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i I Offices located at 111 E. Main, Mankato, Kansas 66956 148 E. Third Street. Nebraska 68978 A feature of The Superior Thursday, December 9, 2010 Price 50 Entered into the mail at Webber, Kansas, and Superior. Nebraska In a play put on by Rock Hills third and fourth grade classes, Coltyn Vajgrt portrayed the man with the belly which jiggles like a 5owl full of jelly - Santa. The play was entitled "Elfis and the Sleigh Riders." Readers share stories about selected for 5-state PhhOatggcrsakcPtl00s0000hlfeSldhhOas00Fbeen their Christmas traditions excepted to display artwork for the 27th Annual Five State Photography Exhibit at Hays. The exhibit will open on Friday at the Hays Arts Center, during the Winter Gallery Walk from 7 to 9 p.m. Two locations Outside of dowritown Hays are open earlier in- cluding the Bank of Hays from 3 to 4 p.m. and Sternberg Museum from 5:30 to 7 p.m. \\; Accepted artists and their guests are invited in the Hays Arts Center at 6:30 for a reception and a first lookat the show. There were 463 photographs en- tered in the Competition this year from five states including, Kansas, Missouri. Nebraska. Oklahoma and Colorado. Only 181 photographs were selected for the show. They are framed, matted and are available for purchase. Three categories in the exhibit in- clude nature, people and open. Sahlfeld's photograph of a Red-tailed Hawk was selected under the nature category. "I was excited and honored to be excepted into the exhibition, said Sahlfeld. and in the natu/'e category which is a passion of mine was even more thrilling." Jurors for the show were R. Skip Kohloff and Lisbeth Neergaard Kohloff. They are award-winning pro- fessional photographers, curators, lec- turers and lormer university instruc- tors. Both have served as professional portfolio reviewers for Photo Ameri- cas and Houston Photo Fest and Kohloff continues to review for the international Photolucida (Portland). Kohloffserved as president of the Colo- rado Photographic Arts Center for 20 years. Kohloff was the founder and chair of the Foothills Photographers. Their work is private corporate and museum collections. The jurors will bestow cash awards of $1,500, divided among the three categories. Sharon Sahlfeld is the daughter of Judy Hesket Bingham.Mankato, and the late Gary Hesket. Local Weather High and Low Temperatures Nov. 28 .................................. 60 21 Nov. 29 .................................. 55 30 Nov. 30 .................................. 34 21 Dec. 1 ..................................... 41 13 Dec. 2 ..................................... 41 14 Dec. 3 ..................................... 56 24 Dec. 4 ..................................... 60 28 No precipitation this week. Facebook fans of the Jewell County Record respond this week to the ques- tion, "What is your favorite holiday tradition?" Probably making gingerbread houses from scratch with my children. Even at their age, 15 and 19, it's still something we enjoy doing together. Julie Pinson On Christmas Eve, I make chili and potato soup and flare the neighbors over; after we eat, we open one present.--Colleen Ruppe Opening presents before breakfast and making sure my Grams is here with us. Christmas is all about having and sharing the love. --Amy Zadina- McDill I always loved to hear my grandma read the story of Jesus before we opened presents. Amanda Frampus My husband and I started our own family tradition six years ago. We leave Santa cookies and his reindeer apples; The children look forward to making the cookies and then laying them out on Christmas Eve. --Brandi Bird- Roland we lived overseas. Sometimes Santa didn't arrive on time, my first memory in Taiwan and especially in Central America. On Christmas Eve. 'The Elves' would come and leave us a little gift to let us know Santa knew where we lived and that Santa was on his way, although he may be a day or two late! We would hear the jingle of bells and know they'd arrived! We'd have to look for where they may have left their little gifts! Sometimes in the fireplace, sometimes in the yard; we just never knew where they'd drop off their sur- prises for us! Often we'd each get something to use together - like games to be used inside and outside. The Elves continued visiting us in all of our homes across the world, even when we moved back to the U.S., and they con- tinue visiting our daughter, even to- da2! Jeanne Bleecker Strawberry Shortcakefor breakfast! Tisha Templin Going to Grandma Roberta's and having soup for our Chirstmas meal. Quanita Williams Homemade bierocks and breaded Watching "It's A Wonderful Life" oysters for the Christmas meal. Then on Christmas Eve. When I was grow- singing and guitar playing until mid- mg up it was me and my dad's tradi- ' tion, Now it is me and my,husband' s. --Erika Walker Card games the family has claimed as "ours" down at grandma's, while eating grandpa's popcorn. You ain't had popcorn til you had granddad' s. Alli Jo During all of my growing up years. Jewell Co. book club has lively discussion night mass; -==Cynthia Ortman My mother and grandmother al- ways made special food for the Christ- mas. One year they made a mistake on a favorite Christmas cookie recipe while together baking for the holiday. One recipe was extra large and