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Spring Aboard: Boaters urged to be educated before boating season

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The temperature may still be cool outside, but it is a perfect time of year to start getting prepared for the boating season. Boating safety advocates are urging boaters to enroll in a boating education course prior to the main boating season. Spring Aboard – Take a Boating Education Course campaign is a nationally coordinated effort during the week of March 18-24, 2018, to increase the awareness of taking a boating education course.

“We know that an educated boater is safer on the water,” said Tom Guess, president of the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators, and lead organization for Spring Aboard. “If a boater has taken a boating safety education course the likelihood of their time spent on the water being a safe and enjoyable experience is much greater for them as well as their passengers. There’s no reason to head out on the water without knowing what you’re doing, and spring is the perfect time to take a course before the summer boating season begins.”

Hidden History: Burlingame’s ‘Aunt Emily’ endeared for her strength and virtue

By Wendi Bevitt

You probably haven’t heard of her, but Aunt Emily Ford was one of the most beloved citizens of Burlingame, Kansas. At a time when prejudice and segregation ran rampant throughout most of the country, the color line however did not exist for Aunt Emily in her adopted community, and she held a special place of honor and respect there.

Aunt Emily Ford was a spry little figure, with toil-scarred hands and a kindly face. “To know her [was] to love her” and later in her life, the local newspapers would run lengthy articles on the occasion of her birthday celebrating her many years, or an interview inquiring about her past.

“I shouldn’t think anyone would want to hear about slaves and slavery,” she said, but the reply was, “Yes, but everyone especially those of the younger generation know little of slavery and such an article would be of interest to the readers.”

This is her story.

Emily was born in North Carolina in 1813. Her family was owned by a family named White. The Whites treated their slaves harshly and used them for hard manual labor clearing trees and grubbing out shrubs when they moved to Tennessee.

As was the custom for slave owners, when Mr. White’s daughter was married to a man by the name of Farmer, she was given Emily as part of her dowry. Emily was two years older than her new mistress, and the two had shared a childhood together. Because of this familiarity, Emily found herself in a much more hospitable environment in her new home. Emily served as a cook in the Farmer household. The family moved to the Springfield, Missouri, area in 1837. It was there that she was allowed to marry another local slave, Daniel Ford.

When the area was invaded by Union soldiers in 1861, the Union forces freed slaves on the farms they encountered. Daniel Haney, of Burlingame, was with the 1st Kansas regiment when their company came upon Daniel Ford hauling potatoes in from the fields with his master’s wagon.

“Come with us to freedom!” was the call. Daniel Haney helped the Fords load all their children, earthly possessions, and even the feather mattress from the big house into the master’s wagon and the family followed the soldiers to a new life.

Their eventual arrival in Burlingame found the family without much means to start their new life. Instead of letting them remain relegated to their poor status, the people of Burlingame gave them a fair shot at success in their new life.

Overbrook Overlook: Dry, windy weather causes fire danger in the city, too

Sworn to serve: With official swearing in of officers at the first of the year, Overbrook’s 2018 governing body includes, from left, Council Member Cheryl Miller, Council Member Tammy Metzger, Council Member Carol Baughman, Mayor Jon Brady, Overbrook City Clerk Jim Koger, Council Member Joanne Allen, and Council Member David Penrod. Photo by former mayor Don Schultz.

Burn bans observed in Overbrook

Due to dry weather or wind conditions, Osage County Emergency Management issues countywide burn bans, which are also observed in Overbrook. Citizens with leaves or branches to burn should call Overbrook City Hall to determine if a burn ban has been issued. Citizens can also sign up for Osage County Emergency Management alerts at; click on “County Departments” and “Emergency Management”. Remember when burning, do not burn trash or processed lumber. Always be prepared to put out your fire completely if needed.

Burn permits – As a service to country residents, applications for Osage County burn permits are available at Overbrook City Hall.

Spring break

Santa Fe Trail Schools will be on spring break Monday, March 19, through Friday, March 23. Keep an eye out for children.

Dangerous conditions spark numerous fires across Kansas

The Kansas Adjutant General’s Department provided an update on recent Kansas fires, some that continue to burn as of today. According to the department, most are in some level of containment.

Approximately 50 fires were reported to the State Emergency Operations Center in Topeka since Monday, burning more than 25,000 acres.

