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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.

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.

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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.

Discrimination ordinance continues to vex Roeland Park council

Discussion at the council’s committee of the whole meeting on Monday shifted from sexual orientation and gender identity protections to the language providing protection to those with military service. The council was concerned that the law, which takes effect January 2015, would unintentionally be harmful to veterans.

Discrimination ordinance continues to vex Roeland Park council

Discussion at the council’s committee of the whole meeting on Monday shifted from sexual orientation and gender identity protections to the language providing protection to those with military service. The council was concerned that the law, which takes effect January 2015, would unintentionally be harmful to veterans.
 

Today's Circulars

Eilert, Lightner have 10 weeks to make their cases

Right now, the race for Johnson County Commission chair is Ed Eilert’s to lose. He is far more likely than Patricia Lightner to ask voters to support strategic improvement plans that the county’s library and parks boards are putting together right now.

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