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Health Advisory: Safety tips issued during Flint Hills burning season

Kansas range fire. Flint Hills Smoke Management photo. Smoke modeling tool to be activated March 1 TOPEKA, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment is reminding Kansans More »

Osage City historical downtown property shares in statewide preservation grants

The Star Block, at 520 Market Street, Osage City, center of photo, was once an early day doctor’s office, operated by Dr. Roup for a year or so sometime More »

Update: Boil water advisory rescinded for city of Overbrook

Update Feb. 23, 2021: OVERBROOK, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment rescinded a boil water advisory for the city of Overbrook public water supply system this More »

Eat Well to Be Well: Help men show their hearts some love

Here’s a fact that should get the attention of men and those who love them: About one in every four male deaths is due to heart disease. To make More »

Filings in the Osage County Courthouse, Feb. 19 – Feb. 25, 2021

The following information compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse, Feb. 19 to Feb. 25, 2021.

Karl E. Brewer, 68, Osage City: Nov. 4, 1952 – Feb. 27, 2021

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Karl E. Brewer, 68, passed away Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021, at home in Osage City, Kan. Karl Eric Brewer was born Nov. 4, 1952, in Sunnyside, Wash., the son of Derald and Barbara (Bellanger) Brewer.

Karl graduated from Quenemo High School in 1971. He received a B.S. degree in biology from Emporia State University.

He was joined in marriage to Rebecca A. Bean, on Aug. 23, 1975, in Osage City, Kan. To this union two sons were born, Matthew and Mark.

Frances Tindell, 74, Carbondale: Sept. 12, 1946 – Feb. 26, 2021

CARBONDALE, Kan. – Frances Tindell, 74, of Carbondale, Kan., passed away at her home on Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. Frances was born Sept. 12, 1946, in Lecompton, Kan., one of 12 children born to George A. and Iva Glenn Chiles.

Frances worked for more than 30 years at Frito Lay, Topeka, Kan. Frances enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, who all meant the world to her.

Help Wanted: Flint Hills Beverage seeks Route Relief Sales & Service Rep

Flint Hills Beverage, the area Budweiser wholesaler, is now accepting applications Monday-Friday, 8-5 at 132 W Market St., Osage City, or online at www.flinthillsbeverage.com, for an entry level position as a Route Relief Sales & Service Rep. This position requires lifting 20-165 lbs. repetitively and obtaining a CDL license. Pre-employment drug screen, driving record review and physical will also be required. Selling, customer relationship skills and truck driving experience preferred. Includes full benefits and competitive pay. Must be 18 to apply. 

Help Wanted: ORBIS seeks Night Press Operators

ORBIS Corporation at Osage City is seeking Press Operators for night shift. Starting pay $14 per hour with $.75 shift differential. Along with a great benefits package and 401(k) match. Please apply at www.orbiscorporation.com, click on the Careers tab.

ORBIS Corporation is the industry leader in returnable packaging with a plant located at 515 S. Fourth St., Osage City, Kan.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Cows need motherly impulse

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“That heifer has no maternal instinct, no common sense whatsoever.”

The herdsman made similar comments numerous times during recent calving situations.

There’s ample timber protection in the draws completely out of the subzero storms. Yet when a cow starts birthing on a barren hill in a strong north wind it’s completely illogical. Chances of calf survival are immediately sharply reduced in such severe conditions. Problems increase more when a heifer drops her calf and immediately turns away eating hay.

A newborn coming out of momma’s warm inside to the frigid cold pasture must be cared for or it’ll freeze. Even calves with highly maternal mothers providing the utmost attention had frozen ears, tails and feet last week.

Certain cattle bloodlines are promoted for their maternal instincts. Naturally the cows are supposed to know how and want to care for their babies in the best ways possible. Still when the time comes, Mother Nature plays havoc on brainpower of certain young bovine females. Giving birth is an entirely new experience they’ve never had before and first timers often just don’t know what to do.

Continuing days of very cold temperatures, limited access to open water and consuming enough warming feedstuff add to the predicament. In such bad weather, a cow with mothering ability finds a warm place as possible to calve with protection from the elements.

Upon giving birth hopefully without problems, the cow must do her best to warm the newborn. That’s nuzzling, licking, encouraging the baby to stand and get warm colostrum in the first milk mother has to offer. With such a start, chances of calve survival are greatly enhanced.

Extension webinar to explore irrigation systems for homeowners

The Frontier Extension District next webinar in a horticulture series will cover irrigation systems for homeowners, at 7 p.m. March 4, 2021.

The speaker for the evening will be K-State professor and Extension landscape management specialist, Dr. Cathie Lavis. During the webinar, viewers will learn about irrigation system options, whether for traditional gardens, flower beds, or even container gardens. Lavis will also discuss the pros and cons of each system, tools you might need, and installation of those systems.

