The Hutchinson News from Hutchinson, Kansas on September 12, 1971 · Page 63
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The Hutchinson News from Hutchinson, Kansas · Page 63

Hutchinson, Kansas
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Sunday, September 12, 1971
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w<!P!pr»"F'i Pf?i^^w w ^!!fp^ , .», .'• ' ,, ,i',, 'i»,-"!.', i <;,i ,,,-?: ,i''' ; "> : '\'v /:;;„,,;-' -''i^; 1 - tn .''"li; ''. ' ' j »"ll ' By BILL SIDLINGER Just as the swallows return each spring to Capistrano, eagles return each fall to the Quivira Game Refuge near Stafford. But the eagles do not arrive at' the same annual date as do the Oapistrano swallows, which leads to a new guessing contest this year. The Peacock-Milton firm at Stafford advertised this week that it will offer prizes to the three entrants who come the closest to guessing the hour and day Quivira personnel first sight an eagle. Bill Sidlinger The clue is that Bald Eagle's have returned as early as Oct. 8 in past years and have shown up as late as Dec. 5 for the initial annual visit. Golden Eagles have made their homecoming appearance from Sept. 22 to Dec. 22. Normal arrival time is from Oct. 1 to Dec. 1, enough hours and days to go around for all guessers. 4- .4- 4 Peacock-Milton is offering merchandise prizes of $15, $10, and $5 for the three best guesses—but there is a catch to this. Since the fir m has two branches does the winner claim his prize at the furniture store or the mortuary? • 4- 4- 4- Comes again an invitation to the Grant County Home Products Dinner Sept. 28, an invitation that was first extended about last February by the Grant County Chamber of Commerce. We strongly suspect that the high school gym will be packed again this year, with hungry guests and eager politicians, the same mixture we have enjoyed for several years. The home grown beef, squash, beans and salad have always been delicious. And, as a non-paying guest we hate to find any fault, but we have always felt there must be something wrong with the recipe for themilo doughnuts. Could it be the milo? The lack of moisture in the area south and west of Hutchinson brings up a press release this desk received some time ago. Wayne Lee, News Associate Editor, often repeats that a veteran of the state legislature becomes so wordy that "he can't tell you how to go to the bathroom in less than 1,000 words." A prize example of this was the referred-to press release by State Sen. Don Christy of Scott City. Reporting on a study of feedlot pollution he had made, Christy said: "I am happy to report that the runoff problems are rela- atively easily controlled in Southwest Kansas because of the Infrequency of closely spaced repeated heavy precipitation." Which is a long way around to say not to worry about feedlot runoff because it doesn't rain very often. 444 And this column's tip-of4he- hat for the week concerns the national champion Great Bend Argonne Rebels. But it doesn't go to the Rebels, excellent as they are and hard as they work. Rather the kudos go to the citizens of Great Bend, and all of Barton County for that matter, who annually display an interest in and a loyalty to their Rebels that must make the Rebels envied by every othsr drum and bugle corps in the nation. Sewing Classes Are Offered JETMORE — Adult sewing classes will be sponsored by the Hodgeman County home economics advisory board and Extension Service. P, re-registration for the'ses- sion is dtie in the county Extension office by Sept. IS. The session is especially directed to the beginning sewer and the sewer who wishes to brush up on techniques or learn to sew on a new fabric which she has had no experience in using. Instructors will be Ethel Dresie and Dorothy Sebes. 45,000 Pounds of Honey Busy As His Bees By JEANETTE JACKSON STERLING — It's another form of addiction, admits Lloyd Mace of Sterling. "It's in my bloodstream," he explained, admitting environmental influences on him as a child may have been the cause for his addiction which has grown now to such a dimension that it occupies practically all his and his wife's time. Known about Sterling and Western Kansas as "the bee and honey man," Mace and his wife, Violet, have seen his addiction grow to a full time career in the bee business. "I guess you could say I just plain like to work with bees," Mace added. "We get along real well together." "The honey business is an endless age business. It's good and secure and it always will be," Mace continued. The demand for bees has increased as farmers make wider use of bees for pollinating crops, making the bee business a two-pronged enterprise — leasing bee hives for pollination and harvesting honey to sell. Mace was introduced to bees as a child by his father, Lewis Mace, who kept bees on their Kiowa County farm. Although. Mace and his wife lived only 20 miles apart as children and both families traded at Greensburg, the two never met until 1929 when friends introduced them at the old Johnson ranch, about three miles east of Violet's father's farm, They were married two years and three . days later. 