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Osage County Senior Center: Decorating for the holidays

By Tammy Fager, Osage County Senior Center Director

Joan, with the help of volunteers, decorated the Osage County Senior Center for the Osage City Chamber’s Christmas on Market Street celebration and the upcoming community Thanksgiving meal.

On Dec. 3, a foot care company will be here to take any additional people that need toenails clipped or any other foot problems checked. You need to make an appointment for this. If we don’t have additional people sign up we will have to cancel this date.

Due to all the activities in November we will not be having a potluck this month, but will start again on Dec. 18. Meal service will be furnishing turkey with stuffing, ham and mashed potatoes, so we just need some additional trimmings and desserts. We hope to see you then.

Sewing Chicks want to remind everyone that they are still making chemo caps for cancer patients. If you know someone that needs one, contact the center. If anyone would like to buy one they are $5 each. If you would like to help make them you can contact the center for a pattern.

Along with quilts, afghans, pillows, they have aprons for men and women – all great Christmas presents. They also really some really nice walker bags made out of upholstery material, with more to come.

We want to make sure everyone knows that we give out commodities at the center on the second Wednesday of every month. Participants must be at least 60 years old to qualify with an income of $1,354 for one person or $1,832 for two persons in the same house or less. Income verification is required, as well as a one-month waiting period. The waiting period is due to ordering a month in advance. Anyone in Osage County is eligible and they meet the qualifications. Contact the center and we can help with determining if you qualify. If you are unable to come to Osage City and pick up commodities.

For more information, stop by the Osage County Senior Center at 604 Market St., Osage City, Kan., or call 785-528-1170.

  • Mondays: Sewing 8 a.m., exercise 11 a.m., cribbage 12:15 p.m., Threads 1 p.m., pitch 5:30 p.m.
  • Tuesdays: Ceramics 9 a.m., Mexican Train with snacks 12-12:30 p.m.
  • Wednesdays: Sewing 8 a.m., exercise 11 a.m., cribbage 12:15 p.m.
  • Thursday, Nov. 21: Art and painting 9 a.m., new exercising with Dee 9 a.m.
  • Friday, Nov. 22: Bingo 10-11 a.m.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Generosity should be appreciated

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth.”

The old familiar saying has come to mind several times over the decades.

Sometimes it does relate to horses and as often to life and people in general.

First off perhaps important to clarify exactly what the statement means and where it really originated.

A horse’s teeth become more protruded appearing longer with maturity. Thus comes the term “long in tooth” meaning an older horse. Those with much experience can open a horse’s mouth and determine almost exactly the age of a horse.

So, checking a horse’s mouth would be a sign of mistrust towards the gift giver and bad manners.

The polite thing to do is simply to say “thank you” and accept the gift horse graciously.

Actually the comment relates to anything given without obligation or expecting something in return.

Eat Well to Be Well: Stave off winter weight gain with these expert tips

Beginning with Halloween candy and ending with a New Year’s Eve toast, the last months of the year can challenge even the most disciplined weight watcher. By the time the New Year arrives, you may feel heavier, yet in reality most people have not packed on as many pounds as they think.

The average American gains about one to two pounds during the six-week stretch between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. This doesn’t sound like much unless you gain that extra one to two pounds year after year, without losing it. Before you know it, in 10 years you could easily be 10 to 20 pounds heavier. Here’s the rub – this extra weight gain can be harmful to your waistline while increasing your risk for serious health conditions such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, or joint problems.

So, how can you enjoy the holiday’s festivities and delicious food without sabotaging your waistline? Even though this time of year is filled with fatty and sugary treats, the truth is you can continue to make good food choices. Follow the expert tips below. They’ll point you in the right direction, allowing you to still revel in this beautiful season while avoiding holiday weight gain:

Practice the 90/10 rule – A simple trick to use year-round that can change how you eat forever. Ninety percent of the time, eat healthy along with exercise. But give yourself 10 percent wiggle room. Have a small indulgence here and there. No one can eat perfectly 100 percent of the time. It’s okay to enjoy and savor holiday treats, just make sure the majority of time you are focusing on healthy foods.

