Rhea Connelly

Rhea Kathryn Connelly, 90, Lawrence, formerly of McLouth, died Jan. 29, 2012, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

She was born Sept. 8, 1921, at McLouth, the daughter of Daniel “Dan” Webster and Bertie A. Stigleman Jeffers. She had lived in McLouth most of her life and was a 1939 graduate of McLouth High School.

Rhea Kathryn Connelly

Rhea Kathryn Connelly

Mrs. Connelly was a homemaker and had worked in the cafeteria of the Winchester Public Schools where she was active in the P.T.A. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of McLouth, a member and former chairwoman of the American Baptist Women.

She married Marvin Thomas Connelly May 11, 1940, at Winchester. He survives at the home.

Other survivors include one son, Gary Connelly, Lawrence; one daughter, Marion Tommer, Kansas City; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two brothers and three sisters.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb., 2, at the First Baptist Church of McLouth. Burial will be at McLouth Cemetery.

Visitation was from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Barnett Family Funeral Home, 1220 Walnut (Hwy. 59), Oskaloosa.

Memorials can be made to the First Baptist Church of McLouth and in care of the funeral home, P.O. Box 602, Oskaloosa, 66066.

from JeffCountynews.com http://www.jeffcountynews.com/2012/02/rhea-connelly/

Westine Noll

Westine A. Noll, 82, McLouth, died Jan. 24, 2012, at her son’s home in McLouth.

She was born March 18, 1929, in Eads, Colo., the daughter of Roy and Laura Hill Anderson.

She attended schools in Nortonville and began working at an early age. She worked for five years at the Elms Nursing Home, prior to its closing in Winchester before working at the Village Villa Nursing Home in Nortonville as a medication aide for over 13 years.

She then moved to La Junta, Colo., and worked at the Copper Kitchen for five years before moving to Pasadena, Texas, to live with her sister until 2003. In 2003, she moved to McLouth.

Westine and Lester Noll were married from Oct. 25, 1947, until Sept. 29, 1989. He survives.

Other survivors include four sons, Duane Noll, McLouth, Ron Noll, Oskaloosa, Kieth Noll, Poplar Bluff, Mo., and Randy Noll, Nortonville; a daughter, Lorraine Glowczak, Portland, Mass.; 12 grandchildren; and 13 (soon to be 14) great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters.

Funeral services were Jan. 28 at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Nortonville. Burial was in the Pleasant View Cemetery, Oskaloosa.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Jefferson County Hospice and can be sent in care of O’Trimble Funeral Home.

from JeffCountynews.com http://www.jeffcountynews.com/2012/02/westine-noll/

Christopher Reyner

Christopher Lee Smith Reyner, 28, Grantville, died Jan. 27, 2012, at Stormont-Vail Emergency Room.

He was born Nov. 7, 1983, in Grand Island, Neb. He graduated from Seaman High School.

Surviving are his father Greg A. Reyner, Grantville; his mother, Roxie Montgomery, Topeka; and maternal grandparents, Ted and Jessie Mae Montgomery, Valley Falls.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, George and Letha Reyner, Marquette, Neb.

A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1, at Penwell-Gabel Parker-Price Chapel, 245 NW Independence Ave., Topeka.

from JeffCountynews.com http://www.jeffcountynews.com/2012/02/christopher-reyner/

Ruby Bracken

Ruby C. Bracken, 96, Topeka, died Jan. 22, 2012, in Hampton, N.H.

She was born in Valley Falls April 8, 1915, the middle daughter of Frank and Lena Krumrey Wunder.

Ruby C. Bracken

Ruby C. Bracken

She attended the Rock Creek School District and Kansas State University. She was Kansas State Rifle champion and involved in photography.

She worked as the national park photographer for Yellowstone National Park for a number of years and later worked as a photographer and a waitress for the famous Christian’s Hut Restaurant in Long Beach, Calif. She was also employed as an airbrush artist at El Segundo Air Force Base, in California, during World War II.

She traveled abroad until the age of 88 and had resided in Spain for over 20 years. As an accomplished photographer and artist she was always involved in different art mediums. She worked in leather, wood, Japanese Sumi-E painting, and stained and fused glass.

She was a member of the Topeka Bible Church and volunteered for many years at St. Francis Hospital in Topeka.

She married Omer Victor Bracken, who worked for TWA for many years, and they traveled extensively around the world. While living in Saudi Arabia, the Brackens adopted their only son Moishe (Mike Bracken) Levi Ragieme in Beirut, Lebanon.

