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Osage County EMS recognized for care of cardiac and stroke patients

Osage County EMS has been recognized with the 2018 Bronze Plus Mission: Lifeline award by the American Heart Association. This is the third consecutive year that OCEMS has received the award, which recognizes the company for its care of patients suffering heart attack or coronary conditions.

OCEMS service director Donna Connell noted, “A dedicated staff of EMTs and paramedics, progressive protocols, EKG transmission capabilities, and aggressive education have benefited their patients. This award recognizes that system of care for cardiac and stroke patients.”

This year the AHA utilized a more rigorous set of performance measures to evaluate the participants. Those measures included not only patients experiencing a heart attack, but all acute coronary syndromes, cardiac arrests, and stroke patients. OCEMS exceeded the goals of previous years to meet the more stringent criteria and received the Bronze Plus award for their efforts.

Diehl retires; Willow Brook Insurance passes on with integrity

LYNDON, Kan. – There is going to be a little more relaxation going on out by Willow Brook soon. After 15 years of operating an independent insurance agency, Ardis Ann Diehl has sold Willow Brook Insurance and is planning her retirement from the Lyndon business.

While things will be easygoing for Diehl now, the transition might be harder on customers and friends who have relied on Diehl to help them with their insurance needs throughout the years. But, she said her customers were on her mind as she made arrangements to transfer the agency to another company.

Diehl said it was important to her to pass her customers’ trust on to a respected company with ties to rural community such as Lyndon, and someone who shares her loyalty to God, family, country, and hard work. She said she thinks she found the right company in Integrity Insurance Agency, which will take over her accounts effective July 1, 2018.

“For my customers, I want to make this as easy as possible,” Diehl said.

Integrity Insurance Agency is operated by Jan and Marshall Madill, of Overbrook, with offices in Topeka and Burlington. A Lyndon office will be open by the time the transition is completed.

The only changes customers should notice are a different voice on the telephone and a different agent’s name on the policy declaration page, Diehl said.

Chamber Chatter: Osage City Municipal Golf Course opens for businesses

Osage City Golf Course board members welcomed Chamber members for an “After Hours” in April; from left, Dave Wiley, Gordon Worthing, Kim Bergquist, Clint Silver, Richard Burkdoll, and Matt Harmon. Chamber photo.

By Jeanette Swarts, Chamber Director

The Chamber of Commerce “After Hours” is a quarterly networking event held for Chamber members and guests. Attendees have the opportunity to become acquainted with the businesses and patrons in the community.

The Osage City Municipal Golf Course hosted an After Hours Mixer on April 27, 2018. Approximately 20 attended the event. Everyone enjoyed delicious snacks and beverages and good conversation.

The course is in great shape and the golf board members would like to encourage everyone to come out and enjoy a game of golf. Available are a variety of memberships to join which include single, family and student. The spacious club house is also available to rent for meetings, parties and receptions. Sunday morning breakfast is also served during selected months throughout the year. Many tournaments are hosted throughout the year at the course.

Scheduled plans for future “After Hours” will be ECAT in July, Peterson’s Assisted Living in September, and Ramblin’ Rose in December.

Osage City Chamber of Commerce awards scholarships

Chamber scholarship recipients, Georgia Hutton and Carter Swindale.

This year, the Chamber received several excellent applications for the scholarships. The applicants demonstrated outstanding scholastic achievements and community service. The scholarship requires students to submit an application, two letters of reference, an official transcript, and an essay covering “the advantages of owning and operating a business in a small town.”

The revenue from the $5 that residents pay to be listed on the maps for the spring and fall garage sales goes directly for these two scholarships.

The Osage City Chamber of Commerce was pleased to announce Georgia Hutton and Carter Swindale as the 2018 recipients of the $250 scholarships.

USDA designates 10 counties in Kansas as primary natural disaster areas

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

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

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

RCIL to host free employment skills class

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

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

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

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

Chamber Chatter: Spring brings ‘busy-ness’ to businesses

Mother Nature did not deliver favorable weather for city’s BBQ weekend

Attendance at the Friday night, April 6, 2018, Taste of Osage City event was diminished due to the colder temperatures. The participating teams still furnished their favorite meals; however, a lot of the spectators ended up making their purchase and taking it home to eat. Corey Linton reported that 104 teams competed in the sanctioned barbecue contest on Saturday. He did have a few teams that canceled due to the weather.

Car show cancelled

Due to inclement weather, The Twin Lakes Cruisers canceled the Cruis’n and Cook’n Auto Show that was to have been held in downtown Osage City on Saturday, April 7. Predicted snow and low temperatures are not conducive conditions for car show participants or spectators. Orgnanizers had received 91 pre-registrations. They were given the option to have their fee refunded or apply toward next year’s event. The huge majority chose to apply toward next year. They had very positive comments regarding the decision to cancel and also compliments on the quality of shows as they look forward to coming back each year. The participation has been approximately 300 for the past several years. The Twin Lakes Cruisers are looking forward to next year’s event which will mark their 15th year.

