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i Offices located at 1.11 E. Main, Mankato, Kansas 66956 148 E. Third Street A feature mor Ex ;S Thursday, Decembe00 " Z:ul/ Price 50 Entered into the mail at Webber, Kansas, and Superior, Nebraska 'Chefryl's Day Care' celebrates 25 years - , " . . . . The month o January marks the she walkedmto my house andtheresat standing m the comer and it looked some daycares to not take children four potty chairs lined up," said Cheryl. Cheryl values her memories of her time with the youngsters left in her care. In the early years, Cheryl had a Chow dog. The children knew the Chow was not to have any bones and the Chow knew the children were not to be in the trash. After Cheryl had fried chicken, one of the children saw a bone in the trash and preceded to remove it so the dog did not get the bone. The Chow seeing the child get- ting into the trash kept nudging his arm to stay out of the trash so he wouldn't get in trouble. "I didn't need a fence as the Chow kept them in the yard," said Cheryl, When she obtained her first daycare license, the facility could have five children total. Now the number is 10 total. The state allows a daycare a maxnnum of three babies. "I won't take three babies and wouldn't advise anyone else to take three on at one time. You can' thandle it," said Cheryl. "My kids say I have mellowed with age and I think this is true. The kids in my Day Care have taught me just as much  as I have taught them." said Cheryl. Time out is the only discipline mea- sure used at the daycare. Quiet time doesn't exist. "Not long ago my year-old grand- son, Layn, went to the comer and stood in it. His dad asked if Layn had been in trouble. Cheryl laughed, and said no. She explained Layn had seen others 25th year for Cheryl Badger, Mankato, to operate a child daycare in her home. Cheryl doesn't remember the exact date she started but Brent Murray, who was around a year old at the time, was the first child she was asked to care for. Shortly thereafter, newborn twins, Jer- emy and Jennifer Waugh, were added to the daycare and then Tonya Buser came on board. Cheryl was working at Mac'sQuik Shop in Mankato when a family friend, Carla Waugh, came in and Cheryl asked when the babies were due and who Carla was going to have babysit. Carla said she didn' t have a clue who she was going to get to babysit and strongly suggested Cheryl stay home and keep the twins. Cheryl's husband, Dave, was an over-the-road truck driver, and was home some nights and mostly weekends. So became the makings of Cheryl' s Day Care in the Badgerhome. In recalling her time with the twins, Cheryl Said, "Jeremy was very intense and Jennifer was laid back." In the first year she cared for six to eight children. After about 10 years, the daycare became licensed. One of the advantages of being licensed is the state sponsored food program a licensed daycare may participate in. Cheryl observed when one child experienced something it was easier to have more of the children participating in the same activity and she suggested potty training. "My mother laughed one time when like something he could do so he did it." But did Layn just want to stand in the comer or did he do something else, that' s the question, but for today it was a game. Some days are crazy. Besides the back yard with a variety of things to play with, the children have two play rooms, one with a television for mov- ies. The television is always on but most generally no one is watching it. The youngsters are to pick up the play room before they leave for the day, but after everyone is gone Cheryl goes m to put the room back in order for the next day. Nap time is taken in the two bedrooms on the main floor. The down- stairs of the family home is not used by any of the daycare children. Summer time is the hardest time of the year for Cheryl. There are older children around so it is noisier and it makes it harder to get the babies down for naps. "Accidents are not allowed at the daycare, by the grace of God no one has been sent to the hospital," com- mented Cheryl. Pricing has changed. Her first li- cense issued by the Kansas Depart- ment of Heath and Environment cost her $Sf0r the year. The license fee is now$75 ayear. The facility is visited quarterly for the food program. Cheryl Is required to take a two hour training class per year. The facility is each year as part of the license renewal process. Also checked are the animals records for both dogs and cats. the children's immunization records, and