Overland Park & Leawood

Illness temporarily nixes bottle feeding of Deanna Rose Farmstead’s baby goats

The Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead, 13800 Switzer Road, opened for the season this month without one of its most popular pastimes for visitors — bottle-feeding the baby goats.
The Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead, 13800 Switzer Road, opened for the season this month without one of its most popular pastimes for visitors — bottle-feeding the baby goats. Photo provided

The Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead, 13800 Switzer Road, opened for the season this month without one of its most popular pastimes for visitors — bottle-feeding the baby goats.

Overland Park officials said some of the goat kids contracted the ecthyma or “sore mouth” virus, which causes lesions around a mother goat’s udder and a baby goat’s mouth.

It can be treated with ointments and, if necessary, antibiotics for secondary infections. Bottle-feeding will resume when the disease has run its course and the farmstead veterinarian gives approval.

Shawnee Mission names administrators for 2018-19

The Shawnee Mission School District announced a number of administrative changes for next school year, which begins in August. Most of the changes involve school principals and their assistants:

▪ Central office: Shawnee Mission East Principal John McKinney is being promoted to district director of student and family services. He replaces Rob Bell, who will retire on June 30.

▪ Shawnee Mission North: Jeremy Higgins will replace Dave Tappan as principal after Tappan leaves to become an assistant school superintendent in Louisburg, Kan.

Higgins has served in education for 13 years, all but one in Shawnee Mission. He has taught high school science, served as a baseball and football coach and been an athletic director and associate principal at Shawnee Mission East and Shawnee Mission West high schools. He holds a doctorate in educational leadership from Southwestern College.

▪ Shawnee Mission East: Indian Hills Middle School Principal Scott Sherman will replace McKinney as principal at Shawnee Mission East. An SM West graduate and 30-year district employee, Sherman has been a high school business teacher and coach at Shawnee Mission North and a counselor and coach at Shawnee Mission South.

He was principal at Broadmoor Technical Center and middle school principal at Antioch and Hocker Grove middle schools. He earned a doctorate in educational leadership from St. Louis University.

▪ Indian Hills Middle School: Blake Revelle will replace Sherman as principal, after serving as associate principal at Indian Hills the last three years. Before going to Shawnee Mission, Revelle worked both as a middle school associate principal and athletic director in the De Soto School District. He also coached and taught English, eCommunication and journalism at Olathe Northwest High School. He is pursuing a doctorate from Kansas State University.

Tara Mahoney, a 10-year veteran in education, will become associate principal at Indian Hills. She has taught English Language Arts and English as a Second Language at the middle school level. For the last two years, she has been the middle school curriculum and instruction coordinator for the district. She holds a master’s degree in educational leadership from Fort Hays State University.

▪ Hocker Grove Middle School: Christopher Kase has been hired from Cape Girardeau, Mo., to be principal at Hocker Grove. He will replace Ben Pretz, who is leaving for a central office job in the Basehor-Linwood School District. During his 15-year career, Kase has taught high school science in the North Kansas City and Valley Park school districts and served as assistant principal and principal at the secondary level. Most recently he was assistant principal and principal at Cape Central High School in Cape Girardeau. Kase earned a doctorate in educational leadership and policy studies from the University of Kansas.

▪ ApacheIS Elementary School: Jenna Teddy, the innovation specialist at ApacheIS, will become the administrative intern at ApachelS. Previously, she taught kindergarten and first-grade in the Olathe School District for seven years and took leadership roles there. She earned her bachelor’s degree in music and holds master’s degrees from Rockhurst University and Baker University.

▪ Comanche Elementary School: Rob Shackelford has been appointed administrative intern at Comanche. In the last three years, he has been a math specialist for the district and then an innovation specialist at Rising Star Elementary School. Earlier, he taught in the Turner School District for four years after spending 14 years with juvenile justice and other social service organizations. With a background in sociology, Shackelford earned a master’s degree in education from Rockhurst University and, in May, will complete a master’s degree in educational leadership from Baker University.

