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Food for Thought: What are those new light bulbs on the shelf?

By Nancy Schuster Frontier District Extension Agent Since the new Department of Energy standards of 2012, the light bulb world has become very confusing! I discovered this very fact recently trying to More »

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KDA offers morel mushroom certification workshop at Lawrence

MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Agriculture, in partnership with K-State Research and Extension, Kaw Valley Mycological Society, and the University of Kansas, is offering a workshop to help people earn More »

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Homegrown berries and fruit? Frontier Extension schedules small fruit workshop

Have you always wanted to grow your own strawberries, blackberries or raspberries? Do you want to learn how to prune fruit trees? Are you considering a fruit farm business for your acreage?  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 »

Happy Valentine’s Day, Jan!

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Auction: Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016, 10:30 a.m., Osage City, Kan.

Auction: Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016, Osage City, Kan., beginning at 10:30 a.m.
Auction will be at Wischropp Auction Facility, 930 Laing St., Osage City, Kan.
(Just east of Sonic on Hwy. 31)

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)

Auction: Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, 9:30 a.m., Osage City, Kan.

Auction: Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016. Beginning at 9:30 a.m., Osage City, Kan.

As we are retiring from farming, the following sells located at 8758 W. 293rd, Osage City, Kan. From Osage City, 11 miles south and west on HWY K-170 (west side of town), then 1 mile north on Docking Rd, then 1/2 mile east on 293rd St. From Emporia, Kan., 16 miles east on I-35 to Lebo exit #148, then 7 miles north on Hoch/Fauna Road, then 2 miles west on K-170, then north 1 mile on Docking, then 1/2 mile east on 293rd St.

John E. Briggs, 84, Reading: June 9, 1931 – Feb. 10, 2016

READING, Kan. – John E. “Jack” Briggs, 84, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, at KU Medical Center, in Kansas City. John was born June 9, 1931, in Hartford, Kan., the son of Edwin “Ted” and Mary (Parry) Briggs. He graduated from Neosho Rapids High School.

He was joined in marriage to Edna May Woods on Nov. 27, 1952, in Emporia, Kan. She preceded him in death on Dec. 1, 1996.

John, also known to friends as “Jack” was a farmer and rancher in Osage County. He enjoyed fishing and hunting, but was never observed cleaning any of them. His greatest enjoyment was being with family and friends at his shop.

Help Wanted: Public Health Nurse

Public Health Nurse – The Osage County Health Department is seeking a Registered Nurse. This is a full time position; starting pay is $18.00 an hour with excellent benefits. The RN would be responsible for performing physicals, administering the immunization program, blood draws, performs  duties as Osage County Jail Nurse, performs WIC assessments, monitors and reports infectious diseases and animal bites, attends continuing education training as required by each state program, answers medical questions from the general public, participates in emergency  preparedness exercises, planning and training. Nurse must possess a current Registered Nurse license from the Kansas State Board of Nursing and a current driver’s license. Applicants must have minimum of three years’ experience in the nursing field.  Applicants should fill out an application and attach a current resume. Applications and job descriptions can be picked up at the Health Department, 103 E. Ninth St., Lyndon, KS.

Happy 3rd Birthday, Osage County News!

021116-ocnbirthdaycake2016We at Osage County News are celebrating the third birthday of this website today. It was Feb. 11, 2013, when www.osagecountyonline.com was first seen on the World Wide Web.

When the seeds were first sown, we weren’t sure what or if something would grow. After three years, we now know it’s going to grow.

Our original concept of the site was that it would be the “paperless” hometown newspaper for Osage County. No trees are killed in its production and there are no impacts to readers’ pocketbooks to cover printing and distribution costs. And readers read it where they want and when they want without wondering if it’s going to come in the mailbox.

It’s taken a few folks a while to catch on to this concept – after all, we’ve done some things the old-fashioned way for a long time in Osage County. But Osage County’s been curious. “What day does your paper come out,” we’re asked. “Any day you want it,” we answer. “What day is deadline?” “We’re always on deadline.” “How do I advertise in your paper?” “Let’s sit down and talk about it over a cup of coffee.”

White celebrates 80th birthday

021116-bday-arlene-whiteArlene White, Lyons, will observe her 80th birthday on Feb. 11, 2016.

She was born Feb. 11, 1936, in Dorrance, Kan., and also lived in McPherson, Kan., and Lyons, Kan., and Oklahoma and Texas.

On May 27, 1954, she married Leon White in Russell, Kan. He died Sept. 27, 1992. She was the owner of Alexander Truck Line and later the director of Lyons Housing Authority.

She enjoys quilting, genealogy, puzzles and church activities, and is also Osage County News’ No. 1 fan.

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.

Kansas Supreme Court: State failed to correct unconstitutional school funding system

TOPEKA – The Kansas Supreme Court today issued its decision in Gannon v. State of Kansas, a dispute over K-12 public education financing. The high court affirmed the ruling of a three-judge district court panel that the state had failed to correct unconstitutional inequities in Kansas’ school funding system. The court stayed the issuance of its mandate until June 30, 2016, effectively extending the time for the state to correct the inequities. The court also dismissed from the suit State Treasurer Ron Estes and former Secretary of Administration Jim Clark, and denied the plaintiffs’ request for attorney fees.

