eFreePress 02.16.12.pdf - Blue Rapids Free Press


eFreePress 02.16.12.pdf - Blue Rapids Free Press

Publishers Free Press

Blue Rapids, Ks

& Manhattan, Ks

Blue Rapids

Free Press

Vol. 3 Number 33 Thursday, Februay 16, 2012

Employees of DMD in Waterville show off some of the products lines at DMD.

Pictured left to right are: Eruviel Montes, Sam Dummermuth, manager, and Dianne Kenworthy

DMD Expands Waterville Site

Within the last months’

time the Waterville business,

DMD Designs and Graphics,

doubled in size by buying the

next door building.

Owner Dawna Dummermuth

saw the opportunity for

growth when the old grocery

store went up for sale.

Dummermuth said that it was

time to expand and “get a little

elbow room,” as well as

have more space for merchandise.

She envisioned a

bigger work space and a new,

bigger, inviting area for local

customers to shop.

Think back and maybe you

can remember walking

through Harding’s Grocery

store. Well, where you used

to find bananas, you can now

find a variety of clothing and


Remember needing a cake

mix or frosting? Well go in

now and you’ll find something

just as sweet in their

new selection of jewelry! At

DMD you can find socks,

signs, and anything in


When you do stop by,

make sure you meet all of

DMD’s team! You can catch

owner Dawna Dummermuth

during the first week of every

month, or stop by anytime to

meet the other three full time

employees. Sam

Dummermuth, manager;

Dianne Kenworthy, and

Eruviel Montes would love to

help you Monday through

Friday from nine to five.

Kourtney Fry and Kim

Heideman also work part


Dianne Kenworthy works with embroidering machine.

Eruviel Montes works with the heat press machine.

BR Library Plans

New Addition

The Blue Rapids library

board was present At last

weeks Blue Rapids City

Council meeting to update the

council on their future plans,

their need for more operating

capital and some history on the


An increase in the library

mil levy will be considered at

budget time. The cost of the

conversion to meet VERSO

requirements is $2675 plus

$750 per year.

Council voted to approve

the library board hiring an

architect to draw some plans

for an expansion.

(Editor’s Note: The board

told the Council they has a

gift from the Marge Lawless

estate to build onto the north

of the building. As the oldest

Library west of the

Mississippi the Library in on

the National List of

Historical Places and the

front of the new addition

must look like the old building.)

1. Clyde Adams from Victor

L. Phillips presented information

on a demo 2011 Case

580SN backhoe/loader to the

council for consideration. No

action was taken. Minihan will

research other dealers and a

special meeting will be called

to approve purchase of a backhoe/loader.

(Editor’s Note: The

Council has another bid and

will meet tonight (Thursday)

in a Special Meeting to consider

the two offers.)

2. The council considered

two bids from United

Insurance Services for the

city’s business insurance package.

EMC submitted a bid for

$12,164 and Berkshire

Hathaway submitted a bid for

$11,373. Council accepted the

bid from EMC.

(Editor’s Note: The

Berkshire bid had conditions

that could raise the cost of

the insurance. The City has

the insurance with EMC now

and the know the price will

stay the same.)

3. The council decided to

contract with Denton Designs

at a cost of $400 to create a

city website.

(Editor’s Note: This is

something the Council has

been considering and would

give citizens access to the

minutes, budgets, financial

records and many other City


4. Council performed the

annual review of the personnel

policy and the Wellhead

Protection Plan and voted to

install signs at the three

entrances to the city that say

“Call 911 in the event of a


5. Council approved having

Waterville work on our water

main valves at a cost of $40 per

hour for no more than 40 hours

and that work can cease prior

to the 40 hours if the process is

not successful.

(Editor’s Note: The City of

Waterville has a machine

that moves a rusted valve up

and down a little at a time

until it is working properly.

The City needs to have 8 to

10 valves worked on. If they

need to be replaced they will

cost $1,000.00 each.)

6. The council approved the

purchase of Christmas decorations

from Wayne

Manufacturing Company for a

total of $1828.

7. By consensus the council

gave permission to the Blue

Rapids Historical Society to

photograph city employees at

work as part of a grant through

the Smithsonian Institute.

8. President Roepke reappointed

Phil Osborne to a 3year

term on the planning commission.

9. A $5000 budget transfer

from the Water/Sewer/Refuse

bank account to the Utility

Reserve bank account was


10. A records destruction

certificate destroying non-current

city records as authorized

by K.S.A. 45-211 was


11. Registrations for Jim

Flower to attend the Kansas

Rural Water Association spring

conference in Wichita and for

Susan Hass to attend the CCM-

FOA spring conference in

Wichita were approved.

12. A transfer of $2000 in

local match funds for Housing

Grant 11-HR-030 from the

general operating bank account

to the housing grant bank

account was approved

13. There was a request

from Don Kotapish for the city

to help pay for the costs to get

electricity from the old Hanna

Plant to his property in the

city’s industrial park. The subject

died for lack of motion.

14. The following contractors

are licensed in the city of

Blue Rapids: Geisler Roofing,

Inc.; Four Seasons, Inc.

The minutes of the January

8, 2012 regular meeting were

approved as amended. Pay

Ordinance 2235 was presented

for approval by Minihan, seconded

by Brake. Pope and

Brake abstained from voting

on the Free Press payment and

the Pope Disposal payment.

Motion carried.

Council members present

were: Amy Bishop, Jon

Brake, Mike Minihan, Jerry

Pope and Bob Roepke. Mayor

Nowak was absent. Bob

Roepke, Council President,


25 Great Truths & Possibly The 5 Best Sentences


1. In my many years I have

come to a conclusion that one

useless man is a shame, two is

a law firm and three or more is

a congress. — John Adams

2. If you don’t read the

newspaper you are uninformed,

if you do read the

newspaper you are misinformed.

— Mark Twain

3. Suppose you were an

idiot. And suppose you were a

member of Congress. But then

I repeat myself. — Mark Twain

4. I contend that for a nation

to try to tax itself into prosperity

is like a man standing in a

bucket and trying to lift himself

up by the handle. —

Winston Churchill

5. A government which robs

Peter to pay Paul can always

depend on the support of Paul.

— George Bernard Shaw

6. A liberal is someone who

feels a great debt to his fellow

man, which debt he proposes

to pay off with your money. —

G. Gordon Liddy

7. Democracy must be

something more than two

wolves and a sheep voting on

what to have for dinner. —

James Bovard, Civil

Libertarian (1994)

8. Foreign aid might be

defined as a transfer of money

from poor people in rich countries

to rich people in poor

countries. —Douglas Casey,

Classmate of Bill Clinton at

Georgetown University

9. Giving money and power

to government is like giving

whiskey and car keys to

teenage boys. — P.J.

O’Rourke, Civil Libertarian

10. Government is the great

fiction, through which everybody

endeavors to live at the

expense of everybody else. —

Frederic Bastiat, French economist(1801-1850)

11. Government’s view of

the economy could be summed

up in a few short phrases:

If it moves, tax it. If it keeps

moving, regulate it. And if it

stops moving, subsidize it. —

Ronald Reagan (1986)

12. I don’t make jokes. I

just watch the government and

report the facts. — Will Rogers

13. If you think health care

is expensive now, wait until

you see what it costs when it’s

free! — P.J. O’Rourke

14. In general, the art of

government consists of taking

as much money as possible

from one party of the citizens

to give to the other. — Voltaire


15. Just because you do not

take an interest in politics

doesn’t mean politics won’t

take an interest in you! —

Pericles(430 B.C.)