▪ Rising Star and Rosehill elementary schools: Abby Morgan will be an administrative intern serving both schools. She has been with Shawnee Mission for 10 years a variety of roles. She has experience as a special education teacher, a first-grade teacher and an instructional coach. Before joining Shawnee Mission she taught first grade in the Manhattan-Ogden School District. She holds a doctorate in educational leadership from Baker University.

▪ Shawanoe Elementary School: Tasha Howard will be an administrative intern at Shawanoe, She has taught third-grade for four years at Roesland Elementary and taught fourth grade for two years at ApacheIS. Earlier she was an educational aide in the district. Howard holds a master’s degree in education from Rockhurst University and is completing a master’s in building leadership from Baker University.

Holocaust presentation at library

To observe Holocaust Remembrance Day, the Johnson County Library will present “In Memory of Six Million” from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on April 11 at its Central Resource location, 9875 W. 87th St. in Overland Park.

Joyce Hess will share the story of her mother, concentration camp survivor Sonia Golad. A presentation also will be made about the work of Jewish Vocational Services in welcoming new refugees to the area. Light refreshments will be served.

Lenexa sculpture will be lighted from within

Later this year, the Lenexa civic campus will be home to “Body Politic,” an interactive sculpture consisting of two spheres being fabricated by artist Joe O’Connell and his team at Creative Machines in Tucson, Ariz.

The city says the spheres are an artistic interpretation of the vision behind Lenexa’s new downtown near 87th Street Parkway and Renner Boulevard as a place where people gather and create community.

The spheres, which measure 5 and 7 feet in diameter, are made from hand-hammered stainless steel. More than 200 different silhouettes, each conveying an emotion or attitude toward life, are cut into the steel.

Light fixtures inside the spheres will project outlines through the shell. Visitors will be able to change the light’s color by touching points on the spheres.

The spheres will be arranged to encourage people to lean on them and interact with the artwork and each other, the city said.

“Public spaces are all about looking at the silhouettes of others and judging their feelings, receptivity to contact, their past, and what they are thinking,” O’Connell said in a news release “We do this all the time when we approach a crowd – reading which foot each person has their weight on, what angle they are holding their heads, whether their backs are straight or slumped.”

Heavy trash pickup in Merriam....

Merriam has scheduled its Spring Large-Item Pickup next week, April 16-20.

This pickup is for things like furniture, appliances and rugs that don’t fit into regular trash bins. The city won’t collect concrete, asphalt, cinder blocks, rocks, yard debris, landscaping timber or railroad ties, construction materials or household hazardous waste like paint cans, chemicals, gasoline and pesticides.

The accompanying map shows the days of pickup. More information is at Merriam.org.

... and Prairie Village

On the next two Saturdays, crews will pick up unwanted junk that Prairie Village residents would like to get rid of.

The pickup dates are April 14 for those on 75th Street or north of that thoroughfare and April 21 for residents south of 75th Street. Items should be at the curb by 7 a.m.

Among the items accepted are appliances, railroad ties up to 4 feet long, fencing cut into 3- by 4-foot sections, furniture, bundled tree limbs up to 4 feet long and carpet cut into 4- by 4-foot sections.

Items should be no larger than a standard-size refrigerator. The refrigerant must be removed from refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners and ice makers. Loose items should be bundled.

For all the rules, visit pvkansas.com/largeitempickup.

A new Dodge Town for Antioch Park

Dodge Town is back for the little ones who visit Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch Road in Merriam, but a worrisome weather forecast postponed an April 7 grand opening for the reconstructed area, where generations of children have thrown their playmates into the Old West jail and run in and out of the schoolhouse, general store and blacksmith shop.

The grand opening has been rescheduled for April 21, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Grand opening ceremonies will include comments from local officials, a “rope cutting,” and a hot dog lunch. “The Marshal of Dodge Town,” portrayed by Johnson County Park Police Officer Seth Salmans, will deputize kids and pass out badges and bandanas.

