As many as 10 inches of heavy, wet snow recently brought down many electric poles northeast of Clay Center.
The Leavenworth-Jefferson Electric Cooperative, based in McLouth, sent a crew of four linemen to central Kansas to assist in restoring power to more than 1,600 customers from another electric cooperative. Brent Alverson, Winchester, Nolan Lewis and Jory Adkins, Tonganoxie, and Jeremy Cameron, McLouth, worked three and a half days with other cooperatives throughout the state. An agreement among the electric cooperatives in Kansas known as "Mutual Aid" is beneficial to all co-ops throughout the state.
"The crew that we're helping one day could be the crew that shows up to help us the next. The time will come when LJEC needs assistance. Through the mutual aid program we'll be able to call on our fellow cooperatives for help," said Adkins.
Kansas' mutual aid program has been in place since 1984. In addition to traveling within the state, crews are sometimes sent out of state to help with large-scale emergencies such as hurricanes and tornados.
• Do you have gently used toys that need a new home? Santa Express Toy Fair welcomes donations of gently used items appropriate for boys and girls ages up to 8 years old. Gift-wrapped boxes are located at the McLouth Public Library, 215 S. Union St., and Open Arms Preschool, 109 N. Union St., for toy drop-off of gently used or new toys. Donations end December 7.
•Holiday playgroup with Santa is the theme for the parents as teachers event scheduled 7-8 p.m., December 10, at McLouth Community Center. Activities include: Picture with Santa, frosting cookies, making homemade gifts, building a snowman and much more. Parents as teachers is a fun and free educational program sponsored by the McLouth School District and the Kansas State Department of Education. It offers playgroups for families with children ages up to 3 years old (older siblings may attend). Playgroups are led by a parent educator and have activities that are age-enriching in the areas of language, social, emotional, motor, and intellectual development. Playgroups are literacy-based, meaning the theme is based on a children's book.
These activities are for parents and children to enjoy together, as well as with friends from the playgroup. Playgroup is a good place to learn and practice social skills. Questions? Please contact Jennifer Klamm, parent educator at (913) 845-1519 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Senior Citizens are invited to a Christmas luncheon hosted by the McLouth National Honor Society students at 11:45 a.m. December 17, in the McLouth High School library. Please call Anna Rainey at in advance if you plan to attend: (913) 796-6122.
– Please submit McLouth Community information, announcements, and upcoming events to Beverly Muzzy: email@example.com or (913) 796-6935.