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Burlingame says ‘Happy Birthday, Kansas!’

Burlingame Schuyler Museum and the Burlingame Historical Preservation Society will celebrate Kansas’154th birthday on Kansas Day, Thursday, Jan. 29, with presentations portraying how things were done in the past. The activities will More »

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Silver family honored as stewards of Osage County land and soil

By Rod Schaub, Frontier Extension Agent The 2014 Kansas Bankers Award winner for soil conservation in Osage County is Silver Farms LLC. Silver Farms is operated by Lynn and Donna Silver, of More »

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Food for Thought: Norovirus prevention as easy as washing your hands

Nancy Schuster, Frontier Extension Agent An outbreak of norovirus from meals served by Meals on Wheels in Neosho, Woodson and Allen counties occurred this past week. At the time of writing this More »

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County commission reorganizes; readies for new year

Fred Diver, left, joined Osage County commissioners Gaylord Anderson and Ken Kuykendall, right, Monday, for Diver’s first official meeting as a commissioner. Monday was the annual reorganization of the Osage County Commission, More »

A Cowboy’s Faith: No more waterline procrastination

buchmanhead“Water is the most essential nutrient.”

It’s a serious problem when the waterline freezes and 40 heifers are standing beside an empty tank.

Well pump in the cellar of the abandoned farmhouse at its best is a mess to describe it bluntly accurate.

Promising for years that there was going to be a new system installed, but always a procrastinator still nothing had been done when this winter came.

With electricity-taping pipes, heat lamps and hay bales around crevices, there have been winters without freeze-up. But, the first extreme cold came this year, before necessity preparations were made.

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Burlingame says ‘Happy Birthday, Kansas!’

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Burlingame Schuyler Museum and the Burlingame Historical Preservation Society will celebrate Kansas’154th birthday on Kansas Day, Thursday, Jan. 29, with presentations portraying how things were done in the past. The activities will be ongoing 9 a.m.-11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Schuyler Museum Annex and the museum.

Osage City governing body seats up for election in 2015

The following seats will be open for the Osage City April 2015 election. Mayor; 1st Ward, Edward Berends; 2nd Ward, Duane Peroo; 3rd Ward Linda Carson, and 4th Ward, Leroy Stromgren.

The filing deadline for all city elections is Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at noon. (K.S.A. 25-2109) In cities of the first and second class, candidates must file with the city clerk. Each filing must be accompanied by the appropriate filing fee ($5.00) or petition. (K.S.A. 25-2110:2110a.) Every elected official must file a statement of substantial interest in the office where they declared their candidacy. The statement discloses to the public certain personal financial interests of the official and the official’s spouse. This statement should originally be filed when the individual becomes a candidate for elected office.

For more information, contact Terri Fultz, City Clerk, at City Hall, 201 S. 5th, P.O. Box 250, Osage City, KS 66523, 528-3714 or tfultz@osagecity.com.

Velma Lorie (Duff) Bauck, 80, Vassar: March 18, 1934 – Jan. 22, 2015

VASSAR – Velma Lorie (Duff) Bauck passed away on Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, at her home. She was born March 18, 1934, to Leland and Hazel (Humphrey) Duff, at Lyndon.

She graduated from Lyndon High School in 1952, and in 1954 married her high school sweetheart, Glenn Bauck. Except for two years when Glenn was in the Army, they spent their life on the farm at Vassar, Kan. She was a fulltime partner in their dairy farm and boat and camper storage business. In the 1970s they built Lamont Hill Golf Course and Restaurant, where she became known for her bread and home-style cooking.

Theresa A. Cozad, 89, Osage City: Oct. 31, 1925 – Jan. 22, 2015

OSAGE CITY- Theresa A. Cozad, 89, of Osage City, passed away Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, at Osage Nursing Center. Theresa was born Oct. 31, 1925, in Emporia, Kan., the daughter of Anthony J. and Agnes M. (Hellmer) Burenheide. She graduated from St. Joseph (Olpe) High School.

She was married and divorced, and later married C.W. Cozad on July 25, 1959.

