eFreePress 11.26.09.pdf - Blue Rapids Free Press


eFreePress 11.26.09.pdf - Blue Rapids Free Press

Blue Rapids

Free Press


Take One

Vol. 1 Number 22 Thursday, November 26, 2009


A History of Thanksgiving

The Pilgrims left Plymouth,

England, on September 6, 1620.

Their destination? The New

World. Although filled with

uncertainty and peril, it offered

both civil and religious liberty.

For over two months, the 102

passengers braved the harsh elements

of a vast storm-tossed sea.

Finally, with firm purpose and a

reliance on Divine Providence,

the cry of "Land!" was heard.

Arriving in Massachusetts in

late November, the Pilgrims

sought a suitable landing place.

On December 11, just before disembarking

at Plymouth Rock,

they signed the "Mayflower

Compact" - America's first document

of civil government and the

first to introduce self-government.

After a prayer service, the

Pilgrims began building hasty

shelters. However, unprepared

for the starvation and sickness of

a harsh New England winter,

nearly half died before spring.

Yet, persevering in prayer, and

assisted by helpful Indians, they

reaped a bountiful harvest the following


The grateful Pilgrims then

declared a three-day feast, starting

on December 13, 1621, to

thank God and to celebrate with

their Indian friends. While this

was not the first Thanksgiving in

America (thanksgiving services

were held in Virginia as early as

1607), it was America's first

Thanksgiving Festival.

Pilgrim Edward Winslow

described the Pilgrims'

Thanksgiving in these words:

"Our harvest being gotten in,

our Governor sent four men on

fowling [bird hunting] so that we

Following is the 1863 Lincoln

Presidential Proclamation - celebrated

shortly after Lincoln committed his life to

Christ and celebrated while America was

still in the midst of its Civil War. It was this

proclamation which eventually led to the

establishment of our national Thanksgiving


Proclamation of Thanksgiving by the

President of the United States of


The year that is drawing toward its close

has been filled with the blessings of fruitful

years and healthful skies. To these bounties,

which are so constantly enjoyed that

we are prone to forget the Source from

which they come, others have been added

which are of so extraordinary a nature that

they can not fail to penetrate and soften

even the heart which is habitually insensible

to the ever-watchfulprovidence of

might, after a special manner,

rejoice together after we had

gathered the fruit of our labors.

They four in one day killed as

much fowl as... served the company

almost a week... Many of

the Indians [came] amongst us

and... their greatest King,

Massasoit, with some ninety men,

whom for three days we entertained

and feasted; and they went

out and killed five deer, which

they brought... And although it be

not always so plentiful as it was

at this time with us, yet BY THE



In 1789, following a proclamation


by President George

Washington, America celebrated

its first Day of Thanksgiving to

God under its new constitution.

That same year, the Protestant

Episcopal Church, of which

President Washington was a

member, announced that the first

Thursday in November would

become its regular day for giving

thanks, "unless another day be

appointed by the civil authorities."

Yet, despite these early

national proclamations, official

Thanksgiving observances usually

occurred only at the State level.

Much of the credit for the

adoption of a later ANNUAL

national Thanksgiving Day may

be attributed to Mrs. Sarah Joseph

Hale, the editor of Godey's Lady's

Book. For thirty years, she promoted

the idea of a national

Thanksgiving Day, contacting

President after President until

President Abraham Lincoln

responded in 1863 by setting

aside the last Thursday of

November as a national Day of

Thanksgiving. Over the next sev-

Almighty God.

In the midst of a civil war of unequaled

magnitude and severity, which has sometimes

seemed to foreign states to invite and

to provoke their aggression, peace has been

preserved with all nations, order has been

maintained, the laws have been respected

and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed

everywhere, except in the theater of military

conflict, while that theater has been

greatly contracted by the advancing armies

and navies of the Union.

Needful diversions of wealth and of

strength from the field of peaceful industry

to the national defense have not arrested

the plow, the shuttle, or the ship; the ax has

enlarged the borders of our settlements, and

the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the

precious metals, have yielded even more

abundantly than theretofore.

Population has steadily increased

enty-five years, Presidents followed

Lincoln's precedent, annually

declaring a national

Thanksgiving Day. Then, in

1941, Congress permanently

established the fourth Thursday

of each November as a national


Lincoln's original 1863

Thanksgiving Proclamation came

- spiritually speaking - at a pivotal

point in his life. During the

first week of July of that year, the

Battle of Gettysburg occurred,

resulting in the loss of some

60,000 American lives. Four

The First Thanksgiving

months later in November,

Lincoln delivered his famous

"Gettsysburg Address." It was

while Lincoln was walking

among the thousands of graves

there at Gettysburg that he committed

his life to Christ. As he

explained to a friend:

When I left Springfield [to

assume the Presidency] I asked

the people to pray for me. I was

not a Christian. When I buried my

son, the severest trial of my life, I

was not a Christian. But when I

went to Gettysburg and saw the

graves of thousands of our sol-

notwithstanding the waste that has been

made in the camp, the siege, and the battlefield,

and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness

of augmented strength and

vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of

years with large increase of freedom.

No human counsel hath devised nor hath

any mortal hand worked out these great

things. They are the gracious gifts of the

Most High God, who, while dealing with

us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless

remembered mercy.

It has seemed to me fit and proper that

they should be solemnly, reverently, and

gratefully acknowledged, as with one heart

and one voice, by the whole American people.

I do therefore invite my fellow-citizens

in every part of the United States, and also

those who are at sea and those who are

sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and

observe the last Thursday of November

diers, I then and there consecrated

myself to Christ.

As Americans celebrate

Thanksgiving each year, we hope

they will retain the original gratefulness

to God displayed by the

Pilgrims and many other founding

fathers , and remember that it

is to those early and courageous

Pilgrims that they owe not only

the traditional Thanksgiving holiday

but also the concepts of selfgovernment,

the "hard-work"

ethic, self-reliant communities,

and devout religious faith.

Abraham Lincoln Signed The Proclamation Of Thanksgiving In 1863

next as a day of thanksgiving and praise to

our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the

heavens. And I recommend to them that

while offering up the ascriptions justly due

to Him for such singular deliverances and

blessings they do also, with humble penitence

for our national perverseness and disobedience,

commend to His tender care all

those who have become widows, orphans,

mourners, or sufferers in the lamentable

civil strife in which we are unavoidably

engaged, and fervently implore the interposition

of the Almighty Hand to heal the

wounds of the nation and to restore it, as

soon as may be consistent with the Divine

purposes, to the full enjoyment of peace,

harmony, tranquility, and union.

In testimony wherof I have herunto set

my hand and caused the seal of the United

States to be affixed.

[Signed] A. Lincoln


Blue Rapids Free Press - Thursday, November 26, 2009

Valley Heights Seniors’ Of The Week

Sports and Speech Savvy

Macy Parker

April 22, 1992

By Emily Heusman

“My push to give 100% all the

time is to feel the satisfaction that

I tried my very best for myself

and for my team,” said Macy

Parker. Still today Parker is pushing

herself for the Valley Heights

Lady Mustangs to lead the team

to victory. She participates every

season in the sports of choice.

Macy had been awarded the Max-

Preps player of the week, twice,

during the 2009 volleyball season

and received many other league

and state awards. She has been

the setter for the Lady Mustang

volleyball team since her freshman

year and has only improved

since then.”It was an honor and a

great feeling getting the Max-

Preps player of the week,” said


Parker has had many college

visits and is keeping her options

open. She wants to attend a four

year college, to play a sport and

to major in speech pathology.

“The college I choose depends on

what opportunities come my

way,” said Parker. At this time

Macy is undecided on which college

she will attend but all-in-all

A Good Season

Cole Thomas

November 1, 1991

By Mikala Fuller

Cole Thomas has always been

game for hunting. Thomas went

out hunting with his dad and his

uncle when he was little and it

has become his passion since

then. Thomas spends most of his

time hunting out in the wilderness

for any kind of game. Cole says

that his favorite hunting season is

water fowl and he loves to hunt

ducks and geese. He likes to go

out hunting with Kurtis Larson,

Anthony Guzzo, his dad and his

little brother. Cole would like to

pursue a degree in wildlife and

outdoor enterprises at K-State


Thomas has not only been

active in the wilderness but also

in school. He has been involved

in FFA for 4 years, Golf for 3

years, and Football for 3 years.

Cole also attends ecomeets for his

Environmental Science class and

Envirothon competitions for FFA.

He just recently competed in the

Tall Grass Prairie Ecomeet and

placed 3rd in the state.

knows what she wants to do with

her life. Parker plans to get a job

in a good hospital working with

patients in speech pathology.

