Editor's note: Mary Leidig submitted this recap of holiday events in Rush County.
Editor's note: Mary Leidig submitted this recap of holiday events in Rush County.
Families seeking support from Sunflower's Early Education Center have long relied on its expertise. And now, families can count on even more rewarding relationships with the non-profit agency's professionals, said Cathy Estes, EEC coordinator.
Jesse Torres, left, and Loren Phillips, of the Central Kansas Medical Center maintenance department, load the 2,885 food items collected during the CKMC employee food drive. All items were delivered to the Food Bank in Great Bend.
Volunteer Training will be held for anyone interested in helping to provide services and support to survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Sessions will take place at the Family Crisis Center's administrative office on the following dates and times:
YouthFriends at Riley School sponsored a breakfast last Tuesday morning to show appreciation for their volunteers and their student matches. YouthFriends director Michelle Daniel said that CPI provides time off for nine employees to volunteer at Riley. "They are the best volunteers," Daniel said.
Employees from Great Bend Regional Hospital Steve Schenkel, Elle Slater, Kristie Thill and Sonya Rein deliver Christmas presents to Laura Patzner, Executive Director for the Family Crisis Center for area families for the holidays
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Barton and Pawnee Counties has been the recipient of much Christmas cheer and good will this holiday season, Executive Director Stephanie Joiner reports.
P&S Security at 1705 K-96 in Great Bend was burglarized on Sunday, Police Chief Dean Akings reports. A front window was broken to gain entry. Two rifles, 21 handguns, one pair of handcuffs and flashlights were stolen.
For the second year the Great Bend Public Library held its "Food for Fines" program to benefit the Barton County Food Bank.
A large metal shed sits on a trailer in pasture northeast of Great Bend Thursday afternoon. The structure was owned by Dr. Ray Leidich of Great Bend and bought (and relocated) by Jason Causey. Causey said it will be used to house his camper and as "an indoor playground for my kids." The building (which is over 100 feet long and wide) was hauled for about a mile down dirt roads by Kuhn's House Movers out of Victoria.
Earlier this year, Stafford County Flour Mills and the Golden Belt Community Foundation launched the "Give an Acre for Hudson" challenge as a way to build a savings account for the Hudson community. Throughout the summer and fall the agricultural community stepped forward, along with Stafford County Flour Mills matching each donation, to help raise $14,531.48 toward the overall goal of $20,000.
Wilson State Park will be taking campsite reservations for the 2011 camping season beginning at 8 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 3, Reservations done on January 3rd will be by a lottery drawing. Everyone present at the first drawing will be given a munbered ticket; customers will then be taken in order by the number of their ticket. Customers will be allowed to make three reservations under different names and addresses. Additional lotteries will be held as necessary in order to accommodate customers arriving after the first drawing. This lottery type drawing will allow everyone an equal opportunity for reservations ...
The 12th Annual Christmas Day Dinner will be held at St. Michaels Parish Hall, 10th and Lincoln, in LaCrosse. A traditional homemade Christmas meal will be served. Some sugar-free pie and salad will be available. Everyone is invited. The meal is free as area businesses and groups provide the financing.
This weeks Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Community Bank of the Midwest, 2220 Broadway, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Ambassador in charge will be Jim Vopat with greeters Rebecca Ford and John Sullivan. Coffee, doughnuts and door prizes will be available.
The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes a donation to the Golden Belt Veterans Memorial from the Great Bend Tribune, the cleaning of a drainage ditch in Ellinwood and the Central Kansas Community Corrections budget.
A hands on food preservation workshop has a few openings remaining according to Donna Krug, Barton County Family and Consumer Science Agent. The workshop will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, August 1, at Great Bend High School. Participants are asked to pre-register by July 25, by calling Krug at 793-1910. The $10 fee will cover the cost of supplies plus a light lunch. Karen Blakeslee, director of the K-State Research and Extension Rapid Response Center, will lead the workshop.
Barton Community College's Shafer Art Gallery will host a pageant performance of "The Miraculous Apparitions of the Virgin Mary," Friday, Aug. 1 at 7 p.m. Actors from the Prince of Peace Catholic church will portray the popular Mexican story of the Virgin Mary's miraculous appearance to Juan Diego in 1531. Admission is free.
On July 25, from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. the Kendrick Tinkler family will host a Lemonade for Livy stand next to Family Dollar in Great Bend. Lemonade for Livy was created by Livy's Hope, an organization whose mission is to support children with medical needs and their families. All proceeds will benefit the Epilepsy Foundation (www.epilepsy.com) and their goal to find a cure for epilepsy. The intent of the campaign is to turn the country purple (the color of epilepsy awareness) by holding at least one lemonade event in each state.
A park ranger from Fort Larned National Historic Site will talk about Buffalo Soldiers who served at the fort, during a program at 7:30 p.m. Monday, July 28, in the main museum at the Barton County Historical Society. Ellen Jones will highlight Company A, US Army 10th Cavalry, one of two Black cavalry units to serve at Fort Larned from 1867-1869.
The Barton Community College Board of Trustees will approve next year's budget for publication at the next board meeting, set for 4 p.m. Thursday, July 24, in room F-30 of the Fine Arts Building. The board will also approve the operational budget for Fiscal Year 2015.
USD 428 Board of Education will meet at 7:30 a.m. on Friday at the District Education Center, 201 S. Patton Road. Items on the agenda include approval of 2014-2015 health insurance, and approval of the 2014-2015 budget.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Dr. Mark Judd, 20/20 Optix, 1701 K96 Hwy., at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Karmi Green with greeters John Sullivan and Cindy Parr. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
A Larned woman was injured Monday in a Finney County accident. Kansas Highway Patrol responded to the accident, and to a possible injury accident in Russell County involving an Ellsworth woman.
Kansas Department of Agriculture Division of Animal Health officials were notified today that Colorado has become the second state in 2014 to have a confirmed case of vesicular stomatitis (VS). Four horses tested positive for the disease and have been placed under quarantine. The horses involved in these index cases have no history of travel.
The Open Book Club will meet at 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Great Bend Public Library. July's book club pick is "Monstrumologist" by Rick Yancey. The public is invited to attend.
Crime Stoppers is seeking information that could help stop the number of vehicular burglaries in Barton County.
Sheriff Brian Bellendir reports vandals opened the valves on three oil lease stock tanks in rural Barton County, causing the release of approximately 188 barrels of oil. The crime occurred sometime between 1 p.m. on Friday, July 18, and 8:25 a.m. on Saturday in the 800 block of SW 10 Road. Bellendir called the vandalism a "senseless act" and said loss is expected to exceed $12,000.
Kansas Department Wildlife, Parks and Tourism educator
Enrollment for the fall term at Incredible Years Preschool is open now for children ages 2 1/2 to 5, and since space is limited, parents are encouraged to register soon.