Theresa had worked at Hallmark Cards and Parks Pharmacy, in Osage City.

She was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Altar Society and Harmony EHU in Osage City.

President Obama emphasizes middle-class economics during Lawrence speech

By Amelia Arvesen
KU Statehouse Wire Service

LAWRENCE – President Obama’s visit to Lawrence was a rarity. Thursday he became the first sitting president in more than 100 years to speak at the University of Kansas.

Although a presidential visit is uncommon in Kansas, the President’s message addressed the common concerns of those in attendance.

Obama emphasized three points of middle-class economics: the nation’s need for affordable child care, access to affordable education, and building the most competitive economy possible, all points he touched on in Tuesday’s State of the Union address.

“When I look out at this crowd, it’s your generation in particular that is going to have to decide what this future looks like,” Obama said. “Are we going to accept an economy where only a few of us do spectacularly well or do we commit ourselves to an economy that generates opportunity and rising income for everybody who’s willing to work hard to make it happen?”

Conservation district names winners of student limerick, poster and essay contest

By Lori Kuykendall
Osage County Conservation District Manager

Each year the Osage County Conservation District sponsors a poster, essay and limerick contest. Information is given to the schools in late September.  Entries are due before Christmas break. The theme each year is determined by the National Association of Conservation Districts. This year’s theme was “Local Heroes – Your Hardworking Pollinators”. A total of 353 entries were received.

This year’s winners are:

Land stewards, young farmer to be honored at annual conservation banquet

An Osage County farming family as recipients of the 2014 Osage County Bankers Soil Conservation Award, and a young Osage County farmer will be honored at the Osage County Conservation District annual banquet Monday evening.

Each year, the Kansas Bankers Conservation Awards recognizes stewards of natural resources statewide. The Soil Conservation Award gives recognition to those farmers and ranchers who have made outstanding progress in development and implementation of a soil conservation plan based on the capability of the land.

This year’s local sponsoring bank for the Osage County Bankers Conservation Awards program is Bank of Burlingame. An award selection committee is organized by Frontier Extension District, and the awards are presented in cooperation with the Osage County Conservation District.

Young Osage County farmer honored for his growing occupation

By Lori Kuykendall
Osage County Conservation District Manager

012215-young-farmer-KlineRyan Kline is this year’s Young Farmer Award recipient. Farming is an expensive and risky occupation and someone in their 20s that has farming as their main occupation is a rare find.

Ryan is a row crop farmer, typically planting corn, soybeans and wheat. He is married to Mandy who works at Resource Center for Independent Living, in Osage City; they are expecting their first child in July.

Ryan has been helping on the farm as long as he can remember. His dad would give him age appropriate tasks to do. He enjoyed being with his dad, watching and learning and helping as much as he could.  Ryan liked to ride in the combine, and learned how to operate it just from the hours he spent in it with his dad.

He remembers when he was real young, his dad had surgery and couldn’t combine that year. Ryan didn’t weigh enough to activate the combine, so he rode with his mom and told her how to operate it.

Silver family honored as stewards of Osage County land and soil

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By Rod Schaub, Frontier Extension Agent

The 2014 Kansas Bankers Award winner for soil conservation in Osage County is Silver Farms LLC. Silver Farms is operated by Lynn and Donna Silver, of Burlingame, and Clint and Lindsay Silver, of Osage City.

The Kansas Banker Soil Conservation Award recognizes farmers and ranchers that have made outstanding progress in completing and implementing a soil conservation plan that matches the capability of their land.

Soil conservation is keeping the soil in the field, and being able to pass productive land on to future generations, said Lynn Silver, who with his wife Donna started their farming operation in 1972. At that time, they were farming his father’s land and other rented land in the area. They purchased their first property in 1978, and in 1979 purchased the farm they now call home.

