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Eat Well to Be Well Recipe: Rotisserie Chicken and White Bean Soup

There’s nothing like an Italian-inspired hearty and healthy chicken and white bean soup that soothes the soul! Nothing says “comfort food” quite like a hot, steaming bowl of chicken More »

Don’t be tardy! Vassar hosts annual festival of fun at schoolhouse

Vassar will be full of fun during its annual celebration of fall, the Vassar Funfest, which features a parade, car show, and costume contest on Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021. More »

Hidden History: Doodlebug, the little train that touched ‘every person’s life’ in Melvern

Photo of the Doodlebug M.177, in 2011, at Los Angeles, Calif., by Jd from RR Picture Archives.Net. When Leona Knight Shaffer was a young girl in Melvern, Kan., in More »

Chamber hosts disc golfers for fall tournament at Osage City

Players get ready to tee off at the fall Chamber disc golf tournament. Osage City Chamber photo. The Osage City Chamber of Commerce has announced its Fall Fling Fest More »

Humanities Kansas grants COVID recovery funds to Osage City Library

TOPEKA, Kan. – Humanities Kansas recently awarded a SHARP Recovery Grant in the amount of $6,105 to Osage City Public Library, Osage City, Kan.

The SHARP Recovery Grants support Kansas cultural organizations that provide humanities programming and are facing financial hardship due to COVID-19. Grants are for general operating support, staff retention, and needed digital or operational transitions for cultural work in the post-pandemic era. Humanities Kansas awarded 121 SHARP grants statewide.

“Humanities Kansas is honored to be able to support Kansas cultural organizations as we recover from the impact of COVID,” said Julie Mulvihill, Humanities Kansas executive director. “This past year has demonstrated that Kansans lean into the humanities during challenging times. Kansas cultural organizations that do work in the humanities provide important social connections and contribute to the economic well-being and strength of our communities.”

Library director Jeanette Stromgren will serve as project director for the grant.

“Osage City Public Library is committed to supporting a lifelong enjoyment of reading and learning,” Stromgren said. “The library is part of our educational and recreational facilities and as such strives to work with other organizations in meeting the needs of the community.”

Funds for the SHARP Recovery Grants have been made available through the National Endowment for the Humanities to assist cultural institutions affected by COVID-19 as part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 approved by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Joseph R. Biden.

Filings in the Osage County Courthouse, Oct. 8 – Oct. 14, 2021

The following information was compiled Oct. 8 to Oct. 14, 2021, from records at the Osage County Courthouse, Lyndon, Kan.

Wilma J. Kramer, 86, Carbondale: Feb. 6, 1935 – Oct. 18, 2021

CARBONDALE, Kan. – Wilma J. Kramer, 86, of Carbondale, Kan., passed away Monday, Oct. 18, 2021, at Brookside Manor, Overbrook, Kan. Wilma was born Feb. 6, 1935, in Topeka, Kan., the daughter of Andrew and Thelma (Snethen) O’Brien.

Wilma grew up in Overbrook, attending school there.

She married Edward Kramer, Oct. 24, 1952, in Topeka. He preceded her in death June 18, 2018. Wilma and Ed enjoyed square dancing all over the state and were members of the Friendship Squares. She was active with the United Methodist Women with the Overbrook United Methodist Church. Wilma and Ed enjoyed traveling, and spending time with their grandchildren.

Filings in the Osage County Courthouse, Oct. 1 – Oct. 8, 2021

The following information was compiled Oct. 1 to Oct. 7, 2021, from records at the Osage County Courthouse, Lyndon, Kan.

Help Wanted: Flint Hills Beverage hiring for Sales & Service Rep position

Flint Hills Beverage, the area Budweiser wholesaler, is now accepting applications Monday-Friday 8-5 at 132 W. Market St., Osage City, Kan., or online at www.flinthillsbeverage.com, for a Sales & Service Rep position. This position requires lifting 20-165 lbs. repetitively and obtaining a CDL license with our training. Pre-employment drug screen, driving record review, and physical will also be required. Selling, customer relationship skills, and truck driving experience preferred. Includes full benefits and competitive pay. Must be 18 to apply.

Osage County Sheriff reports area drug arrests

The Osage County Sheriff’s Office has released the following information about recent drug arrests in Osage County.

Osage County Jail Log, Oct. 13 to Oct. 15, 2021

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

Help Wanted: Marilynn’s seeks part-time day shift wait staff; apply in person

Marilynn’s Restaurant in Osage City is hiring for part-time daytime wait staff. For more information, call 785-528-3769, or apply in person at 1216 Laing St. (east Highway 31) in Osage City.

