2018 graduates leave Burlingame High School headed toward great things

The 2018 graduates of Burlingame High School toss their hats in celebration. Photo by Keri Welch. Attending graduation ceremonies at Burlingame High School is almost like hanging out with More »

2018 Santa Fe Trail graduates charge down new paths, ‘reach out to greatness’

Throwing their caps, SFTHS grads celebrate their accomplishment. Photos by Brad Shaffer, allsportsdigital.com In what might have been the most concise valedictorian speech delivered at Santa Fe Trail High School, More »

Old bull rider to get down in chutes one more time at Burlingame rodeo

Most cowboys, especially bull riders, have long stopped competing when they pass 70 years of age. Ron Snoddy just can’t get the adrenalin out and proved it a few More »

19 Trojans march into the future at Marais des Cygnes Valley High School graduation

The 2018 graduating class of Marais des Cygnes Valley High School. Photo by Jerry Kramer, Kramer Photos. Springtime marks the beginning of new life, but also the end of More »

William ‘Bill’ Fischer, 77, Lyndon: March 11, 1941 – May 11, 2018

LYNDON, Kan. – William “Bill” Fischer, 77, passed away on Friday, May 11, 2018, in Osage City, Kan. He was born on March 11, 1941, in Hunter, Kan., the youngest of seven children of Henry and Elizabeth Schneider Fischer.

Bill graduated from Hunter High School. He served in the U.S. Army with the 25th Engineering Division and was stationed in Hawaii and South Asia. Bill was a heavy equipment operator, working on the construction of Melvern Lake Dam. He then worked at the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Plant, in Topeka, for 35 years until his retirement in 2004.  Bill enjoyed fishing at the local lakes and spending time with his grandchildren and family.

Help Wanted: Frontier Extension seeks 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 June 4, 2018. Position start date is July 1, 2018.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Always dream then work

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.Cowboys have always been the biggest heroes.

That continues, yet in maturity those even much older who are still working very hard have also become mentors.

Too many classmates have already passed to the great beyond, while being among those continuing forward on earth has challenges.

Just keeping up with what there is can be a fulltime job, yet those many decades older plunge fast forward.

Often television stories feature those celebrating their century birthdays and even years beyond. Those recognized are generally able to physically get around, of sound mind, and excited for every day they have.

Each situation is different of course, and none ever really have secrets to longevity. Yet they all get up and at it every morning, remaining active all day with an occasional nap. Each one eats three nourishing meals daily with maybe an extra snack and keeps up with what’s going on around. Many read regularly, have numerous friends and are strong in faith.

One friend at 98 was forced into assisted living away from home for a time. Not yet mowing his lawn or driving to town, he’s back on the farm feeling happier and healthier.

Every morning on the way to work at 6:30, another farmer friend’s kitchen light is on and he’ll be outside before 7 o’clock. Despite serious health issues, at 94 nothing stops him, always still going when returning from work 11 hours later.

At 89, a former teacher with more than one’s share of hardship started his ranch upon official retirement. Non-relenting entrepreneurship coupled with opportunities, the operation surpasses others built through generations. Not unique perhaps, but notable, covenants and dreams backed by hard work must be credited.

Pavement resurfacing on I-335/KTA to begin May 21

EMPORIA, Kan. – A pavement resurfacing project on Interstate 335 and Kansas Turnpike between Emporia and Topeka and mile markers 133.2 and 167.8, is set to begin Monday, May 21, 2018, and will be completed in late October, weather permitting.

The project includes milling and inlaying the driving lanes and sealing the shoulders of I-335. The Admire Interchange located at mile marker 147 will also be resurfaced.

Drivers can expect single lane closures between mile markers 133 and 168, with a 12-foot width restriction and speed reduced to 65 mph. They are encouraged to follow directions on posted signs and to use caution within the work zone.

USDA designates 10 counties in Kansas as primary natural disaster areas

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated 10 counties in Kansas, including Osage County, as primary natural disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by a recent drought. The designated counties include Clay, Geary, Lyon, Pottawatomie, Shawnee, Coffey, Jackson, Osage, Riley, and Wabaunsee.

Farmers and ranchers in the contiguous counties in Kansas also qualify for natural disaster assistance. Those counties are: Allen, Cloud, Greenwood, Nemaha, Anderson, Dickinson, Jefferson, Ottawa, Atchison, Douglas, Marshall, Washington, Brown, Franklin, Morris, Woodson, and Chase.

