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Free state parks day: No strings attached for enjoying your local outdoors

If you’re looking for a quality family activity that doesn’t cost money and doesn’t come with strings attached, take advantage of the Kansas state parks free park entrance events on April 25. More »

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10 to 15 years old? Sign up for Youth Outdoors Day at Eisenhower State Park

Kids, here’s a chance to find out what the Kansas outdoors is all about. Youth Outdoors Day, which will cater to 10 to 15-year-olds with limited outdoors experience, will be held 10 More »

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Eat Well to Be Well: Vitamin D sheds ray of hope on prostate cancer research

Men may someday have a new arsenal for fighting prostate cancer – vitamin D. Nicknamed the “sunshine vitamin” and well-known for preventing the childhood vitamin D deficiency disease of rickets, this fat-soluble More »

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Cookin’ cars cruise in to Market Street

Approximately 280 car and motorcycle owners participated in the 11th Annual Cruis’n and Cook’n Auto Show held Saturday, April 11 in downtown Osage City along Market Street. (See more photos here.) The More »

Free state parks day: No strings attached for enjoying your local outdoors

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If you’re looking for a quality family activity that doesn’t cost money and doesn’t come with strings attached, take advantage of the Kansas state parks free park entrance events on April 25.

Both of Osage County’s state parks, Eisenhower and Pomona, are participating in the statewide day when families can visit any Kansas state park without the purchase of a daily vehicle permit. Select parks will be providing additional family-friendly activities during the day, such as guided hikes, animal displays, prize drawings, and fishing and archery.

Eisenhower State Park, at Melvern Lake, will be hosting an open house 8 a.m.-4 p.m., April 25, kicking off with the 7th annual Run for Warmth 5K (registration required). Archery instruction for youth along with 3D targets will be available. A kids fishing derby has been planned at the youth fishing pond, with fishing equipment available. Friends of Eisenhower State Park will be cooking up 200 hot dogs for lunch – first come, first served until gone. In addition, an RV will be on display in the Churchill Campground. For more information, contact Eisenhower State Park at 785-528-4102.

At Pomona State Park, a flower planting party is planned for 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 25, with everyone invited to bring a flower or bulb to share. Friends of Pomona State Park will also have flowers available to plant, along with some flower beds ready for planting. Everyone is encouraged to bring gloves and garden tools. In addition, the park office will be open 9 a.m.-3 p.m. that Saturday. For more information, contact Pomona State Park at 785-828-4933.

Facts for Living: Home alone; is my child ready?

By Rebecca McFarland, Frontier Extension Agent

080714-facts-for-living1Kids will soon be out of school for their summer break. If you work outside the home, you know that finding summer day care can be a real challenge. Or if the children are older, you may wonder if it’s safe to leave them alone – even for short periods of time while you run errands.

There is no “magic age” in deciding whether a child is ready for self-care. Parents must consider several factors, starting with the child’s maturity level. But, as a general guideline, most children before age 11 lack the decision-making skills necessary for self-care.

When assessing your child’s readiness for self-care, consider his or her physical, mental, social, and emotional maturity. Even if your child does seem mature enough for self care, you will also need to think about some other factors: Is your home safe? Is your neighborhood safe? How long would your child be alone each day?

Your own feelings as a parent are also important. Do you feel comfortable with your child staying alone? Are you ready to give your child more independence and freedom? If you are confident that your child will be safe and will make wise choices while home alone, you will feel good about self care.

Osage County District Court traffic cases April 6 – April 10, 2015

The following traffic cases were completed in Osage County District Court April 6 to April 10, 2015.

Burlingame library friends extend invitation to annual meeting and dinner

The Friends of the Burlingame Community Library are inviting everyone to attend their annual meeting, Monday, April 27, 2015, at the Burlingame Schuyler Community Center, 218 W. Fremont Ave.

The dinner, prepared by the Girl Scouts and featuring brisket, cheesy potatoes, vegetable, salad and dessert, will begin at 6 p.m. The cost of the meal is $15 and reservations are requested by Friday, April 17. Reservation forms are available at the library.

The speaker is Barbara Bausch, of Mayetta, who has published a unique cookbook, “A Gift of Love From Heart and Home”. This large book is a collection of over 1,000 inherited and treasured recipes, as well as stories connected to some of the recipes. She also includes pictures of some of her collection of antique kitchen items. A three-time cancer survivor, Bausch donates a portion of the proceeds from sale of the cookbook to the American Cancer Society. Books will be available for purchase at the event.

For questions about the dinner or the speaker, call the library at 785-654-3400.

Rayna LaVone Smith, 66, Carbondale: Oct. 24, 1948 – April 15, 2015

CARBONDALE – Rayna L. Smith, 66, passed away Wednesday, April 15, 2015, at her home in Carbondale. Rayna was born Oct. 24, 1948, in Topeka, the daughter of Hilton and LaVone Meade Metzger.

