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Emporia Community Foundation encourages doubling your giving on Match Day

The week of Nov. 12-18, 2018, marks Community Foundation Week, a celebration of the role community foundations play in promoting charitable resources building stronger communities. During this week, the Emporia Community Foundation will host its fifth annual Match Day, an event that raises awareness of the impact charitable giving has in our community. This event is an opportunity for individuals to give to charitable organizations they care about and receive a bigger bang for their buck because of the $50,000 matching pool.

Community Foundation Week was created in 1989 by former president George H.W. Bush to raise awareness of the increasing role of community foundations. These foundations are philanthropic organizations fostering local collaboration and innovation addressing persistent civic and economic challenges. Activities this week recognize the work of community foundations throughout America and their collaborative approach to working with the public, private and nonprofit sectors to address community problems. Match Day is the perfect example of how this collaboration works through donor contributions, local sponsorships and donations from private foundations or donors and their generosity in helping the nonprofit sector.

Building on the success of the past four Match Day events, the Emporia Community Foundation uses donated funds, which are proportionately matched to donor contributions for 25 participating organizations on Match Day.

From 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12, donors can go to the Flinthills Mall to visit the participating organizational booths and drop off their donation for one or more of their favorite charities.

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

OCHS Theater presents ‘Grease’ on stage in Osage City

The Rydell High Class of 1959 will take the stage at Osage City High School this weekend. Grease, the popular Broadway and movie musical, will be presented at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 9 and 10, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, in the OCHS auditorium.

The play features the classic songs from Grease, lots of dancing, going steady and teenage hijinks.

OCEM schedules table top exercise; all emergency personnel invited to participate

Osage County Emergency Management and Osage County Local Emergency Planning Committee will host a table top exercise at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 15, 2018, at Lyndon Community Center, 204 S. Topeka Ave., Lyndon, Kan.

Target participants of the exercise are Osage County fire districts, Scranton Fire Department, Osage County Sheriff’s Office and dispatch center, Osage County Health Department, Osage County Road and Bridge, Osage County EMS, Osage County Local Emergency Planning Committee, and Osage County government officials.

Sign-in and registration will be at 6:30 p.m., with the exercise beginning at 6:45. Following the exercise, the Osage County Local Emergency Planning Committee will review federal Emergency Support Function No. 10, which deals with hazardous materials. At 9:15 p.m., the exercise concludes with hot wash, after action review, and check out.

Those planning to attend are asked to notify Bryce Romine, Osage County Emergency Management director, at 785-828-3323, or 131 W. 14th St., Lyndon, Kan., to obtain a count for handouts and refreshments.

Courthouse open until 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday for early voters

Osage County Elections Clerk Dena McMahon has announced that the Osage County Courthouse will be open two evenings this week for early voting. In addition to regular hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. this week and until noon on Nov.5, the courthouse will be open until 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 30, and Thursday, Nov. 1, for early voters.

For more information about voting in Osage County, contact McMahon at 785-828-4812 or visit the county clerk’s office at the courthouse at 717 Topeka Ave., Lyndon, Kan.

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.

Carbondale ELM to bring live theater group Nov. 11

Grace Cathedral’s Readers Theater company will present two short live performances at the Carbondale ELM Community Building on Sunday afternoon, Nov. 11, 2018.

Grace Readers Theater members are a group of individuals who enjoy sharing stories before a live audience. The first set is an original script and a humorous excerpt from Joe Depetrios “Over the River and Through the Woods”. The other set will focus on Veterans Day. This original performance is based on authentic letters between service men and their families during World War I.

ELM volunteers will have cookies and beverages available at the opening and during intermission. Doors will open at 2:30 p.m. for socializing and refreshments, with the performance beginning at 3 p.m. There is no admission charge, but freewill donations are appreciated and will support the ELM Building with maintenance expenses.

Everyone is invited to come view the parade of flags by Carbondale Lions Club on Main Street, socialize, and enjoy some live theater in Carbondale, at 3 p.m. on Veterans Day, Sunday, Nov. 11.

KDOR reminds voters of free ID services

TOPEKA, Kan. – Kansans who need a photo ID before the Nov. 6, 2018, general election can visit any Kansas driver’s license office, jump to the front of the line, and get one for free, according to the Kansas Department of Revenue.

