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ii i i Offices located at 148 E. Third Street, Superior, Nebraska 68978 / / I i i i 111 E. Main, Mankato, Kansas 66956 A feature of The Superior Express I Construction underway on Esbon's new fire hall Thursday was the day for the first pour of concrete for the 52 x 80 RFD No. 3 Fire Station to be located at Esbon, Last Wednesday, workers made sure everything was ready for the first pour early Thursday morning. The pho- tos which accompany this article were taken at 9:15 a.m. that morning and the pour was over and tools were being cleaned up. Friday all forms were moved to the other side, set and everything ready for the next pours which are to be today and Saturday if the weather cooper- ates. Hopefully the main floor will be done by Saturday and then the ap- proach to the front of the building to the street will be poured. After volun- teers will start setting the building's steel sides. According to Dave Hastings, assis- tant fire chief for the Esbon Fire De- partment, "Our goal ig to have the building enclosed by winter so we can work inside during the winter months." Usually three to four nights a week volunteers are working on the fire house. The volunteers started excavat- ing about a month ago. Most days find four to six regular volunteers working. Shane Holthun. Seneca. who is employed by Kansas Rural Water, is the inspector for the KanStep project. At the present time, he is the inspector of three different projects, Miltonvale, Chaney and Esbon. When this is all over Shane is suppose to write an ar- ticle for the Rural Water magazine and plans to include information on the Esbon community. Randall Co-op holds annual meeting Randall Farmers Co-op Union had years.Behrendspresentedhimawatch viewed the past year's accomplish- their annual meeting Aug. 25 with a buffet supper and meeting. Joey Behrends presided. Clark Cowl, CPA, was introduced and gave a positive financial report Past directors and past manager, Charles Houghton, were welcomed. Election for directors resulted in Joey Behrends, re-elected and Robin Griffeth was elected to replace Steve Mclntyre who retired after serving 18 for his years of service. Manager, Archie Thompson intro- duced his staff, Roger Houghton, Jerrod Alvord, Jeff Williams, Tony Mont- gomery, John Bauer, Frank Bolte, Tim Boudreaux, Vinton Burgess, Dennis Conn, LeRoy B user, Derek Montague, Jeremy Howland, Dan Waterman, Travis Weatherhead, Jeremy Mosher, Hilary Bledsoe, Jennifer Flavin, Kris Williams and Lesa Wright. He re- ments including the building of a stor- age shed for the Randall station and a new building for the Jewell service station. Winners in the drawing for cash were Jeanette Barrett, Brad Kohn, Jill Ramsey, Fawna Barrett, Deb Griffeth, John Edwards, Caleb Ramsey, John Ross. Nevada Vetter. Dawna Gay Robinett, Vaughn Prather and Brad Cockroft. Each person in attendance received a gift. I I Thursday, September 1, 2011 Price 50 Entered into the mail at Webber, Kansas. and Superior, Nebraska rll II Irl il Kris Williams and Lesa Wright man the registery table at the Randall Farmers Co-op Union supper last Thursday. Signing in are Earl and Shirley Varney and Juretta Anderson. County hospital under budget, showing profit Jewell County Board of Trustees for the Jewell County Hospital met July 28 with the following present: Dan Garman, president; Earl Buckley, Larry Welch and Edgar Marihugh, Doyle McKimmy, Eric Borden, Dwight Frost. Susan Newell and Jeff Younger. Minutes of the June meeting were approved. McKimmy presented letters from the Centers for Medicare and Medic- aid Services. The first was to recognize the hospital's receipt of the 2010 FY cost report payment in the amount of $147.623. The second was to indicate the hospital's new room rates, the amount Medicare will pay per day, effective Aug. 15. The hospital was reimbursed a total of $112,900 for the increase in inpatient rates and swing- bed rates per diem. The third letter announced the hospital met the 96 hour reqmrement to qualify as a critical ac- cess hospital for fiscal year ending Dec.31, 2010. The hospital has received the third quarter Medicaid Disproportionate share hospital payment in the amount of $19,023. Hospitals receive payments if they provide care to a significantly disproportionate number of low in- come patients that are not covered by