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Third Thursday to feature pet parade

Third Thursday to feature pet parade

In celebration of its first full year of Third Thursdays, Garden City Downtown Vision will feature a salute to companion animals with a pet costume parade at 6 p.m. Oct. 18.

Registration will be at Regan & Co. Real Estate, 423 N. Main St. at 5 p.m. A $5 fee will be charged and all proceeds will go to the Finney County Humane Society.

"We had such fun and great feedback from our Doxie Derby and Wiener Takes All Costume Contest at FallFest, we thought we'd open the contest to all pets in celebration of our Third Thursday first anniversary," Vicki Germann, GCDV board member and Doxie Derby official, said. Collection boxes will be in stores along Main Street and in the Downtown Vision office.

The pet parade route will begin at the Windsor Hotel, head south to Patrick Dugan's Coffee House, cross over to Mo's Barber Shop, and end at Davis Designs. All pets must be on a leash.

In addition to the pet parade, Downtown Vision is offering Glam-Fur Shots in time for Christmas card season. For a $10 donation, photographers will be on hand with a variety of props to take photos of pets and their owners. The photos will then be emailed to the owner.

Glam-Fur Shots will take place from 5 t0 8 p.m. in the Vision office, 413 N. Main St. Pets must be on leashes and any "accidental calling cards" requiring clean-up and disinfectants are the sole responsibility of the offending pet's owner.

For more information, call the Vision office at 276-0891 or email

Kansas economic policy summit coming up

¬ LAWRENCE — With Kansas and the nation recovering from a recession, and with a presidential election just weeks away, the annual Kansas Economic Policy Conference, scheduled for Oct. 18 at the University of Kansas, is an opportunity for policy discussion. The conference originates in Lawrence, but a satellite location in Ulysses makes it available live to an audience in western Kansas, courtesy of Pioneer Communications and the Grant County Chamber of Commerce & Tourism.

The theme of the conference, which runs from 8 a.m. to 2:15 p.m., is "The Kansas Economy: Investing in People, Business, and Community."¬ ¬ 

Keynote speakers for the conference are Joseph A. Aistrup, professor of political science at Kansas State University and interim associate dean of its College of Arts and Sciences; Erin Sparks, senior policy analyst in the Economic, Human Services & Workforce Division of the National Governors Association; and Kenny Wilk, a former Kansas State Representative and current member of the Kansas Board of Regents and the Kansas Bioscience Authority Board of Directors.

Aistrup will speak on "Government, Politics, and the Kansas Economy."¬  Sparks and Wilk will speak as a panel on "Policies to Grow State Economies."

The complete conference agenda, online registration, and information about the featured speakers are available at

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