16. No man’s life, liberty, or

property is safe while the legislature

is in session. — Mark

Twain (1866)

17. Talk is cheap...except

when Congress does it. —


18. The government is like a

baby’s alimentary canal, with a

happy appetite at one end and

no responsibility at the other.

—Ronald Reagan

19. The inherent vice of

capitalism is the unequal sharing

of the blessings. The inherent

blessing of socialism is the

equal sharing of misery. —

Winston Churchill

20. The only difference

between a tax man and a taxidermist

is that the taxidermist

leaves the skin. —Mark Twain

21. The ultimate result of

shielding men from the effects

of folly is to fill the world with

fools. — Herbert Spencer,

English Philosopher (1820-


22. There is no distinctly

Native American criminal

class...save Congress. — Mark


23. What this country needs

are more unemployed politicians.

—Edward Langley,

Artist (1928-1995)

24. A government big

enough to give you everything

you want, is strong enough to

take everything you have. —

Thomas Jefferson

25. We hang the petty

thieves and appoint the great

ones to public office. — Aesop

Obituaries Blue Rapids Free Press - Thursday, February 16, 2012


Barbara Allene DeWalt McGahey

Jerry A. Heuer

Jerry A. Heuer, 64, of

Hanover, Kansas, died

Wednesday, February 8, 2012,

at his home in Hanover.

A funeral service was held at

10:30 a.m., Monday, February

Marilyn Burt

Marilyn Burt, 82, of

Washington, KS, died

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

at the Homestead Nursing

Home in Washington.

Visitation was Sunday from

2 until 7 p.m. at Ward Funeral

Richard Samland, Sr.

Richard Samland, Sr., 76, of

Washington, KS, died Tuesday,

February 7, 2012 at the

Washington County Hospital.

A funeral service was held at

Francis Kramer

Francis H. Kramer, 77 of

Frankfort, Kansas, died

Thursday, February 9, 2012 in

southern Brown County.

Francis was born on June 10,

Barbara Allene DeWalt

McGahey, 61, passed away on

February 10, 2012 in Tulsa

Oklahoma surrounded by family.

She was born February 4,

1951 in Blue Rapids, Kansas to

William Arthur DeWalt Sr. and

Bernece Geneva Wilkinson.

Barbara was an avid reader

of True Crime, there probably

wasn't a book she hadn't read

on the subject. Barbara also

enjoyed collecting cobalt blue

glassware, jewelry, going to

thrift stores and attending

Bingo. She had a passion for

13, at the Zion Lutheran

Church in Hanover.

Jerry was born on July 4,

1947 at Odell, Nebraska, the

son of Walter and Elnora

(Kruse) Heuer. He attended

Trinity Lutheran School and

graduated from Hanover High

School. After high school, Jerry

went to Concordia Teachers

College in Seward, Nebraska,

and Lincoln School of

Commerce in Lincoln,

Nebraska. He was employed

doing computer aided drafting.

On October 7, 1972, he was

united in marriage to Nancy

Oswald at Zion Lutheran

Church in Hanover.

Jerry was a member of Zion

Home in Washington. The family

will receive friends from 4

to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

A funeral service was held at

11:00 a.m., Monday, February

13 at the United Methodist

Church in Washington.

Marilyn was born at Haddam

on May 15, 1929, to Clark and

Marie (Dewitt) Burton. She

attended school at Haddam,

graduating from Haddam High

School in 1946. On July 20,

1946, she was united in marriage

to Edwin Burt at

Belleville, KS. They lived at

Haddam until moving to

Washington in 1961.

She and Edwin owned and

operated the Washington Sale

Barn until 1976, when they

11:00 a.m., Saturday, February

11, at the First Baptist Church

in Washington.

Private burial will be in the

Hollenberg Cemetery.

Richard was born July 18,

1935, to Charles and Edith

(Jorgensen) Samland at

Omaha, NE. He was married at

a young age to Ruth Herman

and they were blessed with five

children. They later divorced.

In November of 1982, he was

united in marriage to Ann

Sorce at Harbine, NE. After

their marriage they moved to

Rockland, Wisconsin where

they lived for 24 years before

moving to Washington, KS in

1934 at Onaga, Kansas, the son

of August and Theroda (Haug)

Kramer. He worked for

Goodyear Tire Company.

Francis is survived by his

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animals especially cats and

dogs. Barbara worked for the

Warehouse Market of Tulsa

until her illness

Barbara had lived in Tulsa

for the last 30 years

Survivors include her husband

Michael McGahey of

Tulsa, Oklahoma, a daughter

and son-in-law (Gina and Pat

Phillips) of Tulsa, and a son

William Stroh of Lincoln,

Nebraska. 6 grandchildren

(Krystina, Justin, Ricky,

Charlie, Austin, Jenny). 4 great

grandchildren (Kristopher,

Lutheran Church, where he

served as church treasurer and

was on the church council.

Jerry was also a minister to the

long term care patients and

shutins, by visiting them and

providing communion to them.

He was on the Highland Haven

Board, Hanover Cemetery

Board, volunteer on the

Hanover Fire Department, former

President of Hollenberg

Friends, and was a member of

the Moose Lodge.

Survivors include his wife,

Nancy Heuer, Hanover; four

children, Debra (Luke)

McLemore, Rochester, MN,

Craig Heuer, Hanover, Sheryl

(Dave) Fugate, Warsaw, IN,

retired. Marilyn was the bookkeeper

for the business. After

retirement, they traveled

throughout the United States.

Marilyn was a member of the

United Methodist Church,

VFW Ladies Auxiliary and the

Red Hat Society. She was a

loving mother and grandmother

and always attended the grandchildren’s


Preceding her in death were

her parents; her husband,

Edwin; a brother, Clayton

Burton; and a grandson, Tyler


She is survived by her children,

Joan (Jim) Brabec of

Greenleaf, Beth (Greg) Knedlik

of Paola, KS, Todd (Laurie)

Burt of Washington; sisters-in-


Richard was a farmer, then

self employed at S & S Truck

Sales in Jansen, NE, worked as

a diesel mechanic for Wehrs

Chevrolet, in Bangor WI where

he retired.

His favorite pastimes were

hunting and fishing.

Survivors include his wife,

Ann, Washington, KS; children,

Richard (Jane) Samland,

Hollenberg, KS, Carol (Rick)

Strunk, Jansen, NE, Sharon

(Harvey) Rosenthal,

Jansen,NE, Debra (Rick)

Santee, Springfield, NE,

Charles Samland, Bennet, NE;

step daughters, Deb (Rod)

sister, Olivia La Blanc of

Albany, Georgia.

No services are planned at

this time.

Padden Funeral Chapel of

Kenneth L. Sells, Agent

Morgan, Timothy, Marcus).

Two sisters (Theola Health) of

Blue Rapids, Ks. and (Myrna

Johansen) of Tulsa. Two

Brothers (William DeWalt and

Mark DeWalt) both of Blue

Rapids, Ks. and numerous

nieces and nephews. Barbara

was preceded in death by her

parents, one daughter (Jennifer

Lynn Stroh), three sisters (Lynn

Stegeman, Karen Merrill,

Jeannie Loree DeWalt).

