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“A Voice for New Frontiers”


VOL. 21, NO. 9


— Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2012 — One mother’s labor of love

Community events Several Veterans Day celebrations are planned around the patriotic holiday. The American Legion has set their annual ham-and-bean feed for 11 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 10 at the American Legion Hall. The menu includes ham and beans, cornbread, side dishes and desserts for a free-will donation. On Veterans Day, Sunday, Nov. 11, St. Mary’s Church in Herndon will be hosting the St. Mary’s Veterans Day Fall Festival from 11:30 a.m., to 1:30 p.m. at the church hall. They will be serving a roast turkey and ham dinner for a freewill offering. Drawings will be held for cash prizes, Bingo will follow the meal and St. Mary’s CYO will sponsor games. USD #105 is hosting a Veterans Day celebration that begins with breakfast at 7:45 a.m., Monday, Nov. 12 at the Rawlins County Elementary School. Veterans eat free. Other public meals are for a $1.50 charge. The menu includes pancakes, scrambled eggs, ham, fruit, coffee and juice. Reservations are due by Nov. 9 at 785-626-3217. At 10 a.m., the annual Veterans Day program begins in the elementary school gymnasium. Gaylen Horinek will be the guest speaker.

By Kathy Davis-Vrbas Deployments are tough on servicemen and women — and also on their families. When her son, Alex, was on his second year-long deployment to Afghanistan with the U.S. Army, Marlene Bebb of Atwood knew she needed to do something meaningful with her time. “I needed to keep my mind and my hands busy,” she said. I told myself, ‘You need a project — and you need a big one.” That project turned out to be hand-piecing and hand-quillting a queen-sized quilt. But it’s much more than a sewing project. Marlene is donating the work of a military mother’s hands to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project. All proceeds from a silent auction for this handmade labor of love will help this well-known and well-respected program that helps injured service members and their families. Alex, who returned safely from the deployment that inspired his mother’s project, said he is proud of her effort. “It’s good of her and it’s a good cause, a good program,” he said. “I know several guys who have

Photo by Kathy Davis-Vrbas

Marlene Bebb introduces her handiwork, a queen-sized, handpieced and hand-quilted quilt in the Triple irish pattern, at Atwood’s craft Fair Oct. 27. benefitted from it.” Marlene will launch her project at the 11 a.m., Saturday, Nov.

See ‘Mother’s love,’ Page 12

Commissioners accept several resignations By Mary Holle The Rawlins County Commissioners received three letters of resignation of county employees, during their end-ofthe-month meeting Oct. 31. Resigning from the Emergency Medical Service were technicians Jim Schroeder and Laura Siefers. Pam Vyzourek resigned from the county treasurer’s office. Treasurer Cheryl Wederski told the commissioners that only she and Vy-

zourek could do driver’s licenses renewals. With Vyzourek leaving and Wederski retiring, the office will not be able to renew licenses every day, she said. Wederski said that driver’s license renewal training classes are available, but not on the current system used by Rawlins County. The county office is still waiting for the state to implement the newer system for which the training is available, she said.

An Atwood connection — Deployed around the globe, servicemen discover: ‘It’s a small world!’ By Kathy Davis-Vrbas They were two servicemen on deployment, doing their jobs at Camp Buehring, Kuwait. But this particular Army flight surgeon and Air National Guard hydraulic mechanic, who ran into each other on the desert base, had something special in common: Atwood, Kansas. As a matter of fact, Lt. Col. Jerry Molstad had actually administered Tech Sgt. Tyler Enfield his oath when Tyler, just out of high school, entered the Air Force in 2004. On Oct. 10, 7,000 miles from the Northwest Kansas town where their friendship began, Jerry and Tyler met again. Their reunion came about when Tyler, working on the hydraulics for a C 130 aircraft at Camp Buehring, met up with the plane’s flight engineer. This flight engineer turned out to be Jerry’s son John, stationed at Ali Saleem Air Base with the Mis-

Lt. Col. Jerry Molstad, currently serving in Kuwait until spring of 2013, plans to retire from his military service in about four years, after helping to provide medical services to countless U.S. servicemen and women. souri Air National Guard. Tyler knew John from Atwood, too. “They had met several years ago in Atwood at my house,” Jerry said.

See ‘Small world,’ Page 10

Voters select Finley as county clerk According to calculations by the Rawlins County Clerk’s office, voter turnout was at 70 percent for the 2012 election Tuesday. On election day, 1,028 votes were cast. Advance votes totaled 425. Unofficial voting results are: Winning the only county race was Rachel Finley, the Republican candidate for county clerk. Finley defeated Democrat Janice Bohme 839

to 577. Rawlins County results for the State Senate 40th District had Ralph Ostmeyer-R defeating Allen Clark Schmidt-D by 1,064 to 327. State Rep. 120th District Ward Cassidy garnered 1,280 votes. District Judge Glenn Schiffner-R received 1,173 votes. District Magistrate Judge Pat Carroll-D received 1,189 votes. Commissioners Wilbur Henry and Craig Cox were

unopposed in the general election and received 408 and 375 respectively. Jeri Rahe-R will serve as the new Rawlins County treasurer. She tallied 1,247 votes. Elected to the Rawlins County Health Center Board of Directions were LeRoy Luedders, Phil Studer, Kenneth Micek, Peggy Cabrinha and Karen Bolt. All were unopposed in their respective positions.

See ‘Commissioners,’ Page 12

News at a Glance Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon set The Rawlins County High School junior and senior classes will be presenting The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon at 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 10 and at 4 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 11 at the RCHS Auditorium. Adult tickets are $5 and student tickets are $3. Tickets may be purchased at the door or from cast members.

EQIP applications due Friday, Nov. 16 is the cutoff date for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program applications in Kansas to be considered for Fiscal Year 2013 funding. Stop by the local Natural Resources Conservation Service office for more information; contact Keith D. Kisner, 785-626-3149, Ext 1335; or visit the web site:

Forum offers updates on school activities Don’t forget to attend the USD #105 Community Forum set for 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 8 at the Rawlins County High School Gymnasium. Issues to be discussed include the district’s budget and finances, technology-related issues, successes and updates on activities. The meeting will conclude with a question-and-answer session.

Tuesday Markets Courtesy of Decatur Co-op, Herndon Branch

WHEAT: $8.51

Photo by Rosalie Ross

Craft day delights Evelyn Lorentz, left, looks over Maxine Wright’s handmade items at the 31st Annual Herndon Heritage Craft Day Saturday. See more photos on Page 6.

MILO: $7.09

CORN: $7.38

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