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Melvern Jr. Highline forgoes December meeting but sends off holiday care packages

Members of Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club show their pile of care packages before they were mailed. Bella Reeser photo.

By Bella Reeser, Club Reporter

Due to Marais des Cygnes Valley USD 456 being in remote learning, the Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club opted to forgo their December meeting, yet at the same time the members still wanted to follow through with the care packages they annually send to service men and women who will be unable to come home for the holiday season.

Dec. 6, 2020, club members dropped off their care packages supplies. From those supplies, eight very full care packages were sent off to deserving men and women as a small thank you for everything they do.

Sustainable agriculture company awards sponsorships to 2 Osage County 4-Hers

Sustainable Environmental Consultants has announced two Osage County 4-Hers as the recipients of its first 4-H and National FFA Organization Sponsorship. The 2020 recipients are brother and sister, Ethan Kneisler and Allie Kneisler, of rural Lyndon, Kan. Each will receive a $250 sponsorship that recognizes individuals who are actively involved in their local 4-H club or FFA chapter, demonstrate a passion for agriculture, and exhibit a desire to grow in personal and professional development.

Ethan and Allie Kneisler

Ethan Kneisler is a member of the Lyndon Leaders 4-H Club and Lyndon FFA Chapter. Currently a sophomore, Ethan has been involved in 4-H for nine years and FFA for two years. Presently, he serves as the treasurer of his 4-H club and was recently re-elected as president of the Osage County 4-H Council. This year Ethan was also chosen as an Osage County 4-H Ambassador and was awarded the I Dare You Award for his leadership skills. Apart from 4-H and FFA, Ethan has been involved in numerous sports, is a member of Future Business Leaders of America, and can be found mowing lawns and throwing hay for extra income. Upon graduation, Ethan plans to attend Kansas State and pursue a degree in agronomy.

Allie Kneisler has been a member of the Lyndon Leaders 4-H Club for six years. The seventh-grader currently serves as president of her 4-H club and treasurer of the Osage County 4-H Council. In 4-H she has both livestock and non-livestock projects. She shows cattle and goats, and participates in woodworking, quilting, visual arts, photography, and buymanship projects. Allie attributes her most proud achievement to winning grand champion overall with her market goat. She plans to use the SEC sponsorship to buy quilting blocks and purchase supplies and feed for her goat herd. While she still has a few years before graduation, Allie plans to remain involved with the livestock industry and continue her involvement with the 4-H community.

Hidden History: Bailey’s hopefulness gives Lyndon its successful beginning

One hundred and fifty years ago, the town of Lyndon was born, and as it turned out, was the only child of Judge Lawrence D. Bailey.

After land within the Sac and Fox reserve had been opened up for white settlement in 1869, a first attempt was made to locate a town in the center of Osage County, with the apt name of Osage Center. The creators of Osage Center lacked the funds to give it a proper start, however.

In 1870, another push was made for a town, this time employing the help of Judge Bailey, of Douglas County. It was Bailey that would be the boost that gave the eventual town of Lyndon its successful beginning.

Judge Bailey was born in 1819, in Vermont. A progressive man, he took a stance against slavery in 1837. While pursuing a degree in law, he apprenticed with the Tappans, who were prominent abolitionists. Because of his strong beliefs on slavery, Bailey headed west to Kansas in 1857 to help secure its entrance to the Union as a free state. He settled near Clinton in Douglas County.

He immediately put his politics to work, serving as one of the first supreme court justices in the new state. Judge Bailey was also instrumental in creating the first statewide board of agriculture, as well as establishing the State Normal School at Emporia, where he had maintained a law office for a short time.

His involvement in the early government of Kansas had him at the Eldridge Hotel, in Lawrence, in August 1863, when Quantrill’s raiders attacked the town. During the raid, Judge Bailey came face to face with Quantrill himself when the hotel was being evacuated. Not considered a threat, he was only asked to surrender his wallet, although the raiders left him with pocket change for breakfast. Bailey then swam the Kansas River to escape the violence.

Called the “wheel horse of Kansas farmers” for his hardworking approach to pretty much everything, Bailey also pursued building cities. With his work in politics and the State Board of Agriculture, he had traveled to nearly every county in the state, which gave him a good knowledge of Kansas and the needs of successful industry. He was appointed postmaster (a crucial position for any prospective town) of Belvoir, a town adjoining his sizeable estate in Douglas County.

