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‘Mom and Me Boogie to the Beat’ – Girl Scouts plan campouts with mothers

Local Girl Scouts are planning “Mom and Me Boogie to the Beat” mother-daughter campouts at Camp Wood, near Emporia, Oct. 11-13, 2019.

The first campout is 5 p.m. Oct. 11 to noon, Oct. 12, and is for girls in kindergarten through third grade and their moms. Activities include crafts, games, fishing and traditional campfire singing and s’mores. Breakfast and lunch are included; concessions are available on Friday night.

The next day, Oct. 12, camp will run from 2 p.m. until noon on Oct. 13 for girls in grades 4-12 and their mothers. Activities include crafts, games, fishing and traditional campfire singing and s’mores. Horseback riding, high adventures and low ropes are available for an additional cost. Dinner and breakfast are included; concessions are available for Sat lunch.

Cost is $25 per girl and $25 per adult. Lodging is not included with cost of camp; additional charge depends on choice of cabin or tent. Registration deadline is Oct. 4.

Chip and seal project on K-31 scheduled to begin Friday … or Monday?

A chip and seal project is scheduled to begin either Friday, Sept. 13, or Monday, Sept. 16, 2019, on state Highway 31 in Osage County, the Kansas Department of Transportation reported.

The project extends mile marker 10.09 at the Lyon-Osage County line east to mile marker 16.0 at the K-31/Dacotah Street intersection in Burlingame. The project is expected to take two days, weather permitting.

The contractor anticipates starting the project on Friday, with completion on Saturday. However, if the project does not start this weekend it will begin Monday with anticipated completion on Tuesday, weather permitting.

One-lane traffic will be controlled by a pilot car. Motorists should expect delays of up to 15 minutes and should add extra time to their travel schedules.

Vance Brothers Inc., of Kansas City, Mo., is the contractor on the $123,000 project.

Carbondale festival celebrates end of summer

Carbondale will celebrate the coming of fall with the annual Carbondale Fall Festival, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019. The festival features a vehicle show and cruise parade on Kansas Avenue, children’s parade, bounce houses, and finish up with live music and a dance in Carbondale City Park

Here is Saturday’s schedule:

  • 3-6 p.m. – Vehicle show and cruise on Kansas Avenue (cars, trucks, tractors, bikes, etc.) (785-492-3911 for information, Beth Knaup). No Entry Fee, display your “toy”. Cruise will lead parade at 6 starting at North Kansas to Main Street.
  • 3 p.m. – Vendors and business displays, set up 2:30; vendor information [email protected]
  • 3:15 p.m. – Children’s parade, staging at 3:15, in (south) City Park; pre-registration 785-836-7887, reserves participants a small gift. Walk ups are welcome.
  • 3:30-7:30 p.m. – Bouncers, obstacles, slides, games; ticket or unlimited wristbands; assorted inflatable options for toddler to adult; $1 per time; $10 wristband.
  • 4-6 p.m. – Farmers market, registration $10, information email [email protected]
  • 4:30-7:30 p.m. Carbondale Police Department display; family and youth-adult information, safety items, drawings.
  • 5 p.m. – Lions funnel cakes (available all evening); benefit Santa Fe Trail HS Scholarship Fund.
  • 6 p.m. – Cruise parade; staging begins at 5:30. Check in and line up at north tree line of City Park. Parade route: Kansas Avenue and Lawrence, south to Main Street. Viewing available on west side of City Park.
  • 6:50 p.m. – Color dash; registration 6:30-6:45; $10, includes four color stations; benefits Santa Fe Trail High School KAY Club.
  • 7:30 p.m. – Color throw; $3 per color packet; inside designated area only.
  • 7- 11 p.m. – Live music and dance in the park to the Delta Haze Band.

Kansas health officials report death in vaping related lung disease

TOPEKA, Kan. – Kansas health officials have confirmed the first death in the state associated with an outbreak of serious lung disease related to vaping or using e-cigarettes. The recent death was a Kansas resident over the age of 50.

