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Willing Workers 4-H Club celebrates holidays by giving back to community

Caroling at a local nursing home, front from left, Charlotte Ferrer, Clara Thielen, Kassie Thielen, Jack Ferrer, Ruby Stucky, Hadley Bosse, Lelia Wilcoxson; middle row, Paige Thielen, Reece Wilcoxson, Kaiden Bosse, Lena Stucky, Avery Thielen, Colleen Stucky; back row, Brody Thompson, Kevin Whitmer, Grace Croucher, Jaiton Bosse and Dustin Stucky; not pictured, Julian Ferrer and Cole Thompson.

By Avery Thielen, Club Reporter

The Willing Workers 4-H Club have been busy celebrating the holidays, providing a lot of volunteer time to the club and community. To kick off the holiday season, the members celebrated Candyland Christmas in Osage City on Nov. 13, 2021, by having a bake sale in the morning and riding a float they decorated for the evening parade. The club’s Candyland float receive second place in the parade.

On Nov. 20, members took turns throughout the day volunteering to ring the bell for the Salvation Army in front of Jerry’s Thriftway, at Osage City.

On the afternoon of Dec. 5, members spent time decorating sugar cookies. Those cookies were then the treat given out the evening they went Christmas caroling at Vintage Park Assisted Living, Park Place Apartments, and Peterson Assisted Living.

The Willing Workers 4-H Club wishes everyone a wonderful holiday season!

Lyndon football champion celebrates a life of winning

By Jack Bowen

It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. While Americans fought for democracy overseas, a team of Kansas farm boys from the Lyndon area, who would soon join that fight, was finishing an amazing run at the old football field on the north side of Lyndon High School.

The Lyndon team had back-to-back perfect seasons in 1943 and 1944. The only surviving member of that Lyndon Tigers team is 95-year-old Raymond Goldsmith, who now lives on his farm halfway between Lyndon and Quenemo.

“I never knew what it was to lose. Can you imagine?” said Goldsmith recently during an interview at his home.

Raymond played left tackle next to his brother, Curtis, who played guard, both on offense and defense. He said teams learned to never runs plays on the Goldsmith side of the line.

“They didn’t go through our side. If they tried it, they didn’t get very far.”

It wasn’t just the daily practice under school principal and football coach R.B. Wellborn that made them tough as nails. It was also the daily regimen of farm work that started every morning at 5 a.m. for the sons of Clyde and Laura Goldsmith on their farm on the east side of Lyndon. They worked hard and played hard when there was time.

In 2021, Raymond enjoys winning at retired life on his farm east of Lyndon. Courtesy photo.

Goldsmith pointed to a hill there, saying “That’s where me and Curtis and our brother Gerald would use a large grain shovel to sled down the hill when there was snow.”

Who was the toughest team the Lyndon Tigers beat during those two undefeated seasons?

“Oh, Burlingame up here was pretty tough, but they played pretty dirty,” the veteran Tiger said. “That’s the one that knocked the wind out of me – Dad ran out on the field. He thought I was gonna die or whatever.”

Goldsmith said this was back in the days when local teams played only against teams in the county. There was no long distance travel to faraway games. The downside was that teams were often matched against much bigger schools, not only in the number of athletes available, but also in physical size.

“Osage City was a lot bigger than Lyndon, but we beat Osage, and boy, they couldn’t take it,” he remembered.

Goldsmith missed the first part of his last game as a Tiger in 1944. He’d volunteered to join the U.S. Army. Uncle Sam required him to take a physical exam in Leavenworth on the day of that game. He arrived back in Lyndon by bus that afternoon, then walked to get to the field in the fourth quarter.

Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club goes caroling for December meeting

By Bella Reeser, Club Reporter

On Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021, the Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club held its monthly club meeting at the Melvern Community Center. At 5:06 p.m. the meeting was called to order by President Braelyn McNally. The club began their meeting with The Pledge of Allegiance and 4-H Pledge led by Braelyn.

Secretary Amelia Arb called roll; members and parents were to answer with “What is your favorite gift you gave someone?” There were 13 members and eight adults present. Amelia read the minutes from the last meeting; they were approved as read.

Treasurer Gradey McNally read the treasurer’s report; it was approved as read. Reporter Bella Reeser stated she submitted two articles to the newspaper. In historian report, Historian Allie Reeser shared “History of 4-H”.

In leader’s report, Lisa Reser reminded members to enroll in the new 4-H year, and it’s never too early to start thinking about District Club Days.

