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Keep warm with winter activities at Osage County Senior Center

Osage County Senior Center has activities and recreation about every day of the week. Stop in and enjoy some leisure time at the center, 604 Market St., Osage City, Kan.

  • Monday through Friday 9-10 a.m. – Exercise class with Dee Davenport.
  • Monday, 8 a.m.-12 p.m. – Sewing
  • Monday, 9-11 a.m. – Painting
  • Monday, 5:30 p.m. – Pitch   *bring a snack if you like*
  • Tuesday, 12:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. – Mexican Train usually played every day
  • Wednesday, 8 a.m-12 p.m. – Sewing
  • Tuesday, 1 p.m. – Ceramics (call before coming to verify times).
  • Thursday, 9 a.m.-11 a.m. – Painting
  • Friday, 10-11:30 a.m. – Bingo (bring a $5 gift bag) everyone wins.

Next potluck dinner at the center will be 12 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022. Musical entertainment will be presented by Jody Jackson and Friends after lunch. (Everyone is encouraged to bring a covered dish.)

Commodities are distributed the second Wednesday of every month. Recipients must be 60 years old or older to qualify, with an income of $1,396 or less for one person, or $1,888 for two persons in the same house; income verification is required. A one-month waiting period is required due to ordering a month in advance. Anyone in Osage County is eligible and they meet the qualifications. Anyone unable to come to Osage City  to pick up commodities is asked to call 785-219-2440. Senior center director Tammy Fager would like to know if there are people that qualify, and can’t get to the senior center. For more information or help in determining qualifications, contact the Osage County Senior Center at 785-528-1170, or 604 Market St., Osage City, Kan.

Osage County Public Transportation is currently back to transporting riders to all destinations, as was done in the past.

Homemade bierocks will be for sale as a fundraiser for the Osage County Council on Aging. Place orders by calling 785-528-1170. A limited is supply available. Orders can be picked up 12-4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11, at the senior center, 604 Market St., Osage City, Kan. Proceeds will go toward the Osage County Council on Aging and the senior center. A dozen will be $25; half dozen, $15; single, $2.

Republican women to host appreciation reception for township officers

A reception will be held at 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022, at the Osage County Senior Center, 604 Market St., Osage City, to honor the service of all township officers in Osage County. The event is open to the public and offers an opportunity for citizens to mingle with township officers currently serving the public.

All township officers in Agency, Arvonia, Barclay, Burlingame, Dragoon, Elk, Fairfax, Grant, Junction, Lincoln, Melvern, Olivet, Ridgeway, Scranton, Superior and Valley Brook have been invited.

Townships date back to the late 1800s, with several dozen states still utilizing the township local governments for maintenance of roads and taxing subdivisions. Osage County has some township officers who have served for decades in their positions.

The reception is sponsored by the Osage County Republican Women as a community education event, and is open to the public. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Lebo man dies in vehicle-train accident near Olivet

OLIVET, Kan. – A Lebo man was killed Monday afternoon after he drove his pickup out of a field about a mile southwest of Olivet, Kan., and was struck by a train at a crossing.

The Kansas Highway Patrol reported that around 2:24 p.m. Monday, Jan. 17, 2022, Patrick J. Harsch, 51, Lebo, Kan., was driving a 1989 Chevrolet pickup through a field, westbound and parallel to the railroad track. He then turned north out of the field, at about the 3300 block of SW Wanamaker Road, and for an unknown reason failed to stop at a crossing, and was struck by a westbound BNSF train. Harsch suffered fatal injuries in the accident. KHP reported the accident location was 600 feet south of the intersection of West Olivet Road and SW Wanamaker Road.

The driver of the BNSF train, Anthony P Mora, 49, Blue Springs, Mo., was uninjured in the accident.

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.

Help House schedules prom shop dates for new year

Help House will again be hosting a prom shop, with all prom dresses available at no cost to the shopper. More than 80 beautiful gowns have been donated and are available for anyone living in Osage County.  Ted and Shirl Ammerman, of Royal Cleaners, Ottawa, have donated professional cleaning of all the gowns.

The prom shop will open Friday, Jan. 14, 2022, and be open daily until Sunday, Jan. 16, at 140 W. Santa Fe Ave., Burlingame. Note this is a new location for the shop (west of the library). Dates and hours the shop will be open:

  • 3:30-6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 14
  • 9 a.m.-5 p.m.  Saturday, Jan.  15
  • 1:30-6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 16

For more information or to donate a gown, call or text 785-231-7267 and leave a message.

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.