Macy has attended Valley

Heights for her entire school

career. Macy lives on the outside

part of Waterville with her parents

Todd and Tammy Parker, and

Cole has attended Valley

Heights High School his entire

high school years and is the son

of Lori Harms and Tony Thomas.

Cole Thomas says the two people


Blue Rapids Lions are selling Pecans

1# Mammoth halves or pieces,

12 oz Chocolate covered,

$8. Per pkg

Lions are phoning for orders or call

363-7944 or 363-7929 or available

at Hometown Foods.

Available for Thanksgiving

Macy Parker

Cole Thomas

her brother Dylan Parker.

Volleyball, Basketball, and Track

are just a small number of activities

Macy is involved in; she also

is FFA Vice President, KAYs

Treasurer, Drill Team Captain,

FCA leader, and is a member of

VH club and NHS.

that have impacted him the most

are his dad and his uncle. Cole

said, “They taught me everything

I know today and got me started

in hunting. Hunting is my passion

still today.”

Owners: David & Christina Hartsook


Blue Rapids Mercantile

DCH Enterprises, Inc. doing business as

Dave’s Body Shop and R&K Service



dent repair



401 East 5th Street (US 77) Blue Rapids, Kansas 66411

Open Tuesday - Saturday 10am-5pm - 785-363-7900


Dave or Keith

562-2338 562-3336

Come on out for a free estimate at

742 Pony Express Hwy.

west of Marysville


Tue ups


Engine repair

Blue Valley Cafe

Friday & Saturday Night


Fridays: Steak Night

3rd Week Prim Rib

Winter Hours: 7 am. to 3 pm. - Fri - Sat: 5 to 9 pm.

On the square in Blue Rapids - 785-363-7435


Happy Holidays!!

Come check out our large selection of

unique gift ideas!

Design A Gift Basket

Local Delivery available.

Free Press

Second Front


Take One

Vol. 1 Number 22 Thursday, November 26, 2009

Valley Heights District Gets Hit By Governor’s Cuts

Valley Heights School District

Superentendent John Bergkamp

told the Free Press Tuesday afternoon

that the District planned for

cuts in the State Budget this year.

Bergkamp said the cuts

announced by Governor Mark

Parkinson would take $206.00

per student or $107,000 from the

Budget this year.

Bergkamp said the Board had

appointed a Finance Committee

to look into the cuts that will be

made and the start making recommendations

from next years


Governor Mark Parkinson’s


Governor Mark Parkinson has

cut millions in state funding to

bring the current budget into balance.

Kansas’ schools, roads and

many of the state’s most vulnerable

citizens are again impacted by

a historic drop in state revenue.

“Unfortunately, we are now to

the point of potentially making

crippling cuts to state services.

This latest round of budget reductions

will mean that class sizes

will again increase in Kansas

schools. Some districts will be

forced to lay off teachers and

close schools. These cuts mean

that our universities will have

fewer professors, offer fewer

classes and critical investments in

The Marshall County

Community Choir, under the

direction of Maybelle Circle, will

perform “Christmas On

Broadway” December 5, 2009 at

7:30 p.m. The concert will be in

the Marysville High School auditorium.

Admission is free.

The concert is the culmination

to Marysville Main Street’s

Dickens on Broadway celebration.

Traditionally, the community

choir has presented a Christmas

cantata at the Memorial

Presbyterian Church. This year,

they are moving the concert to a

different location and they are

joining forces with the Marshall

County Community Band.

“When we were approached

about doing a joint concert with

the band, we thought it would be

a great opportunity,” said Circle.

“It’s been a neat experience to

combine our sounds and our

resources. Since the church

couldn’t accommodate the entire

band, we moved the concert to

the high school auditorium. All

in all, the changes that we’ve

made for this concert have been

very positive. I think it’s going to

be a wonderful Christmas concert.”

The choir and the band will

our future are in jeopardy. These

budget cuts will force us to

reduce supervision of released

prisoners, increase the number of

disabled citizens waiting for services

and reduce road maintenance

across the state,” Parkinson said.

“It is my obligation as a leader

to balance the budget. But it is

also my duty to protect our most

precious resources. So I have

once again balanced the budget. I

promised that I would and I have

kept that promise. But we cannot

make it through this recession by

cutting ourselves into an incurable

position. When the

Legislature returns in January,

together we must look towards

building a solution for the years

ahead or we will permanently

damage the foundation of our


An overview of the Governor’s

budget reductions and adjustments

are as follows:

Budget adjustments: $258.9


Targeted, strategic budget

reductions in individual agencies

as outlined on the attached list.

Reduce highway maintenance

funds by $50 million. This is

achieved by transferring $50 million

from the State Highway

Fund to the State General Fund.

Reduce the amount transferred

Marshall County Choir Members

Prepare for Christmas Concert

perform three songs together and

each group will provide an additional

thirty minutes of entertainment.

Songs range from medleys

of Christmas carols to holiday

classics. Choir members squabbled

over which song was their

favorite; all agreed that the repertoire

was diverse and fun to sing.

“Personally, I love the version

of ‘The First Noel’ that we’re

singing,” said Wayne Kruse, one

of the choir’s members. “It’s a

majestic number which highlights

Tam’s remarkable piano playing.”

The choir is accompanied by

Tam Johnson. A native

Marysville resident, Johnson has

a passion for accompanying.

“My favorite thing to do musicwise

is accompany,” she said. “I

like the ‘putting it together’

aspect. I’m not a solo performer,

and I get very nervous if it’s just

me on stage. But accompanying

is something I enjoy and feel very

comfortable doing. I like helping

the performers.”

Johnson started playing the

piano when she was four years

old. She took piano lessons from

Kyra Falen; when Kyra went

away to college, Johnson took

lessons from Kyra’s mother,

Evelyn. “When I started lessons,”

Johnson explained, “my

from the State General Fund to

the Bioscience Authority by $5

million. This will still allow $35

million to be transferred from the

General Fund to the Bioscience


Reduce funding for K-12 by

$36 million and Regents by $2

million, leaving both at 2006

spending levels. Do not fund recommended

$155.8 million K-12

increase based on revised estimates

of property tax revenue and

student enrollment.

Move unspent funds from prior

years from individual agency

budgets to the State General

Fund. This includes the

Governor’s Office and the


Reduce Medicaid reimbursement

rates by 10%. This cannot

be implemented immediately, so

it is estimated it will result in savings

of $22 million during the last

three months of the fiscal year.

Offset Budget Adjustments

with Recovery Act Funds: $85.9


1. Reduce K-12

Supplemental General State Aid

by $85.9 million, but offset that

reduction with $85.9 million of

federal Recovery Act funds that

had been budgeted for the 2011

fiscal year. This leaves the state

with $189.6 million of Recovery

grandmother sat at the piano with

me for hours every week, making

sure I practiced correctly. I have

always credited my abilities to

her and possibly a little natural


Johnson is proficient on piano,

organ, saxophone, oboe, and

voice. With a degree in music

education, she can play all of the

brass, woodwind, string, and percussion

instruments. Her vast

background makes her an asset to

many of the area arts organizations.

“We call on Tam frequently,”

said Kruse, who also serves as the

arts cooperative’s executive

director. “Whether it’s to play for

the community theatre’s musical

or to provide background music

for an artist reception, Tam is

always able to help us out. We

are so fortunate to have her living

in our community.”

The choir and band will have

one more practice before the concert.

Both groups will rehearse

Sunday afternoon in the auditorium.

“We’re going to put everything

together,” said Circle. “I can’t

wait to hear the sound.”

For additional information people

can contact Circle (785-562-

3668) or Kruse (785-562-5629).

Act funds (State Fiscal

Stabilization and Special

Education funds) for use in the

2011 budget.

States have discretion over

when to draw down these

Recovery Act funds. At least 10

states plan to use all of their

Fiscal Stabilization Recovery Act

funding by the end of FY 2010. A

large majority of states plan to

use a greater portion of the funding

in FY 2010 and a smaller portion

in FY 2011. AFP-Kansas

statement on Kansas budget


Responce from Americans

For Prosperity:

The Kansas chapter of the

grassroots group Americans for

Prosperity today released the following

statement in response to

budget adjustments announced by

Kansas Gov. Mark Parkinson.

“We applaud Gov. Parkinson

for his efforts to step up and make

the difficult budget decisions that

this state requires,” said AFP-

Kansas state director Derrick


“It’s our hope once the legislative

session starts, that the

Governor doesn’t bow to the

demands of taxpayer funded lobbyists

calling for tax increases in

this difficult economic time for

Kansans, but that he is willing to

take an even closer look at our

state expenditures and propose

additional cuts where necessary.

