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5/31/2006

LOST IN SPACE

Filed under: prairie musings, family, friends — Peg Britton @ 3:28 pm

I lost all my governor’s copy. Will give it up for now.

Also, without getting lost in the details, I think I can safely say we are saving some money with our Community Care RX program with the two pharmacies we do business with: Fand M Drugs in Ellsworth and Arbuthnot Drugs in Belleville. That’s the Medicare Part D pill insurance plan for the “elderly” that we selected.

There are some very good naval oranges on the market right now. Peeled and sliced with a little Splenda, they yield a yummy treat.

Dr. Slomka is heading to Europe for a couple of weeks and has tickets to the World Cup Soccer matches in Germany. He’s one happy guy. I’m not sure where I’d want to sit in the stadium, but I’m sure he knows. He was talking with Dane about it last night.

It just can’t rain in Ellsworth. They have downpours all around us while our ponds remain dry and the wheat is going to be one of the worst crops in history. There is a storm in progress south and east of Ellsworth right now, but nothing is going on here. It passed us again.

Our oldest grandson has moved from Manhattan to Kansas City. After three years in Manhattan, he was ready to get back to the city. He’s living in the heart of city/sports activity in the downtown area.

Mackenzie is going to get all her furniture, books, pictures and other personal possessions this weekend as Todd and Drew are going to move everything to Royse City for her. Everything has been in storage at Todd and Karen’s house, but now that Mackenzie and Luke have a house, they have room for her things. Maybe we’ll get things sorted out eventually. I’ve given away Dane’s suits, dress shirts, ties and polos, but there are many other things I need to find a home for so I can reclaim a bedroom. It’s such a slow process considering all the other things there are to do as well.

Brit just said he’s glad we visited New Orleans when we did. Me too. We don’t care about going back. We had some wonderful times there with my brother and family and at other times with Dane and Julie and friends. We’ve carried home a lot of good memories from there on several occasions.

Josh Svaty who represents Ellsworth and Saline Counties in the Kansas House of Representatives has filed for re-election. So far, no challengers have filed.

Joshua Svaty, 26, D-Ellsworth, filed earlier this month. The deadline to file for the Aug. 1 primary election is noon June 12.

Oops…it poured cats and dogs for a few minutes. How delightful! Todd said his gauge showed 3/4 inch.

SENATOR SAM AND HIS COUSIN DAVE BROWNBACK TO SPEND OVERNIGHT IN THE ELLSWORTH CORRECTIONAL FACILITY

Filed under: prairie musings, family, friends, political musings, Dane Britton — Peg Britton @ 3:17 pm

I doubt there will be any ABC National News pictures of Sam behind bars in Ellsworth, but there should be good coverage of his discussion with inmates about various programs at the local correctional facility. Sam and his cousin, Dave (president of Ellsworth’s Citizen State Bank and Trust) will be arriving early this evening at the prison to have a round table discussion with inmates about the Christian fellowship program.

If there is advance notice of the ABC showing, I’ll post it here.

Dane and I had a quick visit today. It was shower day for him so I read the newspapers and waited for him. Then after lunch, he wanted to read the papers. On some days there just isn’t a whole lot to talk about.

John the bed man called me again about Dane’s bed. Can you believe we’re still waiting for his bed? It should be in the middle of next week. He talked to the president of Unimed and said he’d been told the bed had been shipped every week for the past two months. The bed is out the door today, according to the president, and should be here in three business days. Maybe we’ll see it next week. One of the hold ups has been that the new bed is coming equipped with scales, which is an unusual item for this particular bed. I’ll be so glad to get that behind us. EVERY THING we do for Dane takes months and months and months and boatloads of paper work. It will never end. Caring for him on a daily basis is the easy and fun part that I really enjoy.

Tomorrow I’m going to Salina to see the Gov. There are errands to run that I’ve been saving up so a stop by Salina Vortex at noon to provide another body won’t be out of the way. It’s a good way to say hello to friends who’ll be there for the same purpose.

My new Timex keeps on ticking. It has a huge face like my dad’s pocket watch used to have…only his was a nice watch. My beautiful Rolex that Brit gave me years ago sits idly in my safe deposit box. I go blind trying to read it and I can buy four Timex watches a year for what it costs for the yearly cleaning. Some nice things just aren’t very practical.

