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Eat Well to Be Well: Eating your way to bladder health

Bladder health should be a top priority for all of us, ranking alongside heart, brain, and bone health. And one way to promote bladder health is by making smart More »

Willing Workers recognized at 4-H Achievement Night

Willing Workers 4-H Club celebrate their achievements: front, Clara Thielen, Kassie Thielen and Ruby Stucky; middle, Paige Thielen, Hadley Bosse, Avery Thielen, Lena Stucky and Jaiton Bosse; back Cole More »

Burlingame Library: Rescue grant provides materials fund for community patio

Workers prepare the site for the Burlingame Library’s new community patio. Burlingame Library photo. The Burlingame Community Library was recently awarded a $25,000 American Rescue Plan Act grant for More »

Marais des Cygnes Valley FFA starts off fall with highway cleanup

Marais des Cygnes Valley school groups worked together to pick up trash along state Highway 31 south of Melvern. Helping were, front from left, Chaz Simpson, Kelsey Rice, Alyssa More »

A Cowboy’s Faith: Too busy to work

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“We’re very busy and can’t get your telephone repaired for at least 19 days.”

That was the summed-up response from the telephone company when reporting there was no phone service.

Actually, the conversation lasted half an hour as the phone answerer didn’t seem to understand there really was a problem. The same question was asked numerous times, apparently being answered to deaf ears.

Then the conversation would be put “on hold” for a time such to wonder if he’d ever return. Eventually he did, more confused than even before.

“If the problem is in the house, there will be a charge,” the difficult-to-understand answerer repeated. Yet he’d been told several times before that the issue was in the underground line.

Finally, responding to request: “We’ll send a repairman out in 19 days, but we don’t know what time it’ll be. You must make sure you’re there when he arrives.”

That’s the main reason most households now only have cellphones, completely shutting off landline telephone service. This place is old fashioned in its ways and cellphone connection is even worse than the landline telephone.

Problem with landline service this time came about when the big bulldozer driver was pushing trees out in front yard. The highway department has been planning to expand the road for several years and is finally getting started. While there’s “some work” being done for a 10-mile stretch now, actual construction isn’t to begin until March, maybe.

Help Wanted: Ottawa Coop seeks Agronomy, Grain Technicians

The Ottawa Coop with 15 locations in Eastern Kansas is looking for hard-working willing-to-learn employees for multiple locations. There are currently openings in our Grain and Agronomy departments; CDL preferred but not required. Full-time positions with full benefits. Normally work 40 hours a week but during busy times it will be 60-70 hours per week. We service the local farmers, so when they need us we are open. Starting pay $15-$20 per hour based on experience. Visit www.ottawacoop.com to complete online job application.

Elmo “Moe” Hyatte Payne, 70, Osage City: Oct. 7, 1951 – Nov. 23, 2021

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Elmo “Moe” Hyatte Payne, 70, of Osage City, Kan., passed away surrounded by his family on Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021, in Topeka, Kan. Moe was born Oct. 7, 1951, in Griffin, Ga.

He loved golf, “git togethers”, shooting pool, playing darts, poker and was quite a jokester.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Donita, of the home; son, Chris (Michelle) Payne, of Alpharetta, Ga.; daughter, Katelyn Payne, Burton, Kan.; sister, Ann (Andy) Norman, McDonough, Ga.; and three granddaughters, Morgan, Natasha and Loralye.

Help Wanted: Flint Hills Beverage seeks Sales & Service Rep

Flint Hills Beverage, the area Budweiser wholesaler, is now accepting applications Monday-Friday, 8-5, at 132 W Market St., Osage City, Kan., or online at www.flinthillsbeverage.com , for the Sales and Service Rep position. This position requires lifting 20-165 lbs. repetitively and obtaining a CDL license with our assistance. Pre-employment drug screen, driving record review and physical will also be required. Selling, customer relationship skills and truck driving experience preferred.  Includes full benefits and competitive pay. Must be 18 to apply.

