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Local - March 19, 2018

NOTICE: Barber County Commissioners have implemented a burn ban. It is in effect until further notice.

MOBILE PANTRY: Wednesday, March 28, 2018. Medicine Lodge United Methodist Church, 108 E. Second. 12:30 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. Anyone who needs food assistance may attend. Guests sign in with address and number in household. Limit one visit per household.

EARLY CHILDHOOD FAIR: North Barber. Parents of children ages birth to Kindergarten. ML Grade School Gym, Wednesday, April 11, 2018 from 5-7 p.m. Pre-enrollment for preschool and kindergarten for the 2018-19 school year will take place at the event. Come and go event, your child is not required to attend. Birth certificate needed.

TOWN MEETING: There will be a community meeting on Thursday, March 29, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. in the Ag Shop at the Medicine Lodge High School regarding a community garden. Anyone who is interested is encouraged to attend.

EASTER EGG HUNT: March 31, 2018. 1:00 p.m. at ML Middle School playground. Toddlers thru 2nd grade. Sponsored by Epsilon Sigma Alpha.

TENEBRAE SERVICE: A SERVICE OF SHADOWS. The community is invited to a special Good Friday service on Friday, March 30 at 7:00 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 108 E. Second Ave., Medicine Lodge.

LENTEN MEALS: The Medicine Lodge Ministerial Association in observance of Lent is having our community Tuesday Lenten Meals. Everyone is invited to attend as our community of faith comes together. Lunch is served from 11:45 a.m. to 12:20p.m. Supper is served from 6 - 6:20 p.m. A freewill offering is taken to help support the Ministerial Association. Come and join with others in our community on Tuesdays for soup, sandwich and spiritual food.


March 20 - Holy Rosary Catholic Church

March 27 - Assembly of God

NUTS: Gyp Hills Pilot Club has a new shipment of nuts. Pecan Halves, Pecan Pieces, Cashews, Walnuts. May be picked up at the Lincoln Library or call Rosalee Armstrong: 620-886-3598 or Joann Schield: 620-770-1414. Just in time for the Holidays!

Stockade winter hours: Monday-Sunday 1:00-4:00 P.M. Closed on major holidays.

CELEBRATE RECOVERY: You are invited to Celebrate Recovery, a Christ-centered recovery program, Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. at First Christian Church, 300 South Main Street, Medicine Lodge. Celebrate Recovery may help you become free from addictive, compulsive, and dysfunctional behaviors. Women and men are invited. For more information, call (620) 886-3743.

FOOD DRIVE: All six locations of Farmers Co-op Equity Co. are conducting a food drive and are collecting items for the benefit of local food banks. All community members are urged to do their part and donate food items to help local friends and neighbors in need.

NOTICE: To obtain a burn permit, go to the City Office before burning. There is no charge and it is good for 30 days. Also, please remember to call the Sheriff’s Office and let them know the address of where the burning will take place.

IRS SCAM: is one of the scams now prevalent in the area. Please remember to never give out any important information or numbers over the phone, ever. Ask for a call-back number and seek advice from a trusted individual before answering any questions. If the caller is threatening or pushy in any way, just hang-up. Hanging up is not bad manners; it is protecting yourself against scams.

BUSINESS HOURS: Medicine Lodge Memorial Hospital and Physicians Clinic Admissions Office. Monday - Thursday, 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday 6:30 a.m. - 2 :00 p.m. Patients can call to make appointments, make payments or general inquiries. Providers continue to see patients Monday - Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Friday 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

FLAGS AVAILABLE: The VFW Post #7625 have flags available in three different sizes: 3’x5’, 4’x6’, and 5’x8’. For more information, contact John Peirson at (620) 388-1459.

SUPPORT THE INDIANS - Medicine Lodge Indian car tags now available. Being sold as fundraiser for MLHS Booster Club. To get yours call or text Shawn Liebst at 620-213-2094. These tags are $8. Tags also available at Booster table at home games.

