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Help House begins school supplies collections; donations welcomed

By Raylene Quaney

Help House is again collecting school supplies to be distributed among the elementary schools in Osage County that do not supply their student body, just as we did last year.

Drop off donations that have been purchased anytime during regular business hours, or make secure cash donations on our website at www.helphouse.online and designate it is for school supplies, or mail to Help House at PO Box 356, Lyndon, KS 66451.

Home schools that could use supplies for students are asked to contact Scott Perkins for other arrangements.

Fan club

Clients can now sign up to receive a free box fan for the summer. Check in at the desk for details on the fan program.

Volunteer?

Have you been thinking of volunteering? Help House could use volunteers 4-7 p.m. Monday evenings and also 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Fridays. Anyone able to volunteer one or two days a month, that is fine also. Stop by anytime and fill out a volunteer application and visit with Scott Perkins or Raylene Quaney, and they will be happy to visit with you about the different areas of service, such as the pantry, sorting, reception, and receiving. Come join the Help House family. We believe you will find your service to God and others will be very rewarding and fun.

Melvern works together to honor service members on Memorial Day

By Bella Reeser, Club Reporter
Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club

Mud boots and rain coats were needed, but nothing stopped the Melvern community from coming together to honor those at the Melvern Cemetery who have served our country. On Saturday, May 28, 2022, members of the community placed flags on the graves of local community members who had served.

Grateful citizens work together to honor those who have fallen

Sprinkles and mud puddles didn’t stop local adults and youth from coming out May 26, 2022 and together decorating Oak Hill Cemetery, near Quenemo, Kan., for Memorial Day. Youth helpers included Bella Reeser, Olivia Lacey, Levi Arb, Gentry McNally, Gradey McNally, Braelyn McNally, and Allie Reeser. Adults not pictured, Caleb McNally, Mike Reagan, Heidi Arb, and Dwayne and Lori Meiers. Photo submitted by Bella Reeser.

Melvern Jr. Highline goes bowling for meeting with Lyndon Leaders

By Club Reporter Bella Reeser

On Sunday, March 13, 2022, the Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club held its monthly club meeting at Fusion Alley, in Ottawa, Kan. This was an exchange meeting with the Lyndon Leaders 4-H Club.  At 4:06 p.m. the meeting was called to order by President Braelyn McNally. The club began their meeting with The Pledge of Allegiance and 4-H Pledge, led by Braelyn.

Secretary Amelia Arb called roll, both clubs’ members and parents were to answer with “one thing they are planning to do over spring break”. There were 20 members and 13 adults present. Amelia read the minutes from the last meeting; they were approved as read.

Treasurer Gradey McNally read the treasurer’s report; it was approved as read.

Reporter Bella Reeser stated she submitted two articles to the newspaper.

In historian report, Historian Harper Melton shared “4-H Fun Facts” about the 4-H colors.

In leader’s report, leader Caleb McNally reminded members about Blue & Gold sales coming in on March 15. Leader Lisa Reeser reminded members of filling eggs at the April meeting and the Melvern Easter Egg Hunt on April 16. There was no new business.

In program, each club member share what project they were looking forward to for the fairs. In songs, the girls of the club led everyone in singing “MILK Song”.

At 4:36 p.m. it was moved and seconded to adjourn the meeting. The Melvern Jr. Highline’s next club meeting was scheduled for 5 p.m. Sunday, April 3, 2022, with stuffing eggs at 4 p.m. Both clubs members and parents then enjoyed a taco bar provided by the clubs. Prior to the meeting, bowling was enjoyed by all for recreation.

Melvern Jr. Highline makes ‘mighty’ showing at regional club days

By Bella Reeser, Club Reporter

The Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club might be small, but they are mighty. All five members that participated in District Club Days qualified for Regional Club Days, which was held Saturday, March 26, 2022, at Ottawa High School.

Braelyn McNally presented a multimedia presentation on livestock and earned a purple. Harper Melton and Bella Reeser preformed a duet dance and earned a purple. Allie Reeser presented a demonstration on cat grooming and earned a blue. Gradey McNally presented a demonstration on making fruit pizza and earned a purple.

