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Humanities Kansas grants COVID recovery funds to Osage City Library

TOPEKA, Kan. – Humanities Kansas recently awarded a SHARP Recovery Grant in the amount of $6,105 to Osage City Public Library, Osage City, Kan.

The SHARP Recovery Grants support Kansas cultural organizations that provide humanities programming and are facing financial hardship due to COVID-19. Grants are for general operating support, staff retention, and needed digital or operational transitions for cultural work in the post-pandemic era. Humanities Kansas awarded 121 SHARP grants statewide.

“Humanities Kansas is honored to be able to support Kansas cultural organizations as we recover from the impact of COVID,” said Julie Mulvihill, Humanities Kansas executive director. “This past year has demonstrated that Kansans lean into the humanities during challenging times. Kansas cultural organizations that do work in the humanities provide important social connections and contribute to the economic well-being and strength of our communities.”

Library director Jeanette Stromgren will serve as project director for the grant.

“Osage City Public Library is committed to supporting a lifelong enjoyment of reading and learning,” Stromgren said. “The library is part of our educational and recreational facilities and as such strives to work with other organizations in meeting the needs of the community.”

Funds for the SHARP Recovery Grants have been made available through the National Endowment for the Humanities to assist cultural institutions affected by COVID-19 as part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 approved by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Joseph R. Biden.

Don’t be tardy! Vassar hosts annual festival of fun at schoolhouse

Vassar will be full of fun during its annual celebration of fall, the Vassar Funfest, which features a parade, car show, and costume contest on Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021. The festival will run from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., and the parade gets underway at 11, starting at the Vassar Post Office. The day continues with a fall arts and crafts show, pie contest, kids’ crafts, and car show, all centered at the Vassar Schoolhouse.

Event details:

  • Fall arts and crafts show; crafters, antiques, home businesses; call Windy Hogan, 251-583-2704.
  • Car show; register by 10:30 a.m. at shelter house in Vassar Park. Dash plaques, trophies, door prizes. For more information, contact Greg Thill, 785-221-9024.
  • Pie contest; drop off and register entries at the shelter house by 10:30 a.m.
  • Games for all ages; minnow races; money in a hay stack.
  • Kids’ crafts in Vassar School; pumpkin painting, cookie decorating.
  • Costume parade at 11 a.m.; kids come dressed for the parade; families and neighbors encouraged to decorate vehicles, golf carts, trailers; car show participants; all invited to join the parade. Meet at 10:45 a.m. at the Vassar Post Office. Costume judging by age groups will be after the parade.
  • Concessions, homemade pie, homemade chili.
  • Live music will be performed by Constant Praise Band.

For more Funfest information, contact Sherri Coffman at 785-828-4810.

Osage County Historical Society: Setting out on the road of least resistance

Osage County Historical Society annual meeting and community gathering will be Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021, at Burlingame Schuyler Museum, 117 S. Dacotah St., Burlingame, Kan.

The society will hold its business meeting at 4:45 p.m., followed by a soup supper at 5 p.m. The featured speaker will be local historian Wendi Bevitt, who will speak at 5:30 p.m. on “The Road of Least Resistance: Osage County and the Santa Fe Trail”.

Tickets for the event are $15 each or $20 for two tickets; available at the Osage County Historical Society, the Burlingame Schuyler Museum, or by calling 785-828-3477. Tickets will also be available at the door.

Old photo, age unknown, shows downtown Burlingame in the past. Courtesy photo.

Friends of Osage City Library schedule annual meeting

The Friends of the Osage City Public Library will hold their annual meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021, in the Osage City Library Community Room. A short meeting will be held and refreshments will be served.

For anyone not able to attend but who would like to join the Friends, a brochure with a membership application can be picked up at the Osage City Public Library. For more information, visit the library at 515 Main St., Osage City, Kan., call 785-528-3727,

Osage County Fair exhibition results, July 7-10, 2021, Osage City, Kan.

The Osage County Fair Association has released the following results of this year’s Osage County Fair exhibitions and judging for 4-H and open classes. The fair was held July 7 to July 10, 2021, at Osage City, Kan. Participants’ 4-H clubs abbreviation key is below.

Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club: Neighboring clubs hold joint meeting at Melvern Lake

Melvern Jr. Highline and Lyndon Leaders 4-H club members enjoy a presentation on the history of Melvern Lake, presented by a park ranger. Bella Reeser photo.

Melvern Jr. Highline September 4-H Meeting

By Bella Reeser, Club Reporter

On Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021, the Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club held their monthly club meeting at the Overlook Shelter House at Melvern Lake. At 5:02 p.m. both the Melvern Jr. Highline and Lyndon Leaders 4-H clubs had the honor of a program presentation of the history of Melvern Lake by a Melvern park ranger. At 5:34 p.m. the September 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 Leader Caleb McNally.