She had two sisters, Norma Regier and Velda Allison, who preceded her in death.

Services will be held in the Valley Falls Cemetery in late summer. A tribute has been set up with the Alzheimer’s Foundation at this address: http://act.alz.org/goto/Ruby.Bracken.

Donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation or to a charity of one’s choice. Arrangements are by the Remick & Gendron Funeral Home-Crematory, Hampton.

from JeffCountynews.com http://www.jeffcountynews.com/2012/02/ruby-bracken/

Receive 10 free blue spruce trees

Every person from Kansas who joins the Arbor Day Foundation in February will receive 10 free Colorado blue spruce trees.

“Planting Colorado blue spruce trees will add beauty to your landscape in Kansas with their blue-green hue and distinctive shape,” said John Rosenow, chief executive and founder of the Arbor Day Foundation. “These trees will also add to the proud heritage of Kansas’ 104 Tree City USA communities. For more than 30 years, Tree City USA has supported community forestry across Kansas, and planting these beautiful trees will add to this important tree-planting tradition.”

The 10 free Colorado blue spruce trees are part of the nonprofit foundation’s Trees for America campaign.

The trees will be shipped postpaid at the right time for planting, between March 1 and May 31, with enclosed planting instructions. The 6- to 12-inch trees are guaranteed to grow, or they will be replaced free of charge.

Arbor Day Foundation members also receive a subscription to the foundation’s colorful bimonthly publication, Arbor Day, and The Tree Book, which contains information about tree planting and care.

To become a member of the foundation and receive the trees, send a $10 contribution to Ten Free Colorado Blue Spruce Trees, Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Avenue, Nebraska City, 68410, by Feb. 29 or visit arborday.org/February.

from JeffCountynews.com http://www.jeffcountynews.com/2012/02/receive-10-free-blue-spruce-trees/

Free access to selected Kansas archives on ancestry.com

The Kansas Historical Society has announced a partnership with Ancestry.com that will allow individuals with a valid Kansas driver’s license free access to more than 8 million Kansas records on the popular family history website.

Users can access Kansas State Census Records from 1865-1925 (years ending in “5”), Civil War Enlistment Papers of Kansas Volunteer Regiments (1862, 1863, 1868), Russell County Vital and Probate Records, selected World War I manuscripts, and the United Spanish-American War Veterans certificates collections.

Users visit kshs.org/ancestry and enter their name, date of birth, and Kansas driver’s license number. The number is authenticated, and the user is directed to ancestry.com.

“This partnership allows genealogists, historians, and other researchers access to records with genealogical information otherwise only available when visiting the State Archives in Topeka,” said Pat Michaelis, State Archives director. “Our thanks to the Kansas Department of Revenue for its assistance with the driver’s license validation process that makes this partnership possible.”

Ancestry.com is thrilled to partner with the Kansas Historical Society in order to make these records available online to Kansas residents,” said Quinton Atkinson, director of Content Acquisition for Ancestry.com. “These records contain a wealth of information for anyone interested in researching their heritage in the state of Kansas.”

Ancestry.com Inc. is the world’s largest online family history resource, with more than 1.7 million paying subscribers. Over 8 billion records have been added to the site in the past 15 years. Ancestry users have created more than 30 million family trees containing 3 billion profiles. In addition to its flagship site www.ancestry.com, Ancestry.com offers localized websites designed for nine countries that empower people to discover, preserve and share their family history.

Researchers can access the full version of Ancestry.com at the State Archives Reading Room at the Kansas Historical Society, 6425 SW 6th Avenue, Topeka. The Historical Society’s digital portal, Kansas Memory (kansasmemory.org), provides digital access to almost 200,000 images of photographs, artifacts, diaries, letters, maps, and other printed materials. A portion of the Historical Society’s Kansas newspaper collection can also be found online at chroniclingamerica.loc.gov. Additional research collections are available at the State Archives Reading Room.

The Kansas Historical Society is a state agency that also operates the Kansas Museum of History, Kansas State Capitol Tour Center, and 16 state historic sites across Kansas.

from JeffCountynews.com http://www.jeffcountynews.com/2012/02/free-access-to-selected-kansas-archives-on-ancestry-com/

Gov. Brownback announces top 12 notable Kansas events

As part of the state’s commemoration of the Kansas sesquicentennial, Governor Sam Brownback announced the top 12 Notable Kansas Events Jan. 24 at the Topeka High School Media Center. Students from Topeka High assisted the Governor in announcing the top 12 events.

