TOPEKA - It is natural for children to explore their surroundings – unless they're getting under the kitchen sink or into the medicine cabinet where hazardous chemicals and medicines are kept. As National Poison Prevention Week (March 17-23) approaches, the Poison Control Center and Safe Kids Kansas remind parents to make sure they store poisonous materials – such as medication – out of their children's reach.
The Great Bend High School forensics team traveled to the Hoisington Speech Tournament on March 9. The team of 13 students competed against 15 different schools in 26 events. In Original Oration, Clara Kachanes placed fifth, and Nathaniel Cheney placed third. In Serious Solo Acting, Chase Pumford placed fifth. In Informative, Sarah Keller placed fifth and Kameko Schultz placed third. In Poetry, Jesus Sandoval placed seventh. In Prose, Kachanes also placed second, which qualified her to State Championship. In Humorous Solo Acting, Keller placed fourth, Schultz placed third and Pumford placed first. Catherine Barrington, Makenna Dirks, Marissa Hoisington, Jordan Otten ...
The oil paintings of Great Bend artist Margaret Ann Younker will be on display at Family Jewels through the end of March. For more information, call 620-793-3144.
The Barton Community College Foundation's Annual Academic Enrichment Fund Campaign titled "Leave a Legacy" is under way. Lifelong area residents and supporters of the college, Craig and Jolene Biggs, are honorary co-chairs for the month-long fundraising drive.
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, for individuals interested in becoming foster or adoptive parents. The course begins April 1 and will be held every Monday for 10 weeks from 6 to 9 p.m. The training will be held at Saint Mark's Lutheran Church, 2101 Jackson Street, Great Bend.
If anyone had told Gloria Siefkes, R.N., a few years ago that she would be leading a presentation called "Reversing Diabetes," she wouldn't have believed it. But now, because of new information, the St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center diabetes educator has scheduled an event to share what she has learned.
One of the great wonders of the cosmos will be viewable with the naked eye through this week - the comet known as Pan-STARRS, which is estimated to make another appearance in about 100,000 years.
A dinner and dance will be held as a fundraiser for 6-month-old Ava VonFeldt, daughter of Dalton VonFeldt and Kenda Smith. Kenda works at Central Kansas Family Practice, and Dalton is a student at Kansas State University.
I would like to urge each of you to vote in the upcoming city election on April 2. Again this year, I am running for the office of Council for the Third Ward. Although many of you know me, I would like to give those people who do not some personal information' about me.
Recognizing the Great Bend High School bowling team's championship accomplishments will be on the agenda when the Barton County Commission meets at 9 a.m. Monday at the Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. Other items of discussion will include commercial software for the county, and grants for the Juvenile Justice Authority and Health Department.
Hundreds of people turned out for the 55th annual Great Bend Kiwanis Club Pancake Day, Thursday at Expo I. This is the club's only fundraiser, with money supporting youth activities and other causes.
Barton Community College graduate Dena Popp is the supervisor for the Barton County 911 Dispatch team, a reserve sergeant for the Barton County Sheriff's Office and also works as a volunteer emergency medical technician in Ellinwood – and she can't imagine doing anything else.
Few people turned out for Danielle Ricklefs' recent program on being an amateur paleontologist, coming as it did after a series of snow days. But Ricklefs, the new education coordinator at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo, promised she'll be repeating the program this spring. She also introduces paleontology, the study of fossils and the science of prehistoric life, to teach kids about extinction events, past and future.
The public is invited to observe a Vocal Masterclass forum from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 9 in the Dorothy Moses Morrison Chapel in the Fine Arts Building on the Barton Community College campus.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Great Bend Floral & Gifts, LLC, 1913 Lakin, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Nancy Sundahl with greeters Connie Oetken and Amanda Hackerott. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
Upcoming events at the Great Bend Public Library, 1409 Williams St., have a science-fiction theme.
At the Moundridge Invitational Debate Tournament the GBHS debate squad placed second in sweepstakes. In the open division the team of Aaron Miller and Ashtin Heath had a 4-1 win/loss record and placed 3rd. In the novice division the three man team of Urial Renteria, Becca Kay and, Sara Allen placed 5th with a 4-1 win/loss record. Also in the novice division the team of Kylynn Keeler and Hadley Murphy placed 8th with 3/2 win/loss record. Everyone on the team placed. The team plans to compete at KMC next weekend.
BY JIM MISUNAS
By Jim Misunas
Brenna Martin, senior piano major at Wichita State University, will give her senior piano recital at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16 in the Dorothy Moses Morrison Chapel as part of the Barton Music Department's Visiting Artist Series.