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News THE OSKALOOSA INDEPENDENT THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2010 ] P. 5 A Taste of Elegance eve00nt shatters last by Dennis Sharkey Friends of Jefferson County Hospice has managed to defy the odds this year. Atough economy and high jobless rates with forecasts looking gloomy are reasons enough for charities to expect big drops in donations, but not for FJCH. Last month's ATaste of Elegance annual fund raiser surpassed last year's fund-raising totals by 20 percent with some donations still pouring in. So far more than $42,200 has been collected from the event. Last year the event raised $35,000. "I was amazed and really hum- bled by the generosity of the 420 people who attended and the outside donations," organizer Carole Hen- drix said in an e-mail. "I told our committee at the wrap up meeting Wednesday evening that for us to see any increase this year in this economy was exceptional but an increase such as this one was really a blessing to help support Jefferson County Hospice."' More than 20 community groups and 100 volunteers helped put the event together that featured a buffet of hors d'oeuvres and desserts. The event also had a live auction that featured current Kansas Auctioneer Association Champion Auctioneer Megan McCurdy and 2004 Cham- pion and Valley Falls resident Andy Conser. Conser currently serves as president of the organization and McCurdy is the first woman in Kansas to win the crown. This year's total of donations is the highest collected in the event's nine year'history and continues a trend of increasing every year. In the first year the event attracted 120 guests and raised $3,200. Planning for next year's event will begin in January and organizers still have goals of making the event even bigger than the year before. Anyone interested in being a part of next year's event can find infor- mation at www.myfriendsofhospice. org. r's collections Kansas Auctioneer Association President Andy Conser of Valley Falls helps current Auctioneer Champion Megan McCurdy auction off items during ATaste of Elegance Oct. 23. Taste... JCN business teacher named educator of the year (Continued from page 1) Cynthia Johnson was named macadamia clusters, and red velvet cupcakes to nam. e just a few. Hendrix noted that more than 100 volunteers were involved in putting the event together. "Some of the people volunteered only for the evening, like the 25 plus students we had, but the com- mittee members spend hundreds of hours each year," Hendrix said. Not only do key committee members spend numerous hours making final preparations before the event, they also spend a few hours after the event cleaning up and putting things away. These volunteers mean more money for the hospice, since all mon- ey raised at the event goes for care, which Hendrix notes "is totally local and provided in a personal manner. Today the Jefferson County Hospice is the only totally local hospice. Our motto is 'Founded by dedicated Jefferson Countians, caring for Jef- ferson County families, friends, and neighbors.'" There are several indications that this year's edition of the annual event did well: Almost $4,000 was raised for the new Fund-a-Need program. Those who were unable to attend the event can still contribute by send- ing donations to Friends of Hospice of Jefferson County, P.O. Box 101,Valley Falls, 66088. Sewer... (Continued from page 1) then whywas he objecting to the exten- sion? "I guess my problem is you've been a contrtxl ili the stalfe of as' fov so  manyyeais and you know in December and January that you're going to have demobilization days," Boyd said. "That should have already been added into your contract." Councilman Allen Wise said he agreed with Paavola, however, he was not in favor of extending the deadline past Feb. 25 until the project reached that point. "I think we should play catch up to what we know," Wise said. "Once we get past last year then we'll know differ- ently. Let's revisit this when that time comes and then we're not guessing any more than what we have to." Brewer also made the case that sometimes the project can take longer dealing with unforeseen issues such as a collapsed pipe that was discovered recently. The issue took extra days to rectify before construction crews could move forward. Project engineer Brian Kingsley also sided with Brewer saying that variables can change through the course of the project. 'We told you in the beginning that hete are deficiencies that manifested between three or four years ago and now," Kingsley said. "You're going to find things like what he's talking about." In other actions: * The council also approved a change order to put back $14,400 into the project that was removed for rock ex- cavation. Crews did not remove rock but rather spent nearly two weeks ad- ditional time hauling in clay to backfill an area filled with silt. Construction Manager Ryan Kelley said in hindsight a geo test should have been conducted prior to bidding the job. He said the city actually saved money because the project would have been bid higher if crews had known. The council also approved a bill to engineers for $11,653. The council approved a new gas franchise agreement. The new agree- ment is essentially the same as the cur- rent agreement that expires in January.. The agreement is for 20 years. Kansas Secondary Business Edu- cator of the Year at the Kansas Business Education Association Convention in Wichita Oct. 15. Johnson has taught business and computer courses at Jefferson County North High School in Win- chester for 10 years and started her llth year this fall. "Mrs. Johnson has encouraged and inspired me not only to com- plete my work, but to complete it with a level of quality that inspires pride in the work I have submit- ted," commented senior Elizabeth Wolfe. Alumna Molly Lyon added,"I can assure you that Mrs. Johnson does not teach for titles or for recogni- tion; Mrs. Johnson cares about her students." "Our school has been a better place for the students to attend with Cindy Johnson as one Outstanding Instructional Leader," said high school Principal Gary Bedigrew. "This honoree is a top-notch teacher in our dist and adefinite leader for our.:or.all business teachers, sal;ed )j|eague Ann Hutchinson. Nominated by a fellow busi- ness educator, Johnson then had to complete a nomination packet and include five letters of recommen- dation. The honor was announced at the annual state meeting and luncheon held at the Wichita Mar- riott. USD 339 Superintendent Tim Marshall, JCNHS teacher Ann Hutchinson, and Johnson's family were able to attend the luncheon and awards ceremony. Johnson received her bachelor's degree in education from Empo- ria State University in 2000 and completed her master's degree in instructional design and technology from Emporia State University in 2003. Her work has been published and she has presented at local, state, regional, and national levels. Kansas Business Education Association President Gina Stanley presents Jefferson County North High School's Cynthia Johnson with the Kansas Secondary Business Educator of theYear award. Johnson has taught busi- ness and computer technology courses at Jefferson County North High School for 10 years. "My high school students always book, the Quill and Scroll Honorary impress me with their drive and Society, and the freshman class at willingness to learn," reflected Cyn- JCNHS. thia Johnson. "Every day presents new challenges, and that is why I love this job!" Johnson currently serves on the Mountain Plains Business Educa- tion Association Regional Board as journal editor and sponsors year- PIERSON REMODELING Decks, Windows, Siding Trim/General Carpentry FREE ESTIMATES ] Tracy Pierson (785) 863-3541 (913) 886-3837 11 ,,, 500 TAX CREDI E__0012ires Dec. 31 Trade in your furnace TODAY and POCKET THE SAVINGS! INFINITY(SERIE5 A complete Carrier Heat Pump system that gives you the most comfort, and a $1,100 Cool Cash rebate. Cool (..." Cash 7 Featuring the infinity Zone Control User Interface. It does more than your typical thermostat. For more information contact 3hrn to the Expcrt. 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