Greenwood County is currently fighting a wildfire near the town of Hamilton. The Kansas Army National Guard is providing aerial firefighting support for local firefighters.

Aerial and ground firefighting resources were coordinated by the SEOC through the Kansas Forest Service and Kansas Army National Guard to augment fire suppression efforts by local responders. Soldiers of the Kansas National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 108th Aviation, along with troopers from the Kansas Highway Patrol and personnel from the Kansas Forest Service provided aerial and ground support to local crews battling fires in Ellis and other counties yesterday and the Greenwood County fire today.

The State Emergency Operations Center in Topeka is providing support and coordination of state and federal resources as requested by the counties. County emergency managers may continue to report incidents and request state assistance to augment local response and recovery actions through the state’s 24-hour emergency notification line.

Weather conditions are improving with increased relative humidity and decreasing wind. However, grass remains very dry and people should remain vigilant about preventing fires. Avoid any activity that could create a spark and touch off a new fire. Do not drive on or stop your car on dry or tall grass because the exhaust can spark a fire. Do not throw cigarettes on the ground. Stay away from all affected areas and do not drive through heavy smoke. Sightseeing puts people in danger and hampers the work of firefighting crews.

Gov. Jeff Colyer, M.D., has declared a state of disaster emergency that includes Barber, Clark, Ellis, Greenwood, Harper, Kingman, Logan, Reno, Smith, and Stevens counties.

Walk to your local Extension office to sign up for Walk Kansas

For many Kansans, participating in the Walk Kansas program – a K-State Research and Extension health challenge – signals spring. This year, the program will run from March 18 through May 12, 2018.

Walk Kansas is geared toward addressing critical issues in our state. Less than half of Kansas adults, for example, meet the minimum recommendations for physical activity (150 minutes of moderate exercise each week). Additionally, less than 10 percent of Kansans eat enough fruits and vegetables. According to the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease, if Americans were to stop smoking, exercise regularly and eat well, they could prevent up to 80 percent of heart disease and stroke, 80 percent of type 2 diabetes, and 40 percent of cancers.

During the eight-week program, four to six individuals form a team and select one person to be the captain. The team also selects from one of three physical activity goals they want work toward throughout the program. Participants then log their minutes of physical activity each week online or report it to their team captain. The goal of the program is to encourage individuals to lead a healthier life by being more physically active, making better nutrition choices, and learning positive ways to deal with stress.

Lyndon Leaders and Melvern Jr. Highline hold joint 4-H exchange meeting

Lyndon Leaders and Melvern Jr. Highline gather at Melvern community building for an exchange meeting. Shoup photo.

By Garrett Shoup
Lyndon Leaders 4-H Club Reporter

The Lyndon Leaders 4-H Club had their monthly meeting on Feb. 11, 2018, as part of an exchange meeting with the Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club. The meeting was held in the Melvern community building. The meeting started with roll call of “What’s your favorite Olympic sport?”

Before the officer reports, clubs presented a plaque to Larry and Kay Salisbury for the Friend of 4-H award, since they could not attend Achievement Night in November.  Next were announcements of District Club Days on Feb. 24, availability of scholarship applications for 4-H camp and Discovery Days, and 4-H camp, and barn quilt workshops in February.

The program for the evening was Braelyn McNally giving a talk on getting her steer ready for the fair; Ethan Kneisler giving a demonstration on how to wire an outlet; and Allie Kneisler explaining how to show a hog at the fair.

The meeting ended with a song from 4-H camp, a fun game of sucking Jell-O out of a straw, and lastly refreshments. The Lyndon Leaders 4-H Club will have their next meeting at 4:30 p.m. March 11, in the Lyndon High School cafeteria.

Hidden History: Early trekkers cross Kansas, pulling cart, pushing for better U.S. roads

Smith and Miller were photographed with their cart, the “Fordlet”, and featured in the Hoisington Distpatch, Nov. 25, 1915.

By Wendi Bevitt

With the invention of the automobile, America needed roads, good roads – which created a push for the creation of highways, namely a highway that would cross the entire country east to west. To draw attention to this need, and following a movement created by the government to See America First, people started taking up the challenge of traveling the completed and proposed parts of this highway. Two men that took up this challenge were Edward J. Smith, age 20, and Carl A. Miller, age 19, both of New York state.

