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Office located at 111 E. Main, Mankato, Kansas 66956 Established 1890, Volume 127, Issue No. 10 //AtA/ MS C005 0,:20 D 17CO!~,R,_,:,POND SMALL TOWN PAPERS 2i 7 W COTA STREET SHELTON WA 98584.-2263 Price 50 USPS, NO. 274-940 Thursday, March 10, 2010 II Commodities to be distributed to Jewell County residents Government commodities will be distributed in Jewell County. This month's items to be distributed on a first come first serve basis include: carrots, peaches, cream com, beef stew, cranberry sauce, grape juice, raisins, long grain rice, frozen chicken quar- ters. Income guidelines are as follows. Maximum monthly household income for: one person $1,276; two persons $1,726; three persons $2,177; for each additional person add $451. March 16, commodities will be dis- tributed in Esbon at the Esbon Com- munity Center from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Commodities will be distributed in Burr Oak March 16, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Guaranty State Bank. If this time will not work for partici- pants in Burr Oak or Esbon location call to make other arrangements. March 17, commodities will be dis- tributed for the Jewell, Randall and Ionia area at the Jewell Apartments commons area at 1 p.m. March 19, 10a.m. to 11 a.m., Com- modities will be distributed at the Mankato Christian Church. Political signs not allowed on highway right-of-way It's a sign of the season, campaign- ing to support your favorite political candidate. However, if your plans in- volve placing a political sign, the Kan- sas Department of Transportation (KDOT) reminds you to make sure it's not located on highway right of way. By law, all right of way on state highways is to be used exclusively for public highway purposes. Only regu- latory, guide signs and warning signs are allowed on the state highway sys- tem. KDOT has jurisdiction over all interstate, Kansas and U.S. routes on the state's 9,500 mile system. The public should be aware that all political campaign signs or billboards are prohibited on the state right of way. When KDOT maintenance crews find political or business advertising on state right of way, the signs will be removed immediately without notice. All such signs will then be taken to the closest KDOT sub-area office where they can be picked up by the owner with the agreement they will not be placed on state right of way again. All political campaign signs not picked up will be disposed of after the election. Political campaign advertising is allowed on private property bordering state right of way. However, people erecting signs on private property must first obtain permission from the prop- erty owner. Local weather High and low temperatures Feb. 28 ..................................... 77 30 Feb. 29 ..................................... 61 31 Mar. 1 ...................................... 68 21 Mar. 2 ...................................... 50 20 Mar. 3 ...................................... 59 30 Mar. 4 ...................................... 59 30 Mar. 5 ...................................... 68 27 Betty Becker, weather observer for Mankato, reported no precipitation for the week. Ken Garst, weather observer for Jewell, reported no precipitation for the week. Name it if you can! Costs abso- lutely no money. Something for adults and children, male or female. Cold winter nights. If blue, it will create lots of laughter. Have it or don't have it. Snacks. Olden days. Found mostly in the Midwest. Monthly. Family. One person or several. Lots of fun. An hour. Can be cut throat. Probably came from your parents and to them from their parents. House boss. Lasts all day or night. Keeps the mind active. Friends. Weekly. Even or odd. Supper. Red. No name. Usually agreed upon. Different kinds. Four suits. Diminishing. What is it? Cards. Paper from 1120 and after has been found marked with images of coins, similar in nature to the suits on today' s cards. A little later in India, wood and tortoiseshell were cut into circular pieces for game play. At some point, the pieces were marked with the 10 reincarnations of Shiva. The first known appearance of playing cards in the West comes from Europe around 1370. It is widely believed the cards from India were brought into Egypt, and from Egypt made their way to Italy and Spain. They then spread quickly throughout Europe. A German monk in 1377 published a paper that de- scribed a card game and argued that playing was a good way to keep busy during idle times. Today in Jewell County, there are some clubs that exist but mostly there are groups who get together and play cards. The most popular game played is probably Pitch. This may be because as a child those that are now playing Pitch were taught by their parents to play the game. Pitch is also a fast game that, depending upon the house rules, can be played many different ways. In the Esbon community, the tradi- tion of playing cards continues to be alive. Several years back, Burdette Callaway decided that people did not socialize like they should so Burdette enlisted the assistance of his wife,Janie, to help host a card party. He invited a number of people from the community to their home for a Ten Point Pitch card party. The turn out was good and ev- eryone seemed to have a very good time. The decision was made to con- tinue with the parties. The city owned