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Offices located at 111 E. Main, Mankato, Kansas 66956 A feature of The Superior Express Thursday, December 2, 2010 r Price 50¢ Enteredinto the mail at Webber. Kansas. and Superior. Nebraska Rock Hills students complete phase one of county food drive The Rock Hills High School All School. All County Food Drive has completed the first segment. The sec- ond phase began when classes resumed Monday and will continue until Dec. 10. "In the first days of the drive. Newton's Law which says a body at rest tends to stay at rest could have been proven by the results. "" com- mented Terry Bailey, student council sponsor. "This is our first 3fear and everyone is learning about how to con- duct a school-wide food drive. Thank- fully, we have continued to gain mo- mentum and activity every day We were able to deliver one and a half pickup loads of food to the Jewell County 'Food Pantry." "Now that classes are back in ses- sion after Thanksgiving, each day we will have a particular emphasis on items to be donated. The week started with Macaroni Monday with boxed maca- roni and cheese being the target food. Next was Tuna Tuesday followed by Beans, Rice: and Peanut Butter on Wednesday. Today (Thursday) will be Soup's On highlighting canned soup. Fi'iday will be Let's Clean Up For the Weekend. Targeted items will include soap, shampoo, conditioner, deodor- ant and shaving razors. The school is divided ihto teams. which are taking part in the friendly competition against each other to do- nate the most items• Point leaders alter the first 10 days are: Scholar;s Bowl 289. Staff 222. Juniors 189. Freshmen 172. Grade School 162. Seniors 129, Sophomores 117. and the Junior High with 105. Community members are encour- aged to donate what they can as well. Drop off places for those wishing to donate are the post office in Burr Oak. the city library in Jewell. and Kier's Grocery and the high school in Man- kate. For additional information con- tact Terry Bailey at the Rock Hills High School. VFW Ladies Auxiliary holds annual poppy campaign The Ladies Auxiliary to VFW Post 7830 met at the Pine Haven meeting room Nov. 9. A light lunch was served by Jami Underwood and Sherri Jeffery. Meeting was called to order by Sherri Jeffery, president, with 14 members present. Minutes of the last meeting were read and approved. Treasurer's report ws given and bills were pre- sented for payment. Communication was read from Auxiliary 7743 thanking the VFW 7830 Ladies Auxiliary for hosting the 6th District Ladies convention Discussion was held in regards to the Veterans Day program at Rock Hills Middle School Nov. 11. The aux- iliary conducted the POW/MIA empty table ceremony. Members also did a flag folding ceremony and recognized all the veterans attending. Buddy pop- pies were handed out to those attend- ing the program. The Buddy Poppy campaign was Nov. 12. Marlene Neilson and Merla Hulbert visited the post office and members of the VFW Post members helped at Kier's. the sale barn and businesses for donations. • Phyllis Christie reported two teach- ers, Leah Garman and Barb Elbracht, were being sent to district for entries in the Citizenship Teacher Award. Ruth Fleming passed around forms to report community service performed the past month. It was noted that a total of 10 hours were given by auxiliary members working on the collection of items for "Make a Difference Day." More than 50 coats were collected along with 80 other items of warm clothing and all donated to Helping Hands. Karen Boden reported the auxiliary sponsored the longterm care birthday party at Tuesday Happenings on Nov. 9. Veterans day was the theme with a cake decorated by Vonda Wakefield served to the residents. All attending were given poppies. Veterans day read- ings were given by Karen Boden and Sherri Jeffery. Two veterans, Bill Dillon and Richard Waugh, were n oted as LTC residents at the time, There have been lots for socks donated to the VA hospitals and, if they are received.more will be taken to Kansas City Dec. 10. Russ Colson named 2010 professor of the year A Jewell County native has been selected as the 2010 U. S. Professor of the Year, Russ Colson. son of Gall and Phyllis Colson of Mankato, is a profes- sor of geology at Minnesota State Uni- versity, Moorhead, Minn. He grew up in Jewell County and graduated for i Esbon High School in 1977 before heading off to the University of Kan- sas where he re- ceived a bachelor' s degree in geology in 1981. He com- pleted his Ph.D. at the University. of Tennessee in 1986 and went on to work at the Johnson Space Center in Houston and at Washington Univer- sity in St Louis before taking his cur- rent job in Minnesota in 1993. On Nov. 18. Colson attended a spe- cial ceremony in Washington D.C. where he was recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advance- ment of Teaching as the 2010 Out- standing U.S. Master's Universities and Colleges Professor. He is "the first professor from any four-year college or university in Minnesota to receive this national honor. His students nominated Colson for this award. They reported thriving on his enthusiasm and an unconventional approach to teaching. They said he is working to change the way students learn, taking lessons beyondthe black- board and into a more hands on. real world experience. All of Colson's classes feature interactive lectures and a strong focus on lab and fieldwork. More than 1,400 of Colson' students have, accompanied him to the field to learn geology; many of these trips