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A Cowboy’s Faith: Fun neighbors on Halloween

“Trick or treat give me something good to eat.”

That’s the threat of ghosts, goblins and every other imaginable getup on Halloween. But it sends them for a whirl with the response: “Sorry no treats it’ll have to be tricks.”

Living in the country, little Halloween visitors are usually few and this year there weren’t any.

The highlight several years though now is when the dairy farm couple from across the section rings the doorbell. It’s usually past bedtime when Keith and Donna come after visiting friends in a 25-mile radius of the farm. All lights were on so they’d know ranchers were waiting.

About 10:20, buzzer sounded, door opened and in came Uncle Sam and his appropriately patriotically attired lady. Big smiles shining through elaborate costume assured it was the dairy farmers who’d hired milkers to get their night off.

Impossible to repeat words of the Uncle Sam song they harmoniously presented. Then the milkmaid asked, “Why did Yankee Doodle Dandy come riding in on a pony?” With no certain answer, just assuming it was sure better than walking.

More than two dozen stops already made, with several more lights awaiting their arrival. Minimal visiting reflected how the elaborate silk red, white and blue outfits came to be.

Donna picked up pieces here, there, yawn, and with scissors, needle, thread expertise put together great semblance to ones pictured. Red stripes on Keith’s white pants were “just painted there.”

Memory’s shy who all they’ve portrayed years gone by: cheerleaders, Roy and Dale, Popeye and Olive, more. A couple other neighbor ladies helped one year for Wizard of Oz. Always with singing accompaniment.

Last year, before dark call informed ice was stopping them, but fortunately back this time.

The jovial neighbors hadn’t made trick or treat warning, but came with their own treats. Costuming, entertaining, visiting were special delight enough, but Donna again handed four big popcorn balls out of her satchel.

That would have been a good day’s work making enough of the evening snacks. Then they had to pack the goodies in the back of their station wagon to be given out.

Oh yes, uptown morning after there were no main street tricks, hay, tires, outhouses like of decades ago.

Reminded of Luke 15:9: “Call together friends and neighbors for a time of rejoicing.”

030615-franksmug2Frank J. Buchman is a lifelong rancher from Alta Vista, a lifetime newspaper writer, syndicated national ag writer and a radio marketing consultant. He writes a weekly column to share A Cowboy’s Faith.

Unofficial Osage County general election results, Nov. 6, 2018

Following are the unofficial election results for Osage County in the Nov. 6, 2018, general election, as released by the Osage County election officer. Write-in votes and 181 provisional ballots are not included in totals. Results become official after canvassing by the Osage County Commission on Nov. 13.

According to election officials, 6,202 ballots were cast out of 10,758 registered voters in the county, for a 58 percent turnout.

Osage County Clerk Rhonda Beets reported there were no problems with the election, with few minor problems reported at polling places. Beets said many voters utilized early voting opportunities, including two evenings during which the county clerk’s office was open to voters. The election report shows 1,000 advanced ballots were cast.

National Offices

United States Representative, 2nd District

Paul Davis………………… 2,160
Steve Watkins…………… 3,600
Kelly Standley…………….. 374

State Offices

Governor/Lieutenant Governor

Laura Kelly………………. 2,479
Kris Kobach……………… 2,903
Jeff Caldwell………………. 128
Rick Kloos……………………. 62
Greg Orman………………… 606

