In our last edition, Kansas Wetlands Education Center Manager Curtis Wolf discussed "Nature Deficit Disorder" and the importance of getting children outside. I am lucky enough to get the opportunity to interact with an eclectic array of people through our outreach events and school programs. I have an activity in one of my programs where I ask participants to reflect on their favorite childhood memories and draw a setting or activity that comes to mind. Unfortunately, I have found a definitive trend. 99% of the time, adults age twenty and up draw themselves outdoors either throwing a baseball, watching the ...
Ray and Donna Zimmerman of Great Bend announce the engagement of their daughter, Sara Dawn Zimmerman, to Larry Dennis Winegarner II, son of Linda Winegarner of Wichita. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Maxine Heueisen of Great Bend and the late Charles Heueisen, and Erma Zimmerman of Great Bend and the late Percy Zimmerman. The prospective groom is the grandson of the late Thomas and Lena Vogt.
Clayton and Pauline Mong of Great Bend will celebrate their 60th anniversary with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sept. 4 at the Elks Lodge, 1120 Kansas in Great Bend. Friends and family are invited to attend. The couple requests no gifts.
Renee McVey and Gary Demel announce their engagement. Parents of the bride-elect are Fred Johnson of Trousdale and the late Cynthia Wilson. Parents of the prospective groom are Katherine Demel of Claflin and the late August J. Demel.
Don Schepmann Jr. of Holyrood and Treva Paden of Geneseo, announce the engagement of their daughter, Heather Dyanne Schepmann, to Darren Lee Nicolet, son of Celia Nicolet of Great Bend and the late Kenny Nicolet. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Glen and Joyce Burress of Ellinwood, Marie Schepmann of Claflin and the late Don Schepmann Sr. The prospective groom is the grandson of Neuell Nicolet and the late Jean Nicolet, and the late Lawrence and Rosalie Bussen.
Tony and Karen Axman will celebrate their 50th anniversary in October with an event to be shared with family and friends. Hosts of the celebration will be their children. Karla and Doug Crissman and Steve Axman and Sherry Doonan, all of Great Bend, David and Cindy Axman, of Lawrence, and Ryan and Ann Axman, of Hoisington; their eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Donna Bryant will celebrate her 80th birthday with a surprise party from 2 to 4 p.m. on Aug. 27 at UCC Church, 701 N. Fritz Ave. in Ellinwood. Hosts for the event will be Michele Bryant and Lynnae Partridge. Friends and family are invited.
Savannah K. Schmitt and Beau D. Gatewood were united in marriage of July 9 at the United Methodist Church in Salem in a ceremony officiated by Pastor Ryan Lynch. Parents of the couple are Tony and Karen Schmitt of Ellinwood and Doug and Crystal Gatewood of Columbus. Grandparents of the bride are Nick and Rose Schmitt of Great Bend and Garry and Sue Lingenfelter of Jet, Okla. Grandparents of the groom are Joy and Charles Gatewood and Glenn and Nancy Blancett, all of Columbus.
Kim Pinwill of England, announces the engagement of her daughter, Elizabeth Pinwill, to Weston Lee Steimel, son of Brent Steimel of Hooker, Okla. and Peggy Steimel of Hoyt. The bride-elect is the daughter of the late Colin Pinwill.
The Great Bend High School Class of 1947 will hold a reunion at noon on Sept. 3 at the Highland Restaurant, pool side. Visitors are welcome.
The Rziha-Koester family reunion was held on July 30 at Camp Aldrich. The day started with lunch served by The Wheatland Cafe of Hudson. A memorial service was held for the three members who have passed away since our last reunion held two years ago. The afternoon was spent with picture taking, swimming, visiting and a silent auction also took place. Fr. Dermont Tighe celebrated Mass for the families. A hot dog feed concluded the day.
The Mauler family reunion, for descendents of Joseph and Johann Mauler, will be held starting at 12:30 p.m. with a potluck dinner, on Aug. 28 at the Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Street.
KANSASWORKS will host a Career and Networking Job Fair on Aug. 30 at the Best Western Angus Inn courtyard area in Great Bend. The fair will be open to Military Veterans from 4-5:30 p.m. and then to the general public from 5:30-7 p.m. This event is supported by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) grant. All military veterans and their spouses are invited to attend.
Cathy Estes and her staff at Sunflower Early Education Center accepts a grant check from Golden Belt Community Foundation for a specialized printer that works with their hearing screening equipment for more accurate and long-term record keeping. Golden Belt Community Foundation's next competitive grant cycle deadline is Nov. 1. Visit www.goldenbeltcf.org or call at 620-792-3000, for more information.
Are you looking to eat healthier and lose weight but frustrated by lack of results? Type "diet articles" into Google and you'll get almost 160 million hits. With advice and scams abounding on the Internet, it can be hard to weed out truth vs. fiction when it comes to food and weight loss.
Has your family ever set out to accomplish a goal together then before you know it the goal has been put on the side, forgotten? What happened to the motivation?Later you may pick up the goal again and state "this time we are going to accomplish it." And perhaps you do or perhaps you find it in the pile of "goals to accomplish."
There is a new, trending challenge on Facebook and Instagram: Women are accepting their beauty.
HUDSON - Trinity Community Church in Hudson will celebrate its 100th anniversary this Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 2-3. The Evangelische Dreieingkeits Kirche was built in 1914.
Actors from Prince of Peace Parish will host a pageant performance of the symbolic story, "The Miraculous Apparitions of the Virgin Mary," at 7 p.m. Friday in the Shafer Art Gallery at Barton Community College. The Our Lady of Guadalupe Pageant is being done in conjunction with the "Estamos Aqui" exhibit at the gallery.
HOISINGTON - Agency D3 is the Vacation Bible School theme for kids next week at New Life Baptist Church, 364 W. 12th St. in Hoisington. It is for children as young as 4 years old, through those who have completed sixth grade. It will run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, Aug. 4-8 at the church.
MANHATTAN - I have written several times about what the Bible states concerning judgment on nations including America, and how to forestall that judgment. America's biggest offenses are the shedding of innocent blood through abortions and opposing God's chosen people, Israel. One of the Scripture references concerning the nature of the judgments that I have used is Deuteronomy 28.
First United Methodist Church, 2123 Forest Ave., Great Bend, is excited to announce the launch of REVIVE worship beginning at 11 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 17. With the addition of Revive, First is intentionally reaching out to a new group of people with worship that is relevant to their lives.
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Kenneth Harold Allen, 86, Great Bend, died July 31 at Great Bend Regional Hospital.
REDFORD, Mich. - Robert Lynn Humphrey, 71, died July 23 in Redford, Mich. Born May 18, 1943, in Great Bend, he was the son of Henry Ray and Lenora Caroline (Ochs) Humphrey. In 1961, he graduated from Hoisington High School and then attended Kansas State University. He eventually moved to Michigan where he worked for Nielsen TV Ratings and then for a trucking company until his retirement.
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. - Eric Berry made the first trip to the injury tent. Marcus Cooper followed soon afterward.
BOSTON - The Boston Red Sox traded right-hander John Lackey to the St. Louis Cardinals for right-hander Joe Kelly and outfielder Allen Craig before Thursday's deadline.
DETROIT - The Detroit Tigers have added another Cy Young Award winner to their star-studded rotation, acquiring Tampa Bay's David Price in a blockbuster deal Thursday.