June 21, 2017 News

Birthdays: June 21, Harold Herdman, Joyce Luft; June 22, John Moran, Bernadette Taylor, Scott Wittman, Arlene Mills Schmidt, Jennifer Wierman, Jerod Wierman; June 23, Mike Stull, Sarah Hinman, Carson North; June 24, Jordan Schwien; June 25, Tanner Higgins, Will Zeller, Jacqueline Littler, James Littler, Joe Higgins, Donna Hansen; June 26, Brenda Keener, Tracee Borger, Jason Moran, Landon Davis; June 27, Dana Mintner, Mark Rubin.

Anniversaries: June 22, Martin and Cathie Shapiro; June 27, Jeff and Kristian Gambala.

Those exhibiting at the Summer Art Walk on Friday at the Hays Community Theatre were Mark Logan, LaCrosse and Eric Scriven, McCracken. The show was entitled “Fantastic World and Vehicles”. Others attending were Suzanne Sauer, Deb Gaunt, Carolyn Thompson and “George” a former resident. The Hays Arts Center featured works by Tim Chapman, Dennis Schiel, Bruce Burkholder and Charlie Norton with a special display “Carved in Stone the Legacy of Pete Felten”.

We went by Nickel Cemetery on Sunday and the flag was flying. The cemetery looks wonderful. They trimmed the cedar trees and now you can see all the graves. We are truly grateful for the work that was done.

Dixie Strecker, Susan Kand Carolyn Thompson attended the 90th birthday reception held for Effie Sutton on Sunday afternoon at the First Baptist Church in Ness City. All the tables were decorated with the quilts she has made for her family, pictures of each family along with tea-cups filled with flowers made by her daughter, Malinda.

Friday evening Arlene Gilbert and Shirley Higgins were guests of Teresa and Sharon Lovitt in Ransom celebrating Sharon’s birthday. Hamburgers, baked beans, ice cream and homemade German chocolate cake were served. Delicious!!

Can anyone tell me who played on the McCracken baseball team in 1961? Phone # 785-394-2540 or shirleyh@gbta.net.

Wednesday McCracken City Library's Summer Reading program we read What Do You Do with an Idea by Kobi Yamada. Everyone had some pretty good ideas how they would like their bedrooms. There was waterslides, a room the size of a mansion and a combine themed room. You can tell they had a lot of ideas! Before leaving everyone painted an idea egg like in the story and enjoyed a snack. Those attending were Clayton Sewell, Jackson McGaughey, Kamyrn, Quinn and Sadye Anderson and Gage and Kadence Kendall.

I’m saddened to read of the death of Darrell Sunley. When we had the Brownell American Legion baseball team, my family thought Darrell was one of the best pitchers around. When he was baling the ditches for Chuck last year, Chuck and I had driven through Brownell one evening on our way to the ‘Valley’ and since my aunt Margaret had lived and taught there I could remember where most of the people lived, Darrell asked Chuck if I would take him on that ‘road trip’ and we never did...I regret that.

Visiting Roy and Phyllis Conrad this last week from Lake City, Arkansas was Janie (Conrad) Teel and her daughter 5 year old Amber Ski. They were on their way to Colorado to do some hiking and camping in the mountains along with their other daughter Rose and a friend. While in McCracken Roy and Phyllis took them over to see the little goats west of LaCrosse then on to Hays to see the White Buffalo but he must have just gotten through rolling in dirt because he was anything but white and onto Sternburg Museum. Amber enjoyed the snake collection and of course none other than the dinosaur's collection. Amber is out door girl for sure. . They will be stopping in again on their return trip back home.

Jeff and Anita Butler enjoyed a road trip to Henderson, Nevada (suburb of Las Vegas) to attend their niece's high school graduation. A beautiful two day drive where they especially enjoyed New Mexico, no wonder Uncle Jack always loved it. Beautiful countryside. Their two nieces gave them a tour of Henderson and Hoover Dam. Anita didn't see much of Hoover Dam as the bridge they were looking down from was extremely high and windy! Cruised the Strip of Vegas clicking pictures like crazy. On the way back home they stopped at Grand Canyon and were left breathless-awe inspiring, beautiful. Looking forward to going back in two years for the next niece's graduation.

The second annual One Star Glow Ball Tournament on Saturday, July 22nd at McCracken Public Golf course. Two person scramble $70.00 per team Includes dinner, two glow balls and safety glow necklaces. Starts at 4:30 pm 9 holes in daylight then dinner then 9 holes glow ball. For more information call Tyrel 785-394-1533 Or Lance 785- 394-1422

Kayla Weskamp, Springfield, Missouri, arrived Sunday evening and spent several days visiting with her Mom and Tammy. They had great fun painting at Chuck’s and just spending time with one another!!

