Saturday, July 28, 2012

Professor Edward Flentje: "A Referendum on Brownback" @ Winfield Daily Courier

[Excerpt]    Reporters from Reuters, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal descended on Kansas in the last few weeks to cover a political contest they view to be of national significance, that is, a battle for the heart and soul of the Republican Party in the reddest of red states.

Never in state history has a sitting Kansas governor led a public campaign to oust legislators of his own party. In doing so, Gov. Sam Brownback is making the Republican primary on Aug. 7 a referendum on his governorship.

Brownback is asking Republican primary voters in a number of legislative races across the state to side with a slate of candidates composed by him and his allies against incumbent legislators. These targeted legislators view themselves as “traditional” Republicans in the lineage of Kansas icons such as Alf Landon, Dwight Eisenhower and Bob Dole, and former Republican governors; and they believe government has a more affirmative role in assuring a high quality of life for Kansans.

An understanding of what is at stake in the election requires a look at those who have energized Brownback’s rise to power and what they have in store for Kansas.

Read more at the Winfield Daily Courier.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

LeRoy may soon lose their state representative!

Rep. Bill Otto, 76th District
Rep. Bill Otto, LeRoy, Ks. is in a heated campaign against two out of county incumbents.

He needs our help before the August 7 Republican Party primary election.

I took a late night boat trip with him on the Radio Free Kansas "Lost News Tuesday" show.

You can listen to it now as "Wild Bill On The Neosho."

Please pass this along.

The LeRoy Show Archives Are Now Active!

The shows are now being archived for the long haul at a convenient one stop click.

Listeners can send this single link to all the shows for June - July, 2012 to their friends and relatives by email.

All are in the public domain, free to play or download.  

Click here.

Today's Guest Richard Crabtree on "The LeRoy Show"

The program specific link to today's show is here

Quote of the week from an alarmed listener in Germany, "the Ice House fell into the river?"

Almeda V. (Weaver) Nauretc’s Recipe



Thursday, July 19, 2012

A LeRoy History, Mystery Landscape Photograph, 19 July, 2012

Where is the road that leads to this mysterious place around LeRoy, Ks.? 
Click to enlarge. Hint: A Possible Hot Weather Remedy!

Recipes for "The LeRoy Show" 19 July 2012

The mysterious and historical LeRoy mural. Read more below.
One Gallon Ice Cream

3 eggs
3 cups sugar
1 tbs. cornstarch

Put one quart of fresh milk in skillet, let almost come to a boil, then add the beaten eggs, 1 cup sugar and cornstarch.  Remove from fire as soon as bubbles appear before it starts to boil.  Cool.  Then add remaining sugar, flavor and milk to fill within four inches of top of freezer and freeze

The Martz’s “Banana Cake”

1/2 cup shortening
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sour milk
1 tsp.baking powder
2/3 tsp. soda
2 cups flout
1/4 tsp salt.

When batter has been mixed, add 3 bananas (well mashed, nuts may also be added.)

Mrs. Verna Martz and her husband LeRoy ran the "Produce House" which is now the building with the mural painted on it.

Our featured guest for a short conversation on the condition of the Neosho River will be reporter Rob Burkett of the outstanding daily newspaper Iola Register.

"Red, White & Boom!" Independence Day, 2012 LeRoy, Ks.

The Bandstand located along Main Street downtown. Click image to enlarge.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Today's Featured Recipe for "The LeRoy Show" 12 July 2012

The question of the day is: What is "suet"?

The LeRoy Show is hosted by the Linebaugh sisters, Kay and Sondra, who introduce listeners to small town life in SE Kansas along the Neosho River. 

Music and comedic samplings are from Andy Griffith's comedy albums. Available at Amazon.  

Life during the middle years of the 20th century in Kansas was different from today and in many ways more healthy.

Cleone Ranes’ Chili 
Source: LeRoy Methodist Church Recipe Book 1951

2  1/2 lbs coarse ground beef       
1 small onion, grated
1/2 lb suet                                   
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 No. 2 can tomato juiice or           
    tomato puree
1/2 cup chili powder
 2 tbs. salt                                                  
1 small hot pepper, crushed.

Render suet and strain, add meat to suet drippings and cook slowly, one hour, stir frequently, then add tomatoes, onion and garlic and cook 1/2 hour, stir to keep from scorching, then add salt, chili powder and hot pepper.  Cook until thoroughly blended, adding water if necessary.  This can be stored in a glass or enameled container in cool place for sometime.  When using, cook beans separately and add before serving.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

"The LeRoy Show" 05 July 2012

What was life along the Neosho River like during the middle of the last century?

Listen to The Linebaugh Sisters discuss Margaret and Fay Bradley's place just south of town and their cabin on the Neosho.

Also find the Bradley's recipe for "Sweet Dill Pickles" at the show's site.

Click here the show will start playing automatically.

Regional Sustainability Action Newsletter, A Free Weekly 10 July 2012

The Sustainability Action Newsletter (SAN) is a free service to all on the internet and focuses on building communities that last across Kansas by utilizing practices both old and new.  To subscribe, correspond or participate in their many activities via email scroll to the bottom of their newsletter.

To read their latest and sign-up for the free newsletter, go to Discomfit Magazine.

Friday, July 06, 2012

Films for Action: "Finding Sustainable Communities"

Monday July 9th. 7pm.
Film Screening of "Within Reach: One Couple's Journey to Find Sustainable Community"
Liberty Hall. 644 Mass St. Lawrence, KS. $7 admission. Featuring a post Q&A discussion with one of the film-makers: Ryan Mlynarczyk 
Watch the trailer plus full event details:

Visit their sweet website:

Synopsis: In celebration and exploration of all things green, Within Reach follows two bicyclists on a year-long journey around the United States to share what they've learned about sustainable communities. They’ve traveled more than 6,000 miles to visit and film 100 sustainable communities of all types, working to capture in film the abundance of community-oriented solutions out there that are already working.

"This is a magnificently subversive film. By the time you're done watching it, you're going to want to try out some of these new ways of living. So if you're 100% sure you've got all you want right now, don't watch it!" -Bill McKibben, founder of

Thursday, July 05, 2012

Featured Guest: Mayor Christine Williams, The LeRoy Show, Episode No. 2, 28 June 2012

Welcome to Mayor Christine's Pizza Parlor!

We were very happy to feature Mayor Christine Williams, and her Pizza Parlor on LeRoy's Main Street for the June 28th, 2012 episode of our show!

If you would like to listen to it click here.  While there also jot down and try Kay and Harry Arnold's recipe for BBQ sauce and seasoned hamburgers circa 1950s. Where would they get "mangos" back then?

Harry Arnold was for many years postmaster at the LeRoy post office.

If you would like to visit and learn about our hometown  LeRoy, Kansas go to the City Hall web site, it never closes. Click here.  

There you can find a short historical narrative of how LeRoy came to be named and what events are scheduled, the businesses there and much more.

Even the cook is friendly!
Visit The Pizza Parlor on Facebook!