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Filed under: friends — Peg Britton @ 12:27 pm


Robert Fronapfel is 27 years old and has been missing since the 22nd of May. His car is also missing.

He was leaving Salina to drive to Ellsworth to visit his mother and family on the 22nd, but never arrived. He had a verbal altercation earlier that morning in the parking lot of the complex where he lived and the man with whom the altercation occurred, who also lived in the same complex, has not been located.

Robert has medical problems and requires medication that was in his apartment.

Those who have been interviewed by the police have given numerous conflicting stories about him and his whereabouts. It was reported by some he was going to Colorado and by others he was going to take a bus to Texas, but none of these stories have any credibility. All of his possessions were his apartment, including personal items that he would have taken with him had he planned on taking a trip. Items of value were not taken from his apartment. He was a smoker and his cigarettes were left behind.

Robert Fronapfel is 5′ 11″ tall and weighs 160 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes. He is the son of my good friend Cathy Harshbarger of Ellsworth. We ask for your help in locating him.

Anyone with information on where he may be is asked to call Salina Police at 785-826-7210.



Filed under: prairie musings — Peg Britton @ 1:41 pm


Frank Smith sent me a series of snake pit pictures taken by a friend who lives near Tucson. Here’s one taken as they were hiking on Mother’s Day and came across this gathering of rattlers. The mouth of the den is easily seen. I wonder why anyone would hang around to get pictures?


Filed under: prairie musings, family, Deli — Peg Britton @ 9:25 am

Ally is fixing crab Rangoon, egg rolls and entrées for $5.99.

Our front door once more is taking on the appearance of an entry you’d want to pass through.  Delmar is scraping, priming and painting.  He fixed the door lock that has been falling off in our hands for months “because it’s worn out”. I was struggling to find replacement locks for the double front door and now that is behind me.  He just fixed what I was told couldn’t be fixed. That’s always a good money-saving feeling.

All our reservations have been made for our “bucket trip” to Alaska.  Brit is having a good time planning, which is a good part of the reason for the trip. United airfare, hotel rooms in Seattle both coming and going and ship passage for six of us are confirmed.

We make our travel arrangements with Eva Wallert’s Ahoy Travel and have never been disappointed. She has arranged many vacations and air flights for us over the years.  I don’t know of anyone who knows more about cruises and cruise lines than Eva. She and Wayne are leaving next week for another Alaskan trip, their 7th, I think. She’s arranged for us to have dinner in the Pinnacle Room, one of the fanciest restaurant’s afloat, on July 10th, which coincidentally is Todd’s 55th birthday. That will help make up for a couple of years ago when I forgot entirely about his birthday until a week later. I’ll never get over that.  There were “circumstances’, but I still won’t get over it.

It’s time to get on with errands and correct the snafu with Community Care RX that has made another error in billing.  They seem endless with that outfit.



Filed under: political musings — Peg Britton @ 3:42 pm

Congressional work periods are a great time for members of Congress to return home and visit with their constituents on important issues of the day.  But Pat Roberts, anxious to distance himself from the unpopular Bush Administration, has headed to California to raise money for his re-election campaign.

“It would seem President Bush being in town to raise money for the Kansas GOP to help fund his re-election would be a perfect opportunity for Sen. Roberts to ask the President important questions raised by former White House press secretary Scott McClellan’s new book, “What Happened:  Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception,” said Julie Merz, Slattery Campaign Manager.

Roberts can run, but he can’t hide from his record:

Congressional Quarterly reports that in 2001, during the run up to the Iraq war, Roberts supported the President’s legislative agenda a whopping 99 percent of the time.

As the Wichita Eagle put it, Roberts soon became “a reliable partisan apologist for the Bush administration…”

But with a tough election just five months away and Bush’s approval rating sinking below 30 percent, Roberts is seeking to distance himself from the President.

Roberts does not however seem to be able to distance himself from his role as chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

In McClellan’s new book, he writes that the Bush Administration and its allies in the U.S. Senate employed a sophisticated “political propaganda campaign” aimed at manipulating public opinion.