It was a Candyland Christmas at Osage City: Winners of events

The Osage City Chamber of Commerce has announced the names of winners of various events and activities during last Saturday’s Christmas on Market Street. The lighted Christmas parade was the finale event of the day, with floats and parade entries celebrating this year’s theme of “Candyland Christmas”. Winners are below:

Christmas on Market Parade Winners


  • First place, Osage City Nursing Center, $125
  • Second place, Willing Workers 4H Club, $100
  • Third place, Osage City Public Library, $75
  • Fourth place, Branine Chevrolet-Buick, $50

Golf Carts/ATVs

  • First place, Gladys and Boyd Woodyard, $30
  • Second place, April Peet, $20
  • Third place, United Methodist Church-Lyndon, $10

Retail Poker Run, 78 Participants

  • First place, Penny Staufenburg, $20
  • Second place, Karen Hinck, $15
  • Third place, Nettie Jordan,  $10

Window Decorating

  • First place, McCoy’s RadioShack
  • Second place, Ramblin’ Rose
  • Third place, Osage Hardware

Chili Cook-Off – 11 Entries

  • First place, Kim Thompson, $50 Chamber Bucks
  • Second place, Jan Ogleby, $30 Chamber Bucks (Donated to senior center)
  • Third place, Stevie Penn, $20 Chamber Bucks

Business Window Decorating

  • First place, McCoy RadioShack, $50
  • Second place, Ramblin’ Rose, $40
  • Third place, Osage Hardware, $30

Jingle Bell 5K Run/Walk

Jenny Wilcoxson won the Best Costume/Sweater – received a $10 Chamber Buck Certificate.

Adult first overall were Chris Wecker (male); Angie Speece (female); they received Michelob coolers. Youth first overall were Tate Smith (male); Jaiton Bosse (female); they received sparkling ice water. Prizes were courtesy of Flint Hills Beverage.

Kansas state parks offering free entrance on Black Friday

PRATT, Kan. – There’s no better deal than free and this Friday, there’s no better place to snag that deal than at a Kansas state park. This Black Friday, Nov. 26, 2021, entrance fees will be waived at all Kansas state parks as part of the nationwide #OptOutside initiative.

Those who visit any of Kansas’ 28 state parks on Nov. 26 will also have a chance to win a free night’s stay in a Kansas state park cabin of their choice. To enter, visitors must simply take a “selfie” within any Kansas state park and share it on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram with the tags #OptOutside and #MyKsStatePark.

#OptOutside began after outdoor retail giant REI closed all 150-plus stores for a day in 2015 and paid more than 13,000 employees to instead spend the day outside. It’s since become an annual event for REI, state parks across America, and the millions of people who opt to spend the day outside and enjoy nature.

“We couldn’t be more excited to once again offer free entrance to Kansas’ state parks on Black Friday,” said Linda Lanterman, director of Kansas State Parks. “Being outside in nature does wonders for our physical and mental health, so I hope everyone opts to go outside this year and enjoy a Kansas state park as part of their holiday experience.”

Leonard ‘Doc’ Colvin, 69, Burlingame: March 11, 1952 – Nov. 17, 2021

BURLINGAME, Kan. – Leonard Allen “Doc” Colvin, 69, of Burlingame, Kan., died Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021, at University of Kansas Health System St. Francis Campus, Topeka, Kan. He was born March 11, 1952, in Kansas City, Kan., the son of Lester Colvin and Violet (Rhodes) Colvin.

Leonard grew up in the McClouth, Kan., area.

On Sept. 25, 1999, Leonard was united in marriage to Stacy Wellborn, at their home in Carbondale, Kan.

Leonard served his country in the United States Marines Corps from 1971, serving as a microwave equipment operator until his discharge in 1976. During this time he earned a National Defense Service Medal. Afterward, he worked at Atchison Casting and Krupp Machining until 2001. In his retirement, he did his own work as a machinist, owning and operating Doc’s Machining and Fabrication, in Burlingame.

