Overbrook Rotarians invite you to sit down, relax and read

Overbrook Rotarians Don Schultz, Vic Robbins and Marian Massoth worked last weekend to install an Overbrook Rotary bench on the northwest side of the Overbrook Public Library. The Overbrook More »

Local artists compete for pizza in Melvern Lake water safety poster contest

Winning posters artists who received their prizes on Aug. 12 were, front from left, Charlie DeMaranville, Faye Carpenter, Zoe Carpenter, Lauryn Raymie; second row, Ethan Kneisler, Allie Kneisler, Emma More »

Building of distinction still graces Burlingame; old school now repository of local history

By Paul Schmidt This distinct brick building built in 1902 served as Burlingame’s grade school for 99 years. Now called the Schuyler Museum, it is a repository of local, More »

Osage County crowns 2017 4-H royalty

2017 Osage County 4-H royalty, escorts and attendants, front from left, Josie Thompson, JP Sands and Shelby Harris, back, Nocona Brinkley, Dalton Hook, Royce Cowan, Lily Shultz and Isaac More »

A Cowboy’s Faith: Blessings of the rain

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Rain makes the grass grow.”

That’s good from every regard, way better than the opposite.

“When have the crops looked any better in the second week of August?”

Appreciating the sufficient rains on the home front, another rancher just 30 miles down the highway instantly contradicted. “We really do need a rain.”

Weather analysis not particularly disgruntled or even disagreeing always brings comment. It depends on locale, certainly. A field just down the road from another might have a bumper crop, compared to mediocrity.

Semblance, overall majority of crops appear lush driving by, but it’s not always the accurate picture. Several days earlier when temperature exceeded 100 degrees, curling plant leaves were most apparent. Yields undoubtedly hampered, although difficult to calculate extent.

Date of planting has direct influence on grain in the bin. Date of rains, temperature during stage of growth, it’s all left up to the power of nature. Just a few days make the difference between profits, loss.

Native grass in most pastures seen daily truly is stirrup high on a 16-hand horse. Even those intensely grazed generally have comeback of lush green, ample to turn more cattle out.

As importantly, ponds are full, many overflowing the spillway. Creeks running, as draws and wet weather seeps supply water, too.

Depending when and where, tame hay tonnage set records, as other was reported average, even low.

Overbrook Rotarians invite you to sit down, relax and read

Overbrook Rotarians Don Schultz, Vic Robbins and Marian Massoth worked last weekend to install an Overbrook Rotary bench on the northwest side of the Overbrook Public Library. The Overbrook Rotary is donating three benches to the library this year, one at each entrance along with this beautiful stone bench. 

Local artists compete for pizza in Melvern Lake water safety poster contest

Winning posters artists who received their prizes on Aug. 12 were, front from left, Charlie DeMaranville, Faye Carpenter, Zoe Carpenter, Lauryn Raymie; second row, Ethan Kneisler, Allie Kneisler, Emma Bailey, Grace DeMaranville, Rylee Moon; back, Melvern Lake Park Ranger Julie Heslop, Zach Oswald, and Alysa Miller.

Local artistically talented kids will soon be enjoying pizza after demonstrating their knowledge of water safety in the 2017 US Army Corps of Engineers Melvern Lake Water Safety Poster Contest

USACE Park Ranger Julie Heslop organized the water safety poster contest for youth in the Melvern Lake area. There were two age groups, 6-9-year-olds and 10-13-year-olds, and three divisions in each age group. The divisions were Wear Your Life Jacket, Swim With A Buddy, and an Open Division (What Does Water Safety Mean To You?).

Buzzard’s Pizza, Lyndon, donated a large one-topping pizza for the first prize in each division, and Casey’s General Store donated certificates for a large one-topping pizza for the second and third prize for each division. Ribbons in the form of bookmarks, with the Seven Sins of Swimming on one side and contest placement on the other, were given to the top three youth of each division. A brief demonstration on water safety was given before prizes were handed out on Aug. 12, 2017, at the Melvern Lake USACE information center.

There were 38 posters turned in for the contest, and after review by Ranger Julie Heslop and Melvern Lake park attendants the placings were as follows:

Wear Your Life Jacket (ages 6-9): Third place, Rylee Moon; second place, Charlie DeMaranville; first place, Natalee Whitmore.

Swim With A Buddy (ages 6-9): Third place, Zoe Carpenter; second place, Shyanne Allen; first place, Allie Kneisler.

