Food for Thought: Light bulbs – just the basics

By Nancy Schuster Frontier District Extension Agent Recently I went to a large discount store to buy some light bulbs. As I was standing in front of the light bulb display, I More »

Kansas coyotes survive in the plains, pastures, cropland or cities.

‘Calling all Coyotes’ Extension meeting rescheduled

Frontier Extension District will host a public meeting, “Calling All Coyotes,” at 7 p.m. Feb. 17, 2016, at Celebration Hall at the Franklin County Fairgrounds, Ottawa. Charlie Lee, K-State wildlife damage control More »


Students enjoy learning during ‘wild’ day at school

Osage City fourth-grade students in Jeff Whitmer’s science class got up close and personal while learning about local wildlife last week. Park rangers Ted Craig, Eisenhower State Park, and Jacob Riley, Pomona More »


Water safety is a year round concern

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Public safety is the number-one priority of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which is urging anyone planning to be on or around water to practice boating and More »

Finch votes with majority to protect Kansas system of judicial selection

By State Rep. Blaine Finch, 59th District, Franklin and Osage Counties

Greetings to all of you from Topeka. This week the Legislature voted down a controversial Constitutional amendment that would have dismantled the Kansas system of judicial selection and replaced it with the same system being used by D.C. politicians in our federal courts.

Recent weeks been wrought with political games and threats on this issue. Many struggled under pressure from Topeka lobbyists and the governor’s office, who pushed them to implement the dysfunctional federal system. But, our Kansas Constitutional system – which has granted us fair and impartial courts through three separate but equal branches of government for more than a century – is simply too important to throw away. That is why I voted against their attempt to dismantle the Kansas system.

Here is why I voted to protect our Kansas system of judicial selection:

Kansas and 23 other states use merit selection to ensure fair and impartial courts.

Under merit selection, Supreme Court justices are vetted by an independent commission that considers each nominee’s legal experience and qualifications. The Kansas commission, which is made up of five attorneys and four citizens, then recommends the three most qualified nominees to the governor for his consideration. The governor then selects which nominee shall be appointed to the court. While the merit selection model gives the governor a key role in the process, it does not grant him a blank check to appoint friends and political cronies at will.

Help Wanted: 4-H Program Assistant

The Frontier Extension District is accepting applications for a full-time 4-H Program Assistant in the Garnett office. Significant experience in a youth development organization is required. Applicants must also have the ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing, have access to a personal vehicle, and maintain a valid Kansas Driver’s License. Some overnight travel and evening and weekend work may be required. For information on how to apply and a position description, go to http://www.frontierdistrict.ksu.edu or call 785-828-4438. Applications must be received by February 29, 2016. Position start date is May 1, 2016.

ACT Ottawa stages romantic comedy for Valentine’s Day

020316-TIOBEposter123015Romance is in the air just in time for Valentine’s Day as ACT Ottawa brings Oscar Wilde’s play “The Importance of Being Earnest” to life. Ottawa’s community theater is staging this “trivial comedy for serious people” at Ottawa Municipal Auditorium.

Opening night is at 7 p.m. Feb. 12; doors open at 6:30 p.m. A special Valentine’s event is at 7 p.m. Feb. 13 before the play, with a dessert and wine tasting, featuring wines from the Somerset Ridge Winery. A Valentine’s Day matinee will be at 3 p.m. with doors open at 2:30 pm. ACT Ottawa will have an encore weekend the following week, with performances at 7 p.m. Feb. 19 and 20, with another daytime matinee at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21.

The play is directed by Casey King. Ottawa Municipal Auditorium is at 301 S. Hickory St., Ottawa. For tickets or more information, see www.actottawa.org.

Let’s have soup together for Valentine’s Day (and eat cupcakes)

011416-valentine-soupValentine’s Day is almost here and the Osage County Senior Center has scheduled two events to warm your heart and tummy.

To warm up inside, the center is hosting a “Let’s Have Soup Together” Valentine’s Day soup luncheon, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Also that day, local cupcake bakers will have the opportunity to show their culinary and artistic skills with a Valentine’s Day cupcake contest.

The soup lunch will offer a choice of cheeseburger soup, ham and beans, chicken and noodles, or chili, and includes drinks and a chocolate fountain, with a suggested donation of $8.

The cupcake contest will run from 10-11:30 a.m., and will have three skill categories: Professional, adult, and youth (14 and younger), and prize categories of best themed cupcake, best tasting cupcake, best frosting, and best of show. Judging will be at 1 p.m. For complete competition rules, contact the Osage County Senior Center at 785-528-4906.

The senior center is also raffling off a Valentine’s Day quilt, sewn by the center’s sewing group, with the winner to be drawn that day. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5.

Valentine’s Day is Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016. The lunch, cupcake contest, and quilt raffle will be at the senior center at 604 Market St., Osage City.

Auction: Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, 10:30 a.m., Osage City, Kan.

