Land and water stewards sought for annual conservation awards

Tallgrass prairie in the Kansas Flint Hills. Photo USFWS. The Kansas Conservation Awards Program, sponsored by the Kansas Bankers Association, will once again be held in Osage County. The More »

Local clubs count on a little help from their 4-H friends

DeWayne Schoepflin, back right, is surrounded by his friends, the Willing Workers 4-H Club, after receiving his Friend of the 4-H Award for his continued support of the Osage More »

Osage County crowns 4-H King and Queen at final summer fair

2018-19 Osage County 4-H Royalty, front from left, Gage Cannon, Cloverbud, North Osage, Braxtyn Sturgeon, Cloverbud, Lyndon Leaders, back, Garrett Croucher, Willing Workers, Grace Croucher, Willing Workers, queen Josie More »

National 4-H Week: Inspire Kids to Do! Oct. 7-13, 2018

By Amy Sollock Help celebrate this year’s National 4-H Week, Oct 7-13, by joining the movement to “INSPIRE KIDS TO DO!” Since 1968, National 4-H Week has been held More »

Land and water stewards sought for annual conservation awards

Tallgrass prairie in the Kansas Flint Hills. Photo USFWS.

The Kansas Conservation Awards Program, sponsored by the Kansas Bankers Association, will once again be held in Osage County. The KBA, K-State Research and Extension, and the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks and Tourism have established six award categories, including energy conservation, water quality, water conservation, soil conservation, windbreaks and wildlife habitat.

The purpose of the program is to stimulate a greater interest in the conservation of agricultural and natural resources of Kansas. Each year more than 200 Kansas producers and landowners are recognized through this program. Nominations for these awards can be made by any person in the county. Information about these awards can be picked up at the local Extension office or by visiting the K-State Research and Extension website:

Nomination forms are available at the Osage County Conservation District office or the Frontier Extension District office in Lyndon, the Bank of Burlingame or the Bank of Osage City. Or contact the Extension office at 785-828-4438 for a nomination form to be mailed to you. Nomination forms should be completed and returned to the Frontier Extension District, PO Box 400, Lyndon, KS 66451, by Oct. 31, 2018.

Upon receipt of the nomination forms, a committee chaired by Rod Schaub, Frontier Extension District agent, will select this year’s winners. Winners will be recognized at the Osage County Conservation District’s annual meeting.

Osage City Kiwanis family of clubs to install new officers

At 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22, 2018, the Osage City Kiwanis family of clubs will install its new officers for the 2018-19 year. The installation will be at the Osage City Santa Fe Depot, 504 Market St.

The Kiwanis family is made up of Osage City Kiwanis, Kiwanis Key Club, Kiwanis Builders Club and Kiwanis K-Kids. Kansas Kiwanis Division XI Lt. Governor Paul Swanson will conduct the installation.

Families of the new officers and guests are invited to attend. Refreshments will be served afterward.

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A Cowboy’s Faith: Statement settlement is essential

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Nobody likes to pay their bills.”

That’s not completely true, because the majority of people who buy something expect to remunerate for it.

Sadly there are exceptions when there is never intention to reimburse for what is purchased. In those cases, the buyer still ends up having to compensate. Even if it goes into drawn out proceedings, ultimately lockup.

Quite the opposite realm is those who eagerly pay whatever debt is claimed. Mom was that way; the second a bill arrived, she made payment. There were certain grocery store customers who were slow paying charge accounts, and she didn’t want to be like that.

Immediate reimbursement for statements is commendable, but it may not always be the smartest thing either. One must make certain what has been invoiced was actually ordered.

It’s of more concern now than earlier times with unlawful shenanigans increasingly prevalent in today’s mobile social communications.

Still, bills must be paid or somebody is stealing and another is losing. Plain and simple economics whatever the right definition that’s definitely the way it is.

Overbrook 4-Her shares Osage County 4-H pet project, assists fair organizers

Wylie Young, of the North Osage 4-H Club, hosted a countywide pet project workshop July 14, 2018, at his residence in Overbrook, Kan. The event focused on encouraging project participation and how to prepare for a show.

Wylie, along with Lynnea Nelson, also of the North Osage 4-H Club, gave project talks, demonstrations, and answered questions about their project experiences. Guest speaker Amy Miner gave a presentation about the TNR Program (trap, neuter, release) and her efforts to help control the feral cat population in Scranton. Other activities included a brief project meeting and a tour of Wylie’s backyard pets. Lynnea Nelson provided refreshments that were enjoyed by all.

