The Sterling American Legion Post #128 will host the Walter Vincent Iwo Jima and Veterans Dinner on May 6, at the Arden H. McKee American Legion Post #128, 108 East Garfield in Sterling. The event was founded by the late Walt Vincent in 1996, a Purple Heart recipient and an Iwo Jima veteran. Several years ago the committee began inviting other World War II veterans to the reunion and three years ago the invitation extended to all veterans.
RUSSELL – For over two decades, kids of all ages were given a fright thanks to the Russell Arts Council Haunted House in downtown Russell. Former Russell Mayor Henrietta (Henri) Wenthe served as the "Head Witch in Charge," helping plan, construct and portray characters in the attraction which featured different themes throughout the years.
The Evening Lions Club is refinishing the Lions Emblems on the highway entrance to Great Bend. This is a project that was recommended by Lions International as a Legacy Project, since the Lions organization was founded 100 years ago in 1917, with the only thought of helping people who need help. They help the people in need with eye care, scholarships, and a whole lot more. Today the Organization is 1.4 million strong with clubs through out the world in over 210 counties.
The Progress Club met on March 16 at the First Presbyterian Church. Seventeen members were present for the program presented by Heather Smith of the Great Bend Police Department on "Human Trafficking Here at Home."
SPIN clubs are a "Special Interest" 4-H Club and any Barton County youth is invited to get involved in 4-H in this unique way. This will be an opportunity for youth in grades 1-5 to learn more about 4-H in Barton County and learn more about Foods. The Decorating Foods SPIN club will be held from 3:30–4:45 p.m. on Tuesdays April 18 through May 19, at the Extension Office. We will be decorating cupcakes and cookies but also fruit, vegetables and breads. Sign up at the Extension Office by April 11th.
Braxton Donovan was selected the winner of The Sons of the Plains chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution chapter's Knight Essay Contest. Braxton Donovan is a sophomore at Hoisington High School and student of Marion Oborny. He is the son of Shannon and Sherri Donovan of Hoisington.
At their March meeting, 14 members of Great Bend Garden Club and one guest learned much about the colorful spring flowing shrub, the peony. Becky Dudrey shared a wealth of information about growing and caring for this perennial favorite known for its beauty and longevity.
On March 13, Dr. Gerald Bayens from Washburn University spoke to the Great Bend Rotary club about his book on Kansas frontier jails. He explained that a jail was often one of the first structures needed in a newly founded town.