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Eat Well to Be Well Recipe: Rotisserie Chicken and White Bean Soup

There’s nothing like an Italian-inspired hearty and healthy chicken and white bean soup that soothes the soul! Nothing says “comfort food” quite like a hot, steaming bowl of chicken More »

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

Vassar will be full of fun during its annual celebration of fall, the Vassar Funfest, which features a parade, car show, and costume contest on Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021. More »

Hidden History: Doodlebug, the little train that touched ‘every person’s life’ in Melvern

Photo of the Doodlebug M.177, in 2011, at Los Angeles, Calif., by Jd from RR Picture Archives.Net. When Leona Knight Shaffer was a young girl in Melvern, Kan., in More »

Chamber hosts disc golfers for fall tournament at Osage City

Players get ready to tee off at the fall Chamber disc golf tournament. Osage City Chamber photo. The Osage City Chamber of Commerce has announced its Fall Fling Fest More »

Starla Hinck, 59, Topeka: Feb. 8, 1962 – Oct. 5, 2021

TOPEKA, Kan. – Starla (Watts) Hinck, 59, Topeka, Kan., went to be with Jesus on Oct. 5, 2021. She was born Feb. 8, 1962, in Topeka, to William Roy Watts and Margaret Willene (Herrick) Watts.

She was raised in Burlingame, Kan.

She married Nicky Charles Hinck in 1979. Together they had three children.

Starla spent many years working for Osage City and Burlingame nursing homes. She also worked for the Osage County and Wabaunsee County health departments. Later in life, Starla enjoyed being a homemaker, taking care of her children and grandchildren.

Geraldine Dorr, 93, Burlingame: Sept. 6, 1928 – Oct. 7, 2021

BURLINGAME, Kan. – Geraldine “Gerri” Dorr, 93, of Burlingame, Kan., died Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, at Osage City Nursing Center, Osage City, Kan. She was born Sept. 6, 1928, in Eldorado, Kan., the daughter of Harold Davis and Norma (Schrader) Davis.

Gerri grew up in the Burlingame area, graduating from Burlingame High School with the class of 1946.

On Sept. 6, 1947, Gerri was united in marriage to Dale Dorr, at Burlingame. They celebrated 60 years of loving marriage prior to Dale’s death in 2008.

Gerri and Dale owned and operated DalGer Dog Kennel. Gerri was dedicated to her dogs, making sure all the breeds that she bred and sold over the years were top quality dogs. She took great pride in how far her kennel reached throughout the country. Her dogs were sought after by many people.

Dan Karr, 87, Overbrook: May 21, 1934 – Oct. 8, 2021

OVERBROOK, Kan. – Dan Karr, age 87 of Overbrook, Kan., passed away Oct. 8, 2021, at Ruble Ranch, Overbrook. He was born May 21, 1934, in rural Miami County, Kansas, the son of Ira Karr and Flo (Litson) Karr.

Dan grew up in the Paola, Kan., area graduating from Paola High School with the class of 1952.

On Aug. 8, 1954, Dan was united in marriage to Shirley Knowles, at Emerson Park Christian Church, Kansas City, Kan. They shared 65 years of loving marriage until Shirley’s death in 2019.

Donald D. “Don” Remington, 84, Carbondale: Feb. 22, 1937 – Oct. 10, 2021

CARBONDALE, Kan. – Donald D. “Don” Remington, 84, passed away Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021, at Stormont Vail Hospital, Topeka, Kan. Don was born Feb. 22, 1937, at Carbondale, Kan., the son of Noble C. and Florence E. Rowe Remington.

He had lived in the rural Carbondale community all of his life. Don was a farmer and had worked at Gregg Tire, in Topeka. He later was a custodian for USD 434, at Santa Fe Trail High School, Carbondale.

Don was married to Anita L. Barbro, Sept. 5, 1970, at St. Louis, Mo. She survives of the home.

