Iva ProuseIva Renee Prouse was born April 9, 1965 in Attica, Kansas, the only daughter born to Herbert Leroy and Edythe Irene (Hall) Prouse. She grew up on the family farm northeast of Anthony, Kansas.For 35 years, Iva had been a part of the Futures fold, receiving case management, residential and day services. She was always outwardly expressive of her appreciation to staff.Iva was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church of Wellington and loved attending church. She enjoyed dance and music, especially KISS. She was sassy and liked to laugh, an all around cheerful woman, although those who could coax the biggest smiles out of Iva seemed to be the male variety! Many will take comfort in the fact that Iva and her very best friend, Jane Baker, have now been reunited since Jane’s passing last year. On September 17, 2019, Iva died at her home in Wellington at the age of 54 years. She was preceded in death by her parents.Iva is survived by extended family members and will be deeply missed by the caring and loving staff of Futures Unlimited.Memorial service will be held 10:00 a.m. October 1, 2019 at the Freewill Baptist Church in Wellington, Kansas. A reception will follow the service. Burial will take place at Forest Park Cemetery in Anthony, Kansas, following the reception.Memorials in memory of Iva may be made to the Freewill Baptist Church or to Futures Unlimited and may be sent in care of Prairie Rose Funeral Homes, 602 E. Main St., Anthony, KS 67003. www.prairierosefuneralhomes.com
Why: The Rusty Chain is truly a neighborhood dining option. Recently opened at the Columbia Street address that formerly housed the now-defunct Commonwealth Cafe, the family-friendly watering hole offers a burger, salad, and sandwich menu with a variety of appetizers to please. Live music on the weekends and regular events bring a sense of community to the neighborhood establishment.What I Tried: I had the Philly cheesesteak with french fries, and my dining companion had the signature burger with a house salad.The Philly starts with a soft, fresh specialty bun. Tender, lean, thinly sliced, saut?ed steak is combined with grilled green pepper and onions and topped with Swiss cheese, pepperoncinis, and pickled jalape?o pepper slices for a delicious, juicy, hot sandwich.Rusty’s signature burger is made with a quarter-pound patty of local, grass-fed beef, a portion of ham, bacon, and cheddar cheese and finished off with mayonnaise, lettuce, tomato, and onion on a grilled bun. My dining companion had never tried ham on a burger before and liked what it brought to the flavor of the other ingredients. She was also impressed with the quality of the beef. The fries were a standard, crinkle-cut variety fried to a golden, crisp finish. Rusty’s house salad is a garden-fresh combination of greens, carrot, cucumber and tomato, topped with a touch of red onion, cheddar cheese and croutons.Overall, the food exceeded our expectations, and we both agreed return visits are in order.Atmosphere: The red-painted building has a high-pitched roof and green metal awnings and has a sort of old-time mercantile look. It sports a fancily lit sign with a few bicycle and motorcycle parts mounted on the exterior. Just inside the entry is the bar and a single pool table. Beyond this, two separate dining rooms are available. The spaces are tastefully decorated in keeping mostly with the bike theme, with a few other nostalgic items of interest. Outside is a spacious patio with picnic tables, umbrellas, and a fire pit feature for fair-weather dining.