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County staff share #Bestof2017 picks

As we approach a new year, Johnson County Government employees take a look back at some of their favorite county stories from 2017. Staff from the county manager’s public information team shared their top picks of stories and information from the 2017 issues of JoCo Magazine and The Best Times.

Korean War veterans: ‘Freedom is not free’

Gerald Hay, public information specialist and editor of The Best Times, chose his feature story on Korean War veterans as a #Bestof2017 pick. In the story, Hay interviews Johnson County veterans from the Korean War, providing a unique perspective on what many consider a forgotten war. You can read the feature story in the November-December 2017 issue of The Best Times. The feature begins on page 18.

10 ways to volunteer with Johnson County Government

Lori Sand, director of communications for Johnson County Wastewater, picked her list on ways to volunteer with the county as her #Bestof2017. From planting community gardens to volunteering at the Johnson County Museum, our county could not function successfully without the thousands of people who volunteer their time and talents to our community. Read the top-10 list on page 23 of the Fall 2017 JoCo Magazine.

Johnson County’s co-responder program

Communications specialist Chris Depusoir picked her #Bestof2017 — from the Fall 2017 issue of JoCo Magazine — about the county’s innovative program that pairs law enforcement with mental health professionals. The story begins on page 12.

The ‘maker’ is in: Johnson County Library MakerSpace

Austin Falley, senior public information officer, chose Christopher Leitch’s feature story on Johnson County Library’s MakerSpace as his favorite and #Bestof2017. The Library’s MakerSpace illustrates how science, technology, engineering and math can come together in engaging ways to better educate young people. The story starts on page 6 of the Winter 2017 JoCo Magazine.