Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

Spencer Collins will be a speaker at a Banned Books Week Event put on by the Kansas City Public Library this weekend.
Spencer Collins will be a speaker at a Banned Books Week Event put on by the Kansas City Public Library this weekend.

Leawood’s Spencer Collins to be featured in Kansas City Public Library Banned Books Week event. Leawood youngster Spencer Collins, who made national news when the city informed his family that they couldn’t place a Little Free Library in their yard, will be among the featured speakers at a Banned Books Week hosted by the Kansas City Public Library this weekend. The event, which will be 4 p.m. Saturday at the Plaza branch, will “an opportunity to speak to the family as they get ready to hear the decision” on the temporary moratorium on the ordinance prohibiting Little Free Libraries. The moratorium is set to expire Oct. 20.

NRA endorses Brownback for Governor. The National Rifle Association’s Political Victory Fund on Monday endorsed Kansas Gov. Brownback for re-election. “Sam Brownback has done more in his first term as governor to protect our Second Amendment rights than almost any governor in Kansas history,” Political Victory Fund chair Chris Cox said. “He signed into law nine pro-gun bills, including one providing for concealed carry reciprocity with all fifty states. Sam showed his support for the Sunflower State’s unique hunting heritage by signing into law a bill encouraging the next generation of hunters.”

National Drug Take-Back Day is Saturday. National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day provides a safe convenient way of disposing of prescription drugs. In Roeland Park, leftover, unused and out-of-date drugs can be dropped off at the Price Chopper from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Prescription drug drop-off bins also are located in the Mission and Prairie Village police departments.

SM North Strolling Strings to perform at SMEF breakfast. The Strolling Strings from SM North will welcome guests Thursday morning to the annual Shawnee Mission Education Foundation breakfast at the Overland Park Convention Center. The highlight of the breakfast is the address by Superintendent Jim Hinson on the state of the district. Coffee begins at 7 a.m.

Mission hosts transit stakeholder meeting Thursday. The Smart Moves Regional Transit Vision is the metropolitan Kansas City vision for regional transit service and its potential expansion and future enhancements. From 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Sylvester Powell Community Center in Mission, the Smart Moves team will talk about new Smart Moves connection opportunities and get public input in preparation for a 2015 update of Smart Moves. The team is a coalition of the Mid-America Regional Council and area transit agencies.

Leawoof Dog Park opening delayed. Today is the day dogs had been anticipating for the opening of Leawood’s new dog park just to the east of city park. Because of rain last week, the installation of sod has been delayed. The new tentative date is Wednesday, October 1, at 10 a.m. The parks department asks for eager dogs and owners to go over the fence in the meantime.