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Three Lakes Educational Cooperative seeks Paraeducators

Paraeducators (Full-Time & Substitutes) needed to provide classroom support for students in all Osage and West Franklin County schools at all grade levels. Full time paraeducator application is available online at or pick up application at Three Lakes Educational Cooperative, 1318 Topeka Ave., Lyndon, KS. Para subs must complete employment paperwork at our office.

Five Kansas lakes under public health warning due to blue-green algae

TOPEKA, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment, in conjunction with the Kansas Department of Wildlife Parks and Tourism, has issued a public health warning for five lakes due to a harmful algal bloom.

If a lake is under a public health warning for blue-green algae, activities such as boating and fishing may be safe. However, direct contact with water, such as wading, skiing and swimming, is strongly discouraged for people, pets and livestock. The lakes currently under a watch or warning status are:

  • Warning: Keith Sebelius Reservoir, Norton County
  • Warning: Kirwin Lake, Phillips County
  • Warning: Marion County Lake, Marion County
  • Warning: Marion Reservoir, Marion County
  • Warning: Sam’s Pond, Syracuse, Hamilton County
  • Watch: Webster Lake, Rooks County

Lakes under a warning are not closed. Marinas, lakeside businesses and park camping facilities are open for business. If swim beaches are closed, it will be specifically noted. Drinking water and showers at parks are safe and not affected by algae blooms. Boating and fishing are safe on lakes under a warning, but contact with the water should be avoided. It is safe to eat fish caught during a harmful blue-green algae outbreak, as long as the fish is rinsed with clean water. Only the fillet portion should be consumed, and all other parts should be discarded. Hands should also be washed with clean water after handling fish taken from an affected lake. Zoned lakes may have portions fully open for all recreation even if other portions are under a warning.

Zebra mussels continue infestation of Kansas lakes

Two more lakes found to have invasive mollusks

050814-zebraTOPEKA, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism has confirmed the presence of invasive zebra mussels in Wellington Lake in Sumner County earlier this month. Wellington city staff discovered the invasive, sharp-shelled mollusks as they replaced buoy lines. KDWPT staff subsequently found well-established populations of zebra mussels of various ages in the old and new parts of the lake.

In May, KDWPT confirmed the presence of invasive zebra mussels in Paola City Lake, or Lake Miola, in Miami County. On May 23, an angler snagged an old fishing rod near the boat ramp with live adult zebra mussels attached and reported it to the local KDWPT game warden. KDWPT aquatic nuisance species staff subsequently found more zebra mussels of various ages in several parts of the lake. The population appears to be well-established.

Wellington Lake covers approximately 675 surface acres, and is managed by the city of Wellington. Lake Miola covers approximately 220 acres and is managed by the city of Paola.

KDWPT manages both lakes’ fisheries as part of the department’s Community Fisheries Assistance Program (CFAP).

Both lakes offer outdoor activities such as boating, skiing, swimming, fishing, camping and hiking. Jessica Howell, KDWPT aquatic nuisance species coordinator, reminds lake visitors that everyone using the lakes plays a key role in stemming the spread of mussels to uninfested lakes.

“This situation shows how important it is for boaters, anglers, swimmers and skiers to be aware of aquatic nuisance species (ANS) and to take precautions to prevent their spread,” Howell said.  

Anglers encouraged to use caution on ice covered lakes

Warmer temperatures will begin causing weak spots on frozen waters 

PRATT – A recent cold-spell had many Kansas lakes covered in thick ice, creating ideal conditions for ice fishing, but even with very cold temperatures, ice anglers must be vigilant. Now that temperatures are warming, extreme caution must be used in avoiding weak spots on lakes and reservoirs.

If you have an itch to drop a line this winter, keep these following common-sense ice safety rules in mind:

Spring rains fill local ponds and lakes

As pond-filling rains ended Tuesday afternoon, Dragoon Creek at U.S. 75 looked more like the Dragoon River, with rapid flow pouring into Pomona Lake. Rain gauges showed 2 to 4 inches fell across Osage County Monday and Tuesday. With another inch or so added overnight Wednesday, Pomona Lake’s elevation was 977.62 feet Thursday; normal pool elevation is 974.

Outdoors: Frozen lakes require extreme caution

PRATT – After nighttime temperatures in the single-digits and daytime highs in the teens and twenties, most Kansas water bodies are covered with a sheet of ice. While beautiful and perhaps alluring to anglers and explorers, a frozen lake can be deadly and deserves respect and caution.

