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9/30/2007

DO YOU WANT TO KNOW HOW A K-STATE STUDENT IS DOING? HOW TO FIND HIM/HER?

Filed under: prairie musings, family — Peg Britton @ 5:50 pm

If you want to find a K-State student, or see what his/her standing is, you can click here.

Type the student name in the purple box at the top, click “enter” and you’ll find information you are looking for…or maybe not.

My fave K-State student stopped by before returning to Manhattan. He told me how I could check the above and see that he’s a junior and finance major, right on schedule. It includes his email address and phone number. He’s kept his grades up and we’re very proud of his accomplishments in and out of the classroom.

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

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO TWO OF OUR GRANDSONS WHO WERE BORN ON SEPTEMBER 30TH 12 YEARS APART. HAPPY 31ST BIRTHDAY TO ROD WHO CELEBRATED WITH GENN IN BOSTON. HAPPY 19TH BIRTHDAY TO TYLER WHO CELEBRATED WITH HIS AIRMEN FRIENDS AT SHEPPARD AFB IN WICHITA FALLS TX.

Filed under: family — Peg Britton @ 10:00 pm

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

BUSH MANGLES EDUCATION SPEECH….AGAIN

Filed under: political musings — Peg Britton @ 8:05 pm

George did it again when he said, “Childrens do learn.” Yesterday’s foot-in-mouth verbal gaffe was particularly egregious because, well, it was an education event.

He once asked, “Is our children learning?”

The backdrop behind the President read, “No child left behind.”

“As yesterday’s positive report card shows, childrens do learn when standards are high and results are measured.”

Bush followed with another cringe-worthy slipup: “Congress needs to work with this administration to pass legislation that helps gives [sic] our children the education they deserve.”

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

BHUT JOLOKIA…THE HOTTEST PEPPER IN THE WORLD

Filed under: prairie musings — Peg Britton @ 5:05 pm

Have you been in those discussions with friends about which pepper is the hottest? Which has the most capsaicin?

Now you can say it’s the Bhut Jolokia that is grown in northeastern India and Bangladesh.

Yes, it’s the real deal. Confirmed by the Guinness Book of World Records as the hottest pepper in the world, Bhut Jolokia has a Scoville rating of just over 1 million units. That is twice as hot as the previous record holder, the Red Savina.

The number of Scoville heat units indicates the amount of capsaicin present. Some hot sauces use their Scoville rating in advertising as a selling point. The scale is named after its creator, American chemist Wilbur Scoville.

This chile is also known as Bih Jolokia, Borbih, Dorset Naga, Ghost Pepper, Mirch, Mircha, Naga Morich, Naga Moresh Nagahari, Raja Chilli, Raja Mircha, and Tezpur.

These chiles are all about heat and do not impart any noticeable fruity flavor. Use them to add heat, but remember that they are potentially 5 times hotter than many habaneros.

Many of the names for this chile include the word “Naga” which was the name of the ferocious Naga warriors, who once inhabited Nagaland in Assam, one of India’s most fertile chile growing regions.

Here’s a picture of the little devil. It looks like a very wrinkled habanero. I’m perfectly happy with the habanero…that’s hot enough for me.  If you ask at Gutierrez’ Restaurant in Salina, they will provide you with a side dish of diced habaneros with their wonderful hot salsa.
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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.

MR. MOON AND THE GOVERNOR NEEDS TO DO FALL HOUSECLEANING TOO.

Filed under: prairie musings, political musings — Peg Britton @ 7:54 am

Last night after “fun in the park”, I was posting the first pictures of the cattle drive when I heard a plaintive “Pegggggggy?????” from two floors up. It wasn’t a cry of alarm, so I shut off my computer and plodded upstairs. I would have employed my athletic “three stairs at a time sprint”, had I been concerned.

After I reached the level below his bedroom, I asked him what he wanted. He said he’d forgotten to turn off the porch lights and they were shining in his eyes. Instead of coming back downstairs, he asked me to turn them off. Cute thing…he’s never learned to sleep with lights shining in his eyes.

“No problem”, I replied. “They aren’t on.”

He….”That’s strange. It’s so bright up here. I thought I’d left them on.”

“Nope. Goodnight.”

“Goodnight.”

I turned all the lights out then I heard from above….”IT’S THE MOON!”

The moon was as bright as the sun….well, almost. Those cowboys and cowgirls from Oregon who are sleeping with the longhorns under the stars got a good look at a real Kansas moon. They might have had to sleep with their heads “under” their saddles.

Dave Rankin is putting all the finishing touches on his marching band performance for this evening. The EHS band is sounding very good and their show will be something to be very proud of. Dave does good work with his students. I get to hear Dave yell, the drums beat and the horns toot every morning.

This afternoon is moving day, as I’ll have some help with it. A lot of stuff that was on the walls or just sitting around is destined to find a new home. The walls are clean and satiny and I want to enjoy them that way. There is space for a long table in our plant room since Butch Kepka removed the hot tub and it’s cluttering his back yard instead of my house. The table will accommodate the stuff so I can sort through things. After the painting is complete I can decide where to put the “iffy” things. I think it’s time my kids graciously accept “back” some of the many possessions of theirs I’ve enjoyed for many years.

Yesterday I took a few minutes (it takes no longer than that) to look at the fall copy of Kansas! Magazine. It’s not worth subscribing to anymore and we’ve taken it forevvver. It once was a beautiful magazine but then the Department of Tourism, in all its infinite wisdom, farmed it out to the people in Iowa who publish Midwest Living. It has lost all of its Kansas character, even down to the writing. The page by Marci Penner is gone along with the page of recent Kansas publications, the recipe feature and other personal columns. It’s not Kansas! anymore and looks like a cheap Iowa magazine. It’s just one more example in a long list of reasons why the governor needs to clean house in the Department of Tourism.

Speaking of our governor…am I detecting sounds that she’s finally back-tracking on that horrendous Holcomb expansion she’s been promoting? I certainly hope so.

Time to get to work!

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.

READY TO MOVE ‘EM OUT

Filed under: Ellsworth — Peg Britton @ 8:28 pm

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Photo by Ally Britton

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