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Lyndon Leaders 4-H Club: April meeting makes May flowers

Making May Day baskets at the April meeting of the Lyndon Leaders 4-H Club are Morgan Young, Allie Kneisler, and Kendall Young. Courtesy photo.

By Morgan Young, Club Reporter

The Lyndon Leaders 4-H Club had a fantastic meeting at 4:30 p.m. April 11, 2021. The 4-Hers made May Day baskets for the care home facility in Osage City. They used their creativity to make flowers out of paper.

There were three project talks presented at the meeting. Grayson Wine showed us how to make peppermint candy ornaments. He even ate some afterwards. Gage Kilgore told us how to rig a fishing pole. Kendall Wine demonstrated how to make a paper airplane. It was flying around for the rest of the meeting.

Members who participated in district club days were recognized, including Ethan Kneisler (blue), Tyler Williams (purple), Grayson Wine (purple), Allie Kneisler (purple), and Kendall Wine (blue). Some of them got to move on to regionals, too, including Ethan Kneisler (red), Tyler Williams (blue), Grayson Wine (blue), and Allie Kneisler (blue). Good job guys!

There will not be a meeting in May. We will be doing a project showcase for the June 13 meeting. There will be a farm tour with potluck following.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Snake unappreciated rancho visitor

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“There’s a snake eating the sliced apple on the kitchen cabinet.”

Don’t think that doesn’t make hair on the neck cringe. Charging toward the varmint not really knowing what was going to happen, it almost instantly slithered behind the refrigerator.

Snakes are friends of very few, yet not that uncommon on ranches. Still it’s the first time in half-century one came into the home.

Actually a day earlier, the three-quarter-inch diameter, more-less 18-inches long reptile showed up in the mudroom. As show halter with shank was hung on the doorknob, that scaly creature appeared similar to the leather lead. Attempted stomp at the swishing-tongued head missed as bright-eyed serpent squirmed under the storage shelf. Closely watching for reappearance nothing was seen again with hopeful assumption basement was invisibly-moved destination.

Then vermin reappeared the next day in the kitchen only to disappear, despite flashlight and yardstick prods to locate. Hardware store snake deterrent was spread around outside perimeter of the ranch house.

Restless sleep visions were that the snake might wiggle into bed for coziness. That didn’t happen unless curling was unnoticeable. Next midday, the snake slinked from the office down the hallway to “demise” from the mate’s hard striking barn stick. It was thrown outside the back step, so rainfall washed away smashed head blood while barn cats kept their distance. Better there than crawling inside a wannabe cowboy’s jean leg when doing office work.

Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club shows their know-how at district club days

By Bella Reeser
MJH 4-H Club Reporter

Like everything in our current world, District 4-H Club Days were modified due to COVID-19. Participants were to video their presentation and have it submitted to the district office via YouTube by March 1, 2021. On March 15, Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club members found out how astonishing their skills were. Presenting demonstrations were:

  • Allie Reeser presented a demonstration on making Cinnamon Applesauce Delight; she received a top purple.
  • Bella Reeser presented Rub-A-Dub Dub, Who’s Duck is in the Tub; she received an alternate top purple.
  • Braelyn McNally demonstrated how to make pumpkin chocolate chip muffins; she received a top purple.
  • Gradey McNally presented a demonstration on making Bubble Bread; he received a top purple.
  • Justin Brinkley gave a speech on private property; he received a top purple.

All top purple participants were to resubmit their presentations to the 4-H district office by March 19 to compete at Regional Club Days.

Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club updates: Springtime brings renewed activities

By Bella Reeser, Club Reporter

On Saturday, March 13, 2021, the Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club held its monthly club meeting at Fusion Bowling Alley, Ottawa, Kan., in conjunction with the Lyndon Leaders 4-H Club.

At 3:05 p.m. the MJH 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, “If you could be any Disney character, which would you be?” There were 20 members and 11 adults present. Amelia then read the minutes from the last meeting; they were approved as read.

Vice-President Justin Brinkley 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 John Harsh and Lara Combes-Shoup, both former MJH members.

In council report, council representative Braelyn reported the council was looking for ideas for community service projects.

In leader’s report, Lisa Reeser reminded members to read over the meeting notes sheet, and asked all members (MJH and Lyndon Leaders) to stand and share what they did for District Club Days. Lastly Lisa reminded members Blue & Gold orders would be in on Tuesday, please remember to pick them up.

