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Offices located at 111 E. Main, Mankato, Kansas 66956 148 E. Third A feature of Su Public meeting to consider closing Webber P.O. Post office officials will conduct a public meeting from 7 to 9 p.m. Tues- day, Sept. 6, in Webber. The Webber post office is one of many across the United States which is being consid- ered for closing. At the meeting planed for the United Methodist Church basement, post of- fice officials are expected to explain how they propose to serve the Webber area after the office closes and take testimony from those who would like for the office to remain open. Since the retirement of Postmaster Betty Evert nearly 20 years ago, the office has been on the possible closure list and has operated with a part-time officer-in-charge rather than a post- master. Community residents have fended off the previous closure attempts and demonstrated a need for the office but this time it appears it will be harder to stop, Faced with declining revenues and increased competition, post office leadershp is determined the road to prosperity calls for cutting service and closing offices. For many years the post office lead- ership thought the exclusive right granted by the Congress to distribute first Class mail, allowed them to do What they wanted with little regard for their customers. Fax machines, the internet and par- cel delivery companies have taken away much of volume once handled by the post office. Large crowd attends Ute Theater benefit More than 170 people attended the annual Ute Theater Benefit held Satur- day at the Rock Hills High School. The ice cream social began at 6:30 with the games to begin at 7:30. Don Koester, who was to lead the playing of the games, announced "they would not be starting on time as he had not made it through the ice cream line and he was going to eat his ice cream be- fore he went to work." At that time Don was probably about 25 persons back from-the serving window but he did receive his ice cream and did get to eat it. Lori Bonjour, one of the coordina- tors of the benefit said, "I think this is the largest turnout for the benefit we have ever had." Lori and Pam Dunstan worked together in collecting items for prizes. All types of prizes were do- nated from individuals including home- made items, some were purchased by individuals and then given to the ben- efit and other items came from busi- nesses. The ice cream and dessert side of the benefit was spearheaded by Lisa Goodheart. This year Lisa lined up" 17 different flavors of donated ie cream. She said, This is more than I have every had and this year I needed more vanilla." There was little ice cream left. Some of the donated baked goods were used as game prizes. "I noticed a few times when I was at the cash table, when paying some gave extra donations above the cost of their ice cream," said Lisa. The purpose of the Ute Theater Benefit is to help with the ongoing expenses required to operate the the- ater. Thedonations raised from this fundraiser will not be used towards the purchase of a projector. As of Tuesday morning the total raised had reached $3,500 and the do- nations were still coming in. Jewell Council to install gate at Lake Emerson Jewell City Council met Aug. 1 with council members Bill Loomis, Todd Adolph, Darrell Bohnert, Ron Howland, John Stoeber and clerk Amy Arasmith present. Council member Max Burks was not present. Mayor Loomis presided at the meet- ing. Members passed Dog Ordinance 627, Charter Ordinance 7 pertaining to exempting the city from an annual au- dit, and.Ordinance 629 increasing the assessment of municipal court costs to $75. The Rural Opportunity Zone Pro- gram and the school building were discussed. A domestic animal permit was ap- proved for Zach Colson in the 800 block of Tchoupitoulas Street. The gate at Lake Emerson is in- smiled and the signs have arrived. Mow- ing needs to be done between the bridges. A presentation about the Lake Emerson imorovements will be given at the Kansas Crossroads Field Day on Aug. 23 at the community center. It was the general consensus of the council to leave the electric hookup fee at the park the same as it has been for Howland Mobile Vet Clinic since it's a service that benefits the city. The fire department is interested in applying for a "regional" AFG grant for radios; other fire departments in the county interested in applying could be included in the application. Fire Chief Bohnert has new computer software for reporting fires. The Jewell Apartment Board of Directors meeting was held following he city council meeting. The elevator was damaged by light- ening in the middle of July. Thyssenkrupp Elevator Corporation of Wichita was contacted to do the re- pairs. It was reported that the air condi- tioner in Apartment 202 needs repairs. Bus drivers reflect on years of service driven a school bus," she told him and his remark was "oh my, I think I would have found another job by now." Joan Broeckelman started driving a school bus in 1968 as a substitute and then began driving full time in 1993 for White Rock Schools. Her route at that time was south and Esbon and when the Middle School was at Burr Oak she drove the west part of the shuttle route. Most of the time she has driven a big yellow bus. She use to drive a late