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Carbondale Brownies donate $250 to city’s library building fund

Presenting a donation to the Carbondale library building fund were, front from left, Kynlee Ard, Claire Greenfield, Elizabeth Molt; middle, Tyler Shreve, Reese Black, Ainsley Johnson, Olivia Kennedy, Brynna Perry, Macy Jo Berkley; back, Katy Black, Doreen Weekley, Heather Garrison, Aimee Craig, Alice Smith.

The Girl Scout Way is “to leave a place better than you found it.” Santa Fe Trail Brownie Troop 30145 put this into practice recently by presenting the Carbondale City Library with a check for $250 to help fund the new library building. The girls raised the money by selling nuts and candies last fall and Girl Scout Cookies this spring.

Katy Black, troop leader, said the troop is earning a philanthropy badge and donating to the new library building fund was a good fit.

Members of the troop explained why they wanted the library to be the recipient of their donation.

“We chose the library because some people don’t have enough money to buy books, but they can borrow them from the library to get an education,” said Reece Black.

“People will have a place to learn about lots of things, even spiders!” said Kynlee Ard.

Macy Jo Berkley is looking forward to having access to more Harry Potter books.

Overbrook Rotarians invite you to sit down, relax and read

Overbrook Rotarians Don Schultz, Vic Robbins and Marian Massoth worked last weekend to install an Overbrook Rotary bench on the northwest side of the Overbrook Public Library. The Overbrook Rotary is donating three benches to the library this year, one at each entrance along with this beautiful stone bench. 

Local artists compete for pizza in Melvern Lake water safety poster contest

Winning posters artists who received their prizes on Aug. 12 were, front from left, Charlie DeMaranville, Faye Carpenter, Zoe Carpenter, Lauryn Raymie; second row, Ethan Kneisler, Allie Kneisler, Emma Bailey, Grace DeMaranville, Rylee Moon; back, Melvern Lake Park Ranger Julie Heslop, Zach Oswald, and Alysa Miller.

Local artistically talented kids will soon be enjoying pizza after demonstrating their knowledge of water safety in the 2017 US Army Corps of Engineers Melvern Lake Water Safety Poster Contest

USACE Park Ranger Julie Heslop organized the water safety poster contest for youth in the Melvern Lake area. There were two age groups, 6-9-year-olds and 10-13-year-olds, and three divisions in each age group. The divisions were Wear Your Life Jacket, Swim With A Buddy, and an Open Division (What Does Water Safety Mean To You?).

Buzzard’s Pizza, Lyndon, donated a large one-topping pizza for the first prize in each division, and Casey’s General Store donated certificates for a large one-topping pizza for the second and third prize for each division. Ribbons in the form of bookmarks, with the Seven Sins of Swimming on one side and contest placement on the other, were given to the top three youth of each division. A brief demonstration on water safety was given before prizes were handed out on Aug. 12, 2017, at the Melvern Lake USACE information center.

There were 38 posters turned in for the contest, and after review by Ranger Julie Heslop and Melvern Lake park attendants the placings were as follows:

Wear Your Life Jacket (ages 6-9): Third place, Rylee Moon; second place, Charlie DeMaranville; first place, Natalee Whitmore.

Swim With A Buddy (ages 6-9): Third place, Zoe Carpenter; second place, Shyanne Allen; first place, Allie Kneisler.

Open division (ages 6-9): Third place, Faye Carpenter; second place, Grace DeMaranville; first place, Lauryn Raymie.

Wear Your Life Jacket (ages 10-13): Third place, Kylie Burkdoll; second place, Sydnie Everhart; first place, Alysa Miller.

Swim With A Buddy (ages 10-13): Third place, Maddie Renfro; second place, Ashton Ehrhardt; first place, Emma Bailey.

Open division (ages 10-13): second place, Zach Oswald; first place, Ethan Kneisler.

