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Effort underway to start local arts coalition

BY TOM PARKER/ Staff writer
After years of consulting with other artists about the creation of a countywide arts coalition, Fred Cairns’ dogged determination was rewarded recently with offers from several other creatives to work together to weigh interest and seek direction for such an endeavor. The newly-formed Creative Arts Coalition includes Cairns, Kurt Funke, Sam Dummermuth, Brenda Nelson, Brad Owens and Michelle Massey, and is looking for other artists or creative craftsmen to be included. A new Facebook page under the same title has been created for news and updates.

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Wed
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Washington Community Garden coordinates for spring planting

BY LESLIE MANNING
 
Gardeners in the Washington Community Garden met on Feb. 18 to discuss the 2015 garden efforts. Plots available will be 20’x25’ with a registration and deposit fee required. The clean up deposit will be refundable if the gardener follows the guidelines and policies of the garden and their plot is cleaned by Oct. 31. Registration forms are available at the Washington Offi ce of the River Valley Extension District in the basement of the Washington County Courthouse.
 

 

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Kansas Territory Brewing Company to open Thursday

BY TOM PARKER
 
Kansas Territory Brewing Company, downtown Washington’s fi rst microbrewery, is set to hold an open house from 7-10 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26 at the brewery, which is located on C Street in downtown Washington across from Mayberry’s. Samples of beer will be available for tasting while tours of the facilities will be ongoing throughout the evening. Master brewer Parker Harbaugh and associate brewer Eric Helms will be on hand to explain the process of making hand-crafted beers.
 

 

Wed
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Feb
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Kansas White Way painter publishes illustrated logbook

“An Open Road - Sketching the 1914 Kansas White Way” by David Douglass DeArmond, features the artist’s sketches and paintings from along the Great White Way route, which follows Highway 9 through Washington County.
BY TOM PARKER
 
In David Douglass DeArmond’s introduction to his new book, An Open Road—Sketching the 1914 Kansas White Way, he writes about the offi cial log book, a narrow paper pamphlet that could be slipped into a shirt pocket for easy retrieval. Half of its 122 pages was devoted to local advertising, and the other half contained a mile-by-mile navigation of both branches of the Kansas White Way. “You could slip this guide book into your linen duster’s pocket,” he wrote. “Fiddle with the auto’s crank, turning over the engine a few times.
 

 

Wed
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Feb
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LOCALS BUY EXMAYOR OF MUNCHKINLAND’S HOUSE

Charlie Becker, the actor who played the role of the Mayor of Munchkinland in the Wizard of Oz, and his wife Jessie, who also had a role of a Munchkin, resided in this house in Washington in the 1960s after retiring from acting. The house was recently purchased by Harry and Dee Metz and will be renovated for tours.
BY TOM PARKER
 
The house that once belonged to Charlie and Jessie Becker, formerly of Munchkinland, Oz, has been purchased by Harry and Dee Metz, Washington. The Metzes hope to have the house open for visitors by sometime this summer, if all goes well. The house is located at 6th and E Street. Charlie Becker, a 3’9” German-American actor best known for his role as the Mayor of Munchkinland in The Wizard of Oz, retired to Washington in the mid-1960s with his wife, who was originally from a farm south of Mahaska. Jessie Becker also performed as a Munchkin in The Wizard of Oz. They lived in Washington for two years before returning to California. Both died in 1968 and are buried in Hayward, Calif.
 
Thu
19
Feb
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Interest in HISTORY ON Fire

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CUBA – It has been said that the methods used by blacksmiths from the earliest foundries and forges to the early 21st century can be pared down to three relatively unchanged processes, all of which begin with the letter H: heating, holding and hitting.

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Don Brax named track, cross country coach of the year

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BY MARCIA HUBBARD
 
Don Brax, track and field and cross country coach at Washington County High School, was recently named the Class 2A Track and Field Coach of the Year by the Kansas Cross Country and Track and Field Association. Brax, who begins his 43rd year as coach at Washington, received the award Jan. 30. Being a successful coach, at any level, involves more than just holding a clipboard or walking the sideline. It involves a lot of dedication, time on and off the field, and a love of seeing young athletes perform to the best of their abilities.

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Discipline issues becoming more prevalent in schools

BY DAN THALMANN
 
What can and cannot be done regarding student behavior issues in schools has been a topic of discussion locally, but trends show discipline issues are becoming more prevalent statewide, according to Donna Whiteman, Assistant Executive Director of Legal Services for the Kansas Association of School Boards. Whiteman’s experience runs the gamut of the education fi eld, having worked as a classroom teacher and in administration, served as a hearing offi cer and in other discipline and behavioral capacities and has 20 years of school law experience.

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Wed
11
Feb
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Roles change for law enforcement when dealing with o enders

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Local law enforcement goes through a peculiar change of roles when dealing with the criminal element of Washington County. As enforcers of the law, the sheriff and deputies are responsible for apprehending individuals involved in
illegal activity. But as soon as they do arrest someone, sometimes in the midst of the effort, their role can do a 180-degree turn where they find themselves responsible for the care and protection of the same individuals they just arrested.
 
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Washington County, Hanover scholar bowl teams headed to state

Two high school scholar bowl teams from the county will advance to state competition Saturday, Feb. 14. Hanover High
School will compete at the 1A Division 1 Tournament at Centre High School in Lost Springs and Washington County High School will compete at the 2A State Tournament at Ell-Saline High School in Brookville
 

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