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A Cowboy’s Faith: Certain things really unnecessary

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Just ask Bobby McNeill he’ll be able to tell you.”

That was the response when someone wondered about weather, market prices, any information from decades gone by.

The Newton farmer had the best memory of happenings in agriculture, family and community for 90 years.

Heartfelt sadness streamed after a call that the uncle-in-law passed away.

Since death of his wife, Dolores, two years ago, Bobby remained active, first consideration for family and farming. Yet, in recent clearly written cards, he admitted loneliness, missing his spouse of 64 years.

When ailment intruded the lengthy lifetime, Bobby was intent to stay in his farm home. Six daughters and two sons, affectionately calling him “Pa,” were dedicated loving caretakers.

Growing up on his Mom’s family farm, Bobby experienced hardships of the Dirty 30s Great Depression. Actually appreciated in maturity, Bobby was expected by his grandfather to do a man’s work as a boy.

Modern technology was limited as horse and mule teams powered farm machinery. Work was done by hand – milking cows, gathering eggs, slopping hogs twice daily.

Born into a devout family, prayer was present all of Bobby’s close-knit farm life. Regardless blizzard or smoldering summer, church was every Sunday. It was a long 20-mile journey each direction for Bobby’s family with a team and carriage before automobiles. Appropriately, Bobby harnessed ponies, Trigger and Pat, to the carriage for leaving the church on personal wedding day 48 years ago.

Sisters, resembling each other, married an uncle and his nephew Bobby, making relatives on both sides of the family. When Bobby proposed to Dolores despite apparent love, her demand was saying the rosary together every day. His promise was never broken.

Junior high Lady Trojans, Lady Indians ‘Pink Out’ for breast cancer awareness

MdCV JH volleyball team sports their “Pink Out” shirts and masks, donated to the team by TiFi Totty, a mom and breast cancer survivor; front from left, Mady Rose, Emily Criqui (manager) and Braelyn McNally; middle, Eden Hockett, Lexi Totty, Kadence Masenthin, Catayah Thompson, Cobie Cormode, Grace Spillman, Akyra Traver, Trista DeCavele, and Ella Reed; back, Allison Reeser, Destiny Moore, and Clare Hockett. Lisa Reeser photo.

During an inspirational night shared by all in attendance, Oct. 6, 2020, the Marais des Cygnes Valley Junior High Lady Trojans volleyball team competed at home against the Lyndon Junior High Lady Tigers.

Though the night would appear to be a night of school rivals, in actuality it was a night of two teams competing with one goal. Both the Lady Trojans and Tigers, along with their towns’ crowds, sported pink attire. At intermission between games, the teams lined up to share inspirational quotes and announce totals of funds they collected for their charities while bringing awareness to breast cancer.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Certain things really unnecessary

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“There’s nothing to watch on television.”

Frequently the comment is heard in passing, and obviously that’s not true, but it might often seem that way. In reality the statement should be, “There just isn’t anything on television that I have any interest in watching.”

That can truthfully be said by whoever’s flipping channels from the recliner unable to find programming of personal interest.

Something is always on television nowadays, but that’s not the way it’s always been. Young people today even their parents and perhaps grandparents can’t imagine not having a television.

Yet six decades ago, it was almost unheard of for most households to own a television. They were considered something for rich people and unnecessary expense that could easily be done without by common folk.

However, there was always a thrill of sorts to know someone who owned a TV. It was a special privilege to be asked to their home to watch a certain program.

Those with televisions had a high antenna pole in their yard to get signals through airwaves. Everything was in black and white and typically had lots of static interrupting reception.

Before long though most families thought television was a necessity and got one of their own. That was a special occasion remembered with a big smile many years later.

While only one channel was available in most rural areas, there was “always something to watch.”

Technology advanced as programming became available “in living color,” and everybody just had to have a “color TV.”

Eat Well to Be Well: Fill your plate with fall produce to enhance heart health

As temperatures drop and winds pick up, heading into fall is a sure sign change is on its way. One healthy change you’ll see in your grocery store is the switch from summer produce to fall fruits, vegetables, and nuts packed with important heart healthy nutrients.

