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Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club dedicates picnic table in memory of Casten-Downing

Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H members dedicated this picnic table, created in memory of Jill Casten-Downing, located in Melvern City Park; front from left, Joycelynn, Chelsea Green, Harper Melton, Bella Reeser, Gentry McNally, Gradey McNally, Tanner Totty, and Landon Roy; back, Anna Arb, Amelia Arb, Allie Reeser, Justin Brinkley, Levi Arb, Ella Reed, Tara Green, Natalie Green, and Braelyn McNally.

By Bella Reeser, Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club Reporter

In June 2019, it was proposed at a Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H club meeting to create a memorial to Jill Casten-Downing, a former club member. 4-H parent Eric Melton volunteered his time in undertaking the task of creating a picnic table in memory of Jill. With generous support from Lyndon Building Materials in supplying materials, Hastings Awards for supplying the plaque, and Eric Melton his time and talents, the project was completed in just a few short months.

It all came together on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019, when the Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club met with the Casten family at the Melvern City Park. Here they dedicated this picnic table in memory of Jill Casten-Downing and all her involvement in the Melvern community.

All this wouldn’t have been made possible without Lyndon Building Materials, Hastings Awards, and Eric Melton.

Osage City third-grader’s artwork to be featured in KDHE calendar

KDHE Secretary Lee Norman, Bureau Director Julie Coleman, and Deputy Secretary Leo Henning, present a framed copy of Sawyer Serna’s winning artwork to her.

TOPEKA, Kan. – An Osage City Elementary School third-grader was among 13 winners of the 2020 Keep It Clean Kansas Calendar competition named at a reception Nov. 6, 2019, in Topeka. Kansas Department of Health and Environment Secretary Dr. Lee Norman and the Bureau of Waste Management team recognized Sawyer Serna, Osage City Elementary School, Osage City, as one of the winners of this year’s contest, the 21st anniversary of the Keep It Clean Kansas calendar.

Sawyer’s artwork depicted wildlife enjoying a Kansas sunrise over a green pasture, and urged fellow Kansans to “Keep Kansas Clean”.

Osage County’s unofficial election results, Nov. 5, 2019

Unofficial election results Tuesday in Osage County showed several races decided, while many city council seats and school board positions remained to be determined by write-in ballots. Write-in ballots were to be tallied late Tuesday night.

In Osage City, Becky Brewer will be the city’s mayor with 371 votes, running unopposed. Also running unopposed, all of Osage City’s city council candidates won in their respective wards, Denise Lauber, 85 votes, Sharon Larson, 37 votes, Cathryn Houghton, 125 votes, and Dale Schwieger, 115 votes.

Mayor races in Carbondale, Melvern, Olivet, and Quenemo will be decided by write-in votes. In Overbrook, all three open council seats will be decided by write-in votes.

Tallies for two city council seats in Quenemo are setting with Fred Sweetwood at 51 votes, and John Wilson, 28 votes, and 60 write-ins outstanding.

In Scranton, a four-way race for three seats on the Scranton City Council showed Tim Nedeau with 93 votes, Amy Jo Miner, 90, Michael J. Meenen, 87, and Brenda Lester, 54.

Here are results of other highlighted races in the county:

Burlingame City Council
(two seats)

  • Sheila Curtis, 126
  • Leslie D. Holman, 125
  • Amanda Kohlman, 137
  • Larry Robinson, 55

Burlingame Mayor

  • Vikki DeMars, 147

Carbondale City Council

  • Larry L. Hinck, 114

Lyndon Mayor

  • Gene Hirt, 34
  • Steve Morrison, 178

Lyndon City Council
(two seats)

  • Lyn Atchison, 135
  • Doug Harty, 100
  • Bill Patterson, 98

Melvern City Council

  • Russ Vest, 17
  • Write-in, 83

School board races were also decided across the county:

USD 420 Position 1A

  • Tyler Parsons, 240
  • David L. Williams, 297

USD 420 2B

  • Kelli Bowin, 396
  • Brian E. Poertner, 151

USD 420 3C

  • PJ Heptinstall, 268
  • Brent A. Johnson, 269

USD 420 7

  • Kat Bellinger, 347
  • Robert Shaffer, 184

USD 421 1A

  • Eric Ratzloff, 294

USD 421 2A

  • David Brecheisen, 186
  • Doug Shoup, 171

USD 421 3A

  • Chris Cole, 313

USD 421 4A

  • Joe Isch, 287

USD 434 1

  • Jason Supple, 579

USD 434 2

  • Justin Ramsdell, 578

USD 434 3

  • Liz Maisberger-Clark, 554

USD 434

  • Madison Swisher Sowers, 583

USD 454 1

  • Melissa Droege, 245

USD 454 7

  • Donna Young, 205

USD 456 1

  • Gregory D. McCurdy, 196

USD 456 2

  • Beth Weimer, 194

USD 456 3

  • Michael R. Ragan, 210

USD 456 7

  • Joe Arb, 196

Extension Council Member

  • Nina J. Flax, 1,468
  • Brett A. Karr, 1,334

City of Burlingame Question

  • Yes, 104
  • No, 64

Constitutional Amendment

  • Yes, 1,043
  • No, 1,003

Osage County Commission will canvass the votes Nov. 15, 2019, at the commissioner’s meeting room at the Osage County Courthouse. Results are unofficial until canvassed.

Agencies warn of seasonal increase in vehicle-deer crashes

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

“Wet weather this year may cause some deer to cross roads in new places and the additional vegetation growth could make deer harder to see until they are in the road,” said Levi Jaster, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism big game coordinator. “The approaching breeding season increases deer movement, and the cooler weather, along with young deer dispersing to find new home ranges, mean more deer may be crossing the roads.”

According to the Kansas Department of Transportation, 10,734 (16.5 percent) of the 64,933 vehicle crashes reported in 2018 were deer-related (crashes in which a deer and vehicle actually collided, or the presence of a deer was a contributing circumstance). Although crashes involving deer occur throughout the year in every Kansas county, the highest number of crashes typically occur where there are the most vehicles. Sedgwick County had 418 deer-vehicle crashes reported in 2018, the most of any county, while Butler County followed with 384 reported deer-vehicle 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 Shawn Steward, Public and Government Affairs Manager for AAA Kansas. “Of the animal strikes reported by AAA Insurance policy holders during the five year period between 2014 and 2018, the average cost per claim was nearly $4,300.”

Osage City golf girls compete against Kansas’ top teams at state tournament

Osage City High School Girls Golf Team at State, from left, Laci Davenport, Hayden Serna, Carleigh Gardner, Josie Thompson, Lauren Phillips, and Jenna Hastert.

The Osage City High School Girls Golf Team qualified for State Golf for the second year in a row. The 3-2-1A state tournament was held Oct. 21-22, 2019, at the Salina Municipal Golf Course.

Laci Davenport receives a medal for placing 11th at the State Golf Tournament.

Conditions that Monday were extremely challenging, with high winds and gusts up to 57 mph. The team tied for 6th place with Thomas More Prep, Hays, with a score of 405. The Lady Indians ended up in 7th place, shutting them out for the second round. However, OCHS golfers Laci Davenport and Hayden Serna qualified as individuals to compete again on Tuesday.

Laci ended up with an 11th place medal and a combined score of 176. Hayden placed 38th with a 204.

Congratulations to the OCHS Lady Indians for a successful season.

Hidden History: Spiritualists reach final earthly destination at Ridgeway Cemetery

Hidden in Ridgeway Cemetery along the backroads of northern Osage County is a queer monument of stone. This grouping of stones is not any ordinary memorial, but rather a remembrance to a belief system held by former resident Hiram K. Reilly and other area individuals.