Open division (ages 6-9): Third place, Faye Carpenter; second place, Grace DeMaranville; first place, Lauryn Raymie.

Wear Your Life Jacket (ages 10-13): Third place, Kylie Burkdoll; second place, Sydnie Everhart; first place, Alysa Miller.

Swim With A Buddy (ages 10-13): Third place, Maddie Renfro; second place, Ashton Ehrhardt; first place, Emma Bailey.

Open division (ages 10-13): second place, Zach Oswald; first place, Ethan Kneisler.

Three Lakes Educational Cooperative seeks Paraeducators

Paraeducators (Full-Time & Substitutes) needed to provide classroom support for students in all Osage and West Franklin County schools at all grade levels. Full time paraeducator application is available online at www.three-lakes.org/employment or pick up application at Three Lakes Educational Cooperative, 1318 Topeka Ave., Lyndon, KS. Para subs must complete employment paperwork at our office.

Blue-green algae warning continues: Melvern Outlet River Pond, Melvern Outlet Swim Pond

TOPEKA, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment in conjunction with the Kansas Department of Wildlife Parks and Tourism has issued a public health warning for six lakes, including two ponds at Melvern Lake, and a watch for six lakes due to harmful algal blooms. Overbrook City Lake is one of the lakes that remain under watch for blue-green algae.

If a lake is under a public health warning for blue-green algae, activities such as boating and fishing may be safe. However, direct contact with water (i.e., wading, skiing and swimming) is strongly discouraged for people, pets and livestock. The lakes currently under a watch or warning status are:

  • Warning: Melvern Outlet River Pond, Osage County
  • Warning: Melvern Outlet Swim Pond, Osage County
  • Warning: Central Park Lake, Shawnee County
  • Warning: Marion County Lake, Marion County
  • Warning: Milford Reservoir (Zones B and C), Geary, Dickinson and Clay counties
  • Warning: Webster Lake, Rooks County
  • Watch: Milford Reservoir (Zone A), Geary, Dickinson and Clay counties
  • Watch: Overbrook City Lake, Osage County
  • Watch: Perry Lake (Zone C), Jefferson County
  • Watch: Sam’s Pond, Syracuse, Hamilton County
  • Watch: South Lake, Johnson County
  • Watch: Villa High Lake, Thomas County

Lakes under a warning are not closed. Marinas, lakeside businesses and park camping facilities are open for business. If swim beaches are closed, it will be specifically noted. Drinking water and showers at parks are safe and not affected by algae blooms. Boating and fishing are safe on lakes under a warning, but contact with the water should be avoided. It is safe to eat fish caught during a harmful blue-green algae outbreak, as long as the fish is rinsed with clean water. Only the fillet portion should be consumed, and all other parts should be discarded. Hands should also be washed with clean water after handling fish taken from an affected lake. Zoned lakes may have portions fully open for all recreation even if other portions are under a warning.

State Library of Kansas announces 2017 Kansas Notable Books

Books available for check out at Osage City library

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – The State Library of Kansas recently announced the 12th annual selection of Kansas Notable Books, and the Osage City Public Library has received a grant to purchase all 15 of the titles. The library has them on display and available for check out.

The books feature quality titles with wide public appeal, either written by Kansans or about a Kansas-related topic. The Kansas Notable Book List highlights our lively contemporary writing community and encourages readers to enjoy some of the best writing of the authors among us.

“Our list is intended to showcase Kansas’ unique talent and history while encouraging residents to visit their library and check out the celebrated titles,” said State Librarian Jo Budler.

2017 Kansas Notable Books

Fast-Food Sonnets: Poems by Dennis Etzel Jr.; Ghost Sign: Poems from White Buffalo by Al Ortolani, Melissa Fite Johnson, Adam Jameson, and J.T. Knoll; Green City: How One Community Survived a Tornado and Rebuilt for a Sustainable Future by Allan Drummond; Hero of the Empire: The Boer War, a Daring Escape and the Making of Winston Churchill by Candice Millard; Hurt People: A Novel by Cote Smith; Ioway Life: Reservation and Reform, 1837-1860 by Greg Olson; The Last Wild Places of Kansas: Journeys into Hidden Landscapes by George Frazier; Lost and Gone Forever: A Novel of Scotland Yard’s Murder Squad by Alex Grecian; The Memory of Lemon: A Novel by Judith Fertig; Mike Torrez: A Baseball Biography by Jorge Iber; A Nest of Hornets by Robert Krenzel; Never Enough Flamingos by Janelle Diller; Phog: The Most Influential Man in Basketball by Scott Morrow Johnson; Presenting Buffalo Bill: The Man Who Invented the Wild West by Candace Fleming; The Small-Town Midwest: Resilience and Hope in the Twenty-First Century by Julianne Couch.

