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Dear Readers, The beginning of March I was invited to speak with the Sertoma Luncheon Club of Manhattan, an invitation I gladly accepted for the opportunity to converse with readers—something I wish I could do more often. As I told this fun lunch bunch about the publication and the success we’ve had over the last four years, I also mentioned that opportunities such as this are wonderful for story ideas. Then the floodgates opened! Lonnie Paquette with the Manhattan Sertoma Club in particular rattled off a number of ideas, and I couldn’t be more grateful. Right before my editor eyes, Lonnie was stashing ideas into my story bank. But then the entire crowd touched on their pancake feed, and its presence in the community among other service organizations. The light bulb illuminated. What if we did a feature that was a feast of the many pancake

feeds across Manhattan and all the good these doughy events create? Lonnie, the 2012 Pancake Feed chair, was an expert pancake flipper and seemed to like the idea—I ran with it. You’ll see this fun and delicious story in our features section. Also in this issue we learn more about the American Legion Riders in Manhattan. These dedicated veterans and their spouses are cruising around supporting various endeavors— especially the military. You’ll also enjoy our feature on fishing in Manhattan. It turns out Riley County is popular among Kansas’ fishing destinations. Fortunately for us, it’s right in our backyard. You’ll enjoy this and much more this season in Manhattan Magazine. And if the pancakes weren’t enough, see the flavors story on Varsity Donuts! Katy, Editor



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“You can pretty much satisfy any fishing desire you can imagine within a one-half-hour drive of Manhattan.” – Ely Sprenkle


42 Feeding Frenzy

Various clubs across Manhattan are feeding good causes with pancakes Story by Lou Ann Thomas

Photography by Cathy Mores

50 Hook, Line & Sinker

Riley County is an ideal place to cast a line Story by Dennis Toll

Photography by Terry Szel

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A Taste of Tuscany

One couple builds their dream villa in Colbert Hills


14 The Joyful Ride

American Legion Riders start their engines for charity

18 Drawing on Passion Manhattanite Brent Engstrom follows a passion for illustration


20 Get to Know: Riley County 4-H A local organization more than 100 years old aims to help young people become “confident, capable, caring and responsible citizens.”

25 Flavors: Varsity Donuts


26 The Extra Motivation Increasing the odds of fitness success with a personal trainer


37 Jennifer Wilson Riley County Extension Director

38 Scott Shoemaker Sunset Zoo Director


56 Beneath the Smoke Rural boomtown celebrates the folklore and rich Appalachian heritage of the Smoky Mountains

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A Taste of Tuscany One couple builds their dream villa in Colbert Hills

Last April, Jamie and Kim McAtee returned to the Flint Hills from a luxurious two-week European vacation to tour the Italian countryside. The couple always marveled at how the Tuscan style blends old-fashioned charm with modern sophistication so much that six years ago they built their very own 8,500-square-foot Italian villa in Colbert Hills. “When we were designing the home we had never been to Italy before but knew we wanted a Tuscan feel to the home,” says Kim. Jamie, an orthopedic surgeon, and Kim knew the perfect location for their inspired Italian countryside home would be the rolling landscape of Colbert Hills. The bonus: It would go hand-in-hand with the active lifestyle of their three kids—Pierson, 14, Gabrielle, 13, and Camryn, 11. “We were drawn to Colbert Hills because we enjoy the open spaces and scenery Colbert Hills offers,” says Kim. “We also appreciate golf as a lifelong sport and wanted our kids to be exposed to the game at an early age.” To achieve a taste of Tuscany, the couple went with local interior designer Lori Able from Ann A Lee’s to master the desired look. Everything from the aluminum roof of the threestory home to the openness of the hearth room to the hand-plastered walls helps portray the European style. Old-fashioned furniture and chandeliers bring a richness and sophistication to the

“We chose a Tuscan theme because we love the architectural design of arches and columns and the Tuscan colors that embody that architecture.” – Kim McAtee 9



The McAtees’ love of Italy and the Tuscan region shows throughout the home.

lifestyle home. All the woodwork is done in an Alder stain to complement the Tuscan theme. To bring the outdoors in, plants are arranged beautifully throughout the five-bedroom, four-full-bath and two-half-bath home. “We love the architectural design of arches and columns and the Tuscan colors that embody that architecture,” says Kim. “We felt this theme would create very warm and comfortable living spaces.” Natural stone surrounds the fireplace in the hearth room, and high wooden beam arches accent the room. The kitchen features marble countertops, beautiful ceramic tile floors and dark, rich cabinetry. Part of the cooking area in the kitchen includes a warming drawer, which works out perfectly to accommodate the family’s busy schedules. “I enjoy cooking and cook most evenings and often do family-style meals,” Kim says. “We all eat at different times, so we have a warming drawer where often the food goes.” Jamie and Kim built the hearth and kitchen area purposely big and open; in fact, the ceilings and furniture were all made a little taller to accommodate Jamie, who is 6’6,” and Kim, who is 5’10.” “We found in our other house, no matter what the function, everyone would gather in the kitchen,” she says. “It’s nice to have space where if someone wants to sit in the kitchen they can or if they want to go to the hearth room you are still part of what is happening in the kitchen.” Throughout the house, antique pieces, mostly from Jamie’s mother, who passed away when he was a freshman in high school, fit naturally with the overall design. “The large Victorian roll-top secretary has the most meaning to

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Escape to Summer Last fall, Jamie and Kim McAtee surprised their children with an early Christmas present—they were breaking ground and adding a 1,130-square-foot pool to their backyard oasis, which overlooks hole No. 1 of Colbert Hills. Surrounded by natural rock and vine landscaping, the sunken 34-by-46-foot Gunite cement pool features a basketball goal, volleyball net and diving board. Another extraordinary feature is a hidden slide and waterfall, which keeps the fun flowing with the McAtee family.

me,” says Jamie. “This was my mother’s favorite antique. It was always displayed in the formal living room in my house when I was growing up. I can vividly remember what she stored in it and where it was displayed in our house. It will always be a reminder to me of my mother.” Another special antique belonged to Kim’s great-grandfather, a jeweler; in fact, the McAtees designed their dining room specifically for this one piece of furniture. What once was used to display jewelry and then later eyeglasses by her grandfather and father, who have been and are optometrists, now displays dishes, vases, bowls and other collectibles. “We both love antiques,” says Kim. The downstairs is the ideal relaxing spot complete with a theater room, workout room and bar. It’s the perfect spot for entertaining friends and family. “We love to entertain in our home, and we designed the home for entertaining. We wanted a place where we could entertain our friends and family and a place where our kids would want to hang out with their friends,” says Jamie. “I personally enjoy having the house full of family and or friends. Saturdays during football season are absolutely the best.”

Dominant in the room are an antique popcorn maker and organ. A pool table, foosball table and a spot to play air hockey are all highlights for youngsters. For the adults, there is a wine cellar and an Old World-style bar with a built-in flatscreen. “We love how much more space we have with this home,” says Kim. “We wanted more space for our children when they were teenagers to have their friends over to provide a safe place for kids to hang out.”

The outdoor retreat also includes a fire pit, seating and eating area and hot tub, all overlooking the spectacular view of Colbert Hills. “This is just an extension of the home,” says Kim. “It’s another space to enjoy friends and family.”

Kim and Jamie especially liked the Colbert Hills area for its proximity to the golf course, a lifelong sport for the couple. Photograph courtesy of Meysenburg Photography

We’re Getting a Pool! Pierson: I felt blessed and excited about the pool, and I’m looking forward to playing basketball in the pool with my friends to cool off in the summer.



