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Join them for music, activities, and stories! Choose a storytime that best suits your family’s schedule and join them for fun! Mother Goose Time Online, 18 to 36 months, Thursdays, 9:30 a.m.; Preschool Storytime Online, ages 3-5 years, Thursdays 10:30 a.m.; Fairy Tale You Choose online, grades K-5th, Fridays 3 p.m.; Spanish Storytime online, Tuesdays, 10 a.m.; Mad Science online, grades K-5th, Mondays, 1 p.m. Storytimes and other special programs for youth can be accessed at emporialibrary.org. under the “Summer Reading” tab.

VETERANS’ AFFAIR Jamie Potter, Service Representative for the Kansas Commission on Veterans’ Affairs, will not be visiting any sites until further notice. Please call (620) 3423347 for any needed assistance.

Church, 202 E. 12th Ave., will hold their food pantry on Mondays from 9-11 a.m. Go to the north side of the church for pick up.

SENIOR MEALS Neosho Rapids Senior meals are served Tuesday, Wednesday and FriFOOD PANTRY day beginning at noon. The First Christian If you are 60 or older,

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Reading 4-H had there monthly meeting at The Miracle cafe on November 11th. The club voted to Continue The Celebration of the Heart project, and will be collecting food for families this Holiday season will be collecting items such as canned goods, cereal, pancake mix, syrup, boxed meals etc... and or money to purchase items. The club will be collecting the items until the 18 th

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OLD NEWS IS FUN NEWS Provided by the North Lyon County History Museum ADMIRE NEWS, NOVEMBER 29, 1906 - A new sidewalk was put down in front of the drug store this week, which will help keep things in good shape. - All parties knowing themselves to be indebted to U. S. Cloud, please settle on or before the first full moon in November. - The plastering on the new co-operative building was finished Saturday. The steel ceiling is here and will be put on as soon as the front is in place. - Postage stamps issued in 1907 will have the name of the city and state in which the post office is situated. The postal department believes this will help determine how much business is done at each post office, and discourage the big robberies and resale of stolen stamps. - We have a compulsory education law, and sometimes when we see so many able-bodied young men loafing when laborers are scarce and wages high, we wonder if a compulsory labor law would not be wise. - Emporia is to have a new brick manufacturing plant next spring. Mit Wilhite of the Mitway Hotel has given the new company their first order for brick. - A man who used glue to thicken the gravy in the meat pies he sold in Oldham, England, is now serving a 3-month sentence in the jail there. - Cornelius Vanderbilt is earning his way to the front in the Army National Guard in New York. In 1901 he was elected a 2nd Lieutenant in the 12th Regiment, and is now senior 1st Lieut. His fellow soldiers show no jealousy over this promotion, as they say it was earned by good work as a soldier. - Most boys think it is smart to use a lot of expressions which typify a tinhorn gambler, a two-bit soak and a billiard hall parasite. - All 3 of the congressmen just elected from Boston–O’Connell, Keliher and Peters—are young men and bachelors. It is the youngest delegation that was ever sent to Washington from any city in the country, and the first time in Boston’s history that a husband and father was not included. - In Texas they have the razorback hog. He is made up after Swiss cheese architecture. The highest peak of his corrugated back is 6 inches above his tail. His tail hangs like a dishrag from a back window. He leaves the impression of a man starting late to his office in the morning. He lives on roots and peanuts. He will help his neighbor gather the crop by crawling under the fence at night. The only effective way to cross him is with a railroad train. His

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CASA RAMOS AWARDED FLINT HILLS’ TASTIEST TACO The United Way of the Flint Hills’ first Tastiest Taco event has successfully wrapped up, with one local restaurant being named as the creator of the Flint Hills’ Tastiest Taco. The winning taco was created by Casa Ramos Mexican Restaurant. Their taco de alambre, not a permanent menu item, featured cheese, chicken, shrimp and bacon. Other winning restaurants included: Most Innovative: Amanda’s Bakery & Cafe, ice cream taco with sugar cookie shell Best Soft Taco: Taco Express, taco alambre with shrimp Best Hard Taco: Bruff’s Bar & Grill, beef pin taco For just over two weeks, event participants who purchased a Passport to Tacos toured seventeen area restaurants, sampling their taco submissions and supporting local restaurants. Passport holders voted on their favorites in each category. Over 100 individuals participated in the event, showing their support for locally-owned restaurants and ultimately raising over $2,500 to support the United Way’s fight for the education, health, and financial stability of area residents. United Way’s 2020 Campaign Co-Chairs BJ and Kristy Bayer were instrumental in organizing and promoting the event. Kristy Bayer said, “We want to thank all of the restaurants for participating in the inaugural Tastiest Taco. The generosity, as well as the creativity, helped make this event a success.” In recruiting restaurant participants, the Bayers encouraged creativity, the results of which included barbeque

tacos, ice cream and chocolate tacos, cheesesteak and seafood tacos, pin tacos, street tacos, and many more delicious entries. United Way CEO Mickey Edwards expressed her appreciation to all those that support the United Way through annual campaign giving and in fundraisers such as the Tastiest Taco. “There was so much buzz in the

community about how much everyone enjoyed this event. It is our hope to bring it back next year to continue to support our local restaurants, raise money for our community, and give everyone another chance to participate in such a fun event.” To give to the United Way, please go to www. uwfh.org/donate.


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NEWMAN REGIONAL HEALTH EARNS AWARD FOR DEDICATION TO IMPROVING CARE FOR OPIOID-EXPOSED INFANTS AND FAMILIES 31 hospitals in Kansas help state achieve State of Excellence in Education and Training award for neonatal abstinence syndrome Vermont Oxford Network (VON) has awarded a “Center of Excellence in Education and Training for Infants and Families Affected by Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome” designation to Newman Regional Health. The award recognizes that at least 85 percent

of the multidisciplinary care teams participating in “Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Collaborative: Improving Care to Improve Outcomes” completed universal training for care of neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS). Neonatal abstinence syndrome is drug withdrawal syndrome experienced by infants exposed to opioids while in utero. Infants born with NAS are more likely to have respiratory complications,

feeding difficulty, low birthweights, and extended hospital stays. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment, KPQC partnered with VON to provide 33 hospitals in the state universal training designed to standardize care policies. The collaborative approach to universal training included rapid-cycle distribution of current evidence-based practices to the entire interdisciplinary work-

force engaged in caring for substance-exposed infants and families. This approach has been proven to reduce length of hospital stay and length of pharmacologic treatment while increasing family satisfaction. Newman Regional Health is one of the 31 hospitals in the state that achieved the excellence designation from VON and contributed to the second statewide recognition of excellence in education and training

