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P. 6 THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2011 THE OSKAIA)OSA INDEPENDENT I News Silver Haired Legislature names Faust-Goudeau legislator of the year Wendell Turner, Speaker of the Kansas Silver Haired Legislature, announced Tuesday that the KSHL named Sen. Oletha Faust-Goudeau, D-Wichita, as the "-Kansas Legislator of the Year  at its annual convention in Topeka. Turner said the award was in rec- ognition of her stewardship on behalf of Senate Substitute Bill 23 [originally introduced as Senate Bill 52], which was a top priority of the Silver Haired Legislature. "Because of Senator Faust-Goud- eau's eorts, Kansas grandparents are now, by law, automatically considered nterested parties' whenever the cus- tody of their grandchildren is before the com't," Turner explained. "To honor Senator Faust-Goudeau's work on behalf of Kansas grandparents and the well-being of their grand- children, we have designated her the 'KSHL Legislator of the Year,'" said Turner. "The award is just a small gesture of appreciation. For grandpar- ents who are affected by this new law, it's difficult to put into words just how much her hard work is appreciated." The Kansas Silver Haired Legis- lature is a group elected by seniors across the state to recommend bills and help guide state policies on issues that concern senior citizens. Explaining the need for the new law, Turner cited a study of 2006 data that reported more than 17,000 grandparents in Kansas were acting as primary caregivers. He noted that the struggling econo- my has very likely pushed that number much higher today. "It's important," said Turner, "that grandparents who are taking care of the children receive the notification that they are automati- cally considered interested parties by the child custody courts." Faust-Goudeau said that her inter- est in the bill was spawned from the many heart-wrenching stories she heard from grandparents who discov- ered through first-hand experience that before SB 52 became law, they Senator Oletha Faust-Goudeau was named the"Legislator of theYear" by the Kansas Silver Haired Legislature. Wendell Turner presented the award. were required to file a formal appeal to the court -- usually through an attorney -- to be named "interested parties" in custody cases. "Because grandparents often rep- resent the most stable relationship in their grandchildren's lives, before SB 52 became law, grandparents who were not even taken into account in custody decisions had to watch, broken- hearted, as their grandchildren were sent to foster homes. Before SB 52 became law, most grandparents were shocked to find out they were not auto- maticaUy considered interested parties by the court. That's why I felt it was so important to officially pass this law." During the 2011 Kansas legislative session, Fanst-Goudeau, family mem- bers of abused and displaced children and then-KSHL Speaker Jim Snyder went before the Senate Judiciary Committee to testify about the need to enhance the status of grandparents in child-custody courts. '%Ve as a state want to keep families together and keep kids out of foster care," Faust-Goudeau said. PIERSON REMODELING Decks, Windows, Siding Trim/General Carpentry FREE ESTIMATES ] Tracy Pierson (785) 863-3541 (913) 886-3837 , ,, iiiiiiiii!iiiiiii!iiiii!iii!!iiii!!iiiii!iiiiiiiiii!i!ii!ili;:ii careers ng your friends and family On the links Bob Schrick, Nortonvllle, and his son, C.J., were marshals at the PGA Golf Tournament held in John's Creek, Go., where C. J. lives, reports Nortonville correspondent Laverne Fowler. C.J's son, Stuart, works at the golf course and loves his summer job. They all met several famous golfers, including Gary Woodland, a Kansas native. Rutter to receive stewardship award at Fall Foresty Festival The Rutter family will be host to a Fall Forestry Festival Saturday, Oct. 15, at their 60-acre tree farm north of Harveyville. During the opening session, however, historian Larry Rutter will have to take time out to receive the 2011 Forest Stewardship Tree Farmer of the Year Award. The festival is a new, expanded version of the Kansas Forest Service's annual fall field day. It will offer youth-oriented activities ranging from scavenger hunts and hayrack rides to lessons from wildlife experts and Smokey Bear. It also will offer a variety of outdoor sessions for land- owners and natural resource profes- sionals interested in honing their skills in protecting and managing woodlands. "Just having Larry Rutter avail- able through the day will be a bonus," said Bob Atchison, KFS rural forestry coordinator. "He may have