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Marais des Cygnes Valley 2024 graduates: ‘Officially’ headed toward new chapters in life

MdCVHS 2024 graduates, front from left, Aydin Deeter, Brooke Spillman, Olivia Lacey, Kelsey Rice, and Haylea Bethell, back, Jaxson Dorr, Hunter Trienen, Deken Coyler, DJ Johnson, Mason Rose, Kristopher Ruth, Gunnar Pendroy, and Corey Criss. Photo by Lisa Reeser.

Members of the Marais des Cygnes Valley High School class of 2024 officially declared the end of their public school days and the beginning of new chapters in their lives during commencement exercises held Saturday, May 11, 2024, in the school’s gymnasium at Melvern, Kan.

With Pomp and Circumstance, MdCVHS Principal Darrin Ashmore introduced MdCV’s 2024 co-valedictorians Olivia Lacey and Kelsey Rice, who thanked all of those who helped them get to this point in their lives. They congratulated their classmates and advised them not to forget their school years at Marais des Cygnes Valley as they continued their lives.

“We are officially done with high school! Guys we did it!” Lacey said. “Whether you are heading to college this fall, going to the workforce, or taking some time for yourself, we must always remember where we came from and the incredible potential each of us holds.”

She said the students “learned so much about ourselves” and that would help them in the future.

“As we have seen in the past four years, a lot can change,” Lacey said. “We’ve faced challenges that seemed insurmountable, like learning through a pandemic over Zoom classes. But we didn’t just survive; we thrived. We adapted, we supported each other, and we made it through. This resilience is what sets us apart.”

“I do know that endings are inevitable, and with this one, one door is closing while another is opening. High school wasn’t meant to last forever, and it’s time to say goodbye,” Lacey said. “As we go onto the next chapter in life, may we always remember what shaped us into the young and bright individuals we have become.”

Rice spoke about the student’s eagerness to get to this point in their lives.

“We were all saying, ‘I can’t wait to graduate,’” Rice said. “But why are we so eager to move on? Is it because we’re ready for new challenges, eager to make our own decisions, or simply excited to leave high school behind? Maybe it’s a mix of all these reasons. As we look forward to the future, let’s not forget what we might leave behind.”

She told of a lesson she learned “that I wish I had realized sooner – not everything is as serious as it seems. We often stress over small things that in the grand scheme of life, won’t matter that much.”

Her simple advice for the future: “Be yourself. Surround yourself with people who appreciate you for who you are. Do what makes you happy.”

“As we move forward into this next chapter of our life,” Rice said, “let’s carry with us the memories we’ve made, the lessons we’ve learned, and the friendships we’ve built. Let’s step into the future with confidence, knowing that we’ve got the support of our loved ones, close friends, and most importantly the strength and resilience we have within ourselves.”

EWTBW: Do calorie counts on fast-food menus really impact a person’s decision-making?

Posting calorie counts on fast food and restaurant chains may somewhat impact a person’s food choices at these establishments, potentially contributing to improved health outcomes.

Let’s be honest – fast food has become ubiquitous in the United States. In other words, it’s here to stay. From large cities to small rural towns, fast food has invaded and infiltrated into every corner from sea to shining sea. However, as a registered dietitian, I strongly advise against frequent consumption of fast food. I’m not saying I’m totally against eating at these establishments and occasionally, I do. But, I work with patients with diabetes and heart disease – serious medical conditions – who need to be informed of more nourishing, nutrient-dense foods that supports and not harms their health.

Fast food establishments often provide menu items packed with excessive calories, unhealthy fats, and high levels of sodium and sugar. In contrast, I collaborate and work with patients to select nourishing, healthy, nutrient-dense foods that are rich in essential nutrients, fostering improved overall health outcomes. That’s my job.

Yet, according to the United States Department of Agriculture, over one-third (36.6 percent) of American adults indulge in fast food about 1-3 times a week. That’s approximately 84.8 million adults opting for fast food daily! These statistics shed light on the widespread consumption of fast food, urging us to consider healthier eating habits.

In today’s fast-paced world, the allure of quick and convenient fast-food meals often overshadows concerns about their nutritional content. However, recent research shows how a seemingly minor detail – calorie counts on menus – can nudge consumers towards healthier choices.

Registration opens for youth tractor safety courses

Young tractor driver in a past Lyndon Fourth of July parade. File photo.

