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Osage County Places Quenemo railroad bridge stands test of time

Strength and longevity are exemplified by this BNSF truss bridge. Beautifully tucked away just east of Quenemo, this one erected in 1905 (updated in 1945) still serves its purpose: getting trains across More »

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Historical society and Osage County News publish online cemetery list

No Name No. 8 Cemetery, near Lamont Hill. Photo by Jan Williams. In cooperation with the Osage County Historical Society, Osage County News has published online a list of Osage County cemeteries More »

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Hidden History: ‘Marble man’ chiseled his legacy in Osage County cemeteries

Matthew Waddle special-ordered stone from Vermont in 1902 for John and Margaret Sowell’s monument, now located at Vassar Cemetery. By Wendi Bevitt Matthew Waddle’s name has been relegated to Osage County’s history, More »

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Tag team speakers give 2017 Lyndon High School graduates vision of past, present, future

Lyndon High School Class of 2017. Photo by Bill Patterson. With two valedictorians and a salutatorian in Lyndon High School’s 2017 graduating class, spectators at last Sunday’s graduation ceremony were treated to More »

Lyndon library plans summer fun for kids

The Lyndon Carnegie Library has scheduled kids summer reading events at the library on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m., unless otherwise noted, through July 26, 2017.

Schedule:

  • June 14 –  Shelly Simoneau – “Stories are built to last”
  • June 21 – Sunset Zoo – “Animals around the world”
  • June 28 – Science City – “Sub Zero”
  • July 5 – No programs.
  • July 12 – Read a Palooza – “Build and decorate a house”
  • July 19 – Extension Office – “The importance of growing plants”
  • July 26 – 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. – Reading program finale event for all ages; touch a truck; prize giveaway.

To sign up or for more information and handouts, call 785-828-4520, stop by the library at 127 E. Sixth St., Lyndon, or visit www.lyndonlibrary.org.

Osage County Places Quenemo railroad bridge stands test of time

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Strength and longevity are exemplified by this BNSF truss bridge. Beautifully tucked away just east of Quenemo, this one erected in 1905 (updated in 1945) still serves its purpose: getting trains across the Marias des Cygnes River.

Photo by Paul Schmidt.

Osage County Jail Log, May 14 to May 20, 2017

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

Early morning dispatcher’s mistake accidentally sounds emergency sirens in Osage City

The Osage County Sheriff’s Office reported in a social media post today, May 25, 2017, that emergency sirens in Osage City were accidentally sounded at 4 a.m. this morning due to a dispatcher’s error.

According to the post, outdoor warning sirens for Osage City were inadvertently activated as a dispatcher was paging out a medical call. As soon as the mistake was discovered, the sirens were deactivated.

“We apologize for inconveniences this caused,” the post said. “We will be making changes to the radio console to make it more difficult for this mistake to happen in the future.”

The sheriff’s office post also asked citizens to not call 911 whenever the sirens sound.

“This morning, multiple 911 calls came in regarding the sirens while dispatchers were handling a true emergency call,” the post said.

Filings in Osage County Courthouse May 15 – May 19, 2017

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse May 15 through May 19, 2017.

Historical society and Osage County News publish online cemetery list

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No Name No. 8 Cemetery, near Lamont Hill. Photo by Jan Williams.

In cooperation with the Osage County Historical Society, Osage County News has published online a list of Osage County cemeteries and their locations. The historical society had previously published similar information in a brochure. Volunteers of the society recently updated and corrected the list.

Osage County News has also created a map that shows the general locations of the cemeteries, which are listed with directions on the reverse side of the map. A printable version of the two-page map and cemetery list is available here.

When visiting the cemeteries listed, visitors are advised that some are on private property and property owners’ privacy should be respected. Not all cemeteries are located on all-weather roads, and some are in remote locations in Osage County; visitors should watch weather conditions and be aware of possible road hazards. Use of a highway map or GPS device to assist with navigation when trying to locate cemeteries is also advised.

Know about senior food boxes available at senior center? Check it out

Harvesters senior boxes works to improve the health of low-income elderly persons at least 60 years of age. Boxes are available. Contact the Osage County Senior Center at 785-528-4906 or 604 Market St., Osage City, for more information.

