Homelessness is on the rise in Kansas and right here in our own town this issue can be seen by taking a drive by the river just outside of Great Bend in the warmer months, visiting the soup kitchen that feeds nearly 70 people on any given day or just taking a drive down 10th Street.
Lawrence F. "Larry" Weiser, 97, passed away peacefully on Jan. 4, 2017, at his Great Bend residence. He was born Sept. 4, 1919, at Odin, the son of Rudolph J. and Mary Louise (Grellinger) Weiser. He was a 1939 graduate of Odin High School and then attended St. Joseph Military Academy in Hays, until he was drafted into the United States Army in the summer of 1941. He was a decorated World War II combat veteran, serving in the Pacific Theater, and was involved in the liberation of the Philippine Islands in 1945.
Bernadine Schultz, 67, died Jan. 4, 2017, at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center. Born April 7, 1949, at Stockton, she was the daughter of Harold and Iola (Cahail) Schultz. A Great Bend resident since 1968, she was an LPN. She was a loving mother and grandmother.
Steven Gustafson and Jean Hendricks will be performing a one-piano, four-hand concert at 2 p.m. on Jan. 15, at the Birger Sandzen Memorial Gallery in Lindsborg. This program, a part of the Gallery's chamber music series, includes the lively Slavic Dances by Antonin Dvorak, the Allegro from Mozart's Sonata in C Major, and an original Andante and Variations work by Felix Mendelssohn. They will also be performing works by Francis Poulene, Edvard Grieg, and Georges Bizet.
Call your agent. It's that time of year again when football coaching jobs are doing their annual "musical chairs" thing. Trouble is, mostly they just trade places. It's really hard for the new "kids on the block" to squeeze into the game.
Called "a loving Valentine to a bygone America," and "a hilarious homespun musical comedy" the musical "Radio Gals" will be presented by the Sterling Community Theatre Troupe at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 12, 13 and 14 and at 3:00 pm on Jan. 15. Though a Sterling production the show will be presented at the Flag Theatre in Hutchinson, 310 North Main, in cooperation with Hutchinson's Family Community Theatre.
I read an article lately where the author expressed her gratefulness for life. She talked about the rough spots, the hills and valleys, the times of grief and joy. But, basically, she was grateful for life. She found life to be a gift and an adventure nonetheless.