She married Elmer Smith Oct. 15, 1992. Together they owned and operated Elmer Smith Trucking for 20 years.

She was a member of the Lakeside Baptist Church in Silver Lake. She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer, in 2008 and a grandson, Frederick Ross Studebaker, in 1999. She is survived by two sons, David (Jamie) Studebaker, of Harveyville, and Brad (Tracy) Studebaker, Carbondale; a daughter, Raylene (Larry) Wallace, Holton; a sister, Twyla Gillespie, Topeka, and four grandchildren.

10 to 15 years old? Sign up for Youth Outdoors Day at Eisenhower State Park

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Kids, here’s a chance to find out what the Kansas outdoors is all about.

Youth Outdoors Day, which will cater to 10 to 15-year-olds with limited outdoors experience, will be held 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 3 at Eisenhower State Park, at Melvern Lake.

The program will include four stations – shotgun shooting, casting, fishing and archery. There will be a free hot dog lunch after the activities.

The event will be free, but limited to the first 50 entrants. The entry period is now open and will remain so until April 22.

To enter, call Dale Schwieger, manager of Eisenhower State Park, at 785-528-4102 or email dale.schwieger@ksoutdoors.com.

Michael Lee Grove, 67, Osage City: May 18, 1947 – April 10, 2015

OSAGE CITY – Michael Lee Grove, 67, passed away Friday, April 10, 2015, at Stormont-Vail Healthcare, Topeka. Michael was born May 18, 1947, in Portland, Ore., the son of Omer Elza and Beatrice Rita (Olson) Grove.

He graduated from Gladwin High School in Gladwin, Mich., in 1965. He attended college at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Mich.

Michael was joined in marriage to Christine Mae Ewald on Sept. 10, 1966, in Beaverton, Mich.

Michael and Christine moved to Osage City, Kan., in 2013 from Duchesne, Utah.

Help Wanted: Countertop Fabricator/Installer Position Available

Learn a trade; create beautiful granite and quartz countertops. Basic knowledge of power tools required as well as the ability to tolerate heavy lifting and hard work! Fabrication shop located near Pauline. Call for more information. Countertop Shoppe, 5501 SW 29th Street, Topeka, KS 66604, 785-271-8675.

Eat Well to Be Well: Vitamin D sheds ray of hope on prostate cancer research

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Men may someday have a new arsenal for fighting prostate cancer – vitamin D.

Nicknamed the “sunshine vitamin” and well-known for preventing the childhood vitamin D deficiency disease of rickets, this fat-soluble micronutrient may also have another significant purpose – either preventing or lowering the rate of death from prostate cancer.

Several recent studies have shown promising results that vitamin D supplements may slow or even reverse the progression of low-grade or less aggressive prostate tumors. A man diagnosed with low-grade prostate cancer may choose to do “active surveillance,” meaning to wait and see if the tumor progresses before doing more invasive treatments of surgery or radiation. Some men will opt to do an elective prostatectomy, which carries its own risks of infection, urinary incontinence, and erectile dysfunction. However, before this procedure can be done, 60 days must elapse for inflammation to subside after the initial biopsy.

Recently, researchers at the Medical University of South Carolina and the University of Colorado Cancer Center conducted studies giving 4,000 IU of vitamin D supplements each day during the 60-day waiting period to see if it would affect patients’ prostate cancer, compared to a placebo group that did not receive vitamin D supplements.

Preliminary results showed men receiving vitamin D supplements had improvements in their prostate tumors, whereas the tumors in men who didn’t take the supplement either stayed the same or became worse.

Letter: Shaming our way to prosperity

Dear Editor:

At a time when more Kansas families are finding it difficult to make ends meet and provide for their children, the State remains determined to unravel the few remaining threads of our social safety net. Fresh on the heels of its refusal to expand Medicaid to cover uninsured Kansans, the ideologically driven Kansas Legislature decided this past week that it was time to double down on its war on the poor. Although in the minority, it is important to note that there were a few principled representatives and senators that did not vote for this legislation. By taking the unprecedented action of codifying controversial welfare reforms implemented by officials in Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration over the past four years into law, the Legislature hopes to ensure that Gov. Brownback’s harrowing legacy endures well beyond the end of his term.

The intent of codifying the reforms into law was taken not to advance the interests of needy Kansans but, rather, to advance a radical ideology that seeks to portray the poor and the have-nots as inherently lazy and irresponsible. New reforms written into the bill such as limiting ATM transfers to $25 per day, an amendment authored by Senator Tyson, were conceived not as means to aid struggling Kansas families, but borne out of an attitude of distrust and disdain for the poor. Likewise, restrictions on using one’s benefits on cruises, nail salons and sporting events were conjured up in an effort to paint the poor as naturally decadent and greedy, not as a means to prevent fraud.