Building of distinction still graces Burlingame; old school now repository of local history

By Paul Schmidt

This distinct brick building built in 1902 served as Burlingame’s grade school for 99 years. Now called the Schuyler Museum, it is a repository of local, county, Santa Fe Trail, railroad, and mining history. The museum is named after Phillip Church Schuyler (1805-1872), a prominent settler, politician and reformer, who in 1855 purchased a large land claim that eventually became the town of Burlingame. The school-turned-museum is at 117 S. Dacotah St., in Burlingame. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Photos thanks to Paul Schmidt.

Osage County crowns 2017 4-H royalty

2017 Osage County 4-H royalty, escorts and attendants, front from left, Josie Thompson, JP Sands and Shelby Harris, back, Nocona Brinkley, Dalton Hook, Royce Cowan, Lily Shultz and Isaac Shultz. 

By Jessica Flory
Frontier Extension District

In a ceremony held Aug. 9, 2017, at the Overbrook Osage County Fair, Royce Cowan, Osage City, Willing Workers 4-H Club, and Lily Shultz, Burlingame, Clover Wranglers 4-H Club, were crowned as the 2017-2018 Osage County 4-H King and Queen.

Attendants Shelby Harris and JP Sands helped with the ceremony along with last year’s 4-H royalty Dalton Hook and Nocona Brinkley, and escorts Josie Thompson and Isaac Shultz. The competition was organized by the Osage County 4-H Council.

Osage County 4-H King Royce Cowan and Queen Lily Schultz.

4-H Queen Lily Shultz was escorted by Isasc Shultz and attendant JP Sands. Lily is 15 years old and a nine-year member of the Osage County 4-H program. Lily is currently the vice-president of the 4-H County Council and secretary of Clover Wranglers 4-H Club. She has previously held a variety of offices on the council and in the 4-H club, which she helped form in 2012. Lily enjoys helping at all the fairs, working on her fiber arts projects, and teaching younger 4-H members. Lily is a junior member of the Burlingame Fire Department. She enjoys volunteering at the library and Schuyler Museum. Lily is a member of the Cornerstone Family Schools Performance Choir, and last winter she had the opportunity to sing with the Topeka Symphony Orchestra.

4-H King Royce Cowan was escorted by Josie Thompson and attendant Shelby Harris.  Royce joined 4-H when he was seven years old. He started with poultry, showing chickens and turkeys. As the years progressed, he enrolled in projects such as bucket calves, horticulture, dairy, tractor restoration and woodworking. His favorite projects are dairy and tractor restoration.  In 2013, he was elected senior treasurer for the Willing Workers 4-H club.  4-H has taught him responsibility and how to manage his time.  He is more comfortable with public speaking because of 4-H. He has helped with several projects and spent many hours doing community service.

Local 4-Hers compete at 2017 4-H Western Heritage Nationals in Montana

All dressed up and ready for competition in the Old West, Montana, from left, Addison Smith, Isaac Durst, Nathan Livingston, Erin Livingston, Emily Livingston, Audrey Durst, Caleb Durst, and Bradley Livingston.

By Ken Wilk
4-H Kansas Shooting Sports Instructor

FORT BENTON, Mont. – The 2017 4-H Western Heritage Project National Competition was held Aug. 1-3, 2017, in Fort Benton, Mont. Nationals is a competitive event that culminates the year long work 4-H members put into the project. In Kansas, there currently is only one club that competes in Western Heritage. Members of this statewide project are currently made up of 4-Hers from the Frontier Extension District and Coffey County.

Eight of the 14 project members competed in this year’s nationals including Audrey Durst, Caleb Durst, and Isaac Durst, all of Coffey County, and Bradley Livingston, Emily Livingston, Erin Livingston, Nathan Livingston, and Addison Smith, of the Frontier Extension District. Members compete in three components of the project: Shooting, which includes learning the safe handling and firing of period specific firearms such as shotgun, lever or pump action rifles, and revolvers; clothing and persona, which includes creating a person from the period and accurately portraying that person in front of a panel of judges; and history – learning and taking a written test on the knowledge of West during the late 1800s.

This year 270 attendees represented 13 states at the nationals. Of those, 85 participants represented five states, California, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, and Montana, in the competition. Awards were given in three age groups, junior, intermediate, and senior, and six categories, girls clothing or persona, boys clothing or persona, history test, rimfire shooting, big bore shooting, and top hand.