Prevent meal skipping – It may sound like a good idea to save your appetite for a holiday party later in the day but that plan can backfire. Likely by the time the party rolls around, you’re cranky and tired besides being ravenously hungry. Arriving at a party on an empty stomach only spells disaster – you’ll likely end up eating more calories than the ones you skipped earlier in the day. Instead, eat breakfast, a light lunch and before leaving the house, have a snack of fiber-filled foods. Fiber helps you feel full preventing you from overeating. Choose foods with minimal calories such as crisp, fresh vegetables, fruit, a small salad, nuts, or a small bowl of oatmeal.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Inspirational service to others

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Life is so precious very short making friends and family such importance only completely realized when one is lost.”

A crushing blow has been passing of the best friend true inspirational guiding confidant brother in spirit.

Call came that Ron Wilson had a stroke perhaps followed by a heart attack and he’d requested presence.

Upon arrival, his children, two siblings and an uncle were bedside verifying Ron’s serious condition. Time was spent pacifying praying for the dearest yet unaware comrade.

Realizing the treasured life was only in God’s hands, trust was given Him and His medical servants. Ron passed the following morning.

Complete heart sinking depressed sadness overcame, reflecting inspiration and services provided in 56 years.

Two beanpole third-string seventh grade basketball players, Ron, a farm boy, and the grocery store town kid wannabe cowboy met. On the cold armory floor lifetime friendship was born.

In high school highly intellectual yet country common Ron inspired as district star farmer and state public speaking finalist. Family farm was offered location for a rewarding vo-ag hog cooperative.

With a powerful noisy classic Ford, Ron was transportation for the girl watching pair. When wannabe’s small cowherd became short of feed, opportunity was presented to harvest hay on shares with farm family assistance.

Off to college Ron attended the cow college insistent the southbound friend follow trail for the second semester. Positive in many ways first day for wannabe on the campus, bride-to-be became acquaintance.

As sophomore dormitory roommate, Ron served as wedding groomsman that summer on his 20th birthday.

Friendship enhanced while Ron went many avenues, farming, drag racing, oilfield, trucker, feed-equipment distributor, insurance-investments, always fishing.

Help House News: Giving thanks for the blessings of community

By Raylene Quaney

Signup for Thanksgiving food baskets has been completed at Help House. Those who received pick-up slips will need to come on the date on the slip due to the delivery schedule of the poultry. Delivery will be either 1-2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, or 1:30-2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26. Help House will be closed Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 28, and Friday Nov. 29.

Help House still needs donations for the Thanksgiving food boxes. Items needed are cake mixes, frosting, complete pumpkin pie filling mix, Jiffy brand pie crust mixes for the desserts, Jell-O and canned fruit for salad makings, and rolls. If you prefer we accept cash donations that can be used to purchase these items as well. Just designate on your check that it is for the “Thanksgiving Food Baskets”.

Christmas Stores

Help House Christmas Stores are on the following dates for families who have not been adopted by ECAT, ECKAN, or other Christmas programs. There is a change in how the parent and grandparent shopping will occur this year. The Children’s Shopping Day will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. Santa’s elves will assist children in selecting one gift per parent per child. Then they will wrap them to take home.

Parents and caregivers will need to sign up to schedule their shopping time this year. Times available will be 4-7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9, and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, Wednesday, Dec. 11, Thursday, Dec. 12, and Friday, Dec. 13.

Grandparents and others will need to sign up for their shopping times as well. Those dates will be 4-7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16, and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17th, Wednesday, Dec. 18, Thursday, Dec. 19, and Friday, Dec. 20.

Shop local, help local

Remember while shopping at  Jerry’s Thriftway in Osage City, and Overbrook Thriftway and Carbondale Thriftway, you will see at the register a card that reads, “You may now make a donation to Help House for the Food Pantry by asking the clerk to add either $1 or $5 to the total of your bill.” It is that easy and we thank everyone for your continued support and donation. We are very grateful to Jim O’Neill and Jerry Geisy for their continued support of Help House.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Continued efforts yield results

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“The squeaky wheel gets the grease.”

An old saying going back centuries has several meanings depending on the subject at hand.

Of course most agree to the mechanical aspect of the statement. When there’s friction in wheel rotation grease does at least stop the irritating noise until further attention can be given.

That’s led to common reference that the most noticeable problems are the most likely to get attention needed.

Others take advantage of such attitude to continue complaining about certain issues just to get their own way. Sometimes perhaps too often their demands are met in order to stop the argumentation and badgering.

