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Sen. Bowers highlights Mahaska marker

Sen. Bowers highlights Mahaska marker

State Senator Elaine Bowers highlighted the Sixth Principle Meridian marker near Mahaska during Kansas Day celebrations recently.

As part of the Kansas Day Celebrations, State Senator Elaine Bowers brought attention to a District 36 highlight: The Initial Point of the Sixth Principle Meridian, which is located in Senate District 36 near Mahaska. The Sixth Principle Meridian is a north/south line used to survey Kansas and Nebraska, along with parts of Colorado, South Dakota, and Wyoming. The meridian, established in 1855, travels from the northern border of Nebraska down to the southern border of Kansas.

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Grant funding available for producers

Agricultural producers interested in diversifying and taking on a new element to their operation are encouraged to apply for a Value Added Producer Grant (VAPG) through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

USDA Rural Development has $37 million in grant funding available for this program in 2020. Individuals and groups of producers can apply for grants up to $75,000 for planning, and $250,000 for implementation and working capital.

The VAPG program was created to assist producers of raw agricultural products with creating minimally processed goods, such as making cheese from milk or jam from raw berries. To qualify, the physical state of the raw product must change in a way that enhances the market value of the finished product.

Eligible entities include individual independent land owners, groups of agriculture producers, majority-controlled producer-based business ventures, and farmer or rancher cooperatives.

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Cattlemen Day is March 6

Kansas State University’s Department of Animal Sciences and Industry will host the 107th annual Cattlemen’s Day on Friday, March 6 in Weber Hall.

Lorna Marshall, the vice president of beef programs for Ohio-based Select Sires, Inc., will speak at 10 a.m. on genetic and reproductive trends in the global beef industry. Then, Derrell Peel, an extension livestock marketing specialist at Oklahoma State University, will discuss opportunities for the beef industry in global meat markets.

“We are excited to host Cattlemen’s Day,” said Ken Odde, professor and Cattlemen’s Day co-chair. “Our annual program strives to address key issues and to provide current information that keeps our industry efficient and relevant. This year’s main program speakers (Marshall and Peel) will challenge attendees to think outside the box as they address global protein supplies, trade, reproductive and genetic technologies and their effects on the U.S. beef industry.”

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Alzheimer’s forum scheduled

Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of aging. It can be a challenge to seek the help needed, if you have a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, or memory loss. Join the Alzheimer’s Association and other community partners at a town hall style meeting to learn more about available resources, share your experiences, engage in the cause, and ask questions about the disease. Circle March 5 from 6-7:30 p.m. on your calendar. The Forum will be held at the Clay Center Community High School (1630 9th Street).

RSVP to the Alzheimer’s Association by calling 1-800-272-3900, if you plan to attend. Light refreshments and snacks will be provided. For more information, contact Haley Young by calling 785-379-3067 or emailing hdyoung@alz.org. Everyone invited to this free Forum.

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Linn Lutheran to present musical

Linn Lutheran School will present their annual musical this Sunday. “A Not so Terrible Parable” will be presented at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 1 at the Linn High School Auditorium.

This “Mysterious who dunit about the Good Samaritan” will be presented by the students in grades 1-8. Linn Lutheran Preschool students will share some songs before the musical. Refreshments will be served following.

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Program planned about life on the Oregon Trail

Guest speaker Gary Mitchel Zabokrtsky will present “Traveling The Oregon - California Trail Across The Great Plains” on Sunday, March 15, at 2:30 p.m. at District #55 School House behind the Fairbury City Museum, 1128 Elm Street, Fairbury, Neb.

Before the railroads crisscrossed the prairies, and even afterwards, many of our ancestors arrived in the Great Plains and traveled the Oregon Trail by covered wagon trains. People will learn about their life during that eventful journey.

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Lenten Lunch Bunch begins

The Washington County Ministerial Alliance will have its annual Lenten Lunch Bunch every Thursday at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church from noon to 1 p.m. beginning Feb. 27 with Father Keiffer speaking. Jim Stark will speak March 5, Jill Duis will speak March 12, Shannon Borgmann will speak March 19, Dan Norwood will speak March 26, and Tom Sahl will speak April 2. Bring a sack lunch or order from Friendly Corners and share fellowship as the local pastors of the Ministerial Alliance share a Lenten reflection. Coffee and cookies will be provided.

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Parents were asked in 1930s to submit birth records

From the Washington County Historical Sociey and Museum: When I first read this article, which was found in the Hanover Democrat on Nov. 23, 1934, I was puzzled. Records of local births, etc. were to have been sent to the Division of Vital Statistics in Topeka from 1911 on. Apparently, due to home births which sometimes went unrecorded, lack of doctor's compliance, etc., reports were not always accurate. In 1934 this effort was made to set things straight.

Baby Registration In Full Swing

Topeka, Kansas November 20--

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Decluttering program planned

Clutter can have negative effects on your mental and physical health. Plan to attend the upcoming program, Downsizing, on March 12 and 13 in the county. March 12 hear the program starting at 10 a.m. in the Clay Center District Office (322 Grant Avenue). That afternoon, catch the program in Washington at 2 p.m. in the Good Shepherd’s Lutheran Church (200 W. 4th Street). On March 13th, come to the Belleville Public Library (1327 19th Street) for the program at 10 a.m. That afternoon you can hear the program at the Concordia Courthouse Basement Meeting Room (811 Washington) at 2 p.m. Deanna Turner, District Extension Agent-Adult Development and Aging, will discuss different methods of downsizing to enjoy the space you are living without the clutter. If you plan to attend, please pre-register at your local Extension Office or call 325-2121.

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Fair parade returns to two night event

The fair parade is coming back for two nights this year during the Washington County Fair July 21-25, according to fair board member Ethan Schuette. Last year’s parade was only one night. This year’s county fair will also feature Dueling Pianos on the tennis courts on the Friday night of the fair and the Moto Rodeo followed by musical performances by Rusty Rierson, Molly Beaver and Ethan Sweetser on Saturday night.

The Sunday worship service on Sunday morning near the fairgrounds will also feature Saturday night’s performers.

Additional inflatables are being considered for the carnival games area.

Other county fairs in the area include the Cloud County Fair from July 7 to July 11, the Clay County Fair from July 14 to July 18, and the NCK Free Fair in Belleville from July 28 to Aug. 2.

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