retired from the Kansas Historical Society, but he's still a gold mine." Rutter, a rural Meriden resident, can trace remnants of the European- like shrub borders that once separat- ed early Kansas farms, Atchison said. He can produce a limestone fencepost, using Kansas pioneers' equipment. I VALLEY MINI-STORAGE I 876S2P:: oA00i14%b16e248 il Rutter also has documented the history of Kansas tree planting from the Timber Culture Act (1873-91) to the Prairie States Forestry Pr, oject (Dust Bowl to World War II). He presented his findings in a plenary session at the 2008 Kansas Natural Resource Conference. Rutter is ot%n involved in organiz- ing workshops and field days -- in part, because he's served for years on the boards of the Kansas Tree Pro- gram and the Kansas Chapter of the Walnut Council, plus been a member of the Kansas Forest Products Asso- ciation. "He even contributes to our forest service newsletter," Atchison said. "And now, the Rutter farm will be an amazing backdrop for this year's festival. It has a beautiful hardwood forest surrounding Dragoon Creek. It has thousands of black walnuts and bur oaks, many grown from seed Larry selected from genetically supe- rior sources." The festival will include a catered meal that's free for participants ages 14 and younger. Registration is required by calling 785-532-3300 or click on Fall Forestry Festival 2011 atkansasforests.org. A Nationai000000 ,-eglslat6000000 Aaaress0000 Senator Pat Roberts (R) Topeka Office- Frank Carlson Fed. Bldg. 444 SE Quincy, Rm 392 Topeka, KS 66683 Phone: 785-295-2745 Fax: 785-235-3665 Washington, D.C. Office- 109 Hart Senate Office Bldg. Washington, D.C. 20510 Phone: 202-224-4774 FAX: 202-224-3514 Website & E-maih www. roberts.senate.gov Senator Jerry. Moran (R) Topeka Office- 800 SW Jackson Ste. 1108 P.O. Box 2683 Topeka, Kansas 66612-1292 Phone: 785-233-2605 FAX: 785-357-0759 Washington, D.C. Office- 354 Russell Senate Office Bldg. Washington, D.C. 20510-0001 Phone: 202-224-6521 FAX: 202-228-6966 Website & E-mail: www.moran.senate.gov Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R) 2nd Dist. Topeka Office- 3550 SW 5th Street Topeka, KS 66606-1998 Phone:(785) 234-5966 Fax:(785) 234-5967 Washington, DC Office - 1122 Longworth HOB Washington, D.C. 20515-3209 Phone: 202-225-6601 Fax: 202-225-7986 Website & E-mail. www.lynnjenkins.house.gov [] Call power compo.nx/ I-'Vl Call cobble compo.n,,/ F' Call pos{ office k/ Third annual Delaware Watershed Tour set An educational bus tour through the northern Delaware River Water- shed will be held Oct. 27. Innovative agricultural and con- servation practices and a new busi- ness development resource in the watershed will be featured on the tour. The tour is free and the public is invited. Tour stops will include a relocated livestock feedlot utilizing geotextile surfacing, a dairy that uses wetland cells to filter wastewater and a farm that uses rotational grazing and alternative forages to increase live- stock gains and use less fertilizer. The tour group will also visit a large streambank stabilization proj- ect on the Delaware River completed this summer and a multi-species cover crop demonstration plot near Sabetha. Landowners who imple- mented the practices will speak at each of the stops and share their experiences. The tour also features a stop at the new Glacial Hills Food Center in Horton. The Food Center is a shared- use kitchen available to northeast Kansas residents for developing, producing and marketing food prod- ucts and for other uses such as pre- serving garden produce. Tour participants will have a free lunch catered by the Cozy Care at the Fairview Community Center. Guest speakers Randy Garber, state representative for the 62nd District, and Josh Roe, K-State watershed economist, will deliver remarks dur- ing the lunch hour. The tour bus will leave from the Jackson Heights High School football field parking lot. Check-in starts at 7:30 a.m. The bus leaves at 8:15 and will return to Jack- son Heights by 3:30 p.m. Jackson Heights Schools are located 4 1/ miles north of Holton on Highway 75. Transportation for the tour is free, but seating is limited. Individu- als who would like to participate are asked to make reservations by Oct. 24 by calling 785-284-3422 or by sending an email to mkbosworth@ northwindts.com. This event is sponsored by Dela- ware River WRAPS and Glacial Hills RC&D. Sixth Annual Stan Boos Youth Hunt set On Nov. 5, the Brown County chapter of Quail Forever is spon- soring the Sixth Annual Stan Boos Youth Hunt, a quail and pheasant hunt for youngsters age 11 through 16. 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