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Happy birthday! LoRee Williams to celebrate 90th birthday

LoRee Williams, of Lyndon, Kan., will celebrate her 90th birthday on Aug. 10, 2021.

LoRee and her husband, Neil, raised four children, Gary, Bruce, Kent, and Kim, in Lyndon and Osage City, before retiring to the Vassar, Kan., area at Pomona Lake.

They celebrated 62 years of marriage until Neil passed away in 2013. They have eight grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.

LoRee’s family and friends are invited to help celebrate her birthday with a card shower. Birthday cards can reach her at 225 W. 14th St., Lyndon, KS 66451. No gifts are requested, please.

Round Robin Showmanship results, Osage County Fair, July 10, 2021

Round robin showman competition participants are presented awards by show sponsors. Osage County Fair Association photo.

The Osage County Fair’s final day, July 10, 2021, featured some of Osage County’s best livestock showmen competing in the round robin showman event. The Osage County Fair Association has announced the results of the competition as follows:

Senior division winners

  • Sheep, Addyson Easter, Lyndon Leaders
  • Goat, Ethan Kneisler, Lyndon Leaders
  • Beef, Grace Croucher, Willing Workers
  • Swine, Kinsley Garrison, North Osage

Champion senior division showman was Grace Croucher, and reserve senior division showman was Ethan Kneisler.

Intermediate Division Winners                                                                       

  • Horse, Katie Lowry, Burlingame
  • Sheep, Chloe Cannon, North Osage
  • Goat, Allie Kneisler, Lyndon Leaders
  • Beef, Braelyn McNally, Melvern Jr. Highline
  • Swine, Jaiton Bosse, Willing Workers

Champion intermediate division showman was Allie Kneisler; reserve intermediate division showman was Braelyn McNally.

The annual round robin showman event is sponsored by Edward Jones Investments-Robyn Williams, and the buckle awards are sponsored by Black Crest Cattle, The Corwine Family.

Lyndon Methodist Church celebrates 150th anniversary by getting all ‘Rev’d Up’

Lyndon United Methodist Church’s ninth annual Get Rev’d Up All Motor Show, held June 19, 2021, also served as a celebration for the church’s 150th anniversary, which was observed a year late due to the pandemic.

This year’s event, Lyndon resident Gene Hirt handed out 172 American Flags as the cars, trucks and motorcycles entered the city park in Lyndon, which was filled to the brim with cars as the show got underway.

The church served homemade biscuits and gravy, breakfast burritos and cinnamon rolls inside the shelter house, and later homemade ice cream and lunch. The American Legion came around 9:30 a.m. and Michael Kaufman, Lyndon High School band teacher, played the Star Spangled Banner solo on the saxophone. Music played throughout the morning with DJ Pat Reyle, Rock Star Entertainment, and Mike Cline and the Constant Praise Band, from Atchison, and who have performed at the car show since its beginning.

At the awards ceremony in the afternoon, 32 prizes were awarded, with a special guest, David Wolfe from the Street Rodding American Style PBS program, who presented a “PIZZAZZ” award to Bruce Mishler,of Lyndon. Show participants also were presented door prizes and monetary awards, which were made possible with donations from local businesses and organizations.

LUMC’s memorial picks for 2021 were (award honoree, motor vehicle, owner name):

Hidden History: Fostoria musician goes to Nashville, becomes a country ‘Starr’

Burlingame area native Kenny Starr, center, sings with Loretta Lynn during a 1970s era performance. Photographer unknown.

Osage County has long been the home to a strong working class responsible for building the industry in the county. These hard workers and small-town life are the inspiration for the themes of many country music songs. Kenny Trebbe, Osage County native, used his blue-collar roots and his love of music to become a shining “Starr” of the Country Western scene.

Kenny Trebbe grew up in what had been the little mining community of Fostoria, two miles east of Burlingame. His father, William, was a coal miner, construction worker, and vegetable farmer before a back injury limited him to cutting wood for his family.

