"Hot Chocolate Hullabaloo" is the theme for the December 4-H Afterschool program. This will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 14 and 21 from 3:30- 5 p.m. at the Barton County Extension Office meeting room. To sign up for one or both days, please call 793-1910 by noon on Wednesday the 14th. The suggested age is 6-12 years old. We also need some 4-H junior leaders to come help with the program!
Georgia Spence, 87, died Dec. 9 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born Feb. 9, 1924, at Purcell, Okla., she was the daughter of Roy and Luna (Clutz) Sims. She married Gordon Spence on Feb. 15, 1947, at Winfield. He died May 20, 1985. A lifetime Great Bend resident, she was former owner and operator of Dairy Queen, and was a homemaker.
Kathryn "Katie" Saenz, 83, died Dec. 8 at Via Christi St. Francis Regional Medical Center, Wichita. She was born Nov. 13, 1928, at Lamar, Colo., the daughter of Pedro and Maria (Bravo) Godinez. She married Joe A. Saenz Sept. 8, 1947, at Lamar, Colo. He died Sept. 29, 2001. A Great Bend resident since 1954, coming from Lamar, she was a cook for Holiday Inn, Highland Manor and the Senior Center.
St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center representatives donate outdated respiratory therapy supplies that will be distributed during a mission to Ghana, Africa. From left to right are: Lori Vainer, St. Rose respiratory therapist; Brandi Gruber, St. Rose director of cardio-pulmonary services; and Suzanne Bollig and Karen Schell, both respiratory therapists and members of the Kansas Respiratory Care Society. Schell will deliver the items to Ghana next spring.
The Indian River Citrus Fruit will be available from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and Monday at the Great Bend Seventh-day Adventist School. Extra navel oranges and pink grapefruit will be available. Call 620-791-7314 for additional information.
"The Music of Christmas", a concert of traditional sacred hymns celebrating the birth of Christ, will be presented at 4 p.m. on Dec. 18 at the First United Methodist Church, on the corner of Forest and Stone Streets in downtown Great Bend. This program of duets by Jenny Allford and Brad Shirer will feature the Sanctuary grand piano and the 1926 Austin pipe organ of First United Methodist Church. The church is handicapped accessible. Pre-recorded CD's of the music performed will be available at the close of the concert.
Bishop Michael Milliken will officiate at 11 a.m. on Sunday at St. John's Episcopal Church, 17th and Adams. This will be the first visit of Bishop Milliken since becoming the Bishop of the Diocese of Western Kansas. The Bishop is a wonderful speaker and is working very hard to bring change and growth to the diocese. Everyone is invited to attend the service.
ROZEL -- Main Street Basr & Grill will conduct an open house and ribbon cutting Saturday morning at Rozel. The business is next to City Hall. The open house starts at 9 a.m. and the ribbon cutting is scheduled for 10 a.m.
Cicero, Ill., Town President Larry Dominick, the defendant in sexual harassment lawsuits filed by two female employees, gave depositions in the cases, in March 2009 and February 2011, but provided challenging answers on one issue.
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.
Hannah Seiwert and Devon Degenhardt were united in marriage on March 28, in a double ring ceremony officiated by Aaron Andrews. Parents of the couple are Bernard and Lisa Seiwert and Louis Degenhardt and Sheryl Degenhardt. Grandparents of the bride are Patricia Gerstenkorn of Great Bend and the late LeRoy Gerstenkorn, and Delia Seiwert of St. Paul and the late Peter Seiwert. Grandparents of the groom are Bernita Degenhardt of Great Bend and the late Walter Degenhardt, and the late Ernest and Evelyn Blazek. The bride was given in marriage by her father.