Filings in the Osage County Courthouse, Nov. 12 – Nov. 18, 2021.

The following information was compiled Nov. 12 to Nov. 18, 2021, from records at the Osage County Courthouse, Lyndon, Kan.

Osage County Jail Log, Nov. 15 to Nov. 19, 2021

The following individuals were booked into the Osage County Jail in connection with charges or warrants as listed by the arresting agency.

Help Wanted: Marilynn’s seeks part-time day shift wait staff

Marilynn’s Restaurant in Osage City is seeking a part-time day shift server. For more information, call 785-528-3769, or apply in person at 1216 Laing St. (east Highway 31) in Osage City.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Honest and true living

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Be honest and true to yourself, and honest and true about livestock.”

Upon passing of a former college professor-longtime friend, obituary of Dr. Robert Hines quoted his life’s philosophy.

Viewpoint hit home quite emphatically such to initiate reflections of many positive influences.

Spring semester 1970, Dr. Hines’ one-hour college credit livestock evaluation lab was first acquaintance. Friendship developed during class although not realizing how dedicated the professor was to his now recorded beliefs.

Depth of the world-renowned swine specialist and breeder’s standards are quite complex requiring contemplation to comprehend. First and foremost, Dr. Hines, often in complete respect called “Bob,” was honest. He said everything “like it was” to students, producers, customers, all he was in contact.

Purchasing seed stock from Dr. Hines, he pulled no punches in what the hogs were. During college days, the son, today’s ranch manager, lived at and worked in Dr. Hines personal hog operation. Knowledge gained shows decades later in mannerisms, honesty, truth, people relations and livestock management.

While judging all livestock species is promoted essential to improvement, there are many respected animal adjudicators. Closely associated with a number, none more conscientiously evaluated livestock than Dr. Hines’ honestly truly critiquing composition.

A champion livestock judger, and winning judging teams coach, Dr. Hines was not the early ’70s college days coach. Recognized by a hog show in his name, Dr. Hines’ principles carried through in his family and adored grandchildren.

The road to Santa Fe featured on KTWU

Spotlighting the Santa Fe Trail during its bicentennial, The Road to Santa Fe airs at 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 22, 2021, on KTWU/Channel 11, in Topeka. Produced by Dave Kendall, a former host of the “Sunflower Journeys” series, the documentary explores the forces that spawned the trail and shaped its development. Jennie Chinn, executive director of the Kansas Historical Society, joins a number of knowledgeable historians who tell the story.

In 1821, a group of traders from Missouri ventured to Santa Fe, then governed by Mexico.Trade soon grew in what became a seasonal movement of covered freight wagons rolling back and forth. In 1846, the “Army of the West” marched down the trail after Congress declared war with Mexico. The Americans took control of Santa Fe, and by war’s end, most of northern Mexico was ceded to the United States.

As the military presence along the trail increased, so did tensions with Native Americans, which eventually led to their forced removal from the plains. Conflicts that escalated into civil war also occurred along the trail beginning in the 1850s. In 1880, when the rails reached Santa Fe, commerce on the trail came to an end, closing a pivotal chapter in American history.

“As our nation continues to grapple with issues surrounding our relationship with Mexico as well as our relations with Native peoples, we might benefit from a better understanding of how these relationships evolved,” said producer Kendall. “Those who seek to clarify our notions of who we are as Americans will find it helpful to place this into an historical context that spotlights the forces and philosophies that guided the westward expansion of the United States.”

Eat Well to Be Well: Eating your way to bladder health

Bladder health should be a top priority for all of us, ranking alongside heart, brain, and bone health. And one way to promote bladder health is by making smart food choices. From urinary incontinence to overactive bladder, your dietary choices are an important part and play a supporting role of fending off these quality-of-life issues. That’s because what you eat and drink directly affects your bladder and it’s functioning.

