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The July 26, 2016 Edition

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Vol. 13  Issue 30

BETWEEN THE ISSUES

 

 

LOOKING FOR A COPY OF THE

 Atchison County Fair Book for 2016?

wE HAVE RECEIVED A COPY FROM THE FAIR AND HAVE POSTED IT ONLINE.  Below is a link to the fair book for those interested.

 

 Fair Catalog

 

 

 

 

 

 

FARM BUREAU HOLDS ANNUAL MEETING

Friday evening last, the Atchison County Farm Bureau held their annual meeting at the USD 377 High School.  Over one hundred were present to enjoy the meal prepared by the Effingham Union Church ladies.

Following the meal, the group moved into the auditorium for the meeting.  Normal business items were handled by President Charlie Schletzbaum and other officers.

After the housekeeping was completed, awards were presented.  The first item was a Distinguished Service to Ag Award.  The award was for the late Willard Royer.  It was accepted by his son, David Royer.  David shared several stories and remembrances of his father with the group.

Kayla Bodenhausen and Wanda Small presented information about a new school program called Ag in the Classroom.

The last award was scholarships given to six future college students.  Shown in the photo are L-R: Heather Vanderweide, Madison Meeks, Clark Cummings, Amber Kelly, and Matie Meeks.  Not shown is Rebekah Scholz.

Paige Pratt was the keynote speaker of the gathering and explained the importance of setting a plan so as to insure the transition of the family farm from one generation to the next.

No meeting is complete until the door prizes are handed out.  Shown is Bob Falk getting one of the last door prizes to be awarded.

 

Candidate Forum Planned

The Leadership Development Council of Atchison will host a Candidate Forum on Tuesday, July 26th at 7:00 pm in the City Commission Room at City Hall, 515 Kansas Ave., for candidates with opposition in the primary election.

If you have questions that you would like to be considered to be asked at the forum, please submit them to president@atchisonkansas.net prior to July 20th.

The following candidates will be present at the forum:  Atchison County Commissioner 2nd District-Eric Noll - Republican and Dan Schletzbaum - Republican;  Atchison County Commissioner  3rd District-Henry Pohl - Republican and Allen Reavis - Republican;  Atchison County Clerk-Michelle Phillips - Republican and Joshua Wheeler - Republican;  Atchison County Treasurer-Sheila Bilderback - Republican and Connie Ellerman - Republican.

The organization plans on other forums before the General Election.

 

ALL AROUND US

FAIR REPORT FROM COLUMBUS, NE

Mitchell Fittje, grandson of Archie and Kristine Sharp, entered his “Build a Robot” 4-H Fair project and received a Purple Ribbon at the Platte County Fair (Columbus, NE) in July and will be headed to the Nebraska State Fair at the end of August!  Mitchell built his own robot using a NEXT-3 kit by Lego.  He programmed the drill he attached to be used as a mining tool.  The project entry included the pictured robot, a notebook with the pseudo codes and other notes he made on how he could improve his project and what he enjoyed about making such a robot. Congratulations Nebraska State Exhibitor!

Deanna Fittje, granddaughter of Archie and Kristine Sharp, has taken home the Grand Champion for the Bucket Calf Obstacle Course for the age group of 11 years old and under for her 2nd year in a row at the Platte County Fair, Columbus, NE this July.  She also received a Purple for her interview with the judge about her bucket calf.  Congratulations!  The obstacle course includes the following: Enter the arena through a closed gate, walk over a wooden bridge, walk between two people seated in chairs, walk over a tarp on the ground, go in and out of a stock trailer, and tie a slip knot!  Deanna’s calf’s name is Beyonce.  Beyonce followed Deanna just like a large lovable dog!

 

USD 377 SCHOOL NEWS

BOARD HIGHLIGHTS - ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Organizational Items Approved

·                     Election of Board President - Jeff Martin

·                     Election of Board Vice-President - Tana Hoffman

·                     Election of Board Clerk - Megan Gracey

·                     Election of Board Deputy Clerk - Kathy Enzbrenner

·                     Election of Board Treasurer - Steve Caplinger

·                     Appointment of Board Attorney - Larry Mears

Hearing of Audience - Dennis Schwarzer addressed the Board on behalf of the bus drivers in attendance at the meeting. Dennis expressed concerns about the Board’s decision to research outsourcing district busing services. Board President Martin assured the bus drivers that the board was nowhere close to making a decision as there was still much research and cost analysis work to be done by the district. The discussion culminated in an agreement to set up a committee that would include bus driver reps to study options and report back to the board the findings.

Consent Agenda - Organizational Items Approved

4.0100        BOE Meeting Minutes -- June 13, 2016

4.0200          Treasurer’s Report,

Activity Reports, Bills & Claims, Petty Cash Reports

4.0300          New Teacher Placement on Salary Schedule

4.0400        Gifts and Grants

4.0500        Non-resident student applications

4.0600        Out-of-district school attendance and transportation applications

4.0700        Food Service Code of Conduct 

4.0801          Insurance/Risk Management Consultant - Tom McGuire, CBIZ

4.0802          District Health Insurance Representative - Megan Gracey, Board Clerk

4.0803         District KPERS Agent - Megan Gracey, Board Clerk

4.0804          District Purchasing Agent - Steve Wiseman, Superintendent

4.0805          Food Service Program Rep - Theresa Cattrell

4.0806          Rep to Apply for and Process Federal Funds - Megan Gracey, Steve Wiseman

4.0807         Compliance Coordinator for Federal Anti-Discrimination Law Title VI prohibiting discrimination based on race, color or national origin in programs or activities which receive Federal Financial Assistance - Steve Wiseman, Superintendent / Joshua Snyder, ES Asst.Principal

4.0808         Compliance Coordinator for Federal Anti-Discrimination Law Title VII prohibiting employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex and national origin - Steve Wiseman, Superintendent / Joshua Snyder, ES Asst. Principal

4.0809          Compliance Coordinator for Federal Anti-Discrimination Law Title IX which requires gender equity for boys and girls in every educational program that receives Federal Funding - Steve Wiseman, Superintendent / Joshua Snyder, ES Asst. Principal

4.0810          Compliance Coordinator for Section 504 of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) designed to protect the rights of individuals with disabilities in programs and activities that receive Federal financial assistance and which also requires a school district to provide free appropriate public education (FAPE) to each qualified student with a disability including the provision of regular or special education - Steve Wiseman, Superintendent / Joshua Snyder, ES Asst.Principal

4.0900 Consent - Resolutions Approved

4.0901 Establishment of School Term 1,116 Hours      Resolution 2016-1

4.0902 Use of Signature Stamps      Resolution 2016-2

4.0903 Rescind Policy Statements for 2015-2016         Resolution 2016-3

     Board Policy 2015-2016 (3MB PDF)

     Board Policy 2016-2017 (3MB PDF)

4.0904 Authorization to Make Advance Payments                 Resolution 2016-4

4.0905 Establishment of Elementary Activity Fund               Resolution 2016-5

4.0906 Establishment of Junior-Senior High Activity Fund   Resolution 2016-6

4.0907 Adopt the Annual Waiver of Requirements for GAAP Resolution          Resolution 2016-7

4.0908 Establishment of Home Rule Authority   Resolution 2016-8

4.0909 Establishment of Regular Meeting Dates Resolution 2016-9

4.0910 Establishment of Mileage Reimbursement Rate Resolution 2016-10

4.0911 Establishment of Substitute Teacher Pay Rate  Resolution 2016-11

4.0912 Annual Asbestos Declaration         Resolution 2016-12

4.0913 Designation of Freedom of Information Officer Resolution 2016-13

4.0914 Designation of Custodian of Records       Resolution 2016-14

4.0915 Designation of Official School Newspaper        Resolution 2016-15

4.0916 Establish Petty Cash Accounts and designate individuals responsible    K.S.A. 72-8208.

·                     Establishment of District Office Petty Cash         Resolution 2016-17

·                     District Office $1,500; Responsible - Superintendent

·                     Establishment of Elementary Petty Cash   Resolution 2016-18

·                     Elementary $750; Responsible - Elementary Principal

·                     Establishment of JSH Petty Cash     Resolution 2016-19

·                     Junior/Senior High - $750; Responsible – Junior/Senior High Principal

4.0920 Designation of Inclement Weather Makeup Days       Resolution 2016-20

4.0921 Designation of Attendance Officers          Resolution 2016-21

4.0922 Designation of District Hearing Officer    Resolution 2016-22

4.0923 Designation of District Coordinator for Homeless Children  Resolution 2016-23

4.0924  Hearing Officer for Free/Reduced Meal Application Appeals       Resolution 2016-24

4.0925  District Hearing Officer for Free Textbooks     Resolution 2016-25

4.0926 Establishment of Meal Allowance Policy (Policy GAN_R)   Resolution 2016-26

4.0927  Resolution for Disposal of Surplus Property   Resolution 2016-27

4.0928  Disallow pledging of first and second mortgages for security of deposit of district funds.

4.0929   Approve Exchange National Bank & Trust as the Designated Depository of Funds

4.1000  Organizational Documents Approved

4.1001  Organizational Chart Insert 4.1001

4.1002  Annual FERPA Notice to Parents Insert 4.1002

4.1003  Review immunization policies. K.S.A. 72-5208 et seq        Insert 4.1003

·                     2016-2017 School Immunization FAQ Document (.pdf)

·                     2016-2017 School Immunization Requirement Cheat Sheet English

4.1004  Review graduation requirements. QPA Regulations 91-31-35      Insert 4.1004

4.1005  Review district insurance schedule          Insert 4.1005

4.1006  Use of Facility Policy KG    Insert 4.1006

4.1007  Unencumbered Cash Balances Report    Insert 4.1007

4.1008  Bank Signature Card Authorizations      Insert 4.1008

4.1009  District Tax Exempt Certificate (valid through 10/01/2020)         Insert 4.1009

4.1100  Accept Correspondences and Reports

4.1102 Keystone Sups Agenda for July 12, 2016         Insert 4.1102

4.1103 Keystone Availability of Services Notice  Insert 4.1103

4.1105 Title I Allocations 2016-2017         Insert 4.1105

4.1106  Kindergarten in Kansas       Insert 4.1106

4.1107 Jason Flatt Youth Suicide Awareness Act Notice        Insert 4.1107

4.1200  Other Consent Items Approved

4.1201  Renewal of the Lifetouch School Pictures Contract    Insert 4.1201

5.0 MORE ORGANIZATIONAL ACTION ITEMS APPROVED

5.01    APPOINT BOARD MEMBER REPRESENTATIVES

Keystone Learning Services Board Rep               Barb Chapman          

Keystone Learning Services Board Alternate       Nancy Keith

Insurance Committee (2)                                      Steve Meeks, Tana Hoffman