Rick from City Plumbing just came by with what it’s going to cost to replace the larger of our two furnaces and air conditioner. Ours is 30 years old and finally shot craps. They are going to cost more than half what Jack Gillam paid for his whole new, 3 bedroom house up on Charles he built himself in the 60s. That’s called inflation.

It sounded from all the reports I heard that anyone who didn’t attend the various class reunions and alumni banquet missed out on a very good time. I see some new provider names on my site meter leading me to believe I picked up some new alumni readers. Thank you for spreading the word.

Time to move on. Thanks for stopping by.

SEBELIUS NAMES MARK PARKINGSON LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR FOR HER RE-ELECTION BID

Filed under: political musings, print news — Peg Britton @ 9:34 am

Democratic governor picks former GOP leader as running mate
Lawrence Journal World
By Scott Rothschild
Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Democratic Gov. Kathleen Sebelius today picked former Kansas Republican Party Chairman Mark Parkinson as her lieutenant governor running mate.

The announcement was made at Kansas University’s Edwards campus in Overland Park.

Sebelius said Parkinson shared her “independent approach to leading the state.”

Parkinson accepted Sebelius’ invitation to join the ticket and praised her for bringing a non-partisan kind of leadership to the state.

Sebelius and Parkinson planned to visit Pittsburg, Wichita, Topeka, Dodge City, Hays and Salina during a tour of the state before officially filing to run on Thursday.

5/29/2006

SEBELIUS RUNNING MATE

Filed under: political musings — Peg Britton @ 6:57 pm

I read The Hutchinson News’ announcement that Lt. Gov. John Moore states that he will retire when his term of office ends in January 2007 and how it paves the way for Gov. Kathleen Sebelius to choose a new running mate.

The report speculated on glitz and glamour (such as an all-female ticket). Moore worked at Cessna in Wichita, while Sebelius recently has been a career politician from Topeka.

The critical factor is for Sebelius to select someone who is diverse and different from the political wheeler-dealer or the political family dynasties of the past.

I hope that she selects someone who has real roots in central and western Kansas - a common person who has a vision for the future for rural Kansans.

For far too many decades, the chairs of the governor and lieutenant governor have been filled by political insiders hailing from the big cities. It’s time for the gubernatorial race to have someone genuinely loyal to this area, someone accustomed to dirt roads and wheat fields - instead of back-alley deals and plowing fields of greenbacks at the Capitol.

JAMES A. MARPLES

Esbon

05/25/2006; 02:28:23 AM

“She’s currently looking for the best partner for the next four years. She wants someone with strong skills, abilities and leadership who shares her vision for Kansas.” Sebelius has said only that she has been looking for a running mate with a broad background. “The good news is there’s some deep talent out there,” she said.

The Democratic governor declined Monday to respond to the latest speculation among political activists that her choice for lieutenant governor is Mark Parkinson, a former Kansas Republican Party chairman. Choosing Parkinson wouldn’t be an odd move for Sebelius.

Despite having served as state GOP chairman from 1999-2003, Parkinson is helping manage Johnson County District Attorney Paul Morrison’s campaign for attorney general against Republican incumbent Phill Kline. Morrison himself switched parties last year.

That’s not who I had in mind, but he seems an excellent choice.

The plumbers finally came today, after a several month wait. My “to do” list was lengthy and they got through most of it except the compressor on the AC. I have a feeling it won’t get replaced, and the leak in coil repaired/replaced until winter. There is always something needing attention.

P.S. Ellsworth County Sheriff Tracy Ploutz said the body of Randy Gable was found about 11:30 a.m. Monday by searchers with the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks and the federal Corps of Engineers. He was from Lyons.

5/28/2006

IN FLANDERS FIELDS

Filed under: print news — Peg Britton @ 7:20 pm

By Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918)
Canadian Army

IN FLANDERS FIELDS the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky,
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

MAHARISHI MEETS THE BIBLE BELT

Filed under: political musings — Peg Britton @ 2:19 pm

Not everyone in Smith Center, Kansas is blissful over plans to create a “World Capital of Peace.” Followers of the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, founder of the transcendental meditation movement, intend to build a World Capital of Peace, investing at least $15 million to erect 12-15 buildings for a retreat, training center, broadcast center and residences.

