Tag team speakers give 2017 Lyndon High School graduates vision of past, present, future

Lyndon High School Class of 2017. Photo by Bill Patterson. With two valedictorians and a salutatorian in Lyndon High School’s 2017 graduating class, spectators at last Sunday’s graduation ceremony were treated to More »


Life speeds onward as 2017 Burlingame High School graduates accept diplomas

2017 BHS graduates throw their hats in the air in celebration. Photo by Keri Welch. For Burlingame High School valedictorian Alissa Jaynes, graduation from high school served as a signal that life More »


Ready or not, ‘it’s true life’ for 2017 Santa Fe Trail High School graduates

Family and friends gathered to wish well for the 2017 graduating class of Santa Fe Trail High School. Photo by Brad Shaffer and allsportsdigital.com. Santa Fe Trail High School valedictorian Nash Muckey told More »


OCHS Class of 2017 takes the best from the past and heads toward the future

Citing the Osage City High School Class of 2017’s class motto, a Bob Dylan quote, “You should always take the best from the past, leave the worst back there and go forward More »

Flint Hills health center to offer free women’s services at monthly clinic

Free Pap, breast exam appointments on first Wednesday of month

EMPORIA, Kan. – Unsurprisingly, a regular Pap test isn’t high on most women’s list of favorite activities, and not everyone has health insurance or can afford one.

But the test’s low popularity doesn’t diminish its importance. That’s why Flint Hills Community Health Center is using National Women’s Health Week to announce its new “Women First Wednesdays” clinic to offer appointments for free Pap tests and breast exams.

“These appointments are free for everyone, regardless of income or insurance coverage,” said Dr. Amanda Ruxton, medical director at the health center. “We don’t want these issues to be barriers for why women don’t come in and get a potentially life-saving screening.”

To take advantage of the free appointments that start June 7 in Emporia, Kan., patients need to call to get on the schedule.

Ruxton said women between the ages of 21 and 64 should have a Pap test every three years if they have a normal Pap history.

Pap tests can save lives by showing the early signs of cervical cancer, Ruxton said. Cervical cancer is usually slow-growing, but it is one of the easiest cancers to prevent and detect.

“The earlier we can detect cervical cancer and treat it, the more successful that treatment can be,” she said.

Osage County defendants sentenced

Osage County Attorney Brandon Jones has released the following information about convictions and sentencing in Osage County District Court last week.

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A Cowboy’s Faith: Appreciating all those ‘Mothers’

buchmanheadMaternal encouragement is often forgotten yet essential to happiness and success.

Nobody replaces one’s own mother, but motherliness of others’ helping and guiding is often taken for granted.

Of course, Mother’s Day always brings reflections of Mom, who’s already been gone nearly 35 years. Seldom does anything occur that there’s not pondering “what would Mom think, do, advise?”

As elaborated in the past, of all acquainted from every aspect, none compare to Mom’s big heartedness. Yet, that was very sadly overshadowed unapparent to many by her always brashness, perhaps seeming bossy mannerisms. It was quite opposite becoming most evident with passing time.

Yet, need to acknowledge the many other “mothers” through the lifetime providing “nurturing.”

Common likely for many, right after Mom come the Grandma. Two of course, with the paternal cherished as second-mom.

Fondness reflects for her all of 60 pounds before school, after school, always. Remember stringing penny-trinkets, vanilla ice cream cones, even stinky long Kool’s smoke, ashes in the cauliflower.

Several aunts had certain warm specialness, more apparent and appreciated through decades.

Luvella, Dad’s sister, just Lu – no much more than “just”. Perhaps satisfactorily indescribable, forever Aunt Lu was there, whatever. Smart, ornery, loving, knowing, showing, protective, devoted, never critical Mom for her nephew replacing the children she never had.

Unless experienced unusual to most, be remiss to overlook tender, gentle, affectionate, momma-ways of the grocery store customers. Notwithstanding cookies, Kool-Aid and like, their expressions of joy and appreciativeness remain intimate.

Again many likely not understanding is those dozens of coworkers’ devoted maternal understanding. Maybe it’s because boys become men, still acting like boys, cowboys. That seems to develop a certain forgiving, knowing help-is-required, understanding. Men always need Mommas.

Through six-decades-plus, every day, today, amazing the obviously kind care, generosity, helpfulness of women working side-by-side in everything there is to do. Dumb old man appreciates the assistance.