Yet there is additional positive truth in the saying when it comes to getting action done on anything.

As a professional media marketing consultant, entire objective is to help others. That generally takes many avenues in order to completely spread the word about what they have to offer.

Of course paid advertising is one way. Yet which form is best to return the highest investment response?

The answer is not one but several. To get the word out about any matter requires marbles in a jar. A combination of efforts will work together to yield maximum results.

While helping promote a recent community attraction, the event coordinator became distressed in lack of mutual interest and response.

Hidden History: Spiritualists reach final earthly destination at Ridgeway Cemetery

Hidden in Ridgeway Cemetery along the backroads of northern Osage County is a queer monument of stone. This grouping of stones is not any ordinary memorial, but rather a remembrance to a belief system held by former resident Hiram K. Reilly and other area individuals.

Hiram K. Reilly was born in 1839, the son of Hiram and Elizabeth Reilly. The entire family moved to the Ridgeway area around 1865. Hiram Sr. suffered from debilitating chronic asthma, which prompted his daughter to eventually reach out in 1871 for assistance from James R. Newton, a well-known spiritualist healer in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Dr. Newton wrote Hiram Sr. a magnetized letter, which Hiram Sr. credited with curing him. Magnetized letters were a method used by Spiritualists in which they would think about the disease and its location within the patient, which they believed infused the letter with spiritual magnetism and connect the healer to the patient. When the patient received this letter, they were instructed to wear it on the part of the body afflicted as long as the paper lasted to maintain a continuous connection between doctor and patient until their healing.

Hiram Sr. died in 1875, but believed that his nearly five years of healing was “a greater miracle than was ever performed by Jesus Christ.” Hiram Sr.’s story influenced nearly a dozen local people with his testimony of healing and promotion of spiritualism. Elizabeth Reilly died in 1891. Her stone in Ridgeway Cemetery reflects the family’s belief in spiritualism, depicting her spirit standing beside her physical body lying on her deathbed.

Senior Center News: Community enjoys potluck feast

By Tammy Fager

We had a very nice turnout for the potluck on Friday, Oct. 25. We would like to thank everyone that came out. We would especially like to thank Osage County Sheriff Laurie Dunn for being our guest speaker. Due to all the activities in November we will not be having a potluck but will start again in December.

The Threads Around the Table group will be changing its meeting day to Mondays instead of Wednesdays.

We want to make sure everyone knows that we give out commodities at the Osage County Senior Center. Participants must be 60 years old or older to qualify, with an income of $1,354 or less for one person or $1,832 or less for two persons in the same house. Income verification is required. A one-month waiting period is due to ordering a month in advance. Anyone in Osage County is eligible and they meet the above qualifications. If you have more people in the household, contact the senior center and we can help with determining if you qualify.

Sewing Chicks want to remind everyone that they are still making chemo caps for cancer patients. If you know someone that needs one contact the center. If you would like to help make them you can also contact the center for a pattern. Along with all the quilts, afghans, and pillows, they have aprons for men and women – great Christmas presents – and also a few walker bags with more to come.

For Veterans Day, any veteran that would like to sign up for a free quilt can come to the center and register. The winners’ names will be picked on Nov. 11. Winners do not need to be present to win.


Consumer Corner: Beware of scammers posing as Social Security Administration

By Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt

One of the scams that almost always appears on our annual list of most common scams of the year is the government imposter scam. The most frequent version of this scam involves someone impersonating the Internal Revenue Service, saying you owe taxes and asking you to pay immediately via your credit card or by purchasing a pre-paid debit card and calling them back with the card number. Other scammers claim to be from different federal, state or local government agencies. We’ve even had scammers impersonate the attorney general’s office threatening arrest you if you don’t pay a fine immediately. I assure you, we won’t do that.

Recently, we’ve seen a twist on the government imposter scam involving a robo-call claiming to be from the Social Security Administration informing you that your benefits are about to end if you don’t take action. Rest assured, the real Social Security Administration will never call you to cut off your benefits and will never ask you to wire money, make payments via gift card, or send cash payments to continue your benefits.

If you receive one of these calls, hang up. Do not press one, or any other number it asks you to press. Perhaps most importantly, never give your personal information to someone over the phone.

