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Hanover celebrates 150th at Days of ‘49

Kate Bruna and Ellie Bruna enjoyed the carnival rides at Hanover’s annual Days of ‘49 late last week. Photo by Cheryl Bruna

Ellis Jensen took a spin on the carousel.

Photo by Briana Jensen

Weston Bruna was all smiles as he rode a pig on the carousel while Rachel Bruna kept a watchful eye. Photo by Marie Bruna

Lyla Dragastin, Will Stallbaumer, Ava Stallbaumer, Dean Dragastin and Max Dragastin met Willie the Wildcat.

Photo by Emily Dragastin

A giant birthday cake made its way down the parade route. The cake recognized Hanover’s 150th birthday. There were many other floats in the parade, including the party bus, Willie the Wildcat and a champion baseball team.

Photo by Julie Doebele

Kate Bruna and Ellie Bruna enjoyed the carnival rides at Hanover’s annual Days of ‘49 late last week.

 

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Township road in jeopardy

A portion of river bank near 2nd and King Roads is sliding into the creek. The earth slides are now at the edge of the gravel road. The cost to fix the issue is significant.

Sheridan Township board members are faced with a big problem: Earthslides have eroded a river bank near 2nd and King Roads and now threaten a gravel road. The cost to fix the most immediate erosion issue and save the road is more than $100,000; the township’s annual budget is only $47,000.

Washington County Road and Bridge Supervisor Justin Novak told the News that the township’s most affordable option would be to purchase land from the crop field owner on the south side of the road and move the road slightly south. He said the road is a township road, so no county funds are available to help with the issue.

Sheridan Township board clerk Phil Olson said the township board considered applying for some grants to help fund the work needed to stop the earth slides, but all of the grants required the township to pay a minimum of 25 percent of the total cost “and that’s not in our budget,” Olson said.

 

Thu
27
Jun
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Local baseball, softball seasons ending

Washington Red won the boys t-ball league championship recently. The season is over for most of the boys’ teams while the girls’ tournaments are this week.

More than 430 youth from Washington County played in local summer baseball and softball leagues this year, according to numbers from coaches and ball association officials.

There are more than 210 girls playing on at least 18 Washington County teams this year. That total, which is down from last year’s number of 248 girls on 22 teams, encompasses t-ball, coach pitch, juniors and seniors.

There are more than 220 boys playing on at least 20 local teams this year. Last year saw 222 boys playing on 18 teams. Boys teams this year include t-ball, coach pitch, kid pitch, PeeWees and 10 and Under.

 

 

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27
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Cornhole, barbecue, kids games part of day of fun in Greenleaf

Jeff Uffman aims and tosses a corn bag during the Greenleaf Fun Day tournament.

Jeff Uffman aims and tosses a corn bag during the Greenleaf Fun Day tournament.

 

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Size, design of new Linn gym still uncertain

The USD 223 school district is still waiting on final figures from the insurance company before they can start planning what they’ll do to replace the gymnasium that was condemned after being damaged by the Memorial Day morning tornado.

Superintendent John Whetzal said they have a good idea on what they’ll be able to do with the school roof, the press box/concession stand of the football field and the district busses and vehicles, but for the gym, he said the insurance company and architect are still working together on the project.

 

 

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USD 108’s Infinity Project proposal is funded Program will be funded in-part by $450K grant

A 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant will bring $450,000 to USD 108 over the next five years. The program, designed for students in grades 7-12, will begin in September.

21st Century awards were announced last week by the Kansas State Board of Education. The competitive grants are awarded for a period of five years with a minimum award of $50,000 and a maximum award of $100,000 per year.

 

 

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Hanover Days of ‘49 begin next Thursday

The annual Hanover Days of ’49 is next Thursday, Friday and Saturday, June 27-29. Three nights of carnival and helicopter rides, two nights of parades and a fireworks show are all scheduled for the event. Ottaway Amusements, of Wichita, will provide a carnival all three nights and will be located at the Hanover community building area.

 

 

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Greenleaf Fun Day is Saturday

Greenleaf’s annual community celebration is this Saturday, June 22. The festivities begin Saturday afternoon at the park. There will be free train rides and a bounce house for kids in the afternoon, free swimming at the pool from 1 to 5 p.m., a cornhole tournament beginning at 4 p.m., a pulled pork meal from 5 to 8 p.m., and a dance to the Ricky Fugitt Band from 9 p.m. to midnight at the park.

 

 

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Thu
20
Jun
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Growing up dairying

Jacob, Katelyn and Taylor Klipp have grown up feeding, milking and showing Holsteins from their family’s rural Hanover dairy.

The Klipp kids are (almost) all grown up since they were featured in a Dairy Month story in the Washington County News in June 2008, right.

17-year-old Jacob took a few moments to give the family’s energetic dogs some love on a recent morning.

Tim and Jenny Klipp, along with three of their four children, showed off the relatively new sign that welcomes visitors to their dairy. The family is the third generation of Klipps to be living and milking on the farm, which was established in 1883.

Calves are tied to huts now at the Klipps’ dairy, but soon the calves will run free in soon-to-be-constructed barn with an automatic milk feeder.

Jacob Klipp kept busy pushing up leftover sileage from the morning feeding. Jacob, his brother, Trevor, and his father, Tim, do most of the feeding at the dairy. When the kids aren’t working, they often invite their friends over to the farm where fishing in the pond is a favorite activity.

It’s just after 9 a.m. on a recent breezy June morning and the Klipp family is just finishing breakfast. Tim and Jenny Klipp’s alarm went off at 5:15 a.m., and the rural Hanover dairy farmers and their teenagers were outside starting on chores by 6 a.m. By breakfast time they had milked 50-some Holsteins, fed cows and done the other morning chores.

The family breaks for breakfast mid-morning before starting a new project before lunch.

 

 

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Waste discharge results in stream advisory

A fish kill was seen along the Ash Creek/Mill Creek stream system after a release of animal waste into the waterways last week. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment is investigating the discharge.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) issued a Stream Advisory for Ash Creek, Little Blue River and Mill Creek in Washington County on June 5 as a result of a suspected animal waste discharge that flowed into the stream system. The stream advisory applies to all of Ash Creek, Mill Creek downstream of Washington and the Little Blue River downstream of Hanover.

KDHE Communications Director Kristi Pankratz said the cause of the discharge is still being investigated and notice would be given when the advisory was lifted. As of Monday morning, the advisory was still in place.

 

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