Icy Thanksgiving leaves damaged trees across Osage County and region

Many people’s trees have been damage from the ice storm. Winter storms may cause serious tree damage, leaving owners to decide whether a tree can be saved or not. Here is a checklist More »


North Pole Fantasy at Burlingame Country Christmas this Saturday

The Parade of Lights begins at 6 p.m. Saturday evening, Dec. 5, 2015, as the climax to a jam-packed day of North Pole Fantasy at the 26th annual Burlingame Country Christmas. File photo from 2013 Parade More »


Witness poaching? Picking up the phone can make a difference

PRATT – If you’ve ever seen a photo of a poached deer, chances are you wish you hadn’t. The sad reality is countless numbers of big game animals are illegally killed in More »


Facts for Living: Have an attitude of gratitude

By Rebecca McFarland, Frontier Extension District Agent “Of all the attitude we can acquire, surely the attitude of gratitude is the most important and by far the most life changing.” – Zig More »

Auction: 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, Osage City, Kan.

Auction – Sunday, Dec. 6th, 2015
Beginning at 11 a.m. – Osage City, Kan.
Held at Wischropp Auction Facility, 930 Laing St., Osage City, Kan.
(Just east of Sonic on Hwy. 31)

Arvonia’s restoration receives boost from Emporia-area Match Day

EMPORIA – Emporia-area donors united to support 20 nonprofit organizations, including the Arvonia Historic Preservation Society, during the second Emporia Area Match Day on Nov. 16 at the Flinthills Mall, with check distributions made on Giving Tuesday, Dec. 1.  The event raised more than $78,000 through the generosity of more than 850 donations from approximately 375 donors.  Donations ranged from small amounts of change to $5,000.  This year’s event raised a grand total of $121,950.75, which included $37,500 in match money, additional prize money and the $78,050.76 in donations.  This year’s donations exceeded last year by more than double and the total amount distributed to the organizations is nearly double the $61,432.98 distributed after last year’s event.

Larry Lee Burgess, 61, Quenemo: Feb. 2, 1954 – Nov. 27, 2015

113015-Larry-BurgessQUENEMO – Larry Lee Burgess, 61, Quenemo, Kan., passed away Friday, Nov. 27, 2015, near Ottawa, Kan.

Larry was born Feb. 2, 1954, in Harlingen, Texas, the son of Charles Wayne and Mabel (Fletcher) Burgess. He grew up and attended schools in Olathe, Kan., where he enjoyed playing football for Olathe North High School.

On Jan. 17, 1973, Larry was united in marriage to Janet Kay Brumett, at Paola, Kan. They were happily married for 42 years until her death on June 23, 2015.

Icy Thanksgiving leaves damaged trees across Osage County and region


Many people’s trees have been damage from the ice storm. Winter storms may cause serious tree damage, leaving owners to decide whether a tree can be saved or not. Here is a checklist on care of a storm‑damaged landscape and how to deal with damaged trees:

Patrol reports Thanksgiving holiday weekend activity

KHP personnel assisted 1,234 motorists over the holiday reporting period

The Kansas Highway Patrol is releasing preliminary data from its Thanksgiving weekend holiday activity. The reporting period for the holiday weekend ran from 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015, through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015.

During that time, KHP worked four fatal crashes, which killed five people. None of these crashes were DUI-related.

Information in the table is compared to the Thanksgiving weekend holiday activity from 2014. The 2014 reporting period was the same amount of time as the 2015 period. For 2014, data was collected from 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014 through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014.

North Pole Fantasy at Burlingame Country Christmas this Saturday


The Parade of Lights begins at 6 p.m. Saturday evening, Dec. 5, 2015, as the climax to a jam-packed day of North Pole Fantasy at the 26th annual Burlingame Country Christmas. File photo from 2013 Parade of Lights.

BURLINGAME – Christmas is in the air all around, and no more than at Burlingame, Kan.

