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.
A pair of standout seasons ended with a second team All Jayhawk West selection for Phikala Anthony. The Memphis sophomore just missed a first team selection as the highest vote total on the second team. She was the lone Barton Community College Cougars to earn recognition.
An internet video depicting two Great Bend High School students fighting in the lunch room has been featured on several websites over the weekend, prompting readers to contact the Great Bend Tribune with questions concerning the safety of students at the school.