Osage County students conferred at Flint Hills Technical College 2021 Winter Commencement

Flint Hills Technical College conferred nearly 50 students at its 2021 Winter Commencement ceremony on Friday, Dec. 17, at the Humanitarian Center in Emporia, Kan.

Graduating students from Osage County included:

  • Isabella Felicia Nasca-Peer, Burlingame, technical certificate in practical nursing.
  • Joseph Whitmer, Lyndon, graduating with honors, technical certificate in power plant technology.
  • Chase Michael Orear, Osage City, Associate of Applied Science in Network Technology.

Sherry Willard, 190th Air Refueling Wing Command Chief for the Kansas Air National Guard, gave the commencement message. Earlier in the day, the practical nursing program held its pinning ceremony on the FHTC main campus, where nursing students were recognized.

Community foundation announces $12,700 in grants issued to local organizations

Osage County Community Foundation has announced that $12,700 was awarded to three non-profit entities in the Osage County area for the 2021 fourth quarter grant period. All grants issued will be used to benefit many youth and senior citizens in the area.

The foundation is now accepting applications for the first quarter grant period of 2022, which runs from January through March. 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.

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.

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

Red flag warning, high winds Wednesday

Osage County will be in a red flag warning that covers much of northeast Kansas for most of the day Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021, due to expected high winds and low relative humidity.

The National Weather Service in Topeka issued the red flag warning that is in effect from noon until 9 p.m. Wednesday. The warning area covers Republic, Washington, Marshall, Nemaha, Brown, Cloud, Clay, Riley, Pottawatomie, Jackson, Jefferson, Ottawa, Dickinson, Geary, Morris, Wabaunsee, Shawnee, Douglas, Lyon, Osage, and Coffey counties in Kansas.

Wind is forecast to be southerly at 30 to 40 mph during the day, with gusts up to 70 mph expected, and will become westerly by early evening. Humidity could be as low as 15 percent. Isolated thunderstorms are possible across eastern Kansas during the late afternoon.

A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity, and warm temperatures can contribute to extreme fire behavior. A red flag warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now, or will shortly. Any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly. Outdoor burning is not recommended.

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].

SOS offers victims assistance day or night with 24-hour help line

Did you know every 92 seconds an American is sexually assaulted? Are you aware that more than 90 percent of sexual assaults are committed by someone the victim knows?

SOS Inc., which provides services in Chase, Coffey, Lyon, Morris, and Osage counties, is reminding everyone that SOS advocates are here to support victims with free and confidential services. SOS Crisis Services has 14 advocates who work in the five-county area, serving adult and child victims of sexual assault and domestic violence by offering emotional support, presenting them with options, and assisting victims with access to community resources, such as therapy. Advocacy services can also include help navigating the processes and systems within medical services, law enforcement, and prosecution. SOS services are available regardless of the circumstances of the assault, whether the victim chooses to involve law enforcement or not, and at any time following the assault – even years after. According to RAINN (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network), sexual violence can be any unwanted sexual act done by one person to another, including unwanted touching of a sexual nature such as kissing, fondling, oral sex, or intercourse.

Advocates can respond to aid victims immediately after a sexual assault and help those who are experiencing past trauma.

“Those feelings can only be masked for so long before they come back in other ways,” said Jen Ogleby, Sexual Assault Advocate with SOS. “Healing is a very personal thing. There is no correct way or timeline.”

“The only things that need to be said to someone disclosing that they have been assaulted are, ‘I believe you,’ ‘I am sorry this happened to you,’ and ‘This was not your fault,’” Ogleby said. “Those statements can be the difference between a survivor trying to numb those feelings in potentially destructive ways or finding the strength and power within themselves to not allow that horrific moment to define the rest of their lives.”

Victims of sexual assault are more likely to experience emotional challenges than non-victims, according to RAINN. Sexual assault victims are nearly four times more likely to experience PTSD as adults. Victims of sexual assault are about three times more likely to experience a major depressive episode as adults.

Additionally, only about two percent of all sexual assault accusations reported to the police turn out to be false; only 230 out of every 1,000 sexual assaults are reported to the police. That means about three out of four go unreported; 93 percent of sexual assaults are committed by somebody the victim knows.

SOS services are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year through the SOS 24-hour helpline 620-342-1870 or 800-825-1295.

Christmas in Carbondale: Santa stops in to check his list Sunday

It’ll be Christmas in Carbondale on Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021, as Santa Claus stops in for a visit, Girl Scouts host a chili feed, and the community lights its town tree.

