Wednesday, September 28, 2011

City Park

If you have plants, shrubs, etc that you want to donate to the City Park NOT next to the swimming pool, please call me at 620.375.8033 or send an email to me at . I will be very happy to pick up those items if you prefer. The revitalizing group really needs to get these plants planted sooner than later.

We SOOOOOOOO appreciate your plants for the park!!!

At this time, we are still discussing what trees and/or shrubs should be purchased for the park. As I mentioned before either on my blog or in my news-E-letter, those items can be purchased by anyone in memory of loved ones, etc. If you have ideas of what should be planted, please send me an email or call me on my cellphone number that I just posted.

Thank you!!!



Okay, Folks. I took time out of my lunch hour to check the baby car seat information that I posted last night. I urge you to check it out for yourselves. You may get something different out of it than I did.

There is a snopes accounting of this subject matter, HOWEVER, as I understood it, some variations of this information broadcast that this activity would happen during so-called "Gang week" which, as I understood it, usually happens around Halloween. I would think that each gang might have their own gang week at different times of the year. So far, none of my calendars have scheduled a gang week at any particular time. Ha! Though what I posted detailed gang members as being the people who would set up a carseat for such purpose as to beat, rape and/or kill women, I don't believe that only gangs would be interested in using this type of target.

I cannot say that I definitely know that this has happened NOR can I say that it has not happened. Unfortunately, we live in a society where stranger things like this have and do happen. Don't believe me? Then check out the news on TV, your radio or on the internet. Because of these upsetting events, I choose to bury my head in the sand by avoiding the broadcast news as much as possible. I realize how stupid that makes me sound but it is the option that I have chosen so that I don't stay awake all night out of fear. Take it or leave it.

In conclusion, I honestly believe that ploys such as this have probably been used or may be used sometime in the future. I do NOT, however, believe that only gangs might use these tactics. I would be more inclined in believing that individuals instead of groups of people would try something like this. Who knows? Maybe I have watched one more crime show on TV than I should have. LOL!!! Do with it whatever you want. Ignore it. Or use this information as fuel to be more aware of what may be going on around you.

Here is the website:


9-1-1 vs. 1-1-2

Last night, I posted an email that was sent to me by a VERY trustworthy individual who I trust VERY much. A reader took great offense to it. He/She sent me a Snopes address to go to in reference to it. I just have a couple of minutes right now so I have not taken out the time to look it up. You can do it whenever you are not busy also. I urge you to do so. Whether these events actually happened or not, I cannot say for sure. I can see these events happening in this crazy world that we live in.

One thing that the commenter wrote was that the phone number 1-1-2 is usually only available in Europe. I think that this is very probable as I have not heard of it myself. I do believe that if anything like this happens to us, the best decision that we can make is to call 9-1-1.

Once I have more time, I will go to Snopes about this. Once I do, I will post their information on the matter.


Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Earlier Post

I posted an obituary this morning for a lady named Grace Marie Hamilton who lived in Garden City. Later this afternoon, I discovered that she was a much-loved Home Economics teacher in Leoti for a long time. I apologize for not knowing that when I posted her obituary.


Treachorous Trek 5K/1 Mile

This fundraiser will be held on Friday, October 28th, in Leoti. Registration is at 6:00 CST at the county pool next to the swimming pool. Registration for adults is $25.00. Children's registration is $15.00. Pre-register by calling Tammy at 620.214.3259 by October 15th and save yourself $5.00! Your registration fee will cover your t-shirt, drinks and snacks. Everyone is welcome to run/walk in this trek!

There will also be a ghoulish costume contest for freaky fun! Bring your flashlight for the run/walk out to the cemetery and back to town. Awards will be given to the top 3 in each age group for the 5K. All proceeds will go to the Leoti Takedown Wrestling Club.


Upcoming Movies at the Star Theatre


October 7th, 8th and 9th: THE HELP

Monday, October 10th at 11:00 CST THE HELP All tickets are just $4.00 each for mattinees.

October 16th, 17th and 18th: THE HELP


Upcoming Fun in Tribune

Have you ever had the wish that you could issue warrants so that someone you know would be ARRESTED? If you know of someone in Tribune who you'd enjoy seeing "arrested", here is your chance to make that a reality. The Star Theatre's Board of Directors is sponsoring this fundraiser.

On Thursday, October 6th, anyone in Greeley County has the possibility of being arrested. If you would like to "issue an arrest warrant" for someone in Greeley County, please contact Christy Hopkins of the Greeley County Economic Development Committee. Her number at work is 620.376.2548.

To order a warrant, you will need to pay $25.00 for that right. You can either call Christy or another board member before next Thursday or drop by the theatre during the day.

If you are a prisoner of the theatre, you or someone else needs to post a $50.00 bond.

Want to purchase insurance that will prevent you from being arrested, you can pay a $100.00 fee to a board member or at the theatre.

The jail will be in place right in front of the theatre.

All proceeds will be used for the Star Theatre.


Important Information for Drivers and Passengers to Always Remember

Folks, I just received this email and knew that I just had to post it here for all of my readers to read. Much is to be learned about these 2 situations. If you want me to send the original email to you so that you can send it out to your favorite people, please send your email address to me at .

Thank you!


While driving on a rural end of the roadway on Thursday morning, I saw an infant car seat on the side of the road with a blanket draped over it.
For whatever reason, I did not stop, even though I had all kinds of thoughts running through my head. But when I got to my destination, I called the Canton PD and they were going to check it out. But, this is what the Police advised even before they went out there to check....

"There are several things to be aware of ... gangs and thieves are now plotting different ways to get a person (mostly women) to stop their vehicle and get out of the car.

"There is a gang initiation reported by the local Police Department where gangs are placing a car seat by the road...with a fake baby in it....waiting for a woman, of course, to stop and check on the abandoned baby.

"Note that the location of this car seat is usually beside a wooded or grassy (field) area and the person -- woman -- will be dragged into the woods, beaten and raped, and usually left for dead. If it's a man, they're usually beaten and robbed and maybe left for dead, too.





Please talk to your loved ones about this. This is a new tactic used. Please be safe.



Some knew about the red light on cars, but not the 112.
It was about 1:00 p.m. in the afternoon, and Lauren was driving to visit a friend. An UNMARKED police car pulled up behind her and put his lights on. Lauren's parents have always told her never to pull over for an unmarked car on the side of the road, but rather to wait until they get to a gas station, etc.

Lauren had actually listened to her parents advice, and promptly called112 on her cell phone to tell the police dispatcher that she would not pull over right away. She proceeded to tell the dispatcher that there was an unmarked police car with a flashing red light on his rooftop behind her. The dispatcher checked to see if there were police cars where she was and there weren't, and he told her to keep driving, remain calm and that he had back up already on the way.

Ten minutes later 4 cop cars surrounded her and the unmarked car behind her.. One policeman went to her side and the others surrounded the car behind. They pulled the guy from the car and tackled him to the ground. The man was a convicted rapist and wanted for other crimes.
I never knew about the 112 Cell Phone feature, but especially for a woman alone in a car, you should not pull over for an unmarked car. Apparently police have to respect your right to keep going to a safe place.

*Speaking to a service representative at Bell Mobility confirmed that 112 was a direct link to State trooper info. So, now it's your turn to let your friends know about 112.

You may want to send this to every woman (and man) you know; it may save a life.