Facts for Living: Picture it and commit

By Rebecca McFarland, Frontier Extension Agent

080714-facts-for-living1Strategies 3 and 4 of Small Steps to Health and Wealth include visualizing what you want to achieve and committing to making change. Visualization or mental imaging is a powerful step in the process of setting and achieving goals. Start by painting a mental picture of your preferred future. Picture yourself 20 pounds slimmer, fitting in to clothes that you haven’t worn in years. If you plan to reduce debt, imagine yourself opening up a credit card statement and seeing a zero balance.

Two newspapers, AP sue governor over records

TOPEKA – Gov. Sam Brownback has been sued by three news organizations, including The Topeka Capital-Journal, after the governor refused to disclose the names of candidates seeking Brownback’s appointment to the expanded Saline County commission.

The Salina Journal newspaper and the Associated Press filed the lawsuit in Shawnee County District Court on Friday, and The Capital-Journal joined the lawsuit on Saturday.

Nathanael W. Berg, a Salina lawyer, filed the lawsuit.

In November, Saline County voters overwhelmingly cast ballots to expand the county commission from three members to five, the lawsuit said. According to Kansas law, the governor then appoints commissioners to fill the two newly created posts until voters can cast ballots to elect commissioners in the next general election.

First the Salina Journal, then the Associated Press asked the governor’s office to identify the names of applicants seeking the two seats. The governor’s office refused, the lawsuit said, and the lawsuit was filed.

USD 421 superintendent resigns; board begins search process

LYNDON-The USD 421 Board of Education took its first steps to begin a search for a superintendent Wednesday night, after accepting a resignation from longtime superintendent Brian Spencer.

In his resignation, Spencer says he has verbally accepted the position of superintendent at USD 288 Central Heights.

Upon the effective date of Spencer’s resignation, he will have served the school district for 11 years, which he notes is the second longest tenure of a superintendent at Lyndon.

During a special meeting held Jan. 21, board members first took action to accept Spencer’s resignation and release him from his current employment contract.

Appanoose Museum: Happy birthday, Kansas!

012115-KSGreatSealBigCelebrating Kansas history month, Appanoose Museum is hosting a program at 2 p.m. Jan. 25, by Ronda Hassig, teacher, librarian, and author of “The Abduction of Jacob Rote”.

Hassig’s book is about a teenage boy who was kidnapped and forced to go into Lawrence with Quantrill in 1863. She will tell about the book and also the importance of Kansas at the time of the Civil War.

Everyone is invited to the museum to celebrate the 159th birthday of Kansas with birthday cake and a book signing.

Appanoose Museum is located at 600 Shawnee Road, Pomona.

Osage County students awarded semester honors at K-State

MANHATTAN – Osage County students were among more than 3,700 Kansas State University students who have earned semester honors for their academic performance in the fall 2014 semester.

The following Osage County students earned honors from Kansas State University:

Patricia Ann Davis, 91, Osage City: Mar. 17, 1923 – Jan. 15, 2015

OSAGE CITY – Patricia Ann (Leighty) Davis, 91, of Osage City, Kan., passed away Jan. 15, 2015, at the Eastridge Nursing Facility in Centralia, Kan. Pat was one of six children of Ed and Stella (Jones) Leighty, of Osage City, Kan. She was born on March 17, 1923, in the Osage City hospital.

She was taught to play the piano by her older sister Dorothy at an early age and loved to play and continued to play up to shortly before her death. Pat attended school and at age 19 was joined in marriage to Ted Davis, of rural Osage City. Thus, they began a life together that would span over 72 years.

Food for Thought: Norovirus prevention as easy as washing your hands

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Nancy Schuster, Frontier Extension Agent

An outbreak of norovirus from meals served by Meals on Wheels in Neosho, Woodson and Allen counties occurred this past week. At the time of writing this column, 29 people were confirmed as having norovirus and the number could go higher. An unconfirmed death may also be involved; no autopsy has been done yet. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment is investigating along with local county health departments to find what caused the norovirus contamination.

According to the Center for Disease Control, norovirus is the most common cause of acute gastroenteritis in the United States. Each year, it causes 19-21 million illnesses and contributes to 56,000-71,000 hospitalizations and 570-800 deaths. Norovirus is also the most common cause of food borne disease outbreaks in the United States.

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