Rich Melton Joins Crown Realty Gardner!

Rich and his wife and 2 daughters have lived in Gardner for 15 years. He started his career framing and remodeling houses, and in the late 90s, he started a construction company specializing in basement remodels, decks, kitchens and baths. By the mid 2000s, Rich had moved into building product distribution and manufacturing. As National Sales Manager covering North America he traveled and trained both his sales team the distribution and retail staff on products and sales techniques. Later he went on to work as the Branch Manager for a International Vinyl Siding Manufacturer here in the Kansas City Metro. 5 years ago he launched a holster manufacturing company that he still operates today. In 2015 he was elected to a 4 year term on the Gardner City Council.  And now we are excited to have him on our Crown Realty sales team! | 913-207-7152

Welcome Ed Pearson

Crown Realty is pleased to announce that Ed Pearson has joined our sales staff.

Ed has been licensed in Kansas since 1999. He has experience in new construction, residential and land sales.  Ed lives in rural Baldwin City, and he and his wife have 2 daughters and 4 grandkids!

Aside from real estate, Ed is a member of a leather guild and the Kansas Custom Knifemakers guild.

Ed invites his friends and past clients to contact him for all your real estate needs.

Ed Pearson

202 E. Main |  Gardner, KS 66030

Office:  913-215-9004 | Cell:  785-760-1872




Marilyn Reed to join Crown Realty – Gardner

Marilyn was born and raised in Ottawa, KS. She and her husband have lived in the Gardner area for 17 years.

She has 4 children, 1 beautiful, sweet Granddaughter and 3 wonderful Grandsons. The oldest is 17 and the youngest is 4!! Grandchildren are the best gift a child can give to their parents!!

Marilyn worked in Bank Management for more than 10 years. She decided to escape the corporate world 5 years ago and do what she feels is the greatest job in the world, working with special needs preschoolers and their peers for the Gardner School District. “It is my passion. I love the kids and look forward to every day I spend with them.” ( well Most days!!)

Marilyn has a Degree in Business Administration. She has always had a great interest in home decorating, shopping flea markets for diy projects and making old things new again. She has been involved in buying and selling many homes for family and for herself. She is looking forward to using that experience and the extensive knowledge and experience of Crown Realty to sell your home quickly and efficiently, assist you in purchasing your next dream home and serving all her clients with the utmost respect, consistent communication, and confidentiality.

Give her a call soon.

Crown Realty Welcomes Jenna Pearce!

Jenna Pearce

We are pleased to announce that Jenna Pearce is transferring to Crown Realty, and will be working out of our new Gardner office!

Jenna  was born and raised in Sweet Springs, MO; and graduated from Missouri Valley College with a marketing degree.  She has now made her home in Kansas for over 5 years.

Jenna and her husband are the owners of Midwest Columns, LLC in Richmond, KS.  Their kids (Axyl and Timber Leigh) are 3 and 1.  They love being outside together, hunting and fishing; an
d of course going to Royals games regularly!

Jenna enjoys the real estate business because she gets to work with many different people, and help families find the right home and/or have success in selling their home!

Please call Jenna if she can be of assistance to you or someone you know:

  • Mobile: 785-218-8577
  • Office: 913-215-9004
  • Email:


Crown Realty Welcomes Tammy Waterman

TammyWe are thrilled to welcome Tammy Waterman to the Crown Realty family.  She will be working out of our new Gardner office!

Tammy Waterman began her real estate career doing something that she loves, helping out a friend. Tammy agreed to help out in a real estate office for a few days by answering phones and filing until the office manager could find a person to fill the position. A career was realized as Tammy had found her passion.

Over 20 years of working in this industry has proven to be one of the most satisfying things that Tammy has accomplished in her life. The ever changing world of real estate proved to be exciting and challenging with everything from educating first time homeowners to helping an investor decide which wall to move in a house.

The lessons learned have enabled Tammy to provide honest service and dedication to her clients best interests. While assisting and completing hundreds of successful transactions has been quite rewarding, each day provides her with unique opportunities to help others with their real estate needs.

In her personal time, Tammy is a wife and mother. She enjoys spending time with her kids who are involved in sports and theater. She gives back to her community by volunteering and is a proud member of the Kansas Grange and a Lifelong Girl Scout.

Let Tammy’s knowledge, honesty and integrity work for you. Contact her today!

Local Fireworks Shows This Weekend!