Opponents, such as Greg Crawford, pastor of the Jubilee International Ministries, said: “People in Smith Center need to be cautious. The presence of the maharishi’s followers is going to have an effect on the spiritual climate. The churches need to organize and pray and really believe that God isn’t going to allow these people to move in.”

Wouldn’t you know? It is said that “fear is the first self-defense”. Greg Judy of the Faith Community Bible Church says there’s talk of new zoning regulations to prevent the TMers from building and a petition drive to ask the maharishi to stay away. Maybe water-rights issues will stop their constructions plans”, he says.

Burke Phelps, president of First National Bank, says, “Sometimes people forget that this country is based on freedom of religion. If what they want is peace and understanding, I’m all for it. We need to wait and give these people a chance. I don’t see anything scary.”

The reactions of some local residents is reflective of attitudes against those who think differently from them and others who are in competition for residents’ “eternal souls”. Think collection plates, money, control and discrimination.

Dian Gilmore of the Fairfield Iowa C of C where Maharishi University of Management has existed since 1971, said TMers have started businesses and created jobs. Fairfield “would die if we didn’t have them”, she says.

USA Today article Posted 5/23/2006

It’s going to be very interesting to follow the construction plans as they unfold.

KYLE SEILER REGISTERS CAREER-BEST JAVELIN TOSS

Filed under: Ellsworth, print news — Peg Britton @ 12:33 pm

Courtesy: Kansas State University
Release: 05/27/2006

AUSTIN, Texas - Kansas State concluded action on Saturday at the 2006 NCAA Midwest Regional at Mike A. Myers Stadium with nine Wildcats advancing to the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, including two as NCAA Midwest Regional champions…

…Leading the Wildcat effort on Saturday was Josh Scheer. The native of Garden Plain, Kan., won the men’s javelin title with a career-best toss of 229-07. The incredible effort came on his fifth throw of the afternoon and outdistanced his previous career-best of 212-09 during the Nebraska Invitational on May 7, 2005. The throw ranks fourth in K-State history…

…Joining Scheer in the top-five of the men’s javelin was Kyle Seiler. Seiler also registered a career-best with a toss of 216-09. The Ellsworth, Kan., product’s previous career best was 212-07 during this season’s Kansas Relays…

DIVERS SEARCH FOR MAN IN KANOPOLIS LAKE

Filed under: print news — Peg Britton @ 12:27 pm

Posted on Sat, May. 27, 2006
The Wichita Eagle

Divers were preparing late Saturday night to search Kanpolis Lake for a 25-year-old man who may have drowned.

Ellsworth County Sheriff Tracy Ploutz said a group of five people were wading in the lake when they fell into a drop-off that was more than 10 feet deep.

Witnesses helped pull four of the people from the water, Ploutz said, but the group later realized that a 25-year-old man did not make it to shore.

Ploutz said the accident occurred about 6 p.m. on the west side of the lake.

5/27/2006

FARMERS MARKET OPENED TODAY

Filed under: prairie musings, family, Wilson Musings, Ellsworth — Peg Britton @ 3:06 pm

The farmers market opened today and I forgot. They hold it on the Cowboy Plaza grounds by the railroad tracks. It’s not going to be a good year for produce, but let’s hope for the best and support those who try to coax the best out of Mother Nature.

The various classes are gathering today and tonight for reunions and the annual alumni banquet. There will be lots of hugs and smiles around town this weekend.

The fiber weavers will be at Kansas Originals tomorrow from 11:00 until 3:00.

HIV’s ancestry traced to wild chimps. Twenty-five years after the first AIDS cases emerged, scientists have confirmed that the HIV virus plaguing humans really did originate in wild chimpanzees, in a corner of Cameroon.

Grandson Drew is mowing the yard for us today. Yay!