Melvern Jr. Highline members demonstrate talents, head to regional

By Bella Reeser, Club Reporter

On Saturday, Feb. 19, 2022, five members of the Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club competed at District 4-H Club Day, held at West Franklin High School, Pomona, Kan.

Allie Reeser presented a demonstration titled The Purrrfect Way; she earned a blue. Bella Reeser and Harper Melton preformed a duet dance; they earned a top-purple. Braelyn McNally presented a multi-media presentation titled Gelbveih, More than just a breed; she received a top-purple. Gradey McNally presented a demonstration titled Fruit Pizza; he received a top-purple.

All Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H club members who attend District Club Days qualified to participate in Regional Club Days, Saturday, March 26, 2022, at Ottawa High School, Ottawa, Kan.

Help House celebrates 18 years of service

By Raylene Quaney

Our story: In July 2003, a vision came together with the opening of the Help House of Osage County, Kan. This effort by the Churches of Osage County United Inc. has now been serving the county for more than 18 years!

Giving of food and clothing for that long has taken a lot of donations, too. From the bottom of our heart, we thank all of the sponsors and donors over the years to make this ministry the success that it is today.

As we look to the future, Help House will continue to be a place where families can find hope.

Matthew 25:35-40 is our guiding principle.

Remembering 2021

During the calendar year of 2021, Help House served a total of 379 unduplicated households, which included 1,053 unduplicated individuals. Household served by zip code were: 66413, 31; 66414, 46; 66451, 48; 66510, 22; 66511, 1; 66523, 128; 66524, 23; 66528, 47; 66537, 15; 66543, 8; 66856, 2; other, 4.

Visit the Help House website

The Help House website is the place to go to find all kinds of information, such as alerts, services, where to find help, make a donation online, where to call if you need a ride, mobile food pantry schedules, place an online order for the food pantry for current clients, numerous other Osage County resources, and all of our contact information. Check it all out at www.helphouse.online. Currently we are collecting soup and crackers for the pantry.

Volunteer

If you have been thinking of becoming a volunteer at Help House, we can always use you. Right now we have openings in the schedule on Friday’s especially. If you have one day a week or one day a month stop by and fill out a Volunteer application.

Help House hours

  • 4-7 p.m. Monday
  • 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday through Friday
  • Closed Saturday and Sunday

Stop by

Appointments for shopping are no longer necessary. Help House is first come, first serve. No appointment needed to donate items – come to the south garage door anytime we are open. Stop by at 131 W. 15th St., Lyndon, Kan. For more information, see www.helphouse.online, call 785-828-4888, or email info@helphouse.online.

Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club readies for spring

By Bella Reeser, Club Reporter

On Sunday, Feb. 6, 2022, the Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club held its monthly meeting at the Melvern Community Center. At 5:02 p.m. the meeting was called to order by President Braelyn McNally. The club began their meeting with The Pledge of Allegiance and 4-H Pledge led by Braelyn.

Reporter Bella Reeser called roll, members and parents were to answer with “Would you rather build a snowman or a sand castle?” There were 10 members and eight adults present. Bella read the minutes from the last meeting; they were approved as read.

Bella then read correspondence from the Harsch family for the flowers the club sent to John Harsch’s funeral.

Treasurer Gradey McNally read the treasurer’s report; it was approved as read.

Bella stated she submitted one article to the newspaper.

In historian report, Historian Allie Reeser shared “4-H Fun Facts” about the 4-H clover.

In leader’s report, leader Caleb McNally reminded members about Blue & Gold sales that are due on March 1, and Club Days coming up Feb. 19.

In new business, it was moved and seconded to hold the annual Melvern Easter Egg Hunt at 1 p.m. April 16 at Melvern City Park. It was moved and seconded to have an activity with the Lyndon Leaders 4-H Club for the March meeting.