Services will be held

Thursday February 16th, 2012

at the Methodist Church in

and Darrell (Della)

Schweitzberger, Salina, KS;

two sisters, Kathy (Harlen)

Kruse, Herkimer, KS, and

Lynette (Wilbur) Horman,

Hanover; two uncles, Victor

Heuer and Edwin Leseberg;

aunt, Lorina Leseberg; six

grandchildren; nine step-grandchildren;

thirteen step-greatgrandchildren;

several nieces,

nephews, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by

his parents; an infant brother,

Charles Heuer; stepson, Steve

Schweitzberger; and stepgrandson,



law, Betty Zenger of Haddam,

Doris Ford of Manhattan;

grandchildren, Rachel (Cam)

McVean, Kim (Jerry) Grasso,

J.C. (Pam) Brabec, Heather

(Dave) Meyer, Amy Knedlik,

Clint Knedlik, Amanda (Jay)

Craig, Trevor (Amanda)

Dickson; and great-grandchildren,

Garett, Nathan and

Hannah Edgar, Demetrius and

Maya Grasso, Nora Mae

Brabec, Olivia, Sophia and

Chase Meyer, Lilliana and

Cecelia Craig and James


A memorial fund has been

established in her name and

will be designated by the family.

Contributions may be sent in

care of the funeral home.

Klaus, Crete, NE, Maggie

Brace, Milwaukee, WI; sisters,

Jackie Vincent, Slater, MO,

Loretta Beall, Chandler, TX;

brother, Ron Samland,

Weeping Water, NE; fifteen

grandchildren; two step grandchildren;

and eleven greatgrandchildren.

Preceded in death by his parents,

one brother, Joe Samland,

one sister, Joan VanDorien, and

two grandchildren.

A memorial fund has been

established and will be designated

at a later date.

Contributions may be sent in

care of Ward Funeral Home.

Frankfort was in charge of


Obituaries Continued

on Page 3A

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Office: (785 562-5323

Cell: (785 556-1487

Blue Rapids, Ks. at 2 p.m. with

a gravesite vigil with the family.

Burial will be at Prospect

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Hill Cemetary, Blue Rapids,


Spain Law Office, P.A.

Phone (785) 363-2723

Darrell E. Spain

Attorney at Law

107 S. Kansas Ave.

Waterville, KS 66548

The City of Blue Rapids is requesting

bids for mowing Fairmont

Cemetery April 1 - October 31,

2012. Return bids in envelope

marked “Cemetery Bid” by 4:30

p.m. Mar. 12 to City Clerk, 04

Public Sq., Blue Rapids, KS 66411.


Relay For Life

“Team Mean Jean”

2nd Annual Soup Supper

Blue Rapids

Community Center

Sunday Feb. 19th

4 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Serving: Vegetable Soup, Chili,

Chicken Noodle, Corn Chowder,

Relishes, Dessert, Drink

Free Will Donation






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8 Wonders Of Kansas Guidebook Wins Award

The Kansas Sampler

Foundation was recently notified

that their "8 Wonders of

All Your Ag Needs

Kansas Guidebook" won first

place in the North American

Travel Journalists Association

(NATJA) category for travel

book or guide.

Awards went to publications,

travel writers, and photographers

whose work was represented

in print and electronic

media. The competition, now in

its 20th year, honors the "best

of the best" of travel writing,

photography and promotion

that cover all aspects of the

travel industry worldwide.

The "8 Wonders of Kansas

Guidebook" debuted in April of

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2011. The 272-page book features

the 216 finalists that were

showcased in the 8 Wonders of

Kansas contests that featured

the 24 most significant things

to see and do in the categories

of architecture, art, commerce,

cuisine, customs, geography,

history and people.

Published by the Kansas

Sampler Foundation,the 6x9"

coffee table/guidebook features

more than 800 photos taken by

photographer Harland

Schuster, Morrill. The book

was written by Foundation

director Marci Penner and

designed by her sister, Liz

(Penner) King. Mennonite

Press, Newton, printed the


Penner said, "The award is

indicative of the first-class job

by our team but it is also a tribute

to the content. It's nice to

see Kansas get recognition for

it's story and for what we have

to see and do."

More than 8,500 books have

been sold. For more information

about the book, go to

www.8wonders.org or call


Valley Heights All Stars Announces Summer Musical

For the fifth year in a row,

the Valley Heights All Stars

Youth Theater will once again

be performing a musical this

summer, entitled “Cool Suit” a

spoof of the Emperor’s New

Clothes. This musical has parts

Kenneth L. Livingston, Sr.,

age 80, of Greenleaf, passed

away on Sunday, February 12,

2012 at Blue Valley Senior


Kenneth was born August

11, 1931 at Frederick,

Oklahoma to Arthur C. and

for 15-18 young people

between grades of…entering

2nd grade next fall and exiting

12th grade this spring.

Rehearsals will be all summer

and commence with the tradition

of performing the first

Annie I. (Wright) Livingston,

Sr. While still young his family

moved to the Los Angeles,

California area, where he graduated

from Huntington Park

High School. He joined the US

Navy in 1951 and served in the

Korean Conflict. He was one

of the Atomic Veterans due to

his ship being involved in

nuclear testing.

After the war he returned to

California where he worked as

a fork lift operator and later in

building maintenance for Toro

Corporation. He married

Christine M (Pearson) Lloyd

on September 9, 1978 at

Phelan, California. They

moved to Greenleaf from

Riverside, California in 1994.

He was a member of Trinity

Lutheran Church, Greenleaf,

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and 5th. There will be a parent’s

meeting May 21 at 7pm at

the Waterville Elementary

school. Auditions for Cool Suit

will be Friday June 1st, preceded

by an Actor’s Workshop

VFW Post 2699 in Marysville

and American Legion Post 273

in Greenleaf.

Survivors include his wife

Christine, a son Kenneth L.

Livingston, Jr. and wife Becky

of Greenleaf, three stepsons;

John E. Lloyd and wife Kristan

of Wildomar, California, Frank

D. Lloyd of Lincoln, Nebraska,

Bill R. Lloyd of Beatrice,

Nebraska, a stepdaughter, Mary

S. Huddleston of Topeka, two

grandchildren, five step-grandchildren

and five step-greatgrandchildren,

a sister, Alma R.

Harrod of Downey, California,

two brothers; Arthur C.

Livingston, Jr. and wife

Marilyn of Downey, California

and Sidney E. Livingston of

Mira Loma, California.

He was preceded in death by


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Recycling At Blue Rapids Feb. 18th

The Valley Heights recycling

day is Saturday, February 18th

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. Presorting

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-


Obituaries______________Continued From Page 2A

Kenneth L. Livingston, Sr.

four brothers; Ralph

Livingston, Richard Livingston

and John Livingston, Howard

Livingston, and a step grandson

Brandon J. Lloyd.

Inurnment Services are

planned for 10:00 am, Friday,

February 17, 2012 at the

Committal Shelter in the

Kansas Veterans Cemetery,

Manhattan, with Military

Honors by the US Navy.

Friends are planning a time of

food and fellowship for 1:00

pm at the Community Building

in Greenleaf.

Memorials are suggested to

the American Heart

Association and may be sent in

care of Terry-Christie Funeral

Home at PO Box 61,

Waterville, Kansas 66548.

Birth Announcement: Raylan Aaron Winslow

Raylan Aaron Winslow was

born at Mercy Hospital in

Manhattan, Ks on February

14, 2012 at 1:57 p.m. weighing

7 lbs 12 oz and 19 ¾ inches


Raylan was born to parents

K’Lynn and Nicholas


Grandparents are Dana

Bishop, Edwin Winslow and

Dennis and Patricia Tilley.

Great grandparents are Bob

and Shirley Bishop, Martha

Winslow, Ken Tilley and the

late Faye Tilley.

Great-great grandparents

are Mona Anderson and

Edwin Holly.