Osage County General Public Transportation has exciting excursions planned for the month of June. Please note that all transportation rides are on a first come first serve basis and are in part funded by the Kansas Department of Transportation. Contact the center for an updated ride schedule.

Upcoming

  • Thursday, May 25: Art and painting 9 a.m.; Mid America Nutrition Taco Feed 5pm
  • Friday, May 26: Bingo 10 a.m.; cribbage 12:15 p.m.
  • Monday, 29: Center closed for Memorial Day.
  • Tuesday, May 30: Ceramics 9 a.m.; Mexican Train games 1p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 31: Sewing 8 a.m.; armchair exercise 11 a.m.; cribbage 12:15 p.m.; massage (fee applies).
  • Thursday, June 1: Art and painting 9 a.m.
  • Friday, June 2: Bingo 10 a.m.; cribbage 12:15 p.m.

Lyndon Legion swears in new officers, readies for Memorial Day activities

By Geri Thomas

Past commander Bryce Romine, left, swears in new officers of American Legion Post 125, from left, Sergeant-at-Arms Lou Wohlitz, Commander Danny Roush, Adjutant and Finance Officer Geri Thomas, and Vice Commander Lou Ogle. Photo by Patrick Thomas.

Past commander Bryce Romine, left, swears in new officers of American Legion Post 125, from left, Sergeant-at-Arms Lou Wohlitz, Commander Danny Roush, Adjutant and Finance Officer Geri Thomas, and Vice Commander Lou Ogle. Photo by Patrick Thomas.

At the May meeting of American Legion Post 125, Lyndon, Legionnaires confirmed new officers for the 2017-2018 year.

Bryce Romine, a past commander, swore in Commander Danny Roush, Vice Commander Lou Ogle, and Adjutant and Finance Officer Geri Thomas. Appointed as sergeant-at-arms was Lou Wohlitz.

After being sworn in, they conducted the monthly meeting, which included an update on upcoming activities and ongoing activities. There were updates on the post remodel; as this project continues we hope to raise funds to finish.

Memorial Day plans have been finalized. Flag ceremonies for Lyndon Legion are at Lyndon Cemetery at 10 a.m., Vassar Cemetery at 10:30 a.m., Pomona Dam with other area Legions at 11 a.m., and Oak Hill Cemetery, Quenemo, 11:30 a.m.

The post plans to keep up the hard work in the community by participating in many events this summer, including Memorial Day activities, Flag Day, parades, reading program involvement, and more fundraising. All funding goes to the future remodel of the post and community activities.

For more information about joining a local American Legion post, Sons of the American Legion or American Legion Riders, contact American Legion Post 125, P.O. Box 121, Lyndon, KS 66451, or see facebook.com/lyndonlegion.

Adults: Lyndon library has summer reading program for you

The Lyndon Carnegie Library has scheduled an adult summer reading program, with events scheduled during weekday evenings through July 19, 2017. The first event will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 22, with attendees learning how to make bath bombs.

At 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 27, will be a sugar cookie decorating class, with a limit of 13 students. Those interested are encouraged to sign up early. At 7 p.m. Thursday, July 13, attendees will learn how to upcycle old books into new projects. And Thursday, July 20, at 7 p.m., will be an evening of relaxation with lessons on making sugar scrubs with essential oils and insight into the oils. A certified massage therapist will offer 10-minute chair massages for $5. And if that wasn’t enough there will be coloring books and refreshments. Not an evening to miss.

The reading program finale event for all ages will be 10:30 a.m-1 p.m. July 26, with prizes given away and a touch a truck event.

To sign up or for more information and handouts, call 785-828-4520, stop by the library at 127 E. Sixth St., Lyndon, or visit www.lyndonlibrary.org.

Memorial services planned across Osage County

With Memorial Day on Monday, May 29, 2017, area service organizations are preparing cemeteries to honor veterans, and have scheduled memorial ceremonies during the weekend holiday. Osage County News has been notified of the following ceremonies and activities:

Overbrook

American Legion Post 239, Overbrook, welcomes volunteers to help set up the Avenue of Flags at 7 a.m. Saturday, May 27, at Overbrook Cemetery, and take them down at 3 p.m. Monday, May 29.

