May 24, 2017 News

Birthdays: May 24, Madelyn Harp; May 25, Scott Littler, Inez Manos, Lydia Buster; May 26, Ellen Kershner, Janet Herdman, Veronica Baus, Tayler Stull; May 27, Drew Keady; May 29, Quinten Miller, Father Charles Mazouch, Madison Kirk; May 30, Tammy McAllistar, Sharon Lytle.

Anniversaries: Correction May 24, Allen and Kayla Casey, Lee and Sarah Legleiter; May 27, Terry and Pat Miller; May 28, Kelly and Melanie Petz; May 29, David and Stacy Moran.

Mass will be said at St. Mary's Catholic Church on Saturday, May 27, at 4:00 p.m. with Father Matthew Kumi officiating.

The rosary will be led by the Faith Sharing group at St. Mary's Cemetery on Monday, May 29 at 10:00 a.m. followed by Military Services at 10:30 a.m.

Military Services at McCracken City Cemetery will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday, May 29

Our sympathy to the family of Dorothy Walker, 85, who died May 12, 2017 at WaKeeney. She married Richard Walker on January 28, 1933, he died January 17, 1978. She is survived by three sons and families, Bob, John and Chuck, brother. Alfred Schuster and sister, Carol Eckhardt. Burial was in Vansburg Cemetery, Brownell. The family were devoted members of St. Mary's Catholic Church in McCracken.

Our sympathy to the family of Ruth Ann (Sloan) Sissel. She was a member of the class of 1966 of McCracken High School. Her sister is Norma McNair of McCracken. Her last health struggle showed her faith.

Jean Schutte has given rodeo booklets to the Jail/Museum. We have also received a donation from Michael Harp from My Cause.

Some Graduations outside the area include Stacy Schkoda from California State University, Fullerton; Zachary Moran, Andover eCademy (correct name of school); Laurel Thompson, Salina Central, Kason Wittman, Colorado.

Gail Dennis and Carolyn Thompson attended the graduation of Colton Howton from Hutchinson High School at the Sports Arena on Sunday. He will enter the Air Force. He graduated with high honors. Carolyn also visited her brother, Danny Dennis.

MHS Alumni will again be serving lunch at the Community Center after services at the City Cemetery. All are welcome.

Albert and Gary Sam Oller, Hollyrood, were visitors of Babe and Arlene Gilbert last week.

Don’t forget Rush County Relay for Life will be held Friday, June 9 from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Rush County Fairgrounds.

Jerry and Shirley Higgins attended dinner and presentation of The Kansas Guide Book 2 written by Marci Penner and WenDee Tuesday evening at the Hutchinson Town Club. Marci showed a video of some of the interesting places and also gave a short summary of each. (Does anyone know where ‘the scary bridge’ is located.....Bazine.

2017 McCracken Country Club Tournament Schedule
This tournament is the week-end of June Jaunt. Be sure to attend.
SATURDAY, JUNE 3RD 8:00 am "K-4” 4 PERSON SCRAMBLE Breakfast served 7:30 am in McCracken
1ST------- 9 HOLES AT MCCracken Travel to LaCrosse for lunch 2nd-----9 HOLES AT LACROSSE
$120.00 per team

SATURDAY, JULY 15TH 8:00 am 4 PERSON TEXAS Rodeo Scramble 9 HOLE TOURNAMENT. $100.00 per team






Weather permitting on all tournaments. We will make all weather decisions at the time of tournament. $$ Prizes on all tournaments. Amount depends on number of golfers.
Questions ? --- Les Diehl ----- (785) 230-4433
Lance McCormick ---- (785) 394-1422
**If meal is provided, it will be a free will donation

Jerry Higgins attended a retirement ‘party’ for Pat Snyder at Maize High School Wednesday afternoon. Patsy began her teaching career in McCracken teaching business in 1975-1976.

Morning and afternoon shifts at 2nd Chance Thrift Shop attended the potato bar in Rush Center for lunch Sunday noon. Those attending were Pat, Naomi, Sharon – Jean, Joanne, Shirley.