Sometimes acknowledged with scowl, “Mom,” mother of the children, undebatable mothers the spouse. Thankfulness for those cooperating, caring, mechanical-farming abilities, most importantly forgiving attributes in every endeavor.

Certainly, no admittance and definite denial thereof, roper-daughter even provides that maternal goodwill attentiveness, always with downplay smirk.

Mary, mother of Jesus, is the greatest of all mothers.

Reminds of Luke 1:42: “Mary is blessed among women.” So, Luke 1:31: “Let it be done to according to your word.”

030615-franksmug2Frank J. Buchman is a lifelong rancher from Alta Vista, a lifetime newspaper writer, syndicated national ag writer and a radio marketing consultant. He writes a weekly column to share A Cowboy’s Faith.

Gerald Scheid, 98, Vassar: May 16, 1919 – May 19, 2017

VASSAR, Kan. – Gerald Scheid, 98, passed away Friday, May 19, 2017, at Midland Hospice House, Topeka, Kan. He was born on May 16, 1919, near Vassar, Kan., the son of Henry and Edna Kraft Scheid.

Gerald had lived all of his life around the Vassar community.

He was a farmer and stockman, and had worked for the Kansas Forestry Department planting trees around the Pomona and Melvern lakes. He had also worked at Pomona State Park and then for Rural Water District No. 3. He started the Vassar 4-H in 1938, was a community leader for over 60 years, member of the Vassar and Lyndon school boards, State of Kansas 4-H Family of the Year in 1987, and a member of the Vassar United Methodist Church.

On May 2, 1944, Gerald married Belva Jane Bowman in Pomona, Kan. To this union six sons were born.

OCPR Update: Kids get ready to swim, create, sing and tumble your way through summer

OCPR-logo-redOsage City Parks and Recreation is ready for summer, with the aquatic center set to open May 27, 2017. Along with a schedule of swimming lessons, OCPR is also scheduling summer art camps, junior musical camps, and gymnastics camps.

Tag team speakers give 2017 Lyndon High School graduates vision of past, present, future


Lyndon High School Class of 2017. Photo by Bill Patterson.

With two valedictorians and a salutatorian in Lyndon High School’s 2017 graduating class, spectators at last Sunday’s graduation ceremony were treated to a three-man tag team of graduation speeches. Tagged as second speaker, Salutatorian Trystan Pringle said planning the speeches with valedictorians Cody Anschutz and Daniel Pine included consultation with LHS Principal Brad Marcotte.

“Mr. Marcotte must have watched ‘A Christmas Carol’ because Cody was assigned the past, I the present, and Daniel the future,” Pringle said.

As first up to the podium and true to his part, Anschutz reflected on 13 years at Lyndon schools and “spoke about all of the awesome memories our class has made,” as Pringle later said.

Anschutz also reflected on how the class’ school experiences helped form them as students.

“Entering high school hit us like a ton of bricks,” Anschutz said. “We had this really mean guy bossing us around and trying to scare us. Yes, Mr. Marcotte, that was you, but I can’t thank you enough for all that you have done for us over the past four years.”

Anschutz also thanked “the great group of teachers that helped keep us in line,” and all of his 26 fellow classmates.

“Although I may not be the most qualified person in this group to give advice, my final piece of wisdom for you is this,” he said, “regardless of your past experiences at Lyndon High School over the past few years we have shaped each other, for better or for worse, into strong, capable individuals. Try to remember each other for how they are now.”

When tagged, Pringle talked about working to come up with a speech about the present “that would really stick with you. I wanted it to be special to each individual person.” Then he admitted to his secret passion for poetry, and showed his poetic talent with a rap song about each of his classmates.

Pringle’s rapping ended with a thank you to “pretty much anyone who showed up to bid the class of 2017 a farewell.”

“There’s like a thousand of you here … in essence you are what shaped our graduating class of 2017 and gave us the keys to our own success,” he said.

Tagged to talk about the future, Pine offered that regardless of the students’ successes or failures in the past, as graduates they were embarking on a new beginning.

“The opportunities are unlimited, so don’t let your performance in high school affect your future,” Pine said. “At this point, we all have a clean slate, and our decisions will determine our future.”

He advised classmates that only they can measure their own success, and it doesn’t matter what someone else thinks.

