Monday, October 31, 2011

8th Grade Parents' Meeting

Just a reminder for parents of Wichita County 8th graders. A parents' meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 1st, at 7:00 p.m. in Leslie Niswonger's classroom.


Halloween Musical

Just a reminder that everyone is invited to attend the elementary school's Halloween program to listen to their music and watch the students parade around the gym in their Halloween costumes. The program begins at 2:30 in the OLD junior high gym. Be there or be square! LOL!!!


Birthday Weekend

I just had a WONDERFUL birthday weekend!!! The five of us, Mama, Stan, Leighlyn, Abigayle and I left Leoti at about 5:00 on Saturday morning for Colorado Springs and did not return home until 8:30 last night. We had a grand time! Earlier I had mentioned that we would be attending the coffin races in Manitou Springs which is at the very outer western edge of Colorado Springs. We arrived in plenty of time but still did not get to see the races. There is very limited parking in that area. Those spaces were already filled so we had to park the van on a mountain slope. Going down the slope was very easy. Remaining up on both feet was not. LOL!!! Once we made it to the sidewalk that follows the main street in Manitou, we joined MANY other people as they walked towards the area where the parade and coffin races would have been held. What we did not realize was that we would have to walk about 1 1/2 miles to get there. We gave it a good college try but gave up after a half a mile. Mama's knees were not up to this marathon walk and because of my heart problem, I had difficulty breathing as we climbed the mountain. We encouraged Stan and the girls to plunge on westward but they were not interested if we could not go with them. We felt bad about it. All of us found a bench to sit on for awhile as we watched the multitudes of people walk to the races. Being avid people watchers, we enjoyed seeing and visiting with some of the people who were in Halloween costumes, etc. What is it with all of the costumes that portray dead brides and grooms??? We saw a WHOLE BUNCH of them as they made progress westward.

You may be wondering why any community would have coffin races. This is actually a historic event. Many years ago, a woman had died and was buried on a mountain outside of Manitou Springs. A flood took place and swept her coffin out of its grave and took it right on down the streets of Manitou with the raging water. At some time later, it was decided to make a tradition of coffin races. We were able to watch some of the coffins as they were taken to the parade. Most were old and on wheels of some kind. Some were decorated like silver bullets. Others were painted pink and purple with polka dots. People were quite creative. The coffins were all taken to a high point where their riders boarded them and waited for the signal to head downwards. Many people take in this event every October.

Though we did not get to see the races, we still had a wonderful time. We went to the picturesque Garden of the Gods. As always, its beauty was breathtaking. Though it was very chilly, we got out of the van so that we could take a better look. The girls did some climbing on the gorgeous red rocks. Stan took pictures of them. We had not bought the girls' winter coats yet. While we were in the Springs, we bought these for them and some dandy boots. Both girls still needed some new clothes so we picked them up also. It seemed like we spent a good portion of our time EATING!!! My family made sure that they informed each restaurant that this was my birthday. Ugghh... Groups of employees made their way to our table to serenade me with various versions of the Happy Birthday song. LOL!!! Each time, some rich dessert was delivered to me. Of course, I shared it with everyone at our table.

So anyway, I have reached my half-of-a-century mark. I am looking forward to making it to the full century mark in another 50 years. I want to thank each and every one of you who delighted me with your birthday wishes. THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!!!


Friday, October 28, 2011

Leoti's LadyBug Flower Shop

For all of your floral needs, please call the LadyBug. The phone number is 620.375.2172. They deliver and accept VISA and MASTERCARD.


Scott D. McKinney--Leoti

(December 8, 1956 - October 26, 2011)

Scott D. McKinney, age 54, passed away on Wednesday, October 26, 2011 at Hays Medical Center in Hays, Kansas. Scott was born December 8, 1956 in Scott City, Kansas the son of Kent D. & Donna J. Watson McKinney. A lifetime resident of Leoti, Scott was a farmer and rancher.

Scott was a member of the United Methodist Church in Leoti, Kansas and was currently serving on the Wichita County School Board. He was also a avid supporter of the Wichita County High School Booster Club, had served on the Wichita County Health Center Board of Directors and was a former Little League baseball coach.

On January 7, 1976 he married Lorraine Simpson at Plainville, Kansas. They later divorced. On January 26, 1991 he married Dedra Miller in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Scott’s surviving family includes- His wife- Dedra McKinney- Leoti, Kansas Two sons- Chance & Amy McKinney- Almena, Kansas Watson McKinney- Leoti, Kansas Parents- Kent & Donna McKinney- Leoti, Kansas A brother- Doug & Dawn McKinney- Leoti, Kansas A sister- Debbie & Steve Berning- Lakin, Kansas Two grandchildren- Griffen & Annika McKinney- Almena, Kansas Six nieces & nephews- Logan McKinney- Portland, Oregon Holden McKinney- Long Beach, California Devon McKinney- Leoti, Kansas Kyle Berning- Lakin, Kansas Jessica Lohman/Fuller- Lakin, Kansas Tanner Berning- Lakin, Kansas

Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, October 29, 2011 at the United Methodist Church in Leoti, Kansas with the Reverend Mike Howard officiating. Burial will be in Leoti Cemetery in Leoti, Kansas.

Friends may call from 10:00 am until 8:00 pm Friday at Price and Sons Funeral Home in Leoti, Kansas.

Memorials may be given to the Wichita County Health Center or Leoti E.M.T.’s in care of the funeral home.

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


William "Vee" Vern Dixon--Tribune

(September 9, 1922 - October 26, 2011)

William Vern “Vee” Dixon, Jr. age 89, passed away on Wednesday, October 26, 2011 at Topeka, Kansas. Vee was born September 9, 1922, at Fort Scott, Kansas, the son of William Vern & Edna Marguerite Masterson Dixon. He had been a resident of Tribune, Kansas since 1951. He was an Attorney in private practice and farmer, retired. He graduated from Fort Scott High School, Fort Scott, Kansas, in 1939, earned a BA from Ottawa University, Ottawa, Kansas, in 1948, and received an LL.B (Bachelor of Law) degree from Washburn University School of Law in Topeka, Kansas, in 1951. He served with the 502nd Bomb Group, 402nd Bomb Squadron, 315th Wing, 20th Air Force, United States Army Air Corp during World War II from January 1943 through March of 1946. He also served in the United States Air Force Reserves from March of 1946 through February of 1949.

Vee was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Tribune, Tribune Rotary Club and Tribune Boy Scout Troop # 37, serving as Troop Committee Chairman. He was also a member of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, American Legion, National Rifle Association and the Civil Air Patrol. He served as Tribune City Attorney, Greeley County Attorney, Trustee for the Presbytery of Southern Kansas, Greeley County USD 200 School Board Member, Greeley County Fair Board Member and was a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow.

On June 15, 1948 he married Shirley Jane Rudd at Tribune, Kansas. Vee’s surviving family includes- His Wife – Shirley Dixon- Tribune, Kansas One Daughter- Jane Ellen & John Scarffe- Lawrence, Kansas Two Sons- Wade Masterson & Kerry Dixon- Tribune, Kansas Chris Rudd & Kellee Dixon- Tribune, Kansas Two Sisters- Elizabeth Waln- Des Moines, Washington Martha Jean Dixon- Tribune, Kansas Two Brothers- J. Thomas Dixon- Coeur d’Alene, Idaho James B. Dixon- Vancouver, Washington Seven Grandchildren and Seven Great Grandchildren

Memorial Services will be held in the near future at the First Presbyterian Church in Tribune, Kansas. Friends may call from 2:00 p.m. through 8:00 p.m. (MST) Monday and from 10:00 am through 8:00 pm (MST) Tuesday at Price & Sons Funeral Home in Tribune, Kansas. Memorials may be given to the First Presbyterian Church or the Rotary International PolioPlus Campaign in care of the funeral home.

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


Thursday, October 27, 2011

Chili and Soup Cookoff

This popular event in Wichita County will be held on the evening of Friday, November 18th, at the Community Building in Leoti. Don't forget to mark your calendars!

I'll try to get more information to you about this soon.


October 29th

The BIG 5-0. That is what I will be celebrating this Saturday. My birthday brings mixed emotions for me with it. On the down side, that means that 50 of however many years God is giving to me are already gone. That means 5 decades or 21,250 days are behind me. Gone are my school days, the time that I was blessed to spend with my beloved Daddy and my grandparents. Gone are my childbearing days. Gone are my days with a much thinner figure. LOL! Gone is the short time that it took for me to fall totally in love with my Danley, the love of my life.

Whew, reading my writing would definitely get me depressed if I allowed it to. LOL!!!

Though I don't remember much about my 10th birthday, I remember that I was very happy to have been blessed with the greatest parents and grandparents. I had one beautiful little sister and another on the way. Life was good--no it was wonderful! I lived in a loving home where our parents made sure that we knew that we were the tops in their lives. There was never a shortage of any food in our home. Unfortunately, I took most of these blessings for granted. I had no idea just how "lucky" I was back then. My one and only problem was that I didn't have as many friends as I would have liked to have had. Back then, that was a MAJOR problem for a 10-year-old to have.

I remember the day that I turned 20. My whole life was ahead of me! I had just gotten married 5 months earlier. I was looking forward to many fun days ahead of me. At that young age, my husband and I already owned our own home and two nice vehicles. We both had jobs that we both enjoyed. I not only had the great family that God had given to me at birth, but now I also had a brand new family that became mine when Stan and I married. Still, I took so very much for granted...

I remember the day that I turned 30. I still felt like a kid. I definitely did not feel old in any way. Though God had not blessed me with a child in the natural way, He had given me a fantastic 10-year-old that we would soon adopt. We now owned our second home and had 2 good vehicles to get us to and fro. For the most part, my family was still intact and in good health. Unfortunately when I began my 31st year, my dear grandfather had been taken from us. I think that that was the first realization to me that life is really very short and just how much pain is produced when a loved one is lost. At that time, I had no idea that my Daddy would be the next to go on in just 4 short years. There was no way to prepare for that pain that would soon appear in my heart and in my soul.

That was also the decade that God would bless me with the gift of our first daughter, Leighlyn. It is said that God gives us someone new to love when he takes one love away from us. I believe that.

