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Osage County Senior Center: Breakfast, lunch and shopping trips scheduled

Hello from the Osage County Senior Center and the Osage County Public Transportation. I am sad to say that we did not place in the Sunflower and Scarecrow Contest at the Kansas State Fair.

The Sewing Chicks have a beautiful fall quilt up for a raffle, so stop in and get your tickets. Don’t forget the potluck lunch on Oct. 4; we eat at noon. A blood drive is 2-6 p.m. Oct. 5; donors are encouraged to stop in a sign up.

The Breakfast Club is going to Lamont Hill at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 13. The Lunch Bunch is going to Smoked Creations, in Ottawa, at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 27. We are taking a bus to the senior fair in Emporia on Oct. 18. Anyone interested in going should give us a call to get your name on the list. Shopping trips to Topeka are on the first and third Thursdays of each month. Call to make reservations.

On Oct. 26, John McGrath will be here to help with choosing the right Medicare Supplement plan. He will be available 9 a.m.-12 p.m.; stop in and make the right plan for you. Herms Foot care is here Oct. 19 and 24.

We are going to try and learn to Line Dance every Tuesday at 2 p.m. Come join us, it will be interesting. The ceramics class is up and going it is $4 per class, with most supplies furnished.

High Rollers is 2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursday. Home Town Health Care is here to call quarter Bingo at 10 a.m. every Tuesday; all invited to come and enjoy.

The senior center is in need of donations of buttons and lace. If anyone has any they would like to donate, we would love to have them.

I am open to all suggestions for activities and or outings. Don’t forget that we rent out the center for events that need larger accommodations. Come and enjoy the fun and activities with us!

Thanks, Franny!
Franny Deters, Osage County Senior Center director

Conference speaker encourages Stuco members to keep ‘eyes up’ while driving

Marais des Cygnes Valley Stuco members at the regional conference at Silver Lake High School, front from left, Bill Romi, Meka Freeman, Haylie Fine, Braylee Patterson, and Greyson Stephens, middle, Kelsey Rice, Akyra Traver, Kaylynn Todd, Taytum Gellhaus, Ella Reed, and Aubrey Vogeler, back, Olivia Lacey, Emily Criqui, Bella Reeser, Kate Patterson, Colbie Cormode, and Gracen Stahl. Not pictured are Montana McCurdy, Allie Reeser, and sponsor Lisa Reeser.

On Thursday, Sept. 21, 2023, the Marais des Cygnes Valley Junior High and High School StuCo traveled to Silver Lake High School for the regional Stuco conference.

Keynote speaker was Ben Grannis, who shared with the students his message of ‘Eyes Up’; his mission of encouraging everyone to be a safe driver and keep their eyes on the road while driving.

After this, students broke up into groups for a general session and advisors had their own meeting. Following the conference, MdCV Stuco members enjoyed lunch at Red Robin before returning to school.

Emporia State to host cybersecurity conference

EMPORIA, Kan. – Emporia State University’s School of Business and Technology is preparing to host several of the nation’s leading cybersecurity experts next week at CYBERCON, an on-campus event that will highlight ESU’s expanding cybersecurity academic programs and the job opportunities for graduates trained in the protection of online data and computer systems.

CYBERCON will be 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 4, 2023, in Webb Hall in the Memorial Union. The event is free to the public and designed particularly for students, business owners and those interested in cybersecurity-related topics.

John Bryant, a former U.S. Naval Intelligence officer with 11 years of experience with the U.S. Army, will deliver the event’s keynote speech, “Social Engineering.” He most recently served as the chief information officer for Army University and the Command General Staff College, at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. Bryant is now a regional cybersecurity advisor for the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency office in Kansas City, Mo.

Retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Stan Richister, manager of Missile Defense Agency’s Cybersecurity Service Provider Computer Emergency Response Team at Schriever Space Force Base, Colorado, will also deliver remarks on “Social Engineering and Operations Security,” or OPSEC.

Jerry Horton, technology and cybersecurity director for two Kansas-based companies, Networks Plus and Blue Valley Technologies, will deliver CYBERCON’s third presentation, “Tales From The Darkside – Lessons Learned While Becoming An Ethical Hacker.” Horton has more than four decades of experience in internet technology, cybersecurity and telecommunications.

Besides hearing from the featured presenters, CYBERCON attendees will also attend a panel discussion from ESU students and have access to vendor displays, an opportunity for students to have their resumes reviewed, a raffle and prize giveaways, and a video-gaming area that includes virtual reality games. A taco bar lunch will be provided.

