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Pawnee County Briefs
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USD 495 calendar
Thursday — Toga Day; Baseball meeting, Seminar Gym; Beginnings to Country Place Living/Welcome Inn; LHS Fr.-So. Basketball at Ellsworth.
Friday — Orange and Black Day; Pep Assembly Schedule; Winter Royalty; FCA, 7:30 a.m.
LHS Regional Wrestling at Abilene; Pep Assembly at LMS, 2:46 p.m.; Chamber of Commerce Ambassador Dinner, LMS, 5 p.m.;
LHS Basketball vs. Ellsworth; Crowning of Winter Royalty, 8 p.m.;  Cheerleaders perform halftime; FCA free throw contest and dessert raffle.
Winter Royalty Dance  following the game in the Cafeteria, 11:30 p.m.
Saturday — Regional Wrestling at Abilene; Larned High School JV Boys Tournament at Lyons.

Fort Larned to help with bird counting

LARNED — Birding is for everyone! 
Fort Larned National Historic Site is supporting the 2012 Great Backyard Bird Count by offering a nature program and birding hike from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18 at the fort. 
The 15th Annual Great Backyard Bird Count is sponsored by Audubon, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and Canadian partner Bird Studies Canada.
Individuals and groups can submit their findings on-line. The official count dates are Friday, Feb. 17 through Monday, Feb. 20, 2012.
Meet a park ranger in the Visitor Center for a presentation on Birds of the Fort, followed by a bird count on the parade ground and sur
rounding areas including the fort’s Nature Trail.
Plan to dress for the weather, wear comfortable shoes, and bring binoculars.
Bone up on your bird ID skills by participating in this fun winter activity! 
For those not able to attend the program at the fort but are interested in the count visit:
You can watch your backyard feeders and keep a list of what you see.  
For more information call 620-285-6911. 
Fort Larned National Historic Site is six miles west of Larned on K-156.  Information on visiting is on the internet at, or by calling 620-285-6911, or email to