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Osage City puts on blue jeans for annual Osage County Fair Parade

The Osage City Chamber of Commerce hosts the annual Osage County Fair Parade, at Osage City. All floats or other entries are welcomed in the parade, which travels from west to east on Market Street, ending downtown. The 2022 parade will be 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 8, with lineup on West Market Street. In conjunction with the fair parade this year, there will also be a parade for kids with decorated bicycles, wagons, scooters, and is open to children up to age 12.

The theme for the fair and the parade is “”Blue Jeans and Country Dreams”, and Adam Burnett, parade chairman, is creating some new and innovative concepts for the parade for this year.

Prize money for float entries will be 1st-$125,  2nd-$100,  3rd-$75, 4th-$50.  Prize money for golf carts and ATVs will be 1st-$30,  2nd-$20,  3rd-$10. Person must be 17 years old to drive either golf carts or ATVs. No water balloons will be allowed in the parade.

Judging for floats, golf carts and ATVs will begin at 5:15 and will end at 5:45 p.m. To have an entry judged, stop by the Flint Hills Beverage drive and wait to be judged. Once you have been judged, proceed to getting in line for the parade. Line up starts at the west end of Market Street.  There will be parade personnel there with clip boards and a line up sheet.

The kids parade will begin at 6:15 p.m., with line up at 6 p.m. at Lincoln Park. The kids parade will travel from Lincoln Park to Seventh and Market streets. Participants must wear a helmet, and children under 6 years must be accompanied by an adult. Prizes will be given to participants. For more information or to pre-register, call Becky Siljenberg at 785-217-7342 or email [email protected], or Jeanette Swarts at 785-249-5451 or email [email protected].

A parade entry form can be found on the Osage City Chamber of Commerce website at www.osagecitychamber.com, under the Happenings link. Submit the form to Burnett at [email protected] or call him at 785-760-0621 for more information.

Equestrian trade group presents ag experience grant to Lyndon FFA member

Ethan Kneisler with his Vermeer hay wrapping machine. Courtesy photo.

A FFA supervised agricultural experience grant has been awarded to Ethan Kneisler, of Lyndon, Kan. The $1,000 grant was sponsored by the Western and English Sales Association (WESA). WESA provides the world’s largest trade events for retailers, manufacturers and sales representatives of the equestrian industry.

Supervised agricultural experience grants are designed to help FFA members create or expand their SAE projects, a requirement that all FFA members must complete. An SAE requires FFA members to create and operate an agriculture related business, work at an agriculture-related business, or conduct an agricultural research experience. Upon completion, FFA members must submit a comprehensive report regarding their career development experience.

This year 32 sponsors made 39 different types of SAE grants available. A full list of sponsors can be found on the National FFA Organization website on the SAE grants webpage.

Ethan is a member of the Lyndon FFA Chapter. He is the son of Darby and Kristin Kneisler, and is currently a junior at Lyndon High School. The grant funds will be used to help develop his custom hay wrapping business, called Jimmy’s Custom Wrapping. He started this business in early 2021 by purchasing a Vermeer hay wrapper at a farm auction, and with the help and guidance of his father grew the business in its first year to four customers.

KSU Extension convenes pasture class next week at Princeton

Rotation grazing is recognized as a way to utilize pastures and forages more efficiently. To provide instruction on pasture production and grazing managent, a collaboration of experts from K-State Research and Extension and the Natural Resource Conservation Service will offer a two-day event, the ninth Eastern Kansas Grazing School. This year’s school will be held April 27-28, 2022, at the Princeton community building, 1449 US Highway 59, Princeton, Kan. The school will present information in the classroom and  nearby pastures.

Bruno Pedreira, KSU forage agronomist, will help producers better understand how forages and grasses grow. He will discuss plant needs and the importance of rest to a plant, interseeding legumes to improve pasture performance, and practices to maintain a productive pasture.

Jaymelynn Farney, KSU beef systems specialist, will highlight the use of cover crops or alternative forages to fill production gaps of your primary forage. She will also be on hand to discuss the importance of matching animal needs to forages that are available.

Doug Spencer, Kansas NRCS range specialist, will present the Art and Science of Grazing, lead a pasture allocation exercise at the farm, and will discuss resource inventory and stocking rates.