Less than a year later, I lost my grandmother. Nonny was an unbelievable lady. We had so much in common. To this day, I teach my children what she taught me about life and love. Adam and Leighlyn enjoyed their Grandmother-Nonny for a short time. Unfortunately, Abigayle never had the chance to meet her. But because of all of the stories that my family and I tell her about her great grandmother, she feels like she has known her forever.

When I was 40-years-old, God sent our dear sweet Abigayle into our life. Though getting her here was a tough ordeal, she was well worth it. Shortly before Abi was born, we discovered that I had a major heart problem. Doctors did not believe that either of us would survive if they did not deliver her much sooner than what we had planned. On April 17th of 2002, she made her grand entrance into our world. When Abi was just 6 weeks old, I had my heart surgery. At that time, we discovered that if it had not been for the stress and strain that my pregnancy had put on my heart, we NEVER would have known that I had this problem. Without Abigayle, I would have just died without ever having any symptoms that anything was wrong.

So now, as I begin my 6th decade, I am not taking my upcoming birthday as a bad thing or something to dread. I take on my next decade with great happiness that God has given me such an outstanding life with so very many gifts along the way. I do have to admit one thing though. I was beginning to get a bit down about my 50th a couple of weeks ago. I knew that I had to do boost my morale. Guess what I did! I went out and purchased a bottle of RED hair dye which Leighlyn used in my hair. Going from gray to red in one giant step was just what the doctor ordered for me. LOL!!! I am now looking forward to spending many more days with my wonderful family, friends (and hopefully, some grandchildren...soon)!

Stan, Mama, the girls and I have quite a weekend ahead of us. We're going to take in Coffin Days at Manitou Springs, Colorado on Saturday! What a way to celebrate life, huh? LOL!!!

Life is good and has given me so very much to be thankful for. Thank You, Lord!!!


Update on Friday's Run/Walk

Just a reminder that tomorrow, October 28th, is the treachorous 5K walk/run in Leoti. If you have not already registered, please meet at the Wichita County Swimming Pool. This event begins at 6:00 p.m., CST.

Adult registration: $25.00 each
Child registration: $15.00 each

Your registration pays for your t-shirt, drinks and snacks. There will also be a ghoulish costume contest for added freaky fun! Don't forget to bring along your flashlight for your run/walk to the cemetery and back to town. Awards will be given to the top 3 winners of each age group.

All proceeds from this event will go to the Leoti Takedown Wrestling Club.

For more information, please call Tammy Eckert-Geyer.


Community Partnering Meeting

will be held on Thursday, November 3rd, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. CST. This is going to be held at the Community Building in Leoti which is located in the Wichita County Fairgrounds. All are welcome to attend.

Christmas Shopping Preview

As I mentioned earlier, this yearly event will be next Thursday, November 3rd. Businesses all over town will be participating. Good bargains can be found just about everywhere.

If you go to Western Hardware from 3-8:00 p.m. that day, you can take advantage on the 25% sale on ALL Christmas items AND 20% off of outerwear including Bogs!

PLUS...receive $1.00 in Holiday Hardware Bucks with every $10.00 purchase during the Preview that you can spend during the Christmas Open House on Tuesday, November 29th. This is only for the sale on in stock items.

While you're in the store, don't forget to register for a $50.00 True Value Gift Card! With Christmas just around the corner, that will come in mighty handy!


Upcoming Movies at the Star Theatre

As you may already know, SPY KIDS 4 will be playing in Tribune on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 28th, 29th and 30th. The synopsis was posted here earlier. Next weekend, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, November 4th, 5th and 6th, REAL STEEL will be playing. Here is a list of the upcoming movies that will be playing very soon.





I know of nowhere else where we can watch new movies at such low prices.

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

See you at the movies!!!


Halloween Program

Folks, this is not just for parents of Wichita County Elementary School students. It is for the entire community and is quite enjoyable for all. Please mark this on your calendar.

The 5th annual Halloween program in Leoti will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Monday, October 31st. This is for all students in kindergarten through 6th grade. It will be held in the OLD junior high gym. The students will perform some great songs and will then parade around the gym so that we can look at their costumes. Come on out and support our students. Mrs. Jayme (Brown) Bishop is an amazing teacher and does a fantastic job of teaching our children. Wichita County is so very fortunate to have a great musical team, Mrs. Brown and Mr. Allen Brockmeier, teacher of the Junior and Senior High School vocal and instrumental students.


Wichita County Indians Football

Tomorrow, Thursday, evening will be the last regularly scheduled football game in Leoti. Come on out and support our team at 7:00 p.m.


Holiday Shopping Preview

Just a reminder that this event will be held at many of our local businesses on the evening of Thursday, November 3rd.


Western True Value Hardware

Many of us will be happy that Russ and Cathy (Marcy) Wiegers have opened up a Christmas layaway. Here are the specifics of this.

***In effect from Tuesday, November 1st, through Saturday, December 17th, at 4:00 p.m.

***Available on in-stock items only

***Minimum purchase of $75.00

***A $7.50 service charge and 10% down payment is due at the time you establish your layaway.

***Payments of any amount can be paid at anytime until the end of business on Saturday, December 17th.

***Any merchandise not paid in full and picked up by 4:00 p.m. on December 17th, will be returned to stock with all monies paid retained by Western True Value Hardware.

Credit and debit cards are also accepted.

Folks, given the fact that our economy is so sluggish right now, it is great to know that businesses such as Western Hardware are stepping up to help the common consumer provide a great Christmas for their families. Thank you, Russ and Cathy!!!

If you have not been in this fine store lately, I urge you to do so now. Sooo many fine items are available every day. A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a post on my blog that dictates just a few of the many items that we can purchase at Western Hardware. Believe me, this store sells much more that just your usual hardware store does. Go on in and take a good look around!


Wichita County Death

Mr. Scott McKinney passed away in Hays on Wednesday, October 26th. I will post his obituary as soon as it becomes available.


William L. "Bill" Dryer--Scott City

(June 15, 1937 - October 24, 2011)

William L. “Bill” Dryer, age 74, passed away as the result of a heart attack at Cedar Bluff Reservoir in Trego County, Kansas on Monday, October 24, 2011. He was born on June 15, 1937 in Emporia, Kansas, the son of Cecil & Rachel Louise Boles Dryer. Bill graduated from Great Bend High School in 1955 and then graduated from the University of Kansas in 1960. A resident of Scott City, Kansas since 1965 moving from Minneapolis, Kansas, he was a chemistry teacher for Scott Community High School from 1965 until his retirement in May of 1996.

He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Scott City, Kansas and a member of NEA. Bill was a 1st Lieutenant in the US Army from 1960 until 1962 and in the National Guard for several years following.

On July 12, 1964 he married Marilyn J. Austin in Cawker City, Kansas. She survives.

Survivors include his Wife - Marilyn Dryer of Scott City, Kansas, Two Daughters - Amy & Doug Overton of DeKalb, Illinois, Brenda & Chris Chelvan of Salina, Kansas, Mother - Louise Dryer of Great Bend, Kansas and Four Grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his Father.

Funeral Services will be at the First United Methodist Church of Scott City, Kansas at 2:00 p.m. Friday, October 28, 2011 with the Rev. Dennis Carter presiding.

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

Memorials amy be given to the Bill Dryer Memorial Scholarship Fund or the First United Methodist Church % Price & Sons Funeral Home in Scott City, Kansas.

Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Thursday and 9:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. Friday at Price & Sons Funeral Home in Scott City, Kansas.

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


Wednesday, October 26, 2011


I have managed to lose one of our favorite 9" x 13" glass casserole pans. I am sure that I probably forgot who the last person was who I took food to in this container. This is kind of a foggy glass pan with rows of vegetables (clear) around the upper edge. If I left this at your house, please call me at 375.8033 or email me at .

Thank you!!!


Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Wichita County Courthouse Holiday Schedule

Just a note that the courthouse in Leoti has announced its holiday schedule for 2011.

Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, November 24th, 25th, 26th and 27th

Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, December 23rd, 24th, 25th and 26th


Karen Sue Morrison--Tribune

(December 11, 1961 - October 21, 2011)

Karen Sue Morrison, age 49, passed away on Friday, October 21, 2011 at Greeley County Health Center in Tribune, Kansas. Karen was born December 11, 1961 at Tribune, Kansas, the daughter of Gordon Dean & Marjorie Ellen Herring Hornbaker. She had been serving as Deputy Clerk of the District Court in Greeley County, Kansas and had been a lifetime resident of Greeley County.

Karen was a member of the First Baptist Church in Tribune, Kansas and was active on the First Baptist Church Funeral Dinner Committee.

On September 22, 1984 she married James Michael Morrison at Colby, Kansas. He passed away on April 4, 1986 at Denver, Colorado.

Karen’s surviving family includes One son- James Eric Morrison- Fullerton, California Her Mother- Marjorie Hornbaker- Tribune, Kansas And a multitude of extended family and friends. Her father, Dean Hornbaker, preceded her in death on May 1, 1997 at Denver, Colorado.

Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. ( M.S.T.) Wednesday, October 26, 2011 at the First Baptist Church in Tribune, Kansas, with the Reverend Mark Randolph officiating.

Burial will be in Greeley County Cemetery.

Friends may call from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Tuesday at Price & Sons Funeral Home in Tribune, Kansas.

Memorials may be written to the First Baptist Church or Greeley County Health Center in care of the funeral home.

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


Monday, October 24, 2011

Blaus' Latest Project Update

Last week, I mentioned that we had decided to do another remodel at our house. It was to be "no great big deal" kinda thing. didn't turn out to be that way though. LOL! Last Sunday, we ripped the oak trimwork out that surrounded the archway that seperated our dining room from our living room. After that was completed, Stan got out one of his electric saws and widened the opening dramatically. Though we had expected to have all done by the end of Sunday, we missed the mark. As we all know, life happens. Sometimes our greatest expectations don't go on as planned. So for the next several days, we had an archway that was double the size of the original one. This meant that we had oak trimwork on the walls in our dining room and living room. The trimwork that was originally placed on the dining room side, was left in there. The trimwork for the living room remained in a corner in the living room. Stan had come up with this reasoning so that he would know exactly where each piece belonged so that putting these pieces back up would cost less time than otherwise. Unfortunately, he failed to tell me he had left part of the trimwork in the living room and the other part in the dining room. I put them all together!!! Guess what? When Stan got ready to re-hang the trim, he had to spend more time figuring out where each piece belonged... I know that I am the pits. LOL!!!

