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MdCV High School to crown royalty Sept. 30; Trojans face Lebo for homecoming

MdCV homecoming queen candidates Avary Simmons and Chiara Guerini, and king candidates Ryan Baker and Kyler Anschutz. Lisa Reeser photo.

Marais des Cygnes Valley High School will have its homecoming Friday, Sept. 30, 2022. Crowning ceremony will be at 6:30 p.m., followed by the high school football game vs. Lebo at 7 p.m. Wrapping up the night will be the dance from 10 p.m.-midnight.

MdCV homecoming royalty includes queen candidates Avary Simmons and Chiara Guerini, and king candidates Ryan Baker and Kyler Anschutz. Underclass attendants are Michael Goddard, freshman, Ella Reed, freshman, Allie Reeser, sophomore, Sam Goddard, sophomore, Carol Garcia-Fernandez, junior, and Deken Colyer, junior.

Thank you from the Stromgren family

Thank you to those who have showed great support during our time of loss. The kind words, contributions, and help have been greatly appreciated. Mark is, and always will be, greatly missed.

Susan Stromgren
Austin and Chloe Stromgren
Dale and Sharon J. Stromgren

Marais des Cygnes Valley FFA Chapter attends state convention

By Alyssa McCurdy, MdCV FFA Reporter

The MdCV FFA officer team attended the 94th Kansas State FFA Convention June 1-3, 2022, at Manhattan, Kan. This year’s convention theme was titled “Unite.”

The Kansas FFA had more than 11,600 members and guests in total attendance from 225 chapters for the convention. Three officers joined in on some workshops and attended the opportunity fair, and got a free FFA State Convention shirt as a prize.

MdCV FFA President Lindsey Johnson and Vice President Olivia Lacey also served as delegates at the convention.

The members were able to speak with each other and bounce around ideas for things their chapter could do to grow their membership numbers. There were many speakers at the convention sessions, including state officers with their retiring addresses. Motivational speakers from across the country included Becky Sullivan Fouard, a past national FFA officer, Courtney Zimmerman the National FFA Central Region vice president, Hannah Reynolds, and Dr. Rick Rigsby.

MdCV FFA officers were also very thrilled by some great country music from Corey Kent at The Hat following the Wednesday night opening sessions.

Some of MdCV FFA’s members were recognized for various awards and scholarships they received at the convention. Kelsey Rice, Olivia lacey, Haylea Bethell, and Emma Marsh received multiple scholarships to attend the Washington Leadership Conference June 15-19, in Washington, D.C. Seniors Cole Lacey, Wyatt Lingenfelter, Braden Reed, and AKaylee Prunty each received state degrees. Cole Lacey also received the National FFA Ford Built Tough scholarship. The chapter as a whole also was recognized for the Chapter Seed Program.

The officers are looking forward to another productive and motivating year for the chapter, school, and community.

Marais des Cygnes Valley FFA officers hone leadership skills at annual retreat

MdCV FFA officers visit Omaha, Neb., for a leadership retreat, from left, Kyler Vogeler, Alyssa McCurdy, Olivia Lacey, Kelsey Rice, and Lindsey Johnson. Courtesy photo.

By Alyssa McCurdy, MdCV FFA Reporter

The 2022-2023 Marais des Cygnes Valley FFA Chapter Officers took advantage of building leadership and personal growth opportunities by spending three days, July 26-28, 2022, in Omaha, Neb.

The three days were spent enhancing their leadership skills, bonding as a team, enhancing their personal growth, and organizing a program of activities for the year. The officers spent their first day going on a drive through Safari and got settled into their house for the next few days. On the first day, officers walked around the Old Market. Officers had bought ice cream there as well. That first night the officer team went to an escape room at the House of the Conundrum to work on teamwork.

On the second day, the officers worked on the program of activities before spending the day at the Omaha Zoo. That night they had spent time around the campfire talking about enhancing personal growth.

On the last day of the retreat, the officers saw the Holy Family Shrine located in Gretna, Neb. The architecture of this Catholic Church was beautiful and very unique.

This year’s officer team is Lindsey Johnson, president; Olivia Lacey, vice president; Kelsey Rice, secretary/treasurer; Alyssa McCurdy, reporter; and Olivia Lacey, sentinel. The officers are thrilled about getting the year off to a great start. They have some incredible development activities planned for the chapter members and community. Some of those activities include the annual organization luau, SAE member tour, Seitz Sales, elementary agriculture presentations, walk-in movie nights, highway cleanup, Ag Awareness Day, and of course FFA Week. Follow the chapter on the Marais des Cygnes Valley FFA website or Facebook page for upcoming events.