“The Chamber of Commerce and all of the community have gone all out for our 26th annual Burlingame Country Christmas celebration titled the North Pole Fantasy,” said Mark Hecht, Burlingame businessman and Chamber of Commerce official.

Featuring “food, entertainment and shopping,” there’ll be activities for all ages kicking off with the kids’ crafts fair 10 a.m. to noon, when Santa Claus arrives from the North Pole. The Jolly Ole Elf is planning to pose for photographs with the young ones, who’ll be whispering in his ear what they expect him to bring on Christmas Eve.

Actually, the Great Plains Quilt Show, the Festival of Trees, wagon rides and the cooking and book sale at the library all begin at 10 a.m., continuing into the afternoon, and early evening for certain attractions.

The Burlingame Country Christmas Vendor Fair opens at 11 a.m., and will offer a wide assortment of the most unique Christmas specials offered by exhibitors from throughout the eastern part of the state. A silent auction of baskets as a fundraiser will be open for bidding during the fair, too.

Of course, the North Pole Fantasy will have everyone in a most holiday spirit throughout the day, but toes will officially start tapping up and down the Old Santa Fe Trail Main Street when the live music show begins at 2 p.m., and will continue until parade lineup time at 5 p.m.

Everyone invited to a swinging evening of Big Band music

113015-holiday-galaThe Osage County Senior Center is inviting you to a Holiday Gala. The dinner and dance will be 5-8 p.m., Dec. 12, at the center.

The Holiday Gala will feature fabulous music by the Kings of Swing, a dance band formed in 1981. Most of the members of the band are active or retired music educators from northeast Kansas. The band specializes in music from the Big Band era of the 30s, 40s and 50s.

Admission for the dinner and dance is $7 per person. The meal will include pulled pork, green beans, cheesy potatoes, baked beans and dessert and will be served at 5:30 p.m.

Admission for the dance only is $5 per person.

Reservations for the meal are requested by Dec. 8; call 785-528-4906 to reserve your Holiday Gala meal.

The Osage County Senior Center is at 604 Market St., Osage City. Call 785-528-4906 for more information.

Witness poaching? Picking up the phone can make a difference


PRATT – If you’ve ever seen a photo of a poached deer, chances are you wish you hadn’t. The sad reality is countless numbers of big game animals are illegally killed in Kansas each year. While Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism game wardens make every effort to solve these cases, lack of evidence often leaves criminals unpunished. The good news is, you don’t have to be a game warden to play a significant role in helping solve a poaching case.

Operation Game Thief, 877-426-3843, is a toll-free line available 24/7, 365 days a year, where citizens can anonymously report wildlife-related crimes. Once a call has been placed, the message is relayed to the game warden nearest the violation.

If you suspect you are witnessing a wildlife crime, do not confront the suspects. Pay attention to detail so you can provide as much specific information as possible when you call Operation Game Thief. Information such as vehicle model and color, license tag numbers, descriptions of people involved, location, and the time the incident occurred will help game wardens find the poachers.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Remain calm and safe

buchmanhead“Caution please, slow moving vehicle.”

That thought has gone through our mind dozens of times in the past four days as big semi-trucks with long high-sided trailers passed us as we’ve been driving Marvelous Mae with the big-wheeled single-seated cart to town.

Certain drivers slow down, drive carefully around and pick up speed when they’re confident we’re far behind their rearview mirror. Others seemingly pick up speed as they approach, push the throttle to the floorboard, and gun like a racetrack around.

It’s not so bad when they’re coming towards us, but our heart sometimes almost skips a beat when one approaches fast behind, and another is coming from the opposite direction, or a string of bumper-to-bumper.

Margaret Patterson, 94, Melvern: Sept. 3, 1921 – Nov. 26, 2015

112815-pattersonMELVERN – R. Margaret Patterson, 94, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015, at Midland Hospice House, in Topeka, Kan., with her family by her side. She was born on Sept. 3, 1921, in Williamsburg, Kan., the second of five children born to Jesse Sr. and Kathryn Ryan Green.

