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Feb. 23, 2017 issue

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4th annual Rural Route 13.1 planned

Gladys Kennedy, Lebanon, celebrating 100th birthday

County Cinema Board will meet Monday

Commissioners approve new vehicle for sheriff's dept.

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4th annual Rural Route 13.1 planned

Now's the time to lace up your shoes, tune up your bikes and start conitioning to you can be part of the fourth annual Rural Route 13.1 planned to start in Esbon at 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 6. This year's event features races for all ages and levels of participation including a half-marathon run or walk, 10 K run or walk, 13.1 mile bike ride, and a 6.2 mile bike ride.
Each race course takes runners, walkers and bikers along a scenic tour of rural Jewell County. If you're seeking a competitive race, cash prizes are awarded to top placers in each event. For those interested in bringing the whole family, the event is planned to be family friendly. Entry fees are designed to encourage participation for all ages. For those who are not old enough to participate, jogging strollers and bike trailers are welcome. 
To register for any of the races go to and search ZIP Code 66941 or follow the link on the Rural Route 13.1 Facebook page. Registration is available the day of the event, but it is recommended that participants sign up in advance to guarantee a t-shirt on race day. Details about registration fees and event times can be found on the Facebook page and will be printed in this newspaper several times prior to race day. Registration fees include a complimentary hot breakfast on race day, a performance material t-shirt, customized race bib, and a personalized finisher souvenir.
All proceeds from the event will go to benefit the Zach Kindler Memorial Scholarship and the Esbon Community Alliance. For more information about the event, to sign up as a volunteer, or to make a donation you may e-mail or telephone Jennifer Simmilink at 785-725-3120.

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Gladys Kennedy, Lebanon, celebrating 100th birthday
Monday Gladys Kennedy, Lebanon, will be celebrating her 100th birthday.
According to Gladys "There is nothing I wish I could have done, I did everything I wanted to do and still am doing what I want to do."
She has flown in a airplane with her older brother; flew to Oregon one year with the Girl Scouts, has ridden a Ferris Wheel at a carnival.
"I like the Merry-Go-Round best though," said Gladys.
While in New York, she rode in a boat around the Statue of Liberty. She and her husband were in Canada, took his sister from Illinois to California. She admits she has not been in the southeastern states but that is okay with her.
Gladys said her most accomplished fete is probably playing the piano. At the age of eight she started taking lessons on a Baby Grand piano from Bernice Scott who at that time lived in Lebanon. Later, after Bernice moved to Mankato, Gladys' three oldest children took lessons from Mrs. Scott.
"Now I still play the piano at church on Sunday and I am giving piano lessons to five children, all on the same day, who are all from the same family. It used to be the lessons lasted 30 minutes per student and now they don't. They play what they want and I help them where they need help," said Gladys.
Gladys has lived nearly all the time in Lebanon. She has lived in her present home for 67 years. Before that she lived one block south and one block east which is where her son, Kent, and wife live at this time.
After Gladys graduated from Lebanon High School, Gladys and Kenneth Kennedy were married Aug. 18, 1940. They were married for 64 years before his death.
"I was going to become a teacher when I graduated but Dad said no. "I was going to be the bookkeeper at his business, Schutte Motors, (a Ford dealership) right here in Lebanon so that is what I did," said Gladys.
Kenneth was from Esbon. For a short time after they were married, the Kennedy's lived in Esbon. Then when Kenneth went into the service during WWII, he was stationed in South Dakota and they lived there for a time, finally returning to the town of Lebanon where Gladys has lived ever since.
The Kennedys raised five children, Kay, Kent, Carl, Joe and Lynn. Gladys also has 10 grandchildren and spouses and 22 great-grandchildren.
Gladys still drives, but limits herself to only driving in Lebanon. It has been a year since she has driven out of town.
If you want to catch up with Gladys, get out a tablet to write down her planned whereabouts as she has a very busy schedule. The weeds don't grow under her feet that's for sure.
She starts her day between 6:30 and 7 a.m. daily and never goes to bed before midnight. Breakfast is always light, a cinnamon roll maybe. Off to exercise at the Legion Hall with five or six other women of which four are past the age of 80. The program is called "strong women exercises to be stronger." After the exercises are over, it is over to LaDow's Grocery Store for coffee.
Back home she may make homemade jelly or perhaps watch television.
Gladys said, "For several years I have made elderberry, chokecherry, wild plum and crabapple jelly and sell it during the Highway 36 garage sale days. I use to pick the fruit myself but I don't anymore. Friends will bring me fruit and jars and then I make the jelly," said Gladys. She use to make the jelly at night but she has stopped doing that.
As for watching television, her favorite program is the Andy Griffeth show. And that is the only show she named that she likes to watch on a regular basis. If she watches a news program, her choice is Fox News.
"Fox News is more real, more true," stated Gladys.
It is back to LaDows for lunch, which is her main meal.
"My noon meal was my biggest meal when I was growing up and all through the years it has always been that way, even when my children were growing up," said Gladys.
Following lunch it is back to her home where she sometimes watches television "Until 3 o'clock when a friend and I go down to LaDows and wrap silverware for the next day for them. Good community service job," said Gladys.
It is usually a snack for supper followed by more television, sometimes she will make more jelly but she does not read.
"I go to sleep when I start to read. When trying to read "Sometimes I wake up in my chair," said Gladys.
Night travel for Gladys is off limits, she prefers to just stay at home. She does not garden but does watch the birds off of her front porch at the feeder and waterer and enjoys her porch swing.
Through the years Gladys has made many quilts for herself and others. Though she no longer makes quilts she said, "I still tie quilts." One might guess she quit quilting because of arthritis? Wrong.
"I won't let Arthur in. I don't have any arthritis," said Gladys, holding up her very straight fingers.
As far as ailments, Gladys said she doesn't have them. When she was younger, she had her appendix and tonsils out, and that is the only surgeries she had until a few years back when she had a broken hip. Knock on wood, she has never had any type of cancer, and no hearing aids as her hearing is fine.
"I started working with the Girls Scouts in 1949 serving on a committee then the next year started as leader and then serving off and on as a leader or on the committee from 1949 until 2008 when I broke my hip," said Gladys.
Christmas in January is what Gladys looks forward to.
"Well, family gatherings are the most important. and the Christmas gathering is usually held in Great Bend but this year she didn't go because of a storm.
She belongs to the Over 60 Dinner Club, the Hub Club which is really the Lebanon Chamber of Commerce, and the Legion Auxiliary. She gives blood at the bloodmobile in Smith Center when her iron levels are okay and donates sandwiches for the Bloodmobile canteen.
"My best friend, Edna White Gartrell is from Esbon, and now lives in Stockton. She was 100 years old in August. We both graduated from Lebanon High School and are the only two still living out of the class. Once a year, we get together in Stockton for a visit. Edna is still living by herself," said Gladys.
"I thank God for all the things I can do! I'm happy just living a simple life in a small town. I drink a bottled Pepsi every day," said Gladys.
Gladys has a cell phone, knows how to and does use it, and she has a life assist necklace for service if needed.
If you want to live a long life, she suggests "live in a small town where living is stress free, exercise, eat what you want, and drink a bottled Pepsi."
A 100th birthday celebration will be held Sunday at the Lebanon American Legion Hall

