George Bergen Jr., 81, died March 19 at Research Medical Center, Kansas City, Mo. He was born May 6, 1932, at Washita, Okla., the son of Gerhart and Bertha (Sawatsky) Bergen. He married "Dilly" Emma Faye Salem on Nov. 7, 1964, at Hudson. She died Dec. 30, 2004. A Great Bend resident since 1964, coming from Liberal, he was a baker for Karolee Donut Shop, was a roughneck and mud engineer, worked for Great Bend Packing, and was co-owner of Dilly's Restaurant from 1987 to 2004.
When it comes to tax preparation, AARP reports that its trained volunteers have accuracy rates similar to commercial services. But when choosing a tax preparer, consumers are warned to do their homework.
Since the end of January, four volunteers with AARP have spent Thursday mornings and afternoons preparing basic income tax returns at the Barton County Courthouse. Demand for this free service is growing, said Kathy Ahlvers, who leads the Great Bend team. But for every person who is served, several others must be turned away.
"Sailing to the Shores of America" and across the plains to Great Bend is the work of Valery Shiljaev, a well-known Russian maritime artist. Colorful, realistic oil paintings showing historic ships battling ocean waves will be featured in an art show in April at Petr's Frame House, 2009 16th St., from March 31 - April 25.
BARTON COUNTY -While most people are still snug in their beds, prairie chickens are busy putting on a show that is critical to their survival. Each spring, just before dawn, male prairie chickens can be seen strutting around on communal mating grounds known as "leks," where they fight, sing, and dance to win the affections of females. Only the most extravagant displays will do, and only the best males will get to mate.