Food for Thought: Let’s talk turkey

By Nancy Schuster Frontier Extension District Agent While no records exist of the exact first Thanksgiving feast, journals of the time note that the colony’s governor, William Bradford, sent four men on More »


Safety officials recommend home CO detectors

TOPEKA, Kan. – The arrival of colder weather means more homes will be turning up the heat with fuel-burning appliances. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Safe Kids Kansas and the Kansas More »


Pheasant and quail seasons continue tradition

PRATT – Kansas pheasant and quail seasons opened last Saturday with an opening-day tradition that draws hunters to Kansas from all parts of the country and from all walks of life. The second More »


Lights to dim at Osage City stadium as football season comes to a close

With high school football season coming to an end, local drone photographer Rick Potter took advantage of the bright lights during halftime of the Oct. 23 game at the Osage City Schools’ More »

No garden space? Frontier Extension teaches how to grow vegetables in containers

050615-container-gardeningLYNDON – Want home-grown tomatoes, peppers and herbs but don’t have a suitable garden spot?  The Frontier Extension District will be hosting a workshop about growing container vegetables at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 21, 2015, at the Lyndon office of the Frontier Extension District, 128 W. 15th St. Presenters will be Shannon Blocker, Frontier Extension District horticulture agent, and the Frontier Extension District Master Gardeners.

Participants will learn about selecting plants and varieties, growing multiple seasons to use the container approximately nine months of the year, why to use soilless media (potting mix) for containers, proper watering, pest management and recipes featuring the vegetables and herbs grown. In addition, each person will take home a large 22-inch diameter container, soilless media to fill it, a slicer bush tomato (Mountain Glory) plant, a sweet pepper (Alliance) plant, and oregano and parsley plants. The cost of the workshop is $25, which covers the take-home plants and materials, and is payable at the door.

Bus trip to visit KU campus and Lawrence eatery

Our first fair weather day bus trip is set for Wednesday May 27 to the KU campus in Lawrence, with stops at the Dole Institute of Politics and the KU Museum of Natural History. Lunch will be at McAlister’s Restaurant. The requested donation to cover entry fees and transit is $10 per person. Lunch expenses must be covered by each rider, and a menu is attached to the signup sheet now out at the Osage County Senior Center.

Osage County Jail Log, April 26 – May 2, 2015

The following individuals were booked into the Osage County Jail in connection with charges or warrants as listed by the arresting agency.

Flurry of legislation expected during wrap-up session

rep_finch_blaine_MBy State Rep. Blaine Finch
59th District, Franklin and Osage Counties

May 1, 2015 – Greetings from the Kansas statehouse where spring is in full bloom. This week the Legislature has returned to Topeka for what is called the veto or wrap-up session. Traditionally this time was used to reconsider any bills the governor may have vetoed and handle any untidied legislative business. In more modern times this has become the session where much of the budget and taxation debate takes place.

This year presents an unprecedented financial challenge for the legislature as the state faces a deficit that ranges from $400 million to $800 million depending on who is doing the counting and what tax increases are already deemed to be included in the revenue numbers. Plans for closing the gap and getting to a balanced budget are as varied as the 165 legislators who make up the body. Some want more spending cuts—but rarely say where they would make such cuts—while others want to raise taxes. Those potential taxes range from sales to fuel, cigarettes to health care, and a whole handful of others. What seems certain is that there is no desire from the governor to see the income tax cuts of 2012 reversed or revised.

The picture of what will eventually pass is anything but clear as we begin our work. I remain committed to making sure we have a balanced budget and fair, reliable, and stable tax policy that funds our core operations without being a burden to the people. I’ll be keeping an eye on all of the proposals as they continue to develop and will do my best to keep you apprised.

Donna S. France, 53, Reading: July 16, 1961 – May 4, 2015

READING, Kan. – Donna S. France, 53, passed away Sunday, May 4, 2015, at her home in Reading. She was born on July 16, 1961.

Mrs. France was cremated. No services are planned. Memorial contributions may be made to Donna France Memorial Fund, and sent in care of VanArsdale Funeral Chapel, 107 N. Sixth St., Osage City, KS 66523.

Filings in Osage County Courthouse April 27 – May 1, 2015

The following information was taken from the records at the Osage County Courthouse April 27 through May 1, 2015.

Fight the bite: Prevent tick bites, prevent tickborne disease

tickTOPEKA, Kan. – Spring and summer are hunting, fishing, camping and hiking seasons. It is also the time of year when ticks are out. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism remind those spending time outdoors to take precautions to avoid tick bites.

In 2014, 212 cases of tickborne diseases including ehrlichiosis, anaplasmosis, spotted fever rickettsiosis, also known as Rocky Mountain spotted fever, tularemia, and Lyme disease were reported in Kansas; 75 of those patients were hospitalized.

Kansans are encouraged to follow these steps to prevent tick bites: Dress, DEET, Avoid and Check.

