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A Cowboy’s Faith: Pasture gathering fun work

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Be in my yard with your saddle and bridle Friday morning at 4:30.”

Ranch manager ordered the old wannabe who’d shyly requested to help gather a couple double stocked pastures.

It’s Flint Hills “shipping time” and a typical assignment for cowboys is rounding up short season grazing cattle.

Actually the younger family-member cowboy had 19 straight days gathering pastures, including those he manages and assisting neighbor grass operators.

Two personal mounts, obviously dipping deep into the feed bucket, are “show horses” and don’t take much to “real work.” Of course that brings snide smirks from “real cowboys” including the one loaning a “safe horse” from his half-dozen remuda.

Fortunately and prejudicially satisfying that big gray gelding had been started personally and used for stallion services a time. He didn’t “cut the mustard” as a breeder, nor as a “top cow horse,” yet fine for routinely checking cattle.

“Ruger” also works especially well when checking fence and waiting patiently for flood gap repair. “Just perfect” as the old wannabe’s loaner-mount, who the owner had ridden hard for three previous days getting pasture counts.

A couple trailers with horses and cowboys were already at the pasture gate with another handful arriving in short order.

“There’s nothing like riding your horse over the hill in the morning as the sun’s coming up,” Puncher Cooper always contended.

Somewhat rough skinny steers of widely varied shapes and colors from Mexico had been turned out about three months earlier. Blue skyline with occasional puffy cloud backgrounding green native grassland was picturesque sufficient for a rich man’s office painting.

Eat Well to Be Well: Include processed foods to help eat a healthier diet

Instead of writing off all processed foods as bad, remember that certain processed foods offer valuable nutrients as well as convenience. How many times have you heard this advice: “Avoid processed foods;” “Only shop the perimeter of your grocery store;” or “All processed foods harm your health.”

This well-intentioned but misleading nutritional advice does us no favors unless you understand the definition of processed food. Look inside your refrigerator, freezer, or cupboards, and you’ll be staring at various processed foods such as canned goods or frozen fruits and vegetables.

Let’s admit most foods have been processed before we eat them. Realistically, unless you are growing all the food you eat, you can’t avoid them entirely. While there are certain foods that are highly or ultra processed, many others have been minimally processed, allowing us to safely consume nutritious foods without fear of microbial contamination or food spoilage, among others advantages.

What is a processed food?

Food processing is not a new concept. Our food has undergone processing really since the beginning of mankind. Back in biblical times, way before the advent of electricity, sodium (salt) was used as a means of preserving foods that normally would go bad without refrigeration. This not only helped feed people but also acted as a means of food safety from spoilage.

The definition of a processed food is any method making fresh unprocessed foods (primarily unaltered fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy, nuts and seeds) into various food products. The processing component may include washing, chopping, pasteurizing, freezing, packaging, dehydration, or milling. For example, if a farmer grows corn for human consumption, that corn can be sold fresh (with minimal if any processing), or in a more “processed’ form such canned or frozen. Another example might be blueberries, which can be bought fresh, frozen, dried, or also canned for use as a pie or dessert filling.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Safety increased by cancelations

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“There have been more cancelations in the past several months than all of history combined.”

While that might not be a true statement, it actually could be and definitely seems that way.

Impossible to list all of the events which have been canceled, but the coronavirus shutdown caused many of them.

“The show will go on” has generally been philosophy of cowboy events for decades. It’ll be “rain or shine” kept action continuing annually until this year. Several of the longest running attractions felt obligated to cancel rather than face the high risks.

Decision was most difficult often with strong disagreement among leaders some still not giving in yet grudgingly permitting majority rule.

Postponement was an initial action for certain groups confident “things will get better and we can go on.” However, now many of those optimists have been forced to back off. They too have decided there was “just no way” to safely host an event under present circumstances.

While many contend this has been the most unusual year of all time, cancelations are nothing new. Sporting events from baseball to swimming meets to horseshows have frequently been canceled in previous years.

Reasons for not conducting activities have also most often been for personal safety. There’s just too much risk to continue with tornado warnings, nonstop pouring rain, and lightning flashes in the sky.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Lessons learned from carnivals

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“We’re still going to have a carnival but no other special entertainment for the fair.”

