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OCPR Update: A new year of activities ahead

OCPR-logo-redOsage City Parks and Recreation is starting off the new year with youth basketball for pre-K through second grade, with the signup deadline on Jan. 15, 2021. Here are the details:

Osage County Community Foundation: Your community, your foundation

Click to download an OCCF grant application.The Osage County Community Foundation serves the Osage County area by helping donors make a lasting difference and improve the lives of people in the local community. Through its grant making opportunities, the Osage County Community Foundation works to bring together the financial resources of individuals, families, and businesses to support nonprofit organizations and others in our community.

As OCCF’s mission statement says: “The Osage County Community Foundation provides a method of giving that represents the ideas and interest of people who want to increase the impact of philanthropy.”

OCCF makes grants for innovative and creative projects and programs that are responsive to changing community needs in the areas of health, social service, education, recreation, and cultural affairs.

The foundation offers grants through its general fund, which is made up of unrestricted donations to the foundation, and donor advised funds, which are designated for a specific purpose by the donor. As a donor supported foundation, OCCF also continues to seek donations to continue its work in supporting Osage County organizations.

The foundation typically offers two rounds of grants annually. Any organization or group based in Osage County can apply, but preference is given to those that are not directly tax supported or agencies that have taxing authority. General operational expenses are not funded. Following the application deadlines as set each year, the foundation’s board meets to review applications and select recipients.

For more information about donating to the Osage County Community Foundation or the grant application process, contact Perry Thompson at 785-528-3006 or contact one of the foundation’s board members, Joe Humerickhouse, Casey Mussatto, Janet Steinle, Jodi Stark, or Mike Pitts. A grant application is available here. Completed applications should be mailed to the Osage County Community Foundation, PO Box 24, Osage City, KS 66523.

Public Notice: Comments invited on BNSF tower installation proposal in Osage County

PUBLIC NOTICE: Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway proposes to install two 240-ft-tall communications towers in their railroad right-of-way in Osage County at (latitude, longitude) 38.479275, -95.748669, and 38.573522, -95.524575, which will be licensed through the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). As part of its responsibilities assigned by FCC for compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), BNSF invites the public to notify BNSF of any effects the placement of this tower may have on properties listed or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places, or any concerns the public may have with regard to the potential impact the tower may have on natural and cultural resources subject to NEPA or NHPA review and consideration. Please direct your comments to Jennifer Schwaller at HDR, 10450 Holmes Rd, Suite 600, Kansas City, MO 64131 or [email protected] Comments must be received within 10 days of this notice. Public Notice published Dec. 4, 2020.

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Notice to Bidders: Rehabilitation projects in Emporia, Kan.

Notice to Bidders

The City of Emporia is accepting bids for housing rehabilitation projects in Emporia, Kansas funded with a $300,000 CDBG Grant. Contractors must have RRP lead paint training and be able to obtain a local license. Contact Jeff Lynch at 620-343-4285 or [email protected] for bid information.  

Marilynn’s open for dine-in service

Marilynn’s will open for dine-in, carryout or curbside service at 7 a.m. Monday, Nov. 30. We are returning to normal business hours, 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Thank you for your patience and support.

Marilynn’s Restaurant is on east Highway 31, 1216 Laing St., in Osage City, Kan.

Join us in the dining room or call
for carryout or curbside service!

OCPR Update: OCHS cheer team coaches up-and-coming cheerleaders

OCPR-logo-redOsage City Parks and Recreation is encouraging young cheerleaders to participate for the OCHS Cheer Camp, with a deadline of Sept. 25 for signup. Also in the works is the annual barbecue contest and community barbecue party, Smoke in the Spring, which has been postponed this year to Oct. 30-31, 2020. The schedule of events is shaping up to include fun for everyone.

OCPR Update: It’s hot and the pool is waiting for you

OCPR-logo-redIt’s officially hot outside and Osage City Aquatic Center is open for cooling off. Swim lessons are underway and session two begins next week. Osage City Parks and Recreation is also gearing up for youth football for summer and early fall. Check out the current OCPR schedule below.

ECKAN Head Start: We are still here for you!

ECKAN Head Start
We are still here for your family through this tough time!

We offer FREE home-based services
(weekly home visits for prenatal to age 5).
Enrolling year round!

