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Vermillion Area News

Winter hit Vermillion on Saturday morning with about 5” of snow.  We were grateful there was no wind and the temperature was tolerable.   The snow was beautiful and still lays on the side roads that have not been touched other than by cars making notable tracks.  Several snow mobiles ventured out, but no further sign interrupts the beautiful landscape.

The Vermillion Public Library meeting will be held this evening, Monday, January 14th at 6:00 p.m. and tomorrow, January 15th the librarian will read to the Kinder-prep children from the Centralia, Corning and Frankfort areas.   The Book Van arrived at the library on January 8th with new books and the public is invited to come in and check them out.  There were several faithful readers, one arriving while the book van was refilling the shelves, and waited to get the latest books ahead of anyone else.

One of our own, Sheryl M. Massie was passed away on December 31, 2018 and her funeral was Saturday, January 5th.  The community was saddened to hear of her passing and the funeral which was held at the Vermillion Community Church, was very well attend with the overflow and church pews filled to overflowing.    Our sympathy is extended to the family.

Church services continue to be held at the now Community Church through April of 2019 or until further notice.  The January 13th church service was notable as Virgil Warren and wife Ruth Ann left for a lengthy visit to their daughter and husband who live in Australia.   Terry Smith filled pulpit on Sunday by sharing a combined music and inspirational scripture reading service.   A visiting minister will fill the pulpit on January 20th with Virgil returning on January 27th.   The Community Church is struggling to keep its doors open as there are very few members remaining in the area.  We welcome first time visitors and those who have attended before that wish to make Vermillion their home church.

If you have missed the Vermillion Area News, preparing the “Vermillion Then and Now” took much of the time and effort normally put into the weekly news.  For this I apologize.  The 150th book went to publishing January 3rd with pictures the following week.  Plans are to follow the books progress to ensure completion by the April deadline.   We are excited about the articles and pictures submitted and look forward to having the book ready for viewing and marketing.  Pre-book orders are welcome and will be a determining factor in how many books are printed.  Email to put in your order.

Vermillion Area News 12-14-2015

A Lunch and tour were enjoyed Friday, December 11, at  Lynn Schafer’s home by Vickie Lee and Rhonda Trimble of Blue Rapids, and Timmy Lee of Vermillion.

Saturday guest at the Lynn Schafer home were Gary Zuber and Chris Norton of Kansas City. They enjoyed lunch and an afternoon visit.

New DVD’s on the desk at the Vermillion Public Library are: Mr. Holmes, Restless, Little Boy, Where Hope Grows, The Incredible Hulk, Igor, Hotel Transylvania, Terminator: Genisys, 90 minutes, Toy Story that time forgot, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., I, Robot, Creation, Rambo & The Miracle of the Cards.  Come in and look them over.  There is no charge for checking out the DVD’s.

Nine Tops members weighed in and all stayed for the meting on Monday evening, December 7.  Martha Thompson won the calendar drawing.  Janet Ronnebaum earned the diet basket.  Mary Johnson lost the most weight in November.  After the meeting all enjoyed Christmas snacks and a white elephant gift exchange.

Todd Gaddis of Topeka visited Thelma Gaddis on Tuesday December 8th. He had lunch with Grandma.  Lois Jean Harper also visited later.

Nine Hotsie Totsie Red Hat ladies and three guest enjoyed their Christmas supper at the Corn Crib Friday evening December 9.  Also had our regular gift exchange.  Guest were Charlie Ross, Lyle Wenzl and Jim Harper.

Vermillion Area News 10-26-2015

Todd, Brandi, Landon and Taylor Gaddis of Topeka, Darrius and Judy Plantz of Georgetown, TX, Troy Miller of Phoenix, AR, Norman and Joyce Loughary and Lois Jean Harper were Wednesday afternoon visitors of Thelma Gaddis.

Keith and Chris Lippert of Topeka visited Thelma Gaddis Saturday afternoon.

Lois Jean Harper and Thelma Gaddis visited Todd, Brandi, Landon and Taylor Gaddis in Topeka Sunday afternoon.

Keith Berry of Lucas IA visited Mabel White on Wednesday, October 21.