Heart disease is the number one ranked cause of death in the United States, with more than 30 million adults diagnosed with this chronic condition. The umbrella term heart disease, often used interchangeably with the term cardiovascular disease, includes a range of conditions affecting your heart. These conditions include hypertension, arrhythmias, coronary artery disease, and heart defects you’re born with among others. Heart disease results in developing narrowed or blocked blood vessels that can lead to heart attack, chest pain (agina) or stroke.

One of the most effective ways to help prevent and combat this leading cause of death is to choose foods supporting heart health. Fruits and vegetables, along with other healthy plant-based foods, lead the way as some of the most nutrient-packed foods to bring home from the grocery store.

Research supports this – a July 2020 study in JAMA Internal Medicine analyzing more than 415,000 people found those who consumed a high-protein diet relying heavily on plant-based protein sources could reduce their risk for death from heart disease by at least 10 percent. Modifying the choices you make for protein appears to influence your risk of heart disease. That’s because foods such as vegetables, beans, peas, nuts, and seeds, not only are a source of plant-based protein, they also have nutrients such as phytochemicals that have anti-inflammatory and cholesterol-lowering properties.

To make the best heart healthy choices for this season, here are fall foods to consider:

A Cowboy’s Faith: Hot wire must work

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Just touch it and find out if the fence is working.”

Few young people working around livestock have not been encouraged to check the power on an electric fence. Once they have felt the jolt it’s a lifetime lesson learned that generally brings laughter from the knowing tempter.

Electric fences are a quick inexpensive method to pen livestock in a certain area. However, with the convenience generally come many problems.

First and most importantly “is the smooth wire hot?” For electric fence to be effective it must have power. That charge can be from an electrical outlet, or most common on farms and ranches, a truck battery.

A small gadget is available and used by most stockmen to check if the fence is working. A light flashes when there’s power to sting anything that touches the wire.

Now there are a few old timers possibly even some young bucks that will readily touch the wire to verify power flow.

Perhaps they’re trying to prove their manliness or really just aren’t that affected by the harmless electrical tickle. It really isn’t that much of a charge, but most people are a bit afraid of the instant jolt.

In most situations livestock respect a hot wire and stay in the enclosure where they’re supposed to be. Uncertain if it’s from natural instinct or having been stung by the wire that keeps them away.

Sometimes certain animals cannot be retained by an electric fence, acting like they never feel the charge. However, if the electricity goes off or battery runs out of juice, livestock know immediately.

Hidden History: Vassar schoolhouse stands as monument to one-room education

Student photo of Vassar School 1939-40. Wendi Bevitt collection.

Throughout the countryside, remnants of schools of a bygone era dot the landscape. The one-room schoolhouse was the core of not only its surrounding community’s education but also a social center supported by its citizens. Sometimes the only public building in the area was the town’s school. On the edge of Vassar, Kansas, the town’s one-room schoolhouse still serves as a center of the community.

The first schoolhouse for Vassar, District 68, was located on a farm northwest of the modern day town site. A second school was built in 1884 closer to the center of the school district, a half mile northeast of what would become the town in 1887. When Pete Peterson gave land to the community in 1912 to be used for stockyards and a depot, part of it was set aside for a new school.

In 1913, the town moved ahead with its plans for a new school and requests for bids were sent out to the surrounding area. Merchant and aspiring architect Clarence Silven, of Osage City, submitted the plans chosen for the school, competing against firms from Ottawa and Topeka. Clarence also created successful plans for Osage City’s Swedish Lutheran church and the high school at Reading.

Frank Cargey, of Baldwin, was selected for the carpentry work and A. M. Duty, of Melvern, was chosen to do the concrete and brick work. As bricks emerged as a building material for schoolhouses, the sturdy material made it the style of choice. Vassar’s second school was torn down and much of the material was reused for the new building. Total cost for the new Vassar school was $3,299.

The year the Vassar school was completed, 54 percent of teachers and 42 percent of pupils in the state were in one-room schoolhouses. One-room schools typically had two teachers that split the responsibilities of teaching the different age levels. Back then, schoolteachers’ professional lives only lasted on average about four years, but they were at the core of social improvements in their communities.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Only keep what’s needed

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“If you don’t use it, you don’t need it and you might as well get rid of it.”

