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Participants at the June 1 Derby farmers market brought their four-legged friends for dog day. The market, connected to Kansas Grown Farmers M…

Learning about diabetes for the health of it

Dan Clark, a part-time firefighter for Derby Fire and Rescue, checks Ron Lauppe’s blood pressure May 30 at The Venue at Madison Avenue Central Park as part of the Let’s DiaBeat This Health Expo.

In its second year, the expo drew 287 attendees and 45 organizations, which set up at booths to provide information about different areas of diabetes and general health.

Expo attendees were able to watch cooking and exercise demonstrations, as well as hear from expert speakers. Free health screenings were also provided at the event.

All in attendance were entered into a drawing, for which the grant prize was an exercise bike.


DHS principal awarded for supporting student journalism

Tim Hamblin, principal of Derby High School, was recognized at the May 28 board of education meeting for supporting panther publications.

The Kansas Scholastic Press Association selected Hamblin as the 2019 Administrator of the Year. The award recognizes administrators who have stood up for the first amendment and their students.

According to KSPA guidelines, the nominee should support the Kansas Student Publications Act, provide adequate financial support for student media, understand the importance of journalism in secondary school, and provide support for journalism students and advisers.

In her nomination, DHS Journalism Teacher Joanna Chadwick said Hamblin has been an “excellent partner” for the journalism program.

“… [W]hen he has questions about stories, it is clear that he is aware of the freedoms the journalists have,” she said. “When my students work with him, he is excellent. He’s honest, he finds time for them and he encourages them.”

Hamblin said journalism is an example of applied learning and that schools should use it as an opportunity for students to get hands-on experience.

“In the various journalism courses, students learn there is much more to a paper or publication than writing the stories,” he said. “They have to learn about selling advertising to pay for the production of the publication. They learn about the layout process. Today they learn about various aspects of the digital form of journalism.”

Hamblin, a DHS alumnus, worked on the Panther’s Tale staff during his junior and senior years. His favorite part of the process was laying out the paper.

“I found I really enjoyed that more than the writing aspect which is what most people only think of when it comes to journalism,” he said. “If I had not had the opportunity to experience the entire production process, I never would have known that I liked it.”

May difference-makers recognized

Derby Public Schools recognized two recipients of the I Make a Difference Award for the month of May.

Lois Landwehr is this month’s volunteer recipient of the IMAD award for her work at El Paso Elementary School, where she volunteers in Erin Lewis’ first-grade classroom every Friday during math time.

A DPS release describes Landwehr as patient and caring and says she finds ways to connect with the class in fun and creative ways. 

Venus Bishop is the staff recipients of this month’s IMAD award for her work at Derby High School. 

A DPS release says Bishop has a great sense of humor and makes going to school fun. 

“She gains students’ respect while building unique relationships with them,” the release states. 

Through her years of teaching, she has impacted the lives of hundreds of individuals and is personally responsible for the successful graduation of many students. 

Families invited to camp out at Warren Riverview

The Derby Recreation Commission will host a new family campout event at Warren Riverview Park.

Participants will be able to eat hot dogs and marshmallows, tell stories around the fire, watch dutch oven demonstrations, and play music and games. Families are asked to bring their own tents and sleeping bags.

The campout will begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 14 and continue until 8 a.m. Saturday, June 15.

Entry is $20 per family. Families must pre-register at to participate.

Lots of laughs at upcoming summer reading program

Jay and Leslie’s Laughing Matters will perform twice at the Derby Public Library as part of its summer reading program, “A Universe of Stories.”

Viewers will see juggling, stories, and humor all in improvisational performances held at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 11 in the library’s community room.

Jay and Leslie’s show this year is called “Flights of Fancy,” and was developed to reflect the summer reading program’s larger theme. It demonstrates Goldilocks searching for a planet that is “just right.”

“The humors vaudeville style that marks Jay and Leslie’s performances is sure to be a hit with all ages,” said Cori Dodds, public relations coordinator, in a release.

Jay and Leslie have worked together professionally for more than 35 years, having performed more than 6,000 shows in 35 states and seven countries. They live in Mission, Kansas.

All performances are family-friendly, free and open to the public. Children age 6 and under must be accompanied by a parent or responsible caregiver age 13 or older. No registration is necessary.