The Legion Honor Guard will hold the Memorial Day service at 12:30 p.m, Sunday, May 28, at Overbrook Cemetery.

  • 12:30 p.m. Sunday, May 28 – Overbrook Cemetery

Lyndon

American Legion Post 125, Lyndon, will hold memorial ceremonies at area cemeteries on Monday, May 29, 2017, beginning at 10 a.m. at Lyndon Cemetery and will also participate in the countywide memorial celebration at 11 a.m. at Pomona Lake Dam.

  • 10 a.m. Monday, May 29 – Lyndon Cemetery
  • 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 29 – Vassar Cemetery
  • 11 a.m. Monday, May 29 – Pomona Lake Dam (with other area Legions)
  • 11:30 a.m. Monday, May 29 – Oak Hill Cemetery, Quenemo

Quenemo

The Oak Hill Cemetery Association will have a Memorial Day ceremony at 11:30 a.m. Monday, May 29, at Oak Hill Cemetery, Quenemo. Lyndon American Legion Post 125 will present the colors and Brother Don Brannan will offer the prayer and preside over the service.

Osage City

American Legion Post 198 Osage City will host a Memorial Day Weekend Pancake Feed 6:30-10 a.m. Saturday, May 27. Volunteers are welcome to help raise and lower flags for the Avenue of Flags at the Osage City Cemetery. The schedule is: Sunday, May 28, flags up at 7 a.m., flags down at 7 p.m.; Monday, May 29, flags up at 7 a.m., flags down at 5 p.m. Flags will be folded at the legion hall after taking them down on Monday. Volunteers are always welcome and needed and do not need to be
a member to help. In addition, the post will have poppy sales Saturday at the pancake feed and Sunday at Jerry’s Thriftway, Osage City.

The post will have memorial services on Monday, May 29 -10 a.m. at the Osage City Cemetery and 11 a.m. at Pomona Dam for the countywide service.

  • 10 a.m. Monday, May 29 – Osage City Cemetery
  • 11 a.m. Monday, May 29 – Pomona Dam (with other area Legions)

Scranton, Carbondale

Edward Ted Rowe VFW Post 2709, Scranton, and its Auxiliary will hold memorial services on Monday, May 29, at Carbondale and Scranton cemeteries:

  • 10 a.m. Monday, May 29 – Carbondale Cemetery
  • 11 a.m. Monday, May 29 – Scranton Cemetery

Lyndon library schedules teen summer reading program

The Lyndon Carnegie Library will offer teen summer reading events at the library on Thursdays through July 26, 2017, at 2:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted. Programs and prizes will be geared towards seventh to 12th-grade students. All teens are invited to join in the fun.

Schedule:

  • June 15 – Come recycle at the library. Make your choice of jewelry, wall art, or secret boxes.
  • June 22 – “Break Out Session” – Come see what it is all about!
  • June 29 – Game night starts at 5 p.m. Come play games, hang out, make funky drinks and have supper on us.
  • July 13 – Make a house out of cardboard. They will be judged for first, second and third, and displayed.
  • July 20 – Build a small catapult. Put them to the test and then on display.
  • July 26 (Wednesday) – 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., reading program finale for all ages. Touch a truck and prize giveaway.

To sign up or for more information, call 785-828-4520, stop by the library at 127 E. Sixth St., Lyndon, or visit www.lyndonlibrary.org.

KHP initiates Memorial Day traffic dragnet

The peak of summer travel across our nation’s highways is about to begin. The Kansas Highway Patrol will be working additional hours from now through June 4, 2017. This additional coverage is funded by the Kansas Department of Transportation through the STEP (Special Traffic Enforcement Program) campaign.

“The Patrol is dedicated to helping save lives on Kansas highways,” said Colonel Mark Bruce, Superintendent of the Kansas Highway Patrol. “We will enforce the state’s seat belt and child safety seat laws, as a way to help prevent fatalities on our roads. One death is one too many.”