“It is critical in this time of

economic difficulty that all areas

of the budget be scrutinized, and

to seek out long-term solutions to

improve how we budget taxpayer


“We encourage the Governor

to continue to look closely at the

Kansas budget for ways to

remove wasteful spending and to

root out redundancies in state

agencies and departments, and

based on the budget difficulties

this year we will continue to pro-

The Marysville Police

Department and the Marshall

County Sheriff’s Department will

begin the Kansas Department of

Transportation’s Special Traffic

Enforcement Program (STEP)

2010 Campaigns in November

2009. There are at total of three

campaigns. The first campaign is

titled “Thanksgiving

Mobilization”. This Campaign

focuses on Driving Under the

Influence (DUI), Child and

Passenger Restraints. It will run

from November 23rd to the 29th.

The Marysville Police

Department and the Marshall

County Sheriff’s Department will

mote the implementation of zerobased

budgeting for state agencies.”

AG’s statement on

Governor’s budget cuts

The following statement is

from Attorney General Steve Six

regarding Governor Mark

Parkinson’s budget cuts:

“The recession has put our state

in a dire financial situation.

Tough choices had to be made in

order to balance the State’s budget.

However, I am disappointed

by the significant cuts made to

the Attorney General’s Office and

the Kansas Bureau of

Investigation. Both agencies play

key roles in protecting our families,

assisting consumers and preventing

fraud in government programs.

The money that was

cut from our budget is used to

fund criminal prosecutions, crime

victim services, legal counsel for

state agencies and much more.

“The cuts outlined by the governor

are significant. The

Attorney General’s Office can

absorb these cuts and perserve

core functions due to our success

in the past year recovering tax

dollars for the State. After returning

money to the Medicaid program

and Kansas consumers, our

office currently has the ability to

fill the substantial hole created in

our budget by these cuts. But this

is not a sustainable solution to the

State’s budget crisis.

“As I mentioned last month,

the Kansas Bureau of

Investigation already struggles

with unfunded mandates, such as

the DNA database. These cuts

only serve to compound the challenges

they already face.

“I encourage the Legislature to

come together in January to find a

more sustainable solution to the

current budget crisis. The safety

of our communities should be a

priority for lawmakers.”

Police To Begin Special

Traffic Enforcement Pogram

be conducting Saturation Patrols

throughout Marshall County during

this time frame.

The second campaign is titled;

“Memorial Day Click It or

Ticket”. Its principal focus is on

adult, teen, child restraints. The

third campaign is titled “Labor

Day Drunk Driving Over the

limit, Under Arrest”. Its principal

focus is on DUI. The Marysville

Police Department and the

Marshall County Sheriff’s

Department will announce the

date and time for any events

scheduled for these two campaigns

before they begin.

Editorial Page BLUE RAPIDS FREE PRESS - Thursday, November 26, 2009 4A

Taxes Proposed To Pay

For Health Care Reform

By Curtis S. Dubay

The Heritage Foundation.

The U.S. Senate recently released its longawaited

proposal for a government-run hostile

takeover of the entire U.S. health care

system. Predictably, it includes a barrage of

higher taxes to pay for the bill's immense

price tag.

An important addition to the list of tax

hikes included in the Senate bill was an

increase in the Medicare portion of the payroll

tax. The current Medicare tax is 2.9 percent,

paid half each by workers and employers.

The proposal in the Senate bill raises

this to 3.4 percent for workers making more

than $200,000 a year ($250,000 for joint filers).

Under a long-standing principle, taxpayers

pay the Medicare tax during their working

years and receive coverage for hospitalization

during their retirement. Using the

additional payroll tax revenue from raising

the rate to pay for a new, separate entitlement

program would break the long-established

tie between the tax and the benefits

taxpayers receive for paying it.

Using new revenue from the Medicare tax

to fund health care reform would be as illogical

as raising the federal gas tax, which

funds highway construction and maintenance,

to pay for a new welfare entitlement.

Higher Taxes Than France

Higher Medicare taxes would push the top

average marginal tax rate even higher than

already scheduled. Currently, the top federal

tax rate is 35 percent, but President Obama

has proposed to allow it to increase to 39.6


In addition, the House of Representatives'

version of health care reform includes a 5.4

percent surtax on incomes over $500,000 a

year. All these increases, combined with

state and local income taxes, would raise the

average top marginal rate in the U.S. to over

52 percent. This would be higher than traditionally

high-tax countries such as Italy,

Spain, and even France.

A Growing List

Below is a list of the tax increases

Congress and the Administration have proposed

to finance health care reform. This list

includes taxes in the bill passed by the

House of Representatives, the bill the Senate

is currently debating, and other taxes mentioned

as a possible way to pay for health

care reform.

* An income surtax on taxpayers earning

more than $500,000 a year,

* An excise tax on high-cost "Cadillac"

health insurance plans that cost more than

$8,500 a year for individuals or $21,000 for


* An excise tax on medical devices such

as wheelchairs, breast pumps, and syringes

used by diabetics for insulin injections,

* A cap on the exclusion of employer-provided

health insurance without offsetting tax


* A limit on itemized deductions for taxpayers

with a top income tax rate greater

than 28 percent,

* A windfall profits tax on health insurance


* A value-added tax, which would tax the

value added to a product at each stage of


* An increase in the Medicare portion of

the payroll tax to 3.4 percent for incomes

great than $200,000 a year ($250,000 for

married filers),

* An excise tax on sugar-sweetened beverages

including non-diet soda and sports


* Higher taxes on alcoholic beverages

including beer, wine, and spirits,

* A tax on individuals without acceptable

health care coverage of up to 2.5 percent of

their adjusted gross income,

* A limit on contributions to health savings


* An 8 percent tax on all wages paid by

employers that do not provide their employees

health insurance that satisfies the

“All these increases, combined

with state and local income

taxes, would raise the average

top marginal rate in the U.S. to

over 52 percent. This would be

higher than traditionally hightax

countries such as Italy,

Spain, and even France.”

requirements defined by the Secretary of

Health and Human Services,

* A limit on contributions to flexible

spending arrangements,

* Elimination of the deduction for expenses

associated with Medicare Part D subsidies,

* An increase in taxes on international


* Elimination of the tax credits paper

companies take for biofuels they create in

their production process--the so-called

"Black Liquor credit,"

* Fees on insured and self-insured health


* A limit or repeal of the itemized deduction

for medical expenses,

* A limit on the Qualified Medical

Expense definition,

* An increase in the payroll taxes on students,

* An extension of the Medicare payroll tax

to all state and local government employees,

* An increase in taxes on hospitals,

* An increase in the estate tax,

* Increased efforts to close the mythical

"tax gap,"

* A 5 percent tax on cosmetic surgery and

similar procedures such as Botox treatments,

tummy tucks, and face lifts,

* A tax on drug companies,

* An increase in the corporate tax on

providers of health insurance, and

* A $500,000 deduction limitation for the

compensation paid by health insurance companies

to their officers, employees, and


More to Come

The full list of taxes proposed to pay for

health care reform is provided because taxes

currently left out of the Senate or House bills

could reappear at any point. For instance, the

tax on cosmetic surgery listed above (sometimes

called the "Botox tax") was written off

long ago as a laughable way to pay for health

care reform. Nevertheless, it somehow

found its way into the current version of the

Senate bill.

As the legislative process continues and

Congress's desperation to pass a bill increases,

it could propose even more tax hikes to

pay for its massive expansion of government

size and power. The Heritage Foundation

will update this list with each new proposal.

No Time for Tax Hikes

Raising taxes at any time is economically

harmful, but doing so during a severe recession

is reckless. The higher taxes in the

health care plans would depress economic

activity and delay recovery. When the recovery

does finally come, it would be weaker

than it would have been without all the tax

increases. In the long run, economic growth

would remain lower because of these damaging

tax increases.

Instead of rushing through a badly conceived

health care bill and raising taxes to

pay for it, Congress should focus first on

economic recovery by increasing the incentives

to work, save, invest, and take on new

economic risk. Congress can do so by dropping

all talk of tax increases and extending

permanently the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts.[30]

That is the only way to pull the economy out

of the "Great Recession" and get unemployed

Americans back to work.

Curtis S. Dubay is a Senior Analyst in Tax

Policy in the Thomas A. Roe Institute for

Economic Policy Studies at The Heritage


News ews

Blue Rapids Free Press - Thursday, November 26, 2009

Kansas Profile - Now That´s Rural

Robert Cugno - Walker Art Collection

By Ron Wilson, director of

the Huck Boyd National

Institute for Rural

Development at Kansas State


Reconnecting with our history:

That can be an important strategy

for communities. Today we’ll

learn about a rural community

that made an effort to reconnect

with some of its favorite sons.

That effort would not only help

this community connect with its

history, but it enabled the community

to connect with a treasure

of art that is incredible to find in

rural Kansas.