Hiram K. Reilly was born in 1839, the son of Hiram and Elizabeth Reilly. The entire family moved to the Ridgeway area around 1865. Hiram Sr. suffered from debilitating chronic asthma, which prompted his daughter to eventually reach out in 1871 for assistance from James R. Newton, a well-known spiritualist healer in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Dr. Newton wrote Hiram Sr. a magnetized letter, which Hiram Sr. credited with curing him. Magnetized letters were a method used by Spiritualists in which they would think about the disease and its location within the patient, which they believed infused the letter with spiritual magnetism and connect the healer to the patient. When the patient received this letter, they were instructed to wear it on the part of the body afflicted as long as the paper lasted to maintain a continuous connection between doctor and patient until their healing.

Hiram Sr. died in 1875, but believed that his nearly five years of healing was “a greater miracle than was ever performed by Jesus Christ.” Hiram Sr.’s story influenced nearly a dozen local people with his testimony of healing and promotion of spiritualism. Elizabeth Reilly died in 1891. Her stone in Ridgeway Cemetery reflects the family’s belief in spiritualism, depicting her spirit standing beside her physical body lying on her deathbed.

Growing vegetables, growing minds

Receiving a check of $10,000 from the Bayer Fund are Kim Dayhoff and Linda Carson, Brian Garrett, Bayer Fund representative, USD 456 Supt. Joe Sample, and MdCV Elementary School Principal Twila Wollenberg; not pictured, Barb Roberts.

While young minds are growing every day at Marais des Cygnes Valley Elementary School, students will soon be growing their own vegetables, due to a grant from a major agriculture products company.

On Oct. 3, 2019, the school was presented a $10,000 grant from the Bayer Fund, formerly the Monsanto Fund, a philanthropic arm of Bayer. The grant, written by USD 456 faculty Kim Dayhoff, Linda Carson and Barb Roberts, will fund a project called “Growing Food for Growing Minds” that includes three vertical aeroponic growing towers. The tower gardens, with two at the elementary school and one at MdCV Junior-Senior High School, are designed to provide year-round gardening of vegetables for all students and staff to enjoy. A portion of the funds will be used to purchase Chromebooks for the elementary students, and for field trips for the students to an apple orchard and pumpkin patch.

Brian Garrett, Bayer Fund representative, was on hand to present the grant check to USD 456 Superintendent Joe Sample and MdCV Elementary Principal Twila Wollenberg.

Fire prevention knowledge wins young artists a fire truck ride at Osage City

Osage County Fire District No. 2 rewarded this year’s fire prevention poster winners with a ride to school in a fire truck Oct. 8, 2019. Poster winners also received a smoke detector.

After delivering the students to school, OCFD No. 2 firefighters gave fire prevention presentations to Osage City Elementary School and preschool students. At the end of the school day firefighters and the Osage City Lions Club served ice cream to all students at USD420.

The 2019 OCFD No. 2 fire prevention poster winners were: First grade, Gabriella Lohmeyer, Jaxon Scott, Jenna Brenner; second grade, Kendyl Boss, Layton Buckman, Layne Martin; third grade, Brynlee Harmon, Lena Stucky, Elise Prim; fourth grade, Sophia Brabb, Hazel Phillips, Dailynn Weddle; fifth grade, Kyla Guadalupe, Alexandria Riley, Regan Farwell.

MdCV junior high volleyball girls finish season at Burlingame tournament

Lady Trojans junior high volleyball team, front from left, Colbie Cormode, Eden Hockett, Akyra Traver, Lexi Totty, Kadence Masenthin, Catayah Thompson, and Ella Reed, middle, Allie Reeser, Evie Stephens, Clare Hockett, and Destiny Moore, back, Head Coach Carrie Lingenfelter, Brianna Huffman, Emma Marsh, Brooke Spillman, Olivia Lacey, Haylea Bethell, Kelsey Rice, and Assistant Coach Lisa Reeser. Team members not pictured are Mel Mora, Trista DeCavele, Grace Spillman, and Lexi Hockett.