The pair left New York City in July of 1915 and headed for California with $5 in their pockets, 250 pounds of gear, and a mandolin in their cart, which they called a “Fordlet”. America was to be their school, nature their books, and the people they met along the way their teachers. Their goal was to make the trip from NYC to California in seven months. By comparison, a motorist would expect to make the journey in 30 days, which would be at a rate of 18 miles per hour and six hours per day, costing $5 per day per person.

Smith and Miller as pictured in the Palladium Item, Richmond, Ind., Sept. 13, 1915.

Ed and Carl made up for their lack of funds for the trip by lecturing about their travels and selling photographs of themselves along the route, all while promoting their hope for a book on their travels. They kept an extensive scrapbook, tucking away the letters of recommendation from various government officials or people they encountered, as well as mementos of sights along the way. They stayed at local YMCAs, gracious individuals’ houses, or just slept under the stars.

In Ohio, they befriended a dog that joined the caravan and whom they named Frisco. It was also in this area of the country that the roads became less travel worthy. Ruts and mud were a foot deep. Ed Miller commented that “you could not take a step without lifting an abnormal portion of the county with you.”

Once the pair finally reached Kansas City, they shifted their travel from the proposed route of the Lincoln Highway to that of following the Santa Fe Trail. The old Santa Fe Trail closely follows modern day Highway 56 in Osage County. Some of the points that would have been seen at that time and can still be viewed today are Simmons Point Station in extreme western Douglas County, and McGee-Harris Station near Scranton.

Ed and Carl arrived in northeast Kansas right after Arthur Capper had declared Good Road Days for Kansas, so he was glad to meet with them when they made a detour from their Santa Fe Trail route to visit the capital city.

Osage County’s top spellers compete at Lyndon

Schools from across the county sent their best spellers to Lyndon to compete in the countywide spelling bee Feb. 2, 2018. Competitors, from left, were Riley Patterson, Madison Cormode, Olivia Lacey, Sadie Shoemaker, Kendalan VanCamp, Kaelee Washington, Graham Newberry, Marlen Long, Serray Shinn, and Mason Flickinger.

Hopefully sixth-grader Kaelee Washington won’t ever be incarcerated, but she knows how to spell it. “Incarcerated” was the final word in a seven-round match that gave Kaelee the championship at the 2018 Osage County Spelling Bee, held Friday morning at Lyndon High School.

Osage County’s champion spellers, from left, Kaelee Washington, first place, and Serray Shinn, second place.

Kaelee, who attends Carbondale Attendance Center, competed against nine other top spellers from schools around the county. With Heather Green as pronouncer and Peggy Morstorf as judge, the quick match dropped five competitors in the first round with words such as cordial, reservoir, quantum, calamine and jauntily. Round two had two more misses with “azalea” and “sophomore”, leaving three competitors, Serray Shinn, Burlingame eighth-grader, Mason Flickinger, Burlingame seventh-grader, and Kaelee for round three.

The word “impeccable” took out Mason, leaving two final competitors to spell “repugnance” and “strenuous” in round four, and “sherpa” and “crematoria” in round five. In round six, Serray had a “voluminous” error, giving Kaelee a “proviso” that sent her to the final one-word round. Correctly spelling “incarcerated”, Kaelee became the countywide champion.

Kaelee and second-place winner Serray will compete at the regional spelling bee to be held March 10 at Topeka.

Soil Conservation Award: Sturdy Farms honored as stewards of the land

Honored for preserving soil on their Osage County family farm are the Sturdys, from left, Candi, Clint, Sandy, Darrell, Lori and Rod.

By Rod Schaub
Frontier Extension District

On Jan. 22, 2018, Sturdy Farms will receive the Kansas Bankers Award for Soil Conservation at the Osage County Conservation District’s annual meeting.

The Sturdy family being honored includes Darrell and Sandy, who have owned and operated the farm for nearly 50 years, and two of their sons and their families. Their son Rod and his wife Lori have five children, Kelsey, Kandace, Megan, Shawna and Cheyenne. Son Clint and his wife Candi have two children, Teagan and Jensen. Darrell and Sandy have another son not involved in the farm, Jeff and his family, who live near Wamego.

The Sturdy homestead was founded in 1900 when Frank Wolfe brought his family to Osage County. Upon Mr. Wolfe’s death, he left the farm to his daughter Maggie and son-in-law Ray Sturdy. Today, Sturdy Farm is owned and operated by the fourth and fifth generations of that family.

