eFreePress 03.15.12.pdf - Blue Rapids Free Press


eFreePress 03.15.12.pdf - Blue Rapids Free Press

Publishers Free Press

Blue Rapids, Ks

& Manhattan, Ks

Blue Rapids

Free Press

Vol. 3 Number 37 Thursday, March 15, 2012

Wayne Converse, Manhattan and Lyle Walter, Waterville were honored Saturday by the Kansas State High School

Activities Association. Francine Martin of Topeka presented the plaques.

Lyle Walter Honored

By Jon A. Brake

Lyle Walter, Waterville and

good friend Wayne Converse of

Manhattan were honored

Saturday night at the State 2a

Basketball Tournament by the

Kansas State High School

Activities Association.

Walter received a 50-year

plaque and Converse received a

30-year plaque.

Walter a graduate of Kansas

Wesleyan was a sophomore in

1961 when he took up refereeing

football and basketball.

Walter worked college football

games for 22-years. He

started with the Jr. college

league and then moved up to

the KCAC ranks and the

MLAA division. He still does

high school football and basket-

ball. He told the Free Press that

next year he may cut back and

only do high school football.

He told the Free Press that he

has officiated all ranks of high

school basketball but 6A.

He taught social science and

physical education for one year

at Wathena, Ks before moving

to Valley Heights for nine years.

Saturday night was a special

Change in management at the Weaver Hotel in Waterville. (l to r front) Sandy Harding,

Sharon Steenson, back: Julie and Frank Popejoy.

Popejoys’ To Manage Hotel

Julie and Frank Popejoy,

Blue Rapids are taking over the

management of the Weaver

Hotel from Sharon Steenson

and Sandy Harding.

Frank said he and Julie look

forward to promoting The

Weaver Hotel to benefit the

communities of both Blue

Rapids and Waterville along

with increasing tourism in

Marshall County.

Sharon and Sandy are staying

on a short time to help the

Popejoys learn the ropes of the


The Popejoys are not new to

business, they have owned several

over the past 30-years.

Frank and Julie both grew up

in Imperial Valley and graduate

of Central Union High School,

El Centro, CA.

Frank attended Imperial

Valley College and began his

career in trucking at the age of

20. After being in the trucking

industry for a while, he made a

career change and farmed in the

Imperial Valley for many of

years. In 1991 he returned to

trucking with the purchase of

Pioneer Van & Storage Co,

agent for Mayflower Transit, in

El Centro. In 2008 they and

their son Carter relocated to

Blue Rapids, KS.

Julie has always been musi-

cally inclined, playing piano,

violin and organ along with an

extensive vocal training.

Since moving to Kansas

Julie has enjoyed working with

Marshall County Arts

Cooperative as part of tech

crews along with singing with

other local artists for special

events. Frank & Julie have had

the honor of hosting MCAC’s

Palette to Palate fund raiser at

their home in Blue Rapids

Frank attends New Hope

Evangelical Presbyterian

Church in Blue Rapids. Frank

is the proud father of four children,

Heather Cavins, Laura,

Aaron and Carter Popejoy.

night for Walter. His two

daughters Monica Sump and

husband, Blue Rapids and

Molly Ryan and husband and

children were in attendance.

Wife Ann and seven of Walter’s

eight sisters attended the presentation.

Walter farms several locations

around Waterville and


Changes In VH

Alumni Banquet

The Valley Heights High

School Alumni committee is

hard at work to improve our

alumni banquet. After taking a

vote of last years attendees it

was decided to make some

changes to the format.

The 2012 “banquet” will be

held at the Waterville Golf

Course, with a hamburger and

hotdog cookout with all the

trimmings. No reservations will

be needed and a good will

donation will be taken. As of

this time plans are being made

to have fun games and volleyball,

local musical talent

throughout the evening and

door prizes.

The Alumni committee

would like anniversary classes

that are planning special parties

to contact a member of the

committee to share their ideas

and hope that they will include

Recycling In Blue

Rapids This Saturday

The Valley Heights recycling

day is Saturday, March 17 th

from 9:30 am to 11:00 am. The

collection trailer will be in Blue

Rapids by the horse barn at the

north side of the fair grounds.

All typical recycled items

will be collected including

paper, cardboard, cans, junk

mail, glass etc. Plastics are

limited to numbers one (1) and

two (2). Please rinse food containers

to reduce odors. Pre-

our “banquet” plans. More

details will be announced as

they are decided on.

Any graduate or family

member that has a question

please feel free to contact a

committee member.

Committee members are

Bob & Georgena Lindquist

785-363-7344, Allen

Yungeberg 785-363-7444, Dale

Whiting 785-363-7471, Bob

Roepke 785-363-7233, David

Whitesell 785-363-2175 and

Lisa Anderson 785-556-0446.

The committee would also

like to encourage all graduates

to please remember the VHHS

Alumni Scholarship Fund, your

donation is tax deductible.

Your check may be made out

to VH Foundation c/o

Georgena Lindquist, 824 Hwy

9, Blue Rapids, KS 66411.

sorting material allows the line

to move smoothly for everyone.

We thank all our community

volunteers for their dedication

to this effort benefiting the

Valley Heights community.

For more information call Tony

Yungeberg at Valley Heights

Community Education at 363-

2211, Stacy Vermetten at 363-

2030 or Phil Osborne at 363-


CMH Celebrates First Year of Operation

Just a year ago, Community

Memorial Healthcare (CMH)

was undergoing the monumental

task of moving furniture,

installing equipment, and most

importantly transferring

patients into its beautiful new

$17.3 million state-of-the-art

hospital. Today, the 50,000

square foot hospital facility is

delivering healthcare programs

and services and getting rave

reviews from patients and team

members alike who appreciate

the calming, healing atmosphere.