Registration is now open until May 20, 2024, for an upcoming Hazardous Occupation Training class. The class, hosted by the Marias des Cygnes and Frontier Extension districts, is required for 14 and 15-year-old youth who want to operate farm tractors on farms other than for their parents.

Only 14 to 15-year-olds who work for their parents on the family farm are exempt from the HOT training requirement. The training is still required, however, if the family farm is a partnership, incorporated, or the youth is working on a grandparent’s farm. This training is also required for youth planning to use a lawn mower or tractor larger than 20 horsepower.

This year’s training will be different than in the past, as participants are required to complete an online course from Penn State University called the National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Program. The online course costs $10, and covers the book portion of the tractor and machinery safety material, and accounts for about 16 hours of training.

Participants are also asked to watch five safety videos and write three to four sentences about what they learned from the videos. Once the book portion has been completed with a passing grade, Penn State provides a printable certificate, which is submitted with the video descriptions to the Extension office by June 12.

Saturday, June 15, will be an eight-hour day of in-person safety training that will end with a tractor driving test. Participants that pass the driving test will earn a certificate of training. The in-person training will be at the Pomona Community Building, 219 Jefferson St., Pomona, Kan., before traveling to a farm for the driving test.

To register for the hazardous occupation class, contact the local Extension office or sign up at https://kstate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8dz41qSIsdIjqyW. Once registered, a confirmation email will be sent with the Tractor Safety Manual, a website address to create an account and sign up for the National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Program, a list of videos to choose to watch, and a consent form for use on June 15.

Participants will be transported by instructors to a local farm and back to the Pomona Community Center for the driving portion of the day on June 15. Lunch and snacks for the day will be provided.

For more information, contact Extension agents Rod Schaub, 785-828-4438, Ryan Schaub, 785-448-6826, or Katelyn Barthol, 913-294-4306.

Osage County Cemeteries: Map and list

No Name No. 8 Cemetery, near Lamont Hill. Photo by Jan Williams.

In cooperation with the Osage County Historical Society, Osage County News has published online a list of Osage County cemeteries and their locations. The historical society had previously published similar information in a brochure, and volunteers of the society updated the list.

Osage County News has also created a map that shows the general locations of the cemeteries, which are listed with directions on the reverse side of the map. A printable version of the two-page map and cemetery list is available here.

When visiting the cemeteries listed, visitors are advised that some are on private property and property owners’ privacy should be respected. Not all cemeteries are located on all-weather roads, and some are in remote locations in Osage County; visitors should watch weather conditions and be aware of possible road hazards. Use of a highway map or GPS device to assist with navigation when trying to locate cemeteries is also advised.

Hidden History: Small town girl stands up to small-minded scorn

A family photo of Peter and Kate Peterson and sons, Roy, Clyde and John. Wendi Bevitt collection.

History becomes hidden for many reasons. At times it is because the person or event is surrounded by some shame. Attempts to suppress the shame cuts that part of an individual’s story out of the historical record. Living in a small, rural community amplified any shame a person had because town gossip mills could and still can be devastating.

Emily Kate Bratton, “Kate” for short, was born in 1867 in Pennsylvania, the youngest of eight surviving children born to John and Catherine. Her birth came right before her family and a group of others from the same area moved to Burlingame, Kan.

Kate’s uncle, George Bratton, had been one of the first settlers of Burlingame in 1854, when it was known as Council City. Kate grew up on a farm not far from town. As a girl from a rural middle class family, she would have conformed to the norms of the day – helping her mother with the household chores such as cooking, cleaning, and mending.

However, unlike other girls her age, as the youngest in her family, she did not have the responsibility of helping to look after younger siblings, which gave her a certain amount of freedom. As a student, school attendance was not regulated at this time, and particularly with farming families school was optional compared to farm and home responsibilities. Even though there was a school within a mile of the Bratton home, northwest of Burlingame, by the time Kate was 13, she was not attending school.

April 16, 2024: Tornadoes cut early morning paths across Osage County

Osage County woke up to tornado warnings Tuesday after two tornadoes touched down along narrow paths through the area. The National Weather Service reported the two EF1 tornadoes left at least two people injured and significant damage to numerous buildings and structures.