Negotiations Team (2)                                Pat Kearney & Jeff Martin

KASB Government Relations (1)                         Nancy Keith

Classified Salary (2)                                             Steve Meeks, Stephanie Moore

Centennial Scholarship                               Stephanie Moore

Centennial Scholarship Alternate                         Jeff Martin

ACCHS Alumni Foundation (2 Year Appt.)       Nancy Keith

ACCHS Alumni Foundation – alternate              Pat Kearney

Schools for Quality Education Board Rep Nancy Keith

6.0    LEADERSHIP REPORTS

6.01 Board Clerk

6.02 Superintendent’s Report

Accreditation Presentation

·                     KESA Factoid Slide Show Presentation

·                     Kansans Can KESA Presentation

·                     Goals 2016-2017 Presentation

·                     Rose Capacities Presentation

·                     KESA Zero Year Checklist

·                     KESA Year One Sample Timeline

Approved

·                     JSH Science Proposal Approved - JSH Science Proposal

·                     KASB Board Policy Recommendations   ---  June 2016 KASB Policy Update Combined_Do

·                      Approved 2016-2017 District Handbooks

·                     Personnel HB

·                     Safety HB

·                     Activities HB

·                     Substitute HB

·                     Boys & Girls Club Grain for Education After School Program proposal - Grain for Education Program Proposal 

·                     Title IIA Budget Draft

·                     Personnel Recommendations as follows:

·                     Separations

·                     Release from employment - Linda Moses

·                     Transportation - substitute bus driver

·                     Dwight Myer

·                     Teacher Substitutes

·                     Ruth Beal

·                     Nancy Fasse

·                     Debbie Forbes

·                     Pat Forge

·                     Susan Kramer

·                     Mary Sullivan

·                     Emergency Subs

·                     Susan Blanc

·                     Cecilia Carpinelli

·                     Denny Cunningham

·                     Scot Dunn

·                     Roberta Keys

·                     Dorothy McDermed

·                     Pat Rork

·                     Loretta Schrick

·                     Barb Scoggins

·                     Karen Soyland

·                     Tim Walters

·                     Substitute Paras/Teacher’s Aide/Secretary

·                     Terry Sheeley

·                     Mary Kay Barnett

·                     Nancy Swafford

Set time and date for August meeting for:

Monday, August 15, 2016 with the budget hearing scheduled for 6:15 PM

 

NEW ONLINE ENROLLMENT SYSTEM AVAILABLE for USD377

For Parents And Students Starting August 1st.

USD 377 Atchison County Community is introducing a new online enrollment system that parents can use to enroll students online, when and where it is most convenient for them and in just a few minutes. Parents will have the ability to enter the student’s enrollment information from anywhere they have access to the internet. The new online enrollment system allows parents to pre-populate their child’s enrollment information and confidentially update emergency contacts and health information in real time anytime.

To access the new online enrollment system, parents will need to log into their PowerSchool account through the PowerSchool Parent Portal (PPP). The Parent Portal grants parents access to their students’ class schedules, attendance records, health records, and grades. Additionally, PPP enables parents to verify household information, including their email address, home address and telephone numbers.

Again, the new online enrollment system will not go live until Monday, August 1, 2016.

ENROLLMENT CALENDAR

Monday, August 1, 2016

·        Online enrollment window opens for those parents who want to enroll their child/children over the internet offsite

·        No Walk-ins – call your child’s school if you have trouble creating your Parent Account

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

·        Online enrollment window open for those parents who want to enroll their child/children over the internet offsite

·        No Walk-ins – call your child’s school if you have trouble creating your Parent Account

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

·        New Students only Walk-in Enrollment

·        Enrollment for students new to Atchison County Community School District will be completed online using the PowerSchool Parent Portal.Computers will be made available for parents to log into their PowerSchool Parent Portal and complete the E-Registration

·        Enrollment times will be from 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM and 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM at the JSH in the library.

·        Online enrollment window open for those parents who want to enroll their child/children over the internet offsite

Thursday, August 4, 2016

·        Walk-in enrollment returning students will be completed online using the PowerSchool Parent Portal.

·        Enrollment times will be from 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM at the JSH in the library. Computers will be made available for parents to log into their PowerSchool Parent Portal and complete the E-Registration

·        The commons area will be used for all other business.

Friday, August 5, 2016

·        Walk-in enrollment returning students will be completed online using the PowerSchool Parent Portal.

·        Enrollment times will be from 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM. Computers will be made available for parents to log into their PowerSchool Parent Portal and complete the E-Registration

·        The commons area will be used for all other business.

USD 377 NEW ONLINE PAYMENT SYSTEM - DISTRICT WILL SOON BE ABLE TO ACCEPT CREDIT/DEBIT CARD PAYMENTS

Starting August 1st, the district will have the capability to accept major credit/debit card payments for all school fees, including meals. In addition, parents will be able to make fees and meal payments online through the district’s new Online Web Store.

During Walk-in Enrollment, parents will be given the option to pay for meals and fees may using cash, check, or major credit/debit card. Enrollment will not be complete until ALL fees are paid.

FORMS, NOTIFICATIONS, AND OTHER ENROLLMENT RESOURCES

Elementary Supply List (PDF) 

Junior-Senior High Supply List (PDF)

School Fees 2016-2017

Bus Conduct Guidelines Notification (PDF)

Bus Pickup & Dropoff Information (PDF)

Bus Drop-off Policy Notification Letter to Elementary Parents

District Calendar 2016-2017 (PDF)

Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) Notification

General Notifications - FERPA / ADA / OSHA / Asbestos / PPRA / On-line Network Use

KSHSAA Concussion Guidelines - Information Only (Link to KSHSAA resources)

Non-resident student application for admission

On-Line and Network Acceptable Use Guidelines Notification for Students and Parents

Textbook Waiver Form

Kindergarten in Kansas (PDF) - Information Only, A booklet for familes of young children ages 4 to 6 years old.

Volunteer Information Form (Google form) (pdf) – This form is for those who would like to be a classroom or program volunteer for USD 377.

ATHLETICS / ACTIVITIES

Junior-Senior High Substance Abuse Agreement Form (PDF) - Required for all students participating in JSH Cocurricular Activities. This form is part of the new online enrollment process under Parent Permissions.

Concussion & Head Injury Informaton Release Form (PDF) - Required for all students participating in KSHSAA Athletic Activities. This form is part of the new online enrollment process under Parent Permissions.

KSHSAA Physical PPE FOR (PDF) - Required for all students participating in KSHSAA athletics, including cheer and dance.

KANSAS STATE HIGH SCHOOL ACTIVITIES ASSOCIATION
RECOMMENDATIONS FOR COMPLIANCE WITH THE KANSAS SCHOOL SPORTS HEAD INJURY PREVENTION ACT AND IMPLEMENTATION OF THE NATIONAL FEDERATION SPORTS PLAYING RULES RELATED TO CONCUSSIONS

The following language appears in all National Federation sports’ rules books:
“Any athlete who exhibits signs, symptoms, or behaviors consistent with a concussion (such as loss of consciousness, headache, dizziness, confusion, or balance problems) shall be immediately removed from the contest and shall not return to play until cleared by an appropriate health care professional.”

The Kansas Legislature has enacted the School Sports Head Injury Prevention Act (hereinafter the “Kansas Act”) effective July 1, 2011:

Sec. 72-135. (a) This section shall be known and may be cited as the school sports head injury prevention act.
(b) As used in this section:
(1) ‘‘School’’ means any public or accredited private high school, middle school or junior high school.
(2) ‘‘Health care provider’’ means a person licensed by the state board of healing arts to practice medicine and surgery.

 (c) The state board of education, in cooperation with the Kansas state high school activities association, shall compile information on the nature and risk of concussion and head injury including the dangers and risks associated with the continuation of playing or practicing after a person suffers a concussion or head injury. Such information shall be provided to school districts for distribution to coaches, school athletes and the parents or guardians of school athletes.

 (d) A school athlete may not participate in any sport competition or practice session unless such athlete and the athlete’s parent or guardian have signed, and returned to the school, a concussion and head injury information release form. A release form shall be signed and returned each school year that a student athlete participates in sport competitions or practice sessions.

 (e) If a school athlete suffers, or is suspected of having suffered, concussion or head injury during a sport competition or practice session, such school athlete immediately shall be removed from the sport competition or practice session.

 (f) Any school athlete who has been removed from a sport competition or practice session shall not return to competition or practice until the athlete is evaluated by a health care provider and the health care provider provides such athlete a written clearance to return to play or practice. If the healthcare provider who provides the clearance to return to play or practice is not an employee of the school district, such health care provider shall not be liable for civil damages resulting from any act or omission in the rendering of such care, other than acts or omissions constituting gross negligence or willful or wanton misconduct.

(g) This section shall take effect on and after July 1, 2011.

 

MUSCOTAH NEWS ~ Susan Higley

The first of August is upon us which means some important gatherings on  the calendar. Monday, August 1st-Half Century dinner at the city building at noon. If you are over 50 bring a covered dish and enjoy the good food and fellowship. If you don't have a dish to bring don't worry there is always plenty of food. Also on the 1st is the Muscotah Cancer Support Group at 6:30 at the city building. If you are a cancer patient, survivor, caregiver or just want to learn more about cancer, please attend. We have members from not just Muscotah, but Horton and Lancaster. Everyone is welcome. 

The plans are coming together for the 150th celebration for the Muscotah United Church to be held on Sunday, August 14, 2016. The day will begin at 10:00-meet and greet, 10:30-worship service, 12:00-complementary lunch served outside under tents catered by Tim and Sally Kramer, 1:30-celebration of history and 3:00-reception in Fellowship Hall.  There will be items for sale to commemorate the event including t-shirts, glass ornaments and note pads. There will be historical items on display. Everyone is invited to come and share this important day for the church and community. For more information call 785-872-3103.

