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Vol. 3 Number 45 Thursday, May 10, 2012

VH Students Break Records

Coach Alex Nolte (left) and Coach Crystal Gordon (right) stand with Valley Heights

Jr. High Students Logan Woodyard, Shelby Vermetten, Brandi Roepke, Kayla Smith

and Shea Manley who all broke records this year. (Photo by Deb Barrington)

Blue Valley League Records

By Kaitlyn Wilson

VHHS Journalism

It was a hot and humid day

on Thursday May 3rd, but that

didn’t keep the junior high

track team from winning. A

total of ten BVL records were

broken, seven of them belonging

to Valley Heights students.

Valley Heights now holds seventeen

BVL records, the highest

amount in the league.

Eighth grader, Brandi

Roepke broke three records at

the BVL track meet in the 100

M, 200 M and 400 M, dashes.

Her times are 12:84, 26:50,

and 59:62, respectively.

Roepke was already the holder

of the 100 M and 200 M dash

records in seventh grade. This

year she bumped out previous

holder of the 100 M dash,

Angela Anderson from Clifton

Clyde (time of 12:89 in 1981),

200 M dash holder Tiffany

LeDuc also from Clifton

Clyde (time of 27:35 in 1993),

and Valley Heights alumni

Kelly Coggins (time of

1:00:90 in 1990). “I told

myself that I had to get first,”

(Marysville, KS) -

Community Memorial

Healthcare (CMH) invites

patients, families and constituents

to join them in celebrating

National Hospital

Week, May 6-12. Celebrated

since 1921, National Hospital

Week is a time dedicated to

reinforcing the valuable contributions

hospitals make in communities

across the nation.

According to the Kansas

Hospital Association (KHA),

127 community hospitals in

Kansas annually staff nearly

10,000 beds; they see more

than 318,000 inpatient visits

(140,000 Medicare and 47,000

Medicaid); they assist in more

than 40,000 births; they provide

care during nearly 7 million

outpatient visits; and see

more than 1 million visits to

Kansas emergency depart-

states Roepke. “If I was second

then I would be the first loser.”

Seventh grader Logan

Woodyard is also the holder of

multiple records with a record

100 M dash (12:10) and long

jump (18’11.75”). He beat the

previous record holder of the

100 M dash, Clark from

Washington (time of 12:21 in

1985) and long jump holder J.

Stohs from Hanover (distance

of 17’10” in 1992)

Sixth grader Kayla Smith

now holds the seventh grade

girls’ record for long jump with

a distance of 15’9.5”. She

defeated the previous record

holder, Cassie Stunkel from

Linn who had a distance of

15’3.25” in 1995.

Sixth grader Shea Manley

holds the new record for seventh

grade girls’ triple jump

with a distance of 31’8”,

defeating the previous record

held by Claire Bruna from

Hanover (distance of 30’8” in


VH School Records

By Coach Alex Nolte

Brandi Roepke broke the

ments. Not only do hospitals

serve thousands of individuals,

keeping communities healthy,

strong and vibrant, hospitals

also benefit the financial health

of the state. In Kansas, hospitals

employ 73,890 people or

3.4 percent of all job holders

and generate $4.2 billion in

direct total income. In these

challenging economic times,

hospitals support the creation

of an additional 57,330 jobs in

other business and industry and

have a total employment

impact of more than 131,000

jobs. For every one dollar of

income generated in the hospital

sector, another 48 cents is

generated in other businesses

and industries in the state’s

economy; thus, having an estimated

total impact on income

throughout all business and

industry of more than $6.3 bil-

400m record that she previously

held as a 7th grader in

the first meet of the year running

a 1:02.16 at Washington.

Since then she has lowered her

record every meet running

1:01.5 at Hanover, 1:00.82 at

Onaga, 1:00.65 at Frankfort,

59.86 at the Valley Heights

Invitational and then 59.62 at

the BVL meet. (The Valley

Heights record previously was

held by Kristen Moehlenbrink

set back in 1975.)

Brandi also broke a 33 year

old record in the 100M dash

this season running it in 12.62

seconds. The previous record

(11.9 seconds, 100 yards) was

held by Rose Korte set in


And to make the season

complete she also broke

Moehlenbrink’s 200M record

(27.6 seconds, 200 yards) set

also in 1975 with a 26.50 seconds.

Shelby Vermetten also

broke the Valley Heights shot

put record previously held by

Ariel Prell. The new distance

is 37 feet 2.5 inches.

CMH Celebrates National Hospital Week


Community Memorial

Healthcare, with 230 employees,

6 family practitioners, 6

nurse practitioners, a surgeon,

and a host of volunteers, plays

a crucial role in the delivery of

healthcare in Marshall and surrounding

counties. As the second

largest employer in

Marysville, CMH has a combined

salary and benefit impact

of over $10.75 million. As a

safety net provider, CMH paid

out over $1.5 million in uncompensated

care in 2011.

In celebration of National

Hospital Week, CMH recognizes

its employees and volunteers

for their important role in

delivering quality care for people

in northeast Kansas and

southeast Nebraska.

To celebrate National Hospital Week, CMH offers free blood draws for all its

employees. CMH Laboratory provides this service. CMH Lab staff members

include (front row, left to right): Angie Lee, Benjie Campo, and Verna Foley; (back

row, left to right): Wenzel Pelone, Rosemary Forst, Carrie Schmitz, Ginger Martin,

and Rowena Campo (Photo courtesy of Ginger Martin).