For information, call 620-341-5106 or email

KDOT to repair I-35 bridge over U.S. 75

BETO JUNCTION, Kan. – Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2023, the Kansas Department of Transportation expects to start a repair project on the northbound Interstate 35 bridge over U.S. Highway 75.

I-35 northbound traffic will be restricted to one lane on the bridge with a speed limit of 60 miles per hour. Weather permitting, the project should be finished late this fall. Drivers are reminded to slow down and use extra caution in the work zone.

KDOT awarded the construction contract of $83,609 to PCI Roads LLC, Saint Michael, Minn.

For more information, contact construction manager Ian Stringham at 785-433-6116 or public affairs manager Priscilla Petersen at 620-902-6433.

Lyndon Lions to stride for diabetes awareness

LYNDON, Kan. – Members of the Lyndon Lions Club, along with their friends and families, will walk in the 5k Strides: Lions for Diabetes Awareness event, scheduled during Lyndon’s annual fall festival, Oct. 7, 2023.

The walk will begin at 10 a.m. on the Osage County Courthouse lawn and travel to the finish line at the same place the walk started. Total distance covered will be three miles. Health screenings and information from local companies will be available to the public free of charge along the walk.

“There’s still time to gather your family, friends and neighbors to walk in the Strides event,” said Lyndon Lions Club President Barb Schattak. “This is an enjoyable way for the community to join together in the fight against diabetes.”

Lyndon Mayor Steve Morrison recently proclaimed the day of the walk as Lyndon Lions Club Community Event Day for Diabetes. See proclamation here.

Registration will be at the Lions booth on the courthouse lawn starting at 9:30 a.m.: entry is $5, payable on the day of the event.

Lions all over the world organize Strides events in their communities to heighten awareness of diabetes and its complications and to provide information on preventing and managing the disease. These events promote regular, healthy exercise and include participants of all ages.

For more information about the walk and run, contact Schattak at 785-221-7994 or For more information about Lions Clubs International, see

MdCV crowns 2023 royalty at Melvern homecoming celebration

Marais des Cygnes Valley High School 2023 Homecoming Royalty. Photo by Lisa Reeser.

MELVERN, Kan. – While Marais des Cygnes Valley High School couldn’t claim victory at Friday’s football game, Melvern still had plenty to celebrate during its 2023 Homecoming. Crowned as this year’s MdCV Homecoming Queen and King were Haylea Bethell and Corey Criss. In the crowning ceremony prior to the kickoff for the home game against Marmaton Valley, 2022 Homecoming King and Queen, Kyler Anschutz and Kyla Vogeler, presented the crowns to the new king and queen. During the homecoming game, the Wildcats claimed a win over the Trojans with a 60-0 score.

MdCV 2023 Homecoming Queen Haylea Bethell is the daughter of Jeff and Jo Bethell and Curt and Christi Allen. In high school, Haylea has been involved in volleyball, basketball, softball, class treasurer, track, band, and FFA. In her free time, Haylea enjoys hanging out with friends, helping her dad on the farm, and reading books.

MdCV 2023 Homecoming King Corey Criss is the son of Matt and Angie Criss. In high school, Corey has been involved in football, basketball, FFA, and Washburn Tech-Auto Service Technician. In his free time, Corey enjoys working at the Melvern Lake Marina, and fishing, hunting, and hanging out with friends.

Also serving as senior homecoming candidates were Olivia Lacey and Deken Colyer. Olivia is the daughter of Matt and Amy Lacey. In high school, Olivia has been involved in volleyball, basketball, softball, StuCo, FFA, FCCLA, FBLA, Band, Choir, class president, and NHS. In her free time, Olivia enjoys being a volunteer firefighter for Osage County Fire District No. 3, and “The Loft” youth group member at Mount Pleasant.

Deken is the son of Amanda and Carl Colyer. In high school, Deken has been involved in football, basketball, baseball, and in Washburn Tech-Electrical Technology. In his free time, Deken enjoys riding four-wheelers, hanging out with friends, and going to church.

Osage County Senior Center: Come and enjoy fun and activities

Hello from the Osage County Senior Center and Osage County Public Transportation – where things are happening!

The next Lunch Bunch will be to Four Corners on Sept. 22, leave at 10:30 a.m.

The ceramics class is up and going and it is $4 per class, with most supplies are furnished.

High Rollers is at 2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursday afternoons.  Home Town Health Care is here to call quarter bingo every Tuesday at 10 a.m.; come and enjoy. The casino trip will be Sept. 25; call now and make your reservations.

