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MdCV High School to crown royalty Sept. 30; Trojans face Lebo for homecoming

MdCV homecoming queen candidates Avary Simmons and Chiara Guerini, and king candidates Ryan Baker and Kyler Anschutz. Lisa Reeser photo. Marais des Cygnes Valley High School will have its More »

Marais des Cygnes Valley FFA officers hone leadership skills at annual retreat

MdCV FFA officers visit Omaha, Neb., for a leadership retreat, from left, Kyler Vogeler, Alyssa McCurdy, Olivia Lacey, Kelsey Rice, and Lindsey Johnson. Courtesy photo. By Alyssa McCurdy, MdCV More »

Eat Well to Be Well: Save money and have fun with meal prepping ideas

Freshen up meals, add nutrition, save time Envision coming home after a long day to a meal already prepped and ready for you to enjoy. You don’t have to More »

Anshutz claims top medal at West Franklin golf tournament

SFTHS girls golf team, from left, Shelby Garrison,  Addison Alvarez, Taylor Long, and Bailey Anshutz, at Lamont Hill Golf Course. Photo by Mary Burgett. LAMONT HILL, Kan. – “We More »

Relax on the river: Quenemo celebrates life along the Marais des Cygnes

Quenemo will be celebrating the town’s riverbank heritage with the Marais des Cygnes River Valley Festival, scheduled for 2-10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022. The day full of fun and entertainment features historical reenactors, live music, vendors, parade, dancers, and touch-a-truck. Quenemo historical items will be on display at the community center, presented by curator Mike Ragan. A Quenemo alumni gathering and open house is scheduled 2-5 p.m.. Everyone is invited to come to Quenemo Saturday and enjoy the day. Here is the schedule:

Jaime McCoy, 45, Osage City: April 19, 1977 – Sept. 13, 2022

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Jaime McCoy, 45, of Osage City, Kan., passed away early Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2022, at Midland Hospice House, Topeka, Kan. Jaime was born April 19, 1977, in Garnett, Kan., to John R. Wechsler and Pat R. Schoenberger.

She graduated from Osage City High School in 1995, and continued on to earn a bachelor’s degree in sociology.

On June 22, 2002, Jaime married her high school sweetheart, TJ McCoy, in Michigan Valley, Kan.

Jaime loved kids, which she brought to everything she did. She started her career in social work at TFI Inc., in Emporia and Lyndon, Kan. When TJ and Jaime welcomed their first child, Ashlyn, Jaime decided to stay home to focus her attention on their family. Jaime’s kids were her No. 1 priority. She was always putting her family first.

James ‘Jim’ Donald Bryan, 92, Overbrook: May 16, 1930 – Sept. 16, 2022

OVERBROOK, Kan. – James Donald “Jim” Bryan, 92, passed away on Sept. 16, 2022, at the Brookside Retirement Community, Overbrook, Kan. Jim was born May 16, 1930, in Melvern, Kan., to William Jennings Bryan Sr. and Sylvia Faye (Sell) Bryan. He was the youngest of four children.

Jim graduated in 1948 from Scranton High School, Scranton, Kan., and owned and operated the family farm for more than 50 years. Jim was a long-time member of Young Farmers and the National Farmers organizations.

On Jan. 27, 1951, Jim was united in marriage to Laurel Johnson. They shared more than 71 years of loving marriage.

Marilyn Hockenberry, 66, Carbondale: Nov. 23, 1955 – Sept. 11, 2022

CARBONDALE, Kan. – Marilyn Mae Hockenberry, 66, of Carbondale, Kan., passed away Sunday, Sept. 11, 2022 at University of Kansas Medical Center St. Francis Campus, Topeka, Kan. She was born Nov. 23, 1955, at Topeka, the daughter of Thomas Allen Garner Jr. and Norma Jean (Black) Garner.

Marilyn grew up in Carbondale area and lived there most of her life. She attended Santa Fe Trail Schools in her youth.

She was an account specialist for 35 years for the Kansas Department of Revenue.

Marilyn loved cooking for her family. She spent hours watching the Food Network to find just the right meal for them, and then loved experimenting on them with her new dishes. It was really just a loving way to get them all over to be together. Being together with her family was her favorite thing in the world.

Thank you from the Stromgren family

Thank you to those who have showed great support during our time of loss. The kind words, contributions, and help have been greatly appreciated. Mark is, and always will be, greatly missed.

