Fall Tidy Up in the Yard and Garden

Krista Harding
District Extension Agent, Horticulture
Southwind Extension District
111 S. Butler
Erie, KS 66733
Office: 620-244-3826
Cell: 620-496-8786

Fall – Time to Tidy Up, Store Summer Bulbs and Plan for Next Year

The change of from summer to fall – I always look forward to it. Although I’m sad to see my summer annuals begin to fade away, I do enjoy the fall scenery – mums, pumpkins, and the leaves putting on their colorful show. Fall also brings the time to do some tidying up around the home, storing summer bulbs, and yes – start making plans for the next growing season.

Don’t forget to dig your summer flowering bulbs and store those that will not survive Kansas winters. Bulbs such as gladiolus, caladium, dahlia, tuberous begonia, calla lily, and canna lily need to be dug and stored so they can be planted next year.

All of these plants should be dug after frost has browned the foliage. They should be allowed to dry for about a week in a shady, well-ventilated site such as a garage or tool shed. Any excess soil should be removed. The bulbs should be packed away in peat moss or perlite. When packing, make sure the bulbs don’t touch each other. That way if one decays, the rot won’t spread onto neighboring bulbs. Dusting the bulbs with fungicide before storing will help prevent them from rotting.

Caladium should be stored between 50 and 60 degrees F. The rest of the bulbs mentioned should be stored near 40 degrees. Finding a good storage spot may be tricky. A basement wall away from a furnace is often a good location.

As for spring flowering bulbs (tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, allium) now is the time to establish into the landscape. If you have never planted allium, give it a try! You won’t be disappointed with the unique look and purple bloom (attention K-State fans!).

It is also time to fertilize spring-flowering bulbs. With an established bulb bed that has been fertilized in the past, there is probably plenty of phosphorus and potassium present in the soil to grow the plants next spring.

If you’re not sure, take a soil test. A complete fertilizer such as 10-10-10 or 9-9-6 at the rate of 2.5 pounds per 100 square feet should be used if the soil needs phosphorus and potassium. This would also equal 1 rounded teaspoon per square foot.

While you’re out and about in your yard this fall fertilizing bulbs, you may want to take the time to clean up the iris beds as well. Iris are known for a couple of very common problems: a fungus known as iris leaf spot and an insect named iris borer.

Though both cause problems in the spring, now is the time to start control measurers. Both the fungus and eggs of the borer overwinter on old, dead leaves. Removing iris leaves and other landscape debris from the iris bed this fall will significantly reduce problems next spring.

On a side not away from flowers, October is a good time to plant garlic if you want large cloves next summer. The soil should be fertilized before planting with three pounds of a 10-10-10 fertilizer, per 100 square feet, and mixed into the soil.

Cloves should be planted point up and spaced three inches apart and one to two inches deep. The larger the clove planted, the larger the bulb for harvesting next summer. Once planted, water in well and
mulch with straw to conserve soil warmth and encourage good establishment.

The garlic will be ready for harvest next summer when most of the foliage has browned.

Krista Harding is a K-State Research and Extension Agricultural agent assigned to
Southwind District. She may be reached at kharding@ksu.edu or 620-244-3826.
K-State Research and Extension is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Division by Gregg Motley

Gregg Motley. President of the Regional Economic Development, Inc. Submitted photo.


Abraham Lincoln famously paraphrased the Good Book in a speech to the Illinois State Republican convention with regard to the deep divisions he witnessed in our nation over slavery just prior to the Civil War: “A house divided against itself will not stand.” This timeless wisdom, which is still true today, holds sway over Bourbon County and several of our communities. We are divided east and west, by socio-economic factors, politics, local issues, national issues, old grudges, urban and rural, and the list goes on.

These divisions seem more pronounced because of social media and YouTube broadcasting public forums, but it remains true that the lack of ability or effort to reach a consensus over basic issues has prevented us from solving problems. At times our county and our cities have looked chaotic.