In program, each club member who is participating in District Club Days told a brief description of what they were going to do. In songs, the girls of the club led everyone in singing “Baby Bumble Bee”. At 5:32 p.m., it was moved and seconded to adjourn the meeting. Club members then enjoyed refreshments provided by the Roy family, and playing in the park for recreation.

Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club’s next meeting will be 5 p.m. Sunday, March 6, with the place to be determined.

Help House gets warmed up for annual Souper Bowl

It is time once again for the Super Bowl, which means it is also time for the 6th Annual Souper Bowl Soup-a-Thon, at Help House.

Help House is asking all local supporting churches and other clubs and organizations to help stock the pantry with cans of soup and boxes of crackers.

Anyone can be a part of the contest fun or just participate by helping out. Food should be delivered to Help House by Feb. 21, 2022. Trophies will be given for top three collection amounts.

For more information, see Help House online at www.helphouse.online, call 785-828-4888, or stop by at 131 W. 15th St., Lyndon, Kan. Help House appreciates and depends on the financial and prayer support from local churches and communities. We could not continue this ministry without it.

Thank you,
Raylene Quaney, Help House

Willing Workers 4-H Club celebrates holidays by giving back to community

Caroling at a local nursing home, front from left, Charlotte Ferrer, Clara Thielen, Kassie Thielen, Jack Ferrer, Ruby Stucky, Hadley Bosse, Lelia Wilcoxson; middle row, Paige Thielen, Reece Wilcoxson, Kaiden Bosse, Lena Stucky, Avery Thielen, Colleen Stucky; back row, Brody Thompson, Kevin Whitmer, Grace Croucher, Jaiton Bosse and Dustin Stucky; not pictured, Julian Ferrer and Cole Thompson.

By Avery Thielen, Club Reporter

The Willing Workers 4-H Club have been busy celebrating the holidays, providing a lot of volunteer time to the club and community. To kick off the holiday season, the members celebrated Candyland Christmas in Osage City on Nov. 13, 2021, by having a bake sale in the morning and riding a float they decorated for the evening parade. The club’s Candyland float receive second place in the parade.

On Nov. 20, members took turns throughout the day volunteering to ring the bell for the Salvation Army in front of Jerry’s Thriftway, at Osage City.

On the afternoon of Dec. 5, members spent time decorating sugar cookies. Those cookies were then the treat given out the evening they went Christmas caroling at Vintage Park Assisted Living, Park Place Apartments, and Peterson Assisted Living.

The Willing Workers 4-H Club wishes everyone a wonderful holiday season!

Lyndon football champion celebrates a life of winning

By Jack Bowen

It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. While Americans fought for democracy overseas, a team of Kansas farm boys from the Lyndon area, who would soon join that fight, was finishing an amazing run at the old football field on the north side of Lyndon High School.

The Lyndon team had back-to-back perfect seasons in 1943 and 1944. The only surviving member of that Lyndon Tigers team is 95-year-old Raymond Goldsmith, who now lives on his farm halfway between Lyndon and Quenemo.

“I never knew what it was to lose. Can you imagine?” said Goldsmith recently during an interview at his home.

Raymond played left tackle next to his brother, Curtis, who played guard, both on offense and defense. He said teams learned to never runs plays on the Goldsmith side of the line.

“They didn’t go through our side. If they tried it, they didn’t get very far.”

It wasn’t just the daily practice under school principal and football coach R.B. Wellborn that made them tough as nails. It was also the daily regimen of farm work that started every morning at 5 a.m. for the sons of Clyde and Laura Goldsmith on their farm on the east side of Lyndon. They worked hard and played hard when there was time.

In 2021, Raymond enjoys winning at retired life on his farm east of Lyndon. Courtesy photo.

Goldsmith pointed to a hill there, saying “That’s where me and Curtis and our brother Gerald would use a large grain shovel to sled down the hill when there was snow.”

Who was the toughest team the Lyndon Tigers beat during those two undefeated seasons?