Susan Stromgren
Austin and Chloe Stromgren
Dale and Sharon J. Stromgren


A Cowboy’s Faith: Beware of those grasshoppers

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Grasshoppers are sure a menace jumping around when going for a morning horseback ride.”

While there have been no cautionary reports about grasshopper problems this year, there are still a lot of the “bugs.”

It’s easy to see how the thousands jumping around just in a 50-acre brome field could cause damage when multiplied.

Can’t help but think how devastating grasshoppers were in the 1870s and Dirty 30s when swarming blackened the skies.

People from the 1930s remembered swarms of grasshoppers eating entire crop fields, even farm implements and household items. The grasshoppers would eat anything.

Conventional wisdom was that grasshoppers liked salt, so they would eat wherever perspiration, sweat from livestock and people, landed.

Stan Jensen, a plant scientist, believes that there are natural fungi that control the grasshopper populations in wet years. In dry years, grasshoppers often will thrive.

Walter Schmitt remembered grasshoppers chewing wooden tongues of horse-drawn equipment to get the salt from the sweat that landed there. Others said grasshoppers chewed hoe handles.

Elroy Hoffman recalled being hit in the face by grasshoppers when he was doing tractor field work.

There were recollections of cars squishing so many grasshoppers that the roads became slick. Trains sometimes could not get up hills because the grasshoppers’ bodies “greased” the tracks.

Marais des Cygnes Valley FFA Chapter attends state convention

By Alyssa McCurdy, MdCV FFA Reporter

The MdCV FFA officer team attended the 94th Kansas State FFA Convention June 1-3, 2022, at Manhattan, Kan. This year’s convention theme was titled “Unite.”

The Kansas FFA had more than 11,600 members and guests in total attendance from 225 chapters for the convention. Three officers joined in on some workshops and attended the opportunity fair, and got a free FFA State Convention shirt as a prize.

MdCV FFA President Lindsey Johnson and Vice President Olivia Lacey also served as delegates at the convention.

The members were able to speak with each other and bounce around ideas for things their chapter could do to grow their membership numbers. There were many speakers at the convention sessions, including state officers with their retiring addresses. Motivational speakers from across the country included Becky Sullivan Fouard, a past national FFA officer, Courtney Zimmerman the National FFA Central Region vice president, Hannah Reynolds, and Dr. Rick Rigsby.

MdCV FFA officers were also very thrilled by some great country music from Corey Kent at The Hat following the Wednesday night opening sessions.

Some of MdCV FFA’s members were recognized for various awards and scholarships they received at the convention. Kelsey Rice, Olivia lacey, Haylea Bethell, and Emma Marsh received multiple scholarships to attend the Washington Leadership Conference June 15-19, in Washington, D.C. Seniors Cole Lacey, Wyatt Lingenfelter, Braden Reed, and AKaylee Prunty each received state degrees. Cole Lacey also received the National FFA Ford Built Tough scholarship. The chapter as a whole also was recognized for the Chapter Seed Program.

The officers are looking forward to another productive and motivating year for the chapter, school, and community.

Marais des Cygnes Valley FFA officers hone leadership skills at annual retreat

MdCV FFA officers visit Omaha, Neb., for a leadership retreat, from left, Kyler Vogeler, Alyssa McCurdy, Olivia Lacey, Kelsey Rice, and Lindsey Johnson. Courtesy photo.

By Alyssa McCurdy, MdCV FFA Reporter

The 2022-2023 Marais des Cygnes Valley FFA Chapter Officers took advantage of building leadership and personal growth opportunities by spending three days, July 26-28, 2022, in Omaha, Neb.

The three days were spent enhancing their leadership skills, bonding as a team, enhancing their personal growth, and organizing a program of activities for the year. The officers spent their first day going on a drive through Safari and got settled into their house for the next few days. On the first day, officers walked around the Old Market. Officers had bought ice cream there as well. That first night the officer team went to an escape room at the House of the Conundrum to work on teamwork.

On the second day, the officers worked on the program of activities before spending the day at the Omaha Zoo. That night they had spent time around the campfire talking about enhancing personal growth.

On the last day of the retreat, the officers saw the Holy Family Shrine located in Gretna, Neb. The architecture of this Catholic Church was beautiful and very unique.

