Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

Large item pick up for homes south of 75th Street in Prairie Village will be Saturday.
Large item pick up for homes south of 75th Street in Prairie Village will be Saturday.

Large item pick up for half of Prairie Village is Saturday. Large item pick up is Saturday, April 12 for all Prairie Village homes south of 75th Street. Homeowners must place their items by the curb by 7 a.m. the day of the pick up. (Though if you put them out Friday, there’s a good chance a scavenger will take care of them for you). Refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners and ice makers are all allowed, but Deffenbaugh asks that you set them a few feet away from items that don’t contain refrigerant chemicals. More information on allowed items is in our previous story.

NEJC high school hoopsters earn all-league honors. Six SM East and three SM North basketball players earned recognition on the Kansas City Star’s All-Sunflower League basketball teams. Lancer junior Lucas Jones was named to the second team on the boys side, with Colin Burns and Joey Wentz making the Honorable Mention list. SM North senior Scott Johnson made the third team list, and teammate Michael Weathers made the Honorable Mention list. On the girls side, senior Erin McGinley made the second team list for SM East, with teammates Kyle Haverty and Molly Ross earning Honorable Mention recognition. SM North’s Darian Dozier earned Honorable Mention recognition as well. [913 All-Sunflower League teams: Boys | Girls Kansas City Star]

Prairie taking pre-order for annual plant sale. Spring has officially sprung, and northeast Johnson County residents interested in beautifying their yards and gardens can get their plants for the season at the fourth annual Prairie plant sale. The sale itself is 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, April 26, but people can pre-order online at prairieplantsale.com. Pre-orders filled out on paper must be turned in to the Prairie office by next Tuesday, April 15. Pre-orders will be available for pick up in the Prairie gym on Friday, April 25 from 2:30-6:30 p.m. Funds from the sale go to special learning experiences, like the annual sixth grade trip to Wildwood. Contact Lindsay Ridder with questions.

Peterson calls on county to devote funds to jobs-for-youth program. Johnson County Commissioner Ed Peterson on Wednesday proposed dedicating part of the county’s reserve funds to a program that would “establish an ‘employment pipeline’ connecting our excellent education institutions with jobs here in our community.” Peterson said the program would help strengthen the county’s education system as it faced pressure from policies coming out of Topeka. “Programs like this have shown promise elsewhere and have been tried on a small scale here, including in at least the Shawnee Mission and Blue Valley school districts. We now need a commitment from the county to contribute to this enterprise and participation by employers and educators to get the program started.” Peterson is challenging Commission Chair Ed Eilert for the county’s top position. Eilert officially declared his candidacy for reelection March 27. [Ed Peterson calls on county to help Johnson County students — Ed Peterson campaign]

Senate candidate Wolf earned $100,000 from program he’s criticized. Leawood resident and U.S. Senate candidate Milton Wolf has been a sharp critic of the Affordable Care Act as well as Medicaid. But that didn’t stop the radiologist from collecting more than $100,000 in Medicaid reimbursements in 2012. The Kansas City Star’s Dave Helling on Wednesday wrote about Wolf’s reimbursement record after the Obama administration released a database of physician payments. [Senate candidate Milton Wolf of Overland Park got $100,000 in Medicare payments in 2012 — Kansas City Star]

SM East golfer finished atop standings at Mo-Kan Invitational. SM East’s Andrew Spencer had a phenomenal day at National Golf Course Wednesday at the Park Hill South Mo-Kan Invitational. Spencer won the individual competition, shooting a 73. His Lancer teammate Johnnie Norton tied for ninth overall at 83. SM East finished third among the eight teams in the tournament. Blue Valley North finished first, followed by Pembroke Hill.

Runner’s World features PV-based business. The most recent issue of Runner’s World to hit stands includes a recommendation for a product formulated by a Prairie Village couple. In a piece on sleep aids, Runner’s World features Berry Sleepy, pills that contain a blend of berry extracts designed to promote sleep. The business was launched by Prairie Village resident Gregory Doring and his wife Adrienne. The Berry Sleepy mention is on page 98.