The STEP program allows officers to work overtime hours, providing extra manpower on the roads and focusing on areas such as occupant protection, enforcing impaired driving laws, enforcing the state’s texting laws, and other traffic safety issues. This year’s focus of the Memorial Day STEP campaign is, “Click It Or Ticket,” encouraging seat belt and child safety seat use for occupants of all ages.

Over the 2016 Memorial Day holiday reporting period for the KHP, troopers worked one fatal crash on Kansas’ roads, which was DUI-related. Patrol personnel arrested 25 people for impaired driving. Personnel also assisted 1,079 motorists who needed help on Kansas roads.

“Memorial Day is a celebration of the great men and women who have lost their lives serving this great country, and also marks the beginning of summer vacation season nationwide,” said Lieutenant Adam Winters, KHP public information officer. “The KHP and all of our law enforcement partners remind all Kansans to buckle up, every trip, every time. We would also remind everyone to make plans in advance for a sober driver. Law enforcement will be out looking for those drivers who made the wrong decision to drink and drive.”

Anyone in need of assistance on a Kansas highway can call KHP for assistance at *47 (*HP) or *582 (*KTA) for the Kansas Turnpike.

Hidden History: ‘Marble man’ chiseled his legacy in Osage County cemeteries

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Matthew Waddle special-ordered stone from Vermont in 1902 for John and Margaret Sowell’s monument, now located at Vassar Cemetery.

By Wendi Bevitt

Matthew Waddle’s name has been relegated to Osage County’s history, but as you venture to most cemeteries within the county this Memorial Day, you’ll see evidences of his work everywhere.

Matthew Waddle owned and operated a successful monument business in Lyndon, Kan., from the 1880s until his death in 1907. The Ohio native first lived in Ottawa, Kan., where he got his start as a salesman for Hanway Brothers Monuments in 1876.  Hanway Brothers, owned by John Hanway, executed fine monuments and employed highly skilled workmen with the most up to date tools. They were the oldest marble company in the state and highly regarded for their monuments and fair dealings.  John Hanway’s father, James, was a stone cutter and had been an associate of John Brown. The Hanway Brothers firm created the John Brown statue that now stands in Osawatomie.

Matthew Waddle made Hiram Ward's stone that is in the Burlingame Cemetery. Osage County history tidbit: Ward was a staunch opponent of the gambling and horse races at the Burlingame Fair. Apparently he got that nixed, but when he died in 1895, it didn't take long for them to get reinstated.

Matthew Waddle made Hiram Ward’s stone that is in the Burlingame Cemetery. Osage County history tidbit: Ward was a staunch opponent of the gambling and horse races at the Burlingame Fair. Apparently he got that nixed, but when he died in 1895, it didn’t take long for them to get reinstated.

Before 1883, Waddle had left Hanway and was working for Fernald Brothers, of Topeka, Kan. Fernald Brothers also created grand monuments and holds the distinction of creating the Kansas memorial tablet in 1882 for the interior of the Washington Monument in the nation’s capitol.

By 1885, Waddle settled in Lyndon and struck out on his own utilizing the knowledge gleaned with Hanway and Fernald. His business grew rapidly and he was creating monuments across Osage County of “the highest class of work”. Because of his excellent craftsmanship, he also sold monuments throughout the state and held the distinction of creating “the finest monument in Franklin County”, although that monument has not been identified at the time of this article. Business was going so well, that in June of 1895, he delivered 25 monuments to Burlingame Cemetery alone.

Waddle’s marble came not only from local suppliers, but he could special order quality stone from elsewhere. One such stone was that of John and Margaret Sowell’s monument located at Vassar. The marble was ordered after Mr. Sowell’s death in 1902 from Rutland, Vermont, at a cost of $200. Transit for the stone proved disastrous however, and flooding that year led to its disappearance en route.

Flint Hills health center to offer free women’s services at monthly clinic

Free Pap, breast exam appointments on first Wednesday of month

EMPORIA, Kan. – Unsurprisingly, a regular Pap test isn’t high on most women’s list of favorite activities, and not everyone has health insurance or can afford one.

