Drawing Bored – By Bob Lee

Carol Politsch – Obituary

This obituary of former LQ resident, Carol Politsch, then Carol Eubanks, was written by Carol’s brother, Kent.
At a different time in her life, Carol would say: “You know what makes God laugh? Tell Him your plans.” Well, my plan was to grow old with my sisters. But on April 21, 2015, my sister, Carol, changed the plan. She strayed from the path. She forged ahead without us, without me.
All my life she was at least fourteen months ahead of me, at everything. She was my window into the near future. She plowed the road ahead of me, cleared it of many obstacles and generally made my journey so much easier. I am the luckiest brother in the world.
I’ll bet as she moved out beyond this paper-thin existence, she was greeted by our father, Earl, and my wife’s father, Frank, and a host of animals , she loved and lost here on Earth. I’m sure she will spend some time catching up. And then, knowing Carol, she’ll probably volunteer for an exhausting list of guardian angel duties. In her spare time, she will likely change out the wallpaper, add a splash of color here and hang some pictures there–generally make Heaven not so.. eh.
Carol was born in St. Louis on March 10, 1962. She graduated from Lindbergh High School and went on to receive a bachelor of science in nursing at the University of Kansas School of Nursing in 1984. In 2011, she became an adult-gerontological nurse practitioner and received her master of science in nursing. Her business cards had an insane amount of letters after her name.
She worked as a staff nurse in coronary care and cardiac rehab. She was a nurse manager, an office nurse (OB/GYN), a clinical research coordinator, an adjunct instructor for senior nursing students at Avila University and an adult nurse practitioner.
Carol enjoyed a good margarita (you might say she was an enthusiast), and her relationship with Mexican food was one of unconditional love. She liked to sit in the sun, listen to Maroon 5, look at Adam Levine, snuggle with her dogs and laugh with friends and family. She was a serious goofball. She attended two Michael Bublé concerts and swooned when he passed her row. She loved watching Jayhawks basketball. She believed strongly in universal health care. She was pro choice. She wasn’t an angry person, until someone abused an animal. She believed in marriage equality and a person’s right to choose whom they love. She believed in love, plain and simple, above all else.
Most importantly, Carol was a wonderful and caring mother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend. She cared more for others than she cared for herself. To a fault. It simply wasn’t in her nature to hold her problems above those of someone else. Her life was an evolution of spirit. And, she loved the ride.
In October 2013, Carol was diagnosed with ductile and inflammatory breast cancer. It was aggressive. She asked for aggressive treatment, or as she called it, “the full-court press.” She was tough as a two-dollar steak. If she hadn’t gone into nursing, she certainly could have had a long and successful career in MMA. Through it all, she always managed a smile and laughter and optimism, despite the skin on her chest and back becoming raw and tender from radiation and her entire system growing more and more depleted by chemo and other medications. The cancer never won, and the harsh treatments never broke her will.
Carol will be cremated. My plan is to combine her ashes with those of her predeceased pets and then rehydrate the mix to create some super-beast-human of unconditional love with an unbreakable will and zest for life. Then I’ll unleash it on the world. Or maybe we’ll just sprinkle her somewhere special. It’s your call, Carol. Let me know.
Carol was preceded in death by her father (Earl), a menagerie of pets and both boobs. She is survived by her mother (Doris), her sister (Karen), me and my wife (Kent and Beth), her sons (Collin and Tyler), her niece (Allison), her shiny, new nephew (Isaac), her Chihuahua (Lola) and her pungent but effervescent puggle (Seth).
A memorial service was held May 2 at Grace United Methodist Church in Olathe. In lieu of flowers, Carol’s family asks that you make a donation to the Cancer Research Foundation or Animal Haven. Or you could simply stop to help a stray animal get back home, or do a random act of kindness for some less-fortunate soul.

