Tuesday, August 30, 2011


Folks, this blog is dying. I have no intentions of ever writing much in it ever again. I appreciate the fact that so many of you are continuing to come back here and look for new postings. It took just a couple of people to ruin it forever. From now on, I am still writing as I did in my blog but instead of hanging it out here for everyone to read, I am emailing it out to those who have requested it. If you have not already sent me your name and email address, please send those to me at slblaus@gmail.com and I will add you to my list.

So far, three newsletters have been sent out. Another will be coming out very soon.

Thank you sooo much for your loyalty to me and my blog!!!


Wednesday, August 24, 2011


Two newsletters have already been sent out. The third is being readied to be sent out now. If you want to be put on the email list, please send your email address to me at the following address:


Thank you!!!


Tuesday, August 16, 2011


I am actively writing my newsletter right now. At first, I had planned on sending out ONE newletter every week. Now, it is beginning to look like I may need to send out two. Is this okay with any of you who want the newsletter via email? Also, recently we have had several deaths in Greeley, Wichita and Scott Counties. I think that I will probably just email each obituary as I recieve it.

If you have not already sent me your email address and want me to email you my newsletter, please send your email address to me at

slblaus@gmail.com .

I also appreciate any and all suggestions for my newsletter.

Thank you!!!


Thursday, August 11, 2011

Newsletter Update

I continue to hear from people who are interested in receiving my newsletter that I plan on writing starting this week. If you are interested in receiving it, please send your name and email address to my address which is slblaus@gmail.com . If I do not hear from you, I will not bug you by sending it to you anyway.

Thank you!


Wednesday, August 10, 2011

My Newsletter

Hello, All!

It is a BEAUTIFUL day here! Our high today is supposed to be in the lower 80s. People are predicting that we have seen the last of our 100 plus degree temperatures for 2011. I sure hope that that is a fact. We have been miserable for what seems like an eternity. These cooler temperatures are helping me to feel much better than I have in a couple of months.

First of all, I just want to thank all of you who have called, emailed me, etc about the finalization of my blog. Your thoughts have been so very sweet. I am realizing how many people out there appreciated various things that I posted for the past couple of months. For personal reasons, I have decided against blogging but I will send out a newsletter to any of you who are interested in keeping up with our happenings around here. If you are interested in receiving this, please send me your name and email address. I would also like to know what kinds of information you are interested in, for example, the movie at the Star in Tribune, obituaries, etc.

Send that information to me at the following address:


I appreciate your loyalty to me a whole bunch!!!


Thursday, August 4, 2011

My Blog

Just a little note to let you all know that I have decided that it is time for me to log out of my blog for the final time. Though I have LOVED meeting all of you here, things have changed in my life and I just need to move on to other things.

If you would ever like to send me an email, please send it to slblaus@gmail.com . I'll love hearing from you anytime!!!

God bless each of you!


Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Project Has Expanded

Earlier this week, I mentioned that we were now involved in a repair of our kitchen's ceramic tile floor. We had thought that our 2-year-old dishwasher must've caused a leak that was "softening" our kitcher floor in the corner where the dishwasher and sink are. Stan began the project yesterday morning and quickly learned that the dishwasher was not at fault. Instead, we had a MAJOR water leak underneath the kitchen floor. Instead of the water going down, it was being directed straight up. Stan fixed that problem yesterday. Little by little and lot by lot, the water was destroying the floor. What we learned today is that the damage is much more severe than we had thought. The damage has expanded to underneath our northern cabinets, underneath our refrigerator and off towards the center of the room. When Stan moved our much-larger-than-normal refrigerator out of where it normally stands, we discovered that the damage had eaten a large hole out of the floor where the refrigerator sits. We are sooo fortunate that the appliance had not fallen through the floor!!!

Today, Stan has worked to remove all of the ceramic tile off of the floor so that he could guage just how much of the floor needs to be ripped out and re-built. Most of that tile could not be removed without it breaking. That particular tile is no longer being made which means that we now have to purchase tiles or some form of laminate to cover what will be the new floor.

Bottom line is that this news has not made any of us happy. Stan has to go back to work next Monday. The repairs have to be done before then. Stan has to figure out just everything that must be done very soon. Right now, one of our countertops is being held up where it belongs by jacks. We just re-did our kitchen countertops and cabinets less than 2 years ago. It is imperative that we make sure that none of the counters, etc are ruined while we work on the floor repairs.

Please say a prayer or two for us tonight. We are REALLY struggling with this issue...



CARS 2 will be playing at the Star Theatre on Friday afternoon and Saturday and Sunday evenings at 8:30 CST. This Walt Disney Movie is rated "G" for all audiences. It is a Kids/Family, Animation and Sequel. Stars include Larry the Cable Guy, Owen Wilson, Michael Caine, Emily Mortimer and Eddie Izzard.