Secretary of State

Brian McClendon……… 2,253
Scott Schwab……………. 3,571
Rob Hodgkinson………….. 289

Attorney General

Sarah G. Swain…………. 1,682
Derek Schmidt………….. 4,454

State Treasurer

Marci Francisco…………. 1,704
Jake LaTurner…………… 4,356

Commissioner of Insurance

Nathaniel McLaughlin.. 1,342
Vicki Schmidt…………… 4,720

State Representative 54th District

Sarah Coats………………. 1,003
Ken Corbet………………. 1,785

State Representative 59th District

John Hall…………………….. 360
Blaine Finch………………… 989

State Representative 76th District

Eric L. Smith…………….. 1,650

County Offices

County Commissioner, 1st District

Fred L. Diver……………. 1,643

Township Offices

Agency Township Clerk

Randy Chenoweth……….. 115

Arvonia Township Clerk

Robert Atchison…………….. 42

Barclay Township Clerk

Rodney Bergquist………….. 76

Burlingame Township Clerk

Tim Quaney………………… 628

Dragoon Township Clerk

Joseph E. Quaney………….. 97

Elk Township Clerk

Gary Wray………………….. 731

Fairfax Township Clerk

Keith E. Badger…………… 235

Grant Township Clerk

Larry E. Colstrom………… 109

Junction Township Clerk

Anthony D. Horne……….. 442

Melvern Township Clerk

Raylen E. Phelon…………. 228

Olivet Township Clerk

Richard Mickelson…………. 97

Scranton Township Clerk

Jeff Wells……………………. 242

Superior Township Clerk

Emilee Christine Burkett. 101

Valley Brook Township Clerk

Donald H. Garrett………… 498

Fire Benefit District No. 1 Board Member (vote for 2)

Kevin Sorenson……………… 27
Chris Keith……………………. 25

Hidden History: Toe-tappin’ leads Lyndon’s cobbler to his career choice

By Wendi Bevitt

In an era when a favorite pair of shoes was meant to last past the time when they lost their sole, the Royal Shoe Shop served the community of Lyndon. Previously owned by a Mr. Leslie L. Barnes, it was purchased in 1923 by Clyde Morand, a fresh graduate of the Kansas School for the Deaf.

Clyde was the son of Elmer and Gertrude Morand, and was born in Kansas in 1903. Elmer hosted barn dances throughout the summer, entertaining the community with music and laughter. However, after a time, Elmer and Gertrude noticed that Clyde was not able to hear the joyous sounds and share in them.

The Morands heard of Dr. William H. Cook, a recent immigrant to the area who specialized in eyes, ears, nose and throat, and drove to Beloit to see what could be done for their son.

The family shortly thereafter moved south of Topeka, which undoubtedly offered more resources for their deaf son. In 1913, Clyde started attending the Kansas School for the Deaf, in Olathe. This boarding school had been created in 1866 and was the first of its kind in the state. In addition to teaching the students sign language and typical school subjects, they were also taught a trade that would help them after they graduated. Vocational training included baking, sewing, printmaking, and shoemaking – which is the trade that Clyde would learn.

The shoemaking department was established early on in the school’s history, its lead teacher being Charles “C. H.” Hyer. Mr. Hyer moved to Olathe in 1872 and began teaching the students how to make and mend shoes. C. H. opened a cobbling shop on the side and was assisted by his brother Edward. In 1875, a cowboy stomped into Hyer’s boot shop complaining about his boots and petitioning Hyer to create a better boot. C. H. determined that the best style had a pointed toe, higher and sloped heel, and stitching up the leg. The style was a hit and propelled Hyer’s boots to a favorite among cowboys and those keeping the Wild West alive in film. Hyer’s prosperity in boot making did not sever his relationship with the school, however. Hyer boots continued to be involved in vocational education in the industrial department.

Reader cautions against crossing bridges closed for maintenance

Pranksters or vandals caused danger to themselves and others by removal and destruction of bridge barriers in rural Osage County late Friday or early Saturday.

Dear Editor:

Yesterday, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018, we had an incident involving the destruction of some county “bridge closed” barriers that blocked the bridge on Hoch Road (where it crosses the South Branch Wakarusa River in northwest Osage County). The Osage County Sheriff was contacted by my father, Ed Franklin, and county maintenance arrived soon afterwards.

My main reason for writing is to warn motorists to not to attempt to cross closed bridges.

Sinkhole at the edge of the bridge abutment shows erosion under the road surface. Photos by Cheryl Franklin.

This bridge is extremely unsound due to sinkholes that have undercut the dirt road due to the rains and the age of this bridge. In fact, one of the maintenance crew informed my father that the sinkhole on the north side of the bridge was caused by him just walking on it to assess the concrete. Luckily he caught himself before he fell completely through the hole and was only scratched.

The signs and barriers are back up and thankfully this time no one was injured. Even though my parents live near the bridge, no one heard anything – so the damage could’ve happened anytime between late Friday night to when it was discovered around 5 p.m. Saturday.