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The Joyful Ride American Legion Riders start their engines for charity “When I pull into a gas station, women look at me and ask how old I am. When I tell them I’m 70 they are amazed that I ride my own [motorcycle],” says Marilyn Randa, one of four female charter members of manhattan’s Post 17 American Legion Riders (ALR), the motorcycle association that falls under the umbrella of the American Legion. “I am proud to be this age. manhattanmagazine


“When my doctor asks if my knees, which have been operated on, or my back, which is bad, hurt when I ride, I tell him they hurt when I don’t ride,” she laughs. “I pray every winter that I can still ride come spring and summer.” Marilyn and her husband, Harold, were approached in 2004, less than 10 years after the motorcycle association became an integral part of the American Legion nationally, and only two years after the

“I really enjoy the American Legion Riders, helping with the American Legion, the fundraisers, donating our money.” – Harold Randa

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membership inquiries The American Legion welcomes membership inquiries. Those who served honorably during the following times of conflict are eligible:

Apr. 6, 1917, to Nov. 11, 1918

OPPOSITE Members of the Post 17 American Legion Riders in Manhattan hit the hills for a ride. LEFT American Legion Riders do a great deal of charitable work in their local communities as well as support active military and veterans.

Dec. 7, 1941, to Dec. 31, 1946

June 25, 1950, to Jan. 31, 1955

Feb. 28, 1961, to May 7, 1975

Aug. 24, 1982, to July 31, 1984

official approval of Kansas American Legion Riders. “I had a bike that I finally bought after retiring, and thought, why not?” says Harold. After riding on the back of Harold’s Harley Davidson, Marilyn had another idea. “I told him I wanted my own bike,” she says. “‘Now you’ve done it,’ he said. ‘Now we’ll have to pay for two bikes.’” Camaraderie When Harold and Marilyn think of their years together in the ALR, they laugh and share other fond memories. As active members of the organization since its inception, they have served in many roles. This is the first year Marilyn hasn’t held an office with the club. Harold is the incoming commander for the American Legion post. There are a few other couples who ride as part of the family-oriented motorcycle association. Jim Gerlaugh and Joy Roberts, a couple for four years, say they love to do everything together. In addition to socializing

and serving as ALR members, riding gives them a way of life to experience their surroundings and all Kansas has to offer. Once a month, the association votes for one of two regional restaurants to visit during a dinner run, Christmas parties, unofficial, spur-ofthe moment lunch runs or leisurely rides among members. Spending time together, bound by camaraderie, seems to be a universal appreciation of ALR members, but raising funds and giving back to the community is of equally important. Service American Legion Riders are well-known for their charitable work, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars nationwide. Since all American Legion members served in the military during stipulated dates of conflict (whether deployed or not), all hold the military, its members and veterans close to their hearts. Many of their activities center on serving armed forces members, past and present.

Dec. 20, 1989, to Jan. 31, 1990

Aug. 2, 1990, to today

To become an American Legion Rider, potential members must own a motorcycle, 250 cc or larger. ALR members come from the American Legion, the Legion Auxiliary and Sons of the American Legion—or are spouses of a member in a Legion organization. Call the Manhattan post of the American Legion at (785) 776-4556.




Upon request, members provide a motorcycle escort for the funerals of veterans, and a bench has been placed in the new Kansas Veteran’s Cemetery near the Manhattan Regional Airport courtesy of the ALR. The Riders are visible in Veterans Day parades, and they look forward to the annual Ride for the Wall event, which brings like-minded motorcycle riders who support the troops into the area. Harold’s favorite ALR military associated event is the annual Turkey Run on Fort Riley, which provides military families with free turkeys and other Thanksgiving dinner fixings. “Last year, we handed out 150 turkeys,” he says. “That is a lot of fun, and I enjoy seeing families receive the turkeys. It is very gratifying.”

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identity The Wounded Warrior Fund is frequently on the receiving end of the Riders’ generosity. Gratification for ALR members comes from serving not only the military community but the Manhattan community. When a family loses a home in a fire, or a flood, the Riders are there. The association provides two scholarships for the mock government enrichment program of the American Legion Girls and Boys State of Kansas Leadership Academy at Kansas State University. Fundraising events are down to a science, and the money’s distribution is voted on at monthly meetings. Typically, a sizeable donation is given to the general assembly of the Manhattan American Legion chapter, partly out of solidarity and partly out of gratitude for use of the Legion’s facilities. Money is raised through a variety of creative means. Currently, a public raffle for half of a hog is under way, with the drawing to occur in November. In addition there is the Poker Run, the Legacy Run and much more. June 15-17 Hays is expecting 10,000 American Legion Riders to visit during the National American Legion Rider’s Rally. The American Legion Riders of Post 17, Manhattan chapter, formed with 22 members in November 2004 and is located near the intersection of Tuttle Creek Boulevard and McCall Road. “I really enjoy the American Legion Riders, helping with the American Legion, the fundraisers, donating our money, the fellowship with fellow riders and the military, the state rallies. It is rewarding for me to belong,” says Harold.

Manhattan John Wertin, D.C. Jarod Zabel, D.C. Michael Hamler, D.C.

St. Marys John Michael Wertin, D.C. Get more Run to the Wall brings American Legion Riders together at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C., via a southern route or central route, which passes through the Flint Hills.

Wamego Todd Spilker, D.C.

By the time the motorcade is in the nation’s capital, there are more than 350,000 riders. The purpose of Run to the Wall is to raise awareness for Prisoners of War and those Missing in Action (POW/MIA), to honor the memory of those Killed in Action (KIA) from all wars and honor those currently serving all over the world.

Marysville Sara Baskerville-Crome, D.C.

When the Run to the Wall cross country riders come into Junction City, members of the Post 17 ALR line Washington Street waiting and waving 150 flags—rain or shine. “They are covered in mud, sunburned with white stripes of sunscreen on their noses,” says Marilyn Randa. “You can tell they are tired, but they get tears in their eyes when they see us.”

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Drawing on Passion Manhattanite Brent Engstrom follows a passion for illustration If you grew up in the 1980s, or raised children, then you’ll recall the Garbage Pail Kids trading cards. The outlandish parodies of the beloved Cabbage Patch Kids were transformed from the sweet, sugary and saccharine into something sleazy, sordid and sickening. But the deformed cartoons were somehow humorous, a bizarre meeting of the comical and the creepy. The gross manhattanmagazine


exaggerations and disgusting distortions were cute, yet revolting—and kids loved them. Brent Engstrom, like many others from this generation, recalls the ubiquitous spread of Garbage Pail Kids trading cards. What he probably didn’t realize as he accumulated stacks upon stacks of the strange, gaunt caricatures is that he’d someday be drawing them himself. “They gave me a sort of an uneasy feeling, like I shouldn’t be looking at them.