they always cut it in half only this year they made a mistake and doubled it. The enlarged recipe used nine pounds of flour. They enlisted the aid of our neigh- bors in baking. After the dough was mixed, my job was taking it to the neighbors' homes to bake--guess we "His Favorite Wife" was discussed by the members of the Jewell County Readers last Monday. Roberta Holdren led the discussion, which quickly in- exchange cookies volved the entire group. The book was Saturday afternoon about a radical sect which left the Esbon residents will Mormon Church and moved toMexico in order to practice polygamy. The author, at age 15, was marriedto aman 20 years older as his 6th wife. This sect was headedby brothers, who fought for power after the leader was mur- dered. The next selection is "The Learning Tree" by Gordon Parks, a Kansas na- tive. Carol Divel will be moderator when the group meets at the Jewell Library Jan. 10. Saturday is the date set for the an- nual Esbon cookie exchange. Every- one interested in having a large variety of cookies for the holidays should bring six dozen cookiesand their own con- tainer to the cafe at 3 p.m. There will be no cost. You will just'exchange your cookies with picks from the large as- sortment of homemades that the others have brought. If you have questions or want more info. on this very fun ex- change, call Delilah Pate. didn't think about freezing orrefriger- ating the dough. Instead we thought it all had to be baked that day. Christmas eve we went to the home of myfather's parents for oyster stew. On Christmas Day we were with my mother' s family. The menu always featured turkey, dressing, cranberries, Jell-O salads, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, sev- eral vegetables and at least three kinds of pie plus candy and cookies without end. Bill Blauvelt Readers are asked to follow this newspaper on Facebook by logging onto the Jewell County Record page and we invite you to become our friend so we can follow you as well. Jewell Library shows crech collection Roy Arasmith's toy collection of all sizes and kinds of tractors, farm implements, and constructmn equip- ment made an interesting display tn November. Few showed traces of the storm they survived in 2008. This month the library is showing Peg Bohnert's creche collection. View- ers report they are amazed at the vari- ous types she has. There arc also twounique Santa's displayed by Rob- ert and Loretta Todd. The library has purchased more than 30 DVDs to add to the collection which includes several of John Wayne (in- cluding True Grit and Sons of Katie Elder), the complete sets of Pirates of the Carribean, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Superman. Batman. and a set of 4 Benj. They are available to library card holders for one week at no charge. Donations for the Jewell County Food Pantry may be left at the library. Preschool Science ExperimcJts a 2:15 p.m. Saturdays will continue into the first two weeks of Decembei'. Libraries have free books available Every child that visits a Jewell County library during the month of December receives a free' book or col- oring book to take home. There is a wide variety of books for 0-12 years at the Mankato, Jewell, Burr Oak and Formoso libraries to choose from. The free books are compliments of the Rock Hills FBLA, FCCLA. FFA chapters. In 1978 Jewell County youngsters asking for Star Wars toys, offering Santa cookies The holiday season is certainly upon still the same. us, and for most parents there is al- The following letters were pub- a Star Wars Princess Leia and Luke Dear Santa, I want a semi truck. I want a milking cow. I want a four- ready at least one seemingly never- ending ending wish list of toys re- quested to be under the tree come Christmas Day. Another person re- ceiving a bunch of these wish lists is Santa Claus. Every year children around the world write letters to the generous man who is said tO reside at the North Pole. This week The Jewell County Record are asked to look back at some of the letters written to Santa in 1978. Many of these "kids" now have chil- dren of their own who are probably writing letters of their own to be sent off to Santa. While some of the toys requested certainly have changed in the last 32 years, the love felt by chil- dren towards jolly old St. Nicholas is lished in the Dec. 14, 1978 issue of The Jewell County Republican. Dear Santa, I want a watch. I want a football outfit. How are you? Will you bring me a football? Love, Brian Williams Dear Santa. I want a Teddy bear. I want a Barbie, truck, and doll clothes. Love. Mickie Jorgensen Dear Santa. I want a Luke Skywalker. I want a Milky the Cow, I want a Darth Vader. I want a truck. I want a Stretch Armstrong. Love, Clinton Novak. Dear Santa, I want a big train and an airplane. I love you. Love, Shannon Meier Dear Sanla, how are you doing at the shop? I want aBarbie doll. I want Skywalker. I want a radio. Love, Tammy Ragans Dear Santa, I want a baby-that-a- way. I wanta coat. I want a bike. I want a Barbie doll. Do you want a cookie? Do you want a drink? I love you. Are you working? Love, Karmelle Patterson Dear Santa. I want to have Milky the Cow. I like you Santa. I will save you a cookie. What should I get you Santa? Love. Angela Zimmer Dear Santa, I love you. I will leave you a