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Regional briefs (March 5, 2014)


Lincoln event Thursday at Hays Public Library

Lincoln event Thursday at Hays Public Library

The Hays Public Library will host Damon Talbott of the University of Kansas as he presents "Lincoln's Second Inaugural Ball" at 6 p.m. Thursday in Schmidt Gallery.

The presentation is set within a historical context and brings a vivid experience of how Americans were cooking, eating and celebrating in the 19th century. Talbott will present original documents such as the menu and newspaper accounts of the party, as well as explain the history of agriculture and cuisine of the 19th century to explain why certain foods were on the menu.

Desserts that were featured at the ball will be provided.

The National Constitution Center and the American Library Association Public Programs Office organized the traveling exhibition, which was made possible by a large grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Landscape series begins March 25 in Hays

The Free Water $mart Landscape Series will kick off at 6:30 p.m. March 25 in Hays. The series of workshops will be at the Kansas State University Agricultural Research Center, 1232 240th Ave.

Topics covered include: water quality and quantity, soil testing, soil health, fertilizer management, xeriscaping, drought-tolerant plant species, and healthy lawn management in drought conditions.

A free meal is included, but RSVPs are appreciated to (785) 628-9430 by March 21. Workshop dates are March 25, April 1, 8 and 22.

Volunteers needed for Special Olympics

Volunteers are needed for Special Olympics March Madness on March 20 to 22.

Thursday volunteers are needed from 12:15 to 4 p.m. to help with skills.

Forty volunteers are needed every 45 minutes from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, and from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday to work as scorekeepers.

No special skills or abilities are needed. Volunteer training is offered at the event.

Last year 1,190 athletes participated in basketball and cheerleading competition at Gross Memorial Coliseum, Hays High School and Hays Recreation Center.

Volunteers can register at www.ksso.org/volunteer. For more information, contact Clint Armistead at (800) 444-9803, Ext. 111, or email armisteadc@ksso.org.

Officials investigating fire at Cedar Bluff

CEDAR BLUFF RESERVOIR -- An investigator with the State Fire Marshal's office was scheduled to be at Cedar Bluff Reservoir this morning to help investigate a fire that destroyed a home and recreational vehicles.

Attempts to contact officials with the Trego County Rural Fire Department were unsuccessful this morning, but it appears the fire started sometime Tuesday morning. The residence was on the south side of the lake.

The occupants of the residence were not home at the time, and no one was injured.

The fire marshal's office was contacted to help determine a cause.