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Filed under: political musings — Peg Britton @ 7:11 pm

Washington State Representative Richard Curtis, whose claim of being the victim of an extortion scheme that resulted in disclosure of raw details about his sexual behavior, resigned from the Legislature today.

He was allegedly involved in an incident in Spokane last week with a 26 year old male. According to a report filed by Spokane police, Curtis met the man at a porn store in Spokane Valley and later joined him in a downtown hotel room.

Curtis has joined the long list of hypocritical conservative Republicans who preach anti-gay rubbish from the pulpit or vote in chambers against any any legislation that would provide equal rights to gays and lesbians. He has voted against all legislation that would provide equality to gays in Washington State. He denied being gay or having sex with the man.

A police report on the incident said Curtis had told investigators that he’d had sex with with the man. He was also observed participating in another act act with a different man at the porn shop while wearing women’s undergarments

Let’s see…we’re working through the “C’s” in the Values Party…Carona, Craig, Curtis….


Filed under: political musings — Peg Britton @ 5:30 pm

Albert Snyder of York, Pa., the father of a Westminster Marine who was killed in Iraq, today won his case in a Baltimore federal court against Fred Phelps and members of the Westboro Baptist Church who protested at his son’s funeral last year.

The jury of five women and four men awarded Snyder $2.9 million in compensatory damages $6 million in punitive damages for invasion of privacy and $2 million for emotional distress.

In June, Albert Snyder argued the Phelps Family demonstrations exacerbated his pain and suffering in March 2006 while he mourned the death of his only son. Specifically, he charged that they violated his privacy, intentionally inflicted emotional harm and engaged in a conspiracy to carry out their activities. The jury decided in Snyder’s favor on every count.

Snyder was the first in the nation to attempt to hold members of Westboro Baptist Church legally liable for their shock protests at military funerals after the church protested the military’s inclusion of gays at the funeral of Lance Cpl. Matthew A. Snyder.

The church’s leaders said they will continue to picket military funerals and plan to picket the memorial services of the seven college students who died in a North Carolina house fire. Fred Phelps said they plan to appeal the ruling and “Oh, it will take about five minutes to get that thing reversed.”

This is all about hatred of gays and lesbians…and indoctrination of children. Tell me…with people like the Phelps and other fundamentalist “Christians” who abhor gays and lesbians and beat them down at every opportunity, tell me, please, tell me, who in his/her right mind would ever “choose” that life style? Would they just wake up one morning when they are young and say….Hey, I guess from this day forward I’ll just be gay. Conversely, at what age did everyone else wake up one morning and decide they were going to be heterosexual? It has never been a matter of choice.

This family is a classic example how children are indoctrinated to hate from the day they are born…to hate those who are different from us.  If there weren’t religious fanaticism and politics to indoctrinate in children, what a tolerant and happy world this could be.


Filed under: political musings — Peg Britton @ 11:00 am


HAPPY HALLOWEEN to rod, genn, mackenzie, luke, drew, tyler, nicholas, demi, mack, nick, brock, mollie, sarah, kyle, emily, aimee, james and all the other goblins out there …..

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Filed under: prairie musings — Peg Britton @ 5:12 pm

The Roehrmans, Schultz’ and Stoltz’ offered a very successful experience to the 333 people who paid a dollar each to experience the Halloween underground. That was a wonderful thing for them to do.

Ray Roberts, warden of the El Dorado Correctional facility, and former warden at ECF, is going through a tough time right now and needs the support of his friends. Two of his inmates escaped with the help of a former guard whom he fired two weeks ago when he learned of her association with one of the inmates. They think she carried wire cutters into the prison in the pant leg of her uniform. She cut wires from the outside while the two inmates cut from the inside. They’ll be caught.

Downtown Ellsworth is a maze of orange detour signs, warnings of hazards ahead and orange traffic cones.

They are repairing the railroad tracks on Douglas Avenue under the crossing arms. The ride over the rails will be a vast improvement over the teeth-jarring condition we’ve encountered in the past.

They are removing portions of curbing here and there about town. I’m not sure about the purpose of it.

