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A family member — I think one of James Joseph Hanson’s sisters — held up 6-month old baby Lucas for all the packed church to see.

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The Terry FCE met Jan. 24 for their regular monthly meeting. The ladies had lunch at Mueller’s.

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Skimming the fat

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We’ve had some nice days this winter. We’ve had some crummy ones as well.

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Erin Kelley of Rushville, Missouri, was among more than 600 Emporia State students recognized for academic honors in the spring 2017 semester.

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The 25th annual We Kan! awards were announced May 6 at the Kansas Sampler Festival in Winfield for 10 people. The awards are presented by the Kansas Sampler Foundation as appreciation for dedicated work in helping preserve and sustain rural culture.

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Missouri University of Science and Technology announces the names of students who made the honor list for the Spring 2017 semester.

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On May 6, 149 students were presented with their degrees from Ottawa University during the 152nd Commencement ceremony.

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Brooklyn Hannan, of Kansas City, Missouri, is the winner of the Terumo Americas Holding, Inc. Scholarship Program.

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Project Concern Inc. is a nonprofit organization that provides services to people 60 years of age or older, so that they can live independently with maximum involvement in community activities and affairs.

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Carson Scheer from Boy Scout Troop 18 has earned the rank of Eagle Scout. His Eagle project was creating vegetable beds for students at St. Matthews Catholic School.

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Project Concern Inc. is a non-profit organization that provides services to people 60 years of age or older, so that they can live independently with maximum involvement in community activities and affairs.

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Lent has returned, and, with it, has Soup and Sermon at noon each Wednesday at Atchison United Methodist Church, 501 Kansas Ave.

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The 110th anniversary celebration of the Atchison chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, held on January 27, featured an address by Kansas State Regent Katherine Walker West and Regent West’s administration of the new membership oath to Heather Rush.

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At one time, the Welsh community of Northeast Brown County was quite prominent with surnames like that of Evans, Picton, Davies and Johns dotting the landscape.

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In last week’s column, I shared some of my reflections for the retreat on humility that I gave last weekend.

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School years close with graduation ceremonies, which are now followed by a painful rite for some Catholic educators and bishops: headlines about teachers losing their jobs after celebrating same-sex marriages.

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I’ve been thinking lately about humility ... not that I find it that attractive or am particularly skilled in it, but because I’m giving a workshop on it as a virtue at the root of monastic life.

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While it’s hard to journey from the intellectual legacy of the Blessed John Henry Newman to “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” it can be done.

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What a joyful day the sisters at Mount St. Scholastica had last Sunday! And a most unusual one!

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I once heard Sister Macrina Wiederkehr, OSB, a well-known author and retreat director, tell about how she used to type letters to her friends without pressing the space bar just for fun.

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American Catholics may not know all the latest statistics, but they’ve been talking about the altar-level realities for decades.

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Since the psalms were originally written in Hebrew, sometimes the translations are not as accurate as they could be.

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While finishing her book “On Reading Well,” Karen Swallow Prior wrote a reflection on patience, suffering and the virtues of one of literature’s less celebrated heroines: Anne Elliot of Jane Austen’s final novel, “Persuasion.”