cookie. I would like a bike with a bell and am oven that bakes real cakes. Please be careful! Lo,ve. Megan Matter Dear Santa, please getme a big Star Wars set. Please get me a Stretch Armstrong. Please get me a pair of football pants. Love. Brad Shelton Frank Railsback (left), Mankato, retired from the Kansas Department of Transportation, Friday. A reception was held n his honor at the Mankato facilities with family, friends and .co-workers in attendance. Leland Tice (right), area engineer, presented Railsback with an egraved clock for his years of service. wheel drive. Love, Brian Cockroft Dear Santa, I want a football outfit and Star Wars collection. I want a Star Wars watch. How are you do,ing? Love, Jeffery Railsback Dear Santa, I want a bike and a truck. I want a semi mack and a Luke Skywalker. Love, Keith Mallory Dear Santa, I want the digital derby and the Stretch monster. Bring me some Lincoln Logs. Bring me a stuffed Godzilla. Love, Kevin Gregg Editors Note: The Jewell County Newspa- pers will be receiving letters for Santa Claus. The letters may be mailed to the office in Mankato or dropped in the letterbox located outside the office. These letters willthen be forwarded on to Santa Claus. Letters should be brief and include the name and age of the child. Letters may be mailed tc The Jewell County Record, P.O Box 305 Mankate. Kan. 66956. Many of the letters will be published in the Dec. 23 issue. Burr Oak club plans pancake feed to raise birthday funds The Burr Oak Community Club had their monthly meeting at the com- munity center at 6:3"0 Thursday evening. Peggy Wilson, vice president, called the meeting to order in the ab- sence of Gloria Schlaefli, president. Brandy Johnson read the minutes of the previous meeting and Cheryl Hillman gave a treasurer' s report. Dur- ing the Veterans Day soup supper, $420.75 was taken in. Plans for the 140th birthday cel- ebration were discussed. The commit- tee would like to find several people who would be interested in organizing the parade. Peggy Wilson brought pic- tures of the benches that are being proposed for the playground .... In January the Community Club will be hosting a pancake and sausage feed as a fund raiser for the birthday celebration. More information will be available following the January meet- ing which is scheduled for Jan. 6 at 6:30 p.m. Attending the meeting were Peggy Wilson, Cheryl Hillman, Mary Foley, Glenny and Cliff Barnes, Wanda and Marion Belden, Sue and John Tucker, Bob Hines, Brandy Johnson and Louise Korb. Following adjournment cards were played tmtil 9. Snowflakesnowmen are life sized paper snowmen made out of handmade giant paper snowflakes. They were on display at the Rock Hil Middle School Ior the School Christmas programs. Telephone man creates first string of Christmas tree lights A telephone company installer cre- ated the first electric Christmas lights. At the time candles were frequently used to decorate Christmas trees but this was a dangerous practice. The telephone man had a better idea, He took the lights from an old switch- board, connected them together, strung them on the tree, and hooked them to a battery. The result was the first electric Christmas lights. They may not seem like it but Christ, mas trees are edible. Many parts of pines, spruces and firs can be eaten. The needles are a good source of vita- min C. Pine nuts, or pine cones, are also a good source of nutrition. Durin the Christmas season, more than 1.76 billion candy canes are made. If you received every gift in "The Twelve Days of Christmas" you would have 364 presents, Sugarplums are actually chocolate candies with cream, fruit preserves, or other sweet fillings inside. Alabama was the first state to rec- ognize Christmas as an official holi- day in 1836. Animal Crackers are not really crackers, but cookies that were m- ported to the United States from En- gland in the late 1800s. Barnum's cir- cus-like boxes were designed with a string handle so that they could be hung on a Christmas tree. Candy canes began as straight white sticks of sugar candy used to decorate. the Christmas trees. A choirmaster at Cologne Cathedral decided to have the ends bent to depict a shepherd's crook and he would pass them out to the children to keep them quiet during the services. It wasn't until about the 20th century that candy canes acquired their red stripes. Franklin Pierce was the first United States' president to decorate an offi- cial White House Christmas tree. Frustrated at the lack of'interest in his new toy invention, Charles Pajeau hired several dwarfs, dressed them in elf costumes; and had them play with "Tinker Toys" in a display window at a Chicago department store during the Christmas season in 1914. This public- ity stunt made the construction toy an instant hit. A year later, more than a /million sets of Tinker Toys had been sold. Inan effort to solicit cash to pay for a charity Christnlas dinner in 1891. a large crabpot was set down on a San Francisco street, becoming the first Salvation Army collection kettle. The poinsettia, traditionally an American Christmas flower, originally grew in Mexico; where'it was known as the "Flower of the Holy Night." It was first brought to America by Joel Poinsett in 1829. A person cannot make snowballs at the South Pole. The snow is too dry and powdery.