The opinion has been expressed numerous times and repeated frequently as the tack room was being cleaned again.

A longtime friend took home a pickup load of horse paraphernalia when he came several years ago to help reorganize. This time his pickup bed was refilled with horse items, although impossible to figure out where the large accumulation originated. It doesn’t seem like there’s been much equipment acquisition recently but there were sure lots of stuff.

Heavy into collecting and often restoring Western-related trappings for his own ranch museum, every saddle caught his eye. Already with a collection of 90 saddles preserved, identified and appropriately displayed, four more went along this time.

Actually the horseman-tack collector had been contacted for a pony harness, which he brought along to trade. Somewhere, somehow, in earlier reorganizing the one here had disappeared when searching to find it for a young pony owner.

So as dozens of halters, lariats, saddle pads, winter blankets, and headstalls were being loaded, interests swayed to other pieces. Seeming important to the collector were bits and spurs, even broken ones.

Help House News: Coat Closet opens; help someone stay warm this winter

Help House has announced the winners of the Kansas State and Kansas University afghan raffle fundraiser. Dee Hobelman, of Topeka, was the winner of the Kansas State University afghan, and Rae Colson, of Overbrook, took home the Kansas University afghan.

Help House held a “May the best team win” competition as part of the fun. The winner was Kansas University with 590 tickets sold and Kansas State University with 366  tickets sold. The raffle raised a  total of $1,205 to help purchase food for the food pantry.

We would like to extend our gratitude to Peggy Kampsen, of Vassar, for all the hours she put into creating those beautiful afghans and donating them for this fundraiser, and to everyone who purchased tickets or just made donations to the food pantry. Thank you so much.

Coat Closet opens

Thursday, Oct. 1, the seventh annual Coat Closet will open. We will need to have anyone wishing to shop for coats for themselves or for their families to make an appointment to do so. This is due to our guidelines and restrictions for COVID-19.

We are currently asking for donations of coats and warm hats and gloves – all sizes from infant’s, boys, girls, men’s 3X to women’s 3X. Please make sure they are clean and in good repair. Any donations must also be dropped off by appointment.

The last several years we have given out 200 to 250 coats a year. So if you have some in your closet or put away in storage that you or your family can no longer wear, please consider sharing with someone who may not have even one.

Thanksgiving basket signup

On Oct. 1, those who qualify may begin signing up for the Thanksgiving food baskets. There will not be a Christmas food basket this year. Quantity will be limited, so be sure to sign up early. Recipients must be pre-registered.

Pet policy

Help House has adopted a new pet policy: Only certified service animals are allowed inside the building. Certification papers and shot records must be provided and on file. If unable to provide this proof, we also may take your food order curbside if you let us know at the time you make the appointment.

Challenges overcome

We have had a challenging year so far as has everyone. With all of the restrictions and safety protocols we are following to keep those who seek our services and all of our wonderful volunteers safe, our numbers have been a little lower than normal, but we are beginning to see our numbers increase as we go into the fall season. Total July households served were 131 and August households totaled 153, with year to date total households at 1,264. We no longer have to do curbside pickup but are limiting the number of individuals allowed in the building at one time. We also take temperatures of everyone before they enter the building, and wearing gloves, which are provided along with masks if you do not have your own, is mandatory. With all of this in place we have remained COVID free. We understand that having to make appointments to shop and even to make donations is not ideal. The donations we take in are limited as they have to remain “in quarantine” for a week before it is safe for the volunteers to sort through them. We appreciate your help and understanding as we hope and pray the end of all of this comes sooner than later.

A Cowboy’s Faith: In search of wisdom

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Here by the owl.”

Many people affiliated with agriculture during their lifetimes remember the advisor’s part of opening ceremonies during FFA meetings.

Yet urbanites don’t even know FFA is acronym for Future Farmers of America. However in 1988, the group for high school students enrolled in vocational agriculture “got a different moniker.”

Despite controversy the name was changed to National FFA Organization “reflecting the growing diversity in agriculture.” How anybody has any idea what FFA means is incomprehensible, but that’s beside the point.

Anyway in response to the FFA chapter vice president’s query: “Why stationed by the owl?” Mr. Morrison, agriculture instructor and FFA advisor, informed.