“At the end of the day, the only thing that matters is the person in the mirror, so don’t let yourself down. Congratulations Class of 2017. It’s been real,” Pine said, tagging Marcotte to present the class for graduation.

Members of the USD 421 Board of Education presented diplomas to the following 2017 graduates of Lyndon High School: Cody Don Anschutz, Kyle James Baker, Marissa Kay Beutel, Lainey Nicole Beyer, Beau David Brecheisen, Dalton Reid Brooker, Rylan Mitchell Burns, Haily Michele Chenoweth, Joseph Payton Dow, Ellie Rae Fischer, Bethanie Genae Gilliland, Morgan Scott Heit, Joseph Edward Heltzel, Taylor Lee House, Serena Lynn Hufford, Colton Garrett Hutchcroft, Jasmine Brooke Kempel, Roger Lee Lane, Kimberly Kathleen Lynn Lister, Chase Alexander Newberry, Rachel Elizabeth Owens, Marina Kathleen Payne, Daniel Louis Pine, Trystan Chance Pringle, Dalas Nichole Roberts, Grace Anne Spencer, Jillian Grace Stanley.

Senior class sponsors are Lori Catron and Teresa Fitch. USD 421 Board of Education members include Robert Knoernschild, president, Lisa Baker, David Brecheisen, Melissa Herdman, Joe Isch, Eric Ratzloff, and Lori Sturdy. Cheryl Cook is superintendent of schools.

Life speeds onward as 2017 Burlingame High School graduates accept diplomas


2017 BHS graduates throw their hats in the air in celebration. Photo by Keri Welch.

For Burlingame High School valedictorian Alissa Jaynes, graduation from high school served as a signal that life moves fast.

Jaynes told her fellow classmates during the BHS graduation Saturday, May 13, 2017, that as the end of school came near, time had been on her mind: “About how it flies by and how there’s never enough of it. Life comes at us so fast that we don’t always get to appreciate the time that we have, and the people we share our time with,” she said. “So how do we slow down the rush of time, so that we can get some measure of control? The unfortunate answer to that question is, we simply can’t. All we can do is live in the present, look forward to the future, and always remember the fond memories
of the past.”

“We have always dreamed of this day,” Jaynes said, noting all the hard work, effort and help from others it had taken to get to graduation day. To those who helped the students achieve their successes – parents, teachers, school staff, “You’ve supported us on our journey,” she said. “The best way we graduates can show gratitude is to make the most of the opportunity we’ve been given and go forward with the intention of making our community and world a better place for the generations that follow us.”

Alexyss Hamner receiving hug from Bonnie Reavis.

Alexyss Hamner receiving hug from Bonnie Reavis.

BHS salutatorian James Daniel Quaney also told the graduates they should have gratitude for the reason they were all gathered at the school gymnasium – success.

“Every single one of us that is about to walk across this stage has been successful,” Quaney said. “Through hard work and dedication we have achieved a spectacular accomplishment, making it through high school and graduating. This accomplishment is just one of many we all have obtained thus far in our lives. However, this one is different. When we walk across this stage today and receive our diplomas, we are opening the door to be able to achieve even greater successes.”

But those successes didn’t come without help from others, he said, thanking parents, teachers, school staff and his fellow classmates.

“We have been set up to have success in the future,” Quaney said. “We learned the necessary skills that will allow us to succeed … You equipped us with the knowledge to have success in our futures.”

“High school taught each of us that it doesn’t matter what your vision of success is, that if you work hard enough, and you put forth the effort, you can accomplish anything,” he said. “We are equipped and I am confident that we can go anywhere and do anything in this world.”

With BHS Principal Tammy Baird presenting the class, USD 454 President Kris Kline accepted the class for graduation. USD 454 Board of Education members presented diplomas to Dyllan Peyton Brake, Mason Thomas Brown, Katelyn Beth Droegemeier, Timothy Alan Dunn, Raven Ash Franzen, Quinn Noble Garrett, Alexyss Dawn Marie Hamner, Kylie Marie Hill, Anthony James Hovestadt, Alissa Lanae Jaynes, Kacie Marie Jones, Shannon Gayle Kirwan, Sierra Kay Kirwan, Regan Danielle Lindbloom, Katelynn Marie Linder, Irish Sean Masters, Shaylea Elizabeth Nicole Masters, Harper Calvin Neu, James Daniel Quaney, Darian Kay Summers, Rachael Lynne Swogger, Margaret Elizabeth West, Sabrina Ila-Mae Wright.

