The Design Review Board will meet on Thursday, May 24th, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. at the City Hall Commission Meeting room at 123 S. Main Street, Fort Scott, Kansas. This meeting will be held to discuss a Certificate of Appropriateness for a sign at 23 S. Main and any other matters that may come before the Board. This meeting is open to the public.
Kids Fit-n-Fun Program Begins June 7
FORT SCOTT, Kan. (May 18, 2018) – Your kids have no reason to complain about being bored this summer. At Mercy Health for Life, children ages six through10-years olds can remain physically active by participating in the Fit-n-Fun program.
The four-week program is designed to provide children with an opportunity to participate in physical fitness with a variety of fun activities in a safe environment.
Dates for the 2018 Fit-n-Fun program are Tuesday and Thursday, June 7 through July 3. Class sessions are 45 minutes beginning at 9 a.m. Cost is $20 per child for Health for Life members and $25 for nonmembers. Sessions will be instructed by Brianna Culbertson, certified youth fitness specialist, and personal trainer.
“The goal of the fit-n-fun program is to teach our youth the importance of daily physical activity, eating right and that exercise can be fun,” said Kirk Sharp, Mercy fitness center manager.
“We hope to see the kids take something that they have learned from the program and incorporate it into their lives, spring-boarding a lifetime of healthy habits,” Sharp added.
On the final day, kids will participate in special activities and compete for prizes.
To register, call Mercy Health for Life at 620-223-7073.
Mercy Hospital Fort Scott is an acute care hospital with 46 licensed beds, offering comprehensive medical, surgical, OB/GYN, pediatric, home care and hospice services. Inpatient care is provided with 24/7 physician coverage. In 2017, Mercy Hospital Fort Scott received The Leapfrog Group’s prestigious A rating. Mercy Clinic Fort Scott is located on hospital grounds as well as Mercy rural health clinics in Arma and Pleasanton.
Mercy, named one of the top five large U.S. health systems in 2018, 2017 and 2016 by IBM Watson Health, serves millions annually. Mercy includes more than 40 acute care and specialty (heart, children’s, orthopedic and rehab) hospitals, 800 physician practices and outpatient facilities, 44,000 co-workers and 2,100 Mercy Clinic physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma. Mercy also has clinics, outpatient services and outreach ministries in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. In addition, Mercy’s IT division, Mercy Technology Services, supply chain organization, ROi, and Mercy Virtual commercially serve providers and patients in more than 20 states coast to coast.
supply chain organization, ROi, and Mercy Virtual commercially serve providers and patients in more than 20 states coast to coast.
Infant Loss Remembrance Service Held May 26
Fort Scott, Kan. (May 18, 2018) – If you or your family has been impacted by pregnancy loss or the loss of an infant shortly after birth, Mercy wants to offer you a time for reflection and comfort.
You’re invited to come find support and healing at an Infant Loss Remembrance Service on Saturday, May 26 at 6:30 p.m. at the St. Mary’s Cemetery located west of Fort Scott on Locust Road. Anyone in the community or surrounding area who has suffered this type of loss is welcome to attend.
Our time together will include a short service and time of prayer, plus a bubble release with opportunity for participants to write messages to those children being remembered.
In case of rain, the service will be moved to Mercy Hospital’s McAuley Conference Center.
For more information, contact Mercy Chaplain Luke Anker at 417-556-4419.
Please see the following City of Fort Scott Board openings:
One opening (City resident) on the Fort Scott Housing Authority
The function of the Housing Authority is to provide leadership, oversight and participate in board meetings. The Housing Authority Board is the legal and financially responsible governing body of the public housing authority and the first line of accountability for their performance. This board meets on a monthly basis.
_ One opening (City resident) for the Fort Scott Library Board.
The function of the Fort Scott Library Board is to review requests in reference to the library.
If you have a desire to serve on either one of these boards and meet the above requirements, please submit a letter of interest to the City Clerk, Diane Clay, 123 S. Main, Fort Scott, Kansas 66701. She will then submit your letter of interest for consideration to the City Commission. All of the boards and commissions serve on a volunteer basis and are not compensated. If you would like more information on this board, please contact Diane Clay, City Clerk at 620-223-0550 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please submit your letter of interest by May 31st, 2018.
The Fort Scott Community College Masonry program was asked by the Everybody Plays Committee, a task force of the City of Pittsburg Parks and Recreation Department, to build a sensory garden structure at Schlanger Park in Pittsburg, Ks.
The students spent part of the semester doing just that. They measured the groundwork out, laid the blocks, helped pour the concrete and filled in the dirt for the garden.
Once everything is set and ready to go, In The Garden will plant flowers and plants that attract butterflies and add sensory elements for the community to enjoy the beauty. The sensory garden is fully accessible for all to partake in the experience.
“The committee was so pleased to be able to offer local students this opportunity for a real-life experience,” says Barbara Herbert.
If you would like a brick paver to be placed in the garden please contact Pittsburg Parks and Recreation at 620-231-8310.
City of Ft. Scott Water Distribution Department
The City of Fort Scott Water Distribution Department will be reworking the water main and services on West 2nd Street from Osbun to Lowman beginning 5/21/2018.
Work is expected to take approximately one week to complete. Part of the work involves extending water service across West 2nd Street.
During this project, West 2nd Street between Osbun and Lowman will be closed to traffic.