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Frankfort Community Care Home Takes Resident to WWE Raw

If you would visit the

Frankfort Community Care

Home on Monday evenings,

chances are that you would find

eighty-four year old resident,

Esther Ferris, sitting in her

favorite chair in the lobby

watching All Star Wrestling on

TV. Esther’s passion for

wrestling is no secret to the

staff members at the care home

and when it was announced

that WWE “Raw” was coming

to the Expocenter in Topeka,

employees started making

plans to get Esther to Topeka to

see some of her favorite

wrestlers in person. On

February 3rd Abby Kirk, Lora

Koch and their sons, Sebastian

and Anthony, accompanied

Esther to Topeka to see the first

live performance of wrestling

that any of them had ever seen.

When Abby was asked about

her favorite part of the evening,

she said, “I just enjoyed watching

Esther. Her eyes lit up”.

Esther never dreamed that she

would ever actually be able to

see wrestling in real life and

she was able to see some of her

Two hundred Kansans

attended the Big Rural

Brainstorm at the Meridian

Center in Newton on February

3-4. With an atmosphere of

hope, energy and opportunity,

the goal was to think outside

the box and come up with ideas

that are achievable at the grassroots

level for rural communities.

Those in attendance included

a range of people from small

towns like Woodbine, Olsburg,

Tribune and Goessel to larger

cities like Chanute, Garnett,

Concordia and Oakley to representatives

from small business

favorites, including John Cena,

CM Punk and Kane.

Highlights of the evening

included the women wrestlers

and a tag team match with The

Miz and Kane VS John Cena

and The Truth. Esther was con-

cerned when one of the referees

got thrown over the ropes and

landed hard on the floor. She

said that she couldn’t wait to

watch wrestling the next

Monday night and see if the

same referee was ok and able to

appear on TV. It was an exciting

night for all, with the boys

really getting into all the

yelling and screaming and

everything that goes with being

in an audience at All Star

Wrestling. Esther was happy to

Big Rural Brainstorm Generates Action

Media Release - 02102012 –

1330 Hrs

It is with deep regret the

Marshall County Sheriffs

Offices announces that Francis

H. Kramer, 77 of Frankfort has

been found deceased in south-

By: Tyler Taphorn

Senior Reporter

The Wide Awake 4-H Club

hosted an Appreciation Dinner

on February 5 at the

Achievement Building in Blue


Twenty-six members, three

leaders and numerous guests


The dinner was hosted in

Marshall County Sheriff’s


Jail Activity Sheet

Week of: February 6, 2012 to

February 12, 2012

Name: Shanek, Robert

Address: Waterville, Kansas

come home with a momento of

the event, a Tshirt with John

Cena’s picture on the front. It

ended up being a fun and late

night for all. The boys fell



asleep on the way home, but

Esther outlasted them all, staying

awake until she arrived

safely back at the nursing


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Sebastian, Esther and Anthony had a great time seeing their favorite wrestlers.

(Photo courtesy of the Frankfort Community Care Home)

development, state agencies,

housing programs, and the

Board of Education.

During introductions, a

dozen people came forward to

say why they loved their community.

They were followed

by forty PowerUps (21-39 year

olds who are rural by choice)

who introduced themselves


Facilitated by Marci Penner,

director of the Kansas Sampler

Foundation based out of Inman,

the format consisted of diverse

breakout sessions, StandUp

reviews, appointments, and

group discussions. There were

no keynote speakers. The group

also experimented with a We

Kan Bank, an inventory of

community needs and those

who could offer service.

On Saturday morning, forty

people came forward to declare

action steps they would take

when they got home. A sampling

of those actions include

starting a community garden

and community foundation,

developing a rural entertainment

network and internship

programs for businesses, and

doing an inventory of


Penner said, "With these 200

committed Kansans offering

support and ideas to each other,

it is clear that rural Kansas took

a positive step forward with

this event. By the end, there

was no doubt that we are all

together in this challenging yet

exciting work of sustaining


Those who would like to be

on an e-blast list to help sustain

rural communities should contact

the Kansas Sampler

Foundation at marci@kansassampler.org.

Marshall County Sheriff’s Office Release

ern Brown County. Mr. Kramer

has been missing from his

Frankfort residence since the

3rd Of February 2012. The

Sheriff’s Office was notified by

the Brown County Sheriff’s

Office at approx. 1130 this

honor of the many family

members and friends who help

Wide Awake 4-H members

throughout the year. Club

members baked homemade

rolls that were served during

the potluck dinner. The arts &

crafts members made snowmen

for the centerpieces, which

were also used as door prizes.

Following the dinner, mem-

Date of Birth: 11-08-1958

Charge: 48 Hours

Date of Arrival: 02-10-2012

Date of Release: 02-12-2012

Reason: Time Served

Name: Maez, Jason

Address: Marysville, Kansas

morning [02102012].

According to Brown County

Sheriff’s Office, a farmer near

the 105 St Exit, off Hwy 75,

stated that he found the vehicle

with Mr. Kramer inside. It

appears at this time that the

bers in the County 4-H Days

skit performed followed by the

club chorus that sang “Yankee

Doodle Dandy” and “Home on

the Range.”

During the meeting Ryan

Latta and Robbie Stryker were

installed as new members. The

club also had it’s purple seal

ceremony for 2010-11 club


Date of Birth: 12-28-1976

Charge: 9 Hours

Date of Arrival: 02-11-2012

Date of Release: 02-11-2012

Reason: Time Served

Name: Full, Richard

Address: Moline, Kansas

vehicle was stuck in the mud.

Cause of death was undetermined

at this time, an autopsy

was ordered by the Marshall

County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Dan Hargrave –

Marshall County Sheriff

Wide Awake 4-H Club Hosts Appreciation Dinner

During the program, Wesley

Denton gave a project talk on

“How to Speak Like a

Cattleman” and Addie

Wassenberg demonstrated how

to make simple crafty


The next meeting will be

March 5.

Marshall County Sheriff Jail Report

Date of Birth: 07-24-1989

Charge: DWS

Date of Arrival: 02-12-2012

Date of Release: 01-12-2012

Reason: $365 Cash Bond


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By Gene Meyer

Kansas Reporter

TOPEKA — City officials in

Atchison and Lenexa say they

want out of the state’s government

employee pension plan, if

traditional pensions are converted

into worker-managed

retirement plans.

The cities' leaders formally

asked lawmakers to allow them

to offer their workers citysponsored

retirement plans

instead of the proposed Kansas

Public Employees Retirement

System, or KPERS, plan, if

legislators pass House Bill

2545. The measure closes traditional

Kansas pensions to

new teachers and workers

hired beginning in 2014, and

shifts them to worker-managed


“Traditional pensions are a

big incentive, when you are

trying to recruit people for

municipal service,” said Trey

Cocking, Atchison’s city manager.

“If the state goes to the new,

defined-contribution plan, we

no longer have much incentive

to remain in the plan."

Ironically, Atchison could

switch to some kind of 401(k)style

plan, if it left KPERS, he

said. With 106 employees on

the payroll, the city is not large

enough to support a traditional


Lenexa's government, which

is four-times larger, also could

switch to a defined-contribution

plan if it left KPERS, said

Leslie Fonseca, assistant city

administrator. That’s because

Lenox has such a plan, which it

offers to its 430 employees as a

supplement to KPERS pensions.

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“We have a warm friendly home like environment that

you feel when you enter the door.”

“Our plan is more competitive

than what the state is proposing,”

Fonseca said.

