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Obituary of Barbara Driscoll

Barbara Jean Driscoll

Barbara Jean Driscoll, age 75, a resident of Ft Scott, Kansas, passed away Saturday, September 18, 2021, at her home. She was born December 3, 1945, in Little Rock, Arkansas, the daughter of Richard Dallas Stone and Verlon Undine Henry Stone.
She married William R. Driscoll on July 12, 1969. They were later divorced.
Barbara lived for a time in Nevada, Wyoming and Arizona before moving to Ft. Scott. She had worked as a telephone operator, and as a CNA. Most recently, she had worked at IGA and later Woods Grocery Store.
Barbara enjoyed listening to rock and roll and dancing. She also liked to read and spend time with her family.
She attended Mary Queen of Angels Catholic Church.

Survivors include her two daughters, Shar Brumfield of Tucson, Arizona and Colleen Williams (Terry) of Olathe, Kansas; three grandchildren, Brittani Gregory, Ashlinn Nixon and Jon Stager and eight great-grandchildren, Tony, Miles, Rody Jr., Valentina “Little Beautiful”, Addy, Cooper, Trinity and Cameron. Also surviving are a brother, Gary “Buddy” Stone of Wichita, Kansas, Diana Kimmell of Ft. Scott and two nephews, Steven and Darren Belcher.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 P.M. Friday, September 24th at the Cheney Witt Chapel. Memorials are suggested to the Wounded Warrior Project and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, P.O. Box 347, Ft. Scott, KS 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at


Obituary of Clara Brewer

Clara Brewer, 97, of Fort Scott, passed away, Saturday evening, September 18, 2021 at the home of her daughter, Mildred Hall. She was born, December 18, 1923 in Yates Center, Kansas the daughter of Albertis Orville “Bert” and Moma Mary Martin Hodge.

She married Ivan E. Brewer, August 2, 1941, in Pawnee Station, Kansas, and he preceded her in death on January 27, 1997.

Clara was a member of Fort Scott High School Class of 1941, and the Hiattville United Methodist Church. She was also a 75-year member of the Ideal Chapter #369 Order of the Eastern Star, and was active for 25 years with 4H work, as well as County Extension work. Clara was also a volunteer with the Mercy Hospital Auxiliary and The Beacon, Inc. for many years.

Clara is survived by a daughter, Mildred Hall of Fort Scott; a son, Charles Brewer and Paula of Fort Scott; five grandchildren, Donald Hall and Jolene, Dana Lea Ussery and Tim, Rachel Wagner and Kevin, Paul Brewer and Laura Vogelbacher and Barry, and twelve great grandchildren, Kole Wagner, Solomon Brewer, Gabe Harris, Kayla Wagner, Chloe Harris. Abby Harris, Payton Vogelbacher, Madeline Vogelbacher, Erin Hall, Ashten Lampe and Ben, Katie Ussery, and Brooke Ussery.

In addition to her husband, Ivan, she was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Mildred Hodge and a brother, Milton Hodge.

Rev. Carl K. Ellis will officiate funeral services for Clara Brewer, 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 21, 2021, at the Hiattville United Methodist Church under the direction of the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home.

Burial will follow in the Memory Gardens of Bourbon County Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday evening, September 20, 2021, at the funeral home.

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

Obituary of Marsha Lancaster

Marsha Louise Lancaster passed away on September 19, 2021, at the age of 54. Marsha was born in Fort Scott, Kansas, on March 1, 1967, to Cecil Otis and Vivian Louise (Towle) Lancaster.

A graduate of Fort Scott High School Class of 1985, Marsha then attended Fort Scott Community College School of Cosmetology.

Marsha worked briefly as a beautician before starting a job at Great Plains Deli, located in old Belltown. What once was Great Plains Deli in Belltown is now Marsha’s Great Plains Deli on south National, famous for generous sandwiches and a welcoming lady at the register with the gift of gab.

