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Burlingame spreads Christmas cheer with holiday home tour

 John and Audrey Ross’ home at 141 W. Fremont St., Burlingame, is one of the homes featured on Burlingame Historical Society’s annual Christmas home tour. The Burlingame Historical Society will host a More »

Governor announces new path forward on state license plate

Kansas license plates: State pauses production of new design. TOPEKA, Kan. – Gov. Laura Kelly today announced that the Kansas Department of Revenue will pause production on the license plate design revealed More »

A Cowboy’s Faith: Constant task maintaining fences

“Fence is essential for keeping livestock, pets, and sometimes even children out of trouble and where they’re supposed to be.” Days of open range are long gone when cattle grazed at random More »

Willing Workers’ hard work adds holiday spirit to Osage City’s Christmas festivities

Willing Workers 4-H Club’s float decorated, loaded and ready to head to Osage City’s Christmas on Market Street parade, Nov. 11, 2023. The float won third place. Courtesy photo. By Lena Stucky More »

St. Patrick’s to celebrate its Scranton history by opening 106-year-old time capsule

St. Patrick’s Catholic Church will celebrate its 168 years of history in Scranton, Kan., with the opening of a 106-year-old time capsule that was placed when the congregation’s second church was built in 1917. St. Patrick’s is inviting the public to the opening of the time capsule, which had been sealed in the cornerstone of the church at 302 S. Boyle St., Scranton. The public is invited to the time capsule opening, which will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, 2023, at Scranton Attendance Center, 104 S. Burlingame Ave., Scranton.

Opening of the 106-year-old time capsule will also be part of the celebration of the fifth anniversary of the dedication of the new and current church building at 400 E. Bracken St.

Beginning in 1855, Mass was held in various homes in Scranton, the courthouse in Burlingame, and homes in Carbondale, before a small wooden church was built in Scranton in 1877. This church was torn down and replaced with a larger brick building in 1917. When the brick church was built, parishioners place a sealed copper box that contained the history of Scranton and St. Patrick’s Church, daily newspapers from Scranton and other areas, and various other items and hallmarks, beneath the cornerstone.

In 2018, due to the former church’s foundational problems, a new church was built. When the old church building was torn down, the time capsule was removed and placed in storage.

The time capsule opening ceremony is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, but doors will be open 1:30 to 3 p.m. at Scranton Attendance Center for browsing and reminiscing on St Patrick’s Catholic Church’s 168 years of history in the Scranton area. The sharing of memories, generational stories, and photos will be appreciated.

For more information, contact St. Patrick’s Catholic Church at 785-793-2735, or 400 E. Bracken St., Scranton, KS 66537.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Square baler to Nebraska

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“It hadn’t been used for a couple of years, so the twine-tie square baler was sold on an internet auction.”

Small square bales of hay are a lot of work, but nearly essential for most livestock operations.

Big round bales of hay are much easier to handle and feed large herds. However, when there’s just one cow in a pen, a flake of hay from a small square bale works better.

Two small square hay balers have been used in the ranching operation in the past half century.

The John Deere T14 baler worked sufficiently, with bales dropped on the ground and loaded by hand onto the pickup.

Most farmers had wagons pulled behind so a man could load bales as they came out of the baler. There wasn’t one available here, so additional manual labor was required during hay season. The square bales had to be stored by hand in the barn.

After considerable difficulties with the twine-tying mechanism, and lots of messy untied bales, that original baler finally just gave out.

Replacement was a well-used New Holland 276 twine-tie square baler. Exciting thing about that baler was the accumulator accompanying it, so bales were dropped in packs on the ground.

A tractor with a frontend loader picked up the packs of bales and loaded them on a trailer. Bales were much more readily stored in an open hay shed with not nearly as much handwork.

That square bale handling operation worked well for several years until the old baler developed considerable mechanical problems. Instead of finding another replacement, it was decided to have the square bales put up by a custom operator.

Eat Well to Be Well: Enjoy Thanksgiving guilt-free with three empowering approaches

Feeling anxious about weight gain this holiday season? Here’s how to stop Thanks-guilting and start enjoying Thanksgiving.

This year, don’t allow worries about overeating ruin your Thanksgiving celebration with loved ones. It’s a once-a-year occasion that should be enjoyed without reservation. Instead, recognize that this holiday has several healthy opportunities to take advantage of that can benefit your overall health and well-being. By reminding yourself of these benefits, you can avoid feeling guilty about food and thoroughly enjoy the festivities of this holiday.

