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Jan 31

Eastern Red Cedar

Posted to Ernie Miller Nature Center: Tracks Newsletter by Bryan Thompson

In the winter the Eastern red cedar (Juniperus virginiana) is more easily seen. This evergreen is common through out our state. Many people see this tree as a weedy plant that invades the prairie, shading out grasses and flowers below. This tree is not a cedar nor is it red, at least not on the outside.

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Mar 25

Four golf leagues begin soon at JCPRD courses

Posted to Explore JCPRD by Becky Burnside

Three leagues for ladies and another for senior men are gearing up to start in April at JCPRD’s Tomahawk Hills and Heritage Park golf courses. 

Groups that play at Tomahawk Hills in Shawnee are: the Tomahawk Hills Women’s Golf Association, the Tomahawk Hills Working Ladies Golf League, and the Tomahawk Hills Senior Men’s Golf League.  The Heritage Park Ladies Golf League will be playing on the Olathe course. The ladies’ leagues are for golfers 18 and older, while the senior league is for ages 55 and older.

The Tomahawk Hills Senior Men’s Golf League is open to ages 55 and older and will golf every other Tuesday morning beginning March 26. Participants must purchase a Senior Patron Card for $45 and pay senior dues of $60. These fees entitle participants to many discounts and are used to provide prizes for each tournament.  A spring meeting for this league took place in late March, but don’t worry, there’s still time to join!. To register or to request more information, call (913) 631-8000.

The Tomahawk Hills Women’s Golf Association will hold its annual organizational meeting on Wednesday, April 3 at 8:30 a.m. The group is open to women of all levels of play. Both nine- and 18-hole leagues play every Wednesday morning from April through October. Participants must purchase a Golf Patron Card, which varies in cost based on the holder’s age and residency, and pay the association registration fee of $40.   For more information on the Tomahawk Hills Women’s Golf Association, call Pat Kalicki at (913) 599-6922 or the Tomahawk Hills Golf Course Pro Shop at (913) 631-8000.

The Tomahawk Hills Working Ladies Golf League will conduct an informational meeting at the course beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 28.  This league is designed for intermediate golfers. Play begins April 4 and ends in August. Tee-off times are between 4 and 6 p.m. Players must be committed to play for 20 weeks. For more information, call Michelle Textor at (913) 345-8582 or Kathy Bexton at (913) 897-5755. A $40 kitty fee and $5 Hole in One fee are also due on March 28.  Green fees are $16, payable weekly. 

For the Heritage Park Ladies Golf League, an organizational meeting is set at the HPGC Clubhouse beginning at 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 11, and play will begin on Thursday, April 18.  This nine-hole league is also for ladies 18 and older and is designed for golfers of all ability levels with tee times between 4:15 and 6 p.m. with a different format each week. Players must be committed to play from April through September. A league registration fee of $50 is required and weekly green fees are $22 with a cart rental or $14 without. For more information about the HPGC league, call League President Kerry Bruce (913) 530-0408.

The Tomahawk Hills Golf Course is located at 17501 Midland Drive, Shawnee, and the Heritage Park Golf Course is located at 16445 Lackman Road, Olathe.

Mar 22

Test Post 3: Cooking with Jeff

Posted to Welcome to the Test Blog by Bryan Thompson


I gave it a cold? I gave it a virus. A computer virus. You know what? It is beets. I've crashed into a beet truck. They're using our own satellites against us. And the clock is ticking. I gave it a cold? I gave it a virus. A computer virus. Hey, take a look at the earthlings. Goodbye!

Hey, take a look at the earthlings. Goodbye! We gotta burn the rain forest, dump toxic waste, pollute the air, and rip up the OZONE! 'Cause maybe if we screw up this planet enough, they won't want it anymore! Eventually, you do plan to have dinosaurs on your dinosaur tour, right?

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