Kansas State Epidemiologist Dr. Farah Ahmed said the patient had a history of underlying health issues and was hospitalized with symptoms that progressed rapidly. The national investigation has not identified any specific vaping or e-cigarette products linked to all cases. Many patients report using vaping or e-cigarette products with liquids that contain cannabinoid products, such as tetrahydrocannabinol. Kansas does not have detailed information on what types of products were used by the deceased.

“Our sympathies go out to the family of the person who died,” Governor Laura Kelly said. “Health officials are working hard to determine a cause and share information to prevent additional injuries. As that work continues, I urge Kansans to be careful. Don’t put yourself in harm’s way, and please follow the recommendations of public health officials.”

Kansas State Health Officer and Secretary for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment Dr. Lee Norman said health officials nationwide continue to work aggressively to gather information and determine what has caused these lung injuries.

“It is time to stop vaping.” Secretary Norman said. “If you or a loved one is vaping, please stop. The recent deaths across our country, combined with hundreds of reported lung injury cases continue to intensify. I’m extremely alarmed for the health and safety of Kansans who are using vaping products and urge them to stop until we can determine the cause of vaping related lung injuries and death.”

To date, Kansas has six reports associated with the outbreak. Three patients have been classified as confirmed or probable cases and three cases are still under investigation. State investigators determine if cases are confirmed or probable after examining the medical records of suspected cases and consulting with the clinical care team to exclude other possible cases. To protect patient confidentiality, no further information will be provided regarding each of these cases. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with the addition of the Kansas report, is reporting six deaths and more than 450 possible cases of severe lung injury in 33 states and one jurisdiction.

While investigations into these cases continue, CDC is recommending people avoid vaping or using e-cigarettes. Also, people with a history of vaping who are experiencing lung injury symptoms should seek medical care. Nationally, symptoms among cases included shortness of breath, fever, cough, and vomiting and diarrhea. Other symptoms reported by some patients included headache, dizziness and chest pain.

For more information on how to quit tobacco products, call 1-800-QUIT-NOW.

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. 

Osage County Senior Center: Health and resource fair coming Sept. 14

Company’s coming, and the Osage County Senior Center is getting ready for the Osage County Resource and Health Fair, coming up on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019. The event, open to all ages, will showcase local services, programs, and products that can help lead to a healthy life.

The fair opens at 8 a.m. at the senior center, which will be hosting a fundraiser chicken noodle dinner starting at 11 a.m. Proceeds will go to the senior center.

The center is still taking donations for a thrift sale on Sept. 21 and 22; bring donations to the center. If after 4 p.m., call 785-528-1170 or 785-219-2440 to make arrangements. If you can’t get the items to the center, pick up can possibly be arranged.

Come on into the senior center for regular activities:

  • Mondays: Sewing, exercise, cribbage and evening pitch.
  • Tuesdays: Ceramics, 9 a.m.; and Mexican Train games and snacks 12:30 p.m.
  • Wednesdays: Sewing and exercise, Threads Around the Table; maybe a movie.
  • Thursdays: Art and painting and then pool at 1 p.m. More pool players needed.
  • Fridays: Bingo with gift bag of $5; cribbage at 12:15 p.m. More cribbage players needed.

Have a great week! Come visit the Osage County Senior Center, 604 Market St., Osage City, or call 785-528-1170.

125th Street reopened after early morning sinkhole diverts traffic

OSAGE COUNTY, Kan. – A hole in the road closed 125th Street in Osage County between Auburn Road and Burlingame Road Tuesday morning, Sept. 3, 2019. Osage County Emergency Management and the Osage County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning on social media the road closure was due to a sinkhole that formed overnight and the county highway department was working on it.

This afternoon, Glen Tyson, of Osage County Road and Bridge Department, said the road was reopened about noon today after a highway crew repaired a hole in the pavement.

Tyson said it was determined that heavy rains on Friday had undermined dirt alongside a culvert, which allowed the pavement to give way and form the hole in the road surface.

“The rains washed it away Friday, but it lasted until about 5 o’clock this morning,” Tyson said.

Tyson said the hole was backfilled with dirt and topped over with road rock for now. The culvert will be replaced soon and the pavement will be patched at that time, he said.

The county road route is used regularly by travelers and commuters between Burlingame and Auburn.