A county fair promotions lady commented about their plans when contacting her for advertising as in the past.

Memories of carnivals from varied aspects for nearly seven decades flowed freely during the cordial visit.

Before proceeding though, important to briefly acknowledge the many variations in typical local and more major fairs this year. Changing almost hourly, nothing is like the past due to serious health and politically-initiated concerns.

A few fairs will go on with slight medications, while many have canceled and the remaining will be vastly different.

School carnivals were always annually anticipated, as all elementary students were expected to sell advance tickets. To encourage sales each class had a contest with an award for the student selling the most 10-cent tickets.

Carrying cash box, Mr. Fisher the principal came soon after the bell rang each morning to collect ticket receipts. A big deal for a third-grader who literally made himself sick working to sell the most tickets. That blue plastic Planters Peanut cup prize remains on the bedroom shelf unknown whether it was really worth the effort.

All day students, teachers and parents set up the carnival in the gym with special attractions in each classroom. Of course, one dime ticket required for each of the fun opportunities, and it was essential to try everything.

Osage County Senior Center: Thrift sale a success thanks to donors, volunteers, shoppers

By Tammy Fager, Director

Thrift sale – We would like to thank everyone that donated and helped and bought at the Osage County Senior Center thrift sale. It was a big success.

Ceramics – We have a small group of individuals that do ceramics at the center. We have a room for ceramics with a kiln in it. Currently they meet on Tuesday mornings but are open to meeting at other times. If you are interested in getting involved in ceramics or would like to take a look at their space, call the center 785-528-1170 or stop in 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Art and painting – Instructor Erin drives from Burlington for this class. We have several men and women that belong to this group. The projects are the individuals and some paintings are for sale at the center.

Sewing Chicks – On Mondays and Wednesdays the sewing chicks are working on quilts and other projects. Anyone is welcome to join this group. The Sewing Chicks do a lot. They sell the items they make and donate the money to the senior center, Meals on Wheels, and other organizations that need the items. At 1 p.m. Mondays, the Sewing Chicks change from sewing to crocheting, knitting, needle point or any other project they are working on. It’s called Threads Around the Table, and they work on their own projects and visit.

Commodities – Commodities are distributed the second Wednesday of every month.

2020 Osage County Fair Parade wrap up

By Jeanette Swarts
Osage City Chamber of Commerce

The annual Osage County Fair Parade, sponsored by the Osage City Chamber of Commerce, was Friday, July 11, 2020. The theme for the parade this year was All American Country Livin’.

The parade consisted of a variety of entries including the Boy Scouts of Osage City starting the parade as flag bearers, followed by emergency vehicles, including the city and county law enforcement, highway patrol, fire department.

Parade Marshal Gary Lowman and Mr. and Mrs. Osage City Joe and Thelma Humerickhouse were chauffeured along the parade route, with a variety of floats, golf carts and ATVs, car club, politicians, Shriners, antique tractors, horses and more following.

The kids’ decorated bicycle event was back for the second year. It was open to children up to the age of 12, who decorated their bikes, wagons, power wheels or scooters. Prizes were given to the decorated entries. The Chamber would like to thank Becky, Craig and Cameron Siljenberg for organizing the bicycle parade and also the First National Bank of Kansas, Sonic, Subway, Harmon Dental, Osage City Parks and Recreation, and Pizza Hut for their donations.

The Chamber also had a coloring contest with the selected entries getting to ride on the fire truck in the parade. The entries submitted were well done and the selection was difficult. Nine entries were selected and the winners were Max Hallgren, Jack Ferrer, Madyson Allen, Taylor Lickteig, Devyn Theel, Jordyn Lickteig, Kaylee Theel, Joanna Miller, and Laurel Lowery. All of the submitted entries are on display in the downtown old Duckwall’s store windows (Sixth and Market). The Osage City Chamber of Commerce would also like to thank the Osage City Public Library for distributing and collecting the pictures for the contest.