It is also a gasping distraction to see the men who are shingling the roof of the Episcopal Church. It’s a feat approximating the scaling of El Capitan. I can’t stand to watch so I can’t give you names of fearless ones.

Then we have Mark Roehrman to watch as he hangs precariously outside the second floor of the Williams building and probes the structural elements with a jack hammer.

It’s worth a trip to town to witness all this activity. Drive with one foot on your brake.

Brit and I went to KCs for lunch “together” today. Usually, he solos it. When he went to pay, he reminded our waitress I’d had a salad and he had a sandwich and tea. “Are you together? Are you paying for hers?”, she asked? I guess I better show up with him more often. I’d hate to have her think I scam meals off any guy I can find sitting by himself. Pretty funny.

Ally is trying to rid her place of John Deere border paper at the top of each room. It was put on with glue that dried like concrete and has to be chipped out with a chisel. What were they thinking?

I think I’ll tag along to Salina with Brit tomorrow. He has a doctor’s appointment and wants to go by the VA clinic to get his flu shot. He might even take me out for lunch again.

I watched the DVD “Baraka” today. Baraka is an ancient Sufi word, and can be translated as “a blessing, or as the breath, or essence of life from which the evolutionary process unfolds.” Breath-taking shots were gathered from around the world that show the beauty and destruction of nature and humans. Ron Fricke and Mark Magidson, with a three-person crew, swept through 24 countries in 14 months to make this stunning film. One of the very last films shot in the expensive TODD-AO 70mm format, Ron Fricke developed a computer-controlled camera for the incredible time-lapse shots, including New York’s Park Avenue rush hour traffic and the crowded Tokyo subway platforms. There are shots that range from the daily devotions of Tibetan monks and whirling dervishes to a cigarette factory. It’s very unusual, breathtakingly beautiful in parts, woefully, pitifully sad in others. Diverse world music was chosen for the background. There is no explanation for what you are viewing…you need to figure it out for yourselves. I’ll watch it again sometime after I catch my breath.

When my friend Linda Hanney was here, she told me about Bedtime Story caffeine-free herbal tea by Lipton. It’s made with real spearmint leaves, chamomille flowers, peppermint leaves, orange peel, lemon grass and chicory root. It’s enough to put you to sleep…and it has a wonderful aroma. Besides, the neat little pyramid-shaped tea bags are cute enough to press between the pages of your favorite book. Now I’m hooked. I think this winter is going to be a good one for lots of hot tea, green in the morning and herbal at night.

I miss tall boy something fierce…and I miss his helping hands that the Air Force now seems to find so useful. He always was here to help me clean and do all those things that have become so difficult. Now things are getting deep and desperate around here without him, and he’s only been gone a little over four months. That doesn’t bode well for the near future…I’ll catch up eventually.

Thanks for tuning in


Filed under: prairie musings — Peg Britton @ 8:11 am

Ringo has to be the funniest dog alive. Well, maybe not really, but we’re inclined to think so.

He has his routines, just like the rest of us who live here. In the morning, if I don’t get up before he does, he’ll lie in front of my bedroom door until I come out. Then he leaps for joy to see me when I emerge. His leaps, which are shoulder high on me, end with great thudding sounds as he lands on the floor. Then, momentarily, he looks at me with this huge grin. Will I make him sit, play dead or just lie down to get his morning cookie? He never knows so he just goes through the routine anyway just to make sure I remember his cookie.

If I’m downstairs on my computer when he rolls out of bed, which is usually the case, he comes thundering down the stairs and skids to a stop by my feet and goes through his routine. When he gets his cookie, he bounds up the stairs three at at time to look for his bowl of breakfast food that Brit by then has ready for him. Iams, cookies and hugs make up a huge part of his life.

He is one happy Ringo dog.


Filed under: prairie musings, Ellsworth — Peg Britton @ 7:53 am

THE ELLSWORTH COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT will be offering flu shots tomorrow, October 31, from 12:00 noon – 5:00 PM. Now is a good time to get one, according to those who know about such things.

For other times and locations to get flu shots, just type in “flu shots” in my search box, on the right.



Filed under: political musings — Peg Britton @ 4:14 pm

Brit and I received our usual gift suggestions from Kansas! Magazine: send magazine subscriptions to your friends. Not a chance.

