June 1, 2000
heat has really been something this past week and the crew is very
aware of how it is affecting them individually. Steps are
being taken to ensure that everyone is drinking plenty of cool water
and taking numerous breaks to get out of the sun.
Then too, the crew is talking about starting earlier in the morning
and quitting earlier in the afternoon. That will most
likely be the case if the heat continues.
Progress has been made, however,
despite the working conditions. A shutoff valve has been
installed at the intersection of Patterson and Omio Rd. in preparation for
the pressure test slated for Friday, June 2, 2000.
Getting started always requires
servicing the machinery. At left one sees Steve Place
(son), Steve Spiegel and Steve Place (father), examining
the chain on the trencher and greasing the tracks for better
By-the-way, congratulations go
out to Steve and Janelle
Spiegel who now have a new son named Jacob Leon
born last Saturday. Steve's comment was he
now had his own work crew, Jacob being his third son.
Once the tractor is serviced, Steve Place (son) begins to dig the trench at the base
of Spencer Street along Quy over to Howe.
Father Steve watches while monitoring the depth of the
trench. This one block link will complete the loop and
enable the crew to turn its attention once again to Omio Road.
Formoso = Community
Most of the pictures and narrative found here have focused on the
project itself up to now, but there is more to Formoso then just water lines
and the effort underway. While perhaps the only
community in Kansas not served by a paved highway or even a paved link
to a highway, Formoso remains an active social community
seeking to better itself and take care of its own. Some of
the activities are not readily apparent, but they become known by
listening to people talk. From
here on out, at various times throughout the remainder of the project,
you will find brief stories and photos of other things going on in
town. Today the focus is on the Community Gardens.
First and foremost, Formoso is a
community with a great deal of pride and you see this right off as you
drive into town from either the south or the north. Here you
find signs that proclaim the city as being a participant in the state's PRIDE Program,
which provides support and guidance to
communities seeking to better
themselves through organization and focused activity. The PRIDE
program addresses such areas as planning, housing, community services
and community enrichment. One project undertaken by
Formoso citizens that fits both community services and enrichment
categories is that of the Community Gardens.
Large gardens spring up on vacant lots and backyards everywhere in Formoso during the summer.
It is something that makes the town
a distinctive place to live in North Central Kansas.
The Community Garden system is
the product of a collective effort to grow enough vegetables
practically feed the entire town throughout the
summer. Carl Studer, shown above in one such garden early Thursday morning
enjoying a cold cup of water just dipped
from the garden's well, is President of the Formoso Community Garden
Club. While Carl is a member of the crew working on
the waterlines, he spends off hours early and late in the day
attending to the gardens and otherwise organizing the volunteers who
make the gardens the success that they are.
At right is one of the many gardens. This one
supports the cole crops of broccoli and cabbage with some undisclosed
veggie growing under cans along the left side of the garden
patch. Off to the right is a compost pile full of last
year's leaves and grass clippings.
One of the primary goals of the Community Garden Club is for everyone to have fresh produce during the
summer months, with enough for some to maybe even can (preserve) if
they are willing to put forth the effort. Community
to the gardens' needs throughout the growing season, making sure the
soil is tilled, seeds and plants are set out and weeds are pulled -- all
under Carl's watchful eye. Carl further sees to it that
everyone knows when the vegetables in season are ready and those who can are
then free to come and pick whatever they want,
want. Those individuals physically unable to pick their
own are not left out, for Carl also makes sure they get their share by taking the time to put together
"share bundles", delivering the packages himself. Kind
of a Santa Claus in a green suit.
The interesting thing one
notices in listening to the locals talk about the garden system is no one
some citizen taking more than their share. That would seem
to indicate that everyone is mindful of what is available and what
they can take without denying someone else their taste of summer.
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