Kenny got his start in music in elementary school, singing 1950s rock and soul at local venues for nickels and dimes. Some of his first bands were Kenny and the Rebels and later Kenny and the Imperials. His songs were so well received that on one New Year’s Day, he made $13.

His parents, fans of Guy Lombardo’s big band style were not as interested in Kenny’s earliest choice of music but appreciated his switch to country music when he reached his teens. By that time, he had chosen the stage name of Kenny Starr – surname borrowed from a Texas cousin – and created the band Kenny Starr and the Country Showmen.

In 1971, a 17-year-old Kenny entered a talent contest sponsored by a Wichita Radio Station. Ninety-eight contestants participated, but Kenny’s rendition of Ray Price’s “I Won’t Mention It Again” stole the show. His performance caught the eye of Harry “Hap” Peebles, a local promoter. Peebles was able to get him an audience with Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty, who were in town for a show. Kenny was then invited to perform with Lynn and Twitty in both Wichita and Kansas City. Loretta Lynn took a personal interest in the young singer and told him to look her up if he ever got to Nashville, and she would help him get started.

As soon as Kenny got home, he and his mother, Kathleen, prepared to leave immediately to pursue his dreams. A neighbor drove them to Nashville because the Trebbe’s car would not have made the trip, and the group arrived two days later, beating Loretta Lynn home.

Loretta Lynn, true to her word, helped establish Kenny in the country music business. Lynn gave him the opportunity to tour with her band the Coal Miners. When they weren’t touring, she let him live in her mansion. After four and a half years of learning his way in country music, Kenny struck out on his own.

Harmons named as Mr. and Mrs. Osage City; Schroeder to lead parade as marshal

The Osage City Chamber of Commerce has announced that Bob and Ronda Harmon will be representing Osage City as Mr. and Mrs. Osage City for 2021. The two will be honored in the Osage County Fair Parade, hosted by the Chamber, which begins at 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 9, on Market Street in Osage City.

Bob and Ronda met 23 years ago through their love for music and dancing. Bob has been in Osage City for 44 years having opened his dental practice in the spring of 1977 after graduating from UMKC with his DDS degree. Having both grown up in small towns, Bob and Ronda love the small town life, and have volunteered for many things to better the community. They were instrumental in getting the fireworks that the community enjoys each year. Bob has been a member of the Osage City Lions Club for more than 50 years. He was also a member of the Salt Creek Bluegrass band for years. He loves fishing and raising beagles. Bob ran for state representative for the 76th district in 2020.

Ronda has been on the Superior Township Board for more than 12 years and has served on the committee for Chamber of Commerce Christmas on Market for several years. Ronda has a deep love for music, performing in many different venues and has been singing with her five sisters since age three. Bob and Ronda have put on the talent show at the fair for many years, donating their time and equipment each year.

Bob has two children, Jill and Matt, who both graduated from Osage City High School. Matt chose to stay in Osage City and raise his family, and now owns and operates Harmon Dental, following in his Dad’s footsteps. They have five grandchildren Ethan, Brynlee, Rylan, Sadie and Devan.

“Osage City has been a blessing for both of us as it is a small town with a lot of character,” the Harmons said. They have traveled to many places and say “it is always nice to come home to our small rural town that we love.”

Schroeder to serve as 2021 parade marshal

The Chamber of Commerce has announced that recently retired pharmacist Mike Schroeder will head the Osage County Fair Parade as this year’s parade marshal.

Mike’s family moved to Osage City when his dad, Chuck Schroeder, purchased the corner drug store from John Kerr in 1963. Mike graduated from Osage City High School in 1975 and Emporia State University with a bachelor’s degree in business in 1979. While at Emporia he met Nancy Herron, and they were married in 1981. After graduation he lived in Dodge City and later moved to Topeka, working as a certified public accountant. Nancy taught elementary school before becoming a stay-at-home mother in 1986. Together they had three children, Adam Schroeder, Jonathan Schroeder, and Ethan and Katie (Schroeder) Schillig.