QWGA kicks off 2015 women’s golf season

By Linda Cruse
A morning meeting featuring a delicious breakfast buffet followed by a 12-hole golf scramble kicked off the QWGA opening season on Tue., Apr. 7.
Winners of the 12-hole event included the following: Cathy Owen, Margaret Ellman, Janice Chandler and Marla Ainsworth, first; and Becky Johnson, Judy Stanion, Fran Kuhn and Jill Ferrel; and Donna Williams, Lisa Coffman, Julia Cotter and Bonnie Hitchcock, tied for second.
Special event winners include: closest to the pin, Margaret Ellman and Carolyn Lynch; and longest putt, Pat Sandow and Mary Ann White.
Please take note of the sign-up deadlines for the following events:
* The 18-hole match play tournament signup sheet is in the QWGA 18H binder. Deadline for signing up is May 5.
* The 39th Annual Pocahontas Classic at Lake Quivira is June 15-17. Sign up by May 15 to reserve space for your team. Anita Link, Pocahontas chair, said this year’s event will feature four-member teams, a three-par challenge, a derby and other fun activities, including great food and fun. Teams can include one Lake Quivira member and three guests or two Lake Quivira members and two guests.
Watch for more information regarding these events and others on the QWGA website at www.qwga.wordpress.com. If you haven’t signed up on the QWGA website, be sure to sign up now. It’s easy and you will receive golf league information via e-mail, including information regarding frost and rain delays on play dates. Just go to the website (www.qwga.wordpress.com), type in your email address and click “follow.”

Weather sparkles for QMGA Opening Day

By John Carson
The weather could not have been better for the QMGA Opening Day Tournament held April 11. The event started the night before with a cocktail party and the drawing for the four-man teams. Teams competed in both a net and a gross scoring competition. There was also a closest to the pin competition on all of the par-three holes The winning teams and individuals are listed below.
GROSS: 1st  (62) – Dan Sheldon, George Winters, Dave Prather, Bruce Bowman; 2nd (63) – John Gunter, Hal Jones, Steve Beyer. T 3rd (64) – Greg Aldridge, Bill Eckinger, Phil Caballero, Blake Welch; Dave Jones, Leon Harms, Steve Fruin, Jim Wright. 5th (65) – Thad Millard, Phil Yates, Ed Markley, Joe Walsh.
NET: T 1st (57) – Mark Sittenauer, Jeff Welch, Mike Ainsworth, Terry Barnett; Kevin Murray, Josh Heinrich, Max Calliham, Jae Lee.
T 3rd – 58 – Jim Wise, Jim Atwell, Condy Creek, Wayne Hidalgo; Mark Van Saun, Jay Lucas, Jim Lewis, Jerry Neill; Colin Ashby, Landy Boling, Gary Caler, Ed Brennan; Kent Noland, Kent Clements, Eric Johnson, Gene Koski; Mike Lutz, Kevin Londeen, Dave Blankenship, Grant Hilburn.
Closest to the Pin:  #6 – Rick Bechtel; #8 – Chuck White; #10 – Dick Johnson; #14 – Dick Johnson; #1 – Kent Noland.
The next event is the 2 + 2 Tournament to be held on May 9, with a 9 a.m. shotgun start. Stop by the Golf Pro Shop to sign up and get the details.

In May, Garden Club will bus to Comanche Acres in Gower, Missouri, to view Iris; trip to include mimosas, muffins, shopping and lunch!

