The August 5 primary is just around the corner. I have information for you about dates and times for advance/absentee voting.
I’m enjoying seeing so many of you at your homes this summer on my campaign journey. I appreciate your input on the issues facing our state. There are over 7,000 homes to visit in an area of nearly 400 square miles. So it will take me a while to reach out to all the neighborhoods!
Gave my 42nd pint of blood at the Overbrook Methodist Church donation site recently. Glad to help in this important effort.
AUGUST 5 PRIMARY INFORMATION
The August 5 primary is just around the corner. Advance voting is now going on in Shawnee, Osage, and Douglas counties. If you requested a ballot to vote at home, you should have received it by now. Here are some details for the three counties in House District 54:
Shawnee County: To vote in advance in person, go to the election office at 911 SW 37th. The office will be open July 21-25 from 8 am to 5 pm. It will be open July 28 to August 1 from 8 am to 6 pm.
Osage County: To vote in advance in person, go to the election office in Lyndon at the Courthouse. They will be open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm starting July 16.
Douglas County: To vote in advance in person go to the election office in the county courthouse from 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday starting July 16. You may also vote in person on Saturday July 26 and August 2 from 9 am to 1 pm at the courthouse, Lecompton city Hall, the Baldwin City Fire station, and the Eudora city hall.
FOR ALL COUNTIES: If you have a ballot to vote at home, it MUST be delivered to your county election office by 7 pm on August 5 (the close of voting) in order to count. If you want to vote in advance in person, the last time to do that is noon Monday August 4. You may still request a ballot to vote at home. If you need help with that, write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are asked to vote a provisional ballot you may or may not have more action to take to make your vote count. If you have questions, write to me at email@example.com or call me at 785-266-9434. The Legislature passed laws this year to make it harder for you to find out what’s going on with provisional ballots, but I would be glad to try and help. Also…be sure to take a government issued photo ID.
LET’S GET TO WORK!
Here are some job opportunities:
- Express Employment is hiring in the areas of: Recruiter; Staffing Consultant; Outside Sales; Accounts Payable; CNC Machinist; Machine Operators. Apply online at www.expresspros.com.
- Lots going on at the Topeka Workforce Center at 1430 SW Topeka Blvd. Every fourth Tuesday of the month the Veteran’s Job Club meets from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 23rd “Keys to Successful Interviews” from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. Thursday, July 24th, “Job Readiness Workshop” from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Registration required for workshops. Call Greg Hopkins at 785-235-5627 or write to: firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a space.
- Creative Business Solutions has a number of professional and technical jobs advertised including operations director, office manager, non-profit CEO, sales associate, youth counselor, event specialist, director of marketing, public relations, quality improvement, and more! Go to: http://www.cbsks.com/ for more information and more jobs.
FRIENDS IN NEED
We have friends with special needs in our area.
- The “Getting up from the fall” 5k run/walk will be held Saturday, August 9 at the Carbondale ball diamonds to benefit youngster Addison Kuhlmann. Addison has leukemia and will need chemotherapy for the next 2 years. Contact Emily Roberts at 785-220-7893 or write to her at email@example.com for details. Topeka Pizza Huts will also donate ten percent of your purchase to Addison that day if you give them the code “race”.
- Our dear friend Gary Adkins awaits new lungs and is holding a fundraiser on Saturday, July 26 at Speck’s (21st and Mission in Topeka). Starts at 6 pm. For a $5 donation at the door you get to hear great music and help a great human being!
NIGHT OUT AGAINST CRIME
The National Night Out Against Crime is Saturday, August 9. There will be events all over Shawnee County. In our area, the Berryton and Tecumseh emergency response teams will host events. Join them at Creekside in Berryton or at the Tecumseh Park on SE 2nd Street from 3 to 7 pm. The Shawnee Heights Neighborhood Safety group will join with the Tecumseh group this year. I will provide details on other Night Out events as I get them.
Things have been very quiet on the crime front lately. Not much of note to report. Just be sure to lock your cars and don’t leave valuable in sight!
OSAGE COUNTY BUSINESS NETWORKING EVENT
Business owners and entrepreneurs plan to meet at this Osage County After Hours Event:
- August 20: 4 Corners Steakhouse, 15745 S Topeka Ave, Scranton
Casual networking with no fees. Bring your business cards. RSVP to Shannon@knoxwrapps.com .
The Auburn Lions Club does a great monthly newsletter. Lots of local info. If you are interested, subscribe to a free email version by writing to Michele Reese at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have community events coming up, let me know. I email 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.
- August 9: Tire Rack Street Survival driving program at Heartland Park Topeka. Advanced driving techniques for those 15-21 years old. Register at www.streetsurvival.com.
- Sunday, July 27: Tecumseh Kiwanis Club Ice Cream Social and Santa Fe Band Concert at the Tecumseh United Methodist Church. Serving ice cream and cake at 6 pm. Band plays at 7 pm. Bring chairs! Will be indoors if heat is too bad.
- July 30-August 3: Big book sale at the Overbrook Public Library.
- Saturday, August 16: 10th Annual SonShine Carnival at CrossRoads Wesleyan Church, 2131 SW Harrison in Topeka. 11 am to3 pm. Lots of family activities.
- Sunday, August 17: Auburn Lions Club Back-to-School Party in the Park. 6 pm. Admission is a donation of school supplies for children of low-income families attending Auburn Elementary School. Hot dogs served. Entertainment by “Johnny Cash”. Larry and I have attended the last two years. Lots of fun and a worthy cause.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.