Synopsis: Star racecar driver Lightning McQueen and the incomparable tow truck Mater take their friendship to exciting new places when they head overseas to compete in the first-ever World Grand Prix to determine the world's fastest car.

Mattinee tickets always cost just $4.00 each.

Evening movie tickets cost $5.00 for adults 13 and older.

Children from 4 through 12-year-olds pay just $4.00 each.

Babies from birth through 3-year-olds: FREE

Refreshments are always fairly priced.

See you at the movies!!!


Greeley County Fair

This begins on Wednesday and ends on Saturday. Everyone is welcome to join in the fun!

On Wednesday and Thursday nights, the community-owned carnival will be open from 7:00 to 11:00 CST. Friday will be the last night to take in the carnival. Rides will open at 7:00 CST and will close at 1:00 a.m., CST. Each ticket just costs 25 cents but some rides require 2 or 3 tickets. Note: Greeley County started their own community owned carnival before Leoti did.

On Friday from 5:30-7:30, the public is invited to take in the FREE Bar-B-Que. While at the Bar-B-Que, you can purchase special candy bars that their sales will benefit the Star Theatre. One out of every three candy bars will be a winner! The grand prize winner will receive a PRIVATE showing of an upcoming movie for themselves and 14 friends!!!

Saturday night brings the Fair Dance from 10:00 p.m. CST to 2:00 a.m., CST. The band will be the Fulton Street Band.

These are just highlights of what will be offered at the Greeley County Fair. There are sooo many more fun activities for people young and old!

Please go to the following address for ALL of the details:


Hope to see you at the fair in Tribune!!!


Monday, August 1, 2011

Marshmallows and Graham Crackers

Ancient Egyptians were the first to enjoy a gooey treat now called marshmallow as early as 2000 BC. The treat was considered very special and was reserved for gods and royalty.

Marshmallow was made from the mallow plant (Athacea officinalis) that grows wild in marshes. The term marshmallow was derived from the native home of the plant and the plant name. Mallow is native to Asia and Europe and has been naturalized in America. The Egyptians squeezed sap from the mallow plant and mixed it with nuts and honey. However, no one knows what the candy looked like in those times.

The French were introduced to marshmallow in the early to mid-1800s. Owners of small candy stores whipped sap from the mallow root into a fluffy candy mold. This time-consuming process was typically done by hand. Candy stores had a hard time keeping up with the demand. Candy makers started looking for a new process to make marshmallow molds made of modified cornstarch. At this same time, candy makers replaced the mallow root with gelatin and this created the marshmallow stable form.

In 1948, Alex Doumak revolutionized the process. He created and patented the extrusion process. This process involves taking the ingredients and running it through tubes. Afterwards, they are cut into equal pieces and packaged. Today, Americans are the main consumers of marshmallows. According to experts, Americans buy more than 90 million pounds annually.

History of Graham Crackers

Sylvester Graham invented Graham Crackers in 1829. Graham was a Presbyterian minister and avid vegetarian, who promoted the use of unsifted and coarsely ground wheat flour for its high fiber content. The flour was nicknamed "graham flour" after Minister Graham, the main ingredient in Graham Crackers.

Sylester Graham was born in West Suffield, Connecticut in 1795 and died in 1851.


S'Mores, Anyone?

We have enjoyed our fire pit on our patio for the past couple of years. One thing that we enjoy doing there often is to make s'mores. Just in case you don't know what s'mores are, I thought that I would give you the history of them.

If you're not familiar with s'mores, they are made by sandwiching a toasted marshmallow and a piece of chocolate in between the two graham crackers. The name of the treat comes from the two words "some more", clearly combined because people often wanted to have at least a second serving after having one s'more. The treat was developed by campers in the early part of the 20th century, making use of the fairly new mass-produced marshmallows. Marshmallows were easy to transport, as were candy bars and graham crackers, and the marshmallows could be warmed easily over a fire to make a delicious treat in a situation where other types of sweets would have been difficult to come by.

The true origin of the snack is unknown, as camping recipes tended to be passed from one person to another person and family to family. The first recipe for s'mores was published in 1927 in the Girl Scout Handbook and the event marked the official introduction of the s'mores into popular culture.

The publication of the s'mores recipe was not the first pairing of chocolate, marshmallows and cookies. In 1913, the Mallomar cookie was introduced to market, followed in 1917 by the Moon Pie. Both products have a graham cracker-like base--a sandwich, in the case of the Moon Pie--and are topped with marshmallows and a layer of chocolate.