By Peggy Hughes
GARDEN CLUB has been very busy this past month gearing up for spring and summer.
* The April meeting featured Master Gardner, Bud Smith, who showed us how to create show stopping container gardens. We were all anxious to start planting our containers and to be more creative with what we use as containers.
* The 10,000 tulips planted last fall made their debut this past month and splashed our grounds with color. We did have a few deer friends that had a buffet for awhile, but Adam Goscha is getting that under control. Thanks, Adam.
* Annuals have been purchased for our beds, urns and patio containers and will arrive on May 5. We are planning to plant on May 6. It would be great if you could help on that day, if only for part of the time. You will need gloves, shovel, spade, knee pads and a smile. Meet in front of the Clubhouse between 8 and 8:30 a.m. Pat Warner will be there to greet you and give you an area in which to work. Please email Pat Warner at silverfox533@gmail.com with questions. Every year Garden Club plants nine common flower beds, twelve urns and seventeen additional containers. It is a labor of love, so come and join us.
* Immunization Day was a success. Shots were provided to 58 dogs and cats. This service, provided in partnership with LQ Garden Club and Mill Creek Animal Hospital, is offered as a convenience to our membership. Thanks to the volunteers who helped with this project.
* SAVE THE DATE: Pontoon Crawl will be August 29 this year. You will dance to Atlantic Express (the band we had for NY Eve) on Sunset Terrace that evening. We are excited to have this band for our entertainment. More details to come.
* Coronado Island Project was passed by a unanimous vote at our meeting on April 16. You will begin to see work within the next week or so. The tireless research and work by Adam Goscha and the Parks and Grounds Committee, led by Julia Cotter, made this project possible. No stone was left unturned in researching what needed to be done to create the best outcome and how to get it done at the best price possible. The revitalization of this area will encompass the following: (1) remodeling of two existing waterfalls; (2) reconfiguration of existing     plumbing; (3)removal of two smaller, skimmer units and installation of one larger, more efficient unit; (4) reworking of the pond edges on the entire feature; (5) addition of 15 to 20 feet of stone coverage. This work is being done by Hix and Son Aquatics. Coronado Island is a very visible area, and this enhancement and beautification will be enjoyed by all.
* Guided Tour of Comanche Iris Gardens in May. Please join us on May 21, when Garden Club will be taking a trip to Gower, MO, (a quick, 30-minute bus ride) to the Comanche Iris Gardens. We will leave the Clubhouse at 10 a.m. and will return at 2 p.m. Trip includes transportation, muffins and mimosas for the trip down and a special light lunch prepared by our chef for our ride home. You will see hundreds of Iris species. Apparently, they even have Black Iris. I’ve never seen one, have you? Their garden shop has many specialty items for you to browse or purchase from. The cost is $30 per person based on thirty attendees. The price goes down when attendance goes up, so bring your friends. Email your RSVP to Jeannie Gardner, gardner.jeannie@yahoo.com. We need your RSVP by May 7. Hope you can join us.
Remember: Beautification of our community is funded by Garden Club events. We feel we have one of the most beautiful golf course communities in our area. This would not be possible without the volunteers who work to make our grounds something to be proud of and without the support of our entire membership. We appreciate all you do to support Garden Club so the beautification projects can continue.
Happy gardening!

Photo of a great Garden Club team. l to r: Peggy Hughes (President), Jeannie Gardner (Vice President), Linda Cruse (Secretary), Johnson County Extension Master Gardener Bud Smith (speaker), Julia Cotter (Chair, Parks and Grounds), Kathy Steineger (Corresponding Secretary) and Carol Neill (Parks and Grounds). Photo by Susan Hidalgo

