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Lyndon Library schedules weeks of fun for summer reading program

Lyndon Carnegie Library is planning a fun summer reading program that will run from June 6 – July 14, 2022. This year’s program will include activities and events for readers of all ages, from young children to adults.

Participants can sign up at the library or at the library’s website. The planned schedule is full in the mornings every day, and includes something for all ages.

The tentative weekly schedule is as follows:

  • Mondays – Pre-kindergarten, 10-10:45 a.m.; kindergarten to first grades, 11-11:45 a.m.
  • Tuesdays – 5-7th grades, 10:45 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • Wednesdays – All ages and family program, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Thursdays – 2nd-4th grades, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Adults programs are scheduled as follows:

  • June 16, 2:30 p.m., Keys to Embracing Aging 101 presented by Frontier District Extension.
  • June 20, 6 p.m., “Intro into Genealogy” presented by Osage County Historical Society.
  • June 23, 1-3 p.m. and 6-8 p.m., chalk painting (must sign up).
  • June 30, 6-8 p.m., 4th of July crafts.
  • July 21, 2:30-3:30 p.m., Alzheimer’s 101; presented by Frontier District Extension.

For more information, contact the Lyndon Carnegie Library, 127 E. Sixth St., PO Box 563, Lyndon, KS 66451, 785-828-4520, or see

Farmers market to open for growing season at Carbondale

Carbondale Farmers Market will open for the spring growing season Wednesday, May 25, 2022. The market is located at City Park 4-6 p.m. every Wednesday, running through
August or September depending on the growing season, and vendors’ and shoppers’ interest.

Along with locally produced crafts, produce, and homemade foods, The Feed Bunk is the featured food truck on May 25. They will have their meal and a la carte menu available.

Everyone is invited to visit, chat, eat, and shop the local homegrown and home-produced food and craft items.

Marais des Cygnes Valley 2022 graduates move on to life’s next chapter

2022 graduates of Marais des Cygnes Valley High School. Photo by Jerry Kramer, Kramer Photos.

Encouraging his fellow graduates to use of the knowledge they had learned over the past four years, Marais des Cygnes Valley High School valedictorian Wyatt Lingenfelter quoted from Benjamin Franklin: “An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest,” during MdCV’s Saturday afternoon graduation ceremony, May 7, 2022.

Lingenfelter reiterated Franklin’s message in his speech to the graduating seniors gathered for the ceremony. “Knowledge is a huge investment in your future. It is something you can always fall back on,” he said.

He also reminded classmates from where and who they gained that knowledge, recognizing family and faculty for the class’ success.

“Without help from all of you, we would not be the people we are today,” he said.
Lingenfelter was joined in accepting diplomas by 14 graduating classmates, including 2022 salutatorian, Cole Lacey, who reminisced about the class’ journey through high school. Lacey recognized school staff, “You have supported us through this four year journey and have been there when we needed it most” – and parents, “You have been the most supporting, caring, and helpful people we know or ever know.”

Lacey reminded his classmates their journey didn’t end at graduation, “Our future is bright. We are a great group of kids and I know we’ll all go far.”

After presentation of the Marais des Cygnes Valley High School class of 2022 for graduation by USD 456 Superintendent Joe Sample, USD 456 Board of Education members presented diplomas to Dalton Bechtle, Maximus Davis, Madison Flatin, Mary Ingle, Cole Lacey, Angelina Lighfoot, Wyatt Lingenfelter, Jacob McGowin, Katy Parker, AKaylee Prunty, Braden Reed, Hailie Rose, Caden Smith, Riley Spillman, and Chisolm Woodson.

Historical society to host character performance workshop; cemetery preservation seminar

Osage County Historical Society will host a historical performance workshop 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, May 21, and Sunday, May 22, at the museum in Lyndon. The workshop, “The Stories that Shape Us,” is geared towards the Carbondale sesquicentennial celebration, but it is open to all.

Dr. Joyce Thierer and Ann Birney will guide participants in researching a local person from the past, writing a first person script for their character, and presenting a short performance. Participants should plan to attend both days. Registration is required. The event is free to the public. For more information or to register, contact OCHS at 785-828-3477, [email protected], or 631 Topeka Ave., Lyndon, Kan.

The workshop is paid for by a grant from the Santa Fe Trail Association, Quivira Chapter. The Carbondale Community Historical Society will provide lunch and snacks during the workshop.

OCHS will also host a cemetery preservation workshop, June 8, 2022, at Burlingame Cemetery, Burlingame, Kan. Jonathan Appell, of Atlas Preservation, will present the free seminar.

For the past 20 years, Appell has worked to preserve gravestones and monuments across the United States. With his work, he has developed simple and effective hands-on techniques, and encouraged others to preserve America’s burying grounds. In 2020, he began a project to perform 48 gravestone preservation workshops, in 48 states, in 48 days, teaching people how to clean, repair and reset gravestones and monuments in their own backyards. For more information, contact OCHS.