Qualified farm operators in the designated areas eligible for the Farm Service Agency’s emergency loans, provided eligibility requirements are met. Farmers in eligible counties have eight months from the date of the declaration of May 10, 2018, to apply for loans to help cover part of their actual losses. FSA will consider each loan application on its own merits, taking into account the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability. FSA has a variety of programs, in addition to the EM loan program, to help eligible farmers recover from the impacts of this disaster.

2018 graduates leave Burlingame High School headed toward great things

The 2018 graduates of Burlingame High School toss their hats in celebration. Photo by Keri Welch.

Attending graduation ceremonies at Burlingame High School is almost like hanging out with your family, as pointed out by the 2018 salutatorian Fallon Tyson.

Tyson joined with her two fellow valedictorians, Dalton Sporing and Tristan Lee, in good conversation and good company as they gathered with graduates and their families and well wishers, Saturday afternoon, May 12, 2018, at the elementary school gymnasium.

In her salutatorian speech, Tyson pointed out how her school family and good memories developed over the years.

“For most of us, we have grown up here in this building together,” Tyson said. “This has been like a second home to us, and my classmates have become like my family.”

“I would never wish these years away, and honestly my only wish is that they wouldn’t have went by so fast,” she said. “However, I am beyond grateful that we made the most out of our time together, and created memories that will last a lifetime.”

She spoke about the fun and enjoyment of school, along with personal stories that each student collected over the years.

“[E]veryone has their own unique story to tell,” she said. “I’m excited to see how each of you experience the rest of your journeys, and how amazing your stories will end.”

She advised her classmates to continue their lives by creating “new friendships, and experience new adventures and opportunities. Make the most of these moments, and face them head on. My advice to you is to make an impact in everything that you do. Be a voice, make a change, always persevere.”

In his speech, Lee warned about the struggles his classmates would face as they reached for success.

“Going through life is not easy, it is not fair, it never was and it never will be,” Lee said. “Accept it and get on with it, we are going to go through struggles. Whether it is going to college, your job, in anything you do, there will be a struggle, but that is why succeeding is worth it, you have finally accomplished something. The harder the road was to get there, the better you feel about achieving it – it is that simple.”

County extends expiration date of burn permits for 4 years

The Osage County Board of Commissioners recently passed a resolution that extends all burn permit expiration dates to Dec. 31, 2022. This will ensure that there is a uniform date for expiration of burn permits. All newly issued and current permits are now valid until that date.

The resolution also authorizes Osage County Emergency Management to issue a burn ban when fire districts or fire resources are overwhelmed by a large fire or multiple fire incidents.

2018 Santa Fe Trail graduates charge down new paths, ‘reach out to greatness’

Throwing their caps, SFTHS grads celebrate their accomplishment. Photos by Brad Shaffer, allsportsdigital.com

In what might have been the most concise valedictorian speech delivered at Santa Fe Trail High School, 2018 valedictorian Xavier Ard bid his classmates farewell and encouraged them to reach for their potential in life.

During the commencement ceremony Saturday, May 12, 2018, Ard thanked the staff at SFTHS “from our big scary principal to the friendly custodians,” and noted the class’ appreciation for them helping to make “the past four years of our lives great, but they have also helped develop us into who we are today.”

“I look out and I do not see just people,” Ard said. “I do not see only peers. I do not see matchless friends. I see much more than that. I see unlimited potential and I am beyond excited to see all of the amazing things it accomplishes.”

Ard’s speech echoed SFTHS salutatorian Madelyn Foster’s sentiments as she noted her classmates were “an extremely competitive group” that will impact the future.

“It is time for us to aspire beyond the cement walls of our high school, and reach out to greatness,” Foster said.

“I know our class, our entire generation, can do incredible things,” she said. “Now is the time when we are supposed to make waves and transform the ways of the world, and we are doing exactly that.

“We have raised the bar for those here at SFT, we have shown the community that we are not just rebellious teens, but we are powerful, impactful young people,” Foster said. “While our time here at Santa Fe Trail may be coming to an end, the revolution is only just beginning.”

The class of 76 graduates ended their high school years with SFTHS Assistant Principal Keith Johnson presenting the class of 2018 for graduation; USD 434 Board of Education President Randy Boudeman recognizing the class; and SFTHS Principal Patrick Graham announcing graduates as they accepted diplomas from members of the USD 434 Board of Education.