NOTICE: The Barber County Sheriff's Office is asking that if you need fingerprinted for Concealed Carry, Teacher, or for any other reason, please do not fill out the fingerprint card. With our new machine we will enter all information needed to fill the card out. The Sheriff's Office does not charge for fingerprinting and the hours for this are 12:00 pm-1:00pm and 4:30pm-5:30pm.

PLEASE HELP! MLGS is collecting Boxtops for Education. Please help! Boxtops can be dropped off at the collection box at White’s Foodliner or The Grade School office. The school gets 10 cents per label so that really adds up! These labels are on products you already buy every day! Thank you for supporting MLGS! Friendly reminder to cut on lines. They have to be that way when redeemed.

NOTICE: AA meetings are Tuesday nights at 7PM at the Presbyterian Church.

VFW POST #7625: Meetings are on the first Thursday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at the American Legion building in Medicine Lodge.























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The American Legion 99th Birthday 2018

A simple publicity statement in the Stars & Stripes was a harbinger for the century of success that would follow.

"The A.E.F. as a whole- doughboy, colonel and general working together organized the American Legion this month as its postwar association," said the article that graced the front page of the legendary newspaper’s March 28th, 1919 edition.

"To continue with success the work already launched will require the personal cooperation of every soldier in every organization now in France,"the article further stated.

"When we return to the States, it will be equally important to have a nucleus of men in every community who will take the lead in their particular local organizations."

It was the first known published article which would name "The American Legion," as an organization of wartime veterans.

An amazing string of accomplishments would follow over the next 99 years. Equally amazing was how quickly the organization took root as a powerful nation and community force.

By the end of its first year, The American Legion had more than 843,000 dues-paying members. This was an era when messages were delivered by telegram, there was no interstate highway system and car ownership was still not widespread.

Yet people went through great lengths to become part of this special organization. And while the language of the time certainly reflected a male-dominated culture, women veterans could vote for national commander before they could legally vote for president of the United States in most areas.

Nearly a century later, Denise H. Rohan (ROW en) would become the first female national commander. Through her Family First agenda, Commander Rohan reminds us to serve relatives of veterans, who also have unique needs that were caused by military service.

Service is nothing new to the American Legion.

The American Legion’s founders served in World War 1 and they were "still serving" when their successors fought the second world war- just as every generation of Legionnaires has served its comrades from all wars since.

But serving fellow veterans is just one of the many ways that American Legion assists in communities throughout the land.

The American Legion serves the youth of America with outstanding programs such as American Legion Baseball, Junior Shooting Sports, Boys State and Boys Nation.

The American Legion has supported the Boy Scouts of America since 1919 and today charters 2,400 Scouting units comprising more than 61,000 young men and women.

The American Legion High School Oratorical Contest awards scholarships to young men and women who can most effectively communicate the ideals of the U.S. Constitution.

Moreover, the Legion feels a special obligation to the children of those who died or were severely disabled while on active-duty since 9/11. Military parents can take comfort in knowing that The American Legion’s Legacy Scholarship Fund will help pay for their children’s college educations if tragedy should occur while they serve.

The American Legion does these things not because it can, but because it’s who we are.

The author of America’s greatest legislation, Past National Commander Harry Colmery, knew that it was right for America to remember returning war veterans by making it possible for them to obtain college educations and purchase homes.

While others scoffed that such a benefit would ‘break the treasury,’ The American Legion held firm and ensured the passage of the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944, also known as the GI Bill of Rights.

As the years passed, the GI Bill diminished in value. Once again, The American Legion fought hard for a new GI Bill that allows veterans of the post 9/11 generation to transfer their benefits to family members. The benefit increased even further when the new "Forever GI Bill" was passed and usage deadlines were eliminated. It was officially named the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017.

The American Legion has wielded considerable influence in Washington since our founding, when there was not yet a Veterans Bureau, Veterans Administration and certainly not a Department of Veterans Affairs.

The American Legion believed from the beginning that veterans earned quality health care from a grateful nation. A nation that sends its military to war had a special obligation to make its heroes whole upon their return.