‘Go retro’ Saturday at Pomona State Park

Campers enjoy a special kind of relaxation that could only be had yesteryear.

If you’ve ever wondered what it was like in “the old days” to go camping and enjoy time at the lake, this weekend is your chance to experience it. Pomona State Park is “going retro” Saturday Aug. 19, 2017, for the fourth annual Going Retro Car, Vintage Trailer and Antique Boat Show.

From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, vintage camping trailers will be open for touring. Many vintage campers will be new to the show this year. The trailers are original or restored to original, renovated or converted to “glampers”. For the first time, Going Retro will feature antique boats, along with many cars and trucks.

Hidden History: Homesteaders lay foundation for Osage County’s future

A cornerstone carved by William S. White reminds of the connection of the home’s past owners to its current inhabitants.

By Wendi Bevitt

Every home has a story. It is a standing memorial of the people that have lived and loved within its walls – each family tailoring it to meet their tastes and needs.

One Osage County family is seeing to preserve the original details that were lovingly added to their century-year-old home.

Michael and Sara Floyd bought their rural Osage County, Kan., home and 4.5 acres in 2014, and the home and barn were in much need of some love and attention. It is the Floyds’ goal to restore both structures back to their former glory.

Lyndon Leaders invite sunflower lovers to enjoy the summer bloom

Photo of last year’s sunflowers by Darlene Bogren.

By Leanne Shoup, Club Reporter

Calling all sunflower lovers! The Lyndon Leaders 4-H Club’s sunflower field is progressing faster than we thought. We think the flowers will be in full bloom by the second weekend in August.

As with the club’s sunflower project last year, everyone is invited to stop by the field and look at the sunflowers in bloom. To reach the field, from the junction of U.S. 56 and U.S. 75 (Four Corners), go four miles south on U.S. 75 to 189th Street; the field is northwest of the intersection. The sunflowers will be easily visible from U.S. 75, but do not park on the highway. Please pull off on the gravel road, 189th Street, and enjoy.

The club decided that all donations from the sunflower field will go to Garrett McCoy, a Lyndon high school senior who recently suffered from a brain aneurism. Club members thank all who support Garrett and the 4-H club.

Melvern Lake open for business despite blue-green algae warning at outlet ponds

Melvern Lake’s Coeur d’Alene swim beach awaits beach lovers even though the lake’s outlet ponds are under algae warning.

A blue-green algae warning continues for two popular ponds adjacent to Melvern Lake. A warning covering Melvern Outlet River Pond and Melvern Outlet Swim Pond was issued last week, along with an announcement of the closure of Outlet Swim Beach.

The presence of blue-green algae was confirmed in the ponds, with the warning based on cyanobacteria/toxin results from Aug. 3 and 8, 2017, testing conducted by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

With the swim beach closed, those looking to swim are encouraged to go to Coeur d’Alene swim beach.

The Melvern outlet ponds are among five lakes in the state under warning for blue-green algae, including Central Park Lake, Shawnee County, Marion County Lake, Marion County, and Webster Lake, Rooks County.

Lakes under a warning are not closed. Marinas, lakeside businesses and park camping facilities are open for business. If swim beaches are closed, it will be specifically noted. Drinking water and showers at parks are safe and not affected by algae blooms. Boating and fishing are safe on lakes under a warning, but contact with the water should be avoided. It is safe to eat fish caught during a harmful blue-green algae outbreak, as long as the fish is rinsed with clean water. Only the fillet portion should be consumed, and all other parts should be discarded. Hands should also be washed with clean water after handling fish taken from an affected lake. Zoned lakes may have portions fully open for all recreation even if other portions are under a warning.

Another Osage County lake, Overbrook City Lake, remains under a blue-green algae watch. Also under watches are Milford Reservoir in all zones in Geary, Dickinson and Clay counties; Sam’s Pond, Syracuse, Hamilton County; South Lake, Johnson County and Villa High Lake, Thomas County.