Stan worked Saturday morning at his paying job. Shortly after noon, he began working on the archway again. By the end of the day. He had the rest of the living room walls erected once again. Life was good! On Sunday just before we were to begin work where we left off, Stan got a phone call that he was needed to haul more feed to another farm. Three hours later, he returned home. After we had eaten lunch, we got back down to business. This time, he succeeded in putting the rest of the dining room wall back together. After that, he managed to hang the oak in the center of the archway and on the living room side of it. It looks great! He plans on hanging the rest of the oak in the dining room tonight or tomorrow. As usual, Stan did a superb job on our latest remodel. But...this is not where our story ends. Some of our Tuscan wall treatment (sheet rock mud) had fallen off when the walls were being taken off last Sunday. So now, I need to repair the walls with more joint compound mud. After that, I will be doing more painting. The living room is almost completed. Once it is finished, I will re-paint the dining room. Hopefully, the last bit of our project will be finished within the next couple of days.


Blood Drive in Leoti

The Wichita County KAYS will be sponsoring a blood drive this Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Wichita County Junior/Senior High School Gymnasium.

Thank you for giving!!!



Linda Meyers makes delicious pies year-round. Right now, she is making a list of pies that she needs to bake for Thanksgiving. Please call her at 620.214.2713 by November 15th. Linda lives in Leoti.


Circus in Leoti

Just a reminder that this will be held tonight. It will be set up just west of Route 96 Restaurant.



SPY KIDS 4--ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD IN 4D will be playing this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 28th, 29th and 30th. Each evening's movie will begin at 8:00 CST. This Action/Adventure/Comedy is rated PG and runs for 89 minutes. Stars include Jessica Alba, Joel McHale and Jeremy Piven.

Synopsis: A retired spy is called back into action, and to bond with her new step-children, she invites them along for the adventure to stop the evil Timekeeper from taking over the world...

Adults, 13 and Older: $5.00
Children, 4 through 12: $4.00
Babies through 3-years-old: F--R--E--E

See you at the movies!!!


Wichita County School Calendar

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

Wednesday, October 26th
9-1:00 KAY Blood Drive at the WCJ/SHS Gym

FFA Fall Meeting at Garden City Community College

Thursday, October 27th
7:00 p.m. High School Football Game against Oberlin in Leoti (Parents Night)

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

Saturday, October 29th
State Cross Country

Monday, October 31st (Halloween)
KAY Costume Contest

Wichita County Elementary School's Fall Parties


Wichita County Schools' Lunch Menu

Cheddar cheese brats
Buttered Potatoes
Baby Carrots
Chocolate chip muffin

Sausage Gravy and Biscuit
Green beans
Celery with peanut butter
Rosy applesauce

Corn dogs
Tator tots
Peach cobbler
Dill spear

Hot hamburger sandwich
Bell pepper sticks

Grape tomatoes

Monday, October 31st (Halloween)
Oven baked chicken
Mashed potatoes and gravy
Dill spear
Mandarin oranges

Parents are welcome to eat with their student. Each meal is $3.25. Please call the school on the morning of the day that you plan to eat at school.


Friday, October 21, 2011

LadyBug Flower Shop

For all of your floral needs, please call the girls at the LadyBug in Leoti. They accept VISA and MASTERCARD. Please give them a call at 620.375.2172. They are happy to deliver!


Stella Pearl Brack--Leoti

(October 24, 1922 - October 19, 2011)

Stella P. Brack, age 88, passed away at the Wichita County Hospital in Leoti, Kansas on Wednesday, October 19, 2011. She was born on October 24, 1922 in Stanford, Kentucky, the daughter of James Henry and Vada Wilson Leigh Daugherty. A resident of Leoti, Kansas since 1943 moving from Stanford, Kentucky, she was a homemaker.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Leoti, Kansas. She was a past member of the Lydia Homemakers EHU, Sacred Red Hat Society, Gold Star Mother, Ladies VFW Auxiliary #6752 and was a 4-H Leader.

On April 30, 1943 she married Harry H. Brack in Danville, Kentucky. He passed away on May 10, 1990 in Scott City, Kansas.

Survivors include her Two Daughters - Mona & Danny Spangler of Scott City, Kansas, Terri & Mark Heath of Leoti, Kansas, One Sister - Rachael Tillett of California, Kentucky, Five Grandchildren and Three Great Grandsons.

She was preceded in death by her Parents, One Son – Harry Brack Jr. who was killed in Vietnam in 1971, Two Brothers and Five Sisters.

Funeral Services First Baptist Church in Leoti, Kansas at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, October 22, 2011 with Don Williams presiding.

Interment will be in the Leoti Cemetery in Leoti, Kansas.

Memorials may be given to the First Baptist Church of Leoti EMT’s % Price & Sons Funeral Home in Leoti, Kansas.

Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Friday and 9:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Price & Sons Funeral Home in Leoti, Kansas.

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



I just wanted to let you know that I am a bit "under the weather" right now. Because of that, I probably will not be on here for a day or two. Once I am better, I will be writing on my blog as before. I appreciate your patience. If there is something important that needs to be posted right away, I will have one of my daughters post it for you.


Thursday, October 20, 2011

Just a Reminder...

Tonight is the last evening for parent/teacher conferences for this semester in Leoti.


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Parent/Teacher Conferences

If you are a parent of children who attend school in Wichita County, remember that conferences will be held tonight and Thursday evening.



The Action/Adventure/Thriller, CONTAGION, will be playing at Tribune's Star Theatre this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 21st, 22nd and 23rd. It is rated PG-13 for disturbing content and some language. Stars include Matt Damon, Marion Cotillard, Gwyneth Paltrow, Bryan Cranston, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Laurence Fishburne, Jennifer Ehle.

Synopsis: The worldwide medical community races to find a cure for a deadly epidemic and control the panic that spreads faster than the virus itself.

Showtime is 8:00 CST.

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

Halloween weekend, October 28th, 29th and 30th, SPY KIDS 4 will be playing.

See you at the movies!!!


Monday, October 17, 2011


We had a nice rain late this afternoon. As of 5:00 p.m., we had received a half of an inch. Great!



Most citizens of Wichita County depend on farming for their livelihood. Many people who do not live in agricultural areas do not realize just what it takes to be a farmer. Because of that, I want you to go to the following website and see what it is that the famed Paul Harvey had to say about the men, women and children who "make" our food.

Closed captioning is available for this.


Road Construction

Road construction has now begun on Broadway Street in Leoti. I do not know how long this is expected to take. Please be careful out there and plan on leaving earlier than normal to get wherever you are going as you may have to sit and wait for awhile.


For Sale

You can help Dylan Niswonger raise money for his school trip to Washington D.C. next summer by purchasing Wichita County Indian towels from him. These are quite attractive. They are white and embroidered with an Indian head. They say Leoti on them and you can add any of our local school sports that you want.

Prices range from $15.00 each (basic) to $45.00 each (deluxe beach towel).

Please call Leslie Niswonger at WCJ/SHS at 620.375.2213.


School Lunches

Tuesday, October 18th (Correction from earlier monthly schedule sent out)
Chicken enchiladas

Wednesday, October 19th
Cheese stick

Thursday, October 20th
Sack lunch

Parents: $3.25 Please call the school the morning of the day that you plan on eating with your child.


Wichita County School Schedule

Tuesday, October 18th

Junior High Volleyball Finals at Satanta

Evening parent/teacher conferences at both schools

Wednesday, October 19th


Thursday, October 20th

Evening parent/teacher conferences at both schools

Friday, October 21st


7:00 p.m. High School Football at St. Francis

Saturday, October 22nd

ACT at Leoti

Regional Cross Country

Volleyball Sub-State


Prayer Request

I would like to ask for your continued prayers for Bryce Mason. His parents, Justin and Tammy Mason, are wonderful friends of ours. Bryce was taken by ambulance to Hays Medical Center on Saturday. Late yesterday afternoon, he was airlifted to Wichita.

Thank you!!!


Julio Chance Sandoval--Garden City

(December 19, 1997 - October 7, 2011)

Julio Chance Sandoval, age 13, died on Friday, October 7, 2011 at his home in Garden City, Kansas. He was born on December 19, 1997 in Garden City, Kansas the son of Julio Sandoval and Tamara Venturi. A lifetime resident of Garden City, Kansas he was a student of Charles O. Stones Intermediate Center.

He is survived by: His Mother, Tamara Venturi of the home; One Brother, Michael Venturi of the home; Two Sisters, Rakel Ryan of Great Bend, KS and Luciana Venturi of the home; His Grandfather, Dallas Venturi of Rochester, MN and His Grandmother, Fran Perez of Pueblo, CO.

Memorial Services will be held at 4:00pm, Saturday, October 15, 2011 at the Salvation Army Chapel in Garden City, Kansas.

Memorials may be given to the Children’s Miracle Network in care of Price & Sons Funeral Home.

There is no visitation at the funeral home.

Price & Sons Funeral Home of Garden City is in charge of arrangements.

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


Elmer Paul Tittel--Scott City

(December 6, 1925 - October 16, 2011)

Elmer Paul Tittel, age 85, passed away at the Scott County Hospital in Scott City, Kansas on Sunday, October 16, 2011. He was born on December 6, 1925 at the family farm in Ness County, Kansas, the son of John Albert and Margaret Dorthea Friebus Tittel. A resident of Scott City, Kansas since 1958 moving from Ness County, Kansas, he was a mechanic until 2008 when he retired.

He attended the First Baptist Church in Scott City, Kansas.

He married Lillian Etta Kanaga on July 13, 1951 in Ness City, Kansas. She survives.

Survivors include his Wife - Lillian Tittel of Scott City, Kansas, Two Daughters - PaulEtta & William LeMaster of Dighton, Kansas, Lila & Charles Sager of Scott City, Kansas, Two Sisters - Hulda Dye of Ness City, Kansas, Emma Jones of Larned, Kansas, Four Grandchildren - Mandy & Aaron Kropp of Scott City, Kansas, Andrea & Jacob Schadel of Ogden, Kansas, Cody Sager & Stephanie Schreiber of Scott City, Kansas, Christopher Sager of Scott City, Kansas and Three Great Grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his Parents, One Brother – Bernhardt Tittel and One Grandson – Steven Dennis Paul Siegrist.