Memorial Day will be observed tomorrow and Monday all across the county. The Ellsworth Memorial Cemetery will be the site of a ceremony at 8:00 am Monday. That’s the cemetery on the east side of town. At 10:00 the usual very short parade will commence down town. At 10:30 there will be a ceremony on the bridge then at 11:00 another will be conducted at the Ellsworth Cemetery, on west Douglas. And there will be food downtown.

And, for those of you who aren’t here, it’s hot…95 degrees with winds gusting from the south at 35 mph.

SOLVING PROBLEMS

Filed under: prairie musings, family, friends, Dane Britton, Ellsworth — Peg Britton @ 10:21 am

Problem Solving 101

Dig a moat the length of the Mexican border.
Take the dirt and raise the levees in New Orleans.
Put the Florida alligators in the moat.

Any other problems you would like for me to solve?

The above came from my friend, Dorothy. It’s a chuckle, but then it makes about as much sense as those who say “Send all the Mexican’s back to Mexico”. It’s a very complicated problem involving human beings who are very much like us. I like what the Governor of Arizona said…I think it was she who said it…a wise woman nonetheless: “Show me a 50 foot wall and I’ll show you a 51 foot ladder.”

Paula Svaty-Gray sent me an ad for a handicapped equipped van. Ally is on top of it and it may be something that will be perfect for Dane. We are hopeful as it’s within our price range. We don’t care what it looks like. We’re told it needs a new headliner, but we can fix that with duct tape and anything else with bailing wire!

Dane joined others from the home and had breakfast at Made From Scratch Thursday morning. That got him out of bed! Sherry the director said she thought it was so good for him that anytime he wants to go there to eat, someone will walk beside him to the restaurant. Then we can meet him there and stay with him during his meal and someone will walk back with him to the home. That’s where a van would come in handy so we could transport him. But the “ride” back and forth in his wheelchair is very good for him too. It gets him out close to the ground again.

Brit is decorating our graves today…his parents and sister, my parents, grandparents and two sets of great-grandparents. They are all buried in the old cemetery “down by the river”. The wind is blowing a gale so I don’t suppose the flowers will withstand the fury. The weather always does something furious for Memorial Day weekend. I just hope it brings rain.

Rita is coming late this afternoon with a truck load of needles. She has an endless amount of energy. Dane thinks the acupuncture is helping his tailbone. His bedsore is just about closed over.

Mackenzie wrote that they just loved seeing Jeff Brownback and touring his aircraft. She said it was a real kick.

For those of you who still enjoy cooking. Taste of the Midwest: editor travels 12 states for the best recipes.

I wish I knew more about what is going on with the helicopter plant as I know everyone is interested. Maybe I’ll give Rick Stitt a call and find out. Let me know what you want to read about and I’ll try to supply it. It takes a month for the local paper to get to California so I’m trying to fill in the gaps for those who like to stay on top of what is going on here.

If you’re interested in an old building in Ellsworth: “We are offering for sale the CK Mill building located on S. Colorado Street in Ellsworth, Kansas. The building was originally built in 1948 and contains a total of approximately 72,000 square feet of space. The building rests on approximately 1.3 acres of land. The price for the building and land has been set at $75,000. Owner financing is not available.”
Click here for pictures and details. I’m old enough to remember when this was a very busy place.

Have a good day…and enjoy the weekend. Thanks for stopping by.

5/26/2006

SEBELIUS ANNOUNCES BID FOR SECOND TERM

Filed under: political musings, print news — Peg Britton @ 6:30 pm

John Hanna, Associated Press

Friday, May 26, 2006

TOPEKA - Claiming bragging rights for better public schools and a stronger economy, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius said today the state’s future is “as boundless as the Kansas sky” as she kicked off her re-election campaign.

The Democratic governor also tried to pre-empt Republican criticism by promising her campaign would emphasize a “message of progress,” rather than “side with those who only look back.”

“Our best days still lay ahead,” she told about 400 cheering supporters gathered at the Statehouse’s south steps. “We have a choice between our vision for building on what’s right with Kansas and our opposition’s belief in only pointing to what’s wrong.”

“The future now lies before us, with opportunities as boundless as the Kansas sky,” she added.

Though a Democrat in a traditionally Republican state, she begins her quest for a second four-year term in a strong position. She has even gained some national notoriety, named by Time magazine last year as one of the nation’s five best governors.