and operated the cafe so it was decided that the cafe would be a good place for the parties to be held. The parties have now been held at the cafe for several years. All are welcome to attend. People coming to play have included folks from neigh- boring towns and as far away as Colo- rado and Michigan. Hometowners who have left the area plan their trips back to see relatives around the time of month the card party is held, usually November through April and usually the last Sunday of the month. The games start at 7 p.m. and usually con- tinue until 10 p.m. Families take turns hosting the parties and those attending bring finger foods. The hosts furnish a small prize for high and low for both men and women and usually a prize for the bidder that has the most 10 point hands. Most nights there are three to six tables with four at each table. If there are an odd number of players, there will be a Razzle-Dazzle table with five players. Some say the five player tables play Call for Your Partner Pitch. Since the care in Esbon is now leased, this years New Year's Eve party was held at the Esbon Senior Center. Most popular times to play for the younger crowd seems to be Saturday night or Sunday. Besides Pitch, par- ticipants may play Bridge, Spades, Phase 10, Pinochle, Hand and Foot, Hearts, Canasta. Newer games include Ponytail Canasta and Samba. For Frank and Bonnie Langer resi- dents of the northern part of Jewell County, card playing has been a part of their lives for a good many years. The second Saturday of every month there is a group from their area in the country south of Superior and people from Superior who get together at mem- bers' homes to play 10 Point Pitch. Club meetings start in the month of September and continue into May. The group usually holds a picnic at Lovewell Lake. Mrs. Langer doesn't know for sure how and why the card club started but is guessing it started to welcome newcomers to the commu- nity. By inviting those new to the com- munity to play cards the longer term residents got to met and get acquainted with the newcomers. When the club started, members were mostly couples. There were usually eight couples. To- day members play with whatever num- ber of people who come. An odd num- ber isn't a problem as Razzle-Dazzle is played. High and low honors are noted for men and women and usually a lunch is served at the end of the evening with snacks served while playing. Bonnie doesn't remember what year the card club was started but does re- member her daughter was a baby she is now more than 50 years old. The club use to play cards every month but now it seems as though most of the time the group will get together and go out to eat, but, they are still socializing. Wednesdays after lunch at Pine Haven in Mankato there is a group of women who play Call for Your Partner Pitch. They usually play until 4 or 4:30 in the afternoon. The first club to start playing at Pine Haven was started in 2004. The Canasta Club met the sec- ond and fourth Thursday of every month. Most of those women are now deceased or no longer play. Now Po- nytail Canasta is played the first and third Thursday of every month and the members work to keep three tables going. Velma Gouldie has sparked an in- terest in different ways to play the Canasta card game in the Mankato area. She has taught several groups how to play Ponytail Canasta and Samba. "Ponytail Canasta is a lot like Hand and Foot, except Ponytail is more fun. Samba is basically the same except it is more detailed," said Velma. Velma learned to play these two versions while she and husband, Jim, were spending some of their winters in Arizona. "I have played cards for ever. I remember playing with my folks, uncles and aunts by battery operated lights and it has just carded on. Card playing is good brain therapy," said Velma. Velma has a twin sister, Thelma Beam, who lives in Esbon. Velma and Thelma have two other sisters, one who lived in Concordia and one that lived in Glasco. For many years the ! /i i ~ It is calving season in Jewell County. These Angus cows and calf graze west of Jewell. sisters got together once a month to eat, play cards, and share time with one another for a "sisters day." "Also there are four women who get together, I guess you would say pretty regularly, and play Samba and Super Samba. The group started with Shirley Marihugh, Thelma Beam, LaNeta Smith and Pat Windmuller. When LaNeta moved, I was invited to join the group and now with Shirley's going to Mexico for the winter, Pam Hajny subs," said Velma. In the last year, the Community Center in Mankato has been hosting card parties. Every Monday a group plays Canasta or Samba, and, yes, they were taught by Velma. On Fridays Pitch is played. This newspaper's Burr Oak News 'column often includes reports of people getting together to play cards includ- ing family members Cheryl Hillman, Jessica Barnes, Peggy Wilson and Glennys Barnes. Glennys said Brynlee Barnes, Jessica's daughter and a kin- dergarten pupil at Rock Hills, usually sets in for one or two hands. She is 'learning! The women don't have a set night to play, it is just when they can get together which is usually once a week. In Jewell there is a group of women who have been playing cards for sev- eral years. Although the club does not have a name, the group plays in the evening of the third Thursday of the month. The location rotates