Funeral Services will be held at the First Baptist Church in Scott City, Kansas at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, October 20, 2011 with Rev. Kyle Evans presiding.

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

Memorials may be given to the Elmer P. Tittel Memorial Fund % Price & Sons Funeral Home in Scott City, Kansas.

Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Tuesday and 9:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Wednesday at Price & Sons Funeral Home in Scott City, Kansas.

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



We are in need of a sheet of paneling. It does not make any difference in how it looks. Old will work just fine. I will be doing my Tuscan treatment on it after it is in place.

If you have something that you would not mind selling to us, please call me at 620.375.8033 or send me an email at .

Thank you!!1


Sunday, October 16, 2011

New Project at the Blaus' House

It has been a few months since we tackled anything major at home. That is getting ready to change!

Our living room runs right next to our kitchen and dining room. There is an archway that seperates the living room from the north end of our kitchen and an archway that seperates the living room from the dining room. Ever since we bought the house almost 13 years ago, we've been disappointed with where the living/dining room archway is. Because of where it is located, it makes positioning large furniture in the area between the dining room/kitchen. Given the fact that our living room furniture is larger than most, we have to position it in front of our windows which none of us like. Of course, most of the windows are completely uncovered but our problem is that it is difficult to get behind the furniture so that we can clean and open the windows. That is fixin' to change today!

Stan is in the process right now of removing the oak trimwork and rosettes from both sides of the living/dining room archway. Next step is to carefully remove the wall to the south of it. When we have completed this job, our archway and wall will have traded places. I doubt if many people ever think of doing this. We wouldn't be able to do it if it were not for Stan's building expertise. When we have completed this task, we will be able to reposition our living room furniture and nothing will cover the windows except for window coverings. We can hardly wait!

Major changes will take place in the dining room also. Again, our large antique furniture that we inherited from my grandparents will be able to be moved into different areas. I am sooo excited about all of this!!! Another major job in our living room will be up next. We are hoping to have it finished before the end of November. I'll write more about that at a later time. As always, I will let you know how all of this pans out.


Saturday, October 15, 2011

Another Blog Moment

One day this week, I loaded the girls and another teenage girl who is just like a daughter to me, into the Buick and we headed to Dollar General to pick up some groceries for dinner. Once we were on Main Street, we saw a pile of something in the middle of the road. When we got closer, we realized that the pile consisted of clothing. Leaving them on the road seemed totally unacceptable to me. The longer that they remained there, the smaller the chances that they would be suitable for wearing later. I turned the car around so that we could pick them up. The girls in the backseat were about to die laughing. I pulled the car over to the side of the road and asked them to pick them up for me. Lots of traffic was coming from both directions. It became clear that none of them wanted to do this. So...I picked them up and threw them into the backseat. One ladies undergarment smacked one girl right in the face. I totally did not mean for this to happen!!! These clothes were still in good shape but were wet. When I got back onto the road, I noticed that a man a block in front of us had also stopped to pick up another pile of clothing. At first, I had planned on turning the wet clothes in to the dispatcher at the sheriff's office. Instead, I drove to the man in front of us and asked if the garments belonged to him--or someone whom he knew. (Some of the clothes were ladies undergarments. I hardly thought that they were his.) When we reached the gentleman, I asked him if these clothes belonged to him. Unfortunately, the man spoke very little English. He did walk to our car to retrieve the clothing that we held up for him. He seemed happy to have them. To this day, we have no idea how the clothes ended up on the road. Maybe they had been laundered at the laundry mat and blew out of a pickup.

After we had given the clothes to the man, I drove on and made a u-turn so that we would be in the right direction to go to Dollar General. In the car with me, were two teenagers and one pre-teen. All were giggling loudly. Once again, their old mom had really embarrassed them. The good news is that they are still getting into vehicles with me. I must not've embarrassed them too much...yet.


State of Mind

On October 29th, I will be 50-years-old. For many people, the big 5-0 is a tough step to take. In my case, I am just happy to still be here to celebrate another birthday! Afterall, I should have died of heart failure in 2002. That being said, people like me take each new day much more seriously than people who have never suffered major health problems.

A week ago, I took Larry and Adam (our guinae pigs) to Abigayle's 3rd grade classroom for a show and tell. All of the kids hurriedly gathered around to check "our boys" out. It seemed everyone had a question or comment to make about the pigs. In the background, one little boy asked me if I had any other "grandchildren" besides Abi. LOL! So far, God has not blessed us with any grandchildren. Though I do not consider myself to be the age of grandparents, I had to stop and think about what would give this boy the idea that I was too old to be Abigayle's mother. It didn't take me long to realize that my silver hair had made me look decades older than other parents of Abigayle's classmates. Bottom line, Stan and I are, by far, the oldest parents of the 2011-2012 class of the Wichita County Elementary School.

It sent me back into time about 12 years ago when my father-in-law mentioned that it was embarrassing to him when he was growing up because his parents were much older than the other parents of his classmates. I did not want my daughters to suffer the same anguish.

So now that I knew what the problem was, I needed to learn the solution and put it into motion. I decided that the first thing that needed to be done was to color my silver hair. I bought the color on Thursday and Leighlyn applied it to my hair last night. Mercy! What a difference I found when I looked at my "new" hair in the mirror! My hairstyle (or lack of) was next on the agenda. I returned to my hairdresser in Garden City today and let her have her way with my hair. I am so glad that I did! She did a great job!

Hair was not my only problem. When I was in high school and in my 20s and 30s, I refused to leave the house with no make-up on. At some point later on, I don't know if I decided that wearing cosmetics was just vanity or if I just got to the point where I didn't care anymore. Whatever the reason, my face went au natural.

Last Christmas and last summer, a friend gave me some high quality cosmetics that I just love! Unfortunately, I only wore them on special occassions. How dumb! If I had them, I should be using them. It takes less than 10 minutes for years of age to disappear from my face. I wore my make-up to Garden City today. My hairdresser who has done my hair for the past few years, mentioned to me that she had never seen my face "fixed up" before. The compliments that she gave to me really made me realize that I need to spend more time working on my exterior--not just my interior.

If you live in Leoti, chances are you know that I go to the store, etc in town without bothering to wear my better clothes. You see, it seems like I am always either cleaning the house or doing some other project in the house. Instead of dressing in average clothes, I choose to wear my grubby clothes that have paint, wood stain, etc on. It has never bothered me to be seen in these clothes around Leoti. I now realize, that I really need to clean up my act! I am going to start breaking my better clothes out of the closet and wear them whenever I am going to be in the public.

Neither of my grandmothers or one of my sisters would be caught dead with their hair in a mess, no make-up on their faces or in their work clothes anywhere but at home. It is high time for me to follow in their suit. I need to be a much better role model to my daughters than I have been for a long time.

I am thinking that if I continue to do this, reaching my 50th year will be much easier to accept than otherwise.


Friday, October 14, 2011

Wichita County High School Football Game

Tonight is Leoti's next to the last home game for this year. We will be playing Atwood at 7:00.

Next Friday, the 21st, we will be playing St. Francis at St. Francis. Gametime is 7:00. Thursday, October 27th, will be our last home game. Oberlin will be coming to Leoti.

Go Indians!


Update on the House Search

The people who are looking for a house to buy for $10,000 or less want you to know that they are NOT expecting a perfect house for this price. They are very willing to fix it up.


Western Hardware

Not long ago, I wrote a post on here about the many changes at Leoti's Western Hardware Store. I joined many others in being very impressed with everything that had already been done and the plans for more upcoming work and new products. Yesterday morning, I went to the hardware store to pick up a few cleaning supplies that outrank those that can be found at other stores. Let me tell you, even though I know that they have an extensive line of household cleaners, I was stunned to see how many more cleaning products they have added. You just might want to check into these also. Afterall, it is time for Fall housecleaning!

Though I normally would have been in and out of the store in 5 minutes or less, I wound up spending more than an hour there. That time flew by. Russ and Cathy (Marcy) Wiegers, the business' owners, gave me a great tour of the building! For instance, they have recently covered the ceiling in the portion of the building where tractors used to be sold, with bright and shiny tin. The Wiegers were not happy that nothing was covering the water stains so they opted to cover them. The results are awesome! The whole area is brighter and cleaner now. Have a look!

Through the past couple of years since they purchased the business, they have done a bunch of moving shelving, etc. At times, they have discovered some antiques that look brand new that had fallen behind the shelves years ago. For instance, they have an old washboard that looks BRAND-NEW! They found a large chalkboard that had a price tag of $2.11 on it. They also found the longest and biggest hammer I've EVER seen! That is saying a lot considering the fact that I grew up around the tools of Daddy's (Pat Elder's) construction company! Paul Bunyon would be thrilled to find that hammer! LOL!!! The Wiegers have moved all of these items up higher on the walls so that we can enjoy them. Awesome!

I already mentioned that they had moved their old office into a new office at the back of the building. It has been completed now and is in full operation. It towers over the room so that employees can see customers come in so that they can get to them sooner to see if they need any help with their shopping. It is quite attractive. The space where their former office was is now being used to display even more items.

More importantly is that MANY new products have been added to their store. With Christmas just around the corner, I made a list of things that they sell that I thought you might be very interested in. Here are just a few!

Electric spotlifters for carpetting and upholstery



Bissell carpet shampooers (These are the kind that heat the water)

Hamburger presses

Meat cuber/tenderizers

Heavy Duty food slicers


Nice pan sets

Individual pots and pans

Kitchen Aid small appliances

Sunbeam kitchen appliances

Small and large Traegger Grills that use pellets instead of wood or charcoal

A great assortment of deluxe spice racks that come FULL of spices already!

Very soon, new jewelry that would be great for stocking stuffers will be arriving!

They also brought in wonderful toys that educate children while they are playing. Many of these are made out of wood. Awesome! One is a ring stacker that I probably have never seen since I was a child--a very long time ago. They also sell block sets, toys that teach about shapes, good sized "paper" dolls that are not made out of paper. They, too, are made out of WOOD. So cool!!! The toys are also kept upstairs now.

