fall Celebration. Register by August 31 by contacting Emily Roberts at 785-836-7871 or by email at email@example.com. $25 entry fee includes shirt.
If you have community events coming up, let me know. This email goes to nearly 3000 homes in Shawnee, Osage, and Douglas counties. I’d love to help you get the word out! Just remember to send your activities ahead of time.
- Thursday, August 21: The Lesters will be in concert at the Berryton United Methodist Church. Two shows at 3 pm and 7 pm. Love offering. Concessions available.
- August 28-31: The Vietnam veterans traveling wall comes to Topeka at the Kansas National Guard Museum at Forbes Field. 627 Kansans were killed in the Vietnam war. Open from 12 noon on August 28 to 3 pm on August 31. Open 24 hours a day. This is an 80% scale version, 360 feet in length. Reveille and evening ceremonies held daily with special events on August 30. I have a link to the list of Kansans listed on the wall if you want it.
- Wednesday, Sept. 3: Community dinner at Tecumseh United Methodist Church from 5-6:30 pm. Baked spaghetti, French bread and more. Free will donation to benefit children and community programs.
- Saturday, Sept. 13: Topeka Civitan Club Car Show at Civitan Park in Gage Park across from the baseball field.
- Saturday, Sept. 20: Scranton Lions Club breakfast featuring pancakes and biscuits and gravy at the Community Center. 7 am to 11 am. Donations accepted at the door.
- September 20: Shawnee Heights High School All School Class Reunion at the Capital Plaza Hotel. Details will be found at http://shhsalumni.classquest.com.
- Saturday, Sept. 27: Tecumseh Heritage Day from 10 am to 3 pm in Tecumseh. Lots of fun family activities and about the best pie and ice cream you will find anywhere! Homemade pie contest, music, wagon rides, games, jump house, booths, demonstrations, and more.
- Saturday, Sept. 27: Home Harvest Picnic at 5 pm at the Wakarusa River Valley Heritage Museum near Clinton. Dinner and music!
- October 3-4: Auburn Community Fair. Parade on Saturday afternoon at 2 pm.
- Kaw Valley Farm Tour October 4-5. 10 am to 6 pm. Over 20 kid-friendly farms to visit for just $10 per carload. I highly recommend this for you and the kids. Demonstrations and activities of all kinds showing the diversity of Kansas farms. That’s how I met my favorite chocolatier! For details go to www.KawValleyFarmTour.org.
- There is story time every Thursday evening at the Auburn Library from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. No charge!
- Poultry and small animal swap meet at Tractor Supply Company at 710 NE HWY 24 the third Sunday of every month. Great way to support local farmers as there are fresh eggs, live birds and rabbits as well. No buyer or seller fees. Just don’t sell the same stuff the store sells.
- Enjoy BUNCO at the Carbondale Community Building once a month on Monday and Wednesday afternoons. Call 785-836-7478 for details about dates, prizes, treats, etc.
- The Berryton Pickers are at Berryton Baptist Church the first Saturday of the month from 7 to 9 pm. Bring snacks and have some fun!
- Swap meet the last Saturday of the month from March through October from 7 am to noon at Premier Farm and Home at 900 SW University Blvd (just west of Forbes Air Field). Baby chicks, laying hens, guineas, roosters, rabbits, ducks, geese, eating eggs, hatching eggs, and more! For more info call Karl at 785-547-5046.
- Country and ballroom dancing at Croco Hall on Thursday nights from 6 to 9 pm. For information call Edwina Hamersky at 379-9538.