Thank you,
Cheryl Franklin

Construction delays postpone St. Patrick’s new church opening at Scranton

View from the balcony of St. Patrick’s Church, at Scranton, Kan., which served its parish for more than 100 years.

Update: Due to delays in construction on the new church for the parish of St. Patrick’s of Scranton, the planned Nov. 4, 2018, dedication and open house will be postponed. The new opening date or dedication plans have not been determined at this time.


One year ago, in October 2017, parishioners of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Scranton celebrated the 100th anniversary of the current church building and 150 years of the parish being in the Scranton community.

Now one year later, the parish is anxiously awaiting the completion of a new church building. If the finishing construction goes as planned, the final Sunday mass in the current church building and the new church building dedication will be soon. Parishioners plan to host a lunch after the dedication and give tours of the new church. Lunch reservations may be emailed to [email protected] or call 785-640-4503.

Land and water stewards sought for annual conservation awards

Tallgrass prairie in the Kansas Flint Hills. Photo USFWS.

The Kansas Conservation Awards Program, sponsored by the Kansas Bankers Association, will once again be held in Osage County. The KBA, K-State Research and Extension, and the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks and Tourism have established six award categories, including energy conservation, water quality, water conservation, soil conservation, windbreaks and wildlife habitat.

The purpose of the program is to stimulate a greater interest in the conservation of agricultural and natural resources of Kansas. Each year more than 200 Kansas producers and landowners are recognized through this program. Nominations for these awards can be made by any person in the county. Information about these awards can be picked up at the local Extension office or by visiting the K-State Research and Extension website:

Nomination forms are available at the Osage County Conservation District office or the Frontier Extension District office in Lyndon, the Bank of Burlingame or the Bank of Osage City. Or contact the Extension office at 785-828-4438 for a nomination form to be mailed to you. Nomination forms should be completed and returned to the Frontier Extension District, PO Box 400, Lyndon, KS 66451, by Oct. 31, 2018.

Upon receipt of the nomination forms, a committee chaired by Rod Schaub, Frontier Extension District agent, will select this year’s winners. Winners will be recognized at the Osage County Conservation District’s annual meeting.

Local clubs count on a little help from their 4-H friends

DeWayne Schoepflin, back right, is surrounded by his friends, the Willing Workers 4-H Club, after receiving his Friend of the 4-H Award for his continued support of the Osage City area club.

Friend of 4-H Award is presented annually to those that have made significant contributions to the 4-H program but may not have been involved in 4-H as a member. For the past 4-H year, local 4-H groups designated the award for DeWayne Schoepflin, sponsored by Willing Workers 4-H Club, Vintage Park Assisted Living, sponsored by Vassar Blue Ribbon 4-H Club, and Larry and Kay Salisbury, nominated by the Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club.

Schoepflin is a longtime 4-H supporter, and Osage County 4-H members can always rely on him to help out where needed. During setup of Osage County Fair, Schoepflin dumps rock screenings in and around the arena without charge. He has been very supportive of the tractor restoration group. He donates funds to Osage County Fair for trophies and the list goes on. Local 4-Hers thank him for his continual support.

Vintage Park is an assisted living facility in Osage City, Kan. They are always willing to have 4-H clubs visit and enjoy fellowship with residents. Some of the residents were once in 4-H and were volunteers. Several local 4-H clubs interact with Vintage Park residents.

Larry and Kay Salisbury supply award plaques for several top entries at the annual Sunflower Days 4-H Fair. If they are at any gathering or public event where the subject of 4-H comes up, they always offer positive support for the 4-H program. Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H can always count on their support of the local 4-H club.

The Friends of 4-H awards are presented during the Osage County 4-H Council’s annual achievement night.

Osage County crowns 4-H King and Queen at final summer fair

2018-19 Osage County 4-H Royalty, front from left, Gage Cannon, Cloverbud, North Osage, Braxtyn Sturgeon, Cloverbud, Lyndon Leaders, back, Garrett Croucher, Willing Workers, Grace Croucher, Willing Workers, queen Josie Thompson, Willing Workers, king Isaac Shultz, Clover Wranglers, Solomon Shultz, Clover Wrangler, and Kieren Shultz, Clover Wranglers. Courtesy photo.

