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Eat Well to Be Well: Take practical steps for improving poor digestion

Life is usually good when our gut feels good – no bloating, diarrhea, gas or constipation. But when those symptoms rear their ugly head, and for many they do, More »

Marais des Cygnes Valley 2022 graduates move on to life’s next chapter

2022 graduates of Marais des Cygnes Valley High School. Photo by Jerry Kramer, Kramer Photos. Encouraging his fellow graduates to use of the knowledge they had learned over the past More »

Euclid Lodge donation helps Osage County’s past to be remembered

L.D. Nicolay and fellow Euclid Masonic Lodge members Charles Hanna and Paul Oldham present a grant to Osage County Historical Society members Eileen Davis and Ann Rogers; member Bunny More »

Eat Well to Be Well: Asparagus, a perennial spring favorite

One of the most sought-after vegetables usually signaling the arrival of spring is asparagus. Farmers markets and supermarkets are brimming with this “king of vegetables,” aptly named by France’s More »

OCPR Update: Water is warming up for aquatic center recreation

OCPR-logo-redSpring is here and Osage City Parks and Recreation is blooming with activities that will get underway as soon as the water starts to warm up. The Osage City Aquatic Center, including swim team, swim lessons, and water aerobics, and youth golf and youth football camp are on the roster.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Grasslands endure despite transition

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Method of transporting cattle has sure changed considerably in the past century.”

Railroad cattle cars arrived at Kansas cowtowns before daylight as Flint Hills cowboys were mounted on horseback ready to work.

Mixed colored, big, thin, long yearling steers from Texas rambled out of the train cars into the stockyards.

Real working cowboys on real working cow horses calmly moved the typically a bit renegade, often longhorns out the gate.

It was a 30-mile, sometimes longer, cattle drive through vast just turning green Flint Hills to their summer home.

Never has it been publicly recorded any cowboys got lost enroute or returning in the wide-open prairie without direction signs.

Oh, how times have changed. Today, semi loads of cattle, some from Texas but from many other places beyond, arrive at the big pastures.

A portable chute is there for ease of unloading cattle after their long ride. Often just one cowboy, sometimes even without a horse, carefully counts the summer grazers off the long double-decker truck.

Nowadays, the younger, shapelier, more muscular, lightweight cattle may just graze for a few months. Many will come off the pastures in July instead of October like it used to be.

Walter Lee Bigham Sr., 90, Overbrook: May 16, 1931 – May 10, 2022

OVERBROOK, Kan. – The beautiful sunrise the morning of May 10, 2022, carried the spirit of Walter Lee Bigham Sr. into his heavenly home. Walter was born May 16, 1931, in Dallas, Texas, to Ruby (Sells) and Jack Roy Bigham, and was welcomed home by an older brother, Gilbert Bigham.

Walter married his high school sweetheart, Marjorie Alice Swallow, on May 18, 1952. The following years blessed them with four children, Sharon (Bob) Shows, Deb (Dennis) Smith, John Bigham, and Walt (Kathy) Bigham Jr. Life continued and grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren filled their lives.

He loved the outdoors and would often be seen with a hunting rifle or fishing pole in his truck. Those were high spots of retirement for him since he could share those times with his family and friends.

Stay Strong, Stay Healthy program to begin

Stay Strong, Stay Healthy is an eight-week exercise program presented by K-State Research and Extension and geared toward older adults and sedentary middle-aged adults. The goal of the evidence-based program is to improve health, quality of life, and maintain independence through strength training.

Adults can begin to lose muscle mass, even in their early 30s. And, in their 50s, adults can see the decline in muscle mass really begin to accelerate. Older adults, however, are sometimes reluctant to start strengthening activities to counter the effects of aging on their bodies. The idea of going to the gym or not knowing the proper exercises to do at home can keep people from starting.

The Stay Strong, Stay Healthy program addresses these concerns by providing an environment where older adults can learn how to strengthen their muscles from certified instructors. Participants in the program meet for one hour, twice a week for eight weeks. Each session includes warm-up exercises, simple strengthening exercises with and without weights, and cool-down stretches. Class members are also encouraged to do the exercises on their own once more per week. Over the eight weeks, participants learn the exercises and begin to improve strength and balance. After eight weeks, participants are encouraged to continue the program at home or with a community group.

The potential benefits of strength training include a decrease in arthritis pain, weight maintenance, and a reduction in the risk of diabetes, heart disease, and depression. Stress management and improvement in sleep quality are other potential benefits.

The program will be offered in the Frontier Extension District from June 1-July 22, 2022, in Lyndon. The class will meet weekly 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, at the Lyndon Community Center, 204 Topeka Ave., Lyndon, Kan.

Registration is requested by May 31 and the cost to participate is $20. For those 60 and older, the cost to participate is free of charge due to a grant through the East Central Kansas Area Agency on Aging.

Janat Coleen Rice, 89, Melvern: Jan. 22, 1933 – May 8, 2022

MELVERN, Kan. – Janat Coleen Rice, 89, passed away Sunday, May 8, 2022, at Sunset Manor, Waverly, Kan. She was born Jan. 22, 1933, near Melvern, Kan., the daughter of Lloyd and Mary (Burns) Fanning.