route but hasn't for a number of years, runs no activity runs unless necessary. Her route last year on a good day started at; 6:40 a.m., making her first top west of Northbranch a little before 7 a.m., back in Esbon about 7:35-7:40 a.m. and then on to Mankato. "She drives more than 100 miles a day. "Lack of respect, kids arekids," is the biggest change Joan has seen'since she started driving, andthe distance she has to travel to pick up kids. She is used to the roads she travels. She knows when to slow down and where roads are going to be soft. Marcia Duskie has driven a bus for 13 years in all for Jewell and now Rock Hills. She has always driven a big yellow bus with 25 to 30 students riding. Her route last year started at 6:35 a.m. from there home near Ionia and she traveled,north and west with her last stop on the west outskirts of Mankato. In the afternoon she finished her route at her home usually around 4:45 p.m. She has driven activities, PreK one year, and a few late routes. Roads are usually okay as long as the weather holds up. The ice and snow are bad on the roads and it depends on if the"grader This year will be Betty Becker's 40th year to drive a school bus for the Mankato-Rock Hill Schools. She started in the fall of 1.972 and has driven all different routes. Most of the time she drives a big yellow bus. Last year her route was north of Mankato with her first pickup around 6:45 a.m. and her last pickup around 7:45 a.m. She estimates she drove between 30 and 40 mile_ one way. She also has driven the suburban to pick up Pre K, has run activity and late routes as well as extra curricular activities nights and weekends. The big change Betty has seen since she started is "I use to have a big bus, drove a few miles and the bus was full. I filled a bus in no time flat. Now I drive lots of miles." Contrary to beliefs, the r6gular school buses are nol air conditioned and they are not 4-wheel drive. Other changes from the beginning of her driv- ing career to now is most of the roads are now rocked. For Betty she thinks ice is the worst condition to drive in. The worst year she remembers having as a bus driver was several years ago when there were icy roads for a long time. The morning route was solid ice and then by noon when she ran Pre- school route it would have thawed a little but still 10ts of ice underneath and it would be really greasy slick. By night at the beginning of the route it wouldn't be too bad but by the time she was finishing her route it was freezing solid again and was bad. It just wouldn't melt off. Having driven for a "few" years I'm sure Betty has lots of stories. One she shared was a young passenger on her bus ask her "how long have you BeUoit Ato and Truck Plaza helped area youths meet their school supply .d th o (,a wilh donatiom, of backpacks filled with supplies, Pictured (from left' Jessat(-e Kelly from the truck plaza, Rock Hills 2nd grader Roger Meier, .Jr. ,d t.Idie Smith, Rock HilJs superintendent and elementary principal. runs. Marcia thinks the worst condi- tion to drive in is white-outs, blinding blowing snow. Since she started driv- ing changes she has seen are the behav- ior of the students, there are more rock roads and lots of miles for fewer kids. Last year Sonja Scarrow drove the Formoso route and south, transporting on an average of 19 students into USD 107. Driving around 32 years total, last year her route consisted of 40 to 50 miles. Her first pickup last year was around 7 a.m. arriving at the school around 7:45 a.m. Her last student got off the bus around 4:30 p.m. with her arriving back in Mankato by 5 p.m. She drives the regular route only. Changes she has noticed through the years are the students are more vocal less disciplined the roads through the years are better and the fact that she doesn't have to meet people on the mare roads like she use to, more rock and gravel. Sonja says the worst driv- ing conditions. "I hate ice. but hate fog also." Ed Duskie started his career as a school bus driver Jan. 2, 1983. taking two years off, so this January it will be 26 years. He drove for Mankato then Waconda East. Jewell and now Rock Hills, always driving a big yellow bus. He has driven Pre K, kindergarten, and extra curricular activities. Last year he transported 28 students on his route. The largest number of students he has transported on a regular route was 50 on the shuttle for Waconda East. and the least amount of students on his route was 18 on his route for Jewell. Last year Ed left home at 6:30 a.m. and headed south and east to within one and a half miles of the Mitchell County line where he had his first pickup at 6:45 a.m. His last pickup was at 7:40 a.m. arriving at the High School in Jewell County land sells at auction Last Tuesday morning at the Jewell Community Center two tracts of land sold at public auction. A farm located three and one-half miles east of Highway 28 and 148 north of Randall sold for $270 thou- sand. The 80 acres with 79.5 cropland acres, described as theWl/2NE1/4 34- 4-6, sold to Spiegel Family Farms. Also sold was the SW 1/4 of 29-4-6 land located in Jewell County one mle east of Highway 28 and 148 north of Randall for'S550 thousand. This tract consisted of 157 acres with 153.1 crop- land. It sold to the Don and Shirley Bingham Trust. Rock Hills receives backpack