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Fundraiser To Benefit Excel This Saturday

Posted 3/17/2016

By Jackie Nelson

Jacki Evans is on a mission to make a difference for Excel employees, along with a dozen other local direct-sales consultants.

This Saturday afternoon, Evans has organized a shopping extravaganza at the Dyck Arboretum of the Plains from 3-5 p.m.  Vendors will be donating their commissions to the Hesston Community Foundation. 

In addition to vendors donating sales proceeds, Evans said over a dozen area businesses have donated gift baskets, which will be raffled. 

“I’ve never set up a fundraiser before.  I’m with Vantel Pearls and this is my opportunity to help,” she said.

Evans, a nurse at Mid Kansas Family Practice, said her husband is a second shift employee at Excel Industries on the assembly line.  Last Thursday was his first day back on the job. 

She counted herself among the luckiest, as she knew her husband was safely out of the building before she was aware of the grave danger he had been in.

“I knew he was safe before I really knew there was anything wrong.  There were so many people that didn’t know if their family was OK,” she said.

Evans said she knows other families need more time and will need more resources to recover from the tragedy at Excel, and she was motivated by her own good fortune to help ease the burden for others.

“I went around Friday, door-to-door.  I didn’t expect much of a response, but almost everywhere I went, I got ‘Yes. We want to help. yes. What can we do?’ The response for the community was amazing,” she said.

With the positive response, Evans produced a flyer and almost immediately began receiving calls to donate gift baskets, volunteer or set up a vendor table. 

Evans said the pieces of the fundraising event puzzle began falling into place early.  However, she was still without a venue. 

“I had things like volunteers, vendors liked up. I had vendors before I had a location.  I was thinking about King Park. But every shelter building in town was booked,” she said.

From her first vision of the event to its current form, Evans said the fundraiser has taken on a life of its own.

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Increased Security

Posted 3/17/2016

By Jackie Nelson

In the wake of the Feb. 25 shooting, beginning on Meridan Road and ending at Excel Industries, there has been renewed discussion in the community regarding security measures.

Three of the largest organizations in Hesston, USD 460, Hesston College and Schowalter Villa, said the events of Feb. 25

All three organizations said they regularly evaluate security protocols for their campuses.

“Schowalter Villa’s annual Disaster Preparedness All Staff In-Service was scheduled for March 3.  As a result of recent events, we used the in-service as an opportunity to update our staff on policies related to lock-down and the procedures Schowalter Villa follows when responding to potential or actual violent situations,” said Treva Greaser, Executive Directory at Schowalter Villa.

Greaser added the Feb. 25 events prompted Schowalter Villa to strengthen communication between their large campus and community responders.

“Schowalter Villa also plans to review certain of its procedures with the Hesston city police and EMS departments to strengthen coordinated responses to crisis situations,” she said.

Rob Ramseyer, Hesston College Vice President of Student Development said the college practices lockdown drills with students twice per year. 

“We evaluate our security processes and procedures regularly.  We have a Crisis Management Team that meets monthly and our student development staff also evaluates processes and procedures on a regular basis,” he said.

Ramseyer added Hesston College has implemented new security measures since the Feb. 25 shooting.

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Sharp Brings Creativity Into Focus

Posted 3/17/2016

By Jackie Nelson

Amy Sharp is bringing her light, romantic toned photography to the Walkabout Gallery for the month of March.

As a local photographer, Sharp said in the last two years she has not only been discovering new ways to capture moments from weddings to perfectly bloomed flowers, but also discovering a new side of her creativity.

“I would say I grew up being a creative person, but I didn’t tap into that until I was older. I never went to school with a strong art program.  But, if I had known myself then like I do now, I would have gone that track.  It’s an outlet I didn’t now I wanted to have,” she said.  

When Sharp began taking photos, she found herself drawn to clean backgrounds and simplified scenes.

“I had quite a different style.  I liked crisp, a little - I hate to say it - ironic.  But I have since started pursuing a soft look. That has been a surprise. That’s not what I thought I would enjoy and that’s not where I thought I was going,” she said.

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Lions Keeping Pets Safe At Annual Clinic

Posted 3/17/2016

By Jackie Nelson

The Hesston Lions Club is hosting the annual Rabies and Registration clinic on Saturday, March 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Lions Club will be issuing City registration tags for dogs and cats.

Registration fees for spayed or neutered dogs and cats are $3 at the clinic.

Registration for non-spayed and non-neutered pets is $15

March 31 marks the end of the grace-period for City pet registration. Fees for registration increase $.50 per month registration has lapsed.

Rabies vaccinations will also be available at the clinic. A one-year vaccination is $12 for dogs and cats.  A two-year vaccination will be $18. 

In addition to rabies vaccinations Hesston Vet Clinic will be offering parvo vaccinations for $18; kennel cough vaccinations for $12; a feline booster shot for feline distemper for $18 and feline leukemia booster for $18.   The clinic will also be offering a check of intestinal worms for $8 and heartworm testing for $18. 

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