Pet project workshop participants, from left, Lynnea Nelson, Choloe Cannon, Jocie White, Wylie Young and his dog, Scooby. Courtesy photo.

Wylie also enjoyed participating in leadership activities this year during the Osage County Fair.  He attended board meetings before and after the fair, served as the junior superintendent at the 4-H and open animal costume contest, and helped serve customers at the fair board’s concessions stand. He plans to assist in the planning and operations of the fair again next year.

OCFD No. 2 to host open house for Fire Prevention Week finale

Osage County Fire District No. 2 will hold an open house in recognition of Fire Prevention Week, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018, at the fire station, 911 Laing St., Osage City, Kan.

Osage County EMS will be giving instructions on hands-only CPR, doing blood pressure checks, and providing stroke awareness information. There will be fire safety presentations and child safety seat inspections, and LifeSave (previously LifeTeam) will have its helicopter on display (it will land at OCFD No. 2 at approximately 12 p.m.) Firefighters will serve up food and door prizes while supplies last.

DeForeests recognized as Osage County 4-H Family of the Year

Gary and Peggy DeForeest, 4-H Family of the Year.

The 4-H Family of the Year Award recognizes a family’s support for local 4-H members and programs. Presented the award last 4-H year, Gary and Peggy DeForeest, of rural Scranton, were recognized for the love and guidance they have given to Osage County 4-H over the years.

Peggy began her employment with the Extension office in July 1986. She fell in love with the 4-H program and Extension that summer and continued to work here for 30 years. Everyone knows they would be greeted with a warm smile when they walk through the door at the Extension office. But, Peggy also handled many things for the 4-H program, such as typing the fair book every year, putting 4-Hers’ information into the computer year after year, newsletters for 4-H clubs. She was recognized as the glue that holds the Extension office and 4-H program together. Peggy retired from her job at the Extension District this summer.

Gary was recognized for his support for Peggy and the 4-H program in his own way. Gary is a gifted carpenter, and judges projects at local county fairs around the state. For the last three years he has been a woodworking project leader for the Lyndon Leaders 4-H Club. The woodworking project has grown in number of participants every year, and when other youth in the county have asked for help with woodworking, Gary has always been happy to help.

The 4-H Family of the Year Award recognizes the DeForeest family for their care of the community and the families that live here.

4-H alumni recognized for their dedication to local clubs

Local club leaders Jodi and Keith Bergkamp were recipients of the Alumni of the Year award, along with Carolyn Lowry, not pictured.

The 4-H Alumni of the Year Award is awarded to past 4-H members who continue to make significant contributions to the 4-H program. This past 4-H year, local club leaders Jodi and Keith Bergkamp and Carolyn Lowry were nominated for the award.

Jodi and Keith Bergkamp were nominated for the Alumni of the Year Award by Vassar Blue Ribbon 4-H Club. Jodi and Keith were both 10-year 4-H members and are now active in 4-H with their children. Their favorite projects in 4-H were swine, sheep, cattle, foods and photography. They are club leaders of Vassar Blue Ribbon.

Carolyn Lowry was nominated for the Alumni of the Year Award by the Burlingame 4-H Club. She was in several projects during her 12 years as a 4-H member, including sewing, cooking, junior leaders, and of course, horses. She attended CWF (Citizenship Washington Focus) with Osage County 4-H. In her best year at the Kansas State Fair, she was in the top five in pole bending and top 10 in barrel racing. She is a club leader for Burlingame 4-H Club.

Local clubs count on a little help from their 4-H friends

DeWayne Schoepflin, back right, is surrounded by his friends, the Willing Workers 4-H Club, after receiving his Friend of the 4-H Award for his continued support of the Osage City area club.

Friend of 4-H Award is presented annually to those that have made significant contributions to the 4-H program but may not have been involved in 4-H as a member. For the past 4-H year, local 4-H groups designated the award for DeWayne Schoepflin, sponsored by Willing Workers 4-H Club, Vintage Park Assisted Living, sponsored by Vassar Blue Ribbon 4-H Club, and Larry and Kay Salisbury, nominated by the Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club.

Schoepflin is a longtime 4-H supporter, and Osage County 4-H members can always rely on him to help out where needed. During setup of Osage County Fair, Schoepflin dumps rock screenings in and around the arena without charge. He has been very supportive of the tractor restoration group. He donates funds to Osage County Fair for trophies and the list goes on. Local 4-Hers thank him for his continual support.