donations Beloit Auto and Truck Plaza has parmered with six local schools to pro- vide school supplies for families, do- nating more than 18 backpacks filled with school supplies requested by the schools, 360 boxes of tissues and other bulk supplies. The dealership made deliveries to Beloit Elementary, Glasco Elementary, Rock Hills Elementary, Lakeside Elementary, Glen Elder El- ementary and St. John's Catholic School. "We are aware that parents struggle to buy supplies for school at this time of year and we wanted to help," said Pat Kelley Beloit Auto and Truck presi- dent. Twice a year the firm conducts the Drive One 4 UR School event m which the Ford Motor Company do- nates $20 to local schools or every test drive. The next Drive One 4 UR School event is scheduled for Sept 17. Mankato at 7:55 a.m., with the final stop at the elementary at 8 a.m. In the afternoon he finished his route at his home around 5:30 p.m. on good days when it wasn't snowing and then it would be later. Last year his roads were mostly gravel and rock with a few highway miles, picking up the Randall and Jewell students. The route totaled around 100 miles a day. "I'11 take snow over ice any day," said Ed. "Some of the roads are gooa"ndsome not so good. Sand was a little light at timeS." Consolidations is the big thing he has seen changing. Ed has driven-for five Superintendents. Sandy Schoenberger has been sub- stituting as a bus driver since 1997, driving for USD 278 for 10 years and now Rock Hills. She drives everything from the Big Grizzly, has taken Farm Bureau to Topeka, driven band and music contest students. Sandy is a sub for all routes and activities, basketball, track, forensics, FBLA, FCCLA. She enjoys the kids, watching the activi- ties. "It helps keep you young," said Sandy. While waiting on the students at contest she has judged at forensic meets and if allowed she enjoys going in te watch the participation. Butch Thompson, upon his retire- ment from Kansas Department of Transportation, heard the district needed substitute bus drivers so he gave them a call and has been driving every since. That was 10 years ago. When he first started he was driving one or two times a month and now if he is in Mankato and not out of town he is driving every week. Hedrives all routes and activities. He enjoys being around the kids, "and if the driver's are in a bind and need help I'm glad to be able to help them," said Butch. Jane Pahls will be a driver in train- ing for USD 107 at the beginning of this school year. Bob Roush and Larry McMains are USD 107 transportation-maintenance supervisors Bob has been with Mankato/Rock Hills since July 1999, and Larry has been with White Rock- Rock Hills since November 2004. USD 107 runs a fleet of 15 buses counting the coach, and 15, 4-wheel vehicles. As far as bus maintenance engine, trans- mission and computer jobs are farmed out. Bob and Larry take care of the rest of the maintenance on the fleet. Last year morning regular route buses transported approximately 150 students, with the staring time pretty well the same 6:15 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. with the earliest pickup at 6:45 a.m. Most routes averaged 46 to 48 miles one way. There were seven routes in the morning and night with two PreK routes last year: All bus drivers must have a Class B CDL license, a physical card, first aid, CPR and defensive driving. They must have a P endorsement to drive the coach and a B to drive the big buses. "One or the hardest things for people to realize is whether we call school off or not is based on the road conditions for all drivers from one end of the county to the other," said Roush. "I feel the worst condition our driv- ers could drive in is probably ice. You know it is really bad out there when it reflects light back in your face like a mirror," stated Roush. The suburbans that are used on the routes may not have as many kids as the regular yellow buses but they have the same miles to travel. According to Bob Roush "the dis- trict needs more substitute drivers as Continued to page 4 ............. .-00Ibu rsdax00, August 25,, t 1 Price 50 Entered into the mail at Webber. Kansas, and Superior, Nebraska Burr Oak library summer reading program included a day featuring Mexico. Participants pictured with mustaches are (from left) Sam, Jacob and Aaron Underwood, Dereck Gillett and Mary Jo Shook. Summer reading program ends at Burr Oak Library The Burr Oak Community Library and presented a presentation of foods has concluded its summerreadifig pro- from around the world. The program gram. This year's program had the youngsters learned about different theme of"OneWorld, Many Stories." foods from different countries. The Each week the pr(rgram featured adif- highlight of this year's program was ferentcountry.Thelibrarianchosesto- the 8 Silly Rabbits magic show. The ries, crafts, snacks and movies to c6in- magicians came fromLawrence. Kan.. cide with the theme of the week. Coun- and they also performed using this tries featured included Mexico. Africa year's theme. There were 45 young- and China. stets in attendance for the magic show A Kansas State University exten- and an average of 16 came for each sion representative came to the library week's program. Lovewell hosts annual campground Christmas Christmas came early