Marais des Cygnes Valley Junior High girls volleyball team ended its season Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019,in the junior high LCL Volleyball Tournament at Burlingame , with a record of 8-4. The lady Trojans finished their regular season league play with a third-place finish, and a second-place finish in the league tournament.

Republican women donate comfort items for local victims of abuse

Members of the Osage County Republican Women donated more than 600 household items to SOS Inc. in Lyndon, on Monday. The donated items included teen clothing, baby diapers, food, hygiene products and general household supplies.

Republican Women President Lois Butel, left, and project coordinator, Eunice Wedermyer, right, delivered the donations to Teresa Oliver, Osage County victim advocate, center, in two car loads.

SOS is a non-profit organization that assists adult and child victims of sexual and domestic violence, abuse or neglect in an effort to make their lives safer.

Kansas House honors Stephenson for his 100th birthday

Raymond “Lefty” Stephenson, of Scranton, center, was honored for his 100th birthday with a tribute from Kansas state representatives Ken Corbet, left, and Blaine Finch, not pictured; right is Raymond’s son, Terry.

An Osage County man achieved a major milestone in his life last week and was honored at the Kansas Statehouse for it. Raymond “Lefty” Stephenson, of Scranton, turned 100 years old on Sept. 22, 2019. As a tribute to Stephenson, two of Osage County’s state representatives, Ken Corbet and Blaine Finch, honored him with a tribute from the Kansas House on Thursday.

The official tribute document offered sincere congratulations to Stephenson from the representatives, Ron Ryckman, Kansas Speaker of the House, and the Chief Clerk of the House Susan W. Kannarr, and also summarized the World War II veteran’s service:

“’Lefty’ served 4 1/2 years in the Army 635th Tank Destroyer Unit, entering WWII during the Normandy invasion of Omaha Beach. He participated in 5 major battles, including the Battle of the Bulge, and mustered out with the rank of Buck Sergeant.

“Congratulations on this memorable achievement and best wishes for continued happiness,” the document reads.

When asked by spectators what he thought contributed to his long life, Stephenson said, “I didn’t smoke and I didn’t drink.”

Stephenson remains active politically as a member of the Republican Party, and he serves as a committeeman for the Scranton Precinct. He is known for his great sense of humor. He loves to go out to eat and tries to be as active as possible. He loves the Royals and Chiefs and teams of K-State and KU. He watches lots of sports, due in part to being a baseball player when he was younger. He played baseball for a farm team, as a left-handed pitcher and later as a center fielder, until he was 37, in Norton, Kan. He played baseball before, during and after his military career. He was recruited by the Brooklyn Dodgers and the St. Louis Cardinals after the war but wanted to stay home and continue to raise a family.

With Stephenson for the ceremony at the Kansas Statehouse on Sept. 26 were his daughter, Dana Webber, and son, Terry Stephenson, both of Scranton.

Hidden History: Mineral Springs gush healing waters at Carbondale-area sanitarium

A painting of the Mineral Springs Hotel, donated by the Jungmann family, hangs in the Osage County Historical Society museum, in Lyndon.

The Carbondale area was once home to Mineral Springs, a health resort that drew the attention of locals and others from far beyond the boundaries of the county that wanted to receive health benefits promoted by its proprietor. The resort, located about a mile north of the town, was founded by a man named Moses “M.D.” Merrill. Merrill’s Mineral Springs would go on to become a refuge for many seeking healing for more than 25 years.

M.D. Merrill purchased his land just north of modern-day Carbondale in 1859, a year after coal was discovered in the area. At the time, however, Merrill was living in Rock Island, Illinois, as a prosperous former land agent, newspaper editor, and railroad man. It wasn’t until 1884 that he moved to the north side of Carbondale and made use of springs located beneath his land. Local lore indicated that Merrill’s springs were located on an Indian camping spot, where they constructed dams across the beautiful stream flowing from the spring, calling this fount, “medicine water”. Merrill did not immediately realize the benefit that these waters held, however.