Government agencies like the Social Security Administration will always contact you by a notice in the mail, not by robo-call. And if you do get something in the mail, it’s always a good idea to look up the agency’s phone number and call to make sure it’s a legitimate letter. Don’t call the number listed on the letter. Always take steps to verify anything you receive from someone purporting to be from a government agency is telling the truth.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Ranch crew mission accomplished

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“There’s a bunch in that timber draw and they won’t move let alone come out.”

That was the ranch manager talking to the cowboy and cowgirl crew rounding up calves to sell.

Gather of this pasture known for renegades started with initial directions to horseback assistants. “Somebody will need to hold this horse while I walk the timber. There’s no way to ride through the brush.”

Before too long the herd from the north collected by the four-wheeler met with those brought out of cover. Diagonally headed northeast, one bitty from the south tore back from where she came with more pairs tailing after.

No whoop and holler but eight riders exploded into action on both sides attempting to prevent a potential stampede. Grudge apparent, the pairs were regrouped with others as one bitty headed astray yet toward the corral.

“Get her,” was the manager’s order. Threesome lariats unraveled went to pursue and in short order had cow roped, driving calf alongside into the pen.

By that time, a handful had escaped back to the north fence with determination made to save remainders.

Without much ado, that group was nearly corralled when a bawling heifer scattered past the gatherers. Fortunately that replacement quality bovine was quickly roped by the southpaw cowgirl and persuaded into confinement.

Help House News: Stocking up the shelves to help make happy holidays

By Raylene Quaney

Looking ahead to the holidays, it seems impossible, but they are just around the corner. Help House has begun signing up for Thanksgiving baskets. A family of one to four can sign up for a chicken. A family of five or more can sign up for a turkey. There will be a limited number available of each. It is on a first come first served basis.

Help House also needs donations for the Thanksgiving food boxes. Items needed are cake mixes, frosting, complete pumpkin pie filling mix, Jiffy brand pie crust mixes for the deserts, Jell-O and canned fruit for salad makings, and rolls. We are accepting cash donations that can be used to purchase these items as well. Just designate on your check that it is for the “Thanksgiving Food Baskets”.

Nov. 1, we will be accepting and taking donations for the Christmas Store. Gifts for adults, teens, children and infants are welcome and appreciated. Last year 53 adults selected gifts for 157 children at no charge during the shopping season.

Coat closet opens

The Help House Coat Closet opened on Oct. 1  and will be open through Oct. 31 each day during regular hours. We are accepting donations for clean and gently worn coats especially infants and children’s coats. They are always in short supply, so if your children have coats they have outgrown but are still in good condition, please consider sharing with another child who may not have a coat for this winter. We also can use men’s and women’s coats in all sizes, coveralls or overalls for those who have to work outside in the weather, and hats and gloves for everyone. If you are bringing coats or any other donations to Help House,  bring them in when we are open as we have been forced to lock the donation shed when we leave due to continued vandalism of the contents during hours that we are closed. We know this is an inconvenience to those wishing to donate but we were left with no choice due to the actions of a few. We do not want items left outside at the back door or outside the shed because if animals get into the boxes or sacks or if it rains the items are ruined and have to be disposed of and that is not something we want to have to do. So we ask for your understanding and cooperation. 

A Cowboy’s Faith: Chaps are for protection

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Nowadays people in all sorts of endeavors wear chaps.”

While cowboys may have been the original chaps wearers, Native Americans known as Indians to some were likely predecessors.

What those first natives in the Flint Hills actually wore is typically referred as buckskins, strong semblance to chaps.

For those unknowing, best define chaps. Mr. Webster said, “Chaps are sturdy coverings for the legs consisting of leggings and a belt.”

With a prod from Mrs. Webster, he shyly went ahead to admit: “They are buckled on over jeans. But have no seat and are not joined at the crotch (oops).”

Furthering description: “Chaps are designed for leg protection and originally made with leather.”

The name is shortened version of the Spanish word chaparreras (this is spelled correctly even though the computer disagrees).

Bringing up insignificant point for topic at hand, the alma mater rodeo group was long known as the Chaps Club. Change came after a couple decades as seemingly outsiders, maybe even insiders, couldn’t comprehend correlation between chaps and the sport. So it became the K-State Rodeo Club.