Travelers encouraged to plan ahead and travel safely during solar eclipse

On Aug. 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will occur as the moon passes directly in front of the sun, darkening the sky. With increased traffic anticipated across the state as people travel to view the eclipse, the Kansas Department of Transportation, Kansas Turnpike Authority, and Kansas Highway Patrol advise travelers to plan ahead and enjoy the eclipse safely.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, approximately 200 million people live within driving distance of the eclipse’s path of totality. While only the northeast corner of the state will be in the path of totality for the solar eclipse, the rest of Kansas will still experience part of the astronomical event.

With an increase in traffic and travel time expected, travelers should be patient, avoid distractions, and practice safe driving habits.

“We understand the excitement around the solar eclipse, and we encourage Kansans and our travelers to enjoy this rare opportunity. We do, however, want you to remain safe as you take the opportunity to witness this occurrence,” said Lt. Adam Winters, KHP public information officer.

Travelers across the state are encouraged to follow these tips to drive safely on the day of the eclipse:

  • Allow plenty of travel time to reach a safe place for viewing, as roads may be congested due to increased traffic.
  • Do not take photos or wear the eclipse sunglasses when driving.
  • Do not pull over to the side of the highway to view the solar eclipse. Find a location off the highway and right-of-way to observe and/or take photos.
  • If you are driving during the eclipse, turn on your headlights and do not rely on your automatic headlights.
  • Expect the unexpected: watch out for other drivers and pedestrians.
  • Plan ahead for fuel needs and always remember to keep your gas tank full during long trips.

Building of distinction still graces Burlingame; old school now repository of local history

By Paul Schmidt

This distinct brick building built in 1902 served as Burlingame’s grade school for 99 years. Now called the Schuyler Museum, it is a repository of local, county, Santa Fe Trail, railroad, and mining history. The museum is named after Phillip Church Schuyler (1805-1872), a prominent settler, politician and reformer, who in 1855 purchased a large land claim that eventually became the town of Burlingame. The school-turned-museum is at 117 S. Dacotah St., in Burlingame. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Photos thanks to Paul Schmidt.

Filings in the Osage County Courthouse Aug.7 – Aug. 11, 2017

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse Aug. 7 through Aug. 11, 2017.

Osage County crowns 2017 4-H royalty

2017 Osage County 4-H royalty, escorts and attendants, front from left, Josie Thompson, JP Sands and Shelby Harris, back, Nocona Brinkley, Dalton Hook, Royce Cowan, Lily Shultz and Isaac Shultz. 

By Jessica Flory
Frontier Extension District

In a ceremony held Aug. 9, 2017, at the Overbrook Osage County Fair, Royce Cowan, Osage City, Willing Workers 4-H Club, and Lily Shultz, Burlingame, Clover Wranglers 4-H Club, were crowned as the 2017-2018 Osage County 4-H King and Queen.

Attendants Shelby Harris and JP Sands helped with the ceremony along with last year’s 4-H royalty Dalton Hook and Nocona Brinkley, and escorts Josie Thompson and Isaac Shultz. The competition was organized by the Osage County 4-H Council.

Osage County 4-H King Royce Cowan and Queen Lily Schultz.

4-H Queen Lily Shultz was escorted by Isasc Shultz and attendant JP Sands. Lily is 15 years old and a nine-year member of the Osage County 4-H program. Lily is currently the vice-president of the 4-H County Council and secretary of Clover Wranglers 4-H Club. She has previously held a variety of offices on the council and in the 4-H club, which she helped form in 2012. Lily enjoys helping at all the fairs, working on her fiber arts projects, and teaching younger 4-H members. Lily is a junior member of the Burlingame Fire Department. She enjoys volunteering at the library and Schuyler Museum. Lily is a member of the Cornerstone Family Schools Performance Choir, and last winter she had the opportunity to sing with the Topeka Symphony Orchestra.