Rip roarin’ fair fun at Overbrook

Photo by Tod Bevitt

An excited crowd enjoyed fire-breathing and smoke-bellowing farm implements during Thursday night’s tractor pull at the Overbrook Osage County Fair. The fair continues Friday and Saturday. Arena entertainment includes Friday night’s ATV races and Saturday night’s UTV races and demolition derby theatre. The fair parade, with the theme “Country Pride County Wide” begins at 6 p.m. Saturday in downtown Overbrook; lineup by 5:30 p.m. See the full schedule here.

Overbrook Osage County Fair presents finale to county fair season

Summer is speeding by and Osage County’s last county fair of the season officially starts next Wednesday. The 2017 Overbrook Osage County Fair runs Aug. 9 to 12 at the Overbrook fairgrounds, along with a carnival and a variety of motor shows for evening entertainment.

While the fair and exhibit entry open on Wednesday, the associated horse show begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 5, at the fairgrounds arena. Here is the complete fair schedule:

Marais des Cygnes Valley FFA officers work to serve wildfire-affected family

MdCV FFA members help cleanup after a wildfire, loading fire damaged posts onto a trailer.

The Marais des Cygnes Valley FFA officers worked on their leadership skills, organized the year of events, and assisted a family affected by recent wildfires during their annual officer retreat held July 5-7, 2017.

This year’s retreat began early Wednesday morning as officers Josey Weimer, Dalton Hook, Chloe Volkman, Kali Holt, Kathryn Vaught, Alaina Marsh, Brookelyn Janssen and Destiny Massey headed towards Wichita to tour Cargill Innovation Center, where they met with Kassie Curran, Cargill program director and past Kansas FFA officer, who spoke to the group about opportunities and the business at Cargill. This was followed by a tour of the facility.

The officers then spent the afternoon visiting the Sedwick County Zoo enjoying the various zoo animals. Afterwards they headed to Greensburg, where they visited the changes in the city in the 10 years following a devastating tornado. That evening the officers sat down to look deep inside themselves to reflect on personal growth and team unity as well as the importance of being positive role models at the school.

The next day, the officers headed to the Giles Ranch, located between Bucklin and Ashland, where the destructive wildfires destroyed thousands of acres, livestock, and the homes of the Giles daughters and their families.

The MdCV FFA officers spent the next two days helping out by picking up fire damaged fence posts after crews that were rebuilding over 200 miles of fence on the ranch. Members also helped reorganize a storage container of donated items for distribution.

Summer on the Marais des Cygnes

Lazing on the banks of the Marais des Cygnes River is a perfect way to spend the dog days of summer.

By Paul Schmidt

Viewed here from Melvern’s Riverfront Trail, the Marais des Cygnes River has a rich history dating back to the French trappers who named it (Marais des Cygnes translated to English is “marsh of the swan”). Melvern’s Riverfront Park and Trail includes a scenic five-mile expanse of diverse terrain that winds along river bottom and wetlands. In addition to its scenic river access, the park is an Osage County treasure of native Kansas grassland animal and plant life.

Hidden History: Sac and Fox orphan ensures record of tribes’ life in Osage County

Julia Goodell, right, and her adopted daughter Fannie Baker both made their marks on the Sac and Fox tribes’ history in Osage County.

By Wendi Bevitt

Prior to their removal to Kansas around 1845, the Sac (or Sauk) and Fox tribes were located in Iowa. Most often they are mentioned together, but had originally been two distinct groups.

During the 1700s, French attacks on the Foxes (the Fox Wars of 1712 to 1733) in the Great Lakes Region caused the two tribes to join forces and form a close alliance that helped to affect unification.

The Sac and Fox reservation in Kansas was 435,200 acres located at the headwaters of the Osage River, the first agency being in Franklin County. In 1859, the agency was moved into Osage County, at Quenemo, with Perry Fuller (former employer of Frank James) as agent. The agency also employed an interpreter, John Goodell, to assist in government negotiations with the tribe.

John Goodell was of European descent and raised in New York. He became familiar with the language and customs of the Indians, and served as an interpreter for the government in both Iowa and Kansas.