“The owl is a time-honored emblem of knowledge and wisdom. Being older than the rest of you, I am asked to advise you from time to time, as the need arises. I hope that my advice will always be based on true knowledge and ripened with wisdom.”

His advice then and for more than five decades since has been sought and important to many life’s decisions.

Wisdom is the ability to think and act using knowledge, experience, understanding, common sense and insight.

Reminders have come from the hoot owl in the trees south of the arena several times in the past week. Night’s sleep, not all that sound of recent anyway, has been interrupted more by Mr. Owl’s hoots. The big bird isn’t seen very often but he’s sure been around during dark hours.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Everything has a cost

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“You can’t eat your cake and have it too.”

The National FFA president, a Kansas farm boy, flew in from business at the nation’s capital to present his inspirational message.

It’s been at least 30 years since he spoke at the annual ranch field day and horse auction. Yet that young agriculture leader’s statement was stuck in memory for life and has been repeated frequently.

Seemingly a vast percentage of the nation’s population didn’t understand then and many more don’t get it now. Everybody deep inside wants something for nothing or consume now but still have for another time.

Of course, many professional tools and even luxury items are to be used again and again. Once acquired, they can work a lifetime and even for future generations.

Still that young speaker’s point quoting the several century old proverbs remains most significant with a number of variations. He was emphasizing “you can’t have it both ways” and “you can’t have the best of both worlds.”

Somewhat different but all of nowadays’ recorded phone messages and the hard-to-understand personal calls always bring it to mind.

“Your debt will be forgiven,” just push button one now. Recorded messages can’t hear the response and live callers don’t understand when answering “there’s no button on this phone.” Dial phones don’t have buttons and dialing number one ends the recording or call instantly.

There’s absolutely nothing free in the world. Gifts from family or friends don’t cost the receiver but definitely have an expense somewhere.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Hygiene becomes important perspective

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Cleanliness is next to Godliness.”

A common observation repeated frequently the comment takes on even more meaning with today’s worldwide health concerns.

Moms have always insisted kids wash before mealtime, afterwards and in-between doing chores and work around the ranch.

Highly educated professionals, doctors and the like, insist germs are readily spread to others in many ways. Of course that includes touching anything which another person might have been in contact with.

“Stop the continued increase of bacteria by thorough washing of hands,” health experts demand.

Those in the agriculture profession have likely been most lax in strategic spotlessness. Breakfast, dinner and supper are typically on time around all of the chores and other demanded ranch tasks.

With food on the table, family seated, hopefully a blessing, plates filled, eaten, while conversation centers on the day’s workload. Never a thought about the many places those hands have been cleaning the barn, greasing wheels, and on and on. All are locations with seriously high probability of health contamination.

Yet, notable sickness on ranches has been low compared to urban living. Not scientifically proven, being outside in the wind and sunlight is Mother Nature’s helpful cleansing.

Regardless, nowadays everybody has become conscious about keeping clean. Old timers even admit more frequently using the bar of soap. Report was once heard about a midweek trip to the tub on top of that traditional Saturday night bath.

Moms and office workers always conscientious about handwashing at mealtime and throughout the day are more scrupulous. One even rapidly quoted the recommended picture poster procedure.

If washing hands will help prevent contacting the vicious sickness of the time, it’s definitely worth the little added effort. Conversations with those who’ve become infected and seemingly recovered verify importance of every precaution.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Luxury horse rigs unimportant

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Who can spend the most money to have the biggest and fanciest horse trailer with living quarters?”

Questions similar to that are heard frequently from those driving by rodeo arenas.

It is legitimate observation considering how many big, shiny, obviously very expensive rigs are at most shows nowadays.

The family horse trailer investment is multiplied considerably when cost of the vehicle pulling it is added on.

“There must be more than $4-million worth of trailers at this junior rodeo,” one old school cowboy tallied. Not up on ritzy things, that calculation was likely quite close having seen horse trailer advertisements in freebie magazines.

In reality the trailer in which the horse and rider arrive and living luxuries of the family are of little importance. What counts is how well the horse and the rider can perform together at the optimum level.