In new business, it was moved and seconded to adopt a family, and send care packages to soldiers.

In program and songs, the club went caroling to six local houses in Melvern. Nathan Ferris led the club in singing “Frosty the Snowman”.

At 5:27 p.m., it was moved and seconded to adjourn the meeting. The Melvern Jr. Highline’s next club meeting will be 5 p.m. Sunday Jan. 9, 2022, at Melvern Community Center.

Club members enjoyed caroling for recreation and refreshments provided by the McNally and Reeser families.

Willing Workers celebrate 4-H by encouraging friends to join up

By Avery Thielen, Club Reporter

Showing support for 4-H, talking to other students about the opportunities that 4-H provides, and supporting the community was the highlight for the Willing Workers 4-H Club at the beginning of October.

Willing Worker Reece Wilcoxson works on a poster supporting 4-H.

To celebrate 4-H week the club members made posters to hang in the walls of the Osage City schools. Each member was able to show how important 4-H was to them as they designed their posters. These posters allowed the members to start conversations with their friends, inviting them to the first meeting of the 4-H year, which was on October 13.

“Making posters was important so other people could know what was going on,” said Reece Wilcoxson, 4-H member.

To celebrate the national event, 24 hours of 4-H, the members made cookies and put together cookie baskets to give to heath care workers in Osage City.

“We wanted to take cookies to the health care workers because COVID has been going on and they work very hard,” said Lena Stucky, 4-H member.

Students can still enroll in 4-H. Willing Workers 4-H Club meetings are held at 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of every month at the Osage City Community Building. Everyone is welcome anytime.

Willing Workers recognized at 4-H Achievement Night

Willing Workers 4-H Club celebrate their achievements: front, Clara Thielen, Kassie Thielen and Ruby Stucky; middle, Paige Thielen, Hadley Bosse, Avery Thielen, Lena Stucky and Jaiton Bosse; back Cole Thompson, Kevin Whitmer, Josie Thompson, Brody Thompson, Kaiden Bosse and Grace Croucher.

By Avery Thielen, Club Reporter

On Nov. 3, 2021, Willing Workers 4-H Club members attended the county 4-H achievement night at the Lyndon school. Many of the club members were present and received recognition for their year of hard work.

Members who completed their record book received a membership pin. Members receiving their membership pin were: Paige Thielen, 1st year, Lena Stucky, 3rd year, Kaiden Bosse, 4th year, Avery Thielen, 4th year, Kevin Whitmer, 5th year, Jaiton Bosse, 6th year, Brody Thompson, 6th year, Cole Thompson, 8th year, Grace Croucher, 8th year, Kayden Barrett, Cloverbud, Hadley Bosse, Cloverbud, Ruby Stucky, Cloverbud, Clara Thielen, Cloverbud, Kassie Thielen, Cloverbud, Leila Wilcoxson, Cloverbud.

Leaders receiving their membership pin were Dustin Stucky, 2nd year, Pam Whitmer, 3rd year, Josie Bosse, 6th year, Amanda and Chris Croucher, 8th year, Kara Thompson, 10th year) and Bruce Schoepflin, 14th year.

That night one member from the county was recognized for their project record report. Kevin Whitmer received the project award for foods, plant science and poultry. Lena Stucky received the project award for clothing and textiles, communications, stem and visual arts. Reece Wilcoxson received the rabbit project award. Two officers were recognized for their officer books. Brody Thompson received the historian award and Trista Anderson received the secretary award.

Kara Thompson was named the 4-H Alumni Award winner. She has spent 14 years serving the 4-H community and currently serves as one of the Willing Workers 4-H Club leaders.

“4-H brings kids together to help their community,” said Kara, who believes so strongly in the organization. As a former member from her youth, the Willing Workers were excited to see her receive this award.

The Whitmer family was named 4-H Family of the Year. Pam, Jeff and Kevin Whitmer are a very active 4-H family in the county. Pam serves as one of the Willing Workers 4-H Club leaders and their family goes above and beyond helping keep the club active in the community. Pam grew up in a family that was very involved in 4-H.

“4-H keeps us together as a family,” said Pam Whitmer. The Whitmers are very deserving of this award for their continued dedication to the organization.

Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club: Members enjoy fall as they get ready for Christmas

By Bella Reeser, Club Reporter

On Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021, Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club held its monthly club meeting at the Melvern City Park. At 5:14 p.m., the meeting was called to order by President Braelyn McNally. The club began the meeting with The Pledge of Allegiance and 4-H Pledge, led by Braelyn.

