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3/31/2013

IN MEMORY OF DANE BRITTON…

Filed under: prairie musings, Dane Britton — Peg Britton @ 7:42 am

Capitol Words a project of the Sunlight Foundation

Honoring The Life Of Dane Britton

Volume 154 , Number 70
Pages E775
Extensions of Remarks
Wed, April 30, 2008

Sen. Jerry Moran

Madam Speaker, I rise today to honor the life of a man who positively influenced the future of central Kansas and in the process touched the lives of thousands of his fellow citizens.

It is a privilege for me to pay tribute to the life of Mr. Dane Britton of Ellsworth, Kansas.

As Kansans, we are dutifully aware of our State motto, Ad Astra Per Aspera, which translates, “To the Stars Through Difficulties.'’ Dane lived this theme with passion.

In 1975, at only 23 years of age, Dane was named Police Officer of the Year for Houston, Texas. Five years later, Dane returned home to Ellsworth to serve as president and chief executive officer of Citizens State Bank–representing the third generation of his family’s leadership at the bank. At the same time, Dane stepped forward as a civic leader in his hometown. He was instrumental in securing construction and expansion of the Ellsworth Correctional Facility. His efforts helped bring Cashco, a manufacturing firm, to the community and helped prevent closure of the Independent Salt Company in Kanopolis, Kansas. Dane also provided leadership for construction of the local Performing Arts Center and the Ellsworth Fire Station. As a member of the Ellsworth City Council, Dane led an effort to establish 911 emergency services to the community. He also served as chairman of the board for Smoky Hills Public Television.

In 1988, Dane was appointed Director of Security and Drug Enforcement for the U.S. Department of the Interior. In that role, he oversaw law enforcement responsibilities for all interior department lands–including two presidential emergency centers. In 1992, Dane was selected as one of two Eisenhower Fellows and in so doing became the first Kansan ever chosen for this honor.

Later, Dane moved to Salina, Kansas, where he worked as a stock broker and again established a leadership presence in the community. Dane was elected chairman of the Salina Planning Commission and served on the Salina Community Theater Board of Directors.

Dane touched the lives of many people. His civic leadership was marked by strategic thinking, passion and a willingness to work to make certain that good things happen.

“What he did for Ellsworth was incredible,'’ said Nick Slechta, director of the Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce and a longtime friend of Dane’s. “He was very proficient in everything he did. He put so much gusto into every part of his work.'’ I can think of no finer tribute.

Dane’s dedication to his community, the State of Kansas and our country was exceptional. I join Dane’s many friends and admirers in extending my deepest sympathies to his family during their time of loss.

3/30/2013

DINING AT THE PALACE…

Filed under: prairie musings, Presbyterian Manor — Peg Britton @ 12:47 pm

When one  becomes a resident at the Manor, a food plan is established.  My monthly rent  in independent living includes one meal a day of my choosing.  Since the noon meal served here offers a salad buffet and two choices for entrees, veggies and desserts, most people select that as their meal of the day.  You could select either breakfast or lunch if you preferred.

The noon meal is my social event of the day and I enjoy visiting with other residents at the table because most of them also choose the noon meal as their part of the plan.  There are  generous “regular” and “small” portions  of  everything.

The residents  in the individual duplexes usually prepare all their own meals, but some come to the Ivory Key’s gDininroom for occasional meals. People in assisted living eat all three of their meals in the Ivory Keys Dining Room as they have no kitchen facilities and some only have microwaves.  If you “burn the popcorn” in assisted living, you lose your  access to a microwave.

In addition to the large Ivory Keys dining room, there are several other smaller dining rooms in rehab, health care and the memory unit. This is a large complex.

People like me who are living independently in their own apartments (with full kitchens) usually choose the noon meal as their main meal.  It’s one meal I don’t have to prepare for and clean up the mess.

So, there is lots of flexibility with meals and hours of dining…and what you scavenge from the dining room to eat later.  This is interesting phenomena among old people….they don’t like to waste food.  They wait until something  is green with new growth before it is ready for the dumpster.

We order our meals in the dining room as you would in any restaurant.  Choices range from two entrees daily, plus assorted sandwiches, cheese burgers, fries, soup, etc. If you don’t want dessert (which I always find too sweet), you can opt for diet cookies, banana, orange, apple or yogurt to take to your apartment for later.  It doesn’t say so on the menu, but after a time you figure this out from watching others.  I frequently bring a banana back to my room to use on my cereal for breakfast or dinner.  The bananas arrive on Tuesday so they tend not to be overripe if you can get one  before the weekend.