Here’s what you need to know to overcome negative emotions associated with holiday food:

1. Be physically active

Here’s a news bulletin you need to hear: Participating in a rough and tumble family football game is optional to earn the holiday meal! However, it’s important to note that engaging in other physical activities related to the holiday also counts towards achieving this goal. Acknowledging and appreciating the various physical activities of the holiday season is crucial.

Here’s a look at “physical activities” you likely will participate in but may not have considered:

  • Cooking. Preparing a Thanksgiving meal is a time-consuming task requiring much effort. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, standing and lifting weights under 50 pounds are considered moderate-intensity tasks, which can burn around 3.5 to 7 calories per minute. Therefore, spending about 2 to 4 hours preparing food before the main meal could potentially burn 400 to 1,200 calories even before indulging in the feast.
  • Enjoying your family. It is crucial to remember that your body is continually using energy, even when you are not working out intentionally. Daily activities, such as chatting with your friends and family or taking care of kids, can be categorized into different intensity levels. For instance, playing with your kids can be classified as a moderate-intensity activity, while standing is considered a low-intensity activity, which means it burns fewer than 3.5 calories per minute.
  • Cleaning. Hosting a party is always fun, but cleaning up before and after can be a hassle. However, this presents a great opportunity to engage in moderate-intensity activity by finishing those cleaning tasks! If you didn’t host the gathering, why not help the host clean up? Not only will it be good for your physical well-being, but it’s also a great way to cultivate social relationships.

2. Savor healthy Thanksgiving foods

Although Thanksgiving foods may seem indulgent, many contain essential nutrients that benefit your body’s health.

Wanda Aileen King, 93, Osage City: May 26, 1930 – Nov. 15, 2023

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Wanda Aileen (Steinhoff) King, 93, of Osage City, Kan., passed away Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2023, at Brookside Retirement Community, Overbrook, Kan. She was born May 26, 1930, in Newton, Kan., the daughter of Jess and Effie Fritts Steinhoff.

She attended Osage City High School, and graduated in 1948. Wanda was united in marriage to Edward James King, Oct. 14, 1950, in Osage City. After Ed’s time serving in the Air Force, the couple made their home in Osage City on their farm just north of town.

For most of her life in Osage City, Wanda was an active member of the United Methodist Church. She served as Sunday school superintendent and taught Sunday school for more than 50 years. She was a member of the United Methodist Women and held many other roles in the church. Wanda also served as Cub Scout den mother while her sons were in the Scouts. She also enjoyed her frequent volunteer work with ECAT, part of Harvester’s Food Network.

Paul Ledgard, 72, Burlingame: Oct. 15, 1951- Nov. 14, 2023

BURLINGAME, Kan. – Paul Ledgard, age 72, of Burlingame, Kan., passed away Nov. 14, 2023, at Stormont Vail Hospital, Topeka, Kan. Paul was born Oct. 15, 1951, in McKeesport, Penn., the son of Walter Ledgard and Anna Mae (Bilak) Criado.

Paul grew up in the south suburban area of Pittsburgh, Penn., graduating from Elizabeth Forward High School with the class of 1969.

Paul worked for U.S. Steel in Pittsburgh in the late 1970s, eventually leaving to become a supervisor for Popeye’s Fried Chicken in New Orleans, La. In 1991 he moved to St. Louis, Mo., and was district manager for Steak ‘n Shake. In 2006 Paul purchased Heartland Steak ‘n Shake, and owned and operated the Topeka area and beyond Steak ‘n Shakes.

Paul was a wonderful business leader and entrepreneur. He was a mentor to many of his employees and was admired by everyone who worked with him. His professional life was very time consuming but when he had time, he loved traveling with his family. He was able to visit many places in the world including Africa, Japan, Australia, Italy, Germany, and Hawaii to name a few. Those trips were very rewarding and pleasing to Paul, especially sharing those moments with his family that he worked so hard to support. He was also an avid football fan, never missing a chance to cheer on his hometown Pittsburgh Steelers or the Kansas City Chiefs. He also loved NASCAR, especially Jeff Gordon. Many people in Burlingame also know he loved classic cars. His maroon 1949 Chevy pick-up was a favorite.

Betty Dorothy Pollom, 96, Bonner Springs: May 24, 1927 – Nov. 12, 2023

BONNER SPRINGS, Kan. – Betty Dorothy (Weiss) Pollom, 96, passed away Nov. 12, 2023. Betty was born May 24, 1927, in Quenemo, Kan. She was the only daughter of Albert and Marie (Bachert) Weiss.

