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Alzheimer’s forum scheduled

Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of aging. It can be a challenge to seek the help needed, if you have a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, or memory loss. Join the Alzheimer’s Association and other community partners at a town hall style meeting to learn more about available resources, share your experiences, engage in the cause, and ask questions about the disease. Circle March 5 from 6-7:30 p.m. on your calendar. The Forum will be held at the Clay Center Community High School (1630 9th Street).

RSVP to the Alzheimer’s Association by calling 1-800-272-3900, if you plan to attend. Light refreshments and snacks will be provided. For more information, contact Haley Young by calling 785-379-3067 or emailing hdyoung@alz.org. Everyone invited to this free Forum.

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Linn Lutheran to present musical

Linn Lutheran School will present their annual musical this Sunday. “A Not so Terrible Parable” will be presented at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 1 at the Linn High School Auditorium.

This “Mysterious who dunit about the Good Samaritan” will be presented by the students in grades 1-8. Linn Lutheran Preschool students will share some songs before the musical. Refreshments will be served following.

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Program planned about life on the Oregon Trail

Guest speaker Gary Mitchel Zabokrtsky will present “Traveling The Oregon - California Trail Across The Great Plains” on Sunday, March 15, at 2:30 p.m. at District #55 School House behind the Fairbury City Museum, 1128 Elm Street, Fairbury, Neb.

Before the railroads crisscrossed the prairies, and even afterwards, many of our ancestors arrived in the Great Plains and traveled the Oregon Trail by covered wagon trains. People will learn about their life during that eventful journey.

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Lenten Lunch Bunch begins

The Washington County Ministerial Alliance will have its annual Lenten Lunch Bunch every Thursday at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church from noon to 1 p.m. beginning Feb. 27 with Father Keiffer speaking. Jim Stark will speak March 5, Jill Duis will speak March 12, Shannon Borgmann will speak March 19, Dan Norwood will speak March 26, and Tom Sahl will speak April 2. Bring a sack lunch or order from Friendly Corners and share fellowship as the local pastors of the Ministerial Alliance share a Lenten reflection. Coffee and cookies will be provided.

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Parents were asked in 1930s to submit birth records

From the Washington County Historical Sociey and Museum: When I first read this article, which was found in the Hanover Democrat on Nov. 23, 1934, I was puzzled. Records of local births, etc. were to have been sent to the Division of Vital Statistics in Topeka from 1911 on. Apparently, due to home births which sometimes went unrecorded, lack of doctor's compliance, etc., reports were not always accurate. In 1934 this effort was made to set things straight.

Baby Registration In Full Swing

Topeka, Kansas November 20--

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Decluttering program planned

Clutter can have negative effects on your mental and physical health. Plan to attend the upcoming program, Downsizing, on March 12 and 13 in the county. March 12 hear the program starting at 10 a.m. in the Clay Center District Office (322 Grant Avenue). That afternoon, catch the program in Washington at 2 p.m. in the Good Shepherd’s Lutheran Church (200 W. 4th Street). On March 13th, come to the Belleville Public Library (1327 19th Street) for the program at 10 a.m. That afternoon you can hear the program at the Concordia Courthouse Basement Meeting Room (811 Washington) at 2 p.m. Deanna Turner, District Extension Agent-Adult Development and Aging, will discuss different methods of downsizing to enjoy the space you are living without the clutter. If you plan to attend, please pre-register at your local Extension Office or call 325-2121.

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Fair parade returns to two night event

The fair parade is coming back for two nights this year during the Washington County Fair July 21-25, according to fair board member Ethan Schuette. Last year’s parade was only one night. This year’s county fair will also feature Dueling Pianos on the tennis courts on the Friday night of the fair and the Moto Rodeo followed by musical performances by Rusty Rierson, Molly Beaver and Ethan Sweetser on Saturday night.

The Sunday worship service on Sunday morning near the fairgrounds will also feature Saturday night’s performers.

Additional inflatables are being considered for the carnival games area.

Other county fairs in the area include the Cloud County Fair from July 7 to July 11, the Clay County Fair from July 14 to July 18, and the NCK Free Fair in Belleville from July 28 to Aug. 2.

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Bridge replacements on track for May/June completions

Bridge replacements on track for May/June completions

Work continues on the K-15 bridge over Mill Creek just south of Washington. Onelane traffic for the project began last May.

Both of the large bridge replacement projects on Highway 15 in Washington County are on schedule despite many days of no work being done. According to the Kansas Department of Transportation’s Ashley Perez, both the K-15 bridge replacement just south of Washington and the K-15 bridge replacement just north of Morrowville are on schedule to be completed in May and June respectively.

Bridges Inc., of Newton, is the prime contractor for the bridge replacement south of Washington. “Recently, very little work has progressed due to the low nighttime temperatures slowing the strength gain of the concrete,” Perez told the News late last week. “Thankfully, the strength has now been achieved and the contractor is set to resume more work there this week. Work is still planning for completion in May.”

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Jen Thalmann named to CCCC Hall of Fame

Jen Thalmann named to CCCC Hall of Fame

Jennifer Thalmann, Palmer, was recently inducted into the CCCC Hall of Fame. Her plaque will be near that of her track coach Ted Schmitz, who had a big impact on her career.

Jen Thalmann named to CCCC Hall of Fame

Cloud County Community College held a ceremony on Feb. 8 honoring three new inductees into their Hall of Fame, including Jennifer (Stunkel) Thalmann, center, former coach Kevin Muff, left, and former basketball player Stanecia Graham, right.

Jen Thalmann named to CCCC Hall of Fame

A plaque recognizing Jennifer Thalmann will be hung in the Cloud County Community College Hall of Fame, which is located on the east end of the second level of the gym at Cloud.

Linn High School graduate and Palmer resident Jennifer (Stunkel) Thalmann was inducted into the Cloud County Community College Hall of Fame in a ceremony on Feb. 8 in Concordia.

Thalmann was a twosport athlete for CCCC from 1992 to 1994. She excelled in both track and field and volleyball during her time as a T-Bird.

As a track athlete, Thalmann was a seven-time NJCAA All-American and an Academic All-American and still holds records there in the high jump, pentathlon and heptathlon.

In volleyball, she helped the T-birds to an 83-20 record over two seasons.

Growing up on a farm west of Palmer, the daughter of Geraldine and the late

Harold Stunkel, Thalmann said began to understand she was athletic when she was a child and especially liked the high jump.

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Commission approves 2nd Amendment Sanctuary designation

Last week the Board of County Commissioners voted unanimously to declare Washington County a Second Amendment Sanctuary. The purpose of the resolution is to protect the current rights of gun owners even if federal or state laws change in the future. The action came after commissioner Raleigh Ordoyne told his fellow board members that he had citizen contact regarding the Second Amendment Sanctuary. He then immediately made a motion to declare the county a Second Amendment Sanctuary to protect the current rights of gun owners in the event that federal and state laws change.

Ordoyne said the declaration will also send a message to lawmakers.

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