“Oh, Burlingame up here was pretty tough, but they played pretty dirty,” the veteran Tiger said. “That’s the one that knocked the wind out of me – Dad ran out on the field. He thought I was gonna die or whatever.”

Goldsmith said this was back in the days when local teams played only against teams in the county. There was no long distance travel to faraway games. The downside was that teams were often matched against much bigger schools, not only in the number of athletes available, but also in physical size.

“Osage City was a lot bigger than Lyndon, but we beat Osage, and boy, they couldn’t take it,” he remembered.

Goldsmith missed the first part of his last game as a Tiger in 1944. He’d volunteered to join the U.S. Army. Uncle Sam required him to take a physical exam in Leavenworth on the day of that game. He arrived back in Lyndon by bus that afternoon, then walked to get to the field in the fourth quarter.

Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club goes caroling for December meeting

By Bella Reeser, Club Reporter

On Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021, the Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club held its monthly club meeting at the Melvern Community Center. At 5:06 p.m. the meeting was called to order by President Braelyn McNally. The club began their meeting with The Pledge of Allegiance and 4-H Pledge led by Braelyn.

Secretary Amelia Arb called roll; members and parents were to answer with “What is your favorite gift you gave someone?” There were 13 members and eight adults present. Amelia read the minutes from the last meeting; they were approved as read.

Treasurer Gradey McNally read the treasurer’s report; it was approved as read. Reporter Bella Reeser stated she submitted two articles to the newspaper. In historian report, Historian Allie Reeser shared “History of 4-H”.

In leader’s report, Lisa Reser reminded members to enroll in the new 4-H year, and it’s never too early to start thinking about District Club Days.

In new business, it was moved and seconded to adopt a family, and send care packages to soldiers.

In program and songs, the club went caroling to six local houses in Melvern. Nathan Ferris led the club in singing “Frosty the Snowman”.

At 5:27 p.m., it was moved and seconded to adjourn the meeting. The Melvern Jr. Highline’s next club meeting will be 5 p.m. Sunday Jan. 9, 2022, at Melvern Community Center.

Club members enjoyed caroling for recreation and refreshments provided by the McNally and Reeser families.

Willing Workers celebrate 4-H by encouraging friends to join up

By Avery Thielen, Club Reporter

Showing support for 4-H, talking to other students about the opportunities that 4-H provides, and supporting the community was the highlight for the Willing Workers 4-H Club at the beginning of October.

Willing Worker Reece Wilcoxson works on a poster supporting 4-H.

To celebrate 4-H week the club members made posters to hang in the walls of the Osage City schools. Each member was able to show how important 4-H was to them as they designed their posters. These posters allowed the members to start conversations with their friends, inviting them to the first meeting of the 4-H year, which was on October 13.

“Making posters was important so other people could know what was going on,” said Reece Wilcoxson, 4-H member.

To celebrate the national event, 24 hours of 4-H, the members made cookies and put together cookie baskets to give to heath care workers in Osage City.

“We wanted to take cookies to the health care workers because COVID has been going on and they work very hard,” said Lena Stucky, 4-H member.

Students can still enroll in 4-H. Willing Workers 4-H Club meetings are held at 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of every month at the Osage City Community Building. Everyone is welcome anytime.

Willing Workers recognized at 4-H Achievement Night

Willing Workers 4-H Club celebrate their achievements: front, Clara Thielen, Kassie Thielen and Ruby Stucky; middle, Paige Thielen, Hadley Bosse, Avery Thielen, Lena Stucky and Jaiton Bosse; back Cole Thompson, Kevin Whitmer, Josie Thompson, Brody Thompson, Kaiden Bosse and Grace Croucher.

By Avery Thielen, Club Reporter

On Nov. 3, 2021, Willing Workers 4-H Club members attended the county 4-H achievement night at the Lyndon school. Many of the club members were present and received recognition for their year of hard work.