at Lovewell State Park on Saturday, when the park hosted its ninth annual Campground Christmas. This years' event had 12 decorated campsites. Entries were decked out with lights, holiday blow- ups, Christmas trees, Santa busy driv- ing boats and a variety of other tradi: tional and non-traditional decorations. Winning first place this year was George's Christmas, in honor of camp host George Burgess who died earlier this year. Family and friends of George from Mankato, Burr Oak and Salina decked out his camp host site with lights, Santa Claus fishing, a nativity scene and a homemade wreath full of cheer. Second place entry was by the Cody Peterson family of Deshler with a large display of lights, Santa on skies being pulled by a bear and penguin on a jetski. Winning third place was the Nondorf family, of Superior with a snowman roasting marshmallows, lots of lights and visitors could stop for a grape or cherry snowcone, Judges circled the state park Satur- day evening to choose the winners. Hundreds of other vehicles visited the campgrounds that evening to view the decorations, some with Christmas lights adorning their vehicles, hearty Merry Christmas wishes were shouted to passersby, caroleis singing, and Santa and his elves on a motorcycle passing out candy treats. The winners received their prizes at the beach shelter. All participants, re- ceived one of the unique cedar rein- deer made by the staff at Lovewell State Park. "Everyone who participates, and those who just enjoy viewing the deco- rated campsites, all have such a great time and many participants plan for this event all yeardong," said Thane Loring, Lovewell State Park manager. Jewell County Board holds regular meeting Jewell Cotmty Commissioners met Deb Foster, Lynn Scarrow and Carla Monday and approved a contract with the Mitchell County Health Depart- ment for the WIC program. Arnold Ross asked if the county would add more gravel on his road (DiamondNoad). He said the road has several ruts and reported they still have issues with the ambulance service in his area. Jonas McEntire, sheriff, discussed operation of his department. Rex Fischer, general superinten- dent, discussed routine maintenance and the purchase of a used chip spreader. The commissioners reported road concerns. Waugh discussed the T-Works pro- gram and budget requirements. Mankato Weather High and Low Temperatures Aug. 14. ............................... 86 61 Aug. 15 ............................... 87 63 Aug. 16 ................................ 92 65 Aug. 17 ................................ 83 67 Aug. 18 ................................ 85 68 Aug. 19 ................................ 97 64 Aug. 20 ................................ 89 64 Wilbur Becker, weather observer for Mankato. reports 0.31 of moisture for the week. Charlotte Hansen. weatherobserver for Jewel l, reports 0.27 of moisture for The commissioners, Rex Fischer, the week. Will host tour at Jamestown Wildlife Area Thursday, Sept. 8, Jamestown Wild- life Area managers will hold the tradi- tional Jamestown Waterfowl Informa- tion night with a twist. Instead of meetingin a classroom with presenta- tions, pictures, graphs and tables on the current habitat conditions, inter- ested hunters and outdoor lovers are invited to Jamestown Wildlife Area to see the conditions first hand. A driving tour will begin at 6 p.m. from the area headquarters and return at 7:30 p.m for a short presentation and question and answer session. Tom Bidrowski, webless game bird coordi- nator, will be the featured speaker. Attendees will see the challenges of management in 2011, how water is moved and held in various pools, and the habitat conditions expected lbr this upcoming season. This will be an op- portunity for the public to get a sneak peak befbre the early teal season opener on Sept. 10. Attendees will als0 learn about expected waterfowl numbers for the upcoming waterfowl season, bag limits and habitat conditions through- out the central flyway. Angus association honors Jewell Co.' cattle breeders !,ewell County livestock breeders William and Linda Wilson, Burr Oak, Everett Benoit, Esbon, and Black Vel- vet Cattle, Mankato, have been hon- ored by the American Angus Associa- tion with the listing of select bulls they own in the 2011 Fall Sire Evaluation Report published by the American Angus Association. This report provides both Angus breeders and commercial cattle pro, ducers using Angus genetics with se- lection tools for improving their herd. Expected Progeny Differences (EPDs) are generated from the performance database of the American Angus As- sociation, which includes information submitted by nearly 9,000 Angus breeders this past year through the Association's Beef Improvement Records (BIR) program. Veterans service officer will be in Mankato Sept. 1 A Veterans Service Representative from the Kansas Commission on Vet- erans' Affairs will be at Mankato City Hall from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, to ass'ist veterans and their families with veteran's benefits. The Kansas Commission on Veterans' Af- fairs is a state agency that provides free assistance to veterans and their fami- lies with veteran's benefits. But,erfhes ;'eem T.o b m,s; i   ,J" , ,- ,::'lm.,, a'd {3ar, fall. This one sucks nectar from a this.t! i,..!,.',-! County this week.