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Local Wreaths Across America Ride Dec. 15

Wreaths Across America will be having a ceremony at the Rostrum at Fort Scott National Cemetery, 900 E. National at 11 a.m. on Dec. 15.

“We will meet at CFI, 4701 E. 32nd, Joplin, MO, Saturday 15 December at  8:00 am,”  Kevin Wagner, organizer, said.

“We’ll go KSU from CFI at 8:15 am en route to Pittsburg Walmart, 2710 N. Broadway.”

“We should arrive at Walmart at approximately 9:00 am and plan to go KSU from there at 9:15 am to Ft. Scott National Cemetery.”

“A group from Fort Scott will be leaving 5 Corners Mini Mart, 1122 S Clark St,  at 8:30 am en route to Pittsburg Wal Mart.”

For route and times click below:

Harper Directs Finale Concert Dec. 11

Pittsburg Youth Chorale
FINALE CONCERT

Tuesday, December 11th
6PM
Pittsburg Memorial Auditorium & Convention Center

 

Pittsburg Youth Chorale is under the direction of MJ Harper, composed of 4th-6th grade musicians from Southeast Kansas. The purpose of this vocal ensemble is to further grow vocal abilities, musical knowledge, and choral repertoire. Participants perform at community events. If you would like us to perform for your event, please contact:

MJ Harper at mjharper@usd234.org or 620-719-6633.

Volunteers Needed to Drive Vets To the VA

Facebook photo.

Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas  CFO Douglas Stuckey sits on the knee of Fort Scott’s Carl “Santa” Jowers at the Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce Chamber Coffee Thursday morning, wishing for improved transportation services for Fort Scott veterans.

CHC/SEK will be the new primary care entity, following the closing of Mercy Hospital Fort Scott.

The Fort Scott VA Clinic is in the process of acquiring a passenger van to transport local Veterans to their medical appointments at the Topeka VA Medical Center.

Jowers was approached by Fort Scott VA Clinic staff to locate volunteer drivers to drive the shuttle.

Volunteer drivers are needed to drive the shuttle. 

One need not be a Veteran to be a shuttle driver. Volunteers must be willing to commit to driving the shuttle at least one day a month to and from Fort Scott.

This is a volunteer position with the VA.

“You will not receive pay, but drivers will receive a meal voucher for use in the VA cafeteria,” Jowers said. “Volunteers must pass a VA physical and background check including their driving history”

“We will initially set up one a week for the shuttle service to operate. However, if enough people volunteer their time, we could expand the service to two or three days a week and even set up a shuttle service to and from the Kansas City VA Medical Center as well.”

Please call Carl Jowers at 620-215-1688 or email him at carljowers@gmail.com for more information or to volunteer as a driver.

 

Pittsburg Youth Chorale Spring Enrollment Open

 

Area singers in 4th, 5th, and 6th grade are invited to join Pittsburg Youth Chorale through Pittsburg Memorial Auditorium and Convention Center. Participants do not need to be enrolled in USD 250 to belong to this ensemble.

Pittsburg Youth Chorale is under the direction of MJ Harper, Music Teacher at Eugene Ware Elementary in Fort Scott, KS. The purpose of this vocal ensemble is to further grow vocal abilities, musical knowledge, and choral repertoire. Participants will have the opportunity to perform at community events as well as on the Memorial stage.

Rehearsals are Tuesdays from 5PM-6PM at Pittsburg Memorial Auditorium and Convention Center, 503 N. Pine, Pittsburg, KS. Rehearsals begin January 8th. There is a fee of $60 per session (Jan 8-May 7). To enroll, visit Pittsburg Memorial Auditorium and Convention Center between 8:30AM and 4:30PM, or call 620-231-7827, deadline January 8th.