Vintage Park is an assisted living facility in Osage City, Kan. They are always willing to have 4-H clubs visit and enjoy fellowship with residents. Some of the residents were once in 4-H and were volunteers. Several local 4-H clubs interact with Vintage Park residents.

Larry and Kay Salisbury supply award plaques for several top entries at the annual Sunflower Days 4-H Fair. If they are at any gathering or public event where the subject of 4-H comes up, they always offer positive support for the 4-H program. Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H can always count on their support of the local 4-H club.

The Friends of 4-H awards are presented during the Osage County 4-H Council’s annual achievement night.

Help Wanted: Lyndon State Bank is taking applications for Loan Administrator

Lyndon State Bank, Lyndon, Kan., is taking applications for a loan administrator. This position requires the ability to process loans and perform secretarial duties to provide administrative and organizational support for the bank. This position is expected to provide superior customer service in all work aspects. You will perform a variety of tasks to assist processing loan files, including ordering appraisals, title and tax transcripts to prepare the file for processing. High school diploma or equivalent. Prior work related experience is preferred. You can e-mail your resume to [email protected]. EOE

Meet a local 4-Her: Kieren Shultz, rockin’ it at the library

My name is Kieren Shultz and I am a member of the Clover Wranglers 4-H Club. I love club meetings, especially recreation at the end of the meeting.

My favorite project is visual arts. I learn ceramics at the Paint Pot in Burlingame and I try all kinds of art at home. I love to draw and paint, but I really enjoy mixed media projects. Other projects I enjoy are performing arts, buymanship, and reading.

I love to spend time at the library. I was at all but one week of summer reading this year. The theme was “Libraries Rock.” We did lots of fun things, like wearing crazy wigs and building our own instruments to play.

I modeled my buymanship outfits in the fashion revue and I was in my first play – we did Mary Poppins.

Shooting sports team represents Frontier District at 4-H state shotgun competitions

Four members of the Osage County shooting sports program and one member of the Franklin County shooting sports program were among representatives of the Frontier Extension District at the recent 4-H State Shotgun Match. Osage County members include Cody Atchison, JD Schoepflin, Bobby Quaney and Dylon Harris. Carlos Santoya is the fifth member of the team from Franklin County.

All five members shot for an individual score for trap, skeet and sporting clays. Their five scores were also combined for team scores in each discipline and for an overall team score. The team finished the contest taking 36th place out of 120 teams in the shotgun grand aggregate score, while finishing 13th in trap, 11th in skeet, and fifth in sporting clays. Several team members also had personal successes in the matches. (Results are available through the K-State website here.)

State 4-H Trap and Skeet was held Oct. 6, 2018, at Ark Valley Gun Club, near Wichita, Kan., and State Sporting Clays shoot was held Oct. 7, 2018, at Murphy and Sons, in Augusta, Kan.

This is the first time in recent years that Osage County or the Frontier District have had enough shooters qualify to enter as a team. Local 4-H shooting sports instructor Robert Quaney has volunteered many hours to help the team practice and prepare for the local qualifying events in preparation for the state shoot.  

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Meet a local 4-Her: Lily Shultz, green-thumbed Samaritan

Hello, I am Lily Shultz of the Clover Wrangler 4-H Club. I have served as president of my club and the Osage County 4-H Council this year. Our club members are very close, and we enjoy working and playing together. We do lots of service projects. This year we built dozens of shoeboxes for the Operation Christmas Child Program. I love building boxes and shopping for just the right items to send to each child.

I enjoy a variety of projects in 4-H. In fiber arts I have worked on quilting, crochet, and knitting. In visual arts I have done ceramics, drawings, paintings, and a couple of leather projects. I love photography and reading as well.

Last year I started my first garden and now I am hooked on all things plant science. I started out with a small container garden but this year I had an actual-in the ground garden and I grew watermelons, among other things. I was so excited as I watched my garden grow and I was thrilled when I harvested my first watermelon. It is a wonderful thing to grow your own food and to be able to share your produce with others.

Key Award Winners – Involvement with local 4-H club is ‘key’

The Kansas Key Award is one of the highest honors awarded to 4-H members across Kansas. Key Award recipients are recognized for their involvement in 4-H related events and activities, and achievements accomplished within their 4-H club, county or state.

For 2017-2018, Calvin Young and JD Schoepflin were recognized as Key Award winners.

Calvin Young is a 10-year member of the North Osage 4-H Club. Calvin has been dedicated to his club serving as chairs of committees, being vice president in 2013 and president in 2014.