other payers like Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP and other health insurance. Borden presented the balance sheet and profit and loss statement. Thehos- pital is still under budget for the year and is currently showing aprofit on the year. Check register, credit card report and treasurer's report were reviewed and approved. Borden also presented the stats, numbers were mixed com- pared to last year with emergency room, lab, radiology and acute visits down, but observation, physical therapy and clinic visits were up. The sprinkler system plan is being reviewed by the State Fire Marshall. This needed to be approved by the state before the work will begin. Susan Newell and Marilyn Dunstan presented pros and cons of changing the hours the clinic is open. As of Sept. 5, new clinic hours will be Monday- Thursday 8 a.m. to 12 noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Friday mornings from 8 a.m. to 12 noon. The clinic will be.closed Friday afternoons. Jeff Younger from Seminole En- ergy presented the possibility ofswitch- mg the hospital's natural gas provider from Kansas Gas to Seminole. The state deregulated the natural gas mar- ket 15 years ago which allowed com, mercial users like hospitals, school and county building to switch companies "that provided the natural gas. Kansas Gas will still maintain the lines to the building and read the meter. Board approved switching to Seminole En- ergy, Board also approved new officers for the coming year: Larry Welch to serve as president and Dan Garman to serve as vice-chairman. The FY 2010 audit report was re- ceived and presented to the board. The Board approved to allow Doyle McKimmy to speak directly with Marilyn Dunstan about her contract and make adjus[ments following that discussion. The April through June risk management report was reviewed by Doyle McKimmy. School board approves vision, mission statements A special meeting of USD 107 sti[landexpectR-RespectO-Opportu- Board of Education was held Aug. 29. nity C-Community K-Knowledge H- Ervin Underwood, president, presided, Heritage I-Integrity L-Life Long Learn- Others present were Lesa Peroutek, ingL-LeadershipS-SelfWorth-Reflec- Steve Spiegel, Mark Fleming, Janelle tion. Greene, Brenden Wirth, Lori Yelken, Board members approvedthe Vi- Nadine Smith, Cat Palmer, Marci sion Statement. Shearon. Allen Walter and Lynette Marci Shearon and Cat Palmer dis- Bartley. The Vision Statement that was for- mulated in May by the USD 107 Com- munity Stralegic Planning Committee is as follows: The Learning Commu- nit,/of Jewell County Kansas will in- cussed the current USD 107 Mission Statement that w as adopted by the ROck Hills USD 107 Board of Education on Feb. 5. 2007. It is as follows: Rock Hills' mission is to provide an environ- Continued to page 5 Early Copy needed for the next edition The Jewell County Newspapers will be among the many Jewell County businesses and government offices closed Monday, Sept. 5 in observance of Labor Day. Whenever possible advertisers and correspondents are asked to submit their copy early for the next issue. Items for the next weeks' issue of this newspaper may be mailed, faxed. emailed or left in the newspapers' drop box. The email address is The fax number is 785-378-3782 and the mailing address is PO Box 305. Mankato. If unable to reach the Mankato of- fice fell free to contact the Superior office. The Superior office is normally open Saturday morning and later week- days. Toll free calls may be placed to Superior, 800-359-2120. Mankato Weather Aug. 21 ................................... 88 67 Aug. 22 ................................... 91 67 Aug. 23 ................................... 93 67 Aug. 24 .................................. 100 67 Aug. 25 ................................... 92 61 Aug. 26 ................................... 90 62 Aug. 27 ................................... 