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Contact: MJ Harper, 620-719-6633, mjharper@usd234.org

American Legion Post 25 Upcoming Events:

 

November 27. Tuesday. American Legion Service Officer Myra Jowers is at Memorial Hall from 9 – 11 am. Myra is available to assist you with questions about your VA claims or paperwork. This free service is for ANY Veteran or family member who may have questions about starting a VA claim or have questions about next steps. Please share this information with any Veteran you may know who might need assistance in dealing with their VA paperwork.

 

November 27. Tuesday. American Legion Post 25 Commander Carl Jowers has office hours at Memorial Hall from 9 – 11 am. Carl is available to discuss any suggestions or concerns you may have about Post 25, Veterans issues in general or just to help solve world problems. Carl will meet with you at other times by emailing him at carljowers@yahoo.com or calling him at 620-215-1688 to schedule an appointment.

 

November 29. Thursday. Post 25 Executive Committee meets at 6 pm in Memorial Hall.

 

November 30. Friday. 4 – 8 PM. Carl and Myra Jowers as Mr. and Mrs. Claus at the Fort Scott Wal-Mart. Children of all ages can stop by for a photo op with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Donations for American Legion Post 25 programs will be accepted.

 

December 1. Saturday. 10 am – 2 pm. Carl and Myra Jowers as Mr. and Mrs. Claus at the Fort Scott Wal-Mart. Children of all ages can stop by for a photo op with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Donations for American Legion Post 25 programs will be accepted.

 

December 2. Sunday. 1 – 5 pm. Carl and Myra Jowers as Mr. and Mrs. Claus at the Fort Scott Wal-Mart. Children of all ages can stop by for a photo op with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Donations for American Legion Post 25 programs will be accepted.

 

December 3. Monday. 6:30 pm. Post 25 meet and greet. Light refreshments will be available at the end of the meeting.

 

December 3. Monday. 7 pm. Post 25 general membership meeting. The meeting is held at the Memorial Hall at National and 3rd in downtown Fort Scott. All Post 25 members, eligible Veterans and guests are invited to attend the meeting.

 

December 4. Tuesday. American Legion Service Officer Myra Jowers is at Memorial Hall from 9 – 11 am. Myra is available to assist you with questions about your VA claims or paperwork. This free service is for ANY Veteran or family member who may have questions about starting a VA claim or have questions about next steps. Please share this information with any Veteran you may know who might need assistance in dealing with their VA paperwork.

 

December 4. Tuesday. American Legion Post 25 Commander Carl Jowers has office hours at Memorial Hall from 9 – 11 am. Carl is available to discuss any suggestions or concerns you may have about Post 25, Veterans issues in general or just to help solve world problems. Carl will meet with you at other times by emailing him at carljowers@yahoo.com or calling him at 620-215-1688 to schedule an appointment.

 

Other items:

 

Post 25 is collecting gently used jackets and coats for the Fort Scott High School Seniors. Bring coats and jackets to the membership meeting on Monday, November 5, to Memorial Hall on Tuesday, November 6 during Commander’s office hours or call the Commander at 620-215-1688 to arrange local pickup. Coats and jackets may also be taken to Fort Scott High School offices.

 

Program Chairs needed.

 

  • Boys/Girls State.

 

  • Oratorical

 

  • Baseball.

 

The only requirements to be a program chair are to be a Legionnaire and a desire to work with our young people. There are plenty of mentors at both  District and Department to guide you in hosting a successful program.

 

Carl Jowers, Commander

Fort Scott American Legion Post 25

 

Fort Scott Am. Legion Post 25 Scuttlebutt

Gently used coats, jackets, scarves and gloves are still being accepted for the Fort Scott High School Senior Class clothing drive. The set of donations was dropped off at Fort Scott High School on Friday.  FSHS Senior Madison Farmer accepted the donations from Jowers.

Drop off donations at the High School or contact Post 25 Commander Carl Jowers at 620-215- 1688 to arrange local pickup.

 

” I am pleased to announce that Fort Scott American Legion Thompson-Harkey Post 25 leads the Department of Kansas in membership again this week,” Jowers said. “This is our second week as Number 1 in membership. Our current membership is 112% and 56 members.”