Janae McNally then shared with the clubs there will be in-person 4-H camp, with details still to come.

In unfinished business, it was moved and seconded to table the farmers market until next month. In new business; it was discussed then moved and seconded to have an alternative Easter egg hunt for the students in the district. Details will be determined after speaking to school administrators. At 3:36 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, April 11, 2021, at the Melvern Community Center. Club members then together enjoyed refreshments and bowling provided by the clubs.

Eat Well to Be Well:Learn the truth about 5 food myths

Discerning between food truths and food myths is really hard sometimes. From excellent nutrition advice to extremely bad to downright dangerous nutrition advice, what’s a consumer to do? Since all of us have to eat and all of us are consumers of food, knowing the truth of how to follow a healthy, nutritious diet can get lost in the shuffle of nutrition myths – which have grown exponentially over the years.

Unfortunately, there will be those who, without any nutrition degrees or backing of science, feel compelled to enlighten us on their opinion on what a healthy diet should be. But don’t be swayed. Here are some common diet and food myths you deserve to know the truth behind the tale:

A Cowboy’s Faith: Scammers attempt taxing ‘gift’

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“You are the winner of the Publisher’s Clearing House $150,000 prize.”

That was the emphatic but difficult to understand announcement in a phone message from a stranger with a distant dialect.

“This is Mr. Frank, right?” the caller continued. Answer was distinct and loud: “No.”

With obvious background sounds, perhaps a baby’s cry and ringing phones, seeming agitated the voice persisted. “Mr. Frank, you are the winner. We will come deliver your award. Where do you live?”

Insisting it was Frank Buchman, sometimes Frank, or even Mr. Buchman, it was not Mr. Frank. “Oh, Mr. Frank Bushman, Mr. Frank, we want to deliver your prize.”

OK. Come on over, anytime somebody wants to giveaway money, it’ll be readily accepted.

“Now you realize there are always taxes on prizes like this,” the phone caller clarified.

Yes. Taxes are add-on to all purchases and cost of owning property. The Internal Revenue Service gets plenty of money every year.

“You must buy a $500 cash card at a ‘major box store’ for us when we deliver your prize.”

No way. Its 25 miles to a store, and there isn’t time. Besides, that requires funds, and none are available.

Center plans potluck dinner to celebrate springtime

The Osage County Senior Center library some new books – some are free and some will need to be checked out. We also have puzzles that can be checked out and there is always one being worked on at the big table.

The Thrift Sale was once again a big success thanks to everyone that donated and came by and those that bought.

The senior center first potluck dinner in over a year will be May 5, 2021. Jody Jackson and Friends will be here at 11 a.m. playing music, and we will eat at 12 noon. Hope to see you all.

We have received a donation of scrap booking supplies and are looking to offer a class. If anyone is interested in this class, call the senior center at 785-528-1170, and let us know. Anyone with suggestions on other activities or crafts, please let us know. Most likely there is someone else that would like to try it, also.


A Cowboy’s Faith: More than heartfelt cowboy

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“This cowboy was certainly one of a kind.”

While riding, studying, breeding, producing, and merchandizing horses brought lifetime enjoyment, Rick Johnson was much more.

Now 35 percent of 100 students Class of ’69 into the Great Beyond, this all-around cowboy’s passing tugged heartstrings hardest. Defining Rick as an “all-around cowboy” has such a profound significance. He was unquestionably a cowboy at heart with definite broad successes therein.

Yet it’s impossible to adequately define the unique, versatile, talented, outgoing, congenial, fun-loving yet sentimental gentleman. Undeniable orneriness revealed in his always widespread grin, Rick was an “all-around nice guy,” everybody’s friend.

Sadly, one’s real worth in life can sometimes only be realized completely at time of passing. Cowboys, family and friends from near and far paid sorrowful respects at his church yard memorial services. Tied to nearby tree, the bay Quarter Horse carrying Rick’s saddle sensed the feeling, nickering precisely upon emotional reflections.

A local horseshow nearly six decades ago, Rick came riding in on his bay mare. Start of a lifetime cowboy friendship continuing and diversifying through passing years.

