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Health department offering flu shots

The Washington County Health Department has given as many as 400 flu shots so far this season, and Health Department director Tiffany Hayman said she is still expecting a rush of kids to get flu shots in the near future. She said the number of vaccines given so far this year is normal compared with other years.

For about a day and a half last week the Health Department ran out of the high dose flu vaccine for people ages 65 and older, but more doses were back in stock by the end of the week. Health department officials said older people tend to get their flu shots early.

 

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Livestock producers donate meat to school

USD 108 is the only school district in the county to participate in the Farm to School program, which allows locals to donate fresh, homegrown products for school meals. USD 108 is using the program to provide students who eat in the school cafeteria with locally grown beef and pork.

Local livestock producers donate the livestock, and the school pays for the processing fee. The livestock are processed at a local locker plant that is FDA approved. School superintendent Denise O’Dea said the meat is processed into food items including hamburger, pork burgers and sausage patties.

So far this year the district has received donations of two hogs from Mick and Michelle Walter and Keesecker Agribusiness, one hog from Rolling Hills, one beef from Garett Stewart and Washington Vet Clinic, and one beef from an anonymous donor.

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Marcon Pies moving west

Marcon Pies moving west

There will be MarCon Pies again. Craig and Mary Ann Stertz, of Lincoln, Kan., bought the business in April, including the recipes and equipment, and have moved the business to Lincoln. They did not buy the building in Washington, which is still for sale. The pie business will be located in a still-being-remodeled downtown building in Lincoln, and the first pies are expected to be available in early January.

Craig Stertz told the Washington County News that he wanted to invest in the local economy in Lincoln by bringing a business to town that brought in outside revenue. MarCon Pies fits that model, he said. He previously looked at buying a chocolate business in Texas and a barbecue sauce company in Pennsylvania before looking into MarCon Pies last November.

 

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Teachers tell of day-to-day life in one-room school

Photo submitted by MARCIA HUBBARD Students in Ash Creek school in 1963, which was the school’s final year of operation, included, back row, from left, teacher Pauline Hatesohl, Gary Montague, Max Hubbard, Jolene Montague, Terry Morse, Gary Ouellette; front, Paul Dague, Murlana Dague, Paula Ouellette, Janell Dague, Karen Montague, Ron Montague, Debbie Ouellette.

Photo submitted by MARCIA HUBBARD

Students in Ash Creek school in 1963, which was the school’s final year of operation, included, back row, from left, teacher Pauline Hatesohl, Gary Montague, Max Hubbard, Jolene Montague, Terry Morse, Gary Ouellette; front, Paul Dague, Murlana Dague, Paula Ouellette, Janell Dague, Karen Montague, Ron Montague, Debbie Ouellette.

Teachers tell of day-to-day life in one-room school

Compared to modern schools, one-room schoolhouses might seem like the type of educational setting that only lives in history books. However, most natives of Washington County, who are of traditional retirement age or older, either attended one-room schools if they lived in the country, or if they lived in town, they remember them standing on many of the backroads across the county.

The style of schooling was definitely unique in a country schoolhouse. In 1985, just about 20 years after the final remaining one-room schoolhouses in Washington County closed, Shirley Thornton, reporting for the Washington County News, interviewed several former schoolhouse teachers to describe what the average school day was like in that setting.

That article follows:

The one-room school holds many memories for county residents, both as teachers and as students.

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Pigs ‘so ugly that they’re cute’

Luke and Megan Hiesterman weren’t planning on raising pigs, but came home with five pregnant sows after responding to an ad for the pigs at a Salina area farm.

Luke and Megan Hiesterman weren’t planning on raising pigs, but came home with five pregnant sows after responding to an ad for the pigs at a Salina area farm.

The KuneKune pigs raised at the Hiesterman farm northwest of Linn are a heritage breed from the Maori Islands of New Zealand. They come in a variety of colors and spots

The KuneKune pigs raised at the Hiesterman farm northwest of Linn are a heritage breed from the Maori Islands of New Zealand. They come in a variety of colors and spots.

Pigs ‘so ugly that they’re cute’

Luke Hiesterman admits that he’s to blame for the herd of pigs that he and his wife bought a year ago. He was looking on Craigslist at sheep equipment when he came across a sale post for KuneKune pigs, which are a small, heritage breed. He showed his wife, Megan, the pictures. The pigs were so ugly that they were cute, she said, and she fell in love.

The couple decided to buy a couple young pigs to feed out and eat. Early last September they traveled to a farm near Salina with the intent of bringing home a couple piglets. They had no intentions of raising pigs.

They left the farm with five pregnant sows, one of which had piglets within about a week.

The couple has since downsized to three sows – two have young piglets now – a boar and some halfgrown piglets that were born in May.

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Few runoffs in Nov. 5 elections

Advance voting is open for the general election, which is Nov. 5. Positions up for election include school board and city mayors and councilmembers.