By Jessica Flory, 4-H Program Assistant
Frontier Extension District

In a ceremony held Aug. 8, 2018, at the Overbrook Osage County Fair, Isaac Shultz, of Clover Wranglers 4-H Club, Burlingame, and Josie Thompson, of Willing Workers 4-H Club, Osage City, were crowned as the 2018-2019 Osage County 4-H King and Queen.

Attendants Braxtyn Sturgeon and Gage Cannon helped with the ceremony, along with the past 4-H king and queen, Royce Cowan and Lily Shultz. The competition was organized by the Osage County 4-H Council.

Rules to be a candidate require that the 4-Her be between the ages of 14 and 18, submit an application, and participate in a personal interview. The local 4-H king and queen will serve one year and have a variety of responsibilities, including promoting 4-H, being visible at the county fairs to hand out ribbons, helping host other county-wide 4-H events and participate in next year’s crowning ceremony to pass on their titles.

Get to know your new 4-H king and queen:

Josie Thompson, Osage County 4-H Queen, was escorted by Garrett and Grace Croucher and attendant Gage Cannon. Josie has been a member of the Willing Workers 4-H Club for eight years. She plays many roles in the club such as club historian, foods junior leader, and photography junior superintendent at the Osage County Fair. Some of the projects she is involved in include foods, photography, leadership, buymanship, beef, and the swine project. She says that buymanship and showing her steer are her favorites. Josie also enjoys helping her club in various community service projects, such as cleaning the Rapp School House and collecting items for soldiers overseas. She was a county council representative for two years, is a member of the district livestock judging team and has been selected as a 2020 CWF delegate. Josie also is an active member in her church and participates in various activities at her school, such as the debate and forensics team and playing on the golf and basketball teams. Even though she stays very busy, Josie loves being an active member in 4-H and her community.

Isaac Shultz, Osage County 4-H King, was escorted by Kerian and Solomon Shultz and attendant Braxtyn Sturgeon. Isaac joined 4-H when he was 7 years old. His 4-H club, Clover Wranglers 4-H Club, is like an extension of his family. They work on projects, skits, service, fundraisers, and whatever else together. 4-H is a piece of his life that he can’t imagine not having. As king, he will try to promote 4-H to kids of all ages because he thinks 4-H has so much to offer. Isaac is a shy youth and he knows that about himself. He wants to work hard as 4-H king to work on his shyness and promote a program he loves and holds dear

It’s autumn, watch for deer on roadways

TOPEKA – Mating season and the quest for more secure habitat have deer on the move this time of year, increasing the chances of vehicle collisions.

Typically, the greatest number of deer-vehicle crashes are in mid-November when the rut, or mating season, peaks. In addition to the rut, deer are also on the move in mid-fall seeking new food sources and shelter as crops are harvested and leaves fall from trees and shrubs, leaving them less secure than in their summer habitats.

“The deer population has stabilized over the last six years, so areas that have had deer likely still have them,” said Levi Jaster, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism big game biologist. “This time of year, young animals are dispersing to find new places to live and breeding season is approaching. More animals on the move means more of them will be crossing roads, so be extra cautious in areas with good deer habitat.”

According to the Kansas Department of Transportation, 10,226 (17 percent) of the 58,834 vehicle crashes reported in 2017 were deer-related (crashes in which a deer and vehicle actually collided or the presence of a deer was a contributing circumstance). Crashes involving deer occur in every part of the state throughout the year. In 2017, Butler County had 438 vehicle-deer crashes, the most of any county, while Sedgwick County followed with 385 vehicle-deer crashes.

“In addition to potentially causing human injuries and loss of life, deer collisions often cause significant vehicle damage that can lead to large expenses for the vehicle owner if not properly insured,” said Jennifer Haugh, public and government affairs manager for AAA Kansas. “Of the animal strikes reported by AAA insurance policy holders in 2017, the average cost per claim was more than $4,500.”

A spokesman for the Kansas Highway Patrol cautions drivers to refrain from making exaggerated maneuvers to avoid a deer in the road, which can make the situation worse.

