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Feb. 8, 2022: Osage County voters to decide sales tax question for law center and jail

LYNDON, Kan. – At a special election Tuesday Feb. 8, 2022, local voters could determine whether future duties of the Osage County Sheriff’s Office will include operating a 120-bed detention center, proposed to be built in Lyndon.

On the ballot is a special question, which if approved would establish a 1/2 cent countywide sales tax to pay costs to “design, construct, equip and furnish a new law enforcement and public safety center …” The tax would pay for the startup costs of a proposed $20 million county jail and law enforcement center, and initial payments on bonds issued to finance the project.

In a series of community meetings held around the county since last summer, Osage County Sheriff Chris Wells has promoted a proposal for a new law enforcement center and a possible 140-bed jail. Wells said, “Something has to change” at the current sheriff’s office and jail in Lyndon, Kan.

The sheriff’s office occupies a building that used to be a nursing home that was built in1964. In 2004, the building was condemned because the roof had fallen in. Promotional materials from the sheriff’s office said Osage County purchased the building in 2005 as a temporary solution for lack of room at the sheriff’s office, then housed in the jail by the courthouse.

The sheriff’s outline of problems at the office include black mold, rotting floors, holes in the floors, moldy evidence room, three full file rooms, unsecure dispatch room, leaking roof, rotting ceilings and attic space, need of paint, and outdated wiring and plumbing.

On a recent tour of the sheriff’s office, many of the problems the sheriff listed last summer still existed – mold on ceilings in some storage areas, spongy floors in some areas, apparent roof leaks. In a mildew-smelling room called the armory, where surplus items and longs guns were stored, mold was visibly growing on the guns’ wooden stocks – some of the guns were evidence from past crimes, the sheriff said.

The evidence rooms shown during the tour were overflowing with shelves filled with boxes and file cabinets almost everywhere they would fit. One room shown was filled with what appeared to be personal effects, almost so full the door couldn’t be opened. Wells said he was uncertain of what was stored there.

Literature provided by the sheriff’s office says the current jail was built in 1985 with 25 beds, and when the sheriff’s office moved in 2006, 10 beds were added. Though the jail was built to be expanded with an upper level, foundation issues have since excluded that option. The foundation problems have also caused several cells to be inoperable, and flooding occurs in some cells. The current jail also has mold issues and lack of storage space. Wells said several inmates have filed lawsuits against the sheriff’s office and the county due to conditions in the jail.

The upcoming election question is for a 1/2 cent countywide sales tax for four years, but it is tied to the $20 million proposal for a new law enforcement center and jail, which is based on a plan for the county to issue bonds to be paid off over 35 years. According to calculations provided by the Osage County Clerk’s Office as additional information for the ballot question, a project cost of $19,997,500, with added $297,500 in fees would total $20,295,000 for the amount of the bonds issued. An interest rate of 3.28 percent would cost the county $16,274,045 in interest by the end of the 35-year term. Annual payment amount for the county would $937,667. The total amount paid in principal and interest after 35 years would be $36,569,045. The half-cent sales tax for startup costs is expected to generate $791,173 per year for four years.

5th-6th grade Lady Indians head to state championship tournament

Osage City’s 5th-6th grade Lady Indians finished 3-0 at Wamego, Jan. 15, 2022. The wins qualified the team for the Kansas State Basketball Championship, a state tournament for youth town teams, which will be March 4-6, at Wichita, Kan.

At the Wamego tournament, the Lady Indians beat Concordia (61-2), Nemaha Central (37-17), and Clay Center (43-8). The team includes, from left, Brynlee Harmon , 5th; Jayla Jenkins, 5th; Kaelyn Boss, 6th; Cheyenne Wiley, 6th; Sawyer Serna, 5th; Kenzie Bellinger, 6th; and Harmony Linton, 5th.


Courtesy photo.

Eat Well to Be Well: 22 simple ways to be healthier in 2022

Say goodbye to 2021 and hello to 2022! Father Time keeps ticking away with the arrival of another New Year with new possibilities affecting your life and health. Speaking of health, what plans do you have for restoring or maintaining your health this coming year and what steps will you take to reach your goals?

