East’s Hanson is Gatorade Kansas Girls Soccer Player of the Year

Haley Hanson

Haley Hanson

Haley Hanson, a junior at Olathe East High School, has been named the 2012- 13 Gatorade Kansas Girls Soccer Player of the Year. Hanson is the first Gatorade Kansas Girls Soccer Player of the Year to be chosen from Olathe East High School.The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes Hanson as the state’s best high school girls soccer player. She is now a finalist for the Gatorade National Girls Soccer Player of the Year award to be announced in May. Continue reading

Memorial Day reminders

Olathe High School buddy Carl  Hanson passed the following along to me in an email.

With Memorial Day Weekend coming up, I thought I would pass it along to you. When you see a vet, give ’em a kiss, a hug, or a handshake and say thanks! Continue reading

County hires new JCDS executive director

Chad VonAhnen has been appointed the new executive director at Johnson County Developmental Supports (JCDS), an agency of Johnson County Government serving residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities for more than 40 years.

He will assume the JCDS helm on June 17.

VonAhnen comes to Johnson County from Sedgwick County Government, where he led the County’s Developmental Disability Organization before his current position as director of the Division of Public Safety. He has also worked in the Budget Office and was director of community relations. Prior to that, VonAhnen worked for Polk County, Iowa in youth services. Continue reading

The Affordable Care Act

By Valeria Edwards,
Family and Consumer Sciences Agent
Kansas State Extension Office

Do the words confused, enthusiastic, angry, or anxious describe your own feelings about the health reform law? We are all hearing so much in the news about this subject. Whether you refer to the new law as the Patient Protection Act, the Affordable Care Act, Obamacare, or ACA, it went into effect March 23, 2010.

You may be utilizing provisions of the law already. For example, if you’ve obtained health insurance for your child under 19 years old who has a pre-existing condition, or have included your adult child under 26 years old (who doesn’t have access to coverage through his or her own employer) to your private health insurance plan, you were able to do so under provisions of the new law. Continue reading

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