Inheriting love for cowboy life and horses from both sides of his Flint Hills families, Rick proudly touted that heritage. Classmates even through college days, infrequent time shared immediately turned to horse talk.

Quite intelligent, ambitious and determined, Rick, frugal too, made short order of university days graduating earlier than most. Following boot steps of his endeared father, horseman and lawyer, Rick became an attorney at Valley Falls.

Marrying his high school sweetheart, Bonnie, the greatly-admired, community-serving couple of apparent strong faith raised three daughters.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Memorable days on ballfields

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Baseball is America’s favorite pastime.”

While a certain cowboy doesn’t agree, it’s true for many others in this country. Conversations heard in recent days have often centered on the baseball season at hand.

Decades ago, renowned rodeo contractor Emmett Roberts called about getting a horse trained, but stopped conversation to hear baseball scores. Now there remain reflections of youthful days playing baseball.

Town kids walked home from school for dinner while country kids who rode the bus to school ate from lunchboxes. They’d finish before classes were to resume and played workup softball for fun. Other students upon return for afternoon school classes were allowed to join the game.

Rules were lax but typically there were no outfielders just those playing the bases, pitcher and catcher. When there was an out, players got to move from base positions to become batters. Latecomers to the field might even workup to bat at least once.

Sometimes there were a dozen on the field and anybody who caught a fly ball automatically went to bat. Throughout grade school a wannabe cowboy got to bat a few times, had a couple hits, and scored maybe once.

One controversial rule involved the signboard at the north edge of the ballfield. Sometimes hitting the ball over the signboard was a homerun. Other times it’d be an out because the softball often went into Harry Blim’s coon dog pen causing howling disgust.

A Cowboy’s Faith: ‘Mortgage lifters’ back breakers

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Cowboys really aren’t supposed to be in the hog business.”

Still for decades it was frequently quoted “hogs are mortgage lifters,” often producing farm profit when nothing else did.

Recent newsprint stories about high demand for local livestock processing brought reflections of a wannabe cowboy in the hog business.

Where’s the relationship, many instantly scratch their heads? However, in order for the little wannabe to have a horse, Mom demanded, “You have to pay for it with hogs.”

After begging long enough, eventually two acres in the city limits were acquired “to keep a horse.” Still, hogs had to come first.

The bred Hampshire gilt was acquired from local breeder Jake Jackson. Picked up in the grocery delivery station wagon, Susie Q, the belted hog’s cute moniker, wasn’t a big bill payer. She had twins. Still, one gilt was retained for operation expansion.

Finally, Dad bought a grade mare called Spot so the wannabe became a “real cowboy.” Of course, Mom kept demanding the importance of raising hogs to pay increasing bills.

Chamber Chatter: Springtime sprouts activity in local business community

Osage City spring citywide garage sales, April 16-17, 2021

The holidays have been over for a couple months, the ground hog saw his shadow; however, spring time is just around the corner and it is time to get ready to do some spring cleaning. It will soon be that time of the year to sign up for the spring Osage City citywide garage sales, set for April 16 and 17, 2021. This is a great opportunity to get rid of some of that “stuff” you never use and free up some space.

To sign up, contact Tricia Gundy at 785-528-3301 or 785-219-9727. She has revised the area map and is more user friendly, providing a chart for the type of items at the garage sales. She will need your name – as you want it listed on the map, address, a phone number in case of questions about the sale, if you are having the sale Friday and Saturday or Saturday only, what area you are on the map, type of items that you will be selling, and a $5 donation fee. Gundy is also working to make the map available per the Chamber of Commerce Facebook page and website. The proceeds go towards a scholarship awarded every year to two Osage City High School graduates. The deadline for adding a sale to the garage sale map is 5 p.m. April 13.

Edward Jones Investments relocates to new office

Dec. 22, 2020, marked the first day of relocation for the Osage City Edward Jones office. Financial advisor Robyn Williams and her team moved east on Market Street one block, from 516 Market St., where the office had been located for 27 years, to 622 Market St.

New Edward Jones office at 622 Market St., Osage City, Kan.

Williams has been an Edward Jones financial advisor for more than 24 years and works to understand the individual goals of her clients prior to assisting them with their financial needs. Her primary goal is to help individual investors develop an investment strategy geared toward their family’s long-term goals. Her team has built their business by treating their clients as they would want to be treated.