One thing we learned over the past two years is good health matters. COVID-19 continues to take a toll, especially on individuals with chronic health conditions, a blunt reminder that getting and staying healthy has always had distinct advantages. However, gaining good health doesn’t just happen. It takes daily dedication of practicing regular healthy habits with a lot of self-discipline added to this mix.

To start your New Year with good health in mind, here’s a list of 22 simple ways to get healthier with minimal effort:

1. Fill half your plate with non-starchy vegetables. High in nutrients, low in calories and carbohydrates, these valuable veggies include asparagus, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, celery, cucumbers, eggplant, lettuce, mushrooms, mustard greens, okra, onions, peppers, radishes, squash, spinach, Swiss chard, tomatoes, and zucchini.

2. Drink more water. Water is calorie and sugar-free and essential for good health. A good guide for daily water intake is to divide your weight in half and aim for that number in fluid ounces. For example, someone who weighs 150 pounds should aim for at least 75 ounces or about nine, 8-ounce glasses a day.

3. Stay flexible. Every day, do some sort of stretching routine to keep your body and joints flexible and strong.

4. Dedicate at least 5 minutes of your lunch break to walking. This will keep you more active and is a great stress reliever and mood enhancer.

5. Drink green tea. One of the healthiest beverages you can drink, green tea is packed with antioxidants helping you fight free radicals shown to increase disease and speed aging.

6. Brush and floss your teeth. Get in the habit of brushing and flossing twice a day.

7. Avoid sugar beverages. Sugary sodas are bad for your health and loaded with added sugar. If you drink a lot of soda, opt for healthier beverages such as water, unsweetened tea, coffee, or green tea.

8. Go to bed 10 minutes earlier. By the end of the week, you’ll add an extra 70 minutes of sleep. Keep it up all year and you’ll have slept 60 hours more. Imagine how well-rested you’ll feel.

9. Make a grocery list before you shop. This can help you make healthier decisions when shopping and prevent impulse buying. Studies have also shown that grocery lists can help you eat healthier.

10. Limit screen time. This includes screen usage from cell phones, TV, computers, laptops, and other devices. Estimate your average screen time per day and aim to reduce it by half.

Local Republican women share book to inspire hope in humanity

Judy Marten, president Osage County Republican Women, presents the group’s book donation of “Better Angels” to Overbrook Library Director Kyle Sederstrom. Courtesy photo.

The Osage County Republican Women recently delivered the group’s annual book selection to several public libraries in Osage County. The reading selection this year is “Better Angels: You Can Change the World. You Are Not Alone.” by Sadie Keller. This inspiring story stirs the soul of anyone who wants to find hope in humanity.

Author Sadie Keller was diagnosed with leukemia at age seven. By age eight, Sadie had lost all her hair from chemotherapy treatments. She started a crusade by creating a video about herself, her cancer and her chemotherapy. When Sadie posted it on the internet, the video went viral, paving the way for Sadie to tell her story on national television. Sadie also told her story to members of Congress, who passed legislation to provide for more specific research and better medicines for childhood cancer.

“Our Leaders are Readers initiative is a partnership with the National Federation of Republican Women to promote literacy,” said Judy Marten, OCRW president.

On behalf of the group, Marten made the presentations to library directors Brandi Shaffer, at Burlingame Library; Genea Reynolds, Lyndon Carnegie Library; Jeanette Stromgren, Osage City Library; and Kyle Sederstrom, Overbrook Public Library.

Books were also donated to Carbondale and Melvern libraries. The group plans to distribute the book to area doctors’ offices and local wellness clinics in 2022.

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.

Eat Well to Be Well: Enjoy these top 12 foods to energize your day

When feeling drained of get-up-and-go, it’s tempting to down an energy drink or grab a candy bar. These choices often do provide a quick, short burst of energy you need. But beware – sugary drinks, candy, and pastries put too much fuel (sugar) into your blood too quickly. Instead of long-lasting energy, that sugar spike will soon come crashing down, leaving you tired and hungry once again.

Try instead to choose foods that boost energy levels and have all-day staying. These same foods should also be rich sources of protein, fiber and complex carbohydrates. Here are 12 healthy food ideas to amplify your energy level from sluggish to energized staying-power:

Peanut Butter

Peanut butter is a tried and true favorite for sustained stamina. The energy boost comes from a combination healthy fat, protein, and fiber, helping satisfy hunger and keeping blood sugar stable. Choose all-natural peanut butter without added sugar and stick to a 2 tablespoon serving size.