Margaret attended Rock Creek grade school, a one-room school, and Melvern High School, graduating in 1939. She taught school for three years at a one-room school near Waverly, Kan. She moved to Wichita, Kan., in 1942, to work in the airplane industry. She married Douglas Dean in 1943, they were later divorced. She returned to Melvern in 1946 and started teaching at Melvern Grade School, where she taught the combined third and fourth grades.

On Dec. 26, 1947, Margaret married Otis Ray Patterson at Garnett, Kan. She and Otis moved to the farm east of Melvern in December of 1947 where they spent 68 years together.

New student enrollment opens at Flint Hills Technical College

Flint Hills Technical College in Emporia is currently enrolling new students for classes beginning in January. The college has 11 programs that accept new students at mid-year, with nine of those programs accepting high school students. High school juniors and seniors have the option of enrolling in online, hybrid or face-to-face courses, with the potential of earning dual credit through their high school. Through Kansas Senate Bill 155, all technical education courses are provided to students free of tuition charges; students are only responsible for student fees, textbooks and supplies.

Programs accepting new students include automotive technology, business administrative technology, computer program development and design, emergency services technology, graphic arts technology, hospitality and culinary arts, interactive multimedia design, network technology, practical nursing and power plant technology. Three programs offer their entire curriculum online: Business administrative technology, interactive multimedia design and power plant technology. Most programs at FHTC offer a one-year technical certificate or a two-year associate of applied science degree option.

The spring semester, which begins Jan. 11, also marks the time to begin completing scholarship applications.

Christmas on Market 2015 schedule of events

111815-christmas-on-market2Events during Osage City Chamber of Commerce’s Christmas on Market, Nov. 28, 2015, will make for a fun day of holiday celebration in Osage City. Here is the schedule for the day as currently planned:

Ms. Wheelchair Kansas seeking nominations for women of achievement

TOPEKA, Kan. – The Ms. Wheelchair Kansas Program is currently searching for women of achievement  who are wheelchair mobile to serve as contestants in the 12th annual Ms. Wheelchair Kansas event. Contestants can be nominated by a person or group or can choose to participate in the program. Organizations and companies are being encouraged to nominate women who are passionate, dynamic, articulate, and who have a message to share throughout the state.

MWKS is also launching the Little Miss Wheelchair Kansas program and is searching for young, spirited girls, ages 5-12 who are wheelchair mobile.

The Ms. Wheelchair Kansas Program is not a beauty contest, but rather a competition to select the most articulate, accomplished delegate to serve as a role model and spokesperson for people with disabilities in Kansas. She will successfully advocate, educate, and empower all people on a state level. Contestants will be scored based on their accomplishments, self-perception, communication, and projection skills. The crowned titleholder will have the opportunity to travel throughout the state of Kansas educating various groups about the issues of importance to people with disabilities. She will have the opportunity to share her chosen platform, interact with the media, and network with many people throughout Kansas. Her reign will lead up to the national competition where she will compete for the title of Ms. Wheelchair America.

ECF to announce match day results on Giving Tuesday

Emporia area donors united to support 20 nonprofit organizations during the second annual Emporia Area Match Day on Nov. 16, at the Flinthills Mall. The event exceeded 2014 contributions of approximately $36,000 within three and a half hours of its start time. Donations ranged from small amounts of change to several thousand dollars. Final results will be announced about 11:45 a.m. on Giving Tuesday, Dec. 1, in a special ceremony at the Flinthills Mall. The public is invited to the presentation ceremony and Shirley Antes, executive director for the Emporia Community Foundation, has said the totals will be “astonishing.”

