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Building homes and futures: Habitat for Humanity helps families — and career-seeking students

Olathe North High School student Bekah Volner was hard to miss among the group of builders working on a Heartland Habitat for Humanity house in central Olathe one sunny day in March. In a sea of standard-issue yellow hard hats, she was the builder sporting a hot pink one. It was on loan from one of the adults supervising the group from the Olathe School District’s Construction Trades Program.

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‘iPad, iRegister’ voter program earns national award

For the past year, the Johnson County Election Office has loaned a secure iPad to League of Women Voters volunteers who attend the monthly naturalization ceremonies to sign up new voters. The iPad allows them to snap a picture of the naturalization certificates as proof of citizenship under Kansas law.

Restaurant News & Reviews

Latin American appetizers star at El Salvadoreno’s food cart

New El Salvadoreño’s food cart sets up at the Overland Park Farmers Market until Nov. 22, offering plenty of Five Buck Lunch options. The mobile vending setup supplements the walk-in traffic to the quaint cafe, which has offered a long picture menu of appetizers, traditional entrees and desserts in a charming space with a distinctly tropical vibe since it opened across the street from the market back in 2011.

Police departments offer ways to keep your home safe from crime

John Bowman, a volunteer for the Shawnee Police Department, has started conducting free security surveys in early June for Shawnee residents on the department’s behalf. Other police departments in Joco offer the service, too, such as Overland Park, Prairie Village, Lenexa and Leawood.

Animal health company adding jobs at Overland Park office

Parnell, which specializes in developing, manufacturing and marketing veterinary medicine products for companion and farm animals, established its area operations with a handful of employees about two years ago at 9401 Indian Creek Parkway.

Police departments offer ways to keep your home safe from crime

John Bowman, a volunteer for the Shawnee Police Department, has started conducting free security surveys in early June for Shawnee residents on the department’s behalf. Other police departments in Joco offer the service, too, such as Overland Park, Prairie Village, Lenexa and Leawood.
 

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Lemonade challenge created huge benefit from small gift

Laney Boeger of Leawood gave $2.90 she raised from a lemonade stand to Marillac, an Overland Park treatment center for children and adolescents challenged with psychiatric conditions. Employees at Marillac were so touched by Laney’s modest donation that they started a Lemonade Challenge on the nonprofit organization’s website, encouraging the community to match her amount.