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City council members disCalls to the 911 dispatch center cussed the privatization of billing average one almost every 10 minwith the EMS services in Iola. utes. City Administrator Carl Slaugh And while that may sound a litbrought the proposal before the tle slow, played out over 24 hours council, which includes three a day and every day of the year, bids from private EMS billing the total comes to 55,000. companies — Omni EMS Billing, “That’s what we received last Wichita, EMS Billing, Omaha, year,” Angie Murphy, dispatch Neb., and Mediclaims Inc., Tonkacenter director, told Allen County wa, Okla. commissioners Tuesday mornSlaugh said in an earlier couning. cil meeting that the increase of The call total — she figures bills garnered by the city would half or more are for true emeroffset the percentage cost of hirgencies — wasn’t the point of her ing a company to do the city’s billappearance, but the magnitude of ing. Omni charges 7.75 percent of the number captivated commisthe total cost, EMS Billing chargsioners. es 10 percent and Mediclaims Inc. Murphy was before commischarges 8 percent. sioners to request a 20 percent EMS Billing includes the cost increase in the department’s budof postage in their percentage, get for 2012, up $126,000 over this which leads to the higher peryear’s $490,000. centage cost. Slaugh said he will The increase seemed pretty research whether the higher perhefty. Murphy reasoned health centage due to postage will lead to insurance will cost an additional savings for the city. $50,000 and another $6,000 was “I think it is worth a try to turn expected for Kansas Public Emthe billing over to the compaSee COUNTY | Page A5 nies,” Slaugh said. “It would be a fairly seamless transition.”


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Mules Pat and Pete pull an antique sickle bar mower piloted by Ray Whiteley of Le Roy. Whiteley was joined by Greg Gleue in cutting an 18-acre prairie hay field Tuesday.

Mowing effort recalls yesteryear By RICHARD LUKEN

attached. The bar was triggered through a gear box engaged as its LE ROY — Unlike the mecha- wheels roll. nized behemoths of today, Ray With no mechanical engine to Register/Richard Luken Whiteley’s mowing outfit was speak of, the only noise emanatThe home of Robbie and Brandi Grisier was destroyed early this morning in Gas. considerably quieter. ing from his unit was from the His “engine” — a pair of teeth of the seven-foot cutting bar 1,200-pound mules — needed only rotating back and forth. an occasional break from the stiJoining Whiteley was neighbor fling summer heat as Whiteley and friend Greg Gleue, with his traversed hisThe way around an 18- own mowing outfit,noticed another sickGAS — home of Robbie The Grisiers the Rural Volunteer Fire Departacre hayGrisier meadow. bar mower pulled a pair andprairie Brandi and their le smell of smoke andby went out-of ment were on the scene for sev“It’s children a little warm, so we’ve draft horses. three was destroyed in Percheron side to investigate, when they eral hours battling the blaze in been taking it easy,” Whiteley saw “We’re with freezing temperatures with a an overnight house fire. flameshaving comingsome fromfun around said.The “It’sfamily our little hobby .” it,” Whiteley joked. “Greg’s kind was at home ear- the chimney. brisk north wind. The mules were pulling Whitea wimp about it. He needs ly this morning when the fire of Firefighters were called at a Ray TheWhiteley Grisiers have three sons: ley’s antique sickle bar mower, started, apparently near the 12:18 a.m.See MOWING | Page A5 Brennen, 8, Bryer, 3, and Rowan, a home’s small wagon with chimney . All cutting escaped bar unMembers of the Iola Fire De- who will celebrate his second injured. partment and the Allen County birthday Saturday.

Chimney cited in overnight blaze

The Iola School Board meetingATLANTA was rather(AP) eventful — Monday Former night. Atlanta schools Superintendent First on theknew agenda was cheata preBeverly Hall about sentation from senator-elect, curing allegations on standardized rent Carynthem Tyson. testsrepresentative but either ignored or Tyson gave a according to a tried to hide them, brief presentastate investigation. tion An regarding 800-page report released the upcoming Tuesday to The Associated Press year andNathan the by Gov. Deal’s office needs of Kansas through an open records request education. She shows several educators reportsaid she didn’t ed cheating in their schools. But Carynwho Tyson know what says the Hall, the report won new legislation the national Superintendent of year would bring for education, the Year award in 2009, and other but wanted to hear from school administrators ignored those redistricts, especially rural towns, ports and sometimes retaliated as to what needs were. against thetheir whistleblowers. “I a major heartburn Thehave yearlong investigation right We haveata nearly school four putshowsnow. educators ting down Astroturf and asking dozen Atlanta elementary and for money,” Tyson said. “It an middle schools cheated on is stanoxymoron. I played sports, most dardized tests by helping stuof us did, I love sports we’re dents or changing thebut answers here onceabout examseducation.” were handed in. Board member Tony Leavitt The investigators also found a asked herofiffear, she intimidation could shed some “culture and light on theinupcoming for retaliation” the schoolyear district education, if there would be any over the cheating allegations, cuts. which led to educators lying “I’m the notcheating a fortune Tyabout or teller,” destroying son said. “I have no idea what the See CHEATING | Page A5 governor will propose.” See USD 257 | Page A6

Temps for run Kreibach not average retiree look inviting By STEVEN SCHWARTZ

Henry “Skip” Kreibach’s house sits on the edge of Highway 58, nestled next to two barns and an old grain silo. A driver in a passing car wouldn’t take a second glance at the home — it’s a panoramic scene typical of a Kansas postcard. But, a postcard wouldn’t give a hint as to what lies inside the Kreibach complex.


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These men are ready to leave their inhibitions at home as they participate in Friday night’s favorite Register/Allison Tinn race, the drag race. From left to right are Matt Skahan, Brian Wolfe, Nic Lohman, David Toland and Skip Kreibach sits in his art studio, next to one of his numerous oil Fred Heismeyer. The race begins at 10:30 p.m. on the courthouse square. paintings. His art studio is located in a barn next to the silo housOne of Skip’s barns is an art gallery of his personal work, ing his climbing wall.

Put that ego on the shelf, boys

along with his wood-working tools. The old grain silo, built in 1951, has a rock climbing wall built intoBy theSUSAN side ofLYNN its interior. This is not your typical Kansas farm. If you’ve got enough of it, FriOnnight a tripistothe seenight Skip,tothe day letmotiyour vation was to see his “silo climbhair down. ingOne wall,” andtest giveisitto a try . I would sure participate come find Race” that this place is in the to “Drag as a runup to much more Melvin than just hidden the Charlie Mada Bomber climbing gym.Life race. Run For Your Skip met women me outside of his Men and alike are enhouse, walked up and my couraged to dress in a shook cross-gender manner and then “compete” in teams of four in a relay. Last

hand. His wife, Nancy, met me in the kitchen and introduced herself. at the dining room year Seated a woman’s garter was transtable, Skip had pulled out an ferred from one participant’sIola leg Register to another.article from July 23, 1997, and showed we said had “It’s better thanme a that baton,” already writtenexecutive a piece about his David Toland, director unique climbing wall. Nevertheof Thrive Allen County and one less, as a organizers climber myself, was deof the for IFriday’s termined to revisit the issue with events. Skip, as well as share his torment If you don’t have a thing to of climbers living in a flat land. wear — no worries. Skip and Nancypurses, have been livDresses, hats, jewelry ing their home for 17 will years, and in other accoutrements be available at Elizabeth Donnelly’s

since 1995. It seems that the Kreibachs tend to have an effect on their environment. The Shirt Shop, 20 W. Jackson, When their son, Steve, where participants will went have toa the University of Kansas for wide selection from which his to undergraduate degree, hep.m. became choose. Doors open at 10 a member of thetorockparticipate climbing Registration club anddrag fell in loveiswith sport. in the race $5. the That also Skip and Nancy lived in Olathe gains participants entrance toata the and during some vis9:30 time, p.m. pre-party at the Thrive its to the college, Skip became office, 12 W. Jackson. Tickets can hooked on rockinclimbing be purchased advanceasatwell. the

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An anticipated field of a thousand runners and walkers, who will flee Iola’s downtown business district early Saturday as Charley Melvin did in 1905, can be thankful that Melvin chose to do his dastardly deed in the middle of the night. Had the event being commemorated occurred in mid-day, participants would battle oppressive heat and humidity, with both picked up,” Weiner said Tuesday forecast at the upper end of the afternoon. As in the past, “we exdiscomfort scale during daytime pect a lot of people to sign up FriFriday and Saturday. As is, they day night.” Cost is $12 for the walk. Runwill run and walk in somewhat more inviting temperatures pre- ners’ fees are $14 for youth to age dicted for the low 70s by 12:26 a.m. 17, $20 for adults and $17 each for members of teams. Saturday. Runners in the third annual The race — many walkers will be out for a stroll — will cap activ- event will aim for best times of ities that start late Friday after- 15.40.06 for males and 20.44.78 for noon and will go on throughout females, set last year. Sticks of “Melvin Dy-No-Mite” the evening. Included will be the will be awarded the first three much-awaited “drag race,” feaplaces for males and females in turing some of the area’s finest each of five ages groups, 15 and men and women dressed in drag. Chris Weiner at Thrive Allen under, 16-30, 31-45, 46-60 and 61 County, co-sponsor with Allen and over. All participants will break County Crimestoppers for “The Charley Melvin Mad Bomber Run from in front of the post office. for your Life,” said total of partic- Runners will follow a course that ipants was approaching 450, with will take them on West to WashJackson, Jefferson about 200 signed on for the 5-kilo- ington, thenRegister/Steven Schwartz and East to Cottonwood. They meter run. The walk will follow a Iola Register reporter Allison Tinn climbs up the wall, inside of the 3-kilometer course. grain silo and Skip Kreibach belays her from below.See TEMPS | B6 “Registration, including probably a fifth online, has really