In 1840, Goodell married Julia Mitchell. Julia was a member of the Sac and Fox tribes and was a survivor of the Black Hawk War. This war was an attempt by Sauk leader Black Hawk to lead the Sauk and associated tribes to resettle lands in Illinois that had been ceded by the tribes in an 1804 treaty. Finding a place to call home that was both acceptable to the tribe and the government was something that would plague the tribe continuously, and translating during these negotiations was the main responsibility for John Goodell.

John and Julia Goodell’s home at the Quenemo agency was an asylum for orphans, the sick, and needy. They adopted twins Fannie and Isaac Baker, children of Indian trader Isaac Baker and his Fox wife, who died after their birth. Mr. Baker pursued the fur trade, and eventually became a prominent banker in St. Louis, Mo.

In 1859, the Sac and Fox tribe paid for Fannie and a handful of other young people, including the daughter of the Indian agent, to attend Baker University. Baker University was the first college in Kansas territory having opened in 1858. Perry Fuller, the Sac and Fox Agency representative, was also living in Baldwin City at the time.

Participants revel in summertime fun during 2017 Osage County Fair parade

Conklin Plumbing was splish-splashing while taking a bath on their first place float in the 2017 Osage County Fair parade.

The annual Osage County Fair parade, sponsored by the Osage City Chamber of Commerce, was Thursday, June 29, 2017. The theme for the parade this year was “Summertime Fun”.

Diane Michael, parade chairman, coordinated a variety of entries including the mounted color guard and 1st Division Infantry Band from Ft. Riley, Boy Scouts, emergency vehicles, including the city and county law enforcement, ambulance and fire department, parade marshal Ann Lusk, and Mr. and Mrs. Osage City Richard and Jeanette Swarts, floats, golf carts and ATVs, band, politicians, and horses.

The float entry awards were presented as follows: Conklin Plumbing, first place, $125; Friends of Pomona State Park, Going Retro, second place, $100; RCIL, third place, $75; Osage City Middle School cheerleaders, fourth place, $50. The golf cart and ATV entry awards went to: Osage City-Great Life Golf Course, first place, $30; Jody Lohmeyer Stark, State Farm Insurance, second place, $20; First National Bank of Osage City, third place, $10. The high school band competition first place prize of $100 was presented to  the Osage City High School band.

As Diane Michael stated, we are hoping that next year there will be more involvement of floats, school bands, etc., thus there will be have a larger parade for 2018. Your support contributes to the growth of our community.

The Osage City Chamber of Commerce and Diane Michael, parade committee chairman thanked those that participated in the 2017 Osage County Fair parade and noted everyone that attended seemed to have a good time and enjoyed the entries.

4-H club leads community in “Tiger spirit” with downtown wall project

Lyndon Leaders 4-H Club members and Prayer and Action team members work together to create a small “Tiger spirit” pocket park in downtown Lyndon. Courtesy photo.

By Leanne Shoup
Club Reporter

Despite a busy fair season, the Lyndon Leaders 4-H Club paired up with the Prayer and Action team that was visiting Osage County this summer. It has been a club goal to help beautify and give back to the community, and with the help of the Prayer and Action volunteers, the club was able to get its wall project well underway. For three days they spent preparing the ground, laying pavers and painting a wall on Topeka Avenue in Lyndon.

The best part about the project was being able to meet and interact with the volunteers. These volunteers were high school-aged Catholics, who devoted a week to help serve others and grow in their faith. The students were from various parishes, ranging from the Kansas City area and even Chicago.

After hearing of their mission, the Lyndon Leader 4-H Club reached out to them. Due to the club having so many young members, they needed the extra muscle to help with their ambitious project. Generously, the Prayer and Action team agreed to team up with the club, and now citizens of the Lyndon community can enjoy the fruits of their labor for many years to come.

There are still a few things left to do before the wall project is complete. Final plans are to put in landscaping to show Lyndon Tiger spirit.

