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Musical traditions: GBHS Madrigals
Members of the Great Bend High School Madrigal Pops Singers entertain the Noon Kiwanis Club, Wednesday at Walnut Bowl. - photo by photos by Susan Thacker/Great Bend Tribune

The Great Bend High School Madrigal Singers are wrapping up their 2017 performances and presenting their musical packages of song and dance as gifts to the community.
Last week they sang at the United Way of Central Kansas luncheon fundraiser at the Stoneridge country club and on Wednesday they visited the Great Bend Noon Kiwanis Club’s luncheon meeting at Walnut Bowl. The group is directed by Susan Stambaugh and accompanied by Nancy Baxter.
“Music is so powerful,” Stambaugh said. During the holidays, people may be enjoying family time or dealing with personal sorrows. Either way, she said, “we hope to uplift someone.”
The Madrigals finish each performance as they have for many years by singing “Reach Out and Touch” while signing the words to the song.

Kiwanis member Arlen Schroeder reported that last Saturday several members delivered 43 boxes of food for the holidays. Thirty-seven of the names came from the Barton County Emergency Aid Council, while other names were submitted by members. The number of deliveries has stayed fairly constant for several years, Schroeder said. Deliveries were made to various locations in Barton County, including a home north of Redwing.