Burlingame Rodeo Days Schedule, May 18 to May 20, 2018

Burlingame has scheduled a weekend of fun during its annual Rodeo Days. Action kicks off Friday night with the rodeo at the Burlingame Saddle Club arena. Here’s the schedule of events as provided by the local chamber:

Burlingame has packed entertainment lineup for annual Rodeo Days

By Frank Buchman

A mounted color guard leads the annual Rodeo Days parade. Courtesy photo.

A saddle’s not even required, yet there’ll be plenty of Western action for all.

It’s the annual Rodeo Days at Burlingame, “where the rail crosses the trail,” right on Highway 56, Saturday, May 19, 2018.

“We have a packed line-up of activities set this year for our community celebration planned to draw attention to the 48th annual Santa Fe Trail Rodeo sponsored by the Burlingame Saddle Club, with performances both Friday and Saturday evenings,” said Mark Hecht, local businessman.

About everything imaginable will be available when more than 60 vendors and craftsmen from throughout the Midwest open their displays at 9 a.m. Saturday, filling the entire wide brick street of the west end of Santa Fe Street, the original trail.

Local nonprofits invited to apply for emerging needs grants

EMPORIA, Kan. – The United Way of the Flint Hills is inviting nonprofits located in Chase, Coffey, Greenwood, Lyon, Morris, Osage, and Woodson counties to apply for the organization’s emerging needs grants. Launched in 2015, the funding allows organizations to apply for grants up to $1,000 for new projects and new programs.

“The emerging needs grant program has been an exciting way for the United Way of the Flint Hills to learn about new programs and develop new partnerships in all of the communities we serve,” said Jami Reever, executive director. “We’ve loved the diversity of the applications we’ve received in the past and know that for many organizations, this grant opportunity makes new ideas possible. We encourage any nonprofit in our community to apply.”

Volunteers sought for library’s summer eating program

Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas is seeking volunteers to assist with a childrens’ summer food program at the Osage City Public Library and an Osage City apartment complex.

Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas has partnered with the Osage City Library to combat childhood hunger, and through the Kids Summer Food Program they will offer free meals to all kids between the ages of 1-18.

Lunch will be provided 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Monday-Friday, June 1-Aug. 3, 2018, at two sites in Osage City, the library and Dogwood Glen Apartments.

Volunteers are needed for the program, and all volunteers are required to attend training, which will be held at a later date.

Anyone interested in volunteering for the program is asked to contact Camille Pickhinke at [email protected] or 913-433-2083. 

RCIL to host free employment skills class

Resource Center for Independent Living is hosting a class on job preparation, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-2 p.m. Thursday, May 24, 2018, at Emporia.

Topics will include job search, resumes, interviewing, and more. The class is free and open to all persons; those with disabilities who are interested in working are especially encouraged to attend.

The class will be held at RCIL, 215 W. Sixth Ave., Suite 202, Emporia. The morning session will cover job searches, resumes, and the interview process. The afternoon session will feature presentations by Working Healthy and Kansas Works, and vocational rehabilitation.

For more information, accommodation requests, or to RSVP, contact Adam Burnett at RCIL at 800-580-7245 or [email protected]. Snacks and drinks will be provided; RSVP by May 21.

Shirley Ann McDaniel, 80, Lyndon: Dec. 25, 1937 – May 14, 2018

LYNDON, Kan. – Shirley Ann McDaniel, 80, passed away Monday, May 14, 2018, at her home of 54 years in Lyndon, Kan., after a brave three-year battle against cancer. She was born on Dec. 25, 1937, in Vassar, Kan., the daughter of John and Hazel Beatty Christesen.

Shirley graduated from Towanda (Kan.) High School in 1957, and attended Emporia State University, Emporia, Kan. She spent her time supporting her family, being a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother.

Nola Jean Cox, 84, Overbrook: Dec. 12, 1933 – May 11, 2018

OVERBROOK, Kan. – Nola Jean Cox, 84, passed away on Friday, May 11, 2018, at Brookside Retirement Community, Overbrook, Kan. She was born on Dec. 12, 1933, in Galt, Mo., the daughter of John and Della Hess Molloy.

Nola had lived in Dover, Kan., before moving to Lyndon, Kan., in 1973. She worked for SRS in Osage County for 22 years.

OCPR Update: Swimming season is almost here

OCPR-logo-redSpring is here and summer is right around the corner as Osage City Parks and Recreation gets the pool ready for swimming, swimming lessons, and having fun. Also in the works are STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, music) camps, art camps and tackle football. Here is OCPR’s latest update:

Gladys Pearl Streeter, 82, Vassar: June 27, 1935 – May 13, 2018

VASSAR, Kan. – Gladys Pearl Streeter, 82, passed away on Sunday, May 13, 2018, at Stormont-Vail Hospital, Topeka, Kan. She was born on June 27, 1935, in Topeka, the daughter Arthur and Lola Worford Ham.

