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A family’s grief brings new hope to U.S. veterans

It’s been four years since Army Spec. Spencer C. Duncan of Olathe was killed when his Chinook helicopter was shot down in Afghanistan on Aug. 6, 2011. His parents honor his memory with a run that raises money for veterans causes. The fourth annual Spencer C. Duncan Make It Count 5K Run/Walk will be held at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 1, at New Century AirCenter in Gardner.

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Learning, bonding and biking for a cause

Twenty-eight members of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity chapters from across the nation are cycling from Seattle to Washington, D.C., this summer on behalf of The Ability Experience: A Journey of Hope, a fundraising and awareness event. Each year, the ride raises more than half a million dollars to support programs that help people with disabilities. This week the bikers stopped in Olathe.

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Growing a better strawberry is a goal of Olathe research center

“We’re hoping to accomplish growing a successful strawberry crop in Kansas and implementing it in other farms so that there can be more local strawberries,” said Kelly Gude, a K-State graduate student in horticulture and urban food systems. The work will be on display Saturday along with information about new plant varieties and growing techniques during the extension office’s annual field day. The open house, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., will feature classes and demonstrations.

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