“‘Monkeyboy’ started as a little character I would just doodle on my homework in high school.” – Brent Engstrom


I thought they were painted well, but it was more about them being gross,” Engstrom says. “I was obsessed with anything gross, from horror movies to the toys of the 1980s. The grosser, the better, so Garbage Pail Kids were one of my favorite things.” Raised in Salina, Engstrom and his twin brother spent much of their time drawing, starting at an early age. As he grew up, his curiosity and fascination with illustration continued, and by the time he was in high school, most of his free time was devoted to his craft, drawing inspiration from ’70s underground comic book artists—real “over-the-top type of stuff,” he says. It wasn’t until he attended Kansas State University that he began to take his work more seriously, majoring in art and deciding that he could turn his passion into a profession. Using a character he initially developed in high school, Engstrom began drawing his own daily comic strip for the K-State Collegian. “Monkeyboy” was a series of stories involving what he calls “a cutelooking character in grotesque situations.” “‘Monkeyboy’ started as a little character I would just doodle on my homework in high school. I was into sideshow freaks, so I would draw this little boy with a tail all the time,” Engstrom says. “I’ve gotten quite a few ‘Monkeyboy’ comics in print, after my college days, including the pages of Nickelodeon Magazine.” Upon graduating in 2000, Engstrom remained in Manhattan and began submitting his portfolio to publishers of comic books, magazines, trading

cards and other materials. Battling a barrage of rejection letters, he pushed on through the dismissals and steadily began landing one-off jobs. Additional opportunities continued to trickle in as his clients became a veritable referral network for more work. He began contributing illustrations to Mad Magazine and a regular “Monkeyboy” comic to Nickelodeon Magazine. Suddenly the stay-at-home artist found himself living the dream, working for Topps, publisher of sports and entertainment trading cards, painting Wacky Packages, Hollywood Zombies—and Garbage Pail Kids, which he still works on today. “Working for Mad was amazing—it was actually an offshoot of Mad called Mad Kids. With the success of Nickelodeon Magazine, Mad decided to put out a more kid-friendly version,” Engstrom says. “I created a character called ‘Billy Blevins: Boy Inventor’ for it. Each comic featured a different invention. It was a dream come true to have my character in Mad right alongside Alfred E. Neuman. Sadly, both Nickelodeon and Mad Kids aren’t in print anymore.” Why would an artist of budding potential select Manhattan as his base of operations? “Basically, I didn’t want to move or work in an office for one company,” Engstrom says. “I wanted to work from home as a self-employed freelancer and have the option to work for a lot of different clients. And the direction I was headed with my work didn’t really require me to move.” Working from his living room with acrylic paint and ink, Engstrom’s vivid paintings and illustrations are often created during the wee hours. Although working as a freelance artist often requires a significant investment of time, he never turns down a job offer. “Sometimes, with tight deadlines and the volume of work, you end up working more hours than you would a regular day job, but the more jobs you get, the more money you make,” Engstrom laughs. “When you complete work prior to deadlines and exceed a client’s expectations, and your work is of good quality, they’ll come back.” Long-term, he hopes to regularly publish his own comic book, but for now, he’s focused on the high volume of work that keeps flowing in, including “Punch Buddies,” a partnership with MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) that’s essentially “a bunch of crazy illustrations of crazy fighters on T-shirts.” “I’m not into most sports, but I enjoy the UFC, so it’s been great working on the Punch Buddies line of T-shirts,” he says. “This is all I do. It’s all I want to do. And I’m just trying to get a little better each day.” Brent Engstrom is an artist, illustrator and comic book aficionado freelancing from Manhattan. His work includes Garbage Pail Kids, a favorite among his generation. Other characters include Billy Blevins: Boy Inventor, left, and Monkeyboy, above.




story by Robin Farrell Edmunds

photography by Terry Szel

The 4-H program has existed in Riley County since 1905 and is still vibrant today among the 12 clubs that dot the county from north to south. open to boys and girls ages 7-19, 4-H gives local youth the opportunity to learn more about their community (citizenship); to be a role model and teach others (leadership); and to explore interest areas that will offer ongoing learning (life skills). Each club holds monthly meetings, led by members who serve as officers with guidance from parent volunteers.

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Setting roots The 4-H year officially begins on October 1 when members enroll in any of 36 projects, ranging from visual and fiber arts, woodworking, reading, entomology, pets, photography, foods and nutrition, space tech (such as rocketry and robotics), or caring for larger animals such as sheep, beef, dairy cattle and horse—to name a few.

Riley County 4-H A local organization more than 100 years old aims to help young people become “confident, capable, caring and responsible citizens.” Editor’s Note: Part three of Manhattan Magazine’s Get to Know series highlighting organizations, agencies and events in Manhattan that serve our families and youth.

There’s no fee for joining 4-H, although there may be some costs associated with certain projects. Members and parents are assisted by staff from the county extension office and by other parent volunteers who serve as club and county project leaders. For example, Barb Gruenbacher, who is currently club leader of College Hill 4-H Club, is also a county project leader in Clothing and Textiles. Gruenbacher has four children, ages 10 to 15, in the club, and they’ve been members of 4-H for three to eight years. “4-H is really fabulous. It’s truly a family activity. Everyone pitches in,” she says, watching Anna Culbertson, a 7-year-old firstgrader from St. George Elementary School, give her first major presentation.

Anna’s presentation is on her family’s rabbits, and her mom, Anne, accompanies her to the front of the room, carrying a couple of animal pens and posters. At one point Anna begins to name all the rabbits pictured: “There’s Apollo, Thumper and Duchess. Indy, Bear, Andy and Hip-Hop.” She shares facts about the bunnies and the food they eat (alfalfa cubes and hay). Anna lists more bunny names, “Sundance I, II and III” to the delight and a smatter of laughter from the other members. Anna’s talk in front of her peers is an example of the first of five life skills 4-H hopes to instill in members: a positive self-image. The others include an inquiring mind, concern for the community, healthy interpersonal relationships and sound decision-making. Growing leaders Leadership opportunities are plentiful, and a visitor from another club, 16-year-old Emma Glessner, exemplifies this. She is one of four girls running for 4-H queen and is here tonight to fulfill one of the requirements by presenting a brief talk on leadership. A fun part of the meeting includes roll call, where members answer a question to show they are present. “What is your favorite Easter candy?” garners such responses as chocolate bunnies, Peeps and “whatever my Grandma sends me!” The 4-H year culminates in the annual Riley County Fair, held this year July 26-30. Members showcase their wide variety of projects and are judged on their efforts. College Hill member Anna Culbertson is enrolled in horticulture, dog, pets and, of course, rabbits. During refreshments following the meeting, she invites other club members to pet, hold and even cuddle her bunnies.

Upcoming Calendar of Events (open to the public) July 19: Fashion Revue July 26-30: Riley County Fair

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Parent Perspective Shelia and Dan Wright recall taking their young family to CiCo Park during the Riley County Fair, where the children loved seeing the 4-H exhibits on display. “The kids wanted to have an animal,” says Shelia—they wanted a large animal, actually—and they lived in a residential neighborhood. However, one of her co-workers was part of an active 4-H club that had a former member who had acreage outside of town where other club members boarded their large animals. So the Wright family joined the College Hill 4-H club four years ago. Today their son, Michael, 13, and daughter Elizabeth, 10, are enrolled in swine, goats, foods and craft projects. Elizabeth is also enrolled in photography and sewing, which means she’ll participate in the Fashion Revue next month, modeling her outfits. “I like the fact 4-H teaches them to do presentation talks and do a proper meeting,” says Shelia, referring to the use of Robert’s Rule of Orders. “It also exposes them to friends outside school, which is always good.” Michael says his favorite thing about being in 4-H is “Pigs! They sometimes go crazy.” Elizabeth enjoys attending summer camp at Rock Springs, where she gets to meet new friends and partake in archery.

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Little sister Isabel is only 5, but she’ll officially join the club as soon as she’s old enough (she’s a Cloverbud now). After experiencing 4-H activities with her older siblings the past four years, “she’ll be a pro by then,” Shelia predicts. Anna Culbertson has enjoyed learning about horticulture through the Riley County 4-H programs.