But the test’s low popularity doesn’t diminish its importance. That’s why Flint Hills Community Health Center is using National Women’s Health Week to announce its new “Women First Wednesdays” clinic to offer appointments for free Pap tests and breast exams.

“These appointments are free for everyone, regardless of income or insurance coverage,” said Dr. Amanda Ruxton, medical director at the health center. “We don’t want these issues to be barriers for why women don’t come in and get a potentially life-saving screening.”

To take advantage of the free appointments that start June 7 in Emporia, Kan., patients need to call to get on the schedule.

Ruxton said women between the ages of 21 and 64 should have a Pap test every three years if they have a normal Pap history.

Pap tests can save lives by showing the early signs of cervical cancer, Ruxton said. Cervical cancer is usually slow-growing, but it is one of the easiest cancers to prevent and detect.

“The earlier we can detect cervical cancer and treat it, the more successful that treatment can be,” she said.

Osage County defendants sentenced

Osage County Attorney Brandon Jones has released the following information about convictions and sentencing in Osage County District Court last week.

Help Wanted: Career opportunity as Commercial Tile Contractor

Fox Ceramic Tile is hoping to hire two or more inexperienced laborers to introduce to the ceramic tile trade. Travel involved; transportation usually provided. Competitive wages; lots of opportunity for advancement. If interested in a career opportunity as a commercial tile contractor, contact us at 785-437-2792.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Appreciating all those ‘Mothers’

buchmanheadMaternal encouragement is often forgotten yet essential to happiness and success.

Nobody replaces one’s own mother, but motherliness of others’ helping and guiding is often taken for granted.

Of course, Mother’s Day always brings reflections of Mom, who’s already been gone nearly 35 years. Seldom does anything occur that there’s not pondering “what would Mom think, do, advise?”

As elaborated in the past, of all acquainted from every aspect, none compare to Mom’s big heartedness. Yet, that was very sadly overshadowed unapparent to many by her always brashness, perhaps seeming bossy mannerisms. It was quite opposite becoming most evident with passing time.

Yet, need to acknowledge the many other “mothers” through the lifetime providing “nurturing.”

Common likely for many, right after Mom come the Grandma. Two of course, with the paternal cherished as second-mom.

Fondness reflects for her all of 60 pounds before school, after school, always. Remember stringing penny-trinkets, vanilla ice cream cones, even stinky long Kool’s smoke, ashes in the cauliflower.

Several aunts had certain warm specialness, more apparent and appreciated through decades.

Luvella, Dad’s sister, just Lu – no much more than “just”. Perhaps satisfactorily indescribable, forever Aunt Lu was there, whatever. Smart, ornery, loving, knowing, showing, protective, devoted, never critical Mom for her nephew replacing the children she never had.

Unless experienced unusual to most, be remiss to overlook tender, gentle, affectionate, momma-ways of the grocery store customers. Notwithstanding cookies, Kool-Aid and like, their expressions of joy and appreciativeness remain intimate.

Again many likely not understanding is those dozens of coworkers’ devoted maternal understanding. Maybe it’s because boys become men, still acting like boys, cowboys. That seems to develop a certain forgiving, knowing help-is-required, understanding. Men always need Mommas.

Through six-decades-plus, every day, today, amazing the obviously kind care, generosity, helpfulness of women working side-by-side in everything there is to do. Dumb old man appreciates the assistance.

Sometimes acknowledged with scowl, “Mom,” mother of the children, undebatable mothers the spouse. Thankfulness for those cooperating, caring, mechanical-farming abilities, most importantly forgiving attributes in every endeavor.

Certainly, no admittance and definite denial thereof, roper-daughter even provides that maternal goodwill attentiveness, always with downplay smirk.

Mary, mother of Jesus, is the greatest of all mothers.

Reminds of Luke 1:42: “Mary is blessed among women.” So, Luke 1:31: “Let it be done to according to your word.”


030615-franksmug2Frank J. Buchman is a lifelong rancher from Alta Vista, a lifetime newspaper writer, syndicated national ag writer and a radio marketing consultant. He writes a weekly column to share A Cowboy’s Faith.

