Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

Mission's Pearl Harbor Memorial Park, dedicated in 2004.
Mission’s Pearl Harbor Memorial Park, dedicated in 2004.

Pearl Harbor commemoration Sunday in Mission. Pearl Harbor survivors in Johnson County will commemorate the 73rd anniversary of the attack with the annual reception and program at the Sylvester Powell Community Center in Mission on Sunday. The reception runs from 11:15 a.m. to 11:55 a.m. when a moment of silence will be observed at the time (local) the attack began. The program will follow and include survivors being interviewed by Mike Shanin of KCPT. The local survivors are Jack Carson, 91, Overland Park; Dorwin Lamkin, 92, Mission; and Edmund Russell, 97, Lenexa. The event is free and open to the community.

Registration for Fairway’s Bright Nights with Holiday Lights Contest closes Dec. 8. Fairway residents who would like their homes considered in the annual Bright Nights with Holiday Lights Contest much register online by Monday, Dec. 8. Judging for the contest, in which the winner for best holiday lights decorations gets a $50 gift certificate to a Fairway restaurant, will be Dec. 9-16.

Business Journal covers Menards Merriam announcement. The Kansas City Business Journal on Thursday afternoon posted a story on the news that Menards plans to open a store on the site of the abandoned Kmart building in Merriam. See our story from Thursday morning here. [Menards plans new store at Kmart site in Merriam — Kansas City Business Journal]

Take an invasive tree home for the holidays. The Johnson County Park and Recreation District is partnering with Kansas City Wildlands to offer a chance to remove invasive red cedar trees and take them home for holiday decorations. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Mildale Farm. Hay wagons will take participants to the tree site and back. Only handsaws are allowed – no axes or chainsaws. The eastern red cedar removal is part of a prairie restoration project. The cedars were commonly used by pioneers as Christmas trees, but have a different needle than those popular today.

Bishop Miege announces retirement of soccer coach. Bishop Miege announced Thursday that long-time boys soccer coach Joe Huppe would be retiring. Huppe coached the Stags for 22 years, winning 235 games and four state titles leading the team. The Stags took second place in the 4A-1 division in Kansas this year.