Reinerts honored at Farm Bureau annual meeting
Bryan and Betsy Reinert, rural Esbon, were honored as Kansas
Farm Bureau's Farm Family of the Year for the bureau's 6th geographic
district. The Reinerts received the award during Kansas Farm Bureau's
95th annual meeting held Dec. 3 in Manhattan.
One family in each of the Kansas Farm Bureau's 10 geographic districts is selected each year for the Farm Family of the Year award. The award recognizes families for their service and leadership in agriculture, Farm Bureau and their communities.
The Reinerts' operation consists of 250 head of cattle along with 2,200 acres of owned and rented ground used for grazing, feed, alfalfa, wheat, oats and turnips. Bryan's father assists with the cow-calf operation.
The Reinerts have four children, Sarah, 15; Emma, 13; Katherine, 11; and Faith, 6.
Bryan and Betsy have been members of Farm Bureau for more than 15 years. Bryan has served on the Jewell County Farm Bureau board since 2005 and is now chairman of the Kansas Farm Bureau's beef ag advisory committee. As a certified beef verification solutions center operator, Bryan has shown his expertise at local Kansas Farm Bureau presentations and the state annual meeting.
The couple is active throughout their church and community. Betsy is a chemistry and physics teacher in Beloit where she serves on the employee council and sponsors the senior class and the pre-medicine club. She also volunteers along with Bryan at their church as song leader and lector. Bryan has been an active member and past president of the parish council and Knights of Columbus.
The Reinerts believe Kansas Farm Bureau must continue to expand educational programs that help connect farmers and ranchers to their urban-suburban relatives so they will have a better understanding of how safe, healthy and sustainable food is grown.
The bureau also recognized other members and friends at its annual meeting in Manhattan.
Tyler and Becky Ryder, Ness County, were honored with the Achievement Award, which recognizes young farmers and ranchers who have excelled in their farming and ranching operations and honed their leadership abilities.
They won $500 in cash courtesy of Ford, a plaque, and will compete in January at the American Farm Bureau Federation annual meeting in San Antonio, Texas, to win a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado or GMC Sierra.
David Mugler was honored with the Distinguished Service Award. Mugler retired in 1998 as associate dean of agriculture and director of academic programs for the K-State College of Agriculture. He impacted thousands of students with his knowledge and caring attitude.
The organization also recognized its Friends of Agriculture.This award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to Kansas Farm Bureau and agriculture or rural Kansas in selected areas:
Almeda Edwards, Franklin County, is a long time member of Farm Bureau who has been honored at the state level and involved at the national level.
Dick Reinhardt, Neosho County, has served many years on the Neosho County Farm Bureau board and has volunteered countless hours promoting agriculture.
Stanley Dreher, Allen County, has represented Farm Bureau at the county, state and national level. He is a long-time member of Allen County Farm Bureau and served 14 years on the Kansas Farm Bureau board of directors.
Dan Stehlik, Cloud County, is an agricultural education instructor, serves on the Cloud County Farm Bureau board, is part of the Kansas Association of Agricultural Educators and is a member of the Kansas Association of Career and Technical Educators. He has been actively involved with FFA and has received numerous teaching awards.
The Walton Rural Life Center near Newton was once in danger of closing. School officials decided to convert it to a charter school and integrate agriculture into all classes. These changes have resulted in increased enrollment and higher test scores. It now ranks in the top five percent of all Kansas schools for its academic achievement.
Carmelita Goossen, Meade County, is an agricultural education instructor working toward her Ph.D in agricultural education. She is active in FFA and is a world traveler who brings a global perspective to her classroom.
Kansas Farm Bureau represents grassroots agriculture. Established in 1919, this non profit advocacy organization supports farm families who earn their living in a changing industry.
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With Christmas just a short two weeks away, the Jewell County Newspapers wants to share the timeline for receiving information for printing and mailing schedules.