This year, the grazing school will have a featured speaker, A.J. Tarpoff, KSU beef extension veterinarian. Tarpoff will talk about the importance of low stress cattle handling and what to look for when designing a facility. A demonstration utilizing a bud-box, designed by KSU ag engineer Dr. Joe Harner, will highlight low stress cattle handling.

Other topics to be presented during the school are watering systems, fencing systems, and brush control options. The watering systems presentation will be on farm, and various pumps using solar power will be shown and discussed.

The Grazing School is designed for adult learners and is limited to a maximum of 35 farms. Registration is $50 for the first person from the farm or ranch, additional persons from the same farm is $25 each. Registration includes snacks, lunch both days, and proceedings. Registration is on a first come first serve basis.

Lyndon Lions thank local businessmen for longtime support

The Lyndon Lions recently recognized Jerry Giesy and Steve Giesy, of Jerry’s Thriftway, Osage City, Kan., for their support to the Lyndon Lions Club through the years. Club members presented a plaque to thank the Osage City grocers. Plaque presentation included, from left, Lions Gary and Barb Schattak and Bill Karr, Jerry Giesy, Steve Giesy, and Lions Ferne Tasker and Nancy Karr.

Delayed colorectal cancer screenings result in decreased survival rate

March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month

By Dr. Balaji Datti, KMCPA, Topeka

Colorectal cancer is the second most common leading cause of cancer-related deaths and the third most diagnosed cancer in the US. The American Cancer Society estimates a diagnosis of about 151,030 new cases of colorectal cancers in the year 2022.

Colonoscopy has been the gold standard of screening tests for colon cancer for over three decades now. Screening saves lives by preventing cancer and finding cancers early. Death rates from colorectal cancer have been dropping over the last 20 years largely due to these screenings.

Colon cancers start as small growths called polyps, that can eventually grow into cancer over years. Polyps can be identified during testing, especially with a colonoscopy. If found small, polyps can be removed completely to prevent cancer. If they are large, they can be sampled and surgically removed, treating cancer at an early stage. Because not enough people are getting screened, only about four in 10 are being diagnosed at an early stage. Early-stage cancer detection has a five-year survival rate of 90 percent.

With the onset of the global pandemic of COVID-19 infection since early 2020, there has been a dramatic decrease in patient utilization of health care facilities for inpatient and outpatient care. This is due to various reasons, including local mandatory shutdowns of non-emergency services, shortage of health care personnel, shortage of personal protective equipment, and concern for spread of the infection. One specific consequence of this has been a decline in cancer screenings. Any delay in diagnosis could have a major impact on the five-year survival rate for patients. This amounts to a significant physical, mental, and financial burden.

Frontier Extension announces new team members

Frontier Extension District has announced the addition of two new team members in the new year – Amanda Groleau, at the Ottawa office, and Jo Hetrick-Anstaett, at the Lyndon office.

Amanda Groleau

Groleau has joined Frontier Extension as the new horticulture and natural resources Extension agent. Groleau, who officially began her position Jan. 10, 2022, recently moved here from Illinois, where she had served as an instructor of horticulture at Lake Land College through the Illinois Department of Corrections. She set up a new program at Lake Land and instructed horticulture and agriculture courses. She also has experience working in commercial horticulture.

Groleau is a graduate of Iowa State University and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Horticulture and Landscape Design. Her position will consist of development, dissemination, and implementation of research-based educational programs for horticulture and natural resource issues. Programs include floriculture, woody ornamentals, food crops, water quality and quantity issues, environmental issues, wildlife habitat and management. She can be contacted at the Ottawa Extension office at 785-229-3520, or [email protected].

Jo Hetrick-Anstaett

The district also welcomed Jo Hetrick-Anstaett to Lyndon Extension office as the 4-H program Manager. She started her position Jan. 3, and is a 4-H alum and has a vast array of experiences working with youth. Most recently, Hetrick-Anstaett worked as the summer children’s ministry director at the Lyndon United Methodist Church. She also has experience working in a special education preschool and as a case manager for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities.