Are you ready for a dish of ice cream on a hot day? Saturday, July 30 the Muscotah Outreach will hold an ice cream social in honor of Joe Tinker’s birthday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the city building. Ice cream with all your favorite toppings will be available. If anyone is interested in a fun ball game bring your bat and glove. The game will depend on the weather and how many participants show up. Come enjoy the evening visiting with neighbors and friends. Hope to see you there.

It is almost time for the Atchison County Fair in Effingham, August 2nd through August 5th. The parade is on Tuesday the 2nd at 7 p.m. While there take time to check out the exhibits and take a walk through the cattle barn. The 4-Hers have worked hard this year and want to share their accomplishments with you.

Lucille Cameron passed away last week after a long fight against cancer. She was a member of the Muscotah Cancer Support Group.  She was a fighter, compassionate, strong and willing to share her experiences in order to help others. We all learned a lot from her and will miss her.  Lucille was cremated and a memorial service will be held at a later date.

 

FROM PASTOR AL SHIRMACHER

 

Christian friends,

"When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!” And Moses said, “Here I am.”

So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.” But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” And God said, “I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain.””

 “Moses answered, “What if they do not believe me or listen to me and say, ‘The Lord did not appear to you’?”

Moses said to the Lord, “Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.”

But Moses said, “Pardon your servant, Lord. Please send someone else.””

Excerpts from Exodus 3 & 4

God had a mission, so He called someone inadequate to the task.

Or so the called, Moses, thought.

Who am I - what if they won't believe me - I don't talk good - send someone else.

He' begging off, God wouldn't hear of it.

And, perhaps miraculously, Moses went and got the job done.

Christian, God has called you.  Your insecurities may scream that you can't do it.  But realize, He can do it through you, only those insecurities - that fear, that worry, that desire not be bothered/I'm comfortable in my little womb tomb - will hold you back.

Go, let Him go before you, let Him walk beside you, let Him backfill the necessary strength and direction.  Don't let your inner coward hold you back.

Al Schirmacher

 

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Vote – make a difference ~ John Schlageck, KFB

A wise man once said, If you don’t vote, someone else is voting for you on issues that are important in your life. This is particularly true as we head into the final stretch of the election season.

There is plenty at stake for each one of us in the Kansas primary election Aug. 2. Elected officials responsible for helping determine our future, that of our children and our agricultural industry will be chosen that day.

No doubt about it, we’re living in historic times. The challenges and opportunities are plain for all to see.

We live in a country divided. Polarized at both extremes – on the left and right. Little work is being done on behalf of the electorate.

Instead, politicians of one party blame the other, obstruct the job of the legislative branch and gridlock prevails.

That said, farmers and ranchers across the Sunflower State must exercise the opportunity to further key ag policy priorities on their behalf during the upcoming primary.

Cast a vote for someone who will speak on your behalf in Topeka and Washington, D.C. Someone who will keep farm and ranch values in mind and reach across the aisle to forge consensus on issues of importance to agriculture.

Across the state ag producers believe there are renewed opportunities to pursue issues including: comprehensive immigration reform; improved market access opportunities for U.S. agricultural products; and less government oversight in their everyday lives.

Encourage friends, neighbors and family to vote so this 2016 primary election will be remembered as an example of American democracy at its finest. Turn out voters in record numbers to elect candidates who will do their part in the political process.

Cast your ballot for the candidates in our Kansas election vital to farming and ranching. Before you vote, evaluate each candidate individually to determine strengths and willingness to work on behalf of agriculture and rural Kansas.

Some farm organizations, including Kansas Farm Bureau, recently finished its final and vital push to implement grassroots public policy positions that its members developed throughout the year. Our organization has also endorsed 133 candidates for individual seats in the U.S. Congress, Kansas Senate and the Kansas House. All are friends of our organization and understand the importance of agriculture in our state.

So many of the issues have been cussed and discussed. The machinery is in place. All that remains is the action of voting for the candidates who have an ear that will listen to those in agriculture and rural Kansas.

Exercise your privilege and vote this Aug. 2. Remember, if you don’t, someone else will vote on issues that impact your life and livelihood.

John Schlageck is a leading commentator on agriculture and rural Kansas. Born and raised on a diversified farm in northwestern Kansas, his writing reflects a lifetime of experience, knowledge and passion.

 

GOVERNMENTAL NEWS

Unapproved Minutes of the Tuesday, July 19 Meeting of the Atchison County Commission

Pursuant to the law the board met in Regular Session with Chairman Bill Pohl calling the meeting to order along with Commissioner Eric Noll and Commissioner Jeff Schuele present.  County Clerk Pauline M Lee, recorded the minutes with County Counselor Pat Henderson present for meeting

Board opened meeting at 1:00 pm with reciting the pledge of allegiance before the meeting.

Minutes of July 12th were reviewed, Commissioner Schuele had one word for correction from bride to bridge in paragraph six on first page,  Commissioner Noll made the motion to approve with correction and Chairman Pohl second and called for a vote, both voted aye, motion carried 2-0, Commissioner Schuele was absent from meeting.

A group of people were present at the meeting they were, Bob Rains, Warren Ruhnke, Doug Thomas and Jack Ross, concerning the north end down in Walnut Township near river by Dalbey Bridge.  They have always gone fishing there, but Mr. Ruhnke said that he was approached by a Kirk Thompson, with Kansas Department of Wildlife and parks telling him he cannot drive on the land down to the river, they want to know why they can’t, they talked with the railroad and they have no problem with them crossing tracks,  Mr. Rains said he just wants to get to the river bank, Chairman Pohl said get something from Railroad that they give them permission and give it to Mr. Thompson, will have County Counselor Pat Henderson call Mr. Thompson and find out why they are not allowing people to drive on Corp property.

Peggy House, Administrator of the Atchison Senior Village appeared with a purchase order on repairing the parking lot, S & R Construction in the amount of $6,125.25, Commissioner Schuele made the motion to approve purchase order as presented, Commissioner Noll second with Chairman Pohl calling for a vote, and all voted aye, motion carried, 3-0.

Board discussed Van Diver trust, County Counselor Pat Henderson said that they have a hearing on it Friday, July 22nd.

Peggy told the board that they are waiting for the State Survey team to come for inspection of the home.

Connie Ellerman Noxious Weed Director and Emergency Management Assistant was asked by Wes Lanter, Emergency Management Director to bring in the EMPG grant for the board to approve for the coming year in the amount of $20,000, Commissioner Noll made the motion to approve grant and to have Chairman Pohl sign in behalf of the county, Commissioner Schuele second with Chairman Pohl calling for a vote, all voted aye, motion carried, 3-0.

Connie also presented to the board her June Noxious Weed Report for their review.

Board asked Connie about capital outlay in her budget, she said she is setting it aside for an ATV since the one they are using is Emergency Management.

Andrea Clements, Live Well Live Atchison appeared before the board and presented her 2017 proposed request for funding in the amount of $20,000, County gave Live Well Live Atchison $20,000 in 2016.

Andrea also showed the board the no smoking signs for the recreation sites that the county owns, also presented to the board a thank you card for adopting the resolution banning tobacco use in County Recreation facilities.

Joe Bowen, Maintenance appeared with information on the KCAMP Risk Management Grant in the amount of $2,000.00, he would like to use it to purchase ADA door openers to make the north front door

handicap accessible,  Board asked if it would be more feasible to get pricing to change out the doors instead of spending money on door openers, they would like to see figures on getting different doors that will swing in and out the right way,  Joe said he would have to talk with the Kansas State Historical Society about what they would have to do since the courthouse is on the National Historical Listing and if it would be possible to apply for the Heritage Grant for it and whether they would have to have an architect to design the project. Commissioner Noll and Chairman Pohl said that they would like to see price before hiring an architect.

Joe also told the board that he talked with another individual on a price for building the cabinet in the commission room, and he said he didn’t have time to do it, Board reviewed the amounts that were given to them earlier, Frakes Custom Woodworking, Estimate 1 – 2,884.72, Estimate 2- 1,326.35 and Kearney Constructions - $1,260.00, Commissioner Noll said that he doesn’t think he could spend that much for a cabinet, will look at different options.

Committee reports, Commissioner Noll said that he went to the Nortonville City Council on the anhydrous tank and Atchison County couldn’t do much since they were not zoned.

Commissioner Noll also told the board that he attended the NEK CAP meeting on Thursday night in Hiawatha, nothing new to report and also attended the NEKES meeting in Hiawatha Thursday looking into grants.

Chairman Pohl said he attended the JCAB meeting last Wednesday, this meeting went smoother than other times since former administrator has been gone, Tom Weishaar who is on the board would like to have Judges, County Counselors at the next meeting, Chairman Pohl said they had some concerns on juvenile housing in the region.

Board asked Pat Henderson, County Counselor about letter to Lancaster city council on speed limit on road connecting with city.  Pat said he had to ask Seth a question and he would have letter ready to go this afternoon.

Pat told the board that he had deeds for tax sale and had filed them at the Register of Deeds office.

New tax sale has been amended to include the parcels that did not sell at the first tax sale, has a present 120 parcels.

Pat also presented a corrected easement on the Dennis Bell culvert replacement project, Commissioner Noll made the motion to have Chairman Pohl sign the corrected easement as presented by County Counselor Pat Henderson with Commissioner Schuele second and Chairman Pohl calling for a vote, all voted aye, motion carried. 3-0.

Board asked about nuisance complaints,  Pat told the board that three sentences and two trials, July 29th.

Board went over figures for the 2017 budget, Board had Seth Howard, Road and Bridge in to go over his budget information concerning fuel, capital outlay and board also talked about court security and having a line item for this to keep track of expenses, no decision made on this.

Commissioner Schuele made the motion to adjourn at 4:35 pm with Commissioner Noll second and Chairman Pohl calling for a vote, all voted aye, motion carried.

Attest: Pauline M Lee, County Clerk

 

State Supreme Court Upholds Conviction, Death Sentence In Murder Of Sheriff Matt Samuels

TOPEKA – (July 22, 2016) – The Kansas Supreme Court today upheld the conviction and death sentence of Scott Cheever in the 2005 murder of Greenwood County Sheriff Matt Samuels, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.

 “Unless the United States Supreme Court takes the highly unusual step of agreeing to hear this case a second time, today’s ruling marks the end of the first line of appeals in this case,” Schmidt said. “I’m encouraged the Kansas Supreme Court has agreed that this case was properly tried and the defendant was properly convicted and sentenced under applicable law.”