Corps urges waterfowl hunters to be safe on area lakes

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Kansas City District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers urges hunters to be safe and take precautions this winter when hunting at any of the district’s 18 lakes throughout Missouri, Kansas, Iowa and Nebraska.

Most waterfowl hunters do not think of themselves as “boaters.” The boat is just a mode of transportation to reach their favorite hunting spot; as a consequence, they do not consider the safety precautions that are important for a safe and enjoyable hunting trip. Packing boats beyond capacity with decoys, guns, dogs, gear, and their buddies creates a very dangerous safety hazard. 

Corps to reopen area lakes’ operations

Pomona, Melvern lakes’ federal facilities to be open by Friday

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Kansas City District is reopening operations following the shutdown of the federal government for lack of fiscal 2014 funding legislation which began on October 1. This includes visitor centers, boat ramps and similar facilities that are typically open this time of year at all 18 of the district’s lake projects. The following camping areas will be reopened by Friday, October 18:

Pomona Lake, Kan. – Outlet, 110 Mile, Cedar, and Wolf Creek Group Camp; Melvern Lake, Kan. – Outlet and Sundance parks;

Federal recreation areas closed at Melvern and Pomona lakes

KANSAS CITY – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Kansas City District has closed USACE-operated campgrounds and day-use parks due to the shutdown of the federal government for lack of fiscal 2014 funding legislation. The closure includes federal facilities at Melvern and Pomona lakes.

Affected recreation areas will remain closed until after the shutdown is lifted. This includes all visitor facilities, campgrounds, boat ramps and similar facilities at all 18 lake projects in the Kansas City District.

Zebra mussels found in two more Kansas lakes

Glen Elder Reservoir and Lake Wabaunsee have the invasive species

TOPEKA – The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism has confirmed the presence of zebra mussels in Glen Elder Reservoir (Waconda Lake), in Mitchell County, and Lake Wabaunsee, in Wabaunsee County. Zebra mussels are bean-sized mollusks with striped, sharp-edged, two-part shells. Twenty-one Kansas lakes have now been confirmed to have zebra mussels.

“These latest discoveries show how important it is for the public to be aware of the dangers of aquatic nuisance species (ANS) and to take precautions to prevent their spread,” said Jessica Howell, KDWPT aquatic nuisance species coordinator.

Melvern Lake open for business despite blue-green algae warning at outlet ponds

Melvern Lake’s Coeur d’Alene swim beach awaits beach lovers even though the lake’s outlet ponds are under algae warning.

A blue-green algae warning continues for two popular ponds adjacent to Melvern Lake. A warning covering Melvern Outlet River Pond and Melvern Outlet Swim Pond was issued last week, along with an announcement of the closure of Outlet Swim Beach.

The presence of blue-green algae was confirmed in the ponds, with the warning based on cyanobacteria/toxin results from Aug. 3 and 8, 2017, testing conducted by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

With the swim beach closed, those looking to swim are encouraged to go to Coeur d’Alene swim beach.

The Melvern outlet ponds are among five lakes in the state under warning for blue-green algae, including Central Park Lake, Shawnee County, Marion County Lake, Marion County, and Webster Lake, Rooks County.

Lakes under a warning are not closed. Marinas, lakeside businesses and park camping facilities are open for business. If swim beaches are closed, it will be specifically noted. Drinking water and showers at parks are safe and not affected by algae blooms. Boating and fishing are safe on lakes under a warning, but contact with the water should be avoided. It is safe to eat fish caught during a harmful blue-green algae outbreak, as long as the fish is rinsed with clean water. Only the fillet portion should be consumed, and all other parts should be discarded. Hands should also be washed with clean water after handling fish taken from an affected lake. Zoned lakes may have portions fully open for all recreation even if other portions are under a warning.

Another Osage County lake, Overbrook City Lake, remains under a blue-green algae watch. Also under watches are Milford Reservoir in all zones in Geary, Dickinson and Clay counties; Sam’s Pond, Syracuse, Hamilton County; South Lake, Johnson County and Villa High Lake, Thomas County.