“I think we’ve had a great 3 1/2 years of progress in Kansas, and I’d like to keep that progress going,” Sebelius told reporters after the rally. “We’re more prosperous, more secure, and I think that’s a message I’m going to be carrying to Kansans from border to border.”

She didn’t bring a running mate to her rally. She still hadn’t settled on a potential successor to Lt. Gov. John Moore, who announced last week that he planned to retire.

She said she would make the decision next week but wouldn’t drop any hints about her choice…

The rest of the story.

The Governor is going to be at all the major media markets around the state on the first day (May 31st), KC, Wichita, Pittsburg and then she will speak in Topeka for an event that had already been scheduled. If not, she would do all the stops in one day. One of her stops the following day (June 1st) will be in Salina. She’ll probably be naming her running mate at one of her stops on the 1st.

They are hoping for a large turn out in Salina. Attend if you can and show your support. I think the word is, if you have to go to Salina next week, try to arrange it for Thursday so you can attend the noon gathering for the Governor at Salina Vortex.

JEFF BROWNBACK, MACKENZIE BRITTON AND LUKE VAHALIK

Filed under: prairie musings, family, friends — Peg Britton @ 5:02 pm

If you put Jeff, Mackenzie and Luke in a room together in Greenville Texas, what do you have? A lot of talk about the P3 Orion, L-3 Communications and aircraft security/surveillance equipment.

Early this year in a conversation with his dad, Jeff Brownback was telling him that his P3 Orion aircraft would probably need refurbishing by L-3 in the Dallas area sometime soon but he didn’t anticipate taking it there. Dave told him he thought Mackenzie’s boyfriend worked there.

Tuesday Jeff called from Dallas to tell his dad he was in Greenville TX waiting to pick up another plane, but he’d have to remain overnight because of some additional work they were doing on the plane. Dave told him he thought both Mackenzie and her boyfriend Luke worked for L-3. Before he could check for sure, Jeff had located both Mackenzie and Luke and Ellsworth reunited!

Jeff, who is stationed in Jacksonville FL, is a U.S. Naval Lieutenant (that’s the same as a Captain in the Army) and pilots a P3 Orion. Jeff is a Patrol Plane Commander; the plane is manned by an 11-man crew composed of five officers and six enlisted.

During the cold war, the plane was used as a long range anti-submarine warfare patrol aircraft. It has advanced submarine detection sensors such as directional frequency and ranging sonobuoys and magnetic anomaly detection equipment used to detect enemy submarines.

Since its introduction in 1969, the P-3C has undergone a series of configuration changes to implement improvements in various mission and aircraft systems through updates to the aircraft. They take most of the plane apart for this, even remove the wings and since it has 5 jet engines that drive the props, there are more moving parts than found on most planes. These changes have usually been implemented in blocks, some taking a year. It’s top-secret stuff. The plane which is about the size of a 737, is outfitted totally throughout with equipment. That’s where Luke and Mackenzie come in to the picture.

Jeff took Mackenzie and Luke through the plane. They were not only thrilled to see Jeff again, but were also pleased to identify personally with his plane and equipment in it that they help design.

Jeff loves to fly. His main love is the T-34 trainer, where he can do rolls and all the acrobatic maneuvers that appeal to him. He hopes eventually to get back to Corpus Christi and be a training instructor in his favorite plane.

Both Chery and Dave’s sons, Jeff and Doug, (who is stationed in Iraq) are serving our country well.

LARRY AND SARA SOUKUP, JEFF BROWNBACK, MACKENZIE AND LUKE

Filed under: prairie musings, energy, family, friends — Peg Britton @ 3:35 pm

Dane said, “Larry and Sara Soukup have followed me to all the hospitals I’ve been and they’ve come here to visit me”. And that’s the way they are. They have been good friends to Dane. The four of us sat outside and visited and Dane enjoyed so much hearing about where their trips have taken them and the work they are doing. They are good people and a lot of fun. It was good to see them again.

The highways are starting to get a little crowded with people moving on with their plans for the holiday weekend. Gas prices went up while I was trying to find the time to buy some. Finally, I was down to my last few gallons and filled up part way. Maybe the price will go down a little next weekend. Hummm.

