For many Jefferson County 4-H members, the week of the fair can be an exciting time, a sigh of relief, or just plain busy and hectic.
Most members, however, realize that it’s a time for receiving recognition for all of the hard work they have put into their projects.
It was an exciting day for the little town of Muscotah, just a little northwest of Jefferson County, July 27. The town swelled to nearly three times its everyday population of about 200 as over 500 people were present to honor Joe Tinker and watch a 1880s-style baseball game.
The 11th Annual Free School Supply Drive took place from 8–11 a.m. July 27 at the Kendall State Bank Community Hall in Valley Falls. Families were lined up outside the building as early as 5 a.m. to be the first to receive school supplies and as the doors opened, a line of hundreds wrapped around the bank and down the street.
“History on the move,” was an appropriate phrase used by Frank Shrimplin at the Valley Falls Historical Society board meeting last Thursday. Historical society members held a meeting at the Kendall State Bank Community Hall and the topic of discussion was moving the historic Shrine Church that sits off of Highway K-16 downtown.
Barbara Tosh, 85, Valley Falls, is staying busy after retiring from teaching in 2012, but keeps the memories of her students close by in an album that dates back to 1947. The idea behind the photo album, Tosh said, was to keep track of all the students she’s taught.
A faint lavender scent permeates the dimly lit room as soft music plays in the background. The room is comfortably warm as massage therapist Stacie Madden uses a variety of oils and creams to ferret out painful muscles and sore spots.
The Valley Falls girls’ 4x100m relay team placed fifth in regionals last week and broke a 36-year-old school record. Coach Seth Cooper said the previous record was held by Littleton, Sieve, Wichman, and Bolz and was set in 1977 with a time of 53.7. Current holders are, from left, Tamara Drinkard, Megan Harrington, Emily Nottingham, and Amanda Sales with a time of 52.71.
Although the field was small, the competition was fierce as six seniors vied for the title of Mr. Perry-Lecompton.
The last of the large trees on Broadway were removed a couple of weeks ago by Barry Wells of B&B Tree Removal, Valley Falls, who contracted with the city to do the job.
The city park in Meriden is a spacious area that hosts a shelterhouse, but little else. Jenny Brading, a Meriden resident and mother of two, intends to change that.