Council notes wastewater woesfinds Gov. home introduces Pekarek at2-year USDbudget 257 ble of doingBand the job. Iola Municipal


Specific recommendations will — Sincecome 1871 HUMBOLDT — Humboldt later.— What will be proposed At the bandstand Garner, council members were given is expectedJim to exceed thedirector $100,000 Thursday, July 7, 2011 8 2013. p.m. a preliminary report Monday Humboldt has budgeted for PROGRAM night on improvements needed That prompted Councilman Banner ..................................................arr. J.P. Sousa to Star bringSpangled the city’s wastewater Dan Julich to note the council Americans We Henry Fillmore treatment plant up—tomarch snuff........................................... can’t push upgrades into the fuRock, Rhythm and Blues — medley ...................... arr. Jack Bullock B&G Consultants, Emporia, ture, as has been done at times Army of the Nile — march ...................................Kenneth Alford sent a representative to outline in the past, and should J. set aside Begin of theofBeguine Cole Porter shortcomings inflow,...................................................... includ- money for such projects. The march ................................................... Alex Lithgow ingInvercargill infiltration—that occurs dur- 2013 budget includes $100,000 for the Fallen.................................... Williams/Sweeney ingHymn heavyto rainfall, and inefficien- work at John the plant. Men of Ohio — march ............................................. Henry Fillmore cies with electrical systems and “We need to keep money budA Sixties Time Capsule — medley .............................. arr. Jennings lift stations, which nudge along geted (in succeeding years) to The Washington Post — march ...................................John P. Sousa sewage when gravity isn’t capa- keep things up,” Julich said. Rained out concerts will be rescheduled for Friday evening. B&G Consultants will continue its survey of the plant and its collection system, with a detailed proposal to come later for Vol. 113, No. 209 Vol. 115, No.32

council action. Darrin Petrowsky, Kansas SNEVE DepartmentByofJOE Transportation engineer, reviewed highway When Brian Pekarek was hired improvements planned for the as superintendent of the Iola Humboldt area in 2013. school district in February, he He said concrete patches would saw an opportunity to “reinvigobe made and joints sealed on U.S. rate” USD 257. 169, from the Allen-Neosho counWith a focus on academic ties line to just south of U.S. 54 at achievement and public transparthe east edge of Iola. K-224, which ency, Pekarek hopes he can furcarries traffic from U.S. 169 to the ther success for the district and north edge of Humboldt, will be the more than 1,300 students relymilled and overlaid to bring it ing on it. back to grade from the city limit Pekarek walks his talk. A nato U.S. 169. The city limit starts at See of PEKAREK | Page the east edge the old Santa FeA5 Railroad right of way. Bids for those projects will be See HUMBOLDT 75 Cents| Page A5


TOPEKA — Gov. Sam Brownback Monday announced that next month his administration would propose a two-year budget to the Legislature instead of the customary one-year plan. “We’re going to be laying out a two-year budget — a serious twoyear budget,” Brownback said. The plan, he said, would include a number of reorganizations within state government that “…we want and need to work through this next two-year peBrian Pekarek, center, visits with riod.” the USD 257 board office. He declined comment when asked what those changes would entail.

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The change, he said, would allow lawmakers to “budget the first year, do oversight the second year.” A two-year cycle, Brownback said, would be increase efficiency. The state’s school districts, he said, have let him know they would welcome the change because they would be able to plan better. “I think it makes good sense,” he said. The 2013 legislative session convenes Jan. 14. The governor is expected to introduce his proBarb Geffert and Marcy Boring at posed budget sometime during the first week of the session. The state fiscal year runs from July 1 through June 30. Iola, KS Iola, KS

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Charles Raymond Diehl, 89, retired VFR pilot and retired Boeing Company employee, went to meet his wife and granddaughter in heaven, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012. Visitation will be from 1 to 8 p.m. Tuesday with family receiving friends from 5 to 7 p.m. at Smith Mortuary, 1415 N. Rock Rd., Derby. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Charles Diehl Wednesday at Pleasantview Baptist Church, 1335 N. Buckner Ave., Derby. Graveside service will be at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at Highland Cemetery, Iola. Charles is preceded in death by his wife, Autry; parents, Charles and Mamie (Buckingham) Diehl; brothers, Kimble and Vernie; sisters, Lucy Malony and Elieen Baker; granddaughter, Amber N. Diehl; and nephews, Donald and Jerry Diehl. Survivors are his children, Chet (Belinda) Sample, Alpine, Texas, Warren R. Diehl, Cynthia D. Diehl and John M. Diehl, all of Derby; 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.   In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Amber’s Angels or any Meritrust Credit Union. Condolences can be left at

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Teresa Kay Cook, 51, Iola, passed away Monday, Dec.10, 2012, at Allen County Hospital. Teresa was born June 14, 1961, in Manhattan, the daughter of Clayton Justin and Glenna (Waters) LeValley. She attended Seven Dolors Catholic School in Manhattan, graduated from Manhattan High School in 1979, attended Kansas State University and has continued her education as a licensed daycare and pre-school operator. On April 9, 1988, Teresa married Jeff Teresa Cook Cook at Piqua and they made their home in Iola. She has been involved in daycare and pre-school in Iola for over 20 years. She owned and operated Munchkin Land now called Kid’s Kingdom Over The Rainbow group daycare with pre-school activities. Teresa was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church and Altar Society and taught PSR until her cancer diagnosis. She had been active in PTO and coached softball and basketball for her daughter’s teams. She was a K-State Wildcat fan who enjoyed golfing, traveling, jet skiing and all outdoor activities. Survivors are her husband, Jeff; three children, Andrea McConnaughey and husband, Jared, Pittsburg, Nick Cook, a student at K-State, and Megan Cook, a student at Emporia State; two grandchildren, Jacob and Logan McConnaughey; her mother Glenna LeValley, Olathe; and nine siblings, Mike LeValley and wife, Shelly, and Greg LeValley and wife, Kathy, Manhattan, Patrick LeValley, Toronto, Canada, Mark LeValley and wife, Tina, Salina, Neil LeValley and wife, Stacey, Denise LeValley, Mary Wargin and Maggie Collins and husband, Kevin, Olathe, and Janel Johnson, Corpus Christi, Texas; 24 nieces and nephews and three great-nieces and great-nephews on the LeValley side of the family; her mother-in-law, Ruby L. Cook, Iola, eight brother- and sister-in laws, Larry Robertson and wife, Sherri, Pam Shrum, Joe Robertson, Kelly Robertson and wife, Patty, Cindy Kilbourn and husband, Larry, Randy Cook and wife, Gail, Carla Capper and husband, Brent, and Robert Cook and wife, Karrie, and numerous nieces and nephews on the Cook side of the family. She was preceded in death by her father, Clayton LeValley, father-in-law, Carl Cook, brother-in-law, Gary Cook, and nephew, Jack LeValley. Parish rosary will be at 7 p.m., Friday at St. John’s Catholic Church in Iola. Visitation follow at St. John’s Parish Center. Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m., Saturday at St. John’s Catholic Church in Iola. Burial will be at Highland Cemetery, Iola. Memorial choices are Kappa Alpha Chapter of Phi Tau Omega Sorority for local cancer support or Catholic Charities, and may be left with Waugh-Yokum & Friskel Memorial Chapel of Iola. Online condolences for the family may be left at

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He retired from the Marines in 1990, so he had been accustomed to an active lifestyle. For fun, he mainly enjoyed backpacking and hiking. Skip and Nancy became more and more involved in the sport, they even joined the Kansas City climbing club. He climbed Mount Elbrus, a Russian peak noted as the highest in Europe at 18,510 feet elevation, with the club in 1997. That same year, Skip was offered a job teaching computer science at Allen Community College. “I wanted to find a job near a place with mountains, we’ve (he and Nancy) always loved the mountains,” Skip said. “But I heard from Allen that I had gotten the job, and I thought — where the heck is Iola?” The opportunity seemed too good to pass up, however, and Skip accepted the job offer. From there he was determined to make the best of his situation. He began teaching one-hour P.E. courses to ACC students on rock climbing and mountain climbing. “I wanted to share my interest,” Skip said. As a requirement for the course, the students were asked to “climb something,” so he took them to Fall River, where they climbed cliffs near the railroad. Also, Skip spent some of his time making instructional videos on knot-tying and other climb-

ing techniques. When his son suggested that Skip install a climbing wall in the gym for teaching his students, he jumped at the opportunity saying, “why not?” ALLISON TINN, my coworker at the Iola Register, agreed to accompany me the next day to take photos of the wall. The 40-foot tall grain silo is inconspicuous, as silos go. The concrete walls and rebar jut out of the field, rising above the wood red barn located to the north. We climbed through a small window on the south side, and wedged our way into the silo. The climbing wall was made out of manufactured plastic hand- and foot-holds, and he had also chiseled natural holds into the concrete of the silo. The numerous holds were scattered across one side of the wall, and led to a chain anchor that Skip had installed at the top — he said the installation of the anchor was precarious, he had to traverse around the top of the silo to install the chains. Both Allison and I tried our hand at climbing. The day before Skip seemed adamant about not getting on the wall himself, but the unseasonably warm weather on Saturday had seemed to bolster his morale a bit. He put on his climbing shoes and pulled his way up the wall like a professional, putting Allison and me both in

“ I haven’t done that in seven or eight years. It’s really exhilarating.