Stay Strong, Stay Healthy program to begin

Stay Strong, Stay Healthy is an eight-week exercise program presented by K-State Research and Extension and geared toward older adults and sedentary middle-aged adults. The goal of the evidence-based program is to improve health, quality of life, and maintain independence through strength training.

Adults can begin to lose muscle mass, even in their early 30s. And, in their 50s, adults can see the decline in muscle mass really begin to accelerate. Older adults, however, are sometimes reluctant to start strengthening activities to counter the effects of aging on their bodies. The idea of going to the gym or not knowing the proper exercises to do at home can keep people from starting.

The Stay Strong, Stay Healthy program addresses these concerns by providing an environment where older adults can learn how to strengthen their muscles from certified instructors. Participants in the program meet for one hour, twice a week for eight weeks. Each session includes warm-up exercises, simple strengthening exercises with and without weights, and cool-down stretches. Class members are also encouraged to do the exercises on their own once more per week. Over the eight weeks, participants learn the exercises and begin to improve strength and balance. After eight weeks, participants are encouraged to continue the program at home or with a community group.

The potential benefits of strength training include a decrease in arthritis pain, weight maintenance, and a reduction in the risk of diabetes, heart disease, and depression. Stress management and improvement in sleep quality are other potential benefits.

The program will be offered in the Frontier Extension District from June 1-July 22, 2022, in Lyndon. The class will meet weekly 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, at the Lyndon Community Center, 204 Topeka Ave., Lyndon, Kan.

Registration is requested by May 31 and the cost to participate is $20. For those 60 and older, the cost to participate is free of charge due to a grant through the East Central Kansas Area Agency on Aging.

Overbrook Rural High School students to host all school reunion

OVERBROOK, Kan. – All students who attended classes at the Overbrook Rural High School are invited to an all school reunion 2-4 p.m. Friday, May 27, 2022. The reunion includes the classes of the early 1970s that attended ORHS but graduated from Santa Fe Trail High School. All past faculty and support personnel are also welcome. The event will be held in the Overbrook Public Library community room.

The reunion is the result of an announcement on social media that a formal ORHS Alumni Banquet would not be held this year. As a result, several former students decided to host an informal gathering so ORHS classmates would still have a time and place to gather. The organizers emphasize that this is an informal event. It is not intended to be an alumni banquet. There will be no business meeting or meal; however, light refreshments will be served.

Those attending the reunion are encouraged to bring photos and other school memory items they may have from their former ORHS school days. Members of the Overbrook Historical Society and museum will be at the event to scan ORHS related items for preservation and for later display at the Overbrook Historical Museum. Suggested memorabilia and photos include team rosters from sporting events, invitations for prom nights, theater productions and other school events, graduation announcements and programs, and informal pictures of friends’ gatherings.

Advance registration is requested to assure seating and refreshments for all attendees. Registrations can be made by phone or text to 913-972-0974. The fee is $5 per person, payable at the event.

Euclid Lodge donation helps Osage County’s past to be remembered

L.D. Nicolay and fellow Euclid Masonic Lodge members Charles Hanna and Paul Oldham present a grant to Osage County Historical Society members Eileen Davis and Ann Rogers; member Bunny Givens, right. Courtesy photo.

The Osage County Historical Society received a $1,000 grant from the Euclid Masonic Lodge, Lyndon, Kan. Representatives presented the check to members of the historical society, Eileen Davis and Ann Rodgers. The grant will be used to help develop and execute new educational programming for children and families.

Work to begin on K-31, K-195 in Wabaunsee County

Update: Start date on the K-31 and K-195 project has been moved to May 12, 2022, weather permitting.


A milling and overlay project in Wabaunsee County is scheduled to begin Thursday, May 12, weather permitting. The project was originally scheduled to begin May 5. The project covers approximately 10 miles of K-31, from K-99 to the Osage County line, and less than one mile of K-195, from K-31 to Harveyville.

According to the Kansas Department of Transportation, traffic will be restricted to one lane in the work zone and will be directed by a pilot car, flaggers, signs and cones. Drivers should plan for delays of up to 15 minutes and add extra time in their travel schedules.

Work will take place Monday through Friday, and Saturdays as needed, during daylight hours. Estimated completion is mid-June.

Shilling Construction Co., of Manhattan, Kan., is the contractor on the $1.55 million project.

Registration for Boys State of Kansas 2022 session continues

The American Legion Boys State of Kansas has announced that registration for its 2022 session will continue through the end of May, pending space availability. The 84th edition of the program is scheduled to be held Sunday, June 5, through Saturday, June 11, at Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kan.