The float entry awards went to first place, $125, Conklin Plumbing; second place, $100, Community Covenant Church-Hangout; third place, $75, Friends of Pomona State Park; fourth place, $50, First National Bank of Kansas, The golf cart and atv entry awards went to first place, $30, Boyd and Gladys Woodyard; second place, $20, Salt Creek Fitness; third place, $10, April Peet.

The Osage City Chamber of Commerce would like to take this opportunity to thank those that participated in the 2020 Osage County Fair Parade.

A Cowboy’s Faith: The weather will change

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“That weatherman sure doesn’t know what he’s talking about.”

A dozen times in just a few hours similar comment has been heard.

Every forecast is different and changes within minutes.

Not a month ago: “All this rain sure makes grass grow, but dry days are needed to get something planted.”

Last week: “It sure is dry. The crops must have a rain or there won’t be anything at all.”

Thunder crashes, downpour rattles windows, road ditches and driveway potholes are overflowing with water.

First complainer: “The weather forecast was no rain for five days, so 100 acres of hay were swathed into the windrow.”

Another neighbor exclaimed, “Boy that was a nice rain last night, those soybeans should sprout and grow now.”

Follow-up grudging response, “But all of that hay will take forever to dry, especially with the humidity, no quality whatsoever.”

Farmer down the road, one of the few with wheat this year. “Crop’s ripe and no way to get in the field for days. The wind flattened some of it, too.”

Forecaster on the 6 o’clock morning Ag Roundup, “It’ll be dry and sunny, near record high, a slight breeze.”

At 7:30, loading the pickup to head to the field, completely cloud covered, sprinkles, wind bristling tree limbs.

Eat Well to Be Well: It’s a berry good time of year

If a grocery store advertisement reads, “Today’s special: a food low in calories, no fat, full of fiber, may help prevent diseases, aids in weight loss, and tastes delicious,” would you buy it? I would hope so as this ad is talking about one of the most healthful foods nature provides – berries.

Berries are just about the perfect food to eat, whether fresh or frozen, and the variety to choose from is outstanding – blackberries, blueberries, boysenberries, cranberries, gooseberries, loganberries, raspberries, and strawberries.

Berries’ special power

Berries have been around as a food source for centuries. Their attractive appearance and delicate burst of sweetness has made them a favorite fruit even today. But, what distinguishes berries from other fruits is their health-boosting ability thanks to their rich and diverse antioxidant power.

Antioxidants reduce damage due to oxygen often caused by free radicals. Antioxidants include ascorbic acid (vitamin C), carotenoids, vitamin E and phenolic compounds, all found in berries – vitamin C and phenolic compounds are particularly abundant. Phenolic compounds include phenolic acids, flavonoids, tannins and resveratrol. Berries’ antioxidant power is that special boost in keeping us healthy.

Health department addresses recent rise in COVID-19 cases in Osage County

Editor’s note: The Osage County Health Department issued the following statement today in regard to the recent increase in COVID-19 cases in Osage County:

LYNDON, Kan. – The Osage County Health Department would like to make the community aware of a recent increase in positive COVID-19 cases in Osage County. There are currently 10 active positive cases in the county, with 77 people quarantined. To date, Osage County has had 25 positive COVID-19 cases, of which 15 have fully recovered. There are currently no patients hospitalized.

The recent increase has taken place over the last week, prompting the Health Department to issue this alert. (Note the number published by the Osage County Health Department may vary from that published by KDHE due to differences in publication times).

The positive cases and quarantines are mostly confined to the northern part of Osage County, that is, the area north of 205th Street, and including the towns of Carbondale, Burlingame, and Overbrook. In addition, many of the quarantines are a result of community gatherings in which an asymptomatic COVID-19 positive individual was in attendance.

Health Department staff recommends citizens take precautions to protect themselves and others from contracting the COVID-19 virus. Preventative measures include social distancing, wearing a mask when in public settings, washing hands frequently, and staying home if you are sick or have a weakened immune system. In addition, staying away from large public gatherings, larger cities, or travelling to areas that have a high rate of transmission (currently Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, South Carolina, cruise ships, or international travel) is advised.