Here’s the schedule:

  • 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Family photo ops available Ramsdell’s antique truck between car wash and MSB; and at the gingerbread house at city hall.

At the ELM Building

  • 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Girl Scout chili feed
  • 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Craft and vendor market

Carbondale City Library

  • 3-4:30 p.m. Santa visit. Cookie judging. Letters to Santa.

Fire Department

  • 4-5:30 p.m. Hot dog dinner and kid crafts

City Hall

  • 5-5:30 p.m. Cocoa and candy canes

At Sowers Designs, 224 Main St.

  • 5 p.m. Santa Fe Trail School Band and Choir
  • 5:30 p.m. Town tree lighting

Community parade, bazaar opens Christmas season in Lyndon

Lyndon Pride will host the community’s annual Christmas Parade, which begins at 11 a.m. Dec. 4, 2021. The town invites everyone to come watch the parade, and visit the Lyndon Endowment Christmas Baazar, held at the Lyndon High School gymnasium.

Santa Claus will visit the school after the parade and pose for photos, until about 1 p.m. when he has to head elsewhere for his holiday duties. The Christmas Bazaar runs from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. All parade entries are welcomed – floats, vehicles, ATVs, golf carts, or bicycles, and cash prizes are offered for the best entries.

Melvern celebrates the holidays with a community Holipalooza

The Melvern community will be lighting up with holiday cheer with a day of fun activities Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021. The town is inviting all to help celebrate with a Christmas Holipalooza and to “come sleigh the day with us!”

A freewill breakfast will start off the day at 8 a.m. along with a Christmas Market opening at the community center and downtown. Here is the day’s schedule. Contact Marcia for more information or to sign up for events, 785-383-4983.

  • 8-11 a.m. Breakfast by Chef C.J. Adkins; freewill donation sponsored by
    Mt. Pleasant Community Church
  • 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Christmas market; vendors, Christmas swag, recycle, gifts and more!
  • 8-6 p.m. Kramer’s Coffee Cart and Tberry’s Tasty Treats
  • 9 a.m. Santa Scamper/5K run/walk; $10 entry fee day of event (no shirt)
  • 9-11 a.m. Photos with Santa by Nicole Rose Photography; three edited images emailed for $10
  • 9-11 a.m. Letters to Santa; North Pole mail drop at Melvern Community Center north door; bring a letter or write one when you get there.
  • 12-2 p.m. Accented art-canvas artwork by Mary $20. Limited spots.
  • 3-4 p.m. Charcuterie Board 101 at the Blue Canoe with Mary, $15. Limited spots.
  • 4:30 p.m. Chimney Chug/1 mile fun walk/run. $10 day of event. If you like milk and cookies this is your kind of event. Contact Marcia to sign up.
  • Dusk – Lighting of downtown Melvern.

Country Christmas – Burlingame’s holiday spirit lights up the countryside

Burlingame’s Country Christmas will get off to an early start on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021, with the youth group pancake breakfast at Federated Church, and will finish up the day’s celebration with lighting of the community Christmas tree on Santa Fe Avenue and a downtown lighted parade. Here’s the day’s schedule:

  • 8-11 a.m. Breakfast-youth group pancake feed, Federated Church
  • 10 a.m. -5 p.m. Vendors-Schuyler Community Center, 218 W. Fremont St.; The Hideout, 139 W. Santa Fe Ave.
  • 10 a.m. PT’S Coffee-PTO fundraiser downtown
  • 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Silent auction baskets, The Hideout
  • 10 a.m. 4-H petting zoo and bake sale, lot next to Schuyler Museum
  • 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Craft fair and bake sale, library
  • 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Kids crafts; kids will receive individual bags with prepared craft kits. Pick up the bags at the bus barn. Sponsored by the Burlingame Rec.
  • 12-2 p.m. Visit with Santa, Trail Songs stage
  • 2 p.m. Live music, Trail Songs stage
  • 5 p.m. Tree lighting
  • 5:15 p.m. Parade line up at school parking lot, prizes
  • 5:15 p.m. Free cookies and hot cocoa, in front of Burlingame City Hall. Sponsored by the City of Burlingame
  • 6 p.m. Parade of lights, downtown

Play Burlingame Bingo for your chance to win a bingo prize. Cards can be found at city hall, city website, and social media. Friends of Library cookie, crafts and nut sale, starting t 10 a.m.

Join Burlingame Historical Preservation Society for breakfast and lunch while you shop during Burlingame’s Country Christmas festival and craft show. Proceeds from the food counter benefit the Burlingame Schuyler Museum.

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