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8 lll[I)l)lJIIl!!)l!l[lllll In others' words 'You could not stand five min- utes with that man beneath a shed while it rained, but you must be convinced you had been stand- ing with the greatest man you had ever seen." --Dr. Samuel Johnson speak- ing about Edmund Burke. Books Novels about love triangles: "In the Skin of a Lion" by Mi- chael Ondaatje is set among im- migrants to Canada in the earlyi 20th century. Patrick Lewis joinsI a nationwide search for the miss-i ing millionaire Ambrose Small, i . I hoping to claxm the reward. In-! stead he finds Smalrs mistress, Clara Dickens, and the two begin an affair. In "The Newton Letter!' by John Banville a middle-aged historian finds that he cannot complete his book, distracted as he is by the two women on the estate where he is renting a cot- tage. He ends up sleeping with the wrong woman ("It is strange to be offered, without conditions, a body you don't really want"), hav- ing fallen in love with another "wrong woman: her older aunt. "At Home at the End of the World" by Michael Cunningham strips away the themes of love and jeal- ousy in a romantic triangle by tak- ing gender out of the equation. A woman, Clare, is loved by two men who are also friends: Jonathan is: openly gay, Bobby occasionally or' briefly so. The sex matters, but only up to a point. When 'Clare becomes pregnant with Bobby's child, the three friends move to ai small house in the country, whereI they intend to rear the child to- gether. In "The Wings of the Dove" by Henry James a woman per- suades her lover to court a dying heiress. --Anne Enright, The Wall Street Journal Timetables A biographical sketch by Chal- mer Scott, a pioneer at Grasshop- per Falls, relates what it was like on the frontier prior to the Civil War when residents were called from their beds routinely to form military units and fight slave- holders and the Border Ruffians. _. He served under Col. Jim Lane at Lawrence. 'Tee had not been home long when there was trouble out on Crooked Creek, free state set- tlers being driven off and their cabins burned. One man came in and said he had been hiding in the corn and they had burned his house and taken all his things and that his wife had been confined in a drenching rain on the prairie. I got the company together at once and taking the wagon along, we got the woman and baby and sent her and her husband back to the Falls. Getting to the creek we cautiously felt our way until we reached the opposite bank with- out opposition, then turning west we swept that country for good, capturing a lot of horses and sad- dles. We had struck the camp. But they did not wait for us. We got five muskets and bayonets, one extra bayonet, five revolvers, sev- eral Bowie knives and one young girl slave; but as I did not think it advisable to take her along as I did not know what might turn up, I left her." He tells of having four prisoners but when he fears his own men would murder them he allowed them to escape. --Yesteryears, Jefferson Coun- ty Historical Society. About words Sisyphus --In Greek mytholo- gy, Sisyphus was a king of Corinth who was condemned for eternity to push a heavy stone up a hill, only to have it roll down again. Hence Sisyphean describes some endless task. --Bill Bryson The weather by Thomas J. Ryan III Hi Low Precip July 2 85 58 .00 July 3 90 58 .01 July 4 90 6O .00 July 5 94 66 .00 July 6 88 71 .01 July 7 96 73 .00 July 8 100 77 .00 Perry Lake The lake level Monday was at 893.13 msl., 1 1/2 feet above normal pool. The discharge rate was 25 cfs. The surface temperature was 78 degrees F. , County news and photos at: jeffcountynews, com 1 July 11, 2013 DEDICATED TO THE CONCEPT THAT FREEDOM OF THE PRESS STRENGTHENS DEMOCRACY I 8 Pages --- $1. Vol. 149, Number 46 Published Every Thursday Valley Falls, Jefferson County, Kansas 66088 Meriden couples to launch @ by Holly Davis With a love for the small-town atmosphere, a longing for in- spiring others, and a passion for spreading faith and family ties, it is evident that the Farrant family is excited to start their new child care center, Creche Academy. With roots that run deep in the Meriden area, memories of a good childhood with many friends, and a need for a local child care center, it isn't surprising that the Farrant family chose it as a location for the center. The building which is under construction, sits off of K-4 Highway behind the Cotton O2 eil Clinic, and will offer services for families in Jefferson County and the surrounding areas. The academy will provide pro- grams for infants and toddlers, two prekindergarten classes, and a before and after school program for kids up to sixth grade. Faith, family, and future are the prin- ciples that the Creche Academy was formed on. It is faith-based in that it allows for faith to enter the building, but is not biased or discriminatory toward any other beliefs. According to the Creche Acad- emy philosophy it states: "At CrecheAcademywe believe children are our future and each child has the potential to bring something unique and special to the world. Children need a secure, caring and stimulating atmo- sphere where they can grow and mature emotionally, intellectually, physically and socially. Each child learns in various ways. We are Photos by Holly Davis The Farrant family stands together in front of what will soon be Creche Academy, a child care center located off of K-4 Highway in Meriden. Chrissy, Bryce, Kysa, and Jake Farrant pose with baby Remmi Farrant and little brother, Cameron Homewood.The center will provide care for families in Jefferson County and the surrounding areas. here to provide for all children and meet the needs ofeach indi---. _t ce themselves from children, the vidual. Each child has qualities Farrant brothers are far from this As for the name, they wanted reason- to change the lives ofothers," doubles as a safe room in case something that was unique and held Jake said. of bad weather. A natural play- meaning. Creche, a word derivedWith