Important Housing Project Info

Doug McKinney, Executive

Director, and Carol Torkelson,

Housing Director, with the

North Central Regional

Planning Commission met with

the County Commissioners

Monday morning to outline

some of the details of the

HOME Program. Very briefly

here they are:

Marshall County would

apply for up to $250,000 for

structure repairs on owner

occupied home located anywhere

in the county.

Funds are awarded by the

Kansas Housing Resources

Corporation on a competitive



The maximum award to a

owner occupied home is


Funds can be used for foundation

repair, roof replacement,

new siding, electrical work,

plumbing, sewer repair, insulation,

windows, doors and other

repairs necessary to bring the

structure up to standard.

The home must be the principle

resident of the applicant.

Only those homes filed with

the Register of Deeds in the

applicants name are considered


At the completion of the

project the owner will be given

a 3 year “soft” loan held by the

Kansas Housing Resources

Corporation. At the end of 3

years the loan is forgiven if the

Heritage Of The Ice Age

The Ice Age Monument in Blue Rapids. (Photo courtesy of Pat Osborne)


One hundred years ago, a

group of politically minded

Blue Rapids residents prevailed

upon Pres. Teddy Roosevelt to

pause his train and speak to the

people of BR from the caboose.

Ninety-nine years ago, Blue

Rapids citizens guaranteed

$1,000 to the World Tour of the

Chicago White Sox and the

New York Giants to bring them

to town for a game.

At a time when small towns

like Blue Rapids, KS are struggling

to stay alive, it is time for

another bold move. The creation

of the Ice Age Monument,

done in the spirit of our town

founders, is such a move.

With its soaring spires, the

monument creates the feeling

Contributed By Dixie Talbot

VHHS Journalism

Trading in AR points accumulated

over the school year

for pizza is one sure sign summer

is near. Dixie Talbot,

Media Specialist, hosted the

annual AR pizza party during

lunch on May 4th serving 15

students. Senior high students

who were invited to the pizza

party had to earn at least 175

AR points, while junior high

students were required to earn

125 AR points. Earning this

honor is not just a reward for

current owner still lives in the

project home. Should they sell

the home prior to the 3 year

term 1/36 of the loan is forgiven

for each month the current

owner lives in the home.

The program has eligible

income limits as follows:

# in Household Income

1 $32,550

2 $37,200

3 $41,850

4 $46,500

5 $50,250

6 $53,950

7 $57,700

8 $61,400

The Marshall County

Housing Study indicates that

the following locations have

need for housing rehabilitation


Axtell 27

Beattie 20

Blue Rapids 88

Frankfort 69

Marysville 265

Oketo 10

Summerfield 18

Vermillion 17

Waterville 56

Balance of County


To participate in the HOME

Program, the County would be

of the powerful glaciers hundreds

of feet thick which bulldozed

our hills and valleys and

left the sand and gravel

deposits which we mine and

the rich soils which we farm.

When the glaciers melted

10,000 years ago, the new landscape

became home to mammoths,

saber-tooth cat, bison

and giant ground sloths. To add

to the beauty of the landscape,

the glaciers also rolled down

huge boulders of Sioux

Quartzite from Minnesota,

smoothing and rounding them

on the way and scattered them

throughout the lush green landscape

like a giant game of marbles.

This quartzite, featured

on the monument, was formed

1.5 billion years ago making

them the oldest rocks in

students’ stomachs; it is helping

them to become life-long learners

and readers.

Students who enjoyed pizza:

7th graders

Ashton O’Toole

Adrian Pishny

Zack Sprague

Shelby Vermetten

8th graders

Sydney Chartier

Kim Enoch

Jarret Griffee

Jarrett Whitson

required to inject a minimum of

25% of the total amount of the

grant. It is proposed that a

major portion of this amount be

provided through the County’s

Neighborhood Revitalitation

Program (NRP).

URGENT: At 11:00AM on

Monday, May 14 the County

Commissioners will decide

whether or not to submit an

application to participate in the

HOME Program through the

North Central Regional

Planning Commission. Their

decision will be based to a large

extent on the number of qualified

home owners that have

expressed an interest in participating

in the program.













AT 562-9830 AS SOON AS


If you or any homeowner has

questions regarding the program,

please give Juanita a call.

Thank you for your cooperation

in this important effort for

all of Marshall County!

George McCune

This monument, envisioned

by Prof. George Callison,

BRHS Class of 1958 and world

renowned paleontologist, will

give Blue Rapids something

new of which to be proud.

Geologist, scientists, tourists,

alumni and those who search

out the unique will find it on

the Round Town Square in the

only Blue Rapids in America.

Dedication ceremony is May

19th at 11:00 at the site with a

wooly mammoth lunch to follow

in the Community Center.

The free will offering for lunch

will benefit the Ice Age information

and display center at the

Blue Rapids Museum.

Reading Earns Points for Pizza


Gabe Aguilar

Santana Holliman


Ray Aguilar


Devin Griffee

Katelyn Musil


Rachel Christie

Blake Zimmerling


News Blue Rapids Free Press - Thursday, May 10, 2012


VH Goes To Music Competition in Wichita

By Jessica Flower

VHHS Journalism

Valley Heights Mixed

Ensemble ended the year in a

good state of mind. Attending

the State Music Festival in

Wichita on April 28th, the

Mixed Ensemble earned a 2

rating. Shelli Miller performed

Minuet in D Minor by Bach as

a solo on her Tenor Sax earning

a 2 rating. Wendy Hale also

performed a solo piece on her

clarinet, Russian Sailor’s

Dance, earning a 2 rating.