Air-popped popcorn

Popcorn is a high-fiber, whole-grain treat and a smarter choice than a bag of high-fat, overly salted potato chips. The popped kernels provide volume for quieting hunger longer than other snack foods. Stay away from high-fat microwave popcorn and instead pop your own kernels seasoned with herbs and spices.

Almonds

This superstar snack food provides important nutrients such as magnesium and B vitamins, helping to convert food to energy. When magnesium levels are low, you’ll tire more easily, particularly during exercise. A lack of B vitamins can lead to fatigue, irritability, and poor concentration. All it takes is about 1 ounce or 23 nuts to be considered a serving.

Hidden History: Newspaper ad reunites Uncle Wash with family more than a century later

When he was an octogenarian, “Uncle Wash” was observed as being a “pleasant faced appearing old man, whose gray eyes, hair, and beard [gave] him a venerable appearance, not much unlike the typical Uncle Tom”, as was quoted in the June 9, 1892, Osage County Chronicle. Wash’s story, however, was much different than the Uncle Tom of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin.

George Washington Irving had been held in slavery near Springfield, Missouri, one of about 20 slaves owned by a Mr. Fulbright. Possibly John Fulbright, who with his family, in 1829, brought 30 slaves with them to Greene County, Missouri. Fulbright was “a very hard master” and Wash and the others enslaved by the Fulbright family were submitted “to the lashings of a cruel and capricious owner.”

When General James Lane led a campaign into southwest Missouri in the fall of 1861 with his Kansas Brigade, Wash’s family was one of the hundreds of others the troops freed during their time in the area. Wash would later recount an attempt by the local slaveholders to dissuade their slaves from leaving with the Army, telling them that if they left, they would be sold by the government to pay the debts of the war. However, Wash and others tired of their bonds figured it was worth the gamble and took the soldiers at their word.

These formerly enslaved families became “contrabands” or recently freed individuals taken under the care of the Army. When the refugees became too numerous for the frontier Army to handle, Lane sent many of the contrabands, dubbed “The Black Brigade” to the safety of Kansas under the care of Army chaplains. The refugees took with them all of their earthly possessions, sometimes using their former master’s livestock to transport the loads. The troop traveled day and night on this journey, with little opportunity to rest and limited protection in this pro-slavery area of Missouri.

Wash and other refugees who formed the Black Brigade first arrived in Kansas at Fort Scott. Many then ventured on to Lawrence by the fall of 1861, where some found livelihoods and settled. Wash worked as a teamster in the free-state town during his time there.

In 1863, he weathered the fury of Quantrill’s raiders when they sacked the town. The following year, Wash and his family moved to Burlingame, Kansas. It was there that he found a job performing labor at the Burlingame Cemetery. During his career, he was said to have dug more than 1,000 graves at the cemetery, earning $2 per excavated grave.

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.

Marais des Cygnes students spread holiday cheer, one penny at a time

Junior high students at MdCV Middle School promote contributions to their penny collection, during a recent school competition. Courtesy photo.

Recently, students at Marais des Cygnes Valley Junior High and Senior High schools competed against each other in a junior high versus high school competition, Penny Wars, to spread their holiday cheer.

Students brought in loose change in hopes of collecting the most money for their class. The contest awarded each class points for pennies and bills for each cent donated, but “silver” coins, such as nickels, dimes, and quarters took points away. The classes were allowed to sabotage their opponents by throwing silver coins into their opponent’s buckets.

MdCV High School students help spread Christmas cheer with a friendly change collection competition.

The total amount of money collected was $1,114.19, which was to be donated to a charity of the winning class’ choosing. The junior high class came up with $455.24, and donated their portion to the Osage County Sheriff’s Office’s toy drive. The high school class, collecting $658.95, decided to divide their collection between Special Olympics and the local Mayes House, each receiving $329.47.

Students also demonstrated their holiday spirit throughout the week by decorating classroom doors, participating in holiday trivia contests, and dressing up for Spirit Days.

Letters to Santa from Lyndon second graders

Students in Mrs. Hurt’s second grade class at Lyndon Elementary School wrote letters to Santa this year and Santa shared their Christmas spirit with us.