between the players' homes. They start playing at 7 p.m. and usually play eight games (one hand around the table is a game). When the club was full, there were three tables of four, but the loss of several members has reduced the num- ber of tables. "I don't know how long I have been a member. I think my youngsters were still at home. Must have been some- time in the early 70s. Betty James, Twila Means and myself were some of the first ones to play in the group," said Shirley Varney. Shirley said when her youngsters were home there was a Saturday night The three credentialing ladies at the GOP local caucus held Saturday in Smith Center were (from left) Sheila Gaines (Smith County, Harlan Township), Carla Waugh (Jewell Counties County Clerk), Glennys Doane (Osborne County). Caucus (Jewell, Smith, Osborne) totals were Cruz 268 (51%), Trump 123 (23%), Rubio 65 (12%), Kasich 56 (11%). Ninety-five people from Jewell County voted in Smith Center, actually a few more than 2012 when the caucus was in Mankato. I ,i TheJewell County Board metMon- $11,657 for four desks and $6,700 for day with commissioners Mark two desks. The commissioners ap- Fleming, Steve Greene and Dwight proved the bids from Navrats for the Frost present. Carla Waugh, county health department desks for a total of clerk, was also present. Minutes of the $18,357. Don Jacobs, sheriff, had the mutual aid agreement for the SRT (Special Response Team). The commissioners had a proposed schedule of updated approved the agreement. Don also said charges for commercial haulers hired Stuart Vance applied for and received to haul debris to the landfill. He also a $1,500 grant from the Dane Hansen discussed changing the monthly solid Foundation to purchase equipment for waste fees 50 cents per month for all the Special Response Team. The commissioners said they would The commissioners reviewed a re- contact the county attorney for a reso- quest from Pam Dunstan to use the lutiontochangethemonthlysolidwaste courthouse lawn for the community fees. The commissioners approved an Easter egg hunt. The request was ap- increase in fees for those hired to haul proved. debris. The commissioners received a no- Shannon Meier, EMS director, pro- tice that Tim Huelskamp's town hall videdthemonthlybillingreport. Shan- meeting will be at the Mankato Com- non reviewed the state inspection for munity Center at 10:30 a.m. on March his depamnent with a good report. 10. Angela Murray, health nurse, had Bob Thummel, Thummel Real Es- quotes from Navrats for new desks: tate and Auction Service, discussed an couples group that played Pinochle. Feb. 29 meeting were approved as Shirley also played ~ that group. She started playing Bridge at home printed. Travis Garst, solid waste director, auction for the former Kansas Mineral building and equipment. It was de- cided to have the auction April 21. Darrell Miller, county attorney, and Joel Elkins, general superintendent, were present for the discussion. The commissioners approved the sell'rag agreement for the Kansas Mineral Prop: erty with Thummel Real Estate and Auction Service. Joel Elkins, general superintendent, with her folks, never liked it, never understood it, and doesn't play it any- more. Husband Earl's side of the fam- ~hy plays Pinochle. Brett Jacobs, irley' s youngest son, plays Pinochle reported on road and bridge mainte- nance. Joel discussed equipment re- pairs. The commissioners reported road concems. The board reviewed the following and her daughter, Kathy Wilson, plays some but neither play in a card group on a regular basis. At one time there were several people who played Bridge in Mankato. One of the clubs names was Mari Octo Club. Octo is eight so there were two tables. "This particular club my mother, Marie Morris, belonged to. Most all of the women were similar in age, late 40s and 50s at the time. Back in the 60s there were three different Bridge clubs here in Mankato. Most of the time the clubs would met every two weeks. While John and I were owners of the Buffalo Roam Steakhouse, sometimes the women of the clubs would come to the steakhouse for their party and they would have six to eight tables playing Bridge," recalled Karen Ross. In the late 70s and 80s John and Karen Ross played Bridge in a mixed couples Bridge club that met one Sun- day night each month. This club stayed together until in the late 80s or early 90s when it disbanded. Now on every other Wednesday there is a Bridge club that meets in Mankato but members are having trouble filling two tables even though they draw women from Mankato, Esbon and Jewell. Alethia Loomis, Mankato, used to play Bridge but does not anymore. "When Mari Octo disbanded, I quit and don't care to play anymore," said Alethia. In the beginning Mari Octo had two or three tables. For Alethia, that would have been around 1947 after Clarence got out of the service and they moved to Mankato. Alethia was invited by Florence Dillon to come play and she went. Florence was the wife of Pete Dillon who ran the grocery store lo- cated where the Jewell County His- torical Society Museum is now on Commercial Street. "As I remember, there were eight tables. It was a big party and I got low score," said Alethia. Around the rest of Jewell County there are several individuals or couples who are playing cards on a regular basis. But the questions still remains, is the game of cards that has been