The first reported tornado touched down at 5:51 a.m. April 16, 2024, just north of the Eisenhower State Park, with winds up to 110 mph. NWS surveyed the paths of the tornadoes yesterday, and reported this tornado started about a mile north of the state park, traveled north about one mile and then shifted to the northeast about one mile before lifting up at 5:56 a.m. near Salt Creek about two miles west of Lyndon. NWS recorded the tornado’s path as 3.5 miles and its path at 100 yards wide. NWS said that tornado damaged mainly trees and outbuildings in central Osage county, but one home was shifted on its foundation.

Tornado paths in Osage County, April 16, 2024. NWS map.

The next EF1 tornado touched down about 15 minutes later, at 6:07 a.m., about four miles west-southwest of Overbrook, near 197th Street and Berryton Road. That tornado moved north-northeast for approximately 13 miles before ending near the town of Richland in southeast Shawnee County. The tornado had winds up to 100 mph and a path of 75 yards.

NWS reported two people were injured when a RV they were in flipped over. A residence near U.S. Highway 56 and Paulen Road suffered significant damage, including loss of roof material, and other damage. A residence near 121st Street and Shawnee Heights road was reported as having significant window and glass damage, along with damage to a nearby outbuilding. The last surveyed damage in the tornado’s path was at a residence near 105th Street and Shadden Road in Shawnee County. NWS reported the tornado ended at 6:27 a.m. after traveling 12.6 miles

NWS emergency alerts in the area went out about 5:55 a.m. when NWS first reported seeing tight circulation about three miles southwest of Lyndon.

Burnt Trees smolder into grand championship at Smoke in the Spring

2024 Smoke in the Spring grand champions, Burnt Trees BBQ, Nick and Shannon Holman, of Minot, N.D.

The grand champions not only burned a few trees at the 2024 Smoke in the Spring State BBQ Championship, they also scorched all of the competition on their way to winning the title.

Burnt Trees BBQ, Nick and Shannon Holman, of Minot, N.D., seared the grand championship April 6, 2024, at the 21st annual Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctioned contest at Osage City, Kan. The grand champs competed against 96 teams – 93 from 11 states and three from Canada.

The Holmans claimed the championship with an overall score of 706.2628, breaking 700 points and joining the coveted 700 Club. Kansas City Barbeque Society recognizes teams that have achieved a contest score of 700 or more in the overall division of any contest.

In a social media post, the Holmans said it was the first 700 plus score they had earned in barbecue competition. Other firsts for the husband-wife team at Smoke in the Spring: First competition of the 2024 season, first trip to Osage City and Smoke In The Spring, first time to cook in gale force winds, and their first grand championship of the season.

“Saturday was a windy one and even inside the trailer we felt it,” they said. “We simplified our cook and were happy with the results.”

To tally up their championship score, Burnt Trees took fifth place in chicken with a score of 178.8572; 14th in pork ribs,176.500; 19th in pork, 175.4056; and 12th in brisket, 175.440. Although they turned in the contest’s championship boxes, the team did not earn a perfect score, or 180, in any of the four categories.

“Huge shoutout to all of the volunteers and Corey Linton for a fun and well organized event,” the team posted.

Smoke in the Spring reserve champion, Ryan Cain, Damn Fine Beef & Swine.

Damn Fine Beef & Swine, of Lee’s Summit, Mo., with head cook Ryan Cain, came in hot behind the grand champs to win the weekend’s reserve grand championship with a total score of 705.0972. Damn Fine’s score was the tally of 11th place in chicken,177.7028; 19th in ribs, 175.4172; 10th in pork, 176.5600, and 17th in brisket, 175.4172.

Others in the top five overall winners were There’s No Place Like Smoke, Palmyra, Mo, third place, 704.5488; Dr. Squealgood BBQ, Olathe, Kan., fourth, 700.5260; and Wags Backyard BBQ, Osage, Iowa, fifth, 698.8000.

KDHE deems Quenemo’s water system no longer at risk of contamination

Update: April 16, 2024: The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has rescinded a boil water advisory for the city of Quenemo public water supply system located in Osage County. The advisory was issued April 8 because of a line break resulting in a loss of pressure in the system. Laboratory testing samples collected at Quenemo indicate no evidence of bacteriological contamination and all other conditions that placed the system at risk of contamination are deemed by KDHE officials to be resolved.

Chamber awards banquet recognizes local businesses, employees, non-profits

Winners at the 2024 Osage City Chamber of Commerce awards banquet, from left, Stephanie and Jaryl Seth, TwoCousins weeSale, new business of the year; Angie, Kevin, and Joshua Payne, Payne Financial Strategies, business of the year; Louise Lira, of White’s Foodliner, employee of the year, and Jeanette Stromgren, Osage City Library, non-profit of the year. Osage City Chamber photo.