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Edgerton Independence Day Celebration

  • July 3rd – 6:30PM – 10:00PM
  • Martin Creek Park
  • Enjoy a free picnic, music, face painting, games and a fireworks display.  Fireworks will start around 9:45pm.

Fourth of July Fireworks at the Great Mall of the Great Plains

  • July 4th – 9:30PM – 10:30PM
  • Great Olathe Center, LLC
    20700 West 151st Street
    Olathe, KS 66061
  • The City of Olathe will host its annual fireworks show.  The show begins at dusk, which is usually around 9:30 p.m.  Spectators are encouraged to arrive early to find parking and set-up a viewing spot.

Star Spangled Spectacular Event

  • July 4th – 4:00PM-11:00PM
  • Corporate Woods
  • Each year thousands of people attend the Star Spangled Spectacular at Corporate Woods in Overland Park, considered one of metropolitan area’s best Fourth of July program. it’s sponsored by  Overland Park Rotary, Corporate Woods, and the City of Overland Park. Proceeds from on-site sales benefit local charities while offering a salute to our nation’s veterans.The 25-minute fireworks display, accompanied with music on commercial radio, offers:
    • free parking;
    • music;
    • activities for the children;
    • plenty of grass space for blankets and lawn chairs.

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Local Events This Weekend!!

“The Homecoming, A Christmas Story” presented by The Tallgrass Theater Company

The Homecoming A Christmas Story Written by Earl Hamner Jr. Adapted by : Christopher Sergel Directed by: Misti Robison Written by the creator of The Waltons..The family is facing a Christmas in the depression and the oldest Clay boy is sent out on Christmas eve to find his father who may have been injured in a bus accident.


December 5th & 6th at Schwartz Family Theatre Paola Community Center 905 E. Wea St. Paola KS.

Tickets: $7 Children 3-10 $9 Adults Tickets available at
Paola Community Center
901 E. Wea – Paola and
Citizens State Bank
3 Wea St. &
1600 Peoria in Paola

For more info

Christmas Open House at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop-Farm, 1200 E Kansas City Rd, Olathe, KS

1874 Mahaffie farm

Saturday, December 6, 2014 – 10:00am to 4:00pm

Begin your holiday season with 1860s Living History activities & holiday music. FREE admission (suggested donation of $2/person ages 3 & up) Activities may include:

Heritage Center activities:

  • Music by the Shady Grove String Band 10 am to 12 pm
  • Make an ornament 10 am to 4 pm
  • Santa arrives at 1 pm! Santa will be available until 3 pm
  • Make a gingerbread house (for a small fee) 10 am to 4 pm
  • Enjoy the beautifully decorated trees

Mahaffie activities

  • Visit the historic Mahaffie House, string popcorn & cranberries, see what is cooking on the cookstove
  • Seasonal farm activities and blacksmith demonstrations
  • Stagecoach rides (weather and ground conditions permitting) (stagecoach rides are $2/person ages 3 & up)
  • Visit the exhibits and 1860s farm equipment in the Agricultural Heritage Livestock Barn

Gardner Historical Museum’s Christmas Homes Tour

Visit each decorated home and Museum

$10.00 per person

249 W. Main Street

154 W. Warren Street

212 W. Park Street

439 S. Center Street

185 W. Colleen Court

refreshments & gift bazaar at the museum


Gardner Halloween Boo Bash Tonight!

Gardner Halloween Boo Bash

Thursday, October 30th from 6-8PM at Celebration Park Sports Complex

Enjoy some GHOULISH fun at our 18th Annual Halloween Boo Bash at Celebration Park!  Join us for an evening of ghastly games, spooktacular activities, lots of candy, prizes, a hayrack ride along the park trails and much much more!  This is sure to be one of the biggest and best parties of the year!

Little ghosts and goblins, come dressed in your scariest, spookiest, prettiest, and silliest costumes!  Free pop and popcorn will be available while supplies last.  Concessions will also be open for purchase of other goodies.  Wristbands will be sold in advance at City Hall from October 13 – October 28 at 4:00 p.m.  (Wristbands can be purchased at the park but we suggest buying them in advance so that you don’t have to wait in line.)

Volunteers are needed for this event.  If you are interested in volunteering at the Halloween Boo Bash please contact Adraina Holopirek, Recreation Supervisor, at 913-856-0936.