County Cinema Board will meet Monday

When members of the Jewell County Cinema board of directors met at the Mankato Christian Church they discussed the theater railing, finishing of the theater floor, and the concession stand work to be completed in as volunteers have the time. Discussion about the Dane Hansen bathroom grant was tabled at the Jan. 30 board meeting until the February meeting. No action was taken as to who should have keys to the theater doors. All of the rows of old seats have been sold. There was still a row behind the stage that had been paid for but not picked up by the new owner. 
In new business, directors discussed ideas for future game events with no action taken. The board agreed to have prepared an advertisement outlining how the theater may be rented for previewing events such as birthday parties.  Information is available at the Ute or by calling Thadd Hinkle. Selections for upcoming movies were discussed.
Business items to be discussed at the February board meeting include changes to bylaws, the Dane Hansen Foundation bathroom grant, and changing door handles and knobs for the front doors. That meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Christian Church in Mankato.
Members present for the January meeting were Chris Klos, Jill Klos, Sarah Ortman, Judy Dunn, Thadd Hinkle, Jeanne Bleecker and Lisa Goodheart.

Commissioners approve new vehicle for sheriff's dept.

The Jewell County Board met Tuesday with commissioners Steve Greene, Mark Fleming and Keith Roe present. Carla J. Waugh, county clerk, was present for the meeting.
Minutes of the Feb. 13 commissioners meeting were approved.
Donald Jacobs, sheriff, reviewed the following quotes for a 2017 Ford Explorer AWD police package with trade-in of a 2011 Dodge Charger: Womack Sunshine Ford, $27,079.28; Rusty Eck Ford, $24,367; Long McArthur Ford, $22,220; Beloit Auto and Truck Plaza, $21,808.
The commissioners approved the quote from Beloit Auto and Truck Plaza with trade in of the 2011 Dodge Charger for a total of $21,808.
Angela Murray, health department, reported they have a table top exercise in Beloit tomorrow.
Commissioners approved that the voting ballot for NCKLEPG for 2018.
Joel Elkins, general superintendent, discussed road and bridge maintenance.
Chris Petet, custodian, reviewed a letter for lawn maintenance from B-Green Lawn Care in Superior.
Darrell Miller, county attorney, requested an executive session for confidential legal matters with Donald Jacobs, sheriff, and Carla J. Waugh, county clerk, present. Regular session resumed at with no action taken.

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