Dear Santa,

Why do reindeer pull your sleigh? Is Mrs. Claus magic? Where does snow come from? Where do reindeer come from? Does the mailman deliver our cards or do you just know what we want for Christmas? I want magic tracks and Spiderman powers and a servant robot. Please and Thank you.

Love, Ryker


Dear Santa,

How do you get your reindeer to fly? Do you have night vision? How much snow do you have? I will give Rudolph carrots.  What time do you get at my home? I want a remote control Santa and KU stuff.

Love, Jaxson

Local historophiles launch coalition to share ideas, information and resources

Osage County’s history buffs meet to discuss formation of a coalition to share information about the history of the county. Courtesy photo.

The first meeting of a coalition of Osage County historical societies and other interested people was held Wednesday Nov. 10, 2021, at the Lyndon Community Center. The group was created to begin a collaborative union among groups in Osage County interested in preserving the history of our county. Representatives from Osage County Historical Society, Bailey House at Lyndon, Overbrook Historical Society, Overbrook Library, Arvonia Preservation Society, and Osage City were in attendance.

The bringing together of these entities interested in the history of the county is anticipated to foster the exchange ideas, information, and resources. Topics discussed at the meeting were various avenues of support, including shared promotion of events, volunteerism, joint events, and traveling community displays. Also discussed were various avenues of funding and support. The group plans to meet regularly and a February date is being considered.

For more information, contact the Osage County Historical Society at [email protected].

Osage County deputy intercepts holiday cheer; 185 lbs. of pot found in traffic stop

185 lbs. of marijuana uncovered during a recent Osage County traffic stop. Osage County Sheriff’s Office photo.

Somewhere on Thanksgiving there were some pot smokers who were more wistful than thankful after the Osage County Sheriff’s Office intercepted a 185-pound load of marijuana on Interstate 35 the day before the holiday.

In a press release, Osage County Sheriff Chris Wells reported that around 2:06 p.m. Nov. 24, 2021, an Osage County Sheriff’s deputy conducted a traffic stop at milepost 160 on I-35 for a traffic violation. During the stop, 185 pounds of marijuana were found in the vehicle and seized.

The driver of the vehicle, Bounmy Phongsavat, 40, of Milwaukee, Wis., was taken into custody and transported to Osage County Jail on charges of suspicion of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia.


The sheriff’s office also issued reports on other recent unrelated narcotics arrests:

Governor congratulates Carbondale for award of sidewalk improvement funds

Project to provide pedestrian access to school, library, downtown  

CARBONDALE, Kan. – Today, Gov. Laura Kelly congratulated the city of Carbondale for receiving $167,287 in cost share funds as administered through the Kansas Department of Transportation. The recently funded project will provide sidewalk improvements near critical public buildings in Carbondale.

“Congratulations to the City of Carbondale for receiving $167,287 in the latest round of Cost Share funding,” Kelly said. “By working with our local partners to invest in our communities, our Cost Share program is improving road safety, mobility, and helping recruit new families and businesses to our state. This project is proof that when we work together to make smart investments in our foundation, all Kansans see results.”

A component of the Kelly Administration’s 10-year, bipartisan Eisenhower Legacy Transportation Program, or IKE, the Cost Share program is designed to help rural and urban areas advance transportation projects to improve safety, support job retention and growth, relieve congestion, and improve access and mobility. The city of Carbondale was among 20 transportation construction projects selected for the fall 2021 Cost Share recipients.

“This will improve the entrance into the community and the foot traffic, said Carbondale Mayor John Ryan. “We anticipate additional biking and walking, as well as safer access for our students.”

The project will provide sidewalks on Third Street from Carbondale Attendance Center, which serves fourth through eighth grade students, to the Carbondale City Library, and on the north side of Main Street, giving safer pedestrian access to adjacent businesses, including the local grocery store.

“Currently, kids walk in the street,” said Ryan. “This will connect our downtown district to the school and other sidewalks in the area.”

Pedestrians cannot safely access the public library at the northeast corner of Third Street and Main Street in Carbondale, as North Third Street does not currently have a usable sidewalk, nor does the north side of Main Street. There are sections on these streets that have no sidewalk and sections with cobblestone or brick have become overgrown and unusable over time.