The Vermillion Community Church services was well attended Sunday, October 25th followed by a delicious pot-luck dinner. This will be the last service held at the Community Church until April of 2016. However, the church may be used for various services upon request. Vermillion Christian Church services continue to be held at 10:30 a.m. weekly and all are welcome to attend. Remember, it’s only because of the support of the community and the surrounding area that our local churches continue to hold services. Faith, trust and communion with others is essential in building and strengthening ones family. It is hoped that you will find the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ very real during the worship service.

The Vermillion Public Library will hold it’s November meeting on November 4th. Anyone interested in the Library’s services is invited to attend. The NCKL book van was here on October 22 and there are new books on the shelves. Stop by and check several out or ask the librarian what interesting books or DVD’s are available. We have new 2015 books on the shelves. Plan to bring your children by the library from 9-11:30 on Saturday morning for a nice Halloween treat.

Plans are being made to hold the fall Friends of the Vermillion Community, Inc. meeting in November, so watch for the time and date.


Vermillion Area News — 8-31-2015

Ten Tops members weighed in and all stayed for the meeting Monday evening, August 24.  Lois Jean Harper earned the diet basket.   Phyllis had the program.  She gave a quiz on Nutrition Knowledge.  Janet read an article on the Dynamic Duo.

Mrs Gary Waltkamp from the state of Washington, visited Thelma Gaddis one day last week.

The Vermillion Community Church service was held on Sunday, August 30.  Guest were Treyton Beckenhauer and Nhu Dang of Lincoln.  The delicious potluck dinner was held after the services.
The Library Board will meet on Wednesday, September 2 for their monthly meeting.
The Wednesday After School Program started on August 26 with 15 children in attendance.  Each child chose his Lego craft and all enjoyed putting their Lego together.  Debbie Evans read to the children during the afternoon and all were treated to a snack before they headed home.

Kelli Massie and Jannett Argo of the Vermillion Library read to the Kinderprep and Three Year Old Students on Tuesday of this last week.  After the Story Hour each child checked out a book to take home and read.

Vermillion Area News– August 21, 2015

On August 14, 2015, Bob and Sharon Polson were hosts to three of Sharon’s former classmates who graduated from Axtell High, and all were celebrating a ‘milestone’ birthday this year! Dorothy (Wilhelm) Klamm, Bonner Springs, Gail (Bergman) Deitz, Topeka, Karen (Nanninga) Owings, Hays met at the Polson home last Wednesday. They chose the Ace’s cafe in Axtell for lunch, then most of the afternoon was spent driving around the area to reminisce and look for homes and familiar buildings that would have been standing when they lived here years before. The ladies stopped at Terry Nanninga’s where he and his wife were gracious enough to invite them into their remodeled home for a brief tour. In the early evening Alf and Marsha Engelken came up to meet the ladies before they left for the Willows in Seneca. Waiting to welcome them at the restaurant were Don and Leah Wassenberg, Marysville, Sharon (Strathman) Schmelze, Seneca, who were also classmates, and Olivia Huddleston joined them as well. The three who came from a distance, were overnight guests at the Polson’s where old pictures were shown and many good memories were shared, accompanied by a generous amount of laughter, until well past the usual time for retiring to bed. Guests were served a late brunch on the patio the next morning before returning to their individual homes. All agreed it was a special occasion!

The Vermillion Library Board met on Wednesday, August 12 with all but one member present. The Kinder Prep and three year old reading program will begin on August 25. Marylyn Wenzl and Jannett Argo have been busy cleaning and repairing the books for the children to check out. Audrey Broxterman attended the Baker and Taylor workshop and Directors meeting which was held in Marysville on August 13th.

