By Chris Heady
SM East football fans, meet Dustin Delaney, your new football coach.
“It was a unanimous decision but it took a little bit (to finally decide). I think I made the right choice,” said incoming principal John McKinney. “He’s a snag,” he added. Coming off three years at Emporia High School that resulted in 23 wins and a regional title, Delaney is now officially the new face of Lancer football as of 2:40 this afternoon, stepping into the big shoes of Chip Sherman.
The fresh-faced football coach met with roughly 50 students this afternoon in his first meeting as the newest Lancer head coach. “You guys know how to win,” Delaney said to his players. “You guys learned that from Sherman, but now I want to take this program to the next level. I want to win a state championship. I believe that’s why I was brought here.”
Assistant coaches and administrators who helped pick Delaney attended as well, including Associate Principal Jeremy Higgins, assistant coach Chip Ufford and McKinney.
Delaney met with coaches and faculty all morning and afternoon to get acquainted with the building and the area. With end of semester finals looming, questions of post-season workouts and the beginning of camps were in the air. “We’re going to start everything the second week of June,” Delaney said, which gives him enough time to settle into town and the program.
Delaney is fresh off a 9-2 season that included a postseason run with Emporia High, and he intends to make multiple runs in the playoffs during his time here. “Throw out all your preconceived notions of me and I’ll throw out all of my preconceived notions of you, and let’s get to work,” Delaney said.
The meeting was short, only about 10 minutes, but Delaney says it’s only a preview of what’s to come. “I do things fast. We’re going to play fast. Sometimes we’re going to hike the ball five seconds into the play clock, so get used to doing things fast,” Delaney said.
With Delaney’s past accomplishments and the rising expectations from Lancer players, success with Delaney may come fast, too.
During Click It or Ticket, police officers will be “aggressively enforcing Kansas occupant restraint” laws — translation: buckle up.
From the Prairie Village police:
Drivers can expect strict enforcement of both the Safety Belt Use Act and the Child Passenger Safety Act. Briefly, these acts require that all occupants must be appropriately restrained. Law enforcement officers can stop vehicles and issue tickets when they observe front seat occupants, or children under the age of 14, riding without proper restraint. Occupants, ages 14 and over, are cited individually. In the event a passenger under the age of 14 is observed to be unrestrained, the driver will be cited. Children under the age of four must be secured in an approved child safety seat. Children, ages four through seven, must be securely belted into an approved booster seat unless taller than 4 feet 9 inches or heavier than 80 pounds. Children, ages eight through 13 must be safety-belted. In addition, the act prohibits persons under the age of 14 from riding in any part of a vehicle not intended for carrying passengers, such as a pickup bed. For answers to child safety restraint questions and the location of the nearest safety seat fitting station or technician, contact the Kansas Traffic Safety Resource Office at 1-800/416-2522, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“I want people to know Prairie Village is committed to aggressively ticketing violators of seat belt and child safety laws, and all other traffic infractions – such as speeding and texting while driving – that make our streets and highways unsafe,” said Capt. Wes Lovett. “I want drivers in Prairie Village to remember it’s not only about your driving skills, but it’s also about the skills, habits and circumstances of the drivers sharing the road with you.”
Question: What “usual suspects” that come up during inspections can a seller possibly prevent?
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. That is certainly the case when it comes to home inspections.
As a seller, when you perform preventative or deferred maintenance on your home, you control the service provider and you decide when the repair is going to hit your pocketbook. If you wait until your home is under contract, then a buyer is involved. They may want to use their own trusted service providers. And that trusted service provider could be twice the cost of yours. Not to mention that during a real estate transaction, there is just a little bit of emotion involved. Can you sense the sarcasm?
So let’s talk about the usual suspects that a seller can prevent.
First let’s talk about grading. It seems like such a little thing, but BOY does it make a huge impact on a home. Grading is the slope of the soil away from the foundation of your home. Most drainage professionals recommend a one inch drop per foot for 6-10 feet away from your home. By maintaining a proper grade away from your home, a homeowner can prevent foundation cracks, water seepage and leaks, and the cost of foundation repairs. In our experience, approximately 75% of all water infiltration in a basement is caused by improper grading and gutter neglect.
Radon is also often a surprise for a seller. What is radon? The EPA explains that radon comes from the natural (radioactive) breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water and gets into the air you breathe. It is also the second leading cause of lung cancer according to the EPA. There are radon hot spots all over the USA and we just so happen to live in one here in KC. Of the homes that we have sold, probably 40 percent of them have had elevated levels of radon. Visit the EPA’s radon website for more information. A radon mitigation system can cost anywhere from $750-$1,500 depending on the layout of the home.