Tyson said there are other roads in the county that have been impacted by the recent heavy rains. One closure is township road 133rd Street between Valencia and Docking, also due to a culvert washout. Several minimum maintenance roads in the county have also been affected by culvert washouts, he said.

Flood warning issued for Salt Creek near Lyndon to begin Labor Day holiday

Labor Day weather forecast graphic from NWS Topeka.

The National Weather Service in Topeka has issued a flood warning for Salt Creek near Lyndon. The warning is in effect this morning, Friday, Aug. 30, 2019, until late tonight.

At 9:31 a.m. Friday, the stage was 7.4 feet; flood stage is 10 feet. Minor flooding is forecast, with the creek expected to rise above flood stage by this afternoon and continue to rise to near 10.2 feet late this afternoon. The river is forecast to fall below flood stage by this evening.

At flood stage, minor low land flooding begins in farm field just west of the U.S. Highway 75 bridge at the south edge of Lyndon.

4-H News: Junior Highline 4-H Club has cool summer meeting at Burlington pool

By Bella Reeser, Club Reporter

On Aug. 5, 2019, the Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club held its monthly club meeting at the Burlington outdoor aquatic center. Club members and their families met at the pool at 6 p.m. to begin their night of fun.

MJH 4-H Club members gathered for an August pool and pizza party were, front from left, Natalie Green, Gentry McNally, Gradey McNally, Landon Roy, Levi Arb, Colt Sowers, and Chelsea Green, back, Braelyn McNally, Amelia Arb, Bella Reeser, Ellie Sowers, Justin Brinkley, Tara Green, and Allie Reeser.

At 7:03 p.m., the meeting was called to order by club president Tara Green. The club began their meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and 4-H Pledge, led by Amelia Arb. Secretary Allie Reeser called roll; members and parents were to answer with “What’s your favorite school subject?” There were 13 members and eight adults present. Allie read the minutes from the last meeting; they were approved as read. Treasurer Ellie Sowers read the treasurer’s report; it was approved as read. Reporter Bella Reeser said she submitted one article last month.

Livestock show results, Osage County Fair, July 10-13, 2019, Osage City, Kan.

Exhibitors in the beef show line up to enter the show ring. Photo by Toby and Lisa Crettol.

The Osage County Fair Association has released the following results of judging of livestock exhibits at the Osage County Fair, held July 10-13, 2019, at Osage City, Kan.

Overbrook Overlook: School begins, watch out for kids

Slow down for the school kids – whether walking, riding a bike, driving or on a bus. Photo thanks to city of Overbrook.

The Overbrook community is recovering after hosting the final Osage County fair of the season just as school began this week. The first official day of school for the city was Aug. 20, and Overbrook Police Chief Terry Hollingsworth is warning everyone to watch out for students going to and from school – walking, riding bikes, or driving cars. The chief is also urging bicycle riders to use caution.

“I have seen a lot more bicycle traffic recently and I cringe at some of the ways some kids ride their bikes around town,” Hollingsworth said.

He advises these safety tips for bike riders of all ages:

  • Wear a helmet, and fasten it. This may help prevent a serious injury.
  • Put reflectors on the bike and helmet and wear light colored clothing when riding at night.
  • Look both ways at intersections and driveways. Most bike crashes happen in these places. Walk your bike across busy intersections.
  • Ride with traffic, not against it.
  • Lock your bike up to help prevent theft.

Farmers market

A farmers market has begun for the produce season, and will be open 4-6:30 p.m. Mondays through Sept. 9. You can find the market in downtown Overbook on Market Street just west of Maple Street. Produce, handcrafted soaps, farm eggs, honey, and other goods will be offered.

Swimming pool season ends

Overbrook Swimming Pool has reported it was a wonderful summer at the pool and the city is grateful to pool director Ann Fawl, the managers, and lifeguards. The last day the pool was open was Aug. 18 with a free swim day.

New city mural

Nobody’s going to overlook Overbrook as they drive down U.S. Highway 56 and see the beautiful mural painted by artist Mindy Kahl Allen. The city offers thanks to Allen for sharing her talent, and a thank you to the Overbrook Betterment Committee and its supporters for spearheading and completing this project for our community.

