This, THIS right here is why I love Lawrence, Kansas. The Lawrence Arts Center just announced they will be screening "Phantom of the Paradise" October 30--the night before Halloween! When I was younger I caught this movie several times on basic cable, and wrote it off as 70's schlock. Since then, I've come to realize the players in this film, including its writer/director Brian De Palma. Edited by Paul Hirsch (who went on to do Star Wars). Starring musician Paul Williams. And a very unique soundtrack that was nominated for an Academy Award. I can't wait to see this in a theater setting, and knowing Lawrence, I'm guessing it'll be a full house.
It was one week ago that Ohio's fourth-largest city, Toledo (with a population around a half-million), experienced a water crisis in which algal blooms potentially affected Lake Erie, Toledo's water supply. This prompted a "Do Not Drink/Do Not Boil" Advisory for the whole of the community, essentially shutting down taps in homes, businesses, and city infrastructure. The advisory was lifted two days later, and Toledo works to get back to normal. Today we look more into that response--and emergency collaboration in general--with the help of a professor here in Lawrence at the University of Kansas. Dr. Holly Goerdel is an associate professor in the KU School of Public Affairs and Administration, who has researched emergency management planning.
It was 1937 when Kansas' own Amelia Earhart set forth to make history and fly around the world. She did not finish her journey, her flight disappearing over the South Pacific. But her legacy lives on in those who find inspiration in her life and adventures. This includes Amelia Rose Earhart, a pilot who just completed a round-the-world flight in honor of her namesake. We talked to her about her name, her plane, her trip around the world along the very same path, and her ongoing efforts to get more young women into aviation through the Fly With Amelia Foundation. She also has a Lawrence connection! Give it a quick listen!
Extension Agent Marlin Bates stops in to recap the County Fair, talks about the ups and downs of weather effects and produce, and he's got information on upcoming events and programs--including the next Master Gardener class.