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Osage City Kiwanis Club continues its kindness to Mother Earth

Longtime program recycles newspapers, magazines, miscellaneous papers

The Osage City Kiwanis has had a continuous paper recycling project for many years that originally involved only a last Saturday of the month paper pickup around the city. That service has been discontinued.

As a replacement for the Saturday service, Kiwanis maintains two recycle bins located at the city’s recycle center at Ninth and Main streets, at the city’s maintenance building.

Additional pick-ups are made at other locations as needed. Also, at USD 420 schools, the Key Club, Builders Club and K-Kids collect papers from their respective schools on the last Friday of each month which Kiwanis picks up.

The club’s recycling project has become a weekly activity in conjunction with the city’s recycle program. The city began a recycling project of its own by providing bins for miscellaneous recycle items, located near the maintenance building. Kiwanis has two of these bins for miscellaneous papers, magazines and shredded paper, and is responsible for emptying these bins at 7:30 a.m. Mondays and Fridays.

The bins are available seven days a week, 24 hours a day. On average, Kiwanis collects 60-80 tons of recycled miscellaneous paper each year.

People are encouraged to use these two bins for miscellaneous papers and magazines, which doesn’t include hard backed books and/or books with wire or plastic bindings unless detached from their covers or bindings before being put in the bins.

Other recycle items such as plastic goods, cardboard, glass, metal should be placed in their respective bins. Used paper products such as soiled tissues and paper napkins are also not included.

Shredded paper should be placed in a container such as a plastic bag that can be tied at the top. Papers and magazines may be put in paper sacks, bundled in twine or plastic bags or loosely placed in the bins.

West Nile virus confirmed in horses in Kansas

MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Agriculture Division of Animal Health has received notification of multiple confirmed cases of West Nile virus in horses across the state over the past few weeks. Confirmed cases have been reported in Lyon, Seward, Neosho, Marion and Wichita counties.

WNV is a preventable disease, with annual vaccinations that have proven highly effective. All of the confirmed cases of WNV in Kansas were in unvaccinated horses or horses with an unknown vaccination history and assumed to be unvaccinated. All horse owners should consult with their local veterinarians and make a vaccination plan for their horses.

WNV is a virus that can infect humans, horses, birds and other species. Horses infected with WNV can have symptoms that range from depression, loss of appetite and fever to severe neurologic signs such as incoordination, weakness, inability to rise, and hypersensitivity to touch or sound. WNV can be fatal in horses. Anyone who sees symptoms of WNV in their horse should contact a veterinarian immediately.

The virus is carried and transmitted by mosquitoes; it is not directly contagious from horse to horse or from horse to human. WNV is a reportable disease in Kansas, which means veterinarians are required by law to report any confirmed cases to the state veterinarian.

Lyndon Leaders 4-H plan October meeting to invite and encourage new members

Ethan Kneisler participates in a team building activity during the Lyndon Leaders’ September meeting. Courtesy photo.

By Garrett Shoup
Club Reporter

The Lyndon Leaders 4-H Club had its monthly meeting on Sept. 9, 2018. The meeting was centered on setting new goals for the upcoming year and planning an October meeting that would be geared toward new members.

Members broke into groups, brainstorming ways to make the October meeting “new member” friendly. After discussion, each group presented their ideas in front of the club. Some of the ideas included doing a 4-H project-based scavenger hunt, mini-project stations for the program, and a visual presentation to summarize what the club does throughout the year.

Emporia Community Foundation opens grant application period, deadline Oct. 1

The Emporia Community Foundation is now accepting grant applications for the 2019 grant cycle. The ECF grants committee makes grants for innovative projects and programs that are responsive to changing community needs in the areas of health, social service, education, recreation, and cultural affairs.

The 2019 grant period will begin with applications being accepted during the month of September. Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1, 2018. Recipients will be announced in December and disbursements will be made in January 2019.

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

By Mary Lou Peter
K-State Research and Extension

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

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

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

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

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

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

Carbondale festival rained out, rescheduled to Oct. 6

Due to a rained out park, the Carbondale Fall Festival has been postponed to Oct. 6, 2018. The event had been scheduled for last Saturday, but the rain made navigating the park impracticable that day. Organizers are still accepting vendors, and volunteers are still needed for the new date. Currently, the same schedule of activities is planned, but more could be added.

For more information, contact Mary Vawter Burgett at 785-836-7887 or [email protected].

Overbrook Overlook: Rotary Club and Parks and Rec invite you to have a picnic

New picnic shelter

The weather is nice! Have you had time to enjoy the new picnic shelter located just to the west of Overbrook Lake dam behind Casey’s? Thanks goes to the Rotary Club and Parks and Rec for sponsoring this new shelter.

