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D , Price 50 located at 111 E. Main, Mankato, Kansas 66956 Established 1890, Volume 113, issue No. 23 USPS, NO. 274-940 Thursday, June 5, 2003 Miss .ay Eight young women from Jewell each dreaming of becoming Jewell County Junior Miss, will the stage Saturday at 7 p.m. at Junior-Senior High School. in the event are Gaylc Ericka Melby, Lauren Jeffery, Liggett, Ciara Collins, Kelsey e, Shawna Robbins and Nicole is the theme. The Jewell County Junior Miss and Junior Miss Moriah Wagner II perform, along with Nick ventriloquist. Lynette is emcee. Contestants will be for a total of $2,650. 9ublic is invited to attend the where Jew- ' JuniorMister will be named. labs, ammonia subjects of meeting Jewell County Farm Bureau will anhydrous ammo- g Tuesday, June 10 at 7 at Randall Elementary School, program is conducted by Scott who retired with 30 years working with the Kansas estigation. Kansas Farm with Teeselink !Provide Farm and Personal Security hosted by county Farm Bu- Kansas Farm Bureau's, Farm and Security Program works to im- the lives of Kansans through and awareness. "The con- ,, highlights the need rthis effort saidPamelaBarry,Jew- Farm Bureau Coordinator. in park set in Burr Oak mnual Sunday "church in the Oak is Sunday at i0 a.m. gazebo park. annual event began during at 125th Anniversary celebra- year's musical ministry will y Van Bradley, a farmer- in Smith County, Kansas. meal is after the service fire hall and those attending bring table service. The public to this event and those at- the outdoor service should g a lawn chair. Oak Ministerial Alliance is the event.. free at state this weekend is free fishing week- Late parks throughout Kansas. licenses are not required to Kansas Waters Saturday and LgLovewell Reservoir. and camping permits are re- State Park and Wildlife National Ser- ,pen= the annual Kids Fishing Derby with registration from 8 a.m. at the park officve. Early reg- will be awarded to the ister. The weigh-in is ~.m. in the marina parking lot. will be divided into two and younger and 8 to 15. will be awarded for the most and the biggest fish in age bracket. Drawings for prizes held. Oak Library activities The Burr Oak Library will soon be with fun things and jokes PUns may be heard as the staff for the summer reading pro- "Laugh It Up." for the program are June 9, 16,18 and 20 at10 to 11:30 9pen to children 4 years Children younger than 4 accompanied by an adult. McNichols is in charge of There will be crafts and a lot of surprises during the program. Tues- ng from 7 to 9 p.m. for public ular hours are Monday, and Friday, 9 a.m. to noon. will be effect until Sept. 1. It the library is avai l- use by the public. blaakatO Weather Bill Wood, observer May 27 73 45 28 84 47 ' 29 85 53 30 88 54 May 31 NA 55 1 76 54 June 2 75 57 Moisture for week: .89 Jewell County Junior Miss contestants practice a physical fitness routine for performance Saturday night at Mankato High Schoo!. D'Ann Basart is working with the girls. Claycamp eager to walk in County Rela_2 for Life By Gloria Garman-Schlaefli Emma Claycamp, Mankato, is ea- ger to participate in the Jewell County Relay tbr Life activities Jun~, 13 and 14. She is a cancer survivor with a positive outlook as she looks back on her seven-year battle with chronic lym- phocytic leukemia. In the comfort of her cozy kitchen in the country home she and her hus- band, Darrell, built, she bakes a cake for her family, using a favorite recipe. "My motto through all this is, 'There's just one thing that every one of us has and that's one chance to love all we can love, one chance we can give all we can give. and we only have one life to live. "I never gave up--I'm still fighting it. Everyday is special and everyday I hope it's a good one." A day she will never forget was a summer day in 1996 when she visited her doctor for her yearly checkup. When her doctor asked if there was anything bothering her, she casually mentioned she did notice a gland on her neck that was swollen. Alter ex- amining thelump, the doctor took a blood sample and sent her home. six more units. "That put me into re- mission." During this past winter Emma, be- cause of her treatment, had limits of what she could be exposed to. She had to wear a mask when she went into town and she only went into town for groceries or to the post office. There was no crowd exposure allowed. "The local grocery store employees : were so great. They would spray my cart for me with disinfectant before I would use it." Emma was given Neupagen shots that stimulated the bone marrow to reproduce the white blood cells faster. "They have to keep everything balanced during that time," she said. Emma did not lose her