November 22. Thursday. 11:30am-1:30pm. Community Thanksgiving Dinner at the Elks Lodge – 111 W. 19th St. Free-will donation. If you need transportation to this Thanksgiving Dinner or know of a Veteran who needs a ride, reply to this email or call Carl Jowers at 620-215-1688 to arrange a ride.

 

November 23. Friday.  4 – 8 PM. Carl and Myra Jowers will be dressed as Mr. and Mrs. Claus at the Fort Scott Wal-Mart. Children of all ages can stop by for a photo op with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Donations for American Legion Post 25 programs will be accepted.

 

November 22. Saturday. 10 am – 2 pm. Carl and Myra Jowers will be dressed as Mr. and Mrs. Claus at the Fort Scott Wal-Mart. Children of all ages can stop by for a photo op with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Donations for American Legion Post 25 programs will be accepted.

 

November 22. Sunday. 1 – 5 pm. Carl and Myra Jowers will be dressed as Mr. and Mrs. Claus at the Fort Scott Wal-Mart. Children of all ages can stop by for a photo op with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Donations for American Legion Post 25 programs will be accepted.

 

 

FSCC Math Relays: Thomas Jefferson Is First Place

Third place is Girard High School.
College Heights Christian School is second place.
Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School is first place.

The Fort Scott Community College Math Day for area high school students was Nov. 16.

Submitted were the top schools photos.

 

Landmark Receives Grant For Worksite Wellness

Landmark National Bank employees across Kansas will soon benefit from Worksite Wellness efforts in Fort Scott.

Since 2017, the Fort Scott Landmark National Branch has been working with WorkWell KS and The Healthy Bourbon County Action Team to implement sustainable worksite wellness policy, benefits, programs and environmental supports. With the implementation of a comprehensive worksite wellness plan, Landmark National Bank was awarded $12,500 through the BCBS KS Pathways to Healthy Kansas Grant to purchase environmental supports.

Employee health is a critical piece of any business strategy. Investing in a comprehensive worksite wellness plan can increase productivity, decrease absenteeism, injuries and presenteeism, improve employee morale, and enhance recruitment and retention efforts.

Recognizing the many benefits to health in the workplace, leaders formed a wellness committee and signed a BCBS Pathways to Healthy Worksite Pledge in March of 2017, demonstrating a commitment to employee wellness. Since that time, employees have participated in the WorkWell KS Building the Foundation, Physical Activity, and Healthy Food and Beverage Workshops.

The wellness committee collected information and analyzed data within the organization to develop a vision, consistent message, programs, benefits, policy, and environmental supports that will encourage employees to increase levels of physical activity.

In April 2018 Landmark National Bank Board of Directors passed the Physical Activity Policy encouraging all employees to develop a routine to increase daily physical activity.

“This policy impacts 30 banks in 23 communities and approximately 300 employees,” said Gregg Motley, Senior Vice President of Commercial Banking and SEK Regional Manager. “The employee participation we have seen in our wellness competitions across the region has been outstanding.”

For more information contact: Jody Hoener 620-215-5725 jhoener@bourboncountyks.org

 

Pittsburg Youth Chorale Performs Nov. 26

Pittsburg Youth Chorale perform the pre-parade prelude

Pittsburg Youth Chorale will perform a pre-Christmas parade prelude at Signet Coffee Roasters, 109 N. Broadway, on Monday, November 26 beginning at 6 PM.

This vocal ensemble, directed by Fort Scott Music Teacher MJ Harper, is comprised of area singers in 4th-6th grade that meet once a month at Pittsburg Memorial Auditorium & Convention Center.

The purpose of this vocal ensemble is to further grow vocal abilities, musical knowledge, and choral repertoire.

Warm your heart and your body with some holiday cheer before the parade begins!