Friday, March 22, 2024, marked the second annual Osage City Chamber of Commerce awards banquet, which was held at St. Brigid Hall. There were approximately 100 in attendance at the evening event, which was filled with a variety of entertainment, good food and visiting with friends from the community. C.J. Adkins, of Flinthills Catering, catered a delicious meal topped off with a triple chocolate torte dessert that melted in your mouth.

Gavin Robert, a talented junior at Osage City High School, provided a nice medley of soft dinner music on his keyboard and guitar. Following the meal, the first segment of the evening program included two OCHS forensics students presenting their award winning presentations. Dustin Stucky, forensics instructor, introduced Gavin Ericson and Emily Whalen. Both students gave very entertaining presentations and kept the attention of everyone.

Following the students was guest speaker, Casey Woods, executive director of Emporia Main Street. He shared with the group some of the keys to a strong community. Emporia Main Street is an economic and community development agency that operates within the city of Emporia and Lyon County. Their mission is to sustain and grow Emporia’s local economy by applying a four-point approach to create jobs, encourage tourism, and support entrepreneurs and business owners.

Highlighting the remainder of the program was the presentation of awards for four categories. Nominations for the four categories were submitted to the Chamber of Commerce throughout the months of February and March. See related stories.

Information thanks to Osage City Chamber Executive Director Jeanette Swarts.

Osage City’s Got It: Osage City Library is more than just books

Osage City Public Library, 2024. Courtesy photo.

Submitted by Jeanette Swarts

Along with the town itself, the Osage City Library has a very historic past. The Sorosis Club, a women’s literary group, established the library in 1922. They developed a collection by pushing baby buggies around town to gather books.

In the mid 1920s, Edward Lieber donated money to build the first library at 214 S. Sixth St. The Sorosis Club consisted of 26 members; each member volunteered two weeks of their time to operate the library up until 1969. The library had outgrown their club and it became a public supported library in 1970.

With community support, a new library was built in 2000 and the Lieber Library became the Osage City Public Library. A community room, which can be rented, was added in 2016. A plaque honoring the Sorosis Club’s years of service was put on display in the library.

The library’s motto is “More than just books” and is very fitting. The library has a collection that loans out not only books, but a variety of items including audiobooks, cake pans, magazines, movies and television shows, music CDs, puzzles, and video games. The audiobook collection includes CDs, but also Playaways and Wonderbooks. Customers of the library also have access to Flipster, Hoopla and Libby; all are digital borrowing services that provide access to ebooks, digital audiobooks, music, movies, tv shows and magazines for users to enjoy free.

The library provides a variety of programs and services for all ages. During the school year, story time is held twice a week for those five and younger; programs for school age children are held after school on Tuesday and Thursday each week; and Lego Club meets each month. When school is not in session, additional programs are held. A teen group meets to work on projects for themselves and for the library, and the adult book club and bingo are held monthly. Art classes for adults and youths are also held at the library.

During the summer, the library provides library programs and incentives to promote reading, as well as providing summer meals to those 18 years and younger. Anyone needing to laminate, fax, scan or make color or black and white copies, the library provides those services. Also available is wi-fi and computers to use. The library’s genealogy collection includes local newspapers dating back to the 1800s, and Osage City High School yearbooks starting with the 1913 yearbook.

Lyndon Library celebrates gift of books and updated children’s area

Lyndon Library patron Cora Jordan checks out the new collection of children’s books donated by the Brownstone Book Fund. Courtesy photo.

Librarian Genea Reynolds has announced that Lyndon Carnegie Library is the recipient of a gift of 100 new children’s books, ranging from pre-kindergarten through early readers. The books were a donation from the Brownstone Book Fund, a private foundation in New York City that fosters early reading and a love of books, and encourages parents and children to read together.

“Come to the library to explore and enjoy our new collection,” Reynolds said.

Reynolds said the library and patrons are also celebrating its newly updated children’s area. The library received memorials from Hotch Hanna’s and Janis Mickelson’s families that were used to purchase carpet squares to put over the concrete floor, an expandable children’s table, and rolling shelves to display books and toys. She said patron Levi Garber donated his time to install the flooring.