The Kansas Supreme Court had previously overturned the conviction in 2012, citing a constitutional violation and ordered a new trial. Schmidt appealed that decision to the U.S. Supreme Court, which unanimously overturned the Kansas Supreme Court’s decision in 2013, and remanded the case to the Kansas Supreme Court for further proceedings. Those proceedings concluded with today’s 6-1 ruling.

Cheever becomes the second person in Kansas whose sentence of death has been upheld by the Kansas Supreme Court since the death penalty was reinstated. The Kansas Supreme Court upheld the conviction and death sentence of John E. Robison Sr. last November. Robinson’s attorneys are seeking U.S. Supreme Court review, but the high court has not said whether it will hear the case.

 

SUNSHINE COALITION TO OFFER FREE TRAINING ON OPEN GOVERNMENT LAWS

TOPEKA – (July 21, 2016) – Free training sessions on Kansas open government laws will be offered at five locations across the state next month, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt and the Kansas Sunshine Coalition for Open Government announced today.

 “Open access to the functions of government is important to self-government,” Schmidt said. “As our office investigates complaints of violations of open government laws, most often we find the violations were inadvertent and can be avoided through better education. I encourage public officials, staff, members of the media and the public to participate in these training sessions to learn more about how these laws work.”

The schedule for the sessions is as follows:

Monday, August 15

1 – 4 p.m.

Jordaan Memorial Library

724 Broadway St., Larned

Wednesday, August 17

9 a.m. – Noon

Mulvane Public Library

408 N 2nd Ave., Mulvane

Friday, August 19

9 a.m. – Noon

Memorial Hall Auditorium

120 SW 10th Ave., Topeka

Tuesday, August 23

1 – 4 p.m.

Cloud County Community College

President’s Addition, Room 257

2221 Campus Dr., Concordia

Wednesday, August 24

9 a.m. – Noon

Johnson County Administration Building

Lower Level Conference Center, Room 200

111 S. Cherry St., Olathe

These seminars are free and open to the public. Space at each location is limited, and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants can register on the Kansas Attorney General’s website, www.ag.ks.gov/open-gov, or by calling (785) 296-2215.

The training about the Kansas Open Records Act and the Kansas Open Meetings Act will be conducted by attorneys in Schmidt’s office who specialize in open government laws. Panelists will include Kansas Sunshine Coalition members, local government officials and media representatives.

 

AG STATEMENT ON LESSER PRAIRIE CHICKEN REMOVAL FROM ‘THREATENED’ SPECIES LIST

TOPEKA – (July 19, 2016) – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt issued the following statement related to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announcement today that it is dropping efforts to list the lesser prairie chicken as a threatened species:

“Today's announcement by the Fish and Wildlife Service that it is dropping its effort to list the lesser prairie chicken as a 'threatened' species is good news for private property rights, the rural Kansas economy and common sense. Our lawsuit challenging the sue-and-settle tactics by special interest groups that spurred this folly in the first place remains pending, and before we resolve that case we want assurances that the federal government will not later change its mind on the lesser prairie chicken or merely shift its regulatory zeal to another species. “

The Kansas lawsuit is State of Oklahoma, et al. v. Department of Interior, et al., in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, Case No. 1:15-cv-252-EGS.

 

AG STATEMENT ON THE DEATH OF KCK POLICE CAPTAIN ROBERT MELTON

TOPEKA - (July 19, 2016) - Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt issued the following statement on today's line-of-duty death of KCK Police Department Captain Robert Melton:

 “For the second time in only 10 short weeks, our hearts are broken by the ultimate sacrifice of a Kansas City, Kansas, police officer. We stand shoulder-to-shoulder with all in the law enforcement community and share in Kansas City’s sorrow. My prayers and deepest sympathies remain with the men and women of the KCK Police Department, with all officers who protect and serve with honor, and with the family and friends of Captain Melton.”

 

AG SUES OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO OBTAIN DOCUMENTS ABOUT GUANTANAMO PLANS

TOPEKA - (July 22, 2016) - Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt today sued the U.S. Department of Defense for failing to produce records related to plans and preparations for transferring detainees from Guantanamo Bay to Fort Leavenworth.

In December 2015, Schmidt filed requests under the federal Freedom of Information Act for records related to federal preparations for a detainee transfer. The Defense Department acknowledged it possessed some of the records and initially said it would provide them by April 15, 2016. But it later missed that deadline, claiming the records could not be released without further “consultation.” The new date by which the department has promised to provide the records is November 15, just after the presidential election.

 “The Obama administration now claims it will not transfer detainees to the mainland, but we want to verify this claim because it appears the administration previously violated a federal ban on even preparing for such a transfer,” Schmidt said. “Our concerns are heightened because the administration admits it has the records we requested and initially promised to produce them but now are inexplicably dragging their feet until after the November election. We are seeking some court-ordered sunshine now to discourage mischief later in the final weeks before the president leaves office."

The lawsuit, filed in federal district court in Kansas, seeks a court order that the administration immediately produce the documents it admits possessing and promptly find and release any other relevant documents it possesses.

The case is State of Kansas, ex rel. Derek Schmidt v. United States Department of Defense, in the United States District Court for the District of Kansas, Case No. 16-cv-04127.

A copy of the lawsuit is here: http://bit.ly/29YF87j .

 

Announcing Congresswoman Jenkins’ 7th Annual Topeka Jobs Fair

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins (KS-02) announced her 7th annual Jobs Fair, to be held in Topeka on August 11th, 2016 at the Kansas Expocentre, Ag Hall, 1 Expocentre Drive. This event brings together jobseekers with employers looking to hire, and is free to attend for all jobseekers.

 “Unfortunately, our economy is still struggling, and there are too many Kansans unable to find the work they need to make ends meet.  That’s why, every year, I host a Jobs Fair to connect jobseekers with are companies looking to hire. This Jobs Fair is an opportunity for those looking for jobs to meet numerous employers offering a wide array of employment opportunities for all skills and training levels. I look forward to seeing many eager jobseekers at my Topeka Jobs Fair.”

Items To Note

-          The Topeka Jobs Fair is free to attend for all jobseekers and is open to everyone. Registration is not required, but for those wishing to preregister, please RSVP at https://lynnjenkins.house.gov/2016-jobs-fair-jobseeker-registration/

-          For any employers looking to host a booth at the Jobs Fair, please click here to register for a booth:

 

ACLU Sues Kansas over Dual Voter Registration System

TOPEKA, KS --- The American Civil Liberties Union today filed a lawsuit challenging Kansas’ dual voter registration system, charging it violates the Kansas Constitution and state law.

The dual system prevents qualified Kansas voters from voting in state and local elections due solely to their method of registration. Secretary of State Kris Kobach received administrative approval last week of a temporary regulation aimed at formalizing this system, which a court has already declared violates state law.

“Secretary Kobach continues to seek ways to confuse and obstruct voters in Kansas. His flagrant disregard of the court’s findings means that Kansans still face unnecessary barriers to voting. We’re asking the court to immediately block the temporary regulation and to ultimately end this dual system once and for all,” said Sophia Lakin, staff attorney with the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project.

Shawnee County District Judge Franklin Theis last month reiterated that Kobach cannot stop Kansans from voting in state and local elections simply because they registered to vote using federal forms that don’t require the same onerous documentation that Kobach prefers.

The dual system would allow some Kansans to vote for federal offices, like U.S. senator and U.S. representative, but not for their state representative, state senator, or other state and local offices.

Thousands of voters are impacted, among them 90-year-old Army Air Corps veteran Marvin Brown, who registered to vote by submitting a complete federal form. He was later told that while he could vote in federal elections, he was prohibited from voting in state and local elections unless he showed additional documentary proof of citizenship. 

“My family has been in Kansas since about 1850. It’s wrong that a bunch of so-called leaders would tell me that I have to show a bunch of extra documents before I can vote. As a military veteran who fought to protect our democracy, it’s particularly offensive,” he said.

At least 17,000 Kansans who registered to vote through the Division of Vehicles and were recently added to the voting rolls via a federal court order stemming from an ACLU lawsuit are affected as well.

“Secretary Kobach continues to place roadblocks in front of Kansas voters,” said Doug Bonney, legal director of the ACLU of Kansas. “The people of Kansas deserve better, which means ending these obstructionist, unconstitutional practices once and for all.”

The lawsuit, Brown v. Kobach, was filed in the Third Judicial District in Topeka.

The petition is at: https://www.aclu.org/legal-document/brown-v-kobach-petition

This statement is at: http://aclukansas.org/aclu-sues-kansas-over-dual-voter-registration-system/

 

Rep. Lynn Jenkins Weekly Update:

Lesser Prairie Chicken Removed From The Threatened Species List:

This week, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service removed the Lesser Prairie Chicken from their federal list of threatened species.

I am pleased the Administration, finally, formally withdrew the Lesser Prairie Chicken from the list of threatened species, as ordered by the U.S. Court of Appeals last fall. Listing the Lesser Prairie Chicken would drastically impact farmers and ranchers in Kansas and hinder local economic development. It would also ignore the fact that the bird’s population has experienced a 50 percent increase in recent years.

I oppose any federal efforts to re-list the Lesser Prairie Chicken and will continue to support legislation to that end – state-led volunteer conservation practices remain the best approach for success.

CLICK HERE to read the Topeka Capital-Journal’s article on this issue.

Bullying Can Occur In Many Forms:

On Tuesday, I spoke at the AT&T “Digital You” event with the Boys and Girls Club of Topeka on the issue of bullying and the many forms it has. I told the kids that our words have power and there is an effect on the other side of that computer screen that we can’t always see. Cyberbullying has a major impact on those involved and we must work together to confront this problem.

Touring Seneca Wholesale Beverage:

This week, I had the opportunity to tour Seneca Wholesale Beverage and learn more about their independent, three-tier distribution system. No comment on if the Diet Dr. Pepper made it out for delivery after my visit…

Visiting SKIL Resource Center:

On Wednesday, I visited the SKIL Resource Center in Parsons. This independent resource center began supplying services to Kansas in 1992 and serves roughly 6,000 people each year in Southeast Kansas. Keep up the great work!

Stopping By Youth Ministries of Bourbon County’s Food Program:

This week, I had the opportunity to stop by the Youth Ministries of Bourbon County’s Summer Food Service Program to see, first-hand, the great work that they are doing. As the House Hunger Caucus Co-Chair, I always appreciate speaking with folks about hunger issues.

