Matt Keenan commentary
The descendents of Jacob John Unruh and Anna Dirks Unruh gathered for a reunion at the Red Coach Inn in Newton, on the weekend of April 15, 16 and ended activities with the celebration of the 80th Birthday of Velorris Boese, the first cousin to reach that milestone on Sunday April 17.
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.
The Kansas Lions State Convention in Lawrence, June 2-4, will take on an international flavor as the Kansas Lions play host to International President (IP) Sid and Judy Scruggs at the Lawrence Holiday Inn Convention Center.
In its 10th year, Sunflower Bank's ABC: Be True to our Schools program resulted in the greatest donation total in program history, including $4,489 to Great Bend area schools and students.
The following meals will be served May 9 through May 13 The secondary schools also have available daily: Main dish second choices, chef's salad, combo lunches and choice of vegetables and dessert. The breakfast menu is offered only to students in USD 428. Menus are subject to change without notice. Milk served with all meals. All meals as offered meet USDA nutritional guidelines.
The four Great Bend chapters of Beta Sigma Phi celebrated the international sorority's 80th anniversary with a Founder's Day event April 26 in the Plaza de Cavanaugh community room at Barton Community College.
Donna Zimmerman, Barton County Clerk and Election Officer, attended the Kansas County Clerks and Election Officials at the Ramada Inn in Salina on May 3, for the annual 2011 Spring Conference.
Apathy is a problem with many homeowners' associations, but at the annual meeting of the Hillbrook-Tall Oaks Civic Association of Annandale, Va., 50 people sleepily voted for Ms. Beatha Lee as president, thus electing (in a legitimate, by-the-book process) a Wheaten terrier belonging to former association officer Mark Crawford.
In 1894, Birger Sandzén arrived at Bethany College in Lindsborg to teach languages and assist in the art and vocal music departments. He remained at Bethany for the remainder of his career, becoming the principal art instructor in 1899 and retiring in 1946. Throughout this period, and after he retired as Professor Emeritus, he was a prolific painter and print maker until his death in 1954.
Friday, November 28
The Great Bend Middle School Panther boys played Larned Middle School Monday at Larned. All the teams won their games.
Children can experience the fun of Santa's Workshop, from 6-8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1, at the Great Bend Municipal Auditorium.
Nothing gets the nostalgia pumping for the holidays like tunes inspired by the season. Area residents can easily get their fill through various holiday music events and performances by the Barton Community College Music Department.
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Dolores Burgardt of Great Bend was honored for three years of service; and Beverly Prescott of Larned was recognized for 11 years for their service as Senior Companions, helping adults in the area. Judi Welch of Larned was honored for four years of service as a Foster Grandparent volunteer serving children with special needs at the monthly in-service meeting held on November 19t.h
It will not shock readers to hear that quite often legislation on Capitol Hill is not as advertised. When Congress wants to do something particularly objectionable, they tend give it a fine-sounding name. The PATRIOT Act is perhaps the best-known example. The legislation had been drafted well before 9/11 but was going nowhere. Then the 9/11 attacks gave it a new lease on life. Politicians exploited the surge in patriotism following the attack to reintroduce the bill and call it the PATRIOT Act. To oppose it at that time was, by design, to seem unpatriotic.
Nothing is less important in Washington these days than how Barack Obama's executive order on immigration will affect millions of unauthorized immigrants. Obama has turned a population roughly equal to Alabama into taxpayers who can live in America without fear of deportation, and this town yawns. All anyone really wants to talk about is whether the Republicans will completely freak out or manage to hold it together long enough for the government to function.
Roosevelt Elementary School kindergarteners enjoyed an early Thanksgiving feast of soup and rolls Tuesday as they donned traditional Thanksgiving garb.
Great Bend Middle School wrestlers traveled to Salina on Saturday to test their skills against Salina Lakewood, Clay Center, and McPherson. The panther wrestlers won their first match up with Salina Lakewood 63-39.