Senior class sponsors were Haley Tyson and Linda White.

Ready or not, ‘it’s true life’ for 2017 Santa Fe Trail High School graduates


Family and friends gathered to wish well for the 2017 graduating class of Santa Fe Trail High School. Photo by Brad Shaffer and allsportsdigital.com.

Santa Fe Trail High School valedictorian Nash Muckey told his 61 fellow graduates that though they’d been encouraged to plan for the future all through their high school career, they’d better be ready for it.

“Well, here it is,” Muckey said during the Saturday, May 13, 2017, graduation ceremony at Santa Fe Trail High School. “This is the end of planning phase for most of us. It’s time to head off into one of the greatest character defining times in a young student’s life, whether you’re headed to a tech school, a big college, a small college, out of state, the military, or any other pathway.”

He said the faculty had given them guidance and their teaching had provided tools to shape the graduates’ future.

“The truth of it is this next step is a great one … It’s true life for the first time in most of our lives and it really helps define us,” Muckey said. “The ability to choose, and to learn who you are is an invaluable gift presented to us after typical schooling, and one that will continue to mold us throughout our lives. And as we make our way into the future we must not forget those chosen few who gave us the tools to choose wisely.”

Noting the finality of graduation, Santa Fe Trail High School salutatorian Grace Herren described the class’ high school experiences as an enjoyable, but sometimes wild journey.

“High school is a roller coaster,” Herren said. “You wait forever to get there, and try your hardest to get to the front. There are twists and turns, high highs and low lows. It takes your breath away, makes you throw your hands up and scream and is best when you are with a friend. And then it is over. Just like that.”

“This ride has been great, but as it comes to an end never forget to be thankful for your past because it has prepared you for the future that is to come,” Herren said. “So join me in the next sprint, to our next ride and always remember – hands up.”

SFTHS administrative assistant Keith Johnson presented the SFTHS Class of 2017 for recognition by USD 434 Board of Education President Randy Boudeman. SFTHS Principal Patrick Graham announced the graduates as USD 434 Board of Education members presented diplomas.

Receiving diplomas as 2017 graduates of Santa Fe Trail High School were: Taylor Mechelk Ball, Taylin Lorraine Berckefeldt, Jaden Michael Noah Bone, Hanna Kayleen Burlew, Jesse David Busby, Connor Lee Caskey, Marcel Angel Creswell, Druanna Isabell Crouch, Alyssia Elaine Davis, Christian Ryan Davis, Joshua Roy Elley, Bryce Conner Erickson, MacKmzie Brianne Foster, Cheyenne May Gassman, Christina Michelle German, Gage Wellington Greenfield, Jordon Daniel Guyle, Trevor Dean Hall, Dakota Lee Hargett , Jacob Micheal Hastings, Jodi Elizabeth Hastings, Grace Olivia Herren, Savannah LeAnn Hinck, Jo Anna Paige Hoff, Kristopher Charles Howard, Ian Blaize Zavier Jamison, Erick D’orr Kelley, Dacoda Allen Kincaid, Noah Patrick Ostrander Knight, Brooke Nichol Kuermaier, Venessa Dyle Kunkel, Spencer Allen Lane, Madeline Grace Logsdon, Derrick Todd Martinek, Jordan Thomas Massey, T.J. Masters, Jeremy Adam Mayfield, Raynor Walker McClendon, Takoda David McClendon, Trenton Jacob Moore, Andrew Nash Muckey, Apryl Nicole Mulford, Joshua John Musick, DyIan Michael Myrick, Peyton Lee Newton, Kiara Jewel Padilla, Messina Anne Pagan, Dominic Christian Schrempp, Michaella Monae Seastrom, Alec Elijah Shook, Kelsey SueAnn Silver, Justice Nicole Simons, Alyx Makenna Smith, Scott Austin Spoonemore, Bailey Anne Rose Springer, Dakota James Thorne Thompson, Jordan Christian Tinch, Ian Matheau Trego, Shane Michael West, Mary Elizabeth Willige, Sonya Louise Winsler, and Matthew Ray Wurm.

The SFTHS senior class was sponsored by Connie Lindell and Heather Garrison.