Senior Center News: Blood donation challenge Friday

By Tammy Fager, Senior Center Director

On Oct. 18, 2019, the Osage County Senior Center will be hosting a blood drive. Remember we are challenging all Osage County business that want to participate to have their customers give the business name. The business with the most donors will win a traveling trophy.

On Oct. 22, a Medicare rep will be at the center; set up appointments. The Medicare specialist or representatives are usually associated with private insurance companies. Make sure before you sign up that everything you use or may need in the immediate future is covered.

At noon on Oct. 25, the senior center potluck welcomes everyone; just bring a covered dish. Sheriff Laurie Dunn will be speaking on robo calls and scams.

We want to make sure everyone knows that commodities are distributed at the Osage County Senior Center. Participants must be 60 years old to qualify, with an income of $1,354 for one person or $1,832 for two persons in the same house or less. Income verification is required. A one-month waiting period is required due to ordering a month in advance. Anyone in Osage County is eligible if they meet the above qualifications. If you have more people in the household, contact the senior center and we can help with determining if you qualify.

Sewing Chicks want to remind everyone that they are making chemo caps for cancer patients. If you know someone that needs one, or if you’d like to help make them and need a pattern, contact the center. Threads Around the Table will be changing their meeting day to Mondays instead of Wednesdays.

Eat Well to Be Well: 5 spices to spice up your health

Did you know your spice rack is really your medicine cabinet? One look and you’ll be staring at some of the most powerful and effective secret weapons known for fighting inflammation, heart disease, cancer, and more.

These aromatic substances used for flavoring food have an impressive array of health potential. Before automatically shaking salt or dabbing a dollop of butter onto food, stop. Consider how they contribute to heart disease and high blood pressure. Opt instead to use spices to flavor your food. Besides providing a unique, appetizing appeal to your meals, take advantage of their disease-fighting compounds as they protect your body’s health.

While there are more than 100 spices used in cooking throughout the world, there’s no need to go on an exotic hunt. Your local grocery store will carry some of the best spices you need and here are five good examples to begin using in your meals:

1. Tumeric for fighting inflammation

Popular in Indian curry dishes, turmeric has become a trendy super food for its ability to reduce inflammation. A starring component of turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory substance called curcumin. Research has shown curcumin to be effective for reducing pain and swelling in people with arthritis. This same compound has also been found to inhibit growth of certain breast cancer cells while other research suggests it may also protect against stomach and pancreatic cancers.

How to use it: Try turmeric on vegetables such as Brussels sprouts, on brown rice or quinoa, or sprinkle onto chicken noodle soup.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Cowboys do wear ties

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“The kind of tie he wears is a sign of the man he is.”

What a weird unnecessary thing to say. Yet there is certain truthfulness to the comment.

Of course, majority of men don’t wear ties, at least not very often. Some never wear a tie and wouldn’t think of it.

Something about having a tie on gives a man a professional, even an official look. Apparently not as common anymore, teachers used to generally wear ties. It made them head of the class, more respected, receiving the attention expected and deserved.

Generally men in leadership positions sport a four-in-hand tie, obviously the colored cloth piece intertwined in a four-in-hand knot. Broad end of the tie around the neck crosses over the narrow end forming a knot tightened under the collar.

A few men always wear bow ties presenting their unique yet defining role.

Interesting as an elementary student and yet today more than a half-century later evaluating four-in-hand ties and wide variations thereof. Seems nowadays most men hand-manipulate their own ties, but through the ages there were “fake ties,” often referred as “clip-ons.”

Requirement of new job a decade ago was wearing a tie to be a respected marketing consultant. It’s become distinctive identity to always have a tie on to present one’s best side to a potential client.

Eat Well to Be Well: Foods helping you “C” better

As a nation, we are aging – fast. So fast that it is predicted that the number of Americans age 65 and older is projected to nearly double from 52 million in 2018 to 95 million by 2060, and the 65-and-older age group’s share of the total population will rise from 16 percent to 23 percent.

That’s why it’s more important than ever to prioritize vision-protective nutrients and foods. In fact, the American Optometric Association has emphasized that consuming food rich in vitamin C can reduce and slow the progression of certain eye conditions and loss of visual acuity. One such nutrient having direct beneficial effects promoting eye health is vitamin C.