Chamber hosts disc golfers for fall tournament at Osage City

Players get ready to tee off at the fall Chamber disc golf tournament. Osage City Chamber photo.

The Osage City Chamber of Commerce has announced its Fall Fling Fest Disc Golf Tournament was a success. Approximately 20 participants enjoyed a beautiful but windy day, Oct. 9, 2021, for the tournament at the Jones Park Disc Golf Course, at Osage City, Kan.

The Osage City Chamber of Commerce hosted the tournament with many prizes for winners, and everyone went home with a raffle item donated by Flint Hills Beverage.

Winners were determined for three levels of participants.

Men’s advanced: Jacob Wade, first place; Wyatt Orender, second place; David Hastings, third place.

Men’s intermediate: Todd Hensley, first place; Luke Orender, second place; Kurt Kitselman, third place.

Women’s intermediate: Kelli Orender, first place.

Men’s novice: Jason Butterfield, first place; Devin Trout, second place; Noah Powell, third place.

Women’s novice: Marisa Zimmerman, first place.

Closest to the pin winner: Noah Powell.

Men longest drive: Jason Butterfield.

Women longest drive: Kelli Orender.

The Osage City Chamber would like to thank the sponsors that supported the tournament and are looking forward to a larger participation for 2022.

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

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

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

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

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

A Cowboy’s Faith: Bicentennial ride unique opportunity

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Certain things are an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and must be taken advantage of or lost forever.”

That was definitely the case with the recent 200th anniversary Santa Fe Trail Ride.

While far different from the original trail two centuries ago, the ride offered a glimpse of days long gone.

Only 11 miles from Bushong to Council Grove, the celebration ride was on the abandoned railroad bed trail. The Santa Fe Trail was said to have been nearby.

Fifty horseback riders were given the unique privilege of participating in the reliving of history. Fastest riders covered the route in about three hours while slower horses took somewhat longer.

Most participants seemed pleased that the trail this time was no longer. However, it gave an appreciation for how stressful long hours in covered wagons and horseback were for early day settlers.

Despite the slow daily travel of yesteryear, those moving West were facing virtually the unknown. Although a trail was apparent, they were unassured of water, food and encampment availability.

Today’s modern bicycle and walking trail is quite well maintained and virtually incomparable to that of former centuries.

Flint Hills grasslands, limited cropland, some timbers and nearby natural water sources were relatively lush for the season. They did bring a heartening sense of closeness to Mother Nature.

Friends of Osage City Library schedule annual meeting

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

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

Overbrook Fair 4-H Pet Show gives opportunities for learning, confidence building

A pet show exhibitor at the Overbrook Osage County Fair, held Aug. 14, 2021, explains how she cares for her pet chicken. Michael Turner photo.

By Pet Show Superintendent Marty Young

The last show of the Overbrook Osage County Fair was held Saturday, Aug. 14, 2021, at the Overbrook Fairgrounds show arena. Twenty-one children participated in the show, 11 enrolled in 4-H and 10 in the open class. A wide variety of pets were on display, including dogs, cats, guinea pigs, hamsters, goats, chickens, fish, even a hermit crab and a miniature donkey. An awards ceremony was held after the show. All of the children were awarded ribbons and refreshments were served.

The pet show at the Overbrook Osage County Fair has steadily increased in popularity over the last few years. This year was by far the biggest show in recent history. The 4-H Pet Project provides an opportunity for younger children to gain experience in areas such as public speaking, project learning, leadership, and confidence-building, all while having fun.

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

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

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

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

Melvern Jr. Highline September 4-H Meeting

By Bella Reeser, Club Reporter

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Meet a local 4-Her: Cole Thompson, 4-H ambassador

Cole Thompson has been in 4-H for eight years and is a member of  Willing Workers 4-H Club, in which he held the position of junior president

Projects taken to the fair this year included apple bars and a steer.

