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Jesse OwenOlathe North assistant Jesse Owen reportedly will be the next Head Coach of Eudora High

Eudora News and is reporting that they have multiple sources saying the next head football coach in Eudora will be Olathe North Assistant Coach Jesse Owen.

The Eudora School Board has called for a special board meeting at 6:30 PM Monday night.  The only item on the agenda is an executive session to discuss personnel.  As is standard policy for the School District, officials declined to name any personnel involved in the discussion prior to that board meeting.  Any personnel discussions are handled during executive session which is closed to the public.  We have been told that Assistant Principal and Activities Director Cara Kimberlin will be available following the special School Board meeting.

If Owen is the next coach of the Eudora High football team, he will bring a good pedigree with him. Owen graduated in 1997 from Olathe North and played on the 1996 state championship squad. Following his graduation from Pittsburg State University, he returned to Olathe North where he has served under one of the dean’s of Kansas City high school football coaching Gene Weir.

Owen currently serves as varsity secondary and special teams coach on the Olathe North staff. He has been at Olathe North for over a decade.

The new football coach will replace Kevin Kopecky who served as Eudora Head Coach for a single season and resigned in March.

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Nancy and Gary Scott with the pocket library they built

Eudora News and Information ~

If you think Eudora’s public library at 9th & Elm is small, you should see the one over on Mulberry Ct. Not much bigger than a large mailbox, it only holds about 25 books  It’s open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The miniature library, known as a “pocket library,” is located in the front yard of Gary & Nancy Scott, 1305 Mulberry Ct.  The idea of small, accessible libraries is part of a national community movement called Little Free Library.  The project in our area began about two years ago when the Lawrence Public Library had to have a number of mature trees removed to make way for renovations.  The wood from those trees was made into 25 pocket libraries, and one of those made it to Eudora.

The Scotts had to build the miniature library themselves, but they did it as a group with other interested people and with the help of KU professors Matthew Burke and Mark Jakubauskas.  Participants were provided with wood that had to be cleaned, sanded and prepared.  They were able to create their own designs, so each little library is unique.  Each builder made a $100 donation to Friends of the Library, and then they could take their creation home or donate it to be auctioned off to raise additional library funds.

Children’s books fill the pocket library in the Scotts’ yard, though they may add other kinds of books later.

“I was a teacher for over 30 years,” said Nancy.  “I have lots of children’s books.  This is for the kids.  Lots of kids walk by here.  We just want them to know about it and use it.”

The library functions on an honor system so there is no check out procedures.  Books can be taken, read and returned at any time.  Gary and Nancy tucked a note inside each book with their names and address and with this message:  “We are glad you visited our ‘Little Free Library.’  You may take a book or two to read.  Please return when you are finished so that others may enjoy them, too.  This ‘Little Free Library’ was made from trees cut down at Lawrence Public Library.”

To learn more about the pocket library movement, visit



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The new Eudora Farmers' Market logo designed by EHS senior Hannah Penrose

The new Eudora Farmers’ Market logo designed by EHS senior Hannah Penrose

Eudora News and Information ~

The students in Noah Musser’s Graphic Design 1 course at EHS took on a fun challenge this spring: to design a new logo for Eudora’s Farmers’ Market.  Each student in the class, which is part of the ED-TEC curriculum at the school, submitted a design as part of the assignment.  To prepare for the assignment each of the ten students had to research and critique several existing logos of farmers’ markets across the U.S.  They were required to turn in both a black and white as well as a color design.  They used the computer as a design tool, utilizing programs such as Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator.

Each of the logos was unique and creative, making a difficult decision for the Eudora Farmers’ Market representatives to choose just one.  But the unanimous favorite was the bright and cheery logo with sunflowers and veggies created by senior Hannah Penrose.

The representatives of the Eudora Farmers’ Market would like to thank instructor Noah Musser and all of his students for taking on this project.  Job well done!


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Pete Feyerabend honoringEudora Fire Chief Ken Keiter honored Pete Feyerabend (on right) for his service as Interim Fire Chief at a ceremony at City Hall in March 2013 (photo by Managing Editor John Schulz)

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The Eudora Chamber of Commerce has named Pete Feyerabend as the 2013 Citizen of the Year. Feyerabend was not able to attend the event due to some out of state training for a new position he recently took, but told us by phone that he was extremely honored and overwhelmed by the accolade.

“To be honored with an award such as this is truly humbling,” Feyerabend said. “I’ve just tried to help out where I can and where I was needed. It’s just the right thing to do.”