Agenda for the Osage County Commission meeting, Sept. 19, 2022

Agenda, Osage County Commission, Sept. 19, 2022






Zion Lutherans celebrate church’s German heritage

Members of Zion Lutheran Church prepare for Germanfest in authentic German attire, from left, Donna Silver, Burlingame, and Toni and Larry Wendling, Lyndon.

VASSAR, Kan. – In the late 1880s, several Lutheran families in the area of present day village of Vassar, which was platted in 1886, requested that a Lutheran pastor from the Topeka area come to preach God’s Word and baptize their children.

The first divine service was held March 30, 1884, almost 140 years ago, in the home of Fred Matthias. Zion Lutheran Church was formally organized in 1893 as “Die deutsche evangelische lutherische Germeinde ungeaenderter Augsburgischer Konfession zu Vassar, Osage County, Kansas”.

Zion Lutheran Church will feature its German heritage and history with a celebration in the Vassar community 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022, outdoors in the block just west of the church. The event will include German food, a polka band, beer garden, children’s activities, and local craftsmen featuring their handiwork for sale. The event is open to the public. For more information, see

Lyndon Lions ‘stride’ to help others manage diabetes

LYNDON, Kan. – The Lyndon Lions Club will host a Strides Community Walk Event, Oct. 1, 2022, at Lyndon Jones Park, Lyndon, Kan. The local Lions are inviting community residents of all ages to participate in this event, which will benefit Camp Discovery Youth Diabetes Summer Camp.  Registration for the event is $5 per person. All participants will receive a “participation bag”.

The Strides Walk starts at 8 a.m. that Saturday, with participant on-site registration beginning at 7:30 a.m. for those not pre-registered. The registration station will be set up at the Lyndon Lions Shelter House in Jones Park by the baseball diamonds.

“Gather your family, friends, and neighbors to register and join the Lyndon Lions Club for this exciting event,” said club president Ferne Evans. “Strides is an enjoyable way for the community to get together to promote healthy exercise in the fight against diabetes.”

During the Strides event, participants can visit stations along the way to participate in activities and learn more about the prevention and management of diabetes. Lions and Leos around the world organize Strides community events to heighten awareness about diabetes and to emphasize the importance of healthy exercise to prevent and manage this disease.

Broadband, phone discounts available for students and families

TOPEKA – The start of a new school year is an expensive time for families. For anyone struggling to pay for phone and internet services while navigating back to school costs, help is available to stay connected.

During Lifeline Awareness Week, the Kansas Corporation Commission encourages Kansans in need of assistance to apply for Lifeline and the Affordable Connectivity Plan. Both programs help low-income individuals and families stay connected so they can access healthcare, attend classes, keep up with homework, find jobs and call for help in an emergency.

Anyone who qualifies for Lifeline is automatically eligible to participate in both programs. Due to higher income maximums, ACP also has the potential to help many families with internet costs that may not qualify for other types of assistance. For example, the maximum income for a family of four on the ACP program is $55,500 per year. The maximum annual income for a family of four on the Lifeline program is $37,463.

Lifeline provides federal and state discounts up to $17.02 per month on phone service (wireless or residential) and broadband. The Affordable Connectivity Plan provides a service discount of up to $30 per month for broadband service and a one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, desktop computer or tablet purchased through a participating provider. Both programs offer additional discounts for subscribers living on tribal lands.

Eligibility is based on income at or below 135 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines for Lifeline or at or below 200 percent for ACP, or participation in certain assistance programs such as:

Agenda of the Osage County Commission for Sept. 12, 2022

Agenda of the Osage County Commission for Sept. 12, 2022

8:30 a.m. Call meeting to order-public comment

8:30 a.m. Amanda Kohlman-OCED-Grant

8:45 a.m. Matt Booker appraiser-contract

9 a.m. Discussion of Land Development Director Position and Executive Session

J Ryan Fine – public works director – weekly report

10 a.m. Daresa Prescott-road concerns; 10:15-Tammyra Swift-Fager-senior center flooring





Archeologist to speak on investigations along Santa Fe Trail in Osage County

Celebrating Scranton’s sesquicentennial

The Osage County Historical Society will present “An Evening with Dr. Shannon R. Ryan Ph.D” at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, 2022, at the Scranton Attendance Center, 104 S. Burlingame Ave., Scranton, KS. This event is taking place as part of Scranton’s 150th anniversary celebration.