Favorite 4-H activity for the year: “As a 4-H Ambassador of Osage County I enjoy helping pass out ribbons at the fairs. Being able to hang out and talk with the younger 4-Hers is always a lot of fun.”

Best 4-H memory this year? “My favorite memory this year was not only being selected as a 4-H Ambassador for Osage County, but being selected as a CWF delegate, where I will be able to go to Washington, D.C., this next summer!”

Celebrating National 4-H Week
Oct. 3-9, 2021


Meet a local 4-Her: Kevin Whitmer, hunting the elusive Luna moth

Willing Workers 4-H Club member Kevin Whitmer has been in 4-H for five years. He holds the office of treasurer. His projects include entomology, foods and nutrition, poultry, rocketry, and horticulture.

Favorite activity: “My favorite activity was learning how to make homemade pizza at a foods project meeting.”

Favorite projects: “My two favorite projects this year were entomology and foods. This year I finally caught the elusive Luna moth, which is rare in this part of the state. In the foods project I was able to perfect my angel food cake and receive a purple at the county fair.”

Celebrating National 4-H Week
Oct. 3-9, 2021


Meet a local 4-Her: Paige Thielen, first year of 4-H is one to remember

My name is Paige Thielen, a member of the Willing Workers 4-H Club. This was my first year in 4-H. I had a fun year because I was able to take a pig and I love pigs. This is a picture of pig named “Pig.” He got reserve grand champion market hog at the Overbrook fair. I baked cookies and got a purple. I was the recreation officer this year for my club. It was a great year.

Celebrating National 4-H Week
Oct. 3-9, 2021


Meet a local 4-Her: Avery Thielen, award winning pet photographer

My name is Avery Thielen, a member of the Willing Worker 4-H Club. This is my fourth year in 4-H. This is the best year I have had so far, especially in photography. I got grand champion on a picture of our dog “Molly.” Her picture went to the state fair and got a blue.

Celebrating National 4-H Week
Oct. 3-9, 2021


Meet a local 4-Her: Karley Lowry enjoys 4-H camp

Karley Lowry, member of Burlingame 4-H Club, has been in 4-H for two years. Her fair projects have included horse, beef, poultry, goats, bucket calf, pet, cooking. She serves as treasurer of her 4-H club.

Karley’s favorite 4-H activity from this year: “Going to 4-H camp for the first time!”

Her best 4-H memory this year was “winning reserve champion in pets with my pet goat, Hershey.”

Celebrating National 4-H Week
Oct. 3-9, 2021


Meet a local 4-Her: Horse, livestock and poultry showman Katie Lowry

Katie Lowry is a six-year member of 4-H and in the Burlingame 4-H Club, where she holds the office of president.

Projects taken to the fair this year included her horse, beef heifers, poultry, and goats. Her favorite 4-H activity from the year was showing her heifers, and participating in VetMed Rocks camp at KSU.

Her best 4-H experience this year was: “Winning a buckle at the Osage County Fair for high point winner at the horse show, and receiving grand champion poultry. That was my first time showing a chicken!”

Celebrating National 4-H Week
Oct. 3-9, 2021


Meet a local 4-Her: Allison Reeser, future botanist

My name is Allison Reeser, and I’m a member of the Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club. This is my seventh year in 4-H and my third year in horticulture. Horticulture is a critical project for me to take and learn from because I want to become a genetic botanist. In my horticulture project, I have learned many skills that will help me with my future plans, such as how to prune a plant or flower, clean your herbs before using them, and dry and store herbs for the winter properly.

My favorite project I showed this year for horticulture was my purple basil. At the Osage County Fair, my purple basil received grand champion in horticulture. I then went on to take it to the Overbrook fair, where it received a blue. Finally, I had the honor of taking it to the Kansas State Fair, where it received a blue.

I’m excited to see what my next year of horticulture has in store for me.

Celebrating National 4-H Week
Oct. 3-9, 2021


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