They still sell great quality mattress sets. We purchased ours there at least 5 years ago and it is still just like new.

Years ago, Corningware products came out. Their baking dishes were fairly heavy and are, in a lot of cases, too heavy for some people to put in and pull out of ovens. No more is that a problem. The company has now come up with a MUCH lighter baking dish line. Western sells it too. They also sell the original type.

Recently, Cathy discovered a new company of stackable and collapsable products for carrying food to other locations. They are made by Progressive. These are slick products. One that they have in stock holds a 9" x 13" pan on the bottom and then has an egg tray on the layer on top! Awesome!

They just added stylish kitchen towel sets to their inventory. They have some window valances in stock also.

There are some neat smaller cactus too. Many of these bloom.

For the man who works outdoors, Wrangler, Dicky and Key outerwear are available. They also sell Bogs Boots that are insulated and waterproof.

Western theme billfolds and purses are also for sale.

They also have a good selection of clocks on hand.

Are decorative chickens something you enjoy? I like them! Western Hardware sells some beautiful chickens.

I encourage you to drop into Western Hardware soon! They sell something for everyone! In addition to what I just mentioned, they sell everything else that a well-stocked hardware store would have. A person could complete ALL of his/her Christmas shopping right there! I think that you'll be amazed at the variety and quality of all that they offer. If you don't see something that you are interested in, let Russ or Cathy know. They'll do their best to find it for you!


Thursday, October 13, 2011

Wanted to Buy

If you have a house in Leoti or Wichita County for sale for $10,000 or less, please send your information to my email address: or

The prospective buyers have cash to make this purchase.

I will get your information to the interested buyers right away.

Thank you!!!


Please Do Me a Favor

If you are aware of any upcoming events in Western Kansas that are open for the public, please send the information to me at .

Thank you!


Weekend Happenings in Kansas

I just received this great news from the Kansas Sampler's Marci Penner. I wanted to get it on here soon so that more of us can check some of these out. Thank you, Marci!!! VLE-B

Another great Kansas weekend ahead!

Don't know where to go? See suggestions below or grab your
8 Wonders of Kansas Guidebook or your battered Kansas Guidebook for Explorers or just start driving and stop in every little town along the way.

Do you have a quest?

In This Issue
Get to know Liberal!
Come & Get It!
Grab your cooler and go!
Join today!
Explorers in parade


PARTRIDGE PEDAL PARTY and community festival
Saturday, October 15
Parade at 10 a.m., bicycle show, unicycle hockey, lots more.

October 15-16
Crafts, quilt show, parade. It's a big deal!

Just Google corn maze or pumpkin patch plus a nearby town and it's likely you'll find something fun to do! Here are three examples of corn mazes, pumpkin patches, and much more fun:

Kansas Maze, Gaeddert Farms, 13209 E. 82nd Ave., Buhler
Through October 30, Friday, 6-9:30 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday 2-9:30 p.m. Admission fee.

Walter's Pumpkin Patch, 1001 NW U.S. Hwy. 77, Burns
Through October 31, Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday 1-7 p.m. Admission fee.

Harvest Farm & Pumpkin Patch, Turon
Open weekends through October 30. Get directions.

October 13-16

2011 will mark the 40th annual celebration of Farm City Days. This festival started with a group of local businesses and farmers joining forces to educate each other on what it took to work in their respective enviornments. Each year there was a tour of a local farm and a business. After several years, the tours gave way to a festival!

Farm City Days is one of Iola's largest events. We host vendors from all over Kansas that come to display their products and services!

October 15, 7:30 p.m.
Bill Shaffer of KTWU will host the original 1925 silent movie, Phantom of the Opera in this historic opera house featuring live organ music. Complimentary wine and cheese will be served. Tickets at the door, $10. Afterwards, with RSVP, take a haunted rail ride on the historic Central Branch rails! Contact Sandy at 785.363.2515.

Sunday, October 16, 4-6 p.m.
The Blue Rapids Museum is sponsoring a "Voices from the Past" walk in Fairmont Cemetery, 2nd and East Avenue. Re-enactors will speak from their grave telling their story and Blue Rapids history. A soup supper and short train rides will be available following. $5.

Free will offering soup supper at the community center from 5-7:30 p.m. Then, historic rail rides at 6, 8, and 9 p.m. Call 785.363.2515 for reservations.

See more events at the KSF calendar!

Kansas Explorer #130 Lidia Hook-Gray has written a book called "Liberal and Seward County." Order from Arcadia Publishing. Book price is $21.99. Almost all of the 120 pages have two photographs plus a caption of explanation. It's a very pleasant study of the 2011 Kansas Sampler Festival host!


Newly opened in Alton!
Bull City Cafe, Second and Mills, Alton
Open Monday 5-7:30 p.m.; Tuesday-Thursday 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; Firday 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

Swedish Crown, 120 N. Main, Lindsborg
When have you last been here? Try it again soon.
Open Monday-Thursday 6 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; Friday-Saturday 6 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday 8 a.m.-9 p.m.

Bern Meat Plant, 411 Main, Bern.
Open Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 785.336.2165.
Across the street is the Bern Cafe!

Haddam Cafe, downtown Haddam
Open daily 6 a.m.-2 p.m. Daily specials!

Rural Kansas: Come & Get It!

Take your cooler
and find a meat locker with retail area!

This is a teaser but if you're a Kansas Explorer Club member you just received a newsletter with a list of great places to buy fresh meat!

Kansas Explorers Club

Join today!

Explorers represented!
Thanks to KE's #2013 Larry and Karen Hornbaker, KE's #4287 Warren and Claire Willenberg, and KE #5534 Jeanmarie Murry for carrying the Kansas Explorers Club banner in the Kansas Sunflower Parade!

Great to see lots of explorers on the curb cheering!


Christmas Children Update

For the past two years, people have dug deeply into their pockets to help our family give Christmas gifts to local children who would not be having gifts without our help. I have given a great deal of thought to doing it again this year. Now that Wal-Mart has made Christmas layaway available again, I have decided that I will not promote Christmas Children this year. Parents have over two months to ready themselves for Christmas. Given the fact that people can start putting items on layaway at Wal-Mart starting on Monday, they should have ample time to get their gifts together for their children. In the past, we have helped a considerable amount of children. I have done some research on these families in the past couple of days. All of these families have at least one working parent now. I would not think that there would be any problem.

I want to thank each and every person out there who gave to these people!!! Without you, I could not have given nearly as much. It was always such a great feeling to deliver the brightly colored gift wrapped gifts to the parents.

Again, THANK YOU!!!


Wednesday, October 12, 2011


This is the last weekend that the hit movie, THE HELP, will be playing at the Star Theatre in Tribune. It will be showing at 8:00 p.m., CST on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 14th, 15th and 16th.

The synopsis, etc is located on an earlier post.

Adults, 13 and older: $5.00
Children, 4-12-years-old: $4.00
Birth through 3-years-old: F-R-E-E

See you at the movies!!!


The LadyBug Flower Shop

For all of your floral needs, please call the girls at the LadyBug. Their phone number is 620.375.2172. VISA and MASTERCARD are accepted. They deliver.


Memorial Service Reminder

Geneva Isabell Dierks, former resident of Wichita County, passed away on September 24th. Her memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., CST on Saturday, October 15th. It will be held at the Leoti Cemetery.

Her obituary is located in a previous post.


Ways to Save $$$ So That You Can Afford to Eat Out

If you have been reading my blog for awhile, you know that I am a BIG fan of Andrea Woroch and I'm not the only one! I just received this segment and want you to have access to it too.

So, where ya' eating tonight? VLE-B

Enough with the home-cooked meals. It's time to get out of the house and let someone else prepare your food for a change.
In response to tight budgets, frugal advisers have recommended for some time now that we stay at home to save money. But such deprivation grows old fast, so maybe it's time to consider these six tips to help you spread your dining wings without crash landing your budget.

1. FourSquare Deals
Members check-in to various locations on their mobile phones using this service, but did you know you can also receive offers for freebies and discounts simply by letting FourSquare know where you are? Check out a recent segment on FOX & Friends for a "how to" on using the app for restaurant savings.

2. Track Daily Deals
Restaurants are one of the most common frequenters of daily deal offerings, so it pays to keep an eye out for vouchers that can greatly reduce the cost of dining at a new or favored eatery. Just make sure you read the small print and are aware of expiration dates and exclusions. For example, most restaurant vouchers don't include drinks.

3. Get Happy
Eating early isn't just for our elders. Happy hour ad early bird deals have become more common as restaurants try to fill in slow-traffic times. For example, Applebee's Neighborhood Grill offers full-size appetizers for under $5 before 6 p.m., plus $3 drink specials.

4. Split It Up
American restaurants usually overload our plates -- unless they're into nuvo cuisine -- so there's often enough food for two in a single order. You can cut your costs down to around $20 by simply sharing an appetizer, entree and dessert with a friend or date.

5. Gift Yourself
We tend to think of gift cards in terms of what we can offer others, but they're actually very useful for individual purchases. Sites like let you purchase gift cards for several restaurants at a discounted rate, yielding immediate savings of up to 50 percent.

6. MatchPin
If you live in one of nine major cities, you might download the free MatchPin app. Membership brings you offers, rewards, contests and announcements from a variety of local restaurants.

Andrea Woroch is a consumer and money-saving expert for Kinoli Inc. She is available for in-studio, satellite or skype interviews and to write guest posts or articles.

As always, Andrea, you have just given us some more great ideas. Thank you!!! VLE-B

Some Tips for Establishing and KEEPING Good Credit as a College Student

I just received this information via email and because I have permission to post this on my blog, I want to pass that information on to you. VLE-B

How Can College Students
Avoid Credit Hassles?

Secrets to Establishing and Keeping Good Credit

As hundreds of thousands of parents send their kids off to college in the coming months, many of them will be wondering if it marks the last time their children will be living under their roofs.

According to a study conducted by Twentysomething Inc., a consultant firm specializing in young adults, 85 percent of the class of 2011 will wind up moving back in with mom and dad once they get their degrees. The cause? A combination of a shrinking entry level job market and crushing college loan debt.