The day included a lot of

patience indicates Casy Flower,

fr. Mixed Ensemble member,

“We waited for Wendy and

Shelli to get done playing their

solos. Then we warmed up and

waited a while longer; then we

sang and waited for our

results.” Even though the

Mixed Ensemble got a 2 for

their performances of Wade in

the Water and Inscription of

Hope, Music Director, Kim

Oatney, was so proud of the

group, says Flower. “I felt

excited because it was my first

time going to state, and I felt

confident with our singing, and

I felt we did well. When we

walked into the room, it was

like BAM, a burst of serious-

Shelli Miller received a 2 rating at State. Wendy Hale received a 2 rating at State.

ness,” says Flower. VHHS Mixed Ensemble received a 2 rating at State. (Photos courtey of VHHS Journalism)


Vernon A. Diederich

Vernon A. Diederich, 90,

died Friday, May 4 at the

Washington County Hospital.

Visitation will be from 2 to 6

p.m., Monday, May 7, at

Sacred Heart Catholic in


A rosary service will be held

at 6 p.m., Monday, at the


Mass of Christian Burial will

be held at 10 a.m., Tuesday,

May 8, at St. Michael’s

Catholic Church, Kimeo.

A Div. of Blue Valley Insurance Agencies, Inc.

Burial will be in St.

Michael’s Catholic Cemetery.

Vernon was born at Kimeo

on July 4, 1921 to Mathias and

Mary (Perott) Diederich. He

was a member of St. Michael’s

Catholic Church and later

Sacred Heart Catholic,


Vernon was a farmer and

raised cattle and pigs. He

enjoyed reading his bible and

spending time with family.

On April 26, 1945, he was

Kitchen Fire At Mesa View

The fire at Mesa View in Blue Rapids burned through the kitchen in the home of

Kevin Brady, Kayla Davis and their two children Dalton, almost 3 years old, and

Hannah, 6 weeks old. All 4 of them are doing well and were not injured by the fire.

(Photo by Deb Barrington)

Home of Elsie Grace’s

Dry Food Mixes and

Homeade Fudge

Gifts for all occassions

Saturday 9-3



Blue Rapids and Marysville Area

Farm & Ranch

Free Estimates


Kenneth L. Sells, Agent

united in marriage to Evelyn

Laird at Kimeo. She preceded

him in death in 1989.

He was also preceded in

death by his parents; infant son,

John Michael; brother, Joseph

Diederich; and sisters,

Bernadine Martin, Helen

Martin, Viola Martin, Leona

Schultz and Dorothy Shaw.

Survivors include his sons;

Michael (Della) Diederich,

Patrick (Bonnie) Diederich,

John (Cheryl) Diederich,

Mathias (Kelli) Diederich, all

of Greenleaf; daughters,

Dorothy Diederich, Greenleaf,

Helen (Delmar) Weiche,

Barnes, Sally (John) Walter,

JoAnn (Randy) Thorman, all of

Greenleaf, Mary Lisa

Diederich, Manhattan; sister,

Mildred Bulk, Topeka; several

grandchildren and great grandchildren.

A memorial fund has been

established in his name and

will be designated later.

Contributions may be sent in

care of Ward Funeral Home.

Mitchell A.


Mitchell A. Whitesell, age

54, of Blue Rapids, passed

away on Tuesday, May 08,

2012, at his home.

Memorial services are

planned for 2:00 pm, Saturday,

May 19, 2012 at Terry-Christie

Funeral Home in Waterville.

Cremation is planned.

Memorials are to be designated

later and may be sent in

care of the funeral home.

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Let Mom enjoy her flowers longer and receive a

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Public Meeting

Anyone that would be interested

in discussing the purchase

of the property on the west side

of the square (the hole), we are

going to have a meeting at the

community center on Thursday

5/17/12 at 7:00 p.m. to discuss

the value and possibilities for

the lot.

Anyone with questions contact

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News Blue Rapids Free Press - Thursday, May 10, 2012 3A

Jr. High Track Breaks Records

Shea Manley, Logan Woodyard, Brandi Roepke and Kayla

Smith stand proud after breaking their BVL records.

Kayla Smith broke the 7th grade girls long jump with

a jump of 15’ 9.5”.

Logan Woodyard broke the 7th grade boys 100 M dash

with a run of 12.10.

Marshall County To Have Wheat Plot Tour

By Michael Vogt

Marshall County Extension


This has be a wild year for

producing wheat. The wheat

crop is developing two to three

weeks earlier than normal.

Therefore, the annual

Marshall County Wheat Plot

Tour, will be held earlier than

normal on Wednesday, May 23.

The tour will begin at 5:30

P.M. at the Richard Holthaus

Farm, located a little over 1

mile north of Axtell on 30th


There will be 14 wheat varieties

and blends to see at the

tour. We have several newer

wheat varieties we are testing,

such as K-State's Everest and

AgriPro's CJ, Jackpot, and

Wolf and Westbred's Cedar and

Stout. As well as popular

wheat varieties such as

Westbred's Santa Fe and

All Your Ag Needs

Armour, K-State's Fuller,

AgriPro's Art, and a wheat


Following the tour, there will

be a supper served by the Axtell

Busy Bees 4-H Club and sponsored

so far by Bern Seed


During the wheat plot tour,

you will be able to hear about

the latest wheat varieties, production

practices, and latest

wheat production practices

from KSU Extension personnel,

and industry personnel.