"The handsome architecture

and interior design make you

feel like you’re in an upscale

hotel,” said Curtis

Hawkinson, CEO. “We’re getting

positive feedback from

patients all the time who say

they appreciate the atmosphere

here and the level of care

they're getting. I'm very proud

of what our hospital team

members have accomplished in

one year and pleased with the

culture of patient-centered

care," he added.

"The year has been filled

with many accomplishments in

patient care, a few challenges

in hospital operations, a lot of

positive feedback from patients

and families, and a tremendous

amount of teamwork between

hospital employees, volunteers,

and the community at large,"

Hawkinson said. “We look

forward to completion of the

South Plaza this summer. When

renovated, it will house

physical therapy, occupational

therapy, speech therapy, dialysis

clinic, sleep lab, conference

room and offices.”

The first cataract surgery was performed at the new hospital on March 10, 2011.

CMH surgical staff and eye specialist Dr. Vincent Sutton, Eye Surgical Associates,

Lincoln, NE. performed 15 cataract surgeries that day.

Front row (left to right): Jane Keating, RN, OR Director; Irene Hale, CS Aide; Mary

Lou Walter, RN; Second row (left to right): Julie Trapletti, Scrub Tech; Cindy Voet,

RN; Janet Wassenberg, RN; Back Row (left to right): Dr. Vincent Sutton, MD, Eye

Surgical Associates; Mike Stech, CRNA; Kelsey Kennedy, PCA; Diane Luebcke, RN;

and Renae Bruna, RN.

Illusionist And Magician Terry Magelssen At The Waterville Opera House

"As we grow older we lose

our sense of wonder. That’s

why I perform magic, it keeps

my mind young", says Terry

Magelssen, magician and illusionist.

Since the age of 12, Terry

has been intrigued by magic

and illusion since seeing magicians

on TV shows like Ed


But it was when Terry saw a

magic trick performed just

inches from his nose that made

him really feel the sense of

magic and astonishment.

"A classmate made a handkerchief

change colors at the

lunch table. It blew me away so

bad I saved my lunch money

for two weeks so I could buy it

from him. When I saw how

easy the secret was, I wanted


Terry furthered his studies at

the local library and by joining

the world's largest organization

for amateur and professional

magicians, "The International

Brotherhood of Magicians.”

Terry competed in regional

competitions and began winning

awards for his skill.

Studying theatre in high school

and college led Terry to creating

larger and more complex

shows. After ten years as an

apprentice, Terry formed his

company Amazing Productions

and ventured into the world of

show business.

He entertains at schools,

churches, corporate and civic

events. Some of his shows have

themed messages. Whether it's

encouraging kids in school,

promoting a company's services

or products, delivering the

Gospel in a unique way or helping

organizations raise money

for worthy causes, Terry is

using his skills as a magician to

make people think.

Terry is bringing "The

Illusion Show" to the

Waterville Opera House,

Saturday April 14th. at 7pm.

It will be a fundraising show

allowing the restoration of the

historic Opera House. The

Weaver Hotel is planning a

corndog/hotdog meal at

5:30pm prior to the show.

"It is a full evening family

show that actually features

many of the audience members

in the show. Members of the

audience will be seen to levitate

and take a risk in my guillotine.

It’s a lot of fun".

Tickets are adults $10

advanced, $12 at the door and

children 12 and under are $5.

One child will be admitted free

per adult paid ticket.

For ticket or meal reservations

call 785-363-2515.

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George Melvin Brooks

George Melvin Brooks, 88,

Lawrence "Mike" Mulhern,

87, of Beattie, KS, died

Thursday, March 8, 2012 at

Community Memorial

Healthcare in Marysville.

Visitation was Monday,

March 12, from 10 a.m. until 5

p.m. at Kinsley Mortuary in


A rosary service was held at

7 p.m., Monday, at St.

Malachy's Catholic Church in

died Monday, March 12 at the

Linn Community Nursing


A funeral service will be held

10:30 Friday, March 16 at the

United Methodist Church, Clay


Visitation will be 9:30 until

service time, Friday at the


Burial will be in Greenwood

Cemetery, Clay Center.

George was born September

9, 1923 at Riley, to John and

Daisy (Carswell) Brooks. He

Lawrence "Mike" Mulhern


Mass of Christian Burial was

held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, March

13, at St. Malachy's. Father Jim

Shaughnessy will officiate.

Father Jim Shaughnessy will


Laura O’Neil will play the

organ while Tom Mulhern

leads the congregation in

singing “Be Not Afraid”,

“Open My Eyes”, “Precious

Sundaes at Blue

Valley Senior Living

Loretta Sawin made her own ice cream sundae. She

wasn't wasting any time, she took the lid off to pour

the chocolate syrup over the ice cream.

(Photo courtesy of Blue Valley Senior Living)

Onions and Seed Potatoes

Available At The

Blue Rapids Mercantile

401 East 5th Street,

Blue Rapids, KS


Mon- Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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was the youngest of six children.

George graduated from

Pleasant Hill School at Green.

George farmed most of his

life and retired in 1999. He

served in the Merchant Marines

during World War II.

On October 8, 1950, he married

Lula Lee Alexander at

Green, Kansas. They made

their home on a farm near

Green, later moving to a farm

near Linn, where they farmed

and operated a dairy.

George is preceded in death

Lord, Take My Hand”, “Song

of Farewell” and “How Great

Thou Art.”

The pallbearers will be sons,

Larry Mulhern, Pat Mulhern,

Tom Mulhern, Dan Mulhern,

Jim Mulhern, Bill Mulhern and

John Mulhern.

