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The Grinch at Fort Scott High School

Area children from kindergarten through eighth grade, under the tutelage of Fort Scott High School Thespians, entertained the audience at the high school auditorium Saturday afternoon, Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon.
From left: Cindy Lou Who is portrayed by Gianna Gorman, the Grinch portrayed by Remy Witt and Max, the dog is portrayed by Matthew Eaton.
The Fort Scott High School Auditorium filled up Saturday afternoon prior to the first showing of How The Grinch Stole Christmas.

Fort Scott High School Thespians along with local children from kindergarten to eighth grade provided an enjoyable rendition of “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” Saturday and Sunday in the high school auditorium.

Forty-four children and youth presented the play to a large crowd on Saturday afternoon.

There were nine scenes and three songs performed under the direction of Angie Bin.

Student directors were Darrick Green, Kaitlyn Hanks, and Hunter Adamson. Acting coaches were Ivy Bailey, Katie Button, Alex Gorman, Karina Kentilal, Grant Coffman and Mackenzie Peoples.

Music directors were Mary Gladbach and Katie Button.

Choreographers were Addy Labbe and Mesa Jones.

The set designer was Mary Gladbach.

Lighting director was Alyx Brooks, lighting assistant was Lexi Bailey.

Sound designer was Dominic Cannon, the sound tech was Levi Bin.

Costume, make-up and hair designers were Ally Heenan and Haley Dugan.

Costume, make-up and hair crew was Carlee Studyvin.

The Grinch logo designer was Grant Coffman.

The Grinch was portrayed by Remy Witt;  Max, the dog-Matthew Eaton; Cindy Lou Who-Gianna Gorman; Lou Who-Zachary Cox; Betty Lou Who-Lillian Collins; Mayor of Whoville-Jericho Jones; Assistant to Mayor Raywho Rose-Bareigh Farr; Clerk Vanessa Raywho-Tina Rameriz; Shopper Zoe Spagawiggle-Zoe Newman; Sue Who-Annabelle Gorman; Drew Who-Payton Bowling; Policeman-Casey Gomez.

The story was narrated by Harley Button-Emma Bin, Claywho Winkle-Connor Davenport, Kinsley Button-Kinsley Davis, Piper Schmockendocker-Piper Fulton, Abigail Winkle- Tuesday Glessner, Mook Jazzleberry-Courtney Shelton, Jenna Schmockendocker-Cadence Tuck, Emmersyn Jazzbleberry-Lydia Witt, Jessica Winkle-Berkley Wood.

The Whos were portrayed by Toni Jazzleberry-Maddison Buckman, Tanny Jazzleberry-Raidan Buckman, Zaria Spagawiggle-Zaria Byrd, Brynn Winkle-Brynn Casper, Ella Winkle-Kodi Casper, Melissa Boo Button-Mesa Casper, Lucas Button-Kaiden Clary, Pettywigsnatcher Winkle-Megan Connor, Gaby Winkle-Macey Conner, Lily Button,-Breena Cox, Paisley Schmockendocker-Bryn Crisler, Window Schmockendocker-Peighton Head, Willow Schmockendocker- Lexi Hill, Annabelle Schmockendocker-Anna Laugenstein, Sammy Jazzleberry-Kaitlyn Leavell, Abi Winkle-Avery Marsh, Christy Spagawiggle-Chrislen Newman, Mila Spagawiggle-Mila Newman, Ajax Schmockendocker-Khris Patel, Mary-o-berry Button-Allie Thomas.



The Watts Of Smallville Are Superman “Nerds”

Submitted photo. Aaron and Lindsey Watts, owners of Smallville Crossfit Fort Scott.

Aaron and Lindsey Watts are Superman “nerds”.

That’s why they named their business Smallville Crossfit Fort Scott.

“Smallville is a small town in Kansas, where Superman grew up,” Lindsey said.  Aaron was called Clark Kent/Superman while serving in the army, she said. Lindsey was from Fort Scott, Aaron lived in Fort Scott for a while when younger.

In December 2016, Aaron was honorably discharged from the army, following seven years of military service. He was stationed at Ft. Bragg, N.C. and also Fort Campbell, Kentucky and served in Kuwait, Iraq, and Jordan.

“At Fort Campbell, we found Crossfit,” Lindsey said.

Lindsey had been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia in the seventh grade.

“Doctors told me all the activities you weren’t supposed to do,” she said. “I was taking 5 to 10 pills, two to three times a day. Nothing was helping.”

“I would sleep all the time.”

When Aaron and Lindsey got married eight years ago, they started “putting on weight,” she said. Aaron then started fitness training and together they started doing bodybuilding-type workouts.

“I found when I put stress on my body I felt better, less pain, less fatigue,” she said. “That intrigued Aaron. He learned about things to do in fitness. We’d go to the gym four to five times a week.”

Lindsey’s health improved.

That inspired Aaron to be a fitness coach in thinking about a job following his army career.

Lindsay always wanted to own a business, someday.

On June 1, 2017, they purchased the fitness business at 13 S. National Avenue. Lindsey is the business manager, Aaron writes the fitness programs and is the gym manager, with both husband and wife coaching the Crossfit members.

There are over 100 members currently.

CrossFit packages are $90 for unlimited contracts, $80 for student unlimited and a 10 class punch card for children for $80.

Two beginners classes will be offered in January. A beginner class is $50 for a one week class.

“We go over nine foundational movements and diagnose our athletes and find restrictions and teach them the movements they are capable of,” Lindsey said.