If you plan on attending the

Marshall County Wheat Plot

Tour, please contact the

Marshall County Extension

Office at (785) 562-3531, or by

E-mail at mvogt@ksu.edu, and

let us know you are attending

by Monday, May 21, so that we

have some idea of how many

meals to prepare.

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ferent wheat varieties and

blends fared this year, and how

wheat can work in your crop

rotation, then make plans to

attend the Marshall County

Wheat Demonstration Plot

Tour on Wednesday, May 23.

If it rains, listen to KNDY

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Photos by Deb Barrington and courtesy of Lynn Roepke.

Logan Woodyard prepares for his BVL record breaking

18’ 11.75” long jump.

Taylor Doner moves through the air as she gets ready

to land for her long jump.

Brandi Roepke and Hannah Steenson make their way

around the track during their runs.


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NEWS EWS Blue Rapids Free Press - Thursday, May 10, 2012

Golf Went To Linn For Tornament

Valley Heights Individual Results

Name Final

Brenden Dobrovolny 90

Patrick Hale 109

Alec Doner 103

Levi Berger 101

Michael Clark 109

Devin Griffee 117

Valley Heights took 4th place at the tournament.

Information courtesy of Coach Noel.

Forensics Ends Season by Reaching a Milestone

By Jessica Flower

VHHS Journalism

Valley Heights forensics

member places at State Champs

on Saturday May 5th. Five

thespians competing at State

Champs advanced to semifinals,

with Treg Arganbright,

jr., advancing to finals to take

sixth in Solo Acting Humorous.

There are two types of state

forensic competitions, State

Champs and State Festival.

Champs competition includes

three preliminary rounds identifying

those who are good

enough go on to the semi-final

round. After the semi-final

round only six contestants

remain to advance to the fifth

and final round. Jesse Zidek,

May 13

Mother's Day at the Weaver


May 26

Nickel Day in Downtown


May 27

Biscuits & Gravy Breakfast

at the Weaver Hotel

June 16

Red Solo Cup BBQ in

Midge's Garden at Weaver


Bob Hope Review/

Waterville Opera House

June 30

Whistlestop History Ride on

the Central Branch Railroad

July 3

Open Meeting at Blue

Rapids Community Center on

May 21st at 7 p.m.

Carey Dennis from Capri

Pools will be at the Blue Rapids

Community Center regarding

Independence Day

Celebration at the Lipton Ball


July 14 & 15

Waterville Summer Theater


August 3,4,5

Valley Heights All-stars

Youth / Waterville Opera

House production

September 8

Trains, Planes, and

Automobiles Festival

BR Pool Meeting

the design and features of the

new swimming pool for Blue


The Public is encouraged to


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jr., Alex Laughlin, jr., Treg

Arganbright, jr., Kaitie Kinzel,

sr., competed at State Champs

making it to the semi-final

round. Drew Mann, fr., also

competed at State Champs. “I

think we did really well; this is

the most people who have

advanced to semi-finals in a

long time,” remarked Forensics

Coach Lynette Coon. “There

were a lot of schools that didn’t

get to go to finals so the fact

that we got to was an amazing


Two students competed at

the State Festival competition,

which is conducted quite a bit

differently than State Champs.

Competitors perform one time

in front of a judge who rates

2nd Grade Bake Sale

Mr. Schreiner’s 2nd grade class held a bake sale in

Waterville. The students had all of the treats sold in

just a few short minutes. (Photo by Deb Barrington)

Upcoming Waterville Events

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


WHS Tyler Singleton 82 1

WHS Nathan Doss 87 2

OHS Zak Marten 88 3

OHS Devin Schlegel 90 4

OHS Lucas Helger 90 5

VHHS Brenden Dobrovolny 90 6

LHS Zak Voelker 90 7

OHS Matt Marten 91 8

LHS Kyle Kolle 94 9

LHS Blaine Joonas 97 10

their performance with a 1, 2,

or 3. Brook Claycamp, jr., and

Haden Botkin, fr., both per-

formed at State Festival receiving

top ratings of 1 for their


Jessie Zidek and Drew Mann juggle back and forth

during their Forensic performance at the Waterville

Grade School. (Photo by Deb Barrington)

Students Visit Square

The after school program through the Methodist

Church visited Fountain Park in Blue Rapids. They

learned about the history of the local monuments.

(Photo by Linda Brake)



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Mother’s Day Buffet: Sunday May 13th 11 am -2 pm

Buffet with Fried Chicken and Roast Beef, Mashed Potatoes

and Gravy, Green Bean Casserole and Sweet Corn. Served

along with our fresh salad bar.

$8.95 adults, $5.95 kids 5-12, under 5 eat free!

Reservations are recommended!

Catering & Party Room Available!



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785-799-3787 • Cell - 785-562-6787


Happy 80th Birthday

Patricia (Bishop) Rainey turns 80 this

year. Come to the Blue Rapids

Community Center on the 20th of May

to wish her a Happy Birthday.

We will be there from 11:00am to

2:00pm, we will be in the smaller room.

Thanks to those who made the BR Museum’s

2nd Annual Czech Festival a success. It

wouldn’t have happened without set up/take

down crew, chefs, servers, money takers,

dessert makers, salad makers, table cleaners,

dishwashers, the blow torch, callers, speakers,

band, kolache makers, photographers,

Czech queens, vendors, city crew, sign makers,

museum workers, the Cuba bunch, railroaders

and patrons of our Czech lunch.