Residents in the area may at times experience an interruption of water service or have discolored water and or air. The department will do all it can to keep water service interruptions and road closures at a minimum.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact City Hall at 223- 0550 and ask for the Water Distribution Department.
Adin and Wilma Leach celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary April 28, 2018, at Barto’s in Frontenac with family and friends.
They were married April 26, 1958, at Holy Name Catholic Church in Coffeyville, Kansas.
Pictured are the five daughters of the couple. Their son, Alan, died three years ago of brain cancer.
From left: Mimi Turner, Ottawa, KS; Alison Leach, Fort Scott; Angie Plaisance, Peachtree City, GA; Wilma, Adin; Amy Stephens, Independence; and DeeDee O’Malley, Independence.
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By Sherise Beckham, Mercy Fort Scott dietician
Awh! Spring is finally here and summer is just around the corner. With all the flowers blooming and gardens growing, who doesn’t love this time of year?
As a dietitian, I am always encouraging people to eat more fruits and vegetables; however, we rarely talk about the origin of them.
For example, who grows your produce? Where does your produce come from? What is the timeline from when it was picked, transported, displayed in the store and now in your hand? Answers to all these questions vary, and in some cases, we might rather not know the answer.
However, we live in an amazing community.
Our community is surrounded by many farmers and growers right here in Bourbon County. Many sell their fruits and vegetables every week between May and October at the local Farmer’s Market.
By purchasing there, you can find comfort in knowing who grew it, how they grew it and when it was picked and purchased by you.
Local produce can also benefit your health and your taste buds.
Local produce is loaded with more flavor.
Usually, produce sold in stores is harvested prior to peak freshness and shipped to your location. The ripening process happens during transportation and storage, rather than on the vine.
Local farmers allow their produce to ripen on the vine and then picked when ripe. Once picked, they are sold quickly to you and me, which allows us to enjoy the best tasting tomato ever!
Local produce is also higher in nutrients. By choosing local produce, you are giving your body more of those nutrients that fruits and vegetables are packed with. Again, this goes back to the shorter time from harvest to your plate, and that the produce was picked when ripe, not prior to. When your local farmer picks the produce when ripe, the produce has been given the opportunity to grow and develop to its full potential.
Choosing to purchase local produce also supports our local economy and helps keep our dollars local. Purchasing local supports your local farmers and they use those dollars to reinvest in our community.
Choosing local also allows you to ask the farmer about their common practices in growing and harvesting their crops. The more you know, the more you can buy with confidence!
Fresh produce in Kansas is limited to a seasonal basis because of the area’s growing season, but we have all summer to enjoy the produce harvested close to home.
Next time you are planning your meals or grocery shopping, consider purchasing from our local farmers: you won’t be disappointed!
Living History and “Highlights in History” Featured for Memorial Day Weekend at Fort Scott National Historic Site
Fort Scott, Kansas: For the Memorial Day holiday this year, you and your family are invited to visit Fort Scott National Historic Site to experience the sights, sounds, and smells of a frontier military fort. Celebrate the weekend with living history programs, cooking demonstrations, and artillery firings.
On Saturday, volunteers and staff will present 1840s living history stations throughout the day at the Fort. Programs will focus on cooking, buying merchandise, and treating illnesses of the military garrison. Park Guides Dottie Messer and Paul Goodman will demonstrate what soldiers and people ate in the 19th century. Barry Linduff will do a presentation on the many goods available for soldiers and civilians in the Sutler store. Volunteers will present living history stations throughout the day throughout the Fort. At 2:00 p.m., come witness the power and sound of artillery. Kids of all ages are invited to join our soldiers in taking down the flag during flag retreat at 4:00 p.m.
Activities will continue on Sunday and Monday with more artillery demonstrations and programs focused on various historical events in which Fort Scott was involved. 1858: Bleeding Kansas Comes to “Fort Scott” will focus on the turbulent times Fort Scott citizens faced during the Bleeding Kansas era. In “Saws, Leaches, and Mercury”, the important role of Civil War medicine in the lives of soldiers will be highlighted.
On Monday at 2:45 p.m. will be a special Memorial Day program honoring Fort Scott’s fallen officers, followed by observance of the National Moment of Silence at 3:00 p.m. Throughout the day enjoy riveting period music of the 19th Century performed by the musical group “The Gum Springs Serenaders”.
The schedule of activities is listed below:
SATURDAY, MAY 26
10:00 a.m. – Cast Iron Skillets and Dutch Ovens: Cooking Demonstration and Talk
11:00 a.m. – Guided Tour
1:00 p.m. – “Crime and Punishment”- Guard Duty Talk
2:00 p.m. – “The Gun That Shoots Twice” – Artillery Demonstration
4:00 p.m. – Flag Retreat
SUNDAY, MAY 27
11:00 a.m. – Guided Tour
1:00 p.m. – “1858: Bleeding Kansas Comes to Fort Scott” – Guided Tour
2:00 p.m. – “The Gun That Shoots Twice” – Artillery Demonstration
3:00 p.m. – “Saws, Leeches, and Mercury” – 19th Century Medical Demonstration
MONDAY, MAY 28
11:00 a.m. – Guided Tour
1:00 p.m. – “The Gum Springs Serenaders” – Musical Program
2:30 p.m. – “The Gun That Shoots Twice” – Artillery Demonstration
2:45 p.m. – Honoring Fort Scott’s Fallen Officers
3:00 p.m. – National Moment of Remembrance
About the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 417 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at www.nps.gov.