This applies to ALL 50 states


Louis D. Emme--Leoti

Many of us remember Louis when he worked at First State Bank in Leoti. His son, David, is married to Stan's sister, Sandy. His daughter married Dale Faust, former resident of Wichita County. I THINK that his wife, Jeri, was a former resident of Greeley County. Lynn

Louis D. Emme, 83, died September 11, 2011, at Dillon Living Center, Hutchinson. He was born April 18, 1928, in Smith County, Kansas, the son of Louie and Maggie Emme.

He graduated from Kensington High School in 1944 and received his bachelor's in vocational agriculture from Kansas State University. After college, he taught school at Jewell, Kansas, and later had various ag-related careers. He retired in 1995, as a banker with First State Bank of Leoti, Kansas. Louis was a member of Tenth Avenue United Methodist Church, the Lions Club and the Loyal Order of the Moose #982.

He married Myrna Hartman and later married Crystal J. "Jeri" Bever on June 15, 1973, in Hays, Kansas. She survives. Other survivors include: son, David Emme and wife Sandy of Manhattan, KS; daughter, Dr. Elizabeth Faust and husband Dale of Fargo, ND; stepchildren, Carolyn Paszkewicz and husband John of Independence, MO, Barbara Rutherford of McFarland, KS, Gary Marley of Garden City, KS, Vicki Bever Trillo and husband Cipe of Laveen, AZ, Jack Bever and wife Loretta of Ness City, KS, Jim Bever and wife Janet of Hutchinson; brother, Doran "Bill" Emme and wife Joan of Hays, KS; 23 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, two sisters and a stepson.

Cremation has taken place. Memorial service will be 11 a.m., Thursday, September 15, 2011, at Elliott Mortuary Chapel with the Rev. Richard Brooks and Pastor Alan D. Stambaugh presiding. Friends may sign the book 9-9 today and Wednesday, with family to receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Elliott Mortuary Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Dillon Living Center or Victory In The Valley in care of the mortuary. Please visit to leave a personal message for Louis' family.

Obituary courtesy of the Hutch News.


Grace Marie Hamilton--Garden City

Grace Marie Hamilton, age 86, died Monday, Sept. 26, 2011 at the Garden Valley Retirement Village in Garden City, KS. She was born on March 21, 1925 in Moline, KS the daughter of William and Myrtie Gruben Venning. She graduated from Moline High School in 1942. In 1947 she received her Bachelors Degree in Home Economics and Medical Technology from Kansas State University. After teaching and working at various places she returned to Kansas State University and earned her Masters degree in Food and Nutrition in 1973 and later that year moved to Garden City, Kansas. In 1983 Grace received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing degree from Fort Hays State University. She worked at St. Catherine Hospital and was a Nursing Instructor at Garden City Community College retiring in 1988.

She was a member of the Garden Valley Church and the Delta Kappa Gamma Sorority both of Garden City and was a member of the Gideons International Auxiliary.

On Sept. 1, 1946 she married Roger D. Hamilton in Independence, Kansas. He survives.

Other Survivors Include: Two Sons, Kent (& Janice) Hamilton of Tallahassee, Florida and Bob (& Marjorie) Hamilton of Wichita, Kansas; One Daughter, Jeanne Hamilton of Garden City, Kansas; Two Nephews, Bill (& Johnnie) Servis of Texas and John Servis of Houston, Texas. Seven Grandchildren and Nine Great-Grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Beulah Servis.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:30am on Friday, September 30, 2011 at the Garden Valley Church in Garden City, Kansas.

Burial will be at Valley View Cemetery in Garden City.

Memorials may be given to the Gideons International in care of Price & Sons Funeral Home of Garden City.

Obituary courtesy of Price and Sons Funeral Homes of Garden City, Scott City, Leoti and Tribune.


Geneva Isabell Dierks--Leoti

Geneva Isabell Dierks, age 100, passed away on Saturday, September 24, 2011 in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Isabell was born July 31, 1911 in Haven, Kansas, the daughter of Edward & Wilda Chapin Mount. She was a 1929 graduate of Haven High School where she was involved in many of the schools activities. Isabel currently had been living in Hot Springs, Arkansas moving from Cedar Falls, Iowa. She had lived in Fredricksburg, Iowa from 1971 through 1976 and in Leoti, Kansas from 1936 through 1971. While in Leoti she was a homemaker as well as secretary at various times for Wichita County Farm Bureau, Wheatland Electric and Kansas- Nebraska Natural Gas Companies. Isabell will be missed by her family and friends who enjoyed her sense of humor, compassion, sweetness and her ability to always make room for one more at her table.

Isabell was a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church in Hot Spring, Arkansas.

On July 15, 1930 she married Otto Dierks in Haven, Kansas. He passed away in 1976.

Isabell’s surviving family includes Four children- Darrell Dierks and his wife Pat- Cottonwood, Arizona Dale Dierks and his wife Mary Ann- Lakeland, Florida Donna Krenzel- Leoti, Kansas Dorothy M. Clark- Hot Springs, Arkansas Sister-in-law- Viola Mount- Dallas, Texas Fifteen grandchildren, twenty-nine great grandchildren, seven great great grandchildren and numerous other relatives and friends. Her husband, Otto, her brothers, Dallas Mount and his wife Juanita, Walt Mount and his wife Lorene, Cy Mount and sons-in-laws Irvin Krenzel and Paul Clark preceded her in death.

A Celebration of Life will be held Sunday, October 2, 2011 at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Hot Spring, Arkansas. Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, October 15, 2011 at the Leoti Cemetery in Leoti, Kansas.

Memorials may be given to your local food bank, charity or the Wichita County Amusement Association in care of Caruth- Hale Funeral Home in Hot Springs, Arkansas or Price & Son Funeral Home in Leoti, Kansas.

Obituary courtesy of Price and Sons Funeral Homes of Garden City, Scott City, Leoti and Tribune.



I just received GREAT news! The much celebrated movie, THE HELP, is going to be playing at the Star Theatre on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 9th, 10th and 11th. It is rated PG-13 for thematic material in this Drama/Adaptation. Stars include Bryce Dallas Howard, Octavia Spencer, Jessica Chastain, Mike Vogel and Roslyn Ruff.

Synopsis: At the dawn of the civil rights movement, 3 Mississippi women are about to take 1 extraordinary step...

I'll write more about this next week.



Before I announce this weekend's movie, I want to mention something else here. I am SOOO excited about the amount of people from Wichita County who are going to the movies at the theatre in Tribune now! We were hosts there almost 2 weeks ago. We saw some people from Wichita County then. Last weekend, we took the girls and a couple of their friends to watch THE SMURF MOVIE on Saturday. A large amount of us, Wichita Countians, were in attendance then! People whom e have spoken to have told us that there are a variety of reasons why they are now going to Tribune movies on a regular basis. I want to share them with you now.

1. The tickets and refreshments are VERY well priced.

2. Less fuel and time required on the road to watch a new movie.

3. A wonderfully renovated theatre

4. Trust that their children and themselves are in a CLEAN and SAFE theatre environment.

5. Comfortable seating

Because of all of these reasons, you just might want to head on over to Tribune to see the latest movies!

