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A Doodle update

I wanted to share an update that, alas, Colin Garner, Delaware Ridge Elementary fourth grader, did not win this year’s Doodle 4 Google contest.

Colin was the state winner for Kansas and was up against nine others in the grade 4-5 portion of the contest. His doodle illustrated his idea of a peanut-detecting machine for those with peanut allergies, to go along with this year’s theme “If I Could Invent One Thing to Make the World a Better Place.”

The winners were selected from a combination of public voting and input from Google artists. Colin was up against some stiff competition — the national or overall winner happened to be from his same grade group.

Audrey Zhang of New York was announced as the grade group winner for grades 4-5 at a May 21 ceremony in San Francisco, which Colin and all the other State Winners attended. Winners also were announced for the grade groups K-3, 6-7, 8-9 and 10-12.

Today they announced Audrey as the overall winner among the five grade group winners, and her Doodle is featured at google.com.

Find all the info about this year’s contest here.

Some other notes from the Bonner Springs city government that I wanted to share:

• The city of Bonner Springs will have roadwork going on beginning this week. The city staff reports that concrete repairs will start as early as today (weather permitting), as will chipsealing. Both should be complete in 30 days. Mill and overlay streets, like 142nd Street south of Gibbs, should begin on July 7, also completed in 30 days.

• The Bonner Springs City Council will have its first 2015 budget workshop a little bit later than usual. Usually held at the end of May, the council this year is meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Fire Station. I plan to be there to report their outlook on next year’s budget.

• Bonner Springs City Band Concerts start Thursday! Band concerts begin at 8:30 p.m. at Kelly Murphy Park on the following days this year: June 12, 19, 26 and 28 (Bonner Blast); July 10, 17, 24 and 31; and Tiblow Days concert Aug. 21.

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