Fall City Newsletter 2016

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Don’t Just Reside in your Community. Live in it!

Lecompton Community Pride works with the citizens of the Lecompton area to improve our community and enhance our quality of life, while recognizing the importance of our history. The Lecompton Community Pride building is the former Lecompton Rural High School building located at 620 E. Woodson Avenue. Anyone may join or participate in Pride at any time! Please take a moment to review the activities and events that are available to the community.

Lecompton Community Pride meetings are held the second and fourth Mondays of each month from 7-8pm in the Owl’s Nest Lounge. Everyone is welcome!

The Lecompton Community Pride building has rooms available to rent for events. Please contact Carol Howard to check availability at 785-887-6691

Activities (free for the Community)
The Owl’s Nest Lounge and Lecompton/Perry Community Library is open on the first floor of the historic Lecompton High School building. Free Wi-Fi and internet access, computers with internet, cable television, books and space to just socialize is open to all!
Monday 9:30 am-Noon
Wednesday-9:30am-Noon, 2pm-4pm
Thursdays- 4:30pm-7:30pm
Monday Mornings in the Owl’s Nest Lounge – come have coffee and conversation with friends! (free will donations accepted) 9:30am-Noon
Tuesday Evenings and First Saturday Crafters –Do you like to sew, crochet, knit, bead, draw, rubber stamp or other craft, but no room at home? No sewing machine? We’ve got you covered! First Saturday of the month on 2nd floor from 9a-1pm & every Tuesday evening 6:00pm -7:30pm or later, come and go as you please, all crafters welcome.

Classes/Activities (fee associated)
Weight Watchers: Wednesday’s in Ft. Titus room. Weigh in @ 5:15p Meeting @5:45pm
Yoga Class is on Tuesday nights from 6:00pm-7:15pm. This is a foundational course for beginners, runners and people over 60 years. The class is taught by Craig Pruett and is $25 per month.
Fitness Walk: Monday, Wednesday, Friday @ 5:30PM – 3 mile walk at your pace Cost is $2.50/session or $5.00/week or $20/month
Adult Social Fitness Open for everyone. This is a drop in class on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, from 5:30pm-6:30. Come when you can. Cost is $2.50/session or $5.00/week or $20/month. Walking, aerobics, Zumba, etc. you name it. Bring your fitness DVD to share with the group. There is no instructor. Class is led by DVD. Call Dorothy Smith for more info 785-887-6532
Youth Dance Lessons: $35/month + separate per session costume fee
(A school year is considered one session)
o Thursdays: 4:30-7:30p.m.
For more information contact Cyndi Treaster 785-764-2549

A short program will be held in December 2016 and a full dance recital will be held in May of 2017 showcasing all the wonderful talents of the Dance students
Watch for children’s activities to be offered throughout the fall and spring at our Facebook page www.facebook.com/lecomptoncommunitypride

Auditorium – If you haven’t been in to experience live theatre in the auditorium, you should come check it out! The auditorium is a great place to try out for your theatrical debut! The auditorium has been used for several events such as the PRIDE Bridal Show, community plays, dance recitals, and PLES performances. Any questions call Greg Howard @ 785-887-6691. Any donations would be greatly appreciated and can be sent to: (Please specify for Auditorium fund)
Community Pride / Attention Auditorium
P.O. Box 63
Lecompton, Kansas 66050

We would like to extend a special thanks for all the positive support of our projects.
Lecompton Community Pride


President – Cyndi Treaster
Vice President – Roy Paslay
Secretary – Elsie Middleton
Treasurer – Georgia Trammel

Upcoming performances at the Auditorium
Christmas Dance Recital – December 11th, 2016 at 2:00pm
Christmas Play: Boughs of Holly Country Club Christmas – November 19th/20th
(Check the Lecompton Community Pride Facebook page for additional details later)

Saturday October 22nd, 2016
Lecompton Community PRIDE building
620 E. Woodson
Hot Dogs, Chili Dogs, Concession Foods
The Lecompton United Methodist Church Food Pantry does an amazing job helping 45-50 families in our community each month. Food boxes are picked up once a month on the third of each month. Emergency food boxes can be made available if someone/family is in need.
If you would like to donate or volunteer time or would like more information contact:
Mary Jane Hoffer at 785-393-3382 or mjhoffer9@gmail.com
All support from the community is very much appreciated!

The food pantry can always use any type of food or monetary donation. If you would like to make a monetary donation, checks can be made payable to “LUMC God’s Food Pantry” and may be delivered to the church.