Vermillion Area News–August 3, 2015

Deloris Melk, Milwaukee, Wisc., was a guest at the Bob Polson home from July 23-29. She flew in to the Manhattan airport where she was met and driven back to Vermillion to spend a week with the Polson’s and interacting with people she has met on previous visits. To celebrate her birthday during her stay, she was accompanied by Sharon Polson, Olivia Huddleston, Marsha and Alf Engelken who enjoyed their evening meal at the new restaurant in Summerfield, Ks. Deloris has been a regular visitor in coming back to Vermillion, Kansas since 2010, as she appreciates the friendship, lifestyle, and beauty of our state!
Marsha Engelken and Audrey Broxterman took the Welcome Basket to the Agg home on Friday, July 31. The library prepares a Welcome Basket for families moving to Vermillion. The baskets include children’s books and school supplies from the library, a flash light from Alf’s Custom Fab, a church bulletin and devotional book from the Christian Church, a plant from the Friends of the Vermillion Community and the Welcome Mat booklet. The booklet, which is prepared by the library, consists of a listing of necessary information about the utilities, local businesses, park, depot, history rooms and area churches and businesses in surrounding towns.
Audrey Broxterman and Marylyn Wenzl attended the annual NCKL board meeting held in Manhattan on August 6.

Ten Tops members weighed in and all stayed for the meeting on Monday evening, August 10. Marylyn Wenzl earned the diet basket. Edna Marshall had the program on “Five Unusual Reasons You Can’t Loose weight”.

Vermillion Area News — July 27, 2015

Nine Tops members weighed in and all stayed for the meeting Monday evening, July 27. Mary Johnson earned the diet basket. Thelma Gaddis had the program on “Well Worn Dollar Bill” and “There Were Two Elderly People”. We had snacks in honor of our new officers.

Six Hotsie Totsie Red Hat ladies attended their regular monthly meeting at Lee’s Cafe Saturday morning, August 1. Betty Wenzl and Martha Ross furnished snacks. We will go to Freddy’s in Seneca for supper Saturday August 22.

Bill and Audrey Broxterman attended the 25th wedding anniversary celebration of Troy and Laurie Kramer on Saturday evening, August 1, at the Corning Community Hall.

Jannett Argo and Carol Worden left on Thursday to spend a few days with their families in Denver, CO. Carol’s granddaughters are keeping her busy.

Bill and Audrey Broxterman attended the couples wedding shower for Carrie Sensibaugh and Dustin Beckenhauer in Lincoln, NE on Sunday, August 2. The couple will be wed on September 12.

The Vermillion Library will meet August 12 at 9:00 am for their monthly meeting.

Vermillion Area News — July 27, 2015

The Vermillion Community Church service held July 26, was well attended. Church services are held at the Community Church the last Sunday of the month, April through October. When there are five Sundays in the month the church holds a pot luck dinner after the morning worship service. There will be a pot luck dinner the last Sunday in August.

Ten Tops members weighed in and all stayed for the meeting Monday evening, July 20. Martha Thompson earned the diet basket. Our new elected officers will take their office August 3.

Larry (Dugon) Fairchild Overbrook visited Thelma Gaddis Thursday afternoon.

Lois Jean Harper, Larry, Landon and Thelma Gaddis visited Dean Loughary at Archie, MO. Saturday, July 25. We honored Dean on his 90th birthday. His daughter Jill and husband were also present. We all had lunch at the Fishing Dock in Archie. We enjoyed birthday cake and snacks at his home later in the afternoon.

The library board will meet on August 12 at 9:00 a.m.


There were 21 children and five adults who attended the Vermillion Public library After School Program pumpkin decorating party. All of the children left with their pumpkin and a big smile. Each proud of the pumpkin they had decorated.

Brenda Murrow from Los Angeles California came on Thursday and spent Thanksgiving with her parents John and Carol Worden and her grandmother Mabel White. We all attended the White family Thanksgiving together at the home of Gail White at Fairview, Kansas on November 30th. Brenda will leave to go back to her home on Monday December 1.

The Vermillion Christian Church was well attended. Lynn Schafer sang “Be Not Afraid” during the service. A pot luck dinner after the church service on Sunday, November 30.

The Vermillion Community Club Pancake Feed will be held on December 13 from 6 am to 1:00 pm. The Club will service pancakes and eggs, sausage and biscuits. Chances for the raffle are now being sold. The Club members all have tickets and chances can be bought at Lee’s Cafe© and Dutch’s Station. The Club appreciates the donations of items for the raffle by the area merchants.