“If you are unfortunate enough to have a deer enter the highway in front of your car, it is best to hit the animal and not swerve to avoid it,” said the KHP Lt. Adam Winters. “Often, we find more serious crashes occur when you swerve to miss the deer, potentially losing control of your vehicle, leaving the road or veering into oncoming traffic.”

St Patrick’s of Scranton celebrates old and new

View from the balcony of St. Patrick’s Church, at Scranton, Kan., which served its parish for more than 100 years.

One year ago, in October 2017, parishioners of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Scranton celebrated the 100th anniversary of the current church building and 150 years of the parish being in the Scranton community.

Now one year later, the parish is anxiously awaiting the completion of a new church building. If the finishing construction goes as planned, the final Sunday mass in the current church building will be Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. On Nov. 4, the new church building will be dedicated at the 10 a.m. mass. Parishioners will host a lunch after the mass in the Scranton school. Lunch reservations may be emailed to [email protected] or call 785-640-4503 by Oct. 14.

Parishioners will host open house tours in the new church building 2:30-3 p.m. Nov. 4.

St. Patrick’s parishioners are proud to share their Scranton roots and are dedicated to continued participation in the Scranton community.

Carbondale Lions to unveil new community bulletin board at fall festival

Carbondale Lions and other volunteers work to put the finishing touches on the club’s community bulletin board project. Courtesy photo.

As a service to the community, the Carbondale Lions Club has been working on replacing the community bulletin board, which was located on private land east of the U.S. Post Office. The family of Robert Sherwood, who are the current landowners of the bulletin board location, have generously agreed to allow the placement of a community bulletin board structure on their property.

The Carbondale Lions have been assisted with much volunteer time by professional sign builder, Rick Altis. Lions Club members along with Albert Sherwood, Santa Fe Trail High School student, Logan Reed, and other community volunteers, set the bulletin board in place on Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018.

In recognition of the 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance by the Kansas Volunteer Commission, the Lions kept busy working to complete this service project in September, in time for the community’s annual fall festival. There are a few finishing touches needed before the bulletin board is ready for community use. The Lions will monitor postings and ask those wishing to post to only attach papers with a home or office-style stapler or with tape. For safety reasons, nails are not allowed.

Another Lion service project is fall festival that will take place at Carbondale City Park this Saturday, Oct. 6. The festival was postponed from last month due to rainy weather.

Activities will begin with the children’s parade at 3:30 p.m. There will be vendors, Lions funnel cakes, Carbondale Police Department and fire department displays, inflatable bouncy houses and slides for all ages, and the farmers market, all starting in the afternoon. The main parade begins at 6:15 p.m., with staging at 5:30 at the city swimming pool, followed by the talented band, Delta Haze.

Hidden History: Nation reaps rewards of local public service corps

At the Civilian Conservation Corps camp at Burlington, Kan., recruits end their duty day with a retreat ceremony. Photo from Bevitt collection.

By Wendi and Tod Bevitt

The outlook at the start of the 1930s was shrouded in a cloud of economic failure and dust as a result of the stock market crash of 1929, drought, and poor soil conservation practices. Unemployment had risen to 25 percent by 1933, and while that did not affect farmers, the dropping crop and stock prices did. The great clouds of dust that were forming on the horizon were a result of the wartime effort after 1914, during which the amount of acreage devoted to wheat was greatly increased, also known as “The Great Plow Up”.  The combination of drought, overgrazing of pastures and poor conservation practices overall led to a period of massive dust storms led to the region being called the Dust Bowl.

When President Franklin Roosevelt took office in 1933, he immediately set in motion work relief programs to deal with the dire financial situation facing the country, one of which was the Civilian Conservation Corps or CCC. The CCC focused on conservation projects, a subject Roosevelt had previously shown favoritism towards during his tenure as governor of New York. The CCC not only put unemployed young men to work, but also increased their employability through education and experience on the many public service projects performed by the various camps.  There were generally three different types of CCC projects in Kansas: soil erosion, lake creation or maintenance, and those focusing on reforestation.

Late summer rain eased drought in parts of Kansas, but northeast counties still dry

By Mary Lou Peter
K-State Research and Extension

MANHATTAN, Kan. – A shift in weather patterns that began in early August brought welcome rain to drought-stricken Kansas, but even with the precipitation, the northeast part of the state is still parched.

