Category Archives: Food

Bronson: Soups and Santa on December 3

Bronson Pride Committee is having a fundraiser this Saturday.
Visits with Santa start at 11 am to noon.
Soups, drinks, dessert  will be served from 11 am-2 pm for a free will donation.
  All money collected will be used for future Bronson Day events!
Several gift certificates & gift baskets are available for raffle as well you do not need to be present to win.
We will have a variety of things going on and volunteers are needed for serving food as well as donations for any desserts would be appreciated.
“As always we encourage all our community members to step in and help participate as much as they can to make our small community the best it can be,” said Kelly Perry, secretary for the  Bronson Day organization. ” Serving together with purpose.”
 

Christmas Fun at the Parade This Thursday, Dec. 1

A Christmas parade is happening in the downtown historic district this Thursday, December 1.

The Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce organizes the Christmas Parade  each year with Briggs Auto of Fort Scott sponsoring the prizes for the parade, according to Lindsay Madison, CEO of the chamber.

Lindsay Madison. Submitted photo.

Deadline to enter a group in the parade is Tuesday, November 29 at 1pm.  It is FREE to enter the parade.

What is happening Thursday evening:

> Parade starts 6 pm at Wall and National, goes south to Third Street, east to Main, North on Main to Skubitz Plaza.

> Parkway Church of God Kettle Corn will be setup at 1st & Main before and  after parade, box $2, Bag $5.

> Complimentary hot cocoa by Fort Scott Recreation in front of Hedgehog.INK! Book Store

> Lighting of the Mayor’s Christmas Tree immediately following the parade, north end of Main.

> Christmas Crafts by Fort Scott High School Thespians & Visits with Santa and photos by Walgreens at Papa Don’s Restaurant after the parade.

> Make-your-own Ornament Kits free at 110 S Main while supplies last, appropriate for ages 10 and under.

> Bourbon County Revival live music at Hare & Crow Barber Shop with refreshments following parade.

> Sharky’s North Pole Pop-up Bar open 5pm to 10/11pm with festive atmosphere and drinks!

Link to enter parade: https://fortscott.com/events/details/christmas-parade-it-s-a-gingerbread-christmas-in-the-fort-25850

 

Schwalm Family Continues Thanksgiving Meal to the Community

Marjory Schwalm has been preparing a Thanksgiving meal for the community for 27 years. She and her some of her family, about 25 people, show up to help her.

Thanksgiving Day all family members help in different ways: some cook, some assemble the foods in take-away containers, some help with the delivery, then there is clean up.

This year they will continue the drive-through or delivery service for their Thanksgiving meals.

There is no charge for the meals, she said.

Most years, she gets enough in free will donations to cover all the supplies.

The family serves out of the Elk’s Club building at 119 W. 19th,  with Elk Club members helping to deliver the meals.

Thanksgiving day, her son, stands at the east side door and partakers line up in their cars inside the orange cones that direct traffic to the pick up site.

“People drive up and tell how many meals are needed,” she said.

They also deliver meals.

“We send a lot to the high rise apartments,” Schwalm said.

“There are a lot of one-to-two people families that can’t cook big turkey dinner…so we provide,” she said. “Some elderly can’t drive so we deliver to anybody that needs it.”

They make about 700-800 meals for the community.

“Everyone has found out that this is a pretty good way to get a Thanksgiving meal without having to do all the work,” she said.

To call Schwalm, 620.224.6769.

The hours of service on Thanksgiving Day are from 11 a.m. to about 1-1:30 p.m.

She starts making to-do lists and lists of items to buy for the meal, months ahead.

Usually she goes to Sam’s Club in Joplin, MO for supplies, but this year, she is so thankful that Sam’s Club delivered to her.

After the meals are delivered or picked up on Thanksgiving Day, the family sits down for a meal together, she said.

“My family always got together for Thanksgiving, but now we fix for anyone that needs a meal,” Schwalm said.

Marjorie and her son, David Schwalm, who is in charge of giving all the delivery drivers their routes. Submitted photos.
Nancy Maze is charge of all desserts.  Submitted photos.
Pictured are Marjorie Schwalm and Diane Lloyd (who is in charge of the delivery meals being correct and accounted for) and Cash Davis in the front with the servers (Schwalm family) and some of the Elk’s Club members that helped deliver meals from last year. Submitted photos.
Aria and Charlee Davis help with desserts and taking meals to the drive-through. Submitted photos.
The serving assembly line – Cindy Stanely Schwalm, Sara Schwalm, Zack Schwalm, Danielle Minor, Daren Lloyd down the left side, and Tanner Schwalm, Dylan Lloyd, Diane Lloyd, Hunter Minor down the right with Lane Minor and Jeremiah Dawson helping transfer plates to the delivery tables.  Submitted photos.
Cindy Ziegler Schwalm, holding the plate, does all of the cooking. Submitted photos.