Eat Well to Be Well: Eating your way to bladder health

Bladder health should be a top priority for all of us, ranking alongside heart, brain, and bone health. And one way to promote bladder health is by making smart food choices. From urinary incontinence to overactive bladder, your dietary choices are an important part and play a supporting role of fending off these quality-of-life issues. That’s because what you eat and drink directly affects your bladder and it’s functioning.

Get to know your bladder

Before discussing food and dietary changes helping manage bladder and urinary issues, let’s get to know your bladder better.

Every single day, all of us use our bladder multiple times. Located in the lower abdomen, the bladder is a hollow organ, much like a balloon, that stores urine. It is part of the urinary system, which also includes the kidneys, ureters, and urethra. Urine contains wastes and extra fluid left over after the body takes what it needs from what we eat and drink.

Over time, the bladder can change. The elastic bladder tissue may toughen and become less stretchy. A less stretchy bladder cannot hold as much urine as before and might make you go to the bathroom more often. The bladder wall and pelvic floor muscles may weaken, making it harder to empty the bladder fully and causing urine to leak.

Because bladder problems are common and can disrupt day-to-day activities, you may find yourself avoiding social situations or having a hard time completing tasks at home or at work.

Top dietary habits your bladder will love

To achieve and maintain good bladder health, a good start is by what you eat and drink. Adopt the following healthy bladder dietary habits to help avoid overactive bladder and urinary incontinence:

Stay well hydrated

Up to one third of the water we consume comes from food like fruits, veggies, and soup. So how much water do you need to drink each day? As a general rule of thumb, take your weight in pounds and divide it by two, and that’s the number of ounces of water you should consume daily. So if you weigh 160 pounds, you should aim to drink 80 ounces of water every day.

Why is staying hydrated important for urological health? Drinking sufficient water is essential for helping balance salts and sugars within the body and to flush out toxins and wastes through the urinary system. When dehydrated, the buildup of minerals can irritate the lining of your bladder and the concentration of wastes can lead to frequent and urgent urination or pelvic pain.

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.

Burlingame Library: Rescue grant provides materials fund for community patio

Workers prepare the site for the Burlingame Library’s new community patio. Burlingame Library photo.

The Burlingame Community Library was recently awarded a $25,000 American Rescue Plan Act grant for the construction of a community patio. This project was made possible by the State Library of Kansas and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

The patio, to be located to the west of the library, will be completed this fall. The rules of the grant do not allow for funds to pay for construction or labor so the library is looking for volunteers to help with pavers and pergolas. Anyone interested in helping out is asked to call the library at 785-654-3400.

The Burlingame Friends of the Library will host a community patio fundraiser –  bingo and soup supper with dessert bar is planned for Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021, at the Schuyler Community Building. The soup bar opens at 5:30 p.m. and bingo begins at 6. Choice of soup, dessert, drink and two bingo cards will be offered for a $10 donation. Mascot pecans will be available for purchase. The Friends will also have their annual cookie and baked goods sale, beginning at 10 a.m., Dec. 4, during Burlingame’s Country Christmas. This year Christmas crafts will also be added.

The Burlingame Library has also been selected as one of 100 libraries to participate in round three of Libraries Transforming Communities: Focus on Small and Rural Libraries, an American Library Association initiative that helps library workers better serve their small and rural communities. This competitive award comes with a $3,000 grant that will help the library with their Longest Table event planned for the spring of 2022.

The library has also added several items to the Library of Things, so be sure and stop in the library and check out what’s available. Following the library’s Facebook page, Burlingame Community Library, is also a great way to see new items that have been added to the collection.

For more information, stop by the library at 122 W. Santa Fe Ave., Burlingame, Kan., or call 785-654-3400.

Marais des Cygnes Valley FFA starts off fall with highway cleanup

Marais des Cygnes Valley school groups worked together to pick up trash along state Highway 31 south of Melvern. Helping were, front from left, Chaz Simpson, Kelsey Rice, Alyssa McCurdy, Emma Marsh, Olivia Lacey, Care Hockett, Destiny Moore, and Allie Reeser; back, Domonic Knight, Jaxson Dorr, Cole Lacey, Max Davis, Jake Weimer, Kyler Anschutz, Braden Reed, Jacob McGowin, Wyatt Lingenfelter, Lindsey Johnson, Montana McCurdy, Justin Brinkley, Hannah Foxworthy, Dylon Haines, Dalton Bechtle, Avary Simmons, Haylea Bethell, and Ed Mora. Courtesy photo.