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Riley County 4-H Clubs Ashland Boosters 4-H Club 7 p.m. the 2nd Monday at Ashland Community Center (+) Bonfire 4-H Club 7 p.m. the 2nd Monday at the Green Valley Community Center (+) CiCo Shamrocks 4-H Club 7 p.m. the 3rd Thursday at Pottorf Hall, CiCo Park College Hill 4-H Club 7 p.m. the 2nd Thursday at Pottorf Hall, CiCo Park (+) Freedom Seekers 4-H Club 2:30 p.m. the 2nd Monday at Pottorf Hall, CiCo Park Leonardville Hustlers 4-H Club 7 p.m. the 2nd Monday at the Leonardville Methodist Church (+) Little Apple 4-H Club 7 p.m. the 3rd Monday at Pottorf Hall, CiCo Park Pillsbury 4-H Club 7 p.m. the 1st Tuesday at the Deep Creek School (+) Randolph Ramblers 4-H Club 6 p.m. the 3rd Sunday at the Randoph VFW (+) Riley Rascals 4-H Club 7 p.m. the 2nd Monday at the Fairview Church Annex (+) Strong-Satellites 4-H Club 7 p.m. the 3rd Monday at Pottorf Hall, CiCo Park (+) Wildcat 4-H Club 7:30 p.m. the 2nd Monday at the Keats Methodist Church (+) Nine clubs (designated with +) also offer 4-H experiences for 5-6 year olds (Cloverbuds). manhattanmagazine


TOP Anna takes care of one of her rabbits, which she presented in 4-H. BELOW Anne Culbertson, mother, helps Anna during her presentation.

Choosing a club: Contact the leader and let the club know you’ll be coming. Visit your club choices once or twice. Select one that works with your family’s schedule and interests. More information at or (785) 537-6350. The Riley County Extension/4-H Office is located at 110 Courthouse Plaza, 2nd floor, Manhattan.

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Varsity Donuts flat tire and topped with vanilla frosting and a deep, delicious layer of crushed Oreo cookies.

Even before Varsity Donuts opened its doors, people around Aggieville knew something was cooking. That’s because the aroma of freshly made doughnuts freely drifted around the neighborhood as the process was being perfected. That practice helped whet appetites and create excitement for the new doughnut shop, so when the doors opened at 5:30 a.m. September 22, it was to cheers of those who had camped out all night waiting to get their hands on some of Varsity Donuts’ goods. The doughnuts have been praised ever since, served in the historic Palace Drug Store building. The building itself is what first drew owners Diane Meredith, Leah Hyman, Kevin Peirce, Jeremy Corn, Tanner Pieschl and David Sauter to create Varsity Donuts. “This is one of the last buildings in Aggieville that still looks like it did originally,” Kevin says. Take a spin The building still has its original circa 1929 drugstore, multicolored honeycomb tile floor, wide, dark woodwork, marble counter and comfortable booths. The historic touches blend seamlessly with the upright piano, antique bar stools from the old soda fountain and vintage bicycles, which are for rent. The bikes even inspired one of the shop’s most unique doughnuts, the Flat Tire. A customer favorite, the square doughnut is made to resemble a

Favorite flavors Other favorites include the cinnamon twist, which is not just a doughnut with cinnamon frosting. No, this sweet confection features cinnamon actually layered in the yeast dough, lightly glazed. Another crowd pleaser is the maple bacon doughnut, which might be considered a perfectly rounded breakfast made of a raised doughnut with bacon bits mixed in, then topped with maple frosting. The Sweet ‘n Salty—think caramel-covered pretzels—is a buttermilk cake doughnut covered with caramel-flavored icing, then dipped in crushed pretzel bits and generously topped with drizzled caramel and a dash of sea salt. For doughnut purists the shop also features the classics—a vanilla-glazed raised doughnut called the Otis and a buttermilk cake doughnut called the Opal. All of the doughnuts are handmade at the shop, and a couple of new flavors are introduced every month. The shop features at least 25 different flavors at a time.

here, hang out for a while, feel welcome and have fun,” Diane says. After all, as the motto painted on the front door and appearing on their T-shirts states, “Donuts make people happy.”

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A happy place In the center of the shop is a long wooden table where board games can be spread out and played. It is available for groups to reserve for meetings and get-togethers … or Scrabble tournaments. “All that adds up to what we’re trying to do here, which is make use of this beautiful, historic building and make it available to the public. We want people to feel they can come

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Extra Motivation Increasing the odds of fitness success with a personal trainer Barbara Pujol’s father was a strong, healthy athlete at Kansas State University. As he aged, his core muscle strength weakened, and he often fell. For Pujol, this heartbreaking sight was the last straw in neglecting her own health. “What happened to my dad doesn’t have to happen—you can be strong until the day you die,” she says. “And that’s what I plan to do.” Six years ago, Pujol got a personal trainer in Manhattan, and she’s never looked back. “Trainers have taught me that even though my body is

older, I don’t have the limitations I thought I did,” says Pujol, 65. “That’s really exciting. Now, I can do exercises I never would have thought I could do, like pushups with my feet on an exercise ball, sometimes with one foot in the air.” Education Currently, Pujol visits a trainer at Max Fitness in Manhattan. The facility’s director of personal training, Jeff Parker, says personal trainers provide clients with accountability and motivation to meet their fitness goals. “Our personal trainers provide clients the fitness education needed to make lifestyle changes,” says Parker. “Investing in a personal trainer isn’t about having someone count your reps in the gym, it’s about the program they develop for you behind the scenes.” Parker says nationally accredited trainers set up individualized programs for each client that focus on overall health. “Besides weight loss and strength training, we focus on correcting body imbalances, like posture,” he says. “People put money away for retirement, but it doesn’t do any good if you have to spend it on medical costs. This is an investment for your future health.” Tuneup Parker says that only 5 percent of individuals who work out on their own achieve their desired results, compared to 80

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percent who use a personal trainer. This high success rate is due to the fact that trainers stay up-to-date on the latest practices and safety measures—like not bouncing in place while stretching. “When your vehicle breaks down, you take it to a mechanic because they are professionals,” Parker says. “The same is true for a personal trainer.” Pujol can relate to the idea of “tuning up” to stay in the best possible shape. As an artist, she suffered severe hand pain, making a simple push-up extremely difficult. Her personal trainer helped Pujol clear this hurdle by placing a weight bar 4 inches off the ground. This allowed her to grasp the bar and keep her wrists straight without putting painful weight on her thumbs. “Now, I can do many kinds of push-ups,” she says. “Trainers keep you moving so you don’t hit long plateaus.”

Picking a trainer: • Many gyms offer brochures or guidance in selecting a trainer. • Ask around to see what sort of trainer has worked for others. • Set fitness goals before meeting with a trainer for the first time. The first few sessions: • Make sure your trainer understands your goals and is willing to work with them. • Determine whether trainer is a good fit for you. • Brush up on your medical history; your trainer will want to discuss it in the first session.

The Routine Another local trainer says this progression is typical for adults with an established workout routine. Julie Gibbs, a certified personal trainer, says those who go straight from the couch to working with a personal trainer will quickly see their blood pressure decrease and their productivity levels increase. “Working with a trainer offers increased safety, accurate form and a way to spice up a routine,” Gibbs says. Gibbs works as the director of health promotions and nutritional counseling at Kansas State University’s Lafene Health Center and trains clients

• Be realistic. Trainers are there to provide motivation, not work magic. Within a few weeks • Active adults may take longer to see results but should quickly see minor results, like improved posture or balance. • Sedentary adults may quickly see results, like decreased blood pressure and improved productivity.

OPPOSITE LEFT Personal trainer James Thompson assists Barbara Pujol during a workout with the exercise ball. OPPOSITE RIGHT Pujol entered personal training to build strength and maintain a healthy body.