Get to know your bladder

Before discussing food and dietary changes helping manage bladder and urinary issues, let’s get to know your bladder better.

Every single day, all of us use our bladder multiple times. Located in the lower abdomen, the bladder is a hollow organ, much like a balloon, that stores urine. It is part of the urinary system, which also includes the kidneys, ureters, and urethra. Urine contains wastes and extra fluid left over after the body takes what it needs from what we eat and drink.

Over time, the bladder can change. The elastic bladder tissue may toughen and become less stretchy. A less stretchy bladder cannot hold as much urine as before and might make you go to the bathroom more often. The bladder wall and pelvic floor muscles may weaken, making it harder to empty the bladder fully and causing urine to leak.

Because bladder problems are common and can disrupt day-to-day activities, you may find yourself avoiding social situations or having a hard time completing tasks at home or at work.

Top dietary habits your bladder will love

To achieve and maintain good bladder health, a good start is by what you eat and drink. Adopt the following healthy bladder dietary habits to help avoid overactive bladder and urinary incontinence:

Stay well hydrated

Up to one third of the water we consume comes from food like fruits, veggies, and soup. So how much water do you need to drink each day? As a general rule of thumb, take your weight in pounds and divide it by two, and that’s the number of ounces of water you should consume daily. So if you weigh 160 pounds, you should aim to drink 80 ounces of water every day.

Why is staying hydrated important for urological health? Drinking sufficient water is essential for helping balance salts and sugars within the body and to flush out toxins and wastes through the urinary system. When dehydrated, the buildup of minerals can irritate the lining of your bladder and the concentration of wastes can lead to frequent and urgent urination or pelvic pain.

Leo N. Arb, 85, Scranton: July 12, 1936 – Nov. 15, 2021

SCRANTON, Kan. – Leo N. Arb, 85, passed away peacefully in his sleep during the early hours of Monday, Nov. 15, 2021, at his home in Scranton, Kan. He was born July 12, 1936, in Belleville, Kan., the son of Clarence and Lena Childers Arb.

Leo entered the United States Navy on March 17, 1955. He proudly served four years, including time onboard the U.S.S. Denebola, a Victory Ship first commissioned in June 1944, and serving on the battleship U.S.S. Wisconsin. On March 12, 1959, after being recommended for reenlistment, Leo received his honorable discharge and returned to civilian life.

He worked as an auto mechanic, perfecting his craft over the next several years while working at numerous dealerships and auto shops throughout the area.

Rail trail group celebrates progress at annual meeting in Overbrook

Kanza Rail-Trails Conservancy will be celebrating the past year’s progress on the trails under its cooperation at the group’s annual meeting in Overbrook Saturday. Overbrook is on the Landon Nature Trail, one of the trails under the group’s cooperation.

KRTC members and other trails enthusiasts are invited to attend the meeting, with registration starting at 11 a.m. and lunch for $10 at noon, Nov. 20, 2021, in the community room at the Overbrook Library. Reservations requested for the meal.

Jeff Carroll, owner of Ottawa Bike and Trail, will be the keynote speaker. After learning about the progress the conservancy has made in the past year, members will elect directors to its board.

Nominees for the conservancy’s board include Scott Allen, Council Grove, Scott Averill, Overbrook, Clark Coan, Lawrence, Owen Harbison, Ottawa, Brian Patton, Ottawa, John Payne, Berryton, Linda Schneidewind, Lyndon, and Cheryl Thomas, Lyndon. Other candidates can be nominated at the meeting.

After the meeting, attendees are invited to enjoy the autumn day by walking, riding or biking on the Landon Trail.

For more information about the meeting, or to RSVP for the meal, email [email protected].