Burial will be in St. Patrick's

Catholic Cemetery, Beattie.

Lawrence was born on

February 14, 1925, near

Beattie, KS, the son of Vincent

and Katherine (Smith)

Mulhern. In 1943, he graduated

from Summerfield High


After graduation he enlisted

in the U.S. Marines and served

in the South Pacific - the

Russell Islands, Guam,

Guadalcanal and Okinawa,

where he was awarded the

Purple Heart.

On August 30, 1947 he married

Caroline Stueve at Holy

Family Church in


He attended Kansas State

University and in January of

1949, was appointed Rural

Mail Carrier for Beattie and

later Summerfield. In January

of 1999, he retired after 50

years of service.

Lawrence enjoyed spending

time outdoors, farming north of

Beattie, gardening, bird watch-

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by his parents; three sisters,

Wilma Noe, Hazel Puett and

Mildred Butler; and a brother,

Clinton Brooks.

Surviving him are his wife,

Lula Lee of the home; daughter,

Diane Brooks of Salina;

and a brother, John Brooks Jr.

of Manhattan.

A memorial fund has been

established to the Linn

Community Nursing Home.

Contributions may be sent in

care of Ward Funeral Home,

Washington, Kansas.

ing, hunting and fishing. He

volunteered and helped coach

many youth sports. He was also

a Cub Scout Master.

He was a lifelong member of

St. Malachy's Catholic Church,

where he served as council

member, Eucharistic Minister

and lector. He was also a member

of the Marysville Knights

of Columbus, Beattie American

Legion, and both the Kansas

and National Rural Letter

Carriers' Association.

Lawrence was preceded in

death by his parents; infant

daughter, Katherine Marie;

three brothers, John, Eugene

and Robert Mulhern; and one

sister, Lucille Weber.

Survivors include his wife,

Caroline; seven sons, Larry

Mulhern, Tucson, AZ; Pat

(Kim) Mulhern, Sierra Vista,

AZ, Tom (Yolanda) Mulhern,

Eugene, OR, Dan (Terry)

Mulhern, Manhattan, KS, Jim

Mulhern, Lawrence, KS, Bill

(Valerie) Mulhern, Colorado

Springs, CO, and John

Mulhern, Liberal, KS; eight

grandchildren and two greatgrandchildren.

A memorial fund has been

established and will be designated

at a later date.

Contributions may be sent in

care of Kinsley Mortuary.

Birth Announcement

Cade Daniel Gordon

Nicholas and Britany

Gordon are proud to announce

the birth of their son Cade

Daniel Gordon. He was born on

March 5th at 3:30 weighing 8

lbs 15 oz and measuring 21 1/2

inches long.

Grandparents are Dan and

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Mary Palmateer, and Crystal

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Great Grandparents are

Harold and Virginia Sutton,

and Marjore McLaughin.

Great-Great Grandmother is

Delores Sutton.

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Office: (785 562-5323

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City of Waterville March 12 Minutes






City of Waterville, Kansas

March 12, 2012

The Waterville City Council

met in regular session, March

12, 2012, at 7:30 p.m. at the

Community Center. Council

members present were Tony

Mann, Jim Oatney, Sammie

Parker, Kris Hargrave, and

Terry Blaser. Mayor David

Whitesell presided.

The Council approved the

minutes of the February 13,

2012, regular meeting.

Sandra Isaacson-Bynum was

present as ambassador for the

Waterville Chamber of

Commerce. She invited the

council members to join the

chamber for their meetings

anytime on the second Tuesday

of each month at noon at the

Country Inn. She also asked

about the council if they would

be sending a letter to the state

about the Coon Creek Bridge

being closed. The council

USD 498 February Board Notes

1. The Board of Education of

Unified School District No. 498

met in regular session on

February 13, 2012 at the Board

office in Waterville. Board

President Tim Manley called

the meeting to order at 6:04


2. It was moved by Kenny

Steinfort and seconded David

Vermetten to approve the agenda.

The motion carried unanimously.

3. No one was present for

Public Forum.

4. It was moved by Kenny

Steinfort and seconded by John

Walsh to approve the Consent

Agenda. The motion carried

unanimously. Items on the

Consent Agenda were as follows:

-USD 498 Board of

Education regular meeting minutes

from January 9, 2012

-Bills Payable

-USD 498 2012/2013 District


-USD 498 Willson Fund

Request in the amount of


-Donation of $3,000 from the

Guise-Weber Foundation for

the PAT program

-Supplemental Contract for

Dan Palmateer as an assistant

track coach for the 2012 season

-Megan Martin, Angela

Lindquist and Darin Zahm as

Substitute Teachers for the

2011/2012 School Year

5. Superintendent Bergkamp

gave the financial report.

6. Principal Don Potter and

Principal Rhonda Trimble presented

the PLC (Professional

Learning Communities) survey

results and the KCA (Kansas

Computerized Assessment)

All Your Ag Needs

agreed that they would be discussing

the bridge closing.

Jim Oatney reported that

LueAnn Roepke will be organizing

another trash pick up day

in Waterville in April sometime.

He also discussed Willson

Fund requests.

Terry Blaser and the council

discussed the bridge closing

west of town. By motion the

council agreed to send a letter

with their grave concern to

State Representative Schwartz,

Senator Taddiken, and the

Highway Department expressing

our dismay with the fact

that they will not put in a 'shofly'

or bypass relative to the


Kris Hargrave reviewed

applications that have been

received for pool manager and

lifeguards. Sammie Parker

made a motion to hire Kathi

Menzel as Pool Manager for

the 2012 pool season. Tony

Mann seconded, motion carried.