the report of the youngsters' annual health exam must be on file at the center. Cheryl has observed the girls are maturing earlier. The parents and chil- dren are busier than they were 25 years ago, The families are involved in more activities. Cheryl said this probably because others are and the families believe they need to be involved to keep up. State rules have changed. "I think the state is making parents choose be- tween enrolling their children in a pre- kindergarten class and daycare," said Cheryl. The pre-kindergarten schools are part time, but for the daycare pro- vider who has that child the other half enrolled in a pre-k program. Hours of operation for the daycare have always been 7 a.m: to 6 p.m. with some flexibility, except for no nights or weekend care. "Now, there were times some of my daycare youngsters stayed overnight with us but that was because they wanted to, I wash' t baby- sitting, they were guests," said Cheryl. She would not recommend any daycare facility to operate 24-7. "It' s too much." said Cheryl. 'Tm full year round and one of the hardest things I have to do is turning youngsters away because I'm over on numbers. It's hard when I can't take care of my own grandchildren because it puts me over." said Cheryl By the weekend Cheryl is ready to go somewhere but when her husband gets home off the road he is ready to stay home. They have an understand- ing, she goes if she needs to and he stays home. Cheryl is a volunteer worked at the Thrift Shop on Saturday mornings. Weekend,and evenings af- ter the youngsters go home Cheryl does her grocery shopping. Vacation, "what is that?" said Cheryl. "I take one vacation day a year, the day after Thanksgiving for Black Friday shopping. In the 25 years of baby-sitting, I can think of two times I've taken a'vacation. Eight years ago I took a few days and went with Dave to a new truck convention. I took off four weeks when Daniel was born to heal from my C section. Knock on wood, Cheryl doesn't get sick. "If I'm sick it is usually on the weekends," commented Cheryl. Pamela Wirth is listed on her license as a backup and would come in if abso- lutely necessary that Cheryl be gone. How much longer will Cheryl run the Day Care facility ? "Haven' t thought about it. My grandchildren are coming now. When I started I never dreamed of a career at this. I' m just a caregiver," said Cheryl. Cheryl and Dave' s children are all grown and have left the nest. Daughter Christina is married and has four chil- dren. Daughter Pamela is married to Brenden Wirth and between them they have five children. Son Matthew is married to Apryl and between them of the day and the days.they are not in they have two children. The youngest school, the state counts the child as a of the Badgers is son Daniel who is noic full timedaycare client. This has caused married. Children at Cheryl's Day Care Friday afternoon photo were (back row, from left) Dakota Jensen. Samantha Fogo, Jauclyn Lemke. In the middle Cheryl Badger holds Chace Fogo and Layne Badger. Alex Fogo stands in the front. Jeremy Waugh and twin sister Jennifer Waugh Urbaniak were around four- weeks-old when they started coming to Cheryl's Day Care some 25 years ago. Pictured are Jeremy Waugh (left), Jennifer Waugh Urbaniak, and Cheryl Badger, seated. 'Heathen God' statue carved from ivory... ...and other items of interest from Jewell County Memories 120 Years Ago Adrian P. Burd, of Calvin Town- ship died after an illness of more than a year. Mr. Burd was about 52 years old at the time of his death. He was one of the pioneer settlers of Jewell County and helped chase wild buffalo and an- tclope through Calvin and Brownscreek townships. He was noted in that sec- tion for his love of hunting and fishing and there were none who could exce'l him in such sports. He was the most jolly and hopeful of men, and until his last long siege of sickness. He was always ready to laugh away every care and trouble, his fund of cheerfulness being apparently inexhaustible. He was a soldier in the Union army, where he served honorably for more than three years. Mr. Burd never received a pen- sion, though we understand he had an application in under the old law and his deserving widow and minor children will be likely to receive the arrearage due up to the time of his death, and a pension from that time forward, which it is hoped, will help guard them against having pecuniary want added to their sorrow and bereavement. Every train is a mail train now on the Jewell Branch. Friends in the