Mike purchased the drug store from his father and moved back to Osage City in 1996. The business was growing and Karen Schwieger, RPh., joined Schroeder Drugs in August 2000.

“As Dad’s retirement was approaching, the drug store was going to need another pharmacist,” Mike said. Mike went back to school, receiving a Doctor of Pharmacy
degree from the University of Kansas in 2005 in order to fill that role.

“By working together on the schedule, Karen and I were able find a good balance between taking care of our customers in a small town setting and still be able to attend important family events,” Mike said. Getting time off from work can be difficult for many owners of independent pharmacies.

“Dad helped out by keeping his pharmacy license active until Katie finished playing college softball,” he said. “This was especially important to me after Nancy died in August 2007. It allowed me to be at almost all of her ball games.”

“We used a simple approach to running the business,” Mike said. “It was to do our best to take care of each customer’s needs. We were fortunate to have terrific employees to work with and many loyal customers over the combined 58 years of operation.”

Mike’s retirement came a little sooner than he expected.

“It had been discussed once in a while,” he said, “but retiring always seemed to be off in the distance. This spring, an opportunity to sell the drug store presented itself and things seemed to fall into place. It wasn’t an easy decision to make but Karen and I agreed that it was the right time to sell.”

Mike’s retirement plans include traveling, visiting his kids, and going fishing.

The Parade Marshal Schroeder and Mr. and Mrs. Osage City will be honored during the Osage County Fair Parade, set for 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 9, 2021, in downtown Osage City, Kan.

Osage County Fair to honor heroes among us

This year’s Osage County Fair will honor those among us who are the heroes in our lives. The theme of this year’s fair and fair parade, “Honoring Hometown Heroes”, was set by the Osage City Chamber of Commerce and the Osage County Fair Association to offer the opportunity for local citizens to recognize their heroes.

All honorees are invited to attend the 2021 Osage County Fair Parade and fireworks display, July 9 and 10, respectively, in recognition of their services. (Nominators are asked to advise their nominees prior to the event.)

The following categories and qualifications are to be considered for this nomination: Osage County residents who served in the United States Armed Forces; law enforcement officers in Osage County; Osage County fire fighters or first responders; Osage County EMS; individuals who have saved the life of another under heroic circumstances; individuals who lost their lives in the line of duty; individuals who have made significant contributions to Osage County.

Nominations should be submitted by June 25 to [email protected] or mail to PO Box 56, Osage City, KS 66523. A Hometown Heroes nomination form is available here. For more information, contact Jeanette Swarts, Osage City Chamber of Commerce director, at 785-249-5451, or see osagecitychamber.com.

Frontier Extension District names McFarland as director

Frontier Extension District has announced that Rebecca McFarland has been named as director  of the district. McFarland has been a member of the Frontier Extension District team since the district’s formation in 2010 and prior to that served as the family and consumer sciences agent for Franklin County from 1996 to 2010. McFarland has spent her entire professional career in the cooperative extension system and just completed her 26th year.

Since July 2014, McFarland has served in various leadership roles. She currently serves as a co-leader for the Stress and Resiliency Transdisciplinary Team formed in 2019. She helped lead efforts in addressing behavioral health issues and concerns identified for K-State Research and Extension professionals and Kansans related to the COVID-19 pandemic. She is also a member of the KSRE Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Work Group.

“I am excited about the opportunity to serve as director of the Frontier Extension District,” McFarland said. “We have a dedicated staff, and board that is passionate about serving the people across our district. We will continue to work together to address critical issues facing our communities and be innovative and creative in our engagement and delivery.”