Krispy Kreme Doughnut Fundraiser Orders Needed by Nov. 28

Sending on Behalf of Chamber Member Fort Scott Rotary Club
Fort Scott Rotary
Announces a Krispy Kreme
Doughnuts Fundraiser!
“Doughnuts for Dictionaries”
Place your order by 12pm, November 28th!
You can pay via Venmo as shown on the flyer below or drop off your order/payment to the Chamber by the 28th made out to Fort Scott Rotary.
Pickup will be on Saturday, December 3rd.
Click here for a printable copy of the flyer below!
Thank you to our Chamber Champion members below!
Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce | 231 E. Wall Street, Fort Scott, KS 66701

Meal Fundraiser for Catholic Church Rebuild: Nov. 18

 

The Knights of Columbus are continuing their fundraising efforts to help rebuild the Mary Queen of Angels Church.

The church suffered extensive damage on the evening of August 29, 2022 and will be rebuilt.

Mary Queen of Angels Church. November, 2022.

 

“No plans yet,” Mark McCoy, church member said. “We are in the conceptual phase. We are hoping to come to an accepted position on how to rebuild.”

Meanwhile the Knights of Columbus group at the church are having monthly meals in the Kennedy Gym, at 705 S. Holbrook as a fundraiser for the rebuilding of the church.

Founded on the principles of charity, unity and fraternity, the Knights of Columbus was established in 1882 by Father Michael J. McGivney, in New Haven, Conn., and a group of parishioners, according to https://www.kofc.org/en/who-we-are/our-story/index.html Their intent is to bring financial aid and assistance to the sick, disabled and needy members and their families.

This month, it is Friday, November 18, and the meal is homemade chicken noodle soup and cream of potato soup, with the desserts prepared by the Catholic women of the church.

Tea, coffee or water goes along with the meal, with a suggested free will donation of $7 per meal.

The meal is from 5-7 p.m.

“The community has been so supportive,” McCoy said. “All proceeds will go to the rebuild of the church.”

The Knights of Columbus Fish Fry March 2022. The set up will be the same for all the meal fundraisers. Submitted by Calvin Barr.

 

 

Farmers: Kansas Local Food Purchase Assistance Program Accepting Producers

Kansas Local Food Purchase Assistance Program Now Accepting Applications from Producers

For Immediate Release:
November 15, 2022

Media please contact:
Heather Lansdowne
785-564-6706
[email protected]

MANHATTAN, Kansas — The Kansas Department of Agriculture is now accepting applications from producers to participate in the Kansas Local Food Purchase Assistance (LFPA) Program. The Kansas LFPA Program will strengthen the state’s local food system by providing expanded wholesale market access to Kansas’ food producers and increasing access to locally sourced food in rural and urban counties impacted by food insecurity.

KDA was awarded a $2,500,000 cooperative agreement under the U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Marketing Service’s Local Food Purchase Assistance Cooperative Agreement Program. Funds will be used to purchase and distribute Kansas grown and processed foods to underserved communities and families across Kansas through the state’s existing distribution network of food banks.

Kansas producers are encouraged to apply to participate in the Kansas LFPA Program in order to sell their products to the food banks serving the state. Products eligible for sale under the program include produce, dairy, meat, eggs, honey, and processed foods. Products must be grown or processed local to Kansas to be eligible for sale under the program.

Applications are due to KDA no later than 5:00 p.m. CST on February 15, 2023. For more information, please visit agriculture.ks.gov/LFPA or contact KDA grants coordinator Brittney Grother at [email protected] or 785-564-6797.

The vision of the Kansas Department of Agriculture is to provide an ideal environment for long-term, sustainable agricultural prosperity and statewide economic growth. Helping expand market access and making local food available to underserved communities helps to achieve this vision.

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Kansas Local Food Purchase Assistance Program Now Accepting Applications from Producers.pdf


Lack Of Agriculture Workforce Is Inhibiting Growth

A lack of a skilled agriculture workforce is a top inhibitor of growth and expansion for many Kansas agriculture entities. To help support growth in agriculture, the Kansas Department of Agriculture seeks to help the industry better understand workforce needs among agricultural employers in the state. To link the supply of human capital to the needs of Kansas agribusiness enterprises, KDA conducted the second Kansas Agriculture Workforce Needs Assessment Survey in 2022. The survey was analyzed by the Agricultural Land Use Survey Center at Kansas State University.