They agreed to have

Menzel help with the hiring of

the lifeguards and getting certification

set up.

testing schedule for their

respective buildings.

7. Superintendent John

Bergkamp discussed the mowing

bid received versus hiring

an employee for the upcoming

mowing season. It was moved

by David Vermetten and seconded

by Chris McNary to table

this topic until the regular

March Board meeting. The

motion carried unanimously.

Mr. Bergkamp also discussed

changing the April regular

Board meeting date due to a

conflict. It was the consensus of

the Board to discuss it again at

the regular March Board meeting.

The Board was also informed

that the Wireless Proposal

information was passed to the

City of Waterville.

8. It was moved by Kenny

Steinfort and seconded by

David Vermetten to appoint

Sharon Osborne as Board

Member for Position #4 City of

Blue Rapids. The motion carried

4 to 1.

9. It was moved by David

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Vermetten and seconded by

Kenny Steinfort to accept the

low bid that followed the bid

specifications from Kansas

Truck Equipment Co. in the

amount $74,607.00 for a 2013

53 passenger school bus less

$1,950.00 trade-in of a 2002

Chevrolet BlueBird 35-passenger

bus for a total of

$72,657.00. The motion carried


10. It was moved by Kenny

Steinfort and seconded by John

Walsh to approve the audit contract

including the addendum of

reducing the contract by $1000

if the USD 498 Foundation prepares

their accounting records

from Kickhaefer and Associates

for the 2011-2012 fiscal year.

The motion carried unanimously.

11. There were no Additions

to the Agenda.

12. In Individual Board

Member Issues David

Vermetten discussed the High

Honors and

Valedictorian/Salutatorian policy

of USD 498.

13. It was moved by Kenny

Steinfort and seconded by John

Walsh to go into executive session

to discuss personnel matters

of nonelected personnel in

order to protect the privacy

interests of an identifiable individual

and to discuss negotiations

in order to protect the public

interest in negotiating a fair

and equitable contract and that

the Board return to open meeting

at 7:27 p.m. in this room.

Mr. Bergkamp was invited into

executive session.

The motion carried unanimously.

It was moved by Kenny

Steinfort and seconded by John

Walsh to go into executive session

to discuss personnel matters

of nonelected personnel in

order to protect the privacy

interests of an identifiable individual

and to discuss negotiations

in order to protect the public

interest in negotiating a fair

and equitable contract and that

the Board return to open meeting

at 7:37 p.m. in this room.

Mr. Bergkamp was invited into

executive session. The motion

carried unanimously.

14. There being no further

business the meeting adjourned

at 7:39 p.m.

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Hargrave also reported that

another Willson Fund request

was submitted that included all

swimming pool requests for the

2012 season.

Chuck Tryon reported that

the second phase of line work

started today. He also asked

permission to attend the Kansas

Municipal Utilities annual conference

May 2-4 in Wichita. By

motion, the council agreed to

have Tryon attend the conference.

Mick Swearingen reviewed

testing of the wells and is currently

getting prices on well


Nori Blackburn explained

concerns a citizen has with

trash containers being put out

for pick up so far in advance

that trash begins blowing

around the neighborhood. The

council agreed that the police

department needs to know who

they can talk to about the problem.

Blackburn also asked if the

city can hold a renters utility

deposit longer than the six

months if a contract is signed

Look Who’s Turning 70!

Happy Birthday, Bill Thomas


J, D, D, T, J, L


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Replace those old gutters and

downspouts with a new seamless

system from Blue Valley Seamless


with their landlord. The council

agreed that city ordinance must

be followed. If utility payments

have been made by the tenth of

each month for six consecutive

months then the utility deposit

must be refunded to the customer.

Kris Hargrave reviewed an

invitation extended to the council

from Wellness Weavers.

Tony Mann made a motion

to allow LueAnn Roepke $200

and a city truck for trash pick

up day. Blaser seconded,

motion carried.

By motion the Council

agreed to have the Mayor proclaim

April 27, 2012 as Arbor

Day in Waterville.

Tony Mann made a motion

to pay all bills presented;

motion was seconded and carried.

The Council agreed to

replenish the Petty Cash Fund

with $111.44 by motion.

On motion by Blaser, the

Council unanimously approved

the February financial statement.

Motion to adjourn carried.


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Resident of the Month - Adrian “Dick” Spunaugle

I was born on June 4, 1924

near Waterville, Kansas. My

parents were Parl and Alta Mae

Mitts Spunaugle. We lived on a

farm NE of Waterville while I

was growing up. I had ten

brothers, and sisters. I have

twin sisters still living,

EuVonne Fincham from Blue

Rapids and LaVonne Vadney of

Renton, WS. None of my

brothers are living. We were a

very musical family. I played

the accordion, piano, and the

harmonica. We all played by

ear, none of us had music lessons

or could read music. We

were a very close family. I

remember the Christmas when

I was four years old. I got a

four foot sled. I remember

using that sled all they way

through my high school years.

One of the best places to sled

was the Opera House Hill,

when I was able to make it into

town to sled.

I went to grade school at Star

School, Patterson School and

Blue Rapids Grade School.

While I was in grade school I

enjoyed playing ball, Andy

Over and all of the other usual

children’s games. I enjoyed

walking home from school

Home Notes

By Susan A. Latta - CEA

Ms. Co. Extension Agent

National Poison Prevention

Week, March 18-24, is celebrated

to help educate and

inform consumers of the danger

associated with unintentional

poisonings. How safe is

your home? Have you taken

the precautions necessary to

keep items that may be poisonous

out of the reach of children?