Under Chairman Roberts’ leadership, the Senate Intelligence Committee promised to report on two items: the intelligence community’s role in the intelligence used to sell the war and, whether the administration misled our country into war in Iraq.

The committee produced the first phase report, revealing that the intelligence provided was flawed, but the intelligence community did provide dire warning of consequences of war in Iraq. The intelligence was murky but was sold as solid fact. Still owed is the second phase report addressing who was responsible for the deception.

On Aug. 4, 2006, the Kansas City Star described the Senate investigation as “oft-delayed” and “much-maligned.”

On March 17, 2006, the New York Times editorialized that Roberts was “busy trying to give legal cover to the president’s trampling on the law and the Constitution.”

On Nov. 8, 2005, the Winfield Daily Courier editors wrote that Roberts “steered the investigation… away from the White House… This no doubt helped President Bush win re-election. It kept Roberts in the good graces of his party and his president.”

On Feb. 18, 2006, the Wichita Eagle wrote in its editorial: “it’s troubling that Roberts, chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, is fast gaining the reputation in Washington, D.C., as a reliable partisan apologist for the Bush administration on intelligence and security controversies… What’s bothering many, though, is that Roberts seems prepared to write the Bush team a series of blank checks to conduct the war on terror, even to the point of ignoring policy mistakes and possible violations of law. That’s not oversight it’s looking the other way.”

No wonder Roberts is in California. He doesn’t want to answer the question: Did the Bush Administration use propaganda, as McClellan’s book claims, to lead the United States to war in Iraq based on inaccurate intelligence data? And more importantly, what was his role in the deception?


Filed under: prairie musings, Deli — Peg Britton @ 9:18 am

The deli special today is homemade chicken and noodle casserole, two sides, roll and butter for $5.99.



Filed under: prairie musings, family — Peg Britton @ 10:03 pm

We’re taking a bucket trip.

I’ll have postings.

Todd, Karen, Ally, Ruby, Brit and I are taking a week’s cruise through the inland passage to Alaska in early July on Holland America’s Oosterdam.   It’s something Brit has always wanted to do.  We’re doing it up right. Ally and Todd are making the arrangements. It’s going to be something very special and we’re very much looking forward to it.


Filed under: prairie musings, friends — Peg Britton @ 9:37 pm

I have a friend who is going to try to raise Frank Reese heritage turkeys.  It’s going to be a labor of love.  It will make an interesting blog posting for me. This weekend she is going to get 10 baby turkeys and try not to name them.  She hopes to keep one alive long enough to have it for Thanksgiving dinner if there is more than one survivor.  If not, she will buy a Butterball and name the survivor “Tom”.  She’s keeping an accurate account of the cost which I will follow closely.  Stay tuned.


Filed under: prairie musings, friends — Peg Britton @ 8:33 pm

Caleb Svaty will open the farmers market on Saturday with his offering of fresh produce from his garden that he maintains south of town. This will be his largest garden ever. He’ll have strawberries, spinach, turnips, radishes and onions.

I don’t know who else will be there, but I hope Connie Terry will have her usual assortment of wonderful pies, homemade jams and jellies, baked goods, crocheted items, etc.

Maybe the garlic lady from Holyrood will be there as well. If you like garlic, buy from her early as she sells her whole crop early in the season. She has a loyal following, and for garlic lovers such as I, she grows absolutely wonderful garlic. Clean it and pop it into a jar, cover with oil and freeze. Or clean it, and put it in a jar of vinegar. Eat it with sandwiches, as you would pickles. It’s wonderful, if you love garlic.

Farmers markets are a sign of the vibrancy of small communities and one of the vital elements that separates growing communities from those that aren’t. These folk work really hard to bring their produce and products to us, so stop by the market Saturday morning and stock up for the week. It’s wonderful to have fresh produce grown and picked especially for us…to use in salads and side dishes throughout the week. Many times Connie and her daughter have provided the opportunity for us, when we’ve fallen short, to buy an angel food cake for family or friends. It’s “Save the Day” fare for us.

