Public Service Announcement: Wreaths Across America

Fort Leavenworth National Cemetary

For the fourth year I am participating in the Wreaths Across America Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery event. The date is Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. location is the base of the American flag pole located in the middle of the cemetery.

Again, I am asking for help in raising awareness of the service of our fallen heroes, our active duty military and our military veterans at the event and funds to help sponsor wreaths to place on our deceased veterans graves. The section of the cemetery we have chosen this year is section “M”. There are approx. 3,800 graves in this section alone. We have over 20,000 in the cemetery and had 1,072 sponsored last year.

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Mock tornado to strike Olathe Nov. 14

Participants finishing Community Emergency Response Team training will be put to the test when a simulated tornado strikes Olathe on Thursday, November 14 at 7 pm at Olathe Fire Administration (1225 S. Hamilton Circle). Trained by firefighters, CERT students from local neighborhoods will react to this disaster scenario as part of their final exam. Continue reading


The First Thanksgiving: The day Plymouth rocked

David Chartrand

David Chartrand

It’s time to clarify the history of American’s Thanksgiving holiday. The first Pilgrims were actually English “Separatists” who insisted on being called “Puritans,” which means that England considered them a “pain in the butt.”

Many Puritans were originally from Holland but left there because they hated being called Dutch, hated Dutch Doors and Dutch Ovens and Hollandaise Sauce.  But things were even worse in England, where they endured religious persecution and being forced to live in villages with comical names like Scurvy Sommersetshire-Essex. Continue reading

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