2013 has shaped up as an exit year for Wyandotte County newsmakers.
Last week we saw the exit, or retirement, announced for Police Chief Rick Armstrong, who will make a transition in 2014 to chief of police of Kansas City, Kan., Public Schools, a newly created position.
Armstrong’s announcement followed that of Unified Government Administrator Dennis Hays, who has announced his retirement, effective next year. Hays said he would appoint a temporary police chief, Ellen Hanson, for next year until Hays’ successor can make a permanent appointment.
The first one to announce he would not return to his office, though, was former Mayor Joe Reardon, who did not seek re-election this spring.
Also leaving the public eye recently was Cindy Cash, CEO of the Kansas City, Kan., Area Chamber of Commerce, who is leaving in a few months to work in private business.
If we were a sports team, there could be reason for concern with losing so much experience in one year.
More exits on the horizon?
It also might be an exit year next year for some members of Congress, as the federal government shutdown dragged on for more than a week, seriously affecting federal employees and communities that rely on their trade.
It seems that the public in general does not like the added drama of waiting until the last minute for Congress to finish its work, all the while slinging insults at the opposition.
How many o’s are in Boooo?
Just how many o’s are in Boooo? There are four, according to the Ag Hall, promoting its Trick or Treat on the Farm and Boooo Barn. Hayrides, train rides, a haunted barn, trick-or-treating, scary stories and a costume show are part of the activities at this event.
The annual event is from 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 26-27 in Bonner Springs. For more information visit www.AgHallofFame.com.
With Halloween approaching, many community groups, including the recreation centers, are making an effort to sponsor family-oriented activities. The recreation centers, along with Alcott Arts Center, are open on Halloween, Oct. 31, as a safe alternative to trick-or-treating. Call 573-8327 for information about the recreation centers.
Other community Halloween activities will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Wyandotte County Fairgrounds, 137th and Polfer Road; and from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Turner Recreation, 831 S. 55th.
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