“Ponds are still low. Streams are not running. There wasn’t as much benefit from the recent rains as we had hoped,” said Mary Knapp, climatologist with the Weather Data Library at Kansas State University.

Some of those counties that experienced heavy rains and flash flooding on Labor Day weekend are still in drought. The Sept. 11, 2018, U.S. Drought Monitor for Kansas shows many northeast counties still in abnormally dry to exceptional drought conditions.

“This drought had its roots in a very dry winter,” said Knapp of conditions months ago that were so widespread Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer issued a drought declaration in March covering all 105 Kansas counties.

After a hot start to the summer, temperatures moderated somewhat in August and rain fell across much of the state. In June, statewide temperatures averaged 4.7 degrees warmer than normal. July statewide temperatures averaged 0.4 degrees warmer than normal. For August, the statewide temperature average was 1.5 degrees cooler than normal. State-wide precipitation was 125 percent of normal.

The current situation with drought in the eastern counties, but generally not in the west except a sliver along the border with Colorado, is just opposite the typical scenario, Knapp said. Semi-arid western Kansas usually tends to be drier than eastern Kansas. Average annual precipitation in Garden City is 19.15 inches, while in Topeka it is 36.46. As of Sept. 15, Garden City has received 19.46 inches, while Topeka has received just 18.39 inches.

Adam Burnett, active at work and on the boccia court

Adam Burnett, Osage City Chamber of Commerce member and employee of Resource Center for Independent Living, is not only busy at work, he also is active participating in the sport of boccia. He has been very successful in recent competitions at the national level.

Burnett, originally of Melvern and now Osage City, has worked at RCIL, in Osage City, since 2002. He was introduced to the Paralympic sport of boccia in 2016. Boccia is a throwing sport that tests an athlete’s coordination, accuracy, concentration, and ability to strategize. It can be played in a team or pair or individual competition.

What started out for Burnett as playing “just for fun” became more serious following a third place finish at the U.S. national tournament in 2016. He was then selected to Team USA in 2017 and represented the United States in two international tournaments that year, first in Montreal, Quebec, and then in Cali, Colombia.

Burnett won gold at the US National Tournament in 2017, but he is most proud of being a member of the first BC4 pair to ever win an international match for the United States, when he and his partner defeated Argentina last summer in Colombia.

“It’s really exciting and an honor to wear the Team USA gear and represent my local communities when we travel and compete,” Burnett said.

ICYMI: Pomona State Park celebrates great weekend of ‘going retro’

Happiest campers award went to these greeters welcoming visitors to their camper, “Roseanne”, a 1963 Mobile Scout that belongs to Eric Marx.

If time slipped by and you missed it, Pomona State Park celebrated another great weekend of “going retro” during the annual Going Retro Car, Vintage Trailer And Antique Boat Show, on Aug. 17-19, 2018. In addition to the car show, spectators had the opportunity to step back in time and view the many vintage campers, inside and out, that filled the campsites of two campgrounds in the park.

Hosts of the event, Friends of Pomona State Park, have announced the winners of the shows as follows:

The best old Melvern pickup award winner enjoys a shade tree during the Pomona State Park ‘Going Retro’ Show.

Marais des Cygnes Valley FFA officers retreat at Tuttle Creek

MdCV FFA officers visit KSU College of Veterinary Science, from left, Kathryn Vaught, Frank Warner, Bayleigh Lacey, Chloe Volkman, Grace Bradley, Koby Vanderpool, Brookelyn Janssen, Alaina Marsh, Cassandra Ebert, and adviser Danny Rice. Courtesy photo.

The 2018-19 Marais des Cygnes Valley FFA Chapter officers took advantage of the National FFA Theme “I Can. We Will” by spending three days, July 16-18, 2018, at Tuttle Creek State Park, Manhattan, Kan.

The three days were spent enhancing their leadership skills, bonding as a team, and organizing the program of activities for the year. Officers also were able to tour the Manhattan Fire Department and the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Science, as well as going swimming and canoeing.

