News August 1

Neal and Amy Jacobs, Jaden, Jenna, Hadley and Hudson Jacobs, Tessa Taylor, and Sandra Jacobs enjoyed several days ‘vacationing’ in Florida!!

Roy and Kathleen Langdon and grandson Cory came Monday to spend time in McCracken and will attend the Rush County Fair.

A huge tree in the front yard of Ron and Cathy Casey was blown down and landed in the middle of Main Street McCracken. Good Samaritans, Brian Harp, Lance McCormick, J.W. Roxene and granddaughter Keagan Shields used a chain saw and tractor to remove the tree. Needless to say the Casey’s were very thankful.

History Notes: 1988: Melissa Schuckman writes Santa Claus for a dress, dolly and one of those Grubbies; Emma Murphy Anderson, 89, died November 17. Kayla Higgins has finished her student teaching in the LaCrosse Public School; Congratulations to Craig and Julie Stull on the birth of a daughter, Jessica Ann, born December 12. William Henry Doerr, 80, died November 30.

History 1989:

1988 was one of the driest years on record in Rush County; The Davis Café has recently been sold to Oliver and Willetta Herdman. The Café has been operated by the Davis family over the past 21 years. Laura North has earned a place on the Tabor College Honor Roll for the fall semester; Bruce Davis is taking classes to become manager for Voice of America radio stations which are located around the world. Bruce and his family reside in Greenville, NC.; Fritz Foster, Calabaria Reggio, Italy returned home after spending a week with his mother, Alvina Foster and other relatives. He met his brother, Bob Foster at Amsterdam, Holland. They both returned home to Italy. Congratulations to Tom and Patty Moran on the birth of a daughter, Katherine Elizabeth, born February 3. Misty Irvin, Sarah Urban, Amber Georg and Angie Petz were some of the conservation poster winners; Arlene Gilbert was the winner of the afghan given away at the McCracken Library soup supper. It was made and donated by Lillian Irvin.


Patricia Petz:

My daughter-in-law, Melanie Petz, celebrated her 46th Birthday, with her family at her mom and dad's house in Hays on Monday, July 23rd.  An awesome meal was prepared, her favorite cakes were served, and I made homemade ice-cream to top off the evening!  

Wednesday evening, I had a delicious meal of potato and dumplings at mom's before I attended the Parish Council Meeting in La Crosse.  Mom has to be the best cook in the world and she always cooks my favorites for me! 

What's more fun than going to the Sternberg Museum?  Give up?  Going there with my grandchildren!  Thursday afternoon I took my grandchildren, Kallynn and Kameron Petz, and my great-grandson Easton Windholtz to the Sternberg in Hays.  We had a fun time visiting the dinosaurs, seeing the new animated insect displays, touring the rattlesnake exhibits, and playing in the dinosaur fossil dig and Discovery Room.  After all of the fun, we ended our afternoon at the Dairy Queen getting some delicious blizzards, sundaes, and ice-cream cones.  Later that afternoon I had to get an oil change, which ended up putting on new wiper blades, new filters (that mice had devoured), and getting my tires rotated!  That all turned out to be an expensive visit! 

If you want to experience an Egg-citing time be sure to visit the World's Largest hand painted Czech Egg in Wilson, Kansas.  It was created in 2012. I was fortunate enough to visit with one of the painters, Christine (couch) Slechta, a K-12 art teacher in Wilson. Her artistic ability is amazing as she displayed and sold many of her eggs that came from chicken, duck, goose, ostrich, and emus.  The Wilson After Harvest Czech Festival is one of the largest festivals in Ellsworth and Russell County.  It is hosted by the small rural community of Wilson, total population under 800, and the festival is known to bring in thousands from all across Kansas and neighboring states. The mission of the festival is to promote and honor the Czech heritage, encourage community and family by providing programs and activities that are appealing and appropriate for all ages and to attract tourists to their small rural community.  I was invited to be a vendor at their event on Friday and Saturday.  The weather cooperated this year which brought many to this event and fun for everyone! 

What do you do on a Sunday for a FUN trip?  You get on a Village Tour Bus in Great Bend and head to Wichita to see a musical called "Pipkin."  The actors were amazing, beautiful singers and awesome gymnists that kept us captivated for more than two hours.  After the performance, we were driven to the Larkspur Restaurant in Old Town.  The meal was delicious and the company was awesome!  Their were approximately 40 people that took the tour and I knew several people.  Coralee Thornburg, my former first grade teacher of mine and Phyliis Stull, a retired teacher from Ness City, and Gary and Karen Schmidt, (a retired teacher from La Crosse).  Since my mom had made earlier arrangements, she was unable to go along on this trip, so I had to have a new bus buddy. While we were visiting, I found out that Bernice (Stoss) Neeland was formerly from Otis in her younger years. I also soon learned that my step-dad's sister, Wilma (Steitz) Stegman is her back door neighbor in Great Bend.  We sure do live in a small world, don't we?  

We later arrived back to Great Bend and I headed straight west, stopping at mom's to visit before I headed home!  I sure was tired, but had a very enjoyable week!

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