Secretary Amelia Arb called roll, members and parents were to answer with ‘If you could have one super power, what would it be?’ There were 12 members and eight adults present.

Amelia read the minutes from the last meeting; they were approved as read. Braelyn read the treasurer’s report; it was approved as read.  Reporter Bella Reeser stated she submitted one article to the newspaper.

In historian report, Historian Allie Reeser shared 4-H memories from Gaylene Ryan, former MJH leader.

In leader’s report, Lisa Reeser reminded members to read over meeting notes sheet: Thank yous to all awards contributors, Kansas State Fair is this week, record books are due September 22, newspaper forms are due Sept. 22, and at the next meeting we will create posters for National 4-H Week.

At 5:49 p.m. it was moved and seconded to adjourn the meeting. Both clubs then enjoyed a BBQ hot dog cook out for refreshments, then walked down to the beach to swim for recreation.

The Melvern Jr. Highline’s next club meeting will be 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021, at Melvern Community Center.

ECKAAA to present new-to-Medicare training

The East Central Kansas Area Agency on Aging will present a new-to-Medicare training at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021. The training will be conducted at East Central Kansas Area Agency on Aging, Ottawa, Kan. Registration is required. The training is free.

The trainings help newly eligible Medicare beneficiaries:

  • Understand Medicare enrollment dates, procedures and penalties.
  • Understand what Medicare covers and how much plan benefits cost.
  • Understand how Medicare works with current employee coverage, retiree coverage, federal benefits or military benefits.
  • Understand how to compare drug plans, Medicare advantage plans and Medicare supplemental plans.

This training is recommended for anyone who will be new to Medicare or retiring within the next few months. Call ECKAAA at 785-242-7200 to register.

Lyndon welcomes fall with community festival

The Lyndon community is inviting all to help celebrate the coming of fall, with the Lyndon Fall Festival planned for Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021.

The day’s events start off with a drive-through biscuits and gravy breakfast at the old filling station on Topeka Avenue just down the street from the Osage County Courthouse, which will be the center of the festival events. Most activities get underway around 10 a.m. or 11 a.m. Crafts, food, and at-home businesses will be featured vendors for the day, which also includes live music by the Good Sam Band, kid’s activities, scarecrow contest, pumpkin decorating, cruise-in car show, cornhole tournament, vintage sweets contest, chili cookoff, and a car bash. Most events are free to enter.

For more information about the festival, call 785-215-1330.

Sheriff asks for citizens’ help in identifying burglary suspects

OVERBROOK, Kan. – The Osage County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying suspects believed to be involved in a storage facility burglary that happened Sunday near Overbrook, Kan.

The sheriff’s office reported the suspects and their vehicles were caught on video surveillance cameras, and has issued photographs to assist in their identification.

The sheriff’s office reported that between 7:40 and 7:50 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, 2021, two vehicles entered the Southbrook Storage facility at 16821 S. Shawnee Heights Road, south of Overbrook, and the occupants burglarized a storage unit.

The vehicles appear to be a Chrysler PT Cruiser and a dark colored Chevrolet extended-cab pickup. One suspect caught on video has on a light-colored T-shirt with “ECKO UNLTD” on the front, a light-colored cap, possibly with a sticker on the bill, light-colored baggy shorts, dark shoes, a watch, and tattoos on the left forearm.

The Osage County Sheriff’s Office asks that anyone with information to contact investigators at 785-828-3121, or to remain anonymous, contact Osage County Crime Stoppers at 877-OSCRIME. Tips can also be emailed to [email protected].

Below are photos recorded during the incident and provided by the sheriff’s office.

Community foundation wraps up applications for third quarter grants

Osage County Community Foundation has announced that $3,000 has been awarded to three non-profit entities for the second quarter grant period in the Osage County area. All grants issued will be used to benefit youth and senior citizens in the county.

Click to download an OCCF grant application.The foundation regularly grants funds for long term projects that area communities will be able to enjoy and benefit from for many years. The foundation is currently in its June to September grant period, and applications will be accepted for this round until Sept. 30, 2021.

For more information about the grant application process or donating to the Osage County Community Foundation, 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.

For more information about the Osage County Community Foundation, see Osage County Community Foundation: Your community, your foundation.

Area agency on aging offers assistance with Medicare enrollment

With the Medicare open enrollment period beginning Oct. 15, 2021, East Central Kansas Area Agency on Aging is offering in-person assistance for enrollment. ECKAAA will offer assistance 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 10, in Osage City, at Osage City Public Library, 515 Main St.

Participants are asked to call ECKAAA at 785-242-7200 to register and schedule an appointment, or for more information. The agency has also set up assistance locations at Garnett and Burlington.