Robert Cugno is the art collector

and dealer who told me about

the Walker Art Collection in

Garnett, Kansas.

This story begins way back in

1896 when Maynard Walker was

born in Garnett. Walker and his

family later moved to Topeka,

where he studied art in high

school. After serving in the Army

during World War I, he went into

the newspaper business in New

York City. He returned to Kansas

City for a stint as art editor of the

newspaper there, and then back to

New York to become director of

the painting department in an art


In 1935, he started his own art

gallery which he successfully

operated for the rest of his career.

Essentially, Maynard Walker was

a prominent art dealer with facilities

in New York and briefly in

Hollywood. The primary artists in

Lighted Tractor

Parade Dec. 12

The Blue Rapids Chamber of

Commerce invites you to get out

your tractor or riding lawn mower

and your Christmas lights and

join in the Lighted Tractor Parade

on December 12 at 6:00 PM. If

you need more information

please contact Bob Lindquist

785-363-7344 or Gene Lott 785-


Big Business

Ron Wilson

his gallery were three leading

artists of the time, known as the

Midwestern Triumvirate: John

Steuart Curry, Grant Wood, and

Thomas Hart Benton. Mr. Walker

had an impressive list of clients,

such as Edward G. Robinson,

Katherine Hepburn, and Clare

Booth Luce.

Fast forward to 1951. Two

women in Garnett were trying to

reconnect with the history of the

Garnett community, including

Mr. Walker. One of the women

was the long-time librarian in

Garnett. Another was Marguerite

Jackman, who was compiling letters

from famous people who

originated in the Garnett area.

She wrote to Maynard Walker

in New York and he replied,

“Would you like some pictures?”

Interestingly, he called them pictures,

rather than paintings. In

April 1951, Maynard Walker sent

the Garnett Library seven paintings,

including one by John

Steuart Curry. These were sent as

a loan at first, and then he donated

a number of additional pieces

of artwork.

It became a collection of art

which Mr. Walker named for his

mother: The Mary Bridget

McAullife Walker Art Collection

at the Garnett Public Library.

Fast forward again to 1988.

Robert Logan and Robert Cugno

were art dealers in California.

They were looking for a facility

and came across a historic building

in Garnett known as the Kirk

House, which they ultimately

purchased. The Kirk House is

located in downtown Garnett,

next door to the public library.

When they got to Garnett, the

first thing the two art dealers

looked at was the library, where

they found the Walker Art


Robert Cugno said, “I still get

chills thinking about when we

found the collection. It was amazing,

but it needed some attention.”

The two art dealers led a

campaign to restore and house the

artwork appropriately. In 2001, a

new addition was added onto the

library to display the Mary

Bridget McAullife Walker Art

Collection. The library also houses

the Garnett City Art

Collection, featuring 95 works of

prominent California artists

donated by a collector.

This is an incredible treasure to

find in small town Kansas. Robert

Cugno said, “It’s a remarkable

thing to find in a rural community.

I think it’s the most important

little collection west of the

Mississippi River.”

Apparently others agree. The

most recent couple of pages in the

art gallery’s guest book list visitors

from Kansas; Missouri;

Oklahoma; Texas; Brooklyn,

New York; and Pretoria, South

Africa. They’ve all made their

way to the Walker Art Collection

in the rural community of

Garnett, Kansas, population

3,391 people. Now, that’s rural.

Reconnecting with our history:

That can be an important strategy

for rural communities, and in this

case, that reconnection brought

about the gift of highly valuable

works of art. We commend the

Garnett library, Maynard Walker,

Robert Cugno and Robert Logan,

and all those involved for making

a difference by reconnecting and

sharing this art collection.

Sometimes reconnecting just

might make history.

Hunting is a big business for Waterville and Blue Rapids. Bill Pfendler (left) from up state New

York spent several weeks in the area getting ready for deer season. Matt Randal, 17, got this 18

point buck last week south of Blue Rapids.


Let us help with your home improvements

We have a wide selection of

• Carpet • Ceramic Tile

•Vinyl • Laminates

3 Full-time


We can help you furnish every room in your home!

• Sofa, Chairs & Oak Furniture • Bedroom Sets &

•Occasional Tables & Lamps Mattress/Box Springs

• Dinette & Kitchen Sets • Wallpaper, Border, Paints

Dusin Enterprises, Inc.

203 Commercial, Washington, Ks - 325-2379 or 1-800-491-2379

Store Hours: Mon., Tues., Wed., Fri. 9:00 - 5:00 - Thur. 9:00 - 7:00 - Sat. 9:00 - 1:00

" Living Museum with antiques and Indian artifacts from the

Thompson Museum collection."

Sports Blue Rapids Free Press - Thursday, November 26, 2009 6A


Blue Rapids Free Press -

Jr. High Fall To Hanover 33 - 30

Charles Musil (12) makes a move to the basket.

Bennett Bargdill (33) brings the ball down fast.

Derek Trimble (10) looks for someone on the inside.

Buffet Discount

$2 OFF

Dinner or Brunch Buffet

Pope Disposal, Inc

Since 1977


$1 OFF

Lunch Buffet

Not good with any other offer, coupon, Senior discount, or Kids Eat FREE offer.

Award Winning.


3003 Anderson

Manhattan, Ks

Coupon required. Offer good for dine-in-only. One coupon per person, per visit. Not good with

any other offer. Offer good at participating stores only.

Offer Expires October 30 Dec 30, 092009

Commercial & Residential


For Blue Rapids and


785-363-7537 Jerry Pope, Owner


Blue Rapids Free Press - Thursday, November 26, 2009

Valley Heights Jr. High Girls Win


We Can

By: Sam Jones

Basketball has started once

again. The junior high girls started

their season on Oct. 26 with 18

girls. They are coached by head

coach, Mike Koontz, and assistant,

Eric Stoddard. The managers

are Kylee Dobrovolny, Bailey

Boucek, Jerrika Chase, and

Jessica Vines. The team has been

working on fundamentals. “I

believe repetition is very vital in

all aspects of the game,” said


“I think the teams biggest

advantage is their closeness.”

said Koontz. “We all try to push

each other every day and help

everyone out as much as we can”

said eighth grader, Leslie


Coach Koontz will be throwing

in some of the high school

girls’ offense. “We want these

girls to be able to do the things

Coach Noel asks of the girls at a

high school level. There are very

high expectations for the girls this

year. They will be expected to

push each other every day and do

what is asked,” said Koontz.

The team consists of eighth

graders: Alicia Vega, Leslie

Frogberg, Becky Atkinson, and

Kelli Jacobson. Seventh graders

are: Cassidy Coggins, Kelsey

Potter, Sidney Backburn, Katlynn

Treff, Courtney Duryea, Vanessa

Moctezuma, Drew Mann, and

Kiana Skillin. Sixth graders are

Hannah Steenson, Paige

Claycamp, Inez Medina, Sydney

Chartier, Madison Hargrave, and

Brandi Roepke.

Valley Heights - 44

Hanover - 24

Sidney Blackburn - 13

Kelsey Potter - 12

Leslie Frohberg - 9

Kelli Jacobson - 6

Drew Mann - 4

Drew Mann (43) get a free shot at the basket.

Kelsey Potter (20) leads on a fast break.

Leslie Frohberg (15) get hit as she goes up.

Read all the area news at:


Jill L. Gray, D.D.S., P.A.

Family Dentistry


Waterville, Kansas


Plumbing, Electrical, General Construction,

Painting, Deck Staining, Remodeling

Kenneth L. Sells, Agent

107 South 8th Street

Marysville, Ks 66508

Office: (785 562-5323

Cell: (785 556-1487

Home: 785-363-2222 * Cell: 785-713-1414


Kenneth.Sells @fbfs.com

1019 Broadway, P.O. Box 267

Marysville, Ks 66508-0267

Registered Repersentative/Securities & Services offered

through EqullTrust Marketing Services, LLC. 5400

University Ave, West Des Moines, Ia 50266, 877860

Waterville Lumber Co.

120 South Nebraska

Waterville, Ks - 363-2421


Stop by and give

us an opportunity to

bid your Replacement Windows,

Doors, Storm doors, or any other

Projects you are considering.




Now is the time to Winterize: Insulation -

Foam sealants - Snow shovels - Ice melt - All

types of weatherstriping


News Photos hotos

The local students

A line of the older students.

Sixty-eight students make up the Gold Orchestra.

David Littrell, Distinguished Professor of Music at K-State

Blue Rapids Free Press - Thursday, November 26, 2009


by Jon A. Brake

The Marshall County Arts

Cooperative brought the Gold

Orchestra from Manhattan to

Marshall County on Monday,

November 23. They performed a

30-40 minute concert in each of

our county’s schools — all in one


David Littrell, University

Distinguished Professor of Music

at Kansas State University,

founded the Gold Orchestra in

1989. The orchestra began with

ten students in grades 3-6 with

fifteen other students participating

in the Silver Orchestra, a

training group for learning

orchestral routines and note-reading


The Gold Orchestra, which

now numbers 68 students in

All on the same page.