Judge Bailey was involved in what was initially called the Wakarusa Valley Railroad, a jerkwater line that cut a path to Carbondale and then Emporia, and which traveled through Belvoir after it was relocated to a position nearer to the line. Jerkwater lines were so named for the tanks that hung at stops along this type of line – to start the water the engineer would jerk a chain to refill the train’s water tank for steam power.

“And they soon resolved to start a town,
To be the central gem and crown –
‘The Hub’ of Osage presently.
‘Twas done and Lyndon was the name,
From brook and hill the compound came!
She soon acquired some local fame,
And grew for months quite rapidly.”

Because of his “go get them” attitude, Bailey was employed to boom Lyndon and make it a desirable location to lure away the county seat from Burlingame. Bailey named the town Lyndon after a pleasant community in Vermont.

Osage City Golf Course announces Moore as clubhouse manager

Osage City Golf Course has announced that a familiar and talented golfer has been hired as clubhouse manager. Clinton Moore, who is also the current 2020 Osage City club champion, has been named to the manager position after working at the clubhouse since last summer.

Clinton Moore, Osage City clubhouse manager

Moore grew up in Ottawa but spent many hours playing golf in Osage City. He has been playing golf since he was four years old, and he graduated as a multi-sport athlete in 2011, including four years of golf. He went on to play four years of golf in college at Allen Community College and Kansas Wesleyan – he graduated in 2015 with a degree in business. He won club championships during his college play, winning in 2012, 2014 and 2015.

Moore came back to Kansas this past June after working four years in Arizona as an assistant golf professional. He gave lessons and worked on golf clubs at Torreon Show Low, Troon Country Club, and The Phoenician Golf Club, all in Arizona.

Since he has worked at the Osage City club since summer, many who play golf there have already met him. He will offer lessons and work on clubs at Osage City.

For more information, call Moore at 785-214-9093.

Help House News: Osage County ministry welcomes new director

Pam Bilyeu hands over the reins of Help House to Scott Perkins, who has been named as Help House’s new director.

Scott Perkins has become the new director of the Help House Inc. Perkins follows Pam Bilyeu, who faithfully served in that position for the past six and a half years.

Perkins is pastor of Heritage Country Cowboy Church, and is also known as The Country Parson, currently heard on Sunday mornings on The Bull, 92.9. Perkins will lead the Help House ministry that has been effective in serving the Osage county population for nearly 20 years.

New website

Help House has a new website You will find a lot of new content there – the ability to email us for an appointment time and eventually be able to set an appointment, fill out an application for assistance, to become a volunteer or make a cash donation. So check out the new site and let us know what you think and share your suggestions for any additional information you would like to see or other suggestions.

Volunteers needed

Help House is looking for new volunteers. If you have been thinking that you would like to be a part of the Help House family and would like more information, please give us a call.

Thanksgiving baskets

Help House will be distributing 94 Thanksgiving food baskets this year, with each receiving either a chicken or turkey determined by family size, along with all the makings of a full Thanksgiving dinner.

Sheriff’s office announces promotions, honors employees for longevity

Recognized for promotions and length of service by Osage County Sheriff Chris Wells and undersheriff Scott Brenner were from left, Brett Lewis, Robert Brenner, John Knapp, Brenner, Wells, Derrick Feliciano, and Gerry Nitcher, and not pictured, Jeff Johnson. Osage County News photo.

Osage County Sheriff Chris Wells announced the promotion of several longtime employees and also recognized two employees for their years of service, last Thursday at the sheriff’s office, in Lyndon.

The following were promoted or recognized:

Bret Lewis has been promoted to the rank of communications director. Lewis will oversee the Osage County Sheriff’s Office communications center. He has been employed with the Osage County Sheriff’s Office since 1998 and has held the rank of communications officer.

Robert Brenner has been promoted to investigator and will be assigned to the criminal investigations unit and will oversee the registered offender unit. Brenner has been employed by the Osage County Sheriff’s Office since 2006 and has served as correctional officer and patrol deputy.