She was baptized June 16, 1927, at Zion Lutheran Church, Vassar, Kan., and confirmed at a Lutheran church in East Prussia, Germany.

In 1936, after the death of her father, Betty, her mother and her two brothers, Arno and Herbert, moved to Labiau, East Prussia, Germany. Betty and her mother fled from the Russians in January 1945.

They returned to America after World War II and lived in Topeka, Kan. This is where she met Roy Donald Pollom. Betty and Roy were married at St Paul Lutheran Church, April 14, 1957. They moved to Bonner Springs, Kan., and lived in the same house on Allcutt Street for more than 50 years.

Clinton Vawter, 81, Carbondale: Feb. 25, 1942 – Nov. 11, 2023

CARBONDALE, Kan. – Clinton Lee Vawter, 81, of Carbondale, Kan., passed away Nov. 11, 2023, at Stormont Vail Hospital, Topeka, Kan. He was born Feb. 25, 1942, in Wakarusa, Kan., the son of Clarance “Bud” Vawter and Betty (Bodine) Vawter.

He graduated from Carbondale High School with the class of 1960.

He proudly served his country from 1963 to 1985 in the Kansas Army National Guard, attaining the rank of Sgt. First Class. He served in several units throughout Kansas. He was ordered to active duty on May 13, 1968, and stationed at Ft. Carson, Colo., to Company A, 2nd Bn, 137th Infantry. He then served in Vietnam, HHC 184th Ord Bn from December 1968 until December 1969.

Filings in the Osage County Courthouse, Oct. 6 – Nov. 2, 2023.

Editor’s note: Kansas public court records have been offline and inaccessible since Oct. 12, 2023, due to a security incident. Osage County News’ weekly court reports are expected to be delayed until the state court’s system is back online.

The following information was compiled Oct. 6 to Nov. 2, 2023, from records at the Osage County Courthouse, Lyndon, Kan.

Osage County Jail Log, Nov. 6 – Nov. 12, 2023

The following individuals were booked into the Osage County Jail in connection with charges or warrants as listed by the arresting agency.

Mary E. Biesemeyer, 97, Overbrook: Oct. 7, 1926 – Nov. 6, 2023

OVERBROOK, Kan. – Mary Elizabeth Biesemeyer, 97, of Overbrook, Kan., passed away Monday, Nov. 6, 2023, at Brookside Retirement Community, Overbrook. She was born Oct. 7, 1926, in Boonville, Mo., the daughter of William Buckley and Bessie Pearl (Mosier) Buckley.

She grew up and attended schools in Boonville. She graduated from Boonville Junior-Senior High School with the class of 1944.

She was united in marriage to Howard Hugo Biesemeyer in 1946. They settled and raised their four children at Weatherby Lake., Mo. After 30 years of marriage, they divorced. Then she met and married William “Bill” Turnbaugh, in 1985. At the time she was in New York City, N.Y., working for TWA. She and Bill explored New York City and she had the time of her life.

Prior to having children, Mary acted as the bookkeeper for her brother-in-law’s (Ellsworth “Cass” Cassing) and husband’s heating and air conditioning business, in Boonville. They later moved to Wichita, Kan., then moved to the Kansas City area in 1958. In 1974, she began working for Trans World Airlines in Kansas City, transferring to New York City in 1980 to work at LaGuardia and JFK airports.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Cows essential for beef

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Beef prices are near the highest level ever in meat markets with exception of certain specials.”

At the rate of which cows are being dispersed throughout most of the nation, prices will go higher.

There must be cows having calves annually for there to be beef for consumers to eat. Despite claimed alternatives, consumption levels continue to prove that most people like to eat beef.

While the over-the-counter beef price increases, buyers purchase beef as the cost keeps going higher.

Increasingly, producers have found enhanced income as they are offering beef direct from the farm to the consumer. While it is initially a major consumer investment requiring long term freezer storage, they appreciate the consistent quality.

Eating away from home is a common practice for many families, and they generally select beef from the menu. Incomprehensible the cost of a hamburger let alone beef steak when purchased at an eating establishment, yet that’s the choice.

There must be a factory to have beef for supper and that begins with the cow. Extensive cow slaughter largely due to producers’ short feed and water supply, cows are helping increase beef supplies now.

Cows provide beef for the table just like other cattle, steers, and heifers, produced for human consumption. Issue of concern for the future is having enough cows to produce calves meeting beef consumer demand. Once a cow becomes meat, she must be replaced and that is not easy.

