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10/6/2007

HANDICAPPED PARKING PERMITS

Filed under: prairie musings, Ellsworth — Peg Britton @ 4:22 pm

Is it just Brit or do other people experience someone lifting their handicapped parking permits?

I insisted he get one since he has difficulty walking distances…and there is some occasional distance walking for him in Salina. It helps him get through the day when he’s going to the doctor and running errands in Salina. He doesn’t drive out of town to any other place.

He lost the first one a couple months ago and got a replacement for it. He’s never used the replacement but it disappeared in recent days. He keeps the card on his console between the seats so someone just opens the door and rips it off.

I guess the lesson to be learned is that someone here in Ellsworth is taking them. Maybe it’s the same person who ran into the back of his truck and didn’t tell him. He only goes to a few places here in town where he isn’t within watching distance of his vehicle. I guess he’s going to have to start locking up or taking his toothy, smiley dog, Ringo, every place is goes. Pity.

DO SOMETHING AMAZING, LATE HARVEST, KU WINS, MARIAN JONES LOSES AND CONGRATULATIONS TO MARK AND JOSIE

Filed under: prairie musings, family, friends, Ellsworth, Tyler Britton USAF — Peg Britton @ 1:01 pm

Out of habit I drove to the farmers’ market to see if Caleb might show with the last of his summer harvest. Alas, nada. Rich and Bev brought us some of their last garden produce and to me it’s the best of the season even though it’s usually not the prettiest. I prefer the last pickings as I think the tomatoes and red bell peppers are distinctly sweeter and more flavorful. I have one more tomato to eat over the kitchen sink, with a shaker of course Kosher salt, and there will not be another until next summer. Locally produced vine-ripened tomatoes, to me, are the most perfect food and my favorite.

To me, the best stop for coffee is the Ellsworth Antique Mall so I pulled in there for a little de-caf (doctor’s orders) and a visit with Mark and Josie. Everyone who participated and enjoyed the Great American Cattle Drive owes Mark and Josie Roehrman a huge pat on the back for a job well done. They didn’t do it all, but they had their hands on everything to see that it all coordinated and came off as planned. They did a tremendous job to make it a most successful weekend.

Mark and Josie said the reports coming in from the Great American Cattle Drive and associated activities have been very positive. Everything was considered a huge success. I was particularly pleased the beer sales at the social pavilion caused no difficulty at all. I hung around there late Saturday night and Mark was there watching the activity until it closed just so he could see what anyone else might be observing. All the conversation and warnings about it being a potential problem and the end of the good life in Ellsworth were highly exaggerated. It was a non-issue. It was a one day birthday party for Ellsworth and those who wanted to celebrate had the opportunity to do so. No one was out of line.

Ann Deming called with the EHS score last night so I could post it in a timely manner. My cell phone didn’t ring…or something…so I didn’t get the score posted until today. Sorry.

Kansas is leading the Cats 21 to 14. Then 21 – 17 at the end of the third. Kansas is 5 and 0 after winning this game 30 - 24. This was the 105th meeting of these two teams. Dane wishes he could be there. He loved going to the K-State games.

The Air Force is doing some new advertising that is interesting. You can see the videos at “Do Something Amazing”. It concentrates on the various career opportunities that are available, mostly those dealing with flying and support services. The more I learn about the new Air Force, the more confident I’ve become in Tyler’s early decision to enlist. He loves it!

Brit and I, along with a lot of help from Ally, have decided we’d like to spend our remaining years clomping around on hickory plank floors on the main level of our house. We should have done it years ago, but I never gave it much thought. We finally reached a point in maintaining our house in good shape that we had to do something. I’ll love it when it’s finished, but getting there is going to be challenging.

Marian Jones was running Olympic times and was an exceptional athlete when she was in high school. Why would she cheat when she didn’t have to? She lived with those lies for eight years…what will she tell her children?

Back to work. Thanks for tuning in.

EHS BEARCATS OVERPOWER RUSSELL 38 TO 20

Filed under: Ellsworth — Peg Britton @ 10:40 am

10/3/2007

EHS CROSS COUNTRY BOYS FIRST AT HOME, RACCOONS, FAMILY AND FINDING SHOPPING MOLIMINOUS

Filed under: prairie musings, Ellsworth — Peg Britton @ 7:33 pm

The Varsity Boys Cross Country Team took first place at their home meet held at the Ellsworth golf course yesterday. Other teams participating included Abilene, Victoria, Hesston, Sylvan Grove, Beloit, Smokey Valley and Lincoln. EHS team members are: Kristofer Bailey, Derek Jensen, Josh Rankin, James Winston, Josh Hawks, Talon Rice, Billy Canaan, Matt McCasland, Nick Andreson, Trevor Lang, Mason May, Zach Olson, Kevin Rhamy, Weston Wilson and Levi Frees.