Cost of the horse or its proven ability don’t matter either if the horse and rider aren’t working together. Champion horses often are not champions when the rider and horse are unable to understand each other’s expectations.

However, horses many times take care of their riders, especially notable with children on well trained old horses. Not all good horses are high priced. Many well broke horses can be purchased for little investment compared to their ability.

Even today horses coming in expensive rigs often get beat by the local cowboys hauling their horses in stock trailers.

In earlier decades, horses generally arrived in pickups or farm trucks with stock racks, maybe no sides at all. Occasionally makeshift panels were tacked on flatbed trailers to haul horses. When trailers became more common method of horse transportation they were often homemade or one used for hauling other livestock.

The family generally slept on the ground with a blanket under their trucks. When name was called, those cowboys and cowgirls on country horses still took home the top prizes.

Eat Well to Be Well: Be kind to your kidneys; extra TLC pays off in a lifetime of good health

Let’s face it, countless articles have been written on safeguarding the health of your heart and brain. While heart and brain health are absolutely crucial for overall well-being, what about your kidneys? Kidney health is just as vital and yet is often underappreciated or ignored.

Roughly the size of a large fist, your kidneys are the workhorse of your body’s filtration system, responsible for getting rid of waste products, drugs, and toxins through the urine. Besides the buildup of wastes, extra fluid in the body is also prevented thanks to the kidneys. Each day, healthy kidneys filter about a half cup of blood every minute, removing wastes and extra water to make urine. They also maintain a healthy balance of electrolytes (sodium, potassium, and phosphate) in addition to making red blood cells, producing hormones regulating blood pressure, and keeping bones strong.

Are you at risk for chronic kidney disease?

Good kidney functioning is important. But neglect their health and you could develop a condition called chronic kidney disease (CKD). CKD is when kidneys become damaged and struggle to filter blood, leading to wastes building up in your body and causing other health problems. Damaged kidneys may cause swollen ankles, weakness, poor sleep and shortness of breath. If left untreated, kidney health will worsen and can be life-threatening.

CKD is often progressive over time, possibly leading to kidney failure with the only treatment options being dialysis or a kidney transplant.

Diabetes and high blood pressure are the most common causes of CKD. More than 35 percent of people over the age of 20 with diabetes and more than 20 percent of people age 20 and older with hypertension have CKD. Other causes may include a family history of kidney failure, being older than 60, kidney stones, lupus and other autoimmune diseases.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Actions today influence tomorrow

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Youth are the future of the world.”

What children learn during their growing years is foundation for coming generations.

First responsibility goes to parents. It is so obvious to see and hear how young people grow up to be like Dad and Mom. Their home life goes far beyond immediate family.

Having been well acquainted with a number of families for several generations, their heritage becomes very apparent. Besides resemblance in looks, boys and girls most often walk, talk and have mannerisms making it obvious their family background.

Even second and third generations can frequently be recognized as members of certain families. If pedigrees of livestock production are as important to selection as proclaimed, family heritage is no different. Good characteristics carry from one generation to the next along with the undesirable traits.

An opinion or philosophy of a grandparent, some even long gone, many times continues in their distant relatives.

Beyond close family relatives, everybody around youth today has an influence on what they become and can often be traced decades later. Of course, this includes school teachers, family acquaintances and everybody they meet on the street.

Cowboys have always been personal heroes and mental pictures of many come readily to mind in a very positive reflection.

While name of every horse in the pasture can’t be remembered, those ridden by cowboy friends of years ago are easily recalled. The cowboys and their horses left a positive impact that has remained for a lifetime.

Hidden History: Burlingame veteran’s fight for honor continued in civilian life

Burlingame Cemetery holds more than 250 veterans of the Civil War. Approximately 10 of those soldiers served in the United States Colored Troops. While that number seems relatively small, the ratio in comparison to other area cemeteries is quite high. Those that served in the Colored Troops fought for their freedom and had to overcome many obstacles including changing perceptions of how people felt about differences in race. One of these Burlingame Colored Troops veterans is Isaac Williams.