This weekend's movie is THE RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES and is classified as Action/Adventure/Drama/Science Fiction/Fantasy and is rated PG-13 for intense and frightening sequences of action and violence. It has a running time of 1 hour and 50 minutes. Stars include James Franco, Freida Pinto and John Lithgow. Showtime is at 8:00 CST on Friday, September 30th,and Saturday and Sunday, October 1st and 2nd.

Synopsis: A single act of compassion and arrogance leads to a war unlike any other--and to the rise of the planet of the apes.

Adults, 13 and older: $5.00 each
Children, 4 though 12-year-olds: $4.00 each.
Children from birth through 3-years-old: F-R-E-E

Refreshments are always very fairly priced also.

See you at the movies!!!


Weather Forecast

Hasn't our weather been BEAUTIFUL? Our winds have also been very calm. Can't beat a deal like that!

Today: Highs in the mid 80's with 10 mph northerly winds
Lows: lower 50's

Wednesday: Highs in the lower 90's with light winds. Lows in the lower 50's

Thursday: Highs in the mid 70's Lows in the lower 40's

Friday: Highs in the mid 70's and low in the upper 40's

Saturday and Sunday: Highs in the mid 80's and lows in the lower 50's.


New Business in Leoti

Brandee Hahn is now adding Blessings to her line of products that she sells in our area. You already know that she has an incredible Scentsy Wickless Candle business here. Now, she is selling Blessings products. For more information on these products, please go to: .

You can contact her at 620.214.3532 to purchase something or to set up a party in your home, etc. I think that you'll be quite impressed with Blessings. I know that I am!


Movie in Leoti

GAP is usually held for junior and senior high students in Wichita County every Wednesday evening during the school year. Tomorrow, September 28th, is one such day. However, there will be something different this week...the movie, SOUL SURFER, which was released in April of 2011, will be playing for anyone and everyone interested. Admission is F-R-E-E. Dinner begins at regular time for the students. The movie begins for everyone at 7:00 p.m., CST. The movie will be held at Christ Covenant Church in Leoti.

This movie is described as Drama/Biography/Teen and is rated PG because of an intense accident sequence and some thematic material. Stars include Carrie Underwood, Helen Hunt, Anna Sophia Robb, Lorraine Nicholson, Kevin Sorbo and Dennis Quaid. The movie runs for 106 minutes.

Synopsis: SOUL SURFER is the true story of teen surfer Bethany Hamilton, who lost her arm in a shark attack and courageously overcame all odds to become a chanpion again, through her sheer determination and unwavering faith.


Wichita County School Breakfasts for October

Breakfast passes for students cost $1.25 per day. Breakfast tickets can be purchased from the school.

Monday, October 3rd, October 10th, October 17th, October 24th, and October 31st:

Tuesday, October 4th, October 11th, October 18th and October 25th:
French toast stix

Wednesday, October 5th, October 12th, October 19th and October 26th:
Sausage and pancake on a stick
Juice and Milk

Thursday, October 6th, October 13th, October 20th and October 27th:
Apple Bosco Stick

Friday, October 7th and October 28th:

There will be no school on Fridays, October 14th and 21st.


Wichita County Schools Lunches Menu for October

Parents of Wichita County Schools are invited to eat with their students from time to time. As a matter-of-fact, at school enrollment, each student received one free meal pass for a parent that could be used during the 2011-2012 school year. Adult lunch passes normally cost $3.25 each. If you plan on eating with your student, please call the school the day before or the morning of the lunch that you plan on eating at school.

Wichita County Elementary School: 620.375.2314
Wichita County Junior/Senior High School: 620.375.2213

Monday, October 3rd:
Tropical fruit
Cucumber Sticks

Tuesday, October 4th:
Chicken fry
Mashed potatoes and gravy
Green beans

Wednesday, October 5th:
Cinnamon Bun
Cheese stick

Thursday, October 6th:
Salisbury steak
Buttered potatoes
Baby carrots
Roll Juice

Friday, October 7th:
Grilled cheese
Celery with peanut butter

Monday, October 10th:
Burritos with cheese sauce

Monday, October 11th:
Chicken patty on a bun
French fries
Madarin oranges
Green beans

Tuesday, October 12th:
Taco salad
Pinto beans

Thursday, October 13th:
Hoagie sandwich
Nacho Chips
Fruit cup

Friday, October 14th:

Monday, October 17th:
Refried beans

Tuesday, October 18th:
Chicken strips
Mashed potatoes with gravy
Roll 1/2 orange

Wednesday, October 19th:
Cheese stick

Thursday, October 20th:
Sack lunch

Friday, October 21st:

Monday, October 24th:
Cheddar cheese brats
Buttered potatoes
Banana Baby carrots
Chocolate chip muffin

Tuesday, October 25th:
Sausage gravy and biscuit
Green beans
Celery with peanut butter
Rosy applesauce

Wednesday, October 26th:
Corn dogs
Tator tots
Peach cobbler
Dill Spear

Thursday, October 27th:
Hot hamburger sandwich
Bell pepper sticks

Friday, October 28th:
Grape tomatoes

Monday, October 31st:
Oven baked chicken
Mashed potatoes and gravy
Dill Spear
Mandarin Oranges

All menus are subject to change.


Various Wichita County School Events in October

Wednesday, October 5th:
7:30 a.m. PDC at Board of Education Office

9:00 a.m. FFA Dairy Cattle and Foods at Cimarron

Sunday, October 9th:
7:00 p.m. Booster Club Meeting at Fire Barn

Wednesday, October 12th:
9:00 a.m. FFA Greenhand Conference at Dodge City Community College

7:00 p.m. Board of Education Meeting at the Board Office

PSAT for registered High School Juniors

Friday, October 14th:
End of first 9 Weeks
Teacher Inservice/Word Day

Tuesday, October 18th:
Parent/Teacher Conferences in the Evening

Thursday, October 20th:
Parent/Teacher Conferences in the Evening

Friday, October 21st:

Saturday, October 22nd:
ACT at Leoti

Tuesday, October 25th:
4:00 p.m. High School Scholars Bowl at Lakin

Wednesday, October 26th:
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. KAY Blood Drive at Wichita County Junior/Senior High School Gym

FFA Fall Area Meeting at Garden City Community College

Monday, October 31st:
KAY Costume Contest

Wichita County Elementary School Fall Parties


Wichita County Schools Picture Days!

Monday, October 3rd:
Lifetouch Pictures at the Wichita County Junior/Senior High School

Tuesday, October 4th:
Lifetouch School Pictures at Wichita County Elementary School


Wichita County Volleyball October Events

Tuesday, October 4th:
5:00 p.m. High School Volleyball against Southwestern Heights and Hugoton in Leoti

Thursday, October 6th:
5:00 p.m. Junior High Volleyball against Satanta in Leoti

Saturday, October 8th:
9:00 a.m. High School Volleyball at Scott City Tournament

Tuesday, October 11th:
5:00 p.m. High School Volleyball against with Satanta and Elkhart at Meade