There is a food donation box available inside the Lecompton City Office if you would like to deliver food donations there during office hours.

If you have any questions or are interested in more information please contact Mary Jane Hoffer by phone: (785) 393-3382 by email: mjhoffer9@gmail.com

Open Food Pantry night – which is open to anyone, is held once a month on a Wednesday night. Check flyers and friends of Lecompton United Methodist Church Facebook pages for the dates each month.

The Lecompton United Methodist Church now has a clothes closet and is currently open anytime the Pride Building is open. The clothes closet is located on the 3rd floor. All items are free.
Appointments are also available to meet people to see if there are items they can use.

Currently the clothes closet is in need of gently used kids and youth clothes

If you have any questions or are interested in more information or making a donation, please contact Mary Jane Hoffer - by phone: (785) 393-3382 - by email: mjhoffer9@gmail.com

The summer foods program was a huge success! The foods program provided 375 meals over the summer. Thank you to all the volunteers for your support by delivering the food, serving the food, or providing the activities for the kids. Looking to make summer of 2017 our second successful year!

Lecompton United Methodist Church Dinner Dates
October 20th 4:00p-7:00p: Chicken and noodles Youth Group Fundraiser
November 8th 3:30p-7p: Election Day dinner & Quilt show
Mid Holiday Dinner – dates to be determined

Trunk or Treat
October 31st at 5:30 (or whenever you can get there)
Anyone wanting to hand out candy to ghosts and goblins for trick or treating, just park your car at the Lecompton United Methodist Church and treat the kids with candy as they go by.

Angel tag names are needed no later than November 1st (form given to Mary Jane.) If a form has been filled out and turned into the Lecompton Elementary school there is no need to contract Mary Jane or Pastor Billie for a form. Angel tags will be going up in November before Thanksgiving (these are posted on the bulletin board in the church fellowship hall) to help families in the community in need. We work with the elementary school on this. The names are kept confidential. If a family is in need, they may contact Mary Jane Hoffer or Pastor Billie, a form will need to be completed.
Gifts are purchased for children under the age of 18.
For more information by phone: (785) 393-3382 or by email: mjhoffer9@gmail.com

DCSS Senior wheels keep Douglas County seniors connect and active in their communities. Areas served include Baldwin City, Big Springs, Clinton, Eudora, Globe, Lawrence, Lecompton, Lone Star, Vinland, Pleasant Grove, and rural Douglas County.
If you are 60 “or better” call 785-727-7876 for information or to make a reservation. Reservations are required, made at least 48 hours in advance due to high demand. Be ready to board 15 minutes before your scheduled ride.
Rides are available Monday-Friday, 7am-3:40pm. Door to door transportation is available, as well as wheelchair accommodations.
Rides are $3 each way within Lawrence, or $5 outside of Lawrence (including rides from another part of Douglas County to Lawrence or back.) An accompanying spouse or caregiver can ride along for free. No tipping is accepted, but donations above the ride charge are always welcome.

There is a large recycle bin located at 328 Clark Street. The bins hold #1 and #2 plastic, (including milk jugs, coke bottles and laundry detergent bottles), tin and aluminum cans, and clear glass. PLEASE RINSE ALL CONTAINERS.

SM Ball waste disposal service now offers curbside recycling for $5/month
Pick up is once a month, on the second Friday of the month
If you are interested please call SM Ball

Planet Aid Clothing Recycling
There is a Plant Aid recycling bin that accepts clothing and shoes located at the Lecompton Elementary School, 626 Whitfield. Donations help benefit the school.

The Lecompton City Council meetings are held at the City Office and begin at 7:00 P.M. the first and third Monday of every month. In the event this would fall on a holiday, the meeting would take place on the next business day.

City Mayor: Sandy Jacquot
Council Members: Tim McNish Jimmy Wilkins
Elsie Middleton Susie Hackathorn
Mary Jane Hoffer

You are encouraged to attend any and all meetings. Attending the Council meetings will keep you informed of what is happening in your City! If you wish to address the council, please call the city office, 887-6407 to be placed on the agenda.

To review City Council Meeting Minutes or view the agenda online please visit www.lecompton.org

The Lecompton Planning Commission meetings are held at the City Office and begin at 7:00 P.M. the second Wednesday in January and June. In the event this would fall on a holiday, it would take place the next business day. There are also special meetings called when necessary.
Chairperson: Jamin Nally
Members: Stephanie Confer Vickie Clark Crystal Leming
Martin Huerter Kim Stewart Kevin Newman

Our Lecompton Township meets the third Tuesday of every month at 6:30 P.M. The meetings are held at 632 N. 1851 Diagonal Road. Phone #: 785-887-6836
Trustee: Ed Daniels
Treasurer: Keith Noe
Clerk: Mike Stewart
Road Superintendent: Casey Quigley
The Lecompton Township will be purchasing a new 2016 Mac dump truck to help with gravel road Maintenance.