Within two years of his arrival, Merrill decided to find out the truth of the healing aspects of his springs and sought out the expert opinion of Dr. Albert Merrill, reportedly unrelated, of St. Louis, Missouri. Dr. Merrill analyzed the water and reported that the water contained purgative salts that could be utilized in treating digestive disorders.

M.D. Merrill seized the opportunity to bring the healing waters to the public and started selling his water for curative purposes locally and shipping orders as far as New York. For a time, there were as many as 100 visitors per day to the springs coming in “vehicles of every description, from the barouche and road wagon to the typical Mexican burro, loaded with kegs, cans, big jugs, and little jugs to be filled with those marvelous waters”, as reported by the Carbondalian. The spring water was also sold and delivered at 15 cents a gallon by the Cooke Fuel Company, of Topeka, which also sold Osage County coal.

MdCV Stuco members learn to use resilience to face challenges

MdCV High School Stuco, front, from left, Madison Cormode, Kyla Vogeler, keynote speaker Heather Schultz, and Riley Spillman; back, MdCV Stuco advisor Tammy Vanderpool, Hailey Rose, Lindsay Johnson, Madison Flatin, Izzy Tobman, Sadie McGown, Brice Marsh, Cole Lacey, Bayleigh Lacey, Braden Reed, and Frank Warner. Photo by Lisa Reeser.

MELVERN, Kan. – On Monday, Sept. 23, 2019, Marias des Cygnes Valley High School and Junior High school student councils traveled to Seaman High School, in Topeka, for the Student Council Regional Conference. The morning began with some mixers in the gym, followed by introductions, and a performance by the Vikettes.

Overbrook Osage County Fair, Aug. 7-10, 2019, exhibition results

The Overbrook Osage County Fair Board has released the results of 4-H and open class exhibitions at the fair that was held Aug. 7-10, 2019, at Overbrook, Kan. Results are as follows. See abbreviation key for clubs and ribbons below.

Chamber hosts Culpepper & Merriweather Circus at Osage City

An Osage City crowd was wowed by the circus acts under the big top at the early show.

The Osage City Chamber of Commerce sponsored the Culpepper & Merriweather Big Top Circus this past Saturday afternoon, Sept. 7, 2019, at Jones Park in Osage City. There were approximately 700 adult, children and senior tickets sold for the 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. shows.

The Chamber was represented by Jim Lohmeyer, Chamber member, who served as the guest ringmaster for the early show.

The Culpepper & Merriweather Circus specializes in animal acts of all types including horses, dogs, tigers and this year featuring Francis – The Comedy Lion, as well as first class acts of all kinds.

The show ran 90 minutes of good clean wholesome fun for everyone from 2 to 92 years old. The Culpepper & Merriweather Circus is one of the few circuses still performing under a huge tent. The circus master also invited the public to come out and watch the tent raising in the morning. 

Hidden History: No memorial for Civil War medic, Burlingame schoolchildren’s caretaker

An undated postcard view of Lincoln School, Burlingame, Kan. From the collection of Gary Lowman.

Christopher Columbus Ragin, or “Crit” as his friends called him, was born into slavery around 1855, near Atlanta, Georgia. His mother died when he was about four years old, his father was not even a memory to him.

In the summer of 1864, Union forces were converging on Atlanta to seize the city. After the battle of Atlanta in July of that year, Crit and nearly 18,000 other slaves left the local plantations and were conscripted into the armed services as contrabands (former slaves freed by Union troops).

A nine-year-old Crit was picked up by the 27th Ohio Volunteer Infantry (OVI), a part of the 17th Army Corps, and given duties around headquarters. He was given a uniform, and quickly proved himself to be a valuable asset. Crit stated that he was eventually earning as much as the regular Army.

