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The Legend Magazine

Fall 2012


Fruit adds profit, pleasure to family farm
At the Roger and Wendy Holmes farm southeast of Plains, corn stalks crackle like brown paper bags as summer's last blast of heat readies the plants for harvest. Although the family home stands amid a patchwork of corn, wheat, milo and soybeans, one shouldn't mistake Holmes for a standard, row-crop farmer: he's also a second-generation fruit grower, tending to a harvest filled with trees and vines his father, Howard, planted decades ago.



Southwest Kansas Winery
Behold the rain which descends from heaven upon our vineyards; there it enters the roots of the vines, to be changed into wine; a constant proof that God loves us, and loves to see us happy.
- Benjamin Franklin -

He's doing what? You've got to be kidding. That's what you might hear on the streets of Cimarron. They're talking about Darrell Strawn growing a new crop that requires less water and equipment to produce a crop here in Southwest Kansas.



Preserving and Sharing History at the Kansas Heritage Center
To learn about housing of the Plains Indians, hear oral histories of the Dust Bowl, see black and white photos of Dodge City during the l940s and '50s, or find out nearly anything in between, count on the Kansas Heritage Center to have the materials you need.



Custer House draws visitors to Fort Dodge
Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer walked with high hopes through the door of the two-story stone and frame house, Officers Quarters at Fort Dodge, Kansas, that years later would be named for him. Had he known of that future honor, Custer would have been elated.



What is a Community Foundation?
A Community Foundation is a philanthropic organization working in a specific geographic area which, over time, builds up a collection of funds from a variety of sources. Many of the funds are endowed, meaning that the original assets donated to the foundation remain permanently in the foundation's portfolio of funds. Only the interest earned on the funds is used to make grants or to otherwise benefit not-for-profit organizations in the community. Two examples of how a Community Foundation work follow.



Love at First Sight
The first time I saw Akila, she was overweight, walked with a limp and seemed jumpy whenever anyone got too close to her. She had already had a bit of a rough-scrabble life. She was well known to the authorities and had been in and out of lockup since she was just a kid. She'd grown old and grumpy, but with a heart of gold.



One Woman Recycling Operation
Sarah Thompson is practically a one-woman recycling operation.

And she's turned it into a business.

One of the newest enterprises in Greensburg is Revival – Repurposed and Refurbished Designs, in the SunChips Business Incubator building at the corner of Main Street and Rte. 54.


Bob the Beagle

Bob and I have a new nightly routine. We go for a short ride in the pickup every evening before putting the truck in the garage for the night.


Holiday Ideas

These are some of my favorite things to make as gifts for my family and friends at Christmas.



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