This year’s officer team is Lindsey Johnson, president; Olivia Lacey, vice president; Kelsey Rice, secretary/treasurer; Alyssa McCurdy, reporter; and Olivia Lacey, sentinel. The officers are thrilled about getting the year off to a great start. They have some incredible development activities planned for the chapter members and community. Some of those activities include the annual organization luau, SAE member tour, Seitz Sales, elementary agriculture presentations, walk-in movie nights, highway cleanup, Ag Awareness Day, and of course FFA Week. Follow the chapter on the Marais des Cygnes Valley FFA website mdcvffa.weebly.com or Facebook page for upcoming events.

Agenda for the Osage County Commission meeting, Sept. 19, 2022

Agenda, Osage County Commission, Sept. 19, 2022

8:30 a.m. CALL MEETING TO ORDER – PUBLIC COMMENT

9 a.m. KATELYN MAINER, HEALTH DIRECTOR – WIC CONTRACT AND PERSONNEL
RYAN FINE. PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR – WEEKLY REPORT
TAMMY FAGER. SR. CENTER/GPT DIRECTOR – PERSONNEL

10 a.m. CIC BUDGET SOFTWARE DEMO – ALL DEPARTMENT HEADS
ELECTED DEPARTMENT HEADS MEETING

11 a.m. CONSIDERATION BY THE COUNTY COMMISSION OF MATTERS AND DECISIONS PERTAINING TO THE FINANCING, DESIGN, CON[struction of Osage County Jail Facility].
COMMISSIONERS COMMENTS AND REPORTS

4 p.m. ADJOURN (MEETING WILL ADJOURN EARLIER IF THERE IS NO FURTHER BUSINESS TO CONDUCT)

Scranton celebrates 150 years with community birthday party

Scranton’s celebration of its 150th anniversary this Saturday will feature fireworks, a live band in the park, car show on Main Street, and the Scranton History Museum on display at the school. The city’s sesquicentennial celebration also includes free family activities at City Park and Scranton Attendance Center.

Scranton was founded in 1872 as a coal mining town. By the early 1880s, the population had grown to almost 2,000 people; it now numbers 653, as reported by the 2020 census.

Here’s the sesquicentennial celebration schedule:

Osage City opens up garages and yards for fall citywide sales

Osage City is opening its garage doors, driveways and yards to shoppers Friday and Saturday. The town’s citywide garage sales are this weekend, Sept. 16 and 17, 2022, hosted by the Osage City Chamber of Commerce.

The Chamber has produced at map that lists sales all over town and designates which section of town and the types of goods for sale. Maps will be available Friday and Saturday at Casey’s, BP, Jerry’s Thriftway, Osage City Hall, and Osage City Library, and on the Chamber of Commerce Facebook page.

Donations received for listing sales and for advertising on the map are used for a scholarship for a graduating senior from Osage City High School.

For more information, contact Tricia Gundy, Osage City Chamber garage sale committee chairperson, at 785-528-3301, or Peterson Assisted Living, 629 Holliday St., Osage City.

Also remember you can post your own garage sale for free on Osage County News at www.osagecountyonline.com/place-your-own-garage-yard-sale-ad.

Lynda Lee Prost, 62, Osage City: April 25, 1960 – Sept. 14, 2022

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Lynda Lee Prost, 62, passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022, at Stormont-Vail Hospital, Topeka, Kan. She was born April 25, 1960, in Escondido, Calif., the daughter of William and Martha (Jacobs) Gilchrist.

Lynda had lived in California and Topeka, Kan., for a time, but had spent most of her life in the Osage City, Kan., community.

Lynda was the Burlingame Rodeo Queen in 1975, and graduated from Osage City High School in 1978. She moved to Topeka and worked at Ohse Meats for several years. She worked at Pizza Hut, in Osage City, ran her own daycare, was an assistant to Dr. Murray, in Lyndon, Kan., and then worked as a clerk at the Lyndon City Hall.

Eat Well to Be Well: Save money and have fun with meal prepping ideas

Freshen up meals, add nutrition, save time

Envision coming home after a long day to a meal already prepped and ready for you to enjoy. You don’t have to imagine anymore. It can be your reality when you embrace “food prepping.” Food prepping is a commonly used term to prepare foods ahead of time, making meal planning a snap. Besides saving you time, energy, and anxiety over what to have for dinner, food prep is perfect for feeding your family nutritious and delicious meals.