About Vitamin C

Vitamin C is a busy vitamin. This water-soluble vitamin, which our body does not store, has many functions keeping our body healthy. From promoting healthy capillaries, gums, teeth, and cartilage to enhancing the absorption of iron, almost all cells of the body depend on this nutrient also known as ascorbic acid.

Before it was discovered, vitamin C has an interesting and rich history. Back in the early eighteenth century, seafarers who traveled for months at a time over the ocean knew that fresh vegetables and fruits – especially citrus fruits – could cure scurvy, which is the deficiency disease of vitamin C.

Today, we now know far more about this vitamin and the vital role it plays in maintaining our body. One part of our body that clearly cannot do without this precious vitamin is our eyes. Vitamin C plays an important role in supporting the health of blood vessels leading to our eyes and is critical for maintaining good eye health.

There are two conditions affecting our eyes in which vitamin C can help reduce at least the progression if not possibly preventing them from occurring. One is age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and the other is cataracts.

Senior Center News: Plans in the works for community potluck dinner

By Tammy Fager
Senior Center Director

On Saturday, Oct. 5, we had Quartermania at the Osage County Senior Center and it was a lot of fun. The weather was not very pleasant outside. Our turnout was not great, but everyone including the vendors had a good time.

Here are some upcoming activities to put on your calendar.

  • Oct. 10 – We will have biscuits and gravy at 8:30 a.m.
  • Oct. 14 – Medicare rep will be here; set up an appointment to meet with the rep. Note: Medicare specialists or representatives are usually associated with one or all of the private insurances. Please make sure before you sign up that everything you use or may need in the immediate future is covered.
  • Oct. 16 – Birthday lunch day.
  • Oct 17 – Hermes will be doing toenails (every nine weeks by appointment only). As of this writing we have one open spot. If more spots needed, they will consider a 2nd day.
  • Oct 18 – We are having a blood drive. Remember we are challenging all Osage County business that want to participate – have their customers give the business’ name. The business with the most donors will win a traveling trophy.
  • Oct. 22 – Medicare rep will be here; set up appointment.
  • Oct. 25 – We are having an Osage County Senior Center potluck dinner. Everyone is welcome; they are just asked to bring a covered dish. I still have not heard from the attorney general’s office to confirm whether they will make it. They have been asked to talk about robo calls and telephone scams.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Help filling the tank

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Low Fuel”

A buzzer has gone off and the “idiot light” has shown bright twice in the past two weeks. An initial irritation, but well worth it considering consequences when running out of gas.

However after that deserved warning there’s no inkling how miles before it goes completely dry. In decades gone by there wasn’t any clue of such either than possibly bad unforgettable experiences.

Previously, only a gauge moved from full to quarter to half to bottom-quarter to red meaning empty.

Few haven’t kept the pedal going despite being made aware fuel was supposedly all gone. It sometimes seemed to create an inner dare to see just how many miles were left in the tank. Those tempters have generally been caught and run out at least once. They’ll not speculate the trickle of gasoline remaining again or at least for an extended time.

Nowadays drivers are spoiled comparatively as there’s a gadget revealing “fuel range” before a completely vacant tank. Every vehicle’s a little different and lots of things can come into play until an engine dies from no fuel.

Actually some buzzer warnings go off when the indicator has just shown “50 miles.” But there’s still a gut uncertainty uneasiness to get to the gas pump as quickly as possible.

Half-full means half-empty to many smart drivers and if the gauge gets near just-a-quarter, fill up is in order. Others wait until it’s below that line sneaking into the red before finding a pump. Those who just keep going are often sorry.

Slow learners have run out too often, like speeders getting citations, they just don’t get it, never learn.

Complications can be extensive when empty in the middle of nowhere. It’s a long walk home on a wide open country road with no travelers, especially in the days before cell phones.

Of many such semblances two are most memorable. One was traveling in Iowa to judge a horseshow; fortunately a congenial farmer had a tank to help out.

Another was nighttime two miles from home and passenger well along with unborn first child. Walked to ranch, filled gallon gasoline jug, rode ugly white mare Candy back, and eventually all was just fine.

There’s always been an upper power looking down helping out.

Reminded of Matthew 20:23: “My Father is taking care of that.”

Senior center challenges blood donors countywide

By Tammy Fager
Senior Center Director

When we think of autumn we think of October and its now officially here now.