98 62 Betty Becker. Mankato weather ob- server, reports .46 of precipitation for the,week. Reminder Don't forget garage sales are com- ing up Sept. 16, 17 and 18. Get your ad to the Jewell County Newspaper office and receive your yard stake advertis- ing "you" are a participant of the Com- munity Wide Garage Sales. This sign, surrounded by vanous kinds of produce, sits on a rnetal folding chair gives the r(:e of some of the produce for sale  th: comm nity garden in Formoso. Charlie Fischer, J.D. Puentes. Ron LeFever, Ray Mizner. Gary Bartcher. Dave Hastings and Shane Holthun assist with the Esbon Fire House concrete floor. Formoso growing By Joanne Freeman With the price, of gasoline going higher and higher, the economy strug- gling throughout the United States. and statistics showing rural communi- ties are dwindling, maybe someone should tell Formoso. This small Kansas community, which has a current popution of 101, is not taking a back seat and letting time stand still in their back yard. In the last six months Formoso has had 14 people move into the commumty. Formoso has 10ng been an achiev- ing town. For the past 27 years it has been awarded Tree City USA designa- tion. and before received many PRIDE awards. Through the KanStep grant program a new fire house was erected and water lines were laid to serve the entire town, Both accomplishments were completed with volunteer work- ers. The town has a maintained park, a non-denominational church, a roller skating rink operated by volunteers, Mike and Deb Worm. a cafe. bank, post office and library. The town also has the Formoso Garden Club. C1 ub members are Jovena Anderson, Delbert and Lila Mendenhall, Joe Peters, Eddie Peters. Joy Gordanier and LaVernia Peters. They meet four times a year to discuss what sold the previous year, what vari- ety produced well, how much was planted and what seeds to order for the next year's garden. This year club members planted four varieties of to- matoes, red, white and yellow onions, cucumbers, banana, bell and hot pep- pers. zucchini, beets, red and white potatoes, yellow squash, green beans. decorative gourds, and sweet potatoes. Carl Studer started the community gardens and after he died', the Formoso Garden Club reorganized about four years ago. Since that time, by-laws have been established one requires 25 percent of all produce raised be do- nated back to the community. So far this year the club has donated 25 pounds of onions, 15 pounds of tomatoes and three pounds of peppers. Aditionally the organization has given two differ- ,' making improvements LaVernia. built a small building to house the produce. It is located right next to the produce stand which is a smple wooden table that sets on a cement slab with a one-car metal car- port over it. Joy Gordanier roans the stand Mon- days and Thursdays from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.: and Tuesday and Wednesday mornings even when the temperature tops 100 degrees. Joy said. "As long as there is a breeze, it is nice and cool sitting here. I like being outside and I get a lot of reading done." Joy does not take the produce to farmer's markets, as the organization doesn't charge a lot for the produce and they don't want to offend anyone. She does take onions with hIr to Scandia the third Saturday of the month ent times to the Jewell County Food Pantry 28 pounds of onions, 14 pounds of potatoes and an additional 15 pounds of onions. This year there are three different garden spots and as of last Thursday they had produced 327 pounds of pota- toes, 141 pounds of tomatoes. 435 pounds of onions that sell six for $1, 164 pounds of green peppers, 72 pounds of beets. 12 pounds of hot peppers. 59 pounds of cucumbers. 40 pounds of green beans, 45 pounds of squash and seven bundles of Swiss Chard. Addi- tionally LaVernia has chickens and sells the eggs and the money also goes into the Garden Club fund. "Beets are a good seller." said LaVernia. Michael Peters and Dorothy Sjolander with some help from and customers are usually waiting for her. Joy said "Most all the work is done by LaVernia, she does all the planting, she weeds, waters and maintains allthe gardens with some help from her neph- ews, Joe and Eddie who are ages five and seven." The 12 to 18 inches be- tween the rows is mulched with grass clippings to keep the weeds down. Because of the wet spring this year the gardens were two to three weeks late getting planted and the produce stand was not opened until the third week in June. "The tomatoes flowered and then didn't want to set on probably because of the heat, to much rain at first and then heat all at once have put the zuc- chini back," said Joy. Continued to page 5 This Formoso Garden Club bench was purchased with proceeds from the community gardens two years ago. c I-ie I::ormoso Commurfity Gardens as they k)oked earlier thio "y;  ,,,,