have been multi-day excursions• "Geology is about reading the earth, not reading the textbook," said Cols0n.. "You can't really have the light bulb go on until you go out there and prac- tice some of those skills that you've been trying to learn at a blackboard." His forward approach to learning along with high remarks from many of his students, a few who have even followed his example and gone on to become geology teachers themselves, made Colson a stand out choice for the award. Russ Colson returned to Jewell Country along with his wife, Mary, to observe Thanksgiving with his par- ents. Phyllis Lange read an email from Cortina Barnes. national auxiliary president, advising there is no longer a VFW political action committee. The national VFW commander reported a relationship between the VFW and PAC was no longer in effect. As of October, the program is to be known legislative. Phyllis Christie reported I 1 entries for Voice of Democracy Contest with first place going to Micah Daniels. Jewell. A $100 check was presented to him at the Veterans Day program and he was asked to give his speech• Phyllis reported that there were 46 entries in the Patriots Pen essay, and four winners chosen to send to district. First place was Natasha Cole and a $100 savings bond will be awarded. The three other winners were Hannah Daniels, Emily Reed and Sarena Meier. They will re- ceive $50 savings bonds. Phyllis Christie reported she had taken patriotic coloring pages. The fin- ished pare are being displayed at the Mankato Plumbing store. The next meeting will be Dec. 14 with everyone bringing Christmas goodies to share. SHICK counselors will be at Mankato Community Center Senior Health Insurance Counsel- ing for Kansas (SHICK) counselors will be at the Mankato Community Center. Mankato, from 8 to 3 Wednes- day to assist seniors in selecting insur- ance coverage for Part D, Medicare. SHICK Counselors are trained and sponsored by area agencies on aging and the Kansas Department on Aging. Counselors will at no cost assist local residents consider options, prices and the medications needed. The spon- soring agency and counselors do not represent any insurance company and are to be unbiased toward the proVid- mg companies. Counselors will ask to see a Medi- care card and prescriptions in an atdtempt to get an accurate assessment of the options. To schedule an appointment, call the senior center manager in Mankato For those who cannot make it Wednesday, contact Sharon Regnier to make arrangements to meet at an- other time and date. Similar counsel- ing events are scheduled for near loca- tions. Medicare, Part D enrollment ends Dec. 31. After that date. one will not have opportunity to enroll or change Part D Coverage until the 2011 enroll- ment period. With the Thanksgiving holiday successfully tucked under the waistbands of many Americans, many Jewell COunty residents took the nice weather of the weekend as an opportunity to hang up Christmas lights. This year the Mankato Community Center joined in the festivities with a new set of bright white lights purchased by the Jr. Clio Club. Jessica Hanceck, left, and Chelsi Beam right, sort items donated by Rock Hills students and staff members as part of the all school - alt county food drive sponsored by the Rock Hills High School student council. Natural gas users may see le,wc;r wint, lfills Declining natural gas prices could to pay approximately 1-0 to 15 percent savings," said Brad Dixonl Kansas including delivering the gas to homes mean that Kansas Gas Servicecustom- less tliis beating season than the previ- Gas Service president. "In tact, if and businesses through its distributio 1 ers will enjoy some of the lowest win- ous one tbased on the use of approxi- weather conditions are normal this system that includes approximately ter bills in recent years, the company mately 63 Mcfs of natural gas from winter, our customers should expect to 20,000 miles of pipelines. said today. November through March). In dollar pay less this year for their natural gas Kansas Gas Service's supply of The cost ofgas reflected on Kansas terms, that equates to a savings of service than in the past seven years." natural gas is purchascd primarily from GasServicebillsinNovemberis$5.23 approximately $40 to $60this heating Kansas Gas Service purchases natu- marketers and producers operating in per Mcf (1000 cubic feet of natural season. The estimate presumes normal ral gas supplies for its customers the mid-continent region. It includes gas), compared with $5.31 this time weather'conditions and;the continua- through a competitive bidding pro- natural gas previously purchased and last year'and $7.52 in ,2008 -which tion of low natural gas prices, tess. The gas is sold to the company's injected mid storage and natural gas includes transportanon and storage "Our goal is to purchase a reliable customers with no markup with deliv- acquired through contracts based on costs, supply of natural gas at the most rea- er) lees addedthat are regulated by the market-price indices. The company estimates that atypi- sonable price as possible by actively KansasCorporationCommission.Kan- Kansas Gas Service supplies cus'- cal residential customer could expect managing our costs, bidding our natu- sas Gas Service earns a return through tomers in a nulnber of Jewell County ral gas supplies and capturing market charges for the services it provides, towns. Garman discoverq00ql t00dtent for cr 00ating mosaics By Chelsea Dunn faith," she explained, seem like a rather chaotic mess of glass teacher