Day: October 19, 2017

More than 100 turn out for Fall Cleanup Day event; 39 properties benefit

The City of Arkansas City’s 2017 Fall Cleanup Day event was a great success, city commissioners learned in a report during their meeting Tuesday night. An estimated 115 to 120 volunteers showed up Saturday morning at the Wilson Park rotunda to pitch in with the grassroots cleanup event. The city provided them with free coffee, donuts and orange juice. “I am pleased to report that we had a much better than expected turnout for Fall Cleanup Day,” said Public Information Officer Andrew Lawson. “We’ve been planning this for about six months now.” City staff estimated 39 properties with open property maintenance cases were affected positively in some way by Fall Cleanup Day. Many of them will have their cases closed after compliance was achieved. In most cases, this consisted of mowing and cutting weeds, but some trash cleanup also occurred. “We didn’t get complete coverage, but we got in each of these zones and made an impact,” Lawson said. “I think if you talk to the (volunteers) or the property owners, you will understand the impact that was made. Now the challenge will be: How do we grow this and … make it run a little more smoothly?” The event was marketed as an opportunity for youth groups, civic clubs, churches, and other nonprofit organizations to lend a helping hand to their neighbors and friends in need of some...

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Etzanoa Conservancy to set up informative display in Arkalalah storefront

Arkalalah visitors will have opportunities to learn more about Etzanoa, the ancient Native American town located in what is now Arkansas City, during the festival next week. The Etzanoa Conservancy, a local nonprofit group dedicated to the promotion and development of the archaeological site along the banks of the Walnut River, will sponsor a display Oct. 27-28 at 218 S. Summit St., just south of Graves Drug in downtown Ark City. The conservancy’s display will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. next Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 28. Passersby are encouraged to stop by the storefront to check out artifacts, maps and books related to the “Great Settlement” — as Etzanoa was called by Spanish explorers who visited the site in 1601. Don Blakeslee, Wichita State University professor of anthropology and archaeology, will be at the display from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 28. He will be available to answer questions about the archaeological dig he has led at the Etzanoa site and evaluate artifacts presented to him by collectors who have unearthed arrowheads, pottery, and other historic items. Blakeslee is a longtime WSU anthropology professor who specializes in the archaeology of the Great Plains. Since 2015, he has led archaeological studies in Ark City, at the site of Etzanoa, the natives’ name for their settlement. The natives were...

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