Auction: Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016; beginning at 10:30 a.m. – Osage City, Kan.
The following sells at Wischropp Auction Facility, 930 Laing St., Osage City, Kan.
(Just east of Sonic on Hwy. 31)

First confirmed influenza cases of 2015-2016 season identified in Kansas

093015-Seasonal_Flu_Logo-LGTOPEKA, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has now confirmed the first influenza (flu) cases of the 2015-2016 season. Four cases were reported from a south central Kansas hospital. While influenza activity has not been widespread in Kansas, there are localized pockets of high activity in other parts of the country, accompanied by reports of severe influenza illness.

“The arrival of our first influenza cases of the season serve as an important reminder that it is not too late to get your flu vaccine,” said Susan Mosier, KDHE secretary and state health officer. “Influenza activity typically peaks in Kansas during winter months. We urge you to get vaccinated to protect yourself and your family members from the flu.”

Nationally, this season’s influenza vaccine appears to be a very good match to the circulating influenza viruses. Influenza vaccine is recommended for nearly everyone six months of age and older. Infants less than six months of age are too young to be vaccinated and are more vulnerable to the complications from influenza.

Ruby Mae Hitt, 88, Topeka: June 11, 1927 – Feb. 2, 2016

TOPEKA, Kan. – Ruby Mae (Wunderlich) Hitt, 88, passed away on Feb. 2, 2016. She was at the Midland House, Topeka, Kan., at her time of passing. She had been residing at an Osage City, Kan., nursing facility.

Ruby was born in Newton, Kan., at the Newton Memorial Hospital, on June 11, 1927, to Emma (Kater) and Carl Wunderlich. She was the oldest of 15 siblings. She was raised on a dairy farm near Piedmont, Kan.

Ruby met her future husband, Cleo B. Hitt, on Easter in 1947, they were married the following year on Oct. 7, 1948, at the Fredonia, Kan., courthouse.

Farm profit conferences scheduled in 4 Kansas communities

Concise, fast-paced, accurate outlook for agriculture will be presented at the four Farm Profit Conferences planned this year by 580 WIBW. The schedule includes Oskaloosa, Feb. 10; Madison, Feb. 18; Randolph, March 8; and Garnett, March 23.

Sponsored by 580 WIBW in cooperation with the local Extension offices, each three-hour evening program, free and open to the public, will begin at 5:30 p.m., with viewing of displays by agriculture business sponsors. A complimentary beef supper, by advance reservation through the cooperating Extension office, or emailing Kelly Lenz, 580 WIBW farm director who coordinates the programs, at kelly.lenz@alphamediausa.com, will begin at 6 p.m.

Facts for Living: Complaining the right way

By Rebecca McFarland
Frontier Extension District Agent

080714-facts-for-living1Have you been practicing the speaker-listener technique? Previously, I shared the importance of using the speaker-listener technique after a time-out for sensitive or conflict-ridden issues. The next important communication skill to learn and develop is effective ways to raise issues and complaints. You’re probably thinking, “Complaining is okay to do and you can do it effectively?”

Yes, but first, let’s start with some common, ineffective ways to complain:

Mind-reading – assumes you know what the other person is thinking, what he or she intended, or why he or she did something. People hate to be told what they are thinking. Common statements such as, “You don’t care at all about my feelings” and “you just did that on purpose to get back because you are still angry about yesterday” are some examples.

Name-calling – occurs when you attack someone’s character, instead of focusing on a specific behavior that bothers you. “You’re so irresponsible. You’re such a jerk!” versus, “I’m really upset, you didn’t follow through with finishing the laundry when you promised you would.”

Gene A. Hanner, 85, Overbrook: Oct. 21, 1930 – Feb. 3, 2016

OVERBROOK, Kan. – Gene A. Hanner, 85, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, at the Brookside Retirement Community, Overbrook, Kan. He was born Oct. 21, 1930, in St. Joseph, Mo., the son of Earl and Alma Townsend Hanner.

Gene grew up in St. Joseph, and he had lived on the farm near Overbrook for the last 45 years.

He was a truck driver for North American Van Lines, for Ed Marlings, Topeka, and the Overbrook Co-op, and worked for the township as a road grader and dump truck driver. He had served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War.

The Garden Patch: Believe it or not, spring is on the way

052514-garden-excericiseSpring will spring before we know it and we gotta be ready to garden! Can’t you just taste all those fresh veggies that will be on your plate? Winter is progressing, so we’d better be ready! Here goes …