— Skip Kreibach, in regards to climbing the silo wall

our place. The 68-year-old man untied himself from the rope when he got back down from the ground, with an obvious excitement in his eyes. “I haven’t done that in seven or eight years,” Skip said. “It’s really exhilarating.” “I’ve spent more time sending college students and grandkids to the top of the wall than I have myself,” Skip had told me earlier in the day. We spent an hour climbing and taking photos, and even more time talking about how cold the concrete had made our hands feel — Skip barely said a word. SKIP had also mentioned that he was an “amateur” art enthusiast, so as we slid our way out of the silo window we suggested that we should take a look at some of his work. After viewing his painting and sketches, both Allison and I decided that he had used the term “amateur” very loosely — his art was anything but that of a novice. The workshop was littered with still-art, graphite pencil sketches, and different country scenes, not to

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mention photographs of Gannett Peak, a 13,800-foot peak in Wyoming that Skip had climbed with his son — which he said was one of their more memorable climbs. Skip said he had been taking art classes at ACC since he and his wife retired seven years ago. It seemed apparent that Skip is a man of many talents, but also a man that is filling the free time of his retirement with almost everything life has to offer. When Allison and I prepared to leave, Skip told us that he is planning to bicycle across Kansas with his daughter, Michelle, in June of 2013. He said he has made the trip multiple times, but is looking forward to doing it again. He said he had “blown out” his knees by running in his younger days, so he picked up cycling and has been pedaling for years now. A door had closed, and Skip inevitably found another one open. If anything, the obstacles in life tend to direct Skip’s path, they definitely don’t slow him down. “I mean, having fun is what it’s all about,” Skip said. “That’s what you’re supposed to do when you retire.”


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In Monday’s issue of the Register it was reported that the IMS Band Concert Tuesday. The concert is being held Thursday at 7 p.m. The Register regrets the error.

Arrests made

ACH holds blood drive The Allen County Hospital Auxiliary will be holding its blood drive Wednesday at the North Community Building from noon to 6 p.m.

Dirt Diggers meet The Dirt Diggers Garden Club will meet at 1 p.m. on Wednesday at The Greenery.

Sunny, but still cool Tonight, mostly clear. Not as cold. Lows in the mid 20s. South winds 5 to 10 mph. Wednesday, sunny. Highs near 50. South winds 10 to 20 mph. Gusts up to 25 mph in the afternoon. Wednesday night, mostly clear. Lows near 30. South winds 10 to 15 mph. Thursday, sunny, breezy. Highs in the mid 50s. South winds 15 to 25 mph with gusts to around 30 mph. Thursday night, mostly clear. Lows 35 to 40. Temperature High yesterday Low last night High a year ago Low a year ago

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Jessica D. Almond, Humboldt, was arrested Saturday night on U.S. 169 for driving while her driver’s license was suspended and having suspended registration, with both being secondary to a traffic stop for speeding. Phillip D. Lawson, Savonburg, was arrested early Sunday morning in the 4000 block of Arizona Road, two miles west of Savonburg, for transporting an open container of alcohol as a passenger in

a vehicle stopped for an equipment violation. Ricky G. Santiago, Iola, was arrested Sunday morning in the 2400 block of North Cottonwood Street for driving while his driver’s license was suspended, for the fourth time. He had been stopped for a stop sign violation.

Vehicles crash

A vehicle driven by Mark McFadden struck one that was stopped and occupied by Howard Ross in 1000 Street just after noon Saturday.

Christmas school breaks start soon By the middle of next USD 256 (Moran-Elsweek area public school more) students have an students will be getting a extra day, taking off after little antsy. The Christmas classes on Dec. 19 and reholiday break will start on turning Jan. 3. Dec. 20 for several, with one USD 258 (Humboldt) a day earlier and another a students have to wait until day later. after classes on Dec. 21 to Vacations start for stu- take their vacations, but dents in USD 257 (Iola-Gas- will have more time off LaHarpe) and Crest (Colo- than others, not returning ny-Kincaid) at the end of until Jan. 8. Allen Community Colclasses on Dec. 20, with resumption of classes in each lege students will complete district on Jan. 3. Southern finals Thursday and won’t Coffey County (Le Roy- return to classes until Jan. Gridley) students will bolt 10, although those who find from their schools at 1 p.m. time away from friends a on Dec. 20, but return a day little tiring may check into AM Pagehousing 3 earlier, on Jan. 2. 1 9/12/12 9:31 student on Jan. 8.

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Family keeps ‘untraditional’ traditions By TERRY BROYLES Humboldt Correspondent

HUMBOLDT — The challenge of decorating for Christmas in limited space was solved by thinking “outside the box� for Jessa Works this year. The Works family of three lives and travel in an 8-foot by 27-foot Airstream travel trailer where space is utilized to the maximum for functionality with little, if any, unoccupied areas. “Last year we relied on the fact that we would be with family at Christmas time,� Works said. “But, this year I knew we would be here longer and I wanted to decorate.� Works and husband, Josh, are both designers, graphic and Internet-based, and their creative nature had a large influence on the decision to sell their five-bedroom home and possessions in Manhattan 20 months ago in order to travel doing freelance designing. Knowing there wasn’t room inside the trailer for a Christmas tree, Jessa looked for an alternative. “I knew I was going to have a tree outside,� she said. “I decided to use the panorama window as another room.� A tree was cut and stands secured by rocks, outside in front of the wide trailer windows, decorated with lights, easily visible from the living area inside. Nuts found in the area are being converted into ornaments. “We got rid of all the decorating stuff, artificial

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Jessa Works adjusts the string of lights on the family Christmas tree that sits outside the panorama windows of their Airstream travel trailer home. trees, all the porch decorations and wreaths,� she said. “Now, it seems unnecessary to have all that stuff you store for 11 months of the year.� PAPER SNOWFLAKE ornaments and circle-shaped garland were cut for inside the trailer. Their 4-year-old son, Jack, helped gather twigs that were bundled together and tied with twine. A few sprigs of pine are tucked in cabinet handles and a replica ornament of an Airstream hangs by the sink. “We didn’t want to have to buy anything, so we collected natural things that can be tossed on the burn pile,� Works said. “Christmas is about tradition and

it’s different not to keep things, but our tradition will be to use our surroundings.� Family purchasing gifts for the Workses have narrowed their focus at Christmas as well and limit items knowing space is a consideration. “Last year my Mom got Jack this big basketball goal and I just said ‘Mom, this isn’t going to work,’� Jessa said. Opening a door under the bench seat in the trailer containing three tubs, she said Jack is allowed to have what toys will fit in the tubs and those can be traded out for different toys when they are home. In April 2011 the Works family began traveling full time in the Airstream In-

ternational, pursuing their dream to escape the suburban lifestyle, see the country and loosen the limits of 50-hour work weeks and daily commutes associated with their design jobs at Kansas State University. “We looked into being location independent and read some blogs,� she said of their choice to purchase an Airstream travel trailer. “We absolutely love it.� She pointed out household chores such as cleaning and upkeep of the trailer were considerably less time-consuming than with the house they sold. They are able to do freelance designing by computer and an internet connection from most any location, which provides enough income to maintain their lifestyle of living on less. Because the trailer is small, Jessa said “we are all forced to be outside more; Jack plays outside with sticks and mud; we stay in state parks primarily, and we go hiking, visit museums and explore places wherever we are. We never did that in Manhattan. We have a whole other family on the road.� When school is out for the summer, Jessa’s daughter Cody, 13, joins the family in the Airstream where her education continues while traveling state to state. The Works family has been in Humboldt visiting family since Thanksgiving and plans to stay through the holidays before the next road trip unfolds.

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Donna Jones works on her gingerbread house.

Pair uses design skills for sweet creations By TERRY BROYLES Humboldt Correspondent

HUMBOLDT — Anyone looking for a recipe for fun should check with Donna Jones and Debbie Lake. The two have been working together on their entries for the annual Gingerbread House competition in Iola and have been having so much fun, they determined they would make a house regardless if there was a contest this year. This will be the second year the two have been involved in the holiday event. Last year, together with Mona Herder, the three worked on one entry, which won People’s Choice and first in Judge’s award. This year Jones and Lake both created their own entries. Jones, 77, is Debbie’s mother and she knew she wanted to have penguins in the scene she created that would be displayed in Jones Jewelry. “I love to watch penguins,� she said. “I think they’re a cute bird and their shape is simple.� AN IGLOO made of sugar cubes and a hut will be included her winter scene. Lake is picking up where she left off last year in constructing a playground with children playing on the equipment. “We built a church with stained glass windows last year and I wanted to have a playground beside the church, but there wasn’t

room,� Lake said. Regulations stipulate all parts of the entry must be made of edible materials, which led to steps made of Starbursts, swings made of pretzels, streetlights made of cupcake-shaped marshmallows and spaghetti merry-go-rounds along with a large assortment of candies, gum and sweets. Buildings and features are cemented together with frosting and Fondant can be used to shape things like penguins. “You can’t use any food that draws moisture, would spoil or mold,� Jones explained. “You have to make up your mind what you want to make, so you don’t buy a lot of extra stuff.� “You can save ingredients from year to year,� Lake added. “Some of it gets pretty stale; you wouldn’t want to eat it, but it works for this.� Attempts to achieve the look envisioned for the scenes were overcome by trial and error early in the week. Lake’s plan to use a certain flat piece of candy as a teeter-totter had to be altered when the candy was too soft to stay rigid. “See, I cemented spaghetti noodles (uncooked) on the bottom side to keep it stiff,� Lake said holding the candy teeter-totter. Having motion in the scene is a plus, Lake said, and she planned to have swings that would move, as well as action on the merry-go-round.