Please contact us via phone or email to complete an application!

ECKAN Head Start
530 Holliday Street, Osage City
Andrea: 620-803-2041, [email protected]
Dillon: 620-803-2040, [email protected]


Mussatto shares simplified meal-making and heart-healthy recipes in new book

Eating right doesn’t have to be a challenge. Local author and registered dietitian Cheryl Mussatto’s new book teaches you the tastiest way to a healthier heart is through your stomach. “The Heart Disease Prevention Cookbook” delivers 125 easy-to-cook, but absolutely delicious, recipes sure to keep your heart pumping strong.

Based on the proven science behind the Mediterranean diet, “The Heart Disease Prevention Cookbook” makes healthy eating a snap with tasty meals featuring fresh fruit, veggies, grains, beans, fish, and lean meats. In addition, this comprehensive cookbook also offers an in-depth look at the causes of heart disease, why and how the Mediterranean diet has been shown to work for decades, and other steps you can take for long-term heart health.

“The Heart Disease Prevention Cookbook” includes:

125 recipes – From Mediterranean-Spiced Sweet Potato Hash with Fried Egg to Roasted Salmon with Fennel and Bell Pepper, these great-tasting dishes will keep you satisfied and happily heart-healthy at every meal.

Dishes for all skill levels – These beginner-friendly recipes are not only easy to cook but also involve minimal prep time and ingredients you can find at your local store.

Essential facts – Make it simple to plan your meals with full nutritional information for every recipe, as well as critical heart disease information and advice for healthy habits.

What is Head Start? ECKAN’s early childhood development services explained

ECKAN Head Start provides FREE early childhood development services to families who qualify. Services vary in each county and community, based upon the needs identified through a community assessment process. Families can sign up for the following service options (option 2 is the only option available in Osage County at this time):

  1. Center-Based Preschool for at least 6 hours, M-F for children ages 3 to 5 years.
  2. Home-Based 90-minute, weekly home visits for families with children ages prenatal to 5 years.
  3. All-Day childcare for children birth to age three years.

Head Start focuses on the development of the “whole” child and family. This means, we help families explore children’s overall health, mental health, social-emotional, and physical well-being as well as focusing on the typical intellectual development of children, including children with disabilities. Head Start believes parents are their child’s first and most important teacher. Therefore, we support parents to better understand early childhood development as well as support them to assess and set goals to reach their dreams for life-long outcomes and success. Research has proven children and families who attended Head Start were much more likely to become highly engaged and productive citizens as adults.

ECKAN believes most people are doing the very best they know how to do. The question is, how do we begin to know those things unknown to us? Head Start offers intentional support to those who open their minds to ask, wonder, and learn. Go to to learn which services are provided in each area. Contact information is available on the site, as well as an opportunity to enter information for someone to contact them. Anyone can call 785-242-7450 to talk to an ECKAN employee.

For specific services in Osage County, please contact Andrea Lacey at 620-803-2041 or Dillon Riley at 620-803-2040.

OCPR Update: Osage City Aquatic Center opens for summer fun

OCPR-logo-redOsage City Aquatic Center will open to swimmers next week, June 15, 2020, and Osage City Parks and Recreation has scheduled group and private swimming lessons, lap swims, and water aerobics for the season. Here are the details:

Home Town Health Care: You can still rely on us to be there for you

During a time of your greatest need, Home Town Health Care’s home health and hospice staff is trained and equipped with the most up-to-date information and recommendations from the CDC and KDHE. As Covid-19 continues to spread through counties in Kansas, you can still rely on Home Town Health Care for your home health and hospice needs.

Our nurses and aides are trained on the proper precautions to prevent the spread of Covid-19 and protect the health of our patients and communities. As others cancel or reduce visits, Home Town Health Care is able to help qualifying patients with lab testing, critical therapy, and medical needs in the safety of your home. We are continuing to help people who have medical needs, are unsafe to leave their homes, or can’t leave.

In this time of uncertainty, you can rest assured that Home Town Health Care will be there to care for you.

Call us at Lyndon 785-310-0000, or Emporia 620-342-2600.

Home Town Home Health and Hospice. There to Care.