The plaintiffs are four school districts that sued the state in November 2010. Each district lost funding beginning in fiscal year 2009 after the Legislature eliminated capital outlay state aid and reduced appropriations for base state aid per pupil and supplemental general state aid. The school districts claimed these actions violated the education article of the people’s Constitution – Article 6 – which requires the Legislature to “make suitable provision for finance of the educational interests of the state.”

In a decision issued March 7, 2014, the Supreme Court clarified that Article 6 contains both adequacy and equity components. In other words, the Legislature must provide enough funds to ensure public school students receive a constitutionally adequate education and must distribute those funds in a way that does not result in unreasonable wealth-based disparities among districts. Today’s decision addresses only the school districts’ equity claims; their adequacy claims are currently on hold.

U.S. Air Force Academy Band Rampart Winds to perform at Osage City

By Dave Azwell

The Osage City Area Arts Council will sponsor a performance by the U.S. Air Force Academy Band Rampart Winds at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, in the Grace Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 210 Holliday St., Osage City.

The Rampart Winds, a five member wind ensemble, will present a free public concert. The audience can expect to hear a variety of musical styles such as fresh, original works, standard and contemporary classical literature, traditional American classics, and patriotic songs. The Rampart Winds seek to touch lives through the emotional impact of music, while displaying the pride and professionalism of the United States Air Force.

The Garden Patch: Growing the ABCs of vegetables

052514-garden-excericiseWell, we’re going to do something a little different (hopefully to make gardening a little more productive for you – and me). Starting this week, we’ll feature 11 different produce items for the garden and how to plant, grow, harvest and solve problems with each of them. Hope you enjoy this as much as I did researching it! Let’s give it a shot…

We’ll start (alphabetically) with asparagus. I gotta plant some this year ‘cause my patch is nearly 20 years old but still producing, though it shouldn’t be.

Asparagus can produce for 20 years or more and requires little care. The Extension office can recommend varieties that will grow well in your garden. It’s important to select a variety that is resistant to serious diseases such as rust and Fusarium wilt. Select only male plants, which yield more.

Food for Thought: What are those new light bulbs on the shelf?

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By Nancy Schuster
Frontier District Extension Agent

Since the new Department of Energy standards of 2012, the light bulb world has become very confusing! I discovered this very fact recently trying to buy a replacement light bulb. So with guidance from government sources and several consumer information sites, meet the new light bulbs on the shelf.

LEDs or light-emitting diodes are one of the light bulbs on the shelf. When an LED is switched on, electrons and electron holes come together with the end result of a release of energy in the form of photons, or light. LEDs are rated to last for tens of thousands of hours of light. LED lights don’t “burn out,” the way that incandescent bulbs do. Instead, they undergo “lumen depreciation,” gradually growing dimmer and dimmer over time.

KDA offers morel mushroom certification workshop at Lawrence

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MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Agriculture, in partnership with K-State Research and Extension, Kaw Valley Mycological Society, and the University of Kansas, is offering a workshop to help people earn the necessary certification to sell wild morel mushrooms. The workshop will take place 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, March 4, 2016, at the Dreher 4-H Building, Douglas County Fairgrounds, 2110 Harper, Lawrence, Kan.

The workshop is intended to help ensure that wild harvested mushrooms sold as morels in the state of Kansas are safe to consume. Current regulations under KDA’s Food Safety and Lodging program require that mushrooms picked in the wild for sale must be individually inspected for safety by an approved mushroom identification expert. Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be recognized as morel identification experts to meet this regulation. This is a three-year certification.

The course is free of charge and open to the public. Registration for the workshop is required and is limited to 90 people, with first preference given to people from Kansas harvesting mushrooms in Kansas.  

Help Wanted: KDWPT Facilities Specialist

KDWPT_logoKansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism: Full-time Facilities Specialist position located at Pomona State Park. $15.03 per hour, benefits available.

For complete application requirements go to http://www.ksoutdoors.com/news/KDWPT-Info/Jobs/.

For more information, contact Pomona State Park at 785-828-4933. Deadline to apply Feb. 22, 2016. EOE Employer

Homegrown berries and fruit? Frontier Extension schedules small fruit workshop

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Have you always wanted to grow your own strawberries, blackberries or raspberries? Do you want to learn how to prune fruit trees? Are you considering a fruit farm business for your acreage?  If you answered “yes” to any or all of these questions, plan to attend a tree and small fruit workshop 2:30-5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016. Hosts for this on-farm demonstration are Vernon and Becky Miller, of Becky’s Pies and Produce. Presenters will be Ward Upham, Kansas Extension Master Gardener Coordinator and Extension Associate, and Marlin Bates, Douglas County Horticulture Extension Agent.

The workshop will include a fruit tree pruning demonstration and information on fruit tree pest management. Presenters will discuss growing strawberries (perennial bed and annual plasticulture strawberry production), raising blackberries and raspberries (brambles) with consideration for the insect pest spotted wing drosophila, and equipment and refrigeration used for fruit production. Grapes and blueberries are not grown on this farm, but Bates and Upham are experts on these fruit crops, too. Bring questions.

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