Trunk or Treat

The United Methodist Church is sponsoring Trunk or Treat again this year on Oct. 31, at City Lake. Any other organizations that would like to participate is asked to contact Jessica Frye at [email protected]

City Lake remains on blue green algae warning

As of Aug. 13, 2018, KDHE has placed Overbrook City Lake, not the Kids’ Pond, in warning status for blue-green algae. Check the KDHE website for more information.

Don’t overlook Overbrook T-shirts

The Betterment Committee has replenished their supply of “Don’t Overlook Overbrook” T-shirts, All sizes are available for children and adults, from small to 2XL, at Overbrook City Hall. The cost is $20 and all proceeds go toward renewing Overbrook’s mural. Stop by and get yours soon.

Overbrook Police Department

School began on Monday, Aug. 20, and boy it was crazy with students and parents. Remember with back to school comes kids walking both to and from school and activities. Remember to slow down and use caution and be mindful of those who are walking or on bicycles.

Here’s some other things to remember: Seventh Street, which runs east and west is a one-way street. Each year we have folks who don’t realize this until it’s too late – one way traveling west. Also, our maintenance department has been working hard putting up new school zone lights on U.S. Highway 56 and crossing stripes at Seventh and Maple streets.

Let’s all be safe as we all drive to work or school. The school zone runs from 7-8 a.m. and then again 3-4 p.m. And, fines are doubled statewide in school zones.

Historic Santa Fe Trail Pageant at Council Grove this weekend

Voices of the Wind People, an outdoor drama, will be performed Friday and Saturday evenings, Sept. 14 and 15, 2018, at the Old Riverbed Amphitheater, Council Grove, Kan.

The pageant, written by Ron Parks, provides a historically accurate snapshot of what it was like when the Native American and Euro-American cultures collided in Council Grove on the Santa Fe Trail.

Sharon Haun, pageant organizer, said, “The performance will take you back in time to the mid-1850s and give you a front row seat to hear both sides of the story between Chief Allegawaho, the Kanza (Kaw) Chief, and Seth Hays, Council Grove’s first Euro-American resident.”

This drama was first produced 26 years ago, and is performed every two years.

The production of “Voices of the Wind People” is accomplished completely by volunteer staff and performers.

Approximately 30 members of the Kaw Nation will travel to Council Grove to portray their ancestors in the pageant. They will enact village scenes and perform dramatic roles and traditional dances.

Scranton welcomes all to celebrate fall at Heritage Festival

Scranton is busy planning its Fall Heritage Celebration, which will be the weekend of Sept. 21-22, 2018, starting Friday night with a co-rec all night softball tourney. The schedule for the celebration is:

Friday, Sept. 21

  • 7 p.m. – Co-rec all night softball tourney $225 per team, T-shirts available for $10.

Saturday, Sept. 22

  • 7-11 a.m. – Lions Club Breakfast, eggs “cooked to order”, sausage, pancakes, biscuits and gravy, coffee. Breakfast at the Hulsopple Community Center (in city park), 300 E. Boone St., Scranton. Freewill donation accepted.
  • 8 a.m. – 5K walk run, $25 includes T-shirt if registered by Sept. 8; $30 if afterward.
  • 11 a.m. – Kubb Tournament $30 per team of 2 -3 players; T-shirts available for $10.

For registration of any events and shirt order contact Tim Nedeau at 785-806-0322 or [email protected] For more information about the Lions Club breakfast, contact Paul Schmidt at 785-793-2149.

Attorney general, Sunshine Coalition to offer free training on open government laws

TOPEKA, Kan. – Free training sessions on Kansas open government laws will be offered next month in Topeka and Johnson County, the Kansas Attorney General’s Office and the Kansas Sunshine Coalition for Open Government have announced.

“Open access to the functions of government is important to self-government,” said Attorney General Derrick Schmidt said. “As our office investigates complaints of violations of open government laws, most often we find the violations were inadvertent and can be avoided through better education. I encourage public officials, candidates for public office, staff, members of the media and the public to participate in these training sessions to learn more about how these laws work.”

The sessions will be held at 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, at Johnson County Public Library, Monticello Library, 22435 W. 66th St., Shawnee, Kan.; and 9 a.m-12 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, at Memorial Hall Auditorium, 120 SW 10th Ave., Topeka, Kan.

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

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

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

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

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

Education protects against opioid misuse and addiction

By Mary Lou Peter
K-State Research and Extension

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Perhaps you know someone who was prescribed a powerful pain medication after knee surgery. Perhaps it helped in those first days out of the hospital. Perhaps your friend or relative healed well and quit taking the medication – or not.