The operation has evolved over the years to include a commercial cow herd, a stocker summer grazing program, fall development program for replacement heifers, haying, and growing crops, mostly corn and soybeans with a few acres of wheat.

When asked how the family divided up the work load when they have both crops and livestock, Clint responded, “For the most part we do the chores we enjoy the most.”

Rod prefers to do the field work, Clint and Darrell prefer the livestock chores, but for many of the jobs the family works together to get the job done.

“When we work cattle the whole family works together,” Darrell said.

Hidden History: Family builds fence wire empire from Melvern headquarters

By Wendi Bevitt

If only for a moment in time, Melvern was famous, made that way by the ingenuity of the Warner family and the farm equipment empire they began there.

Priscilla Warner and her husband Emery began their married life in Tazewell County, Illinois. When the Civil War began, Emery signed up to fight for the Union and served as a drum major with an Illinois regiment. Tragedy struck the family and Emery perished from fever in New Orleans in 1863.

Not long after the war ended, newly widowed Priscilla Warner was looking for a place to start over. Flat broke; she packed up her possessions and her five boys and headed from Illinois to the newly opened Indian lands in Kansas. In 1870, she settled on Sand Creek near Waverly. She spent the last of her limited funds on a cook stove, sack of flour and strip of meat for her family.

Help House News: Souper Bowl Soup-a-thon kicks off; one can equals one hearty meal

By Raylene Quaney

With the Christmas season over and the New Year to look forward to, there is a lot to catch up on.

Souper Bowl Soup-a-thon

The annual Souper Bowl Soup-a-thon has begun. Churches and other organizations are encouraged to participate in this friendly competition. We are asking that soup and crackers be collected for the Help House Food Pantry from now until Feb. 4, 2018, which is Super Bowl Sunday. The winners will be awarded the traveling “soup ladle” trophy. There will be first, second, and third place winners announced based on the total number of items collected. Let the game and fun begin.

Last year’s winner of the Souper Bowl Soup-a-thon trophy went to the Overbrook United Methodist Church. They brought in 286 cans of soup and 34 boxes of crackers; second place was taken by Carbondale Community United Church of Christ with 173 cans of soup; and third place went to Vassar United Methodist Church with 169 cans of soup. Thank you to everyone that contributed even one can of soup because you provided a meal for someone who was hungry the day they opened that can.

Holiday shopping store

There were 47 children that shopped for parents, grandparents or caregivers on Dec. 9. The shopping day included a visit and pictures with Mrs. Clause, elves to help shop for just the right gift, and then more elves to wrap and tag those special gifts to put under the tree for Christmas morning. That was a fun but very busy day for all. The next week 52 parents shopped, with 54 other adults able to shop the following week for their families. These were all shoppers who were not adopted by ECAT or EKAN or others during the holiday.

Quilt raffle

At noon on Dec. 20 a drawing was held for the quilt raffle. The total raised was $555 for the food pantry. Jon Wilhite, of Overbrook, was the winner. We also had drawings for five bicycles that were donated by the Lyndon Lions Club and had been totally refurbished through the program at the Leavenworth prison. Those winners were: For the boys 20-inch bike, Natasha Whitaker; boys 16-inch, Dynae Donely; boys 12-inch, Davis; girls 20-inch, Jolene DeMaranville; and girls 16-inch, Dariana Forkenborck.

Food baskets

There were 51 food baskets given out for Thanksgiving and 54 for Christmas dinners. Again, these were families that did not receive from either ECAT or ECKAN through their holiday programs. Families could choose either Thanksgiving or Christmas to receive their basket, but did not receive both times.

Giving tree

Many thanks again to Brecks Green Acres and their customers for donating to Help House from their “Giving Tree” over the holiday season. What a blessing! Those who received were very grateful for your generosity; we were pleased to be able to share those gifts with ECAT for their holiday give-away to the families they serve in the Osage City school district.   

KSU specialists share tips for managing livestock in winter

Reducing animals’ stress during cold periods is a key goal. K-State Research and Extension photo.

By Pat Melgares

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Livestock producers are entering a time of year that, because of winter weather, can often be challenging for maintaining the health of their herds, but a host of management steps and best practices can help to get the animals through the tough times.