News from Humboldt Calendar

Today - South Logan FCE meeting, 1:30 p.m., library; Chapter AM PEO meeting, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday - United Methodist Women covered dish lunch, noon, Methodist church; Blood pressure and blood sugar tests, 10:15-11 a.m., Humboldt Senior Center. Monday - GALS FCE meeting, 7 p.m., Terry Butts hostess; High School and Middle School choir performs, 7 p.m., high school auditorium. Dec. 25 - Community Christmas dinner, 11 a.m.1 p.m., Humboldt Senior Center.

Downtown Action Team

Susan Galemore presented information and answered questions regarding the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Downtown Commercial Rehabilitation Program, during the November Downtown Action Team meeting. The program is designed to help commercial, non-governmental building owners make improvements to the outside of their buildings and make repairs to eliminate building code violations. The grant must be submitted by the city on behalf of the building owner and if awarded, would

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pay 75 percent of the project costs. State-designated historic buildings also qualify, Galemore said. The deadline for the grant is Feb. 1 and/or Aug. 1. The team will contact downtown building owners who may qualify to see if there is interest in applying for the grant. The grant requires a 25-percent local match. “The consensus of the committee was that if no projects can be found by (Saturday) then DAT would not pursue the grant until August,â€? DAT member Larry Tucker said. Members of DAT attended today’s Allen County Commission meeting to request building façade and window repairs to the local Senior Center. Team members were informed the Chamber of Commerce and Humboldt Community Growth, Inc. will pursue a hotel and restaurant feasibility study to be done in March, including the need for a conference facility.

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Good news flash: Recession’s over, just ask Mulvane Wednesday is 12/12/12. Quick, buy a Powerball ticket using those magic numbers. Buy two. Or play 12 on a roulette wheel. Black and red. Twelve stands for a queen in playing cards. Three queens are sure to be a poker winner. All this gambling talk is provoked by the news that Mulvane’s Kansas Star Casino’s first 10 months in operation produced $158.8 million in profits up to the end of October. That is more than the Boot Hill Casino in Dodge City or the Hollywood Casino in Kansas City earned in their first 10 months. Mulvane’s gambling house is drawing all the big money from Wichita and points south on I-35. And the message is that the economy must be doing better if so many people have so much money to gamble with, or to whoop off in whatever way suits their passions. Casinos make millions because the odds are with the house. Those who spend leisure time and extra money in casinos know this. (The ones who don’t should be sent home and go into treatment.) Patrons who come back feel they got their money’s worth so the rest of us should pat them on the back and say thanks. Thanks because 22 percent of the revenue goes to the state and pays for things like economic development, which

would otherwise take tax money or go undone. Thanks, also, from Sedgwick and Sumner counties and the town of Mulvane, that split 3 percent of the take equally. Each of the three received $1.5 million in these 10 months. And $1.5 million is a chunk of extra cash for Mulvane, population 4,250 — not counting those at the slots. Sumner County was able to cut county property taxes by 27 percent because of the gambling revenue. Kansas Star added $22 million to the property tax base in Mulvane, which will allow more benefits to residents annually for as long as the casino prospers. This is the sunny side of legalizing gambling in Kansas. The profits taken by the state and local governments come from folks who make their contributions — pay their voluntary taxes — with a smile (most times.) There is a dark side, too. We won’t go into that today. We’d rather repeat our first comment: When the three casinos owned by the state can produce hundreds of millions of dollars in profits in 2012 as they are doing, that means hundreds of thousands of casino patrons are doing just fine, thank you very much. So forget the recession talk. It’s all a mirage. — Emerson Lynn, jr.

Employers slow to provide coverage So far, the controversy over ObamaCare has focused largely on the “individual mandate” — the requirement, upheld by the Supreme Court, that uninsured people buy coverage or face a penalty. This has overshadowed another key part of the new health care law: the employer mandate. Now, with regulations being written, some business owners have stepped up their complaints about the requirement that companies with 50 or more employees offer coverage to their fulltime workers, starting in 2014. Much of the resistance has been coming from restaurant chains. Papa John’s CEO John Schnatter said companies would “find loopholes to get around” the requirement, adding that “it’s common sense” for companies to reduce workers’ hours so they no longer fit the definition of full-time. Darden Restaurants, which owns Olive Garden and Red Lobster, said it was experimenting with cutting workers’ hours. The owner of the Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s chains said it would employ more part-time workers. And one angry Denny’s franchise owner in Florida said he’d add a 5 percent “ObamaCare surcharge” to meal prices. Let’s cool the coffee before it scalds. Yes, the employer mandate

A few pennies per pizza isn’t too high a price to pay so workers can have health insurance. will add to some companies’ costs of doing business, and those costs no doubt will be passed along to customers. Papa John’s says the price of a pizza could increase 11 cents to 14 cents per pie. But is that such a terrible price to pay to ensure that some of the nation’s hardest working, lowest paid employees will get health coverage they’ve never had? Even in the absence of any sort of mandate, most American workers already get their insurance through their employers. ObamaCare purposely didn’t change that, despite critics’ hyperbolic claims that it’s a federal takeover. A real federal takeover — a single payer system such as Medicare for all — would be simpler and would let businesses off the hook. But it’s a political nonstarter. SO IN A PRIVATE, employerbased system aimed at getting as many Americans covered as possible, it’s appropriate that all but the smallest businesses share the cost. The employer mandate evens the playing field for small businesses that already provide

health coverage but compete with companies that don’t. Similar mandates have been working for years in San Francisco, Hawaii and Massachusetts. Once businesses have to comply, they figure it out. Some even have lower turnover when they offer health benefits. Indeed, after a customer backlash, some companies and executives have backed off from their initial criticism of the employer mandate. Darden said last week that it would not reduce current employees’ hours. Schnatter, of Papa John’s, said that he couldn’t speak for individual franchise owners, but that corporate workers’ hours wouldn’t be cut. In fact, Schnatter wrote on The Huffington Post, the “good news” is that all full-time workers will get insurance. Because nothing is free, “we’re all going to pay for it.” And Papa John’s won’t be at a disadvantage because “our competitors are going to have to do the same thing.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves. — USA Today

School finance vs. the KS budget This day in history By DUANE GOOSSEN Kansas Health Institute

Last month state estimators made a new forecast of school finance costs that further complicates an already difficult budget situation. The forecast: To fund the state’s school finance formula, a lot more money needs to be added to the current fiscal year 2013 budget, and then even more added to the soon-to-be-created FY 2014 budget. The school finance estimate came out simultaneously with a new estimate of state revenue and a new estimate of human service caseload costs. Together these estimates paint the budget picture that policymakers face. As a result of tax cuts, revenue will drop sharply, but at the same time, spending pressures will rise. The chart above right summarizes the school finance estimates. In this fiscal year the Legislature has already approved spending $3.159 billion. That’s about half of the state general fund. However, the new estimate indicates that the school finance formula requires $3.324 billion — another $165 million for this year — and then $3.375 billion in FY 2014, or $216 million above the current budget. THE ESTIMATE breaks down school finance costs into five areas. The largest area, general state aid, is based on a calculation

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$216 million increase from current approved level of spending. of $3,838 per student. When lawmakers passed the FY 2013 budget, they planned to spend $3,838 per student for a total general aid cost of $1.957 billion. But with the actual count of students higher than expected, $3,838 per student now calculates to $1.979 billion. Lawmakers are not required to add these increases to the budget. The increase in the KPERS category comes closest to being a “requirement” because the state must pay the estimated amount to meet commitments to the public employee retirement system.

However, in the other categories, flat state funding means school districts either draw more heavily on local financial resources or just spread the state aid more thinly. The school finance estimate illustrates the pressure to spend more on public education. Even if lawmakers resist higher spending on schools, this portion of the budget — half of the state general fund — remains a very unlikely area for cuts that can be used to fix the coming imbalance between revenues and expenditures.

On Dec. 11, 1936, after ruling for less than one year, Edward VIII becomes the first English monarch to voluntarily abdicate the throne. He chose to abdicate after the British government, public, and the Church of England condemned his decision to marry the American divorcée Wallis Warfield Simpson. On the evening of Dec. 11, he gave a radio address in which he explained, “I have found it impossible to carry on the heavy burden of responsibility and to discharge the duties of king, as I would wish to do, without the help and support of the woman I love.” On Dec. 12, his younger brother, the duke of York, was proclaimed King George VI. ***** On this day in 2008, financier

Bernard Madoff is arrested at his New York City apartment and charged with masterminding a long-running Ponzi scheme later estimated to involve around $65 billion, making it one of the biggest investment frauds in Wall Street history. ***** On this day, Adolf Hitler declares war on the United States, bringing America, which had been neutral, into the European conflict. ***** In the aftermath of World War II, the General Assembly of the United Nations votes to establish the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), an organization to help provide relief and support to children living in countries devastated by the war.