“Without a doubt, Kansas has been adversely affected by the opioid epidemic,” said Erin Yelland, Kansas State University assistant professor and extension specialist in adult development and aging. “Although we are not experiencing as many deaths due to heroin as in other states, we are flooded with an exorbitantly high number of prescription opioids.”

Approximately 115 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose and more are at risk, Yelland said. Like many of us, some were prescribed opioids initially as a pain management tool. Because of the risk of misuse and addiction, K-State Research and Extension educators are providing Kansans and others information about opioids.

Opioids are a class of drugs that include powerful legal prescription pain relievers that can be an important part of medical treatment, but carry the risk of addiction and overdose. The illegal drug heroin is also an opioid. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, from 1999 to 2015, the amount of prescription opioids dispensed in the United States nearly quadrupled, although there has been no verifiable change in the amount of pain Americans report.

“Many people are not aware that the medication they’ve been prescribed for knee pain or back pain is a highly addictive opioid,” said Yelland. She’s written a fact sheet and is featured in a video on the topic.

Kansas is ranked No. 18 in opioid prescriptions in the U.S., with 2,579,058 opioid prescriptions dispensed in 2017, according to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. That amounted to 88.5 prescriptions per 100 Kansans, compared with the national average of 66.5 per 100 people.

ECKAN partners with Topeka credit counselors to offer financial class

ECKAN Osage County has partnered with Housing and Credit Counseling Inc. to offer a free informative class on budgeting, emergency funds, savings, handling debt, credit scores, impacts to financial security, and dealing with collections.

This program is open to individuals whose income is under 125 percent of the federal poverty level and space is limited to 25 people, who must qualify to attend. Proof of income prior to attending class is required.

The class will be 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018, at the Osage City Public Library, 515 Main St., Osage City.

Attendees will receive a light meal and Osage City Chamber Bucks for attending.

For more information or to qualify for the program, contact the ECKAN office at 785-528-5184, 530 Holliday St., Osage City, or [email protected].

Festival of Beer: Osage City celebrates fine brews

What’s more fun on a fall Saturday afternoon than drinking samples of fine brewed beer? The Osage City Chamber of Commerce will present its annual Festival of Beer on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018. The festival is expected to offer dozens of varieties of craft and imported beers, including some Kansas brews, for local beer aficionados to sample.

The ale fest event will be at the Jones Park pavilion, 517 S. First St., Osage City, with the first suds samples to be poured at 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Food vendors will also be available. The event will also feature the Bryton Stoll Band for the evening’s live entertainment.

Advance tickets are $25 if purchased by Sept. 26; $30 at the gate. Tickets are available at Jerry’s Thriftway, Osage City, and Mulready’s, Emporia, or online at Must be 21 to attend.

Proceeds benefit the Osage City Chamber of Commerce and its community projects.

Ottawa police sergeant arrested

OTTAWA, Kan. – The Kansas Bureau of Investigation arrested an Ottawa Police Department sergeant Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, on charges of battery and criminal threat.

Tuesday morning an incident was reported to the OPD involving a sergeant of the department, Steven E. Burkhart, 38, of Ottawa, Kan. OPD requested the KBI investigate the allegation, which reportedly occurred at the sergeant’s home on Monday, Sept. 3.

At approximately 5:18 p.m. Sept. 4, Burkhart was arrested in the vicinity of Eighth Street and Ash Street in Ottawa. He was transported to the Franklin County Jail, where he was booked for battery and criminal threat.

A KBI press release said the investigation is ongoing, and no more information will be released about the case at this time.

Help House can now assist with SNAP signup

By Raylene Quaney

Anyone living in Osage County that would like assistance in applying for SNAP benefits will soon be able come to Help House to complete the application process. Ten volunteers have completed the training with Harvesters to be available to offer this assistance. SNAP is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program that has been known as food stamps. Our goal is to begin assisting with the applications by Sept. 10, 2018. If you would like more information on this service and application process, call Help House at 785-828-3444.

The next “Good Sense” budget class will be held 4-10 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19. It will be a one-day class. Participants must call to register and stop by and pick up pre-course work. Participants are to bring a snack for supper if desired and a beverage. The class is free and once completed the participant is eligible to receive assistance with heating or cooling bills, including electric, gas, propane, or solid fuel (wood).

Mobile food pantry dates: Carbondale is 12-1 p.m. the second Tuesday, Sept. 11, at Carbondale Church of Christian Fellowship; Osage City  10-11 a.m. on the third Thursday, Sept. 20, at Osage City Community Center; Melvern, 12:30-1:30 p.m. on the third Thursday, Sept. 20, at Melvern Community Center; Burlingame, 10-11 a.m. third Thursday, Sept. 20,  Burlingame Federated Church; Lyndon, 12-1 p.m. on the third Friday, Sept. 21, at Jones Park on East Sixth Street. If participants can be in line 15 to 20 minutes before starting time, they will be in the counted numbers when it is decided how much of each item each family will receive.  