The survey was emailed to over 25,000 businesses with 1,192 choosing to participate. Participating businesses employ 27,466 individuals in Kansas and 9,244 outside of Kansas. Respondents were asked to self-select the major category that applied to their business.

“We are committed to growing agriculture in Kansas, and that centers around a reliable and capable workforce,” said Secretary of Agriculture Mike Beam. “We know recruiting and retaining skilled, talented workers to fill critical roles is a priority of the agriculture industry in our state.”

The survey findings will be used along with action items developed at the Kansas Summit on Agricultural Growth, which was held in August, to help direct KDA’s vision in serving the farmers, ranchers and agribusinesses of Kansas. Employers and state agencies need to work together to find or develop programs so that businesses may implement successful on-the-job training. By working with secondary schools and postsecondary educational institutions, the agriculture industry can develop beneficial partnerships that will help teach the skills and content needed by employers and will help the industry gain access to trained future employees.

To view the final report from the survey, go to agriculture.ks.gov/workforce. For more information, please contact Russell Plaschka, Director of KDA Ag Marketing Division, at 785-564-7466 or [email protected].

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Agriculture Workforce Survey Results Complete.pdf


Gordon Parks Birthday Celebration Nov. 30

A panel in the Gordon Parks Museum.


 The Gordon Parks Museum at Fort Scott Community College will celebrate the anniversary of Gordon Parks birthday on Wednesday, November 30th with presentations, workshop and the showing of films throughout the day. The events are free of charge and the public is invited to attend.


The schedule throughout the day will include:

8:00 a.m. 6:30 p.m. Gordon Parks Museum will be open for extended hours.

10:00 a.m. 11:30 a.m. Showing of the film Criterion Collection The Learning Tree.

12:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m. Langston Hughes & Gordon Parks Story Board (Lunch and Learn Event) Bill Martin, Diversity Archivists for the Langston Hughes Cultural Society in Joplin, Missouri, will share the story board collections of Langston Hughes & Gordon Parks along with his research with the help from the Library of
Congress and Ancestry.com and historic African American Newspapers. Feel free to bring your lunch and join
us. Birthday cake.


1:30 p.m. 3:15 p.m. Showing of the film Leadbelly.

5:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. Digital Photography Workshop” Veretta Cobler, Professional Photographer will provide free instruction on working with digital photography. This indepth workshop is designed to help the beginner and the novice learn how to get the most out of their digital camera. More experienced photographers
can learn some techniques to improve and enhance their shots.

Parks, born in Fort Scott on November 30, 1912, would have been 110 this year. He died in March 7, 2006 at the age of 93.

The events and films will be shown in the Danny and Willa Ellis Family Fine Arts Center.
For more information contact the Gordon Parks Museum at 620 2232700, ext. 5850 or by email at
gordonparkscenter@fortscott.edu

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Thompson-Harkey American Legion Post #25 Chili Cook-off Nov. 19

Who: Thompson-Harkey American Legion #25

When: November 19th, 2022. Doors Open at 11:00 a.m. Judging will begin at 1:00 p.m., There will be two categories “Hottest” and “Most flavorful.”

Where: Memorial Hall, 1 East Third Street, Fort Scott, KS 66701.

The General Public is invited to participate and attend.

Entry Fee is $10.00 per Category. There will be prizes for the top three Winners in each Category.

 

Media Contact: Jessica Allison, Commander, American Legion Post #25. 620-224-4733, [email protected]

 

River Room Still Open For Business

Last week, Luther’s BBQ Restaurant at 3 W. Oak, closed.

The building’s second story business, the River Room Event Center, is getting a new phone number and will honor any reservations that were made, according to Al Niece, owner of the building.

“There were some reservations in place for some events (at the River Room), I am honoring them all,” Niece said. “The River Room is one of the largest event centers in the area.”

Niece is in the process of having a phone line set up for the River Room to redirect those interested in reserving the event center.

This story will be updated when the phone number is in place.

The owners of the restaurant business, David and Tina Lipe and Luther Salisberry  opened the BBQ restaurant at the corner of Oak Street and National Avenue in December 2019.

“They were behind on rent,” Niece said.  “Having to go through the (COVID 19) pandemic we were trying to work with them. After they got shut down by the government last week…We had to terminate their lease for non-payment.”

“I’m told the government shut them down for taxes,” Niece said.

