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.
It is common knowledge that planning to conserve natural resources is a good idea and the right thing to do. But did you know that conservation planning also makes good business sense? If you develop and implement a conservation plan you may receive priority status when and if you decide to apply for certain Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) programs. Also, it is one of the best tools around to help you assess and inventory your resources so you can make better decisions to help you reach your land use and natural resource goals subsequently improving your bottom line.
By John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau
Dr. Victor L. Martin
The Kansas Department of Transportation is scheduled to start an asphalt sealing project on the surface of US-281 Highway in Barton County. The project location is from the intersection with K-4 Highway approximately four miles west of Hoisington north to the Barton/Russell County line.
The annual Deckert, Irion, and Holmes family reunion, descendants of William and Rosa Baldwin who settled in Pawnee County in the late 1800s, was held July 17 at the Garfield Community Center. Family members are from the three Baldwin daughters, Ethel Deckert, Clara Irion, and Bessie Holmes. The reunion has been held annually on the third Sunday of July since the late 1940s. Clarabel Price Rohr is the last surviving grandchild of the 17 grandchildren. In attendance were Clarabel Price Rohr and Kenneth and Carol Price from Garfield; Larry and Delma Nulf and David and Pat Nulf from Burrton; Delbert ...
Dutch oven cooking is on the educational menu at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center near Great Bend at 1 p.m. Sunday, July 31.
Leadership programs at Fort Hays State University have joined a rare group with the announcement that the Association of Leadership Educators has given the university's Center for Civic Leadership its 2011 award for Outstanding Leadership Programs.
LYONS - Great Bend High School head tennis coach Shannon Schartz always has an extra meet on his schedule.
George Brett once said, "If a tie is like kissing your sister, then losing is like kissing your grandmother with her teeth out!"
LARNED - The Santa Fe Trail Center Museum is busily preparing for the 18th biennial Rendezvous, a history seminar to be held in Larned Sept. 18-20.
Hoisington Municipal Court - Aug. 21
Todd L. Leatherman, 48, died Aug. 29 in Great Bend. He was born Sept. 25, 1965 at Great Bend, the son of Bill and Iona (Lebsack) Leatherman.
Barton County Sheriff's Office
Barton Community College's Center for Adult Education will start its 9-week GED Preparation Class this Tuesday.
The Great Bend Evening Lions Club will not meet Monday, due to the Labor Day holiday. Instead, the next meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 8, at the First Presbyterian Church, 24th and Washington. Anyone interested in the Lions Club is welcome.
There will be no Touched by Cancer support group meeting for the first week of September. There will be one meeting for the month, at 5:15 pm. Tuesday, Sept. 16, at the Heartland Cancer Center, 204 Cleveland St. in Great Bend.
CLAFLIN - Elfrieda Alice Mantz, 95, died Aug. 28 at Golden Living Center, Wilson. She was born Feb. 18, 1919, at Claflin, the daughter of Max Frederick and Mary Otillie (Kafka) Schlessiger.
UTICA - Patricia Ann (Hill) Stutz, 81, passed away Aug. 27, at her home near Utica, after a short illness. Born June 11, 1933, in Carthage, Mo., she was the daughter of Lee C. and Nellie P. (Berkebile) Hill. She grew up and attended school in Carthage, Mo. After graduation from Carthage High School in 1951, she worked at Big Smith (jeans) Company in Carthage, Mo., and volunteered with USO entertainers at Camp Crowder Army Base near Neosho, Mo. On Feb. 6, 1955, she married William Robert Stutz of Utica, in Carthage, Mo. He survives of the home where they have ...
Gloria A. Janatello, 87, died Aug. 29, at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born Sept. 12, 1926, in Ellinwood, she was the daughter of Domingo and Ruth (Barth) Scotti. On Dec. 25, 1943, she married Peter Janatello in Great Bend. He died on Feb. 27, 2008. She was a lifetime resident of Great Bend and Barton County.
Sister Bertilla Brungardt, 86, died Aug. 28, in the Dominican Sisters' convent infirmary, Great Bend. Born Dec. 17, 1927, in Liebenthal as Germana Brungardt, Sister Bertilla was the daughter of the late Adam Joseph and Josephine Heili Brungardt. She was raised by her father and stepmother, Emma Wasinger Quint Brungardt. She entered the Dominican Sisters' Community on Sept. 10, 1944, and pronounced her first vows on Aug. 13, 1947. She celebrated 65 years of religious profession in 2012.