Chamber after hours

Lusk Properties hosted a Chamber of Commerce After Hours on Sunday April 15, at 8411 W. 273rd St., in Barclay, at a large house that has recently been renovated by James Lusk and is now available to rent. Also celebrated was Ann Lusk’s 90th birthday. Approximately 70 people attended. Guests enjoyed touring the house, visiting and refreshments. The house has five bedrooms and is located on six acres.

Osage City Chamber of Commerce awards scholarships

The Osage City Chamber of Commerce offers a $250 scholarship to one senior girl and one senior boy graduating from Osage City High School. Application deadline was April 20, 2018. The revenue from the $5 that residents pay to be listed on the maps for the spring and fall garage sales goes directly for these two scholarships. The recipients of the 2018 scholarship were to be announced at the May 2 high school awards ceremony.

Congratulations to Osage City graduates

The Osage City Chamber of Commerce would like to congratulate the graduating class of 2018. Best wishes to each of you in continuing your future endeavors of college, technical school, employment, or where ever your interests may lead you.

2018 Osage County Fair plans are in progress – theme “Hats Off to Red, White and Blue”

In the near future, the fairgrounds, Lions Club food stand, 4-H barns and pavilion, parade route will be in full swing with a lot of activity going on. June 27-30, 2018, are the dates for the Osage County Fair, in Osage City. Diane Michael is in charge of the parade which will be held at 6:30 p.m. June 28. She is working diligently getting information out to the businesses and organizations to plan to participate in the parade this year. She is hoping to make it a fun filled event this year. If you have any questions or would like information regarding an entry in the parade contact Diane Michael at [email protected] or 785-608-2277.

Kansas Small Business Development Center offers free business consulting

The Emporia State University Kansas Small Business Development Center will have a small business consultant in Osage City, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on May 23 and June 27, 2018. Consultations are at the Osage County Senior Center, 604 Market St., Osage City.

The consulting services are free and confidential, and for anyone who would like to discuss issues concerning an existing business or starting a new business.

To make an appointment, call ESU KSBDC at 620-341-5308, at least two business days in advance.

County eco-devo sponsors regional senior housing project

Osage County Economic Development has announced that construction began earlier this month on a $4.7 million regional senior housing project. The project will provide 26 handicapped accessible or adaptable apartments for income-qualifying seniors age 55 or over. As planned, there will be two apartments each in Williamsburg and Harveyville, four apartments each in Lyndon and Overbrook, six apartments in Osage City, and eight apartments in Burlingame.

OCED director Stephanie Watson said each apartment will have  approximately 1,040 square feet plus a single car attached garage, two bedrooms, one bath, all kitchen appliances and a washer and dryer, patio, above-ground storm shelter, and all-electric energy efficient construction.

“We fully expect these duplexes to be rented as soon as they are completed according to the interest and inquiries we have had during the development phase,” Watson said.

Watson said it is anticipated that several apartments will available in July, with all apartments expected to be completed in September.

Frontier Extension schedules tractor safety class for 14-15-year-olds

The Frontier Extension District will be sponsoring a Hazardous Occupation Training (HOT) class on May 25, 2018. This class is required for 14 and 15-year-old youth who want to operate farm tractors on farms other than for their parents. The only time a 14-15 year old would be exempt from needing this training would be if he or she works for their parents on the family farm. This training is required however, if the family’s farm is a partnership, incorporated, or the youth is working on a grandparent’s farm. This training is also required if youth are planning to use lawn mowers or tractors larger than 20 horsepower.

The class will meet at 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, May 25, at the Pomona Community Center, Pomona, Kan. The driving and written test will be given off site at a local farm.

Youth will be transported by the instructors to the farm and back to the Pomona Community Center.

There is a registration fee of $6 to cover class materials. Pre-registration is required by calling one of the Frontier Extension District offices, Lyndon, 785-828-4438; Ottawa, 785-229-3520; Garnett, 785-448-6826, or by emailing the agents: [email protected], [email protected], or [email protected], by Friday, May 18. Participants are required to pick up their tractor safety materials from the Extension office and read them prior to the class.

Osage City welcomes shoppers for citywide garage sales, April 20-21, 2018

Osage City’s citywide garage sales will be on April 20 and 21, 2018, hosted by the Osage City Chamber of Commerce.