“Talking to a regional climatologist, we foresee a lot of fluctuation in weather,” said A.J. Tarpoff, a beef veterinarian with K-State Research and Extension. “The fluctuations from warm to cold are stressful on any animal, so you have to be ready for that fluctuation.

“If it gets cold and it stays cold, we can manage that very easily. The animals get used to the cold, dry environment. But when we start mixing warm to cold, and a little bit of moisture – in other words, we combine wind, cold and a wet animal – that leads to a little bit of trouble.”

Livestock that can be housed indoors – such as chickens, swine and dairy cattle – may be protected from severe elements, but keeping them properly ventilated can be challenging.

“It’s hard to keep the fans and the ventilation adjusted appropriately because the incoming air is still somewhat warmer during the day, but then it cools off during the night as we get the different weather fronts coming through,” said Joel DeRouchey, a livestock specialist with K-State Research and Extension.

DeRouchey notes that fluctuations in indoor temperatures can cause mortalities in herds because the animals get stressed from the roller-coaster shifts.

Hidden History: Temperance crusaders attempt to axe the evils of liquor in early Burlingame

A strange twist of fate connected a Burlingame man’s patent to the town’s early temperance movement.

By Wendi Bevitt

Carry Nation, the hatchet bearing opponent of saloons and liquor, made her first raid on an establishment selling liquor in 1894. It was 20 years earlier in Burlingame, Kan., however, that two hatchet-wielding women with the same goal of protecting their homes from the abuses of drink, marched up Santa Fe Avenue and took out their aggressions on the local saloon.

By 1830, the average American over 15 years old consumed seven gallons of pure alcohol a year (three times of what is consumed today). This led to the beginnings of a push on restrictions of intoxicating drink. The momentum was stunted by the Civil War, but resurged afterward.

The town of Burlingame passed an ordinance in 1871 to “restrain dram shops and taverns and to regulate the sale of intoxicating liquors”. There was only one saloon, owned by Samuel H. Schuyler, which was licensed to sell liquor in the city, and for this privilege the city charged $300.

A group of concerned women began meeting in Burlingame in 1873 to bring about the end of liquor sales in the city. This had been spawned by the Women’s Crusade began that same year as an effort to give women, who had no direct political or social power, a chance for direct action with prayer vigils, petition campaigns and demonstrations. The women sought to persuade saloon keepers to destroy their beverages and close their doors and thereby protect their homes from the evils of liquor.

Mr. Schuyler was put on notice for his liquor sales by the ladies of Burlingame in August of 1873. Similar notices had gone out to all the establishments in Topeka which read like this: “Sir, you are hereby notified and warned that unless you desist from your present nefarious and soul-destroying business of selling whiskey, to the ruin of businesses and souls of this community, we shall visit your place of crime in a body … and invoke the aid and blessing of Almighty God to so enlighten your mind that you may be enabled to realize the great sin you are committing and forever abandon your present wicked business.”

Schuyler ignored their pleas, and in March of 1874, after the women’s group held a prayer vigil, two of the women greatly affected by the problem of excessive liquor use by their husbands decided to take action. Kate Wortz and Lizzie Allison, armed with hatchets, headed down Santa Fe Avenue towards Schuyler’s Saloon.

When the women arrived, they proceeded to smash the saloon’s front windows, Schuyler and staff watching the attack in shock from the inside. When the housewives finished their work outside, they continued inside, with Kate Wortz leading the charge. She determinedly headed next to the bar with its decanters and mirrors declaring, “I came down here to show you how my husband acts when he comes home drunk from your whiskey!”

Local heroes honored for saving Osage County man’s life

With many of their family members present, responders who saved the life of Osage County resident Wayne White show the Phoenix Awards presented to them Friday. Photo by Bob Connor.

In a ceremony Friday morning, Dec. 22, 2017, the EMS Phoenix Award was presented to Osage County Sheriff’s deputies and dispatchers, Osage County EMS personnel, and first responders for saving the life of an Osage County resident in November.

The Phoenix Awards recognizes individuals who, through their skills and knowledge, have successfully revived another person known to have been in cardiac arrest.

Phoenix Award certificates recognized the responders for successfully reviving a person known to have been in cardiac arrest. Photo by Bob Connor.

The awards were presented for the response to a 911 call on Nov. 11, 2017, in rural Scranton, during which local resident Wayne White, 59, had suffered from sudden cardiac arrest.