Hetrick-Anstaett has been a volunteer for our Frontier Extension District 4-H Youth Development program for the past five years. She’s served as a camp counselor, Citizenship Washington Focus chaperone, and is assisting with the 4-H Ambassador program in Osage County, and she spent several summers working at Rock Springs 4-H Center. She can be contacted at the Lyndon Extension office at 785-828-4438, 128 W. 15th St., Lyndon, Kan.

Education coop schedules well child screenings for infants to 5-year-olds

Three Lakes Educational Cooperative has scheduled well child screenings in the Osage County area, with an upcoming screening to be 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Friday, Community Covenant Church, Osage City, Kan. The free developmental screenings checks all areas of children’s development, including fine motor, gross motor, cognitive and pre-academic, expressive and receptive language, speech, vision, and hearing. The screening takes 1 to 1.5 hours. All children from infants to 5 years old are invited to attend.

Anyone interested in having their child attend preschool next year is encouraged to attend a screening as the first step for pre-enrollment. Current preschoolers do not need to attend.

Other screening dates, locations and contact numbers are:

  • Osage City – 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 25, Community Covenant Church, 334 N. Topeka St.; 785-528-3171.
  • Scranton Attendance Center – 8:30-10:30 a.m. Mar. 4, 104 S. Burlingame Ave., Scranton; 800-836-9525.
  • West Franklin Elementary School at Appanoose – 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mar. 4; 785-566-3386.

To make an appointment for a child, call the contact number. Anyone who has concerns about their child’s development and would like a screening at a different time can contact Janine Henry, Three Lakes Educational Cooperative preschool coordinator, at 785-828-3113.

KSU Extension Beef Health Night at Garnett: Discuss conception through weaning

The Frontier Extension District will host a Beef Health Night beginning at 7 p.m. Feb. 17, 2022, at the Anderson County Community Building, Garnett. Dr. A.J. Tarpoff, K-State Research and Extension beef veterinarian, will be the featured speaker.

This year’s topic is “Calf Health, Conception through Weaning.” Many things happen during this time that affect the healthiness of the calf for its entire lifetime. It starts with bull selection, and whether or not there could there be genetic issues. Can the bull get his job done? Did you have a breeding soundness exam completed on the bull prior to the breeding season?

Cow nutrition and body condition are big issues, and the cow has to be able to cycle and breed back to sell a calf the next year. These are just some of things that must be considered when breeeding cows.

Other things to consider are colostrum-quantity and quality, passive immunity, cold weather effects on the newborn calf, vaccinations requirements, scours, castration, and weaning stress – all affect the calf.

For more information, contact Rod Schaub, Frontier Extension agent, at 785-828-4438 or [email protected].

Historical society tasks new director with developing relationships countywide

The Osage County Historical Society has hired a new programming director, Lynsay Flory.

OCHS program director Lynsay Flory

She has museum experience in Kansas, Montana and North Dakota. Her most recent post was at the Johnson County Museum, Overland Park, Kan. At Johnson County, she helped revamp children’s programs, garnering publicity for the museum and two education team awards. She also spearheaded the development of a new traveling trunk program, also award-winning.

Flory has a master’s degree in history from Wichita State University, and is currently working on her doctoral degree. Her working dissertation title is “Homegrown History,” illustrating some of the many ways everyday people create and use history in their own lives.

Flory joined the Osage County Historical Society in October 2021 and immediately began looking for ways to improve educational programming and visibility for OCHS. She is currently developing programming, pursing grant funding, and working towards stronger relationships with local museums and libraries for the betterment of all such organizations in Osage County.

Crockett recognized for years of law enforcement service

A 1989 graduate of Osage City High School, Jerrod L. Crockett, has been recognized as a Professional of the Year for 2022 by Strathmore’s Who’s Who Worldwide Edition for his outstanding contributions and achievements in the field of law enforcement.

Crockett, of Carrollton, Mo., is vice president and chief of international security for the United Forces International Organization, a non- profit friendship organization for members of the police forces, military, security services and support organizations around the world.