Corps closes swimming beach and issues public health warning for Melvern Lake Outlet Ponds

MELVERN, Kan. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced today the existence of a blue-green algae bloom at the Outlet Campground River Pond and Outlet Swim Beach/Fish Rearing Pond downstream of Melvern Lake, in Osage County, Kan.

These ponds are currently under a warning based on cyanobacteria and toxin results from Aug. 3, 2017, testing conducted by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. As a result, the swim beach at Outlet Swim Beach/Fish Rearing Pond is closed until further notice.  All other facilities in Outlet Park and Melvern Lake remain open.

The present algae bloom is isolated to the Outlet Campground River Pond and Outlet Swim Beach/Fish Rearing Pond below Melvern Lake Dam. Lake visitors can still use the Coeur d’ Alene swim beach on the main lake. Boat ramps and main lake activities are not affected. Marinas, lakeside businesses and park camping facilities are open for business. Drinking water and showers at parks are safe and not affected by algae blooms.

Hot and sunny weather conditions combined with high nutrient levels create ideal conditions for harmful algae bloom growth. Blue-green algae blooms are unpredictable. They can develop rapidly and may float or drift around the lake, requiring visitors to exercise their best judgment. If there is scum, a paint-like surface or the water is bright green, avoid all water contact and keep pets away.

Hidden History: Sac and Fox orphan ensures record of tribes’ life in Osage County

Julia Goodell, right, and her adopted daughter Fannie Baker both made their marks on the Sac and Fox tribes’ history in Osage County.

By Wendi Bevitt

Prior to their removal to Kansas around 1845, the Sac (or Sauk) and Fox tribes were located in Iowa. Most often they are mentioned together, but had originally been two distinct groups.

During the 1700s, French attacks on the Foxes (the Fox Wars of 1712 to 1733) in the Great Lakes Region caused the two tribes to join forces and form a close alliance that helped to affect unification.

The Sac and Fox reservation in Kansas was 435,200 acres located at the headwaters of the Osage River, the first agency being in Franklin County. In 1859, the agency was moved into Osage County, at Quenemo, with Perry Fuller (former employer of Frank James) as agent. The agency also employed an interpreter, John Goodell, to assist in government negotiations with the tribe.

John Goodell was of European descent and raised in New York. He became familiar with the language and customs of the Indians, and served as an interpreter for the government in both Iowa and Kansas.

In 1840, Goodell married Julia Mitchell. Julia was a member of the Sac and Fox tribes and was a survivor of the Black Hawk War. This war was an attempt by Sauk leader Black Hawk to lead the Sauk and associated tribes to resettle lands in Illinois that had been ceded by the tribes in an 1804 treaty. Finding a place to call home that was both acceptable to the tribe and the government was something that would plague the tribe continuously, and translating during these negotiations was the main responsibility for John Goodell.

John and Julia Goodell’s home at the Quenemo agency was an asylum for orphans, the sick, and needy. They adopted twins Fannie and Isaac Baker, children of Indian trader Isaac Baker and his Fox wife, who died after their birth. Mr. Baker pursued the fur trade, and eventually became a prominent banker in St. Louis, Mo.

In 1859, the Sac and Fox tribe paid for Fannie and a handful of other young people, including the daughter of the Indian agent, to attend Baker University. Baker University was the first college in Kansas territory having opened in 1858. Perry Fuller, the Sac and Fox Agency representative, was also living in Baldwin City at the time.

Mr. and Mrs. Swarts named as Mr. and Mrs. Osage City 2017

Mr. and Mrs. Osage City 2017 are Richard and Jeanette Swarts, (driven in a Corvette convertible by the Oglebys).

Richard and Jeanette Swarts represented Osage City in the  2017 Osage County Fair Parade as Mr. and Mrs. Osage City. They said they feel very honored and appreciative and would like to thank the Chamber of Commerce for selecting them.

Richard has been a life-long resident of Osage City. After high school graduation, he attended Flint Hills Vo-Tech, studying automotive. He has held a variety of employment including DuPont, Buzz’s Automotive, co-owner of Buzz’s Automotive, and Kansas Department of Transportation. Upon retiring from KDOT, he now assists his brother-in-law with his farming operation.