Many homes who only

have children as occasional visitors

forget about how inquisitive

children are. Unintentional

poisonings occur to more than

1.2 million children five and

under yearly. Y o u n g

children are curious and use

their home environment as a

classroom, a place to learn and

explore. Exploring for younger

children is often done by

mouthing objects which puts

them at greater risk of unintentional

poisonings. For young

children who are unable to

read, a bottle of orange scented

household cleaner may be mistaken

for orange juice, the medicine

in the pill container can

look like small candies; and

Model UN

By Casi Cochrane

VHHS Journalism

Model UN conference in

Topeka on March 5th. Model

UN is an association where

groups of students are given the

responsibility of representing a

country. These students identify

country problems and suggestions

for resolving the problems.

Then representatives

from several countries get

together in seminars to debate

whether the problems and proposed

solutions will be acceptable.

During this time students

gave speeches either in support

or opposition of the proposals

giving students a chance to win

awards for superior speeches.

“Model UN is an event to

provide kids with speaking

skills and career experience,”

says Isacc Medina, Jr. At the

beginning the seminars were

unsure as a whole. Students

attending Model UN included:

Seniors: Tommy Tryon, MarE

Whitson, Levi Berger, Blake

Zimmerling and Katie

Kinzel. Sophomores: Tanner

Trimble, Jesse Medina and

Isacc Medina. Sponsor: Mr.

Lew Whitson.

enjoy playing dominoes and

BINGO, going for van rides,

going to the church services

and the music programs. My

wife Lavona visits me almost



every day and she stays for a lot

of the activities and that makes

them a lot more fun. When my

family comes it is the highlight

of my day.

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with my brothers and sisters.

As you can imagine, with such

a large family, we had a lot of

adventures on those journeys

home. I also have fond memories

of riding my bicycle to and

from school.

I graduated from high school

from Blue Rapids in 1943.

While I was in high school I

went out for football and track.

I really enjoyed taking the

shorthand class. I was the only

boy in the class, they rest were

all girls.

After high school I got a job

farming and shucking corn. I

could shuck over 100 bushels a

day. A proud accomplishment

but a very hard job.

I married Lavona Johnson

Dec. 29, 1943. We lived in

Irving, on a farm east of Blue

Rapids and then we moved into

our home in Blue Rapids,

Kansas. We have lived there for

57 years. I farmed from 1943

until 1992. I also worked for

Pope Roofing and for the Coop

Service Station for a few years.

I then started working for

Georgia Pacific in Blue Rapids.

I retired from GP in 1989.

Lavona and I have six children.

Two sons and four daugh-

baby oil, which can be deadly,

if ingested, can resemble a

clear drink.

Every day thousands of new

parents assume the responsibility

of caring for and protecting

a child. Many of these first

time caregivers are unaware of

the dangers of unintentional

poisonings often related to

medicines and household products

commonly found in the

home, such as personal care

products, over the counter pain

relievers, and cleaning substances.

To prevent these incidents,

the US Consumer Product

Safety Commission recommends

the following safety


Use child-resistant packaging

properly by closing the

container securely after each

use. Some products come in

child-resistant blister cards,

which avoid the need to resecure.

Call (800)-222-1222 immediately

in case of poisoning.

When products are in use,

never let young children out of

your sight, even if you must

Students from Valley

Heights High school attended a

Thank You

The family of Bernice Volesky sincerely wishes to thank

everyone for cards, calls, food, flowers, plants and donations

given on her behalf during her stay in the hospitals and at the

time of her death. Special appreciation goes to the staffs of Blue

Valley Senior Living, Community Memorial Healthcare and

Mercy Regional Medical Center for their excellent caregiving

and Rod Christie of Terry-Christie Funeral Home for making

decisions at a difficult time much easier.

Jerry and Lana Volesky and family

Richard and Mary Ann Spunaugle and family

Carolyn Waterman and family

10 Public Square, Blue Rapids, Kansas 66411


Prairie Valley

Veterinary Clinic

Don Musil, DVM

Nicole Porter, DVM

821 Hwy 9

Phone: 785.363.7903 Blue Rapids, Ks 66411

We have Hill’s Prescription and Science Diet Dog & Cat Food

Boarding and Grooming Services Available

ters. Our son Richard and his

wife Mary Ann live in Blue

Rapids, our son John and his

wife Jane live in Bella Vista,

AK. Our daughter Mary

Steenson and her husband

Merlyn live in Overland Park,

Kansas, our daughter Ruth Keil

and her husband Dean live in

Russell, Kansas, our daughter

Deanna Beins and her husband

Roger, live in Elkhorn,

Nebraska, and our daughter

Judy lives in North Kansas

City. We have 11 grandchildren

and 9 great grandchildren.

I am a member of New Hope

take them along when answering

the phone or doorbell.

Keep items in original containers.

Leave the original labels on

all products, and read the label

before using to understand correct

use and dosage.

Do not put decorative lamps

and candles containing lamp oil

where children can reach them.

Lamp oil can be very toxic, if

ingested by young children.

Always turn the light on

when giving or taking medicine.

Check the dosage every


Void taking medicine in front

of children. Refer to medicine

as “medicine” not “candy”.

Clean out the medicine cabinet

periodically and safely dispose

of unneeded and outdated


Safe Kids USA offers these

additional tips:

Lock up potential poisons

out of sight and reach of kids.

This includes makeup, medicine,

plants, cleaning products,

pesticides, art supplies, beer,

wine, and liquor.

Never leave kids alone with

Adrian “Dick” Spunaugle

Evangelical Presbyterian

Church in Blue Rapids,


I belonged to the Odd

Fellows, loved to go dancing,

especially square dancing, we

belonged to several area Square

Dancing Clubs, we loved to

travel and I really enjoy playing

cards with friends and family.

I still play cards several

times a month with family and

friends who come to visit.