ICYMI: A Better Way To Fix Our Broken Tax Code:

Last week, I spoke about our plan to implement sensible reforms for our broken tax code at the weekly Republican Leadership Press Conference. CLICK HERE to watch my remarks.

Open Office Hours on August 18th:

On August 18th, I’m hosting open office hours at my Pittsburg office from 10:00 -11:00 AM. This is an opportunity for me to talk one-on-one with folks from around Eastern Kansas. If you want to arrange an appointment please get in touch with Melissa Underwood in my office at (785) 234-5966. Meetings are open to any 2nd district resident and are arranged on a first come, first served basis.

 

VA Announces Continuity in Care for Kansas Veterans Enrolled in Project ARCH

COLDWATER, Kan. – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, released the following statement after the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today that veterans enrolled in the Project Access Received Closer to Home (ARCH) pilot program will continue receiving health care close to home after the program ends on Aug. 7, 2016.

“Today’s announcement that veterans will continue to receive care without interruption when Project ARCH ends next month is welcome news for Kansas veterans,” Sen. Moran said. “Veterans living in rural America face unique challenges when accessing health care, and I’m pleased our veterans will continue to receive quality, timely care in the communities they call home.”

Veterans participating in Project ARCH will continue to benefit from health care services without interruption when the pilot program ends next month through options available under the Veterans Choice Program, such as the “unusual or excessive burden provision” and Provider Agreements.

Veterans enrolled in the program will be contacted directly by the VA; however, Kansas veterans with questions about the upcoming transition should contact Sen. Moran’s Olathe, Kan., office at (913) 393-0711.

Background

In May, Sen. Moran called on the Veterans Health Administration Under Secretary for Health Dr. David Shulkin to provide continuity of care for veterans currently utilizing ARCH as contracts under the program expire in August 2016.

Since 2011, the ARCH pilot program has been operating in five rural sites, including Pratt, Kan. Analysis shows that more than 90 percent of veterans who received primary care services through ARCH were “completely satisfied” with the services, and cited significantly shortened travel times to receive this care.

 

MISCELLANEOUS PRESS RELEASES

“Masters of the Muchnic” opens at the Muchnic Art Gallery

Opening Reception July 29, 5-7 pm at the Muchnic Art Gallery

For the first time in over 10 years, the Permanent Collection of the Muchnic Art Gallery will be open to the public. The display will showcase art of the highest quality collected throughout the associations 49 years by such noted artists as Robert Sudlow, Darrell Schmitt, Thomas Hart Benton, John Falter, Max King and Wu Kuan.

One of the featured works of art is Kuan’s The Conductress, a cast bronze sculpture of a jumping female nude yielding a baton in her right hand.  Other works include Benton’s Ten Pound Hammer, a lithograph of three figures with sledge hammers repairing rails, and an untitled watercolor/acrylic abstract by the retired teacher and local art hero Max King.  

This signature summer exhibit “Masters of the Muchnic,” was requested by the Members of the Atchison Art Association. They will host an Opening Reception, Friday, July 29th, 5-7p.m., at the Muchnic Art Gallery, 704 North Fourth Street. The event is free and open to the public. 

The exhibit will remain on display through September 18.

 

KRC Forums Urge Action Toward Better Food System, Healthier Communities, and Grassroots Action

Topeka, KS – Connect, network, communicate – and act.  These were the goals of KRC’s series of spring/summer public forums around the state to stimulate dialogue about local and regional healthy food production, the state budget and revenue crisis, and what individuals and communities can do.  Over 230 people attended the forums held in Hutchinson, Concordia, Colby, Garden City, Ottawa and Iola in May and June.

 “As we’ve traveled the state,” said Mary Fund, Executive Director of the Kansas Rural Center, “we’ve been fortunate to see firsthand the creative, amazing things going on to build a local food system that contributes to local economies and improves access to healthy food for families and communities. In community after community, we’ve seen that solutions begin at the grassroots, whether it is production, marketing, distribution, or food access. But none of this happens in a vacuum. That is why we brought the state budget and revenue information to the meetings.”

The purpose of the forums, as Fund explained at each of the meetings, was to provide an overview of local and regional food developments within the context of the state budget crisis and to provide an opportunity for people to share information on local efforts toward healthier food production and access, and to encourage more engagement.

 “Communities can do a great deal on their own, but shrinking state dollars and programs impact things like extension research and outreach, limit access for food assistance, and hamper economic development. We need to pay attention to the big picture and how it impacts us.”

People were grim at nearly every one of the six stops around the state when listening to a legislative overview and descriptions of the state’s downward spiral of budget and revenues.  But the mood shifted 180 degrees when the talk turned to local community and farmer efforts to build healthier communities and to produce more healthy food locally or regionally.

When presented with stories of local organizing efforts, farmer successes, health and wellness initiatives, local food councils, and education on production and marketing, people perked up and the room buzzed with conversation, ideas and stories.  “I had no idea so much was going on in Kansas!” exclaimed one participant at the Concordia forum, summing up a sentiment apparent at all of the forums.

Each forum began with a state legislative overview followed by presentations from local groups working on health and wellness and/or local and regional food production and access.  Speakers such as Sen. Tom Hawk, Rep. Dan Kerschen, and David Coltrain from Seward County Community College, members of the state’s Local Food and Farm Task Force, each gave updates at different meetings on the status of the Local Food and Farm Task Force.

In Colby, Manhattan Senator Tom Hawk, a Colby native, detailed the consequences of the state budget situation, including the devastating across the board cuts in education and the deeper and specifically targeted cuts aimed at research institutions.  “You can’t take away 1/3 of our income and think it won’t cut services,” he said.  “We do have a crisis in our state budget. It has been mismanaged. We need to fix it.”

He also discussed the implications of the predicted closure of 25% of Kansas’ rural hospitals within the next ten years, and how these closures will impact rural communities and health.

But he noted that, “Local foods and the reauthorization of the Local Food and Farm Task Force were the bright spot in an otherwise very gloomy legislative session.”  Hawk said that local food production needs the “right kinds of supports,” and should be sure to include “city slickers, young people, and others who don’t have access to land and haven’t grown up steeped in agriculture.” He noted that the average age of farmers in Kansas is 57 and increasing, and that access to land and training are significant barriers to getting into farming.

KRC’s policy analyst, Paul Johnson, provided a legislative update at three of the forums.  Urging the crowd in Ottawa to take action, Johnson called this a “defining moment for the future of Kansas.”  Income tax cuts have had a more devastating impact on state revenue than projected. In the scramble for money, vital parts of the state’s food, health, and social support systems are losing funding. Rural hospitals and health programs are also feeling the budget squeeze. “What will happen to communities if they lose their schools and hospitals?” asked Johnson.

Farmers will continue to feel the state budget squeeze as well. K-State Research and Extension is losing more funding and will not be able to support farmers like they have in the past, at a time when more information is needed on topics like fruit and vegetable production and soil health and climate resilience for all types of  farming—conventional grain and livestock production and horticultural production.

In Ottawa, Ron Brown, chair of the state’s Local Food and Farm Task Force, described some of the obstacles average Kansans face to access food. Supermarkets and grocery stores have closed in rural and urban areas all over the state, leaving food deserts in their wake. But Brown pointed out that the “sugar diet” offered by vending machines and convenience stores remains readily available.  When Kansans do make it to the grocery store, they are faced with a 6.5 percent sales tax, the second highest tax rate on food in the nation. When coupled with local sales taxes, these can nearly double.

Neighboring states Colorado and Nebraska have declared groceries exempt from sales tax. It is easy to see how the conditions in Kansas make cheap calorie rich foods more appealing, and unhealthy foods do not just affect individuals who consume them.  As Johnson informed the forums, “Obesity costs the state an extra $1100 per person in terms of health care costs.” 

 Another blow to the economy, according to Brown, is that over 90% of the food consumed in Kansas comes from out of state. Several speakers emphasized that only 4% of the fruits and vegetables consumed in Kansas are actually produced in state, leaving a large gap but providing significant economic opportunity to scale up production of fruits and vegetables, as well as other foods, in Kansas.

During at least one forum, Johnson suggested we look at the renewable energy sector for an example of forward thinking.  In 2000, one wind farm existed in Kansas. The state set a 20 percent goal for renewable energy. To date, the number of wind farms has increased to 20 with four more under construction.  “Can we do that for local food?  Set a percent goal for Kansas production?” he asked.

At nearly every meeting, League of Women Voters (LWV) representatives highlighted the critical challenges to Kansas voters—registering people to vote, getting registered voters to vote, and addressing the list of 17,000 recently purged from the voting rolls. Registering to vote in Kansas has become needlessly complicated, according to LWV, as new state law requires proof of citizenship. This has created problems for many young voters and confusion among those reregistering.  But the importance and value of individual votes has never been higher.

At each forum local organizations provided information on grassroots efforts to organize local food councils, health and wellness initiatives, farmers market creation or expansion, food access and school initiatives around healthy food, school gardens, and more. Round table discussions filled the final portion of each forum. These sessions gave participants the chance to discuss challenges, opportunities, and actions individuals or groups can take to attract more farmers to the area, help beginning farmers interested in specialty crops, expand local food access and markets, develop local or regional food alliances, and empower community voices. 

 Farmers attending told stories of production and marketing challenges, and desire to scale up production if enough support could be found.   More traditional crop and livestock farmers also spoke about the need for diversifying their farms, and helping their communities become inviting to not just more young farmers but to young people in general.  Health officials talked about the difficulty of getting food assistance for those needing it most.

The forums clearly provided opportunities to begin community dialogue on a range of food and farming topics, community concerns, and state issues.  Participants met new allies and learned of local or regional activities they had no knowledge of before the meetings.   Based on the buzz of energy surrounding the round table discussions, most participants left with new ideas and ways to move forward whether on their farming operations, potential markets, helping increase access to healthy food in their schools and communities, and ways to get involved in local voter registration efforts.  KRC will continue to facilitate communication among all of the forum attendees, expand the base of those interested in local food and farming issues and more forums, and provide information on state policy issues relevant to local and regional food production and access. 

The Feeding Kansas Forum series is part of KRC’s “Community Food Solutions for A Healthier Kansas Initiative” funded by the Kansas Health Foundation (KHF).  KRC recently received additional funding from KHF to continue the Community Food Solutions work for another three years.