I returned the form with copies of my blogs from last March where I blasted their decision to oursource the magazine to Iowa and Midwest Living. Huge mistake. It’s now a trashy magazine by comparison.

Kansas! Magazine which was once right up there close to Arizona…but not quite that good…was something to be proud of. It was a magazine we looked forward to receiving and sharing with others.

Now, the magazine is downright embarrassing and I not only won’t give any as gifts, we won’t even renew our subscription. We’ve subscribed as long as I can remember, but until they bring that magazine back to Kansas for editing and printing and up to previous standards, we won’t be supporting it.

The Travel and Tourism department is full of cronyism and it’s hurting our image.

Here’s what I wrote last March:

Filed under: prairie musings, political musings — Peg Britton @ 12:43 pm Edit This

Another error in judgment, in addition to “AS BIG AS YOU THINK”, can be attributed to the Travel and Tourism Department.

Outsourcing Kansas! magazine is the most offensive, outrageous action the Travel and Tourism Department could do to Kansas!, Kansas and Kansans, from my point of view.

Remember the brouhaha before the November election when natives were in a real stushie after learning KANSAS! magazine was being outsourced to Iowa? That Midwest Magazine could do a better job for us than we could find among our own?

The state Travel and Tourism employees offered lengthy justifications for their actions. As I recall, they were even going to pay more for the Iowa service because it could be completed under one roof.

The excuses offered were lame and fell short with subscribers; however, readers had no alternative but to assume a “wait and see the proof of the pudding” posture in anticipation of a vastly improved product.

The product has arrived and it’s time to take exception with their judgment. The magazine falls short by every method of comparison and is inferior from cover to cover to the previous Kansas printed and compiled magazine. It looks like a chintzy version of Midwest Living, which in itself is not at the top of the heap of quality magazines. This is not the way we should be portraying our great state to others.

I could continue at length at what is wrong with it, but suggest instead that you take the Spring 2007 edition and compare it with any of the previous year’s copies. We didn’t receive our winter issue, did you? You’ll see a huge difference in quality, content, design, layout, photography and readability. Gone are the special pages that made it connect to Kansas…Marci Penner’s Explore Kansas, Kelley Carpenter’s City Escapes, Getaways, Prairie Potpourri, Favorite Recipes, the glorious abundance of outstanding photographs. There is a smattering of good things, but we’re accustomed to much better than this.

The T & T department appears to be obsessed with providing web links rather than producing a good product.

Well, there’s hardly anyway to go from here except UP.


Filed under: prairie musings — Peg Britton @ 2:44 pm

Ladybugs are the best known garden predators available. Live ladybugs, shipped free from Bozeman Montana. You can order 72,000 of them for $94.50. Or if you don’t want that many, you can get a quart, 18,000, of them for $42.95, shipped free. Or fewer. They are hand-harvested in the wilderness apparently by ladybug fanciers who love to count. They aren’t the kind that are prone to entering your home so if you have an aphid infestation, they might be the answer to your problem.


Filed under: political musings, print news — Peg Britton @ 2:10 pm

The American Bar Association recommends a nationwide freeze on executions because of the serious problems in state death penalty systems that compromise fairness in capital punishment cases.

“After carefully studying the way states across the spectrum handle executions, it has become crystal clear that the process is deeply flawed,” said Stephen Hanlon, head of the ABA Death Penalty Moratorium Implementation Project.  “The death penalty system is rife with irregularity.”

I have always opposed the death penalty, so this comes as very good news. Over the ages there have  been persistent racial disparities, misidentification by eyewitnesses, false confessions from defendants and spotty preservation of evidence.  More than 200 inmates have been exonerated on DNA evidence, many hours away from the death chamber.  That’s not to mention the crooked prosecutors and policeman who have conspired on serious cases in the public eye to make them go away.


Filed under: prairie musings, Ellsworth — Peg Britton @ 1:40 pm

Nancy’s Tours Is getting a bus or buses ready to travel to Norton for our football game Tuesday night.

The buses will be at the high school parking lot between 3:30 & 3:45 and will leave no later than 4:00 p.m.

Cost is $22.00 per passenger.

