Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

Alan Sunkel was surprised with gifts at the Corinth Ripple bin earlier this month as part of the company's "Thanks a Billion" celebration.
Alan Sunkel was surprised with gifts at the Corinth Ripple bin earlier this month as part of the company’s “Thanks a Billion” celebration.

Ripple Glass celebrates one billion bottles recycled. Thanks in no small part to the efforts of northeast Johnson County residents, whose joie de vivre has made the Corinth Square and Village Shops bins among the most popular in the program, Ripple Glass this spring will mark the recycling of its one billionth bottle. The company, which process the bottles and then hands them over to Owens Corning for use in the manufacturing of insulation, will be recognizing random recyclers with prizes leading up the one billionth bottle, whose owner will win a party with Boulevard Beer and food from Price Chopper.

Bollier talks about how legislative discussions between moderate Republicans and Democrats have worked this session. Mission Hills Sen. Barbara Bollier was the featured legislator on this weekend’s edition of Statehouse Blend, and chatted with host Sam Zeff about how different factions in the capitol — conservative Republicans, moderate Republicans and Democrats — have related to one another his session. [Is There A Moderate and Democratic Coalition In The Kansas Legislature? — KCUR]

Roeland Park community forum on aquatic center, leaf program set for tonight. The Roeland Park quarterly community forum is set for this evening at the Roeland Park Community Center. The forum will give residents the opportunity to give their feedback on two issues facing the city council: the future of programming at the aquatic center after Johnson County Park and Recreation District decided to end the joint operating agreement that had been in place for decades, and the best way to manage the city’s leaf pick up program. The forum starts at 7 p.m.