Forgotten bridge spans the flow of time

By Paul Schmidt

The remains of an abandoned Pratt through-truss, five-panel, pin-connected bridge still spans the Dragoon Creek near Burlingame, Kan. Built in 1899 by the Kansas City Bridge Company, only its strong frame survives. It is one of many old surviving bridges that add character and intrigue to Osage County. Details of this bridge were provided by – a site devoted to documenting historic and notable bridges of the U.S. 

Round robin contest tests exhibitors’ skills in the show ring

Winners of the round robin contest at the 2017 Osage County Fair, with division judge Bill Disberger, left, are Royce Cowan, Morgan Woodbury, Madison Smitha, Ainsley Corwine, Bonnie Young, Tracy Wilk, Akaylee Prunty, Grace Croucher, Kinsley Garrison, Garrett Croucher, and back, round robin superintendent Sally Wilk and Josie Thompson, 4-H junior leader.

By Sally Wilk

The ultimate goal for many 4-H livestock exhibitors at the Osage County Fair each year is to qualify for the round robin contest. Each individual livestock show includes a showmanship contest. Winners of the intermediate and senior age divisions of each species’ showmanship contest qualify for the round robin. During the round robin, each showman must show animals from each of the divisions, horse, sheep, swine, goat, dairy, and beef, to determine the best overall showman of the fair.

To prepare for the round robin, 4-H’ers work together to learn how to show the animals they normally do not work with. By doing so, they learn to communicate with one another, meet other 4-H’ers and work together, as well as learn something new. Becoming a champion in round robin is truly a crowning achievement for a 4-Her.

Winners this year included Royce Cowan, senior dairy division winner; Morgan Woodbury, senior beef division winner; Madison Smitha, senior swine division winner; Ainsley Corwine, senior goat division winner; Bonnie Young, reserve grand champion senior division, senior horse division winner; Tracy Wilk, grand champion senior division, senior sheep division winner; Akaylee Prunty, grand champion intermediate division, intermediate sheep division winner; Grace Croucher, reserve grand champion intermediate division, intermediate beef division winner; Kinsley Garrison, intermediate swine division winner; Garrett Croucher, intermediate goat division winner.

Fair association announces results of 2017 Osage County Fair

The Osage County Fair Association has released the results of the livestock shows held during the fair, June 28-July 1, 2017. Participants’ ribbon placing and 4-H club affiliation are listed as initials, with a key at the end.

To enjoy the outdoors, Agnes goes camping

Buckled in for a tour in a UTV, Agnes Green in the back seat with her nephew David Jones and Edith Chambers in the front, hold on as driver and ranger Rob Dunham prepares to take off.

POMONA STATE PARK – What do you do if you’re 91 years old and you suddenly get the urge to go camping? Well, if you’re Agnes Green, and a resident at Life Care Center of Osawatomie, you and a few friends pack up a bus and head to the lake!

That’s what happened Wednesday at Pomona State Park, when two buses of nursing home residents arrived to spend the night in cabins at the park and have a camping experience they wouldn’t soon forget.

Somewhat on the spur of the moment, the trip came together after Life Care activities director Tammy Conner was sitting with Agnes outside the center one evening.

“Agnes said she loved sitting outdoors and could sit out there all night,” Conner said. The two talked about being outdoors and Agnes said she would like to go camping again someday.

Conner, who is constantly seeking fun things to do for residents of the center, started thinking about how a camping trip for Agnes and some of the residents could happen. After an internet search, she came across information about Pomona State Park’s handicap accessible cabins. Noting the park was within easy driving distance of Osawatomie, she thought it could provide a great camping experience for the residents, even those with limited mobility.

Conner contacted the park about making reservations, and after talking with park staff, the plan really started to come together.

According to Debbie Rinzler, administrative specialist at the park, she and other park staff and members of the Friends of Pomona State Park began working to make it an unforgettable camping experience.

“We wanted to make it as fun for them as possible,” Rinzler said.

Several local businesses were contacted about providing some special treats, and as it turned out the campers had a late night pizza party by the campfire, courtesy of Green Acres Pizza & Sub, and warm cinnamon rolls for breakfast Thursday morning baked up fresh by Lamont Hill Restaurant.

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