Following the 911 call from his wife, Jan Williams, who had immediately begun CPR assisted by a dispatcher, emergency responders including deputies and volunteers from Osage County Fire District No. 1, Carbondale, continued CPR until Osage County EMS personnel arrived and used a defibrillator to start his heart beating again. White was transported to Stormont Vail Hospital, in Topeka, and has since recovered from the incident.

White and his family and many family members of the honored responders were present for the ceremony Friday morning at Osage County EMS’s new ambulance station in Osage City.

“Today we had one of the most humbling experiences one can have in EMS,” said Con Olson, regional director of TECHS Inc., the parent company of Osage County EMS. “One of our cardiac arrest survivors and family met with the entire team that was a part of his pre-hospital care.”

Food safety specialist: Plan ahead to avoid holiday waste

Photo courtesy of USDA-FSIS.

By Pat Melgares

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Holiday food gatherings can be a joyous time for family and friends to get together, but oftentimes lots and lots of food leads to lots and lots of food waste.

Karen Blakeslee, coordinator of the Rapid Response Center in Kansas State University’s Department of Animal Sciences and Industry, said a bit of planning and attention to food safety principles can help to decrease the amount of food wasted during the holidays and year-round.

“From my own experience, I’ll sometimes go to the grocery store without a list,” Blakeslee said. “That’s not very smart on my part because then I end up buying things that I probably don’t need to buy.”

She’s not alone. The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization reports that a third of the food produced in the world is lost or wasted. That amounts to about $1 trillion per year in wasted food in developed and developing countries.

Yep, one trillion dollars.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency also notes that of the 136 million tons of material that goes to U.S. landfills each year, about 22 percent of that is food waste. That’s 30 million tons.

“That’s really kind of mind-boggling,” Blakeslee said. “Composting and recycling have gone up, which is great. But there’s still a lot of food going down the drain.”

So, Blakeslee notes, it’s important that every consumer do their part to avoid food waste.

“It starts with planning at home,” she said. “Figure out what meals you’re going to make during the week. I know schedules are busy, but figure out what meals you know you are going to be able to eat at home. Shop for those items and try not to deviate from that. It will help you control your spending as well as how much you’re buying.”

Lyndon Leaders spread holiday spirit

Lyndon Leaders 4-H Club in the Lyndon Winter Festival parade.

The Lyndon Leader 4-H club participated in the Lyndon Winter Festival on Dec. 2, 2017. As they waited for the parade to start, they had a brief meeting followed by a gift exchange and refreshments. Once the parade started they shared their holiday spirit by riding a float through the parade and throwing out candy. The Lyndon Leaders 4-H Club wishes everyone a very safe holiday and a Happy New Year.

Poinsettias present a yuletide challenge for plant enthusiasts

By Randall Kowalik

MANHATTAN, Kan. – The poinsettia can be found everywhere right now – florists, nurseries, grocery stores, large-scale retailers, even hardware stores. As common as they are, you might wonder how to choose plants with confidence and care for them so they won’t droop before Santa drops down the chimney.

The poinsettia is probably the most familiar form of a specialized leaf known as a bract. The bracts are bright red, and they surround the very small flowers, which are usually yellow. When shopping for a poinsettia, K-State Research and Extension horticulturist Ward Upham suggests looking for the brightest yellow flowers, as those tend to be fresher.

“Make sure that the green leaves are intact and straight, not drooping over,” Upham said. “The bracts should be brightly colored. Check the undersides of the leaves for insects. The soil in the pot should be moist, but not waterlogged.”

Poinsettias are extremely sensitive to cold temperatures. Transporting the plant from the retailer to your home really is a do-or-die mission.

“Any temperature below 50 degrees F for any length of time could damage the plant. Florists will often have a plastic sleeve over them – if you buy one from another retailer, it’s not a bad idea to put a bag over it. And then go from the store to your vehicle, and from your vehicle into the house.”

Place the plant where it can receive plenty of bright, indirect light. Avoid drafts – cold drafts, warm drafts, all of them.

“A place near an outside door is just as bad as a place near an air vent,” Upham said.