Valley Heights Grade

Schools Receive The Gold

grades 5-12, goes on an annual

retreat in October to the Rock

Springs 4-H Center for rehearsal

and relaxation. Orchestra members

take annual tours of area

public and parochial schools and

toured England in June 1997,

where they participated in the

Rotary International Music

Festival at Colchester. The

orchestra toured Seattle and

British Columbia in June 1999

and performed at Carnegie Hall

in New York City in 2001 and

2006. They performed at the

American String Teachers

National Orchestra Festival in

Dallas in March 2004. In 2008

they were in residence at the

YMCA of the Rockies in Estes

Park, Colorado.

News Blue Rapids Free Press - Thursday, November 26, 2009 9A


I can see land!

Blue Rapids Free Press -

The Curtains Are Closed

By: Sam Jones

This past weekend Nov. 13-15 Valley Heights

student actors put on the play, Jolly Roger & The

Pirate Queen which was performed at the

Waterville Opera House. Admission was a free

will donation which raised over twelve hundred

dollars for the play next year. In addiction,

Drama club sold cookies during intermission and

collected over $90 to put towards the drama fund

to see outside performances. This was the first

time to have a matinee. It was on Sunday Nov.

15 at 2 pm, “The matinee was a great success, we

had over 150 people in attendance which means

we will do a matinee again next year,” said director

Lynette Steele-Coon.

I can’t see

a thing

but water.

I regret I have but one life.

Sports BLUE RAPIDS FREE PRESS - Thursday, November 26, 2009 10A 10


Date Team Boy’s Score Boy’s Record Girl’s Score Girl’s Record

12/4/09 HERE vs. Hanover

12/8/09 @ Linn

12/11/09 HERE vs. Alma-Wabaunsee

12/12/09 9 th Grade Tournament @

Centralia (Boys only) 9:30 AM

12/15/09 @ Republic County 4:15 PM

12/18/09 @ Axtell

1/5/10 @ Wetmore

1/8 HERE vs. B&B

1/12 HERE vs. Frankfort

1/16 TVL Tournament @ Axtell and B&B

1/26 HERE vs. Onaga

1/29 @ Bern

2/2 @ Hanover

2/5 HERE vs. Wamego

2/9 HERE vs. Clifton/Clyde

2/12 HERE vs. Centralia

2/16 @ Blue Valley

2/19 @ Frankfort

2/23 HERE vs. Washington Co. (Parents Night)

3/1 Sub-State Location TBD

3/10-13 State @ Bramlage in Manhattan

Blue Valley Seamless Gutters

Replace those old gutters and

downspouts with a new seamless

system from Blue Valley Seamless


785-363-7414 or 785-268-0236

John & Cheryl Ralph, Owners

(First games each night start at 4:45 unless otherwise indicated)

and Home Improvement

Free Estimates

• Insured

Home Oil Service, Inc.

Breakfast - Sandwiches

Eat in or take home

Carry-our Pizza

Vintage Charm B&B

Guest House

Relax in this beautifully preserved

100 year old guesthouse. Enjoy

the elegance of the era with all

the modern comforts of home.

Tony & Ann Mann - 785-363-2327

34 West Hazelwood, Waterville, Ks 66548

Blue Rapids Auto & Hardware

NAPA Auto Parts

Do It Best Hardware

Hunting & Fishing Licenses

Hydraulic Hoses • Saw Chains

Corn Stoves • Ammunition

Infrared Heaters

10 Public Square, Blue Rapids, Kansas 66411


CENEX Gasoline

Serving Blue Rapids and

the surrounding area.

501 Main Street

Blue Rapids


Sports ports BLUE RAPIDS FREE PRESS - Thursday, November 26, 2009 11

Kansas State 2009

Football Schedule

Date Opponent Location Time (CST) Results Record

K-State Family Reunion

Sat, Sep 05 Massachusetts Manhattan W 21 - 17 1 - 0

Sat, Sep 12 Louisiana at Lafayette, La. L 15 - 17 1 - 1

Sat, Sep 19 UCLA at Pasadena, Calif. L 9 - 23 1 - 2

Fort Riley/Band Day

Sat, Sep 26 Tennessee Tech Manhattan, Kan. W 49 - 7 2 - 2

Sat, Oct 03 Iowa State * at Kansas City, Mo. W 24 - 23 3 - 2

Sat, Oct 10 Texas Tech * at Lubbock, Texas L 66 - 14 3 - 3

Sat, Oct 17 Texas A&M * Manhattan, Kan. TBA W 63 - 14 4 - 3

Sat, Oct 24 Colorado * Manhattan, Kan. TBA W 20 - 6 5 - 3

Sat, Oct 31 Oklahoma * at Norman, Okla. TBA L 42 - 30 5 - 4

Sat, Nov 07 Kansas * Manhattan, Kan. TBA W 17 - 10 6 - 4

Sat, Nov 14 Missouri * Manhattan, Kan. TBA L 12 - 38 6 - 5

Sat, Nov 21 Nebraska * at Lincoln, Neb. TBA L 3 - 17 6 - 6

Sat, Dec. 5 Big 12 Championship Arlington, Texas TBA

* Conference Games

Wildcats Jayhawks

Open Mon-Thur 12 - 9 • Fri and Sat 10 - 10

Bargains Galore

Last three working days

of the month $5 Clothes

Bag Sale.

Every Tuesday is Senior

day 60 or over 20% off

most items (but not on bag Sale)

2006 Center, Marysville, Ks * 785-562-1070

Kansas 2009

Football Schedule


Date Opponent / Event Location Time Record

Sat, Sep 05 Northern Colorado TV Lawrence W 49 - 3 1 - 0

Sat, Sep 12 at UTEP TV El Paso, Texas W 34 - 7 2 - 0

Sat, Sep 19 Duke Lawrence W 44 - 16 3 - 0

(Family Day, Band Day) TV

Sat, Sep 26 Southern Miss Lawrence W 35 - 28 4 - 0

Sat, Oct 10 Iowa State (Homecoming) W 41 - 36 5 - 0

Sat, Oct 17 at Colorado Boulder, Colo. L 30 - 35 5 - 1

Sat, Oct 24 Oklahoma Lawrence, Kan. L 13 - 35 5 - 2

Sat, Oct 31 at Texas Tech Lubbock, Texas L 21 - 42 5 - 3

Sat, Nov 07 at Kansas State Manhattan, Kan. L 10 - 17 5 - 4

Sat, Nov 14 Nebraska Lawrence, Kan. L 17 - 31 5 - 5

Sat, Nov 21 at Texas Austin, Texas L 20 - 51 6 - 6

Sat, Nov 28 Missouri Kansas City, Mo. TBA

Sat, Dec. 5 Big 12 Championship Arlington, Texas TBA

Sports Blue Rapids Free Press - Thursday, November 26, 2009 12A 12

Jr. High Boy’s B Team Falls

Health And

Wellness Night

All community members are

invited to attend the Physical

Education departments Health

and Wellness Night on Dec. 1st at

7:00pm. It will be held in the fitness

room at the high school.

Come learn about our programs

and equipment.

FHN Electric

Full Service


Electrical Shop


Commercial Industrial

Electrical Service

723 Broadway, Marysville


Hours: Mon.- Fri. • 8 am - 5 pm


Colton Skalla (55) takes the ball down the middle.

Payton Manley (21) starts for the basket.

34th Annual Odell Craft Show

Saturday November 28

9 am-4 pm

Various Locations Around

Odell, Nebraska

Admission is $1 donation

Donations go to Youth Activity Fund

Sponsored by OACE

Odell Area Community Enrichment

“Life as you want it… Care as you need it.”

We offer “Peace of Mind” to our residents and their loved ones by providing a secure

and supportive home-like environment. Assisted Living that offers privacy and independence.

Also offering Adult Day Services Available for full day, half day or occasional

needs. Ask us for details!

Services we provide: Home-cooked meals - Certified Staff 24/7 - Emergency

Response System - Housekeeping & Laundry Services - Private Bath Utilities &

Maintenance Life Enrichment Activities and much more...

Located at 1149 Country Place Dr. — East of the Airport on North Street

Marysville, KS 785-562-4001

Full Family Salon

Blue Valley Nursing Home

710 Western Ave.

Blue Rapids, Ks 66411


“We have a warm friendly home like environment that

you feel when you enter the door.”


of the




& Misc.

