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Workshop certifies morel hunters, sellers as mushroom identification experts

Common morel mushrooms. Photo by Missouri Department of Conservation. A morel mushroom certification workshop will be held next week at the Douglas County Fairgrounds, Lawrence, to help mushroom hunters and sellers assure that More »

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Health advisory, safety tips issued for Flint Hills burning season

TOPEKA, Kan. - The Kansas Department of Health and Environment is reminding Kansans that early March through the end of April is the time when large areas of the state’s Flint Hills rangeland More »

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Eat Well to Be Well: Make every bite count

Every year since 1980, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has designated the month of March as National Nutrition Month. This year’s theme is “Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle”. Its goal is More »

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Spring is coming: NWS weather safety class scheduled at Overbrook

Every year in preparation for storm season, the National Weather Service in Topeka presents severe weather safety and information talks that are open to the general public. In Osage County, Overbrook PRIDE has More »

Workshop certifies morel hunters, sellers as mushroom identification experts

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Common morel mushrooms. Photo by Missouri Department of Conservation.

A morel mushroom certification workshop will be held next week at the Douglas County Fairgrounds, Lawrence, to help mushroom hunters and sellers assure that wild harvested mushrooms are actually morels and safe to consume.

Current Kansas Department of Agriculture food safety regulations require mushrooms picked in the wild and offered for sale must be individually inspected for safety by an approved mushroom identification expert. Those successfully completing this workshop will be recognized as mushroom identification experts for the purposes of meeting this regulation. These regulations and this certification do not apply to cultivated mushrooms, such as shiitakes, but only to mushrooms harvested in the wild. Cultivated mushrooms do not require an identification course.

The course will be taught by mushroom identification expert Sherry Kay, of the Kaw Valley Mycological Society; there is no charge for the course.

OCPR Update: Announcing summer job openings

OCPR Summer Job Opening – OCAC Sub-Lifeguard

OCPR is taking applications for OCAC Sub-Lifeguards (4-6 Total).

  • The applicant needs to be at least 15 years of age.
  • This is a OCAC Seasonal Part-Time hourly position, while OCAC is open for the 2015 Summer.
  • The Sub-Lifeguard position will be 10 hours per week (as needed). Applicants must become CPR Certified and take Lifeguard Training. Sub-Lifeguards perform all duties any OCAC Lifeguard would perform, including daily chores (opening and closing) and guarding OCAC Swimmers.
  • Applications can be picked up Osage City Hall or from Lynn Tice.
  • Application deadline is March 16. Interviews as needed will be Saturday, March 21.

If you have questions or need an application, contact Corey Linton at 785-528-4610, or Rec@osagecity.com, or Lynn Tice at 785-249-2199, or ltice@usd420.org.

Help Wanted: Full-time case manager, assessor

East Central Kansas Aging and Disability Resource Center is seeking to fill a full-time case manager/assessor position working with older adults, physically disabled individuals age 18 plus, and intellectual and/or developmental disabled individuals age 5 plus. Responsibilities include assessments and development of plans of care for state and federally funded programs: assessments for entry to nursing facilities; assessment for Medicaid eligibility.  Qualified candidates will have bachelor’s degree with major in gerontology, nursing, health, social work, counseling, human development, family studies, or RN Licensure with at least one year experience in the geriatric/social service field.

For application and job description please contact: East Central Kansas Aging and Disability Resource Center, 117 S. Main, Ottawa, KS 66067, call 785-242-7200 or 1-800-633-5621, or see www.eckaaa.org.

Applications must be received by 5 p.m. on March 20, 2015.