Coleen grew up around Melvern and had lived on the farm northwest of Melvern since 1955. She had been at Sunset Manor in Waverly since 2020.

Coleen graduated from Melvern High School. She worked at Hilltop Nursing Home as a nurse’s aide before attending nursing school for LPN training. She then worked at St. Francis Hospital for a couple of years. She then returned to Hilltop as an LPN for many years until her retirement.

She was a member of the Melvern United Methodist Church, teaching Sunday school and Bible school, a member of the United Methodist Women, helping with Penny Suppers and bazaars. She had been involved in HDU and was the 4-H food superintendent.

Filings in the Osage County Courthouse, April 29 – May 5, 2022

The following information was compiled April 29 to May 5, 2022, from records at the Osage County Courthouse, Lyndon, Kan.

Osage County Jail Log, May 2 to May 6, 2022

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

Bob D. Bodenheimer, 86, Topeka: Dec. 30, 1935 – May 7, 2022

TOPEKA, Kan. – Bob D. Bodenheimer, 86, of Topeka, Kan., passed away on Saturday, May 7, 2022, at the Midland Hospice House. Bob was born the son of Orley Pitts and Katie Blanche (Ingram) Bodenheimer, on Dec. 30, 1935, in Osage City, Kan.

He was raised during the Great Depression and his family came from limited means. As a young boy, Bob learned the value of hard work during tough times. He graduated from Osage City High School. He then attended the College of Emporia, and received a master’s degree in mathematics from Kansas State University.

He married Mary Ann Burroughs, March 6, 1955, in Emporia, Kan. Together, they shared almost 60 years of marriage. Mary passed away Dec. 20, 2014.

Bob’s teaching career started at Garnett High School in 1957. The family moved to Topeka in 1964, and started teaching for USD 501, including at Landon Middle School, Jardine Middle School, Highland Park High School, and retiring from Shawnee Heights High School in 2004.

Sanford ‘Sandy’ Shaw, 70, Williamsburg: Feb. 5, 1952 – May 7, 2022

WILLIAMSBURG, Kan. – Sanford “Sandy” Shaw, 70, passed away Saturday, May 7, 2022, at his home near Williamsburg, Kan. He was born Feb. 5, 1952, in Garnett, Kan., the son of Duane “Slim” Shaw and Florence Borror.

Sandy had lived in rural Quenemo, Kan., for many years before moving to rural Williamsburg, where he had lived since 2014.

Sandy graduated from Quenemo High School in 1970. He was a maintenance technician at the AGC Glass Factory, Spring Hill, Kan., until he retired after 25 years.

Overbrook Rural High School students to host all school reunion

OVERBROOK, Kan. – All students who attended classes at the Overbrook Rural High School are invited to an all school reunion 2-4 p.m. Friday, May 27, 2022. The reunion includes the classes of the early 1970s that attended ORHS but graduated from Santa Fe Trail High School. All past faculty and support personnel are also welcome. The event will be held in the Overbrook Public Library community room.

The reunion is the result of an announcement on social media that a formal ORHS Alumni Banquet would not be held this year. As a result, several former students decided to host an informal gathering so ORHS classmates would still have a time and place to gather. The organizers emphasize that this is an informal event. It is not intended to be an alumni banquet. There will be no business meeting or meal; however, light refreshments will be served.

Those attending the reunion are encouraged to bring photos and other school memory items they may have from their former ORHS school days. Members of the Overbrook Historical Society and museum will be at the event to scan ORHS related items for preservation and for later display at the Overbrook Historical Museum. Suggested memorabilia and photos include team rosters from sporting events, invitations for prom nights, theater productions and other school events, graduation announcements and programs, and informal pictures of friends’ gatherings.

Advance registration is requested to assure seating and refreshments for all attendees. Registrations can be made by phone or text to 913-972-0974. The fee is $5 per person, payable at the event.

A Cowboy’s Faith: More than opening gate

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“It’s grass time; open the gate and turn them out.”

That’s the way it was for most farmers many years gone by. Today, there’s usually a lot more to preparing cattle for summer pasture than just unlatching the barnyard corral.

Some ranchers still do the work with horses and lariat ropes but majority of today’s cattlemen have working faculties. It’s not as true Western romantic but more efficient and likely less stress on both cattle and cowboys.

Most cow-calf operators have cattle identified by numbered ear tags, so the right calf must be with their own mama. While families generally stay together, that is not always the case. Youngsters sometimes wander to play around with other calves and must be sorted out from playmates for that motherly love.

Certain ranchers tag heifer calves in a certain ear, left or right, and male babies in the opposite. Likewise, depending on management philosophy, cows with heifer calves might be pastured separately from those with boys.

Every calf must have specific health treatments varying according to the operation. Generally, there are a couple of neck pokes vaccinations, one on each side of the neck, Insecticide treatment is often applied in some form whether pour-on, dust or a fly tag in the untagged ear.