Secretary Amelia Arb called roll, members and parents were to answer with “What are you thankful for?” There were 11 members and six adults present. Amelia read the minutes from the last meeting; they were approved as read.

Treasurer Gradey McNally read the treasurer’s report; it was approved as read. Reporter Bella Reeser stated she submitted two articles to the newspaper. In the historian report, Historian Allie Reeser shared “The Story Behind the 4-H Clover”.

In leader’s report, leader Lisa Reeser reminded members to enroll in the new 4-H year, and congratulations to everyone at Achievement Night.

In new business, it was moved and seconded at the December meeting to go Christmas caroling at three or four houses in Melvern, Adopt-A-Family, and send care packages to soldiers.

In program, the club tie-dyed their new club shirt.

In songs, Nathan Ferris, led they club in singing “God Bless America”.

At 5:40 p.m., it was moved and seconded to adjourn the meeting. The Melvern Jr. Highline’s next club meeting will be 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5, at Melvern Community Center.

Club members then enjoyed playing at the park for recreation.

Help House helps with Thanksgiving meals

Once again, Help House will be assisting people in need with a full Thanksgiving meal to be distributed November 17 and 18, 2021. Residents of Osage County who are registered with Help House will receive either a turkey or a chicken with all the fixings, based on family size. Registration began Oct. 1, and will continue until all slots are taken.

Help House is looking for assistance from the community in this endeavor. Anyone who would like to help as a family, church, or organization, can collect the following items or donate cash and Help House will be able to purchase items that may be short. Thanksgiving dinner items can include instant potatoes, stove top style dressing mix, dry packaged gravy mix, (either turkey or brown gravy), boxed macaroni and cheese mix, boxed Jell-O and  canned mixed fruit (to make a salad), canned corn and green beans, pie crust (ready-made), pie filling (any kind).

For more information about the Thanksgiving meal project, contact Help House at 785-828-4888 or email [email protected].

Coat Closet open for business

The Coat Closet is also open at Help House and is open to anyone living in Osage County. Coat recipients do not need to be registered with Help House to come and shop for coats for themselves and their family members. Help House has a good selection, and with cold weather on the way soon, all are encouraged to come and shop. No appointments are necessary.

Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club: Neighboring clubs hold joint meeting at Melvern Lake

Melvern Jr. Highline and Lyndon Leaders 4-H club members enjoy a presentation on the history of Melvern Lake, presented by a park ranger. Bella Reeser photo.

Melvern Jr. Highline September 4-H Meeting

By Bella Reeser, Club Reporter

On Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021, the Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club held their monthly club meeting at the Overlook Shelter House at Melvern Lake. At 5:02 p.m. both the Melvern Jr. Highline and Lyndon Leaders 4-H clubs had the honor of a program presentation of the history of Melvern Lake by a Melvern park ranger. At 5:34 p.m. the September meeting was called to order by President Braelyn McNally. The club began their meeting with The Pledge of Allegiance and 4-H Pledge led by Leader Caleb McNally.

Secretary Amelia Arb called roll, members and parents were to answer with ‘If you could have one super power, what would it be?’ There were 12 members and eight adults present.

Amelia read the minutes from the last meeting; they were approved as read. Braelyn read the treasurer’s report; it was approved as read.  Reporter Bella Reeser stated she submitted one article to the newspaper.

In historian report, Historian Allie Reeser shared 4-H memories from Gaylene Ryan, former MJH leader.

In leader’s report, Lisa Reeser reminded members to read over meeting notes sheet: Thank yous to all awards contributors, Kansas State Fair is this week, record books are due September 22, newspaper forms are due Sept. 22, and at the next meeting we will create posters for National 4-H Week.

At 5:49 p.m. it was moved and seconded to adjourn the meeting. Both clubs then enjoyed a BBQ hot dog cook out for refreshments, then walked down to the beach to swim for recreation.

The Melvern Jr. Highline’s next club meeting will be 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021, at Melvern Community Center.

Help House News: Coat closet shares warmth around Osage County

By Raylene Quaney, Help House

Help House will be fully open once again beginning Oct. 1, 2021. No appointments are required. Masks are optional. For anyone who is not comfortable with this change, clients can place their food order online, set a time for pick up, and we will bring it out to their vehicle. You must be signed up as a client to take advantage of this great way to shop. For more information on how to do this, call 785-828-4888. Help House’s website www.helphouse.online offers lots of other information as well as the online food ordering link. Please visit the website and see what all is going on. Safe and secure cash donations may also be made there.