Lenexa contributes 4 percent

of workers’ salaries to the plan,

and the contribution amount

increases as workers increase

their own contributions.

Kansas’ plan, as outlined in

legislation being studied now,

requires a 6 percent employee

contribution; employers,

whose contributions come

from general fund tax revenue,

pay 1 percent initially, which

increases to 5 percent in eight


But any move to a definedcontribution

plan from a traditional

pension would be

wrenching, said Salina fire

chief Larry Milliken.

“You don’t get rich going

into public service, but you

make a living, and you get a

good retirement,” Milliken

said. “Standing up in front of

people now and saying,

‘You’ve got some great memories

and a career you can be

proud of, but not the retirement'

is going to be quite a


State legislators in 2011

passed a plan to fix the underfunded

KIPPERS by requiring

taxpayers, beginning Jan.1,

2013, to start accelerating their

contributions, which are used

to pay the employers' shares

that states, cities, counties,

schools and other government

units offer workers.

The plan, in legislation

known as House Bill 2194,

also requires teachers and other

workers to increase their contributions,

so the combined

increases will, by 2033, plug

an $8.3 billion gap that KPERS

calculates would otherwise

exist between its promised

pensions and the projected

assets available to pay those


H B 2194 included a third

requirement, which is the one

causing the problems now.

That requirement called for

the creation of a 13-member

KPERS Study Commission

last summer. Members were

told to come up with a more

detailed plan for addressing the

pension plan under funding,

then present that plan to the

2012 Legislature for approval.

Commission members,

headed by co-chairman and

state Sen.Jeff King , R-

Independence, came up with a

plan that, beginning Jan. 1,

2014, would convert the state's

traditional lifetime pension

benefits to retirement savings

accounts that would provide

retirement benefits only as

long as each members' individual

savings lasted.

King and the plan’s supporters

say the changes are needed

to contain the potential risk to

taxpayers associated with

Kansas’ unchecked pension

liabilities, which could crowd

out education, public safety

and other programs, or force

huge tax increases.

A study published in

December by University of

Kansas economist Art Hall

projects that, on its present

course, KPERS spending could

swell the state budget deficits

$225 million to $580 million

by 2023, depending on where

the pension fund sets targets

for investment returns, now 8


Critics say that design flaws

in King's proposal would cost

$10.9 billion more between

now and 2033 than the original

HB 2194 and that retirement

benefits would be reduced, too.

"That being the case, why

should a more expensive plan

even be given consideration?"

asked Ernie Claudel, a retired

Olathe school administrator,

who often visits the Capitol to

watch pension fund deliberations

and blogs to other retirees

Cutting future retirees' benefits

amounts to short-sighted

economics, Claudel said; the

benefits checks KPERS sends

to 68,000 retirees now represent

more than $77.1 million

going into the Kansas economy.

Kansas legislators need to

consider the Study

Commission's more expensive

plan for either alternative to

survive, said state Rep. Ron

Worley, R-Lenexa a member

of the House Pensions and

Benefits Committee, which

held hearings on the plan


It's the law, Worley said.

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Marshall County Minutes

February 6, 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.


Custodian Lou Wassenberg

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Agency on Aging Director

Heather Ruhkamp met with the

Board. Charles R. Loiseau

moved, seconded Robert S.

Connell to go into executive

session for twenty minutes at

9:03 a.m., at the request of

Agency on Aging Director

Heather Ruhkamp, to discuss

matters of non-elected personnel

with Agency on Aging

Director Heather Ruhkamp

present. Unanimous.

Robert S. Connell moved,

seconded by Thomas K. Holle

to approve the Home City

Sewer bills and pay them from

the appropriate funds available.


Charles R. Loiseau moved,

seconded by Thomas K. Holle

to approve the following 2011

abatements with a value of

4,811 and a total tax of

$835.49. Unanimous.

Robert S. Connell moved,

seconded by Thomas K. Holle

to approve the Neighborhood

Revitalization application for

Precision Truss, Marysville,

KS with the preconstruction

pictures that were provided by

the applicant. Unanimous.

Public Works Administrator

Mike Craig and Public Works

Coordinating Supervisor Larry

Polson met with the Board.

Charles R. Loiseau moved,

seconded by Robert S. Connell

to approve the following purchase

orders. Unanimous.

Murphy Tractor and

Equipment, Topeka, KS for

repairs to loader $992.45-Road

& Bridge fund-P.O. # 107593

Charles R. Loiseau moved,

seconded by Robert S. Connell

to approve signing 2011

Annual Noxious Weed

Eradication Progress Report.


Thomas K. Holle moved,

seconded by Robert S. Connell

to approve the 2012 Marshall

County Annual Noxious Weed

Management Plan.


Wells Township Trustee

Mike Bailey met with the

Board to discuss vacating ¾ of

a mile of road located between

Sections 16 and 21 of Wells

Township on Utah Road and

asked about making some

roads in the Township minimum


Thomas K. Holle moved,

seconded by Robert S. Connell

to go into executive session for

ten minutes at 10:20 a.m. to

discuss matters of non-elected

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Public Works Coordinating

Supervisor Larry Polson present.


Lloyd Shubkagel met with

the Board to discuss a cemetery

in Waterville Township.

Robert S. Connell moved,

seconded by Charles R.

Loiseau to go into executive

session for ten minutes at 10:50

a.m. to discuss non-elected personnel

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orders. Unanimous.

Merck, Carol Stream, IL for

private vaccine $669.21-Health

fund-P.O. # 4038

Kansas Correctional

Industries, Lansing, KS for finish

bulk microfilming of old

records and files $2,500.00-

General (District Court) fund-

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Marbil Enterprises, Inc.,

Bellville, IL for surveillance

equipment $1,160.99-Special

Law fund-P.O. # 4090

Economic Development

Director George McCune and

Community Development

Coordinator Juanita McCune

met with the Board to give

them a weekly update.

The Board asked that

Economic Development

Director George McCune be

the representative for Marshall

County on the North Central

Regional Planning

Commission Board.

Robert S. Connell moved,

seconded by Charles R.

Loiseau to adjourn at 12:10

p.m. Unanimous. The next

scheduled meeting will be

Monday, February 13, 2012

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It’s About Time To Start Garden Plants From Seed

By Michael Vogt

Marshall County Extension


The last couple of year’s we

have been starting our garden

plants from seed. We have

started our seed in our basement

with a grow light. We

have had success in the past.

However, last year we struggled

to have plants in good

enough condition to plant and

lost many. So, we moved our

flats upstairs and put them in

the warmest, lightest location

in our house to grow plants

from seed, the dining room.

We did not eat at our dining

room table for two months!

Fortunately, starting plants

from seed is not expensive to

do and you can keep trying if

you fail.

So, this week I want to talk

about what needs to be thought

about before you start raising

vegetables and flowers from


Growing plants from seed is

by far the cheapest way to buy

annual garden vegetables and

flowers. Starting those seeds

indoors extends the plants’

growing season.

Indoor seeding requires a

kind of reverse thinking,

though. It also requires certain

types of information – starting

with what’s on the seed packet.

For example, a Kansas gardener

wanting to plant leaf lettuce

or a cole crop (e.g., broccoli,

cabbage, cauliflower)

needs to know the local average

date for putting those vegetables’

container-grown transplants

in the garden.

The vegetables are cool-season

fans. According to K-State

Research and Extension, their

average transplant date is April

7 -- although a week later can

be prime time for our area.