“Our state has been at the forefront of national movements since its founding 151 years ago. This year, we marked our state’s sesquicentennial by honoring the Top 25 Kansans in history, holding a cattle drive through our state’s largest city, wearing period clothing, and singing ‘Home on the Range’—hundreds of times,” Gov. Brownback said. “It’s a fitting end to the year of celebrating our history to recognize the 12 events in Kansas history that most impacted the nation and the world.”

Selected by the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Panel for History, the 12 events are (in chronological order):

Overland Trails: On September 1, 1821, the first party left Missouri headed for Mexico on the Santa Fe Trail. This event was the official opening of the Santa Fe Trail. Overland trails helped the nation expand to new territories and initiate trade with neighboring countries.

Indian Removal: On November 4, 1838, the Pottawatomie Trail of Death ended in Kansas. Under the Indian Removal Act, 859 Pottawatomie people were forced to walk more than 600 miles to Kansas. As many as 90 different tribes were removed to Kansas in the mid-19th century, and hundreds of native people lost their lives during their first few years here.

Kansas-Nebraska Act: On May 30, 1854, U.S. President Franklin Pierce signed the Kansas-Nebraska Act into law. The act created the Kansas Territory which became a battleground for proslavery and antislavery forces known as “Bleeding Kansas.”

Railroad Development: On February 11, 1859, the Kansas Territorial Legislature chartered the Santa Fe Railway and helped launch railroad development in the state. Railroads brought jobs and settlers to the state and influenced town development. Services such as restaurants, hotels, grain elevators, and general stores sprung up close to the rail line.

Women’s Rights: On July 5, 1859, discussions and debates of the Wyandotte constitution included women’s rights. Provisions regarding child custody, property rights for married women, and equality in matters pertaining to public schools were included in the final draft of the state constitution approved by voters in Kansas Territory and Congress. This placed Kansas ahead of most other states in terms of women’s rights and set a course for future advancements.

Wheat Industry: On March 5, 1862, the Kansas Legislature formed the Kansas Agricultural Society. This organization would later become the State Department of Agriculture, and it vigorously promoted Kansas to prospective settlers, including Volga German farmers with agricultural skills. Just a few years after successfully recruiting these immigrants to Kansas, the state surpassed other states in the production of winter wheat.

Cattle Drives: On September 5, 1867, the first load of cattle to be shipped via rail left Kansas. This positioned Kansas as a leader in the beef industry; first as the place where Texas cattle were driven to be shipped to the East, then as a producer of quality beef from shorthorn cattle and Herefords.

Reform Movements: On January 1, 1881, Kansas adopted prohibition as part of the state’s constitution. Alcohol consumption was just one of the many health and safety concerns that reformers campaigned against. Others, such as the public drinking cup, child labor, and flies, were addressed first in Kansas and led the way to national change.

Aviation Industry: On January 26, 1925, the Travel Air Manufacturing Company was established. Aviation innovators Clyde Cessna, Walter Beech, and Lloyd Stearman partnered to create this company and later went on to form their own aviation manufacturing operations, making Kansas the “Air Capital of the World.”

Dust Bowl: On April 14, 1935, a massive front darkened the entire Midwest in clouds of dust. The day became known as Black Sunday. Drought conditions, overgrazing, and large portions of cultivated land led to the Dust Bowl in the Midwest. Although these storms had devastating effects, they led to soil conservation movements such as planted windbreaks and strip and contour farming.

Rural Electrification: On April 1, 1938, rural electrification reached Kansas. Electricity allowed farmers and families to take advantage of modern conveniences and increase productivity. Rural farmers were able to compete with their urban counterparts and rural schools also benefited from the service.

Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka

Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka

Brown v. Board of Education: On May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court announced its unanimous ruling on Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka. This landmark decision laid a foundation of equal rights and opportunities for all. It demonstrated that educational opportunity and achievement are core values. It also recognized that education can be a great equalizer among people of different races, classes, and backgrounds.