Community agency issues May Day alert about state’s new policies on poverty


While picketing and protesting during the state legislative session is common at the Capitol, it’s not so common in Osage City.

But Friday, on May Day, a group of concerned citizens gathered to bring attention to situations faced by people in poverty, and protest state lawmakers’ recent actions on issues such as assistance for those in poverty and the Head Start program.

Organized by the East Central Kansas Economic Opportunity Corporation, picketers gathered along Market Street at Lincoln Park in Osage City and carried signs, waved at passersby, and willingly spoke to anyone who wanted to discuss the reasons they were there.

Silver Haired legislators take office after multi-county elections

OTTAWA, Kan. – Patricia Armstrong, of Osage County, will represent the county in the Silver Haired Legislature, after being the only candidate to file for the seat.

Elections were held last month for the Silver Haired Legislature in Kansas. The Kansas Silver Haired Legislature is a unicameral legislature composed of 125 representatives. All legislators are older than 60 and are elected from their county of residence.  Wyandotte, Johnson, Shawnee and Sedgwick counties have five additional delegates. The legislature provides an educational experience in the political process and provides opportunity to identify priority concerns of Kansas senior citizens. It develops bills and resolutions, which are presented to the Kansas Legislature and the governor as recommendations for state policy.

For the counties of Anderson, Coffey, Franklin, Linn, Miami and Osage, an election was held in Linn County. Osage County had only one new candidate who filed so an appointment was made for the empty seat. The other four counties had incumbent candidates without any other candidates filing for the seats so no elections were necessary. The Silver Haired Legislature representatives and their counties are: Anderson County, Clarence Hermann; Coffey County, Bill Otto; Franklin County, David Hood; Linn County, Jane Wade; Miami County, Collyn Peterson; and Osage County, Patricia Armstrong.

Arlene W. Jones, 95, Reading: Apr. 28, 1920 – Apr. 29, 2015

050415-arlene-jones2READING, Kan. – Arlene W. Jones, of Reading, passed away Wednesday, April 29, 2015, at Holiday Resort in Emporia, one day after her 95th birthday. She was born April 28, 1920, in Zeeland, N.D., the daughter of Martin and Lydia Schmidt Reimer.

Arlene was joined in marriage to Arthur G. Jones on April 28, 1944, in Emporia. This day held special meaning to them as it was both Arlene’s and Arthur’s birthday.

Arlene and Arthur farmed in the Reading area their entire married lives. They became partners in the Reading Grain and Lumber Company in 1958. Arlene kept the records for the family businesses and raised their family. Arlene and Arthur enjoyed 65 years together until his death on Dec. 9, 2009.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Hazardous blaze yields lushness

buchmanhead“The sky is all afire, and I’m scared.”

That was the neighbor lady’s frightful voice on the phone when she looked out the window, and saw our pasture was red blazing high into the night sky.

“You didn’t tell us you were going to burn your pasture. I thought you were supposed to do that. Another fire got away, and it could have burned our house down,” continued the alarmed neighbor.

Taken back, we apologized for failure to inform all surrounding landowners of intentions. Then, quickly gave assurance that other precautions had been covered, with knowledgeable firefighters and fire truck at work.

All backfiring completed, present calm wind direction indicated no danger; with the ample old grass speeding glaring inferno so all would be over and completely safe within minutes.

Overbrook Rural High School Alumni Association hosts 113th alumni banquet


In a photo from the 1965 Overbrook Rural High School yearbook is the second high school, which was built after the original school burned. 

OVERBROOK, Kans. – The 113th annual Overbrook Rural High School Alumni Banquet will be held on Saturday, May 23, 2015, at the Overbrook United Methodist Church, starting at 11 a.m. The following classes will be honored: 1965, 1955, 1945, 1940 and 1935. All ORHS students, teachers, staff members and their guests are welcome to attend.

Reservations and payment must be received by Saturday, May 16, to assure adequate food and seating. The cost is $15 per person. Send reservations to: ORHS Alumni Association, P.O. Box 277, Overbrook, KS 66524. For more information, contact Sue Anderson, 785-836-7621.

Special U.S. flag bestows its honor on Osage City students, local officers and responders


Flanked by a color guard, Trooper J.R. Harwood, left, and Deputy Richard Lamb, OCHS Principal Tony Heward carefully cradles the United States Honor Flag.

The Osage City High School auditorium was changed into a place of honor Wednesday, as students, faculty, patrons, law enforcement officers, fire fighters and emergency personnel gathered to see a special American flag that travels across the nation honoring heroes.

The spotlight during the event was on the United States Honor Flag and its escort, Chris Heisler, of Keller, Texas, and a color guard provided by Kansas State Highway Patrol Trooper J.R. Harwood and Osage County Sheriff Deputy Richard Lamb.