Jeanette grew up in Burlingame and moved to Osage City after they got married. After high school graduation, she received a business-secretarial degree from Emporia State University. Retirement in 2012 concluded a combination 40 years of service with Hallmark Cards and Kansas State High School Activities Association. Jeanette has enjoyed supporting the community, where she has served on the school board for 12 years, recreation commission for 12 years, and treasurer for the Osage City Country Club. Jeanette continues and is enjoying the opportunity to serve Osage City as executive director for the Osage City Chamber of Commerce and Third Ward representative on the Osage City Council.

The couple is always looking for ways to improve and support the community. On June 28, they celebrated their 48th wedding anniversary. Together, Richard and Jeanette’s hobbies include attending car shows and traveling. They are active with the Twin Lakes Cruisers Car Group and organizing the annual Cruis’n and Cook’n Car Show. They enjoy spending time at The Lodge, in Branson, Mo., and attending Kansas State Football games as season ticket holders. They also enjoy spending time with their two sons, Shawn, Baker, Mont, and Ty and Jill, Shawnee, Kan., five grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, and four step-great grandchildren.

Be safe over Fourth of July holiday weekend

There is family fun to be had on the water, but be safe.

KANSAS CITY, Mo.- As one of the nation’s largest federal provider of water-based recreation, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Kansas City District stresses water safety and urges extra caution while in or around water during the upcoming Independence Day holiday.

Many people enjoy water-based recreation as part of their Fourth of July celebration. Outdoors enthusiasts can enjoy scenic river and lake views while taking advantage of picnicking, camping, fishing, boating and swimming opportunities.

Unfortunately, some celebrations end tragically due to accidents in, on and around the water. To ensure a safer recreation experience over the holiday and throughout the year, the Corps urges visitors to practice the following water safety tips:

Lyndon invites all to celebrate an old-fashioned Fourth of July

As county seat and “gateway to the lakes”, Lyndon is known for its hometown hospitality. But the community especially welcomes everyone during its annual old-fashioned Independence Day celebration.

So whether you’re a local, transient traveler, or lake visitor for the holiday, on July 4, 2017, the Lyndon community is again inviting all to spend the day in town celebrating their freedom. Featured are the pancake feed, patriotic parade, town picnic in the park, games and prizes, and free cold watermelon. Then cool off a sizzling Fourth of July with a free swim at the Lyndon swimming pool.

The day of celebration begins at 7:30 a.m. with a pancake feed at the Lyndon Community Center, sponsored by the Lyndon Lions Club. The menu will be pancakes, link sausages, biscuits and sausage gravy, and eggs; with coffee, tea, orange juice, milk or water. Come enjoy breakfast before the parade. Donations accepted. After everyone gets around and has breakfast, at 10:30 a.m. the annual patriotic parade begins, with awards given for a variety of categories.

Anyone who wants to be in the parade should gather at the Lyndon High School parking lot at 9:45 a.m. To register, contact Lyndon City Hall at 785-828-3146. Near the intersection of Sixth Street and Topeka Avenue is suggested as the best viewing spot for the parade.

Starting at 11:30 a.m. will be the old-fashioned picnic in Lyndon City Park. Free watermelon will be available while it lasts, and the Masons will sell lunch for the picnic 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., or families are invited to bring their own picnic favorite foods. From 11:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. will be games for all ages, such as nail driving and more, along with prizes.

Then in the afternoon until evening, everyone is invited to cool off at the city swimming pool, with free swimming offered to all.

The celebration’s finale will be a fireworks show at dark, hosted by Osage County Fire District No. 5 and held at the Lyndon Saddle Club arena north of town. Parking space and viewing area are available for all.

The community celebration is hosted by Lyndon Pride, the city of Lyndon, Osage County Fire District No. 5, and Lyndon Saddle Club. For more information, contact Lyndon City Hall at 785-828-3146.

Osage County State Fishing Lake among available bathymetric maps for anglers

PRATT – What’s a bathymetric map, you ask? Bathymetry is the study of underwater depth of lake or ocean floors. So, it’s really a topographical map of the lake’s floor, and those maps have traditionally only been available for our larger reservoirs. However, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism fisheries biologists have been working on a project for the past year to build bathymetric maps of many of our smaller lakes. Anglers can use these maps to help locate fishing hotspots.

Lucky for Osage County State Fishing Lake fishermen, a map is now available of that lake, too.

Biologists created bathymetric maps of these smaller lakes for two reasons: they help biologists manage fisheries more efficiently and they help anglers find more fish. These new maps will help anglers identify creek channels, depth changes, and in some cases, habitat cubes placed in the last few years. In other words, a little bit of studying can help anglers navigate new water quickly and efficiently. And maps that show depth and contours of the lake floors can help anglers locate spots that hold fish or are fish highways.