Saturday will be the first day of the farmers market, so get in the habit of stopping by early Saturday morning to see what the new offerings might be. Offer suggestions how it can be bigger and better. Help those who help us. Support those at the farmers market.



Filed under: prairie musings, family — Peg Britton @ 12:35 pm

I have 400+ CDs of classical music by my side which is not quite close enough. Struggling through the cases to find what I want is sometimes more work than it’s worth, but having good music coming from my computer is a good thing for me as I enjoy it so much. This weekend I started loading all my CDs into iTunes which makes it ever so simple to select and play something I want to hear. It’s taking time, but once it’s done, it’s done. I might even get an iPod and load everything on it for the car. Who knows? Computer technology is such a wonderful thing.

Dinner at the farm last night was excellent and so much fun for us. It’s always a treat having our feet under Ally’s dinner table. Later last evening Todd, Karen and Drew returned to Ellsworth so we heard about their weekend of fun. Tyler took his parents to Cirque du Soleil’s Le Reve, an aquatic spectacular. Todd and Karen met more of Tyler’s friends, mostly of the distaff side.

Mackenzie and Luke are tying up some legal loose ends of Dane’s business before heading back to Texas. I wish they could linger longer.

Saturday the local farmer’s market will open. Caleb has spinach and radishes now and will probably have spring onions, lettuce and other early vegetables by the weekend, if it dries up so he can harvest them. It will be interesting to see who else will show up to sell at the market this year. The more the better.

I have a new mouse! Here’s what it looks like. My old mouse constantly played tricks on me and would not drag and drop or copy and paste when I wanted it to. It was getting very cantankerous. Luke just bought a new Logitech mouse with all the bells and whistles. It’s cordless but with a charger. What a dandy it is. I bought it from him and he’ll pick up another in Dallas. Now all I need is an external hard drive to back up everything. They’ll bring one when they come next month.

It’s quiet around here…except for Ringo who is on the alert for little squirrels and helpless rabbits.



Filed under: prairie musings — Peg Britton @ 7:18 pm


Ellsworth Cemetery

Carneiro Cemetery
Ellsworth Cemetery


Filed under: prairie musings, friends — Peg Britton @ 6:45 pm

Hello everyone!

I had to make a slight change to the summer schedule due to traveling that Johnny has to do.  Schedule and pricing is as follows: (full calendar attached)


6 week sessions begin on June 9th and runs through July 19th.

YOGA - $48.00
Mon  & Wed 6:15-7:30 pm

SPINNING - $48.00
Tues & Thurs 6:00-7:00 am

Tues & Thurs 6:30-7:30 pm AND Sat 9-10 am

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED for all classes.  There is a minimum sign-up requirement for each class, so if there are not enough students, the class will not go.  Please tell all of your friends and family!!!
dena stoltz { owner }

121 E first street
ellsworth KS 67439
phone { 785 531 0192 }


Filed under: friends — Peg Britton @ 11:50 am

Here is Kris Thompson’s new address. He is in Kuwait picking up supplies and new body armor for his tour in Iraq.  He will be stationed at a combat outpost without running water, but there are internet and phone connections.  It pretty primitive and he is hopeful that he will get to come home for mid-tour leave in August.

Cpt Kristofer Thompson
HHC 1-68 CAB, 3 BCT, 4ID, COP Callahan
Unit # 6065
APO AE 09378


Filed under: prairie musings, family — Peg Britton @ 11:20 am

If Brit were able, he’d be playing golf today as he did every Memorial Day for sixty or more years; however, he hasn’t been able to for several years so he did the next best thing…he and Ringo went to cruise the golf course to see who was playing. Sometimes he takes his cart and he and Ringo follow along while his friends play, but he didn’t do that today.

Mackenzie and Luke are attending the ceremonies at the cemetery and visiting with friends. I’ll go later today when the crowds thin. Todd and I placed all the flowers at the grave sites the other day before they headed to Las Vegas to visit Tyler and attend Karen’s family reunion.