John Knapp has been promoted to the rank of sergeant and will oversee the patrol division of the sheriff’s office. Knapp has been employed with the Osage County Sheriff’s Office since 2005 and has held the ranks of lake patrol deputy and patrol deputy.

Derrick Feliciano has been promoted to sergeant and will oversee the patrol division and the school resource officer program of the sheriff’s office. Feliciano has been employed with the Osage County Sheriff’s Office since 2001 and has served as patrol deputy, school resource officer and investigator. Prior to joining the sheriff’s office, he was employed by the Mulvane Police Department and Metropolitan Topeka Airport Authority, and is a U.S. Air Force veteran.

Former undersheriff Jeff Johnson has been promoted to the rank of sergeant and will oversee the criminal and narcotic investigation units. Having been employed with the Osage County Sheriff’s Office since 1995, in addition to undersheriff, Johnson has served as patrol deputy, patrol sergeant and investigator. Johnson is also a U.S. Air Force Veteran. He was also recognized for his 25 years of service to the Osage County Sheriff’s Office.

Sergeant Gerry Nitcher was recognized for 30 years of service to the Osage County Sheriff’s Office. Nitcher currently oversees the Osage County Jail operations.

Sheriff Wells wished the promotees the best in their new positions.

“These employees show a great amount of confidence and leadership to assist in leading the sheriff’s office into a new era of respect, integrity, and professionalism,” Wells said.

Wells also congratulated Johnson and Nitcher on the milestones in their service careers.

“We applaud the determination and effort that you both have demonstrated during your time with the sheriff’s office,” Wells said. “We look forward to seeing all the great things we know you both will accomplish in the upcoming years.”

Osage City’s Market Street enjoys a ‘Holly Jolly Celebration’

Happy raffle winners gathered for a group photo in front of Osage County Senior Center Saturday. Not pictured, other raffle winners who didn’t need to be present to win in this year’s raffle. Courtesy photo.

Osage City didn’t let the COVID-19 pandemic dampen its holiday spirit, as the town celebrated in “holly jolly” style to open the holiday season Saturday during Christmas on Market Street 2020.

Santa rode into town on a fire truck for his annual visit, and kids were able to have virtual visits with him to share their Christmas wishes. The downtown decorations and lights were switched on and the nighttime parade featured some “holly jolly” decked floats.

Organized by the Osage City Chamber of Commerce, the Christmas on Market Street was deemed a success, despite cancellation of some of the annual event’s popular activities due to COVID-19. Everyone hopes next year’s event will be back with normalcy.

The 2020 Christmas on Market Street parade winners, retail poker run, window decorating, and gun raffle are listed below, along with individual placings in the annual Jingle Bell 5K Run/Walk.

Sure it’s fall, but Smoke in the Spring finally got here

Tebo Creek BBQ, of Belton, Mo., accepts their grand championship award from Smoke in the Spring organizer Corey Linton. Courtesy photo.

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – It took its sweet time, but spring finally arrived in Osage City – on Halloween. For 93 barbecue teams from 10 states and Canada, and in despite of an ongoing worldwide pandemic, last Saturday’s spring-like weather provided the perfect atmosphere for cooking up some championship smoked meats.

Many of the teams closed out their season this year with Osage City’s Smoke in the Spring State BBQ Championship, which was postponed from the spring due to COVID-19 conditions at that time.

Facing the fierce year-end competition, Tebo Creek BBQ, of Belton, Mo., relied on a 180-scored chicken entry to give the team the Smoke in the Spring Grand Championship and $5,000 prize that went along with it. Tebo Creek, with head cook Greg Hastie, also placed second in pork, 10th in ribs, and 20th in brisket to tally their winning score of 706.2744 for the four main categories.

A score of 180 represents a perfect score given by a table of six judges, who score each entry based on appearance, taste and tenderness. A score of 180 indicates the judges scored a nine or excellent, the highest score that can be given, in each of the judging criteria.

In a social media post, Hastie noted it had been his first ever 180 in chicken. “We credit the REAL Man Meat BBQ sweet and smoky and Kansas City style for the win,” Hastie said.

He also praised Smoke in the Spring and organizer Corey Linton for holding the contest this year.

