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Barnes begins the Christmas season with parade, shopping

Barnes begins the Christmas season with parade, shopping
Barnes begins the Christmas season with parade, shopping
Barnes begins the Christmas season with parade, shopping
Barnes begins the Christmas season with parade, shopping
Barnes begins the Christmas season with parade, shopping

Photos by DAN THALMANN & JUDY WIECHMAN / WCN

Santa Claus leaves the Sunflower Mercantile after stopping for a visit on Saturday during the Barnes Lighted Horse Parade festivities around town. Crowds of shoppers, below, started their gift hunt at several shops that were open in town.

The Lighted Horse Parade lit up the start of the Christmas season on Saturday with a variety of horses and wagons strung with colorful lights. Despite the frigid temperatures and gusty winds, the soup supper, above right, was crowded, cars and people lined the parade route and the shops stayed busy. There were 55 horses and nine wagons in the annual parade.

 

 

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Gifts & Goodies Craft Show to draw crowd to Washington

The 40th -annual Santa’s Gifts and Goodies Craft Show will be Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Washington East Elementary gym. The event opens to the public at 8:30 a.m. and runs until 2 p.m. Twenty-eight vendors will be set up in the 45 spaces sold.

To celebrate the 40th year of the event, four cash drawings of $10 will be given away each hour from 9:30 to 12:30. People must be present to win.

Vendors will be selling jewelry, soaps and lotions, yarn items, decorative cutouts, sewing and quilted items, baked goods, Christmas décor, sweatshirts, ink designs, framed items and kettle corn. There will also be Paparazzi, Pampered Chef, Usborne Books, Rada Cutlery, Premier Jewelry, Tupperware, Color Street, Mary Kay and Scentsy.

 

 

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Santa Claus planning several stops in county

Washington – Santa and Mrs. Claus will make their annual visit to Washington this Saturday, Dec. 7, from 10 to 11 a.m. at Washington City Hall. Children can get their photo taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and there will be refreshments and drawings for jumbo stockings.

Clifton – The third-annual Christmas on Parallel event begins at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 4. There will be horse and carriage rides and kids crafts, and Santa Claus will be there for those wanting photos. A free-will donation soup supper will also be available.

Haddam – Santa will make a stop in Haddam at the city hall on Sunday, Dec. 8. Bingo will begin at 4 p.m., and people can play to win gifts before Santa stops by with candy. Following Santa’s visit there will be a soup and sandwich meal.

 

 

Thu
28
Nov
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Peterson stone house may have been empty for 80 years

Peterson stone house may have been empty for 80 years

Photo by HEIDI RESCO

Heidi Rescoe, of Clyde, photographed a stone house between Brantford and Haddam that now belongs to the Peterson family. The photo appeared in a 2006 calendar.

Like many long-empty stone houses in the county, details about a stone house owned by the Peterson family are few and far between. This particular house, which is located near Eagle Road a couple miles north of K-148 between Haddam and Brantford, raised a few families over the years.

John Peterson’s grandmother grew up in the house, and his parents, Evelyn Peterson and the late Dale Peterson, bought the property from Edwin Peterson in 1976. John Peterson has since purchased the land from his parents.

 

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Otott crowned national FFA champ in agronomy

Otott crowned national FFA champ in agronomy

The agronomy team included, right to left, Michaela Jueneman, Grace Otott, Alyssa Kern, Luke Gauby and coach John Kern.

The Washington County FFA chapter represented Kansas in the National Agronomy Career Development Event recently. The team was named reserve national champion, and Grace Otott placed first overall. Alyssa Kern finished 10th, Luke Gauby placed 12th and Michaela Jueneman placed 13th out of more than 130 individuals.

As the top individual in the nation, Otott received a $1,000 cash award and was recognized during the Final Session of the National FFA Convention on stage, broadcast live on RFD-TV. Kern, Gauby and Jueneman each received a $400 cash award for their achievements.

The team first had to earn the right to compete at the National level by winning the state competition in May. They put in many hours this summer and fall to represent Kansas at the highest level.

 

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College St. intersection to close end of May

Plans for next year’s phase of Washington’s B Street Project are becoming a bit more concrete. Washington city administrator Carl Chalfant met on Monday with the Board of County Commissioners and county Road and Bridge supervisor Justin Novak to discuss updated plans for the project.

Chalfant said it would be expensive to construct a shoo-fly around the intersection of College and B Streets to prevent complete closure of that high-traffic route out of Washington.

He also said that the large box culvert at the College

 

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21
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Hanover FBLA members trick or treat for canned goods

Hanover FBLA members trick or treat for canned goods

FBLA members had a Dad’s Night the day after trick or canning. Zachary, Jim and Michelle Zarybnicky were a few of those who attended.

Hanover High School FBLA Members Trick-or-Treat for Canned Goods

The month of October was bustling with activities for the Hanover FBLA Chapter.

On Oct. 28, members set out on the streets of Hanover to engage in the annual Trick-or-Treat for Canned Goods. They went door-to-door asking for donations for the Washington County food pantry. Although the weather was cold with light snowfall, there was still a great turnout. Once the members returned to school after gathering cans, they were treated with hot chocolate and cupcakes. Then on the 30th, several members and their advisor delivered these products to Edith’s Pantry in Washington.

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21
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Are elk returning to their historic range?

Are elk returning to their historic range?

Two elk were caught on Darin Rothlisberger’s gamecam near the Washington-Republic county line last year. He also heard of another bull elk south of Barnes about three weeks ago, a week before the elk was shot in Kimeo Township.

Are elk returning to their historic range?

Elk have roamed throughout the Great Plains since before Euro-Americans settled the area. Their presence in what would later become Kansas was documented by Lewis and Clark in 1804, when their famous Missouri River expedition stopped on the Kansas Side of the river in Doniphan County. An academic paper “Historical and Current Status of Elk in Kansas” by Conard, Gipson and Peek in 2006, reviewed historic elk populations in Kansas and information from the paper is summarized below.

Explorer Zebulon Pike documented elk in great numbers in Smith County in 1806, an area that would hold onto populations longer than other parts of the state as they started to disappear as a result of hunting pressure and habitat modification.

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21
Nov
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Value of recyclables has plummeted over last decade

Washington County’s recycling products are worth a third of what they were in 2010. Cardboard is worth $40 a ton today versus $120 in 2010; milk jugs are worth $240 a ton now versus $670 a ton in 2010. China used to buy about half of the world’s recycling products; today it buys none, which has caused much of the price decline over the past two years.

Solid Waste director Duane Bruna said the United States is building more plants to process recycling now. Cardboard from Washington County goes to a plant in Oklahoma, for example.

“My goal is to keep stuff moving even if the prices are down,” Bruna said of not holding on to recycling until prices improve.

Thu
21
Nov
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Fire erupts in original Hanover Electric building

Fire erupts in original Hanover Electric building

Photo by SARAH RIPPE

Firefighters work to put out a fire at Hanover Electric on Monday afternoon. The fire was put under control after four area fire departments responded.

A fire broke out in the storage building of Hanover Electric, directly south of their main building at 105 Washington St, in Hanover on Monday afternoon. The call came in at 1:16 p.m., with Hanover City Fire Department, Hanover Rural, Hollenberg Rural and Washington Rural departments all responding. An ambulance from the Hanover Hospital was also dispatched on stand-by, but no injuries were reported.

The fire was contained with no other nearby structures suffering damage. The cause of the fire is undetermined as of Tuesday afternoon, according to De Bailey, fire investigator with the Kansas State Fire Marshal office.

 

 

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