His duties to the company included being an assistant to Dr. John L. Chapel, assistant surgeon for the 27th OVI. Dr. Chapel had started studying medicine at the age of 15, and had gained a degree in medicine prior to the war. Dr. Chapel and Crit’s retrieval of the wounded at the front lines of the war was at times a dangerous occupation, and Crit would exclaim, “I won’t get killed if you don’t!”

After the war, the bond of friendship caused Dr. Chapel and Crit to remain close, and the doctor took Crit into his home in Ohio. When Dr. Chapel married and moved to another state, Crit stayed behind, and found a home with Wellington “W.D.” Canfield.

In 1873, Canfield chose to move with his family to Burlingame, Kansas, and convinced Crit to come with him.

Marais des Cygnes Valley FFA officer team holds retreat in Missouri

Danny Rice, advisor, Koby Vanderpool, treasurer, Tristen Duncan, student advisor, Kaelin Criqui, secretary, Frank Warner, vice president, Sadie McGowin, reporter, Braden Reed, student council, and Wyatt Lingenfelter, sentinel, get ready to leave for MdCV FFA’s annual officer retreat. Courtesy photo.

This year the 2019-2020 Marais des Cygnes Valley FFA officer team took a retreat out of state July 29-31, 2019, venturing to Bennett Springs, Mo. The team included Braden Reed, Frank Warner, Tristen Duncan, Kaelin Criqui, Koby Vanderpool, Wyatt Lingenfelter, and Sadie McGowin.

On their way to Missouri the team made a few pit stops. Stop one was at Epler Farms, where the team learned about how to run a crop operation, its modern equipment and also the new technology in the production agriculture field.

Stop two was at Hiland Dairy Foods Company, in Springfield, Mo. Officers learned more of the dairy processing side of agriculture. Thousands of gallons of fluid milk and gallons of ice cream are processed at this facility, as well as Red Diamond Tea.

After arriving in Bennett Springs, the team spent the next three days bonding, enhancing their leadership skills, and planning activities for the next school year. Some time was spent fishing, cruising around enjoying the scenery, and playing a game of ultimate football.

The team is very excited for the new activities they have planned but also improving previous ones. A few activities planned are the organizational luau, Ag Awareness Day, and possibly a cornhole tournament.

Chip seal work begins Aug. 15 on Osage County highways

Highway construction underway. KDOT photo.

Chip seal work on three highways in Osage County will begin on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, weather permitting, the Kansas Department of Transportation has announced.

Work will start on a one-mile stretch of state Highway 276 from Olivet to the ramps on U.S. Highway 75, and on a stretch of state Highway 278 from U.S. 75 west three miles. Then work will take place on U.S. 75 from just south of K-278 and extend north five miles to the state Highway 68 junction.

Traffic will be controlled by a pilot car operation on each of these project areas as work progresses. Motorists should expect delays of up to 15 minutes and add extra time to their travel schedules.

The work on the three highways is expected to be completed by Wednesday, Aug. 21, weather permitting.

KDOT asks all motorists to use extra caution in the work zone areas.

Blast back to the past at Going Retro vintage car and camper show

“Lil Dot,” a vintage Scotty camper owned by Dave and Julie McBee, was named the best renovated at the 2018 Going Retro show. Photo thanks to Friends of Pomona State Park.

Coming this weekend, it’ll be a blast from the past at Pomona State Park during the sixth annual Going Retro Car, Motorcycle and Vintage Trailer Show. The annual show, which is free except for the cost a park permit, features vintage campers, recreational vehicles, and all types of motorized vehicles.

The show gets underway 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019, with 55 campers already signed up for exhibit. In addition, the car show attracted about 125 exhibitors last year, and a good weather forecast for Saturday is expected to bring out a fleet of classics. Motorcycles were added to the show this year. Visitors can walk around and inside of many of the travel trailers to see how campers in yesteryear “roughed it” in the great outdoors. Spectators can cast their ballot for favorites in each category, cars, motorcycles and campers.