Starting with that transplant

date, the gardener can then

count back by the number of

weeks those varieties need to

reach transplant size. Once

seeds sprout, that time period

can vary widely. But, for many

vegetables and annual flowers,

it’s six to eight weeks. The

indoor planting date for leaf

lettuce and cole crops is around

Feb. 11.

In most years, however,

Kansans can still transplant

those crops until mid to late

April – which allows time for

successive plantings. So,

indoor seeding from Feb. 12

into early March can yield

good results, too.

In contrast, many warmthloving

transplants typically

enter the garden during mid-

May. Counting backwards puts

the average indoor seeding date

at about March 24 for peppers

and March 31 for tomatoes.

I mentioned before, we had a

terrible time last year starting

plants from seed. This year, we

built a grow light stand for our

transplants and we have grown

two flats of plants (one flat of a

cool-season crop mix and one

flat of tomatoes and peppers).

We planted earlier than what I

discussed, so my daughter,

Jennifer, would have something

to show as she demonstrates

how to make and use a

grow light during the Marshall

County 4-H Club Day last

week. We had plants up within

five days. Maybe in the near

future, I will write about how to

make and manage a grow light.

Greg Anderson


Waterville, KS

Trevor Lundberg


Frankfort, KS

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Senior Of The Week: Aaron Long

By Jessica Vines

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Senior Aaron Long wants to

be in the music industry, but his

job of choice is to become an

athletic team manager or director

because he wants to make

an impact on children’s lives.

Long plans to attend college at

Emporia State University

because, “I know a few more

people there, and I’ve been

there a lot.”

Long is the Son of Misty and

David Long and has three sisters;

Carrie, Kristin, and

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Jason. “My sister Kristin has

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done that most people haven’t

is served as manager at the

Shrine Bowl. The Shrine Bowl

is an All-Star football game that

features the best players from

sixty-eight school teams in the

state of Kansas. This experience

gave Long a memory that

he will never forget. “I’m the

first Valley Heights team member

to be on the winning

Shriner Bowl team.” The Play

Off Game is an All Star game

that raises money for Shriners


Home Notes

By Susan A. Latta - CEA

Marshall County Extension


Some men are not good

fathers. So are children any better

off without them in their

lives? The research shows that

Yes they are. Sadly, there are

consequences of the separation

that cannot be completely


Single mothers can show

tremendous courage in working

alone to raise their children.

Unfortunately, their heroism

typically goes unrecognized.

Adoptive parents can literally

save the lives of the children

they bring in to their lives.

Stepfathers can make tremendous

sacrifices on behalf of

their stepchildren. However,

these men, no matter how well

intentioned can’t replace the

birth fathers.

Children who are separated

from those who brought them

into the world have a gap in

their hearts that cannot be completely

filled by a remaining

parent, a stepparent, or adoptive

parent. A child’s life is in

three parts: child, father, and

mother. When one is gone, a

part of the child’s life is missing,

and the consequences for

both parent and child can be


Young men who are or could

be sexually active should

understand the lifetime impact

on the children who could be

brought into the world. For too

long professionals have sold

the idea to our culture that biological

fathers are unnecessary,

that any loving man (or

woman), would do. As difficult

as it might be for some to

accept, the research shows that

this is not true.

Biology does matter. We

know the impact of father

absence and presence on both

girls and boys. Understanding

why this is true is difficult to

explain because our science is

The Marshall County Arts

Cooperative is opening the doors to

the Lee Dam Center for Fine Art for

a special showing of the exhibit,

“Unmasking Mental Illness.” As an

added incentive, the cooperative is

inviting guests to have lunch while

viewing the display.

“Lunch with the Arts,” the first in

a series of monthly luncheons

scheduled for the center, will be

Friday, February 17, from 11:00

a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

“We want to attract as many people

to the art center as possible,”

said Renee Hoffman, the chairper-

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Long has been the Football

manager for four years, basketball

manager for three years

and track three years. Long has

also been in: FFA one year,

KAYs one year Library

Assistant one year, Band four

years, Vocal/Show Choir three

years, VH Club four years, and

FCA one year.

Long uses a quote that is

from the Bible, which gets him

through the day, “My Belief is

that it’s greater to lose my life

for the sake of the gospel of

Christ than to keep it.” This

quote inspires Long because,

“No matter what the Lord has

in store for my life, He should

get the glory. God could’ve

called me to heaven when I was

born. However, he has a purpose

for me on earth,” says


Long collects the Left

Behind series of novels, which

are Christian based books

about the end of time. “They

show the earth’s last days

through four kids and adults’


Long wants to be remembered

as the person who never

wasted his time. “We have a

very short time here on earth.

No one knows where or when

God will take their breath


Being a father is more than

biology though. The word

“father” has to be a verb, not

just a noun. Fathers have to

prove their worth. Children

want their fathers to become

their heroes. Courage is doing

the right thing even if you are

afraid; heroism is putting that

courage to work for a noble

purpose. What could be a more

noble purpose than being a parent

who takes an active role by

nurturing and guiding a young


What does becoming a heroic

father for children mean?

Fathers have to achieve four

outcomes to be seen as a hero

in their children’s eyes. Each

outcome can be summarized by

one word: stability, devotion,

respect, and integrity. Each outcome

is a test that challenges

fathers, especially when they

are separated from their children.

First, stability means having

a respectful relationship with

the child’s mother. When both

parents care about each other,

making that love evident to

their children contributes to

that stability. Even though the

love between parents can sadly

disappear, the love for their

children can endure.

When parents are divorced,

conflict with each other is very

stressful for children. Children

do not want to be used as

pawns in a game or revenge

between parents. Moreover,

they will lose respect for a parent

who demeans the other. A

father who treats the child’s

mother fairly and says only

what is positive about her to

their children takes the high

road that wins the child’s admiration.

Second, devotion means putting

our child’s well being

before our own. This requires a

sacrifice of time to be a part of

a child’s life. It means giving

son for the cooperative’s committee

that oversees the center. “We

thought if we served lunch that

would attract people to view the

exhibit during their lunch period.

It’s a great atmosphere to have a

casual lunch while viewing some

really interesting art pieces.”

The exhibit is presented in collaboration

with Pawnee Mental

Health Services, and it includes a

display of art from Pawnee’s

clients, families, and friends that

reside in ten counties. The exhibit

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away. That being said, we need

to use the time we have to bring

glory to God,” said Long. Long

is very unique in his own way

which makes him different

from other people. “I’m not

tender and nurturing hugs, listening

to a child, and sharing

our feeling in words that children

can understand. By sharing

how we feel, we can give

our children an opportunity for

kindness. Sharing such experiences

shows that we have the

strength to be open, to be a

window not a wall. Devotion

means proving we care.

Third, respect means standing

for something worth teaching.

If you have a child (or can

imagine having one), imagine

the child growing older...then

older, until he or she is late

middle aged. A friend

approaches your adult child

and asks, “When you were

growing up what did you learn

from your father? What did

your father stand for? (The

same could be said for mothers

as well). How would you want

your adult child to respond?

Children who answer the

question positively with an

expression of gratitude reveal

the extent of their respect for

their fathers. We teach the

important things by making

important limits “Treat people

gently!” is a better teaching

limit than “No hitting!” We use

our authority to convey principles

that can last a lifetime.

This means setting fair and

clear limits for children and

enforcing them when necessary.

We accept the burden of

authority that is an important

element in our relationships

with our children. Mothers and

fathers should be friendly to

their children but understand

that having authority means

that they cannot really be their

children’s friends. Real friendship

has to wait until their children

are old enough to be free

of parental authority.