Starting in September we are going to do shopping trips on the first and third Thursdays of the month, going to Topeka Walmart, Sam’s and Aldi’s. Riders will need to call the transportation department to make reservations. This will take place of using the transportation department on a daily basis for shopping trips and will allow us to better use the transportation for other trips and serve more clients. Herms Foot Care will be here at 9 a.m. Oct. 14; call them for an appointment.

Here at the senior center we are in need of donations of buttons and lace. If anyone has any they would like to donate we would love to have them.  I am open to all suggestions for activities and or outings.  Don’t forget that we rent out the center as a venue for events.

Come and enjoy the fun and activities with us at the Osage County Senior Center!

Thanks, Franny!
Franny Deters, Osage County Senior Center director

Michael W. Parker, 69, Burlingame: July 12, 1954 – Sept. 17, 2023

BURLINGAME, Kan. – Michael Wayne Parker, 69, of Burlingame, Kan., passed away peacefully Sept. 17, 2023, at University of Kansas Hospital, Topeka, Kan. He was born July 12, 1954, the son of Earl Parker and Joan (Reed) Talbot, at home in Wilmington, Kan.

He grew up primarily in the Kansas City, Mo., area, also living in Wichita, Kan., for a short while. He graduated from Park Hill High School, Kansas City, Mo., with the class of 1972.

Michael wore many hats during his working life. He was an entrepreneur, mechanic, ASE certified HVAC repairman, and aircraft mechanic. He recently had run a Lazy M Trailer Park, Kansas City, Mo., until he moved to Burlingame in 2015. Once there he opened the Burlingame Café and operated it for more than a year.

Ms. Wheelchair Kansas named first runner-up at national competition

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – 2023 Ms. Wheelchair Kansas 2023, Daija Coleman, recently attended the Ms. Wheelchair America event, where she was named as first runner-up for the national title. Coleman joined  17 other women vying for the opportunity to represent women who are wheelchair mobile in the United States.

Ms. Wheelchair America 2024 first runner-up, Daija Coleman, of Atchison, Kan.

The annual event was held Aug. 28-Sept. 3, 2023, hosted in Grand Rapids, Mich., at the Amway Grand Plaza. After an intense week of competition, networking, and empowerment, Coleman came away with the honor of being named first runner up in the pageant. She also gained memories, new leadership and advocacy tools, and a new sisterhood from across the nation.

Coleman, of Atchison, Kan., is the 19th woman to represent Kansas at the national competition since the creation of the Ms. Wheelchair Kansas organization in 2004. Coleman was crowned Ms. Wheelchair Kansas in March of 2023. Since receiving her title, she has worked to fulfill the Ms. Wheelchair Kansas mission, which is to educate, advocate, and empower all people on a state level. She has traveled and met Kansans of all ages, speaking to groups and participating in local events.

While at the national event, Coleman participated in two personal interview sessions, in which she was scored based on her accomplishments, self-perception, communication, and projection skills. She also gave a speech on her chosen platform, “Why Not Us? Why Not Now? Be an Advocate in Your Community,” and heard from speakers on a variety of topics related to leadership and advocacy.

Zion Lutheran Church celebrates its heritage with annual Germanfest

Zion Lutheran Church, Vassar, Kan., will celebrate its German heritage with a special event planned by members 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023. The community event is open to the public.

Members of Zion Lutheran Church from left to right, Toni Wendling, Donna Silver and Larry Wendling dressed in authentic German attire for the church’s Germanfest celebration. Courtesy photo.

German bierocks, potato salad and strudel will be featured menu items during the event. Live polka music by “The Alpen Spielers” will be provided during the day with a beer garden touting authentic German beer. Hand-crafted items will be offered for sale by local vendors. Also, a children’s area with German themed activities will be available.

There is no admission charge at the celebration, which is held on the square block area to the west of Zion Lutheran Church in Vassar.

The church was formally organized almost 130 years ago in 1893 as “Die deutsche evangelishche lutherische Germeinde ungeaenderter Augsburgischer Knfession zu Vassar, Osage County, Kansas,” translated to English, “The German Evangelical Lutheran Congregation of the unaltered Augsburg Confession.”

However, the beginnings of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church were in 1884. Several Lutheran families in the area of the not yet organized town of Vassar, which was platted in 1886, requested that the Lutheran minister Rev. F. Pennekamp from St. John’s Lutheran Church, in Topeka, Kan., come to preach God’s Word and baptize their children.

Osage City host citywide garage sales this weekend, Sept. 15-16

Osage City citywide garage sales will be Sept. 15-16, 2023. The garage sales are hosted by the Osage City Chamber of Commerce, which distributes a map of the sales. Garage and yard sales offer a great opportunity to get rid of some of that stuff you never use and free up some space.