Anyone who would like their sale to be listed on the map can contact Casey’s in Osage City or Jodi Smith at Vintage Park of Osage City. There is a $5 donation for a name and address to be listed on the map, with collected funds used for a scholarship for a graduating senior from Osage City High School. The deadline to have a sale listed on the map is 8 a.m. April 17.

For more information, contact Jodi Smith at Vintage Park of Osage City, 785-528-5095.

4th Judicial District seeks nominees for Osage County district magistrate judge

TOPEKA, Kan. – The 4th Judicial District Nominating Commission is seeking nominations to fill a district magistrate judge vacancy in Osage County.

The former district magistrate judge, Taylor J. Wine, was appointed district judge and chief judge of the 4th Judicial District, which is composed of Anderson, Coffey, Franklin and Osage counties.

Justice Eric S. Rosen, the Supreme Court departmental justice responsible for the 4th Judicial District, said nominees can apply or be nominated, but it must be on a nomination form and include the nominee’s signature.

A nominee for district magistrate judge must be a graduate of a high school, a secondary school, or the equivalent; a resident of Osage County at the time of taking office and while holding office; and either a lawyer admitted to practice in Kansas, or able to pass an examination given by the Supreme Court and to become certified within 18 months.

Frontier Extension co-hosts beef cattle reproduction workshop at Baldwin City

Douglas County Extension and Frontier Extension District will co-host a beef cattle artificial insemination refresher class March 29, 2018, at the May-Way Farms, located at 1273 N. 650 Road, Baldwin City, Kan. The class will begin at 6 p.m. with snacks and should conclude by 8:30 p.m.

The class will highlight: Better Understanding of Synchronization Protocols; Semen Handling Techniques; Using an AI Calendar; and an opportunity to do Hands-On AI Work with a Female Reproductive Tract. Dr. Sandy Johnson, KSU Extension livestock specialist, will be the evening’s speaker.

Frontier Extension co-hosts beef cattle reproduction workshop at Baldwin City

Douglas County Extension and Frontier Extension District will co-host a beef cattle artificial insemination refresher class March 29, 2018, at the May-Way Farms, located at 1273 N. 650 Road, Baldwin City, Kan. The class will begin at 6 p.m. with snacks and should conclude by 8:30 p.m.

The class will highlight: Better Understanding of Synchronization Protocols; Semen Handling Techniques; Using an AI Calendar; and an opportunity to do Hands-On AI Work with a Female Reproductive Tract. Dr. Sandy Johnson, KSU Extension livestock specialist, will be the speaker.

Stocker cattle health night rescheduled at Osage City

Postponed from Feb. 20 due to icy weather

Frontier Extension District will host a meeting on “Stocker Cattle Health,” 6-8:30 p.m. March 15, 2018, at the Osage City Community Building, 517 S. First St., Osage City. Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory will provide a free brisket sandwich meal for those in attendance that have called to RSVP. Contact the Frontier Extension office at 785-828-4438 to reserve a meal by March 13.

Topics to be covered include: “Economics of Parasite Control in Stocker Calves,” “Using Modified Live or Killed Vaccines, What to Do?” “Vaccine Handling, it May be More Important than You Thought,” and “Wormers for Stocker Cattle.”

Dr. A.J. Tarpoff DVM, KSU Extension beef cattle veterinarian, Dr. Gregg Hanzlicek DVM, Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, and Jaymelynn Farney, KSU Extension beef systems specialist, will help producers get a better understanding of these stocker health issues.

“Immunization is probably the most important part of having a healthy beef cattle herd,” said Rod Schaub, Frontier Extension District agent. “However it is important to use vaccines as they are intended and when they should be given. Calves should get their first round of shots at branding time or at 2-3 months of age. Another round of shots should also be given 3-4 weeks prior to weaning. Remember a calf’s health is additive, as you use a vaccination protocol you are improving the calf’s health and adding value. Vaccines are not a magic potent in a bottle – handle cattle in a low stress method, handle the vaccines correctly, and reduce stressors like weaning, transportation, commingling, and weather changes near vaccination time to increase success.”

For more information about the meeting, contact Schaub at 785-828-4438.

FSA schedules loan eligibility informational meeting at Ottawa

The Farm Service Agency will be offering information about loan eligibility and farm ownership and operating loan requirements, with a focus on women and minority farmers, during a meeting to be held March 7, 2018, at Ottawa.

The same information will be presented during two sessions, 9-11 a.m. or 1-3 p.m. that day, at the Farm Service Agency, 343 W. 23rd St, Ottawa.

Kansas Commerce now accepting nominations for Business Appreciation Month awards

TOPEKA, Kan. – Business Appreciation Month will again be recognized statewide in June, serving as a tribute to Kansas businesses for their contributions to our state. The Kansas Department of Commerce is now accepting nominations for Business Appreciation Month awards, affording the opportunity for individuals and organizations to nominate Kansas businesses that grow jobs and support their local communities.