Carbondale says farewell to summer with fall festival Saturday

Carbondale is welcoming the end of another Kansas summer with the town’s fall festival this weekend, Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021. The day of fun features a carnival sponsored by USD 434, concert in City Park, cornhole tournament, car show, color dash, and a community parade.

In addition, the new Carbondale City Library will be the site of a fundraiser book sale in the morning; and other vendors and food trucks will be available downtown. Evening events are highlighted by a “Little Pumpkin” pageant, kids’ games, a street dance featuring Departure, and a beer garden.

See the day’s schedule of events below:

Lyndon Lions complete seasonal K-268 highway cleanup

On Sept. 11, 2021, Lyndon Lions Club completed picking up trash on the south side of state Highway 268, north of Lyndon. Lions working on the project included, from left, Lori Neilson, Danny Roush, Gary Schattak, Barb Schattak, Rudy Rottler, Pam Bilyeu and Jerry Bilyeu, and not pictured, Carol Roush, who made sure everyone stayed hydrated.

For more information about joining Lyndon Lions, contact any member or call 785-221-7994.

KDOT schedules more blasting for K-31 realignment project

Update: The schedule for blasting along state Highway 31 has been revised to occur daily for up to three weeks. Beginning Monday, Sept. 20, 2021, one blast will occur between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. daily, Monday to Friday, weather permitting. Blasting is not scheduled to happen on weekends. Drivers should expect up to a 15-minute delay.

Additional blasting work along the state Highway 31 reconstruction project in Osage County has been scheduled. Beginning Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021, through Friday, Sept. 24, one blast will occur every other day between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., weather permitting. No blasting will take place on weekends. Drivers should expect up to a 15-minute delay.

The controlled blasts are scheduled to be conducted as part of the realignment of the section of K-31 east of Osage City. KDOT previously announced blasting areas will be closed for up to 15 minutes at a time while blasts take place. Flaggers will stop traffic around the blasting area three minutes prior to a blast. Traffic will be released as soon as the all clear signal is given. Audible sirens will also be sounded before and after the blast: three short sirens one minute prior to the blast and one long siren after the area is all clear.

K-68 eastbound traffic detoured at Ottawa this weekend

Starting Friday afternoon, Sept. 17, 2021, and continuing through next Monday morning, the eastbound lanes of state Highway 68 will be closed from Eisenhower Road to Main Street at Ottawa. The closure coincides with a local event and bridge construction work on K-68.

Eastbound traffic only will be detoured on Eisenhower Road and Interstate 35. Westbound traffic will remain on K-68 with a width restriction of 11.6 feet.

For more information, contact KDOT Area Engineer Donna Schmit at 785-433-6107 or Public Affairs Manager Priscilla Petersen at 620-902-6433.

Osage County to receive funds for off-system bridge reconstruction

TOPEKA – Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly and Secretary of Transportation Julie Lorenz have announced that Osage County is one of 13 counties that will receive a combined total of $7.5 million through the Kansas Department of Transportation’s Off-System Bridge Improvement Program.

State funding for the 13 projects will be supplemented by a minimum 20 percent match from each recipient. KDOT received 87 applications requesting $46.4 million as part of the Off-System Bridge Improvement Program.

Osage County’s awarded amount will be $857,021.60, for bridge construction located 1/2 mile south and 4.3 miles east of Vassar.

In Kansas, there are more than 19,300 locally owned bridges, of which 1,230 are in “poor” condition and an additional 3,844 are either unable to carry legal loads or accommodate modern truck sizes. Off-system bridges are located on roadways not otherwise eligible for federal aid.

Sheriff investigates hazing incidents at Burlingame High School

Osage County Sheriff Chris Wells has announced his office is investigating multiple accusations of hazing incidents involving students at Burlingame High School, and the public’s assistance is sought in the investigation.

The sheriff has requested any members of the public who have information about the ongoing investigation to contact the sheriff’s office at 785-828-3121, 877-OSCRIME, or email [email protected].

From your closet to the Prom Closet

The 2021 Prom Closet was held in Burlingame and featured more than 75 dresses. Dress donations are welcomed for the next prom store in 2022. Courtesy photo.

Help House welcomes dresses for next year’s prom store

Help House’s Prom Closet was a success for about 20 girls who went home with free prom dresses. Due to the benefit the event provides local prom goers, Help House has tentatively scheduled another Prom Closet for February 2022.

The prom store works with donations of women’s and girls’ dresses, especially those suitable for prom or formal celebrations. Perhaps someone moving out and going to college might find they have prom dresses they don’t plan to wear again hanging in the closet? Help House would welcome them to add to the collection for the Prom Shop next year. They must be clean with no stains and in good shape.

For more information, contact Help House at 785-828-4888.

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