Marsha and her deli, over the years, have become known by people from all around the world. All of her nieces and nephews, at one time or another, worked at the deli with their beloved Aunt Marsha.

Anyone who has ever known Marsha, loved Marsha. One of the most caring, compassionate, and loving people around, Marsha will be deeply missed by our entire community. Marsha loved her community and continuously supported her local Tiger and Greyhound sports teams, whether it be by sponsoring teams financially, working late to feed them, or sitting on the sidelines, rooting them on.

She especially loved when her nieces and nephews were playing.

With Marsha’s passing, Fort Scott has lost a valuable piece of our community, but nothing compared to the piece that her family has lost. Family was everything to Marsha, and Marsha was everything to her family.


Marsha is preceded in death by her parents and her best friend, Mary Ann Guss.

Survivors include her two brothers, Tom and wife, Kay Lancaster, and Don and wife, Gwen Lancaster; her two sisters, Debbie Baxley and Carolyn and husband, Gary Washburn; nine nieces and nephews, Matt, Adam and wife Bridgett, Brian and wife Amanda, Keith and wife Amy, Kyle and wife Sarah, Shelly and husband Dan, Sara, Margie, and Donnie; her aunts Ruth Spencer and Eloise Towle; Jade Johnson and family and numerous other family members and friends.


Rhonda Dunn will conduct funeral services, Saturday, September 25, 2021 at 11:00 A.M. at the Cheney Witt Chapel.

Burial will follow in the Memory Gardens Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5:00 – 7:00 P.M. Friday at the Cheney Witt Chapel.

Memorial are suggested to the Fort Scott High School Booster Club or Care to Share and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, P.O. Box 347, Ft. Scott, KS 66701.  Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at

Obituary of Roland Wilson

Roland K. “Termite” Wilson, age 76, passed away Thursday, September 16, 2021, at the Medicalodge in Ft. Scott.  He was born August 4, 1945, in Cottage Grove, Oregon, the son of Clarence Wilson and Nila Nadine Gibson Wilson.

He spent most of his early life in Bronson, Kansas where he worked as a paper carrier and at the grocery store.  He graduated from Bronson High School and went on to attend Allen County Community College.

He served with the United States Navy from 1966 to 1971 where he received the National Defense Service Medal and the Vietnam Service Medal.  Following his military service, he returned to this area where worked in construction and at the Feemster’s gun shop.

He later worked for the United States Postal Service in Ft. Scott.

He enjoyed hunting and fishing and taking road trips on his motorcycle.

He often spent winters in Arizona.


Survivors include two children, Jana C. Caldwell of Springfield, Missouri and Jared Wilson of Fayetteville, Arkansas and nine grandchildren.  Also surviving are a brother, Rex Wilson (Judy) and Revelle Wilson (Larry Tinsley) all of Bronson, Kansas.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Roy Wilson.


Following cremation, a graveside service with military honors will be held at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, September 22nd at the U. S. National Cemetery in Ft. Scott, Kansas.

Services are under the direction of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, Ft. Scott, Kansas.  Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at

Obituary of George McReynolds

George  Edwin McReynolds

George Edwin McReynolds, age 79, passed away Saturday, September 11, 2021, at the Medicoldges of Fort Scott. He was born November 11, 1941 in Fort Scott, Kansas, the son of Truman and Ethel Leona Pitts McReynolds.

George worked a Wal-Mart for 32 years and was manager of the electronics department.

He loved to hunt and fish. He enjoyed putting together puzzles and spending time with his two dogs. George loved spending time with family and friends, especially his time with the grandkids.

George is survived by a son, Jason McReynolds and wife Holly, of Fort Scott; four grandchildren, Jacob Cole McReynolds, Zoey Brown, Andrew Brown, and Khya Brown; as well as several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife Janice Lea Spencer McReynolds; a son Jimmy Thompson; parents; one brother, Robert Lowe, two sisters, Jane Loune and Judy Scofield.