Help Wanted: Windsor Place At-Home Care seeks caregivers

Windsor Place At-Home Care is looking for dependable caregivers to support elderly, physically disabled, or brain injury community members in their homes. Tasks may include housekeeping, doing laundry, shopping, preparing meals, and washing dishes. Must be 18 years or older, have a high school diploma or equivalent, and have reliable transportation. You will work with your clients to set a schedule that works for both of you. Paychecks are direct deposited every Tuesday. Apply at https://www.windsorplace.net/applyonline.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Electricity often unappreciated convenience

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“It’s almost impossible to imagine what it would be like to not ever have electricity in a ranch home.”

Reminder of its importance became obvious when the power company shut off electricity three times in a week.

Poles and lines are being moved several feet for a highway expansion that’s been in planning stages for years.

It was midday when the lights went out and everything operated by electricity quit working. There was no warning in advance, but evidently some neighbors immediately called the power company.

Three big power trucks in the driveway with a long new pole made it fairly obvious what was up. Electricity was off about three hours the first time as everything seemed to come to a standstill.

When much of modern-day work is done on a computer, there’s immediate time off without power. Still, a certain fear is present wondering how much work will be lost if the computer comes back on.

Eat Well to Be Well Recipe: Rotisserie Chicken and White Bean Soup

There’s nothing like an Italian-inspired hearty and healthy chicken and white bean soup that soothes the soul!

Nothing says “comfort food” quite like a hot, steaming bowl of chicken soup. No matter the time of year, but especially when temps take a dip and the north wind blows, chicken soup with a side of crusty bread and a glass of wine always sounds good.

Chicken soup really does warm the heart and soul. And with just the right amount of soothing, mouth-watering appeal and taste, along with a healthy compliment of nourishing ingredients, here’s a chicken soup recipe that will be your comfort go-to food time and time again.

What’s especially nice is to use an already prepared store-bought rotisserie chicken offering incredible versatility, saving you precious time in preparing the chicken yourself. And no worries – a store-bought rotisserie chicken still provides a flavorful “homemade” chicken soup taste that’s come to life.

I used a rotisserie chicken with mild seasoning – both plain and lemon-pepper work well. If you like a richer flavor, be sure to add meat from the wings and some of the bones to the broth. Creamy white beans are used in place of traditional noodles, making this soup a protein-packed meal. Fresh sage provides a nice herby and savory vibe to the stock. Add in a few carrots and celery and you’ve got deliciousness waiting for you to experience how good it is.

This hearty, warming bowl of chicken soup is just steps away and is incredibly easy and fast to put together. Read on, I’ll walk you through it.

Don’t be tardy! Vassar hosts annual festival of fun at schoolhouse

Vassar will be full of fun during its annual celebration of fall, the Vassar Funfest, which features a parade, car show, and costume contest on Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021. The festival will run from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., and the parade gets underway at 11, starting at the Vassar Post Office. The day continues with a fall arts and crafts show, pie contest, kids’ crafts, and car show, all centered at the Vassar Schoolhouse.

Event details:

  • Fall arts and crafts show; crafters, antiques, home businesses; call Windy Hogan, 251-583-2704.
  • Car show; register by 10:30 a.m. at shelter house in Vassar Park. Dash plaques, trophies, door prizes. For more information, contact Greg Thill, 785-221-9024.
  • Pie contest; drop off and register entries at the shelter house by 10:30 a.m.
  • Games for all ages; minnow races; money in a hay stack.
  • Kids’ crafts in Vassar School; pumpkin painting, cookie decorating.
  • Costume parade at 11 a.m.; kids come dressed for the parade; families and neighbors encouraged to decorate vehicles, golf carts, trailers; car show participants; all invited to join the parade. Meet at 10:45 a.m. at the Vassar Post Office. Costume judging by age groups will be after the parade.
  • Concessions, homemade pie, homemade chili.
  • Live music will be performed by Constant Praise Band.

For more Funfest information, contact Sherri Coffman at 785-828-4810.

Hidden History: Doodlebug, the little train that touched ‘every person’s life’ in Melvern

Photo of the Doodlebug M.177, in 2011, at Los Angeles, Calif., by Jd from RR Picture Archives.Net.

When Leona Knight Shaffer was a young girl in Melvern, Kan., in the 1930s, her father, Edward, was employed by the Santa Fe Railroad as a section laborer. One of the rewards for her dad’s labors was a pass issued to him, his wife, and minor children.

For a long time whenever Edward or his family wanted to go anywhere on a train, they had to order a pass, but later passes were issued annually with the eligible names on the pass. With the passes, the family had the opportunity to travel wherever the passes were honored.  Most of the time the family rode on the local Doodlebug.

Doodlebug M.177 was a passenger train that was built in 1929 and designated by the number M.177. It ran from Emporia to Lawrence, 1930 to 1933 and  in 1936, Kansas City to Newton, in 1937, and Burlingame to Alma,  1941 to 1943.