KDOR Executed Tax Warrants and Seized Assets


On November 1, 2022, agents from the Kansas Department of Revenue (KDOR) accompanied by the Fort Scott Police Dept. and the Bourbon County Sheriff’s Dept. executed tax warrants and seized the assets of Luther’s BBQ LLC for nonpayment of Liquor Enforcement Taxes and Sales Taxes: totaling $38,783.96, according to a press release from the KDOR.


The warrants were filed in Bourbon County.

The types of assets seized include all known bank accounts, on-site cash, business inventory, as well as personal property belonging to the owner. The business was sealed closed with a public notice posted on the outside.

“Luther’s BBQ LLC has paid all outstanding judgements and assets have been released to the business,” according to an email from KDOR on November 9.


KDOR’s policy and practice is to work with taxpayers in delinquent status to voluntarily enter into repayment agreements, according to the press release. It is only after these efforts and multiple failed collection attempts that the Department is forced to execute a tax warrant, utilizing such actions as bank levies, till taps, and ultimately asset seizure to ensure compliance with the law.


KDOR’s responsibility to recover delinquent taxes not only ensures fairness for individuals and business owners who do pay their taxes, but also ensures that money is lawfully collected to fund state and local programs on which Kansans depend, according to the press release. These programs include education, highways, public safety, and human services.


Customers, employees or others that may have items at the business may contact the agent assigned to
this case at 785-250-5084.


New Business Soon

Niece feels confident that the lower floor restaurant space will be leased soon, he said.

“We’ve been approached several times to see if we would entertain another restaurant,” Niece said. “We’ll get somebody else in there.”

To view the prior story on the opening of Luther’s:

Luther’s BBQ Opens

FS Pioneer Kiwanis Drive Through Chili Feed Tomorrow

The Fort Scott Pioneer Kiwanis
Drive-through Chili Feed
Tomorrow!
Thursday, November 10th
Serving two times:
11:00 am – 1:30 pm
&
4:30 pm to 6 pm
First United Methodist Church
3rd & National
Free Will Donation
(Suggested $7 minimum)
Chili, Crackers & Cinnamon Roll
Drive-through Only!
Under the Canopy
Delivery available with 10 or more orders
Call Nancy @ 620.224.0563
Kiwanis Pioneers Host Drive-through
Chili Feed Fundraiser
The Kiwanis Club of Fort Scott Pioneers will hold their 34th annual Chili Feed on Thursday, November 10 at the United Methodist Church at 301 South National in Fort Scott. “The annual fundraiser will be drive-through only.” according to Kiwanis Pioneer President Millie Karleskint.
A meal of the Pioneers’ signature chili with crackers and a homemade cinnamon roll will be served from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. for a free will donation (suggested minimum $7.00 donation per meal) to be collected at the door.  Pick-ups will be available under the canopy on the National Avenue side of the church. Please take care not to block private driveways as you are waiting in line for service.
This is the Kiwanis Pioneers’ major fundraiser for the year. In keeping with the Kiwanis motto of “Improving the world one child and one community at a time”, the Pioneers support more than 40 community projects including College scholarships, CASA, the Backpack food program, FSHS Key Club, playground equipment, the Beacon, United Way, Foster Kids, Feeding Families in his Name, Care to Share, and school reading and arts programs. “All of the funds raised stay in Bourbon County” stated Karleskint.
Deliveries will be available for orders of ten or more by calling 620-224-0563 during serving hours.
Thank you to our Chamber Champion members below!
Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce | 231 E. Wall Street, Fort Scott, KS 66701

Kiwanis Pioneers: Drive Through Chili Feed Fundraiser Nov. 10

The Kiwanis Club of Fort Scott Pioneers will hold their 34th annual Chili Feed on Thursday, November 10 at the United Methodist Church at 301 South National in Fort Scott.  “The annual fundraiser will be drive through only.” according to Kiwanis Pioneer President Millie Karleskint.

A meal of the Pioneers’ signature chili with crackers and a homemade cinnamon roll will be served from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. for a free will donation (suggested minimum $7.00 donation per meal) to be collected at the door.  Pick-ups will be available under the canopy on the National Avenue side of the church. Please take care not to block private driveways as you are waiting in line for service.

This is the Kiwanis Pioneers’ major fundraiser for the year.  In keeping with the Kiwanis motto of “Improving the world one child and one community at a time”, the Pioneers support more than 40 community projects including College scholarships, CASA, the Backpack food program, FSHS Key Club, playground equipment, the Beacon, United Way, Foster Kids, Feeding Families in his Name, Care to Share, and school reading and arts programs.  “All of the funds raised stay in Bourbon County” stated Karleskint.

Deliveries will be available for orders of ten or more by calling 620-224-0563 during serving hours.

 

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