Know this: 90 percent of the buyers out there will expect that a seller install a mitigation system if the radon level is elevated. Due to the long-term health risk, it is pretty much non-negotiable.
Now lets talk about chimneys. There are two types of chimneys. Those that have been lined with a stainless steel liner and those that need to be. That is if you are dealing with an older home. Whether you are burning wood or just gas logs, the clay tile chimney flues are not a good design and should be addressed for safety reasons. So if you are looking to market your home with a fireplace, make sure that you have had a level two inspection (video inspection from roof top to firebox) completed and have addressed all suggested repairs.
Finally, let’s talk about sewer line repairs. As the homes in our area continue to age, sewer line/waste line repairs are becoming more prevalent. Most of the older homes were built with a clay pipe sewer line. These clay pipe lines are subject to tree root intrusion, shifting and developing low spots, and breaking. A sewer line replacement can cost upwards of $7,000. And that is if you don’t have to repair the street or your driveway if yours happens to run underneath either one (or both). We highly encourage our buyer clients to have a sewer scan A contractor will run a special camera down the waste line all the way out to the main line. Our preferred sewer scan specialist, John Richmond with Hydro Physics, who even provides a DVD of the scan for posterity.
Most plumbers recommend that you have your sewer line cleaned every other year. If you have a ton of mature trees in your yard, you may consider doing it more frequently.
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By Chris Heady
Dustin Delaney from Emporia High School is the new SM East Head Football Coach, according to incoming principal John McKinney.
“This afternoon we are going to make a formal announcement that our head football coach position has been accepted by Dustin Delaney,” McKinney said in a statement to PVPost.com.
For the past three years Delaney has been the head football coach at Emporia High School and before that he served as an offensive coordinator and quarterback coach for 5A powerhouse Hutchinson High School. Delaney will also be a PE teacher in the building, teaching weights and lifetime sports.
Delaney’s record at Emporia High School last season was 9-2 with two playoff victories. He will replace departing coach Chip Sherman.
There will be a meeting at 2:40 p.m. today in the SM East gym to formally introduce Delaney.
Yo, Villagers: Do you have a 1989 dual tape deck boombox in your basement? It was pretty sweet back in the day, wasn’t it. But it’s time to face facts: that thing’s time has passed. And the day has come to say goodbye.
Well sir, the good people from Goodwill can help. They will be bringing a trailer to the Village Shops Saturday to collect old electronics for recycling:
On Saturday, May 18 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Goodwill is returning to the Village Shopping Center to collect items that you would like to donate and/or recycle. You’ll find them in the parking lot between Macy’s and the Blue Moose. Based on the terrific response to last November’s event, Goodwill will bring a second trailer in May. One will be designated for electronics and the other will take everything else.
They will take and recycle almost all e-waste. That includes monitors, towers, laptops, cords, mice, printers, etc. For computer information, see their page. TVs with screens up to 36”, DVRs, CD & VHS players, etc. will also be accepted.
Goodwill will take all of your unwanted clothing and scrap fabric. Because they have an outlet for bulk textile, any items that are too tattered for resale can still be recycled. Here’s a chance to unload those ragged towels, stained t-shirts and socks without partners.
Small appliances, household goods, décor, toys, etc. will also be welcome.
Not every item can be taken at the event. Large items like furniture, TVs in those wooden consoles from the 60s & 70s and big projection TVs, for example, won’t be accepted. For advice on where to donate large items, please call Joyce Peters at (816) 743-7643. She will gladly answer all of your questions.
Prairie Village attorney Fred Logan has been elected chair of the Kansas Board of Regents.
Logan, who lives in Leawood, is a partner in the firm Logan Logan & Watson. He was appointed to the Board of Regents in 2011 by Governor Sam
Brownback. Logan has been involved in several Johnson County and metro Kansas City community organizations, including serving on the board of Johnson County Community College.
“Higher education is critical to the future of Kansas,” Logan said. “Our state will grow only if it has first-rate universities, community colleges and technical colleges.”
The Board of Regents is the governing body for the state universities. Logan will begin his one-year term as chair in July.
The checkpoint will extend into early Saturday morning. Drivers will be screened for impairment and those who show signs of intoxication will be tested further to determine if they will be arrested. Mission police say the effectiveness of checkpoints is not just the fear of being arrested, but the number of people who are encouraged not to drive after they have been drinking.
A checkpoint earlier this year netted 12 arrests.