KRC is a non-profit research, education and advocacy organization promoting a more sustainable agriculture and a sustainable food system in Kansas.  For more information, visit kansasruralcenter.org.

 

Utilize Cover Crops to Enhance Crop & Livestock Operations

A cover crop is an un-harvested crop planted as part of a planned rotation to provide conservation benefits to the soil such as increased soil organic matter, reduced soil erosion, conserving soil moisture, increased nutrient cycling, weed suppression and reduced compaction. This can result in improved crop production and nutrient utilization, enhanced water quality and decreased pesticide use. In addition, cover crops can provide supplemental grazing for livestock. Crop and livestock producers who are interested in trying cover crops may be reluctant about the cost of “experimenting” with cover crops. The Delaware River WRAPS (Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy) currently has cost share funds available for the establishment of cover crops that benefit cropland and livestock. The purpose of this program is to reduce the financial risk for producers interested in trying cover crops who have not already incorporated them into their ongoing operations. The Midwest Cover Crops Council has developed a web-based tool for considering cover crop options at: http://www.mccc.msu.edu/selectorINTRO.html.   

Larry Stuckey is a landowner in Brown and Nemaha counties who has worked with three local operators over the past three years to establish cover crops on his crop fields, utilizing cost share funding from the Delaware WRAPS. Stuckey is a firm believer in the benefits of cover crops, having seen the positive results of long-term cover crop usage on soil health and productivity on various cover crop tours in multiple states, and utilizes cover crops following wheat harvest on cropland he owns in South Dakota. In Kansas, where he uses a corn-soybean crop rotation, Stuckey has had the most success with drilling cereal rye on his fields, given a relatively short growing season after fall harvest. Although his own experience with cover crops has been limited, he feels that cover crops have been very beneficial in holding the soil, particularly on soybean fields, and have improved soil moisture. One of his operators has also benefited from using cover crops for supplemental livestock forage. Stuckey believes that cover crops will be important in agriculture’s future to help reduce soil erosion and nutrient loading to our nation’s waterways and considers WRAPS cost share funding “a terrific incentive to people interested in cover crops.”

The Delaware WRAPS cost share rate for cover crop establishment is currently 70% up to a maximum of $45/acre and $4,500 per producer per year. Funding is targeted for use in high priority areas of the watershed for cropland and livestock best management practices to reduce pollutant loading to streams. A livestock producer workshop will be held on August 19th in Netawaka and will feature speakers and information on extending the grazing season, including cover crop usage. Cost share funding is also available for other practices that reduce soil erosion and help control nutrient and bacteria runoff.

Contact Kerry Wedel, Delaware River WRAPS Coordinator, at 785-284-3422 or kwedel@delawarewraps.com for more information about applying for WRAPS cost share funding or to attend the August 19th livestock workshop. Applications for cost share funding will be considered by the Delaware WRAPS Stakeholder Leadership Team in late August. Information and application forms for WRAPS cost share funding are also available at www.delawarewraps.com or at your local conservation district office in Atchison, Brown, Jackson, Jefferson and Nemaha counties. 

 

FHSU student leads young 4-H'ers at Ellis County Fair

 ~ Diane Gasper-O’Brien, University Relations and Marketing

HAYS, Kan. -- He admits he has learned a lot in leadership classes at Fort Hays State University.

But those who know Anthony Walters well will tell you that his leadership training began long before he set foot on his hometown college campus.

Like so many years before, Walters -- who will begin his senior year at FHSU this fall -- was a busy young man Tuesday, scurrying around the Schenk Building at the Ellis County Fairgrounds.

Tuesday was judging day at the fair, and Walters was organizing various displays so that young 4-H’ers could meet with judges about their projects.

Now 21, Walters has surpassed the age for participating as a 4-H'er. But that hasn’t stopped him from returning to the fair every year to lend a helping hand.

That dedication hasn’t gone unnoticed.

“He’s an amazing young man,” said Susan Schlichting, 4-H Youth Development Extension agent for Ellis County. “Here’s a college-age kid who is really willing to come out and help where it’s needed and make a difference.”

Walters started learning about making a difference at a young age. The oldest of four siblings, Walters joined the Buckeye Junior Farmers 4-H Club when he was 7, even though his dad, Marty, was a little skeptical at first because of an already ultra-busy schedule with a young family.

But Walters’ mom, Anita, explained to her husband that the Buckeye 4-H Club met in an old schoolhouse on Buckeye Road north of Hays. The Walters family passed the schoolhouse every time it traveled into town, where they already were becoming active in school and community activities.

“I thought maybe we should give 4-H a try,” Anita Walters said. “Marty’s first reaction was, ‘You want to get them involved in something else?’ ”

“I told him it was so close to home, and we wouldn’t have to go to town,” she continued. “And, here we are.”

Anita Walters said her husband now says “he would have given up all the other things the kids were involved in for their experiences they have had in 4-H.”

“The leadership, how to communicate with people, a platform to showcase their talents, I can’t even tell you all the things the kids have learned,” she said.

“And," added Anita Walters, an instructor in FHSU’s Health and Human Performance Department, “I have learned a lot just sitting there alongside them.”

The entire Walters family got involved in the county fair immediately after Anthony joined 4-H.

Inspired by an older 4-H'er, Walters chose rocketry for his first fair project, and so began the process of younger 4-H’ers learning from their elders, both by watching and by doing.

In addition to taking numerous projects to the fair over the years, Walters began working as an assistant fair superintendent early in his high school career. He soon was promoted to superintendent in charge of the “miscellaneous” division, the home for a variety of projects such as woodworking, rocketry, electrical, robotics and several others that didn’t fit into other categories.

It was a natural fit though for Walters, who had been involved with a lot of those particular disciplines and said he has always “enjoyed helping out younger kids, giving them advice when they would ask for it.”

When Walters came home the summer after his first year of college at Ottawa University, he stayed put. He checked out the applied technology program at FHSU and was particularly interested in drafting.

During the 2015 spring semester, the building construction class at FHSU built a new 4-H food stand at the Ellis County Fairgrounds. Walters wasn’t part of that class, but he played a major role in finishing the inside of the food stand.

After he got off work at Paul-Wertenberger Construction, Inc., in the summer of 2015, Walters headed to the fairgrounds to work on the food stand.

“No one told him he had to be there, but he knew it had to be finished,” Schlichting said. “He believes in 4-H, takes it seriously and does a good job with it.”

Walters had grown up working in the old 4-H food stand in a building that had long outlived its usefulness.

“I think he saw the benefit of having this new facility for the kids, compared to that old run-down building,” his mother said. “When the call came out that they needed help to get the inside done, he just decided to help.”

“I went to help one night and realized it was going to take some work to get it done by fair time,” Walters said. “If I didn’t help, it wasn’t going to be done in time.”

Walters became involved in the Technology and Engineering Education Collegiate Association chapter at FHSU, where he also pursued a certificate in Leadership Studies.

"I think his 4-H experience definitely played a part in his willingness to be involved on campus," Anita Walters said.

This year, more than likely, will be Anthony Walters' swan song as a fair superintendent, for a while anyway. He will serve a required internship for his major during the spring 2017 semester for Paul-Wertenberger, which has already hired him to work as a full-time draftsman after his May graduation.

Walters credits the life skills he experienced in 4-H for a big part of his success.

“Being in 4-H has helped me in a lot of areas,” Walters said. “Talking in front of people comes easy now, and I’ve met so many people through 4-H. And not just young people. I’m able to talk to people 20, 30 years older than me, too.”

 

FHSU TIGER MAXIMIZES GIVING BACK

HAYS, Kan. -- Isaiah Maxi is always looking for ways to give back to the Hays community. He was one of the players on the Fort Hays State University football team who handed out free books for children to read this summer. And now, he has a free football camp next month and is asking for donations so he can hand out school supplies.

Maxi, a senior organizational leadership major from Kansas City, Mo., started a nonprofit organization, “Maximizing Lives,” to assist him in his charitable endeavors, such as the football camp.

“This was something I could do that would be easy and help the kids,” said Maxi, a wide receiver for the Tigers this fall. “I want to be more hands-on with the community. I want to give back to the community.”

The camp is Aug. 1-2 and Aug. 4-5 for children ages 4 to 12, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Pratt Optimist Park, Fifth and Pine. Campers can attend any day or every day. Donations are appreciated to purchase school supplies. The school supplies will be passed out at a time to be announced later on Aug. 6 at Lewis Field Stadium.

Donations can be dropped off through Aug. 5 at Lewis Field Stadium from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and at the Hays Recreation Commission, 1105 Canterbury, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays except for Wednesday, when the HRC office is open until 6 p.m.

 

National Farmers Market Week August 7-13

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack signed a proclamation declaring Aug. 7-13, 2016, as "National Farmers Market Week." This year marks the 17th annual National Farmers Market Week to honor and celebrate the important role that farmers markets play in local economies.

Throughout the week, USDA officials will celebrate at farmers market locations across the country. On Saturday, Aug. 6, Elanor Starmer, the Administrator of USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) – which conducts research, provides technical assistance, and awards grants to support local and regional food systems – will kick off the week visiting a farmers market and wrap up the week at USDA's own farmers market in Washington, D.C., on Friday, Aug. 12.

To help farmers market managers across the country promote and celebrate National Farmers Market Week, USDA is sharing online free farmers market related graphics that market managers and others can use to customize posters, emails, websites and other promotional materials. The graphics, along with a short demonstration video, can be found at: www.ams.usda.gov/resources/NFMW

Over the course of the Obama Administration, USDA has invested close to $1 billion in 40,000 local food businesses and infrastructure projects. Farmers markets provide consumers with fresh, affordable, convenient, and healthy products from local producers. With support from USDA, more farmers markets offer customers the opportunity to make purchases with the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program; the Women, Infants, and Children Nutrition Program; and the Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Programs.

Supporting farmers markets is a part of the USDA's Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food (KYF2) Initiative, which coordinates the Department's work to develop strong local and regional food systems. USDA is committed to helping farmers, ranchers, and businesses access the growing market for local and regional foods, which was valued at $12 billion in 2014 according to industry estimates. You can also find local and regional supply chain resources on the newly-revamped KYF2 website and use the KYF2 Compass to locate USDA investments in your community.