Fourth, integrity means making

our words matter. We have

to think before we speak

because we will be challenged

to be faithful to what we say.

Arts Cooperative to Host Luncheon


Pancake Supper

St. Mark¹s Episcopal

Church, Blue Rapids, will have

its annual Shrove

Tuesday pancake supper

from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21 at

the church.

A free-will offering will be


The menu will be pancakes,

sausage, orange juice and coffee.

A portion of the proceeds

will go toward food programs

in the community.

St. Mark¹s Episcopal is at

Sixth and Lincoln streets.

tery, and it brings attention to the

fact that mental disorders are common

in the United States.

“This is a really unique exhibit

that features a variety of pieces,”

Hoffman said. “We’re exploring

various times to have the art center

open to attract a crowd. We thought

over the lunch hour might be a way

to attract some new clients.”

While viewing the exhibit guests

can enjoy a casual lunch that features

sandwiches, salads, potato

chips, desserts, and drinks. The cost

of the lunch is $5.00.

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afraid to stand up for what is

right,” says Long. “If something

is there that I think is

wrong, I’m going to make it


Therefore, if we say we will go

see a child’s performance at a

school play we have to be there

no matter how inconvenient it

might be. Excuses do not work

with children because they

view our making commitments

as promises.

The same is true for setting

consequences for misbehavior.

Telling a toddler, “If you throw

your spaghetti on the floor one

more time, we are not going to

grandma’s house this weekend!”

The child throws the

spaghetti on the floor. Now

what? Will we do what we said

we would? We could respond,

“What I just said was a mistake.

Now you have to leave

the table and help me clean up

the mess.” Mistakes are human.

Saying that we made a mistake

or telling children, “I am sorry”

too often though, diminishes

our integrity and the respect

they have for us. Better to

choose our words wisely at the


Stability, devotion, respect,

and integrity are four outcomes

that are important achievements

for both parents.

Mothers and fathers are likely

to follow different paths in a

common journey to become

heroes in their children’s memories.

Just being a father,

though, does not deserve the

mantle of being a hero. We

have to earn that position in a

child’s mind by making sacrifices,

being there whenever

possible, and showing our love

in many different ways. For

some men that journey is a

rocky road. If so, its difficulty

also provides greater opportunities

for nobility for over coming

fear and earning our child’s

respect and admiration. When

we do, we have passed the test

for becoming a hero in our children’s


month,” Hoffman said. “Right

now, we’re in the process of setting

up exhibits for the coming months.

We think this has a lot of potential.”

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Blue Rapids Historical Society To Make Community Cookbook

Food plays a very important

part in our history. From the

jerky carried in saddlebags and

the stews cooked over campfires

to microwave dinners.

Memories are strongly influ-

By Gene Meyer

Kansas Reporter

TOPEKA — Kansas road

builders are upset over a proposal

in the state House to

withhold $351 million from

state highway projectsin order

to helpcut state income-tax

rates for families and small


“There has got to be a better

way to reduce personal and

corporate income taxes than

taking it out of highway construction,”

said Brian Hansen,

of Dustrol Inc., a major state

highway contractor in


“Kansas legislators in the

last 20 years of highway pro-

A benefit dinner will be held

for the Medina family at the

Valley Heights High School on

February 17th from 5 p.m. to 7

p.m. serving Sloppy-Joes,

baked beans, chips, relishes

enced by food. We remember

the potato soup our mothers

made on cold winter days and

the hand cranked ice cream in

the summer. Generations of

families have come together at

grams already have ‘borrowed’

more than $1.5 billion, which

they’ve never paid back,”

Hansen said. “This would decimate

our business.”

State Rep. Richard Carlson,

R-St. Mary’s, this week introduced

a proposed state tax

overhaul plan he and other

House leaders say addresses

problems with a competing

plan proposed by Gov. Sam

Brownback in January. Carlson

is chairman of the House

Taxation Committee.

Both plans propose to reduce

the income tax rates that most

Kansans pay — by as much as

24 percent in some cases —

and to hold Kansas government

and dessert. A free will donation

will be given to the Medina

family. The dinner is sponsored

by the New Hope

Presbyterian Youth Group and

friends of the Medina family.

mealtime to share the details of

their day and celebrate the

important milestones in their

lives. The Blue Rapids

Historical Society is compiling

a cookbook to celebrate the his-

spending growth to no more

than 2 percent annually to

allow further cuts that will

abolish state income taxes


Brownback’s plan would

make permanent a temporary

state sales tax increase due to

expire this year and wipe out

home mortgage and other popular

deductions and tax credits

to make state tax codes, in his

words, simpler, flatter and fairer.

Carlson’s plan keeps the

deductions and credits, which

cut taxes for lower-income taxpayers

instead of raising them

slightly as Brownback's plan,

and allows the sales tax

increase to expire on schedule.

The reduced sales tax is at

the root of the road builders'


The reduction of what originally

was a 1 percentage point

sales tax increase — to 6.3 percent

— passed in 2010, is

tory and heritage of the Blue

Rapids area. If you have any

special recipes, with stories or

pictures, we would love to

include them in this cookbook.

Old recipes handed down,

scheduled July 1 to drop to 5.7

percent. The remaining 0.4 percent,

or about $160 million

annually, would be dedicated

permanently to the Kansas

Department of Transportation,

or KDOT.

But Carlson’s plan calls for

Kansas to keep the first two

years of that money, or about

$351 million, to pay the costs

of tax reduction. KDOT would

get the sales tax money after

that, along with an additional

$50 million yearly until the

$351 million from the first two

years is repaid.

“They get regular funding as

time goes on,” Carlson said

Friday before the plan was

introduced in his committee.

“I’m sure they would prefer it

not be done.”

That is an understatement,

said Kip Spray, president of

Venture Corp., a 40-year-old,

family-owned road building

contractor in Great Bend.

newer tried and true favorites

and those reflecting the different

cultural background of our

community would be greatly

appreciated. Contact Betty

Ball at 785-268-0186 Mary

The Blue Rapids Museum Hosts Valentine’s Breakfast

The Blue Rapids Muesum had a good turn out of their Valentine’s Breakfast.

Betty Feldhausen

Turns 90 On Feb. 25

Betty (Mrs. Clifford)

Feldhausen, formery Betty

McRae of Blue Rapids, will be

celebrating her 90th birthday

on February 25th. For anyone

who would like to send birthday

wishes, her address is:

1655 S. Georgetown, Apt.

#224, Wichita, Kansas 67218.

The Valley Heights

National Honor Society

Will be holding a Carnival

on Sat. Feb. 18th from 7

p.m. - 8:30 p.m. in the

Blue Rapids Gym

Photos by Deb Barrington.

Judy Hiatt of Mommas Treasures & Memories was making jewlery

during the Blue Rapids Museum Breakfast.

$50 Mill Mortgage Deal Won't Bring Quick Relief

By Gene Meyer

Kansas Reporter

TOPEKA — Kansas' $50million

slice of a record national

settlement of mortgageabuse

claims won't offer quick

relief for beleaguered homeowners,

credit experts say.

Even the attorneys general

who helped put the national

$25-billion package together

say it will take a month or more

to determine distribution plans

for the money. It may take as

long as three years to distribute

the promised help, according to

information on a national attorneys

general website,


Five of the nation's largest

home-mortgage companies

agreed to pay the money to settle

allegations of loan-processing

abuses. The money will

help, said Justin Robinson,

education director of the

Consumer Credit Counseling

Service Inc. chapter in Wichita.

