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Swimming pool openings

Local swimming pools are preparing to open for the season. Washington and Greenleaf are expected to open this weekend. Lifeguard shortages and certification and maintenance delays have pushed back the opening day at Linn, Clifton and Hanover.

WASHINGTON

The Washington city pool will open for the season on Saturday, May 25. Hours are 1 to 8 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, 1 to 8 p.m. on Mondays and Fridays with adult swim from 7 to 8 p.m., and 1 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays with adult swim from noon to 1 p.m.

The manager is Zack Zarybnicky, and the assistant manager is Lauren Wyatt. Lifeguards are Shailyn Zenger, Presley Rose, Kylie Mintzmyer, Tristin Wiggins, Camryn Boykin and Nate Tice.

 

 

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County Free Days intake nearly double last year’s total

Numbers from recent Washington County’s Free Days, the recycling program, and the amount and cost of trash taken into the Washington County Transfer station since 2017 were discussed during Monday’s  

Noxious Weed and Solid Waste director Duane Bruna, along with Solid Waste Committee members Ken Stettnisch and Kathy Ouellette, met with the board to discuss the solid waste program in Washington County. City mayors and local trash haulers are among the members of the Solid Waste Committee and were invited to the meeting, which is required once a year by KDHE.

Bruna said the annual Free Days in April brought in 103 tons of waste during the three-day event. Fifty-two tons was trash and other items that could be taken to Hamm’s, 30.6 tons was construction and demolition material and 20.5 tons was salvage and iron.

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Alumni reunions

Many communities in the county will host alumni banquets this weekend. The following information was provided to the News:

WASHINGTON

The 50th Washington Alumni Banquet will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 25. The meal reservation deadline has passed; no meals can be guaranteed at the door. The school’s FCCLA group caters the event.

The classes of 1994 and 1969 will be honored.

 

 

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HONORING THOSE WHO SERVED

Brothers Jim Martin, of Hanover, Gene Martin, of Washington, and Don Martin, of Hanover, went on Wamego High School’s annual Honor Flight on April 24-25 after remaining on a flight waitlist for more than a year and a half. The brothers said they wanted to wait to go on a flight until all three of them could go together.

The Martin brothers, along with their cousin, Don Ronnebaum, of St. Mary’s, went on an Honor Flight with Wamego High School. National Honor Society students went along as guardians. Pictured are Jim Martin, 83, and his guardian, Emma; Gene Martin, 77, and his guardian, Kylie;Ronnebaum and his guardian; and Don Martin, 71, and his guardian, Kynzie.

When the Martin brothers began on their Honor Flight journey at 1 a.m. on April 24, they didn’t realize the impact the event would have on their hearts or that they would return home the next evening with newfound friends in their high school guardians. The Honor Flight also provided the brothers – Jim, Don and Gene – an opportunity to talk about their time in military service, which is something they hadn’t really done before.

Don and Gene Martin talked about going on an Honor Flight, they said, but they didn’t want to go unless their older brother, Jim, could go, too. They didn’t think he could go because he was a “Cold War veteran,” they said.

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Memorial Day ceremonies

WEEKEND EVENT SCHEDULES

Several communities in the county will host Memorial Day ceremonies on Sunday or Monday. The following information was provided to the Washington County News:

WASHINGTON

A Memorial Day program will be at 10:30 a.m. at the Washington City Cemetery.

Members and friends of the American Legion Post 91 are invited to help set up for the service by meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22, at the cemetery. Volunteers are also wanted at 6:30 a.m. on Monday, May 27, to put up the Avenue of Flags. At 5:30 p.m. on May 27 volunteers are also asked to help take down flags.

HOLLENBERG

The Campbell-Klein Post #439 Steele City American Legion and Auxiliary will have a Memorial weekend ceremony at the Steele City, Neb., cemetery on Sunday, May 26, at 2 p.m. The ceremony will be repeated at 2:45 p.m. at the Joy Creek Cemetery southwest of Hollenberg.

 

 

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HIGHEST ACADEMIC HONORS

Aaron Stuenkel, left, was the valedictorian at Linn High School while Preston Myers was salutitorian.

Taylor Bruna was named valedictorian at Hanover High School on Sunday. Lauren Bruna was salutitorian.

Marcus Resco, left, was named valedictorian at Clifton-Clyde while Kalista Hubert was salutitorian.

The Top 10 percent of the class at Washington County was Luke Gauby and Malari L’Ecuyer.

Linn

Hanover

Clifton-Clyde

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Petersons have fifth generation cattle operation near Clifton

Barbara and Don Peterson and their son, Greg, all of rural Clifton, raise cattle and farm land that is now in its fifth generation of family ownership. Don Peterson’s family homesteaded the land in 1881, and the family has been farming the land ever since.

It was a tough calving season for Don and Greg Peterson, who farm together about seven miles north of Clifton. The father-son duo started calving heifers in early January and cows in mid-February. They don’t want to talk about the issues they had during the especially snowy, muddy and cold calving season, they joked, but they’ve already put the bulls in with the heifers for next year’s calf crop, so the winter didn’t break their spirit.

You have to have a short memory when you raise livestock, Don Peterson said.

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COUNTY SENIORS GRADUATE

Seniors at all four Washington County schools, including Clifton-Clyde, above, graduated from high school on Sunday. 

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Hanover Hospital requests county money to keep doors open

Three members of the Hanover Hospital board and administrator Brittni Oehmke met with the Board of County Commissioners on Monday to request a $50,000 grant to get the hospital to October when the announcement of a new physician is made. The board also requested another $150,000 in 2020 to keep the hospital on its feet.

“We’ve never come to the county commissioners pleading for money,” hospital board member Toby Bruna told the commissioners. “We’d like to take care of it ourselves. But we don’t really have a choice now.”

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Bridge replacement to start this week

The Kansas Department of Transportation will began replacement of the bridge over Mill Creek on K-15 just south of Washington this week.

Traffic will be carried through construction during the entire project. However, during part of the bridge replacement project, a temporary traffic signal will direct one-lane traffic through the work zone. Traffic should expect delays of 15 minutes or less and plan extra time in their travel schedules.

This project is scheduled for completion in May 2020. Bridges Inc.of Newton is the prime contractor for this $3.5 million project.

 

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