Holiday Lighting Contest
The City of Lecompton is looking for your participation in this year’s holiday yard lighting contest.
Contestants must register with the Lecompton City office by December 9th (785) 887-6407.
1st, 2nd and 3rd place awards will be given
Awards announced on December 19th during the City Council Meeting

~ City of Lecompton Holiday Party ~ Park Lighting Ceremony ~
Join us for Hot Cocoa, sweet treats, and a countdown to light up the City Park
Stay to enjoy a visit from a jolly man in a red suit
Check out the Lecompton Community Building now on the Kansas State Register of Historic Places
When: Saturday December 3rd, 2016
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Where: 333 Elmore, Lecompton Communiuty Building
Look for announcements and information fliers


The Lecompton Historical Society is a group of volunteers dedicated to learning about and preserving the history and culture of the Lecompton area. It operates the Territorial Capital Museum at 640 E. Woodson located between the ball park and the gymnasium, the First Democratic Headquarters at Bald Eagle Park on East Second Street, as well as the historic City Jail just North of Constitution Hall on Elmore Street. Constitution Hall is a National Landmark and State Historic Site. Visit the museums and learn about our city’s and area’s role in the Pre-Civil War era.

The Lecompton Historical Society (LHS) meets monthly on the 2nd Thursday, beginning with a pot luck dinner at 6:30 p.m. followed by a program. Everyone is welcome! For more information call 785-887-6148

Territorial Capital Museum: Wed-Sat 11:00am-4:00pm; Sun 1:00-5:00pm
Constitution Hall: Wed-Sat 9am – 5pm; Sun 1:00-5:00pm

Lecompton Historical Society Events
• More than 100 Antique & vintage Christmas Trees in Lane University
November 1, 2016 – January 1, 2017
• Vespers performance December 4th at 2:00pm
• Bleeding Kansas Lecture Series held in Constitution Hall begins on Kansas Day, January 29th,2017 at 2:00pm and continues every Sunday in February

President: Bob Weeks (785) 887-6305
Treasurer: Sherri Neill (785) 887-6155
Members: Paul Bahnmaier
Melvin Dark
Greg Howard

Please contact Bob Weeks or Sherri Neill for more information or with any questions.
If you would like to be on the Cemetery Board, please call Bob Weeks.

Policy Statement
Due to the increasing challenge of maintaining the beauty and uniformity of this sacred space along with the increasing cost and maintenance time required, the following guidelines have been adopted by the board.

Artificial flowers are encouraged year round when placed at tombstones. An exception will be made for Memorial Day. However, the flowers must be limited to the tombstone area by 10 days following Memorial Day.

Permanent plantings with thorns and large mature bushes are not allowed.
Above ground tombstones are permitted. No other above-ground statuary is permitted unless it is at the headstone.

All non-complying plantings and statuary need to be removed in a timely manner.

These guidelines have been adopted in order to be fair to everyone. We would appreciate your cooperation before the mowing season begins. Thank you.

The Lecompton Fire / EMS District #1 will be hosting our annual Chili Feed on November 12 from noon till 8:00 pm. All you can eat for $8, kids under 5 eat free. The Big Spring Basement Bluegrass Band will again perform from 6:00 pm. till 8:00pm. We plan to have raffle of donated items. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. Please come out and join the fun, enjoy some hometown Blue Grass music, and fellowship with others in our community.

Fall is the time to complete that end of summer yard clean up. There are still some DOs and DON’Ts on what you can legally burn. The burning of normal yard waste, grass, brush, cropland, and normal household trash is allowed. What is NOT allowed is construction grade wood including framing lumber, plywood, laminated wood products, tires, roofing materials and plastics. If you are planning a controlled burn on you property, please check the weather forecast for wind advisories and the fire index ratings. The National Weather Service broadcasts this information throughout the day on your home N.O.A.A. weather radio. We also ask that you contact Douglas County Dispatch at (785) 843-0250 to log your burn with them.

Daylight Savings Time comes to an end on November 6 and we set our clocks back one hour. That is always a good time to replace the batteries and check for the proper operation of your smoke and CO2 detectors in your homes and offices. Smoke and CO2 detectors have save countless lives and property nationwide every year. Some home owner’s insurance companies even give discounts to home owners who install new detectors. Most manufactures recommend that you replace your detectors every 3 to 5 years.