UPPER MARAIS DES CYGNES WATERSHED JOINT DISTRICT NO. 101 LYON, OSAGE AND WABAUNSEE COUNTIES, KANSAS 2020-2021 The above Watershed’s Board of Directors modified its general plan so that land owners in the WJD #101 District may be supported in the implementation of a wide variety of soil conservation and water quality projects. The Upper Marais Des Cygnes Watershed District includes land in Lyon, Osage, and Wabaunsee counties. The projects to be constructed must be within the drainage area of WJD #101, must be completed within one year, and must be in accordance with the applicable NRCS standards. WJD #101 may provide up to seventy percent (70%) of the total construction cost for installation of the requested soil water quality project. A landowner may apply and gain other government funds such as EQIP, County Cost-Share, and WRAPS. Each landowner must contribute at least 10 percent (10%) in cash of the total construction cost for installation of the project. Maximum funding from WJD #101 shall be $5,000 for each approved project. Funds from the WJD #101 will not be expended until NRCS representatives or its watershed engineer has certified that the project has been completed in accordance with specified standards. Projects that have been started prior to grant approval will not qualify for funding support. A simple one-page application may be obtained from a WJD #101 board member or the Lyon, Osage, or Wabaunsee conservation district office. The Board of Directors will review the technical feasibility and purpose of the project in regards to the soil conservation and improvement of water quality within the district. Projects may be scored based on a “point” system. Projects having a higher score shall receive a higher priority for ending. A list of project types and applicable NRCS codes available for funding include but are not limited to: Dyke, diversion, farm pond construction and cleaning, filter strips, streambank/ shoreline protection, watering facility, terrace, and stream and grade stabilization structure. Other minor projects may qualify. Landowners will be notified of the results of the review of the application. If approved, construction may start immediately. Approval shall be at the sole discretion of the Board of Directors of WJD #101. For more information and application forms, please contact Ken Reed, President, at 620-344-1407 or reedranch@satelephone.com, or Bob Symmonds at 620-343-2764 or bsymmonds@symmondslaw.com.

that VON has awarded. “Congratulations to all the care teams across the state of Kansas who have shown how dedicated the state is to caring for this vulnerable population affected by the national opioid epidemic,” said Jeffrey Horbar, Chief Executive and Scientific Officer of VON. As a global leader in data-driven quality improvement for newborn care, VON leads multicenter quality improve-

ment collaboratives and provides resources to help interdisciplinary teams improve on the most critical and complex challenges facing newborn caregivers. While more than 250 centers nationwide have completed VON’s universal training for NAS, Kansas is only the second statewide collaborative to achieve the Excellence in Education and Training distinction.


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PUT A LITTLE LIBRARY IN YOUR LIFE Provided by Lyon County Historical Society Lyman Beecher Kellogg, a graduate of Illinois State Normal University and a member of the faculty there, was hired as a qualified college instructor for Kansas’s new normal school in 1865. Kellogg arrived by stagecoach one day and began teaching the very next day. Soon he felt the need of an assistant, and his friend Professor Henry Brace Norton, also an alumni of Illinois State Normal, joined him. Without a building or grounds, any growth in the new college would accrue solely through tuition fees as the state was loath to find new funding for the new school. For six years the two men continued their work in training teachers for our state. However, by 1871 Kellogg was disenchanted and resigned for a number of reasons: reductions in salaries and faculty; personal feuds; disension over appropriation for a new building; and detrimental publicity. Soon both Lyman Beecher Kellogg and Henry Brace Norton left Emporia and the normal school for Arkansas City where they signed the charter as members of the Arkansas City Town Co, the successor of the Cresswell Town Company. Along with Preston Plumb, A.A. Newman, Jacob Stotler (the editor of the Emporia News), Charles V. Eskridge ( former Kansas lieutenant governor), and Norton’s brother G. Hyde Norton, quite a compliment of Emporians were instrumental in the early founding of Arkansas City. Kellogg served as publisher of the Arkansas Traveler, the newspaper for that town, and later he was sent to Washington D.C. “to look after the interests of this town.” It is thought that the town was extremely interested in obtaining rail service and asked for Kellogg’s services in this endeavor.

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Kids!!! Let’s hear your story ... Email shank@emporia.com or lisa@emporia.com Pumpkins for Residents Club Reporter: Sophia Hill

Cloverleaf visual arts members worked to complete over 60 pumpkins while social distancing. Their goal, to help spread holiday cheer to the residents of Presbyterian Manor.

By Wendy Devilbiss, Emporia Public Library Dear Readers The Grab & Go kits from the Emporia Public Library’s Children’s Department have added portable crafts to the pickup services for library patrons since summer. This week, thanks to big sponsors, a game-changing donation will come to the world of library pickups: STEM kits with experiments that kids can perform at home. The Children’s Department received this generous donation of 240 STEM kits from the Kansas Children’s Discovery Center in Topeka through a grant

from the Hopkins Foundation. The STEM kit gives children a taste of homegrown research and development, and it goes along with the many other science and math events featured on the library’s Facebook pages, from Spooky Science in October posts to Mad Math videos. Three simple experiments are included in each kit: an exploding film canister (watch out, AlkaSeltzer users!), a tabletop catapult, and a pom-pom launcher. Adults are encouraged to help smaller children with the assembly and mechanics,

and throughout the experiments, they can share some fun teachable moments. (Spoiler alert: the Alka-Seltzer makes the film canister explode!). A big thank-you to the thoughtful and generous people who made the STEM kits possible, and just a reminder that this week, you can ask for your STEM kits during the EPL’s pickup service, which is open on weekdays from 1pm-6pm, and on Saturday from 9am1pm, and Sunday from 2pm-5pm. The contactfree pickup phone line is (620) 340-6456


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Have an event? Need a space? The Pressroom is the perfect fit for:  Business Meetings  Co-working  Community Events  Birthday Parties  Weddings  Family gatherings  and more!

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The money is counted and the checks are written. The check presentation is LIVE on FB or listen to KVOE at 11:00 am on Dec. 1.


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NEWMAN REGIONAL HEALTH ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR MONOCLONAL ANTIBODY TREATMENT FOR COVID-19 PATIENTS Newman Regional Health announces plans to begin utilization of a monoclonal antibody infusion drug this week for the treatment of non-hospitalized COVID-19 patients with mild or moderate symptoms. Eli Lilly and Company’s bamlanivimab received emergency use authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on November 9, 2020. Doses are allocated weekly by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to health care facilities based on number of hospitalized COVID patients and number of community cases over the last seven days. In clinical trials, bamlanivimab has been shown to reduce COVID-19-related hospitalizations or emergency room visits in patients at high risk for disease progression within 28 days after treatment when compared to placebo. Bamlanivimab is approved for use in patients within 10 days of symptom onset and who are at high risk for progressing to severe COVID-19 and/

or hospitalization. Additional criteria include: Patients 12 years of age and older, weighing at least 88 pounds. Patients 65 years of age or older. Patients who have certain chronic medical conditions. “This is an exciting opportunity for our patients and the Lyon County and surrounding areas,” said Dr. Alana Longwell, Chief Medical Officer at Newman Regional Health. “This is another option in our tool belt as we continue to fight this pandemic and will hopefully allow more patients to avoid hospitalization.” Newman Regional Health’s current supply is reserved for patients who are at increased risk for severe illness. Based on provider assessment, medical necessity, and drug availability, patients will be scheduled for treatment with a physician’s order. Bamlanivimab will be administered to patients in the Newman Regional Health Infusion Clinic beginning Thursday, November 19. Mov-

ing forward, patients will be scheduled for their onetime monoclonal antibody therapy infusions on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday from 2:00 to 6:00pm. Location, days, and times of administration may change depending on the volume of patients utilizing the treatment. “This cutting edge medication has the possibility of decreasing the number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 and prevent severe infections in individuals who might otherwise struggle with this deadly virus,” said Dr. Ryan LaSota, Chief of Medical Staff and Family Medicine physician for Newman Regional Health Medical Partners. “We are excited and thankful to be able to offer this service to our community.” Bamlanivimab is covered by most insurances and will require no payment from the patient. For uninsured patients, this antibody treatment is covered by the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) Provider Relief Fund.