To ensure the ID is free, Kansans should specifically state they need it for voting. The cost for ID cards normally is $22.

“This service is always available and it’s important for us to remind voters that it’s an option ahead of the November 6th general election,” Kansas Director of Vehicles David Harper said.

Cold weather rule to take effect Nov. 1

TOPEKA – The Cold Weather Rule, designed to help Kansans who are behind on their utility payments avoid disconnection during the winter months, will begin on Nov. 1, 2018, and remain in effect through March 31, 2019.

“The Kansas Corporation Commission encourages Kansans who are past-due on their utility bills and at risk for disconnection to prepare now for the colder weather by contacting their utility company to make the necessary payment arrangements,” said KCC Chairman Shari Feist Albrecht.

The Cold Weather Rule was first enacted by the KCC in 1983 to prevent utility companies from disconnecting a customer’s natural gas or electric service during periods of extreme cold. Utility companies are prohibited from disconnecting a customer’s service when temperatures are forecast to be at or below 35 degrees over the following 24 hours.

Utility companies are also required to offer a 12-month payment plan to allow consumers to maintain or re-establish utility service. Any residential customer with a past due balance will qualify for payment arrangements under the rule. However, it is the customer’s responsibility to contact the gas or electric company to make those arrangements.

Payment plan terms to maintain or restore service require that customers agree to pay 1/12th of the total amount owed, 1/12th of the current bill, the full amount of any disconnection or reconnection fee, plus any applicable deposit to the utility. The remaining balance must be paid in equal payments over the next 11 months, in addition to the current monthly bill.

The Cold Weather Rule applies only to residential customers of electric and natural gas utility companies under the KCC’s jurisdiction. More information about the Cold Weather Rule may be found at Kansans may also contact their local utility company or the KCC’s Office of Public Affairs and Consumer Protection at 800-662-0027.

Lyndon Leaders teach new members about exhibiting at county fairs

By Garrett Shoup, Club Reporter

The monthly meeting of the Lyndon Leaders 4-H Club was held on Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018. It began with a game called “wax museum” for roll call.

Ethan Kneisler, standing in back, gives a presentation on the past 4-H year. A “mini fair” is also shown on the tables, displaying different categories and examples 4-Hers can enter at the fair.

President Ethan Kneisler gave the 4-H council report, which led to discussion on ways to make 4-H Achievement Night better. The club will be hosting this district event for the next two years. Leader’s report included an overview to new families on what to expect when being enrolled in 4-H.

In new business, the club discussed if they wanted to provide a meal at our next meeting. They voted to have pizza. Another topic in new business was adopting a family for the holidays. The club agreed to this activity and that the expense would be covered by the club.

The program for the meeting included activities to help our new members get a taste of what 4-H is all about. Ethan gave a visual presentation on all the activities the club does throughout the year. Next, older members shared why they like 4-H. To get the kids up and moving, a scavenger hunt was the next activity. The members broke into groups and found clues throughout the school that were geared toward 4-H projects.

Last, members broke into stations to experience “mini project meetings”. The kids rotated from the following areas: Foods, woodworking, photography, 3D construction-Legos, and mini fair display. In each station they did hands-on activities to experience what a 4-H project meeting and 4-H fair is like.

Ethan announced the next meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 3, 2018, followed by Achievement Night.

OCHS Band Boosters invite you to feast before GREASE!

OCHS Band Boosters are sponsoring a “dinner and a musical” combo before the evening performance of GREASE! at Osage City High School, on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018.

Guests will enjoy a three course dinner of salad, spaghetti with meat sauce, seasoned green beans, bread sticks, and dessert. Featured will be live entertainment by The Fabulous Tweed Tones.

Seating begins at 5:15 p.m. in the Osage City School Cafeteria, and the musical begins at 7 p.m. Following dinner, everyone will go to the auditorium to enjoy GREASE!

Dinner and show combo ticket prices are $20 adult, $18 student. Contact Michelle Robert at 785-231-9344 or the Osage City High School office at 785-528-3172 to reserve a seat.

Local Republican women to host movie about women’s suffrage movement

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – The Osage County Republican Women will host a free movie at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, at the Osage City Public Library Annex, 515 Main St. The movie, originally shown on the HBO television network, highlights the conflict that occurred when women sought to gain the right to vote in America.