south sent Mrs. D. L. Palmer a heathen god carved from ivory. It was secured from a converted native of India. If any people can have such a hideous conception of a god it would be interesting to know what their idea is of the devil. The old year seems to be ending its days very peacefully. Jewell County will have to help elect a state senator, a district judge and a congressman next fall. It will be a red-hot fight and the Democrats will have more to say about it than they ever did in this part of Kansas before. An oyster is said to be the best bait in the world for a rat trap. Billie O'Reilly and wife have their Christmas present. It is a girl, born Dec. 11. All the stores have employed extra help this week. Christmas dinner and supper;- Help the ladies of the Christian Church to- day at the banquet in Fisher's Opera House. The Kansas farmer eats his Christ- masJdnner today in a land of health and plenty. 100 Years Ago A white Christmas for all of Kan- sas! Hooray!. Here is something that will make you sit up and take notice- Heinz kraut 25 cents per gallon, at Howard & Stanley' s. Another Jewell City boy has won honors for himself and his town. Albert Berry this week won the gold medal at the state corn judging contest in Man- hattan. 'We are about through 1911 She certainly was a corker. Two Jewell City women got six pairs of scissors for Christmas. 12an't you remember the day when candles on the Christmas tree were brighter to you than the morning sun and fairer than the evening star? Kansas is covered with a deep blan- ket of wet snow. In Jewell County there is about eight inches on the level. Some of the western counties have from one to two feet. It's worth to the Kansas wheat crop can scarcely be estimated, as it will supply sufficient moisture to carry it safely through the winter. The weather remains moderate and the snow is melting. This snow fall is one of the very finest things 1911 has done for us. Mr. Fisher melted the Continued to page 7 Stories from 2011 recounted in 'year- in-review' January The Ute Theatre held a fund raiser on Jan. 16 which included a soup sup- per and movie night with proceeds going toward the purchase of a digital projector system Leland Bartley, 90, was driving a car east on U.S. 36 when his vehicle drifted left of center and struck a westbound pickup truck driven by Ernest W. Harris. 53. of Lexington, Neb. Bartley was killed in the acci- dent. Both Harris and a passenger in the truck, Traci M. Harris. 21. were taken to Jewell County Hospital After much anticipation, multiple forecasts and tons of preparation, a large snow storm swept across Jewell County Sunday afternoon and continu- ing on through Monday night. The storm dropped a blanket of powder several inches deep with some reports indicating as much as 9 inches in Jewell County. The Jewell County Historical Soci- ety hosted Oceans of Kansas, a presen- tation and discussion by Michael Everhart At a time when some utilities are closing offices, one company planned to open a new office. Plans were an- nounced to construct a new building in Courtland to house a telephone com- pany office, In the town of Jewell lives a spirited woman with a unique collection, part of which was on display at the Jewell Library. Thdcollection. which features more than 100 music boxes belongs to Thelma Shelton. Kansas was buzzing with anticipa- tion of the state's 150th anniversary of declaring statehood. In celebration of the sesquicentennial, many activities were planned all across the state. Ray Mizner and Alan Davis of Esbon were selected as winners in the America's Farmers Grow Communi- ties program. This program funded by Monsanto Fund, is designed to give farmers a chance to win $2,500 for their favorite local nonprofit organiza- tions. Mizner and Davis designated the Esbon Fire District to receive the award. February The annual meeting of the Jewell County Conservation District was held with Gayle Becwar, an international comedian and magician, providing the entertainment. The Rock Hills schools celebrated the 150th Kansas Day with a program for the elementary and middle school students featuring a series of presenta- tions all relating to Kansas. Students came to school wearing cowboy hats, coon skin hats and other apparel from Kansas history. David Prell, Home, Kan., took advantage of the unseason- ably warm weather, and brought his authentic chuck wagon to show to the students. He told stories about the life of the cowboy on the cattle drives and showed the students the items kept