2020-2021 Marais des Cygnes Valley High School 2nd Semester Honor Roll

Trojan Honor Roll: 4.0

  • 9th grade – Brianna Huffman, Olivia Lacey, Emma Marsh, Kelsey Rice
  • 10th grade – Madison Cormode, Lindsey Johnson, Avary Simmons, Kyla Vogeler
  • 11th grade – Maximus Davis, Cole Lacey, Wyatt Lingenfelter, Braden Reed, Riley Spillman

Blue & Orange Honor Roll: 3.4-3.99

  • 9th grade – Chloe Barb, Hannah Foxworthy
  • 10th grade – Mason Rose, Hailey Ingle, Alyssa McCurdy, Alysa Miller, Anna Moore, Tristyn Weber

Honorable Mention: 3.00-3.39

  • 9th grade – Hunter Treinen
  • 10th grade – Kaitlyn Lage, Josephine Wheeler, Savannah Williams
  • 11th grade – Madison Flatin, Anjelina Lightfoot, Jacob McGowin, Hailie Rose, Caden Smith
  • 12th grade – Brice Marsh

2020-2021 Marais des Cygnes Valley Junior High School 2nd Semester Honor Roll

Trojan Honor Roll: 4.0

  • 6th grade – Dalton Lingenfelter, Braelyn McNally, Landon Reed, Madyson Rose, Darrion Traver, Joshua Ulupano
  • 7th grade – Colbie Cormode, Kadence Masenthin, Kathleen Patterson, Ella Reed, Anna Rogers, Catayah Thompson, Alexandra Totty, Akyra Traver
  • 8th grade – Clare Hockett, Evelyn Stephens

Blue & Orange Honor Roll: 3.4-3.99

  • 6th grade – Lillyin McLaren, Ayden Stucker, Landon Traver, Aubrey Vogeler, Chase Vogeler, Montrae Walker
  • 7th grade – Sully Simpson
  • 8th grade  – Montana McCurdy, Destiny Moore, Allison Reeser

Honorable Mention: 3.00-3.39

  • 6th grade – Anna Ingle, Dylan Saffle
  • 7th grade – Trista DeCavele, Taytum Gellhaus, Alexandria Hockett
  • 8th grade – Trey DeCavele

Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club to enjoy Melvern Lake during June meeting

By Bella Reeser, Club Reporter

On Sunday, May 2, 2021, the Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club held its monthly club meeting at the Melvern Community Center. At 5:02 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 kind of chip?” There were ten members and four adults present. Amelia 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’s report, Historian Allie Reeser shared 4-H memories from Ashley Phelon-Beying, former MJH member.

In leader’s report, Lisa Reeser reminded members to read over the meeting notes sheet, and reminded members that 4-H camp will be in person this year and fill out scholarship applications if you have not done so.

In new business, the club made the decision to hold the June club meeting at Melvern Lake. The meeting will be at 5 p.m. Sunday, June 13, 2021.

In program, members watched Bella’s demonstration on how to give a duck a bath.

In songs, Anna Arb lead the club in singing “Happy Birthday” to all our April and May birthdays.

At 5:24 p.m. it was moved and seconded to adjourn the meeting.

For recreation, club members enjoyed refreshments while showing their appreciation of their teachers by writing thank you notes to them.

Song leader Anna Arb leads the group in singing “Happy Birthday” for members’ May birthdays.

Flint Hills Technical College confers honors on Osage County students

Graduates of FHTC’s 2021 dental hygienist program wait to accept their certificates. FHTC photo.

Flint Hills Technical College conferred 230 students at its 2021 Spring Commencement ceremony Sunday, May 16, at William Lindsay White Civic Auditorium, Emporia, Kan. Earlier in the day, the dental hygiene program held its pinning, also at the auditorium, where 15 dental hygiene students were recognized.

The commencement address was given by Dr. Dean Hollenbeck, his final before retirement as president of FHTC. These were the first in-person ceremonies since the Winter 2019 Commencement, with both spring and winter 2020 ceremonies having been canceled due to COVID-19. Attendance was limited, with each student allowed a certain number of guests, and the event was live streamed.