Submitted by  Mary Jo Harper

WINTER WEATHER AWARENESS DAY IS NOV. 15

 

Winter Weather Awareness Day in Kansas will be Thursday, Nov. 15. That day would be an ideal time for Kansans to take stock of their emergency supplies and review their home emergency plan.

A home emergency supply kit should include enough nonperishable food and water for each person to survive for a minimum of seven days, a safe alternate heat source, blankets, flashlights and batteries, a battery-operated weather radio, essential medicines, and other items needed for health and comfort should the power go out.

Vehicles should be equipped with emergency kits, too, particularly if you are planning to travel long distances. These kits should include weather appropriate clothing; bottled water for everyone; nonperishable, high-energy snack items; flashlights and batteries; a battery-operated radio; blankets; a compact snow shovel; extra medications; signal flares and other emergency supplies to allow you to survive until help can arrive. It is also advisable to fill your gas tank before you start on a journey, check engine fluid levels and tire pressure, and make sure cell phones are fully charged.

Emergency plans and preparations should also include family pets. During winter storms, bring outdoor pets inside, if possible, or ensure that they have a draft-free enclosure with straw type bedding that is large enough to sit and lie down, but small enough to hold their body heat if they must remain outside. Always make sure that your pets have access to food and non-frozen water.

For information on winter weather and how to prepare, go online to www.weather.gov/top/winterprepare

 

Grants Awarded For Community Improvement Endeavors

USD 234 First Grade teachers were awarded a grant to allow students a chance to visit and learn about Fort Scott businesses. They are holding a photo-opportunity check which lists the amount handed out at the Fort Scott Area Community Foundation Grant Awards on Nov. 1. Stephanie Witt, president of the FSACF is far right in the photo.

The Fort Scott Area Community Foundation presented grant awards to 15 entities November 1 during the Chamber of Commerce weekly coffee, held at Landmark Bank.

Interest from money given the FSACF is distributed each year to 501 3C organizations, said Stephanie Witt, president of the foundation.

“This year, over $32,000 in grants is given out,” she told coffee attendees.

USD 234 received a grant for project-based learning in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math programs that challenge middle and high school students to create and design elements to help the community. Angie Kemmerer, far left, heads the project.
Fort Scott High School’s tennis program will get a new backboard for the tennis courts with a grant from FSACF. Allison Gorman accepted the check.
USD 234 was awarded a grant for career exploration mentoring for students paired with community members. Lindsay Madison, left, accepted the grant award.
Eastern Kansas Adult Education at Fort Scott Community College was awarded a grant to provide scholarships for 20 high school dropouts to obtain their GED. Aubrey Duft, left, accepted the award.
USD 234 was awarded a grant to study empathy and share their findings with the community. Michelle Brittain accepted the from Witt and Greg Motley, a FSACF member.
Another USD 234 grant provided money for new Fort Scott High School band instruments. Aaron Shockley accepted the check.
Tri-Valley Developmental Services received a grant to purchase two new wheelchairs.
Care to Share received a grant to support cancer victims. Teresa Davenport, left, accepted the award.
The Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes received a grant for interactive magnetic boards to educate children who visit the center. From left Norm Conard, Witt, Tina Rockhold and Motley.
Chad Cross accepted the Fort Scott Community College grant to make the Arnold Arena compliant with the American Disability Act regulations.
Christa Horn accepts a check for the Bourbon County CASA of the 6th Judicial Court.
Peggy Niles accepts a check for the Pioneer Harvest Fiesta, Inc. to allow repairs and upgrades at the Bourbon County Fairgrounds.
Fort Scott Convention and Visitors Bureau received a grant to provide a veteran’s celebration. Larry Gazaway and Allyson Turvey accepted the check.
Janet Tucker accepted a check for the “It’s My Very Own Bags of Love” project made available by the KS-NE Conference of Seventh Day Adventists.

 

Veteran’s Day Celebrations Nov. 9-12

Banners of local veterans line Main Street in downtown Fort Scott. Call the Fort Scott Visitors and Convention Office at  620.670.2750 for more information.