“The average student accumulates over $23,000 in student loan debt and $4,000 in credit card debt during their years as an undergraduate student,” said Gabe Albarian, a former college student who avoided his own credit crisis during his college years by following the advice he offers in Financial Swagger (, a guide for young people who want to escape the pitfalls of credit disaster. “All these stats basically tell the same story: our next generation of college graduates will enter the next phases of their lives in a personal finance hell composed of a combination of crushing debt and poor credit.”

But it doesn’t have to be that way. Albarian has composed a few tips aimed specifically at helping those who are just entering college or about to graduate establish and keep a good credit rating. They include:
New Credit Cards – Credit card companies love to hammer new students and new graduates with seemingly generous offers of unsecured credit cards. Don’t take the bait. There are other ways to establish credit without opening yourself up to the slippery slope of introductory interest rates that change after 6 months or the temptation to use that credit to live above your means.

Authorized Users – If your parents are financially responsible (not always the case sometimes) and pay their bills on time every month, I suggest that you be added as an authorized user on their credit card. Make sure to provide your personal information and social security number to the credit card company so that your credit history report will reflect transactions performed on this account. In about six months, after you’ve learned with the authorized user training wheels how to manage your credit reliably and maintained a responsible payment history, you will receive your own credit card offers.

Secured Credit Card – The temptation will be to apply for an unsecured credit card, but that’s still not wise or necessary to establish good credit and good habits. Instead, apply for a secured credit card at your local bank. With a secured credit card, you place a nominal amount of money in a savings account that cannot be withdrawn as it is used as recourse to pay back your debts in case you do not pay them yourself. In essence, your spending limit on your secured card is exactly the amount you place in the linked savings account – hence, your debt is secured by the money in your account. Just like a normal credit card, you will receive a monthly statement to pay off a portion or all of your debts but meanwhile your payment history will be reported to the credit bureaus. Within months you will receive offers for other unsecured credit cards. It’s not necessary to have more credit cards than you need, because not only will it present temptation, but it may also lower your credit rating.
“The bottom line here is that once you have use of a credit card, you want to pay your bills on time, keep your balances low, don’t take on more credit than you need and if you’ve missed a payment you should get current and stay current,” he added. “Good credit can be your best financial friend as you go through life and bad credit can be the ball and chain that drags you down.”

About Gabe Albarian
Gabe Albarian, a 28 year-old businessman has worked in real estate sales, finance, and investment for nearly 10 years and has done extensive consulting work in personal finance for both individuals and groups. He earned his undergraduate degree in Political Science at the University of California, Los Angeles and is currently pursuing his Masters in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance at the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California.

Thank you, Mr. Albarian, for this sound advice!


Road Construction

Just a word of advice to anyone needing to go to Garden City from Leoti. Road construction is underway between Leoti and Scott City and from Scott City to Garden City. People are telling me that it is adding anywhere from 20 minutes to more than a half hour to their trip. It might be a better idea to go through Lakin then over to Garden City.


Lay Away for Christmas

Economic times are bad right now. I am sure that I am not telling you anything that you did not already know. For many people, this Christmas will be tough. Various companies around the nation recognize this fact and are doing something about it. Some are offering layaway to their customers for the first time ever. Others who had discontinued their layaway programs in the past are starting them again. Earlier I mentioned here that Wal-Mart was one such company. I just got more information a few minutes ago from a Wal-Mart associate and so I want to post it here for you.

Wal-Mart's Christmas layaway begins this Monday, October 17th, and will be available through Friday, December 16th.

There will be a $5.00 service charge per layaway.

You must have at least $50.00 worth of items to put on layaway. I did not hear anything about any maximum purchases.

When you make your layaway selections and take them to the service counter, you will need to make a 10% down payment at that time. After that, make payments of any amount whenever you can until December 16th.

Not everything is available for layaway at Wal-Mart. Toys, electronics and jewelry are available.

Because of layaways like this, MANY people will find gift purchasing A LOT easier than it would have been without layaway. I just want to say a big thank you to Wal-Mart and other companies who are offering this to tbeir customers! You make a difference!

I urge you to contact your local Wal-Mart store for more information.


Joquetta Marie "Jody" Perry--Garden City

Joquetta Marie “Jody” Perry, age 61, died Monday, October 10, 2011 at the Via Christi St. Francis Campus in Wichita, Kansas. She was born December 7, 1949 in Garden City, Kansas the daughter of Eddie and Grace Koch Barnes. A lifetime resident of Garden City, she was a homemaker and was a member of the Eagles Lodge of Garden City, Kansas.

Jody loved playing with and teaching arts and crafts to her grandchildren. She enjoyed playing bingo, working on crossword puzzles, and helping her sons with anything they needed. She was also a devoted volunteer for the Garden City Family YMCA.

On September 21,1996, she married Lewin Dean Perry Jr. at Jemez Springs, New Mexico. He survives.

Other Survivors include: Two Sons, Chadwick Lee (& Roni) Knight and Aaron Lee (& Lori) Knight, both of Garden City, Kansas; Two Brothers, Ronnie Dean (& Doyleen) Barnes of Holcomb, Kansas and Bobby Duane Barnes of Garden City, Kansas; Two Sisters, Wanda (& Johnnie) Holmes of Garden City, Kansas and Vivian (& Chris) Van Vleet of Des Moines, Iowa; and Eight Grandchildren, Addison Lee, Aspen Nicole, Caleigh Rose, Camden Reid, Aleigh Joe, LeNae Aryn, Ashlyn LeeAnn and Lundyn Alissette

She was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers, Eddie Wayne, Michael & Lynn Barnes.

Memorial services will be held at 10:00am, Saturday, October 15, 2011 at Price & Sons Funeral Home in Garden City.

Celebration of Life Services will follow at 11:00am at the Eagles Lodge in Garden City.

There will be no visitation.

Memorials may be given to the American Heart Association or Garden City Family YMCA, both in care of Price & Sons Funeral Home.

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


Today's School Events

PSAT for all registered Juniors

9:00 a.m.: FFA Greenhand Conference at Dodge City Community College

7:00 p.m.: Board of Education Meeting

Thursday's Events

4:00 p.m.: Junior/Senior High School League Cross Country at Meade

5:00 p.m.: Junior High Football/Volleyball at Cimarron



Taco Salad
Pinto beans

Hoagie Sandwich
Nacho chips
Fruit cup


Tuesday, October 11, 2011

School Events


5:00 p.m. High School Volleyball at Meade with Satanta and Elkhart


PSAT for Juniors

9:00 a.m. FFA Greenhand Conferance at Dodge City Community College

7:00 p.m. Board of Education Meeting


Wichita County Schools Lunch

Today's lunch

Chicken patty on a bun
French fries
Mandarin oranges
Green beans

Wednesday's lunch

Taco Salad
Pinto beans

Parents eat for $3.25 each. Don't forget to call the school on the morning that you plan on eating with your child to let them know that you will be there.


Wichita County Courthouse

Just a reminder that all offices on the main floor of the courthouse will be CLOSED today but will reopen tomorrow morning at regular time. These officers have a meeting in Liberal today.

All offices in the basement and upper story will be open.


Monday, October 10, 2011


A young couple in Scott City who is just getting started is in need of some good used house windows. They also need good used carpetting. They have a pickup and are very happy to pick these items up. If you have any of these items, please send your information to me at . The couple in Scott City does not have a computer. I will get your information to them.

Thank you!!!


Courthouse Correction

The Clerk of the District Court's Office in Leoti is closed TODAY in observance of Columbus Day. It will be OPEN tomorrow.

The only offices that will be closed tomorrow are those that are located on the main floor of the building. Those offices are open today.

I apologize for this confusion.


Jerry L. John--Garden City

Jerry L. John, age 65, died Friday, Oct. 7, 2011 at the Homestead Health & Rehabilitation Center in Garden City, Kansas. He was born on February 11, 1946 in Garden City, Kansas the son of Robert E. and Mary L. Higgins John. A lifetime resident of Garden City he was the owner and operator of Johns Motor in Garden City, Kansas and was a Sergeant in the US Army Reserves.

On August 18, 1968 he married Patricia L. Collins in Garden City, Kansas. She died November 12, 2001 in Garden City, Kansas.

Survivors Include: Two Daughters, Kimberly Nading of Garden City, Kansas and Kristi John of Garden City, Kansas; One Brother, Jimmy L. John of Garden City, Kansas and Three Grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter, Karen John & a brother, Keith John.

Funeral Services will be held at 2:00pm on Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at the Price & Sons Funeral Home in Garden City, Kansas.

There will be no public calling times.

Inurnment will be held at Valley View Cemetery in Garden City, Kansas.

Memorials may be given to the American Red Cross in care of Price & Sons Funeral Home of Garden City, Kansas.

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


Sunday Drive

One of our daughters was involved in a church meeting at one of the churches in the country yesterday. I was not feeling well and opted to stay at home while Stan took her to church. About 20 minutes after they left, they called to let me know that our van was stuck in the mud and was not going anywhere. Fortunately, John Niswonger came to their rescue. He pulled our van out and then he took our daughter to church. He also recommended that Stan come down the Selkirk Road when he returned in a couple of hours to pick Leighlyn up.

When Stan was getting out of the van to help John, he slid in the mud and hurt himself. For the rest of the evening, he limped around but returned to work this morning.

Once Stan returned home from being stuck, we took the van right to the carwash. Our white van was more black than anything else. Thank goodness for power washers! LOL!!! Several dollars later, the white had returned. All seemed to be well. That was until we needed to head back out to pick Leighlyn up. As our van sped up, we noticed a great deal of vibration and noise that have never been a problem before. Stan thinks that we probably have a lot of mud inside our wheels that he was not able to get to at the carwash. He plans on working on them today or tomorrow.

John was right about telling us to come down Selkirk Road. It was a breeze.

Bottom line here, many areas in our county have received over 8 inches of rain since October began. Consequently, some roads are a bit nasty. Be careful out there!

Thank you, John!!!


Wichita County Courthouse Information

City Hall in Leoti will be CLOSED today in observance of Columbus Day.

The Wichita County Courthouse will be OPEN. However, the following offices will be CLOSED tomorrow, Tuesday, October 11th:

Treasurers Office

Register of Deeds

Appraisers Office

These will be closed due to a meeting in Liberal. They will reopen on Wednesday morning.


