Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

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SM North Thespian Troupe marks 75 years. The SM North theatre department held its 41st annual awards banquet this month but it was the 75th anniversary of Troupe 413. The troupe was chartered in 1940 and is the second oldest in the state. To become a Thespian, students must earn points either by acting or working on a technical crew. Awards handed out included Margaret McClatchey Honor Thespian: Kennedy Carter & Matt Mahr (four years most cumulative points); Johnson Technical Award: Sydney Jordan (four years most cumulative technical points); Cochran Acting Award: Michael Schley & Chelsea Turner (four years most cumulative acting points); Maureen Davis Outstanding Leadership Award: Amanda Enyart. Top Ten Outstanding Thespians: (most points earned during the 2012-2013 theatre season) 1. Sydney Jordan, 2. Alex Leslie & Matt Mahr, 3. Marissa Horine, 4. Alex Coddington, 5. Alex Wilkerson, 6. Hannah Patterson, 7. Kylie Cameron, 8. Elena March, 9. Michael Scholey, 10. Grant Cole.

Andrew Spencer’s big day helps SM East secure Sunflower golf title. SM East’s boys golf team is again the champion of the Sunflower League thanks in part to a field-leading day from Andrew Spencer, who won the Lawrence Invitational tournament at Alvamar Golf Course Wednesday. Spencer’s 70 was four strokes better than second place finisher Christian Ghilardi of SM Northwest. SM East’s Thomas Luger finished in the top ten individual standings with a 78. SM East’s team win in Lawrence also capped the three-tournament Sunflower League season, putting the Lancers ahead of SM Northwest for the title. The Lancers will play in the state regional tournament hosted by SM Northwest this coming Monday, May 18 at Canyon Farms Golf Club in Lenexa.

Odor concerns from treatment plant near Nall Park on agenda. The Roeland Park City Council meeting at 7 p.m. Monday will include a presentation regarding odor concerns at the Johnson County Wastewater treatment plant that is located in Mission along Nall Avenue. Roeland Park’s Nall Park is directly across the street. John O’Neil, general manager of the facility, will address the council regarding possible solutions. Roeland Park Councilor Becky Fast said that although the odor problem has gotten better since a meeting she organized two years ago, residents of the area are discouraged about ongoing odors and she continues to receive complaints. Citizen comments and questions also will be heard about the issue.

Library foundation taking nominations for Pinnacle Awards. The Johnson County Library Foundation is taking nominations for its 2015 Pinnacle Awards. The Pinnacle Award recognizes Excellence: in the Arts; in Advocacy and Public Engagement; in Business and Entrepreneurship; in Literacy and Education. Historically, Pinnacle honorees have demonstrated excellence in their professional field or philanthropic pursuits. The deadline for nominations is June 25. Nominations can be made through the foundation’s online form.

Downtown Overland Park offering free WiFi. Access to free WiFi is now available from the Overland Park Farmers’ Market pavilion and reaches approximately one-half block radius. The network’s name is “Downtown OP.” The complimentary service is an initiative of the Downtown Overland Park Partnership’s volunteer economic enhancement team.

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