Osage County Jail Log, May 8 to May 13, 2017

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

OCHS Class of 2017 takes the best from the past and heads toward the future


Citing the Osage City High School Class of 2017’s class motto, a Bob Dylan quote, “You should always take the best from the past, leave the worst back there and go forward into the future,” honor student Amanda Pritchard reminded her fellow graduates during Sunday’s commencement, May 14, 2017, that their years of learning were now memories.

“All of you have had some wonderful memories, and though each of us may go our own direction, I hope that these times are something that you treasure and remember for years to come,” said Pritchard, noting her memories were of the family formed by the class.

“As I look out here, Class of 2017, know that I see future engineers, nurses, businessmen and women, and many other careers,” she said. “But more importantly, I see hard workers, achievers, smiling faces, good friends, and better, a family.”

OCHS honor student Trey Tomlinson echoed Pritchard’s comments, saying, “These memories, no matter how minute, all serve as an adhesive that inexplicably binds us all to one another.”

Tomlinson encouraged his 34 fellow classmates “to take a moment in order to reflect upon everything that we have accomplished in our short time as Indians. Take the time to truly appreciate all of the opportunities and the memories that we have all been granted and shared.”

He advised that with their memories and knowledge, they can help shape the future of their choosing.

“Wherever our path may diverge, I urge you all to remember and to stay true to who you are,” Tomlinson said. “And don’t be afraid of dreaming too big for any dream can be made a reality with enough innovation and faith. So don’t lose hope or your path, in doing so, success is within our reach.”

OCHS Principal Tony Heward presented the class for graduation, and USD 420 Board Member Dianne Scott presented diplomas to the 2017 OCHS graduates: Marissa Kay Adkins, Bailey Jo Barranco, Jonathan Allen Blaylock, Joseph Allen Blaylock, Claire Danielle Boyce, Acelynn Cheyanne Brooks, Larry Wayne Burcham, Jason Kyle Cooley, Richard Brian Corley, Shelby Renee Davidson, Connor Joseph Fagan, Abigail Carol Gibbons, Shaelyn Mae Gifford, Baeh Courtney Gill, Alexzander Timothy Greene, Casey Alexander Linebarger, Genevieve Dawn Lowery, Travis John Carey Martin, Jaime Ross McKenzie, Justin Evans Melgren, Hannah Moriah Mondragon, Makaela Louise Nicholson, Brady Aaron-Lee Ogle, Kelsy Ann Orender, Kodie Ann Otterness, Amanda Lyn Pritchard, Brett Reo Sage, Jarod Michael Stevens, Susan Gene Stromgren, Sarah Anne Thompson, Trey Douglas Tomlinson, Paris Renee Vigil, David J. Wells, Cattani Aletha Whalen, and Tracy Ellen Wilk.

Filings in Osage County Courthouse May 8 – May 12, 2017

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse May 8 through May 12, 2017.

Overbrook scouts honored during annual Blue and Gold banquet


Neil Baughman, scoutmaster, left, leads a bridging ceremony for Wylie Young; from left, scouts Trent Nix, Wylie Young, Anthony Buchmeier, and Thomas Baughman.

The Overbrook Boy Scout Pack 112 Blue and Gold Banquet was held May 8, 2017, at Grace Community Church, Overbrook. The banquet is a year-end event that recognizes the Scouts for their achievements throughout the year. Overbrook area Lion, Tiger, Bear and Webelos Scouts received awards during the ceremony, which began with a flag presentation and prayer led by the scouts. The scouts’ families enjoyed a potluck dinner, fellowship, awards presentation, and dessert.

Scoutmaster Neil Baughman led a bridging ceremony for Wylie Young, who spent two years as a Webelos Cub Scout and recently completed his Arrow of Light requirements. Baughman presented Young with a special arrow as he crossed the bridge to Boy Scouts. His fellow Boy Scouts greeted him on the other side of the bridge to welcome him to their Boy Scout Troop.

Other awards presented during the ceremony included:

  • Lukas Sinclair (first year Webelos): Aquanaut, Fix-It, Webelos Advancement.
  • Wylie Young (second year Webelos): Aquanaut, Fix-It, Webelos Advancement, Duty to God in Action, Scouting Adventure, Arrow of Light.
  • Tiger Scouts Wyatt Lesley, Braxton Roberts, Brody Johnson, Malachi Metcalf, and Jackson McFarland were recognized for earning Tiger Elective Adventures, including Duty to God, Curiosity, Intrigue and Magical Mysteries, Games Tigers Play, Tiger Tag, Tiger Knights, Team Tiger, Tiger-iffic, Earning Your Stripes, Backyard Jungle, Tigers in the Wild, and Tiger rank.
  • Matthew Parkhill earned his Bear rank.