Jay Bailey for Osage County Commissioner

I have announced my candidacy for Osage County Commissioner District 3, and if you live in my district, I would like your vote in the Aug. 4, 2020, primary election.

Jay Bailey and family

If anyone would like to talk to me about county issues or know where I stand on a specific issue, please call or text me at 785-215-4391 or 785-828-3203, or email me at [email protected].

Here’s is how I stand on some current county issues:

  • We need credibility, accountability and transparency on our board of county commissioners.
  • We need to fix our tax problem. In the past 20 years our taxes have increased 394%.
  • We need to grow business opportunities and create a business friendly Osage County.

What I would do as a county commissioner is work my tail off to make our county a better place for all of us.

So all voters would be able to know how county commission candidates stand on current issues, I would like to participate in a town hall type meeting with an impartial moderator. Will my challenger agree to participate?

Political advertisement paid for by
Jay Bailey for County Commissioner, Janet Steinle, Treasurer.

Marilynn’s reopens for dine-in or carry out service

Marilynn’s Restaurant, a family-owned business on east Highway 31, 1216 Laing St., in Osage City,  has reopened for dine-in or carry out service on Monday, May 4, 2020. Our new hours are 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

We will be offering your favorite burgers, sandwiches, fryer items, and salads, and of course Naomi’s pies! We’ll also be serving up our daily lunch specials Monday through Friday.

Don’t sit at home wondering what’s for breakfast, lunch or supper. Let Marilynn’s fix it for you – DINE IN or come pick it up! Call 785-528-3769 for carry out.

New hours 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Saturday
Call 785-528-3769 for carryout or curbside service

Marilynn’s Restaurant, on east Highway 31, 1216 Laing St., in Osage City, Kan., is here to serve you good food and homestyle hospitality Monday through Saturday, plus daily lunch specials Monday through Friday. Call 785-528-3769 for carry out and curbside service.

Check out Marilynn’s daily specials and full menu here: Marilynn’s menu

e.b. Sprouts and Flowers: Now open with adjusted hours; it’s time to garden!

At e.b. Sprouts and Flowers, we are now open with adjusted hours:

Monday-Friday 1-5:30 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Call 785-828-4116

We are practicing social distancing as much as possible. Open air market in the back or call in for curbside. It’s time to garden!

We have new pottery, annuals, hanging baskets, herbs and veggie starts, as well as soil amendments, mulch and much more! And as always cool home and yard decor for you and your bird friends.

Call or come by! Thank you for your business!

e.b. Sprouts and Flowers is at 520 Topeka Ave., Lyndon. Call 785-828-4116, email [email protected], or visit

Osage City Golf Course to reopen clubhouse

The Osage City Golf Course will reopen its clubhouse for business on Saturday, April 18, 2020, after having closed in response to the pandemic.

From golf course management: “We will adhere to the restrictions set forth to keep everyone safe. You may not come into the clubhouse. Come to the west side door and we will serve your needs from there. The driving range will continue to be closed. Restrooms will be available but only one at a time may come in. You may rent a cart, but only one to a cart unless you are from the same family.”

Hours are 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., weather permitting.

Call ahead for a tee time or if you have questions. Call clubhouse manager Janis Campbell at 785-219-2245 or the course at 785-528-3329.

Let’s all stay safe and play some golf.

Dance Spot offers free online dancing adventures

The Dance Spot, of Alma and Burlingame, is offering all dancers young and old free online dance classes.

“During this crazy time we want our families to save their money for life’s essentials – so we are not charging anything to our dance families, no monthly fees, no hidden costs. We are also giving our competition families refunds or credits to future dance competitions as the events let us know.

“We use our online dance classes for more about fun unique and funny moments we can still share with our dancers. We love them so much and miss them terribly so our goal is to stay connected even if it’s just for a day of stretching hilarious stuff, laughter is the best medicine during this crazy time, so enjoy the fun and join us.”

Higher Power Health & Yoga schedules online classes

Higher Power Health & Yoga is now holding yoga classes online, either via Zoom or Facebook Live. Everyone is welcome to join.

Our Facebook page is Higher Power Health & Yoga. You can also visit our website for the schedule and other information:

Wishing everyone health and safety,

Michelle Robert, Owner
Higher Power Health & Yoga, Osage City, KS

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