There was cremation. Rev. Chuck Russel will conduct graveside services, 10:00 A.M. Friday, September 17, 2021, at the U. S. National Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 9:00 – 9:45 A.M. before leaving for the cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to the George McReynolds Memorial Fund and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, P.O. Box 347, Fort Scott, KS 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at

Obituary of Toby Adams

Toby Lane Adams was born in El Dorado, Kansas on February 7th, 1969, to James Richard and Sharon Lynn (Kelley) Adams. He passed away on Sunday, September 5th, 2021, at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, Kansas after a 28-day battle with Covid. Toby attended school in Fort Scott, Kansas, El Dorado, Kansas and Altoona, Kansas. After high school he served in the Army as a munitions specialist and was honorably discharged in 1997. Later in life Toby completed his degree in Electrical Engineering from Pittsburg State University in 2008.

Toby loved everything outdoors. Fishing, hunting, snorkeling, bike riding, and gardening. His final years were spent working in Fort Scott, Kansas as an Electrical Engineer at a local printing manufacturer for just over 20 years. With Toby’s entire being, he embodied the unwritten “Adams Creed”.

  • Work hard, no matter how taxing the task at hand; see it through until the end.
  • Play harder, especially with the littles! Take time to enjoy a good meal, catch a few crappie, watch the birds, enjoy the outdoors, or add to your antique collection. Life is too short to miss those moments of joy.
  • Rest when needed because tomorrow you have to work.
  • You are your own worst critic; don’t let others add to your baggage.
  • Always be willing to learn more.
  • Failure is not an option; you should have learned more the first time.
  • Speak the truth, but don’t always show your hand.
  • When you do show your hand, be direct and to the point. Yeah…. probably not going to sugar coat it.
  • Keep your life private except to those most loyal to you. Then share as needed.
  • Stand up for what you believe in, even if it means standing alone.
  • Save that money…….well, unless you need a new toy.
  • Friends are family you choose for yourself.
  • When you love, love fiercely!

Toby was preceded in death by his father, maternal grandparents, and paternal grandparents. Survivors include a son, Peyton Adams; mother, Sharon Smith; siblings Jamie (Bob) Beckham, Dean (Felicia) Adams, Joel Smith, and Kirk Adams; several nieces and nephews; and multiple close friends whom Toby considered family.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 6th, 2021, at Gunn Park Shelter house #1 at 10:00 a.m.

Casual clothing is encouraged and those that ride the Gunn Park trails are asked to wear riding gear and bring their bikes for Toby’s final trail ride and cold beverage following the service.

Private burial will be at a later date TBD.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Gunn Park Trails, payable to City of Fort Scott, and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, PO Box 347, 201 S. Main, Ft. Scott, KS 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at

Obituary of James “David” Tucker

Rev. James David  Tucker

Rev. James “David” Tucker, age 91, a resident of Fort Scott, Kansas, passed away on Saturday, September 11, 2021, at his home. He was born in Gravette, Arkansas, on December 20, 1929, to Charles Kenyan and Nora Belle Haddock Tucker, the youngest of 14 children. David gave his life to Christ as a teenager, and from that moment forward, his life was fully devoted to Christian service.

At the age of 16, he cleaned out a vacant church in Maysville, Arkansas, and began to hold revival services. During one of his sermons, the woodstove flue caught fire. He instructed everyone to move outdoors, where he continued his sermon as the church burned to the ground. He later rebuilt the church, and pastored there while raising his family.

In addition to his years as a traveling evangelist, he also held pastorates at the Church of God (Holiness) at 6th and Wilson Streets in Fort Scott; El Monte, California; Nevada, Missouri; Clarksburg Valley Chapel in Fort Scott; and Miami, Oklahoma.

He then returned to pastor at Clarksburg Valley Chapel, until his retirement at 89 years of age.

He never lost his passion to see others come to Christ.

David was known for his extensive knowledge and memorization of the Bible, and for his powerful prayers. David spent countless nights praying for his family, and because of his unwavering faith, his family has witnessed many miracles of healing and protection.