Please Call Nancy Schmidt at 472-4481 to reserve your spot on the bus. GO BIG RED!!


Filed under: print news — Peg Britton @ 8:42 am



Filed under: prairie musings, Ellsworth — Peg Britton @ 8:08 pm

Ellsworthites will remember this familiar structure at First and Douglas in downtown Ellsworth across from the Citizens State Bank and Trust Company.

It’s part of the Wellington block and currently under renovation by historical preservationist Mark Roehrman. it is being transformed into a fine new clinic for Kurt Williams so he can keep up with my tooth maintenance and repair. It takes a village.

The second floors of the two buildings, in time, will become a reclusive “loft” and respite center for family and friends of the Williams’.

The basement, as I understand it, will become part of the continuing development of the Ellsworth Underground. It will take time, but the basement area under these two buildings and Seitz Drug store will be connected to expand the underground that is now part and parcel of the Ellsworth Antique Mall.

This development, along with the downtown renovation, will make Ellsworth a very inviting and pleasant place to shop and visit.


Filed under: prairie musings, family — Peg Britton @ 6:11 pm

Have you lost someone? Here’s a website from which few can hide. Ellie Evans sent it to me.

Dane requested chili for tomorrow…my famous recipe. Actually, it’s like every family’s famous chili…it’s what your mom made and you make it the same way. You grow up with it and are amazed when you discover all your friends didn’t grow up eating the same kind of chili. Like religion…it’s all different.

A friend once told me her family chili consisted of two ingredients….hamburger and canned chili beans. Nothing else. That’s what they always had for Christmas dinner. It was their tradition and far less work than ours.

I have no recipe for chili and it varies a little each time I make it. It’s guaranteed to be full of flavor and it’s what the family expects when I make chili. Basically, I use very lean ground beef, a whole mess of fresh chopped garlic (not a single clove but the whole big bud…in this case, a third cup), diced tomatoes, chopped onions, diced fresh red and green jalepenos and a yellow sweet pepper, cominos seeds, William’s chili seasoning, parsley, rinsed dark red kidney beans. After that it’s what I see hanging around. Today I had two cups of Ally’s salsa so I added it which was a great addition. First class chili on the fire. It has to be good for you.

I took a container of my chili to Ally and Ruby in exchange for some of Ally’s green pork chili. They are two different animals. She usually always has a big turkey roaster full of pork chili simmering on the counter. She’s about out of Hatch’s green chilies and will get more for next year. She froze two bushels last summer and they are almost gone.

Grandson Drew stopped by while I was delivering chili. I hate to miss him because every time he smiles my life just brightens like Times Square on New Year’s Eve. He called on the way back to Manhattan so we did catch up on our lives. His moves considerably faster than I. What a fine young man he is. His grades are good, he works hard. Good grades don’t come easily for him.Drew loved the painting and brick refurbishing projects and his visit with his grandpa.

Red Socks fans, Rod and Genn, are in Denver to watch the World Series game tonight. Rod is an avid Red Socks fan, loves to see them play and is firmly attached to Boston because of them. I have the neatest grandsons…Rod, Drew and Tyler. Wonderful young men. And …my delightful granddaughter, Mackenzie, is right up there with them in a distaff kind of way. I’m very, very proud of each of them.

Rod and Genn are located in the right field stands watching game four of the World Series in the Colorado Rockies stadium. The opening with an Air Force flyover was very impressive. I better look for Rod to catch a foul ball, as he is capable of doing that. He was a very good ball player in his own right. I know NOTHING about the World Series but I don’t want to miss anything. I’m so glad my grandchildren are out there living and loving life. I wish Rod’s brothers could be with him tonight.

I forwarded Jesse’s letter to several of you on my contacts list. It’s a worthy read. Jesse is a good man and thinks things through carefully. Even if you don’t agree with his presidential choice, he has worthy comments that are worth your consideration.

Thanks for tuning in ….


Filed under: political musings, print news — Peg Britton @ 7:59 am

Dear family and friends –

Before I begin, I’ll give you all fair warning: this is a lengthy e-mail that may not be of interest to everyone; however, what is written below reflects a few of the issues about which I feel most strongly. It may be easiest to print this e-mail out and read it before bed – for those of you who are not interested, it’s at least guaranteed to put you to sleep! Thanks in advance for your time, and, as always, replies and feedback are appreciated.

