Welcome To Haysville

New “Welcome To Haysville” signs started being placed at the city limits in 2016. This one pictured on East Grand. there has been some confusion though as to the established date. haysville history long predates 1951 but that is the year in which it was incorporated.


Amelia Earhart–Live!

The search for Amelia Earhart can finally be called off! The famed aviator will be talking about her thrilling flights in the Haysville Community Library at 6:30pm on Saturday January 28th. The event is free and open to the public, and will be held in conjunction with the library’s annual Ham n’ Beans Pot Luck supper. Scholar/performer Ann Birney of Ride into History will take the audience back to 1937, just before Earhart’s disappearance over the Pacific Ocean. Birney’s performance is being sponsored by the Haysville Community Library Friends.
Most people do not know that Earhart twice set out to fly around the world at the equator before she disappeared. The first time, heading west from California, she wrecked her twin-engine Lockheed Electra taking off from Hawaii. Birney, as Earhart, will take the audience to April 14, 1937. Earhart is waiting for her airplane, her silver “flying laboratory,” to be repaired so that she can try again. This time, she tells the audience, she will go east instead of west, hoping to reverse her luck with the reversal in direction.
Earhart came into the public eye when she became the first woman to cross the Atlantic Ocean by air in 1928. The young social worker presumed that after the flight she would resume working with children at a Boston settlement house, but one book and innumerable speaking engagements later, she was instead planning more record-setting flights, and yet more speaking tours, books, and articles. Among her other records, she became the first woman and second person to solo across the Atlantic, the first person to solo over the Pacific, the first person to fly from Hawaii to California, and the fastest woman to fly non-stop across the U.S. And now, Earhart feels she has one last record-setting flight left in her . . . .
Ann Birney is a member of Ride into History, a historical performance touring troupe that has performed throughout the U.S., from the Smithsonian to Saipan. Made up of scholars who are also scriptwriters and performers, Ride into History is one of few “cross-over” groups whose members have been on both humanities council and
arts commission rosters. In addition to their performances, which include six other first person narratives, the troupe conducts adult workshops, school residencies, and summer camps, guiding other people in becoming “Historian/Researcher/Scriptwriter/Actor!”s.
Scholar/performer Ann Birney’s interpretation of Amelia Earhart is based on extensive research. She holds a doctorate in American Studies from the University of Kansas and, like Earhart, is a native Kansan. Birney has been doing her Chautauqua-style performances of Amelia Earhart since 1995. In March of 2000 she became the first person to do a historical performance for the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, whose education curator described her performance as “what living history should be—accurate, natural, evocative, and accessible.” Barbara Aliprantis of the American Center for the Theatre and Storytelling said of another of Birney’s performances, “Your telling of Amelia’s story was nothing less than brilliant. I was transported to another time and place.” Audiences of all ages have praised Ride into History’s performances for being both “entertaining and intelligent.” Dramatist Jean-Ellen Jantzen wrote, “Their energetic first-person narrative style, combined with authentic costuming and properties, makes this an enjoyable offering for virtually all . . . audiences.” David Downing of the NASA Kansas Space Grant Consortium wrote of Birney’s after-lunch performance for the National Conference of Space Grant Consortium Directors: “I think you understand that this was a tough audience. Many of us have been everywhere more than once and have seen everything more than once. This was a group, many of whom routinely carry on conversations when the NASA brass are presenting. You on the other hand had their undivided attention. . . .”
Two of the historic figures Ride into History interprets, Amelia Earhart and Calamity Jane, are integral to the myth of American individualism. According to the scholar/performers, one of the most fascinating things is discovering the point at which an ordinary, lively, independent girl becomes the woman who makes a choice which leads her to become an American symbol, a mythic figure. They ask, “What do these people have in common with each of us?”

Haysville To Name Park After Public Works Director

Randy Dorner
Randy Dorner
After a recommendation from the Haysville Park Board, Haysville City Council approved a park naming application for the 79th Street Park during their meeting on Monday, December 12th. The park will bear the moniker “Randal L. Dorner Park” in honor of Public Works Director Randy Dorner, who passed unexpectedly on November 23rd. Randy worked for the city for more than 26 years, the last 20 as Public Works Director.

In the application, Recreation Director Georgie Carter explains that “during his time with the City, (Randy) worked countless hours making Haysville a better place to live.” It seems particularly fitting to name the 79th Street complex after Randy. Many who knew him recall that when feeling stressed, or when simply yearning for a bit of relief from the rigors of office work, Randy would seek solace in a piece of heavy equipment, working dirt around the complex as a way to relax. A footbridge that was recently installed for easy access to the park from the South Brooke Addition was the last project Randy completed before his passing.

The Park Naming Nomination Form goes on to list some of the projects Randy and his crew brought to fruition over his 26 years at the City. Many projects throughout town bear his stamp, including expansions to our park system (such as a splash pad, ADA accessible fishing docks, two disc golf courses and numerous playground upgrades) and hike/bike paths, the daunting task of cleaning up after the ’99 tornado, the East Grand Reconstruction Project, the Plagens–Carpenter Sports Complex and, most recently, the PRIDE Park fountain, new
Haysville Activity Center and the 79th Street Recreation Complex.

Haysville Martial Arts Student Brings Home Gold From Founder’s Classic Open Championships

N. D. Hanson (right) displays his four gold medals from the Founder's Classic Open Championships in Roseland, New Jersey on Saturday, December 3, 2016.
N. D. Hanson (right) displays his four gold medals from the Founder’s Classic Open Championships in Roseland, New Jersey on Saturday, December 3, 2016.

N. D. Hanson, a Haysville student, brought home four gold medals in four categories from the Founder’s Classic Open Championships, held in Roseland, New Jersey, on Saturday, December 3, 2016. Hanson, 14, a high blue belt in Chun Kuhn Taekwondo, placed 1st in every category in which he competed.

Hanson received gold medals in empty hand patterns, weapons patterns, breaking and sparring. Hanson performed In Kuhn Hyung, an empty hand pattern, and Jahng Chun Guhn 4, a weapons pattern using the staff. He broke one board each with a reverse knifehand strike (also known as a ridgehand) and a reverse turning kick (also known as a spinning heel). The rules for breaking required Hanson to perform the breaks back to back without pausing or setting up for distance.

Stephen Swope, 1st Dan, also won gold for his empty hand and weapons patterns.

The Founder’s Classic Open Championships were hosted by Grandmaster Brad Shipp of Complete Martial Arts of Roseland, New Jersey. Grandmaster Shipp is the most senior student of Supreme Master Kim Bok-Man, one of the founding pioneers of Taekwondo who helped develop, formalize and globalize the art in the mid 1950s through the 1970s.

Hanson and Swope are students of the Kansas Chun Kuhn Taekwondo Association, which teaches traditional Chun Kuhn Taekwondo to children and adults while encouraging respect, cooperation and the exchange of ideas between all martial arts to promote a healthy lifestyle and the physical, mental and social benefits of practicing the martial arts. Visit http://www.KansasChunKuhnTKD.com for more information.

Student Awarded 1st Team AVCTL League Honors

Dalton Rogers, a junior at Campus High School was just awarded 1st team AVCTL League honors for football. This was the first time someone has been awarded this honor in quite sometime, 2006 to be exact. He is the kicker for the team and went a perfect 24/24 on the season for extra points and has been the kicker since his freshman year. He was also honored two weeks ago as 1st team for AVCTL League honors for soccer as well. He played defender for the Colts and has been a starter for the team since his freshman year as well. He might possibly be the first athlete to be awarded first team in the same year for two sports ever for Campus High.

Congrats to Dalton.