Osage County residents can stay informed by visiting:
Osage County Health Department Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/osagecohealthdept/
Osage County COVID-19 Facebook Page:
https://www.facebook.com/Osage-County-Covid-19-110249017270887/
KDHE: www.kdheks.gov/coronavirus
CDC: http://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus.

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For more information about COVID-19 in Osage County, contact the Osage County Health Department at 785-828-3117, [email protected], or 103 E. Ninth St., Lyndon, Kan.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Bulls have important job

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Cows can’t have calves unless they’ve made love with a bull.”

The comment might sound snide or perhaps a not-so-funny joke to livestock people. Still it is a fact that those unfamiliar with animal agriculture sometimes don’t know or understand.

That’s off the subject, but there’s much more to it than male bovines having romantic occasions with female bovines.

The point-in-fact has been coming apparent to many cow-calf herd managers in recent weeks. Their bulls aren’t getting done what’s expected of them. From basic animal science, cows have estrus cycles when they become bred to have a calf after a bull’s lovemaking.

For a cow to have a calf, first off all of her reproduction system must be working right. Her bull friend must want to do a little proper hanky-panky and make a fertile insemination to start calf growth.

Before bulls are turned out with cows, today’s operators generally insist on a fertility check. An infertile bull is no different than a steer really; he enjoys romance but nothing will ever come of it.

However, a lot can happen from the day the pasture gate opens, turning a bull out with a cowherd. Generally nowadays more than one bull is with a herd to serve as backup breeding insurance.

Opinions vary as with most of agriculture, but usually it’s figured that one bull can successfully breed about 25 cows. So mathematically there’d be two bulls out with 50 cows.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Grass makes good hay

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Make hay when the sun shines.”

That’s a lot easier than when it’s raining. There are less problems, it’s more efficient and most importantly the hay is higher quality, more valuable.

The ranch manager and a couple of custom operators plus a hay hauler put up headquarters’ brome faster than ever.

In just three days, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, about 60 acres were swathed down, baled and moved into storage.

While tonnage wasn’t as high as a year earlier, quality appears excellent without scientific analysis. Certainly, there wasn’t any spoilage in the field or dampness in the bales.

Efficiency of the hay harvest this year brought back not so pleasant memories of putting up hay for five decades.

It was a Dad and son task in the beginning. A five-foot sickle bar mower, rattle trap rake, John Deere twine baler and pickup truck were the implements.

No hay wagon, small square bales dropped on the ground to be picked up by hand to load the pickup. It was easier if one was driving the truck and the other loading the 36 bales. That often wasn’t the case as the baler had to keep going because rain was in the forecast.

The then-younger cowboy loaded one bale then drove the truck ahead to pick up the next bale. A small open-sided shed was used for some storage with each bale piled one at a time.

Hidden History: Young doctor’s ‘upward’ attitude brings hospital to Osage City

The Star Block, at 520 Market Street, Osage City, center of photo, was once an early day medical center (or doctor’s office), operated by Dr. Roup for a year or so sometime around the early 1890s. Photo thanks to the Osage County Historical Society.

At one time, Osage County was home to not one but two hospitals. Both were located in Osage City and served the surrounding area. Barnes Hospital was owned by Miles W. Barnes, a young Tennessee doctor who operated his hospital in the 1920s and into the 1930s. His building was located at 110 S. Sixth Street. Brown Hospital was established in 1917 on Main Street and operated by Thomas O. Brown, a former Osage County schoolteacher.

Thomas Brown grew up in Lyndon, the son of farming parents. He excelled in school and after graduation became a local teacher at No. 68 (or Jack Rabbit) and Vassar schools. In 1892, Tom married Jessie Jones, of Arvonia, a sister of his good friend. Those that knew Tom Brown knew him to be “a competent and thorough teacher and his motto was ‘Onward and Upward’.” Not only did Tom encourage his students with those words, he followed them himself. It was in Arvonia that Tom crossed paths with Dr. William R. Roup, town physician, and likely decided upon a new career path.

