Mallory Kay Prather and Ben Gaeth were united in marriage on June 18 at St. Teresa Catholic Church in Hutchinson in a double ring ceremony officiated by the Rev. Nicholas Voelker. Parents of the couple are Wayne and Carol Prather and Randall and Teresa Gaeth. Grandparents of the bride are William and Dorothy Stoss of Great Bend.
Saint Francis Community Services (a provider of foster care, adoption, and family preservation services) will offer a free, 10 week course, Partnering for Safety and Permanence - Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting (PS-MAPP), for individuals interested in becoming foster parents. The course begins Jan. 5 and will be held every Thursday for 10 weeks from 6 to 9 p.m. The training will be held at Saint Francis Community Services, 1508 Main Street, Great Bend.
Sharon Manning and Tammy Cloninger of Great Bend and Larned, have committed to being Champions for WorkWell KS. Manning and Cloninger and Champions from nine other Kansas communities recently completed the first-ever WorkWellKS Statewide Leadership Training Program. Manning and Cloninger will now begin working with and supporting local business leaders to support and promote community health starting with their worksites.
It's the time of year when we start thinking of how we'll change ourselves in the upcoming New Year. We look for ways to make a change in our lives, hoping better health or less stress. Some resolutions are small; others are big life-changing challenges. Going green is a great way to start off the New Year, but instead of making a broad generalization, choose a few specific ways to green your life in 2012. Below are some suggestions to get you started:
Artificial meat - grown in a test tube from animal stem cells - has been theoretically planned for about 10 years, but a European Science Foundation audience heard predictions that lab-grown sausage might be available as soon as next year.
Their sweaters were ugly enough to be funny, but the job at hand was serious when members of the Barton County Young Professionals group met on Dec. 13. This price of admission to their second annual Ugly Sweater Christmas Party was a donation to the Barton County Food Bank, YP chair Kristy Straub said.
The following well-balanced and nutritious Friendship Meals will be served for lunch at the Great Bend Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave. Meals are served with milk; donations for coffee and tea are accepted.
Mike and Sheryl Butler (Whittaker) of rural Hays, announce the engagement of their daughter, Kelsey Elila Butler to Ethan James Beale, son of Gail Beale of Wichita, and the late James Beale. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Arleen Whittaker of Great Bend and the late Robert (Bob) Whittaker.