The area map provides a chart for the type of items at the garage sales and is available here. A paper copy of the map will be available at BP, Casey’s, City Hall, Osage City Public Library and White’s Foodliner starting Thursday, September 14. For more information, see Tricia Gundy at Peterson’s Assisted Living, 629 Holliday St., Osage City, or call 785-219-9727.

Osage County gets new bridge as part of federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

An Osage County bridge will be among 35 bridges statewide to be rebuilt with revenue from the federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which provided Kansas a total of $42.3 million as part of two statewide bridge improvement programs.

The Osage County bridge is located two miles east and .2 miles north of Lyndon. The county’s local match amount will be $256,306 for the $1,175,000 project. The state will provide $1,112,500 maximum amount, and it is expected to cost $62,500 to remove the old bridge.

By reshaping the local bridge programs to take advantage of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the Kansas Department of Transportation more than doubled its annual funding as part of the existing Eisenhower Legacy Transportation Program (IKE).

The project announcements took place in Dodge City to highlight the largest local bridge grant being awarded, which is expected to cost $9 million for the construction of a new northbound bridge on 14th Avenue over the Arkansas River. Dodge City is matching $2 million toward the cost of the new bridge.

The Kansas Department of Transportation’s Off-System Bridge program is awarding $20.5 million in Fiscal Year 2025 funds to 20 projects across the state. The Kansas Local Bridge Improvement Program is awarding $21.8 million in Fiscal Year 2024 KDOT funds to 15 projects, with 16 deficient bridges to be replaced and an additional 12 to be permanently removed from local systems.

The OSB and KLBIP are targeted for city and county bridges not on the state highway system and in need of replacement or repair. Funds for both programs are awarded through an application process and, in most cases, require a local contribution. KDOT uses selection criteria that include bridge condition, detour length, inability to carry legal loads, and past project history.

For this cycle of the local bridge programs, KDOT received a combined total of 176 applications requesting $162.4 million. A map showing bridges to be replaced is available here.

Information thanks to the Kansas Office of the Governor.

Osage County students named to SNHU president’s list

Southern New Hampshire University has announced two students from Osage County were named to the university’s Summer 2023 President’s List.

Tyler Smith, of Lyndon, Kan., and Sunie Thompson, of Osage City, Kan., were named to the list, which recognizes full-time undergraduate students who have earned a minimum grade-point average of 3.700 and above.

SNHU is a private, nonprofit institution which offers undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs for traditional-aged students and working adults, online and on its campus in Manchester, N.H.

Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club: Members begin busy fall schedule

By Bella Reeser
Club Reporter

On Sunday, Sept. 10, 2023, the Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club held their monthly club meeting at the Melvern Community Center. At 5:12 p.m., the meeting was called to order by President Gradey McNally. The club began their meeting with The Pledge of Allegiance and the 4-H Pledge, led by Gradey. Secretary Allie Reeser called the roll; both club members and parents were to answer with, “Would you rather have a personal maid or a personal chef?” There were five members and two adults present.

Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club members create Grandparents’ Day cards at their recent meeting. Courtesy photo.

Allie read the minutes from the last meeting; they were approved as read. Reporter Bella Reeser read the treasurer’s report; it was approved as read. Bella stated she submitted two articles to the newspaper. There was no historian report.

In council report, Vice-President Braelyn McNally shared with the club to not forget to send thank you notes from the fairs. Kansas State Fair is Sept. 8-17. The new 4-H year will begin Oct. 1. Record books, officer books, and club reports are due to the Lyndon Extension Office by Sept. 18. Ambassador applications are due Sept. 11. National 4-H week is Oct. 1-7. 48 Hour of 4-H is Oct. 7-8, 4-H Achievement Night will be Nov. 7 at LHS, with dinner beginning at 6 p.m. and awards at 7 p.m.

In the leader’s report, Leader Lisa Reeser reminded members that 4-H week articles must be submitted to the newspaper by Sept. 22.

There was no old business. There was no new business. In the program, club members created Grandparents’ Day cards.

In songs, Secretary Allie Reeser led everyone in singing, “Staying Alive.” At 5:24 pm, it was moved and seconded to adjourn the meeting.

The Melvern Jr. Highline’s next club meeting will be 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8, 2023, at Melvern Community Center. Members enjoyed snacks provided by Pat Litch and played at the park for recreation.

Osage County invites community members to grant writing workshop in November

The Osage County commissioners will be sponsoring a free grant writing workshop for Osage County entities, such as county and city employees, businesses, libraries, historical societies, museums, community organizations, school districts, non-profits, fire and medical entities.