Advance voting began Oct. 16 and will continue until noon on Nov. 4. People may do advance voting from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the clerk’s office in the Washington County courthouse.

The final day that people can apply for mailed advance ballots is Oct. 29.

People can vote in person at their local polling place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on election day, which is Nov. 5. Polling locations are at the Barnes Fire House, Clifton Faith United Church, Haddam City Hall, Hanover Kloppenberg Center, Linn City Hall and Washington County Courthouse.

Anyone with questions including where their polling place is should call the clerk’s office at 325-2974.

A photo ID will be required to vote.

The following candidates will appear on the general election ballot:

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Linn school patrons to list wants for gym rebuild

A committee of Linn school patrons will be formed to discuss the desired capacity of a new gym to replace the school’s gym that was condemned after being damaged in a Memorial Day tornado. Other potential needs may also be discussed along with a potential funding mechanism to get the work done. Linn school principal Antoinette Root is currently accepting names for the committee, with a suggested size of 6-10 individuals.

Over 50 Linn school area residents packed into the Linn High School library for the USD 223 Barnes-Hanover-Linn meeting on Monday to encourage the board to take public input before making a decision on how to rebuild the gym. Their main request was a gym with increased seating capacity, but other items like a different locker room setup and larger commons area for the gym were also discussed.

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Washington County Football Teams

Washington County Football Teams

Members of the Washington County High School football team are, front row, from left, Quentin Rhodes, Seth Bonar, Elijah Rutledge, Aidan Goeckel, Jaisen Zimmer, Kaleb Grace, Mason Miller, Brett Buhrman; middle, Payton LeDuc, Connor Linenberger, Drew Buhrman, Trever Grace, Jack Gilliam, Hunter Hill, Matthew Kern, Jaydon Otott; head coach Doug Thompson, Trenton Zenger, Garret Otott, Tyler Nelson, Nathaniel Tice, Coy Stamm, assistant coach Scott Romeiser, assistant coach Bobby Smith.

Washington County Football Teams

Members of the Washington County Junior High football team, which includes Linn Junior High athletes, are, front row, from left, Octavien Cardenas, Joe Kern, Ethan Bott, William Svanda, Colton Harlan; middle, Grayson Votipka, Jaxon Welch, William Olson, Carson Kearn, Conner Ohlde, Jonathan Wright; back, Anthony Ayala, Monte Huckett, Gavin Turk, Kileab Willbrant, William Otott, Miles Miller, Austin Wurtz; top, coaches Steve Wright, Jay Kearn.

Washington County Football Teams

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#1 Hanover to face #2 Axtell on Friday

History is on the side of Hanover in what is the state’s only #1 vs. #2 matchup on Friday. The top-ranked Wildcats will host the Axtell Eagles on Friday in a game that has been marked on football fans’ calendars for some time.

While Hanover has dominated Axtell over the last 11 years, winning 13 games in a row against the Eagles (and only losing once to them in the last 20 years), the two teams seem very similar this year:

• Both teams are 5-0 against five teams with the same overall records (a 4-1 team, two 2-3 teams and two 1-4 teams.) That also means both teams have only beaten one team with a winning record.

• Hanover has a combined score against those teams of 270-44, while Axtell has a combined scored of 308-66. So Axtell has scored a little more than Hanover, but has allowed more points.

 

 

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SCHOOLHOUSE DAYS GONE BY

SCHOOLHOUSE DAYS GONE BY
SCHOOLHOUSE DAYS GONE BY
SCHOOLHOUSE DAYS GONE BY

Eagle School, District #3, in the north central part of Little Blue Township, sits at the side of Zenith Road, just north of 17th Road. The school district operated from 1881-1942, with many young students receiving their primary education there. The one-room schoolhouse is one of under 20 schoolhouse buildings still standing on its original site.

SCHOOLHOUSE DAYS GONE BY
SCHOOLHOUSE DAYS GONE BY

The Cedar Creek schoolhouse still stands in a pasture near the intersection of Zenith and 20th Road, south of Hanover. It is one of just 16 or 17 schoolhouses still standing in its original location out of 133 that operated in the county in the early 20th century.

SCHOOLHOUSE DAYS GONE BY

The Bismark school is a limestone school that operated from 1889-1955 west of Hanover on Hanover Avenue, near the intersection with Xavier Road.

At one time in Washington County, there were 146 school districts in the county, including 133 rural elementary schools that were operated in one-room schoolhouses. Those schoolhouses have all but disappeared, but still remaining are the memories of many county residents who grew up attending those schools, with names like Frog Hollow, Silver Slope, Poverty Knoll and Guiding Star.

Some of the earliest districts in the county formed in the 1860s, but there was a rush of new schools opened in 1881 and again in 1889 as the county’s population increased and backroads filled up.

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