“Kansas businesses are the engines of economic growth,” said Robert North, interim secretary for the Kansas Department of Commerce. “They better the quality of life in our state by creating jobs, investing in our communities and supporting local activities. In 2018, we are once again excited to honor the businesses in our state and invite you to join us by nominating the successful businesses in your community for the 2018 Kansas Business Appreciation Month Awards.”

The top nominees will be recognized at the Team Kansas awards banquet on June 5 at the DoubleTree hotel in Lawrence, Kan., and the winner will take home the 2018 Governor’s Award of Excellence, the highest award given to a business by the state.

Nominations will be accepted in four categories, manufacturing or distribution, retail, service, and hospital or non-profit. Businesses can be nominated by an individual or organization, and nominators may submit multiple companies for consideration. 

Stocker cattle health night set at Osage City

Frontier Extension District will host a meeting on “Stocker Cattle Health,” 6-8:30 p.m., Feb. 20, 2018, at the Osage City Community Building, 517 S. First St., Osage City.

A free brisket sandwich meal will be provided to those in attendance that have called in to RSVP. Contact the Frontier Extension office at 785-828-4438 to reserve a meal.

Topics to be covered include: “Economics of Parasite Control in Stocker Calves,” “Using Modified Live or Killed Vaccines, What to Do?” “Vaccine Handling, it May be More Important than You Thought,” and “ Wormers for Stocker Cattle.”

Extension schedules pasture meeting at Garnett

Frontier Extension District will host an educational meeting, “Grazing Opportunities and Pasture Management” 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, 2018, at the Garnett Community Building at the Anderson County fairgrounds, in Garnett. The meeting will cover many current issues facing local producers and their pasture lands.

Topics will be of concern to both native warm season and cool season pasture owners, including fall burning of sericea lespedeza; controlling woody plant species in grasslands; Old World Bluestem, identification and control; fescue seed head suppression; and using cover crops to keep cattle grazing.

Emergency management cautions about burning during current dry spell

With dry conditions and little chance of measureable moisture in the near future, Osage County Emergency Management is reminding everyone to use extreme caution when conducting any type of outside burning.

“Please ensure that you have sufficient manpower, water, and equipment to control the fire, this is your responsibility,” said Bryce Romine, Osage County Emergency Management director. “You must monitor your fire until it is completely extinguished. We have had numerous out-of-control grass fires, burning without a permit, and burning on “no burn days.”

Anyone burning in Osage County is required to have a burn permit in all unincorporated areas. Unincorporated areas are those outside of city limits. Residents living inside city limits should check their city regulations regarding burning.

Burn permits can be obtained at the following locations:

  • City offices at Carbondale, Scranton, Osage City, Overbrook, Melvern, Burlingame and Quenemo.
  • Osage County Fire Districts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7.
  • Osage County Clerk’s Office, land development office, sheriff’s office, KSU Extension office at Lyndon, Osage County Emergency Management, and USDA Service Center in Lyndon.

Chamber Chatter: Christmas on Market Street proceeds distributed

Jeanette Swarts
Chamber Executive Director

Check presentation, from left, Kathy Lincoln, ECAT, Patrick Gardner, Chamber vice president, Jeff King, Warmth Fund, and Kenna Burns, ECKAN.

Funds raised during the 2017 Osage City Christmas on Market Street event were divided between the Chamber of Commerce and three local organizations.

Disbursements were awarded during the January members’ meeting to Kathy Lincoln, Ecumenical Christian Action Team, Kenna Burns, East Central Kansas Economic Opportunity Corporation, and Jeff King, Osage City Warmth Fund.

Cains earn wildlife habitat award for longtime conservation practices

By Lori Kuykendall
Osage County Conservation District

Gayle Cain and his son, Russell, will receive the 2017 Wildlife Habitat Award at the upcoming Osage County Conservation District annual meeting. This award recognizes individuals who have excelled in improving wildlife habitat on their land in addition to conserving soil and water resources. The award is sponsored by the Kansas Bankers Association and the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism.

Gayle enrolled some of his ground into the Conservation Reserve Program when it first became available in 1987. The long-term goal of CRP is to re-establish valuable land cover to help improve water quality, prevent soil erosion, and reduce loss of wildlife habitat. Gayle continued to reenroll his land into CRP for as long as it was eligible. Some of his land has been in CRP for 30 years.

Gayle is enrolled in a variety of CRP practices including CP25, the restoration of rare and declining habitat, CP21, filter strips, and CP33, habitat buffers for upland game birds. All his CRP acreage is planted to native grass with forbs and is managed to help improve wildlife habitat.   

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