This historical account of women’s suffrage is rated ’14’ and stars Hillary Swank (portraying Alice Paul, a leader of the women’s suffrage movement), Angelica Huston and Patrick Dempsey. The movie vividly recounts the struggle in the early 1900s of the brave women who single-handedly fought to secure U.S. constitutional voting rights for future generations of women. Up until that time, women had no vote, no political clout, and few rights as American citizens. It features the inspirational story of women who were determined to make a stand for women’s rights and were successful in changing the voting status of women in America.

Movie concessions at the site will be sold by 4-H members participating in the Citizenship Washington Focus Program. Area high school government class students will be assisting with the program.

Admission is free with a complimentary ticket. Youth ages 14 and older and adults are welcome to attend. Complimentary tickets are available in Burlingame, Carbondale, Lyndon, Osage City and Overbrook. For ticket location information, call Sue Anderson, OCRW secretary, at 785-836-7621.

Drug Take Back Day: Sheriff’s office to be collection site Saturday

LYNDON, Kan. – Law enforcement officers at locations across the state will be collecting unused medications for safe disposal on Oct. 27, 2018, including the Osage County Sheriff’s Office. The Osage County collection site will be open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, at the sheriff’s office, 131 W. 14th St., Lyndon, Kan.

The collection events are part of a nationwide effort to safely dispose of leftover medications to prevent accidental or intentional misuse. The sheriff also collects unused drugs year round at the sheriff’s office during regular office hours.

Since the Drug Take-Back Day program began in 2010, nearly 75 tons of unwanted medications have been collected and destroyed in Kansas alone.

“Unused medications are dangerous for kids, pets and the environment,” said Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt. “Diversion of opioid painkillers, in particular, can contribute to the misuse of these drugs that has become a serious nationwide problem. Getting leftover medicines out of the medicine cabinets and safely destroyed keeps them from falling into the wrong hands and makes our communities safer.”

Medications will be accepted at drop-off sites across the state Saturday.

RCIL steers donation drive for durable medical equipment

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Individuals from the Resource Center for Independent Living, Inc., on behalf of the Kansas Equipment Exchange, will be accepting donations of gently used durable medical equipment at an upcoming equipment drive. Donations of bariatric equipment are also desperately needed.

Individuals wishing to make a donation can drop off the equipment at the RCIL office 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 31, 2018, at 1137 Laing St., Osage City.

While most any donation of bariatric equipment or gently used durable medical equipment will be accepted, the following items are in need: bath benches, transfer benches, feeder seats, gait trainers, hospital beds (electric or semi; please no manual beds), patient lifts, scooters, standers, strollers, and wheelchairs (power and manual).

The Assistive Technology for Kansans KEE Reuse Program serves all Kansans with disabilities or health conditions. Since April 2003, reusing donated equipment has saved Kansas taxpayers over $10,000,000 through the program. Last year, 625 Kansans with disabilities or health conditions were given refurbished or repaired equipment from KEE Reuse providing increased independence and safety.

KEE Reuse services are especially important to those Kansans who “fall through the cracks” – folks without health insurance, who are underinsured, or have limited resources. While individuals who are Medicaid eligible take priority, everyone is eligible to receive high quality, lightly used durable medical equipment from the KEE Reuse Program.

What can you do to help? Bring in durable medical equipment that you no longer need. Get the word out to those who need equipment.

Melvern Fall Festival: Festive, but with a touch of spookiness

Frost on the ground and chill in the night air mean fall is here, and Melvern is celebrating the season change with a community festival this Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018. Famous for its Halloween spookiness, Melvern will scare up some family fun with haunted hayrack rides this year. The day gets underway with a craft fair at 3 p.m., followed shortly afterward by a Halloween costume parade for kids up to fifth graders. In addition to haunted rides through the countryside, evening fun includes the Dirt Grass Canyon Band performing live in the Melvern Community Building. Here’s the schedule for the day:

Osage City Kiwanis family of clubs to install new officers

At 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22, 2018, the Osage City Kiwanis family of clubs will install its new officers for the 2018-19 year. The installation will be at the Osage City Santa Fe Depot, 504 Market St.

The Kiwanis family is made up of Osage City Kiwanis, Kiwanis Key Club, Kiwanis Builders Club and Kiwanis K-Kids. Kansas Kiwanis Division XI Lt. Governor Paul Swanson will conduct the installation.