By MdCV FFA Reporter Jace Stucker

On Sept. 29, 2021, the Marais des Cygnes Valley FFA, FCCLA, and FBLA chapters participated in the annual highway cleanup. Twenty-six members cleaned the highway from the Interstate 35 exit towards Melvern. After cleanup the members met back up at the school and enjoyed pizza!

FFA Drive-In Movie Night was Sept. 17, 2021, following the football game against Crest. We had approximately 20 FFA members enjoy the movie San Andreas. We viewed the movie on the ag shop garage door.

At the East Central District Greenhand Leadership Conference, we had 17 MdCV FFA and agri-science students participate. More than 600 ECD Greenhands attended. There were several workshops, including goal setting, official dress, teamwork/problem solving, first impressions, and agriculture career choices.

State experts offer tips for preventing deer-vehicle collisions

PRATT, Kan. – As the days get shorter and weather gets cooler, the breeding season for deer will begin. Traversing pastures, roadways, rivers and streams – male white-tailed and mule deer will begin a nearly month-long quest for suitable mates, stopping for very little, including motorists.

Commonly referred to as the rut, this time of year marks the distinct period when deer-vehicle collisions are most frequent, and the Sunflower State is no exception. That’s why the Kansas Highway Patrol, Kansas Department of Transportation, Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks and AAA Kansas offer helpful tips that can help drivers safely navigate Kansas roadways and potentially avoid collisions with deer.

“If you are unfortunate enough to have a deer enter the highway in front of your car, it is best to hit the animal and not swerve to avoid it,” said KHP Lieutenant Candice Breshears. “Often, we find more serious crashes occur when you swerve to miss the deer, potentially losing control of your vehicle, leaving the road or veering into oncoming traffic.”

While the vast majority of deer-vehicle collisions do not involve serious injury, data collected by KDOT indicates that from 2011 to 2019, 51 people have been killed in Kansas crashes involving deer.

“In addition to potentially causing human injuries and loss of life, deer collisions often cause significant vehicle damage that can lead to large expenses for the vehicle owner if not properly insured,” said Shawn Steward, public and government affairs manager for AAA Kansas. “Of the animal strikes reported by AAA Insurance policy holders in 2020, the average cost per claim was nearly $5,500, an increase of more than $1,000 per claim from 2019.”

Steward attributes the higher repair costs to advanced driver assistance technology and the expensive sensors and calibration requirements in newer vehicles.

To avoid incurring costly vehicle repairs, or worse, state experts offer these helpful tips:

  • Be especially watchful at dawn and dusk, when deer are more active.
  • If you see one deer, expect others, as deer seldom travel alone.
  • Drive at a reduced speed and be extra vigilant near wooded areas or green spaces, such as parks and golf courses, and near water sources such as streams and ponds.
  • Deer crossing signs show areas where high numbers of vehicle-deer crashes have occurred in the past; heed these warnings.
  • Use bright lights when there is no oncoming traffic, and scan the road ahead for the reflective eyes of deer.
  • Do not swerve to avoid hitting a deer – the most serious crashes sometimes occur when motorists veer and collide with another vehicle or run off the road and hit an obstacle.
  • Always wear a seat belt and use appropriately-fitting child safety seats, as these are the best defenses in a crash.
  • Honk the vehicle’s horn using one long blast, as this may frighten large animals, such as deer, away from the roadway.
  • Lastly, if a collision occurs, move the vehicle to the shoulder of the roadway, if possible, and call law enforcement – KHP dispatch at *47, the Kansas Turnpike at *KTA and local law enforcement at 911.

Anyone involved in a deer-vehicle crash resulting in personal injury or property damage that totals $1,000 or more is required to immediately report the incident to the nearest law enforcement agency. Failure to report any vehicle crash is a misdemeanor and may result in suspension of driving privileges.

To remove a deer carcass, or any part of a deer, from a crash site, a salvage tag must first be obtained. Salvage tags can be issued by KHP troopers, sheriff’s deputies or KDWP game wardens.

This fall season, motorists can ensure the holiday traffic they encounter remains as safe as possible, for humans and deer, by staying alert and simply slowing down.

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