Dr. Roup, like Tom Brown, had a thirst for knowledge that had led him to the pursuit of the expanding field of medicine. Dr. Roup received his medical degree in 1869 from the University of Iowa at a time when the medical profession was largely unregulated. Doctors during this time were generally classified according to those receiving formal medical training, such as Dr. Roup, and eclectic medicine, which utilized botanical remedies and physical therapy. In the early 1870s, Dr. Roup established a practice in Reading. He also practiced in Osage City for a year in the newly built Star Block, and in 1892-94 moved to Arvonia, where he influenced Tom Brown to follow a career in medicine.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Make work into play

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Tom Sawyer eat your heart out.”

Uncertain what books grade school students nowadays want to read or teachers require as class assignment.

Back in the day, author Mark Twain’s Tom Sawyer books were generally enjoyed by student readers. Nearly 150 years ago, Twain penned the series based on his childhood experiences growing up in western Missouri.

Likely considered just entertaining perhaps funny tall tales when read six decades ago, the stories are really more. There are life’s lessons throughout the books meriting review today by young people and their parents, too.

Couldn’t help but think about Tom when painting the arena posts last week. Tom’s Aunt Pauly told him to whitewash the 30 yards of nine-feet-high wood fence. Four dozen posts with a two-inch pipe railing around the arena don’t really compare to that job labor wise. Yet there is some semblance of the water-based white paint compared to the whitewash Tom used.

Latex or water-based paint costs less, can be thinned down with water and is readily cleaned up afterward with water. Oil-based paint costs more, is difficult to mix, thin and apply, cleanup is harder, yet coverage and longevity are better.

Tom likely made his whitewash with a sack of lime stirred into a bucket of river water.

Whitewashing the fence wasn’t as much fun as fishing but Tom grudgingly undertook the assigned job. When buddies saw Tom brushing whitewash onto the board fence they wanted to help, thinking it fun not work.

Eat Well to Be Well: Powerhouse pantry staples for making meals easy

Whether coming home from a long day at work or a jam-packed day at home, preparing a nutritious meal can be challenging. But it doesn’t have to be. That’s why a well-stocked pantry is your ultimate dinner solution.  Having pantry-ready essentials on hand makes meal preparation a snap. While fresh foods, such as fruits and vegetables, are always healthful choices, there are plenty of other healthy options to choose from.

Shelf-stable foods, whether canned, jarred, or packaged, can be a safe and nutritious solution for quick and healthful meals. These methods of preservation have been used for decades helping maintain the nutritious benefits these foods offer. When choosing, opt for those with little to no added sugar or salt if possible.

To help you stock your pantry filled with nutritious foods, here’s a list of essential pantry items for putting together quick, healthy meals when time is running short:

Canned beans

Beans are at the top of my list for a must-have pantry staple. Convenient, economical, and no cooking time involved, canned beans are always a good bet for making a quick meal. Black, cannellini, kidney, pinto,  or chickpeas, all canned beans are an easy protein and fiber booster easily added to pasta dishes, rice, salads, soups, or tossed in Mexican entrees or added to scrambled eggs.

Vinegars

Vinegars are a must-have essential for enhancing meals. Their acidity helps bring out the flavors of food – garlic tastes more pungent, herbs more fresh, and spices more pronounced. Vinegars also are fat-free and with only a trace of sodium. Mix up your own salad dressing by combining extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, with a touch of salt, and you have a tantalizing mixture of healthy monounsaturated fat – from the oil – to add to your spinach salad. Best to keep on hand are balsamic, cider, red wine, rice, and white wine vinegar.

Canned fish

Canned fish should be in everyone’s pantry. If you’re intimidated by cooking fresh fish, canned fish is your answer. Whether salmon, tuna, or sardines, canned fish is not only inexpensive but is rich in protein and heart healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Both salmon and tuna can be added to salads or as sandwich filler, or made into fish cakes by combining with an egg, rice, lemon juice, and bread crumbs.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Father always best man

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“He was the best man in the world.”

With Father’s Day coming up, appropriate to acknowledge the significance of all fathers. Perhaps seeming discernibly snide, nobody would be here without a father.

Dad’s exclusive uniqueness has been reflected in heartfelt admiration. Every father is different and generally better understood, often more appreciated as children increase maturity.