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

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Changes in school lunches offer opportunities Recent changes in school lunch menus required by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act are generating discussion in Kansas’ and the nation’s school districts. “The 2012 changes in the menus are intended to address concerns about children’s nutrition, health and obesity that can lead to chronic diseases,� said Sandy Procter, K-State Research and Extension nutrition specialist, and state coordinator for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Expanded Food and Nutrition Education and Family Nutrition Programs. “People have been complaining about school lunch for years,� Procter said. She noted complaints often focused on school lunch menus with too many high fat and fried foods, lack of age-appropriate portions, and less costly foods rather than nutrient-dense foods that could cost more, but contribute to health. “These are the first changes to the school lunch guidelines in many years and, in many districts, the difference is significant. In other places, voluntary improvement has been gradual over time, so students and parents see little change this year.� Procter noted the 2012 changes to school lunch

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menus are research-based and intended to address specific nutrition and health issues, including: • Age-appropriate portions for three groups: Kindergarten through eight-year-olds; nine to 12-year-olds, and high school students. • Health-promoting foods, including lean proteins, low-fat dairy products, fruits, vegetables and whole grains. She said the move toward standard portions helps youth meet nutritional requirements for health and become more familiar with a standard portion. Youth will be more able to choose an appropriate portion when at home or on their own, and place a cap on calories to learn to manage a healthy weight. Expanding the variety of foods offered meets Department of Health and Human Services’ and the USDA’s 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, but does add to the cost, which is supported with additional funding, ac-

cording to Proctor. If children and youth are complaining to parents about not getting enough to eat, they may simply not be choosing to eat foods offered, said Procter, who noted that youth who are not familiar with fruits, vegetables, whole grain breads, crackers and cereals, or dairy products served may initially shy away from them. While adjusting to the changes will likely be a gradual process, many food service professionals report students making the adjustments fairly quickly. “Youth who eat an increased variety of foods can begin enjoying health benefits — increased energy, greater ability to manage a healthy weight, more restful sleep, healthy skin and improved overall resistance to illness are possible examples — almost immediately,� she said. School lunch or breakfast menus may not suit everyone, said Procter, who noted that some children occasionally prefer a sack lunch from home. She also advised parents to plan snacks to fill the gaps between meals, and indicated a preference for health-promoting snacks, rather than pre-packaged snack foods that introduce

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The South Logan FCE had a meeting on Nov. 19 for a lesson in “gift giving.� The lesson was led by Ann Ludlum and five members were in attendance. Their next meeting will be today at 1:30 p.m. at the Humboldt library to have a Christmas party.

let later this month. Petrowsky said an upgrade to U.S. 54, from Iola to the east edge of Moran, was planned for next year with bids to be let in March. In answer to a question from Larry Tucker, Humboldt administrator, he

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said KDOT no longer designated business routes, rather “we’re in the process of eliminating lane miles� for which the state has some responsibility. Tucker had wondered about making K-224 and old U.S. 169 through Humboldt a business route. Tucker also asked about

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billboards, to alert motorists of what Humboldt had to offer. Restrictions are in place for signs along U.S. 169, considered an expressway, Petrowsky said, but elsewhere “that’s up to local entities.� Signs may be placed along a national highway, such as 169, he added, but they generally are generic, are limited in size and scope and may be placed at intersections of city access roads. PASTOR JERRY Neeley, First Baptist Church, asked if the city would forego a 5 percent late fee on utility payments for

Wear cold weather clothing for safety Fashion may not be foremost on the minds of most people when dressing for outdoor farm chores, but proper clothing is an important component of farm safety. As temperatures drop in the fall we automatically reach for warmer clothing and more layers. When dressing for cold weather chores, it’s important to think safety first. Inspect jackets, overcoats and insulated coveralls for loose hems, flapping sleeves or frayed edges that can become entangled in machinery. Stitch down loose hems and frayed edges, especially on pant legs and the bottom of sleeves. It’s also a good idea to look for missing buttons and broken or missing zippers. Make necessary repairs before it gets too cold. When dressing for cold weather work outdoors, plan clothing for the type of work to be done. If you are burning leaves or brush and will be exposed to an open flame be sure to wear non-flammable clothing. If you are hunting or will be working in a field near where people may be hunting, wear bright-colored, highly-visible clothing.

those made by the ministerial association. He said local churches helped needy folks with utility bills and the late fee, invoked on the 10th of the month, added to the burden. Julich said he preferred for those who received assistance to have some accountability and at least pay the 5 percent themselves. And, he said, “if we were to take it off, we should do it for everyone.� That approach wouldn’t trouble the ministerial group, said the Rev. David Meier, of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, which prompted council members to leave the late fee

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untouched. Meier and Neely said the churches had helped 14 families this year to the tune of $3,402. IN OTHER action, council members; — Approved a job description for a utility/ court clerk, who will fill two part-time positions. Tucker said combining the two jobs would improve efficiencies in the clerk and Municipal Court departments and reduce training required when part-time employees were replaced. Also, he said the employee could fill in when others were ill, on vacation or away on city business. He expects the job to be filled in the fall with a starting pay of about $14 an hour. — Removed $1 a month fee from utility bills that had been in place since 2008. Proceeds had been used for drainage work about town, but had fallen short of what was needed. The fee removal was facilitated by council members including $20,000 in taxgenerated funding in the 2013 general fund budget for such work. — Approved an annual resolution making Humboldt an “official entrant in the PRIDE Program� for 2013. — Approved closing city offices Dec. 24 and 25 for Christmas and Jan. 1.

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extra calories, fat or sodium unnecessarily. If, for example, students will be staying for afterschool activities or sports, Procter advised checking with the school office for a list of allowable approved snacks that can be sent with students. Checking with the school is an essential step, as many of today’s youth are allergic — or critically allergic — to everyday foods, such as a peanut butter sandwich, she said. A whole grain granola bar, fruit, cheese and crackers are shelf-stable, nonperishable snacks that will fill the gap between meals, she said. While parents and nutritionists support youth coming home hungry so they’ll be ready to eat a variety of foods offered for the evening meal, Procter recommended keeping a bowl of pre-washed and cut vegetables and low-fat dip in the refrigerator as a ready snack to take the edge off the appetite, but not spoil the upcoming meal. “If we provide healthful options, like fruit and vegetables, snacks can help kids meet nutrition needs,� said Procter, who noted that updated school breakfast guidelines will be introduced in 2013.


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Members of Kappa Alpha Chapter of Phi Tau Omega met Dec. 3 at the home of Susan Hoffmeier. Twelve members and four pledges attended. Members discussed a December fundraiser. The Christmas party will be Dec. 17 at Mary Lou Beyer’s home with a covered dish dinner and secret sister gift exchange. Refreshments were served by hostesses Janel Wilson and Hoffmeier.

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H USD 257 Board member Darrell Catron asked if in the new legislation year would they revisit the 2.5-mile rule, which allows students from surrounding areas to attend other school districts. “The state is losing money when they allow a district student (in one district) to go to a different district,” Catron said. “They could stop that by saying that a student is worth what they are worth in the district they live in.” Tyson didn’t have an answer, but did say “rural versus urban will be the biggest argument you hear (this legislative year).” THE NEXT major presenter was Lisa Wicoff, representative of the facilities planning committee. At the last committee meeting, USD 257 faculty and staff and community members agreed they would advise the board to bring in a bonding firm for consultation and begin the interview process for an architect. Wicoff presented to the board the committee’s decision and an informal survey she personally conducted, polling community members’ opinion on a new facility. The committee had a few options, including doing nothing. That option, Wicoff said, was “not an option

at all.” “We decided to bring in the bond financing people and start interviewing architects,” Wicoff said. She said she didn’t want to present it in a way that would make it seem set in stone, but that she believes it is a necessary step to be able to give the board and district residents, who will eventually vote for the bond, all the information available. To bring in the bonding firm it doesn’t cost the district anything, so in the next several months the planning committee will gather as much information on location, cost, savings, and the cost it would take to keep current facilities up to date. “We are nearing the end of the lifespan of our buildings,” Wicoff said. “We need some kind of strategic planning.” Wicoff, in her informal survey, found some of the same recurring questions of concern: • What does it actually cost USD 257 to educate one student? What percentage of that would we spend on maintenance? • Where would be the location of the facility? • What would happen to the old buildings? • Would that sever ties with the Bowlus Fine Arts Center? • Would this lead to the

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The transition would be aided by the fact that the companies would integrate with the city’s current software, leaving very little work for the city employees to do, Slaugh said. Council member David Toland questioned whether such changes would interfere with EMS negotiations between the county. Slaugh said, “any changes with the county are not likely to happen within a year.” Council members also brought up the billing rates in the city, which Slaugh said are significantly lower than that of the county’s. Slaugh suggested that the rates be raised to match the county’s. Council members decided to defer the decision until the next city council meeting, citing the need to discuss things further with the county, as well as research the cost of postage for billing EMS services.

the lifespan for our buildings. We need some kind of strategic planning.

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loss of students? • What would happen to the bus barn and athletic facilities? “I think we need to be very careful as a committee to these needs,” Wicoff said. The board agreed with Wicoff. Information will be key to selling the bond issue to the community. It will also be key to making the decision of building an elementary school or an entire campus. “A lot of the issues are the same, the needs are the same. What has changed is (the aging) schools,” board member Don Snavely said.

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ing further. The board approved the USD 257 District Insurance Coverage for fiscal year 2014. As a whole, the district is down in its workman’s compensation premiums, but a little higher in property and automobile premiums. The board decided to stay with their current insurance Employers Mutual through Iola Insurance. The board approved the Neighborhood Revitalization Project renewal. IOLA Middle School principal Jack Stanley had good news to share with the board. IMS received an award naming last year’s eighth-graders top 60 in the state. Lincoln Elementary will be having its winter program tonight at 7 o’clock at the Bowlus. On Dec. 18 Jefferson will be holding a chili feed at the high school to raise money for Raef Casner and his mom Lea. Raef is a fifthgrader who has liver cancer.