Feyerabend has served in a variety of areas, most notably as a Lieutenant in the Eudora Volunteer Fire Department.  He also served as interim Fire Chief in late 2012 until the hiring of current Chief Ken Keiter in early 2013.

Feyerabend also serves on the Holy Family Catholic Church Building Committee and is a member of the Knights of Columbus Council at Holy Family. In addition, he found time to be a softball and T-ball coach, serve with the Eudora Elementary School “Watch D.O.G.S.” (Dads Of Great Students) and donated many services to various organizations through his job with Ryan Lawn and Tree Service.  Feyerabend recently left that position to take a job out of state with a railroad corporation and he and his family will be moving this summer.

“It was really a tough decision to leave Eudora, but this (referring to the new job) was something I just couldn’t pass up,” Feyerabend said. “Luckily, I will be able to be back fairly often to visit family and friends and still have some connections to a community that I absolutely love and will miss greatly.”

Amanda HerrmannAmanda’s Dance Academy owner and past Chamber of Commerce President Amanda Herrmann pictured here present the 2012 Citizen and Business of the Year awards  (photo by Managing Editor John Schulz)

The Chamber of Commerce also named Amanda’s Dance Academy as their 2013 Business of the Year.  Herrmann also was unable to attend the ceremony but did share her thoughts via email on being named Business of the Year.

“This is a great honor for the dance studio, I am very surprised and thankful for the award,” Herrmann stated.  “Eudora is a great town, and has been very supportive of our business for the seven years we have been open, and especially this past year. Eudora is a great town to own a business, and we are so thankful to have made the decision to move here.”

Herrmann who has fought hard through some personal medical situations over the last several months talked about how important the award is to both her and her husband Jeff.

“We can’t even begin to tell you how much this award means all of us at Amanda’s Dance Academy, our students are literally going to jump with joy when they find out.” Herrmann said.

Let’s hope they do that with some flair and possibly a pirouette of some type.

The annual Chamber dinner is held each year in the Spring for local business to get together and honor the Citizen and Business of the year. This year’s banquet was held at CLO’s Midnight Farm in Baldwin City.

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Brie Winder and students of Firm Foundation Day School

The students at Firm Foundations Day School and items they collected for our troops

Eudora News & Information ~

The preschoolers at Firm Foundation Day School aren’t just learning their letters and numbers.  They’re learning at the tender age of 4 and 5 to give back to their community.  It’s easy to see from their enthusiasm that they’re enjoying every minute of it!

Though Brie Winder, owner of the Eudora school, says that her most important mission is getting the kids ready for kindergarten, she has given her students many opportunities to help others.  Their current project is collecting toiletries and other items to send to the troops in Afghanistan.

“We’ve done a lot of things to learn about community and what it means to be part of a community, said Winder.  “The kids have collected food for the local food pantry, adopted a park, and will serve breakfast next month at the Public Safety Building in Eudora.”

The kids are excited about their recent collections for the soldiers and couldn’t wait to show me all the goodies they had packed into boxes ready to be mailed.  There were bars of soap, tubes of toothpaste, toothbrushes (even a Ninja toothbrush!), bar soap and sunscreen.  They had also added some fun treats like beef jerky, candy and cookies, and even a box of travel games to help soldiers deal with boredom.

Winder’s son Greyson is one of the students of the day school.  His enthusiasm about filling the boxes was contagious as he pointed out his favorite items. His older brother Isaac, a second grader at Eudora Elementary, got his classmates involved as well.  They made cards of support and thanks, along with colorful pictures, to add to the boxes.

The idea of helping the troops began when Winder’s cousin, 2010 LHS graduate Evan Georgie, was sent to Afghanistan with his Army unit in January of this year.  Through her cousin she became aware of the soldiers’ needs.

“I never knew that their personal items are not supplied by the military,” explained Wilder.  “Where he is stationed there isn’t a PX so he can’t even go buy things.  He’s there with 50 other guys.”

In February Wilder and her students began the collections.  They have several boxes filled to the brim now that will surely bring a lot of joy to our brave men and women who serve with her cousin.  There might be some arguing over who gets the Ninja toothbrush!

This is the first year for Firm Foundation Day School.  It’s motto is “Building a firm foundation for a stronger tomorrow.”  Winder was in public education for 13 years before starting her own school, which meets in her house.  While the students are learning many things that will help them scholastically down the road, they’re also learning something that will affect them throughout their entire lives: the value of serving others.  And they’re doing it with a smile!

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