If you’re new to food prepping, you can master meal planning with a few simple tricks, and even better, you’ll actually enjoy doing so. Once you’re in the habit of planning ahead what you’ll eat days from now, you will appreciate that food prepping also means more money in your pocket. Why? Relying on fast food take-out or sit-down restaurants increases your food spending dollars. The latest information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics states that from 2017 to 2020, households spent an average of $2,300 to more than $3,300 a year on eating away from home. Reducing one meal a week eaten out can save you dollars annually – less money spent at restaurants means more money in your pocket.

So, if you’re ready to make food prepping a reality, here are clever ideas to get you started:

Zion Lutherans celebrate church’s German heritage

Members of Zion Lutheran Church prepare for Germanfest in authentic German attire, from left, Donna Silver, Burlingame, and Toni and Larry Wendling, Lyndon.

VASSAR, Kan. – In the late 1880s, several Lutheran families in the area of present day village of Vassar, which was platted in 1886, requested that a Lutheran pastor from the Topeka area come to preach God’s Word and baptize their children.

The first divine service was held March 30, 1884, almost 140 years ago, in the home of Fred Matthias. Zion Lutheran Church was formally organized in 1893 as “Die deutsche evangelische lutherische Germeinde ungeaenderter Augsburgischer Konfession zu Vassar, Osage County, Kansas”.

Zion Lutheran Church will feature its German heritage and history with a celebration in the Vassar community 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022, outdoors in the block just west of the church. The event will include German food, a polka band, beer garden, children’s activities, and local craftsmen featuring their handiwork for sale. The event is open to the public. For more information, see www.facebook.com/zionlutheranvassar.

Lyndon Lions ‘stride’ to help others manage diabetes

LYNDON, Kan. – The Lyndon Lions Club will host a Strides Community Walk Event, Oct. 1, 2022, at Lyndon Jones Park, Lyndon, Kan. The local Lions are inviting community residents of all ages to participate in this event, which will benefit Camp Discovery Youth Diabetes Summer Camp.  Registration for the event is $5 per person. All participants will receive a “participation bag”.

The Strides Walk starts at 8 a.m. that Saturday, with participant on-site registration beginning at 7:30 a.m. for those not pre-registered. The registration station will be set up at the Lyndon Lions Shelter House in Jones Park by the baseball diamonds.

“Gather your family, friends, and neighbors to register and join the Lyndon Lions Club for this exciting event,” said club president Ferne Evans. “Strides is an enjoyable way for the community to get together to promote healthy exercise in the fight against diabetes.”

During the Strides event, participants can visit stations along the way to participate in activities and learn more about the prevention and management of diabetes. Lions and Leos around the world organize Strides community events to heighten awareness about diabetes and to emphasize the importance of healthy exercise to prevent and manage this disease.

David L. Parks, 63, Miller: June 6, 1959 – Sept. 10, 2022

MILLER, Kan. – David L. Parks, 63, passed away, Saturday, Sept. 10, 2022, at his home near Miller, Kan. David Lawrence Parks was born June 6, 1959, in Emporia, Kan., the son of Lawrence and Shirley N. (Johnson) Parks.

He graduated in 1977 from Northern Heights High School, Allen, Kan.

He was joined in marriage to Sarah Phillips, Sept, 30, 2005. They moved back to the family farm near Miller in December 2020.

David was a talented carpenter and handyman. He retired in 2021 after spending 15 years as an apartment maintenance technician.

Margaret Ann Seifert, 86, Osage City: July 20, 1936 – Sept. 10, 2022

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Margaret A. Seifert, 86, formerly of Osage City, Kan., passed away Saturday, Sept. 10, 2022, at Neuvant House, Lawrence, Kan. Margaret Ann Terril was born July 20, 1936, on the family farm near Altamont, Kan., the daughter to Lloyd J. and Letha (Gearhiser) Terril.

She graduated in 1954 from Labette County High School.

She was joined in marriage to Loyal F. Seifert, Aug. 1, 1954, on the family farm near Altamont. They enjoyed 65 years of marriage until Loyal’s passing Aug. 30, 2019. To this union two daughters were born, Linda and Brenda.

Margaret had worked at Hallmark-Osage Products, and later retired as a bank teller at Landmark Bank, Osage City.

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