Gladys had lived around Pomona Lake and Vassar for more than 40 years. She worked as an office manager for Pomona State Park for 29 years. Gladys received her associate degree from Allen County Community College, and was the first to graduate from Allen County Outreach. She was a member of the Vassar United Methodist Church, where she was treasurer for many years, a member of the United Methodist Women, and a delegate for two national conferences. She was a lay leader with Osage County Ministerial Association, was instrumental in the formation of Help House and Osage County Mental Health Association, and was a member of the Kansas Prairie Pickers Association, Vassar Polecats, Red Hat Ladies, and the Panic and Anxiety Connection.

Old bull rider to get down in chutes one more time at Burlingame rodeo

Most cowboys, especially bull riders, have long stopped competing when they pass 70 years of age. Ron Snoddy just can’t get the adrenalin out and proved it a few years ago when he entered the bull riding at Club Rodeo in Wichita. Snoddy, 76, will mount another bucking bull at the 48th annual Burlingame Rodeo, May 18-19, in honor and memory of Burlingame Saddle Club members.

By Frank J. Buchman

It’s just impossible to take the boy out of a cowboy.

Living proof is lifetime cowboy Ron Snoddy, active member of the Burlingame Saddle Club.

He’ll be 77 years old in just a few weeks, but age is no detriment for a real cowboy.

Snoddy is entered in the bull riding in the first performance of the 48th annual Burlingame Rodeo Friday evening, May 18, 2018, at Burlingame.

“I’m doing it in memory and honor of the Burlingame Saddle Club members who started and have continued sponsoring the rodeo,” Snoddy said.

“Ron was one of the saddle club members when the Burlingame Rodeo began,” said Pat Rusher, active club leader now.

“I can’t begin to name everybody who has helped through the years,” Rusher admitted. “Ron along with Pete Stout and John Pickett are the only ones left from when the rodeo started. Paul Lang had been heavily involved from the beginning, but he passed away about a year ago.”

“I competed in lots of rodeos in the late ’50s and early ‘60s,” Snoddy reflected. “Just the bull riding, no other events, always loved the bull riding.”

Collecting a number of payback checks, Snoddy claimed, “I paid for lots of gas for the other cowboys, but I had as much fun as anybody going up and down the road. There’s nothing like being a rodeo bull rider.”

Like many, after getting married and starting a family, Snoddy was forced to step away from rodeo. “I had to make a living and wasn’t able to do that with rodeo. I became a carpenter as my profession,” Snoddy said.

Living in Topeka, Snoddy was always in the bleachers at rodeos in driving distance throughout the years. “Watching those other cowboys ride just doesn’t compare to getting down on the bull and nodding for the gate yourself,” he insisted.

Filings in Osage County District Court, April 30 – May 4, 2018

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse April 30, 2018, through May 4, 2018.

Osage County Jail Log, May 7 – May 12, 2018

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

A Cowboy’s Faith: All those important mothers

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.There’s nothing more important than a mother.

Of course, everybody has a mother. They come in all sizes, shapes, forms, dispositions, peculiarities, each a unique distinct mother.

Everyone is the very best in their own way. None better possible regardless who wants to debate or argue.

There are always plenty of justifiable personal prejudices, and they’re all correct.

Many times personal reflections have been made about Mom who passed long ago at just 62 years old. Never a day goes by without thinking about her.

Mom always had a toothy grin for whoever it was because of her true happiness, with sweetness overflowing. Talkative to the extent of frequently being loud, she was. One can’t be too honest, and Mom was the most trustworthy ever known.

Not views through rose-colored-glasses, but readily verified by those who really knew her. She was authentic with the biggest heart possible. Nobody was a stranger to Mom, and she helped everyone in every way possible. That’s a fact.

While there is only one true flesh-and-blood mother, many others throughout a lifetime step in to provide motherly instincts. Think about it, what could really get done without so many in their vastly generous, motherly ways?

It’d be countless when reflecting all those who’ve stepped in to guide, help, been a “substitute mother,” when Mom wasn’t there.

Growing up, of course grandmas took on the role, equaled and often surpassed by aunts. On occasion perhaps even misidentified as “Mom.”

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