Crockett specializes in law enforcement operations, counter terrorism, and criminal investigations. Over the past 20 years, he has served as a juvenile crimes detective and held the positions of detective, watch commander, supervisory police officer, desk sergeant, patrol sergeant, patrolman, and traffic investigator. Prior to that, he served with the U.S. Army military police for 11 years. He was a three-time recipient of the Army Achievement Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. He received three bronze stars for his Southwest Asia Service, medals for the Liberation of Kuwait and Kuwaiti Defense, and  many other awards and honors.

His education has included studies of criminal justice, police science, forensic science and technology, and terrorism and counterterrorism operations.

In his spare time, Crockett enjoys family activities and travel.

Foundation awards grant to RCIL to improve access, parking at Osage City office

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Resource Center for Independent Living Inc. recently received a grant in the amount of $29,572.00 from the Sunderland Foundation, to install new sidewalks and renovate deteriorated asphalt parking at the main office at 1137 Laing St., Osage City, Kan.

“This grant is an incredible opportunity for RCIL,” said Deone Wilson, RCIL executive director. “Our sidewalks and parking were so badly worn and broken, it was becoming a safety and drainage problem. Now our visitors and staff will be able to safely and comfortably come and go from our building. RCIL’s board of directors and staff wish to thank the Sunderland Foundation for their incredible generosity and support.”

The Sunderland Foundation was established in 1945 by Lester T. Sunderland, who served as president of the Ash Grove Cement Company for 33 years, and was a respected leader in his industry. After more than seven decades, the foundation continues to be led by Sunderland’s descendants. It has focused on supporting brick and mortar projects, awarding grants to nonprofits in the Kansas City region and other areas.

RCIL opened in 1984 in Carbondale, Kan., led by its first director Bill Reyer. Since then RCIL has grown to provide a wide array of programs and services for individuals with disabilities, and currently has offices in Osage City, Emporia, El Dorado, Iola and Topeka. RCIL is a non-profit organization governed by an all-volunteer board of directors, which include: Loren DeBaun, Dr. Carrie Hagemann, Kraig Kettler, Dana Pinkston and Carrie Sunday.

For more information, contact RCIL’s Osage City office at 785-528-3105.

Extension districts partner with producers to fight brome problems

Roundtable meetings scheduled for January

The Frontier Extension District will partner with Marais Des Cygnes Extension District to host a series of meetings dealing with stand loss of smooth brome this past fall. The meetings will be held on the following times and dates: 7 p.m. Jan. 13, 2022, at the Overbrook Livestock Commission; 9:30 a.m. Jan. 20, at the Marais des Cygnes Extension office; and 7 p.m. Jan. 20, at the Anderson County Community Building.

The meetings will be in roundtable fashion and everyone is encouraged to discuss their thoughts and ideas. Extension agents and KSU Forage Specialist Bruno Pedreira will be on hand to discuss brome concerns, have suggestions for forage crop alternatives, and present ideas. The meeting will also look at fertilizer expenses and seed costs.

Fall armyworm damage of brome fields varied greatly throughout eastern Kansas. The majority of the hay meadows that were damaged were those fields that were harvested late, in this case mid-July and after. The armyworm moths sought those late harvest fields as sites to lay their eggs. These fields had regrowth that was just a few inches tall when the worms began feeding and within a couple of days those fields turned brown.

Many producers weren’t concerned about the brome browning, as we were experiencing hot days and dry weather; they assumed the brome was going dormant. Questions started arising after rain in early September, and the brome wasn’t greening up. And the questions haven’t stopped. Discussion will center on what to do now? All area brome growers are encouraged to attend one of the roundtable meetings.

For more information, contact Frontier Extension District, 1418 S. Main, Suite 2​, Ottawa, Kan., or call 785-229-3520.

Osage County students conferred at Flint Hills Technical College 2021 Winter Commencement

Flint Hills Technical College conferred nearly 50 students at its 2021 Winter Commencement ceremony on Friday, Dec. 17, at the Humanitarian Center in Emporia, Kan.

Graduating students from Osage County included:

  • Isabella Felicia Nasca-Peer, Burlingame, technical certificate in practical nursing.
  • Joseph Whitmer, Lyndon, graduating with honors, technical certificate in power plant technology.
  • Chase Michael Orear, Osage City, Associate of Applied Science in Network Technology.