David also was a skilled carpenter, and built many houses throughout the years.

David married Betty Jean Bergen on June 27, 1951, in Neosho, Missouri. They were a shining example of commitment and teamwork as they served together at their pastorates over the years. Together, they raised six children. They remained sweethearts until the end, and could usually be found holding hands. They had just celebrated their 70th Anniversary in June.

David has an immediate family of over 60 members, who continue to gather in their homes for holidays. In addition to his wife, Betty Jean, survivors include 3 sons: Roger (Genie) Tucker of Independence, Missouri; Mark (Brenda) Tucker, and Joe (Belinda) Tucker, both of Fort Scott; daughters Carma Tucker of Fort Scott, and Kerri (Kirk) Bland of El Dorado Springs, Missouri; and a daughter-in-law, Carolyn Tucker of Fort Scott. Also surviving are 17 grandchildren and their spouses: Jonathan (Carlie) Tucker, Jessica (Chad) Rahe, Johanna (Chet) Parry, Jennifer (Matt) Snider, Whitney (Kyle) Rogers, Bethany (Brad) Blubaugh, Mariam (Levi) Self, Aaron (Cynthia) Tucker, Landon (Nancy) Simons, Jayce (Kristyn) Simons, Dakota Simons, Tucker Grigsby, Kasi Bland (fiance John Simrell), Alyson Bland, Joely (Scott) Womeldorff, Monica (Jared) Snyder, and Miles (Emmah) Dikeman; and 29 great-grandchildren, with one on the way.

He was preceded in death by his parents, 8 brothers, 5 sisters, and his son James “Jimmy” Tucker, who passed away in February of 2021.

Rev. Dennis Bergen, assisted by Rev. Kyle Rogers, will conduct funeral services at 10:00 AM, Wednesday, September 15, 2021, at Parkway Church of God (Holiness) in Fort Scott, Kansas.

A graveside service will be held at 3:30 PM, on Wednesday at the Banner Nazarene Church Cemetery in Splitlog, Missouri.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Fort Scott Christian Heights, and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel at 201 S Main Street or PO Box 347, Fort Scott, KS 66701. Words of remembrance may be shared to the online guestbook at

Obituary of Margery Jackson

Margery Allison Jackson, age 99, a resident of Congress, Arizona, passed away Tuesday, August 31, 2021, at her home in Congress.

She was born August 20, 1922, in Benton County, Arkansas, the daughter of William Henry Adolph and Lola Larimore Adolph.

When Margery was six months old, the family moved to Michigan Valley, Kansas, where her father worked on the railroad. In the summer of 1927, the family moved to Garnett, Kansas where her father was section foreman on the KND Railroad.

Her father died in 1930 leaving her mother with five children to raise alone. Margery attended school in Garnett from Kindergarten through her junior year of high school. In the summer of 1940, Margery’s mother moved her to Ashland, Oregon. There Margery worked for her room and board while she finished high school. She graduated in 1941. The next year, she was the high school principal’s secretary.

Margery met Ivan Jackson when they were sixteen years old in Garnett, Kansas. Ivan followed her to Oregon where they were married on June 6, 1942.

Ivan was drafted in October of 1942. Margery followed him to Camp Polk Louisiana where she worked in the Office of Ordinance Service Command Shop #9. After the war, they settled in Ashland, Oregon.

Margery was bookkeeper for their automotive repair and service station.

Margery enjoyed her home and family.

Margery is survived by her son, Dean Jackson (Linda) of Owenton, Kentucky and her daughter, Shirley Johnoff (Carl) of Congress, Arizona; seven grandchildren, Leah, Karin, Thomas, Julee, Deborah, Carrie, and Patricia and several great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ivan, of fifty-eight years, her parents, two brothers and two sisters. Her sister Arlene preceded her in death on August 21, 2021.