Traditionally, Kansas Boys State is for individuals who complete their junior year of high school in the spring just prior to the start of each session. However, the ALBSK program has expanded the pool of registrants for this year’s session to include those who will complete their sophomore year of high school this spring.

The American Legion Boys State of Kansas program provides a relevant, interactive, problem-solving experience in leadership and teamwork that develops self-identity, promotes mutual respect, and instills civic responsibility to inculcate a sense of individual obligation to community, state and nation. Boys State is a “learning by doing” political exercise that simulates elections, political parties and government at the state, county and local levels, providing opportunities to lead under pressure, showcasing character and working effectively within a team. It’s also an opportunity to gain pride and respect for government, and the price paid by members of the military to preserve democracy.

DEA hosts 22nd National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

The Osage County Sheriff’s Office will participate in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s 22nd National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, April 30, 2022. This bi-annual event offers free, anonymous disposal of unneeded medications at more than 4,000 local drop-off locations nationwide.

The Osage County Sheriff’s Office, 131 W. 14th St., Lyndon, Kan., will serve as a drop off point on Drug Take Back Day, but Osage County Sheriff Chris Wells reminds citizens that medications are also accepted at the sheriff’s office any time during business hours.

More than 230 law enforcement agencies within DEA St. Louis Division are hosting collection sites this April.

“Disposing of unneeded medications can help prevent drugs from being misused,” said DEA Administrator Anne Milgram. “Overdose deaths continue to hit tragic record highs. I encourage everyone to dispose of unneeded prescription medications now.”

DEA’s St. Louis Division, which includes the states of Missouri and Kansas, as well as southern Illinois, collected a total of 37,189 pounds during the Oct. 23 Drug Take Back Day, in 2021.

According to a report published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, a majority of people who misused a prescription medication obtained the medicine from a family member or friend.

Overlay project resumes in Osage, Shawnee counties

An overlay project on southbound U.S. Highway 75 is scheduled to resume today, April 28, 2022, in Osage and Shawnee counties.

The Kansas Department of Transportation reported that southbound U.S. 75 will be restricted to one lane from Southwest Topeka Boulevard to just south of the U.S. 75 and U.S. Highway 56 intersection in Osage County.

On and off ramps along the route are included in the project. Ramp closures will be one day or less, and information will be posted on message boards. Drivers should prepare for slow-moving traffic through the area.

Work will take place Monday through Saturday, during daylight hours, and is expected to be completed by early June, weather permitting. Bettis Asphalt & Construction Inc., of Topeka, is the prime contractor.

KDOT urges all motorists to be alert and obey warning signs when approaching and driving through a highway work zone. To stay aware of all road construction projects in Kansas, see or call 511.

Willing Workers welcome spring with community service

Willing workers work to clean up Jones Park in Osage City after the annual Smoke in the Spring barbecue contest, front from left, Kassie Thielen,Clara Thielen, Hadley Bosse, and Paige Thielen, back, Reece Wilcoxson, Lelia Wilcoxson, Elisa Wagner, Kaiden Bosse, Avery Thielen, Grace Croucher, Jaiton Bosse, Kevin Whitmer, and Adalynn Wagner. Courtesy photo.

The Willing Workers 4-H Club had a busy April serving the Osage City community. On April 10, 2022, club members cleaned up Jones Park following the Smoke in the Spring event. This is something the club does every year.

The club also met several times to prepare for their first Easter egg hunt. They stuffed more than 3,000 eggs with candy and gifts. On April 16, a large crowd of kids showed up to hunt for the eggs. The club looks forward to making this an annual event, as there is a lot of opportunity to grow the event.

OCHS alumni schedule banquet

Osage City High School alumni will hold a reunion banquet Sunday, May 29, 2022, at the school. Doors will open at 3 p.m., and the banquet will be at 6 p.m.

Cost is $20.00 per person; RSVP is appreciated. Attendees can respond and send money to Osage City Alumni, PO Box 114, Osage City, KS 66523, or call 785-528-3000.

Marais des Cygnes Valley FFA achieves national honor

Alyssa McCurdy and Olivia Lacey, left, show the National Superior Chapter Award they accepted on behalf of the MdCV FFA Chapter, and Cole Lacey, Braden Reed, and Wyatt Lingenfelter hold their State FFA Degree certificates, all presented at the Kansas East Central FFA District banquet, held April 6, at Eudora. (Not pictured: State FFA Degree designee Akaylee Prunty.) Courtesy photo.

Members of the Marais des Cygnes Valley FFA chapter were recognized at the annual East Central District banquet Wednesday, April 6, 2022, in Eudora, Kan. MdCV FFA members Cole Lacey, Wyatt Lingenfelter, Braden Reed, and Akaylee Prunty achieved the highest honor the Kansas FFA Association can bestow on a member, the State FFA Degree. The degree is awarded annually at the State FFA Convention to those members who have met the minimum qualifications set forth by the Kansas FFA Association and National FFA Organization. The state degree recipients will also be honored at the Kansas FFA Convention late this spring in Manhattan.