In an auditorium filled with the Osage City schools’ student body, Heisler explained the history of the flag, which was gifted to him by the Texas House of Representatives, due in part to his efforts in support of funerals for fallen fire fighters, law enforcement and military personnel.

The Garden Patch: Make the most of your garden space

Sometimes we all wish we had more garden space. Well, we can have more space without increasing the area our garden currently demands. What are we talking about? Read on.

Interplanting: Making the best use of space

Using garden space wisely and efficiently produces better yields.

Get the most from your garden  by using space efficiently.

Interplanting, or combining two plants in the same space, allows you to fit more vegetables into your allotted space. The practice, also called intercropping, can be mutually beneficial to the plants involved. A classic example of intercropping is the Native American custom of planting corn, squash and pole beans together. This combination, called the Three Sisters of the Cornfield by the Indians, is ideal for nutrient exchange. As they grow, the beans release nitrogen into the soil for squash and corn. In addition, the three crops use a minimum of space – vining beans are supported by the tall cornstalks, while the squash spreads out along the ground.

Facts for Living: Home alone – set rules, routines and schedules

By Rebecca McFarland, Frontier Extension Agent

080714-facts-for-living1Previously, I shared information about children in self-care, assessing your child’s readiness, and preparing your child with the essential information and skills to stay home alone. In addition to teaching your child the essential information and skills, develop rules, routines and schedules with him or her to help self-care go more smoothly.

Rules: You and your child should work together to establish reasonable rules for when he or she is home alone. Having your child help develop the rules will go a long way in ensuring that he or she remembers them and complies. As you make rules, consider the following:

  • Visitors – decide if friends will be allowed to come to your home, if so, which ones.
  • Boundaries – decide if your child will be allowed to play outside or go to the library, park, recreation center or a friend’s house.
  • Telephone and Internet use – decide how long your child can talk on the phone or stay on the Internet.
  • Siblings – each child who stays home without an adult needs to understand and follow the rules. Make it clear whether an older child is to be in charge of a younger one or if each child is responsible for himself or herself. Discuss and be specific about how you expect the children to resolve conflicts or report problems.

Eat Well to Be Well: Two easy ways to jump start weight loss for summer


In a blink of an eye, summer will be here. It’s time to put away the heavy coats and sweaters and bring out sleeveless tops and shorts. Many of us look forward to this time of year but for others, it may be a difficult transitional time if they weigh more than they would like. It shouldn’t be news to anyone that obesity is a problem not only in this country but around the world. In the United States, around 67 percent of all adults are either overweight or obese, and all that extra weight places a heavy burden of increased risk for major health problems like heart disease, diabetes, certain cancers, hypertension and other chronic diseases.

Weight loss for many people is an elusive matter. Weight loss diets are a dime a dozen, some of them good, some not. What works for one person may not work for someone else as obesity is a complex metabolic disease. For most people, weight gain is usually the result of eating more calories than we need and not getting in enough exercise – basically an imbalance of energy intake and energy expenditure. This results in excess weight gain or fat that accumulates in our adipose (fat) tissue and around organs of the body. Another factor is one’s metabolism or the rate at which we burn calories.

Senior dinner at Osage City provides entertainment, food and conversation

The Osage City senior dinner has been going on for years at noon on the first Thursday of each month at the Osage City Community Building. Although called the Osage City senior dinner, everyone is welcome regardless of age. All that is asked is that everyone brings a dish for the potluck dinner and 25 cents for the beverage fund.

Each month, some type of entertainment is lined up, with local talent and others invited to perform or present a program to the group.

The dinner begins at noon, but some arrive earlier for social time and set up. The next scheduled dinner is May 7, 2015.

For more information, contact Barbara Janes at 785-528-3989 or pbgustaf@yahoo.com. The Osage City Community Building is at 517 S. First St.

Osage Realty: Homes available in Osage City

If you’re looking for a home, Cathryn Houghton has several choices for you in quiet Osage City neighborhoods. Contact Cathryn at  785-528-4711 or 785-249-2153 to view the homes shown below, or Osage Realty, Osage City, Kan., at 785-528-3331.

111714-houghton-openhouse11334 E Street, Osage City, Kan.

  • Built in 1982, 120 x 300 ft. lot.
  • Northeast edge of Osage City, city utilities, paved streets.
  • 3 bedroom, one bath.
  • Living room, dining room/kitchen combo.
  • Nice laundry/utility room.
  • Closets and storage throughout the home.

New price: $79,500

416SSeventhStreet416 S. 7th Street, Osage City, Kan.

  • Low maintenance and well-maintained comfortable brick home.
  • Newer metal roof.
  • New central air in 2014.
  • Fenced back yard.
  • Large living room; eat-in kitchen.
  • 2-3 bedrooms; 1 bath.
  • Nice utility room; good cabinet and closet space.
  • Small storage building. Hot water heat.

Your home for $84,500

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