Private burial will take place at a later date in the Kincaid Cemetery in Kincaid, Kansas under the direction of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, Ft. Scott, Kansas.

Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at

Obituary of Anthony Weyant

Anthony Wayne “Tony” Weyant, age 32, a resident of Colorado, passed August 28, 2021 in Colorado. He was born July 17, 1989, in Savannah, Georgia, the son of Charles Weyant and Donna Weyant.

He married Sonja Medlin, September 22, 2018 in Grants Pass, Oregon. Tony was a self-employed contractor. He loved to take his family on vacations where they would camp, hike, and tour the national parks. He enjoyed ordering pizza and watching movies. Tony loved to cook especially BBQ, even if there was snow on the ground.

Tony is survived by his wife Sonja, of the home, two children, a son Anthony Wayne Weyant, and a daughter, Shailynn Weyant.; seven step-daughters, Melanie, Shebly, Kayleigh, Olivia, Adyson, Maia, and Katie; parents, Charles Weyant and Donna Weyant; a brother, Dustin Miles Weyant, a sister, Kelly Rae Carson; his grandmothers, Mary Overcash and Goldie Weyant Arndt,; and his faithful dog Jasper.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Clayton Michael Weyant, his grandfathers, Hoyt Overcash,  Miles Weyant and step-grandfather, Larry Arndt; four uncles, Brad Weyant, Rick Overcash, Dale Overcash, and Jim Weyant; an aunt, Nancy Overcash; two cousins, Brandon Weyant and Melony Beerbower.


Pastor Marty DeWitt will conduct a celebration of life, Sunday September 12, 2021 at 2:00 P.M. at the First Missionary Baptist Church in Uniontown. Words of remembrance maybe submitted the online guestbook at

Obituary of Glenn Newcomer

Glenn Allen Newcomer was born in Hays, KS, on August 25, 1942, to Ralph and Leila Newcomer. He passed away on Saturday, September 4th in Fort Scott. He was raised on the

family farm in Russell, KS, where he grew to love the land. This led him to Kansas State University where he majored in animal husbandry. While there, he worked at their dairy barns and was a member of the Livestock Judging Team. At the Collegiate 4-H Club, he met Carol Tiffany, and they were married on August 14,1966. Together they were blessed with two daughters.

Glenn was a member of the Air National guard for six years. He was the Bourbon County Extension Agent for 37 years retiring January 1, 2002. After retiring, he worked part time as a water quality manager at the Soil Conservation District for a few years. He was a gentle man, being completely honest and respectful of all the farmers and 4-Hers who had the privilege of working with him. Helping his daughters with their 4-H lambs, attending Rock Spring Ranch with them and teaching them photography techniques was a joy for him. He had a great time attending the school activities of his girls and grandchildren, along with following K-State Wildcat sports. He was proud to always have a green lawn free of dandelions and a plentiful garden.

Glenn was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Bourbon County Fair Board, Methodist Men, and Kiwanis. Until his health failed, he volunteered at church as part of the Wednesday morning work crew. He also loved being a part of an early morning coffee group.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, and a sister. Survivors include his wife,

Carol; his daughter, Kendra Clancy (Chris); daughter, Darcy Strong (Joe); grandchildren: Rebecca, Kaylin, Amber, Tristan, Emily, Alex, Jared, and Ethan; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A visitation will be held on Friday, September 10th from 5-7 p.m. at the Cheney Witt Chapel.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, September 11th at 10:00 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in the Evergreen Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The National Fragile X Foundation, First United Methodist Church, or Bourbon County Fair Association and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, Ft. Scott, KS 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at

Obituary of Maxine Smith

Maxine Louise (Lockwood) Kinney Smith, 96, of Fort Scott, Kansas, passed away August 27, 2021, at Country Place Senior Living in Fort Scott. She was born September 18, 1924, in Bourbon County, Kansas, to George and Mildred Lockwood of Godfrey, Kansas. Maxine and Harley P. Kinney, Jr., were married on June 8, 1946. Maxine and Harley lived and raised a family in Fort Scott until Harley’s untimely death on September 29, 1974. During their years together, Maxine and Harley enjoyed many activities, including extended family gatherings and cookouts, camping trips, square dancing, bowling, and long road-trip vacations. They were active members of the First Presbyterian Church in Fort Scott.