The meetings in the horticulture webinar series are open and free to the public. The Zoom meetings consist of a 45-minute presentation with the opportunity to ask the speaker questions at the end.

To register for the meeting, contact Ryan Schaub, horticulture agent, Frontier District Garnett office, 785-448-6826 or email [email protected].

Marilyn Renee Giesy, 81, Osage City: July 1, 1939 – Feb. 25, 2021

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Marilyn Renee Giesy, 81, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021, at Stormont-Vail Hospital, Topeka, Kan. She was born July 1, 1939, in Emporia, Kan, the daughter of Jules and Leea (Corley) Martin.

Marilyn grew up in Burlington, Kan., where she graduated from Burlington High School in 1957. She had lived in Osage City since 1968.

Marilyn was a homemaker. She was a member of the Osage City United Methodist Church. She had been involved in many organizations and groups throughout the years.

Historical reenactment at Overbrook to celebrate Santa Fe Trail bicentennial

As part of the bicentennial celebration of the establishment of the Santa Fe Trail, the Osage County Historical Society will host Gary Hicks in a reenactment presentation on Alexander Majors, 2 p.m. March 6, 2021, at the community room of Overbrook Public Library.

Alexander Majors is best remembered as the co-founder of the famed Pony Express with William H. Russell and William B. Waddell, but prior to that he was transporting freight along the Santa Fe Trail by 1848.

Hicks will address the life of Majors and the numerous contributions he made to the western expansion movement of our nation in the 1800s. Drawing from his in-depth research of the life and times of Alexander Majors, Hicks will also present a close look at Majors’ partners Russell and Waddell, and the time preceding the Civil War.

As Alexander Majors, Hicks will explore the nation’s desire in the 1850s for a faster overland mail service to California on the west coast. Hicks will offer his personal perspective (through Majors) how pre-Civil War politics may have influenced the creation of the Pony Express.

Help Wanted: ORBIS seeks Shipping Clerk

ORBIS Corp. seeks Shipping Clerk at Osage City, Kan. This position is responsible for processing deliveries, updating shipment data, staging and loading shipments; assist in receiving UPS packages and other items; assist in routing shipments, contacting carriers. Drives the yard truck to move trailers on company property. Hours 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday. For a full job description, see www.orbiscorporation.com and click on the Careers tab. Requirements: High School/GED; will need to be willing to learn to drive the yard truck and back in trailers; computer experience preferred. Position comes with a great benefits package and 401(k) match.

Apply at www.orbiscorporation.com, click on the Careers tab.

ORBIS Corporation is the industry leader in returnable packaging with a plant located at 515 S. Fourth St., Osage City, Kan.

Health Advisory: Safety tips issued during Flint Hills burning season

Kansas range fire. Flint Hills Smoke Management photo.

Smoke modeling tool to be activated March 1

TOPEKA, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment is reminding Kansans that March and April are a time when large areas of the state’s Flint Hills rangeland are burned. These burns help preserve the tallgrass prairie, control invasive species such as Eastern Red Cedar and sumac, and provide better forage for cattle. Prescribed burning minimizes risk of wildfires and is effective in managing rangeland resources. Smoke from the burns can influence the air quality of downwind areas. The use of smoke management techniques reduces impacts.

KDHE will activate the Kansas smoke modeling tool March 1, 2021, prior to widespread burning in the Flint Hills. The computer models use fire data and current weather conditions to predict the potential contribution of smoke to downwind air quality problems. There are approximately 2.1 million acres burned on average in the Flint Hills of Kansas and Oklahoma each year.

“We encourage ranchers and land managers to take advantage of this smoke modeling resource to spread out their burns more effectively and mitigate potential air quality impacts,” said Douglas Watson, meteorologist at the KDHE Bureau of Air. “For burns to be safe and effective, weather and rangeland conditions must be ideal. Many landowners will burn at the same time when such conditions are met. Air pollutants from the burns can affect persons in the Flint Hills and can be carried long distances to more populated areas.”

Prescribed burns release large amounts of particulate matter and substances that can form ozone. Particulate matter and ozone can cause health problems, even in healthy individuals. Common health problems include burning eyes, runny nose, coughing and illnesses such as bronchitis. Individuals with respiratory issues, pre-existing heart or lung diseases, children and elderly may experience worse symptoms.

Steps to protect your health on days when smoke is present in your community include:

  • Healthy people should limit or avoid strenuous outdoor exercise.
  • People with respiratory or heart related illnesses should remain indoors.
  • Help keep indoor air clean by closing doors and windows and running air conditioners with air filters.
  • Keep hydrated by drinking lots of water.
  • Contact your doctor if you have symptoms such as chest pain, chest tightness, shortness of breath or severe fatigue.