Isaac’s origins are uncertain, as is often the case with those formerly enslaved. The first evidence of Isaac is when he enlisted for the war effort at Benton Barracks in St. Louis, Missouri, with the 4th Missouri Colored Troops in December of 1863, which later became the 68th USCT. Some men serving in this regiment are noted to have been from eight central Missouri counties, however St. Louis was also a way station for the fugitive slaves coming in from the South on their way to free territory to the north or west. Isaac was transferred to the 67th USCT and mustered out at Baton Rouge, Louisiana, at the end of the war.

After his service, Isaac found work and assistance from abolitionists in Osage and Lyon counties, in Kansas.

In 1865, Isaac was living near Waveland (near Wakarusa) with Charles C. Gardiner. Gardiner was a civil engineer, receiving training at Alfred University in New York, one of the few schools at the time that was integrated. Gardiner came to Kansas in 1859 and settled north of Burlingame. He removed to Missouri just before the war and served with two units of the loyalist Missouri home guards. At the end of the war, Gardiner was stationed at St. Louis, where he likely met Isaac.

While in Missouri, Gardiner married Lydia Buffington, a Quaker woman whose family assisted fugitives on the Underground Railroad. The Gardiners returned to Kansas in 1865, settling at Waveland, where they opened their home to Isaac and at least two other refugees.

From the Gardiner household, Isaac went to work in Lyon County for Nicholas Lockerman, around 1870. Lockerman supported the free state cause and was a wealthy stockman with a ferry that crossed the river on his property.

Isaac’s time in Lyon County was short – in the late 1870s he returned to the area north of Burlingame and rented land from O.H. Sheldon, a businessman who helped shape early Osage County.

Former Kansas governor Charles Robinson said of Sheldon, “When the wave of corruption swept over our young state, more blighting in its effects, if possible, than the curse of human slavery, against which successful war had been waged, no smell of fire was found upon his garments.”

A Cowboy’s Faith: School’s more than education

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Some of the very best times most people ever experience are their school days.”

Remembrances of classmates, teachers, and many special occasions remain throughout a lifetime.

There are a few who claim to have disliked school, but even those always admit memorable activities while getting their education.

Accelerated study met college degree requirements, so had just shy 17 years classroom setting.

Although there may have been occasional not-as-much-fun days, none come to mind. However, there are heartfelt memories of every year, teachers, classrooms, including high school and college instructors.

Almost two dozen classmates went 13 years together from kindergarten through high school graduation.

While several have gone to the great beyond, the others remain friends today although many at a distance. All can recall certain school events together some more than six decades ago bringing smiles of happy reflection.

Sure, school is to get a formal education, but it’s much more than learning. Friendships, good times and bad, working together, squabbles, bruised feelings, scratched knees and broken arms are what school’s all about.

Nothing can replace all of the beyond-the-book learning that takes place while attending school.

End of summer nears and fall school classes are set to begin. Never has there been so much controversy such indecisiveness in all levels of education.

Some schools are plunging forward this week with students in classrooms. There are different and unusual guidelines causing qualms, uneasiness, and health concerns for students, teachers, and the general public.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Modern mowers ease workload

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Abundant summer rains have sure made lawns green up and grow along with every kind of weeds sprouting all around.”

While lawn mowers have been busier than ever with operators sometimes complaining, mowing is easier than it used to be.

Old family photos and memories of some relatives in earlier days indicate there wasn’t such a thing as lawns.

When there was lots of foot traffic from home to barnyard green growth became almost nonexistent, just raw soil pathway. A hand sickle or scythe, possibly a heavy corn knife, was used to chop away intruding weeds and the like.

Sometimes planted tame grasses but typically native prairie extended into farm yards with Mother Nature serving as landscaper.

So generations-of-a-century-past typically didn’t maintain yard grass, but wheel-powered, blade-reel-rotating push mowers were prominently used in the 1950s. Memories of a couple such mowers a grocery store carryout boy was forced to walk behind after work aren’t that pleasant.

Not only did it become a tiring task in short order, but the mowers didn’t do a very neat job of cutting the grass. They were always dull and sharpening the blades was an almost impossible duty, especially for a grade-schooler. Plus, although seemingly simple in design, the mowers were mechanical devices and for some reasons were always broke down inoperable.