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RIVERSIDE 4-H By Joanna Miller Club Reporter

The monthly meeting of the Riverside 4-H club was held on November 11th at 7 PM at the Miller Methodist Church and was called to order by club President Mason Gibson. John Pringle led the Pledge of Allegiance and 4-H pledge. Roll call was “What animal would you like to ride?” Eighteen members and two leaders were present. The reports of officers were given. Club leaders Mandy Gibson and Mi-

chelle Pringle reminded 4-Hers about the pumpkin bread meeting and told members to sign up for bell-ringing at Dillons on December 5th. This year the program book will be on Facebook and

printed. They asked for project leaders to sign up. Leah Miller told the club that 4-H Sunday will be rescheduled. The club talked about the Christmas party and Angel Tree shopping and decided that a leader will buy the gifts and bring them to the party to wrap. The club decided instead of tie-dye t-shirts that they would do a black t-shirt with white vinyl. Leo DeDonder gave a parliamentarian talk about making motions. The new communication leader, Melissa Sattler, gave a pre-

sentation about ways to communicate and being an active listener. Cade Miller brought his cat, Pineapple, to share with the club. Next, Andi DeDonder shared about the placemat she had made. Joanna Miller demonstrated how to add fringe to a bookmark. For the song, Rebekah Reed led the club in singing “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.” Alex Jenkins led them in a game of “Simon Says.” The meeting was adjourned. The next meeting will be the Christmas party on December 12th.

4-H AWARDS CEREMONY By Sophia Hill Club Reporter

On the afternoon of Sunday, November 1, all 4-H clubs in the Lyon County area attended the 2020-2021 Awards Ceremony! Cloverleaf 4-H was one of the clubs that attended. The whole club had many accomplishments to be proud of. Cloverleaf Club earned Outstanding Club of the Year, including several officer books earning purple and best in county. Many members were presented with pins earned from work through the year, showcased in their record books. One of our very own members, Garland Hanlin, was one of the two inducted into the Hall of Fame! Ava Karcher, Chloe Fischer, and Rees Spade were selected to be Jr. Ambassadors! The club leaders were very proud of our accomplishments and how hard everybody worked and

tried this year, even with COVID! To begin the year off as a complete puzzle, Cloverleaf ’s 20 officers participated in officer training. To be successful, we learned the final piece to every club’s puzzle needs to include; being kind, having fun, and showing up! We are all looking forward to ALL the fun and learning this year has in store for us!


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TALLGRASS PRAIRIE QUARTER AVAILABLE ON NOVEMBER 25TH! Who says you can’t fit the prairie in your pocket? Soon you will be able to carry a piece of the prairie with a beautiful butterfly in your pocket and it won’t matter if it gets washed. With much anticipation, the quarter featuring Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve is here. On November 5, 2020 the U.S. Mint released its 55th America the Beautiful Quarter

Three-Coin Set via its website, www.usmint.gov, represented by Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve in Kansas. The design depicts a skyward view of a Regal Fritillary butterfly among a background of Big bluestem and Indian grass, both iconic to the preserve. Educational materials about the preserve’s quarter will be available at the U.S. Mint’s website, as

well as information about the quarter’s Designer, Emily Damstra and Sculptor, Renata Gordon. Go to https://www.usmint.gov/ learn/educators/coin-program/america-the-beautiful-quarters-lesson-plans to download the materials. The quarter will be available locally on November 25, 2020 at the Lyon County State Bank at two Emporia, KS locations; 902

miles north of Strong City on Kansas State Highway 177 (the Flint Hills National Scenic Byway) and is a unique public/private partnership between the National Park Service and The Nature Conservancy. For additional information on Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, please visit www.nps.gov/tapr, email tapr_interpretation@nps. gov, call the preserve at

(620) 273-8494, or visit the preserve’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook. com/NPS.TallgrassPrairie. To learn more about The Nature Conservancy in Kansas, visit the Conservancy’s website at www. nature.org/Kansas or Facebook page at https://www. facebook.com/TNCKansas.

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Christmas Tree Lighting SUNDAY NOVEMBER 29TH 7:00 P.M.

Merchant St. and 1202 Industrial. A Special Quarter Event will be held on December 12, 2020 from 2 – 4 p.m. at each bank location. Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve invites you to discover the meaning of national parks and how your park inspires you – both in personal connections and memorable experiences. Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve is located two

NEOSHO RAPIDS COMMUNITY BUILDING

Come enjoy hot chocolate and a Christmas Treat from the comfort of your own car! DUE TO COVID-19, THIS EVENT Will TAKE OUTSIDE WE ASK THAT EACH FAMILY BACK THEIR VEHICLE INTO A PARKING SPACE AT THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WHERE THE COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS TREE IS VISIBLE.

HOT CHOCOLATE AND TREATS WILL BE DELIVERED TO YOU THIS IS R FREE EVENT HELD BY THE NEOSHO RAPIDS PARK COMMITTEE AS A THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT

Riverside 4-H has a tradition of baking pumpkin bread to share with family, friends, and community members since 1982. They still wanted to do it this year so they decided that they would bake their pumpkin bread from home on Saturday November 19th, the date that was originally planned for their meeting. Even though they didn’t get to meet together they still had fun sharing tasty pumpkin bread with others!

RIVERSIDE 4-H PUMPKIN BREAD 1-15oz can pumpkin 1 2/3 cup sugar 2/3 cup vegetable oil 2 tsp vanilla 4 eggs 3 cups flour 2 tsp baking soda 1 tsp salt 1 tsp cinnamon ½ tsp ground cloves ½ tsp baking powder

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray bottom of loaf pans with

cooking spray. In a medium sized bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves, and baking powder. Stir to combine. Set aside. In a large bowl, mix pumpkin, sugar, oil, vanilla, and eggs. Stir in flour mixture. Pour into prepared loaf pans. Bake

small loaves for 40 minutes and large loaves for 50-60 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes then loosen sides with a knife and transfer to cooling rack. Let set until completely cooled; wrap tightly. Makes 2 large loaves or 6 mini loaves.