New hours for the business as of December 1: Monday, Wednesday, Friday classes start at 5 a.m. with the last class at 6 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday have fewer classes offered. Saturday is open gym from 8 to 11 a.m. most Saturdays. Fit Kids is offered Tuesday and Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

Aaron writes programming and training for the volleyball and baseball teams at Fort Scott Community College, as well.

For more information contact the Watts at 620-719-9602 or check them out on their Facebook page Smallville Crossfit.




Patty LaRoche: Dealing with Customs’

Every day, thousands of people cross the border between the United States and Mexico with no problema. Passports are checked, a few questions are asked, and sometimes the driver is told to open his/her trunk. Within minutes, cars are leaving one country and entering another.

My husband Dave and I understood the protocol.

Sort of. Entering Mexico for an extended stay, drivers register their vehicle at the border, pay $600 for a windshield sticker and drive south, where they then may legally drive in Mexico. When they leave Mexico for the final time, they turn in the sticker for a refund. Easy enough.

Unless their names are Dave and Patty.

First, some background. This past summer while in the U.S., we sold the stickered mini-van. Dave removed the sticker so we could turn it in, register a different vehicle and enter Mexico. Once in the Customs’ office, we waited 30 minutes in the car registration line before explaining to the young gal what we were doing. She made no attempt to understand my Spanish. Or my Charades. Fortunately, a bi-lingual man came forward to interpret. The news wasn’t all that bad. We needed to drive around to the other side of Customs to a small guard shack where we would turn in our sticker.

Which is what we did. Which is where that guard said we needed the sticker AND the mini-van (something about the VIN number). Dave explained that we sold it. “You have to have it to re-register.” “But we sold it.” “You have to have it to re-register.” “But we sold it.” The agent sent us back to Customs. We now found ourselves in the miles-long, bottle-neck of Thanksgiving traffic heading into the U.S. We could see ahead to the cross-road we needed—the empty cross-road—but had at least an hour’s wait to get to it.

My typically-patient husband’s next question shocked me. “What do you think would happen if I drove over the grassy field to get back to where we started?” I told him the guards with the assault rifles would probably blow out our tires. Or our brains.

No problema. Putting the car into gear, Dave took off across the field. We were Bonnie and Clyde, had they lived another forty years. Fortunately, the guards were tending to more important things, like emptying out pick-up beds looking for illegal Americans. Or perhaps they were simply amused at two old fogeys bouncing along the moguled terrain.

Back at the car registration window, we waited in line, found someone who spoke English, and asked him to interpret to the cranky young gal. She didn’t care. No mini-van? No car registration. It finally was determined that we could register this car in my name but Dave could never, ever register a vehicle in his name until he presented the mini-van at the border. Ever!

I think this is a problema.

Sometimes there are systems in place with which we might not agree. Telling the Customs’ agents that we are really nice guys, listing our works in ministry, even showing gifts we are taking to the orphans would do no good. The protocol is in place, whether we like it or not. We should have figured out ahead of time what those rules are because now it’s too late.

Isn’t that the same with our eternal lives? The Bible makes it clear there is a protocol for getting into Heaven, and it has nothing to do with being really good guys or doing missionary work. It’s black and white and has no loopholes, no matter what I might think, no matter how much I might protest or try to explain why I didn’t spend some time on earth figuring this out.

In John 14:6-7a, Jesus explains this to his disciple Thomas. I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. There will be a time when it will be too late. And that, as we all know, is a problema none of us want to face. Thanks to God and His mercy, getting into Heaven is a lot easier than getting into Mexico.

Building Effective Community Board Leadership Skills in Chanute

Submitted by Carla Nemecek, Southwind Extension District

K-State Research and Extension is conducting a series of Community Board Leadership workshops designed to provide basic training for members of community-based boards across the state on February 6, 13, 20, and 27, 2018.

“Informed and committed board members are the key to healthy, effective boards and committees in our Kansas communities.  K-State Research and Extension’s Board Leadership Series will provide an opportunity for board members to learn the basics of being a good board member,” said Trudy Rice, extension community development specialist. “Whether you are a member of a church board, a township board, a United Way agency board, or a rural water board, this training is appropriate for you.”

The series will kick-off on February 6, with Conducting Effective Meetings. During this session, participants will learn about their roles and responsibilities as a board member, basics of parliamentary procedure, and strategies to make meetings more productive and effective.

On February 13, the topic will be Fundraising, Fund Management, Legalities and Ethics. This session will explore a board’s options for raising and managing money, understanding such things as articles of incorporation, bylaws, and policies.

The February 20, session will cover Understanding Fellow Board Members and Conflict Management. Participants will explore how personalities and generational differences affect the decision-making process, and learn how to manage conflict in a way that is productive, not destructive, to the board.

Strategic Planning will be the final topic on February 27. Participants will learn about establishing a common mission and vision for the board, and how to plan priorities for the future.

All sessions will be conducted from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Workshop participants will meet at host sites throughout the state to take part in web-based instruction and locally facilitated discussion. The Southwind Extension District will be hosting this valuable training at the Alliance Room in Chanute, Kan.

Pre-registration for the event is required by Wednesday, January 10. The $40 registration buys a seat and light lunch for all four sessions. Individuals may choose to attend on their own or boards may buy a seat and send a different board member to each session. Boards sending multiple members may negotiate a group rate. Registrations may be sent to Southwind Extension District or contact Carla Nemecek at 620-365-2242 for more information or to negotiate group rates.  Registration includes snacks, lunch, four educational sessions, and Board Basics materials.