More information on how USDA investments are connecting producers with consumers and expanding rural economic opportunities is available in Chapter IV of USDA Results on Medium

 

Roadside Assistance in High Demand, Despite Advanced Tech in Vehicles

 AAA Reports Record Roadside Breakdowns

July 20, 2016- Despite advances in vehicle technology, including maintenance reminders and other dashboard alerts designed to mitigate roadside trouble, AAA rescued a record-breaking 32 million drivers in 2015, with more battery, flat tire and key problems than ever before, a new study shows. Vehicles fewer than five years old in particular experienced a higher proportion of tire and key-related issues than older vehicles, suggesting that the trend toward eliminating the spare tire and moving to electronic keyless ignitions may have unintended consequences.

Last summer about 30,000 Kansas motorists called AAA’s Roadside Rescue Team for assistance. While battery and tires played a primary role in breakdowns, more than half of the calls required a tow. “Routine things like checking tire pressure and having your oil changed, staying on top of routine maintenance is the key to avoiding breakdowns,” Said Jim Hanni, AAA Spokesperson. 

Roadside assistance calls peak in the summer (8.3 million) followed by winter (8.1 million), fall (7.8 million) and spring (7.7 million). As temperatures continue to rise near 100, so will the calls from stranded drivers. Drivers should keep an eye on their tire pressure and if their battery is more than three years old, have it tested. One out of every 6 calls last summer in Kansas were for a jump start.

Vehicles today are advanced more than ever, yet are still vulnerable to breakdowns. Low profile tires are highly susceptible to damage, electronic keyless ignitions can zap battery life and despite advanced warning systems, more than half a million drivers ran out of gas last year.

Owners of new vehicles may be unaware that some new vehicle designs and features may leave them vulnerable at the roadside. To reduce vehicle weight and boost fuel economy, spare tires are being eliminated from new vehicles at alarming rates, and are being replaced with tire inflator kits that can only remedy some flat tire situations. Additionally, new keyless ignition systems can drain the battery life when keys are stored too close to the vehicle and can lock a driver out of the vehicle while the engine is still running. Finally, despite nearly all new vehicles being equipped with low fuel warning alerts and range estimations, a higher proportion of drivers are using these systems to push the limits between fuel ups.

Other key findings from an analysis of AAA’s 2015 roadside assistance data include:

·         Battery failures, flat tires and keys locked inside the vehicle remain the top roadside assistance requests.

·         Vehicles fewer than five years old have a higher proportion of tire, key and fuel-related issues than older vehicles. Due in part to complex, electronic vehicle designs.

·         Vehicles between 6 and 10 years old have the highest proportion of battery-related issues, as most batteries have a three-to five-year life.

·         Drivers are most likely to request roadside assistance on Mondays and least likely to request assistance on Sundays.

·         Despite advances in key technology, AAA came to the rescue of more than four million drivers locked out of their vehicles.

To help prevent millions of roadside breakdowns from happening, AAA offers the following recommendations for common roadside problems:

·         Check for a spare tire: Before purchasing a car, check that the vehicle includes a spare tire. If it doesn’t, consider adding one as an option. Tire inflator kits -- which have replaced spare tires on tens of millions of vehicles --cannot remedy all types of tire damage.

·         Check tires: At least once a month, check the tire pressure to ensure proper inflation. This affects tire wear and vehicle handling. Tires should be rotated based on the manufacturer’s recommended schedule for the vehicle.

·         Lockouts: AAA recommends motorists take special care of their “smart keys” and keyless entry fobs. Always take keys when exiting the car, avoid exposing keyless-entry remote or smart keys to water and always replace the key or fob battery when recommended by the vehicle manufacturer.

·         Battery: AAA recommends that drivers have their vehicle’s battery tested when it reaches three years of age and on an annual basis thereafter. AAA’s Mobile Battery Service offers free battery testing for AAA members.

·         Pack an emergency kit: A recent AAA survey shows that more than 40 percent of motorists do not carry an emergency kit in their vehicle. AAA recommends that every driver have a well-stocked emergency kit, which includes a mobile phone and car charger; a flashlight with extra batteries; a first-aid kit; drinking water; extra snacks/food for your travelers and any pets; battery booster cables; and emergency flares or reflectors.

Before hitting the road, download the free AAA Mobile app for iPhone, iPad, Android and Apple Watch. Travelers can use the app to request AAA roadside assistance, route a trip, find the lowest gas prices, access exclusive member discounts, book a hotel and more. In addition, AAA members can also track in real time the location of their assigned vehicle with Service Tracker.  Learn more at AAA.com/mobile.

 

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Proclaims August 7-13 “National Farmers Market Week”

WASHINGTON, July 11, 2016 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today signed a proclamation declaring Aug. 7-13, 2016, as "National Farmers Market Week." This year marks the 17th annual National Farmers Market Week to honor and celebrate the important role that farmers markets play in local economies.

"Farmers markets are an important part of strong local and regional food systems that connect farmers with new customers and grow rural economies. In many areas, they are also expanding access to fresh, healthy food for people of all income levels,” said Secretary Vilsack. “National Farmers Market Week recognizes the growth of these markets and their role in supporting both urban and rural communities."

Throughout the week, USDA officials will celebrate at farmers market locations across the country. On Saturday, Aug. 6, Elanor Starmer, the Administrator of USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) – which conducts research, provides technical assistance, and awards grants to support local and regional food systems – will kick off the week visiting a farmers market and wrap up the week at USDA’s own farmers market in Washington, D.C., on Friday, Aug. 12.

“Farmers markets are a gathering place where you can buy locally produced food, and at the same time, get to know the farmer and story behind the food you purchase,” said Administrator Starmer. “These types of markets improve earning potential for farmers and ranchers, building stronger community ties and access to local foods.”

To help farmers market managers across the country promote and celebrate National Farmers Market Week, USDA is sharing online free farmers market related graphics that market managers and others can use to customize posters, emails, websites and other promotional materials. The graphics, along with a short demonstration video, can be found at: www.ams.usda.gov/resources/NFMW

Over the course of the Obama Administration, USDA has invested close to $1 billion in 40,000 local food businesses and infrastructure projects. Farmers markets provide consumers with fresh, affordable, convenient, and healthy products from local producers. With support from USDA, more farmers markets offer customers the opportunity to make purchases with the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program; the Women, Infants, and Children Nutrition Program; and the Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Programs.

Supporting farmers markets is a part of the USDA’s Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food (KYF2) Initiative, which coordinates the Department's work to develop strong local and regional food systems. USDA is committed to helping farmers, ranchers, and businesses access the growing market for local and regional foods, which was valued at $12 billion in 2014 according to industry estimates. You can also find local and regional supply chain resources on the newly-revamped KYF2 website and use the KYF2 Compass to locate USDA investments in your community.

More information on how USDA investments are connecting producers with consumers and expanding rural economic opportunities is available in Chapter IV of USDA Results on Medium.

 

ALUMNI FAMILY OF FHSU, SIGMA TAU GAMMA ESTABLISH SCHOLARSHIP FUND DESCENDANTS OF SIG TAU MEMBERS, GRADUATES OF USD 239, FINANCE MAJORS ELIGIBLE FOR RENEWABLE SCHOLARSHIP

HAYS, Kan. -- Originally from the rural Ottawa County village of Ada, a young Tom McGavran helped his parents operate the local grain elevator and spent summers working for an area farmer.

“My parents taught me work ethic, commitment and conservative living,” said McGavran. “They always supported me in my pursuit of a college degree, and they were very proud that my two brothers and I received college degrees from Fort Hays State University.”

McGavran chose to attend FHSU primarily because his two brothers, Ray and Fred, were already students there. “To me, it was more like moving home rather than leaving home,” he said. “The three of us and a friend rented a small house right off campus.”

During McGavran’s freshman year, all three brothers pledged to the Sigma Tau Gamma fraternity. “It was a very unique situation for three brothers to pledge at the same time. We were even featured with a picture in the Sigma Tau Gamma national magazine,” he said.

With a recent gift to Fort Hays State University, McGavran and his wife, Emley, residents of Minneapolis, created a scholarship that will benefit FHSU students in perpetuity. The Tom and Emley McGavran Endowed Scholarship will support students who are descendants of Sigma Tau Gamma members or who are from North Ottawa County USD 239 (Minneapolis-Delphos). It will also benefit finance majors.

McGavran’s time at FHSU, and even life after graduation, was greatly influenced by his participation in Sigma Tau Gamma. Even though Sigma Tau Gamma has not been an active fraternity on the campus of Fort Hays State since the 1980s, alumni members continue to embrace the belief that men are social beings and that friendships of college men are lasting ones.

“Most of my memories from Fort Hays State University evolve from the lifelong friendships that I made in our fraternity. Even after all these years, I still have a foursome of friends that I made through Sig Tau who get together for the annual FHSU Alumni golf tournament,” said McGavran.

After graduating from Fort Hays State, McGavran worked as a bank examiner for 10 years before an opportunity opened up in Emley’s hometown of Delphos. “I had worked at the Bank of Delphos for four years when the chance to buy the bank came up. I contacted family and friends and was able to raise the necessary capital to purchase the bank. I served as president, CEO and chief lending officer for the next 29 years,” said McGavran. “Emley was able to stay at home while our two daughters were growing up, but she also helped at the bank some.”

Even after a solid career, the influence and effect that Fort Hays State and Sigma Tau Gamma had on McGavran remained unchanged.

“Fort Hays State University and Sigma Tau Gamma literally changed my life. When we sold our bank, my family and I started looking at ways that we could give back to my college, my fraternity and the community that has been so good to us over the past 30 plus years,” McGavran said.

“I told my daughters that when I died, I wanted to establish a scholarship at FHSU that would benefit my friends from the fraternity as well as the community where we lived. I felt there was no better way to give back to a community than investing in the youth. My daughters’ immediate response was ‘Why wait? Do it now so you can set it up how you want to.’ Hopefully this scholarship will encourage other students from our area to attend FHSU and it will have the same impact on them that it had on me,” he said.

Recipients of the Tom and Emley McGavran Scholarship must be full-time FHSU students. In addition, they must be a descendant of a Sigma Tau Gamma member, a graduate from USD 239 or a finance major. The scholarship is renewable for up to four years so long as academic requirements are continually met.

Establishing a scholarship in support of students at Fort Hays State University is easy, and doing it now guarantees that your gift will be used exactly how you want it to be. To get started, simply contact the FHSU Foundation at 785-628-5620 or by email at foundation@fhsu.edu.

