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The Legend Magazine

Winter 2011


A Year of Progress
Drive across western Kansas along US Highway 50 some night. If you’re lucky and the moon is full, you’ll see field after rolling field, splashed and bathed in silver light, occasionally broken up by the little cluster of lights from a small town.


Daring to Dream
Watching the news these days leaves us with a pretty bleak picture of the world and its economy, the trustworthiness of our fellow man, and any hope we might have for our future—or our children’s futures. Whether it’s news of bank failures, more people out of work, gridlock in Congress, or stories about violence erupting both across the ocean and across the street, we’re left with the feeling that the only sane action we can take is to “hunker down,” stop taking chances, and keep ourselves safe.


Kinsley Veterans Park
If you drove down Sixth Street, Kinsley’s “Main Street,” any Saturday morning during recent months, you would have seen some of the best weed-pullers in the state hard at work on the Kinsley Veterans Park.



Outlaw Encounter
“You’ve read the story of Jesse James,
of how he lived and died.
If you’re still in the need
of something to read,
here’s the story of Bonnie and Clyde.”

-- from “The Trail’s End” by
Bonnie Parker


Navajo Legacy
In 1942, acting on an idea proposed to the US Marine Corps by Mr Philip Johnston, four Navajos demonstrated to a group of Marine staff officers how they were able to translate combat messages into Navajo tribal dialect, radio that message to a second Navajo who then translated it back into perfect English. At the time, Navajo, was an unwritten language and completely unintelligible to anyone except another Navajo. Johnston realized the use by the Marine Corps of Navajo as a code language in voice (radio and wire) transmission could guarantee communications security.


Skyscapes and Prairie Plants
Young voices bright with excitement overlap in the high-ceilinged studio as elementary-school artists complete their projects and unpack their sack lunches. Members of Kylix, the student art club at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School, squirt dollops of paint, distribute scraps of fabric and wipe up spills left behind by their young wards. Presiding over it all is Susan Copas, one of the college’s two art instructors and recipient of the Kansas Art Education Association’s “Art Educator of the Year” award for 2010-11.


Young Politician
Reid Petty wasn’t planning to go into politics. It’s just that he found it difficult to resist his younger brother’s suggestion.

“It was almost a dare,” to enter the race for USD 480 School Board, back in 2009, he recalled. “My younger brother Ryan, who was 17 at the time, said, ‘hey, you ought to run for office. If you do, I’ll pay your filing fee.’” Almost to his own surprise, Reid said yes to the proposition. Only later did he realize how easily his brother fulfilled his end of the bargain: “I think the filing fee was something like five bucks,” he said.


More Bob the Beagle
Snowball Bob
A normal dog’s sense of smell is remarkable. However, experts say that a hound dog’s nose goes far beyond that of a typical dog. Most humans cannot comprehend the extent of a hound dog’s ability to smell. I am told that these scent driven K-9s can distinguish a specific scent from a mixture of aromas or odors. I was intrigued to learn that they are using Beagles to detect bedbugs in hotels and motels. Beagles are used in and around the general flying public to detect contraband at airports because they are not intimidating to the average person like a Rottweiler or Doberman might be. Nobody that I know is threatened by a Beagle. With that information, I’m thinking about signing Bobby up for our next trip.


Easy Fried Zucchini
I have always had a weakness for appetizers. I love the snacking concept as a whole. This is an old stand-by but I never seem to get enough of this one. Fried zucchini is light and yet full of flavor and this recipe is a great way to use up those zucchini that are a little bit bigger because they stand up well to the frying process. Eggplant is also a good substitute. The mixture of flour and cornmeal ensures the breading is light and crispy but still adheres well to the vegetable. Once you get this recipe you will find yourself craving it on nights that you have company or just a quiet night alone.



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