Coat closet opens

Oct. 1 is also the opening day for Help House’s 8th Annual Coat Closet. The coat closet will be open each day Help House is open until Oct. 29. In the past we have given out as many as 260 coats to residents of Osage County. You do not need to sign up ahead of time, and you do not need to be a client to receive a coat. We just limit one per family member living in the house. If anyone has coats to donate, we would greatly appreciate them. Infant and children’s coats are in short supply, and we can always use men’s and women’s 2X and 3X large coats. Please make sure they are clean and zippers work and they are in good shape.

Prom closet donations sought

Looking ahead to next spring, Help House is planning to hold the prom shop for the second time. It was a great experience and very successful this past spring. We are currently asking for donations of prom dresses that may be just hanging in the closet and taking up space. Why not pass them on to another young lady that might not be able to go out and purchase a new one. The girls last year had a great time shopping and 20 girls found the perfect dress for them. Drop off donations during our regular hours, or call for more information.

Stop in and shop

Just a reminder, any resident of Osage County is welcome to shop at Help House. We do not charge for any items you will find there, but donations are always appreciated.

Thank you

Help House would like to thank all of our supporters and wonderful dedicated volunteers. Without each of you we could not go about doing the work of this ministry. God bless each of you.

For more information, call Help House at 785-828-4888, see www.helphouse.online, or stop by at 131 W. 15th St., Lyndon, Kan.

4-H Reports: Melvern Jr. Highline meets for summer activities

Melvern Jr. Highline July 4-H Meeting

By Bella Reeser, Club Reporter

On Sunday, July 11, 2021, the Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club held its monthly club meeting at the Melvern Community Center. At 5:06 p.m., the meeting was called to order by Historian Allie Reeser. The club began their meeting with The Pledge of Allegiance and 4-H Pledge, led by Leader Caleb McNally. Reporter Bella Reeser called roll, members and parents were to answer with ‘What is your favorite season?’ There were six members and two adults present.

Reporter Bella Reeser read the minutes from the last meeting; they were approved as read. Recreational Leader Gradey McNally read the treasurer’s report; it was approved as read. Bella stated she submitted three articles to the newspaper.

In historian report, Allie shared 4-H memories from Allie Rice, former MJH member.

In leader’s report, Lisa Reeser reminded members to read over the meeting notes sheet, reminded members that fair season is quickly approaching.

In program, members shared their projects they showed at the Osage County Fair and how they did.

In songs, Anna Arb led the club in singing “Baby Bumble Bee”.

At 5:24 p.m. it was moved and seconded to adjourn the meeting. The Melvern Jr. Highline’s next club meeting will be 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 8, 2021, at Melvern Community Center. Club members then enjoyed a game of tag as recreation.

Song leader Anna Arb leads the club in singing “Baby Bumble Bee”.

At 150, Melvern proudly represents Kansas Spirit!

Dear Editor:

Congratulations to the town of Melvern, Kansas, for achieving 150 years of township!

Since its formation, Melvern has remained a place of hospitality for all Kansans to enjoy. Whether it’s to experience Melvern Lake, prosper as a small business owner, or be a historical part of the expansion of Kansas with the BNSF railroad, Melvern’s welcoming people and community embody the heart of Kansas.

Melvern offers incredible, photogenic views, and when you’re not celebrating a new fishing season, you’re celebrating the success of the USD 456 Trojans at Marais des Cygnes Valley High School.

As Kansas State Treasurer, one of my favorite things is traveling the state to visit communities like Melvern. While a busy schedule educating our citizens about unclaimed property, Learning Quest 529 accounts, and more keeps me from being able to attend Melvern’s Sunflower Days in person, I hope to visit soon to honor your wonderful achievement of 150 years!

May you celebrate many more and take pride in being a true representation of the Kansas Spirit!

Lynn Rogers
Kansas State Treasurer

Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club shows their know-how at district club days

By Bella Reeser
MJH 4-H Club Reporter

Like everything in our current world, District 4-H Club Days were modified due to COVID-19. Participants were to video their presentation and have it submitted to the district office via YouTube by March 1, 2021. On March 15, Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club members found out how astonishing their skills were. Presenting demonstrations were:

  • Allie Reeser presented a demonstration on making Cinnamon Applesauce Delight; she received a top purple.
  • Bella Reeser presented Rub-A-Dub Dub, Who’s Duck is in the Tub; she received an alternate top purple.
  • Braelyn McNally demonstrated how to make pumpkin chocolate chip muffins; she received a top purple.
  • Gradey McNally presented a demonstration on making Bubble Bread; he received a top purple.
  • Justin Brinkley gave a speech on private property; he received a top purple.

