Archive for Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Area columnists: Aunt Norie’s Sewing Room, Springdale News, McLouth Happenings, Jarbalo Jottings

October 13, 2010

Aunt Norie’s Sewing Room

By Eleanor McKee

I still, as I grew up doing, bring plants or starts (cuttings) of plants into the house to winter over into the spring. I enjoy the fragrance of their blooming on my window sills.

Here I go back 50 and 60 years ago. No bags of potting soil were then on the market. If one even suspected there might be insects in the soil, we baked it in the hot oven first, always mixing garden soil with a little of composted material.

The kids liked to help — scrape and clean the pots, fill them with the soil, then poke the cuttings down into the dirt and water them.

One of them chirped up with, “Hey mom, this is like canning some of the summer to have with us all winter.”

What treasures their little minds are full of, if we but stop and listen.

Plants indoors are healthy for us also.

Did you know that some plants even clean the air we breathe all winter? They help to remove fumes, etc., of foam insulation, carpeting, household cleaners, some paints and varnishes, and who knows what else.

Such plants as philodandren, bamboo palm, the corn plant, the mother-in–law’s tongue, peace lily and chrysanthemums are especially good to clean the air.

Keep tuned in to those kids. God even speaks to us through them if we but listen.

Aunt Norie, PO Box 265, Tonganoxie, 66086;

Jarbalo Jottings

By Thamar Barnett

Julia and Shianne Carter were weekend guests of Thamar Barnett. Jane Turner and Eric Barnett stopped by to visit with them Sunday afternoon.

Orville and Rosie Oelschlaeger on Saturday were at Clinton Lake for a picnic. Others there were John and Janice Oelschlaeger, Amy and Erin of Lawrence, Allen and Sharon Bowser of Holton, Michael and Angela Oelschlaeger, Sydnee and McKenna, and Ellie Adams of rural Tonganoxie.

Kathy Razak of Solomon and her son Kyle Kozak and Skyler and Hudson of Bonner Springs visited Bid Sheppard Saturday. That evening Bid went with Phil and Betty Clark to the Heritage Center in Leavenworth for a songfest that High Prairie Church was a part of. Phil and Betty sing in the church choir. Several other groups also performed.

Jarbalo United Methodist Women met Oct. 6. Marilyn Oxley opened the meeting and Rev. Larry Grove gave a prayer. Fifty-one care calls were reported at roll call. The meeting was a week early to set up for the chili/soup supper this past Friday.

The group will eat at Skeeter’s in McLouth and have its meeting there at 1 p.m. Nov. 10.

Peachez Joles read excerpts from a magazine named Angels about animal angels. She also served refreshments to members Marilyn Oxley, Frances Jeannin, Rosie Oelschlaeger, Thamar Barnett, Pastor Larry Grove and guest Christine Black.

Springdale News

By Anabel Knapp

On Oct. 3, Springdale Friends Church had “Tailgate for Jesus” on the front lawn. The young people planned the menu and cooked the turkeys. There was Gospel music playing in the background and it was a wonderful time.

After the tailgate at the church, Pearl and Kenneth McEvoy and Peggy Gillaspie and Evelyn Schwinn went to Annie’s Country Jubilee in Tonganoxie for the Gospel music program.

On Oct. 4, Kennedy Coffin celebrated her sixth birthday and Drew Gillaspie celebrated his 22nd. They are cousins with the same birthday.

Linda R. Schwinn was visiting her parents Harold and Anna Shermbeck on Oct. 4.

Oct. 7-9, Wayne and Anabel Knapp went to Meriden and moved Kirk and Austin Knapp into a trailer court. He was living in an apartment in Valley Falls. He had to move to Meriden to be in the district where his boy was attending school. Austin is only two blocks away from the school.

The farmers are busy getting the crops out before it turns bad.

Wayne and Anabel Knapp planted a fall garden and are enjoying lovely radishes and lettuce and turnips aren’t ready to eat yet.

McLouth Happenings

By Beverly Muzzy

McLouth Cub Scout Pack 81 had a fishing derby on Oct. 3 at Lake Dabinawa. Twelve scouts and their families participated and caught more than 20 fish. J.T. Czoch won the award for First Fish Caught at the event. It also was the first fish he’d ever caught. Paul Kuglin won first place for the Biggest Fish and Most Fish categories. After fishing, the scouts roasted hot dogs and marshmallows. For additional information about scouting, please contact Jenny Kuglin: (785) 550-7196 or

• First Baptist Church welcomes everyone to the music ministry of the Sound Advice Quartet sharing the Gospel of Jesus through song during the 10:45 a.m. worship service on Sunday.

• McLouth Friendship Club’s covered dish luncheon will be at 11:30 a.m. Monday at the McLouth Community Center. All adults 50 and older are welcome. Please bring a covered dish, and your table service. Please note: From 10 a.m. until noon Monday, Jefferson County Health Department will be offering the health clinic and annual flu immunization at First Baptist Church of McLouth. Be sure to bring your Medicare B card. The flu shot cost is $25, but can be billed to Medicare Part B for you if you bring your card. Stop by the church for your flu shot before lunch at the community center. If you need a ride, the Jefferson County Services Organization vehicle (with limited seating) is available to residents within a one-mile radius of McLouth. Please call Charlotte Robinson to make your reservation for a ride: (913) 796-6798.

• The McLouth Public Library will have an Adult Craft Class at 6:30 p.m. Monday. Pre-registration is required. There is no fee. Call with questions or to sign-up: (913) 796-2225.

— Please submit McLouth Community information, announcements, and upcoming events to Beverly Muzzy: or (913) 796-6935.


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