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Leiszler to graduate HS after battling rare brain tumor

Zachary Leiszler will graduate from Clifton-Clyde High School on Sunday. The 18-year-old rural Clifton boy battled a rare brain tumor from age 3 until age 8. While surgery and radiation saved his life, it left him intellectually disabled and dependent on complete hormone replacement.

There were times back in about 2007 when Jim and Therese Leiszler didn’t know if they would get to watch their son, Zachary, graduate from high school. Their then-6-year-old son had a brain tumor and had been battling symptoms since age 3. After special radiation therapy and surgery, the rural Clifton boy has been officially tumor-free since 2009 and will graduate from Clifton-Clyde High School on Sunday.

The 18-year-old only child is excited to graduate from high school, he said, but he’s a little sad because he feels like his fellow students have largely ignored him through his school years and have only started to be more friendly toward him in these final weeks.

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WCHS given Challenge Award from state board

Washington County High School was named a Challenge Award winner by the state Board of Education recently. State Board of Education representative Deena Horst presented the award to the schools’ class presidents on April 23 during a school assembly.

Washington County High School was named a Challenge Award winner by the state Board of Education recently. State Board of Education representative Deena Horst presented the award to the schools’ class presidents on April 23 during a school assembly.

Schools do not apply for the award; they are selected by the state board.

The Challenge Awards recognizes Kansas schools that are making a notable difference in student achievement despite facing significant challenges in their school population.

 

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Brax to retire after 48 years of teaching

Don Brax spent his entire 48-year career teaching math at Washington. He also coached track and cross country during that tenure.

Don Brax was considering teaching two more years so that he could retire with a 50-year teaching career. But what’s the difference between a 48-year career and a 50-year one, he asked himself.

So the Assaria native who has spent his entire professional career in the same school teaching the same subject – 48 years of teaching math at Washington – is calling it quits when the school year ends May

17. Brax, who will turn 70 this fall and began teaching in 1971, has also coached cross country and track all 48 of those years. He is now teaching and coaching his third generation of students.

Wed
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Construction key to local lumberyards’ success

Ty Becker, who is a long-time employee at Andy’s Hardware and Lumber in Hanover, is one of three employees at the 32-year-old store. Unlike larger chain stores where customers may struggle to find an item or a store employee to help locate something, Andy’s Hardware employees said they will sit down with customers and look through a large inventory book to help people get what they are looking for.

More than half of the local lumberyards’ business comes from new construction and remodeling, according to local owners. Washington Lumber, above, gets about 70 percent of its business from local contractors who shop local.

The local lumberyard and hardware store businesses are doing okay thanks to the amount of remodeling and new construction going on the past couple years, according to area store owners. Washington County is home to three lumber yards – Washington Lumber, Andy’s Hardware and Lumber in Hanover and Palmer Lumber and Hardware – and store owners reported near-record sales in 2017 followed by a poorer 2018.

Bill and Sharon Wilgers, who have owned Palmer Lumber and Hardware for 26 years, said revenue has increased at their business nearly every year before peaking with the hail storms in 2016 and 2017.

“Everybody got new sheds, windows, siding,” Bill Wilgers said. “Almost every house got something new after the hail storms, and now they won’t have to replace things for a while.”

Wed
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KSDS graduates eight

Eight labs graduated from KSDS on April 13. Two of the dogs are guide dogs, two are facility dogs and four are service dogs. The dogs, which are all nearly two years old, have gone through significant training ahead of graduation.

Eight dogs graduated from KSDS on April 13. The class consisted of four service dogs, two guide dogs and two facility dogs. Three of the dogs headed out-of-state to their new lives in South Dakota, Florida and Iowa.

All eight of the graduates are labs – 5 are black and 3 are yellow – and came from one of two litters: The “Chip” litter born in April 2017 and the

“Eclipse” litter born in July 2017.

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School board, city council positions open

The filing deadline for the Aug. 6 primary is noon on June 3 in the Washington County clerk’s office. The filing fee is $20 or by petition. The positions for local offices are:

School board - USD 108: Position #1, #3, #5 and #7 at-large

USD 223: Position #3, #4, #5, #7 at-large

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The Easter Hunt

Kendall Hauschel, of Overland Park, with her father, Jake Hauschel, gets a laugh from the Easter Bunny before Morrowville’s egg hunt on Saturday.

Drake Phillips went swinging with the Easter Bunny during Morrowville’s annual Easter egg hunt.

Alivia Bruna, daughter of Samantha and Nathan Bruna, of Hanover, raced to scoop up colored hardboiled eggs ahead of the many other small children in her age group at Saturday afternoon’s egg hunt in Hanover.

Harper Duis, of Hanover, daughter of Kurt and Michaela Duis, found the very last egg in her age division at Hanover’s hunt this year. The egg was in a clump of grass just in front of the pool, and most of the kids walked right by it.

Clayton Steinfort, son of Austin and Christy Steinfort, of Hanover, was fascinated with a partly broken hardboiled egg at Hanover’s Easter egg hunt.

Photos by CYNTHIA SCHEER AND SHELLIE BAXTER

Kids around the county spent the day before Easter hunting for eggs, meeting the Easter Bunny, smiling for family photos and indulging in candy 

 

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Thu
18
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Ready for spring

Gardeners are preparing for spring planting despite the unusually wet and cool weather. Miller’s Flowers and Greenhouses owner Gene Miller said some of his regular customers are waiting to buy their plants because the ground is so wet, but he expected business to normalize soon. Kisby’s Pit Stop and Greenhouse’s George Kisby, of Clifton, said business is significantly down for him so far this spring, although he expected it.

Miller said that in years of mild winters he has customers purchasing plants as soon as early February; this year he has a few regulars who have purchased vegetables that can withstand the cold – cabbage and broccoli among them – but most customers are waiting for better weather.

 

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Moran makes stop in Washington

U.S. Senator Jerry Moran stopped in Washington on Monday during his annual 105-county tour.

U.S. Senator Jerry Moran stopped in Washington on Monday as part of his annual 105-county tour. Thirty-four people – both Rotarians and those from the community – attended the meeting that was scheduled during the weekly Rotary meeting in Washington. Moran said his focus in Washington D.C. is to try to “keep rural America around longer.” A large portion of the meeting’s discussion revolved around veterans and local healthcare.

“Just like our schools need every student,” Moran told the group, “our hospitals and health care providers need every patient.”

Moran said he has worked to allow veterans to receive treatment at local medical facilities instead of driving hours to the nearest VA. Local medical facilities were being reimbursed at the lower Medicare rate, though, Moran said, so he and the late Sen. John McCain worked on legislation that will require local medical facilities to be reimbursed at their normal, higher-than-Medicare rates.

 

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18
Apr
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County Easter egg hunts are Saturday

Communities in the county will have their annual Easter egg hunts on Saturday, April 20. The following is a list of scheduled events for the county:

Washington – The Centennial Homestead will host its annual Easter Eggstravaganza event beginning at 11 a.m. with bounce houses, a petting zoo, free-will offering pork burger meal and more. The Easter Bunny will visit, and the egg hunts will begin at 1 p.m. with the three-and-under age group. Four-through-six-year-olds will hunt second, followed by children ages 7 through 9 and concluding with kids ages 10 and up.

Linn – The Linn Community Nursing Home’s annual Easter Carnival and Egg Hunt begins at 11 a.m. The Linn High School FFA will host the event, which will include Skee Ball, Plinko and Roller-Rama donated by Palmer Lumber, cup cake walk, pop bottle ring toss, jelly bean guessing contest, cake raffle and more. There will be hot dogs, chips and free popcorn.

 

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