To be successful, anglers rely on using an assortment of tools, including specialized rods and reels, different colors and sizes of lures, the newest electronics, and cell phone apps that give up-to-the-minute weather reports.

A printable version of the Osage County State Fishing Lake map can be downloaded or viewed here, or see the 46 bathymetric maps available for small impoundments across Kansas here:

Osage City library’s health fair encourages wellness of body, mind and spirit

The Osage City Public Library is hosting a community health fair for all ages 1:30-2:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 14, 2017. The health fair will feature numerous local organizations and businesses that encourage everyone to be healthy in mind, spirit and body. All are invited to stop by the library at 515 Main St., Osage City, for the health fair, or call the library at 785-528-3727 for more information.

As of today, the following businesses and organizations have confirmed they will have representatives at the health fair to share information about their services or products: Osage County EMS, Salt Creek Fitness and Rehabilitation, Auburn Pharmacy, Vintage Park, Allen County Community College, Schroeder Drugs, Flint Hills Technical College, East Central Kansas Aging and Disability, Gravel City Adventure and Supply, Osage County Clerk’s Office, Dirty Kanza Promotions, ECKAN, TOPS, Osage County Health Department, Citizens Insurance Services, American Family Insurance, Newman Regional Health, CrossWinds Counseling and Wellness, Osage City Public Library, Drug Free Osage County, Frontier Extension District, Young Living Essential Oils, Harmon’s Dental, Osage County Sheriff Office, Newman Medical Partners, Peterson Health Care, SOS, Catholic Charities USA, ECAT, Kansas Radon Program, city of Osage City, Salvation Army , RCIL, Three Lakes Learning, Higher Power Health and Yoga, Stormont Vail, Encompass Home Health, Osage County News, Melvern Lake Corps of Engineers, Sunflower Gymnastics, Home Health CareGivers, VanArsdale Funeral Chapel, St Francis Hospital.

Kids, wake up bright and early Saturday, it’s time to go fishing

Two fishermen discuss the best bait to use at the 2015 kids fishing competition at Pomona State Park.

It’s going to be an excellent time for fishing in Osage County this weekend, with free fishing statewide, and Pomona State Park’s annual kids fishing derby on Saturday.

Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism observes National Fishing and Boating Week, June 3-11, 2017, by letting Kansas anglers fish for free on June 3 and 4. That means that anyone may fish in Kansas without a fishing license.

To participate in the Pomona State Park kids fishing derby, registration begins at 8 a.m. Saturday, with first lines going in at 8:30 a.m. The Friends of Pomona State Park have also planned a kids’ carnival that will begin at 10 a.m. The event will be at Boat Ramp No. 2.

Kansas lakes and rivers are known for producing big crappie, abundant channel catfish, huge flathead catfish and giant blue catfish. However, thousands of farm ponds that dot the rural landscape are filled with largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie and catfish. Federal reservoirs are known for producing great walleye, wiper, crappie and white bass fishing.

For more information, contact Pomona State Park at 785-828-4933.

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.

Overbrook Overlook: City to study water system

The Overbrook City Council voted unanimously to approve a $30,000 grant from USDA Rural Development to fund an engineering survey of the city’s water system, including wells and distribution grid. Kramer Engineering will be conducting the survey as soon as paperwork is completed.

Property donated

The council recently accepted a donation of property from the owners of the lot located north of the post office. The property was donated with the request the city pay appraisal and closing costs and provide a receipt of donation. The donation will be used to incentivize new business to Main Street.

City trash and recycle pick up service

The city council approved a two-year extension of the contract with Osage Waste. Service for both regular trash and curbside recycling will continue at the current rate.

Problem pets prompt review of ordinance

Overbrook Police and animal control have received complaints about dogs running loose. City ordinance No. 383 instructs authorities to fine the dog owner at the rate of $60 for first offense; $120 for second offense; and $180 for additional offenses, plus cost for boarding and court fees may be added. The city council heard a request from a resident asking for a change to current the pet limit stated in Ordinance No. 101 (three dogs plus one other pet – total of four pets). The council will consider with a decision due at the June meeting. Residents can call city hall to give input regarding this potential change.

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