One Way Street in Leoti

School begins in just a couple of weeks here. For the first time ever, the county's elementary school is located just across the street from the junior/senior high school. Back when the voters were considering whether or not to build a new grade school next to the high school, many of us were concerned about the traffic on the street in between the schools. It was determined that that street would become a one-way street. I, for one, am VERY happy with this decision!!! You should know that this one-way street does not go into operation the first day of school. It is already marked as one way and the Wichita County Sheriff's Department can issue tickets anytime any vehicle is traveling in the wrong direction. Vehicles have already been stopped there for going the wrong direction.

Also, the speed limit there is 15 mph.

You may have also noticed that the stop signs are now gone between Mel's and the RBSES.

Just thought that you might want to know...


Source for Kansas High School Football



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Scott County Football Schedule

Returning coach is Glenn O'Neal. Assistants are Jim Turner, John Zille, Scott Holt, Brent Herrell and Landon Frank.

Returning starters include Colburn Couchman, Dalton Buehler, Dalton Smith, Brayden Robinson, Luke Hayes, Michael McEachern, Dillon Ellis, Brett O'Neil, Tyler Hess and Drew Kite.

September 2nd Garden City in Scott City

September 9th Holcomb in Scott City

September 16th at Colby

September 23rd Goodland in Scott City

September 30th at Hugoton

October 7th at Ulysses

October 14th at Southwestern Heights

October 21st Lakin in Scott City

October 27th at Cimmaron


Tribune-Greeley County Football Schedule

Coach Greg Brown returns with his assistant coach Evan Firner. Returning starters include Chaz Schneider, Adam Smith, Cesar Yanez and Isiah Stone.

September 2nd Hoxie in Tribune

September 9th at Moscow

September 16th Golden Plains in Tribune

September 23rd at Dighton

September 30th at Grinnell-Wheatland

October 7th Sharon Springs in Tribune

October 14th at Triplains-Brewster

October 21st Cheylin-Bird City in Tribune

October 27th Weskan in Tribune


Wichita County Football Schedule

Leoti's 2A action returns this year with Coach Gary Campas at the helm. Assistant coaches are Jason Archuleta, Drew Thon and Greg Fletcher.

Expected returning starters include Chris Kreutzer, Neil Fletcher, Brock Shepard, Mikel Roeltz, Bryce Nickelson, Jantz Budde, Gabe Martinez, Bryer Porter, Colton Northrup, Denton Tankersley and Brice Mason.

September 2nd at Satanta

September 9th at Stanton County

September 16th (Syracuse) Here

September 23rd (Elkhart) Here

September 30th at Oakley

October 7th (Ellis) Here

October 14th (Atwood-Rawlins County) Here

October 21st at St. Francis

October 27th (Oberlin-Decatur County) Here

I'll post more information whenever I have it.


Wichita County School Enrollment

Parents are urged to enroll their children on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. Enrollment for all students will be at the WCJ/SHS gymnasium.

Monday: 10:00 to 8:00

Tuesday: 7:00 to noon


7-Day Forecast

We are sooo tired of dealing with the extreme heat that we have been having for the past several weeks. Right now at 2:55, it is 100 here. Here is the latest forecast: The first number is for Southwest Kansas. The second number is for Northwest Kansas. Wichita County is about halfway in between.

Monday: 105/102

Tuesday: 106/96

Wednesday: 100/94

Thursday: 102/97

Friday: 103/97

Saturday: 101/99

Sunday: 100/99



What Next???

Stan began taking his vacation last Thursday. We have been very busy with fair events, etc. Yesterday, all of us were thoroughly exhausted so we spent most of our time asleep. This morning, Stan was ready to check out the cause of our "sinking" corner in the kitchen floor. At first, he thought that we must have had a leak underneath our dishwasher. I was not that convinced because the dishwasher is less than 2 years old. When Stan found no leak there, he investigated further. To do that, he ended up having to knock the rest of that portion of the floor. Once it was gone, we soon learned that the water was being sprayed upwards from one of our water lines. More flooring than what we had thought had been destroyed.

What is next? We had City Hall turn off our water at the meter. Stan is now repairing the leaks. Once he thinks that that has been accomplished, the water will be turned on again. If the problem has been repaired, we go to step 2 which will be to replace the ceramic tile backerboard so that we can lay out the new tile in that area. All of this sounds simple but I have learned in the past that our repairs are never that easy. LOL!

The good news is that Stan has a week off from work in which to work on this. It could be so much worse if the floor just fell through and we had to work on this while Stan was at his paying job also. We've had to do that before. Ha! Ha!


Leoti Takedown Club

There will be a swimming party on Thursday, August 4th, at 7:00 p.m. for all members, parents and families who are considering joing the wrestling club this year.