4-H King Royce Cowan was escorted by Josie Thompson and attendant Shelby Harris.  Royce joined 4-H when he was seven years old. He started with poultry, showing chickens and turkeys. As the years progressed, he enrolled in projects such as bucket calves, horticulture, dairy, tractor restoration and woodworking. His favorite projects are dairy and tractor restoration.  In 2013, he was elected senior treasurer for the Willing Workers 4-H club.  4-H has taught him responsibility and how to manage his time.  He is more comfortable with public speaking because of 4-H. He has helped with several projects and spent many hours doing community service.

Local 4-Hers compete at 2017 4-H Western Heritage Nationals in Montana

All dressed up and ready for competition in the Old West, Montana, from left, Addison Smith, Isaac Durst, Nathan Livingston, Erin Livingston, Emily Livingston, Audrey Durst, Caleb Durst, and Bradley Livingston.

By Ken Wilk
4-H Kansas Shooting Sports Instructor

FORT BENTON, Mont. – The 2017 4-H Western Heritage Project National Competition was held Aug. 1-3, 2017, in Fort Benton, Mont. Nationals is a competitive event that culminates the year long work 4-H members put into the project. In Kansas, there currently is only one club that competes in Western Heritage. Members of this statewide project are currently made up of 4-Hers from the Frontier Extension District and Coffey County.

Eight of the 14 project members competed in this year’s nationals including Audrey Durst, Caleb Durst, and Isaac Durst, all of Coffey County, and Bradley Livingston, Emily Livingston, Erin Livingston, Nathan Livingston, and Addison Smith, of the Frontier Extension District. Members compete in three components of the project: Shooting, which includes learning the safe handling and firing of period specific firearms such as shotgun, lever or pump action rifles, and revolvers; clothing and persona, which includes creating a person from the period and accurately portraying that person in front of a panel of judges; and history – learning and taking a written test on the knowledge of West during the late 1800s.

This year 270 attendees represented 13 states at the nationals. Of those, 85 participants represented five states, California, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, and Montana, in the competition. Awards were given in three age groups, junior, intermediate, and senior, and six categories, girls clothing or persona, boys clothing or persona, history test, rimfire shooting, big bore shooting, and top hand.

Osage County Jail Log, Aug. 6 to Aug. 12, 2017

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

Wanda Miles, 95, Osage City: June 28, 1922 – Aug. 15, 2017

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Wanda Miles, 95, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017, at Osage Nursing Center, Osage City, Kan. She was born on June 28, 1922, in Jefferson City, Mo., the daughter of Ernest and Nellie Blank.

Wanda had worked as a cook for the Hilltop Nursing Home, in Lyndon, Kan., and Petersons Nursing Home, in Osage City. She had been a member of the Lyndon American Legion Auxiliary.

Wanda married Tom Erwin; they later divorced. She then married John Miles; he preceded her in death on June 23, 1992.

‘Go retro’ Saturday at Pomona State Park

Campers enjoy a special kind of relaxation that could only be had yesteryear.

If you’ve ever wondered what it was like in “the old days” to go camping and enjoy time at the lake, this weekend is your chance to experience it. Pomona State Park is “going retro” Saturday Aug. 19, 2017, for the fourth annual Going Retro Car, Vintage Trailer and Antique Boat Show.

From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, vintage camping trailers will be open for touring. Many vintage campers will be new to the show this year. The trailers are original or restored to original, renovated or converted to “glampers”. For the first time, Going Retro will feature antique boats, along with many cars and trucks.

Wilda ‘Marie’ Hill, 97, Melvern: Nov. 8, 1919 – Aug. 14, 2017

MELVERN, Kan. – Wilda “Marie” Hill, 97, passed away on Monday, Aug. 14, 2017, at the Presbyterian Manor-Jones Health Center, Emporia, Kan. She was born on Nov. 8, 1919, on a farm near Melvern, Kan., the daughter of Walter and Elsie Patterson White.

Marie had lived most of her life in and around Melvern until moving to a retirement facility in Emporia, in 2006.

On July 16, 1938, Marie married Dave Hill; they were married for nearly 70 years. He passed away on Feb. 24, 2008.

Marie taught in one-room schools throughout Osage County in her early years, did substitute teaching in later years, became the head cook at Melvern Schools, clerked at both grocery stores in Melvern, and helped with the farming operation.

