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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 »

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Patrol to work seatbelt enforcement near high schools across Kansas

 SAFE initiative helps increase teen seatbelt usage Beginning today and running through March 6, the Kansas Highway Patrol will work on an annual seatbelt enforcement campaign around area high schools. The campaign More »

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Study finds climate change may dramatically reduce wheat production

A recent study finds that in the coming decades, wheat yields are projected to decrease by 6 percent for each degree Celsius the temperature rises, if no measures to adapt to extreme More »

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.

KTA to gauge customer satisfaction with survey

WICHITA – The Kansas Turnpike Authority is inviting the public to provide feedback on turnpike travel experiences by participating in a customer satisfaction survey. Any individual who uses the turnpike, whether daily or occasionally, is encouraged to share their thoughts.

“We want to better understand our customer’s travel needs,” said Steve Hewitt, KTA chief executive officer. “Survey results will help us make customer-driven changes in order to provide a better travel experience for those using the Kansas Turnpike.”

The survey is open until March 15 at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/tmedia2015.

Announcing the 2015 Kansas Wildflower of the Year: Spider milkweed

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Spider milkweed flowers. Photo by Michael Haddock.

While commonly seen in prairie pastures of the eastern two-thirds of Kansas, most people probably don’t think about the spider milkweed often, but the native Kansas plant has been named as the 2015 Kansas Wildflower of the Year by the Kansas Native Plant Society.

Each year, KNPS chooses a native Kansas plant as the Wildflower of the Year. The plant resources committee chose the spider milkweed, Asclepias viridis, primarily for its importance as a host plant for the monarch butterfly, which has had a perilous population decline in recent years.

Report weather cancellations and closures on osagecountyonline.com

SNOW-SHOVELING-11Osage County News will be happy to share information about all closures and cancellations due to winter weather. Email news@osagecountyonline.com, or post your cancellation in the comment section below where everybody in Osage County can see it. Keep warm and safe, Osage County.

Postponed: The chili and soup supper at Vassar United Methodist Church has been postponed from this Saturday, Feb. 28, to Saturday, March 21. The supper will be in the Vassar United Methodist Church Basement 5-7 p.m. March 21. Chili, vegetable or chicken noodle soup, homemade desserts, hot and cold drinks will be served. Donations will be used for local missions. Everyone welcome; sponsored by the Vassar United Methodist Women.

Spring is coming: NWS weather safety class scheduled at Overbrook

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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 teamed up with Osage County Emergency Management director Bryce Romine to bring the NWS weather safety class to Overbrook, at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 12, in the community room at the Overbrook Public Library, 317 Maple St.

Admission is free and open to the public. Osage County Emergency Management will be selling NOAA weather radios at the event for $12 each to Osage County residents.

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 pm, Monday, March, 9, 2015. USDA is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

Kansas City Monarchs’ baseball history tags Lyndon at home

022715monarchs_vs_lyndoon_sAn account of a June 14, 1929, baseball game at Lyndon announces, “The game between the K.C. Monarchs and Lyndon last Friday resulted in a victory for the Monarchs. Lyndon played good baseball but was up against one of the best teams in the country.” The final score was Monarchs 9, Lyndon 4.

Lyndon is one of 90 stops on Phil Dixon’s speaking tour in honor of the 90th anniversary of the Kansas City Monarchs’ first world championship in 1924. Dixon, widely regarded for his expertise on baseball history, will speak on “The Kansas City Monarchs in our hometown”, at 1:30 p.m. March 7, at the First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 129 W. 15th St., Lyndon.

The Osage County Historical Society is hosting the event, and has documented that the Monarchs have played in Lyndon at least twice, Aug. 17, 1928, and June 14, 1929. See the 1929 game scorecard and account at right.

Questions about Osage County’s new burn permit system? Here are some answers

Effective Jan. 1, 2015, an Osage County resolution requires a burn permit for open burning of materials, pastures, vegetation or crop residue. Osage County Emergency Management director Bryce Romine developed the following questions and answers to help land stewards understand the new regulations and responsibilities imposed by the resolution.

Supreme Court finds Nebraska liable for ‘reckless’ water use

TOPEKA – Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court found Nebraska “recklessly” overused Republican River water in 2005 and 2006, and the court took the unprecedented step of ordering Nebraska to give up a portion of its unjust economic gains from keeping and using Kansas water, according to information from the Kansas Attorney General’s Office.

A press release from the office noted that in a 28-page majority opinion, the court unanimous agreed that Nebraska “knowingly” violated the Republican River Compact and took water that belonged to Kansas. As a remedy, the Supreme Court ordered by a 6-3 vote that Nebraska not only must pay Kansas’ actual damages from loss of water during those two dry years but also must “disgorge” a portion of the economic gain Nebraska received from higher yields from irrigating crops with water that should have been sent downstream to Kansas.

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.

Winter weather cancels trip to bakery

This is the last reminder for all those who have signed up for the free tax assistance being offered by AARP at the Osage County Senior Center on Tuesday, March 3. All 55 time slots have been filled. If you plan to eat lunch at our nutrition site that day, make sure to call for your reservation at 785-528-4170.

The Feb. 21 cabin-fever-buster bus trip to Panera Bread Bakery & Café in Topeka was cancelled due to poor weather and road conditions. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

A bus is being made available to those local citizens attending the Mid-America Nutrition Program dinner and pie auction event, the evening of Saturday, March 14, in Ottawa. Call 785-528-4906 or stop by the senior center at 604 Market St., Osage City, for more details.

Help House News: Join the madness, support the winning team

Help House Board of Directors will meet for their regular meeting at 7 p.m. March 10, at the center.  All pastors are invited and encouraged to attend as well as any other interested persons.

There will be one final Good Sense Budget course on March 9, one in the morning 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., and an evening class for those unable to attend during the day will be 6-9:30 pm. The second half of the class will be on Monday, March 23, with the same morning and evening time schedules. These classes are a prerequisite for anyone who believes they may need to apply for one time assistance this winter to help with heating bills.

Osage County Silver Haired Legislature election to be held March 12

OTTAWA – Two Osage County representatives have stepped up to run in the election for the Kansas Silver Haired Legislature. Patricia Armstrong and Stephen Haller Sr., both from Osage City, are the county’s candidates for 2015.

The election will be 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Thursday, March 12, with polling locations at the Osage County nutrition sites in Burlingame and Osage City.

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