Eat Well to Be Well:Here’s the scoop on adding extra PROTEIN POWER to your day

Some very best sources are likely in your kitchen already

From high protein shakes, high protein bars and high protein diets, protein continues to dominate as a super nutrient. Yes, protein is an invaluable nutrient, as it does a ton of various functions within our body. It’s needed for growth and maintenance, acts as enzymes and hormones, enhances immune functioning, and is an essential compound found in every single one of the trillions of cells in the human body.

The best diet for supplying adequate protein contains ample but not excessive amounts necessary to build and repair muscle tissue. Most people eating daily moderate amounts of protein get adequate protein. As humans, we do not store protein so it’s best to consume protein at each meal, evenly distributed throughout the day.

But how much do you need daily? An easy guideline based on the recommended dietary allowance (RDA) for protein is about 7 grams per 20 pounds of body weight. Therefore, a person weighing 150 pounds would need at least 52 grams of protein each day.

What are the best sources of protein to be eating? First, you can skip the protein powders and high-protein drinks. On occasion they may be fine, but there are far healthier (and cheaper) natural protein-rich sources found right in your kitchen. Here’s a look at eight protein powerhouses, both plant- and animal-based:

Osage County Republican Women host campaign forum in Osage City

More than 100 citizens from the Osage County area gathered to hear candidates speak about their platforms and campaigns on Sunday, July 19, 2020, at the Osage County Senior Center, Osage City, Kan. The event is sponsored every two years by the joint efforts of the Osage County Republican Central Committee and the Osage County Republican Women.

“Voting in our country is so important every election cycle,” said OCRC Chairman Dana Webber. “We endeavor to provide the public with a forum opportunity to mingle with candidates and listen to what each one stands for in their run for public office.”  

A Cowboy’s Faith: Faith essential during changes

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“What’s right, what’s wrong, what’s true, what’s false, who can one believe, who should always be doubted?”

Never in this lifetime, possibly never in all time, have there been so many queries go through the mind.

All make such a qualm, causing migraines for those who’ve seldom experienced even a headache. Then incorporate inconsistently forever changing stories, philosophies and opinions becoming most stressfully depressing.

Primary voting concludes this week with squabbling over tallies likely to continue for days. Some will win, most will lose, but who would have a clue if outcome is actually the best?

Working in promotions of sorts professionally for half a century never has advertising been so blatantly depreciating. All the name slinging, backbiting, degrading, it’s difficult to differentiate those being criticized from the boasting holier-than-thou.

Frequently those who are being defamed have gotten more benefit, certainly higher name recognition, than the bill-paying, humiliating opposition.

Despite most having positive intentions in the voting booth, it is an intimidating time of sorts. So many names, so many different choices, many times the first one remembered will get the ballot mark.

Whatever will be, will be, general election advertising is already underway. Possibility it could be ruder and more truly crude than recent weeks is highly probable in this uniquely strange environment.

Added to political controversies in today’s different world uncertainties are serious health concerns. No discussion warranted about the broad negative impact of any illness let alone a previously unknown one with no proven cure.

Help House News: Food pantry and store operate with safety guidelines

Help House, Lyndon, continues to operate under guidelines to keep visitors and volunteers safe. Appointments are required for the food pantry and shopping, and also for donation drop offs. Two bags and two boxes are the limit on donations.

Two adults can now shop inside for each appointment. Masks are required and temperatures are now checked at the door. Hand sanitizer and gloves are provided inside.

To schedule an appointment for the pantry, shopping or donating, call Help House at 785-828-4888, 4-7 p.m. Monday, and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday to Friday.

School supplies will be available by appointment also, during the week of Aug. 17-21, 2020, for students who will not be receiving supplies from their school districts. Please call Help House to schedule an appointment.

Upcoming mobile pantries times, dates and locations are:

  • Carbondale – 12–1 p.m. Aug. 11, Carbondale Church of Christian Fellowship
  • Burlingame – 10-11 a.m. Aug. 20, The Federated Church
  • Melvern – 12:30-1:30 p.m. Aug. 20, Melvern Community Center
  • Osage City – 10-11 a.m. Aug. 20, Osage City Community Building
  • Lyndon – 12-1 p.m. Aug. 21, Lyndon Jones Park

For more information, contact Help House at 785-828-4888, [email protected], or 131 W. 15th St., Lyndon, Kan.

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