The little boys have it tougher than their mates as they usually become steers by a cowboy’s surgery skills. Implants became a popular growth stimulant several years ago but are controversial today with some believers and other none users. Typically, heifer calves never received a pound-increasing incentive in their ears but that was not always the case either.

John Raymond Quaney, 81, Burlingame: May 3, 1941 – May 5, 2022

BURLINGAME, Kan. – John Raymond Quaney, 81, passed away on Thursday, May 5, 2022, at Midland Hospice House, Topeka, Kan. He was born May 3, 1941, in Topeka, the son of Eugene and Anna (Heise) Quaney.

He had spent his youth in the Topeka area.

John met his first wife, Marilyn McGeeney, at a CYO event in Topeka. They were married Nov. 27, 1965, in Emmett, Kan. To this union two daughters were born, Christi and Susan. Marilyn passed away on July 26, 1977. Years later, John was blessed to meet Raylene Smith during a Singles in Agriculture event, and they married Feb. 17, 1996.

John graduated from Washburn Rural High School in 1959. After graduating, he farmed and raised cattle in the Burlingame, Kan., community until his last days. He enjoyed farming with his son-in-law and grandsons in his later years. John enjoyed his grandkids and finding great ways to get into trouble with them on any occasion. He shared his love of the land and cattle with them all. Faith, family, farming and friends best describe his world.

Harry Michael “Mike” Prim, 65, Overbrook: Feb. 28, 1957 – April 23, 2022

OVERBROOK, Kan. – Harry Michael “Mike” Prim, 65, passed away Saturday, April 23, 2022, at his home south of Overbrook, Kan. He was born Feb. 28, 1957, in Topeka, Kan., the son of Harry and Ruby (York) Prim.

Mike had lived all of his life around the Overbrook community.

Mike was born to be a farmer and cattleman, and that is what he did throughout his life. He had worked for the Overbrook Livestock Commission for more than 40 years.

Berryton man injured in rollover accident on rural Osage County road

The Osage County Sheriff’s Office reported it is investigating a single-vehicle accident that occurred around 8 p.m. May 3, 2022, near Overbrook, and severely injured a Berryton man.

The sheriff’s office reported local emergency personnel were dispatched at 8:25 p.m. Tuesday to the accident in the 12900 block of South Shawnee Heights Road, near Overbrook. At the scene it was found that a 1999 Ford Econoline van driven by Thomas A. Dunn, 75, of Berryton, had left the roadway for unknown reasons and overturned. Dunn was transported by Osage County EMS to Stormont Vail Hospital, Topeka, and in critical condition.

Osage County Sheriff’s deputies, Osage County EMS, and Osage County Fire District No. 4 were dispatched to the scene. The sheriff’s office is investigating the accident.

Euclid Lodge donation helps Osage County’s past to be remembered

L.D. Nicolay and fellow Euclid Masonic Lodge members Charles Hanna and Paul Oldham present a grant to Osage County Historical Society members Eileen Davis and Ann Rogers; member Bunny Givens, right. Courtesy photo.

The Osage County Historical Society received a $1,000 grant from the Euclid Masonic Lodge, Lyndon, Kan. Representatives presented the check to members of the historical society, Eileen Davis and Ann Rodgers. The grant will be used to help develop and execute new educational programming for children and families.

Filings in the Osage County Courthouse, April 22 April 28, 2022

The following information was compiled April 22 to April 28, 2022, from records at the Osage County Courthouse, Lyndon, Kan.

Raymond E. Bockus, 81, Osage City: Aug. 7, 1940 – April 22, 2022

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Raymond E. Bockus, 81, passed away Friday, April 22, 2022, at Osage Nursing Center, Osage City, Kan. Ray was born Aug. 7, 1940, to Ernest W. and Violet R. Bockus.

He came to Kansas in search of employment at the Tuttle Creek Reservoir construction site, eventually arriving in Osage City, where he met his future bride, Earlene Griffin. They were married Sept. 29, 1957. To this union, three children were born, Raylene Loschke (Frank), Brian Bockus (Denise), and Bradley Bockus (Colleen).

Ray was a carpenter, having built and repaired many homes in and around Osage City. Later, Ray and Earlene started Bockus Real Estate. He loved his family, his work, his pets, playing his guitar, drinking his coffee, mowing his yard, and an occasional neighborhood prank on Halloween.

Carl W. ‘Bill’ Sheall, 88, Osage City: Dec. 30, 1933 – April 24, 2022

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Carl W. “Bill” Sheall, 88, passed away Sunday, April 24, 2022, at Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center, Wichita, Kan. Carl William Sheall was born Dec. 30, 1933, in Coffeyville, Kan., the son of Ivan Reeves and Hazel A. (Harris) Sheall.

He graduated from Burlingame High School, Burlingame, Kan., in 1951. He served in the United States Marines during the Korean War.

He was joined in marriage to Kay Irene Whittington, August 4, 1956, in Admire, Kan.

Bill worked as an auto body mechanic, and retired from USD 501 maintenance.

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