The following is Leona’s account of Melvern’s “Doodlebug”, which “touched every person’s life” in Melvern, she said.

The little train, or “doodlebug,” as we called it, made a daily run through Melvern, between Emporia and Lawrence. This train was the only mode of transportation for most of the people in this small town, because of the majority of the men worked on the Santa Fe in some capacity, and most of them didn’t have automobiles.

The little train was pretty small, but we all thought it was “just right.” I can recall the train having an engine, coal car, baggage car, and the passenger car. At the back of the passenger car was a railing where people could stand if they wanted to. There was no need for a larger train. If a person were going anyplace very far, there was always more passenger trains that were available. Most of us were not going anyplace other than the little towns close by.

One thing on the little train that fascinated us smaller children was the fact that there was a real honest to goodness modern toilet at the end of the passenger car. None of us were used to such a modern convenience. All we had was a “path” to the outhouse behind the house. As soon as we got on the train and got our seats, one of us would have to go to the toilet. It was so nice to sit on a nice modern stool seat with some water in the bowl. We were used to just an old hole and it was a smelly place at that. We all took turns going to the restroom.

The wives of the Santa Fe employees got the most use of the doodlebug. On Saturday afternoons after payday, the women rode the little train over to Ottawa to do their shopping. Some bought their groceries, others got clothing or household items, others just went for the ride to get out of town for a while. This was a pretty good form of recreation. The ladies could catch up on all the gossip because most of them didn’t have a telephone. A few had radios, but lots of them did not even have electricity, and of course the wonderful invention of TV was unheard of. For many of the ladies, this was the only time that they met for conversation, and they thoroughly enjoyed it.

Minerva Baker, 95, Overbrook: July 9, 1926 – Oct. 9, 2021

OVERBROOK, Kan. – Minerva Baker, 95, of Overbrook, Kan., passed away peacefully Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021. Minerva was born July 9, 1926, in Marquette, Kan., the daughter of Mabel (Ditzler) and Richard Cadwell.

She graduated from Marquette High School as valedictorian in 1943, and then graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in home economics in 1947.

On June 2, 1950, Minerva married Wayne L Baker, in Manhattan, Kansas. They raised four children: Anita Kay, Randal, Barbara, and Laurel.

Minerva cherished her adoring husband, Wayne L, of 51 years. Their love for one another was their greatest gift to their children. It provided stability and demonstrated a loving, committed relationship. She was devoted to her children, children’s spouses, (Baker’s dozen) grandchildren, siblings, nieces, nephews, and extended families. She was indeed “the hostess with the mostest” and generously gave of herself through her wonderful cooking, baking, gardening, sewing, and gracious hospitality.

Help Wanted: Osage City seeks Director of Utilities

The City of Osage City is accepting applications for Utilities Director. This position is responsible for professional, administrative and supervisory tasks in directing the operation and activities of the Utility Departments. The Utilities Director is responsible for directing the construction, operation, and maintenance of the electric, gas, water and wastewater systems in Osage City. The ideal candidate will have 5 years or more experience in a related position with excellent public relations, administrative, supervisory, organizational and communication skills. Knowledge of KDHE and EPA reporting requirements is a plus. KDHE Class II Water/Wastewater Certification preferred but will train the right person through future Class IV Certification. Salary is commensurate with experience, qualifications and education along with excellent benefits offered.

To apply, submit application for employment, resume, five professional references, and salary history. Application form and job description is available at City Hall or website www.osagecity.com. Please submit application and resume by mail to Osage City Clerk Terri Fultz, 201 South 5th Street, PO Box 250, Osage City, KS 66523 or email [email protected]. The position remains open until filled.

The City of Osage City is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Larry Schwartz, 81, Overbrook: March 19, 1940 – Oct. 7, 2021

OVERBROOK, Kan. – Larry L. Schwartz, 81, of Overbrook, Kan., passed away Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, surrounded by family at the Brookside Retirement Community Ruble Ranch, Overbrook. He was born March 19, 1940, in Lawrence, Kan., the son of Glenn and Alberta (Miller) Schwartz.

He graduated from Overbrook High School with the class of 1958. After high school, Larry attended Washburn University, Topeka, Kan.

He was united in marriage to Mary Suzanne Albright, July 7, 1961, in Topeka. They shared more than 60 years of marriage.

Larry attended school to become a master plumber. He worked for Smiles Plumbing, Topeka, as an apprentice, and later worked for Young and Lockhart, Topeka, as a plumber, before retiring in 2000.

Osage County Jail Log, Oct. 3 to Oct. 8, 2021

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

OCPR Update: Basketball season is right around the corner

OCPR-logo-redOsage City Parks and Recreation has scheduled youth basketball for third to sixth grade boys and girls; signup deadline Nov. 8. More information will be available soon for K-Ball and first and second grade basketball.

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