Robyn graduated from Fort Hays State University with a bachelor’s degree in business communications, a finance minor and a leadership studies certification. She began her career with Edward Jones in Beloit, Kan., in 1996; then moved to Emporia, Kan., before taking over as the financial advisor in Osage City in June 2001. In August 2008, she earned the accredited asset management specialist designation from the College of Financial Planning. She celebrated her 25-year anniversary with Edward Jones on March 4.

In her Osage City office, Williams is joined by two branch office administrators: Mandi Potter, has more than 22 years of experience in the Osage City branch, and Jen Koch, who has three and a half years of experience.

The Osage City Edward Jones team is planning to have a grand opening at the new location when corporate COVID-19 guidelines allow.

Smoke in the Spring State BBQ Championship

Smoke in the Spring State BBQ Championship will be celebrating its 18th annual event April 9-10, 2021. Friday evening’s Taste of Osage City will get underway at 5 p.m. in Jones Park. BBQ Bucks will be on sale prior to the event at Osage City Hall; and at Osage City Community Building during the Friday evening event. The celebration will include a live band outdoors along with a fireworks display.

Cruis’n and Cook’n Auto Show

The 17th annual Cruis’n and Cook’n Auto Show, will be Saturday, April 10, 2021, in downtown Osage City. This year, the Twin Lakes Cruisers will be having additional attractions along with the auto show including the Manhatchet Axe Throw, a craft show at St. Brigid Hall, and also the senior center will be kicking off the citywide garage sales a week early, with a thrift sale at the center.

Osage City Chamber of Commerce seeks 2021 scholarship applications

The Osage City Chamber of Commerce offers a scholarship to one senior girl and one senior boy graduating from Osage City High School. High School graduation is just around the corner and the Chamber is encouraging seniors that are furthering their education to get with Kathy Camarena, Osage City High School counselor, and ask for application information. For the Osage City Chamber of Commerce application, data needed to apply is a transcript, two letters of reference, and an essay from the student on importance of owning and operating a business in a small town. Application must be postmarked by April 23, 2021. The announcement of the winners will be dependent upon the status of the school allowing visitor participation in such events. The 2020 scholarships were awarded to Dylan Shaffer and Kaitlyn Heiserman.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Locks cannot deter necessities

“Locks are meant to keep others away from something that doesn’t belong to them.”

Problem arises when those owning the property lock themselves out and they can’t get what’s needed.

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.Yes, many locking systems are not fool proof. All it takes sometimes is a bolt cutter, sledgehammer, pry bar, or even a big rock to break into private ownership. Nowadays most people lock just about everything they own – from their home to the barn to their car to the pasture gate. That’s a wide contrast to a half century ago when nobody ever locked anything.

As a grocery store carryout boy back in the ’60s, the backdoor to every home was unlocked. Without thought of a knock or warning of any kind, groceries were delivered right into the kitchen.

People didn’t lock their cars, usually leaving the keys in the ignition wherever it was parked. There were never any break-ins or stolen property that was ever heard about.

Nowadays is a far different story. Everybody’s told to “make sure you lock it.”  Most people adhere to the warning, yet there are seemingly constantly increasing numbers of thefts.

A key is typically required to open locks, whether the home, car or pasture gate. Keeping track of a dozen or more keys isn’t that easy for those who are very forgetful.

As possible solution, some locks have combinations to get them open. That’s okay too, if the combination can be remembered, or if it’s recorded for only personal access.

Can Help House help you? Reach out to find out

By Ted Hazelton, Help House

Do you or someone you know need food assistance? Help House, at 131 W. 15th Street in Lyndon, provided food or other services to 1,252 Osage County residents from 479 different households in 2020. Many of these received assistance monthly. Through generous donations and grants, and the work of our volunteers, we have the resources to assist many more. But only if they contact us!

Help House has a food pantry, is a distributor for The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), and can assist in completing SNAP applications in our computer lab. If you are an Osage County resident with household income below certain amounts, you could be eligible for the above food assistance programs. All food programs are by appointment only, and masks must be worn. Consult our website,, or call 785-828-4888 or 785-828-4889 for more information or to make an appointment.

Online food ordering

A new program at Help House is the online food ordering. You fill out your order at, choose a time you want to pick it up, and the food is brought to your car. No indoor shopping, no waiting, no need for babysitters, and no need to worry about social distancing! And it helps us serve more families.