his idea ofa day care, andher ground will also be incorporated from France, refers to a home where desire to be a preschool teacher, the which is an area where kids can infants and small children are cared idea of Creche Academy was devel- play with natural elements such for while the parent is away. oped. Kysa will be one ofthe preschool as sand, water, wood and living Although it is often perceived teachers there, plants. Chrissy and Kysa hope that men are less sensitive and dis- Chrissy, who didn't want to be that it can provide a fun and safe away from her 6-~onth-old daughter, place to play while also learning Remington, jumped at the idea of about the outdoor elements. stereotype. Jake and Bryce Farrant, having a career where they could be As said in their philosophy, the the oldest siblings of a family with together. She will work in the infant Farrants hope to create a secure seven children, have always grown department at Creche Academy. and safe learning atmosphere for up around kids and were hardly Bryce is known for his technical the children there. To comply to away from family. When they hadwork, as he in charge of the website, this, a magnetic key swipe sys- the same predilection of opening up the designing, security work, and tern will be installed as well as a a day care or child care center, Jake's technology that will be incorporated touch-screen fingerprint reader wife, Kysa, and Bryce's wife, Chrissy, into the academy, to ensure security. Those who are were immediately on beard. Jake, owner of Kansas Turf Con-allowed to pick up a child will be Kysa, who just graduated from struction, has laid out blueprints for predetermined and a photo of K-State with a degree in elementary the building, and hopes to get the them will be saved on file. Another education, discussed day care options child care center up and running by way to reassure parents that their with her husband, but stressed that the time school starts in August. child is safe, security cameras set she wanted to stick to her plan of The building that is just underup throughout the building will becoming a teacher. 10,000 square feet, will include four double as parent-viewing cameras "Anyone who wants to be a teacher classrooms, a library and technology will tell you that they're doing it for a room, a gym, and an art room that See Creche Page 3 that will benefit their learning in a special way and it is our job to find that quality. We provide a safe and supportive environment for children along with a structured curriculum..." The learning program will be based from the Scholastic Big Day teaching guide and parents will be allowed to follow the curriculum at home with their child as it will be available online. Updates on a child will always be available to the parent as they watch their child learn and grow through the academy. irewo by Clarke Davis Two people were hospitalized with burns while setting off fireworks at Valley Falls July 4. About five minutes into the 9:30 show, something ignited a container of shells that set off a chain reaction, igniting three other containers. Julie Durand and Jeremy Kaad were taken to Topeka by ambulance and later transferred to the KU Hos- pital in Kansas City for treatment of burns. Other injuries were considered minor and treated at the scene. Leslee Bowers had a badly sprained ankle. District 11 medical director and fire chief John Gordon had an ambu- lance and two fire trucks at the scene when it happened and was able to render immediate care to the patients and dowse all fires. "It was quite an explosion with flames shooting 50 to 60 feet in the air," Gordon said. "I feared for the worst." "Julie's clothing was on fire when I got to her," Gordon said. Paul Heinen, who chairs the an- nual event for the Chamber of Com- merce, said there were eight or nine people helping with the show and there were several others with small injuries. He had turned his back on a tub of shells he was next to and felt the blast on his back. "It was like a hail storm hit me," he said. by Clarke Davis There's one hot-issue button pend- ing in Valley Falls and Councilwoman Lucy Thomas pushed it at the July 3 meeting. She made a motion to dissolve the police auxiliary--to put an end to it completely and forever. It failed for lack of a second from the other three council members who were present. When the motion was met with silence, Lee Kahn begged for a second so she could quit coming to every meeting. Asked if that was the only reason she came, she said it was the one issue that made her "absolutely certain I have to be here at 6:30." 'This is an absolute farce. We don't need to be involved with this silli- ness," Kahn said. Kahn, who owns some proper- ties on Linn Street, filed a written complaint against the city police IIs He needed a half dozen Band-Aids but refused an ambulance ride to be checked out, as did a couple more people. The display was set up on 19th Street beside the cemetery with the mortars in the north ditch. Heinen believes debris with burning embers fell from the sky after the first few shots and landed in an open container of 4-inch shells that was located in the driveway to the soccer fields. When that container exploded it set off a chain reaction causing three other containers to explode as well, although they were 20 to 40 feet apart. Altogether there were in excess of 170 3- and 4-inch shells that exploded. See Fireworks Page 3 Fireworks display Saturday at the Falls A second--and shorter--fireworks display will be held at Valley Falls at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, July 13. Paul Heinen, chairman of the event, reports that there were at least 60 shells and a number of multi-shot fireworks (cakes) that were not de- stroyed in the July 4 explosions. The leftovers are enough for about a 15-minute show, Heinen said. The the public is invited to view this dis- play in the same place as last week, using Linn and Frazier streets. department after observing some strange shenanigans with one of