Thursday, October 13th:
5:00 p.m. Junior High Volleyball at Cimarron

Saturday, October 15th:
9:00 a.m. High School League Volleyball at Cimarron

Monday, October 17th:
3:00 p.m. Junior High League Volleyball at Lakin

Tuesday, October 18th:
Junior High Volleyball Finals at Satanta

Saturday, October 22nd:
Volleyball Sub-State

Friday, October 28th and Saturday, October 29th:
State Volleyball


Wichita County Football in October

Monday, October 3rd:
5:45 Junior Varsity Football against Oakley in Leoti

Thursday, October 6th:
5:00 p.m. Junior High Football against Satanta in Leoti

Friday, October 7th:
7:00 p.m. High School Football Against Ellis in Leoti

Thursday, October 13th:
5:00 p.m. Junior High Football at Cimarron

Friday, October 14th:
7:00 p.m. High School Football against Atwood in Leoti

Friday, October 21st:
7:00 p.m. High School Football at St. Francis

Friday, October 27th:
7:00 p.m. High School Football against Oberlin at Home
Parents' Night


Wichita County Junior/High School Cross Country Events in October

Saturday, October 1st:
10:00 a.m. in Syracuse

Saturday, October 8th:
9:00 a.m. in Lakin

Thursday, October 13th:
4:00 p.m. League Tournament in Meade


Monday, September 26, 2011

Leoti Event

The weather forecast is predicting a beautiful Sunday in our area. Folks, we need to remember that it will not be too long before we will not be able to get out and enjoy a great deal of fresh air before winter arrives here. So why not come out for the 2nd annual car/truck show that will be held at the Leoti Golf Course? General admission is totally F-R-E-E!

The Fall Cruise Fest will be held from 2-6:00 CST on Sunday, October 2nd. All proceeds go to the golf course. This event will be fun for the whole family! Though there will be vendors and F-R-E-E games, the main focus will be on the collectible vehicles there on display.

Cost for entering your car or truck is $10.00 per vehicle. That price includes ONE free meal. Entrants are invited to sign up now through Sunday. Vendors and entrants, the contact information is at the bottom of this post.

A Silent Auction will also be held that will include many items including a Travis Berning handmade pot, a K-State hand quilted throw, meat bundles, jewelry, gift certificates...

Delicious calico bean soup with cornbread, relishes, dessert will be served all afternoon. Adults: $6.00 each; children under 12: $4.00 each.

All non-profit groups are invited to make your reservations for this also. Promote your cause!

For more information or to reserve a place for your vehicle or vending, please call Janelle Downs at 620.874.1091 or email her at .

Thank you!!!


Saturday, September 24, 2011

Local Emergency Fundraiser

A Leoti family is preparing for major surgery in Hays, Kansas. To raise extra money to help with lodging, fuel and food, they are currently selling HOMEMADE flour tortillas. If you have ever tried a homemade tortilla, you know that there is N-O comparison between that and a store bought tortilla. The family is asking $8.00 per dozen.

If interested, please call Regina at 785.392.0616. They will be happy to deliver the tortillas to you unless you want to pick them up yourself.

In the meantime, please remember Melinda, their daughter, and the rest of their family as she has surgery next Wednesday.

Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Hummingbirds Video

I just received this amazing video and wanted to share with you. Please go to:



The Country Oven

You've heard me go on and on about Ashlyn Nightengale's Country Oven. It is a superb bakery that is located in Marienthal, Kansas which is just 8 miles straight east of Leoti. But I have never listed all that Ashlyn has available to his customers. I would like to right that right now.

White Butterhorns (crescent rolls)

Wheat Butterhorns

Poppyseed Bread

Banana Nut Bread

Pumpkin Nut Bread

Cinnamon Raisin Bread

Plainsman Bread

Hawaiian Bread

Honey Whole Wheat bread

Birdseen Bread (flax, millet and sunflower seeds added) Mmm!

Hamburger Buns

French Bread

Saundra Koehn's Bierocks

Pies include the following:




Sugarless Apple








All pies are made with fresh or frozen fruits. Cream pies may also be ordered.

Everything is made by hand and is all from scratch.

Other selections:

Cinnamon Rolls (white or caramel frosting)

Caramel Pecan Rolls

Orange Rolls

Tea Ring (White or caramel frosting)

Cookies (gingersnaps, snickerdoodles, chocolate chip, monster, oatmeal raisin, peanut butter)

Homemade Egg Noodles


Pluckets (Monkey Bread)

Homemade Granola

Angel Food Cakes

Sour Cream Pound Cakes

Jams and Jellies (Strawberry, Blackberry, Peach, Jalapeno, Apricot, Chokecherry, Cherry Rhubarb, Sandhill Plum)