All these dynamics are the enemies of trust, which is a critical ingredient in moving organizations and communities forward. Unfortunately, outsiders see these dark lines drawn throughout our communities and want no part of it.

Thankfully, positive developments are occurring around our area; the county and the city are working to reduce the expenses of both by working together and sharing resources. Benevolent men, women, and organizations are charting paths to work together to address the needs of the community. More is achieved when resources are shared and pooled.

This is effort is vital as we face megatrends, the impact of which are challenging to mitigate. These are difficult opponents to face as a team, much more so as divided communities. The need to swallow our collective pride and work to repair old rifts and grudges is critical. We are all in the same boat, navigating the turbulent waters faced by rural America. We cannot afford the luxury of division.

Bourbon County REDI is looking to be a catalyst for cooperation, reconciliation, and positive change. If you have ideas as to how we can better eliminate division, please email our Economic Development Director, Rob Harrington at bedco2020@gmail.com. We would very much appreciate your thoughts.

HBCAT Seeks Program Coordinator

POSITION AVAILABLE with the energetic and mission driven Healthy Bourbon County Action Team, Inc. dedicated to creating a healthier Bourbon County. This position features a flexible work schedule and competitive salary. The position is ideal for a service-driven, mission-minded, flexible professional seeking variety in day-to-day work.
Title: Program Coordinator – flexibility with remote/in office
Salary: $40-$45,000, dependent upon education and experience
Position: full-time, 40 hours per week, 2 year, temporary, grant-funded
Summary: This position will focus on efforts to engage and build relationships with community stakeholders, implement placemaking activities and support programming for the Center for Economic Growth. The coordinator will oversee the Patterson Family Foundation Grant and activities as outlined in the awarded proposal. The coordinator may work directly with the HBCAT president, HBCAT Board, and a cross sector of community partners to address the social determinants of health through policy, systems, and environmental changes.

Program Coordinator will manage, coordinate, and oversee programs and projects. The successful coordinator will have the following responsibilities:
• To support HBCAT efforts to grow our response to Bourbon County’s challenges, including the social determinants of health, scarcity of resources, and working to create a culture of health.
• To perform outreach duties to engage with the local community and our target market of low income, minority, and female demographics.
• To support the development of effective relationships with other key organizations to meet the mission of HBCAT through development of partnership activities that educate and inform stakeholders and key partners.
• To maintain records pertaining to program activities. Provide data monitoring and tracking for all activities, including developing, implementing, and maintaining a tracking system, ensuring accurate measure, reporting and benchmarking.
• To recruit and supervise volunteers
• To coordinate the activities of the program and set priorities for managing the program.
• To manage marketing and outreach to the community. Assist in the preparation of information and clear monthly reports for the community and board.
• To prepare or assist in the preparation of grant requests and funding continuation from outside sponsors.
• To represent HBCAT at various conferences, meetings and during conference calls.
• To complete other assigned duties
Environment: HBCAT is dedicated to increase access to physical activity and healthy eating, promote commercial tobacco cessation, enhance quality of life, and encourage economic growth. The HBCAT staff works as a team. Each staff person has responsibility for a wide variety of activities.
Relationships: The coordinator reports to the President and CEO. This support position works closely with multiple members, partners, contractors, and committees to achieve program objectives. The coordinator must have the ability to quickly establish and nurture working relationships and the ability to provide customized, need-based levels of support and engagement.
Education: bachelor’s degree in a related field or combination of education and related experience
Requirements: This position requires an understanding of the social determinants of health, as well as policy, systems, and environmental changes to address health outcomes. The coordinator will have some experience working to improve rural systems and addressing the needs of a rural community. Applicant must have proficiency in customer service and community data-driven programming. Excellent written, verbal, and presentation skills, are required. Applicant must be proficient in MS Office 365 and provide an appropriate remote office (when working remotely) with the basic equipment needed to maintain a confidential, professional representation of the organization. An understanding of federally funded rural programs is preferred. Travel by car may be required.
HBCAT is an equal opportunity employer.
Submit a letter of interest, resume, salary requirements and references to Jody Hoener, President and CEO, at Jhoener@hbcat.org, no later than October 1, 2021

Kansans Encouraged to Receive Pfizer COVID-19 Booster

KDHE Encourages Eligible Kansans to Receive Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shot

TOPEKA – Today, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment has authorized all COVID-19 vaccine providers in Kansas to begin administering the Pfizer-BioNTech booster shot to eligible Kansans following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) authorization this morning.

