The Eudora Area Historical Society will have its July Program and meeting on Thursday, July 17 at 7:00pm at Eudora City Hall (4 East 7th Street).
The program will be delivered by Harold Lee Zimmerman. Mr. Zimmerman will discuss his life and growing up in Eudora. Mr. Zimmerman was born in Eudora and graduated from Eudora High School in 1943. He was a Merchant Marine during World War II and the Korean War. He was involved with the Zimmerman Steel company in Lawrence.
A short business meeting will also be held which will include updates on the Trefz building rehabilitation project. This program is free and open to the public. We hope to see you there!
Harold Lee Zimmerman, Junior class President, from the 1942 Eudora High School Yearbook.
Photo courtesy Heidi Hoover
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Most 11-year-old girls spend their days at school among friends and enjoying after school activities. They’re thinking about sleepovers and fun family times and maybe even a little about boys. But Eudora 6th grader Carolyn Hoover, daughter of Ben and Heidi Hoover, spends most of her time at Children’s Mercy Hospital, and her thoughts run to the battle she’s waging against stage 3 T-Cell Lymphoma.
Carolyn was diagnosed with the disease on January 31, and since then has endured having fluid drained off her heart, bone marrow extraction, spinal taps and chemotherapy, all done with only local anesthesia due to the inoperable mass in her chest. Her dad sat with her during the worst of the procedures and was amazed at how brave his daughter was.
While Carolyn would rather be playing her favorite sport (volleyball) or doing other things that healthy kids enjoy, she stays busy making bracelets for herself and her family on her Rainbow Loom and with little sewing projects. She loves to spend time with her dogs, one giant black shepherd and one tiny mutt, when she can be at home. The worst side effects of her treatments are feeling sick and tired all the time, and the trouble she has getting up and down due to nerve damage in her legs from the chemo. Her brothers are quick to help her get on her feet if she needs it.
Carolyn’s illness and hospitalization have meant a lot of adjustments for the whole family. Carolyn’s three older brothers, Cody (17), Christian (15) and Corey (13) and the dogs have to go to their grandparents in Perry any time Carolyn is hospitalized. And her dad Ben has had to take many days off work from his job at Tyson in Olathe. But they’re all in this fight together.
Heidi’s mom said that Carolyn’s attitude has been remarkable. “She’s been amazing. You can tell the Lord’s hand has been upon her. Even the doctors said most adults couldn’t have sat still through all those procedures.”
An extended illness takes a toll on a family financially—there are medical bills plus many other expenses like gas, meals out, etc. To lend a hand to the Hoover family, some members of the community have planned a fundraiser for Carolyn’s family.
“No One Fights Alone,” a free benefit for Carolyn, will be held this Saturday, March 15th, from 5:00 to 9:00 pm at the Eudora Recreational Center, 1630 Elm. There will be all kinds of food and beverages, music and dancing, a bounce house, face painting and a Eudora Fire and Police Department show. Everyone in the community is invited and encouraged to stop by and show their support for a beautiful little girl who is fighting something no child should have to fight.
One of the organizers of the event, Aaron Thakker, didn’t even know the family when he got involved. But he has five kids of his own, one a 6th grader with Carolyn, and decided he wanted to do something big to help the family. He’s been amazed at the generosity of local churches, restaurants, businesses and individuals who have donated toward the fundraiser. Thakker said that even some businesses from Missouri have helped. An individual who wishes to remain anonymous donated an iPad so that Carolyn could keep up with her friends and school work while she was hospitalized.
“The amazing thing,” said Thakker “is that no one wants any recognition or anything in return. They just want to help.”
The Hoovers, too, are touched by the support they’ve received from friends, neighbors and others in the community. Cards and phone calls are a constant, and many have given them gift cards or money to help with expenses. They especially appreciate knowing that so many are praying for Carolyn, and their trust for her future is in God.
“We’ve only been in Eudora five years,” Heidi explained, “and a lot of people that I haven’t even met have shown us so much support.”
Eudora is indeed a caring and compassionate community. Take the opportunity to stop by the Rec Center this Saturday evening and show your support. You’ll not only get to eat some delicious food and have some fun, you’ll be making a difference in the life of a precious child and her family. If you can’t make the event but would like to donate, checks can be made out to Ben or Heidi Hoover and mailed to them in care of Barb Tuttle, P.O. Box 584, Eudora, KS.
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Pull those running shoes out of the closet after a long and snowy winter and get ready for the Wild Over Wellness 5k hosted by the Eudora Lions Club. It will be held at 8:00 am on Saturday, March 29. Check in begins at 7:30 am at the new Eudora Public Safety Building, 10th & Main in downtown Eudora.
If you’d rather have a root canal than run 3.2 miles, you can still participate. Put on your walking shoes and stroll a one mile course or the whole 5k. You can bring your leashed pet, your kids or your baby in a stroller. You can even ride your bike if you prefer. And here’s the best part: if you register by March 12, the cost is only $20 (or $25 after that date.) What’s not to love about this, especially if it’s a nice, sunshiny spring day? (Neither Eudora Reporter nor the Lions Club is making any guarantees about the weather, especially after the crazy March we’ve had so far.)
