Ellinwood received a rare and important gift this week when Holocaust survivor and author Marion Blumenthal-Lazan visited with students and the community. She shared the story of her family, who miraculously survived what has come to be called the Holocaust. All four were prisoners at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, and narrowly escaped extermination at the end of World War II.
The Kansas State Fair has started its annual 10-day at the Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson. This is the largest single event in the state, and annually attracts approximately 335,000 people from all 105 Kansas counties and several and beyond.
In 2014, an unidentified man walked into a fire station in Washington State and turned over a plastic bag containing an American flag. He claimed it was the same flag raised by firefighters over the smoking rubble of the World Trade Center following the horrific terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
When immediate relief from an allergic reaction can be a matter of life or death, the EpiPen epinephrine injector can save the day. The user snaps the device sharply into his or her thigh and a needle injects a fast-acting remedy.
With so much bad news being reported on the national news, the report today that the Great Bend Rotary Club has revived the Fishing and Wishing program was an especially nice lift. Not only does it signal that the efforts of the city to control the blue-green-algae problem of the past several years is working, it also provides a certain symbolism that the people of our city have positive feelings about sporting, our youth, and a lifestyle that makes Great Bend a great place to live.
On Monday the nation will celebrate Labor Day, recognizing the contributions of everyone who works for a living. This holiday, like the 40-hour work week or the internet, was such a brilliant idea that more than one group or individual have been given credit for it.
Governor Sam Brownback signed a proclamation Thursday designating Sept. 5-11 as Suicide Prevention Week in the State of Kansas. Suicide Prevention Week is recognized nationally as a time to raise awareness and educate people concerning suicide prevention. It is observed in conjunction with World Suicide Prevention Day on Sept. 10.
The school year is only days old and there is already the tragic story of three young people and one older driver dying in a car crash early last Thursday morning. The two-vehicle wreck occurred near Silver Lake and also critically injured another passenger.
It was a time for the City of Great Bend to come together for one of those old-fashioned community wide celebrations. The fourth-annual Party in the Park was last Saturday at Veterans Memorial Park, and Community Coordinator Christina Hayes said it was "an incredible success."