History Notes:

1979: Layne Morgan won 3rd and a prize of $200 in the demolition derby at LaCrosse Sunday; McCracken ties with Otis in the Rush County Cookie League K-18 final standings with 6 wins and 2 losses; State Farm Insurance slo-pitch softball team were league winners this year. Team members: Lonnie Irvin, Roger Dreiling, Les Rogers, Rodney Taylor, Mike Conner, Jim Rein, Ronnie Randa, Steve Foreman, Chuck and Jerry Higgins, Dave Davenport and Doug Higgins; The American Legion tournament held in Plainville Sunday had Brownell Legion as winners. They beat Norton 10-0, Grainfield 12-3 and a 7-6 victory over Plainville. All tournament selection went to Jerry Casey, Kelly Irvin and Joe Conner. Other team members are Fred Bauer, Bernard Flax, Greg Flax, Brad Herndon, Kelly Irvin, Jeff Kenworthy, Brad Lovitt, Jeff McCormick, Marlin Pfannenstiel, Monty Roths, David Storer, Charles Walker and Lennie Zimmerman. Coach, Bill Lovitt, Elmer Fairbanks, Manager; Diana Showalter won second in the Powder Puff division at the demolition derby in LaCrosse; first graders are Keith Austin, Travis Elias, Matthew Hays, Tambra Herdman, Eric Petz, Tammy Sewell, Lee Allen Unrein and Clayton Wilson. Kindergarten: Gary Anderson, Jarrod Carr, Lannie Morgan, Mamie Rogers, Michael Seltmann, Todd Sewell; McCracken women’s golf tournament was held over the weekend. Championship flight was won by Twila Higgins, Sonja Conner won 3rd in first flight, Vivian Beeman was 1st and Cheryl Lamer 3rd in second flight.


Pat Petz - May 22, 2017

Monday was the last day that I subbed at the La Crosse High School for the school year of 2016-2017. I have had a lot of fun being with some of my former students and meeting many new ones! Many people have celebrated with the graduates. I was unable to attend their special day, however, I congratulate each of them and wish them all many blessings and good luck in their future career choices. There were many who graduated from various colleges as well. My cousin, Lori Brubaker along with Father Matthew Kumi, graduated from F.H.S.U. with Master's Degrees, and a former student Tayler Stull graduated from Bethany College. Congratulations to all of you!

I love living on the farm, however, there are many things that I could do without and that is being with the “critters.” Oh my, did I have a total shock Wednesday morning. I opened up my wash house door to feed my cat and there beside me was a possum. I bet I set a new track record getting out of there! That evening, I had Kelly (my son) see if it was still in the wash house and it was (along with 10 newborn baby possums!)

Friday started out to be a beautiful day, however by the afternoon it was raining so hard that you could hardly see in front of you. However, mom (Mary Steitz) and I had planned on taking a very special couple to the Brookville Hotel in Abilene for supper, so we were determined to make the trip. You know, unfortunately, some people don't even make it to be 60 years old, but I have an aunt (my Godmother) and an uncle that have been married for 60 years. Once we made it to the Brookville Hotel, Maurice and Debbie Haas joined us for the celebration of John and Rita Liggett's 60th Anniversary. The food was delicious, the visiting was awesome, and we made it there and back home safe and sound! I would like to Congratulate this special couple on the many years that they have had together and wish them many more happy years of blessings!

Back to the farm “critters”…. I had told Kelly that maybe we needed to set out a trap because things just didn't seem right yet. Saturday night we set a trap and when I was leaving for church, I discovered that we had caught a humongous coon. So needless to say, I gave Kelly another call and went to church in La Crosse. After mass, the Knights of Columbus were serving a great breakfast of pancakes, eggs, sausage, and ham. The free will offering was going to be used for the Dodge City Diocesan Seminarians. May they be blessed with many years of service to their parishes.

Thank you, Lord, for the beautiful rains that we have been receiving. The pastures are green, the ponds are full, and the wheat is growing by leaps and bounds. And… my basement is starting to tell me that it's time for a rest. My sump pump is starting to run periodically! YIKES! I don't like the sound of that!!

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