20 Hives As Hobby Before moving to Oklahoma City, Maco was running about 20 hives of bees as a hobby, but sold them when he moved. He got back into bees there when a man who had unwanted bees in his garage called Mace to get them out. Mace kept Ui«n. The Maces moved to Sterling in 1962 and brought his four-hive hobby with them. He took bees out of houses and trees when people called him. LLOYD MACE removes honeycomb from, bee hive. Vo-Tech Schools Are Bulging While the official figures won't be tabulated until Wednesday, preliminary enrollment totals don't indicate anything area vocational-technical school administrators didn't expect. The totals show increasing enrollments, with some schools filled well beyond capacity. The increases may continue, too, according to Tom J. Moore, state supervisor of area vocar tional - technical schools and post - secondary education. Writing in the September issue of the "Kansas Government Journal," Moore says a May survey indicated there were 1,200 prospective students unable to enroll because of facility, equipment and staff limitations. At the Satina Area "Vocational- Technical School, for instance, Ray Kreutzer, assistant director, says between 50 and 100 students had to be turned away this year. "We can't begin to keep up with the interest," says Dale Outlook Favorable For Beef Industry LEOTI — The future looks good for the local beef industry which anticipates favorable Ness County To Replace Buildings NESS CITY—Proposed plans for a new livestock and show arena bam to replace the buildings destroyed at the Ness County fairgrounds by a June tornado have been drawn up, reports county agent Ben McKay. The plans, drawn by Leo T. Wendling, Kansas State University Extension engineer, call for a basic steel frame building 60 feet by 160 feet. The buiding will have a clear span • with 12 foot high sidewalls and an optional shed along the west side. It would provide 80 tie stalls in the main structure plus a 44 foot by 72 foot show arena with seating for up to 250 people in bleachers, and restrooms. McKay said that by adding the 20 foot shed, 38 more tie stalls could be made available. Pledgee and contributions for the building are being taken by the Ness County Extension office. Scale drawings of the proposed show arena and livestock barn will be displayed at county banks in the near future, he Raid. market conditions to continue according to a Hi Plains Enterprises Inc., official. "In general," Wayne Madill, board of directors chairman, says, "We are optimistic about the future," for the cattle feeding and marketing corporation headquartered in Leoti. "We feel present market conditions which are favorable will prevail throughout the balance of the year. Furthermore, our feeding results for our customers are excellent, and I can see no reason why we can't continue to operate at capacity the rest of the year." The cattte feeding firm reported increased gains In sales and earnings for the past six months. Results of operations for the second quarter ending June 30 showed after-tax earnings of 12 cents per share, compared with one cent per share for the corresponding quarter last year. Gross profit of $457,129 represents a 184 per cent increase over the game period last year, while expenses of $164,195 represent a 16 per cent increase. Madill attributed the increase to operation of the yard at near peak capacity and maintaining a competitive cost'of gain In spite of high grain costs. The company recently acquired a grain receiving, dry- Ing and storage facility which made it possible to purchase about 200,000 bushels of wheat during the harvest season. The firm used about 2,500 bushels of wheat per day in their cattle feeding ration. Brooks, area director of the Central Kansas Area Vocational- Technical School, which includes the immediate Hutchinson vicinity. Filled to Capacity At Dodge City, 'home of the Southwest Kansas Area Vo-Tech School, Dale Shipps, a counselor, estimates only 10 prospective students were turned away. But he says the aubo mechanics and cosmetology courses are filled to capacity. Last year, vo-tech, schools offered 306 programs in 90 different occupational schools. Enrollments have increased from 6,853 in 1967-68 to 12,503 last year. An additional 1,000 students have been expected to enroll this year. No preliminary enrollment figures were available last week for the Central Kansas Area Vo-Tech. Last year, the school provided instruction to 614 secondary and 355 post- secondary students. The school operates In attendance centers located in Newton, McPhcrson and Hutchinson high schools and Hutchinson Community College. "Our big problem is a lack of facilities," says Brooks. Two Join Staff at Center GREENSBURG - Dr. Gary Evans and Mrs. Barbara Kay have been added to the staff of the Iroquois Mental Health Center, Greensburg, according to E. W. Rakestraw, administrative director. Evans served as a clinical psychologist at the Lamed State Hospital from 1967 to 1969. He also