Members who completed their record book received a membership pin. Members receiving their membership pin were: Paige Thielen, 1st year, Lena Stucky, 3rd year, Kaiden Bosse, 4th year, Avery Thielen, 4th year, Kevin Whitmer, 5th year, Jaiton Bosse, 6th year, Brody Thompson, 6th year, Cole Thompson, 8th year, Grace Croucher, 8th year, Kayden Barrett, Cloverbud, Hadley Bosse, Cloverbud, Ruby Stucky, Cloverbud, Clara Thielen, Cloverbud, Kassie Thielen, Cloverbud, Leila Wilcoxson, Cloverbud.

Leaders receiving their membership pin were Dustin Stucky, 2nd year, Pam Whitmer, 3rd year, Josie Bosse, 6th year, Amanda and Chris Croucher, 8th year, Kara Thompson, 10th year) and Bruce Schoepflin, 14th year.

That night one member from the county was recognized for their project record report. Kevin Whitmer received the project award for foods, plant science and poultry. Lena Stucky received the project award for clothing and textiles, communications, stem and visual arts. Reece Wilcoxson received the rabbit project award. Two officers were recognized for their officer books. Brody Thompson received the historian award and Trista Anderson received the secretary award.

Kara Thompson was named the 4-H Alumni Award winner. She has spent 14 years serving the 4-H community and currently serves as one of the Willing Workers 4-H Club leaders.

“4-H brings kids together to help their community,” said Kara, who believes so strongly in the organization. As a former member from her youth, the Willing Workers were excited to see her receive this award.

The Whitmer family was named 4-H Family of the Year. Pam, Jeff and Kevin Whitmer are a very active 4-H family in the county. Pam serves as one of the Willing Workers 4-H Club leaders and their family goes above and beyond helping keep the club active in the community. Pam grew up in a family that was very involved in 4-H.

“4-H keeps us together as a family,” said Pam Whitmer. The Whitmers are very deserving of this award for their continued dedication to the organization.

Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club: Members enjoy fall as they get ready for Christmas

By Bella Reeser, Club Reporter

On Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021, Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club held its monthly club meeting at the Melvern City Park. At 5:14 p.m., the meeting was called to order by President Braelyn McNally. The club began the meeting with The Pledge of Allegiance and 4-H Pledge, led by Braelyn.

Secretary Amelia Arb called roll, members and parents were to answer with “What are you thankful for?” There were 11 members and six adults present. Amelia read the minutes from the last meeting; they were approved as read.

Treasurer Gradey McNally read the treasurer’s report; it was approved as read. Reporter Bella Reeser stated she submitted two articles to the newspaper. In the historian report, Historian Allie Reeser shared “The Story Behind the 4-H Clover”.

In leader’s report, leader Lisa Reeser reminded members to enroll in the new 4-H year, and congratulations to everyone at Achievement Night.

In new business, it was moved and seconded at the December meeting to go Christmas caroling at three or four houses in Melvern, Adopt-A-Family, and send care packages to soldiers.

In program, the club tie-dyed their new club shirt.

In songs, Nathan Ferris, led they club in singing “God Bless America”.

At 5:40 p.m., it was moved and seconded to adjourn the meeting. The Melvern Jr. Highline’s next club meeting will be 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5, at Melvern Community Center.

Club members then enjoyed playing at the park for recreation.

Help House helps with Thanksgiving meals

Once again, Help House will be assisting people in need with a full Thanksgiving meal to be distributed November 17 and 18, 2021. Residents of Osage County who are registered with Help House will receive either a turkey or a chicken with all the fixings, based on family size. Registration began Oct. 1, and will continue until all slots are taken.

Help House is looking for assistance from the community in this endeavor. Anyone who would like to help as a family, church, or organization, can collect the following items or donate cash and Help House will be able to purchase items that may be short. Thanksgiving dinner items can include instant potatoes, stove top style dressing mix, dry packaged gravy mix, (either turkey or brown gravy), boxed macaroni and cheese mix, boxed Jell-O and  canned mixed fruit (to make a salad), canned corn and green beans, pie crust (ready-made), pie filling (any kind).

For more information about the Thanksgiving meal project, contact Help House at 785-828-4888 or email info@helphouse.online.