I’m not great about keeping in touch via e-mail. I also rarely use e-mail for anything beyond correspondence, like solicitation or passing along forwarded jokes. Today, I’m writing an e-mail that is admittedly an endorsement of my own political values and interests. Most of you know me as someone who is very interested in and dedicated to participation in the political arena. Whether that involves issue advocacy, government service or simply taking the time to vote, my hope is that all people become at least vaguely aware of the importance of participation. As reluctant as I am to say it, we cannot wait to become involved, or at least aware, of the issues and players affecting the 2008 presidential election. A handful of voters in faraway states and a star-struck news media are, as usual, playing the largest roles in narrowing the field of candidates. Now is the time to inject ourselves into the process; now is the time for us to make a difference.

I’m going to divide this e-mail into two parts: 1) a few reasons why I left the Republican Party, which will come as a surprise to those of you who remember my support of the GOP, and 2) an endorsement of the one presidential candidate who I believe has the best credentials to be the President of the United States.

In the summer of 2006, I left the Republican Party after nearly six years of staunch support. Simply put, the Republican Party had failed to be responsible with the power that voters had given them. The GOP became a party with misplaced priorities, questionable ethics and displayed a flagrant lack of concern for the issues that voters thought to be most important. In 2006, several incredibly important issues faced the country, and with majorities in the House and the Senate as well as control of the presidency, the Republican Party should have been able to make a significant amount of headway in tackling subjects like immigration reform and healthcare.

Instead, the GOP decided to focus on issues designed to rally their base – changing the Constitution to make flag burning illegal and to discriminate against homosexuals (bigotry under the transparent veil of “family values”). The Republican leadership in Congress spent the entire summer wasting time on these issues, and then – as usual – took a vacation for the entire month of August. In 2006, your elected officials in Washington, D.C . – 535 men and women who are elected by us to do a job and receive, collectively, over $100 million a year in salaries to do so – spent just over 90 days in the nation’s capital. Instead of capitalizing on their lock on power and working to pass important legislation to secure the border or to help insure 45 million Americans without health insurance, the Republicans wasted time playing politics. Corruption and scandals also rocked the national GOP, tarnishing the reputations of elected and appointed officials in Congress and the White House and putting a definitive end to the Republican claim that theirs is the party of morals and ethics.

And if you think the Bush administration is making wise decisions, consider this: President Bush just rejected a $7 billion per year increase for health insurance for children of poor families. He claimed the expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, which helps thousands of needy Kansas children, was “too expensive,” among other things. At the same time, President Bush was asking Congress for an additional $200 billion to continue the war in Iraq – a war that the majority of Americans now reject. Think about it — $7 billion a year for health insurance was too much for this administration, but this country (at the president’s request and with Congress’ approval) spends around $2 billion a week in Iraq. Regardless of your feelings about the war, such a heavy contrast in funding priorities doesn’t seem quite right.

My disgust with the party didn’t stop with our federal government; Kansas state Republicans were equally comfortable in their majorities, spending time on issues that quite simply didn’t matter, including successfully changing our state constitution to discriminate based on sexual orientation and allowing our attorney general to run roughshod over our privacy rights. When their narrow visions began to force prominent officials from the party (like Mark Parkinson, now our lieutenant governor), the GOP leadership refused to assess their own priorities, instead criticizing those who had left as “traitors.” I knew that my own political vision didn’t line up 100% with the GOP platform. The Kansas GOP now disciplines Republican officials who do not toe the party line, enforcing the party’s – not the electorate’s – vision through “loyalty committees.” I didn’t need to be a part of such an organization, and I will gladly be called a “traitor” if it means retaining my freedom of thought. I became an unaffiliated voter in August of 2006 – just a few months before the rest of America soundly rejected the GOP majorities in Congress – and haven’t regretted my decision one bit.