“We have over 2,000 COVID-19 vaccine providers across the state who are ready to provide the booster dose to eligible Kansans,” said Lee Norman, M.D., Secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. “This booster dose will help protect Kansans who are more vulnerable for severe infection and hospitalization due to their position of working on the front lines, age or an underlying medical condition. It will take all of us doing our part by getting the vaccine to end this pandemic.”

The vaccine booster dose only applies to individuals who completed the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine series at least 6 months ago. Proof of previous COVID-19 vaccination is not required. The authorization does not allow for providing a booster dose to anyone who has previously been vaccinated with the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. Eligibility for a booster dose based on an underlying medical condition will only require self-attestation – a prescription or assessment from a health care provider is not required.

Eligible Populations

  • People aged 65 years and older, regardless of a medical condition, should receive a Pfizer booster shot
  • Residents in long-term care settings should receive a Pfizer booster shot
  • People aged 50–64 years with underlying medical conditions should receive a Pfizer booster shot
  • People aged 18–49 years with underlying medical conditions may receive a Pfizer booster shot
  • People aged 18-64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting may receive a Pfizer booster shot, based on their individual benefits and risks. (Occupational or institutional settings are not specifically defined in the CDC recommendation, however, it is intended to include health workers, teachers, grocery store, workers, congregant settings, etc.)

The COVID-19 vaccine is the most direct path to ending this pandemic. Kansans who qualify for the Pfizer-BioNTech booster dose, please find a COVID-19 vaccine clinic visit Vaccines.gov.

Obituary of Norma Cowan

Norma Jean Cowan, 89, of Nevada, Missouri and formerly of Devon, passed away late Tuesday evening, September 21, 2021, at Freeman Hospital in Joplin, Missouri. She was born May 30, 1932, in Fort Scott, Kansas, the daughter of Archie Jesse and Irma E. (Shoemaker) Riggs. She married Billy Joe Cowan on August 12, 1951, in Devon, Kansas, and he survives of the home.

Norma worked as a secretary and bookkeeper, for National Land Bank in Fort Scott, as well as The Western Insurance Company.

Together, Norma and Bill and the family,owned and operated the Devon Oil Co., from 1954 through 1972. They made their home in  Devon, Kansas from 1954 until 1998, then moved to Nevada, Missouri. Norma was a member of the Nevada United Methodist Church.

In addition to her husband Bill, Norma is also survived by her children, Diana S. Cowan of Beaufort, North Carolina, and Phillip Alan Cowan and wife Lisa of Tulsa, Oklahoma; two grandchildren, Zachary Cowan and Seth Cowan, and one great-grandchild.

Norma was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Gerald Riggs, and Harold “Bud” Riggs; sister, Wanda Higgins, and step-grandson, Daniel Mace.

Rev. Sharon Freeman will conduct funeral services at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 29, 2021, at the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home.

Burial will follow in the Centerville Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Nevada United Methodist Church and may be left in the care of the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home, 15 W. Wall Street, P.O. Box 309, Fort Scott, Kansas, 66701. Condolences may be submitted to the online guestbook at konantz-cheney.com.

Obituary of James Hoover

James Eldon “Jim” Hoover, 60, of Joplin, Missouri, passed away September 20, 2021, at his home. He was born October 19, 1960, in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Eldon Lee and Forestine Rosetta (Miller) Hoover.