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3 like new

2 with 1/2 tread left

All are 225/75 R16

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Hoppenstedt Nursing Scholarship Available

Marysville, KS –

Community Memorial

Healthcare (CMH) announces

applications are now available

for the Hoppenstedt Nursing

Scholarship. Made possible

through the Henry W.

Hoppenstedt Trust, the scholarship

will be awarded to a student

who has been accepted

into a registered nursing program

at an accredited school of

nursing. Applicants must be a

graduate of a Marshall County

High School, have proof of

admittance to an accredited

nursing program, and meet

other eligibility requirements.

CMH will award scholarship

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The Bryton Stoll Band, made

up of three local residents, will

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is free and will be held in

front of the Lee Dam Center for

Fine Art, 201 South 9th Street.

“The city gave us permission

to block off the street in front of

the art center so we can host an

old-fashioned street dance,”

said Jenny Thayer-Wood, one

of the event’s organizers.

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we hope that families will

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The band’s namesake,

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Stoll, a singer/songwriter,

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Marshall County Minutes

April 30, 2012

The Board of Marshall

County Commissioners met in

regular adjourned session with

Thomas K. Holle Chairman;

Charles R. Loiseau and Robert

S. Connell member s and

Sonya L. Stohs, County Clerk


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 Thomas K.

Holle seconded by Robert S.

Connell Unanimous.

County Appraiser Janet

Duever met with the Board to

discuss purchasing a new printer

for her office. Charles R.

Loiseau moved, seconded by

Thomas K. Holle to approve

the purchase of a Lexmark

T652dn printer in the amount

of $1,299.47. Unanimous.

County Attorney Laura

Johnson-McNish met with the


Charles R. Loiseau moved,

seconded by Robert S. Connell

to approve the Home City

Sewer bills and pay them from

the appropriate funds available.


Robert S. Connell moved,

seconded by Charles R.

Loiseau to approve the following

purchase orders.


Network Computer

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# 4156

Intoximeters, Inc., St. Louis,

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for springs on lift bus $508.76-

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for ad in K-State Collegian

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Emergency Management

Director William

Schwindamann Jr. met with the


Charles R. Loiseau moved,

seconded by Robert S. Connell

to approve the Chairman signing

the 2012 Application

Emergency Performance grant

with Kansas Division of

Emergency Management.


Vicki Gross, Marysville was

present to observe the meeting.

Marty and Denise Nordhus,

Marysville; Kenny Claeys,

Marysville; Wilbur and Loretta

Jueneman, Hanover;

Marysville Township Officer

John Howard; Dave Claeys,

Oketo, and Mark Goeckel,

Hanover met with the Board to

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is a road from 10th Road ½

mile west.

Register of Deeds Martha

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deed to help clarify the question

of whether it was a road.

Laura Johnson-McNish met

with the Board to discuss the

question of is it a road or not.

She told the group that she

would do further research on

the road situation and have a

legal determination next week.

Public Works Administrator

Mike Craig and Public Works

Coordinating Supervisor Larry

Polson met with the Board.

Emergency Management

Director William

Schwindamann Jr and Public

Works Administrator Mike

Craig discussed their concerns

on the possible detour that the

Kansas Department of

Transportation has for the

replacement of the K-9 Coon

Creek bridge on how it would

affect emergency personnel and

vehicles response times.

Charles R. Loiseau moved,

seconded by Robert S. Connell

to approve Resolution # 12-04-

30-1 to establish the speed limit

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Robert S. Connell moved,

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Home Notes

By Susan A. Latta - CEA

Marshall County Extension


The only thing in life that is

constant is change. Those

changes are the ones that make

us grow as individuals, it is

what keeps us developing as

people. But change is often

very difficult to deal with even

if the changes in life are ultimately

for the better. Life transitions

like losing/getting a job,

moving to another place, death,

having a baby, starting

school/college, are challenging

because they force us to let go

of the familiar and face the

future with a feeling of vulnerability.

Parents frequently become

so pre-occupied they forget that

life transitions have an emotional

impact on their children.

Children depend on their parents

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When parents are tense, upset

and inattentive, it disrupts the

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Help you children best by

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as Cabaret and Chicago. The

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by Rupert Holmes with the

music composed by John

Kander and the lyrics written

by Fred Ebb.

The musical is set in 1959

and follows the untalented cast

of Robbin’ Hood of the Old

West. The show’s star is murdered

during the opening night

curtain call which brings local

police detective, Frank Cioffi,

to the scene to investigate the

crime. Coincidentally, Cioffi is

also a musical theatre aficionado

and solves not only the

crime, but saves the show.

“The show is fantastic,” said

Wayne Kruse, the musical’s

director. “Even though the

show was written recently, it

feels like a Broadway classic.

The characters, the songs, the

plot make the show feel like it’s

a Broadway chestnut.”

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from others. Confide in those

you see as mentors.

Be honest with your children

about what is going on in a way

that is within the child’s understanding.

Do not keep the

“new situation” including the

income loss a secret from children

and other family members.

Talk about family priorities

and create a plan. Discuss

how each person could contribute

to a new smoother


Do not rush the process.

Recognize symptoms of stress

that may affect your children;

sleeplessness, diarrhea, withdrawal,

headaches, and/or

angry outbursts. Take time to

encourage the child to share

feelings and fears. Let children

know that you are afraid or

nervous sometimes too. If you

feel ineffective in helping your

children manage stress, talk to

teachers, counselors, or others

that know how to help children.

Keep some things the same.

Too many changes at once can

be over whelming. However,

some changes are unavoidable,

such as a move, so try to keep

the changes in perspective.