Graduating students from Osage County were:

  • Devon Jay Lincoln, Osage City, Power Plant Technology, Division of Technology, Technical Certificate.
  • Cody Lynn Medlen, Osage City, Welding Technology, Division of Technology, Technical Certificate, graduating with honors.
  • John Dale Erwin Schoepflin, Osage City, Division of Arts, Associate of Applied Science Degree, Hospitality-Culinary Arts, graduating with honors.
  • Christian Scott Orear, Osage City, Division of Arts, Associate of Applied Science Degree, Multimedia Design.
  • Kady Nicole Akers, Scranton, Division of Health and Human Services, Associate of Applied Science Degree, Dental Hygiene, graduating with honors.
  • Royce McCall Cowan, Osage City, Division of Information Technology, Associate of Applied Science Degree, Computer Program Design and Development, graduating with honors.
  • Aaron Drake Brosch, Lyndon, Division of Information Technology, Associate of Applied Science Degree, Network Technology.
  • Kilene Marie Tate, Osage City, Division of Technology, Associate of Applied Science Degree, Industrial Engineering Technology, graduating with honors.

2021 graduates celebrate their community at Marais des Cygnes Valley High School

The 2021 graduating class of Marais des Cygnes High School, from left, Antonio Cannon, Isabella Toman, Brice Marsh, Donovan Holloway, Mikaela Baker, and Talon Berry. Photo by Jerry Kramer.

A community gathered Saturday, May 8, 2021, at Marais des Cygnes Valley High School to celebrate the achievements of the school’s six graduates of 2021. But it was also a celebration to honor “many people who have helped and cared for us throughout our high school journey,” said MdCV’s 2021 salutatorian Donovan Holloway.

Holloway pointed out the class’ success was due to all of the community – teachers, families, parents, and fellow students. “Thank you for never giving up on us,” he said.

“You pushed us to become better versions of ourselves,” Holloway said to parents in the audience, noting, “There is no way we could have made it alone.”

Holloway also reminded his fellow graduates they were there to celebrate “over a decade of learning, fun, and friendships.”

MdCV 2021 valedictorian Brice Marsh concurred, saying the class was there “saying goodbye to the past 18 years of our lives,” but were also opening a new chapter: “This chapter is called the future.”

Marsh reminisced about the class’ younger years – “we would chase each other around the playground with no worries in the world.” But she also noted how fast the years seemed to pass, especially high school years.

As freshmen, “We established who we are.”

“Four years to fit so much of your life in,” and after many milestones: “Then one day you blink and all of it will be gone,” she said. “You’re walking across the stage at graduation.”

But the next chapter for the graduates is “where we will see new beginnings,” Marsh said. “This is the chapter where we realize that life is so much more …”

MdCV High School Principal Ben Gordon presented and introduced the senior class, with USD 456 Board of Education members presenting diplomas to Mikaela Baker, Talon Berry, Antonio Cannon, Donovan Holloway, Brice Marsh, and Isabella Toman.

Thad Thurston was this year’s senior class sponsor. MdCV High School faculty for the 2020-21 school year included Catie Dannels, Ann Flach, Lillie Guy, Emily McCullough, Mike McDougald, Danny Rice, Sandy Scoggin, Brenda Snyder, Lana Stidham, Mary Sumner, Thad Thurston, Tammy Vanderpool, Lewis Whitson. Joe Sample is USD 456 superintendent. USD 456 Board of Education includes Greg McCurdy, president, Mike Ragan, vice president, Joe Arb, Mark Lacey, Caleb McNally, Scott Rice, and Beth Weimer.

Attendants for the graduation ceremony were Mary Ingle and Cole Lacey; procession leaders were Anjelina Lightfoot and Wyatt Lingenfelter.