Jon & Marian Henry, Owners

518 Yuma St., Manhattan, Ks 66502


mjhenry96@Yahoo.com - Jon’s Cell 785-313-6661

Government overnment

Blue Rapids Free Press - Thursday, November 26, 2009 13


Unplanned and impulsive holiday

spending can be the final

straw that breaks a family´s

financial back. Here are some

money management tips for a

peaceful holiday season:

o Decide before you go shopping

what you can afford to

spend. Be sure everyone in the

family understands the money

limit and how far the total amount

has to stretch.

o Consider gifts of service.

Give coupons for babysitting, a

meal, housecleaning, lawn moving

or other such tasks.

o Think green when making

Home Notes by Susan A. Latta

your holiday lists. Use towels,

grocery sacks or newspaper to

wrap gifts. Reuse gift bags and


o Keep track of holiday spending,

especially if you are using

credit cards and accounts to delay

bills. One idea is to wrap a card

around each credit card and note

what is purchased, the date and


This also works well for debit

cards. Try keeping a “running”

total figure so you´ll know at a

glance just what´s owed on a particular

account. Another idea is to

use a small notebook to help you

keep tabs on your credit and debit


o Use “cheap money” sparingly.

Deferred payment accounts

which let you wait until February

or March before payments begin

may be an incentive for you to

spend more than you normally

would or have. Keep your head,

February and March always

comes faster than you expect.

o Take a chance the items

which normally go on sale just

before the holidays will still be

available in the eleventh hour and

you´ll be able to save a bundle.

Enjoy the holiday season

knowing you have done your best

in making good financial decisions.

Wheat Pasture Considerations

By Michael Vogt

Marshall County Extension


Producers who want wheat for

pasture for their livestock this fall

have some decisions to make that

will affect both the forage production

and ultimate grain yield

potential of the wheat, according

to Kansas State University

agronomist Jim Shroyer.

Cattle should not go onto wheat

pasture until crown root development

is anchoring the plants, said

Shroyer, who is a wheat specialist

with K-State Research and


“Don´t just look at top growth

and assume that if the wheat is

tillered, crown roots have developed.

Sometimes that´s not the

“What Is Your “Main Dish”

For Dinner?” will be presented by

Stacie Ellenbecker, owner of

Main Dish, on Tuesday,

December 1, at the Marysville

City Building. No time to make

the main dish for dinner?

Having family over for the

weekend and don´t want to spend

the weekend in the kitchen - but

don´t want to eat out every meal.

Well the Main Dish may be the

answer you´ve been looking for

as it will save you time and energy

when you need it. Stacie will

tell us how she came up with the

idea for the Main Dish. She will

explain the different dishes she

makes and how they are packaged

and sold. Customers will

learn what they can expect when


Oil Co.

Manhattan, Ks






New and Used

Tank Sales

In Operation

Since 1926

Marshall County Extension Agent

case,” he said. “Actually check

some plants to make sure there is

good root development.”

The general rule is, wheat

should have about 6-12 inches of

top growth before pasturing the

crop, the agronomist said. But,

the true test of wheat readiness is

crown roots that have developed

enough that cattle will find it hard

to pull plants out of the ground as

they graze.

“Producers should plan to use

extra nitrogen on wheat that´s

pastured,” Shroyer added. “Cattle

remove N that´s in the wheat forage.

So, seeing N deficiencies in

the crop after the cattle have

moved elsewhere is fairly common.”

To maintain grain yields, pro-

Lunch and Learn

they walk into her shop.

Knowledge @ Noon programs

begin at 12:05 P.M. and end at

12:55 P.M. at the Marysville City

Building. Bring a lunch if

desired. Coffee and tea will be

provided. These programs are

Letter To The Editor

Dear Editor,

Every so often we are

reminded of all the wonderful

things living in a small community

brings. The other evening, as

our residents were just sitting

down for supper, our fire alarms

went off. The Blue Rapids Fire

Department, many wonderful citizens,

and our own wonderful

staff all responded to this alarm

with speed, efficiency, and general

concern. Thankfully this prob-

ducers should apply another 40

pounds of N per acre for every

100 pounds of animal gain per

acre, he advised.

A good approach for this is a

split application, with part of the

N going on in early fall and part

being applied as soon as the cattle

are pulled off in late winter or

early spring.

“In addition, producers should

have a dry area available to move

the cattle onto when the fields get

wet. That will help limit soil compaction

problems,” Shroyer said.

If you have any questions about

wheat pasture considerations, feel

free to contact me at the Marshall

County Extension Office at (785)


open to anyone interested in the

subject matter, and are free. This

program is sponsored by K-State

Research and Extension in

Marshall County.

lem was only a ballast that went

out and caused enough heat to

trigger our incredibly sensitive

alarm system. When we are dealing

with our beloved residents we

can never be too cautious. We

want to thank all of you who

helped us in any way. Your

response and concern was deeply



The Residents and Staff of the

Blue Valley Nursing Home

Give Something To Your Pet

Pet owners who contract H1N1 flu

may pass the disease along to their

pets, especially if the pet is a cat or


"A small number of companion

animal H1N1 flu cases have been

confirmed in the U.S.," said Dick

Hesse, a flu expert and director of

If you have a

Special Event

comming up,

call us.

virology in Kansas State University's

Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.

"The pets appear to have become ill

after being in close contact with their

owners and caretakers who were sick

with H1N1. There is no evidence of

pets passing H1N1 to people at this


New Ideas Cafe

& Catering

Daily Specials

Soups In Season -

Homemade Cinnamon Rolls - Pies

Special Order For Holidays

Joe and Nancy Peschel, Owners

813 Broadway, Marysville, Ks



Dr. Sara Baskerville-Crome





Mondays & Thursdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

600 Sharp, Blue Rapids

785-363-7755 - Answering phone Mon.-Sat.

Twin Valley Thrift Stores



Drop off your items at any one of these

divisions of Twin Valley Developmental

Services nearest to you

The Wearhouse

107 Commercial

Waterville, KS

(785) 363-2490








Next 2 New

507 Williams

Beattie, KS

(785) 353-2347

Wildcat Thrift

107 W. North

Hanover, KS

(785) 337-2629

Carolyn’s Kitchen - Buffet

Serving Breakfast, Lunch and

Dinner Buffet.

We Specialize in Chicken.

Roast Beef and Chicken


1806 Center St., Marysville, Ks * 785-562-2830

Open 6 am to 9 pm everyday

Don’t Miss Our

Holiday Open House

November 7th and 8th

Saturday: 9:30-5:00 pm - Sunday: 1:00 - 5:00 pm

901 Broadway, Marysville, Ks 66508


Sharon & Marvin Kramer, owners

News ews

Blue Rapids Free Press - Thursday, November 26, 2009 14

Don Roepke


Donald Eugene Roepke, age

85, passed away Friday,

November 20, 2009 at this home.

He was the first son of Walter and

Mabel Roepke, was born on the

Herman Anderson farm in the

Cottage Hill Community in rural

Waterville KS on April 22, 1924.

In 1926, the family moved to a

farm in Washington County. Don

attended Banner County School

and graduated from Waterville

High School with the class of

1942. He served in the US Army

Engineers in France and

Germany during World War II.

He was honorably discharged the

Christmas of 1945.

While attending KSU, Don

met Ruthann Loomis and they

were married in 1948. Don graduated

from Kansas State

University in 1950 with a BS

degree in Horticulture and

Landscape Architecture. Don

joined J H Skinner & Co Nursery

in Topeka after graduation, and

later establishing Skinner Garden

Store. In 1970, he purchased the

business, and retired in 1990,

making it his life long career.

Bill Overbeck

Bill Overbeck, 58, of Hanover,

KS, died Tuesday, November 17,

2009, at his home.

A rosary service was held at

6:00 p.m., Sunday, November 22

at St. John’s Catholic Church in

Hanover. The Hanover Knights of

Columbus led the service.

A funeral service was held at

10:00 a.m., Monday, November

23 at the church. Father David

Metz officiated.

Janet Fritschi played the organ

while the church choir sang

E-mail your news to:



During his tenure at Skinners,

Don served as President of the

Western Association of

Nurserymen, and the Kansas

Association of Nurseryman. He

helped organize the Topeka

Beautification Association, and

served and promoted throughout

his career. Don hosted a Saturday

morning radio show, “Garden

Answers” on WIBW for over 30


Upon retirement, Don and his

wife moved to Waterville Kansas

where they lived for 20 years.