  • Prepare your garden soil once it has dried out and crumbles easily in your hand. Turn under winter-killed cover crops in early spring. Incorporate green cover crops such as winter rye into the soil at least 2 weeks before your transplant date. Add compost.
  • Top dress garden beds with compost.
  • Use mulch to deter weeds; reapply as needed.
  • Keep all newly planted crops well watered if Mother Nature doesn’t cooperate by providing sufficient rain.
  • Presprout peas and potatoes in advance of setting them out in the garden to give them a head start.
  • Plant cool-season veggies and flowers such as peas, spinach, foxgloves and hollyhocks as soon as the ground can be worked.
  • Start seeds of cool-season vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and kale indoors under grow lights in March (if you didn’t start them in February).
  • Plant cool-season vegetables such as mustard greens, lettuce, peas, radishes and spinach in cold- or warm-frames (cold frames with heat cables or other heat source) in late March or early April.
  • Start seeds of warm-season vegetables such as eggplant, peppers and tomatoes indoors the first week in April to transplant into the garden in late May.
  • Direct-seed beets, carrots, Swiss chard, collards, lettuce, parsnips, peas and spinach and place onion sets into the garden in April. Set out hardy seedlings such as cabbage, leafy greens, onions, pansies and snapdragons, allowing them to harden-off for a day or two in a protected area.
  • Plant out warm-season vegetable plants – cucumbers, eggplant, melons, peppers, squash and tomatoes – around the safe planting-out date.
  • Go ahead and pick those long awaited first asparagus spears in April and May.
  • Set out warm season bulbs such as dahlias, cannas and gladiolus in May.

Osage County District Court traffic cases Jan. 22 – Jan. 29, 2016

The following traffic cases were completed in Osage County District Court Jan. 22, 2016 to Jan. 29, 2016, with disposition, fines and costs as listed.

Osage County District Court criminal cases Jan. 22 – Jan. 29, 2016

The following criminal cases were completed in Osage County District Court Jan. 22, 2016, to Jan. 29, 2016, with disposition, fines and costs as listed.

Food for Thought: Light bulbs – just the basics


By Nancy Schuster
Frontier District Extension Agent

Recently I went to a large discount store to buy some light bulbs. As I was standing in front of the light bulb display, I realized that I did not have the knowledge to even know what light bulb I needed! A friendly couple stopped by to help and suggested that I not buy one of the light bulbs because they exploded! I purchased what I thought I needed only to get home and realize I had the wrong bulb.

Light bulbs are improving! Newer bulbs – halogen incandescent, compact fluourescent (CFLs) and LEDs last longer and use less energy, saving money on our energy bills. Beginning in 2012, everyday light bulbs had to meet the Department of Energy standards for how much energy they use. Bulbs that didn’t meet those standards are being phased out.

There’s some funny magic going on at the senior center

By Stephanie Watson

“The Magician’s underwear has just been found floating in a cardboard suitcase under the Dragoon Bridge!” Oh, my! Did I get your attention? That was my goal. Did your imagination visualize the scene? So now the question – boxers or briefs?

I dare you to ask him on Feb. 11 at 1 p.m. Come meet the magician I’m writing about, Joe Stringer, a magician from “In Front of You” who specializes in adult, children and family comedy will perform at the Osage County Senior Center. Wait a minute – how can he specialize in all those types of comedy? He has mastered the art of combining comedy and magic.

May I keep your attention for some of our other exciting events!

‘Calling all Coyotes’ Extension meeting rescheduled

Kansas coyotes survive in the plains, pastures, cropland or cities.

Frontier Extension District will host a public meeting, “Calling All Coyotes,” at 7 p.m. Feb. 17, 2016, at Celebration Hall at the Franklin County Fairgrounds, Ottawa.

Charlie Lee, K-State wildlife damage control specialist, will discuss coyote behavior and biology, give tips on calling coyotes, and will discuss how to trap coyotes.

Native American folklore describes the coyote as being a savvy and clever beast. Today coyotes show that savvy as they have adapted to the changing American landscape. Coyotes once lived primarily in the open prairies and deserts, but now roam all of North America, including in many cities. Coyotes have adapted so well that their population is believed to be at an all time high.

These members of the dog family will eat almost anything. They hunt rabbits, mice, frogs and even deer. They also will eat insects, snakes, watermelon, tomatoes, and other dead animals.

e.b.Sprouts: Lyndon garden center now offers feed for livestock, chickens, pets


e.b.Sprouts and Flowers is getting ready for spring planting, but now also offers Purina feeds and animal products.

It’s been pretty busy around e.b.Sprouts and Flowers over the past year, as owners Erika Bradshaw and David Middleton have been building Osage County’s newest full service garden center, greenhouse and floral shop. But answering their customers’ needs, the two are now expanding the Lyndon business to supply animal feed for all types of animals.

With spring planting season only a few months away, they’re getting ready to serve gardeners of all types with soils, amendments, bedding plants, and vegetable starts, but also have added the Purina line of animal products in the store.

checkerboardSupplying Purina products came in response to customers’ requests, David said, noting Osage County’s rural setting, with many people raising different kinds of animals as pets, for food, or livestock.

“Whatever our customers’ needs, we can get it,” David said. “If we don’t have it in stock at the store, we can have it delivered – as little as one bag or up to a pallet load. Whether you have chickens, rabbits, dogs, cats, horses or cattle, we can serve you.”

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