Hensley: School funding clock is ticking

By Kansas Senate Democratic Leader Anthony Hensley

Legislators have a constitutional obligation to adequately and equitably fund Kansas public schools. Yet, as we head past 90 days in the legislative session, we still await a funding formula and the current unconstitutional block grant system runs out June 30. In other words, the clock is ticking before we face yet another constitutional crisis.

Earlier this week, House Democratic Leader Jim Ward and I sent a letter to Republican leaders in both chambers identifying our interpretation of the trial panel and Supreme Court decisions in the school finance lawsuit. We believe that in order to satisfy the Court’s order, a new school funding system must include three key components.

First, it must be an actual formula structured to provide for the equitable and adequate funding of K-12 education. This includes base funding for all students with weightings for underperforming subgroups and indexed.

Second, the formula must be adequately funded by the state to ensure the “outputs” meet the Rose standards, the benchmarks the court has been using to make judgments for student performance. Multiple studies have found a direct correlation between funding levels and student achievements. There is no question that increases in funding will result in greater “outputs.”

Finally, the Legislature must take action to structurally fix our budget to provide for sustainable funding for K-12 education into the future. Allocating funding for schools well into the future ensures we end the school finance litigation we have endured for entirely too long.

The latest numbers distributed by the chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Education Finance would only increase the base state aid per pupil to $4,080 through the inclusion of $175 million in one-time new funding.

We believe that any school funding plan that seeks to meet the Court’s approval requires no less than $4,500 per student, appropriately weighted, and indexed, by Fiscal Year 2020. It should be noted, though, that this is only $100 more than the $4,400 “high water mark” we achieved under the previous formula in the 2008-2009 school year and is equivalent to a $12.50 increase each year over the last eight years.

Thomas Orde Sapp, 49, Osage City: Dec. 19, 1967 – May 12, 2017

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Thomas Orde Sapp, 49, passed away Friday, May 12, 2017, at St. Francis Hospital, Topeka, Kan. He was born Dec. 19, 1967, in Emporia, Kan., the son of Thomas Francis and Connie Jo (Crocker) Sapp.

He was a car washer at Branine Motors, Osage City, Kan.

Tommy will be forever remembered by his mother, Connie Jo Gilliland, of Osage City; two brothers, Kenneth Sapp, Burlington, Kan., and Paul Allen, Osage City.

ORBIS Corporation leads the way in manufacturing excellence

Local packaging company makes investments in equipment, training

OCONOMOWOC, Wis. – ORBIS Corporation, operating a local manufacturing plant in Osage City, Kansas, is the North American leader in plastic reusable packaging. It serves the food, beverage, retail and automotive industries with reusable totes, custom dunnage, pallets and bulk containers. ORBIS is privately owned by Menasha Corporation and has 11 manufacturing plants across North America.


Portion of new equipment being delivered to ORBIS Corporation’s Osage City plant in April.

ORBIS employs 70 people from the local Osage City area and recently invested in new presses, technology and automation to gain processing efficiency and additional manufacturing flexibility to better serve its customers. At this facility, hand-held totes, trays and bins are manufactured for use in the food, beverage and retail industries.

As the leader in plastic reusable packaging manufacturing, ORBIS offers a variety of technical jobs at the Osage City plant in tooling, press operations, process technicians and quality assurance.

“We also recently upgraded our training program to include extensive, ongoing technical and operational education. I am confident that these programs will provide our employees with growth opportunities,” said Doug Miller, regional manufacturing director for ORBIS.

As part of Menasha Corporation, ORBIS offers very competitive compensation and benefits to attract potential employees from the community.

According to Todd Mathes, vice president of manufacturing for ORBIS, “At all of our plants, employees have the opportunity to bring innovation and new ideas to plant processes and technologies. Our employees want to grow, learn new skills and have an impact on this business.”

Carol Ann Fischer, 75, Overbrook: Jan. 17, 1942 – May 14, 2017

OVERBROOK, Kan. – Carol Ann (Northcott) Fischer, 75, of Overbrook, Kan., passed away on Sunday, May 14, 2017, at Brookside Retirement Community, Overbrook. Carol was born on Jan. 17, 1942, in Emporia, Kan., the daughter of Clarence Russell Northcott and Esther Fern (Baxter) Northcott.