on the chuck wagon Had she lived. Saturday would have been observed as the 98th birthday for Mary Boyd, a woman long assoc{ated with Jewell County and the operation of this newspaper. Instead family and friends gather on her birthday at the Harmony United Methodist Church for her funeral "When you go into marriage it is supposed to be permanent. You have to get along with one another." That was the comment that Gerald Stedman gave when asked about the staggering divorce rate seen these days, and it would seem that Gerald is an expert on marriage. He and his wife. Louise cel- ebrated their 70th wedding anniver- sary this year. Jewell County welcomed two new community members; Pastor Gerry Sharp and his wife, Susan to fulfill the Methodist pastor position left after Pastor Tessa Zehring was relocated to a parish in Concordia. Thb Rock Hills High School bas- ketball teams had two snow dates re- scheduled. The Grizzly boys played five games in a nine-day period. The Rock Hills jumor varsity boys basket- ball team played seven games in 12 days. In those seven games, the JV's managed five wins and pushed their season record to 14-3. Rock Hills girls held a 9-9 record near end of regular season. The Rock Hills Lady Grizzlies fell to Lawrence- Nelson on Feb. 12 during a makeup game postponed because of snow. The Feb. 3 issue of U.S. News and World Report contained a section on the best nursing homes in America for 2011. All of the homes listed, by state, received 5 stars, the highest overall rating, from the federal government's Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. A facilities' overall rating is geared to its performance in health inspections, nurse staffing, and medi- cal care. Jewell County LTC received 5 stars for health inspections and top ratings for the other two categories. A recent quality and efficiency outcome report from the Kansas Department on Aging showed the Jewell County LTC facility staffing is better than 75 per- cent of Kansas facilities and the staff turnover is lower than 75 percent of the facilities. March On Jan. 20, a group from local churches took a 14-day mission trip to Zambia, Their mission was to hold health clinics and to convert cargo con- tainers into a residence and a commu- nity center for the local women to make crafts for retail sale. Kansas filmmaker Audrey Kalivoda Was at the Pawnee Indian Museum State Historic Site to discuss and show her new video," Kansas: the Center of it All." The Bureau of Reclamation awarded a construction contract of $434,763,49 to Joe Funk Construction Engineers of Dallas for routine repairs to the soil cement on the upstream face of Glen Elder Dam. The Jewell County Health Fair was held at the Mankato Community Cen- ter. Filling up at the pump was becom- ing an unbearable experience. Since January. 2009, the average cost of gaso- line had increased 67 percent. The Lovewell State Parkstaff was eagerly awaiting the arrival of spring. The park hosted the second annual open house the weekend of March 26 and 27. Shortly before 11 a.m.. following an incident at the Jewell County Court- house, law enforcement officers in a multi-county area were attempting to locate a 21-year-old Downs resident. Matthew D, Thille. The suspect was apparently upset over the outcome of his court appearance and was alleged to have bolted from the courtroom and stole a vehicle that had been parked in Mankato. Jewell County Sheriff deputies Harwell and Jacobs returned to duty after completing training at the Kansas Police Academy, The annual meeting of the Rolling Hills Electric Cooperative was held in Beloit. The 20th annual 4-H Family Fun Night was held in Mankato, April The Rock Hills Cub Scout Pack 46 reported having had a busy year! Mem- bers participated in the Jewell Corn Show Parade and the Mankato Fall Fest Parade in October. The Scouts, leaders and families went to a pumpkin patch in October for hot dog roasting. The drought conditions associated White smoke billowed into the sky from a prescribed CRP (Conservation Reserve Program) burn in northern Jewelt County. According m conser- vation specialists, fire is necessary to maintain the native plant communities of the prairies. Without burning, the vast native grasslands of the central U.S. will fail to survive. Government regulations require CRP ground to be burned or harvested every other year. Though not based on scripture, the hunting of Easter Eggs has long been a tradition associated with the annual Easter observance in this country. Sev- eral Jewell County communities and organizations scheduled Easter Egg hunts as part of their annual Easter tradition. As a Region VII member of Kansas Associalion of School Boards, USD 107 participated in a statewide "Kan- sas Conversation" about what our schools are currently required to do, what should be added to improve stu- The Randall One-Stop Shop, a con- venience store connected to the Randall Farmers Co-op Union service station, marked its 10th year on May 7. 