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Lighting of the Americus City Tree (next to Americus City Hall) will immediately follow. Here are some precautions: Masks are encouraged. All persons are to remain in their vehicle until the stop

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TAKE HOLIDAY PHOTOS AT PIONEER BLUFFS Pioneer Bluffs will be decorated for Christmas on the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving. Community members are invited to visit, explore, and take holiday photos at the historic Flint Hills ranch headquarters. From 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., November 27 and 28, the grounds of Pioneer Bluffs will be open; visitors will discover rustic, holiday backdrops ideal for photos in an authentic outdoor setting. “Our elves, also known as volunteers, are creative, always thinking of new ways to share this place they love with our community,” said Lynn Smith, Executive Director. “They have been busy designing different décor to provide a framework for unique family photos.” “This year, it is especially important to capture images of our lives and

send greetings to those we miss,” continued Smith. “For generations to come, snapshots of what you did during COVID will be important to your family’s heritage. Try posing for a few fun, serious, crazy, or reflective pictures. This is the year to step outside normal traditions and find joy in new and different ways.” Photographers may want to bring a selfie stick or tripod. Everyone is asked to maintain a distance of at least six feet from others. Picture taking is not required. Visitors are welcome to simply take a walk after the Thanksgiving meal, enjoy the historic site, experience the selfguided tour, or hike along Crocker Creek. Pioneer Bluffs is open every day during daylight hours (including holidays), there is no charge to visit. The self-guided tour at

Pioneer Bluffs has been made possible by a grant from the Greater Emporia Area Disaster Relief Fund. If inclement weather, the holiday photo backdrops will be cancelled. Weather plans will be posted on the Pioneer Bluffs Facebook page and emailed to the E-News group. To sign up for the Pioneer Bluffs E-News or for more information, contact Lynn Smith at lynn@pioneerbluffs.org or (620) 7533484. Pioneer Bluffs is a nonprofit organization with a mission to preserve the ranching heritage of the Flint Hills. A National Register Historic District, Pioneer Bluffs is on Flint Hills National Scenic Byway K-177, 14 miles south of Cottonwood Falls or 1 mile north of Matfield Green.

Thanksgiving Holiday 2020

• There will be no Sanitation or Recycling Service on Thursday, November 26th in observance of Thanksgiving. • Commercial, Residential Trash & (WEST SIDE) Recycling Accounts with Thursday service will be picked up on Wednesday, November 25th. Friday service will be picked up as normal. • Residents are asked to please have your Polycarts out by 6:00 a.m. on pick up days as areas may be picked up earlier than usual. • There will be no Roll Off or Cardboard Sanitation Service on Thursday and Friday, November 26th & 27th. • The City of Emporia/Lyon County Transfer Station and Recycling Center will be closed on Thursday, November 26th and Friday, November 27th.

We Give Thanks This Thanksgiving For all the wonderful things that God provides us throughout the year... and for all of you, our dear friends and customers. Gerald Schumann Electric, Inc. 601 West 6th, Emporia 620-342-2176


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SOS ANNUAL HOLIDAY DRIVE HAS BEGUN What is the SOS Holiday Drive? Each winter, SOS helps to collect basic needs and gifts for our clients and their families prior to Christmas. Our clients are adults and children who have experienced sexual or domestic violence, child abuse or neglect. Thanks to the generosity of our community, SOS was able to provide 137 individuals with gifts last year! We need your help!

The stress of the holiday season can often bring additional challenges for families and individuals who have been affected by domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse or neglect.

This year, COVID-19 has caused additional hardship for these victims who are trying to heal and rebuild. SOS hopes to help make the holidays a little brighter by partnering with community members willing to “adopt” a family/individual by providing gifts from their wish list. ​Who will I be helping? SOS clients are eligible to complete a wish list if they have worked with SOS consistently in the

last three months and do not qualify for assistance from the Salvation Army. This process is completely confidential. ​What are examples of basic needs? Some of the basic needs might include a winter coat, hat, gloves, hygiene items, clothing and shoes. Some of the larger items that our clients might need include bedding, towels, small appliances, pots and pans, and gift cards for food/gas. If there is a

baby or small child, they might need a car seat or portable crib. What if I can’t afford to provide for an entire family or I am unable to go shopping? We have families of all sizes, including some individuals, that need help this holiday season. If a wish list is not the right fit for you there are other ways to help including: Gas Cards, Gift Cards for Grocery or Restaurants, Toys for all ages,

Monetary Donations, or Winter Coats for all sizes that we can distribute to our clients. ​​I want to help! What is the next step? If you are interested in adopting a family/individual or wish to donate money for gifts this holiday season, simply email info@soskansas.com or call 620-343-8799. For more information, you can visit our website: ww.soskansas.com/holidaydrive.

REMEMBRANCE ORNAMENTS Recognize your loved one during this holiday season by purchasing a Hand in Hospice “Remembrance Ornament.” With a $20 donation, your loved one will be remembered with a glass angel ornament. Mail in your check with your name, phone, address, person to recognize and number of ornaments ordered. Form can be mailed to Hand in Hospice, 1201 W. 12th Ave., Emporia, KS 66801 by Dec. 4. Call 620-340-6177 for any questions. Check us out for your

THANKSGIVING gathering!

Fresh & Frozen Fruits, Desserts and Hometown Pies.

Sample our wine selection at our tasting bar. Check out our FACEBOOK specials! Homewood Exit #176 off I-35, S.W. of Ottawa www.pomeontherange.com (785) 746-5492 M-Sat. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sun. Noon - 5 p.m.

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#SHOPSMALLWITHUS SATURDAY 28 30 SMALL BUSINESS

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The Flint Hills Optimist Club Christmas tree lot is opening The Flint Hills Optimist Club Christmas tree lot is set up and will be opening this Friday, November 27 at 10 am. It is located again

this year in the Guion's Furniture parking lot at 2023 West 6th in Emporia. The lot will be open every day, the hours are Mon-

day - Friday, 5 pm to 8 pm and Saturday from 10 am to 8 pm and Sunday from 1 pm to 6 pm. Social Distancing will

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be Practiced and Masks are required. There are several varieties of fresh cut trees including Canadian Balsam, Fraser Fir, White Pine and Scotch Pine. Sizes from 3' Fraser Firs complete with stand to 9' Canadian Balsams. There is also wreaths and Garland by the foot. we also have tree disposal bags and "tree life" additive for water. The Flint Hills Optimist Club is a not-for-profit organization that is wholly dedicated to area youth. as the "Friend of Youth", the Optimist club sponsors a wide variety of youth activities in the greater lyon County area.

Small Business Saturday Saturday, November 30th

Shop local and join the Elf Scavenger Hunt at participating businesses to win prizes!