Help Wanted: FSA seeks temporary full-time program technician

The Osage County Farm Service Agency (FSA) is accepting applications for a temporary full-time Program Technician position beginning at a Grade 3 or Grade 4. Salary range is $25,434 to $28,553 depending on knowledge and experience. An agricultural background and general computer knowledge is not required, but could be helpful. Applications (FSA-675, Application for FSA County Employment and KSAs – Knowledge, Skills & Abilities) may be picked up at the Osage County FSA Office, 115 W. 17th St., Lyndon, KS, between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday. Applications and KSAs must be returned to the office no later than 4:30 p.m., Monday, March 16, 2015. USDA is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

Food for Thought: Eat breakfast to jumpstart your metabolism

By Nancy Schuster, Frontier District Extension Agent

Thirty-one million Americans skip breakfast, according to the Huffington Post, January 2015. Is breakfast the most important meal of the day?

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Breakfast may not be the most important meal of the day, but it is important. A brief compiled by the Food Research and Action Center outlines the correlation between breakfast and school performance. Their findings indicate how important breakfast is to children’s academics, brain function, and overall wellness.

Hunger can lead to lower math scores, attention problems, and behavior, emotional and academic problems. Studies show that children who are consistently hungry are more likely to repeat a grade. It is these problems that lead to school breakfast programs in the United States sponsored by the Department of Agriculture.

Primary election whittles Burlingame city council candidates to six

Osage County Election Officer Rhonda Beets has released the unofficial results of the city council primary election held at Burlingame Tuesday, March 3, 2015. Results are as follows:

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Top vote getters Douglas Moon, Leslie Holman, Sheila Curtis, Carolyn Strohm, Melissa Miller-Atwood and Steve Delekta will compete for the three open council seats in the April 7 general election. Burlingame voters will also elect a mayor during the general election, with three candidates filing for the position, Vikki DeMars, Grizz Lee and Ray Hovestadt.

Public transit schedules in-county roundup

Once again, AARP has provided free tax preparation services to more than 50 local citizens at the Osage County Senior Center. I think some folks just take this service for granted. But I, for one, really appreciate the many volunteers who are involved in this annual event.

Richard Marl Nehrbass, 71, Lyndon: July 13, 1943 – March 2, 2015

LYNDON – Richard Marl Nehrbass, 71, passed away on Monday, March 2, 2015, in Topeka, Kan. He was born on July 13, 1943, in Lawrence, Kan., the son of Marl and Fredia Watson Nehrbass.

Richard grew up in Lawrence and had lived in eastern Colorado and western Kansas over the years. He had lived in Lyndon for the last 12 years.

Richard graduated from Lawrence High School in 1961. He farmed and ranched most of his life. He served in the Kansas National Guard, and served one tour in Vietnam from 1968 to 1969 with the 101st Airborne as a mortarman.

Filings in Osage County Courthouse Feb. 23 – Feb. 27, 2015

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse Feb. 23 through Feb. 27, 2015.

Federal grand jury indicts Osage County defendant on weapons charge

LYNDON, Kan. – All state charges have been dismissed against a Colorado man who was arrested following a pursuit and crash at the north edge of Lyndon in October. A federal grand jury indicted William D. Gross, 59, Golden, Colo., on Feb. 11, charging him with unlawful possession of a firearm following felony convictions, resulting in dismissal of the state’s charges.

Osage County Attorney Brandon Jones had filed three felony charges, three misdemeanors and a traffic infraction against Gross, following his arrest. Two guns, a .38 Smith and Wesson pistol and a .45 Taurus pistol, were recovered from the vehicle Gross was driving at the time of the crash.

Health advisory, safety tips issued for Flint Hills burning season

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TOPEKA, Kan. - The Kansas Department of Health and Environment is reminding Kansans that early March through the end of April is the time when large areas of the state’s Flint Hills rangeland are burned, a practice that can impact air quality. These burns are conducted to provide better forage for cattle and to help control invasive species such as Eastern Red Cedar and sumac. Burning is an alternative to chemical control methods. Additionally, well planned and managed periodic burns can minimize the risk of wildfires and are an inexpensive method for managing rangeland.

Virginia M. Ryan, 91, Osage City: Aug. 28, 1923 – Feb. 27, 2015

OSAGE CITY – Virginia M. Ryan, 91, passed away Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, at Vintage Park at Osage City.

