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CHANGING WITH THE TIMES

Brad Nelson tore pages from books during shredding day at Twin Valley Developmental Services in Greenleaf. About half of the consumers tear pages from books while the other half shreds the pages with small shredders. Nelson and his fellow consumers do a lot of shredding to keep busy, although they sometimes do work for an area Greenhouse or for Valley Vet.

Twin Valley consumers in Greenleaf spend many of their work days shredding paper. Justin Slater, above, feeds sheets of paper through the shredder one at a time while Phyllis Smerchek, left, tears sheets from books to add to the shredding pile. Twin Valley Development Services used to contract work with a variety of businesses in the area, but most of that work disappeared about seven years ago during the recession. Twin Valley lost three main sources of work in one week, Ed Henry said, and it has never gotten those sources back.

Twin Valley Developmental Services will likely see some changes in the next 10 years because about 70 percent of the clients are over age 65, according to director Ed Henry. The organization employs about 70 people between Beattie and Greenleaf and provides employment and housing for people with developmental disabilities. Twin Valley Development Services has about 70 consumers today, down from 80 at its peak.

Henry said that while Twin Valley would like to take on additional consumers – they have two housing vacancies now – there is an 8-to-10-year waiting list state-wide for people who want to get into a place like Twin Valley. Henry said Twin Valley can’t get any funding for those consumers on the waiting list until their names come to the top of the state-wide list.

Wed
26
Dec
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County fair to move back a week

The Washington County Fair will be a week later next year. The fair has been scheduled for Tuesday, July 23, through Saturday, July 27. Pre-fair judging will be July 16. According to fair board president Ethan Schuette the date was changed to get the fair off of the same week as the state Pee Wee baseball championship as well as the same week as the Clay County Fair. The past few years Washington’s Pee Wee team has spent much of fair week traveling to the state tournament.

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Wed
26
Dec
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911 texting now available

People can now text 911 in an emergency. Ranai Meier, who is a dispatcher at the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, said the office received the technology in September. She said texting 911 would be appropriate for someone having a medical emergency and can’t speak. Meier said texting would also be appropriate during a home invasion or burglary where the caller didn’t want to make noise.

Meier said the texting option is not for people to use simply because they’d rather text than make a phone call.

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Wed
26
Dec
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Home cookin’

The cooks at Washington’s Friendly Corners, which include Diane Hornbostel, Anita Martin and Helen Linenberger, arrive to work by 6:15 a.m. and often have the noon meal entree coming out of the ovens by 8 or 9 a.m. Most meals served at the meal sites are homemade and include dessert. The women make 50-to-70 meals a day, and nearly 18,500 meals were made between the Washington and Clifton meal sites last year.

Anita Martin trasnfeered baked salmon patties from the oven to a roaster to make room for batches of cookies in the oven.

Friendly Corners cooks meals for all of the county except Clifton. Some people pick up their to-go meals at the meal sites, and other to-go meals are delivered to the doors of people across the county who request meals.

Cooks have to have the noon meal ready by about 10 a.m. so that meals can be delivered to Hanover in time for lunch.

Come for the food, stay for the fellowship. Those who eat lunch at Washington’s Friendly Corners, Hanover’s Kloppenberg Center, or at the Clifton Senior Center aren’t just buying a $4 meal. They are getting fellowship, education, and sometimes entertainment. And the weekday meals are available to everyone: young and old, rich and poor.

“This is not charity,” director Kathie Otney said of the food served at the meal sites. “This is not just for poor people. It’s for everybody. It’s a way to get together.”

The cost of a meal goes up to $6 for those under age 60, but Friendly Corners staff still encouraged everyone to give the meals a try.

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Thu
20
Dec
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MUSEUM MUSINGS

From an unidentified newspaper article in our files, dated Dec. 4, 1991.

Germans formed gingerbread guilds

By the Associated Press

A child’s first experience with gingerbread probably comes while listening to the Grimm brothers’ tale of Hansel and Gretel and the witch. But, in fact, the tradition of making treats with this pungent spice dates back through many centuries and across several continents. It is quite a story in itself, according to Holiday Crafts, a Better Homes and Gardens magazine.

Ginger was a plant native to China and India — where much of the world’s supply is still grown. Arab traders introduced it to the Greeks. Like the Chinese, the Greeks appreciated ginger’s medicinal properties such as aiding digestion, preventing colds and restoring one’s appetite.

Thu
20
Dec
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MUSEUM MUSINGS

This piece was printed in the Hanover Herald. Unfortunately the year was not available from the copy that we have, but obviously it was at a much earlier time - the message, however, appropriate for any time.

It’s Easy for Husband to Fix Own Breakfast

A man should not make his poor wife get out of bed to cook his breakfast. All he has to do is to get a couple of eggs and a couple of slices of bacon, put the frying pan over the flame and put the bacon in the pan.

While the bacon is frying, put a couple of spoonfuls of coffee into a pot with a couple cups of water and put the pot over a burner.

Grab a loaf of bread from the breadbox and a breadknife from the kitchen drawer and see if he can cut a couple of slices of bread before the bacon burns. Leap through the smoke and rescue the bacon.

Thu
20
Dec
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An account of the Blizzard of 1888

Anita Singular, of Linn, submitted the following clipping from an undated local newspaper. She said William Singular, whose story is recounted below, was a great-uncle to her husband, Don Singular, and was a professor at Emporia State Teachers College. The Tom Singular who is mentioned was Don Singular’s grandfather.

Ed. Note: A former Washington countian, William H. Singular of Emporia, recounts the story of the famous blizzard of 1888.

During the span of 71 years a good many events which were indelibly fixed on my consciousness at the time, have long since faded or have been completely forgotten. But the storm of January 12, 1888, the worst blizzard I have ever seen or heard of in this area, will remain with me as the most engulfing, causing storm of a life-time.

Snow Starts Easy

Thu
20
Dec
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Reader submits some history of the paper

Newspapers in the new towns of Washington County, Kansas, played an important part in recording the course of history. The newspaper informed the settlers of local, national and world events. They advertised the local goods and services available. They, most often, expressed political opinion. The newspapers chronicled history for the centuries to come.

In 1938 the Washington County Register published a 70th anniversary edition in honor of “those noble men and women, the pioneers, who made possible the growth of Washington County and Washington City.”

The anniversary edition also commemorated the seventy years of service newspapers played in Washington County’s history. Margaret C. Barley was editor of the Washington County Register at the time.

The Washington County Register was the direct descendant of the Western Observer, the first newspaper published in Washington County.

Thu
20
Dec
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Busy Bee 4-H goes on tour

Members of the Busy Bee 4-H club went on a club tour of Kasl Tree farm near Belleville last week.

The Busy Bees had some excitement Dec. 9 when the club visited Kasl's Tree Farm. They learned all about how they make wreaths and the process of getting a real Christmas tree.

Later the club returned to KSDS to eat ice cream cake and hot chocolate and conduct the meeting. With 13 members present and three leaders the group talked about their achievement of having the highest attendance at the 4H banquet. This won them a $50 gift certificate to go bowling. The Busy Bees also discussed what songs they would sing at Club Days, when to practice, and getting sheet music.

Busy Bees had a project talk by Octavian Cardenas about his photography followed by a demonstration from Mia Cardenas about how to separate an egg white. Owen McClure led the club in a song of Jingle Bells using rounds, and Sabrina Hill told the club about the rule of officers. To end the evening Luke Gauby had a gift exchange game where he read The Night Before Christmas and everyone got a yummy treat.

Thu
20
Dec
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Christmas music

Students at Hanover had their annual Christmas music program recently. Photos by Marie Bruna

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