Moonlight Madness Thursday, Dec 10th, 5pm-10pm * Mask up and social distance to participate!* Late night shopping and promotions! emporiamainstreet.com

Starting Black Friday and going for a few weeks, The Newman Regional Health Auxiliary will be offering an online fundraiser, in place of Cookies for Clause and Mountain Man this year. For more details please go to the following link. https://newmanre gional.itemorder.com/ sale


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November 28, 2020 SATURDAY NOVEMBER 28, 2020 10 am-4 pm (and Friday)

• Holiday Photo Op at Pioneer Bluffs • Matfield Green

10:30 am

• Remembrance Service & Memory Tree • Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, Cottonwood Falls

1-4 pm

• The Chase County Old School Development District Holiday Tables and Trees Event

• Old Elementary School in Cottonwood Falls

6 pm • Lighting of the Railroad Caboose • Antique Caboose, Strong City

7 pm

CHASE COUNTY COUNTRY CHRISTMAS

This year’s Chase County Country Christmas will be a little different, but it is still a great reason to visit Chase County! Our scaled back version all happens on Saturday, November 28th! Local businesses will be open for shopping and dining! Please be aware of each one’s policy regarding face masks and social distancing. We welcome you to join us safely! Pioneer Bluffs near Matfield Green will have several outdoor areas decorated for the holidays and invites you to bring your family and friends (furry ones too) for the perfect Christmas Card Photo Op. 10am-4pm both Friday and Saturday. The Remembrance Service & Memory Tree will be held at Brown-BennettAlexander Funeral Home in Cottonwood Falls at 10:30 am. Social distancing will be observed and masks are required. The Chase County Old School Development District Holiday Tables and Trees Event is new this year! You are invited to view displays from local businesses and organizations in the comfort of the Gym of the Old Chase County Elementary School in Cot-

tonwood Falls! This event will be timed with the 2nd school tour from 1-4pm. Saturday evening events start in Strong City with the Lighting of the Historic Caboose at 6pm. Children’s names will be collected for a prize drawing to be held before the famous Lighting

For a complete event schedule

Sponsored by Chase County Chamber of Commerce

of the Historic Courthouse in Cottonwood Falls. Santa will throw the switch and join the parade on his way to the North Pole starting at 7pm. Go to www.chasecountychamber.org for more details.

One Stop Service

• Lighting of Chase County Courthouse • Announce the winners of the Children’s Drawing • Parade – (taking Santa to the North Pole) • Downtown Cottonwood Falls

Call (620) 273-8469 or go to www.chasecountychamber.org

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• Full Line Hardware • Full Service Dept. • Outdoor Power Equip. • Plumbing Supplies • Electrical Supplies • Iron & Plastic Pipe • Plumbing, Heating & Electrical Service • Garden & Lawn Equipment • Custom Hydraulic Hose

Clark Farm Store Ph. 273-6656 • Strong City


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Sausage Balls

2 cups Bisquick 2 lbs. sausage 2 cups shredded cheese

Mix well. Make into 1" balls. Place into a baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes.


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Holiday Spirits to Sip On


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Christmas Eve Cookies

3 lg. egg white, room temp 1/2 tsp. cream of tartar 1 1/2 c powdered sugar, plus extra if needed 1 tsp. clear vanilla

DIRECTIONS Using a stand mixer with a whisk attachment or a hand mixer and a large bowl, beat the egg whites and cream of tartar at a high speed until foamy. Add the powdered sugar 1 tablespoon at a time, until the mixture is glossy and has stiff peaks. Add the vanilla and divide mixture in half. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and lightly spray them with baking spray. Divide the first amount of mixture – adding red

food color to 2/3rd of the meringue and leaving 1/3rd of the meringue white. Put them in separate piping bags. On the first baking sheet, with a medium open tip, pipe a triangle shape for Santa’s hat. Using the remaining white meringue, pipe the trim on the hat and decorate with colored sugars. Divide the second amount of mixture – adding orange food color to 2/3rd of the meringue and adding green food color to 1/3rd of the meringue. Put them in separate piping bags. On the second baking sheet, with a medium open tip, pipe the orange meringue in the shape of a carrot about 2” long, starting at

the base and pulling away from the paper for the tip (you should get roughly eighteen). With the green meringue and a leaf tip, make 2-3 carrot tops attached

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to the carrot. Bake both sheets on two racks at 225°F for 40-50 minutes. They should be mostly dry. Turn off the oven and let them cool inside the oven.

SOS Toy Drive The community is invited to drive through the

neighborhoods of Delane Drive, Darlene Way, Di-

ane Avenue and Hillcrest, just north of 18th Avenue.

Christmas Gift Certificates

Buy your loved one something they can use and feel safer when they travel ~ A Gift Certificate from

MEL’S TIRE Service is Not Expensive, It’s Priceless!

Locally owned & operated with over 75 YEARS experience

915 Graham Street • Emporia (620) 342-TIRE • (620) 342-8473 OPEN: M-F 7:30 - 5:30 • Sat. 7:30 - noon

All of us want to wish all of you a safe and Merry Christmas!

On December 7, 6-9 p.m. the families in the area will hold their annual Toy Drive at 2307 Delane Dr. Residents will have their homes and yards decorated for Christmas. Santa and Mrs. Claus will distribute small candy canes to children who drive over and drop off a toy. Please consider bringing an unwrapped present for children who might not otherwise have Christmas gifts under their tree. Monetary donations are also accepted. SOS representatives will choose appropriate toys for children in their programs, and remaining toys will be donated to The Salvation Army. People who are writing a check should make them payable to SOS.


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GIFT CARDS!

STEPS FOR HANGING HOLIDAY LIGHTS OUTDOORS

Gift card is good toward purchase of merchandise only. Not redeemable for cash. Bluestem is not responsible for lost or stolen cards.

It begins to look a lot like Christmas when twinkling lights brighten up homes inside and out. Few things liven up the season more than holiday decorations, particularly clear and colored lights. Prior to taking out the lights, ladder and thermos of coffee to get you through the job, it’s important to note that there are right and wrong ways to hang holiday lights. • Sketch out your plan. Start by taking a few photos of your home from various vantage points. Print out the photos on regular paper so that you can draw your lighting arrangement and decoration placement right on the photos to see how things will look. • Measure the area. Use a measuring tape

to roughly measure the width and height of eaves or other areas of the home where you plan to hang light strands. Calculate how much overall footage you will need so you can purchase all of the lights in one shopping trip. • Test the lights first. Plug in the lights to be sure all strands are operational. • Begin where the lights will be plugged in. Start where the lights will be plugged in and then work your way around the house. • Add to shrubs and trees. Lights also can adorn shrubs and trees. Lowes Home Improvement says a good rule of thumb is 100 lights for every 11⁄2-feet of tree or shrub to cover. A 6-foot

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evergreen needs at least 400 lights for a basic level of lighting. • Exercise extreme caution. Accidents can happen when stringing lights. While many professionals use harnesses, homeowners are not always so cautious. Utilize a spotter to hold the ladder and make sure things are safe. Never set foot on a wet or icy roof. Do not attempt to string lights in inclement weather. • Know the wattage. Each outlet can generally hold about 17 amps or 1,870 watts if the lights are not sharing a circuit with another outlet, says Parrish. Plan accordingly to ensure you have enough power to handle your lights. • Use plastic clips.

Plastic light clips hang strands along eaves and gables. They’re specially designed for hanging lights over the gutters. Some slip under the edges of roof shingles. Lights can be hung without staples or nails, which can damage exterior surfaces. Plastic zip-ties or deck clips also can attach lights along a handrail. • Use only outdoor extension cords. Be sure the extension cords you use are designed specifically for outdoor use. • Use a timer. Timers can make sure the lights turn on and off even if homeowners forget. Once lights have been safely strung, sit back and enjoy the splendor of a well-decorated house.