THE BOARD briefly touched on a growing issue at Iola High — bullying. “The board takes these issues extremely seriously,” Leavitt said. “We will address the happenings or potential happenings in a more in-depth presentation at the next board meeting on Jan. 14.” Curriculum director Angie Linn will be attending a meeting, Positive Behavior Supports, to address bully-

December 2012

ASSISTANT City Administrator Corey Schinstock proposed the council officially close out the Prairie Spirit Trail project and make final payment to Schwab Eaton Engineers — the contractors for the trail. Schinstock said the city is approximately $6,000 under

budget for the trail. He said due to delays in the trail for inspection, the engineering firm “ate the cost” of the extra time needed. Schinstock proposed that the city award the approximate $1,500 to Schwab Eaton. He said the city was under no legal obligation to pay the damages, but suggested the council award the funds on good faith. The council passed motions to pay the damages, as well as close the Prairie Spirit Trail project, barring any legal hurdles in paying the damages to the engineering firm. COUNCIL members deferred a new bicycle ordinance that would allow cyclists to ride on the sidewalks anywhere in the city, as well as negate the requirement to register a bicycle with the city. Due to clarification issues, the motion was deferred in order to stipulate that bicycles may be ridden on the sidewalks around the courthouse and town square. THE IOLA Register and Great Southern Bank were unanimously voted by council members to be accepted as the official newspaper and bank for the city of Iola.

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IMS squads end season with victories By RICHARD LUKEN

Iola Middle School’s seventhand eighth-grade girls ended their respective seasons on a high note Monday. The seventh-graders pulled away in the second quarter to defeat visiting Parsons 33-19. The eighth-graders didn’t wait that long, jumping out to an 11-4 firstquarter lead en route to a 38-19 win. The eighth-graders’ victory puts the Ponies’ final record at 10-5 on the season. The seventh grade ends with a 5-10 mark. Ponies coach Marty Taylor was effusive in his praise for both squads, beginning with the eighth grade. “There really are not enough good things to say about the way these girls played tonight,” Taylor said. “Every girl on the team was fantastic. I’ve been very lucky to have the opportunity to coach this group. Winning 22 games in two years speaks to their hard work. Every one of these kids should be proud of what they accomplished and be excited for what they will accomplish with Coach (Becky) Carlson and the (Iola High) Fillies.” Iola led 11-4 after one quarter and 22-10 at halftime. Leading the way was point guard Sydney Wade’s 11 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Toni Macha followed with 10 points and eight rebounds. Lexi Heslop chipped in with nine points and eight boards. Riley Murry had three points and five rebounds. Taylor Stout scored three points, Brook Storrer had two points and Jadyn Sigg had four rebounds.

From upper left, Iola Middle School seventh-grader Scout Rush (32) looks for a teammate against Parsons Middle School. Rush had seven rebounds in the Pony victory. At upper right, IMS eighth-grader Taylor Stout eyes an opening inside against a Parsons defender. Stout had three points in the 38-19 win. At bottom left, Carley Cescon (11) lines up a field goal attempt, while teammates Madison Carlin (4), Addy Prather (30), Kylee Shaw (51) and Brook Storrer (13) stand by.

A 9-2 RUN in the second quarter turned a small advantage into an 18-9 lead at halftime for the seventh-grade Ponies. “A great way to finish the year for these girls,” Taylor said. “This group has improved as much over the season as any group I’ve had. I’m expecting big things out of

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Trade shows KC wants to win now By DAVE SKRETTA AP Sports Writer

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — When James Shields broke into the big leagues with Tampa Bay, the Rays were no better than the Kansas City Royals. They lost more than 100 games his first season, and fared little better the following year. But by his third season as a starter, the Rays had finally turned the corner, many of their prized prospects forming the nucleus of a team that upstaged AL East stalwarts Boston and the Yankees and advanced all the way to the World Series. Now, after a blockbuster deal that sent Shields and fellow righthander Wade Davis to the Royals late Sunday, the former All-Star pitcher believes everything is in place for Kansas City to replicate the Rays’ success. “The Royals are definitely on


James Shields the right track,” Shields said Monday. “They definitely remind me of our ‘07 season going into our ‘08 season in the Rays organi-

zation, and I think there’s a good possibility we can step in that

Jessica Sheble, daughter of former Iola standout Shelley (Moore) Sheble, will take her basketball talents to Manhattan next fall. The 17-year-old Olathe North senior signed a letter of intent Nov. 15 to play basketball for Kansas State University. The 6-foot, 4½-inch Sheble is fulfilling a childhood goal, her mother said. “She’s always been a K-State fan and always wanted to play there,” Shelley Sheble told the Register in a telephone interview. “She just never was sure she was good enough.” A conversation with a coach

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Patriots steamroll Texans By HOWARD ULMAN AP Sports Writer

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Just another game for the New England Patriots. Just a wireto-wire domination of the team with the NFL’s best record. So when their 42-14 Monday night rout of the Houston Texans was complete, there were few big smiles and no loud music in the Patriots locker room. They’ve been here before — many times. “We’ve played in a countless number of big games,” said guard Logan Mankins, a veteran of two of the Patriots five Super Bowls in the past 11 seasons. “We know what it takes to prepare for

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one and not over-hype the game.” Not exactly the way some Texans viewed it coming in — “the biggest game in the history of this franchise,” wide receiver Andre Johnson had said. Houston certainly didn’t play like it, falling behind 21-0 early in the second quarter on three touchdown passes by Tom Brady. It was 28-0 on his fourth scoring toss just over five minutes into the third quarter and, with a strong showing by an improving Patriots defense, the Texans had little hope of coming back. “If we do what we want,” safety Devin McCourty said, “we can’t See PATRIOTS | Page B3

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Dear Santa, Thank you for Camo, that’s what I named the dog. I want lots of tows and a slide phone and an Easy Bake oven, also a slurpee maker. High heels, too. Thank you, Heidi Walker, Iola Dear Santa, I am 4 years old and my Grandma is helping me write this letter. I have been a very good boy for my Daddy and my Grandma. Could you please bring me a big fire truck. Thank you. I love you. Your friend, Luke Dear Santa, My name is Braxton Curry. I would like to have a drum set for Christmas, please, please, please! Love, Braxton Curry, Iola P.S. Would you give me gum in my stocking please?

Love, Gretchen, LaHarpe Dear Santa, I hope you have a great year! All I want is an iPod and one game — plants vs. zombies. But if your elves cannot make it I understand. But if you can, I hope your can give me one. By the way, did you send Quentin a letter that said that I was bad and I would get coal? Or some Alexander stuff for the dolls, especially some cool duct tape. P.S. I will set some oats out for your reindeer. Have a Happy Christmas!!! Love, Danae Cartwright, LaHarpe Dear Santa, I would like a dump truck and Thomas the Train stuff, and for the elves to make me a stuffed puppy. Love, Easton King Colony

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Dear Santa, Thank you for the paints and coloring books I got last year! I have been a very nice girl. Please bring me a ballerina, a pink Barbie fairy with pink wings and a rainbow pony. Do the girl reindeer like pink? I will help mommy and Gretchen make cookies for you on Christmas Eve! Love, Sophia, LaHarpe Dear Santa, Thank you for the paints, color books and markers you brought last year. I have been a very nice girl. This year would you please bring me some presents? I would like a pretty purple princess, a ballerina tutu, and a tooth fairy doll. Do you know the real tooth fairy? I will leave out some milk and cookies for you on Christmas Eve!

Dear Santa, I would like an Earth globe, Hot Wheels, a pirate ship and games. Remember, we are in the blue house this year. Love, Blaine King, Colony

Dear Santa, I have been a good boy all the time. I would like a bike, Hulk costume, Wii games, Wii controller, Xbox games, Xbox controller, Legos Hulk, Beyblade games, DS games. Love, Ryan Cole, Iola Dear Santa, I want a laptop, Barbies, phone, basket ball hoop. I hope you have a good Christmas, Layla, Iola Dear Santa, One thing I want for Christmas is a monster truck, teddy bear, tractor, car balloon, fake kitchen set, new game, skateboard, car and gum. I am 4 years old. Love, Dominik, Iola Dear Santa, I am 9 years old. I always wondered how you go to house to house in 24 hours. Some people say you are fake, but I do not agree with those people because I am coming to your house. Some things I want for Christmas is makeup, gum, money and clothes. But most of all I want you to have a good Christmas, too. We will set out cookies and milk for you. I like how you have such a long beard. I also wondered why are red and green the Christmas colors? Why is your house so small? Did you know that people can track where you are? Once we tracked you. You can move so fast. Guess what, I found my name is really old. I have wondered, do you have a sister or brother? I have two sisters and one

Dear Santa, I want the Dragon Family and the Eagle Talon Castle for Christmas. By the way, my new lizards got in a fight with other lizards so they do not get any presents for Christmas. Thad Pekarek, Iola