The girls took 4th in the competition. Their team members are: Gracie Orozco, Tasha Svaty, Elizabeth Kepka, Silje Bakken (exchange student), Whitney Steinike, Kara Svaty, Jordann Bell, Ashley Habiger. Team managers are Candice Bowie and Lucas Ranker. Coaches are Ron Davis, Sr. and Eric Coonrod.

Jake Svaty is going to trap our raccoons. GIVE THREE CHEERS FOR JAKE. He arrived this evening with a friendly trap large enough to catch a heffalump. When the herd of raccoons have a new happy home, I’ll get a good night’s sleep.

We’ve had mixed reviews on Dane’s foot….from two broken bones, a lot of osteoporosis and sprained ankle. He’s not going to be walking on it, so it’s recommended that he wear his protective boot for a few weeks and let it mend itself.

Todd was blasted with a laser today that seems to have disintegrated his kidney boulder. It was the size of his little finger down to the knuckle. Some people have multiple kidney stones and he’s one who has had more than his share of them.

Ally and I spent the entire day doing what I detest the most…shopping. The experience wasn’t too bad as she’s such a big help and fun to be with. We’re looking for hardwood flooring…real hardwood…and finally found the Canadian hickory we like in Homerwood. We ruled out the engineered hardwood floors even though they are more highly recommended than solid wood. We’ll take our chances with buckling and shrinkage…and just stumble over the bumps or fall through the cracks, if they occur. That’s the direction we’re heading so the flooring in this house should last as long as the house which is rock solid.

Brit mowed and raked leaves today with an attachment on his mower. He’s pooped.

I’d hoped to go to Salina tonight for a movie and dinner…just to unwind, but my timing was way off so that didn’t happen.

Next Tuesday there is going to be a Heritage Trust Fund Workshop held in conjunction with a Tax Credit Workshop. It will be held in the Underground, so that will make it interesting and fun. I’ll let you know more about it later…as a reminder. The Kansas State Historical Society is coming to Ellsworth to put on these workshops. It would be great to have a large local turnout so mark your calendars and save Tuesday for “learning day”. If you want to know more, give Jonathan Mitchell a call.

Time to wind down. Thanks for tuning in.

GROWER SPOTLIGHT: JOHN THAEMERT, ELLSWORTH KANSAS

Filed under: prairie musings, Ellsworth — Peg Britton @ 6:08 pm

When John Thaemert isn’t sporting a suit and sitting behind his desk at the Citizens State Bank & Trust Co. in Ellsworth, Kan., he’s wearing jeans and working on his wheat farm a few miles down the road near Sylvan Grove.

For the rest of the story from FarmPolicyFActs.org, click here.

10/2/2007

SHORT NIGHT, LONG DAY

Filed under: prairie musings, friends, Ellsworth — Peg Britton @ 7:22 pm

The raccoons are back in full force. There were at least three of those big puppies on our deck and roof last night cavorting around to the extent there wasn’t any way for me to sleep. They awakened me from a sound sleep at 1:30 and kept at it despite my efforts to get them to leave. I hope fish and game will come to my rescue.

The mess is getting deeper and deeper around here with painting and cleaning up after the mess. I have so much stuff to move, no place to put it…and no energy to carry all the heavy books and “stuff”. I’m thinking about getting a burn permit and setting fire to half of it. (Not really!)

In recent days I’ve learned more about engineered flooring and solid hardwood flooring than I hoped to know. It’s “flooring”. Laminate and carpeting are “floor coverings”. Laminate is a “picture” of flooring glued on a backing. I didn’t know it but when some people move they take their flooring with them. That’s why they don’t glue it down.

Everyone in the business recommends engineered flooring over solid hardwood, for several reasons. I still like solid hickory but the problem with solid wood is that it tends to warp or buckle with changes in the humidity. So they say. I just know we need new flooring which I’d prefer to floor covering. The basement will get floor covering. It’s not anything I really want…but after 30 years, we need to make some changes.

Dane’s foot rest fell off his chair yesterday morning and his foot fell under his electric wheel chair. Then he proceeded to drag his his foot under his chair for 50 feet, so it was reported, and he has a couple of broken bones to contend with. He didn’t mention it when he was here yesterday, but by evening it was causing a lot of pain so I was informed.

There weren’t any incidents over the weekend that were cause for concern that I can determine. The social pavilion went well; the beer drinkers there and in the other two drinking establishments didn’t cause any problems. Everyone seemed to have a wonderful time and enjoyed all the entertainment that was provided during the weekend. The “Shooting of Sheriff Whitney” and “The Hanging” were well attended. There was something for everyone. It was a huge success.