The McCracken City Library kicked off their summer reading program hosting Rolling Hills Zoo. The readers learned how to Build a Better World through being Wildlife Warriors. They got up close and personal with a Madagascar Hissing Cockroach, hognose snake and a hingeback tortoise. Those attending were Kaydence and Gage Kendall, Quinn,Rylin,Zoe,Saydie,Kamryn,andValerieAnderson,ClaytonSewell,Owen,Evelyn,Quadeand Emily

Keener, Tailynn Jones, Jazmyne, Jayson, Shyanne, Bradyn Hughes and their parents. Join us Wednesdays June 21st and 28th and Fridays 23rd and 30th at 1:00.

History Notes

1942: 525 names on the birthday calendars submitted by the UBChurch, sponsor, in McCracken this week; MGS basketball team split a double-header with Ransom Thursday. The Midgets won 27-10 and the Regularslost 27-14. Players for the Midgets: Guy and Glenn Conner, Don Greenway, Jimmie Higgins, Bob Derr, Willard Thompson, Bev Moses, Billy J. Moran, Glenn Juvenal, Orin Webster, Dickie Shiney and Warren Irvin; Regulars, John Elmore, Warren and Ben Thompson, Billy Foster, Lester Unrein, Lloyd Anderson, Tommie Birdsong, Kenneth Thompson, Robert Mullenix and Wilfrid Bieker;Ted Funk and family, who have been living on the Yawger Ranch for the past year moved to Ness City on Tuesday. Dell Klema grocery has purchased the IGA grocery from Mr. Phillips and are all set for the holiday season; MHS basketball team members: Jimmy Birdsong, Leonard Mills, Jack Cheney, Earl Brenner, August Schutte, Gerald Hinman, Jesse L. Barnes, Donald Hinman, Leon Higgins, Maurice Klee, Richard Moses, Pete Derr, Wilfrid Higgins, Kenneth Mills, Gordon Pratt, Tommie Holden and Augustine Unrein; Wiley Branson is stationed at Honolulu, Hawaii; Arietta Foster is working at the Whitehead Grill; they will have a 1 cent draw beer sale on Saturday; McCracken town team defeated LaCrosse 58-45. They are sponsored by Dell Klema; Players are: Dell Klema, Dean Irvin, Glen Gordon, Jr., Allen Showalter, Vincent Higgins, Servern Herl, Frank McGaughey, L.W. Robbins, Harley Tanck, Bev Irvin, Dean Groves and Kenneth Dick.


Pat Petz - June 19, 2017

There's nothing like switching gears with the summer sports participation. My granddaughter, Kallynn Petz, not only plays on the summer softball team, but also plays on the Hays Rec Volleyball team. So, Monday afternoon I traveled to Hays to watch her play two different volleyball games. Apparently she does weights early in the mornings, so she is one busy girl.

Most of the rest of the week was spent mowing and picking up dead branches and limbs in the windbreaks rows out at the farm. I certainly made a big dent in the process, however, there is still quite a bit yet to go. I don't know if I'll ever get it finished!

Saturday afternoon was fun enjoying some time with my grandchildren in Hays. My son, Kelly, and his wife, Melanie, met me with their children Nate, Kallynn, and Kameron at the Movies. Also joining us were my great grandson, Easton, and Nick's girlfriend, Kylee Fall. We got to see Cars 3 in 3D. It was a really cute movie. I heard that it ranked 2nd in the top movies seen this weekend!

After getting my car tire patched (with another nail, 2 in 2 weeks), I headed home. I decided that I needed to visit with my mother in law, Dolores Petz. We had a nice long visit.

Sunday morning was spent driving to La Crosse to attend mass at St. Michael's Church. After church, mom (Mary Steitz), Viola Enslinger, and myself traveled to Hays and we had lunch at the Golden Corral. After we had eaten, we decided to walk off as much as we could at Wal-Mart and we picked up a few items.

After I dropped mom and Viola off, I decided to visit with my brother and sister-in-law, De. Wayne and Vicky Foos, at their home in La Crosse. It had been a while since I had seen them so it was nice to visit with them.

Father's Day in the United States is on the third Sunday of June. It celebrates the contribution that fathers and father figures make for their children's lives. There are a range of events, which may have inspired Father's Day. One of the origins may lie in a memorial service held for a large group of men, many of them fathers, who were killed in a mining accident in Monongah, West Virginia in 1907. Another individual that was influential in this event was by a woman named, Sonora Smart Dodd. Her father raised six children by himself after the death of their mother. This was uncommon at that time, as many widowers placed their children in the care of others or quickly remarried. Sonora felt that her father deserved recognition for what he had done. The first time Father's Day was held in June was in 1910. It was officially recognized as a holiday in 1972 by President Nixon.

Since Sunday was Father's Day, I took some flowers out to the cemeteries and paid my respects to my dad, Marvin Foos, my step-dad, Leland Steitz, my father-in-law, Donald Petz, and my husband, Danny Petz. I hope everyone was able to enjoy and or recognize their dads on this special occasion.

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