We have recently received a 50/50 grant from Kansas State Forestry Department and have several items that will help us be more efficient during grass and brush fire. This is the 14th year in a row of receiving this grant.

Lecompton Fire EMS District #1 is an 18 member volunteer department with 12 members trained in emergency medical response. We operate three stations within our township. City of Lecompton, Big Springs, and at the Lecompton I-70 Interchange. We are always looking for more volunteers. If feel you can make this kind of commitment please contact any of the members or by Email.

You can contact us by Email at lecomptonfire_1@juno.com. Please like us on Facebook.

Chief Will Shockley


Fire Chief Will Shockley Fire Fighter and EMR
Asst. Fire Chief Danny Rake Fire Fighter and EMT
Med. Director Wayne Riley Second assistant to Fire Chief
Med. Director Diana Frisbee Fire Fighter and Paramedic
Capt. Marci Skinner Fire Fighter and Records
Capt. Jeff Goodrick. Fire Fighter and EMR - Jeff is the most senior member of our
department with over 30 years of service.
Capt. Jerrod Spradling Fire Fighter and EMT
Capt. Casey Quigley Fire Fighter and member of Kentucky Township in Perry
Lt. James Goodrick Fire Fighter and Maintenance

Lecompton Fire / EMS District #1 is governed by a 5 member board made up of citizens living in the Lecompton Township. Board members serve a 3 year term.

Station #1 at 415 Boone is available for personal or community functions. We have kitchen and dining areas with plenty of tables and chairs to accommodate your small events. The use of the building is provided free of charge. To schedule, you can call the station at (785) 887-6221 or contact any of our firefighters 1 month in advance of your event.

Our Lecompton Fire Rescue District No. 1 has a Fire Board meeting the second Tuesday of every month beginning at 6:30 P.M. The meetings are held at the Lecompton Fire Station at 415 Boone Street in Lecompton.
Fire Chief: Will Shockley Assistant Chief: Danny Rake Board President/Township: Mike Stewart Member: Lori Wilkins
Member: Tim McNish Member: Ron Thacker
Member: Mary Jane Hoffer Secretary/Treasurer Sandy Nichols

Lecompton Volunteer Fire Department Chili Feed

Saturday November 12th, 2016


E – Communities Volunteer opportunity – Lecompton is looking for a business owner representative or two to attend once a month E-community meetings. This program allows ample networking and brainstorming for small community businesses. Help individuals start, grow, or grow your own business in your community by joining! Other Cities that are involved include Eudora and Baldwin. Please contact Lecompton City Hall if you would like be put on the volunteer list 785-887-6407

Calling all Entrepreneurs! Lecompton is looking for you to start a business here! We have some great new businesses in Lecompton, and we want the trend to continue. Are you interested in owning your own business but aren’t sure where to start? E-Communities can help you with financing options, information and advice.
Please contact Elsie Middleton:785-887-6317 or Jill deVries Jolicoeur, 785-330-2869 for more details
Or go online for more details: http://www.networkkansas.com/communities

Presenting John Schallert
How to turn your business or community into a consumer destination
Thursday November 17th
With a networking reception to follow until 5:30pm
2920 Haskell Avenue, Lawrence KS


Memorial Weekend 1 day late Thanksgiving 1 day late
July 4 On Schedule Christmas On Schedule
Labor Day 1 day late New Year’s 2017 On Schedule

City Hall Office Hours

Mon-Wed-Fri: 8:30-12:30
Wed: 4-6

Office Holidays (11)

January 1st
Martin Luther King Day Jan 16th Mon
Presidents Day Feb 20th Mon
Memorial Day
July 4th
Labor Day
Thanksgiving Day & Day After
Christmas Eve Day
Christmas Day
Designated or Floating Holiday


LUMC Chicken and noodles - October 20th
Bingo Nite @ Pride building - October 22nd
Advanced Voting - October 29th 9a-1p
Trunk or Treat - October 31st @ 5:30p
Advanced Voting - November 5th 9a-3p
General Election - November 8th 7a-7p
LUMC Election Day dinner/Quilt Show - November 8th
Fire Department Chili Feed - November 12th
Holiday Theatre - November 19th/20th
City park lighting and Holiday Gathering - December 3rd
Vespers at Lane University - December 4th, 2pm
Vintage Christmas Display - November 1st – January 1, 2017