Sherry Willard, 190th Air Refueling Wing Command Chief for the Kansas Air National Guard, gave the commencement message. Earlier in the day, the practical nursing program held its pinning ceremony on the FHTC main campus, where nursing students were recognized.

Community foundation announces $12,700 in grants issued to local organizations

Osage County Community Foundation has announced that $12,700 was awarded to three non-profit entities in the Osage County area for the 2021 fourth quarter grant period. All grants issued will be used to benefit many youth and senior citizens in the area.

The foundation is now accepting applications for the first quarter grant period of 2022, which runs from January through March. OCCF makes grants for innovative and creative projects and programs that are responsive to changing community needs in the areas of health, social service, education, recreation, and cultural affairs.

The foundation offers grants through its general fund, which is made up of unrestricted donations to the foundation, and donor advised funds, which are designated for a specific purpose by the donor. As a donor supported foundation, OCCF also continues to seek donations to continue its work in supporting Osage County organizations.

For more information about donating to the Osage County Community Foundation or the grant application process, contact Perry Thompson at 785-528-3006 or contact one of the foundation’s board members, Joe Humerickhouse, Casey Mussatto, Janet Steinle, Jodi Stark, or Mike Pitts. A grant application is available here. Completed applications should be mailed to the Osage County Community Foundation, PO Box 24, Osage City, KS 66523.

Frontier Extension agents take on new jobs within district

The Frontier Extension District has announced three agents have taken over new positions and responsibilities within the district. Ryan Schaub is now serving as the new crop production and farm management Extension agent; Janae McNally is the new adult development and aging and family resource management Extension agent; and Jessica Flory is the new 4-H youth development Extension agent.

Ryan Schaub – Crop Production and Farm Management

Ryan Schaub is now serving as the new crop production and farm management Extension agent for the Frontier Extension District. Schaub officially began his new position Sept. 1, 2021, and has been with the Frontier Extension District for four years.

This position consists of research-based programs for crop production farm management issues, including but not limited to, tillage methods, irrigation, sustainable production techniques, agriculture law issues, land management and ownership, weed and insect control, fertilization practices, and more. For assistance with any of these issues, contact Schaub at the Garnett Extension office at 785-448-6826 or [email protected].

Janae McNally – Adult Development and Aging, Family Resource Management

Frontier Extension District has announced that Janae McNally is the new adult development and aging and family resource management Extension agent. McNally officially began her new position Sept. 1, 2021, and has been with the Frontier District for seven years.

This position will consist of providing primary leadership in the development, dissemination and implementation of research-based educational programs to support successful families and the systems that serve them in communities. Programs include chronic disease management, caregiving, long-term care and end of life issues, family budgeting and more.

To contact McNally at the Lyndon Extension office, call 785-828-4438 or email [email protected].

Jessica Flory – 4-H Youth Development Agent

Jessica Flory is the new 4-H youth development Extension agent. Flory officially began her new position Nov. 1, 2021, and has been with the Frontier Extension District as the 4-H program assistant/manager for the last 10 years. She has a great passion for youth development and the 4-H program. While attending Kansas State University, she worked at Rock Spring 4-H Camp during summer breaks. Since graduation in 2009, she started working for the Frontier District in May 2011. Jessica took a break from Extension in 2013 to work for her church as preschool, children ministry, and youth director. She returned to Frontier Extension District in 2015.

Her position will consist of leading the development, implementation, and evaluation of a comprehensive 4-H youth development program for school-aged youth in cooperation with residents and Extension colleagues. Programs include supporting community clubs, out-of-school programs, school enrichment, volunteer management, and more. She will work with families and volunteers in Anderson, Franklin and Osage counties’ communities. Contact Flory at the Ottawa Extension office at 785-229-3520 or email [email protected].

Christmas on Market Street 2021: Osage City celebrates Candyland Christmas

Osage City is planning a Candyland Christmas this Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021, for its annual Christmas on Market Street season opener, with activities and events scheduled around town from 7 a.m. until the lighted Christmas parade at 6 p.m. The Osage City Chamber of Commerce sponsors the event, which includes visits with Santa Claus, ping pong ball drops, retail poker, chili cookoff and feed, and the popular raffle drawing for many prizes.

