We are enjoying our new grandson, Damon. Mom and Dad and son are doing fine. We are truly blessed!
My thanks to all those who turned out for the candidate forum at Santa Fe Trail High School this week. The debate team and community members asked us questions. I appreciate the opportunity to visit about important issues for our state.
September state revenues were $21 million below estimates and 4.7% less than September of last year. That puts us about $23 million below estimates for the 2015 fiscal year that began July 1.
The most worrisome thing about the September report is that individual income tax was $42 million (17.9%) below estimates. The 2015 budget was built on a projected increase of revenues of $300 million in 2015 over 2014. So we have a ways to go just to end the year in the black. The Legislative Research group has also revised its ending balances to show a deficit of -$260 million the summer of 2016.
CONCERT AT FIELDSTONE ORCHARD
There will be a concert Sunday, October 12, at the home of Marianne and Bruce Curtis at Fieldstone Orchard, 7049 E 149th St, north of Overbrook. Featured artists are Tim and Myles Thompson. One is a world champion finger-style guitar player and the other an outstanding fiddler. You can go to www.timthompsonguitar.com to hear a clip. A potluck dinner and music start at 6 pm. There is a suggested donation of $10-$15 to go to the artists. CDs will be for sale as well. To RSVP, write to email@example.com.
LET’S GET TO WORK!
- Knox Signs and Graphics is looking for: PT & FT Graphic Artist, Sign Maker and Commission Sales Staff for their fast-paced, fun, family-owned and operated marketing firm in south Topeka. Send resume and cover letter to Shannon@KnoxWrapps.com or visit them at 5612-D South Topeka Blvd.
- The Shawnee Heights Fire District is accepting applications for PART-TIME FIREFIGHTER / EMT positions! This is a great opportunity to serve the Shawnee Heights community! No experience is required. All fire and emergency medical training is provided. Applications are available at their stations (SE 29th & Shawnee Heights Road, SE 53rd & California and SE 89th & Paulen Road). Applicants must be at least 18 years old, be of good moral character, have a valid drivers license, be of good health and be able successfully complete a firefighter duty-based written examination, physical agility test and medical screening. Benefits include being part of a great team dedicated to the safety of our community, hourly pay, minimum of 1 hour paid for each call-out, annual bonus based on responses and training completed, Firefighter I and Emergency Medical Technician certifications, modern equipment and safety gear, FRA provided life and disability insurance coverage.
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.
- Friday-Saturday, Oct.10-11: Yard Sale to benefit B&C Equine Rescue. 8 am to 5 pm at 7034 SW Auburn Rd. If you have items to donate, contact Brenda at firstname.lastname@example.org . Items can also be dropped off at the Hooterville Flea Market, 12165 S Topeka Blvd. 100% of proceeds go to the animals.
- Saturday, Oct. 11: Soup supper at Berryton United Methodist Church from 4 to 7 pm. Carry out at 3:30 pm.
- Saturday, Oct. 11: All you can eat Taco Salad/Baked Potato Supper at the Burlingame Schuyler Museum Annex, 218 W Fremont St. 5-7 pm. Sponsored by the Burlingame Historical Preservation Society.
- Saturday, Oct. 11: “Update your Home” brunch at the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library from 10-11:30 am. $14 includes lunch. For reservations call Arlene at 233-0701 or by email at: email@example.com. Trends for fall & winter décor. Guest speaker is Susan Finney, gunshot survivor.
- Sunday, October 12: Gallery Walk in the Country from 12 to 5 pm. 8 artists to visit at two studios. See watercolors, silk paintings, glass blowing, jewelry, baskets, wearable fiber art and more. Studios located at 3318 SE 69th St. and 6826 SE Stubbs Rd. in Berryton.
- Tuesday, Oct. 14: Health Insurance Fair from 5 – 6:30 pm at the Osage County Senior Center, 604 Market St. Covers all ages and health care questions. Hosted by ECKAN and Community Action. For questions contact Kenna Burns at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Tuesday, Oct. 14: Safe Property Management Training for property owners from 8 am to 4 pm at the Topeka Police Dept. $25 with reservations needed by Oct. 8. Call Safe Streets at 266-4606 for details.
- Thursday, Oct. 16: Food pantry and the Closet open at Stull United Methodist Church from 7-9 pm.
- Sunday, October 19: Community blood drive at Berryton United Methodist Church from 11:30 to 1 pm. Contact Bette Snoddy at email@example.com to make a reservation.
- Thursday, Oct. 23: Harvesters mobile food pantry from noon to 1 pm at Stull United Methodist Church.
- Sunday, October 26: Hog Roast at the Auburn Community Center, 121 W 11th St, starting at noon. You can also enjoy the Prairie Pickers from 1-5 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.