served on the advisory board.of the Homer B. Eeed Adjustment anct Training Center at Hays. lie received his doctorate degree from the University of Northern Colorado at Greeley in August. Mrs. Kay, who will serve as a mental health worker, has completed a two-year mental health associate program at Barton Community Junior College. In 1964, Mace decided to go pro. He and his son, Rev. Eugene Mace, then a minister at Beverly and now a chaplain in Erie, Pa., went to Navasota, Tex., near Houston, and purchased bee and queen packages. Extracting honey by hand from 150 hives proved too much work for the couple and' in 1965, Mace purchased extracting equipment to process his honey. Then he increased the number of his 'hives to 450. Since 1969, Mace has been trucking his bees south to the Edinburg, Tex., area during the winter months where the bees work pollinating orange and grapefruit orchards. Primary reason for the southern exposure was to increase hive populations. Queen bees continue to lay eggs and to increase hive size in the warm Texas climate. But if kept in Kansas, the queen doesn't lay eggs during the cold months here. Last year, he took extracting equipment with him and processed about 15,000 pounds of honey that winter which lie sold in Texas. The Maces lived in a mobile home while in Texas, but they don't plan to return next year. "I'm getting too many miles on me to keep going that way," explained Maoe. This year it was "terribly dry" down there, making it a "bad year for bees," lie said. Colonies Wiped Out An unfortunate aerial spraying of cotton crops near his hives wiped out several colonies. Despite that loss, Mace still claims, "The bee business has about the fastest turnover of any business I know of and there's less opportunity for loss." Most of his bee hives arc now located on alfalfa seed production cropland in Stafford County under lease to county farmers. It takes at least one bee hive to every four acres of crops for best results, Maco said. He charges $5 per hive for leasing the bees to pollinate the crop. In addition, Mace gets all the 'honey his bees produce, but he gives the farmer enough honey for his personal use. However, that's not part of the contract; it's just the sweet way Maoe has of running his business. Since deep or close blooming plants fail to open sufficiently for the wind's action to pollinate, help is needed to get best seed production, The bee has proven to be best, Mace said. The worker bee forces entry into the blossom to get its nectar and consequently pollinates the bloom resulting in better seed production. Crop returns are increased over a third. This is true for fruit, many vegetables, alfalfa, and clover, he said. Distributes TO Stores Last year, Mace marketed 45,000 pounds of honey from 225 hives. Much of it was distributed to over 50 stores in central and western Kansas. Mace doesn't expect this year's harvest to be much higher although he lias 450 hives now. Harvest hits during the latter part of July and again around Oct. 1. Although total number of hives has increased, the honey harvest won't, he said, because the bees will require at least 60 pounds of honey per hive to feed them through the winter here. "It would almost pay us to kill the bees off and buy starter bees for $8 in the spring," Mace admitted, "but it seems cruel to kill them off." He saiid some bee keepers do kill off bees in the winter and restock in the spring. The biggest outlet for honey sales for Mace is through stores at Great Bend, Dodge City, Garden City, and Liberal. His sales route takes him. from Wellington north to Salina and throughout western Kansas. it Southwest Kansas "We've never been able to construct facilities. And there's no construction money available in the school district for general education." At Salina, enrollment is up to 482 with capacity listed at 400 students. In addition to the center's enrollment, some 247 students participate in Salina high school vocational programs. Last year, Salina provided training to 358 secondary and 335 post-secondary students. Liberal Enrollment Up Liberal has an estimated enrollment of 813. Last year, the school had an enrollment of 717 secondary and 173 post-secondary students. The school has participating agreements with Hugoton, MuIIlnville, Coldwaler- Protection, Greensburg and Haviland schools. The preliminary figure nt podge City is 898 day students, An increase of 19.G per cent. Last year, the Southwest Kansas area school served 460 secondary and 277 posl- secondary students. The school has a participating agreement with the Dodge City Community College. "An important factor which has been a hindrance to the further success of the area schools is the lack of federal funds for construction purposes," Moore says, "Because of limited space, many schools are running two shifts of classes so that as many students as possible who are eager to enroll in a vocational program may have the opportunity." Schlickau Hereford^ Win Fair Honors ARGONIA - Schlickau Herefords of Argonia and Haven captured both