I am sorry I had an error on last week’s news, Salt Creek will be at the center on Oct. 2 not Oct. 3. We are hoping this will be a monthly event.

Don’t forget to come visit on Oct. 3 and get a free coffee or juice.

The center will have Quartermania at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, till around noon.

Osage Rehab will be here on Oct. 10, with biscuits and gravy, starting at 8:30 a.m. They don’t last long so come early.

Don’t forget commodities will be available Oct. 9.

Birthday dinner is on Oct. 16. The VA representative will also be here on the 16th.

From noon until 4 p.m. Oct. 18, we are having a community blood drive. You will be seeing signs around announcing the senior center is challenging all business in Osage County that want to participate, to see who can have the highest number of people donate blood in their business company name. I’ve also been asked to pass the challenge on to all the former Hallmark employees to donate. If you were a Hallmark employee just let us know, but you can also donate in the name of a current business.  The business that has the highest number of donors will get a traveling trophy – hoping that this is an annual event.

We will have an Osage County Senior Center potluck on Oct. 25. Anyone is welcome, just bring a covered dish. We have requested the attorney general’s office come and speak this day on the problem of telephone scams. I have not heard back from them but will keep everyone posted.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Wrecked fence needs repaired

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Somebody came across the highway again, tore the fence down and a car’s out in the brome.”

Not much of a shock hearing the news as it’s happened a half dozen times in five decades.

Circumstances are generally similar although actually what really happened is usually never known. Drivers from the east don’t heed the stop sign and traverse the north-south main highway right across the field.

Obviously to continue into the ditch through rough terrain and beyond would indicate pedal-to-the-metal exceeding speed.

Likely other factors are involved whether just not paying attention, dozing, off, nipping a bit, too many medications, whatever.

Used to be it was an abandoned country road grown into timber where the intruding out-of-control vehicles were eventually stopped. At least one time a fatality resulted, and on other occasions minor and even sometimes serious injuries.

Now, trees and old lane are gone with fenced pasture. That doesn’t stop wild traffic intrusion, and always a major ordeal to get those wrecks out of the mess.

Exactly what happened this time remains vague, although a full month has passed since the assumingly Friday morning incident. Uncertain exactly what to do initially, so followed common knowledge advice and called 911.

Phone answerer said the sheriff had been informed and law enforcement was on the way. With a tight morning appointment schedule decision was made to let officials take care of the matter.

Hidden History: Mineral Springs gush healing waters at Carbondale-area sanitarium

A painting of the Mineral Springs Hotel, donated by the Jungmann family, hangs in the Osage County Historical Society museum, in Lyndon.

The Carbondale area was once home to Mineral Springs, a health resort that drew the attention of locals and others from far beyond the boundaries of the county that wanted to receive health benefits promoted by its proprietor. The resort, located about a mile north of the town, was founded by a man named Moses “M.D.” Merrill. Merrill’s Mineral Springs would go on to become a refuge for many seeking healing for more than 25 years.

M.D. Merrill purchased his land just north of modern-day Carbondale in 1859, a year after coal was discovered in the area. At the time, however, Merrill was living in Rock Island, Illinois, as a prosperous former land agent, newspaper editor, and railroad man. It wasn’t until 1884 that he moved to the north side of Carbondale and made use of springs located beneath his land. Local lore indicated that Merrill’s springs were located on an Indian camping spot, where they constructed dams across the beautiful stream flowing from the spring, calling this fount, “medicine water”. Merrill did not immediately realize the benefit that these waters held, however.

Within two years of his arrival, Merrill decided to find out the truth of the healing aspects of his springs and sought out the expert opinion of Dr. Albert Merrill, reportedly unrelated, of St. Louis, Missouri. Dr. Merrill analyzed the water and reported that the water contained purgative salts that could be utilized in treating digestive disorders.

M.D. Merrill seized the opportunity to bring the healing waters to the public and started selling his water for curative purposes locally and shipping orders as far as New York. For a time, there were as many as 100 visitors per day to the springs coming in “vehicles of every description, from the barouche and road wagon to the typical Mexican burro, loaded with kegs, cans, big jugs, and little jugs to be filled with those marvelous waters”, as reported by the Carbondalian. The spring water was also sold and delivered at 15 cents a gallon by the Cooke Fuel Company, of Topeka, which also sold Osage County coal.

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