Something that impresses me about  some of the residents, particularly the women, is their ability to eat a hearty lunch and at the same time make provisions for snacks to fill a gap later when they might expect to feel a bit peckish.   They will order a “regular” size meal then as they mull over the quantity of food before them, surreptitiously   slide pieces of roast beef, chicken fingers or even soup into small containers that they  carry with them in small tote bags.  It is amazing the amount of food they can put aside for another meal.

When filling their salad plates, they make a counter attack and load up their plates to full capacity, which includes ..some times..cake, cornbread, party mix, crackers, canned fruit, whateverhaveyou.   When they get back to their tables they commence their ingenious multi-task routine of eating while wrapping the little packets with food and with deft hand movements, worthy of any stage magician, miraculously transfer them to the tote bags.

I can see how it is done, but for the life of me, I can’t fathom why it’s done.  I suppose for some they can save a bit of money or keep from making laborious trips to the grocery store.  After all, everyone here is OLD.  For some, they may derive some inner pride  and satisfaction for having the ability to forage for another meal. There isn’t anything wrong with it, but management will not provide diners with aluminum foil or containers so they must come prepared with their own vessels.  All this might be more clear, and I  could understand the challenge for some,  if there were a sign in the dining room that read:

DEAR RESIDENT: PLEASE DO NOT REMOVE FOOD FROM THE DINING ROOM.  ANY FOOD TAKEN OUT WILL BE CHARGED TO YOUR ACCOUNT.  THANK YOU.

That is a temptation few can resist.

But there are no such rules.

Why they want to eat the food twice, I’ll never know, but they do, and management doesn’t seem to care.  It’s all pretty harmless, and amusing.  If I resort to doing that, someone better come get me right away.

They have homemade ice cream, coffee, tea and hot chocolate available 24/7.  Frequently, they include desserts, cookies, and cake.  You don’t have to look far around here for a tray of cookies or cake.  It would be difficult  here to go to bed hungry.

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3/29/2013

I’M HOMELESS….AND HAPPY.

Filed under: prairie musings, 1404 N.Douglas — Peg Britton @ 12:22 pm

3/28/2013

BROWNBACKISTAN

Filed under: prairie musings, Sam Brownback — Peg Britton @ 7:29 pm

Brownbackistan:  a pseudo-Christian fascist state where the arts are not publicly funded, women’s reproductive rights are relentlessly attacked, public school funding is drastically cut, voter suppression laws make it nearly impossible for new voters to register to vote, and social services are turned over to evangelical “Christian” groups, all done with the backing of the Koch brothers.

Bownbackistan is a place where civil responsibility takes a back seat to religious intolerance and corporate greed.

3/27/2013

MY HEART IS WITH MY FAMILY AND FRIENDS…

Filed under: prairie musings — Peg Britton @ 8:47 am

It’s with a lot of nostalgia that I say that after living in Ellsworth since March 1952, I am no longer a resident or a property owner. Friday, Todd will sign the deed to my house over to Shannon and I will no longer be a property owner. Ellsworth will remain my home even though the roof over my head is elsewhere. My heart will always be in Ellsworth with my family and friends.

3/25/2013

SWEET 16 GAME TIMES AND TV ASSIGNMENTS

Filed under: prairie musings — Peg Britton @ 3:10 pm

Sweet 16 Game Times & TV Assignments

March 25, 2013

Game times and television assignments are set for the NCAA Sweet Sixteen matchups.

Games played on Thursday, March 28;

Marquette vs. Miami 6:15 p.m. (CBS)
Arizona vs Ohio State 6:47 p.m. (TBS)
Syracuse vs. Indiana 8:45 p.m. (CBS)
Wichita St. vs. LaSalle 9:17 p.m. (TBS)

Games played on Friday, March 29;

Oregon vs. Louisville 6:15 p.m. (CBS)
Kansas vs. Michigan 6:37 p.m. (TBS)
Michigan St. vs. Duke 8:45 p.m. (CBS)
Florida Gulf Coast vs. Florida 9:07 p.m. (TBS)

TRAVELING FARMERS’ MARKET GAL…

Filed under: prairie musings, Presbyterian Manor — Peg Britton @ 10:11 am

My friend, Ginny Frederick, loves bargains and shopping at Aldi’s.  Last night she called to say she had a supply of oranges, strawberries and asparagus that she had just purchased and knew I’d probably want some of each.  She was right and she delivered them to me on the spot.  She also brought a bag of oranges for our friend, Joy. There were 9 oranges per bag for $1.26 and they are very good.  Ginny finds the bargains at Aldi’s and passes them on.  She’s like a traveling farmers’ market.