The Emporia Community Foundation (ECF) began working on this year’s Match Day, held in conjunction with Community Foundation Week (Nov. 12-18) early in the year to seek funding partners and open up the application process for organizations to be considered for five additional spots in this year’s event. Matching funds for this year’s Match Day event included two new funders, Clint Bowyer’s 79 Fund and the W.S. & E.C. Jones Testamentary Trust, Bank of America, N.A. Trustee, along with the three original funders – the Hopkins, Reeble and Trusler Foundations.

More than 1,000 Kansas students to receive loan forgiveness

TOPEKA – More than 1,000 Kansas students will receive more than $1 million in student loan forgiveness under the terms of a settlement reached last week with Education Management Corporation (EDMC), Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced in a press release.

EDMC, based in Pittsburgh, Pa., operates 110 schools in 32 states and Canada, including Brown Mackie College in Salina and Lenexa, and The Art Institute in Kansas City, Kan.

The agreement with attorneys general in 39 states plus the District of Columbia mandates added disclosures to students, including a new interactive online financial disclosure tool; bars misrepresentations to prospective students; prohibits enrollment in unaccredited programs; and institutes an extended period when new students can withdraw with no financial obligation.

Nationwide, the agreement requires the for-profit college company to forgive $102.8 million in outstanding loan debt held by more than 80,000 former students.

After receiving numerous complaints from current and former EDMC students, state attorneys general initiated a multistate investigation in January 2014. Attorneys and investigators reviewed consumer complaints, reviewed company documents, and interviewed former EDMC employees.

Spend some time outdoors on Black Friday

PRATT – Hiking, biking, or just relaxing and enjoying the fall weather at a Kansas state park is the perfect way to spend time with family over the holidays or decompress after an intense Black Friday shopping spree. REI, a Seattle-based outdoor recreation and sporting goods giant, is going to close on Black Friday and pay its 12,000 employees to spend the time outdoors. You can join this movement to spend time outdoors by visiting a Kansas state park on Black Friday or any other day, and while you may not get paid, you could win a pretty neat prize.

Anyone who visits a Kansas state park on Nov. 27 this year will have the opportunity to win a free night’s stay in a Kansas state park cabin. Simply post a picture of you or your family at one of the 26 Kansas state parks on Black Friday and post it to Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag: #myksstatepark. You’ll be automatically entered into a drawing for the free cabin stay.

Topeka artist’s exhibit features scenes along the Santa Fe Trail

Almost 200 years after William Bicknell made his way from Franklin, Mo., to Santa Fe, N.M., Topeka artist Cally Krallman set out on a Santa Fe Trail adventure of her own. She paralleled the 868 mile route with camera in hand to document her own version of the remnants of the famous trail, and upon her return created more than 25 paintings to capture her experience.

The exhibit, titled “Along the Santa Fe Trail”, is showing at Beauchamp’s gallery in Topeka, beginning mid November and running to mid January 2016.

“I had written a song about the Santa Fe Trail, and I wanted to get a better sense of what people might have experienced centuries ago by traveling it myself and really try to take in the visual experience of it all,” Krallman said. “Of course riding in a Dodge Caravan was no comparison to riding in the real covered wagon caravan, but I certainly tried to wrap my head around what their experience must have been like.”

Facts for Living: Have an attitude of gratitude


By Rebecca McFarland, Frontier Extension District Agent

“Of all the attitude we can acquire, surely the attitude of gratitude is the most important and by far the most life changing.” – Zig Ziglar

It is the “season of thanksgiving (gratitude)” and over the past decade, research has identified the social, psychological and physical health benefits that come from giving thanks. One study found that grateful people are more likely to help others, exercise and complete their personal goals. They also tend to be more determined, optimistic, more alert, and have energy and enthusiasm.

The word gratitude is derived from the Latin work gratia, which means grace, graciousness, or gratefulness. Gratitude is a thankful appreciation for what an individual receives, whether tangible or intangible. With gratitude, people acknowledge the goodness in their lives. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships.

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