Sunday, October 9, 2011

Edna Bernadine Sitts--Garden City

Edna Bernadine Sitts, age 97, died Thursday, October 6, 2011 at the St. Catherine Hospital in Garden City, Kansas. She was born October 24, 1913 in McPherson, Kansas the daughter of Milo and Minnie Burton Sitts. A resident of Garden City since 1948, she had been a long time educator for the Garden City School District retiring in 1982.

Bernadine was a long time member of and since retiring had been a full time volunteer for the First United Methodist Church of Garden City, Kansas. She was instrumental in the lives of numerous Garden City students, was involved in several organizations and was the recipient of dozens of awards and honors.

Survivors Include: One Brother, Ted Sitts of Holly, Colorado One Sister, Doris Sloan of Hutchinson, Kansas and Numerous Nieces and Nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Wilbur Sitts and a sister, Evelyn Layman.

A Celebration of Life Service for the Garden City School District Faculty, Staff and Students will be held at 5:30pm on Tuesday, October 11, 2011 at the First United Methodist Church in Garden City, Kansas.

Traditional Funeral Services will be held at 10:00am on Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at the First United Methodist Church in Garden City, Kansas.

Friends may call from 10:00am-5:00pm on Monday and from 10:00am-4:00pm Tuesday at the Price & Sons Funeral Home in Garden City, Kansas.

Interment will be held at 3:00pm on Wednesday in the Walnut Hill Cemetery in Kingman, Kansas.

Memorials may be given to the Bernadine Sitts Designated Fund at the Western Kansas Community Foundation in care of Price & Sons Funeral Home of Garden City, Kansas.

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


New Email Address

As of now, we have changed our email address. It is as follows:

Thank you!


Finland's Answer to Bullying

Since school began, I am sure that bullying has been a fact of everyday school life. As time has passed, it has become worse, and as we now know, it can also be deadly. Turn your radio or television on and chances are, you'll hear something about the latest bullying tragedy. I just learned that the country of Finland has developed a program that is turning their schools around for the better. Now, the University of Kansas is putting steps into motion to implement it in Kansas schools in the 2012-2013 school year. For more information, please go to

Scroll down to "Hot Topics". Click on it.

Scroll down to "Bullying".

Then in the search box, type in "Finnish of American Bullies".

I did not misspell Finnish (Finland).

Lets hope that this new program is the answer to ridding our schools of bullies.


Seven Day Forecast

Today: Cloudy with a 20% chance of light rain showers in the morning. Highs in the upper 50s, northwest winds 10-15 mph. Lows: lower 40s

Monday, Columbus Day: Sunny with highs around 70. Southwest winds around 10 mph. Lows in the mid 40s

Tuesday: Sunny with highs in the mid 70s, light winds. Lows in the upper 40s

Wednesday: Sunny with highs around 70. Lows in the mid 40s

Thursday: Sunny with highs around 70. Lows in the mid 40s

Friday: Sunny with highs in the lower 70s. Lows in the upper 40s

Saturday: Sunny with highs in the mid 70s


Highway Issue

Just a note that road construction has begun on Highway 96 between Leoti and Scott City. Be prepared that some asphalt has been removed from the eastbound lane just at the Wichita/Scott County Line. This area is rough.


City Of Leoti

City Hall will be closed on Monday, October 9th, in observance of Columbus Day. I do not know if our County offices will be closed or not.


Blog Comments

Folks, I am receiving complaints that my blog is not allowing anyone to leave comments. We are working on that now to try to figure out why this is happening. In the meantime, please feel free to send me your comment to .

Thank you!


School Breakfast Menu

Monday, October 10th:

Tuesday, October 11th:
French toast stix

Wednesday, October 12th:
Sausage and pancake on a stick

Thursday, October 13th:
Apple bosco stick

No school

Parents can eat breakfast with their student for $1.25 each.


Wichita County Lunches

Monday, October 10th:
Burritos with cheese sauce

Tuesday, October 11th:
Chicken patty on a bun
French fries
Mandarin oranges
Green beans

Wednesday, October 12th:
Taco salad
Pinto beans

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

Friday, October 14th:

No school

Parents can eat with their child for $3.25 each. Please call the school the morning that you plan on eating with your child to let them know that you plan on eating at school.


School Events

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

Monday, October 10th:
The rescheduled football game between the Leoti Indians and the Ellis Railroaders in Leoti (Friday's game had to be stopped in the second quarter because of lightning.)

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

Wednesday, October 12th:
PSAT for registered Juniors

9:00 a.m.: FFA Greenhand Conference @ Dodge City Community College

7:00 p.m.: Board of Education Meeting

Thursday, October 13th:
4:00: Junior High/Senior High League Cross Country at Meade

5:00: Junior High Volleyball/Football at Cimarron

Friday, October 14th:
NO SCHOOL--Teacher Inservice/Work Day

7:00: High School Football against Atwood in Leoti

End of first 9 weeks

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


Leoti Streets

Many compliments have been made about the dirt roads on the northern side of Leoti. Though we have received a huge amount of water in a very short amount of time, our streets are in great shape. Our City employees have done a great job of maintaining them.

On behalf of a bunch of us, I would like to say thank you to all employees who do such a great job up here!


Saturday, October 8, 2011

Storm Damage

As soon as people pulled themselves out from underneath their nice warm blankets this morning, they began venturing out to see what, if any, damage had been done from last night's storms. As it turns out, a great deal of damage was done. Abigayle and I picked up my mom and Grandma so that we could all enjoy the ride around town and the countryside.

One of the first things that we noticed was all of the swiftly moving water in many gutters. In a lot of the cases, the water was still over the tops of the curbs and extended out across the streets. A lot of waste from yards was left behind in the streets after the flooding had gone down. In some cases, the City of Leoti Department had had to barricate complete streets because of water that covered entire streets and was also standing in yards.

Leoti has two reservoirs that are used to store any excess rainwater. The smaller one is located a couple of blocks west of the Old City Park. Though it is not nearly as deep as the reservoir on the east edge of town, the water had flooded completely over its boundaries and was still crossing a couple of nearby streets. To make matters worse, more water in gutters was headed straight for this flooded reservoir.

But as we headed to the main reservoir east of town, we were shocked at what we saw. Yesterday afternoon, we had driven to this reservoir. We could barely see any water in it. Today, the pond is completely full and is flooding everywhere. The drainage ditches that hold the water as it moves towards this water storage unit were overflowing. My grandma has lived in Leoti for almost 90 years. She made many comments about how she had never seen flooding like this in Leoti! The water was clear over the reservoir's banks. Totally amazing.

We found ourselves agreeing that a dangerous twister must have cozied up to the southern edge of town. Large trees and bushes were twisted right out of the ground and strewn around the neighborhood. One of our relatives lost many VERY large branches. Though broken branches were seen all over town, they seemed to be more plentiful in the southern edge of town. The City crew is out right now gathering this debris and hauling it off to the sanitary landfill. In some cases, only dead branches and trees were broken and uprooted but in most of the cases that we saw, the damage had been done to trees and shrubs that were gorgeous just yesterday. That is the sad fact of this storm.

My grandma wanted me to drive down her alley so that we could see if her backyard had sustained any damage. Though I tried to do this, we were stopped by a 15-20 foot piece of 6 foot tall wooden fencing that had been torn from the rest of the fence and strewn into the alley. Throughout the morning, we found other torn up fences around town.

This water came in quickly and furiously. In some cases, it ended up in basements. Crews from Garden City, etc had to be brought in to suck the water out of homes. That is definitely one of those things that normally does not happen in Leoti!

Then we headed towards the White Woman Creek south of Leoti. We were shocked when we arrived at the area just to the north of the creek and could see rapidly moving deep waters coarsing through the normally dry creek. It was so deep and moving so quickly that there were actually white caps on the water! All around the creek, we noticed a bunch of water in the fields. Some of the water was headed straight for the creek. Other water was located on flat land so it was just staying in place. The White Woman ends just to the south of Scott City which is 24 miles east of Leoti. I've been told that water is this deep all along the way.

Many wheat farmers around here have already planted next year's wheat crop. Some of the wheat was already a few inches tall. This moisture will be FANTASTIC for it! Some farmers think that their weed seed has been washed away. That could definitely be the case but the wheat that has already sprouted should be much better than other wheat crops that we have had during the longlasting drought that we have endured for the past several years. In some cases, farmers will be forced to go in after the water has drained off and re-till it and then re-plant their seed. Of course, not many people would be happy to have to do this but the good news is that now our fields will have some wonderful wet subsoil which crops need in order to really do well.

After checking out the area south of town, we headed north to the Caprock area. We came upon a stretch of road just a few miles out that the State was having to stand guard. The water was still over half of the highway. We could see where they had brought in equipment to remove a great portion of mud from a ditch so that the excess water could drain away from the highway. Northern fields looked more like lakes in many areas. It was difficult to believe that at the beginning of this week, Wichita County was under a Fire Storm Watch and Warning. LOL!!!

Once we were back in town, we headed east to Marienthal. Marienthal had not gotten much rain in Thursday evening's storms. They made up for it last night! Water was everywhere. I can't imagine that many people were complaining though. It is just wonderful to have such a great quantity of moisture in our county!

We have not had any more rain since during the night. We still have good chances of rain tonight and tomorrow. Who knows? We may end up having 7 or more inches by the end of the weekend!

All that I can say is that God has definitely blessed us with some glorious water. All of us who have been complaining of dry conditions should be thanking God for His blessings.


Circus in Dodge City

I just heard on Facebook that the Barnum and Bailey Circus that was scheduled in Dodge City for this weekend has been cancelled. You might want to check into this before you head out.


Business in Leoti Now Open

Odds and Ends is now officially open in Leoti.



When I was growing up in Leoti, we had a good amount of squirrels here. Several years ago, they all seemed to vanish. I assume that some disease went through that killed them off. They were missed by many of us Leotians. A couple of years ago, we started seeing a few of them in the southern part of Leoti. Now they have managed to make it over into parts of northern Leoti. Most of us are welcoming them. How did they get here? I don't know. Some people think that someone brought them into Leoti and set them free. If that is what happened, I am happy that they did!

My mom has some in her yard now. She even has a blond one that is just as cute as it can be! Today she noticed that one of them was carrying a pinecone in its mouth. Do they eat them? If so, I guess that they must have "pine fresh breath." LOL!!!


