Sunday, July 24, 2016



Lifestyle - Neighbors

  • Local |Business |Neighbors | July 18, 2016

    Couple starts new undertaking with cemetery

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    Following decades of spotty upkeep, the trees and hedges of Valley View Memorial Gardens were nothing short of overgrown — so much so that the cemetery’s centerpiece, a roughly 10-foot-tall statue of Jesus, was barely visible amid the foliage. That’s when Caron and Mark

  • Local |Business |Neighbors | July 11, 2016

    A new chapter for woman who bought bookstore

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    Mary Ubel is uniquely qualified for her job. Ubel, who holds a master’s degree in English from K-State, recently became the sole owner of a bookstore in a small converted house on Highway 177. The bookstore used to be part of Grand Ol’ Trunk, but

  • Neighbors |Gardening | June 27, 2016

    Artist’s leaf coloring book grew out of love of nature

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    As one of only a few botanical illustrators in the state of Kansas, Gail Selfridge traces a fine line between art and science. Selfridge has devoted most of her career to creating technically accurate illustrations to be published alongside scientific writings, a job that undoubtedly

  • Local |Business |Neighbors | June 20, 2016

    Wamego veterinarian judges, shows cats in free time

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    Sometimes, people are faced with major existential questions, such as: What’s the true meaning of life? Does God exist? Are you a dog or cat person? Regarding the last question, Amy Hanson said she likes dogs, but she’s drawn more to cats. “They’

  • Local |Business |Neighbors | June 13, 2016

    Man buys Manhattan business to continue his life of service

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    Throughout his life, Woody Shoemaker says his work has always been about serving others. After serving in the Navy SEALs during the Vietnam War and serving in Christian ministry for about 30 years, Shoemaker now lives in Manhattan and owns At Home Assisted Care. The company

  • Neighbors | June 06, 2016

    Flush priest marking 50 years looks to show love for congregation by saying it out loud

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    FLUSH — Last week, the week before celebrating his 50th anniversary as a priest,  Father Earl Dekat had dinner with the pastor and a group of parishioners from St. Bernard Catholic Church in Wamego, where he preaches every other Sunday. After the meal, Dekat said

  • Local |Education |Neighbors | May 30, 2016

    Lamb ‘lucky’ to have stumbled into teaching

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    Manhattan High School teacher Pat Lamb stumbled into teaching. Now, after more than three decades in education, he’s stepping out gracefully. Lamb, who spent 29 years at MHS and eight at Fort Scott, taught his last day of school Wednesday. Lamb mostly taught biology classes

  • Neighbors | May 23, 2016

    Pastor up to challenge of growing local congregation

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    The pastor of Redemption Lutheran Church knows about hard work. In addition to Allen Brakke’s duties as pastor, he serves as an on-call chaplain at Via Christi Hospital, substitute teaches three to four days a week for the Manhattan-Ogden and Geary County school districts

  • Neighbors | May 16, 2016

    Teen leaves lasting mark on elementary school with stage

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    William Shakespeare wrote that all the world’s a stage, but for students at Amanda Arnold Elementary School, there’s one place in particular to put on a show. There’s also one person in particular who is responsible for that place: 13-year-old Cooper Lohman.

  • Neighbors | May 09, 2016

    Navy veteran recalls service, talks about D.C. trip

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    During his four years in the U.S. Navy, Lou Stewart crossed the Pacific Ocean 13 different times, and he did so on a ship. Stewart, who grew up in Wamego, joined the Navy almost immediately after graduating from high school in 1951, a year after the


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