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2019 Central Kansas Wheat Harvest – Maneth Family – 6-30-19

Harvest time can be an opportunity for new blood to come into their own.

Many of the families that farm the ground in Kansas hope to pass the tradition on to a child. In those families, the kids will start at an early age helping out.

During harvest that could mean driving the grain cart or a combine, maybe helping fix a breakdown, or manning the truck to help move from field to field that also has the extra fuel and the cooler of “refreshments”.

When one of those children get old enough to farm on their own, it is a time when their ground is added to the list of fields to cut.

On a Sunday Afternoon, I took some time to join Michael Maneth and his sons Bryce and Colton. They were cutting some ground that Bryce recently took over.

Bryce drove his combine in addition to an uncle cutting with a second one. Colton took the important job of driving the grain cart, under the watch of his grandfather, Dale Brady.

The yields were good, but you could see Bryce planning on how to get more out of the field with each pass.

Below are some of the pictures I took in the field:

Great Bend Class of 1972 Reunion September 15-16, 2017

The Great Bend High School Class of 1972 met for their 45th year class reunion on the weekend of September 15 and 16.

They gathered for a barbecue on Friday evening across from the High School at Brit Spaugh Zoo and Park.

To end the festivities, they met up once again at the courtyard of the Best Western Angus Inn for a supper and other activities.

Below are some of the pictures I took at the events:

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KVGB Great Bend City Edition 10-15-14

I like to listen to AM 1590 KVGB in the mornings. The hosts of their early show, Patrick Burnett and Steve Webster promoted this week’s episode of the Great Bend City Edition show.

The reason for the promotion, one of them, Steve, would be the chew toy of the Great Bend Police Department’s K-9 Officer, Kia.

Since I work nearby, I arranged my schedule to be there in time to have my cameras ready. I did have to watch where I stood. One of the police officers warned me that if the dog saw me and not its real target, well I would become the new one. Given how fast on my feet I am not, I took that to heart.

Fortunately, Kia (pronounced with a silent A) found his proper target.

Below are some of the pictures I took during the show:

2014 Otis-Bison 8th Grade Promotion

With the closing of another school year, comes the moving of one Class from Junior High to High School. The Class of 2018 came together for an evening of recognition and awards.

Below are some of the pictures I took:

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St. Patrick’s Catholic Church Easter Vigil 4-19-14

I attended the Easter Vigil Mass of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church of McCook, Nebraska on April 19th.

This was the first time I have ever attended an Easter Vigil. It is a very interesting Mass with more readings than normal and the ceremony to welcome new members into the Church.

Below are some images of the Mass and ceremony:

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Hoisington High School Homecoming 2013

Prior to the kickoff of the Larned at Hoisington High School Football game, Hoisington held their 2013 Homecoming.

The students selected Deiah Curtis and Kagan Blackwell as the 2013 Homecoming Royalty.

Below are some of the pictures I took at the festivities:

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Olmitz Fireworks 7-6-13

The Olmitz, Kansas community came together on July 6th to hold a meal and fireworks display.

After being postponed due a drought caused burn ban, this year’s display only had to wait for the winds to die down.

I decided to not just shoot the fireworks as they exploded this year. Instead most of what I shot was the people either lighting the fireworks or watching them explode. It was not an easy task as the light changed very quickly. I enjoyed the challenge and hope that I got some “fireworks” pictures you normally would not see.

Below are some of the pictures I took at the display:

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