The show is a family-friendly event in the great outdoors. Visitors are invited to dress in their favorite vintage outfits for the car and camper show, and the 7 p.m. sock hop.

The event is on the east side of Pomona State Park at the Osage, Four Winds and Cedar Winds campgrounds. Signs will guide to all activities. Food vendors and concessions will be on site. The state park charges a $5 vehicle fee for a day permit, $3.75 for seniors, for those who don’t have a vehicle permit.

The show is hosted by Friends of Pomona State Park, which uses the funds from the show and concessions to make improvements in the park.

Free workshops help parents, caregivers understand effects of childhood trauma

Practically everyone has experienced ACES whether they realize it or not. Adverse childhood experiences are serious childhood traumas that result in toxic stress that can harm a child’s brain. This toxic stress may prevent a child from learning or playing in a healthy way with other children, and can result in long-term mental and physical health problems into adulthood. ACEs can result in problems in school, increased difficulty making friends or maintaining relationships, and can result in risky behaviors like drug use, aggression, or suicide attempts.

Drug Free Osage County and Greenbush Educational Service Center are partnering to help Osage County learn more about ACES at workshops around the area next week.

The workshops will cover basic understanding of ACEs and how they can relate to overall emotional and physical health. Also discussed will be how to respond to the challenge by becoming sensitive to trauma and focusing on building resilience and helping relationships in our communities.

ACEs can include emotional, physical, or sexual abuse; physical or emotional neglect; or exposure to household dysfunction. Possible health risk outcomes into adulthood include drug use such as alcoholism or smoking, diabetes, depression, heart disease, cancer, COPD, stroke and obesity.

Attendees will also learn how resilience can help reverse the effect of ACEs. Resilience is the ability to return to being healthy and hopeful after bad things happen. Parents, teachers, and other caregivers can help by understanding ACEs, helping children identify feelings and manage their emotions, and by creating safe physical and emotional environments at home, in school, and in neighborhoods.

All interested people are invited to the free ACES workshops. Here is the schedule for workshops around Osage County:

  • 1-4 p.m. Aug. 12, 2019, Lyndon High School, 421 E. 6th St., Lyndon
  • 1-4 p.m. Aug. 13, 2019, Marais des Cygnes Valley High School, 508 S. Main St., Melvern
  • 1-4 p.m. Aug. 14, 2019, Burlingame High School, 417 N. Dacotah St., Burlingame
  • 1-4 p.m. Aug. 14, 2019, Osage City High School, 515 Ellinwood St., Osage City
  • 1-4 p.m. Aug. 19, 2019, Santa Fe Trail High School, 15701 S. California Rd., Carbondale.

2019 Overbrook fair opens under cloudy skies

Overbrook fairgrounds, file photo.

The Overbrook Osage County Fair opened today, Aug. 7, 2019, amid stormy weather and rainy forecast for the four-day fair. Despite the weather, Osage County’s third and final fair of the season promises fun for the whole family, including nightly entertainment, a carnival, and livestock and other exhibits.

Thursday night brings action-packed All Star Wrestling to the fairgrounds; Friday will be an evening of country music featuring three bands; and Saturday night will be for the motor sports fans, who can watch crashing and banging at the team demolition derby.

One of fair fans’ favorite events, the annual fair parade, gets underway around 6 p.m. Saturday in downtown Overbrook. This year’s theme celebrates “Christmas in August” and creative float makers will vie for cash prizes. Overbrook’s parade also features the annual “Battle of the Bands”, with winners also rewarded with cash for their high school band.

Though the weathercast predicts possible rain for the next few days, grab your umbrella and rain coat just in case and check out all the 2019 Overbrook Osage County Fair has to offer.

Here’s the fair schedule:

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