Brownies or Bars

~~~Seasonal Items When Available~~~

Chocolate Marshmallow Fudge

Homemade Dill Pickles

Homemade Bread and Butter Pickles

Pickled Okra

Pickled Beets

Pickled Green Beans

Homemade Pepperbutter

Homemade Horseradish

Peanut Butter Bon Bons

Something tells me that after you have read this posting, you are getting hungry! If that is the case, you can contact Ashlyn at the following phone numbers:


620.214.0933 (Cellphone)

620.379.4472 (Bakery)

Bakery is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The bakery is located right behind Heartland Mills Main Office Building in Marienthal. Please call before stopping by the bakery. Ashlyn sells his items out of Suzie B's Flower Shoppe in Scott City everyday. He also sells them at Heritage Meats in Leoti on Thursdays and Fridays. If you have a special order, give him a call and he will deliver it to one of these locations for you.

Mailing address:

The Country Oven
Route 1-Box 2
Marienthal, Kansas

If you would like to send something to Ashlyn, please ask him if this address is still current. Recently, the post office for Marienthal has been shut down. Much of the mail is now coming out of the Leoti office.


LadyBug Flower Shoppe

For all of your floral needs, please call the girls at the LadyBug. They sell beautiful flowers and plants for great prices. Other items are also available--AND they deliver. You can call them at 620.375.2172. Cash, checks, MASTERCARD and VISA are always welcome.


Isabell Mount Dierks--Leoti

Word was received this morning that Mrs. Isabell Mount Dierks, 100, has passed away. Graveside services will be in Leoti at a date and time to be determined later. Local relatives include her daughter, Donna Krenzel. I will do my best to keep you informed as I am sure that a good number of us will want to be there.


What a day!

Yesterday started off just like any other school day. I got the girls out of bed so that they could be ready for school by the time that the school bus arrived here. After that, I went downtown to run some errands. Little did I know that I would be spending time in the emergency room not once but TWO times in less than than a 5 hour time span...

I was not sick but I did have a health concern that I was not expecting at about 1:00. I was a bit nervous about it so I called Danley. Fortunately, he was already in town. He told me to come and pick him up and we would go to the clinic together. When I called the clinic to get an appointment, I was told that in a case like I was experiencing, I needed to go directly to the E.R. We did as I was told. Soon after arriving, the doctor came in. She did a certain procedure to check things out. The problem was diagnosed and treatment was given. Stan and I both left the hospital feeling much better than we did when we entered the building. Thank You, Lord!!!

For the rest of the afternoon, more errands in Leoti and Scott City were run. When we arrived at home, Stan, the girls and I were carrying in bags. I, of course, was at the end of the line. I tend to walk considerably slower than everyone else. LOL! When I got to the porch, my shoe struck the next porch step and I felt myself falling. It is amazing that in the split seconds it takes to fall, I was trying to protect my head from being hurt. I do that naturally ever since my heart surgery. My doctors cautioned me that by my blood having to be so thin to go through my mechanical heart valve, I have to be especially cautious with head injury. If it strikes something hard, chances are that I will bleed to death before help arrives. Yeppers. It is a scary situation for me.

Well, Folks, I can tell you that my head is just fine. When I felt myself getting ready to tumble, I reached my left hand out for the porch handrail next to me. The rest of my body followed my hand. In one easy movement, my body succeeded in taking out the entire handrail!!! It was over. No doubt about it, I was about to hurt.

If you have been reading my blog for the past few months, you will recall that Stan and I had done a major transformation of our front porch last Spring. Just to the left of our porch steps, is a slope that we planted with a variety of plants. The Rose Moss that we planted did very well and spread even better than we had hoped. The slope was beautiful! Unfortunately, when the l-o-n-g stretch of triple digits hit, it became more and more difficult for me to do the weeding, etc that needed to be done in our flower gardens. The weeds and sticker patches sprung up from the soil and were doing especially well. For the past couple of weeks, I have planned on getting out there and yanking them out but for a variety of reasons, I had never gotten it done. (That changes this weekend!) Most of my body landed on that slope. My clothing became a sticker magnet. Stickers were protruding from my shirt and jeans. They also connected my clothing directly to my body. Yep, you could definitely say that there was some pain involved.

But while I was in free fall motion, my right hand reached out to break my fall. Hmmm, that was when things really went bad. Instantly, my arm hurt and began to swell. Fortunately, Abigayle who had just walked into the foyer, saw all of this happening. She hollered for help for me. Help arrived quickly. LOL! Stan sat me up on my rump and began to survey the damages that had been done. He began to pluck out the stickers by hand. But when that became a painful experience for him, he resorted to his pocket knife. My shirt was just coated with stickers. It reminded me of a neat project we did in Girl Scouts yesteryear when we were doing a project for Christmas. We took oranges and covered them in cloves, etc. By the time that our project was completed, very little orange was visible. That is how my shirt was. LOL! I knew that bad things were getting worse when Stan instructed Leighlyn to go after a blanket. I knew it was a wonderful temp outside so since we didn't need the blanket for warmth, something else was at stake. Yeah, I was right. Leighlyn held the blanket on my back side while Stan took my shirt off of me. It was the quickest way to pull the stickers out of me. Unfortunately, I am quite sure that the people who may have been watching this activity from my front side, will never be the same again. I worry that straight men may have been converted to gay-dom as soon as they saw me with no shirt on. LOL!!!

So anyway, most of the stickers were now gone. We were now going to proceed to the next step--getting me off of the sidewalk. By this time, my right forearm was swelling more and more. Burning pain was really settling into it also. Without my right arm to push me up, I needed extra help. Stan called Leif to come and help him lift me to my feet. Leif was at our house in just a couple of minutes. Once he arrived, Stan asked him if he had brought his crane. Ha! Ha! Unfortunately, the answer was "NO" which meant that both men would have to raise me to my feet. I felt sooo bad for them. In one quick motion, they had me off of my rear end and up on the bottoms of my feet.

My arm was continuing to swell like a balloon. The decision was made to take me to the hospital--AGAIN! Once there, the same doctor who had come to my rescue a few hours earlier, entered the emergency room. X-rays were ordered. Well, nothing appears to be broken. Time will tell for sure. In situations like this, it sometimes takes a few days before the broken bone can be seen through x-rays. A great ice pack was given to me which helped the swelling and consequent pain considerably.

Ordinarily, I would have gone straight home after leaving the hospital. Last night was different though. Abigayle and a bunch of other grade school students were going to be performing a musical number during the football game's half-time. Stan and I could simply not miss out on that. I took the ice bag with me. We went to sit with my mother. She began laughing at me before we reached her. She pointed out that the ice bag looked just like a sanitary napkin wrapped around my naked arm!!! OMG! I took a closer look and determined that she was exactly right!!! LOL!!! I considered removing the bag from my arm and tucking it away in my bra-ket where my cellphone was also nestled. There would have been room for the two objects but if the bag was there, my arm would continue to burn and ache. So the bag remained on my arm for the rest of the evening. People who saw it are probably wondering today about what kind of action is being done by having a sanitary napkin wrapped around an arm. Who knows? People may have gone out today, purchased a package of these feminine hygiene products and wrapped one around their forearms. So if you happen to go downtown and see someone walking around with one of these pads secured around their arm, leg, etc., have a little chuckle because YOU know where the idea came from. LOL!!!

This morning, Stan returned to the porch and re-attached the handrail to it. I was advised that handrails are not necessarily built to handle LARGE FLYING OBJECTS. Stan is such a sweet husband... Some of the swelling is better. There is still pain and a huge multi-colored bruise appeared on my chest, of all things. I am confident that I will be returning to normal sooner than later.

Be careful out there, Folks!!! This same fate could be lurking somewhere in YOUR future...


Neighborhood Watch