Long Night in Leoti

Well, Folks, between listening to all of the chirping from the WeatherBug and the weather warnings on TV, I was not able to sleep until about 4:30. Last night's weather was very eventful. Between Thursday evening when our rains began and right now, the Blaus House rainguage has gathered 6.30" of beautiful rain!!! Incredible. And...more rain is on its way. Though it is not raining here right now, we can tell that it will be sometime soon.

There were a bunch of tornado warnings in Western Kansas last night, but as far as I know, no twisters ever touched the ground. In Leoti, we had some hail. I don't know if it caused any damage.

Stan ended up having to work today. When he drove down Main and Broadway Streets this morning at around 4:30, he saw several pickups that had tires that were just barely sticking out of the water. Some of these were no longer able to move. As of 9:45 this morning, the street that goes from north to south just across from Presto, is completely under water.

So far, Stan has delivered feed to the Ulysses, Kansas area. All the way from Leoti to that area, they have had good rains but he doesn't think that Grant County or Kearney County has had as much as we have had.

Leighlyn spent the night with friends of ours yesterday. They left for a Bible fact competition in Central Kansas at 4:00 this morning. When they walked out of our friends' front door, they stepped into a lake! LOL!!! Once they had gotten through Dighton, which is less than an hour east of here, the storm had ended. As of 7:30 when she called me from their destination, they had not had any more rain. That will probably change today.

I am hoping and praying that this rain is flushing what is left of our drought right on out. If you are out and about in our area this weekend, please be careful. And always try to go around the rain instead of through it.


Wrong Guess

Just a few minutes ago, I posted that everything was calm. Guess I was wrong. The winds have come back up and we're getting rain again. Thunder is back, too.



Well, it is now 12:55 a.m. Since 11:30, our rainguage has captured another .50. That brings our 24 hour total to 4.60"! I just stepped outside. Things have now calmed completely down. The last tornado warning in Logan County expires at 1:00 a.m. If you checked in here earlier this evening, you may have seen the latest weather warnings. I wanted to get the word out to area residents. Now that these warnings have expired, I have deleted them. No need in leaving them here as far as I am concerned.

More rain is expected for the rest of the weekend. Flash flooding is expected in several areas including Leoti. We've already had people stuck just a block from here. Remember that it is best to drive AROUND water instead of THROUGH it.

I think that I am going to head off to bed now.

Good night.


Winter Coats

October is already 25% gone. I think that it is safe to say that our warm weather will be subsiding soon and cold weather will take its place. It'll be time to pull those winter coats out of moth balls, get 'em cleaned and ready to keep you warm this winter.

It is sad to know that not all of us will have winter coats this year. For many people, money is not available to purchase coats for children and/or adults. If you have any coats in good shape that you will no longer be using, I urge you to donate them to thrift stores such as Goodwill, Salvation Army and local stores. If you live in cities, drop them off at homeless shelters if you want to.

Some clothing and variety stores are running coat drive events this time of the year. Some of these stores will give you a discount on a new coat when you give your older coat(s) to the store so that they can give them to a person in need.

If you or someone you know is looking at a coatless winter, please contact your church and let them know so that coats might be located for you.


Friday, October 7, 2011

Friday Evening Rain

At 8:00 this morning, I dumped water out of our rainguage that measured 1.60". We had no more rain until after sundown. The storm is coming to a close in Leoti, I THINK. Just now, I walked out to our front porch to check the rainguage. It is just sprinkling right now but our guage shows another TWO AND A HALF inches! That means that in less than 24 hours, the Blaus house yard has received a whopping 4.10"! Just incredible. To my knowledge, we had no hail last night. We have had some tonight but I don't know how big it was. At 11:30, it is still raining lightly, the winds have calmed and the thunder is still rumbling. Guess we'll see if we get more rain later tonight. Rain is still in the forecast for the rest of the weekend.

Thank You, Lord, for this much needed moisture!!!


Upcoming Kansas Events

I just received this information from the Kansas Sampler Foundation. I am going to try to keep you posted on all of the great events that they follow all year long. Maybe you can get out and take in some of these happenings! Lynn

October 8, TALKING TOMBSTONES, Hutchinson
5:30 & 7:30 p.m. $15 per person. Tickets available at the cemetery or in advance at Hayes Sight and Sounds. This is a fundraiser for the Hutchinson Theatre Guild. Eastside Cemetery, 500 S. Cleveland.

October 15, PARTRIDGE PEDAL PARTY, Partridge
Many incredibly creative bicycle-themed events and decorations are found at the Pedal Party. Parade, unicycle hockey, challenging bike races. It's Kansacana at its best. See more information next week.

October 7-9, MOUNTAIN MAN RENDEZVOUS, at Maxwell Wildlife Refuge, Canton
Mountain men and women, primitive camps, traders, demonstrators, flintknappers.

Maxwell Wildlife Refuge directions and information

Stops include Captain Mitchell's 1865 barn, the 1860s Willig barn, the 1876 Mertz barn, the Wabaunsee Cemetery, the 1862 Beecher Bible and Rifle Church and the 1866 Rev. Harvey & Harriet Jones frame House.
RSVP to 785.765.3382. Bus will leave Alma at 12:30 and return by 5:30 p.m.

October 8, FALL FESTIVAL, Pioneer Bluffs, Chase County, 1 p.m. till dark
Music, hog roast, dedication of the new Rogler Prairie Heritage Center and an auction featuring everything from a Ferguson tractor to quilts!


October 7, FRIDAY NIGHT JAM SESSION, Cottonwood Falls. SPECIAL! A film crew will be at the October 7 jam session. Start time will be 7 p.m. Bring your lawn chair or bring your instrument and be part of this special event in front of the downtown Emma Chase Cafe. Friday night is also the 12th anniversary of Friday night music at the Emma Chase Cafe!

October 8-16, FASHION THROUGH THE AGES exhibit
Chisholm Trail Museum, 205 N. Washington, Wellington. $5.
Come see a sampling of history's hottest fashions from late 19th century to 1960s.




Just a reminder that the hit, THE HELP, is playing at the Star Theatre in Tribune tonight, tomorrow and Sunday at 8:00 CST. This movie's synopsis, etc is located in an earlier post. If you cannot get to the movie this weekend, it will also be shown in Tribune at 11:00 a.m. on Monday and again next Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 14th, 15th and 16th.

See you at the movies!!!


10 Retailers That Support Breast Cancer Awareness Month

From time to time, I get information from Andrea Woroch sent to me that I am allowed to post on my blog for you to read. No matter what Andrea's subject matter, I always learn some great things. I hope that you do also. Lynn

If every month of the year was assigned a color, then pink would surely belong to October. Breast Cancer Awareness Month turns even the manliest organizations (think National Football League) into pink-laden landscapes, all in support of breast cancer research.

One way consumers can show their support is by shopping for the cause. Many popular retailers and brands are currently offering products with some or all of the proceeds going to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. For a more comprehensive list of participants, consult the organization's Corporate Partners page.

1. Yoplait
As the National Series Presenting Sponsor of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Yoplait's signature pink lids are one of the most visible reminders of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. With their Save Lids to Save Lives campaign, the yogurt manufacturer will donate 10 cents for each pink lid received.

2. Belk
Belk is one of Susan G. Komen for the Cure's nine highest-level sponsors and have committed to donating $3 million in three years. One of their featured brands, Ralph Lauren, also contributes 10 percent of the proceeds from their Pink Pony line to breast cancer awareness.

3. Dallas Cowboys
Speaking of the NFL, the Dallas Cowboys show their support by sporting pink accessories such as gloves and shoes during October games. Their "I Promise" campaign encourages players, fans and others to raise awareness and donate funds to the fight against breast cancer. The cause is especially dear to linebacker Bradie James, who lost his mother to the disease in 2001.

4. Ford
The all-American car manufacturer shows its softer side with the Warriors in Pink campaign. Launched in 2006 as a 365-day commitment to the cause, the campaign contributes to Ford's national sponsorship of Race for the Cure. Apparel and accessories are available to women, men and kids, with 100 percent of net proceeds going to the cause.

5. Kitchenaid
This year, Kitchenaid celebrates 10 years of fundraising for Susan G. Komen, having already raised over $8 million with its Cook for the Cure campaign. In addition to their Pink Product Collection, Kitchenaid has a special 10th Anniversary stand mixer for the compassionate cook.

6. Mobile Edge
Through their Caring Case Collection, Mobile Edge offers stylish laptop totes with pink accents, including the symbolic breast cancer ribbon. Ten percent of the Collection's sales go to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. This month, Mobile Edge is offering a free shipping code and complimentary water bottle with each Caring Case Collection purchase.

7. Nordstrom
As part of the Nordstrom Fits America campaign, the high-end retailer provides complimentary bra fittings from certified experts for women nationwide. Nordstrom will also donate $1 of every bra purchased at fittings, with participating bra manufacturers also pitching-in $1.

8. American Airlines
American Airlines' commitment to the fight against breast cancer is exemplified by its 23-year partnership with Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Their AA Komen Gift Cards, Miles for the Cure, Fly for the Cure and AA Celebrity Golf and Tennis Weekend are just some of the programs offered by the airline.

9. Sephora
Sephora's Beauty That Gives Back campaign offers pink-ribbon products from several brands, each committed to donating a portion of proceeds to raising awareness for breast cancer. Some of the top brands participating include Clinique, Shiseido and Ole Henriksen. Pay nothing for delivery when you spend over $50 and use Sephora free shipping codes from sites like

10. Caribou Coffee
Roastmaster Amy Erickson, who died at the age of 33 from breast cancer, is the inspiration behind Caribou Coffee's Amy's Blend Collection. Ten percent of retail sales from the Collection's gourmet coffee and tea, as well as mugs and other accessories, go directly to the cause.


Andrea Woroch is a consumer and money-saving expert for Kinoli Inc. She has been featured among top news outlets such as Good Morning America, NBC's Today, New York Times, CNNMoney and many more. She is available for in-studio, satellite or skype interviews and to write guest posts or articles.

Feel free to share "10 Retailers That Support Breast Cancer Awareness Month" with your audience, giving proper attribution to the source.


Thank you, Andrea, for this information!