• Within several months, you should see real changes start to take place—stick with it!




in her spare time. She uses the first session to talk about fitness goals and medical history. “It’s important to focus on ‘functional training,’ or things we do in regular life,” Gibbs says. “We’re not just going to do a bicep curl; we’ll stick a little cardio in, too.” Motivation A personal trainer is most helpful for individuals who need extra motivation or new ideas for their workout routine, according to Gibbs. “The misconception is that the minute you hire a personal trainer, you lose weight,” she says. “We can help and assist, but we can’t lose the weight for them. We try to provide that motivation.” Choosing a personal trainer depends on an individual’s goals. Gibbs suggests looking for a trainer whose experience matches

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DISCOVERY CENTER Let Your expLoration Begin Here a family-focused interactive learning center exploring the science and history of the Flint Hills WE INVITE YOU TO VISIT THE FLINT HILLS DISCOVERY CENTER, A NEW 35,000 SQ. FT. FACILITY THAT INSPIRES VISITORS TO CELEBRATE, EXPLORE AND CARE FOR THE FLINT HILLS. Built by the City of Manhattan, the Flint Hills Discovery Center is dedicated to informing and educating all visitors about the unique, rare and important region called the tallgrass prairie located in the Flint Hills of Kansas and the Osage Hills of Oklahoma. This project is a keystone to the ongoing North and South End redevelopment of downtown Manhattan, a process with almost a decade’s history of planning and execution. This is also a project that could only have been realized through the dedication and hard work of citizen volunteers, elected officials and staff, volunteer manhattanmagazine


content experts, and a myriad of consultants and contractors dedicated to realizing this important vision. The Flint Hills Discovery Center is a project made possible by literally hundreds of people. For this, we say “Thank You!” to all of those who have given their time to such an outstanding project. And to the citizens of Manhattan and the State of Kansas, we remain forever grateful for the resources that make this project possible and will allow us to inspire everyone to learn about, explore, enjoy, and care for our own national treasure the Flint Hills.

Bob Workman Flint Hills Discovery Center Director

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THe flinT Hills discovery cenTer explORes the geOlOgy, biOlOgy and cultuRal histORy Of the flint hills thROugh peRmanent and tempORaRy exhibits.


Where The air is so PUre – Experience the impact of the immigrant populations on the tallgrass—first with the relocation of the Native Peoples, then to settlement, the introduction of cattle and the development of our ranching heritage. Voices of The flinT hills – How do you feel about the future of the Flint Hills? What inspires you? What concerns you? See and hear dozens of first hand opinions on subjects ranging from water, wind power, burning and the inspiration of the prairie.

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sTePPing inTo The Prairie – Get ready kids of all ages for the Discovery Burrow, the Prairie Pipe Organs and other fun play and learning activities. Here you will also find the family workshop zone with puzzles, games, toys and activities to learn and have fun together. There is also a toddler area for our very small guests to play and stay safe.

temPorary exhIbIts The Flint Hills Discovery Center will host three or four shows per year in the second-floor temporary gallery.

The making of The flinT hills *Tallgrass Prairie: Tides of Time - Visitors of all ages are drawn to the “Immersive discoVery cenTer: Experience” exhibit, a special theatre that tells the story of the Flint Hills in triple high-definition on a April 14, 2012 - August 12, 2012 Ever wonder what goes into making a new institution? Learn screen that spans 67 feet in length. Experience a film like never before. about all the people who contributed to the creation of the Flint Hills Discovery Center. Also, get to know four of the artists Permanent exhIbIts whose unique talents made important contributions to this project. shaPing Winds and WaTer – this section explores the geologic formation of the grasslands in general and the Flint Hills in particular. forces: The shaPing of manhaTTan, forT riley and kansas sTaTe BloWing Winds in a Tallgrass Prairie - here you will learn about the UniVersiTy (ParT 1): abundant and diverse flora and fauna of the Flint Hills. Sections include the keystone grazers, forest and September 7, 2012 - January 13, 2013 scrub habitats, and grassland seasons. This exhibit is a partnership between the Riley Country Historical Museum; the U.S. Cavalry Museum, Fort Riley; Conservation and The UndergroUnd foresT – this is your chance to see what life is like underneath Restoration Branch, Fort Riley; the Costume and Textile Museum, the prairie! Learn about our unseen ecosystem and the prairie underworld, where the ich soils feed the Kansas State University; and the Kansas State University hardy forbs, and life is overflowing. Archives. It explores the period between 1853 and 1914: our Winds of The PasT – we step back in time 13,000 years to see how Native Peoples lived pioneer beginnings, the transition to building a community, and in the tallgrass prairie. See how the landscape changed over time and how that change impacted how growth into the 20th century. This exhibit is also made possible Native Peoples lived. through a grant from the Kansas Humanities Council.


Come BaCk AgAin And AgAin BeCome a memBer - Treat yourself, your family and your friends to the newest attraction in Kansas! Annual memberships begin at $22.50 for adults (18-64) and $10 for youth (2-17). Children under 2 years of age receive free admission and seniors and military receive 5% off membership. Exclusive benefits include: 10 percent off gift shop purchases, discounts on programming, invitations to members-only events and free or reduced admission to more than 300 science and technology centers participating in the Travel Passport Program of the Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC). Learn aBout the FLint hiLLs – The Flint Hills Discovery Center offers educational programming for youth and adults. Summer camps, group visits and teacher workshops are also available. Please call the education department to plan your group visit today. host your speCiaL event at the FLint hiLLs DisCovery Center – The Flint Hills Discovery Center is a premier destination for weddings, receptions, parties, conferences and meeting spaces. Email to inquire about rates and reservations. Get invoLveD – As the heart of our institution, volunteers help make the Flint Hills Discovery Center thrive. Join our community and guide people on their journey of exploration. Call the Flint Hills Discovery Center today to receive a volunteer application. purChase a GiFt – Explore the Gift Shop where you will find unique gifts and souvenirs from the Flint Hills region that are great for all ages. Kelley Hunt’s single, “Heartland” is now available for purchase - get it while supplies last! Leave a LeGaCy – Contact our development department to learn how to help ensure the future of the Flint Hills Discovery Center.

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Jennifer Wilson Riley County Extension Director Jennifer Wilson has worked with the Riley County Extension Office and the Riley County Fair since 1995. Growing up as a 4-H member, she’s visited county fairs for more than 30 years. “In my role as an Extension Agent, I’ve attended lots of county fairs across the state, and I think that Riley County has one of the best fairs around,” she says. “Our volunteers, vendors and 4-H families are the best to work with.” The Riley County Fair (RCF) remains popular because it’s a once-a-year community gathering that offers something for everyone. Whether you like carnivals, rodeos, musical entertainment, 4-H exhibits or just being able to connect with your neighbor, you can do it at the fair. County fairs are an important part of our Kansas heritage. My favorite part of the fair is … It’s difficult to name just one part! I love to see the end result of 4-H members’ work throughout the year, and it’s also fun to reconnect with friends, neighbors and community members that we might only see once a year. It’s kind of like a five-day family reunion.

The best snack at the fair … That’s another hard one. There are so many yummy things to choose from—funnel cakes, shaved ice, fried Oreos, corn dogs, lemonade, caramel apples—so it just depends on what you like.

The kids will enjoy the carnival and rodeo. They are always a hit with kids, but our farm animal nursery is popular as well. The farm animal nursery provides a chance to get up close and personal with Kansas’ No. 1 industry—agriculture. In addition to farm animals, fair goers will have a chance to learn about crops and other commodities that are grown in Kansas.

The fair volunteers are awesome. The Riley County Fair wouldn’t happen without the efforts of the more than 150 volunteers who help to plan, organize and run the various events.

Competitions at the fair include Riley County Idol, Fair Factor, the Salsa Contest, a Pinewood Derby and, of course, 4-H competitions.

The Kaw Valley Rodeo is a PRCA rodeo held in conjunction with the Riley County Fair. It provides fairgoers an opportunity to see top-notch cowboys and cowgirls in action.

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The fair is valuable to Manhattan because it is an economic development opportunity that brings a lot of people to town. We have fair visitors from across the state of Kansas and even across the country. The fair also provides an opportunity for local groups, organizations and businesses to showcase what they have to offer. After the fair I am going to take a few days to relax and then start the planning for the 2013 Riley County Fair.

Interview conducted and edited by Katy Ibsen. Photograph by Tim Sigle

The Riley County Idol (local entertainment) contest and the fresh salsa contest.