I came to Blue Valley Senior

Living August 8. 2011. I take

advantage of several of the

activities they have here. I

an open container of something

you wouldn’t want them to

ingest. A child can be poisoned

in a matter of seconds.

Don’t involve children as

helpers with your medication.

Choose medicines and products

that have child-resistant

caps. When you are giving

medicine to your children, follow

dosage directions carefully.

If your home was built

before 1978, test for lead-based

paint and get your child tested

for lead exposure. Children

inhale the dust of lead based

paint and can build up enough

lead in their blood to affect

intelligence, growth, and development.

Install a carbon monoxide

alarm outside every sleeping

area and on every level of your


Keep the poison Control

number (800)222-1222, posted

by the phone or in your contacts

on a cell phone. The time

it takes to use caution with poisonous

products may save a

life. Remember, a child can be

poisoned in a matter of seconds.


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News Blue Rapids Free Press - Thursday, March 15, 2012 5A

World Day of Prayer Held In Waterville

The churches of

Waterville and Blue Rapids

joined together for the annual

World Day of Prayer service

on the first Friday of

By Jan Pope – contact

info: jklpope@yahoo.com

Or Connie Ackerman:


Country Quilt Divas, the

local quilt guild for the

Marysville area, in conjunction

with Marshall County

March, this year hosted by

St. Mark's Lutheran Church

in Waterville. Banners,

colorful tablecloths, fragrant

Malaysian food, and wor-

Amanda Parker, Debbie Pishny, Winifred

Elmborg, Pastor Debby Dick, LaVerna

Arganbright and Dolores Parker wear traditional

clothing of the Malaysian people.

Arts Cooperative (MCAC),

are hosting a quilt and fabric

art display in the Lee Dam

Center for Fine Art until

March 29th. The show will

be open on Thursdays,

Saturdays and Sundays

throughout the run, including

“Lunch with the Arts”

on the 22nd from 11 AM to

2 PM.

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“We have a warm friendly home like environment that

you feel when you enter the door.”

ship leaders in Malaysian

costumes helped bring

home the message that no

matter where on the planet

we live, Jesus will meet us

Specific times the art center

will be open for the display

include: Thursdays,

March 15 and 29 from 10

AM to 2 PM; Lunch with

the Arts on Thursday, March

22 from 11 AM – 2 PM;

Saturdays, March 17 and 24

from 10 AM – 2 PM and

Sundays, March 18 and 25

there. The World Day of

Prayer is a Christian

women's movement

observed in 170 countries

around the globe and

from 12:30 – 2 PM.

Over 100 quilted and

handmade items are on display

from king-sized quilts

to small pin cushions. Other

fabric art to be viewed

include wall hangings, pillows,

table runners, purses

and framed fabric artwork.

All objects are projects

made and/or owned by

members of the Guild.

According to guild president

Nancy Padgett,

“MCAC asked us if we

would consider displaying

some quilts for a show. We

voted to do it as a way to

promote our group. Some of

our guild projects are

explained in the show so

people can learn what we

are all about while appreciating

our talented members’


Guild member Connie

Ackerman adds, “We told

everyone to bring quilts and

other projects to hang for

our March meeting which

we held in the Art Center. In

two hours’ time we had the

place filled!”

Country Quilt Divas

began in 2008 and is now in

its 5th year as an organized

group meeting to share their

love of quilting. The Guild

meets the second Monday of

each month in the basement

of Memorial Presbyterian

Church, Marysville.

Meetings involve monthly

block-of-the-month lessons,

charity projects, and hints

and tips related to quilting,

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year, the United

Presbyterians of Blue

Rapids will host the event.

plus the always-popular

show and tell. Guest speakers

on topics related to quilting

are often a part of the

program. New members are

invited to join for annual

dues of $24.

“We hope that anyone

interested in art or in quilting

will make an effort to

stop by the Lee Dam Center

for Fine Art during one of

the days of the show to see

the beautiful items our

members have made,”

Padgett said.

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News Blue Rapids Free Press - Thursday, March 15, 2012

Marshall County Minutes

March 5, 2012

The Board of Marshall

County Commissioners met in

regular session with Thomas K.

Holle Chairman; Charles R.

Loiseau and Robert S. Connell

members; and Sonya L. Stohs,

County Clerk present.

The meeting was called to

order at 9:00 a.m.

The Board opened the meeting

with the flag salute.

The minutes and agenda

were approved as presented

upon a motion by Charles R.

Loiseau moved, seconded by

Robert S. Connell.


Joy Padgett, Marysville met

with the Board to ask to be

appointed to the NEK-CAP

Board as the Marshall County

representative. Charles R.

Loiseau moved, seconded by

Thomas K. Holle to approve

Joy Padgett, Marysville as the

Marshall County representative

to the NEK-CAP Board.


County Attorney Laura

Johnson-McNish met with the

Board to discuss the possible

repeal of SB 423 which would

possibly eliminate our

Magistrate Judge and a District

Judge. The Board is sending a

letter opposing the repeal of SB


Charles R. Loiseau moved,

seconded by Thomas K. Holle

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to approve the Neighborhood

Revitalization applications for

Josh Smith, Frankfort with the

preconstruction pictures that

were provided by the applicant;

Richard Holthaus, Axtell with

the preconstruction pictures

that were provided by the

applicant; Anthony and Shanna

Winslow, Blue Rapids with the

preconstruction pictures that

were provided by the applicant;

and Robert Roeder, Frankfort

with the preconstruction pictures

that were provided by the

applicant. Unanimous.

Robert S. Connell moved,

seconded by Charles R.

Loiseau to approve the Home

City Sewer bills and pay them

from the appropriate funds

available. Unanimous.