I finally broke the habit my dad instilled in me of getting to the ceremony before 7:00 am every Memorial Day “before the crowd arrived”. When I came with him, in my youth, we drove from Salina so it called for a very early departure to get here at that hour. We had a ‘29 La Salle, as I recall, which was very slow moving and made for a long day. The back seat was loaded with peonies that my mom had to locate somewhere. Dad loved “coming home” to see all his friends and the “Rice” relatives who were always here on that day and mom stayed home with Bruce and Barbara. It was too much for all of us to make the trip and I was the one who always needed “watching”.

After we moved here in 1952, I continued my dad’s tradition of going to the cemetery at the crack of dawn and putting out fresh flowers in plastic vases anchored with homemade hooked wires. It was work as there are many graves, the ground was like concrete and I was about the only one there at that hour. Then, sometime in the 70’s I called a halt to the early morning tradition, bought drop down vases and switched to using artificial flowers that look better longer. Enough was enough.

Mackenzie said the ceremony at the cemetery was mildly exciting as someone passed out and the blare of ambulance sirens co-mingled with the playing of taps. She also said the rye grass is starting to grow on Dane’s grave. It’s too early for the buffalo grass to germinate, but I hope it takes hold this summer. Grass on a grave site is comforting to those who visit.

Mackenzie is downloading all my CDs to my computer. I will have continuous music without the hassle of searching through mounds of CDs. She organized all my documents and pictures so they are orderly and manageable again. Everything is updated and my puter is once again better than new. YAY!

We’re invited to the farm for dinner. Ally is taking her first full day off from work today since she started in mid-April. She can’t go a day without cooking for someone else.

Have a good day with family and friends.



Filed under: prairie musings, family, friends, Deli — Peg Britton @ 5:00 pm

This has been a fun day. A long time internet friend of mine from Sebastapol sent me four loaves of San Francisco Sour Dough. They arrived this morning and my eyes really lit up. Brit said he could see the gleam from outside.  He finally asked if I intended to eat anything besides Wolferman’s English Muffins, which my niece sent to me and arrived yesterday, and sour dough. Nope, I don’t think so. Bread is my favorite food and I could live on it. The good kind, like I have at hand.

Then Nancy Morrison and her brother, Bob Walters, arrived for a visit. They were here to attend the alumna banquet and Bob’s class reunion before heading westward in the morning for more family fun in Denver. The more we visited, the harder it was for all of us to remember names of old friends and classmates. Brit did better than the rest of us. Dang, but it is distressing not to recall something instantly that is familiar. We all seem to be suffering to some extent from the same malady of forgetfulness or the “Big A”.

At our age, there are three “Big A’s”…Alzheimer’s, Arthritis, and Alcoholism. The prevalent A’s of old age.

George Barta came to visit and it was good to see how much better he looked than the last time we saw him. He’s in amazingly good shape, doing fine and living with Marsha and Keith in Jewell. It was nice of him to stop by to see us. He and Brit were in the same class. He even remembers where they sat in relationship to each other while in grade school.

Then Rod, Genn and Tess arrived to spend the day here visiting relatives and family grave sites. Rod is our eldest grandson, Genn his g/f and Tess, their new, beautiful brindle boxer. Ringo was nice to Tess but evasive; he didn’t seem to want to get acquainted with the newest family member today.

Luke and Mackenzie are near the Kansas-Oklahoma border and will be here this evening. They are going to drop off their stuff and go see their good friends Anna and John Cannon who are leaving in the morning. The Cannons who are new Emporia State graduates had very good news: they both landed jobs in Medicine Lodge….John teaching high school history and Anna a counseling job for her Master’s internship.

I talked with Tyler earlier this morning. He said he and his parents were going to the grocery store to get steaks to grill outside tonight. I’m sure Tyler is looking forward to that.

Drew and his dog, Kramer, are spending the weekend in Manhattan visiting a very close friend.