hair after treatment as most do. "I don't know why. Gina is a beautician and was prepared for it to happen, though I did go through it with others who did lose their hair." "Everyone has been so great. When my family couldn't take me to my treatments, then friends would. That is what's great about living in a small rural community,'' she said. S he has made new friends with other cancer patients while taking treaments. '!We try to help each other and listen to each other--we bo0ded." Often treat- ments would take seven hours. "You get to know that person sitting next to you taking the treatments too." Emma is now m remission and hopes and prayl~ sh~ will remain that way. Now Emn:ia is facing yet another challenge--three years ago, skin can- cer was discovered and she is under treatment and observation. "I can re- member as a child going fishing with my parents and being exposed to the sun for many hours. We never thought a thing about it back then." She is now limited as to how much exposure she has to the sun. Yet, she continues her positive out- look. "The good Lord is helping me get through this. I have faith that He Society prepares for threshing bee Jewell County Historical Society members are preparing for the 26th Annual Antique Farm Machinery Show and Threshing Bee July 19 and 20-at the Mankato City Park. Massey Harris is the featured manu- facturer this year. Among the antique machinery dis- plays this year are two sorghum presses and a horse drawn wagon Donating the sorghum presses are Bud Heffner, Concordia, and Harry Kindler, Man- kato. Heffner also donated a power hacksaw that will be used in the re- stored blacksmith shop located on the historical society grounds. The Kindler sorghum press is rich in Jewell County history and once be- longed to Harry's father, George W. Kindler, who fanned in the Esbon area. The sorghum press remained in the Kindler family for three generations and Harry, who raised and trained don- key, s, often used the press to help in the training. Harry donated the sorghum press when he recently retired and moved to Mankato. Harry also do- nated a walking lister, three plows and a cultivator to the society. Harry "also donated a horse drawn wooden wagon that once belonged to his father. Jewell County Historical Society volunteer, Rex Weaverling, restored the wagon which will also be on display at the annual event. A 1948 Massey Harris Standard 44, will be given away at the event and there will be a Massey Ferguson Pedal Tractor raffle. Many activities, dis- plays and contests are scheduled. Cattle numbers up in Jewell County Jewell County farmers and stock- men report having two thousand more cattle this year than last. According to the l~ansas Agricul- tural Statistics Service, Jewell County reports having 39,000 cattle and calves; last year's report shows a total of 36,800. In other counties in north-central Kansas, reports for 2003 show these numbers of cattle and calves: Cloud, 29,000; Mitchell, 43,000; OsN)rne, 41,000; Republic, 46,0(/0, and Smith 50,000. When she arrived home there was a message on the telephone answering machine from her doctor to return for further tests. The tests showed her white blood cell count was 71,000, when according to Emma, the normal count is 4.7 to 10.8. Bone marrow testing was done and the results proved what the doctor suspected. Chronic lymphocytic leukemia re- sults from an acquired injury to the DNA of a single sell, a lymphocyte, in the bone marrow. This injury is not present at birth. This change in the cell's DNA confers a growth and sur- vival advantage on the cell, which be- comes abnormal and malignant. According to Emma, this would become her hardest challenge since the death of her son, Curtis. "Hearing the cancer word was devastating, but then, when it all sank in, I seemed to accept it. I knew I had a good doctor. I knew I wanted to live my life to the fullest. I wanted to see my two grand- sons grow up. So I knew I had to fight it with everything I had and with a positive attitude." Her husband was there with her when she was told what she faced and has been supportive throughout all the treatments. Another challenge facing the Claycamps was to break the news to their daughter and her family. They visited with their son-in-law, Mike, seeking his advice in telling Gina. A day was chosen and Mike and the two boys went to the car wash, leaving the Claycamps alone with Gina. Emma said, "Gina and Mike h~tve been so great and supportive for me through all this. Gina told me, 'Mom you've al- ways been my rock,' and now Gina's mine." Emma said Gina drove her to treatments when Darrell couldn't, and when Emma became too weak to cook and take care of the house, Darrell and Gina would