All top purple participants were to resubmit their presentations to the 4-H district office by March 19 to compete at Regional Club Days.

Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club updates: Springtime brings renewed activities

By Bella Reeser, Club Reporter

On Saturday, March 13, 2021, the Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club held its monthly club meeting at Fusion Bowling Alley, Ottawa, Kan., in conjunction with the Lyndon Leaders 4-H Club.

At 3:05 p.m. the MJH meeting was called to order by President Braelyn McNally. The club began their meeting with The Pledge of Allegiance and 4-H Pledge, led by Braelyn. Secretary Amelia Arb called roll; members and parents were to answer with, “If you could be any Disney character, which would you be?” There were 20 members and 11 adults present. Amelia then read the minutes from the last meeting; they were approved as read.

Vice-President Justin Brinkley read the treasurer’s report; it was approved as read.

Reporter Bella Reeser stated she submitted one article to the newspaper. In historian report, Historian Allie Reeser shared 4-H memories from John Harsh and Lara Combes-Shoup, both former MJH members.

In council report, council representative Braelyn reported the council was looking for ideas for community service projects.

In leader’s report, Lisa Reeser reminded members to read over the meeting notes sheet, and asked all members (MJH and Lyndon Leaders) to stand and share what they did for District Club Days. Lastly Lisa reminded members Blue & Gold orders would be in on Tuesday, please remember to pick them up.

Janae McNally then shared with the clubs there will be in-person 4-H camp, with details still to come.

In unfinished business, it was moved and seconded to table the farmers market until next month. In new business; it was discussed then moved and seconded to have an alternative Easter egg hunt for the students in the district. Details will be determined after speaking to school administrators. At 3:36 p.m. it was moved and seconded to adjourn the meeting. The Melvern Jr. Highline’s next club meeting will be 5 p.m. Sunday, April 11, 2021, at the Melvern Community Center. Club members then together enjoyed refreshments and bowling provided by the clubs.

Outdoor pets need extra care for cold winter days

Plenty of breeds of dogs are perfectly happy being outdoor pets, but even they require special care with the mercury drops. Public domain photo.

Focus on food, water and shelter

By Randall Kowalik

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Dogs and cats that spend most of their time outdoors need a little preparation as winter arrives. Paying attention to a few basic needs, and watching out for three hazards can make cold weather almost comfortable.

The first basic need is shelter. For dogs, this can be a sturdy doghouse that you build yourself, or purchase from a retailer.

“They need a dog house that’s not overly big – just big enough for them to get up and turn around in comfortably,” said Susan Nelson, a veterinarian and clinician at Kansas State University’s Veterinary Health Center. “If it’s too big they lose heat to all that empty space.”

Make sure the opening faces away from cold winter winds (in Kansas, that’s probably east or southeast). A flap of some sort should hang above the opening. For the inside, Nelson is a big fan of clean hay or wheat straw.

“Dogs can nestle down into it, and it helps conserve their body heat better,” she said. Cats (especially those hardy farm cats) are generally more self-sufficient, but it doesn’t hurt to provide a sturdy box or crate for them, too.

The second major need for outdoor pets is a source of clean, unfrozen water.

“Water is going to freeze in the winter, so the pets can actually get dehydrated in the winter just like they can in the summer,” Nelson said.

Electric-heated water dishes and bowls are both safe and inexpensive, ensuring that the water inside them is always above freezing, ready to drink. Otherwise, Nelson said fresh, very warm water must be added to the water bowl at least twice a day.

“The water shouldn’t be very hot, or boiling – but warm enough to stay liquid for an hour or two.”

Animals that stay outside on cold days and nights are going to burn extra calories just maintaining their body heat, so they will need extra food added to their meals during the winter months.

Lastly, remember that even with the best food, water and shelter, some days and nights will just be too cold for even the hardiest animals. On these occasions, a comfortable box in the corner of the garage or barn will be enough to keep your pets safe and healthy.

Help House: Hungry for sports? Fans’ friendly rivalry means ‘game on’ for afghan raffle

Are you missing your sports teams, competition and rivalries they create?

Help House has come up with its own “game on” to help pass the time until athletes are back on the hardwoods and fields. Whether you are a diehard KU Jayhawk or a KSU Cat backer, Help House has just the thing to help get you ready to cheer on your team.