and her fourth grade class Six years ago while looking for She has named her growing busi- shards and garage sale finds, but to named the pieces "Mini Moes." chesstablesforherboys,LeahGarman ness His House Mosaics. and even has Leah it is a special retreat. It is prob- Finding pieces of glass, dishes and discoveredshehadatalentforcreating a website by that name featuring dis- ably one of her favorite places to be. furniture has become easier as people art. After having no luck searching for playsofthepieces she has made. Many The colorful masterpieces that have learn of and see the works Leah ere- the tables she wanted, Leah decided to of her pieces feature handwritten scrip- come up from that basement workshop ates. She said, "Many people bring me make the tables she envisioned. Using ture worked into the elaborate designs have gained so much attention that little sacks of things they've broken. small coffee tables, she mounted glass of the glass. Others have just a simple, Leah now takes on custom orders. Cli- Little offerings are sometimes on the to the tops to make them into the chess yet powerful word "pray" spelled out ents often bring her dishes that be- porch at home as well. and I have no tables. And thus was born a love for in the artwork with Scrabble tiles or longed to a mother or grandmother, or idea where they came from!" People making mosaics, typewriter keys. an heirloom piece of jewelry or furni- have also brought her old doors, dress- Leah began seeking out items oth- She has created stunning crosses ture to be revamped into a new senti- ers, mirrors and windows to work with ers cast away, gathering up mismatched and angels that shimmer with a variety mental keepsake, as well. plates, beaten up old furniture, broken of warm colors all built into old chairs While Leah does enjoy taking or- Many of her supplies come from a glass, and even rusted washers, rocks and stools, table leaves, door headers ders and bringing the ideas of others to local thrift shop, AI' s, in Burr Oak or and old knobs. She takes all these pieces and even windmill blades, life, she often prefers to work with her from sales like the Highway 36 Trea- and breathes new life into them by Leah'sparents, family and friends ownideas."Iprefertoworkwithwhat- sure Hunt. combining them into one-of-a-kind are supportive of her talent. Her bus- ever I'm obsessed with at the time!" When showing and showing and pieces of art. band, Ken, surprised her with a special she commented. Her work ranges from talking about her creations. Leah's "I use a wide.variety of supplies, birthday present. He cleaned out his a large piece converted into a wine rack eyes light with a clear passion. The Looking for the treasure is half the fun storeroom in the basement of the faro- to pieces of jewelry. The wine rack was care and attention that goes into every of the art. I want whatever will add ily home and repaintdd the room to one of her first projects. With help piece of glass is evident when looking texture or character to a piece," said turn it into her workshop. "It was all from her son. Zane, she converted a at even her smallest projects. Each Garman. She is currently searching for painted and bright and clean, it's now large piece that now features wine piece serves as a beautiful reminder piano keys to incorporate into designs, well-used, boxes of dishes and glass bottles and colorful grapes, that even the roughest, most broken Items once overlooked now get and furniture are everywhere, waiting Her latest interest is jewelry. Re- piece can be transformed into some- recycled, like an old headboard from'a to be charming again!" said Leah of cently she started making attention- thing of value with a little love and bed becoming a charming bistro sign, her work area. grabbing mosaic necklaces and pen- or an old floor tile becoming an eye- T0anoutsider.theworkspacemiht dams. She is also an elementarv school Continued to page 5 catching reminder to focus on what is  truly important in life. Leali incorporates scripture in most of the Deces she creates. "This art form became more meaningfu! to me OM when I used it as a media to witness my Angel .Trees await donors in 3, towns With the arrival of the Christmas season is time for the Angel Trees to make their appearance. This year Jewell County is host to three of these ::::: special trees. There is one in Jewell at t*' +:,; :,,,,o ........ r  ;.: i ";i "' the Guarantee State Bank, one in Man- ! kate at the public library, and one in !:,;,,:..:+ *: ':' !;'i t Burr Oak at the Guarantee State Bank. :  =.A County residents are encouraged to pick anangel, or two, and sign their name and number, take an instruction card, and then have fun picking out a present for a special child. At the Mankato and Jewell loca- tions there will be bags which the gifts may be placed in. This is so any toys provided by the toy drive in Beloit can be added before' they are given out. A general guideline for the gifts has been to spend $25 to $50, with one clothing item and one toy per angel. Purchased gifts are to then be returned ig.i::..;): :: :: to the angel tree location where the ::::::!11;!: person registered. ;:::i:iiii:!:ii::/i:: :: Angel Tree organizers have said :!:i:ii/2:::!?!:;?:::::;;:.iii+:i.i,li:::?i,; the donations will help all people in Jewell County to have a Merry Christ- keah Garman has turned a hobby of creating mosaics into a growing businesscentered on faith based custom mas. pieces of artwork made from recycled glass, dishes, old furniture and other odds an ends.