do what needed to be done. Emma began her chemo treatments in January 1997 and her white blood cell count before her first treatment was 122,000. She then took three se- ries of Fludara and the cancer went into remission. "I did bounce back and forth, in and out of remission,'" she said. In the winter of 2001, she was given a "chemo cocktail," which, according to.Emma, is a combination of three. drugs, Fludara, Rituxan and Cytoxan. "That destroyed all my blood and I was in the hospital twice. My blood count became so low that I could hardly walk. I was given four units of blood." She went on to take an additional Emma Claycamp will be with me." Last year Emma was not able to take part in the survivors' walk at the first Jewell County Relay For Life event, but this year she plans on walk- ing. "I'm really looking forward to it," she said. As for advise, she is quick to point out that people need to visit their doc- tors on a regular basis. "If you suspect you have something wrong, get to a doctor and tell him--early detection is so important." Harry Kindler, Mankato, recently donated several items to the Jewell County Historical Society Museum. Amon~ the items was this horse-drawn wagon, newly restored. With Kindler is his daughter-in-law, Kris Kindler. Mankato City utility report Disconnect: Matt Pierce, 112 S. Clinton; Shirley Fischer, 515 N. Com- mercial; Zack's Place, 103 N. Com- mercial. Connect: Robert Munro, 112 S. Clinton; Melissa Durant, 515.N. Com- mercial. Local workers to construct entry way Bids for a new entrance to Jewell Firms in Salinaand Brookville sub- Junior-Senior High School were mitted bids, all above projected costs. opened and rejected at the June 2 meet- Board members voted to reject the bids ing of USD 279 Board of Education. and do the work in-house. Bohnert Medical air transport considered Scheer leaves Jewell County Jewell County Commissioners heard a report from Shannon Meier, Jewell County EMS director, regard- ing landing medical air transport at the Mankato Airport when they met in regular session. Meier is checking with the FAA about changing the status of the airport so it would be accessible, rather than transporting patients to another afr- port. Meier reported an average month for the EMS Department with 34 runs. He said $14,092 has been billed out and $8,991 has been received. He is looking into the Training Ofticer II class for some of the EMS personnel to attend. This would enable therrto teach 'First Responder Class. Jim Vaughan, solid waste director, reported a total of 1,766 visitors to the facilities in May. He discussed a new forklift. Linda Woerner, county health de- partment director, discussed the blood borne pathogen control plan and alarm monitors for the temperature control of vaccines. She also discussed office space for her department. John Stover, board member of Mid- States Port Authority, updated the com- missioners on the current issues con- cerning the port authority. An execu- tive session was held to discuss legal matters with Stover present. Regular session resumed with no action taken at this time. Commissioners signed a resolution appointing Lynn Hoelting and Marion Patton as directors at-large for posi- tions 3 and 7 to the Mid-States Port Authority Board for a four year term. Routine maintenance was discussed with Jim Foster, general superinten- dent. Boyd Silsby discussed changing the slope along the west edge of Mount Hope Ceraetery and the commission- ers agreed to look at the ditch in ques- tion. Joe Gruzka asked about the rock for his road; Commissioners suggested he talk to the person hauling rock. John Cyr, NCRPC, discussed grant applications, Lisa Nelson, clerk of district court, reviewed her 2004 budget request of $28,607. Darrell Miller, county attorney, dis- cussed concerns about a back-up coro- ner when the local doctor is not avail- able. A letter will be sent to the district coroner. The road by Robert Watson's was discussed. Miller discussed ac- "tion that could be taken for the lease on the postage machine. The commissioners advised Miller of a fence complaint from Tom Porter. The group telephoned Porter to dis- cuss the issues concerning the fence problems. It was decided that the com- missioners will view the fence on June 9 with both owners, Porter and Larry Haskett. May 27 meeting At the May 27 commissioners meet- ing, Sheriff Kim Ost reported the county jail has housed five to six pris- oners during the past month. Department supervisor meeting were held. Jim Vaughan received a letter of approval from KDHE for the landfill cover; submitted the permit for re- newal 0fthe C&D Landfill; discussed disposal of electronics and advised about the annual solid waste commit- tee