When hundreds of people live in a county and there are only 4 police officers to protect them and theirs, it is stupid to think that there will be no crime. But there is hope on the horizon to minimize crime if the townspeople are willing to work together to prevent as much as possible. No, I don't mean that everyone needs to go out and purchase guns, sets of handcuffs, etc. Communities around the country can start their own neighborhood watches. Time has proven that this is the number ONE best battle to stop the majority of crime in our neighborhoods. To top it all off, this does not make your taxes go up and it is completely a non-profit organization. I know of no one who would object to something like this--except for the criminals themselves.

So how do we get this started? Well, in Leoti, work is already underway. Laura Ritter has taken the bull (crime) by the horns and is taking the initiatives to make Leoti an even better place to live for not only our children, our neighbors and our selves, but for the entire community. To start the process, Laura has gained the partnership of Mayor Lori Christensen and Sheriff Randy Keeton.

This is where YOU AND I come in. We can start by visiting with our neighbors to see if they would be interested in taking their neighborhoods back. Chances are, they will. Quatrents have already been staked out. A captain will be necessary in each one. I was asked to be the captain of Quatrent "A" for our neighborhood. That will include the area north of the railroad tracks to the north edge of town and from Highway 25 to the west to the edge of town. I cannot tell you exactly where your quatrent is. For that information, you need to contact Laura at 620.401.9040. She can fill you in on all other information.

In each quatrent, safe homes are needed for children. Stan and I will be offering that in our neighborhood. If your children in our neighborhood are being bullied, chased, scared, etc, they can make their way here. We will care for them until you or the police can get here. These safe homes should put parents' minds to ease when they know that there is someone else out there who can help your children in case of any of the above situations. Those safe houses will be scattered throughout the community. Please point these homes out to your children so that they have an idea of where they can go if you are not available. If you are interested in providing this non profit service, please contact Laura.

In our part of the world, tornadoes are always a threat. Many people are killed every year in Tornado Alley because of these twisters. Unfortunately, not all of us have underground safety that we can go to easily. If you have a basement or celler that you don't mind sharing with people in your area, please let Laura know. Of course, we have wonderful public shelters that we all can go to in case of emergency but not all of us have transportation or the time necessary to get to these public shelters.

In order to have neighborhood watch work for us, we need to get street signs and window/door decals up that tell the "bad guy" that we take care of our neigbors and ourselves. Of course, these cost money. Plastic 9" by 12" neighborhood watch signs can be purchased for $4.00. 18" x 24" aluminum signs cost around $35.00 each. A package of 12 window/door decals costs $7.00. None of these prices seem especially high but they really add up when you are trying to get your neighborhood and community lined out with them. At this time, grants are being sought to purchase these crime deterents. If no grants are available, we will have to set up money raisers such as baked goods, etc or ask the neighbors to band together and purchase these materials for their neighborhood.

I have spoken with a BUNCH of people about this yesterday when this came to my attention. I talked to people on the phone, downtown and at last night's football game. Out of those people, NOT even one person was negative about this prospect coming to Leoti. A lot of them have wondered why it has taken so long to get it organized here. The answer is simple. Until now, no one evidentally took the time and energy to look into it and put things into the proper motion. Now we have the opportunity to do it.

People in Leoti can call Laura at 620.401.9040. She has left brochures at the Wichita County Sheriff's Office if you would like to drop by and pick one up. Take it around and show it to your neighbors and to local businesses. Remember to have this service, NO ONE has to pay for it. We just need to do the right thing. If you see something that should not be happening in your neighborhood, call the police and contact your neighbors. It is sad but some neighbors, for whatever reason, keep the knowledge of seeing a crime being done to themselves.

If you would like to donate money to purchase the watch materials sooner than later, please let Laura, the Sheriff's Office or City Hall know.

Laura: 620.401.9040

Wichita County Sheriff's Office: 620.375.2723

City Hall: 620.375.2341

People from around the world read my blog on a regular basis. If you do not already have Neighborhood Watch in your area, here are some websites to go to to get it started now: (national face of the Neighborhood Watch program) (National Crime Prevention Council)

To see what all supplies can be purchased, please go to:

There may be other directories that you can go to also. To find those, google them.

If our neighbors will band together with us, we can take a B-I-G bite out of our local crime. Lets make it happen!!!


Friday, September 23, 2011

LadyBug Flower Shop

For all of your floral needs, give the girls at the LadyBug a call! Their phone number is 620.375.2172. They accept, Cash, Checks, Mastercard and VISA. They deliver also.


Louise (Ford) Terrel--Leoti

Louise Ford Terrel, 88, died September 14th of 2011. She was born on February 16th, 1923 to Robert and Hessie Brock Ford. She married Roy Highfill in 1939. He died in 1953. She married Johnie Terrel in 1976. He died in 2009.

Survivors: her children, Barbara Lear and Bob Highfill. 3 grandsons, 5 great-grandchildren and a great great grandson; brother Glen Ford of Leoti, and sisters, Doris Martin and Evagene Harback.

Cremation has taken place. Memorial services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 28th, at Prairie Rose Funeral Home in Anthony. Memorials to Attica Long Term Care or to Hospice Care of Kansas.


WCHS Football Game

The Indians did it again! They fought a great battle against the Elkhart Tigers and won in the end. I THINK that the final score was 14 to 12.

Next week, the Indians go out on the road again. As soon as I know where they will be playing, I will post it here.


Weekend Update

Friday at 7:00: The Leoti Indians football team takes on Elkhart in Leoti.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 8:00 CST: THE SMURF MOVIE in Tribune at the Star Theatre.

Saturday: Junior High/High School Cross Country in Johnson

Saturday: Whimmydiddle in Scott City


Thursday, September 22, 2011

Wanda L. Huck--Scott City

Wanda L. Huck, age 83, passed away at the Scott County Hospital in Scott City, Kansas on Thursday, September 22, 2011. She was born on October 1, 1927 in Coldwater, Kansas, the daughter of Ralph and Gertrude Nokes Oller. A resident of Scott City, Kansas since 1947, she was a homemaker.

She was a member of the United Methodist Church, EHU, Eastern Star, UMW, UMW Circle, Scott County Historical Society, Sunday School Class, and a past member of Alpha Omega Sorority and was a 4-H Leader all of Scott City.

She married Delmar D. Huck on August 10, 1947 in Coldwater, Kansas. He passed away on December 29, 2001 in Garden City, Kansas.

Survivors include her Three Sons - Richard D. Huck of Scott City, Kansas, Randall K. Huck of Scott City, Kansas, David R. Huck of Scott City, Kansas, Nine Grandchildren and Three Great Grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her Parents, One Daughter – Gwen Diane Modlin, and Two Sisters – Carol Elliott and Sharon Chilcote.

Funeral Services will be held at the United Methodist Church in Scott City, Kansas at 10:30 a.m. Monday, September 26, 2011 with the Rev. Dennis Carter presiding.

Interment will be in the Scott County Cemetery Scott City, Kansas.

Memorials may be given to the Scott County Library % Price & Sons Funeral Home in Scott City, Kansas.

Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Saturday and 1:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Sunday % Price & Sons Funeral Home in Scott City, Kansas.

Obituary courtesy of Price and Sons Funeral Homes of Garden City, Scott City, Leoti and Tribune.


Henry Edward Wilken

Henry Edward Wilken, age 93, passed away at his home in Round Rock, Texas on Saturday, September 17, 2011. He was born on February 1, 1918 in Logan, Nebraska, the son of William F. and Grace Pollman Wilken. A resident of Round Rock, Texas, he moved from Scott City, Kansas and worked for Kansas Nebraska Natural Gas Co. for many years. He was a United State Army Veteran of World War II with the rank of PFC.

He was a member of the United Methodist Church.

He married Marion Baxter 1943 in Fort Hood, Texas. She passed away on September 23, 1979 in Denver, Colorado. He married Dorothy Meyer in Austin, Texas in 1982. She survives

Survivors include his Wife - Dorothy Wilken of Round Rock, Texas, One Daughter - Darcy Mecay of Kerrville, Texas, Two Sons - Terry Wilken of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Dr. Timothy Wilken of Carmel, California, One Step Son - Joy Meyer in Round Rock, Texas, Six Grandchildren and Four Great Grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his Parents, and one wife.

Graveside Services Scott County Cemetery Scott City, Kansas 2:00 p.m. Saturday, September 24, 2011

Officiant Rev. Dennis Carter

Interment Scott County Cemetery Scott City, Kansas