Help your children focus on

the positive aspects of their

lives. Look at family and personal

strengths and draw on talents

and contributions of all

because we’re able to showcase

so many of our local actors and

actresses,” said Kruse.

“Obviously, there’s the main

character, the show’s protagonist.

However, there are twelve

other roles that are just as juicy.

Plus, the supporting ensemble

gets to perform in many production

numbers. There’s plenty

of stage time for everyone.”

There are five main roles for

women and eight main roles for

men. The ages for the main

characters range from those in

their early twenties to those in

their late seventies. “Again,

this range of ages works well

for us,” Kruse added. “This

gives a lot of people the opportunity

to share the spotlight.”

The singing and dancing

ensemble requires at least fourteen

performers. Similar to the

main characters, the ages for

the chorus range from those

entering seventh grade on up.

“Since we’re a community theatre,

we try to produce shows

that allow a wide variety of

people to audition,” Kruse

explained. “That’s not always

easy. For this show, the

youngest actors that we can

accept are adolescents about to

enter junior high school. The

good news is that this diverse

age range adds dimension to

the cast, and it makes the summer

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Auditions will be held

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22 and 23, from 6:00 p.m. until

8:30 p.m. in the music room at

Marysville Elementary School.

Those wanting to audition

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Laughter: The best medicine

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Laughter is a good exercise for

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Laughter creates a positive note

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Life changes and transitions

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the changes, readjust to the new

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Volunteers 55+ Are Meeting Critical Community Needs

The Corporation for National

and Community Service is joining

with organizations across

the country to honor the powerful

impact of Senior Corps volunteers

and encourage more

Americans 55+ to serve their

communities through the third

annual Senior Corps Week, taking

place May 7-11.

For more than four decades,

Senior Corps volunteers have

used their lifetime of skills and

experience to meet community

needs. Today more than

330,000 volunteers age 55+ are

serving through Senior Corps'

three programs – Foster

Grandparents, Senior

Companions, and RSVP.

“At a time of increased need

and declining resources, volunteers

age 55 and over are stepping

in to fill the gaps,” said

Wendy Spencer, CEO of the

Corporation for National and

Community Service. “Today,

more than ever, communities

need the talents and skills of all

Americans to help move this

nation forward. Senior Corps

volunteers are delivering enormous

social and economic benefits

to our communities and

demonstrating that service is

good for the nation and those

who serve.”

In addition to helping others,

older volunteers are also helping

themselves by living active,

healthy lives through volunteering.

A growing body of research

points to mental and physical

health benefits associated with

volunteering, including lower

mortality rates, increased

strength and energy, decreased

rates of depression, and fewer

physical limitations. With nearly

one in every five Americans

projected to be age 60 or older

by 2030, a great opportunity

exists to engage older

Americans in service to meet

critical community needs while

contributing to longer, healthier


“As the leading edge of the

boomer generation reaches the

traditional retirement age of 65,

nonprofits and communities

should be poised to take advan-

tage of this extraordinary wave

of human capital that has the

potential to transform our

nation,” said Dr. Erwin Tan,

Director of Senior Corps at the

Corporation for National and

Community Service.

“America’s baby boomers are

the largest, healthiest, best-educated

generation in history, and

they can leave an incredible

legacy through service to others.”

• Meeting critical community

needs. More than 270 RSVP

volunteers in Marshall and

Washington Counties, assist

First Responders to be prepared

for natural disasters by taking

part in training drills, tutor and

mentor children, improve the

environment, mobilize additional

community volunteers,

assist in providing nutritious

food to families through Meals

on Wheels, Food Pantries,

Freezer Meals and helping to

distribute Commodities. They

also provide business and technical

expertise to nonprofits. In

many communities, RSVP is

the only program matching

older volunteers with service

opportunities. Last year RSVP

volunteers provided 26,780

hours of service through more

than 50 organizations. These

volunteers provided mentoring,

academic, and other service to

children and youth and helped

the elderly to remain in their

homes as long as possible.

According to data from the

Corporation for National and

Community Service, 18.7 million

older adults – nearly a

quarter of those 55 and older –

contributed on average more

than three billion hours of service

in their communities per

year between 2008 and 2010.

The yearly economic benefit of

this service to the nation equals

more than $64 billion.

With the theme “Making a

Difference for Generations,”

Senior Corps Week highlights

the powerful impact of 55+ volunteers

and inspires others to

get involved. The initiative recognizes

that service by older

Americans benefits everyone –

it helps volunteers by keeping

them active, healthy, and

engaged; it helps our communities

to have millions more

skilled volunteers; and it helps

our nation by saving taxpayer

dollars and strengthening civic


“During Senior Corps Week,

as we celebrate the extraordinary

contributions of older volunteers,

let us also redouble our

Pictures From Around The Area

Phil Osborne presented Loretta Sawin with a pin and

certificate for 35 years of service to RSVP.

LouJuana (left) and Don Stryker (right) watch as their

daughter Morgan Stryker, Hanover, signs a letter of

intent to dance at Cloud County Community College.

efforts to engage more 55+

Americans in serving their

communities,” said Spencer.

“Volunteering is a great way to

stay active and healthy, learn

skills, make friends, and experi-

Delores Sedlacek, Caroline Gerstner, Irene Marschman, Darlene Iles, Lorraine

Wassenberg and Jane Zimmerman, all from Marysville work together to get the

Newsletter ready to mail. (Photos courtesy of RSVP)

Helen Warnica, Frankfort; Melba Stohs, Marysville;

and Shirley Anderson, Frankfort work together to

make freezer meals.

