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Spring 2019: “Off the Beaten Path” Sneak Peek!

Posted on March 16th, by admin in Magazine, Outdoors. No Comments

Off the Beaten PathBike culture grows as SEK promotes cycling

Photo courtesy of Randy Rasa

Randy Rasa has found a new hobby: dropping by the trailhead for the Lehigh Portland Trails just to peek at the cars in the parking lot. Their license plates hail from all over – from every county in the area and from surrounding states. Think Missouri, Texas and California. Their diversity, Randy says, is indicative of a trend happening in Allen County. A surging bike culture is taking root, thanks to several first-class trails, a new bike shop and a novel bike share programB. And it’s not just Allen County. There are communities of cyclists all across Southeast Kansas, and they’re coming together more often these days. PedalSEK is convening area cyclists for 12 rides in 12 months in 12 Southeast Kansas counties, and the new ABC … Read More »


Spring 2017: “Thriving” Sneak Peek!

Posted on March 6th, by admin in Magazine, Organizations, Outdoors, Places. No Comments

Thriving
Thrive Allen County makes big strides for Southeast Kansas

You don’t have to search hard to see the impact Thrive Allen County has had in Iola.

There’s the new Allen County Regional Hospital, the soon-to-be-constructed grocery store in the heart of town, the bike sharrows painted in the streets. There’s the 7-plus-mile trail system on the south edge of the city, the Happy Tails Dog Park, and even the less-visible projects – like a pilot program to help public housing residents quit using tobacco to comply with new federal requirements.

Thrive Allen County either initiated or had a hand in every one of those projects – and they’re really just the tip of the iceberg…

Want to keep reading about Thrive Allen County? Check out the spring issue of Southeast Kansas Living, out now! It includes this story in its entirety, plus so much … Read More »