What are some of the summer programs the zoo offers? We offer summer camps for four different age groups. Almost all of our programs are naturebased. We also do different things where groups can rent the zoo overnight and have a campout. We also host birthday parties. Do you personally live at the zoo? No, but our head zookeeper does. There is a house on the grounds that he lives in, which allows 24-hour care and security for the zoo. What if there is a tornado or storm? The first step is to secure all our endangered animals—chimps, tigers, bears—that if they were to get out would cause problems. Every animal at the zoo has an inside building where they can go.

Scott Shoemaker

The zoo is involved in the community. We do a reading program at the Manhattan Public Library for children. When it is possible, we will bring the animal to the reading. For example, if it is a book about snakes, we would take a snake; we read the book about snakes and leave kids with a good environmental message about snakes.

Sunset Zoo Director Scott Shoemaker has managed every facet of Manhattan’s popular Sunset Zoo since 1996—the habitat of more than 250 varieties of animals, including swinging chimpanzees, powerful tigers, snow leopards and exotic peacocks. Shoemaker, Sunset Zoo director, didn’t always know he wanted to work for a zoo; in fact, he started out as an architecture student. After a few years, he realized this was not his calling and graduated instead with a degree in wildlife management from Ohio State University. First job in the zoo industry? I worked as a summer keeper at Kings Island Wild Animal Habitat just north of Cincinnati. Favorite animal at Sunset Zoo: I love otters. They are so inquisitive and playful. Most popular animals? The tigers, chimps and bears. However, the most photographed is the peacock.



I am proud that we are accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). What we do here at Sunset Zoo is as good as the St. Louis Zoo, San Diego Zoo and the National Zoo in D.C. This is what accreditation says. How many are on staff? I have seven fulltime animal care staff and two maintenance guys. All of our veterinary care is managed by Kansas State University. Favorite part of the job is actively saving animals from extinction. Literally some animals—zoos are the only place these animals have left. Worldly adventures: I have been to Africa twice and South America once. I never have been to Australia but would love to go. In Africa, the wildlife is so unique you get to see giraffes, elephants and rhinos that you never see in this country.

You don’t have to have small children to come to the zoo. It’s an amazing place to visit. You will see things you will never be able to see again.

Wine in the Wild Fundraiser is a chance to hang out with friends and drink some really good wine with hors d’ oeuvres and support the zoo. Last year we hosted Brew in the Zoo, which is a very similar event but can sample various beers. During Halloween, we host the Spooktacular at the Zoo. We have over 5,000 people in two days visit the zoo. For the future of the zoo my hope is we will continue to bring in these keystone exhibits and engage people to the zoo to learn about animals and how they can make a difference in the survival of some of these animals. What animal would you trade places with? The otters. They get great care and have a really neat exhibit to play around in and explore.

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Feeding Frenzy Various clubs across Manhattan are feeding good causes with pancakes Story by Lou Ann Thomas Photography by Cathy Mores

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Frenzy Various clubs across Manhattan are feeding good causes with pancakes 43


Who doesn’t love a big stack of pancakes hot off the griddle, right? But did you realize that by simply enjoying a plateful of the yummy syrup-covered discs at any of the local pancake feeds throughout the year you are helping support valuable projects within the Manhattan community? That’s right. These pancake feeds are major fundraisers for several service clubs and organizations in the Manhattan area, and by supporting them you are contributing to the Boys and Girls Club, youth baseball and softball teams, helping to provide scholarships, eyeglasses and hearing aids to those in need. What could be easier—or tastier? Among the city’s pancake feeds are some, like the Manhattan Kiwanis Club’s feed, that have been flipping and grilling breakfast for over 60 years.

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At the first Manhattan Kiwanis pancake feed, in 1950, a ticket cost 50 cents for all the pancakes you could eat— members served over 3,000 people that day. This year the pancake feed, the club’s 62nd, will take place in Potorff Hall and will cost $5 for all-you-can-eat pancakes, eggs any way you like them, sausage and a drink. Members spend over 200 hours organizing the feed and a silent auction. Items donated by businesses and individuals range from memberships to fitness centers, gift baskets, jewelry, and last year several tons of native limestone for landscaping. Last year the pancake feed raised $2,900 for the club’s Service Budget and was used to fund 19 service projects, including cash donations to groups like the Boys and Girls Club, sponsorship of softball and baseball teams, and



maintaining the “Manhattan” sign on Bluemont Hill.

K-State Open House

During the annual Kansas State University Open House, two student groups, the Ag Communicators of Tomorrow and the American Society of Biological and Ag Engineers, partner to host an all-you-caneat pancake feed at Seaton Hall. Robin Kleine, chair of the Pancake Feed Committee, says businesses and organizations that donate cash to help offset expenses include K-State Olathe, High Plains Journal, Kansas Pork Association, John Deere, University Printing, Hiland Dairy, Frontier Farm Credit, Roberts Dairy, Hy-Vee and the K-State Grain Science Department. “Our club uses the proceeds to attend conferences and networking events,” says Kleine. “This year we will attend the annual Ag Media Summit in Albuquerque, and the funds will help our members defray costs of hotel, some meals and transportation.”

Lion’s Club

The Lion’s Club sponsors another long-standing feed, serving flapjacks for over 50 years. The club uses proceeds to help purchase eyeglasses for those who can’t afford them, sponsor boys baseball and girls softball teams, and also support two 4-H clubs in the area. They also host the annual Easter Egg Hunt in City Park.

Manhattan Pancake Feeds manhattan Kiwanis Club Second Saturday in December | 7 a.m.-1 p.m., Pottorf Hall Pancakes, eggs any way you want them, sausage and beverage. $5 for adults, $4 advance tickets available

manhattan Sertoma Club First Saturday in February | 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Pottorf Hall Pancakes, two sausage links (extra links are 25 cents each), beverage $5 for adults (advance tickets and blocks of tickets for businesses $4 each) $2.50 for children age 6 to 12

Lions Club October 13 | 7 a.m.-1 p.m., Pottorf Hall $5 for adults, $3 children Pancakes, link sausage for 25 cents each, eggs to order for 50 cents an egg, beverage.

Boy Scout Troop 74 Held every fall and spring | 7 a.m.-7 p.m., First Presbyterian Church (801 Leavenworth) $5 adult, $2 child Pancakes, two sausage links and beverage

Ag Communicators of Tomorrow and the American Society of Biological and Ag engineers KSU Open House, Third Saturday in April - Weber Hall | 7 a.m.-1:30 p.m. $5 for adults, $4 for students, $2 for children Pancakes, sausage and beverage

Gamma Phi Beta and Delta Upsilon October or November | 10:30 p.m.-2:30 a.m. Delta Upsilon dining hall $5 for pancakes, sausage and beverage

Ed Call, Manhattan Kiwanis Club



The club has its feed in conjunction with the Kansas Quality Woodworkers Association, whose members display and sell all kinds of handmade wood products, from jewelry to furniture. The Manhattan Fire Department also has its antique Fire Engine No. 1 on-site and available for rides. The Lions Club receives help with setup, cooking and cleanup from the K-State Volunteer Center. “They have been a big help as our members get older and fewer. The last several years we’ve had over 15 K-State student volunteers help with our feed, and we really appreciate them,” says J. Lester Hooper, chair of the Lions Club pancake feed for close to 20 years.

Boy Scout Troop 74

Every spring and fall Boy Scout Troop 74 holds a pancake feed at the First Presbyterian Church. Last year the troop served around 1,000 people, according to Scoutmaster Eric Valaika. Each Scout is asked to sell a minimum number of tickets prior to the feed and, along with their parents, set up for the event, cook and serve the pancakes and sausage, and clean up during and after the feed. “While our Pancake Feed is certainly about fundraising, it is equally about encouraging personal responsibility and teamwork,” Valaika says.

