Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

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Johnson County businessman’s quest for Senate profiled by New Yorker. Olathe businessman Greg Orman’s decision to run for the U.S. Senate as an independent is the subject of an interesting piece from The New Yorker this week. In it, author Sam Wang suggests that Orman would be a formidable contender for incumbent Pat Roberts if Democrat Chad Taylor weren’t in the race: “A former Democrat, [Orman] decried the gridlock and lack of action in Washington, and now declines to identify himself as a member of either major party. Orman’s formula seems to be working with Kansas voters. Despite the fact that thirty per cent of voters still have not heard of him, a recent Public Policy Polling survey shows that in a one-on-one matchup, Roberts would lose by ten percentage points, forty-three to thirty-three.” [Could an Independent from Kansas swing the Senate? — The New Yorker]

Santa Fe Trail plans “Walk Across Kansas”. Santa Fe Trail Elementary is planning to host its fourth annual “Walk Across Kansas,” a fundraising walkathon in which the school’s 280 students pledge to collectively walk 436 miles — the length it would take to cross the state. The goal is to raise $12,000 for field trips, library books, classroom supplies and cultural events. The event will be 8:30-10:30 a.m. Sept. 5. For information on donating or signing up, visit the Santa Fe Trail PTA website.

Mission police to hold open house in September. The Mission Police Department is inviting the public to see what goes on behind the walls of a police station. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on September 13, the department will have station tours, police vehicles on display, and show booking and specialized equipment. Food and drinks, giveaways, safety information packets and other activities will be part of the day. The department is at 6090 Woodson Road.

Johnson County Library Foundation announces Pinnacle Award honorees. The Johnson County Library has released the names of its 2014 Pinnacle Award winners. The awards recognize individuals who make remarkable contributions to life in the county through their professional and philanthropic work. This year’s winners are: Tyrone Aiken, executive director of Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey; John Douglass, retired Overland Park police chief and head of Shawnee Mission schools security; Fred Merrill, Jr., the real estate developer behind the Prairiefire development; Dr. Joe Gilhaus, former Shawnee Mission South principal; and Mason Wilde, a Louisburg High School senior who helped design a prosthetic for a boy without fingers. The honorees will be recognized at a dinner Oct. 16.