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Vanderhye to show sabers at historical society meeting

Tad Vanderhye will display and discuss mounted sabers from the Mexican War to World War I at the Barton County Historical Society meeting, at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22, at the historical museum.
Tad and his wife Sharon moved from New Mexico to Great Bend in 2010 to be near family.  His father was a horse soldier in the waning days of the mounted service.  His father’s influence encouraged him to spend many years researching and collecting items during those years.  He has written articles, been a consultant on several books, and has given talks around New Mexico.  While there, he was a member of the board at Fort Stanton, an 1855 Indian Wars Fort.  He also served as a tour guide and fort historian.
Since returning to Barton County, he and Sharon have joined the historical society and serve as volunteers.
The Monday meeting will be held at the main museum, just south of the Arkansas River Bridge on U.S. 281.  It is free and open to the public.

Barton Community College Silver Cougar Club to offer Microsoft Excel workshop

Microsoft Excel is arguably the most widely used software in the entire world to create, view and otherwise utilize spreadsheets, and Barton Community College’s Silver Cougar Club is offering a chance to learn all about it with a course scheduled for 1-4 p.m. on Wednesdays, Oct. 24 through Dec. 5 at the Great Bend One Stop Center, 1025 Main St. in room D-107.
Barton’s Technical Support System Administrator Rich Unrein will teach the class, which will cover basic functions such as creating, editing, managing, formatting and printing spreadsheets.
Enrollment is limited to 12.  Cost for the course is $30 for Silver Cougar Club members and $87 for non-members.
For more information or to enroll contact the Barton Community College Foundation office at or 620-786-1136.

Great Bend Public Library offering computer classes

The Great Bend Public Library will offer free computer classes to the public. Days and times of classes will vary from week to week.
The class schedule is as follows:
- Digital Photo Editing, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 7-8 p.m.
- Online Safety, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 3-4 p.m.
- Online Shopping, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 7-8 p.m.
Patrons can pre-register now at the library, 1409 Williams St. Space is limited.
Further details are available at the library or on its website,