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CLOVERLEAF 4-H By Sophia Hill Club Reporter

The Cloverleaf 4-H meeting was a blast for all 4-Hers! The whole club took time to recognize the new club officers! The club leaders made the theme of officers relating to the Monopoly game. Here are some examples of the roles! The president was the game leader, the person who got the game going and staying on track, they will do this the whole 4-H year for the club. The Treasurer was the banker in the game. In the club they were in charge of the bills and to get the money where it needs to be, and keep enough money

so if the club decides to do something fun they can do it! Those are only some examples, there are plenty more! To continue the fun songs of Happy Birthday and five little pumpkins to go along with Halloween were sung by all! To end the officer recognition night with fun, many decorated pumpkins and enjoyed sweet and salty treats!

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ECHOES OF THE PAST From the files of Morris County Historical Society RAILROAD LINES ELUDE COUNCIL GROVE Part 2 continued As related in the book “Historic Happenings in Morris County” by J.C. Campbell, on the shelves at the Archives of the Morris County Historical Society “One would think that Council Grove, having served for over forty years as the westernmost service point on the Santa Fe Trail would be in line for some of the earliest railroad service to be established west from Missouri. But this was apparently not to be.” …… “Communications in the days before the railroads reached west of Missouri were exceedingly slow or non-existent…The Post Office Appropriations Act of 1857 authorized the Postmaster General to call for bids on a semi-weekly or weekly mail service overland route across the continent from such point on the Mississippi River as the contractors may select, out to San Francisco. The company chosen must, according to the bill, guarantee delivery within 25 days for an annual subsidy of $600,000. The previous mail service along the Santa Fe trail from Independence, Missouri to Santa Fe, New Mexico had been in service for the nine years previous but did not provide service to the west coast. Thus, a new contract was to be let by

the Postmaster General. The Butterfield Overland Mail company was initially awarded the contract and on September 15, 1858 two coaches (complete with passengers as well as mail) began their journey— one from the terminus at Tipton, Missouri heading west, and the other leaving from San Francisco heading east. It was noted it took 24 days for the westbound stagecoach to reach San Francisco but the east bound stage reached their destination in only 21 days. The Butterfield Overland Express prospered for a few years which encouraged the Postmaster General to subsidize two more alternate routes in the late 1850s….. By an Act of Congress July 1, 1862, the Central Pacific Railroad was assigned the task of bridging the Sierra Nevada mountains in California and the Union Pacific Railroad was to build westward and climb the Rockies near South Pass and meet the Central Pacific at the California-Nevada line. The Government agreed to loan the companies on a first mortgage basis $16,000 for each mile built in level country, $32,000 a mile in the foothills, and $48,000 in the mountains. The Kansas and Stockton Express, between Kansas City and S t o c kt o n , C a l i fo r n i a and the San Antonio Express, which connected Texas and San Diego were added. The Kansas & Stockton Express followed the San-

ta Fe Trail thru Morris County and on to Santa Fe, and then through the southern pass of the Platte River and north to San Francisco. During this decade when stagecoaching was both prospering and struggling out west, railways had advanced from the East up to the Missouri River. The railway network in the states bordering the Mississippi was made possible by financial aid from towns t h ro u g h w h i c h t h e roads passed, the states in which they were constructed and the Federal Government. Out west, there were fewer settlements established to financially support the advancing railroad. The Central Pacific Railroad started construction in 1863 and inched slowly eastward. The Union Pacific had financing problems and started nearly two years later. In May of 1869, the two teams met up and drove the “golden spike” near Promontory, Utah, a short distance from Ogden. In the meantime, there was considerable interest in acquiring railroad service through Morris County…. At a railroad convention in Topeka October 17, 1860, a schedule of five different railroad proposals was adopted to go along with a request to Congress for the appropriation of public lands to aid in their construction. The first mentioned proposal was to go by way of Emporia and Council Grove and Ft. Riley. (To this end).. In September 1865, an

election was held in Morris County to vote for bonds in the amount of $100,000 to aid the Atchison,Topeka and Santa Fe railroad. The proposition passed but the railroad bypassed Council Grove and instead would go by way of Cottonwood Falls… The next blow to Morris County railroading came when the Kansas Pacific started building westward from Kansas City. It was to have originally connected with the transc o n t i n e n t a l ra i l ro a d under construction. Its plans were changed in 1866 when financial difficulties beset the road and a revised charter authorized a direct line between Kansas City and Denver and connecting with the Union Pacific at Cheyenne… Morris County was bypassed again with the Kansas Pacific going through Topeka and Junction City, producing considerable eco nomic damage to Council Grove. …. all those wagon trains could now begin at Junction City if they chose to do so. The headquarters of the Santa Fe Coach Line moved its entire outfit over to Junction City. ….Instead of following the Santa Fe Trail, the (wagon) trains moved we s t wa rd o v e r t h e Smoky Hill route….the long wagon trains that had previously formed at Council Grove now were formed at the county seat of Davis (now Geary) County…. The Santa Fe Trail was virtually deserted.” ---end of Part 2.

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CHASE COUNTY READIES FOR FAST AND RELIABLE BROADBAND INTERNET SERVICE. Revitalizing and/or stabilizing the vitality of small rural towns and counties in Kansas is a daunting task. That was the position of the Chase County Chamber of Commerce several years ago. “We need housing . . . but then we need to bring in business . . . but then there is the less than adequate to non-existence of reliable internet service.” Said Pat Larkin, president of the chamber. “It’s the classic chicken or the egg scenario . . . which one needs to come first?!” he said. That has been the situation in Chase County for a long time, not unlike countless other small rural areas in Kansas. The chamber hired Jennifer Laird and her firm Authenticity Inspired in early 2019 to consult to the chamber to help with economic development. Literally at the top of the list of her scope of things for her to focus on was a broadband initiative. The issue of how and where to start with a broadband initiative was pretty overwhelming. “I remember encouraging words from a sermon or seminar in the past said Larkin. “Beginning is half done.” “That was exactly what Jenn did, she put one foot in front of the other knowing that some of the steps may need to be corrected but, she was all in and got us started!” First, Jenn organized a “Broadband Task Force” with members ranging

from bank presidents to b ro a d b a n d / t el e p h o n e company owners to state representatives, IT consultants from the public sector as well as the school district and of course a few Chamber of Commerce board members, representatives of the city councils of Strong City and Cottonwood Falls, representative of the Chase County Commission and several local business owners. The task force was “loaded for bear!” The first few meetings of the task force turned to the expertise of Rob McDonald of Madison Telephone. Rob really helped them figure out a direction and brainstorm possible phasing for a broadband project. But the first and most important step that was identified with Rob was that they needed to know what the cost would be. Was it $2,000,000 or $20,000,000?! That was information they had to have in order to figure out what kind of partners or fund raising or bond elections they needed to consider. Rob connected the task force with the engineering firm that he uses on many of his projects and they gave us an estimate to prepare a preliminary “Opinion of Probable Cost.” But this work wasn’t cheap. How to pay for it? It was then that the Chamber decided to go to the Trussler Please see Internet, Page 27


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ESTATE AUCTION SATURDAY DEC 5 • 10:00 AM Saffordville Community Building 2248A ZZ Road, Strong City, KS.