Frontier Extension District honors local supporters with annual appreciation awards

The Frontier Extension District recently presented its annual appreciation awards to five people who have made outstanding contributions to Extension programs. Honored were Mike and Sharon Kilet, of Anderson County, Ken and Lori Kuykendall, Osage County, and Jo Ellen Arnold, Franklin County. The honorees were selected by the Frontier District governing board and awards were presented Nov. 28, 2017. Meet this year’s award winners:

Hidden History: Photographs and photo car make Lyndon’s Ford famous

By Wendi Bevitt

You might not recognize his name, but if your family lived in Osage County more than 100 years ago, you might have Harry Ford to thank for capturing your ancestors’ likenesses, or just glimpses into Osage County’s past.

Harrison “Harry” Ford came from the small town of Wright, Mich., which is near Grand Rapids. He served his country during the Civil War with Michigan cavalry and infantry units. He mustered out at the end of the war, having been promoted to the rank of first lieutenant.

Ford’s photo of a local family possibly includes the sister of Wyatt Earp (anyone who can verify this is asked to contact the author); photo published with permission of Paul Butler.

Harry’s arrival in Kansas was first noted in 1880 when he stayed at Patton’s boarding house in Burlington, Kan. Residents of boarding houses at this time would expect to pay from about $2.50 to $3.50 per week. While in Burlington, Harry made a name for himself as an exceptional artist and photographer, prompting some to declare him the best artist in the state.

By 1882, Harry was making trips north into Topeka with his photo car. Photo cars could be quite large at 10 by 28 feet and eight feet high on the inside, but lightweight enough to make travel easy on the mules that would be pulling the car. Sometimes photo cars were rented railroad cars converted for this purpose. Photo cars would be furnished with props, fashioning a portable studio. Skylights allowed for natural light and dark curtains were used to block light coming in from the sides. One side would be the location of the photographer’s sleeping quarters and the other a photo lab.

Lyndon Leaders 4-H Club busy with fall activities; new members invited

Lyndon Leaders 4-H Club members were recognized at Achievement Night, from left, Josye Hutchcroft, Brynna Whitton, Reanna Marcotte, Breckyn Whitton, Ethan Kneisler, Garrett Shoup, Leanne Shoup, Allie Kneisler, Ryan Bones, Brayden Marcotte, Cade Shoup, Lara Shoup.

By Garrett Shoup, Club Reporter
Lyndon Leaders 4-H Club

The Lyndon Leaders 4-H Club had its monthly meeting on Nov. 4, 2017. The majority of the meeting consisted of the election of new officers for the upcoming 2017-2018 4-H year. The newly elected officers are: President Ethan Kneisler, Vice President Brayden Marcotte, Secretary Ryan Bones, Treasurer Allie Kneisler, Reporter Garrett Shoup, and 4-H Council representatives Ethan and Allie Kneisler.

New business included voting to do a hog raffle at the Lyndon basketball games this winter, as well as doing a $5 gift exchange after the Winter Festival in December. For recreation, the club did a Christmas wrapping contest. The wrapped boxes will be used to decorate the float for the Winter Festival parade in December. Following the meeting, club members attended Achievement Night in the Lyndon High School Auditorium at 7 p.m.

The next meeting will be at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 2, 2017, prior to participating in the Winter Festival parade at 10 a.m.

Help House News: Annual quilt raffle builds funds

You could win this quilt and assist Help House at the same time.

By Raylene Quaney

Help House is holding another quilt raffle for a full-size quilt made by Vicky Lawrence, of Overbrook. Tickets are $5 for one ticket, or three tickets for $10. Ask any volunteer to purchase a ticket, or call the center at 785-828-4888 for information or to order tickets by phone.

Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign

The Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign has begun, and kettles have been placed in area businesses throughout Osage County.

If you, your family, organization or group would like to volunteer to be a bell ringer this year, please call Help House at 785-828-4888 to leave your contact information. We will be in touch soon. The fundraising goal set last year for our county was $5,500 with more than $7,000 raised. We are hoping to exceed that amount this year. Remember when giving that 86 percent of your donation stays in Osage County to help with emergency assistance.

Amazon Smiles

Remember when shopping for Christmas, if you are ordering from Amazon, you may donate a percentage to Help House through Amazon Smiles; look for the link on Amazon’s website.

Christmas stores

Help House has begun collecting new toys, and gifts for men and women for the Christmas stores.  If you are dropping off items at Help House, please do not leave them in the shed, bring them into the center during business hours.

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