Tall Boy is doing good deeds for his Aunt Ally this weekend and painting the trim on her house in Abilene. They were looking forward to spending the weekend together. She took him out for pizza for lunch so he’d be well-fed to start his work. They are good buddies.

The scenery in the Da Vinci Code was spectacular. There are wonderful scenes inside the Louvre Museum, cathedrals, castles around Paris and London. They make you want to be there. There are some tantalizing aspects of the movie and book that rate exploration. As has been said, the bond between Mary and Jesus might have run far deeper than anyone imagined. History can be very revealing. I’ll watch it again when I can get through Netflix.

The CSB and T had customer appreciation days today and gave away hot dogs and sodas at the drive-in. They had a lot of people stop by, according to grandson Drew who was the hot dog bbq specialist on duty. I picked up some for our dinner to go with the potato salad that needed eating. We got by. Brit should have taken Ringo by for a treat. He would have showed his appreciation with his big toothy grin that goes from from ear to ear.

HOLLY CORNWELL-FRIES COULD USE SOME GOOD SCOUTS

Filed under: friends — Peg Britton @ 2:11 pm

I’m always glad to try to help a friend. If you know of rental property, please give Holly a call. We love having our own move back home.

Peg,
Not sure if you will put this on your blog but we are moving back to Ellsworth and we are looking for a house to rent. We have not sold our house yet here in Kearney, MO so we cannot buy yet but we need something to rent in the mean time. There is just not much out there that we can find so I thought I just might put the word out that we are looking for something. Your help would be appreciated very much. My whole family enjoys keeping up with Ellsworth news on your site and keeping up to date with Dane. Bill loves hearing the news all the way from Singapore.
Thanks for your help.
Holly Cornwell-Fries
Jett Enterpries
www.e-muvr.com
816-519-0659

GOVERNOR SEBELIUS ANNOUNCING IN SALINA

Filed under: political musings — Peg Britton @ 9:48 am

Governor Sebelius is announcing her re-election campaign today (May 26th) in Topeka.

On Wednesday, May 31st, the Governor is going to start a state wide announcement tour where she will be making another big announcement and one of her stops will be on Thursday, June 1st is in Salina.

You are invited to Salina to join the Governor in this announcement and to show support for her candidacy.

Where: The New Corporate Headquarters for Salina Vortex (under construction) at 1725 Vortex Avenue.

Directions: Take the Waterwell Road exit from 1-35. Head west on Waterwell Road. The new Corporate Headquarters for Salina Vortex is located at the corner of Centennial and Waterwell Road.

When: Thursday, June 1st

12:15pm - Rally signs handed out
12:45pm - Announcement

“WHEN IT COMES TO EVOLUTION, EVERYONE IS ENTITLED TO THEIR OWN OPINION - BUT NOT THEIR OWN FACTS”

Filed under: print news — Peg Britton @ 9:31 am

FLOCK OF DODOS
By M.Z. Ribalow
(May 26, 2006)

Flock of Dodos, a playful and consistently intriguing film examining the debate over intelligent design, is very much Randy Olson’s take on the subject. He is not only the writer and director, but also the interviewer within the film. Consequently, this look at the subject is both illuminated and limited by his personal position. An evolutionary ecologist with a Harvard Ph.D., he cheerfully acknowledges that he approaches the issue from the hall of science, not the temple of faith. His conclusion is interesting: Many Americans don’t believe in evolution because the scientific community is inept at communicating the fundamental truth that the scholarly U.S. Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan once put so succinctly - that everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but not to their own facts.

Click here for the rest of the story.

5/25/2006

ENRON JURORS FIND LAY, SKILLING GUILTY

Filed under: prairie musings, political musings — Peg Britton @ 10:18 pm

Conviction on fraud and conspiracy charges of former Enron chiefs Ken Lay and Jeff Skilling marks the climax of one of the most notorious corporate scandals in U.S. history and nearly ensures prison time for two of Houston’s best-known executives. The two will be sentenced Sept. 11.