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• Last year Gamma Phi Beta and Delta Upsilon turned what could have been a disaster into an extra offering at their pancake feed. Told the pancake mix needed only water, it was determined upon tasting that eggs were also needed. Someone ran out to get eggs but bought too many, so scrambled eggs were offered with the pancakes. • The Ag Communicators of tomorrow and American Society of Biological and ag Engineers use as many K-State products as possible for their pancake feed. The sausage comes from the School of Animal Science, and the flour for the pancakes comes from the Grain Science Department. This year they used 150 pounds of flour. • The Manhattan Sertoma Club is the third-oldest Sertoma Club in the nation and, chartered in 1920, it is the oldest service club in Manhattan. • The pancake feed is the longest continuously running fundraiser for the Manhattan Kiwanis Club. J. Lester Hooper, Lions Club

The Scouts use the proceeds to help purchase camping equipment and supplies, rank and merit badge awards, and to help Scout families who can use assistance with the cost of summer camps and other expenses.

Sertoma Club

February will be the 51st year for the Manhattan Sertoma Club’s Annual Ground Hog Pancake Feed. One of the things it is known for is the sausage served with the pancakes. “We use a skinless link sausage and every year get comments about how good it is,” says Lonnie Paquette, 2012 chair of the Pancake Feed Committee. Last year the group served about 800 people who consumed 2,000 sausage links. The Manhattan Sertoma Club uses the proceeds to provide two $1,000 scholarships to Kansas State University graduate students of communication sciences and disorder, and two $250 scholarships to Manhattan High School students who have demonstrated an interest in community service. The funds also support the Sertoma Hearing Aid Recycling Program (SHARP), which helps provide hearing aids to those who can’t afford to buy them. The club even donates money for computers to the Boys and Girls Club and the Riley County Seniors’ Service Center.



for the collegians One of the more unusual pancake feeds, at least regarding timing, is the one hosted by Gamma Phi Beta and Delta Upsilon on the K-State campus. The feed is held in the Delta Upsilon dining room from 10:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. Rides to breakfast from Aggieville and back home are provided free of charge to those attending. “The rides are completely free if they buy a ticket to the pancake feed,” says Austin Lage, member of the Philanthropy Committee at Delta Upsilon. Last year 400 people were fed and the groups received a record number of donations. All proceeds go to the Boys and Girls Club.

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Anglers looking for a big trophy or fishermen wanting to spend a lazy day waiting for a nibble will find a spot to love in Manhattan. “This district is blessed with an extremely wide diversity of fishing options,” says local environmental specialist Ely Sprenkle. “You can pretty much satisfy any fishing desire you can imagine within a one-halfhour drive of Manhattan.” Sprenkle, the Manhattan District Fisheries Biologist for the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism at Tuttle Creek Reservoir, is a fishing expert in Riley County. 51


“My son last year got a 75-pound flathead out of the river right behind us.”

– Judy Reinerio



Where to go, what to catch There is no shortage of fishing spots in Manhattan. “It’s versatile. We have a lot of choices,” says Paul Miller, a local fishing guide of 13 years. “Usually, there is something going on at one of these lakes.” Miller has served as manager of Tuttle Creek State Park and a conservation officer. The most popular location is Tuttle Creek Reservoir, which covers about 12,500 acres. Tuttle Creek is best known for two species of fish, crappie and catfish. The reservoir is renowned for larger crappie of the 1.5 to 2 pound range. According to Sprenkle, this year the sample sizes of crappie in Tuttle are the highest they’ve been in years. During the spring and fall crappie gather and swim up the coves and feeder streams emptying into Tuttle Creek, making it an ideal time to fish. The spring spawning period is the most popular time to fish for crappie, when experienced fishermen use plastic jigs or small minnows and fish the smaller coves, like Marina Cove on the east side of the reservoir. In the summer, crappie will scatter and head out into the deeper waters of the main reservoir, where they can still be caught from a boat. Summertime is when many Tuttle Creek anglers go after catfish. The northern shores of the reservoir are popular for several types of catfish; there the water is shallow and the murky conditions are perfect for large flatheads and channel cat. Fishing from the shoreline is possible, but a boat will give anglers access to deeper channels and larger fish. If you are without a boat, consider a spot below the dam. The reservoir empties into the Big Blue River, pulling fish along with the current. Anglers line up along the railing over the rushing waters and drop baited lines in pursuit of crappie and catfish. Other anglers go a short distance downstream, where from the banks they catch white bass and saugeyes, a hybrid combination between saugers and walleye, popular in the region.

Go a little farther downstream and anglers discover one of the jewels of Manhattan fishing, Rocky Ford. Accessed from Barnes Road, Rocky Ford is a limestone shelf over which the Big Blue River runs, creating a shallow crossing that was once the primary passage across the river. A small concrete dam was built at the site, creating a power source for Manhattan’s first electric plant. Now the ford is where Local bait shops are not the only source anglers use baited hooks of fishing information. The Kansas or lures in pursuit of just Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism about anything with fins. ( provides maps, If a fish species is found fishing regulations and details about in Kansas, it will likely fishing sites within the park system. More be caught at Rocky Ford, data on locations can be found at including catfish, white bass, saugeyes, crappie, walleyes and even the Locally, the Wildlife, Parks and Tourism elusive and aggressive office at Tuttle Creek State Park, (785) 539wiper. The wiper is another 7941, is staffed with knowledgeable folks hybrid of white bass and who can provide information on where to striped bass, resulting in fish, when to fish and how to fish. one of the strongest fighters in the state. Wipers are stocked upriver in Milford Reservoir, and those that pass through Milford’s outlet swim down the Kansas River and then up the Big Blue to Rocky Ford. River Pond, at Tuttle Creek State Park, is the large lake just below the dam that was created when huge quantities of dirt were excavated to create the dam. Fishing from the bank is possible almost all around the lake, which features most of the same fish that are caught at Rocky Ford as a result of its connection to the Big Blue River.

Where to Turn



“This year the sample sizes of crappie in Tuttle are the highest they’ve been in years.”

– Ely Sprenkle



Ely Sprenkle, local fishing expert.

Jerry Dishman Lake, found in Anneberg Park, is a small lake stocked with bluegill, catfish and bass, making it the perfect place to take little anglers. “That lake is good for children,” says Sprenkle. “It’s easy to get along the bank and with a hook and a little piece of worm, it’s hard not to catch something.” Another popular spot near Manhattan is Pottawatomie State Fishing Lake No. 2, located east of Tuttle Creek just north of Junietta Road. Commonly known as Pott 2, the lake is popular for largemouth bass, with anglers using small jigs or live bait. It is stocked with smallmouth bass and 12- to 18-inch channel catfish.

What to bring Fishing gear need not become an expensive proposition. Experienced anglers will look for specialized equipment, while novice anglers will have a different set of needs and budget. Everyone, however, will find what they need at Manhattan’s fishing specialist, Derick’s Bait-n-Tackle. “We’ve got a little bit of everything,” says Judy Reinerio, who, with her husband, Rick, has owned Derick’s for 13 years. “We especially like the families coming in. Every child should have that That’s our goal, to help the quintessential experience, a fishing families.” pole in hand with a fish tugging on the Derick’s specializes in other end. Parents and grandparents will live bait, with everything treasure that moment when they help from night crawlers to their little ones bait their first hook and minnows. They also stock make that first cast. all the fishing tackle and lures that experienced Nothing compares to the smile, and or anglers look for. Helping squeal, that comes when the first fish is beginners, however, has pulled to the shore. become an important part of the business. “We’ve got One of the best youth resources is the K-State students who come Tuttle Creek Lake Association. Each year, in all the time, and soldiers typically in early June, the TCLA hosts a from Fort Riley. We’ve got a Youth Fishing Clinic. The clinic begins on lot of soldiers.” a Friday night at a local school, offering A beginner might sessions on water safety and fishing need a simple rod and reel, techniques. Saturday everyone meets in with some hooks, weights Anneberg Park at Jerry Dishman Lake and and bobbers. Judy and Rick baits their hooks. know all the good spots for novice or experienced “The fishing is always great. It’s the fishers and are ready with catching them that varies,” says Paul advice as well as equipment. Miller, local fishing guide. Judy suggests a light pole with a rig with To find out more about the clinic, contact minnows or jigs for the Tuttle Creek State Park at (785) 539-7941. Tuttle Creek crappie. For the saugeye in the Big Blue River, she recommends larger minnows or soft plastic lures. “People go crappie crazy around here,” Judy says. “We’ve got big crappie in the lake here.”

