Bob and Alfreda Ryan and Viola Edmonds, of McLouth, attended a covered dish dinner at the Tonganoxie Friends Church Sun, Aug. 28. The fellowship dinner consisted of the three Friends churches within our area: 20 were in attendance from Springdale Friends; 11 attended from Stanwood Friends; 19 from Tonganoxie Friends; and four guests: Gene and Virginia Sterling, Eudora; and Rick and Beverly Muzzy, McLouth, making a total of 54.
• Benson Buddies and Caravans have started a new year at the McLouth Church of the Nazarene. Every Wednesday from 7 to 8 p.m. for children 3 years to 6th grade, we'll learn about Jesus, sing, play games, make crafts and have snacks. The church bus will be picking up children locally. If you need a ride, call the church office at (913) 796-6290, or just watch for the big yellow bus at 6:45 p.m.
• Remember to proudly display the American flag on Sept. 11, honoring those who lost their lives on 9/11, 2001; their families, friends and loved ones who continue to endure the pain; and all who are currently serving at home and abroad to preserve our cherished freedoms.
• Susan Dunnaway, photographer, will be the featured artist at Old Jefferson Town in Oskaloosa on Friday, Sept. 16 and Saturday, Sept. 17. She will be available during the benefit tractor ride and luncheon to share her work with visitors and be available again the following day at the John Steuart Curry Boyhood Home and Museum. Show times at the Curry House will be Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m.
Dunnaway’s goal is to tell the story of rural Kansas through seasonal landscapes, winding roads, aging (but ageless) barns and forgotten buildings.
• Be aware of slow-moving traffic Friday, Sept. 16, all around McLouth and Oskaloosa. The Antique and Classic Tractor Ride and Parade (a fundraiser to benefit both the Jefferson County Historical Society and the Jefferson County 4-H Scholarship Fund) will depart the McLouth Threshing Bee Grounds at 9 a.m. and travel Kansas Highway 16 East to Leavenworth County State Lake. After touring the lake, they will proceed back to McLouth on Highway 16. At approximately 11 a.m., tractors will parade down Union Street to Lovers Lane, go through Braksick Park, and leave McLouth on Westview Road at 11:08 a.m., continuing on Highway 16 to Oskaloosa, arriving at Old Jefferson Town at 11:45 a.m. for lunch. Tractors will depart at 1 p.m. and parade around “The Square” in Oskaloosa, then continue back on Highway 16 to McLouth, returning to the Threshing Bee Grounds at 1:47 p.m., then parade in front of the announcer’s stand at the Threshing Bee.
If you wish to drive your tractor in the parade, you may register as late as 8:30 a.m. Friday morning. All tractors must leave together at 9 a.m. Please contact Charles Luse, (913) 774-2759, for more information.
• The McLouth Threshing Bee takes place Friday-Sunday, Sept. 16-18.
— Please submit McLouth community information, announcements, and upcoming events to Beverly Muzzy: firstname.lastname@example.org or (913) 796-6935.