To learn more about the FHSU Foundation, visit foundation.fhsu.edu.

 

FORT HAYS STATE RESURRECTS LIVESTOCK JUDGING TEAM

~ Diane Gasper-O’Brien, University Relations and Marketing

HAYS, Kan. -- Kevin Huser is on a mission to rebuild the livestock judging team at Fort Hays State University.

Judging from the response to participating in a summer project he offered to students interested in joining the team, the Ellis County native is well on his way to accomplishing that goal.

Five FHSU students showed up at the Ellis County Fairgrounds Friday morning to help with the 4-H judging contest at the annual county fair.

One of those was Michael Dix from Stockton, who decided to return to college when he heard about the return of Fort Hays State’s judging team.

Dix had attended Colby Community College right out of high school and was a member of its judging team for two years. He received scholarship offers to judge at four-year schools, but they were all out of state. So Dix, a biochemistry major, tried one semester at another Kansas university before returning home to the family farm.

“The more I was away from the farm, the more I missed it,” said Dix, who laid out of school for a semester.

However, Dix’s mom, Andrea, is a junior high math and science teacher in Stockton, “and she’s pretty big on education,” he said, “so I knew I would probably finish college.”

That opportunity came earlier than he expected when his high school FFA advisor told him this spring about the return of FHSU’s livestock judging team.

So Dix got in contact with Huser. Come fall, Dix will be back in college, at Fort Hays State, with a new major -- animal science -- and plans to be part of the livestock judging team.

“I’m really looking forward to judging again,” said Dix, who grew up judging in FFA and in 4-H, where he was a member of the Livewire 4-H Club in Rooks County, then went to college for more of the same.

“We have a number of students who want to judge,” said Don Benjamin, interim chair of the FHSU agriculture department. “We want to satisfy that need and give them the opportunity to compete.”

Fort Hays State’s ag department had a long history of livestock judging teams until the last couple of years when there weren’t enough students interested to field a team of five.

Last spring, Benjamin had asked Huser, an FHSU alum and former livestock judging coach, to teach livestock judging at his alma mater.

Once on campus, Huser -- a Victoria farmer who owns his own construction company -- set the wheels in motion for resurrecting the livestock judging team.

He recruited several students on campus and got the word out. The response was so positive that Huser has a full slate of contests scheduled for the 2016-17 judging team.  

“In the fall, we will go through livestock evaluation courses and get ready to compete in the spring,” Huser said. “As an alum, I’m excited with what they’re trying to implement at Fort Hays State.”

Fort Hays State already has about a dozen students interested in joining the team this fall.

“I am so looking forward to this,” said Sarah Bellar, an agriculture business major from Howard. Bellar, like Dix, grew up around 4-H and FFA, where she judged for many years.

Bellar is working at FHSU’s swine unit at the University Farm for the summer and was glad to help out at this week’s fair.

“I miss showing animals, so I’m glad to get back into it,” said Bellar, who, in addition to Friday’s livestock judging, also helped out with the 4-H beef show the night before.

“I thought this would be good experience for our students,” Huser said, “and be a good thing, helping out the 4-H’ers, at the same time.”

Getting the livestock judging team back up and running at FHSU, Benjamin says, is a win-win situation for everyone involved.

“Our department is going to be up 20, 25 students this year,” Benjamin said. “Besides being very economical, and a great education, one of our strong points is the experience they receive here. You can’t teach experience. The only way to get them experience is to get their hands dirty. And they can do that here. Having a livestock judging team will add to that experience.”

 

HISTORY IS FUN by Robert D. Caplinger

Old news from the 1943 Issues of Effingham New Leaf

NEWS ITEMS OF MEN IN THE SERVICE.

"Leroy Buddenbohm left Monday for Ft. Leavenworth.  Mrs. Buddenbohm hasn't decided definitely as to the future, but since she lacked only a few months of completing her training as a registered nurse, she will not have any difficulty in finding work along her line if she cares to accept it."

"Edgar Searles of Camp Picket, Va., spent his furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Don Searles."

"Chas Jahne is now in the Coast Guard office in San Francisco."

"Enroute on the train to Stuggart, Ark., Staff Sergeant Johnnie Gerety met Chief Engineer 1st class Leonard Ingram.  They had a nice visit.  Leonard has seen action in Africa."

"Bud Snyder and his sister received the first letter last week from their brother, Sgt. Mark Snyder, since he left the states.  The letter was written Dec. 30.  It was over three weeks enroute."

"Pvt. Melvin Nelson, who is stationed in Ft. Riley spent Sunday with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Nelson."

"Larry, son of Mr. and Mrs. Arch Wilson, has enlisted in the Marines.  After graduating at ACCHS he was employed on the Atchison Globe and for over a year at the Manhattan Mercury."

"Sgt. Curtis Neill, of Camp Polk, La., arrived Friday for a visit with his mother, Mrs. Lulu Neill.  His brother, Glen, who went into the army recently, is in the ground crew air force at Clearwater, Fla."

"Loren Signor and James Turner, Jr. reported Sunday at Atchison for examination for army service."

"Fred Moore, brother of Mrs. Bill Critchfield is with the army engineers from Dallas, Texas, at Balboa, the entrance to the Panama Canal."

"Pvt. Joe Hinz, nephew of Geo. Hinz, has been transferred from Maryland to a camp in California."

"Geo Earl Adams reported to Kansas City yesterday for pre-aviation training in the Army Air Corps.  Adams, a graduate of ACCHS was in his second year at KSC Manhattan."   

WEDDING OF SHOCKLEY  -  MONTGOMERY.  "Miss Betty Shockley, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Shockley, and Howard Montgomery, son of Mr. and Mrs. Chas Montgomery, were married at the court house in Atchison, Jan 25th.  That day was the 27th wedding anniversary of Howard's parents.

"Her sister, Mrs. Ray Smith and Mr. Smith were attendants.

"Mr. and Mrs. Montgomery are graduates of ACCHS.  They will go to housekeeping on the Montgomery farm adjoining the farm home."

DEATH OF W. L. VANHORN REPORTED.  "W. L. VanHorn, 80, retired farmer, died Sunday at his home in Nortonville.  He had lived in the Nortonville community the past 39 years.  He leaves his wife, a son, Earl Van Horn and two daughters, Mrs. Benjamin Henry, Pratt; Mrs. Paul Kaufman, Topeka, and two grandchildren."

EXCERPTS FROM A LETTER BY WILSON HAWK OF CAMP WOLTER, TEXAS:

"I like the army, have gained 16 pounds, and have had no signs of asthma.

"We worked last week with Browning automatic rifle and I qualified.  It is hard to fire, jumps around too much.

"I have won 3 medals.  One each with the 1903 model rifle, expert with the bayonet and hand grenade.  We have one more yet to fire, the trench mortar.

"We are working with barbed wire entanglements.  Have been having lot of night tactics lately."

MORE GOVERNMENT REGULATIONS FOR LOCAL PEOPLE:  "The oil stations operated by Cliff Pyne, Ross Meador and Roy Morgan have received their official notices of closing their stations on Sunday.  The law enables the stations to remain open only 72 hours a week and perhaps the three men can work out a plan whereby one station might be able to stay open a portion of the day, every third Sunday.  Only emergency gas can be sold on Sunday."

HISTORY FROM OBITUARY OF J. A. HARMAN.  "J. A. Harman, 71, an Effingham pioneer, prominent and respected citizen, died suddenly at the home of Mrs. Bon Hargrove, Sunday, Jan. 31, 1943, from a stroke of paralysis.

"Mr. Hargrove, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Harman, was born in Indiana county, Pa.  At the age of 6, he came to Kansas with his parents to try the adventures of a pioneer.

"For ten years, the Harmans lived on a farm four miles south of Effingham, then moved to what is now the Helmstetter farm, where they resided seven years when they moved to town.

"September 4, 1895, his marriage to Miss Clara Cook took place.  To them was born a son, Clark, who was in business with his father several years, later accepting a position in Topeka, where he remained until called into army service at Denver, Colo.

"Mr. Harman loved his home.  The family tie was broken when Mrs. Harman passed away in April 1929 but Mr. Harman and Clark still maintained the home.

"Mr. Harman was community minded.  For 30 years he had been city treasurer.  His books were exact and neatness personified.  In 1900 under the late C. E. Green, he was assistant postmaster for five years.

"Thirty-seven years ago he started a grocery business for himself.

"Surviving beside his son are two sisters, Mrs. Frank Marsh of Huntington Park, Calif.; Mrs. Nettie Ellingson of Torrington, Wyo., and a brother Charles of Washington, D. C."

HISTORY FROM THE OBITUARY OF MRS. DAVID MORGAN.        "Mrs. David Morgan died Monday afternoon, Feb. 1, 1943.

"Emily Hannah Phillips was born April 3, 1865, at Carmarthen Shire, Llanelly, Wales, being at the time of her death 77 years of age.  She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.

"Enroute to Hiawatha to visit her brother, she celebrated her 21st birthday on the Atlantic Ocean.  She fell in love with this country and also a young man, David Morgan, of Hiawatha, and never returned to her native land, that was also his native land.

"The young folks were married March 1, 1892.  To this union four children were born, George, a farmer southwest of Effingham; Roy, who operates a filling station in Effingham; Ethel, a member of the ACCHS faculty and Mrs. Ernest Neitzer of Cleveland, Ohio.

"The family resided near Hiawatha until they purchased a farm southwest of Effingham in 1911.  In 1918, Mr. and Mrs. Morgan retired from farm life and moved to Effingham where they purchased a home.'

THE COVELL HAWK FAMILY RETURNS TO ATCHISON COUNTY.        "Covell hawk has purchased the 160 acre farm where the Bill Hinz family lives.  Covell has a 3 year contract for the R. B. Hawk farm near Morrill so it is quite possible he will not move to his new home for another year."

DANGEROUS SPORT.  "While the twirlers were performing at ACCHS Friday evening, Louetta Henry accidently struck Mary Stillings and injured her left arm.  Mary is the lead twirler.  Jolene Pinder struck herself in the head cutting a gash that bled profusely."

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Can you identify the place, persons or year in this photo? Last issue was1950-51 Effingham Grade School BB team– L-R: Dick Lash, Mary Ann Tuley, Rex Stucker, Don Rasdall, Jerry Higley, Don Kloepper, Bill Bowles, Calvin McFarland, Walt Overton and Mary Alice Rogers.

 

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