Jim served in the US Army and was a Respiratory Therapist. He loved riding his Victory motorcycle.

Jim is survived by his children, Jeremy Hoover, Fort Scott, John Hoover, and Erica Hoover, both of Miami, Oklahoma; four sisters, Denise Imel (Chuck) of Tampa, Florida, Teresa Maki of Alma, Missouri, Linda Prior (Ian) of Tampa, Florida, and Sandra Fagan (Ed) of Honolulu, Hawaii; thirteen grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Cheryl Ann Hoover; a brother-in-law, John Maki; a son, Gabe Hoover, and a grandson, Canaan Hoover.

Graveside services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 28, 2021, at the Fort Scott National Cemetery under the direction of the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends Monday evening, September 27, 2021, 6:00-7:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Military Honors will be presented by the Kansas National Guard Military Honors Funeral Detail.

Condolences may be submitted to the online guestbook at konantz-cheney.com.

Pfizer Booster Shots Available Today in Kansas

Kansas Adopts CDC’s Pfizer Booster Shot Recommendation

~~COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective and free~~

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today announced Kansas will adopt the CDC’s Booster Recommendations and has authorized all COVID-19 vaccine providers to begin administering Pfizer booster shots to all eligible Kansans today.

“The COVID-19 vaccine is free, safe, effective, and it is our best tool to beat this virus,” Governor Laura Kelly said. “Today’s announcement from the CDC will provide additional protection to the most vulnerable Kansans and our frontline healthcare workers. But our work to defeat this pandemic is not done. The best way for us to get out of this pandemic is to work together to ensure our friends, neighbors, and communities are all vaccinated against COVID-19.”

After thorough review, the CDC now recommends the Pfizer booster shot for the following Kansans whom have completed their primary Pfizer series:

  • People aged 65 years and older, regardless of a medical condition, should receive a Pfizer booster shot
  • Residents in long-term care settings should receive a Pfizer booster shot
  • People aged 50–64 years with underlying medical conditions should receive a Pfizer booster shot
  • People aged 18–49 years with underlying medical conditions may receive a Pfizer booster shot
  • People aged 18-64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting may receive a Pfizer booster shot, based on their individual benefits and risks.

The vaccine booster dose only applies to individuals who completed the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine series at least 6 months ago. Eligibility for a booster dose based on an underlying medical condition will only require self-attestation – a prescription or assessment from a health care provider is not required.

The COVID-19 vaccine is the most direct path to ending this pandemic. To find a COVID-19 vaccine clinic visit Vaccines.gov.

