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.
Rena Berrett, summer extension intern, will share information about the agricultural exchange she has participated in during a program at 1 p.m. on Monday, at the Great Bend Senior Center. Berrett, who grew up in eastern Oregon, has spent the past school year as a Kansas State Wildcat, pursuing a degree in Agriculture. The similarities and differences between the two states will be highlighted by Rena. She will also share highlights from the Ag trip to France she participated in with other K-State students. Monday's program is free and open to everyone.
The Conrad and Rosa Matal Scheuerman annual reunion of family and friends will be held at 3 p.m. on Aug. 6 with a BBQ, swimming and games at Camp Aldrich. Activities will continue at Camp Aldrich on Aug. 7 with a church service at 9:45 a.m., pot-luck dinner at 11:30 a.m., swimming and games.
For decades conservatives have advocated scaling back the role of the federal government in transportation, yet the federal gas tax that was supposed to end in 1969 is still hanging around 46 years later. Fortunately, there is a feature of the current law that gives states the the upper hand, and they should seize the opportunity to act.
If this is the best liberals can do to disparage Ted Cruz, the Texas Senator has a great chance of being our next President.
Some portions of a schedule are tougher than others. Thanks to a make-up reshuffling earlier this year, the Barton Community College women's basketball had about as tough a 3-game stretch as anyone in the nation will play this season.
On a night when Gene Butler, a member of the highest scoring team in school history, was inducted into the Barton Sports Hall of Fame, the current Cougars showed him they can score a few points as well. Barton hit triple digits for the third time in seven conference games in a 100-90 win over Pratt.
Great Bend Fire Department dispatched units at 10:39 a.m. Friday for a possible structure fire at 600 Kansas Ave. Chief Mike Napolitano said that upon arrival they found that a man was in the basement burning the insulation off copper wire. The fire was out when units arrived; however, there was still some smoke in the building.
HOLYROOD - Norma Ruth Schaefer, 88, passed away Jan. 25 at the Good Samaritan Society in Ellsworth. She was born June 10, 1926, in Lincoln, to Anna E. (Bahls) and Neils M. Pedersen.
PAWNEE ROCK - Hazel "Alberta" Crone, 89, died Jan. 24, at her home in rural Pawnee Rock. Born July 12, 1925, in Anderson County, she was the daughter of George Albert and Hazel Olive (Colgin) Payne. On June 26, 1942, she married Francis "Roy" Crone in Iola. He died on Nov. 19, 2007. A resident of Barton County most of her life, she was a dedicated mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.
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Many times when I go out on home visits, the homeowners concerns are with trees on their property. One reason for your trees being in distress may very well be your lawn. If your grass, (especially cool season grasses such as fescue) is allowed to grow up to the trunk of your trees, the competition for water and other nutrients may cause your tree to decline in health. Following is a report on research that has been completed by KSU with more information about the grass and tree competition issue many homeowners have faced.
Reinke announces that Stephen Batten with Raindrop Repair in St. John, recently attended the 3-day Reinke Advanced PLUS (Proven Leaders in Unmatched Service) Seminar. Service technicians representing 13 Reinke dealerships from across the U.S. attended the seminar in Deshler, Neb.
If you have been to the library in the past few days, you will have noticed a big change! Many of the tables and chairs have been removed to make way for the "Hometown Teams" Smithsonian Exhibit. Crates should be arriving before Friday filling up the empty space. Library services will remain as usual, and we have tables set aside for you to continue to use. Set up will begin next week, docents will be trained, and there will be a Chamber Coffee on Friday, January 30th. Sharon Sturgis has prepared wonderful accompaniments to the display, and there should be ...
"Having a benefit auction with the proceeds going to the Clara Barton Hospital Foundation was a great way for us to support our medical providers and helps enhance services for our residents at the same time," reports Bryan Stacey, Executive Director at RiverBend Assisted Living, in Great Bend. "Our two facilities are a natural fit and have a great working relationship."