Don served 8 years on the

Waterville City Council; was a

member of the Waterville chapter

of the American Legion; Charter

member of the Waterville

Preservation Society; Member of

the Waterville United Methodist


After 61 years of marriage,

Don leaves his wife Ruthann and

three daughters: Nina and her

husband Steve Kolich of

Overland Park, KS; Jann and her

husband David Jones of Murrieta,

CA; Jill, and her husband Richard

Wiley III of Santee, CA. Also

surviving are seven grandchildren

and seven great grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his

parents and his only brother Gene

Toland Decorator


Willow Tree


“Lord, You Have Come”, “Here I

Am Lord”, “On Eagles Wings”

and “How Lovely Is Your

Dwelling Place”.

Pallbearers were Brad Owen,

Wiley Kerr, Terry Taylor, Ron

Elsasser, Traci Hatesohl and Dick


Burial was in the church cemetery

with rites provided by the

Hanover American Legion and

Kansas Highway Patrol.

Bill was born August 3, 1951,

at Augusta, Georgia, the son of

Verni Albert and Elizabeth

(Nieland) Overbeck.

He served in the U.S. Army for

two years and was stationed in

Germany and served in Vietnam.

On February 2, 1974, he married

Janet Diedrich at Sacred

Heart Catholic Church in


Bill owned and operated the

Kerr McGee Gas Station in

Marysville and later the Mobil

717 Broadway, Marysville, Ks

785-562-5518 - 800-452-2369

Unique Gifts / Flowers / Plants

New arrival - “Chimenea’s great

for fall outside gatherings


Funeral services were held at

10:30 am, on Tuesday, November

24, 2009 at the Waterville United

Methodist Church with Reverend

Bob Whitaker officiating. Alvin

Ropeke sang “I Know Who

Holds Tomorrow” and “The King

is Coming” and the Congregation

sang “Hymn of Promise” with

Beverly Hedke on the organ and

Kim Oatney on piano. Casket

Bearers were Kerry Roepke,

William E. Roepke, Robert E.

Roepke, Jim Tilley, Lyle Walter,

Jerry Hedke and Cameron Rees.

Honorary Bearers were Melvin

Roepke, Gail Roepke, Alvin

Roepke, Dean Anderson and Jack

Rees. Burial was at Riverside

Cemetery in Waterville with military

honors provided by Springer

Post 332 of the American

Legion. Don will lie in state after

noon on Monday at the Waterville

United Methodist Church where

his family will receive guests

from 6 until 8 pm. Memorials are

suggested to either the Waterville

United Methodist Church or to

the Topeka Beautification

Association. Terry-Christie

Funeral Home of Waterville is in

charge of arrangements.

Station in Hanover. He worked as

an officer for the Washington

County Sheriff for six years and

served as the Washington County

Sheriff for thirteen years.

He was a member of the

Knights of Columbus, American

Legion, Kansas Sheriff’s

Association, Hanover Rural Fire

Department and Washington

County Fire Department Board.

Survivors include his wife,

Janet; two daughters, Jackie

Meier and husband Greg of York,

NE, and Joni Wiese of Hanover;

two brothers, Carl Overbeck and

wife Sue of Phoenix, AZ, and

Bob Overbeck and wife Sherry of

Tucson, AZ; two sisters, Joyce

Voss and husband Steve, and

Mary Abbott and husband Ross,

all of Guttenberg, IA; three

grandsons, Preston, Lane and

Landon; and one granddaughter,


A memorial fund has been

established and will be designated

at a later date. Contributions

may be sent in care of the

Hanover Mortuary, 110 S.

Hollenberg, Hanover, KS 66945.

La-z-boy, Broyhill, Tempur-Pedic, Sealy

All Your Ag Needs


Sink, Gillmore & Gordon LLP

Public Accountants

Chad L. Parker, CPA

New Clients Welcome

Farm, Individual and Business Tax Planning & Preparation

Accounting, Payroll & Auditing Services

Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisors

See us for range cubes, salt, mineral and creep feed.


411 East Main Street

Dog Food, Cat Food, Water Softner and More

Call 363-2777 SCOTT HEDKE

Classified lassified

Blue Rapids Free Press - Thursday, November 26, 2009 15


Adoption is Love...Happily

married couple promises infant

arms full of hugs, security and

absolute devotion. Expenses paid.

Please call Patty and Louis 1-


Adoption: Abundance of love

and happiness awaits your

Newborn with happily married,

financially secure and fun couple.

Expenses paid. Attorney retained.

Eileen & Ed 1-800-266-5305.

Business Opportunity

All Cash Vending! Do you earn

$800 in a day? Your own local

candy route. Includes 25

Machines and Candy. All for

$9995. 1-888-753-3441.



INSTITUTE. Nevada, Missouri.

Become a Certified

Pipe/Structural Welder. Graduate

in 18 weeks, earn up to $35/hour.

Free Press Classifieds

Companies calling weekly

searching for our graduates. 1-


Homes for Sale

0 CASH DOWN w/your land

or family land. Call for pre

approval. We have display homes

for you to tour

800-261-0245. www.4aclaytonhome.com/807.

Legal Services

Social Security disability

claims; Saunders & Saunders

Attorneys at Law. No recovery,

No fee! 1-800-259-8548.

Manufactured Homes


BLEWIDE. Owner financing.

Reasonable down. Will move.

Land available. 785-862-0321


We own the bank! Doublewides /

Modulars. Call to prequalify! It’s

Free! Call 800-375-3115.


Airlines Are Hiring - Train for

high paying Aviation

Maintenance Career. FAA

approved program. Financial aid

if qualified - Housing Available.

Call Aviation Institute of

Maintenance. (888) 349-5387.

Attend College Online from

Home. Medical, Business,

Paralegal, Accounting, Criminal

Justice. Job placement assistance.

Computer available. Financial

Aid if qualified. Call 888-220-

3977. www.CenturaOnline.com

Steel Buildings For Sale

20x8x8; 40x8x8; 48x8.5x9.5;

53x8.5x9.5 SHIPPING CON-

TAINERS. Camlock doors, hardwood

floors support forklift.

Delivery available. 1-785-655-

9430 Solomon. www.chuckhenry.com

complete web listing,

photos, specs, pricing.

Reducd Energy Costs This Winter

The recent chill in the air can

make homeowners appreciate the

warmth generated by their heating

system, yet many will be concerned

about the cost of heating their home

this winter, said Bruce Snead,

Kansas State University Research

and Extension and residential energy


About 45 percent of Kansas' residential

energy bill goes to home

heating, said Snead, who estimated

that homeowners who are heating

with electricity will likely see an

increase of about $40 overall for

the season in comparison to last

winter's bill.

Homeowners who are heating

with natural gas should see bills

that are about the same as last year,

while a homeowner using heating

oil should see a decrease of about

$270 overall, and a homeowner

using propane should see a

decrease of about $150, Snead said.

These are anticipated costs, said

Snead, who offered tips to help

homeowners hold down energy

costs this winter:

* Invest in an annual or bi-annual

tune-up for the furnace to check

belts, blowers, burners and filters.

* Every degree you permanently

lower the thermostat can save up to

3 percent (as much as $30 or more,

depending on the fuel used to heat

the home) on overall costs.

* Install a programmable thermostat

to save as much as 10 per-

Kansas Insurance Commis-sioner

Sandy Praeger said today Kansas law

requires insurance company payment

for mammograms for insured women

whose physicians have ordered them.

“According to Kansas statutes, the

decision to have a mammogram is

still one that an insured woman and

her doctor have the right to make,

regardless of age,” Commissioner

Praeger said.

“That continues to be the best way

to handle this — with a decision

between patient and doctor.”

Last week’s announcement that a

government-sponsored task force had

loosened guidelines for breast-cancer

screenings generated new fears about

possible health care restrictions dur-

cent of home heating cost annually.

The initial cost (about $50-$100) is

offset by the savings in heating the

home when the family is present,

and lowering the temperature (to

55-62, for example) when the family

and/or asleep.

* Fill the gaps (and air leaks)

around trim, windows, doors, pipes

in and out of the home and where

the floor rests on the foundation

with caulking or other materials.

Stretching a heat shrinkable film

over windows can offer a temporary

seal on windows without


* Install insulation in attic and

crawl spaces.

* Weather strip attic hatch or

door to prevent heat loss.

* Keep glass doors and fireplace

damper closed when the fireplace is

not in use.

Trying to find savings by closing

off a few vents in unused areas of

the home rarely achieves significant

results, and Snead cautioned

homeowners that closing off too

many rooms may cause duct leakage

in other areas or back pressure

that will effect overall furnace


If rooms are allowed to become

too cold, Snead said, homeowners

may note potentially damaging

condensation on exterior walls,

windowsills, ceilings and behind


Space heaters also can be prob-

ing a time when national health care

reform is being debated in Congress.

It made unclear to many whether the

new recommendations would change

the coverage for such screenings in

insurance policies.

The guidelines from the U.S.

Preventive Services Task Force suggested

that women under age 50 didn’t

need routine mammograms and

that women 50 and older needed one

only every other year.