Saffordville is about 10 miles West of Emporia on Highway 50 and about 7 miles East of Strong City on Highway 50. There is a large Saffordville sign along the Highway. Exit the highway and go South across the railroad tacks to auction site.

LAND AUCTION MON, DEC 7 @ 7 PM WISCHROPP AUCTIONS 930 LAING, OSAGE CITY, KS

78+/- Prime fenced native pasture w/ 2 ponds SW of Osage City at SW corner of 253rd & Docking Rd (E2,NE4 6-17-14) OPEN FOR PREVIEW: MON., NOV 30 FROM 2-4 PM

Mary Lou Estes Trust, Seller Miller & Midyett Real Estate www.wischroppauctions.com 785-828-4212

TRUCK TRUCK & & AUTO AUTO REPAIR REPAIR

ANTIQUE AND COLLECTIBLE FURNITURE 1870’s Walnut cylinder roll desk48” wide, 4’ tall 1870’s Walnut Gentlemans dresser with marble insert/ mirror, 6’ tall 1870’s Burl Walnut Marble top 4’ buffet 1870’s Walnut book case 1870’s Walnut end table 1940’a Walnut full size bedroom set 40’s Queen Anne twin size bedroom set, Highboy, vanity with folding mirrors Pair Oak GAR chairs Walnut chest 2 Asian Wooden lamp tables, brass pulls Brass legged glass top coffee table Wooden scrolled dressing screen Chair with Silver tips Teak coffee table patterned after a ships hatch Walnut carvings

Patches Books Photo’s PBAY-2 Privateer model bomber in case with names of crew US and Foreign bayonets Sailing items Pocket brass telescope WW2 money/pamphlets

SLAVE ITEMS 5”x7” porcelain Slave trader/ auctioneer Trade sign Slave tags, M. Price slave auction, 1838, New Orleans, and JJ Smith Plantation, 1825 Slave Padlock

POLITICAL Original Johnson’s New Military Map, circa 1863 Ceremonial Regalia-1845 James Polk President, 1905 Roosevelt Other Lodge regalia Photo of Co. C, 1949 Photo of Survivors of the 6th Ohio Volunteer infantry, 1861-1865 Land acquisition doc signed by Lincoln, 1863 Certificate of Service for civil war service 1857 letter from H. Seymore Roosevelt signature appointing a postmaster to Mound Valley Ks ACCESSORIES Actual dress worn at Pewter lamp Republican Convention in 1968 48” wall clock and supporting new articles Bamboo carved vase GAR medal of Civil war Brass lamp shade Louisiana Purchase Expo 1904 Oak case kitchen clock hanky Clock cased in marble or SHOP AND SADDLES Photo of 1st Free State granite representatives, (territory of Ks) 3 saddles, 2 childs and assorted Brass bust of Ladies Head OUTDOOR Several pictures/portraits of Mechanical bank Picnic table; Break pointof bicycle; 30” brass “plate” peasant tackpresidents Picture of Convention of “R. dipping snuff AND E. Lee” Klan, women of KKK, Echo tiller; Chain saw; Powr ed woodFURNITURE 2 large pieces of Petrifi Roanoke, VA HOUSEHOLD Pair porcelain base lamps Kraft welder; 2 weedeaters-1 Wooden hat blocks FullFOBS, size bed; Stacking chairs; MEDALLIONS Russian fur men’s hat electric;Metal Chopbath saw;set,WeedEater Hero cross presented to resembles Living room suite, sofa, loveseat, Knights of KKK bambooBench grinder; push mower; chair;TaftBamboo furniture; exercise & Sherman our choice-fob Pendleton blanket Republican Nat’l Conv. Chicagoscalesbarrows Fishing1930’s items;bath 2 wheel equipment; lamp tables and 1916-fob Area rugs Franklin on-fob Umbrella or walking stick standlamps; metal livestock gate; chains; TwinRoosevelt-Carry bed; Wood burning Medallions-US Grant memorial; stove; Washer dryer;None, Lodge campingMILITARY tent; Lumber, 2x4’s, With Maliceand towards Lincoln; Ship light cast skillelts; Table and 6 chairs; etc; Large bird cages; handDeVinci Double sided moveable Eagle Wooden Leonardo “Means a dollar bedding; is worth cents Kitchen essentials; rugs; model tank and handled tools;sailFolding on back” 48” model ship (sails) book shelving; Emerson large Uniform MacArthur 2” Bust extension ladder; floor jack;

AUCTION

Saturday, June 15 - 12:30 pm 418 South Sylvan, Emporia, KS

WE are moving and will sell the following:

ART (most by Geo. Crocker) H L Crocker repro print of The Grain Pitcher & Feeder Chalk and pencil of a Sycamore Tree more BOOKS Several 1st editions Life of Wm. Mckinley Roosevelt’s in Wilds of Africa Mckinley assassination The Lives of the Presidents, 1903 Authentic Life of Pres. McKinley, 1901 Personal Memoirs of U S Grant R Nixon, 1962 Adventures of Admiral Dewey, 1899 Pictures I’ve Kept, Ike Complete life of James Garfield Others Life of Woodrow Wilson Illustrations of Wm. Mckinley, 1901 Ks History volumes 1 and II 6 books of Teddy Roosevelt’s James Garfield Public Services The First Battle-W. J. Bryan Lincolns Stories and Speeches Lives of Harrison, 1888 CAMPAIGN BUTTONS/SIGNS/ POSTERS Metal signs-Landon and Knox, Landon for President, Hoover for President Thimbles-Coolidge, Paulen for Gov., Hoover At least 200 political buttons, appear to be good original old ones (more complete list on website) Porcelain Casey Jones for County Commissioner Many others-see website

screen digital TV; Oak coffee THESE ARE SOME OF THE HIGHLIGHTS FOR THIS AUCTION. power washer; air compressor; desk and ConcertAND UPDATES CHECKtable; WEBSITE FORchair; PHOTO’S grill; corrugated roofing metal; Mate Sellingkeyboard; items fromluggage; George Crocker Plants, estate TERMS: 5’cash or approved check day of auction. Credit barrels; fuel containers; level; 1 large cactus; all the normal cards with 4% transaction fee. household essentials, much more Electric chain saw www.hancockauctionandrealestate.com

620-343-0086 3105 W. 6th • Emporia WWW.WILLIAMSAUTOMOTIVE.COM

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Auctioneer: Paul Hancock

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www.tri-county-real-estate.com REAL ESTATE Mobile Homes for Rent

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Drivers and Owner/Operators

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Mobile homes, 2 and 3 bedrooms, Strong City and Cottonwood Falls. New - 221 E 4th, Lebo - 3 Bedroom, 620-273-8110.1 bath bungalow

Hopper bottom company with dedicated routes in Midwest is looking for drivers and Owner/Operators with good work ethic, driving record and attitude. Home most weekends. Competitive pay on percentage. $1,000 sign on bonus, paid vacation, incentives and safety bonuses for drivers. Minimum age 21 years old. Class A CDL Required. No hazmat.