Osage County deputies recognized as life savers for heroic efforts

Recognizing life saving efforts of sheriff’s deputies, from left, undersheriff Scott Brenner, commissioner Heather Kuder, commissioner Fred Diver, deputies Clayton Hartpence, Cory Hamilton, and Christian Moran, commissioner Jay Bailey, and sheriff Chris Wells.

LYNDON, Kan. – Three Osage County sheriff’s deputies were recognized as lifesavers for actions they took to save the lives of two people in incidents that occurred earlier this year.

Monday, May 10, 2021, during the Osage County Commission meeting, Osage County Sheriff Chris Wells presented commendation bars and Life Saving Awards to sheriff’s deputies Cory Hamilton, Christian Moran, and Clayton Hartpence.

Wells described the incident that occurred Feb. 25, 2021, in which Hamilton and Moran responded to a report of a non-responsive person at a residence in Scranton, Kan. Deputies, Osage County EMS, and Scranton first responders were dispatched to the scene, but Hamilton and Moran were the first to arrive. They located the person, who had no pulse, and they immediately began CPR. The deputies revived the person before medical responders arrived on the scene.

“The quick response and immediate actions by deputies Hamilton and Moran resulted in this selfless act of saving of a human life,” Wells said as he presented the awards to the deputies. “A failure to act or action after delay could have led to a tragic outcome.”

Wells recognized Deputy Hartpence as a lifesaver for an incident that occurred March 24, 2021. At approximately 6:44 a.m. that day, the Osage County sheriff’s communications center received a report of a one-vehicle accident on Interstate 35 in Osage County. Reported was that an occupant of the vehicle had been run over by their own vehicle.

Deputies with the Osage County Sheriff’s Office, Osage County EMS, and first responders from Osage County Fire District No. 3, Melvern, were dispatched to the accident scene. Hartpence arrived and located the person who had severe injuries to their body. The deputy immediately applied a tourniquet to the injured person prior to medical responders arriving on scene. The application of the tourniquet helped stabilize the person until advanced medical attention could be provided.

“The Osage County Sheriff’s Office recognizes Deputy Clayton Hartpence for his
outstanding efforts,” Wells said. “Deputy Hartpence’s actions qualify him for the Life Saving Award and bestows upon him my appreciation and respect.”

Osage County commissioners Fred Diver, Jay Bailey, and Heather Kuder also congratulated the three deputies and offered their gratitude for their lifesaving efforts.

Breshears takes oath, dons robe of Osage County magistrate judge

Franklin County District Court Judge Douglas Witteman swears in Lori Breshears, surrounded by her family, as Osage County magistrate judge, May 7, 2021, at the Osage County Courthouse.

LYNDON, Kan. – Osage County officially has a new magistrate judge, with Lori Breshears sworn into the position Friday, May 7, 2021, at the Osage County Courthouse, Lyndon, Kan.

Breshears was nominated for the position by the 4th Judicial District Nominating Commission, which made the selection April 6 after meeting with nominees.

Breshears previously served as a paralegal and victim witness coordinator for the Coffey County Attorney’s Office, Burlington, Kan. The magistrate judge vacancy was created by Shannon Rush’s resignation Feb. 1.

Conducting the swearing-in was Franklin County District Court Judge Douglas Witteman, who had previously worked with Breshears while he served as Coffey County Attorney.

Witteman said Breshears had conferred with him before she applied for the judge position “and I encouraged her to do so.”

Witteman said Breshears’ experience in the court system had made her “very qualified” to be a magistrate judge. “She has not only gained the general wisdom of being around a courtroom, she also has the wisdom that comes with raising kids,” noting Breshears’ family members present for the swearing-in.

“I am very happy to see your success,” Witteman said. “She will be a great magistrate judge.”

Breshears said she was “incredibly honored” to be selected for the position, saying she had learned from the best. She specifically noted her time of working with retired Chief Judge Phillip Fromme, who had written a recommendation letter for Breshears’ nomination.