Little Anglers


story by Gloria Gale

photography courtesy of the Gatlinburg Department of Tourism

Beneath the smoke Rural boomtown celebrates the folklore and rich Appalachian heritage of the Smoky Mountains

Gatlinburg, Tennessee, as the sun sets. manhattanmagazine



Cades Cove Meadow

Unlike the quiet majesty of the Great Smoky Mountains shrouding much of eastern Tennessee in mist, the pulse of honky-tonk percolates throughout Gatlinburg. Long before Tennessee’s iconic mountain figure, Dolly Parton, started warbling, Gatlinburg’s legacy of strumming and picking was already honed. Today the culture of Southern Appalachia is proudly woven into a rich tapestry knitting Gatlinburg and her two sister communities, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville, tightly together. Collectively, the three historic villages are filled with throngs of people, making this resort destination one of the most visited in the nation.

Pottery class at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts

Tender beginnings Gatlinburg, once known as White Oak Flats in 1807, was a far more humble place when Martha Jane Huskey Ogle came to start a new life in what her late husband described as a “Land of Paradise” in East Tennessee. By 1854 the town of White Oak Flats was changed to

Gatlinburg’s artistic and cultural heritage comes alive as over 100 artisans whittle, paint, sew, cast, weave and carve original collectibles. 57



An angling adventure.

in addition

points of interest Great Smoky Mountains National Park Ober Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts Great Smoky Mountain Arts & Crafts Community Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies

Gatlinburg, named after flamboyant preacher Radford C. Gatlin. Through the Civil War, hardship persisted in Gatlinburg but didn’t deter a handful of hardscrabble families who managed to thrive, tilling the land and logging the rich, old-growth forests. The area remained a sleepy, country community steeped in rural culture into the early 20 th century. “But with the purchase of thousands of acres of land by the United States government, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park was born in 1930. Boosted by the influx of tourists, the economic boom has never stopped,” says Walter Yeldell, Gatlinburg’s tourism manager. Country culture The sights and sounds of Tennessee’s folksy attractions begin in March and continue full force through October. There’s no bawdy jive in these hills. Rather, the vibe in this mountain hamlet is toe-tapping bluegrass. All along the one-mile Parkway, a stretch of real estate lined with heaping dollops of homespun commercialism, it’s wall-towall people easily rivaling the Las Vegas strip. Nearly 10 million visitors eyeball baskets and brooms,eat funnel cakes and drink sweet tea with nary a Starbucks to be found. Into the woods Not only is the Great Smoky Mountains National Park free,

The 800-square-mile Great Smokey Mountains National Park is iconic, it’s the most visited national park in the country, teeming with abundant biological diversity. manhattanmagazine



Clifftop sunset in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. 59



Smokies broom maker.

the 800-square-mile park is iconic; it’s the most visited national park in the country, teeming with abundant biological diversity. A 20-minute introductory film at the Sugarlands Visitor Center will provide an overview of miles of trails, stunning vistas and nearly 80 historic log structures tucked into the hollows. Whether on foot or by auto, another option is a bird’s-eye view of the community on Ober Gatlinburg, one of American’s longest aerial tramways. Breathtaking views are afforded from the summit of Mount Harrison, where Ober Gatlinburg Ski resort and Amusement Park launches year-round adventure, from hiking and biking to tubing and skiing. While downtown, hop aboard the $2 diesel-fueled Gatlinburg Trolley for unlimited rides to various attractions. Notably, there’s Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, where Southern Appalachia’s rich arts and crafts heritage is preserved by Pi Beta Phi and the University of Tennessee. The arts

program is renowned as a center for education, artistic study and community outreach. Along an 8-mile loop in the shadow of the Smoky Mountains lies the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community established in 1937. Gatlinburg’s artistic and cultural heritage comes alive as over 100 artisans whittle, paint, sew, cast, weave and carve original collectables. Forbes Traveler named Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies one of America’s best, where more than 100,000 exotic sea creatures thrive. Enjoy the sweet mountain air that has a hold on those who love the area’s unpretentious attitude with rounds of miniature golf, zip-lining over treetops or a float trip down the Pigeon River. Listen to the joyful strains of bluegrass and folk songs from strolling musicians. Then pull up a rocker and let the mist settle in. Surrounded by ancient hills, the village of Gatlinburg casts a spell over those who return year after year.

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Zip-lining in Gatlinburg.




June, July & August e v e n t s






Rock Springs 4-H Center Family Camps

Summer Sidewalk Sales

Purple Power Play On Poyntz

June 20-July 1

July 26

August 30

Rock Springs

Manhattan Town Center

Poyntz Avenue

Adventure awaits at Rock Springs, where the great outdoors comes alive for families. Enjoy day events in the nearby creeks or spring-fed swimming pool. In the evening gather by the fire to roast s’mores. Various overnight packages available. See our story on Riley County 4-H on page 20

Manhattan Town Center will come alive with sales of all sorts. Save up and bring the family. There will be something for everyone and plenty of steals. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Get ready for the home opener of Kansas State University football with Purple Power Play on Poyntz. Welcoming students, alumni and the community, this popular event includes an inflatable carnival, a pyrotechnics display and a diverse group of more than 80 vendors who line Poyntz Avenue.

Manhattan Solar Kiwanis Club Pancake Feed July 4 Pottorf Hall in CiCo Park This is one of many feeds across Manhattan throughout the year, and it provides plenty of reasons to enjoy and help a good cause. Feed will be in Pottorf Hall in CiCo Park. Tickets are $5. 7:30-11 a.m. (785) 587-4122 See our Pancake Feed feature on page 42



wrestling clinic July 27-28 Manhattan Wrestling Club CASA Project Inc and the Manhattan Optimist Kids Wrestling Club host a 2-day clinic with special guest. Registration in $100. Brew to Shoe 10K August 4

Country Stampede

Riley County Fair

Throughout Manhattan

June 21-24

July 26-30

Tuttle Creek State Park

Riley County Fairgrounds

Polish up your cowboy boots and dust off your hats. The Stampede is coming to town. Enjoy various national and local country bands and singers at this annual music festival at Tuttle Creek State Park. Popular acts include Toby Keith, Zac Brown Band and The Band Perry. Tickets range from $75-$130 for adults, $15-$25 for kids.

Celebrate community and much more at the Riley Count Fair. Activities include the pedal tractor pull, rides at Ottaway Amusement’s Carnival, the Fair Factor events and great entertainment at the Kaw Valley Rodeo. See our interview with Jennifer Wilson, Riley County Extension Director, on page 37

Lace up for the fourth annual community favorite—Brew to Shoe, celebrating the anniversaries of Tallgrass Brewery and Manhattan Running Company. Enjoy the race through Manhattan and family activities post-race. Registration is $25 before August 4. www. manhattanrunningco. com/Brew_2_ Shoe_10K.html


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