In its fall 2021 newsletter, the conservancy reported a new three-mile of the Flint Hills Trail was reopened east of Osage City this summer after improvements. Much of the trail in that area consisted of loose ballast from the railroad bed, and has since been covered with gravel. The Flint Hills Trail has been under development by Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks since a few years ago. KRTC reports the trail is mostly completed for about 94 miles, from Osawatomie to Council Grove, except for a two-mile section west of the U.S. Highway 75 bridge and a 2.3 mile section west of Ottawa. Kansas Department of Transportation has awarded KDWP $5.6 million in federal funds to build a bridge over the BNSF railroad west of Ottawa, and also complete the 2.3 mile stretch of trail there. The bridge project is expected to take three years.

The organization also reported new sections of the Landon Trail were to open this year. One stretch is 1.5 miles from 197th Street to Stubbs Road near Michigan Valley. This will make a nearly seven-mile stretch of open trail from Overbrook to Michigan Valley, bringing the trail to only two miles from Pomona Lake. Another section expected to be open by spring is a two-mile section in the Clinton Wildlife Area. The group’s members continue to work on the Landon Trail near Overbrook, and volunteers are welcomed. To volunteer in the Overbrook area, contact Scott Averill at 785-224-3453 or [email protected].

Community foundation announces 4th quarter deadline for grant applications

Click to download an OCCF grant application.Osage County Community Foundation has announced its fourth quarter deadline for grant applications is Dec. 15, 2021. Through its grant making opportunities, the foundation works to bring together the financial resources of individuals, families, and businesses to support nonprofit organizations and others in our community.

Any organization or group based in Osage County can apply for grants, but preference is given to those that are not directly tax supported or agencies that have taxing authority. The foundation is currently in its October to December grant period, and applications will be accepted for this round until Dec. 15.

For more information about the grant application process or donating to the Osage County Community Foundation, contact Perry Thompson at 785-528-3006, or contact one of the foundation’s board members, Joe Humerickhouse, Casey Mussatto, Janet Steinle, Jodi Stark, or Mike Pitts. A grant application is available here. Completed applications should be mailed to the Osage County Community Foundation, PO Box 24, Osage City, KS 66523.

For more information about the Osage County Community Foundation, see Osage County Community Foundation: Your community, your foundation.

Osage County Senior Center: Learn to make your own Christmas cards

The Osage County Senior Center is working to get a ceramics and painting group started again. We have had a large number of ceramic supplies donated to the center. If interested, contact the center for additional details.

Christmas cards

There will be a Christmas card making class at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 24, in the ceramics room, and we have all the supplies you will need.

Osage County Public Transportation

Osage County General Public Transportation has moved to the senior center, 604 Market St., Osage City. The phone number is still the same, 785-528-4906. Anyone needing a ride can call; rides provided on first come first serve basis and door to door. We currently have a two stop limit. If additional stops are needed, dispatch needs to know and we’ll see what can be done with scheduling. We transport riders to medical appointments, work, shopping, etc. On a regular basis OCGPT goes to Topeka, Emporia, Lawrence, Ottawa, and the Kansas City area.

Willing Workers celebrate 4-H by encouraging friends to join up

By Avery Thielen, Club Reporter

Showing support for 4-H, talking to other students about the opportunities that 4-H provides, and supporting the community was the highlight for the Willing Workers 4-H Club at the beginning of October.

Willing Worker Reece Wilcoxson works on a poster supporting 4-H.

To celebrate 4-H week the club members made posters to hang in the walls of the Osage City schools. Each member was able to show how important 4-H was to them as they designed their posters. These posters allowed the members to start conversations with their friends, inviting them to the first meeting of the 4-H year, which was on October 13.

“Making posters was important so other people could know what was going on,” said Reece Wilcoxson, 4-H member.

To celebrate the national event, 24 hours of 4-H, the members made cookies and put together cookie baskets to give to heath care workers in Osage City.

“We wanted to take cookies to the health care workers because COVID has been going on and they work very hard,” said Lena Stucky, 4-H member.

Students can still enroll in 4-H. Willing Workers 4-H Club meetings are held at 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of every month at the Osage City Community Building. Everyone is welcome anytime.

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