Dr. Ryan is a noted registered professional archeologist with R. Christopher Goodwin and Associate, Lawrence, Kan. She will speak about her recent archaeological investigations into four Osage County sites along the Santa Fe Trail.

During the main speaker, a children’s program will be presented by Lynsay Flory, OCHS program director. Light refreshments will be served, and a silent auction will be held to benefit the historical society.

This event is free of charge, but freewill donations will be accepted. For more information, contact the Osage County Historical Society at 785-828-3477 or

Osage City’s citywide garage sales Sept. 16-17

Osage City’s fall citywide garage sales are Friday and Saturday, Sept. 16-17, 2022. Hosted by the Osage City Chamber of Commerce, a map is made of sales around town. For those wishing to have their sale listed on the map, now is the time to sign up. To sign up, contact Tricia Gundy, chairman of the Osage City Chamber garage sale committee, at 785-219-9727, or stop by Peterson’s Assisted Living, Osage City.

The map notes addresses of sales and provides a chart of the types of items offered at the sales.

A $5 donation fee for a spot on the map goes towards a scholarship awarded every year to two Osage City High School graduates for furthering their education. The 2022 scholarships were awarded to Jerra Butterfield and Gavin DeBaun. The deadline for adding a sale to the map is 5 p.m. Sept. 13.

Ms. Wheelchair Kansas receives ‘Rising Star Award’ at national competition

The 2022 Ms. Wheelchair Kansas recently attended the Ms. Wheelchair America event, where she competed for the national title. Marci Clare, of Abilene, Kan. joined with 20 other women vying for the opportunity to represent women who are wheelchair mobile in the United States. This annual event, held Aug. 15-21, 2022, was hosted at the Amway Grand Plaza, Grand Rapids, Mich.

2022 Ms. Wheelchair Kansas Marci Clare

After an intense week of competition, networking, and empowerment, Clare came away with a new sisterhood from across the nation, a renewed motivation to advocate, and the honor of being named the Rising Star Award winner. Clare was the 18th woman to represent the state of Kansas at the national competition since the creation of the Ms. Wheelchair Kansas organization in 2004.

While in Grand Rapids, she participated in three personal interview sessions, scored based on her accomplishments, self-perception, communication, and projection skills. She also gave a speech on her chosen platform, “There’s No Place Like Home,” and heard from speakers on a variety of topics related to leadership and advocacy.

In the crowning ceremony, Ali Ingersoll, of North Carolina, was named Ms. Wheelchair America 2023. Clare received an award created specifically by the judge, the “Rising Star Award” to recognize a contestant who has accomplished much and demonstrated growth in a short amount of time.

Chamber Chatter: Osage City celebrates senior center, plans fall activities

Osage County Senior Center and Osage County General Public Transportation hosted a “Chamber After Hours” mixer and open house July 29. Those attending enjoyed some delicious refreshments and tasty punch. Chamber photo.

The Osage County Senior Center and Osage County General Public Transportation hosted an “After Hours” mixer and open house Friday, July 29, 2022, which was open to the public and Chamber of Commerce members.

The senior center, at 604 Market St., Osage City, is a place to enjoy many activities throughout the week. Monday includes sewing, art and painting, exercise, Mexican train dominoes and pitch. Exercise and Mexican train dominoes take place on Tuesday. Wednesday includes sewing, exercise and Mexican train dominoes. Plan to exercise or do art and painting on Thursday. Finish up the week on Friday with exercise and bingo. Visit the center for the time slots for the activities.

A potluck lunch takes place on the first Wednesday of each month. Bring a covered dish and enjoy a nice variety of food and generally there is some musical entertainment following the meal.

The center has a variety of rooms specified for the various activities. There is a sewing room, ceramic and art and painting room, library and puzzle room, board room, pool and exercise equipment room. There is also a nice dining area which is used for daily meals served at lunch time.

The building is available for rent in the evenings and weekends when there are not center activities planned. The rental fees are $25 for nights and $50 per day for the weekends. Often during the day, there are activities or meetings that are scheduled. There is no charge and the center remains open for normal business. The center sponsors community blood drives through the Community Blood Center during the year. Also several times throughout the year, Herme Healthcare from Wichita provides foot and toenail care. There are also several fund raising events throughout the year to support the Senior Center activities. Memorial donations as well as donations from individuals and organizations are always welcomed to support the activities.

Osage County General Public Transportation provides riders the opportunity to use the public transportation for doctor appointments, eye appointments, medical procedures, hair appointments, physical therapy, mental health appointments, shopping, court appointments, and eating out.