Families of the new officers and guests are invited to attend. Refreshments will be served afterward.

Overbrook 4-Her shares Osage County 4-H pet project, assists fair organizers

Wylie Young, of the North Osage 4-H Club, hosted a countywide pet project workshop July 14, 2018, at his residence in Overbrook, Kan. The event focused on encouraging project participation and how to prepare for a show.

Wylie, along with Lynnea Nelson, also of the North Osage 4-H Club, gave project talks, demonstrations, and answered questions about their project experiences. Guest speaker Amy Miner gave a presentation about the TNR Program (trap, neuter, release) and her efforts to help control the feral cat population in Scranton. Other activities included a brief project meeting and a tour of Wylie’s backyard pets. Lynnea Nelson provided refreshments that were enjoyed by all.

Pet project workshop participants, from left, Lynnea Nelson, Choloe Cannon, Jocie White, Wylie Young and his dog, Scooby. Courtesy photo.

Wylie also enjoyed participating in leadership activities this year during the Osage County Fair.  He attended board meetings before and after the fair, served as the junior superintendent at the 4-H and open animal costume contest, and helped serve customers at the fair board’s concessions stand. He plans to assist in the planning and operations of the fair again next year.

OCFD No. 2 to host open house for Fire Prevention Week finale

Osage County Fire District No. 2 will hold an open house in recognition of Fire Prevention Week, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018, at the fire station, 911 Laing St., Osage City, Kan.

Osage County EMS will be giving instructions on hands-only CPR, doing blood pressure checks, and providing stroke awareness information. There will be fire safety presentations and child safety seat inspections, and LifeSave (previously LifeTeam) will have its helicopter on display (it will land at OCFD No. 2 at approximately 12 p.m.) Firefighters will serve up food and door prizes while supplies last.

DeForeests recognized as Osage County 4-H Family of the Year

Gary and Peggy DeForeest, 4-H Family of the Year.

The 4-H Family of the Year Award recognizes a family’s support for local 4-H members and programs. Presented the award last 4-H year, Gary and Peggy DeForeest, of rural Scranton, were recognized for the love and guidance they have given to Osage County 4-H over the years.

Peggy began her employment with the Extension office in July 1986. She fell in love with the 4-H program and Extension that summer and continued to work here for 30 years. Everyone knows they would be greeted with a warm smile when they walk through the door at the Extension office. But, Peggy also handled many things for the 4-H program, such as typing the fair book every year, putting 4-Hers’ information into the computer year after year, newsletters for 4-H clubs. She was recognized as the glue that holds the Extension office and 4-H program together. Peggy retired from her job at the Extension District this summer.

Gary was recognized for his support for Peggy and the 4-H program in his own way. Gary is a gifted carpenter, and judges projects at local county fairs around the state. For the last three years he has been a woodworking project leader for the Lyndon Leaders 4-H Club. The woodworking project has grown in number of participants every year, and when other youth in the county have asked for help with woodworking, Gary has always been happy to help.

The 4-H Family of the Year Award recognizes the DeForeest family for their care of the community and the families that live here.

4-H alumni recognized for their dedication to local clubs

Local club leaders Jodi and Keith Bergkamp were recipients of the Alumni of the Year award, along with Carolyn Lowry, not pictured.

The 4-H Alumni of the Year Award is awarded to past 4-H members who continue to make significant contributions to the 4-H program. This past 4-H year, local club leaders Jodi and Keith Bergkamp and Carolyn Lowry were nominated for the award.

Jodi and Keith Bergkamp were nominated for the Alumni of the Year Award by Vassar Blue Ribbon 4-H Club. Jodi and Keith were both 10-year 4-H members and are now active in 4-H with their children. Their favorite projects in 4-H were swine, sheep, cattle, foods and photography. They are club leaders of Vassar Blue Ribbon.

Carolyn Lowry was nominated for the Alumni of the Year Award by the Burlingame 4-H Club. She was in several projects during her 12 years as a 4-H member, including sewing, cooking, junior leaders, and of course, horses. She attended CWF (Citizenship Washington Focus) with Osage County 4-H. In her best year at the Kansas State Fair, she was in the top five in pole bending and top 10 in barrel racing. She is a club leader for Burlingame 4-H Club.

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.

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