“We always love going to Smoke In The Spring,” Hastie said. “This contest year in and year out attracts 100 plus of the best teams in the country to this small town, Osage City, Kan., and is always the best run contest we attend. Corey Linton has such a passion for competition BBQ and the pride and effort he puts in to organizing is second to none. Thanks to Corey, his family and staff for what you do.”

Other overall top-five prize winners were: Triple H BBQ, Bill Heyen, Gillespie, Ill., second place; BYO Grill, Mark Cooper, St. Louis, Mo., third; High I Que, Randy Vanslyke, Gardner, Kan., fourth; and Boom Chicka Cow Cow, Justin McCabe, Overland Park, Kan., fifth.

Next year’s Smoke in the Spring has been scheduled for April 9-10, 2021.

Santa Fe Trail girls golf qualifies as team to compete in state tournament

Freshman Buessing claims state medal

Santa Fe Trail Girls Golf Team placed 3rd the KSHSAA 3-2-1A Regional Divisional Tournament Oct. 12, 2020, qualifying the team for the 3-2-1A State Golf Tournament, held Oct. 19-20, at Cheney, Kan.

Santa Fe Trail High School freshman Braean Buessing claimed the title of Regional 1st Place Individual Medalist. While SFTHS has had other girls qualify for state golf as individuals over the years, this was the first year the school had a regional individual medalist.

Osage County unofficial results of the Nov. 3, 2020, general election

The following results represent tallies reported by the Osage County Election Office on election evening, Nov. 3, 2020, and are unofficial until canvassed by the Osage County Commissioners on Monday, Nov. 9. These results represent Osage County votes only and do not include all write-in votes and provisional ballots.

Cassady joins RCIL as youth transition specialist

OSAGE CITY – Resource Center for Independent Living Inc. has announced Myra Cassady has been employed as a youth transition specialist. She will be based out of the RCIL Emporia office and will be providing youth transition services to assist youth with disabilities ages 14 to 24 as they transition into adulthood.

Myra Cassady

“My vision for the youth transition program is to create a strong community,” Cassady said. “A community that offers support and resources for teens and young adults as they pursue their goals and dreams.”

Cassady has lived in Emporia since 2017 and she considers herself a proud Emporia resident. She will be an Emporia State University graduate in May 2021 with a Recreation major and two minors in Business and Marketing. She is passionate about her community and working with youth. She has spent time as a volunteer for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Flint Hills Inc. and ESU Special Athletics.

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.

Osage County 4-Hers attend junior livestock show at Hutchinson

Local 4-H members attended the Kansas Junior Livestock Show the weekend of Oct. 3, 2020, in Hutchinson, Kan. Front from left, J.P. Sand, Gradey McNally, Gentry McNally, Gage Kilgore, and Tyler Williams, back, Grace Croucher, Allie Kneisler, Ethan Kneisler, Braelyn McNally, and Kinsley Garrison, and not pictured, Chloe Cannon and Jaiton Bosse.

District governor leads induction ceremony for new Lyndon Lions members

At the Lyndon Lions Club annual picnic Sept. 21, 2020, six new members joined the club. District 17N Governor Chris Bauer inducted the new members into the club.

All members brought a dish to share with each other and the club provided hamburgers and buns.

Lions Club members at the annual picnic and new member induction were, from left, District Gov. Chris Bauer, Gary and Barb Schattak, Tory and Lori Neilson, Carol and Danny Roush, Alyssa and Logan Morford, and Big Lion President Pam Bilyeu.

Meet a local 4-Her: For Lily Shultz, 4-H is part of her life

My name is Lily Shultz and 4-H has always been a piece of my life! Some of my earliest memories are centered around 4-H events and projects. I began attending 4-H meetings with my older brother and sister long before I was an official member. I have helped at the county fairs as far back as I can remember, participated in many 4-H competitions and community service projects, and have experimented with numerous different 4-H projects. Art, food science, photography, gardening, knitting/crochet, sewing, space technology, reading, and woodworking to name a few. I have gained many new interests during my years in 4-H and have nurtured many preexisting passions along the way.