Carol grew up in the Waverly area and graduated from Waverly High School with the class of 1959. She moved to the Overbrook community in 1963 with her husband, Cliff. She was a lifelong homemaker.

A founding member of Grace Community Church at Overbrook, Carol was also a member of Gideons International Auxiliary. Carol was the church piano player at the churches she attended for 55 years. 

Santa Fe Trail High School to celebrate retirees

Santa Fe Trail High School is inviting everyone to join in a retirement celebration for three longtime staff members. At 9:30 a.m. Friday, May 19, 2017, the school will honor Neil Johnson, Greg Burgett, and Connie Lindell, who are retiring at the end of the school year.

Johnson served at SFTHS for 13 years; Burgett for 37 years; and Lindell for 38 years.

Everyone is invited to share memories and stories, and give thanks for their contributions to the school and community. The event will be held in the commons area at the high school, 15701 S. California St., Carbondale.


Burlingame has packed entertainment lineup for annual Rodeo Days

051517-Rodeo-DaysA saddle’s not even required, yet there’ll be plenty of Western action for all.

It’s the annual Rodeo Days at Burlingame, “where the rail crosses the trail,” right on Highway 56, Saturday, May 20, announced Mark Hecht, local Chamber of Commerce official-businessman-enthusiast.

“We have a packed line-up of activities set this year for our community celebration planned to draw attention to the 47th annual Santa Fe Trail Rodeo sponsored by the Burlingame Saddle Club, with performances both Friday and Saturday evenings,” Hecht said.

About everything imaginable will be available and most uniquely envisionable when over 70 vendors and craftsmen from throughout the Midwest open their displays at 9 o’clock, filling the entire wide brick street of the west end of Santa Fe.

Daisy L. Schneider, 99, Lyndon: May 14, 1917 – May 11, 2017

LYNDON, Kan. – Daisy Lucille (Kunkel) Schneider, 99, passed away on Thursday, May 11, 2017, at the Osage Nursing Center. She was born on May 14, 1917, at Scranton, Kan., the daughter of Otto and Elizabeth Harrison Kunkel.

She grew up in Scranton, and had lived on a farm near Lyndon, Kan., and has lived in Lyndon since 1971.

Daisy was a homemaker and had worked as an aide at Hilltop Nursing Home, Lyndon. She was a member of the Vassar United Methodist Church, Vassar, Kan.

On August 21, 1935, Daisy was married to Fredrick Schneider, in Lawrence, Kan.

Daisy was preceded in death by her husband, Fred, on Oct. 2, 1982; her parents, Otto and Elizabeth; three sisters, Margaret Haas, Helen Griffin and Ruby Schneider; and an infant brother.

Daisy is survived by her son, Larry (Mary Ann) Schneider, of Lake Oshawno, north of Carbondale, Kan.; daughter, Betty (Bennie) Warren, Lyndon; and seven grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Farm youth feats endure

buchmanheadIt’s actually carrying on a family tradition.

Better than that in several ways. Old high school auditorium Thursday evening, only grandchild, a grandson, was welcomed to the stage several times.

His name called for participating in many agriculture competitions and dedicated work for the FFA chapter.

Strong reflections of almost-half-a-century ago in the then-lunchroom when town kid’s adrenalin was highest ever been.

A really big deal for a grocery store, wannabe-cowboy attending a major agriculture function. At least, heartbeat and thought such a major affair.

After filling out several award applications without much accomplishment to record, hopes were high for at least name to be said.

Contrary to these days, FFA was an all-boy agricultural education organization, no girls allowed then. A formal affair with members’ officially dressed blue and gold jackets, white shirts, four-in-hand ties, moms and dads in Sunday attire.

Sweating throughout the ceremonies and program, reprieve came with announcement to receive the farm and home improvement medal.

That tiny little gold token was pride and joy shown to those all around, with grocery-store-customer-friend Velva Blanton admirably grinning like it really was something. Was and is to the young-now-most-mature recipient as today the worthless-to-most piece displays in a frame on the old home bedroom wall.

Nothing compared to the grandson or that of his dad. Already been a quarter century since the son crossed recognition stage numerous times, making parents beam, too. That now-career-cowboy’s teenage highlight was nationwide acclaim in tools-of-his-trade: horses.

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