(See related story: Hidden History: Incognito contest winner shines perpetual spotlight on Overbrook)

Local Master Gardener program set for new year; apply now

The Frontier Extension District is now taking applications for the Master Gardner training this winter. The Master Gardener program is for people who enjoy working in the garden, flower bed or your lawn, and enjoy people, learning new things, and helping out in their community.

In the program, participants learn about plant biology, soils, flowers, trees and shrubs, lawn care, fruits, vegetables, indoor plants, insects, diseases and pesticides. The educational information can benefit participants and their neighborhoods.

The training will be 9 a.m.-5 p.m. every other Saturday starting Jan. 11, 2020, running until March 21. Lunch will be provided by current district Master Gardeners.

Osage County Emergency Management to host training and planning workshop

Osage County Emergency Management and the Osage County Local Emergency Planning Committee will host a training, exercise and planning workshop at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, at the Osage County Emergency Operations Center Meyer Conference Room, 131 W. 14th St., Lyndon, Kan.

The focus of this workshop will be to provide participants the opportunity to develop a coordinated and comprehensive workshop and training calendar, using a capabilities-based planning process, to support the priorities and needs of all emergency responders in Osage County.

The workshop develops a clear picture of local agencies’ capabilities, resources, and level of training, and helps identify training and exercise needs for the upcoming three years. The workshop also provides an opportunity for participants to review their agencies’ training and exercise needs.

For more information, contact Bryce Romine, Osage County Emergency Management director, at 785-828-3323 or [email protected].

Beat the summer heat with senior center activities

Osage County Senior Center Director Tammy Fager reports that things are bustling at the center lately. Last week, in addition to regular daily activities, the ladies took a bus trip to Bradley’s Corner in north Topeka for shopping at the mall there, but it was closed, so they went to Walmart and had a good time. Wednesday’s cribbage players also were able to enjoy a movie and popcorn; cribbage players are needed for Monday, Wednesday and Friday games. Last Thursday, several sharpshooters played pool at 1 p.m., even some ladies.

The usual activity schedule at the center is:

  • Mondays, sewing at 8 a.m., exercising 11 a.m., cribbage 12:15 p.m., and pitch and snacks at 5:30 p.m.
  • Tuesdays, ceramics 9 a.m.; Mexican Train games and snacks at 12:30 p.m.
  • Wednesdays, same as Monday with Threads Around the Table.
  • Thursdays, art and painting, and pool at 1 p.m.
  • Fridays, bingo (gift bag, $5 value); cribbage 12:15 p.m.

The Osage County Resource and Health Fair will be Sept. 14, 2019, at the senior center; more information will be available soon. The fair is open to all ages, and provides access to many services and providers to improve people’s well being.

The senior center is still taking donations for a thrift sale on Sept. 21 and 22. Bring donations to the center; if after 4 p.m., call 785-528-1170 to make arraignments.

For more information, stop by the senior center at 604 Market St., Osage City, or call 785-528-1170.

K-31 reconstruction begins today in Osage City

$1.3 million project slated for November completion

Work to reconstruct a portion of state Highway 31, in Osage City, Kan., begins today, Aug. 19, 2019, the Kansas Department of Transportation has announced. The project will extend on Market Street from the state Highway 170 junction east to Fourth Street

The project and detour routes are being handled by the city of Osage City; KDOT is administering the contract.

This section of K-31 will be closed to traffic, and traffic will be routed on Lakin Street. No truck traffic will be allowed except for making or picking up deliveries. Local businesses will be open along the route with access from adjacent alleys and entrances. The project is expected to be completed by mid-November. KDOT asks everyone to use extra caution in the work zone areas.

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.

Association announces Osage County Fair results, July 10-13, 2019, Osage City

A late garden season this year created a challenge for local gardeners to have produce to exhibit at this year’s Osage County Fair. Photo by Toby and Lisa Crettol.

The Osage County Fair Association has released the 4-H and open class exhibition results for the Osage County Fair held July 10-13, 2019, at Osage City, Kan. Award and ribbon winners were:

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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