I was selected to be the 2017 Osage County 4-H Queen, I received a national youth leadership award, The I Dare You Award, and have served in various official positions within my club and on the Osage County 4-H Council. I am also excited to share that this past 4-H year I won the 4-H Kansas State Performing Arts Award. 4-H provided me with all of these opportunities and I cannot allow my final year as a member in this program to end without giving credit to the parties responsible for making my 4-H career such a successful and pleasant experience.

First I would like to thank anyone that has sponsored or contributed to the sponsoring of a 4-H project award. Please know that I am not simply thanking you for sponsoring awards that I have won – my gratitude is for something so much bigger: Be it at the county fair level or beyond, you have shown your support and I am deeply grateful. It is your generosity and kindness that not only keep this program functioning, but makes participating in it worthwhile.

I want to thank my family, club leaders, 4-H Research and Extension agents (you know who you are!) fair judges, and all those that have invested their time in me, and have been willing to teach me new things and answer my (seemingly endless) questions with patience and love.

To all my younger, fellow 4-Her friends: I have loved learning with you, having the privilege of leading you and watching you all grow and develop your skills. Always remember that you are excellent, you are brilliant, and you are capable of changing the world! Kindness and determination will take you far. Never give up!

Finally, to all of you: 4-H does not create great leaders. 4-H does not forge incredible minds, nor does 4-H breed the next generation of great communicators, agricultural geniuses, engineers, artists, performers, designers or entrepreneurs. 4-H is only an avenue through which such talent and skills can be discovered, honed, encouraged and developed. I dare say that my entire 4-H experience would have been a waste were it not for one key element that is, I’m afraid, far too often overlooked: People. You. Volunteers. Human beings that were willing to contribute their time, energy and resources to providing me with a safe, healthy environment in which I could explore, learn, create and, yes, at times fail. For that is when we have the greatest opportunity to learn and thrive. Success would not and could not come to me or any other 4-Her that has been or ever will be, without the dedication and kindness of people like you who are willing to show your care and support. People are fallible and therefore not every 4-H experience I’ve had has been the perfect, inspiring and wonderful adventure that some might lead you to believe. But each experience has been an adventure – and an opportunity. An opportunity to learn, maybe lead, contribute in your community, And to gain a new perspective. It is the people behind a program, not the program itself, that teach these things – and for that I am forever grateful.

Because of you, I can with perfect confidence and without hesitation state that my 4-H experience has been one where the good far outweighs the bad (no contest), where my time has been spent on something worthwhile, and where I have truly been taught the skills to, as the 4-H motto says, “Make The Best Better!”

God bless you all during these uncertain times and may you continue to build each other up in hope of building up our world.

Lily Shultz

Celebrating 4-H Week
Oct. 4-10, 2020

Meet a local 4-Her: Cole Thompson’s carved fishing lures catch big awards at fairs

Cole Thompson, a seven-year 4-H member, currently serves as junior president of the Willing Workers 4-H Club.

Projects taken to the fair this year included beef, swine, visual arts, foods, and welding.

Favorite 4-H activity from the year: I was glad that we got to show at the fair. I worked really hard and was glad that I got to show my animals and projects.

Best 4-H memory this year: I am proud that I worked really hard and made hand-carved fishing lures this year. I received Reserve Grand Champion at the Osage City fair and a purple at the Overbrook fair.

Celebrating 4-H Week
Oct. 4-10, 2020

Meet a local 4-Her: Brody Thompson, willing worker, willing helper

Brody Thompson is a member of the Willing Workers 4-H Club, and had been in 4-H for five years. He serves as historian for his club and his main project exhibited at the fair was goats. He has also taken interest in photography and sharing it with others, saying his favorite activity of the past year was “being able to give a talk on taking better pictures at Club Days.”

“My favorite 4-H memory this year is being able to hang out with my family more and being able to show at the fair. With everything going on in the world it was nice to have something to do.”

Celebrating 4-H Week
Oct. 4-10, 2020

Meet a local 4-Her: Ethan Kneisler – busy with projects, helping others learn

My name is Ethan Kneisler and this is my sixth year in 4-H. I am the president of the Osage County 4-H Council and the treasurer of the Lyndon Leaders 4H Club.

My favorite thing about 4-H is working on the projects and working with my animals. This year I showed a heifer, steer and pigs. I also really like working on my garden for horticulture and I love working on different woodworking projects. This year I made a blanket chest. This year was very different as I competed in a judging contest online.

