Northeast Johnson county morning roundup

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Bricks from the original 1939 school building will be on sale at the Prairie Elementary open house to raise money for a wooden gym floor.
Bricks from the original 1939 school building will be on sale at the Prairie Elementary open house to raise money for a wooden gym floor.

Prairie community preparing to celebrate sesquicentennial next week. The oldest operating school in northeast Johnson County will celebrate its 150th anniversary next week. Prairie Elementary families are putting the finishing touches on preparations for two days of events to mark the school’s sesquicentennial. There will be an open house event Friday, May 13 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the school including performances by the Prairie choir and speeches from alumni, historians and former teachers. The fun will continue Saturday with the 150th Anniversary Fair. Check out the school PTA’s website for details.

Reception for Buena Vista painters Friday. An opening reception for water color painters from Buena Vista gallery will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Roeland Park City Hall. An exhibit by the Buena Vista painters will be on display in city hall through the month of May.

Mission Market opens Saturday. The Mission Farm & Flower Market starts earlier this year with the opening market day on this Saturday. The market will be open from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Saturday through September along Johnson Drive west of Nall.

Household hazardous waste collection May 14. Household chemicals, paint and electronics will be collected on May 14 from 8 to 11:30 a.m. at a secure facility inside the county wastewater treatment plant near I-35 and Lamar. An appointment is required, which can be made by calling 913-715-6907.

New Horizons Band rehearsals begin in May. The Roeland Park Community Center is the site for rehearsals for musicians who are ages 50 and beyond. The band is a program of the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District in conjunction with the UMKC Conservatory of Music. Rehearsals start at 6 p.m. Tuesdays starting May 31.

Man charged in Merriam rape case. An Overland Park man has been charged with raping a woman last year in Merriam. Daniel Raymond Haller was arrested by Merriam police Wednesday in connection with a rape that allegedly occurred on Sept. 17. Last year police reported an attack in a parking lot on 64th Terrace west of Antioch on that date. [Man accused of rape in Merriam – The Kansas City Star]

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