What’s Happening in Fort Scott Sept. 24 Newsletter

What’s Happening in Fort Scott!
September 24th Weekly Newsletter
It is finally here!
Downtown & Around Fort Scott, shop local retailers for some Crazy Deals this weekend!
Every Friday & Saturday!
50-minute narrated Trolley Tour
of Historic Fort Scott. Every hour on the hour. Departs from the Fort Scott
Chamber at 231 E. Wall St.
Friday hours: 11 am until 3 pm
Saturday hours: 10 am until 3 pm
$6 adults & $4 for 12 yrs. & under
9/24 & 9/25 ~ CRAZY DAYS SIDEWALK SALE DOWNTOWN & AROUND. 14 stores participating! See flyer below for details.
9/24 ~ FRIDAY NIGHT CONCERT FEATURING Steve Fortenberry AT HERITAGE PARK PAVILION 7-8 PM. Click herefor info.
9/24 & 9/25 ~ FORT SCOTT LIVESTOCK SALE. Click herefor info.
9/24 & 9/25 ~ ESTATE SALE OF MINNIE LOU ALLEN.649 Marblecrest Terrace, 9am to 5pm both Friday & Saturday.
9/24 thru 9/30 ~ FORT CINEMA:
Cry Macho, Malignant & Shang-Chi. Check out what is coming to theatres, clickhere.
9/24 ~ RANCH RODEO: 7pm at the Bourbon County Fairgrounds for the Doug Hazelbaker Memorial, see flyer below for all the details. Sharky’s will be onsite with food & beverage!
9/24 ~ BOILER ROOM BREWHAUS: Open Mic Night, clickherefor more info.
9/24 ~ FRIDAY EVENING OF FUN AT THE MUSEUM OF CREATIVITY – Open play session and crafts 3:30-7:30 pm, Game Night 8:30-11:30 pm, only $1 admission! Visit and Like their Facebook pagefor more info.
9/25 ~ FARMERS’ MARKET ~ 8 am to noon, Skubitz Plaza in front of the Fort.
9/25 ~ KANSAS CONCEAL CARRY CLASS ~ 8 am, click here for info.
9/25 ~ KDVS 4-Person Scramble Fundraiser at Woodland Hills Golf Course.To register a team, clickherefor more information.
9/25 ~ DON & MARY PEMBERTON MOVING AUCTION.10:30am by Anderson Auction Service, 994 187th Terrace just north of the Municipal Airport, click here for more info.
9/25 ~ HAZEL BEE INK POP-UP SHOP AT COMMON GROUND.Unique items by Taylor Schilling, 10:30am-2pm, click here for info.
9/25 ~ NATIONAL PUBLIC LANDS DAY AT THE FORT SCOTT NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE.9am to close, stop by and help with a project, click here for more info.
9/25 & 9/26 ~ DOUG HAZELBAKER MEMORIAL RODEO EVENTS ALL WEEKEND: See flyer below for info. – Sharky’s onsite all weekend at the Bourbon County Fairgrounds arena with food & beverage! Silent auction, live entertainment and more – check it out!
9/25 ~ EKTEC RODEO IN UNIONTOWN. Clickherefor more information.
9/25 ~ ROLLER SKATING AT BUCK RUN COMMUNITY CENTER AT 735 SCOTT AVE. Click herefor more information.
9/29 ~ BIKE NIGHT AT HOLMTOWN PUB. Click herefor more information.
9/30 ~ PIONEER HARVEST PARADE. 6pm, Downtown Fort Scott. Deadline for entries on Tuesday, September 28th.
10/1 thru 10/3 ~ PIONEER HARVEST FIESTA. Bourbon County Fairgrounds all weekend, see flyer below for info.
10/1 ~ FRIDAY NIGHT CONCERT IN THE PARK WITH THE HEMPHILL FAMILY BAND: Heritage Park Pavilion, 1st & Main St., bring a lawn chair from 7-8pm.
10/1 ~ PATIO CONCERT, WEDNESDAYS AT THE HERMAN’S, PRESENTED BY THE BOURBON COUNTY ARTS COUNCIL: Patio of Liberty Theatre, 8-10pm, advance ticket reservations required. Click here for info.
10/2 ~ CARE TO SHARE/SHARING BUCKET FALL FESTIVAL: 15th Annual and THE LAST ONE! Come out and enjoy! Click here for more information.
10/2 ~ FSCC MINI CHEER & DANCE CLINIC: Registration 8:30-9am, clinic 9-10am, $20, click here for info.
OCTOBER 6th ~ Dare to Dream Women’s Entrepreneurship Series.Click here for info.
OCTOBER 7th thru 10th ~ Gordon Parks Annual Celebration.Click here for the schedule.
OCTOBER 8th ~ Clark Street Lights Scarefest Haunted House begins.See flyer below for dates/times.
Downtown Fort Scott is booming!
Click here for Chamber member
specialty shopping & other retail in
Downtown & other areas of the community.
Fort Scott Area
Chamber of Commerce
In This Issue
Chamber Highlights
Click here for our
Membership Directory.
We THANK our members for their support! Interested in joining the Chamber?
Click here for info.
Thinking of doing business in or relocating to Fort Scott?
Contact us for a relocation packet, information on grants & incentives, and more!
Seeking a job/career?
We post a Job of the Day daily on our Facebook page, distribute a monthly job openings flyer, and post jobs on our website.
Many opportunities available!
Housing needs?
Click here for a listing of our Chamber member realtors.
Click here for our rental listing.
Many fitness options are available…
SPIN classesnow offered bySmallville Athletics, every Mon & Wed at 5:15 pm, and Tu & Thurs at 6 pm. $5/class or $50/mo. unlimited.
Total Body Fitness ~ M & W Karen Reinbolt at BRCC@
8:15 am $20/8 week session.
Zumba~ M,W, F @ 6pm Monalynn Decker at BRCC $40 for a 12-week session.
Indoor Fitness/Gyms at
I AM Rehab + Fitness, Smallville Athletics, and Buck Run!