Yes, Dad was the “best man” assuredly standing beside his son for an only child’s wedding. That is not common but so right because Dad was the best friend too.

Always the one first sought for advice forever confided in whatever the situation, question or need.

Married already a decade and 40 years old when his son was born, Dad was everything in so many ways.

Dad’s most noticeable characteristic was having only one hand. Whenever little kids stared at his left arm stub, hand missing, Dad always jived: “Laura Mae (Mom) bit it off.” Then he’d reach into the meat case pull out a raw wiener, handing it for the smiling little one to eat.

Actually the hand was lost in a five-foot Allis Chalmers combine accident during the mid ’40s. Dad got his left hand caught and mangled while attempting to free the combine canvas jammed by stalks being harvested.

Letter: SOS Inc. condemns discriminatory acts against marginalized communities

Dear Editor:

SOS would like to share the following statement with the public:

SOS Inc. stands in solidarity with the Black Community in the fight against racial inequality and police brutality. While racial profiling, systemic racism, and police brutality have plagued our nation for generations, SOS Inc. stands firm against these injustices and proudly condemns all discriminatory acts against marginalized communities. SOS Inc. is committed to serving all members of our community with dignity and respect. We are also thankful to the police officers who serve and protect our clients of every color and who share our conviction against police brutality and racism.

Thank you,

Kari Wedel
SOS Community Relations Coordinator

Osage County Senior Center: Reopened for activities

By Tammy Fager

The Osage County Senior Center has reopened for activities and has reestablished its usual activity schedule. Daily activities at the center, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., include:

  • Mondays – Sewing 8 a.m.; exercise with Dee 9 a.m.; Threads 1 p.m.; (pitch will not be starting for a while).
  • Tuesdays – Ceramics 9 a.m., exercise with Dee 9 a.m.; Mexican Train games with snacks 12:30 p.m.
  • Wednesdays – Sewing 8 a.m.; exercise with Dee 9 a.m.
  • Thursdays – Art and painting 9 a.m.; exercise with Dee 9 a.m.
  • Fridays – Exercise with Dee 9 a.m.; bingo 10 a.m.

Other upcoming events include Hermes Foot Care at the senior center Tuesday, June 16. They will clip toenails and check feet and legs. Anyone never seen by Hermes will need to fill out an application prior to an appointment. To make an appointment, contact the senior center at 785-528-1170. Wednesday, June 17, Robin with Angle Care, Emporia, will be at the center to take blood pressures and discuss results. Friday, June 19, Rick with Ediger Hearing Aid Services will be at the center 10-11:30 a.m.

The center is currently collecting donations for a yard sale that will be July 16-18.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Masks serve a purpose

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“I’m not going to wear a mask; it’s a free country I can do what I want to do.”

Semblance of that comment often angrily loud has been similar responses aired since rulings regarding the worldwide health shutdown.

Each to one’s own opinion there are legitimate arguments favoring masking guidelines. Truly a controversial order merit of questioning legitimacy whether masks do truly lower risk of contracting illness.

However, it’s always better to be on the cautious side than sorry later. Furthermore, when one does and one doesn’t wear a mask success of the effort sharply deteriorates.

Debatable maybe but those not wearing face coverage become liable in a sense they could be harming the rest of society.

Heartfelt prayer is for medical control of the serious health problem so nobody needs to protect themselves or others.

Not even considered in the equation is fact that masks over faces have nearly forever been a part of society. Masks come in wide variations and are worn for a highly diverse number of individual preferences.

Most important reason for anyone to wear a mask is personal safety, exactly why there are such federal mandates today.

Working cowboys have long worn facial covering for protection. That is a bandana or scarf shrouding the face over the nose, mouth and ears for protection from the elements. Health ailments from blowing dust, snow, extreme cold and other uncontrollable acts of Mother Nature are reduced with these “masks.”

Bandits, especially in movies, and sometimes in real life then and now, wear covers over their faces to hide identify. It could work in certain instances.