Renee Polson of the Methodist Church presented a $500

donation to Jean Gallagher for the Blue Rapids Pool.

Valley Heights 5th Grade students give the bench at

the Blue Rapids Square a new coat of paint as part of

their community service.

Photos by Linda Brake, Deb Barrington and courtesy of Blue Valley Senior Living and Lisa Hynek.

ence the joy and satisfaction

that comes from serving others.

Call the RSVP office at 785-

562-2154 to find volunteer

opportunities in your community.”


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Reception at 6:00 p.m. at the

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Senior of the Week: Joey Aguirre

By Kaitlyn Wilson

VHHS Journalism

Easy-going Senior Joey

Aguirre has a relaxed perspective

on life and a unique personality.

“There’s not a lot that

makes me different from other

people” says Aguirre, “But

what makes me different is so

unique I can’t name it.”

Aguirre has participated in

Football 2 years, Track 1 year,

FFA 1 year, KAYs 1 year, and

Forensics 1 year. He has also

been involved in LEOs for 2

years. Outside of school,

Aguirre likes to play Xbox with

friends or go skateboarding.

Aguirre has also been deep-sea

fishing at an island about three

and a half miles off the shore of

Newport Beach, California.

M-ACT Play List an Impressive Mix

of Theater Tradition and Risk

By Jan Pope

The 30th anniversary celebration

of Marysville Area

Community Theater on Friday,

May 18th will give past members

a chance to share memories

and traditions. Looking at

the list of shows performed in

the past 30 years by M-ACT is

more than a walk down memory

lane, however. It is a clear

definition of the tradition,

diversity and expanse of this

local theatrical organization.

Looking at the shows by

decades, the 1980’s (M-ACT

began in 1983) have many of

the “typical” selections one

might expect of a community

theater: Oklahoma! (1983),

Arsenic and Old Lace (1984),

Music Man (1985), Witness for

the Prosecution (1986),

Brigadoon (1987), A Christmas

Carol (1988), and Anything

Goes (1989). But early on the

group was willing to take some

chances with their show choices,

trying Fiddler on the Roof

early on in 1986 and the

demanding drama/musical

Camelot in 1988.

The plays M-ACT has produced

over their 30-year history

are selected through a definite

process. Scripts are always

being read by members and

directors. “The key to doing a

show,” according to current M-

ACT president Carla Wolfe, “is

having a director who wants to

MCDC Minutes for April 12

The Marshall County

D e v e l o p m e n t

Corporation/Tourism met on

April 12, 2012 at the Blue

Rapids Museum at 7:00 PM.

There were 12 members present.

Website hits are about the

same. Discussed the use of

Scan Squares at all county

sites, these are a computer generated

“square” that when

scanned with a smart phone

will take you right to a website.

Erin Owen demonstrated with

her I Phone how they work. It

was a general consensus to find

out more about them and the

cost to develop one for us.

Bruce Dierking agreed to do

some checking starting with

John Denton of Denton

Designs and Blue Valley


The Fort Riley Expo went

very good. Bill Oborny,

Charlie Weickert and John

Howard set the booth up on

Friday. Bill Oborny, Georgena

Lindquist, Joyce Stryker and

Sandy Isaacson-Bynum

worked the booth on Saturday.

There were 5 brochure grant

applications received.

1. Vermillion-Memorial

Noon Luncheon

2 Koester House Foundation

3. Marysville Farmers


4. Blue Rapids museum

5. Marshall County

Historical Railroad Society.

It was approved to award

each applicant $150.00

There were 9 event grant

applications received.

1. Vermillion, Memorial Day

2. Koester House, Sylvia


3. Summerfield Street

4. Frankfort Summerfest

5. Blue Rapids Ice Age

Monument Dedicated

6. Waterville Burger Bash

7. Marshall County Railroad

“The most influential person

in my life would have to be my

mom,” Aguirre states. “She has

been through a lot and has

taught me very valuable lessons

throughout the years.”

After high school, Aguirre

plans to take online classes at

Colorado Technical University

so he can become financially

secure and support a family


In the meantime, Aguirre

remembers the good times he

had playing football during

rainy nights with mud flying

everywhere. Aguirre describes

himself as a loveable person,

especially around animals and

would like to be remembered

as easy to get along with and

for his willingness to try and

make everyone happy.

direct a particular script.” And

doing a play that has a director

ready to direct is paramount to

success. Though M-ACT has

hired directors to do the summer

musicals, it only occurred

a half dozen times in the 30

years. Otherwise directors are

volunteers, just like the cast

and crew.

The potential talent available

is important to consider when

selecting shows to perform.

“We are always short of men -

that’s just the nature of community

theater - so a play heavy in

male roles is hard to cast,”

Wolfe explains. The group has

to consider if a show can be

realistically cast in the

male/female role balance, ages,

numbers, etc. The local troupe

did attempt some shows requiring

a lot of men in A Few Good

Men in 1995 and How to

Succeed in Business Without

Really Trying in 2009.

In the 90’s, M-ACT took

some more risks and moved out

of the typical comfort zone, for

the actors and their audience.

More serious musicals like

South Pacific (1990) and

Carousel (1992) and dramas

such as The Crucible (1997)

showed Marshall County that

they could experience quality

theater right here at home. Also

in this decade were popular

shows featuring children: The

King and I (1995), The Sound

Society, Trains, Planes and


8. Big Blue Rive Days

9. Oketo Potato Day

It was approved to award

each applicant $150.00

John Howard reported on the

last NCKTC and announced

that there will be a rock theme

in the North Central Tent this


There was discussion about

the painted sign by the Tourism

Center in Marysville. Kenny

Winkenwader said be could

touch it up for $800 to $900.