Help Wanted: Orbis seeks Plant Manager and Quality Manager

Orbis Corporation, at Osage City, is seeking a Plant Manager and Quality Manager.

The Plant Manager manages and oversees overall plant operations, which may include finance, manufacturing, manufacturing engineering, materials, quality assurance/control, human resources and information systems. Makes recommendations to improve productivity, quality, and efficiency of operations.

The Quality Manager is responsible for the design and implementation of policies and procedures to ensure that quality standards are met during production. Oversees testing of processes and products.

For complete job descriptions or to apply, see www.orbiscorporation.com and click on the Menu/Careers Paths or Job Openings. Positions come with a great benefits package and 401(k) match.

ORBIS Corporation is the industry leader in returnable packaging with a plant located at 515 S. Fourth St., Osage City, Kan.

Osage City historical downtown property shares in statewide preservation grants

The Star Block, at 520 Market Street, Osage City, center of photo, was once an early day doctor’s office, operated by Dr. Roup for a year or so sometime around the early 1890s. Photo thanks to the Osage County Historical Society.

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – An Osage City property will receive a historic preservation project grant as part of 2021 round of Heritage Trust Fund grant program.

The Star Block, a portion of the downtown in Osage City on Market Street, will receive $90,000 of the total of $1,168,492 awarded for 15 historic preservation projects across the state.

HTF grants reimburse expenses for projects that preserve or restore qualifying historic properties. The funded projects represent a diverse collection of properties listed in the National Register of Historic Places or the Register of Historic Kansas Places. All awards are contingent upon available funding.

“Kansas has a unique and rich history, and with these awards, we can continue to celebrate and learn about that history for generations to come,” Governor Laura Kelly said in announcing the grants.

ECKAAA nutrition program joins nationwide ‘March for Meals’ celebration

East Central Kansas Area Agency on Aging Nutrition Program has announced it will participate in the 19th annual March for Meals – a month-long, nationwide celebration of Meal on Wheels and senior neighbors who rely on this essential service. ECKAAA Nutrition Program’s celebration will include various activities throughout the month of March.

ECKAAA Nutrition program serves six counties in Kansas including Anderson, Coffey, Franklin, Linn, Miami, and Osage. In those counties there are 24 nutrition sites. The program delivers meals to these sites three to five days a week; the number of meals that goes out daily is about 700, not including frozen meals delivered for weekends. The program serves the most vulnerable population in this area, who depend on the meals to remain healthy and independent at home, now even more so amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The annual March for Meals celebration commemorates the historic day in March of 1972 when President Nixon signed into law a measure that amended the Older Americans Act of 1965 to include a national nutrition program for seniors 60 years and older. Since 2002, community-based Meals on Wheels programs from across the country have joined forces for the annual awareness campaign to celebrate this successful public-private partnership and garner the support needed to fill the gap between the seniors served and those still in need.

“The pandemic has introduced many of us to the newfound and harsh realities of food insecurity and social isolation – something that far too many seniors experience as their daily norm,” said Ellie Hollander, president and CEO of Meals on Wheels America. “More than ever, we must rally around our essential community-based programs that serve as lifelines to a growing number of people in need, to enable their own long-term vitality. Even when we make it through this unprecedented time in our nation’s history, there will still be millions of vulnerable older adults who will rely on that familiar knock on the door that provides peace of mind and hope beyond the meal itself. Please join us in celebrating the power and importance of Meals on Wheels this March and always.”

For more information on how to volunteer, contribute or speak out for the seniors in your community this March, visit ECKAAA at www.eckaaa.org to find local senior nutrition sites, or learn more about supporting the Meals on Wheels program through volunteering or monetary donations.

To see the local nutrition sites’ daily menu, click here: Osage County Nutrition Sites Daily Menu

Learn about social implications of herbicide choice; annual crop fertility issues

The Frontier Extension District will hold a virtual meeting on “Crop Fertility Issues and Social Implications on Herbicide Choice,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 3, 2021.

Crop fertility issues surface each year. This virtual crop update features Dr. Dorivar Ruiz Diaz, who will address the latest fertility issues arising in corn and soybeans. Each year sees an increase in potash deficiency and during the growing season. Ruiz Diaz will address these issues and more during the presentation.

Herbicide choice not only has an effect on your crops, but potentially on the neighbors’ as well. Kansas State University agronomy specialists Terry Griffin and Sarah Lancaster will use a game approach that they developed to show how herbicide choices can affect others. With awareness of drift and proper management, hopefully specialty herbicides can continue to be used as effective tools in weed control for producers.

To register for this Zoom presentation, call the Ottawa Extension Office at 785-229-3520, or email [email protected].

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