Gerald Scheid, 98, Vassar: May 16, 1919 – May 19, 2017

VASSAR, Kan. – Gerald Scheid, 98, passed away Friday, May 19, 2017, at Midland Hospice House, Topeka, Kan. He was born on May 16, 1919, near Vassar, Kan., the son of Henry and Edna Kraft Scheid.

Gerald had lived all of his life around the Vassar community.

He was a farmer and stockman, and had worked for the Kansas Forestry Department planting trees around the Pomona and Melvern lakes. He had also worked at Pomona State Park and then for Rural Water District No. 3. He started the Vassar 4-H in 1938, was a community leader for over 60 years, member of the Vassar and Lyndon school boards, State of Kansas 4-H Family of the Year in 1987, and a member of the Vassar United Methodist Church.

On May 2, 1944, Gerald married Belva Jane Bowman in Pomona, Kan. To this union six sons were born.

OCPR Update: Kids get ready to swim, create, sing and tumble your way through summer

OCPR-logo-redOsage City Parks and Recreation is ready for summer, with the aquatic center set to open May 27, 2017. Along with a schedule of swimming lessons, OCPR is also scheduling summer art camps, junior musical camps, and gymnastics camps.

Tag team speakers give 2017 Lyndon High School graduates vision of past, present, future

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Lyndon High School Class of 2017. Photo by Bill Patterson.

With two valedictorians and a salutatorian in Lyndon High School’s 2017 graduating class, spectators at last Sunday’s graduation ceremony were treated to a three-man tag team of graduation speeches. Tagged as second speaker, Salutatorian Trystan Pringle said planning the speeches with valedictorians Cody Anschutz and Daniel Pine included consultation with LHS Principal Brad Marcotte.

“Mr. Marcotte must have watched ‘A Christmas Carol’ because Cody was assigned the past, I the present, and Daniel the future,” Pringle said.

As first up to the podium and true to his part, Anschutz reflected on 13 years at Lyndon schools and “spoke about all of the awesome memories our class has made,” as Pringle later said.

Anschutz also reflected on how the class’ school experiences helped form them as students.

“Entering high school hit us like a ton of bricks,” Anschutz said. “We had this really mean guy bossing us around and trying to scare us. Yes, Mr. Marcotte, that was you, but I can’t thank you enough for all that you have done for us over the past four years.”

Anschutz also thanked “the great group of teachers that helped keep us in line,” and all of his 26 fellow classmates.

“Although I may not be the most qualified person in this group to give advice, my final piece of wisdom for you is this,” he said, “regardless of your past experiences at Lyndon High School over the past few years we have shaped each other, for better or for worse, into strong, capable individuals. Try to remember each other for how they are now.”

When tagged, Pringle talked about working to come up with a speech about the present “that would really stick with you. I wanted it to be special to each individual person.” Then he admitted to his secret passion for poetry, and showed his poetic talent with a rap song about each of his classmates.

Pringle’s rapping ended with a thank you to “pretty much anyone who showed up to bid the class of 2017 a farewell.”

“There’s like a thousand of you here … in essence you are what shaped our graduating class of 2017 and gave us the keys to our own success,” he said.

Tagged to talk about the future, Pine offered that regardless of the students’ successes or failures in the past, as graduates they were embarking on a new beginning.

“The opportunities are unlimited, so don’t let your performance in high school affect your future,” Pine said. “At this point, we all have a clean slate, and our decisions will determine our future.”

He advised classmates that only they can measure their own success, and it doesn’t matter what someone else thinks.

“At the end of the day, the only thing that matters is the person in the mirror, so don’t let yourself down. Congratulations Class of 2017. It’s been real,” Pine said, tagging Marcotte to present the class for graduation.