The DaVinci Code is a movie…and a book. Dan Brown put together a very interesting book. Both are very entertaining, I thought, as they are meant to be. All the hoopla is simply hoopla, imo. What I don’t understand is the woman overheard to say to another woman: “You read the DaVinci Code? My husband won’t let me read it.” Oh my!

There is so much building going on in south east Salina. When I see fast growth like that, I can’t help but wonder where all the people are coming from? Oh, sure. Western Kansas, but they aren’t coming with $200,000 to buy a new house as so many of these represent.

Time to watch John Stewart and Letterman.

“CHAIN GANG” FROM THE UK OBSERVER

Filed under: prairie musings, political musings, Ellsworth, print news — Peg Britton @ 9:16 am

Locking up increasing numbers of Americans is not just about fighting crime, but about boosting business, argues Paul Harris

Thursday May 25, 2006

The people in Ellsworth, Kansas are lucky: it has a prison. That statement may seem a little odd, but for the good people of Ellsworth the jail is a lifesaver. In a region of dying small towns increasingly populated by the aged, the prison is a reliable source of valuable jobs.

Ellsworth was recently part of a scheme offering free plots of land to city dwellers willing to give up the hassles of urban life for small town Kansas, and as I watched a Little League baseball game on a sunny day at the local high school, it struck me as a pretty good deal.

And it was the prison that made it possible. The jobs it provided meant Ellsworth was still viable. Ellsworth’s Main Street did not have the boarded up windows that plagued other towns nearby. Its diner was busy with a lunch time crowd (and yes, everyone inside did know everyone else).

No one had a bad word to say about the prison.

That’s great for Ellsworth. But there are issues here…

Click here to read the rest of the story.

WHO’S ON?

Filed under: prairie musings — Peg Britton @ 8:51 am

Who’s on my blog right this minute? Individuals from Olathe, Topeka, Montrose CO, Clifton, Maryland Heights MO, Salina, Great Bend, Reston VA, Woodward OK, Topeka, Ellsworth, Little Elm TX, Englewood CO, Bloomington IL and Richmond VA.

Chances are that some of these locations are router sites rather than actual locations. I’m the one from Little Elm TX, as I can tell from my ISP. I don’t know who any of you are but I appreciate it that you stopped by to see what is going on in Ellsworth Kansas. That would be 79,254 hits so far this month, according to Metapros. It won’t cap last month of over 129,000, but it’s still a very good month.

May 31st is my anniversary date with Metapros. I signed on with them May 31st, 2002 with my new website, that was after being with dismal informatics who sold it off to someone in AU and left me unable to access it except at their pleasure. The switch to Metapros out of Wichita was a very good one. Brad Sewell, at Metapros, has kept my website and blog running smoothly. I haven’t talked with him in months, which is good, but he’s very helpful when I’ve called on him. And, it’s about as “local” as you can get with such services.

I’m taking the rest of the day off and going to Salina to see The Da Vinci Code and have dinner that someone else prepares. I need a break!

Thank you for stopping by.

ANSWERS.COM

Filed under: prairie musings, friends — Peg Britton @ 8:27 am

Just go to Answers.com for the greatest enclyclodictionalmanacapedia on the net.

Remember LONGGGG ago when I plugged guru and then Answers.com? It started as a small company and now has grown enormously. I had contact with them back in their early days and still communicate, from time to time, with Gil Reich, one of their founders. He’s my very bright friend in Jerusalem.

If you don’t have Answers.com on your computer, I’d sure recommend that you download it. It’s free and very useful. I use the “answer bar” constantly during the day. It is placed insignificantly in the lower right hand of my desktop for easy access.

The “alt click” feature will bring you a definition of any word you click on in any text on the net. Answers will automatically search for information about the term under the mouse pointer, anywhere on the screen and in any application. It’s amazing and a necessity for me. Today’s top 5 alt-click list: ignition point, impish, uxorious, deem, serendipity. I always enjoy reading the words others click on.

“Today’s Highlights” will keep you informed. You can read today where kidney stones might be prevented by drinking lemonade and Sioux Falls SD is the safest place in the US to drive.

Give it a try. You’ll wonder how you ever got along without it.

(Ask Jeeves is now ask.com which is entirely different from answers.com)

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