JD Schoepflin is an 11-year member of the Willing Workers 4-H Club.  During his 4-H career he has been very involved with the Osage County Shooting Sports and the tractor restoration project.

Meet a local 4-Her: Isaac Shultz, visual artist and photographer

My name is Isaac Shultz and I am an eight-year member of the Clover Wranglers 4-H Club. This year I served as club treasurer and county council member.

Some of the projects I enjoy are photography and visual arts. I enjoy drawing and I take pictures of absolutely everything.

This year I tried a fiber arts project. I made a macramé belt and it turned out alright. And, now that all the fairs are over I can actually wear it.

4-H awards recognize members’ achievements

Every year, local 4-Hers get together for an evening to recognize the previous year’s accomplishments. Achievement pins are presented to those earning them: 4-H members recognized for 2017-2018 were:

Lyndon Library falls into autumn with activities for all

Fall is here and no matter the season, there’s always something going on at Lyndon Carnegie Library. A variety of activities for library patrons of all ages are scheduled for the rest of October:

  • Oct. 15 – No School Fun at the Library: 10-11 a.m., Rockin Toddlers; 11 a.m.-12 p.m. K-3rd grade crafts; 12-1 p.m., short movie; 2-5 p.m., Tweens Time.
  • Oct. 17 – Tweens, 3:30-5 p.m.
  • Oct. 18 – Learn about essential oils and make an autumn spray, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Oct. 21 – Book club at library at 3 p.m.
  • Oct. 22 – 10-11 a.m., Rockin Toddlers; 7-8:30 p.m., sewing with Lynnie.
  • Oct. 29 – 10-11 a.m., Rockin Toddlers.
  • Oct. 30 – 6:30-8 p.m., Leap Lifestyle Workshop; register here.

For more information about these activities, contact Genea Reynolds, librarian, at 785-828-4520, stop by the library at 127 E. Sixth St., Lyndon, or see

OCPR Update: Suit up for everyone’s favorite fall recreation – basketball

OCPR-logo-redOsage City Parks and Recreation finished up summer activities and jumped right into fall. Coming up – youth basketball! Here are the details:

Youth basketball (3rd-6th grade boys and girls)

  • OCPR teams participate in the Scott Brown Youth Basketball League.
  • League divisions are split into single grades 3rd to 6th grade for boys and girls.
  • Team practice can begin the week of Nov. 26, if a team has a coach.
  • SBBL Season, Saturdays, Jan. 5-Feb. 16.
  • SBBL League Divisional Tournaments, Feb. 23.
  • Players receive a team uniform (jersey and shorts).
  • Cost is $30 per player.
  • Signup deadline, Nov. 5.
  • OCPR coach-player discount is available.
  • OCPR scholarship forms are available.

OCPR Basketball, K-Ball and 1st/2nd grade information will be available soon.

Meet a local 4-Her: Solomon Shultz, county fair enthusiast

Solomon Shultz helps put out flags at a local cemetery for Memorial Day. Courtesy photo.

Hi, my name is Solomon Shultz and I am a member of the Clover Wranglers 4-H Club. I love being in 4-H because our club meetings are fun, and we are all good friends. We do lots of projects together. Every year we help put the flags out at the cemetery for Memorial Day weekend. We usually learn something new every year – like how to fold the flags correctly when we put them away.

I like being at the county fairs. This year I worked at the fairs, but it was still fun because we were working together.

I am in several projects. I like photography, art, plant science, and reading. I sent three exhibits to the state fair this year and I went to the fair as part of the intermediate photography judging team. It was my first year to judge at the state fair and I was nervous, but we had a great day there.

Meet a local 4-Her: Katie Lowry, livestock exhibitor

Katie Lowry gives her favorite pig, Sloppy Joe, a hug. Courtesy photo.

Katie Lowry, member of the Burlingame 4-H Club, has been in 4-H for three years. Projects taken to the fair include horses, for which she won three purples and four blues, reserve high point junior division, and grand champion gelding at Osage County Fair. She took home six blues and one red, reserve high point junior division and grand champion gelding at Overbrook Osage County Fair.

In swine, she won two reds and a blue at Osage County Fair; and two blues and reserve champion AOB at the Overbrook fair.

In bucket calf class, she won reserve grand champion at Osage City, and a blue ribbon at Overbrook.

Her favorite 4-H activity of the last year was showing at the fairs and seeing friends from camp. “I also really liked participating in the demonstration contest at the state fair this year!” Katie said.

Her best 4-H memory or experience this year was: “Going to camp for the first time, making new friends, and raising my market pig, Sloppy Joe,” she said.

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