reserve championships at the Hereford show at the recent Colorado State Fair In Pueblo In competition with 109 head of breeding cattle from Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska and Texas. The reserve champion bull was SH To Real Tex Onw 0036, a half brother to the champion bull at the 1971 National Western Hereford Show. The female reserve champion was SH Miss Adv C138. Winning Its classes with a spring yearling heifer and a pair of yearlings was Worth Hereford Farms of Qulnter. Hutchinson News Sunday, September 12, 1971 Page 25 Improve Area Newsmakers Water System HAUSTEAD — Improvement work on the llalstead water system will start in BO to 00 days according to Glenn Schmitt, mayor. The improvements will be in three parts. A new 300,000 gallon water tower will be built on the southeast corner of the grado school ground. Bids for the water tower will bo opened Tuesday. Nine or 10 blocks of water mains will bo replaced by the K. B. Finley Company of Burrton. The Darling Drilling Company, Hutchinson, will drill a new water well one mile cast of town. The Kansas Board of Health has approved a water sample from this site. The city has issued $64,000 in general obligation bonds f o r part payment of the improvements to the water system. The balance of the cost will be paid by revenue bonds. National Award for Scott's Shorthorn RANSOM - Bill D. Scott, well-known Kansas Shorthorn breeder, scored again recently when one of his polled Shorthorn bulls, Coronet Leader 92nd, placed 10th in the National Shorthorn Sire of the Year award. Tho selection system for the national Sire of the Year award for Shorthorn beef cattle includes all of the United .States and Canada and is based on accumulated points earned from show winnings on five animals at five different shows. Scott has compiled a superior show record with his Shorthorn cattle, says county agent Ben McKay. Scott has also been notified that a senior heifer calf and junior get of sire in his show herd have been nominated for the All American award. Hcrf Hoff, Claflin school bus driver, has been awarded a 12- year safe driving medal. Charles Prowsc, of Marion and Wichita, has been named U> a post as director of the state Civil Disorders Technical Assistance Unit. Mrs. Esther U>ewcn V o g I, I-illlsboro, has written a book, "Ann," which is being published Sept. 25 by the Herald Press, Scottsdale, Pa. John Ell, formerly of Colorado Springs, Is the new man- Fire Fighter Training Set McPHERSON — Offering a "live" training session, the third annual McPherson Coun- ,ty rural fire training and equipment demonstration will bo held here Got, 2, The demonstration is held through the cooperation of the McPhcrson County Rural fire diHlrids, Kansas Slate Association of Fire Fighters, Kansas State Extension Forestry, McPherson City Fire Department, and the McPherson County Extension office. Running from 8:30 a.m. until 6 p.m., the event will be held at the McPherson County 4-H buildings. Hank Deutsch, district Extension forester, Hutchinson, said participatits have been asked to bring their fire fighting clothes. They will receive personal training in rescue breathing (air pacs and MSA) and ladder drill. The main session will Involve a live demonstration of house fire fighting tactics using an abandoned hotel which will be set afire by officials. Training will be conducted by a team from t h e Kansas State Fire Fighters Association directed by Willie French of Hutchinson. An evening meal Is planned for 5 p.m. After the meal, equipment will be displayed. agcr of the Ellis County Country Club, Ellis. Clarence Partlngten, Sterling, has been appointed judge of the- municipal court. John Fed(icrson, former manager of the Ellis County Country Club, is now manager of the Hush County Country Club. Gertrude Mahan, Liberal, has resigned as librarian of the Liberal Memorial Library after 18 years on the job. Wade Hampton, Ulysses, has been appointed to t h e Grant County committee of the Farmers Home Administration. Henry Fischer, Ellis, has been re-elected president of the Ellis Junior Free Fair board of directors. Kenneth E. Scott, Syracuse, has been appointed to the board of directors of the Wheatland Electric Cooperative. Mrs. Lewis Palmer has been named director and coordinator of the Ulysses Community Day Care Center. Gcna Williams has been sworn 5n as assistant fire chief at McPherson. Paul AylwartJ Jr., Ellsworth native, has been "transferred from Iceland to Montreal, Can., where he will be economic officer for the American Consulate General. Mrs. Helen Thompson, Elkhart, has retired as librarian of the Morton County Library after four years in that position. Lotz Resigns Ag Ageiit Job KINSLEY -r, William R. Edwards County Extension .agrfc cultural agent, has resigned his position effective Sept. 30, according to Elred Burkhart, Extension council chairman. Lotz, who has been county agent here for four years, is leaving to accept a position as Buchanan County Extension director In Iowa.

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