Written By Annie Peace on July 4, 2013

Q: What type of items can I donate to the Meadowlark Hills Market?

With the Meadowlark Hills Market fast approaching this is an appropriate question!

The Meadowlark Hills Market accepts a wide variety of items such as gently-used furniture, vintage clothing, small appliances, handmade items, home décor, pictures, painting, books, records, holiday decorations, etc. The only thing we do not ask for is any clothing that was produced after 1980. We will be having clothing drive shortly after the Market and will be accepting these items at this time. 

Written By Sarah Duggan on June 27, 2013

The Speedy P.D. 5K/10K Race for Parkinson’s disease will be held at Tuttle Creek State Park in Manhattan, Kansas, on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013. The 5K Run/10K Run/Walk and Half-Mile Family Fun Run/Walk are presented by UMB Bank and proceeds benefit the Meadowlark Hills Parkinson Fund. The newest feature of the race is the certification of the 5K and 10K courses.

Written By Annie Peace on June 27, 2013

Q: Is it okay to remove barn swallow’s nests?

Again, thank you for the diversity of questions submitted. I learn from each one. 

Although the barn swallow can create quite a mess, it is actually illegal to remove their nests. The following is what I have learned about these creatures and their nests:  

on June 20, 2013

Education was considered highly important in the eyes of John Mann’s late wife, Phyllis Marie Walsten Mann. 

Phyllis attended a one-room country school in Reno County. She completed her high school education at Hutchinson High School and then completed a pre-nursing program at the community college. In 1951, she received her bachelors of science in nursing from the University of Kansas, then was employed at KU Medical Center. She took a short leave of absence in 1961 to earn her masters of nursing from the University of Washington in Seattle.

Written By Annie Peace on June 19, 2013

A few weeks ago I answered a question about where I had been while I was out of the office and what I had been working on. I explained the work I have been doing in writing a manual and recently giving a presentation with Pam Kramer, the President of ITP International Inc. Pam is a successful performance consultant, career specialist and executive coach with a master's degree in Counseling in Career and Organizational Development.

on June 13, 2013

Meadowlark Hills offers two full-service salons, right on campus! The Pizazz Hair and Body Boutique is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays and Wednesday through Friday and is located in the Community Center.

Flair Hair and Body Care is located in the lower level of Bramlage and Wroten households. It is open on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Written By Annie Peace on June 6, 2013

Q: Why are bananas curved?

A: Thank you for the light-hearted questions. I enjoyed the research, and now I know a bit about bananas. Here is what I discovered in my research.

Bananas are curved due to a phototropic chemical in their makeup called Auxin, which is an important part of the way plant organs are shaped. In particular, the banana fruit grows upward and inward due to Auxin's attraction to the sun, causing its familiar curved shape.

on June 6, 2013

Gather together as a community to send off two Meadowlark Hills residents as they venture to Washington D.C. as part of the Honor Flight Network.

A reception will take place during Coffee Corner at 3 p.m. Tuesday, June 18, in the Community Room. Following the reception at 3:30 p.m., friends, family and community members will line the street on Meadowlark Road as the Legion Riders escort our honorees out of town.

John Lindholm and Ed Call, both World War II veterans, were selected to be part of the Honor Flight.   

on May 30, 2013

Summer, here we come! Enjoy the summer sun on the patio Friday, June 7, during the annual Summerfest Block Party! 

The event will kick-off at 4:45 p.m. The cookout will begin at 5 p.m. and the live band, The Tom Cats, will perform at 6 p.m. They will make their début performance at the 2013 Summerfest!

Written By Annie Peace on May 30, 2013

Q: Annie, you were out of the office the last week for a few days, what were you up to?

A: Thank you for noticing. I was invited to speak at a leadership conference in California, over the leadership program I have been co-writing.