Hidden History: Homesteaders lay foundation for Osage County’s future

A cornerstone carved by William S. White reminds of the connection of the home’s past owners to its current inhabitants.

By Wendi Bevitt

Every home has a story. It is a standing memorial of the people that have lived and loved within its walls – each family tailoring it to meet their tastes and needs.

One Osage County family is seeing to preserve the original details that were lovingly added to their century-year-old home.

Michael and Sara Floyd bought their rural Osage County, Kan., home and 4.5 acres in 2014, and the home and barn were in much need of some love and attention. It is the Floyds’ goal to restore both structures back to their former glory.

Help Wanted: Osage County Health Department seeks LPN

LPN Needed – Osage County Health Department. Duties include child care licensing, immunizations, WIC. Must have current license, prefer IV or phlebotomy certification. Hours are Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Salary dependent on qualifications, great benefits. Please pick up an application at Osage County Health Department, 103 E. Ninth St., Lyndon, KS 66451. Call 785-828-3117 for more information.

Stephanie Yvonne Ziegler, 46, Overbrook: April 28, 1971 – Aug. 10, 2017

OVERBROOK, Kan. – Stephanie Y. Ziegler, 46, of Overbrook, Kan., passed away Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017. She was born April 28, 1971, in Topeka, Kan., the daughter of James Foote and Elaine (Gustin) Nichols.

Stephanie grew up in the Topeka and Carbondale, Kan., area, graduating from Highland Park High School with the class of 1990. She took many classes from Allen County Community College and Washburn University, working towards a degree in education.

On April 8, 1989, Stephanie was united in marriage with Mark Ziegler, at Overbrook Bible Church. They recently celebrated their 28th wedding anniversary. Mark was the love of Stephanie’s life and her perfect match. Their love for one another was evident in all they did together. The biggest prides of Stephanie’s life were her two children, Wyatt and Wynter. She was a huge supporter of their interests and loved watching them participate in their activities.

Make reservations to ride to prime eclipse viewing destination

Osage County General Transportation will be transporting passengers to Atchison, Kan., on Aug. 21, 2017, to view the eclipse. Reservations are being taken on a first come first serve basis. Please sign up at the Osage County Senior Center, 604 Market St., Osage City, or call 785-528-4906 to reserve your spot on the bus.

The bus will leave the center at 8:30 a.m. that day to travel to Atchison and the destination Benedictine College. Food trucks will be on campus for lunch and snacking pleasures. Lunch on your own. $3.00 for the round trip. This project is partly funded by KDOT and is a first come first serve service. 

A Cowboy’s Faith: Doing what’s most important

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“It’s impossible to be everywhere at the same time.”

Something has to give, and it’s a major decision deciding which that’s going to be. More so, determining the one of many things wanted to do in a day.

What is the most important? Whatever selected means missing out on all of the others. Always in the busy life conflicts arise among opportunities.

It seems to strike harder than ever as calendar schedule overflows the lines. Life was supposed to be simpler in maturity, but opposite it’s become.

Reality of that has definitely moved to forefront in recent days. With a fulltime off-ranch job to assure bills are paid, evenings and weekends are packed with catchup chores.

Add to the complexity, so many “social” activities one desires to partake. Saturday, there were two “important” horse shows that needed to be participated in for valuable yearend points.

After serious deliberation determination made to attend the one with most events, efficiently using horse, rider, dollars, and time. Just “gave the winnings” to the competition at the other show, because couldn’t be there to try to beat them.

Lyndon Leaders invite sunflower lovers to enjoy the summer bloom

Photo of last year’s sunflowers by Darlene Bogren.

By Leanne Shoup, Club Reporter

Calling all sunflower lovers! The Lyndon Leaders 4-H Club’s sunflower field is progressing faster than we thought. We think the flowers will be in full bloom by the second weekend in August.

As with the club’s sunflower project last year, everyone is invited to stop by the field and look at the sunflowers in bloom. To reach the field, from the junction of U.S. 56 and U.S. 75 (Four Corners), go four miles south on U.S. 75 to 189th Street; the field is northwest of the intersection. The sunflowers will be easily visible from U.S. 75, but do not park on the highway. Please pull off on the gravel road, 189th Street, and enjoy.

The club decided that all donations from the sunflower field will go to Garrett McCoy, a Lyndon high school senior who recently suffered from a brain aneurism. Club members thank all who support Garrett and the 4-H club.

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