That accounts for about everyone except for Ally and Ruby who spend most of their time working. I tried to buy baby back ribs today at The Deli but settled for regular pork ribs, that are also good, because there was a run on the others. No more baby backs until Tuesday, Ally said. I bought some “Neiman Marcus” spread at the deli today. It is WONDERFUL. They don’t have it very often, but there was a special order for it this weekend and they had some extra to sell. YAY! There was still more, if you’re interested, as I took my stash and departed the area.

Life is good. I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend with family and friends. Thanks for tuning in…


Filed under: prairie musings, energy, family — Peg Britton @ 11:00 am

With the endless predictions of rain as we’ve experienced for the past several days, one would think it might rain more than just a tiny bit. The wind was bad enough. It’s rare we don’t have a bad storm the night before Memorial Day, but since they’ve fiddled with the date for Memorial Day, I guess we can anticipate the storm will appear on the old schedule.

My fave granddaughter and husband are venturing north to spend the weekend with us. They didn’t get an early start so I won’t look for them until later this evening.

The Navajos are raising their hands against the Desert Rock Energy Facility that is just another coal-fired energy plant that gives them nothing but pollutants, they say. Backers of the plant tout the huge economic advantage it would bring to the area, but many Navajos say the pollution isn’t worth it. The Four Corners Power Plant that is just north of the proposed plant owned and operated by Arizona Public Service ranks #1 on the dirty power list compiled by the watchdog group from emission reports to the EPA.

The new power station that is supposed to be so clean, will pump annually 6,644 tons of sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxides, which are components of acid rain; 5,529 tons of carbon monoxide; 570 tons of lung-busting particulate matter and 166 tons of smog-forming volatile organic compounds, plus trace amounts of lead and mercury. That’s said as a result of industry-wide improvements in pollutant capturing technology.

Navajos remember the area where the coal-fired plants are located once were teeming with waist-high grass and tiny ground lizards before coal-burning started 44 years ago. The land now is bare. Some Navajos believe they are inseparable from Mother Earth and Father Sky…stewards of the land who must live in harmony with the natural world. That’s as it should be for all of us.

EHS Alumni Banquet is tomorrow night with the social hour starting at 5:30, dinner at 6:00, speeches and the like followed by a dance at 9:00. “The Wanted Band” is playing and the public is invited.

The cemetery crew has both cemeteries looking very trim. The peonies are about ready to bloom and there is an abundance of artificial flowers that brighten the landscape. There will be ceremonies at all the cemeteries in the county on Sunday and Monday. Check the INDY for schedules.

Thanks for tuning in….



Filed under: friends — Peg Britton @ 6:05 pm

I have the coolest friends and get the best mail from them.

Her name will go unmentioned, but after four years of marriage she has finally, reluctantly, agreed to go with her husband on a gold detecting vacation.

This is so out of her vacation league.  She likes concierege service, turn down service at night, valet parking, silk sheets, vases of flowers, bowls of fresh fruit, chilled wine, room service…

On this trip, she gets a shack and pork and bean dinners. They don’t even picture the shack on their website. It must be bad.

The clothes she had to buy for this trip are all made out of a material called “bugoff”.  It has the bug repellent built right into the fabric.  Then, she was told to stuff all her pockets with dryer sheets.

It gets better.

She was talked into buying a can of Bear Deterrent Mace. It’s a giant can that she can wear around her waist - along with her rock picks. The guy at the camp store told her that where she’s going, the bears are pretty thick. He said - “but not to worry - if you do get attacked they usually just gnaw on you for a bit. But if you use the mace on ‘em - then they won’t gnaw as long”. Then he gave her another warning, “Now make sure not to use it unless the bear is really attacking you…cause usually they’ll just ACT like their attacking you and then back off and go away. So don’t spray the bear with the Bear Deterrent Mace if its just trying to spook you.”  Sure…she’ll remember this.

Then, along with the trip instructions, they told her she shouldn’t bathe or wash her cloths during the week they are there. That helps keep the bugs off.