Time to find my feathers and hope for a quiet night. Thanks for stopping by.

9/30/2007

FOLLOW THE YELLOW LINE, FOLLOW THE YELLOW LINE, FOLLOW THE YELLOW LINE….

Filed under: Ellsworth — Peg Britton @ 12:43 pm

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Photo by Peg

COLLEGE BOY ASKS, “IS THIS PAMPLONA? ARE WE SUPPOSED TO RUN WITH THE BULLS OR AWAY FROM THEM?…GEEZ DAD, THESE ARE STEERS WITH BIG HORNS!”

Filed under: family, Ellsworth — Peg Britton @ 12:27 pm

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Photo by Ally Britton…her brother and nephew can’t decide where to sit.

COWBOYS LEADING 140 LONGHORNS DOWN DOUGLAS AVENUE MARKING THE 140TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FOUNDING OF ELLSWORTH

Filed under: Ellsworth — Peg Britton @ 12:20 pm

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Photo by Ally Britton…Mark Huseman on right. Herd managers on left.
The Hutchinson News featured a story about the cattle drive. You can read it here.

There was nary a word about the cattle drive in the Salina Journal today even though the population of Ellsworth was at least 6 -8 times greater than usual yesterday. you’d think that would warrant a little attention.

Ellsworth County residents dump a lot of money in Salina. If it were not for all the satellite towns around Salina that feed their economy, Salina wouldn’t begin to be the city it is. I’ve often wondered what the doctors, hospital, retail store owners, etc. in Salina would think if everyone within 100 miles would boycott Salina for two weeks. I think they sometimes fail to consider our contributions to their well-being.

HERE THEY COME….LED BY THE BUFFALO SOLDIERS

Filed under: Ellsworth — Peg Britton @ 12:12 pm

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Photo by Ally Britton

DOWNTOWN ELLSWORTH….CLAIMING A SPOT TO WATCH THE PARADE OF LONGHORNS. OFFICIAL ESTIMATE OF ON-LOOKERS: 12,000 - 16,000

Filed under: Ellsworth — Peg Britton @ 12:04 pm

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Photo by Ally Britton

LOCAL TRAIL RIDERS TAMMY AND DOUG STEFEK

Filed under: Ellsworth — Peg Britton @ 11:38 am

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Photo by Ally Britton

WEBSITE AND BLOG HITS FOR SEPTEMBER …. 134,521

Filed under: prairie musings, Ellsworth — Peg Britton @ 9:42 am

Thank you for wandering by and keeping track of what is going on in Ellsworth and with Ringo Britton’s family and friends.

There are a lot of hard-working people in Ellsworth who are giving an audible sigh of relief today after staging one of the most successful events ever.

I’ll post some additional cattle drive pictures as I receive them. I’ll so give you links to other pictures that may be available for purchase from Jeff Cooper, official photographer for the cattle drive. One of the best pictures ever of the cattle drive effort was taken by Mark Inman Seitz and is featured below in a 9/26/2007 posting (scroll down). Framed copies are available from the INDY office.

9/29/2007

THE ELLSWORTH ANTIQUE MALL, HOME OF THE NATIONAL DROVERS HALL OF FAME AND UNDERGROUND ELLSWORTH

Filed under: friends, Ellsworth — Peg Britton @ 4:29 pm

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I am not good at estimating crowds unless everyone is in a chair and I can count rows. When people are milling around Ellsworth, as they were today, I couldn’t venture a guess as to whether we had more or less here for the festivities than last year. I will take the word of the Police Chief when he said we had at least twice the number as last year. 6,000 - 8,000 last year.  12,000 - 16,000 this year. It was a hopping day, I do know that.  People were strung out over several venues and on the parade route from Preisker Park to West Douglas.

My friend Jean and I went to the finals of the Cowboy Idol contest tonight and there must have been 500 people there. Tina estimated the Thursday crowd at 400. Once again, I attended both but didn’t count. Roger Pearson won the pig kissing contest. We waited until the voting was complete for the Cowboy Idol contest and learned that the two we voted for were the finalists…a young girl from Lincoln and the EHS K -12 “doing her practice teaching” music teacher in the adult division.

On the way home at 10:00, I stopped downtown to check out the activity. Things were winding down for the poker tournament in Drovers but the attendance was good on the music/beverage side. The Social Pavilion was hopping with good music and a happy crowd of people. Police were ever present and keeping things under control. There had been no problems by the time I left before 11:00. I visited with Mark Roehrman who said the pavilion was a most successful venture. Randy, from Hope, who rode with the longhorns said it was another wonderful trip, as was last year.