After decades of American Legion efforts, a cabinet-level position was created to serve those who served us- the Secretary of Veterans Affairs. Today, The American Legion is the greatest supporter of the Department of Veterans Affairs. But when VA falls short, The American Legion is also its biggest critic.

Another founding pillar of the American Legion is Americanism. As the lead organization responsible for the U.S. Flag code, Legionnaires can often be found teaching flag etiquette in classrooms across the country.

Along with the proper folding and display of the flag, Legionnaires understand the importance of respecting Old Glory.

Since an ill-fated Supreme Court ruling, the Legion has been working to make sure that the flag of the United States is constitutionally protected from desecration.

The greatest tragedy in flag desecration is the disrespect it symbolizes. This disrespect not only sends a harmful message to children, it is a slap to those who have sacrificed for the values that the flag represents. Disrespect is the genesis of hate.

Our organization stood boldly against hate in 1923 when delegates at our National Convention in San Francisco passed Resolution 407, which condemned groups that fostered religious, racial and class strife as "un-American" and "inconsistent with the ideals and purposes of The American Legion."

Although historians have questioned the true source of the classic quote, "American is great because America is good," there is no doubt that America’s goodness is on display at nearly 13,000 American Legion posts throughout the world.

America’s goodness is on display every time an American Legion post hosts a fund-raiser to assist a disabled veteran. It’s on display when a Legionnaire volunteers at the local VA hospital. It is on display when The American Legion feeds the homeless, provides an honor guard, conducts a blood drive or supports a job fair.

Some may view the 1919 Stars and Stripes article as Legion prophecy. In other ways, it was an understatement of what the world’s most influential veteran’s organization would become.

Ninety-nine years ago this month, members of the American Expeditionary Force were asked to "determine the scope of the work and carry forth the objects of this association." The association was the American Legion.

They surpassed all expectations. Legionnaires continue to do so today, with a vision for tomorrow.

Thank you, God Bless America and God Bless our American Legion.





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Holy Rosary Catholic Church 
300 Curry Lane
Mass 6 p.m. Saturday.

Community Bible Fellowship
Isabel Road & Curry Lane
Worship at 9:30 a.m. Teaching at 11 a.m.
Teaching Elder - Dwain Richert  886-9805

Cross Winds
109 W. First
Medicine Lodge, KS 67104
Pastors Rick & Vickie Moore

First Baptist Church
900 Guffey Street
Sunday School 9:45 a.m. Worship 11 a.m.
Sun. Evening Service 7: p.m.
KREJ Radio Hour - 9 a.m. Sundays
Wed. 7:00 p.m.

First Assembly of God
701 N. Iliff
Rev. Rodney M. Worsham
Sun: Sunday School  9:30
Morning Service 10:30
Children’s Church 10:30
Evening Service 6:00
Wed Night Bible Study/Kids Activities/Revived Youth: 7:00

Southern Baptist Mission
Sunday School 9:45 a.m.
Morning Worship 10:30 a.m.
Youth Group 6 p.m. & Evening Service 7 p.m.

St. Mark Episcopal Church
Second and Walnut
Morning Worship, 9 a.m.
Wednesday night Bible Study
 7:00 p.m.

St. John's Lutheran Church
Nashville, KS
Sunday School 9:45  a.m.
Worship  Service 8:30 a.m.
886-3397 or 246-5220

Sun City Baptist Church
Sunday School 10:00 a.m.
Worship Service 11:00 a.m.
Sunday night & Wednesday evening
Service 7:00 p.m.

First Christian Church
300 South Main
Sunday School 9:30 a.m.
Worship Service 10:30 a.m.
Pastor Tom Walters 886-3743

First United Presbyterian Church
201 North Walnut
Worship Service, 9 a.m.
Contact: LeAnn Colborn

-Trinity Lutheran Church
-Guffey and ElDorado
Sunday School 9:45  a.m.
Worship  8:30 a.m.
886-3397 or 246-5220

United Methodist Church
Second and Walnut
Worship Service 8:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.
Sunday School 9:30 a.m.