With the passing of Grey Thursday and Black Friday, and the coming of Cyber Monday, the 2012 holiday shopping season is in full swing.
President Obama's reelection was a triumph of Big Data, technological innovation, and precision targeting over the usual gravity of an incumbent president with a record of economic failure. This was facilitated by largest data trove in the world, Google, lending talent, expertise, and quite possibly data to the cause. Now Google CEO Eric Schmidt is being rumored as a potential Commerce Secretary or even Treasury Secretary – the top economic policy position – in Obama's second term. That's probably far-fetched, but the close relationship between the administration and Google deserves scrutiny.
Seriously? Both political parties talking pre-emptive smack barely a week after the election. Partisan politics? Again? So soon? Not even time to catch our breath? For crum's sakes, give it a rest, you guys. Besides, shouldn't you be out on recess? After all, it's Thanksgiving. Yes. Already. The earliest Thanksgiving possible. That's what happens when November first is on a Thursday. Merchants are dancing the happy dance. Shoppers too. Retail workers, not so much. Black Friday Creep seems destined to devour Halloween.
The older I get, the more I realize the importance of the little things that are right in front of me to appreciate all year long. So, once again, as we celebrate Thanksgiving, this uniquely American holiday, here is the list of blessings for which I am thankful in 2012.
HOISINGTON - Kristin Ohnmacht, certified physicians assistant ,joins Clara Barton Hospital's physician team. Ohnmacht is a certified physician assistant.
ELLINWOOD - The Ellinwood After Prom Parents will be taking orders for bierocks and cinnamon rolls made by Wheatland Café until Tuesday, Dec. 4. The bierocks are $3.50 each or $36 per dozen. Cinnamon rolls are $12 per tray of a dozen.
ELLINWOOD - St. John Lutheran Church will hold a "Festival of Carols," a celebration of the beginning of Advent, to kick off the Christmas season, at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2, at the church located at 5th and Wilhelm in Ellinwood.
The Dominican Sisters of Peace will show the 2009 movie, "The Ben Carson Story," at 6:15 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, in the auditorium of the Motherhouse, 3600 Broadway Ave., Great Bend.
A seminar offered by Foundry Methodist Church in Great Bend provides help for people who are grieving during the holiday season.
My father died in his sleep early in the morning on Nov. 9. I was not present then, because he lived in Michigan. We left for Michigan the next morning. His funeral was on the following Tuesday. All six children, many of the grandchildren and even a few great grandchildren were present. At the cemetery, Dad was given an honor guard ceremony by the Kent County Honor Guard. This included a 21 gun salute and taps. I was given the flag that was on his casket.
Bobby Gibson from McPherson will give the program, "The REALLY Good Ole Days?" at the Barton County Historical Society meeting on Monday, Nov. 26.
Barton County Fair Friends will sponsor an afternoon tour of five Great Bend homes on Sunday, Dec. 2. Proceeds will benefit the 2013 Barton County Fair.
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SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) - For decades, the Kansas City Royals headed to spring training full of uncertainty.
The March meeting of the Cheyenne Bottoms Naturalists will be held from 6-7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10, at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center. Recently launched, Cheyenne Bottoms Naturalists provides monthly opportunities for adults and interested teens to learn more about the natural world, participate in research opportunities and enjoy hands-on activities. Programs are free and open to the public.
Parents are invited to bring their children to the Great Bend Activity Center, 2715 18th St., to use the Imagination Playground. The playground will be set up from 9:30-11 a.m. Wednesday and again from 6:30-7:30 Wednesday evening.
HAYS - It often is no surprise to cancer patients when they hear radiation treatments will take nine weeks.
Holste & Bowers LLC, a locally owned accounting firm in Great Bend, announced the addition of Colleen Burton to the professional staff. Burton brings more than 26 years of experience in accounting and business administration.
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The Great Bend Cemetery staff is preparing for spring clean-up and is asking residents to remove fall flowers by Suday. On Monday staff will have them all collected and either trash them or donate what's usable to the church group that rebuilds them.
ELLINWOOD - Maggie Ann (Diebert) Brown, 82, died March 1, at her home in Ellinwood of pancreatic cancer. Born April 7, 1932, near Hoxie, she was the daughter of Julius Edwin and Fairy Fay (Barr) Deibert. On June 5, 1949, she married Earl Robert Brown. He died in 1997. She was a homemaker and worked as a housekeeper and as a cook at the Alcove Club.
Wanda Jo Simmons, 62, died March 1 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born Oct. 10, 1952 in Casper, Wyo., she was the daughter of Daisy P. Fortna. Wanda graduated high school in Lenwood, Wash., and then later joined the Army where she served six years followed by six more years in the Army Reserve. An Ellinwood resident since 1982, Wanda married husband Francis Simmons on June 21, 1983 in Ellinwood. Wanda worked at Sterling House in Hutchinson as a CMA and was an avid reader who enjoyed nature and being outdoors.
LEOTI - Frances Marie Thurston, 98, passed away on Feb. 21, at Wichita County Health Center LTCU in Leoti. Born Jan. 7, 1917, in Tribune, she was the daughter of Harold and Marjorie Hoopes Smith. On Jan. 4, 1940, she married Harry Thurston in Tribune. He passed away on Oct. 1, 1989, in Tribune, Kansas. A lifetime resident of Western Kansas, she was a homemaker and a retired Avon representative for over 32 years.
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The Barton Community College softball team tasted defeat for the first time this season. Its response? A 19-4 win.