On April 30, 1990, Maxine married an old high school friend, Charles Smith. Maxine and Charlie spent many happy years together, enjoying their retirement years in Fort Scott and taking occasional sightseeing tours. Charlie passed away in September 2020.

Maxine loved to tell the story of her lifelong dream of being a schoolteacher. She often related how, as a small child, she would line up chairs in the farmhouse where she was raised, put dolls in the chairs and pretend to teach a class. Being a schoolteacher was her passion. She taught for 36 years and was very proud of her career.

Maxine graduated from Fort Scott High School in 1941. She continued her education at Kansas State Teachers College of Pittsburg (today’s Pittsburg State University). In 1942, at the age of only 17 and without a college degree, she began her first teaching job in a one-room schoolhouse, Star School in rural Bourbon County, where her duties included building the fire in the wood stove to heat the building, preparing lunches, sweeping the floors and teaching the students from first through eighth grades. From 1944 through 1947 she taught at Godfrey School. In 1946, after completing two years of the “College Course,” Maxine was awarded a “Life Certificate to Teach in the Public Schools of Kansas” by The Kansas State Teachers College of Pittsburg.

After Harley returned from service in World War II, Maxine and Harley were married and lived briefly in the Kansas City area, where Maxine worked for Hall Brothers and at the Hercules Army Ammunition Plant. During their time in the Kansas City area, their daughter Judy was born in 1949. The couple returned to Fort Scott in 1952. Their second child, Doug, was born in Fort Scott in 1953.

After returning to Fort Scott, Maxine resumed her teaching career, once again teaching at Star School and then at Hiattville School. In 1960 she began a long career in the Fort Scott school system, beginning as a sixth-grade teacher at Eugene Ware Elementary School. In 1961, after many years of summer and night classes, she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Education degree from Kansas State College of Pittsburg. She continued her education, and in 1966 received her Master of Science degree. From 1961 through 1983 she taught ninth grade English at Fort Scott Junior High. When the Fort Scott schools realigned into a middle school system in 1983, Maxine moved to Fort Scott High School, where she continued to teach English until her retirement in June 1987.

Maxine and Charlie were active in Fort Scott community affairs throughout their retirement years. They were faithful and active members of the First Presbyterian Church, where Maxine served in many different roles over the years. Maxine loved spending time with her grandchildren and entertaining them in her home.

Survivors include her daughter Judy Hunter and husband Bill, son Doug Kinney and wife Lynn, grandson Scott Hunter and wife Kendra, granddaughter Erin Stroble and husband Kyle, granddaughter Shawn Kinney, great-grandsons Max Hunter and Matthew Stroble, great-granddaughters Mary Grace Hunter, Ryleigh Kinney-Hall and Josie Kinney, Maxine’s brother Murray Lockwood and wife Norma, five nieces and nephews, stepchildren David Smith, Dennis Smith and wife Carol and family, and Sandra Bowzer and husband Greg and family. Maxine was preceded in death by her first husband Harley Kinney, her second husband Charles Smith, parents George and Mildred Lockwood, sister Carol Thompson, sister Dorothy Lockwood and in-laws Harley and Kate Kinney, Ruth Kinney Hamm Creighton and Harold Thompson.

Funeral services will be held at Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home, 15 West Wall Street, Fort Scott, Kansas, on Saturday, September 4, 2021, beginning at 12:00 PM. There will be a private burial service for family at a later date. Maxine will be interred with Harley Kinney in Fort Scott National Cemetery. The family suggests memorial donations to the First Presbyterian Church, 308 S. Crawford Street, Fort Scott, KS., 66701. Contributions may also 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