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Railroad Tracks Closed From Sept. 27 to Oct. 1 For Rehab Work


September 24, 2021

Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad announces the closure of Wall Street at the railroad tracks will be closed from 8:00 a.m. on Monday, September 27th, 2021 until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 1st, 2021. The railroad tracks will be closed to rehab the crossing. Local traffic should avoid this area during this time frame.

Should you have any questions, call City Hall at 620-223-0550.

We appreciate your patience and apologize for any inconvenience during this time.

What Would You Do? by Patty LaRoche

Patty LaRoche

A family of four entered a local restaurant, ordered lunch, and holding hands, bowed their heads to pray.

Suddenly a woman at a nearby table turned and confronted them. “I don’t mean to be rude, but I don’t need you to shove your God in my face. I have the right to eat without you forcing your religion down my throat.”

The father quietly answered, “We have the right to pray in public.”

Not so, according to the offended woman. “You’re making me really uncomfortable. I don’t believe what you believe, so you probably need to stop.”

As the family continued praying, the woman’s volume escalated. “I’m just in shock. I can’t believe you need to put your values on someone else.”

Other restaurant customers were privy to the dialogue.

Intentionally. After all, this was the television show, What Would You Do? that is hosted by John Quiñones. If you haven’t seen it, you should try to catch an episode.

Argumentative scenes are staged, unbeknownst to the non-actors whose reactions are caught by hidden cameras. The hope is that someone will have the guts to defend the one being mistreated or attacked.

In this case, a bold patron finally spoke up. “I think you need to leave this room or put your fingers in your ears. Why should they pray silently?”

The woman (remember, an actress) refused to be silenced. “They should get out.” The gutsy non-actor refused to quit. “I don’t think so. You need to shut up so they can pray.”

Following the scene, Quiñones entered with his camera crew to interview the intervener as well as those who did nothing.

One who refused to speak up had this to say: “I thought this was escalating and was going to ruin the meal for everybody in this room.” (Good excuse to say nothing, right?)

Switch to the next scene.

Same actors, but this time in a different restaurant where another couple joined the praying family.

When the verbal assaults started, an observing family got up to leave.

The actress-woman, spewing her anti-prayer-in-public comments, addressed the exiting group: “Thanks for agreeing with me.”

She was not prepared for the father’s comment.

“We are leaving because of you.”

What would you have done?

1 Thessalonians 5:14 is a passage of Scripture that tells us to “…encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all.”

Put yourself in that restaurant. Would you defend the one being bullied, or would you, like the majority of the patrons in the examples above, say nothing?

I can tell you what I would do, and remaining silent would not be one of the options.

I’m just not sure my defense of the ones praying would be being “patient with them all” (“all” meaning the one criticizing the pray-ers).

So, Christians, let’s put the shoe on the other foot.

What if you were in a restaurant and the people at the table next to you prayed aloud to Allah or even Satan?

Would you react unlovingly and spew venomous assaults?

Would you walk out, feeling that your religious beliefs had been maligned, informing the manager that you would never cross the doorway of that restaurant again?

Or would you back those praying against others who might vocalize their displeasure?

It’s easy to defend those with whom you agree, but when they go against your beliefs? What would you do?

Fort Scott News

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