Christmas on Market Street
Candyland Christmas
Saturday, Nov. 13

  • 7-10 a.m. – Kiwanis breakfast; biscuits and gravy (free will donation); American Legion Post 198, 115 N. Sixth.
  • 8 a.m.-8:30 p.m. – Marilynn’s Restaurant – order from the menu; enjoy a home cooked meal. 1216 Laing St.
  • 8 a.m.-3 p.m. – The Osage County Senior Center “Sewing Chicks”; tour their sewing facility and view some of their sewing projects on display.
  • 8 a.m.-3 p.m. – Osage Garden and Produce – Local crafters and metal art display; 1048 Laing Street; kids, help feed the birds and make a bird seed craft. Supply costs: $1-$2.
  • 8:30 a.m. – Jingle Bell 5K Run; elementary school parking lot; contact Shanda Koett, 620-560-5132, or Will Kern, 785-633-6716.
  • 9 a.m. – Ridge Iron Grill, breakfast burritos, coffee, cocoa, cider and Bloody Mary bar ; 611 Market St.
    9-11 a.m. – Landmark National Bank, 102 S. Sixth St.; stop by the drive -through window for a craft goodie bag.
  • 9 a.m.-noon – Barn quilt ornament, Osage County Fair Association; north end of Santa Fe Depot; paint your own small barn quilt ornament  for $9 or purchase pre-painted ornaments.
  • 9 a.m.-2 p.m. – Craft show; contact Janet Bosworth to register, 785-554-5039, senior center.
    9 a.m.-2 p.m. – Retail Poker: Five card stud; try to get the best hand for cash prizes; senior center. Visit participating businesses to pick up a free envelope with card.
  • 9 a.m.-2 p.m. – Market Street bake sale, Willing Workers 4-H Club and Osage County Fair Association (in front of old Duckwalls).
  • 9:30 a.m. – Santa arrival on fire truck Sixth and Market; wave at him and welcome him to Osage City.
  • 10 a.m.-noon – Santa visit at senior center. Stop in and have a virtual visit with Santa, and tell him what is on your Christmas wish list.
    10 a.m.-noon – McCoy’s RadioShack, 521 Market St.; Toy expo featuring this season’s hot toys and electronics; demos and giveaways.
  • 10 a.m.-noon – Face painting; Osage City High School Cheerleaders Fundraiser; senior center.
  • 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Furniture Loft, 523 Market St.; register for a chance to win an accent chair.
  • 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Axe Throwing-featuring Manhachet from Manhattan; Osage Hardware Garden Center; try your skills throwing an axe at a target in an enclosed area; charge: $10 for 12 throws; enter the drawing for a chance to win a 65″ TV.
  • 10 a.m.- Ramblin’ Rose; stop by and purchase a 50-cent children’s grab bag; 629 Market St.
    11 a.m.-l p.m. – Subway; kids enjoy a cookie; 104 W. Market St.
    11 a.m.-l p.m. – Photo booth; Conrad Carlson Charitable Foundation; in front of the Santa Fe Depot; free photo booth set up for you to take a photo.
  • 11 a.m. – Emeline Fuller Art; pet and people portraits; have your portrait drawn; senior center.
    11 a.m. – Outside dining court; Sixth Street between Market and Holliday; food vendors.
  • 12 p.m. – Corn Hole Tournament – $20 per Team; 50/50 pot, Osage City Recreation Center; contact Tricia Gundy, 785-219-9727, or Jeff Lohmeyer, 785-528-3885.
  • 12 p.m.-l p.m. – Emergency services showcase, Sixth and Main. Visit and thank our local emergency services personnel.
  • 12 p.m.-1:30 p.m. – Fire truck rides; ride on one of the fire trucks, Sixth and Main.
  • 12:30 p.m.-12:45 p.m. – Ping pong ball drops; 12 and under, and teens and up; Sixth Street between Market and Main. Get a ball with a number on it and visit the corresponding store to collect your gift.
  • 1:30-2 p.m. – Story time at the Osage City Public Library, 515 Main St. Listen to a story and make a Christmas tree ornament.
  • 2-4 p.m. – Santa visit at senior center. Stop in and have a virtual visit with Santa, and tell him what is on your Christmas wish list.
  • 2-4 p.m. – Gingerbread house building; American Legion Post 198, 115 W. Sixth St. Make a gingerbread house at this free event sponsored by Osage City PTA.
  • 2:15 p.m.-2:30 p.m. – Raffle drawing; winners do not need to be present to win; Sixth and Market. Contact Jeanette Swarts, 785-249-5451, for details. Purchase tickets at participating businesses or at the senior center on Saturday.
  • 3-4 p.m. – Quarter bingo; winner takes the pot; senior center.
  • 4-4:30 p.m. – Chili cook off judging; to register contact Shanda Koett, 620-560-5132; senior center.
  • 4:30-5:30 p.m. – Chili feed; free will donation; senior center.
  • 4:30-5:45 p.m. – KC Chiefs Wolf Mascot; meet and get a picture and autograph. KC Wolf will also participate in parade; downtown.
  • 5-5:30 p.m. – Parade float judging and line up; west end of Market Street.
  • 5-5:30 p.m. – Topeka High Drumline; performance and participate in parade, downtown.
  • 5:45 p.m. – Downtown holiday lighting.
  • 6 p.m. – Christmas lighted parade, Market Street.