1011. Roger Houghton is the manager of the service station and convenience store. Jerrod Alvord is the other employee. and they usually have summer help as there is more repair work and fuel deliveries for the two fellows. Bethany Roe planned to retire after 29 years of teaching. Future plans in- cluded helping with her daughter.' s up- coming wedding; more time with her parents, working with water colors. reading, caring for her yard and enjoy- ing family. Michael Petrie. one of three depu- ties serving in the Jewell County Sheriff's Department, graduated May 6 from the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center at Yoder. Thirty -one members of the Rock Hills High School Class of 2011 te- l Continued to page 4 discontinueddent achievement and what should be. Three injured runt Rock Hills junior senior prom roy- alty were Shelby Smith and Dakota Walker Rock Hills junior senior prom prince and princess were Alex Smith and Hateigh Shadduck. The 2011 Rock Hills J unior-Senior Prom, "A Red Carpet Affair" was held on Saturday. Heather Rainbolt began work as the social services and activities director at the Jewell County Hospital. She replaced Abby Ost Elkins. Winners of the Mankato Easter Egg Hunt prizes were, preschool. Jordan Thronson, son of Dwight and Kristin Thronson. Mankato and third and fourth grade Sam Underwood, son of Ervin and Kristin Underwood, Burr Oak. The prize for the K-2 group went unclaimed. May Kimberly Stenerson replaced Martha Matthews as coordinator of the Jewell County Development Associa- tion. Fawna Barrett and Susan Harper are among those to previously hold the motor vehicle accident Friday At approximately 3 30 p.m.. Fri- day, on Highway 36 milemarker 208.3 (Highway 36 and High Street in Mankato) there.was an injury accident. A 2000 Freightliner school bus. driven by Betty M. Becket. Mankato. was traveling westbound on Highway 36. A 2004 Dodge, driven by Connie D. Tyler, Mankato. was stopped on Highway 36 waiting to make a left hand turn onto High Street. Tyler turned in front of the school bus and the bus struck the Tyler vehicle in the right rear knocking the Tyler vehic le into a 2002 Chevrolet pickup driven by Earl Edmund Buckley. Mankato. which was sitting at the stop sign at the north side of Highway 36 on High Street. The school bus had 17 children on board from USD 107 Rock Hills. There were three injured in the accident. Arica L. Brown, nine, Burr Oak, August J. Brown, eight, Burr Oak. and Connie Tyler, were all taken to Jewell County with last fall' s lack of moisture and the post. failure of spring rains or hea.vy snow- fall during the winter continue to grow more serious. Gusty winds and low relative humidities caused the National Weather Service to issue a Red Flag Alert for Phillips, Smith, Jewell, Rooks, Osborne, Mitchell, Furnas. Harlan, Franklin, Webster. Nuckolls and Thayer counties. Approximately 10 percent of the registered Jewell County voters went to the polls to cast their ballots in the school, city and extension district elec- tions. A retaining wall, built at the west edge of Jewell near Lake Emerson's shelter house, with more than $3,000 in memorial funds was dedicated in memory of Karen Moyer. Kris Kindler. a long-time nurse fa- miliar to many Jewell County resi- dents, joined the staff of the Jewell County Health Department. Her new duties include serving as the county's child health coordinator. "Sooie! Pig! Sooie!" Lola Abram' s pig collection was on display at Jewell Public Library in May. Hospital. The accident was investi- gated by Kansas Highway Patrol. Mankato Weather High and Low Temperatures Dec. 18 ................................... 53 23 Dec. 19 .................................... 52 28 Dec. 20 ................................... 36 27 Dec. 21 ................................... 38 20 Dec. 22 ................................... 53 19 Dec. 23 ................................... 34 12 Dec. 24 .................................. 42 12 Wilbur Becker, Mankato weather observer, reports one inch of snow with .06 of moisture for the week.