the police cars the one and only night the auxiliary took to the streets. After describing the time and the car, it was learned that the complaint was not against any police officer, but rather one of two private individuals who had been given keys to one of the city police cars. Mayor Charles Stutesman contin- ues to support the auxiliary. "So for those of you who think this is a half-assed, harebrained idea this is what's being done," he said, and then went on to tell about a couple of other mayors in the state of Kansas who are thinking of doing the same thing. He even noted that there was a mayor of one Jefferson County town who said he would welcome the auxiliary in his town at any time. See City Page 3 , by Holly Davis The Jayhawk Area Agency on Ag- ing Inc. had a meeting July 2 with intentions of spreading awareness on programs and services available to senior citizens The meeting was led by Jocelyn Lyons, executive direc- tor of JAAA, and special guests were Lynn Jenkins, congresswoman, ac- companied by Patrick Leopold, chief of staff, and Ramon Gonzalez, 47th District state representative. Other members of the agency attended and led the meeting as well. The JAAA program serves older Kansans and their caregivers who reside in Jefferson, Shawnee, and Douglas counties. The mission of the program is to foster independence for senior citizens who hope to stay in their home for as long as possible. The advocates on aging citizens stressed the importance of community in- volvement and independence. To celebrate the many indepen- dent senior citizens of the community, it is fitting that the JAAA proposed an Independence Day visit to celebrate the approaching holiday The visit was led with introductions which was followed by an overview of ser- vices available in Jefferson County. Home visits with case manager Chris Anderson and caregiver specialist Michele Dillon were next on the agenda. After visiting Loren Lyons, 99, in his Oskaloosa home, it can be said that he serves as a prime example of an independent senior citizen. Described as ornery and active by his daughter-in-law, Mr. Lyons was very alert and talkative during the visit. After talking with U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins, he was also comfortable sharing his political views. The two Republicans had a lot in common. The soon-to-be 100-year-old still drives, cooks his own food, and ad- mires the many awards he won from the Senior Olympics shooting events. Even in his eighties, he enjoyed bowl- ing, square dancing, and parasailing. He admitted to proposing to the doctor who works at the emergency center in Lawrence, but laughed and said he guessed she was too young for him, During the visit, the issue of scare- ruing came up. Nefarious groups oper- ating from countries such as Jamaica and Nigeria often scare the elderly into giving them money under the pretense that they've won a prize. The foreigners are often tenacious and will do whatever it takes to drain the bank accounts of the less informed. Lynn Jenkins was concerned about the issue and said she would address it. Loren Lyons is the oldest living Oskaloosa graduate he says, and has no plans of moving out of his home. The JAAA offered their assistance not only to him, but to his caregivers as well. Michele Dillon spoke about how overwhelming it can be for those who take care of a loved one and often don't realize the services available to them. "My goal is to inform caregivers about the help they can receive. There are neighbors and people of the church who would love to help, but maybe don't know it is needed. We can offer respite services to caregivers, but we want them to know that there are other forms of informal help," Dil- lon said. Services are available to those over the age of 60 and their spouses. Under the federally funded Older Americans Act, JAAA can provide assistance in case management, physical fitness, alternative diets, and caregiver sup- port. Those living in Oskaloosa have the option of getting meals from the dining site, Rose's Downtown Cafe, which coincides with CHAMPSS (Choosing Healthy Appetizing Meal Plan Solutions for Seniors). The Senior Care Act, which is funded by the state, allows for con- sumers to receive services based on a sliding fee scale, while case manage- ment is provided at no cost. There are many services and pro- grams available to the public which include the Aging and Disability Resource Center, CARE (Client As- sessment, Referral and Evaluation), and SHICK(Senior Health Insurance needs and aspirations of the aging that I was groomed for essentially. I Counseling for Kansas). members of the community as well am passionate about it and I become "There is a perception that when as their caregivers. Many of the more and more passionate about it we reach a certain age, there are cer- members shared their own caregiving as I age myself," Jocelyn Lyons said tain things that we do like retire and stories that included successes and at the closing meeting. "Our aging sit outside on the porch in our rocking failures. Although they have a deep society has indeed changed, but we chair, but we don't. We just don't," understanding of the aging commu- want to know how we can go about Jocelyn Lyons said, who stressed that nity, they are always eager to learn affecting the change and particularly senior citizens are active, involved in more and are willing to listen,with the growth in aging while being the community, and have a desire to "I was never a child. I was always perceptive to it, and resolving the ad- be independent, the adult and being around elders, I ditional barriers that may be there." The JAAA team is aware of the learned from them. This job was one The Jayhawk Area Agency on Aging Inc. held a meeting July 2 which included a visit to the home of Loren Lyons, Michele Dillon, a caregiver specialist, and Lynn Jenkins, U.S. Representative, as they discuss the options available Photo by Holly Davis 99, Oskaloosa. He is pictured with to him and his caregivers.