For sailors, being prepared frees the mind to focus (or not) later on

By Charles Segebrecht
The saltiest, i.e. Paul Brown and others like him, say the best sailors are those best prepared. This is especially true for those venturing out onto the deep for weeks or months on end. They must make sure their back-up radios, flares and anchor lines are ship-shape, just to name a few, and all imagined needed items are carried aboard and properly stowed. Here, on our small inland lake, getting prepared for a season of sailing and/or racing may seem simplistic by comparison. With respect to being “best prepared,” Paul and others find it’s all in the details–and even on our small lake, these are actually many in number.
Getting prepared begins with Summer Rec in mind. Randy Treas, Joe Biron and Charles Segebrecht will be doing what all LQ sailors should do as they also make ready their yachts for this season. Every nut, bolt, line and pin is scrutinized and is tightened or replaced. If any number of critical fasteners on a sailboat gives way, equipment can be damaged, and personal injuries can result. With Summer Rec, it’s all about fun and safety, with education in the background. Classes are scheduled for mornings of June 13, June 20 and July 11. Adult sailing classes are available this year immediately following each of these morning Summer Rec classes. Contact Randy Treas for further details regarding the adult classes and how to reserve a berth.
With this now prepared yacht, a less-cluttered mind for sailing is available. . . less to worry about; less to hassle with; more available time to focus on either the sheer pleasure of leaving the shore behind or on tactics based upon the rules of racing. Refreshed confidence in your equipment will make all the difference in sailing/racing as in any other sport. A good approach for gathering this yacht confidence used by many a sailor can be called spring cleaning. While all aspects of the yacht hull and associated equipment are thoroughly cleaned, these can also be scrutinized for flaws and then either repaired or replaced. Take your time and get it right. The intent is to leave all worry on the shoreline prior to setting sail, thereby supporting the notion of a fun distraction–what sailing on Lake Quivira is supposed to be.
Then, of course, there is the how-to-sail aspect of being prepared. One nautical aphorism states every sailor’s education will never cease. There are  a zillion different yachts and different ways to sail them, a zillion different pieces of equipment and, of course for still more variety, constantly changing weather conditions. The Summer Rec participants and adult class students will simply be scratching the surface of what can be learned in a lifetime of sailing. This isn’t to say sailing is difficult, because anyone taking one of our classes can be gathering pleasure by sailing that very same afternoon. Our Club yachts are the right kind to learn on and can be challenging enough to grow with. As experience is gathered, confidence will build–all part of the prepared mind–and the potential for greater pleasure and escapism simply builds.
After taking one of our classes, we will have yachts for loan and even for sale for the graduating class. If our students pursue answers to their question from any LQ Yacht Club member, if they expand their sailing knowledge base using the internet and if they continue practicing on the water (you truly don’t learn it until your doin’ it), this summer could become the beginning of a life-long love affair. Ask Paul Brown how this is plausible. Some students choose to refine their art of simply sailing, and some become intrigued with competition racing (two Club races are scheduled for Sat., July 25, and two more races for Sat., Aug. 22). The common denominators are it’s a hobby, it’s a sport, it’s an intellectual pursuit, it’s a passion, it’s an individual thing, it’s a social thing, it’s complicated, it’s simple, it’s exciting, it’s relaxing, it’s ancient, it’s futuristic (watch clips of last year’s America’s Cup racing in San Francisco) and it’s fun!
Definition: fun – “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain
Diversion: Google the Volvo Ocean Race + 2015; these one-of-a-kind yachts will be in Newport, RI, on May 16, and race on to Lisbon on May 17.

A Pictorial Editorial: What part of ‘Yard Waste Only’ don’t you understand?

The sign spells it out clearly.

Does this storm door remind you, even remotely, of yard waste? (It does, however, qualify as “Remodeling debris,” and would therefore be eligible for free, large item pickup on May 16.)

City of Lake Quivira Large Item Cleanup – Saturday, May 16, 2015

Multiple items
All items must be able to be lifted by two men
Items over 6 ft should be cut in half.
Items that will be collected include :
Appliances (All appliance doors MUST be secured shut) – No Freon
Box springs
Basketball goal (cut in half – concrete removed)
BBQ Grill (propane tank removed)
Push mower (gas/oil removed)
Remodeling/Construction debris
Swing set (broken down & bundled)
2 tires (off the rims -  will be considered one item for collection)

Unacceptable items include :
Hazardous Waste material
Freon items
Yard waste
Additional bags of household trash

New mayor addresses emergency exit, new City Council, large item trash pickup

By Mike Olson, Mayor, City of Lake Quivira

After many years of discussion and planning, the City is pleased to say we have finished construction of the new emergency access at the end of Navajo. This allows emergency vehicles to enter our community from Renner Road. The new access will significantly reduce response time to the southern end of the lake.
Just as important, we now have a means to evacuate our community if a catastrophic event, such as a chemical spill, were to take place on the railroad tracks north of our main gate. The creation of this access required the combined effort of the City, Quivira, Inc., and the neighboring property owners. I would like to thank the Calliham and Sojka families for their understanding and assistance with this project. In addition, I would like to thank our former Mayor, Wayne Hidalgo, Councilman Brady Lilja, and Fire Chief, Mark Stephan, for their hard work on this project. Our community is safer thanks to their efforts.
By the time this is published, we will have a new Mayor and City Council. I am replacing Wayne Hidalgo as Mayor. Wayne has done a wonderful job leading the City for the last four years. Under Wayne’s leadership, we repaired the dam and completed a massive renovation of our City’s sewer system.
Three Council members were elected in April. Ben Kalney and Dave White were reelected to their positions. I would like to welcome Bruce Rimbo as our newest member. I appointed former Council member Betsy Vossman to fill the remaining two years of my term. Brady Lilja is our fifth Council member.
The last topic of City business is our annual large item pickup. On Saturday, May 16, a trash truck will circle the lake, picking up any large items that you want to dispose of. Please have your items sitting curbside first thing Saturday morning. If you put anything unique or valuable out Friday night, don’t be surprised if someone snatches it before morning. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure!
The next City Council meeting is June 1. Until then . . . I will see you on the water!