In just over a year, we’ll be facing another crucial election – quite possibly the most important election that my generation has ever seen. The war in Iraq, health care, immigration reform, Social Security, environmental policies and alternative energy research are all issues that demand urgent attention. To many, it seems far too early to dwell on an election that is over a year away and a race that still boasts over 15 candidates. Unfortunately, waiting to become engaged in the process will only serve to limit your choices. By February 5th, Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and a host of other early primary states will have picked the two major candidates who will square off next November, and their choices will in large part be guided by a media industry and a political establishment obsessed with big names, big money and petty issues. Even though Kansas will not have the opportunity to make a difference through a primary election, we can become involved in other ways.

The issues and problems that the next administration will face affect us all. I don’t need to look any further than my own experiences to see how important these issues are. I have money taken out of each of my paychecks for Social Security, but unless progress is made on strengthening the system, it won’t be there for me when I retire. I may be around for another 60 or 70 years, and I’d like to see our environment in better shape when I leave than when I got here; that starts with strong government backing of proven alternative energy methods. In 2004, a friend of mine – 2nd Lt. Mike Goins – was shot in the back and killed in Iraq. There is no doubt in my mind that the top issues facing this country have touched all of us in one way or another. With so many important subjects to be dealt with, the next president needs to be a decisive leader with strong principles, a depth of knowledge and experience and must speak openly and honestly to the American people.

Senator Joseph Biden, a Democrat from Delaware, is the best-qualified candidate in the presidential race and exudes all of the above mentioned characteristics. While his name may not be nearly as well known as those of Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama or Rudy Giuliani, Biden (pronounced BY-den) is more experienced than all of the top-tier candidates combined. He has spent 35 years in the United States Senate, at different times chairing the Judiciary and Foreign Relations Committees. No presidential candidate is as well-versed in foreign affairs as Senator Biden, and in his three-and-a-half decades in the Senate, he has worked with all the major players crucial to the success of a presidency.

Often (and inexplicably so), such Washington experience is looked down upon. In the short time I have been interviewing applicants to work for my company, I’ve come to greatly respect and admire the benefits that previous knowledge can bring. As voters and employers of sorts, we shouldn’t settle for anything less than the most qualified candidate for the job. The mainstream media and the political establishment would have you believe that money and “electability” are the key qualifications to be president. I believe it should be one’s ability to do the job. We shouldn’t settle for less than the best candidate simply because we are told that it is an inevitability.

Senator Biden’s success in the Senate includes the 1994 crime bill, which saw passage of the Violence Against Women Act and was instrumental in helping lower crime rates across the nation throughout the rest of the 1990s. He was also the first senator to speak out against the ethnic cleansing in Bosnia and Herzegovina in the early 1990s. In 1992, Biden traveled to Belgrade, looked Slobodan Milosevic in the eye and told him that he was a war criminal. Three years later, the world would finally agree with him; NATO air strikes put an end to the ethnic cleansing in Bosnia, and in 1998, NATO forces stopped atrocities in Kosovo. Senator Biden’s early advocacy for the oppressed Croats and Muslims in the Balkans reflects the concern for the oppressed that has permeated his career. His principles are clearly evident in the positions that he takes on various issues – earlier this year, he refused to vote against funding for the war in Iraq even though many of his colleagues did so in order to appease liberal advocacy groups, saying that voting against funding would hurt our troops. For Biden, it wasn’t worth making a political point if it meant denying our men and women in uniform needed resources. His experience has proven that he’s dedicated to doing his job, even if that comes at the expense of a few votes. He’s very clearly a man of principle and does not engage in political gamesmanship.

With an incredible breadth of experience and success behind him as well as a straight-talking style that leaves voters knowing exactly where he stands, Joe Biden is my choice for president, and I’d be honored if you’d give him a look based on my recommendation. You can find a lot of information about Senator Biden on his campaign Web site: What his campaign needs at this crucial time is financial support, so if you like Senator Biden, please consider donating to his campaign as well.

I’d also be grateful if you’d forward this e-mail to everyone in your address books. The mainstream media is dedicated to covering the big names that have big money; if we’re to have an effect on who is our next president, we’ve got to take action, and that action can be as simple as forwarding this e-mail to your friends and family. Now is the time to get involved and make a difference. The 2008 election should not be another choice between “the lesser of two evils,” as many voters claim the last two have been. Early action and support can ensure that we end up with a president who truly represents the greatness of this country.