home with basement and detached garage $79,900

www.tri-county-real-estate.com New604 Shuey, Osage City - 2 Bedroom, 2 bath NEW with 525 full S basement Union, Emporia 2 attached bedroom, 1.5 home and 1 car garage bath home with detached garage and separate on corner lots - $99,900 outbuilding. Home features sunroom, office

New - 419 N. Kansas, 2 Bedroom, bath and sitting room. GreatLebo front- and covered1back home with 2 car detached garage and large shaded sitting area. $110,000 corner lots. $75,000

Thomsen and Sons LLC LeRoy, Ks. Contact Wayde Thomsen at 620-437-6055

New - 221 E 4th, Lebo - 3 Bedroom, 1 bath

New400 N.home Poplar, Lebobasement - 4 Bedroom, bath with bungalow with and 2detached garage $79,900 over 2,000 square feet and 2+ car garage, large shaded corner lots Osage $149,000 New- 604 Shuey, City - 2 Bedroom, 2 bath ING1 car attached DD ELN O home withStreet, fullTRbasement and P S T 519 N East Lebo, KS 66856 $289,000 C A N O garage onCcorner lots - $99,900 101 E. 4th, Lebo 50x135 Corner lots with 18x21 out New - 419 N. Kansas, Lebo - 2 Bedroom, 1 bath building. $19,500

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604 N. Park Lane, Olpe Corner lot with 30x36 poured shaded corner lots. $75,000 basement w/ 1 car detached garage. $30,000 New- 400 N. Poplar, Lebo - 4 Bedroom, 2 bath ING ENDand P T with over 2,000 square feet 2+ car garage, C 314 Niagara, Burlington 3 bedroom, A R CONT shaded corner lots $149,000 1largebath with detached 1 car garage PRICE REDUCED D 66856 $289,000 519 N East Street,$71,900 Lebo, SOLKS 104 St.,Lebo Olpe50x135 - Cute Corner 1 1/2 Story 101 East E. 4th, lots Bungalow, with 18x214 bedrooms, 1 bath. Call Dwayne today for showing! out building. $19,500 $85,000.

604 N. Park Lane, Olpe Corner lot with 30x36 poured w/ 1 bath car home detached 231 W. 7th, Lebobasement - 2 bedroom, with garage.basement $30,000and attached garage. $52,500 partial

314S. Niagara, Burlington 3 bedroom, 1 bath with 411 Elm, Lebo10,800 sq. ft. metal building with detached 1 car garage PRICE REDUCED $71,900 concrete floor. 5” reinforced concrete in large shop. Property plumbed 4 bath home. 104 EastisSt., Olpe -forCute 1 1/2 Story$238,000 Bungalow, 4 bedrooms, 1 bath. Call Dwayne today for

12 acres @ Graphic Arts Road for residential showing! $85,000. development. Check out website for complete 231 W. 7th, Lebo - 2 bedroom, 1 bath home with details.

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IDEAL CANDIDATES WOULD HAVE: 1. High school diploma or GED equivalent 2. Class B CDL with tanker, HAZMAT, and air brake endorsements 3. Strong customer service skills We offer competitive compensation plans, profit sharing and affordable benefit options. If you want to work for a family-oriented company that invests in employee development and offers opportunities for advancement, join the MFA Oil team today!

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INTERNET From PAGE 22 Foundation and seek a grant. Fortunately, they recognized the gravity and importance of the request and granted them the grant as requested. Finally, some traction . . . this grant was the key to getting them started on their way to fast and reliable internet service for the county! The estimate to provide fast & reliable broadband service to all of Chase County that wasn’t already served (about 85%) ranged from $4.9 million to $14 million depending on whether or not they buried the lines or went overhead or went with wireless in the more outlying rural areas. Wow! Great info but . . . that’s a pretty big obstacle . . . how were they going to deal with that?! Armed with the cost estimate the task force hit the pavement; they did everything from visiting with various internet providers seeking a partner for their project to looking into different fund raising/financing options. In the midst of all this activity the Chamber of Commerce was contacted by IdeaTek, a small Kansas-based broadband company from Buhler, Kansas. After many meetings and consultations with internet/utility attorneys and a lot of surveys and interest lists, It was decided that IdeaTek would install 1,000 mb fiber service to the business district of Cottonwood Falls. They would continue to work with the business owners in Strong City to see if they could make the numbers work for them there. If they could, the entire cost of

the project(s) would be borne by IdeaTek. They would later consider the residential areas of both towns as well as the rest of the unserved county. “The challenge was making it work for them (IdeaTek) financially. That is a lot of cost for a relatively small number of customers to spread it over so there could be some fund-raising or financing on our part.” Larkin stated. The installation of Cottonwood Falls business district broadband service was underway, and excitement was building. Residents continued to fill out surveys and registering with IdeaTek showing their interest in the service. But hey, even if we didn’t get the service for the residential and rural areas, at least our businesses would have it and it would enhance the viability of our business districts! Fast forward to March 2020 . . . COVID-19! Business and school closures, quarantines,

distance learning . . . all very challenging but . . . with a silver lining! The very inadequate and nonexistent Internet service in the county’s rural areas were highlighted by COVID. Many students could not receive homework or do their homework via the internet so, the school district figured out a way to make it work . . . they continued to run the school bus routes each day . . . to deliver and pick up homework and lessons to the students in the rural areas with poor or no internet service. Genius . . . although only a shortterm fix to a long term problem. The pandemic also highlighted the need to address broadband in the rural areas of Kansas statewide. In August of 2020 recognizing the huge lack in rural broadband service, the Kansas Department of Commerce announced a $60 million CARES grant program. Jennifer . . . remember her, the economic development

consultant for the Chase County Chamber of Commerce? Jenn rolled up her sleeves and worked with IdeaTek as well as people on the state and local levels to help them put together their application for a grant for ALL of Chase County. On October 8th it was announced that IdeaTek was awarded the grant! That, paired with support from their local partners, Chase County is now on their way to fast and reliable internet service county-wide! While the success of this effort is due to a great broadband task force that worked well together. It also begs to be said that without the efforts or Matt Lindemood, of Citizens State Bank and State Representative Dave Baker and of course Jenn Laird of Authenticity Inspired, this amazing milestone for Chase County may have never been realized. Pat Larkin concluded saying, “The moral to this story is two-fold; 1. When faced with a

daunting, overwhelming task remember “beginning is half done”! Take that first step or two . . . you may have to make some adjustments but . . . you are on your way! 2. Hurts and horrible events are never wasted . . . even horrible pandemics and diseases have a silver lining . . . if we are willing to look for it!” The businesses and government offices in downtown Cottonwood Falls are connected and enjoying awesome broadband internet service now! The balance of the county is looking forward to being connected early in 2021! Individuals interested in IdeaTek internet may check future availability and sign up now for service at https://ideatek. com/ by clicking “Check Availability” and filling out the form. IdeaTek’s service plans include unlimited usage, and contracts are not required. Premium WiFi and landline phones with unlimited long distance are also available.


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