The sign was cleaned and

sealed not too many years ago

and the subject of creating a

plastic picture cover would be

better. Sandy Harding said she

would talk to Mr Winkenwader

about using his picture for this

or if he would know of any

other options.

The Flint Hills Discovery

Center will open to the public

on April 14. Brenda

Staggenborg will be attending.

Those attending Sampler this

year will be, Sandy Harding,

Sharon Steenson, Bill Oborny,

John Howard, Sandy Isaacson-

Bynum, Joyce Stryker, Ann

Mann and Brenda


Georgena is to order the tent

cards and scavenger hunt cards

from Arbor Ink in the same

amount as the last time with the

change of “bring your card to

the Rock at the Marshall

County booth”. Sandy Harding

and Pat Osborne will create the

“Rock” for the hunt.

Diane Montague is a bus tour

director wanting to learn about

Marshall County. She has contacted

Sandy Harding about

coming to Marshall County to

see about setting up tours. She

will be coming to Marshall

County on April 23rd to see

what we have to offer.

Georgena Lindquist present-

of Music (1997), and Annie


The Nunsense plays started

in the 90’s, in 1993 and 1994

and continued after the turn of

the century with the same four

M-ACT actresses playing the

main roles in five total shows.

Nunsense (1993), Nunsense II

The Second Coming (1994),

Nuncrackers (2000),

Meshuggah-Nuns! (2005) and

Nunsensations (2010) brought

the same characters to Marshall

County throughout M-ACT’s

history. A sixth Nunsense

show, Nunset Boulevard is

scheduled for the 30th season.

Several Neil Simon shows

have made the M-ACT list:

Plaza Suite (1998), Lost in

Yonkers (2007), and The Odd

Couple (2011). And the group

has also tackled shows by classic

American playwrights

Stephen Sondheim (A Funny

Thing Happened on the Way to

the Forum – 2000) and Andrew

Lloyd Weber (Joseph and the

Amazing Technicolor

Dreamcoat – 2011).

Shakespeare has made the list 4

times including An Evening of

Shakespeare in 1996, A

Midsummer Night’s Dream in

1999, Twelfth Night in 2004

and the recent Evening WITH

Shakespeare last March as well

as a musical based on a

Shakespeare play in Kiss Me

Kate (1994).

ed for Ann Walter an advertising

possibility in the “Group

Tours” magazine

Georgena Lindquist read the

results of the visitor Count to

local sites for 2011:

14475-Total Visitors, 9501

from Kansas, 8813 for

Marshall County, 108 from foreign

Countries, 4391 from all

other places.

John Howard reported that

the light at the Flag Pole at the

visitor center needs replaced

again, he would like to see it

moved lower so that it would

be easier to change. It was

decided to have him check into


There was many show and

tell for this month:

April 14-Waterville Opera

House, Magician and Dinner

April 15 – Ms County

Historical Society Meeting at

Frankfort Library, Featuring

Frank Benteman to tell about

the WWII Soldiers that died

that were from Frankfort, and

renaming part of Hwy 9

“Frankfort Boys Memorial


April 27, 28, 29 –Children’s

Theatre “Annie” Waterville

Opera House

April 28 – Blue Rapids 2nd

Czech Festival

May 5 – MCAC annual Fund

Raiser “Palette to Palate”

May 19 – Blue Rapids Ice

Age Dedication

June 30- Marshall County

Historical Railroad Society-

Whistle Stop History Ride

Bob Lindquist reported on

the theme for the County Fair

will be “Youth, Marshall

County’s Heritage and Hope”

Next meeting will be May

10th at the Koester House

Museum at 7:00 pm.



Georgena Lindquist, Sec.

Joey Aguirre

The twenty-first century has

brought more growth and

development for M-ACT as the

organization tackled some

challenging material in musicals

like Little Shop of Horrors

(2001), Chicago (2005) and My

Fair Lady (2003), also notable

as the show with the most elaborate

set created by the community

theater group. In the

recent decade M-ACT has

attempted some serious topics

like the Holocaust through The

Workroom (2003) and dementia

and learning disorders in

Dancing at Lughnasa (2002).

And what’s in the future for

the local actors’ group? “We’re

always dreaming, reading

scripts, and planning for shows

down the road,” Wolfe says.

“We also have to wait until a

script from Broadway becomes

available to community theaters.”

So it is for shows like

The Addams Family and Mama

Mia, shows on the future

“dream” list, along with others

waiting for the perfect cast like

Death of a Salesman, or the

perfect place like Murder in the


If seeing the impressive partial

list of shows in this story

has brought back memories,

then hopefully you are planning

to attend the 30th

Anniversary of M-ACT on

Friday evening, May 18 at the

Moose Lodge. This event will

also be the annual fundraiser

for season ticket holders and

sponsors. Plans for a full

evening of entertainment,

memories, food and fun are in

the works!

The Ice Age Monument

Dedication will be Saturday

May 19th at 11:00 a.m. at the

Blue Rapids Square.

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Choice Of:

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First 30 Moms Receive a Carnation!

Blue Rapids

High School

Alumni Banquet

Sat. May 26th

Blue Rapids

Community Center

Doors Open at 5:30 p.m.

Dinner at 6:30 p.m.

Costs $12.50

Reservations can be made

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