Fee     $3.00 wristbands for kids ages 2-12- for unlimited access to all the games and activities
Age 1 and under:  Free
Purchase wristbands at City Hall, 120 E. Main St. October 14-29.  (Sales will end at  4:00 p.m. on 10/29)
Wristbands can be purchased at Boo Bash, but we suggest purchasing in advance so you don’t have
to wait in line to pay at Celebration Park.  (Cash only at the park.)
Age     12 and under
Fee: $3 Wristbands for kids 2-12- for unlimited access to games and activities. You can purchase wristbands at Boo Bash or at the City Hall before the event. We suggest purchasing wrist bands at City Hall so that you do not have to wait in line at the Boo Bash.

Halloween Costume Photo Contest 2014
Does your kid’s Halloween costume have what it takes to win?  Send us a picture and find out!  You may enter by taking a photo of your child in their costume and mailing it to Gardner Parks and Recreation or you can e-mail it to  Costume categories will be Cutest, Creative/Homemade and Funniest.  Please provide us with your child’s name, address and phone number.  Entries will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on October 27th.  Winners will be announced and prizes will be awarded at the Halloween Boo Bash; however you do not have to be present to win!

Local Events This Weekend!

Fall City Wide Garage Sale/Junk in the Trunk

  • Friday, September 5th and Saturday, September 6th
  • 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Nation Goods Parking Lot, Mound City, KS

ACT Ottawa – Agatha Christie’s Witness For The Prosecution                                  And now, ACT Ottawa prepares for our next big thing: Agatha Christie’s most celebrated courtroom drama – Leonard Vole stands trial for the murder of his beneficiary, and even his wife insists he is guilty…

  • Friday, September 5th – Sunday, September 7th
  • 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM
  • Old Franklin County Courthouse,  315 S Main St, Ottawa, KS
  • Buy tickets online, at Kansas State Bank locations in Ottawa, or at Ottawa Chamber of Commerce. $10/adult and $5/senior/student. Or pay at the door $12/adult, $7/senior/student.


Ottawa’s Sesquicentennial – 150 Year Celebration

  • Saturday, September 6th
  • 5K challenge & Community Picnic
  • Click here for more information







Kids’ Fishing Derby                                                                                                     Fishing is an American tradition that has much to offer young children.  Not only does fishing give children the thrill and satisfaction of catching a fish, but more importantly, fishing gives youngsters the chance to experience the outdoors and to spend time with their family and friends.  This event is co-sponsored by the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks and Cops N’ Bobbers.  Worms and fishing poles will be provided, however you are encouraged to bring your own pole if you have one.  Prizes will be given along with a barbeque lunch and goodie bags to the kids. 

  • Saturday, September 6th
  • 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
  • Gardner Lake Public Boat Dock: 30100 W 151st St
  • Fee: $5 per child

India Fest 2014                                                                                                                 This is the third year that India Association of Kansas City (IAKC) a non profit organization is hosting this event and this year the theme of the Fest is “Festivals Of India”. India Fest has grown in size each year and is expected to draw over 6000 visitors. India Fest will provide a glimpse of India and its subcontinent’s art, culture, history and people. This is an event filled with tastes, arts, crafts, sounds and sights of India with food and entertainment available all day. Shop, Savor, engage and have an experience that is one of its kind while getting an opportunity to witness the cultural diversity of one of the largest countries in the world. There will be cultural activities throughout the day including music and dance both traditional Indian and the popular contemporary Bollywood. There will also be featured items showcasing some of the popular festivals of India. The highlight of the cultural segment will be a gala “FESTIVALS OF INDIA – Fashion Parade”. Visitors will also have an opportunity to shop from over 60+ vendor booths displaying Indian artifacts, clothing, jewelry, art and crafts etc. Many local businesses like financial advisors, real estate agents, educational facilities, hotels, auto dealer, event planners and many more will be there with special promotions. Our title sponsor RODROCK HOMES will have a special booth. There will be booths with information on Indian culture, regions and religions showcasing the diversity of the country. Popular area restaurants will have booths serving mouth watering Indian Cuisines. Experts will provide services like Henna, threading, face painting, Tattoo and much more. Raffle prizes every two hours and activities to keep the kids engaged and make them learn about India with fun games, competitions and prizes. Come and experience the Wonder Called India.

  • Sunday, September 7th
  • 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Overland Park Convention Center, 6000 College Blvd, Overland Park, KS
  • Free Family Event!
  • For more information on the event, activities and sponsorship, please contact Brijpal Singh at 913-219-2938 or Garima Yadav at 913-832-4362 or email at or visit