Since I am in the leadership project I am a junior leader for livestock and electrical. I enjoy helping our younger members in the club with their projects. I really enjoy 4-H and I plan to keep showing animals and working on my different projects. I also enjoy the 4-H meetings and hanging out with my friends at the fairs.

What 4-H means to me is that it’s a learning curve in someone’s life – that they can learn so much by talking to people, interacting with one another, and having fun at the same time. I really love seeing the younger kids enjoy being at the fair, and seeing them and interacting with them.

Celebrating 4-H Week
Oct. 4-10, 2020

Meet a local 4-Her: Braelyn McNally – cancelled events didn’t slow her down

Hi, my name is Braelyn McNally and I am a member of the Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club, where I am serving as our club president. This was my fourth year in 4-H and this year I was enrolled in beef, clothing, foods and nutrition and visual arts.

In my beef project I bought one steer, Gonzo, and two heifers, Adelee and Rosie. I got Reserve Grand Champion with Gonzo at the Osage City fair, and Grand Champion with my heifer Adelee. At the Overbrook fair, my heifer Rosie got Grand Champion!

I had so much fun this summer showing my steer and heifers as well as hanging out with my friends in the barns. For cooking, I made a new recipe, Sour Cream Coffee Cake Muffins, and I entered them at both of our fairs. For clothing, it was hard because I couldn’t go out like I normally do and try on different outfits, but lucky for me I had outfits already in my closet that fit nicely! I bought my dress last fall on clearance and have got a lot of use out of it last fall and this summer. For visual arts, I made a painting with buttons in the shape of a hot air balloon. This was really fun to paint and make! I also entered it at both fairs this summer.

Due to COVID-19, a lot of events were cancelled, including one of my favorites, 4-H camp. I was able to participate in our district’s favorite foods contest, which was held virtually. This year I made a family favorite, Rita Casserole. I created a cute centerpiece that coordinated with my casserole from things we already had at our house. I then talked about the nutritional value of the casserole and told how to make it and how the centerpiece fit with the theme of my dish. For the district contest I was first place for Osage County intermediate, and received third place at our SE area contest.

I also participated in my club’s local activities, such as our making Christmas packages for local men and women who are deployed overseas, and caroling around Melvern. I also helped our club with the local Trunk or Treat.

Even though I was not able to do all the events and activities I normally do my 4-H year was still a great year and I can’t wait to start the next!

Celebrating 4-H Week
Oct. 4-10, 2020

Meet a local 4-Her: Gradey McNally – getting involved means having fun in 4-H

Hi, my name is Gradey McNally and I am a second year member of the Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club. For my second year in 4-H I enrolled in the beef, visual arts, clothing and foods and nutrition. In my beef project I bought two steers, Spot and Star. I was able to show them both at the Osage City and Overbrook fairs.

I had so much fun with my friends at the fairs this summer working with our animals and spending time together. For cooking I made one of my favorites, banana bread! For visual arts, I put a Lego kit together and entered that for both fairs.

Besides the fairs, which is always one of the highlights of my summer, was getting to help my club with our annual caroling event and putting together a box of goodies for local soldiers who are deployed during the Christmas season.

A few other activities I attended were our district’s officers training, where I went to the recreation training, and County Club Days, where I gave a Demonstration on “Show Day”. I also got to help with the annual Melvern Thanksgiving dinner as well as our local Trunk or Treat.

I cannot wait to start my third year of 4-H and continue having fun while learning about my projects and giving back to my community!

Celebrating 4-H Week
Oct. 4-10, 2020

Meet a local 4-Her: Ryanne McNellis – persevered with fair projects despite pandemic

Ryanne McNellis is a member of the Clover Wranglers 4-H Club and has been in 4-H for five years. Projects exhibited at the fair this year includes photography, crocheting, wildlife sport fishing, constructed clothing, vegetables, flowers, herbs, and ceramics.

While her favorite 4-H activity this past year was participating in the Osage City fair, she said her memories of this summer were not her favorite due to COVID-19.

“My memory of this year (didn’t say it was my favorite) was no state fair to attend, and not being able to go to the county fairs and have fun,” she said.

Celebrating 4-H Week
Oct. 4-10, 2020

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