Coat Closet open for business

The Coat Closet is also open at Help House and is open to anyone living in Osage County. Coat recipients do not need to be registered with Help House to come and shop for coats for themselves and their family members. Help House has a good selection, and with cold weather on the way soon, all are encouraged to come and shop. No appointments are necessary.

Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club: Neighboring clubs hold joint meeting at Melvern Lake

Melvern Jr. Highline and Lyndon Leaders 4-H club members enjoy a presentation on the history of Melvern Lake, presented by a park ranger. Bella Reeser photo.

Melvern Jr. Highline September 4-H Meeting

By Bella Reeser, Club Reporter

On Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021, the Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club held their monthly club meeting at the Overlook Shelter House at Melvern Lake. At 5:02 p.m. both the Melvern Jr. Highline and Lyndon Leaders 4-H clubs had the honor of a program presentation of the history of Melvern Lake by a Melvern park ranger. At 5:34 p.m. the September meeting was called to order by President Braelyn McNally. The club began their meeting with The Pledge of Allegiance and 4-H Pledge led by Leader Caleb McNally.

Secretary Amelia Arb called roll, members and parents were to answer with ‘If you could have one super power, what would it be?’ There were 12 members and eight adults present.

Amelia read the minutes from the last meeting; they were approved as read. Braelyn read the treasurer’s report; it was approved as read.  Reporter Bella Reeser stated she submitted one article to the newspaper.

In historian report, Historian Allie Reeser shared 4-H memories from Gaylene Ryan, former MJH leader.

In leader’s report, Lisa Reeser reminded members to read over meeting notes sheet: Thank yous to all awards contributors, Kansas State Fair is this week, record books are due September 22, newspaper forms are due Sept. 22, and at the next meeting we will create posters for National 4-H Week.

At 5:49 p.m. it was moved and seconded to adjourn the meeting. Both clubs then enjoyed a BBQ hot dog cook out for refreshments, then walked down to the beach to swim for recreation.

The Melvern Jr. Highline’s next club meeting will be 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021, at Melvern Community Center.

Help House News: Coat closet shares warmth around Osage County

By Raylene Quaney, Help House

Help House will be fully open once again beginning Oct. 1, 2021. No appointments are required. Masks are optional. For anyone who is not comfortable with this change, clients can place their food order online, set a time for pick up, and we will bring it out to their vehicle. You must be signed up as a client to take advantage of this great way to shop. For more information on how to do this, call 785-828-4888. Help House’s website www.helphouse.online offers lots of other information as well as the online food ordering link. Please visit the website and see what all is going on. Safe and secure cash donations may also be made there.

Coat closet opens

Oct. 1 is also the opening day for Help House’s 8th Annual Coat Closet. The coat closet will be open each day Help House is open until Oct. 29. In the past we have given out as many as 260 coats to residents of Osage County. You do not need to sign up ahead of time, and you do not need to be a client to receive a coat. We just limit one per family member living in the house. If anyone has coats to donate, we would greatly appreciate them. Infant and children’s coats are in short supply, and we can always use men’s and women’s 2X and 3X large coats. Please make sure they are clean and zippers work and they are in good shape.

Prom closet donations sought

Looking ahead to next spring, Help House is planning to hold the prom shop for the second time. It was a great experience and very successful this past spring. We are currently asking for donations of prom dresses that may be just hanging in the closet and taking up space. Why not pass them on to another young lady that might not be able to go out and purchase a new one. The girls last year had a great time shopping and 20 girls found the perfect dress for them. Drop off donations during our regular hours, or call for more information.

Stop in and shop

Just a reminder, any resident of Osage County is welcome to shop at Help House. We do not charge for any items you will find there, but donations are always appreciated.

Thank you

Help House would like to thank all of our supporters and wonderful dedicated volunteers. Without each of you we could not go about doing the work of this ministry. God bless each of you.

For more information, call Help House at 785-828-4888, see www.helphouse.online, or stop by at 131 W. 15th St., Lyndon, Kan.

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