The blue ribbon panel for history is comprised of: Don Chubb, Topeka; Dr. Virgil Dean, Kansas Historical Society; Gayle Garrelts, Hays; Dr. James Hoy, Emporia State University; Bob Keckeisen, Kansas Historical Society; Nathan McAlister, Royal Valley High School; Dr. Leo Oliva, Woodston; Mary Regan, Finney County Historical Society; J. Schafer, Kansas Public Radio; Dr. James Shortridge, University of Kansas; and Dr. Raymond Wilson, Fort Hays State University.

from JeffCountynews.com http://www.jeffcountynews.com/2012/02/gov-brownback-announces-top-12-notable-kansas-events/

Grants available to fund community gardens

Kansas cities and towns wishing to establish community gardens are eligible to apply for a start-up grant from the Kansas Community Gardens Project.The new statewide opportunity is funded by the Kansas Health Foundation and administered by K-State Research and Extension, said Evelyn Neier, project coordinator.

Kansas Community Gardens Project

Kansas cities and towns wishing to establish community gardens are eligible to apply for a start-up grant from the Kansas Community Gardens Project.

The project is intended to provide funding for up to 20 gardens in each of the next three years (2012-2014) to increase public interest in community gardening and encourage growing of health-promoting fruits and vegetables, said Neier, associate extension 4-H youth gardening and plant science specialist.

Start-up and other community gardens less than three years old and in the development process will be given preference in funding of up to $5,000 per garden.

The funds can be used for such expenses as tool or other equipment purchases, water line or irrigation equipment and installation, soil improvement, creating raised beds, and to buy seeds.

Non-profit and not-for-profit organizations are eligible to apply, and community collaborations such as a cooperative agreement with a community garden and a local food pantry to provide a portion of the produce grown, are encouraged, Neier said.

To qualify for the funding, projects must be: 1) located within the state of Kansas; 2) on land with public access; 3) open to all (free of discrimination), and 4) demonstrate the value and public benefit of community gardens.

Grant recipients will be required to keep records and submit an annual report about their efforts to establish, maintain and sustain their community garden.

Grant applications are due by March 1 for this year’s funding. Applications and more information are available at kansascommunitygardens.org. Award announcements will be made April 1.

Best management practices for gardens can be found in the “Kansas Garden Guide” available at K-State Research and Extension offices and online.

from JeffCountynews.com http://www.jeffcountynews.com/2012/02/grants-available-to-fund-community-gardens/

Births

St. Francis

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Foley, Delia, boy and girl, Feb. 1.

Mr. and Mrs. Tanner Monhollon, Ozawkie, boy, Feb. 2.

Waylon and Nichole Lillo, Topeka, boy, Feb. 2.

Stormont-Vail

Brad Blume and Richelle Stewart, Wamego, boy, Jan. 31.

Russell and Jessica Freeman, Rossville, girl, Jan. 31.

Kriston Milburn and Emily A. Leeper, Topeka, girl, Jan. 31.

Matthew and Sabrina Seidl, Silver Lake, girl, Feb. 1.

from News http://cjonline.com/news/2012-02-02/births

Kansas Soybean Expo explores ‘Growing Opportunities’

Soybean enthusiasts gathered Jan. 11 in Topeka for the Kansas Soybean Expo, themed “Kansas Soybeans: Growing Opportunities.” The Kansas Soybean Commission (KSC) and Kansas Soybean Association (KSA) co-sponsor the annual event, which they conduct in conjunction with the Topeka Farm Show at the Kansas Expocentre.

“We had a great turnout, and I’m really happy with how things went,” said KSA Second Vice President Raylen Phelon, Melvern, who chaired the Expo planning committee. “I think a little bit of approaching cold weather helped us because people were willing to spend some time inside to learn about their industry – as far as some things they could do differently and some things they’re doing right – and about policy.”

The opening session featured a “Soybean Update” moderated by Gary Kilgore, Chanute, a Kansas State University (K-State) emeritus professor of agronomy. The presenters were Dave Mengel, Ph.D., a K-State professor of soil fertility and nutrient management, from Manhattan; Bill Schapaugh, Ph.D., a K-State professor, soybean breeder and interim head of the agronomy department, also from Manhattan; and Phil Stahlman, Ph.D., a weed scientist at the K-State Agricultural Research Center in Hays. Mengel shared the latest information about phosphorus and potassium fertilization, Schapaugh explained the yield improvement in soybeans, and Stahlman discussed glyphosate resistance.

The audience also heard policy updates from Ray Gaesser, an American Soybean Association vice president from Corning, Iowa, and Tom Verry, director of outreach and development for the National Biodiesel Board in Jefferson City, Mo.