Institute names Flint Hills Technical College as eligible for 2023 Aspen Prize

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Aspen Institute named Flint Hills Technical College one of the 150 institutions eligible to compete for the $1 million Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance among America’s community colleges. Colleges selected for this honor stand out among more than 1,000 community colleges nationwide as having high and improving levels of student success, and equitable outcomes for Black and Hispanic students and those from lower-income backgrounds.

The 150 eligible colleges have been invited to submit data and narratives as the next steps in an intensive data and practice review process, culminating in the announcement of the prize winner in spring 2023.

“Flint Hills Technical College is honored and humbled to be recognized by the Aspen Prize as an exemplary college representing the community-technical college sector,” said Dr. Caron Daugherty, president of Flint Hills Technical College. “Our students, employees, alumni, and industry and civic partners engage in collaborative efforts to support student success, advance equity outcomes, and seek continuous improvement. I am proud of the hard work and resilience of our institutional and regional community, without whose efforts such acknowledgments and nods to our students and their success would be impossible.”

The Aspen Prize spotlights exemplary community colleges to drive attention to colleges doing the best work, and discover and share effective student strategies. The Aspen Prize honors colleges with outstanding achievement in five critical areas: teaching and learning, certificate and degree completion, transfer and bachelor’s attainment, workforce success, and equity for students of color and students from low-income backgrounds.

The eligible colleges represent the diversity and depth of the community college sector. Located in urban, rural, and suburban areas across 34 states, these colleges serve as few as 230 students and as many as 57,000. Winning colleges have ranged from smaller institutions serving rural community and smaller towns to large community colleges serving major metropolitan areas.

Kansas range managers confront tenacious old world bluestem

Frontier Extension District will host an informational meeting on old world bluestem, 7 p.m. Nov. 29, 2021, at the Osage City Community Building, 307 S. First St., Osage City, Kan.

Old world bluestem includes cultivars of Caucasian and Yellow bluestem, species first introduced into the United States for conservation purposes and as forage that could be hayed or grazed. Though called bluestems, they are not closely related to native species of big and little bluestem. Old world bluestems are an invasive species in Kansas. They can be controlled, but control becomes progressively more difficult and expensive the longer the grass is allowed to grow and spread.

During the meeting, Dr. Walt Fick, KSU range management specialist, will discuss old world bluestems, where they come from, why they were introduced, how they can be identified, and grazing animal performance. Fick will also talk about studies he has conducted to reduce or kill old world bluestems in native grass pastures.

Also speaking will be Scott Marsh, Kansas Department of Agriculture noxious weed director, who will explain the state’s views on old world bluestem and the requirements of a county option noxious weed law. He will also discuss how a county option noxious weed would affect local producers.

Rod Schaub, Frontier Extension District agent, and Bruno Pedreira, KSU forage specialist, will share the first year’s results of their herbicide application study. This study will continue the next couple of years under a grant received by the Osage County Conservation District.

For more information, contact Schaub at 785-828-4438, [email protected], or Frontier Extension District, 128 W. 15th St., Lyndon, Kan.

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