Tonight they are taking a busload from here to the Olive Garden for dinner.  I had to use my walker the time I went there for lunch and very ungracefully swerved around waiters, loaded trays,  and patrons to and from our table.  It isn’t easy to be inconspicuous while using a walker.  Take that thought and multiply it by a dozen senior citizens and it will be interesting. The Garden is not a spacious place.  I didn’t sign up to go as their food is something I don’t care for. Anyway, Todd and Karen are coming so we’re going to dinner.

Now, it’s time to line up for lunch.  That’s an interesting tale and if I can find the words, I’ll describe it later.

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3/24/2013

RIGHT-WING SUPER VILLAINS CHARLES AND DAVID KOCH WANT CONTROL OF NEWSPAPER HOLDINGS

Filed under: political musings, print news — Peg Britton @ 6:58 am

We should all alert to the proposed sale of the Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, and other news outlets to the Koch brothers of Wichita.

Right-wing super villains Charles and David Koch have reportedly expressed interest in purchasing some or all of the holdings of The Tribune Company, which owns newspapers and television stations across the country, including the Los Angeles Times.

The Koch brothers are well-known for buying elections, funding anti-science research, bankrolling ultra-conservative organizations, union-busting, and even for organizing the tea party. Now they want to buy the Los Angeles Times to add another mouthpiece for their corrupt agenda.

Millions of people count on the Los Angeles Times for strong and unbiased reporting, including their endorsements for political candidates and ballot initiatives. It would be a travesty to the fourth estate if the Koch brothers are allowed to purchase one of the most respected newspapers in the country in order to peddle their discredited ideas and right-wing propaganda.

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3/20/2013

MOVIN’ ON….

Filed under: prairie musings, august — Peg Britton @ 8:09 am

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Welcome to the new owners…Shannon, Lindsay and August….may the memories you accumulate over the years be as bountiful as ours…

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This is the foreman in charge of tree-house-building, fort-erecting, tent-pitching, marshmallow-roasting, secret hidaways and protecting all the little creatures who live in the deep dark woods. His name is August.

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THE LIGHTS WILL BE BURNING BRIGHTLY IN MY HOUSE THIS WEEKEND AS SHANNON AND FAMILY ARE MOVING IN…WHAT A WONDERFUL OCCASION FOR BOTH OUR FAMILIES…

Filed under: prairie musings — Peg Britton @ 7:31 am

3/19/2013

SPAGHETTI SUPPER SAT. MARCH 23RD COMMANDING OFFICERS’ QUARTERS KANOPOLIS…

Filed under: prairie musings, Kanopolis Musings — Peg Britton @ 7:43 am

Enjoy a nice dinner among friends and supporters of the commanding officers’ quarters on Saturday in Kanopolis between 5:00 and 7:00.  They will serve spaghetti, bread, coffee, tea and dessert for a contribution.  Try to make it a point to be there and support the efforts of the Ellsworth County Historical Society in preserving our heritage.

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3/18/2013

AUGUST…WELCOME TO THE CROW’S NEST, THE MAGICAL TREE HOUSE AND DEEP DARK FOREST…FROM YOUR FRIENDS, MACKENZIE, DREW AND TYLER …

Filed under: prairie musings, Tyler Britton USAF, Drew Britton, Mackenzie — Peg Britton @ 2:00 pm

3/17/2013

WISHING EVERYONE A VERY HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY….

Filed under: prairie musings — Peg Britton @ 9:32 am

HELP US FIND ANNIE MEYER…

Filed under: prairie musings, friends, Ally Britton — Peg Britton @ 8:57 am

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3/16/2013

THE IRAQ WAR THAT PRESIDENT GEORGE E. BUSH LAUNCHED COST $2.2 TRILLION AND 200,000 LIVES…

Filed under: political musings — Peg Britton @ 7:26 am

A new report by the “Costs of War” project at Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Studies finds that nearly 200,000 people, including soldiers and civilians, were killed in the war in Iraq President George W. Bush launched 10 years ago.

The report also found that American taxpayers will ultimately spend roughly $2.2 trillion on the war, but because the U.S. government borrowed to finance the conflict, interest payments through the year 2053 means that the total bill could reach nearly $4 trillion.

“Nearly every government that goes to war underestimates its duration, neglects to tally all the costs, and overestimates the political objectives that will be accomplished by war’s violence,” said Boston University professor of political science and project co-director Neta C. Crawford.

Indeed, the war devastated the Iraqi health care system and allowed militants to hone their skills and export them to neighboring conflicts:

Terrorism in Iraq increased dramatically as a result of the invasion and tactics and fighters were exported to Syria and other neighboring countries.

Iraq’s health care infrastructure remains devastated from sanctions and war. More than half of Iraq’s medical doctors left the country during the 2000s, and tens of thousands of Iraqi patients are forced to seek health care outside the country.