MdCV FFA members Olivia Lacey and Alyssa McCurdy also attended the banquet as delegates representing the chapter in electing the newly installed 2022-23 East Central District officers. They also represented the chapter as it was recognized a National Superior Chapter Award honoree.

FFA’s National Chapter Award Program is designed to recognize FFA chapters that actively implement the mission and strategies of the organization. Chapters are rewarded for providing educational experiences for the entire membership.

Melvern Jr. Highline goes bowling for meeting with Lyndon Leaders

By Club Reporter Bella Reeser

On Sunday, March 13, 2022, the Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club held its monthly club meeting at Fusion Alley, in Ottawa, Kan. This was an exchange meeting with the Lyndon Leaders 4-H Club.  At 4:06 p.m. the meeting was called to order by President Braelyn McNally. The club began their meeting with The Pledge of Allegiance and 4-H Pledge, led by Braelyn.

Secretary Amelia Arb called roll, both clubs’ members and parents were to answer with “one thing they are planning to do over spring break”. There were 20 members and 13 adults present. Amelia read the minutes from the last meeting; they were approved as read.

Treasurer Gradey McNally read the treasurer’s report; it was approved as read.

Reporter Bella Reeser stated she submitted two articles to the newspaper.

In historian report, Historian Harper Melton shared “4-H Fun Facts” about the 4-H colors.

In leader’s report, leader Caleb McNally reminded members about Blue & Gold sales coming in on March 15. Leader Lisa Reeser reminded members of filling eggs at the April meeting and the Melvern Easter Egg Hunt on April 16. There was no new business.

In program, each club member share what project they were looking forward to for the fairs. In songs, the girls of the club led everyone in singing “MILK Song”.

At 4:36 p.m. it was moved and seconded to adjourn the meeting. The Melvern Jr. Highline’s next club meeting was scheduled for 5 p.m. Sunday, April 3, 2022, with stuffing eggs at 4 p.m. Both clubs members and parents then enjoyed a taco bar provided by the clubs. Prior to the meeting, bowling was enjoyed by all for recreation.

Melvern Jr. Highline members host community Easter celebration

The afternoon of Saturday, April 16, 2022, Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club members held their annual Easter egg hunt at Melvern City Park. Members met before the April club meeting to fill the eggs, then met at noon on Saturday to clean the park of tree limbs and trash, lay out the markers for age groups, and throw out candy and eggs. Club members helping with the event Saturday included, from left, Anna Arb, Braelyn McNally, Amelia Arb, Bella Reeser, Allie Reeser (Easter Bunny), Gradey McNally, Landon Roy, Justin Brinkley, Levi Arb, and Owen Arb.

Gov. Kelly announces statewide transportation grants; Osage County gains funds for transport vehicles

SALINA, Kan. – Osage County Public Transportation will receive $222,400 for new vehicles as part of a $13.2 million federal public transit program, Gov. Laura Kelly announced earlier this month.

Joined by Federal Transit Administration Administrator Nuria Fernandez and Kansas Transportation Secretary Julie Lorenz, April 7, 2022, at Salina, Kan., Kelly announced the money would help fund 48 public transit projects across the state.

“A strong, safe public transportation system is critical to our state’s economy and quality of life,” Kelly said. “Projects like wheelchair accessible busses, upgraded bus facilities, and route and parking lot enhancements will ensure Kansans have access to adequate, safe, and well-maintained public transportation.”

The money will go to 26 transit agencies as part of the Access, Innovation, and Collaboration Public Transit Program. Project types include constructing bus maintenance facilities to aid in fleet management, upgraded transit accessibility following the Americans with Disabilities Act, advanced technologies, and expanded low emissions transit operations. Both urban and rural transit providers receive support from the AIC program, which will improve transit access and services for Kansans.

The selected projects have a total cost of about $17 million, with the AIC program providing about $13 million ($2 million state, $11 million federal) of the funds.

The grants ranged from $1,552 for Butler County Department on Aging’s technology upgrades to $1,043,802 for Community Health Center to develop a regional transportation facility for southeast Kansas and Crawford County. Osage County’s $222,400 grant is earmarked for public transit vehicles.

Reading schoolmates invite alumni and staff to annual banquet

The Reading alumni banquet will be held Saturday, June 4, 2022. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m., and dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Reading School gymnasium. Olpe Chicken House is serving the meal and there will be musical entertainment. Anyone who attended or worked at Reading School is invited. The cost of the meal is $18 per person. Attendees are asked to mail reservations and payment to Reading Alumni Association, PO Box 44, Reading, KS 66868-0044. Deadline for reservations is May 15, 2022.

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