Christmas on Market Street: I’ll be home for the holidays!

Osage City is planning for everyone to be home for the holidays, as the town begins the season with the annual Christmas on Market Street, this Saturday, Nov. 11, 2023 in downtown Osage City. The Osage City Chamber of Commerce, sponsor of the day’s activities, has announced the theme for this year’s Christmas opening as “I’ll be home for the holidays!”

The annual event includes a day of fun, goodwill and holiday cheer as Osage City merchants and businesses open their doors for holiday shopping, sales, and prizes. Two ping pong ball drops are scheduled. Those who catch balls with numbers win prizes redeemable at local businesses. The ever popular raffle drawing promises hundreds of dollars in prizes that include goods and services from local businesses. Everyone is invited to stop into local stores for holiday specials, prizes or grab bags, and product demonstrations.

With Santa Claus in town to add his special brand of joviality and cheeriness to the event, the highlight of the evening will be the old bearded one’s ride down Market Street in the lighted Christmas parade. Also featured as celebrity guests in the parade will be the KC Chiefs Wolf and the Topeka High Drum Corps.

The parade gets underway at 6 p.m. after the downtown lighting of Christmas decorations. Here is the schedule of the day’s events.

Osage County school and city unofficial election results, Nov. 7, 2023

A general election in Osage County, Kan., was held Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2023, with municipal, school board and Frontier Extension District board member candidates on the ballot. Results will not be official until canvassed by the Osage County Commission at 3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 13, 2023. The following are Osage County’s unofficial results of the election as released Tuesday night.

Osage County Jail Log, Oct. 30 – Nov. 4, 2023

The following individuals were booked into the Osage County Jail in connection with charges or warrants as listed by the arresting agency.

Threat by juvenile locks down Burlingame Schools Monday morning

BURLINGAME, Kan. – The Osage County Sheriff’s Office has reported a threat against Burlingame Schools prompted a school lockdown this morning. A suspect has since been identified and taken into custody without incident.

The sheriff’s report said that at approximately 11 a.m., Nov. 6, 2023, after officials learned of the potential threat, the Burlingame school resource officer and school officials placed the school under a shelter in place status, which was then followed by a lockdown.

Additional deputies responded to the school and local area to search for the suspect, who has only been identified as a juvenile. The suspect was located by Burlingame police and taken into custody at 11:40 a.m.

The sheriff’s report didn’t describe the nature of the threats, but Osage County Sheriff Chris Wells thanked students and parents who had reported the threats.

The sheriff’s office asks anyone with information about the incident to contact the Osage County Sheriff’s Office at 785-828-3121, or to remain anonymous, contact Osage County Crime Stoppers at 877-OSCRIME or 877-672-7463.

Help Wanted: Marilynn’s seeks full-time daytime cook

Marilynn’s Restaurant, Osage City, is seeking a full-time daytime cook. Please apply in person at 1216 Laing St., Osage City. See Marilynn’s.

Phillip Michael Clark, 81, Overbrook: Aug. 30, 1942 – Oct. 26, 2023

OVERBROOK, Kan. – Phillip Michael Clark, 81, passed away Thursday, Oct. 26, 2023, at Brookside Retirement Community, Overbrook, Kan. He was born on Aug. 30, 1942, in Lakeland, Fla., the son of Worth and Gladys (Ryles) Clark.

Phillip grew up in Lakeland, and lived at St. Charles, Mo., and Lyndon and Scranton, Kan.

Phillip had served in the United States Air Force. He had worked most of his life as a meat cutter in grocery stores, and also worked as a cook.

On Feb. 14, 1966, Phillip was united in marriage to Lavern Crawford, in Valdosta, Ga.

Community Christian School invites all to one-act play and supper

Community Christian School, Overbrook, Kan., will present the stage production of The Cop and the Anthem, Friday, Dec. 8, and Saturday, Dec. 9, 2023. The curtain rises at 7 p.m. A meal will be served starting at 5:30 both nights. The whole evening is free of charge, with donations accepted.

The Cop and the Anthem is an original one-act play based on the famous short story by O. Henry. The cast and crew comprise students ranging from third grade to high school. Props, costumes, and set design are all the work of the students. The Cop and the Anthem is written and directed by Kevin Stone, a local playwright. Performances will be at Grace Community Church, 310 E. Eighth St., Overbrook, Kan.

For more information about the play or the school, see CCSkansas.org, or contact Stone at ccs.kansas@gmail.com, or 785-220-5076.

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