Loren Kruse, the editor-in-chief of Successful Farming magazine and Agriculture.com from Des Moines, Iowa, presented the keynote address, “12 Attributes I Admire Most in Successful Farmers.” He said successful farmers use decimal points; honestly know themselves; are open-minded and flexible; accept the reality that learning takes forever; take a long, tall view; and make successful mistakes. He continued that they deliberately seek and build friendships away from home; remember who threw them the ball; have fun; grow by storm; choose to be really good at what they do; and brand themselves with a good reputation.

Following his address, Kruse presented his speaking fee to the Kansas 4-H Foundation. Gordon Hibbard of Manhattan, the foundation’s president, was on hand to accept the donation.

The “Voice of the Wildcats,” Wyatt Thompson, director of sportscasting and public relations for K-State Athletics, Manhattan, was the master of ceremonies at the luncheon, where Kansas Secretary of Agriculture Dale Rodman, Topeka, offered a few comments.

The featured speaker during the luncheon was Rep. Tim Huelskamp, Fowler. He delineated some of the key issues that will be part of the upcoming farm-bill debate, including the need for a good crop-insurance program. He said he was glad a farm bill did not come from the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction and he was looking forward to a normal debate that includes input from farmers and ranchers.

To kick off the awards and recognitions, KSA President Charles Atkinson, Great Bend, congratulated and thanked KSA District 6 Director Peggy Bellar, Howard, for being the association’s top recruiter. He then presented Stahlman (Manhattan) with the Kansas Soybean Meritorious Service Award.

Retiring KSA District 5 Director John Peterson, Haddam; retiring KSA Chairman Craig Gigstad, Valley Falls; and retiring United Soybean Board Director John Wray, Ottawa, received tokens of thanks for their service to the industry.

Next, KSA First Vice President Terry Reschke, Hiawatha, presented the Friend of Soy award to Kansas Soybean Administrative Assistant Mary Lou Dillman, Topeka. Her nearly 15-year tenure with the association and commission has included not only administrative duties but also youth-education presentations, primarily to third- and fourth-grade classes across the state, earning her the “Soybean Lady” moniker.

Kilgore (Chanute) then announced the district and overall winners in the Kansas Soybean Yield and Quality Contests. Michael Oltjen, Robinson, won the quality contest with a protein and oil value of $11.91 per bushel. Ron Ohlde, Palmer, was the yield contest’s overall dryland winner with 86.1 bushels per acre. Richard Seck, Hutchinson, won the irrigated contest with 88.1 bushels per acre. Complete results and all of the award photos are available via the “Producer Information” tab of the KSC website (www.kansassoybeans.org).

Josh Falk, Robinson, who represented Kansas with his wife, Sarah, in the 2011 DuPont Young Leaders program, introduced Brice and Allison Bunck, Everest, as the 2012 young leaders.

Atkinson (Great Bend) then presided over the KSA Annual Meeting, which included the approval of policy resolutions and the Board of Directors elections. The voting members present re-elected Roger Draeger, Galena, as the District 4 director, and they elected Gary Robbins, Emmett, as the District 5 director. Teresa Brandenburg, Alton, won the contest for an at-large position.

The afternoon session focused on planning for the future as Darrell Holaday, Frankfort, a grain broker with Advanced Market Concepts and Country Futures, presented “Bubble or Boom!!” He said the current challenges were price, slow exports, rationing in the poultry industry, strong domestic demand for corn and the effects of ethanol. He noted overall long-term growth in soybean demand remains strong, yield capability is beginning to grow, South American production still is growing (via increasing yields rather than acreage), and China is the dominant player in the market.

Following a reception for Expo attendees, the KSA Board met to elect officers for 2012, and it re-elected last year’s team: Atkinson (Great Bend), president; Reschke (Hiawatha), first vice president; Phelon (Melvern), second vice president; Dave Slead, Lebo, secretary; and Robbins (Emmett), treasurer.

The Kansas Soybean Commission, headquartered in Topeka, includes nine volunteer farmer-commissioners who oversee investments of the soybean checkoff on behalf of all Kansas soybean farmers. KSC invests checkoff funds in research, consumer information, market development, industry relations and producer communications to improve the profitability of Kansas soybean farmers.

The Kansas Soybean Association, also headquartered in Topeka, is the voice and advocate for soybean farmers on local, state, national and international issues of importance. Founded in 1973, its advocacy efforts are made possible through the voluntary memberships of more than 400 farmers. It also is the primary contractor to the Kansas Soybean Commission.

from JeffCountynews.com http://www.jeffcountynews.com/2012/02/kansas-soybean-expo-explores-growing-opportunities/