Lenexa Farmers Market delays opening due to COVID-19 pandemic; Lenexa boy creates mask bands for healthcare workers

The original April 25 opening date for the Lenexa Farmers Market has been delayed. File photo courtesy city of Lenexa.

Lenexa Farmers Market delays opening date due to COVID-19 pandemic

Lenexa city staff has postponed the Lenexa Farmers Market’s outdoor season, originally set to open Saturday, April 25.

“Providing access to fresh, local food is very important to this community,” staff wrote in its announcement March 31. “But our top priority right now is to ensure the safety and health of our vendors, shoppers and staff as we deal with COVID-19.”

Lenexa is discouraging formal public gatherings whenever possible, and is continuing to monitor the situation with the intent of opening the outdoor market when it is safe to do so.

7-year-old Lenexa boy creates mask bands to help healthcare workers

Ashley Stimac, a nurse at St. Luke’s South Hospital in Overland Park, struggled with securing her mask during shifts so her 7-year-old son Ethan figured out a way to help.

Using a 3D printer and help from his father, Ethan created KC-themed mask bands, which secure protective gear while keeping straps off the back of the ear entirely. They are planning to produce as many as possible and distribute them to healthcare workers in need. [How a 7-year-old Lenexa boy is helping KC — and beyond — during the COVID-19 pandemic — The Kansas City Star]

More than 100 motorists support healthcare workers at AdventHealth Shawnee Mission

More than 100 cars lined the AdventHealth Shawnee Mission campus on Saturday to show support for healthcare workers and those on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

At the Heroes Drive-In event motorists found a parking spot turned on hazard lights and prayed for patients and healthcare workers. [AdventHealth Shawnee Mission holds ‘Heroes Drive-In’ — KSHB]