Mobile pantries

Another option for food assistance is the Harvester’s Mobile Food Pantry held throughout the county with no income restrictions to receive food. You should be in line 15 minutes prior to the start time to be registered, and it goes until the food is gone. Mobile dates are: Carbondale, 12 p.m. second Tuesday; Osage City, 9 a.m. third Thursday; Burlingame, 10 a.m. third Thursday; Melvern, 12:30 p.m. third Thursday; and Lyndon, 12 p.m. third Friday.

Local churches win Souper Bowl

The winner of the 2021 Souper Bowl contest was the Overbrook United Methodist Church, with Lyndon First Baptist Church in second place, and Lyndon UMC in third place. In all, seven churches donated a total of 772 cans of soup or boxes of crackers to be given out at our food pantry.

Osage County Senior Center: Scrapbooking donations offer opportunity for new classes

Osage County Senior Center is open 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, and activities are picking up now that a lot of patrons have received COVID-19 shots.

The center has received a donation of scrapbooking supplies and is considering offering a scrapbooking class.  Anyone interested is asked to call the center at 785-528-1170. Anyone with suggestions on other activities or crafts is asked to contact the center. Likely there is someone else that would like to try it, also.

Mexican Train games continue on Tuesdays, and some weeks every afternoon, for anyone interested in playing.

There are books in centers library – some are free and some need to be checked out. Also puzzles can be checked out, and there is always one being worked on at the big table.

The center is currently accepting donations for an upcoming thrift sale, that will begin at 7 a.m. Saturday, April 10, 2021. Due to the car show that day, Market Street and downtown side streets will be closed, limiting parking near the senior center. The thrift sale will continue the following week, open 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday to Friday (and possibly Saturday).

Chair exercise classes have started and are held at 9-9:45 a.m. daily, with approximately 12 men and women participating. After approximately two weeks or when anyone feels comfortable and wants to do some additional work out, Leslie Sansone’s seniors walk video is available. Everyone can start out slow and work at their own pace.


  • Mondays – 8 a.m.-12 p.m., sewing; 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m., pitch, bring a snack if you like.
  • Tuesdays – 9 a.m., ceramics (call before coming to verify times); 12:30-3:30 p.m., Mexican Train games.
  • Wednesdays – 8 a.m.-12 p.m., sewing.
  • Thursdays – 9-11 a.m., painting.
  • Fridays – 10-11:30 a.m., bingo, bring a $5 gift bag, everyone wins.

Senior commodities are distributed the second Wednesday every month at the center. Osage County citizens 60 years old or older that meet income guidelines qualify for the program. To sign up, income verification and a one-month waiting period is required. The commodities are ordered one month in advance. For more information to determine if individuals or households qualify for the program, contact the senior center. Osage County citizens unable to come to Osage City to pick up commodities are asked to call the senior center.

For more information, contact Tammy Fager, Osage County Senior Center director, at 785-528-1170, or 604 Market St., Osage City, Kan.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Rain has always come

“It’s sure hard to grow anything in the dust.”

The one getting his haircut in the barber’s chair made that evaluation as the waiting room conversation continued about weather. Nodding heads and grunts were in consensus as latest heard forecasts were shared with personal opinions aired as well.

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.Certainly there’s dire need for ample rainfall in some locales, where even those promised showers have passed by. Still drought maps indicate much of the Midwest is shy on moisture with downpours in every county a necessary solution.

Such dry conditions and record wind gusts brought fire danger warnings which have sadly come to reality. There have been a number of local pasture fires consuming large acreages plus some facility loss. Truly heartwarming how friends, neighbors and firefighting crews will come together seemingly instantly and diligently work as a team. Of all the dangerous jobs, battling blazes in very dry conditions with unrelenting record speed winds is the most hazardous.

Additional issue is probability of a controlled fire restarting after firefighters have left the scene. On several occasions fires have been considered out and hours later come calls they’re furiously aflame again.

Weathermen have been partially accurate with forecasts for widespread relief of moisture distress. Still early on there’s been great inconsistency with one farm receiving nice rainfall and neighboring counties getting zilch.

Before rains began already negativists were complaining how mud would increase work difficulties. Exclamations expanded when there were just a few scattered showers around.

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