The workshop will be 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2023, at the Melvern Community Center, Melvern, Kan.

The goal is to build grant writers within each community by recruiting one to four people to attend the workshop. The workshop will be presented by Nancy Daniels, a community vitality specialist with K-State Research and Extension.

Registration is required, and registration deadline is Sept. 29, 2023, with a 60-person maximum. Lunch will be provided.

Register at, or for more information, contact Colleen Mendoza at or 785-829-5302 x144.

Kansas man pleads guilty to felony charge for actions during Jan. 6 insurrection

Defendant obstructed police in the Capitol Crypt

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A Kansas man pleaded guilty Thursday, Sept. 7, 2023, to a felony offense related to his actions during the breach of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. His actions and the actions of others disrupted a joint session of the U.S. Congress convened to ascertain and count the electoral votes related to the 2020 presidential election.

Christopher Kuehne, 50, of Olathe, Kan., pleaded guilty in the District of Columbia to a felony offense of obstruction of law enforcement during a civil disorder before U.S. District Judge Timothy J. Kelly. Kelly scheduled Kuehne to be sentenced on Feb. 23, 2024.

According to court documents, Kuehne, associated with the Kansas City chapter of the Proud Boys, made plans with other members of the group to attend a rally in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6, 2021. Prior to his arrival, Kuehne sent a message to others in the group regarding a potential confrontation with Antifa and BLM, stating, “Be prepared not only to beat down but when you do action of violence so utterly massive that we send a message.”

Kuehne traveled to Arlington, Va., on Jan. 4, 2021, with other members of the Proud Boys chapter. On Jan. 6, Kuehne met with a larger group of Proud Boys at the Washington Monument. Kuehne, wearing a ballistic helmet and carrying protective gloves, then made his way to the U.S. Capitol, shouting, among other things, “Whose streets? Our streets!”

Gov. Kelly directs flags at half-staff in remembrance of 9/11 anniversary

TOPEKA – In accordance with Executive Order #20-30, Gov. Laura Kelly has directed flags throughout Kansas be lowered to half-staff on all state buildings, grounds, and facilities from sunup to sundown Monday, Sept. 11, 2023, to honor those who lost who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

“Twenty-two years after an act of terrorism took the lives of nearly 3,000 Americans, injured thousands more, and scarred so many of us, we continue to say, ‘Never Forget,’” Kelly said. “But the extreme tragedy of that day is only half the story. We also remember that our country’s brave first responders went above and beyond the call of duty to save lives – even as they lost more than 400 of their own. They did that 22 years ago, and they continue to do so to this day. On behalf of the State of Kansas, thank you for your service and your sacrifice.”

Senior Center: Osage County represented at sunflower and scarecrow contests at state fair

Osage County’s entry in the Kansas State Fair Sunflower Contest. Courtesy photo.

Hello from the Osage County Senior Center and the Osage County Public Transportation.

Osage County has entered the Sunflower and Scarecrow Contest at the Kansas State Fair, and we here at the senior center made the entry – it was a group effort. We took it to the state fair Thursday of last week and are waiting to hear how we placed.

I also would like to mention that Osage City Police Chief Fred Nech has gone above and beyond his line of duty with a homeless family in Osage City. He has found them shelter and food, and is personally putting them on a bus Saturday to send them back home to her family. I just think that kindness these days is hard to find, and wanted to tell everyone that there are still kind people in this world, and in this small town in Kansas.

The next Lunch Bunch will be to Four Corners on Sept. 22; leaving at 10:30 a.m. The ceramics class is up and going; $4 per class, most supplies are furnished. High Rollers is 2 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursday afternoons.

Home Town Health Care is here to call quarter bingo at 10 a.m. every Tuesday; come and enjoy. The casino trip will be Sept. 26, call now and make your reservations. Starting in this month we are going to do shopping trips on the first and third Thursdays of the month – we will be going to Topeka Walmart, Sam’s and Aldi’s. Riders need to call the Transportation department to make reservations. These trips will take place of using public transportation on a daily basis for shopping trips, and will allow us to better use transportation for other trips and serve more clients.

Herms Footcare is here at 9 a.m. Sept. 14; those interested must call them for an appointment.

Here at the senior center, we are in need of donations of buttons and lace. If anyone has any they would like to donate we would love to have them.

I am open to all suggestions for activities and or outings. Don’t forget that we rent out the senior center as a venue, for any events that might need a larger accommodation.

Come and enjoy the fun and activities with us! Thanks Franny!

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