Carbondale celebrates coming of fall at annual festival Saturday

Carbondale is gearing up for its annual fall festival, returning this year to the second Saturday in September. The 2018 Carbondale Fall Festival is this Saturday, Sept 8.

All activities will be in the new side of City Park., with vendors, a car show on Kansas Avenue, special parade for youth, variety of bounce houses, slides, and obstacle courses appropriate for toddlers to adults. Farmers market vendors will have a bonus sale opportunity at the festival, along with assorted foods and crafts. The Osage County Sheriff’s Office will have an information table and gifts for children and adults. The Carbondale Lions Club will fire up its funnel cake stand at 5 p.m., with all proceeds going to Santa Fe Trail High School Scholarship Fund.

Find your best viewing location for the 6:15 p.m. parade right in the park; as this year the parade will stage at Jones Park Fike Field, travel east on Lawrence, south on Kansas right by the park, and return to Fike Field going west on Main Street to Wilson Street. Following the parade, everyone can enjoy live music by the talented Delta Haze Band.

For more information, contact Lion Mary Vawter Burgett at 785-836-7887 or [email protected]. Come to Carbondale’s City Park Saturday, Sept. 8, and have a small town good time.

Highway patrol urges safe travels during Labor Day holiday

With the Labor Day holiday weekend upon us, the Kansas Highway Patrol will be working additional hours to help keep Kansas roads safe, and to help decrease the number of impaired motorists on the state’s roadways.

KHP will participate in the annual Special Traffic Enforcement Program campaign, with funding from the Kansas Department of Transportation. The agency will also be participating in the Operation C.A.R.E. (Crash Awareness and Reduction Effort) Labor Day Enforcement, which runs through Monday, Sept. 3, 2018.

“As the summer travel season comes to a close, the Kansas Highway Patrol will be out working to ensure our travelers make it to their destinations safely,” said KHP PIO, Lieutenant Adam Winters. “As you celebrate the upcoming Labor Day weekend, we urge anyone who may be drinking to get a sober driver arranged ahead of time. If you are traveling and suspect another motorist may be impaired, please give us a call, and we will check on them.”

If you’re traveling for the Labor Day holiday, KHP offers the following tips:

  • Check your vehicle’s condition, including tires, fluid levels, and mechanical equipment.
  • Check road conditions at to look for construction or delays on your route.
  • Allow plenty of time to arrive at your destination.
  • Always designate a sober driver beforehand if you will be consuming alcohol.
  • Buckle up and make sure your children are in the appropriately-fitted child safety seats.
  • Have an emergency kit in your vehicle with essentials such as water, flashlights, chargers, blankets, and non-perishable food.

Anyone traveling on the state’s roadways who needs assistance can call KHP for assistance at *47 (*HP), or if on the Kansas Turnpike, call *582 (*KTA).

Blue-green algae closes Michigan Valley Swim Beach for Labor Day weekend

VASSAR, Kan. – For the second time this summer, weekend visitors to Pomona Lake will be greeted with the closure of Michigan Valley Swim Beach, after test results showed the presence of blue-green algae.

Friday morning, Aug. 31, 2018, U.S Army Corps of Engineers officials announced Michigan Valley Swim Beach would be closed during the Labor Day weekend, after receiving positive test results for the algae Thursday.

“Once again not so great news entering the holiday weekend,” said Scott Rice, USACE operations manager at the lake. “Tests results from the Michigan Valley beach received yesterday afternoon showed the presence of blue green algae.

“Officials will continue to monitor the lake, but the entire lake remains in a watch status,” he said. “We encourage visitors to be vigilant of lake signage and to understand conditions could change along with the weather.”

Hot and sunny weather conditions combined with high nutrient levels create ideal conditions for harmful algae bloom growth.

Rice said samples will be taken again next week by Kansas Department of Health and Environment, and those results should be known next Friday afternoon. KDHE will update the lake’s status as conditions warrant.

The swim beach was closed previously on Aug. 17, but it was reopened on Aug. 24.

Pet owners need to be particularly mindful of the presence of blue-green algae. Dogs are highly susceptible to algae toxins and frequently ingest concentrated toxins from shoreline areas. Pets that swim in or drink water affected by a harmful algal bloom or those that eat dried algae along the shore, may become seriously ill.

Boat ramps and lake activities are not affected at this time. Area businesses and park camping facilities are open. Drinking water and showers at parks are safe and not affected by algae blooms.

Marais des Cygnes Valley FFA officers retreat at Tuttle Creek

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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