City of Lake Quivira – Storm Water Management

By Jamie Pribyl, City of LQ Storm Water Management Action Committee Representative

The City of Lake Quivira, as part of the Johnson County Storm water Management Program, is now responsible for developing measures to positively influence the amount of contaminants that flow into our lake and ultimately into downstream waterways. Much of the success of this program relies on the effort of each resident. That makes public education and outreach the first ongoing effort of this program. The following article on lawn care is an example one of these ongoing water quality education and outreach efforts. As the city starts to develop storm water measures, as required by the State of Kansas, it is important to have input from the community. Please contact Jamie Pribyl at 913-484-8059 or at jamiepribyl@gmail.com, as the City of Lake Quivira’s Storm Water Management Action Committee representative, with any questions, ideas and concerns regarding development and implementation of storm water quality measures.
Become a clean water steward with a free soil test
Did you know that storm water runoff is the nation’s leading cause of pollution to our streams and lakes? And it’s not hard to imagine that is true if you take a moment to think about it—just consider that everything that we put on the ground can be washed into our storm drains and, without treatment, into our lakes. That means that all the trash, bacteria from pet waste, sediment from uncontrolled construction sites, motor oil from leaky cars and trucks, and chemicals from fertilizers that are not swept up from hard surfaces, are carried by storm water runoff or sprinkler systems into our water. Let’s first focus on what we can do to effect change from the use of lawn fertilizer.
Everyone wants a healthy yard. Here are some tips from the Kansas Healthy Yards and Communities initiative to keep the grass green and our lake clean. We can make important decisions in your own backyards that will impact the water quality of our lake.
Don’t guess, soil test
Your best bet for a healthy green lawn is to have your soil tested to determine if additional nutrients are needed. Using too much fertilizer doesn’t give our lawn extra benefits but may cause serious damage to the environment. Nutrients from excess fertilizer are transported through storm water runoff and end up in our lakes and streams, which contribute to harmful algal blooms and can kill off aquatic vegetation and life. Finding the right balance of fertilizer for your yard can save you time, money and is good for the environment. Find out the right ‘prescription’ for your lawn by getting a soil test. This year there will be an opportunity for Johnson County residents to get a free soil test, compliments of Johnson County Storm Water Management and Johnson County Extension. Go to www.johnson.ksu.edu/soiltest to learn how to take a soil sample and bring it to the Johnson County K-State Research and Extension office, 11811 Sunset Drive in Olathe. (one per Johnson County household, while quantities last.)
Timing is everything
Timing of fertilization is very important. Don’t apply when heavy rain is expected. You’ll be washing your fertilizer and your money down the storm drain.  Apply at the proper time when your lawn will benefit the most. If you are going to fertilize once during the year, cool season grasses will be best served by fertilizing in September, while warm season grasses are best served by fertilizing in June. Fertilizing at the wrong time when the grass is not actively growing, can increase the chances of disease or winter kill.
Free fertilizer
Grass clippings contain nutrients that can be recycled back into your soil. Up to 25 percent of your lawn’s fertilizer needs can be supplied by recycling your lawn grass clippings.
Only fertilize your lawn
It is also important o sweep any fertilizer on hard surfaces back onto your grass where it will do the most good and keep it from turning into storm water pollution.
Investigate Chemical Free Methods of Lawn Care
The internet is full of natural lawn care websites with tips on improving the quality of your soil to enhance lawns without the use of chemicals.
If you are not a do-it-yourselfer, call your lawn care service and discuss with them your concerns for the water quality of our lake. Get their ideas for reducing the chemicals used on your lawn. Know the practices they use to keep fertilizers on your grass and out of  street and surface waters. You will be well on your way to being a clean water steward.