Robert S. Connell moved,

seconded by Charles R.

Loiseau to approve the following

2011 abatements with a

value of 28,578 and a total tax

of $4,552.10. Unanimous.

Public Works Administrator

Mike Craig and Public Works

Coordinating Supervisor Larry

Polson met with the Board.

Thomas K. Holle moved,

seconded by Robert S. Connell

to approve the following purchase

order. Unanimous.

Mike’s OK Tire, Marysville,


for 4 tires

$611.00-Road & Bridge

House For Rent

South of Blue Rapids

With Acreage, 2 Bedrooms, 3

Bathrooms, Full Basement, Central

Air, Morton Building, No Pets Inside,

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Thomas K. Holle moved,

seconded by Charles R.

Loiseau to go into executive

session for ten minutes at 10:14

a.m. to discuss non-elected personnel

with Public Works

Administrator Mike Craig and

Public Works Coordinating

Supervisor Larry Polson present.


Robert S. Connell moved,

seconded by Charles R.

Loiseau to approve the following

purchase orders.


Slup’s Repair, Marysville,


for 4 tires

$693.28-KDOT fund-P.O. #


Southwest Solutions of

Kansas, Addison, TX

for scanner repair

$584.25-General (District

Court) fund-P.O. # 4098

Modern Marketing, Atlanta,


for yellow bags


Management Grant fund-P.O. #


Slup’s Repair, Marysville,


for brake pads and rotors

$592.70-Appraiser fund-P.O.

# 4117

CIC, Greeley, CO

for annual Peopleware


$8,815.00-Regiser of Deeds

Tech fund-P.O. # 4115

Manatron, Hays, KS

for registered user parcel


$1,129.49-Appraiser fund-

P.O. # 4116

Julia M. Berger, CSR, RPR,

Hiawatha, KS

for transcript of Hearing

$1,004.25-General (County

Attorney) fund-P.O. # 4102

Charles R. Loiseau moved,

seconded by Robert S. Connell

to approve the vouchers, as presented,

and issue manual warrants

from the respective funds.


Vicki Gross, Marysville was

present to observe the meeting.

County Attorney Laura

Johnson-McNish met with the


Jody and Kevin Turnbull,

Vliets met with the Board to

discuss the property that is next

door to them that is not being

kept up and has broken out

windows and animals living in

it. The County Attorney Laura

Johnson-McNish will go out to

the property and take new photographs

of the condition of the

property and send a letter to the


County Sanitarian Donnie

Wolfe met with the Board to

give a monthly report.

Robert S. Connell moved,

seconded by Charles R.

Loiseau to approve the

Chairman signing a letter

opposing repealing SB 423 that




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would possibly take away the

Magistrate Judge and one

District Judge from Marshall


County Attorney Laura

Johnson-McNish met with the

Board to ask about using the

Kansas Department of

Revenues Debt Setoff program

to collect unpaid bills for

County departments after the

County Attorney sends three


Sheriff Daniel A. Hargrave

met with the Board to request

adding David Vermetten,

Waterville as a part-time per

required need

dispatcher/reserve deputy/corrections

officer at $14.35 an

hour. Thomas K. Holle moved,

seconded by Charles R.

Loiseau to hire David

Vermetten, Waterville as a parttime

per required need dispatcher/reservedeputy/corrections

officer at $14.35 an hour

with no benefits. Unanimous.

Robert Peschel, Marysville

was present to observe the

meeting and to let them know

that he will be attending a

Kansas Association of Counties

Surveyor’s meeting.

Economic Development

Director George McCune and

Community Development

Coordinator Juanita McCune

met with the Board to give

them a weekly update.

County Health Nurse Sue

Rhodes met with the Board at

their request to discuss the

Health Department receiving a

grant to discuss them becoming

a Medela breast pump retailer.

Robert S. Connell moved,

seconded by Charles R.

Loiseau to approve the following

purchase order.


Bankers Credit Card Service,

Oklahoma City, OK

for breast feeding supplies

$1,606.96-Breast feeding

grant fund-P.O. # 3972

Robert S. Connell moved,

seconded by Charles R.

Loiseau to adjourn the meeting

at 11:58 a.m. Unanimous. The

next scheduled meeting will be

Monday, March 12, 2012 starting

at 9:00 a.m.

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Senior Of The Week - Jordan Crook

VHHS Journalism

Being a member of the track

team has led to prized memories

for Senior Jordan Crook.

As Crook begins his fourth and

final track season at Valley

Heights, he already realizes the

impact it has had on him. “I’ve

competed in the long jump,

100M, 400M, 4x4M relay, and

the 4x1M relay over the years.

But my strongest memory is of

last year’s 4x1M relay team

because we were more than a

team; we were good friends

that synced. We set the school

record and took first at the 2A

State Track Meet.” This was

special and what made it even

better was the fact that “we

were ranked third, so I did not

think we would win.”

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By Michael Vogt

Marshall County Extension


In talking with farmers and

people in general, I get asked if

we should be concerned with

how early it seems the wheat is

greening up due to the unusually

warm winter. As in many

cases, it depends on what the

weather will be like during the

next month or so.

So, this week I would like to

share with you some thoughts

from Jim Shroyer, K-State

Research and Extension Crop

Production Specialist about

wheat breaking dormancy, some

pests that may be a problem to

be aware of, and some answers

to questions I have been getting

about wheat in the last couple of


“This is a weather scenario

somewhat reminiscent of 2007,

which was a year with severe

spring freeze injury. Hopefully

we will avoid that this year,”

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with the Marshall County

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While at VHHS, Crook took

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Shroyer said. “The wheat has

begun to grow as a result of several

days with temperatures in

the 60s and nighttime temperatures

above freezing. It would

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Plants growing at this time of

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gradually, so the plants can

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If the wheat is green and

growing, however, and temperatures

suddenly go from unusually

warm to extremely cold,

freeze injury could occur,”

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Shroyer said.