For the edition of Dec. 26 all correspondence, ads, photos, legals, anything to be published in the Dec. 26 edition we would like to have in our offices in Mankato or Superior on Friday Dec. 20 with the cutoff time for final items 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 23. The Dec. 26 edition will be placed in the United States mailing system on Dec. 24 by 11:15 a.m.
For the first edition of the 2014 year, Jan. 2, 2014, all correspondence, ads, photos and legals should be submitted to our offices in either Mankato or Superior by Friday, Dec. 27, with the final cutoff time for final items 4 p.m. Dec. 30. The Jan. 2 edition will be placed in the United States mailing system Dec. 31 by 11:15 a.m.
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Santa Claus to arrive Saturday
Attention children in all communities! Santa Claus will be
in Jewell, Mankato and Burr Oak this Saturday!!!!!
Come to Burr Oak and talk with Santa at 10 a.m. at the Burr Oak Community Center. Santa will be available for pictures with the children and to hear their wishes for Christmas. Each child will receive a bag of candy and a small gift. Those adults attending will be eligible for gifts donated by the merchants and others of the community on a one gift per family basis. There will be refreshments throughout the morning furnished by the Burr Oak Community Club with volunteers bringing cookies. Santa's visit to Burr Oak and the drawing is sponsored by Burr Oak merchants.
Missed Santa in Burr Oak, don't worry, he will be in Mankato from 2:30 to 3:30 at the Mankato Community Center. State Exchange Bank will be serving hot chocolate and popcorn. But, before Santa gets to Mankato there will be a free movie at the Ute for the youngsters 13 and under starting at 1 p.m. The movie is "Free Birds" and will last about one and a half hours. Mankato Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring Santa's visit to Mankato.
And then if you missed Santa in Burr Oak and Mankato, hurry to Jewell as he will be arriving at the Jewell Community Center around 3 p.m. By this time his reindeer are going to need a rest so instead of coming into town on his normal sleigh he will be setting in the old sleigh owned by the City of Jewell that was used in the olden days. There will be prizes for all ages at the drawing and treat bags for the children. Santa's visit to Jewell is being sponsored by Jewell Chamber of Commerce.
Food pantry serves needs of the county
As we hear of the many homeless people, people around the world
needing clothing, medicine, food, shelter, one may realize just
how lucky we are to live in Jewell County, a community that cares.
One of the places in Jewell County that gives to those that need our help is the Jewell County Food Pantry located at 206 N. Commercial in Mankato. The Food Pantry is open every Friday, from 12 noon to 4:30 p.m. and every first Tuesday of the month from 12 noon to 4:30 p.m.
The Food Pantry is a county-based entity and has nothing to do with the United Methodist Parrish, although the Food Pantry is located in the UM Parrish office.
"At the present time the food items at the Food Pantry are well stocked because of the generosity of the Jewell County residents," said Lisa Goodheart, secretary for the UM Parrish office.
Jewell County residents may come into the Food Pantry once a month to pick up items. All an individual has to do is fill out an application to see if they qualify. The guidelines are the federal poverty guidelines. If all income for a one person household is less than $1,200 then they qualify to receive items; two person household $1,639; 3 person $2,068; and 4 person $2,497. This is mainly the information that is on the application. The other information is for contact reasons. The Food Pantry is required to keep track of ethnicity and age group of the recipients and reports must be turned into Kansas Food Bank Warehouse in Wichita which is where some of the items in the pantry come from.
As this Christmas season descends upon us, let us remember it is just as meaningful to give as it is to receive.
Also located in the lobby of the United Methodist Parrish office is the "Tree of Warmth."
"On the Tree of Warmth we have hats, mittens, gloves and socks for all Jewell County residents who need them. At the present time we could use both children and adult items. Sometimes people forget to give the adult items and we have several that could use them, " said Lisa.
The Jewell County Food Pantry is a way for Jewell County residents to give and to receive. Donations to the Jewell County Food Pantry help people in Jewell County.
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