meeting. Foster reported the Randall road is being rocked; department working with the EMS Department for addressing of 911; he plans to attend highway offi- cials meeting in Salina. Gail Bartley, noxious weed de- partment, met with KDOT representa- tive concerning right of way spraying; commissioners reviewed employment evaluation. Rodney Zeigler, custodian, re- ported boiler torn down and ready lbr inspection; roof repaired by A-Left Roofing. Gary Tordrup, country ag-agent, trained five youth in tractor safety; advised about sending in dead birds for testing of West Niles Virus. Bruce Webb, county appraiser, re- ported on completing informal hear- ings; one-sixth re-inspection of county has started. +Doyle Alcorn attended Area Agency on Aging board meeting and the PRIMA conference; Foster and Doug McKinney, NCRPC, discussed the U.S. Census Bureau's 2000 Low to Moderate In- come Data by township. Only five townships in Jewell County qualify for LMI. It was decided to survey two townships, Buffalo and Jackson, to see if they would qualify for the LMI, so townships could be included in the next grant application for bridges. McKinney advised that 80 percent of the surveys have been returned. Two CKBG grants could be applied for in one year and three different grants are being considered. Carol Miller, CASA, reviewed the 2004 budget request. The request was $2,500 compared to $l,000 in 2003. Commissioners agreed to take the re- quest under consideration. Commissioners telephoned Jake Jacobs, Pawnee Mental Health Execu- tive Director, to discuss the reimburse- ment owed to Elaine Thomas. Jacobs stated that he would check into this matter. Father Allen Scheer is leaving Jew- ell County June 30 for an assignment in Phillips County including Phillipsburg St. Phiilipi and St. James and St. Johns, Logan. Scheer has been in Jewell and Smith County six years and is~pastor for St. Theresa, Mankato; Sacred Heart, Esbon and St. Mary, Smith Center. Scheer is a native of Fairbury, Ne- braska. Father Daryl Olmstead, presently serving St. Johns, Beloit, who takes over the parish, arrives in Mankato July 1. Mankato Chamber of Commerce meets Mankato Chamber of Commerce met recently with 11 members present. Vice-President Judy Dunn presided. Bill Wood reported the land owner will allow the Mankato sign to be placed on his property. The city will place the sign. Lyle Dauner suggested that Hazelwood be contacted about becom- ing a member. Deanna Sweat reported on the Jew- ell' County Resource Council, orga- nized in 1999. Officers were elected for this council and it is a nonprofit organization and all-volunteer. Indi- vidual dues are $3.00. They meet the second Tuesday of the month at il a.m, They have sponsored the Jewell County Spelling Bee, contributed to the Jewell County Junior Miss, and have helped 15 families as hardship cases. Recently an informational meet- ing was held in Jewell with a speaker and another meeting is being planned in the future. Pawnee Mental Health helps fund this county council. Wayne and Judy Dunn treated the group to ice cream in honor of their 45th anniversary and Wayne's birth- day. Welding has been contacted to assist with the project. Other business items are listed: Approved purchase of Mankato's share of drivers ed car for $3,000. Accepted Karen Moyer's resigna- tion as para professional. ,,New supplemental assignments were announced: Katrina Jones, high school assistant volleyball coach; Ja- son Kettrei, junior high head football coach. Other assignments remain the same as last year. Several vo ed classes added last year are listed in the handbook; action was taken to approve these additions. Approved PDC credits for in-ser- vice hours for faculty. Monies transferred to transporta- tion were $7,449.82 and to vo-ed $5,404.01. After 25 minutes of business, the board moved into'a 15 minute execu- * tive session for apersonnelissue. Those included in the meeting were Jeff Travis, principal, and new board mem- bers Sherry Koster, Kristi Vetter and Robie Smith, All board members were present. No action was taken; adjourn- ment followed. Special meeting will be June 25 to close books for the year. New fence installed at cemetery A vinyl Arlington Style fence has been installed on the north side of Mt. Hope Cemetery, Mankato. Plans are to add fence on the other sides as funds become available. The cemetery board has been work- ing on the project and it is hoped me- morials will be made available to use. Township funds and memorial funds were used to install the north fence. This fence replaces a metal fence, believed to have been in place tbr more than 100 years. Mt. Hope Cemetery was organized in 1872. For more in'- formation contact Boyd Silsby, Man- kate.