Virginia Mae Fry was born Aug. 28, 1923, in Yates Center, Kan., the daughter of Thomas A. and Anna E. (Eisenbart) Fry.

She graduated from Yates Center High School in 1941. It was in school that she met her sweetheart and love of her life, Robert “Bob” Ryan.

Osage County Jail Log, Feb. 23 – Feb. 27, 2015

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

Auction: Saturday, March 7, 2015, 10:30 a.m., Osage City

Auction: Saturday, March 7, 2015; beginning at 10:30 a.m.
Located at the Wischropp Auction Facility
930 Laing St., Osage City, KS (just east of Sonic on Hwy. 31)

Eat Well to Be Well: Make every bite count

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Every year since 1980, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has designated the month of March as National Nutrition Month. This year’s theme is “Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle”. Its goal is to encourage Americans to adopt healthy eating habits along with including exercise as a regular part of your daily routine. Biting into a healthy lifestyle means just that – take it one step or bite at a time and before you know it, you’ll be living a life of good health and well-being. Here are the main topics of this year’s theme:

Focus on consuming fewer calories. A recent article from the scientific journal The Lancet reports that children in the United States are consuming an average of 200 calories more per day since the 1970s. But it’s not just children with a weight problem. Overall, progress around the globe on reducing obesity has been “unacceptably slow.” We’re eating more food than what we need, which results in weight gain leading to various chronic diseases, increasing healthcare costs for all of us. Balance your calorie intake with your energy needs. Here’s one way to tackle excess weight gain: focus on eating 30 grams of fiber each day. A recent study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine demonstrated that simply focusing on fiber helped 240 obese people in a yearlong clinical trial to lose weight.

OCEDC membership: Economic development for your business

With a mission to preserve and create jobs, infrastructure and tourism, the Osage County Economic Development Corporation (OCEDC) is your contact for the resources needed to grow your company or community.

OCED_logoOCEDC’s 2015 membership drive is under way, and an annual dinner is planned for March 11 at Breck’s Green Acres Restaurant, with members and potential members invited.

OCEDC offers a wide array of services, including financing, site selection, research information, education, networking opportunities, work force development, and international trade. Incorporated in November 1989, OCEDC is a private, nonprofit organization governed by a volunteer board of directors representing a broad range of local businesses and communities.

Prepare for severe weather – just in case

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That’s the message the Kansas Division of Emergency Management wants Kansans to heed as spring approaches, bringing with it severe weather season.

The governor has signed a proclamation designating March 2-6 as Severe Weather Awareness Week in Kansas. During the week, Kansans are urged to check their emergency kit supplies for their home, office and vehicle, and review their emergency plans to make sure they are prepared for whatever severe weather is thrown our way.

“Even though March through June typically brings severe storms, tornadoes, and flash floods, many people are still caught unprepared,” said Angee Morgan, KDEM deputy director. “Being prepared really doesn’t take a lot of time or a lot of money and while the odds are good you won’t need to use your emergency kit, it’s better to be prepared, just in case.”

Kansans are also urged to take part in the statewide tornado safety drill at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 3; if severe weather is imminent for a community, the tornado drill will be cancelled for that community.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Compensation for home intruder

buchmanhead“Don’t fall over the chair on its side fencing that calf in the mud room.”

There should have been a kitchen table note to that effect.

But, there wasn’t. Yet, the room light was on, so we saw the chair, and the calf wrapped up in what used to be our bed blankets

The black fuzzy baby looked quite warm and cozy as she rolled her bright eyes at us, as if wondering “Why’s somebody intruding my place?”

Then, deciding there was no danger from the old cowboy, the little, yet hulk-appearing bovine, actually semblance to a big teddy bear, softly bellowed what seemed a “How do you do?”

Baby calves in the kitchen aren’t that uncommon at farm-ranch homes this time of year. Or, in the pickup seat, tractor cab, or sometimes yet even the front of a saddle as cow managers do their best to help newborns during severe winter weather.

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