The warm weather could also

result in early-season insect and

disease problems.

“Army cutworms are sometimes

a problem in wheat fields

during March. Other earlyspring

insects to watch include

winter grain mites and greenbugs.

Early-season disease concerns

include powdery mildew

and tan spot,” he said.

Producers should watch their

wheat crops for insects and diseases

this year.

I have been getting questions

about how late can producers

topdress their wheat with nitrogen.

With the mild winter many

wheat producers have been topdressing

their wheat. But, with

the earlier than normal greenup

of the wheat crop, wheat producers

will want to have their

topdress nitrogen applied before

the crop reaches the jointing

stage, which could be earlier

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• Darrell Holaday, Country

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Partnership for Growth Minutes

Marshall County Partnership

for Growth, Inc. Meeting –


The following were in attendance:

Bob Connell; Tom

Holley; George McCune;

Juanita McCune; Jeff Crist;

Ashley Kracht; Bill Phillipi;

and Phil Osborne.

The meeting was called to

order by Chairman Osborne.

Bill moved the minutes of the

previous meeting be approved.

Jeff seconded. Unanimous.

Juanita presented the financial

report in Wayne’s absence.

The Second Annual Meeting

of the Marshall County

Partnership for Growth, Inc.

was called to order on

Thursday evening, February

23, 2012 at the Marysville

Country Club.

Eighteen members and 10

guests were present. Dr. Bill

Oborny delivered the invocation.

Marysville Mayor Bill

Phillipi, Chairman of the

Nominating Committee, gave

Tom moved the treasurer’s

report be approved. Jeff seconded.


George reminded the

Partnership Group of the annual

meeting scheduled for

February 23, 2012 and that

Mark Wahler with Clean Line

Energy Group would be one of

the presenters.

Some of the major accomplishments

of the Marshall

County Partnership for Growth

have been: establishing the

Marshall County Leadership

Program; working on obtaining

the committee’s report for

nominated officers and directors.

They were Rob Peschel

for Chairman, Jeff Crist for

Vice Chairman, and Wayne Hill

as Treasurer, Bud Schuette,

Kris Hargrave, Angie

Armstrong and Anthony Ring

for Directors.

Mick Keating made a motion

that the nominations be closed

and that a unanimous ballot be

cast for those nominated. The

motion was seconded by Tom

affordable housing; receiving

contributions for keeping the

SRS Office open for 2012;

completion of the industrial

park study.

This year we will work on a

major membership drive.

Juanita indicated that with

mailing of the renewals for the

MCPFG and the membership

drive, if the Partnership Group

would reimburse the Marshall

County Economic

Development Office for

stamps. Unanimously


Holle and approved by the

members present.

The program for the evening

was presented by Mr. John

Watson, Director of the Kansas

Department of Commerce,

Trade Division and representatives

of the Clean Line Energy


Plaques of appreciation were

presented to the Marshall

County Commissioners in

recognition of their partnering

with the Partnership Group for

than normal this year.

The jointing stage is another

crucial point for cattle producers

who graze their wheat. In order

to have wheat to harvest, cattle

grazing wheat should be pulled

off before jointing. Grazing the

wheat can hold back its development,

but grazing may not be

possible much longer this winter.

The longer temperatures

remain above normal, the more

susceptible the wheat will be to

a sudden temperature drop to

the single digits or below.

Being aware of the growth stage

should temperatures drop suddenly

will be important in determining

injury. Hopefully, we

will not have to discuss wheat

spring injury in the future.

For more information, you

can contact me at the Marshall

County Extension Office by

calling (785) 562-3531, or Email

me with your questions at


It was brought to my attention

that Jeff Crist’s name was

misspelled in the January 17,

2012 meeting minutes. I apologize

for this.

The meeting was adjourned.

Our next meeting will be

March 15, 2012 at 5:32 p.m. in

the courthouse basement.

Submitted by,

Juanita McCune

Marshall County


Development Coordinator

Partnership for Growth 2nd Annual Meeting

Farm Profit Conference

the Marshall County Industrial

Park Study and to the City of

Marysville for their partnership

in the Save the Marysville SRS

Office project.

There being no further business

the meeting was


Submitted by,

Juanita McCune

Marshall County


Development Coordinator

pre-register for the event by

Monday, March 19, 2012. To

pre-register and for more information,

contact the Marshall

County Extension Office at

(785) 562-3531, or E-mail

Michael Vogt at

Mvogt@ksu.edu or email Greg

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Blue Rapids Free Press - Thursday, March 15, 2012 8A

1st Annual Business & Community Partnership Dinner

Kim Hardin and Sue Toomey did an overview and review of the program during the

1st Annual Business & Community Partnership Dinner.

4-H’ers Train Their Dogs

McKenzie Joseph works on making her dog stay.

Jenna Staggenborg praises her dog for a good job.

Photos by Jon Brake and Deb Barrington.

What a great showing of the local businesses and the community at the Business &

Community Partnership Dinner.

Lady Prospects Finish 4th

The Lady Prospects finished fourth at their first tournament, the MIT in Lincoln, NE.

They were defeated by a score of 21-30 by the Omaha Gold in the consolation round.

Team Members are, from left: Coach Ryan Noel, Taylor Doner, Kiersten Talbot, Bryclin

Alstrom, Sara Mann, Gentry French, Jordan Eshbaugh, and Ally Kort.

(Photo courtesy of Coach Ryan Noel)

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