Veterans Day festivities take place November 9-12, throughout the county. All veterans are invited.

Area schools have been providing Veteran’s Day Assemblies to honor those who have served their county for several years, and continue in 2018.

On Friday, November 9 at 9 a.m. Winfield Scott Elementary School will have a Veteran’s Day Program in the gym.

Fort Scott Middle and High School students will have their program in the high school gym from 1:45 to 2:30 p.m. the same day. Guest speaker is Nick Trim, an Air Force Veteran.

St. Mary’s Catholic School will have a Veteran’s Day program at 1 p.m. on Nov. 9 at the Veteran’s Memorial on Skubitz Plaza in front of Fort Scott National Historic Site, weather permitting.

A new Bourbon County School, St. Martin’s Academy, will present a public faculty lecture on Friday, November 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the Boiler Room Brewhaus, located at National and Wall Street.
Patrick Whelan, the headmaster at the boy’s Catholic school, will be giving the lecture, entitled  Warfare in Epic Poetry. Whelan is a Marine veteran and still serves as an officer in the Marine Reserves in addition to pursuing a Ph.D. in combat trauma in literature.
The presentation event starts with a mixer /cocktail hour at 7:30 p.m.  Whelan will speak at 8:30 p.m. and allow time for questions.

On Monday, November 12, Eugene Ware Elementary School will have a vet’s program at 9 a.m. in the gym, while USD 235 will also have their program at 9 a.m. in the high school gym on Nov. 12.

Fort Scott Community College is offering free haircuts to veterans Nov. 9-12. The haircuts are provided by the cosmetology department. Call this number for an appointment: 620-223-2700 Ext. 5220.

The First Annual Veteran’s Day Celebration spearheaded by the Fort Scott Convention and Visitors Bureau includes the following, taken from its’ website:

Friday, November 9th

5 pm – 8 pm: Opening Reception “In Honor of Company ‘G’” @ Boiler Room Brewhaus, presented by Peerless Products. Finger foods and your first drink of the evening are free. All veterans that register will also receive a free goody bag with a special gift and information.

Saturday, November 10th

10 am: Special Veterans Day Program @ Fort Scott’s Memorial Hall – speakers include 12th District Kansas Senator Caryn Tyson, Gold Star Mother Jennifer Jackman, Carl Jowers of Thomas-Harkey Post 25 American Legion, and Commander of the American Legion Department of Kansas Dan Wiley. Special music will be provided by the Fort Scott High School Orchestra.

Noon – 4 pm: Hospitality Room @ VFW Post 1165 Olson-Frary-Burkhart

2 pm: Performance of “Bright Star” @ Fort Scott High School. Adults $7  Kids $5. Veterans will be recognized during the performance.

5 pm: Live Local Bourbon County presents the Veterans Day Parade through Downtown Fort Scott. TFO will provide trailers and rides for all veterans who can not, or do not want to, walk the parade route. Live Local BB will be serving up a hot dog meal beginning at 3:30 pm at the pavilion downtown! The staging area is located at Fort Scott High School, 1005 S. Main, Fort Scott, KS.

Fort Scott City Clerk Diane Clay decorates the exterior of city hall, 123 S. Main on Wednesday afternoon in preparation for the Veteran’s Day Celebrations this weekend.

7 pm: 1800’s Remembrance Grand Ball @ Fort Scott’s Memorial Hall, presented by The “Friends” of Fort Scott National Historic Site.

Sunday, November 11th

9 am: Church Services @ Community Christian Church, 1919 S. Horton

11 am: Services @ US National Cemetery #1 with 12th District Kansas Senator Caryn Tyson. Organized by VFW Post 1165 Olson-Frary-Burkhart

Noon: Lunch @ VFW Post 1165 Olson-Frary-Burkhart for Free Will Donation.

While in Fort Scott for the Veterans Day Celebration, don’t forget to purchase your “Buddy” Poppy and “Wear it proudly.”