Kansas FFA Secretary Schuyler Zenger enlightened the officers with team building and problem solving activities during the retreat. KSU ag-ed intern Cassandra Ebert, who will be student teaching at Marais des Cygnes Valley High School agriculture education department this spring semester, also joined the officers during the retreat.

Officers Chloe Volkman, Brookelyn Janssen, Kathryn Vaught, Bayleigh Lacey, Grace Bradley, Alaina Marsh, Koby Vanderpool and Frank Warner are excited about getting the year started and have some incredible development activities for the chapter members and community planned for the upcoming year. Some of those activities include the annual organizational luau, elementary agriculture presentations, walk-in movie nights, highway cleanup, Ag Awareness Day, and a hunger awareness presentation and activity.

Fair flashback: Costumes and animals create fun for exhibitors and spectators

Participants in the animal and people costume contest at the Osage County Fair, from left, Katie Lowry, Karley Lowry, Lynnea Nelson, John Sand, Gracy Smith, and Tate Smith.

Fair season is over for the summer in Osage County, but reflecting back on Osage County’s three fairs this year brings to mind all of the fun had by spectators and exhibitors, especially during the 4-H and Open Animal Costume Contest. The contest was held June 29, 2018, during the Osage County Fair, at Osage City, with Marty and Wylie Young as mother-son contest superintendents.

Six participants dressed up for the occasion, as follows: Karley Lowry, 6, Burlingame 4-H Cloverbud, bucket calf “Sweetie”; John Sand, 8, North Osage 4-H, bucket calf “Flex”; Katie Lowry, 9, Burlingame 4-H, bucket calf “Blossom”; Tate Smith, 10, Willing Workers 4-H, bucket calf “Mac”; Lynnea Nelson, 11, North Osage, cat “Clint”; and Gracy Smith, 12, Willing Workers, market goat “Fabio”.

Jonnie Voiers, Lyndon, and Danielle Garrison, Overbrook, had the task of judging the contest, and determined the winners: Open class champion, Karley Lowry; junior champion, Tate Smith; senior/intermediate champion, Lynnea Nelson; People’s Choice Award, Gracy Smith.

Young artists win ride to school in fire truck

Coloring contest winners, from left, Andrew Baughman with assistant chief Gregg Sunday, and Nathaniel Baughman with chief Russell Mitchell. Courtesy photos.

Winners of Osage County Fire District No. 4’s coloring contest were given an exciting ride to Overbrook Attendance Center on the first day of school. Nathaniel Baughman and Andrew Baughman rode to school in a fire truck with Fire Chief Russell Mitchell and Assistant Fire Chief Gregg Sunday. The boys participated in a coloring contest at the fire district’s open house during the 2018 Overbrook fair.

2018 Overbrook Osage County Fair results: County’s best on display

Spectators and exhibitors await the judge’s determinations during the rabbit show at the Overbrook Osage County Fair. Frontier Extension District photo.

The Overbrook Osage County Fair has released the results of exhibits at the fair held Aug. 8-11, 2018.

Lyndon Leaders’ sunflowers bloom for everyone’s enjoyment

The Lyndon Leaders 4-H Club is inviting everyone to enjoy an Osage County sunflower field. The field is located eight miles north of Lyndon on U.S. Highway 75, and one mile east on 189th Street. The flowers are in full bloom until the end of August, so everyone is invited to enjoy the view, take some photos, and pick some flowers.

Catch up with the past at Arvonia

By Susan Atchison

This year has been eventful and much progress has been made at Arvonia by the Arvonia Historic Preservation Society.

January and February began with reflecting on memories of the Christmas tour and Christmas Tea, and planning for 2018 events. March started off strong with the St. David’s Tea in Lebo. Arvonia hosted Eluned Jones, director of the St. David’ Society of Kansas annual concert in Emporia.

On the cold first weekend in April, AHPS hosted several events. On Friday, a PEO chapter from Emporia toured the buildings and held their meeting. Saturday, a group of eight came for a progressive dinner bought at a silent auction benefitting the AHPS last fall. The group progressed from appetizers at the school, soup at the church, followed by the main course at the Humphreys/Atchison house, and dessert at the town hall. All food courses contained food with a Welsh flair. The brave group walked the entire route despite the weather. On Sunday, we hosted a private group tour.

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