Memorials Disabled American Veterans % Price & Sons Funeral Home in Scott City, Kansas

Visitation 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Saturday % Price & Sons Funeral Home in Scott City, Kansas

Obituary courtesy of Price and Sons Funeral Homes of Garden City, Scott City, Leoti and Tribune.




This will boggle your mind, I know it did mine!

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The year is 1910
One hundred and one years ago
What a difference a century makes!
Here are some statistics for the Year 1910:

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The average life expectancy for men was 47 years.

Fuel for this car was sold in drug stores only.

Only 14 percent of the homes had a bathtub.

Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.

There were only 8,000 cars and only 144 miles of paved roads.

The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.

The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower !

The average US wage in 1910 was 22 cents per hour.

The average US worker made between $200 and $400 per year ..

A competent accountant could expect to earn $2000 per year,

A dentist $2,500 per year, a veterinarian between $1,500 and $4,000 per year, and a mechanical engineer about $5,000 per year.

More than 95 percent of all births took place at HOME .

Ninety percent of all Doctors had NO COLLEGE EDUCATION! Instead, they attended so-called medical schools, many of which Were condemned in the press AND the government as 'substandard.'

Sugar cost four cents a pound.

Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen.

Coffee was fifteen cents a pound.

Most women only washed their hair once a month, and used Borax or egg yolks for shampoo.

Canada passed a law that prohibited poor people from entering into their country
for any reason.

The Five leading causes of death were:

1. Pneumonia and influenza
2.. Tuberculosis
3.. Diarrhea
4.. Heart disease
5.. Stroke

The American flag had 45 stars ....

The population of Las Vegas , Nevada , was only 30!!!!

Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea hadn't been invented yet.

There was no Mother's Day or Father's Day.

Two out of every 10 adults couldn't read or write and

Only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated from high school..

Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over the counter at the local corner drugstores.

Back then pharmacists said, 'Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind, Regulates the stomach and bowels, and is, in fact, a perfect guardian of health' ( Shocking? DUH! )

Eighteen percent of households had at least one full-time servant or domestic help ....

There were about 230 reported murders in the ENTIRE U.S.A. !

I am now going to post this on my blog without typing it myself. From there, it will be read by others all over the WORLD - all in a matter of seconds!

Try to imagine what it may be like in another 100 years.


Thank you, L.N., for sending this to us!!!


Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Country Oven

If you live in Western Kansas, chances are that you have heard of Ashlyn Nightengale's Country Oven. Ashlyn bakes breads of all kinds, cookies, pies, etc., etc., etc. His bakery goods are just divine! Ashlyn's bakery is located in Marienthal, Kansas which is just 8 miles east of Leoti.

Another great reason for you to attend the Whimmydiddle in Scott City on Saturday is to pay a visit to Ashlyn there. He has been going to this event for the past 8-10 years and always enjoys seeing his old friends and meeting new ones there. As always, his booth will be set up at the north end of the park close to the gazebo.

Don't forget that you can purchase Country Oven products at Suzie B's Flower Shop in Scott City every day and at Leoti's Heritage Meats on Thursdays and Fridays.

Folks, October is just around the corner. The holidays will be here before we know it. You just might want to start freezing some of Ashlyn's goodies in preparation for your family and friends.


Upcoming Movies at the Star Theatre in Tribune.

This weekend is THE SMURFS. Showtime is 8:00 CST on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The synopsis, etc is already posted on my blog.

PLANET OF THE APES will be showing on Friday, September 30th, and Saturday and Sunday, October 1st and 2nd.

See you at the movies!!!


Wildlife in Leoti?

A lady in Southeastern Leoti donated some mums for the Leoti City Park. Her house is close to the Wichita County Library. She had them all dug up and put into a cardboard box. We drove to her house one day last week to pick them up. As we drove to her home, we discovered that she had "company". Right there in her front yard was a young pheasant hen. The bird was so young that she did not have her tail feathers yet. I wonder if this is another sign of things to come this winter...


Leoti City Park

Have you driven by the Leoti City Park recently? Before I go any further, I need to explain something. L.C.P. is what was formerly known as the Boy Scout Park. The park that is next to the swimming pool is the Wichita County Park. If you have driven by the city park, you were probably impressed with what you saw. New plaground equipment, courtesy of School District 467, is set up and kids are enjoying it! Large tables with awnings have been moved to the park for people to eat at. Charcoal grills are ready for you to barbeque on. A few years ago, a concrete walking path was added to L.C.P.

Right now a committee is being formed to help with such things as adding trees, shrubs, flowers, etc. If you are interested in being on that committee, please call 620.375.8027 or 620.375.2341.

Some plants have already been donated but more donations would be greatly appreciated! If you have something that you would like to donate, please call the above numbers. The committee will be happy to dig them up if you want them to.

I am proud to be on this committee and I am looking forward to doing my part to breathe new life into L.C.P.


National Coupon Month

September is National Coupon Month. With the economy the way that it is, more and more people are using coupons. Some people are saving H-U-N-D-R-E-D-S of dollars every month just by using them! If you want to get more involved using coupons, please go to .


Leoti Antiques

New Fall hours are now in effect. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, the store will be open all afternoon. On Saturdays, the store will be open all day. Leoti Antiques is located on East Broadway Street.


Car and Truck Show

There will be a car/truck show at the Leoti Golf Course on Sunday, October 2nd, from 2-6:00 CST. Vendors are invited to set up their products during the show. Each vendor will need to pay $10.00. Entry fee for your car or truck is $20.00. To enter or to get more information, please email Janelle Downs at the following address:

Come on out! There will be fun for EVERYONE!


Gadgets to Help Keep You Warm This Winter


As temperatures begin to drop, consumers may soon have a lot more on their minds than the coming winter chill. Since 2010, many states have seen the cost of home heating oil rise by as much as 30% or more. Depending on where you live, a particularly glacial season could put a serious freeze on your budget. So instead of just cranking up the thermostat, check out these six alternative tools for keeping costs down and the heat up. Splurging on all of these high-tech solutions could cost you a pretty penny, but pick out one or two and your wallet may thank you come Spring.

1. Cuddle up with a USB blanket.
If you spend a lot of time at home on the computer, this USB heated blanket is perfect for keeping away the chills. It plugs into any USB port, comes with two cords and can be worn over the shoulders or across your lap. Just pour yourself a cup of tea and settle in.

2. Keep your toes toasty with battery-powered heating socks.
These super-cozy socks have a thin battery-powered heating element encased in the toe that won't overheat, and are made out of "moisture-wicking" material to keep you toasty, not sweaty.

3. Get efficient with a programmable thermostat.
This one's a no-brainer so if you don't have one, get one. A programmable thermostat will automatically lower the temperature of your home at night or while you're out and about, making the heat run less when you're not actively using it. Avoid the elements all together and find free shipping codes for Home Depot, who has a great selection of these handy devices.

4. Stay mobile with touch-screen gloves.
iPhone users have long known the frustration of trying to text, swipe or tap while out in the elements. Hopefully you won't need gloves in the house too often, but when Jack Frost really comes a knockin', these babies from Agloves made with a special conductive material will keep you connected.

5. Dodge the draft with outlet insulation.
Drafts pass in and out of the home through the outlet and outlet covers, especially the ones along exterior walls. Fortunately there are special outlet and switch gaskets specially made to reduce drafts. Ask your local hardware store or just DIY.

6. Go old school with the hot water bottle.
OK, this is hardly high-tech, but this ingenious invention is still one of the best and easiest ways to stay warm in bed, as well as soothe aches and pains. It's cheap, reusable and will last forever. Tell that to your soon-to-be obsolete iPhone 4.

Jeff Cambron has worked in the technology space for over 10 years, fueling an obsession with all things digital. He might not hear you while rocking his Tooks hat, but he never misses an email. Jeff can be reached at