Members of the USD 421 Board of Education presented diplomas to the following 2017 graduates of Lyndon High School: Cody Don Anschutz, Kyle James Baker, Marissa Kay Beutel, Lainey Nicole Beyer, Beau David Brecheisen, Dalton Reid Brooker, Rylan Mitchell Burns, Haily Michele Chenoweth, Joseph Payton Dow, Ellie Rae Fischer, Bethanie Genae Gilliland, Morgan Scott Heit, Joseph Edward Heltzel, Taylor Lee House, Serena Lynn Hufford, Colton Garrett Hutchcroft, Jasmine Brooke Kempel, Roger Lee Lane, Kimberly Kathleen Lynn Lister, Chase Alexander Newberry, Rachel Elizabeth Owens, Marina Kathleen Payne, Daniel Louis Pine, Trystan Chance Pringle, Dalas Nichole Roberts, Grace Anne Spencer, Jillian Grace Stanley.

Senior class sponsors are Lori Catron and Teresa Fitch. USD 421 Board of Education members include Robert Knoernschild, president, Lisa Baker, David Brecheisen, Melissa Herdman, Joe Isch, Eric Ratzloff, and Lori Sturdy. Cheryl Cook is superintendent of schools.

Life speeds onward as 2017 Burlingame High School graduates accept diplomas

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2017 BHS graduates throw their hats in the air in celebration. Photo by Keri Welch.

For Burlingame High School valedictorian Alissa Jaynes, graduation from high school served as a signal that life moves fast.

Jaynes told her fellow classmates during the BHS graduation Saturday, May 13, 2017, that as the end of school came near, time had been on her mind: “About how it flies by and how there’s never enough of it. Life comes at us so fast that we don’t always get to appreciate the time that we have, and the people we share our time with,” she said. “So how do we slow down the rush of time, so that we can get some measure of control? The unfortunate answer to that question is, we simply can’t. All we can do is live in the present, look forward to the future, and always remember the fond memories
of the past.”

“We have always dreamed of this day,” Jaynes said, noting all the hard work, effort and help from others it had taken to get to graduation day. To those who helped the students achieve their successes – parents, teachers, school staff, “You’ve supported us on our journey,” she said. “The best way we graduates can show gratitude is to make the most of the opportunity we’ve been given and go forward with the intention of making our community and world a better place for the generations that follow us.”

Alexyss Hamner receiving hug from Bonnie Reavis.

Alexyss Hamner receiving hug from Bonnie Reavis.

BHS salutatorian James Daniel Quaney also told the graduates they should have gratitude for the reason they were all gathered at the school gymnasium – success.

“Every single one of us that is about to walk across this stage has been successful,” Quaney said. “Through hard work and dedication we have achieved a spectacular accomplishment, making it through high school and graduating. This accomplishment is just one of many we all have obtained thus far in our lives. However, this one is different. When we walk across this stage today and receive our diplomas, we are opening the door to be able to achieve even greater successes.”

But those successes didn’t come without help from others, he said, thanking parents, teachers, school staff and his fellow classmates.

“We have been set up to have success in the future,” Quaney said. “We learned the necessary skills that will allow us to succeed … You equipped us with the knowledge to have success in our futures.”

“High school taught each of us that it doesn’t matter what your vision of success is, that if you work hard enough, and you put forth the effort, you can accomplish anything,” he said. “We are equipped and I am confident that we can go anywhere and do anything in this world.”

With BHS Principal Tammy Baird presenting the class, USD 454 President Kris Kline accepted the class for graduation. USD 454 Board of Education members presented diplomas to Dyllan Peyton Brake, Mason Thomas Brown, Katelyn Beth Droegemeier, Timothy Alan Dunn, Raven Ash Franzen, Quinn Noble Garrett, Alexyss Dawn Marie Hamner, Kylie Marie Hill, Anthony James Hovestadt, Alissa Lanae Jaynes, Kacie Marie Jones, Shannon Gayle Kirwan, Sierra Kay Kirwan, Regan Danielle Lindbloom, Katelynn Marie Linder, Irish Sean Masters, Shaylea Elizabeth Nicole Masters, Harper Calvin Neu, James Daniel Quaney, Darian Kay Summers, Rachael Lynne Swogger, Margaret Elizabeth West, Sabrina Ila-Mae Wright.

Senior class sponsors were Haley Tyson and Linda White.

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