If you need to go somewhere and need a ride, OCGPT will take you. Appointments must be made between 7:05 a.m. and 5 p.m. Fares are determined by destination from Osage City.

Overbrook cooks up plan to build downtown historical museum

OVERBROOK, Kan. – A cookbook featuring more than 350 homegrown recipes from members of the Overbrook community is now available for purchase, with proceeds from the sale going toward the effort to build a historical museum in downtown Overbrook.

The ”Don’t Overcook Overbrook” cookbook features a wide assortment of recipes for appetizers, soups, desserts, main dishes, salads, and more. The book was published by the Overbrook Historical Society, and is dedicated to the memory of three local women who in their lifetimes fed a large proportion of the Overbrook community:

  • Shirley Simmons, owner and head cook at Shirley’s Café for more than 45 years.
  • Enda Fox, who cooked lunches in the Overbrook School District for many years, and was well-known for her cinnamon rolls.
  • Anita (Musick) Maichel, owner of Jack’s Café, Ganders Club and Restaurant, and Jack’s Sandwich Factory.

“Don’t Overcook Overbrook” is available for sale for $20 per book at Overbrook City Hall, 401 Maple St., or the Kansas State Bank, 400 Maple St., Overbrook, Kan. To request copies in advance, email the Overbrook Historical Society at

Public meeting set to discuss results of nuclear power plant exercise

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency, the state of Kansas, and Coffey County, Kan., will participate in a one-day exercise Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022, at Wolf Creek Generating Station, near Burlington, Kan. The routine exercise will test the abilities of the state of Kansas, the utility, and the participating county to protect the health and safety of the public living and working in the vicinity of the generating station.

The exercise is required every two years to test state and local radiological emergency preparedness and response plans. It will require the activation of emergency facilities by the participating state and local officials. The activities of state, county, and local governments will be observed and evaluated by the FEMA Region 7 Radiological Emergency Preparedness Program. Wolf Creek Generating Station on-site performance will be observed and evaluated by officials from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

A public meeting will be held to discuss the full-scale response exercise process at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 2, 2022, at the Coffey County Library, 410 Juniatta, Burlington. The process of evaluating the full-scale response exercise takes months, so the preliminary findings are expected to be limited in scope. Members of the public are invited to attend the meeting.

Representatives from FEMA Region 7 will chair the meeting and explain the exercise process. A representative from the NRC Region 4 office will discuss activities conducted on-site at the power plant during the exercise.

Osage City schools celebrate start of school year with ‘back to school night’

Osage City Elementary and Middle Schools will celebrate the start of the school year with a “back to school night” 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11.

School staff will host the annual event, and vendors who have a connection with Osage City students are encouraged to set up a booth to advertise their products in the school cafeteria. To reserve a booth, call the elementary school office at 785-528-3171.

Along with gathering information about community organizations, students and parents in grades K-8 are invited to a free hot dog feed. The meal includes a hot dog, chips, cookies, and drink in the school cafeteria.

Elementary students are encouraged to bring their supplies for school to their classrooms, talk with their teachers, and tour the schools.

Everyone is invited to help OCES and OCMS celebrate the return to school.

Zion Lutheran youth attend national gathering in Houston

Zion Lutheran Church Youth Group and sponsors, front from left, Kiefer Haney, Jensen Sturdy, Lisa Reeser, and Allie Reeser; back, Russ Haney, Lyndall Whitten, Dylan Haney, and Caleb Anschutz. Courtesy photo.

After three years of fundraising, with support from their church and communities, youth of Zion Lutheran Church and their sponsors attended the LCMS National Youth Gathering, July 7-14, 2022, in Houston, Texas.

Joining with 20,000 youth from across the United States for the gathering, the Zion Lutheran group spent half a day serving at the Houston Food Bank. The group also visited NASA, attended a Texas Stampede, joined Mass events in Minute Maid Park, visited sessions and Bible studies at GRB Convention Center, and shared many memorable activities and fun.

Help House continues collection of school supplies for new school year

Help House is again collecting school supplies to be distributed among the elementary schools in Osage County, kindergarten to eighth grade, that do not distribute supplies to their students.

Donors can drop off purchased items anytime during regular business hours, or make secure cash donations at and designate it 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.

All donations are requested to be delivered to Help House no later than Aug. 10, so they may be sorted and delivered to the schools by Aug. 15.

For more information, stop in at 131 W. 15th St., Lyndon, Kan., see, call 785-828-4888, or email

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