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Riphahn to Speak on Parks History
Bill Riphahn will share the history of Topeka’s parks at the Topeka-Shawnee County League of Women Voters’ Tuesday Topics meeting, Feb. 5, at the public library, 1515 S.W. 10th St., beginning at noon.
Riphahn has had some 30 years of experience as director of planning and development for Shawnee County Parks and Recreation. He’s a graduate of Kansas State University with a degree in landscape architecture. In November 2018 he was elected to a seat of the Shawnee County Commission.
Judy Moler, Chapter President
In the last Voter I talked about the end of the year and the beginning of the New Year. I would like to linger a little longer on the new beginnings. I have always been fascinated by the god Janus from whom January gets its name. In Roman mythology, Janus is the god of beginnings, gates, transitions. Janus is portrayed with two faces….one looking to the future, the other to the past.
In my personal life, it has been a new beginning. We had a new little granddaughter born January 9. It is a sign that life will go on beyond our lives into, hopefully, a wonderful future.
That is part of our commitment as I see it to the League. While taking our lessons from the past, we move forward working for a better future that we will not see. That is why we must take our position statements and work to ensure they become reality. To paraphrase Abraham Lincoln, “We must study, and get ready, and perhaps our chance will come.”
Raise a glass to the future.
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