Commissioner Praeger said the

topic has generated discussion during

her recent public appearances.

“I get asked about screenings

everywhere I go,” she said. “I have

also talked to several insurance companies

that say they have no intention

lematic, the residential energy specialist


"A space heater will only heat

one or two spaces, while the rest of

the house may be cold," Snead said.

"Space heaters typically use

electricity, which is a more

expensive energy source, and must

be used according to instructions to

minimize risks of fire."

For additional energy savings, he

suggested that homeowners:

* Set the temperature on the

water heater at 130 degrees.

* Use cold water for laundry.

* Replace the most used, and

eventually all the light bulbs in the

home with compact fluorescent

bulbs, and

* Turn off the lights when not in


Snead also recommends evaluating

energy costs to operate and/or

estimated cost-savings before buying

new appliances, windows, and

heating and cooling systems.

Products that have earned an

ENERGY STAR Label qualify as

energy-efficient products, said

Snead, who noted that comparison

shopping can be simplified by

checking www.energystar.-com/.

More information on energy use

and conservation also is available

at county and district Extension

offices and on the Extension energy

Web site: http://www.engext.ksu.edu/home_energy.asp.

Breast Cancer Screening Still Applicable

of changing their policies regarding


The Kansas Legislature would

have the final say in any state

changes, she said.

“The only way to change our

mammogram mandate now would be

for the state to change current law,”

she said.

The current law can be found in

Kansas Statutes Annotated 40-2230.

Go online to www.kslegislature-


to view the legislation.

All 50 states have some form of

mammography coverage in place for

insurance company policies.

For Sale

Registered Boxers

7 weeks old


Gary - Julie Hutson

309 Union Street

Blue Rapids, Ks 66411

Home # 785-363-7343

Cell # 785-268-1104 or




1,800 Kansans qualify for

additional savings on Medicare.

Do you or your loved ones? Find out by contacting the Area

Agency on Aging nearest you, toll-free, at







Learning Quest is the Kansas

state-sponsored 529 college

savings plan. Kansas taxpayers

can deduct contributions to

Learning Quest or any statesponsored

529 plan, up to

$3,000 ($6,000 if married filing

jointly) from their Kansas taxes

each year.

For more information call

1-877-345-8837 or visit




Currently paying $80 a

ton for scrap iron.



Axtell, Kansas

Program Administrator Dennis McKinney,

Kansas State Treasurer

Managed by American Century Investment

Management, Inc. Distributed and underwritten

by American Century Investment Services, Inc.

Notice: Accounts established under

Learning Quest and their earnings are neither

insured nor guaranteed by the State of Kansas,

the Kansas State Treasurer or American Century

Investments ® .

©2009 American Century Proprietary Holdings, Inc.

All rights reserved.

LQ-ADV-66937 0911

News Blue Rapids Free Press - Thursday, November 26, 2009 16A 16

Ground Broken For $17.5 Million

Critical Access Hospital In Marysville


Development State Director Patty

Clark congratulated Community

Memorial Healthcare, Inc. of

Marysville, Kansas on the

groundbreaking of their new 25bed

critical access hospital. The

$17.3 million hospital is one of

the largest projects in county history

not just in terms of cost, but

in terms of social and economic


“This ceremonial groundbreaking

marks a truly momentous

day for Community

Memorial Healthcare and the

entire community,” said Curtis

Hawkinson, president and chief

executive officer of Community

Memorial Healthcare. “Today

marks the beginning of a new era

in healthcare in our community.

Our new facility will be dedicated

to providing superior care to families

and children in northeast

Kansas and southeast Nebraska.

The new CMH and its dedicated

physicians and caregivers will

change the face of healthcare.

The new hospital will allow us to

reach more people with new services,

to improve patient outcomes,

and to enhance patient

safety and comfort. We were also

very deliberate in designing the

site and building to allow future

expansion in several directions as

growth dictates.”

Gary Smith, Community

Facilities Program Director for

USDA Rural Development talked

about the role of USDA in the

hospital building project. USDA

Rural Development funds will be

used to build the new 48,092

square-foot hospital, along with

nearly 16,000 square feet of the

original 54,000 square-foot building

to be remodeled. “We at

USDA Rural Development have

many programs for rural communities

like Marysville…..that’s

what we’re here for,” Smith stated.

“A $17 million project is a big

deal to us and a big deal for you.

May you and your family have

many blessings this year and next.

May your home be blessed.

Part of the crowd attending the ceremonies. (Photo by Deb Barrington)

This is the largest guaranteed

loan that USDA Rural

Development has made in the

state out of the Communities

Facilities Loan Program.” The

loan funds are part of the

Agency’s annual budget and are

not funded through the American

Recovery and Reinvestment Act

of 2009.

The new building will include

energy-efficient features such as a

hybrid electric/gas HVAC system

and a centralized control system

that will not heat or cool unused


Dr. Randall Brown, speaking

on behalf of the CMH Medical

Staff, shared his thoughts about

the new hospital facility from a

medical perspective. “Our goal is

to provide the best medical care

and provide it in a rural situation

to the people of our city and our

community.” He added, “We look

forward to being able to practice

medicine in our new facility. We

think it will be an asset, not only

to health care, but to the entire


Community Memorial

Healthcare operates as a critical

access hospital through its affiliation

with Mercy Regional Health

Center in Manhattan. CMH has a

large number of consulting physicians

from Lincoln and

Manhattan who provide specialty

services including audiology, cardiology,

gynecology, orthopedics,

and neurology. Together, the

main hospital, medical clinics,

and durable medical equipment

store offer a full range of services

to treat the citizens of Marshall

and surrounding counties.

In addition to patient care services,

the hospital provides a wide

array of community programs

and benefits, including the

Meals-on-Wheels program in

which the hospital prepares over

13,000 meals each year for area


Our Mission: To Excel at Caring For You!

December Outpatien t Clinic Schedule


Date: 7, 14, 21, 28

Dr. Kevin Ruggle

Manhattan, KS

Cardiology - NHI

Date: 2, 30

Dr. Rebecca Rundlett

Date: 10

Dr. Kaliprasad Ayala

Date: 16, 23

Dr. Steven Martin

Nebraska Heart Institute

Lincoln, NE

Cardiology Surgery

Date: 1

Dr. Steve Tyndall

Lincoln, NE

Cardiology - Bryan/LGH

Date: 7, 21

Dr. Scott Coatsworth

Bryan/LGH Heart Institute

Lincoln, NE

Ear, Nose & Throat

Date: 9, 23

Dr. Benjamin Pease

Manhattan, KS


Date: 14

Dr. Fadi Bedros

Manhattan, KS


Date: 9 - Dr. Fatma Radhi

Date: 31 - Dr. Nanda Kumar

Manhattan, KS

Occupational Therapy

By referral only

Colette Ottens, OTR


Date: 9

Dr. Alan Berg

Lincoln, NE

Ophthalmology Surgery

Date: 17

Dr. Vincent Sutton

Lincoln, NE


Date: 18

Dr. Vincent Sutton

Lincoln, NE

Lincoln Orthopedics

Date: 7, 14, 21, 28

Dr. Keith Lawson

Manhattan Orthopedics

Date: 2, 16

Dr. Peter Hodges

Physical Therapy

Crist & Pieschl

By appointment only


Date: 3

Dr. Fred James

Lincoln, NE

Look for our Outpatient

Schedule on our web site at


CMH Classes & Pr ograms


Date: 22

Dr. Steven Short

Manhattan, KS

Speech Therapy

By referral only

Joan McKinley

General Surgery

Daily M-F

Dr. Fernando Ugarte, Surgeon

Call for appointment 562-2517

For emergency 562-2311


Date: 1, 15, 29

Dr. John Devine

Manhattan, KS

Bone Density

Daily: M-F

Nuclear Stress

Date: 3, 7, 9, 11,

14, 17, 21, 23, 28, 31

CT Scans - Daily

Sonograms - Daily

MRI - Tuesday

Mammograms -


Echocardiograms, CVE -


EEGs - By appointment

CMH Outpatient Clinic

(785) 562-2314

Community Memorial Healthcare 708 N. 18 th December 2 - HealthWise 55 Christmas Brunch with Music Program presented by St. Gregorys

School Kindergarten Music Class: 10:00 AM, Helvering Center, Marysville, KS

December 17 - Meadowlark Hospice Bereavement Support Group: 4:30-5:30 PM

December 17 - Grief Support Group for Loss of Child: 7:00-8:00 PM

December 25: Clinic closed for Christmas holiday

Unless otherwise noted, all classes will be held in the lower level of Community Physicians Clinic.

Street Marysville, KS (785) 562-2311

More magazines by this user
Similar magazines