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Memorial Day Ceremony To Feature Tribute To Trumpeter

Posted 5/26/2016

For The Record

Hesston will remember its’ veterans with the 26th Memorial Service in the Hesston   

Cemetery at 11 a.m., Monday, May 30.   The Master of Ceremony will be Michelle Pfautz, a member of the Hesston Veteran’s Memorial Committee. 

The Memorial Address will be given by Deputy Robert Guest and Chief Mark Willis. Deputy Guest has been on the Harvey County Sheriff’s Office since 2001. He has served in the Army during the invasion of Panama (Operation Just Cause) 1990, and Saudi (Operation Desert Storm) 1991. 

Mark Willis is the Chief of the Newton Fire/EMS Department.  He has been with them since 1985, and has obtained numerous fire and EMS certifications which helps him serve the people of Newton and Harvey County.

The flag will be posted by Ken Schwanke with the assistance of the Hesston Boy Scouts.

This year two flags will be flown in honor of Richard Knott and Vernon Dreier who were both an important part of the Hesston Veteran’s Memorial Committee. 

Richard Fulk will read the names of each veteran who have fallen this past year as a floral tribute is being laid at the base of the memorial statue by the local Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts.  

The invocation and benediction will be led by Rev. Gary Blaine. 

Delvin Wohlgemuth will lead those in attendance the singing of “God Bless America” followed by Mike Dreier playing “Taps” with a silent echo in memory of his Dad.  This will conclude the service.

Members of the Memorial Day committee are Robert and Chris Carlton, Dick and Karen Fulk, Dennis and Jeannine Hoheisel, Neil McChesney, Michelle nad Kent Pfautz, Ken and Jody Schwanke, Donald Typer, and Max Unruh.

Please bring lawn chairs for your comfort, because the seating is limited.

In case of inclement weather, the service will be held at the Hesston City Shop.

If you have any questions, please call Jeannine Hoheisel at 620-327-2020. 

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Public Invited To Voice Questions, Concerns On Rec Project

Posted 5/26/2016

Public Meeting Schedule

Sunday, June 5, 6:30 p.m. Hesston High Auditorium

Sunday, June 12, 2 p.m. Hesston Elementary School

Wednesday, June 15, 6:30 p.m. Hesston Golf Park 

By Jackie Nelson

Monday afternoon, the Ad Hoc Committee created to design the community rec project met for one of its final times.  With the project well underway, the finalization of the project will be handled by the Public Building Commission, whose members are on City Council.

Hesston Recreation Commission Director Brad Kohlman said eight financing options were discussed and tax-exempt bonds over a 20-year period were the most effective funding mechanism.

USD 460 Superintendent Ben Proctor said while the project was being developed, residents inquired about expanding the scope to include the football field and track.

“You get to a point where you are creating a project that isn’t feasible when you’re adding on another couple million dollars,” he said.

One of the final components discussed by the committee were options for fundraising to offset some of the costs of the project.

Professional fundraising company ASA Strategic Funding was brought into the conversation regarding fundraising before the project was propelled forward by the passage of the tax lid, affecting 2017 budgets.

With the shortened timeline, a proposed feasibility study be ASA was eliminated.

“Do we want to pursue that. Do we want an outside group to do fundraising for us, knowing they will take 7 to 10 percent of what we raise?” asked Proctor.

A major factor in the fundraising discussion, according to Proctor, was the use of tax exempt bonds.  Using tax exempt bonds prohibits naming rights for major donations to the project.

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Hesston High Has New Native Inspired Art On Display

Posted 5/26/2016

Record Staff

Hesston High now has a new totem as students enter the building in the fall.  The totem poll, created by Holly Savage’s ceramics class, features over a dozen blocks created by Hesston students.

“I always thought we needed something - some kind of sculture or art on campus. I didn’t think of this project until this year,” she said.

Inspired by Native American art of the north west, Savage saw a totem poll as a project many students could take part in.

“There are so many options.  I really got excited about the idea and worked through the project with the ceramics class,” she said.

Savage has seen other schools create their own totem projects, but took a different track with the Hesston High totem poll.

“I’ve seen them all one color, but I wanted students to be able to be a little more creative, so we have three colors students could choose from,” she said.

The project took a large part of the semester, as artists researched totems, their meanings and considered what their individual totems should be.

“We had some students that just knew what their totem would be. Others just chose animals and designs they liked,” said Savage.

With clay supplies limited, students worked in pairs to create their totems. Sides were dedicated to what students liked about Hesston, another to a cultural design and each students’ favorite animal.

Juniors Kristina Adams and Rebecca Rowley were paired to work on a block. Both girls chose wolves for their animals. 

“We overlapped our hand-prints and put our initials in it,” said Rowley.  The girls said they have been close friends for several years and their friendship was one of their favorite things about Hesston. 

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Hundreds Of Readers Ready To Get Fit At HPL

Posted 5/26/2016

By Jackie Nelson

This week over 300 Hesston children will be pouring into Hesston Public Library to sign up for the Summer Reading program.  This year’s On Your Mark, Get Set, Read! theme will center around athletics.  Registration for the Summer Reading Program began Wednesday, May 25 and will continue through July. 

Hesston Public Library Director Libby Albers said the library will put some new twists on sports throughout the summer.

“Programs are about 45 minutes to an hour, depending on the topic that week. We are looking forward to everything from ninjas to yoga. We will be doing unplug sports, like shooting marbles. We have a lot planned. The very last wee will be the library olympics,” said Albers.

As always, the Summer Reading Program is free to all children with a library card.

“One of the most popular things is the activities, and there is no pre-registration required. We have an idea about how many kiddos sign up, and it keeps growing,” she said.

Programming will take place Tuesday-Thursday, each week from 10-11 a.m.

“The days are broken down by age. If siblings are close in age and parents just want to do one day, that is fine. But it allows us to spread out the numbers because we have a small room and do age-appropriate crafts.  No eight-year-old wants to do the craft for a two-year-old,” said Albers. 

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