Please feel free to share "Don't Crank Up the Heat - 6 High-Tech Tips for Keeping Warm This Winter" with your audience, giving proper attribution to the source.


Great Website for Whimmydiddle

My awesome friend, Karl, just posted that Scott City's Whimmydiddle actually has a website. Please go to:


Whimmydiddle (Corrected Date)

Years ago, my beloved mother-in-law, Joyce E. Blau, was one of the founders for Scott City's famous Whimmydiddle. I am sure that she would be stunned at just how very popular this event has become! It will be held at the City Park in Scott City on Saturday, September 24th. Don't forget to mark it on your calendar!

I'd like to add just one little thing. We have friends who live close to the park. Every year, they put up with participants of Whimmydiddle parking in their private driveway, in their backyard, and blocking their neighbors' driveways. PLEASE be kind and don't park where you should not be.

Thank you!!!


Recent Observances in Nature

For awhile now, people around here have noticed LARGE swarms of dragonflies. When asked the question, "Is this a natural sign of our upcoming Fall and Winter?", an elder farmer remarked that this means that we will have an early Fall. The lady who had mentioned this on FACEBOOK did some investigation about this in the current Farmer's Almanac. What she learned was that we in this area, should be expecting "a wet and wild winter". I don't know about you, but as far as I am concerned, I CAN HARDLY WAIT!!! Much, if not all, of Kansas needs to have a bunch of moisture. This could be the answer to our prayers.

Last weekend, we noticed large groups of yellow butterflies and Monarchs seemingly everywhere. They are on their way to Mexico for the winter. I have never noticed so many of them. On Saturday, we were in Garden City. When we were walking and driving through the Wal-Mart parking lot, we were stunned at how many of the vehicles had yellow butterflies stuck in their automobiles' grills. I have to wonder what all of this means.


Corrigan Brothers' New Hit

Ger Corrigan just sent me this and I could hardly wait to post it here!

You've seen the Corrigan Brothers on my blog several times. They are a famous band in Ireland but are gaining momentum all over the world. They had the seven-million You Tube hit, "There's No One as Irish as Barack Obama" They're at it again with "Arthur's Day in Ollie Hayes Bar".

Arthur's Day honours the remarkable legacy of Arthur Guinness, the pioneering brewer and philanthropist and the man who in 1759, created the most famous drink in the world.

Ollie Hayes Pub is the world's most famous pub. It can be found in Moneygall, Ireland, the ancestral home of President Obama. The President himself dropped in for Guinness recently and the First Lady poured a few pints of the famous drink.



7-Day-Weather Forecast

Folks, the temperatures are MUCH better around here now! Gone are the triple digit temperatures. YAY!!!

Wednesday: Upper 60's Lows: mid 40's

Thursday: Middle 70's Lows: upper 40's

Friday: Lower 80's Lows: Around 50

Saturday: Mid 80's Lows: lower 50's

Sunday: Middle 80's Lows: Around 50

Monday: Middle 80's Lows: lower 50's

Tuesday Lower 80's

For Sale

A used swivel chair. Please call Carolyn at 620.214.1331.



Young hens are wanted to start laying this Fall. Please call Carolyn Waldren at 620.214.1331


Wichita County School Events

Wednesday, September 21st:
9:00 a.m.: FFA Land Judging at Scott City
1-1:30: 11th and 12th Grade Assmbly With the Counselor

Thursday, September 22nd:
5:00 p.m.: Junior High Volleyball and Football Against Syracuse at Home

Friday, September 23rd:
7:00 p.m. High School Football Against Elkhart at Home

Saturday, September 24th:
Junior High/High School Cross Country at Johnson



As the mother of two precious daughters, I was quite taken with the following passage. I hope that you get as much out of it as I do.

"Teach your daughters to destinguish between a man who flatters her and a man who compliments her. A man who spends money on her and a man who invests in her. A man who views her as his property and lusts after her and the man who loves her. A man who believes he is "God's gift to women" and a man who remembers a woman is God's gift to man."

And if you have been blessed with a special son like we have, teach him to be the RIGHT kind of man!



This weekend's movie that will be shown at the Star Theatre in Tribune will be THE SMURFS. This is described as Kids/Family/Animation/Adaptation. It runs for 1 hour 26 minutes and is rated PG for some mild rude humor and action. Actors include Hank Azaria, Neil Patrick Harris, Grace Winslow and Sofia Vergera. Many people supplied the voices for the Smurfs including Jonathon Winters who speaks for Papa Smurf.

Synopsis: When the evil wizard Gargamel chases the tiny blue Smurfs out of their village, they tumble from their magical world and into ours--in fact, smack dab in the middle of Central Park. Just 3 apples high and stuck in the Big Apple, the Smurfs must find a way to get back to their village before Gargamel tracks them down...

Don't forget that the Star now shows movies THREE evenings a week! This week on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, September 23rd, 24th and 25th, the movie will be starting at 8:00 CST which is the new all-year-round starting time.

Adults, 13 and older: $5.00
children, 4 through 12: $4.00
Babies from birth through 3-years-old: F--R--E--E

Don't forget to buy one of the Star chocolate candy bars while you are there. Each costs $3.00. The profits from these bars will be used for maintenance, etc around the building. The grand prize winner of the prized candy bar will get to invite his favorite 15 people to join him for a special movie viewing! Free pizza will also be brought in for these people! Other prizes are also given to some customers who purchase these candy bars.

See you at the movies!!!


911 Tribute

Many of us are big fans of Anthony and the Animals out of Hays, Kansas. The other day, I received an email from a friend who brought one of their videos to my attention. Folks, I have seen videos and listened to many songs that dealt with 911 through the past decade but let me tell you, though all brought out a great deal of emotion in me, nothing compared with this. I urge you to go to

I hope that you will discover that your goosebumps have goosebumps formed on them.


Odds and Ends

A new business is being welcomed in Leoti. It's name is Odds and Ends and should be open very soon. It is located at 110 N. Fourth Street (north of Liz Gould's Accounting Office). This business will be specializing in used books, records, 8 tracks, CDs, DVDs and video games. New office equipment, stationary supplies, hobby and craft supplies, magazines, etc will also be sold there. Please go to http://www.oddsends,biz

A live web page will be broadcasting soon! Go to (

Services such as copying, faxing, shipping and receiving for various delivery services, photo restoration, printing and digital copying will also be available!

Odds and Ends will be open from 7:30 to 1:00 and 4-8:00 Monday through Thursday. On Friday, the store will be open from 7:30 to 1:00 and 4-9:00. Saturdays: 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Please send any email to or call them at 620.640.9701.

Welcome to Leoti, Odds and Ends! Glad to have you here!



Recently, a friend of mine sent me this quote. I was quite impressed with it and now want to post it here for you to read.

"To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded."

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wichita County Elementary School Site Council

We had our first meeting of the school year yesterday afternoon. Several issues were discussed including what to do about a sign to identify the new school building. Various ideas are being considered including a sign that would be posted on the ground, the name being put on the building itself and the thought of a marquee being set up. If we go with the marquee, upcoming school events would be placed on there so that the public would know what was coming up. Of course, it would cost more money to go with it but at this time, I think that it would be the best way to go. If you have any thoughts on the matter, please let the Site Council members, elementary school or school board office know what you recommend. Here are their phone numbers:

W.C.E.S.: 620.375.2314

USD 467: 620.375.4677

At the beginning of the meeting, we chose officers for the 2010-2011 school year. Here are the new board members:

Vice President: Dr. Julia Myers
Secretary/Recorder: Denise Gerstberger
President: Me

Some of the other council members include Dawn Haverfield-McKinney; principal of W.C.E.S, Denise Gerstberger, parent and Kindergarten teacher, Marti Lewis-Engels, parent and teacher, Judy Sondreggor-Tankersley, First Grade Teacher and Misty Casper-Gardner, parent.

If at any time, you have a recommendation, etc, please contact any of the above people or the school office.


I'm Baack!!!

Well, Folks, it has taken awhile but I have now decided to return to writing my blog. Many of you had asked to be put on my newsletter list. I greatly appreciate that! But, at least for me, it wasn't the same thing. I hated to send out any more that 2 newsletters a week so that I did not stuff your boxes so a lot of information was not getting out like it needed to be. Anyway, I am back on here and will look forward to meeting you here!

If you ever have any questions/comments or have something that you want me to put on my blog, please send it to

If you want to talk to me personally, please call me at 620.375.8033.

Thank you!!!