She bought all that crap to wear up there which is really more “butch” than her normal style, but just to feel good on the inside she spent mega bucks on fancy bras and undies.

No one will ever know that unless the bear gets her.

If you are interested in this kind of trip, click here for details on Ganes Creek Alaska.

Over the last seven years over 1,270 ounces of gold were found by prospecting metal detectors on the Ganes Creek property. Ah, the lure of gold.

My pick would be David Fulton’s place on the beautiful Kenai Penisula.  I’d bide my time there and let hubby and friends forge northward to seek out the bears, mosquitoes and possibly the nuggets.


Filed under: political musings — Peg Britton @ 1:21 pm

The G.I. bill passed the Senate today.

John McCain did not vote.
Sam Brownback voted against it.
Pat Roberts voted for it, but only after the funding was stripped from the bill.

Remember, Jerry Moran and Todd Tiahrt  voted against this bill.  The Kansas Republican blog has a really weak post defending Tiahrt and Moran’s vote against the House bill.

This “small business tax” argument seems to be popular among Republicans.  They are doing everything they can in order to protect millionaires instead of support our veterans.


Filed under: prairie musings, friends — Peg Britton @ 9:59 am

Ally is fixing homemade chicken and noodles over mashed potatoes. Have that and a “side” for $5.99. She’ll have it all day so that’s what we’ll have for dinner. In addition, for dinner later this afternoon she’ll have bierock casserole with two sides for $5.99. You can also buy chicken and noodles by the pound for $5.99.

I was relieved to see Andy Anderson in a pretty chipper mood on TV despite the fact he just lost his business that had consumed his energy and attention for sixty years. He’s a very upbeat person and said he was very relieved there were no injuries. He’s 84 and had insurance. I’m not sure you could ever have “enough” insurance under these circumstances, but he did have coverage. He said the fire started on the second floor with two explosions. I doubt at his age he will start all over, but Andy’s a good businessman and pretty amazing guy so anything is possible. Vi is amazing as well. Good, good people, the Andersons.

Delmar is here working over my sliding glass and screen doors….nine of them. He needed a shovel to clean out the tracks. Ringo went flying into one screen door with the force of a torpedo not realizing it was closed until it flattened his nose and bounced him back across the room. The doors are 30 some years old and need help. As Delmar says, they just don’t make screen doors with frames the size they ought to be.

It’s supposed to rain for the next few days. Brit has reminded me of that several times. He is watering the grass and I can only chuckle and ask why. Drew and Ally mowed our yard last night and with the two of them on two riding mowers, it goes pretty fast. It was too wet to mow some areas…yet Brit continues to water. Grass is something we’ve never agreed on. I wanted the house surrounded with the prairie grasses (mostly buffalo) that were here when we built. Native grasses that had never been disturbed. Native prairie. He wanted a golf course lawn and won the argument. I have always felt deep pangs of guilt about all the water and fertilizer that has been poured on it and the hours wasted and the pollution emitted in mowing it. It’s just not right with the world as I see it.

Time to move on…more later. Thanks for tuning in.



Filed under: prairie musings, family — Peg Britton @ 7:19 pm

I feel very, very sorry for Ted Kennedy and his family.  I have had first hand experience with a member of our family who had a glioblastoma and know what it can do to a strong, smart, loving individual.


Filed under: friends — Peg Britton @ 6:55 pm

Photos by Elizabeth Meares taken from the roof of the United Building. They were sent to me by her mother/my friend, Ann Headrick.


Downtown Salina, Santa Fe Street fire. Anderson’s Leather, a Salina landmark for as long as I can remember. Maybe 60 years. Vi and Andy Anderson are such gracious and accommodating people. It was always a pleasure to shop in their store.


Note the firemen on the ladders in these pictures.



What a horrible tragedy for our friends, Vi and Andy. They have been the backbone of downtown Salina merchandising and friends to many for decades. They have worked so hard all their lives at this business for it to end so tragically. Our hearts go out to them.

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