One of our great volunteers, Peggy Kampsen, of Vassar, Kan., who last year provided us with a hand crocheted American Flag afghan to raffle off as a fundraiser, has out done herself this year. She has created two very specially designed afghans to see which team will win. The KSU afghan is 45 inches by 50 inches and the  KU afghan is 46 inches by 54 inches. Peggy does beautiful work and they can be yours. Vote on both if you live in a house divided.

Buy tickets now to help your team win big. Tickets are $1 for one or $5 for six. Our volunteers are selling them now, so be sure to ask for yours. If you don’t know one of our volunteers, call Help House at  785-828-4888 and ask how you can get yours. Let us know how many you want we will get them to you.

A drawing for the afghans will be Aug. 14, 2020.

Governor signs disaster declaration, warns grave consequences without legislative action

TOPEKA, Kan. – Yesterday, Governor Laura Kelly announced a series of actions her administration is taking to respond to the emergency situation COVID-19 currently presents to the economy and to public safety.

After careful review, Kelly has vetoed House Bill 2054. This sweeping, hastily crafted legislation pushed through the Kansas Legislature last week includes provisions that will damage Kansas’ ability to respond to COVID-19 and all future disasters. The bill also weakens local county health officer authorities and adds unnecessary layers of bureaucracy to their emergency response efforts.

Kelly has signed a new state disaster declaration to ensure that Kansas can effectively respond to the current emergency situation, which includes an unprecedented economic emergency and the imminent threat of new outbreaks of COVID-19, specifically regarding food supply. This will also ensure the state can continue its coordinated response with federal and state partners.

Kelly has called a special session starting June 3. She has asked the Legislature to put politics aside, work with her, and deliver an emergency management bill that has been vetted, debated, is transparent and addresses the need to keep Kansans safe and healthy.

“As I’ve said from day one, the safety and well-being of Kansans is my number one priority. What the Legislature sent to my desk does not protect Kansans. It does not help Kansans. It puts their lives at risk,” Kelly said. “I’m calling on the Legislature to come back and put a carefully crafted, bipartisan bill on my desk that will provide the resources Kansans need, in a timely manner. We must stop putting Kansans at risk.”

Despite life’s abnormal situation, Melvern remembers the fallen for Memorial Day

Volunteers place flags on veterans’ graves Saturday. Photo thanks to Lisa Reeser.

2020 has not been as normal as most people would have hoped due to COVID-19.  Yet in the Melvern community this didn’t stop community members both young and old, from coming together Saturday morning, May 23, to help the Woodward-Belt-Hellman-Arb American Legion No. 317 and Ladies Auxiliary  prepare Melvern Cemetery for honoring all of our fallen veterans. Volunteers helped place individual flags on all veterans’ graves and then hung flags along state Highway 31.

Help House News: Community cooperation completes parking project

By Raylene Quaney

We are thrilled to have the parking area paved, as well as two parking lot lights and a security system that has views of all four sides of the building installed and completed.

Thank you to Ted Hazelton for all his efforts to secure the grant money and head up the building committee; Jerry Bilyeu, Johnny Neill, Raylene Quaney and Nancy Alley for serving on the committee; Lance Jones, Curtis Janssen, Ryan Jones and Dan Coffman for their help at different times to complete this project; James Kline and Signature Concrete for the construction; and Don Bailey who installed the security system and helped with the parking lot lights. Thank you also to Judge Taylor and Heather Wine for donating the usage of their golf cart, and to Lyndon Storage for donating the space to park the golf cart for two weeks. Thank you also to the Osage County Sheriff’s Department, which has been delivering food to those who cannot  come to Help House, and collecting food and personal items for Help House. Thank you to Pastor Jonathon Moore and the congregation of the Lyndon First Baptist Church who donated to Help House additional property to complete the dimensions for the parking lot. God bless you!

Help House will continue with scheduled curbside food orders for the rest of the month of May, however we will be going back to our normal hours, 4-7 p.m. Monday evenings and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, beginning this week.

We are at this time planning on allowing people to enter the building on June 1. We will continue to operate by scheduling visits and only allow individuals into the building if they are wearing a mask or face covering and gloves. They will be limited to 30 minute appointment that includes both food pantry and shopping outside of the pantry. Those who only want to shop on the floor will also need to make an appointment. Only one family member will be allowed to enter and shop.

If you are like a lot of us, we have been cleaning and purging our homes while we were under shelter in place orders and we have been hearing from a lot of you wondering when we will be taking donations again on items other than donations of food. This will happen  on June 1. 

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