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Dear Santa, I want an Eagle Talon Castle and a baseball game for Christmas. Seth Pekarek, Iola Dear Santa, I would like these things: A DS, an American Girl doll, My Life as a Girl — the gymnastics girl — and a doll bed. Rebecca Ann Reiter, LaHarpe

brother. What are your parents’ names. Mine are Edye and Eric. Tell Mrs. Claus that I like her dress. I love you. You are so nice. Have a happy Christmas. Laura, Iola Dear Santa, I am 10 and I want a couple of knitting needles and different colors of yarn and an instrument manual on hitting and a lot of hard candy, makeup and a laptop with Internet. Love, Austen Stewert, Iola Dear Santa, I am sorry that I was bad. I would like a soccer ball and a football, too. Thank you, Jeseph Karr Dear Santa, I want a Batman TV and a white car. I also want a nicer big brother. Ummm, I also want some books and I want money — specifically quarters. Thank you! Noah Dear Santa, My name is Ryker Curry. For Christmas I want Madden 13 for the PS3. Thank you. Sincerely, Ryker Curry, Iola Dear Santa, My name is Karsyn. I have been very good, most of the time. I would like two presents for Christmas. I would like a John Deere Tractor and a Monster truck. My sister wants a toy gun. And I want a Power Ranger Hat. And a helicopter. Love, Karsyn Dear Santa, My name is Raylea. I want a laptop, iPod, clothes, a bike and a freeze cup, Love, Raylea

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MVJH drops pair MORAN — A pair of losses for Marmaton Valley Junior High’s girls will offer “a good teaching moment,� head coach Kim Ensminger said. Visiting Jayhawk-Linn downed the Wildcat A team 22-16 and the B team 20-12. “Both teams were flat,� Ensminger said of her Wildcat squads. “A lack of practice has had an impact on our performance.� A high school tournament last week limited practice time, Ensminger

said. “We will bounce back and be ready for our two games next week.� Marmaton Valley travels to Jayhawk-Linn next Monday, then to Uniontown one day later. Nalea Alexander led the Wildcat A team with eight points, followed by Misty Storrer with six and Kyla Drake with two. Trinitee Gutierrez scored eight of the Wildcat B team’s 12 points. Clara Boyd and Shayla Brooks each had two points.

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predict the score but we know we can dominate games.� Starting with Brady. He threw four touchdown passes for the 18th time, passing Johnny Unitas and moving into fourth place all time. In the Patriots seven-game winning streak — four by a margin of at least 28 points — he’s thrown for 19 touchdowns and just one interception. But Monday night’s performance was his first as a father of three, capping off a stretch in which his wife, supermodel Gisele Bundchen, gave birth to Vivian Lake on Wednesday. “She is doing very well,�

Brady said. “It’s been a great week, a great way to end it.� The Patriots (10-3) tied the AFC West-leading Denver Broncos for the second best record in the conference and already have clinched the AFC East title. The Texans (112) still hold the top spot in the conference, and have locked up at least a wild-card berth, but two of their remaining three games are against Indianapolis, which trails them by two games in the AFC South. “We know how important this game was to us,� Johnson said after the Texans six-game winning streak ended. “We have to respond next week� against the Colts. Wes Welker had only three catches. But his 31yard punt return and 25yard catch ed to the first of Aaron Hernandez’s two touchdowns, a 7-yard score.

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these girls next year.� Colbi Riley poured in 15 points and grabbed four rebounds. Eliza Hale added 10 points, while Karly McGuffin had seven points and 13 rebounds. Katie Bauer pulled in six rebounds and scored a point. Scout Rush had seven boards. Parsons won the B team contest 25-18. Notching the scorebook for Iola were Mackayla Bycroft, four points, Madison Carlin, Carley Cescon and Kylee Shaw, three points each, Kayla Underwood and Addie Prather, two points each, and Brook Storrer, one point. MONDAY’S games came

two days after the eighthgraders went 1-1 in the IMS Winter Classic. Iola opened the tournament by knocking off previously unbeaten Mead-

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direction. I’ve been there when we’ve lost 100 games before. I’ve also won 96, 97 games before, and I think me and Wade bring a little of that to the table, knowing how to win and what it takes to win.� The Royals haven’t known what that’s like in years. Despite the matriculation of their best prospects to the big league club, the Royals still struggled to a 72-90 record and a thirdplace finish in the weak AL Central last season. It was their ninth consecutive losing season, and extended to 27 the number of years it’s been since the franchise last played in the postseason. The biggest reason for the lousy finish was a dearth of starting pitching,


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owview 31-13. The Ponies took control with a 9-1 spurt in the second quarter, then sealed the win with an 8-0 run to end the game. Wade had 13 points and two rebounds, followed by Heslop with 10 points and eight rebounds, Macha with six points and seven boards and Murry with two points and five rebounds. Pittsburg defeated Iola 23-19 in the championship game in come-from-behind fashion. Iola led 13-12 after three quarters. Heslop scored eight points with five rebounds to lead the Ponies. Macha had four points and nine rebounds. Stout scored three points. Wade had two points, two rebounds and five assists. Murry had two points and five rebounds. “These girls put together eight quarters of hard work in these two games,� Taylor said. “I couldn’t ask for any

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Iola Middle School eighth-grader Jadyn Sigg (14) controlled four rebounds Monday in the Ponies’ 18-19 win over Parsons Middle School. Defending Sigg are Mallorie Smith (10) and Brittany Hopkins (22) of Parsons. more. Syd was really, really good all day, she makes this team go. Toni Macha is as tough on both ends of the floor as anyone I’ve had. Riley was outstanding on defense against Pittsburg. She

made their big girl work for every point she got. And Taylor Stout was all over the place on defense and Lexi on the block was great going up against much bigger girls.�

and that’s something that general manager Dayton Moore has been aggressively trying to resolve this offseason. Along with acquiring Shields and Davis in arguably the biggest move his tenure, Moore also re-signed Jeremy Guthrie to a $25 million, three-year deal and acquired Ervin Santana and his $12 million salary from the Los Angeles Angels. That means Kansas City’s top four starters next season weren’t on their opening day roster this past year. “Our goal is to add as much pitching depth as we can as every organization tends to do, especially this time of year,� said Moore, adding that Bruce Chen, Luke Hochevar and Luis Mendoza could compete for the final job in spring training. Danny Duffy and Felipe Paulino, who are both coming off Tommy John surgery this past summer, could also wrestle the job away when they return sometime during the middle of the season. “It looks like a good mix of people, I think, with Shield and Santana — I’ve seen Guthrie pitch for a

couple years with the Orioles,� Davis said. “I’m not a 10-year veteran or a coach, but I think it’s a good mix of people.� The Royals certainly mortgaged their future to put it together. Tampa Bay’s biggest prize in the six-player swap is undoubtedly outfielder Wil Myers, widely regarded as the top prospect in the minors. The 22-year-old hit .314 with 37 homers and 109 RBIs last season, and he starred during the All-Star Futures Game hosted by Kansas City, putting together a pair of hits and driving in three runs. Moore said he tried to keep Myers out of the deal, but he also understood that “you have to give up something to get something,� so he parted with one of the game’s top prospects. He also sent along righthander Jake Odorizzi, the Royals’ top pitching prospect, left-hander Mike Montgomery and third baseman Patrick Leonard to Tampa Bay. Kansas City also will receive another player or cash. “When you get a chance to upgrade and get a pitch-

er the caliber of James Shields and Wade Davis, we felt it was the right thing for us to do for our team today and going forward,� Moore said. The Royals have made a significant financial commitment to winning this season. Along with taking on Santana’s hefty contract, the Royals will pay Shields $10.5 million this season while holding a club option of $12 million with a $1 million buyout for next season. Davis is due to make $2.8 million this season and $4.8 million in 2014, with the Royals holding options on the next three years. Shields said he relishes the opportunity to return to the role of franchise ace. It was the same role he had his first few years in Tampa Bay, before David Price and others blossomed, and a role in which he feels comfortable. He’s logged at least 200 innings six consecutive seasons, has 14 complete games over the past two years, and his 3.89 ERA for his career makes him the most effective starter in the Royals’ new-look rotation. Kansas City starters combined for a 5.01 ERA last season, fifth-worst in the big leagues. “Starting pitching, I think that’s where it starts,� Shields said. “What the Rays did the last couple years, it’s been about starting pitching and defense. That’s the key to success. Hopefully me and Wade can get the job done.�

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Juvenile program to merge with corrections By JOHN HANNA Associated Press

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Gov. Sam Brownback announced Monday that he intends to merge Kansas’ troubled juvenile justice agency with the adult Department of Corrections system, arguing that two critical legislative audits in the past five months show the need to abandon “a failed social-services approach” to handling young offenders. Brownback contends the juvenile facilities and programs would be better managed under the Department of Corrections and says money that’s going toward administration of the Juvenile Justice Authority could instead be diverted into programs for offenders. The conservative Republican governor’s plan to issue an executive order early next year to the GOP-controlled Legislature received the immediate endorsement of incoming Senate Majority Leader Terry Bruce, a former county prosecutor. Under the state constitution, Brownback will have 30 days to issue the order once legislators convene their 2013 session in mid-January. Lawmakers will then have 60 days to reject it, or the order will take effect on July 1. Brownback removed the Juvenile Justice Authority’s top two officials earlier this year and put a Department of Corrections official in charge. Later, the legislative audits questioned the authority’s handling of safety issues and suggested education programs for young offenders aren’t up to par. The state separated juvenile justice programs in 1997 from the agency that became the Department for Children and Families, partly to give the programs more attention and partly to hold young offenders more accountable. Brownback said the agency’s recent problems — and the ones predating the authority’s creation — demonstrate that corrections professionals should run juvenile programs and centers. “A long-term solution is to increase the emphasis on safety at our youth facilities,” Brownback said during a Statehouse news conference. “This has been an area of problem for some period of time.” Brownback said the Juvenile Justice Authority will become a division of the Department of Corrections, with a deputy secretary. He said he intends to appoint Acting Juvenile Justice Commissioner Terri Williams, herself a former deputy corrections secretary, to the position and praised her for doing “a very good job in a difficult set of circumstances.” The Department of Corrections houses about 9,400 adult offenders, running seven prisons and a mental health center with an annual budget of about $282 million. The Juvenile Justice Authority oversees programs for 1,500 young offenders, housing about 330 of them at juvenile corrections centers in Topeka

and Larned, and has an annual budget of $90 million. Br uce, a conserva t ive H u t ch i n son Republican, c a l l e d Brownback’s plan pruBrownback dent, particularly for offenders housed in the Topeka and Larned centers. “By the time an offender is required to serve in that situation, you need to acknowledge that it needs to be in a structured corrections environment,” Bruce said. Last year, Brownback proposed folding the state’s juvenile justice programs into the Department of Children and Families. However, key Republican legislators argued that the plan was hastily conceived and