The Watson Institute project — which involves “30 economists, anthropologists, lawyers, humanitarian personnel, and political scientists from 15 universities, the United Nations, and other organizations” — comes on the heals of the Special Inspector-General for Iraq Reconstruction’s final report released last week finding that the U.S. spent $60 billion on reconstruction efforts in Iraq and that $10 billion of it was wasted on fraud and abuse.

Reuters reported that Steven Bucci, the military assistant to former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld in the run-up to the war and today a senior fellow at the Heritage Foundation, didn’t dispute the report’s findings but said the U.S.’s post-invasion battles with al-Qaeda in Iraq — a group that did not exist prior to March 19, 2003 — made the war worth it.

“It was really in Iraq that ‘al Qaeda central’ died,” Bucci said. “They got waxed.”

Meanwhile, the AP reported this afternoon that “a string of explosions tore through central Baghdad within minutes of each other on Thursday, followed by what appeared to be a coordinated assault by gunmen who battled security forces in the Iraqi capital.” The AP said the attack — which reportedly killed 12 people — “bore the hallmarks of Al Qaeda’s Iraq arm.”

3/15/2013

SALINA PRESBYTERIAN MANOR AMONG THE BEST…

Filed under: prairie musings, Presbyterian Manor — Peg Britton @ 5:46 pm

SALINA PRESBYTERIAN MANOR made the US News and World Report list for best nursing homes in 2013. See more of the report here.   Call Kim Fair, Marketing Director, and arrange to have a tour and lunch.  You can reach her by calling 785.825.1366.

3/14/2013

CELEBRATING PI DAY

Filed under: prairie musings — Peg Britton @ 8:19 am

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Pi Day is celebrated on March 14th (3/14) around the world. Pi (Greek letter “π”) is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14159.

Pi has been calculated to over one trillion digits beyond its decimal point. As an irrational and transcendental number, it will continue infinitely without repetition or pattern. While only a handful of digits are needed for typical calculations, Pi’s infinite nature makes it a fun challenge to memorize, and to computationally calculate more and more digits.

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3/13/2013

OUR NATIONAL ANTHEM

Filed under: prairie musings — Peg Britton @ 3:45 pm

Subject: National Anthem Message

I don’t know who wrote this, but I totally agree. I wish some of these pop star
divas would read this and take it to heart.

National Anthem at the Super Bowl - an editorial:
So, with all the kindness I can muster, I give this one piece of advice to the
next pop star who is asked to sing the national anthem at a sporting event: save
the vocal gymnastics and the physical gyrations for your concerts. Just sing
this song the way you were taught to sing it in kindergarten - straight up, no
styling. Sing it with the constant awareness that there are soldiers, sailors,
airmen and Marines watching you from bases and outposts all over the world.
Don’t make them cringe with your self-centered ego gratification. Sing it as if
you are standing before a row of 86-year-old WWII vets wearing their Purple
Hearts, Silver Stars and flag pins on their cardigans and you want them to be
proud of you for honoring them and the country they love - not because you want
them to think you are a superstar musician. They could see that from the
costumes, the makeup and the entourages. Sing “The Star Spangled Banner” with
the courtesy and humility that tells the audience that it is about America, not
you.

HAPPY SIXTY FIRST BIRTHDAY TO DANE…

Filed under: prairie musings, Dane Britton — Peg Britton @ 8:01 am

Ally and I are spending the day together with Dane and Mackenzie in mind…

3/12/2013

JEAN HAMILTON’S PROGRAM ON HOLLAND…

Filed under: prairie musings, Presbyterian Manor — Peg Britton @ 4:44 pm

Jean Hamilton, one of my resident friends in the Palace, gave a program on Holland yesterday.  Jean is the friend who collects dolls and has a mere 800 of them in her apartment.  She has far more than that stored away.

I was told she has given several talks on her travels around the world and about her dolls and that they were interesting to hear.  He talk yesterday about her trip to Holland was very interesting.  I told her I’d “boo” if it weren’t and she told me afterwards she didn’t hear any boos.  She does a lot  of “volunteering” around the Palace and in town and plays the piano once a week in the rehab center.

For her presentation, Jean was dressed in a costume native to the country.

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Among other things around the Palace…

They have discounted tickets to hear the Celtic Tenors on March 14th at the Stiefel and are taking a bus to the event.  Palace people who arrange such things make it very convenient to attend attractions in the area.

Tonight is movie night in the lounge.  I’ll  go and join Ivy there…it’s The Odd Life of Timothy Green which will have to be better than the last movie…The Vow.  They provide popcorn and pop for the event so it’s almost like going to a movie.

On St. Patrick’s Day they are having a baked potato bar with a bazillion toppings in place of the regular noon meal.  That sounds good.
I guess I’ll skip dinner tonight and just have grapefruit before the movie.

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