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THE OSKALOOSAINDEPENDENT THURSDAY, APRIL 15, 2010 P. 7 Photo by Clarke Davis New bath houses for Corps parks A 50-ton prefabricated bath house is being lifted off a truck and set in place by a crane April 8 in the Slough Creek Park on Perry Lake's east side. Lake Manager Ken Wade reports that nearly all the park facilities are being upgraded to better serve the handicapped. The ADA-approved facilities vary from complete shower facilities to vault toilets where no water is available. ATM Concrete, Meriden, is a subcontractor doing concrete work in many of the parks, outlet, boat ramps, and administration building to improve access for the handicapped. Wade said federal stimulus money is funding most of the activity. County road department Supervisor Francis Hubbard and members of his crew spent time last week escorting trucks hauling the bath houses to their destinations on county roads helping them avoid low-limit bridges. Drowning is leading Spring Turkey hunting cause of deaths In an effort to decrease accidents relating to recreation on water, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, urges its visi- tors to follow safety tips while enjoying activities at the lake. Each year, approximately 6,000 people drown in the United States, mak- ing drowning the second leading cause of accidental deaths for people 15 to 44 years of age. Surprisingly, two-thirds of the people who drown never intended to be in the water! Statistics show that 96 percent of those who drown at Corps lakes may have survived if they were wearing a life jacket. Secondly, more than half of all inci- dents involve alcohol. April is unique, outdoor tempera- tures are warm, yet boaters must be aware that cold water conditions re- main. Many suspected drowning vic- tims actually die from cold exposure or hypothermia, a condition in which the body loses heat faster than it can produce it. The Corps asks that people wear life jackets and make sure any person accompanying you is wearing their life jacket. You may save their life. Be aware of current weather conditions and fore- casts before taking a boat on the lake. Nothing is worth risking you r life --not even a 15" crappie, states the Public Affairs Office. !1 swin season in fu g The youth]disabled and archery never move, wave, or make turkey spring turkey seasons beganAprfl 1 and run through April 13, and the regular season runs April 14-May 31. During these seasons, Kansas hunters must remember one word that exemplifies the perfect hunt: safety. Responsible hunters are sure of their targets before firing, and they hunt defensively to protect themselves from the mistakes of others. The following are just a few defen- sive safety tips to follow when pursu- ing America's largest game bird this spring: * set up against a stump, tree, or rock that is wider than your shoulders and higher than your head; never wear or carry the colors red, white, light blue, or black--the colors of a wild turkey gobbler -- when turkey hunting; eliminate movement and set up in open timber rather than thick brush; avoid imitating the sound of a gob- bling turkey; watch other game and listen for the alarm cries of bluejays, crews, squirrels, or woodpeckers that can tip you off to the presence of another hunter; assmme any noise you hear is an- other hunter; and sounds to alert another hunter of your presence, but remain still and call out in a loud, clear voice to announce your presence. Including the archery-only season and youth]disabled seasons, Kansas hunters will be able to hunt for two full months. During the youth season, youth 16 and younger must be accom- panied by an adult 18 or older. The adult may not hunt during the youth season (except with archery equipment). No hunting license is required for resident hunters 15 and younger, but a valid Kansas turkey permit is required. Having cancer is hard. Finding help shouldn't be. 1.800.227.2345 www.cancer.org Carrie Hastings, Kansas Head Start collaborations officer, Rose Sigmund, recipient of the 2010 Tom Mayer Award of Excellence, and Mary Baskett, Kansas Head Start Association executive director. Kansas Head Start Association Recognizes Excellence .... Rose Sigmund, NEK-CAP Inc. Head Start director, was recognized as the Kansas nominee for the Region VII Tom Mayer Award of Excellence March 3. This award was initiated to recog- nize outstanding contributions in the 'world of Head Start. The recipient should have demonstrated flexibility within their career and have had a variety of experiences with Head Start. In her 40 years with N]gK-CAP, Sigmund has worked as a classroom teacher, education and disabilities coordinator, and as Head Start direc- tor. As well as building a number of partnerships in her community, she was a founding member of the Kansas Head,Start Association and its first presicent. Prior to 1997, Kansas had two separate associations--one for directors and the other