Annual senior fair offers health checks, important information, and door prizes

The annual Senior Health and Resource Fair is just a week away. On April 23 several service provider vendors will be set up at the Osage County Senior Center, 604 Market St., Osage City, providing information, health checks, and door prizes, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Everyone should stop at the front desk to get their name on a raffle ticket before visiting the vendor booths. The grand prize, sponsored by Osage County General Public Transportation, is a $150 gift card.  Numerous other door prizes will be raffled also. The drawings will begin at 12:45 p.m., and you must be present to win. If you would like to eat lunch with us that day make sure to call ahead the day before.

On Friday, April 24, we are providing bus service to Arbor Court’s bingo extravaganza in Topeka. Arbor Court Bingo starts at 2 p.m., so the bus will leave the senior center a little after 1 p.m., and return around 4:30 p.m. The bingo games are free, and there will be plenty of prizes.  Plus, each player will get a root beer float to enjoy during the games. A $3 transit donation will be requested, and the trip will be limited to the first 14 people who sign up. Call the senior center at 785-528-4906 for more information.

Filings in Osage County Courthouse April 6 – April 10, 2015

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse April 6 through April 10, 2015.

Join in some toe-tappin’ and knee-slappin’ with the Pastense Bluegrass Band at Osage City

Pastense Bluegrass Band, one of the top local area bluegrass bands, will perform in Osage City at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 18, in the Fellowship Hall at Grace Lutheran Church, 210 Holliday, in Osage City. The performance is sponsored by the Osage City Area Arts Council.

Pastense is an exciting group made up of five members including a Kansas Music Hall of Fame member, a Kansas State Fiddle Contest winner and two time songwriting winners at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas. Throw in dynamic banjo, mandolin, guitar and bass playing, some homemade vocals and you’ve got a great evening of pickin’ and singin’.

Coming from different backgrounds, Pastense members offer a little touch of everything in their style of music. From a rock band, to a classically trained fiddle player, to a little Dolly and Porter, you can throw in some jazz, swing and gypsy sounds, too. The rhythm and drive of Pastense is a unique blend of all those influences.

Don’t miss this evening of head bobbing, knee slapping and toe tapping good music. Admission is by free will donation. 

Osage County Jail Log, April 6 – April 12, 2015

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

Cookin’ cars cruise in to Market Street

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Approximately 280 car and motorcycle owners participated in the 11th Annual Cruis’n and Cook’n Auto Show held Saturday, April 11 in downtown Osage City along Market Street. (See more photos here.)

The 2015 Cruis’n and Cook’n award winners are:

 

Fred H. Woodbury, 82, Quenemo: June 8, 1932 – April 10, 2015

QUENEMO – Fred H. Woodbury, 82, passed away on Friday, April 10, 2015, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. He was born on June 8, 1932, on the family farm at Olivet, the son of Howard K. and Rachel Evans Woodbury.

Fred grew up in the Olivet area and had lived north of Quenemo since 1968.

Fred graduated from Olivet High School in 1949. He was on the livestock judging team, and was a member of Alpha Tau Omega while at K-State, where he received a degree in agricultural administration. Fred was a farmer and stockman all of his life.

He was a member of the Pomona United Methodist Church, Kansas Livestock Association and the Kansas Farm Bureau. He served in the Army Reserve from 1957 to 1970 with the 733rd Transportation Unit and was discharged at the rank of 1st Lieutenant.

Doreen Roberts, 90, Melvern: Feb. 19, 1925 – April 8, 2015

MELVERN – Doreen Roberts, 90, passed away on Wednesday, April 8, 2015, at her home in Melvern. She was born on Feb. 19, 1925, near Melvern, the daughter of John and Gladys Sutton Plowman.

Doreen had lived near Osage City for several years before moving back to Melvern in 1963.

She had been a homemaker all of her life.

Doreen was married to Sidney Kitt on May 24, 1943, in Kansas City, Mo. He preceded her in death on Dec. 31, 1962. She married Kenneth Roberts on Dec. 9, 1967, in Osage City.  He preceded her in death on Nov. 22, 2001.

Lyndon High School fills spring sports rosters

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Playing softball this spring for Lyndon High School, are, front, from left, Victoria Hughes, Claira Spurgeon, Michaela Forkenbrock, Brittani Van Winkle, Gretchen Newberry, Natalie Hughes, Makayla Bingham; back, Veronica Hughes, Madeline Volkman, Taylor Tillman, Sydney Walsh, Cheyenne Bitts, Dalas Roberts, Rachel Owens, and Melissa Loescher.

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