Like everything sponsored by the Lions Club, the race is for a good cause. All proceeds from the event will be used to buy equipment for Eudora’s parks. After the race there will be a bike rodeo with a helmet giveaway and a health festival with free vision screening.
Register today by calling Audrey Bell at 785-230-2185 or online at www.eudoralionsclub.webs.com.
While we’re on the subject of the Eudora Lions Club, let me tell you a little more about the organization. Because it’s a quiet, behind-the-scene entity, you might not know about all the good it does in our community, though you have probably enjoyed the annual pancake feed the group puts on each year.
The mission statement of the club is “We serve,” and that is exactly what its members do. They sponsor Angel Tree and provide food baskets during the holidays. They collect used bikes and send them to the prison in Leavenworth to be refurbished so they can be given away. They do eye screening, and even provide eye exams and glasses for those in need.
All of that is done with only about 10 members of the community involved in the club. When I asked Lions Club member Dr. David Barnhart if they would like to have more members, he said a very emphatic “yes!” President Tina Jinkins added, “The more the merrier.” Anyone in the community is welcome to join.
While the club is made up of mostly people in their 30’s and 40’s, Bob Slaper is an exception. He has been a member of the Eudora Lions Club since October 1955, just four years after the club was founded. Seems like that might quality for Guinness World Records!
Slaper feels like the club’s biggest accomplishments have been in getting the Eudora City Cemetery directory completed and put in place in 2005 and in getting the statue of Pascal Fish and his daughter Eudora installed downtown in 2007. “The statue was the biggest project we ever did,” said Slaper.
If you would like to know more about the Eudora Lions Club or how to become a part of this worthy organization, contact president Tina Jinkins at email@example.com or Brian Nyp at 785-691-6417.
The Eudora Area Historical Society will have its November meeting on Thursday, November 21 at 7:30pm at Eudora City Hall.
The program for this meeting will be presented by William Worley and is titled “How Rural Electrification Transformed Kansas.” Prior to the 1930s, the prohibitive costs of stringing electrical lines across vast rural spaces made electricity a primarily urban phenomenon. This meant that many jobs of the farm had to be done by humans, animals, tractors, and combines. Learn how New Deal legislation established rural electrical associations (REAs) as cooperative ventures managed by farmers and supported by low-cost government loans. For the first time, farm wives could have washing and sewing machines, dairy farmers could refrigerate milk, and families could be entertained by radios and eventually televisions. Rural work productivity soared. We probably all take electricity for granted today, but it was not long ago that the Eudora area was largely devoid of electricity.
This program is made possible by the Kansas Humanities Council. “How Rural Electrification Transformed Kansas” is part of the Kansas Humanities Council’s The Way We Worked Speakers Bureau, featuring presentations and discussions examining the theme of work and working in Kansas and how these stories help define us.
Contact Ben Terwilliger, 785-690-7900, EudoraHistory@gmail.com, for additional information.
This event is free and open to the public. We hope to see you there!
Children enjoy the fall tradition of heading to Schaake’s Pumpkin patch west of Eudora (photo by Grace Jubber)
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Don’t miss out on these fun fall festivities sponsored by Eudora Parks and Recreation:
1) This Friday, Oct. 11, from 4:30-6:00 pm your family is invited to Eudora Evening at the Pumpkin Patch. Enjoy a hayrack ride, see farm animals and pick out some pumpkins at Schaake’s Pumpkin Patch, 1791 N. 1500 Rd, Lawrence (just a few miles west of Eudora.) A hotdog and a drink is only a $1.00.
2) The Eudora Public Library is partnering with Eudora Parks and Rec to bring you the first ever Fall Family Art Walk on Oct. 17. The art will be produced by Eudora area children (K-12) and adults. To participate all you have to do it pick up a “canvas” (that looks suspiciously like a piece of copy paper) at either the library or the rec center. Then draw, color or paint a picture that symbolizes your favorite book on the “canvas.” Be sure to add your name and phone number on the bottom of the sheet and turn it in to either the library or the rec center by Monday, Oct. 14th.
Meet at 714 Main on Thursday, Oct. 17th, at 10:00 am to paint storefront windows of downtown Eudora using your “canvas” as a guide. Paint will be supplied but bring your own paint brushes, rags, etc.
The Art Walk will be held at that evening. Families will gather at CPA Park at 5:30 to tour the downtown area to ooh and ah at the masterpieces you created. Return to the park for hotdogs, chips, cookies and drinks.
3) The Great Pumpkin Hunt will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 29 at Lucy Kaegi Park, 1630 Elm. The event will kick off with a costume contest at 7:00 pm, followed by a pumpkin hunt (candy and toy filled pumpkins) at 7:30. Be sure to bring a flashlight as it will be dark. Preschoolers through 5th graders are invited to participate. In case of rain the event will be held in the community building right next door.
For more information about any of these activities, contact Eudora Parks and Rec at 542-3434.