4 KANSAS STATF. CnuEGlAN TUESDAY, MAY 1,2001 'vVv/'.:v •/'••irz /'v *;*-'^'^»f''^'*:V;vv.S^'A ^'*f "'^^^ Mary Relst Is |ust one of the many Sallna volunteers making a difference. She delivers Meals on Wheels. PHOTO BY KELLY GLASSCOCK Making a difference T oo often we're too busy to notice the people that really make a difference In our lives. We take time to admire celebrities: sports figures, politicians, generals, actors, TV stars. But what about our real heroes? During their spring break, 10 students from Kansas State University explored the lives of Salina heroes. You've probably never heard of them. Over the years, they've worked quietly to make things better for Salina people. These folks could have been more selfish.They could have picked professions that left more time for themselves or required less emotional Investment in the people they help. Some could have retired in the fullest sense of the word, instead of volunteering to help others. But each is a local hero. Each has made a difference. Take a few minutes and read about them. ve on ON A MISSION PAGES Despite the dangers of her highway patrol job, 23-year-old Robyn Akin's commitment to stop drug trafficking remains strong. BY KAREN MIKOLS IN SEARCH OF A SMILE PAGE 4 After back problems ended his career, Leon Kashkin turned to a labor of love. Today, this award-winning volunteer is richer than ever. BY STEVEN DEARINGER SAYING GOODBYE PAGES A neighborhood market moves into a new era as Howard and Judy Lamer clock out for good to finally take some time for themselves. BY MIKE SHEPHERD SCOUTMASTER PAGE 6 From carburetors and transmissions to cooking and campfires, Mike Fuller's days are a mix of work and play. BYMATTSTAMEY PAGE 8 Sensitivity and professionalism are important characteristics for a funeral director. EdKarber sets an example with his caring ways. BY JEANEL DRAKE PAGE 9 Salina Rescue Mission Director Steve Kmetz helps the down and out overcome obstacles and find success by introducing them to God. BY MICHAEL YOUNG PAGE 10 When homebound people hear a knock at the door, it's often volunteer Maiy Reist with a special delivery. BY KELLY GLASSCOCK PAGE 11 This Brown Mackie teacher has spent 40 years going the extra mile. BYZACH LONG HIS OWN BLUE HEAVEN PAGE? After turning a church into a recording studio, Chad Kassem is bringing music into the community. BYEVANSEMON PAGE 12 One of endoscopy nurse Sheiny Desaire's prescHptions is a dose of humor. BY JENNY BRANIFF ^Salinajoiirtia!
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