Our friends, Linda and Dan, Brit and I headed out early this morning to have breakfast at the senior citizens center. Dane and his Wilson friends were there before us. From there we explored everything down town and loved the morning parade, which was one of Ellsworth’s best, imo. We had Mexican food at the VFW Hall which was very good then milled around until the 2:00 longhorn parade. It couldn’t have been better. Watching 140 longhorns and all those riders was an exciting experience for everyone. I sat under the shade of the big cottonwood tree inside a tent with tables and chairs…yay…all afternoon and visited with friends who wandered by. The day went on and on and I just got home.

Linda Hanney and Ally have pictures to share later. Mine weren’t very good, as usual.

I’m exhausticated and I know those workhorses that made this event possible won’t have any difficulty sleeping tonight. It was a huge success.

Now to wish two of my grandsons Happy Birthday …they share the cake tomorrow.

Thanks for tuning in…this is a disconnected post, but I’m pooped! It has been a very long fun-filled day.

A LOT OF LONGHORNS….DOWN IN FRONT, PLEASE.

Filed under: Ellsworth — Peg Britton @ 4:13 pm

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Photo by Peg…Mark Huseman under the black hat.

9/28/2007

2007 HOMECOMING KING IS IAN STEINIKE. 2007 HOMECOMING QUEEN IS LINDSEY KEPKA

Filed under: Ellsworth — Peg Britton @ 5:44 pm

Halftime: Beloit 36, Ellsworth 12.

Final:  Beloit 48,  Ellsworth 12

STUNNING DROVER OF THE DISTAFF SIDE…

Filed under: Ellsworth — Peg Britton @ 12:18 pm

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Photo by Ally Britton….one of the guest trail riders.

THE MULE TEAM…GREAT AMERICAN CATTLE DRIVE

Filed under: Ellsworth — Peg Britton @ 12:13 pm

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Photo by Ally Britton

GREAT AMERICAN CATTLE DRIVE SCHEDULE …

Filed under: Ellsworth — Peg Britton @ 10:12 am

Friday, Sept. 28

All day Trade Show and food booths, Cowtown Plaza.
All day Carnival, downtown.
All day Sidewalk Sales, downtown.
11 a.m. to midnight — Drovers Saloon with live entertainment, food and cold beer. Located in the Ellsworth Underground below the Ellsworth Antique Mall.
7 p.m. Texas Hold’em tournament, Drovers Saloon.
Ellsworth Homecoming EHS vs Beloit football at the high school.

Saturday, Sept. 29

8 a.m. 5K Run, “Running with the Bulls,” West Main in front of the VFW Hall.
9:30 a.m. Stock tank races, Smoky Hill River Bridge, south edge of town.
7:30 to 9:30 a.m. “Breakfast on the Go,” Methodist Women, 1st and Douglas.
10 a.m. PARADE. Cowtown parade through downtown Ellsworth.
After the Parade a re-enactment of the “Shooting of Sheriff Whitney,” Hodgden Museum.
11 a.m. to midnight Drovers Saloon with live entertainment, food and cold drinks (underground below the Ellsworth Antique Mall).
11 a.m. to midnight Street Social Pavilion, First and Douglas. Live entertainment. Beer will be served.
All day Carnival in downtown Ellsworth.
All day Wild Women of the Frontier in downtown Ellsworth.
All day Cowboy and Indian Encampment, Recreation Center grounds.
All day Trade Show and food booths at Cowtown Plaza.
All day History Exhibits. Ellsworth County Historical Society Museum.
All day Craft Show. Ellsworth City Hall.
All day Mechanical Bull Riding — Cowtown Plaza.
All day Cowboy Fast Draw — Cowtown Plaza.
2 p.m. PARADE. Cattle Drive Parade featuring 140 trophy Texas longhorns herded through Ellsworth from east 3rd St. to Douglas Ave.and south to the rodeo grounds. Drive will be escorted into town by the Buffalo Soldiers.
2:30 p.m. PARADE. Antique Wagon Parade. Downtown.
3 p.m. Meet and greet Cowtown Idol finalists, Drovers Saloon.
6 p.m. — Shooting of Sheriff Whitney in Preisker Park.
7 p.m. — Cowtown Idol finals. Movie, “The Cowboy,” to follow. Preisker Park.
7 p.m. — Texas Hold’em contest, Drovers Saloon.
7 to 10 p.m. — Cowboy Ball, Ellsworth Recreation Center, south of town.

Sunday, Sept. 30

8 to 10 a.m. — Community breakfast sponsored by the Good Samaritan Retirement Village. Free will donation.
10 a.m. — Community worship service. Drovers Cottage.

9/27/2007

OOPS…WHERE’D THEY GO?

Filed under: Ellsworth — Peg Britton @ 8:32 pm

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Photo by Ally Britton…left, Mark Huseman, right, Eric Bohl.

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