Kansas law does not require magistrate judges to be lawyers, but requires them to pass an examination given by the Kansas Supreme Court to become certified within 18 months. The Osage County magistrate judge is required to live in Osage County while holding office.

After serving one year in office, Breshears must stand for a retention vote in the next general election to remain in the position for a four-year term.

The 4th Judicial District includes Anderson, Coffey, Franklin and Osage counties.

MdCV FFA members honored for achievements at annual chapter banquet

New and current officers of the MdCV FFA include, from left, Kyler Anschutz, Alyssa McCurdy, Olivia Lacey, Jace Stucker, Braden Reed, Lindsey Johnson, Wyatt Lingenfelter, Cole Lacey, Brice Marsh, and Kansas FFA Vice-President Abby Johnson. Courtesy photo.

By Jace Stucker, Chapter Reporter

The annual Marais des Cygnes Valley FFA Chapter banquet was held Friday, April 9, 2021. Approximately 83 members, family members and friends gathered at the Melvern Community Center for some good eating, awards, scholarships, and the installation of the 2021-2022 chapter officers.

An invocation from Cole Lacey was given first, and then we began the dinner with MdCV FFA providing grilled chicken and baked beans. The rest was a potluck consisting of side dishes and desserts brought by our members and their families.

We started the night with opening ceremonies, and treasurer Wyatt Lingenfelter welcomed our guest speaker, State FFA Vice President Abby Johnson, who talked about taking a chance and doing things you don’t think that you can do. She talked about trying again after you fail and practice harder after you fail.

Then our officers handed out Greenhand Degrees to Olivia Lacey, Emma Marsh, Kelsey Rice, Dalton Johnson, Haylea Bethell, Corey Criss and Wyatt Melton. The Star Greenhands included Olivia Lacey, Emma Marsh, and Kelsey Rice. We then handed out the chapter degrees to Lindsey Johnson, Jacob Weimer, Kyler Anschutz, Hannah Foxworthy, Jace Stucker, Alyssa McCurdy, Justin Brinkley and Dylon Haines.

After officers handed out the degrees, MdCV FFA Advisor Danny Rice awarded scholarships to our seniors, Brice Marsh and Izzy Toman, from sponsors, including the Lichtenauer family, MdCV FFA Chapter, and the Jill Casten Downing “Legacy of Leadership”. Other sponsors included Bo Downing, Dale and Peggy McCurdy, Don and Kelli Dickerhoof, Don and Jenise Hook, and Casten family.

After the seniors received their scholarships, Danny Rice handed out proficiency awards to Jake Weimer for ag mechanics and repair; Jace Stucker, Ag service placement; Cole Lacey, beef production placement; Kyler Anschutz, diversified agriculture production placement; Wyatt Lingenfelter, forestry placement; Braden Reed, outdoor recreation; Max Davis, service learning; and Justin Brinkley, wildlife management.

We ended the night with the induction of the new 2021-2022 FFA chapter officers, Cole Lacey, president; Wyatt Lingenfelter, vice president; Lindsey Johnson, secretary; Braden Reed, treasurer; Jace Stucker, reporter; Olivia Lacey, sentinel; and Alyssa McCurdy, Stuco representative.

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.

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.

MdCV Stuco members continue tradition for Melvern’s annual Easter egg hunt

The Melvern community was able to enjoy the annual Easter egg hunt this year due to the efforts of the local junior high school student council.

For many years, the Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club has held the Melvern Easter Egg Hunt, but when the Marais des Cygnes Valley Junior High Stuco found out this year the 4-H club couldn’t do it, they didn’t let their community down.

The StuCo spent a week putting eggs together and stuffing them with candy (with most of the candy donated by community member Lori Walker) in preparation for the big day. Stuco members felt blessed with a beautiful day and a huge crowd of people who showed up on Saturday, April 3, 2021, to celebrate the annual Easter Egg Hunt.

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