I believe that consolidation will make both agencies stronger and help us to be better equipped to manage a comprehensive correctional system. — Ray Roberts, corrections secretary

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ignored history, and the governor backed off. Since then, two of the biggest GOP critics of the plan, Sens. Tim Owens of Overland Park and Dick Kelsey of Goddard, lost Republican primaries for re-election. Another Republican skeptic, Rep. Pat Colloton, of Leawood, chairwoman of the House Corrections and Juvenile Justice Committee, ran unsuccessfully for the Senate. In March, Brownback fired Juvenile Justice Commissioner Curtis Whitten and Deputy Commissioner Dennis Casarona. Brownback’s administration declined to say why they were removed, but the audits suggested significant problems. The first audit in July said the Kansas Juvenile Correctional Complex in Topeka, which houses about 220 male offenders and 20 female offenders, has not taken adequate steps to protect the safety of offenders and staff and that the problems were compounded by poor management. The second audit last month said educational programs at the complex don’t adequately prepare offenders for future jobs and that the Juvenile Justice Authority had taken a “hands-off approach” to education programs. Williams has acknowledged the past problems and said the authority was working to make improvements. But she endorsed Brownback’s proposed merger, saying it would allow her to focus far less on administrative and computer issues and far more on programs for young offenders. Corrections Secretary Ray Roberts said: “I believe that consolidation will make both agencies stronger and help us to be better equipped to manage a comprehensive correctional system.”

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Optometrist should be involved in rosacea treatment Dear Drs. Donohue and Roach: My father and I have

rosacea. I have it worse. I get acne on my face, along with redness, and now I have scarring. I never had acne when growing up. I was diagnosed three years ago with rosacea. Sometimes I don’t leave the house because it’s so bad. I have tried a lot of medicines, but nothing has been a solution so far. Is there anything you can suggest? I’m sick of dealing with this. — J.O. Answer: Anyone can come down with rosacea, but people with fair skin who blush easily are the ones most likely to develop it. Redness of the nose, cheeks and chin, an outbreak that resembles acne and tangles of tiny blood vessels that have the appearance of small spiderwebs (telangiectasias) are the predominant signs of this chronic skin condition. Hot drinks, emotional situations, spicy foods and alcohol bring on an outbreak, but the most

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troublesome influence is the ultraviolet rays of sunlight. People with rosacea should never go outside without applying sunblock to their face. An often overlooked aspect of rosacea is eye involvement. The eyes dry and redden. Without proper attention, permanent eye damage can occur. An eye doctor should be involved in treating rosacea patients whose eyes are affected. I don’t know the treatments you have had. MetroGel is a preparation of the antibiotic metronidazole that’s applied directly to the face, often with good results. Oral antibiotics have their place in treatment, too. Periostat (doxycycline)

comes in a reduced dose marketed specifically for rosacea. Laser treatments obliterate the spiderweb aggregations of blood vessels. It sounds like you’re not seeing a dermatologist. You need to. You can’t fight rosacea without one. In addition, contact the National Rosacea Society. The toll-free number is 800-NO-BLUSH, and its website is The society will keep you up to date with new developments and provide a number of useful tips for controlling rosacea.

Dear Drs. Donohue and Roach: I am a 91-year-old male

and have a blood test every year in our town’s medical center. Last December, my he-

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moglobin was 13.8, within the normal range of 12.6 to 17.6. I had a recent test, and it was 13.7 — out of the 14-18 range. Can you explain this? — C.C. Answer: Hemoglobin is a large protein inside every red blood cell. It’s a magnet for oxygen, picking it up as the red blood cells pass through the lungs and delivering it to all body sites in need of it. The hemoglobin value is an estimate of the number of red blood cells a person has. A drop in hemoglobin indicates loss of blood or a decreased production of it. You have a couple of different values for normal. Let me give you one used by a trusted medical reference. It is 13.3 to 16.2 grams/dL for a male. You’re safely within the normal range. Furthermore, the change from last December to the present is so small that it should not be a concern. It’s within the acceptable error range of the test. If your doctor isn’t upset, you don’t need to be.

Toyota should share cost of problem Dear Tom and Ray: My daughter-in-law purchased a new, 2009 Toyota Corolla Type S in late 2008. The car currently has about 40,000 miles on it, so it has exceeded the warranty by about a year and 4,000 miles. The car was taken to the Toyota dealership from which it was purchased because the steering wheel dropped down when the wheel was turned. The dealer said that the bolts that secure the steering wheel had backed out. The dealer later stated that the steering column would have to be replaced, because they couldn’t reinstall the bolts through the bracket on the steering column. A claim was opened with Toyota, and Toyota denied the claim, citing expiration of the warranty. Aside from faulty bolts or improper torque, what would cause these bolts to back out? Is there anything she could have done to make this happen, or is this clearly a defect? The estimated price of a new steering column is about $2,000, so now my daughter-in-law is making payments on a car she can’t drive or afford to repair. Should Toyota at least share the cost? — Dennis Tom: In my opinion, definitely. There’s absolutely nothing your daughter-in-law could have done to strip the bolts on the steering wheel. I don’t think we’ve ever seen that happen, in decades of repairing cars. So it could have happened one of only two ways. Ray: Either the bolts or some part of the steering column was defective when


the car was manufactured, or someone made a mistake on the assembly line and it somehow slipped through the quality-control process. Tom: So I would ask your dealer to set up an appointment for you with Toyota’s “zone manager” for your region. That’s someone who’s empowered to investigate unusual situations and take

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Tom and Ray Magliozzi action if it’s called for. Ray: I’d think Toyota would be embarrassed to have its steering wheels falling off at 40,000 miles, and would want to quickly fix this, even with the car out of the warranty. Tom: And if Toyota isn’t embarrassed by this, write back to us and we’ll try harder to embarrass them. Good luck, Dennis. Dear Tom and Ray: I have a 1964 Mercedes 230 SL. While I was adding gas, the detachable plastic spout from a five-gallon gas can fell into my car’s gas tank. I asked our mechanic how to find and remove the spout;

he said I’d have to empty the tank and he’d have to remove the entire tank from the car. This option seems expensive and like overkill to me. Do you know of some kind of grabber with a camera or light that can be used to find the spout and remove it? Or do you have any other sug-

gestions? Thank you for any help you can give. — Cathy Tom: Yes. My suggestion would be to forget all about it. I don’t think it’s going to hurt anything. Ray: I agree. It’s obviously not going to dissolve in the tank. How do we know that? It used to be part of a gas can.

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School finance task force has final meeting TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A task force created by Gov. Sam Brownback to review the Kansas system for funding public schools held its final meeting Monday, though teachers argue they were being left out of the discussions. The task force was formed by the Republican governor to look at how funds are spent by school districts and identify areas for improving fiscal efficiency. Several recommendations were discussed Monday that could be included in the task force’s final report to Brownback. Among the topics were consolidating districts’ administrative positions and so-called back-office functions, changing purchasing laws for supplies and services, modifying negotiation rules for districts and

teachers and creating twoyear budget cycles to help districts with planning. Ken Willard, chairman of the task force and a Republican member of the State Board of Education, said consolidation should not be mandated at the state level in a manner that forces district to close buildings, even though that may be where the most money could be saved. He said even though buildings are big ticket items, closing them may not be in students’ best interest. “I think there’s ground to be made and money saved by taking a look at the administrative piece,” Willard said. Other task force members said they supported centralizing some district functions and purchasing abilities, but wanted to retain some flexibility for districts to make decisions or provide financial incen-

tives to facilitate change. Brownback has said school districts should fo-

I think there’s ground to be made and money saved by taking a look at the administrative piece. — Ken Willard, task force chairman

By JOHN MILBURN Associated Press

cus more of their resources on classroom instruction and find ways to reduce spending on functions that don’t affect teaching. The governor said Monday that he would like to move to a two-year budget cycle Members of the Kansas National Education Association, the state’s largest teacher union, held a news conference Monday to lament the fact they

were shut out of the task force’s process. The teachers raised concerns that the task force, legislators and Brownback appeared to be more concerned with financial efficiency than what teachers called educational effectiveness. Karen Godfrey, a language arts teacher from Topeka and president of the KNEA, said school districts have made spending cuts in recent years that resulted in larger class sizes, fewer classroom supplies and loss of support staff such as counselors, janitors and librarians. The result has been that teachers use time that should be spent on instruction to clean classrooms or counsel students facing personal issues not related to schools. “Efficiency is not just


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about saving money,” Godfrey said. Kansas spends more than $3 billion in state revenues on public schools each year.

The task force is expected to make recommendations to the governor for possible action in the legislative session that starts Jan. 14.

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