used for years as a family time together, for socializing, and getting to know your neighbors and friends disappearing? Are the days of organized card clubs disappearing dimming? Perhaps, but there still are people in Jewell County who like to get together and play cards. Several people still do so on a regular basis in their homes. They play just for fun. An avid card player suggested, "The next time you have family or friends in your home, pull out a deck of cards and see what happens. Teach a card game to some- one, especially your children." two quotes for trimming the trees at the courthouse: Affordable Tree Service of NCK - $700 to $900; Gronewoller Tree Service - $325. The commission- ers accepted the quote from Gronewoller Tree Service for $325. The commissioners reviewed and approved Resolution 16-02, chatiging solid waste fees. ~:" "" Old Man Winter may be heading for of money to ensure you and your fam- your loved ones who will be wondei'- the door, although he may decide to ily are prepared," said Angee Morgan, ing about your safety? These are the hang around for a while longer; after KDEM deputy director. "If you don't things you will need to thi/~k about all, this is Kansas. But even when he is already have an emergency kit, start when making your plan." gone, Kansans will stillhave to contend now by buying a few extra batteries Morgan said more information on with Mother Nature and her annual "In and high energy snacks during your emergency preparedness and building like a lion" arrival that heralds severe weekly shopping. Throw a change of an emergency kit can be found online weather season, bringing with it the clothes,anoldpairofglassesandapair ~ at www.ksready.gov. potential for tornadoes, severe thunder- of shoes in your kit. Kansans are also urged to take part storms, high winds, hail and flooding. "Check your first aid kit and make in the statewide tornado safety drill To remind Kansans to be prepared, sureit's complete and up-to-date," said Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. across most of Gov. Sam Brownback signed a procla- Morgan. "Doing a little bit each week the state. If severe weather is imminent mation Feb. 26 in the governor's cer- makes it easier to prepare for unex- for a community, the tornado drill will emonial office at the Kansas State- pected events, particularly when you be cancelled for that community. housedesignating March 14 through 18 get the entire family involved in gath- According to the National Weather as Severe Weather Awareness Week ering the supplies and making an emer- Service, the first tornado of 2015 oc- in Kansas. gency plan. curred April 2 in Labette County and During the week, the Kansas Divi- "If you don't have a specially con- the last tornado was Nov. 16. Last sion of Emergency Management will structed storm shelter or a basement, year, there were 33 days with more urge Kansans to check their emergency do you know where the safest place in than one tornado reported. The most kit supplies for their home, office and your home is? Do you know how to tornadoes reported in one day was 22. vehicle, and review their emergency safely shut off the gas or electricity? If In all, there were 126 confirmed plans to make sure they are prepared you become separated, do you have a tornadoes in the state last year, 85 for whatever severe weather is thrown meeting area? How will you commu- more than hit the state in 2014. On our way. nicate with family members who may average, Kansas experiences 96 torna-" "It doesn't take a lot of time or a lot not be at home when a disaster hits or does per year. Opossums, or "possums" as they He said opossums are found all the are often called, are commonly consid- way from Costa Rica to the southern ered a nuisance. They are frequently part of Ontario, Canada. They are typi- called "ugly creatures" that rummage cally found east of the Rocky Moun- through garbage, terrorize other small tains and along the West Coast. They animals and play dead when threat- are limited in northward and westward ened or harmed. However, research expansion by temperature and snow suggests these marsupials may be ben- depth, though, as they are not well eficial to the wildlife ecosystem in a equipped for the cold and snow. variety of ways. The breeding season for opossums By the numbers in Kansas begins in early February, "Kansas has a large number of Vir- Lee said. The mothers will wean their ginia opossums," said Charlie Lee, first litter of the year in May and will wildlife management specialist for mate again for another weaned litter Kansas State University. "They have a around September. wide range throughout Central and Opossums are marsupials, and like North America, and their rangecontin- kangaroos, they carry their young in a ues to expand." small pouch until they grow and de- ~elop. They are the only naturally 6c; curring marsupials found in North America. Many people believe opossums are unpleasant to the eye. "People think they look too much like a dirty, scavenging rat, rather than an interesting creature," he said."They certainly have unique characteristics that should get people thinking of them ' in a positive manner." Many may also believe that opos- sums are not intelligent; however, re: search has shown that they are gener- ally smart despite their small brain size. According to a University of Mis- Continued to page 3