for parents. Through her leadership, the groups merged into a single entity with a new board of directors composed of e.qual representation for all inter- ests. This governance model, along with the hiring of an executive director, formed the foundation for KHSA's development over the past 12 years. Like a proud parent, Sigmund has remained champion of the association and its activities. She is a natural team player who has developed many significant and sustainable partnerships. A recent example is her work with the com- munities in her service area where National Guard Armories are being closed because of state budget cuts. The armories currently house Head Start classrooms, which will need to be relocated. Almost before the cuts were an- nounced, Sigmund was in action, demonstrating her quiet but com- pelling leadership style to solve the problem. She has also been a catalyst. for the Kansas Early Learning Col- laborative partnership in Leaven- worth County, working with Parents As Teachers, Healthy Families, child care, mental health and special needs partners to build a seamless system of services. Leavenworth County's success has been a model within the Collabora- tive, with plans to create a centralized intake and referral system in the coming year. Other key partnerships include the Foster Grandparents program, Backpack Buddies and the Explorer program with area mental health centers. Sigmund began her career with NEK-CAP Head Start in 1970 and has been the director since 1986. She has also been interim executive director of her Community Action Program. "Rose Sigmund equals Head Start. When I introduce myself at the local, state or national level, people say, 'You work for Rose's program,' and then offer glowing comments," one staff member said. "Rose is truly a legend, not only in Kansas but far beyond." An attorney who is a member of her policy council states that, "Rose brings out the best in everyone. She solicits ideas, listens intently and incorporates the workable ideas of everyone. "Rose gives full credit to others for their ideas, even if they were origi- nally hers." And, as one parent in her program noted, "Rose is the most inspirational person in my life. She has a very big heart and cares deeply about the children and their families. She is a hero in our eyes." Kneeling L-R: Andrew Noll, B ryson Weishaar, Jacob Schrick, ColbyWeishaar, Samuel Larson, Anthony Cahill. Standing 2nd row L-R: Ridge Robertson, Danny Steichen, Gentry Noll, Matthew Schrick, Bob Kiser Jr.Top Row L-R: Coaches Brett Robertson, Lance Larson, Aaron Schrick, Batgirl Grace Kiser, Coaches Bob Kiser and Dennis Schrick. Chargers are runners- up Competitive baseball in Win- chester got off to a great start this weekend as the Jeff North Charger Baseball Club (10U "A" )finished 2nd in the Royals.com tourney this week- end at Johnson County 3n2 Ball Park in Lenexa. The Chargers got out of the box quick on Saturday by defeat- ing the Baron. Blacksox from Kansas City, KS 18-5 behind a strong pitch- ing performance from Bobby Kiser and Matt Schrick. In the second pool game, JCN ran into a steamroller in the Blue Valley Storm and lost 14-2, setting up an 8:00 am bracket play re-match with the same Blue Valley Storm Club. This time the story was different as the Chargers hung 10 runs on the Storm in the first two innings, to back up another strong pitching performance by Kiser and coasted to a 15-7 win. Next were the well rested and #1 seeded LouisburgWildcats who made the mistake of saving their #1 starter for an expected Championship game. The men in green turned the bracket upside down, crushing the Wildcats 11-5 behind great pitching by Matt Schrick and Bryson Weishaar, to ad- at Royals.com Tourney vance to the Championship. In the Championship game the Chargers ran out of pitching arms and into a Juggernaut in the Olathe Pirates, losing 12-4. The Pirates manager paid the JCN team a nice complement by describing them as ,having. the "best sportsmanship of any team in the tournament, both fans and players". This tournament was the first expe- rience in'2dd pitch" baseball for many of the Chargers, whose record in Jef- ferson County League "Coach Pitch" was 44-3 over the past three years. Coach Bob Kiser commented that he "was a little hesitant to take a very inexperienced group of boys directly into competitive baseball without some sort of recreational baseball kid pitch experience. As it turns out, the things that made us so successful in recreational ball apply at all levels. I'm very proud of our boys, we will only get better from here". The Chargers next event will be an- other tournament at 3n2 this week- end, followed by a home doubleheader against the Atchison Red Ravens on April 24th, in Winchester. Thanks to you, Lawrence Memorial Hospital has achieved national recognition for exemplary service to patients. Lawrence Memorial Hospital ranks among the top 10% in the nation for Outstanding Patient Experience TM by HealthGrades, the leading independent healthcare ratings organization. According to recent reports, today's patients are choosing to stay I,al to hospitals that provide the best overall patient experience. When it comes to quality care, that's one of the most important reasons patients in our community choose Lawrence Memorial, Hospital. /- OUTSTANDING PATIENT EXPERIENCE AWARD" L, 2 o o 9 -.1 l Lawrence Jl Memorial ,,,L. .... }JJ.2...2ll Ill' I i t .... ..o;: ................................ ,, , , , .  Visit wHv.lmh.org/quaHtymatters to learn more about ore' clinical outcomes and why quality matters. MEIAWaF00CE0000. MORIAL HOSPiTAL00 33-43-2tc Winners from the Read Across America Art Contest (from left to right): Front row: Sabrina Schupp (VIP), Trace Kesinger (KG), Lindsay Schupp (1st grade), Jenna Pfau (2nd grade) Alex Baker-Vernon (3rd grade). Back row: Skylar Scott (4th grade), Marek Koch (5th grade), Taylor Woodhead (5th grade), Gabby Lynch (6th grade), Miranda Dooms (6th grade). Oskaloosa students honored On March 2, Oskal'oosa Elemen- tary celebrated Read Across Amer- ica, in honor of Dr. Seuss' birthday. Mrs. Wilson's art students in VIP (PreK)-6th grade participated in an art contest. VIP-2nd graders participated in a coloring contest. The winners of this category were: VIP - Sabri- naSchupp, KG - Trace Kesinger, 1st - Lindsay Schupp, 2nd - Jenna Pfau. 3rd and 4th graders had to create a new Dr. Seuss character. Winners of the 3rd-4th grade cat- egorywere: 3rd -Alex Baker-Vernon and 4th - Skylar Scott. 5th and 6th grade artists had to create a new book cover for one of the Dr. Seuss books. There was a tie in both grades. 5th grade winners were: Marek Koch and Taylor Woodhead. 6th grade students were Miranda Do0res and Gabby Lynch. County news and photos at jeffcountynews.com Moo00onogP 785-863-2520 delivery be interrupted. PO Box 278 Oskaloosa, KS 66066 Call, mail or email your independent@wildflower.net address change so you www.jeffcountynews.com won't miss a thing! Austin Lee (5th grade) and Tammy Wilson Art Educator, Oskaloosa Elem. Oskaloosa student wins contest In December; representatives from Jostens (Topeka) held an elementary assembly to honor the winners of the Jostens Christmas Card design- contest. Austin Lee (5th grade) was an- nounced as the Grand Prize Winner. There was a winner from each grade level (KG-5th grade) and three stu- dents earned "runner-up" distinction. WIBW Ch. 13 spotlighted a job well done, by the Oskaloosa Elementary artists. Austin's winning design was used as the artwork for the 2009 Jostens Christmas card, that was sent out to thousands of Jostens customers. Austin was given a framed copy of the final Christmas card, that featured his artwork, along with copies of the card to share with his family. Each winner was also presented with a beautifully displayed copy of their design. Winners in the contest were: Grand Prize- Austin Lee; Kindergar- ten- Wyatt Green; 1st Grade- Rachel Henry; 2nd Grade- Eva Tindle; 3rd Grade- Derrick Schultz; 4th Grade- Adelaine Horan; 5th Grade- Matty Molder. Winners in the"Runner-Up" category were: Maddison Felton, Jena Hawks and Thad Willits (all 5th grad- ers). In February, Lori Shaw and other representatives from Jostens (To- peka), treated Oskaloosa Elementary 5th graders to a pizza party. The party was in honor of Austin Lee's winning entry (in the Jostens Christmas Card design contest). Since the three students in the "runner-up" category were all from the 5th grade, Jostens graciously included all 5th graders in the party. Sheriff Herrig guest speaker for NAARFE The Jefferson County Chapter of the National Association of Active and Retired Federal Employees met March 16 at the bank meeting room at Valley Falls. There were 13 members and guests present. President Ethel Jenkins re- viewed the state convention activi- ties to be 'held in Topeka in April. Members who may be attending the convention are Daryl Ford, Joye Mullins, and Jenkins. Several members brought gifts for the silent auction at the conven- tion but they may also bring them to the April meeting. The program was presented by Jefferson County Sheriff Jeff Her- rig. He showed a film regarding ways identity theft can happen and what people should do to protect themselves. Herrig advised that everyone should get a free credit report once a year by calling 1-877- 322-8228 or getting online at www. AnnualCreditReport.com. He said to never give out your social secu- rity numbers, personal information on the phone, mail, or online, and not use obvious passwords. He sid the Sheriff's office will soon have a web page of up-to-date information available to the pub- lic. The April program will be presented by Harry and Donna McDaniel. They will report on progress being made on The Center Place (formerly the Oska- loosa Community Center). Dessert was furnished by Patsy Frommer. The next meeting will be held April 20. -- Clara Schrader, public rela- tions