Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

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Luke Anderson circled the bases at SM East after hitting his grand slam against SM South on Tuesday.
Luke Anderson circled the bases at SM East after hitting his grand slam against SM South on Tuesday.

Second grand slam in as many days from Luke Anderson helps SM East secure Regionals home field. Pretty tough to argue that Luke Anderson has any trouble stepping up in big situations for SM East’s baseball team. The SM East junior blasted a grand slam out of the Lancers home field for the second day in a row on Wednesday. The home run helped propel the Lancers to a 10-0 win over St. James Academy, securing the right to host a home game in the first round of Regionals play. Pitcher Zebulon Vermillion was in top form as well, pitching a no-hitter over five innings of work. The Lancers wrap up regular season play today against SM South.

Garage sales in Mission, Roeland Park this weekend. Both Mission and Roeland Park will have city-wide garage sales this weekend. In Mission, the Saturday farmers market will include a flea market with vendors selling antiques, collectibles and vintage items along Johnson Drive at Reeds. A list of sales in Mission can be found here. Both city-wide sales start today. The Mission sale lasts through Saturday and the Roeland Park sale extends to Sunday.

Johnson County Parks up for national award. The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA), in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) has named the Johnson County Park & Recreation District (JCPRD) as a finalist for the 2016 National Gold Medal Awards for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management. The Gold Medal Awards program honors communities in the U.S. that demonstrate excellence in parks and recreation through long-range planning, resource management, volunteerism, environmental stewardship, program development, professional development, and agency recognition. JCPRD, which celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2015, is a finalist in Class I, the largest of the five population-based categories. The district was previously a finalist in 1991, 1993, and 1994, and won the Gold Medal Award in 1995.

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