“We are so blessed to have awesome patrons who love the library as much as we do,” Reynolds said.

To check out the new collection, stop by the library at 127 E. Sixth St., Lyndon, or for more information, call 785-828-4520 or see www.lyndonlibrary.org.

Willing Workers tour the Capitol

By Lena Stucky, Club Reporter

The Willing Workers 4-H Club took a group trip Tuesday, March 12, 2024, to the State Capitol. Our group included 21 kids and eight adults. The group went on the Historic Capitol Tour, where Mel, our tour guide, did a great job answering all of our questions. We then took the Dome Tour. Almost all of our group made it to the top of the dome and got to look out over Topeka. Afterwards, we went to Gage Bowling for lunch and two hours of bowling.  It was a great outing and a great time to spend with our 4-H family.

U.S. 75 multi-bridge repair project to begin Monday in Osage County

The Kansas Department of Transportation plans to begin a multi-bridge repair project on U.S.  Highway 75 in Osage County, Monday, March 18, conditions permitting. The project includes resurfacing and patching work on the bridges over 325th Street, 333rd Street, 341st Street and Frog Creek.

The structures are located within a four-mile corridor of U.S. 75 between state Highway 276 and the Coffey County line.

Three bridges will be worked on concurrently, beginning with those over 325th, 333rd and 341st streets. The Frog Creek bridge repairs will begin when 341st Street is complete.

Each bridge that is being actively worked on will be reduced to one lane. Temporary traffic signals will direct traffic across the bridge. A 12-foot width restriction will be in place.

Both lanes of U.S. 75 will be open in the areas between the bridges. The 341st Street on- and off- ramps will also remain open. Speed will be reduced to 55 mph through the entire project corridor.

Work will take place during daylight hours Monday through Friday, and Saturdays as needed.

Wildcat Construction Co., of Wichita, Kan., is the prime contractor on the $937,000 project, which is expected to be completed in October.

KDOT urges all motorists to be alert and obey the warning signs when approaching and driving through a highway work zone.

Willing Workers help the Easter Bunny stockpile eggs for Osage City’s hunt

Willing Workers 4-H Club stuff eggs for the annual hunting season, front from left, Clara Thielen, Emmit Ford, Mason Newman, Kassie Thielen, Ruby Stucky, and James Ford, back, Leila Wilcoxson, Izzy Ford, Claire Newman, Paige Thielen, Avery Talkington.

By Lena Stucky
Club Reporter

The Willing Workers 4-H Club has been hard at work stuffing more than 2,000 eggs for the annual Easter Egg hunt, which will be March 24, 2024, at the Osage City ball fields. At 1:30 p.m., the Easter Bunny will be escorted in by the Osage County Sheriff’s Office for pictures, and at 2 p.m. the hunt will begin.

We have had many local businesses donate some great prizes for this event.

Health advisory: KDHE offers safety tips for prescribed fire season in Flint Hills

TOPEKA, Kan. – Kansas Department of Health and Environment is reminding Kansans that March and April are when large areas of the state’s rangelands are burned by prescribed fire, especially within the Flint Hills.

Prescribed fire is a tool used by landowners and managers to help preserve the tallgrass prairie ecosystem, control invasive species, reduce woody encroachment from species such as Eastern Red Cedar and provide better forage for cattle. Prescribed burning also reduces the risk of wildfires and is effective in managing rangeland resources. Smoke from the burns can influence the air quality of downwind areas. The use of smoke management techniques is vital to reduce the air quality and health impacts.

KDHE will activate the Kansas smoke modeling tool in early March, prior to widespread burning in the Flint Hills. The computer models use fire data and current weather conditions to predict the potential contribution of smoke and air quality impacts to downwind areas. There are approximately 2.2 million acres burned on average in the Flint Hills of Kansas and Oklahoma each year.

“We are entering the 14th year that we have been able to provide this important tool for the prescribed fire community,” Jayson Prentice, meteorologist at the KDHE Bureau of Air, said. “We continue to encourage ranchers and land managers to utilize smoke modeling resources, such as the smoke modeling tool to mitigate potential air quality impacts.”

Prescribed burns release large amounts of particulate matter and other pollutants that can form ground-level ozone. Particulate matter and ozone can cause health problems, even in healthy individuals. Common health problems include: burning eyes, runny nose, coughing and illnesses such as bronchitis. People with respiratory conditions, cardiovascular diseases, children and the elderly are more vulnerable to experience symptoms.