"People had good jobs and

were making their mortgage

payments, then they lost their

jobs," Robinson said. "What

we're seeing in Wichita is that

even if they find another job

right away, many don't get the

same pay as before, and it gets

difficult to keep up with the


Homeowners should not

expect immediate relief, and

strict application rules could

slow the process even further.

It may take a long time to

deliver the promised relief if

the process is too rigid, said

Rick Sippel, a Consumer Credit

Counseling Service Inc. counselor

in Salina, who already

works daily to help clients out

of mortgage jams.

Mortgage reduction is timeconsuming

work, and the

lenders' agents he works with

are each handling as many as

100 cases a month, Sippel said.

“It’s impossible to deal with

that many cases now,” Sippel


“I know it would be more

costly, but I would like to see

the lenders spend more money

up front training the people

who are manning the phones

and doing the paperwork to

think on their feet instead of

reading a script on a computer

screen,” he said.

Any help is welcome, said

Kevin Andrews, a mortgage

counseling executive at the

Urban League of Wichita,

where 694 Wichita-area homeowners

last year sought help in

trying to make their mortgages

more affordable.

“When you are upside down

in your home and are unemployed

or under employed, this

helps,” Andrews said.

Realtor John Brocker said

he fears that fully restoring the

financial health of housing

markets may take even longer

than the three years outlined in

the settlement timetable.

“It’s a lot like the crisis in

farmland values we had back in

the 1970s and '80s,” said

Brocker, president of Allen

County Real Estate in Iola and

the Kansas Association of


“Farmland prices didn’t turn

around and start coming back

up until all the farm foreclo-

Adult Open Gym

At Blue Rapids

Aaron DeWalt goes up for a layup.

Photos by Deb Barrington.

sures we had back then cleared

the market, and that took

years,” Brocker said. “We’re

still deep in the woods, even

though we’re starting to walk


Realtytrac, the Irvine Calif.,

firm that has become the U.S.’

most widely recognized collector

of home foreclosure market

statistics, estimates 996 homes

in Kansas, or one in 1,239, are

in some stage of foreclosure

proceedings and predicts the

number will rise in 2012.

That’s on top of nearly 15,300

homes on the Kansas market

now, which the Kansas

Association of Realtors calculates

is a seven-month supply at

the current pace of sales.

More than 88,000 Kansans

were unemployed last month,

according to the Kansas

Department of Labor, said

Angela Berland, a deputy

director of the Kansas department's

Labor Market

Information Services Division.

Other federal Labor

Department statistics indicate

that almost that many more are

Road Builders Blast a KS House Tax-Cut Plan

Benefit Dinner For

The Medina Family

discouraged workers who temporarily

stopped looking for

jobs or were working part time

or in lower-paying jobs.


Alice Baker at 785-363-7193

or email

brcookbook@yahoo.com to

contribute recipes.

The Blue Rapids

Chamber Of Commerce

Meets on the 4th Tuesday of Every

Month At The Blue Rapids

Community Center At 7 p.m.

The Public Is Invited To Attend

The Blue Rapids

Museum is accepting

bids for electrical work

and heating/ac.

Contact Pat Osborne 363 7949

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VH Junior High Boys Finish 3rd in BVL Tournament

By Coach Gary Bargdill

Valley Heights Junior High

Boys were seated #4 this year

in the Blue Valley League

Tournament. They started the

tournament against #5 seated

Linn Bulldogs on Monday winning

42-26 in Clyde. The

Junior Mustangs were led in

scoring by Logan Woodyard

who had 17 points. Micah

Kenworthy added 10, Anthony

Edwards 6, Jarrett Whitson 5,

and Keaton DeWalt 4.

In the semi-finals on

Thursday the VHJH Mustangs

met the #1 seed Washington

Tigers in Clifton. In a hard

fought battle with several lead

changes throughout the game,

the Mustangs came up short

losing a tough defensive battle


In the consolation game on

Saturday, the Mustangs met the

#3 Luckey Cardinals. After

building an 11 point half time

lead of 28-17, the Junior

Mustangs held off a 4th quarter

run by Luckey to win 45-39.

The Junior Mustangs were led

in scoring by Micah

Kenworthy and Logan

Woodyard both with 15 points.

Keton DeWalt had 6, Anthony

Edwards 4, Layton Hartloff 3,

and Jarrett Whitson finished

with 2. Congratulatins to the

boys on their 3rd place finish

and an another exciting season

Anthony Edwards (10) jumps high to take a shot.

Madison Hargrave (23) takes a shot as

the Hanover defense closes in.

Sydney Cartier (22) and Shelby Vermetten (30) work together to keep Hanover’s

Paige Doebele (20) from moving closer to the net.

By Coach Noel

aggressive play, downing the ished with a record of 11-5, with

The JH Lady Mustangs didn't locals by a score of 28-35. their losses coming to Luckey

finish the season the way they In the 3rd place game, the (2), Hanover (2), and

had hoped, struggling to score ladies again found their team Washington (1). Washington

points in the semifinals and drop- trailing to Luckey late, but used a won the BVL Girls title, with

ping an overtime game in the surge of energy in the last 90 sec- Hanover placing 2nd and Luckey

consolation bracket at Clifton. onds to push the game into over- earning 3rd.

Against Hanover in the semitime. Sara Mann hit 2 big The B team finished with a 3-

finals, the girls could only put 28 freethrows to make that possible, 9 record and finished 4th in the B

points on the board, well below but the ladies were unable to fin- tournament hosted by

their season average, and ish the game off, taking 4th by a Washington at mid-season.

Hanover was able to capitalize score of 42-40.

The C team finished with a 2-

on some late freethrows and On the season, the A team fin-

Photos by Deb Barrington.

3 record.

Back Row (Left to Right): Coach Schreiner, Will Yungeberg, Adrian Pishny, Layton Hartloff, Anthony Edwards,

Micah Kenworthy, Garrett Link, Jarrett Whitson and Assistant Coach Bargdill.

Front Row (Left to Right): Manager Jared Oatney, Tanner Chartier, Harrison Blaske, Bryan Yungeberg,

Logan Woodyard, Keaton DeWalt and Manager Quentin Blaske. (Photo courtesy of Ryan Woodyard)

Jarrett Whitson (23) holds on tight to keep control of

the ball.

Kayla Smith (45) takes a shot over the

heads of the Hanover defense.

Keaton DeWalt (32) takes a shot while surrounded by

the Washington County defense.

Jr. High Lady Mustangs Take 4th In BVL Tournament

Brandi Roepke (55) passes the ball to Kayla Smith (45) while surrounded by the

Hanover defense.

Sports Blue Rapids Free Press - Thursday, February 16, 2012

Max Blaske (5) focuses on the net as he gets ready to

take a shot while the Onaga defense closes in.

Drew Mann (35) looks for an opening and scored 16

points for Valley Heights.

Kelsey Potter (24) moves in towards the net as she

scored 11 points for the Lady Mustangs.

Photos by Deb Barrington.

Dylan Parker (35) went up in the 1st quarter for a layup

and also had the winning basket at the end of the game!

10A 10

Mustangs Out Run Onaga Buffaloes, 46 - 44

Charles Musil (24) and Dylan Parker (35) work together to try and keep Onaga’s

Riley Falk (15) from getting the rebound

Lady Mustangs

Win Over Onaga

Buffaloes, 58 - 41

Tanner Trimble (10) and Gage Woodyard (00) try to keep Onaga’s Riley Falk (15)

from taking a shot.

Sheldon Kenworthy (30) shoves his was past Buffaloes’

Mitchell Duer (3) on hiw way to the net.

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