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 After Harvest Czech Festival will be held on July 30 in Wilson. A Czech Buffet, made by St. Wenceslaus Altar Society will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., or when the food runs out, at 2811 Ave. D. Menu consists of roast beef, roast pork, jaternice, potatoes in dill gravy, sauerkraut, dumplings, vegetables, rohlicky, kolaches and a drink. Price is $11 for adults and $5 for children under the age of 10. Kolaches and other homemade items will be sold at the Country Store from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Mr. Rob Griffith of Raymore, Mo. and Ms. Becky Griffith of Overland Park, announce the engagement of their daughter, Lindsay Durand Griffith to Michael Vincent D' Agostino, son of Mr. and Mrs. John D' Agostino of Leawood. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Ms. Janet Smith and Mr. Jerry L. Griffith, both of Hoisington, the late Verlin Smith and the late Dorothy Griffith.
Juanita (Paden) Alpers will celebrate her 80th birthday on July 28 with a card shower. Juanita married Marion Alpers on Feb. 10, 1952. They live in Hudson where she served as a school secretary and still is a homemaker and farmer's wife. She has two children, Kevin Alpers and wife Barbara, and Janell Foote and husband Reuel, all of Hudson; five grandchildren, Josh Foote (Angie), Tyler Alpers (Leah), Tabra Ward (Shawn), Derek Foote (Emilee), and Taci Alpers; and six great-grandchildren, Elijah and Kaden Foote, Braxton and Easton Alpers,
Jeff and Amy Slater announce the birth of the son, Richard Louis Slater, on June 26 in Great Bend. He weighed 7 lbs. 7 oz. and was 20 in. long.
Helen Moos will celebrate her 85th birthday on July 30 with family and friends.
Helen Zorn will celebrate her 90th birthday from 2 to 4 p.m. on July 31 with an open house at the Immaculate Conception Parish Hall in Claflin. Family and friends are invited to attend. The celebration is being hosted by her family Tom and Alice Zorn of Herndon, Va., Michael and Mary Zorn of Round Rock, Texas, Harold and Diana Schremmer of Houston, Texas, Steven and Susan Cates of Emporia; 13 grandchildren; and 10 great grandchildren.
Galen Reinhart of Minneapolis and Virginia Reinhart of Great Bend, announce the engagement of their daughter, Amanda Lee Reinhart, to Joseph Darren Straub, son of Ron and Kathy Straub of Great Bend. The bride-elect is the grandaughter of Lee and Ellen Edwards of Aurora, Mo. and Raymond and Margorie Reinhart of Minneapolis. The prospective groom is the grandson of the late Walter (Wally) and Betty Straub of Great Bend and late Orville and Joan Eaton of Muskogee, Okla.
The annual Tompkins reunion, family of the late John and Abi Tompkins of the Byers area, was held July 17, at the IOOF Hall in St. John, with 34 relatives attending.
Danny and Marita Peerenboom, of Topeka, announce the engagement of their daughter, Randi Jo Peerenboom, to Samuel Gerard LoBurgio, son of Michael LoBurgio of Great Bend and the late Cynthia LoBurgio. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Vada Peerenboom, Topeka, the late Sylvester Peerenboom, and the late John and Jocile Nevin. The prospective groom is the grandson of Betty LoBurgio, the late Nicolo LoBurgio, and the late Ed and Susie Truesdell.
Simple Haven Bed and Breakfast, 615 27th Street in Wilson, will host an Art and Music Festival from 2 to 4 p.m. on July 30. Featured will be works by Jim Pruner, Terri Horner, Debbie Wagner, Becky Hyberger, Mark Swiderski, Gordon and Rae Zahradnik and Marilyn Pfeiffer-Hake. Music will be provided by John Andrews on the piano at 2 p.m. and The Backwater Boys, bluegrass/country/gospel/folk/Americana, at 4 p.m. by the historic water tower.
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 Aug. 4 and will be held every Thursday for 10 weeks from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Saint Francis Community Service office, 1508 Main Street, Great Bend.
Isidro Alvarez, 73, passed away at his home in Great Bend on Tuesday.
HOISINGTON - Linda M. Pettitt, 68, died Nov. 8, 2014 at her home in Hoisington.
GREAT BEND – Marilyn K. Preston, 72, died Nov. 12, 2014 at Via Christi St. Francis Regional Medical Center, Wichita.
Santa has his workshop at the North Pole where he tries to make life a little better for everyone who receives his gifts.
President Barack Obama thinks universal preschool is a no-brainer, a proven formula with enormous impact, well worth the $15 billion of federal money he wants to help expand its reach.
Recently commuter students across the nation have been speaking out about the benefits and unforseen costs of living at home and commuting to class.
Republicans may have won the Senate and kept the House, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is no inspiration, allowing President Obama to keep all of the leverage of shutting down government spending while the President wags the threatening finger of executive orders in McConnell's face.
Lydia Mato put her name in the record books Saturday at the NJCAA Cross Country National Championships. The Ghana native became the fifth Barton Community College women's cross country runner to earn an individual national champion honor and the first since 1995.
A good finish to a good season. The Barton Community College men's cross country capped off one of its better season recently by earning a 15th place effort at the NJCAA National Championship in Lubbock this past weekend.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Great Bend Floral & Gifts, LLC, 1913 Lakin, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Nancy Sundahl with greeters Connie Oetken and Amanda Hackerott. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.