KDOT to host open house for upcoming U.S. 75 bridge projects in Osage County

The Kansas Department of Transportation will host an open house to provide information on three projects scheduled over the next four years to improve several bridges along U.S. Highway 75 in Osage County. The public is invited to attend the meeting 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, 2024, at Marais des Cygnes Valley High School, 508 N.E. Main St., Melvern, Kan.

Attendees will be able to review the upcoming bridge improvements and speak one-on-one with project staff. There will be no formal presentation and attendees can come and go at any time during the meeting. Information presented at the meeting will be available online beginning March 20 at ike.ksdot.gov/us75-bridges-osage-county.

The first project is scheduled for this year and will resurface and patch the U.S. 75 bridges over 333rd Street, 325th Street, 341st Street, and Frog Creek. Temporary traffic signals will direct U.S. 75 traffic through the work zone for the duration of the project.

In 2025, KDOT will redeck the U.S. 75 bridges over the BNSF railroad and the Marais des Cygnes River. This project is expected to last two construction seasons and will require U.S. 75 traffic to be detoured to state Highway 31.

Another project scheduled to start no earlier than 2027 will replace the U.S. 75 bridges over Frog Creek and 341st Street. This project will also require U.S. 75 traffic to be detoured to K-31.

For more information about the open house, contact Kate Craft at Kate.Craft@ks.gov.

Eat Well to Be Well: Boost your breakfast – sneak in more veggies to start your day

Eating more vegetables for breakfast is easier than you may think!

Are you a breakfast person? If so, I have a tip for improving your health – remember to sneak in veggies for a healthier start to your day.

I know it’s easy to stick to the usual breakfast foods like eggs, cereal, or pancakes, but adding some vegetables to the mix can be a game-changer. Not only are they packed with nutrients, but they can also add some fun and creativity to your morning meal and have a powerful influence on your health.

Vegetables’ powerful influence on our health

In a world where most of us struggle to meet our daily vegetable intake, incorporating them into breakfast can be a game-changer.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a staggering 90 percent of Americans fall short of the recommended daily intake of vegetables, which should ideally be around 2 to 3 cups per day. By adding veggies to your morning meal, you’re not only boosting your nutritional intake, but also diversifying the spectrum of essential nutrients your body receives.

It’s essential to stress that consuming various vegetables, often called “eating the rainbow,” is vital as different colors signify the presence of distinct phytonutrients and antioxidant vitamins.

Research agrees that meeting the recommended daily servings of fruits and vegetables can significantly reduce the risk of various diseases, such as heart disease and cancer.

Melvern Jr. Highline meets in February to share love and compassion

By Allie Reeser
Club Reporter

At 4:54 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 4, 2024, at the Melvern Community Center, the February Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club meeting was called to order by Treasurer Braelyn McNally. The club began the meeting with The Pledge of Allegiance and 4-H Pledge led by Braelyn. Secretary Bella Reeser called the roll; members and parents were to answer with, “Would you rather have chocolates or flowers for Valentine’s Day?” There were six members, three adults, and one Extension agent present.

Bella read the minutes from the previous meeting; they were approved as read. There was no correspondence. Braelyn read the treasurer’s report; it was approved as read. Reporter Allie Reeser stated she submitted one article to the newspaper. There was no historian’s report. There was no council report.

In leader’s report, leader Caleb McNally reminded club members about the Blue & Gold sales that start immediately and will need to be turned in to the Extension office by Feb. 26. Caleb also reminded club members about District Club Days that will be Feb. 24, at West Franklin-Pomona school; registration will be open until Feb. 9. Leader Lisa Reeser reminded club members and parents to please read their club meeting notes paper. There was no old business.  In new business, a motion was made and seconded to purchase varnish to varnish the picnic tables at the Melvern Fairgrounds at the March club meeting.

In program, club members created Valentine’s cards for the Mayes House. In songs, song leader Koral Bruening led the club in singing “Bear Hunt.” At 5:11 p.m., it was moved and seconded to adjourn the meeting.

Melvern Jr. Highline’s next club meeting will be 5 p.m. Sunday, March 3, at Melvern Community Center. Members enjoyed snacks provided by the Bruening family. For recreation, members and parents enjoyed finishing their pictures for the Mayes House.

Photo: Melvern Jr. Highline’s Valentine’s Day cards for the Mayes House.

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