All the buildings, which dated to 1967, were replaced during the renovation.. New additions include a safety surface between the buildings, faux horses and a cow, a train station with a shaded seating area for parents, and a stationary train for the kids.

Country musician Phil Vassar will perform at JCCC

Singer/songwriter Phil Vassar — often referred to as country’s leading piano man — will perform May 5 at Johnson County Community College.

The concert, which benefits scholarship and educational programs at the college, begins at 8 p.m. in Yardley Hall at the Carlsen Center.

Tickets start at $39. A limited number of $100 tickets are available for a “’meet-and-greet” session with Vassar after the show. Tickets can purchased www.jccc.edu/PhilVassar or by calling 913-469-4445.

Session focuses on healthy reproduction

The community is invited to “Building Healthy Families: What to Consider When Expanding Your Family” from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on April 22 at the Jewish Community Campus, 5801 W. 115th St. in Overland Park.

Panelists include reproductive endocrinologist Daniel Kort; Karen Arnovitz Grinzaid, executive director of JScreen, and Debra Orbuch Grayson, clinical manager and therapist at Jewish Family Services. Annie Glickman, director of The Priya Fund for Jewish Reproduction, will moderate.

A question-and-answer session will follow.

Genetic screening is available at a nominal charge through J-Screen for those 21 to 40 years old. Those interested must pre-register at J-Screen online.

Child care can be arranged in advance by emailing Stacey Belzer at staceyb@thejkc.org.

Shawnee official named to national committee

Shawnee City Council member Lindsey Constance has been appointed to the National League of Cities 2018 Energy, Environment and Natural Resources federal advocacy committee.

The committee spearheads the development of the organization’s positions on issues related to air and water quality, energy, wetlands, noise control and waste management. Its members advocate for the league’s policies at the national, regional and local level.

Olathe will take household hazardous waste on April 14

You don’t have to live in Olathe to dispose of old paint cans, gas and oil, chemicals, pesticides and other household hazardous waste at the city’s drop-off location, which is open the second Saturday of each month.

The next free event will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 14 at 1420 S. Robinson Drive. No appointment is necessary, but people should bring a photo ID and label items not in their original containers. Get details at olatheks.org.

Overland Park will add 40-plus parking spaces near Farmers’ Market

By early summer, Overland Park intends to create more than 40 parking spots within walking distance of its downtown Farmers’ Market, which opens at 7 a,m. April 14.

Angled and parallel spaces will be created on 79th Street, from Overland Park Drive east to Floyd Street, during a $480,000 construction project expected to begin the week of April 16. To accommodate the spaces, the city will eliminate the center turn lane of 79th and move a traffic lane.

The eastbound lane may be closed occasionally during construction. The project should be completed by early June, weather permitting.

Nazi hunter is subject of one-man show at The J

Known as the “Jewish James Bond,” Simon Wiesenthal hunted down more than 1,100 Nazi war criminals so they could be brought to justice after World War II.

A one-man show, written and performed by Tom Dugan to tell that story, is being presented this week in the Lewis and Shirley White Theatre of the Jewish Community Center (The J), 5801 W. 115th St. in Overland Park. Showtimes for "Wiesenthal" are 7:30 p.m. April 11, 12 and 14.

The presentation was scheduled in conjunction with Holocaust Remembrance Day, which begins at sundown April 11. After each performance, there will be a discussion with Dugan and an educator from the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education.

Tickets are $25 for the general public, $18 for J members and $16 for students. Group discounts are available, and there is special pricing for a school performance at 9 a.m. April 13. To buy tickets, call 913-327-8054, email boxoffice@thejkc.org, go online to www.TheWhiteTheatre.org, or visit the box office from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays or 90 minutes before performances.

Compiled by Elaine Adams, Special to The Star