Overbrook Overlook: Neighbors help neighbors during recent storm

A note from Overbrook City Hall: Thank You! What a wonderful community Overbrook is! Following the storm on May 5, 2020, there were many examples of neighbors helping neighbors. Our police department, fire department and city crew were out and about, going the extra mile as were other dedicated service workers. If you needed something, you didn’t have to look far to find a helping hand. As our world struggles with COVID-19, Overbrookians are right there, lending support. Residents have been donating materials for masks and our seamstresses are sewing, sewing, sewing. Donations are being made to help those in need, ranging from donating food to donating money for utility payments. LaVerna Gray noted at the last city council meeting that she has lived in many communities following her husband’s journalism career and that Overbrook, by far, has been the kindest, most caring community of them all. We are all truly fortunate to have each other.

Firework ordinance

At the request of citizens, the city council will be reviewing the current fireworks ordinance at the next council meeting on June 10. Public input is welcome. You may share your thoughts by calling city hall at 785-665-7328, putting a note in our drop box, or mailing a note to Overbrook City Hall, PO Box 288, Overbrook, KS 66524.

Some of the revisions that are being considered are as follows:

  • Changing the dates that fireworks can be shot off from June 27-July 5 to July 1-July 5.
  • Revising the hours that fireworks can be discharged from 8 a.m.-10:30 p.m. to 10:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m.
  • Changing the hourly exception from Fridays and Saturdays and the Fourth from 8 a.m.-midnight to only the Fourth from 10:30 a.m.-midnight.
  • An official request made to the council to shoot fireworks outside of the new timeframe.

City pool opening 

The pool will tentatively open on June 15 with an offer to swim for free from 1-7 p.m. on opening day.

Eat Well to Be Well: Savor the sweet sensation of spring strawberries

Spring strawberries – what’s not to love? There’s more to this ruby-red fruit than meets the eye – they’re the first fruit to ripen in the spring, they are a member of the rose family, and one cup of strawberries is packed with more vitamin C than an orange – 55 milligrams compared to 85 milligrams.

If there’s one berry most people have a fondness for, it’s strawberries. Up to 94 percent of American households consume strawberries making them a top notch favorite fruit. May, National Strawberry Month, is dedicated to promoting and celebrating this favorite berry. Here are some interesting facts about strawberries you may not have known:

  • Strawberries are grown in every state in the United States.
  • California is the state that produces the most strawberries – an amazing 1 billion pounds of strawberries each year.
  • If all strawberries produced in California in one year were laid berry to berry, they would go around the world 15 times.
  • There is an average number of 200 seeds in a strawberry.

Even though available year round, strawberries full flavor shines best beginning in May through late summer, the prime seasons for strawberries. Now is when farmers markets and grocery store produce aisles are loaded with this red delicacy at its peak of taste and appearance. A carton of freshly picked strawberries is a sight to behold, turning even the pickiest eater into a fan.

Yes, strawberries are a spring and summertime favorite not only for its juicy sweet flavor and versatility, but don’t forget the tremendous nutritional profile it packs as a berry.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Answers in Great Hereafter

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Time just slips way but where did it come from and where does it go?”

Annual Memorial Day weekend tradition always brings such sad reflection of long ago.

Not only the cemetery stops and standing at gravesites of loved ones gone to the greater beyond. More so are all of the other tombstone inscriptions of those who were friends or from prominent families.

Just yesterday it sometimes seems when a family member was at side, and then gone forever. Only bits and pieces of memories, a few are vivid, mostly vague, much completely unknown.

Already four decades since Dad left in the hayfield four dozen square bales for his son to put in the barn. It was such an easy expectation of a skinny wannabe cowboy after a day at an office job. Yet the procrastinator shrugged “Not now, they won’t get wet, it’s not going to rain.”

Two days afterward beside his hospital deathbed still positive tone to voice: “Did you get the hay put away?” What seemed so insignificant minutes earlier all of a sudden was the most important thing in the world.

“No.” The hay bales were still in the field, but picked up in short order just four hours later. In ample time but too late for answering “yes” in the last  conversation with the world’s most important person.

Long gone by, the only child’s simple task undone remains forever uncontrollable haunt.

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