Thanks for your time; love and best wishes –


Jesse J. Manning
Chief of Editorial Operations
Infoition News Services, Inc.

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Filed under: prairie musings, Ellsworth — Peg Britton @ 11:42 am

Ellsworth’s Haunted Underground is the creation of Mark and Josie Roehrman, John and Dena Stoltz, Caleb Schultz AND one very talented inmate from the ECF. You’ll be amazed at the artistry of the inmate, who is a novice at spray painting. In this, his first attempt, you can readily see he has a lot of untapped talent. Here is one small part of several murals he painted on fabric. Another inmate helped with the seaming and ironing.


The group has been working off and on for a couple of weeks on the Halloween Haunted Underground. During the last two days they have coordinated their efforts, made the live action scary things that will pop out and give you a fright and coordinated the music to match the action.

The tour for the “feint of heart” is between 7:00 and 8:00. That would be for the young ones. From 8:00 to 10:00 you’ll find it’s “time to meet your doom” for older kids and adults.

Take a dollar per person to donate to the project. It’s well worth the long and exciting walk-through to see the ghosts, goblins and scary things. You and the kids will love it.

Support your local entrepreneurs!

What scares me most about Halloween is knowing all the family holidays are coming up next. hehehh



Filed under: prairie musings — Peg Britton @ 2:01 pm

Matthew Alan Denning, who grew up in Salina, attended Salina South High School and graduated from Ellsworth High School, is alive and well and attending K-State. He’s the son of my friend Linda and the late Peter Denning. Matt is just fine and said he didn’t know he had so many friends. They’ve been calling and text messaging him all week. That has to be an eerie feeling.

I mention this as my blog has had, and continues to have numerous hits looking for “Matthew Denning”. I know why they are looking.

Matthew James Denning, age 20, Wichita, died tragically Saturday October 20th in a car accident.


Filed under: prairie musings, Tyler Britton USAF — Peg Britton @ 8:54 am

I never know who reads my blogs or where the journey takes them.

One case surfaced this week when Tyler’s base commander, Brigadier General Richard T. Devereaux, invited him for lunch. The invitation resulted from the General googling for Sheppard AFB information and finding my blog. Airman Tyler Britton was mentioned.

Even if one finds my blog, rarely do they find the section “About Peg”. General Devereaux found it all, was interested in what he read and had Tyler tracked down with an invitation to join him for lunch. He wanted to know more about my trips on the USS Topeka, a Los Angeles class nuclear sub, and the Goodyear Blimp. Tyler was happy to fill in the blanks but said to me….”Grandma, I can’t ever remember you talking about going over Niagara Falls in a barrel”. Right, Tyler. I never did, but after working steadily for 14 days and nights putting my website together, it was fun to write about things I’d never be able to do.

Tyler was too nervous to eat, he said, but was very honored to spend an hour with his General. It was a very inspirational experience for him. Gen. Devereaux has a reputation for being a kind, thoughtful man with very impressive credentials. The general was an honor graduate from the Air Force Academy in 1978 and was named a distinguished graduate from three other military-related courses. Lunch with the General will be at the top of the page in Tyler’s unforgettable life experiences

I have an invitation to meet General Devereaux if I attend Tyler’s graduation exercises.

Tyler is doing very well in his cardiopulmonary classes which involve four distinct areas of medical care: respiratory therapy, pulmonary diagnostics, invasive and non-invasive cardiology. He was able to select the base he wants for his on-the-job training. His instructors said Nellis AFB near Las Vegas has the best program so that is where he’ll go when he finishes cardio tech school at Sheppard AFB in December. He’ll be at Nellis eight months. He’s getting an excellent education…and it’s only the beginning.

Thank you, General Devereaux.


Filed under: prairie musings, Wilson Musings, Ellsworth — Peg Britton @ 7:56 am



Filed under: prairie musings, Ellsworth — Peg Britton @ 1:55 pm

The contents, mostly “odds and ends”, of the Ash Creek school building will be sold Saturday October 27 beginning at 8:00 a.m.  The sale will end at noon.  There will be no early sales. Contact Dan and Tammy Kruse for details.

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