Barton Community College will host a presentation at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 14 in the Cohen Center in the Learning Resource Center titled "Buffalo Hunt," about buffalo hunting in Kansas in the 1800s and how it affected the state.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission will hosting a free Stop 'N Learn Session, "Go, Slow and Whoa Foods," at noon Thursday, March 14, at the Great Bend Activity Center, 2715 18th St. This one-hour program will also be held at 1 p.m. Friday, March 22, at the Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave.
The Barton Community College Foundation's Annual Academic Enrichment Fund Campaign titled "Leave a Legacy" is under way. Lifelong area residents and supporters of the college, Craig and Jolene Biggs, are honorary co-chairs for the month-long fundraising drive.
BARTON COUNTY - On March 2, 31 middle school and high school music students participated in the Parnassus Club annual piano and voice scholarship auditions held in the Barton Community College Fine Arts building.
Some fancy-dancy public-policy think-tank just released a brand-new study that speculates the legion of aging baby boomers will permanently redefine retirement. Mainly because so few of us will be able to afford to retire. "Uh, lady, you want lids on these?" Fast-food break rooms equipped with CPR paddles. A forest of tennis ball-footed walkers leaning against the brooms and mops by the back door. Intra-generational minimum wage squabbles: "Hey you punks, get your greasy hot apple pie holes off my oxygen tank."
Senate Democrats are finally beginning the process of writing a budget after four years of dereliction. They will almost certainly include some changes to Medicare, the largest driver of federal spending and debt. But unfortunately, there are indications that they intend to focus on the small piece of Medicare (10.6 percent in 2012) that is actually working well: the Medicare Part D prescription drug program.
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, for individuals interested in becoming foster or adoptive parents. The course begins April 1 and will be held every Monday for 10 weeks from 6 to 9 p.m. The training will be held at Saint Mark's Lutheran Church, 2101 Jackson Street, Great Bend.
Playing six games in three days, the Barton Community College baseball team needed and received solid pitching to earn a series split with Seward County Community College this past weekend at Lawson-Biggs Field.
LARNED - Betty Jo (Jody) Rader, 82, died March 10, at Country Place Senior Living in Larned. Born Jan. 29, 1931 in Greensburg, she was the daughter of Merle and Muriel Ratliff Kelly. In 1949 she graduated from Greensburg High school. On Aug. 7, 1949, she married Dorl Rader in Greensburg. He survives. She was a doctor's nurse for Doctors Cram, Blount, Brenner, Ewing and Smith in Greensburg.
Elma Laughlin Lepej will celebrate her 99th birthday on June 30, with a card shower. Elma and her twin brother, Elmer Laughlin, were born on June 30, 1916, on a farm near Alexander. They attended school in LaCrosse. On April 17, 1943, she married Joe Lepej. Elma has been a resident of Great Bend since 1965. She has two daughters, Patti Smith and husband George of Great Bend and Jo Kay Lepej of Topeka;
Michael and Pamela Perry of Great Bend and Toby Bettis of Wilsonville, Ore. announce the engagement of their daughter, Rachel Bettis to Cameron Cooper, son of Scott and Terri Cooper of Garnett. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Gloria and Linus Schamber and Harold and Margaret Bettis, all of Hays; Vernon and Karen Hayes of Great Bend and the late Coyle and Carla Detherage, and Dale Perry; and the great-granddaughter of Norma Mounkes, all of Great Bend. The prospective groom is the grandson of Jim and June Cooper of Garnett and Rosalie Burkhead of Lawrence and the late Dean Burkhead.
Jeff and Carrie Moore of Kechi announce the engagement of their daughter Rhae Ann Moore to Chris Burt, son of Cliff and Kathy Burt of Great Bend. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Dave Egan, Joyce Markley, the late Shirley Moore, the late Sonny Moore and Charles Honeyman. The prospective groom is the grandson of Patricia Schumacher, the late Duke Burt, the late Betty Lewis and the late Bruce Lewis.
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.
Larned High School's football team, under the direction of head coach A.B. Stokes, participated in a football camp conducted by Sterling College football coaches. The Larned football team was scheduled to compete in a team camp at Newton.
LARNED - Larned High junior Colton Massey shot 3-over-par 75 at Buffalo Dunes Golf Course in Garden City to qualify for the 2015 Kansas Amateur Golf Tournament July 20-26 at the Wichita Country Club. Massey tied for fifth in qualifying at Garden City.
Camp Hope wrapped up Saturday at Barton Community College. With 68 campers and more than 100 volunteers, the week-long camp made use of the campus, with visits to Great Bend attractions such as the Wetlands Waterpark. The annual golf tournament was held Wednesday at StoneRidge County Club.
June 27, 2015|
Susan Thacker/Great Bend Tribune
with Jamie Cockerham/Camp Hope